Monday, February 25, 2019


Today I'm beginning a tour around the Internet to celebrate the release of CHILD OF MINE, book 1 in the Masonville series. Yay! My book will be featured at these blogs today. I hope you can join me!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Love at Solace Lake Series ON SALE!

LIES AND SOLACE FREE till February 24!


Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

 As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

LOVE AT SOLACE LAKE series on Sale!

LIES AND SOLACE is FREE until February 24!

She can’t live with one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.

Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own.

Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.

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No matter how deeply buried, secrets rise to the surface.

Scarlet Lindquist has agreed to help her sisters rebuild the dilapidated fishing lodge in Minnesota they inherited from their grandparents. Although the lengthy restoration is bringing the three sisters closer together, Scarlet’s support is temporary. Her leave of absence from her job in Chicago is temporary and she has no intention of staying at Solace Lake Lodge, where the lake holds dark secrets. When frightening childhood memories resurface, they are tempered by her fascination with an irritating contractor. If only she could trust her feelings for him. If only he could trust her.

Cameron Hainstock meets Scarlet at his brother’s wedding to her sister and their attraction is instantaneous. But Cam avoids the beautiful marketing executive. All his efforts are aimed at battling for custody of his only child. When the unimaginable happens and Cam faces the biggest challenge of his life, he’s reluctant to accept help to halt his downward spiral. Can they learn to trust each other and fight for a future together or will they go their separate ways?

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The truth could destroy them. Or set them free.

Maggie Lindquist left Solace Lake determined never to return. Circumstances have pulled her back and she’s helping to restore her family’s dilapidated fishing lodge. When she agreed to the plan she didn’t expect to have to work side by side with the man who abandoned her ten years earlier. She didn’t expect to like him, or want him ever again. But can she trust him as she once did?

Luke Carlsson rushes home to tend to his ailing mother. Her lengthy illness means he needs to stay, at least temporarily. And to stay, he needs to work. Solace Lake Lodge offers him a job and an opportunity to work with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But the restoration is unleashing secrets hidden for decades and no one is left unscathed. Especially not Maggie and Luke, whose love needs to be resilient enough to forgive, and strong enough to build a future together.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

CHILD OF MINE releases today AND LIES & SOLACE Free!

Today is the day! CHILD OF MINE releases into the world and I couldn't be more excited. I'm especially excited because this is the first book in a new series for me. The Masonville series is set in the fictional small town of Masonville, North Dakota and tells the stories of the people who live and love there. I love small town romances and I hope you'll like this series, too!

Lauren didn't intend to sleep with her brother-in-law Cole on the day of her husband's funeral. But now that she is pregnant, she's not sorry. Cole's given her a baby, a long-wished-for miracle. He's been her friend forever, though she never told him or anyone else how unhappy her marriage to his cheating brother was. And she's afraid to tell the small town that considered her husband a hero that the baby isn't his. 

Cole's been in love with Lauren since he was sixteen. It kills him that everyone believes the baby is his dead brother's. All he wants is to claim the baby, and Lauren, as his own. Though she marries him, will Lauren's heart ever be his?

Lauren must tell the truth or risk losing Cole. Is her newly-discovered love for him greater than her fear of scandal in her hometown?

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Books two and three in the Love at Solace Lake, SECRETS AND SOLACE and TRUTH AND SOLACE, are on sale for .99 cents for today only!




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Amazing Stories from Julie Howard

I'm excited to have Julie Howard on my blog today with her amazing stories. Since I've never had a brush with an A list celebrity, or even Z list celebrity for that matter, I'm thrilled to read about Julie's adventures. Julie's new book SPIRITED QUEST, is the latest installment in The Wild Rose Press's Deerbourne Inn series. Great to have you here today, Julie!

Julie's Amazing Stories:

When you’re a reporter in Las Vegas, you run into some pretty interesting people. Quirky. Wild. Famous. I interviewed a few. Later, I also wrote for a national news service. They too were thirsty for stories about famous people so I kept my eyes open for opportunities and snagged a few.

The most notable person I met, in my writer’s point of view, was the late, great Kurt Vonnegut back in the 1990s. He had cult status and rarely did interviews. This was a man uncomfortable with his fame. When I heard he was doing a reading, I made sure to get media credentials and gained access to a private Q & A room after the public event. The Q & A nearly ended before it began as the first hand raised belonged to a man who stood and said: “You are like a God to me.” With that, Vonnegut turned and left the room. A handler eventually got him back into the room, and we all glared at the other man to keep him quiet.

Being a business reporter for a few years, there are a number of business executives that made my list: former HP chairwoman and presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher (who passed away in January), business takeover magnate T. Boone Pickens, and (very briefly – more of a brush off than an interview) Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn.

The fun ones, of course, were the celebrities. My first close-up with fame was in the late 1980s interviewing a guy I’d never heard of at the time: Craig T. Nelson. We were both much younger, me just twenty-one. The Emmy winner was in the middle of a TV shoot at a local airbase and I was given fifteen-twenty minutes to ask my questions while he rested between takes. I met him in a locker room, where he strode into the room wearing the long underwear he had on under the heavy flight suit he wore on set. I don’t want to imply anything improper about this – he was fully covered, from wrists to ankles – but I will say I noted he was a very handsome fellow.

Anyone remember Richard Simmons, the diet and exercise guru? He was a blast to interview – like talking to a live spark.

The toughest interview was Oscar-winner Patricia Neal, who once was famously married to author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”). She was of the old Hollywood and shimmered with glamour. However, she was suffering the effects of a series of strokes and this was made obvious when I asked who her favorite leading man had been. She struggled to recall the actor’s name and finally appealed to her assistant for help before coming up with his name: Ronald Reagan, who just happened to be president at the time.

There were other notables I came across, but these are the ones that stick with me. They made great features. I do love a good story.

Now onto my own story, my new release Spirited Quest.

She’s chasing a ghost, but who is chasing her?


Paige Norman believes in a tangible, explainable world. When her ghost-hunting niece comes for a visit, she tries not to scoff. But someone, or something, is stirring up trouble at the Deerbourne Inn and her niece, Jillian, is at the center of the mystery.

Paige is certain the handsome Aussie photographer is behind the unexplained disturbances, and she warns her niece to stay clear. Meanwhile, Jillian gets to know the otherworldly Lady of the Deerbourne, who foretells an encounter with "two men." Then the pranks turn dangerous. Has her niece attracted a stalker or has she conjured an evil presence? Can the culprit be the man who has captured her heart?


He nodded a friendly greeting to her, his gaze grazing past to include others on the porch. “G’day, ma’am. G’day all.”

An Australian. Her heart skipped a beat. Oh, to be twenty-five, even thirty-five, again. His gaze settled on her niece, and as always happened to men where this girl was concerned, his jaw slackened, then tightened.

Next to her, Jillian grew still, lifting wide blue eyes to the newcomer. The moment passed. He was through the front door and into the lobby, and the door closed behind him.

“You’re in for some nice company this week,” Paige commented with a smile.

A frown flickered across her niece’s face. “I’ve seen him before.”

“You’ve met?”

“Not exactly. He appeared to me in a dream.” Jillian’s blue eyes were troubled as she gazed at the Inn’s front door. She lifted one hand and rubbed the back of her head, then gave a shiver. “There was blood and I was afraid.”

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Friday, February 15, 2019

#NewRelease from Amber Daulton

LYRICAL EMBRACE, Amber Daulton's newest release, is part of the Deerbourne Inn series from The Wild Rose Press. Here's a sneak peak at this new romantic suspense! 

Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?


Erica checked her watch. “It’s almost nine o’clock. What do you want to do now?”

“I have something in mind, but I’d like to surprise you.”

“Ooooh, interesting.” She braced her elbows on the table, weaving her fingers together, and braced her chin on her linked hands. “The movie theater in Montpelier?”

“Nah, it’s too late to go there tonight. The back-to-back movie marathons will have already started by now.”

“You’ve piqued my interest. C’mon, let’s go.” Erica handled the check, to Dylan’s irritation—she asked him to dinner, after all—but he took care of the tip.

After they left the tavern, Dylan pulled her close and circled his strong arms around her waist. Heat radiated from his body as he kissed her in the parking lot.

The shock of his lips on hers stilled Erica’s heart, but then the organ jump-started like an engine. Erica kissed back, desperate to taste him, and she savored the hint of spice on his tongue. She moaned and gripped the soft fabric of his shirt, almost ready to tear his clothes off.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Valentine's Romance Giveaway!

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Clothes Make the Character: Jane Barnaby Adventure Series

James DiBenedetto visits today with a look at the clothes his heroine Jane wears and what they say about her. I love his graphics! Please welcome James DiBenedetto!

Over the course of a book series, the main character will usually wear a lot of different outfits, and Jane Barnaby, the heroine of my Jane Barnaby Adventures series, is no exception.  As you can see in the illustration  you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get with Jane.

She’s an archaeology student, and her books take place in the early 1990’s, so it’s only natural that she’d see herself as Indiana Jones.

When we meet Jane, she’s studying at Oxford for her Master’s Degree.  Which means she was a teenager in the mid 1980’s.  And that explains the second outfit, big hair and all!

Being at Oxford means living with cold, damp weather, and Jane was fully prepared when she headed off to England, as you can see in the third outfit.

Her first book, FINDERS KEEPERS, begins with Jane taking on what she thought was an easy job: picking up her professor’s new car and driving it out to him in Spain. And as the fourth outfit shows, she thought she was ready for the task.

The fifth outfit shows Jane after three days on the road, having lost her professor’s car, not to mention a box of priceless artifacts she mistakenly ended up with for a little while.  She’s clearly very much the worse for wear!

Finally, in the third book of the series, HER BROTHER’S KEEPER, Jane has to sneak into a costume ball to try and rescue her brother from Russian spies.  So, naturally, in keeping with her chosen profession, she dresses as Marion from Raiders of the Lost Ark to blend in with the crowd.
Here’s a brief excerpt, showing how Jane decided on that last outfit:
At six o’clock, Jane headed up to her room to get dressed.  It didn’t take long; it was a simple enough costume.  And it looked right, not that anyone other than Bill would probably notice if it didn’t.  Still, something was bothering her, and she stood in front of the mirror for a couple of minutes before she figured out what it was.
Marion was the sidekick – no, not even that.  She was the damsel in distress.  It was only a costume, but what did it say about her that she chose it, rather than dressing as the hero of the story?  Granted, there hadn’t been anything in the closet that looked as though Harrison Ford might ever have worn it, and definitely nothing like the iconic hat, but still, now that she was thinking about roles, it annoyed her.  Had she picked Marion because she was at least archaeology-related, which would have been fine, or was there some subconscious reason?  Was she hoping for someone to rescue her, and her brother?  Was she ready to pass off her responsibility to her family if a likely-looking hero happened to come along?
No.  There was no point thinking that way.  Sometimes a costume was just a costume, and this was one of those times.  

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