October – Costumes, Parties and New Releases!

For those of you who have read my blog before, you are well aware of my love for October and Halloween. This past week, I had not one, but two Halloween parties. Each had their own themes (yes, I am one of those people). My work luncheon party was a boo-tiful celebration of everything ghostly, from the prizes, to the sugar cookies, I channeled my inner Casper and shared it with my co-workers.

For my neighborhood party, it was a bloody good time, where bats and vampires were the theme. One of my favorite items of the night? A vampy cake! Check out how cute it is!

So what’s next for October, you ask? Well, Thursday I will be donning my costume for work. It’s a secret. No worries, I’ll share it with you next week once the big reveal has happened.

And to end out the month let’s talk books! I still have TO HAVE AND TO HOWL on sale for 99 cents. Grab by Halloween before the prices goes back up in November!

And…Much like my parties I have not just one, but two new releases in the wedding planner series that are available as well. Check them all out HERE

FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER Release Day! Celebrate with Me!

It’s release day! It’s release day! It’s release day! You’d think I would get tired of these, right? Nope. The whole reason I write is to get the stories that crowd my brain out into the world to share with you. There is something so special about bringing these characters to life.

FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER is the fifth book in my Wedding Planner Series. And in this story we spend time with resident geek and witch, Giz. But he has some secrets he’s hiding from his friends and that usually comes back to bite you, right?

And then there is Maeve. Such an interesting character. All my characters grow as part of their story, but she is special. If you read about her in FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF I think you’ll be happy to see her get her happy ever after!

As usual I donned my kickbutt writer princess tiara to celebrate. This time I am sharing not one, but TWO pics with you. I thought it was appropriate since the cover has kitties on it. Check out my girl cat. She is looking quite regal…

     

Time for an Excerpt – For Witch or For Poorer

Hello, my friends. In two short weeks FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER, book 5 in my paranormal wedding planner series will release.

I’m excited about this book, because it centers around Giz, our tech wizard on the team who has some secrets of his own that he’s been keeping. I’m excited to share his story and happy-ever-after with you.

So to prepare for the upcoming release, I’m sharing an excerpt with you today. Are you ready?

FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER October 14th! Preorder: 

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EXCERPT

Giz watched his teammates in amusement.  If anyone saw them now, they would question how the five of them worked for the Tribunal, keeping peace between the various supernatural factions as well as hiding their existence from humans.

They were an interesting bunch. Devin was an elf and their team leader. He had recruited Connor and Jack for the team. They were twin werewolves who had run the Elf Forest as children with wild abandon along with Devin. Devin had also recruited Charlie, a sea nymph and former SEAL for the team. Charlie then dragged Giz on the team after they served together in the Navy. Of course, Charlie was the kick-butt-and-take-names guy, and Giz the backroom tech guy on the SEAL team and, come to think of it, on this team, as well.

Today, Devin had brought the team together for a very important project. One they were failing quite spectacularly at.

“Connor, you’re putting it on backward!” Devin growled.

“No, I’m not. It has to slide up and down in the front.”

“Exactly. Try and slide it.”

Connor pulled on the wood slats and they wouldn’t budge. “Shit.”

“Where did the instructions go?” Jack asked.

“I can’t find them,” Devin said.

Charlie leaned his tall frame down into the large cardboard box, throwing Styrofoam out of the way. “Oh, for Fates sake. There has to be a set of instructions in here somewhere.”

Giz shook his head. How many supernatural did it take to put together a baby crib? Devin and his wife Alex were expecting their first child in a few short weeks. A baby the team and their mates were all anxious to meet. The fact he or she would be the first elf-faerie-human baby, just added more tension for the already nervous father. Not something Giz would be telling Devin anytime soon.

Charlie stood up with a booklet clutched in his hand. “Found it!”

Devin held up his hands as if giving a speech. “Guys, we can’t screw this up. When we bought the crib, Alex asked me if we needed to pay the extra money for assembly.”

“The correct answer should have been yes,” Charlie responded, his lips quirking up into a grin.

“Yeah,” Jack said. “And what’s this ‘we can’t screw this up’ business. It’s not our fault you insisted you could put this together.”

“Do you honestly think Alex is going to let me live this down? And by extension, do you think-” Devin looked at Charlie, “your wife, Sheila.” He turned to Jack, “or your wife, Julia,” and then Devin glared at Connor, “or your mate, Olivia, is going to cut you any slack?”

For once, Giz was relieved he didn’t have a mate. He chuckled and regretted it instantly when four sets of eyes narrowed on him.

“What are you laughing at?” Devin asked.

“Yeah,” Connor and Jack said at the same time.

Charlie waved the instructions at him. “Why don’t you use your magic and put this together, oh wise and powerful warlock?”

Giz’s humor seeped away at the words. He would not be using his magic to put together the crib. Time to deflect. “Do you think Alex would let you live down me using my magic? That’s cheating. Give me the instructions and I’ll tell you doofuses how to put it together the right way.”

They groaned, and he held out his hand until Charlie passed him the booklet. “Quit whining. We have to put the changing table together after this. I would like to finish before midnight.”

They grudgingly got to work after Giz scanned the instructions and had them sort the pieces into piles. Giz was good at schematics and code and all things tech-oriented. The crib started to take shape under his direction. There would be no magical intervention. And he wouldn’t be sharing why.

He barely used his magic now. He relied on it only when absolutely necessary for their job, and more so to detect magic and put a stop to it. He was closer to the four men in this room than anyone else, but he couldn’t bring himself to tell them the truth. Even though they all had their own set of innate powers, magic could be more of a problem than an easy solution.

He could attest to that.

Connor’s phone rang and he checked the screen. “It’s Sully.”

Giz reached for the legs Connor had been holding so Charlie could continue attaching the frame to them.

“What’s up?” Connor said. He listened for a moment and frowned.

Giz hoped nothing had happened with the pack. There had been enough upheaval recently, they didn’t need more drama.

“Yeah, Jack and I will come see you this afternoon,” Connor glanced at Giz. “He’s with me right now. Hold on, I’ll ask. Are you free this afternoon?”

Giz nodded.

“We’ll see you at three.”

“What did Sullivan want?” Jack asked.

“The new head of pack security is putting in some updated security measures. He would like Giz to review them with him.”

“Is there a new threat he’s worried about?” Devin asked.

Connor put his phone back in his pocket. “Nothing specific he said over the phone, but if there is, Jack and I can get it out of him this afternoon.”

Giz didn’t like the nervous ripples running down his spine. His grandmother used to call it his witch sense. He didn’t ignore it since it usually meant something important was going to happen – good or bad – he didn’t know, but what he did know was it couldn’t be ignored.

 

So what do you think? Is Giz going to end up in trouble???

Release Week in Review

It’s hard to believe FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF released a week ago. I’ve loved sharing the teasers with you and hearing from readers who are enjoying Connor and Olivia’s story.

Connor is a twin and when I wrote his brother Jack’s story, Connor played front and center in that story and his character spoke to me. When I wrote ‘the end’ to Jack’s story. I knew without a doubt that Connor would be next.

But who would I pair him up with? His polar opposite, of course. And it came to me like a thunderbolt when I was writing a poignant scene with Dr. Jennings, the psychiatrist who had been a secondary character up to this point. She seemed so put together. What if I delved into her life more? Why did she become a psychiatrist? And how in the world would she work with perpetual playboy Connor?

You’ll have to read the book to find out 🙂

I’ll share one more teaser with you to celebrate.

Next week, we’re going to talk about the book 5, which will be out on October 14th! Yay!!!!

For Better or For Wolf Release Day! (Added bonus – Tiara Pic)

It’s finally release day, my friends! FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, book 4 in my paranormal wedding planner series is out in the world. I am so excited to share Connor and Olivia’s story with you. I knew when I wrote TO HAVE AND TO HOWL which was Jack’s story, that people would get to know his twin, Connor, as well.

And boy did you!

So it was only fair that Connor got his own book and his own Happy Ever After, right? Of course, I’m not making it easy for him to get there. I mean, what would be the fun in that?

Release day would not be release day if I didn’t take my ‘kickbutt writer princess’ picture! So as you can see, I have my ‘priceless’ tiara sitting firmly atop my head! I am also going to continue with this fantasy and say that I am sitting on my throne and not the rocking chair on my front porch…

I hope you enjoy the story. Please note that you can read FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF as a standalone, but it’s also fun to read from the beginning – your choice 🙂

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Olivia is a psychiatrist who follows the rules. Connor is a werewolf who breaks them. Polar opposites except for one thing. Neither are looking for a relationship. But Fate decides to intervene in a spectacular way. And there is no fighting fate…

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Book Trailer Time! For Better or For Wolf

Today in celebration of my upcoming release on September 16th, I thought I would share the book trailer with you. Yay!

Now on with the show!

If you don’t see the video, click HERE

Releases September 16th! Preorder:   AMAZON   iBOOKS    B&N    KOBO

And before I sign off, I want to wish a happy Labor Day to those of you in the US and Canada. I also wanted to send out thoughts and prayers to anyone who is currently, or will be shortly impacted by the hurricane.

Twisty-Turny Cover Journey

Last week, I revealed the cover of FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER, book 5 in my wedding planner series. And I thought it would be fun to share with you the twisty-turny journey I went on to get it to you.

Actually, it wasn’t just me on the journey. Melissa Stevens my cover artist from the Illustrated Author, came along for the ride. But let’s back up to the beginning. What you might not realize is that Melissa and I worked on all six covers for the series back in 2017. The first three books in the series had been written and when we finished those covers, I was so jazzed at the amazing job Melissa did that I asked her if she wanted to work on the final three covers.

She agreed, and we moved forward with them. The fourth book, FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, that is releasing on September 16th, came next. I already knew who the hero and heroine were and where I thought that story was going to go, so we moved forward and created the fun cover with the shadow of the wolf on the couch. Hee, hee – I still get a kick out of that!

I also knew who my hero and heroine were for book six, so we created that cover as well. Five down, one to go, right? Well…the WITCH cover was a harder nut to crack. I knew who the hero was but was not too sure of the heroine or where I was going to go with that book. So we worked on that cover and worked on that cover and (you guessed it) worked on that cover until we finished it.

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Or so we thought.

Flash forward to 2019. I finished writing the WITCH book and knew that the cover just wasn’t right. The heroine was wrong (which is a little funny since she is a cartoon after all). But we found a new heroine for the cover. And even though the fish bones in the background were cute and a salute to the cats, they just weren’t right either. So we toyed with the whole idea of a bubbling cauldron and bubbles were added in the background. And in a flash of creative brilliance, Melissa added them to the top of the cauldron and voila!

A cover that worked for the story!

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So why spend so much time on a cover? Simple. The cover draws the reader in. It is one of the biggest selling points to a book in this digital age. And with my books, whether it comes to the story or the cover, I follow my instincts. And they told me the cover wasn’t done yet. So I listened and instead of telling me I was crazy, Melissa came along on the ride with me and made the cover what it needed to be!

 

Another Cover Reveal!

Forgive me for posting my weekly blog a day late, my friends. But I think it was worth the wait and I hope you do too!

A few weeks ago, I shared my cover of FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, the fourth book in my wedding planner series that is releasing on September 16th. Today I am actually going to share the next cover in the series! FOR WITCH OR FOR POOR is releasing on October 14th and is now available for preorder as well.

Check out the cover and blurb below…

Releases October 14th! Preorder:   AMAZON   iBOOKS    B&N    KOBO

For Witch or For Poorer – Book 5 in the Paranormal Wedding Planner Series!

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When magic isn’t so magical.

A lonely wolf. Maeve Callahan has never had a true family to call her own. Recently adopted into the    West Coast pack, she will do anything to stop her past from destroying her newly found brothers. Unfortunately, the evil wolf who raised her and a vengeful coven have other plans. When a warlock is called in to help, Maeve’s instant attraction to him couldn’t be worse timing.

A power-shy warlock. Giz Kelly does not cast spells. Period. His father taught him the hard way that magic can destroy the people you love. But when the supernatural team he works for gets called in to help the pack, he finds himself breaking his vow in order to protect Maeve.

When the coven attacks and lives are at stake, can Maeve and Giz embrace their powers to save the pack and each other? And in doing so realize that love can be the greatest magic of all?

So what do you think???? I love the kitties myself 🙂