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Month: July 2018

Sweet Illusions is on Sale!

Sweet Illusions is on Sale!

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Eva Malone was very young when her mother forced the family to join a violent doomsday cult, but she remembers a little about how normal life used to be. As a young woman, she escapes the cult and relocates to Indigo Bay, South Carolina to pursue her dream of peaceful anonymity.

After several tumultuous years as a policeman in Atlanta, Ben Andrews has had enough. He returns home and joins the Indigo Bay PD, where the most exciting part of the job is getting a kitten out of a tree or rescuing tourists who lose their keys at the beach.

Eva and Ben are immediately drawn to each other. But as the prophesied date of the apocalypse draws near and the cult steps up its efforts to find her, Eva realizes she can’t maintain her sweet illusion forever.

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Birds, birds, birds

Birds, birds, birds

It started with this mercury glass owl I found at Hobby Lobby. Then it moved on to owl prints, owl screen savers, and a Pinterest board devoted to owls.

… Then I found the eagle live cams and spent all spring watching the baby eagles grow up.

… Then I put a wild bird feeder in the backyard and have had fun adjusting the various seed mixtures to draw all kinds of birds. Last night we had a family of quail with adorable babies!

… Then I found parrot videos on YouTube. Pebble is my favorite but there’s also Harley, Max, Parrot Playhouse, and Petra Gray.*

… Then I started visiting the exotic bird rescue near my house. Yesterday, I met my first Moluccan cockatoo in person. And I fell in love in 14 seconds…

This beauty has a strange name that I can’t remember and she’s not available for adoption (she was hanging out at the store while her owners were away). But even if she were adoptable, I wouldn’t do it. My family thinks it’s only a matter of time before I come home with a bird, but they can rest easy. I do not have time to care for a bird, especially one as complicated as a cockatoo. Plus, this video doesn’t do it justice, but Moluccans are the loudest parrots in the world and those chirps were unbelievable! My ears were ringing by the time we left.

So I’ll continue to visit and enjoy them outside and probably bug you once in a while with bird posts. And who knows, there might even be a bird rescuer in one of my books someday. May as well put this interest to use, right?

*Just FYI: Pebble was abused and taught bad language by some of her previous owners. Her current owner does not encourage the swearing, but she busts out some very salty language sometimes.

Romance with HEART

Romance with HEART

With every story, I write, I spend hours brainstorming, researching, outlining, developing characters, drafting, and, inevitably, deleting thousands of words that end up going nowhere.

And eventually … somewhere in that process … something incredible happens and I find the heart of the story. That little bit of magic that makes it come alive and turns it from words on my computer screen into something real. That thing that gives in breath and makes in unique from any other story I’ve written.

Sometimes I find the heart of the story right away, like in The Passionate One. Sometimes it takes longer. I deleted almost thirty thousand words from The Ambitious One and rewrote the entire second half when it just didn’t seem to work.  Sometimes I still haven’t found it. I’ve been promising you the final book in The Billionaire Bride Pact for months. But The Heartbroken One is still sitting in draft form, whispering for me to dig a little deeper, to find the heart of Nikki and Darrin’s story.

Short romances are a quick-turn market. I wish I could write as fast as some of my colleagues and release a book every four or six weeks. But, everyone has their own process and this is mine. I can’t get excited about something until I’ve put my heart into it and in doing so, found it’s heart in return.

So when looking at a little branding tweak, Romance with Heart seemed appropriate to me. What do you think?