I'm so excited to see my second book in the Lone Star Match series out in the wild today!
I loved these characters for so many reasons. Brigid is a type-A personality, trying to please everyone and be the person everyone else wants her to be. The problem is - she has no idea who SHE wants to be. She cares deeply for Grady, could probably even love him, but refuses to see it because he doesn't fit into the definition she has been given her whole life. Yet, he is the one man who loves her exactly as she is and with whom she can be herself. But he also sees deep inside to her insecurities so she can't hide from him and that's pretty darn scary for Brigid.
Grady has a lot of baggage but is remarkably well-adjusted (if I do say so myself). His older brother is Matthew, the groom and they were very close when they were young. When their parents divorced, the boys were split, with Matthew going to live with his mom and Grady didn't see his mom (or Matthew) for a very long time. His mother was more interested in appearances and status than her family and people, and Grady was scarred by that. Now, he's in love with someone who seems to have the same focus - Brigid focused on her job, climbing the company ladder - but he sees to her fears deep inside and still wants to help her, to rescue her. But is he enough and can he hang on long enough for her to realize that he is exactly what he needs?
I hope you check out Something Borrowed!
Three Bridesmaids. Three lost loves. One matchmaking bride. With just a week before the wedding, can a bride-to-be reunite her bridesmaids with the ones who got away? Brigid is focused on her career and Grady is not the man she pictured for her future. But Grady wants more and she must decide if she should stick to the safety of the plan or find the courage to pursue what she really wants
Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there! Mothers have such a strong influence on our lives and I'm grateful to my mom for her support in my life.
One of my earliest memories is of my mom reading Charlotte's Web to me in the mornings before we started our day. We cuddle in bed and she'd read a chapter to me about Wilbur and Charlotte and the other barnyard critters. I honestly don't remember much of the story but that one event is etched in my memory from all those years ago.
Through the years, she supported my reading (even when she'd tell me to get my nose out of a book and pay attention to the world around me). When I wanted to write a book, she never doubted me or said I shouldn't do it (even when it took me a long time and I wrote in a genre she didn't read). She's supported me, talked about my books with her friends, and even come to signings and talks.
Mothers have our backs and I'm grateful to mine for giving me a love of reading and writing.
So, Happy Mother's Day to the mothers out there and give your moms and yourselves a hug!
It's here! The cover for the second book in the Lone Star Match series - Brigid and Grady's book!
Three Bridesmaids. Three lost loves. One matchmaking bride. With just a week before the wedding, can a bride-to-be reunite her bridesmaids with the ones who got away?
Brigid Anderson is a second year lawyer on a fast track to making partner. With the weight of her siblings' success on her shoulders, Brigid feels like she needs to prove something–to herself and to her parents. Her life is running smoothly and all according to plan...until she meets Grady.
Grady Coughlin understands focus and ambition, having taken over his father's contracting business and building it into a successful historic preservation business on his own. After a blind date with Brigid that ends in explosive passion, they embark on a friends with benefits relationship. But as Grady establishes himself in the business world, he decides he wants more and wants it with Brigid.
On the eve of her best friend's wedding, with her promotion to partner dangling within reach, Brigid believes Grady isn't the best partner to suit her career ambition. But Grady and her heart don't agree and she must decide if she should stick to the safety of the plan or find the courage to pursue what she really wants.
I love baseball. The crack of the bat. The sound of the ball hitting the leather of the glove. The roar of the crowd. But what I really love is the game behind the game of baseball.
Yes, I am a total geek about baseball business and strategy. I love reading about the business side of the sport – the moneyball game, the trades, the injuries, how players rehab. I also love when the color analysts talk about how the defense might play a certain situation and how the offense might try to counter that. I love analysis; it’s part of my job in everything I do. So when I started working on my Knights of Passion romance series about a baseball team, I knew I was going to love the research.
Here are five things I geek out about with baseball:
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I'm so excited! The first book in my new series, Lone Star Match, is almost here! Thank God because honestly, my writing friends are sick to death of hearing about this.
A few years ago, I had this quirky idea (translation: bat crap crazy) about a bride who decided that she wanted to play matchmaker for her bridesmaids. Anyone who has ever been a bridesmaids know that there are often subtle attempts at matchmaking at weddings because, for some reason, with love in the air, everyone seems to think the single people must be in want of a partner! So, everyone is looking to play matchmaker. A wedding is an awfully short time to fall in love, so I came up with a destination wedding and a college reunion to set the stage for this series.
The bride, Caroline, and her three friends were old college roommates who spent the summers on the island. Five years ago, after graduation, they all parted, in not so great ways and the group kind of blew up. Caroline, the peacemaker and matchmaker of the group, decided it was time to bring them all together with the ones they should have been with because, well, she's a bride in love and wants everyone to be in love, right?
Delaney Winters was engaged to the man she was supposed to marry, Ethan Van Owen, until her father was arrested for a Ponzi scheme and it was revealed that he had bilked their friends out of millions of dollars, including people who used Ethan's family's investment firm. When her father died, the former friends and social elite turned on Delaney and her mother, needing a scapegoat for their wrath. Delaney, not wanting to drag Ethan down with her, broke the engagement and broke with her friends, going into hiding. Ethan couldn't understand her betrayal but, with the negative publicity for the firm, went on his own exile, at his father's request, taking over his grandfather's vineyard and renaming it Hermitage Vines, turning it into a successful vineyard.
Five years later, they're being reunited and Ethan will finally demand to know what happened all those years ago. He only wants to protect his heart from being broken a second time. Delaney still loves Ethan but can't risk it again. Will Ethan be able to walk away or will he try for a second chance at love? And will Delaney find the courage to embrace her second chance or will she run away and continue to hide?
Something Old comes out this week - March 30. I hope you love it as much as I do! Here's a small excerpt to tide you over!
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"Running away again, Delaney? Isn't that what got you into trouble in the first place?"
Ethan's voice pulled her back to the moment, from her wishes and dreams of what could have been. She turned slowly. He stood a few yards away, hands buried in his cargo pants pockets, white shirt unbuttoned, hair ruffling in the sea breeze, a solemn look on his face.
"Not running away. Taking a break. There's a difference." She crossed her arms, hugging herself against the slight chill in the air.
He nodded slowly but didn't budge from his spot. "What are you thinking about?"
"You really want to know? Fine. No one wants me here, except maybe Caroline, and I'm sure she's regretting that now. I should have gone with my gut."
"And kept hiding?" His quiet voice was neutral, no inflection or judgment.
"It was safer," she admitted in a small voice.
"Maybe. But you've taken the first step. Takes a lot of courage."
She arched an eyebrow at him. "I thought you were still pissed at me. Why are you being so nice?"
He grinned and walked toward the water. He bent down and picked up a rock, tossing it into the water. "I'm still pissed. But we have too much of a past for me to completely ignore you when you're in pain."
His words snapped her out of her funk, and she stared at his back for a long moment. Then she stepped up and looked out over the Gulf. She wanted to reach for his hand, reach for him, but fear and self-preservation overrode her desire. "Why did you follow me?"
"I'll always follow you." His words were solid and true, a statement of fact.
She was shaking her head before he even finished. "That's not wise, Ethan. We can't be anything more than what we are now."
"What are we now?" he asked, genuine puzzlement in his tone.
"I don't know." She looked down and dug her toes in the sand.
"Come back to the house, Delaney."
This time, she heeded his words and her heart. Maybe she had blown her chance with Ethan, when life and circumstances intervened. But she could have this one week, their lives isolated like this island, before reality invaded.
She took his hand then bent to pick up her sandals.
"Ready?" He cocked his eyebrow at her.
She nodded. He tucked her hand against his chest, and they walked back to the house.