Cover Release for “Surprise Me Again”

It looks as if I haven’t blogged in quite some time. My blog site has been changed back to the original and I lost some of my blogs from 2016. Hopefully this site will stay the same.

Today I would like to show off the cover for “Surprise Me Again,” the continuing story of Josie, Carson, and Eric from my Candy Hearts’ story, “Surprise Me.” The book is tentatively set to be released in February.


As I was writing “Surprise Me,” I knew Josie and Carson’s story was done. My editors agreed and “Surprise Me Again” was born. I love the relationship between Josie and Carson, and tossing Eric into the mix, added more spice to their lives.

Blurb: Charged with trespassing and indecent exposure on Erik Stenson’s private beach, Carson and Josie Sandberg return to South Padre Island to attend the court hearing. However, their reunion with Erik is not what they expected. An invitation for a drink turns into a weekend of passion that fulfills fantasies and leaves all parties wanting to explore more than bedroom bliss. Will time, distance, and family issues stand in the way of a relationship, or will they be surprised again?

I will be talking more about this books as time goes on.


The First Week of Being Published

perf5.000x8.000.inddIt’s been a little over a week since South Seas Seduction was released. It’s been quite a week. Exciting, nerve racking, exciting. The release date was a bit of a let-down. I built up this anticipation, but when Friday came, I was at work. Since I use a pen name, no one knew how special this day was. Most of my friends were busy with family, so I spent the night drinking wine, eating chocolate, watching tv, and checking Amazon for my ranking.

I’ve been interviewed on several blogs and have a few more coming up. The first was the interview with Tina Susedik. Then I was on 69 Shades of Smut and Erin Brevan’s blogs. On March 25th, I’ll be on Rebecca Grace’s blog and on March 28th Melissa Snark’s, The Snarkology. I’ve provided links below.

What I’ve learned in the past week: Promotion is hard work. Trying to set up blog interviews. Getting people to read and review South Seas Seduction. Setting up return interviews and reviews. Finding the time to read and write for the reviews and blogs. My head has been spinning all week. In between that, getting edits done and the next book sent off to my editor – which I accomplished on Friday. Yay!!! ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I also learned that if readers to directly to The Wild Rose Press to purchase books, authors receive higher royalties, that I need to set up an author page on Amazon, getting people to post reviews is difficult, and most of all – I love being published.

So this week, besides promoting South Seas Seduction, I will start work on the next book, or maybe the short story I’ve had approved to write for a Valentine’s Anthology The Wild Rose Press will publish next year.

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Worldwide Release of “South Seas Seduction” – March 13th

perf5.000x8.000.inddExcitement reigns in my house. Nearly one year to the day that I signed my contract with The Wild Rose Press for “South Seas Seduction,” the book is finally ready. It will release March 13th, with pre-order ready now.

It has been quite a trip. Signing contracts on-line was quite an experience – something I’d never done before. Then came the edits and edits and more edits. I learned about editing a galley, which is different from editing a manuscript. I found out I didn’t use Track Changes properly in Word which slowed down my editor, Trish. By-the-way, I loved working with her. Since everything is done via email, I hope someday to meet her face-to-face.

The day I received the mock up of my cover, I wanted to share it with everyone, but I had to wait. Every time I reached for the phone to call someone, I had to bite my fingers. I did call and share it with my good friend, Tina Susedik. Diana Carlile designed this fun cover.

When I met Diana at a conference two years ago and pitched South Seas Seduction, I had no idea she would become such an important part of my career. As we sat at the bar with her talking and laughing, I didn’t know she even designed covers. How lucky am I?

At this point, I need to thank Tina and Linda for helping me through this process. Tina for her guidance and Linda for her editing skills. She jokingly calls herself the “Grammar Nazi” and “Comma Bitch,” but I treasure her knowledge.

Blurb: Sheltered all her life as the daughter of an ambassador, Emma Labonte boards a small plane on a trip from Australia. One hijacking and a plane crash later, she finds herself on a deserted island and stranded with three different yet equally sexy men. With no hope for rescue, the four begin to carve a semblance of a life in their tropical setting. Closeness breeds curiosity, and naive Emma begins to wonder what it would be like to be loved by these three men. The adventurer Jack, Toby the intelligent doctor, and shy English professor Steve–each carve a special place in her heart. When her three men launch seduction in the South Seas, how can she resist?

So, without further ado, here is the link for the pre-buy. The book will also be available on the 13th on The Wild Rose Press website. If you don’t know, when you purchase a book from a publisher’s website, authors receive a higher royalty.

The Wild Rose Press:

The Wild Rose Press Halloween Blog Hop

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Each year The Wild Rose Press hosts a Halloween Blog Hop. As a new author with TWRP, this is the first year I’m participating. If you comment on my blog, you will be entered in a drawing to win a set of three nature photo cards taken by myself. Also, join the Rafflecopter below and be entered in a grand-prize drawing for a $100 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or two $15.00 gift cards from Amazon or Barnes & Noble from The Wild Rose Press.

Click here to follow the blog hop: Many of the authors are giving away other prizes, so be sure to click on their links.

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Each year at Halloween time, I see children dressed in store-bought costumes. There is nothing wrong with that when it’s the easiest and quickest way for busy parents to dress up their kids. But my favorites are when the little kiddos come to the door for treats in home-made costumes.

I grew up in a large farm family. Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot of money for store bought. Each year we’d dig through old clothes and scraps to create something someone would recognize. One of the easiest for my mother was when we went as hobos. An old winter coat with pinned-on patches, a scarf over our heads, dirty face made from heated corks, and a stick with a red bandana sack attached and we were all set. Since we lived in Wisconsin this outfit kept us warm.

When I was a teenager–probably 15 or so–our 4-H club had a big party with some other clubs. It included hayrides, a bonfire and trick or treating in town. This was a big deal as trick or treating in the country meant driving miles from house to house to get a few treats. Usually my dad would drive us to our relatives’ or friends’ homes. We’d get antsy as they stood around and chewed the fat.

halloween-mummy-chairSo anyway, for this big event, I decided to go as a mummy. It was particularly cold that year, so I pulled on white long underwear-you know the kind that buttoned up the front and had a flap in the back to drop when you had “go.” I’d taken an old white sheet and torn it into strips that my mother tied all over my body. A few wider, longer ones were wrapped around me several times making me wonder if I’d look like a top when I was unwound. My face was painted white and my hair covered with more strips.

I looked fantastic! I was warm, which was the only good thing about the costume. Yes, I looked and walked all stiff like a mummy but. . . sitting down was difficult. And after eating lots of food and drinking lots of punch I found a bigger problem. I had to “go” and “go” bad, but . . .

I couldn’t get my flap down. I couldn’t even reach my flap with my stiff arms. I was miserable. No way to call home. Too embarrassed to ask for help. I went behind trees and tried to unravel myself without any luck. I finally managed to drop into a chair to wiggle and sit painfully waiting for that miserable night to end, while watching the other kids making S’mores and laughing and dancing.

Now whenever I hear someone is going to go as a Mummy, I want to say – BUY YOUR COSTUME!

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Where Did May Go?

I just realized it’s been a month to the day since I last blogged. I need to get my act together. The past month has been eventful. Went to the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans. What a whirlwind! It was my first time there, and I can see why they have a workshop right off the bat for us “virgins.” Between running around looking for workshops, making new friends, trying to promote my upcoming book, “South Seas Seduction,” taking in the parties and tourizing the French Quarter, I was thoroughly exhausted when I returned home. I will do things differently next year – I hope.

Then, like everyone else who comes back from a trip, I had work and laundry to catch up on, plus go through all the stuff I hauled back from the conference and put tons of books I received into Xcel.?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I’ve trying to get back on track with the next book. I was so close to finishing editing it and giving it to my BETA readers before I left, but I just couldn’t get it done. That’s my goal for today.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????While at the convention, I took several workshops on writing erotica and was happy to find I was following the edict that emotions are what drives the sex. Characters need to grow through a story. I also learned many things about writing erotica that will hopefully help me in my future endeavors.

Hopefully I won’t take another month to post.

Well, Here I Go!

This is my first time blogging, and needless to say, I’m a little nervous. Of course, I’m nervous about many things related to publishing. Promoting, selling, editing, writing the next book, wondering what people will think when they read the current one.

I recently signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for “South Seas Seduction,” an erotica involving three men and one women. This is so outside my comfort zone, but I actually enjoyed creating the characters, setting and sexual content of the

Right now I don’t have a publication date, nor a cover. I’m looking forward to receiving both.

I hope to write more blogs about my journey with this book and, hopefully, many more to come.

Until then,