Monday, December 22, 2014

Unshakeable Pursuit only 99 cents until Dec 31st

Book #4.2 in my Sonoma series, Unshakeable Pursuit, is only 99 cents, but sale ends December 31st. Get your copy before the price goes up!

Originally published in the Sealed with a Kiss anthology.

Doctor Geoffrey Whelan was in Japan when the tsunami hit, killing his cousin and grandmother. He has worked in medical missions for years to assuage his survivor’s guilt, and now that he’s back in Sonoma to help his family, he can’t figure out why he still feels so wounded and God feels so far away.

Then a mysterious young woman warns him that he and nurse Maylin Kinley are in mortal danger.

Maylin notices that Geoffrey is not the same arrogant doctor she met years ago in Los Angeles. Now that they are working together again in a clinic in Sonoma, she fights her attraction towards him because his confident, forceful personality reminds her too much of her abusive ex-boyfriend, who called himself a Christian.

She has been steering clear of her handsome coworker—until Asian hit men attack the clinic and they are forced to run for their lives. Now they must race to figure out how the threat is connected to a young teenager whose life they saved—before everyone they love is caught in the crossfire.

This is book #4.2 in my romantic suspense Sonoma series, although each book can be read alone.

Get Unshakeable Pursuit on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Nook.

The Sonoma series books are:
#1: Deadly Intent
#2: Formula for Danger
#3: Stalker in the Shadows
#4: Narrow Escape
#4.1: Necessary Proof (novella) (FREE!)
#4.2: Unshakeable Pursuit (novella)
#5: Treacherous Intent

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cry Out to Jesus

For those of you who might be having a hard time this Christmas, here’s one of my favorite songs. It was actually the theme song to my book, Treacherous Intent, because of the trauma the hero was going through after he came back from Afghanistan.

"Cry Out To Jesus" by Third Day

To everyone who's lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there's nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that's struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith in love
They've done all they can to make it right again
Still it's not enough

For the ones who can't break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you're not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

Monday, December 15, 2014

Just released: Treacherous Intent

My newest Love Inspired Suspense, Treacherous Intent, is the latest book in my Sonoma series (although each book can be read on its own). This story stars Liam O'Neill, whom readers met in my books Narrow Escape and Unshakeable Pursuit.


Private investigator Elisabeth Aday thinks her California women's shelter is a safe haven—until skip tracer Liam O'Neill shows up. While searching for a missing woman, Liam unwittingly puts Elisabeth in the crosshairs of the deadly drug gang that is trailing his target. To stay alive, they must find the woman before the gang finds them. And when a second rival gang joins the search, the threats multiply. Deep in the lair of notorious drug dealers, Elisabeth can't tell which is more dangerous—the criminals after her…or her growing feelings for the man at her side.

Buy Treacherous Intent on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Nook.

The Sonoma series books are:
#1: Deadly Intent
#2: Formula for Danger
#3: Stalker in the Shadows
#4: Narrow Escape
#4.1: Necessary Proof (novella) (FREE!)
#4.2: Unshakeable Pursuit (novella)
#5: Treacherous Intent

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

USA Today Best-Selling Books list!

I sent this out in my newsletter but forgot to post this here on my blog! Mistletoe Kisses, the Christian romance anthology I self-published with 7 other Christian authors, hit the USA Today Best-Selling Books list!

THANK YOU to all of you who bought the book, tweeted about it, shared on Facebook, and posted reviews! It's all because of you!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Prelude for a Lord - names part 5 Lucy

This is continuing my series explaining how I came up with the weird (and not so weird) names of my characters in Prelude for a Lord.

Alethea’s half-sister, Lucy Purcell

Actually … there’s no special meaning for Lucy’s surname. It sounded like a last name for a country woman seduced by Alethea’s father, and it wasn’t the name of any real-life peers.

Alethea’s father, the 7th Earl of Trittonstone, had an affair with a local woman, Hannah Purcell, a seamstress, just before he married Alethea’s mother. Hannah had Alethea’s half-sister, Lucy, only a few months before Alethea was born. Most of the village tried to shun Hannah, but she was the finest seamstress in the county, and the less affluent women grudgingly went to her. When Lucy’s mother eventually married a sailor, John Dawson (who died in the war), her reputation and her daughter’s was restored somewhat.

Lucy is close to Alethea, mostly because as a child, Alethea pursued the relationship once she realized who Lucy was. Alethea doesn’t like people telling her what not to do, so she deliberately befriended her illegitimate half-sister, Lucy, when the local women tried to hint her away from the connection because of Lucy’s birth. They share the same father, and so Alethea and Lucy look remarkably alike.

A couple years before Prelude for a Lord opens, Lucy had gone to Bath to seek employment as a maid, and by the time Alethea moves to Bath, Lucy has risen to the position of an abigail, a lady’s maid. She is currently employed by Mrs. Ramsland, who is a snippy, spiteful employer.

And I will also confess that I got Mrs. Ramsland’s name off of the spine of a book in my office. It wasn’t the name of a real-life peer, so I just ran with it.

Next, Bayard’s stepfather, Sir Hermes Morrish.

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Gerard's scarf & Prelude winners!

I finished Gerard’s scarf! It’s lovely and squishy. Here’s the link to my Ravelry project page if you’re interested.

And the winners are:

The winner of Gerard’s scarf and a copy of Prelude for a Lord is:
Cathy B. (Oklahoma)

The winners of a copy of Prelude for a Lord are:

Cora B. (Ohio)
DeVorah B. (Georgia)
Breanna D. (California)
Deidre D. (Georgia)
Carol G. (Oklahoma)
Janka H. (Slovakia)
Deborah K. (Virginia)
Cheri O. (Kentucky)
Sara W. (Virginia)
Joan W. (Florida)

Congratulations! I’ve emailed you. If you didn’t receive my email, or if I didn’t respond to YOUR reply, please contact me through my website, Facebook, or Twitter. My email has been a bit wonky lately.

I know that the rest of you are crying into your Regency White Soup that you didn’t win. Cheer up and buy the book! Buy links are below.

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Barnes and Noble

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Prelude for a Lord

Saturday, November 29, 2014

“You will not allow her to play Snapdragon?” he asked.

“Most certainly not,” she retorted.

“I seem to recall that we played at a fairly young age.”

“And at that tender age, you burned both your sleeve and your eyebrows, do you recall that?”

He laughed. “I had forgotten.”

--From The Spinster's Christmas in Mistletoe Kisses, 99 cents only until Nov 30th


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