Hello from the Pacific Northwest

I’ve been meaning to update my blog for weeks…but life got in the way. Earlier this month my husband and I moved from Missouri to Washington State.

It was a looooong trip, a little over 2,000 miles to be exact, made longer by the fact that we had to travel between 40-60 MPH the entire time because we pulled a trailer behind our car.

Did you know you can’t use cruise control when pulling a trailer? After the five day drive, my right foot may never be the same! ;)

If you’ve followed my blog at all this year, then you’ve probably already read this post and understand how deeply I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of 2014. If you’ve read that post, then you can probably imagine how hard it was to return to Missouri and wait, and wait, and wait to hear the news that my husband’s job transfer would be accepted and we could relocate.

We’re both ecstatic to be here and I feel this move is going to have a blossoming effect on all aspects of our lives: our marriage, our careers, health and happiness.

Of course that’s not to say that we didn’t agonize over leaving so many of our family and friends. That was the hardest and strangest part of the whole move for me. The actual move was a whirlwind of emotions, as much as I was overjoyed to start this journey, I spent a big part of the last week in Missouri crying. It was hard to say goodbye to so many people in such a short time (a matter of about two weeks).

Thanks to technology and air travel, I know that the goodbyes we said were really more of an “I’ll see you later.” It’s also awesome that our friends and loved ones have been so supportive of our move and maintained a “happy but sad” mentality about our relocation. To all of you, my goal is to work on using my blog and social media to document our adventures.

I’ll keep you updated on what happens next :)

It’s Time for the TRR Fall Into Love Event!


For the entire month of September The Romance Reviews is hosting a huge party encouraging readers to Fall into Love!

This promotional event will have lots of giveaways and goodies for readers. The grand prize is a $100 gift card, but there are lots of other great prizes up for grabs including free books and additional gift cards.

Readers, if you’re interested in entering the giveaways, click here.

The Romance Studio’s End of Summer Bash!


Beginning Monday, August 25 until Sunday, August 31 I’m taking part in The Romance Studio‘s End of Summer Bash promo event!

Be sure to stop by their party site to enter to win some of the fantastic prizes offered: Amazon gift cards, free ebooks and more!

During the bash, I’ll be posting snippets from all of my books on the TRS party site. Also, as part of the celebration, I’m giving away one ebook copy of Special Delivery.

Entering to win is easy and can be found at their party site: http://trsparties.com/

Do You Think I’m Sexy? ~ Minding the Boss by @realamandabretz #MSS54 #Saturday7

Today I’m participating in the weekly blog hop called My Sexy Saturday. As per the rules, I can share 7 words, 7 sentences or 7 paragraphs that convey the theme.

This week’s theme is Do You Think I’m Sexy?

The theme brought to mind the sexy and powerful character Max Drake in my short erotic romance Minding the Boss. Here’s the blurb and my sexy 7 sentences!

Minding the BossWhat is it about a man in charge?
Rachel Ellis has spent months fantasizing about all the things she’d love to do to her sexy boss Max Drake if given the chance. When the two find themselves alone in the office, on a Saturday night no less, she quickly realizes that all her naughty daydreams are about to come true.
Even though she’ll settle for just one night of passion with Max, Rachel finds out that anything is possible when you mind the boss.


 I startled at the sound of his deep, hypnotic voice. Even though I could recognize that mellifluous voice in my dreams, hearing it this late at night, while I was alone in my empty office building no less, caused me to drop the contents of my mug of coffee all over my desk.

“Here, let me help,” Max Drake, my ultra-sexy boss, said as he pulled a white towel out of thin air and began mopping coffee up off my desk.

My spacious cubicle seemed to shrink in size thanks to the presence of his powerful six-foot four frame. I watched him, fascinated by the way his bicep muscles rippled beneath his long-sleeved cotton shirt. It was a powder blue, my favorite color on him. I knew even before Max turned his blue-eyed gaze on me that the light blue hue would only enhance the azure color of his eyes.

Want to read more? Click here to purchase Minding the Boss.

Keep this hop going! Visit the other authors participating in this week’s My Sexy Saturday.

Fall into Love this September!

fil2014I know August just began, but I’m excited that fall is just around the corner…and with good reason!

For the entire month of September The Romance Reviews will be hosting a huge party encouraging readers to Fall into Love!

This promotional event will have lots of giveways and goodies for readers. The grand prize is a $100 gift card, but there are lots of other great prizes up for grabs including free books and additional gift cards.

Authors, if you’re interested in joining this promotion, click here for more information.

Readers, if you’re interested in entering the giveaways, stay tuned to my blog or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ as I will be promoting the event on my social media channels leading up to the party and throughout the month of September.

Two Weeks of Scorching Summer Savings

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Beginning today my publisher, Totally Bound, is celebrating two weeks of summer savings. The hot deals differ from day to day but include sales on books of course, and speaking of hot, they’re also giving away a Kindle Fire!
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Enter to win and check out all the savings at the Totally Bound website, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Camp NaNoWriMo Final Numbers

Oh, July, you came and went so quickly. I had such big plans, such high hopes, such huge, lofty goals for Camp NaNoWriMo.
My goal for the challenge was to finish my 65,000 word work in progress. I fell short by 24k.
I started out on July 1 with a word count of 12,000. My official word count as of this evening is 40,500. So, I wrote 28,500 in the month of July. It’s definitely nothing to sneeze at.
I don’t write in a linear way…I like beginnings and endings, so those are complete. The middle always drags on for me. I know exactly what’s supposed to happen in the middle. I have the entire novel all planned out…it’s just a struggle for me getting the dang middle stuff written.
I’m now in the editing/fleshing-out-of-scenes phase with my WIP. Even though the challenge is over, writing on my WIP is not.
With only 18 short days and 24,500 words to go, needless to say I’m going to be working my tookus off in order to get the manuscript to my editor in time. I’ll keep everyone posted.

Did you take part in Camp NaNoWriMo this year, either the April or the July challenge? How did you fare? Let me know in the comments!