Happy Holidays & A Few Favorite Pics


Categories: Life Lately, Ramblings

Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! Happy! Happy!

With 2014 drawing to a close I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pictures from the year. A quick little retrospective of what brought a smile to my face.


This little guy is a constant source of happy. Even when he’s being naughty and chewing on things he’s not supposed to. Love you, Harry!


You guys know how much I love cupcakes. So getting these from my awesome publisher, Entangled, was really special and I’m so glad I took a picture to remember them by!


This is one of my favorite pictures from RWA. That’s the amazing Samanthe Beck, the amazing Liz Pelletier, and me at the RITA Awards Ceremony. Are we cool or what? LOL


I don’t post many pictures of my family, but my guys are the most important people in my life and this picture is from Father’s Day. We’re at Angel Stadium and had the best time. The only thing missing was my older son, who was out of town for a fraternity function.


The ocean, the sand, they are my favorite things and on the day I took this picture I was so thrilled to have the first book in my Kisses in the Sand series out. I was also on a weekend getaway with my hubby and that made this morning walk on the beach really wonderful.


That’s me and my mom after our skydive. She landed back safely on the ground after me and this is one of the few pics her instructor got of us together. I love how she looks so calm as she’s talking about her experience. It was one of the best days ever – definitely a highlight from 2014!

I hope you have fond memories of the year, and I’d love to hear about something special you’ll always remember. Happy holidays and…





Categories: Life Lately

I skydived! And it was awesome and amazing and crazy fun and I can’t wait to do it again!! Seriously, I want to jump again right now.

I was hoping to post the video here, but I can’t figure out how to share it. So, you’ll just have to come over to my house and watch it. It’s pretty funny. I swear, I had my mouth open the entire time. I was either  wooting it up or talking or laughing or something. But my damn lips never shut! Next time I jump I’m going to look a lot cooler.

I do have pictures, though! So here’s a little photo montage of me in action.

Here’s my view right before I jumped…

view before jump

And here I am right after I jumped. Although it was more like Leon (that’s my instructor) gently nudged me out of the plane. It was really easy and not at all scary. Check out the airplane right behind me!

right after jump

The free fall was amazing! Look, Mom, no parachute!




The free fall lasted about 30 seconds and then Leon pulled on the chute. We coasted down for about 5 minutes after that. I wanted to stay up in the sky ALL DAY!


Here I am getting to steer! See my hand on that yellow cord? That guides the chute. I tugged with my right hand and then my left  so we could do turns. It was like being on a roller coaster in the sky. Totally rocked! (And shh… it made me a teensy bit nauseous.) Also notice, my mouth is open. *shakes head* Oh, Leon also said I could slide off my goggles if I wanted to, so I did. The scenery was beautiful.


Our landing was seamless and I was so sorry for the jump to come to an end. That’s me looking to the sky and wishing I was still up there!


I’ve so got the bug now you guys! You can be sure I’ll jump again in 2015. I really loved it and wasn’t nervous or worried for even a second. This was a really special way to spend my mom’s birthday – yep, she jumped too and rocked it – and now I’m anxious to figure out my next adventure. Smile Who’s with me?


Gilded Passions


Categories: Books, Romance

I’m so excited to share a new release with you! This one is from a special person to me – Alice Langdon. Alice and I are chapter mates in our local RWA chapter and we hit it off the second we met. She’s warm, friendly, outgoing, and talented in so many areas. (She acts and sings like nobody’s business, you guys.) And lucky for me when it came time in our chapter to match mentors with mentees, we were delighted to get hooked up together. Wink

She recently self published her first novel and I’m thrilled to have the details here! TRUSTING DESIRE is the first book in her Gilded Passions series. Huge congrats again, Alice!

aliciaKINDLEWhat if the only thing that could save you — was the thing you feared most?

Naive, destitute and alone, Ellie Baker’s world crumbles when she’s kidnapped and forced into a brothel to repay her father’s mistakes. Betrayed to the core, Ellie vows to never trust another man—even Gabriel Peterson, her favorite childhood friend. 

Gabriel can’t get past his mother’s brutal murder. Drinking, gambling and whoring help him forget, yet his guilt-ridden habits have made him a social outcast. When the girl from his youth confronts him, he is shocked out of despair and vows to help Ellie escape… But can he break free of his own demons?

Neither expects the reunion to last—until their lives overlap in unimaginable ways. When Ellie helps Gabriel in his quest for vengeance, she can’t deny their forbidden attraction. Being together feels dangerous, yet how can Ellie resist, when his slightest touch makes her body ache for more?

With reputations in the balance, these two must learn to trust in themselves—or risk losing the only love they’ve ever known.


Stalk Alice on Facebook! Tweet with her too! She’s rarely on Twitter, but maybe if we all bug her on there, she’ll tweet more! Grin

Alice is also an amazing artist. She drew this picture of Luke and Sela from KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR for me. I just wanna cry every time I look at it. It’s so awesome.



Happy Thursday!

P.S. Tomorrow’s the day I skydive for the first time! Woot! I’m super excited and hope the rain here in not-so-sunny California clears out in time. I’m ready. Like now! LOL What’s one thing on your bucket list?



Veiled Target on Sale!


Categories: Uncategorized

For a limited time, my paranormal romance, Veiled Target is on sale for ONLY .99 CENTS!

What’s the book about? Here’s a quick summary…


As an eliminator, it’s Tess Damon’s job to ensure non humans meet a swift demise, otherwise it’s her head. But when she’s drawn to her next target, and discovers he has information about her fiancé’s murder, her assignment is compromised.

Hugh Langston might be Tess’s next target, but he’s got other ideas. When they’re forced to fight side by side for their lives, he forms an alliance with the captivating beauty. An alliance with explosive consequences as Tess discovers the man who can solve the mystery of her fiancé’s murder is the man she’s supposed to kill.



And in case you’re wondering what Hugh looks like, I picture him like this…

Hot guy in ocean-Hugh

And this…

Alex-close up

I’m a visual person. Smile Anyway, I hope you’ll check it out! It’s a really fun, sexy read if I do say so myself. You can read an excerpt and find buy links HERE. (The sale is going on at all online retailers!)

So tell me, what are you reading right now? And to all my U.S. friends, I hope you have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!!


Nothing But Trouble + a giveaway!


Categories: Books, Entangled Publishing, Giveaway

I’m so happy to have my friend JL Hammer take over my blog this week! Her newest release, NOTHING BUT TROUBLE is out today from Entangled Publishing and she’s celebrating with a giveaway right here! The book sounds so great and I can’t wait to read it! I hope you’ll 1-click just like I did! Take it away, JL…

Thank you to the amazing Robin Bielman for hosting me on this exciting day. NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (Vegas Vixens series book #1) from Entangled Select Suspense is now out! And to make things even sweeter, for a limited time the book is on sale for only .99 cents! I loved writing this story because it has high-stakes danger and a sinfully hot deputy sheriff. I don’t know about you, but I find a man in uniform absolutely tempting.

 Nothing But Trouble coverShe’s the kind of trouble he can’t resist …


With an angry loan shark hot on her heels, Frankie Delenski flees a Vegas gentlemen’s club with one thought in mind: hide before she’s nothing more than a chalk outline. Now on the run…she finds herself stranded in a sleepy Colorado town during a storm. Her only salvation becomes the suspicious and gorgeous deputy sheriff determined to arrest her…


From the get-go, Wes Malone must restrain his lust for this stunning, unpredictable woman in a sequined bra and rely on his instincts as a cop. As he sifts through the haze of lies, the truth about her predicament is like a sucker punch to the gut. She’s in serious danger and getting involved with her means nothing but sweet, irresistible trouble…


Find all the BUY LINKS and read the first chapter HERE!


Sneak Peak:

She took a moment to study the virile man before her. The strippers worked their clients into a mouth-drooling frenzy by a few shakes of their hips and a little lip-gnawing. If Frankie could work her charms on Deputy Malone, he would be at her beck and call. A strange thrill zinged through her.

With a sexy strut, she approached, giving him her best heated look. She brushed the tips of her polished nails across his chest. Hopefully, he hadn’t noticed the mud smeared across her hands or her missing pinky nail. His dark brows lifted and his expression was…amused. Determination

squared Frankie’s shoulders. With a thrust, she pushed out her well-padded female attributes.

“Can’t we just forget about all this? Couldn’t you just help me get my car out of the ditch and then let me go on my way?” She tried to purr, but it sounded more like she needed a throat lozenge.

“Are you hungry?” he asked.

She frowned and then remembered she was being seductive and smiled shyly. “Hungry?”

“Yeah. The way you keep chewing on your lower lip I figured you must be starving.”




Giveaway Alert! Up for grabs is a $10 Amazon gift card! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!
(Robin here… Stalk, I mean visit JL at her website, on Facebook and on Twitter)!

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Help! I need a saying!


Categories: Bliss, Writing

Hey there! So, I’m busy writing the next book in my Kisses in the Sand series and having so much fun with my characters, Honor and Bryce, but I’m stuck on something and thought I’d reach out to my awesome friends and readers for help.

Here’s what I need: a witty, funny saying for Honor when she’s thinking about how delicious Bryce is. Something instead of “Oh, God.” Or “Holy moly.” Or “Oh my.” Some two-word exclamation that maybe hasn’t been used before.

Got any ideas for me? I’d love to use something from one of my readers in the book!



Happy November!


Categories: Uncategorized

Thank you so, so much to everyone who spent time here in October! I had a record number of comments for the month, and I appreciate each and every one of you for stopping by and sharing my Octoberquest with me. I loved reading your comments and sharing all sorts of fun and new things. Thank you again – you guys rock!

Now, on to my winner of the $25 gift card. I wish I could give each and every one of you a gift card, I really do, but the random winner of this giveaway is Elena K.! Congratulations, Elena!! Please email me with the name of the store you’d like your gift card to!

Happy November! I hope it’s an awesome month!



Get Wicked with Entangled Blog Hop!


Categories: Entangled Publishing, Giveaway

Happy almost Halloween! To celebrate, I’m participating along with over 100 other blogs in a blog hop! Talk about spooktacular! There’s giveaways and wicked fun at each stop so be sure to keep reading to find out what I’m giving away and to hop to the rest of the blogs!


Since costumes are a big part of Halloween, I asked a few of my characters what they were dressing up as, and here’s what they had to say…

Luke Watters and Sela Sullivan from Kissing the Maid of Honor:

“Luke is going to be bacon and I’m going to be a chocolate bar,” Sela said.
Luke grinned. “And at the end of the night we’re going to ea–”

Shane Sullivan and Kagan Owens from Her Accidental Boyfriend:

“We’re dressing as James Bond and his Bond girl,” Shane said. “I think I’m gonna get lucky.”
“All you have to do is smile and you get lucky,” Kagan chimed in.

Troy Streiber and Erin Watters from Wild About Her Wingman:

“I’m dressing as a bun maker,” Troy said.
“And I’m going to be a bun in the oven.” Erin was positively glowing as she said this. Hmm…

Zane Hollander and Sophie Birch from Keeping Mr. Right Now:

“We’re doing the devil and angel thing,” Zane said, putting his arm around Sophie.
“Only I’m the devil and he’s my angel,” Sophie added with a sly smile.
“I can’t wait for you to be bad,” Zane added with a definite sparkle in his amazing blue eyes.

Hugh Langston and Tess Damon from Veiled Target:

“We’re going to be pirates,” Tess said excitedly. “I haven’t dressed up since I was little.”
“Aaarrgghh. And ye better be prepared to be boarded,” Hugh said.
“What is it they say? Save a ship. Ride a pirate.” Tess grinned at this.
So did Hugh.

<sigh> I just love all these characters.


Leave me a comment on this post telling me what one of your favorite costumes has been and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card to the online store of your choice! Want an extra entry? Sign up for my newsletter in the top right hand corner of this page and you’ve got it!  (I’ve been on an Octoberquest this month, too, and you might want to click on the Giveaway tab at the top of this page.) One winner will be randomly chosen and their name posted here on November 1st.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you did! Happy Halloween!

HOP to the rest of the ghoulishly good blogs by clicking  below!


Octoberquest Check-in


Categories: Life Lately

Hey there! I can’t believe the month is almost over! Only a week until Halloween and then before we know it, it will be Christmas. Crazy! So I just wanted to report back that this month has been really fun. I’ve done some new things, read a new author – by the way, I really enjoyed Shirley Jump’s, The Sweetheart Secret – and this weekend there’s one more thing on the “new” list.

My hubby and I are headed to Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns on Sunday night. I’m super excited! Over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins are going to light up for us! You can see what it’s all about here.


And there’s one more thing I want to share with you. I’m not getting it in this month because they were booked up, but this particular quest has been on my bucket list for a long time and it’s going to happen on December 5th! With my mom! She and I are going to…


Yep, you read that right! We are going to jump out of an airplane! We’re doing tandem jumps, meaning we’ll be strapped to a professional, and you can bet I’ll share all the details of how it goes here on my blog. I’m SO excited! And no doubt will want to throw up on that day, I’ll be so nervous, but I’m going for it anyway!

I also wanted to give you a heads up that next week I’ve got a super fun Halloween blog post as part of Entangled’s Wicked Blog Hop celebration. There are tons of fabulous authors and bloggers participating, so I hope you’ll check it out!

That’s it for now! Have a very happy weekend!!


Color Me Pink


Categories: Uncategorized

This past weekend in my quest to try new things during October, my hubby and I ran in The Color Run. It was SO much fun! We had the best time and I loved getting sprayed with color during the 5k. Here’s how it went…


Here I am before the race, all nice and white. I was trying to show off my Color Run tattoo on my hand, but you can’t really see it.


Signs like this signaled when color was coming. There were four colors: pink, yellow, purple and blue.


We ran under archways like this for each color and then got sprayed! Run volunteers held spray bottles of powered color and nailed us as we ran by. I was smiling the whole way! My hubby told me my teeth were blue and yellow by the time we finished the race.


Here we are at the end of the race… but wait, there’s more!


As fun as getting sprayed in color during the run, the real color happens after the race. With music blaring and color packets in our hands all the runners get to toss their own color and watch it rain down. It was crazy! One giant color fog!




Holy crap, it was thick!


Once the fog cleared, we took one last picture and then headed to breakfast. Where I had this…


 A yummy mimosa, only this was one new to me with peach and orange juices and fresh blueberries. We sat outside and it was the perfect end to a fun morning.

I highly recommend The Color Run!! It’s very lo-key and if you’re not a runner, that’s okay. There were lots of people walking too. I can’t wait to sign up for another one!

So… have any of you done anything new lately?

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