Hello from Florida! If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter then you are one of the lucky ones who got to read Love: an Adam & Elizabeth Short Story last week! I’m posting it here today for my website readers to enjoy as well.
Big news! You asked, I answered. After an overwhelming (you guys are seriously awesome!) number of requests, I’ve decided to write another book for Adam and Elizabeth. It will most likely be a novella about the time after Tease and before they get married. I don’t know what it’s called, what the cover will be, or what date it will be released, but I’m hoping to have it out in time for Christmas.
This will be the first of several new stories about Adam and Elizabeth, as well as Theo and Allison, and any other couples who want to have more stories told. I will continue to write new couples as well. Already on the docket is Lily (Elizabeth’s little sister) in 7 Dirty Lies, and Margaret in Hooked Up, both coming in 2017! I’m so excited to write you guys more books in the Tease Series and I absolutely love hearing from all of you here on the website, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Please keep stopping by and saying hi!❤
Now, find out what Adam and Elizabeth have been up to in Love: an Adam & Elizabeth Short Story.
Hello lovely readers! I hope September is treating everyone well. It’s certainly been fantastic for Julia Kelly. Monday her new series from Pocket Star debuted on retailers everywhere! You all know Julia from First Draught and because she’s one of my favorite people. Get to know more about Julia in this short interview I did with her the other day. I ask her about her book, whether she’d prefer Thor or Loki, and her Facebook group: Really Old Frocks. If you love corsets, bustles, and fashion, you have to check it out on Facebook or Instagram! Then scroll down to enter the Rafflecopter (I have promised Julia whatever she wants from me, so be sure to enter!)
The Governess Was Wicked
Elizabeth Porter is quite happy with her position as the governess for two sneaky-yet- sweet girls when she notices that they have a penchant for falling ill and needing the doctor. As the visits from the dashing and handsome Doctor Edward Fellows become more frequent, Elizabeth quickly sees through the lovesick girls’ ruse. Yet even Elizabeth can’t help but notice Edward’s bewitching bedside manner even as she tries to convince herself that someone of her station would not make a suitable wife for a doctor. But one little kiss won’t hurt…
Julia Kelly is the award-winning author of sexy historical and contemporary romances about smart women and the men who love them. She picked up her first romance novel and the bad habit of reading well past her bedtime when she was thirteen. Years later, she decided to try writing books of her own and never looked back.
By day, Julia is an Emmy-nominated journalist in New York City where she chases breaking news and bosses reporters around. She never met a pair of stilettos she didn’t love and still stays up too late reading.
Want more Julia interview goodness? Check out this month’s episode of First Draught!
Whether you’re hunkered down with Hurricane Hermine or getting ready for a holiday weekend, I’ve got a sale for you! One Week in Wyoming is officially retiring next week. You can still grab Undressing Cara (my story in the anthology) separately, but this will be the last time you can grab all four stories told in their original interconnecting order. And for only 99 pennies!
Cara and Eli were so much fun to write because they’d both had long distance crushes on each other for years, but never met. In One Week in Wyoming they are finally in the same place at the same time. The only problem is that Cara’s already lived out her fantasy version of Eli on the page, writing him as her most famous hero.
She wrote their love story before they even met.
You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens with the billionaire bad boy of Seattle!
Grab the 14 steamy romances for free! That’s right: 14 free books filled with steamy romance! Happy reading!
Tease by Alexis Anne
The Wedding Week by Julia Kelly
Protecting His Heart by Dana Volney
Personal Geography by Tamsen Parker
Sass by Laramie Briscoe
Anywhere with You by Heatherly Bell
Tease by Tracy Reed
Dissident by Cecilia London
King Takes Queen by Monica Corwin
Stockholm Diaries, Caroline by Rebecca Hunter
Welcome to Cypress Corners by JoMarie DeGioia
Last Call by Jen Doyle
Wrecked (Studs in Spurs) by Cat Johnson
A Good Game by D. D. Shaw
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It’s kind of a surprise release day since I didn’t really tell anyone it was coming. Yes, if you were digging around you probably knew 5 Dirty Sins was dropping today, but most of the world did not!
I suffered some wicked writer’s block while writing this story. I had to get pretty mean and dirty to force this story out of my head. But it’s here and I’m so excited for you all to meet Logan and Nora!
Since there was no build up to today’s release you probably don’t know anything about the book other than the fact that it’s the fifth book in the Tease Universe. So I’m going to drop all the buy links right here, then if you scroll down, I’ll give you a quick rundown on the who/what/where/when/why of 5 Dirty Sins!
Who: Nora Ford / Madeline Faints
Yes, you read that right! Our heroine is living a double (okay, triple) life! You have no idea how hard this was to write so it made sense! Nora is a quiet, introverted, socially awkward musical phenom.
Six years ago a deadly stalker forced her to run in order to save her life (and the life of her parents.) But she couldn’t leave music behind. It wasn’t just in her blood, it was everything. So she created Madeline Faints, a singer who only appears in disguise:
I never appeared in public without my face disguised and while it might seem contradictory to hide as a celebrity, it was actually perfect. Celebrities never looked like themselves, they were always surrounded by security, and I could act as eccentrically as I needed to.
But the bright lights and fear of being discovered have worn thin. Madeline wants a real life with roots, friends, and a future. That’s when she moves into a quaint little cottage in Calhoun Beach. Right next door to our hero!
Who #2: Logan Phillips
He only has the one name, but he does have a past he doesn’t talk about.
I busied myself with the coffee hoping that this time around I’d be able to form complete sentences and act remotely normal. I dumped the already ground coffee into the basket, filled the reservoir with water, and hit the button, all without a word or a glance back at Logan.
And he hadn’t said anything either. It wasn’t until I turned around and found him very obviously appreciating my ass that I realized why.
I crossed my arms and narrowed my eyes. “Excuse me?”
His eyes flicked up to mine and he shrugged.
“Just returning the thorough eye-fucking you gave me earlier.”
My jaw fell open. “The—I—no!” My voice was pretty much a squeak at the end.
“Oh yes you did,” he chuckled, eyes still locked on mine. “And I enjoyed it. You can look me up and down anytime, Nora.”
Logan is a prankster. He’s fun, funny, and even more fun to write! Plus he has this adorable sweet side which makes it that much more intense when he turns on the hot bodyguard half of his personality in order to protect Nora and the future he wants to have with her.
(You might remember Logan from the last chapter of Burn. He grew up in NYC with Adam Callaway and learned to cook from Adam’s mother! He also used to play rugby with Michael Sutherland when they both lived in New York.)
What: Seth Lloyd
Seth is the man that drove Nora away from her family. He’s the threat that’s constantly on the horizon.
Where: Calhoun Beach, South Carolina
I was so happy to head back to Calhoun Beach for another installment. This time around we’ve added a whole cast of new characters and a new location! “Grounds For Thought: a place for introverts and insomniacs” is a coffee/record/book store owned and operated by Nora’s best friend Molly.
When: 6 Years After Nora Left Home
The story picks up after six years on the run. Nora is about to start a nice, quiet life in Calhoun Beach. She just needs to get through the last six months of Madeline Faint’s final tour.
Nora hasn’t put down roots or had a friend in six years. She’s tired and lonely. All she wants is to write music and live her life. She’s set herself up to disappear into the quiet town of Calhoun Beach. Lucky for her, she’s moved in next door to the hot surfing yogi pastry chef with a silly streak as wide as his loyalty runs deep. (I think that made sense?)
You have to read the book to find out what happens, but suffice it to say, Logan plays a critical role in helping Nora put her past to rest and start a new life in Calhoun Beach!
Cue the sexy times! (and happy reading!)
There are two different book covers for 5 Dirty Sins! I’ve gotten some push back from the retailers about how sexy my book covers are, so I decided to test a non-racy cover at iBooks. Below you can look at both versions. Feel free to let me know which one you prefer and why! I will always stick with whatever my readers want most!
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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!
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!
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.
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!)
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!