Jade’s Peace Sale

Jades PeaceFor the entire month of July, Jade’s Peace is on sale at Smashwords. use the coupon code SSW75 to get 75%off the regular price.

Jade’s Peace is the first full length book in the WMC series.

Blurb:

Steve left his hometown to avoid doing something he knew he would regret. Now, ten years later, the girl he left to avoid has come looking for him, but she’s not a child anymore. Jade has spent the last six years haunted by memories and nightmares. At a turning point in her life, she’s tired of waiting for something to change. She tracks down the only person she’s ever been drawn to, a man she hasn’t seen in more than ten years. But can she convince him that their differences don’t matter, that together they can both find peace?


Now on All Romance eBooks.

All of my books are now available on ARe!  Go pick them up if you don’t already have them!

Kitsune

Change, Fight, Hunt, Live

WMC

Escape, Jade’s Peace, Risking Alex

Novels

Robin’s Nest, Choosing Happiness


While it Seems Slow

I know my hard work on this manuscript will pay off. I need to go over it several times fine tuning and tweaking before it’s done. I know this.. it just seems to take forever.

I’m still trying to come up with a title. And a blurb would be nice too. All of this has to be done around the kids and the old man’s schedule. I’m not complaining but it’s a fact. 

I did get something done today.. I made up a couple of teasers for previous books… Tell me what you think..

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JP Teaser


Valentine’s Story and Giveaway.

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner, not that it means a huge amount in the general scheme of the world, but as a romance author, it kind of does mean a lot in my little corner of the world. People tend to try to be romantic at this time of year, and I often find ideas while reading news and social media this time of year. But that’s only part of what it means to me. Valentine’s Day has a much more personal meaning in my house.

I met my husband in June of 1996 (yeah, I know, I’m dating myself here.) I was working at Wal-mart, and living with another guy. We moved in next door to each other… I worked with his boss’s wife and when she found out where I was moving to, she told me she knew the guy moving in at the same time, right next door, and that I needed to go meet him. A week or two later, I caught him outside, went over and introduced myself. We easily became friends, nothing more (remember, I was dating/living with another guy,) and stayed that way for several months. In August, I found another apartment, one closer to the college I was attending and my work, Hubster moved into the apartment next to mine. He was there for about two months before a staff housing apartment where he worked opened up, (he’d been on a waiting list for about 18 months) and he moved there. He was going to school too, so I still saw him quite often.

Just before Thanksgiving I had to have my tonsils out, Hubster was there nearly every day making sure I had everything I needed (yeah, I was still living with that other guy, he was not so great about taking care of me.) Just after Christmas I got rid of the other guy and at the end of January I moved an hour away (in the opposite direction from where Hubster lived at the time) to live with my dad for a little while. Hubster helped me moved, and volunteered to help me get back and forth to class, as I didn’t have a car at the time.

We officially started dating about a week before Valentine’s Day 1997. On Valentine’s Day he picked me up after my last class with a teddy bear and a bag of dark chocolate (my favorite!) I still have that teddy bear. His name is Baby and he lives in the glass cabinet of my headboard, he comes out to sleep with me when Hubby is gone overnight.

I’ll be the first to admit, things moved very quickly between Hubby and I, a lot of people said it was too fast, but I still don’t agree. I had a stepsister who died in a car accident the first week of May that week. Hubby proposed to me that week, and I accepted. He waited until after we’d taken my sister home to Louisiana and buried her to ask my father for permission to marry me. I still smile when I remember that exchange. Hubby was a kind of blown away when Dad asked him “What’re you gonna do if I don’t give you permission?”

Hubby stuttered and stammered for a moment, then replied, “I’ll marry her anyway.”

Apparently it was the answer Dad was looking for because after looking Hubby up and down for a moment (mind you, he was 22, 5’7” and maybe 160lbs. My dad is 6’ and burly, he bears a strong resemblance to Grizzly Adams) and told him he could have his permission.

We were engaged for a month, planning a bigger wedding several months down the road, when I decided I didn’t want to wait. Hubby and I decided one morning we didn’t want to wait, we would just go see a judge and get married the next day. We went to the courthouse to see the JP and he was out of the office. I started calling around and there was no JP or judge in the office in three counties. I later found out that there was a big conference that day and they were all in Phoenix. Our next option was to plan a quick wedding, we contacted the pastor of the church I’d spent the last 5 years attending, she agreed to do the ceremony, after meeting with us for a counseling session, and I started getting other things set up. We put it all together in 2 weeks.

I wore a dress I borrowed from a cousin, we used an arch my grandfather had built for another cousin and the flowers we used to decorate had been from a third cousin’s wedding. Hubby contacted his family (none of which lived closer than five hours away) and invited them.  One of his brothers was at UC Davis and came down to be his best man, my sister was my maid-of-honor, and we did it.

A lot of my friends and family asked me if I was sure, they were afraid I was rushing things, moving too quickly, and that I was too young (I turned 19 in May, got married in June.) I later found out that half of them were sure I was pregnant, because we did it so quickly. I wasn’t, and if I were, it was one of the longest pregnancies on record, as my first child wasn’t born for nearly three years.

Now, I make sure I do something, it doesn’t have to be something big, but it has to be something, every Valentine’s Day. I get chocolate for Hubby and the talking hearts or something for the kids, just a small token for each of them.

This year I’m going to do something for you though! I’ve got swagpacks and eBooks! 2 copies of Change, 2 copies of Jade’s Peace and 3 swagpacks.

Don’t forget, that for a limited time, Escape, the short story prequel to Jade’s Peace is on sale free everywhere, get your copy before the sale ends.

Click here to enter!


Jade’s Peace Excerpt

JP600x900We’re a week before the release date of Jade’s Peace and now you can get a sneak peek! The first chapter is up, here!

Go check it out! Oh! And have I mentioned? Escape, the prequel to Jade’s Peace, is currently FREE at most ebook stores!


Cover Reveal ~ Jade’s Peace

Here it is all the info on Jade’s Peace, the first full length novel in the WMC series. Release date: January 20, 2014

Blurb:

Steve left his hometown to avoid doing something he knew he would regret. Now, ten years later, the girl he left to avoid has come looking for him, but she’s not a child anymore.

Jade has spent the last six years haunted by memories and nightmares. At a turning point in her life, she’s tired of waiting for something to change. She tracks down the only person she’s ever been drawn to, a man she hasn’t seen in more than ten years. But can she convince him that their differences don’t matter, that together they can both find peace?

 

And now for the cover… are you ready?

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Revision, Editing and Plotting.

Yes, I’m in the middle of all three of those. Revisions of the last half of my next release, Jade’s Peace (scheduled for release January 20th, 2014,) edits on the first half of the same, and plotting Kitsune #4 (yet to be titled).

All of that among the usual craziness that is my life… Softball and baseball practices and games that keep me out of the house at least four nights a week, if not six or seven, kids too and from school, homework, projects, Hubster’s ever-changing schedule. Some days I just want to go back to bed and sleep for the rest of the day. Once in a while I get a little extra sleep, but not often enough to suit me. Instead I just keep going, what other choice do I have?


The Final Push

That’s where I am.

I know I’m close to the end of this story. I can feel it just around the corner, but I need one final good push to get there. I’m wanting it done by the end of the month, end of the weekend at the latest. We’ll see how that goes. Until then, you may not hear much from me.


Gimme Minions!!

I’ve decided I need minions. Since no one seems willing to hide in my (non-existent) basement and do my bidding, my second best option is to knit me one or five. I picked up yarn in the right colors yesterday and I got started this morning. They’re not big projects and I thought I should be able to make them very quickly.

I didn’t count on my fingers being out of knitting practice. The bodies are 54 rows. I’m on row 20 and my hands ACHE. So I’ll set it aside for a little while, dig out my arnica gel and go back to work on Jade’s Peace for a little while. I’m not really sure what I’ll do with them. I’m sure the kids will get a kick out of them, but right now I’m wanting them for me.


Heart-Blind

Day after tomorrow will mark four weeks since I got that heart-rending call. Nearly a month since I found out that my sister-in-law had left this world and it was up to me to notify my husband (her brother) and her father. In a lot of ways, I’ve been numb since then.

Strong emotion has always been difficult for me to express and this has been no exception. It didn’t help that my grandfather passed away in March and since I don’t live close to him, it’s been easier for me to pretend (at least in my heart) that it didn’t happen.

I’ll admit, when my grandmother passed away it took me more than six months to deal with it, and I was used to seeing her every day. Granted, I was thirteen at the time, but that’s kind of typical for me. I’ve dealt with my share of loss. This he was my fourth grandparent to go and I lost a step-sister when I was 18, but I don’t handle it like most people. I probably cry less than most men. In sixteen years of marriage my husband can probably count on one hand the number of times he’s seen me cry. I’m not kidding. I just don’t do it, or I don’t let anyone see it when it happens. I’m much more likely to vent my emotions by yelling, screaming or hitting something (not someone, something). It’s just me. I know it’s odd. I know it’s not normal, but it’s me.

What do I mean my heart-blind? I mean I’ve been in this locked down place where I couldn’t feel much emotion, good or bad. This made writing a romance very difficult, especially the one that I’m working on.

Without giving too much away, I can say it’s not an easy story. When I started it, I had in mind a quick, fun read, but Steve and Jade have slowly revealed to me that their stories aren’t either quick or fun. Now that I’m starting to feel emotions again rather than just surviving, they’ve started talking to me again. The story is already longer than I had intended for it to be, and I don’t see the end any time soon. They are telling me bits of what will happen in the immediate future and bits that will happen a little further off… I know how it will end, but the bits in between are what’s the most fun to find out. This current story is called Jade’s Peace (it’s a sequel to Escape) and you can find the first chapter at the end of Robin’s Nest. Eventually it will make it to the website, but that won’t be until I have a release date.

 

And for those of you asking me if there’s another book in the Kitsune series. Yyes, there is at least one more book in Nickie’s story. I’m not yet sure if there’s more than that, but there is at least one more book.