Cover Reveal for Ashes to Ashes

I'm so excited to share with you the new cover for Ashes to Ashes! As you may know, part of this story was previously published in the DARK DESIRES boxed set earlier this summer, but this is the whole shebang - beginning, middle, and an epic end - wrapped up in one very hot package. 


I had it all, or so I thought. Until my husband betrayed me and my entire world came crashing down. I turned to alcohol and sex to numb my pain—a different city each night, a new man in my bed. But I’m sober now, and I’m working my way back up the country music charts. 

But then the death threats started and I needed protection. When my new bodyguard walked in the room, I couldn’t believe my eyes: the one man from my long spiral down who I never forgot. The one who played my body like an instrument.

Now we’re on the run from a madman and all I want is to forget about everything. To pretend this isn’t my life. To lose myself in him. So I let him take control.

I tried telling myself it was only sex, but I've done the unthinkable: I've fallen in love with a man who can never love me back. Because Ash has demons of his own—ones he never talks about and never will. I know I should walk away before it’s too late. But I'm an addict, and I need him.

How do you give up the best thing you ever had, even when it's bad for you? How do you walk away from a man like Ash Devereaux?


I'm still waiting for a few vendors to get with the program before I can share pre-order links with you, but I can confirm this book will be available on all retailers. Yes, that means Amazon, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo readers will have a chance to read Ash and Rae's story. And trust me, you're going to want to get your hands on this one. I've never written two characters quite like this. 

Announcing a co-writing venture with Jamaila Brinkley

Last year I came across some really great stock imagery that sent my mind on a whirlwind of thought, and out of that came the idea for a series based on six different heroes who are all involved with food & beverage in one capacity or another. And from that kernel of an idea, a full fledged series was born. (Well, at least the titles and some ideas for covers. Ha!) 

When I first started talking about it on my super secret readers' group (which really isn't a secret - you can join here), everyone was incredibly excited, but no more so than my friend, author Jamaila Brinkley. We'd joked around here and there about how we should write together someday, but with very divergent genres, there never seemed a good, happy medium where both our talents could shine. 

Until that day.

Because you see, Jamaila and I have a lot more in common than just being indie authors. We actually go waaaay back - first meeting almost ten years ago - when we were both home renovation bloggers bringing historic homes back to their former glory: mine a 1910 Craftsman in Oakland, CA, and hers a 1920s family home outside of Baltimore.

So when she asked, by chance, if I was thinking about hooking up my new winemaker with a heroine who knew her way around a tool box, I laughed hysterically. Because you see, that's exactly what I was planning to do! And so a plan was formed. And now, several months later, she and I are working on a new book we hope to release later this year.

Introducing The Vintner's Vixen.

With movie roles for "curvy best friend" drying up fast, actress Angelica Travis is happy to be leaving Hollywood behind for a project she's truly passionate about: renovating an historic bed and breakfast in peaceful wine country. She's got plans and power tools ready, but an inconvenient attraction to her obnoxious new neighbor is NOT on the agenda.

Winemaker Noah Blackstone wants nothing more than to cultivate his grapes and win awards for his wine. But when construction on the B&B next door threatens his vines, Noah goes on a rampage - and comes up hard against the sexiest starlet he's ever seen. Exactly the sort of woman he's vowed never to get involved with again. 

Angelica and Noah might be able to resolve their differences over a glass of some very fine wine but when her opportunity at breakout stardom comes calling, all bets are off.

You guys, this book is going to be SOOOOO good.

It combines two things Jamaila and I are both passionate about and because of that, that the story is practically writing itself. As we worked through the initial outline every message I sent was filled with more exclamation points than the one before it. I'm not ashamed to admit that I must have written, "I *love* this!" at least 20 times.

We don't have a fixed release date yet - we both have several committed projects slated for the remainder of the year - but I would love it if we are able to get it in your hot little hands sometime in late fall/early winter.

Trust me, the wait is going to be soooo worth it. (Now you just have to be patient while we finalize the cover. )

A Look Ahead to What's Coming in 2017

In 2016, I released two full length novels that each clocked in at over 120,000 words (Lucky Star and Trying Sophie), plus I re-wrote and re-released A Time Apart. If you can believe it, my plans for 2017 are even more ambitious than that.

First, I intend to release a short novella that is a tie-in to Lucky Star (The Ties That Bind) in January. Then, I'll re-issue an updated version of Keeper of My Soul sometime thereafter. In late spring/early summer, I plan to release two additional books: Ruck Me (Dublin Rugby #2) and In Plain Sight (which will also be part of a box set I'm working on with several other steamy contemporary romance authors). Hopefully at some point during this period, American Hero also gets to see the light of day. The goal is to have an additional Dublin Rugby book available for you in late-summer, and then an Eagle Harbour novella for you toward the end of fall. If all that hasn't completely worn me out, I'd like to also put out a short Christmas novella that is also part of the Lucky Star universe. We'll see how that goes.

Obviously, I reserve the right to change this schedule pending how life treats me in the coming year, but I'm really excited to get these books in your hot little hands. Three are well on their way, with the others generally plotted out. I'm curious to hear from you all which book you're most looking forward to. Reply in the comments and let me know!