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Welcome to my daily blog. If this is your first time, I'm a romance writer and a misplaced city girl currently living in the wild Sierras. I tend to have a lot of I-Love-Lucy moments that I share here but sometimes we talk about books, TV, and our favorite cookies. Okay, my favorite cookies. In any case, please feel free to comment by clicking on the Comments at the bottom of any entry. If you're too shy, that's okay, just know I love having you.

August 8, 2016

Monday Musings

It’s looming over my head and yet my camera woke me up the other morning, calling my name.

“Psst!” my camera said. “Forgetaboutwork … I’m more fun.”

And damn if my camera wasn’t right. It was WAAAAAY more fun to walk along the Truckee River than work. And I only had to climb two fences and pass a DO NOT TRESPASS sign …

I cut my calf. Never let it be said that I don’t suffer for my art. At the time though, mostly I was worried about the scent of my blood drawing bears and coyotes oh my.

Probably I should have been more worried about where I parked, since I got a ticket.

If Alpha Man is reading this, I’m just kiddin’. Of course I wasn’t stupid enough to park in the same place I parked last time. And I most definitely wasn’t stupid enough to get yet another ticket. Probably.

And if my editor is reading this, this whole blog is a figment of your imagination because I am writing. Writing like a dog. I swear it.

On the two tickets I didn’t get …

August 3, 2016

Happy Hump Day

I know I make up heroes for a living, but there’s nothing like a real one…


AND he’s reading! Which reminds me, what are YOU all reading? OH! And my Christmas novella ONE SNOWY NIGHT is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon, BN, and ibooks! 99 cents, people!

August 2, 2016

Don’t forget!

If you preorder …

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THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE with sexy builder Keane Winters and email me the proof of preorder to [email protected], you are eligible to win one of my Shalvis knapsacks!

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Winners will be drawn and announced soon! Now onto more important things … how do you feel about Keane looking like this …


You okay with that? Maybe?

Links to preorder everywhere are here!

August 1, 2016

Monday Musings

So I saw this and it happens to always be true.


So … whatcha all reading and what fictional hero are you currently crushing on?

July 28, 2016

Top Five

The five most common questions asked of me, a romance writer…

1. How do you do your research?
It never fails. When someone finds out I’m a romance writer, they almost always ask me some variety on this, usually in a sort of hushed tone like maybe their priest is listening. Let’s be clear. I know what they’re really asking. You know what they’re really asking. And it never fails to crack me up. I write a 400 page book filled with stuff that real life is filled with: action and adventure and emotion and screw ups and victories and heart ache and fun and yeah, there’s usually at least ten pages of the good stuff, the NC-17 stuff.

Okay, maybe 20.

My point is, it’s not all sex (um, excuse me, I mean tasteful love scenes). But that’s what people want to know about. Alpha Man gets a similar question at least weekly … “do you help her with her research?” He generally gives an easy smile and says something along the lines of “it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.”

2. Where do you get your ideas?
In a warehouse outside of Toledo. I try to wait for the semi-annual sale and stock up.

3. Do you pick your covers?
I wish. Sorry, did I say that out loud? No, I don’t get to pick my covers. Or my titles. I get to voice an opinion and even make suggestions, and my publishers try their very best to keep a straight face when I give them my ideas for titles and covers and then … they do what they want.

4. Do you let your children read your books?
When my kids were young I always wanted to ask back “do you let your children watch NC-17 movies?” I mean, it’s just common sense, people. But my kids are almost adults now and they read and watch what they want. And what they absolutely do NOT want to read is anything that has their mother and sex together on the page. So no they do not read me. They are proud of me and happy for me, and they love nothing more than to see me on the shelves when we’re at Walmart or Target or BN. In fact, they’ve been known to put my books face out in front of Stephen King and Nora Roberts (don’t tell them) and smile at perfect strangers while pointing at my books and saying “that’s my mom!”. But they get hives at the thought of reading me, which I’m good with. ☺

5. How long does it take to write a book?
I always want to laugh when asked this. How long does it take? Well, it takes as long as the darn book wants to take. Add in at least one family crisis, a mid-book author crisis (yes, every single time I have a meltdown over chapter 12, what’s it to ya?), some sort of computer crisis, and for kicks and giggles I tend to get sick in the last few chapters because I’ve been living off ice cream and tears and blood and sweat and dramatics (what, I’m a writer… hello, I was born a drama queen)…

July 27, 2016

Happy Hump Day

So this week it’s scorching hot here in Tahoe. This pic isn’t going to help cool things down.


While you’re here and we’re sweating a little bit, I’d love to hear from you. Who are some of your favorite hottest heroes?

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