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Happy 7 years to us!

October 15th is a special day in my household. It’s an anniversary date and a birthday.

In 7 years, I’ve released 43 books, 20 of them with Mary Smith. I’ve traveled for book signings, met readers, and I’ve been able to sustain myself, even taking a few trips to see hockey games. I would not have been able to do any of that, if not for you, my dear reader. Thank you for your support, love, and friendship. I hope to see you in another seven years!

Now, I also mentioned a birthday.

Bartley turns 7 today. It was meant to be that he was my dog, considering the coincidence that he was born when my first book released, even though I didn’t find him until three months later. I’m very thankful for the seven years we’ve spent together; he’s my little buddy and sometimes, it feels like it’s me and him against the world. Even though he likes to worry me with his health condition, I hope I can come back on his fourteenth birthday and celebrate it with y’all as well. :)

I’m sitting with my grandma today while she recovers from her fractured ribs, but I’m thinking some sugar cookies and an extra treat for Bartley is exactly how we’ll celebrate!

Why don’t you do a little something to treat yourself and celebrate with us! Tell us how you’re celebrating in the comments. :)

Teaser Thursday: Felix (The Ninth Inning, #1)


We're on the last teaser for the first book in Mary's and my new baseball series, which releases tomorrow! Last week, I shared a teaser from Abigail's POV and one in Felix's POV. Then, on Tuesday, I shared another one in Abigail's POV.

With this one,  y'all are getting your first glimpse into Blake and Hector, who both have books following Felix's.
Back in the locker room after showering and changing, Hector walks over to me with Blake in tow.

“We’re going to a bar to celebrate. You coming?”

“Yeah, sure.” I grab my cell and keys and then we all drive separately to the bar Hector suggested. As we walk into the place, I text Abigail.

Me: Don’t go to sleep yet, please. I’ll be there in a few hours for my post-game kiss.

I slip my phone into my back pocket as we take seats at the bar. The bartender comes over to us almost immediately. Her arms are both full-sleeves of tattoos, which are clearly visible because she’s wearing a strapless top. She has her nose pierced as well as three in both her ears, plus a bar at the top of one. Her black hair is pulled back into a ponytail and she flicks her gaze over each of us.

“What can I get you?” she asks.

We give her our orders and she walks away.

“Really, Hector?” Blake says. “She’s your type?” It’s then that I notice Hector is still watching her.

Without taking his eyes off her, he answers, “Beautiful women are my type and she definitely fits. Holy shit, she’s pretty.”

I glance back at the girl, seeing more tats on her back. She’s pretty, yeah. Blake shakes his head and laughs a little as she comes back, setting our drinks down in front of each of us.

“What’s your name, beautiful?” Hector asks, leaning towards her.

She smiles brightly at him. “My first name is Not and my last is Interested. Enjoy your drinks.”

Blake and I laugh as she walks away. Hector’s frown flattens and he glares when Blake says, “Looks like you’re not her type.”

“Unlikely. She probably just didn’t like that I called her beautiful. I’ll have her number before I go home.” He sounds so sure of himself.

“Good luck with that,” I laugh.

After our first drinks are gone, Blake and I get up to play a game of darts. Hector stays behind at the bar to order more drinks and to try again with the bartender.

I throw a dart and say, “Fifty bucks says he doesn’t even get her name.”

Blake glances at the girl. “He may be able to get that out of her, but there’s no way he’ll get her number. He’s not that good with women.”

“I’m hurt you’re betting against my odds, Blake,” Hector says as he sets three filled glasses down on a nearby table. “I’d expect it from Felix, but not from my wingman.”

“We aren’t betting against your odds. We’re betting on the fact that you have no odds,” Blake answers, throwing his dart. “Did she give us refills or did she send another girl?”

We look at Hector and wait for a response. “Another girl,” he mumbles, shaking his head.

I laugh, drink, and then take my turn with the dartboard. Blake and I play the game while Hector switches his attention between the girl and us. After our second round of drinks, we cut ourselves off and switch to water. We watch as he manages to get her attention and makes her wait on us. He still returns defeated.

“Felix sucks at darts. Play a game with me and maybe then you’ll have a better plan.” Blake chuckles as he hands Hector some darts.

I ignore Blake’s jab and check my phone. There’s a new text message from Abigail, so I open it.

Abigail: Just a kiss? I would figure you had more in mind.

I reply back that I’m on my way as I say, “Hey, guys. I’m going to go. Unlike some of us, I have a girl who is interested. Good luck though.”

Hector glares and Blake chuckles. After paying my tab, I head home. Abigail’s text has my mind running rampant, making me even more eager to see her.

Felix releases tomorrow, but you can still preorder your copy on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo. Be sure to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, too!
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ pitcher, Felix Hernandez.

Felix Hernandez’s life is baseball, baseball, baseball, and then his family. He rarely remembers anything that doesn’t concern the game. He’s never had a good enough reason to reprioritize his life or change his ways.

Relying on her sisters most of the time, Abigail Harris is trying to put her life in order. She’s now a graduate student and living on her own. It’s not until Felix deems her his lucky charm that her life begins to change. Now, Abigail isn’t sure if she should be focusing on her happiness or the professional baseball player.

Can the two handle any fastballs that come their way or will they strike out under pressure?

Teaser Tuesday: Felix (The Ninth Inning, #1)


Time for another teaser for the upcoming release of the first book in Mary's and my new baseball series. Last week, I shared a teaser from Abigail's POV and one in Felix's POV.

Today's teaser is in Abigail's POV.  I'm sure some of y'all can appreciate the bookish humor!
“I can’t believe what a great reading that was. He’s very passionate when he reads, don’t you think?” I hold my book close to my chest.

“Yeah, he is. Hopefully I’ll be able to read it on the next road trip.” He puts his in the backseat and he drives to the restaurant.

“You read the books you have signed? Not me. I set them on the shelf and worship them as idols.” I giggle because that’s almost the full truth. “I use my Kindle most of the time.”

“I’m not that committed. I don’t own an e-reader and why buy two copies of a book just because one is signed? The story doesn’t change you know,” he jokes.

“This date was going well until you said that. What do you mean you don’t own an e-reader? It’s a necessity in life. And the reason I buy two is because one is for my shelf and one is so I can read it. I don’t want to damage the one I have signed.”

“Do you somehow damage the one that isn’t signed?”

“Yes. You get fingerprints on it, you might bend the spine, and God forbid you might spill something on it.” How can he not care about the books?

Felix booms out a laugh and he pulls up to the curb to the valet. I reluctantly sit my book in the back and step out of the BMW.

“This date was going well until I realized you’re crazy,” he whispers close to my ear as we walk in. “Fingerprints, really? Books are meant to be read. If you bend the spine, it’s a good thing.”

“Oh dear, I don’t think I can hear such blasphemy. Let’s change the topic before I accidentally stab you with my fork.”

Felix releases this Friday, September 25, but you can preorder your copy now on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo. Be sure to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, too! I'll be sharing the last teaser on Thursday!
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ pitcher, Felix Hernandez.

Felix Hernandez’s life is baseball, baseball, baseball, and then his family. He rarely remembers anything that doesn’t concern the game. He’s never had a good enough reason to reprioritize his life or change his ways.

Relying on her sisters most of the time, Abigail Harris is trying to put her life in order. She’s now a graduate student and living on her own. It’s not until Felix deems her his lucky charm that her life begins to change. Now, Abigail isn’t sure if she should be focusing on her happiness or the professional baseball player.

Can the two handle any fastballs that come their way or will they strike out under pressure?

Teaser Thursday: Felix (The Ninth Inning, #1)


Time for another teaser for the upcoming release of the first book in Mary's and my new baseball series. Tuesday, I shared a teaser from Abigail's POV, and today, it'll be in Felix's POV.

You should be able to figure out why I picked this one. :)
“Oh my God, are you one of those calorie-counting athletes who drinks mushed up veggies in the morning mixed in with soy milk?” She makes disgusting face and I chuckle.

“Is there any other type of athlete? Do you really think this body comes from eating junk and then working it all off in the gym? I mean, I used to be that way, but a teammate got me started on all this healthy food and I felt way better, so it stuck.”

“So, you eat all kinds of veggies and shit like that? I can’t do that. I’m more of a bacon-meat-drowned-in-gravy kind of girl. Oh, and chocolate. At least one to two pounds a week. I can’t live without it.” She licks her lips, distracting me for a moment.

I groan. “God, that sounds so good.”

She leans over and whispers, “Come to the dark side, Felix. We have cookies, too.”

“You’re just one big temptation all the way around, aren’t you?”

Abigail shrugs. “I can be from time-to-time.”

“Where am I going?” I ask, in case I’m not dropping her off in the same spot as before.

“It’s up yonder.” She points ahead, but I’m laughing too much to pay attention to where she pointed.

“Yonder? Seriously? I didn’t think people actually said that.”

“You better learn the language, Mr. Cali, because that’s a very technical term.” Her voice is serious as can be.

“Yeah, I can tell,” I say, still chuckling.

“Just pull over by the curb. Is that better directions for you to understand?” She giggles.

“Yes, thank you.” I park and get out to open her door, switching back into professional chauffeur mode. “Have a good day, Miss Abigail.”

Felix releases September 25, but you can preorder your copy now on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo. Be sure to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, too! I'll be sharing another teaser on Tuesday!
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ pitcher, Felix Hernandez.

Felix Hernandez’s life is baseball, baseball, baseball, and then his family. He rarely remembers anything that doesn’t concern the game. He’s never had a good enough reason to reprioritize his life or change his ways.

Relying on her sisters most of the time, Abigail Harris is trying to put her life in order. She’s now a graduate student and living on her own. It’s not until Felix deems her his lucky charm that her life begins to change. Now, Abigail isn’t sure if she should be focusing on her happiness or the professional baseball player.

Can the two handle any fastballs that come their way or will they strike out under pressure?

Teaser Tuesday: Felix (The Ninth Inning, #1)

Hey, y'all! We're getting closer and closer to the release of the first book in Mary's and my new baseball series. Pretty soon, you'll all be able to read Felix. In the mean time, I'm hoping you'll enjoy a few teasers with me.

This first one is on Abigail's point-of-view.
“Is there a certain player out there that you’re staring at?” LA leans over.

“No,” I gruff at her with my mouth full of food.

“If you would eat that hot dog a little sexier, he might come over later.”

I can’t help the laughter that bubbles up. My sister sure doesn’t pull any punches and I love her for that. “Exactly how can you eat a hot dog sexily? I mean, I don’t think he wants me to bite his dick and chew. Ew.” I shake my head.

“Jeez, I hope he isn’t into the kinky, crazy shit.” LA makes a disgusted face. “I’m saying don’t eat as if you’re trying to win an eating contest.”

This only makes me laugh harder. LA is the only one who can turn my mood around. She never dodges anything. When our parents died and I was in my deep depression, it was LA who eventually slapped me across the face and woke me up. Literally.

After I finish my hot dog, and not look like a porn star doing it, I chug about half my beer as I tell LA about my hectic semester. It’s then I hear someone whistling from the field and I see Felix staring at me.

“Can you catch?” he yells.

“Yes.”

He tosses the ball in his hand to me and I catch it with one hand. “Didn’t even spill your beer,” he laughs.

“I’m a pro.” I wink and watch him, still chuckling, go into the dugout. I rotate the ball in my hand and look at it, and I know LA is waiting for an answer from me. “He saw me last week and took me to school, and then he saw me again later that night and offered to go running with me. That’s all,” I quickly explain.

“And why aren’t you in your short, short running shorts and a sports bra with him every single day? And why the hell am I hearing about this now?”

“I forgot, it’s not a big deal and I’m not a runner, why would I go?”

“Because that’s fucking Felix Hernandez, that’s why.”

Felix releases September 25, but you can preorder your copy now on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo. Be sure to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, too! I'll be sharing another teaser on Thursday!

The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ pitcher, Felix Hernandez.

Felix Hernandez’s life is baseball, baseball, baseball, and then his family. He rarely remembers anything that doesn’t concern the game. He’s never had a good enough reason to reprioritize his life or change his ways.

Relying on her sisters most of the time, Abigail Harris is trying to put her life in order. She’s now a graduate student and living on her own. It’s not until Felix deems her his lucky charm that her life begins to change. Now, Abigail isn’t sure if she should be focusing on her happiness or the professional baseball player.

Can the two handle any fastballs that come their way or will they strike out under pressure?

Meet Season 1's Trio from The Ninth Inning series!

Mary and I are so excited to announce the first three books in our upcoming The Ninth Inning series! Similar to the OCMC series, there will be one release a month for the first three books, a three month break, and then repeat for the remaining 'seasons'.

Without further ado, meet Season 1's boys:

 Felix will release September 25, 2015 and you can add it on Goodreads.
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ pitcher, Felix Hernandez.

Felix Hernandez’s life is baseball, baseball, baseball, and then his family. He rarely remembers anything that doesn’t concern the game. He’s never had a good enough reason to reprioritize his life or change his ways.

Relying on her sisters most of the time, Abigail Harris is trying to put her life in order. She’s now a graduate student and living on her own. It’s not until Felix deems her his lucky charm that her life begins to change. Now, Abigail isn’t sure if she should be focusing on her happiness or the professional baseball player.

Can the two handle any fastballs that come their way or will they strike out under pressure?


Blake will release October 25, 2015 and you can add it on Goodreads.
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ catcher, Blake Foster.

Blake Foster has a love/hate relationship with the game he plays for a living. On good days, he smiles and enjoys baseball. During the rest of the time, he’s battling his demons and looking out for his mother. He has a hard time keeping ahold of the good things in life no matter how badly he wants them.

Sofia Gardner might come from a rich family, but she has worked for the opportunity for a position on the staff for the Memphis Angels. However, when she meets Blake, she realizes there’s more to him than his constant grumpy expressions. She feels he needs a friend and in her good-natured way, she reaches out to him, only to find the demons he’s battling are much worse than she thought.

When the bases are loaded and it all comes down to the catch at home plate, can they get their out or lose it all when it matters most?


Hector will release November 25, 2015 and you can add it on Goodreads.
The Ninth Inning series presents Memphis Angels’ first baseman, Hector Rodriguez.

Hector Rodriguez is an easy going guy, the one who tries to make everyone laugh or smile on the hard days. He loves playing baseball, loves his family, and loves chasing the girl who has caught his eye. His two biggest obstacles are getting the girl to give him the time of day and then getting his mother to look past what she sees on the surface.

Zoey Reyes is use to people staring at her because of the tattoos covering her body, but the big tipper who has been begging for her name for two months is the only one who looks at her differently. Once Hector wears her down and finds out her name, she realizes why he is so likeable. However, it’s one battle after another for their friendship to grow and Zoey’s not sure how much stress she can handle.

Hector and Zoey are making the right plays, but will it be enough for them to come out with a big win?
Stay tuned for preorder links! Which player are you most excited about so far?

Wanna Know Our Secret?

If you've read the end of Tainted, then you already know. If you haven't yet, then get excited because we sure are!

Mary Smith and I have been working out hearts out on our next project and because we're teases, we kept calling it our secret project. We weren't sure what we were going to do after OCMC, but we knew we wanted to keep working together.

So, we decided to try something new.

There will be nine books in this series, broken up into seasons. We'll release them sort of like the OCMC, one a month, but there will be a break between seasons.

The first three will begin releasing this fall.

EEKK! Who else is excited? I am! I love our guys. Hope you're as excited as we are about our new adventure! We'll be announcing more information soon. :)

Penned Con Preorder Forms!

Hey, y'all! Penned Con is not too far away now. Mary and I both are signing and we can't wait to go! Plus, I'm bringing my mom as my assistant. That was so much fun at a signing I attended last year that I have to drag her along again. :)

Anyway, we've decided to take preorders for the event. This will ensure that you get the books you want. Plus, this is how you can get some pretty cool swag.

Most of the information you'll need is in the form itself. What's not on the form is this:

You can only preorder books during the month of May.

This is because of the bundle options. If you want to buy all the books in a series, we're going to give you swag just for bundling. We're ordering that swag based on the preorders and we won't have many extras of those swag items on hand (if any). So, if you absolutely want the swag that comes from buying all the books in a series, then you need to preorder.

Because of how many books we have individually and together, there is a form for my solo books and a form for the books written with Mary.

Writing Update: What's Next?

I haven't written a What's Next post since Nepenthe released in January and since I've gotten my writing mojo back, I figured it's time. I've broken it down between solos and coauthored books. :)

Solos:
Firstly, I've taken a break from the Bracing for Love series (Patrick and Bo were tentatively going to get a book). I hope to write their stories, but they have their lips sealed right now.

Instead, I've been alternating between two works-in-progress.

One features Brittany and Trace and will be New Adult. Brittany has a lot going on in her life while struggling with anxiety. Trace is her former therapist who is now divorced and works at the college she attends.

The other features Haley and Keelan and will be Young Adult. Let me just say that I'm SUPER excited to be returning to YA after last year being full of New Adult and Adult age-categoried books. Haley is a tennis player who learns her family has some secrets after moving to a new town with her mom and stepdad. Keelan is a football player who was adopted and is dealing with his own family issues.

I've been having a lot of fun with these characters when I've been able to work on them.

Books with Mary:
As shown on the Schedule page, Mary and I have three books coming out starting this month. We're wrapping up the Oh Captain, My Captain series.

We have already started our next project. Of course, I can't say much about it yet. We probably won't announce any details until June at least. All I'll say is that we're very excited about and of course, it'll be a series. If all goes well, we'll have a couple more releases this year. That's all I'm sharing! :)

There you have it! That's the full update on what's coming in 2015.

Oh My Captain: Ashton Campbell

At last, we've reached the fourth captain, Ashton Campbell. This book was really fun to write and I think Mary will agree that the kids had us cracking up sometimes, like with this excerpt.

When we make it to the living room, I tell Reed to show Sadie where all the extra pillows and blankets are, so we can fix a makeshift campout on the floor for them. Lexie helps me get them situated before we take a seat on the couch behind them. I throw a blanket over us and reach over to hold Lexie’s hand under it. She smiles and interlocks our fingers. The previews seem to be taking forever, the current one featuring a talking baby in an animated movie, releasing soon.

Sadie looks back at Lexie and suddenly asks, "Mommy, can I have a brother? A girl at school said her mommy is giving her a brother, and I want one too."

Lexie glances at me, like I could help her out, but she’s on her own. "Um, I don't know,” she begins carefully. “I need to a daddy to help me have a baby, like I had your daddy to help me have you."

She doesn’t respond right away, which worries Lexie, judging by her anxious sneaky looks to me.

“Mr. Ashton is a daddy,” Sadie adds, glancing at me. “He could help you, Mommy. Please? I really want one.”

Lexie is mortified. I kind of am too. The poor kid doesn’t know what she’s really saying.

“Hey, could I have a brother too?” Reed perks up. “Are you and Mom going to give me a brother one day?” Oh, no. This just got worse. Reed turns to Sadie and grins like he has a bright idea before turning to me. “If you are a dad and Ms. Lexie is a mom, does that mean you could give me and Sadie both a brother?”

My mouth opens and closes numerous times, but I can’t manage to say anything.

"I…” Lexie tries before finally thinking of something. “Why do you two want a brother?"

"Our friend at school said she would have someone to play with all the time. I want someone to play with all the time,” Sadie explains.

“Me too,” Reed agrees.

“You already have that. You have each other because you’re best friends. Y’all play together all the time,” Lexie points out.

Sadie smiles at Reed. “Yeah, he is my best friend. I guess we don’t need a brother.” A movie about a dog previews next.

“What about a puppy?” Of course. “Could I have a puppy? A boy at school says he has a puppy and that they play fetch. I want a puppy too, Mommy.”

“If Sadie gets a puppy, I want one too, Dad.”

God, what is wrong with them? At least we’re moving the topic away from babies. “That’s something you better talk to your mom about, Reed.”

“Well, do I get one?” Sadie asks again.

“I don't know. A puppy is a lot of responsibility. Maybe we should think about a fish instead,” Lexie suggests.
Sadie’s eyes light up with excitement. “Like at the aquarium?! That sounds even better than a brother or a puppy! Can we get a fish?”

“Oh!” Reed exclaims. “Can I get a shark then?”

“No.” This conversation needs to end soon. Thankfully, the movie finally starts. “Be quiet, the movie is starting, and I don’t want to miss anything.” Running my thumb over Lexie’s knuckles, I lean over and whisper, “I’m thinking they should be homeschooled from now on.”
Our muse for Ashton is TJ Oshie, a player for the St. Louis Blues.  He seems to be a good guy, good player, and that fits the bill for Ashton.

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Oh My Captain: Carson Lee

First, it was Hudson King, then Brody Ross, and now, Carson Lee from the Oh Captain, My Captain series. Who can resist a bad boy? Carson Lee is more than meets the eye and Kinley Wright is the perfect chick to keep him in line.

As per usual, here's an excerpt before we get to the muse and giveaway!

“Why?”

"What do you mean ‘why’? I have the means to do so and the kids enjoy it. Why wouldn’t I?” Seems pretty simple to me.

"Have you looked in the mirror? You’re Carson Lee. You’re the bad-boy of hockey. Nowhere on your resume does it say, ‘good samaritan’.”

"That’s not who I am to them and there’s a reason it’s not on my resume.” Conversations like this for example. Who I normally am wouldn’t coincide with the guy who visits kids in hospitals anyway, so it’s good that no one knows. It’s no one’s business either. “I do something good, shouldn’t you be happy about that? Just smile and say, ‘That’s nice of you, Carson. I’m surprised, but it’s still nice.’ Or smile and keep your thoughts to yourself. That works too.” I try not to be snappy, in part because I do hope she’ll smile. So my voice is as nice and casual as I can make it. I even smile at her.

"If you’re trying to get me to smile, it’s not working. Although, I am surprised, didn’t think you had it in you. May I ask who Gracie is?”

"No,” I answer curtly.

"Oh, okay.” She drops the topic for a moment. “I’m still surprised that you have a good side.”

I shrug. “Well, I do.”

"And all this time I thought the only thing you did good was have sex with all of Alabama.”

"Good is a huge understatement when referring to sex with me. If good is all the women are saying, then I’m slacking,” I say seriously.

Kinley smiles and cracks up in a laugh but quickly covers her mouth.

"That’s one!” I point at her, grinning. “It should count for two since you laughed.”

She gazes at her drink before looking back at me. “You must have slipped something into my soda, and it’s one, not two.”

 
Our muse for Carson is Tyler Seguin. Seguin is a young hotshot player for the Dallas Stars and like Carson, he has tattoos. What's not to love?

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Oh My Captain: Brody Ross

Yesterday was about Looking for You, but today, I'm featuring A Hockey Player's Proposal from the Oh Captain, My Captain series.

How could I not love this couple when Selene has a dog named Bonkers?! I love Brody's brother and Selene's best friend, too. Not to mention, our muse for captain Brody Ross is sooooooo hot.

But first, here's an excerpt for you!

We begin opening boxes and I ask Brody where he wants his stuff, but he just shrugs and tells me to put most of it wherever it looks like it should go. So that’s what I do, setting things here and there. But when I pull out a photo album, I’m so, so, so tempted to look. The thought of cracking this open and seeing all the pictures inside is seducing me by the second as I stare at the plain black cover

"Selene?”

I look up at the sound of Brody’s voice. Apparently, I’ve been idle for too long. “Sorry. Where would you like this?” I ask, holding it up for him to see, even though he’s standing in front of me, so he already knows what it is.

Brody slowly smiles. “You want to look, don’t you? Are you having to fight your stalker tendencies, Selene?”

"What? No. I don’t want to look. You’re enjoying this too much, you know.” I walk away from him with the album and set it on the shelf underneath his coffee table. Brody chuckles when I go back to unpacking, ignoring him in the process. We finish with the living room soon after and move to more boxes. I go to open the next one, but Brody places his hand on mine to stop me.

"I have to warn you.” He grins.

"About?”

"This is all my hockey-related stuff and a few more photo albums. Sure you can handle that?”

I glare at him. “Go to your own boxes, Brody.”

He laughs, but he does go. The first box has two, thick photo albums in it. When I pick one of them up, a picture falls out. I retrieve it to see two of the cutest little boys I’ve ever seen, balancing on a man’s shoulder, obviously their father. The heat from Brody’s body hits me as his breath tickles my neck before he speaks.

"You couldn’t resist, could you?” He laughs.

"Ha. Ha. Is this you and your brother?” I ask, even though I know it has to be.

"Yep. We were four, I think.”

"Y’all are so adorable.” I look from the picture up at Brody. “What happened to you?”

"What?” He takes the picture and walks around to the other side of the box so he’s standing in front of me. “Are you trying to say that I’m not adorable anymore?” He grins.

Nope. Not adorable. He’s downright gorgeous, especially with that smile. I snatch the picture from him, open the album, and stick it inside. “No, you’re not. All that hockey is actually working against you.” He laughs, like he knows I’m lying through my teeth.

Our muse for Brody is the captain of the Colorado Avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog. Like Brody, he's Swedish, has a twin, and both were young when they became captains.

 




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Captain King, Teaser, Giveaway, oh my!

This week is all about the Oh Captain, My Captain series. You may or may not know who our muses are for the captains. Therefore, this week, I'll be sharing that, some teasers, and a giveaway, of course! If you haven't figured it out by the title, today we're venturing back to Looking for You.

I like to consider Hudson and Ellie our sweet couple, so I've included one of my favorite tidbits.

“This is my favorite thing about this place. I love to sit on the porch,” Ellie says, resting her chin on my shoulder as she looks at me. 
“Really? So if you’re not in a good mood, I should make you sit out here with me so you will feel better?” 
She smiles and nods. “Mhm. Thank you so much for the dress and everything. I still can’t believe you did that.” 
Angling myself towards her better, I kiss her softly and rest my forehead against hers. “It was my pleasure, Ellie.” 
Her eyes search mine for a moment. I catch myself wondering what she’s thinking, what does she see, and what she’s searching for? Before she can say anything, I push her hair behind her ear, my hand staying tangled in her hair at the base of her neck and mumble, “You’re gorgeous.” 
My eyes keep jumping between her mouth and her eyes. 
Faintly, Ellie says, “What are you waiting for?” The corner of her mouth lifts a little into a smile. 
“You,” I answer before pressing my lips to hers.

Photo from Carolina Hurricanes Pinterest
On to the muse!

Captain Hudson King took on a few similar traits from our muse, Nathan Gerbe. Gerbe plays for the Carolina Hurricanes and is the shortest player in the NHL at 5 feet, 5 inches. (Thus, where Hudson gets his height from, although he's a bit taller.) Gerbe doesn't back down and we liked that about him.

Check out the series on Goodreads, add Looking for You on Goodreads, and enter for a chance to win ebooks from the series below.

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Oh Captain, My Captain Series Announcement!

Today, Mary Smith and I would like to share with you the first book in our new series and how the series will be released. If you follow Mary or me on Facebook, then you know that last month, we asked our fans to tell us how they wanted us to release the Oh Captain, My Captain series.

You told us.
We listened.
One book released every month for the first four books.

Starting in October, we’re kicking off the start of a new hockey season with the start of our new series. In case you don’t remember, this will be an Adult Sports Romance series where each book is a standalone. The series will follow various captains in the NHL, who lead teams that we’ve created. Each captain gets one book, which can be read in any particular order.

That said, let’s get to the first book, Looking for You.

Oh Captain, My Captain presents Hudson King of the Portland Vikings.

Hudson King loves his job and his family. His life is missing that someone special, and he’s ready to settle down. He has the bad luck of only finding women who want him for his money and fame. If only he could meet someone who didn’t know him by his profession...

Ellie Sullivan has had a hard life. It’s revolved around her family, and then her career, leading her to never have a real relationship. One night, in Portland, Ellie strikes up a conversation with a guy at a bar, not knowing that it was the Hudson King... 

After several dates, Hudson is able to avoid Ellie figuring out what is really happening in his life. However, the secret can’t remain hidden. Will Ellie stay with Hudson after she discovers his lie? Or will Hudson lose the girl he’s been looking for?

Add this October 9, 2014 release to your to-read shelf on Goodreads! You’ll learn the title, exact November release date, and blurb for the next book at the end of this book. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

TNVAE Recap


My very first signing was a blast! I loved it, had so much fun, and can't wait until the next one. It was so great to meet everyone. Thank you to everyone who stopped by my and Mary's table.


To be a writer, I sure do feel like I don't know what to say. Maybe I'll think of something better later. For now, let me share some pictures and a list of what I learned, in no particular order.

- Readers are even nicer and sweeter in person. I want to meet everyone!

- Hockey fans are awesome. I met some Wild fans, Penguins fans, and Chicago fans.
- Hearing people come up to me and say, "Bubbles," made me way too happy.


- Knoxville has a humongous Wal-Mart.
- I'm a bit of a stalker. (See picture on the right of Amy and Rick Miles. I took that from my table, just because.)
-While we're talking about them, Amy and Rick Miles are super nice and both are hilarious. The entire Miles family is simply adorable.

- My mom is a stalker too. She was sneaky when taking some pictures of the models.

- My mom having to wear a badge that says, "Assistant to Lindsay Paige" was so much fun!
  

- I love Mary Smith so much. One of these days, we will live next door to one another.
- I will never think of Georgia without thinking of Mary. She, Bailey, and my mom know what I'm talking about.
- Mary is a total wimp to pain. I learned this when we got our tattoos. She's still amazing, though.
- Bailey Ardisone is so sweet.
- Mary and Bailey together is a ridiculous combo of niceness and awesomeness.
- Felicia Tatum cracks me up. She's too funny.
- Fran Veal is so nice.
- I'm really bad at recap posts. I'm sure I'm forgetting a ton of stuff, but at least you have a glimpse of how things went. I can't wait until my next one, which will be in 2015. Keep an eye on the schedule for more info to be posted at a later date.

Thank you again to everyone I met for being awesome and nice and amazing and a whole bunch of other good adjectives. Thank you to Kathy who put together this amazing event and to all the readers for coming out and making my first signing a fantastic one. Until next time!

Free? 99 cents? A New Release?

Basically, this is one big ICYMI post on (semi) new prices or updates on my books. Buy links for all books are at the bottom of this post.


Starting with the completed Bold as Love series, the first two books are available for a sweet deal! Sweetness is free and I'm Yours is only 99 cents. If you haven't started the series yet, what's stopping you?! The first book is FREE.



The Penalty Kill Trilogy, which I coauthored with Mary Smith, is now complete as well! The first book, Breakaway, is only 99 cents! It's a New Adult Romance with a hot hockey player. What more of an incentive do you need?


Last, but certainly not least, You Before Me released on the 21st. Go check it out!

This month, only on Smashwords, you can purchase You Before Me and Don't Panic 50% off with this coupon code: SSW50.  Check out all the other books in this July Summer/Winter sale.

(Title links go to Goodreads.)


My Birthday = Awesome Things for You!

Today, I turn 20. I’ve been thinking about it for months now, and it’s finally here. My main thought is that I can’t believe I’m 20 already! I was so excited about turning 18, and now I’m hitting a new milestone. I’m sure you don’t want to hear me go on and on about this, so I’ll just get to the good stuff.

First, I would like to tell you a little more about my characters in one of my WIPs. I just wrapped up two rounds of revisions and soon, it'll go back to my betas. I actually really enjoyed revisions and it's because I love these characters so much.

A few weeks ago, I shared a little about them. I’m going to elaborate today. Well, I’m going to share what my super duper, fantastic, totally wonderful beta readers said about this pair. I asked them to describe Ryan, Gabe, and their story. Here is what they said:

“Ryan is emotionally distraught, independent and yet through it all, she is strong.

Gabe is kind hearted, self confident and goal oriented. He's the guy who will be there to save you... in every way a person can be saved.


Their story is tangled, dramatic and delightful. I feel that together they are strong but their story weaves in and out of their own personal struggles to live up to their families expectations. In the end, they know they can only move forward by working together because together they can do anything.”

And...

“Ryan is broken, brilliant, and bodacious. Gabe is steady, committed, and strong. The story is complex, emotional, and fulfilling.”

How excited are you about this WIP now? Hmm? Because I’m freaking excited! I want to jump up and down, go stand at the top of a mountain, and scream about this WIP. That’s how much I love it. Be sure to keep a watch here for more information. If you want some of that information first, sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will be the first to know!

One more thing...

The date is 2/20 and I’m turning 20. There’s a lot of twos in there. And because of that, this day of celebration, and finishing the first draft of the final book in The Penalty Kill Trilogy, two lucky winners will win a signed copy of these two books!

The Fine Print: Open internationally. Giveaway ends February 28, 2014. There is one mandatory entry, which is to provide your mailing address. All the rest are extra entries.

Each winner will receive one signed paperback of Breakaway and one signed paperback of Off the Ice. By entering, participants are confirming that they are 13 years of age or older. Winners will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway has ended and the winners are picked. I will ship the books to the winners within five weeks of the giveaway ending. Good luck, everyone!

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You, Me, and Tennessee! Will You Attend TN Valley Author Event?


Mary Smith and I will be attending the TN Valley Author Event on July 12th in Knoxville. There will be over 100 authors there! Holy cow, right?! It is bound to be a blast. It's going to be my first signing, and I can't wait! I'm personally excited to hang out with Mary as well as meeting Bailey Ardisone. Some other authors you may recognize that are listed to attend are E.K. Blair, Harper Sloan, and Erika Ashby. Y'all are going to want to be there with us!

Here are the details:
As I said, it's going to be held July 12, 2014 from 12-4 p.m. at The Grande Event Center in Knoxville, TN. It's free and open to the public, but if you plan on attending, you need to register.

After the event, a group of authors, myself and Mary included, are getting together from 6-9 p.m. for AuthorFEST. Learn who else will be there and how to purchase your ticket here.

Be sure to check out the site and learn more about the event and authors attending. You can even like TNVAE on Facebook or follow on Twitter!

I can't wait to see you there!

What a CRAZY Year!!!

This year has been the wildest ever, but I've loved every second of it. I hope I have many more years like this to come because it's been absolutely wonderful.

Here's a recap.
  • I turned 19. 
  • I have attended three Penguins/Canes games and the Pens have won each one! 
  • Always released.
  • Mary Smith became my co-author! I met her in person and loved her even more! We started writing and finished the first draft in just two weeks. We've been writing ever since and have published two books in our trilogy, along with a novella. I can't wait to continue writing with her in the new year and see what amazing things are sure to come for us. Mary has become a best friend. After this year, I honestly I don't what I would do without her!
  • The fifth Bold as Love book was not only given a title and release date, but I finished it completely. I can't wait to share Our Happily Ever After with you on the 13th! The cover will reveal tomorrow!
  • I completed another semester of college and have been 99% anxiety-free. If you missed it, you can read my post on that here.
  • I also completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal to read 50 books! Woohoo! You can see all of those books on Goodreads, if you want to check them out.
In short, I've had an awesome year all the way around! 

I hope your year has been great as well and that 2014 will be even better for you and your family. Share a highlight of yours from 2013 in the comments! I would love to see it!