Monday, April 21, 2014

No more Amazon gift cards...

My sincere apologies to those of you who've enjoyed winning Amazon gift cards in the past, but I will no longer be offering those as prizes. You see, Amazon pulled nine of my sixteen 5-star reviews from Behind a Texas Badge because I gave away gift cards, and they see that as me buying reviews. I don't even ask you to use the card to buy the book, much less ask you to leave a review in return, but that doesn't matter to them. They have the power to remove them (and removed more after I complained), and there's nothing I, as an author, can do about it.

I wish Google Play was a bigger player in the market, but so far I've sold exactly one book there, so they aren't going to be an Amazon competitor anytime soon. B&N sales are increasing, but not enough to make up for the sales I'll lose due to the lack of reviews and the inability to advertise because most sites require at least 10 reviews.

Am I angry? Yes. Frustrated? Yes. Is there anything I can do about it? Nope, not a thing. It's like dealing with the government. All the power is in the hands of people who couldn't care less about me, or you.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I've been MIA from my blog lately, but I've had good reasons. A back-home college kid with a Great Dane puppy (the size of a small horse) and a cat, and I've been working on a new book!

Book 6 in the Lone Star Cowboys series, Behind a Texas Badge, is out now! It's up everywhere except Google Play, I think. Working on that now.

Shelby Campbell has a secret she's kept from her friends and her newly-found family. She's a victim of domestic abuse, hiding from her psychopathic ex-husband. She hopes to leave her past--and her ex--behind when she moves to Morris Springs and changes her name. She thinks she's left no trail for him to follow, but she quickly discovers her ex is more resourceful than she gave him credit for.

Tommy Bell is the sheriff of Morris Springs and it's his job to keep Shelby safe. He has no idea how determined her ex-husband is to make sure that if he can't have Shelby, no one can. When Shelby--or Dani as she's now known--leaves the protection of the Triple S to save her son, Tommy has to find her, before it's too late. 

Don't miss the final book in the Lone Star Cowboys series! 

I also have a small bit of news to share. Beneath a Texas Star is a 2014 Rone Award nominee! We'll see if it got enough votes to advance to the final round. Fingers crossed! 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NEW RELEASE!! Between Lonesome and Texas

 Book 5 in the Lone Star Cowboys series

Between Lonesome and Texas is book 5 in the Lone Star Cowboys series, with returning characters from the first four books. Come join the Morris Springs family as they celebrate love, new babies, and new beginnings. 

Blake Kaufman loves the rodeo, but without his best friends Cooper and Nick, he's finding life on the road a lonesome prospect. Most of all, though, he misses Mandy Wagner, much to his surprise. He's never really thought about settling down, and he doesn't think he could stay in one place for very long. But sometimes a man has to choose between being alone and footloose, and being with the one he loves. 

Mandy Wagner wants a husband and a family. Blake is her first choice, but loving a man who is always on the road doesn't fit in with the idealized version of marriage she's created. Besides, she has responsibilities at home that won't let her pick up and follow Blake. Which is more important? Responsibility, or love? And then there's that secret she's kept for far too long… 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eleven Authors, Eleven Books, One Great Price

The Christmas Collection by the Authors of Main Street is now available for purchase at Amazon!

These popular, bestselling authors await you with Christmas stories on Main Street: 

The Christmas Wish by Tori Scott. Merry is a long way from home and missing her family as Christmas approaches, until she falls right into Santa's lap. 

Christmas Wedding Muddle by Mona Risk. The perfect fiancĂ© is a cheater and the fabulous Christmas wedding is off. But the would-be honeymoon cruise may fulfill the dreams of Julia and her unexpected companion. 

A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming by E. Ayers. A Native American cowboy with his thirteen-month-old daughter and a national news anchorwoman have nothing in common, except for their pasts, but in this season of giving, will fate reach through time and give the gift of love? 

The Christmas Con by Jill James. Contemporary Romance. Two reformed jewel thieves, Robin and Ian, are on the job to retrieve a priceless necklace, but Santa has special plans for a reunion of the ex-lovers. 

Small Town Glamour Girl Christmas by Stephanie Queen. Small town girl Julie hates being an Audrey Hepburn look-alike. When the big city man of her dreams comes to town for Christmas will she sell out to model in the city or settle into small town life on his terms? 

The Christmas Gift by Pepper Phillips. When an opportunity to make money presents itself, eleven-year-old George faces the biggest decision of his life. Will he become a thief like his father or will he discover the fact that giving, rather than receiving, is the best gift of all? 

A Potters Wood Christmas by Leigh Morgan. A plot to steal an ancient artifact in the Bennett’s possession could be the key to opening an even greater prize. Will Cian find family and the spirit of Christmas again? 

A Baby for Christmas by Susan R. Hughes. When Ryan opens his home to Paige, a beautiful stranger who happens to be pregnant, will it take a Christmas miracle to make them realize where their hearts truly belong? 

A Light in the Christmas Cafe by Kristy Tate. A food thief, a haunted house, a matchmaking grandmother and a handsome stranger: Are the apron strings tying Deirdre to her grandmother’s cafĂ© tangling up her life plans or are they leading her to love? 

What if...this Christmas by Kelly Rae. Will a marriage proposal be the end of Katie and Chris' forever? 

A Smoky Mountain Christmas by Carol De Vaney. Falling in love wasn’t in Tina’s plans. She’d survived the snowstorm, but could she survive the love of recently divorced Hank Gordon who’s sworn off women? 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Two new anthologies coming soon!

I have Christmas stories in two different anthologies. The first--Christmas on Main Street--is a compilation of stories from the Authors of Main Street. My novella, The Christmas Wish, will be a part of this collection. If you like small town stories, heartwarming stories, and Christmas stories, you'll want to check it out. Release date is Nov. 1, 2013.

The second is Debra Holland's Sweetwater Springs Christmas collection. My story is A Promise for Christmas, which is the story of how Logan Tanner's great-grandparents met. (Logan is the hero of Blame it on Texas) It's my first foray into writing historical fiction. This collection is now available for pre-order, with a release date of Nov. 18th.

It's hard to believe Christmas is only ten weeks away! Order your copies now to help you get in the holiday spirit. Goodness knows, if you're like me, you can use a little help. :)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

New Blog Post up at Authors of Main Street

Have you ever been to the State Fair of Texas? Check out my blog post at the Authors of Main Street.

Also, The Authors of Main Street are putting together a Christmas boxed set. Eleven authors, eleven Christmas books ranging from novellas to full-length books. Coming November 1!

Things have been chaotic at my house all summer. We drove nearly 10,000 miles in June and July. We took our grandson to North Carolina and took the long way home, going up through Shenandoah National Park and touring the Smoky Mountains. Then we had to go pick up our youngest daughter in Boston and move her home. Right after we got home, my mom came to visit for seven weeks.

Then the youngest bought a puppy. Oh my word. There's nothing like a Great Dane puppy to disrupt your household.

All the above means this next book is LATE! I haven't written much in the last few months. A short novella for Debra Holland's Christmas collection, and now I'm working on Book Five in the Lone Star Cowboys  series that's tentatively titled Take Me Back to Texas. I also put Lone Star Justice out in print--just waiting for the proof copy so I can approve it and make it available for sale.

So how was your summer? Anything fun happen?