A few book-related things!

For Keeps cover_lo resI hope you’re enjoying all my 12 Days of Christmas posts – I had a lot of fun putting them all together. In the meantime, I just wanted to share a few book-related things…

For Keeps, the second book in my Love to the Rescue series, will be out in just a few short weeks! My publisher is giving away 10 advanced copies – enter to win one here. While you’re on Goodreads, add For Keeps to your to-read list if you haven’t already! :) (and don’t forget it’s available for pre-order too).

And while we’re talking books, if you’ve had a chance to read Unleashed, I would so greatly appreciate it if you would leave an honest review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or whichever retailer you purchased from. Reviews are invaluable to authors (especially new ones!), and I thank you all so much for your support.

Lots of fun things coming!

I have a lot of exciting things coming up in the next few weeks (namely lots of fun giveaways and other holiday goodies!). So here’s a quick rundown:

The week of December 8th, I’m celebrating some of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year with five days of giveaways. Every day next week, I’ll be giving away one of these books, as well as a copy of Unleashed. This is going to be a Facebook giveaway, so if you haven’t “liked” my author page yet, now is a good time! :)

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Then on Friday December 12th, I’ll be joining 20 other contemporary romance authors for a 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. We’ll be sharing holiday favorites and giving away lots of fun goodies. Stay tuned right here on my blog starting on the 12th!

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And if that isn’t enough, I’ve got a cover reveal for Love to the Rescue book 3, Ever After, coming up soon. Might I remind you of the hotness of Deputy Pete Sampson? My editor was thoughtful enough to ask the cover model to pose for a shirtless picture for our enjoyment :)

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Wow, right? I can’t wait to share the finished product with you! Ever After will be out on August 25th.

Oh! And don’t forget, For Keeps (book 2) will be out NEXT MONTH! Yes, January 27th. I hope you’ll love Merry and TJ’s story as much as I loved writing it. Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Make this new author’s day and order your copy today! (PS, if you didn’t hear the news, my Amazon pre-order buttons are back! Merry and TJ can be yours on your Kindle – woohoo!)

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That’s all for now. Happy almost-Friday, everyone! :)

When Life Imitates Art…

When I was writing the third book in my Love to the Rescue series, Ever After, my heroine, Olivia, finds a tiny feral kitten. Being a die-hard animal lover, she attempts to capture and tame the kitten (and I’ll let you wait until the book comes out to find out how it goes for her LOL).

At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about feral cats, other than that there were some living around our apartment complex and that there was such a thing as “trap and release” to spay/neuter the adult cats to keep them from producing more kittens. So I did my research on taming a feral kitten – for Olivia’s sake, of course. And then several months later, this happened…

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It’s a little hard to see because my phone focused on the window screen, but a little mama cat brought her three kittens to nurse on the cool cement of our patio. They were feral, completely wild, but after I put some food and water out for them, mama and I reached a little agreement. She’d bring them to my patio to eat, and I put out the food. After all my research on feral kittens for the book, I knew it was supposed to be pretty easy to tame kittens at this age (6-7 weeks), so we schemed and came up with a plan to catch them. And well, against all odds, it worked!

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My six-year-old named them Anakin Skywalker (black), Luke Skywalker (orange) and Obi Wan Kenobi (tabby). It seemed a little hopeless at first. We got nothing but hissing and hiding. Luke, the orange one, even bit me when I first caught them. But two weeks later, they are completely tame! And Luke is the BIGGEST ham. He just can’t stop purring and loves to “help” me work on my laptop at night.

We already have a fifteen-year-old cat, and a boxer, so I told my son we could keep two kittens. He chose Luke and Obi. Anakin, who was the shyest, went home with one of my friends a few days ago. I think he will do well on his own. The other two more rambunctious kittens were overshadowing his personality. Now he will be the center of attention.

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Our new kittens, Obi and Luke. Are they the cutest, or what?

As for mama, she still comes by the patio for food. I can’t keep feeding her. We’re moving in a few weeks for one thing. But I have her scheduled for a trap and release spay soon. So at least I can give her a better future where she doesn’t have to be a kitten factory. She did a good job with these boys though, and I’m glad we get the chance to give them a happy home!

And now, I have some real life experience to write into my heroine Olivia’s experience in taming her own feral kitten. Funny how life works out sometimes, isn’t it? :) Ever After will be out August 25th, 2015!