Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Cover Reveal: Forever My Cowboy



It's that time again! I've got a release scheduled for June 30th and I also have a new cover to show you!




Forever My Cowboy is a rewrite of one of my previously published short stories that some of you may recall, Going the Distance. In the time since it went out of "print" I have used some of the reviewer feedback I got and revamped the story.

You can preorder your copy here:










A newly revised and re-edited version!
She has always loved her cowboy, but, to keep him, she’ll have to show the world her heart.
Colton and Steph have been a thing since high school. Colton, a cowboy who stubbornly tends to his family’s horse ranch, likes a simple life. Steph, now a famous Hollywood star, likes things with a little more flash and bang. The two of them couldn’t be any more different and yet, when they come together, it’s an explosion of lust that rivals the intensity of a flame to gasoline.

Steph gets away as often as she can, visiting Colton between movies she’s working on, and Colton is always there waiting for her. She has put her career ahead of everything, and in an effort to keep Colton a secret and ensuring his privacy is not disturbed, she also lets the media have control over her love life, allowing whatever gossip they dream up to run unchecked, except where he’s concerned. But when the media finds her visiting Colton’s ranch, she lies about how much he means to her in an effort to protect his anonymity.

It’s a lie that could destroy her life completely because it’s one that Colton believes. And the next time she goes to see him, he’s not there to greet her. Steph finds herself in a race not just to find him but to show him how much he means to her and what she’s willing to do to prove it.


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Word vs Scrivener: An Experiment


I've been doing this writing thing for a very long time. In a professional capacity, thirteen years.

I currently have 16 books out and another one on the way. The number of published work I have has fluctuated over the years due to publishers closing and rights being reverted. It's definitely been a marathon rather than a sprint.

I've written probably three times that though...actually, maybe more than three times that.

I've accumulated a lot of words and logged a shitton of hours.

From the very beginning I have used a writing program called Scrivener. It was a program that came highly recommended and, at first, was only available to use on Macs. I think that's changed now but I don't use any other kind of PC so I've never really looked into it.

I like Scrivener. It allows me to organize my chapters into files so I can flip between them easily instead of scrolling through an entire document. It compiles my files into a Word doc for editing. It can even format it (so I've heard) for epublishing. It has templates for character sketches and setting.

I've only ever had one major crisis with the program not working suddenly but that was fixed relatively quickly. I like it. It's worked for me.

Until recently.

Lately I've been struggling with Scrivener because it doesn't allow me to continue working on my projects if I'm away from my home computer. I can't open a Scrivener file on my work computer if I'm trying to get a few words over my lunch break. And that's kind of a pain in my ass. I need to be able to sneak in some writing whenever I have a spare minute and Scrivener stops me from doing that.

I found a work around. I'd put my writing in a Google doc and then copy and paste it into the Scrivener file later but I started to get annoyed with that too.

All of my editing happens in Word. That is standard for any publisher I've worked with. So I decided to try and use Word exclusively for my latest project which was a very short novella. I figured I could handle having to scroll through 20K or less.

I didn't hate it. It forced me to write linearly though, which meant I couldn't (or wouldn't for some reason) skip any scenes but that didn't hold me up or block me in any way. In fact, I powered through, didn't take one night off and finished the project in less than two weeks. I don't know if that was because I didn't feel like I could skip things or if it was because I need to get this done by June 1st but either way, I didn't fuck around much at all.

Being able to jump chapters or scenes is handy when you're facing 80K or more though and I do that often when I'm using Scrivener.

Scrivener also has a really nifty word counter that looks like this:



It goes from red to green as you type, both for the overall word count on the project and for the current writing session target. It's pretty nice to watch the bar move to green when you're working. Very motivating. I found a work around with Word but it wasn't the same at all. (Highlighting what I wrote and checking the word count --blah!)

Scrivener has a side panel that allows for both project notes and chapter notes that stay put while you are working. That is VERY handy because there are things that I need to remember about plot or objects or characters and having them in a place that doesn't scroll away as I'm typing is useful.

I used Word's comment feature for this purpose on my novella but I had to scroll back up to it often to remind myself of things. Again, not a problem in a short project but it would get annoying, I think, in a longer novel.

Being able to access my file from any computer is a major bonus. I fear my Mac is on it's way to the otherworld and if I lose it mid-project and I'm using Scrivener, I'm pretty screwed for however long it takes me to get a new Mac. Word is more accessible.

Is that enough to keep me working exclusively in Word going forward? I don't know. I'm going to try to write my next novel using Word exclusively again. At this time, I don't feel that Scrivener is safe because of my computer issues but if I get a new computer, I can't say I wouldn't switch back to Scrivener...I do miss the bells and whistles that come with it.

Just thought I'd share my experience with anyone who is curious.




Tuesday, April 28, 2020

It's Release Day!


Wicked Disclosure, book 1 in my super hot Wicked Distractions Series is out today!


Pushing his boundaries was always her plan. What she didn’t expect was how much she’d love it when he pushed back.
Trent Brooks is young, hungry and on his way to the top as a newly appointed Lead Communications Officer at Morgan and Miller, a conglomerate of family brands. After the death of the company’s CFO, Trent is dispatched to navigate a delicate situation involving the deceased executive and an escort agency known as Kitty Calls.

Sabine Cowan is the take-no-prisoners owner of Kitty Calls, who has no use for men other than for her business and her personal pleasure. When Trent presents her with the confidentiality agreement, she dismisses it. But instead of dismissing him, she decides he may be just the type of fun she’s been hungry for.

When compromising photos of Sabine and Trent together are leaked to the media, both of their worlds explode, just in very different ways. Sabine is used to being painted as a sexual deviant. Trent, not so much. With his reputation and his career hanging in the balance, he’s determined to figure out who’s behind the leak.


Screwing Sabine Cowan is every man’s wet dream, including Trent’s. Falling in love with her, however, is not what he bargained for. Exploring the depth of their passion in whatever way she wants could destroy him completely, but his quest for the truth may be something worth dying for.


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Monday, April 13, 2020

Things I Put in my Mouth Part 5


Okay, I lied, I totally drank more wine. I thought I needed a break but I didn't! lol

I have two more bottles of new-to-me wine to share.


Once again, a California wine pleases my tastebuds. Smoking Loon is a really tasty wine. It's sweet, and by now you should know that I like that, but not too sweet. I found it light and fruity too. It paired well with my Wunderbar which is always a good thing.


This one was a no for me. My husband and I both reacted the same way....too tart! It tastes like sour apples which is fine when you're eating turkey dinner to kill a bit of the sour taste but otherwise, no. I like a wine I can sip without having to eat anything with it. This one needs an accompaniment which may not be a problem for some people but that's not me. I hate to admit it but the bottle didn't even make it back into the fridge, it's sitting on the table still and that's never a good sign.

This was the last of my white wine taste-testing splurge bottles. I enjoyed this little experiment and I'm satisfied that I've found some pretty great wines that I can stockpile for the upcoming weeks of isolation.

Somehow with all this drinking, I've managed to get a lot of writing work done too. Stay tuned for my next book release in a couple of weeks.


Pushing his boundaries was always her plan. What she didn't expect was how much she'd love it when he pushed back.

Preorder your copy today!







Monday, March 30, 2020

Things I Put in my Mouth Part 4


I thought I'd found a wine that I could buy endlessly and love no matter what kind it was.


But I was wrong.

I really do love the Bodacious whites but this one is not my favourite at all. It wasn't terrible but it was too dry and not sweet enough for me. It did go well with turkey dinner and I did drink the entire bottle eventually, so nothing went to waste but I won't likely be buying this one again. I'll stick to the smooth white or the Pinot Grigio.

I did, however, find a wine that I do love, almost as much as the Bodacious smooth white.


Pepperwood Grove is super delicious. It's a little bit sweet and definitely light. There's no weird aftertaste either. I do quite like California wines, both red and white, so this isn't a total surprise to me. Bodacious is cheaper though, so I'll likely stockpile that instead.

I feel satisfied that I've now found two white wines that are just as good or maybe better than what I remember of the wine I had over Christmas. I still do want to go to the wineries in Niagara to do a little taste testing but, as we all know, that won't be happening anytime soon.

I'm taking a break from the wine drinking for a bit. I definitely don't want to come out of this world of isolation with a dependancy on white wine. After my mini-booze break, I'll share some of my favourite whiskey and Scotches.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Publisher Sale!



Cursed is on sale for FREE right now! That's right, you can get the first book in my Order of the Wolf series for zero pennies! The great part of about that is you not only get Cursed but you also get Wolf Slayer as well.

You can click this LINK to purchase it at your preferred retailer.

Cursed
Darcy Wells is a Vengeance Dealer, fixing the wrongs inflicted on women. So what if she isn’t the most skilled witch. All she needs is one curse. A curse that makes the men she’s punishing lust after her and only her. Unrequited lust—justice according to Darcy. Until she curses drop-dead gorgeous sex god Raven Glock and gets more than she bargained for, in the shape of a werewolf who thinks she now belongs to him.

Wolf Slayer
Aubrey Devlin has been training to be a Huntress her whole life. But there’s a problem: she’s not one of the chosen ones. Instead of the life she’d planned, an uncertain future lay ahead of her. Until she meets the magnetic Jaylon, alpha bad-boy to the extreme. All Jaylon has to do is make the stubborn-as-hell Huntress fall in love with him.

Each story in The Order of the Wolf Series is standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Things I Put in my Mouth Part 3


I FOUND IT!!


Okay, it's not the exact one I had over Christmas but it's a close contender for sure. I like the Bodacious white wines a lot but I hadn't tried this one yet. It's good, really good. Sweet enough and light, not dry or mouth puckering. I like it so much that I ordered a few large bottles for future consumption. With the way things are going these days, I think I'm going to need more wine.

Not to worry though, because I was worried about running out of wine options during self-isolation, I bought a lot of new-to-me wines to try. While I really do love this one, I'll be taste-testing many others in the weeks to come.

Another by-product of being stuck at home is no access to fast food. We live in a small town that doesn't have a lot of options for takeout so I've been cooking a lot.


Homemade burgers and air-fried french fries! Looks good, right? I've perfected my hamburger recipe over the years. Lots of minced garlic is a must as well as a bit of garlic plus seasoning. I use saltine crackers as a binder with an egg of course. And my air-fryer...omg...I can't live without it. It totally makes crispy french fries without all the grease.

I'm on a low carb diet, which allows me to indulge in carbs for dinner (I can't give them up completely or someone may die) and it's usually the best meal of my day for many carb-related reasons.

Well, that's it for this week. Stay tuned for another wine tasting next Monday!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Things I Put in my Mouth Part 2

As I mentioned last week, I've been on a quest to find this white wine I had over Christmas. So far, I've had many different white wines, but none have compared. I almost believe that the wine I had doesn't exist. Or maybe I'm remembering it wrong. I don't know...my cousin says she thinks she knows what one I had but that particular wine is only available at the winery in Niagara and I'm not going there any time soon. So, that leaves me with a taste testing extravaganza (and by taste testing, I mean drinking the whole bottle.)

This weekend I tried this one.

My selection process is either by recommendation, or like in this case, one I just randomly picked because it looked good. I like Pinot Grigio in general and this one was okay, maybe a bit too tart for me...or too dry...it wasn't terrible though. I think I just needed to pair it with the right food and Mrs. Vickie's salted chips wasn't it.

I thought I'd also include something else I truly enjoy putting in my mouth: POUTINE! 


I LOVE poutine. As meal on it's own, with something else, I don't care, I'll eat it. This particular poutine comes from Mary Brown's and it's their tater poutine. OMG, sooooooo damn good! I don't even care so much about their chicken, it's this I truly want.

In other somewhat related news, something I've recently learned from a friend (I've yet to do actual research for myself), is that wine messes up your teeth and not just from possible staining. My teeth have been so sensitive lately even with all of my usual methods to prevent sensitivity. A friend of mine told me that it's because I've been drinking so much wine which eats away at the enamel. Booooo!! Wine, why you gotta be like that? 

It's not going to stop me, of course, I'm not a quitter, but if anyone has tips to prevent more teeth sensitivity, I'm all ears. I've been using sensitivity toothpaste and mouthwash but so far it's not working as well as I'd hoped. 

Anyway, that's it for this week. Tune in next Monday for another taste testing result. 

*Be warned that I'm stuck at home for the next three weeks with my kids so I may actually be drinking more and the posts might ramp up due to my insanity prevention methods.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Remember That Time...?

Rocks and Reads Book Club
Way back in January, I was invited to join the lovely ladies of the Rocks and Reads Book Club for their monthly book chat. We met at a local pub and took over one of the cozy rooms, ate lots of amazing food, and had a wonderful time.

This was my first experience being the featured author at a book club and I'm hoping it won't be my last. I had such a great time talking to everyone about writing and other fun things. The ladies read The Dark War, which was a new-to-them genre. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that they not only bought copies of my book (and took a chance on a new genre) and read it but wanted to get the books signed as well. What a thrill that is for an author!

It was nice to get out and be social, especially in January, which is so dreary in Ontario. As an extroverted introvert (that's totally a thing, I swear), I sometimes crave those interactions with new-to-me people and attending a book club meeting seems like such a perfect match for someone like me because I'm not just a writer, I'm an avid reader too. 

This wouldn't have happened without one special person so I want to give a shout out to my friend Anne S who set this event up. She's a wonderful, generous person and I'm truly happy to have met her.

I should have posted about this in January but I got very caught up in edits for one of my books and had some pretty tight turn around deadlines. I'm catching up on things now and promise that I'll be blogging a lot more regularly going forward.

Thanks, as always, for sticking with me, everyone! We'll chat soon.




Monday, March 9, 2020

Things I Put in my Mouth


What kind of things do I put in my mouth? ~Snicker, snicker.~ Sorry, can't help myself, I'm an erotic romance writer, my brain automatically goes to the inappropriate place first. I'm not talking about inappropriate things this week though. I'm talking about wine...specifically white wine.

Way back at Christmas time, I was visiting my family at my cousin's house and someone asked me if I wanted red or white (or scotch, or whiskey). Feeling in a light mood, I decided to pick white. Even though I'm Italian (half, on my dad's side), I haven't been a big wine drinker in general. It used to give me massive headaches. Now not so much, thank fuck! So, I was handed a glass of white. I took a sip. I said, "mmmm!" but then failed to ask what the wine was. Biggest mistake of my wine drinking life.

Since then, I've been on a quest to find the wine. My cousin thinks she knows what wine it is now, but the journey has been a long, not overly unpleasant, one. A friend of mine suggested I blog about my wine quest and after drinking all weekend, I've decided that yes, I will.

You should all know two things about me: I have no idea what I'm talking about where wine is concerned, my opinions are purely based on my tastebuds' response so they're honest at least. Don't be reading these posts thinking I'm, in anyway, a wine connoisseur. And, I don't drink during the week, at all, until Friday, so yes, that means one glass will knock me on my ass and also, these posts are not coming fast and furious. One bottle, each week, that's it.


This is the wine I tried this weekend. I'm not going to lie, I've had it before and love it already. But after weeks and weeks of trying different kinds of wines, I needed something I knew would go down well. It's light, fruity and YUMMY! It also goes well with cheesecake and Ruffles sour cream and onion chips, which is super important to me.

So there you have it, a blog post about my drinking habits. I guarantee, there will be more to come. I may also talk about other things I put in my mouth on occasion as well. ~wink, wink~

Hehehehe, I'm so juvenile.





Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Cover Reveal!



Isn't it beautiful?? I am so in love with this cover.

Wicked Disclosure is the first book in my new Wicked Distractions series. This book is XXX hot so consider yourself warned!




Pushing his boundaries was always her plan. What she didn’t expect was how much she’d love it when he pushed back.
Trent Brooks is young, hungry and on his way to the top as a newly appointed Lead Communications Officer at Morgan and Miller, a conglomerate of family brands. After the death of the company’s CFO, Trent is dispatched to navigate a delicate situation involving the deceased executive and an escort agency known as Kitty Calls.
Sabine Cowan is the take-no-prisoners owner of Kitty Calls, who has no use for men other than for her business and her personal pleasure. When Trent presents her with the confidentiality agreement, she dismisses it. But instead of dismissing him, she decides he may be just the type of fun she’s been hungry for.
When compromising photos of Sabine and Trent together are leaked to the media, both of their worlds explode, just in very different ways. Sabine is used to being painted as a sexual deviant. Trent, not so much. With his reputation and his career hanging in the balance, he’s determined to figure out who’s behind the leak.
Screwing Sabine Cowan is every man’s wet dream, including Trent’s. Falling in love with her, however, is not what he bargained for. Exploring the depth of their passion in whatever way she wants could destroy him completely, but his quest for the truth may be something worth dying for.



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Monday, February 10, 2020

Release Day for Keep Me Wanting!


It's finally here! I've been eagerly awaiting release day for Keep Me Wanting because I can't wait for you to read it.

You can buy your copy from all available retailers HERE

Check out the awesome reviews it's getting: Goodreads



This story is all but impossible to put down.  ~Jenn the Readaholic


Keep Me Wanting was so much more than I had anticipated! A wonderful story of unexpected second chances, familial craziness and the strength of two amazing people in the face of adversity. ~Karen Roma


This was my first time reading Angela Addams and I really enjoyed her writing. She also writes paranormal and I'm gonna go check all those books out after. ~Alicia


Keep Me Wanting will take you on an emotional roller coaster with moments of laughter, to emotional hard breaking pain. This is more than a love story! I can't wait to read more from this author ~Lovely Loveday


I enjoyed everything about this book because it encompassed a little bit of everything I love. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future!  ~ Tracey



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