Here's a little tease from my new book SEASON OF JOY!
“I made you a promise,” Joy said. “I’m not going to break it, okay? No matter how many times you put your foot in your mouth or disappoint me.”
He met her gaze. “Thank you. It’s just, if I screw up, those girls will be lying on some couch talking to a counselor one day about all my inadequacies.”
Joy laughed. “My parents have a lot of faults, and I’ve never done that. I just create abstract art that secretly relays how messed up I am because of them.” She winked.
The magnetic pull of Granger’s gaze seemed to intensify. She had a sudden urge to kiss him. A strong urge. When was the last time she was alone in her living room with an attractive man at night? It was too far back to remember.
But she wasn’t going to kiss him. Things were too complicated between them already. She let go of his hand.
“Thank you for helping with the girls. And for understanding. I’m not sure what I’d do without you right now.”
“You’d be fine, I’m sure.”
Chelsea strutted into the room to glare at Granger, her tail twitching.
Granger glanced down at Joy’s cat. “I’m not a cat person. What does it mean when she’s looking at me like that?”
Joy laughed. “Chelsea is very jealous. I’m hers, and you are encroaching on her territory.”
Granger looked from Chelsea back to Joy, his eyes suddenly dark. “I wonder what she’d do if I came closer.”
Joy held her breath as Granger stepped toward her, her heart beating erratically.
Granger’s eyes slid to look at Chelsea, who continued to twitch her tail, her green eyes round. Then he looked at Joy again. “Should I be worried?” he asked in a low voice.
Joy swallowed. Her mouth was suddenly dry. Without thinking, she ran a tongue over her lips. “Sadly, Chelsea was already declawed when I rescued her from the shelter. But she still has teeth.”
Granger grinned, his gaze still dark. There was an unmistakable heat there. “I’m taking my chances standing this close.”
“You are,” Joy agreed. Then Granger leaned toward her, drawing closer until he was one breath away from making contact with her lips. Every thought left her mind as she closed her eyes, let out a sigh, and melted into his kiss.
Granger had been wanting to kiss Joy since the moment they met but he’d been resisting for good reason. But all reason had escaped him now as he gently tugged her closer. She tasted sweet, and her body was warm. The temptation was too great, and after the day he’d had, he just needed to feel her in his arms.
Joy sighed against his lips. Then her body shifted beneath his hands, inviting them to explore. Slowly, one of his hands traveled up her side, taking the curves like that sports car he’d had when he was twenty years old.
Then in one quick second, Joy’s cat launched herself at his lower leg. He drew back from the kiss as Chelsea landed at his feet, her wide green eyes locked on his in warning.
“Chelsea!” Joy bent and collected the large ball of fur into her arms. “That is not nice.”
Granger looked up at Joy and realized what he’d done. He’d kissed the one person in the whole world that he probably shouldn’t have. Coming here, he’d worried that Joy wouldn’t come back to Abby and Willow because of his stupidity. Now he’d done another stupid thing. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to…”
Joy’s smile faded. “You didn’t mean to kiss me?”
He shook his head. “No, I definitely didn’t mean to do that. That was a mistake.” And his mistakes kept coming, it seemed, because now Joy was frowning. “I mean, it was nice,” he said. “But we shouldn’t have.”
“Nice,” she repeated. “No, you’re right, we shouldn’t have done that. And now you should probably go…before you make another big mistake.”
“And before you ask,” Joy said, “yes, I’m picking the girls up tomorrow afternoon and going back to the farm. Nothing has changed. Nothing at all.”
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I'm so excited that book 6 in my Sweetwater Springs series, SEASON OF JOY, is out in the world today. I loved writing Joy and Granger's story. I'm a sucker for a single father romance. I'm also a sucker for a hero or heroine with a deep wound and/or tragic backstory. This book has all of those elements all wrapped up in a whole lot of Christmas cheer. I hope you enjoy SEASON OF JOY! It's never too early to start reading holiday romance, in my opinion. And if you love this one, it might make a nice gift come December 😉
First things first. I want to THANK YOU all so much for an amazing release week for Sunshine on Silver Lake! I appreciate all the people who went to the stores to find my books, ordered online, posted on social media, wrote reviews, etc. etc. You are the BEST readers an author could have!
I am so happy that so many of you loved Emma and Jack's story! Your reviews have been making me smile! I hope you all are fairing well during this pandemic and hurricane season. Isais swept over the coast of NC where I live, leaving behind a huge mess to clean up, but no true damage.
How are you all? Good?
💛 One Rule for Pretend Relationships: Don’t Fall in Love 💛
“Is this okay?” he asked. “I know you gave me a bunch of rules earlier for this arrangement we have going.”
There was only one rule that she hadn’t dared mention. Don’t fall for Jack because…
Her mind stuttered, searching and failing to remember the reasons why that one rule was so important. Don’t fall for Jack because…because he was her friend. Because he’d broken her heart once, a long time ago. Because he’d never shown romantic interest in her again. Until now.
It's RELEASE DAY! I'm so excited that SUNSHINE ON SILVER LAKE is finally out in the world! I feel like I've been waiting for this release all summer because I'm just so excited for you all to meet Jack Hershey and Emma St. James! These two have secretly been in love since they were teenagers and now they're in a (not-so) pretend relationship for the summer. This story was fun and emotional at times to write. I loved every minute!
Today I have a special 4th of July teaser for you! Or actually it's more like a small bite-sized excerpt...
Since SUNSHINE ON SILVER LAKE takes place over the summer, the 4th of July holiday is included in the book. As if there weren't already sparks between Emma and Jack, they share a picnic in the park together and share one hot kiss under the fireworks ... but you'll have to read the book to experience the kiss 💋
Emma felt breathless with anticipation. But not from waiting to see the explosive colors that would light up the mountain sky. She’d always found fireworks romantic. It was sitting next to Jack on a picnic blanket beneath the stars that already had her heart in her throat.
A high-pitched squeal penetrated the silence, making Emma jump. It was a solid second before a splash of red covered the sky. Jack reached for Emma’s hand. She swallowed but didn’t look at him. She didn’t pull her hand away either.
Instead, she leaned in toward him, absorbed in the moment. All her senses were bombarded by the experience, and she let herself get lost in it.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Do you love that first morning cup of coffee as much as I do? Sometimes I lay in bed after my alarm clock and I have no motivation to go downstairs until I remember that coffee exists and it's downstairs waiting for me. LOL. It's the little things in life, like coffee, that make a day.
Are you wondering why I'm talking about coffee? Well, the next book in my Sweetwater Springs series releases on July 21st and the heroine is... a coffee shop owner. If you're familiar with the series, you know I'm talking about Emma St. James who owns the Sweetwater Cafe. You've met her in all the books so far and now it's her turn for a chance at love.
If you've read the series so far, you also know that love will be hard-won for her and her hero (Park Ranger, Jack Hershey!). I'm so excited to share this love story with you. We're about a month away from release now--Have you preordered your copy?
So back to coffee. Do you drink it? How many cups? Sweet or plain? Creamer? I personally like 2 cups of coffee with almond milk, no sugar. But there are exceptions. I'm including a great iced coffee recipe below for your caffeinated pleasure!
Iced Coffee Recipe
☕️ 2 cups of brewed coffee. You can make a pitcher of brewed coffee and keep it in the fridge to make drinks during the week.
☕️ A glass full of ice (You can make ice cubes out of coffee if you want a stronger taste).
☕️ Milk or creamer to taste
☕️ Sweetener to taste ( I prefer mine unsweet)
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour your dark brewed coffee over the ice, almost to the top. Then add your milk/creamer and sweetener. Enjoy!
This is Brenna and Luke’s story, and it’s a rollercoaster ride (the fun kind, not the kind that leaves you feeling sick ;) ) These two have had hardships and tragedies that brought them to the place they are now—which just so happens to be right next door to one another. It was so much fun writing neighbors turned to enemies and finally turned to lovers.
One of my favorite things about writing romance is digging into the core of my characters, where they keep all of their past pain as well as their secret hopes and dreams. This was especially true with Luke and Brenna. They both had secrets that I didn’t even know about until I’d written the scenes telling me so. These two were intense and so much fun. Another element of this story is the dynamic between Brenna and her much younger sister, Eve. There’s a decade between their ages and a galaxy between their personalities. After their parents died, Brenna had to shift from the big sister role to being a guardian. Now Eve is officially an adult, and it’s time they find a way to be just sisters again, which is a bit challenging to say the least.
Did I mention Max? Max is Luke’s Jack Russel terrier. He was burned in the warehouse fire that Luke saved him from. Not to worry because he’s all healed up now, but he’s still skittish around flames, which makes it a challenge to be the firehouse dog that the crew have decided he’ll be. Max has his own journey in this book. Like the hero and heroine, he has fears to overcome in order to be the best little firehouse dog he can.
Are you ready to fall in love? I hope so!
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Since we're only one day from release of Starting Over at Blueberry Creek, I have a little sample for you! You can read the rest of Brenna and Luke's story tomorrow!
Brenna smiled shyly, sweeping her hair back behind her ear. Something about that gesture, unsure and insecure, had Luke stepping closer.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“I have no idea. I told myself that I wasn’t going to kiss you tonight,” he said, voice dropping even lower.
“Oh?” He saw the muscles of her neck constrict as she swallowed. “That’s good to know because I told myself the same thing on the way over here.” Her gaze stayed on his, her pupils large.
“So we agree. Neither of us is kissing the other,” he said.
“I’m just here to feed the kittens,” she confirmed, her words coming out a little breathlessly.
Then she leaned toward him, and he did the same until her hands went up to brace herself against his chest.
He felt his every muscle tense. “But I can't seem to remember why us kissing is a terrible idea. Give me one good reason.”
Her lips parted as she looked at him. “I’m leaving for one. And my relationship with my sister is just getting back on track. Kissing her boss could derail it.”
“That’s two reasons.” Both very good.
“What do you have?” Brenna asked.
He sighed. “You’re my neighbor. If things go south, I’ll be stuck with you next door. At least until you leave this summer.” And if they didn’t go south, she was leaving. Dating casually had never been his thing. He didn’t fall easily, but when he did, he fell hard. Looking at Brenna, that was a real possibility.
Brenna laughed humorlessly. “That’s a good reason too, I guess.”
“Yep.” His gaze flicked to her lips and then back to her eyes. Standing this close to her, he studied the different shades of brown in her irises. There was even a little bit of green poking through.
One of the kittens cried out again.
“All right,” he said, gathering his willpower and taking a step backward while he still could. “Then we agree. We’ll keep our hands and lips to ourselves.”
Are you ready for Brenna and Luke's story? It hits shelves everywhere on February 25th!