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National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist!

May 14, 2020

I’m thrilled to report that Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal is a National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist!

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America (OK-RWA), the Readers Choice Award celebrates excellence in romance writing, as judged by readers. The winners were supposed to be announced at the National Romance Writers’ conference in San Francisco this July. Sadly, that conference has been cancelled, but they’re in the process of working out an online presentation. I’ll keep you posted.

Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal released last November. Shy heiress Pia has a secret fling with a mysterious strangers at a masked ball. Angelo thinks he only wants revenge, but when Pia tracks him down to tell him they have a baby on the way, he discovers he wants his child…and Pia.

Her bombshell: “I’m pregnant.”

His demand: “Marry me…”

Painfully insecure and media-shy heiress Pia is duty-bound to marry well. So illegitimate Angelo is completely unsuitable husband material. Yet this irresistible Spanish tech tycoon seduces Pia with an evening of bliss…that leaves her pregnant!

Pia can’t afford a scandal, but Angelo wants to publicly claim his heir. To control the headlines, Pia must wed the only man who has ever made her feel. With Angelo posing a danger to her well-guarded heart, can she step into the spotlight—with the wedding of the century?

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Check out my Printable Book List!

May 9, 2020

Thanks to the magic genies (actually, they’re real, hardworking people) at Waxcreative, I now have a Printable Book List feature on my site!

I’m super excited. Until now, I was keeping a spreadsheet and trying to be diligent about updating it and including it with my newsletter. We no longer have to rely on my beleaguered brain to remember. It’s all done auto-magically and you can be assured that you’re getting the latest and greatest version when you print it.

Click on the image to view it:

Wait, don’t guess yet. You can sort by publisher, series, release date and more! Do you want all my titles sorted A-X? (I don’t yet have a title that starts with ‘Z’.) Yes! You can sort alphabetically. If you’re in the mood for a bundle or a short, check out the Book Type feature.

So many options, so easy for both of us! Yay!

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It’s my Call-iversary!

May 8, 2020

Eight years ago today, I got “The Call,” which means an editor–for me it was Megan Haslam at Harlequin Mills and Boon in London–called to offer me my first book contract.

It took twenty-five years to get that call so it was a pretty big deal when it happened. You can tell because I wrote it in ink. I only ever use pencil in my calendar.

That call changed my life, not that I realized then how much it would. On that day, all I thought was, “There. I’ve done it. I have achieved my long-held goal of selling a book to Harlequin Presents.”

One thing it gave me was the sense I could achieve anything if I was willing to stick with it. I’m confident I would be great at stand-up after I failed at at it for two and a half decades. Failure only means you’re trying. Make peace with it.

I was tired of failure, though. I was ready for a career.

I had wanted a career writing romance since high school, but I didn’t know what that would look like, that today I would have just turned in my fortieth Harlequin Presents, What the Greek’s Wife Needs, and have another eleven romances published under Tule’s Montana Born and seven under my own name.

I didn’t know I’d be working with an agent and, in some ways, feel as though I was back to square one because writing is hard and publishing is harder. #Protip – you can still get rejected even after you’ve sold nearly sixty books.

What I did know before The Call was that I would always write, whether anyone bought and read my books or not. Years of rejection had taught me that the value, for me, is in the actual writing.

Getting paid for writing is a combination of having the bravery to submit your work, the tenacity to do it again after a rejection, and a certain amount of dumb luck that puts the right project in front of the right editor at the right time.

What I’ve learned since The Call is that you still need all those things, especially tenacity. Writing the next story and the next is the way you turn a call into a career. You continue to learn and grow and take risks and pick yourself up after disappointments. It’s just that easy!

Except when it’s hard. Sometimes I think it would be a lot less stressful to pierce my eyebrow (I’m stereotyping) and become a barista. I’m not downplaying how hard they work. Making coffee for people who haven’t had their coffee is probably very stressful, but I’m saying that sounds less stressful than pouring my guts out on deadline then shoving my work into the world for strangers to choke on. #Protip – don’t read reviews. That way lies madness.

Even those rough days are amazing, though. This is a dream career that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

I owe a huge thank you to Megan Haslam, but also to every other editor and team member I’ve worked with at Harlequin Mills and Boon. Thank you also to the team at Tule, and the many authors I’ve met and collaborated (or commiserated) with over the years.

I’m grateful to my agent, Louise Fury, who is such a wonderful cheerleader and is helping me move forward into the next years of my career with more focus and less by-guess-and-by-golly.

I’m especially grateful to my family. They’re all incredibly supportive, especially my husband Doug who is like the guy who delivers the water for the cooler and gets stuck listening to the receptionist’s work-related gossip. His patience with me and the vagaries of this career I’ve chosen is profound.

Finally, I must thank you, Dear Reader, for buying my books and reading them. I can’t express how grateful I am to you for making my dream come true.

Read my Call story here. And read an excerpt from my very first sale, No Longer Forbidden? here.

A blurb for my meek sheikh’s wife…

May 6, 2020

I don’t have the cover yet, but I just saw the blurb for Innocent in the Sheikh’s Palace and I love it! The team at Harlequin Mills and Boon got this one so right. Hannah drives Akin mad, but he soon adores her for it.

Here it is:

His desert vow…

To crown the virgin’s baby!

Having failed to find Mr. Right, plain librarian Hannah Meeks decided to start the family she’s desperately wanted on her own. Only to discover that her miracle baby is actually the heir to the throne of Baaqi…

Sheikh Akin Sarraf was the unwanted spare. Now, finding out his late brother had unknowingly fathered a child, Akin’s duty is to bring Hannah to his palace and make her his wife! Marrying for love was always out of the question. But Hannah’s independent spirit is exasperating…until it’s intoxicating…

Innocent in the Sheikh’s Palace will be out later this year. Links for pre-order are here.

Have you met my Feuding Billionaire Brothers?

May 1, 2020

Hooray! It’s official launch day for A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him, the first book in my Feuding Billionaire Brothers duet.

If you like edgy, vengeful heroes who are undone by a hidden baby and the love they don’t recognize until it’s almost too late, you’ll fall for Val. If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day this month, as we are here in North America, you might also enjoy Kiara’s devotion to their sweet daughter Aurelia. To be honest, Aurelia kind of steals the show. She’s adorable.

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And, pssst, if you’ve already read A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him and you’re ready for Book Two, Beauty and Her One-Night Baby, you can get it today if you buy direct from Harlequin or Mills and Boon.

Here we have a beastly Javiero, still recovering from being attacked by a Jaguar. As Scarlett goes into labor, she confesses that she’s been keeping his unborn heir a secret. Javiero is already carrying a grudge against his father and his half-brother. The fact Scarlett seems in league with both makes him furious, but he wants his baby. I love this pair for the fact they already love each other, deep down, but they take a long time to let down their guard and admit it.

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Check Out My *Gorgeous* Covers for Confessions

Apr 29, 2020

Hell hath no fury like a woman whose husband faked his own death.

With all the disruptions lately, I thought I would have to wait longer for my cover for Confessions of an Italian Marriage, but here it is! And I’m thrilled! (Honestly, where is the Harlequin art department getting their jewelry because star-eyes.)

If you follow my newsletter, you’ll know this one as Freja and Giovanni aka The One Where The Husband Fakes His Own Death.

Fun Fact: I was super annoyed at the way Veronica Mars Season Four ended. (Spoiler alert) Logan died and I wanted to believe he faked his death to protect Veronica. That became my inspiration for Giovanni’s ‘death.’

I couldn’t make Freja a detective, but I needed to make her very resourceful and independent, which became a pretty complex backstory. Freja has been through a lot so she’s not just, “Oh, good, you’re alive.” She’s mad. But she’s preparing to marry someone else so Giovanni’s got an axe to grind as well.

Then I took a chance with the way I structured the book and figured my editor would tell me to change it, but she said she read it in one sitting and accepted it without revisions so I guess it worked.

Here’s the official blurb:

He’s back to reclaim her…

But where has he been?

What do you do when your husband goes missing? Flush him out by pretending to marry again! Billionaire Giovanni’s dramatic return forces Freja to confront the deep hurt she felt at his desertion…and the sparks that continue to fly between them…

Giovanni had to go into hiding to protect his new bride, but he’s shocked by the consequences his mysterious past had on Freja. Now he’ll have to let her in closer than he’s allowed anyone before if he’s to save the whirlwind marriage he’s suddenly so compelled to fight for!

I can’t wait to share more of this one with you. You can read the first two chapters on my website. And if you want to know why I chose to put Giovanni in a wheelchair, read my Author Notes.

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Did you know you can get A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him early? (Today)

Apr 1, 2020

You can get A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him today–no fooling!–if you shop on Harlequin.com or MillsandBoon.co.uk.

If you’re a member of my bi-monthly newsletter*, you might remember my updates last year as I wrote what I was calling my Brothers Grim. This duet features a pair of competitive alpha-heroes who are half-brothers and can’t stand one other (for many good reasons.) I’m thrilled that these dark, grumpy heroes are finally emerging into the light, starting with Book One releasing direct from Harlequin.com and MillsandBoon.co.uk today.

Officially the duet is titled Feuding Billionaire Brothers and Book One is A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him.

Val, illegitimate black sheep and former underwear model, has just discovered sensitive Kiara had his baby–three years ago. He’s bitter and resentful and wants to walk away, but he can’t. He instantly falls in love with his daughter (which I confess still gives me heart palpitations.) Learning to trust Kiara takes more time, but they are absolutely perfect for one another. I hope you adore them as much as I do!

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Be sure to check back for Book Two, Beauty and her One-Night Baby, where scarred and embittered Javiero discovers his father’s PA, Scarlett, is pregnant with his baby when he shows up for the reading of his father’s will and she goes into labor!

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Thank You for making Mastering Her Role #1

Mar 30, 2020

I hope you I don’t jinx myself by saying this, but Thank You for making Mastering Her Role #1 on several of Amazon’s Best Seller Lists! It’s still hanging in there on Fantasy Erotica after five days so I had to say a huge THANK YOU.

It’s still 99c, but tomorrow the price will start to go up to $1.99 for about a week before it returns to its regular price of $4.99, so if you haven’t grabbed it at the sale price, buy it now.

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And if you enjoyed it, you might like to pick up Playing the Master, the companion novel to Mastering Her Role. It’s a different couple and both can be read as stand-alone stories, but if you enjoyed Dominic and Arianne, they make an appearance in Playing the Master.

ICYMI – Mastering Her Role 99c

Mar 22, 2020

Did you see this? Mastering Her Role is 99c until the end of March.

In Mastering Her Role, Arianne has a terrible crush on her neighbour, Jason. She’s wasn’t feeling very confident in the bedroom department before she learned he had a sexy alter-ego, Dominic. If she wants a shot with him, she figures she better catch up so she asks Jason to introduce her to Dominic, but he’d rather keep that guy out of their relationship. Nevertheless, they’re soon meeting in a hotel room, getting to know more about each other than they ever thought they would.

When I originally sold Mastering Her Role to Harlequin for their eHarlequin imprint, it was part of a two-book contract, so I wrote Playing The Master as a companion novel. They can be read as standalone, but Dominic and Arianne make a cameo appearance in the second book. If you enjoy Mastering Her Role, you might also enjoy Playing The Master.

Note: They’ve had three different covers, so check to see if you already have them.

Mastering Her Role is 99c until March 31st. Find all the buy links here:

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