Hold Up! Look Who’s Got a New Book Coming Out in Four Days!

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Yup, that’s me!

Other Side of Love is finally uploaded and waiting for release day on November 12! It’s also available on most platforms (iBooks, Amazon, Nook, and Kobo) and all you have to do is select the retailer when you click this link to preorder.

As some of you reading this blog know, I’ve been dealing with some pretty dark stuff that affected my creativity and my peace of mind. For the past seven months, I didn’t realize how deep I was processing a friend’s decision to do something that went against everything I believed in until I realized I had to stop listening (and not saying anything) to doing something about it. And that’s exactly what I did. It resulted in the end of our friendship and me walking away completely. Nineteen years of friendship gone.

I should be sad and in a way, I was. But after that moment passed, I looked at the lessons learned for that experience taught me many things.

It taught me to reclaim my time and my life and my peace of mind. My conscience, most of all. It taught me to accept that I did everything I could at the expense of my emotional and physical health but also to accept the outcome, good or bad.

It was a huge lesson and one I’m not going to forget. It means me guarding my personal space, physical, emotional, spiritual from this moment forward. It means standing up for what I believe in and no longer questioning my gut feeling day in and day out. It means trusting myself and ridding myself of toxic energy and people, even if they happen to be a “best” friend. It means knowing it’s okay to say no and walk away.

It means finally taking care of myself and the ones I love.

So… TLDR; I’m back and I’ve got a new book coming out in four days! And boy, am I excited!

How about you? How’s your day going?

 

No Commitments #TeaserTuesday

Tall and tanned from collecting samples by the San Juan River, it was a shock to the system to see him again. He’d cut his arm when the truck his colleague drove rolled off the embankment and broken glass from the side window cut through his bicep. I cleaned it and under the harried doctor’s orders, stitched it up. All that time, we never showed any sign that we knew each other. He was too busy watching my every move while I kept reminding myself to remain calm, the words It’s only Benny running through my mind like some mantra as I gave him a tetanus shot.

But this time, I knew if he’d ask me out to dinner or suggest we play hopscotch under the covers, there was no way I’d say no. And when he did, I didn’t. It was as if all the foreplay had been done back in Albuquerque two years earlier and we were ready to take it further—but just far enough so we were still comfortable, still believing we didn’t need each other for more than just sex.

No commitments, okay? I’d told him while making dinner at his apartment that night because he ended up with a fever from the tetanus shot and I told myself he needed a bit of TLC. I don’t have time for complications.

No commitments, he’d agreed as he stood behind me and planted a kiss on my shoulder. Fine with me, Sarah.

So much for that. Twelve years later, here we are.

No commitments.

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One More Day

… and Friends with Benefits will be live!

And from what I’ve heard from my ARC readers, they are loving it! Campbell has become the favorite right after Dax (sorry, but Dax, I guess is always first for many readers and I can’t blame them).

It’s also really steamy…

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Here’s an excerpt:

We stumble onto my bed, giggling as we land on the soft covers. I can’t get enough of her. My mouth travels along her cheek to the sensitive skin behind her ear, feeling her shiver against me as I continue my exploration down her neck. Her hands undo the buttons of my shirt, tugging it loose from my pants.

“Roll over,” she whispers and circling her waist with one arm, I roll onto my back while bringing her on top of me. As she straddles me, the lights from the neighboring buildings and the city below illuminate her exquisite form, casting her ginger hair in an ethereal glow.

I hold my breath, watching her slip off her dress in a slow striptease that makes me want to pull her down to the bed so I can take over. But I don’t. I like watching Caitlin take charge. I love watching her be herself with me, only this time, in a way that’s only meant for me.

Clad in only her bra and panties, she resumes her mission of getting my shirt off and with a little help from me, succeeds with a grin before blazing a trail of warm kisses on my neck and chest, all the way down my stomach. I’m so hard, her sex pressing against my erection not helping in any way. She’s determined to tease and undress me and by God, I’m letting her do it.

Until I can’t.

“You’re determined to tease me, aren’t you?” I murmur as she starts to unbuckle my belt, biting her lower lip in concentration.

“Maybe,” she whispers. “I never realized you worked out. You’re ripped.”

I trace her thigh with my fingers. “Thank you. But you never asked.”

“You never took your shirt off whenever you stopped by the house.”

“I didn’t have a reason to. Besides, it’s also been a year since I’ve seen you. I missed you last time, remember?”

My belt buckle forgotten, Caitlin slides up my body so we’re face to face again, her hair cascading along the sides of my face. I can smell her shampoo, sage and lavender. “Of course, I remember. I missed you. My partner in crime was MIA.”

“I was working, but I missed you, too.”

“No, you didn’t. You were traveling. Italy from what I heard.”

“Doesn’t mean I wasn’t working.” I gather her hair in my hand and push it to the side as we lapse into silence. I can feel her watching me, studying me. “What are you looking at?”

“You,” she replies, stroking my stubble with the back of her hand. “You’re all grown up.”

“I’m not the only one, Cait.”

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There are also two more days left to download Falling for Jordan for free. It’s where you get to meet Campbell and Caitlin for the first time before you get to dive into their story when it goes live on November 20.

Falling for Jordan http://getbook.at/jordan

Friends with Benefits http://getbook.at/campbell

Check out the series on Kindle Unlimited http://getbook.at/differentlove

 

 

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait…

Guess whose preorder just went live???

Yup! Friends with Benefits goes live in four days and I’m actually really excited! It makes for a hectic release schedule considering my last book was released less than 30 days ago but I’m also playing catch up for the year.

Friends with Benefits was supposed to be released in September and I actually forgot all about it until I was going through my Instagram archives and saw that I’d posted September 2018 on one of my teasers.

But I have no regrets! That’s because I found the best beta readers when I did go back to expand it from 36k words I left it with to 40k words which makes it a short novel! It did mean that the second book of the Holiday Engagement series went on hold but it’s all good.

That’s the beauty of not forcing myself to stick to a release schedule, the one change in my author business that is saving my sanity. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Friends with Benefits, the fourth book in A Different Kind of Love series featuring characters you’ve met in Falling for Jordan, Campbell and Caitlin.

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 💕 FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS 💕
(A Different Kind of Love Novel #4)

I’ve known Campbell all my life. He’s the boy next door and my brother’s best friend. He’s also the only guy I can completely be my geeky nerdy self with.

But when I wake up in his bed the morning after his company holiday party, there are two things I suddenly can’t ignore: One, Campbell Murphy is all grown up in more ways than one, and two, I no longer want to be “just” his best friend’s sister.

But is a fling worth sacrificing a lifetime of trust between families? Or is it worth a shot at something that had always been there all along?

PREORDER IS LIVE!

Falling for Jordan #TeaserTuesday

The sidewalks aren’t crowded at this time of the morning and I like it. Piper probably thinks it’s one of our leisurely walks, although this time, there’s no elevator ride up to the High Line where I walk all the way to the end of the line and back. Sometimes I find an empty bench and read a book while she naps in her stroller or peruse the art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Jordan says, breaking the silence between us after we emerge from the subway, coming up the stairs with me carrying the baby carrier and him, the stroller.

“Yep, a beautiful day for a DNA test.” The words come out before I can stop them and he rewards me with an annoyed glare. I don’t know why I’m being snarky other than I’m nervous. “I’m sorry. This is all so new to me.”

“And you think that it isn’t for me?” His frown is replaced with a smile when Piper gurgles at him after I set the carrier back in the stroller.

“I’m sorry.”

“That’s alright. I understand we’re both stressed right now,” he says. “How long before we find out?”

“Three days. And from there, based on the results, either your life will change or it won’t.”

“Addy, my life changed when you told me that Piper’s mine. And honestly, I believe you,” he says. “I do have to tell my family.”

My heart skips a beat. I knew it! He has a family. A girlfriend and maybe kids. Just because he said he wasn’t married or isn’t wearing a ring didn’t mean he didn’t have kids.

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Falling For Jordan

SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE:
OCTOBER 20

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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So Hey! I’ve Got A New Book Coming Out!

Life is all about changes and for me, one of them came unexpectedly yesterday. My novella, In His Heart, trimmed from a 50K word novel to fit the requirements of a box set, is out of said box set and is now a free agent. Don’t ask, don’t tell as they say but it’s all good. Just don’t ask me to join another box set. Like, ever.

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What’s really cool is that I get to finally name the series that comprise Finding Sam and the upcoming novella, In His Heart, and what could be more perfect than California Love? No, it’s not on that banner thing because I was busy heating hotdogs for the little guy while trying to be creative #fail

Edited to add: I did get my act together and put the series name on there!

But it’s all about new beginnings and changes and that’s what this post is about. It’s not really a formal announcement or anything. More like the usual thinking-out-loud process I go through when undertaking something I didn’t plan at all while in the midst of writing another story due in September… well, until yesterday afternoon when the decision was made that I could leave the box set freely and finally this morning, when I got my cover all spiffed up and the ebook file ready to go.

If you’ve read Finding Sam, then you’ve read the teaser for In His Heart at the back of the book. If not, you can read the full prologue here.

Preorder links should be live in the next three days and for the introductory price of 99 cents, it’s an awesome deal! Oh, and it’s got some steamy bits… probably two.

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Coming Soon: Falling for Jordan

Say hi to Addison, Jordan, and baby Piper!

This is the stock photo I absolutely fell in love with and had to write a story for.  That image is on two other book covers but I DON’T CARE.  Well, maybe I will when it’s closer to release day but I freaking LOVE that baby!  And did I say that her name is Piper?  And her mom is Addison Rowe, as in Dr. Rowe from Everything She Ever Wanted, the transplant physician who happens to be part of Harlow’s group practice.

I had first published (for preorder) it on Pronoun last month but the word “placeholder” triggered something so they couldn’t publish it until I replaced the file.  Here’s hoping the second try will go through.

Excerpt:

“You can send him in.”

Kathy hesitates, her brow furrowing as she studies me for a few moments. “Okay. Just holler if you need me.”

“Give me five minutes before you do, though.” I get up from my desk and shut the door behind her. My heart is pounding, and I’m shaking. Why is he here, and why now? I sent him those text messages a year ago; not too many that it would make it appear that I was stalking him, and not too few to make it appear like I didn’t care. Just two messages asking if we could meet and talk.

Addison: Can we meet over coffee?

His answer was brief—and two weeks late.

Jordan: I can’t right now. What is this about?

Addison: I can’t say it over the phone but I need to talk to you.

He never answered after that. And I didn’t follow it up with anything else. If he didn’t want to know, then he didn’t deserve to.

I check my reflection in the mirror, smoothing my brown hair with my fingers. My makeup is simple, just a light foundation and a dusting of powder so I don’t look too plain. Light eyeshadow and mascara and little liner. These days, I don’t have time to play makeup like I used to. My schedule is crazy enough as it is.

I press my lips together, noting the lines that have begun to form along the corners. Damn laugh lines. I’m only 32-years-old, for crying out loud, although I do take care of myself the best I can despite my crazy schedule. Monthly massages and facials though I do my nails myself. Just to be sure, I check my cuticles.

Stop it, Addison. This isn’t why he’s seeing you.

I take a deep breath and open the door just as Kathy lets a tall man with cropped strawberry blond hair into the back office. He’s more handsome than I remember him, with deep blue eyes and a kind smile. Stubble lines his wide jaw. With his broad chest and shoulders and defined thighs, he’s clearly spent a lot of time at the gym. Is that why he never bothered to answer my text messages? Too busy working out?

Preorder is Live for Just You & Me

Wouldn’t you know it, but I’m in a box set that releases this summer!

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If you’ve read Finding Sam, then you’ve met Olivia and Josh and you’ll find their story in Just You & Me, a box set that features USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors… and me!  And the set is on pre-order for the unbeatable price of 99 cents!

Just You & Me launches on May 30, 2017!

 

My Book Plans… So Far

Such an unimaginative title for my post today but that’s only because I finally caught the cold the kiddo has been fighting the past two weeks.  Just the other day, I congratulated myself for not having caught it but I spoke too soon.  I felt it yesterday when everything started to hurt, even my teeth, and today, my nose is runny.  I know, TMI.

But I’m still editing the sequel to Loving Ashe.  After all, I’ve got 45 or so days left before it launches on March 30, and I need to get it all done (self-edited and revised) before my editor gets it at the end of the month.  From then on, it’s crunch time.  I don’t know if she will like it or not, but either way, I’ll probably be a mess in March.  But that’s the name of the author game, which is why, right now, I’m working on the book one chapter at a time just making sure that the plot and character arc are as perfect as I can make it while shutting out the voice of the one beta reader who hated it and everyone else who wanted it to be another 50 Shades of Grey.  *And no, I can’t let this series go there; that will be for the pen name.  It also doesn’t help that my mother just went on an Amazon binge, buying all my books last week… 

Like Loving Ashe, Loving Riley is packed with plot and is written the way I like my mainstream books – with lots of drama and more drama. I’ve only been agonizing over this book for the last year and a half which is why it’s not going to get that great a fanfare as Everything She Ever Wanted did.  For the first time in my author career, I’m petrified over whether readers will like Ashe’s story or not.  But then, at the same time, I tell myself that it’s my story and I can’t please everyone.  There will always be haters.

Yup, that’s the cover! And if you swore you saw a different one (or two), well, this is the final cover!

So far, this is how my schedule looks so far.

  • February 27Loving Riley manuscript due to the editor
  • March 30 – book launch for Loving Riley
  • March 30 – manuscript of In His Heart due for a box set I’m part of that releases in May
  • Somewhere in between – Blythe’s story from the Fire & Ice series
  • September 18 – book launch for Falling for Jordan

Falling for Jordan is one of those books that wasn’t in the original publishing schedule but the moment I saw the stock photo, I knew I HAD to write the story.  And so I have it already set up to release on September 18, and with the first chapter already done (kinda), I’ll be working on it in the summer.

In the midst of that schedule above, I also have books scheduled for the pen name – it’s a darker series and so it won’t get air time here.

All these books also mean one thing: I’m moving away from the world of Dax and Harlow for awhile, but not before setting them up for one more photo shoot. (I do have three more books planned in that universe, so not to worry!)

I had redone my books with my new author brand font which meant I had to redo the paperback. Somehow, though, I ended up making the name so big to match the title, and honestly, it’s so big at the bottom it’s a miracle it didn’t get cut off in the printing.  But it’s still so pretty – and guess what?! It has the epilogue I swore I wasn’t going to write!