Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

Thanks so much for the tremendous support on the re-release of SCOT ON THE ROCKS!!  If you're looking for a great beach read to take with you this Memorial Day weekend, SCOT is free right now on Amazon!  So hop on over and pick up your FREE copy!!  I hope you like the book.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

You know I love me some free books!!

It was so much fun re-releasing SCOT ON THE ROCKS that I decided to give JACK WITH A TWIST a chance, too. 

And to celebrate the re-release of JACK, Amazon's offering SCOT ON THE ROCKS for free all week. So, if you haven't read SCOT yet, download it onto your Kindle for free! If you have, then thank you!!  Now's a great time to let your friends know about SCOT (after all, it's free!!).

All this in honor of my third novel, RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE, which comes out July 2nd.  The gorgeous new cover is on the right, and it's available for pre-order now!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


So, you may have missed it, but RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE has a gorgeous new cover!!  Yes, yes, the old one was gorgeous, too.  But the fabulous art peeps over at St. Martin's saw this one, and we just knew that we had to change the cover.  I hope you like it!

What do you think??  I'm totally in love.  This cover is elegant and fresh, and does a really nice job of describing the feel of the book.  It would also look amazing on your coffee table!!

In honor of this new cover, I've re-designed my whole website!!  (And this blog, if you hadn't noticed!!)  So, check out the new website and let me know what you think.  Also, don't forget to sign up for my email newletter list-- I've re-designed the emails, too, and there will be lots more book news coming up in the next few weeks (including book giveaways!).


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Author interview: Leslie Lehr

I'm so thrilled today because I've got the amazing Leslie Lehr here to chat.  Today, her new novel WHAT A MOTHER KNOWS comes out and it's a gripping story about mothers and daughters, about what, as parents, we fear the most.  You may also know Leslie as Chemo Chick over on Sick of Pink.  I know her as an awesomely supportive and hugely talented writer friend.  But enough about me-- let's chat with Leslie!

Tell us about yourself!
I grew up in Ohio and moved to California as soon as possible –meaning, after senior year in high school when it was so cold that school was closed for a month. Which was not as fun as it sounds. But I do miss the small town 4th of July. I’m sort of a newlywed, living as close to the beach as possible with my cute husband. (I’d sworn off getting married again, but he was still so cute after four years of dating that I couldn’t resist.) I have two almost-grown daughters who inspire both the angst and the adoration in What A Mother Knows. I collect sand dollars because it thrills me that no matter what else is happening the world, these little gifts keep washing up on the beach. And I’m just finishing treatment for breast cancer, so I absolutely hate pink, but I do appreciate how little time it takes to get ready when I’m rocking a turban.

Tell us a bit about your path to becoming a writer
It was a curvy path. I always wrote, newspaper columns and essays and scripts between jobs after film school, but mainly because I have a lot to say. This morning my radiologist had to tell me to stop talking to his co-worker, Candy, so the beam wouldn’t fry the wrong boob. How could anyone resist talking to a person named Candy?

Tell us about your latest release in 25 words or less.
 A woman who recovers from a fatal car accident only to be accused of murder must find her missing daughter, who might know what happened.

(Except she cares more about finding her daughter than she does about the accident.)

What's your favorite part of writing?  Least?

My least favorite part of writing is when I spend an entire day banging my head against the keyboard, trying to figure something out. My favorite part comes after that when I finally give up, take a walk on the beach – and voila, the answer comes! Then I wish I’d gone to the beach earlier. And brought a notepad.

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?
My original goal was to make music videos, but then I did and it was awful. Then I wanted to produce movies and started working my way up, but got sidetracked by kids. Then again, I always wrote on the side, thinking I could do it better than whoever wrote the script we were shooting.

Now I can’t imagine being anything else. I get to play with the people in my head all day. Boss them around. Is that weird?

What’s your website like?
It’s so fun  - and it was a family affair. My niece just moved to LA, so in exchange for doing her laundry here she helped me with Pinterest character boards and the Skype thingie so I can do book club visits from home.  My daughter is studying advertising in San Francisco, so she filmed the trailer and also came up with the map where my hero searches for her daughter– you can click on cities from Hawaii to New York and find postcards from scenes in the book. She also put together the Spotify playlist. My girlfriend gave me her recipe for lemon bars to put on the page with all the book club menus. And of course there are blogs and reviews and the usual stuff. Plus a picture of me with long hair. Ha!

What are you reading right now?
Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow.  If it were July, I would be reading Recipe For A Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz. 

Aw, thank you, Leslie!  I so appreciate that.  Leslie's novel WHAT A MOTHER KNOWS is out today.  What are you waiting for??  Go get your copy now!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

To self-pub or not to self-pub, that is the question!!

There's been so much talk these days about self-publishing.  Haven't heard about it?  Well, you can check it out here or here. And it's something I've been thinking about for a while. Ever since my imprint closed (RIP, Red Dress Ink!!) and I got the rights back to my first two novels, I've been thinking: what should I do with them now?!

Last summer, I sold my third novel in a two-book deal to St. Martin's, so there wasn't much time to think about it.  My third novel, RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE, comes out July 2 and in anticipation of the launch, I've decided to do something I never thought I'd do.

I'm going to release SCOT ON THE ROCKS and JACK WITH A TWIST myself.  Now, I know what you're thinking-- it's easy to do since the books were already acquired, edited, and then copyedited to within an inch of their life.  And you'd be right.  The books are ready to go.  I read over them and made a few tiny tweaks here and there, but the truth is, all I really had to do was to format them for e-readers, get new covers and then hit "publish."  Easy as that.

So, I reached out to the fabulous Malena Lott over at the Athena Institute (seriously, how gorgeous are her covers?!) and voila!, she created an amazing new cover for SCOT!!

And man, do I love this new cover!  I think it really conveys the sense of fun and romance that are in the book.  I'll be publishing SCOT sometime next week (with JACK to follow closely on its heels) and I'm really excited about the new journey!

So, tell me about your thoughts on self-publishing.  Are you for it?  Against it?  Have you tried it yourself?  I want to hear!!