Promo on KOBO for Animal Prints

This weekend my romance, Animal Prints, is part of the KOBO 30% off sale. See below for a quick blurb.

The discounted price is good through Monday, September 21.

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Photographer Ian Kroft’s dream is to finish his book on fellow veterans. When his father offers him the funds he needs in exchange for persuading a family to sell their farm, it sounds simple. Then Ian meets Colette and in a flash everything changes.

Cherry Ridge Farm is home to Colette’s family—and to her animal rescue center. The slim, gorgeous veterinarian has no intention of selling. Soon Ian’s chasing after her runaway dog and laughing at her jokes, and he knows that if he lets slip his real purpose, she’ll never forgive him. Ian’s torn between his book and his new romance…all while his father is clamoring for him to seal the deal.

Colette can trust a dog to come back when she calls, but a man? Colette’s been burned more than once. Then a sweet, athletic photographer pops into her life and makes her wonder if it’s time to picture a new future.

Unforgettable Heroes II releases Tuesday, August 25!

Hi all,

I’m so excited to be part of this wonderful boxed set from Turquoise Morning Press. The set includes a variety of romance genres. My contribution is Riveting His Attention. I think I had more fun writing this particular book than any other Riveting His Attention large coverthat I’ve completed. Why? I love the heroine. She’s feisty and flawed. And she’s driven to make her dark, tortured hero love her forever. It won’t be an easy trip to the end for this couple.

Buy the set for just 99 cents and enjoy Riveting His Attention and the other 12 works!

Look for UNFORGETTABLE HEROES II at these retailers:

AMAZON | IBOOKS | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO | SMASHWORDS

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Oh, the things I’ll learn…a novelist researches the delicious

Beginning a new series is an intimidating endeavor, but this one promises to be delicious. I’ve begun what I’m tentatively calling, The Wainwright Series. Contemporary Romances set on a Virginia Plantation being used as an inn. Natty, the star of the first book, is a pastry chef who concocts some amazing creations in the inn’s kitchen. Dan, her boss and co-owner, doesn’t eat dessert. I think she’ll be able to tempt him to indulge in a variety of sweet morsels before the book’s end.

For me, I get to research and experiment with fancy desserts. I read about and even already wrote about how Natty forms apple slices into roses. This morning, I tried it. There’s a slight learning curve, but the below rose was only attempt number five. Thanks to From My Impossibly Tiny Kitchen for inspiration and instructions. Check them out here: http://www.fmitk.com/2014/07/mini-apple-rose-pies/

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Perfect for summer reading….The Michigan Moonlight Series

I’m delighted to share my new series with readers. In Animal_prints_FB_ad, book one of The Michigan Moonlight Series, Photographer Ian Kroft’s dream is to finish his book on fellow veterans. When his father offers him the funds he needs in exchange for persuading a family to sell their farm, it sounds simple.

Then Ian meets Colette and in a flash everything changes. Cherry Ridge Farm is home to Colette’s family—and to her animal rescue center. The slim, gorgeous veterinarian has no intention of selling.

Soon Ian’s chasing after her runaway dog and laughing at her jokes, and he knows that if he lets slip his real purpose, she’ll never forgive him. Ian’s torn between his book and his new romance…all while his father is clamoring for him to seal the deal.

Colette can trust a dog to come back when she calls, but a man? Colette’s been burned more than once. Then a sweet, athletic photographer pops into her life and makes her wonder if it’s time to picture a new future.

Happy Summer Reading, everyone!

 

Guest author Amie Denman talks about boxed sets

Have you noticed that boxed sets are all the rage this year? Please welcome my friend Amie Denman as she shares her experience being part of a boxed sets of books.

Hi May! Thanks for hosting me today and helping me spread the word about the boxed setUnforgettableHeroes-final-3D-LG Unforgettable Heroes which includes my full-length novel Will Work for Love. Being included in the set has been a fantastic journey for me so far! In addition to being a great value for readers at the bargain price of $.99 for 8 full-length contemporary romances, it has been a very valuable experience for me as a relatively new author. When my publisher, Turquoise Morning Press, first put out the call for interested authors for the set, I submitted my contemporary romance Will Work for Love because the hero of that book is one of my favorite heroes I’ve written. I was thrilled to be selected for inclusion in the set because I knew I was in great company. The other authors were all more established and successful than I was, so I hoped to learn from them and enjoy being in good company. The greatest lesson I have learned is the value of social media and having a marketing plan. For my past book releases, I sat back and hoped people would find my book. With the number of quality books and authors out there, it wasn’t a realistic plan. My co-authors on this set are women with a plan and great connections. We’ve been invited to guest on blogs, been included in ads, received reviews, enjoyed an exponential social media presence, and met many great bloggers and readers. What a whirlwind! And we’re not done yet. Our book has been out about a month and it continues to climb in the Amazon rankings. For a newer author like me to find herself in the top #100 Contemporary Romance authors on Amazon, it requires a second (or fifteenth) look and a very nerdy but excited screenshot:

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What makes it even sweeter is that ALL EIGHT of the authors in the set landed in the top #100 today, many of us side by side as you see in the above picture. This brings me to the most important thing I’ve learned from being included in a boxed set. Friendship, connections, and promoting each other is as good for the soul as it is for the sales. Even though our readers are getting a great price on a great set of books–thank you readers!–the experience has been invaluable for me so far.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmie Denman lives in a small town in her native Ohio with her husband and sons. Her two cats and large yellow labrador are kind enough to share a sunny office where she lets her imagination run wild. Reading books was her favorite escape as a child, and growing up four houses away from the community library encouraged her addiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and running outside. The helpless victim of a lifetime of curiosity, she’s been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what’s going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love.

Please visit amie at www.amiedenman.com

Digging Out!

skirts jpg-2edges (2) (518x800)I could be talking about the snow, but I’m really digging out from under two major deadlines. I finished the last book in a trilogy and sent it to my editor a week early. I’m excited the series is done and disappointed that I’ll have to say goodbye to my characters. Ruffling Her Skirts was released in November. Riveting His Attention comes out in March (Can’t wait) and Raising Her Hopes just left for the editor. Now I have to focus on something new. What will it be?

The Flower Forum – Week Four

The flowers are coming along rapidly now. I’ve never seen such a lush spring. The grass is absolutely vibrant and the flowering trees were amazing. This weekend isn’t about gardening (although I still haven’t planted the veggie garden). Instead of playing in the blossoms, we’re painting the porch – imagine wooden, old, covered in decades of paint. We’ve scrapped as much as we can. Now, my kids and I are going to paint and paint and paint this weekend. The guy at the paint store assured me that I really did need the expensive product. Hopefully, he’s right and we can do two coats and not three.

Once the painting is done, it’ll be time to sit on the porch, sip a beverage, and write away the summer.

The Flower Forum – Week Three – The Hosta Fairy Came!

The Hosta Fairy Returns

Daffodils, Tulips, and Hollyhocks - Oh, My!

 

Every April for the past several years, we discover a box of hosta on our porch. They show up mysteriously. No one rings the doorbell and the dog doesn’t bark, but a box or two of hosta freshly dug up will appear. I know who the fairy is, but I never see her to thank her. The Fairy (Jane in her regular existence) works with my husband and has been trying to thin her hosta for years. She gets frustrated because the hosta just grow back more vigorously, but I’m not complaining. I’ve gotten hundreds of dollars of hosta for free and a fun surprise when the fairy makes her delivery.

Despite some decidedly up and down weather (85 to 35 in about 12 hours), the daffodils bloomed so prolifically that Wordsworth would be proud. They are indeed a “host of golden daffodils”. My early tulips popped open mixing some red with the daffodils, and, to my surprise, the hollyhocks I planted from seed last year are already up several inches. Can’t wait to see them in full bloom.

The Flower Forum – Week Two

Crocuses Enjoy the Sunshine

Some wonderful sunshine made the crocuses blow open this week. I love the vibrant color of this particular grouping. After the picture was taken, I got my little army of workers (read husband, two children, and one tom cat) to help me remove the top layer of debris from the flower beds.  In the end, we had seven yard waste containers and more wood for the fire pit. We celebrated our victory over winter by toasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

The daffodils are making progress – a few even opened this week and I can see signs of life on the lilac bushes. Sadly, we had to remove one of those. It’s been weak the past few years and didn’t survive the winter. I think its death is partly due to a particularly aggressive rose bush my husband has dubbed Cleopatra. I’ve saved Cleopatra from the chain saw (yes, it’s that big) many times when my husband has threatened her life, but she has clusters of beautiful pink roses and I’m not willing to part with her.

Today promises to be beautiful here so I’ll be on the front porch or in the garden. Enjoy!

 

The Flower Forum – Week One

The first sign of spring in my yard - Snowdrops!

Say “spring” and folks in Northern Ohio groan. Spring along the shores of Lake Erie comes slowly. Nevertheless, my bulbs are making a valiant attempt to push through the cold ground and winter debris.The snowdrops are blooming, and I see signs of tulips and daffodils. The hyacinths are a little slower despite their position under the furnace’s vent pipe. They get a little extra heat all winter, but since they’re my favorite, they get preferential placement.

Come back next week for an update on what’s making an appearance in the garden.