Let’s Read Holiday Books!

I love to write–and read– Christmas stories. I’m going to list a few that I’ve enjoyed recently, along with my new one, which I’m so thrilled to say received a lovely review from Library Journal!


I’m working like mad to meet a deadline before the birth of my new grandbaby, so hopefully I’ll be able to share some photos in a week or two. Please feel free to add your holiday reading suggestions in the comments. I’m always looking for new books and authors.


MONTANA SECRET SANTA, Bk III Love at the Chocolate Shop, Tule Publishing

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NOOK: http://littl.ink/MTSSBN

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KOBO: http://littl.ink/MTSSKobo

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AMAZONUK: http://littl.ink/MTSSAZUK

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Other great holiday reads, including Dani Collin’s delightful:

Free! Don’t miss out. Click image.

I love all of Jane Porter’s holiday stories, especially this one:


And don’t miss this wonderful new release from Jean Brashear:


Click on image for Amazon link to 99¢ special sale, for a short time only!

Happy reading, my friends. See you next Friday…with a new baby in my arms, I hope.





The Merry-Go-Round called “Free”

Who gets dizzy on a Merry-Go-Round?


Me? Not usually. But when I think about the sensation of going around and around, doing the same thing over and over, I get a little queasy.

Probably because I’ve been riding the promo merry-go-round all week.

First, one of my books was included in Tule’s 10-author Father’s Day Romance Collection. It opened at 99¢ for a short time, so the authors involved got on the bandwagon to share the news. Here’s my contribution to the hoopla.

Father's Day Tule

This is exciting–and good business, believe it or not. For a low investment, a reader can buy 10 full-length books, which can be a great introduction to a new-to-you author. (At least, that’s the standard school of thought.)

Personally, I love the cover and the other super-accomplished authors, and was thrilled to be invited to the party.

My second big deal this week started yesterday when my second Big Sky Mavericks book, MONTANA COWBOY, went Free.

Montana Cowboy FREE

Free, you say? What’s in it for the author?

Very good question. General wisdom suggests free is only beneficial when you have a connected series to take up the slack. If a reader reads your free book and likes your characters and setting and style, she might buy the rest of the books, so the cost of free is spread across 3-4 titles. One hopes.

But to make the most of FREE, you need to get the word out to the general masses beyond your usual circle of influence–and that’s where the merry-go-round speeds up and life gets a little crazy. There are literally hundreds of online sites, newsletters, blogs, and Facebook groups willing to hawk your book for you…for a price.

So, you set a budget, ask for advice even knowing what worked last week might be a bust this week, and you cross all fingers and toes…and wait for your sales numbers and ranking to come in.

Can I be honest? My head feels like it’s going to explode. And, the worst part? It’s damn hard to write when your fingers, toes and eyes are crossed. I’m seriously thinking about pulling an Ernest Hemingway. ;-)


So, anyway, that’s been my week. We know what I’ll be doing all weekend…not drinking so I can make my deadline. Wish me luck.


PS: In case you’re interested in grabbing the bundle while it’s cheap, here’s the link: FATHER.

And my FREEBIE is available on all platforms. If you already read it, but want to see the new ending (Subject of a future blog), I suggest you grab it on another platform. GooglePlay is super easy, I’ve heard. Here are the links:

Smashwords- http://bit.ly/1QrfILY
iTunes - http://apple.co/1cEUsFp
GooglePlay - http://bit.ly/MtCowboyGP
KOBO - http://bit.ly/MyCowboyKOBO
Kindle - http://bit.ly/MtCowboy
and BN coming soon!



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The need for speed…reading!

Today is the last Friday of May. When I was a kid, this meant three glorious months of summer vacation was about to begin.



Things have changed.

My grandchildren will be in school for another couple of weeks. My daughter, the school bus driver, will be ferrying students hither and yon on field trips galore.


I can honestly say I don’t remember ever taking a field trip in elementary school. The first time I rode a school bus was at the end of sixth grade when we were transported to the High School, which was also home to our Junior High (7th and 8th grades). My heart beats a little bit faster recalling those dark hallways, formidable staircases and miles of lockers. The place seemed huge and very scary. Luckily, I had a whole summer to forget about my fears and have fun.

Or so I thought.

To my surprise, my mother signed me up for a Speed Reading Course that started the first week of June. Believe me, I was less than thrilled by the prospect, but the teacher was a woman my mother respected and I wasn’t given a choice. In hindsight, this was the BEST thing my mother ever did for me.

I’d always loved to read and my favorite hangout was the library, but I was easily distracted and often failed to finish a book before it was due back at the library. My reading ability was nothing to brag about. I’d never really thought about the content or in any way tried to measure what I retained from the books I read. This class changed how I looked at the written word, how my brain recognized words, sentences and patterns, and it tested my memory and retention. It also taught me how to ace tests with the least amount of effort. ;-)

The course was ahead of its time in a pre-computer age. I don’t remember what the program was called or how much is cost, but I went five mornings a week to a classroom at the college and by the time the course was completed, I was a different person.

Apparently, my mom wasn't the only parent advocating the teaching of Speed Reading.

Apparently, my mom wasn’t the only parent advocating the teaching of Speed Reading.

Speed-reading basically amounts to skimming for content. This is a very handy tool for a student. My grades went up, accordingly. I read a lot of books that summer and never stopped–until I became a published author. Sigh. I still read fast, but far fewer books than I would like.

Regardless of the final tally, I start out every summer with a Reading List, which seems to grow exponentially.


Here’s the current line-up on my Kindle. If you’re interested, click on the title to see the author’s page or buy link:

Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Folker (just finished last night and loved it)

The Taken by Linda Style (reading now)

Forgotten by CJ Carmichael (next up)

It’s You by Jane Porter

Vanish by Nicola Marsh (YA, free)

Satisfaction by Sarah Mayberry

Where There’s A Will by Katherine Garbera and Eve Gaddy

A Thousand Lies by Sharon Sala

What’s on your reading list for summer? Are you a fast reader or slow? Either way, you’re a reader, which means YOU ROCK!


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