Posted in Bad Traveler, Books, Reading

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 Books, Decadent, Giveaway, Lucky Traveler, Writing

Celebrating Lucky Traveler

Lucky Traveler releases today! As a writer, launching a project into the wild is both exciting and scary and Lucky Traveler was a bit of a departure for me. Why? For one, it’s short. I tend to write short, but not novella length. The character development process is different, but I enjoyed it so much, I’m working on some other shorter works.

Lucky-Traveler-300Second – it’s sexy. When I first started writing, the idea of writing a sex scene made me nervous. It still does, but I let my characters dictate the story and Logan and Keira had some specific ideas about what they wanted to do.

I hope my readers, new and returning, will enjoy Lucky Traveler.

To celebrate, I have a month long giveaway for a $10 gift card. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are a few places you can get Lucky Traveler. Enjoy and let me know what you think in a review or through sharing.  Amazon  AllRomanceEbooks iTunes

Posted in First Friday Five, Giveaway

First Friday – Five Fab Giveaways

May isn’t simply a month for pollen and mothers. This year, there seems to be a lot of goodies up for grabs so I’m highlighting giveaways! Get your virtual entries ready and good luck.  In all cases, click the picture to get more details and enter.

1. Summer of Love – I’m one of many authors participating. Three grand prize winners will receive a paper  book a week all summer long. The contest runs through May 15th.


2. Get Clean with the Summer of Love – this one is mine and also runs through May 15th. I have fabulous Gray Duck Soap and double dip those entries. Signing up for my newsletter (and completing the other contest form) gives additional entries to both the soap and the Summer of Love.



3. Thinking of newsletters, one bar of Gray Duck Soap will go to a random subscriber to my newsletter. You’ll have to be subscribed and open the email to find out the winner.

4. I’m not the only one with giveaways. Irene Preston, Rebecca Royce and 5 other contributors to “Romancing Austin” put together a giveaway for a $75 Amazon Gift card.  Click the pic for details.


5.  And last, but certainly not least, Kristina Knight is part of the Shades of Desire bundle releasing June 1st. To celebrate, the authors have a giveaway for a Kindle Fire.



So there you have it – a whole bunch of terrific giveaways to make your May special. Good Luck!



Posted in Bad Traveler

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.

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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 Blog Hop, Giveaway, Winter Fairy

TRR YES! party and giveaway

Hope you’re having fun at The Romance Reviews’ Year End Splash Party!    I  love a party, especially one with good food and better friends and prizes.  There are more than 400 participating authors and publishers, which means there are more than 400 prizes up for grabs during the whole month of November. The Grand prize is a $100 Gift Certificate! Now that’s a party!

Widowed doctor, Carson Langley, hero of my contemporary romance, Winter Fairy, also enjoys good food. He may not care much for ballet, shopping and prizes, but he would like to become better friends with his daughter Eloise’s  ballet teacher, Penelope, especially after she offers to babysit Eloise so he can do some Christmas shopping. Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to answer the question at the main TRR site for your chance to win a copy of Winter Fairy and more.  The question for my site goes live on NOVEMBER 5TH

Winterfairycover   Wandering in and out of stores, he covered most of his list. He had so many bags for Eloise he’d put one round in the car already, but the feeling that he was forgetting something—or someone—nagged at him. Checking his watch, he had plenty of time before the stores closed. He looped past the food court and theater as a movie let out. Couples spilled out. Everyone seemed to be holding hands and smiling, except him. As he walked past a store with frilly shiny and sparkly bangles and baubles, he decided to pop in to find a headband to go with the bright red holiday dress Eloise picked out in a catalog. Seeing the silver fairy necklace as soon as he entered, he realized who he left off his list.

    He thought about Penelope more than seemed appropriate. None of Eloise’s other teachers invaded his thoughts the way she had. He had physical needs and desires. But the frequency with which she appeared in his dreams left him restless and tired. Every morning, he ran through his personal litany of objections. She was too young. She had to be at least twelve years younger than him since she went to high school with John.  She acted too much like a kid to be capable of disciplining one. She was going away. She would leave him and Eloise and break both their hearts. He couldn’t go through that again.

   He should put down the necklace before he reached the register, but it still hadn’t left his hands, even as he sorted through the headband display. The chain caught on one of the bands—what could have become a tangled mess actually turned out fortuitous. When he reached for the chain, he spotted a headband the perfect shade of red to match his daughter’s dress. As he gently unwound the chain from the headband’s bow, the fairy charm fell against his palm. The fairy’s legs crossed delicately about mid-calf. Penelope had folded her legs the same way at the kitchen table last week. He grinned as he paid for both items, and not because he had finished his shopping.

  Walking across the parking lot, the cool air slapped his face. Stars twinkled, a sight leaving him awed. Perhaps, he should stop moping and move on. Damn the consequences.

Penelope is waiting for Carson to return home.  Read Winter Fairy to find out what happens next.

To be entered to win your copy of Winter Fairy and be eligible for the $100 Gift Certificate, visit Total Romance Reviews Year End Splash!

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Posted in Blog Hop, Food, Giveaway, Reading, Winter Fairy

Holiday Gifts of Love

CWelcome to the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop, one of many hops run by the fabulous Carrie Ann Ryan.  Be sure to comment so you can be included in the grand prize drawing and for your chance to win an adorable  Penelope fairy custom made by Sweet Baby James Stitches.

While you’re hopping, chances are I’ll be baking or candy-making.  Spending time in the kitchen with my children (ages 9 and 5) and husband is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season.   We will bake at least five types of cookies and deliver them to neighbors, while keeping a tasty portion for ourselves and Santa.  Baking together makes a huge mess, but the joy on their faces is too good to miss.  We’ll start with sugar cookies.  Then, we’ll move on to Mint or Kiss Surprises, Chocolate Crinkles and Oatmeal Butterscotch. For something new, I think we’ll try a recipe I found for chocolate-chip-peppermint-crunch cookies.  Somewhere in there, we’ll dip pretzel sticks in white chocolate and turn them into snowmen with gum drop hats and fruit leather scarves.

By the end of the day (days? Sometimes we make the dough in advance), we’ll be covered in flour and have sugar oozing from our pores, but more importantly we will have laughed, created a precious memory and shared some happiness with special people in our lives.

I’m pretty sure young Eloise, the budding ballerina at the center of my romance WinterfairycoverWinter Fairy will be busy making cookies this weekend too.  She’d also love to win the custom fairy since it looks like her ballet teacher, Penelope.  You can meet Eloise, her father Carson and Penelope in Winter Fairy, available now in ebook and paperback at Amazon, iTunes, B&N and more.

The Rafflecopter giveaway allows extra ways to win the custom fairy. Sorry overseas fans. I can only ship to US addresses.

Let me know your favorite cookies to make (or eat) in the Comments below. Be sure to include your email to be entered to win one of three grand prizes including your choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, a $200 gift card to your choice of Amazon or B&N, or a Swag Bag (swag is US shipping only).

To get additional entries to the grand prizes, click here and visit other participating Authors and Bloggers. There are over 200 giveaways in all!

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Posted in Reading, Six Sentence Sunday, Uncategorized, Winter Fairy, Writing

Winter Fairy Six Sentence Sunday

This is my first time posting for Six Sentence Sunday and today I’m sharing from Winter Fairy, my newest release from Crimson Romance.

Single father, Carson has just arrived at his daughter’s dance studio for the show off day celebrating the end of her “Fairy Dreams” class.  A loud blast of music, followed by a giggle draws his attention to the corner and he gets his first glimpse of Penelope.

She was taller than the other fairies. He guessed she stood closer to 5’7″ than 3’6″. The woman wore shimmery blue-green wings that reminded him of the water off the small island where he honeymooned years ago. She had a blond pixie cut and large blue eyes that gave her the look of an overgrown Tinkerbell. When she moved, light reflected off her body like tiny fireworks. This must Eloise’s infamous Miss Penny.

Are you as curious as Carson?  You can find Winter Fairy at Amazon, Crimson Romance, iTunes and more.

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Posted in Uncategorized

Winter Fairy: The deleted scene

This was the lone scene in Winter Fairy written from the point of view of five year old Eloise. Her mother died when she was two and a half and she’s acutely aware of not having a mother. Carson tries his best, but being a single parent to his temperamental, emotionally fragile daughter has left little time and desire for a social life until he meets Eloise’s dance teacher, Penelope.  It’s morning on January first.

Eloise woke up disoriented and in need of the bathroom.  She cast off her blanket but still couldn’t roll out of bed like normal.  Something was wrong. Then she remembered. She was on the couch.  She rolled the other way and put her feet down on something lumpy.  She screamed in surprise and the thing moved.  It was Miss Penny!  It wasn’t a dream. She was here. Maybe she would make pancakes. Some of her friends had moms that did that. 

In her enthusiasm, she squealed and woke everyone up. Today was a good day. She could tell. 

Hope you enjoy this little teaser.  Let me know what you think.