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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

#IWSG Looking Back, Looking Forward #NewRelease


Happy December to all Writers! Join us for the Insecure Writers Support Group, developed by Alex Cavanaugh and maintained by lovely writers everywhere.




Visit today's co-hosts:

Co-Hosts: Julie Flanders,Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, Heather Gardner!

IWSG Question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

After just getting weighed at the doctor's *gulps*, I would have set up the standing desk I bought. Amazon delivered it months ago and it sits still neatly packed in its box while I sit my life away as a therapist and author. One hour of exercise doesn't counteract fifteen of sitting. Sitting is the new smoking, they say, *coughs*

How's your writing?

I'm in the exciting phase of writing: preparing for publication! My editor is polishing and my book designer is creating a cover for the launch of TWIN SACRIFICE. Inspired by a dream, I started this novel in 2009 and kept diverting to other projects before finishing it in 2017. It's my first psychological thriller and I'm psyched for reader feedback.

Twin Sacrifice is up on Goodreads and I'll post signups soon for the cover reveal on 1/10/18 and the release tour on 2/28/18.

Happy holidays!

Friday, November 17, 2017

ACED (Blocked #2) on #Sale $.99 #NewAdult #Sports #Romance


Check out ACED, book two in the BLOCKED series for only $.99 until 11/20/17.

Aced features Latino med student, Alejandro, and Black volleyball player, Maddie.

Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits his sister, Lucia, at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.

Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.



Check out these reviews:

"¡Madre de dios! This book is breathtaking."
~Books Minion Book Blog

"In Aced, the love story is between two people you'd never think would come together, but by the end you can't imagine them apart."
~Author Nicki Elson

"Blocked hooked me, but Aced, OH MY GAWD!!!! Aced just won me over. Alejandro, aka Hotajandro has become the love of my life. Yup, dibs he's all mine chicas. His protective nature, his strong presence, his intellect and his overall demeanor made fall and made me fall hard!"
~Romance Bytes Book Blog

"The plot is so well paced, I was reading this until the wee hours of the morning."
~My Reading Reality Book Blog


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#IWSG: Good luck #NaNoWriMo !


Happy November, writers! Once again I almost forgot to post on the first Wednesday of the month for Insecure Writers Support Group, but I saw a post on my lovely critique partner's blog and got busy writing this at work! (Thanks, Nicki Elson.)


How's your writing? I'm hustling to finish my WIP by the end of this month to squeeze into my editor's schedule. I only have two chapters left to write, but one is rather pivotal to the plot and I haven't figured out the details yet. I also am writing what I DON'T know by deciding to include chemistry in this story. Not the romantic kind, but the lab chemicals kind. If you're a chemist and want to take a stab at an aspect of my plot that's vexing me, please let me know!

IWSG question of the month:

Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? 
 
I've never tried NaNo. Combine my busy fall schedule at the day job with my anxious tendencies and I think it would feel like way too much pressure. I like writing to be fun and refreshing, so a daily goal might not work for my style.


But I wish much productivity for those writers undertaking this November adventure!


This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click below to join the group!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

New Release: EMOTIONAL WOUND THESAURUS #writerspersevere



Hi everyone! Today I have a special post as part of the Writers Persevere event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book explores the difficult experiences embedded in our characters' backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward. Check out my 5-star review HERE.

To help them celebrate this release, many of us are posting stories about some of the obstacles we’ve overcome as writers. As we all know, this isn’t an easy path. Writing is hard and as writers we tend to struggle with doubt. Sometimes too, we don’t always get the support we need to follow our passion, or we have added challenges that make writing more difficult. Because people are sharing their stories this week about how they worked through these challenges to keep writing, I wanted to post about it, too.

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I never intended to become a writer, but life is what happens when we're making our plans.

I was lucky to land my psychologist dream job in 2000. Too bad it turned into a nightmare by 2007. My bosses didn't value my work and made threats to my livelihood. At that time, I became hooked on the TV show, Prison Break. Its dark themes and conspiracy theories matched my workplace misery. Through connecting with rabid Prison Break fans across the world, I learned about fan fiction. What? Hacks writing stories about TV stories?

You guessed it--I became one of those hacks and started writing my own fan fiction. At first my writing stunk but my TV show buddies encouraged me to keep going. When reality sucked, I turned to fiction. I left my bitter job and started a new job at a friendly, supportive clinic that taught me a useful specialty. Inspired by fan fiction, I wrote thousands of words and then found a publisher to launch those words into the universe.

I'm now working on my eighth novel. In a strange twist of events, I returned to the old job in 2013 and version 2.0 is going swimmingly.

My emotional wound is a great example of how pain can lead to beauty and strength. Write on, friends!

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Do you have a story to share, or some advice for others? You can join Becca and Angela at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell them about a challenge or struggle your faced, or if you like, write a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere.  Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us. 

GIVEAWAY ALERT! 

There’s a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost at Writers Helping Writers

I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

THE REDEMPTION OF EMMA DEVINE by @Nancee_Cain #Review #Giveaway


The Redemption of Emma Devine
by Nancee Cain
Series: Pine Bluff, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer:  Shannon Lumetta
Photographer:  Chantell Reid
Release Date: October 19, 2017



After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.

But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.

His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.

Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?








The Redemption of Emma Devine (A Pine Bluff Novel, #2)The Redemption of Emma Devine by Nancee Cain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Redemption in the Arms of a Good Man

In book one of the Pine Bluff series, The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie, David Patterson was the third wheel in a love triangle. Therefore, I didn't root for him. He was a goody-two-shoes almost preacher who paled in comparison to the glittery rock star, Dylan.

But David shines so bright in this story! His integrity makes me swoony. He saves Emma's life and is a guiding force behind her redemption.

David first encounters desperate Emma when she shoplifts peanut butter. He tries to help her, but then she shoplifts his heart. When she returns years later, can he forgive her crime?

I felt heartbroken for David when Emma's actions ended his career dreams. The fact that he enacts kindness like saving a photo of Emma for Kensington is evidence of his pure, loving heart. The way he calls Emma "honey" is so endearing. It's also awesome when he stands up to his mother assertively and respectfully.

And David sees the good in others, especially Emma:

"Your lovely eyes haunt me. They always have. These eyes have witnessed more of the disgusting, atrocious side of this world than I can imagine, yet they still reflect goodness and compassion. They still light up when they see those they love."

The characters, conflicts, and communication difficulties all feel genuine in this story, and their resolution leaves a deep satisfaction. Just like in the first book, there's Southern charm and fun humor, like the two "For Dummies" books owned by Emma and David.

Can't wait for the next Pine Bluff novel! Excellent writing.

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During the day, Nancee Cain works as a nurse/counselor in the field of addiction to support her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge.

Authors are her rock stars, and she’s been known to stalk a few for an autograph, but not in a scary, Stephen King way. Her husband swears her To-Be-Read list qualifies her as a certifiable book hoarder.

Always looking to try something new, she dreams of being an extra in a Bollywood film, or a tattoo artist. (Her lack of rhythm and artistic ability may put a damper on both of these dreams.)







Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cover Reveal: SWEET SOUTHERN SATISFACTION #romcom

Title: Sweet Southern Satisfaction
Series: Georgia Peaches #2
Author: Colbie Kay and Chianti Summers
Genre: Contemporary RomCom 
Release Date: November 15, 2017 
Maverick Taylor is a cocky bastard. He’s one of the best players on and off the field, but when he meets Cydney Fisher she makes him play the toughest game he’s ever had to win. And this is one game she is determined to make him lose. There's no love at first sight between the pitcher and the spitfire mechanic—in fact, she hates him. Cydney thinks she has Maverick all figured out: sexy, rich, full of himself, and he gets whatever he wants. But…maybe there's more to him that she realizes. No feelings were supposed to get involved. It was supposed to be all fun and games, but how long can they play before hearts are on the line?


Colbie Kay was born and raised in Kansas where she still resides today with her husband, kids, and their English bulldog Rubble. In 2015 she decided to give her passion of writing a go and published her first book. As an avid reader herself, Colbie loves to write her favorite genres and has so many authors that have inspired her. 

Colbie is a stay at home mom to her two wonderful kids. When she is not writing she loves to sit down with a good book and read. Loving her readers, Colbie hopes to one day meet all of you at book signings.
Chianti Summers is a military spouse, a mother, a lover of music and wine. She is also passionate about sports and that is why she pursued and obtained her degree in Sports Medicine. 

She decided to take a chance on writing in 2016. One day she would love to travel to Italy and mark it off her bucket list. Until that day comes she will continue to be taken away by reading and writing with a nice glass of wine.


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