You don’t have to bend the knee…

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The other day, I was getting ready to go get groceries, and I called to my husband, who was in the other room, “I’m leaving now! I need someone to kiss me and tell me I’m pretty!”

From the bathroom, I heard my son heave a sigh. “Okay, Mom. You’re pretty. Bye.”

LOL! Obviously, the “someone” I was referring to wasn’t my son. My husband came to kiss me, told me I was pretty, and off I went.

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You see, I live under the very strong conviction that while I might not be treated like a stunning beauty anywhere else, I definitely deserve it in my home. I mean, really, where else do I get to be prettiest girl in the room? And where else do I want to be?

I married a man who thinks I’m beautiful, and I still draw his eye. He says, “Never marry a woman who isn’t gorgeous.” At first, I thought this was rather shallow, but he explained that if you marry someone you aren’t besotted with, then what’s the point? Marry a woman you think it just stunning, and you’ll always wake up happy. And beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

In my home, I get to make demands like “kiss me and tell me I’m pretty” before I slog out to get the groceries. I get to be the beautiful one, the one who draws her husband’s eye. And he gets to be the handsome one, the strong one, the guy I go out of my way to flirt with.

It may only be a regular middle class home, but here, I’m QUEEN!

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9781335510747He’s in over his head…

And calling for backup!

Police officer Mike McMann is always cool under pressure, but taking custody of his infant nephew has left him in a cold sweat. Coming to his rescue is social worker Paige Stedler. Paige gives him a crash course on parenting—and a tempting glimpse into a life beyond the badge. But is Mike ready to trade in his SWAT team aspirations for a white picket fence?

 

 

 

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Cover vs. Cover

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I always love when Harlequin uses my cover in their online marketing. They used mine for Cover Vs. Cover! 🙂

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A RANCHER TO REMEMBER is the very last book in. my MONTANA TWINS miniseries… a story about a rancher who has an accident and suffers from temporary amnesia. He’s the father of twin toddlers, and can’t remember how to be a dad. So when his old friend arrives in town, who better to help him remember the life before his accident? But as his shattered memory starts to return, how come it’s his friend he remembers most vividly, and not his late wife?

Does he really want to remember the man he was?

 

I hope you’ll pick up a copy! It’s on the shelves now!

 

And if you’d like a sneak peek at the first chapter, here is your chance!

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That Lamborghini

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I’ve blogged before about how Mr. Johns doesn’t find me funny, but there is the odd time that I can find a joke that makes us both laugh.

This one cracked us both up!

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But it does make me think about the things that matter most in life. My husband and I were reading Michelle Obama’s memoir, and the thing that struck me most was Mrs. Obama’s incredible climb. She started out poor and disadvantaged and ended up in any Ivy League school, in a high paying job as a lawyer and married to the president of the United States. And all through that climb, all of her accomplishments, all that she achieved, her biggest treasures were her family.

I can be a bit of a workaholic. I love writing books, ticking things off my to-do list, and that feeling of accomplishment that comes with growing my career, but I can’t lose sight of what matters most…

…finding jokes that can make my stoic husband laugh. 😉

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9781335510747He’s in over his head…

And calling for backup!

Police officer Mike McMann is always cool under pressure, but taking custody of his infant nephew has left him in a cold sweat. Coming to his rescue is social worker Paige Stedler. Paige gives him a crash course on parenting—and a tempting glimpse into a life beyond the badge. But is Mike ready to trade in his SWAT team aspirations for a white picket fence?

Home to Eagle’s Rest

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My Home to Eagle’s Rest miniseries with Harlequin Heartwarming has been a fun one to write! I do love this mountain town tucked away in the Colorado rockies. My newest release, THE LAWMAN’S BABY, is a part of this miniseries, and my very last Home to Eagle’s Rest story will come out this Christmas. But in the meantime, I wanted to give you a quick peek of Home to Eagle’s Rest stories all together in one place…

So without further ado, here they are:

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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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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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He’s in over his head…

And calling for backup!

Police officer Mike McMann is always cool under pressure, but taking custody of his infant nephew has left him in a cold sweat. Coming to his rescue is social worker Paige Stedler. Paige gives him a crash course on parenting—and a tempting glimpse into a life beyond the badge. But is Mike ready to trade in his SWAT team aspirations for a white picket fence?

 

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And, if you haven’t seen it yet, I also have a Free Read on Harlequin’s website that’s set in  Eagle’s Rest!

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Megan Davis has always wanted to leave her small Colorado hometown for life in the city. So when she finds herself back in Eagle’s Rest, brokenhearted, she tells herself it’s a temporary setback.

Determined to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend, Megan accepts Liam Scott’s invitation to his family’s holiday celebration at Blue Fish Lake. It doesn’t matter that Liam’s parents have been waging a decades-long matchmaking campaign—Megan and Liam are just friends. Megan’s life is in Denver, and Liam is committed to his job protecting Eagle’s Rest as a police officer.

But spending time with Liam reminds Megan of all she’s been missing—laughter, friendship and the natural beauty of Eagle’s Rest. Will Megan keep ignoring the deep emotions sparking between her and Liam, or is she finally ready to embrace a future that’s more than she could ever have imagined?

Click here to read this novella!

 

 

Have you read them all? 

THE LAWMAN’S BABY is out this month!

Free Read!

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Have you started my free online read yet?

Harlequin posts all sorts of free novellas on their website, and all you have to do is set yourself up with an email address and password to get access. They don’t ask for any purchasing info–I know, because I’ve set myself up to get access to the free stories, too.

My latest addition to the free reads is HOME FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY. This one is set in  Eagle’s Rest, so if you’ve been reading the rest of the miniseries, you’ll enjoy this scenic little mountain town all over again.

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Megan Davis has always wanted to leave her small Colorado hometown for life in the city. So when she finds herself back in Eagle’s Rest, brokenhearted, she tells herself it’s a temporary setback.

Determined to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend, Megan accepts Liam Scott’s invitation to his family’s holiday celebration at Blue Fish Lake. It doesn’t matter that Liam’s parents have been waging a decades-long matchmaking campaign—Megan and Liam are just friends. Megan’s life is in Denver, and Liam is committed to his job protecting Eagle’s Rest as a police officer.

But spending time with Liam reminds Megan of all she’s been missing—laughter, friendship and the natural beauty of Eagle’s Rest. Will Megan keep ignoring the deep emotions sparking between her and Liam, or is she finally ready to embrace a future that’s more than she could ever have imagined?

 

 

It’s hard

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I used to love to give writing advice–how to outline a book, how to craft a plot, to create characters…

I don’t like it anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking about what I do, but I’ve learned the hard way that you can talk until you’re blue in face, giving all sorts of priceless advice about novel writing and breaking into the publishing world… but there are some things that a person only learns by doing. In fact, I learned all of those lessons by doing, too. It’s like giving someone verbal instructions on how to balance while riding a bike. Until you start pedalling, it’s all just theory.

So maybe my best novel-writing advice these days is this: start writing!

Writing a book is freaking hard. You have to sit down and put every single word onto the page… and then go over those words and fix them and make them better.

I know I make it seem easy. That’s part of my charm. 😉 But it isn’t easy. It takes focus and energy and a dogged, stubborn refusal to give up. It also requires that you like the process–honestly like it! Because you’ll be doing a LOT of it, and if you don’t like it, you’ll quit. And I won’t even blame you.

However, just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it isn’t fun and fulfilling! And powering through the hard parts is how you end up on the other side filled with all sorts of advice to offer other people who are just starting out.

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So, if you are one of these nutty people who honestly likes the process of writing a book, then the advice I have is–keep writing!

Dogged persistence pays off. And the other people just starting out need to see you succeed! It gives them encouragement and hope that if you can do it, so can they.

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9781335510747He’s in over his head…

And calling for backup!

Police officer Mike McMann is always cool under pressure, but taking custody of his infant nephew has left him in a cold sweat. Coming to his rescue is social worker Paige Stedler. Paige gives him a crash course on parenting—and a tempting glimpse into a life beyond the badge. But is Mike ready to trade in his SWAT team aspirations for a white picket fence?

Staying in my lane

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Authors are in a unique position of both wanting reviews of their books and dreading them. The thing is, in order to be a writer, you have to be rather sensitive by nature. If you aren’t sensitive, you aren’t going to notice the things that most people don’t… and if you aren’t noticing those things, then why on earth should someone read what you write?

So, you must be sensitive, to start, and you need reviews. Reviews require a very thick skin on the author’s part. Reviews are necessary and wonderful and completely none of my business if I want to keep an emotional even keel! Yes, I will send out books asking for honest reviews, and I do feel a wave of relief when I see five star reviews, but reviews are just terrible on the writing process for sensitive people.

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Now, positive reviews are great! They make you feel like all your hard work was worth it, and they leave you with a healthy glow. Negative reviews hurt, and they can make you second guess every word you type afterward.

So my personal way of handling this is to not go looking for reviews of my books. I might check up to see if people who requested the book for review purposes followed through, and I might notice an average star rating, and I HAVE been known to stop and read a review or two, I’m only human… but I would NEVER, EVER respond to them!

Because readers deserve to devour books–discuss, review, love, hate, feel ambivalence for… That’s the the role of the reader, and once my book is written and out there, it is no longer my business how the readers engage with my books. And they shouldn’t have to worry about the author peering over their shoulder while they do it.

Unless they want to contact me and tell me they love it, of course… That’s always nice!

And the rest of the time? I’m writing. It’s what I’m good at, and it makes me happy.

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Have you ordered my new book yet?

9781335510747He’s in over his head…

And calling for backup!

Police officer Mike McMann is always cool under pressure, but taking custody of his infant nephew has left him in a cold sweat. Coming to his rescue is social worker Paige Stedler. Paige gives him a crash course on parenting—and a tempting glimpse into a life beyond the badge. But is Mike ready to trade in his SWAT team aspirations for a white picket fence?

 

 

 

 

Life with Mr. Johns

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I’ve blogged before about how my husband doesn’t think I’m funny. That hasn’t changed, unfortunately. He still seems more baffled than anything by most of my humour. So anyway, recently, I came across this joke online and it gave me a laugh.

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Funny, right? I thought so!

So I went to the other room to tell Mr. Johns the joke.

Me: What do you call a French guy wearing sandals?

Mr. Johns: Um… A priest?

Now, THAT is a funny answer, if you understand his background, etc. My husband was born and raised in East Africa and English is his second language. European priests who came to serve in his African country used to wear socks and sandals. Just total dad-gear. It was a source of humour for him and his siblings for years.

Me: LOL! No, Philippe Philoppe.

Mr. Johns: I don’t get it.

So I spelled it for him.

Mr. Johns: …

Me: Like flip flops. But Philippe… like the name… of a French guy…

Mr. Johns: Yeah. Is that funny?

Me: Yes, that’s funny! You’re impossible!

Mr. Johns: Sorry.

Telling my ESL husband jokes is my cross to bear, I think. But I don’t give up! I do manage to make him laugh sometimes, but it’s normally when I’m being snarky and ranting about something and I’ll get an honest laugh out of him. But when I’m joking around, he just watches me in mild confusion.

I’m funny. I stand by it. 😉

 

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9781335510747He’s in over his head…

And calling for backup!

Police officer Mike McMann is always cool under pressure, but taking custody of his infant nephew has left him in a cold sweat. Coming to his rescue is social worker Paige Stedler. Paige gives him a crash course on parenting—and a tempting glimpse into a life beyond the badge. But is Mike ready to trade in his SWAT team aspirations for a white picket fence?

Do you have your copy yet?

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Have you preordered your copy yet? This one comes out July 1, 2019, and I can’t wait for you to read it!

The tiniest of newborns, a big, bulky cop who has never learned quite enough of the soft skills, and a burnt out social worker who just can’t turn down this frazzled new dad…

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9781335510747He’s in over his head…

And calling for backup!

Police officer Mike McMann is always cool under pressure, but taking custody of his infant nephew has left him in a cold sweat. Coming to his rescue is social worker Paige Stedler. Paige gives him a crash course on parenting—and a tempting glimpse into a life beyond the badge. But is Mike ready to trade in his SWAT team aspirations for a white picket fence?

 

 

 

 

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My Free Read is now live on Harlequin’s website! I love being able to contribute to the free reads, and this novella was so much fun to write.

You can now read the first chapter of Home for the Fourth of July. Every week, a new chapter will be unlocked! This is a sweet story with a cop, his oldest friend, and a break-up that just might give him the chance he never knew he was waiting for…

 

Home for the Fourth of July

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Megan Davis has always wanted to leave her small Colorado hometown for life in the city. So when she finds herself back in Eagle’s Rest, brokenhearted, she tells herself it’s a temporary setback.

Determined to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend, Megan accepts Liam Scott’s invitation to his family’s holiday celebration at Blue Fish Lake. It doesn’t matter that Liam’s parents have been waging a decades-long matchmaking campaign—Megan and Liam are just friends. Megan’s life is in Denver, and Liam is committed to his job protecting Eagle’s Rest as a police officer.

But spending time with Liam reminds Megan of all she’s been missing—laughter, friendship and the natural beauty of Eagle’s Rest. Will Megan keep ignoring the deep emotions sparking between her and Liam, or is she finally ready to embrace a future that’s more than she could ever have imagined?

To read more, click here!