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!

Claim your free sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal reads now!

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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!

Claim your free sweet romance reads now!

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Free Reads for the Young and the Young at Heart

All of my friends who read YA fiction agree on one thing – it’s not just for young adults. We’re never too old to get lost in the magic of a story, no matter what age group it’s written for. Some of the most imaginative and vibrant books I’ve read are cataloged in that genre.

This promo is filled with YA e-books with a fantasy focus. My fantasy novel Rescue (book one in the By Eyes Unseen series) is included in this giveaway, and it’s in very good company! So if you’re a passionate YA reader, or just want to see what the fuss is about, download your free e-books between now and June 30.  Happy reading!

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What Am I Reading? Regency Romances by Mary Lancaster

What Am I Reading_ Mary Lancaster

The luck of the Irish is with me! Recently I discovered (and have since devoured) another Regency Romance series. The Blackhaven Brides series by Mary Lancaster strikes a delightful blend of romance and intrigue due to its “cozy” setting in a fashionable town on the English coast that just happens to be a haven for brandy smugglers. Yes, please!

While Blackhaven Brides contains more than its fair share of Regency romance tropes, Lancaster handles them with a deft touch. Her love for the genre and the era shine through her characters which include smart, capable women and charmingly snarky men. The author is also adept at interweaving the citizens of Blackhaven into dangerous yet believable situations for some lovely swashbuckling fun!

Visit Ms. Lancaster’s website at www.marylancaster.com or click the words below to see the series on Amazon. Box Sets 1 and 2 are available on Kindle Unlimited, too! (For my “sweet & clean” romance readers, please note – these books contain detailed bedroom scenes.)

Find out more about the Blackhaven Brides series on Amazon

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Read Your Way into Springtime

March 2019 Series Starters Fantasy Rescue

It may still be wintry in some parts of the world, but I’m definitely feeling what I call the Spring Zing – that little buzz inside me which reassures me winter can’t last forever and sunny days are right around the corner. Spring is the season of new beginnings, and what better way to usher in the longer, warmer days than to start reading a new series?

This free e-book promo is perfect for readers who enjoy fantasy series – anything from epic to edgy, paranormal to fairy tale. The giveaway contains more than 150 series starters, including Rescue, the first book in my By Eyes Unseen series.

So even if the springtime weather hasn’t arrived just yet, you can usher a bunch of new beginnings into your life by enjoying these free fantasy e-books! Happy reading!

Claim your free fantasy series starters now!

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