Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Snazzy New Covers!

Good morning, beautiful people! I’m going to jump right into this post because I am just so excited to share with you these GORGEOUS new covers for my MCKADES OF TEXAS series J

Do you love them as much as I do?! I had been debating on updating them for quite some time now, but held off because—really?—there wasn’t anything necessarily wrong with the old ones. But I just couldn’t help feeling like the covers weren’t portraying the story inside (plus I’ve gotten better at Photoshop, lol). I love having each couple on their book and the little elements I pulled from their stories to create the new covers (Andi’s beat up truck on Zane’s cover, and Chase’s inherited house on Norah’s cover … horses on Luke’s cover … I’ll share that one when I’m closer to the end of his book J ). These new beauties will go live on bookseller's sites this week.

That’s all for now! I hope y’all have a great day and a great week!



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Same Great Story ... Just A New Look :)

My very first book turned 6 this year! Hard to believe it's been that many years already, but it's been a very exciting ride. This book will always hold a special place in my heart because it's what got me here (and it was my very first best seller!). So to honor this lovely story, I decided to spiff it up a bit. The NEW cover represents the original cover (click here if you want to see that one) and I also updated the blurb (I've grown so much as an author and I just felt that the original blurb wasn't doing the story any justice).

I hope you love it as much as I do! 



WTHF 2017Misty Prescott had the perfect life—emphasis on the “had”. Cookie-cutter house? Gone. Gated neighborhood with quiet streets? Gone. Cheating jerk of a husband? Glad to be gone. With nowhere else to go, she returns to her hometown and back to her parents’ ranch. Living in her old room again was never part of her plan, but then again, neither was falling for her childhood friend’s rugged charm faster than the ink could dry on her divorce papers. 
When tragedy brings Dylan McCoy back home, the last person he expected to see was the beautiful woman who claimed his heart over a decade ago. Not taking the chance with Misty when he had one was always something he regretted, but now that she's back—and single—Dylan's determined to be a part of that life she's trying to put back together.
But secrets go deep in the heart of Texas, and soon there's more than just sparks flying. When Dylan and Misty find themselves targets of one horrific event after another, suddenly, they must fight the obstacles threatening to tear them apart—and survive the danger that threatens their lives.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bad Blogger/Bad Writer

I am fully embracing this title because it is 100% TRUE! I am terrible at this blogging thing. I’m terrible at all things social media. Do I mean to be? Nope. Do I like engaging with readers on the internet? Absolutely! So let’s catch-up!

I’m sure those of you who read my books are wondering what the heck is taking me so long with getting Luke’s book completed. That’s been the most popular email I receive, and everyone gets the same reply, “I’m working on it, I swear.” And it’s true. I am working on it. But here’s the thing … writing is not my full time job. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … I wish it was, but sadly it is not. My life goes Family & Friends > Home > Work > Writing. I have a husband, two kids (that are growing up way to fast), and two beloved pups that I soak up as much time as I can with because, clichĂ© as it is, life is too short. Writing was a lot easier seven years ago when life wasn’t so busy. When I wrote WHEN THE HEART FALLS I banged that out in a month. A month! Granted, it’s not my finest work, but it opened the door for me … and I do love Dylan and Misty J My family grew after that and writing took the back seat. I love writing, I really do, but I love my family more so they will always win. But I’m drifting here, so let’s get back to Luke.

Luke’s book is currently around 30k words (I’m aiming for 80k-90k). This book has been extremely difficult for me because it’s Luke. He’s been dodging relationships for the past two books and, gosh darn it, he’s still dodging them. I swear I this is pretty much exactly how I’ve felt writing this book so far because I've been so focused on thinking about what readers may want instead of listening to my character's and letting them run the story …
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I don’t like my stories feeling forced or rushed, and that’s how I’ve felt throughout the process of writing Luke’s book. This will be the third book in my MCKADES OF TEXAS series, and since Luke has made his appearances in the other two books I feel like readers have big expectations for his happily ever after. I honestly feel like he’s been a reader favorite, and as much as I love that (because he’s one of my favs too) it scares me to death because I feel this immense pressure to make his story so amazingly fantastic that I’m over analyzing every little detail instead of just writing the damn thing. But I am writing the damn thing. I just need to work on my time management and overcome this fear of disappointment. Not trying to be a downer here, just trying to keep it real. I will complete his story. It’s a good one (at least I think so) and I really hope that you all will enjoy it once I finally get it done.

I just want to say, thanks for sticking with me!

I’ll check in again soon!



Monday, May 1, 2017

Meet Narrators And Talk Audiobooks At RT 2017

My amazingly talented narrator...the one and only Tiffany Williams...shared this with me and I want to pass it along to all of my author friends in case y'all are seeking voice talent :) Follow the link below for all the details, and if you're planning on attending the RT Convention and run into Tiffany ... make sure you tell her I sent ya! 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Something for everyone! (Psst! I'm talking FREE books!)

For the first time ever I'm offering TWO of my books for FREE!!!!

For a very limited time, you can get WHAT'S LEFT OF ME and WHEN THE HEART FALLS for FRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
You get a book! And you get a book!

I might be too excited over giving away books, but I don't care ;)

Hop on over to Amazon and check them out. I've got you covered :)

If you're looking for a sweet cowboy romance with a little suspense thrown in for good measure (and a little sizzle but all behind closed doors), then look for WHEN THE HEART FALLS.

When the Heart Falls by [Lewis, Kimberly]

Now if Military men are more your style, look for WHAT'S LEFT OF ME. This sexy novella is jammed packed with emotion, humor, enough steam to fog up your windows and will leave you feeling as though you've experienced a full length novel but in half the time :) 

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My "The Substitute" by Denise Grover Swank Review

The Substitute

The Wedding Pact Book #1
Hilarious USA Today bestselling wedding romance!
Megan Vandemeer meant  to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it’s to come clean–a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.
With only one week left to save his business, Josh McMillan boards a plane to Kansas City in a last-ditch effort, leaving the details to chance. An unexpected answer is delivered in the form of the beautiful brunette beside him. Though she’s completely loopy, her honesty, openness, and humor charm him. So when she passes out before landing, he helps her off the plane–a good deed that leads to a colossal misunderstanding. Her parents assume he’s her fiancĂ©. In a twist of fate, the mix-up might help Josh save his business, so he plays along, figuring he can help Megan too. All he has to do is stage a public break up convincing enough to appease her mother.
Josh is only supposed to be a substitute groom, but the more time he and Megan spend together, the more their pretend engagement starts to feel real…and the less they want to break it off. Can a relationship that began as a farce turn into happily ever after?
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Megan is getting married … or was supposed to be getting married until she caught her fiancĂ© cheating on her. That was six weeks ago and the planned wedding is in, oh, three days. Anxious about telling her family that the wedding is now off (and has been for weeks), Megan hops on a plane from Seattle to Kansas City to face the wrath of her control loving mother … but, as with any great love story, fate intervenes.

Josh’s business is failing, thanks to a major whoopsie from his older brother. Needing to save his employees from threat of job loss, Josh grabs the first flight out of Seattle and ends up seated next to a beautiful woman who just so happens to be related to Josh’s person of interest in Kansas City, Megan’s father. After a horribly dangerous and embarrassing reaction to Dramamine mixed with alcohol, along with one HUGE misunderstanding, Josh now finds himself posing as Megan’s fiancĂ©, unintentionally placing him in the perfect position to get the information he needs to save his company from going under. But saving his business almost becomes an afterthought as the deeper he gets into this con the harder he falls for his fake fiancĂ©e.

The story that unfolds after this setup was AMAZING! I honestly don’t think I can say enough good things about this book, but I’m going to try. One of the first things I think I should mention is that Megan and her two best friends were “cursed” as kids by a fortune teller at the fair. The curse states that each girl’s wedding will be doomed and that each girl will end up marrying someone other than the man they were supposed to marry—their true love (Megan and her friend Blair don’t believe in the curse, but their friend Libby is a firm believer). Also, each of the friends makes a pact to marry before their thirtieth birthday.

Okay … back to this story …

I really liked Megan. She had such a kind heart and I felt so bad for her and all the crap she had to deal with: her cheating ex, her control freak mother, and finding out that a complete stranger was posing as her fiancĂ©. The girl was just running into one thing after another, but the only problem that ended up being a solution was Josh pretending to be her fiancĂ©. Josh was another one of those kind-hearted souls whose ultimate goal was to save those he cared deeply about. He’d put his own life on hold when he inherited his father’s company, but when he meets Megan something clicks and he finds that he wants to take care of himself for once—to give in to that pull drawing him to her. The more time these two spend faking their arrangement, the more they realize that what they have isn’t fake at all. But not everything is sunshine and roses. Josh and Megan face quite a bit of drama that comes with a relationship built around lies. Secrets are revealed and friendships are tested, but in the end these difficult situations lead to a whole lot of healing that brings everyone closer together.

I LOVED Megan and Josh’s story. I swooned, I almost cried (and I rarely get emotional over books/movies), and I laughed a lot—loud and obnoxious laughing at that … thanks mostly in part to Gram (oh my gosh, I loved every bit of her page time!).

If you enjoy reading romances full of humor with some pretty steamy scenes and plenty of moments to warm your heart than I definitely recommend you check this one out! 

Disclaimer: I purchased this book for my own reading enjoyment. These thoughts are my own and no one twisted my arm to write a review for it.

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 đŸ˜‰ 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.