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Release Day! To Be or Not To Be-The Actors

I am so excited to announce February 5th

is release day for:

To Be or Not To Be -The Actors

Book 2 in The New York Artists Series!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!sunset-hands-love-woman.jpg

So how about and excerpt…?! 





He reached out and placed his hand on her cheek, stroking it gently. His gaze danced across hers.

“I, uh…” Her tummy rumbled with excitement.

“Thank you, Jenna. For all of it.” He pulled back, letting his hand drop to his side. He walked to the clothing rack in the back of the room, dropped the sauerkraut, and dug a small pink box from his leather bag. “Here. I wanted it to be so much more but this just felt right.”

Jenna took the box with trembling hands. She gave it a slight shake, listening to it rattle. “What is it?”

“Open it.”

Jenna’s heart raced as she tugged at the ribbon and lifted the top off the box. Inside were a hundred pink candy turtles—all stamped with the word “Dream.”

She looked up at him, her eyes aching from tears. “How did you?”

“I know you’d want your father here tonight. And I know he’d want you to dream big, because that’s what I want for you.”

“Trevor, I…” Jenna threw her arms around his neck and held him, tightly, her gown bunching between them. When she broke away, she was inches from him.

“Perchance to dream, Jenna.”

She smiled, biting the corner of her lip, exactly where his fingers had been only moments before. He reached up to touch her hair.

“Careful of the wig,” she joked.

“And with that sugar addiction of yours, I figured Valentine’s Day candy was a given.”

“Oh, you know me so well, Mr. Hughes.” Jenna fanned herself coquettishly.

He smiled. Trevor tossed the container aside and scooped Jenna into his arms. He held her tight.

“It feels like the nunnery scene.” Jenna’s voice was soft and breathy.

“Yes, but does this happen in the nunnery scene?” Trevor pulled her closer to him, and his lips nearly brushed against hers.

“Maybe it should?”

“Are you telling me…?” Trevor studied her, his gaze locked on hers. “You want me to—?”

The stage manager stuck his head through the door. “Hamlet? Ophelia? Places, please.”

Her body ached as he released her.

“Damn it.” Trevor shook his head, jumping up and down in place. He stopped and smiled at Jenna, taking her hand and kissing it, before letting go. “Here we go.”

“Break a leg, Trevor.” She smiled at him, adrenaline rushing through her.

“You too, Jenna.”

She made her way to the door and turned back. “Trevor? Here’s to not sucking and having to do dinner theatre in the middle of nowhere.”

Chuckling, Trevor tossed his head back and Jenna scooted out the door.


To Be or Not To Be-The Actors, is available now at your favorite romance site!


B & N

Wild Rose Press




And wherever your favorite romance novels are sold!




So how about a giveaway…?!

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To win this beautiful brown, braided bracelet, just stop by my Facebook page and comment under the “Giveaway Post.”

Tell us what you love about NYC, or if you’ve never been, what you’d love to see/do there! Winner will be chosen randomly.

Contest ends Friday night, February 9th!

Click Here to Enter Giveaway!


Good luck!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for celebrating the release day of To Be or Not To Be-The Actors with me!



To Be or Not To Be – The Actors

 To Be or Not To Be-The Actors

Book 2 in The New York Artists Series

Now Available for Pre-Sale!



I had such a nice surprise today when I learned To Be or Not To Be-The Actors, Book 2 in The New York Artists Series became available (early!) for pre-sale!

So, what’s going on in this one? Meet serious young actor, Jenna Joyce, and gorgeous bad boy soap opera star, Trevor Hughes…

Jenna Joyce has the opportunity of a lifetime: to play Ophelia in an off-Broadway production of Hamlet starring the hot daytime drama bad boy, Trevor Hughes. She desperately needs this job to save her family and herself. The problem is Jenna can’t stand Trevor.

Trevor Hughes is tired of his villainous Caspian Locke character and flashy soap opera life. He’d love to give it all up and go back to his gritty acting roots, but he can’t, his sister and nephew rely on him to pay their exorbitant medical bills.

When Trevor and Jenna manage to build an offstage relationship,  the futures of their families as well as themselves are threatened and Jenna panics. But even if Trevor can overcome his challenges, can he free Jenna from hers? And will he ever be able to prove to her that, despite all obstacles, their love is meant to be?

Warning! It’s rated “Spicy!”



Want to meet veterinary surgeon, Dr. Summer Wynters and rock star Malcolm Angel in Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, Book 1 in the New York Artists Series…?



Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star




Where to find To Be or Not To Be-The Actors for pre-sale?

Pre-Sale – Amazon

Pre-Sale – Barnes & Noble

Pre-Sale – The Wild Rose Press


Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my happy surprise!

Happy Reading!

Sale & Sneak Peek!

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star is on sale for only a few more days!

How about a sneak peek at the song Malcolm wrote for Summer…? He wrote this while she traveled with him on tour…

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Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star is available for 99 cents NOW!







And don’t forget to enter the Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star giveaway contest!

This beautiful bracelet is up for grabs!

Gift cards to Amazon and Starbucks, too!


Good luck!

Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by!

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, On Sale!

Summer of Irreverence blitz banner

For the first time,

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star

eBook is available for

99 cents!

I am so excited to share this one with you!!!

Excerpt: (18+ Only, please!)

SummerofIrreverenceTheRockStar_w10818_750.jpgSummer’s eyes darted up toward his. Perspiration dotted her forehead, and she felt her nipples harden. He tugged on her lip gently then let go, allowing his eyes to deliberately drop down to her shirt. He exhaled a deep guttural groan, and Summer felt an intense jolt of pleasurable pain flash through her body she couldn’t—and didn’t want to—explain with any logical medical reasoning. Her body moved toward his, and Malcolm lurched out, wrapping his arms around her waist, pulling her toward him with such force, she grunted. She pressed against him, and he held her tightly, his black eyes warming.

“I don’t even know your last name…” he whispered.

Summer exhaled, frustrated, feeling the moistness in her jeans, knowing there was no way to maintain their intensity once she spoke.


He held her at arms’ length. “Okay? Your last name is ‘Okay’?”

She rolled her eyes. “No, it’s okay you don’t know.”

His eyes clouded over, and he let his hands slide down her arms until they were no longer touching. A searing pain socked Summer in her gut. She’d have to tell him, or risk hurting him. She stood up straight, and shimmied around a bit, trying to alleviate the contact from the seam of her jeans. Why did he stop?

“Okay, okay…I’ll tell you. But please try to keep your reaction under control.”

Malcolm raised his eyebrows. “I’ll make no such promise.”

Summer blushed. “You know what I mean…” Her voice was a mere whisper.

“Okay, fine. I will do my best. But why are you anticipating a reaction? What could your name possibly be?” Malcolm twisted his mouth as he spoke. He squinted as he offered possible options. “Summer Smith? Summer Saunders…Summer Day?” His eyes sparkled. “That’s it, isn’t it? Summer Day?”


“Excuse me?” The look of entertainment came back to Malcolm’s face.

Summer rolled her eyes again and crossed her arms. “You heard me.”

She turned to walk away, but Malcolm grabbed her hand and held her fast.

“Oh, no. No way. You can’t drop that and then just walk off. Did you just say, ‘Winters’?”


“As in, Summer Winters…?”

“Yes. But it’s not spelled like you’re thinking. It’s W-Y-N-T-E-R-S.”

“I don’t think that’s any better.” Malcolm laughed.

Summer smiled and pouted, playfully storming away. She made her way around the construction zone and back to the table with Malcolm at her heels. “That is the reason I didn’t want to tell you.” Her voice was high, enjoying the banter.

“How did you go through life with that name…?” Malcolm’s eyes flashed with happiness. “I mean, if I wrote it, people would crucify me. What were your parents thinking?”

Summer froze.

“I mean, do they love you at all?” Malcolm chuckled.

Summer’s feet refused to move, and her arms lay limp at her side.

“Summer?” Malcolm’s smile faded. “Sum?”

The sound of her nickname spoken by Malcolm did her in. She desperately fought the mounting tears.

Malcolm stared at her. “It’s not your name you’re upset about, is it?”

Summer clenched her jaw and shook her head.

“I’m sorry.” His voice was low and modulated.

She nodded, looking at Malcolm, and wanting, for the first time ever, to have someone make it all okay. To have him make it all okay.

Malcolm grew quiet. They stood there for whole minutes.“I’m sorry if I touched on a sore subject. Really.”

Summer stared at him—this man who had everything except the answer she needed. How could he be so closed off? How could he care so little about the pain of another living creature?

He stepped forward then, as if reading her mind, took her hand gently, and leaned over, speaking quietly into her ear. “It’s not that I don’t care.”

Those few words found a place deep in Summer’s soul.

Malcolm stood tall, and Summer’s eyes followed him. He reached out and stroked her cheek. “But I’ve got nothing more to give than today.”


B & N







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to enter the Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, Book Blitz Giveaway!

Up for grabs, a BEAUTIFUL, blue leather “Summer” bracelet!  Also! An Amazon Gift Card, and a Starbucks Gift Card!




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Happy Reading!

Vintage NYC…

Nitty Gritty Romance

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, I’m writing about something to love…

Vintage NYC…

I heart NY

The new series I’m writing, The New York Artists Series, makes me a bit nostalgic toward the NYC I used to know. The NYC many of us knew.


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A time when NYC itself was as much of a work of art as was the work of the thousands of artists living there.




It was a time when the city was gritty, and walking down the street it felt as if every crack in a sidewalk was made by a new, creative idea bursting through…dying to be set free.

It was a place filled with unscheduled subway musicians, Shakespeare popping up in parks and parking lots, and streets that were littered with impromptu street art. A time when we shopped at Trash and Vaudeville wearing Doc Martens, or rifled through cheap vintage stores while wearing the latest Viva Glam lipstick from M.A.C. RuPaul was modeling…and we thought there was nothing better. Ever. Anywhere. And we may have been right.

Yellow taxi sign at night

Yellow taxi sign at night

Although I love NYC of modern day, and the New York Artists Series is set in present day, all my leading men are artists, and because of it, I can’t help but immerse myself in the feeling of the gritty New York that once was. And truthfully, it’s not so much the time, as it is the soul of Vintage New York.


I hope you’ll come meet mega rock star, Malcolm Angel, in the first book of

The New York Artists Series:

Summer of Irreverence–The Rock Star

Click Here to Pre-Order Summer of Irreverence–The Rock Star !



Click Here to Pre-Order Summer of Irreverence–The Rock Star!

What about you? Do you have a favorite decade? Year? Time? Season? when you “Heart NY” the most?

Let me know! I’d love to hear from you!


Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Reading!




Summer of Irreverence–The Rock Star, Book Trailer

Nitty Gritty Romance

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, I’m talking about something I’m in love with–the book trailer for Summer of Irreverence–The Rock Star!


And, I’d love to share it with you!



I hope you enjoyed the trailer!

So…Want to meet Malcolm Angel? Now’s your chance!


Summer of Irreverence–The Rock Star

is NOW available for pre-order!

Click Here to Order at Amazon!

Click Here to Order at Barnes and Noble!



Thanks so much to Videos by O for the fabulous trailer!

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The Perfect Tank Top

Nitty Gritty Romance

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, I’m talking about something to LOVE –the perfect, inexpensive, tank top.

Any woman who loves Gritty Romance as much as I do, needs a whole host of tank tops in her tank-top

Whether you’re walking the busy streets of SoHo in your favorite worn jeans and tank top, or dressing for a night out (add accessories and layer), or, if you’re like me and you live in a yoga studio—these are the tank tops for you!

They move with your body, don’t ride up, and take abuse…as in hot yoga and continual washes. The tank tops are long, so you can layer crop tops over them (I often layer two different colors of tank tops), and they can hide your too-low jeans. They’re cotton and spandex—and I have paid way more for tank tops not nearly as good.


Yellow taxi sign at night

Yellow taxi sign at night

Even if you don’t live in NYC, trust me, you need these in your wardrobe.

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And think about it…how sexy is the love scene where the hero sees the heroine’s shape under her tank top? Makes you think of hot summer nights, snuggling together in busy coffee shops, and sitting shoulder to shoulder in the back seat of a cab…





So, where do you find these ultimate, all purpose, gotta have these for summer, tank tops?

Target! target

I have been buying them at Target for years.  They’re cheap and really, really good. I’m wearing one right now, as I’m blogging.

They come in lots of different colors and prints—but you’ve got to own a few in black.

 And guess what? Right now, they’re on sale, 3 for $24. Normally, $9. So, for less than ten bucks, you can add something to your wardrobe that you’ll use all summer long… I’m adding the link—but trust me, these look way better in person—and on—then they do online.

Click Here for Target Mossimo Tank Tops!


And if you love NYC and Gritty Romance as much as I do… why not head over to Amazon and check out my new book, best-selling, Summer of Irreverence–The Rock Star…?! Available for pre-sale now!

Click Here to Pre-Order Summer of Irreverence–The Rock Star!



Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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