Well, Indie Book Fest 2016 has come and gone and I wasn't there. WAH!!! Damn, Hurricane Matthew cancelled now one but TWO of our flights to Orlando. Our original flight was Thursday night and I got an email that it was cancelled on Wednesday morning. I changed our flight to Friday, going through Dallas, and missing the entire Friday of IBF but by the skin of my teeth if all the stars aligned and our flights were on time, I would make it to Fanfar Friday night. As luck would have it, I got an email Thursday morning saying our Friday flight was also cancelled. At that point, I had to concede because I knew there was no way I would make it to Orlando in time for the Saturday signing at 3PM plus it wasn't logistically worth it since we would be flying back to MO less than twenty-four hours later. Luckily, I had sponsored the nametags so my logo was all over AND my mom drove to Orlando Saturday afternoon and manned my table for me. So not all was lost although I really missed seeing familiar faces that I'd been looking forward to seeing for OVER a year. I'm thinking we need to have a mini-reunion sometime before next year's event... just putting that out there for everyone to stew on...
So let's talk about Matthew for a minute... I'd planned on sharing this story at IBF this year although some already know this. Let's rewind to July 2015, my first author event-Indie Book Fest 2015... I was so pumped to attend, scared out of my pants, but so excited! My goal was to sell one book, meet my author buddy, Karina, and hopefully learn something. I walked away from that event having far surpassed my goal, connecting with someone I'd never spoken to before (online or IRL) that had read my books and loved them, and friendships with fellow authors and readers that only flourished throughout the year. I was seriously on cloud nine... then I came home. In a quick summary, kind of like a vague Facebook post or end of a book that you can't even understand, I came home from IBF, my husband didn't speak to me for a week then told me he wanted to get divorced. I won't go into details but it was for the better for everyone so don't feel bad or say sorry, it just is what it is. Now, just because it was for the better doesn't mean it was easy by any means. I survived though, and I'm stronger because of it, thanks in part to some of the amazing people I met at IBF and my beyond awesome support system back home. Now, we can fast forward to IBF 2016... I was pumped to see everyone again, having more signings under my belt and having cultivated and grown both working relationships and friendships with a lot of these people. I'd been looking forward to this event for MONTHS as was my daughter and my mom who were going to attend with me. Then, up and came Hurricane Matthew... Matthew, my ex's name. Oh, the irony isn't lost on me...
Amazing job on the event to Tawdra and Mandie, I can't even imagine all the stress they had but the event looked like it was a success... minus me, of course! ;-) Thank you to my momma for stepping up and channeling your inner-Lyssa Layne for me! Thank you to Catalina Egan for helping out my mom and thank you to the amazing book world that gathered in Orlando this weekend, you all rock!!! Until next time... and I'm totally serious about a reunion before IBF 2017!
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016
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Malt Me by DL Gallie, Book 1 in the Liquor Cabinet series
Cover Design: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Romantic Suspense
They look at me with pity.
They treat me like I'm broken, made of glass.
One wrong move and I’ll shatter, never to be mended again.
But they’re wrong, I survived.
I won't let him or anyone ruin my life.
I refuse to let them win.
I am Mackenzie Merlot. I am strong. I am a survivor.
Beer: it's all I ever loved.
It's all I ever thought about until she came crashing into my life; literally.
I missed my chance at the beginning, but now that I have her, I will do anything for her and our dream; but I failed.
I'm Jordan McRoberts; I will do anything to make sure she gets her happily ever after.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
< b>Hotshot Heroes: Strong Enough to Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance Anthology/Action & Thriller
Release Date: April 2016
Authors: Mimi Barbour, Jennifer Lowery, Chantel Rhondeau, Lyssa Layne, D ’ Ann Lindun, and Rachelle Ayala
Length: 2200 pages!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
It's RELEASE DAY for LOVE PAWS! Help us celebrate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and go download this amazing anthology NOW. Only 99 cents for seven wonderful, sexy romances . . . you can't beat that deal. Of course, what could make six contemporary romance shorts plus one story with a paranormal twist by award-winning and best-selling authors even better? Add seven sweet, scene-stealing pets . . . and then make the whole project a benefit for animal rescue charities! That's just what we've done. LOVE PAWS features short stories with a little bit of steam, a little of sweet and happy endings all around. Each story also includes a pet, just to give the romance a bit of a boost. Each author is donating her portion of the net proceeds to a specific animal charity. Check out which charities will benefit below! And don't forget to enter the giveaway-scroll down.
~~~***~~~Montana Heat (Chefs of the West, Book One) by Becca Boyd (Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter) One protective smokejumper, one reluctant landowner, one big fire... Randa Sadler has turned away the sheriff, the Forest service, and all her neighbors. She knows the fire is coming, and she's not leaving her home. When Tyson Herrick is sent to talk her down off the mountain, he finds the secret that's keeping her there... but can he save her from the oncoming fire without losing his heart in the process? By Chance (A Playing Games Spin-off Novella) Rene Folsom (K9s for Warriors) While burying herself into her editing job, Samantha Cline struggles to come to terms with the fact that her love life is dormant… and has been for quite some time. Every sickly sweet love story she has to edit continuously reminds her of how impractical romance is. Aside from her loyal group of friends who have their own relationship drama, she settles for companionship of the canine variety with her best bud, Chance. In truth, there’s only one man who has ever turned Sam’s head, though she’d never admit it aloud. She remembers watching him train horses on her dad’s farm as a teenager, and no other man has ever measured up. Now that he’s been living next door to her for a few years, she can’t help but wish he’d glance her way and show some sort of recognition. Sam is finally pushed over the edge when her dog runs off, forcing her to reassess her lot in life and what it would take to heal her heart in his absence. Then, one stormy night, her very sexy neighbor shows up on her doorstep, stealing her breath away with his presence. After a rather awkward encounter, Sam can’t help but wonder if she’ll lose her chance for good.
They call it a moment of truth. We all have them. Nathan and I are no different. Those are the moments when things can go two ways, toward a better life or toward destruction.
Nathan was my everything -- until this morning when a white lie entered our circle of trust which led quickly to a second lie and then, of course, in our life, a gun is always soon to follow.
They don’t cover guns or deceit in any of my baby books. I checked. My charmed life with my man and my sweet dog, Annie, is spinning out of control again. And to make matters worse, we haven’t had sex in weeks.
All in the Takeoff (The Rawley Family Romances - 4) Olivia Hardin (Pets Fur People - Tyler Humane Society No-Kill Shelter)
Harrison Richards may be part-Rawley, but he’s content with a ranch life just outside his tight family circle. On a flight to pick up a rescue dog after his cousin Kay’s wedding, his small Cessna is grounded due to weather. Harrison’s left to find lodging for himself . . . and a shepherd-mix named Curtiss. Single-mom Kitty Sears has a hectic life running a busy bed-and-breakfast. The short window between winter and summer is her unofficial vacation, when local tourism is almost dead, so she’s surprised to get a call about a guest looking for special accommodations. From the moment Harrison lays eyes on Kitty Sears, he has a feeling he’s getting more than he bargained for in a hostess. He’s not looking for romance, but it may be that love just needs a little spark to takeoff . . .
My One And Always (A THE ONE Trilogy and ALWAYS LOVE Trilogy Crossover Short) Tawdra Kandle (MuttNation)
Sydney moved to the small town of Burton, Georgia to run her aunt's bakery. At least, that's her excuse. She doesn't exactly want to broadcast the fact that her own restaurant went belly-up, her boyfriend ditched her and her life is in shambles. And the cute newspaper guy who keeps pestering her for date with his danish? Yeah, that's not happening. Will is pretty sure he's a glutton for punishment. After all, Sydney's made it clear she's not interested, but he just can't seem to stay away, no matter how hard he tries. Now, though, he's got a secret weapon--the four-legged kind. Can this down-on-his-luck dog be the key to toppling the walls around her heart?
Lindy James is the sister of baseball star, Tate James. When Tate’s neighbor Kip Deevers crosses paths with Tate's little sister, he gets more than he bargains for-a grade school crush and a pair of dog paws on his chest. The attraction between the two is undeniable, but Lindy’s past has her afraid to let Kip get too close. Kip is willing to put aside his dislike for all things furry to get to know Lindy better, but will she let her guard down long enough for Kip to win over her heart?
There’s no place like home.
When a tornado plagues the state of Arkansas, picking up Emmy’s house and dropping it into a world she’s never seen before, she thinks things couldn’t get any worse. Except, she was wrong. Especially when it killed the good witch and she’s named a murderer.
In order to get home, and to escape the wrath of the enraged town-folk, Emmy must maneuver the Wicked Woods, along with her pet wolf, Laurent, to prove she, herself, is not a Wicked Witch. In the woods lurk nightmares of her own creation, and, when doubt begins to set in, she realizes things are not always as they seem.
Follow the story of Emmy and Laurent in this modern-day twist on The Wizard of Oz.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Do you have a soft spot for those furry animals that tend to steal our hearts? I know I do and that's why I've teamed up with seven contemporary romance award-winning and best-selling authors for a little pet project if you will called Love Paws. On April 19, this anthology will be released, in celebration of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. You can preorder your copy today exclusively through iBooks.
Want to know the best part of this boxed set? Each author will donate her portion of the proceeds to a specific animal charity! The charity of my choice is the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in Southeast Missouri. Their care helps more than 3,500 animals stay off the street each year. They receive NO FUNDS from the government or the Humane Society of the United States. Their operation relies solely on the love and support of the community for volunteers and donations to continue their work.
I chose to donate my portions to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri because that's where we've found some of our furbabies that have become apart of our forever family. This is our Maggie girl that is now at the Rainbow Bridge but she brought so much joy to our family while she was with us.
You don't have to wait for Love Paws to release to help out the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. If you'd like to donate to help this organization out, you can do so here.
Becca Boyd: Fire Up
Rene Folsom: By Chance: A Playing Games Spin-off Novella
Alison Foster: Saving Grace: A Beautiful Ruin Story
Olivia Hardin: All in the Takeoff: A Rawley Family Romance
Tawdra Kandle: My One and Always (An Always Love Short)
Lyssa Layne: Dig Deep
Juli Valenti: Taunt : A Twisted Wolf Tale