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Cover Reveal: On Best Behavior (The CONduct Series #3)

It's here! The cover for my fourth novel On Best Behavior has arrived:


The Conduct Series, #3   Publisher: Omnific Publishing   Expected release: September 24, 2013   Genre: Romantic Suspense
Planning a wedding is never easy—especially when the Russian Mafia wants you dead. 

On Best Behavior—the third and final book in The Conduct Series—finds our favorite couple moving forward, despite the odds. Following a pardon by the Governor of Illinois, ex-cons Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen are finally free to pursue their love and the life that lies ahead for them. Grant now fights the forces that have hurt his loved ones by working undercover for the FBI, and he has infiltrated the Russian Mafia in Chicago. Sophie dives into swimming with Grant’s nephew, Ben, and into her career as a psychology professor. Thankfully, now it’s Ben’s turn to heal through therapy sessions with Dr. Hunter Hayes. 

With so many things going right for Grant and Sophie, it's too bad the Russians aren’t their onl…

Lovestruck Giveaway Hop

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Under the Covers for hosting this hop.

As a romance author, I'm definitely lovestruck. And I want YOU to fall in love with my character Grant Madsen from The Conduct Series (a parolee love story). He's a tall Italian with crystal blue eyes inspired by the talented actor Wentworth Miller.


Grant Madsen was a Navy lieutenant before he went to prison. Niiice.

Stay tuned for On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3) to see what happens next with the handcuffs!  The third and final book in the series launches 9-24-13.

Bloggers can sign up for the cover reveal HERE for 8-23-13.

Just complete the Rafflecopter form to win one of two ebooks from The Conduct Series, and you can swoon over Grant Madsen yourself.

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Hop over to these blogs to see who's got them lovestruck!

Cover Reveal: Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch

Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1) by Kelsey Ketch Release Date: 10/26/13 Cover Designed by: Steven Novak
Summary from Goodreads: “Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”
Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.
The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.
Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” neve…

Visualizing Your Book #IWSG

Time for our monthly support group! *pulls up a chair and nods to group leader Alex*


What's on tap for today's group? I want to discuss book VISUALS.

Have you made a book trailer for your novel? Looked for images of models representing your characters?

I've spent hours on both tasks this week. My aunt Nancy, who works as a video producer, is helping my publisher and me with a book trailer for On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3), before its release in September. My task is to write a script and find images.

Nancy and I agreed on the opening line for the trailer:

Planning a wedding is never easy...


Especially when mobsters want you dead.
But the rest takes diligent work to make it shiny and fresh!

Then, I needed to find images to represent my hawt romantic heroes for my publisher's "Men of Omnific Smackdown" at the end of September. It was HARD WORK perusing thousands of images of scrumptious gents to find just the right ones, I tell you. Whew.

I think I fou…

Eight Benefits of Reading a Book...and Book Giveaway!

Welcome to guest author Zhuang Ping, who will share the benefits of reading books.

Want to reap those benefits instantly? Enter author Justine Dell's loaded Kindle Fire giveaway.

Take it away, Zhuang:

Eight Benefits of Reading a Book
By Julia Spranger (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Being able to read is one of the most wonderful feelings. In the 21st century, the ability to read is not only a privilege but a right. Literacy and intelligence go hand in hand.

There are countless benefits of reading; here are my top eight:

1. Improved Knowledge
The more you read,the more knowledge you gain. Want to know what life was like for a young Geisha in WWII Japan? Read the fantastic book Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
2. Improved writing and speaking skills
Do you know that the more you read, the better you write? And that big readers express themselves better? Therefore, it's wise to encourage your child to read from an early age. Children who start to read earlier…