Friday, January 31, 2020

Freebie for Historical Romance Fans!

If you need a fun reading escape this weekend, Rachael Anderson's historical romance, My Sister's Intended, is free today!

Download your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either.

Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Some Sad News

My aunt passed away last night. I've been reflecting on her life and what she meant to me. Though I'm sad she's gone and will miss her, I'm grateful to have known her and to have great memories of our time together that will live on. Some of my very favorite memories of her are her laugh, how much she loved her family, and how incredible she was at the game Words With Friends. I loved playing her and rarely ever beat her! It will be so strange not to play anymore.

Anyway, I'm sad today, so if you care to share any cute cat pictures or memories/family stories of your aunts and/or extended family that bring a smile to your face, I would love that!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Little Laugh To Get Me To Work

Since I'm working on my "nerd" story again today, this made me laugh because it's SO TRUE! Haha (Thanks to everyone for your help yesterday on my visual inspiration!)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Opinions Needed!

So, I've been working on the next book in my Griffin Force series and I'm trying to find inspiration for my lovable computer geek, Augie. It's been harder than I thought to find that visual inspiration!

What do you think of either of these two pictures? Do any of them speak to you when you think of a sweet, but a little socially awkward, yet smart and capable computer geek that is attached to a task force hunting down the most wanted terrorists in the world? Or can you add a pic of who you think would make a great Augie? Any thoughts or additional pics are appreciated!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Freebie for Romance Fans!

While I patiently wait for a new Hawaii Five-0, I found a freebie for romance fans! I haven't read Rhett's Make-Believe Marriage by Liz Isaacson, but it looks cute.

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

She needs a husband to be credible as a matchmaker. He wants to help a neighbor. Will their fake marriage take them out of the friend zone?

Rhett Walker has been in Three Rivers for a year, relying on the Foster sisters next door as he rebuilds his ranch after a tornado hits town. He's closest to Evelyn, and they spend a lot of time together. While he's entertained thoughts of starting a relationship with her, there's always a boyfriend and their friendship between them.

Evelyn Foster runs a successful, secretive matchmaking service for the women of Three Rivers. She helps set up situations so cowboys can get out of their own way and see the beautiful woman standing right in front of them. Business is great—until people start to lose confidence in her abilities because her boyfriends all seem to break up with her.

To save her business, she'll have to risk her heart. And her pride. She knocks on Rhett's door—the only person she thinks will go along with her crazy plan. Could their make-believe marriage be exactly what they both need to get out of their own way and find a happily-ever-after?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday Freebie for Gothic Romance Fans!

If you need a new book this weekend, Heather Moore's gothic romance, Mostly Perfect, is free today! I haven't read this one, but it looks deliciously creepy!

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:  

Generations of secrets. An ancient curse. Love has never been an option.

Lauren Ambrose has made a life for herself as a fledging artist, far from the ancient secrets and cobwebbed past of her family’s historic estate in Texas. Generations of the Ambrose women have suffered at the hands of a curse, and the last place Lauren wants to spend time is at the Ambrose Estate, among the tragedies of the past. But when her grandmother, matriarch of the Ambrose fortune, requires Lauren to attend an urgent business meeting, she reluctantly travels home.

Nick Matthews is ready for a battle. Lillian Ambrose, co-founder of Ambrose Oil, has agreed to hear his investment idea, but no one has ever successfully partnered with the business tycoon. When he arrives at Ambrose Estate, prepared with weeks of research, the last person he expects to meet is Lauren, a dynamic and captivating woman with a past full of secrets. As Nick gets to know Lauren, he discovers she is mostly perfect for him, except for one, major drawback . . . The curse that has the power to destroy everything between them.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Book Review: Charming the Shortstop

I've been reading the Belltown Six Pack novels and Charming the Shortstop is my favorite so far. I really love Axel and, though he is a pro baseball player, is also dealing with some family situations that give him an extra dimension. When he meets Brighton, who is still getting over her ex-fiance, the sparks fly. But can they find a way to trust their feelings for each other?

This book had so much swoon to it, I could hardly put it down. I liked the realistic obstacles Brighton and Axel were facing and the story also had some great secondary characters like Gabe and Silvia. There are appearances by other Belltown Six Pack members that provide a nice continuity. Ms. Moore's writing style is balanced and draws the reader in. The setting was well done and even those readers who don't really like baseball will love this story. But the best part was definitely the chemistry between the characters. It was off the charts. So good! I can't wait to start the next one.

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

He’s not looking. She’s been burned. But sparks fly, and they decide to go on a date. Just this once.

When professional baseball player Axel Diaz travels back to Belltown University for a friend’s wedding, he’s not planning on bringing a date. Until he meets Brighton West, the flight attendant who he can’t get off his mind. Although dubbed “Cold Axe” by some of his female fans, Axel asks Brighton to be his date to the wedding, all the while wondering why of all times and places he is breaking his no-dating streak. But the more he gets to know Brighton, the more he realizes she may be the one woman who can melt his cold heart.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Authors Off the Page is Now Available!

Did you know I'm part of a podcast called Authors Off the Page with Jennifer Peel and Becky Monson? We did our first one last week and had so much fun! Lots of laughter as we discussed new beginnings and fresh starts. Have you listened yet?

If you haven't, you can find us on iTunes here and Spotify here 

You can also subscribe and be notified anytime we have a new show! Just hit that Subscribe button under the image.

I hope you listen and then come back and tell me what you think!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Day

I'm so glad we have a day set aside to remember and honor this man. I hope you had a chance to reflect on what he added to our world. I think this is one of my very favorite quotes by him.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sale Book for Regency Fans!

One of my favorite authors, Sarah Eden, is having a sale on her book, Drops of Gold. It's only $1.99! If you love witty and emotion-tugging romances, you have to pick up Sarah's books.

Get your sale copy here

Here's the back copy for Drops of Gold:

When her father dies and leaves her completely destitute, Marion can think of only one thing to do--make a new life for herself. Commencing a life of duplicity, Marion transforms herself into Mary Wood--governess. In possession of a forged letter of recommendation and cloaked in the anonymity of her new identity, she enters a life of self-imposed servitude as teacher and caretaker of young Miss Caroline Jonquil of Farland Meadows. Her idyllic daydream vision of life at the Meadows is dashed when she finds a child desperately in need of hope and a cold and sorrowful home haunted by the past. With her characteristic sunny disposition, Marion casts her spell upon the household and slowly brings to life the long-forgotten joy of those within.

Layton Jonquil is a man tormented by the lies surrounding the death of his late wife, but he cannot deny his growing attraction for the beautiful governess whose goodness and optimism have touched his dormant heart. Their connection grows ever stronger, and despite the impropriety of harboring feelings for a servant, Layton's heart whispers that this is the woman he's destined to love. But when Layton's fears about the past become too much to bear and the falsehoods in which they are entangled threaten to shatter his and Marion's blossoming attachment, will true love conquer all?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cold Weather and Books!

My kids really, really wanted their school to call a snow day today, so when I saw this, I had to laugh! Anyone else remember back in the day watching the scroll across the bottom of the TV screen to see if your school was closed? 

And on that note, what's the weather like where you are. Are you cuddled up with a good book? I'm reading Charming the Shortstop by Heather Moore and really enjoying it!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Book Review: Faceoff

I was looking forward to this spinoff sports series and I thought this was a cute story. It was written with believable characters and a lot of cameos from characters in previous books of the Belltown Six Pack series. (There were several cameos from most of them.) Clint is starting his pro hockey career and comes across Bree, another Six Pack Sib. They've known each other for years since their siblings were part of that elite group, but Clint now notices that Bree has grown up. They hang out, decide to date, then fall in love and that's sort of the whole book in a nutshell.

First of all, let me say I liked the characters of Clint and Bree well enough, and the book does have a happy ending. But the thing for me is, that there was no romantic tension. They get together fairly early in the book and stay together. They're supportive of each other and happy. There are no obstacles for them to overcome as a couple and we just go along with them for a straightforward, simple, and somewhat predictable, romance. Unfortunately, that made it easy for me to set down the book because I was never wondering what was going to happen next, never needed to root for the main couple, and I never stayed up late reading it because the happy ending was a given. 

That said, it was still a nice afternoon read if you just want a dose of a happy, young couple.

You can get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

She isn’t supposed to want him. He isn’t supposed to want her. But wanting each other is inevitable.

Clint McCarthy has finally achieved his dream of playing for a professional hockey program, and is eager to make his mark with his new team. While getting settled in his new city, he happens across Bree Stone, whom he has known for years, with their respective brothers both being in the famed Belltown Six Pack. But for the life of him, he can’t remember Bree ever looking so attractive. Or being so captivating. Or taking over his every waking thought.

In the middle of her graduate degree, Bree has no time or desire for working on her dating life, or lack thereof, but the impossibly handsome Clint McCarthy coming back into her life makes everything complicated. She shouldn’t be focusing on him, or on them, not when her professional future hangs in the balance. But once she hears about Clint’s past with the Northbrook Hockey Elite program, and where that program stands now, Bree just might find a way to make her career, and a future with Clint, come to life.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Facebook Live Event Tonight and a GIVEAWAY!

The Facebook Live is TONIGHT with me, Jennifer Peel, and Becky Monson. I'm so excited! We're going to be talking about Fresh Starts and New Beginnings. I think it will be fun! You can see it at 7:00 P.M. over on my Facebook author page. You can find that HERE.

But all of us will be reading our favorite book beginning we've ever written. I wonder which books we'll choose? Hmm...What are your guesses? For me? Jennifer? Becky? Tell me in the comments!

I'll put everyone who guesses into a drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card, announced during the Live tonight!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Hawaii Five-- Recap and Review: The One With the Frozen Guy

We start out with Grover on a golf course at a swanky resort where he's applied to be a member, but his application is stuck at the bottom of the pile. The head of security comes and asks him for help. Seems they have a frozen body in the cryo-chamber and want to keep it quiet. Since there are dents on the inside of the door, bruises on the victim's hands showing he was trying to bang his way out, and the outside of the door has indentations that indicate someone barred the door shut, he was murdered.

Cue music.

Danny and Steve are at Charlie's school for a meeting about Charlie, chatting about how they haven't heard anything about Mrs. Wo Fat or Adam. The school official comes in and since Charlie's mom can't come, Danny introduces Steve as basically Charlie's uncle. Steve adds that he's Danny's emotional support friend. Poor Charlie is being bullied at school by a kid named Blake and they wanted to have a convo with both sets of parents, but the bully's parents won't come in. Danny says he'll handle it and leaves. (Well, that didn't go well.)

Tani is at HQ listening to a voicemail from Junior that he's been called up for reserve duty and doesn't know how long he'll be gone, but he'll call as soon as he can and is looking forward to picking up where they left off. Tani goes into the office area and it's empty. She calls Lou to find out where everyone is, but he's busy with the frozen guy case. He asks her to run financials and phone records on poor, frozen Chuck who was there for his cryo therapy session before his killer locked him in and maxed out the timer. The guy got a -200 degree chilling blast of evaporating liquid nitrogen for ten minutes. All Lou wanted to do was play golf, and now he's looking into the 167 people signed in at Chuck's time of death. Poor Lou.

Adam is in a Tokyo alley waiting for a woman to come out of a bar. He asks her to get him a meeting with the head of the Tokyo syndicate. She doesn't want to, especially with his law enforcement history, but he tells her he gave that up and throws down the "do it out of respect for my father" card. She says she'll ask, but that's all. He says that's all he needs and the woman warns him that Kenji has many loyal men here in Tokyo, so be careful.

Lou looks in FrozenChuck's locker and finds a wad of cash and a hole in his pants pocket---which he used when he lost a golf ball on the course, then he could drop one down pant leg for a better spot. He also has a print out of old golf scores from Phoenix of one Raoul Diaz.

Steve is driving while Danny is looking at a tracker on his phone, angry that his son has been tormented for weeks. Steve tells him he was bullied in military school, but the experience made him strong mentally. He cautions Danny to know the whole situation before he goes off half-cocked because there's always a reason why a kid bullies. He asks if he's sure he wants to do this and Danny yells at him to just do it and they pull over BlaketheBully's father.

Lou finds out that golf pro in Phoenix is now a member of the club in Hawaii and happens to be there golfing right now! Only he's going by the name Ed Ramirez now. They go to question him about Chuck's murder. Apparently, Chuck was losing money to Raoul when he found out he's a pro hustling people in the clubs, and could have exposed him. But Raoul has an alibi, so no go, there. Raoul does say that Chuck had a serious problem with gambling, but always settled his debts in cash at the end of the night, sometimes to the tune of 50K a day! Since there wasn't anything like that in his financials, where was he getting the cash from?

BlaketheBully's dad thinks they're being a bit extreme to pull him over and take him to a little wooded area. Danny is all, your son's behavior is extreme, you didn't show up at the school, do you think the rules don't apply to you? Steve tries to de-escalate things and says they just want to find out what's gong on with Charlie and Blake. Dad says things are stressful because they're going through a divorce and he had an appointment with his attorneys. It's been toxic and he's trying to keep Blake out of it, but he'll talk to him about Charlie. Danny understands what he's going through and they shake hands. Steve thinks that since the adults figured it out, the kids can do the same thing.

They think Chuck kept his cash in his whiskey locker, but Lou has to put on a member's jacket to be allowed in since there's a dress code. He takes a selfie and is pleased to see how it looks on him. They open the whiskey box and it's full of cash. Since Chuck had high volume cash businesses, they need to look into those. HPD is on the case and they find a hidden stash behind his bookcase totalling about $120 million. CSU is on the job and already found duplicate patterns in numerical sequences so the bills are counterfeit. Lou thinks Chuck was money laundering for a counterfeit ring, but gambled himself into a hole and started skimming, so when the guy he was working for realized what was happening, he killed him.

The Secret Service could tell from the ink on the counterfeit cash that it was generated in North Korea and those bills are showing up worldwide. Since North Korea's trade embargo is so severe most of the exports are being routed through China, so they need to find the China connection. The club's head of security, Zeb, has made a visual of papers on his office wall to understand Chuck's businesses. Now they can look for where the bills could have shipped out of ports in China. When they looked at the well-known businesses of other club members who have some financial indiscretions, they find Michael Mayfield. He has an import/export company out of Shanghai and nine months ago, Mr. Mayfield and Chuck starting signing up for joint tee times three or four times a month. That's the same time frame that Chuck saw a distinct uptick in income for his businesses. Mayfield is coming in for an 8:45 tee time, so Zeb calls for him to come to the office. No one wants to make a scene, after all.

Adam is being followed in a marketplace by some goons. He tries to run, but they finally corner him and put a hood over his head.

Lou and Zeb are waiting for Mayfield to come in, and when he does, Lou realizes he met him on the first tee, but he gave a different name. When he shows up and Lou flashes his badge, the guy runs. Lou chases him in the golf cart and Zeb runs after him on foot. Mayfield is a slow runner, so he steals a golf cart, but Lou rams him. Mayfield keeps running and Zeb has some sprinklers turned on to slow him down until Zeb can catch him. There's a little fistfight, but Mayfield is finally cuffed. Mayfield still has the three iron he used to bar the door so Chuck couldn't get out in his possession, so he gets taken away.

Back at McG's house they are having beers with Blake's dad while Eddie plays with the boys. It's a really cute scene. Blake's dad talks about how hard it is to realize the family is broken up and he's partially responsible. Danny relates and tells him that divorce is a trauma that you have to heal, but he will and he can still be a good dad. His advice is to never disrespect the ex in front of the kid. They offer to hang out with him sometime and Blake's dad is grateful they gave Blake a chance to apologize. Tani shows up for human interaction and Steve tells her that if she ever needs to talk, just call him.

Grover is on a community golf course with Zeb and has turned down the fancy club membership. He liked the club, but not the people so much. He also found out he really was at the bottom of the wait list and they were fast-tracking high income clients for membership, so that was clarifying. They're just two guys enjoying the weather and playing a round of gold, which is what it's all about. They make a bet that the winner buys drinks. (I like Zeb. I know it's a long shot, but I hope we see him again.)

They finally take off Adam's hood and he's facing the head of the Tokyo syndicate. The only reason he's here is out of respect for his father, for which Adam is grateful. He tattles that Kenji killed Masuda and brought dishonor to his clan and the entire organization. Don't trust him! The Big Guy says it was a big risk to come here with such accusations, are you better fit to lead? Adam says he already has support of a number of the brothers, but will only proceed with the Big Guy's blessing. The Big Guy asks him if he's sure this is what he wants and Adam pontificates that he's here because the blood of Hiro Noshimuri runs in his veins and he's been trying to run from his destiny, but this is his birthright. The Big Guy isn't quite convinced, but will allow it if Adam can prove his loyalty by returning to Five-0 and being his eyes and ears inside the task force. He also assures Adam that Kenji will not pose any threat to him if he does what he says. So, he asks Adam, how badly do you want to fulfill your destiny? To whom are you loyal? Adam looks stricken, and that's where we end!

Kind of a filler episode for me, with Adam being the highlight. What did you think? Did you watch?

Did you miss my review from the last episode? You can see it HERE 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Book Deal for Mystery Fans!

It has been a super busy week for me and I am SO ready for the weekend! 

If you are looking for a mystery book to read (or three) Christy Barritt's boxed set of the first three books in her Lantern Beach mysteries is on sale today for only .99 cents! 

Download your copy here

Here's the back copy:

The first three books in the best-selling Lantern Beach Mystery series are now bundled in one!

Hidden Currents (Book 1)

You can take the detective out of the investigation, but you can't take the investigator out of the detective.

A notorious gang puts a bounty on Detective Cady Matthews’s head after she takes down their leader, leaving her no choice but to hide until she can testify at trial. But her temporary home across the country on a remote North Carolina island isn’t as peaceful as she initially thinks.

Living under the new identity of Cassidy Livingston, she struggles to keep her investigative skills tucked away, especially after a body washes ashore. When local police bungle the murder investigation, she can’t resist stepping in. But Cassidy is supposed to be keeping a low profile. One wrong move could lead to both her discovery and her demise.

Can she bring justice to the island . . . or will the hidden currents surrounding her pull her under for good?

Flood Watch (Book 2)

The tide is high, and so is the danger on Lantern Beach.

Still in hiding after infiltrating a dangerous gang, Cassidy Livingston just has to make it a few more months before she can testify at trial and resume her old life. But trouble keeps finding her, and Cassidy is pulled into a local investigation after a man mysteriously disappears from the island she now calls home.

A recurring nightmare from her time undercover only muddies things, as does a visit from the parents of her handsome ex-Navy SEAL neighbor. When a friend's life is threatened, Cassidy must make choices that put her on the verge of blowing her cover.

With a flood watch on her emotions and her life in a tangle, will Cassidy find the truth? Or will her past finally drown her?

Storm Surge (Book 3)

A storm is brewing hundreds of miles away, but its effects are devastating even from afar.

Laid-back and light: that's Cassidy Livingston's new motto. But when a makeshift boat with a bloody cloth inside washes ashore near her oceanfront home, her detective instincts shift into gear . . . again.

Seeking clues isn't the only thing on her mind-romance is heating up with next-door neighbor and former Navy SEAL Ty Chambers as well. Her heart wants the love and stability she's longed for her entire life. But her hidden identity only leads to a tidal wave of turbulence.

As more answers emerge about the boat, the danger around her rises, creating a treacherous swell that threatens to reveal her past. Can Cassidy mind her own business, or will the storm surge of violence and corruption that has washed ashore on Lantern Beach leave her life in wreckage?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Showing Some Love for LEOs!

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! 

In my research for my Hostage Negotiation Team series, I got to know some law enforcement officers who were truly the best of the best, working to serve their communities and keep us all safe. I'm so grateful for all of our LEOs!

So, in order to honor them on their national day, my novel, Ring Around the Rosie, is on sale for only .99 cents! 

You can download your sale copy here

Here's the back copy:

**Awarded Crowned Heart for Excellence**

"Make this author a favorite on your shelves and search for the rest of the series."---InD'Tale Magazine

"Julie Coulter Bellon proves once again she is a master at capturing her audience from the very first page . . ."  ---Meridian Magazine

A cop with everything to lose. A criminal bent on revenge. And a love that deserves a second chance.

Revenge is a dish best served cold . . .

As the ex-wife of a law enforcement officer, Sarah Reed has known loneliness and loss. In order to cope, she makes a life for herself that's full of routine while building a wall of ice around her heart. Everything about her is as predictable as she can make it until a tiny detour for her ex-husband, Ron, changes her life forever. Caught in a bomb crisis, Sarah is taken hostage by a man who wants Ron and everyone around him to suffer---and his idea of suffering is more terrible than Sarah had ever dreamed.

Captain Ron Reed has seen the worst of humanity in his job with the Hostage Negotiation Team, but he never expected his past to come back with a vengeance---literally. Aaron Starks, a criminal explosives expert, has stolen next-gen bomb technology and uses it to force Ron to bargain for the lives of his team and his ex-wife, Sarah, the woman he still loves. But the situation escalates when Ron discovers that Starks has an even bigger objective in mind---using the bomb to show how vulnerable America and her people truly are.

Ron is willing to risk everything to save his country and those he loves, but when negotiations break down, will his sacrifice be too little too late?

***Agent Jake Williams is introduced in Ring Around the Rosie and he is the main character in The Captive, the first book in Julie Coulter Bellon's Griffin Force series.***

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Book Review for Historical Western Romance Fans!

I was so excited to see that Carolyn Twede Frank was putting out another historical western in her series with Under the Stars. I loved meeting all the townspeople and seeing the characters get their happily-ever-afters in previous books. This one was especially fun because of Rosie, a woman who can ride and shoot better than a man. The new marshal in town needs volunteers for his posse and flatly refuses to take Rosie along. She's got other plans, however, and joins up anyway---in disguise. There are some scenes that had me laughing out loud. (It reminded me a little of one of my favorite Sarah Eden western romances, The Sheriffs of Savage Wells.)

Hank Walker enjoys his job being a marshal. Because of an event in his past, it gives him purpose to see justice done. He's courting the banker's daughter and hopes to make a family of his own. But when he meets Rosie Decker, all of his plans seem to fall apart. She's stubborn and not very ladylike, but has impressive skills in riding and shooting. Though he keeps sending her away, somehow she finds her way back, winning Hank's grudging admiration. But when danger is lurking, will he be able to trust in Rosie's skills and work together to see justice done?

I loved this sweet story about an unconventional character and a slow burn romance. Rosie makes an appearance in the other books in the series and is so memorable, I was hoping she'd get her own book.  I was not disappointed. The author has created believable characters in Hank and Rosie that makes the reader root for them to overcome their obstacles and reach for a chance at love. Hank was a swoony hero who starts to change his mind about a few things. I loved seeing his character growth the more he interacted with Rosie. The setting was really well done and I hope Ms. Frank has a few more stories for us in the series. I've really come to love the characters she's created!

You can get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

When the new marshal in town needs volunteers, one of the first to sign up is Miss Rosie Decker. And why wouldn't she? She's a sharpshooting, horse-taming tomboy—and she's out for revenge. Marshal Hank Walker is forming a posse to find the man who killed her sweetheart, and Rosie is determined to help track him down. When the marshal refuses her service on account of her being a woman, Rosie is undeterred. If it's a man Marshal Walker wants, it's a man he'll get.

With his posse assembled, Hank Walker is confident he'll be able to track down the criminal. His confidence grows as he recognizes the incomparable skill of one young man in his posse—Ross. That is, until the day Ross's mustache falls off, revealing "his" true identity. Rosie Decker has duped him. Banished back to town, it's time for Rosie to prove her mettle. Though working alongside the unwilling marshal is complicated, it is the unexpected tenderness she feels for him that proves most problematic. How can she demonstrate her skill while also setting out to win the heart of the man who seems bent on keeping her out of his way?

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

My Big Announcement!

I am SO EXCITED to share my big announcement with you all! It has been hard to keep the secret, but here it is:

*drum roll*

I am going to be part of a new podcast featuring me, Jennifer Peel, and Becky Monson. It's called Authors Off the Page and it is going to be AWESOME! We'll be doing a Facebook Live of our first show on Jan. 14th at 7 p.m. chatting about everything that's "off the page" for us. There will definitely be a lot of laughs because, well, it's me, Becky, and Jennifer! I hope you'll join us!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Hawaii Five-0 Recap & Review: The Crossover One

We start out with previouslies of all of Adam's troubles since Tamiko's kidnapping and the recap of Mrs. Wo Fat's appearance.

Then we get the song Taking Care of Business playing while Steve and crew are rolling up to a hotel and moving in all tac'ed up. (Oh yeah. That's the way to open a show!) He tells an HPD officer to set a perimeter, that no one goes in or out, but we all know how that's going to go. (Poor HPD has no luck setting perimeters.) The team bursts into an empty room. What a letdown! But then they get a call that the guy they're looking for is in the adjoining room with a hostage. Steve heads into the next room, too, but the guy gets away, shooting a police officer in the hall, his partner holding off Five-0 with some gunfire that comes awful close to Steve's head! They run downstairs with Steve and Junior in hot pursuit. An HPD officer is shot in the lobby and his partner shoots the gunman, but the other gunman manages to get lost in the crowd outside. Magnum PI and Higgins approach Steve and point the guy out, who starts shooting again and disappears down the road. Magnum is all, you let him get away? And Steve looks annoyed and asks who are you. He was the guy on the phone! Dun, dun, dun. (How does Steve not know who Magnum is? That island is small.)

Cue music.

Steve looks over Magnum's ID and asks what he's investigating. Higgins wanted him to ask nicely, but Lou is all, we can take you in! We have a Blue Room of Doom! Higgins isn't fazed and wants a "please" so Steve gives in. They were investigating Hong, a guy whose wife thought he was cheating on her. They were watching his hotel room, but a gentleman showed up instead of a woman, and the two men exchanged an envelope is all. One of them was tipped off that H50 had arrived and they ran. Steve reciprocates with their investigation rundown that the man Hong was with was an associate of Mrs. Wo Fat, a name that Higgins knows from her days at MI6. So Five-0 was hoping to catch the guy Mrs. Fat sent, and flip him for her location. They don't actually know what the guy looks like, though, and Magnum's SD card was corrupted, but never fear! Magnum and Higgins know what he looks like, so Steve has them come along to help.

Back at the Chatting Table everyone is gathered around to report. Magnum and Higgins gave their description to the sketch artist, but the guy isn't in the system. Steve says they should go with their strongest lead, Hong's wife. She's at the MEs office to ID the body, so Tani and Higgins will go talk to her and Steve and Magnum will go to her house. The guys head off in the Ferrari and Magnum is annoyed that he's the passenger. Steve likes to drive, claims Danny is fine with it. But how does a PI afford a Ferrari? Magnum admits it belongs to author Robin Masters who writes White Knight books. Steve read a few of those, but doesn't believe someone that cocky would make it through BUDs. Magnum informs him that Robin was embedded with his team while he was researching and he can't say whether or not he was the inspiration for the main character. But he could be. (I know who the inspiration is for the Navy SEAL commander in my book! Just sayin') Tani and Higgins are with sad Mrs. Hong. Tani tells her that her husband was involved with dangerous people and shows her the sketch Magnum and Higgins had done, but she doesn't recognize the person. When she says her husband has been traveling to Portland, L.A., and Denver, she's told that actually he went to China nine times. Surprise! But at least he wasn't having an affair, so there's that.

Magnum and Steve pull up in front of the Hong House, but it's locked! Magnum picks it and they go inside to Hong's office. They search around, but the mini-fridge is rattling, so Magnum pulls off the bottom cover and finds a hidden folder of papers written in Chinese! Steve looks it over, but they take it with them since Mrs. Hong will be back soon. They let their guard down, though, and a gunman holds them up on the front porch. He orders Magnum to take Steve's gun and disassemble it and throw it. He wants the envelope, too, but Magnum mouths off to let them keep something since they gave up the gun. HoldUpGuy ain't playin' though, and tells Steve he's going to shoot his chatty friend. Steve doesn't mind and says, go ahead, I don't know this guy! Magnum is protesting that they're pals, so HoldUpGuy says he'll just shoot them both. Steve hands over the folder and HoldUpGuy shoots two tires out on the Ferrari (worth $800 each) so Magnum is very unhappy. Steve quickly puts his gun back together and shoots at the getaway car, but misses.

Higgins and Tani are bored sitting in an office at HQ going through hotel footage. Quinn and Junior are at the Chatting Table also looking bored. No sign of Hong or the fellow he met. Higgins notices there doesn't seem to be a lot of dysfunction in the team or any office romances, but Tani has no poker face game and gives it away that she's got a little sumthin' sumthin' with Junior. She throws back the playful banter and bickering Higgins has with Magnum, but Higgins claims that it's all strictly professional because she was heavily involved with someone she worked with at MI6 and it was great until it wasn't. Quinn knocks on the door and they all go look at a suspicious van that pulled up to the service entrance of the hotel. They manage to get an image of their shooter. (I sort of miss Adam being the Smart Table guy.)

Steve and Magnum were picked up by Rick and TC, two of Magnum's guys that are also former SEALs. Magnum is whining about Steve almost letting him get shot and "so much for no man left behind." Steve says he was just eliminating any leverage the guy thought he had which makes sense. TC is watching Steve in the rearview mirror and asks if he's the same McG they always used to hear about who fought in Operation Avalanche, and a battle somewhere that I couldn't pronounce, who led a team to rescue hostages in Karachi, and killed Victor and Anton Hess. Steve says he is and Magnum is supposedly not impressed, but TC calls Steve a legit legend. Rick says it's such an honor and gets a shoulder pat of solidarity from Steve. Magnum is playing it off with hey, we all served here, but TC and Rick remind him that they all have swung a bat, but we aren't all Ty Cobb or Jackie Robinson. Steve is really smiling at this and they go on to say they are in the presence of greatness. (It was a really cute scene.)

Magnum and Steve make it back to HQ and Lou asks how it was driving the Ferrari. Steve is playfully offended that they were just held up at gunpoint and that's what he gets asked, but Lou gives him the eye and says this isn't the first time Steve's had a gun in his face. The best part though was when Steve leans in and whispers, it was amazing and Lou says to tell him later. (Loved that!) Back to the Chatting Table report: Magnum sees the shooter's pic on the screen and IDs the van driver as the HoldUpGuy who stole the folder and shot out two of the Ferrari's tires. Higgins also reminds him he's responsible to pay for the tires. They recap what's happened so far and Steve says he only had a minute to scan the secrets docs they found, but they were diplomatic communiques, classified memos, and military docs. Soooo, Hong must have been a Chinese spy! Tani and Lou run down that the last time they had a Chinese spy case, Steve volunteered to get himself captured, they tried to erase his memory by throwing him into a sensory deprivation tank, but Steve looked fierce in the Britney Spear jumpsuit. (And he did!) Higgins checks with her contact in counterintelligence and is speaking Chinese to him, which Quinn translates for everyone. Magnum feels like he's the only one who does't speak Chinese. Poor Magnum.

Higgins and Tani are sitting in a beach parking lot waiting for her contact, and Tani is all starry-eyed wanting to know what it was like being a spy. Higgins tells her it wasn't all that glamorous, a lot of waiting around and being alone. The contact finally shows up and he isn't happy. He wants his debt cleared now, but Higgins says no way. He gives her Hong's MSS file and says that Beijing isn't pleased their asset has been taken out of play, since Hong was as high-level as you can get. (Dun, dun, dun.) Tani calls in to HQ to say that Hong's focus was penetrating intelligence and defense sectors and he'd infiltrated private military contractors and was funneling info and trade secrets back to Beijing. Which means he was probably passing off intel at the hotel. Junior reports that the car the HoldUpGuy was driving was found. Quinn and Lou bust in and the HoldUpGuy points a gun at them, so they shoot. He's wounded in the gut and they'll call medical if he talks. (They are using that tactic more and more.)

Tani calls Adam and is concerned for him, but he says there is no need to worry, he's just working some stuff out. She asks him to meet her for coffee and he says yes, but after they hang up he takes his luggage and heads out the door. His ticket says he's going to Japan. (No coffee for you, Tani!)

Quinn reports that JustintheHoldUp guy gave up the name Brandon Powell, but it's an alias. Apparently Hong reached out to say that he had a NOC list of agents that Beijing thinks are on their side, but are really working on behalf of the CIA. Hong wanted a payday, but couldn't cash in without being branded a traitor. (I didn't get that. Why would he be a traitor? Because he wanted money?) Mrs. Wo Fat wanted that list to sell to the Chinese herself. So the deal is, since the names are on an ecrypted SD card, Mrs. Wo Fat would get the password once she wires the fifty million dollars into Hong's account, but that went out the window when Hong was killed. So Brandon is supposed to do everything he can to crack the encryption. They get a hit on the name because Brandon has a rental agreement on a property, so they head over there. Lou and crew pull up, but a CIA team cuts them off. They've been watching Powell for weeks and he's theirs. Lou offers to back them up but the CIA guys decline and head inside. (Those CIA guys looked old. Like the geriatric unit or somethng!) Lou and crew watch the breach, but right after the CIA guys go in, the house blows up. Surprise!

Steve heard what happened, glad everyone is okay, but they wouldn't have been if the CIA hadn't gone in first. Mrs. Wo Fat must have directed JustintheHoldUpGuy to send them and she expected them to die in that blast. But wait, six CIA guys went in and there were seven bodies! The seventh body was Bruce who had his hands bound and a GSW to the head. Poor Bruce was a prison guard at Halawa and guess who is at the prison? Aaron Wright, hacker extraordinaire. Steve says he'll meet them there and puts the prison on lockdown, but Magnum sees Brandon dressed as a guard. He runs, they chase him and he takes a guard's gun, then shoots at Steve. He shoots back and Brandon is dead, but luckily he had the NOC list in his pocket. It's over. (Seems a little too easy if you ask me, but okay.)

Back at HQ Magnum meets up with Steve at his office right before Steve leaves to return the NOC list to the CIA. There's thanks all around then when Magnum is leaving, he notices a pic of Joe White on Steve's wall. Says Joe was a legend and wonders if Steve was close to him. Steve admits they were and Magnum gives him condolences and says that if Steve ever wants to grab a beer, to give him a call. Team guys have to stick together! Steve agrees and asks Magnum to bring those boys along, they were good for the ego. (Haha! I loved that.) Steve also assures Magnum that his White Knight secret is safe with him. Awww.

Higgins says goodbye to Tani near the elevators and leaves her with one last piece of advice: if you find someone at work who brings light in your life and makes you happy you should pursue it, that even knowing how badly it ended for her, she would still do it all over again. Tani takes her advice and calls Junior who is walking to his car. She awkwardly asks him out for drinks and he agrees. She's doing her happy dance in her office, but when he gets into his car, a masked man grabs him around the neck. (Uh oh. Another task force member kidnapped!)

to be continued on Magnum!

When we come back, two guys in suits are at HQ and Tani is hiding from them. She manages to get away and drives to an alley to pick up Quinn. (She also throws Quinn's phone out the window! Poor Quinn. Hopefully she backed up to the cloud) So, apparently it's just them because the CIA picked up Danny, Steve, and Grover. (A Danny mention, surprise!) They go to Magnum for help and tell him Junior has been kidnapped and the kidnappers want to trade him for the NOC list, Steve, Danny, and Lou were rounded up so they wouldn't even consider doing a trade and we flash to poor Junior being beaten. Magnum thinks it's Mrs. Fat, but since he said that, we know it isn't. Tani and Quinn escaped because Steve texted a warning before the CIA moved in. The kidnappers set a deadline of noon today and if they don't get the list Junior dies, so they only have four hours. McG probably still had the list on him, so they need to find out where he hid it. But hey, if they give up the NOC list, it's a death sentence for the agents on it. If they don't, Junior will die. (Tough choices!) What if they decode the list themselves and warn the agents! Good idea. They first head to McG's house and easily pick the lock. (Which is why he needs better security!) His house is trashed because the CIA searched it and Eddie comes in growling at Higgins. He loves Magnum, though. They find a laptop in a desk drawer and ping McG's cell phone to find the last place he was and since it's somewhere remote, that's probably where he hid the list. But when they go there, it's a huge area they could never cover.

They manage to get satellite images of McG when he was sending the warning text and find out that he met Kamekona there. McG's fan club boys (Rick and TC) go visit Kame to get the SD card McG gave him. Kame denies having it, but gives it up when Tani threatens to burn down his truck. (Also, where did Tani get a burner phone from? That was fast work! I hope she replaces Quinn's) Higgins tries to decrypt the NOC list, but it's not working, so they decide to go to Mrs. Hong's and see if they can find out who encrypted it in the first place and get him to decrypt it quicky. Mrs. Hong lets them in and shows them the computer the CIA already looked at.  (Some agents were outside the house when Magnum and crew arrived, so they went in the back way). She tells them an IT guy came to the house two days before Hong was killed. Higgins finds the IT guy's name (it's Eli) and they bring him to a wine cellar to talk. He says he won't help, but Tani attacks him, threatening to cut his fingers off. He caves and decrypts it, but before anyone can pop the champagne cork, he erases it. Tani goes ballistic and attacks him, punching him and yelling that he killed him. Quinn pulls her off.

Junior gets a drink of water through his hood (which is super awkward) and tells his captor to kill him now because Five-0 will never trade the list and sacrifice dozens for him. The captor only says I guess we'll see in an hour. Back at the wine cellar, the kidnappers call Magnum and say they know he's helping Five-0 and they want the NOC list. Magnum asks for proof of life which they get with some obscure question about where Junior and Tani ate the night they met. The kidnappers will text the location for the drop. (Uh oh.) They don't have a card anymore, but they make Eli encrypt the blank one so they get 30 seconds to save Junior before anyone realizes it's a bluff. Higgins figures out that the only person who knows they're helping Five-0 is Mrs. Hong, so she must be in on it. (Nice twist!) Quinn, Higgins, and Magnum go to the meet in a large field and Mrs. Hong tells him Junior is in a white van on a service road, but when Tani, Rick, and TC get there, the van is empty. Mrs. Hong's men are holding Magnum, Higgins, and Quinn at gunpoint while they decrypt the SD card, and with no Junior, Magnum decides to approach Mrs. Hong and tell her there's nothing on it, they know Junior isn't in the van, and they obviously have trust issues. When he's close enough, he takes out the guards, they find out where Junior really is and head there. Tani quickly finds Junior and hugs him close. There is a really nice ending scene at Rick's bar of Tunior dancing and Magnum chatting with Higgins about possibly crossing paths with Five-0 again since it's a small island. Also, Quinn is playing darts with Rick and the flirting was cute. A very sweet ending.

Can't wait for next week! What did you think? Did you watch?

Did you miss my review from the last episode? You can see it HERE


Friday, January 3, 2020

Friday Freebie for Small Town Romance Fans!

Did you see that my small town romance, Love's Broken Road, is free today? I love this sweet story of second chances.

Download your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Two broken hearts. One more chance for love.

After surviving an abusive marriage, Victoria Newel needs a clean slate for herself and her son. Taking a job as a math teacher, she moves across the country to the small town of Lincoln, Utah, where no one knows her and she can start over. However, her new colleague, Drew Dalton, offers her friendship and maybe something more. But has her heart healed enough that she could trust again?

Drew Dalton lost his wife to cancer years ago and he locked his heart away, throwing himself into his teaching job. But when Victoria Newel starts working at the high school, she awakens something in him that he never thought he'd feel again. Her gentle nature and quiet strength draws him to her, but it's obvious she's hiding something in her past from him. Can he open his heart to a woman who harbors so many secrets of her own?

Thursday, January 2, 2020

I Won A Swoony Award!

The Swoony Awards were announced yesterday and my book, Second Look, won a Swoony Award for Best Military Romance! I'm so excited! What a great way to start the year! 

Have you read Second Look yet?

I was in some great company and you can see all the winners here 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

I think this is a New Year's resolution I could get behind! LOL What about you? Anyone out there making some New Year's goals?