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  It's COVER REVEAL time! I'm so thrilled to partner with these incredible historical romance authors to present the anthology, HORSES, HOUNDS & HAPPILY EVER AFTER. All proceeds go to the animal rescue charity: All Seated in a Barn Coming May 3, 2022. You can preorder it now, for just $0.99 cents! That's only $0.03 cents a story. Amazon Everywhere else

Whitney Awards Nominee

 I am delighted to share that THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN EYES is a Whitney Awards nominee. To learn more and nominate more of your favorite books published this year, go to


Thank you so much for supporting me and my books! If you purchase an eBook, Paperback, or Hardback copy, I 'd love to send you a little gift in the mail. Unfortunately, Kindle Unlimited does not qualify. International readers welcome. Ends November 13, 2021. Enter your address and a screenshot of your receipt here. Easy purchase link. 

Discussion questions for THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN EYES

  The Girl with the Golden Eyes   Discussion Questions In what ways does the Comtesse de Champagne treat Hana like a pet or painting? Or do you think she treats her like a daughter? Some of the comtesse’s home remedies seem outlandish, but are there any home remedies that you use? Aaron asks Hana what she is scared of and she says poverty. What are you scared of? How does Hana’s fear of poverty help drive her decision making? Would you pick kisses or cake? Which flavor? Hana wants “to be loved, but not cherished. She’d been cherished before, and nothing was more soul-destroying than that.” Do you agree? Aaron prefers photographs to paintings. “Photography showed only truth in all its tainted and painful glory. It showed death without dignity, remorse without restraint.” Do you agree? Do you prefer photographs or paintings? Did any of the Victorian mourning practices or superstitions surprise you? How do we mourn similarly today?  Aaron says, “Please don’t trade your freedom for securit

The Girl with the Golden Eyes

Hana’s life is forever changed when the Comtesse de Champagne, a wealthy and eccentric Englishwoman, sees a painting of her. The comtesse purchases Hana from her father, and Hana’s existence transforms from one of poverty to one of privilege.   For years Hana enjoys the comforts of her new position, but she hates how controlling and neurotic the comtesse is. When the comtesse is accused of murdering Sir Reginald Shipley over a painting, Hana must do all in her power to prove the comtesse’s innocence or she’ll lose everything.   She reluctantly works with Aaron Shipley, Sir Reginald’s grandson, to track down the true murderer, only to discover shocking secrets that will shake everything Hana and Aaron thought they knew about themselves and their families. And falling in love could prove deadly. Available October 13th, 2021. Preorder now! Discussion Questions

It's no secret... I'm getting another book published!

 I'm delighted to announce that Covenant Communications has purchased my next book, SECRET OF THE SONNETS! As soon as I have a cover, I will share it.

The Collector

Do you collect anything?  I collect books and teacups. My newest teacup is inspired by STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor.  (From LitJoyCrate) #sharethelitjoy

What’s on the menu

I thought I’d share my home projects with books! This board and batten wall is in my dining room. My husband and I did it in February this year. I was glad for the help because the ceiling is 14+ feet high!  On the menu today is a delicious new book from Suzanne Park Comedienne and Author πŸ›πŸ²πŸœ SO WE MEET AGAIN  Book review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jess is fired from her Wallstreet banker job because they were restructuring and she was not leadership material; despite her work colleagues calling her an “Asian worker-bee” (#cringe). Embarrassed and jobless, Jess heads back to her parent’s home in Nashville. There she meets her middle school rival/nemesis Daniel and now he’s hot. Jess comes up with her own business plan to sell Korean sauces that can be used with meal kits. She even films cooking videos and her Korean parents help. But as her relationship with Daniel begins to simmer, her business has a setback. Jess overcomes sexism and racism to create her own happily-ever-after. I loved her relat

Alternate Endings!!!

 Did you know that I wrote four different endings for Mariah Carter and my beta readers picked the one in the book?  Join my monthly newsletter and you can discover which one is YOUR favorite. March, April, and May will all highlight a new alternate ending to THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER πŸŽ©πŸ’—πŸ“œ!!! Join here: 

We Are the Fire

  WE ARE THE FIRE by Sam Taylor  Book review: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ A riveting fantasy that had me spellbound.  When they were children, Oksana and Pran were stolen from their homes and countries and turned into demons. Fire-wielding Tuliikobrets for Emperor Juhan. Pran will do anything to get their freedom from the fort. Oksana is determined to help her friends, especially Pran get the medicine he needs for his bad leg (from all the transformations and experimenting). They both choose dangerous paths that might tear them apart before the emperor does. Both are trying to hold onto their humanity—but it may be too late.  Told in dual POV, both Oksana and Pran are well-rounded characters with plenty of flaws and morally gray decisions. Their world is unique. Fantasy and science are mixed together in this stand-alone book over a simmering flame: Ready to explode.

Lucky 13!

 It’s my anniversary! Lucky 13.  Thirteen things I love about my husband: 1. He’s my best friend. 2. He always puts my needs first. 3. He supports my writing.  4. He respects me. 5. He makes me laugh all the time. 6. He is a great dad. 7. He’s super patient. 8. He helps me with my house projects. 9. He is really tall. 10. He’s sooo handsome (it does matter, but shouldn’t be the top of the list). 11. He is a hard worker. 12. He makes me feel happy when I’m near him. 13. He likes LOTR and Star Wars. It does matter. 

Review: Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease

  E VERYTHING THAT BURNS  by Gita Trelease Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A sumptuous and thrilling conclusion to Camille’s story set during the French Revolution. Camille and her sister Sophie now have a home and money; but many other lost girls are less fortunate. Camille helps a flower girl escape the untrue accusations of a nobleman and meets a group of girls that are about to be evicted. She writes their stories to get them support. Meanwhile, both the king and the revolutionaries are calling for the deaths of magicians like her. Revolutionary Paris becomes even more dangerous and Camille has not told Lazare that she is performing magic again. Lazare continues to be a dynamic and layered love interest (who flies hot air balloons). The romance grows with their relationship. Camille finally accepts who she is and is willing to pay the ultimate price for her beliefs. Author Gita Trelease does a beautiful job of showing how revolutions can begin with hope and ideals, but then end in violence and destr

Drum Roll...the Winners!

  Thank you to everyone who participated in Austentines! We hope you had fun. The Grand Prize Winner is:  @reading_for_two The Second Prize Winners are:  @booknookcook04 and  @dezroute  

Your Austentines Title

  It’s time to get fancy! Tell us your Austentines title in the comments.  I’m Lady Mae Mint-Creamiely of Riverton πŸŽ©πŸ’—πŸŽ©πŸ’—πŸŽ© #Austentines #JaneAusten #Netflix #PrideAndPrejudice #Bookish #BookLover #AuthorsOfIG #BookNerd #Bookworm #Austentacious #BookParty #MrDarcy #MrDarcyForever #BookLove #AuthorLife #WritersCommunity #ReadAllTheBooks #ReadingClassics #ReadersOfInstagram #AmReading #BookDragon #IdRatherBeReading #ReadingIsMagic #ForTheLoveOfBooks #BookwormsUnite #Readaholic #BooksILove #YABookstagrammer

Austentines Pick-Up Lines

Don't try in vain to repress your ardent feelings. Express them with these hilarious Austen inspired pick-up lines. Use the empty template to create and share your own favorite pick-up line or tell us in the comments. Or if you have a fun story about a pick-up line, we want to hear! #Austentines #JaneAusten #YoungAdultBook #YAContemporary #YARomCom #YoungAdult #HistoricalYA #YAHistorical #Bookish #BookLover #AuthorsOfIG #BookNerd #Bookworm #Austentacious #BookParty #MrDarcy #MrDarcyForever #BookLove #AuthorLife #WritersCommunity #IdRatherBeReading #ReadingIsMagic #ForTheLoveOfBooks #BookwormsUnite #Readaholic #BooksILove #BooksConnectUs #BookstagramMadeMeDoIt  

Austentines Gift Guide

Don't give your Valentine a lock of your hair or a prepared Mr. Collins compliment! We've got you covered this Austentines with the perfect gifts: @jennieke_cohen recommends a Pomegranate Kiss Lotion Stick. @watchprernawrite enjoys a Jane Austen Coloring Book. @suzannepark digs a Magnetic Poetry Set. @laura_namey suggests a Jane Austen Mug. @jfkillsdarlings devours Moonstruck Cupid Collection Chocolates. @SamanthaHastingsAuthor loves Jane Austen Socks. @smith.tiana loves this candle that smells just like Mr. Darcy. Check out the full list at #Austentines #Valentines #GiftGuide #AuthorLife #AuthorRecommendations #Austentines #JaneAusten #BookLover #AuthorsOfIG #BookNerd #Bookworm #Austentacious #BookParty #MrDarcy #MrDarcyForever #BookLove #AuthorLife #WritersCommunity #ReadAllTheBooks #ReadingClassics #ReadersOfInstagram #AmReading #Readaholic #BooksILove #YABookstagrammer #BooksConnectUs #BookstagramMadeMeDoIt #CozyReading #BookishGlee

Get Sorted into your Jane Austen house!

Are you a Northanger Abbey, Pemberley, Mansfield Park, or Donwell Abbey? Read through the House descriptions and tell us in the comments! #Austentines #JaneAusten #YoungAdultBook #YAContemporary #YARomCom #YoungAdult #HistoricalYA #YAHistorical #Bookish #BookLover #AuthorsOfIG #BookNerd #Bookworm #Austentacious #BookParty #Emma #PrideAndPrejudice #MansfieldPark #NorthangerAbbey #MrDarcy #MrDarcyForever 

Multiple Winners Giveaway!

Ready for a #Giveaway on INSTAGRAM ?!  Well, we are AND we have multiple prizes and winners!   The Grand Prize winner will receive a copy of all 7 of our books AND this gorgeous pink silk Regency spencer designed and created by @jfkillsdarlings!!!!   Two second place prize winners will snag an EMMA keychain from @litjoycrate. To enter: ~Comment with your favorite Valentine’s Day treat ~Follow all seven of our Instagram accounts. You can click on our books in the photo or use these handy links: @suzannepark @laura_namey @jennieke_cohen @jfkillsdarlings @SamanthaHastingsAuthor @smith.tiana @watchprernawrite U.S. Only. Ends midnight PST, February 6th. * The Regency spencer is a 37 inch chest. Made of iridescent silk dupioni. Dress and chemisette not included. #Austentines #JaneAusten #YoungAdultBook #YAContemporary #YARomCom #YoungAdult #HistoricalYA #YAHistorical #Bookish #BookLover #AuthorsOfIG #BookNerd #Bookworm #Austentacious #BookParty #IdRatherBeReading #ReadingIsMagic #ForTheLoveO

One True Pairing!

That’s right, Austentines begins today on  Instagram   and we couldn’t be more excited! One great thing about Jane Austen novels and Valentine’s Day is that they’re a perfect pairing. Swipe to see our book recommendations if, like us, you’re craving something Austenesque in your life right now. Then share your OTP (one true pairing πŸ˜‰) in the comments and follow our accounts so that you don't miss a thing: @SamanthaHastingsAuthor @smith.tiana @watchprernawrite @suzannepark @laura_namey @jennieke_cohen @jfkillsdarlings #Austentines #JaneAusten #YoungAdultBook #YAContemporary #YARomCom #YoungAdult #HistoricalYA #YAHistorical #Bookish #BookLover #AuthorsOfIG #BookNerd #Bookworm #Austentacious #BookParty #MrDarcy #MrDarcyForever #BookLove #AuthorLife #WritersCommunity #ReadAllTheBooks #ReadingClassics #ReadersOfInstagram #AmReading #BookDragon #IdRatherBeReading #ReadingIsMagic #ForTheLoveOfBooks #BookwormsUnite #Readaholic

Austentines! A celebration of Romance

  February 1-7 th , 2021, celebrate all things Jane Austen and romance with 7 Young Adult Authors on Instagram! It will be better than a wet Mr. Darcy getting out of the lake. #Austentines #JaneAusten #Bookish #BookLover #AuthorsOfIG #BookNerd #Bookworm #Austentacious #BookParty #Emma #PrideAndPrejudice #MansfieldPark #NorthangerAbbey #LadySusan #SenseAndSensibility #MrDarcy #MrDarcyForever #BookLove