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In order to help spread the word about the brand new way in which Harlequin-E is releasing its latest titles, four authors of contemporary titles releasing soon are hosting the Boxes Are Beautiful Giveaway:

BOXES ARE BEAUTIFUL!

On Monday, February 3rd, Harlequin-E launches the Contemporary Romance Box Set, containing four brand new titles by Sarina Bowen, Rebecca Avery, Amy Jo Cousins and Denise McDonald. The sticker price for the set is just $4.99, but it’s a temporary offer. In 90 days, the box will be "broken" into four separate books, each one priced at $3.99.

READERS WHO SCOOP UP THE BOX SET  BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS WILL SAVE 69% OFF THE COMBINED COVER PRICE.

To celebrate this bargain, the authors will award four prizes. Four winners will each receive… a box! Coming their way will be a decorative wood and fabric box in the shape of a book. Measuring 10" in length, it’s perfect for jewelry or trinkets. And inside that box the winner will find CANDY.

Winners will also receive an electronic copy of the Contemporary Romance Box Set by Bowen/Avery/Cousins/McDonald in the format of their choice.

The giveaway will run from Friday January 31st through Sunday February 9th. Four identical prizes (box + candy + electronic books) will be awarded. Please let us know if you’d like to participate in the giveaway, and we will get the Rafflecopter code to you in time to set up your post.

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

Four Romances for One Amazing Price

Stranded together by a blizzard, scholar-turned-farmer Willow Reade and bad-boy ski champion Dane “Danger” Hollister generate enough body heat to make it through the night. But the sparks don’t stop flying when the snow does….

When stressed-out single mom Kayla Clark hires “retired soldier” Ronnie Brown from Man Maid to whip her household into shape, she’s not expecting him to be young, hot and willing to take care of her more personal needs….

Veterinarian Sarah Tyler isn’t going to wait another eternity for hotshot photographer J. D. Damico to kiss her again. And she’s gambling that what happens in Vegas will change her luck!

Bakery owner Marissa Llewellyn has always been sweet on sheriff Jax Carlisle, but her efforts to help a wayward teen have her bending the rules he’s bound to uphold….

Indulge your craving for fresh contemporary romance with this collection of four full-length novels!

Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen

Maid to Fit by Rebecca M. Avery (Man Maid, Book 1)

Calling His Bluff by Amy Jo Cousins

Baker’s Law by Denise McDonald

My Cover

I got the okay to share… so, here it is:

 

BakersLaw_final

 

WOOT!

It’s getting closer. The cover for the box set is now out. (I will share my cover when I get the go-ahead!) box set

Four Romances for One Amazing Price

Stranded together by a blizzard, scholar-turned-farmer Willow Reade and bad-boy ski champion Dane “Danger” Hollister generate enough body heat to make it through the night. But the sparks don’t stop flying when the snow does….

When stressed-out single mom Kayla Clark hires “retired soldier” Ronnie Brown from Man Maid to whip her household into shape, she’s not expecting him to be young, hot and willing to take care of her more personal needs….

Veterinarian Sarah Tyler isn’t going to wait another eternity for hotshot photographer J. D. Damico to kiss her again. And she’s gambling that what happens in Vegas will change her luck!

Bakery owner Marissa Llewellyn has always been sweet on sheriff Jax Carlisles, but her efforts to help a wayward teen have her bending the rules he’s bound to uphold….

Indulge your craving for fresh contemporary romance with this collection of four full-length novels!

Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen

Maid to Fit by Rebecca M. Avery (Man Maid, Book 1)

Calling His Bluff by Amy Jo Cousins

Baker’s Law by Denise McDonald

 

                       Available for preorder:         Amazon   or    Barnes and Noble

 

So very excited!

brrr…

So for the last what, 5 days—this being day 6—there has been ice on the ground. It’s keeping the kids home from school which in turn is driving me nuts and then some. In the DFW area, it’s about half and half—the Dallas area is back in school today, the Fort Worth area, they’re underfoot for a third school day.

I don’t know why it still amazes me how one little change in our (meaning my) daily routine throws everything else out of whack. You have kids who are so not used to being cooped up for hours much less days and they go a little stir-crazy. And it rubs off. Quickly. I haven’t been able to concentrate which means no writing. Throw on top of ALL that the fact that I have a head cold (probably from shoveling the driveway with a massive sinus infection) and the last few days have been more than enough. One the upside, the hubby actually went in to work today. He missed Friday and Monday thanks to Icemagedon—yeah that’s what they’re calling it here—so at least he managed to get away for a brief bit.

Tomorrow, I am dropping my kids off at school regardless of whether the doors are unlocked or not—I’m kidding of course. They’d just walk back since they know the way home.

On the upside, I did prepare for the storm and hit the grocery store in advance so we didn’t run out of food! The 10 dozen cookies I made on Thursday though didn’t make it through the weekend. The comfort food was the first thing to go!

I hope you all are fairing well as the storms head eastward. It’s your turn. We in Texas are quite done with it. Thankyouverymuch!

Turkey-week

Thanksgiving was yesterday. My kids have been off school (and driving me nuts) and we had several traditions to j0422849uphold. The first is that someone *always* gets ill the week of Thanksgiving. Every. Danged. Year. Without fail. This year was the hubby. though he is major denial of how sick he is. He wants me to hold off on the Mcturkey until Sunday. That alone should make him realize he doesn’t feel well (we still maintained our regular schedule for his entire family meal).

The Mcturkey being the second in the list of traditions. One year, hubby’s mom made manicotti for Thanksgiving and the hubby bitched and bitched for a good, solid fours months. You think I am exaggerating, but I am so not! So much he whined that I now make our Mcturkey the week of Thanksgiving to ensure that he has his stupid turkey—though I will say his mom hasn’t repeated “her choice” of what to server for her meal. (Yes, he’s a big ole baby!)

Football is an obvious tradition in a sports household—though I like it less and less every years—but what can you do?

For some reason baking has become a tradition. I like desserts! And I will end up making umpteen different batches of j0422850cookies by the end of the week. Shortbread is the flavor de jour this year—I tend to obsess and then overdo—another tradition I suppose. I will usually go through a couple of bags of flour & sugar and multiple sticks of butter… cookies w/o gobs of butter is just plain wrong.

You’d hope that being thankful would be a tradition that would especially be strong this week, but with teenagers, I am still trying to get them out of the “how does it affect me” mode. It’s a slow process but one I will endure and eventually achieve (or else!)

One tradition I do NOT partake in… Black Friday (or Thursday as it should be called now that *all* the stupid stores are opening early—what a shame!) I think because I worked retail when the hubby was in college, that shopping day has less than zero appeal to me!

What traditions will you observe this week? Which are new and which are family favorites?

I wish you all a very

           HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

So when I signed my Harlequin contract in October, I had no idea how quickly things might move (I anticipated the book to be released in a year or so). Color me shocked and then some when I got notice my book: Baker’s Law would be released in February—2014. Yep in a little over two months.

I haven’t even gotten a cover yet and it’s already up on Amazon (WOOT) as a pre-order. It’s initial release on Feb. 3 is going to be part of a e-book box set  with three other authors (Selena Bowen, Rebecca Avery and Amy Jo Cousins). Of course I’ve already pre-ordered my copy! In May, the four e-book titles will all be individually released.

How exciting is that?!?!

The Harlequin Series Digital First is a brand spanking new line. The first two books will be released in December. It’s pretty exciting—did I already say that? Rolling on the floor laughing

I am working hard—writing every day (often with Amie’s pushing me along, ‘cause I need it!) getting the next book to the finish line. And can I just say, from day one of my “writing career”, selling to Harlequin was number one on my list of goals. I achieved it! And now I can’t wait to make a new list and get rocking on that.

Let me let you in on a secret, I’m a shopoholic. I am. Worse, I am a BIGGER web-shopoholic, but I’m not. Don’t know what I mean, well let me explain… I love online shopping. Groceries aside, I think I do 90% of my shopping online. It’s just so much easier. I actually save money this way, because in a store I can *easily* (and I do mean easily) get talked into more. Every danged time. So the online shopping streamlines my purchases (and I am great at searching for coupons) and makes it easier to get in and get out.

Anyway… back to the web-shopoholic.

I have several stores I frequent—I won’t bore you with which ones, because I’m not here to promote anyone. I (daily) go to these online stores and I will put several things into the cart and on the wish list (I have items on one wish list that are multiple years old). I will move them back and forth and I will talk myself into and out of dozens of things. Often.

BUT… I don’t buy most of them.

I really don’t. I look, I covet and I remove with ease. Without guilt. Sometimes with some prolonged longing, but eh, no harm no foul right?!? My web-shopping isn’t limited to one product market either. I have books galore that I will go through (though truth be told, that’s the highest percentage of what I will actually end up buying). Clothing/shoes being the next most perused. Electronics coming in a close third with food—yes food—a not distant fourth.

It’s a weird habit to have, though I supposed the web version of window shopping is better then the actual shopping—I’d be broke, broke and broke some more if I bought all the things I want online. Sure I should be writing or reading in those online moments, but those are things you need your brain completely committed to and sometimes you can’t for whatever reason. The shopping, you can move away from and come right back to without the jarring interruption. And since I don’t knit anymore, and my sewing machine is under tons of things, the online perusal is my brain-downtime. It’s a way to relax and block out the world (and come right back to if need be) I suppose.

Do you have a weird pastime? A confession you want to admit to? Is there something that takes up a lot of your time that folks might raise an eyebrow at—that you want to share? And the biggest question…do you think I’m weird? Winking smile

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