I won!

I never win anything. Well, I did actually win a couple gift cards at my company’s holiday party this year… but aside from that…

But I won a raffle recently! It was hosted by the Combined Book Exhibit, and they took my book — Redemption Red — and hosted it in their booth at last weekend’s American Library Association show in Philadelphia! They also hosted me on their blog… check it out!

Love and Other Games on Sale!

99 cent sale for laog

The sexy winter Olympic anthology, Love and Other Games, from my publisher, Swoon, has a hot new cover.

 

I read this book when it first came out, and recommend it! Super fun shorts about the Winter Games… at 99 cents, it’s a steal!

To celebrate the new cover, the ebook is only 99 cents for a limited time! Pick up this hot winter romance on your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo.

99 Love and Other Games new cover

Love and Other Games is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.

What readers are saying:

“It’s like a rom-com marathon with lots of sexy included. Who knew the Winter Olympics were so hot?” ~Book Nookie Reviews

“Four short stories full of lust, love and laughter. Each story was enjoyable to read and hard to put down.” ~Author Katie L. Thompson

“I fell in love with each one of these stories (and guys).” ~White Zin Bookends

 

The authors are giving away a nook and other prizes to celebrate.

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So Close to “The End”

Life. Funny how I keep saying I’ll do certain things when life slows down. I’m probably late to the game here — I bet you already know this…but it’s never going to slow down. Or at least not for a lot of years.

I had things all set up the way I wanted them for a while. I worked 50%, volunteered at my son’s first grade one day a week, had a full day off on Fridays for writing… I went to the gym for an hour three days a week after my “real” job before I picked the Tiny Guy up from preschool… it was all going so well. Then I got an opportunity to work on a new contract. And it was really cool work, and the client was actually really appreciative and respectful. (In case you didn’t know, tech writers are not always considered critical team members — at least not in government consulting — and we’re often brought in at the last minute to clean up giant Word-related messes. I’m used to people not having much idea how long editing a 200 page document might actually take, or not understanding that reformatting a cut-and-pasted-ninety times file might take more than just a minute). At any rate, I dove in. I upped my hours to 60% (bye bye workouts)… and it’s been going well. And now they’re asking for more. The only thing I have left to give, short of putting my kids into some kind of before-care program, is my Friday. My writing day. My “mommy free day”…

My first grader was home sick yesterday and was sent home from the nurse with a fever today. When he told me that she said he should stay home tomorrow, I spooled up…I asked him (because speaking to a sick first grader rhetorically in an angry voice is completely appropriate…) if SHE was going to stay home with him, or if SHE had a plan for making up the hours I was already behind for this period because I stayed home with him yesterday.

And I realized…I’m doing something wrong. The whole point of my “flexible” schedule was to be able to take care of sick kiddos, to be sure that our house was marginally clean, to be able to volunteer at school and be present for my family. There is a good reason — a lot of them — why I don’t work full time. And having time to write, to do what I actually feel passionate about, is no small part of that.

There’s a conversation coming. I just have to have the guts to tell the people around me why I made the choices I’ve made in the first place, and stand by them. Wish me luck.

Oh, and also, tomorrow I will type the words “The End” on Book 2 of Girlfriends of Gotham! (And then I’ll have a LOT of revising to do…)

Crickets…

Hello! Hi! Remember me?

Sorry I’ve been a bad correspondent. It isn’t that there is anything to write about. There’s tons. I’ve got some good things in the hopper, actually…I’m just not at liberty to talk about them yet, as they’re not quite solid. Kind of slushy. But good. 🙂

In the meantime, it’s been so fun to see the reactions people have had to Men and Martinis… most of my friends and acquaintances know that parts of that story were based on my life, my friends, and the time I spent living in NYC in the late nineties. They also have guessed that if any of the characters were me, it’d be Natalie Pepper. Which leads to a lot of questions. The top three:

1) Did you ever end up with CJ?

2) Was there really a Damon?

3) Did you actually wear plastic pants?

The answers are as follows.

1) Can’t tell…there are a book two and three, after all. But let’s just say that I’m not a fan of cliffhangers or unhappy endings. I also don’t like the slam dunk, so expect some twists and turns. 🙂

2) Sort of. And I’ll never say more than that.

3) Sadly, yes. I had a pair of plastic snakeskin patterned jeans that I actually bought in a mens’ store in Chelsea. I have no idea why I was shopping in a mens’ store in Chelsea, except maybe that I knew it was an up-and-coming gay community, and the store had a nice window display (which didn’t include snakeskin pants.) I can only imagine what the person working there must have been thinking as I went to try them on. Maybe I was drunk. I don’t really remember… Anyway, I did own them, and I did wear them, usually with a pair of round toe Steve Madden black platform boots that I loved. I remember putting them in a box to give away more than ten years later. I’d spent all that time convincing myself that there could be an occasion to wear them again, though most of my friends assured me there would be no such time.

Anyway, I hope you’re all doing well, and hope to have a few announcements here soon!