Feeling the Heat aka My Series Finally Has a Name!

Happy DanceWhen I wrote my first book, Love in the Afternoon, I wasn’t planning too far ahead. But then a funny thing happened. I liked my secondary characters, Matt and Kelly, so much that I had to write about them in The Winning Season, and then I liked the secondary characters so much in that book that I had to write a book about them too. And so now I have a series! Very cool, right? Yes, but not so cool if you can’t come up with a series name.

A series name is crucial these days when so many authors write books with characters that are connected in one way or another. It lets readers know that a) you have a series and, b) what order to read your books in if they aren’t familiar with them already.

The biggest problem I had when I tried to come up with a series name was that I’d started the series with a book set in Hollywood (with two soap opera actors) and then moved it up to San Francisco, where my hero plays for the fictional MLB baseball team, the San Francisco Blaze. My upcoming release, Catching Heat, also features a player from the Blaze, and my holiday novella released last month (A Christmas for Carrie) is connected to the series as well.

For months I racked my brain trying to come up with something—anything—that would tie all the books together, and after a few truly cheesy ideas (Hearts Ablaze, Hearts on Fire), I finally came up with one that I thought could incorporate all the books in this little universe I’ve created. So I sent my latest idea to my editor, Angela James, at Carina Press and, lo and behold, she liked it and shared it with the team. And they liked it too! So now when someone asks me what my series name is I can finally tell them!

It’s Feeling the Heat.

PS: That little stick figure doing the happy dance at the top of this post is how I would look if I had a picture of me doing it…only skinnier.

Giveaway Winners

WinnerDrum roll, please!

It is now time to announce the four readers who have won a print copy of Love in the Afternoon.  And they are:

Commenter #1 Mel
Commenter #6 Alex Margaret
Commenter #7 Nicole P.
Commenter #12 Tracy

Congratulations to the winners, and for those who entered but didn’t win, I’ll be giving away more print copies in the not too distant future, so please try again.

FYI – I selected the winners at random.org. Some day, I’ll figure out how to use that raffle copter thing, but until then, random.org’s number generator works for me.

To the winners, I’ll be contacting you via email to find out where you’d like me to send your print copies to, or if you’d prefer an e-book rather than a print copy.

CATCHING HEAT ~ A Preview and a Giveaway!

After The Winning Season was released last July, one of the most often asked questions that came my way was: “What about J.T. and Angie?”

For those of you who asked, here’s your answer. J.T. Sawyer and Angie DeMarco get star billing in my next release, Catching Heat, and I’m thrilled to share the details with all of you.

Catching Heat - FinalLife has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she’s kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she’s laid off…and pregnant.

J.T. was hurt by Angie’s rejection, but with one more year with the Blaze, he has no time for love. He needs to spend the off season training hard so he can negotiate a better contract with a new team at the end of the year. But when Angie shows up on his doorstep, he‘s overwhelmed by wanting to not just do right by her but pursue a relationship with her. Hoping for a second chance, he proposes.

Angie agrees to marry J.T. on one condition: the marriage will be purely a business arrangement. But as Angie spends time with him and his family, and J.T. neglects his training to spend time with her, what begins as a union in name only slowly grows into something more—something that looks a whole lot like love and friendship.

Release date: February 10, 2014

Available for pre-order on: Amazon | B&N | Kobo  | iBooks


And now for the giveaway details: To celebrate the upcoming release of Catching Heat, I have a few print copies of my first book, Love in the Afternoon to giveaway to four lucky winners. Because my books have been digital release only, a print copy is pretty rare. Of course, if you don’t care for print books, I’m more than happy to provide a Kindle, Nook or Kobo e-book copy of Love in the Afternoon or The Winning Season. Basically, it’s the winners choice! The giveaway is open internationally and will close at 9 pm PST on Saturday, January 11, 2014 .

It’s super easy to win. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Good luck!