It’s time to come clean…

Recently it’s come to my attention that there is a lot of confusion regarding my books. I’ve had some humorous discussions with people regarding my covers and how “romantic” they are. I’ve also had some conversations where it’s been clear that a lot of people assume all my books are teen fiction similar to my first series. In all these encounters I’ve realized that while it’s been fun to try my hand at many different genres it might cause a bit of confusion for my readers.

I totally get that not all my readers want to read young adult fiction. That’s actually why I’ve released many adult titles as well. And even though my first series was Christian, my other titles are all mainstream. Also, I know that not everyone is into romance, so I have some mystery/suspense books too. The problem is that I don’t think most people realize this. I think when most readers see my newest release they automatically assume it’s a teen romance. So, I’ve decided to break all my books down by category to cancel out all the confusion and clear the air. So, if you’re interested in reading my books this might be a helpful tool in deciding which one.

We will start with my newest releases BREAK THROUGH and BREAK FREE, both of which are ADULT ROMANTIC SUSPENSE:

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If you like suspense but aren’t a big romance fan, I do have one title for you- ENGRAVED. It’s an ADULT MYSTERY/SUSPENSE:

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STAR STRUCK, LOVE STRUCK and FALLING TO PIECES are all NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES, meaning the characters are all in their twenties. So this is a good choice for older teens, young adults and adults alike:

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HEAD ABOVE WATER is a NEW ADULT ROMANTIC SUSPENSE:

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CONFESSIONS OF A HARRIED HOUSEWIFE will release end of this month and it is ADULT CHICK LIT:

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I have two sweet TEEN ROMANCES and they are TRIPPING ME UP and WINNING ME OVER:

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And if you love these, I have a new sweet TEEN ROMANCE coming out next month called THE SUMMER WE FELL.

THE DELANEY’S GIFT SERIES is YOUNG ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE:

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And lastly I have the PROWL TRILOGY which are TEEN CHRISTIAN THRILLERS. Think Ted Dekker meets Sarah Dessen.

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To purchase any of these titles you can click on the books along the side of my blog.

Share in the comments below what your favorite genre is! I’d love to hear from you….


Cover Reveal!

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Last post I told you about the first novel I ever wrote – Confessions of  a Harried Housewife – and how I’ve reworked it to release this month. Well, today I get to share the amazing cover with you!!

 

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Cover: Dreams2Media
Genre: Chick Lit
Release Date: End of July 2014

Blurb:

When Caitlyn Randall catches her husband out with another woman she decides to shed her harried housewife image to become a suburban diva. Following the tips from a magazine article she’s determined to go from frumpy to fabulous in five easy steps.
Only nothing is easy for Caitlyn.
No matter how hard Caitlyn tries she screws up. Her romantic evenings get ruined, and her attempts at becoming Suzy Homemaker are thwarted by her children’s anecdotes causing the perfect preschool moms to look down their noses at her. If that isn’t enough, she has to fend off the beautiful paralegal that is after her attorney husband, and stop her best friend from dating her married co-worker.
Will Caitlyn be successful in her quest for fabulousness or is she destined to remain a harried housewife forever?

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Confessions of a Clueless Mom

Being a mom has always been hard for me. Not because I don’t love my kids, because I do. Fiercely. And they know it. So in that way I guess I am successful. But I’ve never been one of those moms who has it all together. Because of that when I decided to write my first novel over 8 years ago, I wrote a humorous chick lit book about a harried housewife named Caitlyn Randall who just can’t seem to get it right. My kids were little at the time and I identified with Caitlyn so much. It was cathartic for me to write that book.  I also started a blog several years back called CONFESSIONS OF A CLUELESS MOM. I used it as a way to vent about my parenting woes. I put an example of one of those posts below.

Now my kids are teenagers and I’m just as clueless as before. Maybe more so. And that’s why I’ve decided to pull my first book out of hiding and publish it. I feel like there are probably a lot of other moms out there who can identify with Caitlyn’s story. Maybe it will be therapeutic for them to read it. So that’s what I’m up to lately. Re-working my very first novel. It’s a lot of fun. I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Here is a sampling of that blog post I told you about. If you relate to it, make sure to pick up a copy of CONFESSIONS OF A HARRIED HOUSEWIFE when it releases next month!

Some women are created to be moms. You know the type. Those who are born with paint brushes in one hand, crayons in the other and endless amounts of patience and grace in their back pockets. The ones who conduct science experiments in the backyard on a normal afternoon, who love to work in their child’s classroom, who can whip up a cake from scratch at a moment’s notice, and scrapbook on their free time. Well, I’m not one of those moms. To me the perfect craft is coloring in the lines in a coloring book. And as far as science projects go my kids mix water and dirt to make mud. When my kids have to make a diorama for school I print some online pictures and tape them into a shoe box. And when I bake a cake I usually forget an ingredient or two and end up with a mess. For those of you who find pleasure in making your own playdough this may not be the blog for you. But if you’re wondering how the heck you make your own playdough, and wondering why you would even do that when you can buy perfectly good playdough at Walmart, then this is definitely the blog for you.

Because I know that while we may not be crafty, we love our children and want the best for them.
While I don’t know how to take a plain piece of paper and make it into a snowflake I have sewn God’s word into my children’s hearts. They know how much God loves them and how much I love them and they love us both back. So, I may do a lot wrong but I do some things right.

 


New Release for only $0.99!

BREAK THROUGH released early and it’s $0.99 for one week only!

 

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At the age of eight, Aspen Fairchild is kidnapped. Taken hostage by a man she trusts. Five years later she escapes, vowing never to trust another man. Now she’s an adult and she’s kept the promise she made to herself as a child, keeping men at a distance.

Carter Johnston is talented and charming. A photographer well known for his ability to capture the true essence of his subjects. When Carter is assigned to photograph Aspen for an article in a prominent magazine, the connection between them is undeniable.

Aspen is drawn to Carter’s charm and artistic ability. As they grow closer, the walls Aspen has built around her heart for years begin to crumble. Until she finds a photograph in Carter’s house which catapults her back to her time in captivity. A photograph Carter shouldn’t have.

Will the truth cause her to shut down or will he finally break through?

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Harried Housewives, Extreme Makeovers, First kisses and Summer Romance…..

I bet you’re wondering what Harried housewives, extreme makeovers, first kisses and summer romance have to do with one another. Nothing really, except that they encompass my next few novels.  I just finished writing BREAK THROUGH and it will release next week. Blurb and cover picture below:

At the age of eight, Aspen Fairchild is kidnapped. Taken hostage by a man she trusts. Five years later she escapes, vowing never to trust another man. Now she’s an adult and she’s kept the promise she made to herself as a child, keeping men at a distance.

Carter Johnston is talented and charming. A photographer well known for his ability to capture the true essence of his subjects. When Carter is assigned to photograph Aspen for an article in a prominent magazine, the connection between them is undeniable.

Aspen is drawn to Carter’s charm and artistic ability. As they grow closer, the walls Aspen has built around her heart for years begin to crumble. Until she finds a photograph in Carter’s house which catapults her back to her time in captivity. A photograph Carter shouldn’t have.

Will the truth cause her to shut down or will he finally break through?

BreakThrough_ebooksmThe truth is that I’ve enjoyed writing the darker, mysterious romances like BREAK FREE and BREAK THROUGH. But I understand that it’s summer, time for beachy romance reads, and so I’ve decided to release a cute teen summer romance called THE SUMMER WE FELL. I have the cover and it’s gorgeous. I will reveal it soon! But there are a couple of other books that have also been calling my name. If you’ve been following me long then you know that I have several novels that have never been published. Two of them were chick lit, and while I loved them so much, I’ve never known if they would sell well. The chick lit genre was huge when I wrote them but then it kind of tanked. However, lately I’ve been noticing some chick lit titles floating around and I feel like it’s making a little bit of a comeback. I figure it’s summertime so quirky, lighthearted novels might be just what my readers need. So, I’ve pulled out CONFESSIONS OF A HARRIED HOUSEWIFE and ABANDONING ALICE and I’m re-working them. Hopefully they will release in the next couple of months. I hope you enjoy them!! The blurb for CONFESSIONS OF A HARRIED HOUSEWIFE is below!

When Caitlyn Randall catches her husband out with another woman she decides to shed her harried housewife image to become a suburban diva. Following the tips from a magazine article she’s determined to go from frumpy to fabulous in five easy steps.

Only nothing is easy for Caitlyn.

No matter how hard Caitlyn tries, she screws up. Her romantic evenings get ruined, and her attempts at becoming Suzy Homemaker are thwarted by her children’s anecdotes causing the perfect preschool moms to look down their noses at her. If that isn’t enough, she has to fend off the beautiful paralegal that is after her attorney husband, and stop her best friend from dating her married co-worker.

Will Caitlyn be successful in her quest for fabulousness or is she destined to remain a harried housewife forever? 

Be on the lookout for all the titles! Oh, and if you haven’t read HEAD ABOVE WATER, BREAK FREE or STAR STRUCK now is your chance. All three will be on sale June 19-22 as part of the Summer Book Crush!

Happy reading!

 

 


Confession Time! I lied….

Confession time! I lied.

Well, not really on purpose. More like I changed my mind. In my last post I said that I was going to take the summer to spend with my kids and market. That seemed like a great plan at first. Until my kids filled up their summer with activities. Great things like helping out in my sister-in-law’s summer school classroom, going to summer camps, and music programs. They’ve got a great summer planned. But now I’ve got some extra time to kill. Also, I have several characters inside my head dying to get out.

So, I’ve decided to release 2 books this summer. I know. I know. It’s precisely what I said I wouldn’t do. But now I can’t help it. The words are flowing and the stories need to be heard. The first one will be BREAK THROUGH. I have the cover and blurb below. It should release end of June/beginning of July.

The second book will be titled THE SUMMER WE FELL. It will be a teen romance similar in tone to TRIPPING ME UP and WINNING ME OVER. It should release end of July/August.

So be on the lookout for these books and enjoy the reveal below!

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Release Date: End of June (Date tba)

Cover: Mae I Design and Photography

 

Blurb:

At the age of eight, Aspen Fairchild is kidnapped. Taken hostage by a man she trusts. Five years later she escapes, vowing never to trust another man. Now she’s an adult and she’s kept the promise she made to herself as a child, keeping men at a distance.

Carter Johnston is talented and charming. A photographer well known for his ability to capture the true essence of his subjects. When Carter is assigned to photograph Aspen for an article in a prominent magazine, the connection between them is undeniable.

Aspen is drawn to Carter’s charm and artistic ability. As they grow closer, the walls Aspen has built around her heart for years begin to crumble. Until she finds a photograph in Carter’s house which catapults her back to her time in captivity. A photograph Carter shouldn’t have.

Will the truth cause her to shut down or will he finally break through?

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Summer Survival Guide for an Indie Author

My kids have one day left of school and then they are out for the summer. Which simply means life as I know it is ending for the next few months. Gone are the days of sitting in my quiet office writing for 6-7 hours everyday. My house will be filled with chaos. The chaos of teenagers no less.

Which means, I have to make a plan.

I know many people think I have it made in the summer. I mean I work from home, right? Right, but the operative word here is “work.” I WORK from home. Yes, it’s true that I don’t have to worry about babysitters or sending my kids to daycare or endless summer camps because I have to work outside of the home and need a place for them to go. However, I can’t get much work done when my kids are home, which is hard since I’m self-employed. I sort of need to still generate an income in the summer.

Last summer I wrote and released 2 books during the summer months, and let me tell you it was hard. I brought my laptop with me everywhere and wrote while carting the kids to their music lessons and sports camps. It was overwhelming. So as the summer months loomed before me this year, I sat down and wrote a summer survival guide. First it was filled with things like soundproof walls and more locks on the doors. Just kidding. As tempting as that sounds I’d never do that. lol

No, truthfully, it wasn’t so much a survival guide as a goal oriented plan. I had to ask myself what I wanted to accomplish this summer both professionally and personally. First and foremost, I know that my time with my kids is running out. They are 12 and 15. I don’t have a ton of summers left with them. Second, I don’t want to be stressed out about pumping out 2 books like I was last summer. So, I’ve decided I will only release 1 book – BREAK THROUGH. It should release end of June/beginning of July. Other than that I will be spending time with my kids and doing some marketing. I figure I have 18 books out. Marketing all of them can definitely keep me busy!

So I have some fun contests, giveaways and sales planned for the summer. In fact, I will have a fun giveaway coming up later in the week which will focus on my summer books: HEAD ABOVE WATER, WINNING ME OVER and FALLING TO PIECES.

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I also plan to do some fun contests revolving around ENGRAVED, my only adult mystery novel.

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What are some things you’re doing to survive the summer months? Comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

 


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