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August 1st, 2015

It’s been a while since I updated the website, but a lot has been going on. First of all, a few months ago in October, PRODIGAL SON won the Book Buyer’s Best Award for Best Paranormal. That would be the cool crystal trophy on the right. Then, just last week, HEART OF STONE won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Paranormal! That is the granite-looking trophy on the left. It’s all very exciting!


Watch for book 3 of the Truth Seers series, WARRIOR OF FATE, coming in October 2015!


Catch me reading at Lady Jane’s Salon on November 10!

November 8th, 2014

I’ll be reading my new release, HEART OF STONE, at Lady Jane’s Salon at the Gypsy Den Alt Cafe  in Anaheim, CA on November 10, 2014. For more information on Lady Jane’s OC and the venue, go here:



Online class starts 10/13/2014: “Self Editing: 10 Tips To Make Your Writing Pop!”

October 4th, 2014

I’ll be teaching an online class on self editing from 10/13/2014 to 11/3/2014 for the Orange County chapter of Romance Writers of America. Please go here for more information and to sign up:


Facebook party tonight!

September 21st, 2014

Join me tonight at a Facebook party featuring  some of your favorite paranormal authors: Terri Brisbin, Lori Handeland, Erin Quinn, Kerrelyn Sparks and Susan Squires! I’ll be holding a Q&A at 6:30pm PST and giving away two advanced reading copies of my upcoming paranormal release, HEART OF STONE. Comment to be entered in a drawing to win!

Click HERE to join the party!





Booksigning in San Antonio, TX on Wednesday July 23!

July 6th, 2014

I’ll be signing PRODIGAL SON with about 500 other authors at the 2014 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX. The event will take place in the 3rd floor ballroom. The event is open to the public, and all proceeds go to promote literacy. For a complete list of all the authors signing, please visit


Booksigning in Tempe, AZ on 4/5/2014

April 4th, 2014

I’ll be signing books with dozens of other authors, including NY Times bestsellers Christie Craig and Sylvia Day, in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Details below. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 5

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
60 E 5th Street, Tempe, AZ



Achieving Goals: The Journey of Weight Loss

February 20th, 2014

Last month I stated that one of my goals was to lose weight. It took me a while to get going, but I’m on the road now. Day 16, and I’m down nearly 7 pounds.

Losing weight is not an easy thing. For me, it’s more mental than physical. I have to be in the right mindset to begin. I think about it for several days—process it, I guess—before my brain kind of clicks into place. (It’s the same way I write books.)  Once I’m in that zone, I can walk past a plate of brownies without really being tempted.

The reason I am so overweight is because I used to drown my emotional pain by eating. Some people drink, some people turn to drugs or other vices; I ate. I was never happier than when I was on the couch with my nose in a book and a package of cookies in my lap. So I had two addictions: books and food.

The book thing worked out for me.

The food thing, not so much.

Someone once told me I used food to comfort myself, and I believe that is true. So I am striving to find other ways to comfort myself that don’t involve eating. But every day is a challenge. I’m the only one who can move myself down this path with any success. Others can support me and cheer me on, but I am the only one who can do this for myself.

The other day I went to lunch with some important visitors at work. We went to a Chinese place, which is easy for me to fit into my eating plan—except for the eggroll that comes with the lunch special. I love eggrolls, but at this point in my program, I couldn’t see how eating an eggroll would fit. I was talking to my husband about the eggroll the day before the lunch, trying to decide the best way to handle it. And here’s what he said:

“The eggroll isn’t going anywhere, but you are. You have to get on a plane in a few months.”

That is exactly what I needed to hear. The reminder of my goal to fit into an airline seat is something I’ve kept in my mind as I’ve faced other challenges over the past week. When I get stressed, I go for sugar (see my post on candies from your childhood!), but now I remind myself that the candy isn’t going anywhere, but I am. Visualizing sitting in that airline seat and not overflowing into the seat next to me, the seat belt fitting without me having to either suck in my gut or ask for an extender—these are the things that keep me going now. And I’ve found that a nice hot cup of tea can comfort just as well as a bag of gummi berries, for way less calories.

As for the eggroll, I decided to eat it. But I made adjustments to the rest of my meal so that I could make it work with my plan. It was a conscious, thought out choice, not a desperate grab to stifle some emotional pain. I had my eggroll, and I ate it, too. 🙂


Winners, winners and more winners!

February 2nd, 2014

Thank you all for stopping by during the 31 Days of Books Giveaway! It’s Day 32 now, and I have to stop writing blogs and start working on those revisions my editor is waiting for. <G>

Here are the winners:

Winner of Day 31 drawing: Alina K. Field.

Three winners of the Grand Finale drawing:


Debra Yates

Julie Whiteley

I will be contacting all four winners to find out their choice of book, and the three Grand Finale winners also receive a gift card to either Starbucks or Amazon, their preference. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you all so much for visiting and chatting with me! 🙂


Last Day of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: Why Do You Read Romance Novels?

January 31st, 2014

Congratulations to Margo, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Margo to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Well, we made it. This is Day 31 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway. For the topic, let’s keep it short and sweet: Why do you read romance novels?

For me, it helps me keep up my optimism. I mean, I’m a writer, and I’m always interested in stories, all kinds of stories (except horror—gives me nightmares). But why romance? Because I’m fascinated by the dynamic of male and female. How different they are in the way they think and the way they see the world, and yet how similar. That’s what keeps me reading romances, and also what drives me to write them.

In the end, I love the feeling of falling in love, that issues can be overcome. Reading romances allows me to forget my problems and lose them in something bigger: the pirates are attacking the ship, we’re on the run from the bad guys who want to kill me because I witnessed a murder, or maybe I meet a guy who time travelled from the future in order to save the human race. Those problems are definitely bigger than me trying to finagle an extra car repair from the budget or try and figure out what to get my sister for her wedding. They make my problems seem surmountable. 🙂

What about you? Why do you read romance novels? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist! And remember, on February 1, I will be pulling three names from everyone who commented on the blog in the month of January to win a book and a gift card!


Day 30 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: If You Could Go Back in Time and Give Advice To Your Younger Self, What Would You Say?

January 30th, 2014

Congratulations to Katt Lloyd, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Katt to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

We had a flood of comments on yesterday’s blog regarding romantic gestures. Nice to see romance is alive and well out there! Just a reminder, anyone who ever commented on the blog in January will be entered in the big Feb.1 drawing. Three winners will receive the book of their choice and a gift card. This includes Hall of Fame winners.

Okay, on to today’s question: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?

This is a tough one. Things that seem like poor decisions in hindsight may actually have led you to a place in your life with things that you treasure now. For instance, I got married very young, and it didn’t work out. Do I regret that? No, because it gave me my children. But one thing I would tell myself is to make education a priority. Had I gone to college, I could have majored in something to do with writing. I’d find a way to make that happen if I could go back. As it turns out, I was able to develop my skills enough on my own to get published, but maybe I could have had a full time job for all these years that was writing related.

What about you? If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you say? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist!