Monday, October 27, 2014

What do romance writers like to read??



In my opinion, if you want great book suggestions, ask a writer. They know how to craft an amazing story, so it only makes sense that they also know one when they read one :)

Other than their own, of course. When it's our own work, we often alternate between "THIS IS THE BEST THING EVERRRRRR!!!!!!!!!" and "This is the biggest pile of crap ever......" But in the end, we love our stories (that's why we write them!) and love reading other people's masterpieces as well.

For me, a great story has to pull me through a plethora of emotion. If you can make me cry, either out of utter despair or complete jubilation, your book is a winner. I love to laugh, and prefer to have a few giggles while I'm reading. I like steaminess. And I want to swoon! I know when I read romance that it will have the happily-ever-after I crave, but I want to think it just might not work out for those two crazy kids. I like twists and turns and I like being surprised. I like when the bad guy gets his just desserts.

So, if an author can do all that, I will love their books and devour every single one! Sounds like a lot, but it's really not. I just want to be immersed in the character's world and feel what they feel. :)

And if you want to follow along, I've started a board on Pinterest with some other fabulous contemporary romance authors where we post all our favorite reads. Check it out! You'll definitely find some awesome stuff there! Click the link below :)

Awesome Authors

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pinterest Giveaway!!!!

When I attended the RWA National conference in July, I attended a workshop about Pinterest. I'd already been a huge fan, but I knew there had to be a way to use it for book marketing. And there sure is! I'm trying to use what I learned...so here goes!

Who wants to win an ecopy of TRY ME ON FOR SIZE?????


Click the link below for the contest pin on Pinterest and follow the directions to enter!

Pinterest Contest!!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Teaser ;)

Thanks to my fabulous friend Cassandra Carr, I now know how to make these fabulous little teasers ;) Isn't it pretty????


And if you want to read more, click here for all the buy links for TRY ME ON FOR SIZE!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A How-To Guide for Reading Steamy Romance



Sure...everyone knows how to actually read, but I think there is a process to making the romance-reading process even more enjoyable.

Step 1: Choose a book with the yummiest cover ever.


You need a visual for the hotness inside the book. Preferably a visual with rock hard abs that you want to run your tongue over.

Step 2: Find a reading spot.


I recommend somewhere comfy and quiet and private so you can avoid odd looks while you fan yourself and/or drool. Or if, perhaps, you'd like to participate along with the characters, if you know what I mean. ;)

Step 3: Acquire sustenance.


I like a glass of wine while I read. I'm sure others prefer coffee or other warm beverages. And a sexy snack is a must. Chocolate tops the list, even better if it's fancy with caramel or nuts or any other yumminess. Also acceptable, desserts of any kind, including, but not limited to, cookies, pie, cake, ice cream. Or if you have access to a hunky pool boy, he can feed you grapes so you don't have to take your eyes off the page.

Step 4: Clear your schedule.


As we all know, a great book will just suck you right in, flipping pages as fast as we can read the last word on the bottom. A great book can make you forget all about the laundry, the dishes, the whining kids.

Step 5: Lose yourself.


Sink into that comfy chair, sip that wine. Allow yourself to tune out the world and dive into the love, the angst, the sexual tension, and then the steamy sex when it finally does happen. Lose yourself in the world the author has created for you. It's a gift really. You've been given an escape to another world. Take full advantage ;)

And if you need a suggestion for a new destination, how about a lingerie shop and the cast of characters that operate it. Not to mention the hot guys they hire to be their "Spokespenises."


A sexy, laugh-out-loud love story about a woman trying to save her failing lingerie business with a new product—“personal massagers” made to the specs of the spokesman of her choice! But when she falls for the first model she meets, how can she prove she’s his perfect fit?



With their business in trouble, Mia and Bryn must pull out all the stops to save their shop. Things get sticky when Mia, owner of Classy ‘n’ Sassy Lingerie, has to go on five blind “dates” to find the right model for the big marketing plan that will save the store. But they aren’t your ordinary blind dates. Mia has to test out the “goods” to find the perfect spokespenis—the model for Classy ‘n’ Sassy’s newest line of lifelike dildos. 




Not realizing Mia is on a mission, Oliver Christensen approaches her in a bar and Mia mistakes him for model #1. Oliver decides to play along. But just how far is he willing to take this charade in order to get closer to Mia? And what happens if Mia’s Blind Date #1 turns out to be The One?

For purchase links, click here!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's FINALLY here!!



TRY ME ON FOR SIZE has officially released!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

I feel like I have been waiting for...ev...eeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr for this to happen!! And it's finally here!!

My official release day was yesterday :) I threw a big party on Facebook and gave away lots of prizes. We had excerpts and I posted photos of my dream cast for my movie :) Hubby got me a lovely present- a brand new Kindle Paperwhite (LOVE!) and took me out to dinner to celebrate. Overall it was a really lovely day :)

I wish you could bottle that feeling :) It really is like nothing else. It's a little scary but so awesome at the same time. I even read a doozy of a review yesterday and it didn't phase me. (Okay, it did, but not nearly as much as it would have in the past) But I attribute that to the lecture I attended at the RWA national conference given by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. She gave me an entirely new perspective of bad reviews. Anyhoo, it was a great day!

If you'd like to read TRY ME ON FOR SIZE, click here for all the buy links :) I'll love you forever if you do!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Suspension of Disbelief

As a romance writer, I adore the happily ever after warm fuzzies I get from reading romance...and writing it too :) I love the struggle to earn that HEA and the elation when they finally get their crap together and make it work! Even when it's a bit far-fetched.

But yes....most times life and romance novels do not mirror each other. Life does not always work out and not everyone gets a tidy HEA. (Though I do believe if you want a happy life, you need to go out there and make it happen! But that's a post for another day!) And I know there are a lot of people out there who scoff at the romance genre because it's not really always like real life. I've seen my fellow authors get completely slammed on Goodreads and Amazon because there was too much suspension of disbelief. Well.....it's romance....what did they really expect? It's an escapist genre.

I read romance for an escape from real life. I want to be swept away and I don't care one bit that it might not ever be able to happen like that for real for anyone. I like the fantasy. And just like readers who love to dive into paranormals, sci fi, and fantasy and any other form of fiction that can't happen in the world as we know it, I love being taken somewhere other than real life.

My new book, Try Me On for Size, definitely takes some suspension of disbelief. It's a far-fetched plot, and I was totally aware of that when I wrote it. But it's fun as hell, and sassy and if you know me and my other books, you know it fits right in with my style. But I'm worried about getting slammed in reviews. Will people hate it because it probably wouldn't happen in real life? Most likely. But I hope there are many many more who love it and get it and enjoy the wacky ride I take them on. That's all any author of escapist fiction can ask for.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Meet Bryn Harper!


Try Me On for Size releases in just over a month!! Woo hoo!!!!!! If you haven't gotten it yet, and would like to take advantage of the special presale pricing of only $1.99, click here! Or go to the ebook retailer of your choice!

Today I want you to meet Bryn Harper! When I was writing TMOFS, I envisioned a blonde who's lots of fun. And the perfect one- Becky Newton! (If you don't know who she is, she was Quinn the stripper and Barney's fiancé on How I Met Your Mother! Check out her IMBd page here!)

Bryn is Mia's BFF and has been since they were kids. They are opposites in so many ways, but Bryn always has Mia's back and enjoys pushing her to do things she is unsure about. She's a mama bear who knows what's best, and what's best for Mia is to get out there and live life. Bryn knows all too well how short life can be.