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Hello, hello! The audiobook tour continues with book 3, Lucky Penny! The tour stops are below, and you should totally stop in and say hi. We’ll have two weeks of reviews, interviews, and exclusive audio excerpts. Stop by these blogs and enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

Apr. 30: CGB Blog Tours

May 1: Dab of Darkness

May 2: Read Day and Night

May 3: Spunky-n-Sassy

May 4: Desert Rose Reviews

May 5: The Book Junkie

May 6: Between the Coverz

May 7: Buried Under Books

May 8: Lomeraniel

May 9: The Book Addict’s Reviews

May 10: Guilty Indulgence Book Club

May 11: terriluvsbooks

May 12: Bound 4 Escape

May 13: Celtic Lady’s Reviews

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If you haven’t tried out audiobooks yet, you simply must! Check out Audible.com and get your first book for FREE! You might want to start with this one, or maybe this one! I think you’ll like them.

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Audiobook blog tour!

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Hello, hello!

To celebrate the audiobook release of A Good Kind of Trouble, I’m off on a whirlwind tour of some awesome book blogs–and you should come along! There will be interviews and reviews and exclusive clips from the audiobook. And there’s a contest. Come visit me at one of the blogs on the list below (or all of them!) and enter to win a Kindle Fire! Perfect for listening to audiobooks.

a-good-kind-of-trouble-audio-coverApr. 2: CGB Blog Tours

Apr. 3: Gota Love Books

Apr. 4: A Page To Turn

Apr. 5Holed Up In A Book

Apr. 6: Haddie’s Haven

Apr. 7: Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Apr. 8: A Book and A Latte

And if you haven’t tried audiobooks yet, sign up at Audible.com and get your first book free. Like maybe this one, or this one, or even this one. I think you’ll like them!

Coming soon!

Lucky Penny, book 3 in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series, will be out December 14!

LuckyPenny-FinalA year after her acquittal on fraud charges, former financial analyst Miranda Vaughn is finally getting her life back. Not only does she have a chance for romance with her sexy neighbor, FBI Agent Jake Barnes, but she’s also got a new job…one that’s taking her to a vacation paradise!

Perched above the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the Whispering Pines Resort & Spa is a local landmark and a popular destination for the rich and famous who are stressed out from being rich and famous. And down on the water’s edge is the Lucky Penny Casino—an abandoned shell of a once-stylish casino. Max Emmerson, the owner of the Whispering Pines Resort, used to own the Lucky Penny, and he wants it back. Miranda’s job is to get Max’s finances in order so he can borrow the money to buy the casino, and make sure nothing jeopardizes his gaming license. Easy, right?

But the nice boring accounting job spirals out of control with the addition of a Hollywood film crew, an underground gambling ring, and Jake going undercover at the resort as a newlywed—with another woman. As Miranda and Jake each dive into their investigations, they can’t deny their growing feelings for each other. But it’s more important than ever that they keep their attraction hidden. Especially since someone at the resort is watching them very closely, and is willing to do just about anything to keep them from uncovering the truth.

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More Trouble in Twin Rivers

As I wrapped up the final version of A Good Kind of Trouble, I realized that I wasn’t remotely done. There were too many interesting characters hanging around Twin Rivers to leave that world alone. I started planning a series to explore those characters’ lives.

Ben and Lindsey, the main characters of A Good Kind of Trouble, were a lot of fun to get to know, but so were some of the minor characters in the book. Especially Fiona Larkin, Ben’s new co-worker at the Fields Law Group. She’s a lawyer, and a single mother who lost her husband last year.

And there was also an FBI agent who makes an appearance in A Good Kind of Trouble, Matt Pritchard. I didn’t know much about him, but as soon as I started writing the opening scene of their story, everything fell into place. Soon there was a murder at an exclusive resort that was hosting a seminar on international law, missing evidence, and a whole lot of chemistry between Fiona and Matt.

What is their story about? I’m glad you asked:

Fiona Larkin is a criminal defense attorney and a single mom. She doesn’t have time to deal with an inconvenient FBI agent who keeps popping up in her life—even if Special Agent Matt Pritchard is easy on the eyes. She really doesn’t have time for the dead body that she just tripped over, either. Matt Pritchard needs Fiona to cooperate with him, even if they are usually on opposite sides of the courtroom. She may be the key to unraveling how an undercover informant was killed—or she may be the murderer’s next target.

And here’s a snippet from book two of the Trouble in Twin Rivers series, which will be out next summer.

 

Fiona turned back to the empty glass in her trembling hand. She should have ordered a double.

“Get you another drink?”

She looked up to see Matt Pritchard behind the bar. He was back to his federal agent look—all business and tense. In the five years she’d known him, his expression hadn’t varied. If he would just relax, he’d be really handsome. But every time Fiona saw him it seemed like he was either angry or anxiously waiting for someone to piss him off.

“I think it’s past last call,” she said.

He put two glasses on the counter. “What are you drinking?”

“Well, if you’re buying, I’ll have the Laphroaig.”

Matt smiled, the expression softening his rugged features. She’d been right—he was handsome when he wasn’t scowling at her and her clients. Matt reached for the bottle.

“On the rocks?”

“No, straight up. Make it a double.”

He poured two neat scotches and pushed one toward her. She took a sip and closed her eyes, savoring the liquor’s warmth and smoky goodness. When she opened her eyes, Matt was staring, his glass paused halfway between his mouth and the bar. He quickly took a drink.

“Yep, that’s good scotch,” he said. “Sorry you got dragged into this.”

Fiona shrugged. “It’s not your fault.”

“Yeah, well, I’m sure you and the professor had plans that didn’t include this.”

She looked away and sipped her scotch again. She didn’t want to talk to Matt about her personal life, or her pathetic lack of one. There was enough speculation about that in Twin Rivers’ small legal community. No need to add fuel to that fire.

“Did you get a chance to talk to everyone at the conference?”

Matt nodded. “For the most part. A few had already left, but we sent some local officers to track them down.”

“I’m surprised that they all spoke to you.”

“Why?” He sounded so defensive that it made Fiona laugh.

“Because they’re all criminal law experts. They know how to invoke their rights,” she said.

“Well, a few of them did that. But they’re not all lawyers. Like, her, for instance.”

Matt nodded toward the doorway, where three young male agents were interviewing a woman with long platinum blond hair.

“You mean the woman in the spray-on silver dress with the world’s most preposterous set of fake knockers?” Fiona asked.

Matt grinned at her, cocked an eyebrow and took a sip of his drink.

“Yeah, she’s a professor of criminal law at the University of Johannesburg,” Fiona said.

Matt choked and his smile disappeared. “Really?”

“God, no. She’s a hooker.”

He laughed and Fiona smiled, ridiculously pleased with herself for wringing that laugh from him. He raised his glass toward her and she felt a jolt as their gaze met over the rim of the scotch. His eyes were warm, and rather than the intense stare she was accustomed to, this was a lingering and curious look.

 

Look for Matt and Fiona’s story in Summer 2016. In the meantime, sign up for my newsletter to be the first to learn about release dates, sales, cover reveals, and more!

(Originally published at Queen of All She Reads)

The Writing Cycle

The thing about writing, for me, is that I just love it so much. And yet… There are days when it is not easy. Difficult. Teeth-gnashingly, gut-wrenchingly hard. And I can’t imagine not doing it.

I know this makes no sense, so I made a chart to explain what I mean, using the creation of A Good Kind of Trouble as an example.

Stage 1

I was trying to fall asleep when a great idea for a title popped into my head. This was followed by the opening scene of a funny romantic mystery. Then the next scene, a chase scene. Yes! This could be a lot of fun. Then I got out of bed and started writing it down. This eventually became the first chapter of A Good Kind of Trouble, though at the time, it was titled Trust Me, I’m a Lawyer.

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I was proudly a “pantser” when it came to writing. No plotting allowed! Let’s just see where this baby goes. I thought Ben and Lindsey’s story would be a short action-packed romantic mystery. Maybe a novella. That would be fun.

Stage 3

I was passing the 40,000-word mark and realized that I was nowhere near the end of the story. This “novella” was outgrowing its category. I was starting to become concerned, but the mystery Ben and Lindsey was unraveling was complex. The story kept surprising me with its twists. So it would be a short novel. No problem.

Stage 4

Or maybe it would be a long novel. The story had long since abandoned any idea that it could be contained in a novella. Ha! Yet more twists emerged, characters revealed unforeseen depth, and while I was still having fun uncovering all those details, I was starting to panic a little. I was at 80,000 words and I still couldn’t see the end. What if I couldn’t find a way to end this novel? Commence hyperventilating.

Stage 5

The End.

I have never been so happy to write two words in my life. At the time, they were my two favorite words among the 104,000 words that made up the book. This story had consumed me for a year and I was so happy to send it off for the first round of edits. I moved on to a new book in a different series. New characters, new dilemmas, a whole new world. Ben and Lindsey’s story, now called A Good Kind of Trouble, was behind me.

Stage 6

I was trying to fall asleep when I started thinking about Fiona Larkin, a minor character in A Good Kind of Trouble. She was interesting—a widowed single mother, and a lawyer. And what about that FBI agent, Matt Pritchard? Now that could be a minefield of conflict to navigate.

Or what about Ben’s new boss, the handsome and enigmatic Jude Fields? What kind of woman would it take to make him open up or settle down?

Oh, no. I was getting pulled back into the Twin Rivers universe.

But was that a bad thing? I mean, it was fun writing in that world. Maybe this should be a series.

And then I had a great idea for a title…

 

(Originally published at Bab’s Book Bistro)

Trouble, now available everywhere!

Good morning, readers! A Good Kind of Trouble is now available at all online booksellers and to celebrate its wide distribution, it is now on sale for only 99 cents. But get it quick because it’s only going to be at that price for a short time.

If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the scoop:

A Good Kind of Trouble final for Barnes and Noble copyBeacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way.

Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer. They once had a bad date of epic proportions—stilted conversation, food poisoning, burglary, towed car. Then there was the incident with the pepper spray. Lindsey never believed she’d see the sexy lawyer again.

Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a crazed bike messenger and a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.

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Chasing the Dollar now in audio!

Do you like audiobooks? I love audiobooks. So I’m very happy to share that Chasing the Dollar is now available in audio format! ChasingtheDollaraudio

I was fortunate to work with the lovely and talented Teri Schnaubelt, who has produced more than 60 audiobooks and is an accomplished actress, too! I think you’ll love her performance of the book as much as I do. Teri was also generous enough to answer some questions, okay, a lot of questions, about audiobooks and how she does her job.

To celebrate the release of Chasing the Dollar in audio, I’m giving away free download codes from Audible to three commenters! Just comment below and tell me what you like about audiobooks. Or, if you haven’t tried them yet, why you want to listen to Chasing the Dollar. I’ll pick a winner on Saturday, Aug. 8.

And now, let’s talk audiobooks with Teri!

Continue reading “Chasing the Dollar now in audio!”

Trouble… on the move

A Good Kind of Trouble final for Barnes and Noble copyTo celebrate the release of A Good Kind of Trouble, I’ll be dashing around the internet in the next week, with guest posts, excerpts, and other fun stuff at various book blogs. Check in here for my itinerary and then come say hello. First stop is A Passion for Romance, where I’m talking all about the book.

I’ll also be giving away two signed copies of A Good Kind of Trouble (US only, please). Sign up here for the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Thanks to Krista at Bridging the Gap Promotions for organizing the tour!

It’s new-release season!

So, hey! I’ve got some news to share. Book news. Which is the best news.

My book, A Good Kind of Trouble, is just about ready to be released. I’ve gone through the publishing checklist:  Edited? Check! Copy edited? Check! Formatted for print and ebook? Check! Cover art? Uh…

Yes, I probably didn’t go about publishing this book in the correct order. Note to self: Next time, start on the cover art earlier. But I found a great cover designer and I’m so excited to work with her.

I had really wanted to get this book published in March, but I’m sorry to say I need to postpone that to May. I really hope this doesn’t disappoint anyone.

But it’s not all bad news here.

On March 19, Chasing the Dollar will be one of four full-length mysteries included in the International Cozy Mysteries bundle! I’m so excited to be part of this group, which includes some of my favorite authors! Here’s a peek at what’s included:

International copyFASHION, LIES, AND MURDER (Amber Fox Mysteries book #1) by Sibel Hodge

COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES (Bodies of Art Mysteries book #1) by Ritter Ames

CHASING THE DOLLAR (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries book #1) by Ellie Ashe

DEATH UNDER THE VENICE MOON (Lella York Mysteries book #2) by Maria Grazia Swan

The collection is available for preorder at these online booksellers, and will be available at Amazon on March 16!

Nook  *  Kobo  *  iBooks  *  Smashwords

Get it quick at the sale price of 99 cents! Yes! Less than a buck!

But wait, there’s more! In April, Dropping the Dime, book two of the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, will be released!

And in May, you’ll (finally) be able to read A Good Kind of Trouble! Here’s the back-cover copy:

Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way.

Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer. They once had a bad date of epic proportions—stilted conversation, food poisoning, burglary, towed car. Then there was the incident with the pepper spray. Lindsey never believed she’d see the good-looking lawyer again.

Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a crazed bike messenger and a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.

It’s a fun romp of a romantic mystery, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading Lindsey and Ben’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it!