Spookapalooza Celebration at The Romance Studio

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Beginning today through Halloween, I’m participating in The Romance Studio’s promotional fifth annual Spookapalooza.

This event will take place at The Romance Studio’s party site, where I’ll be blogging about character inspiration, upcoming releases and sharing excerpts from my backlist.

I’ll also be giving away one free copy of Tropical Heat to one lucky winner.

Other prizes will be given away by the authors participating and include an Amazon gift card, free books and lots of swag! Remember, you can’t win anything if you don’t enter, so make sure you stop by http://trsparties.com/

Recommended Reading: Bombshell by Jody Gerhman

Recommended ReadingFirst, let me start off by saying that I love, love, LOVE this new imprint from Harlequin called Cosmo Red Hot Reads.

If you’re a fan of fun, flirty contemporary romance, then you should be reading these novellas.

The heroine is always what Cosmo Magazine calls a “fun, fearless female.” Women who are in their twenties with an established career, women who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it.

The latest Red Hot Read that I’ve read and loved was called Bombshell by Jody Gerhman.

I’d never read one of her stories before, in fact, I’d never heard of her before, but that’s something else I love about this imprint. Since I started reading these novellas in March, I’ve become a fan of a lot of authors I’d never read before, like Megan Hart and Lauren Dane, just to name a few.

Why I loved it:

The premise of Bombshell is something that I am immediately drawn to: Bettie Page era sex appeal.

In the story, the heroine Ruby Sugars (what an awesome name, btw) is a curvy girl who dresses in dowdy garb for her office job by day, but at night, when she’s alone she dresses up in her 50s era frilly lingerie and peruses her collection of vintage dresses, hats, handbags and spectator pumps.

You see, there’s another side to Ruby that she’s dying to unleash, an inner bombshell, a confident, sexy, sassy woman who knows how to wield her sexuality and flaunt her bangin’ body.

Cue the extremely hot Colin Wright, a sexy Irishman who has always dreamed of dating a sexy 50s pinup queen.

Colin and Ruby’s chemistry leaps off the page and there are some pretty sexy scenes that I won’t spoil…

Here’s the official blurb:

Copywriter Ruby Sugars is in a rut. Her life consists of the following: long hours, boring neutral colors and regular fat-shaming from her stick insect-looking boss. But Ruby isn’t really a Bland Betty—she’s a complete Bettie Page hottie, with an enviable collection of vintage couture and very naughty vixen lingerie. Now if only she could channel that girl into her real life….

Cue Ruby’s best friend, whose recent fixation is “fantasy matchmaking.” She’s decided that all Ruby needs is one night with a sexy, delectable man—one with a serious thing for curvy pinup girls. And “Lancer” is hot enough to make any girl’s fantasy come true.

For one night, it’s pure, X-rated hotness. But come the next morning, this brand-spankin’-new bombshell will get the shock of her life when the man she vowed to see only once shows up again…as her new boss.

If this story sounds like something you’d like to read based on my recommendation, please consider purchasing Bombshell under my affiliate link at All Romance ebooks by clicking here.

 

Cover Reveal! Meredith Wild’s Hard Limit!

I’ve been a fan of Meredith Wild’s Hacker Series since I picked up the first book, Hardwired at the beginning of 2014.

The series chronicles the interplay between Erica Hathaway–a woman trying to forge her way into the male dominated tech industry–and Blake Landon–a sexy entrepreneur with a dominant streak who seems to have everything, except the love of a good woman. Cue the back and forth of Blake and Erica’s complicated, emotionally turbulent and erotically charged relationship and anyone can see why this intense, sexy series is a runaway bestseller!

Now, on to the cover reveal and blurb for the fourth book in this series Hard Limit.

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Blake Landon is a man who has everything—wealth, good looks, and the love of Erica Hathaway. The power couple has been through hell and back, and when life has torn them apart, somehow they have always found their way back to each other, more in love and stronger than ever.

Erica has never been more ready to say I do. On the verge of making the ultimate commitment, she uncovers an unsettling chapter of Blake’s history. As she makes peace with her own past and the family who left her behind, she presses Blake to tear down the last walls between them. Determined to know the man he once was, she opens a door to a world beyond her wildest imagination—a world that has her questioning the limits of her own desires.

As danger lurks and dark secrets come to light, will the past destroy their promise of forever?

Hard Limit by Meredith Wild (The Hacker Series #4)

Release date: 9th December

Genre: Contemporary Romance

PRE-ORDER LINKS: 

http://www.meredithwild.com/book/hard-limit/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22474626-hard-limit

Meet the Author:

Meredith Wild picMeredith Wild is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.  

You can find her at 

www.facebook.com/meredithwild 

http://www.meredithwild.com/ 

https://twitter.com/wildmeredith

Hard Limit PRE-ORDER LINKS: http://www.meredithwild.com/book/hard-limit/

All the books in The Hacker Series can be found at: http://meredithwild.com/books

An Ode to Goodwill Goodies

I’ve been what I consider frugal for most of my life, but in the past four to five years, I’ve really worked at being a more conscious consumer. Specifically, when I need something, my first choice is to try to find the item used at a thrift store or on Craigslist.

Since moving to the northwest I’ve relied on my local Goodwill heavily. My husband and I bought a couch, computer desk and table for our living room there. All three items were in good condition, they’re just not the most up-to-date pieces of furniture. But I don’t care, that’s probably because we snagged all three for just under $100.

We also found a nice set of dishes–service for four–that only set us back $8. During that same trip my husband spotted a vintage La Signora Caffettiera stove top espresso maker. I’ve wanted one of these Italian made bambinos since January, which is when I tried–and fell in love with–espresso made drinks, like mocha and cappuccino. This little gem was priced at $5. Score!

On Monday of this week I arrived at Goodwill at 9 a.m. (just after the doors opened) to peruse their clothing and shoe selections. Because of the holiday, the store was having an incredible sale on clothes and shoes–50% off!

With coffee and a shopping cart in hand, I set out to find a few items that would complete three outfits I’d designed in my head for the upcoming Emerald City Writers’ Conference I’m attending this weekend.

I found a lightweight sweater, a shrug, a long “duster” type cardigan and a shirt to complete my outfits I had planned to wear to the conference, with the half-off sale these four items only set me back $12.50. Hell yeah!

When I looked through the shoe department, I really got excited. I found two awesome pairs of hiking shoes–one “low-top” athletic style Timberland brand that look like they might’ve been worn once for only $8 and a pair of Columbia brand hiking boots in nearly new condition for only $10. Jackpot!

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest my husband and I have picked up hiking. In fact so far, we’ve went on a hike nearly every day he’s been off from work and a few days after work. Up to this point I’ve been wearing tennis shoes or a pair of all-season waterproof boots, but neither pair have the type of traction required for the more difficult trails (steeper incline/rugged terrain) that we’re hoping to work up to soon.

I won’t get to test out my new shoes until some time next week, since I’ll be too busy with the conference this weekend to hike any trails. Once I do, I plan on writing a post (with lots of pictures from our hiking adventures!) about not only breaking in my new shoes, but also I’ll talk all about this new hobby of ours.

Found a bargain at a Goodwill, yard sale, Craigslist or trash pile? Go ahead, brag about your pay dirt in the comments!

What to Wear to a Writers’ Conference?

Some of my favorite authors all at the same place!

Some of my favorite authors all at the same place!

On Friday of this week I’m attending my first ever writers’ conference. I’m thrilled to be able to go to the weekend long Emerald City Writers Conference, hosted by the Greater Seattle chapter of the Romance Writers of America (GSRWA).

I’ve dreamed of going to this annual event since the summer of 2013 and I worked hard during July of this year to ensure I had the extra money to go (I picked up several extra shifts at my then job and ended up working 12 days straight!).

Now that the conference is around the corner, my mind is not just focused on all the awesome writers I can fangirl out over–Anne Aguirre, Victoria Dahl, Lauren Dane, Yasmine Galenorn, Megan Hart and soooo many more!–I mean, I’m still gonna grin from ear to ear and squeee on the inside, most of the authors I’ve listed here I have followed on Twitter for years and read their books.

Annnnnyway, I digress.

With the conference coming up I’ve started thinking about other aspects, like the fact that I’ll be spending three days with other writers and industry professionals such as agents and editors. I don’t plan on pitching to an editor or agent this year, but I’ll still spend three days rubbing elbows with lots of folks in the romance writing/publishing business. Which brings me to…what to wear?

My day-to-day wardrobe consists of jeans, yoga pants and casual dresses with leggings worn underneath, none of which I think is right for a conference. I want to look polished and professional, but stay comfortable.

We have been warned that the meeting rooms inside the hotel where the conference is being held are a mixed bag. Some rooms can be downright frigid while others have lots of windows and get a lot full sun and can be quite toasty. Because of this fact, the GSRWA conference chairs have advised attendees to dress in layers.

Add to all of the above that this conference is in downtown Seattle and I’m taking public transit from my house and walking a few blocks from the bus stop to the hotel where the conference is being held (comfortable shoes are a must). Also, it’s October in the Pacific Northwest, meaning it’s very likely that I’ll see some rain on at least one of these days, so I have to take that into consideration while preparing my wardrobe.

With a little help from the thrift store, I was able to add to my existing wardrobe and put together four outfits: one for each day of the conference and a separate look for the party on Saturday night (we’re having a sexy librarian contest, so the animal print top is about as sexy as I’m willing to go). I found a long black cardigan for only $4 that goes with all my ensembles and I’ll carry with me to the conference all weekend. (Click on each picture below to see the image bigger).

I think  I have created polished outfits that highlight my personal style and my desire to be comfortable.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section!

Goodbye Granny

Granny and me on my wedding day.

Granny and me on my wedding day.

This morning I woke to the news that we’d lost my Granny last night.

She was my last living grandparent and one heck of a zany, spunky, funny, caring lady.

I don’t want to share anything sad and heavy in her memory because I know she wouldn’t want that.

She loved to laugh and make others laugh and I know she would get a good chuckle at me sharing this story with people.

Below is one of my fondest and funniest memories from my Granny.

I wrote this short piece last fall in response to my then writing group’s prompt to write about the color red.

I’ll never forget that summer day. Even though I’m sketchy on the exact year, I think it was 1984 or possibly ‘85.

The three of us loaded up in my Granny’s silver Ford Escort hatchback and headed up to the gas station. It was a short jaunt from her apartment to the Shell, and being that I was only 4 or 5 years old at the time, I don’t recall much about the drive. My memory has always been stuck on what happened when we pulled into the gas station.

I was in the backseat and my older sister Tawnya was riding shot gun. Once we arrived at Shell, I remember Tawnya trying to get Granny to stay in the car.

“I’ll fill the gas can, Granny,” she offered.

But, Granny being Granny, always nimble and spry for her age, she gave a pull on the vehicle’s parking brake and hopped from the car.

My next memory from this day is of the color red.

The scarlet hue of the gas can my Granny pulled from the back of the hatchback.

The crimson stain on my sister’s cheeks.

And of course, the fire engine red “bikini top” my Granny was sporting with her cut off denim shorts.

Yes, our sixty-something year old grandmother in a homemade two-piece swimsuit was the scourge of my sister’s teenage existence, at least for that moment it was.

With no shame, my scantily-clad Granny filled the gas can and even ran inside to pay for the fuel.

When Granny returned to the car she just couldn’t understand why Tawnya had scrunched down to the point where it looked like no one was sitting in the passenger seat. Our drive home was uneventful.

We arrived back at Granny’s and she mowed her lawn dressed in what my family now likes to call Granny’s grass-cutting attire-her bra and panties dyed the most shocking shade of red I’ve ever seen.

Another Contract Signed with Totally Bound Publishing!

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I’ve been waiting to make an announcement until it was official–and now it is–I just signed a contract with my publisher Totally Bound!

The story is aimed at a fun new imprint called “What’s Her Secret?” with books that center around a heroine with a secret.

The manuscript is titled Life of Privilege and is about an heiress/reality TV celebrity that flees the public eye in order to keep a secret.

This book will release late spring/early summer 2015.

I will announce the exact release dates–pre-order, early download and general release–sometime in the late winter/early spring of 2015  :)