Flotsam & Jetsam

What set Ellie off anyway? A thought intruded. No, couldn’t be. He checked her profile. Nah. But his mouth formed a hopeful smile, and he leaned back, humming his favorite tune. Flotsam & Jetsam

The dashing Frenchman or the handsome handyman? Who will she choose? For the Love of a Spy

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pre-Order on Barnes and Noble made easy!

Heads up for all you Nookers! You can now pre-order all Secret Cravings books (including MINE) on Barnes and Noble directly without going through Smashwords.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Come Get Your 12 Smokin' Hot Cowboy Books!

If you love sexy cowboy romance books, get ready for a 12-pack of 'em from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

I AM NOT YOUR MELODY - Shoshanna Evers
THE HARDER THEY FALL - Beth Williamson
THE REAL MCCOY - Sabrina York
BADASS - Sable Hunter
CUPID'S COWBOY - Becky McGraw 

A COWBOY'S SEDUCTION - Award-Winning Author Cynthia D'Alba - Sparks fly when an exhausted cowboy, on a forced tropical vacation, meets an uptight accountant in a bikini. As the seduction game begins, two weeks never looked so short.

SADIE AND HER COWBOY - USA Today Bestselling Author Paige Tyler - A beautiful ranch owner hires an infamous gunslinger to protect her against a ruthless cattle baron, but risks losing everything when she falls for the sexy hired gun

THE BILLIONAIRE HUSBAND TEST - NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Elle James - Skeptical billionaire takes a risk on a friend's dating service and finds the cowgirl of his dreams, only he has to convince her he's her perfect match.

HER UNIFORM COWBOY - Donna Michaels - Texas Guardsman never planned his attraction to a curvy, military-hating Pennsylvanian, or saddling her with his stress issues. Will the town’s newest resident support him, or abandon him like others in his past?

I AM NOT YOUR MELODY - NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Shoshanna Evers - The baddest cowboy in Bear Creek Saddle partners with a sassy new bartender to save the family business. His rules: Don’t kill her. Don’t kiss her. And don’t fall in love.

CHASE AND SEDUCTION - USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander - Country music superstar Chase Tanner is determined to seduce screenplay writer Reno Linden. She risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, but will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?

THE COWBOY WINS A BRIDE - NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Cora Seton –Jamie Lassiter just made the bet of his life—He’s got six weeks to prove to Claire Cruz he’s the man for her, or pay for her round-the-world trip.

THE HARDER THEY FALL - Beth Williamson - Cowboy Hank Beltane has no idea what's in store for him when he tries to seduce the stubborn, beautiful and sexy as hell rodeo owner TJ Maguire.

THE REAL MCCOY - NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Sabrina York - At a wild, girls-only weekend at a rowdy “stud” ranch, she meets the gruff, dominant man of her dreams. It’s too bad the sexy stripper is only a pretend cowboy…or is he?

BADASS - Amazon Bestselling Author Sable Hunter - Isaac McCoy - Badass Isaac McCoy, as at home on a Harley as he is on a horse, is in love with the preacher's daughter— the angel of Kerr County—and that will never do.

COWBOYS NEVER FOLD – Award-Winning Author Lexi Post – When a cowboy honors a promise by working at a nudist resort, he discovers that to win the sexy owner's heart he must go all-in, which could mean baring more than his soul.

CUPID'S COWBOY - Amazon Bestselling Author Becky McGraw - Struggling country singer is struck by cupids arrow when delivering a breakup singing telegram on Valentine's Day to a beautiful music exec who could make all his dreams come true.

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Monday, January 12, 2015


Congratulations to Jody Faltys! You have won your choice of any of my seven SCP novels. I have sent an email to you. Please let me know your choice by replying to the email. Once again, thanks for reading and hopping!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Congratulations Secret Cravings Publishing on Four Glorious Years!

Welcome to Secret Cravings 4th Anniversary Blog Hop! After enjoying this post please visit the SCP blog to check out all the other great authors hopping: http://secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com

I have had the pleasure of working with Beth Walker and the staff at Secret Cravings since almost the very beginning (January 2011) and have published seven books with their help. After a horrendous experience with my first publisher, I cannot say enough about how wonderful this one has been. Besides an always smooth publication process, they go way beyond what most small publishers do to help promote.

This is how we came to meet. My third romantic suspense/mystery, Losers Keepers, had been languishing in the old publisher's dead letter office for months when I decided to take advantage of an open pitch day at Publishers Trove in November of 2010. As serendipity would have it, Beth was checking the group's posts and wrote me asking if I'd submit the manuscript. I said to the screen, "Well, sure!" trying to keep my voice calm and modulated, all the while shrieking sotto voce, "Eureka!" Losers Keepers was accepted in January of 2011.

I want to thank Beth, my fabulous editors Joy and Ariana, Rebecca, Jean, and all the other people who make this group so special.

To show my gratitude to all the enthusiastic readers of SCP's books, I'm giving away a copy of one of the seven romance/mysteries—your choice. AND for those of you in the continental U.S., a beautiful small measuring tape, suitable for travel and purse. Make sure you leave your email address with your comment!

All this reminiscing has made me nostalgic for my old books, so—just for fun—I'm posting the blurbs for all of them here.

Losers Keepers, the story of a romantic triangle enmeshed in murder, set on the Atlantic barrier island of Chincoteague.

Dagne Lonegan, aka Dear Philomena, advice dispenser extraordinaire, hoped that spending a year on the Eastern Shore island of  Chincoteague to write her novel would clear her sinuses, if not her heart, of any feelings for Jack Andrews, erstwhile lover and long-time jerk.  It’s just her luck that her first week on the island she’s in the right place at the right time to be involved with a murder.  Only she doesn’t know it.  Unfortunately, the murderer doesn’t know she doesn’t know.  Strange and dangerous things begin happening to her, interfering with her new romance with Tom Ellis, the handsome manager of the National Wildlife Refuge.  Complications ensue when her Jack arrives to take charge of the murder investigation.

Will Dagne stick with the tall, cool glass of a Ranger or fall back into the arms of her first tempestuous passion?

After that we published Triptych, in which legend, history and romance intertwine in a triptych of suspense.

Both Miranda Cabot and her sister Honor prefer their solitude to romance, Miranda having watched her husband die in flames on the Potomac River rocks called the Three Sisters. Not so the youngest, Sybil, who invites a mysterious Frenchman calling himself the Chevalier du bon Arnaque to stay with them in their mansion overlooking the Sisters.

Misgivings about the stranger’s intentions lead Miranda and Honor to ask their neighbors Dieter Heiliger and his grandson Corey to chaperone. Three beautiful, strong-willed women living in a house with three handsome, virile men results inevitably in an intricate web of jealousy, sex, and intrigue. Add in long-lost master artworks, stolen prototypes and a resident genius and you have a recipe for romance. Who will end up with whom, and will the Three Sisters take another life as the legend calls for?

 Then came Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders, a story of murder, misdirection, mistrust, and misfits set in Old Town Alexandria.

Waiting out the rain, Milo Everhart takes stock of her widowhood and the handsome man standing in the door to the bar.  Little does she know she will meet that man again and again under both passionate and terrifying circumstances.

Tristram Brody waits for his date, too conscious of the beautiful woman sitting by the door. Little does he know that she will hate him for trying to destroy her beloved art center, and even suspect him of murder. Nor that she will be drawn inevitably into his arms.

Little does either of them suspect they will be embroiled in not one, but two murders, in which the fate of the Torpedo Factory, an art center housed in an old munitions factory on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, will be decided.

And Mai Tais and Mayhem: Murder at Mote Marine, romance and mystery on the Florida Gulf coast, as Tessa Diamond deals with new love, old love, murder, sea turtles, smugglers, Russians, and romance, not necessarily in that order.

When Tessa Diamond rescues a baby pufferfish from a hungry gull, her good deed leads her into a shady world of smuggling, Russian gangsters, and coded messages. She confronts murder, attempted ravishment, parrots, sea turtles and big fish, only to encounter blossoming romances at every turn, including one of her own.

She is drawn to Cameron Mason, tiger-eyed and handsome, but before she can drop her longstanding opposition to marriage and accept her true love, she must face the possibility that he could be a thief, and even a murderer.

My sixth, Lapses of Memory, is a novel in which two romances intertwine as a mother recounts her life-long love affair while her daughter juggles two lovers.

In Lapses of Memory, Sydney Bellek recounts her life and adventures as a journalist to her daughter Olivia.  Every few years from the age of five Sydney meets her true love Elian Davies, but while he remembers her, she doesn’t recognize him. Only after surviving wars, revolutions, and years of separation does she realize they are meant for each other, but in a twist of fate it is now Elian who has forgotten her.

While Olivia is recording the history of her parents’ romance she must also deal with her own dilemma, choosing between the rich and dashing Rémy de Beaumec, who wants to take her around the world, and the steady, quiet, American-to-the-core, Benjamin Knox, who only wants to make her happy.

The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower is a tale of renegade Masons and black ops, long-lost papers of George Washington, and smack dab in the middle a love story.

In both the best and worst first day at work ever,  docent Claire Wilding meets the man of her dreams, but her carefully rehearsed guided tour of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial falls apart when she discovers a dead body. Together with Detective Ernest Angle, she's drawn into a dark world of black ops and Italian renegade masons. Also cloaked in mystery is her new love Gideon Bliss.  A George Washington expert, he haunts the Memorial, his manner evasive. What is his secret? Claire fears she'll fall in love with him only to learn he's a thief or even a murderer.

Juggling two eccentric mothers, an inquisitive sister, and an increasingly smitten Ernest, Claire must find answers to a complex web of intrigue, including which black ops agent to trust,  whether our first president strayed, and if she and Gideon will ever be together.

And my latest Whirlwind Romance, in which pirates, Puritans, propaganda, and princes are pieces of the puzzle in the whirlwind romance between a beautiful jelly maker and a mysterious castaway.

In the aftermath of a hurricane, jelly maker Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on an island on the Gulf coast of Florida with a mysterious man. They are immediately drawn to each other, but before Armand can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken to a tiny island in the western Caribbean. There, Lacey finds herself faced with pirates, fanatical ideologues, and palace intrigue, not to mention the advances of three men, only one of whom she loves.

Secret Cravings also publishes Cravings monthly e-zine, with articles and excerpts and news. On their website click on the "Subscribe" button (top left of website http://secretcravingspublishing.com/ ) to get your free copy.

A regular feature is Culinary Cravings—check out the wonderful recipes including my own for Sumac Jelly (see Whirlwind Romance) and the upcoming Tabbouleh!

Don't forget to leave a comment to win! And check out all the other wonderful blog hopping authors here: http://secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com

Bravo Secret Cravings! Congratulations on four fabulous years! Here's to decades more of wonderful romances.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Time to Fill Up Your New E-Readers!


Hi everyone! I know you all are itching to download all kinds of books onto your new e-readers! Luckily, I have just the thing—one fabulous Whirlwind Romance—Caribbean adventure and love and intrigue. AND as a little lagniappe: a FREE holiday anthology—all Christmas stories, all with happy endings—perfect for when the post holiday doldrums hit. 

What do pirates, Puritans, and propaganda have in common? Find out in Whirlwind Romance, a romantic adventure set in the western Caribbean. My latest release begins during a tropical storm in Florida and ends on a lush, exotic, and remote Caribbean island. There be pirates there, and princes, and an intriguing assortment of characters in a setting that can only be described as unusual.

In the aftermath of a hurricane, Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on the Gulf coast of Florida with a mysterious man. They are immediately drawn to each other, but before Armand can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken far from civilization to a tiny, remarkable island in the western Caribbean. With the help of her son Crispin, a small, but proud young boy named Inigo, and a cadre of extraordinary characters, Lacey and Armand must confront pirates, power-mad ideologues, and palace intrigue if they are to restore the once idyllic tropical paradise to its former serenity and find lasting happiness.

A Little Background~
Paraiso, the island in Whirlwind Romance, is based on a real island in the western Caribbean that I discovered—how else?—mucking around on the internet. Called Providencia, it forms an archipelago with two other islands, San Andres and Santa Catalina, and five uninhabited atolls. Currently under the Colombian flag, it has been the ruled by an incredible variety of groups, from Henry Morgan the notorious buccaneer, to Spanish Conquistadors, Dutch traders, even English Puritans. Now part of the UN's Seaflower Biosphere, it sports the third largest coral reef in the world. To reach it isn't easy, which is why it's not well known in tourist circles.
Its rich and odd history made it an intriguing backdrop for my story, but please be aware that most of the cultural and geographic description of Paraiso in Whirlwind Romance, not to mention the characters, is purely fictional.

Links to Whirlwind Romance:
Secret Cravings Publishing (20140
Ebook (89,000 words); print
Romance Adventure, M/F, 3 flames
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Now for the Christmas story:

Che Gelida Manina, #8, pp. 37-41 in the Holiday Anthology, Volume II, is a sweet,  romantic story of how love can come a second time around—if you let it.
Grace is devastated by the loss of her husband—the most romantic person she has ever known—and is determined to avoid any contact with the things they had loved. She refuses to walk her beloved beach, or light candles under the stars, or listen to his favorite opera, La Bohème.
When she meets Edward, she insists that he abide by her wishes. He does without argument, but as the weeks go by, she begins to wonder if she's made a mistake. Will she let the chance of an unexpected happiness slip through her fingers? Will Edward?

"Che Gelida Manina," A Holiday Anthology, volume 2, compiled by Rose Anderson.  12/1/2014. Sweet romance, short stories. The anthology is FREE.

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Now for the prize:
To one lucky commenter will go his or her choice of The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower (a mystery/thriller/romance) or Lapses of Memory (romance/romantic suspense). For information on these wonderful books, click at the top of the site on MY BOOKS.

Don't forget to click on this link to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing, which includes all kinds of goodies, including Whirlwind Romance!