Friday, April 24, 2015

Nearly Freebie Friday

Today's Nearly Freebie Friday is the Spring Vacation Collection from the Timeless Romance Anthology. It's six novellas all for only .99 cents! (Click here to see my review of it.)

Here's the back copy:

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Spring Vacation Collection. Readers will love this collection of six sweet contemporary romance novellas, centered on a Spring Vacation, all with one thing in common: Romance.

In Moonlight Kiss, a delightful story by Josi S. Kilpack, Sarah is looking forward to the company retreat, namely because she’ll finally meet Clint—the man she’s been Instant Messaging for a few months. As a single mom, Sarah gets out . . . well, never. So adding vacation days onto the retreat so she can spend time with Clint is daring, yet exciting. She just hopes that the suave on-line Clint will live up to the man she hopes to share her heart with.

In Annette Lyon’s charming novella, Chasing Tess, Tess had been patiently waiting through three years of law school for James to pop the question. The night has finally arrived—at his graduation party. But his big announcement turns out to be completely unexpected . . . and devastating. Tess flees the party, promising herself she’ll never let herself waste time on James again. But as she makes a desperate cross-country drive, James makes his own plans on how to win her back.

Dancing at the Flea Market is a sweet romance by Heather Justesen. Mara, fresh out of the cold North Dakota tundra, spends her spring break in Texas with close friend, Anna. When the two women run into Carter, an impatient man with a painful past, it takes hearing Mara’s stunning voice at the local Karaoke club to thaw his heart. But as Mara gets to know Carter, she has to decide if the distance between their lives and homes is worth trying to bridge.

In Sarah M. Eden’s captivating novella, The Best Laid Plans, Madison gives up a vacation to CancĂșn with her office friends to return home and babysit her mother, who is in another sketchy relationship. The only problem with returning home is running into Derek, her ex-boyfriend who she decided to break up with before he could break up with her—Madison believes in always being one step ahead. When Derek teams up with Madison to investigate whether her mother is dating the right guy, Madison has a hard time ignoring what her heart is telling her about giving Derek another chance.

Picture Perfect, an exciting story by Heather B. Moore, follows Gemma who has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn’t get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it’s finally met its true match.

In Aubrey Mace’s enchanting romance, The Science of Sentiment, Rosie will do anything to forget Kevin, his completely perfect kisses, and the fact that he dumped her. When she arrives at her grandfather’s mountain cabin for a spring getaway, she discovers her worst nightmare—Kevin has been invited to stay the weekend too. Since there is only room for one in such a small space, Rosie is determined to kick Kevin out. But Kevin has other plans . . . which might include a reminder of why he’s the perfect kisser.

Click hereto download your copy for only .99 cents!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ready For School? Or the CIA?

This morning I went to register my son for school (he'll be attending junior high next year) and it's like trying to apply to get into the CIA. Or maybe it was just me. You be the judge. (But don't judge my thought processes! Haha!)

They sat me in a comfy chair, sure, but then a lady, dressed all in black (I kid you not) comes in and says she's the registrar and she has a few questions for me. (I'm surprised they didn't shine a bright light in my eyes!) Where do I live? How long have I lived there? Can I prove that? 

I hand over my ID with my address on it and a utility bill. She stares at it for a moment and I start to get nervous. Have I brought enough proof? How else can I prove I live there? Maybe I should have brought family photos of us standing in front of the house. Do I even have a photo of us standing in front of the house? But then would that really prove we live there and we're not just taking pictures of ourselves standing in front of a random house? Maybe my four-year-old can be a witness that he lives in the house in the (hopefully I have one on my phone) picture and has lived there his whole life. Children are known to be truth-tellers, right?

Apparently my original documents were enough and she didn't need my photo or small witness. But then the next round of questions began. Am I married? Can I prove that this child is mine? Has he been to a doctor? Can I prove that? 

I hand over the birth certificate and immunization records and hope my word is good enough that I'm married. I did provide my husband's email so that has to count for something, right? Maybe I should have brought in a wedding picture. I guess she could call and ask him if he's married to me. He'd claim me, right? 

She looks over the documents I've brought in and gives a little harrumph. I sit quietly, waiting for the verdict, and she finally looks up at me and . . . ladies and gentlemen, WE ARE IN! We made the cut! Whew! That was a close call. And I didn't even have to show any pictures or call my husband. 

Maybe the next stop will be the FBI. CIA. NCS. Black ops. You never know, but hey, I'm definitely mentally prepared now. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Writer Goal Wednesday

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Can you believe another week is over? It has been super busy for me.  My audio book of All Fall Down has been out for a week! Have you listened to the sample yet? (Click here and you can hear the sample!)

My audio book of Through Love's Trials is coming along nicely. I'm expecting that one to come out in the next few weeks. 

I got a new cover for Ring Around the Rosie! Did you see it?

It's so gorgeous!

My novella, Falling Slowly, got an awesome review from Cathy Jeppsen over at My Book a Day. She said, "it was a sweet quick read you won't want to put down!" You can read her full review here

My goals for last week were to work more on On the Edge.  I sort of did, but not much. It's a process for sure.

I was also supposed to write ten pages on my new novella.  Well, I researched and outlined a bit, but I didn't write ten pages.  

So, guess what my goals are for next week?

Work on On the Edge
Write ten pages on my new novella
Get all the details ready for the big blogaversary party!

Yay! I'm so excited about everything that's coming up.  How did you do on your goals this week?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thoughts on Castle's Sleeper Episode

So, I'm a little late with this post because I've been hanging out at Holly Kelly's launch party. They're giving away a goodie basket of chocolate and books and the deadline is tomorrow evening, so you should head over there and enter!  Click here

Last night's Castle was eagerly anticipated by me. I wanted to know where Castle was for those two months and why he wouldn't want to remember that. It was so Alias-like and I hoped they'd have a good explanation and they kinda did. Sorta.

So, we start out the show with Castle having a weird flashing images sort of dream. He wakes up from it and goes to the kitchen where Martha and Beckett are both worried about him. Beckett suggests he see her old counselor and he does. The counselor uses hypnotherapy to get more details out of Castle from the dream, but he cautions Castle against thinking the dream is recalling facts. But, of course that's exactly what Castle thinks. He remembers a license plate and a few other things that has the team looking into it for him. The license plate is from Thailand, so he starts researching Thailand and making a murder board and being obsessed. Everyone is getting worried about him. Beckett tries to get him to focus on something less broad--like the entire country of Thailand--and focus on the trophy.  It turns out that was a debate trophy he was the co-winner of in school, so he tracks down his co-winner to ask him about it, but the guy is a dead end.  Castle looked so disappointed.

Esposito is sort of needling Castle this whole episode, not quite believing him and the story since the license plate number was used in action films and the guy next to him in the truck in the dream looks like Chuck Norris. It makes me a little sad to see Espo's reaction, though. I would think Esposito would at least give him the benefit of the doubt. Castle has done an awful lot for the guy.

Even with his misgivings, though, Esposito does reach out to his contacts and get a file folder of the Special Forces people that would have the tattoo that Castle remembers (and who looks like Chuck Norris). It's a pretty short list. Castle recognizes one and when they go over to his house they find him dead. Lainey does an autopsy and finds out eight of the guy's teeth were removed. Ick.

The boys get the police dogs to do a search and find the bloody rubber gloves and some teeth in a storm drain. The dead guy had a napkin from a strip club in his pocket and they track down a friend of his from the strip club named Amber. She IDs the same guy that Castle remembered from his dream shooting at him behind the truck, but now he's in town trying to track down the dead guy (and Amber gave him the info he wanted.) And later, Amber is found in the apartment, killed the same way the special forces guy was. Double ick.

Back with the counselor, Castle can't remember any new details, so he asks Castle to think about what triggered the dreams. Then Castle remembers sitting in a coffee shop people watching, (I do that all the time! Writers,) when a news report came on and he felt a ringing/buzzing in his ears. They play back the broadcast and Castle sees that same guy that was shooting at him in Thailand in the background of the news report. They ID him as a former Russian special forces guy.

Castle starts looking into the Chuck Norris lookalike dead guy's phone records and financials and sees a charge to a restaurant every Tuesday at 6:00. So, of course Castle heads down there alone and he sees this waiter look at him funny and run away. Wait, it's the guy from his dream that was shot and dying. Castle chases him down and asks him a bunch of questions. Apparently, the guy's name is Balal and he used to be a schoolmate of Castle's before he joined the CIA, then went over and joined al-Qaeda (what the wha?) and got pretty high up and decided to give information on that organization. Only, the transfer didn't go so well and his handler was killed so there was a leak in the CIA. Balal said he'd only go with someone he knew like Richard Castle who was high-profile. He had information on an imminent al-Qaeda attack, but they couldn't get him out of Thailand without Castle and time was of the essence. So the CIA kidnapped him and took him to Thailand to get Balal out and save the world from an al-Qaeda attack.

So, here's my question: if Castle did so much good, why did he specifically want his memories of those two months removed? He's shown that he can keep secrets (with his dad being CIA and all his work with the police). It just seemed like a huge plot hole.

Well, anyway, Balal's cover is blown so he's blowing that pop stand and pretty much just leaves Castle standing in an alley. Of course the Russian hit man confronts him and Castle cowers, but at the last second someone else shoots the hitman. It's Jenkins, the guy who told Castle to forget and move on.  He fills in the blanks that Balal left, saving the world blah blah blah. Castle punches him for making him miss his wedding. It just seemed like a bit of a letdown, really. Why didn't they just explain things to Castle on his wedding day instead of letting Kate think he was dead and look for him for two months? That seemed extra cruel. And we still don't know why Castle was shot or what happened on the mission to cause him to be gone for two months and found floating in the ocean. Hopefully the next couple of episodes address some of that.

But, for now, Kate and Rick are happy with the answers they have and that Rick didn't do anything horrible while he was gone.  Hopefully that stays the case.

In other news, the show hasn't been officially renewed and Stana Katic hasn't re-signed yet, either. I hope both those things happen soon! This fan wants to see another season for sure.

Did you watch last night? What did you think?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Free YA Fantasy Book Today!

I am so excited to show you the new cover for my novel Ring Around the Rosie.  I love it!

What do you think? Isn't it awesome?

Okay, I have a fun free YA Fantasy to tell you about today.

Fields of Elysium

by A.B. Whelan

Best seller in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy

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Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful.
Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers.
While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly’s life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor.
Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.
Would you fight to be with the one you truly love? What cost would you be willing to sacrifice for that love?
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After reading this story you will find your heart racing whenever you enter a cave.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Freebie Friday

Today's Freebie Friday is a cute little novella called Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg. I haven't read it yet, but it is swiftly moving up my to be read list! I like snappy little stories and from what I hear, this one has it in spades.

Here's the back copy:

Ava Kingsley and Seth Walker might be the most unlikely friends ever. The only thing these two polar opposites have in common is a knack for wordsmithing. Back in college, they were known for their written sparring in the campus newspaper's popular "He Says/She Says" column.

At their ten-year college reunion, they pick up right where they left off. Except this time their squabbling leads to a surprising turn: friendship and a year-long exchange of emails. So when Ava approaches a crossroads in her athletics department career in Minnesota, Seth is quick to offer the open apartment above the restaurant he's been remodeling in Maple Valley, Iowa.

Ava doesn't know where her career will lead her next, but she's starting to suspect she might see Seth as more than a pen pal. Which would be exciting...except for the fact that he only sees her as a friend.

As Maple Valley grows on her, Ava wonders if there might be something here for her even though Seth is unavailable. And maybe, just maybe, after all the words the two of them have exchanged over the years, they'll finally be able to say the three that matter most.

Three Little Words is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Melissa Tagg's new series about the charismatic Walker family and the endearing town of Maple Valley!

If this looks good to you, you can download your free Kindle copy here

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My Audio Book is LIVE!

I am SO EXCITED! This day is finally here. The audio book for All Fall Down is live! Click here to see it.

This has been such an amazing process. My narrator, Simon Pringle-Wallace is a true professional and I can't wait for you all to hear how wonderful he is at bringing my story to life.

AND if you get a free trial membership to Audible, you can download my audio book for free! Awesome, right? (It's $14.95 a month after that and you get one audio book a month, plus 30% off on other books.  You can get more details by clicking the How It Works button on the link above if you're interested.) (And no, I don't work for Audible or anything, but I'm looking into being a member myself and thought I'd pass along the details to you.)

So, what are you waiting for? You can go listen to the two minute sample for free and tell me what you think. I know you want to!  (Then come back and tell me what you think so we can happy dance together!)