Missing Blane and Kade? Me, too!

Which is why I’ve written a novella called TURN THE TABLES which I’ve contributed to SWEET DREAMS, a limited edition digital-only boxed set curated by Brenda Novak for the benefit of diabetes research. It includes thirteen never-before-published novels and novellas and costs only $9.99 (that’s less than $1/story). THIS BLANE AND KADE PREQUEL WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE IN THIS BOX SET AND ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME!!! Who else is in the set? New York Times Bestselling Authors Allison Brennan, Cynthia Eden, J.T. Ellison (who is contributing CROSSED, the long awaited prequel to her Taylor Jackson series), Heather Graham, Liliana Hart, Alex Kava (who is contributing BEFORE EVIL, the long awaited prequel to her Maggie O’Dell series), CJ Lyons, Carla Neggers, Brenda Novak, Theresa Ragan, Erica Spindler, and Jo Robertson. Pre-order this set now (wherever ebooks are sold) so that you receive it when it’s released on May 1st. Once SWEET DREAMS goes on sale, it’ll only be available through June 30th. All proceeds will go to The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami (they are doing some amazing cure-focused work). Our goal is to raise $300,000 and, with your help, we should be able to do it. Please note that Brenda has also curated a contemporary box set as well as a “hot” romance box set, so check those out, too. You can find more information at http://brendanovakforthecure.org. Pick up your copy now! Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo |...

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Back in Indy!

I love Indianapolis. And I love the annual trip in August that my husband and I take here for the Drum Corps International World Championships. As always, we have to have dinner at one of my very favorite restaurants (coincidentally, the one where Blane and Kathleen have their first “date”) – Harry & Izzy’s. If you’re ever in Indy, be sure to stop in. It’s fabulous....

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Seven is my lucky number…

Jennifer Armintrout has a fabulous blog which I read regularly. Today she posted a request to spread a writerly meme, so here goes. The Rules: Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript Go to line 7 Post on your blog or Facebook page the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating Tag 7 other authors to do the same. So, here are my seven sentences from book three: Blane didn’t say anything for a moment, and the silence seemed oppressive to me. I couldn’t hold his penetrating gaze, my eyes dropping to stare at the white linen of his shirt. “I’ll take you home in the morning,” he finally said. I jerked my eyes back up to his, but couldn’t read anything from his face. Before I’d even realized what was happening, he’d placed a kiss on my forehead and disappeared out the door. I lay in bed, staring at the ceiling for a long time. I didn’t know what had happened, what Blane wanted from me. Did he expect I’d just continue living with him? So there you go. A tiny sneak peek at book three in the Kathleen Turner Series. I’m terrible at tagging so I’m taking a page out of Jennifer’s book (haha! Writer humor.) and telling you to go and do the same on your blog/Facebook/etc. Leave a link to your post in the...

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Shameless Summer Blog Hop!

Thank you to Jen at Red Hot Books, Brie at Romance Around the Corner & Michelle at Michelle's Book Blog for hosting this hop! So, I'm not the most inspired of bloggers and now I feel pressure to write something for this hop. All I can really think to share (and this is how my mind works) is how I was driving home from work the other day (a long, tedious daily torture) when I saw a man driving a motorcycle. Okay, I know they're not safe, they're called organ-donors, etc. blah blah. I know all that, and I still think they're sexy as hell. With the right guy driving. (caveat). This guy looked pretty good. Black helmet. Black leather jacket (yum). Faded jeans. Sneakers and no-show socks.

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“Most Wanted” Scenes

The other day, I put up a fan poll asking which “deleted” scene readers would most like to see. The choices were: Where was Blane in NO TURNING BACK the night Sheila was murdered that he got to Kathleen’s so quickly? In NO TURNING BACK, what did Kade and Blane do when Kathleen escaped from Blane’s house? Why didn’t Blane answer his phone in TURN TO ME the night Kathleen called to say she’d thrown Kade out? In NO TURNING BACK, what happened when Blane called Kade in Chicago while he was in the motel room with Kathleen? The winner was #3.  That scene will go up as a guest post on Just Romantic Suspense tomorrow. The runner-up was #4.  I decided it would be fun to write that scene, too, so head on over to Cocktails and Books today for my guest post and find out what exactly happened after that phone call… (This amazing photo is of the drop-dead-gorgeous Ian Somerhalder.  Wouldn’t he make a perfect...

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Men of Valor

Two works have influenced me in recent months.  In fact, their influence greatly impacted the second novel in my Kathleen Turner Series, TURN TO ME.  The first work that influenced me was the autobiography “American Sniper – The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History” by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.  The second is the movie “Act of Valor” in which all the major roles were played by active duty Navy SEALs. Navy SEALs have recently shot to fame in the imagination of people everywhere.  It’s not hard to see why.  They’re a rougher, tougher version of a modern-day cowboy.  Courageous, skilled, honorable – driven by a sense of patriotism for their country and duty to their fellow brothers-in-arms.  As you may know, Blane Kirk, one of the heroes of my series, used to be a Navy SEAL.  In TURN TO ME, that role influences the events of his life, and consequently, Kathleen’s. “American Sniper” gave an inside view not only of what life in combat is like for a SEAL, but insight into their character as well.  It was both fascinating and humbling.  When I was through, I was overwhelmed with gratitude – not only for the men who volunteer for such an incredibly dangerous, thankless job – but that in some parts of America, it seems we’re still able to produce these kind of men.  Unsurprisingly, Chris Kyle was raised in Texas.  Thank God for Texas (just an aside). Then about a month or so ago, I went to see “Act of Valor.”  Then I went again.  Will it win an Academy Award?  Of course not.  But the acting wasn’t why I went to see it.  As “American Sniper” gave insight into the character of a SEAL, so “Act of Valor” gave an inside look at how they do what they do.  I’ve seen a lot of action movies – it’s become my favorite genre in the past few years (you can keep your sappy chick flick – I’ll take men with guns).  The scenes of the SEALs doing “their thing” were simply amazing.  It was obvious that these were no Hollywood stuntmen or actors that had been coached.  They moved with an ease borne of skill and repitition.  It was riveting.  Awe-inspiring. At the end of the movie, the credits rolled and a song played while pictures flashed on the screen of the men with their families.  Children, parents, spouses.  Kisses goodbye and welcome home hugs.  At the time, I didn’t know the name of the tune, but only listened to the heart-wrenching lyrics as I tried to read the many names that scrolled...

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A Monk Walks His Path
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A Monk Walks His Path

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Beautiful Eyes
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Beautiful Eyes

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City Life
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City Life

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Snapshot From Japan
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Snapshot From Japan

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