Mid-Year Review

Last day of July. What a year it’s been. Five months still to go and I have so much I want to jam into them, and that’s just the writing bit.

THE BOOK is finally with my crit partner. Elizabeth’s red pencil is all sharpened and ready to attack 😉 I’m still scared of jinxing things by saying too much (i.e. anything) about THE BOOK yet. Hopefully, I’ll revise it and get it to agents by September.

Yes, I’m aiming to start The Great Agent Hunt this year. Wish me luck! And if you know a great agent for contemporary romance, please email me :)

Meantime, I’ve plotted out and am all set to start (tomorrow) my fifth “Texas Kisses” short romance. Fall Into His Kiss has the most adorable hero. I’m already in love with Wyatt, and with his house! or should I say land? East Texas looks like a wonderful place to live and I’ve given Wyatt something extra special — and a donkey!

After THE BOOK and Fall Into His Kiss are complete, the next project –finally — is Djinn Justice, the long over-due sequel to Demon Hunter. I’m really impatient to tell the remainder of Steve and Fay’s story. Yes, they’re happy together, but do they really think life is going to be easy for a leopard shifter, heir to the Suzereignity, and a woman who might be the world’s most powerful mage?

So all of that will keep me busy till the end of the year.

Do you have plans for the rest of the year?

Apart from writing, my attempts to give up sugar are continuing. I’m not hard ass about it. I enjoy dessert when I go out or an occasional doughnut, but I am trying to make most days sugar-free. It’s tough. To my surprise, though, I’ve discovered that my chocolate addiction is really to the cacao and not the sugar, so I’m happy to eat cacao wafers instead of sugary milk chocolate. Who’d a’thought it?

 

Texas Kisses

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Writing my Texas Kisses is wonderful fun. They’re short stories (one hour reads), and offer sweet, clean romance on Amazon — free for those subscribed to Kindle Unlimited.

Joy House will be out in July, and Fall Into His Kiss is planned for August. Watch this space for more information on both.

Kiss Me, Quick  — some debts can’t be paid with chicken noodle soup.

First Kiss — if you paint a cowboy’s horse pink, be prepared to face the consequences!

Summer Kiss — fishing at midnight, the new sheriff catches more than he’d dreamed of.

New Release: Summer Kiss

I’m excited to share my newest Texas Kiss with you. Summer Kiss is live! and for this weekend only, it’s also FREE! So grab it now on Amazon (or Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, or Amazon Australia).

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Freedom! For the last eleven years, schoolteacher Tessa Fraser has been raising her much younger brother with the help of their grandmother. Now her brother is eighteen, headed for college, and Tessa is finally free to indulge her adventurous spirit. Only, Sheriff Caleb Gascoyne has other ideas.

Fishing at midnight, Caleb never thought he’d catch the woman of his dreams, but Tessa is sweet, funny and sparkling with the joys of summer. She’s a world away from his old life when he served his country on secret missions overseas. But she wants freedom, and he’s just settled back into Gascoyne Junction.

Tessa knows Caleb is used to far more sophisticated women than her. She’s spent her whole life in the Texas Hill Country, while he’s travelled the world. Never has she regretted her lack of sophistication so much as when confronted by an honorable, old-fashioned cowboy-sheriff who just won’t be tempted into a midnight kiss.

For fans of first kisses and gorgeous Texas cowboys.

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General Catch Up

Sorry, but this post rambles — look away, now! 😉

The calendar in my study is scrawled with release dates and promotional plans, so obviously I’m aware what month it is. I even know what day it is *glances swiftly at the date in the corner of the computer screen* but somehow it hadn’t dawned on me that I was half-way through April! Well into the SECOND quarter of the year. Where did March go? Heck, where did February scamper off to?

I think that says something about how busy I am. The insomnia says something about that, too — but I just bought a yummy herbal tea to deal with the sleep-eating gremlins! There’s lavender in the mix, which I thought odd, but actually tastes lovely.

I have a new release out April 23. I wrote Empty a while ago, but couldn’t find a home for it — not that I really looked. A short novella about strained family ties rather than romance is a huge step into the unknown for me.

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But May brings me back to familiar ground with Escape Publishing bundling my coastal romances into one book. Love, Coast To Coast has me really excited. I hope lots of readers discover that short stories have all the emotional punch of longer works.

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Meantime, I’m finishing another sweet western romance. I’ve fallen in love with writing them. My dad was a huge western movies fan when I was a kid, so I absorbed a love for Texas that has belatedly burst out! Does anyone else remember the Lucky Luke movies? It amused me no end when the star of those, Terence Hill, became the murder mystery solving priest in Don Matteo.

I’m also plotting a full length book, which is a total secret. Writing it is going to utterly absorb me. It’s such an interesting concept. So I need to clear two months to focus on it; hence the mad activity, now.

Plus, throughout the year I’ve been testing and thinking about promotional activities. So many of the things people tell you to do don’t work — or at least, not for me. Amazon’s algorithms continue to obsess me (and I’m drawing other people into that web of obsession — it’s scary! 😉 ).

So, that’s me. Life blurs past and I promise myself it’ll all be worth it when THE BOOK is written. Until then, if you need my attention, it’s best to shout loudly!

How’s 2015 for you?

New Release: No Rescue

My final Coast-to-Coast romance novella is out today! No Rescue is hot and the setting is even hotter! Sydney Harbour.

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She went to Sydney to hide, instead she was found by love.

Recovering from a tragic hostage situation, Miri Blair escapes to Sydney, and the anonymity of a friend’s apartment. She will go back into the world – just not yet.

Then, one day, she finds herself acting out a Romeo-and-Juliet balcony style scene with Sergeant Tad Robertson of the Water Police, who dares her to risk living again. With the harbour as a backdrop, Tad and Miri find romance by the sea, but Tad has a dangerous job and Miri has been through trauma. Will she have the strength to move away from her past and towards a future with Tad?

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