6/26/17

SHANE'S HARMONY - Blurb & Release Date

SHANE'S HARMONY is a New Adult contemporary romance. It is book 3 in the Resolution Series, but can be read as a stand alone. Like the rest of the series, this book deals with characters who are in their twenties and building the first foundations of their adult life. 

SHANE'S HARMONY will release on July 11. Until then you can pre-order the ebook at the discounted price of $2.99. After release, the price will change to the regular $3.99. So, if you're interested, now's the time! 


SHANE'S HARMONY (Official Blurb)


Some things you want to forget…

Trapped in a nightmare after a college party her freshman year, only sheer determination got Sydney Baldwin through her sophomore year. But the effort of pretending she can lead a normal life in the place the nightmare began has finally proved too much. After her final exams, she packs her belongings, resolved to leave campus life behind forever. She’s hoping for a fresh start, and being maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding seems like the first step to moving beyond the darkness of her past.

Some things you’ll never be proud of…

Growing up with a drug-addicted single mother taught Shane Dawson that it’s the people you love most who hurt you the worst. He made some bad choices as a teenager, but now he’s put his self-destructive behavior behind him. He’s earning good money working as a tattoo artist at Resolution Ink, alongside his best friend. Still, he’s careful to hide his loneliness by pretending to be the happy-go-lucky one of the bunch. People can’t hurt you if you keep them at arm’s length. 

Some burdens are easier if they’re shared…

After meeting the handsome, tattooed best man at her friend’s wedding, feelings stir in Sydney she thought were dead forever. She sees through his carefree facade to recognize a kindred sadness, one that stares back at her when she looks in the mirror. The aftermath of betrayal. 

Shane can’t stop thinking about Sydney. Even more than her beauty, it’s the haunted look behind her eyes that touches something inside him. The walls he’s spent years building around himself threaten to crumble, as Sydney leaves him vulnerable in ways he never expected. 

Will their tortured pasts pull them into the shadows and ruin their chance at happiness? Or will Shane and Sydney find the courage to reach for the hope of a brighter future together?



Heat Level: Sweet - Mild

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6/1/17

SHANE'S HARMONY - Cover Reveal

You guys! SHANE'S HARMONY is finished! Well, at least until I get to the task of editing. But, the story itself is DONE. Last night I typed "THE END".
In my heart, all of my books have something that makes them special. For example, in my first book, ONCE AGAIN, the heroine, Layla, has a lot of "me" in her. I didn't really do that on purpose, but at some point during the process of bringing that story to life, I realized it. So, even now, 5 years after that book published, I still feel a love for that character that's different from the others.

Book 3, DUSK, has always been close to my heart. It deals with what it means to forgive, both ourselves and those that hurt us, which is something that's so critically important in our hearts, our families, and our communities. I've always been really proud of that story.
Now, here I am on Book 7, SHANE'S HARMONY. This is the third book in the Resolution Series, which chronicles the lives of a group of people all connected to the Resolution Tattoo Shop in Flagstaff, Arizona. There's always pride in finishing a book, but when I typed THE END last night, that pride felt different. Often times, people say "write about what you know". I guess I sort of did that with my first book, giving the heroine a personality like my own. But this book... there's nothing about Shane and Sydney that I have "known" personally in my own life. The things they experienced, the journeys they took, were both very, very different than my own upbringing and life experiences. But for so many... too many... people in our world, they are familiar journeys. I won't "spoil" the story here, but for a long time I thought I could never do justice to the story of two people who had experienced such tragedy and heartbreak. But I told myself that I would do my absolute best. I would read and research. I would go to the hard places to make the story as close to authentic as I could.
My writing is not dark. Sometimes I wish it was, because I like a good, dark story as much as anyone. But it's just not my "voice". At times during the writing of this book, I thought that lack of "darkness" in my writing meant I wasn't telling the story right. But my wish is that my "voice", the aspect of my writing that I've always loved the most comes through in this book. HOPE. Perhaps it's my personality. Perhaps it's my heart, but I can't help but write stories that carry a thread of hope. And my greatest desire is that even Shane and Sydney's story, one that came from places of great darkness for these characters, will be imbued with a sense of hope that I believe is available to EVERYONE, regardless of their circumstances.
So... without anymore verboseness (is that even a word?) from me, please enjoy the cover art for SHANE'S HARMONY (both the ebook cover and the cover for the print version). As always, my cover artist, Tracy Stewart, has outdone herself.
SHANE'S HARMONY... coming VERY soon!


5/26/17

Review - A GIRL LIKE ME by Ginger Scott

I'm always excited to read and review one of Ginger Scott's books, and this one is no exception.

A GIRL LIKE ME, the follow up to A BOY LIKE YOU, has a bit of everything... suspense, excitement, heartbreak, and romance.

One of the things I love the most about this book was the growth we saw in the heroine, Joss. She truly comes into her own in this story. She's faced with the biggest challenge of her life, and she definitely rises to the occasion. She becomes strong and self-reliant, able to tackle things on her own, but at the same time glad to accept help from her father, friends, and eventually from Wes.

The mystery surrounding Wes is captivating. I love this character so much. He's strong, gentle, talented, determined, and fierce. Wondering what happened to him kept me turning pages!

In the end, Joss and Wes find their way back to each other and get a fresh start... free of secrets, family drama, and self-destructive behavior. It's WELL worth the journey to take this ride with them.

I highly recommend this duet of books. The sweeping story of this young love will entertain and move you! FIVE STARS!