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5 Interesting Factoids about Deadly Valentine

Deadly Valentine was years in the making. In fact, the book I envisioned when I started, was not the book that ultimately got published. I thought it would be fun to share some of the changes and developments of the story.

Did any of these facts surprise you? Did I make good choices?

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‘Til Death Do Us Part is Published!

'Til Death Do Us PartWell, it took a little longer than planned to get this book written, but it’s finally ready for you to read.

‘Til Death Do Us Part is the fourth book in the Valentine Mystery series. Tess and Jack are living in wedded bliss, until Jack’s childhood friend, famous actress Ava Dumont shows up in town to film a movie. Years ago, fans of her popular TV courtroom drama, speculated on whether or not Ava and her handsome co-star, Reece Wilder’s off-screen chemistry was as hot as it was on screen. The question was seemingly answered when Reece married Ava’s nemesis, D-List actress, Amya Grosse. Now estranged and seeking a divorce, Reece has pushed to do a movie with a reluctant Ava. But, their highly anticipated on and off screen-reunion is ruined when Amya turns up dead in Reece’s hotel room. Jack’s loyalty and Tess’ curiosity put them in the middle of a murder in which everyone they meet had a reason to want to Amya dead. Will they be able to discover the murderer or will ’til death do us part’ come much sooner than they’d dreamed?

Along with solving a mystery, Jack starts to resolve feelings about his relationship with the Senator, and Tess and Daniel work though their unresolved issues.

I hope that fans of Jack and Tess will enjoy this next mystery they get embroiled in.

If you’ve read this new installment, please visit Amazon leave a review.

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With This Ring, I Thee Kill Sneak Peek

UPDATE – The sneak peek of With This Ring, I Thee Kill was removed to meet TOS of Amazon’s KDP Select program.With This Ring, I Thee Kill: Valentine Mystery Book Three is now available for purchase for $2.99 at Amazon.

Wedding bells are in Jack and Tess’ future, that is, if the people trying to kill them for Tess’ engagement ring don’t succeed. Together Jack and Tess research the ring to discover why people are willing to kill to possess it. Their investigation takes them back to 18th century France, when black magic and potions were used to secure love, power and status. Tess’ friend, an expert in French antiques, agrees to help, but is she really helping or is she behind the plot? And will Jack and Tess make it to their wedding day or will fate tear them apart forever?

If you haven’t ready any of Valentine stories, check out Deadly Valentine: Valentine Mystery Book 1 (available in Kindle and print) and Old Flames Never Die, book 2 in the Valentine Mysteries.

If you have any feedback, please let me know. You can comment below or contact me here.

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Vote for your favorite Valentine romantic/love scene?

I’m madly finishing With This Ring, I Thee Wed, with a publication date of February 14, 2013 (Valentine’s Day). As the day approaches, I thought it would be fun to find out from you, what your favorite romantic or loves scenes are from the first two books. If you’d like to weigh in, please take the poll below. It’s anonymous and you don’t need to submit any personal information.

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Taking a Risk and Stepping Into the Unknown

About two weeks ago, I came a across a Tweet that said Harlequin was having a pitch challenge for its Blaze line. If you don’t know Harlequin, it’s a company that publishes category romance books every month. One of its lines is Blaze, which according to Harlequin is its sexiest line. I have a draft of a romance that I thought I might pitch to Harlequin (at the time I was thinking of its Desire line…one hot notch down from Blaze), but Harlequin submission rules still require snail mail and I hadn’t gotten myself organized to put together a complete package with SASE. But the Blaze Pitch Challenge said to email a one-page synopsis and first five pages, so I thought, why not. Actually, my thinking process was something like:

“I should do that”
“But my manuscript is only a rough draft. Maybe it’s not ready to pitch”
“What the heck, you can’t win if you don’t try”
“Ugh, I have to write a synopsis, which are 100 times harder than writing a novel”
“It’s just one page. Give it a go.”

Whew. So on the last day for submissions, I sent a one-page synopsis and first five pages of “Southern Comfort”, a straight forward romance about a sassy, feisty southern gal and brooding, but hot New York guy.

I’ve never done anything like this before, and while I’ve read many Harlequin books, I don’t know much about its editors or writers. And yet, I felt pretty good about what I submitted. Perhaps it was the universe rewarding me for taking a risk, because on Friday afternoon I got an email saying my submission was one of five selected to participate in the pitch. Whoop!

But then I thought, “I don’t know how to pitch through conversation.” The Harlequin Pitch Challenge uses online chat to converse with editors. I’m nervous mostly because I don’t know what to expect? What questions will be asked? How much of the book actually needs to be done? (Only about 1/3 of it I’d feel comfortable letting someone else read. The rest is just too rough and some scenes aren’t written yet). What will the editor want to know about the characters and plot. Will I be able to convey plot succinctly? How are pen names managed (I submitted using my real name, but let the reviewers know that I used a pen name). The email I received on Friday indicated that I’d get further details this week and I hope that means I’ll be able to prepare.

So now I’m editing two books, “Old Flames Never Die”, book two in the Valentine series, and “Southern Comfort” so I have something to send should the editor ask for it on Wednesday. And because it’s the Blaze line, I have to up the hot factor, which is harder than you might think. But I’m up for the challenge.

I feel a little stressed out with so much going on, but then I think, “Hey, this must be what it’s like to be a real writer!”

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