The “Name the Book” contest is over, the winners have been notified, and I’m thrilled to announce that Mike’s story finally has a title!
Grand Prize Winner: Meghan Stith! Meghan submitted the title A TIME TO BE TENDER. I fell in love with this title immediately and couldn’t wait to get it on the cover of book 3 in the Rocky Mountain series. Meghan wins the complete set of Thurston Hotel romances. That’s 12 ebooks in all!
Second Prize Winner: Charline Bonham! Charline submitted two titles and I knew that with a little tweaking, her second title would fit in nicely for book 4 in the Rocky Mountain series. Her entry—HEARTBREAKER—will now become ONCE A HEARTBREAKER. Charline wins a signed paperback copy of A TIME TO BE TENDER when it is released.
Third Prize Winner: Barbara Watts submitted two titles—THE DEFENDER and THE CONTENDER. I’ve been playing with another series idea and these two titles would be perfect for it. Barbara gets a character in A TIME TO BE TENDER named after her.
The Thurston Hotel Series Begins!
The first book in the Thurston Hotel Romance series arrives today, and if you love warm-to-sweet romances, this series is for you.
Quickie Q&A with author Brenda Sinclair:
Chocolate, kraft caramels, or ice cream? Chocolate.
Coffee, tea, or wine? Wine.
Star Trek, Fifty Shades of Grey, or We’re the Millers? Fifty Shades of Grey.
Sweats, blue jeans, or a skirt? Blue jeans.
Sleeping, massage, or a beach vacation? Massage. (Sounds like a fun weekend so far!)
About the book:
Eager for a fresh start, young widow and mother, Melanie Larson, leaves Calgary to relocate for a dream job at a family-owned, historic hotel in a small mountain resort town in the Canadian Rockies. But her new boss is the sweet talker who broke her heart in college—and who holds the power to crush it again. Long dormant feelings surface, and Melanie is torn between needing this job and protecting her still fragile heart.
Ben Thurston wants a second chance with the woman he’s never stopped loving, but there’s no statute of limitations on a secret. Keeping it hidden while pursing Melanie would be dishonest. Revealing it will expose them to pain and heartache.
If Ben’s secret is revealed, will Melanie understand Ben’s past rejection? Could there be a possible future together for them? Or will his deception and their conflicting dreams keep them apart?
You can find out more about A THURSTON PROMISE at the Thurston Hotel website.
Come back next Thursday to find out about book 2 in the series. Until then, happy reading!
This Sunday, Sept 4th, is my birthday, and I’m celebrating with an exciting new contest for my newsletter subscribers. So if you’re not already a newsletter subscriber, but you want to enter the contest, make sure you sign up for my newsletter before this Sunday.
Just go to my website and scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll find the signup form. Or if you’re already on the website reading this blog post, scroll over to the sidebar on the right side of the page. Hurry…go…I’ll wait…
In other news, I’ve completed the line edits for my SSP (if this is your first time here, SSP refers to the Super Secret Project I’ve been working on for the past few months), and it’s official, the book is complete. And because I love to dive from one book into another, I’ve already started work on book 3 for my Rocky Mountain Romance series.
[Incidentally, the newsletter contest involves both the SSP series and the Rocky Mountain series.]
Now, back to birthday celebrations…please tell me how you love to celebrate your birthday. I’ll share my favorite in the comments!
My SSP manuscript is back from the continuity editors and I’m doing final revisions on it right now. I hope to have it off to the line editor by the end of the week, so please, send me some “no distractions” vibes!
And I finally have permission to share a few details about the project…
There will be 12 books, one released every Thursday starting September 29th. Since mine is book 4, it comes out October 20th.
These books are set in a small town and are centered around a hotel. Each story stands on its own, so there’s a new romance in every book. However, there’s an overarching romance for one couple whose story is wrapped up in book 12. Fun!
The books are all written for the “sweet” market, so you wouldn’t be embarrassed if you gift a copy to your mother or grandmother. 🙂
I may have mentioned before that my heroine is a building contractor and my hero is a billionaire. Have I mentioned that they share a secret…one which could destroy my heroine’s reputation and her relationship with her grandfather.
Do you want to know more? Coming soon…the story description and the cover reveal!
Ever since the release of book three in the Caught Between series (Caught Between a Rock and a Hunka Man), I’ve wanted to change out the series covers to better differentiate the books from my Rocky Mountain series. After all, the Caught Between series is all fun and sass, and as one reader wrote: “This series should come with a warning. Put aside all liquids while inhaling these books!”
On the other hand, while the Rocky Mountain books do have some humor, readers are more inclined to write: “Bring out the tissues!”
As CEO of SMS Books, I put the matter before my Board of Directors, took a vote, and the decision to change out the covers was unanimous. Of course, I’m the only person on the SMS Books board of directors, so there wasn’t much concern that I’d be outvoted. 🙂
Have you seen the new Caught Between series covers yet? They’re fun and trendy and I totally love them.
So tell me in the comments…if you were on my board of directors, would you have voted against me? You know I love to hear from you!
Special Note: In celebration of the Memorial Day holiday, I’m running a FREE promotion on the first book in the Caught Between series. For two days only, May 29 and May 30, you can pick up your FREE copy of Caught Between a Lie and True Love by clicking here. So click here, now.
And to pick up other great books, check out the Free Kindle Books & Tips blog.
Now, on to the secrets…
Early this spring, my siblings and I planned a surprise birthday party for our mother. We told her there would be nine of us and we would take care of all the food.
Busy out in her yard, she didn’t bother us for a whole lot of details, but as the weeks passed, every once in a while she’d ask questions…and we would have to think fast or pretend ignorance.
You see, we wanted to surprise her (and trust me, she’s not easy to surprise!). Somehow we managed to find a date that worked for the entire family, and everyone including Mom’s five kids, our spouses and signifiant others, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would be there. Twenty-six people in all!
A week before the party, I told Mom she needed to get a haircut because we were taking family pictures.
“Who’s taking the pictures?” she asked.
Ms. Blabbity-Blabbity Seabrook, who apparently isn’t the brightest of the siblings, informed her that her oldest granddaughter, well known for her love of picture taking, would be there with her camera.
Mom, who at 88 is still sharp as a tack, questioned who besides her granddaughter was coming, and if maybe she should invite the rest of the grandkids because she wouldn’t want them to feel left out.
Oops, a bit of the secret slipped…and now the problem…how could I prevent her from phoning her other grandchildren, and risk the possibility of discovering the full extent of the guest list? And if she did call them, would the others be on the ball enough to lie about their plans for the day? Or would one or more get caught in a slip-of-the-tongue like I did?
Fortunately my fibbing skills returned, and I told Mom that this particular granddaughter always came to these family functions, even when she wasn’t invited, so not to worry about the others. And somehow, Mom bought the story and happily returned to her yard work.
Moral of the story…if you tell me your secrets, I just might blab. Not intentionally, but in that moment when my guard is down and my mouth is open, it all comes spilling out.
Needless to say, keeping my mouth shut about my Super Secret Project is killing me. It’s true. I want to talk about it, share details about it, and in a weak moment, posted this.
So please don’t tell me your secrets or I might just—unplanned and uncensored—blab it to the world…
How about you? Are you a blabber or a successful keeper of secrets? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from you!