Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Review...or Two...or More...

In January, Crimson Romance released an "ebundle," Cruising for Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances. Included with my novel, Magic Moment, you'll find Little White Lies by R.C. Matthews, Romancing the Seas by Cait O'Sullivan, and Reach for Tomorrow by Peggy Gaddis.

Crimson editors have a wonderful knack for picking out themes that complement each other, packaging, and releasing for a limited time at a special price.

I spent the last several days with Cruising, and I enjoyed my colleagues' reads tremendously. My initial reaction was to leave a review, but thought my association with the novels might appear to be lacking in the objectivity department. 😉 Also, I wouldn't be able to include my own novel in the post.

So, with the help of Amazon and Goodreads, I decided to let others do my "reviewing" for me.

Little White Lies

"The characters are funny and well developed, making this book enjoyable and easy to read." -- Tumbleweed Book

"Each character really melted together in a perfect way to form a great book." -- N. Kuhn Reviews and News, 5 stars

"...the passion almost made my iPad overheat...Totally loved it; check it out for yourself!" -- 5 stars, Swirling in My Love for Books

Romancing the Seas

"A fun, romantic read!" -- EJ Reads

"The descriptions were beautiful and the characters fresh and three dimensional!" -- Novel Book Tours

"Romancing the Seas is a warm, fun story of Pippa Renshaw's journey into a new job, new life and new love." -- R.T. Wolfe

Magic Moment

"Not only is this an addictive romantic suspense, but Chase Donovan is such an incredibly sexy character." -- A Girl and Her Kindle

"...a sweet, suspenseful read." -- Book Savvy Babe

"The ending comes with a twist that I didn't see coming. All in all, it's a fun read!" -- The Romance Reviews

Cruising for Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Get Ready for Conference Time!

Spring approaching has authors thinking about attending a writer's conference or two...Conferences are a great way to pick up tips on our craft, network with others in the industry, and have our current WIPs noticed. Listed below are a few events of interest to writers.

"Let Your Imagination Take Flight"

Sponsor: New England Chapter Romance Writers of America (NECRWA); April 27-28, 2018; Boston Marriott, Burlington, MA; FMI,

21st Annual “Shining the Light on Romance “

Sponsor: Long Island Romance Writers; May 4, 2018; Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury New York; FMI,

Writer's Digest Retreats

May 10-13, 2018; The Inn at Scituate Harbor, Scituate Harbor, MA; 


70th Annual Philadelphia Writer's Conference

June 8-10, 2018; Wyndam Philadelphia Historic District, Philadelphia, PA; 

Have a great week, Everyone!

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Catching up with my DVDs...

There was a positive to the snow "nightmare" we had in Philly a few weeks ago. Being housebound gave me some "down time" to snuggle up on the sofa, sip hot chocolate, and catch up on my DVD watching.

Worth Watching DVDs...

Hidden Figures

A team of African-American women who played a vital role in NASA.

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An extraorindary seven-year-old child becomes the subject in a custody battle.

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Going In Style

Three life long pals hatch a plan to knock off a bank that took their money.

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And, if you're not in the mood for a DVD, how about a good romance bundle?

Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances

Set a course for adventure with these four couples as they take to the high seas only to find new romance.

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A big "thank you" to those who joined us on our "Cruising For Love" Virtual Tour. The Rafflecopter Gift Card winner will be announced shortly. 

And, a huge "SHOUT-OUT" to Goddess Fish Promotions for their usual "job well-done!" Thank you!!!😊

Have a good week, Everyone!

(Snoopy & Charlie Brown photo c/o

Sunday, January 28, 2018

"Cruising For Love" is Cruising Along...

A huge "shout-out" to Goddess Fish Promotions for the awesome job they've done coordinating our Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances Virtual  Tour. Plus, a big "thank you" to our hosts for their hospitality this week. 

Tour stops remain tomorrow through Friday, along with the chance to win your choice of a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

This week's stop sites are listed below. And, enjoy a sneak peek preview from Cait O' Sullivan's Romancing the Seas and my own addition to the collection, Magic Moment.

Romancing the Seas


Sous-chief, Pippa Renshaw becomes head chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. A mix-up finds herself sharing a suite with her new boss, the delectable Jonathan Eagleton.


Pippa Renshaw took a deep breath and reached for the door.  The well-oiled hinges swung open too easily and she nearly fell into the hotel reception area from the stair well.  An anxious giggle started in the pit of her tummy and her hand flew to her forehead to hide her face, even as she studied herself on the jamb to look around.

If she had been in any other situation, than that of meeting her new boss, she would have laughed aloud with nerves as everyone in the foyer stared. It reminded her of going into a little country pub, where newcomers intrigued the regulars.  Was it like that everywhere in New Zealand? And where was her new boss? Looking around, she couldn’t see him anywhere.

Her gaze flickered over two suited executives and away, but as though elastic, it was pulled straight back again. Her tummy felt like it was careering down the stairs as liquid gold eyes pierced hers, arousing feelings of familiarity. But she’d surely remember a man so attractive if she had met him before.

Magic Moment


Chase Donovan finds two thugs assaulting Laura Roberts, his father's bookkeeper, on his boat. After running the thugs off, Chase and Laura must work together to solve the mystery of why these men were after her while fighting their own mutual attraction.


They both laughed, and Chase impulsively made a move that shocked him. His arms encircled her waist. He pulled her back against him and squeezed her tightly. Although he expected Laura to tense or shy away, she reached up and gently patted his cheek. She had interpreted his gesture as two friends sharing a warm exchange, he assumed. Only for Chase, friendship had nothing to do with his actions.

“Oh, Chase, look!” 

Saved by the dolphins. Six dolphins, sleek and powerful, played alongside the boat. Bobbing in and out of the water, they appeared aware of being admired.

“They’re probably heading north from Florida, or maybe from Mexico,” he said.   

 She was totally immersed. “They’re a magnificent sight.”

Focused on the mammals, she was unable to see Chase staring. Her face radiated, her smile widened, her eyes sparkled. “Yeah, a magnificent sight,” he said. He wasn’t referring to dolphins.
Laura was more than magnificent. She was breathtaking.

           Chase realized that the “something” drawing him to her was her. Funny, beautiful, bright, genuine. That “something” which astounded and delighted him was simply her being Laura.

Cruising For Love Virtual Tour (week two)

Monday, January 29th

Edgar Books

Long & Short Reviews

Tuesday, January 30th


January 31st

Fabulous & Brunette

February 1st

Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance

It's Raining Books

February 2nd

Straight from the Library

Join us! There'll be a Rafflecopter with an opportunity to win a $25 gift card to your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Goddess Fish Promotions

Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances 

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Have a great week, Everyone!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Cruising For Love" Virtual Tour!

On January 1st Crimson Romance, who is awesome at putting together bundles, released Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances. Available in e-format, the collection consists of four novels set on the high seas. 

Starting tomorrow, c/o Goddess Fish Promotions, Cruising for Love will start a two-week virtual tour. Dates and Sites for this week are listed below.

In the meantime, enjoy an excerpt from R.C. Matthews' read, Little White Lies


Attorney Madalyn Russell cancelled the wedding, but not the honeymoon cruise. She assumes she'll be a single lovebird until she meets Royce Henderson, a handsome man with an indecent proposal.


Madalyn gasped in shock as her hands shot forward, and she lost her balance, only to be steadied by a strong pair of hands. A familiar heady scent filled her nostrils. She closed her eyes and knew in a moment she’d be gazing into beautiful emerald eyes. His hands were big and felt good on her waist. Why couldn’t she have bumped into him at a more opportune time? Right now all she wanted was to get the hell out of there.

            “I’m so sorry,” she said, looking up into his steady gaze. He must have thought she was a complete klutz—first the lounge chair and now this.

            “Are you okay?” he asked, his voice soft and husky.

“I’m fine,” she said, and bit down on her bottom lip. “I should’ve been watching where I was going.” She stepped away and motioned towards the dining room. “Don’t let me keep you. You’ll be late for dinner.”

She turned to leave.

            “Excuse me . . .  miss,” he called out, extending his hand to her.

            “Madalyn,” she murmured and reached out for his hand.

A feathery light sensation traveled up her spine when his hand closed around hers, infusing her with his warmth. Why was she so captivated by this man?

            “Madalyn,” he said in a soft voice. “Royce.”

Her lips curled up slightly at the corners. Royce was a sufficiently exotic name for her Adonis. It was unique, just like him. His rich baritone voice was easy on the ears. And she liked the way he wore his hair just a touch too long … perfect for running her fingers through it. Not that she’d have an opportunity to run her fingers through his hair. But if she did, well, she imagined it would feel heavenly.

            His eyes probed hers. “You look like you could use a stiff drink. Would you join me for one?”

            “You don’t need to skip dinner for me,” she said. “Your friends must be waiting for you.”

            “I’m here alone,” he admitted, glancing down at his feet and shoving his hands in his pockets.

How did he manage to look both sexy and adorable?

Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances Virtual Tour Stops 
January 22nd -- 26th (week one)

Monday, January 22nd

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'

Sharing Links & Wisdom

Tuesday, January 23rd

Book Chatter

Wednesday, January 24th

Christine Young

Thursday, January 25th

Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

The Avid Reader

Friday, January 26th

Read Your Writes Book Reviews


Stop by and join us. There'll be a Rafflecopter with an opportunity to win a $25 gift card to your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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Have a good week, Everyone!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snow around Philadelphia...

I'm not a huge fan of snow. While others have visions of  a winter wonderland, my images are filled with cars that won't start, knee-high drifts, shoveling, and icy patches on the sidewalk. 

Last week we had a significant snowfall in Philly, followed by several days of brutally frigid temperatures. I scanned my calendar, counting the days until Phillies' baseball, outdoor neighborhood flea markets, and historic walking tours.

As members of my family scoffed at my displeasure with the white stuff, I will admit that it does look lovely -- in a photo. So, for everyone who likes snow, I've posted a few pretty Philly photos for you!

Citizen Bank Ballpark 
(home of Phillies baseball!)

Strawberry Mansion 
Fairmount Park

Independence Mall

Chhaya Cafe
East Passyunk Avenue

Bainbridge Green Park

Have a good week, Everyone!

(photo of Snoopy c/o;
 photo of Citizens Bank Park c/o;
 photo of Strawberry Mansion c/o;
 photo of Independence Mall c/o;
 photo of Chhaya Cafe c/o;
 photo of Bainbridge Green c/o

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Cruising for Love" in the New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and peaceful holiday season. Crimson Romance, who puts together the most awesome bundles, starts 2018 by taking readers out to sea! Released this week, Cruising for Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances! 

It's an honor to share the stage with Crimson authors, R.C. Matthews, Cait O'Sullivan, and Peggy Gaddis. 


Set a course for adventure with these four couples as they take to the high seas only to find new romance.

Little White Lies: (R. C. Matthews)
Attorney Madalyn Russell may have dumped her fiancé at the altar, but no way is she rejecting the honeymoon cruise. Unfortunately, she didn’t cancel the newlywed package, and now she’s stuck as a single in a lovebird world. That is, until a devilishly handsome man with a secret, Royce Spencer, offers a deliciously indecent proposal: He’ll pose as her husband in exchange for companionship during the cruise. She can’t deny their attraction, but will their little white lies make too many waves when Royce’s past finally catches up with him?

Romancing the Seas: (Cait O’ Sullivan)
When a relationship gone bad sinks sous-chef Pippa Renshaw’s plans, she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to become the head chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. It’s a great escape plan until a mix-up means she has to share a suite with her new boss, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, who is no happier about the circumstances. These two can handle the simmer… but when the heat turns up, is it a recipe for true love?

Reach for Tomorrow: (Peggy Gaddis)
Nurse Claire Frazier was devoted to her fiancé, until he threw that love back in her face. Disillusioned and burning with shame, she books passage on a world cruise, along with an intriguing collection of fellow passengers: an attractive second officer, a detective, and a confidence artist. Is love waiting once again at the next port of call?

Magic Moment: (Angela Adams)
Shortly after the FBI brings in Laura Roberts for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she keeps the books, a gang of thugs snatch her off the street. Chase Donovan boarded his boat intending to spend a few peaceful days getting his head together, but instead he finds trouble when he interrupts two men assaulting a woman in his cabin. What’s more, they claim his father told them to do it. Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they put their mutual attraction and time on his yacht to work to discover the truth before someone dies?

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Cruising for Love will be featured in a upcoming tour c/o Goddess Fish Promotions. Stay tuned for details!

Have a good week, Everyone!