Friday, May 27, 2016

Is it summer yet??

Tis the, not THAT season.  The other one.  If you're a parent, you know what I mean.

End of the school year.

My son is 16.  He's fairly self-sufficient and really, he should be looking forward to this more than I am.  And maybe he is.  All I know is that I CANNOT WAIT.

We don't get a bus for him so I do carpool duty twice a day.  The school is only five miles away but at 6:30 in the morning, it feels like 50 miles.  And in the afternoon, it totally disrupts my day.  So yeah, maybe I'm whining but summer break can't get here soon enough.  To be able to sleep in and not deal with an alarm, is like a fantasy right now.

Three weeks.

And for the first time in a really long time, we have some plans for the summer.  Last summer we did a trip to New York for a week and it was fine but it was partially for work so I didn't love it.  This summer?  Some of the trips are work related but so much more fun!  Plus, the main goal of the summer is to get the 16 year old his license so I will be relieved of carpool duty come September.  YES PLEASE!!  We'll see.  As of right now he's not buying into it.

So when the kids get out of school, what's your plan?  Who's doing something fun this summer?  I've got a weekend in Pinehurst, a weekend at the beach with the girls (#squadgoals), a book signing at Nora Roberts' bookstore in Maryland, a couple of concerts - including my 80's crush Rick Springfield, and some visits with family .  None of the trips are major but they're just enough to get me away a little bit and allow me to relax.

But you know what I'm already aware of?  How fast it's all going to go by.  I'll end up sleeping way too much, being way too lazy and then wondering why I didn't get anything accomplished!  It's a crazy pattern but I'm prepared.

If I can stick to the things I already have planned and throw in a couple of impromptu things that are just for the fun of it, I'll be happy.  And if I can do it all with a really cool playlist, even better.  This summer's music obsession?  Cake By the Ocean!  I kid you not.  Maybe it's because it's a fun song or maybe it's because of my completely inappropriate crush on Joe Jonas...either way, that song is going with me everywhere!

So what are your plans??  And what are you listening to??

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: To Love a Texas Ranger!

They are Men. They are Brothers. They are LEGENDS.

I've waited so long to be able to show off this gorgeous cover and now the day is finally here. As usual, Dawn Adams, head of the Sourcebooks art department, has outdone herself. I just love this cover. The guy wears such a determined look on his face as though to say, "Bring it on." That's the type of man Texas Ranger Sam Legend is. He has a mental as well as a physical toughness and can handle whatever comes.

(Notice the smudges of blood and dirt on his shoulder, right arm and collar.)

Yep, he's used to trouble, whatever kind it is, even it flies at him from all angles. 

This is Book #1 of a brand new series called Men of Legend. A tough father, Stoker Legend, and his three sons fight for their own brand of Legend justice. Sam is a Texas Ranger, Houston is a rancher like his father, and Luke is an outlaw that no one knew anything about. He's Stoker's illegitimate son so he fights an uphill battle. This series, as well as each book, oozes with conflict.

TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER opens with Sam staring death in the face as he encounters a band of rustlers who have nothing to lose.

He boards a train bound for his family ranch, The Lone Star, to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?

The Texas Ranger

Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her—his life, his badge, his very soul—knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.

“Broday’s Westerns always captivate.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“One of the best historical western authors.” —Fresh Fiction
“Poignant, dramatic and packed with action and mystery.” —Addicted to Romance 

This book releases on October 4, 2016. PREORDER at these links:

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jane Austen and Our Enduring Devotion by Terri L. Austin

Jane Austen’s Love and Friendship is out soon, and it got me thinking about Jane and our obsession with her.

My favorite Pride and Prejudice remains the Colin Firth version, starring Jennifer Ehle. 

It remained more faithful to the book than the Keira Knightly version. 

I loved both Emmas, but Gwyneth's lighter portrayal wins by a nose.

And was it just me or was Billy Piper terribly miscast as Fanny Price?

But of course Austen’s characters have fought vampires and zombies. 

And one of my favorite adaptions is the modern romcom version of P&P, featuring Mormons. Yep. Pride and Prejudice--A Latter Day Tale.

 A couple of weeks ago, my son sent me a pic. He and some friends were playing Marrying Mr. Darcy. Sadly, he lost and remained an old maid. 
 But all this leads me to believe Jane Austen is the hardest working dead woman in publishing today. Even beyond the grave, she must be exhausted.

So what’s your favorite Jane-related item (movie, book, manga, video game)? And what is it about Austen that is so enduring?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

10 Facts about TEST DRIVE & a Giveaway!

I can't wait until June 7th, when TEST DRIVE releases! It's the first in my Body Shop Bad Boys series with Sourcebooks. And Sept 6th, book #2 will follow with ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE.

I thought I'd share some fun facts about TEST DRIVE with you, then give you the chance to win a print ARC of the book!

  1. My intention had been to write about the Donnigans following the McCauley Brothers series. But while trying to get my proposal accepted for the McCauley cousins, my editor came up with the fascinating idea of exploring those snarky bad boys in Del's garage. (Del is the heroine of McCauley Brothers #4--What To Do with a Bad Boy)
  2. Johnny started out in my mind as a major player. A pretty-boy tough-guy who likes--ahem, liked, past tense--to steal cars. He turned out to be so much deeper and more heartfelt than I'd anticipated.
  3. I spent 2+ hours quizzing the owner of a garage about all kinds of things, and I still don't know that much! One thing I liked--most mechanics have stations where they work, where they keep their own personal tools, and you can tell a lot about a mechanic by his/her workstation. Johnny's is neat but normal looking. Sam's is chaotic. You can eat off of Foley's counters. And Lou goes through messy stages when he's in a particularly artsy frame of mind.
  4. The idea of ROP--the Rattle of Oppression, came from the idea that Del doesn't want to swear at her wedding. So she's torturing all the guys by making them also not swear. I thought that was funny, especially in a garage environment.
  5. There is a nod to "second breakfast" in the book, an homage to Tolkien. *grin*
  6. I really loathe the bad guy in this book. I've never met anyone like him, but I've heard some awful stories. A note to the jerks of the world--annoy me, you become a complete schmuck in my books. [I've got a woman named Patsy getting her roll in a future work. The old lady called me the devil when I was her manager ten plus years ago. I never forget, Patsy. Never! muhuhahaha]
  7. I've walked in the Queen Anne neighborhood where Johnny and Lara stroll, wishing the same thing, that I could live in one of those big, beautiful houses.
  8. I wrote this book while I was managing 2 boys on my own (carting them to sports practices, games, and school events), going back to school full-time, and writing. I felt very overwhelmed and tried to push all that stress into Lara's character. She went back to school for nursing, which is totally difficult, while bartending nights and helping to watch her nieces. Go, Lara!
  9. Before writing this series, I knew what difficulties each character would have to overcome. For someone like Johnny, who seems, on the surface, to have it all, finding flaws and hardships wasn't easy. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad ( i.e. too many women does not equal too much love.)
  10. My previously written characters cross over into this series and back out. You can totally read this book without reading anything else, but if you read the McCauleys, you can keep up with Del's wedding and a few other McCauley tidbits. 
And lastly, if you'd like to win a print ARC of TEST DRIVE*, simply answer in a comment on this post. What is your dream car? 

Good luck!

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*ARC mailed to U.S. and Canada only 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Who Doesn't Love a Bargain?

Memorial Day weekend is coming up. Can summer be far behind? If you're looking for a lighthearted read, you can find the ebook edition of Heir to the Duke for only $0.99 this week. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books called it "delightful."

Life is predictable for a Duke's first son
As eldest son of the Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere as just another obligation to fulfill -- highly suitable, if unexciting. But as Violet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling young duchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel decides to prove he's a match for his new bride's vivacity and daring.

Or so he once thought...
Oppressed by her family all her life, Lady Violet can't wait to enjoy the freedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family's sordid secret, and she's faced with an impossible choice-does she tell Nathaniel and risk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?

 A Night Owl Reviews top pick.

The second volume of The Duke's Sons series, featuring a half Polynesian heroine, is coming up in September. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Exploring Disney, without Kids

When I attended the Romantic Times convention in Vegas earlier this year, people kept saying "it's like Disney World for adults!" And I would think, um, no... Disney World is Disney World for adults. And you can't change my mind on that. It's my favorite place and I go frequently.

You might be thinking, why on earth would adults go to Disney World? To which I say, try it! Have all the fun without having to stop and wait in line to meet Mickey (unless, of course, that's what you want to do, no judging). I'm in the middle of a family trip to Disney World as this goes out, and I'm sure we're having a fabulous time. Yes, my kids are all grown up. We brought my daughter's boyfriend, too.

What I love about Disney without kids? The attractions, yes, but also the resort hotels. They all have different themes and unique shops and restaurants. Arguably, some of the best Disney restaurants are at the resorts and not in the parks. But also, there's World Showcase in Epcot. Eleven countries are represented, and there's great shopping, dining, drinking, and a few attractions along the way.

One of the most popular times for adults at Disney World is the fall, when they hold their annual Food & Wine Festival (which is awesome) but springtime has a Flower & Garden Festival, which I love, and you can still find great things around World Showcase. Like the Wine Walk!

Did you know they have a Wine Walk? For $20, you get a little passport listing wine choices and a sample of wines in Germany, Italy, and France (six two ounce samples total, one white and one red in each country). Fun! We usually start in Germany (lighter wines, like rieslings) and end in France with a bold Burgundy wine.  Italy along the way has some delightful crisp Pinot Grigio and the ever-popular sparkling Rosa Regale.

And you can pick up snacks related to the country you're in along the way to add to the experience, maybe some nice grapes and cheese, or caramel corn from Germany's Karamell Kuche, Italian chocolates, crepes in France.

Cheers! Hey, that's not wine. (That was me, spending a previous St. Patrick's Day around World Showcase). What's your favorite vacation spot? Do you enjoy Disney World? Have you been as an adult without kids? Can you name all the Epcot countries?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cover Reveal - WOLF UNLEASHED (SWAT 5)!

Drum Roll Please...

And now the cover for WOLF UNLEASHED, Book 5 in my SWAT Series featuring the hunky Julian Christian, photographed by the very talented David Wagner and designed by the fantastic art department at Sourcebooks...  LOVE IT!

Wolf shifter Alex Trevino has fallen hard for veterinarian Lacey Barton. Getting her to agree to a date is a lot of work—and winning her heart proves even harder.

Lacey can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex, but she has no intention of letting herself fall for him. In her less than stellar experience, men don’t stick around.

When Lacey’s sister is kidnapped, it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and prove to Lacey that he isn’t going anywhere.

WOLF UNLEASHED releases everywhere December 6, 2016, but you can pre-order now in paperback!

(ebook pre-order coming soon)