Thursday, April 17, 2014

With June RIGHT Around the Corner...

I've gotten right down to the business of writing Book 2 of The Joyful Noise Series. Distant Fire is so far moving at a nice clip, but then I personally enjoy the character of Linda Cuthbertson. Getting to know Drew, this book's hero, too. If you've already read Book 1, Unconditional, then you're already acquainted with the heroine's mom, with whom Valerie shared a very close relationship. Linda now gets to be the leading lady of this romance!

A quick note for readers: The couple on the new book's cover is supposed to be the hero and heroine BEFORE they were separated for many years, when they fell in love in their youth, just in case there's any confusion on that. The picture captured them the way I saw them in my imagination, as they were when they first met, so I really wanted to use it when I designed the cover. Both Linda and Drew Lingerfelt meet again when he moves to Hathaway, that fictional little town a short drive from Wildwood, New Jersey. Oh, and you'll see how Summer Delaney, the third musician, fits into the scheme of things, too--plus get more of a peek at her life!

And one more thing: By now, if you've visited my blog before, you've noticed I keep a WIP (Work in Progress) word counter on this page. That total's not written in stone, luckily. Both this book, and the 3rd and final book of the series, For the Love of Summer, may be 55,000 words, or less, or maybe even more.

In closing, if you haven't picked up a copy of Unconditional, I just wanted to remind you that you can get a copy at Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or whoever is your favorite online bookstore! Now it's back to work for me. Cheers!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

March & April in Photos

Outings with the family, learning to bake bread, a brand new grill--the Big Green Egg! So excited to be using it!--and in general, a blessed couple of months spent with loved ones. And on a side note, I have lost weight and now weigh 125, but I still need to lose 3 more. It's taking FOREVER. *sigh*

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Available NOW! UNCONDITIONAL, Book 1 of my brand-new Christian romance series, JOYFUL NOISE, will be permanently FREE, with Book 2 and Book 3 to be released within the next few months.

UNCONDITIONAL is sweet, fun, a light and romantic read. Taking place at the Jersey shore, it'll take you on a shortcut to summer. More info coming on this new series, plus general catch up.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

March 2014 Update

From what it looks like right now, UNCONDITIONAL, Book 1 of my new series, will hit the stores the first week of April. My second release for the year so far! It's been a busy month, so I've fallen behind on blogging. Only thing I have to report is that I've been doing a lot of writing in between spending time with the Lord and my family, my day job, and my new passion, Zumba!

Anyway, more later! Oh--and a special thanks to all who requested ONE SWEET DAY & congratulations to the winners!

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Yes, I know ONE SWEET DAY hasn't been out very long, but I'm also very excited to share the news about my new upcoming Christian romance series, JOYFUL NOISE. This 3-book series takes place in a fictional town named Hathaway, which is only a hop, skip & a jump from the real-life town of Wildwood, New Jersey. In each book, one or the other--the hero or heroine--will be a musician. Hence, the name of the series, Joyful Noise, taken from Psalm 100:1!

In Book 1, UNCONDITIONAL, readers will be meeting all of the characters who will "star" in their own book...including lots of minor but important-in-their-own-right characters, too! UNCONDITIONAL will kick off the series in March 2014 and be PERMANENTLY free. I hope to release DISTANT FIRE in May or June, with FOR THE LOVE OF SUMMER being published hopefully no later than August.

So for now, here is the cover release for each of these books! Oh--and don't forget there are only a few days left to sign up to win one of THREE paperback editions of ONE SWEET DAY on Goodreads. And in the meantime, before the release of JOYFUL NOISE, if you haven't read THE LARKSPUR VALLEY SERIES, be sure to pick up an ebook version from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo or any of its distributors! Enjoy this snowy N'oreaster day and be careful about there!

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Goodreads Giveaway: ONE SWEET DAY in PAPERBACK!

Now in paperback--so that you can read it on the beach or by the pool this summer, or give it as a gift, or buy it to pass on to your friends--is my newest novel, ONE SWEET DAY. And to get the word out, I'm giving away 3 copies on Goodreads! Starting tonight until February 21, you can click on the link above to enter. Each copy will be personally autographed for its winner. So good luck, readers!

And before I forget, I've been at work on developing a new Christian romance series. More info will follow, but as it stands right now, it looks like this will be a 3-book series.

For now, enjoy ONE SWEET DAY!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Pictorial: A Walk in Winter

"The only friend to walk with is one who so exactly shares your taste for each mood of the countryside, that a glance, a halt, or at most a nudge, is enough to assure us that the pleasure is shared." - C.S. Lewis

It just seemed right, with the weather more agreeable on this Sunday afternoon, to include a pictorial of walking in winter. Of course, that would be a mild North Carolina winter! And that friend who shared the walk with me is my best friend of over thirty years, my husband Bill.