Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

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I THOUGHT OUR LOVE WAS BLOOMING BUT YOU'RE ACTING LIKE A HEEL.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

STONE SILENCE--MY NEW BOOK





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Today I thought I'd share my inspiration for writing STONE SILENCE. The release date is quickly approaching: November 1st, 2017.





My hubby and I were driving home from Austin after visiting my son at UT. Our trip had been cancelled the weekend prior due to severe flooding. This was in 2015 during The Great Texas Floods, as the news called it. Of course, this was long before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in a big way.

At any rate, the roads had cleared and our weekend forecast was sunny, so off we went to Austin and we didn't have any problems with road conditions, although large masses of water were very close to the roadway in a few areas.

On the way home, however, we were supposed to take a small road that would connect us to I-20. We quickly found that the road was closed due to repairs from the aftermath of flooding.


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We didn't know which way to go. Our GPS wasn't recalculating our route either, as if it was confused and had no idea how to help us. I pulled out my phone and asked for directions. It pointed us to a small little highway just north of us. I was a little nervous about taking the road as we had no idea if it would have flooding problems or not. I also noticed that the highway would take us through a small town named Roby.

As we traveled toward this small highway, we suddenly passed an on ramp to I-20! I told my hubby, let's turn around and take I-2o.

He didn't want to. He wanted to take this new route and see what it was like. So, I'm not proud of this, but yes, we got into a little spat over it. Hence, our drive on that tiny little highway in the middle of nowhere (or so it seemed) was made in total silence.





Now, my hubby would never get so mad that he would leave me in the middle of nowhere. ABSOLUTELY NOT. But, it was during this silent drive that my imagination went a little crazy. What if I was with a date? What if he got so mad at me that he told me to get out of the car and left me there in the middle of nowhere?

And that's when STONE SILENCE was born. I stared off into the never ending land and wondered if there could be a handsome hero living out there all by himself. (Please tell me they really do exist!)


Below: This could be the road my character took to find help. And, of course, she stumbles upon our handsome hero.




My characters eat at this cafe in Roby. (Below)



The story got bigger and bigger as I thought about continuing on from the first book. The "sort-of-villain" in Book One needed her own story.  We needed to hear her side of the story and we needed to see her gain redemption. And my hero in Book One has a sister and we needed to hear her story as well.


Keep in mind, the first time I saw Roby, it looked like this:




The next time I saw it, it was lush and green:


Well, for that area, anyway. I guess it depends on the time of year. The first time I found it drab and dreary and I thought it was the most awful spot on earth.


The second time, I thought it was green and beautiful. Go figure!



So that's it. One little driving error inspired a three book series.

And now . . . whenever we go to visit our son, we don't go the usual, faster route. Oh no. We drive through Roby.

And every time I imagine that my characters really do exist out there on the prairie land of Texas.

We inadvertently discovered  an amazing spot of this earth. The first time we drove through it, I didn't know where I was and it felt like the middle of nowhere. Now it doesn't seem that way at all.

It seems . . . well, it seems magical.


In all actuality, Sweetwater is only about thirty minutes away and Abilene is about an hour away.



I also discovered that Roby has some rich history that I found fascinating. This small little town has quite a story that made it rather famous. Yes, I included it in the book.



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Sometimes the strangest experiences spark my imagination. But when it happens, I love it. As a matter of fact, I had just finished writing Chasing Fireflies and I was all set to write a completely different story--until this idea came to me.
And I had to write it.

So, why did it take so long to complete my new series?
I've had a lot of family responsibilities call me away from writing over the past year.
But, now I'm back to writing full time.
And I'm ready to release the SOUND OF SILENCE SERIES!





Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: BN!

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MEET ME AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

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 CAPTION THIS IMAGE.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BOOK NEWS

I have release dates for the SOUND OF SILENCE series!!

The Sound of Silence Series is a three book series. 

Book One: Stone Silence, Spencer’s Story 
Book Two: Jailbird, Mia’s Story 
Book Three: Hothouse Flower, Shay’s Story 

Each book has a happy ending and there are no cliffhangers. They are not standalones and should be read in order.

STONE SILENCE will be released on November 1st.




Great big beautiful love. 

Does it really exist? 

Everyone tells me it does. They say, “Spencer Elliott, don’t worry, you’ll find it one day. You just have to find the right man and when you do, it will surprise the heck out of you.” 

I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit. It has proven to be elusive thus far. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying about love and the joke is on me. 

I know I want a man in my heart and in my life. Unfortunately, most men immediately push my OFF button and I lose interest quickly. 

Feeling pressure to prove I’m trying to find my soulmate, I finally give in and agree to a date. Huge mistake. Afterward I find myself abandoned in the middle of nowhere, in desperate need of help. 

That’s when I meet Stony by chance. 

He’s a silent and unsmiling man who intrigues me with his ability to keep going after life has knocked him down. Suddenly the abstract notion of love becomes tangible and within my reach. Once I experience it, I wonder how I ever lived without it. 

That’s when I stay with Stony by choice. 

But when Stony’s hidden past and present-day reality collide, his silence is broken. And the truth about his life nearly brings me to my knees. I can’t compete with ghosts from the past. 

I refuse to fight for a man’s love. He either loves me or he doesn’t. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. 

My only hope is . . . he does.


JAILBIRD will be released on December 1st.



My hometown decided to rename me Jailbird. 

Every day I silently scream out, "My name is Mia Faraday!" My time in jail does not define me. I am so much more than one heated mistake. 

And yet, my slip-up weighs on me. There’s so much more to the story than anyone realizes. I must face Stony, my ex, and confess everything. 

I don’t want to. I’d rather have five teeth pulled. While I’m awake. Without anesthesia. 

But this is something I have to do, something I need to do. Not just for Stony. I need to do it for me. Especially for me. I can’t move forward with my life until I gain closure from the past. 

When I meet Grayson Elliott, I am easily pulled into his orbit and it’s exactly where I’d love to stay. He makes me laugh and not take life so seriously. He makes me want to live again. 

But I don’t love me right now, and that healing needs to come first. I’m not relationship-ready or marriage material. My mind is focused on redemption. I want it. I need it. 

Besides, when Grayson hears about my colorful past, I’m sure he’ll be gone before I have time to utter the word goodbye. 

After all, who could ever love a jailbird?


HOTHOUSE FLOWER will be released on January 1st.




I loved Jace Faraday with all my heart. I loved everything about him, from his huge smile to his fabulous laugh. Another man never caught my eye. It was always Jace and Shay, together forever. 

Until it wasn’t. 

He devastated me, he ruined me. I’ve never gotten over it. 

But, I’m a survivor. I’m not a precious flower that can only thrive if kept safe from the perils of the outside world. 

Except now Jace has returned home. He’s just across the street from me, so close I swear I can actually feel his presence. 

I can’t avoid him forever. At some point I have to face him. And when I do, I know sparks will fly. 

To redeem himself for his past actions, I need major remorse. I need a profuse apology and maybe even a little begging for forgiveness. I won’t settle for anything less. 

However, when the truth behind our break-up is revealed, I’m stunned. It leaves me reeling—and yearning for the five years that have been lost to us. 

The thing is, once the truth is known, there’s nothing to keep us apart. 

Absolutely nothing. 



Thursday, October 5, 2017

GAME CHANGER

Hey all,

This book just released today and I thought I'd let you know about it. I had the pleasure of beta reading for the author and I loved the book. It's 1.99 for a short time and it's on Kindle Unlimited, so grab a copy for yourself. You'll love it, especially if you love sweet, clean romance.


Game Changer (Ruled Out Romances Book 1) by [Stastny, Charissa]

Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She's comfortable being invisible. But that doesn't stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she's smart enough to know he'd never notice a girl like her, and she'd never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention.

Parker Harrington basks in the glory that's been his since the game-changing passes he caught pre-season that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game and makes him question why he's drawn to a princess when he already has the queen.

As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, they will discover that skin deep perfection can't compare to the true beauty deep within one's soul. Will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

***

In this new set of stand-alone stories--the Ruled Out Romances--star-crossed lovers meet, but rule each other out. But life, with its quirky twists and tangled turns, brings each of the unlikely couples back together until they discover their unique happily-ever-afters.

My review: 

Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime—and leave a smile on your face when your head finally hits the pillow.
Parker Harrington quite literally runs into Meridee Mansford, creating quite the aftermath. He can’t forget his run-in with the unassuming beauty—even though his life trajectory is already headed straight toward perfection with a promising sports career and the attention of the girl he has always desired. So, why can’t he shake his wandering thoughts? Why is he drawn to a princess when he has the queen? The answer challenges Parker as he discovers that skin deep magnificence can never compare with the true beauty that lies deep within a soul. Game Changer will entertain the reader with witty dialogue and a fast paced plot. But the reader will also walk away knowing that true love wins every time. This is a well-written, feel-good book that will stick with you for days on end. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
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DOES THIS MAKE US LOOK LIKE LADY AND THE TRAMP?

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

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A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

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IT'S TIME TO CONFESS, BUDDY

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

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YOU'VE GOT MY HEART AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

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