Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Fun Facts: It's Time for a Cover Reveal!

Title: Summer on Main Street: Six Sizzling Small Town Romances
Author: Crista McHugh, Liz Kelly, MJ Frederick, Allie Boniface, Rebecca J. Clark, and Cerian Hebert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2015

TELL ME TRUE, a new novella from NYT Bestselling Author Crista McHugh

Welcome to Jackson Grove, Alabama, where some pre-wedding shenanigans provide the perfect opportunity to unite two victims of unrequited love, Hunter and Chelsea. Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps… or perhaps in this case, a skunk.

LEAD-OFF BRIDE, a new novel from USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca J. Clark (and Book 1 of the new series, Take Me Out to the Wedding)

Demoted to the minor leagues in Twin Rivers, Washington, to rehab a career-threatening injury, Jack McCauley doesn’t have time to focus on anything other than baseball because that’s all he knows, and all he is. So running into an old flame and learning he has a daughter he never knew about has Jack crying foul.

THE PROMISE OF PARADISE by USA Today Bestselling Author Allie Boniface. 

Take one rich girl from Boston who’s fleeing a family scandal, send her straight into the arms of a sexy local mechanic, and watch what happens when the two end up sharing a rental home for one hot summer. Bonus New Companion Novella exclusive to this set: AFTER PARADISE continues this story after its original ending. Find out what happens next to your favorite secondary characters!

GOOD COP by USA Today Bestselling Author Liz Kelly. 

When two best friends enlist a pony-tailed firecracker to help shake up their good cop/bad cop images, fireworks ignite. One steamy romance, plus a very funny bromance, equals lots of laughs and a helluva love triangle.

THE LOVE I WANT TO BE IN, a new novel in a new series from MJ Fredrick. 

Single mother Brioney Mayburn has learned about responsibility the hard way, working as a maid in the motel in the small beach town of Avalon Island, Texas and looking after her younger brother. Local jack-of-all-trades Blue Maddox has loved Brioney forever, but she won’t look past his surfer-boy persona to see the love he has to offer.

LIGHT THE WAY HOME by Cerian Hebert. 

Torn between the home she loves and the man she’s falling in love with, Hayden must decide which one she will leave behind. 

Hayden Merrick has one thing in mind when she arrives in South Dakota. To meet her grandmother for the first time, then return to the life she loves on the Maine coast. She doesn't expect to discover the truth behind her mother's departure from South Dakota, find the father who abandoned her or a man who could prove to be the love of her life. 

As soon as Ben Winslow meets Hayden, he believes she could be the woman he's always hoped for. First he has to convince her she could love the prairie as much as the ocean.

Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. 

She currently lives in the Tesla-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends. 

To be the first to know about her latest releases or to be entered into exclusive contests, please sign up for her newsletter using the contact form on her webpage,

Rebecca J. Clark is a USA Today best-selling author of steamy and sweet contemporary romances. She is the author of the Red Stilettos and upcoming Take Me Out to the Wedding series. When she’s not writing, you can find her at her local gym where she works as a personal trainer & teaches cardio classes, Fitball, yoga & Pilates. All this exercise allows her to eat her favorite comfort food—Cheetos—guilt free. Visit her online at her website, Facebook, Twitter, or sign up for her newsletter to receive book release updates, healthy recipes, fitness tips and read her serialized soap opera for subscribers only.

Liz Kelly is the USA Today best-selling author of the Heroes of Henderson series. Growing up every summer in a place where dancing and romancing are literally part of its theme song, she can't help but be a romantic at heart. A graduate of Wake Forest University, where she met her handsome golf-addicted husband, (who is now sporting dark glasses everywhere he goes) Liz is a mother of two sons (also sporting dark glasses) and a miniature Labradoodle named Isabelle. They split their time between The Windy City of Chicago and the Fountain of Youth, a.k.a. Naples, FL where dancing and romancing continues on ad infinitum. Visit her website for an overview of her books, book club menu plans, and lots of delicious cocktail suggestions.

MJ Fredrick knows about chasing dreams. Twelve years after she completed her first novel, she signed her first publishing contract. Now she divides her days between teaching elementary music, and diving into her own writing.

She's a four-time Golden Heart Award finalist and a two-time Epic Award winner. She is the author of the Minnesota-set Welcome to Bluestone series and the Texas-set Lost in a Boom Town series, and loves to write about the interplay between people in a small town. You can find her online at her website, Facebook, Twitter or sign up for her newsletter for new release/sneak peeks!

Allie is a high school English teacher by day and a USA Today best-selling contemporary romance author by night. She is the author of the Hometown Heroes and Cocktail Cruise series and loves the magic and complexity of small-town stories. Visit her online at her website, Facebook page, Twitter account, or sign up for her newsletter to receive occasional updates and sneak peeks at her latest books!

Cerian Hebert, a multi-published author of small town romances like Sweet and Wild, Finally Home, and No Going Back, knew she wanted to write since she was twelve. From mucking stalls for top riding stables in New York to booking cruises in Maine, she’s kept on filing notebooks in pursuit of her dreams of being an author. Whether the stories are set in New England, South Dakota or Texas, Cerian keeps the romances in small towns with realistic characters all in search of romance. Currently she lives in southwestern New Hampshire with her husband, children, dog, cat, and three geckos. Visit her at her webpage or Facebook page to get sneak peeks into upcoming projects.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Writers' Wednesday: Check Out Running in Stilettos!

Alright gang, better late than never today...

In honor of Writers' Wednesday, here's a shout-out to one of my new favorite authors and Passionate Kisses sisters, Rebecca J. Clark. She has a brand new release this month!

A sexy new romantic comedy by USA Bestselling author Rebecca J. Clark. 

Book 2 in the Red Stilettos series--this is a stand-alone book (no cliffhangers in this series), but it might be more fun to read Book 1 first because those characters show up in this story, too.

A life she never knew she wanted...

Jet setter Ava Thompson is forced to spend the summer stuck in suburban hell to take care of her sister's house and dog, but cooks up some fun seducing the sexy single dad next door, never expecting to discover a life she never knew she wanted.

Rebecca writes funny, heartfelt stories that have great character development and wonderful, real-life situations. (I loved her book Shameless too, by the way -- another read that's highly recommended.) Grab either one of these books and enjoy :)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Fun Facts: Seeking Poetry Lovers!

TGIF! I'm happy to say that Entwined, my poetry collection that will be a companion book to Labyrinth of Love, will be releasing early next month. I'm looking for some reviewers right now, so if poetry is your thing, and you'd like a sneak peek at the collection before April, send me an email at and let me know! I have electronic files available in both mobi (Kindle) and pdf.

Entwined features 15 original poems (if you're a newsletter subscriber, you've already been treated to a few) PLUS the opening chapters of Vivian and Will's love story -- one of two love stories that make up Labyrinth of Love. If you'd like a free copy, in exchange for leaving an honest review on release day, shoot me an email :) It'll be a quick read, I promise.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Writers' Wednesday: Try the #CarinaPitch!

Hey writers, today's heads-up is for you: TOMORROW, MARCH 19, Carina Press, the digital-first publisher of Harlequin, is holding a special open pitch session over on Twitter. Pitch your story in 140 characters (actually, 128 without the necessary #CarinaPitch hashtag). Carina editors will be reading and requesting full manuscripts all day long!

Click here for all the details. 

And good luck!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Mentionables: The Relief of Hearing Your Work Doesn't Suck

Happy Monday! Okay, maybe that post title is a little crude, but I'm always happy (and more than a little relieved) when my beta readers or editors return my stories and say "OMG this was my favorite yet!" Or maybe they don't rave that much, but they don't tell me it sucked. Or that it's full of plot holes. Or that they didn't like the hero, or the heroine, or the best friend, or...

I still feel that twinge of apprehension whenever I send my writing to others to read, whether they are friends I've known for years or beta readers I've just come in contact with or editors I've recently hired. It's scary, putting your baby out there. As much as we writers think we're crafting the next Novel  of the Year, we can't write in a bubble. We have to ask others to give us another perspective, and then we (I) hope they like and understand it as much as we do. (Of course, it's helpful when they don't too, because then we can fix the problems and make the story better.)

I got 2 different manuscripts back this past weekend, one from an editor and another from a beta reader, and while they gave me some good food for though as far as revisions, it also looks as though I'm heading in the right direction with the general story lines.....which means I should have more new books to share with you soon!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Fun Facts: Cover Reveal for Summer on Main Street Coming Soon!

Hey, all, the Summer on Main Street Boxed Set is set to release in June....but first, a cover reveal! On March 27, 2015, we'll be revealing our super-colorful, summer fun-loving cover to the Web world, and we'd love any bloggers (or others who want to share on their social media sites) to join us!

Enticing Journey is hosting our cover reveal, so go ahead and sign up right here if you're interested:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Writers' Wednesday: One More Cover to Share! (and P.S. Street Team Forming Soon...)

One more cover to share today, for Inferno of Love!

And in other news, I've been thinking about putting together a street team for some of my favorite and devoted readers. What's a street team? It's one more promotional strategy some writers use. Basically, it's a group of readers that supports a writer by reading, posting reviews, and generally talking up that writer by spreading the news about releases and updates. What do the readers get out of it? Well, in addition to getting to read books before the general public, some writers give their street team members prizes, promo items, chances to win gift cards, etc. Plus you as a street team member get to feel like you're "in the know," chummy with the writer and getting to offer your opinion about stories, promo efforts, covers, and more.

I've had the awesome opportunity to get to know many readers over the last few years, and some of them (you) are so loyal and so fun to chat with that I'd love to form a special group just for them (you). Stay tuned for details on joining!