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    A black cat from Wetumpka…

    A world renowned black cat detective from Wetumpka teams up with a treasure hunter and a local sheriff to solve a Wedding Caper!

    Oh boy, did I have fun writing this book! It’s different from anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a Cozy Mystery with a cat POV. Now, I don’t have a cat. I’ve never had a cat. I’ve had dogs. A few of them, but cats just weren’t my pet of choice. I like cats. They are cut and cuddly and amusing. But writing a cat POV, well that took some doing.

    AND, the cat thinks he’s British, sort of. 

    Trouble, the great cat detective, is the creation of Carolyn Haines and it is an honor to have been given the chance to write in this series with some very talented authors.

    I struggled at first to get the voice of this pretentious creature, but once I got into it, I found myself loving this cat! Here is a little taste of Trouble, the great cat detective.

    “Are you ready, Trouble?”

    My new human mate, Annabel Wilder, scoops me up, mind you a little too eagerly, and scratches the top of my head.

    With a sophisticated purr that only the most refined cats can conjure, I let her know that I approve of the delicious scratches. I tilt my head, so she can properly get behind my ears.

    “This is going to be the one. I can feel it.”Her excitement over visiting the Public Storage facility piques my natural curiosity. I’ve never heard of anyone purchasing the contents of an abandoned storage unit filled with someone else’s belongings. While I find it highly unlikely that humans in England do such things, I believe that the remarkable Sherlock Holmes would find it an utterly fascinating opportunity to study human nature.

    Annabel’s racing heart beats against my body as she glances between the elevator and me. She taps her foot, too, as if that will make the doors open more quickly. At least her touch on my fur is still gentle. I find I rather like this energetic young woman. 

    I’ve quite enjoyed my stay thus far in Jupiter, Florida. It’s a quiet place, not like other parts of Southern Florida. Once you cross the bridge over the Intracoastal, the sea of cars clogging the roads magically disappear, and the sense of urgency to be in the right place at the right time slips away. My owner, Tammy Lynn, told me I’d have a nice, relaxing, drama-free time with her friend’s niece while Tammy Lynn boarded a yacht for a remote island to examine a few rare books with a dear friend.

    I’m rather glad she didn’t take me. I doubt I’d appreciate the boat, surrounded by a salty ocean, no matter how good the fish might be.

    The second the doors ding open, Annabel dashes through the modest lobby and races across the parking lot to her bright-red, hardtop Jeep. I’m thankful that, so far, she’s only taken the very back part of the top off. Unlike a dog, I do not like to stick my head out the window with my tongue lolling out. 

    Such an unrefined species!

    You can pre-order your copy of Trouble’s Wedding Caper now!

  • Announcements and New Releases

    Love, Christmas: A Christmas Getaway hit the USA Today Bestseller list.

    Wow. Just wow.

    I was sitting at my desk when a message came over from Susan Stoker.

    Susan: Congrats on the USAT

    Me: No fucking way!

    Susan: YES FUCKING WAY.

    I couldn’t believe it! I still can’t. I keep waiting for someone to tell me it’s not true, that they made a mistake.

    But this image says something different!

    If you haven’t downloaded your copy, it’s still only .99 cents. Lets keep it on the list!

  • Random Musings

    A Christmas Getaway: A story about life, loss, and finding love again

    They say time heals all wounds. I’m honestly not so sure I believe in that sentiment wholeheartedly.

    I sound like a pessimist, don’t I?

    My entire life I’ve waffled between the belief that anything is possible, tomorrow will be a new day, that there is hope, and we can get through all things in life. But I’ve also straddled the pragmatic side…as in we have two choices

    1. We can sit idle and do nothing
    2. We can move forward, always looking to the future, but living in the present

    I’m a pretty paratactical girl who likes to daydream.

    I had an interesting childhood, filled with love, drama, heartache, pain…you name it. But really, isn’t that life?

    A friend of mine lost her husband to cancer a little over 4 years ago. He battled to the very end. As a couple, they were positive through the entire thing. Even when it was time to break down and cry, everything they said had a twist toward the positive. To them, life and love, no matter how short or long, was a gift. Something to cherish and when life took a bad turn, that was the time to remember to live life true to yourself.

    You do you kind of thing.

    When I was asked to write in the Love, Christmas Anthology, which had to be based on a holiday movie, I chose The Christmas Getaway from Hallmark. Why? I liked the premise. Two people forced to share the same space in a cabin over the holidays because of a mix up in reservations. I thought that would be cute. I honestly thought I’d write a romantic comedy. I had visions of my heroine baking cookies, dumping flour over the hero. I had images of her falling down on the slopes, taking him out with her. That’s all fine and dandy, but I had no backstory.

    So, I started with my heroine. She’s a widow. Lost her husband before her son was born. He was a pilot in the Navy…oh, me thinks this won’t be a comedy. Then I got to thinking about my dear friend, who is the strongest woman I’ve ever met, and her children, and how they’ve tried to keep up the traditions, while moving forward with life. Because as my friend always said, life goes on. So, I made my heroine a kick ass woman who can make it all on her own.

    Cool. Now what about him? Well, crap. I like to torture my hero…so, he lost his wife and son the year before and he came to that mountain to ski fast during the day, and drown his sorrows at night.

    Only, he’s stuck with this woman and her son…reminding him of everything he lost. But it also showed him that he’d never stop missing his wife and son, he could live his life and find love again.

    The journey that these two take is about learning to start over. It doesn’t mean you forget, it means you put one foot in front of the other with your chin held high and do your best to do you.

    I hope you’ll check out the anthology and all the novellas inside!

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  • Announcements and New Releases

    New Brotherhood Protectors Novella: ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES!

    Release Day!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm so excited to share with you the second book in my Out of the Wild, series with in the Brotherhood Protectors, series by Elle James.

    The idea for Rough Around the Edges came to me when I spent a week in Nashville during CMAFest. I love country music and always wanted to write about singers and song writers. I loved the Blue Bird Cafe and I thought about how many are chasing the dreams.

    And then I thought, what if someone fell into the business out of necessity, but wanted something else out of his life?

    Rough Around the Edges is about a young woman's quest to find out killed her father, while finding love in the man who left her broken hearted when he not only left the business, but left her.

    Here is the blurb. I hope you enjoy!

    Piper Morgan had never wanted fame or fortune, but that had been impossible as the daughter of Calvin Morgan, better known as Cowboy Cal, the mega country singer superstar. Much to her father’s dismay, the shy, reserved Piper chose a career writing song instead of performing them. She couldn’t be happier.

    Until someone murders her father and now has their sights set on her, forcing her to seek the help of a man who had broken her young heart.

    When Jadon Sawyer left Nashville at the ripe old age of twenty-two and joined the Army, he never looked back. A career on the stage had never been for him, even with a couple of top twenty billboard hits and women dropping at his feet.

    But he never forgot the man who had given him his first big break, or the sweet eighteen-year-old girl with the voice of an angel.

    Jadon will do whatever it takes to find out killed Cowboy Cal and protect Piper, even if it means dusting off his guitar and putting himself in the line of fire.