Monday, August 20, 2012

Like a Back to School Sale?

Hello! Just dropping in sort of quick to say that Turquoise Morning Press is having a BACK TO SCHOOL sale right now -- all ebooks in the online store are 30% off if you use this COUPON CODE - BTS30.

This is a great time to get hold of a Maddie James book at huge savings! Here's the direct link to my books there just in case you are interested. :)  -  Maddie's Books at TMP

Of course, that coupon code is good for any book in the store, so have fun shopping!

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Last week I started something new called FIRST AND LAST MONDAY. You can check out last week's post to learn more.

The two sentences that follow came from a book I've recently read and I asked people to either guess the book, comment on the page, or tell me what a sentence or two in-between might be. Man, you guys came up with some funny sentences!

So, once again, here is last week's FIRST AND LAST:

Catherine stepped from the dock onto the creaky planks. She gave Dawson a reason to love again and they both found safe harbor in the circle of each other’s arms and in the deep and eternal ocean of their love.

Anyone guess CASTAWAY HEARTS by Taryn Raye? If so, you would be right! And the person who wins the copy of CONVINCING NORA this week is....drum roll.... Jennifer Johnson! She was the magic #5 poster and besides that, had a really cool sentence. Congrats, Jennifer! Nora will be heading your way. :)

Now let's move onto this week's FIRST AND LAST. I will not give any hints--just the sentences as they are. Here goes.

FIRST AND LAST Monday -- What book is this?

Miller snapped off the ignition and sagged against the seat.  “You’ll manage. You’re one tough engineer lady. That’s one of the things I love about you.”

Ooohhh. This one might not be so easy? Any thoughts as to the book? Author? What sentences would you write in between the two? I leave it in your capable hands. Let the commenting begin for a chance to win FRESHLY DEAD!

Monday, August 13, 2012

First and Last Monday - What book is this?

My nose is in a lot of books. A LOT OF BOOKS. Sometimes I get to read for pleasure, other times for research, and quite often for editing, proofing or formatting.

So, I see a lot of text and one thing that I have discovered is that the first and last sentences of a story are important -- I guess we all know that to some extent, right? But what I didn't realize is how often those first and last sentences actually go together in a beautiful and synchronistic kind of way. (okay, I think I made that word up, either that or it's misspelled...)

That's why I'm starting a new feature here on my blog every Monday. It's called "First and Last Monday." (original, eh?)

I'll post the first and last sentence of a book I've recently read. I'll ask you what you think happens in between and if you know the book. On the next Monday I'll reveal what the book is. Cool, huh? Oh, and one person who comments will win a free ebook. Even juicier, right? Okay, so here goes.

FIRST AND LAST MONDAY - What book is this? 

Catherine stepped from the dock onto the creaky planks. She gave Dawson a reason to love again and they both found safe harbor in the circle of each other’s arms and in the deep and eternal ocean of their love. 

1. What do you think happens between the first and last sentence of this book?

2. Do you know the title and the author?

Respond in the comments section of this post for a chance to win a free ebook copy of CONVINCING NORA!

p.s. If you are the author, you can't guess! LOL

Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's here! CONVINCING NORA is now released!


I'm so excited to share that my latest romance novel, CONVINCING NORA, has now been released!

I love this little small town romance between Dr. Caleb Wyatt, and school secretary Nora Jamieson. Caleb thinks he's found the perfect place to start his life over and open up is rural veterinary practice -- far away from the trouble that plagued him in Montana. But when Nora fumbles her Plain Jane self into his life, he realizes that settling down is not going to be as easy as he thought.

You can find CONVINCING NORA at All Romance Ebooks, AmazonBarnes & NobleSmashwords, and at the Turquoise Morning Press bookstore

More about the book

Dr. Caleb Wyatt thinks the peaceful little town of Greenfield is the perfect place to start his veterinary practice…until the morning he opens the doors of his animal clinic. Mrs. Pierson’s poodle has been looking for love in all the wrong places—not to mention a colicky calf, a yellow-tinged iguana, and a Lorikeet-eating cat are wreaking havoc with his business. In short…chaos!

Until he temporarily hires the lovely and quite organized, Nora Jamieson.

Nora wasn’t out to find a job. She was only seeking help for a hairball and flea-infested, newly rescued cat she’d given a furever home. She wasn’t looking for a man either, just a companion, and Dicey the cat fit the bill. She reluctantly agrees to work for Caleb, but as the days roll on, working becomes a whole lot more than a summer distraction. In fact, she fears falling for Caleb, something this plain Jane girl thought she would never experience.

It’s time to retreat. And fast.

Caleb senses Nora’s confusion and soon finds that convincing her to work for him was the easy part. Convincing Nora that he’s her forever man is quite another.

An excerpt 

A woman knows when a man is staring at her. It’s a sixth sense sort of thing. And Nora Jamieson knew that the man behind her in the grocery checkout line was staring a hole through her.


With nary a sideways glance, she carefully placed her selected items on the counter: a half-gallon of milk, a soft drink, a square pack of American cheese slices, three cans of cat food, a box of tampons. A disconnected collection, to be sure, and she still had no clue what was for dinner. She nudged the tampons behind the milk, semi-hiding the box. Only then did her gaze drift to the left toward his groceries.


A large hand placed a divider in front of his order. Whipping cream, butter, linguini, Parmesan cheese, fresh mushrooms, a small chicken, and a few items more her brain didn’t register, were set one after another onto the moving counter. Much more exciting than her choices. His hands worked back and forth (large, callused hands with long fingers); the items piled up. Her gaze traveled to his arms to his chest, throat, face….

Eye contact.

She jerked back to stare at her own purchases.