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Happy Holidays from @JenLaneBooks #Giveaway

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Readers, Authors, Friends!


(Some of us had a little too much to drink at a recent holiday party.) 
Here are the Peanut Butter Cup Christmas trees I made.
(Using white chocolate "glue", layer a small pb cup, large pb cup, small pb cup, and a Hershey's kiss!)








And here's my friend Jason the Christmas dunce. (Isn't he cute?)









Jason and another friend gifted me this T-shirt:

Rude! I may be single, but my characters Dane and Lucia from college volleyball romance Blocked might not be single for long. *winks*
Blocked's sales have been great! Thank you so much, readers. I'm hosting two Blocked giveaways for the holidays, listed below and on the right sidebar:
1) Enter to win a signed print copy on Goodreads HERE (open internationally).
2) Enter to win a $25 gift card and more HERE if you review Blocked on Amazon.
Both giveaways run until early February.
And my critique partner Nicki Elson has an Amazon gift card giveaway until the end of …

Cover Reveal: Defenseless by @ElisaDane (The Diamond Girls #3)

Defenseless (Diamond Girls #3)
by Elisa Dane
Release Date: 01/17/15
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

High school senior Claire Reilly’s world revolves around All-Star cheerleading. The Diamond Girls are gearing up for a major competition, which, if they win will allow them to compete at Worlds for the first time. But the unimaginable happens, and both Claire and her team are rocked by a devastating loss. Determined to get to Worlds any way she can, Claire finds help from the last person she imagined would give it—up and coming UFC fighter and notorious bad boy, Ryker Vaughn.

Fouled out of the octagon by a dirty opponent and a vicious kick to the head, Ryker loses control when he learns he may never fight again. Angry over the loss of his mother, an unsupportive family, and the world in general, he gives up, gives in, and unleashes his rage—destroying part of his cousin’s cheer gym in the process. Things go from bad to worse when Ryker is given an ultimatum: help the Diamond Girls comp…

Seven for a Secret by @RumerHaven #Review #Interview #Giveaway

Today I'm psyched to have author Rumer Haven to the blog! I loved her ghostly historical romance Seven for a Secret. After my review, stick around for the interview and giveaway.

Seven For A Secret by Rumer Haven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Secret Lives, Secret Deaths

"There's souls not at rest here. It's a troubled place, this."

A historical romance set in Chicago, one of my favorite cities? Sign me up! The classy cover also drew me in.

In the year 2000, 25-year-old Kate moves into Camden Court, an apartment complex that used to be a 1920's hotel. She meets a cast of quirky elderly neighbors who report they didn't find the former tenant Olive in Kate's apartment until three days after her death. *shudders* Then Kate gets locked in her bathroom, and it feels like she's not alone. Eek!

Kate works at a museum with her boyfriend Dexter. While Dexter is sweet, he's no Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles. (The 80s and 90s references made me happy.) Kate also feels…

Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop

Thanks to Mary from Bookhounds and Kathy from I Am a Reader for hosting!

Wow, I read many wonderful books this year, but my favorite has to be Making Faces by Amy Harmon. See my review HERE.
Making Faces is a New Adult romance that made me sob. We're talking raccoon mascara eyes here. The story has a beautiful message: it's what's on the inside that counts.
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If you're in the US, I'll buy you a paperback copy of Making Faces or a similarly priced book. If you're outside the US, I'll buy you an ebook of Making Faces or a similarly priced book.

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Now hustle over to these blogs to discover their favorite reads:

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Review of Wallbanger by @Alice_Clayton

Looking for a laugh? How about a thousand laughs? Check out this fun contemporary romance.
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Woman in Search of Her O, And Clive the Cat Steals the Show

While I giggled throughout Alice Clayton's debut novel The Unidentified Redhead, this book stepped up the zany fun to the point I was laughing almost every page! Added to the humor was compelling characterization, crisp dialogue, and emotional punch that made this a definite 5 star read for me.

Interior designer Caroline Reynolds (hey I just realized that's the name of the evil vice president from the TV show Prison Break) moves into a San Francisco apartment. Her mischievous cat Clive comes with her, but her orgasm does not. It's been missing for months after a not-so-sexy rapid-fire bed battle with her ex Cory, and Caroline is climbing the walls to get it back. It doesn't help when her bedroom wall bangs with the sexcapades of her neighbor Simon and his "harem"…

#IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond & Writing Dialogue

Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for hosting The Insecure Writers' Support Group, where we journey together down this lonesome writing road.


Have you downloaded your free copy of The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond?


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond
Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey.

ISBN …

Twelve Days of #NA New Adult #Giveaway Hop

Happy December and thanks to Valerie from Stuck in Books for hosting!



I love New Adult romance so much I've written two of them:

Blocked is a New Adult sports romance.

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match fro…

Thankfulness and #Book #Signing of #Sports #Romance BLOCKED

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! Any vegetarians out there? I saw this fake ad for organic, free-range tofurkey on Conan and busted a gut laughing:




I'm thankful to all my readers. The fact that people actually use their precious time to read my words means so much to me.

Last weekend I hosted my third book signing in Columbus, at my favorite wine shop.

Thank you to friends for stopping by to support me!

It was great hanging out with friends from:

* Book Club

* My current psychologist job

* My former psychologist job

* Swimming 

The Blocked cover cookies aka shirtless man cookies were a big hit.

Thank you to Eric and Poodle for the flowers!


Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. Outside the US, happy almost Friday. :-)

New Release: Desert Star by @LisetteBrodey #YA #paranormal

I'm excited for the new release by Lisette Brodey, author of the fun rom-com Molly Hacker Is Too Picky!
Desert Star is book two in the YA Paranormal Desert Series, and this theater drama sounds intriguing:
Desert Star
Larsen Davis isn’t afraid to stand up to those who bully him, but in a two-against-one situation at Mystekal High, it’s never easy. When classmate River Dalworth witnesses the abuse and intervenes, the two seniors become good friends. Larsen explains that he’s fighting another battle at home: his own mother, Raylene, bullies him for being gay.

When Larsen meets River’s mother, Arielle, and learns she is overseeing the renovation of the Desert Theater, he shares his dream for a career on stage. Soon, Arielle offers Larsen a job as her assistant, but Raylene is dead set against the idea of her son doing what she considers “gay work.” After Raylene gets a new boyfriend, Reggie, the bad situation at home worsens and Larsen has no choice but to leave.

Now working at the Desert…

The Weight of Words by @georgey_girl #Review #Interview & #Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome author Georgina Guthrie to the blog for a review of her debut novel The Weight of Words. Stick around for the interview and giveaway!

The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth

What a thought-provoking romance! It's rare for me to feel such fondness for the hero and the heroine, but I loved both Daniel and Aubrey. It's also rare for me to understand Shakespeare, but Georgina Guthrie provides an excellent guide to the Bard in this story.

Aubrey Price starts her last year at the University of Toronto with a tight budget, a set of close friends, and a passion for all things Shakespeare. She works as an assistant to Dean Grant in addition to taking a heavy course load. The TA for her Shakespeare course is Dean Grant's son Daniel, who's scruffy and gorgeous. Aubrey tries to suppress her attraction to Daniel's forbidden fruit due to the anti-fraternization policy. (Good luck, Aubrey.)

SAVING POUGHKEEPSIE by @Debra_Anastasia Now Available!

Saving Poughkeepsie Debra AnastasiaAdd Saving Poughkeepsie to: GoodreadsOn 11/22 Buy from: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying. He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real. But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, sa…