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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Books That Need More Attention #Giveaway Hop

Thank you to Stuck in Books for hosting this wonderful hop!

Have you ever felt confused by a book that knocked you over with its awesomeness but generated only minimal reviews? This hop is all about highlighting wonderful reads that deserve more attention.

I've got two books that need your attention!

First is a hot angel story by Nicki Elson. See my five star review HERE.

Maggie Brock has everything under control. Even her divorce, though painful at the time, registers only as a minor blip in her carefully constructed universe. Her life in Prairie Oaks has once again returned to a smooth, predictable pace…until an angel shows up in her bedroom.

The angel is just as bewildered as Maggie about why he’s been sent to her, but their unsuccessful efforts to gain understanding of the mystery fade to the background as their relationship grows. Soon, Maggie’s biggest problem becomes the angel himself, as her feelings for him develop into something less than saintly.

While Maggie struggles to keep her desires pure, a nefarious being lurks in the shadows of Prairie Oaks, watching and waiting for the opportunity to fulfill his ambiguous purpose. Preying on her conflicted emotions, the demon manipulates her at every opportunity, but the one to deliver Maggie directly into his hands is the last person she’d expect.

Sticking with the angel theme, this angel has a potty mouth and is tempted by the crotch-smoking devil himself. HERE is my review.

How does a foul-mouthed angel end up as the last hope for all of Heaven and Earth?

When Seraph Emma is maimed and tossed from Heaven by a rogue angel who's taken charge, she fears she'll never be allowed to return. Tasked with the impossible job of showing the self-loathing (and not even human!) Jason his worth, Emma is sure she's doomed to fail.

Meanwhile, having wormed his way into Heaven, the corrupt Everett has trapped God in Hell and has designs on unleashing evil everywhere. Fortunately, if there's one thing Emma can't do (in addition to minding her language), it's give up. Determined to save Jason and get back to Heaven-even if it means going to Hell-Emma's plan is simple yet impossible: trick the Devil to save God.

What she doesn't count on is the devotion and, well, humanity she finds in Jason; the spirit, hidden compassion, and raw sex appeal within the Devil; and the vulnerability of her own heart. With the help of two unlikely allies, she'll wage the battle for Heaven. But will Emma be sidetracked by a new sort of heaven along the way?

What's truly more dangerous?

Falling from Heaven, or falling in love?

And the generous Debra Anastasia is also giving away a copy of her wildly popular contemporary romance Poughkeepsie, which I also loved (review HERE).

But wait, there's more! Nicki Elson has a pair of adorable angel earrings to add to the giveaway.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Jeweler by Beck Anderson


Fender Barnes profits from an institution he doesn’t believe in: marriage. He’s a talented designer, but a reluctant jewelry store owner, thanks to his pop’s retirement. He’s cynical, he’s jaded, he’s not entirely certain about the concept of love, but he’s happy to sell an eager young guy an engagement ring for his fiancée to be—until moments after the transaction when that eager guy is hit by a car and killed, and Fender’s conscience pays a rare visit.

He retrieves the ring and decides to find the woman his customer intended to marry. That woman turns out to be Ginger Stevens, twenty-something ski instructor, who—despite being full of guilt and self-doubt after the death of her boyfriend—is someone Fender finds he quite enjoys being around. He’s smitten.

Which is all well and good, except that after he meets her, Fender can’t do it. Though it’s right there in his pocket, he can’t tell her about the ring. Instead, he embarks on a long, ridiculous quest to find a way to tell her the truth he knows she deserves. Aided by advice from Pop and the antics of his best friend Sam, Fender tries desperately to juggle his budding romance with the reality he knows could ruin it.

Will he find love or foul it up? Can Ginger move out of the past to embrace what the future has to offer? Meet this unlikely pair in Beck Anderson’s heartfelt and fabulously funny second novel, The Jeweler.



Beck Anderson believes in the power of perfectly imperfect women and in the healing power of love. Her first novel, Fix You, grew out of those beliefs and the time to write afforded by the worst Thanksgiving blizzard she’s ever witnessed in West Yellowstone.

Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.


Wow! I LOVE that cover. You must see this Chihuahua Stefano. The name is hilarious! And I loved Beck's debut novel Fix You--see my five star review HERE.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Excerpt #NA #Volleyball #Romance BLOCKED Releasing 10-21-14

Have you added Blocked to your Goodreads shelf yet? Enter a giveaway for a signed print copy. We're less than one month away from the launch of the New Adult volleyball romance.

Here's an excerpt from chapter 2, Dane's perspective.

“Lucia!” Coach Holter barked.

Ignoring him, she took a step toward me. Her long braid whipped behind her shoulder. “I have my reasons for being here, and it’s not about the election.”

“What reasons?”

“C’mon,” said the agent with blond curly hair as she put her arm around Lucia’s shoulders. Her voice lowered. “Your coach is having a cow.”

“Oh, no.” Lucia closed her eyes, turned, and made a beeline for the classroom. At the door, Coach Holter grabbed her shoulder and jabbed his finger toward her chest. I couldn’t hear his words, but he was pissed. Lucia’s head lowered as she nodded, and I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

Her thick, black hair shone. She wore modest dresses on the campaign trail, but her volleyball practice uniform — a form-fitting gray T-shirt and black Spandex shorts — was far superior. The toned muscles of her arms and long-ass legs left no doubt she was a scholarship athlete. Whether or not she could really play — to earn that scholarship — was yet to be seen. She didn’t have much of a chest, but the luscious curve of her butt more than compensated. Talk about junk in the trunk. Damn. Why’d all of that have to belong to her?

Coach Holter’s lecture appeared to gain momentum and his voice rose loud enough for me to hear. “Do you think you deserve special treatment!?”

Lucia shook her head as she continued staring at her shoes. “Look at me when I talk to you!”

When her head snapped up, I could see tears in her eyes. As she stared wide-eyed at her coach, her clenched fists shook at her side. La chica looked on the verge of meltdown, and I didn’t envy her. I’d been on the receiving end of my club coach’s ass-chewing too many times to count. Thank God my college coach, Phil, was as chill as they came.

China’s stern face filled my line of vision. “Time to go, Mr. Monroe.” Her short brown hair, gelled into place, didn’t move an inch as she shook her head. “I know it must be a pleasure for you to watch Ms. Ramirez get reamed by her coach — ”

“Not really.” Sure, it was kind of fun to see Miss-Conservative- Know-it-All get her comeuppance, but I wasn’t made of stone.

“But if we don’t leave now, you’ll be late for practice.”

By the time I was able to step around China to check out the doorway again, Lucia and Holter had disappeared into the classroom.

“Fine. Let’s go.”

“This way.” Brad pointed to the opposite end of the hallway. “If ya want to avoid the media.”

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stuck in a Good Book #Giveaway Hop

Thanks to Val and Kathy for hosting this hop.

I'm super stoked about my New Adult volleyball romance Blocked, launching in one month 10-21-14. I want you to get "stuck" in the story and hope you think it's a "good" book!

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 from the start?

I'm giving away an ARC of Blocked and a $10 Amazon gift card.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

BLOCKED Excerpt #NA #Volleyball #Romance

Five weeks until the release of Blocked!

Have you added Blocked to Goodreads yet? Add it HERE.

And US readers, be sure to enter the giveaway for two signed copies.

My Spanish expert, Elii Vela from Book's Minion Blog, has this to say about Blocked:

"The relationship between Lucia and Dane was very sweet and very sexy. The end of the story was fabulous, made ​​me scream with excitement because it was the perfect ending."

Leading up to the release, I'll share excerpts each week. This is from chapter one.


“Hey, Ramirez,” a friendly voice said, and I turned to find a welcoming smile. “I’m Maddie Brooks.”

“The team captain?”

“That’s me.” We were about the same height — six-foot-two — and she studied me for a moment. “You’re obviously a strong side hitter.”

I cocked my head. “How’d you know?”

“You look strong as hell, girl.” She rubbed my right shoulder.

I felt twenty pounds lighter all of a sudden. The awesome team captain said something nice about me! “Actually, I’m a lefty.”

“Even better!” Maddie’s eyes lit up. “Bridgetown won’t know what hit them when you slam the ball down the line.”

I laughed. The Ramirez-Monroe presidential rivalry had just begun, but the storied Highbanks-Bridgetown sports rivalry had been around for years. When things had gone south at Texas, I’d considered playing at Bridgetown until my club coach Susie had squashed that idea like a tiny bug.

“So, what happened to the Texas coach?” asked Maddie.

I peeked back at Coach Holter, who appeared engrossed in lecturing my Secret Service agents. Frank’s jaw looked pretty tight but Allison maintained her serene smile. Good luck fighting US Government regulations, Coach.

Noting my hesitation, Maddie asked, “Or maybe that was a nosy question?”

“It’s okay.” I shrugged. “Apparently the Texas coach had an affair with one of the players.”

Maddie’s jaw dropped.

“When he got caught, the athletic director made him resign.” 


I nodded. “He seemed like a cool guy on my recruiting trip, and I had a full ride. But my dad freaked — he told me I couldn’t go to UT anymore, even after the coach resigned.”

Maddie blinked. “Why?”

“My dad was concerned that the affair had gone on for two years before anyone found out.” To mimic my father, I tucked in my chin and deepened my voice, allowing a subtle version of Grandpa’s Mexican accent to creep in. “My daughter will not play for such a morally reprehensible program.

“My God!” She snickered. “You sound just like him. It’s so cool to have somebody famous on our team.”

As we approached Griffin Athletic Complex, I heard the throng of reporters a moment before I saw them. “You might not think so in a second.”

“Lucia Ramirez!” a female reporter called as she jogged toward me in heels and awakened the ten or so ambulance chasers behind her.

My chest tightened as I braced myself. I immediately felt the presence of Frank on one side and Allison on the other, hustling me forward and pushing Maddie to the side. “Sorry,” I said, and she nodded.

The breathless reporter neared me. “How do you like Highbanks, Lucia?”

“Dammit, how’d they know we’d be here?” Allison whispered as her eyes darted right and left.

Frank tapped his left ear—he must have been getting something on his earpiece. “Jansen just told me they were already here for Monroe.”

My knees almost buckled—I’d thought it would be at least a couple of days before I ran into Dane Monroe. Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to attend Highbanks. “Is the men’s team’s inside?” I cried.

Questions hurled toward me like whizzing volleyballs. 

“Why aren’t you at University of Texas?”

“Are you living in the dorms, like normal freshmen?” 

“Why’d you choose the same school as Dane Monroe?”

I closed my eyes. Why, indeed? Why attend the same university as the son of the Democratic nominee for president—my dad’s opponent in the election? When my eyes opened, we were almost at the door. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#IWSG: To Series or Not To Series

Thanks to author ninja Alex Cavanaugh for his brainchild:

I want to hear your experiences with writing series. Love 'em? Hate 'em?

I have written one stand-alone New Adult sports romance and one romantic suspense trilogy. I'm considering turning my upcoming NA volleyball romance Blocked into a series.

So I have some writerly questions for you, in my deliberations. Feel free to answer none, one, or more!

1. Do you prefer to read stand-alone novels or series? Why?

2. Have you ever written a series (or plan to write one)? If so, when in the process did you realize you wanted to write a series?

3. If you like series, do you prefer the same characters as protagonists or new main characters featuring "spin-offs" in subsequent novels?

4. How do you decide to write a stand-alone or a series?

5. How many books are ideal for a series? When does a series get too long for you?

THANK YOU! Write on, my friends.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September is for Sequels #Giveaway Hop

Thanks to Lisa Loves Literature and I Am a Reader for hosting this giveaway.

Do you love sequels and series? I do. We grow to love characters in the first novel, and it's a special treat to follow their journey in a sequel.

When I wrote my debut novel With Good Behavior, I didn't intend to write a series. But I quickly realized that limiting the story to one novel would cut short the adventures I wanted to have with my characters. So I wrote a trilogy: The Conduct Series.

I'm giving away the ebook of Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2). Can two cons find happiness after the happily ever after? Sometimes it isn't pretty, but true love with persevere. I'm a psychologist and this romantic suspense story features quite a few couples counseling sessions.

Enter on the Rafflecopter. With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) is on sale for only $.99 HERE.

And don't forget to enter to win a print copy of my new NA volleyball romance Blocked to the right!

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