Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Release: To Tempt A Billionaire

Have you ever had an item on your to do list that never seemed to get completed?

For a while To Tempt A Billionaire was on the to do list as a work-in-progress that needed some TLC.

But priorities had to be shifted and the WIP had to take a backseat with the occasional visits from me when I had the time.

Finally, I was able to get to the finish line and bring this bachelor to the front of the line for some romance in Monaco.

Billionaire Dane Laurent lives and breathes for the family’s high-end real estate business. Considered a workaholic with no room for his brothers’ easy approach to life, Dane has one ambition—to take over his father’s company and shift the company into its next chapter of existence. He would do anything to protect the legacy built by his father.

However, the sudden entrance of Persian party-girl, Yasmin Mariman, requesting a condo for herself and her entourage sets him on a path that may destroy his ambition. There is history between the Marimans and Laurents that remains shrouded in mystery. Dane is sure that Yasmin has ulterior motives for putting down stakes in his backyard and he determined to stay more than two steps ahead to find out.

Yasmin plays hard. But what her critics don’t know is that she works hard. Her false veneer as a socialite hides her shark-like ability to infiltrate and take over market shares. The new target—Laurent Holdings—is personal. She will restore her father’s honor and make the senior Laurent pay for his treatment of her father. Except on the first day, Dane Laurent stands in her way with his arrogance and sexiness to stop her in her tracks.

Her plan? To woo and conquer. His plan? To keep his enemy close, maybe never let go.

As a thank you to my readers and those who are now starting on the journey with me, I have the two books of the trilogy available at a low price of 99 cents through Wednesday 5/31.

(Book 1: Men of Monaco)


(Book 2: Men of Monaco)

Nook (TBA)

Grab your copy and post a review, at your convenience.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Musings: Wearing My Reader Hat

My Opinion (ain't a debate)
I've noticed a couple tendencies by authors that I find irritating. I don't know if it's marketing gurus pushing these tips or the economics of publishing and the tight market that have authors sound annoying. 
I wear two hats as reader and as writer. But as the reader, here's what I have to say. Do not come at me as if I have a life-commitment or blood oath to you, the author, after I buy your book. When I pay my dollars and you sell me the book, the fair exchange of goods has occurred. I owe you nothing further.
You can request a review for all the right reasons. That's fine. But don't turn that request into a whine on social media, don't try to shame or slam me, the reader, in a blog when no reviews are written on your behalf, don't write essays about why you need a review to keep writing books.
And for FFS, don't have a b*tch fit if the review is mediocre or a bad one. Remember, my only obligation to you is to pay for the book. You're the one holding up the baby and demanding I say it's pretty.
Now onto the next "thing." Seems that authors now want to tell readers the proper way to read a series. Not because the reader has the freedom to do whatever and whenever since they bought the book, but it comes back to how the reader's habits impact the authors' careers. 
Some readers will wait a couple books into a series before investing. Some will buy the first book, but may not read right away. So they aren't going to talk it up because they haven't read it. We're back to the no reviews thing. 
But since when did we, the readers, need an elbow in the back because we didn't crack that book open right away or didn't buy the first book of the author's series? I thought it was MY money that paid for the book and MY business when and if I ever read the book.
And why are authors tweeting, FBing, blogging their distress because readers are causing them not to sell or finish their series with the publishers? Like, I, the reader need to be burdened with your career issues. I've got my own problems. STFU. 
Dear author, my only obligation is to pay you for the book. Anything else I do is out of the appreciation or graciousness of my heart. However, if I don't, it doesn't mean that you're not appreciated. You're just not the center of my world so get over yourself.
And as an author...thank you for your continued support in whatever form or fashion :-)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Suddenly Taking That Off-Ramp Ain't So Bad

I'm at a juncture of my writing career where I've already taken a turn down a path that had no guaranteed outcome. Wasn't looking for excitement. Wasn't looking for something new. Wasn't in the mindset of reinvention or redefining who I am or what I write. I simply saw an off-ramp and instead of passing it by, I turned the steering in that direction.

So far I'm guessing that I'm still on the off-ramp. It's not one of those quick deals where you quickly merge into the next flow of traffic. But this ramp is higher than most and seeing over the sides to guess where I am or where I'm going isn't altogether clear.

This is where gut instinct and faith reserves are tapped to maintain the onward momentum. Sometimes I may glance too long in that rear view mirror and want to hit reverse to go back to what I know. But there was a reason that I took the exit, deep down I knew that I had to trust in my instinct and go for it.

All the lessons learned made me ready for this. And because as a writer you never stop learning, you continue to work your butt off to be better. So as I continue on the off-ramp, I've got to allow the autopilot to kick in and go with faith and determination.

Can't let the bad advice from others, the bubbling inner doubts, or the nosiness to see what others are doing be the GPS for what I am doing.

To continue building on my foundation and reinforcing what I've already been blessed with, I have been reading a lot, but also soaking up the knowledge from authors like Joanna Penn who writes nonfiction and thriller fiction as J.F. Penn, along with providing a robust website of information for writers called The Creative Penn.

So I'm going to enjoy the journey, enjoy the challenges, and not allow the off-ramp with its foggy conditions disorient me from my goals.

Wish me luck,



Book Release: To Tempt A Billionaire

Have you ever had an item on your to do list that never seemed to get completed? For a while To Tempt A Billionaire was on the to do list ...