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A betrayal. An invasion. A plan centuries old.

Two members of the Covenant are dead, the Bond broken. Archard is also dead,

but only because Simon used the forbidden control of his healing powers. Willa

wakes the next morning beside him. But it’s not Simon – not her soul mate and

husband – it’s Bartholomew the Dark. And she has no idea.

Sarah Fairfield, Willa’s mother, watches Willa and Simon leave for a honeymoon

in Europe. She feels something is wrong; the crows circle the house. But she

tells herself she stopped believing in those signs a long time ago – the day she

turned away from magic. The day her mother, Tara Algood, died in search of a

girl Grandma Mabel dreamed about until it killed her.

How can Willa fight an enemy hidden behind Simon’s eyes? How can she

discover the evil that squats inside him when Bartholomew has the ability to

control her mind? How can she save Simon and herself before Bartholomew

destroys everything?

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Storm Moon!

Storm Moon!

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Alaskan Wilderness…

I had a little coincidence hit me today, or tender mercy of the Lord today, if that’s how you like to look at things. It’s how I see it.

 Today I was invited to a political luncheon. Nice, right? Yeah, but some days you just don’t want to go. Some days when you’re a writer, you want to stay home and write. The organizer, however, asked for some help. He’s helped me out numerous times in the past, and I didn’t want to leave him hanging, so I agreed to go, even though I’d had plans to do some research for my next novel. I didn’t exactly know where I’d find first-hand accounts of people who had served as wilderness guides or hunt guides in the bush in Alaska, but today was my day to dig it out—except this political thing got in my way.

Now, in my church, our leaders have encouraged us to serve in our community, not to just get caught up in our families or with our church friends. Get out and serve. That’s probably why there is a disproportionate number of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in office. It’s just what we try to do as our duty to preserve freedom.

So, with those nudges to get me out of my writing hidey hole, I put on some heels and lipstick and went.

Well, after my help at the sign-in desk was over, I went and sat down at the seat my husband saved for me. It happened to be beside a couple I’d never met before. When the man introduced himself, I recognized his name as a local dentist whose office I pass all the time on picking my kids up from school. We visited, and then the men at my table started swapping fishing stories. I sometimes glaze over during fishing stories, except that my novel needed some research along these lines, so I listened up.

Then, to my sheer surprise—the dentist began talking about a two week trip to the Alaskan bush, where he was on a hunting and fishing trip.

What? Seriously? I listened more.

And then he talked about some other trips he’d gone on to other places in Alaska, some interesting locals he’d met (something else I’d had no idea how to research), as well as mentioned he’d spent some years as, you guessed it, a hunting and fishing guide. In the Alaskan bush.

“Well, I’m very interested in all of this,” I said and explained that I needed research on just his area of expertise for what I was writing. “Can I come by and interview you?” His wife looked delighted and offered for us to come spend an evening, for he could surely fill one.

No. Way. I gratefully took her card, and sat back and enjoyed the political speech a hundred times more than I expected to.

It kind of made me think about the Lord’s economy. If we are doing what our duty is to God, then He can make much more of our time than we can for ourselves. We only have to obey, and prioritize His counsel, and He will magnify our efforts.

And send us our very own Alaskan bush hunting guide if that happens to be what we need.

 

Books on SALE SALE SALE!

I love a good bargain. Don’t you?

Here’s one. BIG IN JAPAN is only $1.99 right now for Kindle. That’s, what? Like 80% off? I LOVE 80% off. It’s the cheapest my publisher has ever listed it, I think. Just get it. It’s less than the $2 that demonic newspaper delivery kid fought for in Better Off Dead. What have you got to lose, right? Especially because if it’s lame, you can return it. Amazon lets you do such things.

Here’s another one. PANDORA is only $2.99 right now for Kindle. That’s 30% off. It’s amazing! Together, it’s like 110% off, which is almost like getting money back! Wait…that’s not logical. But anyway. I loved this recent review: “Mythology meets Indiana Jones meets modern fantasy, all wrapped up in a sweet romance.” Awesome? Yes! Thank you, Kind Reviewer!

Two fun reads. Two great sales. Two times the cheap-o fun.

Happy weekend to you.

PANDORA LAUNCH!

I’m so excited to announce the launch of PANDORA: Book 1 in the Goddesses and Geeks Series. (More books of this theme are fomenting in my brain and on my giant book-outlining pad of paper.)

PANDORA: If he wants to get this goddess, he'll have to break her curse.

PANDORA: If he wants to get this goddess, he’ll have to break her curse.

Here’s the blurb:

Blake Wells seems to have it made: the wealthy bachelor life, Kennedy-esque good looks, rising political star. The tabloids love him. But one barracuda date after another drains his hopes for finding a girl who’s sincere.

So when his Chief of Staff insists he take a beach vacation, Blake doesn’t go expecting to meet Cressida, the perfect girl. Shazam! She’s seriously a goddess. And even though she protests that she’s bad luck, he’s a goner.

But when a string of crazy (albeit hilarious) coincidences threatens to sink his career, Blake must choose whether to save his campaign or save the love of his life.

If he wants to get this goddess, he’ll have to break her curse.

To celebrate the launch, I’ve put BIG IN JAPAN at a lower price on Kindle! It’s 35% off its normal price. Woot! If you haven’t read it, now’s a great time. It’s got almost 100 reviews on Amazon with an average of five stars. So, it’s a safe guess you’ll like it.

BIG IN JAPAN

BIG IN JAPAN

Also, I’m going to run a contest next week, so stay tuned!

Cover Reveal! PANDORA…Tell Me What You Think (And an ARC Giveaway!)

If he wants to get this goddess, he’ll have to break her curse.

Blake Wells seems to have it made: the wealthy bachelor life, Kennedy-esque good looks, rising political star. The tabloids love him. But one barracuda date after another drains his hopes for finding a girl who’s sincere.

So when his Chief of Staff insists he take a beach vacation, Blake doesn’t go expecting to meet Cressida, the perfect girl. Shazam! She’s seriously a goddess. And even though she protests that she’s bad luck, he’s a goner.

But when a string of crazy, albeit hilarious, coincidences threatens sink his career, Blake must choose whether to save his campaign or save the love of his life.

Pandora! A new Rom-Com Fantasy!

Pandora! A new Rom-Com Fantasy!

Way to go, Laura Tolman at CMI Signs for this awesome design. I say it’s her best yet. Who’s with me?

Annnnnnnd…. to go along with this cover reveal, I’m giving away an ARC (advanced reader copy) of the book. Yay! If you want to WIN, just post in the comments below why.

Good luck!

And just so you know, this book will be available for purchase on Kindle and Amazon August 4th. Wahoo!

Cover Reveal! Under the Mistletoe

It’s just plain HOT. And so our thoughts turn to Christmastime.

Okay, maybe they don’t. But maybe they should! At least they could–and they can, since today is the big COVER REVEAL for the Christmas version of the ever-popular “Timeless Romance Anthology” installment coming out this Christmas, of which I’m super honored to be a part. Here’s the cover. What do you think? Does it make YOU feel cooler?

Isn't it holiday romance fantastic?

Isn’t it holiday romance fantastic?

Truth is, I wrote my installment in the hottest week of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a little bit tricky to let my thoughts drift to hot cocoa and cozy sweaters when I couldn’t do anything but swill ice-laced Diet Pepsi and sit under the fan. But I am actually pretty excited about how my little contribution to this turned out. Watch for it later this fall. I’ll keep you posted. Ooh, and look at which other authors are involved! Super fun group of ladies I LOVE. Oh, and they’re amazing writers, too. Feeling pretty lucky and blessed to be involved here.

Summer Belongs to…

If you’re a Phineas and Ferb family like we are, you might have the “Summer Belongs to You” song in your repertoire.

For our family, summer belongs to Otter Pops. I’ve only bought 500 so far this summer, so we’re a little behind, but our oldest has left to do an internship, so there’s one less Otter Popper in the house. Usually we hit about 1200 by the time we have to start buying pencils and hand sanitizer bottles again. I told the missionaries (poor, unacclimatized Idaho and Utah kids) they could stop and get an Otter Pop anytime, but they had to obey the family rule: no more than ten a day. They’re keeping up.

It’s just really hot here.

So. Hot.

And the kids need a lot of my time and attention. Which is good. I like it. Being a mom is my first job. Then wife. Then some other responsibilities. Then writer. So even though I have THREE completed novels that need a little editing and cover designs, I probably won’t be putting out anything new again for a few weeks. And maybe not until August when the kids go back to school. It’s just a matter of priorities.

And I’ll tell ya–with my oldest going off to his internship this summer, it’s the emotional equivalent of an ice bucket challenge, a wakeup call proving just how fast these years go with my kids. BLINK! They’re gone. And even though my youngest just finished first grade, it still feels like so did my oldest.

So, I’m trying to balance the fun of writing with cramming in every possible interaction with my kids (without being the super helicopter mom I am at heart. I’m not sure how that’s working.) Chores, conversations, games, drives–long and short. It’s my time with them. And then, in a few years when they’re gone >sniffle! gasp! gurgle!< I will be writing a lot more books.

Until then, summer belongs to being a mom.

“Now, if I find any more Otter Pop wrappers on the floor, I’m not buying any more.” (The lies we tell.)

Impending Audio and Writer’s Amnesia

It’s finished! The audio of The Lost Art! I’m so excited. Now I’m proofing the audio tracks, and I’m really excited. Natalie Duke did a fantastic job. It sounds exactly like the voice in my head. She hit the right tone so well.

Love it.

Love, love, love it.

I should have it up and ready pretty soon! Just getting the audio cover done and finishing this edit.

Maybe you are doing some kind of long haul driving this summer and need a fluffy novel to keep you awake. If this is the case, give The Lost Art a chance.

Am I the only author who totally  and completely forgets the story after it’s done? Like Men-in-Black-Flashy-Thing mind wipe level? It’s weird. Almost all my books are like that. I remember bits of scenes, the gist of the main characters, and that’s about it. Writer’s amnesia has its pros and cons, believe me. But one of the pros is that I re-read it and find it funny and think, “Who thought of that phrase? Hahaha.”

Anybody else have writer’s amnesia?

It’s even worse with other books. Jane Eyre was my favorite novel for a decade. I read it four times. I was surprised about the lady upstairs EVERY. TIME.

So if I read *your* book and I tell you it stayed with me, take that as a high, high compliment!

 

Cover Reveal: Book 3 in The Blood Moon Trilogy

My friend Teri Harman has some pretty awesome witch stories going–Blood Moon, Black Moon, and now, the climax: Storm Moon! She’s an amazing person and a beautiful writer. Click on her page to get the pre-order links. Woo hoo!

Congrats on this gorgeous cover!

Storm Moon!

Storm Moon!

My Little Pair of Self-Pubbing Tips

So I’ve been working on self-publishing for about a year and a half. I’ve also got a book on spec at a traditional publisher, so I’m not leaving that behind. Just…romance is a good genre to self-pub. Anyway, lately I’ve had quite a few people ask me the difference between putting a book up on Kindle and actually formatting it for Createspace (Amazon’s self-publishing arm for paperbacks.) (A good option for hardbacks is Lulu.com, but that’s a different post.) It’s a valid question. They are NOT the same.

Okay, first, you get your book cover design the right size according to the Kindle Direct Publishing guidelines. Have your designer do that. Or do it yourself. It’s not impossible, just a little tricky. THEN uploading is quite swift and easy. Just follow the directions step by step on KDP. You basically take your Word document, convert it to HTML, make sure all the stuff looks right in their viewer, upload the cover, and POP. You’re done. They give you a 12-24 hour waiting period, and then it’s available on Amazon. com under the author’s name and the name of the book.

Easy peasy lemon cheesy.

Formatting for paperback is a different animal. Createspace is really user friendly, but there are a lot more steps involved–IF you want the book to look professional. If you don’t care, it’s way easy. But if you DO care, then I recommend buying a good little e-book by a girl named Heather Justesen. It’s called POD Like a Pro. The ladies who worked with me on the Ripple Effect Romance Series gave me that tip.

It’s a learning curve, and the first time I did it, it took me about six hours (!), and the second time and third time were also…quite a few hours. But it does get slightly easier. Maybe I just forget stuff in between (which is, okay, totally the reason. I think I lost 20% of my brain with each baby. And I have 5 kids.) But you end up with a great finished product. You can use the same cover as you used for your Kindle version.

Okay, the gist is: KDP=easy. Do it. CreateSpace=takes more time. Do it anyway. Because you can.