Friday, July 22, 2016

A Totally, TOTALLY Overdue Update

Okay, it’s WAAAAY past time for an update from me, right?

So here’s a little self-Q&A of all the things you need to know to be totally up to date.

Question: What’s the next book that will be coming out?

Answer: King of the Friend Zone on September 1, 2016.

Now if you’re thinking, “Hey, it was supposed to be Walk of Infamy,” you would be correct. So what happened? Well, I writing King of the Friend Zone as part of the awesome Power of the Matchmaker series, and one of the other authors asked to switch months for release dates, so I had to stop Walk of Infamy (which is very, very close to done, I assure you) and put both feet into getting King of the Friend Zone ready first.

SUPER sorry for the bait-and switch. The good news is, it’s very possible you’ll get two books very close together. So yay for that?

Question: What’s King of the Friend Zone about?

Answer: Happy you asked! Here’s a synopsis:

Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancĂ©, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancĂ©, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.

They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years—of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other.

Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds?

Question: What are the other books in the Power of the Matchmaker series?

Answer: It’s so crazy to me that 7 of the 12 Matchmaker books have already been released, and #8 will be released in a matter of DAYS.

Next is #9: September. Me. *gulp* (I hope you like it!)

But if you want to check out the other books in the series up until now, they are all up with tons of reviews to help you find your perfect fit! They are all different genres and all stand alone novels that can be read in any order.

Check them out.

April: Love is Come

September: King of the Friend Zone

October: To Move the World

November: How I Met Your Brother

December: The Reformer

And here's a look at all the covers so you know what they look like.

Got any other questions? Ask away in the comments, and I'll try to be a good author and answer them all in the next post.

How about that? :D

Monday, May 9, 2016

Book 4 in Power of the Matchmaker: Love Is Come

Being on the road and walkabouting has thrown a wrench in me giving a timely shout out to the awesome Heather B. Moore and her release of Love Is Come. This book is the fourth book (although they can be read in any order) of the Power of the Matchmaker series (12 months, 12 books, 12 authors).

The series' matchmaker, Pearl, is certainly proving that she can handle every pairing that comes her way in this series.

In Love Is Come, by Heather B. Moore, we are treated to the gentle romance of two souls who a bit kinder than the world around them—so kind, in fact, that they threaten their own happiness by letting the stronger voices around them call the shots.

Nelle is an only child with a bit of privilege going for her and Mathew is the handsome farmer who has every intention of proposing to her cousin, Alice. Their paths never would have crossed except for the fact that tragedy strikes Nelle’s family and she is forced to go live with her aunt for the summer.

I like this book because it makes me think of all the times in life when we think that if something is meant to be that it will just fall into place. I thought about that a lot as I read this book—that fine balance between waiting for what fate serves up and going out and carving your own fate. But whatever side of the that philosophical question you may stand on, it's pretty clear that Nelle and Mathew are meant to be.

The question is: Will everything come together in a way where they actually get together?

If you’re in the mood for a sweet ride with two characters with hearts of guileless gold, Love Is Come is the book for you!

Content: Squeaky Clean

Buy the book and read more reviews here.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

COMING SOON: Walk of Infamy

Some of you are about to fist-pump the air while saying, “It’s about time!”

Others of you are going to be hearing about the Rhea Jensen series for the first time and not be sure if it’s worth getting excited about.

Either way, it’s official: the next book of mine to hit digital shelves will be Walk of Infamy—the final book in the Rhea Jensen series. And while this is Book 6 in the series (Book 7, if you count The Avenues novella), Walk of Infamy is a STANDALONE NOVEL. This means you can read it whether you’ve read any of the other books in the Rhea Jensen series or not.

What I can tell you is that if you loved Pimpernel, you’ll definitely want to pick up Walk of Infamy; and if you like the Rhea Jensen series, then buckle up. Things are about to get real.

What’s Walk of Infamy About? 

Rhea Jensen has a date with destiny. A powerful, multi-national group calling itself The Fours considers her a threat. She doesn’t know why The Fours think this, only that they will destroy her life and the lives of everyone she loves if she doesn’t do as she’s asked.

Rhea knows where to be, when to be there, and that the odds are not in her favor for a happy ending. That’s it. What she’s about to learn is that the past seven years of her life were not what they seemed, and there is a 99.9% chance she will not live to see another day. Her date with destiny is rigged to become a date with infamy.

The question Rhea must ask herself is: Is she going to die on her terms, or on The Fours terms?

Her life, and the end thereof, has just become a game for the rich and powerful to watch play out live, and they’ve played this game many time before with other people more skilled than Rhea. The rules are designed so that the House wins every time. Rhea knows she can’t win—not without a miracle. But if she’s not going to get what she wants, well then, neither are The Fours. The clock is running, though, so whatever Rhea’s going to do, she needs to do it quick.

My Thoughts About the Book

Walk of Infamy is a total ride that keeps on moving and will be a bit intense for some people. Yes, it is a standalone novel, but those of you who have read the rest of the series know that there’s a lot to tie in and tie up, and none of it is for the faint of heart.

While Walk of Infamy is a clean read and is PG as far as outright content, thematically this book is easily PG-13 and there are triggers in it for sensitive readers. I like to be upfront about that, because I know that while some readers love intensity, others like their reading time to be a trigger-free escape. Walk of Infamy has some triggers along the way, so if you have any concerns about whether or not this book is for you, feel free to use the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon to start reading before you buy.

All that said, I’m so excited to finally get this book out there. Those of you who have been waiting for it know that it’s taken me quite a while. I adore Rhea and her story, but this last book is pretty rated-R in my mind and it took a while to figure out how to tell Rhea’s final chapter in the right way.

So…Rhea fans and Pimpernel fans? This one’s for you! Buckle up, and get ready for a serious ride in 2016, because Walk of Infamy is coming your way!

Look for it coming this June. :)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Walkabout #3

Those of you who know me know that I am prone to walkabouts--trips where I get in my car and just start driving. My first walkabout was (coincidentally) 40 days and 40 nights while the second one measured out to two weeks.

April 1st marks the beginning of Walkabout #3, and I think it would be way fun to bring you all along in some fashion. I will definitely be posting on Twitter and Instagram, but I'm wondering if there's something else I can do to bring you along.

Personally, I never listen to podcasts but I understand that they're a thing. It got me wondering if that might be a cool thing to do on the road. I always meet amazing people with great knowledge and skills that teach me things I inevitably use in my writing.

But what if I officially interviewed them and shared these writerly facts with you?

I can't promise any specific topic. You never know who you're going to meet on the road and where their area of expertise lies. It's all a bit of a grab bag, but a mixed bag that fascinates me, personally.

The question is: Does it fascinate you, or at least interest you enough to check it out a time or two?

Sound off below and share any ideas you have in the comment section. I'd love to have you along for the ride :)

Are you interested in a podcast of randomly interviewed subject matter experts I meet on the road?

P.S. Apparently some browsers aren't allowing voting in the poll. BOO! But if that's the case for you, please feel free to leave a comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Also, I will spending most of this walkabout in the western United States, so if you want to connect with me, please feel free to reach out and DEFINITELY follow me on Twitter and Instagram to stay in touch.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Release Date Update

Some of you may have noticed that I've changed the order of books being released this year in the header. The reason for this is simply because the order of books being released in the Power of the Matchmaker series just changed from releasing King of the Friend Zone from a November to a September release.

The good news is that Hunter Chase (the guy in King of the Friend Zone) will receive Pearl's help in landing his lady love two months earlier than originally planned. And let me tell you, he has no problems with the updated timeline whatsoever. Hunter needs all the help he can get in landing his lady love. Pearl has to bring out the big guns with this dude. Trust'll see what I mean in September.

In the meantime, I'm currently writing the book that will be coming your way in Spring. There will be a lot more news and a cover reveal coming soon. If you've signed up for my newsletter, you'll see it there first.

Thanks for reading and for all the reviews!

Book 3 in The Power of the Matchmaker series: If We Were a Movie

It's March, which means there's a new book out in the Power of the Matchmaker series. Pearl is at it again, and this month she has her eyes set on two NYU students. It's a bubbly, fun ride.

Male POV romances don't happen enough, in my opinion. Kelly Oram writes this romance entirely from the guy's side, and it totally works. If you like to laugh out loud while you read and cheer for two people who are truly meant to be, this is your book. It's sweet, it's funny, and it's painful from time to time. The bright spot of this book is always Jordan in her totes-adorableness. I loved watching her ride the silver lining until she tripped into love. (Since this is a guy POV, he doesn't catch on to her journey or sense when, exactly, his girl moves from intrigue to crush to love. But readers will see what he doesn't see and understand why Pearl put these two together from the start.)

Also, loved Pearl in this. Our matchmaker has a good amount of sass in her, which is just how I like her. :)

Check out the book here, and happy reading!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Book 2 in Matchmaker Series: Not Always Happenstance

It's a new month in 2016, which means there's a new book out in The Power of the Matchmaker series! Book 2 is Not Always Happenstance, by Rachael Anderson, who is one of the people I always try to sit by whenever I go to any type of writerly event. Love her!

I just started the book myself, but if you want to read along with me, please pick it up and support one of my favorite people!

From the Power of the Matchmaker series: 

Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She's learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother's bed and breakfast. She's also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be takenrelaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment.

But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar.

As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her.

What people are saying:

Loved it! A great escape and like always a lovely story that drew me in and wouldn't let go until the very end. Highly recommend! Kathy,

A very quick and beautiful read that made me want to move here and live among the locals. Maureen,