For Keeps in German!

For Keeps has its first foreign cover! I love it! :)

For Keeps German

I don’t know about you guys, but I love seeing foreign interpretations of my books, and this one goes so nicely with the German version of Unleashed too (love the paw print trails!) According to Google translate, Auf vier Pfoten ins Glück means “four paws into happiness,” which is adorable! If you speak German and are interested in checking it out, it will be released on April 7.

Sharing some library love

CMPH8pbW8AAHcfTI’m a huge fan of my local library. I buy most of the books that I read nowadays, but there was a time when I borrowed almost all of my books from the library. And I still visit my local library several times a month to bring home new books for my son. I’m able to expose him to SO many more books than I could ever afford to buy him!

And so, it was super exciting for me when a friend sent me this picture of For Keeps proudly displayed on the shelves of the Boston Public Library. Thrilling because it’s the first time I’ve seen one of my books on a library shelf, and extra special since I used to live in Massachusetts and once frequented the Boston Public Library.

Also this week, a lovely reader emailed me to let me know she had submitted a request at her library to carry Ever After, and it was approved! This is awesome, and it prompted me to wonder: have you spotted my books on the shelf at your local library? And if not, did you know that many library systems allow you to request that they add a book to their catalog? It’s a great way for authors to reach new readers, and also a great way for you to gain access to new books! :)

Win an advanced copy of Ever After!

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UPDATE: The winner of this contest is Ann Lorz. Congratulations, Ann! And thanks again to everyone who entered! :)

My third book, Ever After, releases in print and e-book on August 25th. If you’ve read Unleashed or For Keeps, you’ve already met feisty Olivia Bennett, and boy does she meet her match when she gets caught toeing the wrong side of the law by Deputy Pete Sampson (aka Deputy Hot Stuff).

But if you don’t want to wait until August to read their story, I’ve got an advanced copy of Ever After to give away right now! There are two ways to enter:

1. Add Ever After to your “to read” shelf on Goodreads:
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After you’ve added it, leave a comment here with your Goodreads screenname.

2. Sign up for my e-newsletter (top right of this page). After you’ve signed up, leave a comment here with the first part of your email address (whatever comes before @gmail.com, @aol.com, etc. – no need to post your whole email addy here on the internet!) I promise not to spam you – I only send about 4 newsletters a year.

Good luck! Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry. I’ve posted the same contest on my Facebook page, but don’t worry, I’ll tally all the entries from both locations before I let random.org pick a winner! :)

This contest will run through Tuesday, June 2nd, and yes this one is international! :)

Snap a picture, win a Walmart gift card!

You may know that both Unleashed and For Keeps are carried at Walmart. And as you may also know, I love giveaways, and I love seeing copies of my books “in the wild” and on the shelves. The result? A new contest!

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Sounds easy enough, right? I hope so! :) Just snap a picture of one of my books on the shelf (or you holding your copy), share it on social media, and tag me to make sure I see it. On March 24th, I’ll draw one random winner who’ll receive a $25 Walmart gift card.

Fine Print: The “shelf” in question doesn’t have to be at Walmart, any shelf will do! And if you’ve already taken a picture of one of my books, just re-share it and tag me to be entered in this giveaway.

Limited time sale on FOR KEEPS!

For Keeps cover_lo resHi guys! Just wanted to give you a heads up that Amazon has discounted FOR KEEPS to $4.96 (regular $5.99). I have no idea how long it will last, so get your copy before it goes back to full price! :)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend, and thank you all so much for your amazing support this week with FOR KEEPS’s release. I have so appreciated every comment, picture, etc that you’ve sent! <3 <3

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FOR KEEPS Release Day!

I can’t believe it’s already here, but FOR KEEPS is out today! If you’ve read UNLEASHED, then you’ve already met feisty Merry the pediatric nurse and founder of Triangle Boxer Rescue. She meets her match when sexy cowboy TJ Jameson comes into her life. I loved writing this book (and I’ve developed a serious cowboy infatuation in the process). I can’t wait for you all to read it!

For Keeps cover_lo resA SUMMER FLING…OR SOMETHING MORE?

Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue — even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It’s hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children’s camp where she’s just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry’s style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.

TJ Jameson isn’t looking for anything complicated — just a peaceful life on his family’s ranch with a wife and kids. “No-strings” Merry Atwater doesn’t fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ’s a goner. If he doesn’t give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .

“Lovable men and lovable dogs make this series a winner!” – JILL SHALVIS, New York Times bestselling author

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Happy Reading! And how about a party to celebrate? My friend, the lovely and talented Jessica Lemmon, also has a new book out today – BRINGING HOME THE BAD BOY, and she’s throwing a Facebook party to celebrate. There will be giveaways, guest authors (including me), and lots of fun (i.e. man candy pictures!). I’ll be leading the fun from 9:15-9:30 but the party runs from 6-10pm EST, so please stop by tonight and join in the festivities! :)

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A sweet FOR KEEPS excerpt

So, maybe you’ve heard that my second book, FOR KEEPS, comes out tomorrow! EEK! I’m just a wee bit excited :) And I wanted to share an excerpt with you. Most of the snippets that get shared are the steamy, sexy ones, but this one is sweet, and it’s one of my favorite scenes from the book. My hero, T.J. Jameson, is a sexy cowboy who’s also a large animal vet. But thanks to an incident in his past, he’s wary of dogs, especially strays. Naturally my heroine, Merry, is an animal rescuer, and she works her magic to convince him to foster Amber – a formerly stray dog. And I *love* this scene between T.J. and Amber. I hope you do too!


 

T.J. stepped from the shower and wrapped himself in a towel. It was just past midnight, and he was dead on his feet. The afternoon and eveningFor Keeps cover_lo res had been one emergency call after another. He’d finally gotten home twenty minutes ago, smelling like a cow’s ass, too dirty even to eat before a shower.

Amber lay on the bathmat, waiting for him. She’d carried the stuffed porcupine in with her, and the duck. As he watched, she nuzzled the yellow stuffed animal, then licked it, like a mother dog grooming a puppy.

He shook his head and walked into the bedroom, where he shrugged into a clean pair of Wranglers and a worn t-shirt. Amber followed with the porcupine in her mouth. She set it in her dog bed, then went back for the duck.

He sat on the bed and watched her for a moment. “Are you a momma?”

She looked up at him and thumped her tail against the bed.

He slid down and crouched beside her. He lifted her right front leg to inspect her teats. Yep, she’d nursed a litter. Probably more than one.

“Hungry?” he asked.

His stomach was so empty it had started to devour itself, leaving him with a dull ache in his belly. He led the way downstairs. The soft shuffle of Amber’s paws followed behind him.

He pulled a slab of roast beef from the fridge, cut a thick wedge, and slapped it between two slices of bread with a big squirt of mustard. He couldn’t hold in the groan of appreciation as he took the first bite.

Amber curled up on the linoleum nearby, too polite even to beg.

“I really don’t like mutts, you know,” he told her.

She stared, her solemn expression betrayed by the steady thump of her tail against the floor.

“I don’t know a thing about you. You could have been raised by wolves for all I know. You could be part coyote.”

She rested her head on her front paws with a sigh.

“Well, fine, but only if you promise not to tell Merry.” He dropped a chunk of roast beef into her bowl.

With a happy swish of her tail, Amber gobbled it up, then came to lay by his feet again.

T.J. stuffed himself on roast beef, then walked her outside. Just before one a.m., he stripped to his boxers and collapsed in bed, bone tired and dead to the world.

Sometime later, he jolted awake. A crack of thunder shook his bedroom, drowning out the howl of wind and the steady drumming of rain against the roof. He rolled over and stuffed an arm under the pillow.

North Carolina had some wild summer thunderstorms. He watched as a bolt of lightning streaked across the sky, followed by the resounding boom of thunder. His horses would have taken cover in their outdoor shelter, safe from the storm.

He’d always been awed by the power of the storm, the way it could light up the night and shake his house on its very foundation. Alas, tonight not even the majesty of mother nature could keep him awake. Desperately tired, he let his eyes drift shut. Sleep always came quickly for him, and he felt himself start to slide into its embrace.

A scuffling sound came from under the bed.

Instantly, he was awake. Alert. He heard it again, a scuffle, then a bump. What the hell? Something was under the bed.

Had a squirrel come in through the attic? Mice?

He peered over the edge of the bed, saw the empty dog bed, and groaned. Amber. He’d forgotten all about her. See, this was why dogs didn’t come inside. Made them sissies afraid of a damn thunderstorm.

He swung out of bed and peered beneath it. Sure enough, there was an Amber-sized lump. “Hey, Amber. Come here, girl. Nothing to be afraid of, just a thunderstorm.”

Lightning lit the room, revealing Amber huddled beneath the bed. T.J. reached his hand toward her. How the hell did you comfort a frightened dog? Merry would know.

He dropped to his stomach against the cool floorboards and reached for her. The next lightning bolt revealed two shiny rows of teeth gleaming back at him.

“Jesus Christ!” He yanked his hand back so fast he banged his head against the side of the bed. “F***.”

The damn dog was snarling at him! Good for nothing mutt. T.J. rubbed at his temple as he glared at her from a safer distance. That’s it, she was going back to Merry’s house in the morning.

Amber scooted backward and watched him.

Why was her mouth open? Surely she wasn’t still trying to bite him. He reached up and flipped on the lamp on his bedside table, then winced against the sudden onslaught of light. Beneath the bed, Amber panted as if it were a hundred degrees in his bedroom.

Slimy strands of drool dangled from her jowls, her eyes so wide he could see the whites all the way around. She hadn’t snarled at him at all. She was just terrified of the storm.

Well, damn. “Come on, Amber. Buck up, woman. It’s just a storm.”

Amber stared back, her eyes glazed with terror.

“Being homeless must have been loads of fun for you, huh?” Exhausted, he sat on the floor and talked at her until the storm passed. Finally, she slunk toward him and climbed back into her bed.

T.J. collapsed against his pillow. He didn’t even feel his eyes close before the alarm started beeping. Warm sunlight filled the room, stabbing into his weary eyes. Groaning, he rolled over. Beside the bed, Amber lay curled around her faux puppies.

It was hard to hate a dog who cuddled with stuffed animals.


Now if you prefer your excerpts a little steamier, check out this first kiss scene that’s being shared on my blog tour. It is most definitely not PG rated 😉 Enjoy!

FOR KEEPS hits shelves tomorrow!

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GIVEAWAY – For Keeps Prize Pack!

I can hardly believe it’s almost release day for FOR KEEPS!

For Keeps cover_lo resA SUMMER FLING…OR SOMETHING MORE?

Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue — even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It’s hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children’s camp where she’s just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry’s style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.

TJ Jameson isn’t looking for anything complicated — just a peaceful life on his family’s ranch with a wife and kids. “No-strings” Merry Atwater doesn’t fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ’s a goner. If he doesn’t give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .

Merry and TJ will be hitting the shelves on January 27th, but I’ve got a chance for you to win a FOR KEEPS prize pack before then. It includes an autographed copy of the book, a Dogwood pendant necklace, and a Bark Less Wag More mug.

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Want it? Enter below! :)

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Unleashed On Sale For $1.99!

For a limited time, Unleashed is on sale for just $1.99! That’s less than the price of a cup of coffee. So if you’ve been waiting to buy it, now is a great time! :)

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In other news, For Keeps, the second book in the Love to the Rescue series, will be released in just three weeks on January 27th. So be on the lookout for a blog tour and giveaways coming soon!

Happy Reading! :)

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.