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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 …