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“Quicksand” is Coming

The manuscript for "Quicksand"

The manuscript for “Quicksand”

Happy Holidays!

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve posted. There’s been a lot of stuff going on in my life, but suffice it to say that things are going well. What matters most is that the sequel to Whirlwind, titled Quicksand, is being prepped for publishing! It’s been a long time coming, but I’m targeting a spring release.

Are you ready for more Melissa and Jason? How about a little taste now?

From the upcoming book jacket:

Melissa Williams walks away from her family, her friends, and her home to spend the summer with new love, Jason McAlister.  Life in the Midwest is not the fairytale their whirlwind romance was. Jason’s ex-girlfriend hates her—that’s not so bad—but so does his best friend, Grant. Even Jason is upset with her, jealous of the baseball players it’s her job to interview.

Melissa tries hard to fit in, but a series of suspicious coincidences and unsettling secrets pulls her further and further away from Jason. Like a runner caught between bases, she is trapped between those Jason has known and trusted for years and a web of drugs involving athletes and the drive-by shooting of Jason’s friend. Unless Melissa can find enough evidence to convince Jason those around him aren’t what they seem, she will lose the dangerous game she’s stumbled into.  And in this game, losing means death.

Watch this space for more tidbits, the cover reveal, and release information.

Thanks for sticking with me, and with Jason and Melissa!

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Time for Some Summer Lovin’!

The Summer Lovin’ Anthologies are now available! Click on the banner to get yours – they’ll only be available until September 30th. But enough of that – how about an excerpt from my contribution?  From the short paranormal romance, Concessions, meet Lindsey and her beau, Clyde (AKA Devon):

Shoving the extra ketchup under the counter, I went back to my catalog. Snowmen, fir trees, and angels—three things you can’t find in Vegas, no matter what time of year it is. “Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays” one T-shirt read…now that’s more like it. Candy, the prostitute who worked the corner across the street, would enjoy that.

“I like that one better.” A black fingernail tapped the picture below.

“HOLY ****!” I screamed, sending soda cups and lids flying.

“Sorry. A little jumpy today, Lindsey?”

My vision pulsed red as my heart scrambled to flood my system with adrenaline. “Damn it, Clyde, as if your looks aren’t enough to give me a coronary.” The one thing I couldn’t figure out was why the customers we did get dressed like the living dead. I thought they were supposed to haunt the night, not the afternoon.

“I can’t help it you never hear me coming. I guess I should get a bell for my collar.” He ran a long, pale finger along the edge of his spiked neckwear. Clyde took the Goth look to a new extreme, his sharpened canines sparkling in the neon glow as he graced me with a rare smile.

“Then the mice’ll be safe.” Sighing, I stooped down and collected the now-trashed cups.

Stomping his combat boots loudly on the thin carpet, Clyde came around the counter. While I fumbled with the paper and plastic, he deftly stacked the lids like they’d just come out of the box. He started to set them by the soda machine, but I stopped him.

“We have to toss those. Health code, you know.”

“Oh, right. Sorry again. Jack won’t be mad, will he?” One of the few regulars, Clyde came in every day, watching the same movies over and over. I’d never asked him about that—I probably didn’t want to know.

“Nah. Don’t worry about it. **** happens.” I dumped the last load into the trash and punched the intercom behind me. “Jack, keep an eye on the counter. I have to go get some more cups, okay?”

The figure in the glass booth across the lobby threw a hand in the air.

“Can I help you carry something?” Clyde asked.

I did a double take. “Sure.”

He followed me silently to the stairs.

“Are you okay, Clyde?” I thought his vocabulary was limited to “Hot Tamales” and “thank you.”

“I’m fine, why?”

I opened the door at the top, walked past the projectors feeding the two lonely screens, and invited him into the dark storeroom with my finger on my lips. As door the closed, I flicked on the bare light bulb and squinted at him.

“You’ve never talked to me before. What’s up?”

His midnight eyes were traced in heavy matching liner. Black pearls in a velvet purse. Straight, jet-black bangs fell across his forehead, begging to be brushed aside to reveal his meticulously groomed ebony eyebrows. His hair was the only thing that wasn’t characteristic of the death-loving crowd. No spikes or vibrant colors interrupted the soft wave that framed his stark features and ended in an unbroken line at his chin.

The caverns in his cheeks became dimples as another smile creased his equally black lips. “Honestly? I talk to you every day, Lindsey.”

His eyes held mine, paralyzing me. His pupils seemed to open like umbrellas, enveloping me in night.

“You do not,” I breathed, unable to blink but seeing nothing.

“Yes, I do.” His husky voice wafted over me like fog. “Every day. Remember?”

I swayed in his arms, lost in his gaze.

“Remember,” he repeated—no, commanded.

In the darkness his word became smoke, swirling around me, beckoning me. Every day…remember…

What do you think? To read more, you’ll need to pick up a copy of the Summer Lovin’ Anthology: Heat Wave. Read the romance, Save the Ta-tas!

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Read the Romance, Save the Ta-tas

Mark your calendar – the Summer Lovin’ Anthologies are coming July 5th!

Check it out!

The Summer Lovin’ Anthologies are Omnific Publishing‘s way of sharing the love and giving back. Two volumes, thirteen stories, and a whole lot of romance will give readers lots to do this summer – and all proceeds will be donated to the Save the Ta-tas Foundation.

Do you like stories with walks on the beach, flowers, and sweet romance? Then the Summer Lovin’ Anthology: Summer Breeze is for you. Would you rather read about hot, sexy love that pushes the envelope? The Summer Lovin’ Anthology:Heat Wave will definitely light your fire. Or, try both, and get a sampling from a dozen authors.

My story, Concessions, will be featured in the Heat Wave edition:

Lindsey Colton leads a lonely life running the concession stand at a Las Vegas movie theater. When a dark, mysterious man ducks in one afternoon, Lindsey is introduced to a new world: one of vampires, princes, and fiery sex. Her seductive lover, Devon, has grand plans to steal her away, but only if she is willing to give up her humanity and he is willing to give up his future as king. Lindsey is more than eager to start anew with her immortal love…but the concessions Devon has to make could cost Lindsey her life.

No matter which you read, both of the Summer Lovin’ Anthologies pack a punch – as far as cancer is concerned. Save the Ta-tas funds research to fight the deadly disease. By purchasing one or both of the Anthologies, you’re joining that fight.

The anthologies will only be available for a very limited time, so set a reminder for July 5th to order yours, and kick cancer where it hurts!

Meet an Author Monday is Moving

Lisa Sanchez, the genius behind Meet an Author Monday, is celebrating her writing success and relocating the blog hop to her author website, http://www.lisasanchezromanceauthor.com. To celebrate, she’s hosting a month of guest bloggers as part of her Sizzlin’ Summer Author Extravaganza. I’ll be visiting her blog on July 8th to talk about the wonderful lady I’m dedicating my contribution to the Summer Lovin’ Anthology to.

Check out what other authors are chatting about today. Whether you’re a reader or a writer, there’s a lot of great stories out there!

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An Amazing Night

To say our release party was a success is a HUGE understatement!

Over 70 people came to the Sonoma Chicken Coop in Campbell, CA to celebrate the release of my book, Whirlwind, and Killian McRae’s novel, 12.21.12 on Thursday.  We were shocked, amazed, and supremely humbled at the turnout!

Friends, family, teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and online friends started arriving at 6 until the room we’d reserved was filled beyond capacity.  The room was buzzing with happy conversation and soft music, played by my daughter, Megan.


The biggest surprise was the cake that Killian brought. She and her daughters made the cake from the cover of Whirlwind!  And it tasted SO GOOD!

Cake made by Killian McRae

By the time Killian and I started our presentation, it was standing room only. We spoke about our books, our upcoming projects (yes, the sequel to Whirlwind is in the works), and the publishing process. Knowing so many had come to support us chased away the nervous jitters, and I managed to read a short excerpt from Whirlwind without stumbling over my words too many times.

Photo by Lisa Langdale

Killian also read from 12.12.12 before we sat down to sign books.  Thank you to everyone for being so patient!  By the end of the night, all the books we’d brought were gone. Don’t worry, we have more on order to deliver to those who didn’t get one or couldn’t make it.

Thank you so much to everyone who came.  Be sure and check out RobinDeJarnettFans for even more photos, and if you have some, I’d love to see them!

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of dear friends Raquel Cochran and Julie Bounds, and my family, especially daughter and musician Megan and the love of my life, my husband Steve.

I am blessed to call Killian McRae as friend.  She’s an amazing writer, full of humor, generosity, and compassion.  Please check out her book, 12.21.12, and her website, killianmcrae.com.

WOW!!!

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Giveaways Galore!

A pile of inflatable balloons.

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I can’t believe it’s only three days until the Whirlwind/12.21.12 Release Party! The food is ordered, the invitations given out, and the festivities planned. I’m excited, happy, and a little nervous. What if no one shows up?  What if EVERYONE shows up?  AAAAAAAHHHH!

Nervousness aside, I really wish everyone could come.  So many devoted fans live all around the globe – I want to find a way to include everyone in the celebration.  I’ll definitely be tweeting when I can during the day on Thursday, and hopefully be able to post a couple photos from the party.  The online snacks will have to be virtual , but I’ll be posting a great fondue recipe and buttercream frosting recipe, if you’d like to indulge at home.

I also have an electronic copy of Whirlwind to give away. Join me on Twitter on Thursday, January 27th, and watch for the #Whirlwind122112Party hashtag. Join in the fun by posting your favorite quotes from Whirlwind, favorite dessert recipe, or just by saying hi, but be sure to add #Whirlwind122112Party to your tweet. I’ll be drawing one random name from tweeters  on the 27th (midnight to midnight Pacific time) to win a free ecopy of Whirlwind.

Tweet #Whirlwind122112Party For The Win!

Lookin’ for Love Giveaway

But wait, there’s MORE!  How would you like to win Omnific Publishing’s entire electronic inventory (including Whirlwind, of course)?  Look for the conversation hearts on participating authors’ pages and enter what you find on them here between February 1 and Valentine’s Day (2/14). There’s a bunch of prizes up for grabs, including the entire Omnific library!

My heart will be going up sometime between now and January 31st somewhere on my website, but you’ll have to search for it!  Good luck!

Valentine’s Day Books with LOVE Hop

Yes, one more chance to win! As announced last week, on February 14-16 Once Upon A Twilight and Good Choice Reading are hosting a blog hop celebrating–surprise–books all about LOVE.  I’m teaming up with Yara at Once Upon A Twilight to giveaway a signed paperback edition of Whirlwind to one lucky winner.  I’ll also be guest blogging about love, but you’ll hear more about that soon.

There’s a ton of book bloggers participating in the hop (59 as of this posting), and a load of loot to win.  Be sure and check it out on Valentine’s Day.

**Note – if you are a book blogger, you still have a little time to sign up for the blog hop.  Click on the image on the right for more info.

Meet an Author Monday Blog hop

Be sure and tune in next week to find out where we, the authors on the Meet an Author Hop, do this thing we call writing.  If you have a copy of Green Eggs and Ham, you might want to pull it out.  Do I write on a train?  In the rain?  In a box? With a fox? What’s your guess?
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Authors! Have a book out? Are you under contract for publication? Come join the hop.

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