Friday, November 27, 2015


A total of TWELVE Books for 99Cents EACH!!

Save The Date

Emerson Barrett is  thrown for a loop when he’s suddenly standing face to face with little Lissy Luvalle again. 

Only now she’s not so little anymore… 


Sometimes love, no matter how true or complete, is simply...bittersweet.

Last Girl

Penn’s been going out of his way to piss off Trix since he was six. Twenty years later, and getting under her skin is still his favorite pastime. When the line between love and hate begins to blur at a steady rate, Penn has to choose to stay on one or the other...and choosing sides won't be easy when she's the last girl on earth he should ever fall for.

With Whom We Spend Our Lives

Love? Sure, I believe in it. I've even experienced it. Once. Harper Richards - the girl who got away. Or rather, the one I let go. 

A guy like me, doesn't dare to dream of getting a girl like Harper even once, he sure as sh*t doesn't let her go on a whim. Nor does he ever think he'll get a second chance with her. Even if he wants one. 

I want one. I NEED one. 

And now...through some twisted turn of fate...I just might get one. 


I can’t feel. I don’t have a heart. Period. And it's going to take more than following some magic yellow brick road to get me a new one. 

Even if that road does lead straight to Riker ~The only soul on earth who's as close to being dead as I am... and brings me as close to being alive as I'll ever be. 

I Think About You

A contemporary romance about first love. 
And second chances. 
About learning when to move on. 
And when to look back. 

Fallen Angel

Angel's determined not to screw up and hurt the people he loves most, but no one is prepared when he comes face to face with his undoing and...he falls. 

Secret Hudson

When Royce and Kieran’s paths cross in a twist of paparazzi fate, they both react true to form. Royce runs to hide the weakness he fears behind the success he now depends on, while Kieran never wavers on what he wants or who he wants to be with. And he’s going to do what he does best to convince Royce he’s right. 

It's Kinda My Thing

Once upon a time, Rumor Davis was a sweet girl. You know the kind, sugar and spice and everything nice? That was Rumor. Until the day she met Brody Holmes…. 

I Call Him Brady

Born the only son to one of Hollywood's most prominent power couples, Jack Cole's life is damn near perfect. With women lining up to be with him, movie parts most seasoned actors would die for and the freedom to live above the rules, Jack's life is going completely according to plan. 

Until Embers... 


Ex Navy SEAL, Derek Tice, is looking for a new worthy cause he can dedicate his life to. 

Joss Kelley and her son just might be it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

**Last Girl Giveaway**

Eight Years Ago


his is stupid.” It was already pitch black out to begin with, which isn’t my favorite when I’m standing out in the woods, but now it’s starting to rain, so I’m officially over it.
            “Chill out, Trix. We’re almost done anyway.” My brother, Bo, barely takes the time to scoff at me before he grabs his shovel again and pounds into the dirt even harder than the last time.
            “You know, we’d probably be done already if you weren’t too much of a priss to get your hands dirty.” My brother’s best friend, Penn, glares at me as sweat and rain begin to swirl together on his forehead and run down his face. He looks disgusting. Even in the dark I can tell. It’s easier, in fact, because I’m not distracted by the particularly spectacular shade of his amber eyes or the somewhat annoying amount of his muscles. Not that these things ever sway me in the daylight either. I’m not a fucking idiot.
            “Trust me, I’m getting plenty filthy just guarding this stupid thing from the rain while you two fling mud in every which direction.” I can feel their splatter catch on my pant legs every other stroke. It’s mostly coming from Penn and he knows it. “How hard is it to dig a freaking hole anyway? You’ve been at this for almost half an hour.” I pick up the flashlight lying on the ground near their hole and scan the area. I don’t like feeling like a sitting duck out here in the dark.
            “Would you keep that light down? What, you want someone to see us?” That jackass is always trying to pick a fight with me.
            “You act like we’re trying to bury a body out here, Penn. It’s just a fucking time capsule.” And I shine the bright light as far and high as I can. Just because.
            “You don’t know what I put in there after you added your girly shit.” He’s not even digging anymore. Just letting Bo do all the work. Typical.
            “Unless you murdered a little person and cut him into bits, I’m feeling pretty good about the fact that I haven’t been carting around a dead body in this box since we left your place.” Lightning strikes somewhere nearby and I nearly jump out of my own skin.
            Penn reaches out for my arm and yanks me over. “Get down between us.” And he motions for me to stay put beside the time capsule he’s dragged over beside his feet, just as lightning cracks for the second time.
            “Sacrificing yourself for me?”
            He shakes his head, tossing the shovel aside while my brother does the same. “Don’t be ridiculous. I’m saving the box, not you.”
            Then, the three of us lower it down into the hole and kick the dirt, which is now mud, back into place as fast as we can before we haul ass out through the trees and back to the side of the road where we left our cars.


          After all the shit Trix was giving us to hurry up earlier, I was really counting on a chance to return the favor now. But apparently running track isn’t just for pussies like I always thought because that girl is so far ahead of us right now, I can barely make out her long blonde ponytail as it whips back and forth with each step she takes. Of course, it’s not helping that it’s dark out and there’s a wall of water separating us at the moment, but as much as I’d like to, I can’t blame either on how far behind we are, or how much I’m struggling to keep up as it is.
            “Trix, you ride with Penn and I’ll meet you guys over at the Taco Shack,” Bo yells, pointing for his sister to head for my truck instead of his Mustang when we’re finally all caught up and standing on the side of the road together. Neither I nor Trix is impressed by this suggestion.
            “Why can’t I ride with you?” This is so like her. She’d rather continue to get soaked and argue than just drop it and get in my truck
            “Because I told Lori I would pick her up on the way there.” He doesn’t wait for any more comments from Trix regarding the car situation. Doesn’t have to. Lori is the one thing Trix and I actually agree on. Neither of us can stand her. More than we can’t stand each other.
            Still cursing her brother, she finally gets in and slams the door shut when she does. I want to tell her to be gentle with Leila, but I’m not in the mood for one of her ridiculing speeches, so I just start up the engine and get back on the road, sending a silent apology to my beauty in blue while I turn up the radio. It’s the one thing I have Trix won’t be able to nag me about.
            “Like this evening wasn’t enough of a disaster. Now we have to hang out with Whory-Lori too?” She’s so animated and angry, her hands smack together loudly several times. Frustrated, she kicks off her flip flops, both caked in mud, and starts to shimmy out of her jeans.
            I almost swerve when I realize what she’s doing. “What in the hell? Put your fucking pants back on, Trix.”
            “I bet that’s not something you say to girls often,” she responds snidely and completely ignores my request by taking it a step further and stripping out of her shirt as well.
            I wait until her face is no longer covered by cotton before I respond, “You’re not a girl. You’re my best friend’s twin sister. That makes you Bo with a vagina and without a personality, unless you count the perma-stick-up-your-ass attitude thing you have going on.”
            “Bite me.” She throws her wet clothes into the back. “Now stop watching me and pay attention to the road before we end up wrecking. I gotta climb in the backseat and I don’t want you staring at my ass when I do.”
            I clench my jaw trying to hold back the slew of insults I want to send her way right now. “Trust me, I don’t want that either.”
            Keeping my eyes on the road is fairly easy after that. Until her foot nearly lands in my face when she slips and goes crashing into the back far less gracefully than she intended to, but about as classy-like as I’d have expected from her. Aside from the girly parts she was born with, there’s really never been much indication she was meant to be a chick. She’s basically the worst chick in the history of chicks. Ever.
            I can hear a zipper being pulled and it takes me a second before I remember she doesn’t have a bag to open in my truck. Watching her in my rearview mirror, my arm reaches backwards as far as it can reach, tugging at a strand of her hair to get her attention since she has her back to me. “What are you doing over there anyway?”
            She pops back around to face me in my mirror.
            “Going through your gym bag in search of something dry to wear. How dirty is this t-shirt?”
            “Blue one?” I keep looking up in my rearview mirror, but the headlights behind me make it impossible to see anything outside of outlines. Since she answers me without skipping a beat, I’m guessing she’s not having that problem though.
            “No. White one. Got a sketchy looking drawing of a dandelion and the words blow me written on it. That’s charming by the way.”
            It’s one of my favorite shirts. Of course she hates it. She has zero sense of humor and I bet she’s never given anyone a blowjob in her life.
            “It’s clean enough, but stay away from the gray running shorts. I wore those last practice.”
            I can hear her make a variety of sounds addressing the level of disgust she’s feeling as she digs through my bag.
            Then she’s back in my mirror. “What about the black ones, white stripe down the leg?”
            I have to think for a minute. Then I remember. “Only wore them like ten minutes on the drive home from practice last week. I was showered, so I threw them back in the bag.”
            “That works.”
            I wait until I know she’s shimmied into them and back in the mirror to add, “Of course, I wasn’t wearing underwear for those ten minutes…”
            Her hand flies out from the backseat and smacks me in the back of the head.
            Then her foot comes out at me again and I push it over toward the passenger side in hopes that the rest of her will follow it.
            “You’re gross. And if I end up with herpes or chlamydia or some shit, I’m going to kill you.”
            “Said the virgin who clearly doesn’t understand the first thing about how sexually transmitted diseases work.” But before I can give her a lesson, I’m already parking right outside the Taco Shack.
            “Do we wait here or go inside?” She’s glances out the window at the rain still coming down in buckets.
            “Unlike you, I’m still soaked and I could go for something hot. So, I vote we go in.” Then I open my door and make a run for it.
            Once we’re inside, we head straight for the corner booth. It’s the one we’ve been eating at since we were in middle school and our parents let us ride our bikes here for lunch on Saturdays. Even then it was always the three of us, because neither Trix nor I could convince Bo to drop the other. After twelve years of that losing battle, I wasn’t enjoying the prospects of starting a new one over Lori.
            “Hey, Lupe.” Trix smiles at the older woman.
 Guadalupe Delgado opened this place almost a decade ago and it still looks pretty much the exact same way it did back then. And much like her restaurant, Lupe doesn’t seem to age either. Her hair has grayed some in the last few years, but the warm, enthusiastic smile she greets us with every time we walk in is always the same.
            “You two are short a member tonight,” she observes as she places a basket of fresh tortilla chips onto the table along with an extra-large bowl of salsa.
            Trix frowns. “Actually, we’re gonna have one too many. Bo went to go pick up his girlfriend. They should be here any minute.”
            Even Lupe seems less than impressed about the news of Lori making an appearance. I guess I’m not really surprised though. It’s Bo. The guy isn’t just his parents’ pride and joy, the whole freaking town loves him. High school football captain. Valedictorian. Director at the local soup kitchen and big brother at the community center on Sundays. Bo Daley. Everything I am never going to be and the only one who doesn’t give a shit that I’m not.
            “I guess that’s the upside to Bo going to school on the other side of the country. This whole Lori thing is bound to fizzle out if he’s three thousand miles away.” I pull the salsa over to my side and Trix promptly yanks it back into the middle.
            “Only one problem, genius. We won’t get to see him either.” She shoves an entire chip in her mouth and half the salsa slips down to her chin and never makes it in. I’m sure if she were any other girl she’d die of embarrassment right about now, but she’s not. She’s Trix, and as such, she stares me square in the eye as she reaches down for the front of her shirt – my shirt – and lifts it to her face, sopping up the spilled tomato juice with it.
            “You’re a real asshole, you know that?”
            She shrugs. “You ought to know.”
            I guess. I’m kind of an asshole myself.
            With the argument at a comfortable lull, we sit there crunching away on our chips, aimlessly staring around the restaurant waiting for Bo. When Lupe brings us our third basket, Trix suddenly slams the table with the palm of her hand.
            “That’s it. I’m texting him.”
            I shove the basket of chips her way. “Relax. They probably pulled over somewhere…to…you know. The last thing he wants is for his overbearing sister to text him while he’s trying to get off.”
            “Gross.” She sneers at me, something she does often and has perfected over the years. “Even if that’s true, they should have been here by now. We’ve been sitting here for over an hour.”
            I didn’t realize it had been that long. “Are you sure?” I twist around to find the clock on the back wall. It’s almost ten thirty already. Another half hour and Lupe will be kicking us out. So much for our last meal at the Taco Shack before graduation. “Fine. Text him.”
            She reaches for her pocket before she remembers she’s not wearing her pants.
            “Shit. I don’t have my phone.”
            I slide my keys on the table. “Here. Go get it. And grab mine while you’re at it. I threw it in the console before we went out digging in the woods so I wouldn’t lose it.”
            “You go get it. Mine’s in my purse. In Bo’s car!”
            Anxiety begins to swirl at the pit of my stomach, but I tell myself it’s irrational. Bo’s with his girl. They just got distracted. Lost track of time. Only, Bo’s not like that. He wouldn’t leave us hanging. He would call. Yes, he would definitely call.
            I hurry out to my truck to find my phone, counting on the fact that I’ll have at least ten missed calls from him.
            As it turns out, I have twenty-three. And most of them are from Lori. Who’s a bossy control freak and probably had a shitfit when I didn’t answer. Considering I also have eleven new voicemails, I’m suddenly not only relieved but actually amused, anticipating the sound of her shrill voice attempting to chew me out. Lori’s one of those people who thinks she’s a badass, but totally isn’t. So, even when she tries to swear, it doesn’t sound natural, and as a result tends to have the opposite effect of what she’s going for. Hence, I’m already chuckling to myself as I hit call and punch in my voicemail password while I walk back in to see Trix.
            “I’ve got a crap-load of messages. What do you want to bet Whory-Lori’s about to go off on us for not answering when Bo tried to call to tell us they changed plans on us?”
            She leans in as I take my seat again, eyeing me closely as I wait for the first message to start, fully prepared to get an earful. Only Lori’s voice isn’t shrill, it’s frantic. And she’s not swearing, she’s crying.
            “Seriously, this isn’t funny anymore. Bo’s still not here and he’s not answering his phone. I know you guys were going off on some secret mission tonight…and you’ve got me totally freaking out now. Please. Someone. Just call me back. I don’t even care if it’s you or…even Trix. I just want to know he’s okay.”
            “What is it? What did she say?” Trix is paler than I’ve ever seen her. Or any human being for that matter.
            “Hold on. There’s a ton more. Bo was calling me too. There’s probably a message in here from him. Just…wait.” I start skipping through the back to back voicemails from Lori, bypassing them the second I hear her voice. “I’m sure he’s busy changing a tire somewhere, super pissed at the both of us for not answering the phone when he tried to get a hold of us.” I try to smile to reassure her, but I can’t. The anxious feeling from before is back and this time it’s taking up roots, fully prepared to ride things out no matter how hard I try to shake it.
            “But what were Lori’s messages about? Doesn’t she know where he is?” She’s starting to get hysterical and that only makes my anxiety step it up into panic mode.
            “Maybe his phone died. Who knows, Trix – wait! This is him.” I press the phone to my ear determined to hear something good. Something I can tell her to take that look off of her face.
            “Hey. Fucking Mustang crapped out on me. Stupid idle again. Anyway, I’m less than three miles out from Lori’s, so I’m just going to head over there on foot. Call me when you get this, or better yet, come pick me up.”
            “His car broke down.” I want to sell it for more than it’s worth, but I know she won’t buy it. “He decided to walk the rest of the way.”
            “When was that call?” She snatches the phone from my hand. “When was that fucking call?”
            “Trix! Stop tripping out. Nothing has happened. Okay? Fuck, he probably showed up at Lori’s ages ago and they just haven’t had a way to get here.” I take my phone back just as it starts to ring again. My eyes dart to the screen. “See! He’s calling me right now.”
            “Oh, thank God.” Her face drops to her hands, resting on the table.
            “Hey man, just got your messages. Sorry about that.” I reach over and pat her back. I suck at this stuff, but I know it’s what Bo would do if he were here.
            “This is Officer Grayson with the Sherriff’s Department.” My body goes frigid and I can feel Trix stiffen instantly in turn. “I’m sorry to have to do this, but there’s been an accident and we’re having a hard time ID-ing one of the victims. All he seems to have had on him is this phone, and it’s been damaged, but you seem to be the last outgoing call. Can you tell us the name of the person who owns the phone, sir? It’s important we notify the family as soon as possible.”
            “Bo. Bo Daley. Is he okay?”
            Trix’s stare is locked on me, her eyes wide and glossy and glued to my lips, but for the first time since I’ve known her, she says nothing. She doesn’t interrupt.
            “I’m sorry, sir. I can’t give out that information. Not until after we’ve informed the family of what’s happened.”
            I squeeze my eyes shut trying to drown out everything around me. “Margaret and Frank Daley. Those are his parents. They live over in Ponce. I can give you their address.”
            “Thanks. That won’t be necessary. I appreciate all your help though.” Then the line goes dead and everything is crystal clear again.
            I take her hand and lift her from the seat. “Come on. We need to get to your house. Now.”
            “What happened? What did they say?”
            But all I can do is shake my head over and over while I drag her along behind me. I can’t say it. Can’t put it into words. And even though I could tell her the same thing I keep telling myself – that I don’t know anything for sure yet – I know she won’t believe it any more than I do.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Getting Braver...

Over this past year I've become a much braver writer. I've always felt I was very honest, but recently, I've definitely felt more courageous about taking chances in the stories I write.

As a result, I've received far more messages from readers containing words like crying and sobbing, and my most favorite phrases - 'You wrecked me.' and 'Your writing slays me.'

I can't deny, I get an overwhelming sense to do much of the same when I read such things. Nor can I make secret of the fact that I still don't ever know how to respond to such messages. "I'm sorry" is pretty much the first thing that comes to mind...but am I? Sorry? To evoke feelings in someone through story-telling is a pretty remarkable experience. One I didn't know I would ever get to experience so thoroughly. So, no. I guess I'm really not.

When I started writing, my goal was simply to entertain. I wanted to write relate-able characters, provide a healthy dose of sarcastic humor and then tie it all up in a happily ever after bow. But...I wasn't aiming high. I come by the sarcasm naturally. I wrote characters I knew were real and relate-able because they ARE real and relate-able most of the time. And Happy Ever After? It's easy. It's what we all want. It's what we all expect. From our fiction anyway. I mean, that's the whole point of writing, right? You get to create the ending you want. And who wants a bad ending?! goal is still to entertain. I still want to write real characters, and the sarcasm isn't going anywhere either...but I'm not scared to tackle more than the standard romantic tropes anymore. I'm not afraid of reaching into the tough topics or unconventional plots with both hands and seeing what I pull out. And I know it's not always going to be pretty. It's definitely not always going to be easy. But far it's been worth it.

So...I'm braver now about what I write.

And then I'm fucking terrified about sharing it.

But I'm more courageous I do it anyway.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

It's Time To Get Naked...


Relax. I don't mean literally...

Last Girl is just about ready to meet the world. Which means I'm mostly ready as well. Mostly ready. Slightly scared. But that's normal. You should be a little scared when you hit publish. Like, walk out of the house naked scared. I could do it. I've birthed a baby. Countless people have seen all there is to see, but I'd still feel a little apprehensive about it...publishing, it's about the same.

Last Girl will mark the 24th time that I hit publish and the 19th full length novel I've released in the last three years. I guess you could say, I've been busy. And not just writing. I've learned. Holy shit, have I learned. And it doesn't stop. Hopefully, ever. 

Aside from the countless ways I've continued to evolve in terms of being my own publisher and all that it entails, the thing I'm most excited about is the growth I've experienced as a writer.

I remember writing Blood Bound, my first time dabbling in suspense, and I was near the end when I was hit with a brilliant twist even I never saw coming. It would have changed the whole book. But I didn't go through with it. Couldn't do it. Was way too attached to my character to do the thing that would have taken the story's plot from cool to mind-blowing (Hypothetically. I'm not saying the book is either. It was number four on my list -that's 20 books ago! The truth is, it's probably somewhere around meh...) Point is, I chickened out. I wasn't ready to get that naked. I don't have that problem anymore. If you pick up my more recent work, be prepared to see my literary hoo-ha. 

God, that sounds crass. 

I'm leaving it. 

I'm bold that way now.

I'm also bold enough to tell you that Last Girl is kick-ass. Possibly the best I've ever written. So you should read it. Seriously. 

Okay, I'm just kidding. 

Sort of. 

I'm bold, but I still kinda suck at selling myself (hence why I hope the learning process never stops...I have plenty left to learn). So, I'm gonna let these guys do it for me:

"Your writing has slayed me, Last Girl was so awe inspiring and emotional. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I have never been rendered so emotional with a story until this one."

"Beautiful story!! So unexpected the whole way. I can't even begin to deal."

"Last word 'epic'."

"I've been reading ALL DAY (my famdamily think I'm crackers!) but I enjoyed every heart stopping moment."

"The book I'm beta reading. I'm in love with it. In love. It's perfect. It's everything. You're going to need to read Last Girl by K.S. Thomas when it releases."