This week's read is one from one of my all time favorite authors, Rachel Van Dyken. Now, I haven't had much time to read, but I'm a little over halfway done with this bad boy and I am in L.O.V.E. love with it! It's fun and witty like lots of Rachel's books. If you want something funny this weekend I recommend this one. The second book comes out January 9th!
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken kicks off a brand-new series in which romance is a game and love is a touchdown.
Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…
No fraternizing with the players.
Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.
Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Fraternize-Players-Game-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01N5WCHSG/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fraternize-Players-Game-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01N5WCHSG/
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Fraternize-Players-Game-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01N5WCHSG/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Fraternize-Players-Game-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01N5WCHSG/
Merry Christmas everyone.
I know, I know I'm not politically correct when I say that, but I honestly do not wish it in much relation to religion, but more in a feeling of love, warmth, friendship, kindness, and family. This week I'm doing things a little differently. I have no news on books because I've caught y'all up on everything I have so far, so I'm going to talk about what Christmas means to me.
I grew up in a home where Christmas was spent as a time to be together, be grateful for what we have been given, and of course, to be together. Sure, there were presents but only for us kids. We rarely saw gifts being exchanged between the adults except for the gift to the grandparents, they always got something. I've continued it on with my own children and this coming year my oldest will learn the truth behind Santa.
*If your child is reading this with you and they are believers please stop, I'd feel horrible to spoil their childhood.*
For my brother and I Santa never brought expensive gifts or shiny things that we would forget in a day or two. And when we got old enough we figured it all out because Santa always did the dishes. Silly Mom couldn't let them sit overnight. *She's a little OCD when it comes to cleaning anything.*
Anyways, with my oldest, I tried and tried all year to think of a way to break the news to him and stage one is this.
We, as in me, told him he is old enough and mature enough to become one of Santa's helpers. He asked what that meant and I told him it would require him to find someone; friend or family member, who could use a little something special in their life. He was to pick one person and only tell me so I could tell Santa. He then had to start figuring out, like a ninja he said, what his person could really need, get the present for this person, wrap it and address it to the person but put FROM SANTA on it. He cannot take the credit for the present and has to see how much joy he has given to his person for the year.
Pretty cool idea right?
I'm still figuring out the right way to present the fact that Dad and I are Santa to him next year that ties this in but I'm getting a good start to what it will sound like. I have a whole year to piece it together.
So began the search.
His due date was Halloween, that way Santa had plenty of time to know and didn't have to worry about that person.
And he picked his great grandma. The poor bird has had a rough year with breaking her leg right before Fourth of July and could use something to truly cheer her up. *She's doing very well by the way, she's in PT and doing great.*
Big B than began to think of what to get this special lady in his life and we enlisted Grandma's help. We settled on something simple but meaningful to my grandma who holds this time of year close to her heart.
The present is now wrapped and tucked perfectly under my grandma's tree as of today.
Of course behind the scenes I'm telling all the adults who will be at my grandma's Christmas Eve and my grandma that they need to act surprised because it is clear that it was wrapped by a child and has familiar handwriting on it.
So what does all of this mean in how I view Christmas you may be wondering?
Well, it's simple for me. By working hard to get his great grandma something and not taking credit for it, I'm hoping my son will learn that giving a gift doesn't need to be about getting the recognition or credit for it to feel good. I want his heart to swell with silent pride at what he accomplished and understand that this time of year, no matter the religion, is about being with family and sharing in traditions and the love of one another.
I will repeat this someday with my younger boy and hope they will continue it on with their children.
Like the Grinch learned, Christmas isn't about the packaging or the gifts, but something far deeper.
Now I'm rambling. Whatever your tradition is have hope, joy, and love this holiday season with the ones you love.
As for my weekend read, this week I don't have any. Instead, I want to hear what you would recommend.
This week was a long one for us here. I'm been drained, but still managed to get a lot done. The entire Predator Series got a facelift with new covers by Dark Water Designs. They are absolutely amazing and were done just in time for The Predator Part One's book birthday. I'm waiting on the proofs to get here before the paperbacks will be ready.
I also continued to work on my secret project. I'm absolutely loving it and can't wait for you readers to love it too.
Christmas is right around the corner and I am officially done with all my shopping. The warden is getting Game of Thrones Season 7 so I had to wait till this week to get it, but it is now wrapped and under our tree with the rest of the gifts.
Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.
Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.
He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.
My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.
We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.
One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.
We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.
But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.
I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.
All he has to do is stay.
This week started off with me falling on my side, bruising my left side (stupid ice) and is now ending with hot coffee, words following and watching season 2 of Frontier. Sexy Momoa please and thank you.
I have a bit of exciting news to share that you are getting here first before I publish it on any other social media page I have.
I have the sign up form ready for Cased that I'm planning to release February 22nd. The sign up is open to everyone, you don't have to be just a blogger. Readers, bloggers, and fellow authors are welcome to sign up.
Sign up now: https://goo.gl/forms/Clj4YiWNfQwztysH3
I'm extremely thrilled to get book two of the Moto X series out! I made some teasers yesterday with the help of one of my betas and I have to toot my own horn, they look amazing, but I'm not sharing them yet.
But I will share the blurb with you:
She’s broken. And he is determined to be the one to put her back together.
Paige Bartin is the one for him.
Finally believing he found happiness, Axle Ryan was left blindsided when Paige left him completely Roosted. Just like he was warned, the switch was flipped.
Now, Axle is left empty but there is a driving need to fight for the woman he sees his future in.
And fight he will.
Axle will go against anyone, including Paige herself to prove how good–scratch that–phenomenal they are together.
It’s more than unbelievable chemistry and a beautiful woman who hides behind a blank expression; it’s two souls coming together.
But when their bond is tested, will they survive or will they be left Cased?
In other book news, I'm 13k into my secret project and the thrill of not sharing much of anything about it is keeping me motivated to keep writing. If you are in my readers group, I do share a few things about it, but not much. I'm hoping to have the rough draft finished by January 17th which will give me plenty of time to get Cased ready for publishing.
Christmas is right around the corner and I hope you have a wonderful time with your family.
This week I read a sweet and sexy read by Nina Lane.
He may own a candy company, but this wealthy bachelor is no Willy Wonka.
Sugar Rush Candy Company CEO Luke Stone is a devoted businessman who doesn't do relationships. He does short-term affairs with clearly defined rules. But when a sexy bohemian angel propositions him in a bar, Luke is tempted to want more.
Polly Lockhart is horrified when she wakes the morning after her twenty-third birthday to realize she made a fool of herself with a sinfully delicious man. She tells herself she doesn't have time for romance anyway, as she's fighting to keep her mother's beloved bakery afloat and finish her culinary studies. That all changes when her class tours the famed Sugar Rush headquarters, and Polly collides with her dream man again.
As she succumbs to their hot attraction, Polly soon realizes her bakery isn't the only thing that needs saving. Luke, driven and unyielding, will burn out unless someone convinces him to taste the sweetness of life. But can Polly remember this sugar rush is only temporary?
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LOS4P5C/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sweet-Dreams-Sugar-Rush-1-ebook/dp/B01LOS4P5C/
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Dreams-Sugar-Rush-1-ebook/dp/B01LOS4P5C/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Sweet-Dreams-Sugar-Rush-1-ebook/dp/B01LOS4P5C/
November was a busy, but fun month!
The beginning of the month brought the May family Parent-Teacher Conferences and a free flight with Denver Air Connection. The pictures above are from the flight. Little E sat with his uncle, because the warden was off hunting, and Big B was less than thrilled as you can tell. I laughed through the whole take off with him. Yes, I'm the type of mom who laughs at her child's expense. But he did have fun flying around the county and seeing the mountains, the plains, and town from the air.
Miss Timber turned one in November and Little E turned four. I can't believe how quickly time has flown with the dog and both of my kids.
Thanksgiving was spent with family, especially my grandma who broke her leg before 4th of July. She's doing better and better and even took a few steps without her walker the other day! Celebrate every small step.
Now, we are preparing for Christmas while I work on a new manuscript and send Cased (Moto X Book Two) off to my editor.
This is something new I'm going to do every Friday. I will share a book or two that I have read in the week with you.
The first book is Late Call by Emma Hart.
I'm still reading it, but I have to say that I love it. Escort second chance, around the world romance. It is a little slow at times, but I'm finding it enjoyable.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JZCDS3K/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Late-Call-1-Emma-Hart-ebook/dp/B00JZCDS3K/
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Late-Call-1-Emma-Hart-ebook/dp/B00JZCDS3K/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Late-Call-1-Emma-Hart-ebook/dp/B00JZCDS3K/