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.

Happy #BookLoversDay!

For #bookloversday, here’s a wee exchange between my favorites, Ashe and Riley:

While she prepared coffee, Ashe browsed through her books, pulling one out here and there to open it and flip through the pages, and always taking care of how he opened them. She could have sworn she caught him smelling the books, especially the vintage ones that belonged to her mother. Jane Eyre was one that he pulled out and flip through the pages, and Riley caught him smile to himself when he pulled out her mother’s copy of Madame Bovary.

“Do you like to read?” she asked.

“I do, yes,” Ashe replied as he returned a book to the shelf. “Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to read these days, unless it’s to research a role. If I have some time, I read on my phone, but I do miss the feel of a real book in my hands.”

-from Loving Ashe, Book 1 of the Celebrity series

 

More Than A New Look

A few days ago, I updated the cover for Collateral Attraction. I dropped the series name because honestly, I don’t know if it will get a second book and when it does get a second book, I’ll release it without much fanfare… or with a lot fanfare, you never know. At least, that’s less pressure for me not to have a series name on it.

But a new cover for a book won’t help sell a book if other elements in your “landing page” sucks. A landing page is basically where your reader “lands” when they click on your link. It can be a web page like this or if your book is in Kindle Unlimited, then it’s the Amazon product page.

Of all my books, I really had the worst time crafting the right description for Heath and Billie’s story.  It doesn’t help that descriptions or blurbs are harder to write than the actual story. How do you condense your 80K word story into 200 words or less?

So what’s Collateral Attraction about?

It’s about identical twins who don’t get along, billionaire brothers who don’t get along and someone out to get them while they’re too busy not getting along. So yes, complicated. But then, if they got along, I wouldn’t have a story…

So tonight I set out to redo the description to go with the cover, and I hope this time, it makes sense.

Collateral Attraction

First impressions count. Too bad Heath’s first impression of me is wrong. So wrong.

When I first meet ruthless billionaire Heath Kheiron, he mistakes me for my twin sister, Blythe, who’s dating his older brother, Ethan.

I may have been too shocked to slap him when he calls her a gold digger, but when he calls her a thief and a fraud, I know he’s crossed the line and no matter what he thinks she did, I’m determined to prove him wrong.

But Heath isn’t my only concern.

Someone is setting my sister up to the tune of four million dollars in embezzled funds, and I need to find her before anyone else does.

There’s only one snag: I have to work with Heath to get to her.

“A mistaken identity story that straddles romance and chick lit.” – RT Book Reviews

So, what do you think?

Falling For Jordan

SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 18

Some one-night stands are just that: one-night stands…

But for transplant physician Addison Rowe, it means a baby nine months later and a story she’s stuck to about being a single mother. By choice.

Besides, after last year’s scandal involving her colleague, Dr. Harlow James, Addison’s got a professional reputation to protect.

But when her one-night hookup returns home after a year spent building schools in Southeast Asia, she’ll need to decide whether sticking to her story to maintain her reputation is more important than accepting the truth and maybe even finding true love.

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What I’m Reading

I’ve been wanting to read this since it first came out but never got the time because of my deadlines and constant marketing stuff. Well, now that Facebook Ad Manager has finally broken up with me for the third and final time, I now have tons of time in my hands.

Actually, I don’t because I have a publishing deadline to meet although with characters refusing to talk to me, looks like it’s not gonna happen anyway. But I digress.

So needing some time to decompress from all the writing and marketing, I’m reading When Breath Becomes Air, the bestselling memoir of the late neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi who was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at thirty-six. “One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.”

I’ve actually been listening to the audiobook for the last three weeks but because of deadlines, I just haven’t been able to finish it. Not that I wanted to. There were passages I had to pause and repeat until I figured I might as well have the book in my hands so I could read the lines again and again. So finally, yesterday, I placed my order for the paperback and today it arrived.

“Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” 
― Paul KalanithiWhen Breath Becomes Air