Songwriting – It’s Not Just for Songwriters Anymore…

Not only is In the Sweet Midwinter my first Christmas romance book, it’s also the first to include a song that I wrote expressly for the story. I’ve dabbled in songwriting since my college days (many moons ago), but this is my first time to write AND RECORD a song for public consumption. Is there a Grammy in my future? NOPE. But it was a cool new creative experience!

Follow this link to listen to “Waltz with Me” from In the Sweet Midwinter.

I’ve posted the song file on my webpage along with how it began and the complete lyrics. My friend Miguel worked his sound-mixing magic to make it as good as possible. And as I mention on my website, if the female protagonist from In the Sweet Midwinter could record “Waltz with Me,” it would sound stellar! Instead, we all must settle for this:

Follow this link to order In the Sweet Midwinter.

All four books in the Richer in Love series are currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimted. Happy Tuesday, and thanks for reading!

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Stuff Your Kindles with a New Christmas E-book!

Deck the halls & hang the stockings! Christmastime is almost here along with my newest contemporary romance novel. In the Sweet Midwinter will be available in ebook and paperback on Amazon this Thursday, Nov. 12. It’s also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited along with all other books in the Richer in Love series.

Writing a Christmas romance in the summertime during a pandemic brought me an unexpected amount of comfort and joy. I also made it my goal to let my quirky sense of humor take center stage, something I’ve never let loose in a book until now.

My Christmas wish is that this book will give its readers a chance to escape, to crack a few smiles, and to enjoy all the warm fuzzy feels as the holiday season kicks into full swing.

Follow this link to order In the Sweet Midwinter.

PS – If you follow my Author Page on Amazon, you’ll automatically receive alerts whenever I have a new release or run a KU book promo. Happy Tuesday, and thanks for reading!

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Immerse Yourself in Autumn Romance – for Free!

Today through Monday, my sweet contemporary romance Some Place Like Home is free to download as an ebook on Amazon! (It’s also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.)

When I lived in England, I loved experiencing all four seasons (something that does not happen where I’m originally from). Autumn seemed especially magical to me with its changing leaves, cooling weather, and rapidly shortening days. I could actually see and feel the earth preparing for a long winter’s rest.

I also learned about Harvest Sunday which reminded me somewhat of an American Thanksgiving. Many churches throughout the U.K. have a Harvest Sunday service in late September or early October. Traditionally, it falls on the Sunday nearest to the autumn equinox. In fact, the word ‘harvest’ is derived from the Old English word hærfest which means ‘autumn.’

So many of the autumn delights from my time in England have made their way into the pages of Some Place Like Home, including the charming tradition of a church or village fête. These local festivals provide a lovely way for families to gather and enjoy a bit of fun on the weekend. Proceeds often benefit local services or charities. I’ve yet to find anything quite like them in my part of the States.

Wherever you are in the world today, I hope this autumn season finds you and your loved ones safe and well. May blessings abound for you in the coming weeks! And thank you for reading!

Follow this link to download Some Place Like Home.

All four books in the Richer in Love series are currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimted.

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Christmas in July During a Pandemic

Today my newest contemporary romance novel, In the Sweet Midwinter, is available for preorder on Amazon.

For several years, I’ve wanted to write a Christmas romance. I love everything about the season. I especially loved celebrating Christmas in England when I lived there, and I knew I had to share that experience with others at some point.

Enter COVID-19. With life so radically altered, I had more time than ever to write, and I decided to go full steam ahead into Christmas. I cranked up the holiday tunes and infused the air with essential oils like Mistletoe and Winter Mint. I stopped short of putting up a tree, but I was tempted a few times to deck my halls.

Even though it felt surreal to be swimming in Christmas during such a challenging time, it also provided a sense of comfort and joy. Losses still happened, some heartbreakingly close to home. Writing a Christmas romance wasn’t a shield from the suffering and unrest in the world, but it was a balm in quieter moments.

Reading has been my refuge since I was a child, and my goal with In the Sweet Midwinter – more than any other book I’ve written – is to provide readers with a chance to relax, detach, smile, and maybe even laugh as they enjoy a taste of Christmas in the U.K.

I hope all of you can find a source of comfort and joy at this time, whatever it may be. Stay well. Stay safe. And thank you for reading!

Follow this link to preorder In the Sweet Midwinter.

All four books in the Richer in Love series are currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimted.

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The Hope of New Beginnings

Today is the release date of my new contemporary romance novel, Some Place Like Home. This book has been a work in progress for well over a year, and the publication wheels have been spinning since before Covid 19 changed life as we know it.

It’s hard to know how to celebrate new beginnings right now. With all the distress and unrest in the world, I find myself praying on a daily basis for something – anything – good to come from so much anxiety and loss.

Although I debated delaying its publication until “better times” have returned, I realized that books, especially tales of romance, have been a true comfort for me in recent weeks. Stories about love and hope with a guaranteed HEA are more than temporary escapism. They remind me that life gets hard and tragedies happen, but a greater story is often at play, and love can be found no matter the circumstances.

To that end, I’m glad to announce that Some Place Like Home is available in eBook and paperback at Amazon. I’ve enrolled it and the two other books in the series in Kindle Unlimited, so KU members can read all three for free.

If you are not a KU subscriber, you can download the first book in this series – She Hates Me Not – for free today through May 3 at Amazon.

I hope you are finding many sources of comfort and solace at this time. May you and your loved ones remain safe and well. And thank you for reading!

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Finding Love and Joy in Difficult Times

It’s been a tough few months, no question. My heart goes out to all those who are suffering in one way or another as we endure this difficult season together. In recent weeks, I’ve found a lot of solace in reading, especially romance books. They’ve been a much-needed reminder that love and joy can be found even in the darkest times.

I’ve also welcomed the distraction of preparing my latest romance novel for publication. I’ll confess, it’s hard to focus on formating files and updating a website when the world feels like it’s crumbling around us. I’ve been writing this book since autumn 2018, which seems like five lifetimes ago, and it has been good for me to focus on a project at a time when it’s too easy to forget how much love, beauty, and goodness there is in our communities and homes.

To that end, I’m glad to announce that my next contemporary romance novel – Some Place Like Home – will release on May 1, 2020. It is available for preorder now at Amazon. I’ve enrolled it and the two other books in the series in Kindle Unlimited, so KU members can read all three for free.

PS – If you haven’t purchased She Hates Me Not, and you’re not a KU member, it will be on sale for FREE to all readers on May 1-3 at Amazon!

Thank you for reading! May you and your loved ones remain safe and well!

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A Buffet of KU Romance Books Just for You!

As an avid Kindle Unlimited member & reader, I’m sometimes overwhelmed by the ever-increasing choices in the KUniverse. This month, I’m excited to introduce a new type of e-book promo that features books available through Kindle Unlimited – complete books, not just samples. All are contemporary romances, and many are the first or part of a series. So if you like what you read, there is probably more by that same author. Yay!

Fun Fact: Authors like me who provide books through Kindle Unlimited are restricted by Amazon from giving away anything more than a sample. This is why I haven’t been including All of Your Business (from my contemporary romance series Richer in Love) in more promos. So I’m delighted that Book Funnel has created a new way for authors like me to share e-books with romance readers like you. Happy reading!

Start downloading your KU romance reads now!

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E-book Extravaganza is ON until July 31!

The annual July Fantasy Extravaganza is back! This e-book giveaway is always excellent because it features such a wide variety of subgenres in both Fantasy and Science Fiction. Browse through the dozens of offerings to your heart’s content, and download as many as you like. It’s a great way to explore new authors, many of whom have multiple books or complete series. My fantasy book Rescue (By Eyes Unseen Book One) is included in this promo. Happy summertime reading!

Claim your free sci-fi and fantasy reads now!

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Sometimes the Magic Happens

Ever since childhood, I’ve loved fantastical stories. The Chronicle of Narnia. The Hobbit. A Wrinkle in Time. By junior high, I had moved on to Dune and the Shannara series. Even now, I recall particular seasons in my life as “right after I read The Hunger Games” or “just before I discovered the Ranger’s Apprentice series.”

This giveaway features a buffet of science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal tales with plenty of magic, dragons, mythical creatures, and spaceships to go around. All of the books are permanently free, and you’ll download them directly from major e-book retailers. So if you find one you like, spread the word, and your friends can download it for free, too, through June 29!

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Treat Yourself to Something Sweet AND Free

What could be sweeter than cookies and cocoa? The books included in this delightful giveaway! If you like your romances on the mild side, this is the perfect promo for you.

My sweet contemporary romance She Hates Me Not is included in this giveaway along with other heartwarming stories from a variety of subgenres. So go ahead and download to your heart’s content, then savor all the feels in these free e-books! Happy reading!

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