Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Resort Weekend #Giveaway for #Military + #Veterans! #ArmedForces ~ Massanutten #VA

My latest release will be available exclusively in this set,
along with 20 other Romantic Suspense Thrillers!

~Links at bottom of page will show you all the titles~

The authors of Love Under Fire are giving back to our military!  We are 21 USA Today, WSJ, and Amazon Bestselling Authors, and we’ve put together a phenomenal Limited Edition Box Set of Romantic Suspense Thrillers, which is currently up for Pre-order and will release this fall.  We’re donating 50% of all our sales to Pets for Vets, a fantastic organization that pairs shelter pets with veterans seeking companion animals. 

We want to do more, though!  If you’re active military or a veteran, you can enter to win a 3-night stay at a 5* mountain top resort home, on us!  The winner of our drawing will enjoy a stay from November 9th – 12th at Massanutten Resort in Virginia.  All you need to enter is a valid email address…enter here on our website at

Enter to win a Romantic Weekend Getaway at Massanutten Resort this fall!

Please consider sharing the word about our giveaway, and our Romantic Suspense Box Set.  We’d love to have our info shared with any interested organizations, and every book ordered helps a vet get a pet, and gives a shelter pet a forever home. 

Order your set of 21 page-turning Romantic Suspense Thrillers today, and you’ll get them all for only 99 cents!  Find the links below—thanks for helping us help Pets for Vets!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Cover Reveal 5! #RomanticSuspense Box Set #99c #FridayReads

A few months ago, I revealed the cover for Love Under Fire, a limited edition box set releasing in November, which will contain my latest romance + ghost mystery, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this project, which involves 21 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors each contributing a brand new story filled with passion, thrills, and danger to benefit Pets For Vets, a charity that pairs rescue pets with veterans in need of companion animals.  To find more info on Love Under Fire and how you can get your limited edition copy of 21 books for just 99 cents (!!!!), click here or find the links below after the cover reveal.  Because right here on my blog, as we build up toward release day, visitors get to see each *individual* cover and read the accompanying keep checking back, because we have 16 more to reveal, including mine! Up today is Chris Patchell, author of Deception Bay.

She's armed.  He's dangerous.  Together, can they stop a killer from tearing a small island community apart?

When wise-cracking cozy mystery author Austin Martell left his hometown on Whidbey Island for the bright lights of New York, he vowed he would never go back.  But some promises are impossible to keep, and when Austin discovers that his mother has suffered a serious accident, he has no choice but to return.  Austin soon learns that her accident may be no accident at all, and secrets that were laid to rest after his brother's tragic death off the coast of Deception Bay have now begun to surface.

Austin finds himself in the center of a real-life murder mystery when Police Chief Ellie Sharpe uncovers a curious connection between the author and the death of a local businessman.  Born and raised on Whidbey and trained as a New York cop, Ellie is smart, and tough, and determined to solve the mystery behind the killing before more people die.  Sparks fly as the two pair up to figure out who is responsible for the murder.  The closer they come to discovering the truth, the more desperate someone is to keep the sins of the past from coming to light.

Someone close to Austin harbors a deadly truth.  Can Ellie unmask a killer before Austin becomes one more secret buried beneath the waves of Deception Bay?

Intrigued?  That's just ONE story you'll get in Love Under Fire, and you'll be helping Pets for Vets with your purchase!  Win/win.  Pre-order now to get this exclusive deal, and get ready for 21 fabulous books to hit your e-reader this fall!

Monday, August 20, 2018

An Orange Banner Day for SILVER LAKE! #1 #Kindle Bestseller #Ghost Mystery + Reunion Romance

Silver Lake was my debut novel, and because of that, it has a very special place in my heart.  For years, I had the plot of this reunion romance/ghost mystery spinning through my mind.  I knew the story arc.  I knew the conflicts and the climax.  I knew the characters so intimately, they were like my friends.  They spoke to me, and when I pictured scenes, the dialog flowed smoothly.  They wanted me to tell their story; I wanted to tell their story.  But thinking it and writing it down are two different things.

Obviously, I decided to try.  And for three years, I experienced the satisfaction of creativity, the pain of rejections, the sleepless nights spent editing, the five major revisions based on encouraging advice from agents and acquisitions editors, and eventually, the pure joy of an offer from a small traditional publisher with an excellent reputation.

This started my writing journey, and it's been a wild and exciting ride.  My fifth novel released in May, and I have an upcoming release that's part of the Love Under Fire Romantic Suspense Box Set releasing this fall.

Love a beautiful orange banner!
But back to Silver Lake...this novel always surprises me these days, because it's still going strong six years after publication.  And I never know when it's going to suddenly take off with a strong sales surge and hit #1 on Amazon.  That's because Amazon's traditional publishing house acquired the rights to the electronic version of Silver Lake for their Encore imprint a few years back.  This was my first introduction to rights acquisition deals, and I am so glad I saw this for the opportunity it was and signed the contract.  Every once and a while, I get the pleasant shock of seeing Jason and Rain's story recommended by Amazon as one of their Kindle deals, with all the promotion that goes with that.  Which is...huge, to say the least! 

I'm not usually able to discern exactly what happened, but something happened on Thursday night that made my week, or maybe my month!  I noticed Silver Lake was wearing a beautiful orange #1 Bestseller banner, and it was #1 in two categories, Ghost Fiction and Ghost Mysteries.  It was #3 in Mystery and Suspense Romance.

The book was also selling enough to place me into 5 Amazon Author Rank categories, which only happens when you're in a Top 100 seller in your category.  So exciting!

This business can be incredibly painful at times.  Bad reviews can cut to the bone, even when you remind yourself that everyone likes different things and there's no pleasing everyone with a story meant to entertain.  Time spent holed up in your writing cave is time away from family and friends.  Releasing a new book to mediocre sales is depressing. 

Was exciting while it lasted, but
the universe eventually
corrected itself!
So, when something great happens, you celebrate!  I'm raising a wine glass to Silver Lake, the story that launched my career, and the story that still seems to resonate with a lot of readers.

(As a postscript, I couldn't believe Silver Lake was ranking above two amazing Stephen King ghost novels, which are masterpieces.  Bag of Bones is in my list of favorite ghost stories, you can find that here)  (And for another strange connection I have to Mr. King, check out this story: Granny Griffin and the farm in 'Salem's Lot)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Love Under Fire is a #1 #Kindle Bestseller! #Romance #Suspense #LoveUnderFire

I am so excited for the upcoming release of my latest romance/ghost mystery, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, in the Love Under Fire Romantic Suspense Box Set!  This collection of 21 new novellas are being offered for a limited time as a bundle, to support the nonprofit organization Pets for Vets.  We're hoping to raise money for a cause that's important to all of us while also sharing our stories with both current fans and new readers who find us via the box set.  

Our pre-order link went live on Amazon on August 13th, and we hit #1 already, even as a Pre-order!  It's so exciting, and so great for our goal to raise money to rescue animals and pair them with veterans in need of companion pets.

Want to help Pets for Vets and take advantage of this limited time deal of 21 Romantic Suspense/Thriller tales for 99 cents?  It's a win/win!  Just click on the links below and Pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or iTunes.

Pre-order now for only 99 cents!

Your 21 books will download on November 13, just in time for holiday travels and a little escapism when the chaos of the season gets too stressful, or a snowstorm gives you some time to yourself to relax!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

You're Invited to the #LoveUnderFire Party! #Books #Giveaways #Romance #Suspense

Earlier in the summer, I revealed the cover of the upcoming box set that will contain my latest release, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.  The box set, Love Under Fire, is only 99 cents right now, and there are 20 additional tales of Romantic Suspense and Romantic Thrillers from USA Today, WSJ, and Amazon Bestselling Authors!  

The set releases this fall, but we're celebrating the Pre-order link going up on Amazon with a huge Facebook party that begins Monday morning, Aug. 8th.  If you've never been to a Facebook party, they're need to be punctual, you can stop by any time, even when you're in your PJs.  Our party will run all night long through Tuesday at 11:00 am EST; then all the winners will be announced.  Because, yes, the other great thing...prizes!

Don't miss the very first peek at 2 scenes from The Haunting of Hillwood Farm!

Each of the authors is going to post never-before-seen excerpts from their contribution to the set.  So come by and get a taste of each story, comment to enter the giveaways, and learn more about Love Under Fire and how we're striving to support Pets for Vets, a non-profit that pairs rescue animals with veterans, by donating 50% of the Love Under Fire sales proceeds.  It's a win-win, 21 new stories to keep you warm this winter, and your purchase helps Pets for Vets.  Hope to see you there!

If you can't make the party but would like to purchase the set, it's currently up on iTunes and Nook, and now it's live on Kindle!  Thank you and Happy Reading!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Get 40 #Books for #99c! #BookLoversDay Deal! #Romance #Suspense #Thrillers

As far as I’m concerned, every day should be Book Lovers’ Day!  As a reader and an author, I can’t imagine a day that didn’t include immersing myself in a story.  I’ve been doing a series of individual cover reveals for the Romantic Suspense Box Set that will contain my next novel, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, and right now, you can get an amazing deal if you pre-order this Box Set of 21 Romantic Suspense Thrillers.  These are all NEW stories from USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors!  The best part?  We’re donating a large portion of our proceeds to Pets for Vets, a charity that pairs rescued animals with military vets in need of companion animals.  I am so, so happy about this.  As a huge fan of rescuing animals, and a daughter, granddaughter, and wife of military veterans, this is so important to me.

Right now, we are offering an unbelievable deal, to get the ball rolling and maximize visibility:  we’re offering the entire set for just 99 cents if you Pre-order NOW on either Nook or iTunes (or the iBooks phone app).  That means you can order the set today, and have it hit your e-reader on release day, November 13th, automatically—a fun surprise just in time for holiday travels and a little escapism when the chaos of the season gets too stressful, or a snowstorm gives you some time to unwind. 

As a special thank you, you get 19 FREE books and novellas today!  All you need to do is take a screenshot of your iTunes or Nook order and send it to:

You’ll get codes to download any or all of the 19 titles in the photo above for free!  So help us meet our goal to support Pets for Vets and download Love Under Fire today, and then redeem your free books and find some new authors to love!  LINKS:

Our big Love Under Fire Facebook party is coming up too, and we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate!  There will be tons of giveaways, and you’ll get the very first peek at excerpts from the Box Set novels listed below.  Join the Party here, and we’ll see you on August 13th.  Happy Book Lovers’ Day!

Titles in the Love Under Fire Box Set:

Kathryn Knight - The Haunting of Hillwood Farm
Stephanie Queen - Ace Under Fire
Casi McLean - Reign Of Fire
Valerie J. Clarizio – The Code Enforcer
Chris Patchell - Deception Bay
Aaron Paul Lazar - The Asylum: a Carmen Garcia romantic suspense novel
Alyssa Richards - Chasing Secrets
K.M. Hodge - Summer of ‘78
Pamela Fagan Hutchins - Buckle Bunny
Judith Lucci – RUN for your life
Stephany Tullis – Blue Lady’s MISSION UNDER FIRE
Fiona Quinn – Cold Red
Anna Celeste Burke – Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire
Margaret A. Daly- Monsters in my Closet
Linda Watkins - The Witches of Storm Island, Book I: The Turning
Tamara Ferguson - Two Hearts Under Fire
Suzanne Jenkins - Running with Horses
Inge-Lise Goss – Diamonds and Lies
S.R. Mallery – Tender Enemies
Jinx Schwartz - Baja Get Away
Uvi Poznansky - Virtually Lace

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Author Panel + #Book Signing #Hyannis! #YA #CapeCod #amwriting Cape Cod

A lot has been going on in my writing life this past week!  I had an Author Panel last Thursday evening at Bourne Library, as part of their Beach Buddy Book Club summer program (my Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Divine Fall, was one of their picks).  Friday, a fabulous article came out in a local newspaper, with an interview about my new Romantic Suspense release, Dangerous Currents.  Saturday, I did a book signing at Market Street Bookshop, and admittedly, the rainy weather resulted in a great day for me, as Mashpee Commons, where the book store is located, was mobbed with shoppers who couldn't visit the beach that day.  I hope that everyone who purchased one of my books took the opportunity to put their feet up, relax, and get lost in steamy romance, secrets, and page-turning suspense!

Cape Cod Teen Writers Conference is FREE!
Please help support the conference by joining
us at the Author Panel and Book Signing on 8/8
Tomorrow, I'm thrilled to be a guest instructor at the second annual Cape Cod Teen Writers Conference in Hyannis.  I was part of the conference last year, and this year, it's completely sold out!  I love sharing my passion with aspiring authors, and I'm going to discuss Goal, Motivation, and Conflict, as well as the hook and the inciting incident.

After the conference wraps up on Wednesday, I'll be back for the Author Panel.  This is open to the public with a ticket purchase, and tickets sales will go toward offsetting the conference expenses, as it is offered FREE to the teens who sign up! 

So if you're in the area and interested in chatting with a group of authors (all of us write Young Adult novels, many, like myself, also write other genres) please join us!  Bring your questions on writing, publishing, etc., and find some new reads as well.  Tickets can be purchased at this link:  Eventbrite.  The event scheduled for August 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 and will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Hyannis, near the Cape Cod Mall.  Hope to see you there!

Revenge, Romance, and a Rogue Fallen Angel...
DIVINE FALL is the winner of The Romance Review's Best YA Romance 2015!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Signing #Books at #Mashpee Commons! #Romance #Suspense Cape Cod #CapeCod Author Events

Market Street Bookshop,
a wonderful local book store!
Another event in my busy summer!  I’ll be signing copies of my new release, DANGEROUS CURRENTS, a Romantic Suspense set on Cape Cod, at Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee Commons on Saturday, August 4th, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  All my older titles will be available for sale and signing as well…SILVER LAKE and GULL HARBOR, both #1 Amazon Bestsellers, DIVINE FALL, an award-winning Young Adult Paranormal Romance, and HAUNTED SOULS, a ghost mystery/romance voted a Top 3 Read of 2016.  If you’re on Cape Cod for the weekend, or the summer, or year-round, come by and get some new beach reads!  And signed books make both great gifts and great souvenirs of your time on the Cape.  You can find the book store on, you guessed it…Market Street…right next to Trevi Restaurant and the big fountain.  If you've never visited the Commons, you're in for a treat, it's a beautiful and quaint spot right in the heart of Mashpee.

Steamy Second-Chance Romance filled with Secrets and Suspense...DANGEROUS CURRENTS

I’m thrilled that our local newspaper published an article on the new release and my writing career recently, mentioning the book signing event as well as some upcoming classes I’ll be teaching.  To read the article, click here!

One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a
second chance before a killer strikes?