When the Right One Comes Along, the first book in my K-9 trilogy, was released in October. RT Book Reviews wrote this in their review:
When the Right One Comes Along opens with a bang, captivating readers with compassion, kindness and love. James pairs misfortune with joy, heartache, havoc and flirtation, creating the perfect atmosphere for this emotional roller coaster. Plan to have all your emotions tested in this superb start to the K-9 Trilogy. (Thank you RT Book Reviews and Becca Prater!)
Then Harlequin offered a very special promotion for its readers: 10,000 e-Books, including A Child’s Christmas, at just $1.99. At the same time, Harlequin launched Heartwarming Thanksgiving, a special reader event providing 13 free short stories to read online. My short story, The Firefighter’s Promise, is featured today on the Harlequin website. Here's the link to access the story: http://bit.ly/1RZ27Op.
Here is the “back cover blurb” for the story:
An accidental love . . .
When Jacqueline (Jax) Warren is in a serious motorcycle accident, firefighter Ryan Hudson is the first to arrive at the scene. Ryan takes a special interest in Jax, particularly when he discovers that her stepmother shows little interest in her. But Jax learned early in life that she can't rely on other people, and her six-year-old half-brother is the only person she cares about.
Ryan convinces her to celebrate Thanksgiving with him and his family, to show her that not all families are like the one she's known. When he presents her with an unexpected gift, she finally lets him into her life...and her heart.
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But wait . . . it gets better! All Heartwarming books are now an extra $1 off for a total 30% saving all month long! Enter code HEART1115 at checkout and enjoy great savings! Follow our book tour and other media stops for chances to win FREE books, a Harlequin Heartwarming one-year subscription, gift cards and other great prizes.
Another way to engage with me is through the Harlequin community. I would love to hear from you here or the comment section at the bottom of the story. For another chance to win, show your creativity! Write a short epilogue here to be entered to win an autographed copy of When the Right One Comes Along and a $10 Amazon gift card. The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 28th.
As we're in the final stretch to Thanksgiving, this is a special week with an online read each day until the 26th. Watch for the final free online reads from these fabulous Heartwarming authors:
November 24th: Wedding of His Dreams by Cari Lynn Webb
November 25th:The Sweetheart Tree by Rula Sinara
November 26th: Married by Thanksgiving by Melinda Curtis
Please leave a comment below for a chance to win an autographed copy of When the Right One Comes Along.
When the Right One Comes Along
Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.
In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it's chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.
Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica's help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?
Could their backgrounds be any more different? Rick Vasquez, a K-9 unit sergeant with the San Diego Police Department, fled drug-related violence in Mexico as a boy. Madison Long, who recently became primary veterinarian to the SDPD’s canines, is the privileged daughter of a judge.
A product of his upbringing, Rick’s dedicated his life to curtailing cross-border drug trafficking and preventing other young boys from being drawn into the dark world of the cartels. But all that Rick and Madison value, including the growing love between them, is threatened by the dangers of Rick’s job, and the risks he’s determined to take…
I can't believe that it was almost three years ago that I got 'the call'. The life-changing call from Victoria Curran that turned my single title homeless story about Luke & Victoria into a six book small town Heartwarming series.
Love, Lies & Mistletoe is the sixth and final book in my Brookhollow series and saying Goodbye to the series was bittersweet. I love each of the characters I created in the small town and I know I wrote the HEA I set out to write...but I know I will definitely miss writing about this small town.
This last book is Heather Corbett's story. She has been a secondary character in the series since book 1 and my intent was always to end the series with her HEA, (spoiler alert) with her leaving Brookhollow. It is definitely a symbolic full-circle as the series opens with her best friend, Victoria returning to the small town.
There was a lot of pressure with this one. Fans of the series are amazing and I'm so grateful for the readers who looked forward to each instalment as they released. So, I wanted to wrap up the series in a way that would leave them with a warm feeling when they turned that last page.
I hope I succeeded:)
Happy Reading! And thank you all for hanging out in Brookhollow with me:) Maybe we will meet there again someday;)
**Giveaway** Comment below to be entered a signed print copy of LOVE, LIES & MISTLETOE and a Starbucks Gift Card! Winner announced here on Monday:)
This small-town sheriff has big-city secrets
As a detective in New York, Jacob Marx had been deep under cover in a drug cartel…until a bust went terribly wrong. Now posing as a good guy is proving even tougher. Since the force sent him to Brookhollow to lie low as a deputy sheriff, he's been struggling to stay detached from the townspeople. Especially Heather, the gorgeous, high-heeled bartender at the local pool hall who asks too many questions. Tempted as he is, he can't allow himself to connect with her or anyone else. His career and safety are at stake. Of course, a little flirting couldn't hurt… Could it?
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, people might be feeling that holiday stress. We decided it would be fun to play a little game and give away some prizes! If you've been following the blog, you know that we are nearing the end of our Heartwarming Thanksgiving FREE reads. Today, Carol's story, Autumn at Jasper Lake, posted HERE.
We'll give you a few minutes to go read it. Go on, head on over there. We'll wait...
*insert your favorite elevator music here*
Okay, we hope you enjoyed that one as much as we did. Hopefully, you already read Amy's Snow Day Baby (you can click back on that link up there if you need a refresher) and are ready to take our friendly and totally awesome Thanksgiving story quiz!
We're giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and copies of The Best Laid Plans and If Not For a Bee to one lucky winner. All you have to do is take our quiz and post your score in the comments below to be qualified to win. Paperback books will be sent to US winners, international winners will receive an ebook. We will choose a winner on Sunday, November 22nd. Be sure to check back to see if you are our lucky turkey!
Happy Thanksgiving and be sure to check out all the free Thanksgiving reads. All of them are fantastic!
November is one of my
favorite months with its restful quiet. The hurly-burly of
harvest is finally over with only cutting and stacking wood to finish before
snow overtakes New Hampshire. All the trees except the oaks have shed their
leaves; now the shape of the hills, the bones of the earth are visible. Heavy
frost furs the grass in early morning when I take our dog out for her first run
of the day; the last flights of geese honk their way southward while northern
juncos from Canada make their appearance to spend the winter in New England.
This November I’ve been
especially grateful for the hiatus between the summer and fall activities and
the flurry of holiday events. My novel IntoThe Storm from Heartwarming comes out December 1, the first in the Cameron’s Pride series about a Colorado family
involved in the sport of Professional Bull Riding. After traveling through the
Four Corners several years ago, I chose southwestern Colorado near Durango as
the locale for Cameron’s Pride, the family’s home ranch. Writing Into The Storm allowed me to revisit this
beautiful region in my mind with my memories refreshed from my library of
Another November highlight
was the New Hampshire Writers Project Writers Week,
seven days of events
throughout the state. This year’s theme was The Writer’s Journey, a series of
panels on moving from initial motivation to eventual publication. Because I had
so recently gone through the pre-publication process with Into The Storm, I volunteered to contribute to presentations on Creating a Kickass Final Draft and Before Your Book Goes To Press. Although
I’d spoken before groups many times on my work as a wildlife rehabilitator,
this was my first time talking about my writing, a daunting experience. At
least my talk didn’t get stuck in a loop repeating the same thing again again
again . . .
All this while completing a revision
for the second book in the Cameron’s Pride series by December 3. Maybe the
holidays will be more restful after all.
I have to admit that I've been bitten by the Holiday bug this year. I am excited about the upcoming holidays and have been counting down the days until I can put up my Christmas tree and play carols on the radio. For me, the kickoff to Christmas is Thanksgiving. Until then, I can hope and plan, but the holidays don't become real until the fourth Thursday of November.
After last year when I didn't feel up to celebrating much of anything, this year is going to be different. I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family. To go Christmas shopping and wrap gifts. I can't wait to bake Christmas cookies and stay up late on Christmas Eve to catch a peek of Santa. To wake up on Christmas morning with a sense of expectation. And then to celebrate the past year on New Year's Eve and look forward to the upcoming year.
I've been given a second chance at embracing life, and I intend on making this holiday season the most memorable by filling it with love and joy. I have had amazing blessings this year and look forward to what the next year holds.
Since I'm in a sharing mood, here is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe for Chinese New Year Cookies:
12 oz chocolate chips
12 oz butterscotch chips
6 oz can of chow mein noodles
14.5 oz can of salted peanuts
Melt chips over low heat. Remove pan from heat and slowly stir in chow mein noodles and peanuts. Drop by spoonfuls on to wax paper. Let harden then chill or freeze. I usually keep these in the freezer until an hour before serving.
Whatever holidays you celebrate, I hope they are filled with joy and love this year. Hold your loved ones close and may we find peace on Earth.
What recipes do you always make for the holidays or what traditions do you hold on to?