Release Day!

coverUnintentional: International is available now in Australia and Europe! US release is in just a few hours, so I’m officially calling this RELEASE DAY!

To be part of the release celebrations, head over to the FB event – aside from the chance to chat with all of the amazing authors, there will be heaps of giveaways! I’ll be hosting a few myself on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST (Monday 8:00 a.m. AEST).

https://www.facebook.com/events/166143250495049/ 

All: books2read.com/unintentional

Amazon US: https://amzn.com/B01L8MZZWQ
Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01L8MZZWQ
Amazon AU: www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01L8MZZWQ
Amazon CA: www.amazon.ca/dp/B01L8MZZWQ
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1148980653
Nook: www.bn.com/w/1124495623
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-unintentionalinternationaledition-2092638-166.html

Their eyes had met a thousand times, their smiles always easy and honest. All it takes is that one moment for everything to change. When their eyes are opened, no longer does “just friends” seem good enough.

YOU NEVER KNOW – Aria Peyton

When Miranda comes home engaged from a cruise, it doesn’t take long for her bestie, Scott, to realise he feels something more for her. Will he get a chance to tell her or is he too late?

SEALED WITH A LOVING KISS – Ashlea Rhodes
Letters of hope and love help Alex through his darkest days and bring him closer to Heather, and a friendship and love that could last a lifetime.

TAKE A SHOT – Michelle Irwin
Holly thinks Logan is cute and sweet, much like a little brother. When the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself, will he take a shot to convince her he’s no longer the kid she’s looked out for since high school?

MIXED SIGNALS – A.L. Simpson
Best friends turn to each other in good times and bad. Can Piper help Dalton through tragedy or has their friendship been shattered?

JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Megan Lowe
When your best friend needs support, there’s no hesitation in being there for her. It’s also the perfect opportunity to let her know exactly how good things could be.

LOST WITHOUT YOU- Becca L’Amour
When your one chance at love leaves you torn in two, only memories remain. Can Anastasia and Jason’s friendship and new-found love be repaired to what it once was?

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF ONLINE DATING – Louisa Masters
Samantha turns to online dating to meet a man who’ll make her heart beat faster, but it’s her best friend —and friend with benefits—Levi who’s there for her when dates go bad. Has her friendship with Levi become more than she thought?

CLAIMED AND BRANDED – Gaeille Vanderspek
Heart sore from watching her best friend tangled up in endless scandals with no-good women, Vicki Edwards decides to move to New York and start over. But Jared is determined to make her stay, and he’s not afraid to play dirty.

FROM THE START – Eva King
Two old friends reunite under dramatic circumstances. Will the prison walls tear them apart or will they make their relationship stronger?

Unintentional 99c Preorder Sale!

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Preorder Unintentional now for the prerelease sale price of 99c! Release date September 17.

All: books2read.com/unintentional

Amazon US: https://amzn.com/B01L8MZZWQ
Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01L8MZZWQ
Amazon AU: www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01L8MZZWQ
Amazon CA: www.amazon.ca/dp/B01L8MZZWQ
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1148980653
ARe: www.allromanceebooks.com/product-unintentionalinternational…

Their eyes had met a thousand times, their smiles always easy and honest. All it takes is that one moment for everything to change. When their eyes are opened, no longer does “just friends” seem good enough.
Fall in love with Unintentional: International Edition, a collection of nine friends-to-lovers HEA stories by nine amazing international authors. Happy ever afters really do come true.

YOU NEVER KNOW – Aria Peyton
When Miranda comes home engaged from a cruise, it doesn’t take long for her bestie, Scott, to realise he feels something more for her. Will he get a chance to tell her or is he too late?

SEALED WITH A LOVING KISS – Ashlea Rhodes
Letters of hope and love help Alex through his darkest days and bring him closer to Heather, and a friendship and love that could last a lifetime.

TAKE A SHOT – Michelle Irwin
Holly thinks Logan is cute and sweet, much like a little brother. When the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself, will he take a shot to convince her he’s no longer the kid she’s looked out for since high school?

MIXED SIGNALS – A.L. Simpson
Best friends turn to each other in good times and bad. Can Piper help Dalton through tragedy or has their friendship been shattered?

JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Megan Lowe
When your best friend needs support, there’s no hesitation in being there for her. It’s also the perfect opportunity to let her know exactly how good things could be.

LOST WITHOUT YOU- Becca L’Amour
When your one chance at love leaves you torn in two, only memories remain. Can Anastasia and Jason’s friendship and new-found love be repaired to what it once was?

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF ONLINE DATING – Louisa Masters
Samantha turns to online dating to meet a man who’ll make her heart beat faster, but it’s her best friend —and friend with benefits—Levi who’s there for her when dates go bad. Has her friendship with Levi become more than she thought?

CLAIMED AND BRANDED – Gaeille Vanderspek
Heart sore from watching her best friend tangled up in endless scandals with no-good women, Vicki Edwards decides to move to New York and start over. But Jared is determined to make her stay, and he’s not afraid to play dirty.

FROM THE START – Eva King
Two old friends reunite under dramatic circumstances. Will the prison walls tear them apart or will they make their relationship stronger?

 

Cover Reveal!

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Aren’t they pretty? Trials and Tribulations of Online Dating is in the blue one, but I can’t wait to read them all!

Seventeen friends-to-lovers stories in two volumes, coming mid-September.

Their eyes had met a thousand times, their smiles always easy and honest. All it takes is that one moment for everything to change. When their eyes are opened, no longer does “just friends” seem good enough.
Fall in love with Unintentional, a collection of friends-to-lovers HEA stories. Happy ever afters really do come true.

Unintentional – International

Unintentional – North America

Samantha Hasting is a woman sick of living in a rut. Her whole life revolves around her work and her best friends. She wants to meet new people, hopefully including a man who makes her heart beat faster, so she signs up for online dating.

As Sam embarks on her dating adventures, her best friend—and friend with benefits—Levi, is her constant, a shoulder to cry on and buddy to laugh with. It’s only after she meets and starts dating Jack that she realizes maybe Levi means more to her than she’d thought. Maybe the man who makes her heart beat faster was right there all along.

Coming in September…

Announcement T&T

Have you heard about Hot Tree Publishing’s Unintentional anthologies? No? Well, brace yourself!

Coming this September, HTPub is releasing two anthologies of friends-to-lovers stories by seventeen amazing authors – and yours truly is one of them!

Their eyes had met a thousand times, their smiles always easy and honest. All it takes is that one moment for everything to change. When their eyes are opened, no longer does “just friends” seem good enough.
Fall in love with Unintentional, a collection of friends-to-lovers HEA stories. Happy ever afters really do come true.

My contribution is Trials and Tribulations of Online Dating. Samantha Hasting is a woman sick of living in a rut. Her whole life revolves around her work and her best friends. She wants to meet new people, hopefully including a man who makes her heart beat faster, so she signs up for online dating.

As Sam embarks on her dating adventures, her best friend—and friend with benefits—Levi, is her constant, a shoulder to cry on and buddy to laugh with. It’s only after she meets and starts dating Jack that she realizes maybe Levi means more to her than she’d thought. Maybe the man who makes her heart beat faster was right there all along.

For more information and to see who the other authors are, check out:

Unintentional: International

Unintentional: North American

 

Cover reveal August 9!

RELEASE DAY: IRISH ALLURE GOES LIVE!

IrishAllure_MSRYay! My latest release is up for sale now!

Jillian is planning a wedding for the bride from hell—who suddenly decides to move the event to Ireland with less than a month to go. Lucky for Jillian, the groom’s brother is available to lend a hand.

Sexy, charming Fin clearly has more on his mind than just helping Jillian with the wedding. But she knows Bridezilla will not tolerate the hired help consorting with her future brother-in-law. Jillian can’t risk being blackballed, so it’s seriously hands off Fin, no matter how irresistible he is and how energetically he pursues her. If only Castle Tullamore weren’t so romantic—and if only she could stop tearing off his clothes every time she gets into that antique elevator with him.

Buy it here:

Amazon US

Ellora’s Cave

ARe

B&N

Amazon UK

Kobo

When can disbelief no longer be suspended?

suspension-of-disbelief-11-638If you’re a longtime reader of popular fiction, you know that suspension of disbelief is a necessary part of the reading experience. Yes, it’s often extremely unlikely that so many things will coincidentally fall into place to result in the perfect happy ever after. In real life, it probably wouldn’t happen that way. But, if it’s not completely outrageous, we can look the other way and allow ourselves to escape from our reality.

But when is it too much? Where’s the line? There are any number of books that I enjoyed, except for that one scene that I just couldn’t swallow, to the point that if I re-read the book, I skip that scene. Other books, I found had so many unbelievable incidents that I never read them again, which is a huge statement for me, since I re-read nearly everything. And a few books, I actually stopped reading because my disbelief couldn’t be suspended.

I have a specific example in mind. I will preface my comments by saying there were a few elements of characterization that had already started niggling at me when I got to the point of disbelief, so my decision to stop reading was partially influenced by that. This book – the series, actually – has received rave reviews and proven to be extremely popular. I didn’t get very far in – a personal decision that I may one day change. It is set in Australia, which is always attractive to me, because for so long reading choices in my favorite genre were limited to US and UK settings, and it’s nice to see something a little more familiar.

To set the scene: the heroine has a shit-head for a boyfriend. She finds he’s cheating on her, and decides to change her life and get out of town for a while. She’s going to take six or so months and drive around the country. Personally, in real life I’ve found spur-of-the-moment decisions like that to be shortsighted and impractical, but it does happen, and for the context of a romance novel, it totally works. So, this woman calls her boss – she’s a real estate agent for a small company – and tells her the plan. Here is serious suspension of disbelief starts, because in real life, the most likely outcome, especially for a small business, is for her boss to wish her well and warn that her job may not be available when she gets back. Except, it turns out that her boss’s daughter (or niece, my memory’s not clear on this) has been looking for something to do and can easily step into the job for a while, until our heroine is ready to come back. Hey, it’s unlikely, but it can happen, even in real life, and we’re suspending disbelief for now. The plan is in action!

And now we find out that money is not going to be an issue during this road trip, because our heroine has, in seven years, never taken vacation time, and is owed seven years’ worth of leave. Bzzzzt! That’s it, line crossed.

I’ve worked for both small businesses and national and multinational organizations, and never once have I heard of a company that would allow an employee to accrue annual leave for seven years. Many don’t let you accrue it for more than eighteen months. Why? Because it’s a liability for them. Here in Australia, permanent full-time employees are entitled to four weeks of paid annual leave every work year. When you take that leave, your employer needs to ensure your workload is covered, which often means hiring a temp, which is an additional expense. Alternatively, in an industry like real estate, if you’re not working, you’re not generating income. In this specific instance, our heroine’s boss is paying her and also paying her daughter/niece, and only one of them is actually doing any work. That might work for a short time, but for six months or so? I can’t see any fiscally responsible business owner being okay with it, or any small business being able to support it.

Also consider if you leave your job. Your employer is legally required to pay out any outstanding annual leave. If she’d quit instead of asking for time off, her boss would have been up for a lump-sum payment of (based on a quick Internet search of the real estate industry’s average wage) more than $20,000. That’s a lot of cash for a small business to have liquid. Even if the boss was a complete ditz with minimal knowledge of running a business, surely whoever does the company taxes would have pointed out the big, fat liability of twenty-eight weeks of annual leave owed to one person? Employers have the right to enforce annual leave because they are the ones who are liable for the expense, and while some allow their employees to accrue leave for a year or two – especially if there is a plan, like that fabulous six week trip to Europe or South America – it seems beyond disbelief that anyone would allow leave to accrue for seven years.

What do you think? Am I on the money? Or am I overreacting?

Cover Reveal!

IrishAllure_MSRHere it is, people – the cover and blurb for my upcoming release, Irish Allure! Part of the Emerald Isle Fantasies series, Irish Allure is set in romantic and slightly magical Castle Tullamore in Ireland. Some amazing authors contributed to this series – check out the titles here.

Jillian is planning a wedding for the bride from hell—who suddenly decides to move the event to Ireland with less than a month to go. Lucky for Jillian, the groom’s brother is available to lend a hand.

Sexy, charming Fin clearly has more on his mind than just helping Jillian with the wedding. But she knows Bridezilla will not tolerate the hired help consorting with her future brother-in-law. Jillian can’t risk being blackballed, so it’s seriously hands-off Fin, no matter how irresistible he is and how energetically he pursues her. If only Castle Tullamore weren’t so romantic—and if only she could stop tearing off his clothes every time she gets into that that antique elevator with him.

Irish Allure will be available on April 8th – preorder links and tour information coming soon!