Saturday, July 16, 2016

A heartfelt Thank You and a Giveaway!






I would like to thank everyone for helping to make the release of Double Down such a success! It's already on the bestseller lists for Amazon and All Romance ebooks, and I couldn't be happier with the response so far.
Print copies of Double Down arrived yesterday!

To celebrate, I'm doing a giveaway! Someone will win a signed copy of Double Down and a swag pack, and someone else will win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Certificate.

Good Luck!








* * * *





If you haven't bought Double Down yet, the $2.99 sale price ends July 19th. Pick up your copy soon. 


Amazon   |   B&N   |   Kobo   |   ARe   |  iTunes







Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Double Down Release Announcement



Today is release day for Double Down!


I am so excited about the launch of this book and the all-new series it belongs to. I've always loved science-fiction, and this series is full of some of my favourite sci-fi elements mixed together with a sexy menage romance. I hope you enjoy it.

* * * *



Cyborgs, aliens, true love, and adventure. Welcome to the Drift.




When it comes to love, sometimes the best bet is to double down.

Kit and Luke Armas are cyborgs created for one purpose, battle. Now that the war is over, they must fight to carve out a place for themselves in a universe they were intended to die for but never be a part of.

Cargo pilot Zura Watson came to the edge of civilized space to start over. The Drift is a haven for the hunted, the lost, and those seeking second chances.  It was also the last place in the cosmos Zura expected to find love.


When the shadows of the past threaten to eclipse this trio’s future, they’ll have to fight for their chance at love and the life they’ve always dreamed of.


ORDER LINKS

Monday, July 11, 2016

A tale of travel - Or What I did for the long weekend

Road trip!

At the start of the month, I packed a bag, gassed up my car, and headed north over the Canada Day long weekend to visit my friend and fellow romance writer,  Sadie Haller. She lives on the same island as I do, but that doesn't mean she lives nearby. The island I live on is roughly as long as the states of Washington and Oregon together, and I drove an awful lot of it last weekend. 

I set out at six am with a few snacks and a bottle of Diet Coke. Given the unholy hour of the morning, I made great time the first half of the trip. Just under 300 km in three and a half hours, including a quick bite to eat part way. I love highway driving!  Zoom! The only downside was that it was raining, not an auspicious beginning to a long weekend mini-vacation. Ah well, can't have everything.
(Little did I know that it was the last time I would see the sun for three whole days...)

Things got more interesting when I hit the halfway mark. Also known as (the end of civilization as I knew it.) I had agreed to pick up Sadie's groceries on the way in, because when you live 3+ hours away from a town, making a quick run for milk is not a simple thing. This far into lumberjack and fisherman country, my hot pink and teal hair raised some eyebrows and garnered me some stares. I was now in the land of plaid and it was clear to all and sundry that I was not a local. *cue the distant sound of "Dueling Banjos."*  Okay, I'm exaggerating a little, but not much!

With the backseat of my Kia now laden down with 40 kilos of shelling peas, pop, and other groceries, I headed off again for the second half of my trip. This....is where things got interesting. Ten minutes out of town the cell service died. I was prepared for that, which is why I had printed off maps of my journey. No more Google Maps for me! 

The road I was on grew increasingly less road-like with every passing kilometre, and soon I was surrounded by tall trees, stunning vistas, and an impressive number of trucks pulling boats to their various long weekend fishing spots. As the road degraded, my speed decreased, and within an hour I was toodling along at about 50km/h watching for wildlife and good places to stop and take pictures. (click on pics to see enlarged version)







\
Trees, mountains, and a paved road...for now
The further I drove, the more remote things got. The traffic thinned, then vanished.The lines on the road came to stop, and then, so did the pavement. Soon, the road looked like this and was marked with signs stating "Active logging road, yield to all oncoming vehicles" and "Narrow Bridge ahead."

When they say narrow, they mean this: 


I drive a Kia hatchback and I was very aware of the steep drop off on either side of this very narrow bridge. Taking it with a truck and boat or a logging truck would be like threading a needle at 60 km/h. 

About this point, I stopped taking pictures because the road narrowed too much to allow for a safe place to pull over. Plus I was too busy looking for elk, bears, other assorted wildlife and logging trucks to be keeping an eye out for pretty photo opportunities. 

Eventually, I arrived at my destination, found my way to Sadie's, and was greeted with hugs, two very friendly dogs, and an offer of coffee. (Note: Sadie makes the BEST coffee on the planet.) 

The weekend was so much fun. We talked, drank wine, and talked some more. We went for a walk with the dogs where I found myself surrounded by thick forest on a path lined with huckleberries as a chorus of birds trilled and sang. There were flocks of hummingbirds coming and going from the feeder out front, and the mountains were permanently shrouded in mist, tucking is into a grey and misty cocoon. 

Sunday morning came far too quickly. Tired, happy, and with a head full of plot bunnies, advice, and fond memories, I tossed my bag into my car, wiped off the back window enough to be able to see out, and headed home. 
At the time, I thought this was what "dirty" looked like.

A few hours after departure, I finally found pavement again. Along the way I'd spotted a black bear cub, several pheasants, numerous squirrels, and a surprising number of cyclists. 

I had to stop at the first rest area I came to for another wipedown of my vehicle because driving without a rear window, visible license plate or brake lights is somewhat frowned upon by law enforcement. Above was the "before" picture. This...is what my poor little hatchback looked like after the drive out:



(Author's note, it's been a week now and that car has been hosed off twice and gone through a car wash on "super clean" setting and it's still dusty.)

It was a wonderful visit, and I have no doubt I'll do it again. Next time I'll try to take more pictures. 

I hope that whatever you did on your long weekend it was full of fun, laughter and fond memories.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Double Down - Sneak Peek

Now available for Pre-order.  
Releasing July 12, 2016


Special 2.99 pricing for Pre-Order Only


Cyborgs, aliens, true love, and adventure. Welcome to the Drift.



Kit leaned forward slightly and gave her a look so intense she forgot to breathe. “You’re gorgeous, Zura. Believe me. There isn’t another female in this bar that compares to you,”

“Agreed,” Luke chimed in.

“Cynder would likely take exception to that statement,” she said, as her pulse started to race, and warning alarms went off in the logical part of her brain. This was taking their flirtations to a new level, and damn, she liked it more than was wise.

“Cyn’s our sister, she doesn’t count,” Kit said and shrugged in dismissal.

He seemed about to say something more, but before he could, there was a loud curse and the crash of glass shattering. His head snapped up as he looked for the source of the disturbance.

“Gotta go,” he muttered as he rose from the table and headed toward the fight breaking out on the far side of the bar.

She watched as the crowd of patrons parted before him, giving the big cyborg a wide berth. There weren’t many beings in existence who would deliberately put themselves in the path of a cyborg on a mission. Whoever had broken the peace, they were about to regret it.

“And there he goes, the master of romance and seduction. Utters one compliment, then wanders off to break up a bar fight,” Luke said with a sigh.

“Romance and seduction? Is that what you two are up to?” she asked, trying to keep her tone light despite the sudden pounding of her heart.

Luke winked at her. “If you have to ask, then we haven’t been doing a very good job of it.”

Her stomach did a slow somersault, and a voice in the back of her head started to cheer wildly. Holy fraxx, she hadn’t been imagining their interest.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Be Light - One writer's thoughts

Bad news is everywhere. Dark stories are on every TV and newspaper, blanketing social media. Tales of heartbreaking hatred and violence. Stories of loss, terror, and grief. It feels as if the shadows are spreading, plunging our world into darkness. It's terrifying and depressing, and each day the darkness seems to get deeper.

Do you know what stands out in the darkness? Light. A human being can detect the light from a single candle flame from thirty miles away. The darker it gets, the more visible any source of light becomes. If we want to change the world, we need to become the only thing that can defy darkness. We need to be light. 

By Leoadec (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)  via Wikimedia Commons

It sounds simple, doesn't it? Choosing light over darkness shouldn't be difficult, but it can be. Every time we give in to anger or fear our light fades a little. Every time we stand by and allow someone else to speak or act with hatred or violence, the light fades a little more. When we hide from the darkness by retreating into our homes, locking the doors and closing ourselves off from each other, our light cannot be seen or shared. 

Be seen. Stand up. Speak out against injustice. Laugh, sing, dance, and embrace the joy in life whenever you can. Your light will burn brighter, and that will attract other lights. One candle becomes two, and the light starts to spread. 

Light versus dark. Love versus hated. Acceptance versus fear. Our world is shrouded in shadow these days. All we can do is to strive to be one of the lights in the darkness.





Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Double Down - Now Available for Pre-Order



Now available for Pre-order.  
Releasing July 12, 2016


Special 2.99 pricing for Pre-Order Only


Cyborgs, aliens, true love, and adventure. Welcome to the Drift.




When it comes to love, sometimes the best bet is to double down.

Kit and Luke Armas are cyborgs created for one purpose, battle. Now that the war is over, they must fight to carve out a place for themselves in a universe they were intended to die for but never be a part of.

Cargo pilot Zura Watson came to the edge of civilized space to start over. The Drift is a haven for the hunted, the lost, and those seeking second chances.  It was also the last place in the cosmos Zura expected to find love.


When the shadows of the past threaten to eclipse this trio’s future, they’ll have to fight for their chance at love and the life they’ve always dreamed of.


ORDER LINKS


Monday, June 6, 2016

Cover Reveal - Double Down


I'm excited to announce my next release will be Double Down, Book One in my new Sci-Fi Romance series, The Drift.  

Cyborgs, aliens, true love, and adventure. Welcome to the Drift.




When it comes to love, sometimes the best bet is to double down.

Kit and Luke Armas are cyborgs created for one purpose, battle. Now that the war is over, they must fight to carve out a place for themselves in a universe they were intended to die for but never be a part of.

Cargo pilot Zura Watson came to the edge of civilized space to start over. The Drift is a haven for the hunted, the lost, and those seeking second chances.  It was also the last place in the cosmos Zura expected to find love.


When the shadows of the past threaten to eclipse this trio’s future, they’ll have to fight for their chance at love and the life they’ve always dreamed of.

Coming soon!