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!

 

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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. 😉

Comfort Creek Lawmen

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I thought I’d give you a little overview of my Comfort Creek Lawman miniseries that is finishing up this August!

So here they are, all in once place.

Comfort Creek Lawmen–men in blue with hearts of gold.

Comfort Creek, Colorado, is the county’s sensitivity training location for cops who need an attitude adjustment. It’s the dullest town in the state–at least for the driven police officers who find themselves staying there for two week stints while they learn a few soft skills.

It’s a tiny town with traffic that crawls and stores that close too early. But it’s a place with heart, too. And the officers who find themselves serving their disciplinary time within this sensitivity training program are offered two options:

Bookwork in the basement with binders filled with worksheets about making better choices

or….

doing it the police chief’s way, which tends to be a whole lot more creative.

Most of them choose the second option.

And find love in the process!

 

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Officer Bryce Camden never expected his two-week stint in Comfort Creek, Colorado, would mean diaper duty. But that’s exactly what happens when he stays at the local bed-and-breakfast where Lily Ellison is fostering an abandoned baby girl. Bryce is drawn to the lovely B and B owner, but being a dad is not part of his plans. His troubled past has shown him that he’s not the nurturing type. But he soon finds himself wishing he didn’t have to leave. Because Lily and the baby have taken root in his heart and made him think that maybe he could be a family man after all…

 

 

 

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Forced to work with the woman who left his brother at the altar five years ago, police chief Chance Morgan must also face his own guilt. Sadie Jenkins’s return to town stirs feelings he thought he’d buried along with his soldier brother, who died overseas. Almost kissing Sadie the night before her wedding was a mistake—one he won’t make again. For Sadie, planning a remembrance ceremony for the town’s military men will help build her event-planning business. But working with Chance is bringing up all the emotions she once ran from. Is she ready to finally take that leap into the future…with him?

 

 

And coming this August, the final book in the Comfort Creek Lawmen miniseries!

 

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From stubborn bachelor to family man… The 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.

The Johns Family

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The other weekend, we went to a local historical park, and they had a caricature artist doing drawings for people, and he was really good!

So the Johns family stood in line for our very own, and this was the result:

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I don’t share photos of my family online, so this is as close as I’ll get to that line. LOL!

In all our goofy glory! ❤

Upcoming Releases

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Just thought you might like a nice, concise list of my upcoming releases. 🙂 Here they are…

 

August 2018

The Deputy’s Unexpected Family

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(This is the last book in my Comfort Creek Lawmen miniseries.)

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October 2018

Her Lawman Protector

Harlequin Heartwarming

(If you’ve been paying attention to what I’m writing, this is the story with the hunky cop and the plus-sized heroine that everyone said they were so excited to read!)

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January 2019

Her Lawman’s Twin Blessings

Love Inspired

(This is the first book in a new miniseries, Montana Twins. Cowboys and twins!)

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April 2019

His Little Girl’s Hero

Harlequin Heartwarming

(A dad who has only just gotten custody of his daughter wants to learn to read at long last… and a preschool teacher who thinks she might be able to help them both, if she can only keep her heart unentangled.)

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May 2019

The Bishop’s Daughter

Kensington Books

(This is the first Amish romance that will out through Kensington Books! I’m very excited about this release!)

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There are a few others, but they don’t have finalized titles yet, so I won’t include them just yet. 🙂 But I’m so excited to be able to share more books with you, and I hope you’ll all rush out and buy them all.  ❤