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Flash #Sale on Bad Traveler

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up Bad Traveler, now is perfect time. Decadent Publishing is having a flash sale this weekend and Bad Traveler is one of five titles just $.99 at Amazon and All Romance Ebooks!

badtravelersale Read what one Amazon 5 star reviewer calls “Just perfect for curling up after a long day to enjoy yourself in a book.”


With half the country under a heat advisory, may as well stay inside and read this weekend.

Be sure to check out the other Decadent titles part of this 99 Cent promotion

Island Pleasures by KT Grant

Blue Moon over Bliss Lake by Cate Masters

Burning Love by Cassandra Carr

Cabin Fever by Stephanie Williams

Happy Reading!

Posted in Bad Traveler, Family life, First Friday Five, Lists

First Friday Five: Broken Arm

At the tail end of January, I slipped on ice and broke my left arm. By broke, I mean shattered. Trauma surgeons rebuilt my arm with the help of 8 pins.  For my First Friday Five, here are brief five lessons I’ve learned about life with my broken arm.

1. Typing one-handed is hard. So is removing a pan from a hot oven, driving, shampooing, and holding a hard back book. I could continue this list, but please see the first sentence of point one.

2. Sometimes, I wish I had the Kim Kardashian skill of balancing objects on my butt, then I would be able to open doors and carry something at the same time.

3. Some company should really manufacture  velcro front-close underwire bras in my size.

4. None of my Bad Traveler research on amputees and PTSD prepared me for how infantalizing the loss of independence can be.

5. I’m fortunate to have many wonderful people in my life who have helped me in myriad ways. A neighbor drove me to the emergency room, friends have watched my children and driven them to various tasks. Far-flung family rearranged their schedules to care for me and my children. I cannot thank my husband enough for all he has done, everything from opening medicine bottles to ordering my favorite chocolate. There’s nothing like a little misfortune to remind one of all the good in this world.

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Review of Bad Traveler by Lola Karns

This review made my day. Plus Carol Kittie’s site is beautiful.

Carol Kittie Reviews

Bad Traveler

Author: Lola Karns
Published by: Decadent Publishing, LLC
Release date: 8/19/2014

This book was a gift from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma mater’s newest coach?  Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When he runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable…

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Posted in Family life, First Friday Five

First Friday Five: September Love

September is here! There are so many reasons to love this September. Here’s my 5.

1. The kids are back in school.

2. Bad Traveler is out.



3. Both children are in school full-day, so my writing time doubles.

all gifs from mashable

4. Fashion boots. The weather is cool enough to wear them, but not so cold that warmth overrides style.


5. Did I mention my kids are back in school?

What do you love about September?

Posted in Bad Traveler, Decadent

Coming soon: Bad Traveler

Bad Traveler has a release date. Mark your calendars for August 22nd.

I’ll  share buy links as it gets closer to the big day. In the mean time, enjoy a peek at the cover.


A little birdie hinted the book will be on a special introductory price so you have about two weeks to gather enough spare change.  While you do that, I’ll put together a special giveaway of goodies to make your next trip a little better. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter or follow me on twitter to keep up with the latest news.

Posted in Bad Traveler, Books, Decadent

Bad Traveler tease

It’s getting closer and closer to the release date of my Decadent/Bono Foodie Romance.  Curious? Here’s a little taste to tide you over.

Our heroine is in an airport after a rough flight with her wriggly baby…

Papery eyelids fluttered and then closed. Tiny lips pursed. At last, Chloe slept. She didn’t mind cradling the sleeping girl in spite of the numb wrist from the limp weight. Watching the rise and fall of Chloe’s chest soothed her into an almost hypnotic state.

Out of her peripheral vision, a large pair of shiny black shoes grew closer until they stopped beside her. A familiar, deep voice rattled her.

“Gwendolyn Jones, is that you?”

A gorgeous, sandy-haired man bent toward her. She’d recognize him anywhere. The most horrible day of her life just got worse.

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March Madness Inspiration

Are you watching the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament?  I am.   I wasn’t much of a college basketball fan until meeting my husband who has been known to schedule vacation days so he can watch all the tournament action.  At first, I thought of myself as a “March Widow,” but after a year or so I decided, I’d see my husband more in March if I cracked open a beer, parked myself in front of the TV, downed some hot wings and succumb to the madness.

Besides, the vast majority of coaches wear suits and there’s something about a man in a suit.  The men on the side line fascinate me.  Some scream or are emotional and their suit coats flap in the air as they jump up and down.  Others are an oasis of calm, appearing unruffled in spite of the high stress, high risk and high reward situation.  I began to wonder about their inner lives and a story was born.

Imagine my surprise this year watching Florida Gulf Coast, a fifteen seed that only became eligible for post season play last year, do what had long been seen as impossible and inevitable.  They knocked off heavily favored Georgetown on Friday and San Diego State on Sunday to become the first fifteen seed in the Sweet Sixteen.  The players on Florida Gulf Coast slayed giants, and as FGC star Sherwood Brown’s megawatt smile showed, they had fun.  As the cameras continued to roll, showing the team celebrations, it also became clear, these guys loved their coach Andy Enfield, a young coach in a suit who projected a calm demeanor on the sidelines, but clearly inspired his team with a positive attitude, work ethic and sense of fun.

This man and this team, I thought, are the real life version of my fictional “Ravens of Corwin College” in one of my manuscripts making the rounds.  I can’t wait to share the story of Kyle, Gwen, and the Ravens with you.

In the meantime,  I’ll be cheering that my Ravens find a home and that the charmers of Florida Gulf Coast keep the madness going.

Sherwood Brown – Image appeared from CBS Sports

Who do you cheer for?