Come join me today at Read a Romance Month. Learn why Romance Changes the World. Learn my recommendations for authors and books and who most influenced my life. While you’re there, you can see the posts from authors every day this month and enter to win dozens of prizes. among those, you can win Knight of Ocean Avenue or Knave of Broken Hearts to get you ready for the release of Fool of Main Beach tomorrow (actually, tonight at midnight)Don’t miss this fun Here’s the schedule —
Hi — In only a few days, you’ll have your copy of FOOL OF MAIN BEACH in your hands. You can preorder it now HERE. I thought you might enjoy a few random facts related to this book —
- 1. Main Beach is the central beach in Laguna Beach, CA. On the seawall beside the sand, years who, someone painted “The Handmaid’s Tale Was Right”. I never pass the beach without thinking of that sign.
- 2. The title of the book, Fool of Main Beach, helped suggest the story. I liked the idea of including Fool in my naming convention, which includes Knight, Knave, Prince, and Lord. When i thought of Fool it suggested a character that people might underestimate and think was slow or even stupid. My hero Tom grew out of that idea.
- I knew i wanted a story for Merle Justice who was a secondary character in Prince of the Playhouse. In that book there was another character who people loved and thought might end up with Merle, but when it came time to write the story, another lover stepped up.
- The location of Merle’s new home that Tom is helping to build in Fool of Main Beach is just a few blocks from where i lived for 28 years.
- If you read many of my books, you know that a lot of them include pets, most often cats. In this Love in Laguna Series, there are cats in Knight of Ocean Avenue, Prince of the Playhouse, and Lord of a Thousand Steps. In real life, however, i have a dog and i decided it was time that the canines got their due. Tom and his beloved dogs more than make up for any previous underrepresentation by man’s best friend.
Fool of Main Beach is a favorite book of mine — and i hope it will be of yours also. Read an except HERE. And you can preorder now.
Hi. I’ll bet you agree that if a book has a great beginning, we’ll read that book. If it has a great ending, we’ll read the author’s next book. I love writing endings and my readers tell me they like them. I write VERY happy ever afters as a general rule. Many of my books even have a wedding.
Because i love great story endings, I enjoyed this video of the Top 10 Best Romance Endings. Many of these are bittersweet or even sad, which i can appreciate — but never write. See if you agree with this list of the best movie endings for a romance.
My new book, Fool of Main Beach, is coming in a couple weeks and is available for preorder now. It’s already on the bestseller lists! If you’d like to read an excerpt or know more, click HERE.
I’m so excited to have 4 new books on the Dreamspinner Coming Soon Page. Check them out! Here they are–
July 11 — Une Mariee sur Mesure, the French translation of Taylor Maid releases soon.
July 12th — the re-release of FAST Balls, Tara’s firefighter romance, is coming!
July 18th — Tara’s popular cowboy story, Cowboys Don’t Come Out, will release in German as Kein Coming Out fur Cowboys
July 19th — the same book comes out the next day in French titled Les Cowboys Se Murent Dans les Silence
If you’ve visited the blog or my FB page anytime recently, you know that my next release is Return of the Chauffeur’s Son, which releases June 2nd (a week from when i’m writing this). You may also know that this book is an homage to an old romantic movie and might have guessed which film from the book title.Confirmed! The old movie is Sabrina, a charming romance from the 1950s i think that you might have seen on TV. (They’ve remade the movie but the new one isn’t nearly as good as the original. Try to find it.) The original stars were Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and the amazing Audrey Hepburn. When i was young, people used to tell me that i looked like Audrey and that inspired me to seek out her films. I love bunches of them — Roman Holiday, Funny Face and especially Sabrina. In this original, Humphrey Bogart was too old to be the romantic lead, but Audrey is so engaging and amazing that i don’t think anyone cared.
A lot about the film is old and outdated today and i had a great time taking the tropes of the film and i hope the effervescent mood and translating it into a contemporary romance that just happens to be a triangle between three men. I reset the story in Napa Valley, California and filled it with the wine and food of that region, a detail i think captures some of the sensory quality of the movie.
If you plan to read the book, i hope you’ll pre-order it now. Here is the link to Amazon. And you can find it t all other retailers. To read an excerpt, Click HERE. I hope you enjoy it as much as i loved writing it. Here’s to Audrey!
I’m off to RT17 in a couple hours! To celebrate the huge Romantic Tomes Booklovers Convention, Dreamspinner Press is offering 30% OFF everything in their store. That means almost all my books — ebook and print — is 30% off because mot of my books are at Dreamspinner. As you know, DsP also has so many of your favorite authors like Amy Lane, Charlie Cochet, Andrew Grey, Rhys Ford, Mary Calmes and so many more. So here are some links to my newest books that are on sale, but once there, be sure to shop around!
Return of the Chauffeur’s Son — This is my “champagne cocktail” of a book that pays homage to one of the best romantic movies ever made! You can pre-order it now at 30% OFF! HERE
Beach Balls — Releasing in a week, Beach Balls is my sexy enemies to lover romance that explores the mysteries of sex underwater. See it HERE.
Brush with Catastrophe — A paranormal full of witches, mysterious cats, a cute nerd faced with saving the world and a very hidden lover. Check it out HERE.
Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns — One of my most popular titles, this cowboys romance introduces you to a hunky bull rider and the gorgeous, toppy decorator he falls for. It’s available 30% off HERE
Volley Balls and Fire Balls — For print lovers, these two popular novellas are together in one print volume — coming next week! Pre-order HERE.
And, of course, i have many other books on the Dreamspinner shelves. All 30% OFF! See them all HERE.
I hope i get to see you at RT! HUGS!!
Hi — I know some of you are big fans of paranormal romance as well as scifi and fantasy. So heads up because you can get Wolves and a Panther for 30% OFF! Among other things. Dreamspinner Press is having a big sale on all their paranormal, scifi and fantasy titles, which is a whole lotta great books, my friends.
I’ll tell you about my books in this sale —
The Pack or the Panther — my first ever werewolf book and the first book i wrote for Dreamspinner Press. If you like cats, you may especially like my hero, Paris Marketo, the independent, snarky, self-centered, gorgeous yummy panther shifter. See an excerpt HERE.
Wolf in Gucci Loafers — one of my most popular heroes, the amazing, flamboyant, powerful, effeminate Lindsey Vanessen, is the star of this book. I had the most fun writing this book and it’s just as wild as its title suggests. See an excerpt HERE.
All of my books in the sale are under $5.00, so a great time to grab some werewolves.
Thank you for coming by!
I recently was asked by USA Today which hero i most enjoyed writing. I said that was an unfair question because it was like asking which child is your favorite. Ultimately, I selected Billy Ballew in Knight of Ocean Avenue because that was a book that had to be told and practically wrote itself. It’s also the number one favorite book of all my readers, so i imagine a lot of people would agree with my choice. But if i investigate my total body of work — currently almost 40 books — the answer to that question is a bit more complicated. I have a number of favorite heroes for various reasons. Billy is certainly one of them. Here are a few more in no particular order —
Paris Marketo in The Pack or the Panther — Paris is a hero you either love or hate and a lot of my readers do both. Why? Because Paris is a Panther Shifter and is in every way a cat — self-centered, solitary, snarky, and suspicious. I’ve found that readers who don’t like cats, don’t like Paris and vice versa. I adore him but then i love cats. The real gift of the character is that, like a cat, if Paris ultimately gives you his trust and his love, you’ve received a gift of inestimable value.
Raven Nez in Tackling the Tight End — This is actually one of my favorite books. It explores the Native tradition of the two spirit and my hero, Raven, is someone who has internalized that idea since childhood. As a result, he’s able to see being gay as not just okay and acceptable, but actually a gift — something given as a unique blessing to the world. I loved writing this books and this hero.
Rodney Mansfield in Fire Balls — This is one of my most popular books and characters — the tiny, feisty fireball of a guy who may look like a queen but he’s a badass in a fight — and in bed. Rodney popped up in my first Balls book, Volley Balls, as the best friend to my hero. He himself was the least likely of heroes and so, of course, is one of the best.
Roan Black in the Scientist and the Supermodel and Genetic Attraction — Unfortunately, these early books of mine are not currently available (i have to get them self-published and back on the market) , but i have to mention that they contain one of my favorite heroes of all time — Roan Black, the supermodel. Roan was in essence my first hero — these books are the first two romances i ever wrote — and he embodies all of my romantic fantasies. I hope to get him back into your hands this year.
Snowden Reynaldi in Driven Snow — Snow is a khaki-clad, chess-playing physicist nerd who loves the golden quarterback of his college. He’s brilliant, awkward and shy and has his own internal dialogues. He was a blast to write and remains a fave of mine.
Funny huh? In most cases, these aren’t even my most popular books, but the characters have managed to capture my heart. I also love Ian Carney in Lord of a Thousand Steps, Winter Thane in Winter’s Wolf, Jamal Jones in Canning the Center and Tom Henry, the hero of my upcoming book, Fool of Main Beach. But then, i pretty much adore all my heroes. It’s very hard to choose.
Hi — Hope your holiday season is going great. You have Two Days to Save 30% on Volley Balls and Cowboys and a whole lot more. Dreamspinner is having their Holiday Sale and everything in the store is 30% OFF! That includes pre-orders! That means you can get my upcoming re-release of Volley Balls, rewritten to almost twice the length of the original, for only $3.49 and you can get Cowboys Don’t Come Out, my new release, for only $4.89, which is a great price! Of course, all my other books and all the other Dreamspinner author’s books are also on sale.
But act fast since the sale ends at midnight EST on Dec 30th. Keep having the happiest holidays!!