One Unforgettable Friday

To celebrate the release today, December 4, 2017, of One Unforgettable Friday, I’m offering twelve chances for you, my wonderful readers, to win a stocking stuffer:

Updated to show winners:

  1. One print edition of One Unforgettable Friday: Kim
  2. One Print Edition of One Unforgettable Friday: Mary
  3. One Kindle version of One Unforgettable Friday: Laura
  4. ditto: Cassandra
  5. ditto: Nan
  6. ditto: Thea (who posted on the wrong page 🙂 )
  7. One silver cuff bracelet from Brighton: Laura
  8. One silver bookmark from Brighton: Cassandra
  9. One pretty, purse-sized, notepad from Brighton: Nan
  10. One silver mirrored business card case: Kim
  11. One Amazon gift card value $10: Kay
  12. One Amazon gift card value $10: Jill

***I will contact you all for email addresses and or mailing address. Post office mailings should go out no later than Monday, and Amazon gifts should post as soon as i get your correct email. Thanks for playing! 🙂

To enter, merely leave a hello or a wave in the comments. I will draw the names from my trusty hat, without peeking. If any prizes are left, I’ll then resubmit all names into the hat and draw again. I’ll gift the books through Amazon, so they can be mailed to the winner, or anyone the winner chooses. This offer ends at noon on Friday, December 8, 2017. Winners will be announced here and on Facebook, and you will be contacted via the email on record. Thanks for playing, and whatever you plan for the Holidays, I hope your season will be delightful.

One Unforgettable Friday

Lizzie York, a young paraplegic, has the chance to teach at a new school in Oldcastle. On a quest for independence, and to live alone, out from her brother’s watchful eye, she encounters discrimination from narrow-minded villagers. Toss into the mix: a school employee who sets her heart racing, a home of her own, and work she is passionate about.

Peter Barrington, a London solicitor, invests in Bright Academy. Having experienced pain and loss in his past, he became a workaholic. He now desires a quiet life in the country. He meets Lizzie, is immediately smitten, but respects her need for independence. As they work together, their mutual respect and love grows.

When someone hides in the woods and photographs them, Peter does everything in his power to protect Lizzie. But Lizzie is up for a fight. Will their love be strong enough to overcome hatred, and intent to harm, so they can forge a future together?

Excerpt:

“I do apologize for the interruption, ladies.” He smiled at Lina. “I need a document signed. From the county. This should be the last. And I have a couple of things to go over with you.”

“Okay,” Lina said, chewing at the sweet in her mouth and swallowing. “No problem.”

Lizzie tried hard to ignore the handsome man who caused her stomach to flutter and her heart to pound. His deep baritone voice, smooth as honey, trickled to places it had no business. She cleared her throat and resisted the urge to clap her hands. “We need to get started.” The women had no clue how much work was involved. She took a quick peek at Peter. He and Lina could attend to business, but this project had to start right away. “In front of you is a stack of yellow netting, a pair of pinking shears, green ribbon and…wait for it, a dish of boiled sweets.”

In three long strides, Peter crossed the room and stood beside her. He wasn’t an overly tall man, his body wiry but muscular. He picked up a piece of the netting and rubbed it between long, tapered fingers, then glanced about at the ribbons and sweets, his gaze turning thoughtful. “This is amazing. The place looks like a factory. I might need photos.” He fished out his phone.

“No. No pictures, please.” Lina swatted his arm.

Lizzie doubted she’d ever think a wise thought again as she inhaled the man’s delicious scent: clean linen and citrus mixed with something spicy. She swallowed hard, overcome by his nearness. The way the room lacked air. The way his long, elegant fingers, lightly held the netting.

 

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Special Sale

I’m happy to announce that Amazon will offer Unlock the Truth (book 1 of Desert Heat series) for $0.99 cents for the month of December. Yay! This is a special book for me as it launched my career with The Wild Rose Press. It was later re-published by Amazon Encore.

Dena Roman needs closure. Three months ago, her sister’s murdered body was found in the California desert. When a second body is found at the same site, Dena jeopardizes her public relations position to go undercover and investigate. But falling for the main suspect isn’t part of her plan. Zeke Cabrera needs help. He sold a portion of his family’s Three C’s Estates to keep his citrus farm afloat, but when bodies are unearthed on the site, he’s suspected of murder. Help comes in the form of a communications expert who makes all the difference in his life and business–and in his heart. Amidst an attack on her life and run-ins with a cantankerous foreman, Dena digs for the truth, even as she forms a strong bond with Zeke. But can their newly found love survive all the deep secrets hidden at Three C’s Estates?

Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/B014RUQ6DI

 

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New Release!

I’m thrilled to announce a new release in the third, and probably (never say never) final book in the English Village series: One Unforgettable Friday. 

RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2017

Available now for PRE-ORDER at Amazon, and Wild Rose Press. Other venues available in a few days.

BLURB:

Lizzie York, a young paraplegic, has the chance to teach at a new school in Oldcastle. On a quest for independence, and to live alone, out from her brother’s watchful eye, she encounters discrimination from narrow-minded villagers. Toss into the mix: a school employee who sets her heart racing, a home of her own, and work she is passionate about.

Peter Barrington, a London solicitor, invests in Bright Academy. Having experienced pain and loss in his past, he became a workaholic. He now desires a quiet life in the country. He meets Lizzie, is immediately smitten, but respects her need for independence. As they work together, their mutual respect and love grows.

When someone hides in the woods and photographs them, Peter does everything in his power to protect Lizzie. But Lizzie is up for a fight. Will their love be strong enough to overcome hatred, and intent to harm, so they can forge a future together?


 

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99Cent Sale

I’ve put the second book in the English Village series, One Truth Revealed, on sale today! It should run for two weeks: http://amzn.com/B0714BRTBW

 

 

If you haven’t read One Safe Place yet, they can be read out of order, or you can snag the first book for $2.99 http://amzn.com/B01MEESMRD

Happy reading!

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I Did Not Win!

Wah! Ha ha.

Nope, I did not win the coveted RONE award for my novel, One Safe Place, but I was thrilled to be nominated.

I did have a wonderful time at InD’Scribe conference in Burbank, California. The Marriott hotel was a great venue, and the service incredible. I met so many people and each one friendlier than the last. There were costume balls, dancing, tons of food, good drinks, and great conversations. The theme this year was medieval Scotland, and some of the dresses were gorgeous. Next year will be a mystery theme, and I’m envisioning Sherlock Holmes, Vera, Miss Marple…the list goes on, and on.

Until then…

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Grief and Healing

Grief. How do you handle it? When traumatic events occur in the world, how do you keep your sanity, your grasp on what is good on this earth, and continue to enjoy life knowing others have passed, suffered, or still suffer? You make a donation. You say a prayer. You shed tears. But is it enough? September, and so far in October, there have been so many horrible happenings around the world, that for most of us our heads are still spinning. One almost stops listening to the news each morning for fear something else equally as dreadful has happened. But that isn’t the answer, because we must always stay connected and aware of our surroundings.

I tend to withdraw from the world. I read, a lot. That isn’t the answer either. However, it is a necessary part of my healing. The television stays off, except for maybe a favorite show on the BBC. I read stories of love, hope, and friendship. I give thanks that authors pen romances, and that I can include myself in that group. To bring someone enjoyment and comfort in a time of need is why I choose to write romance. This week, Arabella, by Georgette Heyer, and For the Roses, by Julie Garwood, have brought me peace and trust that despite tragedy, we will find our way back.

Now I’m heading off to make another donation, and to see who I need to call, or email, or text, to get these ridiculous gun laws changed. Too many lives have been cut short. Too much blood has been shed. It has to stop. I hope you’ll join with me in taking action.

 

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Ready for Galleys

It seems the month of September has been spent in doing edits.

Round one edits were tough, but I was happy with the extended time they got, and the trimming the manuscript needed to provide a better pace. Then soon after, along came the second round. They were simple. A couple of areas to smooth out, a missed comma, that sort of thing. Now I’m waiting for the pre-Galleys. That will most likely take a couple of weeks, so, time to catch my breath. Then one more pass to check that I’ve missed nothing, and the book will be given a release date. Whew!

In the meantime, I’ve been keeping up with promo and marketing for books one and two in the series. Book one, One Safe Place, is up for a RONE award.

While I don’t expect to win, it’s fun to be nominated. Now I need to buy an evening gown, or at the least a cocktail dress, because the ladies love to celebrate these awards. Nothing I have in the closet fits right, or looks good. I guess my figure has changed some since my last awards night in 2013. Ha ha. Getting old is not easy. Oh well, I’ll purge my closet and give away those dresses. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate shopping? I used to love it. *grumble, grumble*

 

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Copy Edits

I received first round copy edits for One Unforgettable Friday, yesterday. The first round is about content issues, then there’ll be a line edit, and another look before I sign off on the galley copy.

I love working with Cindy Davis, and I always agree with everything she suggests. She has a fine eye for detail. There are times during the re-read of my work where I hesitate or stumble over something and there is a tiny whisper inside of me that says this is on the nose, or something isn’t quite right. If I ignore that fleeting sensation, or perhaps am too in love with my own words, my editor will always comment on that section. Ha ha. Happens every time.

Anyway, I’m thrilled to be putting the spit and polish on this manuscript for you. It will be the final book in the English Village series. I hope you’ll like it. Next up, I’ll be sharing the cover release, and can’t wait to see what Tina Lynn Stout has in store for that. She’s another talented lady. Have I mentioned how much I love working with Wild Rose Press?

Until next time, take care, and enjoy the last days of summer.

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Weather

The United States has experienced unusual weather patterns in many states. None as horrific as in Texas, with Hurricane Harvey. Unbelievable, relentless rain, and massive flooding. My heart goes out, not only to friends who live in Texas, and the RWA office, but to everyone impacted by this freak of nature. They are now calling it a 1,000 year flood. I believe that.

A few years back I had an experience (on a much smaller scale) when I lived in the California desert. Of course it was zoned as a non-flood zone, therefore I had no flood insurance. The same has happened in Texas. Many homeowners were not covered for the damages incurred, and while FEMA will give some assistance, it won’t cover all losses. We have to reach out, and help our neighbors. I did. I hope you will too.

This week California experienced strange weather patterns. Monsoonal winds and pop-up thunderstorms. Lightning strikes along the beach areas, forcing evacuations of beach goers. Humidity so high it was nauseating. Temperatures hovering around 110 degrees in the valley for days on end. As I said to one friend, it’s like wading through molasses. Then to top that off, fires in the mountains that flank Burbank, Sunland, Glendale, etc. ash and smoke felt for miles. Those fires caused freeway shutdowns, on one of the most heavily trafficked long weekends too. Another disaster, sitting in long freeway lines in such heat. While there have been several homes lost in the fires, I believe there has been no loss of life. Thank heavens for that.

Global warming, anyone? We have to stop denying, take a closer look, and put into effect measures to help reduce the destruction to our planet. Surely, if we all did one or two small things toward effecting change it would help. I know the onus lies on our government, those in power to effect large scale change, but surely, couldn’t we all do some things at the base level? Think about it.

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Catching Up

The Wild Rose Press contract for One Unforgettable Friday, has been signed, sealed, and delivered. Now I’m yours, dear editor. Ha ha. I’m looking forward to getting the copy edits and beginning to put the polish on this last book in the English Village series.

In the meantime, I’ve been catching up on appointments, dentist, dermatologist, massage, facial, manicure and pedicure, marketing, and housework. I’m tired. Seriously though, I tend to clear the decks whenever I’ve contracted a new book, because I like to give copy edits my all instead of worrying about fitting them in around the daily and weekly work that we all must do.

I’m also anxious to see what my assigned graphic artist will come up with for a cover. I’ve sent my suggestions and will try to be patient to see what magic she performs.

Have a great week!

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