I’m Moving But I Don’t Know Where


I know I’ve been absent from the blogosphere lately. I would like to thank all of you for your kind comments and support about Miles. It means a lot.

The last few weeks have flown by. I had two major writing deadlines. Working has kept me sane in an oddly insane way. I want to keep up the frantic pace, however, the next few months will be interesting on the home front.

We’re moving this summer. Here’s the kicker, though. We don’t know where. If that sounds crazy, it is. And it’s also frustrating. We’ve known for months that we have to move since our visa is up. That’s not the frustrating part. The powers that be haven’t decided where to place us yet. For those of you unfamiliar with our story, my partner’s company moved us to London in 2011. We knew it wasn’t permanent. And now they are holding meetings on the best location to place us for the next couple of years. I know it’s not an easy decision. Lots of variables have to be considered and such.

However, the deadline is quickly approaching and I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to leave things to the last second. We are aware of two possibilities and we have never lived in either place. Hopefully soon I can share the news of where our next adventure will begin. As of now, I have my fingers crossed that the decision will be made soon.

With everything that’s going on, I have a feeling I won’t be blogging as much over the next few months. My plan is to continue contributing on IWSG day.

In other news, I released the first couple of episodes of Girl Love Happens (details can be found here), a new lesbian romance series that I had hoped to release several months ago, but life took over. Luckily, the next two episodes are almost ready to go. Such a relief.

And there’s even bigger news.

Chrys Fey’s Seismic Crimes (Disaster Crimes Book 2) is almost here. Today I want to share the cover and blurb.


SeismicCrimes_w10160_750An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer’s location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?


Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Barnes & Noble

KOBO / All Romance eBooks / The Wild Rose Press

Before I go, I want to wish all of you who are getting ready for the A-Z challenge good luck. I may not pop by every day, but know that I am cheering all of you on. Have fun!




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IWSG: Devastated


Today is the first Wednesday of March, which means it’s IWSG time. This month’s co-hosts are the wonderful and talented Lauren Hennessy, Lisa Buie-Collard, Lidy, Christine Rains, and Mary Aalgaard.

Don’t be shy, stop by and say hello to the co-hosts and participants.

IWSG is a group for writers to meet once a month and share their insecurities. It’s amazing how one kind word from a fellow blogger and author can help me see the positives and to focus on them and not dwell too much on the negatives.

Miles in the park

Miles in the park

The last time I posted I mentioned that Miles, my dog, was sick. He returned from the vet and was improving. Then he took a bad turn and I rushed him back to the hospital.

Miles passed away a couple of weeks ago and I am completely devastated. He lived 13 years and I’m hoping they were wonderful years and he knew how much I loved him. He was so special and I feel lucky to have known him.

Since his passing I haven’t felt like doing much, including blogging. I would like to apologize to the authors I hosted in February’s e-book giveaway. I didn’t plug the giveaway as much as I should have. My sincere apologies. I’m not hosting a giveaway this month. I need some time to regroup.

I’ve been working or I’d lose my mind. Most days I’ve managed to meet my daily word count goal. I had planned on releasing two stories in a new series called Girl Love Happens last month, but now I’m releasing them in a couple of weeks.

In other news, earlier this year many readers joined my book launch team. In case you missed your chance, here’s the link to join. This month the group is helping me promote the first two episodes in Girl Love Happens and I’m excited to see how it shakes out.

Hopefully soon I’ll be back in full swing when it comes to blogging. I know I owe many of you a visit. I miss chatting and keeping up with everything in your lives.

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Apologies and A Free Book

Last week, I mentioned I would be participating in IWSG. Then Wednesday arrived and my blog was silent. There was a reason. My dog Miles got sick. Real sick. As it turns out, he has pancreatitis. Miles spent a couple of days in the hospital. He’s home now, but he’s not 100% just yet and still needs lots of TLC. That means this post will be short.

My apologies to Alex and the IWSG crew. Hopefully next month I’ll be able to participate.

Before I go, I would like to mention that my novel Claudia Must Die is currently FREE on Amazon. Sale ends February 14th.

Amazon (US)        Amazon (UK)

Here’s the blurb:

b04ea-claudiamustdie2b-2b252399centsClaudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead.

Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life.

In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage.

The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. Can she survive? Should she?

Grab your copy here:    Amazon (US)        Amazon (UK)

Hope all of you are well and when things settle down, I’ll pop by to say hello.

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How to write violent scenes, TBM’s Monthly Giveaway, and Murder & Obsession

Back in 2012, I attended the London Book Fair. Two authors hit on a sensitive subject: violence. Anthony Horowitz and Patrick Ness write young adult fiction. And both had drastic thoughts about how to craft violent scenes.

Patrick Ness mentioned that he liked to ask people to participate in a writing exercise.  He encouraged the participants to write a brutal scene that involved a person they cared about.  He believes that all violence in a novel should make the reader feel uncomfortable. Ness continued by declaring that every single person who had been tortured or worse in life more than likely was loved by at least one person.  His solution is to remember this, while staying true to the story.  His logic is, if a writer stayed true to the story, there would be the right amount of violence.  If an author decided to embellish the cruelty, the reader would sense this and would know that it didn’t belong.

Anthony Horowitz stated that he had no issues about having violence in his books.  He elaborated by stating that his fantasy works were already removed from reality and that he liked to handle the subject with a sense of humor.  He said, “Violence has to have a smile.”  This is an interesting idea. Before you start shouting, he later went back to the subject and explained that he didn’t take brutality lightly, but that his version was separated from reality.

What’s your take? Is there a right way or a wrong way to include violence in books, movies, or art?


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It’s the first of February and that means it’s time to announce the books up for grabs for my monthly giveaway. All of the books are fantastic and the authors are fab. Seriously you don’t want to miss out. It’s easy to enter. Just click on this link. Here are the books:


Looking For Love by Ashelyn Drake

Looking For LoveMike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change.

Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.

Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?

*Looking For Love is part of the Campus Crush companion series. Books do not need to be read in order. This series is not suitable for younger readers.*


Getting Back by Cindy Rizzo

Getting-Back-Ylva-2560x1600-300dpiElizabeth Morrison has ascended the ranks of her industry and now runs one of the most successful publishing companies in the US. But even after three decades, she has never been able to get past the devastating end of her relationship with Ruth Abramson. As she approaches her 30th college reunion, she must face the woman who long ago acceded to the demands of her famous father, regarded universally as a national hero, to marry a young man and start a family. It doesn’t make it any easier that Ruth, now a US District Court judge and divorced, is the class luncheon speaker.

As Elizabeth and Ruth face one another and attempt to reconcile their past, Elizabeth must carefully decide whether she is more distrustful of Ruth or of herself. Is she headed for another fall with this woman? Or does she want to get close again, so she can be the one to walk away?

When it comes to reuniting with the love of your life, it’s not always easy to know the difference between getting back together or just getting back.


Cloaked by T. F. Walsh

3D CloakedRaised by an overly protective wulfkin pack, Daciana leaps at the chance to venture into the human world for her one-year independence ritual. But after someone steals the endangered bear cubs she’s been assigned to protect, she must locate them or lose her job and return home in disgrace. The sexy inspector on the case isn’t making this any easier. He knows nothing of her kind, and wulfkin rules forbid relationships with humans.

Newly divorced Inspector Connell Lonescu trusts no one but himself. He’s convinced relationships are a waste of time and thinks burying himself in work will ease the pain. Yet he’s attracted to the gorgeous and mysterious Daciana, even if there’s something slightly odd about her. Can Connell learn to trust the sexy but secretive woman?

Cloaked is the prequel to Cloaked in Fur, book 1 in The Wulfkin Legacy Series. Find out how Daciana and Connell fell in love and set in motion the paramount events that forever change their lives and those around them.


The Ghosts of Aquinnah by Julie Flanders

Julie coverA brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heart beat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? …

Who is she? …

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects …

Hannah unravels a century old murder.


Invoking Nonna by Sage Adderley

22594213Maggie Sloan is a free-spirited teenager growing up in rural Georgia. Unlike her peers, Maggie is a witch and so is her mother. In addition to normal teenager rites of passage, she must learn about her family lineage and witchcraft. Her mother, Laura, keeps a tight lid on their family secrets – like the mysterious life and death of her grandmother who passed away before Maggie was born. Practicing the craft will test solid friendships and introduce Maggie to new realms. While seeking the truth about herself and her family, Maggie is faced with danger from churchgoing classmates who will stop at nothing to make sure she is found out. Laura and Maggie strengthen their bond through witchcraft and work together to overcome their enemies. Are their magical gifts enough to keep them safe?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. It’s really is easy to enter. Just click here.


To be Released March 2016

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Flames burn between a hardboiled cop and a gifted artist, but soon extinguish as another man’s obsession ignites into an inferno of desire, driving him to destroy the object of his madness.

You can find Yolanda at:

Blog: Defending the Pen





Before I go I want to remind everyone that this Wednesday is the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s IWSG time. Have writing insecurities? Join the group and share. It’ll make you feel better to know you aren’t alone.

See ya in two days folks.

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Guest Post by T. F. Walsh, author of Cloaked

Happy Monday everyone. Today I’m thrilled to have T. F. Walsh stop by. Before I hand over the reins I want to mention that Tania is hosting a giveaway. Five custom made bookmarks are up for grabs. Click here for the link. And now, please welcome T. F. Walsh.

CLOAKED by T.F. Walsh

3D CloakedOne of the questions authors and writers get asked a lot is why they write in the genre or style they write. For me, I enjoy writing paranormal and fantasy romances with a tinge of darkness thrown in. And my heritage and experiences growing up have definitely flavoured my preference for the books and stories I enjoy.

I was born in Romania, and as a young child, my dad would often tell me dark Grimm-like stories before bed. These Romanian fairy tales were passed down from generation to generation and were very dark compared to modern stories we are familiar with. But the grim nature of the stories never occurred to me at the time, and made the moral or point of the story more serious.

Romania itself inspires my writing. The dark history common to Eastern Europe, coupled with the culture and environment make Romania a perfect setting for dark paranormal stories. A sporadic history of war and conflict give the region a sorrowful feel and the people a reserved and suspicious outlook. The folklore of the area is rich with tales of vampires and werewolves and other creatures. The country also encompasses the Carpathian Mountains and includes large forested areas—deep mountain gorges and cave systems.

Moving to Australia as a young girl also influenced my preference for horror and paranormal fantasy. When my family moved, we didn’t speak English very well. So when it came to watching TV shows and movies I enjoyed watching horror movies. This was probably because, with limited English language skills, these movies were easiest to understand. You don’t need to comprehend everything they are saying to know that the guy with knives as fingers is trying to kill them.

As I grew, I also learned to love reading and writing. My dad was a writer in Romania, so that was a big influence on me. My stories were often dark or contained fantasy as an expression of the stories I loved myself. But I also began to enjoy romantic stories as well. TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and books like Laurel Hamilton’s Anita Blake series showed me I could combine my love for the dark and fantastic with stories of romance. And also include kick-ass heroines, which is another thing I love.

All these influences and loves are combined in my novella, Cloaked and The Wulfkin Legacy Series. And I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I loved writing it.


Cloaked Blurb:

Daciana has lived her life shielded by an overprotective wulfkin pack so when she is given Connell Quote (1)the opportunity to venture into the human world, she jumps at the chance. But that excitement is short-lived when the endangered bear cubs she’s been assigned to protect are stolen. What was supposed to be a celebratory time – her one-year independence ritual – has now been met with turmoil. If she doesn’t locate the cubs, she’ll be forced to return home in disgrace. One man may be able to make a difference, but his smoldering good looks and sexy vibe are too big a draw for Daciana.

Inspector Connell Lonescu is still reeling from his recent divorce. Convinced that relationships are a waste of time, he buries himself in his work. That plan works until he meets gorgeous and mysterious Daciana when she reaches out to him for urgent help in finding the missing cubs.

Will Connell let go of his preconceived notions about this mysterious young woman to help her find the cubs? Will Daciana be able to resist temptation and stay true to the rules of the wulfkin pack?

Cloaked is the prequel to Cloaked in Fur, book 1 in The Wulfkin Legacy Series. Find out how Daciana and Connell fell in love and set in motion the paramount events that forever change their lives and those around them.

Cloaked is only 0.99c

Grab Your Copy: Amazon B&N | Kobo | Google Play | iTunes

Coming Soon

Cloaked in Secrecy (Book #2) – March 2016

Cloaked in Blood (Book #3) – May 2016

Sign up here for T.F. Walsh’s newsletter to keep up to date with latest releases, special offers, and exclusive content.

About The Author

TF Walsh Pic (1)T.F. Walsh emigrated from Romania to Australia at the age of eight and now lives in a regional city south of Sydney with her husband. Growing up hearing dark fairytales, she’s always had a passion for reading and writing horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult stories. She balances all the dark with light fluffy stuff like baking and traveling.

Author Links: Website Facebook Twitter Pinterest Goodreads Amazon


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Shakespeare, The Reader, and The Winter Blues Giveaway

A few years ago at the London Book Fair I had the chance to hear Peter James speak. He’s a British author known for crime novels featuring Detective Roy Grace. According to James, crime novels show the best and worst of human nature. I found this idea interesting. But then he said something that took me by surprise. He claimed if Shakespeare were alive today, more than likely he’d write detective novels. I thought this was a bold assertion. He went on to explain that Shakespeare penned plays since during his day not many books were published for mass audiences and not a lot of people were literate. Plays were the writer’s best option to reach a large audience. However, today, books are plentiful and his options would have been wide open.

What do you think? If Shakespeare were alive today, would he write crime novels?


M. Pax has released a new book!

The Reader, The Rifters Book Three

I’ve read and enjoyed the first two books in the series. I’m halfway through The Reader and so far my report is: awesome! Can’t wait to finish it, so if it takes me longer than usual to return your visit, you know why. Blame Mary for writing such a cool and riveting story.

What’s it about?

Reader WEBWith the rift closed for the season and no more monsters to fight, Daelin Long gets bored as librarian in the podunk town of Settler, Oregon. A job interview and her brother’s arrival present a tempting opportunity to escape, until her brother and her best friend, a ghost, disappear.

While Daelin searches for them, more mysteries pile up: dead people coming back to life, portraits of the town founders replaced with strange white trees, and people on the other side of the rift returning. It’s impossible. The portal that allows monsters from other universes to come to Earth is sealed until next summer.

The Rifters, a secret group protecting our world, believe the troubles are nothing more than the tantrums of an offended ghost. Daelin disagrees. If she’s right, the evil hell-bent on destroying Earth has new technology making the rift more deadly.

Before the monster summons the next apocalypse, Daelin must find it and destroy it.

Book 3 in the Rifter series.

Need to catch up? You can read books 1 & 2 in the Rifter series for free by becoming an M. Pax Reader. ENTER MY DIMENSION


MPax2Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide and has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock. Learn more at mpaxauthor.com.

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Have the winter blues? Hilary Grossman, author of Plan Bea, is hosting a massive book giveaway to help lift your spirits. Thirty authors are giving away 44 books, including my novel The Miracle Girl. For more information, click here.

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And don’t forget about my giveaway. I’m very excited and honored to host five fabulous authors this month. One lucky winner will receive five e-books. Entering the giveaway is easy. Just click here.

Here are the wonderful books:

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For more details check out this page.


If you sign up to my mailing list, you’ll receive a free copy of my Amazon best-selling novel A Woman Lost (details can be found here). All you need to do is tell me where to send your free copy by clicking here.

Have a wonderful week!

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#IWSG and TBM’s Giveaway


Today is the first Wednesday of January, which means it’s IWSG time. This month’s co-hosts are the wonderful and talented L.G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, and Michelle Wallace.

Don’t be shy, stop by and say hello to the co-hosts and participants.

IWSG is a group for writers to meet once a month and share their insecurities. It’s amazing how one kind word from a fellow blogger and author can help me see the positives and to focus on them and not dwell too much on the negatives.

2015 was a good year. I published three novels, grew my mailing list, and had several successful promotions.

My worry for 2016 is how to keep the momentum going. The publishing world is evolving at warp speed. What worked last year, may not work this year. Heck, what worked last week may not work this week. Sometimes I feel as if I’m catching the next publishing wave just as it’s crashing. Keeping up with all the changes is daunting and I try not to beat my head against the wall. Not too much, at least. Sometimes one good whack is needed.

I keep telling myself to stay the course, which means keep writing. Continue promotions. And keep my fingers crossed. That’s all I can really do. Time will tell if it’s enough.

What’s your insecurity this month?



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Welcome to the first giveaway of 2016! I’m very excited and honored to host five fabulous authors this month. One lucky winner will receive five e-books. Entering the giveaway is easy. Just click here.

Here are the wonderful books:

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For more details check out this page.


That’s all for today. Have a marvelous day! And in case you haven’t heard it enough yet, Happy New Year!

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2016 Goals and TBM’s Monthly Giveaway

Happy New Year! I have my fingers crossed that 2016 doesn’t fly by like last year. But I think it will no matter how hard I wish it won’t. Oh well, that just means I need to put my head down and get stuff done right away. No dilly-dallying.

Last year I posted my goals for 2015. Usually I don’t share my goals since I’m pretty shy, but my thinking was that by making the announcement it would help me actually accomplish the goals. Fear of letting down others can be a good motivator.

So how’d I do? I have absolutely no idea. While I had good intentions, the behind the scenes accounting was almost entirely lacking and what records I did jot down were lost when I misplaced my diary during a trip to New York in September.

So goal #1 for 2106 is keep track of my progress (or lack thereof)

#2 write 250,000 words (that’s roughly 700 words a day)

#3 grow my mailing list (currently at 1000)

#4 read and review more (my TBR is terrifying)

That should be a good start. I’m sure more goals will surface, however these are the areas I’ll be concentrating on.


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Welcome to the first giveaway of 2016! I’m very excited and honored to host five fabulous authors this month. One lucky winner will receive five e-books. Entering the giveaway is easy. Just click here.

And the books are:

At the Water’s Edge by Harper Bliss

Sometimes you need to go back to where you came from…

After a traumatic event that has left her in deep need of healing, Ella Goodman returns to her hometown in Oregon. While staying at her family’s cabin at the West Waters lake resort, she finds an unexpected friend in level-headed owner Kay Brody. But Ella’s sole objective is to restore the broken ties with her family, and she has no time for distractions like falling in love. The healing process is confrontational and difficult though, and she is soon forced to realize that people like Kay only come along once in a lifetime.


Fallen Redemption by RB Austin

fallenredemption_1800x2700Killing Fallen to save mankind is Cade’s redemption for murder and only one human—mouthwatering and absolutely forbidden—stands in his way.

Cade committed himself to saving lives before he learned the full consequences of his life-altering decision. It wasn’t until he was tending his sick wife that he learned the enormity of what he’d done and he was unable to save her from the monster he had become. Consumed with guilt and praying for absolution, he threw himself into killing every Fallen he could find to save the humans he’d sworn to protect. But then Emma, deliciously mortal and completely forbidden, swept into his world, stirring an overpowering desire. Now he’s not only fighting soulless creatures, but also his inner cravings, trying to maintain his distance and continue on his path to forgiveness. He won’t lose control again and lose another love.

You’ll Find Me in Manhattan by Jill Knapp

high res You'll Find MeSearching for a new Carrie Bradshaw who’s on the hunt for her very own Mr. Darcy? You will want to curl up with What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan and fall in love all over again. With men, Manhattan and yourself.” – Shiri Appleby, Actress

The third and final book in Jill Knapp’s series about love and romance in New York City. Follow Amalia Hastings as she dates her way around the city that never sleeps… Amalia and Olivia have found themselves at a crossroads. Their last year in their Master’s program at NYU is proving to be a trying one, and on top of that, Olivia has to balance planning a wedding AND managing the unwanted input of her estranged mother – who doesn’t even like her fiancé! Meanwhile, Amalia finds herself feeling more lost than ever as graduation approaches and her classmates begin making plans for next year. Still torn between Michael and Hayden, she finally makes a decision – but one that that will either box her in, leaving her always wanting more out of life, or finally breaking free to find the happiness and stability she’s always needed.

Survival of the Ginnest by Aimee Horton

survival-of-the-ginnest-coverMeet Dottie Harris. She was living the self-indulgent lifestyle of every childless couple… and then she had kids. Struggling through pregnancy and motherhood, Dottie turns to social networking.

She quickly becomes reliant on it, using it as a way to reach out and come to terms with the funny side of motherhood, whilst realising she’s not the only person to consider anything after 7 a.m. a lie in.

Follow Dottie on her journey—made up entirely of Facebook-style updates—spanning four years of her sleep-deprived life. She bluntly shares her worries, insecurities, tears and tantrums, along with the things nobody ever tells you about motherhood!

Full of humor and honesty, Dottie’s modern-day diary gives a glimpse into motherhood as she trades in her social life for the sofa and a bottle of gin, watching her children grow older while she grows less enthusiastic.

That’s Paris by 20+ authors, including a foreword by Stephen Clarke

thats-paris-coverParis—the most romantic, beautiful and frustrating city in the world!

If you’ve ever traveled to Paris, lived in the City of Light or dreamed of setting foot on its cobblestoned streets, you’ll enjoy escaping into this collection of short stories about France’s famed capital. From culinary treats (and catastrophes) to swoon-worthy romantic encounters (and heartbreaking mishaps), this anthology takes you on a journey through one of the most famous cities in the world.

View this cosmopolitan metropolis through the chic eyes of Parisians, francophiles and travelers who fell in love with the city and haven’t quite gotten around to leaving yet… That’s Paris: a glimpse into living, loving and surviving in the City of Light.

Author proceeds benefit the charity Room to Read, which promotes literacy and gender equality in education. Thanks for supporting the cause!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.


This Wednesday is the first IWSG for 2016. Don’t miss out on the fun.

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IWSG and A Clueless Woman is FREE for two days


Today is the first Wednesday of December, which means it’s IWSG time. This month’s co-hosts are the wonderful and talented Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!

Don’t be shy, stop by and say hello to the co-hosts and participants.

IWSG is a group for writers to meet once a month and share their insecurities. It’s amazing how one kind word from a fellow blogger and author can help me see the positives and to focus on them and not dwell too much on the negatives.

I can’t believe this is the last IWSG of 2015. I’d like to say I knew where the year went, but it flew by in such a rush I’m not even sure it actually happened. It seems the older I get the faster days drop off the calendar. When I was a kid Christmas took forever to arrive and now I’m shouting, “Wait! I’m not ready.”

Enough complaining. What’s my insecurity this month? It’s a whopper. I just released my latest novel A Clueless Woman which means bring on the roller coaster of emotions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the release. The reviews have been positive and the novel is already listed in the top 10 for lesbian romance. But I’m an author–we have the nervous Nellie gene planted so deeply it’s hard to remember to take a deep breath and say, “Everything will be fine. Relax and enjoy.”

Ooops, I switched gears from complaining to whining. Enough of both.

To celebrate the release of A Clueless Woman I’m currently offering the book for FREE on Amazon. Act now because the sale ends on December 3rd at 11:59 pm (PST).

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon Canada / Amazon Australia 

Check it out on Goodreads.

A Clueless Woman:

ACluelessWoman (3)Graduate student Lizzie Petrie feels more comfortable around books than people. Although an expert in the Hitler Youth, she’s a novice in love. Her former lesbian lover is blackmailing her, and not even those closest to Lizzie know the full story of their abusive relationship.

When visiting high school English teacher Sarah crosses Lizzie’s path at the campus, their attraction is instant, but not without complications. As they start to spend more time together, suspicions arise from both women in this sexy piece of LGBT fiction.

Plenty of good-natured teasing takes place between lovers as well as between PhD students in this lesbian contemporary romance. No relationship path ever runs smoothly, and oftentimes, those who can’t keep their mouth shut hasten necessary confrontation.

Lizzie finds herself buried in a mess of lies in this romantic comedy. The harder she tries to keep Sarah and the rest of her friends from finding out the truth about her first girlfriend, the more endearingly clueless she becomes.


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I’m toying with the idea of not blogging the rest of December. We have a week off and the idea of taking a proper blogging break sounds extremely appealing at the moment. If I’m not back in time, Happy Holidays!

Miles says Happy Holidays

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Introducing The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. And for all my American friends, happy belated Thanksgiving. I meant to post last week to wish everyone well, but then I decided to take the week off from blogging. It was a wise decision and I got loads of writing done.

I’m not sure how I stumbled onto Jessica and Stephanie’s blog, but I’m really happy that I did. I really enjoy trying to figure out their riddles, even though I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to solving them. However, it doesn’t stop me from trying. It’s fun and by now, I’m used to looking like an idiot. (Don’t tell, but sometimes I cheat by reading other people’s answers.)

Jessica and Stephanie have exciting news. Their novel The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow hit the stores yesterday! Woot! Before telling you about the middle grade novel there’s even better news. You can enter to win a signed hardcover edition. Here’s the link to the  Rafflecopter giveaway. Don’t miss your chance. I have a feeling these two are going to become famous.

The Secret FilesRelease date: DECEMBER 1, 2015

Delacorte Press/ Random House Kids Books

Authors: Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson

Illustrator: Roman Muradov


Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow is less than thrilled that her family is moving thousands of miles from civilization to the quiet country town of Ashpot, Connecticut, where she’s absolutely certain she’ll die of boredom.

As if leaving Manhatten and her best friend, Lizzy, the only other member of the elite DSC01179Detective Mystery Squad, weren’t bad enough, Fairday is stuck living in the infamous Begonia House, a creepy old Victorian with dark passageways, a gigantic dead willow tree, and a mysterious past.

brasskeyBefore she can even unpack, strange music coming from behind a padlocked door leads Fairday up a spiral staircase and into a secret room, where she finds an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a curious portrait of a red-haired lady. These seemingly unrelated items prove to be the first in a series of clues that takes Fairday, the visiting Lizzy, and their new squad member, Marcus, on an amazing adventure.

Can the members of the Detective Mystery Squad piece together the puzzle before it’s too late? Or will whatever’s causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?



Want to know more? Check out the trailer on YouTube.

Catch the Book Buzz…

“I really enjoyed this book. It was a marvelously done, debut, thriller novel. Ms. Robinson and Ms. Haight are great authors that really pull you into their story. I couldn’t get out until that final sentence. And, by then I wanted more. To say I want a second book is an understatement. The writing style is compelling, and makes me feel as if I was there with Fairday and her friends. I really like the illustrations in the book. They are like the ribbon on a present, or the icing on the cake. I give this book five out of five bookworms!”

~ Erik Weibel/ This Kid Reviews Books  

“Mixing realism and fantasy, Haight and Robinson’s debut opens with 11-year-old Fairday’s move from Manhattan to a small town in Connecticut, where her relentlessly cheerful parents plan to turn a dilapidated Victorian into a bed and breakfast. No sooner has the family arrived than eerie sights and sounds begin to haunt Fairday. The house turns out to hold dark secrets that everybody in town suspects but nobody can explain: a perfect mission for Fairday and her best friend Lizzy’s Detective Mystery Squad (DMS).”

~ Publishers Weekly

“Fifth-grader Fairday Morrow’s new home lives up to its spooky reputation, but she and her companions in the Detective Mystery Squad find out why. At Begonia House, strains of bagpipe music issue from behind a padlocked door, grains of sand in an hourglass have stopped falling, and a malevolent weeping willow looms in the backyard. A magic mirror shows an invisible door; a wardrobe hides secrets and a portal. Ruby Begonia vanished more than 50 years ago. Is there also a ghost? Fairday has a new, helpful friend in classmate Marcus, and her best friend Lizzy can visit on weekends to help solve the mystery. What more could readers want?”

~ Kirkus Reviews

About the Authors:

Jessica HaightJessica Haight is a true New Englander, with a deep desire to be near the ocean and a love of the four seasons. She enjoys drawing while standing up and cultivating magic in her garden. She easily floats away in the pages of a good story and is still waiting for her owl from Hogwarts.



Stephanie RobinsonStephanie Robinson lives with her husband in a quiet town, though not as quaint as Ashpot. After teaching fifth grade for almost fifteen years, she is now enjoying her role as a school media specialist.




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