Getting in the Mood for Valentine’s Day

January 16th, 2017

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For the next month all the Candy Heart romances will discounted 40%, including ME+YOU. This is one of my favourite stories, set in one of my favourite places: Sedona, Arizona. I hope you’ll check it out.

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Get your TEAL on.

August 27th, 2016

Love and Hope 680 x453Just three more sleeps until the release of the wonderful anthology LOVE & HOPE. I am so pleased to be part of this project, the proceeds from which are being donated to Ovarian Cancer Canada.

In addition, I will be joining Lachesis Publishing publisher LeeAnn Lessard & editor Joanna D’Angelo on the Ovarian Cancer Walk for Her, September 11th, to raise money for this very worthwhile cause.

Five Canadian women are lost to this disease every day and 2,800 will be diagnosed this year alone. With no reliable screening test, ovarian cancer is difficult to detect and often caught in its late stages. More than half the women diagnosed are not expected to live past five years.

Please consider offering your support, either through a donation to the walk, via my personal page, or by purchasing LOVE & HOPE.



SURPRISE! Early Release for LOVE & HOPE

August 17th, 2016

Surprise! My publisher has decided to release LOVE & HOPE early on its website. Here’s a personal message from publisher LeeAnn:

Love and Hope 680 x453Joanna and I are always excited on release day for one of our Lachesis Publishing titles, but we couldn’t wait until the official release day for LOVE & HOPE. We decided to release it early on our site only. Here is the link http://lachesispublishing.com/?product=love-and-hope-an-anthology

LOVE AND HOPE, by Kayla Perrin, C. J. Carmichael, and Brenda Gayle, is a special release for me. Why? Proceeds from the sale of this title will go to Ovarian Cancer Canada. I lost two important women in my life to this horrible disease my Aunt Phyllis and Grandmaman.

Please share this post and link with friends, family and readers. Every penny counts toward finding an accurate test and cure for Ovarian Cancer.



Love & Hope, and support for an important cause

July 26th, 2016

I am absolutely thrilled to (FINALLY) be able to announce the details of a new project that’s been in the works for some time. My good friends LeeAnn Lessard and JoAnna D’Angelo, at Lachesis Publishing, have put together a beautiful anthology featuring three original and poignant love stories, the proceeds from which will benefit Ovarian Cancer Canada.

Love and Hope 680 x453I didn’t hesitate when I was asked to contribute, not only because I love LeeAnn & JoJo and was pumped to be included in an anthology with such wonderful authors as USA TODAY bestsellers Kayla Perrin & C.J. Carmichael, but because cancer is a terrible disease that has touched virtually everyone in some way or another.

Ovarian cancer is Canada’s most fatal women’s cancer, claiming the lives of five Canadian women each day. Statistics from the US are similar, showing that almost 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and more than 14,000 will die from it. Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect and often found in its late stages. Yet there is still no screening test, and many people don’t know much about it. Help us change that.

Love & Hope will be released on August 30–just prior to the start of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month (September)–and is available for pre-order now from Amazon and Kobo. I’ll post more links as they become available. In addition to checking out our anthology, please take the time to educate yourself about this horrible disease.

Here is a teaser for each of the stories.

Twice and Forever by Brenda Gayle
Jill Bennett had her life planned out, and then everything changed. Soon after her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack two years ago, Jill’s daughter Rachel
was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the very young age of 21. Widowed and scared, Jill threw herself into caring for her daughter 24/7. Now that Rachel is in remission, Jill is finding it hard to let go and give her some breathing room at home and at her new job working for a local vet named Grant Palmer. Grant has a knack for getting under Jill’s skin, especially where Rachel’s future is concerned. The last thing Jill has in mind is getting on with her own life. So why can’t she stop thinking sunflowerabout the handsome Dr. Palmer?

Devoted to Her Cowboy by C. J. Carmichael
When rodeo champion Blake Timber returns home as the star attraction of the Sheep River Rodeo Days he doesn’t expect to find his nerdy high school friend Shelby Turner looking so beautiful and so not nerdy. He also doesn’t expect to find his grandmother, frail and wearing a headscarf. When Grams reveals she has ovarian cancer, Blake is shocked. He’s thankful that Shelby, who works in his grandmother’s flower shop, has been there for her. But he wants to take over the reins and get his beloved Grams the best care money can buy. In spite of his best efforts, his well-intentioned plans are met with stubborn resistance from both women. Adding to his frustrations is his ex-girlfriend Kelli-Jo Calhoun, who is the Sheep River Days organizer. Unhappily married and with a son, she seems hell bent on roping him into something that could put everything he cares about at risk—especially his growing feelings for Shelby.

Her Angel by Kayla Perrin
Tasia Montgomery never thought she’d get “that” phone call from her mom. Stage four ovarian cancer. Tasia puts her job as a chef in a busy restaurant in Atlanta on hold, to go home to Miami to be there for her mother. When her mom passes away, Tasia is left with a huge burden of guilt, sadness, and loss. Now, she is tasked with the duty of packing everything up and selling the family home. She knows her mom didn’t want her to sell but what choice does she have? Her brother Andrew, who is living in Seattle with his wife and their baby, is as distant as can be. Just like their father, who up and left them when they were kids. But when Tasia meets Malcolm Robertson, the contractor her mom hired to renovate the house before she died, Tasia is drawn to him. Her mom treated him like a son and shared things with him that she never revealed to Tasia. Malcolm becomes a good friend to Tasia, but does she want something more with the handsome contractor? As Tasia, sorts through her mother’s belongings she makes a discovery about her mom that shocks her to her core, but will it make her see the truth of her own life or make her head back to Atlanta for good?

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You’re invited to a wedding in the Caribbean… and I’m providing the gift

May 13th, 2016

It’s wedding season, and to celebrate my publisher has discounted the price of Father of the Bride? to 99-cents at all eBook retailers.

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The Hungry Heart for $0.99

March 4th, 2016

Wow! For the next month, Amazon has included The Hungry Heart in its 99 Kindle Romances for $0.99 promotion, and it looks like it applies to both Canada and the US!

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I’m not sure what that means for other Amazon outlets. If you see it on sale, let me know!

 

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ME+YOU Book Tour Week 2 Wrap-up & GIVEAWAY

February 12th, 2016

tired dogOkay, I’m exhausted. It’s been a busy and exhilarating two weeks of touring the web.

If you haven’t yet, you’ve only got a short time to enter to the Rafflecopter contest to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. [Added: Congratulations to Mafalda V. who is the winner!]

Here is a wrap-up of this week’s stops.

February 8th
Musings and Ramblings (a fun read with depth.)
Pretty Little Book Reviews (This is a sweet and heartwarming short story that is a PERFECT read for valentines day!)
Those Crazy Book Chicks

February 9th
Books & Spoons
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Kitty’s Book Spot!

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A Tasty Read Book Reviews (Sharing some interesting Valentine’s Fun Facts)
Romance Junkies (Interview)

February 11th
A Bluestocking’s Place
LibriAmoriMiei (a fun read, perfect for a relaxing afternoon)
Karen’s Killer Book Bench
Reviews from the Heart (Review on Goodreads)

February 12th
Ali – The Dragon Slayer (A wonderful little book that satisfies in one sitting… the writing is fantastic and draws you in .. by the end it feels as though you have experienced a full length novel.)
Teatime and Books

 

I hope you have a lovely and romantic Valentine’s Day.

 

Thanks to Tasty Book Tours!

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ME+YOU Book Tour Week 1 Wrap-up & GIVEAWAY

February 5th, 2016

red rosesFlowers. Candy. Romantic dinners. What’s not to love about Valentine’s Day? I am having so much fun in the build up to February 14 jumping around the web to celebrate the release of my Valentine-themed novella, ME+YOU.

Here’s a wrap-up of the week that was. And don’t forget, at each stop you can enter the Rafflecopter contest for more chances to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Feb 1st
Forget the Housework, I’m Reading…  (a FIVE laundry basket review!)perf5.000x8.000.indd
Blogger Nicole
A Sky Full of Stars Blog

Feb 2nd
I’m A Book Shark “I recommend this book to anyone whose wanting a short, sweet story about finding love again…or really, finding a first real love.”
Christine’s Words (Interview)
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Vampyrelady’s Fave Books

Feb 3rd
BookaholicsNot-So-Amonymous
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Lush Book Reviews

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Nicole’s Book Musings (FOUR stars)
Born to Read Books

Feb 5th
Written Love Reviews (FOUR stars)
The Book Sirens 

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Check out Tasty Book Tours for where I’ll be next week.

 



ME+YOU: A Sweet Valentine’s Treat & Kindle Fire Giveaway

January 20th, 2016

perf5.000x8.000.inddToday is release day for my Valentine-themed novella, Me+You, part of The Wild Rose Press’s Candy Hearts Romance series. I’m so pleased to be hosted by many of of the other Candy Hearts authors today. Plus, as an added bonus, The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to someone who drops by these blogs and completes the Rafflecopter entry.

Look for me at:

And don’t forget our Candy Hearts Valentine’s Facebook party, February 11. I’ll be co-hosting from 7:30 – 8:00 pm EST.

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a Kindle Fire from The Wild Rose Press at the blogs listed above and HERE to increase your chances of winning!


Welcome 2016: It’s shaping up to be a SWEETHEART of a year

January 1st, 2016

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the past few weeks, and are ready to face 2016 refreshed and with a sense of optimism.

perf5.000x8.000.inddFor me, this year is getting off to a very sweet start. In just a few weeks my new novella, ME + YOU will be released as part of The Wild Rose Press’ very fun Candy Hearts Romance series. Close to 40 short stories and novellas, from all romance genres, will be released between now and Valentine’s Day, and all will revolve around themes from the famous Candy Hearts (also known as Conversation Hearts and Sweethearts) confectionery. I gave you a bit of a hint about the setting and characters a while back (see #amwriting, Story 2), but now I can share more details.

I love this story and I’ve got a lot of fun things planned to celebrate its release. I’ll be joining my fellow Candy Hearts authors for a variety of blog hops, and we’re planning a huge Facebook Party on February 11. Plus, lovely Lisa, at Tasty Book Tours, has arranged a killer book tour for me, running from February 1 – 12, and I’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to someone who joins me on the tour. More details on all this will be coming soon.

candy hearts_Me+YouWe’re all familiar with the tasty Candy Hearts that are so popular on Valentine’s Day, but how much do we really know about them? I’m going to share a bit of history here, and then each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until Valentine’s Day, I’m going to post a fun fact about them on Facebook and Twitter under #CandyHeartFun.

A Brief History of Candy Hearts

Daniel Chase was inspired by the growing market for Valentine’s cards and wondered if it would be possible to print sentimental messages on candy. In 1866 he created the first conversation hearts by devising a machine that would press food dye letters onto the candy lozenges made famous by his brother and NECCO® founder Oliver Chase.

People loved conversation candies (they weren’t available in heart shapes until 1902) and their witty messages. Daniel’s candies were bigger than today’s version and had phrases like MARRIED IN WHITE YOU HAVE CHOSEN RIGHT and HOW LONG SHALL I HAVE TO WAIT? PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE emblazoned on a pastel, scalloped wafer.

Over the years, conversation hearts lost size, but gained many more phrases. NECCO estimates that it makes nearly 100,000 pounds of the hearts each day throughout the year in preparation for Valentine’s Day. For the first time in its history, in 2010, NECCO invited the American public to participate in an online survey to decide which phrases of love would appear on its Candy Hearts. The winners included: TWEET ME, TEXT ME, YOU ROCK, SOUL MATE, LOVE BUG, and… ME + YOU.

I hope you’ll join me on Facebook and Twitter for some fun Candy Hearts facts, starting next Monday. And you can pre-order ME + YOU from Amazon right now.