Half Off Tease and Storm Inside Series!

Huge 50% Off Sale at Kobo!

Get the entire Tease and The Storm Inside series (including the box sets) for half price!

All my books are half price at Kobo on the following dates:

US: June 22-27

Canada, Australia, New Zealand: June 25-27

Use code: 50JUN at checkout to receive the discount! It is an unlimited discount!

Here’s a link to my book list at Kobo!

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*This sale is sponsored by Kobo so I don’t take a hit on royalties and you won’t find a discount like this anywhere else!

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Not familiar with Kobo? They’re kind of the Canadian version of the Kindle, but you don’t have to be Canadian to use and love them! They have quickly become my favorite place to buy ebooks! I read them on my iPad using the Kobo app.

They run sales, a points system, and exclusive discounts you can’t find anywhere else, plus they really, really love their readers and their writers. I absolutely love working with Kobo. And if you’re looking for a new ereader, check out their waterproof version! Easy bath or pool time reading? Yes please!

7 FREE Second Chance Romances!

Grab 7 FREE Second Chance Romances this week!

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Remembering Home by J.M. Adele

Baby Come Back by Christa Maurice

The Other Side of Nowhere by J.N. Chaney

The Storm Inside by Alexis Anne

Mangled Hearts by Felicia Tatum

Dearborn by Jenni Moen

Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

Happy reading! xoxo

Never Let Go is Now Available!

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It’s time Storm Insiders! Never Let Go is here!

The final installment in Jake & Eve’s love story is now available to read on the ereader of your choice or in paperback!

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Love isn’t easy. If there is one thing I’ve learned, that’s it. Love doesn’t last because it’s perfect or fate, it’s because two people decided to fight for it. They hold on tighter than anyone else when times get tough. And right now, times are really tough.

It’s a good thing I have a strong grip.

We’ve been sucked into a world filled with politics and appearances. It’s triggered silent demons that Jake thought he’d beaten long ago, and running from them isn’t an option this time. We’re in this together. We’ve already lost a decade, I’m not losing another minute.

Happy reading!

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The Music of Never Let Go

I write to music. We’ve talked about this before (and here and here) but I don’t know if I’ve ever truly articulated what that means. More on that below. First, let’s tackle the meat of this post: the music of Never Let Go.

It really boils down to three main songs, and then a handful of “soundtrack” songs. The most important of which is the inspiration song. This came on the radio and BAM! Two years of wondering if I’d ever write another Jake and Eve book was over. Yes, I was writing another book and this was what it was going to be about:

“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor, featuring the amazing John Legend was the crux of Jake and Eve’s married life. They spent so many years apart that they are so very keenly aware of how lucky they are to be happy.

The scene hit me like a bolt of lighting (appropriate, I know!) Eve standing at a cold sink staring out the window thinking about how hard she holds onto Jake, loving him like she might lose him. He comes up behind her and whispers in her ear. I wrote the book from there.

But like every other book I’ve ever written, the inspiration song is just that: inspiration. I don’t actually write to the song. This is what I actually listened to while writing:

It’s this verse in particular

I’m a hold my cards close

I’m a wreck what I love most

I’m a first class letdown I’m a “shut up, sit down”

that screams “Jake” to me, but there are so many more lyrics in this song that make it his story through and through.

And what has happened with every single book I’ve ever written? (about halfway through writing) I hear a song that stops me dead in my tracks. THIS SONG is THE SONG!!! It is the story I’m writing and everything I feel when I making words! I fall in love and listen to it like a broken record until I finish writing. For Never Let Go, it was this song:

“This mess was yours, now this mess is mine,” is the heart of Jake and Eve’s story, more so in this book than the other two. “You’re the reason that I feel so strong, the reason that I’m holding on.” *dies* “Mess is Mine” is the song of Never Let Go. Period.

To listen to my entire Never Let Go soundtrack and hear all the music that inspired the book, visit my Spotify Playlist here.

So, at the beginning of this post I mentioned that I don’t just listen to music when I’m writing. I don’t simply find inspiration in songs. I swear I have this out of body experience when it comes to music. I always have. For as far back as I can remember. I see entire stories when I hear a song. The music may only last for three minutes, but in my head it is so much more. A few lines become entire backstories. Entire worlds. I can see hundreds of pages of context from that one song.

Before I could write, I would act out these stories by dressing up. I would force my poor sister to play along. Elaborate sessions of make-believe were all carried out to a soundtrack. Namely Olivia Newton-John, but there were others.

When I got older I realized I didn’t want to act out these stories I saw, I wanted to write them (I just didn’t have that tool when I was younger.) The first time I was taken away and wrote an entire book to a CD was the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack. I would put on my headphones and listen for hours, making up books in my head.

It isn’t any different today, except that I actually do write entire books based on the stories I see in my head after listening to a single song.

These are the songs that transported me to the world of Jake and Eve in Never Let Go. I hope it helps transport you into their world as you get ready to read their final book. Let me know what you think of the songs and the book (out May 24th, 2016!)

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Fear of Failure

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I like to think we all have a healthy fear of failure, but I know some of us have a bigger fear than others. Mine is kind of huge and it prevented me from doing a lot of different things with my life. Over the last month I’ve had to force myself to look that fear in the face and do what I’ve been dreading…read The Storm Inside.

I haven’t read it since I wrote it. It was my first book. It was three years ago. And I haven’t cracked that baby open and looked at it with two since I hit publish. Excellent sales, wonderful reviews, and heartfelt fan letters could not convince me that the words I put down in that book were anything but embarrassing (and no, I’m not talking about the smokin’ hot sex scenes.)

I was paralyzed, so I ignored it. I didn’t market the book the way I should have and as a result I’ve stunted my potential as a working writer. Over the holidays I had to take a long hard look at who I wanted to be. You can either be a successful writer who is proud of your entire body of work, blemishes and all, or you can hide in the shadows of “one day.”

So I’ve done it. I’ve re-read the entire book (sometimes peeking through my fingers because WHAT THE HELL DID I WRITE? Someone start a cold shower, those sex scenes…Jake’s story…their love??? Holy hell, what a book!)

I’ve given the whole series new covers and blurbs, and stepped outside of my own fears of failure because no one finds joy in hiding. Meanwhile I’ve been reading a half-dozen “first novels” from authors I consider my contemporaries and I learned a few things.

  • It’s enjoyable to watch the transformation of a writer through their books. I don’t look down on those wonderful stories of love and triumph because of the typos or head hopping (it was only once.) I smiled because in the next book and the next book the writer grew stronger and my love of the author grew right along with it. I know I have readers who feel the same way. I love you guys.
  • Most people don’t notice the stray typo so I really, really, really need to stop acting like HRH Queen Gatekeeper of Novels is going to cast me out into the barrens of Never Writing Again and Laughed At in Infiniti. No really, every book has typos, even the #1 NYT Bestsellers. Some people read books and get their panties in a bunch over every little nuance, but most people just want a fucking good story. Write a good story. Hire good people. Do better when you know better. Keep moving forward.
  • I don’t take my own advice. I give pretty good advice, but I let my fear stop me from putting it in motion for myself. It’s been a good lesson to see several of these authors take my advice and succeed. It was a good smack in the face to realize if I’d done the same thing I wouldn’t have been cast out into the Barrens and might actually be pretty darn happy.
  • I’m good at what I do (and I don’t need anyone to tell me that.) I used to admire those people who could throw themselves onto the fire without thinking. How did they write a book, put it out there, tell everyone it was the best thing since sliced bread… and have people believe it? Sure, some of those books were awesome, but most of them? Average. Totally and completely average. But the author had brash confidence and took the audience along with her. It’s taken a bolt of lightning and seeing my writing critiqued for me to realize that no one needs to give me permission to say my stories are good. No one but me is in charge of being proud of my work. My success is entirely up to me. I’m write damn good stories.
  • “Fear is the Enemy” is not just a saying people throw around. Fear is the wall that stands between failure and success. Which side do you want to stand on? Do you want to live in the shadow of fear, or do you want to put that behind you and stand in the sun? (I live in Florida, I can tell you the sun is very enjoyable.)

Putting The Storm Inside out all over again has already transformed my life. It has sat in the iBooks Top 5 in UK for the last week and Reflected and Lightning have jumped up the paid charts…reminding me that the only one holding my books back is me. It was terrifying to re-read my book, but it’s turned into a lovely experience to re-edit the books. The new paperback proof is on the way to my mailbox right now. I’ll be sure to share the pictures with you all when it gets here!

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The Making of Book Covers — Indie Vs. Traditional Publishing

Prepping for the Week (and stuff)

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First off, let me start by saying Good Morning to all you lovely people! Good morning! So often life is what we make of it and not enough of us do something as simple as smiling and saying good morning.

I was reminded of this during my morning run. I truly live in a cool freaking town. We’re an athletic town. We have a National Training Center with several Olympic athletes. We’re a triathlon destination. We have low Florida hills, lakes, and beautifully paved trails. I try to get out and run every morning after I lose drop my kids off at school. My run is on the trail around our lake. It’s pretty busy and every one–serious athlete in training or senior citizen–smiles and says good morning. It’s quite possibly the nicest way to start the day.

Anyway. Prepping for the week. I promised you guys more tips and recipes for the busy writer-mom. Here goes. This week we went light on the Sunday night prep. Nate and I are running a 5k in downtown Orlando Thursday night and the kids are off from school Friday. Here’e what our menu looks like:

Slow cooked BBQ Pork

Spaghetti and meat sauce

Beef nachos

Veggie lasagne

Publix (pre-cooked) Chicken and parmesan baked asparagus

Chicken parmesan grits

Pancake batter

All the beef for the nachos and spaghetti was browned Sunday night and portioned off for the two meals it is part of. The pork is slow cooked and divided into portions. The veggie lasagna is a one-pot, cooked, and portioned. The nachos and asparagus will be created on their respective nights. Both are incredibly easy.

In addition, I washed and portioned out fresh grapes and celery. They key for fruit and veggie consumption in our house is having it grab-and-go ready, plus on the eye-line when you open the door. They are sitting next to a bowl of plums.

For breakfast we also pre-cooked a 5 cup pot of chicken parmesan grits, which is basically grits (quick or slow) but the water is substituted with chicken broth. When the grits are down I add half a cup of half and half, three pats of butter, and a handful of grated parmesan. Once cooled, we portion it off for quick breakfasts. Nate adds smoked turkey sticks to his while I much on whatever is the kitchen after my run.

I also premade my special pancake batter for quick pancakes during the week. It’s stored in an old Ranch dressing squirt bottle, ready and waiting to be used.

Below you’ll find links to some of the recipes I used this week, plus a link to my Pinterest board, Meals I Actually Cook.

Baked Parmesan Asparagus

One-Pot Lasagna (this month we subbed the meat for zucchini and squash)

Meals I Actually Cook Pinterest Board

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One last bit of fun news! First Draught is back with all new episode tomorrow! We’ve changed the format slightly. We’ve moved to a half hour show (instead of an hour) and we’re sending you out the video and podcast links all at once. You can sign up for the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bWCj0z and check out the website tomorrow (Tuesday) for this month’s show!

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FOOD! Chicken Meatball Pasta

Food is the cornerstone of my life. When we travel, that’s what I’m most concerned about. What new food can I try? What iconic locale can we eat it in? I celebrate each book release with a splurge of sushi and sake. No date night is complete without food. In the five love languages, they forgot food. Yeah sure, my basic language is “quality time” but really? It’s food. How we relate to it, share it, spend time with it. It’s quality time, but it isn’t quality without the food!

So when it comes to my crazy life (mom of two, wife to overworked engineer, badass writer extraordinaire) time to cook and eat is not something I’m willing to sacrifice. I hit a dark time last year when choices had to be made and cooking got sidelined. There is an art to the science of cooking. It is a perfect blend of those two things I love so much, and not being able to explore and invest in that creative process ultimately drove me slightly insane.

Therefore my goal in 2016 was to find a way to keep cooking and food in my life despite the fact that we’re in the middle of the crazy years of life. Over the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing my favorite recipes, short cuts, tips and tricks. Some of it is a life saver for being able to eat quality home cooked food with zero time to spare, some of it is the complicated dishes I loose myself inside because I need to put my earbuds in, sip on a nice glass of good red wine (or bourbon) and tune out the world. I’ve been promising this series for a long time, so here it is, dear readers!

I’m kicking off with one of my favorites: Chicken Meatball Pasta

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Ingredients:

Aidells Italian Style Meatballs

1 cup of chicken broth

1 box of pasta (the orecchiette pictured is awesome, but we usually end up using bow ties)

2 cans of diced tomatoes

a handful of chopped spinach and fresh basil

1 cup of shredded parmesan

1 cup of shredded mozzarella

Brown the meatballs in a large pan ( I use the pan pictured below. They call it a one-pot pan because you can make all these one-pot meals in it!) Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes, scraping any bits of meatball off the pan that have been browned on.

Let this simmer for five minutes. Sprinkle in some of parmesan and let it melt. Add the spinach and basil, stirring occasionally until everything starts too look yummy (about three to five minutes.) Add the rest of the parmesan and mix. Then top with mozzarella. Turn off the stove and let stand five minutes. Serve and devour.

Tip: add pasta in batches. When I use the orecchiette I use the whole box, but the full box of bow ties is too much.

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be as pre-made or freshly prepared as you prefer. When I’m in a hurry I use the canned tomatoes, shredded mozzarella and parmesan, and sometimes skip the spinach. But when I have the time to really cook, I shred my own parmesan, dice fresh mozzarella, dice my own fresh tomatoes, and really enjoy the process of watching all those fresh ingredients come together.

The other beauty of this recipe is that you can save it and eat it later. It is best fresh off the stove, but we’ve started cooking all our meals for the week on Sundays. It reheats beautifully and is almost just as good as it was freshly cooked.

This is my awesome one-pot pan:

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The Storm Inside Series Update!

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The Storm Inside series got a facelift! That’s right, new covers, new blurbs, and a fresh new start to Spring! Plus, I finally got my wish: flowing red fabric on The Storm Inside cover. I loved the old one, but I always saw it in my head with a flowing red dress. I have no clue why, I just did. This new cover is a nice compromise!

Still to come: new paperbacks! Not only will they be getting covers to match, but The Storm Inside (more than the rest) will be getting a formatting facelift inside. It was my first book and I’ve learned a lot about making paperbacks pretty. I can’t wait to finish them up!

Plus, a box set of all three books will start trickling out to retailers soon. If you know anyone who hasn’t read the series yet, the box set is a great time to start reading because the fourth book in the series will be out soon! Stay tuned for more details on NEVER LET GO. This will be the third Jake and Eve book.

Click on the BOOKS tab above for more information on each of the books and to look at the new blurbs! And be sure to sign-up for my newsletter to get info on all my new releases!

xoxo

Burn is here in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Happy (early) Valentine’s Day! This week is my favorite for all the love reasons: my sister’s wedding anniversary, plus it was this week (16 years ago!) I met my husband, went on our first date, and decided dating other people was dumb. So of course I thought it was the perfect time to release the next book in the Tease series!

Burn is available at all the usual places and only 99 cents for the first few days. The price will go up to $2.99 soon!

Early reviews are very positive. This one is pretty much my favorite:

“I have trouble calling Burn a novella as it is such an excellent, well-designed story! Ava doesn’t believe in love because of her rough past but when she meets Michael Sutherland everything changes! While that may sound like the beginning of many romance stories, that’s where the similarities end. Right from the start these characters come at you with brutal honesty towards each other and I felt like I was right there experiencing everything with them! You get to see their raw passion and the deep relationship they are building.” -Goodreads reviewer

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Happy reading!

I see my friends falling in love. Head over heels, passionately, intensely, erotically, in love.

And all I can think is how incredibly stupid they are.

Love is the most dangerous thing there is, don’t they know that? Love will break you. Love will take everything you care about. Love will erase you. I know this because I’ve lived it. There’s nothing I want less in my life than love.

And so far, I’ve done a damn good job of keeping people away. My friends don’t really know me and I haven’t spoken to my family in years. I use men when I need them because that’s all they’re good for. It’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length. Or better yet, a good mile or two.

All of this was working brilliantly until Michael-fucking-Sutherland snuck up on me. It happened so fast, so completely unexpectedly, that it was over before I knew what I’d done…I’d let someone see the real me. He cut straight through my barriers and lies as if they weren’t even there, like some sort of superhuman sex god.

And even worse? I think I liked it. I think…I think I liked finally being seen. It’s unlocked something inside me that was better left buried and forgotten, and now I’m on the verge of being as supremely stupid as all my love-drunk friends…something Michael Sutherland seems damned determined to make a reality.
***Burn is a stand-alone novella in the Tease series.

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