Baltimore Book Fest This Weekend!

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If you’re in the Baltimore area this weekend, then I hope you’ll come by the Baltimore Book Festival. This weekend long event is held in the Inner Harbor area and features hundreds of authors from all over. I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in the Maryland Romance Writer’s stage events. I’ll be speaking on two panels on Sunday but my buddies from MRWA will be there all weekend. And we’re talking about amazing authors like Laura Kaye, Avery Flynn, Damon Suede, Eliza Knight, Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid….and more!

If you love books then this event is not be missed and if you love romance…well get your butt over to the Maryland Romance Writer’s stage. Here’s a link to their full schedule!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

UNBOUND is Up for Pre-Order!

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EXCERPT WARS Starts Today!

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My fellow authors and I want to give you some juicy sneak peeks into our super sexy box set and we’re hoping you’ll share these snippets with your friends. In fact, we’re so excited about it and you guys have been so supportive of us…we want to give away more prizes!

From 9/18-9/20 we’ll be playing EXCERPT WARS on our Facebook page. Each day all ten authors will post an excerpt from our books in the Tall, Dark, and Paranormal box set.  Every time you share and comment on the posts, you increase your odds of winning the Grand Prize–a $100 Amazon gift card.  Not only that, we’ve got 10 eBooks up for grabs too.

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Thank you so much everyone for your support! This big box set is still only #99cents for all 10 books. *Offer ends soon.
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Happy Book Birthday to US!

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TALL, DARK, AND PARANORMAL is finally here!!! Woot! You get 10 full length novels for just $0.99. *For a limited time.*
Join me and authors Lori Handeland, Laura Kaye, Caridad Pineiro, Stephanie Julian, Opal Carew, Randi Alexander, Terry Spear, Paige Tyler, and Judi Fennell, as we celebrate the launch of our super sexy box set with a big Facebook party!  At our launch party today we’ll be giving away prizes, chatting, posting pictures of paranormal hotties, and more!

4:00-4:30 Laura Kaye
4:30-5:00 Terry Spear
5:00-5:30 Sara Humphreys
5:30-6:00 Randi Alexander
6:00-6:30 Lori Handeland
6:30-7:00 Opal Carew
7:00-7:30 Judi Fennell
7:30-8:00 Stephanie Julian
8:00-8:30 Caridad Pineiro
8:30-9:00 Paige Tyler

 

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Facebook Party on Tuesday!

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Join me and authors Lori Handeland, Laura Kaye, Caridad Pineiro, Stephanie Julian, Opal Carew, Randi Alexander, Terry Spear, Paige Tyler, and Judi Fennell, as they celebrate the launch of their super sexy box set! You’ll get 10 thrilling tales of sexy alpha bad boys for just $0.99 for a limited time! We’ll be giving away prizes, chatting, posting pictures of paranormal hotties, and more!

4:00-4:30 Laura Kaye
4:30-5:00 Terry Spear
5:00-5:30 Sara Humphreys
5:30-6:00 Randi Alexander
6:00-6:30 Lori Handeland
6:30-7:00 Opal Carew
7:00-7:30 Judi Fennell
7:30-8:00 Stephanie Julian
8:00-8:30 Caridad Pineiro
8:30-9:00 Paige Tyler

 

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Monday Memes

It’s Monday. Again.

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Now that I work from home, Mondays aren’t quite as cringe inducing as they used to be but with the boys going back to school…well.. you get the idea.

While I was searching the internet for a silly meme about Monday, I stumbled across a series of them and I thought I’d share them with you.

We can all use a smile, especially on a Monday.


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Off to get some writing and editing done. Have a great one and I’ll see you on the other side. (aka Tuesday)

By the by…if you’re looking for something to perk up your Monday, how about a box set of 10 paranormal romance books for only $0.99?

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(Nook is coming but BN is notoriously sloooooow to upload.)

 

 

Romance Fit Club for Readers and Writers

Are you a romance reader? Do you love sitting for hours getting swept away in the latest paranormal or sexy contemporary? Me too! But you know what I don’t love? Getting out of shape. That kind of sucks. A lot. But it’s not an unusual story. The more sedentary we are, the softer our bodies become. A few months ago, I decided to take control of my health….here is my story.

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I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember and food has controlled me in one way or another. I weighed my heaviest in high school and clocked in at around 230 pounds but my senior year I got active and lost a lot of it. I was able to maintain my weight around 160 after the birth of my first two children. However, after my twins arrived (boys #3 and #4) my weight never got below 175.

I thought that was where my body was “meant” to be and try as I might I couldn’t get below that. More often than not, I was above it.

A couple of years ago, I reached a personal and professional milestone and quit my day job to write full-time. It’s been a dream come true to do what I love for a living but as with most things there is a downside. Sitting at a computer 6-8 hours a day 5 or more days a week is not good for the waistline.

While attending a reader convention in Florida this year in early February, I saw pictures of myself that people were posting and I could no longer deny it. I’d let my weight get out of control. It wasn’t the lighting or the angle…I’d gotten fat again and I felt disgusting. While in my hotel room crying about the state I’d gotten myself into.

I knew I needed to make a change.

I used Nutrisystem to help me get my eating under control but it was the T25 workouts and Shakeology that totally changed my body! I told myself that I could commit to 25 minutes a day…and I did! I mean come on…we’ve all got 25 minutes. Right?

I set a goal of losing 30 pounds and that would get me back to my pre-baby/wedding weight. To be honest, I really didn’t think I would be able to do it. I thought, well…I’m 44…I’ve had 4 boys…this may just be where I’m supposed to be.

NOPE! I actually surpassed my 30 pound weight loss goal and thanks to my 6 day a week workout schedule I wear a smaller size now than I did 20 years ago.

I went from a tight size 12 to a size 6/8!

I was 187 pounds and now I’m around 153.

I feel incredible!!! My energy is great. My blood pressure, which had gotten high, is back in the healthy range. My skin looks better. I look and feel younger. For the first time in 40+ years I  wore a bikini at the pool and beach this summer!!!!

THAT is a huge personal milestone and I still can’t quite believe I got here.

Food is no longer for numbing pain or feeding stress. It is for fueling my body and that’s it.

I have control. Not the food.

Take it from this 44 year old mother of 4 boys….It’s never too late to take control and get the body you want!!!

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The shot above is my before and after. T25 is the workout program that helped me change my body and my life!!

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Like a lot of romance writers, I have a large social media platform and I was sharing my T25 fitness journey along the way. The response has been overwhelming. It turns out a lot of readers and writers are in the same boat and it’s not surprising.

Reading is a sedentary hobby and writing is a sedentary career, so it isn’t a huge shock that weight related challenges are prevalent in our industry.

It got me thinking…. Why not start a fitness community that’s specifically for the romance community? I wanted to create a safe, supportive, fun environment that was a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE! All fitness levels are welcome.

Let me stress one more thing….you are beautiful and fabulous regardless of what your body does or doesn’t look like. Please do not mistake my personal journey as some kind of judgement on others. If you are happy and healthy, then rock on!!

However, if you aren’t feeling great and you havethe desire to make some changes for you...then please join us.

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I am thrilled to say we have almost 500 members and are adding more every day! The shot above is from RWA14 in San Antonio. So if you’re looking to get healthy, while reading or writing smexy romance, then join us!!! In the Romance Fit Club for Readers and Writers you’ll get the trifecta formula for success!

NUTRITION + FITNESS + SUPPORT = SUCCESS!

Do you want to get started and get in the best shape of your life? What are you waiting for?

Today is the day. Start here.

Are you ready? Join ROMANCE FIT CLUB here in the private Facebook group!

 

Forever a Fan-Girl

Before I was a published author of romance, I was a reader and a fan-girl.

One of the very first paranormal romance novels that I ever read was Blue Moon by Lori Handeland. To say that I’d found my happy place would be a major understatement.

When I read it, all I could think was….Where have you been all my life? It was hot, sexy, suspenseful, and romantic. After I finished it, I immediately went to the store and bought every other book by Lori that I could find. Every single one of her Nightcreature novels is on my keeper shelf and I’ve read them all multiple times–and I shall again.

So imagine my personal squee moment when I found out that I was going to be in a box set with my idol, Lori Handeland?!

 

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Uh. Yeah. It was like that….and like this….

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Most authors will tell you that they have their own personal favorites. The truth is that we were fan-girls and readers long before we were authors.

But guess what? We still are!

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I’m a fan-girl and I always will be!

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Not only is one of Lori’s Nightcreature novels in this HUGE box set but so are books by these amazing women….Opal Carew, Randi Alexander, Laura Kaye, Caridad Pineiro, Stephanie Julian, Terry Spear, Paige Tyler, and Judi Fennell.

TALL, DARK, AND PARANORMAL has 10 full length novels with sexy alpha males who will curl your toes! The best part? You can get all 10 of these sexy novels for only $0.99–for a limited time.

The set releases on 9/16 but you can pre-order yours today!

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(Nook is coming but BN is notoriously sloooooow to upload.)

So how about you? Are you a fan-girl?

Comment here and tell me who you would SQUEE over!

I’ll pick one person who comments to win any e-book from my backlist AND any 1 of Lori’s ebooks from her list!

Pictures from #RWA14

I am still catching my breath from my trip to San Antonio, Texas for #RWA14! It was a whirlwind adventure as always but it was extra special because my hubby came along–although he artfully avoided be photographed. Thanks to Carolyn Brown’s husband, Mr. B., I have a lot more pictures than usual to share with you. Carolyn’s hubby is by her side at every RWA conference and you will find him with camera in hand. This man can snap some great pictures!

Here’s a shot of the famed Riverwalk–it goes on forever!!!

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Mmmmm beer.

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First up at the conference was the RWA Literacy Signing. It was tons of fun and I even go to meet one of my street team gals! Molly came by and it was such a thrill to meet her. I also kept myself entertained with #whiteboardwars.

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With some of the amazing Sourcebooks peeps! Two of our awesome editors, Cat and Mary! Also my super fab publicist, Amelia!100_1268

Hamming it up with Carolyn Brown and Cheryl Brooks!

By the way, Carolyn won the Booksellers Best Award and Cheryl took 2nd place in the PRISM awards!!! So cool!

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One of the best parts about RWA is connecting with author friends like Robin Covington…
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This is a shot of author Carolyn Brown, my editor, Deb Werksman, RITA winning author, Susanna Kearsely, and the owner of Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah!
100_1595Sourcebooks always treats their authors well but the dinner they throw for us every year at RWA is always an affair to be remembered! First they picked us up at the hotel and brought us to dinner in these huge stretch Hummer limos!

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Then for the ride home….they had a whole fleet of Cinderella horse drawn carriages!

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10502354_10152668131280628_8329865042589056326_nSince I knew there would be a lot of good food and booze, I arranged to have Fit Club workouts every morning. Two sessions. 6 am and 6:30am! My editor was the only who made it there with me all 3 mornings at 6 am– but other folks made it for the 6:30!

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Our Thursday at 6:30m workout had the biggest showing!

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There was some research time at the San Antonio Firefighters museum. Yes. I know that I’m a dork.10517574_10152667561940628_2181131922765896442_nThen there’s the inevitable time chatting in the lobby….or seeing the sights!

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Whew! I’m pooped just thinking about it :) Thanks again to Carolyn and Charles Brown for the pics!

Until next year…..see you in NYC!

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The Winner of the #NYCVAMPS Cocktail Contest is….


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We asked the readers to give us some snazzy drink recipes for the Dead in the City cocktail contest and you all did not disappoint! There were lots of snazzy drink ideas and it was difficult to choose but I finally decided on  a winner and I can’t wait to make it.

The runner up and winner of the Vampire Trouble cocktail gift basket is Marcia B.!!!

 

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The winner is…..Mz. BN

Here’s the winning recipe that was submitted.  Her drink will be featured in an upcoming Dead in the City novel and is now the signature cocktail for #NYCVAMPS! I chose this recipe because it’s sweet but has some bite with that grapefruit juice thrown in and that sure does fit my vampire chicks in NYC.

  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 oz mango juice
  • 2 oz strawberry juice
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz cucumber vodka
  • Blend and enjoy!

Now this will be perfect to make while I’m at the beach this week but there’s just one problem…we need a name for it! That’s where all of you come in.  What should we call this fruity, sweet, and snazzy drink?

If I select your cocktail name then you will get a shout in the acknowledgements of my next book too! Oh, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card! Woot! Comment below with your name for this cocktail recipe by Wednesday, August 13th!

Dream on….