Friday, May 30, 2014

Looking for Reviews

Today, I'm looking for reviews on two of my books. I'm having a special giveaway to anyone who comments on this blog post or on my share on Facebook of this post. I'll give you an ebook copy of my book in exchange for a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Take your pick.

I would love some more reviews on:

Wedding Gown Girl

Kienna loves dressing up her clients in beautiful gowns at the bridal shop where she works but she doesn't believe in fairytale weddings or happily ever afters. After all, her prince turned out to be a frog, and her divorce broke her heart. So when she realizes one of her brides doesn't love her groom, she tries to warn him. If only he would listen, she could help him avoid her same fate. 

Blake is sure Rachelle loves him but she leaves him at the altar. He should have listened to the wedding gown girl's warning. He should have been hurt, but instead he's only relieved--and in pursuit of the woman who tried to save him from a broken heart. If only she'd trust him not to be like her ex. Doesn't she know that when he says he loves her, it means forever?

If you want to review Wedding Gown Girl, please answer this question in the comments:

What is a favourite memory from your wedding, or if you haven't been married, from a wedding you've attended?

Three Tiers for Win

Three Tiers for Win is a story of adventure, romance, and family passion that unfolds with the backdrop of the 2012 London Olympics. Elaine said she would never date an athlete as they’re too driven. That’s until she meets kind, yet intensely focused and ambitious South African Olympic swimmer, Winston Harper. He stands for everything she’d chosen not to go for. Win also has a bad family history which keeps him from opening his heart to her. When intense attraction and affection breaks through some of their barriers, family secrets and conflicts pull them apart again. Only Elaine’s support and Win’s brokenness can draw them back together, but will that be strong enough to wipe away the past?

If you want to review Three Tiers for Win, please answer this question in the comments:

If you had a family secret, would you share it with the person you were dating even if it meant they may turn away?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Release and Book Review

*hides face from embarrassment*

I know, I've been out of blogging for a while. It's been hectic here with lots of editing coming my way. Seems like I go through writing phases where I write and write and do little editing, and then I enter an editing phase where all my books are going through edits at the same time.

Today, I want to spotlight fellow DP writer's book, Calling Home, and give a brief review of the novel. Thank you so much to Zee Monodee for giving me a copy to review. I love reading your books.


Clinical and rational, forensic pathologist Margo Nolan is wholly unprepared for sudden parenthood when she is named guardian to a tween that she once loved as a daughter. Struggling to balance her professional life against sudden parenthood, Margo is at a loss of how to reach out to her ‘daughter’ Emma. Complicating matters is the sexy doctor-next-door Jamie Gillespie.

Jamie Gillespie volunteered to step in as village doctor for his uncle—in part as a favor to the older man and in part to stick it to his father’s ambitions. The last thing he expected was to meet the tough and seemingly cold Margo, but he can’t ignore his attraction for the woman or his need to help her out.

The question is—can Jamie overcome Margo’s reticence and build a proper life together or will she let old fears and prejudices keep the sexy village doctor at arm’s length?

Warning: Contains a thoroughly British sensibility and humor, as well as a charming doctor and tween angst…

Genre: Contemporary, sweet romance, May-December romance, medical romance

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Bathed in the soft radiance of the porch lamp that spilled in through the back windshield, his features provided an arresting play of light and shadows. Suddenly seeing him so up close that she could make out the errant eyelash that had fallen on his cheekbone, she froze. Her outer shell remained immobile, while inside, a storm of uncalled-for heat and yearning warred for possession of her brain and senses.
This is a living, breathing man. A handsome, sexy creature in his own right. The red-hot memo wanted to sizzle its way all through her, but she couldn’t—wouldn’t—allow it.
Jamie Gillespie was a hunk, all right, and at first glance, younger than her.
Latching onto him would be like cradle robbing. Way over the big three-o, she didn’t do younger men. She didn’t do men, full stop. She dreaded the upcoming prospect of forty more than turning thirty, because with forty came peri-menopause; with it, hot flashes, followed by menopause, when many women went mental. Because she faced a dwindling biological clock with every year that passed, the minute she saw a man as desirable, she immediately viewed him as a baby-making machine, even though that had been less and less important over the last few years.
To see Jamie as sexy meant she could clearly picture herself making babies with him. A hot flash crept up her cheeks and stung her skin. She couldn’t—shouldn’t—picture him as anything but the local doctor. Younger men had a raging libido—Stop it!
Further gone than she’d thought, she gave herself a mental slap. Sex didn’t even exist as a possibility right then, especially not with Emma in her life. She had her child; the biological clock could go to Hell in a hand basket. Let another pregnancy-craving young woman sink her teeth into the handsome Jamie.
But if she could sink her teeth into the flesh of his butt cheeks, run her tongue over the ridges of what surely would be rock-hard pecs and abs—
Margo pinched herself hard and stifled the yelp of pain that tore her from her X-rated fantasies. A younger man would so not be right for her....

My review:

Being able to write a romance heroine that's an ice queen and to pull it off without putting the readers off poses a huge challenge. I don't think I could do it. Whew, Margo is a tough cookie. She's as difficult to crack as one of the cases she would work on as a forensic pathologist. But the hero, Jamie, is the perfect man who has the skill to break through all her layers and she has plenty. He melts her heart. Who wouldn't want a man like him? He's not perfect in a stuffy, uncomfortable way but in a wholesome, family-man way. And he's sexy to boot.

I enjoyed the journey that the heroine went on - how she not only fell in love but also discovered she was capable of loving her daughter. I liked that she wasn't a perfect mother who did everything right but stumbled and fumbled along the way. Don't we all need a good man to help us be better mothers? There's always a lovely homely, family feel about Zee's books that makes you feel like you're a part of the characters' lives, and I enjoy that each of her characters are unique and have their own flaws and strengths - they're not all a slight variation on the same theme. This was a tender romance with plenty of emotion and highs and lows. A lovely read set in Britain, filled with typical sayings and manners.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sizzling Summer Reads with The Romance Reviews

Although I'm sitting in my furry, grey jacket and a blanket around my legs, I'm going to tell you about the Sizzling Summer Reads Party on The Romance Reviews. Yes, it will be summer in the Northern Hemisphere very soon. Not here. We're in for a cold winter. I can feel it already.

But we can all take part in this fun event. There will be many authors giving away books. I'm going to give away a copy of my summer romance, Cosmetic Heart. I'll also be entering the questions and answers page so if you click on the link to my blog, you can read the excerpt to find a clue to the question. Every question earns you credit towards winning a prize. The grand prize is a $100 Amazon voucher. Now, who wouldn't want that?

As authors, you can take part too, but hurry, you have only until 20 May to enter. You only have to email Carole at The Romance Reviews. It's a chance for some exposure as this website gets high traffic.

Here's the poster:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

When Breaking the Rules Works

I'm reading a book at the moment that I had to pull myself away from to work. It's called California Man. I actually downloaded it when it was going for free. I've become weary of free books. Many of them are badly edited and I can't get past the first chapter or so. After having worked with editors and critique partners, I've become very critical of how books are written. My book club friends probably think I'm way too difficult to please. It's actually sad because I'd hate someone to be as critical as that with one of my books.

Anyway, the things that bug me the most in books are usually related to grammar, point of view chopping or head hopping as some people call it, or irritating things like using the character's name all the time instead of pronouns - things that jar you from the story. When these are overwhelming, the story doesn't flow and I have to put the book down. I bought a Harlequin medieval romance for my book club. I really thought I'd enjoy this book but there was so much head hopping that it reached a point where every page was more and more confusing. How could the editors pass that by? I couldn't go on. I was angry, disappointed and shocked.

Anyway, the book I'm reading at the moment had me hooked from the blurb. Maybe because I can relate to the heroine's shyness. I've struggled with insecurities and shyness a large portion of my life so I wanted to read the story of how she overcame her fears when romanced by a very outgoing, popular man. I'm LOVING this book. When I discovered what caused her insecurities, the stakes were up significantly for me and I decided I have to know the outcome of this romance. I'm rooting for the couple all the way - my heart and soul are invested in this story.

Guess what? There is some head hopping in this book. I get the feeling it's done deliberately. It somehow is done in such a way that doesn't confuse me and I'm actually glad she puts both their thoughts in as the moments are so intense, I want to know what both are thinking. In this single instance, I have forgiven the head hopping. What makes it easier for me to accept is that the book is well-written in other ways. The sentences flow, the characterization and plot is good and everything works together well. And most of all, she's penetrated my heart with this story. I think that's the key. If we can touch someone's heart with our stories, we've won a reader for life. Maybe then they will forgive our few mistakes in the books we write.

I'm going to stick to the rules because I think they're vital to putting out a good book. But if I need to break a rule for a specific reason, a very valid one, and I'm very confident in my craft, I will do so.

Have you ever broken a very important writing rule? I would love to find out what and why?