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Update on the Willoughby Inn series: What’s Next!


I imagine if you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably because you’ve recently read one or both of the stories in the Willoughby Inn series: Where My Heart Breaks and Grounded By You.

While each book in the series follows a different couple, the common thread that ties all of them together is the Willoughby Inn itself, and of course, Walter Moolen’s tragic literary tale. I’ve toyed with the idea of writing Walter’s story- Jackson and Camilla captured the hearts of generations of people in this world, though, and I have to admit that feels a bit intimidating. 🙂  That won’t stop me if I put my mind too it, but I also have to wrap my brain around telling a romance tale that we all know doesn’t have an HEA.

So instead, for the time being, I’ll be focusing on other characters that we meet through the course of the other stories, and rest assured, the character of the Willoughby Inn will always be featured.

In Grounded By You, we meet Sam’s spunky, down to earth co-star Delaney Rose. Delaney will be the featured heroine in the 3rd book of the series- although her story is going to be a bit darker than Reed & Kate’s or Sam and Millie’s. It will take place a couple of years after the events in Grounded By You, and when we see Delaney again, she’s going to be quite jaded by the dark underbelly of Hollywood- for a very good reason. But she’ll meet someone who will help her see that there is life (and love) beyond the cameras and fame. Essentially, bringing her back to the person that she was before starring in Where My Heart Breaks changed her life forever.

The fourth book in the series is going to take us back to the Willoughby Inn and begin to explore the life of Walter Moolen through the eyes of his grand-daughter, Liza. You might recall there was a casual mention that the movie version of Where My Heart Breaks had been stalled for years because of a fight over the rights to the story. Liza is going to come face to face with her arch-nemesis, a high-powered publishing executive who is trying to take over the rights completely, and sparks fly in more ways than one. 🙂

The plan is that these stories will be released in early 2017, although it could be sooner if I start hearing that there’s a lot of interest. (I always take fan requests into account as I build out my production schedule.)

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Happy Reading!


A Post Chock-Full of Updates


I have been remiss in doing a great job of posting here on the blog about all the updates around my books. (Which is a really good reason for you to join my private FB readers group, Ivy’s Front Porch– I post in there quite a bit with news and teasers. 🙂 )

Here’s the latest on all things around my books and what’s coming next:

Protect Her Part 11: Yes, there will be a Part 11, and this will be it. The end. Maybe that’s why I’m having a bit of a hard time getting it going. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want it to end. I love Riley and Paige, but goodness knows those two could use a break. The saving the world business can be exhausting after awhile. I’m hoping to get this out in October, but there’s a lot of moving parts in my production schedule at the moment. But it’s coming.

Greyelf Grizzlies serial: Lukas and Maren’s story is complete. However, you will get to see snippets of their married life in Billy’s story, Ready to Bear (available now!), and also further down the line in the Urban Dwellers books.

Ready to Bear (A Greyelf Grizzlies/Urban Dwellers crossover): This book just went live today, and I am so glad that I took the time to write Billy’s story. Greyelf Grizzly fans know that Billy became the sheriff of Greyelf at the end of the serial, and he’s still tracking Joshua down. Joshua’s trail leads Billy to Copper City, where he meets Thea Philips and the trio of hot shifter alphas known as the Urban Dwellers. This is a full-length standalone book, and you don’t want to miss it!

The Urban Dwellers Series: The is my brand new shifter series. Each of the three Urban Dwellers is going to get his own book, starting with Kyle Frost in Silence that Sizzles (Urban Dwellers #1). Look for that to come your way in early November 2015.

The Willoughby Inn Love Stories series: Now I’ve been noodling for a couple of years now on writing another book in this series focused on Delaney (who you meet in Grounded By You.) The thing is, as you can see by the above info, I’m stacked to the rafters on my current production schedule. However, I’ll consider moving this one up if there’s enough interest. How do I know that? YOU need to tell me! Leave me a note on my Facebook page, hit me up on Twitter, or shoot me an email at

The Benton Hill Love Stories series: Just like with the Willoughby Inn series, I have a story that’s been sitting on the back burner for Clary. This one isn’t slated until late 2016 right now, but you can move it up if I hear from you. Leave me a note on my Facebook page, hit me up on Twitter, or shoot me an email at

So that’s it! Whew- my fingers are feeling tired already. 🙂 But I love this job, and I’ll just keep writing and hopefully you’ll keep reading.

All my best-


Where My Heart Breaks: Grab It Now for $0.99!

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Today is the day! It’s finally here!!

Where My Heart Breaks is available for purchase at all the major retailers (Apple coming soon). Buy links are below. As a special “Thank You” to all my readers (old and new), you can snag your copy of the ebook for $0.99. The new release pricing runs through September 29th, 2013.

I want to give a special shout-out to my beta readers, Audi and Lisa!! I couldn’t have done it without you beautiful ladies. 🙂

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Also, there is a paperback version available for purchase on Amazon for $14.99 and you can find that here.

Happy Reading!

Countdown to Where My Heart Breaks Release!

This is one of my most favorite, and nerve-wracking, points in the publishing process. It’s the point where I’m cresting the top of the roller coaster and about ready to shoot down the other side. It’s the point of no return where I release my newest creation to the world.

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Where My Heart Breaks will be released on all major retail sites on August 30th. Here’s the set-up:

If there were a course in screwing up your life, Kate Spivey would get an A+.

Trust is in short supply for Kate at the start of the summer before her senior year of college. Her parents sentenced her to spend it under the watchful eye of her aunt at the famous Willoughby Inn. It was further proof that she was a prisoner in, and not the decision maker of, her life. Nothing she does is good enough to prove that she learned from the mistakes of her past.

Almost immediately, Kate finds that her new summer home holds another person who understands the unfairness of her situation better than most. Reed Black has had his own share of tragedy and regrets, but instead of trying to fight his reputation, he embraced it.

Sparks fly between Kate and Reed, but his mixed signals remind Kate that she needs to watch her step. He is one temptation she can’t afford to indulge in, no matter how strong her attraction to him. If she isn’t careful, she’ll lose more than her heart.

ARC copies of Where My Heart Breaks are now available on NetGalley.

Be sure to add Where My Heart Breaks to your Goodreads TBR shelf here.

Let the nail biting begin!

A One-Track Mind


You probably read this post’s title and had a completely different idea of what I was going to talk about, being a romance writer and all. 😉 But actually, I wanted to share a little bit about the story I’m working on now and how it’s different from almost everything I’ve written before, which is cool and scary all at the same time.

I had the idea for for this story before I even finished writing Bittersweet Junction. I’ve got a thing for big, old houses. The picture at the top of this post appeared in the corner of the calendar for June above my desk. I couldn’t stop staring at it and that’s always the red flag in my mind that there’s a story there. And so Where My Heart Breaks was born. I somehow managed to keep focused on my final edits for Bittersweet Junction, which was a good thing because when a story idea grips me it’s pretty hard to tear myself away.

Where My Heart Breaks is going to be told from a single point of view (POV) which is a pretty significant departure for me from my usual method of storytelling. Out of the twenty-odd stories I’ve published to date (I also write paranormal fiction under another pen name) only one, My Heart to Rescue, is also a single POV story. That makes this whole endeavor a bit unsettling. Events are unfolding in front of me and I’m finding out about all sorts of things right along with Kate, my heroine.

The logical question is why would I decide to write from a single POV if I’m obviously so comfortable (and enjoy) dual POVs stories? It took me awhile to figure that one out myself. In the end, the answer was simple. When we fall in love in real life, we don’t know what the object of our desire is thinking about. We fly blind hoping that the things we do or say will eventually pull them into our orbit and convince them to stay. But there is a big unknown.

When you see both sides of the story, it makes you feel a bit more settled as a reader (and as a writer too). I wanted to strip that level of comfort away and push myself to really remember what it felt like to fall for someone with no idea if it was going to be reciprocated. I am delving into Kate and her emotions and feelings at a deeper level than I could if I was telling the story from both sides. Even now, halfway through the first draft, Kate’s love interest Reed is still a bit of an enigma to me, but the connection that is developing between him and Kate is exciting to watch nonetheless.

As I ride the roller coaster down the other side, approaching the end of this story, I’m holding on and enjoying the ride, just like Kate. Hopefully my future readers will find it just as satisfying as well.