FINALLY FRIDAY: release day butterflies

A new release is always fraught with worries and nervousness for me. What if I forgot to update the final version at ALL the vendors? What if something beyond my control goes wrong? What if readers hate it?

You’d think after doing this for 20 years, I’d be over the jitters, but no. It’s still a bit like sending your kid to Kindergarten for the first time. (Only I don’t have to worry about the biting.) 😉

Anyway, here’s the meme I created for this new release.

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Here are two little snippets that a member of my review team enjoyed. I hope you do, too.


“The ceilings’ numerous recessed cans gave silvery highlights to his tousled waves. His casual polo shirt was a cool sage, almost the same color as his eyes. Sexy. Gorgeous. But it was the concern she read in his expression that really moved her. He cared. She sensed it, and that made him dangerous. She was a sucker for kindness.”

#2: (Kate’s four-year old daughter, Maya, finds fault with any man her mother shows an interest in. In our hero’s case, she takes exception to his shoes. She claims they squeak.)

“Sorry, Kate. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m not usually this defensive about my shoes.” He glanced down at the demon cherub with the innocent smile. “But they don’t squeak. They cost an arm and a leg.”
“Then you’d only need one,” Maya said.

I hope you have a happy first weekend of August!



FINALLY FRIDAY: post-RWA catch-up


I was mightily impressed by how this city at the foot of the Rockies has morphed since my last visit, some fifteen years ago. The downtown area was pedestrian-friendly with free buses and tons of restaurants, stores and coffee bars. 🙂 It provided a lovely venue for Romance Writers of America’s annual conference, and I had a fabulous time.

Highlight #1:

High Tea at the Brown Palace with Tule Publishing.

I mistakenly thought “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown owned the Brown Hotel, but it turns out she simply stayed there after the sinking of the Titanic. Who knew?

The tea and the treats were lovely–especially the Devonshire cream and the truffles, but the company was equally wonderful. Here I am with my fellow Love at the Chocolate Shop author, Roxanne Snopek.

Highlight #2: My roomie for the week was another accomplished author who also writes for Tule (as well as other publishers), Jolyse Barnett. We had so much fun–and shared a few of the same food allergies. Our favorite dinner haunt became 5280 Burger Bar. Funny thing: we mentioned to Rogenna Brewer, a Denver native, that we’d dined at a hamburger spot the night before. She asked which one. Jolyse and I puzzled over the name a moment then said, “It’s got four numbers in front of it, then the word Burger.” Rogenna laughed and said, “As in five-thousand-two-hundred-and-eighty?” Jolyse and I looked at each other and burst out laughing. She’s a teacher and I used to be a geographer, but that number completely escaped us until pointed out that it’s a mile and we’re in the Mile-High city.

Highlight #3:

As you might imagine, a great deal of time at a conference is devoted to sitting and listening to workshops about the BIZ or standing around talking to other authors about the BIZ. It’s wonderful, daunting, over-stimulating, invigorating and exhausting all at the same time. I’m so glad I went, but RWA is not the only reason I went to Denver.

My cousin Carol Gregory–who lived with us for her four years of college and my four years of high school–grew to be a sister I cherished. She moved to Colorado after college and I didn’t see her as often as I would have liked, but we remained in touch…until a few years ago, when I learned she’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Her loving husband, Ken, cared for her faithfully until he suffered a stroke, which necessitated a move to the Denver area to be closer to their son, Beau. I am so glad I was able to visit Carol and reconnect with Ken and Beau–my new favorite heroes. The few hours I spent at the care facility both broke my heart and restored my faith in love and family. I was able to tell Carol how much she meant to me. I brought Beau a photo I found of his mom to help remind everyone of the beautiful soul with a vibrant smile held hostage by a cruel disease. In my heart, I know she remembered me and knew I still loved her.

I have tons more I will share in coming Fridays, but today my hubby and I are escaping to smoke-free air with friends. Sadly, we are experiencing another wild fire. Thankfully we’re not directly in its path, but smoke knows no boundaries and it’s become our new normal. Please send your thoughts and prayers to all who presently impacted by Nature’s fury.

Happy reading, my friends,


FINALLY FRIDAY: Love at the Chocolate Shop

Last year in July my book, SWEET SUMMER’S KISS, released.

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I really loved this book, which is #10 in a 12-book series. Part of the reason this book is near and dear to my heart is because I did a lot of research. As in…eating chocolate while attempting to perfect my gourmet kisses. Failure has never tasted so delicious. Below, is my “kissless” chocolate kiss recipe.

I’m giving away copies of this recipe card at the Love at the Chocolate Shop Facebook page this month. Any comment will get you registered. I’m picking 12 winners at the end of the month. If you’re a fan of chocolate, you belong with us: LATCS FACEBOOK

 Next week, I’ll be in Denver at the Romance Writers of American conference. If you’re in the area, please drop by the annual BookSigning for Literacy. It’s a wonderful way to meet authors and show your love of books, as well as support literacy programs in the Denver area.

This is me at the 2016 signing. I didn’t sign up to sign this year, but I will be there as a fan-girl.

2018 Literacy Autographing Information

When: Saturday, July 21, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Plaza Ballroom (Plaza Building, Concourse Level)

Proceeds from book sales benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide and Literacy Coalition of Colorado

Here are some things to know before you arrive:

  • This event is open to the public and is free of charge to attend.
  • You do not need to register to attend this event as a fan.
  • Since this is a fundraiser event for literacy organizations, attendees will not be allowed to bring books from home into the event. Plan to purchase books on-site.
  • We accept cash and major credit cards.

Questions may be emailed to

Happy reading!!!


PS: Today is Friday, the 13th! Apparently, there’s a connection between chocolate and the Friday the 13th film. #staysafeandeatchocolate