My next book is almost ready to release. YEA!!! Love Notes is on sale for only 99 cents through release day (Dec 6). Then it will go back up to normal price. This is the 4th book in my stand-alone series the Ruled Out Romances. You don’t have to read any of these in order, as they have different characters. It’s just an opposites-attract trope series. This is one of my favorites I’ve ever written. I hope you love it, too. Here’s the blurb:
Forget my first kiss?
Not when it goes viral.
Katie is tired of one-sided love notes. For years, she’s waited for her brother’s best friend and email pal to realize she’s grown up and has feelings for him. But no more. She’s tired of being alone.
I try not to self-promote my own books very often here, but I haven’t given a shout-out to my own book that came out a few months ago. And it deserves a little love. So bear with me while I talk about it for a moment.
There’s been a mistake.
She expected a raise—
Not a termination notice.
Gemma might be a bit unorthodox, but she never imagined her work ethic would be questioned. Her blunt nature, maybe. Her false identity, sure. But her excellence? How far will she go to save what’s rightly hers?
Lincoln never makes mistakes. . . until Gemma enters his life. Now, he can’t decide whether she will help him solve all his problems…or complicate them.
A promising meeting leads to a fake engagement, which sparks reluctant attraction.
Will ruse turn to romance?
It might not matter. . .
Because Gemma’s past is about to catch up to her.
Can their fragile love survive?
This year was a doozey. But there was a lot of down time to read. That’s always a plus for me. I read 100 books from 11 genres, with 2 of those being broken into 15 subcategories (fantasy – 2, romance – 13). Five of that total number were my own books. The lonely category was a YA book (The Wave by Todd Strasser). Romance was the most read genre (of course). 47 books. The top three subcategories were Regency (11), Contemporary (9) and Chick Lit (8).
In nonfiction, I learned more about writing, painting, democracy, and how the FBI was founded. I learned about Michelle Obama (most popular book), Russell M. Nelson, Reese Witherspoon, and Frederick Douglass (the escaped slave abolitionist). I learned self-help principles from Brooke Snow and Brene Brown and have loved putting new principles into action.
Here is my Goodreads infographic so you can see and click on any book that interests you. Below are my favorites. The top 10 are in order but after that I liked them all and it was hard to order them. 🙂
This Sunday is my new book’s birthday. Game Changer will turn 1 month old. Ahhh, how cute. I thought I’d tell you 5 things you maybe didn’t know about this book:
- It’s based at an ice cream shop. Really. I was hungry and wanted to go to Dairy Queen for a Hawaiian blizzard. But I couldn’t, but I still wanted ice cream. So I started writing about it. That’s the next best thing. When I got more serious, I had to research college towns to find the best ice cream shop to base my story’s setting. Once I found the cute little ice cream shop on Washington State University’s campus, I fell in love and Meridee and Parker caught their spark. Because they had ice cream. Right? Everyone is happier when ice cream is involved. If you ever drive through Pullman, Washington, stop at Ferdinand’s and try their ice cream or Cougar Gold (cheese). In my dreams, I’ve tried every flavor and love them all.
- Football isn’t the main plot of the book. I know. I can hear most of you girls saying, “Thank goodness!” and the guys all groaning and saying, “Why is there a football on the front then?” Well, a character DOES play football in this story. There aren’t any major football play scenes in the book or the smell of turf, but I did have you smell the locker room a couple times. You’re welcome.
- The goofy work attire Meridee has to wear is based on my own McDonald days. Meridee’s silly paper hat and hairnet at work reminded me of my teenage days when I had to wear a brown polyester uniform and a hokey hat. My future husband, who was kind of crushing on me at the time (wink wink), would come in and purposely order a quarter pounder without cheese just so it’d take a long time and he’d have a reason to stick around and talk to me. (I found this out AFTER we married years later). I’d always curse him under my breath for ordering a special order and prolonging his time because I was horribly embarrassed to be seen in my awful uniform. Meridee feels the same when Parker comes into her ice cream shop and teases her about her head-gear.
- This book went through at least 12 revisions. That’s the ones I wrote down. I read it through way more than that and made changes each time. Even the day it was released, I read back through and realized one scene mentioned in one chapter had something the day before that wasn’t quite accurate from the last chapter. It was just a few words I needed to change, but I was hitting my head as I changed it wondering why I hadn’t caught that in all my other read-throughs. It takes lots of rewrites to make a book shine. So be nice in your reviews. We writers word HARD!
- The line about orange chicken came to me lots of years ago. As I played around in a competition on another writer’s blog, she had us write down 5 one liners, and my one about blaming everything on orange chicken moved to the final rounds of the contest where I had to flesh it out into a paragraph, then a page, then a story outline. It stuck around in my mind every since, and seemed to fit this story well. And a story bloomed from that seed. The story isn’t anything like what I’d planned it to be in that contest. This goes to show you never know what little nuggets will turn out to be gold later on.
Want to win some prizes? I’m giving away 20 PRIZES in my FALL GIVEAWAY to celebrate the release of Game Changer, the kickoff for my Ruled Out Romances set.
What can you win?
Lots of Goodies & Treats
- 1 – $25 Amazon cash
- 2 – $10 Amazon cash
- 3 – $5 Amazon cash
- 2 – Paperback books (by other authors; you must live in continental USA)
- 2 – eBook sets – Bending Willow Trilogy
- 5 – eBooks – Between Hope & the Highway
- 5 – eBooks – Game Changer
If you’ve already read my new book, Game Changer, then Thank You! If you haven’t, I brainstormed five reasons to get your copy and read it immediately. Hold onto your britches, because I know you’re excited to read these. Here you go.
Reason #1 – You’ll lose weight!!!
Game Changer is a good substitute for food that might make you fat. Oh my! I said the F word. Sorry. 2 F words, in fact. Food and fat. Oops. I said them again. Shame on me. But really, this book gives you the sense that you’re eating yummy food like sticky, sweet orange chicken or huckleberry ice cream without all the calories. Who can pass that up? Not me. Just ask the chocolate chip cookies that were on my counter this morning. Continue reading
Doesn’t this picture make you salivate? It does me. And it goes right along with my new book, Game Changer. Huckleberry ice cream plays a huge part in Meridee’s and Parker’s friendship-turning-into-more relationship. Ice cream usually does help any romance along, at least in my opinion. And this one, from Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shop in Pullman, Washington, looks especially divine. My cookie/ice cream/chocolate monster appears, and I say: ME WANT SOME!!!
The book monster inside me has been especially happy as well with all the kind reviews being left about Game Changer. If you haven’t written a book before, you might not get an author’s fascination over reviews. But let me tell you. We crave them. Like Cookie Monster craves cookies. Like I know you’re craving that huckleberry ice cream. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who has bought and read Game Changer since its release. And especially thank you to those who have reviewed it as well.
Leaving a review on a book you read and like is one of the best things you can do to help an author spread the word about their book and whether it’s worth reading. I know my husband is the kind of reader who goes to Amazon and looks only at books that have a certain number of reviews. So when a book sits there with only 10 or so reviews, even if it’s the most amazing book ever written, most readers won’t give it a chance. Reviews are the lifeblood of authors’ success or doom.
Here are some snippets from some 5 Star reviews that have made me smile.
…The reader will enjoy getting to know these two college students. Both have more depth than they first appear to, and both are wrestling with personal demons. The writing is sharp and the scenes fluid. Though not my typical genre, Game Changer added some sweetness to my normally dark salty fare. A little lightness is always welcome. “(Carrie, Amazon reader)
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We are just seven days out now until Game Changer is released on Amazon. If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, do so while it’s discounted.
Here are a few snippets of what early readers are saying about this first in this stand-alone series:
“Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime—and leave a smile on your face when your head finally hits the pillow.” – Taylor Dean, author of Chasing Fireflies Continue reading
We’re about eight weeks out from release of Game Changer. I’m super excited for you all to read this new story, the first in the Ruled Out Romances. Today I thought I’d introduce you to the main characters.
She is my shy, quiet heroine. A hard-working college student who studies whenever she’s not working at Ferdinand’s, the campus ice cream shop, or a shift at the hospital to keep up her nursing assistant certification. She’s seriously a busy gal. Continue reading