Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Meet Molly!

Molly Williams is a stressed-out, over-worked aide to a divorce lawyer. She's dealt with people suffering from heartache and irreconcilable differences for so long it's jaded her outlook on relationships. And it's doubtful she'll ever find love because she's afraid to put herself out there.

When her boss takes a sudden leave of absence from the law firm, she's gifted with three-months off with pay to do whatever she wants. A friend talks her into stumping as an assistant to country-rock star, Finn Riley. Thinking this gig will be a walk in the park compared to what she's been doing, she's shocked to find the opposite.

Finn is a self-proclaimed heartless bastard who's about to embark on a summer concert tour. He fights the idea of an assistant but gives into the relentless nagging of his agent, and hires Molly.

Molly is star-struck when she meets Finn, but it's short-lived. Finn rubs her the wrong way and the chaos begins. Molly is flighty, a hard worker, and in no mood to put up with someone who doesn't want her there.

Finn discovers Molly's edge of sarcasm and sense of humor right away. He likes both, but doesn't like that he does. She's a giant distraction and he thinks the only way to get into the zone he needs to be in, is to let her go. The adventure of Finn and Molly is an uphill climb that looks as though they'll never get to the top. In three days, anything that could go wrong...did!

You'll love Molly! She's down-to-earth, has big brown eyes and a body that begs to be noticed. She's also clumsy and a people-pleaser. She could easily be you or I. (Well, I don't have big brown eyes or a body that begs to be noticed, but you know what I mean!) She's common, a bit lippy, and falls in love before she knows what hit her.

Finn and Molly will make you laugh, want to knock their heads together at times, and root for them to get their happily-ever-after!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Where Would You Like Your Nipple?

I'm truly honored to welcome Mackenzie Crowne, a down-to-earth, witty, intelligent woman affectionately known as Mac. She's not only a fellow author, but also a wife, mother, and grandmother who has faced many challenges, most especially breast cancer. Mac fought the disease with everything she had and is now a cancer survivor who has written an incredible book -- WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR NIPPLE? She's here to celebrate the release of her book and possibly inspire every woman (and man) to do those breast checks, to get those mammograms, and to pay attention to any irregularities.

Welcome, Mac!

 I love the description on the front of your book: Navigating the Breast Cancer Abyss with Humor and Hope. Can you tell us a little bit about this amazing book?

Thanks so much for allowing me to visit today, Jan and for spotlighting such an important subject. Hmm. Let's see. The description of "Nipple" is my perception of my battle with breast cancer. The call delivering the diagnosis left me standing at the edge of a gaping chasm with no idea how I could possibly reach the other side and victory. But really, what choice did I have? Life is precious and I want to experience every moment I can. So, after freaking out for about a week, I set out on a journey. I have to say, I felt like Frodo in Lord of the Rings much of the time, but each trial, mastectomies, chemo, radiation, brought me close to the other side of the abyss, to victory.

It takes a lot of strength and courage to battle that frightening monster of an illness and to share the experience. Where did you find the most strength?

I wouldn't call it strength so much, but desperation,stubborness and belief. First and foremost, I relied on my faith. Life can become overwhelming at times, and not just when you are facing a battle like breast cancer. As a child runs to a parent when their world spirals out of control, I turn to God to find peace in life's storms. I spent many an hour in His spiritual lap over the course of treatment. I also had a tremendous support system in my family and friends. They were there for me every time I cried out, and quite a few times when I hadn't. Lastly, I was freakily lucky to find a slot with the top doctors in the Phoenix area for surgery, plastic surgery and oncology. How can you fail when you're working with the best?

If you could give women (and men) one piece of advice what would it be?

For those who have been diagnosed, take a deep breath and have faith. The medical community has made some incredible strides recently and new discoveries are being made every day. This battle sucks but it's doable. Don't give up. And for those who haven't been diagnosed, be diligent in prevention and early detection. You know your body best and while self-exams may seem simple, they have the ability to not only save your life, but make your battle infinitely less debilitating by catching the cancer early.

In your book, you refer to Psalm 91:4 that says it all. It brought me to tears. Would you mind sharing those incredible words?

While I am a Christian, I'm not a particularly religious person. Rather, my faith is very personal and strictly between me and God. I'm not one of those people who quotes scripture but I do have a Bible and occasionally a verse will jump out with a private message just for me. For those of you who haven't read Nipple, my sister and I were diagnosed with breast cancer within a month of each other and early on in our respective treatments, we discovered we had both been directed to Psalm 91. In it's entirety, the verse speaks of doing battle and coming out victorious, but for me, it was all about 91:4. He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge. Let me tell you, those words were like a giant hug from God and during the worst of times, with my family gathered around me in support, I found refuge with the feathers He provided.

Mac, in your book you talk about keeping a journal. Would you like to say a bit about that?

Actually, I'd never kept a journal before, but while waiting for the diagnosis, which I pretty sure I already knew, I NEEDED to talk to my dad. He had passed away a few years earlier, and I missed him so much at that moment that I sat down and wrote him a letter. I wrote him many more over the course of the next few weeks and those letters eventually became the format for my journal. I spilled out my fears and weaknesses to the best man I have ever known and I swear I hear his voice and felt his boundless love when I needed them so badly. I also shared the bizarre incidents that seemed to happen on a daily basis -- like the day I was asked when I would like to start chemo. Hello - never! And when I finally found myself on the other side of the abyss, celebrating victory as the survivor I'd worked to become, I discovered Dad and I produced a sort of emotional guide to getting there. Where Would You Like Your Nipple is based on my journal, and includes several of those letters.

With your book, you've shared a lot of wisdom and eye-opening information. I think it's a must-read for everyone. Can you share a link or links for those who would like to check it out?

It would be my pleasure "Nipple" is available in digital format and print. You can also find the links at my home on the web .

One last thing, Mac, in the Acknowledgments of your book you give thanks to the talented artist that did a great job on your cover, but you also mention a documentation project "Faces of Courage". Would you like to share information about that?

Most definitely. Isn't the cover gorgeous? As I tried to do in the book, it projects hope in the midst of despair. The name of the cover image is Open Heart and this past weekend I had the thrilling opportunity to meet both the model - an eleven year survivor, and the artist, Lisa Scholder. Lisa has a heart for survivors. She's an incredible woman and artist who assists survivors in discovering the beauty of their altered bodies through her body painting art. She's currently sharing her talents, working with Faces of Courage, a non-profit raising funds to provide camp getaways for cancer and blood disease patients and their families, on their Bodies of Courage project. You can learn more about Lisa and Faces of Courage at their websites.  and

Mac, I would like to offer heartfelt thanks for being on my blog but also for writing this book. Also, if you wouldn't mind sharing the titles and links to the other books you've written, that would be awesome.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit with you today, Jan. And I'd love to share the info on my other books. I'm a romance writer at heart, as you know.

Gift of the Realm is a modern fantasy romance set in Ireland ~ available at The Wild Rose Press  and Amazon .

That Dating Thing is a contemporary romance in the midst of Wall Street greed ~ available at Still Moments Publishing  and  Amazon .

And coming this fall, The Billionaire's Con, another contemporary from Still Moments. Publishing.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Next Best Thing! (blog hop)

I've been tagged by Julia Hughes in The Next Big Thing blog hop! Thanks, Julia!

Today, I'd like to say a few words about my part of a Christmas anthology that was recenty released - THREE WISE MEN. Three sweet, heartwarming stories that will make you smile or perhaps sniff back a tear or two. The anthology is about three men who need to wise up to find love: Alex, Nick, and Evan. Nancy Ricker wrote about Alex, Laura Ricker picked Evan, and I chose Nick -- tall, handsome, scowling Nick.

Bar owner, Nick Barstow had his heart broke three years ago at Christmastime and hasn't moved on. Every December he pastes on a scowl and it remains in place until the New Year. He knows it's a stupid way to deal with the heartache, but hey, it works for him...until this year. As a favor to a friend, but against his better judgment, he hires Macy Williams who quickly changes the dynamics of the bar. She also seems hell-bent on fixing what ails Nick. He wants her gone, until he realizes that he...wants her.

What is the working title of your book?

Three Wise Men!

Where did the idea come from?

The thought of doing a Christmas anthology was exciting. Since I write romance, I pictured three hunky heroes. The title came soon after.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Contemporary romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

For Nick, Ryan Reynolds! For Macy, Meg Ryan!

What is the once-sentence synopsis of your book?

For the anthology: Three men who need to wise up to find love.
For Nick's story: Will Nick give his attraction for Macy a chance, or will the muck of heartache keep him anchored in the past?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

We decided to self-publish.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I think we decided at the beginning of August to do this project with a target date of October 1. I was almost finished writing Three Days With Molly, so I had to put off my story about Nick until the first part of September -- although I had a ton of notes about where I wanted Nick's story to go. After I finished with Three Days With Molly, I went full-throttle with Nick. So I think the first draft was finished the third week of September, with the final draft being completed by October 1. Whew!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I truly don't have an answer for this question. I think Nick's story is unique, although it does have bits of humor like my other books do.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I love the Christmas season and wanted to write a book about finding love at that magical time of year.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Regarding the anthology, I think the surprise in Alex's story would definitely clinch their interest. In Evan's story, the excitement of first love would be a sure draw. In Nick's story, I think the bar setting gives it an unusual twist. He's the sole owner and lone employee until Macy enters the picture. Everything in his life changes and he's not too thrilled since he's grown accustomed to the comfort of the rut he's in. Macy takes him out of his comfort zone right away.

Spoiler alert! The heroes in this anthology are all very different, especially in their ages. If you'd like to check out Alex, Nick, and Evan, you can find them at:

Amazon --

Barnes and Noble --


Friday, October 12, 2012

Cover reveal for THREE WISE MEN!

I recently teamed up with authors, Nancy Ricker and Laura Ricker, to do a Christmas Anthology! We titled it: THREE WISE MEN and we wanted to share the amazing cover with you!

Thank you, Deborah - with Tugboat Design for another great cover!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


This blog post is part of THE NEXT BIG THING and I was nominated by Melodie Ramone . Thanks, Melodie, for tagging me for this fun blog hop!

Today, I'd like to talk about my latest release, THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY! The story of country-rock star, Finn Riley and lawyer aide, Molly Williams was a fun story to write! Finn, a self-proclaimed 'heartless bastard' is about to embark on a summer concert tour and he's in dire need of a personal assistant to cook and clean for him. Molly Williams and her lawyer boss are stressed to the breaking point. Out of the clear blue, the boss gifts Molly with three months off with pay while he heads to the Caribbean for a breather. Molly's friend hooks her up as Finn's assistant. Trouble brews the second she steps on the tour bus!

Here are the list of questions for The Next Big Thing, and my answers:

What is the working title of your book?

Three Days With Molly!

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I thought it would be fun to throw two characters together in close quarters to see if they would fall in love or kill each other. A tour bus seemed like a good choice.

What genre does your book fall under?

Definitely contemporary romance, but it's so much more: humor, spice, comedy, and love!

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

When I started writing Three Days With Molly I saw country singer, Jerrod Niemann, as Finn Riley. Since the question is which actor... hmm...maybe Bradley Cooper.

As Molly, hands down it would be Anne Hathaway!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Can two work-aholics with trust issues lighten up long enough to follow their hearts, or will they kill each other before the summer concert tour is over?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I've self-published Three Days With Molly!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started this story on May 1, 2012 and published September 12, 2012 - My first draft was done somewhere in between. I have no specific date, but I would say early August.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I think my books favor Jenny Crusie's books. Her books are funny and have quirky characters. I'd like to think mine are the same.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

When I get an idea, I tuck it in a folder. After I complete one book, I'm looking for the next one to write. A quick search of the folder produced the scrap piece of paper with notes about falling in love on a tour bus.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

I think it would be the unusual situations that Finn and Molly find themselves in. Even though the main stage of the story is a tour bus, everything doesn't take place there. I also think the secondary characters are a fun addition to the story.

If you'd like to read Finn and Molly's story, you can find Three Days With Molly on both Amazon and also on Barnes and Noble

Thanks again, Melodie Ramone!

I'd like to tag the following people to keep this fun blog hop going:

Sharon Saracino

Debra Burroughs

Denise Moncrief

Kevin Rau

Joya Fields

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Obvious/Not So Obvious - Part 2

Sometimes we inspire people when we have no idea it's happening. Earlier this month, I did a blog post about obvious beauty and not-so-obvious beauty. I showed it to my husband as always. A couple days later he came to me with the camera and we scrolled through some pictures he'd taken. He said, 'My version of obvious/not-so-obvious'! Thought I would share a sampling of his pictures:

It was one of those foggy mornings where the moisture coated the trees and the spider webs. In this first picture, the web looks like strings of pearls!

In this second picture the web is clearly defined!

Starting to see a pattern! My husband has a love for spider webs!

And he has a fascination for spiders! This bad boy had really long, scary looking legs!

Beauty through the camera lens! (Yes, another spider web)

Ah ha! No spider web! A lovely sunset over our pond!

This is an awesome picture! Looks like we have trees growing in our pond.
There were so many great photos to pick from, I've shared just a few.
Have a lovely autumn wherever you are!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cover reveal for THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY!

I'm happy dancing all over the place today!! I have the cover for THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY :-))

The cover was designed by Deborah with Tugboat Design! :-))

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday, ONE SMALL FIB

Coffee for everyone! I'm celebrating the first birthday of ONE SMALL FIB being published! It's been an amazing 365 days! The nerves of having my first book out there have settled and I'm able to reflect lovingly on the journey.

From that first sale to today, I am grateful that readers have taken and continue to take a leap of faith in my writing. You all rock!!!

In February, One Small Fib was nominated as Book of The Month by Long and Short Reviews! Whew! A whirlwind of voting took place. While it didn't win, I was humbled that it stood proudly among some other great books. And again, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who voted (and then re-voted after the technical snafu that dropped the first votes). I have to admit, that was one joyful, nerve-wracking weekend that I still smile about from time to time.

The news that One Small Fib had been chosen to be translated into Greek and sold in Greece made March an incredible month!!

The months following have been equally wonderful, with the release of four other books: Lucky Ducks, Kiss Me, The Gift of Gray, and Stay Close, Novac!

Regardless where my writing journey takes me, I will always have a special place in my heart for One Small Fib.

In lieu of cake, I'm giving away a copy of any one of my books to three lucky people -- (your choice of book since many of you have already read One Small Fib) All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered into the random drawing. Also, please leave your email address so I can notify you if you've won.

You can find my books at:

Thanks to all of you again for making this heart-and-soul adventure a joyous one!!



Monday, September 3, 2012

The Lovely Alle Wells!


Today I have the honor of having Alle Wells on my blog!

I thought it would be great to ask her a few questions:

Could you tell us a little about your love for writing:

Hi Jan! Writing is my favorite way to communicate. I loved writing in a diary as a young girl and writing steamy love letters to my high school crushes. Whenever I had something to say, I wrote it. Back then, putting my feelings on paper often kept me in trouble at school and at home! Throughout my adult life, I jumped at job opportunities that gave me opportunity to write.

What are you currently working on?

My work in progress is called, Mill People. Mill People tells a story of the people who lived in the now deserted cotton mill towns in the South.

When will it be available for our reading pleasure?

Mill People will be available in the Fall of 2012.

Would you like to share an excerpt?

Well, okay. Here's the Preface:

Hundreds of mill towns sprang up along the water falls and rivers of the Appalachian Mountains and Carolina Piedmont regions during the reconstruction years that followed the Civil War. In many ways, these communities saved our nation's economy and created the backbone of today's middle class Americans. At the dawn of the twentieth century, thousands of displaced landowners and war widows flocked to the newly formed mill towns created by the nation's wealthiest families. There they found job stability and amenities they'd never known in rural farm life. The creation of the American mill town created a new society that would last for the next one hundred years.

You not only love to write, but you also enjoy reviewing other author's books. Can you tell us a little about Alle's Five Star Reviews?

Thanks for asking about my review blog. The blog is dedicated to promoting indie authors. I only post five star reviews because I never want to jeopardize an author's future by posting a negative review. If I don't think a book warrants five stars, then I don't post a review.

When you're not busy writing Southern tales of strength and courage, what do you like to do?

Recently, I've started posting a blog entitled, "Southern Sunday". Southern Sunday is presented weekly on Betty Lee Crosby's Books: Words, Wit and Wisdom site and Goodreads. In Southern Sunday, I write about simple Southern living, my organic lifestyle, and Southern writings. The blog is light and easy, perfect for Sunday morning reading.

In addition to writing, I maintain a complete organic, vegetarian lifestyle. My diet is mainly vegan, but I do incorporate a little low fat cheese occasionally. During the summer months, I purchase veggies from a local farmer. I freeze or dehydrate enough fruits and vegetable to last throughout the winter months. I also have an herb garden in my backyard. The process is time consuming during the summer months but well worth the effort the rest of the year.

Do you have any words of wisdom or writing tips for aspiring writers?

Keep it simple and smile while you write!

Thank you for being here today, Alle!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Obvious/Not So Obvious!

Today has been an incredible day! I've written a lot of words on my upcoming novel, THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY! My fingers have flown across the keyboard, I've guzzled a lot of coffee, and I'm filled with the kind of giddy-happiness that comes from knowing I'm almost finished.

During a much needed break, I took a walk outside to find my Rose of Sharon on the north side of my house in full bloom, so are a few stubborn dandelions. On a whim, I raced back inside to get my camera.

While I let my brain breathe from hours in front of the computer, I snapped a few pictures -- some with obvious beauty, some with not-so-obvious beauty. Thought I would share some of the photos from today and some from awhile back. Enjoy!

Have a great Labor Day Holiday!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Glamorous Life or Organized Chaos?!

Have you ever wondered where authors do their best work? I have. I've pictured E. L. James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, writing in an exotic location sipping margaritas and laughing in between chapters.That's probably not the case, but who knows? I also see J. K. Rowling pecking away at the keyboard in a slightly chilly, dimly lit room. Again, probably not even close.

A few years ago, I took a tour of Ernest Hemingway's house on Whitehead St. nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West. I remember how great it was to get a peek at the place where this creative genius had written, A Farewell To Arms and For Whom The Bell Tolls. There was an old style typewriter and leatherbound books. I was in awe!

I'm not a famous author like E. L. James, J. K. Rowling, or Ernest Hemingway, but I still thought it would be fun to share where I create my stories.

My desk
(usually a lot more cluttered) 

Yep! This is where it happens!

I always keep a manila folder with pertinent information about my characters. I even go so far as cut out pictures of people who resemble my characters so I can refer back to them. In my current work-in-progress, the lovely Anne Hathaway resembles my heroine (lucky heroine) and country star, Jerrod Niemann resembles my hero (lucky hero)!

Also, notice the coffee cup! Without coffee I couldn't function.

Here are some of the folders for my stories. Kiss Me and One Small Fib (which I originally titled, The Frugal Billionaire).

Folders for Stay Close, Novac!, Lucky Ducks, and Three Days With Molly.

I am constantly looking for ways to stay organized. If you have any thoughts on the subject or would like to share how you organize the things in your life, I'd love to hear about them. Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my latest ebook - Stay Close, Novac! (Be sure to leave your email address so I can notify you if your name is drawn)

You can find me at:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Snickers Dip

Decadent. Yummy. Easy. 


2 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

1 - 8 ounce container of Cool Whip

1/4 cup brown sugar

6 Snickers bars chopped

Mix all ingredients.

Serve with pretzels or graham crackers

Monday, May 14, 2012


Jessi Novac leads the quiet life of a romance author until someone leaves a series of explicit notes under her windshield wipers and heavy breathing on her answering machine.
Until NYPD can track down the culprit who's trying to scare the bejesus out of her, Jessi hides out at her grandmother's beach house in Myrtle Beach where she hopes to get her bearings. Instead, her life takes an even bigger tilt toward crazy when she meets her clumsy neighbor -- Ian Alexander. She's suspicious of Ian and attracted to him at the same time. Their relationship becomes a calamity of errors until strange things start happening at the beach house too. Jessi clings to Ian for protection, but soon discovers her heart may be in more danger than her life.


     Seduced awake by the smell of bacon frying and the sound of coffee gurgling, Jessi threw her legs over the side of the bed. An overlarge painting of a fisherman holding a stringer of fish greeted her vision, a reminder she wasn't in her grandmother's beach house.
     Jessi chastised herself for spending the night with her newly-met neighbor, and for being a wimp in general. Who behaves like this? No wonder the stalker continued to rule her world - she was easy prey. What must Ian think? "Oh God," she groaned silently. She'd advanced on him, not the other way around. Kissing him equaled madness. After pulling in a long breath of frustration, she blew it out and tried to rationalize her behavior. The kiss was most likely prompted Crap! She had nothing. In a nutshell, she'd finally lost it.
     The coffee pot no longer made noises and the sound of bacon frying had stopped as well.
     Jessi sprang from the edge of the bed and assessed her appearance in the dresser mirror. Egad! She looked like the spawn of Einstein, minus the mustache. Her short hair stuck out, only on one side of her head - the same side where sleep lines creased her face. She looked as though someone had drawn a line down the center of her - one half rumpled, one half not. Her gaze fell to her attire - once again she'd slept in her clothes. But what a great night's sleep it was. She felt refreshed and ready to kick some stalker-butt.

* If you'd like to read more about Jessi and Ian, you can find STAY CLOSE, NOVAC! at:

** Please visit me regularly at

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Welcome, Michelle Betham!

Today, I welcome Michelle Betham from England to my blog!

First of all, I just want to thank Jan for giving me the opportunity to do a guest spot here on her blog. So, what am I going to talk about? Well, I'm going to talk a little bit about my new book, Bon Voyage, and just what it was that inspired me to write it. Now, although I'm a romance writer, the books I've written kind of fall into two different categories of romance, really; I've written a couple of books that are much more on the sexy, edgy side of romance -- think Jackie Collins with just a hint of Jilly Cooper -- and I've written two books that are very much what I suppose you'd call chick lit, stories that are far more light-hearted. Romantic comedies, if you like. And Bon Voyage -- my fourth book -- is definitely a comedy romance!

I got the idea for the book by taking two of my favourite things, and working a story around them - my love of cruise holidays, and the fact I'm a huge fan of one of Britain's biggest boy bands (Take That). I wanted to write another fun romance with a holiday theme, and I'd always wondered what it would have been like if I'd ever met one of my favourite pop stars so, taking that premise, and setting the story aboard a cruise ship seemed the perfect idea for a book, and so Bon Voyage was born.

It's a book that, I hope, will not only entertain, but also take people on a journey around the beautiful Mediterranean as these new characters I've created undertake a two-week summer cruise, as I've done on more than a few occasions. So, I used my past knowledge of some of the ports of call I've visited, as well as some of the colourful characters I've met on these holidays, and put all of that into Bon Voyage (with a touch of artistic licence, of course!). Writing the book gave me the opportunity to not only remember and re-live some of the fantastic shore excursions I've experienced, but it also gave me the chance to remember what it was like to be young with a crush on a boy band member!

I also seem to have started a pattern of writing about places a touch more exotic than the one I live in -- past books have included some stories set in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and the island of Tenerife -- and a Christmas romance I have planned for later this year is going to be set in Levi, Lapland, where I spent a fantastic New Year's Eve a few years back. But I guess I deal in escapism, really. I don't write books that are going to change the world, I just write books that I hope will take people out of the one they're living in and into another, altogether different one. Even if it is for just a few hours.

Blurb for Bon Voyage:

Thirty-something Geordie girl Aimee Anderson has just been dumped by her fiance, Robbie -- on the the night of their engagement party. So, in an attempt to get over both the relationship, and the rather embarrassing way in which it ended, Aimee and her best friend Jemma are going on the holiday of a lifetime which, in their case, is a trip around the Mediterranean on a mid-budget cruise liner. And there's only one thing Aimee's determined to do on this holiday, and that's forget about Robbie and have some fun.

Danny Johnson is one-fifth of the 90's boy band Bon Voyage, and they're about to make a comeback. In the middle of the Mediterranean. On the same cruise ship as Aimee. And Aimee used to love Bon Voyage. Aimee used to love Danny Johnson...

Back in the day, Danny had been the band's "bad boy", and whilst the years haven't damaged his looks in any way, his post-pop-star life is in a bit of a mess. About to be divorced from Newcastle party princess and Z-list celebrity wannabe, Davina Black, and harbouring a secret from the past about the real reason Bon Voyage split up, Danny just isn't sure if being back in a boy band is what he really wants. But one thing he does want is some fun. For the next two weeks, at least.

So, when Aimee finally meets the man of her dreams -- literally -- could they possibly have some fun together? Or is something -- or somebody -- about to stand in the way of Aimee having a holiday to remember?

Bon Voyage is a romantic comedy; a story of boy bands, broken dreams, and love on the ocean wave...

Excerpt for Bon Voyage:

"Can you believe we're about to see Bon Voyage back together after all these years?" Jemma squealed, grabbing Aimee's arm. "It's like being fifteen all over again!"

Aimee couldn't deny a tiny fluttering of anticipation in her stomach as the strains of the bands first ever number one -- We're Here To Party -- started to fill the packed Show Lounge. But she wasn't altogether sure whether those butterflies were because she was about to see her favourite boy band back together and performing after almost sixteen years, or whether it was because she was about to see one of them in particular. Either way, she was feeling unusually emotional. She hoped she wasn't going to cry -- that would just be ridiculous!

Jemma's grip on Aimee's arm got tighter as the dry ice finally started to clear and five figures -- all dressed in black and red -- emerged from the smoke, although Aimee was almost sure that the coughing fit Ross Nelson seemed to be experiencing hadn't meant to happen.

"Oh-my-God!" Jemma squealed again, and Aimee couldn't help but let out a little squeal herself as all five members of Bon Voyage lifted their heads and started singing the track that had catapulted them to stardom all those years ago.

Suddenly, a barrage of screams coming from behind them alerted both Jemma and Aimee to the fact that they obviously weren't alone in being the only fans on the boat and, swinging round in their seats, they noticed two whole rows of pushed-together tables to their left filled with about twenty or so hysterical women of all ages wearing Bon Voyage T-shirts circa 1993 and singing along loudly to the words of the song.

Aimee stared at Jemma, then they both burst out laughing. Looked like a fan club had got wind of this reunion and booked itself one hell of a holiday.

"We may just have some competition," Aimee whispered to Jemma, their eyes now back on the band as Ross and Frankie attempted (rather unsuccessfully) back flips that were quickly covered up by Danny and Cal, who jumped in front of them as Andy took over lead vocals.

"No chance," Jemma whispered back, her eyes not moving from Cal, who seemed to be wearing exceptionally tight trousers for a man who had to move about quite a bit. "They're no competition for us. They're just weird stalker-types."

"And what were you last night at the bar with Danny?" Aimee hissed, removing Jemma's hand from her arm, which now bore the marks of her friend's manicured fingernails.

"I was being friendly," Jemma smiled. "Now shut up and watch the band, will you? And remember -- you're supposed to be trying to catch Danny Boy's eye."

Aimee sat back in her seat, her eyes -- whether she wanted them to or not -- falling on Danny as he stood to the right of the stage, looking out ahead of him as he sang into his headset, his hips still swivelling the way they'd always done back in the day, that sexy vibe that she'd swooned over so many times in the past still very much there and she felt her stomach do those tiny little flips she'd experienced so often during their live gigs all those years ago. Those old, familiar feelings rushing back as though they'd never gone away. Except, this time, the man she was watching up there on that stage knew exactly who she was. He was real, he wasn't just a poster on her wall anymore.

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A little bit about Michelle...

I'm a British writer of both edgy, sexy romance and humorous light-hearted chick lit. In the past I've worked as an accounts clerk, and a Nursery Nurse, but after going back to college to train in the Performing Arts, and then spending many years working as a Media Technician in a University, my husband and I upped sticks in 2004 and moved to the Spanish Canarian island of Tenerife for a couple of years before returning to the UK to settle in County Durham, in the North East of England.

I've been writing for as long as I can remember, but only plucked up the courage to self-publish my work a year ago, and I now have four books out there in the big wide world with many more ideas floating round in my head that I hope will materialise into many more.

I love writing (obviously), discovering other new author's to read, rock music, reality TV and the comedy of Peter Kay. Oh, and chocolate -- of course!

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Thank you for being here today, Michelle! I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading your book, Bon Voyage!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lucky 7's

I've been tagged by Sharon Saracino !

So when an author is tagged for Lucky 7's, they go to page 77 of their latest release or work-in-progress and count 7 lines down. Then they post the next 7 sentences from that point.

These 7 lines are from my work-in-progress, a romantic suspense - 'Stay Close, Novac!'

     Jessi's gaze slid in his direction. Ian was so damned fine in a bad boy kind of way. And she wanted to share with Olga June the happy feeling she got from being with him. That conversation would have to wait until he was more than twenty feet away.

     "Has he fallen off any more ladders?" Olga June teased.

     Jessi laughed despite her mood. "Not that I know of."

     "When you see him again, take a picture with your phone so I can see what the hunk looks like."

     She couldn't tell her editor that she and Ian were in a hotel lobby, ready to check in. "Hunk? I didn't say he was a hunk."

I'm tagging:

Teri Heyer

Peggy Edelheit

Regina Puckett 

Onisha Ellis

Monday, April 2, 2012

A sneak peek at KISS ME!!

I love this story so much and I'm over-the-moon-happy to share a little bit of KISS ME!!


Falling for the cop who wrote her a speeding ticket and dated her spoiled stepsister throws Lacy Goodlow's world into chaos, but ignoring her heart to keep the peace is not an option.


"Sir, seriously," Lacy whimpered. "I haven't been drinking. And I need to get going." She held her wrist up so he could see her watch. "My sister's bachelorette party has already started, and if I don't get there soon, she's going to blow a gasket."

Deputy J. Kelly's eyes widened perceptibly.

Crap. He was picturing the same thing she was -- drunken women and lots of alcohol.

Regardless, she was late. Lacy blew out a weighty breath of frustration, and contemplated making a move for his gun or handcuffing herself to his cruiser; anything so she wouldn't have to face the wrath of Angela.

Deputy Kelly's first command was for her to walk a straight line. Ha! Her sandal teetered on a stone and she swayed sideways. Next, touch the end of her nose. The earth must've shifted, because she missed and almost jabbed herself in the eye. And because of the diet cola she'd downed on the way there, she was fidgeting all over the place. "Are we done?"

Without answering the question, he leaned forward and took a big whiff.

An involuntary prickle of pleasure pulsed through her.

"I'm not going to administer the breathalyzer because your eyes aren't glassy or red, your speech is not impaired, and I don't smell alcohol on your breath."

Duh. He'd been sniffing for alcohol, not enjoying her perfume.

Lacy mumbled a feeble thank-you, but it was drowned out by a car filled with teenagers who buzzed past and hollered "Strip-search her."

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Jan Romes uncovered (a little bit)

I've been tagged by romance author Katheryn Lane to answer the following questions, so here goes:

1.) What is the one book you couldn't live without?

I'm going to agree with Katheryn -- The Bible! Without it my life would run amok!

2.) What can you see out your window at the moment?

Serenity in the form of sunshine, blue skies, grape hyacinths, and robins flying in and out of a blue spruce.

3.) What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

It's a toss up being souse (omg!! what was I thinking?) and squid. Growing up my dad brought home lots of unusual food. I was brave enough to try souse - which is lots of unidentifiable meat scraps held together with a gel-like substance. Ewww! On a cruise I tried a seafood dish that had shrimp, scallops, lobster, and squid. Put a squid in my mouth and those small tentacles did me in. Yeah, that won't happen again!

4.) What fictional character would you most like to marry?

Right away I thought of Clark Kent. Nerdy guys are sexy! And his secret identity isn't so bad either!

5.) If ever a fictional villain was going to win, who would you want it to be?

Hands down, Jack Nicholson! Bad boy but charming as the Joker in Batman!

6.) How many types of cheese can you name off the top of your head?

Lots. Maybe two dozen. Colby is my favorite. Funny story from my high school days about limberger cheese.... (ah! best to save that story for another time)

7.) If you didn't want to be a writer, what would you be?

Nature photographer. I have a strange love for rugged beauty.

8.) Can you play a musical instrument?

No, but I wish I could. I'm not the least bit musically inclined. But I admire those who are.

9.) Do you own a Kindle or any sort of e-reader?

I have a Nook (a lovely congratulations gift from my son, daughter-in-law, and daughter when I signed the contract for my first book)!

10.) If so, how many books do you have on it?

At least 25. And there are a lot more books I can't wait to download to it.

11.) You just got published. In a glowing review, someone calls you the next (insert name of famous author). Which author has to watch their back now you're on the scene?

Ha ha! No one has to watch their back where I'm concerned. But I'd be happy to share the Best Seller's lists with all the great authors.

There - answered them all!

And now I'm tagging the following bloggers with the challenge to answer the same questions:

Jolyse Barnett

Suzanne Rogers writing as S. G. Rogers

Joya Fields

Sharon Saracino

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Springtime in Ohio!

(From my garden!)


Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day,
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteror that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

~ Robert Frost ~

Have a beautiful spring!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ONE SMALL FIB.... (excerpt & blurb for your enjoyment!)

I'm always tweeting about ONE SMALL FIB and thought it was time to post the blurb and excerpt! Hope you can get a feel for the conflict, humor, and attraction that pulls Allie Blue & Kiptyn Thomas together!

BLURB:  Allie Blue's dream of buying the old Smithington mansion and turning it into a bed and breakfast is stomped by a mystery real estate developer with a fancy pen and loaded checkbook. With no bed and breakfast, Allie resorts to one small fib which lands her a flight attendant's job and the task of pampering Upward Airlines' most demanding frequent flyer -- Kiptyn Thomas, III. Something raw and potent snaps between them, but Allie fights the attraction for the guy who thinks he's at the top of the food chain. Kiptyn Thomas is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. Allie Blue both annoys and intrigues him. Will some well-intentioned fibs, a deep dark secret, and similar personalities draw them together or keep them apart?


Every muscle in her body tightened when she approached him. Thankfully he was looking out the window so she had a moment to collect herself. She cleared her throat. "I hear it's snowing back home."

Kiptyn's head snapped around so fast he should've gotten whiplash. His gaze connected with hers and a slow smile spread over his face. "I heard. The wind is going to pick up later this morning too. If you have any pull with the captain, could you have him get this thing off the ground as soon as possible?"

Allie tried to read him. He seemed friendly enough all right. His body language wasn't as tight as hers and his smile appeared genuine. The biggest change she noticed was his attitude. He wasn't demanding or acting annoyed. This was the tabloid-Kiptyn, the one the public loved. "Sorry, no pull. This is my fifth day as an attendant. Everyone on the plane has more clout." She chuckled and waited for him to revert to mean ole Kiptyn.

Instead, he grinned. Not just a cheeky twinge that passed as a grin, but a full curve of his mouth complete with pearly white teeth.

An unexpected warmth took her over. It started in her face, slithered down her neck, spilled across her breasts, and dipped lower until it found its intended target. Allie drew her knees together to fight the surge of delight.

A warning voice whispered in her head. He's toying with you. She took a mental breath and shoved aside the remnants of the convoluted attraction. In no way could she allow herself to think for one second that any of this was real.

Saturday, March 10, 2012



                                                KATHY SCHINDLER!!

I am truly delighted to welcome, Kathy Schindler, to my blog today! Often I am in awe of Kathy's creativity and energy. She's a very dear friend, critique partner, champion of our men in uniform, and a rising star in the literary world! I wanted to introduce you to Kathy by way of an interview --

JAN: Kathy, you recently placed 22nd out of 5,000 in the Writer's Digest Short-Short stories contest. That's incredible! What's even more incredible is the subject of your story. You can't post the story since it will be published in the 12th Annual Writer's Digest Short-Short Story Competition Collection, but can you whet our appetite by sharing what your story is about?

KATHY: The story is about a soldier who returns from Afghanistan, but doesn't have anyone waiting to welcome him home. A photographer decides to take his picture which leads to their romance. If anyone is interested in reading my story you can purchase a copy of the 12th Annual Writer's Digest Short-Short Story Competition Collection, available on the Writer's Digest ( website mid-summer.

JAN: You currently have a submission pending with a favorite woman's magazine. It takes a certain talent to write stories with a specific word count. Do you find it difficult to go from a full-length novel to a short story?

KATHY: I actually find it much easier to write short stories. You learn to cut out all the extras. In full-length novels you have to go more in depth. I like writing short stories because I get to experience the joy of typing 'the end' a lot sooner.

JAN: Besides writing, you're also a wife, mother, owner of Doodle Bug Early Learning (Daycare), maintain a few websites, and occasionally teach HTML classes to romance writers. How do you make it all work?

KATHY: Lots and lots of coffee!! I have never been a person who liked schedules, but I think the schedule found me. Daycare is open eleven hours a day, five days a week. In order to be productive, I have to stick to a daily routine. I work while my daycare kids nap in the morning and the afternoon. Most evenings after dinner with my family, you will find me at the computer.

JAN: One of the many things I admire about you is how much you give to others. Whenever I need a helping hand with my website, you're there. If I back myself into a corner with my writing, you pull me out of my funk with advice and your great sense of humor, and you don't blink twice when it comes to promoting my work and the work of others. At Christmas, you decorate a tree for hospice. Can you tell us a bit about this?

KATHY: The past two years, a very good friend of mine sponsored the tree. This monetary donation goes directly to hospice. Friends contribute money towards the ornaments and decorations, then my family and I decorate it. The tree is on display for one day at the annual Hospice of St. Mary's Festival of Trees.

Each year we brainstorm a new decorating theme for the tree. The first year was a military tree that was donated to the local veteran's home. The second year was a breast cancer tree that was donated to the local hospice house. Both trees had very special meaning to me and my friend. We haven't decided on this years tree, but we have already started to think of ideas.

JAN: Thank you so much for being on my blog today, Kathy! Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?

KATHY: As I always tell my kids... "Reach for the stars because dreams really do come true."


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Meet my loveable pal, Karl! He's been a member of our family since 1999 - (by my calculations he's about to celebrate his 91st birthday!) What an amazing mix: part German Shepherd, Corgi, Boxer, & Labrador -- very low to the ground, but a fierce defender! (especially when the UPS truck pulls into the driveway)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Interview with romance author, Katheryn Lane!

Today, I’d like to welcome contemporary romance author, Katheryn Lane, to my blog. Katheryn was raised in England, is living in the Middle East, and writes sweet, heartwarming, yet sensual stories set in exotic locations.

I recently had the pleasure of reading her novel, THE ROYAL SHEIKH, and thought it would be fun to ask Katheryn a few questions:

Jan:  Katheryn, your book, THE ROYAL SHEIKH, is an amazing story, rich with details. Did you have to research extensively or are you surrounded by all the wonderful particulars in your book?

Katheryn: Thank you very much Jan. I’m so glad you liked my book! I did have to do some specific research for it, but that was mainly for the heroine, Clare, who is training to be an architect, so I had to check how a person qualifies for such a career and how long it takes.
For the Middle Eastern details, I did quite a bit of research about the region before I wrote the book, but that was mainly because I wanted to find out more about the place that I was coming to live in! Once I started writing, I tried to incorporate some of the details I had read about, as well as the things that I started to see around me. A few of the details are based on stories that other people have told me. For example, in The Royal Sheikh, when the heroine goes on board the Sheikh’s luxury yacht she sees a bunch of flowers made of gold with jewels in the centre of each one, such as diamonds, opals etc. This description is based on a vase full of golden flowers that a friend of mine actually saw when she visited a royal palace!
Jan:  When you created Prince Rafiq and architect, Clare McKay, did you know exactly how their adventure would go? Or did you let their story develop organically?

Katheryn: I did a lot of planning and had the book all carefully plotted out before I started it, as well as detailed character profiles. However, once I began writing, the characters took over and began to change the story and make it their own. This may sound odd, but there were times when I could hear the characters saying ‘I would never do that’ about the parts of the original plot. Therefore, I changed sections to make them fit with what the Sheikh and Clare would really want to do and say in those situations. However, despite these changes, the basic structure of the story stayed the same.
Jan:  You not only write romance, but you’re also a mother, and a teacher. Is there anything you would like to share about how you make it all work?
Katheryn: With difficulty! Luckily as a teacher I have long holidays, as well as mid-term breaks and this is when I try to do most of my writing. I also try to write in the evenings once my kids are in bed, but often I’m too tired! I must admit that I do get very easily distracted by the internet and I can find myself spending hours on sites like Facebook and Twitter chatting to people when I should be writing. My New Year’s resolution this year was to be more disciplined and spend less time on social networking sites. So far I have been partially successful and I’ve managed to get quite a lot more writing done.
Jan:  What was your biggest adjustment when you left England to live in the Middle East?
Katheryn: I actually left England quite a long time ago to teach abroad and before I was in England, I lived in the USA. However, previous to moving to the Middle East, I worked in various Asian countries, so I found the Middle East to be very different. One thing that took me a long time to get used to was the desert, which seem so vast and empty compared to the jungles and mountains of Asia.
Wherever I live though, there are always certain things that I miss about England and the USA. I miss good English pub lunches and I miss the positive, can-do attitude of the USA.  On the other hand, I don’t miss the ridiculously high petrol prices or the government taxation!
Jan: You are currently writing another story set in an exotic location. Would you like to whet our appetites with a few details?
Katheryn: My next romance has a provisional title of ‘Her Latin Lover’ and is based in South America. I decided not to locate it in the Middle East because a key element of the plot is a poker game which takes place the night before the story starts and gambling is illegal in most (perhaps all?) of the Middle East. Also, the story depends on the heroine being in a very dangerous country, where she is threatened at gun-point by a local man (I won’t say who or what happens, or I’ll give too much of the story away).
Although the Middle East has dangerous areas, it’s generally a very peaceful, safe area (despite some recent press). However, I did once hear about some teachers that were kidnapped on their way to the airport in Yemen many years ago. Maybe a kidnapping could be the basis for another Sheikh romance in the future?
Jan:  Can you tell those of us eager to read this new story, when we will get the chance?

Katheryn: Although I’ve finally finished writing the book, thanks for my New Year’s resolution, I’m still at the editing stage and that can also be a long process as the book will need to go through several different readers, as well as myself, to check for errors, plot holes etc. I also need to have a cover designed which will capture the feel of the story. Like The Royal Sheikh, it is a sweet romance, so I don’t want the cover to imply an erotic story, but at the same time the cover design needs to indicate a sensuous romance.
Hopefully, the whole thing should be edited and available on Amazon as an ebook by late March - I’ve just set myself a deadline here!  As soon as it’s published, I’ll everyone know on my blog, Twitter and Facebook at:  
Thank you very much Jan for the interview. It’s been great chatting with you.
About Katheryn Lane
Katheryn Lane works full-time as a teacher, mother and wife, but somehow also finds time to manage being a part-time writer as well! 'The Royal Sheikh' is her first book and is inspired by her experience of living in the Middle East. In her free time (on the rare occasion that she has any!) she loves to lose herself in a good book.