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Labor Day Weekend Sale!

Labor Day Weekend Sale!

It seems like every business under the sun runs a holiday sale, so I’m doing it, too.  I’ve put two box set collections on sale for just $0.99, and they’ll be on sale until Monday night, September 4th!

You can get the first three books of the Dream Series in the DREAM SEQUENCE box set – it includes DREAM STUDENT, DREAM DOCTOR and DREAM CHILD.

And you can also get the first three Jane Barnaby novels in the JANE BARNABY ADVENTURES BOX SET, including FINDERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS and HER BROTHER’S KEEPER!

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Fall Into Romance – New Book!

Fall Into Romance – New Book!

I’ve been mentioning that I’ve been working on a project, but that I couldn’t say anything about it until the proper time.

Well, the proper time is right now, and I can tell you exactly what it is.  A few months ago, I was invited by the amazing Shanna Hatfield to participate in a multi-author novella collection.  And this morning, that collection is available for pre-order!  FALL INTO ROMANCE features ten original novellas by award-winning and bestselling authors, including me!

Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.
Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.
Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker
Brent’s hands are so full he doesn’t realize his heart is empty. But how can he convince Nicole to trust him and give them all a chance at the forever family they deserve?

Lost in Romance by Stacy Claflin
Work is Alisyn’s life. Everything is perfect until the day her boss’s son comes to town and takes her breath away. Will she risk it all for love?

At Second Glance by Raine English
Can an ornery French bulldog help a mismatched couple find love?

Blown Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield
Free spirit Brooke Roberts blows into Romance like an autumn storm, unprepared to fall for the handsome rancher who gives her a reason to stay.

Wired for Romance by Franky A. Brown
Electrician Josh Chadwick can rewire his new client’s house, but he can’t do a thing about the electricity sparking between them.

Restoring Romance by Tamie Dearen
She’s a big city chef who likes cats. He’s a small town mayor who restores antiques. But even with feline allergies at play, true love is nothing to sneeze at.

Finding Dori by J.J. DiBenedetto
She’s a loud, pushy New Yorker who drives him crazy. He almost ran her over with his truck. Of course they’re perfect for each other…

Katie’s Chance for Romance by Jessica L. Elliott
Five years ago she pushed him out of her life, but she couldn’t force him from her heart.

Chasing Romance by Liwen Y. Ho
When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.

Lessons in Romance by Kit Morgan
A rooster, a tortoise and love, oh my! Now if the humans could just figure out the love part, they might all live happily ever after.

I’ve read all the stories, and I promise you’ll love them all.  Obviously I’m kind of partial to mine, FINDING DORI…it was a blast to write, and it was so much fun to work with so many other great authors – we all worked together to create the town of Romance, Oregon and populate it with memorable characters.

 

 

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Sneak preview

Sneak preview

I’m part of a very cool project that I can’t yet talk about, but we (“we” as in me and several other great authors, not the royal “we.”) will be unveiling it soon.  In the meantime, here’s an image that may or may not give you any clue about what I’m working on…

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Ship of Fools update

Ship of Fools update

We’ve had a lot of family medical drama going on over the last 3 months, and my progress on the newest Jane Barnaby Adventure, SHIP OF FOOLS, has been a casualty of that.

I’ve pushed the release date back to September 26, which I’m 99% certain I will make.  In the meantime, I do have one thing to show you – the cover for the book, designed by the fantastic Emma Michaels:

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Launch Day!

Launch Day!

Today’s the day!  My new book is offically out!

HER BROTHER’S KEEPER is book #3 in the Jane Barnaby Adventures – international intrigue and thrills with our heroine, an archaeology student who keeps finding herself in hot water.

In the first two books of the series, Jane’s had to face off with international art thieves, con artists, mysteries dating back to World War 2, and even an actual Nazi.  This time, all she wants is a peaceful family vacation in Spain.  She’s invited her father, his fiance (who’s only a couple of years older than Jane herself) and her twin brother, who she doesn’t quite get along with.  She’s hoping a few days of sun and beaches will lead to family peace.

Unfortunately, things go awry when her brother gets himself seduced by a stranger in the hotel bar – who turns out to be a Russian jewel thief.  And things only go downhill from there…

You can buy it on Kindle (or paperback on Amazon), or on any other eBook retailer.

It’s also available as a fantastic audiobook.

You can listen to a sample on Soundcloud, and you can see an amazing video of my narrator, Cait Frizzell (who’s a professional opera singer) on YouTube.  Seriously, if you don’t click anything else in this post, and you don’t care about my book, you still NEED to watch the video of Cait showing off her vocal talent.  You’ll thank me afterwards, I promise.

This is a little illustration of our heroine (on the left), and her future stepmother (on the right).  As usual, Jane is running headlong into trouble…

Finally, here’s an excerpt from the book:

She put on her bathrobe and slippers and headed for the shower.  En route, she noticed that her brother’s door was open.  Or, more likely, it had never been closed last night.  If the unrumpled sheets and un-unpacked luggage were any indication, he hadn’t come back to the house at all.  Which meant – no, that wasn’t possible.

It couldn’t be.  He couldn’t have spent the night with that woman, could he?  As far as she knew, he’d never picked up – or been picked up by – a strange girl at a bar.  Or anywhere else, for that matter.  He’d never had a one night stand.  It wasn’t in his nature.  And he absolutely wasn’t the type that a predator like the blonde in the miniskirt would go for.

What other explanation was there, though?  If he’d gotten so drunk he couldn’t walk back to the house, someone at the hotel would have called the house to come collect him.  It had happened before.  The hotel staff all knew about Bill Welldon and his archaeology volunteers, and if someone got themselves “into a state,” as Bill put it, they always made sure the unfortunate volunteer got back to the house safely.

Maybe he really had hit it off with the woman, unlikely as it seemed.  Being on vacation changed people sometimes.  Knowing he’d never see the woman again, and with a few drinks in him, maybe he’d found a new confidence that had led him to take a chance he’d never have taken otherwise.  And maybe it had worked out.  Stranger things had happened, after all.  Not that she could think of any examples at the moment, but surely they must have.

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