For the Ladies! FIND YOUR LOST….

Ever want to escape for a while? Hide away from the daily grind, the hustle and bustle, the drama and madness of a world that’s always running full-steam? Ever try finding lost? It’s a term my mother-in-law used to say all the time and live by as she raised her family. When I met my husband, he introduced me to the idea. When we married, we introduced the idea to our children.

It’s a rather simple idea, really. All you do is get in the car, pick a direction, and go. When you come to an intersection, someone picks a direction to go. It harkens back a bit to the old days of going out for a Sunday drive, with no real plan for a destination other than just driving around looking at the scenery before you. At one point, we’d always be a bit lost, but eventually we;d always find our way back home. It was rather fun and thrilling.

With the idea of FINDING LOST in my mind, I turned to writing. Automatically, I thought SUSPENSE. If a person was in trouble and didn’t want to be found, well, why couldn’t they FIND LOST? That is how my latest romantic suspense novel was born. SO, on this lovely day, when we can do what we want, why not FIND YOUR OWN LOST in a book? Try on mine for size. It’s hefty enough to leave you feeling very satisfied at the end of it, but short enough as to not take up an entire day to read.

SO, find lost today in the pages of FINDING LOST (4.8 STARS)…


How could anyone be miserable in paradise? Carrie Samuels could write a book about it. Far away from her family and friends, she’s fled to Isla Mujéres hoping to escape a relentless stalker who knew how to torment and leave no calling card. What started out as a short-term solution has turned into a long-term jail sentence on a tropical island.

Painfully handsome, with a killer smile and well-hewn body, Dillon McMahon left his past behind and plans to spend the rest of his life off the grid on Isla Mujéres, the perfect place to dig in. Living next door to a sexy, quirky, and mysterious woman makes it all the sweeter.

When Carrie and Dillon’s pasts collide with the present, it threatens their budding relationship and sends them into a maelstrom of danger, abduction, and attempted murder. Sometimes, no matter how far you run, you just can’t hide.



The ANGEL has risen! Witness the miracle…

When I started writing Angel Rising, I had no idea the enormous hold it would have on me. I got halfway through the darn thing and realized that this book would be the most intense, the most heart-wrenching, and the longest I’d ever written. That’s right, I was sitting at 50K words and still had another 50K more to say. 

Out there in Internet World, it had come to my attention that there was a new trend; people were reading shorter-length pieces. That worried me. What would I do with my 100K+ novel? It occurred to me that I could split the book into two parts and offer it as a duet of books. Well, it worked okay for a while, but I wasn’t happy. I mean, they look awesome as paperbacks together, but as an ebook, Book 2 was getting lost.

So, I decided to bring the two parts back together and under one roof, so to speak. I couldn’t be happier, and Hannah and Gabriel agree. Now that the story is whole, I hope that people will not shy away from it due to its length. When a story’s gotta be told, there’s no stopping it, no matter the length.

If you’ve read Angel Rising already, I hope you loved it. If you haven’t, here’s your chance.

I’d also like to extend an invitation to you. I’m having a release party over on Facebook and would love for you to come. There will be fun and games, prizes, and special guests. It’s scheduled for 6pm – 8:30 pm EDT, MONDAY, 3/8 (tomorrow or today, depending on when you see this). Here’s the link to sign up 


NEW YEAR, new lease on life…

image[50]How many times have we made resolutions that only days later we don’t keep? PLENTY! Well, I knew, for me to make any kind of change in my lifestyle, it would take a doctor saying, “You gotta change because you’re hurting yourself.” Well, that’s what’s happened over the course of last few months.

On a journey to eat healthier due to no more gall bladder, I embarked on a healthy kick, which everyone in the family embraced. Little did I know, the very foods I was eating were attacking me! I had a major food allergy test done, and the results came back. I’m still reeling from the implications, but safe to say, eating safer, rather than healthier, is one resolution of mine that has no wiggle room. If I want to STAY ill, I should keep on eating healthy foods like hummus and guacamole. That’s right, these healthy snacks make me sick. I can’t even begin to list all the foods I’m severely or mildly intolerant to. The list is expansive and surprising. Now, add to that heady mix the fact that I’m severely intolerant to gluten and cow’s milk. What do I adore? Breads and cheeses. What do I enjoy even more? Putting those two together. 

I can tell this change-over is going to be a challenge. Not in the obvious ways, but in the quiet ways. For example, I can live with changing milk to almond milk, but Smart Balance spread has milk in it, and I use it heavily for cooking. I refuse to switch to unhealthy margarines, so what’s to be done? Another example is that I cook all the time with olive oil, and I love soybean products like edamame and tofu. Can’t use or eat any of those. 

So, I look forward with equal parts anticipation and dread for my phone call to speak with a nutritionist on Tuesday. I’m hoping to hear more positive information and get practical advice for substitutions and which products are best. My resolution this year? Change my life for the better through smart, safe, healthy-for-me eating.

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I love this time of year, sort of. You see, I’m not much of a fan of winter, overall. Far too cold, snowy, and icy for my liking. But since moving to Arizona, it is much more palatable. Now, all the colorful lights and displays in front of people’s homes make me smile as I drive home from work. The smell of wood smoke from fireplaces and wood stoves is comforting and nostalgic. 

The winter holidays in my home revolve around Hanukkah, so I thought I’d share images of holiday treats you’ll find during these eight days. There’s always lots of food fried in oil to commemorate the miracle of a tiny bit of oil lasting for eight days as the temple was rebuilt from destruction by King Nebuchadnezzar and his army…


 We eat potato latkes with sour cream.          Fried doughnuts with cinnamon & sugar.


 Falafel are a Hanukkah favorite.           Fried chicken for protein!

 What would Hannukkah be without chocolate money?!?!


If you’re not familiar with my work, I write PARANORMAL ROMANCE and ROMANTIC SUSPENSE. I’ve always had a love affair with the idea of immortality and the struggle between good and evil, so you’ll find those elements at the forefront of my PNRs, along with steamy, sensual, addictive romance. The struggle between good and evil continues into my romantic suspense titles, as well. This time, though, it’s human beings that are devious, conniving, and psychopathic. 

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Have you ever been moved by the lyrics of a song? In this anthology, seven authors of various genres listened to Big New World’s evocative hit song, “Say Something” – and used their interpretation of the words as inspiration for a short story. Contemporary to paranormal to historical, enjoy a wide variety of characters and settings, all with the same basic theme: say something.

Jennifer’s Secret by V.S. Nelson

Behind the Scenes by Morgan Kearns

A Nordic Knight in Henry’s Court
~ Part One by Kris Tualla

Angel Rising by Deena Remiel

Meant to Be by Camelia Skiba

Moving On by April London

Why Not Ask? by Angelica French

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Delicate Ink

A Montgomery Ink Novel, Book 1


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On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.


Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.


Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.



Damn Austin Montgomery.

Austin frowned, moving toward her. She forced herself not to take a step back. She wouldn’t run. Not anymore. But she didn’t know if she could keep up the denial if he got any closer.

He ended up standing right in front of her, so close she could feel the heat of his body. The act reminded her of her dream of Jason, and she held back a shudder. It wouldn’t do her any good to compare the two men. Her past and her…whatever this would end up being.

His hand came up so he gripped her chin. He searched her face, and she just stared up at him, unsure of what to do or say next. He hadn’t spoken, and it threw her for a loop.

“Okay, Sierra,” he said finally, his voice low, deep. So deep it went straight to her core, and she had to keep from sighing. Again. “If you don’t feel like you’re ready to ride yet, then we won’t.”

She let out the breath she wasn’t aware she’d been holding. “Thanks, Austin. I’m sure we’ll see each other around then.” What was she doing? That hadn’t been the plan. Or had it? Honestly, she didn’t even know what her plan was anymore. She wanted him, she was clear on that much, but she wasn’t sure she could handle more. This wishy-washy thought process wasn’t doing her any favors. She needed to buck up and either give in fully or step back.

Taking half steps would only hurt her in the end. Didn’t she know that? Hadn’t she lived that?

“Oh really? I don’t think so. That’s not how this is going to play, Legs.”

“Excuse me?” The ice was back in her voice, but she didn’t know how to control it, not when he was so large and…Austin around her.



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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.


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Bullies, Stalkers, and Trolls! Oh my!

Be-Nice-or-Leave-PosterI feel as though this is the dawning of a new age, and it’s not the Age of Aquarius. It’s the Age of the Disintegration of Humanity. Rarely do I write social commentary. I’m more of a writer who tries to counsel through writing. On occasion, however, I must speak my mind about certain issues prevalent in our society. Mind you, it takes a bit for the commentary to percolate, and so, I am finally weighing in on a most disturbing trend in the writing community- nasty, unmannerly behavior among the ranks.

In all honesty, I live on the fringe of all the growing madness. Thank goodness, too! I hear, from a far distance, about  authors, reviewers, readers behaving badly towards each other. Trolls across Amazon destroy the reputations of books with one-star reviews, for which I have fallen victim. And the ultimate breach of etiquette and propriety- the stalking of a reviewer by an author.

The novel-writing industry has been overrun by those who do not respect the profession, and it’s time to bring it to an end. It’s time we demand professional norms be created and followed. If people can’t abide by them, then they’re out. Here’s my suggested list of norms:

If you plan to be an author, reviewer, blogger, and/or reader, you must adhere to the following:

1. Understand that behind every written word is a real person with a heart and a soul, who has put their best effort toward publishing their book.

2. Understand that behind every purchase is a real person anticipating a great read. Respect them enough to put out the
highest quality story that has been professionally edited, and one that has a professionally created book cover.

3. When offered an opportunity to review a book, actually do so. Don’t mistake this as a chance to get a free book
and never follow through, or pirate it. Authors are looking for  honest feedback on their work, and you promised.

4. When given a review from a reviewer, blogger, or reader, either ignore it or read it, but never respond to it in a negative way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so is how well the story reads in a reader’s head.

5. Understand that when a release date comes and goes without a release, it’s usually because life and the unexpected happens. Authors and publishers strive to meet deadlines and release dates, but it doesn’t always go as planned. Readers have the right to be disappointed, but the responsibility to acknowledge that authors and publishers are just as disappointed. No need for anger. It’s just a book, not a paycheck that has been delayed.

6. Readers are customers, not employers. 

6. Disagreements are NEVER aired on any social media outlet. Keep it to emails and instant messaging, and keep it professional. Don’t know how? Read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.

I Love Writing, But I’d REALLY Love Beautiful Nails

20141020_172720I’m having a nail crisis! It actually started years ago, when I realized I couldn’t grow nails like the other women in my family or my girlfriends. I have baby nails. Really! They’re tiny. And my hands are small, too. So, I knew I would never be a concert pianist, but to realize I couldn’t grow nails that would look lovely with luscious pinks, corals, and all kinds of decorative paintings, has left me devastated. Don’t even get me started on all the Jamberry stickers I could be buying and wearing like nobody’s business!

Now, I know how it is. I could very easily put fake nails on and call it a day. But, that costs money, bi-weekly, to maintain. It’s money I don’t have to spend on such luxuries. Plus, there is one confounding factor to all of this. Let’s say I had the money to go fake and awesome. How the heck would I write? 

I’ve been sprinting lately, which really ups my word count, thankfully. If I had claws, I’d be sprinting and writing gibberish and probably half the amount of words. So, it would seem it’s either my stories or my nails. I can’t have both. I choose my stories. They don’t fade, they don’t break, they don’t cost me money beyond the start-up. jamberry-nails-4

So, my dear friends with GORGEOUS nails, don’t mind the drool as I fawn all over yours. One day, when I have the money and the time to learn how to type with nails, I’ll get my own set. Until then, paint well, my friends!