Welcome to my little virtual living room. I assure you, it’s much messier in my real living room.
Like most writers, imagination rules a major portion of my brain. When I was little and afraid of the dark, my dad told me to make up stories in my head until I fell asleep. I’ve had insomnia ever since.
At age eleven, I learned the power of love’s fickle nature when Steve Carvey dumped me for Dawn Mathis because she could dribble a basketball and I couldn’t. Feeling utterly tragic, I drafted my first story of unrequited love. Thus began my career writing romance — and a lifelong mistrust of female athletes.
My bestselling debut novel, a romantic comedy titled CRAZY LITTLE THING, was nominated for Best First Book by the Romance Writers of America® in 2013. It hit #15 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, as well as #1 on Amazon’s bestselling list. It hung around in the Top 100 Kindle books for several months and landed at #33 for 2013. It’s a fun and funny story and was a blast to write. Sometimes I crack myself up.
My bestselling second book, a historical romance titled HIGHLAND SURRENDER, won a Golden Quill and the Book Sellers Best contest. I adore writing about historical settings and have some wonderful ideas percolating for future books!
Both CRAZY LITTLE THING and HIGHLAND SURRENDER are being translated into German and French. HIGHLAND SURRENDER is also being translated into Japanese. Can’t wait to see what that book looks like! My Japanese is a little rusty so I may need a reader for that one! Dutch and Hungarian translations are in the works, too!
HOLD ON MY HEART released in the summer of 2013 and has received excellent reviews. It’s a story near and dear to my heart because it features an old schoolhouse that’s transformed into an ice cream parlor. I based that on a real schoolhouse located near my childhood home. And yes, that real schoolhouse WAS turned into an ice cream parlor. While still a romantic comedy, this story goes a little deeper than CRAZY LITTLE THING but readers are responding very warmly to my hero, the yummy Tom Murphy!
Meanwhile, my next romantic comedy takes us back to BELL HARBOR where the sun is hot and the romance is scorching. (*wink*wink* See how I did that there? Clever, huh?) THE BEST MEDICINE comes out in May and I’m so excited to share this story with readers. Those who enjoyed CRAZY LITTLE THING will be happy to see a few familiar faces in this follow-up story. (Fa-fa-Fontaine!)
In HERE AND NOW, I take readers on a road trip to laughter as a reality show darling and an adventure show cameraman who rub each other the wrong way must join forces to recover a stolen treasure – and learn to rub each other the right way. (*wink*wink*nudge*nudge. See how I did that?* I’m sure you did!) Release date, February, 2015.
Anyway, that’s what’s up with me! By the way, I adore hearing from readers so please, send me a note!