February updates!

What’s new in my world for February...

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet on social media the last few weeks. I don’t get political in my posts, and I’m also not American so I don’t feel completely comfortable about weighing in on US politics. I’ve seen posts from other authors who think everyone should be weighing in on these topics and using their platform, and if you’re not commenting you don’t care; and others who believe authors are running a business and personal opinions have no place in that.

Yes, we are running a business, but as authors we ARE our business and it’s sometimes difficult to separate the two. Having said that, I’m a pretty private person. In the last year I’ve gone through some really shitty stuff in my life which I haven’t posted about either. And I’m going to keep my personal life for the most part private.

But I assure you I do have opinions, strong opinions, and to be honest, the last few weeks I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with American politics! It’s been completely distracting and worrisome and I wish I could do more than just watch from here. I have so many American friends and readers and I want the best for all of you.

Back to the writing stuff!

For all you Netgalley peeps there are THREE of my books up right now for review copies! This freaks me out a bit! I have releases in April, May and July and they’re all books I’m super proud of.

April – Dancing in the Rain – a standalone contemporary romance

May – Hot Shot – Last Shot Book 2 featuring Carrie and Marco

July – Cross Check – Bayard Hockey Book 2 featuring Ella and Ben


What I’m working on now

I’m writing Slap Shot, the next in the Aces Hockey series, which is Max Hall’s story – so many of you have been asking about his HEA! This will be out in October.

Don't forget to check out this amazing giveaway of 45 sports romances!

Also watch for the re-release of three of my books from my back list— Rigger, Conference Call and Irish Sex Fairy. I’ve been working on revising and updating these books, got sexy new covers made for them and they should be back in stores February 20!

 

Preparations are on for RT in Atlanta in May! I’ve booked my flight and am working on swag. Looking forward to seeing my author friends, meeting with my agent and editors and connecting with readers!

Back Check is now available!

The so-bad-they’re-good alphas of hockey’s Chicago Aces are back in this emotionally charged novel of sex, love, and second chances from the bestselling author of Top Shelf and the Heller Brothers series.

Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! 

 

As it was for many people, 2016 was a difficult year for me in many ways. But the bright spot for me was my writing career, as 2016 turned out to be pretty darn good. I hit the USA Today bestseller list 3 times! Yay! My Aces Hockey series has continued to grow, and I'm thrilled with the positive reviews and with the sales. I also feel so blessed to have made so many great friends through my writing, both authors and readers.

What's coming in 2017?

Well, I have 5 releases coming starting this month with Back Check, another Aces Hockey series. Early reviews are great, so I'm pumped for this release!

 

Then in April I have something completely new for you...the hero is a hockey player, yes, but Drew's been forced into retirement and he's not dealing well with it. Dancing in the Rain is a powerful story about love and loss and strength...I love how Drew finds his own strength from the women in this story.

In May, we have Hot Shot - Last Shot book 2. We pick up right where Body Shot left off, and get to enjoy the sparks between Carrie and Marco.

Then in July, Cross Check is out. This is Bayard Hockey book 2. I apologize that it's been so long between Shut Out...that's the way publishing works! We have another enemies to lovers story as Ben and Ella discover they have more in common than they realize, and I love that we have another heroine who tries to do something positive with the tragedy that she's experienced.

October brings Slap Shot (CONFESSION! I'm just writing this book now. This is Max Hall's story...you may remember him from the first Aces books where he loses his young wife to cancer. I'm sure you can imagine his struggles. Many readers have asked whether he'll get his HEA...so you'll need to read this one!

I also have a few books I'll be re-releasing in February -- Rigger, Conference Call and Irish Sex Fairy -- so watch for those if you haven't already read them! 

I don't believe in making resolutions and I know 2017 is going to hold some tough challenges for me, but I love to write-- it keeps me going when things are difficult. And I love to share my stories with all of you!

 

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Coming spring 2017!

 

A retired athlete meets the daughter he never knew—along with the woman who reignites his passions—in this powerful standalone romance from the bestselling author of Hot Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.

Looks like the cover hasn't rolled out to retailers yet, but we do have pre-order links...

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TOP SHELF is a USA Today Bestseller!

I'm so thrilled to let you all know that Top Shelf hit the USA Today Bestseller List!


Thank you readers, I am so grateful that you buy my books! Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive and I can't thank you enough.

Thanks to everyone who made this happen - my agent Emily Sylvan Kim, the whole team at Loveswept who do an amazing job of making my books the best they can be, putting a hot cover on them(right???) and getting the books out into readers hands. Thanks to my fabulous Sweet Heat Reader Group for all your support, Stacey Price who is amazing and helped me out with this release, and most of all thanks to everyone who buys my books!

Top Shelf now available!

I'm so thrilled that Top Shelf is now out! This is Aces Hockey Book 3. It overlaps in timing a bit with Book 2 Icing, so you'll meet up again with all the Aces guys from the first two books. I think it will make you laugh and maybe cry a bit. I love both Jared and Sidney. They surprised me at times, and I love it when my characters do that -- it makes telling their story so much fun! I hope you enjoy!

Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure.
 
Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.
 
In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.

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Friends With Benefits

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that I am re-releasing my book Friends With Benefits - it has a pretty new cover and a few tweaks to the content, but it is the same book. If you've already bought it - thank you! If not, I've got it on sale for a special price of just $0.99 for the first two weeks so this is a good time to check it out!

Body Shot now available!

Yay! It's release day for Body Shot! This is Book 1 in my Last Shot series, about three former Navy SEALs who now own a tequila bar in San Diego. These men have conquered huge obstacles in their lives, but they're about to be conquered by love...

 

The bestselling author of the Heller Brothers series stirs up a tempting cocktail of fun and seduction as a sexy SEAL-turned-bartender treats a buttoned-up scientist to a wild weekend . . . and a change of heart.
 
Former Navy SEAL Beck Whitcomb left a world of privilege to prove he could make his own way. Money, mansions, expensive cars—none of it could heal the loss of his older brother, or buy his parents’ love. Now, after using his trust fund to open the Conquistadors tequila bar with his brothers-in-arms, Beck has it all: good friends, fine liquor, and hot hookups. When it comes to women, commitment’s not his thing—until he gets a taste of the pretty professor who walks into his bar . . . and winds up in his bed.
 
Hayden Miles knows all too well that emotional decisions can lead to heartbreak, and nothing screams “bad decision” like a playboy bartender with inked biceps and a wicked smile. Still, their chemistry is off-the-charts explosive—and Hayden knows her chemistry. For once, this good girl longs to let loose. But is she willing to risk the pain to quench her thirst? With the promise of more on the table, Hayden’s eager to believe . . . before she misses her shot.

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Here's the gorgeous cover for Back Check, which is Book 4 in my Aces Hockey series, out January 2017! This is Tanner Bennet ...bad boy defenseman. Yum!
And it's already up for pre-order!

 

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Body Shot

Hey everyone! You can download the first 3 chapters of my upcoming release Body Shot free! I hope you'll check it out!

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The bestselling author of the Heller Brothers series stirs up a tempting cocktail of fun and seduction as a sexy SEAL-turned-bartender treats a buttoned-up scientist to a wild weekend . . . and a change of heart.

Former Navy SEAL Beck Whitcomb left a world of privilege to prove he could make his own way. Money, mansions, expensive cars—none of it could heal the loss of his older brother, or buy his parents’ love. Now, after using his trust fund to open the Conquistadors tequila bar with his brothers-in-arms, Beck has it all: good friends, fine liquor, and hot hookups. When it comes to women, commitment’s not his thing—until he gets a taste of the pretty professor who walks into his bar . . . and winds up in his bed.

Hayden Miles knows all too well that emotional decisions can lead to heartbreak, and nothing screams “bad decision” like a playboy bartender with inked biceps and a wicked smile. Still, their chemistry is off-the-charts explosive—and Hayden knows her chemistry. For once, this good girl longs to let loose. But is she willing to risk the pain to quench her thirst? With the promise of more on the table, Hayden’s eager to believe . . . before she misses her shot.

 


Kobo

Today I thought I’d share some information about Kobo for those of you who may not be familiar with it. This is where I buy all my books and I really like shopping there. Their search engine may not be quite as good as Amazon, but their recommendations are usually spot on for me.


If you read on your phone or a tablet, you can download their free app. I have it on my phone and my tablet, and I also read on my old Sony reader. It’s a little more work to sideload books onto my reader, but I prefer it for reading outdoors in the bright sun, so it comes to the beach and the pool with me and out on my deck. They also have ereaders which I can’t speak to from personal experience but I’ve heard great things about the Kobo Glo, and the Kobo Aura H20 is waterproof!

If you use the app or a Kobo reader, it synchronizes between devices so you can start reading on your tablet and then pick up where you left off on your pone when you’re stuck waiting at the doctor’s office.:-) It’s very user friendly. The apps are available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry 10, Kobo desktop for Windows or Mac, and Windows 8. And buying and downloading books is as easy as one click once your account is set up (okay two clicks).

Another Kobo feature is their super points, a loyalty reward program that rewards you for reading. If you’re an avid reader like I am, this is a great feature. And for $10 you can upgrade to VIP status and get discounts and more points.https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/kobosuperpoints/member

As an author, Kobo is a smaller retailer for me, but it’s growing steadily. I’ve found the people at Kobo responsive and easy to deal with. I hope you’ll check out Kobo’s apps and books!

Release day for Shut Out!

I'm so excited for the release of Bayard Hockey book 1! Shut Out if my first new adult romance. Yes there's hockey. Yes there's sizzling heat. Yes there's a tender romance. There are also some serious themes along with some humor. I know this story is different from what I usually write and may not be for everyone, but the response has been so positive and I'm very grateful.

 

The Bayard College hockey team isn’t where Jacob Flass thought he’d be a season ago. He was a rising star in the Canadian junior majors, cruising toward a spot on an NHL roster—until a single disastrous night on the town brought it all crashing down. Now he’s out of options, except for playing well, studying hard, and staying away from girls. He’s not supposed to be flirting with the hottest, sweetest chick he’s ever met. But how could he possibly stay away?

Skylar Lynwood knows that Jacob is out of her league. She’s just trying to go with the flow, which isn’t easy when six foot, four inches of total hockey hunkiness is making a play for her one moment, and giving her a cold shoulder the next. Skylar’s head tells her that this rugged athlete isn’t worth her time, but herbody says something altogether different. Risking her heart for Jacob may be the craziest thing she’s ever done . . . but she refuses to let him shut her out.

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