Monday, December 5, 2016

Sci-Fi Romance Giveaway

I've teamed up with more than 60 awesome  fellow science fiction romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels to you, our readers. One lucky reader will even win a new Kindle Fire!

You can win Double Down, book one in my series, The Drift, plus books from a host of other authors.

To Enter Click Here:  

**contest closes Monday, December 12th

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dating fails and deadline wins


I was going to blog about my most recent foray into the dating scene, but a quick check of my archive showed me that while it has been a year or so since I last went down this path, the journey hasn't changed much. And so, instead of a full post, I'll stick to a synopsis and links to previous dating posts for your entertainment. *grin*

July 2015
April 2015 - Part 2
April 2015 - Part 1
December 2015 - Dear Santa - Part 2
December 2013 - Dear Santa - Part 1


Girl contacts guy on dating site. Emailing goes well. They meet. Chemistry, yay!  And then, after seeing each other every weekend for more than two months, guy vanishes. No emails. No contact. POOF. Was he abducted by aliens? Hit by a bus? According to his dating profile, neither. He's still actively looking for his soulmate, he simply didn't feel the need to let me know it wasn't me. 

More fodder for my future romance series all about online dating gone awry. It's not just life experience, it's research!  *grins again*

I really do need to get working on that series...

2015's dating policy - Renewed for another year


I am currently working on Wild Card, book #3 in The Drift series. I'm on track to have it finished ahead of schedule,  which means you can expect to see pre-order links out in the not so distant future, and a release date in February 2017. The characters in this book have taken on a life of their own, and I cannot wait to share their story with you. 


Want a peek at what Wild Card is about? Here's the blurb.

The game of love can change in a heartbeat when fate deals you a wild card.

Lieksa Kiv saw firsthand what the corporations did to their cyborg soldiers during the Resource Wars.  Her job: repair their damaged cybernetic components and send them back into battle. When a stolen kiss reveals the truth about her charges, Lieksa sacrifices everything to protect the cyborgs’ secret, including a future with the men she’s fallen for.

Mack Darian and Dash Scudo aren’t soldiers anymore. Inspired by the kindness of the woman who saved their lives and touched their hearts, they are defenders, instead. As Corporate Security, they’re dedicated to protecting the citizens of The Drift from all threats, including each other.

When these three lives reconnect, the flames of passion burn white hot. But before they can hope for a future together, they must contend with old secrets and present-day challenges threatening to tear their world apart.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Writing as therapy

Writing is a strange endeavor. It's usually done alone, but the result of that solitary labour is shared with everyone who reads it. It's the art of opening a vein and pouring our hearts onto the pages and trying not to make too much of a mess in the process.

It's a common joke among authors that writing is cheap therapy, and I know I'm not the only one who works through the challenges of my own life by writing them down and weaving a story around them to give myself a fresh perspective and sometimes, clarity or closure.

Some of you might have noticed that a couple of themes tend to show up time and again in my books: grief over the loss of someone important to my characters, and siblings who have drifted apart over the years. There's a reason for that.

Nine years and one day ago, my little brother, Corey, was deep-sea fishing for marlin off the coast of north-eastern Australian. He caught one, too. I have a picture of him reeling it in. As it turned out, that was the last picture anyone would take of him. He died in his sleep a few hours later, a victim of something called S.A.D.S. Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. There wasn't any warning. There were no goodbyes said. His heart simply stopped beating, and he was gone.

In the heart-shattering aftermath of his death, a lot of things changed for me. I'd lost my only sibling, and while we loved each other, we weren't that close. He had his life, and I had mine. I always thought there'd be time to reconnect "later." Only, we didn't get that time. I learned the lesson we all learn eventually: we don't know how much time we have with the ones that matter to us. Losing that time is one of my greatest regrets, and over the last nine years, I've worked through some of that regret with my stories and borrowed from my own experiences to write about grief, loss, and the various ways we cope with it all. I also came to understand that time flies, life is short, and if I was going to do any of the things I wanted to do, I should get on with it. That's when I decided to become a published author, and started a new chapter in my life.

I spent the last day or so the same way I do every year, in quiet reflection (and occasional tears.) I'm back to writing now, and it struck me that the story I'm working on isn't only a love story, it's about the ways grief shapes the way we think and act even years later, and the regrets that come with realizing you've lost so much time with someone you care about. It wasn't planned, but it's woven into the storyline, and I believe it enriches the story.

I know that so long as I'm writing, my brother will live on in the pages of the books I create. His smile, laughter, quirks, and maddening habits have all appeared here and there, brought back to life by the characters in my stories.It's my way of remembering him and keeping him with me until the day I see him again...and smack him upside the head for leaving us too soon.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

200 Ways to escape the winter blues - Free Books!


I'm taking part in an amazing freebie extravaganza. It's a one day only event, so don't miss out. 

Authors from all sorts of genres are involved, which means there's something for everyone! Just click the link to head over to the website and start your free shopping spree!  


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Release Day - All in

All In is now available!

When love is the prize, the only way to win is to go all in.

The Resource Wars may have ended, but for the cyborgs created to fight in them, the battle for acceptance is far from over. Former soldiers Toro and Jaeger have been on the move since they left military service. They’re looking for more than their next payday; they want to find a place to call home.

Cynder Armas co-owns the Nova Club with her two cyborg siblings. The club is more than her business; it’s her home filled with everyone she cares about. Life on The Drift isn’t easy, but it is profitable, and it keeps her too busy to dwell on the losses in her past.

When these three battle-scarred warriors meet, there’s no denying their attraction, but it takes more than a spark to keep a fire burning. To hold onto each other, they’ll have to find a way to let go of their old lives and embrace the future, together.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Space has never been hotter

I'm taking part in a two-day sci-fi romance promotion, sharing with you an amazing selection of hot new releases, handpicked from some of the coolest Sci-Fi Romance authors around.

If you love sci-fi romance, or you're looking to try a new genre or find new authors, this is a great promotion. All you need to do is follow the link below to the splash page and check out all the books to choose from. While you're checking out the books, be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of FOUR $25.00 gift cards! 

Browse for your next hot read here: 

Sci-Fi Romances


My cyborg romance, Double Down, is part of this promotion, so if you haven't picked it up yet, now's your chance!  

Saturday, October 8, 2016

RomCon Wrap Up

I'm home from Denver and RomCon 2016.

Okay, I was home a few days ago, but between the day job, laundry, and a dire need for sleep, it's taken me a few days to organize my thoughts (and photos) about this fabulous event.
Welcome to Denver... Tornados and all

 It was an amazing time. Incredibly enthusiastic readers with energy to spare and smiles for everyone they met. Organizers who were on the ball, incredibly welcoming and seemingly everywhere at once, making sure that everything ran smoothly. Fellow authors who were warm, supportive, and full of advice, stories, and laughter.
Me at the beginning of the book signing madness

I ate my first true American barbecue (thank you, Michele Callahan for arranging that, and thank you Willow Brooke for helping me decide what the hell to order!) 

I karaoked and danced with a crazy-fun group of readers and authors, I met dozens of new readers at the speed dating, I autographed a heap of books at the book signing (and managed to snag nearly a dozen signed books from other authors to add to my collection!)

Lori K getting fresh with my banner

I got to hang out with the wonderful Grace Goodwin and Vanessa Vale, talk shop with the amazing Geri Foster, spend time with Sylvia McDaniel, Evelyn Lederman, and Carol Van Natta (all authors in SE Smith's Magic New Mexico, Kindle World with me.) And watched some wild antics with Karen Doctor. I met so many people I am now blessed to call my friends, that I cannot begin to name them all.

I am going back next year! (If they'll have me, of course...*grin*)

Goodbye, Denver!