Time for Change

I have certainly been remiss in posting to this blog, but in my defense I have been very busy. Here is a brief glimpse at what has been in the works.

RELENTLESS LORD, my novella and a prequel to my previously publishing titles, came out in August to some lovely reviews.

An enjoyable story that features fun characters, a house party full of surprises and some steamy moments.  This is the perfect book for a lazy day by the pool!”   – kiltsandswords

I was so sad when the novella came to an end.  Hannah was such strong, independent and unique character that I wish there had been more to the novel.  Miles was charming and seductive.  This is one of the best novellas that I have read.   – NookBookLady

“If you’re looking for something quick and fun, with a hint of Regency romance, then you can’t go far wrong with this. It’s a light and easy way to spend an hour or two and I enjoyed it.”   – Book Gannet Reviews

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I am also super thrilled to announce that REBEL MARQUESS recently won the

2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award for the Historical Long. Yippee!!

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In the midst of this excitement, I have also been diligently working on a new series coming out next year from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

The year is 1817 and the three Chadwick sisters are about to experience the London Season in three very different ways!

I cannot wait to share more about this exciting project, but more on that later…

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And lastly, I have been working on getting a new website up and running. It is getting very close to being ready. It’s just not quite there yet. I promise there will be more on that soon. Until then, you can still find me here and on Facebook, Twitter, and if you’d like to ensure you get the latest news on my upcoming releases and other fun stuff, please sign up for my newsletter via the widget on this blog or Facebook.

If all goes as I hope, my new website will be all set to go live in perfect time to reveal the absolutely stunning cover for the first book in my next series!

Lots of exciting things happening!! I cannot wait to share more…

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Novella: RELENTLESS LORD

My novella, RELENTLESS LORD, is now up at Samhain Publishing!


Check out the gorgeous cover created by Kim Killion…

This is a prelude to my other Samhain titles (ROGUE COUNTESS, RECKLESS VISCOUNT, REBEL MARQUESS) and takes place one hot summer at a country party where the guests are not always what they seem and seduction tends to run as a theme. Expect a fun (and steamy) summer read with this one!

RELENTLESS LORD is available for pre-order July 12, 2015. Official release is August 11, 2015.


For now… a brief description to tempt the appetite.

He is a hunter at heart…but her heart is no easy prey.

Hannah Walpole suspected the etiquette lessons her parents insisted upon were a wasted effort. Now, looking around at the ton at her debut, she’s sure of it. Her home is the African continent. She simply does not fit in English Society. Nothing will convince her otherwise, especially not a devilishly handsome lord with black hair, vivid green eyes and a wicked reputation for debauching innocent young women.

Lord Miles Whitely admires Hannah’s adventurous spirit and cool composure in the face of adversity. It doesn’t hurt that their first encounter provides him with the delightful opportunity to get his hands beneath her skirts.

When the lady declares she cannot be seduced, he cheerfully takes up the gauntlet she has unwittingly thrown down. But Hannah has no intention of succumbing to his striking gaze or honeyed flattery. Until a crisis leads her to suspect he’s not truly the cad everyone warned her about…

Product Warnings
Contains one misfit debutante, one shamelessly flirty rake who finds humor in nearly everything, and a long, hot summer party in the country. Deploy your fans, ladies. Things are about to get steamy.

Wow! Where have I been!?

I know. It has been FOREVER since I posted a fresh blog.

Where have I been? … you may be wondering …

Well, I promise you will find out. But not quite yet. So, please come back soon for the full details.

In the meantime…

Happy Writing, Happy Reading, Happy Living!

What a Summer…

Once again, I have let way too much time pass since my last post. *blushing with shame* Bad Blogger!

Summer has been a wonderfully busy time. With camping trips, family reunions, and lots of sun and fun in the backyard. My sister, who has lived across the country for seven years or so (and before that, across the state), spent the last several months less than a block away. We took advantage of living so close to each other and established a routine of yoga and brunch every Sunday. It was great to spend that time with her since she has now moved on…back to the beaches of Florida.

In the midst of all the continuous summer fun, I have been diligently working on my next series of books about a trio of sisters who find themselves thrust into the London’s underworld in three very different ways. I am very excited about this series and am just finishing up my last revisions on book 1, which leaves me with a bit of time to notice how neglectful I have been on my blog.

My reprieve will not last long, however, as I will be diving into book 2 within the next couple weeks. Though first, a family vacation to southern California. We leave in just a couple days and I have got all three kids and myself mostly packed up. Just a bit more laundry to do and some last minute details that have to be tucked into the luggage. I’ve got my DO NOT FORGET list which includes my computer since for me…it will be a working vacation, though writing never really feels like work.  😉

Uh oh! Here comes my baby girl, climbing up onto my chair, reminding me its time to make some breakfast. So for now, signing off again, though I have the best intentions not be away for quite as long this time. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

(For cuteness’s sake, I decided to close this post with some summer pics of my youngest)

 

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in a little sunsuit I used to wear (yes, my mom saved everything!)

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the cuteness is too much!

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in the treehouse, playing with her carebears 🙂

A RECKLESS Release!

It is the last day of May and Summer has definitely come to the Northwoods. I am not convinced we didn’t just skip Spring altogether! The sun is shining bright and hot, the kids are spending most of their time outdoors(finally!), the days are getting long and the weekends between now and September are filling up fast with trips and activities.

Which reminds of one particular weekend fast approaching…the Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Conference. I cannot wait for this annual gathering of Romance Writers. From the moment one conference ends I start looking forward to the next one.

This year I will have copies of two books to bring to the book signing; ROGUE COUNTESS and RECKLESS VISCOUNT which comes out in print format on June 3! With all the excitement following the electronic release of REBEL MARQUESS I nearly forgot about this other important release. I received my copies several weeks ago and they are gorgeous!

 

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They’ve arrived!

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Just a little cheese 😉

 

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So beautiful.

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Together with ROGUE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The paperback version of RECKLESS VISCOUNT is available for pre-order from the Samhain website.

 

 

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Today is my birthday and I could think of no better way to celebrate than with the Cover Reveal of my next title scheduled to release from Samhain Publishing April 22, 2014…

The Marquess of Rutherford has successfully evaded the relentless pursuit of six husband-hunting Terribury daughters…

Time to meet the seventh!

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It is about time Rutherford got his story!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Wow! I can hardly believe it is Christmas Eve.

I feel like I was swept up in a whirlwind right after Halloween, spun and tossed around for a while, and then got unceremoniously dropped on Christmas. (Just call me Dorothy) And here are my Munchkins greeting me daily with “Can we open presents early? Please! Just one? We promise not to ask anymore if you let us open just one!”

I can remember holidays when I was young. My sister and I were relentless in begging my mom to let us start opening gifts early. So relentless, that it actually began a tradition for us to open one gift on Christmas Eve-Eve, another on Christmas Eve and the rest Christmas day. I read an article online recently written by a mother who unashamedly explained why she spoils her little girl with Christmas gifts. As a single mother with twins, my mom did not have the kind of budget to allow for extra candy bars in the grocery line or spontaneous toys buys throughout the year. She had to say “no” to us a lot. But when Christmas came…she always pulled out all the stops. Every year was an overload of gifts for my sister and I and it was…MAGICAL.

Now as a parent of three with limited means myself, I understand how hard it is to refuse your children even the small things that might bring them joy because we have such little wiggle room in our budget. Seeing their disappointment is difficult, but I also know how important it is for them to understand that you cannot always have exactly what you want the moment you want it. Sometimes you have to work for it, sometimes you have to accept that some things are just not possible right now.

But when Christmas comes, like my mother, I find it hard not to jump into the spirit of the holiday with both feet. I love the anticipation of seeing my kids eyes widen with the kind of excitement and wonder that a stack of brightly wrapped presents can create. And the absolute elation when they open something and find exactly what they wanted and have been dreaming of for weeks. Such happiness may be fleeting, but for children who do not yet have to focus on the big picture that adults tend to constantly be distracted by, at least the happiness is PURE. And that is beautiful.

So when those little munchkins come begging to start opening gifts early, I resist. Far more than my mother ever did. Even when their Dad gets in on their side, I shake my head. No. Because I want to savor that morning when we are all sitting around as a family in our pjs, anticipating the magic about to commence, smiling and joyful and connected. But it always seems to be over so quickly once it starts. I dread that moment when the kids look around and see that they have opened everything, no more surprises remain. Soon after that, the magic slowly dissipates. So I resist taking away from that morning by even one gift opened early.

However, this year it’s not just my kids and their dad begging to start the festivities early. My sister and her family are staying with us for an extended visit over the holidays. I had almost forgotten just how single-minded and impatient my sister was when it came to opening presents. I realize that my mother may have given in all those years on the strength of my sister’s unflagging determination alone. I also realize in trying to convince her to wait, that there is some magic to be found in sneaking a present early. In a way it can up the anticipation and prolong the joy involved in this particular aspect of the holiday season.

So… needless to say, last night after dinner my family and my sister’s family sat down to open one present each.

And it was MAGICAL.

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Ahh! The JOY!

Happy Holidays to all!

May it be filled with WONDER and JOY,

FAMILY and MAGIC!

Blog Parties and Giveaways!

Come join the party at Long and Short Reviews.

Tons of fun prizes being given away all week!

Halloween 2013 Participant

Check out my post on The Creative Descent.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free download of Reckless Viscount!

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Then in November, I will be visiting The Romance Reviews for their Year End Splash Party.

With more than 400 participating authors and tons of prizes!

Including another chance to win a free download of Reckless Viscount.

 

 

Join the fun!

Just some pics of my office…

Feeling a little lazy these days… but I knew I had to get a new post up soon so I figured I could just share a few pics of my writing office. (Yes, it’s a total mess, but it seems to like it that way.)

It is a tiny little room off the dining room that I painted in two shades of blue (my obsessively favorite color). It has a lovely door that does not lock from the inside, but does manage to muffle much of the family noise on Saturday mornings.


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Can you see the wrapping paper and blue silk ribbon from my anniversary gift last year(See blog post A New Anniversary Tradition?

Can you tell who are in the pictures I have tacked to my wall board as visual inspiration for Rutherford and Eliza (REBEL MARQUESS)?

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Some of my favorite research books.

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One thing these pictures don’t show is the bookshelves on the wall to the right of my desk. My brooding hero finally got around to putting up a two shelves, perfectly sized for paperbacks, across the upper expanse of the wall.  At this point, the plan is to continue the shelves down to the floor so they cover the entire wall around the closet door. Unfortunately, this little project is not exactly a priority when there is school, work, writing, parenting and so many other important, time-consuming things going on.

But someday it will be finished and I promise to post a pic once it is!