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    Looking for small town romance series? Start here!

    It’s time to update the handy dandy guide to all the book boyfriends in my small town romance series, Wardham, Pine Harbour, and the Kincaids of Pine Harbour. Some readers will recognize this original graphic breaking down the different heroes by some of our favourite book boyfriend characteristics. Now for 2021 I’m expanding the list to include all my small town books written to date! And if you like lists of romance tropes, I have a master trope list of all my romance novels here. If you like your book boyfriend to wear a tool belt, start reading… Kyle in…

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    A Book Boyfriend Quiz!

    This one is for any romance reader looking for her next Navy SEAL romance read, or a small town romance novel, but you aren’t sure which book to pick up. Good news is, I write both of those things! And I put four reader favourite options into this brand new romance novel quiz, with eight easy-to-answer questions that will deliver you a customized reading suggestion at the end. Ready? Take the Quiz now: Must-Read Small Town Romances This is a best of my military romance novels list, a mix of swoon-worthy small town romance (The Kincaids series from Pine Harbour,…

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    Fierce at Heart – Chapter One

    Fierce at Heart (Kincaids of Pine Harbour book #2) comes out on January 26, 2021. Here is an advance look at the first chapter. Please note that minor editorial revisions may happen before publication. Chapter One Something about the way the man strode through the crowded mezzanine caught Isla Petersen’s attention. She had just sold another box of bake sale treats to a customer when the shape of him caught her eye, and for a moment she panicked. But when she swallowed back that fear and took a good look, she knew it wasn’t her former husband she had spotted…

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    Books I Recommend

    There are two places I currently list books that I recommend: my BookBub profile (a good page to follow if you read primarily in ebooks) and my Bookshop.org page (excellent for directly ordering paperback copies from indie bookstores in the US and the UK). The top books I find myself recommending lately? Ice Blue by Emma Jameson, which is a modern day Scotland Yard police procedural wrapped around a May-December opposites attract slow burn romance; House Rules by Ruby Lang, a perfect second chance romance between two people who once loved each other, but it wasn’t the right time and…

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    The Day Everything Changed

    I’ve blogged before about important anniversaries. June 15 is the annual marker of when I hit publish for the first time. May 1 is the day I became a full-time writer. But I’ve never written out the full story before, and maybe some random Sunday in October is the time to do that, rather than actually on one of those anniversaries. Because today, the day after I’ve found a new wave of readers via a BookBub deal, on a book in a series I started because of that fateful May 1st conversation, I’m feeling incredibly grateful. It was the first…

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    Love in a Small Town has been revised and expanded!

    I wrote the first edition of Love in a Small Town in the summer of 2014. I had been laid off from my job, and this series, Pine Harbour, was my first attempt at writing something as a full-time romance author. My first series designed to be commercial, a balance between what my natural storytelling is and what resonates with the market. Between then and now, I have written eight more books in this world (seven more in this series, and the first book in a spin-off series, The Kincaids of Pine Harbour).  In 2015, I started working with a…

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    An update from my house…

    Like a lot of families around the world, we are at home for the next few weeks. The Viking has been ordered by the military to self-isolate (because the army needs him to be healthy on command), and the kids’ school has been shut down until at least April 5. We made bread the other day. Today we’re going to try again. We played cards two nights ago, went for a walk up and down our street last night, and tonight we’re going to bust out Ticket to Ride, a board game the 8yo received for Christmas a year ago…

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    Marking my five-year anniversary as a full-time writer

    A friend messaged me late last night: Happy anniversary, of a sort. Me: [redacted because it wasn’t PG-13, but I thought it was the anniversary of some kind of sex, okay? I HAVE A FILTHY MIND] Her, this morning: Uh, no. Yesterday was the anniversary of you buying a MacBook and deciding to be a FT writer. ? Yes, yes it was. And Facebook didn’t remind me, so I didn’t know! But yesterday was in fact my five-year-anniversary of being a full-time writer. I love my job. I love the freedom, I love the pressure, I love the creativity, and…

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    Indie Publishing in Five Easy Steps

    Every so often, I talk to a writer friend–sometimes a traditionally published author looking to diversify, and occasionally a writer weighing their options for what to do with a debut book. And a common worry I hear from them is, “The work of indie publishing is overwhelming. I don’t want to do it all.” Honestly, this baffles me, because when I compare my work flow to that of my traditionally published friends, it feels very similar in terms of weight–maybe even lighter. That being said, it’s been nearly seven years since I published my first book, so it’s sometimes hard for…

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    Molly O’Keefe interviewed me!

    I’ve long adored Molly O’Keefe, and this month she gave me the great honour of being featured in her newsletter “The Author Is” profile. You can read the full interview here. I talk about writing, and my next book (an Ainsley Booth book called Prime Minister). Also in her newsletter she mentions that her historical romance, Seduced, is on sale for 99 cents. I loved this book so much, it was on my top ten list for 2014. What I wrote then: This is one of two books on this list that I read because of Amy Jo Cousins recommending books on Facebook. It’s…