Return to Redemption series BOOK 5 COMING SOON!

A Heart Decision Digital Christmas Cover SmallerI find myself constantly apologizing for neglecting my blog, but I assure you I’ve been busy finishing the next story (BOOK 5)  in the Return to Redemption series, which I hope you’ll love as much as the others.

Remember THE PARENT PACT?

Readers have been asking which one of Tyler’s best friends his sister, Sabrina, will finally end up with. Luke or BJ (Ben)? Even she doesn’t know!

This Christmas she’s marrying one of them, and it’s really A HEART DECISION.

Come join all of Redemption for the wedding of the year!

On her wedding night, Sabrina will share the  bridal suite

with one of her brother’s best friends.

Which one?  She has no idea!

Sabrina Fitzpatrick helped plan her dream wedding last year—for her brother and his wife. Now, she wants her own Christmas Eve ceremony. She’s tired of waiting for commitment-phobe, Detective Luke Marino, to realize she’s been crazy about him since puberty. Consequently, when Luke’s billionaire friend asks her to marry him, she’s compelled to accept BJ Elliott’s proposal, especially after he suggests their impending marriage might induce his idiot pal to finally step forward. Unfortunately, a week later, adrenaline-junkie Luke risks his life again and ends up temporarily confined to a wheelchair.

 BJ would love to give Sabrina an unforgettable wedding night, but he fears she’ll never be happy with him if she doesn’t resolve her feelings for his buddy, first. Therefore, even knowing he could lose her, BJ persuades her to become Luke’s live-in nurse—offering her one last chance to convince the man she loves to take BJ’s place at the altar (which BJ doubts his friend will ever do). If nothing else, he hopes Love’em and Leave’em Luke can convince Sabrina he’ll make a lousy husband.

 Luke has two secrets not even his best friends know. The first is he aches for Sabrina with every fiber of his being. The second is he loves her enough to spare her the heartbreak that being his wife would undoubtedly entail. Much to Luke’s dismay, his resolve to resist his buddy’s fiancée is tested after Sabrina steps in as his nurse and starts prancing around in nothing but his threadbare T-shirt. If he surrenders to her seduction, it may destroy his relationship with BJ. And, worse still, if he gets a taste of loving Sabrina, how can he ever stand by and let her marry his friend?

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Tomorrow, Saturday, March 19th between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., my local Romance Writers of America chapter, The Bucks County Romance Writers will be holding a special meet and greet at the Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, PA. Attendees will have the opportunity to have the first page of a novel evaluated by an editor, agent or a published author!

There will be tea, coffee and other goodies!

The bookshop is also holding a author book signing where I and several other local authors will be signing our novels. It would be great to see some familiar faces!

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Happy Valentine’s Day 99 cent special!

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I’m pleased to announce No, Exchanges, No Returns—Book 4 of the Return to Redemption series, is part of the Indie Book Festival’s Valentine Sale and will be only 99 cents for the next three days.

The Valentine’s DayE-Book SaleToday’s hottest ebooks are on sale under $5 from Feb 14-16 only!

Mystery, romance, young adult – there’s something for everyone …

… including the chance to win 1 of 4 $25 Amazon gift cards!


Check out the Indie Book Festival’s Valentine E-book Sale!

 

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Catching up on what’s new . . . A NEW Release

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Life was crazy during the holidays, however, I wasn’t idle. You may have noticed the covers for The Great Bedroom and No Exchanges, No Returns have had facelifts. If you haven’t seen their new look, here they are.

The GreatBedroomWar Cover Smaller       No Exchanges No Exchanges Alt SmallWhat else have I been doing?

I started writing my next Laurie Kellogg novel, which I hope to release this summer. Unfortunately, my alter ego, L.L. insisted she needed to publish Book Two in her Seduction series, first.  As always, L.L. went off half-cocked and took what should have been a basic romantic comedy and added a dark, edgy suspense subplot. We fought about this for months because I don’t write romantic suspense.

So once again, we ended up writing a fence-straddling novel with a foot in two different yards, so to speak.  She took me places I really didn’t want to go, creating several villains, one of whom is the nymphomaniac, Lily Parsons, who blackmailed Jordan Calder into giving her cousin, Nora, a job in his pharmaceutical lab in Hypnotic Seduction.  However, as I may have mentioned before, there’s no reasoning with L.L.  She’s a bit of flake.

So here I am today, announcing the release of L.L. Kellogg’s Book Two of the Seduction series, The Naughty Never Die.  Despite the edgy subplot, it’s still a Red-hot Romance that’s a Little Naughty and a Lot of Fun!

If only the good die young,
then New Jersey’s virtuous First Lady should be a cinch to kill
Unless . . . deep down she’s really quite naughty

 
The Beauty—She’s had enough of her goody-two-shoes life

The Naughty Never Die Book Cover SmallerSince her mother’s untimely death, Josephine Callahan has served as New Jersey’s First Lady. Acting as her father’s official hostess in the governor’s mansion is tantamount to living in a fishbowl, which makes S-E-X extremely difficult. On the brink of a nervous breakdown, frustrated Josie loses her usual good sense along with her cool and lets her assemblyman boyfriend talk her into a romantic Valentine getaway—a secret rendezvous she would never consider if she had a clue someone is trying to kill her.

The Beast—Beneath his scars lurks a hero

A deliberately twisted message—via the governor’s spiteful, assistant—misleads ex Special Forces officer DJ Ryder about the true objective of his freelance assignment. He’s told to, not only track down the governor’s classy daughter and hold her in protective custody, but to also teach her a lesson by letting her believe she’s been kidnapped. When Josie discovers the scarred, but still incredibly sexy badass has played her for a fool, she retaliates by feigning a raging case of Stockholm syndrome, teasing the brute until all he can think of is the ‘hold her’ part of his orders. How can Ryder concentrate on keeping Josie safe when he’s busy avoiding the danger she poses to his heart?

WARNING: L.L. Kellogg’s books are a little edgier and racier than Laurie Kellogg’s titles. However, if you like Red-hot Romance that’s a Little Naughty and a Lot of Fun, L.L.’s stories are probably for you!

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99 Cent Pre-Holiday Sale!!!

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I’m happy to announce that today only, Book Two of the Return to Redemption series, THE GREAT BEDROOM WAR will be an Amazon 99 cent deal of the day along with 99 other authors whose titles selling for only 99 CENTS!!!!  This is a great opportunity to get a lot of fabulous books cheap with a chance to win $990 worth of prizes. To enter the contest go to   http://www.buymereadme.com

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Happy Holidays!!!

No matter what your faith is, the period from Thanksgiving to New Years is a time of celebration and a time for thanking all the people who enrich your life—whether it’s family, friends, or someone as distant and important as your garbage collector (Think what your life would be like without them hauling away your trash each week.)

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my readers and everyone else who’s supported my career this year—most especially Gwynlyn MacKenzie, Heidi Luchterhand, and Elizabeth Walls. I couldn’t have released six books in eight months without you.

I’m also especially grateful to all my fans who’ve left such wonderful reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Many readers don’t realize how important reviews are for helping a book succeed. So thank you to those who’ve taken the time to let other readers know when you’ve enjoyed one of my stories.

On November 29th, I’ll be guest blogging at http://alliancemg.com/angels/ about some of the angels in my life.  Stop by and find out who they are. If you leave a comment and tell everyone in a hundred words or less who one of  your angels is, you’ll be entered in a contest to win a $100 VISA gift card for your angel.  And if you do it on November 29th, I won’t feel like a lonely loser. 🙂

A few weeks ago, I published a holiday release, No Exchanges, No Returns, which features a set a fraternal twins who are each other’s angels and who truly understand the meaning of selfless giving. It’s a twist on O. Henry’s Christmas tale, The Gift of the Magi

I hope everyone enjoys this story and has a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

 There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters . . .

Dr. David Lambert and his wife, Brianna, received the ultimate Christmas gift from her fraternal twin. They gratefully

accepted it, of course, because everyone knows you can’t return a baby like an itchy sweater. Yet, that’s essentially what Brianna does when she has a meltdown and unexpectedly divorces David. She runs from their home in Redemption, Pennsylvania, and leaves their surrogate—her sister, Casey—pregnant with his little bundle.

When David chose her beautiful twin over her, Casey McIntyre hid her hurt behind a wall of sarcasm. Now that her sister has divorced her husband, it’s increasingly difficult to remember why the hunky pediatrician is supposed to be

off limits—especially since Brianna doesn’t seem to want him or care if Casey and he get involved.

David always liked and admired his selfless ex-sister-in-law–despite that the sassy preschool teacher is always busting his chops. Consequently, after his wife bails on marriage and motherhood, it’s only natural he turns to Casey for sympathy. Unfortunately, the exasperating pixie becomes more irresistible with each day she carries his child. He already mistook lust for love once and jumped way too fast into marriage. He’s not about to botch up his life that way again.

Casey wants whatever happiness she can grab, whether it’s temporary or not. The only problem is, if she lets herself love her baby (or David), what will happen to her when her sister inevitably realizes her mistake and returns to Redemption?

I’m especially looking forward to Christmas this year because my son and daughter-in-law will be bringing my grandson home for the holidays. Sammy will be turning three a few days before, so he’s at an age when Christmas is an extra magical time. I’m very grateful I’ll be able to share it with him.

Please share how you’ll all be celebrating your holiday and what will make it extra special this year!

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GET IT FREE!

As some of you may know, I participate in a multi-author blog called The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood, which features great posts about romance novels, a writer’s life, and the craft of writing hosted by the 2009 Golden Heart finalists also known as The Rubies.

We’ve put together a fabulous FREE cookbook containing a collection of yummy recipes that the characters in our stories serve as well as blurbs and/or excerpts from those novels. You can get more information about it at the  http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/ or simply download the cookbook completely free at  Amazon, Kobo, or Smashword  We’re hoping to also have it available at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Sony, or Diesel very soon.

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A Back to School Novel

Readers have been asking when my next book will be released.

GOOD NEWS! The Parent Pact is now available at Amazon for the Kindle and will also be released  in paperback in a few days. To all the moms in the world heaving a big sigh of relief that their children are finally back in school, this book is for you!

For the last ten years, I’ve been working part-time as a school crossing guard in order to support my writing habit. I like to tell people I work a corner for a living. 🙂

Anyway, The Parent Pact was inspired by my post in front of the school, where I watch parents dropping off and picking up their children. One day, I saw a hunky dad in a business suit bringing his adorable daughter to school, and it kicked off my usual question of WHAT IF that always fires my imagination and gives birth to a story.

This time, my supposition was, What if a workaholic man lost his wife during the summer, and he suddenly had to cope with getting his little girl ready for the first day of school all by himself. And I was off and plotting!

I’ve given this book a back-to-school,  introductory price of $2.99. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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WOO-HOO for The Memory of You!!!

THE MEMORY OF YOU  http://amzn.to/IrABbo has been named one of the TOP FIVE best Romances in the 2012 The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book contest!
http://www.thekindlebookreview.net/romance-semifinalists/

I’m so excited!

The winner of Best Indie Romance of 2012 will be announced at http://www.thekindlebookreview.net on October 1st.

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Twenty-Five Classic Romance Plots

It’s important for authors to focus, not only on finding ways to make a story special or different, but also on giving it a universal or classic element that readers will identify with. While polishing The Parent Pact, my upcoming (mid-September) release, I challenged myself to list as many classic or universal romance plots as I could.

I’m sure there are some I haven’t thought of, so I invite you to suggest additions to the list below. See if you can think of famous examples for each one. For example: Pretty Lady is one of the best Cinderella stories ever told; My Fair Lady is a Mentor/Protégé romance; Romancing the Stone is a Quest/Treasure Hunt plot; etc.

  1. Cinderella—Rags to Riches
  2. Adversaries
  3. Opposites Attract
  4. Second Chance or Reunion
  5. Forbidden Love
  6. He Said/She Said—Male/Female Clashes, His Beliefs Versus Hers
  7. Protector or Bodyguard and the Damsel in Distress
  8. Deserted Island, Snowbound, or Stranded
  9. Love Triangle
  10. Betrayal — Bet/A Big Bad Secret
  11. Arranged Marriage or Marriage of Convenience
  12. Beauty and the Beast
  13. Transformation or Sleeping Beauty/Ugly duckling
  14. Amnesia
  15. Vengeance
  16. Fear of Commitment—Reforming the Rake
  17. Fish Out of Water
  18. Pygmalion—Mentor and Protégé
  19. Rich Versus Poor—Different Classes
  20. Bad Boy/Good Girl or Popular Girl/Nerd
  21. Girl or Boy Next Door—Best Friends become Lovers
  22. Quest, Treasure Hunt, Adventure
  23. Secret Identity
  24. Abductor and Hostage
  25. Partners—Joint Struggle to Survive or Beat a Common Enemy

When I was a teenager, the romance genre was still in its infancy. The love stories I cut my teeth on were the old Harlequin and Silhouette novels that starred mostly nurses, secretaries, and governesses as heroines. The majority of them had Cinderella plots. (Yes, I know I’m dating myself.)

Decades later, I still love the premise of the disadvantaged heroine attracting the interest of a wealthy hero who gives her everything she’s never had. It’s a simple, traditional story but timeless in its appeal because women love the fantasy of a white knight rescuing them from their dreary lives of housework and balancing their checkbooks.

Personally, the element I love most is the heroine’s triumph over adversity. Since I’m crazy about kids, I’ve always been drawn to the governess/wealthy widower version of the Cinderella plot, which is the category The Parent Pact falls into.

Nowadays, the majority of Cinderella plots feature mega-rich heroes or princes who fall for ordinary middle-class heroines. To make my story a little different, I made both my hero and heroine parents, and gave the story a bit of realism by casting a wealthy, suburban single dad as the hero, rather than a billionaire or a member of royalty, and a high-school-drop-out, single mom as the heroine.

I originally wrote The Parent Pact to submit to Harlequin’s Desire imprint. Unfortunately, my down-to-earth characters didn’t fit that line because they wanted the larger-than-life heroes (princes, sheiks, and billionaires) I’d eschewed, and they felt school age children in the story would undercut the sexual tension. Obviously, they’ve never heard of babysitters or afternoon quickies.

Unfortunately, Harlequin’s home and family lines, which welcome children in the story, also weren’t interested. They want a little sweeter story than I write. In the end, I concluded that Harlequin doesn’t subscribe to single parents having as much hot sex as my alter-ego, L.L Kellogg, insists my hero and heroine enjoy.

 Cinderella and Prince Charming never had to consider the welfare of their children

 When widower Tyler Fitzpatrick meets Annie Barnes at his daughter’s school, his libido goes tilt. The sexy single mother is everything he and his grieving little girl need. Unfortunately, Annie flatly refuses his dinner invitation. She wants a husband and a father for her son—not just a boyfriend. And the last time she checked, wealthy, summa-cum-laude lawyers didn’t marry high-school-drop-out housekeepers.

Tyler concedes there’s a vast difference between their experiences and lifestyles. Still, he’s inexplicably drawn to the impoverished young woman—even though her little boy reminds Tyler of an underprivileged past he’d rather forget. While becoming better acquainted, he offers Annie a job caring for his daughter and home in Redemption, PA. He also proposes a Parent Pact—an agreement to become role models to each other’s child and to fill one another’s needs as single parents while they continue to search for true love.

 Accepting Tyler’s offer would solve a lot of Annie’s problems. However, surrendering to her weak-in-the-knees attraction to the irresistible widower could very well leave her and her son heartbroken. Yet, when circumstances threaten her ability to feed her child, Annie reluctantly agrees to the pact, making it clear she has no desire for Tyler to fill her so-called needs in bed. It’s a bald-faced lie, but she knows the man’s desperation to give his daughter the nurturing she needs will compel him to accept a purely platonic relationship.

 Now, Annie’s only problem is resisting the overwhelming temptation to let sin-in-a-tailored-suit Tyler seduce her.

The Parent Pact will be available at Amazon the middle of September.

 If you can’t think of another classic romance plot to add to the list, let me know what your favorite one is and why it appeals to you.

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