Friday, December 20, 2013

Celebrate the Holidays with a Marine

Take some time for you this weekend! And remember a portion of the proceeds from the holiday Marines goes to Toys for Tots!

Friday, December 13, 2013

New Year and Back Again: An Author's Tale #MistletoeMadness



Can you believe 2013 is drawing to a close? I can't. It feels like just yesterday we were counting down to close out 2012 and ring in 2013. In just a couple of weeks, we'll be bidding 2013 farewell and dashing into the new year. It seems wildly appropriate to kick off this hop on Friday the 13th as we countdown to saying goodbye to 2013 (at least for me), as 13 is my favorite number. To honor the occasion, I wanted to share with you 13 things I am proud of this year. They are in no particular order:

13. I released 24 titles this year, that's a rate of two per month. Included in those releases were books in 4 different series. (Okay, I need to take a minute to hyperventilate).
12. I paid my mortgage for the first time off royalties earned on my releases. This is huge. As authors we don't always like to talk about the money end of things, but being able to support myself and my child is a huge accomplishment for me.
11. Of the 24 titles I released this year, 14 were in the Always a Marine series (15 if you count the book that released quite literally on the tail end of 2012).
10. Of the 14 Always a Marine titles I released, eight of those were earmarked to have a portion of their royalties donated to charity.
9. 5 of those 14 titles include the holiday Marines and a portion of those proceeds are going to Toys for Tots and will for as long as people are buying them. Titles include:



Whew! This is fun!

8. During my Coffee Happy Hour at Readers and Ritas in November, my readers brought over 90 toys to be collected for Toys for Tots!
7. In February of 2013, I did a 5k run (okay so I walked it), but I still did it and I had a great time!
6. In March of 2013, I weighed in 85 pounds lost since May of 2012. As of this writing, I have kept it all off (and I am freezing my arse off this winter, but it's worth it).
5. I got to see Thor 2. Yes, I know this isn't really an accomplishment, but it was damn cool!
4. I wrote nearly as many books as I published this year and I realized that for the first time, my editorial calendar stretches into 2016.
3. In my Fevered Hearts series, I planned to write a bridge novella that would take readers from book 5 to book 6. That novella grew to be another 120K book, the second in the series to be that long.
2. I logged a little over 10,000 miles in travel this year, and most of it I did in my car.
1. I grew, I achieved my goals, and I set new ones. I also became the mom to a teenager this year...what can I say, I like a challenge?

So what's next?

In January, I'm launching a new series that I am over the moon excited about, it's called Some Like It Royal. Consider this your invitation to join us for the release party on Facebook. 2014? It's gonna be a blast!


So how was your year? And what are you most looking forward to with the new year?

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Two Dads for Christmas #HotHolidayReads

Did you know that every holiday season Kate Richards takes us on a magical trip to Alaska? Talk about your white Christmas!



Lauren is in trouble. Only the adoption agency lady knows the heartbreaking decision she’s making. But every baby deserves a father and Lauren’s ex isn’t stepping up to the plate. Without a dad for her child, Lauren doesn’t feel she can give her baby what he or she deserves. When her mother sends her to the Castillo resort in Castle, Alaska to help with a holiday celebration, Lauren jumps at the chance to forget her worries.

Jorell’s career is soaring. In charge of development for the Castillo Resorts Caribbean region, the only thing on his mind is pursuing a vice presidency. Not romance. But a forced transfer to the frozen north throws him—and his prospects off-kilter.

Zachary lives near Castle, Alaska, but the fishing guide has had little success finding a social life and fears his interest in both men and women may be too wild for the wilderness.

Two men and one pregnant woman…in charge of the holiday activities at the Christmas Extravaganza at Castle Lodge. Friendship and intense attraction blooms between them. But Madame Eve has her work cut out for her…will Jorell and Zach provide enough reasons for Lauren to change her mind?

Excerpt


Lauren,

Your aunt and uncle love you very much and, as a special Christmas gift, they allowed me to arrange a unique evening for you. Your date will meet you at the large cabin behind the lodge, for a night you will never forget.

Madame Eve



Perfect. Might as well get it over with—although it would have been simpler to give the guy the slip in the coffee shop or another public area. Kathryn and Nick met through Madame Eve and shared a world-class romance, even now that they were married and parents. Sweet looks, private jokes, stolen kisses…everything any girl could want. She stuffed the paper into her bodice with a sigh.

But she’d already set her course and, if it weren’t for her previous poor judgment and the fact that she’d already fallen hard for two men who had eyes only for each other, it could indeed be a night to remember. Instead, she cut through the gleaming kitchen, smiling at the late night staffers, and out the back door. A light beamed from the front window of the cabin where, according to Andie, she’d spent her first night with her true loves. For just a second an image flashed through her mind—of Jorell and Zach, their nude white and mocha bodies in a four-poster bed, arms outstretched to her in invitation.

But the single tear froze on her cheek along with her dreams as she plodded up the path to the cabin and lifted her hand to the door.

It jerked open, and she gasped. Christmas music poured out on a gust of warm, pine-scented air. A tall spruce decked for the holidays glittered in a corner. Low laughter from somewhere near the flickering flames of the fireplace did not come from the auburn-bearded man who greeted her in the open doorway. It came from Jorell.

And Zach’s hand was the one that tugged her inside, when her feet became one with the doorstep. Lauren’s heart thudded so loud in her ears, it drowned out the Carol of the Bells. Her hopes rose to the high rafters then crashed down when she realized….

“I’m so sorry to interrupt your evening. I must be at the wrong cabin.” And she’d be going back to her room after that, date be darned.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Favorite Heist Movies with Libby Waterford

There’s something undeniably sexy about sneaking around at night, usually in some exotic locale, doing something illicit, trying not to get caught. Cat burglars and art thieves tend to get glamorized in the movies, when in reality stealing people’s jewels and art is a terrible crime. But it can be fun to pretend.

When it comes to glamour, no one tops Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. To Catch a Thief may not be Hitchcock’s masterpiece, but it is full of entertaining banter between two of the most attractive people ever to seduce one another on the French Riviera.

The original The ThomasCrown Affair differs from the remake, but they are both worth watching. I love the zippy score and the fearless sensuality of the Pierce Brosnan-Rene Russo version.

How to Steal a Million is another fun one. I’d watch Audrey Hepburn folding laundry, so seeing her share the screen with Peter O’Toole as they juggle romance, forgery, and theft, is sublime.


What’s your favorite heist flick?

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Now available! Love Unlocked from Decadent Publishing





All she wants is a fresh start…
Retired art thief Eve Caplin traveled all the way from Paris to California looking for a fresh start in a small town. When she locks herself out of her home, she gets much more than she bargained for in Hudson Cleary, part-time locksmith and world famous artist. She wants to resist Hudson’s seductive pull, but can’t refuse his help when a man from her past blackmails her into stealing a ten million dollar painting. Not only does Hudson have access to the painting, he may hold the key to her damaged heart.

All he wants is her…
Hudson hasn’t picked up a paintbrush in two years. When he unlocks Eve Caplin’s door, the mysterious beauty arouses much more than just his creative impulses. He needs Eve in his studio and wants her in his bed. When he discovers danger closing in, he must decide how far over the line he’s willing to go to protect her.

Will he lose his heart, his muse, and his freedom all in one unforgettable night?



Enjoy the following excerpt for Love Unlocked:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lest Old Marines Be Forgot Release Day!


She never stopped grieving…
It’s New Year’s Eve, and thirty years since Brenda Connors buried the only man she ever loved. Every year on the anniversary of his death, she finds herself in the hospital, suffering from chest pains. No matter how expected, it always takes her breath away. This year…this year she wants it to be different and takes the advice of her best friend and would be sister-in-law to sign up for a one-night stand. It seems ridiculous, just a year shy of her fiftieth birthday to try and seek happiness she long since gave up on. She never imagined a stern faced Marine with talent for making her laugh…
He doesn’t know what the future holds…
Married to his career and facing forced retirement, Major Tom Baxter doesn’t see much of a future for himself in civilian life. A poker game with the son of an old friend earns him some unwanted advice, but it’s advice he can’t get out of his head. He signs up for a one-night stand, to discover what life on the outside might have to offer. The last thing he expected was an elegant soul with a streak of mischief…
Ringing in a new beginning…
Can Tom and Brenda make every second of their countdown to midnight count, lest old Marines be forgot?
Excerpt
Their table sat in an alcove that also doubled as a private balcony and overlooked a lit garden. According to his hostess, he and his date would also be able to see the fireworks over Dallas later should they still be at their table at midnight. If not, then their reserved suite also had a balcony and a good vantage point. A marble-floored hallway led to their dining table and though the alcove was simply one of several such isolated settings, theirs possessed heavy cream curtains that could be closed to afford them further privacy.
Overall, it was an excellent choice on Luke’s part. Fortunately, years of not doing much with his salary meant Tom could also afford the evening comfortably. He finished the cup of coffee and checked his watch. Fifteen minutes to operation launch and he heard heels tapping on the marble floor caught his attention. Glancing sideways, he spotted a pair of elegant, long legs. Trailing his attention upward, he studied the woman approaching.
The body-hugging sheathe of a dress molded her curves, and what a shape she had…. Dark hair brushed her shoulders, the silvery streaks amidst the deep brown seemed almost artistic. Straightening, he frowned when she hesitated and checked her phone. The curl of anticipation in his gut flattened out.
It didn’t matter if the elegant woman searched for another date; he couldn’t take his attention off her. She all but glared at her phone. A heartbeat later, she rewarded his captivation when her exasperation transformed into sparkling laughter.
Squaring her shoulders, she lifted her chin and their gazes collided. Her smile faltered for a heartbeat, then warmed. At her look, he rose to his feet and enjoyed her long walk down the hall.
“Ms. Connors.” He extended his hand automatically, her smooth palm gliding against his.
A hint of shyness softened her expression, but she didn’t look away. “Mr. Baxter. Can I just say that you chose the loveliest spot for dinner?”
Boosted by the compliment and her lovely manner, he inclined his head. “Only if you’ll allow me to say that you outshine the location—and then some.” He’d never really been that good with flowery compliments, but a hint of color bloomed over her cheeks and he let out a breath. “Here….” To pull out her seat meant he had to let go of her hand.
She had slender fingers, beautiful and tapered, and they’d been silky-soft with the barest hint of callouses on her index fingers and thumbs. Callouses that meant she used tools, but probably didn’t build or work with anything. His brain’s need to catalog details had proven a godsend in the field, but he didn’t need to pick apart his date.
“Thank you,” Brenda murmured and slipped around him to take the chair he held out and he scooted it in just as she sat. From his vantage point, he had a direct view of her cleavage and the teasing hint of a dark mole on the curve of her right breast.
Clearing his throat, he moved back to his seat. “Of course.”

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Breaking News: Some Like It Royal is Coming!


While I know the holidays are all around us and we're all counting it down to Christmas, stay tuned for the big news hitting in January with the release of Some Like it Royal! Spread the word, reserve your copy and get ready for something altogether magical. Be sure to like the official Going Royal Facebook page to keep up with all the latest news and more!




It's The Role of a Lifetime...

Living out of a car and waiting tables to make ends meet is hardly the stuff of fairy tales. So when a gorgeous man approaches Alyx Dagmar with a wild story about her royal lineage and an even wilder proposition, the aspiring actress is sure he's got the wrong woman.

Self-made billionaire Daniel Voldakov needs connections before he can expand his software business into Europe. A blue-blooded fiancée would open all the right doors--and Daniel's certain he can tempt the pretty but penniless Princess Alyxandretta to accept the part she was born to play.

Alyx can't resist Daniel's offer, and throws herself into the role. But as the paparazzi fall in love with their "storybook romance," Alyx finds herself drawn to Daniel in ways she'd never imagined. Are his returned affections true, or all just part of the plan? He'll do anything it takes to prove his love, and to make her see that the only happily ever after he wants is with her...the real her.

January 13th