Monday, January 12, 2015

As long as the football season is over...

Because, yes, the Broncos have broken our hearts again, but at least this year I sort of expected it, unlike last year when I was already making smoochy faces at the Superbowl trophy. And now I'm going to be one of THOSE people who jump on the winning bandwagon and become a Seattle Seahawks fan.

Hey, I lived in the Pacific Northwest for ten years, during which they were the only team on my television and mostly sucked. I've earned my stripes. Or wings. Or whatever. 

Or we could all just go settle in on the couch with a good book. I've been doing a lot of that lately and I've been on a real winning streak of my own when it comes to picking up some great stories. 

The first one was a sure thing. One of my favorite all time series has been updated and re-released as a boxed set of ebooks. Christmas with the McRae's, Book 1,2 &3 by Teresa Hill. A real tear-jerker, but some fun moments, too. 

And as close to a sure thing as you can get: I've been plowing through everything Joanna Bourne has ever written. This is a tricky series because, as she freely admits, the order in which the books were released isn't actually the best order to read them in, as they didn't come to her in chronological order. So you'll want to start with The Forbidden Rose, then The Spymaster's Lady, then Rogue Spy, then My Lord and Spymaster, then The Black Hawk. And no, I don't care if you don't usually read historicals. Neither do I, and I am totally hooked on this series. They are intense and hilarious and so incredibly well written they make me feel like I should toss my laptop in the nearest snowbank, (aka, onto my deck because we're still debating who has to shovel this time). If at all possible, get the audio books. Kirstin Potter is AMAZING as the narrator. 

The happy surprise of my vacation reading (well, listening, as I'm an audiobook junkie) was a book called Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. This one is what we're now calling New Adult, what used to be Chick Lit, so it won't appeal to everyone, but again, the writing is razor sharp, the characters are so real you want to go meet them for drinks. 

And here's one you'll all want to snap up IMMEDIATELY, though you won't be able to read it until February 3. Now available for pre-order on Amazon:

Picture me doing a happy Snoopy dance around my living room. All of you with Kindles or tablets or phones with the free Kindle app can now rush out and reserve your copy before they run out!

Oh, fine. I know they won't run out of ebooks. I swear, the digital age has ruined the entire 'hurry and buy now' marketing scheme. But pre-orders do make my publisher think happy thoughts about me because they all hit the bank on release day, plus they make Amazon think I'm cool and consider bumping me up the list when someone searches for things like 'western romance' or 'cowboys', so a pre-order is a great way to give a brand new writer a boost.

Also, when I get home from vacation next week I'm going to give everyone who sends me a copy of their pre-order confirmation a chance to win something. What, you say? Well, as usual I'm a little unorganized and haven't figured that out yet, so I guess we'll all find out next week.

For more info about the book, visit my spiffy new website:

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