A Nice Surprise

Today I got this in the mail and I’m so happy. It’s the paperback edition of In His Heart complete with a new cover that best fits Josh and Olivia, the couple inside my head. It’s a novella, about 32K words trimmed down from its original 52K word novel after I thought it was going to end up in a summer box set only to pull out at the last minute and release it on my own.

While most of my other characters have lots of angst, Josh and Livvy don’t have that much. They have some issues, but it’s nothing like the people around them – or the other characters inside my head, that is.

Some books just make me smile and In His Heart, at least in the happy department, is on top of that list.

For Your Ears Only

Last June, I decided to have Everything She Ever Wanted available as an audiobook, and in the midst of getting that set up, I met narrator Tracy Marks and suddenly, Loving Ashe was getting an audiobook version, too. It definitely wasn’t on my publishing schedule for the year but that’s life for you. So if you’re wondering why I’ve been so distracted this summer, here’s one of the reasons why.

And it’s all so worth it!

So while I’m waiting for all the final stuff to arrive, here’s a sample for you to check out! And if you’d like to review the audiobook (because I will be needing reviews on Audible), let me know and I’ll be sure to send you a code to download Ashe and Riley’s story.

You can also listen to it on Soundcloud:

Treat Yourself with Romance Books Today!

I feel like I should be holding a basket somewhere and sprinkling flower petals and glitter to anyone passing by this blog – only it’s free books. Either that or I should make myself a cup of coffee first and wake up so I make some sense.

But I don’t want you to miss the chance of downloading over 75 free books today – and today only! So head on over to OMGReads and find as many books as you want to fill your e-reader. It’s not just for your Kindle. There are books for your iPad, Nook or Kobo reader, too!

And no, there’s no catch at all! Just free romance books – 75 of them that you can download today only.

So what else have I been doing? Well, I’ve had to push back the release date of Falling for Jordan to October and now I have 40 days to rewrite this baby. Yup, I am in rewrite city as we speak although today, I only wrote only 800 words when my goal was to write more. But it’s a whole new Addison and Jordan, and more of the type of heroes and heroines that usually make my heart beat faster.

Other than that, the kid is back in school and so I’ve been able to think a bit clearly – hence the rewrite and the whole “what-on-earth-was-I-thinking-I-could-write-x-amount-of-books-during-the-summer?” I’ve snapped out of that hallucination and will be writing what I want to write when I want to write, no pressure.

Well… maybe a little.

A New Voice: Zainab Muhammad Shaheed and Kaneez’s Bulbul

Today was release day for Love Unlimited Anthology which features stories by eleven authors (including moi!) about love and its many incarnations. I didn’t say much about this anthology because I figured I had so many things on my plate as it was that you guys must be shaking your heads every time I write about one more project – even as my own project, Falling for Jordan, languishes in the sidelines and may be pushed back indefinitely.

So I figured I’d wait until release day to say something about it.

Well, I’m really happy for this anthology because not only are there eleven stories that cross generations, cultural backgrounds, and borders, there are three (I think there are three!) debut writers in the mix! Love Unlimited Anthology is their first published work and I am just so thrilled for them! Like… beyond thrilled. I’m also happy that I haven’t scared them off with my crankiness throughout the whole process!

But kidding aside, one of the stories I was looking forward to the most was Zainab Muhammad Shaheed’s story, Kaneez’s Bulbul. It’s world literature which is something I love and miss terribly. One of my favorite authors is Khaled Husseini who wrote The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, both books which reduced me to tears. When I read that Zainab’s story is set against the Partition of India and Pakistan, I found myself impatient to read her story. Forget that I formatted the book, I waited until release day to read it!

And honestly, it reminds me why I love world literature. There is no Hollywood ending, no Disney versions of life stories that I’ve gotten used to reading everywhere. No, Kaneez’s Bulbul is still a story about love and I know I’ll be thinking about Kaleem and his beloved long after tonight.

So if you haven’t picked it up yet, please do. It’s free and it’s a wonderful introduction to new-to-you writers with refreshing voices like Zainab. It’s even available in paperback – although I’d give it 3 days while I tweak a few things under the hood and call it done.

EDITED TO ADD: And would you look at that? I wrote a Facebook version of the post above and it turned out completely different!

Love Unlimited Anthology is Finally Here!

Did I ever tell you that I’m part of LOVE UNLIMITED, an anthology of short stories and novellas about love that crosses generations, cultural backgrounds, and borders?

Yep, I am!

There are some really cool stories in this collection (like mine!) and I hope you’ll check it out.

Oh, did I tell you that it’s FREE??? Yep, it is!

My story is Starting Over, and I may – or may not – have had Tom Hiddleston in mind when I wrote it. Unfortunately, my teaser does not look anything like Tom but he’s not bad looking either.

Download the anthology here.

The Book My Soul Wanted To Write

Today, someone posted this question in an author group I’m part of: If you had to choose only one of your books, (I know it’s like choosing between your kids), which book would you say is your favorite? And why?

It took me less than a few seconds to know what my favorite book was.

“Everything She Ever Wanted. After hubby asked me to stop using ‘his’ married name as my author name, I swore my next book under my maiden name would be a hit, and while writing it last summer, it was the book that wrung out everything I was feeling inside – desperation, sadness, loneliness – but also the happiness I found in the one place I found it (NM). It’s the story my soul wanted to get out of my system and I remember how calm I was when release day came because everything just felt right, typos and all.”

I love all the books I’ve written but this turned out to be the book my soul wanted to write, hoping I’d get the message.

I’m working on it, soul. I’m working on it.

A rare Harlow only teaser which is also one of my favorites.

Have you read my books? What’s your favorite? Why?

Here’s A FREE Novella For Your Monday!

Yup, you read that right! My clean and wholesome novella WILD CARD is free to download!

Daniela Simmons has stopped asking all the why’s in life.
Like, why did the accident have to happen? Why did the drunk driver not stop at the red light?
But when her name gets picked to be on a reality TV dating show, there’s a new question that she’ll need to ask herself:
“Why not?”

When Daniela Simmons’ sister enters her name in the reality TV dating show, Paired in Paradise, the last thing Daniela expects is to be chosen as the Wild Card, the latest contestant added halfway through the show to compete for the heart of billionaire adventurer, Tyler Drake.

Now, whether she likes it or not, Daniela is going to be a reality TV star.

For Tyler, being the object of the women’s affections has become exhausting.  How can one truly know who’s being real or not – including himself – with cameras constantly filming their every move and producers manipulating everything they say?  But he’s willing to coast through to the end of this fabricated fairy tale with whomever producers decide will be the best choice for him, even if it’s just for the show.

But that’s before he meets the Wild Card… and suddenly Tyler realizes that what’s best for the show isn’t necessarily the best choice for his heart.


I wrote Wild Card two years ago for a short story competition but ended up going past the word count limit of 10K words and decided to keep going. Some stories just don’t want to follow the rules and this was one of them. This was a story about a woman who, despite everything that happens to her, remains true to herself.

I hope you enjoy it and if you can, please leave a review.