Christmas Pets & Kisses is Live!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Today's the day! Christmas Pets & Kisses is Live!

Warm your hearts this holiday season with twelve all-new sweet romances from best-selling authors. If you enjoyed Christmas Pets and Kisses you'll love following some old friends and meeting some new ones. This delightful collection of pets, from paws and hooves to wings and fins, deliver another round of Christmas magic and true love. 

It’s Always Something - Nikki Lynn Barrett - It's hard to be a celebrity couple in the spotlight. All Quinn and Tucker McGinnis want to do is spend their first holiday season together, but it's always something keeping them apart. 

The Oblivious Girl’s Handbook - DelSheree Gladden - Being oblivious to all the signs that your life is about to fall apart doesn't stop it from happening to Sara Taylor. Alone except for the cat her boyfriend left behind to teach her a lesson, Sara has no clue how to survive on her own. Will her friend Monroe step in to help? 

Her Christmas Chance - Rachelle Ayala- When a persistent cat keeps breaking into Chance Martin’s workshop, he isn’t prepared to meet his reclusive owner--a woman with more than a face to hide. 

Sold! - J.L. Campbell - Christmas looks dismal this year for Feechi Anoduro, until she meets Carsten Raimes, who brings not only good luck, but the chance for her seven year old to keep Max, his beloved Yorkshire terrier. 

Unexpected Gift 2 - Chantel Rhondeau - Housekeeper Dani Johnson is nursing a broken heart, so flees across the country to hide out in New York. Certain even Christmas festivities can’t thaw her frozen heart, Dani is in for a shock when she meets the local veterinarian technician and his adorable kittens. 

Home for the Holidays - Michele Shriver - Her personal and professional life in shambles, New York lawyer Melanie Holister returns home to small town Iowa for the holidays, where she crosses paths with her high school crush Kaeden McGrath. 

Merry Mountain Christmas - P.C. Zick - Fran is adjusting after her husband’s death when her first love comes back to town upsetting her family and leading her to an inspiration that will change both of their lives. 

Paper Love- Aubrey Wynne - Ben has pulled out all the stops to gain Joss’s trust. When a stray carrier pigeon appears on his deck, the bird and an origami obsession save the day. 

Kindled - Jade Kerrion - An injured male ballet dancer returns home to recuperate, but his massage therapist is his former dance partner and the woman who broke his heart 

A Christmas Snowstar - Nancy Radke - Two neighboring ranchers struggle to save a new-born foal from wolves in a blizzard, while becoming reacquainted after years of separation. 

Melanie’s Christmas Gift - Sharon Coady - With Christmas approaching and a new baby on the way Melanie is not a happy little girl feeling the baby will take her place in her new step-mother's heart. 

A Miracle for Happiness - Annamaria Bazzi - Brian finds his second chance at love, but never bargained having to fight for his beloved Amelia’s life.

Don't delay, get your copy of CHRISTMAS PETS & KISSES 2 for only $0.99 today!


IWSG Anthology Update

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Today is another IWSG posting. The first Wednesday of the month is when we release our fears to the writing world and offer encouragement to other writers on the journey. Today, Captain Alex's trusty helpers are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!

The question for today is How do you know when your story is ready?

Since I've been at this a while, for me, it's simple. My story is complete when on the edits, I am sure that I've tied up all plot points satisfactorily to answer all questions.

At the point where I start feeling sick and tired of my writing, that's usually a good time to quit. Also, when I start putting back commas I've taken out, that's the last step that tells me the book is finished.

How do you know when your story is finished?

For those who are competitive and like to give themselves a writing workout, don't forget the Anthology contest is open. Get details here. Please note that the word count has been revised, so your stories can be between 3,000 and 6,000 words. Have fun creating those stories!

Sold! On Christmas Pets & Kisses 2

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

My novel, Sold!, will be included in the Christmas Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set, which is due for release on October 11! 


Christmas looks dismal this year for Feechi Anoduro, until she meets Carsten Raimes at an auction. 

This mysterious man not only brings good luck, but the chance for Feechi's seven-year-old son to keep Max, his beloved Yorkshire terrier. 

Get your copy of this heartwarming story in Christmas Pets & Kisses 2.

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5 Reasons You Should Read The Short Game

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Paulette Harper has been good enough to give me a little shout on on her blog. Nothing But Books. So if you didn't know about The Short Game, you can hop over there and say hello. Meantime, I'm giving you reasons to check it out over here. 

Sooooo, if this has piqued your interest, there's no better time to buy than now.

IWSG Anthology Contest News

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Our awesome co-hosts today are C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

September’s question of the month - How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

For years now, writing has become an integral part of what I do. It doesn't come naturally every day, but that's where discipline comes in. If I've committed to writing a story, then it means I have to sit down and put in the words. I've grown accustomed to writing during whatever time I have available - before work, at lunch time and after work as well. That's how I had a stockpile of stories before I signed my first publishing contract. 

It's a matter of making time for what is important to me and applying a generous helping of discipline to get each story done. 

And with that said, I have interesting news to share ...

Announcing the 2016 IWSG Anthology Contest!

Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Fantasy

Theme: Hero Lost. It could be about a hero turned villain, a villain's redemption, a hero's lack of confidence, a hero's lack of smarts, etc. It can be about any kind of hero including superheroes, mythological heroes, unexpected or unlikely heroes, or a whole new kind of hero. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence.

Deadline: November 1st 2016

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted, previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details and if you are part of the Blogging or Facebook IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!

Our amazing judges this year:

Elizabeth S. Craig writes cozy mystery series for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine

Richard Harland finished his first novel in 1993 and resigned a university lectureship to become a full-time writer. With seventeen fantasy, SF and horror novels published since, he went international with his steampunk fantasies, Worldshaker, Liberator and Song of the Slums. He has won six Aurealis Awards and the A. Bertram Chandler Award in Australia, the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award in France. Writing Tips

Laura Maisano has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM, and she’s finishing up the sequel UNITY.

Russell C. Connor has been writing horror since the age of 5, and has been in the self-publishing industry for a decade. He has published 8 novels and 4 novellas in both paperback and eBook, including the Box Office of Terror Trilogy and "Whitney," an epic horror novel about hurricane survivors fighting a washed-ashore sea monster. He also designs books for clients and assists them with self-publishing endeavors.

Dawn Frederick is the founder of Red Sofa Literary, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency, and she brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, & book development at a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency.

Michelle L. Johnson is a literary agent, the founder of Inklings Literary Agency and has a business administration background in addition to a lifetime of working with books (sales, editing, and writing) and authors (marketing, promoting, event planning), and also has been a script/story consultant for an independent film.

Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.

Author, Public Speaker, and Executive Producer, Lynn Tincher was born just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful city of La Grange. She has written four books, with the fifth one currently in the making. Her first book, Afterthoughts was optioned for movie production by Kilted Pictures and Dancing Forward Productions in Los Angeles. It is currently in pre-production with plans to shoot in Louisville, Kentucky very soon.

When Things Become Sticky ...

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Enjoy a sample from The Short Game, where a couple of friends make the journey from friends to lovers, despite the odds.

Garth got out of his seat so suddenly, he startled me. He picked up his crutch, wedged it under his left arm and spun toward the door.

When my head cleared a second or so later, I got up and went around the desk to help him.

He ignored me and kept on going. When he reached the door, I was there before him and pressed my back to the panels.

Garth stood within a foot of me and only then did I realize my mistake. Being this close to him wasn't a good idea, considering our seemingly-sudden attraction to each other. I swallowed and let my breath out through my lips. My next gulp of air made me all too aware of the hint of musk in his cologne. I looked up at him, speaking quietly. "I didn't mean to hurt your feelings."

His eyes softened a little, but he didn't respond. His high cheekbones were taut and so were his lips. He stared back at me, his gaze as intense as mine.

I opened my mouth, but couldn't get a word out. I licked my lips, which was another error.
He took a step forward, his gaze focused on my face.

With my palm, I pressed his chest to get him away from me. His intention was as clear as if he'd said the words. He was going to kiss me again.

"Garth, no."

That didn't stop him because he lowered his head toward mine. Our lips touched and I stepped into his space, closing my eyelids as my mouth opened. His tongue invaded my mouth, gently at first and then more demanding. He was impatient and insistent, pulling me against his body with an arm curled around my waist.

I made a protesting sound in my throat which died as his tongue swirled and danced around mine. I needed air, but it was as if with Garth here like this, breathing was secondary.

So attuned was he to my thoughts that he withdrew, pressing tiny kisses to the corner of my mouth. My arms slid up to circle his neck while he loosed my shirt from the waist of my pants, stroking my skin. For an indeterminate amount of time, we had a silent exchange, a transfer of ideas, sharing things we'd never said.

Then reality asserted itself and I pressed my fingers to his lips. "Garth, we—"

He tilted his head sideways and came in close, nibbling my bottom lip.

When he had me releasing tiny moans that he absorbed with his mouth, I relaxed against him while his body betrayed how badly he wanted me
Some part of my brain was still functional because when the buzzing started, so did the alarm bells in my head. The harsh vibrations continued and it occurred to me that someone was pressing the button at the front door.

My blood turned cold and chills chased from my head to my feet and back. My eyes went wide and I jerked away from Garth. "Jace. He's supposed to—"

"Shhh." Garth pressed a final kiss to my lips and eased my shirt back inside the waist of my pants.


Garth pulled his phone from his pants pocket. "Go let him in. I'll call for a cab."


He silenced me again. "You keep saying that. It's okay. I'll be okay, but we do need to talk."

"Sure." I licked my lips as if that would make his flavor disappear from my taste buds and my mind.

As I approached the front door, Jace got out his phone, touched the screen several times and then put it to his ear. His frown disappeared when I buzzed him in. "What on earth took you so long?"

"Hello to you too." I stepped back to let him in. "I was in my office with—"

"What the hell is he doing here?" 

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When You Neglect Prime Real Estate

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yup, I'm talking about this blog. I do a much better job of keeping on top of things when I write them down. Having written out a schedule early in the year, some tasks have been ticked off and more added. It seems I need to make an entry for a once-weekly blog hit and not become so random as to forget to keep this spot current.

In looking at the things I have lined up, I realize that I have books on my plate for completion by year end than what is feasible. Sure, I'd love to complete the three books I have in mind, but before that I have two complete works that need editing. One with an October deadline and the other comes due in December.

Recently, I read a book that recommended taking on no more than three major projects in a year. That would make sense for many of us and then not so much for prolific writers like myself. 

With that said, I'm definitely on the path that says stop and smell the roses. From here on in, I'll pace myself better with the fiction projects. The non-fiction ones are usually by deadline and those can also get stressful. In any event, proper scheduling makes the difference.

Have you been working with a schedule? Do you know what's on the agenda for the next quarter of the year?

I have a post on the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog today that discusses Five Important Skills for the Indie Writer. Hop over and have a look if you have a minute. Enjoy your week! 

Meet a Host of Romance Writers!

Monday, August 15, 2016

New week ... New opportunities. Here's what's going on this week. 

Check out the Sun Sets on Summer Super Sale & Giveaway!

36 Romance Authors are offering 73 books...

Most of them are on sale for a limited time. It's just our way of thanking our loyal readers.
Even better, we've pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media. 

Here's the link to the Sun Sets on Summer Super Sale & Giveaway:

Be sure to hop over and check out these romance novels from a variety of writers.

The Short Game - Discounted This Weekend!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I'm running a price promotion on The Short Game this weekend, so if you haven't bought a copy as yet, this is a good time to get one. It's only $0.99.

One kiss. Two Friends. Three relationships changed. Garth and Anna-Lise have been golfing buddies for fifteen years, but it isn't until he's in an accident that they realize their feelings run way deeper than they think. Can they go from friends to lovers despite opposition?

Be sure to pick up your copy this weekend -

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Monday, August 8, 2016

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61 Romance Authors are offer 63 Books for FREE!

Don't miss this event running from Monday, August 8th through Thursday, August 11th.
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