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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Friday, September 28, 2012


Thank you to Cinnamon from A Journey of Books for BLOGFEST 2012!

Check out ALL participating blogs

I'm giving away an ebook of your choice:

With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1)
Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2)
Streamline (YA swimming romance)

All three ebooks are on sale for $2.99

Please visit these five awesome blogs and check out their giveaways!

Enter my giveaway with the Rafflecopter form.

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And check out the GLBT Madness giveaway below.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

GLBT Madness Hop

Thank you to Carole and The Romance Reviews for hosting the GLBT Madness Hop!

I'm now in my early 40's and I've seen some wonderful improvements in acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender folks in the course of my lifetime. Still, homophobia remains, especially in certain pockets of culture.

Athletics is a culture that's dear to me but sadly still struggling with tolerance of GLBT issues. I witnessed a close friend grapple with the coming out process on my college swim team, and his battle really influenced me to become a heterosexual ally.

I wrote about this experience in my fictional short story Swim Recruit, which I'm offering for free. Heterosexuals can make a huge impact by fighting against homophobia. I'm also offering an iTunes gift card to download great music by gay artists like the Indigo Girls!
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Click this button to visit the next blog on the hop! The Romance Reviews GLBT Madness Hop

Monday, September 24, 2012

Streamline Swims Around the Blogosphere

My YA swimming romance Streamline has been stroking through the blogosphere, visiting some lovely locations. Please stop by!

***Danya from A Tapestry of Words hosts PSYCHTEMBER, a celebration of YA novels featuring mental health issues. I love this idea and was thrilled to participate with a guest post about prescription drug abuse in teens HERE. Enter a giveaway for a Streamline ebook until 9/30/12!

Streamline's hero Leo learns the hard way about prescription drug abuse, and he also learns how to live a better life without oxycontin.

***YA author Cherie Colyer (check out her magical novel Embrace!) hosted me for a naughty excerpt from Streamline HERE.

***Congratulations to Adriana for winning an ebook of Streamline from Laurie's BLOG, which featured an excerpt.


Now onto my current WIP On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3). For the blog challenge "The Next Best Thing", here's my question for the week:

What genre does your book fall under?

That's an easy one: ROMANTIC SUSPENSE.

I did write a love scene this weekend *blushes* and I'm up to 75,000 words, about 3/4 done!

Authors, how are you progressing on your WIP?

Readers, how are you progressing on reading and reviewing?


Finally, I'm happy to announce my publisher's FALL SALE!

Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2) joins With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) on sale for $2.99.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Genre Favorites Blogfest

That kooky author Alex Cavanaugh is at it again, hosting a fun blogfest HERE.

Genre Favorites Blogfest, September 17, 2012
One blogfest, four favorites!
List your favorite genre of:
And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories! 

Okay, here goes:
1) My favorite MOVIE genre is...


Titanic is my favorite movie (quit laughing!) and here's a deleted kissing scene from the epic ship flick:

I also love The Shawshank Redemption, Speed, Godfather II, Terminator II, American Beauty, Gladiator, Die Hard, Moonstruck, Working Girl, A Fish Called Wanda, Grand Canyon, Prince of Tides, Ordinary People, and so many more.

2) Favorite MUSIC genre:


Now that's an oxymoron! What I mean is that I love music that's "alternative" but not too far out there.

My favorite song is With or Without You by U2.

Gah. What a beautiful, sorrowful song. Other artists I love are The Fray, Jack Johnson, Colbie Callait, Indigo Girls, John Mayer, Adele, Snow Patrol, and The Script.

3) Now, BOOKS! My favorite genre is...


...which isn't a surprise if you know what books I like to write. I adore author Pamela Clare, and I also enjoy fiction and YA contemporary.

4) Finally onto my GUILTY PLEASURE...


I love singing along to his songs, and there are SCADS of good ones like "Forever in Blue Jeans":

Thank you Alex for this fun hop!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Next Best Thing and Author Blog Bounce

To continue on with The Next Best Thing Challenge, today I'm answering the following question about my work-in-progress On Best Behavior:

Where did the idea come from for the book?

On Best Behavior is the third and final novel of my romantic suspense The Conduct Series, so most of the book follows the natural progression of my hero and heroine Grant and Sophie.

But I often find inspiration in movies, and Donnie Brasco (with Johnny Depp, yummy) sparked the idea for the plot. Grant goes undercover to immerse himself in Mafia life, risking not only his life, but that of Sophie and his nephew Ben as well. Eek! I love messing with my characters.

I've set a goal to finish this novel by December but my progress last weekend wasn't great. My kind father came up for a visit to drive me for a steroid injection in my back, and we spent time watching football (yay for Denver beating the Steelers--love to see Payton Manning back in there) instead of writing. Now my back feels great but I'm a bit behind, and I have to work this Saturday too, waah!

Onto the Author Blog Bounce by Omnific Publishing--see instructions, here and enter a giveaway for my novel Streamline. Authors and readers, join us!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Celebrating Bloggers Blog Hop

Thank you to author Terri Guiliano for hosting the Celebrating Bloggers Blog Hop!

Why do I love bloggers? Let me count the ways!

First, why I love book bloggers, then author bloggers.

Book Bloggers. I'd never even heard of book bloggers before my first novel launched. Now I've had the pleasure to interact online and even meet bloggers in real life.

I love book bloggers for the FRIENDSHIP with these lovely ladies:

* Smash at Smash Attack Reads Ash/Smash is a licensed social worker so we've had fun exploring psychology and therapy in books. Our reading tastes are different--she likes to escape into paranormal and fantasy, whereas I love reading books about dysfunctional families and trauma in gritty reality. (And that brings me to another reason I love bloggers--exposure to books unfamiliar to me). Still, Smash took the time to read and review my psychological thrillers With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior.

* Autumn at The Autumn Review and Andrea at The Bookish Babe Autumn is a swimmer (yay!) and Andrea likes heart-wrenching stories, so we bonded on my book tour for Streamline. These two gals are great friends too. I love how tight the book blogging community is.

* Jenny at Supernatural Snark and Dani at Refracted Light Reviews Jenny and Dani both live in the same Ohio town where I reside. I've had the opportunity to meet them both, and it's great to chat with fellow book lovers. Jenny made some beautiful business cards for me (she has a wedding business) and Dani wrote a fantastic review of Streamline.

Author Bloggers. I've met some really cool people who happen to write books.

I love author bloggers for their SUPPORT through this writing adventure.

* Nicki Elson at Nicki Elson's Not-So-Deep Thoughts (that blog title says it all, heh) Nicki is a fellow Omnific Publishing author who's a ton of fun, and her sexy 80's romp Three Daves carries on the fun theme.

* Jessica Subject at Mark of the Stars Jessica has supported my writing and I loved her alien short story Celestial Seduction.

* Alex Cavanaugh at Alex J Cavanaugh Do you see that Insecure Writers Support Group button on the sidebar of my blog? Alex created that group, and he amazes me with the amount of support he provides to fellow authors. He writes sci-fi.

* Kyra Lennon at Write Here, Write Now I met Kyra through Blogging A to Z and delighted in her posts about her sports romance Game On. I love sports romance and I can't wait to read her book.

So there you have it -- friendship and support are the two biggies for why I love bloggers. Check out the Celebrating Blogging Hop HERE.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Insecure Writers Support Group

ISWG Update: A couple of months ago I posted about setting the best price for ebooks. I'm happy to report that when my publisher lowered the price from $6.99 to $2.99 for two of my novels, sales improved for all three of my novels! Now, it's not to the level where I can consider quitting my day job as psychologist (not even CLOSE), but it makes me happy to know that more readers are finding my books.

Today's post is in response to author Darcia Helle tagging me for the blog challenge THE NEXT BIG THING. It all started from author Gail Baugniet HERE. The rules are:

Answer 10 questions about my current WIP (Work-In-Progress)
Tag five other writers and link their blogs so we can all hop over and read their answers.

What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I liked Gail's idea to answer one question a week, with the hope her WIP would be finished at the end of ten weeks. I'm 70,000 words into my WIP, so that's a challenging yet realistic goal for me with my full-time job.

So, today's question is: What is the working title of your book?

On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3)


Now I'm tagging five writers for The Next Best Thing Blog Challenge. Tell us about your WIP...

Nicki Elson (blog)
Carol Oates (blog)
Jessica Subject (blog)
Cherie Colyer (blog)
Roland Yeomans (blog)

Two announcements to end this post:

1. I'm giving away an ebook of YA sports romance Streamline at Laurie's blog until 9/22. Stop by to hear why I use a pen name and other strange information.

2. Thanks to fellow author Carol Oates, my free YA short story Swim Recruit has a new cover and wider availability on Smashwords.

This is my first story up on Smashwords and I'm finding it to be an awesome site. If you enjoy an Irish faerie short story, check out Carol Oates The Summer Prince HERE.

Writers, here's to being bold and confident this month. *cheers*

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