RT Convention: If you'd like to connect with me at the RT Convention in Dallas, please look for me at one of the following events:
- Wed, May 13, 1:00-1:30pm - Club RT
- Thurs, May 14, 11:00-11:30am - Club RT
- Thurs, May 14, 1:30-2:30pm - Harlequin Soiree
- Fri, May 15, 11:15am-12:15 - Harlequin Panel
I have to leave the book signing early so if you're planning to visit me there, please find me right away.
Big Skies, Hot Guys!
What do you think? Does it work for branding this series? I've been struggling with that.
The good news is, I've learned my lesson about starting a series without a clear vision. While I was away last week, spending copious amounts of time driving alone and with family, I came up with a series idea that I will start later this year.
My daughter wants all the credit, because I told her what I was looking for and we brainstormed. She came up with some character and setting ideas, but it was collaborative, trust me. If she wants a share of the royalties she can do the hard work and write one of these darned books. ;o)
Also, I pointed out she can still earn income from my books after I'm dead so she gets a cut either way.
What this series idea means is, as usual, I've mentally stacked up a ridiculous number of deadlines for myself. And I have now received revisions for the second book in that duet for Harlequin Presents I've been talking about. They're not too onerous, but I do want to finish them before I leave on Tuesday so I'll hurry this along.
Do you belong to my newsletter? Because I revealed a few details about the duet in the newsletter that came out on the 6th. You can read it here:
Read all the way to the bottom. It includes a special offer for a signed postcard! Then read all the way to the bottom of this post for a chance to win a print copy of Seduced Into The Greek's World!
This is my last excerpt from His Blushing Bride. It releases May 11th and I have Seduced Into The Greek's World going live on Amazon on the 18th, hitting shelves on June 1st. How do my books keep getting stacked together like this? It's one of the mysteries of publishing.
I'll try to get my #SampleSunday for Seduced Into The Greek's World up next weekend, but I'll still be at RT. Wifi connections can be tricky and I don't know if I'll have time to prepare the post before I leave, so please bear with me if it doesn't show up as scheduled.
Now for this week's:
Here's what's happened so far:
Here Piper shuts him down.
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“Things get around, is what I’m saying. Especially at school. I realize it sounds paranoid and backwater. The truth is I don’t really care what people say about me.” Her lips went tight again. She muscled the car down to second as she took a hard corner. “But I have a job working with kids. I can’t have parents thinking I’m screwing around with a drifter before teaching little Suzy how to blow the French horn. Know what I mean?”
Whoa. Colorful with her insults, which was funny, but that was quite an indictment.
“A drifter,” he repeated. Is that how he was coming across? He looked worse than he thought.
“I didn’t mean anything by that,” she muttered, swinging into the grocery store parking lot.
“Yeah, you did,” he said, and decided he’d hold off on clarifying things. It was actually refreshing to be seen as a have-not even if the ‘amount to nothing’ implication was not unfamiliar.
“No, honestly,” she insisted as she parked and yanked up the emergency brake. “I didn’t mean that to sound judgmental. I’m not like that. I wish I were the kind of person who knew how to travel on a shoestring and stay with strangers and not freak out after being robbed. You’d think I would be exactly like that, since Dad brought backpackers home all the time while I was growing up, but I guess I always saw us as the port in the storm, not the adventurers sailing the ship.”
She flipped up the visor, dipped her head to look through the windshield, then did a one-eighty shoulder check out their open windows before continuing.
“The thing is, it was a lot different when Dad brought strangers home and I was nine and my mother was in the house. I don’t think they thought this through when they offered to let you stay. I’m supposed to be a stable influence here, and it really doesn’t look good if... Please stop laughing at me.”
“I’m not. I’m really not,” he said, fighting to control the chuckle that had pushed up from the walls of his chest. “I hear you. It’s a different village, but the same local politics. I just didn’t realize there were still places like this in America. It is the twenty-first century in case everyone was too busy watching Sultry Suburbs to notice.”
“I know, right? But that’s the thing. People love to watch the drama unfold, and if there is no drama, they are more than happy to make it up. I like my job. I like my life here. Please respect that.”
“Message received.” No boyfriend. Keep it discreet.
“Thanks for understanding.” She shot him a relieved grin that hit him right in the middle of his chest.
She climbed from the car so he had a moment to absorb the impact of everything she’d said and wonder exactly what was going on here. He liked women as much as they liked him. Sex was pretty much his favorite pastime, provided the woman in question was interested and wanted to keep things light.
Piper might be responding to him, but not without reservations, and she had just spelled out for him that casual affairs didn’t have a place in her life.
Totally understandable. He did respect everything she’d just said.
His reaction was the disturbing part.
He didn’t like being rebuffed. At all.
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If you haven't read the previous books in this series, the quick links are all here:
I'm excited to be participating in Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Contest! There are tons of prizes offered by a vast array of authors so do check it out.
Of to work on my revisions. I hope your weekend is as glorious weather-wise as ours is shaping up to be! Enjoy it either way.