Get a Little Love this Month

What’s up, y’all! It’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day, and even better, Groundhog Day (aka my birthday). It’s also the perfect time to stock up on some romance. All month long my three titles You Can’t Plan Love, Worth the Wait, and A Heart to Heal are on sale for $1.99 over on Amazon. Be sure to grab a copy for your Kindle and tell three friends to try them too. 🙂

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What a Difference A Year Makes! How Bout a Giveaway!

YCPL Final CoverToday is the 1 year anniversary of my debut novel, You Can’t Plan Love! It’s both exciting and unbelievable because a year ago I would not believe that I would have three books under my belt. God is good.

So where am I on my book anniversary? Well, I’m in Myrtle Beach, SC at a national water quality conference where I’ll be giving a presentation on Wednesday about the projects I work on.

Now that may not seem like a big deal to many of you, but if you’ve read You Can’t Plan Love, then you see the irony in this situation. My heroine, Kenyatta Copeland, also spends the week in a sunny location at a national conference where she gives a presentation. How fitting that I get to literally channel Kenyatta on her one year “birthday”.

I think this deserves some type of celebration. I can’t do anything big (conference and all) but I can give away an autographed copy of You Can’t Plan Love. How does that sound?

To win a copy:

Tell me if you’ve ever been in the exact same situation as a character in a book you’ve read or written. If  haven’t, tell me if there’s a situation you’ve read in a book that you’d like to be in. I’ll pick the winner when I’m back in town on Sunday August 25, 2013. So you’ve got plenty of time to enter and spread the word.

Note: Nothing anywhere near as sexy as what happed in in YCPL will be happening to me here 🙂

My First Book Signing!

I had my first book signing on President’s Day of 2013. It was in my hometown of Newberry, South Carolina at an independent book store, Books on Main. I was nervous about doing my signing for many reasons:

My book near the register!

My book near the register!

  1. I’ve read reports from other writers who say book signings are a waste of time and they don’t generate many sales.
  2. The signing was on a Monday, and even though it’s a holiday it’s still Monday.
  3. Would people actually show up or care to come to my first signing?

Well, y’all, I was more than pleasantly surprised. The owners of Books on Main were great. Randy worked with me to get the date set up and his daughter Kira graciously agreed to keep the store opened past their usual time on a Monday. I had a fantastic time laughing and talking with Kira.

Not only is it a book store, but they have coffee! The Newberry blend is superb, and I highly recommend it if you’re ever in downtown Newberry. Read more of this post

He’s No Good, But So Tempting

Heartbreaker ButtonPicture this. You’ve had a few dates or encounters with a guy you really like. He’s handsome, smart, funny and you can’t stop the silly grin from coming to your face when your eyes meet his. It’s on the tip of your tongue to ask where things are going. Do your few dates mean you’re not in a relationship? Maybe you’re brave enough to actually ask. You hold your breath, already picturing the wedding and babies when he says he’s not looking for a commitment.

Damn.

Here’s the moment of choice. A smart woman would reign in the feelings she was about to let loose and cut her losses. But many times we as women aren’t so smart. We really like this guy. Read more of this post

Sample Sunday-You Can’t Plan Love

In six weeks my second book, Worth the Wait, releases from Crimson Romance. I’m very excited, and to celebrate I plan to post an excerpt from Worth the Wait every Sunday until release day. As I came up with this plan I realized I never posted a sample of my debut novel, You Can’t Plan Love. So to kick off my leap into Sample Sundays I’m rectifying that situation and starting with a You Can’t Plan Love excerpt. No better place to start than the beginning.

Enjoy!

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Chapter 1

YCPL Final CoverKenyatta Copeland felt bile rise in her throat. She looked down at the half-eaten quesadilla she’d ordered for lunch, but couldn’t blame her sickness on that. Her friend Angie chatted happily about some game her daughters had played the night before, oblivious to the lack of interest of her two lunch partners.

She tried swaying from side to side with the Latin music playing in the background of the Mexican restaurant, hoping it would hide her anxiety. But when she caught the eye of Carol, her other friend sitting across from her in the booth, she knew she was busted. It would take a miracle to get through lunch without making Carol suspicious. Carol could sniff out a lie from a mile away.

With a deep breath to calm her rolling stomach, she pulled her hand from her lap and slapped it on the table. “Brad asked me to marry him last night.” She looked into Carol’s eyes and smiled. “And I said yes.”

Angie froze in the middle of her sentence before squealing and leaning over to hug her. “Oh my God, that’s wonderful!” Kenyatta couldn’t help but smile at her friend’s exuberance. There was a definite blush beneath Angie’s tan skin as she grabbed her hand for a better look at the ring. “I can’t wait to go dress shopping with you! Picking out my wedding dress was the best part of my wedding!”

Kenyatta eased her hand out of her friend’s grip. “He just asked me last night, Angie. I haven’t thought that far ahead.”

Carol raised a well-manicured brow. “Well, at the rate he’s moving, I’m surprised he hasn’t picked your dress.”

Kenyatta sighed and rolled her eyes. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

Carol shrugged her shoulders as if she hadn’t loaded her comment with hidden meaning.

The air conditioning blasted to compensate for the August heat, but it was still warm inside. Yet there Carol sat wearing a long-sleeved zebra print jacket over a red camisole. On any other size big woman, the outfit would have looked ridiculous, but as usual, Carol made it work.

“Don’t get your damn panties in a bunch. I’m not saying anything you don’t already know. You’ve only been dating for six months and he’s already asked you to marry him.”

Kenyatta sat up straighter. “It’s been longer than that. I’ve known him for almost two years. We’ve only officially dated the past six months.”

Angie jumped to Brad’s defense. “When a man knows what he wants, he doesn’t wait around for it. Brad loves Kenyatta, and that’s why he’s ready for a commitment.”

“Maybe,” Carol answered as she ate another tortilla chip. She flung the hair from her shoulder-length jet-black wig over her zebra-clad shoulders and sat back against the booth, never taking her eyes off Kenyatta.

Angie ignored Carol’s dry reply and kept talking, “And we can both agree that he’s better than the other guys who’ve sniffed around Kenyatta.”

“Amen to that!” Carol agreed.

Kenyatta turned from one to the other and laughed. “Will you two stop talking as if I’m not here? You act as if I’ve been through a dozen failed relationships. Brad is only the second guy I’ve dated seriously since college.”

“We’re counting the fool you messed around with in college as well,” Carol said around the tortilla chip in her mouth.

Kenyatta stopped laughing and pointed at the two of them. “I’m not alone in that department.”

Carol looked away, and Angie gulped down her iced tea. She knew neither of them wanted to revisit the messed up situation they all were a part of in college.

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I hope you enjoyed the excerpt! Click on my books tab above for all the purchasing links. You Can’t Plan Love is available wherever e-books are sold and in paperback!

My 1st Conference and USA Today Spotlight

Last weekend I attended the Georgia Romance Writers’ Moonlight and Magnolia’s (M&M) conference. It was my first writer’s conference. I found the entire experience exciting, challenging and inspiring. It was great to talk to authors at different stages in their career. One’s who’ve published multiple books and can offer advice, and ones who aren’t published yet and think what I’ve done is great—which is still kinda weird because I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing.

I could write an entire blog post about the great things at the conference but I’ll give you a quick few: meeting writers I’ve only met online and discovering they’re even cooler in person, having an “aha” moment for a manuscript I’ve struggled with, and getting a bunch of swag which included books. Each one of these deserves its own blog post…which I will not write because you probably don’t want to read those.

So things couldn’t possibly get better for me, little debut writer. Until Monday morning when Michelle Monkou spotlighted my book in her blog on USA Today! Read more of this post

The Office Romance: To Have or Have Not?

I’m kinda partial to office romances. It may be because I met my husband at work and seven eight years later we’re still going strong. So it’s no surprise that I made an office romance something central to my first novel. But, with office romances comes the possibility that things can go terribly wrong. Even in my case, my hubby (boyfriend at the time) had a messy break up while still working together that luckily turned into happily ever after instead of what the hell was I thinking.

About a week ago I came across an article that gave tips to having an office romance. It had some very good advice such as being discreet, protect your reputation and don’t ask for special treatment. These were all rules that Kenyatta and Malcolm tried to follow in my novel. Malcolm really wanted to protect Kenyatta’s reputation because history taught him how easily an office affair can damage a person’s good name. He also didn’t want it to seem as if he was giving Kenyatta special treatment because of his attraction to her. Read more of this post

Release Day!

It’s finally here! My first novel, You Can’t Plan Love, releases from Crimson Romance. I’m ecstatic, but it’s also a bit surreal. I’m at home today, taking it easy and getting my five-year old ready for his first day of kindergarten tomorrow. This is good because now I don’t have to feel guilty about shouting my good news from the rafters on Facebook and Twitter all day long.

I have a lot of online activity planned for my release. The first being a contest that starts today. I’m giving away a reusable bag filled with romantic swag at the end of the week. Visit the You Can’t Plan Love contest page to learn more about how to win.

I also have multiple blog interviews lined up. Last week I visited the Romance Lives Forever blog and fellow Crimson Romance author Galen Rose’s blog. This week and next I’ll be at the blogs of other authors, and will have a guest post on the Crimson Romance site. It’s enough to keep me busy and prevent me from obsessing about sales.

This past weekend I celebrated my book release with family and friends at a Pre-Release party. I posted pictures on my Facebook page. My camera died after a few shots, so I hope to update the album with more pictures soon. Some may wonder why I went through all the trouble of having a party to celebrate the launch of an e-book. My comeback is why not? I’ve dreamed of getting published for years and it’s finally happening. The party, the tears, the laughter and well wishes was deserved after all of the stressing I’ve done about getting my book out there. I’m still blown away by the support I received. I know people say you can tell who you friends are in bad times, but I truly believe that you can see who your friends are when times are good. Don’t believe me, look around at those hating when you do well.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to complete revisions on my second book. Write the last chapter in my third (whoo hoo) and toss around ideas of which book I’ll start next.

Now the shameless plug: buy my book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and wherever e-books are sold 🙂

My First Review

So there I was, sitting watching the closing ceremony for the Olympics and Tweeting about prophylactics when I get an email with a link to my first book review.  While I have gotten great feedback from readers on my book, and most have promised to write a review once it’s up, this is my first book reviewer, gonna post a rating on my blog, and tell the world what I think review. Naturally, I handed the iPad to my hubby and asked him to read it first.

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