Again, Alabama with Susan Sands

8E3A3724Debut author Susan Sands recently sold to Tule Publishing and I’m very excited to host her on my blog as I’ve read her novel, Again, Alabama and loved it.  I couldn’t wait to introduce Susan to my readers and friends.

Please help me  welcome Susan Sands to JaneBlog! ~

I’m honored to be here, Jane. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today!

I started writing when I turned forty. It was better than finding a boyfriend, according to my husband. My kids were growing up and finding their own interests, and I’d always been a lover of romance and women’s fiction novels, especially ones set in the South. I grew up in small town Louisiana, far from anything resembling a city, and spent my days reading Nancy Drew books, then Harlequin romances as a child, then a teen. But really, what else was there to do?

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My novel, AGAIN, ALABAMA, is set in a fictitious historic town not far from Birmingham. Why Alabama? I’ve been asked many times. Being a Georgia resident with Louisiana roots, the question makes sense. Well, have your ever heard a native Alabaman say the word, Alabama? It kind of rolls off the tongue, like honey, like Tom Hanks’ version in Forrest Gump.  Al-uh-bohmuh. It sounds immensely sweet. I pass through several small towns in Alabama every year both on my way home to Louisiana and on my annual trek to the Florida Gulf Coast for our family beach vacation during the summer. (Yes, you do pass through Alabama from Georgia to get to Florida) I’m always inspired to stop and make my way onto some stranger’s lovely porch in Eufaula and drink sweet tea. It’s almost a compulsion at this point.

Here’s more about the book –

Cammie Laroux is back in Alabama—again.

Dragged back to her small town to help her mother recover from surgery while rescuing the family event planning business should be a cinch. Even for a disgraced television chef, right? Wrong.

Among the many secrets Cammie’s family’s been hiding is the fact that their historic home is falling down. Oh, and the man hired to restore the house, Grey Harrison, is the same high school and college love of her life who thrashed her heart and dreams ten years ago. Yeah, that guy.

Grey, a widower with a young daughter, has never stopped loving Cammie, and when they are face to face once again, the chemistry is off the charts. Cammie may be in full-blown denial, but letting go is no longer in Grey’s vocabulary, even when winning Cammie’s forgiveness and renovating their love may seem like an impossible build even for a master architect and carpenter.

As Cammie finds herself forgetting all the reasons she can’t trust Grey or love again, he finds himself remembering all the reasons he wants her to stay with him in Alabama… forever.

In the story, Cammie enters the local Pecan Pie cook off against some pretty stiff competition. Here is her winning recipe:

Cammie’s White Chocolate Pecan Pie
Serves 10-12
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-inch) pie crust, homemade or bought
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Whipped cream or ice cream for serving (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Layer the pecans and white chocolate chips on the bottom of your pie shell.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, and flour until thoroughly combined. Carefully pour the mixture over the nuts and white chips, trying not to dislodge them.

Cover edges of piecrust before baking to prevent over browning. Bake the pie until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set in the center, about 35-40 minutes. Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool for a couple of hours.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cammie would be proud!

Anyway, folks, I do hope you will give my small town and it’s fun, crazy characters a try. Cammie and Grey are a couple we want to root for no matter what awfulness has befallen them in the past. It’s a second chance story not to miss.

I love connecting with readers! Please find me at:

Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/susannsandsauthor
Twitter:  @SusanNoelSands
Blog:  Sweet Home Alpharetta at susansands.com

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Again Alabama sounds absolutely wonderful, Susan!  Thank you for sharing with us.

Readers, there you are.  Another wonderful author and a great story recommendation! I hope you’ll download a copy of Again, Alabama soon.  As it happens, I just saw Susan last night! She and inspirational author Lindi Peterson, both attended my book event in Marietta, GA.

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Meanwhile, what’s even more fun than a good book to read?  The promise of more good books and goodies!  For a chance to win a fun mystery prize, leave a comment for Susan and tell us what you love most about stories based in the South.  Contest ends Friday with winner announced on Saturday.

 

What’s Next for the Sheenans?

Readers have been asking me what’s next for the Sheenans?  The good news is that there is quite a bit!

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I love this family.  I am really attached to them and not at all eager for their stories to end.  The good news is that there are still 2 more Sheenan stories to come, with Cormac and Whitney’s out in time for Christmas.  I’ve been rewriting his story after I was on a flight to Seattle and sat next to—no.  Can’t tell you.  It’ll ruin the surprise.  But let’s just say I’ve re-imagined Cormac’s story and changed it almost completely…making it well, magical, and perfect for Christmas.  The title is changing, too.  It’s now called A Christmas Miracle for Daisy as it’s become a holiday story that will be out in November.

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After Cormac in November, we will have one more Sheenan story in early 2016 as there is a mystery in the Sheenan family which has contributed to the mother’s unhappiness and it’s time that family knew the whole truth.  That mystery story, and mystery Sheenan, will conclude my Taming of the Sheenan series.

It’s going to be hard to let this family go, so the good news is that the mystery Sheenan has an intriguing story that ties in with the ranch invasion on the Douglas property, that took the lives of McKenna’s family.  So as I conclude the Sheenans, I’ll be launching the first of the Douglas Ranch stories.

If you’ve been reading my Sheenan series, you briefly ‘met’ Quinn and Rory Douglas in Trey and McKenna’s story, The Kidnapped Christmas Bride.  Quinn and Rory are fascinating men and I know my readers will love their stories, too, especially as it allows us all to spend more time in Marietta, Montana.

Are you sick of my Montana stories, or still looking forward to more?  Let me know and one of you will win a very special Montana prize package that includes a print copy of The Taming of the Sheenans anthology along with Montana treats, reads and more!

A Week at the Lake with Wendy Wax

I’m off this morning to spend a few days with my good friend CJ Carmichael at her Flathead Lake, Montana cabin.  This is where Montana Born Books was founded back in May 2013 as we brainstormed our four rodeo novellas which launched the line, and the first books by Tule Publishing.  That week with CJ, Megan Crane and Lilian Darcy changed my life and every time I go to Montana I recharge and find new stories and I can’t wait to brainstorm new stories with CJ this week.

From Montana I head to Atlanta for two book events.  I’ll be staying with my friend, novelist Wendy Wax while I’m in Georgia and doing a book event with her at Cat Blanco’s The Book Exchange Monday, June 29th.  Do come see me, and get Wendy’s brand new book.

Speaking of Wendy’s brand new book, A Week at the Lake, it’s out TODAY!

A Week at the Lake is getting rave reviews and they are all well deserved.  I hope you’ll pick up (or download!) a copy as well – and if you enjoy it, do get on social media and give Wendy a shout out or post a review.

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“Wax really knows how to make a cast of characters come alive.  Readers will love and fuss at the characters as if they’ve been friends with them all along….Wax infuses each chapter with enough drama, laughter, family angst and friendship to keep readers greedily turning pages until the end.” –RT Book Reviews

To read an excerpt: http://bit.ly/1GvjCOc
To buy:  http://amzn.to/1ftoVrW

Are you a Wendy Wax fan?  Do you have a favorite book she’s written?  Tell me and one of you will win a Wendy Wax prize package filled with Wendy’s novels and some of my bestselling stories, too.  Contest ends Friday with winner announced on Saturday.

 

Be a part of my website!

I have been with the same web studio, Waxcreative Design, since before my very first book came out over 15 years ago. Four sites (three of my own, and Tule, too!) and over 100 promo projects later, I can’t say enough about how great they are to work with — I’m sure they are just as great to work for. They are adding to their team, and with the hope of hitting the jackpot and getting both a talented web developer and a reader, I offered to help spread the word:

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Click on the image above, or go to waxcreative.com/jobs.

It’s not just my site — among their dozens of clients (including Sylvia Day, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Susan Andersen, and more), Wax is the team behind the sites of some of my best writer buddies: cjcarmichael.com (since 2001!) and megancrane.com (launched just last month!). Make sure to check out Megan’s newest feature: sortable romantic themes! I can’t wait to put it on my site, too — the Waxcreative team is already on it!

If you know of anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area who loves code, web design, and BOOKS, please share this post. The faster Emily gets another designer on board the quicker I get my sortable romantic themes.

p.s. I get no kickback for this. I just really like my web team.

Another Sexy Sheenan!

Last week in between book events for my new women’s fiction release, It’s You, I was also thrilled that my newest romance was out, too.

Book 4 in my Taming of the Sheenans series, The Taming of the Bachelor, is available everywhere for those of you with e-readers, and will be a print book in early July.  I’m so excited to take you back to Marietta to meet another smart, sexy Sheenan brother.  Have you met the youngest Sheenan yet?

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Dillon Sheenan refuses to be tamed…

After three years running the family ranch, sexy thirty-year-old Dillon Sheenan has a one way plane ticket out of Montana. He’s eager to put small town life, with its emphasis on brides, babies, and families, behind him as he’s certainly not interested in being a dad, or even ready to settle down.

Beautiful single mom, Paige Joffe, juggles a lot, between running Main Street Diner and coping with her money-pit of a Victorian on Bramble Lane.  She doesn’t have time for anything but taking care of the loves of her life, Addison and Tyler, and working to pay down bills. But one date–and an incredibly hot kiss–with Dillon Sheenan wakes her up and makes her dream again.

Until she finds out Dillon’s already bought his ticket out of town…

Is Dillon about to break the heart of the only woman he’s ever loved?

The Taming of the Bachelor is available now at – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iBOOKS

I loved writing this book and can’t wait to hear what you think!  It’s got a bit of everything that made me fall in love with the Sheenan brothers – plenty of emotion, sexual tension, angst and humor too.  You can read an excerpt on my website.  Drop me a line if you read it and reviews are always very welcome too!

In upcoming news, Cormac’s story will be out close to Christmas so keep an eye out for that.  Meanwhile, I’m staying busy writing another Harlequin for my Presents fans and also looking forward to meeting some of you on my book tour for It’s You.  Check my website for upcoming events.  If you’re close of any of the venues I’ll be visiting, come say hello.  I’d love to see you!

And what’s a new Taming of the Sheenan release without a fun Montana Born giveaway?

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Contest ends Wednesday with winner announced on Thursday.  Let me know if you’ve read Dillon’s story yet and if he’s your favorite Sheenan, or if you prefer one of his older brothers?

 

Kat Latham: Wedding Memories

61AEMLpftVL._UX250_Wedding season is not over in Marietta yet and my guest today is another wonderful Tule author who has contributed so much to our wedding fun this year.  Please help me welcome the lovely Kat Latham to JaneBlog!

Here’s Kat to talk about Wedding Memories and her new release, Two Nights With His Bride!

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For a romance author, I’m surprisingly pragmatic about weddings. I didn’t grow up dreaming about my wedding day. I don’t think I ever looked at bridal magazines till I started writing Two Nights with His Bride.

When I got engaged in 2005, I picked out my wedding dress within about an hour of shopping with my mom. I think I tried on only four dresses.  I bought the shoes a few months later at Accessorize at Stansted Airport in London; there was no tax and they were on sale—they cost £6 (less than $10). I think they were actually house shoes, but they were comfy, pretty and matched my dress perfectly.

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For the venue, my husband (who goes by Dr. Smarty Pants, PhD. on my blog) and I found a beautiful historic house in La Jolla, San Diego: the Darlington House. All the profits fund the home for senior citizens next door, and we were thrilled that our wedding could support such a lovely organization.

In some ways our wedding was very traditional. I had a cream-colored dress and a veil. Smarty Pants wore a traditional British morning suit. And we had lots of autumnal flowers, designed by my childhood next-door-neighbor—a nurse who’s been doing floral arrangements for weddings for decades.

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But in other ways, we ditched tradition and made our own. We had a delicious Mexican buffet and a chocolate fountain instead of a cake, since most of the wedding cakes we’d eaten were beautiful but not very tasty. And instead of being married by a professional, we paid the state of California 20 bucks and they certified my mom to perform the ceremony. We wanted the ceremony to be personal, so all four of our parents stood up with us as my mom declared us married and told us we could kiss.

There were a couple of reasons I was especially practical about my wedding. For one, throughout our engagement Smarty Pants and I lived in London—thousands of miles from San Diego—and I was doing my Master’s degree in Human Rights. My mom did all of the legwork for planning the wedding, which took a lot of pressure off me. My studies also helped me shake off any pre-wedding stress; it’s hard to get too upset about wedding details going wrong when you spend months and months reading detailed reports about torture.

The second reason is that, when I first started going out with my husband, several of my closest friends stopped speaking to me. You see, Smarty Pants and I have different religious beliefs, something that has never bothered either of us because we deeply respect each other. But many of my friends had a huge problem with it. I received letters and emails telling me I was turning my back on God’s plan for my life by falling in love with the wrong man. Because of that, I didn’t take it for granted that everyone would consider our marriage the blessing that I knew it to be.

 

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By the time we got married, I had a very clear idea of what our wedding meant to me. I’d always known our relationship was for life, but our wedding was a way to make that declaration public, to say, “We are together and no one will tear us apart.” And it was a chance to celebrate and thank all the many, many people who had supported and loved us throughout the years.

This October, we’ll celebrate our ninth anniversary, but I have so many memories that are as strong as if we got married yesterday. I remember watching guests arrive as I was getting ready, and I suddenly felt overwhelmed that so many people had given up their Saturday to celebrate with us. It washed away all the pain of being rejected by other friends.

I remember peeking around a corner with my dad, trying to see my flower girls as they panicked and had to be coaxed down the aisle by their mom.

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I remember walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing the look of overwhelming joy on Smarty Pants’ face as he watched me.

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I remember our kiss.

I remember sitting on a sofa after the ceremony and looking at his wedding ring.

I remember that I didn’t get a single bite from the chocolate fountain.

I remember our best man, my brother-in-law, giving us a card signed by several Irish rugby players, including Brian O’Driscoll (be still my beating heart).

I remember my dad’s voice breaking as he gave a speech about how much his new son-in-law meant to him. And I remember him pulling out of his tux jacket the tiny pink dress he bought right after I was born. He told our guests, “I spent more on that baby dress than I had on any item of clothing for myself in my whole life. I knew then that having a daughter was going to be expensive. I hope you all enjoy your meals tonight.”

I remember leaving the reception wearing a sign I’d handmade and walking a mile to our hotel, where my bridesmaids had decorated our room with rose petals and left us champagne (my mom’s idea) and whipped cream (my best friend’s idea).

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And I remember my brother showing up at our hotel room a few hours later, so drunk he could hardly stand up, asking for money for a taxi home. But I promised him I’d retire that story, so that’s all you’ll hear about it from me.

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What beautiful memories of your wedding, Kat!  Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Readers, if you haven’t already picked up a copy of Kat Latham‘s Two Nights With His Bride, do it soon!  I’ve also got a fabulously fun giveaway for you.  Leave a comment below for Kat and you’ll be entered to win a totebag full of books, goodies and more!  Contest ends Monday with winner announced on Tuesday.

Rachael Johns’ Kiss The Bride

I’ve been a fan of Rachael Johns for awhile now and am so excited about her new release for Tule.  Here she is to tell us all about Kiss The Bride!

Welcome, Rachael!

When I was invited to participate in the Montana Born Brides series, I jumped at the opportunity. Like any romance author worth her salt, I LOVE weddings. And I still look back on my own wedding day and smile. I have a few friends who say there are lots of things they would change about their weddings if they got the chance to get married again – no, they’re not talking about their husbands – but the truth is there is absolutely nothing I would change. I loved it all!

My wedding was truly a fairytale and everything a girl imagines. I married my Prince Charming surrounded by my closest friends and family and my favourite colour – PINK!

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The invitations were silver and pink, the programs were silver and pink. My bridesmaids wore magenta (a shade of pink) bodices with black skirts and pink bead necklaces and earrings.  They looked stunning. Our groomsmen wore pink ties to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. I should point out here that my Prince Charming was the ONLY one who refused to wear any pink – he wore a silver tie instead. I’ve almost forgiven him. The cake was pink. The flowers were shades of pink. My dress was a beautiful ice-pink AND to top it all off, I wore hot pink Doc Marten books on my feet. Very practical considering it was the middle of winter and we had to navigate a number of puddles.

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In addition to pink there were a few other fun things on our special day. We traveled to the church and then the reception, which was held in the renovated stables of a local golf course, in GT limousines – my Prince Charming’s contribution to the big day. If I had my way we’d probably have travelled in a Pink Hummer but you gotta let those men have their ways sometimes, right? Our first dance started with some soppy number by Shania Twain, but it quickly switched to THE BIRDIE DANCE (with a little bit of of this and a little bit of that), which made all our wonderful guests laugh and then join in.

The only thing that didn’t go to plan? I forgot to wear the perfume I’d bought especially for the day. But you know what? I didn’t notice until months later and it totally didn’t matter. My wedding day was perfect.

One of the best things about writing romance is having the chance to relive the whole falling in love and living happy ever after thing with each new couple we create. I had SO much fun writing Magdalena Davis and Jake Kohl and I hope you enjoy their love story in KISS THE BRIDE as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Thank you, Rachael!  Friends, download a copy of Rachael’s Kiss the Bride today if you haven’t read it already.  To welcome Rachael to JaneBlog and celebrate her new book, I’ve got a cool summer prize for one of you!  For a chance to win books, goodies, giftcards and reader swag, leave a comment for Rachael below and you’ll be entered to win!  Contest ends Friday with winner announced Saturday.

A Chat with Kimberly Lang

K Lang headshotOne of my Harlequin author friends has an exciting new series in the works and the first book is out now! I’ve invited Kimberly Lang to tell us about Something To Prove.

Welcome, Kim!

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Please tell us about your new book.
Something to Prove is the first book in my new series set in the small waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, Alabama.  Here’s the blurb: Former wild child Helena Wheeler was happy to leave behind her hometown—and her sordid past—for Atlanta twelve years ago. But when her grandmother suffers an injury, Helena has no choice but to return, even if it means facing down all the people who have shunned her.

Ryan Tanner went from being a football legend in high school to Magnolia Beach’s young, hot bachelor mayor. As a teenager, he never wanted anything to do with a girl like Helena. But when she hires Ryan to do some construction in her grandmother’s house, he finds that she’s grown up into a different person—one he quite likes.

For Helena, confronting her past has its share of surprises—and falling for the resident golden boy was definitely not on her to-do list. But will her reformed ways be enough to get her back in the town’s good graces, or will her reputation keep Helena and Ryan apart for good?

What prompted or inspired you to tell this story?
I am a Southern girl, born and bred, and setting a book so close to home — both literally and figuratively — gave me the opportunity to wallow in my Southernness with great joy and abandon.  There’s something about the South that is just inspiring on its own, so once I had the town in mind, the story just rose naturally out of it.

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What’s your favorite place and time to write?
I’m either at my desk (boring, I know) or in the recliner in the living room (which is far more comfy, but leads to naps far too easily). I tend to do much of my writing in the middle part of the day, say 10am to 3pm, but when deadlines approach, I’ll get up at 4am and write for a while. Since I hate getting up at 4am, my brain tends to really produce at that time because it knows the sooner I get it finished, the sooner I can stop getting up at 4am. But that’s not something I can do on a regular basis, though, even if I’m super productive during those times.

What would you say are two of the most important things you’ve realized in your journey as a published writer?
First, that the book is the only thing we have any control over — not sales or reviews or anything that comes after publication — so just write the best book you can and make sure you love what you wrote. Secondly, keep a sense of humor and perspective about the whole process and the entire industry. Things happen; it’s your reaction to those things that might make or break your career (and your sanity).

Best piece of writing advice you’d want to share with writers just starting out? 
Be brave. Write big and bravely. Editors can pull you back if you go too far, but they can’t take you out there. Don’t be afraid or hold back — that kills your voice and your story and gets you lost in the slush.

Tell us something personal that not many readers know about you.
I am ridiculously claustrophobic. I need space and air. I could never live in a city because crowded subway cars are not something I could handle on a regular basis.

What is your life motto?
“Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” — Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”

What are you working on next?
More Magnolia Beach stories! I’ve got a novella coming out this fall called One Little Thing, and the second book in the series, Everything at Last, will be a January 2016 release.

Name five items sitting on your desk right now.
This is embarrassing, but there are five empty Diet Coke cans on my desk. (I really need to clean my office!) But we’ll count those as one thing. I also have my jelly bean jar, a hard copy of the manuscript for Everything at Last because I’m editing, peppermint lip balm, and for some reason that I’m sure makes sense to my child, the dog’s medicine.

Name 3 books you hope to read soon.
Andrea Laurence’s Feeding the Fire,
Heidi Rice’s 10 Ways to Sex Up a Blind Date
Julia Quinn’s A Night Like This.

I’m travelling a lot the next month, so I hope to get some time on the plane to read!

What’s your astrological sign? 
I’m a Sagittarius — and an extremely typical one.

Are you superstitious?
Not terribly so, but I grew up performing on stage where there are lots of superstitions, and I have a few I just can’t shake. The biggest one is that carnations — especially red carnations — are bad luck. There was a very awkward moment when my now-husband brought me a big bouquet of red carnations after our first date.

Kimberly Lang is a USA Today bestselling author as well as a Southern belle with a troublemaking streak. A former ballet dancer and English teacher, she now does yoga and writes the kind of books she always loved to read. She’s married to her college sweetheart, is mom to the most amazing child on the planet, and shares her office space with a dog named Cupid.

Website:  www.booksbykimberly.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.lang.520
Twitter: @booksbykimberly

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Thank you, Kimberly for sharing today!  Readers, do look for Something to Prove on bookshelves.  To help her celebrate, I’ve got a nice tote full of summer goodies, books, and gift cards for one of you!  For a chance to win, just leave a comment for Kimberly below.  Contest ends on Monday with winner announced Tuesday.

It’s You Release Day!

It’s finally here!  Release day for It’s You and I couldn’t be happier.  This is a very special book for me and I’ve really been looking forward to sharing it with you all.  It’s You tells a story of love, loss and healing, focusing on Ali and Edie, two women who have both lost the man they loved.

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Early reviews have been very favorable so I’ve got hopes that you’ll love reading this one too.  It’s very different from what I’ve written before so I can’t wait for your feedback!  Do write and let me know what you think once you’ve had a chance to read it.  And if you have a few minutes extra, please consider leaving a review on any online retail website or Goodreads too.  I’d greatly appreciate it!

You can purchase your copy of It’s You at the following online retailers or look for it at a bookstore near you:  AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | AMAZON PRINT | iBOOKS

RT Book Reviews gave It’s You an exciting 4 1/2 Stars, saying “The two man characters, both exceptionally strong women, will capture the hearts of readers as their tales weave together in a novel that’s made to be read again and again.”

If you belong to a bookclub or know of any in your area who might enjoy an indepth discussion about this book, let me know!  I love my readers and I love talking books so it would be fun to set something up for a discussion.  Plus I have reader swag for my die-hard readers and fans.

In the meantime, I’m heading out for various events in June and if you’re in the vicinity for any of these, please drop by to say hello.  I’d love to see you!

Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 2:00 pm
Salish Lodge & Spa
6501 Railroad Ave,
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Monday, June 8, 2015 – 7:00 pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 4:00 pm
Laguna Beach Books
1200 S Coast Hwy,
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Monday, June 29, 2015 – 6:30 pm
Book Exchange
Event with Wendy Wax
2932 Canton Rd # 220,
Marietta, GA 30066

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – 7:00 pm
Bookmiser
4651 Sandy Plains Rd. Suite 106,
Roswell, GA 30075

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
New York Marriott Marquis
RWA Literacy Signing
1535 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 2:00 pm
[words] bookstore
179 Maplewood Avenue,
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Before I go, help me celebrate my new release!  If you could take a minute to share your review or just mention the book on social media and then come back here to leave a comment, I’ll enter you in a drawing for a fun prize which includes, but is in no way limited to the Brennan Sisters Trilogy, gift cards, yummy goodies and fabulous reader swag!  Contest ends on Sunday, June 7th and winner will be announced on Monday.

Good luck and thank you so much for all your wonderful support!

#TBT The Galvan Brides!

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The aristocratic Galváns of Argentina are a complicated family, their relationships with each other stretched and tangled as they struggled to come to grips with their troubled past and hopes for the future.

I wrote five books starring the Galván family that were reader favorites in 2002 + 2003 — an exciting couple of years filled with Latin lovers, dramatic stories, and lush, international settings.

Responsibility for the family problems rests squarely on the late Count Tino Galváns shoulders, a man blessed with stunning good looks and tremendous wealth, but a man lacking moral character. Married twice, Tino Galván indulged in numerous affairs, shamelessly flaunting his lovers before Buenos Aires society.

lazarosrevengeIn Dante’s Debt and Lazaro’s Revenge (Books 1 + 2) came out back-to-back first, and each was a RITA® finalist! (I was thrilled!) The Latin Lover’s Secret Child and The Spaniard’s Passion (Books 4 + 5) pairing up later that year. Book 3, Mistaken for a Mistress, originally an online serial, was published on its own a few years later as a special release).

The Galván children — from Tino’s marriages and affairs — grew up in a state of unremitting chaos. The only constant in Tino’s childrens lives was excess: too much money, too much alcohol, and too much unhappiness.

These books were hard to find until re-released in recent years in ebook and are now all available on Kindle, and beginning to make their way into other formats (The Spaniard’s Passion now has multiple order options). Excerpts that were not posted when this new site of mine launched last fall are now up for your reading enjoyment — just click on any title in this post for an excerpt, and any cover in this post for the Kindle link.

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Part of the great fun in writing the Galván series was the research! Oh, the travel! I documented so much for readers in my Book Extras. I invite you to revisit these wonderful books from early in my career with:

#Tell me, did any of you read these back when they were new? If so, which of these Latin lovers did you love the most? Isn’t it wonderful how ebooks bring these old favorites into new hands? Do you have an author you recently fell in love with and then you discovered a older title of her or his that you never knew about… Did you ever have a chance to read any of my books in the pink binding? How about the paperback blue?

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I’d love to hear if these books are brand new to you and if you downloaded one for your Kindle (that’s important, because if you win, I’ll know which book not to send you.) I’ll pull three commenters at random and send two of you a signed vintage hardback copy of either The Spaniard’s Passion or The Latin Lover’s Secret Child. They only ever printed a few of these UK library editions, and I have a couple I am looking forward to sending out. I also have one vintage UK paperback of Lazaro’s Revenge. I loved these vibrant UK blue covers — and I have one to share.