Thursday, February 26, 2015

Her Highland Rogue

I’m currently in the middle of finishing my Clan Ross series. This has been a fun project and one that has challenged me but also allowed me to embrace Scotland and it’s history and people. When I lived in the UK my family visited Scotland several times and I always found the people to be amazingly friendly and personable. The Scot’s have an amazing history and reminds me that family is the most important part of your life. Whether by blood or by friendships formed, family is what get’s you through things.

Please check out my second book in this series HER HIGHLAND ROGUE. The two main characters were based off people that are dear to me and who inspire me. Take that kinda magic with a “what if” idea and voilĂ .


Kady, Muse Extraordinaire has ticked off Cupid and in order to get back into the good graces of her friend and the rest of the Gods, she has to do the seemingly impossible. She has to match her favorite lady human, Meagan Wentworth with her one true love. Kady thinks she’s struck the mother lode of luck when Meagan falls for Alec Ross but there is just one tiny little problem with the hearts and flower ending she envisions. Alec is from the past, Scotland, in the year 1295 to be exact and his little sojourn in the future is about to come to an end thanks to the selfish and evil priestess, Morgana. But everything goes wrong when Alec and Meagan get caught up in the a spell Morgana has cast and sends them back in time. Kady doesn’t have enough power to send them back to the twenty-first century so she hopes they can make things work until she can figure a way to get Meagan home where she belongs.

Meagan can’t believe she’s back in time, with no plumbing, no electricity and the hottie she’d been falling for, doesn’t remember her. Meagan is going to do what she can to get back to her time period, she doesn’t need this…and yet, she has never backed down from a challenge. She’s going to remind Alec who she is and what they had together in the future. Hopefully, she’ll be able to survive the late 1200’s and not be accused of witchcraft or die. And of course get the guy and write there happy ending.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Reading and Technology--How Do You Unwind

Why read?

Recently Kenya West came out and made the statement—and I’m going to be paraphrasing here…that books are too wordy and really simply and ego thing for the writer. Hmmm…first off I was thinking Hello Pot. I’ve never seen such an huge egomaniac in awhile.

But his comment got me to thinking. Why do people read? Why do you pick up a certain genre over others? What speaks to you as a reader?

Before I worked up the nerve to write my book I was an avid reader. I was a top 100 reviewer with Amazon and I also reviewed for several years for Romantic Times Magazine. I read a wide range of books, genre’s and authors. Some I admit I wouldn’t have picked up on my own.  And as a result I would have missed out on some seriously amazing stories, authors, and my “reading world” would be seriously small.

But do people still choose to read as a way of kicking back and relaxing? Face it technology has changed how we do things. Stop and think how many times you’ve gone out and spent a great part of her time checking social networks, or added to your story on Snapchat. You’re with your date or hanging with friends and you are head down chatting with others. This really irritates me at times. We’ve lost the ability to socialize in person.

Has the tablets and smartphones of the world taken away from a good read? At times I think they do. I’m all for you using the tablet to download that book. I have both a Kindle and Nook account and I carry my tablet with me so I have ready access to my library. Win for technology.

I read before I do a lot of other things. The news is full of politically correct garbage that tries to avoid the very real and ugly truth that the world is exploding with not nice things. Reality is too much, I’d much rather escape into a good romance. Where love isn’t a punch line, where relationships are grown and nurtured with the end result being that mystical Happily Ever After. I love a good historical novel where you can travel back in time and experience a time long past. And paranormal reads are also very intriguing. There are no rules, the worlds are dynamic and entertaining.

So what do you do to relax? Do you game, read, a combination of both? What draws you to a book?

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Get your copies now for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day

The dreaded holiday of Valentine's Day is upon us. I have mixed feelings about this "holiday." In truth I see it as a great holiday for the floral, chocolate and card industry but see little else. I’m personally a person who doesn’t like to conform to celebrating a holiday set aside for love and romance on one day. I think if you’re in a relationship, you should celebrate romance and your love each day. But with that said, I love history. The story of how things come to be or happen so courtesy of the here is a little information regarding the history of this now commercial holiday. As I researched this I learned quite a bit and hope that you enjoy this little tidbit of info…

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at theBattle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that KingHenry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines
Here is wishing you all a very happy Valentine’s Day and don’t put pressure on yourself to make it happen. Love is a natural thing and doesn’t have to come dressed up with cards and chocolate.