SEALED WITH A KISS is now in audio!

Sealed with a Kiss-newestFrom the first moment she met her new Texas neighbor, Prudence Belmont was in love. When she was old enough for marriage, Gidry Chavis promptly presented her with an engagement ring, and all her dreams seemed to have come true. But the hell-raising Gidry disappeared before the wedding, leaving only a brief note in explanation.

My dear Miss Prudence, I have determined that it is best that we do not wed. Please forgive me and recall me with fondness.

Now Chavistown’s notorious favorite son is back, wiser, remorseful, sunbrowned and manly. Everyone in town has accepted his transformation to a hardworking town leader–all except Pru. After all, only a man with wicked thoughts could believe that she, the president of the Ladies’ Rose and Garden Society, would mail out racy postcards, and only a cad would demand bribes of kisses to keep quiet. If he thinks he can win her love again, he’s wrong. Or is he?

My only lover, I am ready to fulfill your every desire, if you will agree to grant my dearest wish…

Yours soon to be… Sealed with a Kiss

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Summer Deals on Kindle Countdown!

Amazing Kindle Countdown deals are coming your way this summer! How does Kindle Countdown work, you may ask? I’ll have the titles below on sale for just $0.99 on Amazon the first day or so and then the price slowly edges up as the week goes on. Here’s the schedule so you can know when to grab the best deals…

May 18-21   THE LOVE CHARM

May 24-27   SOMETHING SHADY

June 1-4       NO ORDINARY PRINCESS

June 7-10     GARTERS

All of these books have been re-released with new editing, formatting, and covers so they look brand new.  They are not new stories so if you already own them don’t buy by mistake, however, if you’ve missed any of these it’s your opportunity to add them to your collection at bargain prices!

‘The Panty Raid’ is Now a Standalone Novella!

I often see stories with sales slogans that say, “Not your mother’s romance!” Usually this is meant to indicate a level of spiciness that would have scandalized previous generations. Although I do think that there is sufficient evidence to shockingly suggest that very good sex has been around for quite a long time.

My novella, newly re-issued this month, is not particularly shocking. It boasts a complete lack of nudity; though much, much discussion of underwear.

panty raid high resTHE PANTY RAID could actually be your mother’s romance. Or maybe even your grandmothers. Set at a state college in the fall of 1956, Dorothy Wilbur is in her senior year on scholarship. Looking toward her future, she’s always imagined herself doing scientific research. But in the America of the 1950s, a woman opting for a professional career is seen to be opting out of love, marriage and family.

The story is full of doo wop, poodle skirts and campus hijinks, but it also has a more serious component delving into the choices previous generations had to make and the restrictions imposed upon their dreams.

“We’ve come a long way” is not just a slogan. It is a literal truth. And not all of it has been pretty. I remember as a child hearing disparaging comments about my working mom. As well as digs against my dad suggesting her job meant he wasn’t a good provider. My parents blew it off and raised their daughters to go out and do something in the world. They believed our chances would be better.

Yet even for us it was far from a level playing field. One of my professors at college didn’t like having women declaring History as a major. He said, “Women have no head for history.” That kind of blanket statement would get him in trouble today. Back then, he got named Chair of the Department. They say things happen for a reason. He was the reason I changed my major from History to Library Science.

Ultimately, I finished my education, got into professional life and became upwardly mobile in my organization. My first board meeting as head of the library went so well. Everyone was pleased. When we stood to leave, ancient old Doctor X slapped me on the bottom and said, “Great job!”

Prior to that moment I’d thought he liked and respected me. So maybe it was more of the former and less of the latter.

Still, I was never a bra burner (seriously, I need mine!), nor did I challenge any glass ceilings. I went into Library Science, a “woman’s profession” and when I decided to become a writer, I deliberately chose the “pink collar ghetto” of romance publishing.

I can’t look back on my life and see one instance where I tore down the barricades or stormed the gates for women’s rights. But that does not mean I don’t comprehend how much I have benefited from those women who did.

I think you’ll find that reading The Panty Raid is fun. But I hope it also serves as a reminder that there were some very NOT GOOD things about the good old days.

Occasionally I hear women complaining about feminism and that “men don’t open doors anymore”. I just have to tell you that the door I want opened for our daughters and granddaughters is the one that opportunity knocks upon.

I hope you enjoy reading THE PANTY RAID: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo

What Happens in Vegas…

I’m on the road this month attending the Romantic Times Convention in Las Vegas. It’s an annual get together of romance readers and writers, typically with lots of parties, a lot of craziness and an enormous number of books to be signed, sold, given away or talked about. It’s always so fantastic to meet readers face to face and to hear feedback on the stories they liked and the characters that stayed with them. I’m going to be joining a panel discussion on Wednesday afternoon to talk about disabled characters and diversity in our stories as well as our lives. It’s called “When it Hurts So Good,” which somehow sounds like it’s about 50 Shades, but it’s really about stories that provide comfort to readers.

If you’re going to be at the conference or in Vegas generally, for sure you have to come up and talk to me. Hopefully you’ll recognize me faster than I recognize you. I am getting so bad about putting the names with the faces. I was recently at the grocery store and saw a familiar looking guy. I stopped, expressing delight to see him and asked him about basketball and his kids. He was charming and chatting right back, although he did seem almost as vague about who I was as I was about him. It was not until later that evening that I realized that he was the weather guy from Channel 12. It would make a cute meet, though. Every embarrassing moment is fodder for fiction.

So Vegas or bust!

This year, as part of the party, RT Magazine has put together a unique little/big writing project. Twenty-five authors all wrote short-short romances of our own choice in our own style set in the fictional Vegas Excelsior Hotel. Built in 1960 by Louis “The Lip” LaFica, the Excelsior has been there and seen it all, including mysteries, intrigues, passions and regrets.

My offering in this collection has a bit of those last two. The Ex-Sighting Excelsior features former high school sweethearts, Regi and Jake who run into each other at the bar. It’s been ten years since she left him at the altar.

My story is in Volume 2 of the 3 volume set, currently priced at $15. Part of the monies raised go to L.E.A.N. (an equine rescue group) and Friends Fight Together (breast cancer awareness).

If you’re going to the conference, I’m sure you’ll get a chance to check it out. If not, it’s up on Amazon and will be available everywhere April 18. And the Volume 2 “Look Inside” features the first story, mine.

Viva Las Vegas!