Friday, January 6, 2017

In a Rut

Hello all you lovely people! And happy belated New Year 😊 I hope 2017 is treating you well so far and that you’re sticking to whatever resolutions you may have made (if you made any at all). Me? I don’t make resolutions. I have in the past and never stuck to them. I go into the New Year with an idea/plan of what I’d like to accomplish and try my best to achieve it all. So we’ll see how this year goes. 

Before I get rambling (because that’s what this post it totally going to be) let me take a minute to thank each and every one of you who downloaded a copy of WHEN THE HEART FALLS while it was free.  And a special shout out to Sheryl Mcnaught for her 5 Star review and Maria for her 4 star rating! Thanks so much for taking the time to rate my book and leave a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.

Now … about the title of this post.

Yep, I’m a rut. I don’t even know if I can clarify it as just a writing rut, but I’m thinking it might be an overall life rut. I’m at this point where I just feel like I’m living in disarray and I really need to just figure out what the hell I’m doing. This balancing act of being a wife, mother, dog owner, full time employee, reader, writer, and whatever other title I can throw in there is so out of whack.  So, with that being said, one of my main goals this year is to get my shit together and make all of this work. My family and home life will always be the most important thing to me, but I also love being a writer and I really want to find a way to make it all work so I’m not running around like a crazy lady. I’ll do it, I know I will, it’s just going to take me some time.

There are a lot of things I want to accomplish in my personal life this year, but as far as my writing life goes my main goal is to FINISH LUKE’S BOOK. I have no idea why this book is taking me so long to finish. I have the whole thing outlined, and I know what I want to happen, but damn if I’m not having a hard time finding the words to make it all happen. Here’s a little backstory for those of you who haven’t followed me from the start of the series. I wrote Zane with the intentions of it being a standalone. But when I got writing it, I fell in love with the other characters so much I decided they needed stories of their own. Luke’s book was supposed to come next, but as I got into the story I realized that it just wasn’t his time for a happily ever after. He’s freakin’ Luke McKade! He doesn’t have girlfriends. He has one-nighters. It wasn’t true to his character to send him riding off into the sunset with his love in the second book, so I switched some stuff around a decided to write Norah’s story. After I completed her book, I did a lot of thinking and decided to start Luke’s book over with a whole new plot and story line. I love it, I really do, and I should be flying through writing it … but I’m not. Maybe a part of me just wants to keep him all to myself for as long as I can and that’s why I’m dragging my feet? Hahaha. I’m going to keep telling myself that, because it’s sure a lot nicer than “you’re terrible at this writing gig.” In all seriousness, I know a lot of you are waiting for Luke’s book, and I am going to do my absolute best to get his story completed for you.

Luke’s book is my top writing priority right now, but I also have a bunch of other stories I want to get out there as well. I loved writing my first novella WHAT’S LEFT OF ME and it is probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. There’s a quote I’ve seen on Pinterest many times by Ernest Hemingway that says, 

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” 

That’s what I did with this story. I poured so much emotion into it, and as cheesy as it sounds, I still get chills when I read over certain scenes or listen to the audio version … which I totally do because Tiffany Williams did an amazing job! (No shame in appreciating your own work.) I do have plans to write another novella that will contain characters from WHAT’S LEFT OF ME. I’d love to get that one out once Luke’s book is all done. Speaking of WHAT’S LEFT OF ME, I’m going to be doing a spotlight with Itsy Bitsy Books Bits very soon (January 12th to be exact). I’ll keep y’all posted on that ←Shameless plug, lol.

Well, this post is ridiculously long and full of nothing but ramblings … but, hey, I warned ya. If you made it this far high five! Maybe one of my goals this year can be to blog more. I do miss it, and I’ve said multiple times in the past that I want to start again, but never stuck to it. If I do blog more, it’s going to be random and full of nonsense … just like this post 😉 If you’re cool with that I hope you stop by and maybe leave a comment every now and then just to say “Hi!” I like talking with y’all and I’m still working on finding the right social media platform to do that on. Any suggestions let me know.

Talk to y’all soon!

Monday, January 2, 2017

FREE Promo 3 Days Only!

Five years ago on this day I held my first free promotion through Amazon for my very first novel, WHEN THE HEART FALLS. To honor this very special anniversary I'm holding another free promotion starting today and ending on Jan. 4th! Happy Reading!


The happiness she seeks is within her reach…
When Misty Prescott moved back home to her parents’ ranch after catching her husband cheating on her, she couldn’t have possibly known that she’d fall for not one but two cowboys at the same time. Nor could she have known that getting involved with both men would bring unwelcome excitement turning her already messed up world completely upside down.

… But is she willing to pay for it with her life?
As Misty’s relationship with Vance Kinney begins she can’t help but develop an intense attraction to her best friend’s older brother, Dylan McCoy. But just as Misty makes her choice she indirectly becomes the target of one horrific event after another. Now Misty must fight the very obstacles that threaten to tear her apart from the man she loves, and survive the danger lurking around every corner that threatens their very lives.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Release Blast! FOLLY AND FOREVER by Kimberly Loth

He presents a proposal that can fix both their problems—get married. 
Will she say yes?

Omega Mu Alpha Brothers #3
Kimberly Loth
Releasing Nov 16th, 2016

Bethany McAlister loves that house more than life itself and will do anything to keep it. Even if she can’t begin to afford the taxes on it. When a notice arrives informing her that her house is about to go to auction she desperately takes on a roommate, but gets a surprise when the dead sexy Jamie Green shows up on her doorstep to take her spare room. Jamie brings not only much needed cash, but more problems than Bethany cares to take on. But then he presents a proposal that can fix both their problems—get married. Will she say yes and risk her heart or no and risk losing her home that means so much to her?


Please enjoy the following excerpt from FOLLY AND FOREVER:
In the backseat his dog, Hexa, whined. She could see the yard. He let her out, and she rolled around in the grass. At least she’d be happy here. He opened his trunk and stared at the house. The waves crashed behind it, and the air smelled of salt. Yeah. He’d love it here.
The house was three stories, painted a soft yellow with green accents. Three porches framed the massive stairway that lead to the front door. Most of the houses on Folly Beach had garages under the house and the front door on the second floor.
Before heading up the stairs, he stepped back and snapped a few pictures with his camera. That would be for him. To document his time here. He hoped this would be a good several months. They’d be hard, but rewarding. He looked down at the paper in hand. Bethany Davis was his new roommate.
He left Hexa in the yard and headed up the stairs to the double glass front doors. No privacy there. He rang the bell and saw a flurry of movement, and the door opened. He found himself face-to-face with a woman who was five foot nothing, with ice blue eyes and a messy brown knot on the back of her head. She must be Bethany. Her wide eyes opened even wider when she looked him up and down and checked out his two suitcases. She was cute, but not his type. Thank goodness. He couldn’t afford distractions, and in spite of his recent efforts, he wasn’t too good at avoiding them.
“Um, come in,” she finally said. “The bedroom is around the corner.” She wouldn’t look him in the eye, and he was instantly curious. Her posture indicated confidence, but the lack of eye contact did not.
He whistled for Hexa and dragged his two suitcases into the house. He waited for his dog and then shut the door. She made a beeline for Bethany, and jumped up on her, putting her paws her shoulders. Dobermans weren’t heavy, forceful dogs, but Hexa was tall. His cheeks flushed with embarrassment. Good way to meet his new roommate. She’d be liable to kick him out now.
He dropped his suitcases to rescue her. To his surprise though, she was laughing, and instead of pushing Hexa away, she got on the ground to play. She didn’t even look up at him.
He glanced down, and without meaning to, right into her shirt. She had nice cleavage, but he closed his eyes. He did not come to Charleston to get involved with another woman. Besides, she totally wasn’t his type. He preferred his women tall and blonde. At least that's what he told himself. Maybe Miss Bethany would be more distracting than he originally thought.
“Are you okay with her? I’m going to put the suitcases in the bedroom.”
She nodded and pointed to the open door, off the foyer.
The old house had white pinewood floors and light blue walls. It seemed to have a beach theme, with shells scattered on the side tables. An old southern staircase led up to the third floor.
He hauled his suitcases into the bright and spacious bedroom with a balcony. His face fell when he saw the bed though. It was a tiny daybed, clearly meant for a child. There was no way his six-foot-four body would fit on it. He snapped a few pictures of the room and sent a quick text to his assistant. She’d order him something decent to sleep in.
Hexa barked, and he went out to investigate, but both Hexa and Bethany were gone. He walked past the stairs and into a living room. In the kitchen Bethany was sitting on the floor with Hexa, doing tricks for treats.
“She’s well-trained,” Bethany said, keeping her eyes on the dog. This would not do at all. He couldn’t live with her if she wouldn’t even look at him. Well, he could, but it wouldn’t be very fun.
“Yeah, she is.” He crouched down next to Hexa in the hopes that he could at least get another glimpse of Bethany’s eyes.
She kept her hands and gaze on Hexa. “It was nice of you to bring in Jamie’s stuff for her. Is she here yet?”
He creased his eyebrows. “I’m Jamie.”
Bethany continued to pet Hexa and then stood slowly. She opened and closed her mouth. Then she looked him in the eyes for the first time. Her pupils were huge, nearly causing the blue to disappear. “I’m sorry. I told the agency I would only accept females. I think there has been a misunderstanding. You can’t stay here.” She reached around him and reached for her phone.
He grabbed her hand. The one with the phone. He needed to reassure her that he wasn’t dangerous. Her hand was ice cold, and she sucked in a hard breath.

Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina.

She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. After living in Cairo, Egypt for 2 years, she's decided to go to the Far East and currently calls Shenzhen, China home. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sale Blitz! DRIVEN TO TEMPATION by Melia Alexander & TEMPTING MR WRONG by Kerri Carpenter

#GetTempted for ONLY .99 Cents

Wrong Man #2
Kerri Carpenter
Entangled Lovestruck

A little temptation never hurt anyone…

Lance Townsend craves freedom after years living a structured existence in the Army. But just as he’s about to start on his bucket list, Lance receives an unexpected request: check in on his goddaughter. The problem? The adorable little girl’s aunt is the one woman he’s never been able to forget.

Carly Quigley can’t believe her brother’s best friend, the man who jilted her years ago, is at her door. He claims her brother asked him to check in on her niece and their fixer-upper, but all either of them can focus on is their undeniable attraction. Carly knows Lance is counting down the hours to leave, which makes him the wrong man for her. Unfortunately, the wrong man has become oh-so-tempting.

Each book in the Wrong Man series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Driven to Love #1
Melia Alexander
Entangled Lovestruck

She’s a gorgeous distraction he can’t afford…or ignore.

Aidan Ross might be an engineering genius, but people skills? Not this soldier’s forte. Thankfully, a trusted friend is accompanying him to a make-or-break tradeshow…but then a bubbly redhead hops into his truck, claiming to be his new road trip buddy. She’s a gorgeous distraction he can’t afford. Or ignore.

Delaney Harper comes from a family of engineers—maleengineers. With several impressive projects under her belt, she’s on a mission to prove she can hang with the big boys, too. But cracking the sexy, closed-off CEO is tougher than she expects…and hotter than she could have imagined.

With the tempting woman disrupting his carefully planned schedule, Aidan can’t focus on the road, much less their upcoming presentation. The future of his company is riding on this trip, and if they’re to land a huge account, he has to keep his head—and his heart—in the game…

Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother's kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A life-long fan of reading, she got lost in the worlds of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. She also assumed that everyone had characters and plots forming in their heads at all times.

Once she turned to romance novels, she couldn't get enough of books with happy endings, so she started writing her own. Now, Kerri writes contemporary romances, usually set in small towns. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.

Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, in many instances she's seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are - the heroes of their own stories.

A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She's an avid reader who also loves romantic comedies - preferably with a glass of CabSauv and a box of chocolates nearby. In her free time, she's busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, muscle snatches, and the dreaded 800 meter run. Her family appreciates her attempts at cooking and cleaning, although she spends it mostly daydreaming about her characters, which sometimes results in a burnt meal and a half-cleaned house.