Sunday, October 26, 2014

Release Day...Running to Love!

Tomorrow is release day for Crimson Romance’s Running to Love, 10 fabulous novels of romance, suspense, thrills, and mystery!  For less than $1.00! It’s an honor to be grouped with such a fabulous array of authors.

Drum roll, please...

In these ten exciting novels of romantic suspense, clever and courageous heroes and heroines flee from danger to seek safety and security in the arms of their soulmates. Can love soothe their fearful hearts?

Magic Moment by AngelaAdams: Bookkeeper Laura finds herself questioned by the FBI, then assaulted by thugs-until Chase appears to get to the bottom of these attacks.

Thunder in the Night by Karen Fellowes: An investigative journalist is insulted at being assigned a routine travel story, until it becomes anything but ordinary-or safe.

In Hot Pursuit by Karen Sue Burns: Quinn's calm, relaxed life goes up in smoke when someone steals a multimillion-dollar gift to her employer, and the donor looks both suspicious and oh-so-tempting. 

Killing Casanova by Traci McDonald: Infamous womanizer Jake has never met someone like Cassie, a blind woman who is oblivious to his normally irresistible charm-and to the danger stalking her.

Desperate Obsession by Anji Nolan: It's love and intrigue in the skies when a special branch detective at Heathrow airport tries to protect a passenger agent from terrorists.

Love's Secret Fire by Rena Koontz: The biggest story of reporter Valerie Daniels's career asks her to choose between loyalty to her twin brother and a stranger who is out to frame him-if she survives to tell the story.

Trial Run by Anne Metikosh: A gruesome small-town murder becomes more than another local story when Nina finds herself falling for the suspect.

Unbound by Nikkie Locke: Dean survived his family's massacre as a child, but now a simple kiss puts Payten in these same killers' target.

Saving Maggie by Glenys O’Connell: Reporter Maggie's psychic gift incites a serial killer to play games with her, but can detective Joshua break this bond in time?

Deadly Star by CJ Peterson : An amateur astronomer spots the wrong thing through her telescope, and only her CIA ex-husband can help her find the light.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Buy Links:

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Happy reading and have a great week, Everyone!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Contest Update...

Friends, you never know! Your writing success may just start with feedback -- or perhaps winning -- a writing contest. Contests are a great way to get your work seen by industry insiders. Here's an update on a few approaching deadlines. Good luck!

15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition sponsored by Writer’s Digest Magazine; early bird deadline, November 17, 2014; Entry deadline, December 15, 2014; cash prizes, and winning entry in Writer’s Digest Magazine. FMI,

The Smooch 2015 sponsored by Yosemite Romance Writers; deadline January 9, 2015; Entry “First Kiss” scene, 4-8 pages of an unpublished work. FMI, visit,

2015 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest sponsored by Northeast Ohio RWA; deadline February 14, 2015, first chapter up to 5,000 words. FMI, visit,

Have a great week, Everyone! 

(photo c/o FlashBuddy and

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Columbus Day!

...or as I think of it "Happy Three Day Weekend!" There's so much to do here in Philly this weekend -- the Columbus Day Parade, Olde City Fest in the city's historic district, and the Craft Fair in Rittenhouse Square. 

And, today the sun is out. I hope everyone is enjoying Autumn and the holiday!

See you next week.

(photo c/o pippalou at

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Reading to Baby Brother...

Earlier in the week I was at the library. While I waited at the counter for the librarian to find a DVD I’d placed on hold, a booming little voice echoed from the Children’s section and grabbed my attention.

A woman, about six or seven months pregnant, sat in a chair. Across from her sat her daughter who was about four-years-old. The little girl held open a picture book, propped up on her knees, facing outward at her mother. Although I doubt very much if the child was saying the exact words in the book, she was clearly telling a story. Her eyes occasionally shifted from the book to her mommy’s stomach and back to the book.

And, this child was L-O-U-D.

Her mother said to her, “Shh. You’re supposed to be quiet in the library.”

The child’s reply was adorable!

“But, Mommy,” she said. “I’m reading to my baby brother and I want to make sure he can hear me in your tummy.”

Have a good week, Everyone!

(photo c/o digitallatina and

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Running to Love" Cover Reveal

A few weeks ago when I clicked open my inbox, I got a big -- and pleasant -- surprise. Julie Strugeon, Imprint Manager at Crimson Romance, was letting me know that my novel, Magic Moment, would be included in Crimson's upcoming suspense bundle release, Running to Love.

Today, I'm delighted to present the cover to you!

I'm proud to be sharing the spotlight with some fabulous authors and their great books. Included with Magic Moment will be Thunder in the Night by Karen Fellowes, In Hot Pursuit by Karen Sue Burns, Killing Cassanova by Traci McDonald, Desperate Obsession by Anji Nolan, Love's Secret Fire by Rena Koontz, Trial Run by Anne Metikosh, Unbound by Nikkie Locke, Saving Maggie by Glenys O'Connell, and Deadly Star by CJ Peterson.

10 wonderful romantic suspense novels for only 99 cents!

Tentative release date is October 27th. I'll keep you posted. But, in the meantime what a great looking cover!

Thanks, Crimson (and, Julie!)

For information on all of Crimson's bundle releases, and latest Crimson Romance reads, check out the "ebookstore." Visit,

Have a great week, Everyone!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Welcome, Autumn!"

This weeks starts Autumn (some folks like to call it "Fall" but I prefer "Autumn," it's prettier, don't you think?). It's one of my favorite times of year! I fell in love with the season during my college years in Vermont. There is no other place on earth that has more beautiful autumn leaves than the state of Vermont!

Back here in Philly, our neighborhoods are decorated with Autumn wreaths, silk orange and red leaves are wrapped around wrought iron rails, planters of rust-colored mums decorate patios, and pumpkins sit on our front steps. Everyone starts decorating their homes, and our streets, for Halloween. Autumn is one last opportunity for outdoor activities. We have loads of flea markets, harvest festivals, and street fairs. I spent the last two days enjoying the weather and activities in our Philadelphia parks.

But, what I love most about Autumn is pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin bread. Yes, I guess if I wanted to, I could figure a way to have my pumpkin treats throughout the year. But, there's something so special about pumpkin anything in Autumn. 

Is there anything special you like about the Autumn season? Please share. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a great week, Everyone!

(Autumn leaves photo c/o openopin at
(Autumn wreath c/o jlpeterson at
(Coffee photo c/o thesuccess at
(Muffins photo c/o Kellyp42 at

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Do You Finish The Book?

A friend of mine passed on to me a book she had recently finished. She raved about it. One of the greatest books she'd ever read, she insisted. Since it was my genre of choice (contemporary romance), a HEA ending, and an author I'd read often, I couldn't wait to sit down with this latest release.

By the third chapter, I asked myself "why am I reading this book?" By the fourth chapter, I was frustrated and by the fifth, I was ready to put it down. Nevertheless, out of loyalty to an author I admire (and because some day some reader may be evoking the same sentiments about a book I authored), I manged to finish the book, but was terribly disappointed.

Which brings me to a question, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on...when you're midway through a book and decide it's not working for you, do you finish reading it?

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photo c/o pippalou and