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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Thanks to Mary from Book Hounds for hosting the Summer Giveaway Hop.

Is July really over? *cries* We'll have to make ourselves feel better by giving away stuff.

I'm stoked for the third and final novel in my adult romantic suspense series to launch September 24, 2013: On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3). It feels wonderful to finish writing a series!

To celebrate, I'm giving away an ebook of the first novel in the series:

With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1)

"With Good Behavior is a fast-paced, action-rich and heart-wrenching romance with adorable main characters." 
~ Nimue of Endlessly Bookish Blog

AND I'm throwing in a $10 iTunes gift card! 

To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form:

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Monday, July 29, 2013

On Best Behavior Excerpt

Congratulations to Nicole and Kerrin, the big winners of Kindle Fires on the Sizzling Summer Giveaway!

If you missed the giveaway, more opportunities to win abound.

Bookish Treasures hosts a New Adult giveaway HERE, where you can win Streamline.

Hop over to Martini Times to win:

Streamline HERE

With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) HERE.

I'm thrilled the third and final book of The Conduct Series (On Best Behavior) will launch 9-24-13. We've been editing like madwomen (not much of a stretch for me) and I'm pleased with the result.

One scene that got the axe was this flashback from Grant's sixteen-year-old nephew Ben. If you've read my books, you know I love to write therapy scenes and flashbacks.

In this part of Ben's therapy session with Dr. Hunter Hayes, he remembers when he was five years old and spent the night at his father Logan's apartment:

His tummy hurt. He’d woken up on the sofa an hour ago, and he’d tried to wait for Dad—he’d watched “Spongebob” on the small TV—but he still hadn’t come out of his bedroom. His empty tummy growled like a tiger.
Ben padded over to the bedroom door. “Dad?” Nothing.
“Dad?” he tried again. Still nothing. The tiger roared in his belly. He sighed. He tiptoed into the kitchen and tugged open the refrigerator door. Other than an open can of beer, a bottle of mustard, and a carton of strawberries, the fridge was empty. As he reached for a strawberry, he looked over his shoulder, but his dad’s door was still closed. Ben was about to pop the strawberry in his mouth when he noticed white fuzz growing on it.
“Euhya.” Shuddering, he tossed the berry back into its carton. After closing the fridge door, he glanced up at the cabinets. They were really tall. One time Dad had some cereal up there? With a grunt, he heaved himself up, throwing his leg over the counter’s side to scramble up on his knees. His breaths came quick and short. When he opened the cabinet, all he found was some black stuff in a plastic bag that smelled like Mom’s afternoon coffee.
He hopped down from the counter and the tile stung his bare feet. As he neared the bedroom door, he called “Dad?” All he heard was a soft voice, like a hum, drawing him closer. Expecting to find the door locked, he twisted the knob and just like that he was inside the bedroom. The covers shifted and rolled, then there was that hum again, this time louder and more urgent—that definitely wasn’t his dad’s voice—was there someone under the covers with him? He took a step forward. “Dad?”
His father whipped the comforter off his shoulders and his bare chest shot up from the mattress. “Jesus Christ, Ben! Don’t you knock?”
“I-I-I…” As he stumbled backward, a woman with messy black hair and eyes full of rage popped up from beneath the covers.
She screeched, “Get out of here, kid!”
Ben raced from the bedroom and parked himself on the sofa, squeezing his hands together in his lap. When he heard the mattress shift and his dad mutter “Christ”, his eyes widened. Dad sounded mad. Ben took off for the front door—he had to jump a few times to undo the chain at the top of the door—then flew out to the hallway. It was colder out here than in the apartment, and he covered one icy bare foot with another as he squeezed his arms around his thin pajama top. As he panted, all he could think was I want Mom. I want Mom.
When he heard his dad shout his name inside the apartment, he scrambled toward the stairs. He’d reached the stairwell railing when the sound of a door flinging open erupted behind him. “Stay right there, Benjamin!”
His feet betrayed him when they froze in place. He felt the hulking presence of his father behind him a second before his dad’s big paws grabbed hold of his arms. “Don’t you ever leave the apartment!”
"I’m sorry,” Ben whispered.
His father spun him around, leaving Ben to stare at the hem of his plaid boxer shorts. “Look at me!”
Ben forced his eyes to trail up the big, bare chest to find his father’s scowl, his mouth in a firm line. “Why’d you come in my bedroom?”
“Because…I'm hungry,” he squeaked.
His father’s eyes fluttered shut as he blew out a breath. “Crap.” He opened his eyes and gave Ben’s arms a shake. “I’ll take you out for breakfast, okay? You just need to wait!”
“I did wait.” Ben felt his lip tremble.
As one big hand unlatched from his arm, Ben flinched and cowered. His hands flew up to cover his face.
“Christ! I’m not going to hit you, okay?”
Sissy tears collected in his eyes, and all the sudden he was in his father’s arms, his cheek pressed against a hard wall of flesh. He felt his father’s hand ruffle through his hair. “I’m sorry, son. Sorry I’m such a shitty dad.”
He shivered as he snuggled into his father’s warmth, and inhaled the familiar scents of aftershave, sweat, and cigarettes.
“C’mon, let’s get you dressed for breakfast.” His father’s long strides took them back inside. Then he paused. Ben swiveled his head to see the scary dark-haired lady with her hand on her hip, staring at them from the bedroom doorway. She wore underwear and a sparkly pink top, and her voice was husky.
“Did you bust the pervert’s ass for spying on us?”
His father clutched him tighter. “No. It wasn’t his fault—he’s hungry and there’s no food. I’m taking him for breakfast.”
“So I guess we’re done then?”
“Yes, you should leave.” His father collapsed into the scratchy sofa, still holding him, and reached for his backpack.
She snorted. “You’re so romantic, Logan. Did you leave me some money on your bedside table?”
His father bristled. “Not around the kid, okay? Go give someone else a hard time, Tina.”
“Go f--- yourself, Logan.”
She must’ve returned to the bedroom because she didn’t respond when his father muttered, “No need when you do it for me.” He unzipped the backpack and dug around for clothes. “Here we go,” he said, shifting him on his lap as he held up a red Chicago Bulls t-shirt. “Let’s get you dressed.”

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sizzling Summer Giveaway

I've joined beaucoup bloggers and authors for the Sizzling Summer Giveaway, featuring two KINDLE FIRES loaded with books!

The lovely ladies at YA Bound host this massive giveaway event.

Streamline, my swimming romance, will be one of many New Adult books up for grabs:

And three blogs will feature Streamline guest posts:

You can enter the giveaway at any participating blog by completing this Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

NAmazing Adventure: Win Streamline!

Welcome to my stop on the NAmazing Adventure, a blog hop featuring over 60 New Adult authors, and prize packs that include ARCs, signed books, gift cards, swag, and more! If you're not sure what the NAmazing Adventure is, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete rules on the NA Alley website. Now let's get this journey on the road!

My New Adult book is Streamline:

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone.

Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line . . . streamline.

Got that jotted down in your quest scroll?

Great, because you’ll need it for the quiz at the end of this quest. And remember, you must complete ALL SIX quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack.

But wait! You have a chance right here and now to win Streamline. (This is my giveaway in addition to the NA Alley prize pack you can win by answering quiz questions). To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form:

Thanks for stopping by. Ready to move on?

Click HERE (Lisa Sanchez's blog) to go to the next stop on your adventure!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

New Adult Sleepover Weekend

Do you know about the *hot* new genre of New Adult?
Learn more during the New Adult Sleepover Weekend!

Visit HERE for more info

Join us in Savannah, Georgia to celebrate this new genre. When the weather gets cold up north, come to the south to warm up with some lovely authors and smokin' hot book boyfriends.

                    Where: Savannah Riverfront Marriott Hotel

                    When: December 6-8, 2013

                     Who: Readers who love books featuring characters ages 17-25

I'll sign copies of my NA swimming romance Streamline, and participate on several author panels. I'd love to meet YOU!

If you've never been to historic Savannah, it's gorgeous. Right on the water, with haunted taverns, yummy frozen adult beverages, and cobblestone streets.

And registration is only $55--one of the best deals I've seen for a book bash. Registrants get great discounts on the hotel rate too.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Authors Promoting Authors

A big thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for starting the...
Insecure Writers Support Group.

Today I'll share an idea to make yucky marketing more fun:

Create a MARKETING TEAM with fellow authors!

Do you feel uncomfortable tooting your own horn? Do you lack the time to keep your books in the public eye? My pub sisters at Omnific Publishing decided to overcome those problems by designating one author a week for some major book pimpage.

How does it work? The designated author creates some marketing materials and shares them with our closed Facebook group. Then other authors in the group promote that author throughout the week.  Here are the various marketing strategies:

1) Tweets. The author creates tweets like:

Friendship is the best kind of ship. #NA #Navy #swimming #romance STREAMLINE by @JenLaneBooks #HotMenInUniform
...and her fellow authors tweet like crazy.
2) Goodreads. We "like" the 4 star and 5 star reviews for the designated author's books, thereby bumping those reviews to the top.
3) Facebook and Pinterest.
My amazingly talented pub sister Carol Oates volunteered to create images with quotes from our books on them. I can't wait for my week to unveil images like these:

What creative marketing strategies have YOU tried?

Authors Blog Hop Giveaway

Isn't Lady Amber awesome? She created this blog hop to celebrate indie and self-published authors. I love my small publisher Omnific, and sometimes it's tough to get the word out about my books.

Check out Lady Amber Reviews to learn more about this generous blogger.

I love to read and write books that make me FEEL. Spunky, smart women, and tortured, sensuous men who get themselves into all sort of trouble. I write romantic suspense for young adults, new adults, and adults:

The Conduct Series
With Good Behavior
Bad Behavior
On Best Behavior (launching September 2013)

NA swimming romance Streamline

I'm giving away one of my ebooks--you choose--and 5 bookmarks. Just complete the Rafflecopter form.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Thank you to Mary at Book Hounds for hosting the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop!

I love reading and writing, and I'm giving away an ebook of the first book in my adult romantic suspense series: With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1).

To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form:
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