Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Black Friday Bargain

I’m almost done with my fourth Out of Bounds book, Sleeping with the Enemy, phew!  I should be back to my regular blogging schedule next month.  Thanks so much to those of you who’ve sent me notes of encouragement.  It means a lot!  Writing is harder than it looks and I’ve certainly learned that this fall.  Of course, I would have helped myself out had a I started with more than a title and a paragraph as a book proposal. 😉  This Christmas, I’m gifting my agent a year of I-told-you-so’s.  holiday on sale

But, while I finish this book this weekend, I didn’t want you all to miss a Black Friday deal:  My holiday novella is on sale today for .99.  One reviewer called it “sweet as a holiday dessert without the calories.”  But, it does have a Navy Seal so expect some heat, too. 😉  Grab it today to enjoy after you shop.

Happy holidays everyone!

Experiencing Gratitude

This week, I’m busy planning an online fiction writing class I’m teaching beginning November 30, Deep Characterization Using the Myers-Briggs Personality Types. So in honor of Thanksgiving Day tomorrow in the U.S., I thought I’d share this mesmerizing video on experiencing gratitude. Enjoy!


My New Releases

Very excited to have two new releases to announce! Ladd Christmas is book #6 in my Ladd Springs series. After traveling the globe on an extended honeymoon, Nick and Delaney Harris have returned home for Christmas. Eight months pregnant, Delaney can’t imagine being anywhere but Tennessee when she gives birth.  Ladd Christmas reunites your favorite characters from the Ladd Springs series with a blend of crisis, faith and love…and new beginnings.

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Not Without You is book #1 in my new and upcoming series, Silver Creek. Set in a fictional ski resort village against the wild landscape of the Rocky Mountains, each novel in my new Silver Creek series features a romantic adventure sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

From the unspoiled beauty of alpine trails to the well-funded cobblestone streets of Silver Creek, these eco-minded heroines combat controversy, danger—even the unexpected romance—in their quest to empower those without a voice. Nature remains supreme in this bold and beautiful country. But is it true what they say, love can conquer all? When the human spirit is involved, anything is possible…

Battling a killer in high country and an undeniable attraction between them, grad student Lisa Richardson and Marine survivalist McIntyre Walsh must work together if they intend to get off the mountain alive in book #1, Not Without You.

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After a fun start with my Facebook Release Party, I can’t wait to see how the New Year unfolds!



On being thankful

This Thanksgiving will be the first in, well, ever that my family has been incomplete. The first time my son, a college junior, can’t come home, not even for a day or two, because he’s currently on the other side of the Atlantic. Strangely enough, the French consider the fourth Thursday in November to be just any other jeudi. Evan has classes, and so I have to figure out how to celebrate the holiday without him in it.

For me, that means planning an unconventional celebration. One that includes plane tickets and hotel rooms and restaurant reservations. Someone else will plan and cook the meal. Someone else will be polishing the silver and setting the table. But it seems more than appropriate, considering 1/4 of my family is on the other side of the planet, that we don’t gather around mine.

This doesn’t mean our Thanksgiving is cancelled, only postponed, or that I’m not thankful every day, because I am. For my friends and family, for my community of writers and their never-ending support, for my readers who seem to genuinely like me and my story, for the fact that I get to sit around in my pajamas all day and make stuff up for a living. Maybe that’s the lesson here — that giving thanks shouldn’t only happen a year.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Do Not Disturb (Writer Writing)


This is me. Except that, you know, it’s not. (

I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month!

This is my first year doing the challenge. I’m excited and hopeful and motivated and kicking a$$, and I have a good team of supporters cheering me on.

Anyway, since right now so many words need to go toward my WIP, I’m leaving only these few here today. I will tell you all about my experience next month.

Wish me luck!

Are you participating? I’m jdwrites if you’d like to connect over at NaNo.

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