Hi Everyone! Happy New Year!
First off–last month’s winner was Stephanie O. Stephanie, you win a copy of Falling for Her Fake Fiance! Stephanie, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address to claim your prize!
Secondly, I’m on Pinterest now! If you’re on Pinterest, follow me here!
It’s a new year, so here’s a quick cheat-sheet of my upcoming releases and titles:
Feb.: His Forever Family (Billionaires and Babies)
April: A Surprise for the Sheikh (Texas Cattleman’s Club)
May: One Rodeo Season (Rodeo Dreamers)
June: How to Rope a Rancher (NotMy1stRodeo.com)
Sept.: Claimed by the Cattleman (Dynasties)
Oct.: The Illegitimate Heir (A Beaumont Heirs book)
Dec.: Stranded for Christmas with the Rancher (tentative title; A Beaumont Heirs book)
Dec.: novella in Silver Belles holiday anthology
So, how was your holiday? We had a great holiday–except for the parts that weren’t. The good parts were that my son and I decided to binge watch the first season of The Flash during the two+ weeks he was home and we really enjoyed the show. Christmas was lovely for us all.
But the parts that were rough were rough. My poor kid woke up at 2 am on New Year’s Eve barfing, which meant that we had to cancel all our New Year’s plans. (Bonus: we didn’t have to stay up until midnight! It was a New Year somewhere at 10 pm, right? RIGHT!)
But the hardest part of the holiday was what happened in my hometown of Pacific, MO. Pacific lies along the Meramac River and in the 28 hours we were home visiting my folks, it rained almost 7 inches. They got close to 10 inches in less than three days and the river didn’t just rise, it leapt out of the banks and broke every record it’d ever set for flooding.
My parents were safe–they live outside of town, high up on a hill–but half of the town was under water, as was Eureka, Valley Park, Arnold, Imperial and Kimmswick. People I know–people I went to school with, people I kid-sit–lost their homes and most of their possessions.
In the past, floods were things that took days and weeks to crest. Not this time. The water came up so fast, so furiously–we left town at 7:30 on a Sunday and the river was still largely within its banks. My mom made a grocery run at 9:30 and the river had hit the flood plain. By the time she headed home at 11:30, the water was closing in on the shoulder of the road. They were cut off for about 8 days.
The same storm that dumped that much water also tore up Texas with tornados. So many people lost so much. If you can, consider donating to the Red Cross. Their website says this: “If you would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.”
Okay, back to the romance. Because this is why we read romance, right? It helps us cope when things go so very wrong.
Next month, I’ll have a new release out–His Forever Family! It has a bonus short story by Brenda Jackson in it, so that’s cool! My website is being reconstructed so I’ll have more info on that later, too.
I’m going to give an advance copy to one lucky commenter–all you have to do is tell me how late you stayed up on New Year’s Eve. I only made it to 10 (because apparently I am old). How about you?
His Forever Family Blurb:
Found: one baby…and the boss’s future bride?
Tiny and helpless—the abandoned newborn that venture capitalist Marcus Warren finds during a morning run takes him by surprise. So does the sudden longing for his capable assistant, Liberty Reese, who reveals her tender side with the baby.
But Liberty must resist her gorgeous boss’s advances. Her secrets could destroy his trust, her career and the chance to care for the foster child they are both coming to love. Even so, she can’t deny the heat between them—or the fear that her past will end their chance to create a forever family.
That’s it! Have a good January, everyone!