Aug 232013
 

reviewertoppick2Two of my books are Night Owl Romance Top Picks! MUST WORSHIP CATS and MIRACLE LANE. I’m so thrilled! MIRACLE PIE was a Top Pick in July, so this makes 3 books from my Miracle Interrupted series that have been Night Owl Review Top Picks. I’m very pleased! Here are bites from the reviews:

“Must Worship Cats delivers a fast paced story that will capture your heart from the beginning.” ~Delanna, Night Owl Reviews

“You will love the Miracle Interrupted series. Love and peace can to be found in Miracle, be sure to stop by and find yours.” ~Delanna, Night Owl Reviews (Miracle Lane)

“This is a book that will bring a smile to your heart, laughter to your lips and tears to your eyes.” ~Delanna, Night Owl Reviews (Miracle Pie)

Apr 182013
 

MO’S HEART, the 5th Miracle Interrupted book, is out! This is one of my favorite books that I’ve written. Because I love it so much, I’m having a special 99¢ sale for a week!

Next Thursday will be the last day. On Friday, the 26th, it will be raised to $3.99.  Read it, and then I hope you’ll tell your reader friends about it!

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Here’s the blurb:

The Mafia comes to Miracle, Wisconsin…

Mo Vincent, the owner of Mo’s Place, is in agony because his soon-to-be divorced sous-chef is dating – but not him. He has his reasons for not asking her out. He did the right thing back in New Jersey, and it cost him his son, his wife, his restaurant. Now he’s found a home in Miracle. The village has accepted him, and his new restaurant is doing well. He should be content with what he has…but his heart wants more.

Chef Rosa Fabrini’s divorce is one signature away when her cheating husband returns home and expects her to forgive him. Her lawyer is AWOL, and her youngest son is demanding she take his father back. Desperate to escape the turmoil, she asks Mo to let her move into the empty apartment above the restaurant…right next to his place.

Mo can’t say no. His mind knows she’s forbidden fruit, but his heart dares to hope. Until his past shows up, and he finds out sometimes it takes a village…

You can read an excerpt here.

MO’S HEART is available for 99¢ at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Apple, and All Ramance eBooks.

I’m wishing you a wonderful day and happy reading!

Sep 032012
 

Happy Labor Day! I’m about to start laboring on my new Miracle Interrupted book, but my unconscious has already begun. Last night, I was barely in bed a minute when I got an idea for the beginning. I jumped out of bed and hurried to my office (conveniently located across the hall), where I scribbled down as much as I could remember. Then I went back to bed – only to jump up again with more ideas. This happened one more time before I finally went to sleep.

But an odd thing happened in my scribbles. I wanted my character to have a sweet personality. A happy young woman, a little shy, she likes to please. In this beginning, she still likes to please, but in her thoughts she can be snarky. I think if I keep that, she won’t let a lot of people see this side of her.

I’m not sure if I should change it, so I’m asking you. What you think. Sweet or snarky?

Aug 302012
 

With help from Misty Evans and Dale Mayer – and thumbs up from my CPs, Liz Kreger and Michelle Diener – I have a blurb for Miracle Lane. The 3rd Miracle Interrupted story won’t be out until next month or even October. (This was the novella that was originally supposed to be out in July, but it turned into a novel.) Though Miracle Lane still has to go through editing, I’m very happy with it. I’m very happy with the blurb, too. Here it is:

She forgot how to hate, and now she’s learning how to love…

Brain-damaged Nia Beaudine can’t remember her life before The Accident. Someone intentionally ran over her and left her for dead. Now she’s living in the ‘witch’s house’ she inherited in the village of Miracle, relearning how to live on her own. Well, almost on her own – the talking cat helping her cope is a bonus. But when a hate-filled family member shows up with a gun, Nia knows she needs real help.

Former Army Sergeant and PTSD sufferer Rob Ackerman regularly covers for his identical twin, the village constable, and answers Nia’s emergency call. This strange young woman immediately sees he’s not his brother. In return, he sees that the only way she can fully live in her new life is to find out why someone in her old life tried to kill her…and might try again.

As they dig up Nia’s past, the attraction between them grows. Their brains may be damaged, but their bodies and hearts are working just fine.

You can see by the description that I have too much going for a novella. When I was halfway through I thought it should be a book. But I had a deadline with an editor, so I pulled back. Next time I’ll know better. I’m the kind of person who’s usually early or on time. But this isn’t about being late; this is about putting out the best book I can.

What about you? Are you usually late, early or on time?

Aug 292012
 

I have cover love again! Laura Morrigan is the best cover designer. It will be at least a month before my book is available. I’m so eager for it to get out. Today I’m doing the boring stuff, which is loading books on different sites. At least I’m done formatting all my books.

I’ll have an announcement out soon. I have something in mind that makes me feel like I’m the Queen of the World.

What position in the world do you feel like today?

Jun 232012
 

My stars must be aligned. It turned out to be an excellent week. STARDUST MIRACLE got a 5-paw review at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More. I’ve been busy writing my next book, and haven’t had time for a lot of promoting. I only sent STARDUST to a few reviewers, so I’m happy. STARDUST MIRACLE is the Book of the Day at David Wisehart’s Kindle Author this weekend, too.

My feature this week at KotC with STARDUST MIRACLE is over. KotC is part of The Cheap network, which has the most indie author friendly places online. Though the K in KotC is for Kindle, I had a nice bump in sales at Barnes & Noble too.

If you like free books, both KotC and Kindle Authors list them.

My last good news is that I finished my next Miracle Interrupted novella, MIRACLE LANE, and the first revision. It turned out to be 34,500 words, which is 135 pages. Every story in the series so far is different. I don’t plan it; that’s just the way it turns out. A beta reader is reading it. I’ll send it to my editor either tomorrow or Monday.

So, how are are things going for you?

Jun 012012
 

MUST WORSHIP CATS is out now! It’s the first story from my new series, Miracle Interrupted. MUST WORSHIP CATS is a novella, 26,000 words. Here’s my cover!

MUST WORSHIP CATS introduces the Village of Miracle. It’s the only book in the series (as far as I’ve planned) that will be entirely in an animal’s point of view. Here’s the description and the excerpt:

She’s a cat on a mission…

Only two years old, Cat is tired of being sent to stay with humans who don’t appreciate her. She escapes the latest mismatch, deciding this time she’ll choose who she stays with, not the other way round. But finding the perfect home is more dangerous than she thought, and for Cat, food and shelter are no longer enough. They must worship her.

Excerpt:

A new sound interrupted Cat’s thoughts. She turned her head and spotted a cat prancing toward her. A female, Cat could tell right away. Her face was white and her body striped. Her eyes, outlined in black, looked funny. They popped out the way some dogs’ eyes did and they made her look like she wanted to eat any animal that got in her way.

And her gaze remained on Cat as she continued to stalk forward.

A sour scent came to Cat, and the fur along her spine rose. She got to her feet, not taking her gaze off the other cat with the bad scent. A fighting scent.

The smell twisted Cat’s stomach and gave her the feeling that in another moment she was going to puke.

The woman’s car started and drove off. Cat felt someone’s stare on her, coming from another direction. She flicked her gaze to Pastor Jim. He was watching her with a smile.

“A cat,” he murmured and his gaze shifted to the other cat. “Lucy, look what’s here for you. A playmate.” He laughed, a smooth sound like a snake sliding through the grass.

More fur on Cat’s back bristled. Even with her injured hip, she could outrun any human. Pastor Jim wasn’t a danger to her now. But the other cat…

Her gaze flicked back to the cat. Its sides were wider now. The cat had expanded her frame and fluffed her fur, making herself look bigger.

Cat hissed, telling her to watch out. The other cat growled. Like a dog. It looked part dog with its ugly whitish face. Not the face of a dog she’d like to curl up against either.

The dog this cat resembled would eat kittens for breakfast.

And it kept advancing.

Though the other cat was bigger and weighed more, Cat was young and she was fast — normally. But not with her injured hip. And because of her hip, she knew she couldn’t fight this cat and win.

Cat’s heart thundered inside her chest. Around her all was silent. Not even a bird chirped or a dog twitched. The other cat just kept walking toward Cat while Pastor Jim watched with that same gloating smile.

A tightness twisted Cat’s stomach, then slithered up her chest and around her throat. She wanted to puke. She’d been in a couple fights and had never run from another cat. She wasn’t running from this one either. Not because she was afraid of looking bad. But if she turned her back on this cat, she knew the other cat would pounce on her and hurt her anyway.

The cat reached the bench, and Pastor Jim leaned down. “Go, Lucy. Go.”

The cat’s whiskers twitched, testing the air to see which way to move. Her muscles bunched as she prepared to spring.

Cat’s did the same. Maybe her back legs weren’t as quick as usual, but her front legs could lash out like lightning.

The cat leapt at her, but when Cat pushed up with her back legs, the injured one crumpled. She yowled. As she shifted her weight onto the good leg, the other cat landed on her back. Cat tried to rear up but her leg hurt too badly to put weight on it.

The other cat yowled, claiming victory. Then its claws lashed at Cat’s ear, ripping it.

Pain flamed through Cat, worse than the pain in her hip. She cried out and rolled away, knocking the other cat off her.

Everything hurt. Cat used her pain to push up to her feet. Used it to jump on the ugly cat. To land on top of her. The other cat twisted to put Cat beneath her.

Though Cat’s ear and hip throbbed with a horrible ache, she resisted. There was something wrong with this other cat. Wrong in its mind. It didn’t want to hurt her a little and drive her away. It wanted to hurt her badly. So badly Cat would never be the same again.

Cat’s stomach was twisting again, but she concentrated on defending herself. She opened her mouth and gave a war cry. Ready to battle, she pushed up with her back legs.

Her sense that it was either kill or be killed lent Cat extra power, and she leapt high. Higher than the older and heavier cat could leap. Instead of trying to jump, the other cat sat up and raised its paw, ready to swipe at Cat on her way down. Though Cat’s reach was shorter, she readied her body to claw the other cat.

“Go, Lucy,” Pastor Jim called, his tone gleeful, sounding like a crow calling other vultures to a road kill. “Go.”

Lucy growled again and Cat’s stomach twisted harder.

And that’s when it happened.

She threw up. The chicken, the fish, the cat food, the water. Everything she had in her stomach emptied out and poured onto the ugly cat’s surprised face.

STARDUST MIRACLE will be out next week. MIRACLE LANE will be out in July. I’m loving this series so far.

This is a wonderful start to June for me. How is your June looking?