Monday, August 4, 2014

New Release!

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. I'm releasing a new story on August 15!

Good news: It's awesome, and sweet, and spicy, and a little dangerous.

Bad news: It's not Kim's story. Guys, I love Kim, I promise...but I needed to take a break from Seattle University. This last year of school has been Hell with a capital H, so I needed to do something completely different. Her story is in the works, and I hope to have it out by October.

The new release is called Hopelessly Yours.

Victoria 'Vix' Johnston had her whole life plotted out for her since birth. Straight a's, Ivy League education, and eventually a MD behind her name, just like her father.
The Johnstons are good, respectable people in their town. From the right side of the tracks...unlike the boy that stole Vix's heart in high school.
The same boy wrapped up in the crime problem that her mother, the district attorney, is fighting desperately to eradicate.

Jace Murrow is used to fending for himself. His mother dumped him on his grandmother and ex-con uncle when he was still in diapers. Crime is in his blood.
When he sees the rich girl he used to daydream about at a party, he knows he should steer clear. She doesn't belong in his world, and he doesn't belong in hers.

Everyone said they were wrong for each other, but their hearts are hopelessly bound...

I hope yall like it!!! <3

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Update on Kim's Story

Just wanted to pop in and give you guys an update.

Unfortunately, Kim's story (Inevitable) is being pushed back until April. I know this is frustrating as a reader, but I'm hard at work, and trying to get you the story you deserve! I'm taking all the criticism I got from the Always series (too much fighting, too much drama, not enough focus on Juliet and Lucas' love) and I'm putting that into what I hope is an amazing love story that will be worth the wait. :)

Lola and Ian Stone's romance is being put off until further notice. I hate making promises and giving dates that I can't deliver on.

I've been hard at work on Kim's story, as well as a novella that I'm writing for a themed 'bad boy' box set that will be out on March 10. It's called Hopelessly Yours, and the bad boy is so delicious! I can't wait until you guys get to meet Jace Monroe. :D

Thanks for reading and being patient with me. I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Poll Results...and a Giveaway!

Thanks for taking the time to take my poll!

78% would like to read Kim's first and 22% want to read Lola and Ian stone's romance. Your wish is my command...I'll be releasing Kim's story in February and Lola's will be released after that! Really looking forward to sinking my teeth in a student/teacher affair. There were definitely some yummy professors at my college and I'm looking forward to living vicariously through Kim! :D

A Note on Reviews:

Reviews are crucial. I read every single review and I take all constructive criticism to heart! Don't forget to share your thoughts on Never! <3

***I originally posted a review Rafflecopter giveaway, but a reader emailed me and said it could be seen as buying reviews since it incentivizes you giving me a good review. I totally didn't think of it that way and I see how people could be wary of  directly telling me that they didn't like the book. So...I took down the Rafflecopter. I'd still love the feedback, but only if you feel comfortable. Sorry if I offended anyone. I'm still kind of a noob at all of this. :)***

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What would you like to read next?

Now that Never is out and Juliet and Lucas got their HEA, what would you like to read next?

Project #1

Project #1 features Kim and her sexy business professor. Since it's a spin off from Always/Never, you'll get a peek of what's going on with Juliet and Lucas, but the story will focus on Kim and her background and her tumultuous affair with Mr. Spero.

Just as a refresher, here's the background for Kim and Mr. Spero.

From Always

"Did you finally get a hold of your advisor?" I asked, trying to change the subject.
"Ugh, no," Kim sighed, tucking her flask back in her desk. I let out a sigh of my own when it disappeared. 
Out of sight, out of mind.
"I don't know what his deal is," she continued, trudging to her bed and plopping down. Kimberly Turnage didn't trudge, plop, or go down without a fight, so I couldn't help but pull up to a seated position, giving her my full attention.
It was no secret that Mr. Spero didn't mess around. He'd worked as a high powered executive on Wall Street before leaving the finance world, but didn't drop the cold professionalism that suited him well in that occupation. Word was that he took freshmen who were bright eyed and bushy tailed, minds set on studying business--and ran them right out of the department. Apparently, he'd taken one look at Kim and laughed in her face. She'd mouthed off, showing her spine and determination, but he never shook his obvious disinterest in advising her. 
Even though I knew she didn't appreciate him chewing her up and spitting her out, I think she was even more offended that her charm didn't work. Kim was used to dazzling everyone she encountered. 
"So I go in because I need his sig to drop a class. I'm already taking fifteen credits and with the advanced business class and French, I just needed to take it down a notch. You know what he said?" She rolled her shoulders back, raised her chin and tried on her best New Yorker accent. "'Can't hack it, huh?'"
"Wow," I murmured in disbelief. It was hard enough transferring in and being so far from home. I couldn't imagine having to deal with that on top of one of the few contacts at the university making me feel as crappy as Mr. Spero made Kim feel.
"Have you thought about talking to the department head?"
"Absolutely not," she said adamantly. "That's exactly what he wants--me to run and tattle on him." She pursed her glossy lips. "I can handle Mr. Spero."
I smiled. If anyone could handle him, she could.

From Never

"Holy crap," I said aloud as a dead ringer for Sawyer from Lost strode down the hall toward us, smiling at me. He had every attractive feature the island bad boy had in spades. Shaggy, dirty blond hair that seemed to fall in perfect layers? Check. Greenish-blue eyes that would reduce even the most eloquent girl to a bumbling idiot? Yep. A bad boy air about him that screamed danger and pillow-shredding sex? Oh yeah.
Kim turned to see what had rendered me speechless and I realized the mystery guy wasn't smiling at me all. His eyes were on her, and her alone.
She lurched to her feet as he came closer and I realized I’d seen him before. Grad student maybe?
"Mr. Spero!" Kim said, her voice trembling slightly. "What are you doing here?" 
My jaw dropped. He was Mr. Spero? Kim’s ‘business professor from Hell’?
I glanced at her and was even more dumbfounded. Kim, the most gregarious person I'd ever met, was nervous.
He sliced a hand through his hair, giving her a half smile. "I'm helping the theatre department with marketing their summer series." 
The air around us had changed. I looked back and forth between the two of them and I didn’t need psychic abilities to know there was something going on. They had major chemistry.
I cleared my throat and his bright eyes shot over to me, cheeks darkening slightly before he looked back at Kim. "Friend of yours?"
"What?" Kim let out an airy, uncomfortable giggle and faced me. "Oh! Uh, Mr. Spero--"
"Jason," he corrected smoothly, still wearing that smirk.
It was impossible for Kim to get any redder. "T-This is my friend, Juliet."
Mr. Spero extended his hand, giving mine a firm shake. "Nice to meet you."
I had no romantic interest in him, but I couldn't deny the guy was breathtakingly attractive. I shook his hand, letting out an embarrassed giggle before I kicked myself. What the eff, Juliet?
I knew picking up on their sexual tension made me turn red as a freaking tomato, but it didn't make me feel any better. My transparent skin made playing it off impossible. Luckily, he was so tuned into Kim that he didn't even give me a second glance.

Project #2

I was inspired to write this story after watching Carrie at Halloween. No, it's not a horror story. :) I just wondered what would happen if a not-so-popular girl fell for a super popular guy...who grew into an international superstar...and Lola Matthews and Ian Stone were born!

Lola Matthews loved Ian Stone from the moment he kissed her. Sure, it was because they were cast as the leads in her high school's production of Romeo and Juliet, but she was always drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He was nice to her at a time when everyone else treated her like a social leper--and worse. He saved her.

Five years later, Lola is back in her hometown, teaching at the same high school. After his last couple of films bombed at the box office, Ian is back too--but the kind, charismatic guy she knew is long gone. The guy who returned to Elk Falls is bitter and obnoxious, burning every bridge that carried him to Hollywood in the first place.

Lola knows she should keep her distance. But old flames die hard and maybe, this time she can save him.

I'm really excited about writing both of them and I hope you're just as excited about reading them! :)

Which brings us to the poll. Which would you like to read first? Kim and her professor, or Lola and Ian?
Clicky-click the one that tickles your fancy!

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Thanks for reading and being the awesomest! <3

Friday, November 15, 2013

Winners of Giveaway Announced!

The winners of the Goodreads Giveaway have been notified by Goodreads and I'll be sending out your paperbacks!

As far as the blog e-book giveaway, the winners are: 

Karen C.
Michelle N.
Francies O.
Kylie C.
Misty L.
Crystal P.
Gabriella G.

Congratulations! I'm emailing you now to find out what format you'd prefer for your prize, an e-copy of Never!

Thanks to all that entered the giveaway. Your support is so humbling and amazing! <3

Never is now Available!

When I first had the idea for Always, I set out to tell a story about a love that spanned decades. The kind of love that everyone dreams about...a love that conquers all.

Juliet and Lucas met as kids; they were each other's first love and then they lost each other. Completely by chance, they end up at the same university--but family drama and their pasts impact their ability to finally be together and be happy.

While they got their HEA in Always, when I finished, 'What happens after happily ever after?' popped in my head. There were so many unresolved questions. What happened with Candi? Would Lucas forgive his mother? Can Juliet really let Lucas in, or is she too damaged by her past? I'm hoping you like the answer to all those questions! :)

What happens after happily ever after? 

Juliet Stowe swore she'd never fall in love again, but she wasn't counting on finding him: Lucas McNamara, the first guy she ever loved. The guy who made breaking the promise she made to guard her heart easy to break. But she jumped in headfirst and the obstacles that gave her pause still exist. Lucas refuses to even talk about the affair with between their parents. Lucas' ex, Candi Mann, is determined to unearth Juliet's past and drive a wedge between them. And as romantic as Lucas is when they're together, his jealous streak threatens to tear them apart…

Lucas McNamara finally found her. The girl that's worth giving up his player ways. A girl he wants to wake up to the next morning, and every morning after. All the BS with his parents? Irrelevant. His friends complaints that he's acting weird, losing himself in some girl? Ridiculous. All he needs is his girl…until he does something he never, ever thought he'd do. Something that could ruin everything…

Never is now available at:
Barnes and Noble

Friday, November 8, 2013

D'oh! (And an excerpt!)

First off I want to say thank you, thank you, thank YOU for your patience. I really appreciate all the emails about Never and hearing how excited my readers are to read more about Juliet and Lucas! Never has been a little bit of a roller coaster and I've had some editorial issues that have delayed me getting it to you...but *fingers crossed* that you think it was worth the wait!

I totally had a brain fart and realized that I hadn't updated my blog or newsletter to reflect that Never will be released next Friday, November 15 and not on November 8. Also, the blog giveaway and the Goodreads giveaway both end on November 15 as well! Be sure you enter to win free stuff. Yay free stuff! :)

To tide you over until release next week, here's your first look at Never. Hope you enjoy! <3


We walked into the cafeteria and I swear I heard every single beat of my racing heart. Everyone in the room stopped what they were doing. Forks frozen on plates, spoons frozen in cereal bowls.
I didn't mind the attention. I liked confirming that the rumors was true. Lucas McNamara, notorious player, was settling down with a freshman. But not just any freshman. Not just any girl. The girl. The one who got away all those years ago.
Just as I was about to puff out my chest a few inches, I looked to my right and realized Juliet wasn't ready for the parade float. Her nails scissored into my hand and just like everything else in the room had stopped, so had her breathing.
She was terrified.
I squeezed her hand and she flashed nervous brown eyes up at me.
"You good?" I asked softly.
She took a deep breath and nodded slowly.
Maybe this was too much. It wasn't like the cafeteria food was anything to write home about. But we were both sick of the stale cereal at my apartment and it was a little early to wine and dine her anywhere worth mentioning.
Who do you think you're kidding? I thought to myself. You wanted to show her off.
I tightened my grip on the strap of my backpack, knowing it was true. It was more than the fact that she was the prettiest thing in the room; hell, the whole campus--it was because I felt different with her by my side. Like some light was flashed on and everything was brighter. Happier. I even said 'Good morning' to the rude cafeteria worker who glared me down whenever I got a bite in the dining hall. And held the door for some girl that came in behind us. And it was all Juliet. She brought out the best in me.
Which was why I decided to lead us back out the way we came, growling stomach or not.
Instead, she took the step forward, propelling us into the sea of watchful eyes. Even though I was sure she'd rather be anywhere else on Earth, she brought her chin up a few inches.
"Let's give them something to talk about.”
I smiled. That's my girl.
The volume turned back up and I saw one of my boys, Blake Connolly, grinning at us like an idiot at a table over by the windows. He was sitting with two of my other friends, Jackson ‘Jax’ Sloane and Dean O’Malley.
Jackson was cheesing like he stole something, flashing the smile that seemed to make any girl within a five mile radius melt instantly. He was studying poli sci and I could totally see him on Capitol Hill, using the smile to solidify government deals--and hook up with congressional aides.
Dean was oblivious to everything but the book his eyes were glued to. He was studying theatre arts and with his dark hair and intensity he already had the brooding artist thing down. Since he was a self-professed natural, he waited until the last minute to do his homework.
I gave Juliet's hand a supportive squeeze and she gave me a less than enthused one back. I knew she was no fan of Blake's. I swear if you looked up ‘hit it and quick it’, his mug shot would be the definition. Where I tried to be frank and honest with my past exploits that what happened between the sheets was as serious as things would get, he just crooked a finger over his shoulder on the way to find his next piece.
He was on Juliet’s shit list because he’d made scoring with her best friend, Kimberly, priority one.
Since he liked to brag about his conquests, I knew that she wasn’t a notch on his bedpost yet. Kimberly seemed smart enough but she hadn’t shut him down...and that just made Blake come at her even harder. Juliet saw right through him, but couldn’t seem to talk her friend out of the inevitable disaster the two of them hooking up would be.
The closer we got, the tighter she gripped my hand. “Do we have to sit with ‘The Real Bros of Seattle University’?”
“Uh huh,” I answered with a smirk.
I could have brought up the coffee thing I had to do with her friend a few days ago. If I had to put up with being innocent until proven guilty and all but asked for my social security number, Juliet could suffer through fifteen minutes with my friends.
Blake was the first to lock eyes with me and I shot him a look that said ‘Best behavior...or else.’
“What’s up, man?”
His lips literally stretched from ear to ear. “Not too much.” His green eyes widened with amusement when I pulled out a chair for Juliet. “Look who got all domesticated.”
Juliet gave me a pained look before she forced a tight smile. “Hey Blake.”
“Hey beautiful,” he winked. Jackson cleared his throat and Blake did introductions, eyes never leaving hers. He was smart enough to keep them on her face even though I had a feeling if I left her alone, all bets were off.
Maybe this was a bad idea. All the empty tables around us and I threw her in the deep end with my boys?
I leaned in, my thumb stroking her kneecap, watching her body language go from SOS to something that vaguely resembled relaxed. “Want me to grab you anything?”
“I’d love another bagel. Maybe an OJ,” Blake joked, nudging Jackson. “How about you, Jax?”
Jax stroked his chin, probably trying to draw attention to that annoying beard he was trying to grow. “How about some Fruit Loops?” He turned his hazel eyes to Dean . “You need some more bad coffee and fake creamer, man?”
“I had to struggle just to get this down,” Dean sighed, pushing his mug away. His blue eyes shifted from me to Juliet and a smile crept across his face. “Maybe a muffin for the lady, cuz’ she’s so sweet.”
I rolled my eyes, the side of my mouth twitching in spite of myself.
Juliet wasn’t amused.
She shoved her chair back from the table and snapped to her feet. She looked at me, and me alone. “I’ll get it myself, thanks.”
She stalked in the direction of the buffet, my friend’s low whistles and the harsh set of her shoulders telling me I was gonna pay dearly for this later.
“So uptight,” Blake said with a ‘tsk’ before he licked the lid of his yogurt. “We’re just joking around.”
I glared at him, then Jackson. Dean was back to scribbling in a tablet like his life depended on it, so I let him off the hook.
“What’s wrong with y’all?” I growled.
Blake feigned innocence. “No idea what you mean.”
“Right.” I shook my head, pushing back from the table. “I like this girl. Don’t screw this up for me.”
I knew I was going to pay for the ‘L’ word later, but I figured I needed to be a little more concerned about Juliet’s wrath.
She was over at the hot bar, stabbing at sausages before she chunked them on her plate. I took a step in her direction and stopped when someone cleared their throat behind me. I decided to put off the chewing out I was fairly certain I was going to get from my girlfriend and turned.
I immediately regretted it.
Candi Mann stood there, twirling a blonde lock around her pinky finger. “Hi Lucas. I’ve missed you.”
I bit back my retort. Wish I could say the same. Or, Wish I had a time machine so I could go back and never sleep with you in the first place.
When Candi and I first hooked up, I made it fairly clear we were in a friends-with-benefits kinda situation. At first we were on the same page, but then she wanted something more. I avoided the puppy dog eyes and was always busy when she asked me to go out for a coffee or movie.
And then Juliet happened...and the last thing I wanted was to have Candi, or any other girl but Juliet in my bed.
I was sure Candi made whatever we had into some sort of epic love story, but the odds were stacked against her. The minute I saw Juliet I knew she was something special. Different from anyone I’d ever met. Candi was just a duplicate of every other sorority girl on campus. Nice to look at, but that was pretty much it.
I didn’t say that to Candi because I had a feeling being that forthcoming would have escalated the situation and she confirmed my suspicions. I got to see the craziness that all my friends talked about when Candace Mann came up in conversation. The last time we talked I told her to stop texting me nearly naked selfies because I was seeing someone. Her response was radio silence--then she proceeded to lose her mind. She called me ten times in a row, leaving voicemail after voicemail, each one crazier than the last.
I shifted uncomfortably. “What’s up?”
“Not much,” she said brightly, flashing me every tooth in her mouth. “Just hanging out.” She angled her body toward mine, flipping her hair and sticking her chest out coyly. “Speaking of which, you coming to my party this weekend?”
I didn’t take the bait. “I think I’ll pass.”
She gave  me an exaggerated pout. “Really? You know how wild my parties get.” She brought a finger to her lips, biting her nail as her eyes gave me a look that was pure sex. “Remember my last party when we hooked up on the balcony?”
I only remembered bits and pieces of that night. Unfortunately, the parts I remembered included the best everclear, vodka, juice, and fruit concoction, I’d ever drank in my life...and how hot Candi looked pressed against the iron railing of her balcony, her dress hiked up to her waist-
I tightened my jaw, scrubbing the visual from my mind. “Stop it, Candi.”
She batted her eyelashes, her look of innocence reminding me of Blake’s a few minutes ago. Blake knew he was trying to make Juliet uncomfortable--and Candi knew exactly what she was doing.
“If you’re really as happy with her as you say-” she began.
“He is happy with me.” Juliet stepped up beside me. Her dark eyes were cold and angry.
I expected Candi to dial it up a notch, but she just gave Juliet a sweet, dangerous smile. “Juliet! I was just talking-”
“Actually, you were leaving, weren’t you?” Juliet said, cutting her off a second time.
I noticed the people around us walked by slower, picking up on the tension.
Last time they faced off, neither seemed ready to stand down. This time was no different.
Juliet gripped her tray so tightly that her knuckles were bleached white. A part of me worried she was seconds away from hurling the contents over her shoulder and slapping Candi in the face with it. Candi wasn’t armed with anything more than a glare, but it was a weapon in and of itself.
And then Candi did the last thing I expected her to do.
She laughed.
“You have nothing to worry about if you two are as close as Lucas claims,” she said with a condescending wink. Before Juliet could get in a word, she added, “And I’m over it. Really. More fish in the sea and all of that.”
I let out a sigh of relief that drew a wary look from both of them. They turned their attention back to each other.
“In fact, in honor of letting bygones be bygones or whatever, you guys should come to my thing.”
Juliet snorted in disbelief. “Yeah, I don’t think that’s-”
“Great!” Candi interrupted, completely ignoring what I was sure was the beginning of Juliet’s decline of her invitation. “I’ll Facebook you.” She sauntered away without another word.
Alone, I reached for Juliet. “We don’t have to go.”
She yanked away from me. “You sure? Maybe the two of you could hook up on her balcony again.”
I cringed. She heard that? I felt the shame of hesitating and thinking of that night with Candi settle in the pit of my stomach. “It didn’t mean anything.”
“You two had a freaking moment, Lucas!” Juliet hissed, hurt coloring her dark eyes. “I saw it. I...felt it.”
It was only physical,” I tried to explain. “I don’t want her.” She tried to dodge me but I didn’t budge, gripping her shoulders then trailing my hands up until I cupped the sides of her face. I waited until she looked up at me, ignoring the death glare. I just wanted her to see that maybe my head had a moment of stupidity, but not my heart. Never my heart. “You’re the only one I want to be with, Julie.”
She didn’t look convinced, but her chin trembled slightly as her eyes softened. “You promise?”
“I promise.” I leaned in to kiss her, but the sound of catcalls and Blake’s distinctive whoops erased any semblance of romance and my mouth hovered a few inches from hers before she pulled away.
She left her tray on the buffet line. “I’m not all that hungry.” Before I could stop her, she spun on her heels and marched toward the exit.
Blake and the boys shuffled up behind me, Dean clapping me on the shoulder. “Where’s your girl?”
“She had to get to class,” I lied.
“Too bad,” he frowned. “I was looking forward to grilling her before I gave the two of you my blessing.”
“Well, maybe you should do your homework the night before like the rest of us and not thirty minutes before class,” Blake piped beside me. “Right, Lucas?”
I tugged on a smile. “Yep.”
Blake’s look changed and I knew he could tell something went down between me and Juliet, but I cleared my throat and swiped Juliet’s untouched tray. I wasn’t about to have a heart-to-heart about my relationship troubles with a guy that dodged relationships like his life depended on it.
“I’m gonna force this crap down my throat,” I said, walking away from my friends. “Later.”