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Look, A Prompt! (aka Crying in Private)

I happened to come across this prompt on @fuckinprompts and it made me think of a scene I was writing for a book I haven’t finished but swear I haven’t abandoned. I polished up the scene and this is the result!


“Mr. Gibson,” Lily said, forcing a smile onto her face that she couldn’t imagine looked natural. “Congratulations on your marriage.”

“Thank you,” he said with a broad smile. “I’m glad you came.” He took her hand and kissed it briefly. Lily saw his eyes dart toward his new bride, who was busy talking to a small group of extremely well-dressed women and didn’t see it.

“Oh, I wouldn’t miss it,” she lied, enjoying the warmth of his hand on hers for the moment. He was wearing some sort of cologne too, a kind she hadn’t smelled on him before, and her chest began to ache. Even that was fading away. “Congratulations,” she managed again, closing her eyes against the tears that were threatening to spill, and pulled her hand away before anyone noticed.

“You said that already.” Anthony smiled at her and lowered his voice so he wouldn’t be overheard. “I haven’t seen you in a while.”

“Yes, I know.” Lily looked away from him. “And I won’t be seeing you again. At least not without your wife present.”

“Come on now,” Anthony said, his smile turning rakish. “Let’s not be hasty.”

“I’m sorry,” she replied. “It’s just not right.”

“You didn’t seem to mind before.” His smile had disappeared when his voice dropped even lower and Lily finally looked up at him.

“It wasn’t right then, either.” Lily stepped away from him toward the church. “I’m sorry,” she said again. “Please give Mrs. Gibson my regards.” Before he could say anything more, she was hurrying toward the gate with her lips pressed together so tightly it hurt.

She knew it had been a mistake to come. Not only was she out of place with the well-to-do guests that Anthony had invited, she should have known it would be too difficult for her to see him with his new wife after everything that had happened between them. Even so, she had wanted to talk to him but the one thing she wanted to tell him most had stayed resolutely behind her lips.

I won’t cry, Lily told herself firmly. She had a decent walk ahead of her and the last thing she needed was for people to see that she had been crying and start whispering about her. The proper thing to do would be go home, excuse herself to her room, and do all her crying there.

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Preorder The Search For Sam Today!

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Today’s the big day! You can preorder The Search For Sam today! Unlike my other two books, you can buy this one at any of your favorite retailers! So if you want to read about Tilly and Jacob, but you have a Nook or Kobo reader I’ve got you covered.

This is the first time I’ve been part of a series before and I hope I’ve done the Dalais family justice. The only thing I ever did that was remotely similar was in college when we were given a shared world in which to write stories. It was so much fun that I wanted to try and do something similar with a friend but unfortunately we didn’t get too far past the planning phase. This series gave me a lot more freedom and I had such a great time writing it, so I hope you’ll enjoy it and the other books in the series.

I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Enduring Legacy series with so many amazing and talented women, and I can’t wait to read all the books myself. The next book coming out after The Legacy’s Origin is Amanda Mariel’s One Enchanted Kiss, and you can preorder it right now at any retailer!

Preorder on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DT3SCVH/

My friends who prefer Nook or Kobo formats – or just about any other format under the sun – can also preorder it using the links here:

http://www.books2read.com/SearchForSam

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Also, today is the last day you can get Drowned History for free! Tomorrow the price goes up to $1.99. Still a great price but getting a free book is even better, right?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B9SDHKP

Drowned History – Free This Weekend!

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My new book Only a Rogue Knows is now available on Amazon for Kindle and in KU! To celebrate, I’m offering Drowned History for FREE this weekend! If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, now is the time to do it.

If you haven’t read any of my work and want to check it out, the book will be free on Amazon from Friday, June 15 through Monday, June 18! Tell your friends, too, the more the merrier!

If you do pick up a free copy, be sure to leave me a review and let me know what you thought about it! And if you absolutely hate it, let me know too. I don’t offend easily and appreciate constructive criticism. It wasn’t my favorite part of my English minor but it really helps develop a thick skin because college can be petty.

Follow the links below to get your free copy of Drowned History, and pick up a copy of Only a Rogue Knows while you’re at it! Don’t forget, The Legacy’s Origin is also available to preorder at any of your favorite retailers!

Drowned History – FREE

Only a Rogue Knows – $0.99

The Legacy’s Origin – preorder for $0.99

 

Only a Rogue Knows – Now on Sale!

onlyarogueknows_mediumIt’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Tacos? Yes, that too. Today’s a special Tuesday, though, because it’s the release day for Only a Rogue Knows!

Cordelia Whittemore went from being the daughter of a successful businessman to nobility when she married Lord Arthur Whittemore, and is looking forward to her new life and starting a family.

All of that comes crashing down around her when she discovers her husband having an affair, and finds that he wants to divorce her as soon as possible. The only snag is that his ailing father’s will requires them to remain married or Arthur – and by extension, Cordelia – will lose everything.

At her sister’s urging, Cordelia takes up piano again and uses her music as an escape, hoping every day that she’ll be free one day to find someone who truly loves her.

When Arthur employs solicitor Victor Pembroke to find a way to get around the conditions of his father’s will, Cordelia sees more than just an opportunity to be free of the Whittemore estate. From the moment they meet, she knows that Victor is the man she wants to be with in every possible way.

Tragedy strikes at a party hosted by Lord and Lady Whittemore, and it’s up to Victor to keep Cordelia safe before her husband’s past threatens both of their futures.

Originally part of the Every Rogue’s Heart box set, this is a revised and expanded edition whose heart is the same while having enough new material to be worth buying again. Plus, look at that cover!

Available today for $0.99 at Amazon.com for Kindle or free with Kindle Unlimited!

Get your copy now!

The Search For Sam Cover Reveal

RL_TheSearchForSam_EL_MediumI am extremely excited to reveal some news I’ve been sitting on for quite a while!

This fall, 13 amazing authors will be bringing you a series of magical love stories! The Enduring Legacy series follows the descendants of three siblings with magical powers, and I’m over the moon with happiness that I’m one of the authors in the series. Take a look at the cover of my book, The Search For Sam!

This gorgeous cover was created by Victoria Miller, and the other covers in the series all have a similar feel so they’ll look beautiful on your shelf if you buy the paperbacks. Take a look below to see all the covers!

What is The Search for Sam about? Well…

Four hundred years ago, Sorcha Dalais Creag and her siblings were put to death on charges of witchcraft but their children survived to carry on the Dalais bloodline and pass on the magical gifts they possessed.

Tilly Dallas and her grandmother Delphine live a quiet life creating herbal medicines and helping neighbors with their gift of Empathy, until Sam Beauvoir goes missing, the latest victim in a string of children’s disappearances. Jacob Pierce refuses to give up hope that he will be able to bring the children home alive. He’ll need Tilly’s help to convince the families of the missing children to trust him.

The Enduring Legacy series kicks off June 19th with The Legacy’s Origin, followed by One Enchanted Kiss on September 4th, with another release every Tuesday for 13 weeks. The Search For Sam will be available September 18th, and preorders will start very soon. I hope you will enjoy reading about Tilly and Jacob as much as I have enjoyed writing them!

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Non-Stop

This year is going to be really huge for me. I had a book release in March, another coming out next month, and another pair of projects for later in the year.

My boss told me the other day that he’s impressed that I’m so prolific. I explained to him that I’d written the majority of Drowned History a few years ago and only polished it at the end of last year for release in March. Only a Rogue Knows was written as part of the Every Rogue’s Heart box set, it only needed a bit of expansion and another edit or two. The two I’m working on at the moment are ones I’ve written (or in one case am still writing, the other is almost in edits), so technically I’m only writing two this year, possibly three so I have one for next spring.

I had hoped to release a historical and a contemporary each year, but it seems that this year I’ll be completely focused on historicals. I have a contemporary written that only needs to go for edits, so I suppose I could release that in the spring, and I’m hoping to start my vampire series next year too. I’ve got some Western romances I want to work on too, so I’ll probably do some of that too.

Amusingly enough, I got an amazing idea a few weeks ago for a contemporary about a bodyguard and the son of a mob boss and I’ve spent the last week or so outlining it for later. I’m thinking about doing it for my Camp NaNoWriMo project in July, or possibly November. If it turns out halfway decent, off to editing it goes. I’ve also been thinking about rewriting At Her Pleasure, the pirate novella I wrote last year, as a full length novel. There’s so much I could still write about Bronwyn and Gregory!

This is one of my favorite Ra Ra Riot songs, and one I like to listen to when I want to get pumped up for what’s ahead. Because to quote the song, I am absolutely crushing everything.

Such a Tease

I love sharing good news, so working on projects I can’t yet go into detail about drives me crazy. I love my current project so much that I want to tell you all about it, but you’ll have to wait a little longer to hear about it. What I can tell you is that next month you’ll be able to get a free book as a part of it! You get get it even sooner by subscribing to my mailing list, and read the story before anyone else. My mailing list will only go out about once a month, and you’ll get previews of my books and be the first to know about new projects in the works. Sign up here!

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Next month I’ll get to share a little more about the project and in July I’ll share the cover when the preorder begins. I’m so excited! I know I say that a lot but it’s easy to get excited when you love what you do.

While you’re waiting, you can still buy Drowned History for $0.99 on Kindle or read for free in KU.

Preorders for Only a Rogue Knows are also still happening for $0.99 until June 12th, onlyarogueknows_mediumwhen you’ll be able to read it for free in KU or buy a print copy from me.

On a related note, this fall I’m going to be doing some book reviews on Tuesdays! I’m looking forward to reading some great books and sharing my opinions with you. Because as we all know, I have plenty of opinions.