Summer writing

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I’m sorry to be posting late. I’ve been writing like a fiend, and I’m starting to get tired.

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So I thought I’d give you an idea of my summer writing schedule–if that kind of thing interests you.

For July, these were my goals:

  1. Finish writing a Heartwarming novel that is due September 1.
  2. Write an Amish novella that is contracted with my new publisher, Kensington.

 

For August, I still need to:

  1. Edit that Heartwarming novel that is due September 1.
  2. Put together a new proposal for my agent.
  3. Edit the Amish novella
  4. Do a book signing! That’s for like, one afternoon, but I figure it still deserves to be on the list.

 

This is what my writing schedule looks like this summer, so not a lot of rest for me. I’ve been writing hard!

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Nice guys

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The best men are interesting. I know that I write about hunky heartthrobs who draw every female eye, but I find that in real life the guys who garner less immediate attention tend to be the ones I like better.

Have you ever noticed that? Ordinary guys… the ones who blend into the background a little more. They’re thinkers. They have character. They stand for something. Oftentimes, they’ve been overlooked for some reason or other, so they know what it feels like to be ignored or passed over. They aren’t relying on their instant charisma or their obvious monetary success to get them what they want. They know how to dig deeper down and to work hard.

They tend to be kinder, too. (The good ones, at least. Some get meaner. Run from those.) The good guys have spent more time with their own thoughts, and less time being pet and told how wonderful they are. They’ve watched other relationships around them, and they’ve formed a few opinions about what they want to receive, and what they want to give. They have a stronger sense of self that’s not reliant on female attention.

In my mind, that’s a real man. Getting to know him is a treat.

Is he rich? Not likely. Is he stunningly handsome? Maybe not to everyone, but every man has an attractive quality. Besides what you find incredibly attractive might not be what I do. Is he smooth? Heavens, no! He hasn’t been romantically involved with that that many women to have honed those skills.

But is he worth the time to get to know him? Is he worthy of your heart, and eventually your vow?

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There are good men out there! They say that nice guys finish last, but I don’t think so. I don’t know about you, but if there’s a guy who doesn’t have all the women flirting with him constantly, who doesn’t flirt back, who’s already made it clear that he’s not the kind of guy who plays a fast game, I think he’s a whole lot more interesting as a person, and a a romantic partner.

And here’s a secret: when that guy who’s been saving himself for the right woman finally unleashes all that pent up romance and passion, it’s so much more rewarding! Trust me, he’s worth it!

Nice guys don’t finish last–they play on a whole different level!

 

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And speaking of the guys worthy of your love…

My newest book will hit the shelves in just a couple of weeks, but you can get a copy now through Harlequin’s site!

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Comfort Creek Lawmen have a new member

Returning home has stirred painful memories for officer Gabe Banks. But responding to a robbery at Harper Kemp’s bridal shop has upended his world. Harper’s adopted four-year-old is the daughter he never knew existed. Gabe’s no longer the bad boy Harper remembers, but he’s still terrified of commitment. Despite their fierce attraction, Harper must protect her little girl’s heart…and her own.

Upcoming Book Signing

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For my August release, The Deputy’s Unexpected Family, I will be having a book signing at the Spruce Grove, Alberta Indigo Bookstore.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

12-4 PM

70 McLeod Avenue,
Spruce Grove, Alberta
T7X 3C7
Canada
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Seventeen Harlequin books in, and this is my first book signing! I wish had an interesting reason for waiting so long, but the truth is, a book signing intimidates me. Authors are solitary creatures by nature, so sitting behind a little table waiting for people to come talk to me is just about the scariest thing I can think of. But I’m going to do it. 🙂 And I’m begging all my local friends to come visit me, while I’m at it.

I’d love to see you there! If you are in the Edmonton, Alberta area and you’d like to pick up a signed copy of my latest book, I’d be thrilled to meet you in person.

 

A strong enough partition

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Library books are a delicious treat to me. I don’t tend to read while I’m currently writing a novel, because I don’t want the story I’m reading to bleed into the story I’m writing. That does happen to me sometimes. I have a weird laser focus when I write which allows me to finish up a rough draft in about 4-5 weeks. However, that laser focus means that there isn’t a strong enough partition between fiction creating and fiction reading in my brain for me to be able to do it all seamlessly. So, I take some precautions.

When I’m finished writing a manuscript, I reward myself with some reading.

This time, I finished up the rough draft to my upcoming Heartwarming story tentatively called DIAPER DUTY MATCHMAKER. Then my editor send me the first round of edits for HIS LITTLE GIRL’S HERO, which I worked on and sent back, which left me with a beautiful weekend with not much to do but read.

And I made the most of it!

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Hope you got to read this weekend, too!

 

A new cover!

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I got the email every Harlequin author loves to get–I got my official cover for HER LAWMAN PROTECTOR.

This is the story with the plus-sized heroine and the beefy cop. Detective Jack Talbott has devoted his life to ending police corruption. His latest target is Liv Hylton, the ex-wife of a dirty cop. She’s also the woman he’s secretly loved for years. To get close to her, Jack’s going undercover as her boyfriend. But when the evidence points to Liv’s innocence and a threat to her safety, he’ll do anything to protect her. Even risk his career…

And here is the cover! So what do you think?

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Their relationship isn’t real… but his feelings for her are!

Coming October, 2018!

 

 

Hail!

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The other day, we got a massive (and very fast) hail storm pass over our section of town. From what could tell from Facebook comments, it was very localized, but look at the size of it!

 

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Somewhere between pea-sized and marble sized. It also came with an absolute downpour that turned the streets into rivers for a few minutes.

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Gotta love those prairie storms. As it was coming down, I could see blue sky behind me, so I knew it wouldn’t last long.

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It was ONLY hail, though. There was one June where we got snow.

And, of course, I grabbed my phone and snapped a few pictures for your benefit. Because what is a storm if you can’t have bragging rights? 😉

Cover vs Cover

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I love it when Harlequin uses my cover for promotion! It’s not only fun, but it makes my release feel so much more real. The things authors look forward to. LOL!

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This time, my cover was pitted against Jill Weatherholt’s cover–and her book looks great, too!

I have to say, it’s going to be one pretty Love Inspired shelf come August. 😉 I hope you’ll pick up both of them!

Little Coco

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I’m a bird person. I’ve had pet birds since I was a girl, and I get so very attached to them. They have their own personalities, and they’ll bond to people quite easily, if you know how to talk to them.

Well, recently, our little yellow budgie, Coco, had to be put down by the vet. It was a really hard choice to make, but she was getting sicker and sicker, and I think she’d just gotten to the end of her life span. I didn’t want the poor thing to suffer. So I made an appointment with the vet and brought her in.

The vet told me it was the right choice, so I made the painful decision to say goodbye.

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That was a few weeks ago, and I recently got a sympathy card in the mail from the vet’s office, and while I know that they do this for everyone who loses a pet there, I thought it was a really sweet gesture. All the staff signed it, and they even called Coco by name. It was thoughtful of them.

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Our Quaker parrot has been grieving the loss of his little friend, too. He asks for Coco on a regular basis, and I’m not sure how you’re supposed to explain death to a bird. I was hoping he’d forget her after a while, but he hasn’t yet. From time to time he’ll go over to where her cage used to be and ask me repeatedly, “Coco? Coco?”

We all miss her, even Pichu the Quaker. She was such a sweet little bird, and she’s left a hole. Isn’t it amazing how much we can love one little yellow budgie?

Excerpt from The Deputy’s Unexpected Family

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Would you like a little taste of my August release? I thought I’d share!

 

“You’re a good man, Gabe,” Harper said quietly.

But he wasn’t. He was a man, certainly, but not a good one. He was a lost man, a frustrated man. He was now a father set up to disappoint his only daughter. He disappointed every woman who got too close, but if he was going to let a woman down, he’d rather it be with emotional honesty than pretending he was something he wasn’t.

And those beautiful lips, parted again as she drew in a breath to keep talking, were all he could think about. They were all he’d been able to think about for days now.

“I try real hard,” he said gruffly, and he dipped his head down and caught those lips with his–anything else she was about to say evaporating on her tongue. He felt a rush of relief to have finally closed that distance between them. He put a hand up to her face and kissed her gently as her eyes fluttered shut, and for just a moment, she sank against his chest. The store melted away around them as his lips moved over hers, and he felt her soft sigh against his face. Then she stiffened and pulled back.

“Gabe…” Her fingers moved to her lips, touching them as if burned.

“Sorry,” he said with a small smile. “I’ve been wanting to do that ever since I saw you again.”

“But–” She dropped her hand.

And he bent down and kissed her lips again. He was going to regret this–he knew that for a fact–so he might as well kiss her again. It could count as one big mistake. But this time as his lips met hers, she kissed him back, and his heart sped up at the realization. She felt this, too–it wasn’t one sided this time around. And while he knew he had very good reasons to be keeping a distance from this woman, he couldn’t quite remember them with her in his arms. She was so warm and soft and fragrant, and every single hope he’d held over the years seemed to tumble back into the room.

The bell above the door jingled and they both startled. Harped leaped from his arms. A blush blazed over her cheeks, and her scandalized gaze swept from Gabe to the newcomer.

“Heidi,” Harper squeaked. “Hi…”

“Oh!” Heidi pulled off her sunglasses and ran a hand through her short cropped, auburn hair. “I didn’t mean to disturb…”

“Shut up,” Harper said irritably. “You aren’t. Gabe was just leaving.”

 

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Coming to a bookstore near you in August!

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Our summer fun

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We have a local historical park that we just love, and this year we got a season’s pass. So guess what we’ll be up to most weekends! 🙂

I thought I’d share a few pictures from our recent trip there.

It’s so much fun! We haven’t had a pass for a few years now, so we plan to make the most of this one over the summer.

I’m a real stickler about not putting pictures of my family up, but this next one has my son in it–he’s the kid in the red shorts. ( ❤ )  And he’s getting so big! I can’t share the family shots, but he’s past my shoulder now, and just keeps getting taller! (Amazing what happens when you feed them, right?)

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I love the feeling of stepping back in time, strolling with my husband down the streets, and just basking in the prairie heat.

So when I’m NOT writing this summer, this is probably where I’ll be found. 😉