Happy Hump Day

It seems apropo to have Pretend Boyfriend Day on Hump Day, doesn’t it? This all started when I went looking for a pic of a guy and an Old English Sheep Dog so I could show you what Mark and Gracie from Rainy Day Friends (OUT NOW!) might look like. But I couldn’t find Mark. I did find this guy…


Yes, it’s a tough job, I have, I know, searching the internet for people who look like my characters but hey, someone’s got to do it.

Guess Which One

Guess the book this excerpt is from and when it comes out:

Taking a deep breath, she stripped out of her top and skirt. When she looked up, she found Mark suddenly at the water’s edge, the water lapping at his calves. His eyes were dark, very dark, and she pointed at him. “Don’t take this the wrong way.”

“Is there a wrong way to take it when a beautiful woman strips out of her clothes?” he asked without a smile, although it was in his voice. “I’m taking it that you’re planning a swim.”

“Actually, I’m planning on kicking your ass at boogie boarding,” she said. “And that is all.”

His mouth quirked. “Duly noted.”

“Your pants are ringing,” she murmured as his phone went off.

He came all the way out of the waves, water sluicing off his extremely fit body. A few drops clung stubbornly to all those lean muscles and she had to admit, she’d have done the same thing if she was one of those drops of water.

He bent to his pants to fish out his phone. Even in only the moonlight, his eyes seemed to gleam as he stared at Lanie in a way that suddenly made her want to forget boogie-boarding in lieu for something else entirely.

No. Not going to fall for him, she reminded herself sternly, no matter how grounded and real and charismatic he seemed. It would only bring heartache.

I’m really hoping you all know this one!!!

My sweet views…

Middle came running to get me and said “quick, you gotta come!”

Usually when she says that, I think “oh crap”. But tonight she was smiling, so I went. She led me, running through the forest to the cliff by our house and then we sat on the cliff on the rocks and just stared in awe.

(In fact, in the lower right corner of the pic, that round thing is Middle’s head. 😎 )

“See Mom?” Middle said. “Sometimes I have good surprises.”

And she was right. This was the best kind of surprise.

Oh and guess what????? RAINY DAY FRIENDS is out TOMORROW!

Today’s Man Question

I love traveling but I also love coming home. This time Alpha Man was with me, but that’s pretty rare when it comes to business travel. The last time I came home, I told him I missed his face during the day, and then I asked when he missed me the most.

He said for sleeping.

My first inclination was to think awwwww. But upon reflection, this made me wonder … did he not miss me during his waking hours? I would have asked but I’m pretty sure I don’t wanna know the answer to that.


Today’s question is this: what do you, or would you, miss about your significant other during an extended trip apart?

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Rainy Day Friends

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Monday tidbits

I listen to audio books when I hike. I love love love them. And as it turns out, I have a bunch of my own books on audio and I’m wondering … do you listen to audio books? If so, what do you like to listen to? Have you listened to any of mine? Would you want to?

Answer my annoying questions and five of you will win an audio copy of one of my books… 🙂


Which of the below happened to me yesterday? Trust me when I tell you that it was more than one … and it’s because apparently I have one of those faces that say please oh please tell me things I don’t want to know about you.

1. I asked an acquaintance how they were and was told that they would be better when their hemorrhoids went away.

2. A friend used “hoo haw” in a sentence referring to her Lady Town. You know who you are.

3. My dog ate every single … morsel out of the kitty litter and then licked my face. I might never recover. Ever.

4. Someone ate the last rack of peanut butter cookies and left me the empty box. You know who you are.

Go ahead. Guess. And yes, sometimes it’s hard to be me.
p.s. Rainy Day Friends is almost here, have you ordered yet?