What Exactly is Exacting?

Many moons ago–8, actually, if memory serves–I went on a daycare field trip with a handful of other crazy enthusiastic parents. Our destination? The Indianapolis Children’s Museum. After more hours of chasing after rambunctious toddlers than my weary brain could count, myself and another mom who’d carpooled together loaded our kiddos in the car and headed for home. Once we’d found our way out of Indy (hey, TG–I bet you don’t get lost down there so much anymore lol) we started talking books. And writing.

And wouldn’t you know it, we both loved to write.

The trip home went way faster than the trip to Indy, TG and I volleying back and forth about our works in progress, my book I was pitching to publishers, her several books that she’d written for pleasure. By the time we made it back into town, we’d become good friends and steadfast writing buddies.

Fast forward several years to where both of us had a few published books under our belts. TG, whom you may have come to know as Anita DeVito, was working on a story that’d clawed its way into her psyche and refused to let go. It had an awesome name, a cool reference to some psychological stuff I was trying to wrap my head around, and her same wit and fantastic collection of supporting characters. What it didn’t have was a romance focus. So what did TG aka Anita do, being her usual self?

She wrote it anyway.

After countless walks together, chatting it up about plot and character behavior, about how the story could end (or not), about how the sequel might go (or not), about how many books there may be in this series (or not), well, there’s a lot I’m not at liberty to tell you. Lol! However, what I can say is this: TG aka Anita is a passionate, brilliant writer who puts her very soul into each and every book. She’s also one of my favorite authors to read. Romance or Thriller, her voice is there, though it may have a darker hue to it in some stories than others.

So if you’re looking for something different. Something…fresh and maybe a little “other side of the tracks”, do yourself a favor and check out TG Wolff‘s newly released book EXACTING JUSTICE. It may be her first thriller-type crime novel, but I’m certain it won’t be her last.

How do I know this? I’ve already read the next one…and it’s one helluva ride too.

As for EXACTING’s original title, well, you’ll have to ask TG about that. What happens on author walks, stays on author walks. 😉

Happy reading, everyone.

About EXACTING JUSTICE:

In the war on drugs, a deadly new front has opened…

An unknown killer is waging a war on drugs. The murders are horrendous but with a silver lining—now stop signs are the only objects lingering on corners in the city’s toughest neighborhoods. Half the city calls for the police to end the killer’s reign. The other half cheers the killer on, denouncing the tactics but celebrating the progress police haven’t been able to achieve.

The gritty details of Cleveland’s drug underworld are nothing new to Homicide Detective Jesus De La Cruz. Two years earlier, Cruz worked undercover narcotics and was poised for a promotion that would have placed him in a coveted position within the drug organization. The deal went bad. Now he has a new face, a new job, and a new case.

The killer moves through the streets with impunity, identity still unknown. Demands for progress from his superiors, accumulated grief of the victim’s relatives, growing pressure from the public, and elevated stress from his family quietly pull Cruz apart. With no out, the detective moves all in, putting his own head on the line to bait a killer.

You can find all the details and buy links at Down & Out Books.

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Spring has Sprung…Maybe

I don’t know where you all are from, but here in NE Indiana, spring has been largely…absent. Tardy. Stubborn as hell to leave winter’s side. This weekend, though, we appear to be turning the proverbial leaf.

And it’s about darned time.

Last night when I found myself with sun, mid-fifties, and a bit of kid-free time, I headed outside to find my zen. Yep, you guessed it – pulling weeds. In this case, rogue grass.

I know some people abhor the idea of sitting/kneeling hunched over for hours on end, ripping plants out of the soil (which, by the way? Here in Indiana, our soil is clay…and not the colorful, fun Play Doh kind, either). But me, I love it. Pulling weeds grounds me, no pun intended. The repetitive motion frees my mind to wander and ponder. Tonight, the pondering centered around, well, grass.

Sort of.

Every spring I head outside and pull grass that has “crossed the line” into my flowerbeds. I have many such beds–some are little islands amid the green of the yard, some snuggled up beside my home’s foundation–but none are immune to the sneaky little blade runners that snake their way under my mulch and stone. When I was younger (and man, do I hate that I’m starting to use that phrase more and more often) it used to frustrate me to no end when I’d see grass pop up where it wasn’t supposed to. I’d go running for my gloves and trowel, and quickly remove the offender and as much of its roots as I could.

And did that diligence keep my flowerbeds pristine and grass free?

Nope.

Grass, it grows. It doesn’t have an agenda. It isn’t sneaky, and really can’t know where my “lines” are. Over time, I’ve come to accept that. If it grows where I don’t want it to, I just remedy that with a bit of elbow grease. Of course, my back doesn’t like that I’m still spending so much time outside yanking grass from the not-so-beloved clay, but when my flowers bloom and the beds’ edges are neat and tidy, the view is worth it.

For a day or two, anyway. You know, before more rogue grass appears where it shouldn’t. 😉

Life’s kind of like that. You have these images in your head of what you want to see, how you expect situations to go or people to act, when really very little of those outside influences are in your control. So rather than curse the speed bumps, you accept them for what they are. Doesn’t mean you can’t do some pruning along the way, but meltdowns simply won’t change a thing.

Dig in, clean up. Reshape, maintain.

Step back.

Enjoy.

Happy spring, everyone.

It’s Author Fair Weekend!

Good morning, everyone! I’m just back from the amazing Indiana Women’s Conference 2017 and have to say, what a fantastic event! So motivation and energizing. If you have the chance to attend one in the future, do it!

One of the topics in a session I attended yesterday was that of mentoring and helping to build tomorrow’s leaders today. Those of you who know and work with me understand that I love talking about leadership and finding ways to encourage and motivate others. That’s all well and good at my day job, but how to do that with writing?

Until recently, I lead a local writers group that met once a month. And I loved it, truly I did. But working and writing and soccer mom-ing and writer group leading got to be too much. So the writers group torch was reluctantly passed on and now my writing chats are generally via emails or over coffee (or at the kitchen table, as I’m helping my sons proofread their essays lol).

I still love to talk writing, though, and watch for opportunities to do exactly that.  So you can imagine how excited I was to discover that I was selected to participate in a panel discussion this weekend at the Allen County Public Library’s 7th Annual Author Fair called “Writing Down the Genres”  from 3:30-4:30pm. There will be four of us on the panel, each speaking on the genre we represent: romance (me), Christian, non-fiction/history, and memoirs. I can’t wait to share my experiences with the audience in the hopes of inspiring other writers to pursue their own dreams.

The library has been growing this event over the past number of years, and in fact has several FREE panels and even a writing workshop planned for this Saturday. So if you’ve ever thought about writing a book, want to know what goes into writing a book, or if you’ve written a book but don’t know where to go from there, get over to the downtown library this weekend. The event runs from noon to five o’clock and again, ADMISSION IS FREE! You can find out more details here: http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/home/whatshappening/whatshappeningblog

And what author fair would be complete without some books for sale? Join us, as there will be over 70 authors from the region lined up in the library’s main hall selling books and trinkets for readers of all ages. I can’t stress enough how much we appreciate your support, or just how far it goes to help grow and encourage the arts in our great community.

I hope to see some familiar faces there this weekend!

 

 

P.S. For more information about the downtown library, parking, and other amenities, check out its website at: http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/home/explore/locations/main

Release Day – My Lucky Number 7

Happy Monday, everyone! Today the release day for my seventh novel, HER UNEXPECTED HERO, and can I say how surreal this all is? Seven books in four years?! And don’t worry, there’s plenty more where that came from.

The Checkerberry Inn series, however, draws to a close today with HER UNEXPECTED HERO. At least, that’s the plan. lol Who knows if I’ll pop back over to the Checkerberry down the road. But for now, my beloved cast is finding one final happily ever after for the Inn’s chef, Maddie. And I have to say, this is definitely one of my favorite stories in the series. Cole Granville, grandson of the town’s hardware store owner, made for one awesome if unexpected hero, and I don’t think there’ll be any complaints from Maddie any time soon.

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If you’ve followed the series, be sure to zip over to your favorite vendor and grab your copy today. If you haven’t, there’s no time like the present. These are great, sweet, weekend/beach/lazy day reads and can easily be read out of order.

As part of release week fun, I’ve got a few giveaways going on. First, feel free to stop by Entangled’s FaceBook page tomorrow starting at 11am EST. Four authors who write for Entangled Bliss, including myself, will be sharing some fun and prizes. You can join in here:

Also, as usual HER UNEXPECTED HERO will be on “tour” this week. Stop by the tour stops for your chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card!

Lastly, if you’d like to keep up to date with upcoming book releases and sale news, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. Trust me, I don’t send many–goodness knows my own inbox is already overflowing. lol But subscribers are entered into special giveaways and receive exclusive excerpts, as well as heads up on sales and other fun news. (And hint, hint – a sale event for another series is coming soon…)

Oh, and be sure to check out the other new Bliss books that release today: Her Cowboy’s Promise by Jennifer Hoopes and Hate to Love Him by Jody Holford. We’ve got plenty of sweet romance to go around!

      

Okay, off to do some celebrating. Hope to see you out on the web, sharing in release day fun for my lucky #7!

 

 

HER UNEXPECTED HERO – CHECKERBERRY INN NOVEL #3

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Maddie Frye, the Checkerberry Inn’s snarky, introverted chef, just wants to be left alone. But with the inn’s upcoming gala, Maddie’s boss has matchmaking on the brain. So when the gorgeous new guy in town helps her out for a night, she comes up with the perfect solution to her problem…

Cole Granville is looking for a fresh start. When a part-time job opens in the Checkerberry’s kitchen, he takes it without a second thought. The only catch? He’s got to help his sexy new coworker snag a date for an upcoming dance. But as he coaches Maddie on attracting her crush, Cole realizes he’s the one falling for the curvy brunette.

Writers Workshop This Weekend and Upcoming Release News

Happy June, everyone! Sorry for the radio silence, have had lots going on behind the scenes in 2017. Have a few things to share, going to start with an upcoming panel/workshop going on here in Fort Wayne this weekend. If you’re writing, thinking about writing, or just curious about what goes into getting published and marketing your books, please join us!

WHAT: ** Free workshop! **
WHEN: June 17, 2017 (Saturday) 1:00-3:00pm
WHERE: – Aboite Branch, Allen County Library
(5630 Coventry Ln, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, 260.421.1310)

TOPIC: “Your Future in Ink”

The panel will be answering questions about options in digital publishing and tips for how to market your work. Four local authors share inside information and encouragement covering nine genres: Les Edgerton, Kyra Jacobs, Judith Post (also writing as Judi Lynn), and moderator M.L. Rigdon (also writing as Julia Donner). Hope to see you there!

 

Second, I wanted to share that my Checkerberry Inn publisher Entangled has acquired my Dragons series!! DRAGONS AMONG THEM and DRAGONS AGAINST THEM are set to re-release with all new covers on July 31st! And before you ask–because trust me, I get asked frequently–no, I don’t have any updates on if/when book three will be released. My hope is that books 1 and 2 are well received by readers so I can finally finish out the series. If you’re looking for a fantastic escape from reality, the DRAGON books definitely fit the bill.

 

And the last item for today I need to share is that my last book in the Checkerberry Inn series, HER UNEXPECTED HERO, will be releasing on July 17th! And I have to say–if you loved the cast in books one and two, you’re going to get a kick out of book three. All your favorites will be back, along with newcomer Cole Granville, grandson of old Tom from the hardware store. Stay tuned for cover reveals, sneak peeks, and pre-release day giveaways via my newsletter. There will be giveaways for followers there leading up to release week, so if you haven’t signed up yet be sure to click the button below!

More to come, as I’ve got more in the works, but that’s it for now. Hope to see some familiar faces at the workshop this weekend, and get those one-click fingers ready for DRAGONS and HER UNEXPECTED HERO.

Updates and News Around Town

Happy Monday, everyone!

My humblest apologies for the radio silence thus far in 2017, as I’ve had my head down and been writing like mad trying to keep up with a surprisingly happy muse.

I’m super stoked about my current work in progress, which I’m thrilled to say book 1 of 3 is now fully written and undergoing edits. Definitely one of the most fun and creatively liberating books I’ve written. For fans of my dragon books, it’s in the same vein (fantasy/supernatural) but set in modern times and faster paced but still full of witty dialog. “Paranormal Chick Lit” is what a dear friend called it. Lol Hopefully, my heroine Shayla and her motley cast of mythical creature cohorts will find the perfect publication home soon.

Dragons? Hmm, I believe that brings me to my next item on the agenda…

(Drum roll, please……)

MY DRAGONS ARE COMING BACK!
Yes, it’s true–DRAGONS AMONG THEM and DRAGONS AGAINST THEM have been contracted for re-release with Entangled Publishing (my Checkerberry Inn publisher). When Samhain Publishing closed its doors this February, my books temporarily came off the retail sites. I’m excited to have be given the opportunity to continue working with Entangled and am eager to venture into their Select Otherworld imprint.
And before you ask–no, book 3 is not a done deal yet. But I promise you this: I will be doing all I can to bring that book to life. The series deserves to come full circle, and for fans of Zayne and Addie, I hope you’ll continue to be patient as I work to give their HEA the grand finale it deserves. (And oh, is it gonna be a great one!!)

 

Also coming out this year is book three in my Checkerberry Inn series. Chef Maddie has certainly met her match, and is currently undergoing pre-publication edits. Look to see that book releasing (fingers crossed) this July.

Okay, enough about me. Since I’ve been quiet for so long, I thought I’d share a few other books that have either recently released or are getting ready to release by authors that I know and adore. And stay tuned for more updates. Until then, I’m heading back to my writing cave. 😉

Happy April!


THE COWBOY TAKES A BRIDE by Kristi Rose (released 2/27/17)
Would you be a modern-day mail order bride?



SPICING THINGS UP
(A Mill Pond Romance)
by Juli Lynn (released 3/21/17)
Lush foliage, farm fresh food, friendly folks—it’s no wonder everyone loves a fall getaway to Mill Pond, Indiana. And this season, when a new chef arrives on the scene, nothing will ever be the same . . .


THE BLACK LILY (Tales of the Black Lily Book 1) by Juliette Cross (released 3/27/17)
(What if Cinderella was a vampire killer?…)


FOOLISH BRIDE (Forever Brides Book 2) by A.S. Fenichel (released 3/28/17)
Sadly ever after . . . unless some dreams really do come true?


WHERE THERE’S FAITH (Fairfield Corners Book 3) by L.A. Reminicky (releasing 4/4/17)
A past she can’t remember. A love he can’t forget.



WILD AND SWEET (The Haven Brotherhood Book 2)
by Rhenna Morgan (releasing 4/10/17)
(Um, it’s the Haven Brotherhood…need I say more?)

Cover Fun with Jen Colly

Good morning, everyone! Indiana Wonderer has been having a bit of book-sharing fun lately, and today is no exception. With release of book two in her Cities Below series only a month away, my Buckeye neighbor Jen Colly decided to do a double cover reveal. Or, a re-reveal and a new reveal. Or…well, just read on and you’ll get the gist of it. 😉

First…a new look for book 1 (the re-reveal):

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Here’s the blurb, for all of you who are behind and will be running out to one-click this as soon as you’re done reading this post:

Demons have returned, a vengeful enemy waiting to strike. Soren and Faith must find a way to survive the evil and darkness.

Faith’s spur of the moment vacation, meant to free her and boost her spirits, has left her lost on the streets of Paris. And apparently, Paris is populated with something more than just humans. Vampires, suave, seductive and oh so sexy, and one such warrior vampire has set his sights on her.

When Soren hears Faith’s terrified screams, he rushes in and saves her life without considering the consequences. Two problems: one, she’s a human and clearly aware of his vampire qualities, and two, the men who attacked her were not men at all, but demons. Their target, his beloved underground city of Balinese. He can never let Faith go home again, but can she learn to love his people. . .love him?

Mmm, I so enjoyed this book. A nice, fresh take on vampires. If you’re interested in grabbing a copy, click here. And now…a first glance at BENEATH THE NIGHT, The Cities Below book 3, set to release next April:

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Gorgeous isn’t it? Here’s the blurb:

Sometimes survival means surrendering everything . . .

Lord Navarre Casteel wakes from a long sleep to find the vampire city he rules forever changed and his future in the hands of a mysterious beauty who offers her life for his. Fiery-haired Cat survives his feeding, fueling Navarre’s body and mind—as well as his suspicion that she is one of the Forbidden—a lethal mix of vampire and human blood. Yet that doesn’t stop the throb of Navarre’s desire, the feeling that she is destined to be his mate, to hell with consequences. . . .

A solitary fighter sworn to protect the children in her charge, Cat never expects to feel so much for Navarre in the face of his savage feeding. Which is why his offer of protection is nearly her undoing. For how can she let down her guard when she has always walked alone? But Cat has never faced an enemy like the one she faces now, never felt such a powerful need to surrender to the force of love . . .

Awesome, huh? And don’t forget to keep watch for book 2, BOUND, set to release 1/31/2017!

So what do you think? Ready to get your vamp on? 😉

Anita’s New Release: Lost in Shadows

Happy Monday, everyone! I am crazy excited to share that my dear friend Anita DeVito has the second in her romantic suspense LOST series out today from Entangled–LOST IN SHADOWS. Congratulations, Anita!

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This book is chock full of alpha hero meets smart but perhaps a bit socially awkward heroine moments. And oh, do their encounters get heated! Sharp wit and twisty-turvey plots are Anita’s specialty, so be sure and grab this book today!

Here’s the blurb:

Sometimes a man fights for love…sometimes love fights for him.

Private security entrepreneur Jeb McCormick is in over his head with his latest client. Not only is the painfully shy woman he’s meant to be protecting a total knock-out, she’s also his former Army buddy’s sister. Helping her find the reason why anyone would ransack her house is demanding enough, but keeping his hands off her is proving to be the real challenge.

Carolina Walker wants a quiet life, thank you very much. She left intrigue and deception behind in Washington D.C., never expecting it to follow her home to Bowling Green, Kentucky. When events happen that can’t be explained away, help arrives in the form of the very attractive and muscular Jebediah McCormick. But as the tension escalates between Jeb and Carolina, so does the danger facing them…

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?  Mmm, Jeb. Here he gets his own story after playing one of the awesome supporting characters alongside Katie and Butch McCormick in book 1 of this series, LOST IN TENNESSEE. If you missed it, no worries – each book is written as a standalone novel. Though, as a huge fan of this series, I suggest you read them both…and stay tuned for book 3, coming in 2017!
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Gemma’s Muse is Feeling Greedy

Happy Hump Day, everyone! It’s been a while since I’d blogged, and what better reason for putting one together than to announce a new book by one of my favorite chicks? So today I’m sharing about Gemma Brocato’s latest release GREED, the third book in her Goddesses of Delphi paranormal romance series.
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Here’s the blurb:

One man, one Muse. One romance to save the world.

Financial reporter, Polly Thanos, Muse of Hymns, is certain the proposed merger between Delphi’s two largest firms spells doom for mankind. Eos Corporation’s long-time goal—to provide scientific and philanthropic solutions to the benefit of mortals— is lost in the quest for profits. Her challenge starts with an impossible task—inspire one mortal skeptic to believe in the magic of what if.

Scientist Ian Sommers is researching a healthier way of life for impoverished people. When his boss orders him to pursue a chemical, rather than organic solution, Ian suspects the pursuit of the almighty dollar will lead to delivering poison to the unsuspecting population.

In protest, Ian’s prepared to quit his job. But he’s shocked to discover the woman he’s falling for is an immortal tasked with stopping corporate avarice. As their attraction grows, so does the risk to them and to all humans. Without Ian’s help and his love, Polly’s faces a world not safe from the by-products of greed—death and disease.

Sounds like a fresh, fun twist on the norm, doesn’t it?  Gemma was gracious enough to share her Rafflecopter giveaway with us, as well as a great excerpt below. So be sure to enter for your chance to win a Kindle Fire (sorry, U.S. residents only) and then read on to enjoy a sneak peek at GREED.

Rafflecopter giveaway : Click to win a Kindle Fire. Open to US entrants only. Should an international winner be selected, an appropriate substitution will be made.

Excerpt:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

What the hell prompted him to tell Polly Thanos he’d talk dirty to her? The offer just spewed out of his mouth without a wait-a-damn-minute thought. Not thinking with the right head is the only reason he could come up with. He’d blame the long stretch of skin bared by her short shorts as the culprit in his momentary loss of reason.

He’d probably just made her ridiculously uncomfortable. For months, he’d been attracted to her without acting on it. He hadn’t been into anyone that way for years. Since his wife dumped him for a golf professional. After she’d carried on a secret affair with the son of a bitch throughout most of their married life. Within a month of their honeymoon, Marcia had betrayed him.

Since then, he’d guarded his heart. Every single one of his relationships since the divorce were casual, shallow affairs. His attraction to Polly, the woman he’d always counted as a friend, had been slowly developing, evolving to something more.  Lately, every time they were together with a group of their friends, he’d wanted to ask her out and hadn’t. He’d lay that fault directly at his ex’s door. She’d ruined his ability to believe anyone would remain faithful to him.

But hand to heart, right this moment he wanted to whisper to Polly about how much she turned him on. He fought the overwhelming urge to stroke his tongue around the delicate shell of her ear, feast on her lobe. Why’d he pick this particular event, a freaking barbecue with kids running around, to come on to her?

Most likely it was because her legs were so long and her butt looked amazing in those tiny shorts she wore. Or the way the mahogany-red top resembled a hot flame and outlined her perfect breasts. He knew her skin would be like silk when he cupped one of the perky apple-shaped mounds. Whoa! When might be jumping the gun. Better to think in terms of if…if he got an opportunity to touch her boobs. Jesus, he was salivating like a teenage boy who’d discovered his dad’s stash of Maxim magazines.

She caught up to him with her long-legged stride, playfully bumped him with her shoulder. “Hurry up, slow poke.” She laughed and then raced ahead to the dock. Beautiful strawberry blond hair caught in a ponytail bounced playfully between her shoulder blades as she ran.

Running wasn’t exactly comfortable with his dick stiff as a board in his pants. But he sucked it up and breathed through the discomfort to chase after her. By the time they pounded across the wooden slats of the pier, his cock returned to only half aroused and they both laughed breathlessly.

“Hop in. I’ll untie the boat and push us off.” He held her hand as she scampered down to the seat.

She laughed again as the craft wobbled like a tipsy ballerina. The sound hit him right in the libido, sending new shards of lust through his system. Desperate to hide his physical reaction to the happy sound, he bent and concentrated on untying the mooring line. He tossed the rope to the floor of the rocking vessel and dropped in.

Polly steadied him with a hand on his waist as he stood and pushed them away from the dock. The heat of her palm seeped through the cotton of his T-shirt, branding his skin. His dick started its happy dance again. He recited the periodic table of elements alphabetically in his head, hoping to combat his intense physical reaction to her touch.

The boat rocked again as he plopped down next to her and put his feet on the pedals. He slouched low, rocking back on his tailbone—his hands folded discreetly over his lap, and started the boat in motion. Polly leaned back, kicked off her flip-flops and stretched her legs over the gunwale. She shifted and freed her ponytail, which had been trapped between the bench and her back. The delicate scent of almonds and apples wafted from her hair as she flicked it against his shoulder.

“Are you going to help me paddle?” he asked as she lounged against the padded bench.

She sent him a mischievous smirk. “You seem to have it under control.”

“We’d cover more water if we work together.”

“If I help we’ll make it around the lake too quickly.”

“So?” He broke a sweat as he labored over the pedals.

“Less time for us to talk shop. Or” —she bit her lower lip— “for you to talk dirty to me.”

gemmaAbout the Author:

Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a vocation as a romance author.

Social Media Links:

www.Gemmabrocato.com

https://www.facebook.com/gemma.brocato

https://twitter.com/GemmaBrocato

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7229886.Gemma_Brocato

http://www.wattpad.com/user/GemmaBrocato

https://plus.google.com/+GemmaBrocato/posts

Also By Gemma Brocato:

Cooking Up Love

Hearts In Harmony

Exposed To Passion

A Winter Wedding

Bed of Roses

A Spirited Love

Playing With Fire

Mission: Mistletoe

Tyranny (Goddesses of Delphi book 1)

Mayhem (Goddesses of Delphi book 2)

Risking The Vine

 

It’s Book Birthday for HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT!

As I sit here, prepping this post for November 7th, I’m struggling to comprehend the fact that I am about to release my sixth novel. And of those six, three have released in 2016 alone.

That’s just…wow. I can’t even put what I’m feeling into words. (Pretty sad, since I’m an author and all. 😉 lol )

What I can say is that I am truly humbled by all the love, encouragement, and support that I’ve received along the way. My readers, my friends, my family…you all make this endeavor worthwhile. And though some books are tougher to write than others, presenting them for the first time to the world will never get old.

With that, I’d like to introduce you to my sixth book baby, HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT.

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For readers who enjoyed the comforts of home and the (entertaining) family environment in the Checkerberry Inn’s first book (HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR, Sept 2015) you’ll recognize plenty of faces and settings in this second book of the series. Only this time, Miles has met his match. Again.

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So be sure to grab your copy today–it can give you something to do while you’re standing in the line at the polls this week. 😉 Thanks so much for your support, everyone, and I can’t wait to hear what you thought of Miles and Stephanie!

Blurb:

Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it…

Stephanie Fitzpatrick wanted out of the spotlight after her pro-golfer husband was caught on camera cheating. But when she returns to Michigan for a job interview and some much-needed R&R, a fib told by her well-meaning sister has her looking for a temporary fiancé, or she can kiss her new start good-bye.
Desperate to hide the truth, she goes to the one man who can help—her former best friend.

Miles Masterson is relieved to see the Checkerberry Inn beginning to thrive once more. Not only does it ease his mind about his grandmother’s financial future, but also about his decision to finally escape town. But then one all grown up and sexy as hell friend from the past shows up needing rescue. Now the temptation to change the “temporary” arrangement into something more is making it harder to think about leaving.

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Excerpt:

Miles hung up, then dropped back into his office chair and scanned the space around him. This office had been his second home since graduation. It was where he’d cut his teeth on finances, played accountant, payroll clerk, marketing coordinator—you name it, if it had to do with anything other than manual labor here at the inn, he’d done it. And now, at long last, that was finally all about to change.

It wasn’t that he disliked the inn, or hated working for his grandmother. But the profits had been slim to none too often in the past, and keeping the old beauty afloat during the post 9/11 economic slump had taken its toll on him. And on Ruby. Every day she got a little older, a little more frail. But Brent was the responsible grandson, and he was on her payroll now as well. That meant the responsibility of watching out for their beloved Ruby could now officially be handed off, and no one would be able to misinterpret Miles’s overprotective ways for her anymore.

He suddenly felt a great weight lifted from his shoulders. He stood, drew in a deep breath, and made an executive decision to cut out of work early. For years he’d put his time in and then some. To say he’d earned a little comp time would be an understatement.

Besides, what would Ruby do if he left early—fire him?

With a smile on his face and feeling lighter than he had in years, Miles headed for the hall. Halfway to the lobby, a ping sounded from his phone. An email was in his inbox, the subject Techworks Info. He opened it with a flick of his thumb, rounded the corner, and caught his foot on an unexpected object. Unable to stop his forward momentum, Miles tripped over a pile of gaudy pink luggage and landed painfully on his right side. His cell went skidding down the hall as a startled squeak rang out from the luggage’s owner.

“Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry! I stopped to adjust my grip and suddenly you were there and…and, well, there just wasn’t enough time to react.”

An outstretched hand came into his peripheral vision. With a grimace, Miles pushed himself into a sitting position. This was just one out of a hundred—no, a thousand—things he wouldn’t miss when he left the inn: awkward encounters with flighty guests. He took a deep breath and looked toward the responsible party, ready to lie that it was quite all right and he was just fine. But then his gaze locked onto a ball cap-wearing, heart-shaped face with auburn brows drawn together above dark, oversized sunglasses.

Recognition hit him like a freight train. No cap or sunglasses in the world could keep him from recognizing his childhood best friend. The one girl who’d unknowingly set the bar for all those who came after, and set it so high that Miles had given up trying to find someone able to reach it.

“Stephanie?”