Saturday, December 19, 2015

Happy Sappy Holidays

 I'm not a huge fan of the holidays, or winter for that matter. I liked living in California, where it was one season year 'round. But it's been two decades since I've had that pleasure. I was looking back at some Facebook memories today, and some of the photos from my phone, and I realized, my husband and I like to spend the winter holidays in Vegas. And believe me we aren't there because it's warm. The desert has a way of fooling people, making us think it's warm in the winter, since it's obviously scorching in the summer.
But I'm no fool, I lived on the edge of the Mojave desert in my twenties, and I know Mother Nature's trick.
But we don't go to Vegas for the outdoors. We go to stay indoors. We're going to be stuck inside anyway, with temps in the teens or lower, so why not do something fun, like poker, or blackjack. Wait, that was my husband channeling me.
I prefer Sephora, or any of the many clothing stores. And the food! Oh, the food! So many yummy places to eat. Yes, I'll be wearing my stretch pants.
Alas, I get bored easily, so I'll bring my laptop, and go back to the luxury room (the rooms are dirt cheap around Christmas, so a suite can be had for the price of a regular room) and stretch out and enjoy the view of the strip while I write.
This year we'll be on a mission though. It's a secret mission. And we'll be visiting friends. So, once again it's going to be a sparkly Christmas, but I won't have to pull down any decorations when it's over. I'll just have to hop on a plane and come home.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, however and whatever you celebrate, do it with friends and family, and let there be love and light.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Sing To Me by Jeffrey Rivera

What inspired you to write Sing to Me?

What inspired me to write Sing to Me was when I started thinking about how heartbreaking it would be to write a story where there was this struggle between someone who has a rising career, who really could be a star and how he would make a choice between that and the person he loves. I wanted to create characters that had sort of an oil and vinegar relationship where they’re kind of like quasi­arguing with each other all the time, and yet there’s love and flirtation behind it. And so that’s originally what inspired me. And that idea kind of stayed with me for the last few years and was germinating in my head and then finally I got to the point where I just had to tell the story. I’d been wanting to tell a really short story that people could read quickly, but at the same time would give what Nicholas Sparks calls “a mini lifetime” so people got really get sucked into the story,  and feel like they’d lived a mini­lifetime in a short period of time.

Why did you decide to call it Sing to Me?

The title was symbolic, of course, because you have a rocker who sings and his girlfriend, Emma, is always telling him to Sing to Me, because he’s the type of person who’s got a lot of talent who’s always been sort of in the background letting other people be in the foreground, and he just hasn’t let his light shine. She believes in him and tells, “You could be the star, you don’t have to be in the background. If you’re going to sing to anyone, Sing to Me.” That thought was the inspiration for the title, Sing to Me.

Why did you write a mainstream M/F book?

I’ve written Male/Female books before, but they were more ethnic, and I wanted to do something more mainstream this time to give it a better opportunity to be enjoyed by the world. I wanted a story that everyone could enjoy. It didn’t matter whether you were gay or straight, or white or black or Latin or anything. I wanted something that would be more accepting but I actually have plans to do an M/M version of the same story at some point.

What authors inspired you to write this story?

I’m inspired by a lot of different authors; authors who have the talent to pluck those heartstrings and to take us on a true emotional journey. I think it’s rare for me to read a book that actually takes me on an emotional journey. Yeah, there’s Sci­Fi books, and there’s Thriller books that keep you at the edge of your seat when you turn the pages. But to be able to write a story that really captures your heart, so that you are absorbed into the characters, their lives, and you go on a journey with them, through thick and thin, it’s rare. There are few people who can do that for me. One of them is Nicholas Sparks. I mean, he’s my hero. If I could pick one author whose career I’d like to emulate it would be Nicholas Sparks. I also love Jodi Picoult; I think she’s an amazing storyteller. And I love people like Eric Segal; and people like James Patterson has several love stories that he’s done.

Where can we get a copy of Sing to Me?

You can get on iTunes,, and here on Amazon:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Embattled Hearts by J.M. Madden

J.M. Madden is a fellow equestrian, and we love to post horse pics on our Facebook timeline. She's also an author in the Protect & Serve anthology.

Embattled Hearts is FREE!

"I predict this series will be one of the all-time best published in 2013." Romance Junkies 

John Palmer hasn’t felt like a real man since he was injured during combat in Iraq. Though not content with his new life, he is mostly adapting, just like the other vets at the Lost ‘N’ Found Investigative Service. When Shannon Murphy is hired on as the new office manager, life suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Before long, John finds himself wondering if he could ever be the kind of man Shannon needs. 
Shannon Murphy wasn’t really looking for love when she hired on at LNF, but finds herself hopelessly attracted to the sex-on-wheels former Marine, John Palmer. The man is grumpy and nearly impossible to work with, but his brand of masculinity appeals to her on a basic level. Soon Shannon is wondering just what it would take for John to want her the way she wants him. 
When an old enemy tries to settle a vendetta against Shannon, John insists on protecting her. He moves into her house, fanning the spark of attraction into a blaze. But the danger continues to escalate. Will the connection that they’ve found survive when they’re thrust into a fight for their lives?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Cutthroat Business by Jenna Bennett

Many of you already know Jenna Bennett, also a Protect & Serve author. Jenna and I have been friends for a very long time, and she's my most trusted friend when it comes to my writing.

Enjoy her first book in her Savannah Martin Mystery series for FREE!

The first book in the USA Today bestselling Savannah Martin series from New York Times bestselling author Jenna Bennett. 

Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about. 

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her. 

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tin God by Stacy Green

Stacy Green is an author I met at Writer's Police Academy. She's also a part of the Protect & Serve anthology.

"Stacy Green has the power to transport readers to a place and time. Whether it's the sticky heat of a Mississippi summer, or the cold terror of coming face to face with a murderer, her writing stimulates all the senses. TIN GOD is a very satisfying read." --Bestselling thriller author Rachel Abbott 
"Stacy Green has written an emotionally charged, thought-provoking and stunning mystery/suspense that will capture and hold you hostage until the last page is read." --The Kindle Book Review 

The truth can be as deadly as any weapon. 

Jaymee Ballard trusted only one person in Roselea,Mississippi with the secret of her lost daughter. When that person is brutally murdered, it leaves her with heartbreak and a slew of unanswered questions. The eerie similarity to a murder of one of Jaymee's close friends years ago causes her to realize her past has come back to haunt her and may cost her own life. 

Years of deception and abuse leave Jaymee with few options and fewer allies. She turns to the widower of her friend—a man struggling with his own demons—to help her find her daughter and identify the killer before he strikes again. 

Before all evidence, the truth—and Jaymee's daughter—are lost. 

TIN GOD is a romantic thriller set in a small town. Filled with suspense and featuring a strong female protagonist, this mystery leaves the reader wanting more. 

"Stacy Green writes some of the best villains out there while at the same time keeping them well hidden. I highly recommend this book for adults who love suspenseful mystery with a dose of romance and a surprise you don't see coming. I will definitely be reading more of her stories." --Open Book Society

Monday, August 24, 2015

Turn the Page by Allie K. Adams

Allie K. Adams is a hoot to hang out with, and an author in our Protect & Serve anthology.
From the USA Today bestselling author of the TREX romantic suspense series...

He's never met a system he couldn't hack or a situation he couldn't charm his way out of. Until he met her.

It's twenty years later - Kane Dennon, son of Kade Dennon and Kathleen Turner, is now twenty-six and following in his father's footsteps in every sense of the word. He's estranged from his family and living in Seattle, has more regrets than friends, and doesn't expect to live to see twenty-seven. His latest job isn't exactly going as planned, thanks to a sexy, yet nosy neighbor catching him piggybacking on her Wi-Fi and interrupting him before he can finish the hack. Just as he leaves to confront her, shots erupt, shredding his apartment. Kane races next door, expecting to find his neighbor curled into a ball, screaming as bullets whistle by. Instead, he finds her shooting back.

If it weren't for bad luck, she'd have no luck at all. That's CSI tech Eleanor Rigby's motto. Make that ex-CSI tech. After being fired for stealing evidence from a crime scene, she can't get another job to save her life. If she doesn't find some way to make money, she can add homeless to the list. Leave it to her to have the proverbial tall, dark, and gorgeous man living next door--and he turns out to be a criminal. When she's literally caught in the crossfire, she ends up on the run with him, dodging more bullets while doing everything in her power not to fall for his charm.

Everything about Ellie draws Kane in--from her fiery red hair to her amazing eye for detail. He could use her specific set of skills to figure out what his latest employer is up to and has her help track the evidence. When they discover the hack is part of a much bigger plan, one that involves them both, they must find a way to stop it before it's too late.

Sometimes life isn't about the choices we make, but how we handle the consequences.

This story can be enjoyed without prior knowledge of the "Kathleen Turner" world created by Tiffany Snow. However, it's best served with a heart-racing helping of the other stories in the series on sale now.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Code of Honor by Carra Copelin

Here's Carra Copelin, Protect & Serve anthology author.

Graeme McAlister has returned home to Texas to discover why his foster brother overdosed on morphine and crashed the company jet. The idea makes no sense, but the NTSB and coroner's reports both confirm suicide. Graeme's determined to unearth the truth and return to Washington, D.C. but, when he sees his brother's widow, will he be able to handle the biggest revelation of all? 
A widow at the age of twenty-eight, Maggie Benning, resolves to establish a successful and independent life for herself and her five-year-old son, Andy. Her initial goal is getting back her RN job at the hospital ER where she was accused of stealing the drugs that killed her husband ten months ago. She's reconstructing her shattered life when Graeme McAlister comes back to McTiernan, Texas and stirs up old memories and feelings she thought long buried. Can she overcome past hurt and loss of trust to accept the possibility of a new love in her life?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Town Hero by Hildie McQueen

Hildie McQueen is a terrific author and part of the Protect & Serve anthology.

This book is only $2.99

The last twenty-four hours have been hell, between a fight with her ex that left her with a bruised face and now finding a dead body. Somehow Eliza Brock still manages to feel the undeniable attraction to the handsome deputy in charge of the investigation. Sebastian Castro planned for another slow week in Lovely, Tennessee. Instead the first murder in twenty years happens. Eddie Mason is dead, Eliza's ex had an ongoing feud with him and the widow is making the moves on Castro. It's definitely not a normal week in the small town. But it's the week fate decides to bring two solitary people together. Just when neither of them needs it.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Chasing Justice by Danielle Stewart

Danielle Stewart is another of the Protect & Serve authors.

Read Chasing Justice for FREE!

Piper Anderson has been given a fresh start in the picturesque town of Edenville, North Carolina. But her plans of settling into a normal life are derailed when she witnesses a prominent judge in her community committing a violent assault. Running from her own past and fueled by a passion to make the judge answer for his crimes, Piper is forced to decide if she’ll play by the rules or achieve justice in her own way. 

Complicating things further, Piper finds herself fighting a powerful attraction to rookie cop, Bobby Wright. Although she’s increasingly enamored with Bobby, his staunch belief in the justice system is in stark contrast to her own. She may not share his opinions about the effectiveness of the law, but she certainly can’t deny how safe she feels when she’s in his arms or how every kiss leaves her desperate for more. 

For Piper, the idea of finally living an ordinary life with a man to love is tempting. However, fate keeps placing the judge, quite literally, in her path. Will she decide the only way to win is to be as wicked as the judge, but with righteous intentions? And more importantly, will Bobby choose to let her go, or follow her as she crosses the line and takes justice into her own hands?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Unexpected (part one) by Amity Cross

Amity Cross is another author in the Protect & Serve anthology.

This one is FREE too.

One down and out woman. One isolated rock star. Life at the top is lonely, but so is life at the bottom. 

Blair is looking for an escape. 
West is looking for a connection. 

Blair is just looking for someone to take the edge off her crappy life. Dull the pain, breathe a little life into her neglected body. A chance meeting at a bar leads to a night of passion. No names, no personal details. Just sex. 
Well, it wasn't personal until she sees the guy standing on a stage ten meters in front of her. How the hell didn't she realize that the guy who blew her mind is the guitarist out of that dirty rock'n'roll band, Affliction? And why is he chasing her down the street? And how does he know her name? 

Sometimes you find the things you didn't even know you were looking for in the most unexpected places.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Accidental SEAL by Sharon Hamilton

Sharon Hamilton is another of the Protect & Serve authors.

This book is FREE, so meet Sharon and fall in love

Christy Nelson embarks on her new career in Real Estate by holding her first open house. Entering the wrong house, by accident, she finds the nude sleeping body of a young man. 

Navy SEAL Kyle Lansdowne, on a mission to find his AWOL Team buddy, is staying at his buddy’s home while investigating the disappearance. When someone breaks in, he takes protective measures. He doesn’t expect to find that a beautiful young woman is responsible for his teammate’s abduction. 

What starts out as a meeting by accident becomes a hot affair neither one is ready for. Kyle is conflicted about getting Christy involved in his mission, but his hand is forced when he learns the same San Diego gang responsible for his teammate’s abduction has kidnapped her. 

Battling a cadre of dirty law enforcements hell-bent on getting military equipment, especially state-of-the-art firepower, Kyle is forced to admit that he would die to protect her.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Whispers Murder by Cheryl Bradshaw

For the next 10 days, I'll be sharing novels from the 10 other authors in the Protect & Serve anthology. What better way to get jazzed about reading the collection than meeting the authors in advance.

ONLY $0.99

From New York Times and USA Today best selling mystery author Cheryl Bradshaw:

It was Isabelle Donnelly's wedding day, a moment in time that should have been the happiest in her life, until it ended in her husband Leo's cold-blooded murder. 

As police investigate Leo's mysterious death, Isabelle discovers her husband was not the man he pretended to be. Why had he lied about his past? And why couldn't his killer rest until she shared her husband's fate? 

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Date to Die For by Bonnie Paulson

I think you'll love this series. Bonnie is a great lady, and this book is FREE, so what better way to get to know a new author.

When dating ends in deaths and threats, Molly might be better off staying single. 

During one of Molly’s weekly meet-ups with her girls at their regular bar, Molly succumbs to the duress of her two best friends and begins the aggressive dating they sign her up for online where the pairings are questionable… and dangerous. They’ve entered her in an evening of speed dating. But at the end of the evening she finds an item from her past that raises questions… and danger. 

When the number of deaths surpass Molly’s goodnight kisses, her past pushes into the present and Molly loses much more than she gains. A stalker has focused on Molly and refuses to let anyone else date her. But she refuses to be single for the rest of her life. 

Is Molly doomed to a life of singledom wrapped in fear - or will the stalker turn on her next? 

***Think TV - this is an episode, to be followed closely by the next, etc. This is not a complete story and will not be resolved until Adventure #7*** 

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Friday, August 14, 2015

A Whole New Brand

I hope you like the look of the blog! We have a whole new look, and brand. I realized my website and my book covers didn't reflect the stories I write, so I made some changes.
My books are snarky and fun, and there are a few dead bodies along the way, so now I think I've found the "look."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I'm cooking! I know, right?

Coconut and Macadamia Nut Crusted Tilapia
with Grilled Veggies and Forbidden Rice
 It's been a week since the meals arrived. I told you I'd let you know the service, if I was happy with the meals. Well, I'm not only happy, I'm thrilled. Not only am I thrilled, so is my husband. He doesn't much care for fish, but he was delighted with the other meals. One was chicken based, and the other beef.
I cooked the last of the three meals yesterday, and saved my husband's portion for him to eat when he got home from work. I expected him to like it, because it was beef, but I didn't expect him to ask me the price, and then, "Are you getting another package next week?"
Um, what? I told him the price and his reaction stunned me. "Cheaper than going out, and this is like going out to eat. Something different, and it's good."
From someone who hasn't cooked regularly in...well, we won't go there, I actually enjoyed the 45 minutes or so in the kitchen. And the meals were closer to 3 servings than two. Not having to go grocery shopping, or measure out the ingredients made the whole experience that much better.
When I consider the amount of time it takes to drive 30 minutes to the grocery store, stalk the aisles for the odd ingredients, come home and measure everything out, then hope what wasn't used doesn't go bad before I finish it up, it's actually cheaper.
Will I be continuing the service? Absolutely, at least for the next few weeks. I wouldn't want to do it when my schedule is crazy, because then I really only have time to microwave food, or put pasta on to cook.
The service I used was HelloFresh. You can even choose what type of meals you want to receive. 
I'll post more about the experience next week...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

What? Me cook?

I have a hard time dealing with cooking. I'm a great cook, when I feel like it, but I rarely feel like it because our kitchen isn't stocked for a chef.
Ha! Chef! Did I mention that I collect cookbooks? I do. I have at least 20 of them, and I love reading the recipes, and marking the pages with a Post-it note, but I rarely if ever try the recipes.
Why? I collect cookbooks, but don't cook? I really dislike grocery shopping. And the stores where I live (small town middle of nowhere) don't have the fun ingredients I want to use in my recipes. So I drool, and don't cook.
And then along comes this service, that delivers fresh ingredients to your door, along with everything you need to know to cook the meals. It's not cheap, then neither is eating out these days. I'm hoping the service is awesome, and I keep up the weekly deliveries.
Each delivery has enough food for three recipes for two people. So, if  my husband doesn't like it, I will get six meals a week. And if I don't like it, I'll just stop getting the deliveries.
Now, I have to make time to cook these meals three days a week, and see if I really hate cooking, or just the grocery shopping.
I'm going to be posting my versions of the meals I cook, both here and on my newsletter and on Facebook, so stay tuned.
I'll give a review of how easy they were to cook, and if they were delicious. Oh, and I'll let you know what service I'm using, once I try it.
Do you cook? Have you ever tried a fresh ingredients delivery service?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Barefoot & Naked

I've been considering so many things lately that I've been fighting my head. I've been torn, mixed up, distant. Between the restaurant I own with my husband, my writing career, and where I want to go from this point, I'm not surprised I've been having the craziest dreams/nightmares.
I promise I'm not going to share the crazy dreams with you, because upon waking, they don't really make all that much sense. I'm ready to make the decisions I need to make, and get focused.
It's the lack of focus that keeps me from getting my books written faster. I can't seem to stick with one idea long enough to finish a novella, much less a full-length novel.
Thanks to some great phone apps, I'm getting my shit in order, and putting my life in order.
One of the decisions I made was to cut one of my pen names, and kick that chick to the curb. Trying to keep up more than one persona is exhausting, and time consuming. I haven't given the pen name a formal funeral yet, because who knows, I may want to write in some obscure genre, and I'll need her again.
I'm working to get an assistant trained, but he's rather resistant. Yeah, he looks nice in that photo in the corner, but he's a crazy stubborn nice guy.
Stay tuned, as I'm working on becoming a regular blogger, now that I'm only one person again.
As a writer, I'm really 27-30 people at once, with the characters in my head. How about you? If you're a writer, do you enjoy the company of the crazies in your head? Even as a non-writer, there are crazies in our head. Ha! We are never alone. Right?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Whole New Day

 New dayDon't look back, you can't change yesterday. Fretting about it will only cause stress and give you ulcers. Start each day by looking forward. Learn from your past, but don't dwell.
I'm moving forward, learning to take care of myself, and to love more fully the people around me. 
I'm so thankful for my incredible husband who works hard, can fix nearly anything, and loves me in spite of me. We own a restaurant that is successful, and allows us to live the life we do, and enjoy some finer things in life. I've been lucky to own and profit from several entrepreneurial ventures, such as an online greeting card store, a designer glass bead business, and a jewelry manufacturing business. Life has been so good to me. I'm a very lucky girl. 
And now I'm a writer! I get to tell stories for a living! I will be moving to Texas soon, and pursuing writing as my sole source of income, and it is the best reincarnation of myself yet. My horses are going to be on lush coastal grass, and the barrel races and other equine events are what I'll look forward to every day.
The transition has already started, and I'm so grateful to everyone in my life who had helped me get to this point in my life. By the end of 2015 my life will be in Texas, riding and writing, and who knows what else it will bring. I do know this, it will all be great.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Random Musings from a Admin

Admin J here!
My daughter brought this post from FB last night to me, I tried to help her figure out the answer. She is 12 BTW, then she read it to my son 14 and he couldn't figure it out.  I yelled for my husband (40) and he didn't know the answer.

My question to you all... Do you think reading mysteries or reading in general help us with trivia?  Do we deduce the answer because we are used to figuring out the plots in books?

What do you think?

Just thought I would share and get your thoughts on it! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

This Thursday we are having a party!

 Come join me and my friends Hildie McQueen, Kirsten Osbourne,Olivia Gaines and Jordan K. Rose as we unveil our new cover for Call Me Valentino

You probably have seen the cover around on FB already. Thats okay! Come play some games and win prizes anyways!

Any excuse to have some fun!

Just follow the link and we are good to go!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Adapting my TV pilot to a Novel Series

My D.E.A. TV pilot that I wrote 2 years ago will be adapted into a Romantic suspense novel series later this year. But to get a sneak peek at a few of the characters inhabiting this world, you can order Call Me Valentino here:

Preorder your copy now (live February10), here are the links.
Apple iBooks:

And here is a sneak peek at the beginning of UNDERCOVERS, the novella I wrote for the collection. Now remember, this is the start of a new series, so don't be left out.

  He heard the buzzing, and knew immediately what the sound was. The problem: he couldn’t find the damn phone. He reached across the bed to the nightstand, to silence the vibrating. No nightstand. Shit.  He sat up and looked around. Where the hell was he?
  The sun peeked through the sheers, where the drapes hadn’t been closed all the way, and he glanced quickly around the room. Slowly, his mind focused as the phone stopped vibrating. He looked at the naked woman stretched out next to him, and scooted off the bed.
  He moved deliberately, stealthily, picking up his cell phone, his shoulder holster and Glock, and his rumpled white shirt.  Following the trail leading out of the room like Hansel and Gretel’s crumbs, he also picked up his jeans, boxer briefs, and leather loafers.
  Standing just outside the room, he put his iPhone in his mouth, hung his holster over his shoulder, dropped his shoes to the floor, and stepped into his jeans. As he buttoned his 501’s fly, the phone nearly vibrated the fillings from his teeth. He pulled it from his mouth, swiped the screen, and whispered, “Jackson.”
  “Where the hell are you? We go in at eleven hundred.” The male voice bellowed in his ear so loud, he turned to be sure the woman in the bedroom hadn’t stirred.