Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Fun Romance Giveaway: A Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite!

Oh, boy, I almost forgot to post this, and the giveaway ends tomorrow, June 20. Never fear, there's still plenty of time to enter!

Find your next favorite author (hopefully, I'm your first! lol). See all of the fabulous covers by award-winning and best selling authors. There's also a fun blurb contest. The giveaway is a waterproof Kindle Paperwhite by Night Owl Reviews!!! Hello? Waterproof? How perfect for the pool, lake, or beach.  This is for US only. BUT. Wait. There's more. There will also be 119 $5 Amazon gift cards given away worldwide. I hope you are one of the 120 winners. Good luck!

Here's the link to enter.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Pre-order Available for BABIES AT COCONUTS

I'm thrilled to announce the third book in my Coconuts series, BABIES AT COCONUTS, is now available for pre-order on Amazon! I had a blast writing this book, which is my most multi-cultural, head-butting yet, and there's even a trip to Paris, as well as a baby shocker!

The first two books in my series, THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS and CHAOS AT COCONUTS (Book 2) are romantic women's fiction. However, BABIES AT COCONUTS turned out to be a romantic comedy. Remember, I'm a pantser and my characters take over!

I adore the expressive cover and especially the violet hue and Bird of Paradise flowers. Both have special meaning in my book. You'll have to read it to find out why! Special thanks to my cover designer.

Here's the blurb:

For Fans of My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Italian-style!)

A clash of cultures.

A chaotic wedding.

A surprise baby.

Just another day at Coconuts.

Coordinating the most joyous day of her son’s life should be easy. After all, Suzy is a wedding planner. But a meddling future mother-in-law wasn't on the checklist. A wacky rehearsal dinner, beach wedding, and a baby—not necessarily in that order—ensures bedlam, if not hilarity, among the two head-butting moms. The show must go on, with or without the wedding party.

Hope is adept at counseling students but has given up on dieting and having sleek hair. She has even gotten used to the fact that her adopted father no longer remembers her—until a surprise engagement and a newspaper article leave her in shambles.

Sexy banker Alex conveys totally in control while ignoring the simmering boil of her disastrous relationship. Her marketing rival is her kryptonite, but a disastrous bank event may spell her downfall.

Socialite Cheri Van Buren seems to have the perfect life. The New Yorker deftly juggles celebrity events but is growing concerned about her jet-setting parents’ strained marriage. After competing in a cake-decorating contest, another chef leaves her speechless.

More than a Happy Hour haven, Coconuts is the unknowing guardian of shared secrets, bombshell revelations, a few tears, and joy. Will the best friends ever find happiness? It doesn’t look good.
NOTE: Even though this is Book 3 of my Coconuts series, it may be read as a standalone. I sprinkle in enough backstory to ensure readers won't be lost.

Ready to preorder? Here's the link on Amazon, and as always, a huge thank you for your ongoing support. I love my readers!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Keeping My Coconuts Series Fresh

Readers and reviewers are happily writing rave reviews for CHAOS AT COCONUTS, Book 2, in my Coconuts series which all began with double award-winning THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS. Trust me, authors hold their collective breaths when their book babies enter the world. We never know how they'll be received, so I'm breathing a little easier now.

As I endeavor to pen Books 3, 4, (and probably 5), I continually strive to keep the characters fresh, engaging, intriguing, and compelling.

As background, my main POV characters are three thirty-something best friends since high school. Suzy’s a newly married wedding planner who creates fun, themed weddings; Hope is a high school guidance counselor who deals with both at-risk and honor students; and Alex is a bank marketer who dates a sexy bad-boy cop. The threesome enjoy Happy Hour at their oasis, Coconuts, an island-themed bar, in land-locked Crystal City. 

Secondary characters such as neurotic brides, an intern from hell, crazy exes, and hippies create gleeful havoc along the way.

In CHAOS AT COCONUTS, I introduced a newcomer, Cheri Van Buren, a wealthy New York socialite and celebrity chef. You’ll have to read my novel to see why she makes a splashy visit to Coconuts. At first, Suzy, Alex, and Hope aren’t too keen about having a beautiful, filthy rich woman as competition, and they may or may not befriend the stranger.

I also introduced Izzy, a lazy, disrespectful teen stepdaughter for Suzy, who her new husband forgot to mention during his whirlwind proposal!

Alex is dealt a job-stealing marketing intern and stalker ex-wife who both unleash mayhem.

Hope has a couple of major issues to deal with at Hilltop High. One is a spoiler and the other is a devastating tornado. This was my first attempt at a tornado scene and it wasn’t easy. The fact that I’m from Missouri and saw the destruction after an EF5 tornado made this a bit easier to construct but still gut wrenching, even if on paper.

Here are some tips I used to keep my series fresh:
  • ·         I added several new characters.
  • ·        Characters are from other states with unique professions and vastly different backgrounds.
  • ·        A monster tornado barrels toward the high school.
  • ·        There are two very different weddings for two totally opposite couples.
  • ·        Bits of backstory was added (mainly using dialogue).
  • ·        Plenty of plot twists with old and new characters is guaranteed!
  • ·        The unique “flavor” of the island bar, Coconuts, remains the same.
  • ·        There's plenty of humor, suspense, and romance like the first novel in the series.
  • ·        Both novels may be read as a standalone.
  • ·        The same font was used on the cover for branding purposes.
Want to read the blurb? Here it is:

To most, Coconuts is simply a bar. But for three best friends, it’s their oasis. That is, until everything comes crashing down.

Socialite Cheri Van Buren makes a splashy, paparazzi-filled visit to Coconuts. Secretly dabbling in disastrous online dating, the wealthy caterer desires normalcy away from the society pages. A few girlfriends would be nice too.

Hope’s life is routine, if not dull. The most exciting part of her day is counseling students until a monster tornado heads toward Hilltop High. Now she’s in shock—and not just from the devastating twister.

Alex oversees a marketing intern from hell who appears intent on stealing her job. Her relationship with her sexy cop boyfriend isn’t so sexy, especially after his ex-wife stalks her.

Suzy’s new marriage is challenged by her surly teen stepdaughter, a unique Halloween wedding, and her son’s ever-changing nuptials. If that isn’t enough, the family discovers an astonishing revelation requiring a giant leap of faith.

Will the women overcome the chaos or will it tear them apart?

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Do you prefer books in a series? I also write standalone novels and novellas.  I’d love to hear from you!