Oh, The Friends We Love!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know what I’d do without my friends. I have been truly blessed. They have been there for me through all kinds of weird s**t. Bad day.  Bad month.  Bad flu.  Bad boyfriends.  Bad husband.  (Yup, I had one of those before I met my hubby today.)

So, I guess it’s no surprise that friendship is always a strong theme in all my books. I can’t help but think of my heroines in the Divorced & Desperate series.  Women sharing, coping and moving past the pain of going through nasty divorces.  Then there’s the Tall, Hot & Texas series.  In The Junkyard Cowboy, you see these gals fighting love and losing so fabulously.

Then there’s my young adult Shadow Falls series.  What would Kylie, Della and Miranda do if they didn’t have each other? How many times did they save each other’s butts? And who can forget their Diet Cokes around the table as they talked out their problems and helped each other with solutions?

In The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave, Riley finds a best friend, too. Kelsey is a bit prickly at first.  Oh, but soon she standing up for Riley.  Which leads Riley to stand up for her. It’s a shame that a fight erupts and Riley ends up with a pretty black, blue and purple shiner.  Then there’s her other friend, Hayden.  The only problem is that he’s dead. But she finds herself relying on him more and more as time goes by, even though she knows she’ll have to let him go.

this heart of mineOn February 27th, This Heart of Mine comes out, and like the rest of my books, friendship plays a pivotal role. Leah MacKenzie’s best friend is Brandy. And Brandy is the friend who has stuck by her through her through thick and thin and even her heart problems. She’s the one friend that makes Leah feel like a normal teen. They share their problems and their dreams, even though Leah doesn’t expect to realize any of her dreams.

Last week, I gave you sneak peek of Riley and Kelsey’s world. So, are you ready to meet Leah and Brandy? Ready to be drawn into Leah’s world? I have great news for you! Follow the link HERE, download the PDF and you can read the first chapter of This Heart of Mine.

Here’s to reading.  Here’s to best friends.

GIVEAWAY!

IMG_1851I’m pleased to announce that I have sold the audio rights to all of my books. So look for them soon on Amazon. In celebration, I’m giving away one audio copy of Divorced, Desperate and Delicious to someone who leaves a comment and tells me about one of their friends.

WINNERS OF MY REVIEW CONTEST!!!

First a big thank you to everyone who posted reviews of The Junkyard Cowboy. I really appreciate it. Here are the winners:

17898Sarah Smith won 1st place: A matching Vera Bradley tote, notebook and a mug.  Inside the bag will be Christie Craig and C.C. Hunter SWAG and a signed ARC of my C.C. Hunter book This Heart of Mine.

Becky Humphreys won 2nd place: A  C.C. Hunter tote filled with SWAG and a signed ARC of This Heart of Mine.

Abby Rudica won 3rd place: A C.C. Hunter tote and signed copy of Shadow Falls: The Beginning, which contains the first two books in my Shadow Falls series: Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn.

Congratulations!

Read an Excerpt!

Are you ready to meet Riley Smith?

If you loved Kylie’s compassionate side, Della’s spirit, and Miranda’s zaniness, you are going to love Riley.  She’s spunky.  She’s spirited.  She’s full of sass.  And she sees dead people.

It won’t be long until The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave is released on Oct. 31st. Yes, that’s Halloween, and that seems appropriate since Riley Smith sees ghosts. She even tries to help them resolve their problems and finally cross over. But not all ghosts are easy to help, and some aren’t easy to let go of.

And . . . for you guys who can’t live without a print copy, The Mortician’s Daughter will also be out in print.  More details about that soon!

Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him.

Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.

But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?

If you’d like to read an excerpt from The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave, just click HERE. 

Did you know One Foot in the Grave is only the first of three books in the series? Oh yeah, Riley Smith is going to be hanging out with me for a while. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy her company as much as I do. And for those of you who want the print version, you can now pre-order that too at Amazon.

 

Houston & Hearts

pet-rescue-hurricane-harvey-gty-mem-170828_4x3_992So many lives have been upended in Houston by Hurricane Harvey.  My heart breaks when I see the news. My family and I are all fine, and for that, I am so grateful.  For any of my fans in Houston, my heart and thoughts go out to you. The spirit of Texas is alive and well in all the volunteers that have come together to help others.  In so many ways it is this spirit that inspired the life force of Shadow Falls and the characters in my many novels.  Thank you for being fans and here’s to the power of human kindness. If you’re looking for a way to help, donate HERE to the Red Cross.

I’ve talked before about my husband’s kidney transplant. At one time, he was lined up to get both a kidney and a heart.  We had to take classes and we learned about all kinds of transplants.  Hubby ended up getting the kidney and his heart improved.  We are grateful for every extra day that has given us. Here are some of the things I learned.  Did you know that about 3,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for a heart transplant on any given day? And only about 2,000 donor hearts are available each year. Wait times vary from days to several months and will depend on a recipient’s blood type and condition.

An organ transplant can save a person’s life. I think it’s safe to say this young man appreciates his heart transplant. Just watching this video brought tears to my eyes. I hope he has a long, healthy life. I hope he keeps dancing.

Like this teenager, Leah needs a heart transplant in This Heart of Mine. So, when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life—and love. This Heart of Mine is available for preorder now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, Indie Bound and Powells.

Do you know anyone that’s has had an organ transplant?