12th Annual Collingswood Book Festival

11th-homeI’ll be hanging tomorrow at the Collingswood Book Festival in South Jersey, which for those latecomers is October 11, 2014. Be there or be square!

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Living the Romantic life

IMG_2372 I discovered something about the nature of a long-term relationship last week when my husband and I decided to go away overnight. It was an impromptu trip, as we had come into a little extra cash and we hadn’t been away as a couple in four years. So I rushed to make hotel reservations as well as booking a spot on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry (that’s Cape May receding from aboard the Cape Henlopen). We were to take the ferry over in the morning, then spend the afternoon and night in the charming coastal town of Lewes, Delaware. Which is exactly what we did.

No sense giving you our travelogue–which was, briefly, the Delaware Bay crossing, a stay at a lovely downtown hotel, the Hotel Rodney, a visit to the state park, dinner on the canal at sunset, etc–but that’s not the point I’m wanting to make. The point is how a couple can change when they’re out of their milieu, how that change is a barometer of the true state of their relationship, as well as a portend of what they can expect when they come home and return to their reality. Let me explain.

I read somewhere over the summer, not sure where, that in order to keep a long-term relationship fresh a couple needs to experience new things together. It’s not enough to do them separately, as they need to bind over a shared event. We found this on the ferry and in visiting Lewes. Away from home and doing something together in a new environment, we were able to step outside our everyday lives and become almost different people. When we walked into our hotel room, drank beer at our canal-side table, ate ice cream on the sidewalk as we watched passers-by, we found a joy in our commonality of stepping outside the ordinary. Free of the static of everyday life, we were able to just live in the moment, getting into the thrill of the open sea, yellow beets and pistachios on our salads, mints atop our turned-down sheets. And about those sheets…

Yes, it was better. He was better–I was better. There’s something thrilling about a mussed-up bed in the afternoon (especially when you return from dinner and find it made up with those mints atop it). Being silenced with a kiss. Trotting downstairs to a hotel alcove past midnight for a can a Coke and Chex Mix–you’re starving, after all–wearing just a cardigan and the jeans you snatched from the floor. Finally falling asleep who-knows-when. Strange. We’ve been married well over twenty years, but the man I spent the night with surprised the hell out of me. His reactions to the newness all around us made him as fresh to me as if I just met him, giving me a new, exciting perspective on him. In those thirty-six-odd hours we spent together, I fell in love all over again.

Why am I mentioning this? Well, my goodness, remember what I write? How can I impart those first rushes of romance if I can’t feel it from the inside? How convincing would I be then? It’s a wonderful feeling, living the romantic life. Recharge often.

KISS ME CAPTAIN on sale for .99 starting September 23!

KissMeCaptain Cover That’s right! You asked for it–you demanded it, and the yowling child always gets her wish! The e-edition for KISS ME, CAPTAIN, Book Two in the French Kiss series, will go on sale for the buy-me-NOW price of .99 starting on Tuesday, 23 September! Tell all your friends! Family! Co-workers! Heck–tell all you enemies! I’m fine with that! This is such a deal it’s like you’re stealing this book!

If you were a fan of Book One, WANTED: WIFE, then you’re no doubt wanting to know what happens with Andy’s little brother, Marcel, who is now CEO of Mercier Shipping. Well, I’ll tell you, it seems the lone female captain in all of his fleet has chained herself to the mast of her ship in fear of losing her job, and now it’s causing a media firestorm. Guess who’s going to cross the pond to Philadelphia and straighten the situation out? One guess! Click here on 9/23 to get to all the bookseller where you can find out!

And if you would much rather have the feel of cozy crisp paper in your hands, the paperback version of KISS ME CAPTAIN come out one week later on Tuesday, 30 September. Click here to reserve or buy your copy. And don’t forget to stop back after you’ve finished reading to tell me what you think!

Guest Post in Chuck Sambuchino’s WRITERS DIGEST column!

large_logoOver the weekend my wit ‘n wisdom was featured in Chuck Sambuchino’s fabulous Writers Digest column. It’s called “The Writer’s Journey: How Much (can) Someone Possibly Stand?” What I’m talking about is how much a writer has to go through to get where they want to be, the hours, the sacrifices, the research, etc. Here’s a snippet:

So there’s this, there’s all of this, and yet as hard as you work, shuffling schedules to make room for those two blissful hours alone, polishing that manuscript until it screeches surrender, querying in bunches and crossing your fingers, there it comes again, that blasted, callous bit of communication that so effortlessly denies you entrance. So you steal more hours, polish some more and once again type that header: QUERY: Historical Thriller 80k–and it’s almost as if you’re stuck in a copier churning out denied, denied, DENIED.

DENIED. Yeah, we all know what that’s like. Rejection, requery, resubmit. So why do we do it? What pushes us on. You don’t the answer to that, right? If you don’t, then, ask yourself, why not?

Print still pack a thrill

IMG_2348I got a nice little surprise in the mail today from an anonymous source. Okay, it was from Avon, so one could assume it was from my editor. I’m just going to go and assume that–thanks, Nicole! Anyway, it was the print edition of Kiss Me, Captain, which is due to debut on September 30. The ebook edition has been out since August 26, but somehow this just seems a bit more significant. This is why print books will never go out of style, at least for me. It still floors me to hold this tangible compilation of my own thoughts and fancies in my two hands. There really is still no validation, no real thrill quite like it for a writer. Sure, everyone wants to make money, but put this is a writer’s for the first time and watch them cry like a baby. And realize to get that thrill, we’d probably even do it for free.

I said probably. But don’t get any ideas. We may be nuts but we’re not crazy.

Coming 9/2 -THE LAWS OF SEDUCTION exclusive Cover Reveal on Heroes and Heartbreakers!

cover-revealEXCLUSIVE! You heard it here first! The cover for the upcoming 3rd book in the “French Kiss” series THE LAWS OF SEDUCTION will be revealed exclusively on Heroes and Heartbreakers on Tuesday,  September 2nd! Here’s a sneak peek into Rex Renaud, another scaldingly hot Frenchman:

When Rex Renaud, the COO of Mercier Shipping, is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, he knows he’ll need a miracle to clear his name, and sassy feminist lawyer, Charlotte Andreko, is the perfect woman for the job.

Charlotte has built her career defending pro-bono clients against womanizers like Rex Renaud, and she’d much rather let him sweat it out in a jail cell then defend him in court. Yet Rex swears he’s been set up, and when he offers her a shocking sum of money in exchange for her legal counsel, the financial security is too tempting to resist. And when the court dubs Rex a serious flight risk—how many people have their own jet?—he’s released on one condition: Charlotte’s his new jailer and he’s stuck with her until his arraignment. But when a bomb threat sends Rex and Charlotte on the run, neither is prepared for the explosive chemistry and red-hot passion that flares between them as they hunt for the truth about his arrest.

THE LAWS OF SEDUCTION – A French Kiss Novel – ccoming November 18, 2014!

KISS ME, CAPTAIN debuts 8/26/14! How can you POSSIBLY wait that long?

KissMeCaptain CoverHowdy, folks! It’s been an interesting summer so far. Interesting, for the fact I’ve been living in my head most of the time, instead of out in the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. You may or may not know that I have been working on my next book, THE LAWS OF SEDUCTION, for most of it, which is always a good time to write since because I’m also a college professor, and, as the theory goes, we have summers “off.” Well, kinda. There’s still all those pesky syllabi and lesson plans to prepare, as well as the summer class that I taught at night, complete with its weekly load of essays to grade. Still, not knowing  what to do with myself unless I’m under one crisis or another–as this summer has been particularly rife with–I managed to squeak through, all the while eagerly waiting for Marcel to get out of the gate. He’ll finally do that on next Tuesday, 26 August! For those unfamiliar with Andy Devine’s brother, take a few minutes to read the first chapter of KISS ME, CAPTAIN, or for an added peek inside his motivation, a deleted scene entitled “Marcel Makes His Move,” both right here on this site. And don’t forget to follow the CAPTAIN blog tour and FREE ebook giveaway raffle, accessing all the stops right here, and right up until September 12.

See you back soon on Release Day and with some of Captain Dani’s first reviews!

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