Books Up For Pre-Order!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00075]Smart and sassy . . .

Sheri Thompson knew better.  She could spot a horn dog from a mile away, especially when she’d been warned about him countless times by her best friend.  Still, when Danny started smooth talking Sheri at that same friend’s wedding, she couldn’t resist.  It was the best one-night stand of her life.  Heck, the best night of her life.   And then she woke up alone.

Divorced and determined to stay that way . . .

Detective Danny Henderson didn’t like fear, but he’d felt a lot of it that morning he’d woken up feeling all warm and cozy next to the one woman that might just make an honest man of him.  Six months later, fear has punched him in the gut again, but worse this time.  He’s investigating a murder plot…a planned hit.  The target: Sheri Thompson.  This time his fear won’t get the best of him.   He’ll kick ass to keep her safe and make sure he gets a second chance at countless more nights with the woman of his dreams.

Boy October is going a busy month for me! Divorced, Desperate and Daring comes out on October 27th, and you can pre-order it today only at IBooks. Also, on October 27th, the final book in my CC Hunter Shadow Falls: After Dark series, Unspoken comes out. You can pre-order that too, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Don’t miss out on Danny and Sheri’s bumpy romance and Della Tsang’s chance to clear her father’s name –and find the one guy who can win her heart.

Cover Reveal!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00075]Ever been through the big D?  And as that Country Western song so elegantly puts it, “I don’t mean Dallas.”   I’m talking about Divorce.

That painful, chew you up and spit you out point that happens after the person you thought would be there for you forever morphs into a spawn of Satan.  Most of us can say we’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt, and burned it along with a few of his pictures.

Most of us have sworn, “Never again!”  Never to let another get anywhere near our hearts.

But harder than learning to trust the opposite sex is learning to trust ourselves again.  Yup, it hits most us.  Bam!  Hindsight.

Just like that, we remember seeing all the signs. And I’m talking flashing neon signs along the road in the relationship that we completely ignored.  Signs like “Detour” or “Road Closed”  or “Bumpy Roads Ahead”  or even worse,  “Dead End.”

Yep, warning signs that should have told us to walk, or rather to shove it into high gear and get the hell out of Dodge.  But nope, we were blindsided by sweet promises, and soft touches.  And that’s where trust comes in, or rather the lack of trust.  If we foolishly allowed love to make idiots out of us once, how do we know it won’t happen again?

It’s not easy to trust or to believe in love after your heart has been used as target practice.  I’ve learned that personally.  Yup, I’ve got a few ex-husband stories I could share.  And that’s what motivated my Divorced & Desperate series.

First there was Lacy and Chase, Sue and Jason, then Luke and Kathy.  But then came my three divorced cops who started their own club.  The No Ball and Chain Gang.  Turner found Reese in D,D & Dangerous.  Cary found Chloe in D,D & Dead.  Now Danny get his turn in D, D &Daring.

Divorced, Desperate & Daring will release in late October, but should be up for preorder soon.

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Inside Unspoken

It won’t be long until Unspoken comes out on October 27th. I’m getting super excited! I can finally share the cover blurb with you, too.

I love reading about Della’s journey of self-discovery in this amazing, heart-pounding romance.” –Bookish Antics

Unspoken_revised (1)Unspoken truths will be revealed—and they will change everything–in this dazzling final chapter of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy! 

Della Tsang is facing the toughest fight of her life—and the most personal.  In her new role as an elite paranormal investigator, she’s assigned a twenty year old murder case…and the accused killer is none other than her own father. 

Making matters worse, since she was reborn, she’s been bound to the mysterious and infuriatingly gorgeous Chase Tallman—a vampire with his own hidden agenda.  Della still feels betrayed by all the secrets he’s kept from her, but she’ll need his help to find out the truth about her father.  But what about Steve, the hunky shape-shifter who she can’t seem to forget? 

The quest for answers will lead them into the darkest, ugliest supernatural gangs in town… and into the scariest reaches of their hearts.

You can pre-order Unspoken now at Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

Join Me!!

AuthorRUBe sure to stop on by the Fort Worth Library this Saturday, August 15th, for stories and a book signing. I’m heading to the Worth Reading Program at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 for their Author Round Up. Come meet me and other local authors, and ask us your questions from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Books will be available for sale. For more information call the library at 817-392-6012 or go the Fort Worth Library.


Two Tips on Meeting your Goals

0020-2Years ago, I heard a parable that really resonated with me.  Normally, I like parables that compare me to a princess, but I wasn’t so lucky with this one.  There were two frogs who both fell into deep pails of milk.  With slick edges, the frogs could not climb out, with nothing beneath their legs, their only option was to swim or drown.  After days of swimming, one frog simply grew tired and felt hopeless, and he stopped swimming, sank to bottom of his pail and drowned.  The other, though tired, and at times questioning his logic, just kept swimming.  Amazingly his persistence had churned up a nice pad of butter on which he was able to stand on and jump free.  In the publishing business, at times it feels as if all we do is tread water, but if we keep treading, if we keep moving, and if it keep going, keep writing, the opportunities can and do arrive.  But it’s not just the publishing business; it’s any goal you are striving to reach.

I found this in my Simple Abundance book:

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more commonplace than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent.

—Calvin Coolidge

I’m here to tell you, that I have met so many writers whose talent far outshined my own.  I’m not a genius. I work hard (daily) to teach myself the same principles I’m writing about.  My walls do not have framed degrees on them. Yet, what I have accomplished is mainly contributed to my perseverance.  And if I can do this, why can’t you?

So, my number one tip is very simple:

Tip one: Don’t give up—become the frog that kept on swimming.

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For those of us that are mothers, we know from the time our little ones are old enough to start having friends, we are very careful of who we allow our children to play with.  Let’s face it, if little three-year-old Susie says bad words, you can bet your boots that your own little darling will pick it up.  Even as our children grow into teenagers, we remain cautious who they “hang with.”    And as teens you should be careful as well.  If your friend Tommy likes to party too hardy, you may  follow suit.  Yes, as parents we know all about peer pressure,  yet so often, we forget that this rule applies to adults as well.

If your friends are whiners, if they are the type who give up too easily, if they are the kind of people who never set goals, who see only the negative, their habits are contagious.  On the flipside, if you surround yourself with positive people, people who set goals and make them, who live to inspire and help others, people who know what they want, and are go-getters, those habits are also contagious.

So my second tip for you to take with you is the same advice your parents gave you as a teen, and you probably gave your own children:

Tip two: Be careful who your friends are.  Check and recheck your circle of influence and if you don’t have a positive circle of influence, find one.