Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're in the last minute rush before Thanksgiving - our house is decorated for Christmas, because that's part of our Thanksgiving tradition, and RadioMan and I made our last minute trip to the grocery store this morning for a couple of things I swear were in the pantry last week, but are suddenly gone, and tomorrow morning the cooking and the baking will commence!

One more thing that is getting me in the holiday mood: the Hallmark Channel! They've started running all of their holiday original movies, and I just love them. I can't say I have a favorite, because that kind of depends on my mood, but I'll be bingeing on the Hallmark channel from now until...well, probably New Year's.

While I have you here, make sure you save the link below - I'm joining up with more than seventy author friends to give away free books this holiday weekend! Some are holiday themed, some aren't, but they're all great reads. The beauty part is you can start downloading while the turkey is still cooking tomorrow, and in the midst of all that cooking madness, maybe steal a few calming minutes to dive into a new read! Just click here to get to the download page, it goes live Thanksgiving Morning! 

My book, The Saint's Devilish Deal, is part of the fun - so if you're looking to get out of the cold, definitely pick up this beach read that features former professional surfer Santiago Cruz and hotelier Esmerelda Quinn - he's making her a deal she should refuse...but what fun would that be?

"The Saint's Devilish Deal is a passionate re-union story; The characters sizzle at every meeting and their hot, biting dialogue leaves you wanting to read more. The Saint's Devilish Deal is definitely a recommended read." ~ Harlequin Junkie blog

Wherever you are this Thanksgiving, I hope you're surrounded by friends, family, and great food! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#NewRelease: Falling For You Anthology

It's release week for Falling for You, and I/ so excited to share this particular collection with you readers! This anthology has had a few ups and downs - we authors (all from Harlequin's Superromance line) had envisioned it as a kind of spotlight we could shine on our line...and then news that Superromance would close next year came. That could have stopped this particular anthology in its tracks, but we all dug in and decided to shine the spotlight, anyway. Because Superromances are near and dear to our hears - so this anthology is a celebration of Superromance, of our series within the line, and hopefully a warm hug to our readers.

You know what else I love about it? The fall theme -- although I love all the seasons, fall is especially....well, special. The crisp air, the falling leaves, the slow-down of time. I just love it, and setting another Slippery Rock book during this season was so much fun! Plus, the anthology includes a little something special from a rock star author -- Brenda Novak. Gah! It's just too cool. Okay, enough of my blathering...let's get to the anthology! 

Foreword by Brenda Novak.

When the weather cools down, hearts heat up…

Bonfires aren't the only things warming up the night. Across the land, hearts are falling along with the leaves. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and warm your heart with ten tales of autumn love.

It Was You by Tara Taylor Quinn:
He has no problem respecting the fact that she is off limits…until the one night he does.

The Right Man by Heatherly Bell:
When one long planned dream day veers wildly off-course, she must decide between the perfect wedding or the right man.

Her Hometown Cowboy by Claire McEwen:
Falling for him wasn’t part of her plan.

Meet Me in the Middle by Jo McNally:
She’s used to playing it safe, but when her old crush comes cruising back into town, she might have to risk it all.

Outsider in a Small Town by Kristina Knight:
She may hold the keys to his heart…and his future.

If I Fall by Kris Fletcher:
What goes up must fall…in love.

Finding Harmony by Janet Lee Nye:
Jericho was the last place she wanted to be, but it was becoming the best place for her.

Perfect Fit by Angel Smits:
She never forgot her first love…and though he never measured up, neither did he.

Home to You by Dana Nussio:
Can a woman who ran from home and a man who never had it ever hope to discover that home really is a place for hearts?

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Lisa Dyson:
She’s career-oriented. and he’s the one who just broke her boss’s heart.

Buy Falling for You: Amazon   B&N   iBooks   KOBO   Google Play 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Girls We Want To Be

**This blog was originally posted on The WordWranglers**

bebe is getting to that age I've never wanted her to reach. The age when girls start to hurt one another, just because they can. You know the age I'm talking about - the this girl isn't as smart/pretty/skinny/talented/rich/funny age. I kind of feel like it's too early for this age - I mean, she's 8, not 18. Also, I kind of hoped she'd get to skip it - I mean, isn't that what we were taught during all those After School Specials, half-hour family-based sit-coms, and teen movies? That if we just began treating one another with compassion and empathy, we could stop this ridiculous cycle of wearing Girl B down simply because we're Girl A or C or J or, heck, Z?

Wasn't that what we were taught during the hours we spent watching Blossom navigate high school? Isn't that the message Brenda gave us when she told off that girl at her Beverly Hills slumber party...and then still invited her to stay, when those diet pills fell out of her bag?

Apparently, the TV and movie writers lied to us about the empathy thing because girls are still beating each other up over their differences. Or, maybe, the message we got was wrong. Maybe it isn't only that we need to treat one another with compassion and empathy (although, believe me, I think we do)...I think the message we missed is that we need to embrace and accept the things about use that are different. The things that make girls...well, girls.

Like Margaret, who decided at the end of her book that it was okay not to be Christian (like her mom)
or Jewish (like her dad). That it was okay to be her and to have questions that she can't answer quite yet....and when she did find the answer, it was an answer that was personal and specific to her, not her mother or father...not either set of grandparents. She became comfortable with who she was, outside of the expectations of her family and friends.

Margaret, who I like to believe rose from the dust of Jo March, led to other strong teenage girls and young adults...like the girls from Charmed, who didn't choose to be different, but still embraced the differences in themselves. And, you know, blew up a few demons and warlocks in the process.

In my experience, there are two camps in strong/witchy/woman TV-dom: those who land on the side of Buffy and those who land on the side of Charmed. Me? I'm a Charmed girl all the way not because of the wizarding or campy flavor, or the Buffy-lite-ness of it, but because of the journey that said women can get along, no matter what differences arise. Sure, Phoebe was jealous of Pru's power, and yes, Piper was always playing mediator, and the steady string of men in their lives was dizzying (except for Leo...Oh, my heart, Leo)...but under all of that was the sisterly bond between them. A bond that was never broken, not even when Piper tried to kill them all as the Windigo or when Phoebe's demon-spawn possessed her...or when Pru decided she'd had enough of always holding things together and let her wild side out at a biker bar.

And while they were embracing one another, they embraced the things about themselves that were different. Phoebe never lost her heart, not even when she fell in love with a demon who tried to kill them all. Pru never gave up on the strengths of her sisters, to the point that she sacrificed herself for them. Piper grew from the mediator to the protector - of her sisters, of their various charges, of her children. And when Paige came on the scene, and Billie after her, the dynamics continued to change, the sisterly bonds continued to evolve...and the women continued to embrace one another, and to explore the possibilities of sisterhood, friendship, and love.

I think they were able to embrace not only one another but themselves, because under all the demon hunting and wizard killing was that their power came from women. Pru and Piper and Phobe embraced the fact that their power, their knowledge, and their wisdom came from other women. Their mother and grandmother, and their mothers, and grandmothers, and aunts...

I think I'll find Charmed and maybe Blossom online to binge with bebe this summer. And while I'm at it, I think I'll introduce her to the actresses who played these strong girls and women - Mayim Bialik, who has an amazing new book about being a girl out, Alyssa Milano, who has become a political activist, Shannen Doherty, who is battling cancer as only a kick-ass-girl can, and Holly Marie Combs, who calls herself a 'Rebel with many Causes' on Twitter.

Because being a girl isn't just about being nice.

It's about being whoever the hell we feel like being.