Wednesday, December 5, 2012

For What It's Worth--Giveaway

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For What It's Worth by Karey White


Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?

My Review


This book charmed me completely. The characters, the creative plotting, and the beautiful message worked together to create a wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone. When it comes to the romance genre, people usually use the word "sweet" to describe a clean read, but in this case, that particular word works on several levels and I love it. Not only is For What It's Worth a "sweet" read, but it's also got sweet characters and enough dessert recipes to satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings. I adore Karey White, both as a person and a writer, and I can't wait to see what she comes up next!

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Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.






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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

For What It's Worth Book Blast & Giveaway

Blog Tour December 2012
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$50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash from Author Karey White
Ends 12/14/12
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For What It's Worth by Karey White


Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?

Praise for For What It's Worth


Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter  starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013

I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality

This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author

This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award



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Author Karey White


Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.





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Friday, November 30, 2012

Romance Is In the Air Blog Hop Signups


Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop 
Featuring YA & Clean Adult Romance
February 8th to 14th 

Please be sure you have reviewed the giveaway hop rules if you have not hopped recently. The Giveaway Hop Rules can be found on Kathy's blog here: http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2012/10/best-of-2012-giveaway-hop-sign-ups.html

Hop Rules: 

  • This hop has a limit of 12 possible entries. Only 1 can be mandatory and any other must be optional. Be aware that many people do not have a twitter or facebook account. If your mandatory entry requires to follow you on twitter or like you on facebook you are automatically excluding people who may want to enter. Entries must be simple and be able to be done on one visit to your blog. 
  • Your blog & giveaway must be family friendly. If you have steamy book covers in your header or sidebar you will be deleted from the linky. 
  • Your giveaway must be specifically for the hop. 
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  • Your giveaway must feature a Young Adult Romance or a Clean Adult Romance book. You can have 1 winner or more than 1 winner. Your winner can choose a book of their choice or you can offer them a gift card. 
  • All posts need to be up by 12:01 AM on February 8th. Up to 24 hours early is fine. 10 minutes late is not. Once your post is live AND accepting entries please email Kathy or me a direct link so we can update the linky. 
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

All I Want Tour is Finally HERE!!!



Hop on over to I Am A Reader Not A Writer for a chance to win Amazon gift cards and your own copy of the book! A massive thanks to Kathy for hosting this for us!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Giveaway--Dead Running by Cami Checketts

This book was SUCH a fun read! Suspense, humor, and romance (my favorite) were all woven together in an engaging tale that kept me guessing the entire time. If you're a fan of romantic suspense, be sure to check it out. I also LOVE the cover and can't wait for the sequel, Dying to Run, which will be available in November. Enter to win a copy of your own below.

About the Book:

Cassidy Christensen is running. Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents. Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable. Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future. A light-hearted suspense with a side of PG-rated romance, Dead Running will have you lacing up your running shoes and impatiently waiting for the sequel.

Excerpt

   I inched down another stair, hoping the soft creaks wouldn’t give me away to whoever was arguing in my living room. My dad was visiting me this week, gathering medical supplies for another one of his projects. I’d been gracious and allowed him to host his meetings in my living room. The support from the medical community in our little corner of Northern Utah was actually impressive, but did one of the doctors have to show up in the middle of the night?
   I was in that luscious almost-asleep phase when I heard the banging on my front door and crawled out of bed. Irritation turned to fear as I listened to the conversation. The man threatening Dad wasn’t one of his supporters.
   “You interfered with the wrong shipment this time.”
   “Shipment?” Dad asked. “These are human beings, not some profit margin.”
   I reached the bottom step and peeked around the wall. My dad stood near the fireplace with a mixture of shock and revulsion on his sunburned face.
   Just inside the front door, a man peeked out from the shadow of a hooded sweatshirt. He yanked out a wicked-looking blade. I covered my mouth to stifle the scream. My stomach knotted. My legs felt like ice. I didn’t know if I could move, let alone help.
   The knife sailed through the air. My father darted to the side. The blade jabbed into his upper arm. Dad yelped. The pain in his face lodged in my own gut. He grabbed at his arm and yanked the knife out, spraying the wall with blood. My dad’s blood. Help. I had to do something.
   The hooded figure closed the distance and wrenched the weapon from dad’s fingers, lifting it above his head.
   “No!” I leapt from my hiding spot, grabbed a heavy picture frame off the end table, and smacked the man with it.
   “Cassidy!” Dad inhaled quickly, hazel eyes widening.
   The attacker knocked the picture frame out of my hands and pointed the bloody knife my direction. Dark eyes swept over the skin not covered by my t-shirt and cut-off sweats. I squirmed, his look scaring me as much as his knife. I backed up a step, eyes focused on the blade.
   My dad planted himself between me and the man. The man’s white teeth flashed against leathery skin. “She’s beautiful, Doc.” His tongue darted across his lower lip. “The dark hair and pretty brown eyes. Looks just like her mom.”
   Dad held up his uninjured arm and shoved me behind him, his breath coming in ragged gulps. “Leave her out of this, Panetti.”
   Panetti cocked his head to the side. “I’m supposed to kill you, but I could bring her in alive for some extra compensation. How old are you, sweetheart?”
   I glared at him over my dad’s shoulder. “Twenty-one and going nowhere with you. Get out of my house before I call the police.” It was a lame threat since I was visibly shaking and had no clue where my phone was.
   The man threw back his head and laughed. “I like her, a bit of attitude. Ramirez and I will both enjoy her.”
   I swallowed the sickening taste of his threat. Sweat trickled down my spine. I clung to my injured dad, who was currently no match for this psycho. How could I protect either of us?
   “You’ll never touch her.” Dad pushed me toward the kitchen doorway. “I can’t believe you would betray the children for Ramirez.”
   “Not for Ramirez. I betrayed the children for lots and lots of money.” Panetti revealed his perfect teeth again.
   Dad looked back at me. “Run,” he whispered.
   I swallowed, trying to catch my breath. No matter how scared I was I couldn’t leave him.
   “Run, Cassie!” He shoved me and faced the madman.
   Panetti let out a warrior cry and lunged with the knife. Dad ducked. The blade sliced air instead of flesh, throwing Panetti off balance. Dad plowed into the man’s abdomen, knocking him into the front door. I screamed, running towards them to try to help.
   “Get out of here,” Dad yelled.
   Stumbling away from the fight, I slammed into the wall. A yell of pain from my dad forced me to keep moving. I ran into the kitchen and nearly collapsed with relief when I saw my phone. Placing all my hopes and prayers on three numbers, I stilled my trembling hands enough to dial: 9-1-1.
   The call connected. “A guy is trying to kill my dad!” Grunts and the sound of bodies slamming into furniture reassured me Dad was still alive. I told the dispatcher my address, but then she started asking more questions.
   “I’ve got to help my dad.”
   “Officers are en route.”
   “Good!” I clung to the phone but stopped listening as I sprinted back into the living room. Dad was on top of Panetti. The knife was on the floor, Panetti reaching for it. I covered the last couple of feet, kicked the knife farther away, and stomped on his hand with my bare foot. Pain radiated up through my leg but I heard a crunch that hopefully meant I did some damage. How awful that I really wanted to hurt him.
   I held up my phone. “The police will be here any second.”
   Dad strained to keep Panetti pinned. “Go back to the kitchen.” “I am not going to the kitchen while you fight for your life.”
   “Cassidy,” Dad groaned. “For once in your life listen to me.”
   Panetti shoved Dad off of him. Dad banged his injured arm against the sofa, blood mingling with the leather finish as he yelped in pain. Panetti leaped to his feet, pushed me out of the way, and ran for the front door. Dad struggled to stand up. I regained my footing and hurried after Panetti, but Dad grabbed my arm before I got outside, allowing Panetti to disappear into the darkness.
   “We should go after him,” I said.
   “Not tonight.” Dad shut the front door and slid to the floor, clutching his bleeding arm. “I’ll find him.” The sheer determination in his eyes made me glad I wasn’t Panetti.
   “That guy wasn’t one of your Mexican orphanage supporters.”
   Dad laughed, patting the floor next to him.
   I clenched my hands together to stop the shaking. A few more deep breaths and I might feel like I wasn’t going to pass out. “You need something for the blood.”
   He reached up a hand to me. “I’ll be okay. It’s you I’m worried about.” I sank next to him and threw my arms around his neck. My entire body was trembling now. Dad patted my back and whispered that I was safe. It was exactly what I needed to hear, but still had a hard time believing. Several minutes later I could hear sirens approaching the house. I wiped at my nose and bit my lip to hold back more tears.
   “Someday you’re going to tell me what that was all about.”
   Dad shook his head. “Hopefully you’ll never know.”

About Cami

Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She's never been happier.

Check out her website HERE.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Giveaway--SMART MOVE by Melanie Jacobson

Reading Smart Move was like watching a fast-paced romantic comedy with a large dose of Melanie's signature snark. So much fun! Her writing style is fluid and entertaining, making it easy to get lost in one of her books. And don't get me started on all the awesome one-liners. If you are a fan of romantic comedies, you will love all of Melanie's books.

A blurb about the book:
The spark was undeniable the night Sandy Burke met the devastatingly handsome Jake. Conversation flowed easily, so after they parted, she waited eagerly for his call. It never came. A high-powered career woman at the ripe old age of twenty-seven, Sandy feels she has had her heart broken one too many times, and now the redheaded trendsetter is facing a major quarter-life crisis. After some introspection, Sandy determines that helping others may be the key to helping herself. When she's presented with a job offer in Washington DC as the director of New Horizons, a nonprofit organization benefiting women in poverty, it seems providential.

But now that she's moved, two major obstacles threaten the success of her first assignment: The first is her mother and her constant fog of less-than-helpful New Age advice. Secondly, plans to build another New Horizons outreach center have come to a screeching halt, thanks to the interference of a pesky lawyer and his attempts to reverse zoning approval for the building project.

 After weeks of verbal sparring over the phone, Sandy is in for a shock when she comes face-to-face with her foe. The smooth voice at the other end of the line is a heart-wrenching blast from the past. In this twist of fate, Sandy sees the perfect opportunity to ensure the success of the outreach center — and to enact a little payback on this man she thought she'd left behind. And so the battle of wits begins. Will Sandy's "flirt-to-convert" plot sway her nemesis' determination to block the center, or will his charming and undeniably attractive ways convince the sassy redhead to give love a second chance?

BIO: Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog. Visit Melanie on her website or blog.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

All I Want--Finally HERE!!!

Yay! After an incredibly stressful month of early mornings and late nights, I can finally announce that All I want is now available on Kindle.

It should be up on Barnes and Noble by tomorrow, and will be available as a paperback sometime next week.

So excited about this one! If you're on the lookout for three short and fun holiday romances, be sure to check it out!

Blurbs:
Pretty Near Perfect by Jolene Perry
The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancé's parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.

Six Days of Christmas by Kaylee Baldwin
When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Twist of Fate by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blog Tour Stop--The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume


 I'm so excited to be part of the blog tour for a wonderful soon-to-be-released book by a fabulous new author! If you're looking for a fun romance with lovable characters, this book is for you. And if that doesn't convince you, simply read some of the excerpts below. So fun!

Blurb:

With her love of sweaters, goofy hair, and awkward manners---not to mention her family curse---Treasure Blume knows love is not in her future. That is, until she matches wits with Dennis Cameron, a divorced chef with a six-year-old daughter. Full of mischief, mayhem, and laugh-out-loud humor, this is an unlikely love story you'll want to read over and over again!"


Excerpts:
"Treasure held her breath until the bowl began to fill. She did not want to explain a dead salamander in a toilet to Bonnie. 'Excuse me, ' said Mr. Tillotson, the librarian, suddenly appearing with a newspaper. 'I thought this was a bathroom.' 'It is. We'll just get out of your hair,' said Treasure. Mr. Tillotson ran a hand over his bald head. 'Not that I meant anything about your hair,' Treasure blurted. 'See, we were just having a funeral and . . .' Mr. Tillotson held up a hand. 'I just need to use the bathroom,' he said. 

"The snotty fifth-grader eyed the wiener tot that Dennis Cameron held in his gloved hand. 'Do those have meat in them?' she asked. 'I don't eat the dead bodies of dead barnyard animals.' Dennis considered a tot. Nuggets of hot dog deep fat fried in a corn meal crust. They horrified him. 'Trust me, I doubt any of these animals ever saw a barnyard,' he said, slamming them down on her tray."

"'The superintendent!' said Grammy with a start. 'That nasty secretary's brother? I didn't know he was real! I just thought he was a myth, like narwhals.' 'Narwhals are real,' said Treasure tiredly. Grammy decided not to argue about the obvious fictional nature of a horned fish. The poor girl probably thought unicorns were real, too."

"'No!' LuNae yelled. She reached out to grab Ruby's arm, but her depth perception was off and she grabbed air instead. Grammy took advantage of the situation and put LuNae in a headlock. 'I'll kill you!' LuNae said. 'I'll haunt you,' said Grammy, unperturbed."

"Randy grinned. 'Look, Treasure, now everyone will know you're an angel. You've got the halo to prove it.' Treasure snorted. 'Yep. Angel to cats, kids, and codgers. That's me.'"

"Grammy waxed philosophical. 'Good underwear, it's like fine architecture. Now some undies are just cheap and sleazy, like the hotels down on the strip: all facade and no support. But these: solid and elegant and firm, like gothic arches. This underwear will bear you up on the toughest of days.' Treasure was oddly comforted by the thought of being buoyed up by your underwear. 'Gothic arches, huh. Should I insert the flying buttress joke here?'"

 "Grammy whipped her head around and met Dennis's gaze. 'Sometimes, boy, I fear you are so dumb you might try to milk a duck.'"

"Dennis let go of her hand and copied her posture. 'So people hate you, huh?' he asked the ceiling tiles. Treasure nodded. 'With a hatred usually reserved for members of washed-up boy bands." 

Bio: Lisa Rumsey Harris grew up writing stories and riding horses in Southeastern Idaho. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, where she now teaches writing classes. Lisa lives in Orem Utah, with her ancient Siamese cat, her husband Griffin (who cooks nearly as well as Dennis) and her two adorable daughters. When Lisa began writing this book, her oldest daughter was in first grade. Her youngest daughter finished first grade this year. Check out her world at www.treasureblume.com or on facebook under Lisa Rumsey Harris, author.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tag, I'm It--The Next Big Thing


What is your working title of your book? Twist of Fate - one of three Christmas novellas in the book ALL I WANT

Where did the idea come from for the book? A year ago, I approached both Jolene Perry and Kaylee Balwin with this idea. They thought it sounded like a fun idea, and well, here we are.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
No idea. Possibly Amy Adams and  a younger Hugh Jackman?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all?
  
Okay, so it's two sentences instead of one. Woops. :)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published-yay! Love being in control.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
About three weeks. (It's only 25K words). Yeah, I'm slow. :)

Intro:
   Two booted feet rested on the top stair as Ty McKenzie walked into the Lakeland Hills apartment complex. He followed the boots up to slim, denim-clad legs. Two hands rested on top of the woman’s knees, clutching an opened letter that blocked her face.
   “Your mom wants to come and visit you.” The letter moved down, revealing Kenzie Tyler’s face. Long, curly auburn hair fell to her shoulders, with a ringlet dangling near one of her blue eyes.
   Ty raised an eyebrow and lifted a key to his mailbox. “How many times do I have to tell you that opening other people’s mail is a crime? Just because it shows up in your box doesn’t mean it’s yours.” Not that Kenzie would care. When it came to letters from his mom, she had absolutely no respect for privacy laws.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Kaylee Baldwin's Six Days of Christmas--another story included in the book.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I can't really say for sure. Christmas? :)

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Pretty Near Perfect, by Jolene Perry--a cute story about a displaced girl finding love in the home of her deceased fiance's parents' home.

Six Days of Christmas, by Kaylee Baldwin--a totally fun story about a girl who's trying to write a winning ad campaign during Christmas chaos at her best friend's home, while attempting not to fall in love with her best friend's brother.

Check it out on Goodreads or add it to your to read list HERE.

I'm tagging:
Rebecca Talley
Braden Bell

Cami Checketts
Karey White
Rebecca Jamison

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*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour is HERE!!!



I am so excited to announce my first blog tour ever--brought to you by the brilliant and wonderful Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer. Not only did she put together a book blast for Tuesday, October 2nd, where you can enter to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card, but she's also lined up a host of awesome book bloggers to feature The Reluctant Bachelorette throughout the month of October.

So hop on over to I Am A Reader Not A Writer to check it out and enter to win other prizes as well, including another Amazon gift card, a Sneakers DVD, and/or your own copy of the book. Kathy always has tons of other giveaways going on as well, so be sure to follow her blog and check back frequently. You'll be so glad you did.

Thank you again and again, Kathy, as well as all the other blogs who are participating!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Coming soon . . . All I Want

So about a year ago, I approached two talented authors, Kaylee Baldwin and Jolene Perry about doing a compilation book together. We'd each write a short holiday romance, and then combine the three stories into one fun Christmas book. They both jumped on board. And now, a year later, this is the result . . . coming to Amazon November 2012.
 

All I Want
THREE STORIES. THREE COUPLES. ONE HOLIDAY.

Pretty Near Perfect
by Jolene Perry

The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancé's parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.

Six Days of Christmas
by Kaylee Baldwin

When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Twist of Fate
by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Announcing The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour



If you don't already know this, Kathy at I Am a Reader Not a Writer is AMAZING!!! In less than a day, she's practically put together a full-on book blast and blog tour for me. And look at this gorgeous button she designed as well? Talented, I tell you. That's what she is. I'm feeling incredibly lucky--and grateful--that she is doing this for me because she knows how to do it right.

Anyway, just wanted to announce that it's coming. It will kick-off with a book blast on October 2nd with a $50 Amazon giveaway. Then there will be a few additional giveaways, reviews, interviews, and guest posts on a bunch of cool book review sites throughout the month of October. I'll post more details once everything's all firmed up.

A hundred million thanks to Kathy and everyone else who will be involved with this.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Reluctant Bachelorette is Finally Here!!!


After MUCH--as in, I can't even tell you how much--frustration, stress, headaches, and almost tears, the ebook version of The Reluctant Bachelorette is finally available on Amazon. The paperback version is undergoing the review process as I write this, so it should be available in a few more days--assuming everything goes smoothly.

I want to thank all of you who gave me ideas for small town names and small town dates way back when I first started writing this book. It's been awhile, but I haven't forgotten how much help you all were.

Also, since the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon takes up to a week to show up, I'm including my first chapter below. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thanks for all your support!



FLOWERS EVERYWHERE.
     Literally everywhere. Five vases spanned the wall of Pat’s diminutive, enclosed patio, another sat atop a small table, and a dozen more covered the brick floor. Roses, lilies, daisies, car-nations—a floral menagerie of pink, yellow, purple, red, blue, and white. And if that wasn’t enough, rose petals dotted the ground. Thank goodness the patio wasn’t large, or Pat would have emptied his entire savings filling the space.
     “Wow.” What else could Taycee say? As a florist, she loved flowers—breathed them in and used them in creations every day. But this display was something else. Something else entirely.
     “Do you like it?” There was apprehension in Pat’s voice, the desire to please. “I know you love flowers, so I thought I’d get you some of everything.”
     And he had. Even sunflowers. Yikes.
     “It looks like my shop,” Taycee managed.
     Pat grinned, showing his two dimples. “Exactly what I was going for. I’m glad you noticed. I wanted it to feel like home.”
     But she didn’t live at her shop. She worked there. And at the end of the day, Taycee only brought home a small bouquet, and for good reason. There can be too much of a good thing. Way too much. The proof surrounded her.
     Although it was sweet of Pat to go to all of this trouble, dates with him were becoming increasingly romantic and extravagant, which wasn’t okay. Taycee didn’t want him thinking they were serious or spending this kind of money on her. “Pat, I, uh . . . don’t know what to say.”
     “Say you’ll marry me.” Pat knelt in front of her, mashing a few red rose petals under his knee.
     Taycee froze. Oh no. Not this. Not now. How did she not see this coming? If she had, she’d have ended the relationship weeks ago—before Pat had gone to all this effort. Before she’d have to tell him no.
     Taycee shook her head back and forth in slow motion. How could she tell such a nice guy that she didn’t feel the same way? That she never would. This was exactly why Taycee had always ended relationships before they reached this point. To avoid moments like this.
     “Taycee, I love everything about you—from your love of flowers and the outdoors, to your kindness, your beauty, and your smile. You are everything I’ve wanted to find in a wife. Please say yes.”
     Taycee bit her lip. She should have said something before he launched into the obviously prepared speech. Now it would be even worse.
     “Pat.” Taycee pulled him to his feet. His hands tried to circle her waist, but she held on to them, keeping space between them. “Listen. I think you’re a great guy. One of the best, actually. But—“
     “Don’t say but,” Pat said, freeing his hands so they could frame her face, with his thumb resting against her lips, shushing her. “Please don’t say but.”
     “I’m sorry,” she whispered against his thumb.
     The light faded from blue eyes that always glowed with happiness. Because that’s who Pat was. Ever and always happy, with a ready smile and dimples that appeared often. But now only sorrow remained—a sorrow that bored a hole into Taycee’s heart and made her want to run away. “I’m so, so sorry.”
     A slight nod and he took a step back, his eyes pleading with her to stop him. Another step and he was gone, leaving Taycee alone on his back patio. The front screen door slammed shut, and a car engine rumbled in his driveway. As the sound faded off down the street, Taycee sighed and located a pad and pen on his kitchen counter.

     Pat, I hope you’ll find a girl sometime soon who’s worthy of you and these beautiful flowers. I’m so flattered that you thought that person was me, but it’s not. Trust me, there’s someone better for you out there. I will always think the world of you. 

     Leaving the note on the patio, Taycee walked through the empty apartment and out the front door to her white Toyota Camry. She would miss Pat and his quick, boyish smile—but not enough. It was never enough. Not when a vivid image of dark brown eyes still frequented her dreams.
     For crying out loud, it’s been ten years! Forget him already! He’s gone and won’t be coming back. He lied to you. Broke his promise. Deal with it and move on. 
     But at the back of her mind, Taycee worried that he’d ruined her. That no matter how nice, how smart, or how handsome a guy was, he wouldn’t be able to erase the memory of Luke Carney—someone who’d left their small Colorado town nearly a decade ago, took her heart with him, and had never come back. Sometimes Taycee felt like hunting him down just so she could punch him hard in the face. More than once, like one of those scenes in a movie. That’s for leaving and never coming back. That’s for breaking your promise. And that’s for breaking my heart! 
     Lately, dating had become an almost frenzied quest to find a guy who could free her from the shackles of Luke’s memory—someone who could make her feel something stronger than respect and like. Someone who could make her want to say “yes.”
     But it was no use. Taycee only ended up hurting unsuspecting guys. Guys who didn’t deserve to be hurt. Like Pat.
     Well, no more. It had gone too far this time, and Taycee was through. Through with flirting. Through with dating. Through with trying. Maybe if she moved on with the rest of her life, Luke’s memory would move on too.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Kindling, by Braden Bell

Now that I have two middle-grade aged readers, I have become incredibly picky about what books I'll let them read, and because of that, I'm always on the hunt for humorous, engaging books that will also educate and inspire them to want to be better. There are a lot of books out there to choose from, but not a lot that encompass all of these things.

That's why I love Braden Bell's The Kindling. It not only captivates and educates, but it weaves a poignant message throughout its pages. I honestly can't say enough good about this book--which is why I bought it and gave it to my son to read.


Now, he's always enjoyed reading. In fact, it's become a nightly ritual for him. If he wants to stay up a little later, he can read--so he reads. But once I loaded The Kindling on his Kindle, and he read that first chapter, something out of the ordinary happened. He took it in the car and read during car rides. He read it in the morning instead of watching TV. And when he was done, he asked if there would be a sequel. It took him only 2 days to finish it. A few weeks later (after he'd read one or two other books), he came home from school with a list of "favorites." Favorite animal: a Husky dog. Favorite color: turquoise. Favorite food: pizza. Favorite book: The Kindling.

What more can I say? Other than thank you, Braden Bell!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Here's quick blurb about the book: All thirteen-year-old Connor Dell wants to do is pass pre-algebra, play lacrosse, and possibly kiss Melanie Stephens, but when a run-in with the school bully ignites strange powers inside him, Connor’s normal teenage life goes up in flames. Now he’ll need his new powers to defeat the Darkness that’s coming for him. Fast-paced and original, this book’s guaranteed to keep you guessing!

To find this book on Amazon, click here.
To read more about Braden or watch the trailer, click here.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

My Forever, by Jolene B. Perry

My Forever in a nutshell:

When Dani, a senior in high school, discovers she's pregnant, AND starts investigating the Mormon church, her father, a pastor, kicks her out of the house. In a matter of months, her life is turned upside down.

In Jolene's words: "My Forever is a novel about the struggle to find the balance between what your head screams for you to do and the power of following the quieter voice inside your heart - wishing for a time when they both say the same thing."

Sounds awesome, right? Well, it is.

I ADORE Jolene, both as a person and as a writer. She is one of those story-tellers who can draw you in immediately and keep you there until the last page. I love her voice. She's an expert at conveying emotion and making the reader feel everything the character experiences.

Three things I loved most about My Forever:
1) Dani's ability to make BIG comebacks. She's one of those characters you want to shake one second and hug the next. Love that.
2) Michael rocks. Flat-out rocks. If I could hand-pick any character to be the future husband of one of my girls, he would be it.
3) The love story. You know those romances that come across as all attraction and zero friendship, and by the end of the story you're thinking, "Yeah right those two people are going to stay together?" Well, if there's one thing I can guarantee, it's that you WON'T feel that way with one of Jolene's books. Her connections are real and genuine. The friendships strong. My Forever is a book that delivers the best kind of happily ever afters because you come away knowing that love connection is a lasting one. 

In case you couldn't tell, I LOVED this book and would recommend it to anyone.



Monday, July 30, 2012

Winning Cover

First off, THANK YOU for voicing your opinions! Really, REALLY appreciate it.Like most of you, my favorite covers were 1 and 3. Since I couldn't decide between them, I created a 3rd option and posted them all, thinking I'd go with whichever cover won the most votes. Unfortunately, it didn't work too well because it was pretty much a 50/50 split between covers 1 and 3.

Seriously.

So I did what any indecisive parent would do. I let my four-year-old daughter decide. :) So, without further ado, the final cover for The Reluctant Bachelorette is . . .


I'm so excited for this book! It was 100% fun to write and here's hoping you think it's equally fun to read. Thanks again for your votes! 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Which Cover Do You Like Best?

I could really use some help deciding on the cover for my next book, The Reluctant Bachelorette, which will be released in September. I don't care if it matches the style of my previous books at all, I'm only interested in which cover would make you want to pick up the book and read the back.

Based on the following blurb, which of the 3 covers do you like best? 

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers to decide on the bachelors--not her.


Forced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge. 

When their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they had at a future together? Or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?     



Thank you so much for help!

  
 Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Self-Publishing Musings

Although I have a manuscript out with a couple of agents--one that I've determined could still use some work, unfortunately--and another about ready to query, I'm now waffling if that's the direction I want to take. The ebook industry is really taking off, and my ebooks are now out-selling my paperbacks, which has led me to think more about self-publishing.

Frankly, it's easy to do these days, and because it's easy, it also has the stigma that self-published books aren't as well-written as traditionally published books. That people go that route only because they can't get a publisher to pick them up. Which is true in some cases, but not in others. More and more, I'm seeing really good authors turn to self-publishing. Why is that?

It's a question I've asked myself several times during the past few months, and I've come to determine there are some definite benefits to self-publishing:

1) Retain complete control of EVERYTHING. Cover, release date, rights, editing, marketing, etc.

2) Much higher royalty rate. Typically, most publishers pay a royalty of somewhere between 6 to10% for the wholesale price of paperbacks or hardbacks and 25-30% for ebooks. If you have an agent, they will take an additional 15%. This isn't a big deal, of course, if the publisher really gets behind your book and sees that it sells really well. But it is a big deal if they don't. In other words, for a book you've spent months and months, sometimes even years, writing, you get paid very little in return. With self-publishing, you make much more per book sold.

Of course, as with everything, there are drawbacks. You're responsible for your own marketing, editing, cover design, etc., which can really intimidate some writers. In addition, sales probably won't be nearly as high as they would with a traditional publisher. But because you're getting paid 75% rather than 10%, higher sales doesn't necessarily mean a higher paycheck. In fact, most self-published authors that I know actually make more on their self-published books than they do on traditionally published ones.

That being said, I do believe that in order to be a successful self-published author, you have to produce the type of quality book a traditional publisher would produce. In other words, you need to have a professional cover and cover blurb, and, unless you're a grammar expert and perfectionist, you'll want to hire a good editor. On top of all that, you need to write the type of book that will generate word of mouth sales within your target audience since most authors can't market their own books the way a larger publisher could. But, if you do all these things, I've come to believe that maybe, just maybe, self-publishing is the way to go, especially now that the ebook industry is really taking off.

At the very least, it wouldn't hurt to give it a try for a few years, just to see, right? What about you? When it comes to self-publishing, do you have an opinion?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shopping for an Agent

When it comes to literary representation, I've heard the phrase "shopping for an agent" a few times. Honestly, I didn't think much of it until it came time for me to "shop" for an agent of my own. But I've learned it's not really like shopping at all. There's no trying agents on to make sure they're a good fit. No 30-day return policies. No exchanges--at least not right away. You have to simply research it out the best you can, decide what qualities are most important to you, and hope you find someone with those qualities who also happens to like you in return.

Doesn't sound like very good odds, does it? I guess it's sort of like hunting for a spouse in that respect--not that "courting an agent" works either.

I'll admit that when I started this whole process, I wanted a top agent. Someone who had some big deals under their belt and could potentially sell my book to the highest possible bidder. I mean, what writer doesn't have that fantasy? But I've come to learn that a sweet book deal should be the cherry on top, rather than the entire bowl of a delicious brownie sundae.

 So I've changed my way of thinking and am now looking for things that have become more important to me than an impressive background. I'm searching for an agent who is kind, professional, courteous. Someone who's okay with muddying the "strictly business" waters with a bucket full of personal.Someone who knows what they're doing. Someone who will want to represent both my YA paranormal AND chick lit books. Someone who recognizes good writing and can help me make make my books better. Someone who believes in me.And definitely someone who could get me to wear a T-shirt like the one pictured above with pride and confidence.

How's that for increasing my odds? :)

What about you? What sort of things would you or are you looking for in an agent?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

New Addiction

So I only just recently discovered the wonders of Pinterest. If you haven't tried it out, GO NOW! Seriously, it's awesome. New recipes. Crafts for the kids. Gift ideas. Hair. Home Decor. Good books. Photography. Organizational tools. You name it, it's there under the canopy of one easy to browse website. Just pick the topics you're interested in and if you like it, you simply pin it to your own boards so you can easily find them again. I love it!

Beware that it can turn into a time sucker because it can be incredibly addicting. Seriously.

Monday, February 27, 2012

No Pain, No Gain

I know what it's like to be cut open, then sewed back closed. The anesthesia is so very nice, but once it wears off, recovery is zero fun. Probably the worst recovery I've ever had started off with a broken finger. Followed by two pins shot into my hand with a power-nail-gun, then yanked out 4 weeks later by a pair of pliers--and NO anesthesia. After that it was months and months of painful therapy to recover the movement in my fingers.

Not the funnest experience I've ever been through.

Which is similar to how I'm feeling right now with my current wip. One of the top literary agents on my dream list of agents actually requested my book last month--yes, my book!!! I was thrilled. Elated. Couldn't sleep I was that nervous/excited about it. Then, when I finally did hear back, deflated.

But the rejection came with some great feedback. Feedback that paralleled a few things some of my critiquing friends had also mentioned earlier, only at the time, I didn't want to cut my ms open to make all the changes it would take to really make it better. I ended up only applying little Band-Aids here and there to "fix" the problems. Bad idea. Especially since it lost me the chance to work with an incredible agent.

So, I'm going at it right this time. I've taken a good hard look at my book and am in the process of doing some real fixing, beginning with Chapter 1. It's a laborious and painful process, but I'm getting there and learning so much as a result. I've been told many times that even if a book never gets published, it's never a wasted effort. Which is 100% true. My knowledge has increased with each and every book I've written. But still, after all my hard work, I'd be very, very, VERY sad if nothing comes of it. :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is one of our family's favorite books. Why? Because it's darling, humorous, and just plain fun. But when a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day strikes me personally--well, it's not so fun. Or humorous. Or darling.

At all.

My day started off bad, so when I got an email from an agent who'd requested a full of my manuscript, I already knew it would be a rejection. Which it was. A very nicely worded rejection, but a rejection just the same. Which, based on past experience, means there are probably more bad things lying in wait for me today. Oh goody.

Why are bad days like that? They start off horrible, then seem to continually compound on a person, leaving them totally flattened by the end of the day? And okay, humbled. Which is probably the point. But still.

The day I have a bad day turn around on me is the day I write a children's picture book of my own. Wouldn't that be something. I'd call it: Lucinda and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Turned Good. Awesome Even. Maybe I should write it anyway. For no other reason than to devour on a day like today. A book like that might give me hope. Even make me smile.

And I would read it while sitting on a lovely beach in Australia.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Growing Up and Up and Up

So my baby turned four this week. Four! I did NOT give her permission to do that. Nor any of my other kids when their birthdays came along. I even threatened to superglue bricks to their heads to keep them from growing. But sadly, it won't work. Nothing will. The seconds keep ticking by. The minutes. Hours. Days. Years.

But despite the fact that it's happening too fast for me, I love every second of watching them grow--well, most seconds. Okay, so maybe a little less than that. The seconds when they're not fighting, teasing, whining, etc.

My ten-year-old is developing such a fun sense of humor. He now teases me, and I love it. Like the other day when we were working on his Lego set he'd gotten from Santa. Our conversation went something like this:

"This set is awesome," my son said.

"Yeah, we figured you'd like it."

He shot me a look. "You mean Santa figured I'd like it, right?"

Oops
. "Well, yeah. I mean, we told him you'd like it," I backpedaled.

"Santa's not real, is he, Mom?"

Crap.
"Yes he is."

He shook his head. "You're a terrible liar."

My eight-year-old is the definition of sweet. I pray she never changes. My six-year-old is going through a phase right now. He likes to boss. Tease. Always be right. (This is starting to sound like I'm talking about me). But he still gives the BEST hugs ever. And my NOW four-year-old is a princess through and through. What will I do when she stops insisting on wearing skirts every day and changing the flowers clips in her hair hourly? I will be sad. Very sad.

But I will also be happy. Because I'm sure there will be something new to love about them.