Friday, February 23, 2018

Keeping the Romance Fresh by Cheryl Bolen

When I wrote the first book in my lighthearted Regent Mysteries series, With His Lady'sAssistance (2011), I knew it was romantic, and I knew it was going to be a series featuring the dashing Captain Jack Dryden and Lady Daphne Chalmers as sleuths. But I did not know how I was going to sustain a fresh romance in subsequent books. 

Quite naturally, Jack and Daphne fall in love in Book 1. Thereafter, they team up to solve mysteries for the Prince Regent. In the second book, A Most Discreet Inquiry, they marry, and many obstacles get in the way of the consummation of their marriage.

When I got to the third book, I knew that as much as Jack and Daphne loved one another, their romance had been done. Readers needed something fresh. So in The Theft Before Christmas, two lonely souls of disparate ages are spending Christmas with Jack and Daphne, and while their hosts are off solving a mystery for the Prince Regent, they fall in love. Readers tell me the romantic subplot in the book is "precious." Here's what one reader on Goodreads had to say: "The romantic subplot with two side characters was surprisingly affecting; I was really rooting for them both by the end, and considering that this is a novella, that's saying quite a lot."

(As an aside: Book 1, With His Lady's Assistance, was a finalist for Best Historical in the 2011 International Digital Awards, and The Theft Before Christmas was a finalist for Best Short Historical in the 2013 International Digital Awards.) 

In the last book (for now)
, An Egyptian Affair, Jack and Daphne's investigation takes them to Egypt, and Daphne knows she cannot go there without bringing her sister Rosemary, who is mad for anything to do with Egypt. Rosemary's also mad for a Captain Cooper,  even though he's never shown any particular attraction to her. Accompanying them on the journey is the bespectacled Cambridge scholar, Stanton Maxwell. As Rosemary's life is jeopardized, she comes to realize it's Mr. Maxwell who is possessed of heroic qualities. 

As a reader, I enjoy mysteries, but they're even more satisfying if there's a romance in the story. It's important to me that every book I write is romantic. What about you?--Surprisingly, many readers think Cheryl's latest full-length release, Miss Hastings Excellent London Adventure, is a mystery.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Secret Affairs Release @lcrandallwriter

Secrets, book one in my Fierce Hearts series, is included in the Secret Affairs bundle, released February 19. Secrets have a way of coming out, and that concept is featured in my story and the other stories in the bundle.

Pssst…the cat’s out of the bag! These five couples have successfully kept their deepest confidences locked in the dark, until love comes knocking to expose their secret desires.

Secrets Gone South: Will Garrett grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and never expected debutante Arabelle Avery to end up in his arms during an emotional moment. Now she’s returned to Merritt, his son on her hip. Will he ever be good enough to raise his son and win Arabelle’s heart?

Secrets: Casey Mitchell has always kept his identity as a were-lynx secret. But he’s drawn to Michelle Slade, and when he begins to help investigate the circumstances surrounding a mysterious disappearance, the situation spins out of control. Their survival depends on trusting each other with secrets better left unspoken. Will these two lonely souls triumph and find true love…or lose everything?

No Secrets in Spandex: Allegations of drug use surround sexy bike racer Jacob Hunter, who has come home to Colorado to train for the biggest competition of his life. Reporter Ariel Hays is ready to do anything to get that story—except reveal her own secrets. Can they keep the fireworks exploding between them from torching their lives?

The Professor’s Secret: English professor Claudia Manchester secretly writes spicy romances under a pen name to keep her side job under wraps until she’s secured tenure. But when she meets historical romance writer Bradley Davis while dressed as her sexier alter ego at a conference, it’s clear she can’t build love on lies.

Protecting Her Secrets: Bodyguard Eddie Dever needs to clear his younger brother’s name, but that’s an uphill climb with Special Agent Hannah Malone laser focused on putting a crime boss behind bars, even at his brother’s expense. Things get sticky when the two go undercover as Mr. and Mrs. and the pretense starts to feel all too real. And both Eddie and Hannah have one more surprise up their sleeves that can blow the lid off of more than a crime boss’s enterprise. Can they find a way to trust before they take the job too far?

Here's an excerpt from Secrets, a paranormal were-lynx story.

Find Secret Affairs on Amazon, Simon and Schuster, and other retailers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Author Confessions: Fave Romance Movie by @JoanReeves #GemsInAttic

Bless you, Readers of the World!
Readers always seem interested in authors--what they do, how they think, and what they like and dislike.

With that thought in mind, we're sharing a little bit about ourselves today.

I asked all of the Gems In The Attic authors this question.

What is your favorite romantic movie and why?

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Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser is the author of The Vessel, a science fiction romance.

Career soldier Liam McGregor takes on a task that has cost his predecessors their lives. Alien princess Alora of Delawon holds the key to the survival of mankind. Together, they undertake a journey--fighting off raiders, survivalists, and an unexpected attraction to one another.

"My favorite romantic movie is While You Were Sleeping. It combines all the best aspects of the romance genre including friendship, trust, and honor. And recognizes that we don't always know what's best for us until we almost lose it."

Sophie Jacobs

Sophie Jacobs is the alter ego of Maddie James. She is the author of Match My Heart: Sweet Hart Inn (A Harbor Falls Romance, Book 5).

Mary Lou fantasizes about falling in love with country music star Nash Rhodes, but is ready to settle for Barry Phillips down the street. Nash Rhodes is nothing more than a celebrity crush waiting to never happen, but Nash comes to Harbor Falls for a music benefit, and Mary Lou's friend tries her hand at matchmaking.

"My favorite romance movie is Murphy's Romance with Sally Field and James Garner. Older man, younger woman, second chance at love, and western--what's not to love?

Liz Flaherty

Liz Flaherty is the author of A Soft Place To Fall.

Early McGrath didn’t want freedom from her 30-year marriage to Nash, but when it was forced upon her, she did the only thing she knew to do—she went home to the Ridge to reinvent herself. Even as the threads of her life unravel, she finds new ones— reconnecting with the church of her childhood, building the quilt shop that has been a long-time dream, and forging a new friendship with her former husband. 

The definition of freedom changes when it’s combined with faith. Can Early and Nash find a Soft Place to Fall? 

"My favorite romantic movie these days is Shall We Dance because there's nothing much better than renewal and dancing in the kitchen. This movie offers both, and it's made all the better because the protagonists are seasoned and wonderful."

Lynn Crandall

Lynn Crandall is the author of Fierce Hearts, The Complete 5 Book Series. This paranormal series is about were-lynxes who have fierce powers, fierce abilities, and fierce spirits.

An epic showdown will pit love against evil in this shapeshifter romance series as the were-lynx colony faces off with the all-powerful Nexus Group determined to wipe them out. Only the strong and dedicated will survive - and only those willing to risk it all will find their soul mates in this thrilling and value-priced digital collection.

"My favorite movie is The Switch. The hero, played by Jason Bateman, is different. He is very sensitive and a bit neurotic, but he's okay with being who is, and he finds someone to love him as is.

Joan Reeves

Joan Reeves is the author of the Valentine romantic comedy short story, Blame It On Chocolate.

Chloe Elliot was the good girl. She’d never been a hell-raiser. Truthfully, it hadn’t been that difficult. Until Hunter Cole returned to his home town. That was the beginning of her fall from good girl status. To Hunter Cole, the new Sheriff in his west Texas town, life was perfect. Until he dropped by the library to say hello to his best friend's little sister.

"Even though I thought this question up, it's a hard one for me to answer because I have so many favorites. Romantic movies have always been my preferred viewing choice.

Catch me on another day, and I'd probably name a different movie, but today I'll say Notting Hill is my favorite. It's funny and poignant and has the best dialogue delivered with perfect timing! Plus, it has a message that's true for every man and woman on the planet. ...just a girl standing in front of a guy and asking him to love her.

"No matter how famous or rich a person may be, in the end, all the person wants is to be loved for herself/himself. "

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Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. All of her books have the same underlying theme: It's never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Visit Joan online at her Blog and Website. Follow her at: Facebook * Twitter * Amazon Author Page * BookBub Author Page. Want a free ebook of one of Joan's popular romance novels? Just click here to sign up for Joan's mailing list.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cover Reveal! @BonnieEdwards

As Winter grinds on I write this in the depths of January's icy grip. I apologize now if this post appears to be weirdly optimistic in the face of another tragedy. I cannot see what will come in the next 10 weeks and I'm forced to write this post in advance.

No matter that it's Winter, I'm thinking of Spring and what it means: fresh starts, blossoms, longer days, more sun and lighter clothing. Bring it on!

But here now, in mid-January, I'm pleased to say that I have completed the first rough draft of Loving Logan Book 2 in my Return to Welcome series.

A bit about the book:

Elle Foster left Welcome broke, pregnant, and with a bad-girl rep.
Now, she’s returned to Welcome still broke, with four children, but has vowed to never get pregnant again.

Elle has three rules:  Don’t date. Don’t sleep with the boss and don’t believe in happily-ever-after.

Logan Hughes is younger and establishing a new business. Adopted, he wants nothing more than to have a family of his own. He needs an assistant and Elle needs the work…

A pirate raider lurks inside Logan and when he lets him loose, even a determined woman can fall under his spell. And that sexy pirate may make Elle Foster break all her rules.

But can Logan give up fatherhood for the one woman he wants more than life itself? 

At this writing, I also have a brand new cover to reveal for an upcoming release in my Diamond Collection. Diamond at Heart is paired with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Thong in this collection and has suspense and mystery woven through it.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

End of Winter Doldrums

I'm the first to admit it ... I'm not a winter person. Yet, I live in Atlantic Canada just above the most northern Maine border. So, winter it is. Long, sometimes hard, and definitely cold and wet.

I began this winter, as I always do, with a laundry list of writing tasks and a plan to hibernate as much as possible to accomplish my list. I even gave my all-wheel-drive vehicle to my youngest son to cart his young family around in relative safety.

All I had to do was write.

December came and went and there was barely a scratch made to the list. After all, the holidays took center stage. Except for Christmas Day when we were buried beneath a blizzard that lasted for two days and ruined the holiday for which I'd shortchanged my writing.

January blew in on a horrible storm. More blizzard like conditions for three full days. No sense starting one of those projects since the power would no doubt go out. It didn't and I was now another week behind.

By the beginning of February I was starting to get stir crazy and even reclaimed my car for the weekend. It snowed and I had to dig my car out from under a mountain before I could return it to my son for school and after-school activities on Monday.

Finally, I'd made to some nicer weather (an anomaly for New Brunswick in February) and my interest in writing was renewed. I picked up where I'd left off in November and the words flowed like the rain outside my office window. Until my roof began to leak.

Now here I am, just past the halfway mark in February, my roof fixed, the papers on my desk dried out, and the keys on my computer smoking from the speed of my flying fingers. My end of winter doldrums seemed to have passed. For the moment.

Another few weeks and spring will arrive. The sun will shine, the birds will chirp, and I'll finish the darned ... oh ... look ... a squirrel!

When I can concentrate, here's what I'm working on ....

Waking Up in Oz
Oswald, KS ~ Late Summer, 1975

Corporate Attorney Dorothy Gail Farmer has been sent by her boss to neighboring Oswald, KS to take a deposition from a client. Within moments of her arrival, Dorothy and most of the small town fall victim to the ravages of a strong tornado.

When Dorothy wakes up in the makeshift hospital set up at the local community center, it's like she's landed in the fictitious land of Oz. Surrounded by people who are make their living playing up the Oz legend, everyone she meets reminds her of the movie she loved as a child. First, there's the ruggedly handsome deputy sheriff, Chris Lyons who's anything but cowardly. She's befriended by a trauma psychologist named Tim Mann and a professor of meteorology named Steve Crowe. And, if all that's not confusing enough, she's falling for Wynn Morgan, a storm chaser nicknamed Wizard because of his uncanny ability to predict storms.

Will Dorothy help her client save the wildlife rescue from the clutches of the evil local land baroness, Evelyn Witcher so she can return to Kansas City? Or, will being stranded in this strange place be just what Dorothy needs?

Waking Up in Oz has been contracted by The Wild Rose Press for their new "Stranded" historical romance line and is scheduled for release this coming fall.

Until next month ... stay happy, stay healthy, stay warm and well read.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Post-Valentine Confessions by @JoanReeves #GemsInAttic

Ready for some Post-Valentine Confessions by the Gems In The Attic authors? Ready or not, here they are.

We are a baker's dozen--that's 13 if you're not familiar with the expression--of authors.

During the first week of February, I emailed the blog group authors and asked each to reveal what her beloved gave her Valentine's Day.

I have 7 responses for you, and 1 is mine which will appear last.

I'd like to thank all the authors who bared their souls and provided the content for this blog post today.

Confessions Good for the Romantic Soul

Lynn Crandall

Lynn is the author of Two Days Until Midnight, a shifter romantic suspense.

Bird-shifter Lark spent her life shielding her true identity. To protect her flock’s habitat she’s taken a job that pits her mission against her secret and her integrity. Reclusive billionaire Tamier lost his freedom and his dreams the day a Society assassin cursed him and changed him into a were-cheetah. As their relationship develops into a promise of true love, she must teach him to live or lose everything.

"I received a scrumptious box of chocolates(Yum!), money for a new purse (desperately needed), a beautiful card, and a handwritten note for Valentine's Day. Simple and sweet."

Karen Kelley

Karen is the author of a brand new release, Thief of Hearts, Book 3 of Bachelors Series.

One last job and she’s out of the family business…Get in, grab the jewelry, and get the hell out. Technically Piper Lewis is not a thief. She’s a retrieval expert, except the law probably won’t see it like that. One small glitch: Piper didn’t plan on sexy Cason Wilde catching her in the middle of the job.

"Karl grilled ribeye steaks, and I did the sides. We walked on the beach and just shared our plans for the next few months, then went back to the RV and watched a movie."

Jan Scarbrough

Jan is the author of My Lord Raven.

To protect what little family she has left, Lady Catrin Fitzalan switches places with her cousin to save the poor girl from wedding a vicious knight called the King’s Raven. Bran ap Madog, bastard son of a Welsh prince, has devoted his life to serving the English king. Bran wants a reward for his service to the king: a wealthy wife and the land and power she can bring him. Will his last battle, with his new wife, cost him his heart?

"I gave my husband a valentine card, but of course he forgot to give me one. *LOL* He did apologize and took me out to a fast-food Mexican restaurant for dinner."

Kathleen Lawless

Kathleen is the author of Deliver Me, a western romance.

Raised on a small Arkansas farm, Maddie Winston craves excitement, but an escaped convict seeking shelter in her barn is more adventure than she bargained for. Determined to help the brooding stranger clear his name, Maddie impulsively joins Judson Burke on a dangerous journey to his Texas home and find herself the victim of relentless passion.

"I received a dozen red roses,  dark chocolate, and my favorite red wine. Honey and I went out for lunch, then made a romantic dinner, complete with chocolate volcano cake for dessert. After dessert, my honey and I booked a week in Mexico! Life is short. It's up to us to make it sweet."

Hannah Rowan

Hannah is the author of Man Wanted, her first novel published by Kensington Precious Gems which can be found used on Amazon. She's focused more on article writing in the last few years. She's currently working on a website so don't be surprised if you see a new book from her in the future.

"I received a lovely bouquet from my husband on Valentine's Day, and a dinner in one of my favorite restaurants. I bought him a gift certificate for the two of us to go to a local shooting range. It's so hard to find that man a gift! This is an activity we can do together."

(Note from Joan: I support women's right to defend themselves. I also believe in being educated about firearm safety, practicing at an authorized range, and being licensed to carry. I grew up in the South so my dad taught me to shoot. I go to the range with my husband and my daughter.)

Liz Flaherty

Liz is the author of The Happiness Pact, her latest release.

The fine line between BFF and happily-ever-after…Tucker Llewellyn and Libby Worth—strictly platonic!—realize they’re each at a crossroads. Tucker is successful, but he wants a wife and kids: the whole package. Libby knows that small-town life has her set in her ways; the tearoom owner needs to get out more. So they form a pact: Libby will play matchmaker and Tucker will lead her on the adventure she desperately needs. But things change unexpectedly. When a personal crisis tests Libby, will Tucker be there for her as a best friend…or something more?

"I went with Duane to watch some friends making music, then went to dinner. We don't do cards anymore, but he asked me in the morning if I'd be his Valentine. I said, "Yes," and he did, too. It was a good day."

Joan Reeves

Joan is the author of April Fool Bride, now on sale through Feb. 22 for only 99 cents!

Heiress Madeline Quinn, dubbed Mad Maddie by the tabloids, needs a husband by the time she turns 25 in order to claim her full inheritance. She's learned the hard way that men only see dollar signs when they look at her so she decides a marriage of convenience is the answer. She turns to the one man she trusts, her housekeeper’s son who treated her like a little sister—until one disastrous night when she acted impetuously.

Jake Becker hasn’t seen Maddie since the night she tried to seduce him. Why should he help the woman who changed the course of his life? Simple. Revenge. Or is it something else? Something that sizzles like steam heat between Maddie and Jake that neither can resist!

"Valentine's Day this year was a bit unusual. On Monday, we spent mucho thousands for a new heating and air conditioning system. By the time Valentine's Day rolled around, we were a little shell-shocked by the unexpected expense so we economized this year. Darling Hubby gave me a bouquet of stargazer lilies and pink carnations, both favorites of mine, and a mushy card. I gave him a bag of Mounds Miniatures and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, both of which he loves, and a mushy card. (He's so sweet he even shared his candy with me.)

Actually, I didn't feel neglected at all on Valentine's because for our 40th anniversary this past December he gave me a matched set of heart-shaped ruby earrings and pendant."

So there you have it. We hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day and a chance to spend it with someone you love. 

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. Her books are available in audio, ebook, and print. All of her books have the same underlying theme: It's never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Joan invites you to visit her online at her Blog and Website. Follow her at:  Facebook * Twitter * YouTube * Amazon Author Page * BookBub Author Page.  

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Finding Love by @lcrandallwriter

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14 is a day for lovers to celebrate love with chocolate, flowers, cards, and a romantic dinner.

But the sentiment of love is not confined to one special day or even for one special person. Love’s expression is inspired in many ways and at any time of year. One of my favorite movie quotes reminds us that love is all around. The movie is Love Actually and the Hugh Grant character who speaks it is England’s prime minister.

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.

While we celebrate romantic love on Valentine’s Day, I like to consider all the places we can find love. For myself, I feel it flow from the innocence of a child, in the contentment of a cat’s purr, in the beauty of tree, in a shared memory with a friend or family member, and in the pages of a love story. A feeling of love is truly accessible all around.
I hope you feel it and are inspired by it on this day and every day.

Inspire me. Tell me where you find love.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Romance is in the air by Karen Kelley

The day before Valentine's Day and love is in the air. What better time to release Thief of Hearts, the third book in my Bachelor series, but it is a stand alone, romantic comedy. I had a lot of fun writing Piper and Cason's story.

 You see, she's a retrieval expert. That is, she goes after people's things that have been lost or stolen. She's usually skirting the law, if not flat out breaking it. Except Cason catches Piper with her hand in his safe.

 She doesn't mean to shoot him. Now he has amnesia and thinks she's his ex girlfriend--the one who hired her. She can't just tell him: Nope, you've got that totally wrong. I'm the woman who was robbing you, then shot you when I got caught. She really doesn't want to go to prison. Besides, she feels guilty because she did shoot him.

 New plan: She'll make sure he's okay through the night, then leave.

 Of course, my heroine doesn't have the best luck in the world. I hope everyone who reads Thief of Hearts will enjoy it as much as I had fun writing it. I hope everyone has a romantic Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Matchmaker, Matchmaker? by Sophie Jacobs

'Tis the Season of Love. Is it not?

Whether Valentine's Day is important to you or not, I think we all love a great love story with the obligatory happily-ever-after. I mean, we all love romance here, right? I've had dry spells where I've watched the other girls get Valentine's gifts they craved, and years where I've been the receiver. But nevertheless, one thing I've always had were my stories!

As we celebrate this season of love--and especially the upcoming February 14 holiday--treat yourself to a story or two to either set the mood, or satisfy that hopeful romantic sigh. And what better stories than those that feature a matchmaker?

Suzie Hart never set out to be a matchmaker. All she wanted was to open up her bed and breakfast, Sweet Hart Inn, and be the best-darned chef she could be. But along the line somewhere, her cooking up of delectable dishes became a recipe for matchmaking.

She started with her sister, Shelley, and her old high-school boyfriend, Matt Branson in Take My Heart. That one was rather happenstance but the next one was very deliberate.

Mary Lou Picketts was next, when Suzie saw her pining after country music star Nash Rhodes--and Suzie knew that Nash was coming to town. Operation Match My Heart (still on sale for 99 cents!) made her two for two.

Following that success, Suzie figured she was on to something but had her hands full with librarian Katie Long and her Harbor Falls police officer boyfriend, Chris Marks. In Tame My Heart, (preorder now!) Suzie gives up a secret to keeping her love life spicy, and hopes that secret works for Katie and Chris, as well.

Interesting in knowing how all of this comes out? I would start with Suzie's story, All of My Heart. (always 99 cents!) Suzie is a fun and prominent character in all of the Sweet Hart Inn books. It would be great to get to know her there, and then move into the matchmaking stories. But guess what? They don't stop with Tame My Heart! Stay tuned for The Dating Game, Miss Matched Hearts, The Husband List, After My Heart, No Sweeter Match, and Teach My Heart. Whew!  Yes, Suzie will be busy!

Have a very Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. I hope you get what your heart desires.

Maddie James writes to silence the people in her head. Unfortunately, they all have stories and they all want them told at once! From contemporary cowboys to romantic suspense, Maddie strives to get their stories right. RT Book Reviews says, James “deftly combines romance and suspense,” and Affaire de Couer claims, “James has a special talent for traditional romance.” Published in print, ebook, audiobook, and in at least seven languages, Maddie has been listed as a Top 100 Romance Author on Amazon and as an iBooks Rising Star in Western Romance. As Sophie Jacobs, she writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Connect with them both by signing up for their newsletter list at

Friday, February 9, 2018

I started a new book by Jan Scarbrough #gemsinattic

Most writers like to write “the end” when they finish a novel. Oh, the writing isn’t finished then, but typing “the end” helps us feel better. This is just the first pass, the first draft. There’s rewriting and editing to come. But the hard, creative work is basically done.

When you start a book, the computer pages are blank. If you are a “plotter,” you may have a good idea where you’re going, maybe a complete outline. If you are a “pantser,” you may have no clue. Your new Word document is simply a call to adventure.

I’m not a plotter. In the old days, I used to hate writing synopsis. But I’m not a straight “write by the seat of your pants” type either. I usually spend months coming up with ideas, considering some and discarding others. I have a few tools to help me with ideas. I also brainstorm with my editor or writing friends. But generally, it comes down to my choosing, my vision of the book.

Yesterday, I started a new book. Five pages. Over one thousand words. It was a good start—a place to begin. This time I’ve decided to keep track of my writing progress. Readers often ask how long it takes me to write a book, but I never have a good answer. Maybe with a writing diary, I can give a good answer.

You might want to take advantage of a sale I have going on for Valentine’s Day. My ebook Secrets is on sale for 99 cents.

Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past.

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