A veritable media blackout

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This week, I turned the big 4-0. I am now officially a woman in my 40s, and I think I like it!

I’ve been looking forward to this, actually, because I noticed something about women 40 plus–all those things they told us mattered most when we were growing up, suddenly start mattering a whole lot more. You remember those talks we had with our parents, when they told us to ignore the mean girls, to power through heartbreak, to be brave and know our own worth? That’s when they told us what mattered most–character, brains, a sense of humour. “And you have those, sweetie. You’ll see. Life has a way of turning things on their heads.”

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Life at 40 isn’t about how cute you are anymore, because if you’re still adorable at 40, you’re doing something wrong! 40 is not cute. Laugh lines, a solid line of gray down the part in your hair, and a new appreciation for when it’s too late to eat is not adorable. And I’m glad, because the whole cutie-pie thing past 16 is very annoying. It’s come full circle again, and life is now about the very things our mother’s predicted: character, brains, a sense of humour.  So if you haven’t spent the last 20-odd years developing the important stuff, it’s going to be painfully obvious. Because “cute” no longer cuts it.

The media has a lot to say to women under 40 about who they should be, what makes them beautiful, what they deserve… But there is a veritable media blackout for women 40 plus! The actresses–except a select few playing grandmothers and storekeepers–slip into the background. And some might think that’s a bad thing because it implies we’re no longer relevant, but I disagree. It’s freeing! Nobody cares what we do anymore! 

This isn’t news to the other women. I’m just new to the party, so it’s all exciting and novel. The lack of societal supervision is heady. It doesn’t mean we aren’t beautiful still, but with the bulk of the attention off of us, we could do a whole lot while no one is looking…

Character, brains and a sense of humour. I knew they’d come back into style eventually. 😉

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Little Mountain Towns

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Growing up, my father was a minister and we moved around a lot. I’ve found that it’s a lot like having a parent in the military. I was always in a new school, living in a new setting. For my high school years, our family moved to a little mountain town called Salmon Arm in British Columbia, Canada.

Shuswap Lake

It’s a gorgeous little town fuelled by tourism. It’s located right by the Shuswap Lake. I have so many great memories from those three years in Salmon Arm! Friends, rights of passage… We hung out at the beach, drove around, and I worked at the local McDonald’s where all the other kids worked, too. It was a really great place to graduate high school.

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This is a recent picture of the house we lived in back then.  (Snapped by a friend who went home to visit her parents.) That living room window has a view of the lake–just gorgeous!

Salmon Arm has stuck in my heart. There’s something about the way the seasons change in the mountains–like how you can know when winter is almost there because the snow line has moved down the mountains.

So when I wrote HER LAWMAN PROTECTOR, I decided to set it in the fictional mountain town of Eagle’s Rest. I gave her a bookstore… and I set it in the fall with the leaves all changing and the snow line moving steadily down those mountains… ❤

Sigh! I love this book! I really think you’ll like it, too!

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4.278504.512.9781335633828Their relationship isn’t real…

But his feelings for her are!

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…

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Pass the crayons

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I stumbled across this a few days ago, and it made me laugh out loud!

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Anybody else feel like it all piles up sometimes?

I’m an author, a wife and a mom to a ten-year-old. And there are some stresses that aren’t really negotiable, you know? Like parenting stress–you can’t exactly let the ball drop when it comes to your child. And there are a few stresses that I’m not willing to downgrade–like the writing. So, every once in a while, I just need to vent some stress.

Oh, did I mention that I’m an introvert? So going out and getting social doesn’t do that for me.

Lately, my favourite release is going alone to my parents’ place and watching their TV. My parents record a few of my favourite shows, and I go there to watch them. It sounds so trivial, but it drains the stress away, and when I get back home, my husband has taken care of the parenting stuff for me.

It’s more effective than colouring would be… I think. But then again, maybe I should get an angry red crayon and give it a try. 😉

 

Care to pre-order?

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I have a few books coming out in the next few months, and you can pre-order now to make sure you get them as soon as they release!

I thought I’d give you a little list for your convenience. 🙂

4.280109.512.9781335478924Coming January 1, 2019. But you can pre-order now!

Two stubborn hearts. One ranch.

Could Montana Twins unite them?

With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.

 

 

 

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Falling for the Cowboy Dad
(Book 2 in Home to Eagle’s Rest miniseries)

Cover to come.

Coming out March 1, 2019, but you can pre-order now!

He’s always been the one…

She’s always been just a friend!

Grace Beverly spent years hopelessly in love with her best friend, Billy Austin. Now he’s back in Eagle’s Rest, Colorado, determined to provide the best life possible for his four-year-old daughter. He’s just not sure how. Helping Billy navigate the world of parenting is a one-way ticket back to heartache. Yet how can Grace say no to her oldest friend?

 

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The Bishop's Daughter MM

Coming May 2019, but you can pre-order now!

In this poignant, beautifully written novel, a faithful young Amish widow is reunited with her wayward first love . . .

As a bishop’s daughter and good Amish mother, widowed Sadie Hochstetler teaches her young son that God blesses those who try their best to please Him. But her brief marriage taught her that life is infinitely more complicated than that. Older, and serious, her late husband seemed a sensible choice—especially compared to Elijah Fisher, the spirited boy with whom she butted heads and hearts. Then Elijah abruptly left for the Englisher world, taking Sadie’s beloved brother along with him—a double betrayal she still strives to forgive. Especially now that Elijah has returned . . .

Elijah plans to stay in the Amish community only as long as he’s needed, helping his family and working for Sadie’s ailing father. The outside world has changed him, leading him to question rules and restrictions that others take on faith. Once, he’d been head over heels in love with the bishop’s daughter—a girl he was judged unworthy of courting. Nine years have changed so much between them. Yet something remains—a spark that, for all their differences, might light the way home again . . .

 

 

You can pre-order any of these upcoming releases! I think you’ll love them, too. ❤

 

Every time…

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Working hard on a first draft, I tend to block out pretty much everything else. I mean, I can keep my family running, so I’m not completely useless, but I feel like I come up out of a fog.

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And recently, I’ve finished a first draft. 🙂

Thank you, thank you. It does take a lot out of me, but it feels AMAZING to get a first draft hammered out and finished. It’s a terrible piece of writing–all first drafts are–but it’s ready to be edited! And that first draft is the majority of the work.

In the rest of my life, I’ve been fooling around with cooking on the weekends so I have a freezer full of food to call upon during the week, and thus spend less of my writing time on boring household tasks like cooking.

It’s working, but I have to say, I find eating the freezer food a bit boring. So I can’t win there, it seems. LOL! What I really need is a cook.

Don’t we all!

But don’t forget that my newest release is on sale this month! You can find it online–Amazon, Harlequin, and pretty much anywhere else you buy books online.

So check it out! 🙂

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4.278504.512.9781335633828Their relationship isn’t real…

But his feelings for her are!

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…

 

Where do you get your ideas?

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Writers get asked this a LOT. Where do our ideas come from? And the best answer I can give you is this:

We have twisted imaginations!

Some things we just make up. Other things, come from everyday stuff in our lives that gets twisted and pickled in the brine of our imaginations.

For example, in my newest release, HER LAWMAN PROTECTOR, there is a woman with a stroller. She’s a little creepy. Okay, she’s a lot creepy. I’m not going to tell you WHY she’s there, or who she is, or anything like that, but trust me–she’s memorable!

800px-Stroller&baby,japanAnd where did she come from? I have this friend… LOL! Yes, if you’re my friend you run the risk of being written in novels. She has a toddler, and we meet up in front of our kids’ school every day. So every day, I walk down the street toward the corner, and I see her standing there with the stroller. Well, one day I was walking down the street thinking about this manuscript, and I saw her standing there, and it came to me…

On the bright side, she’s read the book and LOVED it! So far, I think it’s her favourite. I reminded her that I’d written her into this one in the form of “Woman with Stroller”, her response was to laugh and say, “Yeah, I recognized myself there!”

So where do I get my ideas? Everywhere. And nowhere. And sometimes from my friends who have done nothing more dramatic than stand there with a stroller. 😉

*****

4.278504.512.9781335633828

 

Their relationship isn’t real…

But his feelings for her are!

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…

You can get the e-book now at the Harlequin site! The official book release is October 2. 🙂

You can now pre-order!

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The Bishop’s Daughter doesn’t hit shelves until May, 2019, but you can preorder your copy now.

The Bishop's Daughter MM

 

Exciting, isn’t it? It is for me! I’m proud of this book. The editors who have read it have all raved about it and been really enthusiastic, so I’m eager for it to hit the shelves.

And nervous.

And excited.

Oh… just go pre-order it! I REALLY think you’ll love it!

In my hot little hands

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My October release, Her Lawman Protector, took a little bit of time to arrive. Normally I get my own copies a lot quicker, but Harlequin rushed out another box for me when mine didn’t arrive, and it landed on a my doorstep a couple of weeks ago. And here it is…

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…in all its glory! I love this book so much! It’s a mystery with an undercover cop and a heroine who has no idea she’s being investigated.

It’s available now through the Harlequin site as an e-book, so you could snap up a copy now!

The print version will be available online wherever books are sold starting October 2. 🙂

It smells so good!

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I got this little package from Kensington books. It had about twenty of these book covers–not the whole book, just the unattached covers. I don’t know what you call them… if you do, let me know!

But I have to tell you… they smell amazing! It’s that printing press smell of ink and paper. It’s intoxicating. Even more so when it’s your own book. 😉

 

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And it’s exciting, because this is my official cover for my very first Amish release through Kensington books. Can’t wait to see this one on the shelves in May!