Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Out! Released Day was September 3rd. I had a lot of fun writing this book, and introducing a new character to the series, Cupid. He's discovered Agatha is bringing together soul mates and considers her an interloper  so he starts behaving as anyone who feels threatened would. He starts sabotaging her matches. 

Unexpected Destinies is special to me because I used my own experiences of a supposed best friend betrayal in high school. So in a weird way Jayne is kind of like me. She's stubborn and thick headed when it comes to seeing what is right in front of her, but she's put up walls because she had to find a way to protect her broken heart. When Nick comes back into her life she's determined he won't hurt her again and at a small hint that he might, she shuts him down. It doesn't take long to discover she can't shut down her heart forever.

Nick isn't perfect either. He made a huge mistake when they were dating in high school and allowed himself to be manipulated by the wrong person. Now that he's seen Jayne again he doesn't want to let her go again, but she makes it damn difficult to get close this time around. When she finally does open up it almost blows up in his face again, but fate gives him a second chance to make it right. 

I'm hoping there are a few twists and surprises that will keep you interested in reading more. Please enjoy my book, Unexpected Destinies and let me know how you liked it!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Presenting . . . . . .


Book two in my Destinies series! Finally have a cover, isn't it lovely? Thank you Valerie! (http://tibbsdesign.com) I think it looks great. The release date has moved up to September 3, 2012, I can't believe it's coming out so quickly!

This is the story of Nick and Jayne, a couple who are torn apart by misunderstandings that Agatha must find a way to bring back together. A new character is introduced for her portion of the story, Cupid, who has issues with her influence in what he considers his department. Their interactions are some of my favorite parts of the book.

Jayne has given up on finding a man she can trust, having discovered early in life that even her father cheated. So she's not really surprised when she catches her boyfriend in bed with someone else, she just can't forgive him. Nick isn't the type to cheat but found himself caught in a web of deceit and lies, not of his making, that he has no idea how to unravel. He has never stopped loving Jayne. If only he could have another chance to prove that her heart was safe with him.

Will Nick finally be able to prove his love for Jayne? Will she finally believe him and stop doubting his love? Can Agatha find a way to help these two stubborn people come together as soul mates or will Cupid jinx them?

Read Unexpected Destinies and find out!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

If you Haven't Heard . . . .

 My next book, Unexpected Destinies, has been accepted for publication through Lyrical Press. I'm so excited to work with them again and keep the series going with the same publisher. So now starts a whole process of edits back and forth with my patient new editor Ann-Marie.

Meanwhile I have to put food on the table, so I'll be doing all that in between job one and job two, and the mommy job I have on the side. Did I mention that the ex filed for divorce? Yeah, so I'm going through that too. I guess I should post pone that new diet after all. Phew! I am woman, hear me roar!  More on Unexpected Destinies coming up. Meanwhile, I'll try to update my blog about once a month. I can't really promise more than that because, well, I don't believe I'll go into that again!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review: The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James

I have been a fan of Eloisa James for years. Last spring I was lucky enough to meet her and hear her speak at the Connecticut chapter of Romance Writers of America Fiction Fest. I showed her my copy of her book, "When Beauty Tamed the Beast" on my kindle. I guess it was the first time she'd seen her book on a kindle because she was excited. She then signed the free copy she'd given out at breakfast, making me even more inclined to love her. I don't know if I'd consider us exactly collegues yet. I'm more of an up and comer and she's established romance writer royalty. Ahem.

When I saw a few weeks ago that she had a new book out, I immediately pre-ordered it. It follows her new theme of re-writing fairy tales and she hasn't turned a toe wrong yet.  I have to say this book was worth the wait. If you haven't read it yet, I'll try not to put in too many spoilers.

 The story is about Olivia, a plump but attractive twin who has been betrothed since birth to a man five years her junior. Her parents are so eager to make sure the betrothal isn't broken, they tutor their twin daughters daily on the appropriate behavior of a duchess. While Georgiana takes to the lessons like a duck to water, Olivia tosses all the rules when she's not around her mother. She shocks her sister and delights her friends with her love of naughty limericks and double meanings that words could have.

The Duke, Tarquin, is about as amusing as a stick in the mud. He's shoved all his emotions down where the sun doesn't shine because the last time he believed in love his heart was torn out of his chest and stomped on. When his wife ran away with her lover, she wasn't content with merely leaving, she had to take their son and the heir with her, dooming them both to a watery grave. Now, in need of an heir, he's decided to let his mother decide whom his lucky bride should be and she has a method that makes sure love won't factor in. She invites the lucky candidates to be his Duchess to an intimate house party to test them and see how they measure up. One of her contestants is Georgiana who brings her sister. And the fun begins!

I don't want to give it all away, but I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading "The Duke Is Mine." I could relate with Olivia in feeling like her body was too plump to be fashionable. Then realizing that a man found it very desirable, she realizes that she is beautiful in her own right. What I loved about the story was how Olivia and Georgiana discovered things about themselves they hadn't known and really came into their own as people. I also loved how Olivia showed Quin that life was full of laughter and love and he didn't have to be afraid of either.

If I had a rating system, I would rate his a 5 star book. If you love romance and a fun story with some unexpected twists and a satisfyingly happy ending, this is the book for you. If you'd like to check out more about Eloisa James or see more about the book, click this link to Eloisa James official website.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Year In Review - 2011

Happy New Year! As I look back over the past year, it's been a journey unlike any I've expected. I had a baby, had a book released, traveled around with a baby on a disastrous vacation, attended a wedding where I got to stay at a beautiful mountaintop B&B in New Hampshire, said good-bye to my husbands dog when his long life was ended by illness and then good-bye to my husband when it became apparent our relationship was beyond repair. I took my children and moved downstate to a beautiful home about 10 minutes away from my parents and realized that my life is moving forward. As I look forward to the new year, I realize that while life may take some unexpected twists and turns, it is happening and instead of sitting back and let it happen to me, I can take the wheel and direct it where I want it to go. After years of being not much more than a housewife and mother, I face the prospect of finding a full time job and making a life for my children and myself. For some reason the prospect isn't as scary as I'd once thought.

As a romance author the loss of my marriage is especially painful. I believe in the whole "happily ever after" deal. I see it with my sister, my cousin, my aunt and some friends who have all found the right person to spend their lives with. Unfortunately it's not something I've found for myself - yet. I still believe in love and that there is someone out there who perfectly complements me. Someone who will believe in me and make me feel good about who I am. So romance isn't dead for me. It's just around the bend and waiting for me to find it. It'll wait until I'm ready.

Meanwhile, I'll spend time helping my characters find the love and romance with each other that I know is out there. Here's hoping you all love Jayne and Nick (from Unexpected Destinies) as much as I do!