Thursday, October 16, 2014

This One Will Leave You Smiling

I debated about publishing this little short story on Amazon, but it's so sweet and satisfying I couldn't resist. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Here it comes...

... the blog about being thankful. A reminder to all of my non-Canadian friends: it's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.
   First of all, I'm thankful to be living in Canada. We're not perfect by any means, but we're known as being steadfast friends, both personally and internationally. In my opinion, that counts for a lot.
   I'm thankful for my family. When I first married into such a large family I thought I'd never be able to keep them all straight. And I was right, but I enjoy seeing what they're up to on facebook, and in the occasional phone call. On 'my' side of the family, my father was one of six brothers. Almost all of them settled in the Niagara peninsula of Ontario, and that's where my cousins live now. I don't see them often enough, but they're great people. I had an interesting experience last summer when my sister and I visited. "The girls" were meeting in a restaurant, and when I heard the server mention Mrs. Angle, I looked around for my mother. She was referring to the wife of one of my male cousins of course, but it startled me, and reminded me that many other people still use the name I grew up with. And the men on that side of the family ... let's just say they all inherited the handsome genes, not to mention charm. They're something else.
   I'm thankful for my writing. Call me boring, but I enjoy the research before every book. There's always something to look up. I've learned a lot of interesting facts since I started. Especially recently, while writing a historical romance series.
   I'm thankful for my eyesight. I just finished cataract surgery on both eyes. Perhaps I should rephrase that: the doctor finished the surgery... I just lay there. I'm an avid bird-watcher, and having 20-20 vision again is more than I could have hoped for. But I have it, nonetheless.
   I had intended to write a commercial-free post, but I don't want to leave out the readers who have enjoyed my books. Just yesterday one of my books hit one hundred five-star reviews. What a gift! I appreciate every review on every book, but a milestone like that makes me want to keep writing. It also makes me want to get better with every book. So thank you.
   Now it's time to get back to Book Three in the Gold Rush series. These books don't write themselves, unfortunately...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Exciting New Series

Once in a while a new series comes along that's just different enough to propel it into top-sellerdom. Less Than Nothing is a series that just might do that. Book One, entitled - wait for it - Less Than Nothing - was released today, and readers are already raving.

It's in the YA/Teen category, and is a romance.  You can go here to get an idea of the storyline. While you're there, you might just checkout the reviews by people such as Colleen Hoover, H.M. Ward, and Melissa Foster... need I say more?

So grab your copy, get your read on, and enjoy.

NHL Regular Season starts October 8th...

   ...What will you do while he watches the hockey game?
   Okay, I have a confession. I love hockey, and I'll be watching too. Especially my Canucks. We still have our core of excellent players, but this year we welcome some fresh, new talent. Not to mention new Coach and management. Should be a fun year.
   But for those of you who don't watch, here's an idea. You can probably finish this delightful Romance novella while he watches the game. I loved writing this one, as it combines a delightful romance with the very real topic of violence in hockey. The best news of all is that it's FREE, and is available everywhere - Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd.

Links for Between a Jock and a Hard Place:

   And then, when another game rolls around this weekend, my other novella is free as well. No hockey in this one, but Fixing Freddie also takes place in and around Vancouver. I fall in love with all my heroes, but there's something about Freddie I particularly like. Let me know if you feel the same.
Links for Fixing Freddie:

    Why do I offer these books for free, you ask? Because if you like my writing style, I hope you'll buy some of my other books, or tell a friend. It's as simple as that.

In the meantime, enjoy!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

This guy really gets it...

"If you feel somebody trying to put you on, you really feel it."

... That's the way I feel about my writing.
   Are you ever reading along, not really enjoying a book, but reading it because you paid for it, or have time invested in it, and you come across a passage that simply doesn't say anything? I suppose we all have.
   I may even have been guilty of writing some of those in my earlier work... back in the day when I was writing to the infamous 'guidelines' that were set out by the small handful of romance publishers who would look at manuscripts from people like me ... people who weren't big names in the business.
   And then I was set free. Free to write from the heart, to use an overworked expression. It may be overworked, but it's what makes writing worthwhile for me. I've learned to write from the heart recently. I put my characters in real-life situations and have them talk in a way that sounds honest, not the contrived romance-speak that was popular for so many years.
   It's liberating, it's fun, and my readers tell me it makes for a darned good read.
   I think Leonard Cohen gets it more than anyone, with his gritty, honest song lyrics. If you'd like to read a great article from Rolling Stone, here's the link.  Happy reading, and happy listening.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Here I Go Again...

... getting ready to start writing a new book. It's an exciting, if daunting time. A time when I won't get to have coffee with my friends nearly as often as I should. When I write, I put my head down and lose myself in the story. I "see' the setting and the characters, and I hear their words.
   This next one is Book Three in the Gold Rush Romances series. Until I started researching this series, I hadn't realized that Hawaiians played a part in the Gold Rush. The explosion of San Francisco's population created a demand for everything, and the entrepreneurs in Hawaii were only too happy to supply food, especially sugar. The sandalwood trade had just died down, so sugar filled the void nicely. Another thing I learned was that many young Hawaiian men served as seamen on ships sailing all over the world. It makes sense when you think about it... they virtually grew up in and on the water.
   Marriage by Mistake is the story of Nalani Hoapili, a young Hawaiian woman raised by missionaries, and Aidan Edwards, a friend of Jamie's from New York. We met Jamie in Restless Hearts; he's the one with the ranch near Sacramento.
   I won't spoil it for you by telling more of the storyline, but I've really enjoyed plotting it out, and look forward to letting the words come. I expect it will be released some time in November, but I'll keep you informed.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thanks, BookBub!

A big shout-out to BookBub for featuring my FREE book today.
Loving From Afar is Book One in The Women of Independence series. With 83 five-star reviews, it is becoming one of my most popular books. This was an amazing series to write, as it was the first time I allowed myself to incorporate true-to-life events into a romance. It has been described as gritty, heartbreaking, and ultimately satisfying. A couple of readers warned others to have a hankie close by, but in the end, it's a true romance. The two sequels are also complete stories on their own, and, if possible, readers like them even more. The Last Goodbye is Danielle's story, and Never Look Back is Maya's story. Thanks for reading, and enjoy!