Sunday, June 11, 2017

Coming Soon: The Mac Brothers Series

The Mac Brothers Series


June 20, 2017 Release - PreOrder Available

For every bad boy, there’s a girl who ignores the rules.

The Mac Brothers have everything.
Confidence. Tattoos. Attitude.
Everything except love.
But for every bad boy…
there’s a girl who ignores the rules.

Meet the Mac Brothers

Confident, attractive, and rich. Submissive women kept him a confirmed bachelor.
Aaron MacDonald always got what he wanted, 
and no woman would ever change that.
Then Elsie Chisholm arrived at his resort for her sister’s wedding.
Her magazine article had her focused on the sexy resort owner.
It’s business to her. She’s a challenge to him.
Which one will gain control of planned seduction?



Donnan MacDonald came back to Highland Bay to help his brothers bring an aging seaside resort they inherited back to its glory. Donnan's grown tired of his old life of bouncing from beach to beach and woman to woman. He wants to find a home and look forward to the future. But his brothers still think all 
he wants is his playboy life. He can’t seem to change their minds.
Emina arrives at the Seaside Escape resort for her bachelorette party. Emina is desperately trying to think of a plan to stop her wedding to a man she does not love, 
but there's more at stake than anyone knows.
Donnan can’t deny the white-hot chemistry between him and Emina, but married or soon to be married women are off his radar. If he's going to change, he needs to commit and keep Emina at an arm's length.



Layne MacDonald’s life should be better than ever. He’s successful, handsome, and part owner of a successful resort called Seaside Escape. But nothing makes Layne happy or satisfied for very long. 

Not even a reunion at Highland Bay with his brothers. 
His solution to his unhappiness has always been to run away from his problems. 
When sassy dancer Raven Solis saves Layne from a potentially violent altercation, 
all he sees is the beautiful face, the sexy body, 
and what he perceives as a party girl lifestyle. 
In other words, a totally unsuitable girl.
But Raven is so much more than a party girl, and by the time Layne realizes she is The One, 
will it be too late?

After a traumatic childhood, Blake MacDonald has trust issues with women and leaves Highland Bay vowing never to return. With the help of grants, student loans, and odd jobs, Blake puts himself through college. He becomes a well-respected dentist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Five years go by and his brother calls with news that their father passed away. They learn that they have inherited an abandoned lodge in Nova Scotia. When he partners with his brothers, renovations begin. 
Seaside Escape becomes a luxurious oceanfront resort with jagged cliffs, breathtaking views, and amazing sunsets. When Blake’s not helping his brother’s run the hotel he’s a part-time dentist in the small seaside town of Highland Bay.
Thirty-two and single, Blake has had his share of women, but he’s never allowed himself to fall in love. He’s not even sure what love means, much less what it feels like. Rejection and abandonment are his worst enemies. It’s a highly-guarded secret he keeps buried.
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Angela Ford
Angela Ford - Bestselling and Award-Winning Author hit Amazon's Top 50 Authors with her #1 Bestseller in Christmas Holiday Romance. Her dedication to Cyber Safety gave her an Award of Distinction and sparked the idea for her first book 'Closure' that hit Bestselling Action & Adventure, Women's fiction. In between mysteries, Angela writes short contemporary romance...sometimes sweet...sometimes spicy...sometimes with a dash of suspense! 

She loves to connect with her readers.

 Jennifer Conner
Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has seventy short stories, books, and audiobooks. She writes in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica.
She has hit Amazon’s top fifty authors ranking and her books have been #1 in sales.
Her novel Shot in the Dark was a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Cleveland, and Toronto RWA contests.
Jennifer is an Associate Publisher for the indie e-book publisher, Books to Go Now who resides in the Seattle area. They pride themselves in helping new authors get their foot in the door with well-edited manuscripts, professional covers, and platforms uploads.
 She lives in a hundred-year-old house that she grew up in. Her semi-small town holds an interesting mix of resident hillbillies, yuppies and Navy Seals. And of course, Seattle, only a few miles away, is the birthplace of Starbucks so coffee is always on the check list. She blows glass beads with a blowtorch, (which relieves a lot of stress and people don’t bother you) and is a huge fan of musicals.

She loves to hear from her readers.

 Natalie Nicole Bates
Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, 
Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and 
adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

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 Tammy Tate
Tammy Tate was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida but has lived most of her adult life in Texas. Her passion to write began in high school. It follows her everywhere she goes...creating a world where anything is possible. She's been married to the same wonderful man for over thirty years. 
Her secret to a long marriage? It's easy when you marry your best friend. In her world, 
Friday night is still date night.

Before she became a full-time author, she was an Executive Secretary, a Computer Consultant/Technician, and a Communications Officer (Police Dispatcher). She doesn't mind a challenge which has allowed her to race a late-model in a women's powder puff race, run barrels and poles in a play-day rodeo and drive an 18-wheeler. Somewhere in between, she and her husband raised three wonderful children. When she's not breathing life into her characters or jotting down ideas for a new book, she is most likely spending quality time with her husband 
or curled up with a good book.

Since she believes reading is the next best thing to writing, she enjoys romance, fantasy, science fiction and thrillers. In December of 2013, she signed her first book contract with a traditional publisher. Her books have made Amazon's Best Seller list.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Goal setting: Does it Work?

Last month I accepted an Instagram challenge to post one picture a day on a given topic. For the most part I succeeded, not only in posting each day, but in meeting the goals I set on day one.  Here are the goals I set for myself.

The final result?
1.    Nope. According to my spreadsheet I added only 1400 words to my manuscript.
2.    Yes! I had so much fun filling up boxes with stuff I didn’t need and taking them to the charity shops that I ended up adjusting my goals to one box per day – and I succeeded! Thirty-one boxes of stuff left my house. One or two came in – medications for my hubby, pictures for me (which went into my scrapbooks).
3.    Almost. According to my Activities app on my watch, my average was more like 3 times a week.
4.    No. Bad girl.
5.    Not quite. But more than 50 percent of the time.

So #2 was my greatest success. I have more room in my house. Here’s the proof. 

As for the rest, I’m not too concerned (except for #4). I probably did more than I would have if I hadn’t specifically set those goals for myself. After all, I knew I’d be held accountable.

I decided to try again for the month of June. Here’s my new goals list:

--> What do you want to get done this month?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Writer's Life (on Social Media)

If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, you'll hopefully hear from me often next month. In an effort to ramp up my social media presence, I'm participating in a daily challenge in which I'll post a picture each day that relates to a given theme. This one was put together by my author friend Bronwyn Green and her friend Jessica Jarman. They've come up with thirty-one things Each day I'll post a photo on Instagram and share it to Facebook. I'd love it if you'd follow along! 

Here's where you'll be able to find my pictures: 

Hope to see you!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

New Release: Healing Seas by Christina Lorenzen

In the years since my first book was published, I’ve met so many awesome authors who write clean romances, just like me. New York native Christina Lorenzen is one such author. She recently announced the release of Healing Seas by Forget Me Not Romances, and I invited her to come and share the inspiration for the book.

When my publisher announced that she was looking for authors to write novellas for state collections, I knew I wanted to write something about my state, New York. Even more so, I wanted to write a story set on Long Island where I live. I was also very excited because I had never written a historical story before.

My intention was to write a story set in the early 1700s, specifically a pirate story. I did a lot of research and I wrote the first chapter, when I began to worry about things like dialogue and using accurate terminology. I was so frustrated I decided to stop writing early one day and watch television. My daughter was also having some tough times as she was putting together her senior thesis project for her film degree. Graduation is in May. The clock was ticking for us both. We decided to watch The Titanic.

We’ve watched the movie at least a dozen times. It never fails to keep me glued to the screen. The costumes alone just leave me in awe. As we watched it this time, we talked about my husband’s grandmother, her great grandmother. We were blessed that my daughter got to know Grandma Dorothea. She was in her late teens when she passed away, so we have some wonderful memories of her, but as the movie played we talked about how much grandma loved the movie too.

The Titanic sank in April of 1912. Grandma was born March 3, 1912. She had been fascinated with the Titanic and had listened to stories about it as a young child. So in 1997 when the movie came out my mother-in-law took her to see it. Honestly, I think it was one of the best days of grandma’s life. She couldn’t stop talking about it. It was that night when I realized that I was going to change my time period from the 1700s to 1912. It was that night Addie Mayfield came to me.

Healing Seas is the story of two people, Addie Mayfield and Frank Shea, who each suffer a tragedy at sea. It’s the story of how they struggle to get past disappointment and sadness and find love and hope for a future. And I couldn’t have written it without Grandma Dorothea, whose excited face came to mind with every word I put on the page.
Thanks for having me here today, Patty. I enjoyed sharing my story for the inspiration behind Healing Seas.

Thanks for being here and sharing your book Christina! Here’s the blurb and lovely cover for Healing Seas.
In just a matter of days, Addie Mayfield’s life is upended. Through an arrangement her father makes, she sets sail on the RMS Titanic as governess to the two young Fairchild children. When tragedy strikes, she finds herself rescued alongside strangers on the RMS Carpathia, headed for New York City. Far from home, she is taken in by the O’Reilly family to wait for her family to send for her. With no money for her passage home, she’s brought to the small hamlet of Montauk to become a caretaker for a great aunt she has never met.
Captain Frank Shea is a man without a ship. Removed from duty as captain of the RMS Morrow, he’s come to Montauk to recover from a leg injury. More painful than the injury is his fall from grace after spending his entire life at sea. The ocean was his home and he has never needed anyone. Now faced with an uncertain future, he’s desperate for a way back to the sea. Until he meets Addie Mayfield, a woman who is just as lost as he is.
Can these two people find hope for the future after all they’ve lost? Can an unexpected love heal two broken souls?

Healing Seas can be purchased at Amazon

You can find Christina at her website and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, and Goodreads.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Autumn's Kiss Blog Hop

Welcome to Creative Hodgepodge!


Last year, I wrote a short story called Autumn Vows, and it was part of a lovely anthology called Autumn's Kiss. Seven other sweet romance authors collaborated on the project, and the result is a lovely collection of stories based on an autumn theme. We celebrated the release with a blog hop during autumn 2016, but then we realized that not everyone experiences the season at the same time - so we decided to recognize fall in the southern hemisphere by having another blog hop!

We decided that this time, we'd share our favorite autumn recipes. Since Autumn Vows takes place in my native West Michigan I decided to post instructions for making Spiced Apple Cider. In this part of the country we have lots of apple orchards, so apple cider fills the grocery store shelves all season. I love the smell of apples and cinnamon as it's simmering on the stove. There are lots of great recipes, but my favorite is quite simple: Take a gallon of cider, heat it in a large pan, add a little brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Let it simmer for a half hour (or until you can't wait any longer) and enjoy!

I like to sip on the cider as I'm writing, crafting, or watching TV. I keep lots of coasters around to protect my furniture! A friend showed me how to make these cute fabric coasters and since I've always got scraps of fabric around from recent projects, I made some four out of various colors of gingham to give away to a random commenter. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me about your favorite cool-weather treat! I'll choose a winner on Monday morning, April 24.

But before you go, be sure to enter the Gift Card giveaway (one $100 prize and one $20 Gift Card) by entering your name, email addy and my favorite fall treat (see two paragraphs above) in the form below:


 Be sure to visit the blogs of all six participating Autumn's Kiss authors and follow instructions at each one in order to qualify for the Gift Cards, as well as the individual author giveaways. Here are the participating blog links: