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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 kee…

Cover Reveal: The Jeweler by Beck Anderson

SUMMARY
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 …

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…

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 opposi…

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.

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“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…

#IWSG: To Series or Not To Series

Thanks to author ninja Alex Cavanaughfor 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.


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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