I’m thrilled that the final installment of the Southern Heat series, Wed to You, will be released January 24, 2017! Even better, many of my author buddies have agreed to help me celebrate it over at the Facebook Wed to You Release Party on January 24, 2017, 12 noon to 6 pm eastern*. I hope you’ll be there too.
Below you’ll discover the authors and times of their appearances on January 24, so you can drop in, say hello. They’ll have fun activities and even cool giveaways.
* The event will remain open through midnight so if you can’t make it between noon and 6 eastern, you can still come by and enter the giveaway contests. Authors will select and announce their winners January 25, 2017 unless otherwise noted by them when they post their giveaway.
In the meantime, visit my publisher, Penner Publishing, to learn more and check out pre-order links (Amazon, iBooks and Nook)
I\’ll open the festivities from at noon. You\’ll want to stop by to see what giveaways are in store and get some insights into Wed to Her. And at 5:30, I\’ll be back to close out the event.
Noon Eastern, 3-3:30, and 5:30-6:00 pm eastern
Bianca M. Schwarz
Stop by to meet Bianca, learn about A Thing of Beauty, an intriguing, historical romantic/suspense that is like no other, and more. Visit Bianca\’s author page to learn more.
12:30-1:00 pm eastern
Don\’t miss Jen Gilroy\’s visit, where she\’ll share her heartwarming, small town romance, The Cottage at Firefly Lake. Visit Jen\’s website to learn more about her and her works.
1:00-1:30 pm eastern
Don\’t miss Gillian Baker\’s visit to learn about her upcoming debut cozy mystery, Blogging is Murder. Learn more about Gillian at her website.
1:30-2:00 pm eastern
Stop by to learn about best-selling romance and non-fiction author Sharon Struth and her books, including her most recent release, The To-Do List. Learn more about Sharon and her musings at her website.
2:00-2:30 pm eastern
Ellen Butler will be stopping by to share fun and information on her Love California Style series. Visit Ellen\’s website to learn about her books.
2:30-3:00 pm eastern
C.J. has been writing since the age of ten and will be stopping by to share some of her brand new releases and other fun stuff. Visit C.J.’s website to learn about her books.
C. H. Armstrong
C. H. Armstrong will join us to share The Edge of Nowhere, and other interesting goodies. Visit C.H. Armstrong\’s website to learn about her.
Looking for some new adult fiction? Kelly Cain will be stopping by to introduce her novel, Altered, and other fun stuff. Learn more about Kelly at her website.
4:00 to 4:30 pm eastern
Stop by to meet Megan Ryder and learn about her Knights of Passion series, and other treats she has in store for you. Visit Megan\’s website to learn more about her and her books.
4:30-5:00 pm eastern
Stop by to say \”hi\” to Harlequin contemporary romance writer, Heatherly Bell, and learn about her upcoming release, Breaking Emily\’s Rules.Visit Heatherly\’s website to learn more.
5:00-5:30 pm eastern
At 6:00 pm, I\’ll be closing down the party, but the event feed will stay open through the night, so you can come in late to enter giveaways and join in on the fun. Authors will announce winners January 25, 2017 unless otherwise noted by them in their giveaway post.
I’m giddy with excitement, not just because Meant to Be will soon be released, but also, because a group of my author buddies have agreed to help me celebrate it over at the Facebook Meant to Be Release Party on September 27, 2016, 11 am to 7 pm eastern*. I hope you’ll be there too.
Below you’ll discover the authors and times of their appearances on Sept. 27, so you can drop in, say hello. They’ll have fun activities and even cool giveaways.
* The event will remain open through midnight so if you can’t make it between 11-7, you can still come by and enter the giveaway contests. Authors will select and announce their winners Sept. 28 unless otherwise noted by them when they post their giveaway.
I’ll open the festivities from 11 to noon. You’ll want to stop by to see what giveaways are in store and get some insights into Meant to Be.
11:00 – noon eastern
Rachel will be visiting us all the way from the U.K. sharing her new release, One True Love, and a whole lot more. Learn more about Rachel and her books at RachelBrimble.com.
12 noon to 1 pm eastern
Don’t miss Joanne Stewart’s visit, where she’ll share her sexy Seattle Bachelor series. Visit Joanne’s website to learn more about her and her works.
1:00-2:00 pm eastern
Ellen Butler will be stopping by to share fun and information on her Love California Style series. Visit Ellen’s website to learn about her books.
2:00-3:00 pm eastern
Stop by to learn about author Kelly Eadon and her books from the Belmont Beach series, and more. Learn more about Kelly and her musings at her website.
3 pm to 4 pm eastern
Stop by to meet Megan Ryder and learn about her Knights of Passion series, and other treats she has in store for you. Visit Megan’s website to learn more about her and her books.
4:00-5:00 pm eastern
C. H. Armstrong
C. H. Armstrong will join us for 20 minutes at 5 pm eastern. Come learn about The Edge of Nowhere and discover what interesting goodies she has in store for you. Visit C.H. Armstrong’s website to learn about her.
Bianca M. Schwarz
Stop by to meet Bianca, learn about A Thing of Beauty, an intriguing, historical romantic/suspense that is like no other, and more. Visit Bianca’s author page to learn more.
Don’t miss Catherine Haustein’s visit to learn about her book, Natural Attraction, and her other great works, plus more cool stuff. Learn more about Catherine at her website.
5:40-6:00 pm eastern
And at 7:00 pm, I’ll be closing down the party, but the event feed will stay open through the night, so you can come in late to enter giveaways and join in on the fun. Authors will announce winners Sept 28 unless otherwise noted by them in their giveaway post.
I love second chance love stories. My all time favorite is Persuasion, by Jane Austen. I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to them, except I love the idea of a soulmate, and that even problems and time can’t prevent that love from existing.
On September 27, 2016, my homage to second chance at love hits bookstores. It tells the story of Mitch McKenna (Lexie’s brother from Drawn to Her) and Sydney Preston, who in college thought they had their lives all planned out, but it all came apart. Ten years later, they meet again, and while the attraction and longing is there, Mitch isn’t about to let his heart be broken again.
Stay tuned for excerpts, advanced reviews, and launch day plans that will include fun and freebies!
Meant to Be: Southern Heat Book Two
Charming and sexy, detective Mitch McKenna lets women into his bed—not into his heart. When his first love left him in a lurch, crushing his soul, Mitch swore off relationships and love. After all, any woman who chooses what her parents want over what she wants is not worth fighting for.
Or is she?
Successful New York doctor, Sydney Preston left the only man she ever loved to follow the path that her parents paved for her. When a tragic incident at the hospital threatens her life, Sydney moves to Virginia to rekindle the spark with her ex-fiancé.
But Mitch isn’t interested in reigniting the flame that fizzled out long ago. Will they both allow resentments and misunderstanding spoil their chance of discovering what was meant to be?
Meant to Be is available for pre-order at all your favorite online retailers:
Haven’t read Drawn to Her: Southern Heat Book One?
You don’t have to read Drawn to Her in order to follow Meant to Be, but you’ll be introduced to all the characters, and enjoy a fun, southern romance if you do. Learn more and read an excerpt of Drawn to Her.
SweetHartes can also win a new Kindle Fire, Amazon giftcards, books and other cool stuff. If you’re not a SweetHart, you can learn about this FREEexclusive group here, and then join the SweetHarte group at Facebook. You’ll find details about contests, some cool free stuff and much more.
Advanced reviews are positive 4 and 5 Stars:
Wow. What a roller coaster ride of emotions! This book will hook you and take you for a ride. I was frustrated, angry, upset, sad, elated at various points within the story and I LOVED it! ~ Kelly’s Book Blog
This book was absolutely brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it.~ PLeslie at Goodreads
Overall, I found this North vs. South clash of cultures/wills quite entertaining. The writing style flowed, and I was so fully engaged I couldn’t put it down. ~ A Klue from Goodreads
Drawn to Her was definitely a fun read that left me in a good mood when I was done. ~ Lauren from Goodreads
Wondering what Drawn to Her is all about? Why not check out this opening chapter excerpt:
Drawn to Her Chapter One
“Rummy again.” Lexie McKenna laid her cards on the table over Oliver Carmichael’s hospital bed.
“You wouldn’t be trying to take advantage of a dying man, would you?” He grinned at her, despite the fact he was indeed dying. At least he is dying on his terms. Lexie admired his courage to abandon his life of riches in New York to live out the rest of his days in his quiet, childhood home, in Charlotte Tavern, Virginia. He was comfortable, or as comfortable as could be expected when dying of lung cancer.
“Oh, please, you’re richer than God.” She gathered the cards and prepared to shuffle them. “I couldn’t win enough dough to dent your stockpile of money.”
He laughed. “You got that right.”
“Since you can’t take it with you, I might as well pad my pockets with your loot.” She dealt them each seven cards, glad he was in good spirits today. Being his personal nurse hadn’t always been card games and banter. Oliver was the definition of cantankerous with his brusque demeanor, quick temper, and low tolerance of others. His illness hadn’t improved his attitude. Lexie understood it was difficult for a larger-than-life man such as Oliver to accept his mortality and the limitations imposed by his illness, but that didn’t mean she was going to put up with his surly behavior. Over the six weeks she’d been his private nurse, they’d come to an understanding; whatever he dished out, she gave back. As a result, Oliver’s behavior had improved, and they’d become friends.
“Double or nothing?” Oliver picked up the cards she dealt him.
“It’s your money, Warbucks.”
“What the hell?” A man stepped into the room.
Startled by the intrusion, Lexie turned to the man behind the deep, harsh voice. “Great day!” She drawled the southern expression of surprise and dismay, under her breath as a scowling, very tall, broad-shouldered man approached. In Lexie’s world, nearly everyone was taller than her, but this man was humongous, not just in size but in presence as well. He swallowed up space with each step until the room shrunk to the size of a closet. His narrowed gray eyes moved from her to Oliver. His dark foreboding stare reminded her of Oliver when he was in one of his moods.
Finally, someone has come to visit. Except that a glance toward Oliver told her neither man seemed particularly happy.
“What are you doing here?” Oliver’s scowl matched the man’s although his voice, raspy from cancer, didn’t match the dark intensity of his features.
“I’m here to see you, and I’m not leaving until we talk.” The newcomer stood at the end of the bed in a casual stance, belying the expectant look in his face. Lexie couldn’t deny there was something compelling about him. He was handsome for sure, with short, jet black hair, and dark, steely gray eyes made more attractive by the long lashes rimming them. He exuded a power that suggested he always got what he wanted without much effort, and an energy that said “keep your distance.” Typical New York businessman.
“I’m sick.” Oliver slunk down in his covers, letting his eyes drop to half-mast.
Lexie frowned. Oliver wasn’t one to take orders or be intimidated by others, and yet, instead of telling this man to take a flying leap, he hid under his blankets.
The change in Oliver’s demeanor concerned her. “Who are you?”
“Who are you?”
Lexie’s hackles rose. Who did Tall, Dark, and Brooding think he was coming into her home, well, Oliver’s home, making demands like he owned the place?
“Harrumph.” Oliver straightened in his bed. “Lexie McKenna, this is my grandson, Drake Carmichael. Drake, this is Lexie, my nurse.”
Lexie’s annoyance was lessened slightly knowing someone in Oliver’s family had finally come to visit. She’d made so many calls and sent several letters, all of which had been ignored. She stood and extended her hand. “How wonderful that you’ve finally—”
“Nurse? What the hell kind of nurse jokes about dying and taking your money?” Drake stepped close to her, towering his imposing body over hers, causing a shiver that had nothing to do with fear or intimidation. She should have been wary. Instead, she was intrigued. “Your bedside manner is lacking.”
“Now wait a minute.” Lexie ignored the crackle of electricity zapping within the narrowing gap between them. She wasn’t going to let some stranger, no matter how big, mean, and gorgeous, intimidate and insult her. Unfortunately, at five-three, she only came to his chest. Not a good vantage point to make a statement.
“Hold that thought.” She grabbed the step stool next to Oliver’s bed and gained the extra foot she needed to look Drake in the eyes. “You have some nerve.” She poked him in the chest with her index finger, ignoring the jolt of heat zapping her each time she felt the hard, firm muscle underneath his starched white shirt. “Where have you been all this time your grandfather has been sick? You never once called or sent a note.” She glared at him, pleased at the surprise in his steel gray eyes.
His surprise quickly changed to disconcertedness as his dark stormy eyes sized her up from head to toe and back again. He glared at her with such intensity, she worried she’d whither into nothing. But she wasn’t a delicate flower. She gathered her resolve and turned her stare on him, openly assessing him back. At first, his eyes remained hard and cold but, upon closer inspection, there was something smoldering and compelling hidden behind them. As quickly as it was there, it was gone, and his gray eyes turned flat and unreadable.
Lexie ignored Oliver’s attempt to get her attention because she couldn’t turn away from Drake no matter how forbidding his eyes. She wasn’t about to give him the satisfaction of flinching first. At least that was what she told herself as she continued to hold his gaze. It wasn’t easy with her heart hammering and her knees turning to jelly.
“I hate to interrupt this moment, but I’d hate for someone to get hurt,” Oliver’s voice cut through the standoff.
Drake’s gaze held Lexie’s. “I’d never hurt a woman.”
“It’s not Lexie I’m worried about.”
Drake looked at Oliver, breaking the impasse.
Lexie’s lips curved in satisfaction. That’s right, buster. You don’t scare me. You might make me swoon, but you don’t scare me. With the battle of wills over for the moment, she turned on the charm southern women were famous for.
“Let’s try this again. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Carmichael.” She held out her hand.
He looked at it as if she had cooties. Finally, he grasped her hand, his long fingers wrapping fully around her hand in a firm, although not crushing grip, as she might have expected.
“Ms. McKenna.” His voice was rough, laced with annoyance. Even so, he held her hand, his gaze boring into hers as if searching for something. Her heart skipped a beat at the heat of his gaze. It was oddly thrilling, yet terrifying.
“Why don’t you sit here?” She disentangled her hand from his before she turned to mush, motioning to a chair near Oliver’s bed. “And, you.” She fixed Oliver’s covers and moved the over-table out of the way. “Be nice.” Casting Drake one last glance, she left the room.
~ End Excerpt~
You can pre-order Drawn to Her and have it on your device on release day, April 12, 2016! And don’t forget to keep your receipt and check in her for details on getting some free goodies!
My goal was to deliver With This Ring, I Thee Kill by Valentine’s Day. And technically, I did…until technical problems slowed me down. The book has been up and available all day, but I found some errors and formatting issues that took awhile fix. But the fixes have been made and the book is ready for you to read. Whoop!
My editor says she likes this book the best of the three Valentine mysteries. Another reader gushed over the ending. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much.