Monday, March 31, 2014

Widow, Virgin, Whore is a Bestseller!

Hi all,

I'm excited to share the news that my women's fiction novel, WIDOW, VIRGIN, WHORE, made it to bestseller status this past week on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The last week of March, WVW made it up to the top 100 in both stores. I was so excited to see it receive such wonderful recognition.

On 3-30-14, WVW made it up to #73 in the paid Kindle Store on Amazon. WVW also made it into the top 100 in the Nook Store on B&N that same day and on 3-31-14 it made it all the way up to #28 in the Nook Store. It was so much fun to watch it rise up in each store.

#73 in the Kindle Store

#28 in the Nook Store

On 3-31-14, I also was thrilled to see myself making it onto the Author Rank chart in both Literature & Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. I made it to #86 in Literature & Fiction and #45 in Contemporary Fiction. Very exciting.

I want to thank everyone who purchased a copy of WVW and made this all possible. I can now officially call myself a "Bestselling Author", and that makes be very happy.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: Impossible Beyond This Point by Virgil, Marcella & Joel Horn

Hi all,

When I first began publishing my novels, I became acquainted with a lovely lady named Crystal Marie who is a writer, blogger, and a talented quilt maker. She had told me she was working on editing/proofreading a family book about their journey into the wilderness to achieve a self-sustainable life. I found this interesting. It isn't easy for people today to grasp the idea of giving up all modern conveniences to dedicate their lives to becoming self-sufficient. So, when Crystal offered to send me a copy of the book after it was published, I was thrilled. Here is more about this true life story and my five star review.

Impossible Beyond This Point
Virgil Horn, Marcella Horn, Joel Horn, Authors

Book Description:

The true story of one family's struggle and triumph creating a self-sufficient life in the wilderness. Join the Horn family on the adventure of a lifetime. Learn how a couple from the city moved to the wilderness with three small boys and carved out a life in the middle of nowhere that has endured for nearly 50 years.

With nearly 400 pages and over 100 photos, Impossible Beyond This Point is a compelling must-read for anyone interested in (or contemplating) getting away from it all.

My 5 Star Review:

Imagine you are getting close to forty years old, you have a family to support, an established life and a home, and then deciding to pack it all up and move to the wilderness. That is exactly what Virgil and Marcella and their three young sons did in the late 1960s. After deciding to purchase land in the Trinity Alps in northern California which also included a gold mine, they packed up their family and left their southern California home to start a new life. And although it wasn't easy by any means, and they had many setbacks, together as a family they persevered.

Told in a way that makes you feel you are following along on their journey, Impossible Beyond This Point chronicles the highs and lows that the Horn family experienced as they carved out their lives in their new home in the wilderness. From their first years in the tiny cabin to the building of their permanent home, you read almost every detail of their experience. I enjoyed the stories of the people they met, the animals they encountered, and the triumphs they experienced. It is truly an inspiring story, one you will ponder over long after you've finished reading it. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a true life adventure.


Buy Impossible Beyond This Point:


About Joel Horn:

Barely five years old when his family moved from southern California to the wilderness, Joel Horn and his two brothers grew up in the rugged Trinity Alps, learning how to do the numerous and varied tasks necessary for survival while carving out a life in the remote paradise they dubbed the Flat. Living this self-reliant life and tutored by the best of teachers, their dad and hands-on experience, they achieved a level of self-sufficiency rarely seen in modern times.

Joel is a veteran with three deployments during his 20 years as a UH-1 and UH-60 crew chief in the California National Guard. Like his father, Joel is also an artist and jeweler and works from home in the family businesses, Horn's Jewelry and Rock Climbing Jewelry. Joel continues to live on the Flat today, with his wife of nearly two decades and his mother and brothers close by.

In his first book, Impossible Beyond This Point , Joel combines his parents' writings with his own recollections to create a fascinating and entertaining account of the family's struggle and triumph creating a self-sufficient life in the wilderness.

Learn more about Joel at:

I hope you will check out this wonderful book and give it a try. You are sure to enjoy it like I did.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Summer of the Loon eBook Giveaway!

Hi all,

Just for the fun of it I'm giving away FIVE ebook copies of my latest novel, SUMMER OF THE LOON to FIVE lucky winners. The FIRST FIVE PEOPLE who leave a comment on this post with their email address and their preferred ebook style (Kindle or B&N) will WIN! I will gift you your copy directly from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, so make sure you have an account at one of these locations so you can receive it. U.S. SITE USERS ONLY, PLEASE.

Good luck!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Book Review: Married to Maggie by Jan Romes

Hi all,

I recently read Jan Romes' latest novel, MARRIED TO MAGGIE, and I can't say enough nice things about it. I have read almost all of Jan's novels and have enjoyed each one very much. MARRIED TO MAGGIE is no exception. In fact, I think it is Jan's absolute best one so far! And the best part is it is the first in the Texas Boys Falling Fast series by Jan. If you love a good romance novel, you'll love novels by Jan Romes!

Here is more about the novel and my five star review.

Married to Maggie
Cover design by Tugboat Design
Texas Boys Falling Fast Book 1
Jan Romes

Book Description:

Texas playboy, Ty Vincent, heir to the Vincent Oil fortune needs a short-term wife to convince his grandfather and the Board of Directors that he's changing his ways so they'll name him CEO. Ditching an environmental conference in Atlanta to play in Reno, Ty suffers razor-sharp chest pains at the airport. The pains were becoming a common occurrence that started showing up after he lost his father in a fiery crash a year earlier. The woman who comes to his aid not only helps him with what she can only assume is a heart attack but she also fibs to keep airport security and paparazzi from descending on him. She's brilliant, unemployed and not his type which makes her the perfect choice for a temporary spouse. If he can ignore her extraordinary blue eyes then everything will go according to plan.

Cardiac rehab nurse, Maggie Gray finds herself the victim of hospital downsizing. When T. Loy Vincent, I, a former patient, offers her a million dollars to get his grandson under control, Maggie is pressured by her father to enter into the wife-for-hire scheme. All she has to do is convince Ty Vincent to marry her. When she tracks Ty down at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to put things in motion, she finds him in the middle of chest issues. The nurse in her takes over and before she knows it she's eyebrow deep in yet another deal. The second she says yes to both agreements, her life is turned upside down. To top it off, she can't seem to curb an annoying attraction for Dallas's most famous womanizer.

Six months. No Sex. No telling each other what to do. It should be a win-win for them both. Will the mayhem of wealth, media attention, meddlesome friends and chemistry so hot it could melt plastic ruin their lives? Or will it be the catalyst for happily-ever-after?


Buy Married to Maggie at these sites:

B&N Nook


My 5 Star Review:

It is easy to enjoy novels by Jan Romes, and MARRIED TO MAGGIE proves it. She doesn't write basic boy meets girl novels – she writes fun and interesting stories that make you laugh and warm your heart all at once.

In MARRIED TO MAGGIE, we meet the rich, adorable, and somewhat cocky Ty Vincent who is in desperate need of finding a wife, fast. In order to prove he's capable of running the family oil business, he needs to prove he's stopped his playboy ways and is finally settling down. So, what's the best way to do that? Make a deal with a steadfast woman who will make him look good, that's how. When Ty meets Maggie Gray, he's met his match. She won't put up with his foolishness and tells him like it is. But she does agree to a contract to marry him to help him. Why? She needs the money after being laid off from her nursing job. It's just a contract – a deal – and nothing more. Or is it? Has Ty finally met his match?

MARRIED TO MAGGIE is full of twists and turns, making you wonder who is conning who and how it will end up. But no matter who loves who, it is assured you will fall in love with this novel and Jan Romes' creativity!

See more about Jan Romes on:

I hope you will grab a copy of Married to Maggie and anything else Jan writes. You won't be disappointed.




Summer of the Loon Paperback Giveaway!

3/16/14 - Thank you all for entering the giveaway. The giveaway is now over. Below are the two winners on the Raffelcopter Display. Congrats!

Hi all,

Look what came today! Paperback copies of SUMMER OF THE LOON. I'm so excited, I just have to share - so let's have a giveaway!

I'm giving away two paperback copies of SUMMER OF THE LOON. (U.S. Residents Only ~ Sorry.)

The giveaway starts today 3/8/14 and ends on 3/15/14. There are two ways to enter. You can either choose to LIKE my Facebook page with the Raffelcopter below or, if you don't have a Facebook account, leave a comment below with your email in it so I can contact you. Or do both! Do you already follow my Facebook page? You can fill out the Raffelcopter anyway.

You can read more about Summer of the Loon here.

Ebook copies of Summer of the Loon are available on Amazon and B&N ~ $1.99 sale through 3/9/14.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Summer of the Loon ~ Official Release!

Hi all,
Cover by Tugboat Design

I'm so excited to announce the official release of my latest novel SUMMER OF THE LOON. SUMMER OF THE LOON is a heartwarming story of family and first love all with the beautiful backdrop of a northern Minnesota summer. In celebration of its release, SUMMER OF THE LOON in both Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook will be on sale for only $1.99 for a limited time.

Summer of the Loon is also available in paperback!

Amazon Kindle

B&N Nook

Paperback on Amazon: $11.99

In SUMMER OF THE LOON, sixteen-year-old Alison (Ali) Jenson leaves her life in California after the unexpected death of her mother to live with her estranged grandfather, Ben, in northern Minnesota. She is anxious and doesn't know what to expect.

The plane landed smoothly on the tarmac, and Ali reached down under the seat in front of her to retrieve her laptop backpack. Looking out the window once more, she was surprised to see how small the airport was. She wondered if he was in the terminal, waiting for her. She wondered what he looked like, and how she'd recognize him. And she wondered if he was as nervous as she was.
Ben Jenson isn't excited about the prospect of his teenage granddaughter who he has never met coming to live with him. After the loss of his daughter and his beloved wife, Lizzie, he's built up an emotional wall around himself to ward off the pain of losing any more people in his life. Having Ali come live with him was the last thing he'd ever planned on - or wanted.
Ben wasn't happy at the prospect of having a teenage girl he didn't even know moving in with him. The news of his daughter's untimely death had jolted him severely and brought back a range of emotions that he thought he'd buried deep down inside long ago. Pain, heartbreak, anger, resentment, and guilt had all filtered through the crevices of the locked door to his heart, feelings he thought he'd never have to deal with again. But then, the realization that he was his granddaughter's only living relative, and he was responsible for her, helped to push those feelings aside, at least all of them except for resentment. Why should he be responsible for this girl he didn't know, he'd grumbled to himself several times over the past few weeks since he'd found out about Jennifer's death. The last thing he needed was some spoiled city girl from California to come and muck up his life, the life he'd so carefully put back together since the death of his wife, Lizzie.
Because Lizzie would want me to, was the answer he'd hear in his head every time he grumbled.
For better or for worse, Ali and Ben are stuck with each other. Ali tries to make the best of it despite how different her life is now. The bright spot in Ali's life is meeting Jo and her son, Chase, who own the resort.
SUMMER OF THE LOON will touch your heart as Ben and Ali try to find a connection with each other. It's a story of family, love, hope and redemption.
As one reviewer on Amazon put it:
"As Ben & Ali go on a journey, that is not always easy, they discover things about themselves. They both have so much pain from their pasts that they need to learn to work though in order to move forward. The relationship between the grouchy old man and young teenager will tug at the reader’s heartstrings. I found myself very invested in the characters and the story. Summer of the Loon will for sure be in my mind for a very long time."

You can read more reviews on Goodreads and on Amazon.

I hope you will try SUMMER OF THE LOON. I loved writing Ali's story and I hope you enjoy it too.