Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free Romance Novella

My novella, The Art of Falling, is FREE, right now! This is a prequel to my Taste of Texas series. Go download your copy today!

Heather Tornsten needs a man…a celebrity, more specifically, for a fundraising gala for the Dallas art museum, where she works. And what better headliner than bull rider Wyatt Lawrence? Although why people idolize grown men who make their living falling off animals, she’ll never understand.

When his mom was diagnosed with cancer, Wyatt determined to focus on doing what she wants—like visiting some art museum. But when his mom teams up with Heather Tornsten to get him involved in a fundraiser, he knows he’s been set up. The more involved he gets with the pretty events coordinator, the more he realizes falling off a bull is far safer. Because falling for Heather–who has made it clear that she won’t risk her heart on any man who courts danger–might break a whole lot more than his bones.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Do you pin? I have to admit that Pinterest is addicting!

This week, my friend and talented author Susan Crawford is guest pinning on my "Be Brave" board. Stop by and see what we've added.

I also have a board for my latest release, The Art of Falling, where you can take a look at some of my inspiration for the book.

If you're on Pinterest, leave your Pinterest name in the comments, and I'll be sure to follow you.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Would You Rather...

Jessica R. Patch is playing "Would You Rather..." over on Heart-Shaped Glasses. Go check it out and join in:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Best Romantic Movie Moments

I'm a sucker for romance. I love writing romance, and I love watching romantic movies. Here are a few of my favorite moments.

When Harry Met Sally: When they finally realize they're meant to be together. Love this movie.

Say Anything: Who could forget Lloyd Dobler holding up the boombox?

The Notebook: Young love. Sigh.

Sixteen Candles: When Jake Ryan shows up at her sister's wedding.

Pride & Prejudice: "You have bewitched me body and soul and I love...I love... I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

What's your favorite romantic movie moment?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Jill Kemerer Interview

I'm over at Heart-Shaped Glasses interviewing my amazing friend Jill Kemerer about her new book, otters, and Fixer Upper. Come over and say hello:

Monday, March 30, 2015

5 Ways to Find Time to Read (even when you're busy)

I love to read. It's one of my favorite ways to spend my free time.

Now, I know what you're all saying. Free time? What's that?

I hear you. Between work and kids and writing and keeping the house from looking like there was an explosion of toys, free time doesn't come easily.

But no matter what we have going on, we need time to recharge our batteries. We need the opportunity to get lost in a great story. We deserve to be entertained and inspired.

So how do we find the time.

1. Download the Kindle app on your phone or carry your reader in your purse:

Sure. It's nice to hold a real book in our hands, but sometimes the only chance we have to read is when we're waiting in the dentist's office or in the carpool line (don't forget to look up every now and then to make sure the line isn't moving or someone will honk at you!) I do a lot of my reading while rocking my one-year-old--I know he's getting too old to be rocked. Don't judge. :)  Find little moments where you can.

2. Make reading a mini habit:

I love mini habits. They're tiny daily goals that seem small and simple but help us form positive habits in our lives. Why not make it your goal to read 5 minutes per day or one page per day. Some days you'll end up reading only one page, and some days you might finish three chapters. Either way, it will make reading a daily part of your life.

3. Read books you actually enjoy:

Trying to read all the classics you hated in high school? Forcing yourself to get through the book your coworker loves but you think is boring? Why? Life is too short to read books you don't enjoy. If you're three chapters in and you'd rather load the dishwasher than read, find something new.

4. Read a page before you open up social media:

About to check Facebook, challenge yourself to read a page first. If the book is good (see #3), you'll usually find that the desire to keep reading outweighs reading a post from somebody you haven't spoken to since high school.

5. Make reading a group activity:

Join a book club. Find a friend who likes the same kind of books as you and read the same book simultaneously. Designate a "reading time" at home when you turn off the television and have everyone spend 15 to 30 minutes reading whatever book they're working on. It not only gets you reading, but it gets others to read too!