Windy Wednesday, Gift Card Giveaways, and Other Wonderful Things – 11/01/17

Jasmine the Writing Cat staring intently at me

Whenever Jasmine the Writing Cat does this stare thing straight at me, I always imagine her saying, "You will love meeeeee..." in a hypnotic voice, while swishing her tail slowly.

I'm pretty sure I was hypnotized a long time ago.

ANYway, I don't know about you guys, but damn, it's become windy here! It's always this way in the fall – Idaho decides in the spring and fall that tear-the-shingles-off-your-house winds are just the way to celebrate a new season arriving. I'm not sure if I agree with this viewpoint, but I've tried holding up my hand to stave off the wind, and thus far, have had no luck. I'll keep you guys posted on that front.

In the meanwhile, I've been hard at work on several different projects, and I can even tell you guys about a couple of them today! How is that for thrilling?

First, let's discuss the featured bundle for the week – Laughing P Collection by Kari Holloway. It's three novels plus some short stories, all on sale for only $4.99, which is a hell of a good deal. Check out the deets:

Southern Charm & Small-Town Secrets

Laughing P by Kari HollowayCracked But Never Broken
Coming home should have been easy for Marine Damien Payne, but between rustlers, a stalker, and his personal demons, love is hard pressed to find a footing on the Laughing P ranch.

Behind the Lens
Lexi’s found freedom from a loveless relationship. Trapped in a hunting cabin with her first love, can she find the courage to follow her heart or will she sacrifice her happiness?

Never too Late
Darien Payne has regretted the moment he screwed up for over a decade. Forged under sweat and sawdust, he sets a plan in motion for his happily-ever-after. Burdened with the brevity of life, he must step up on the Laughing P to keep his family together in their darkest moments for the glimmer of light that always shines.

Join the Laughing P crew from the bottoms of despair to their happily-ever-afters and beyond in this collection featuring all three novels and a handful of short stories.

{Only available on Amazon – sorry to everyone else!}

Next up? Gift cards! Everyone likes being a winner. 😀  

I've been linking to a survey on SurveyMonkey for the past month, encouraging people to give me their thoughts on a variety of topics. I have been drawing people from that survey as winners, and announcing them in my newsletter.

Here's the bad news: The last three people that I chose and announced as winners in my newsletter haven't bothered to open my emails to find out that they'd won. So! Don't be that person. 😛  If I say I'm only going to announce winners in my emails so you have to read 'em to find out if you're the lucky duck for that week, I really mean it! 😀

So here's my gift card winners for this week – you've each won a $10 gift card to the storefront of your choice, if you respond back to my newsletter to claim your prize. Here goes:

[Name redacted]

[Name redacted]

[Name redacted]

Hit reply to the email in your inbox, and tell me which storefront you want your gift card for, and which country you live in (because that will sometimes play a part in the gift card process).

So you know how I said I've been hard at work on some projects? Here's one of them. You guys are gonna go crazy over this.

My friend Joanna Bell and I have gotten together to do a wild-ass giveaway, only available to our subscribers. You won't find this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else, and you can't get extra chances to win by sharing it, because it's exclusive only to our readers.

The prizes? Chanel perfume with gold flecks in it or a Coach wallet. 

Insane, right? When Joanna suggested that we give these items away, I may or may not have swooned a little.

Again, the deets for this giveaway are only available in my newsletter, so if you haven't subscribed yet, do it today! It's where all the fun is. 😉

Soaking up the last of summer – 9/27/17

Jasmine the Writing Cat soaking up the sunshine

As Jasmine and I were working to wrap up our next novel, Returning for Love, she decided to take a well-deserved nap in the sun. I don't know about your part of the world, but here, it's getting colder by the day, and the sun is sinking lower in the sky. 

That's okay, though – that just means that it's time to snuggle up to a good book (*ahem* pick me, pick me!) and enjoy the great outdoors, without stepping foot outside. 😊

Speaking of going outside...Handsome Hubby and I had to cancel our plans to go to Long Valley this fall. We were supposed to go to Glacier, then we changed it to Long Valley, and now...we're staying here. 😛

This all has to do with Big Life Changes that are coming up, but alas, I am not going to tell you yet what those changes are. Don't worry – they will only positively impact my writing speed, and even my ability to interact with y'all. So these are GOOD changes, even if I can't reveal them right now. I would, but then I'd have to kill you, and that just wouldn't be any fun, right? Right.

In the meanwhile, I decided to do another survey. It's been a while since I've done one, and I thought it'd be awesome to do another one. I'm interested in the reading habits of you, but I don't know what they are unless you tell me! 

Same as last time – this is a simple survey, and if you want to whiz right through it, you can be done in five minutes or less. There are places to leave comments on each question, however, so if you have more you want to tell me, you're absolutely welcome to!

At the end of the survey, there is a place to put your name, email address, and country (that one is just because I'm interested – it has nothing to do with the gift card itself. 😄) The last question is COMPLETELY optional, but if you do fill it out, then you'll have a chance to win a $5 giftcard to the eBookstore of your choice: B&N, iTunes, Amazon, Kobo, or GooglePlay.

I will draw one winner a week for the next month, so even if I don't draw your name next week, keep checking back! I will be announcing the winners in my newsletter. 😊

Before I let you go for the week, I just wanted to send along a recommendation for a new swexy Western Romance author that I think y'all will just love: Joanna Bell. Joanna is a great author and human being, and I think she's really going to go places. Right now, she's only available on Amazon, but if she ever publishes on other storefronts, I'll be sure to let you know.

For now, I hope you'll enjoy her debut novel, How to Catch a Cowboy:

How to Catch a Cowboy by Joanna Bell

contemporary western romance novel

A Rugged Cowboy with a Promise to Keep

Jack McMurtry
Seven generations. That’s how long the McMurtry’s have worked Sweetgrass Ranch. My days start before dawn and end long after dusk. I care for the land, the cattle and the horses.

The last thing I need is a woman around. Sure, I’d like one to warm my bed, but with everything that needs doing, I’d want her gone by daybreak.

What don’t I need? A city-girl prissing around my family’s homestead. Especially a woman that works for the government and says I owe Uncle Sam a fortune. Nope. I don’t need her around even if she is as pretty and curvy and sassy as the day is long.

Trouble is, I can’t get Blaze out of my mind. And if that’s not bad enough, I’m sure she’s hiding something from me.

A secret that I’ll do whatever it takes to uncover.

A City Girl Far from Home

Blaze Wilson
I’m on my first assignment, determined to wow my supervisors at the IRS. My career is on the line. All I need to do is pull off this one, single case in the middle of Nowhere, Montana. How hard can it be? What I didn’t count on was going toe-to-toe with a tall, rugged and sexy cowboy. None other than the owner of the ranch.

Guess what? He’s not cooperating. At all.

What is he doing? All the wrong things. Undressing me with his bedroom eyes and then coming across all knight-in-shining-armor when I get caught in a violent thunderstorm.

I need to be careful. As perfect as he seems, Jack McMurtry could wreck my career. And as if that's not bad enough, I stumble across a long-buried McMurtry Family secret.

A secret that could cost me everything...

How To Catch A Cowboy is a full-length (107k) standalone novel with a guaranteed HEA, no cliffhangers and no cheating. It is intended for readers over 18.

Wright’s Wednesday Recs – 4/05/17

Jasmine the Writing CatSo I've been slow in responding to emails lately because...



As you can see, Jasmine is helping me, as always. She's right here, helping me sort through credit card statements with ease and finesse, cutting my working time on this project down to...well, 40 hours so far. *crying*

But on a serious note, have you ever noticed how, in many of my Jasmine pics, you can see my bathrobe in the picture? That blue plaid thing you see? Yeah, that's my ratty-tatty-but-super-comfy bathrobe.

Yup, I've outed myself – I apparently spend most of my day in my bathrobe, or at least it seems so if you look at my Jasmine the Writing (Taxes) Cat pictures. I'm not entirely sure what that says about me, other than I can be *ahem* slow to get dressed on some occasions. *cough* every morning *cough, cough*

*ahem* Coughing fit under control now, promise.

Other than the nightmare that is US small business taxes, I've also been hard at work on the freebie novella, Stampede of Love. Ladies and gents, you will be thrilled to know that the big release date is next Wednesday, the 12th of April. The novella is in the capable hands of a few readers, helping me clean it up, and so by time you get your hands on it, it should be as awesome as can be. I am super excited about that! 😀

Remember, this is going to be a newsletter-exclusive novella, so the one and only way to get your hands on it is to listen to me ramble on each week. Which is why I want it to be as amazing as can be, because if it isn't amazing, then what kind of incentive is that?? If I'm going to give away a bribe, it needs to be an awesome-sauce one.

In the meanwhile, here's my two recs for the week. The first one (Elaina Jadin) is a really close friend of mine who will be releasing a romantic comedy soon. (So excited for this book release, can I just tell you??) The link below allows you to read the first nine chapters of that amazing novel for free, and you'll also be notified you when the book itself hits the shelves. The second rec for the week (Liz Isaacson) is for a Christian Western Romance - on sale for only $0.99, and available on all storefronts.

With that, enjoy!

Crazy Perfect Mess by Elaina Jadin

Crazy Perfect Mess by Elaina JadinKATE

When free-spirited Kate walked in on her boyfriend playing naked Twister with another woman—her unscrupulous cousin, no less—she decided it was time to take a sabbatical from dating. A decade or so should be about right.

Now she’s crashing on her BFF’s couch, throwing herself into a three-ring circus of temp jobs, and trying to expertly avoid her dysfunctional family, who put the ass in passive aggressive. All Kate wants to do is get her life back on track, instead of wasting time with the opposite sex, and she has a foolproof plan:

1) No distractions
2) No complicated situations
3) Absolutely no men

Too bad she just woke up in bed with all three.


Level-headed and loyal, Henri was happily pursing an art degree and looking for his soulmate, until his dad’s illness changed everything. Determined to help out, he set aside his dreams to take a more practical path. Along the way, he picked up a soul-sucking career and a demanding fiancée with dubious motives.

But that’s okay—he’ll do whatever it takes to keep a roof over the heads of the people he loves most in the world: his family. With so much on the line, Henri has a short list of must-do priorities:

1) Keep his commitments
2) Stay focused on his job
3) Don’t let anyone down

Definitely not on the list: falling for Kate.

In this funny and poignant book, Kate and Henri are forced to ask themselves: Is it possible to find happiness when everything you touch becomes a disaster? Is love still worth it, even when it’s this complicated?

~ Sign up to receive the first nine chapters of this novel absolutely free! ~

Before the Leap by Liz Isaacson

Before the Leap by Liz Isaacson

Can Jace find a way to forgive before it's too late?

Jace Lovell only has one thing left after his fiancé abandons him at the altar: his job at Horseshoe Home Ranch. He throws himself into becoming the best foreman the ranch has ever had—and that includes hiring an interior designer to make the ranch owner's wife happy.

Belle Edmunds is back in Gold Valley after she lost her job at a prestigious design firm in California. She's working for a conglomerate, but she's desperate to build a portfolio that she can use to start her own firm in Montana. She applies for the job at Horseshoe Home, and though Jace and Belle grew up together, they've never seen eye to eye on much more than the sky is blue.

The spark between them now that they're adults can't be denied, and as Jace and Belle attempt to work together, they also fight their growing attraction to each other. But Jace isn't anywhere near forgiving his fiancé, and he's not sure he's ready for a new relationship with someone as fiery and beautiful as Belle. Can she employ her patience while he figures out how to forgive so they can find their own brand of happily-ever-after?

~ Available on all storefronts, this book is also on sale for $0.99 ~

New Novella is Almost Here

Erin Wright's catSo I know I just launched a new novella 2.5 weeks ago so it's a little crazy to be this close to releasing another one, but there for a while, I was working on two novellas at the same time. All while providing a sufficient number of cuddling hours with Jasmine the Writing Cat.

An impossible task, I know.

But after I finish my round of edits on Stampede of Love, I'll be sending it off to the editors, and you! I can't wait to hear what y'all think of it.

Just as a quick reminder: Stampede of Love will be completely free. It's a thank-you gift for hanging out with me every week ('cause let's face it - I'm not above bribing people to be my friend! :D) Here's the blurb for it, in all its blurbtastic glory:

Stampede of Love by Erin WrightEight seconds.

That’s all Rex Kingsley wants. Eight seconds on the back of Bodacious, the most feared bull in the PBR. Two years ago, the massive bull threw him and stomped him into the sands of the Tulsa Rodeo in front of ten thousand spectators. Rex survived. Barely. Now his single goal is to conquer the bull touted as “unbeatable.”  Not a single bull rider has lasted eight seconds on Bodacious’ back. Rex aims to be the first, and his lofty ambition leaves no room in his life for a woman.

Until Kimber.

Kimber Adams just wants to celebrate her birthday with friends. A few drinks. Maybe a spin on the dance floor. But when she falls into Rex’s arms, literally, her plans change. She and Rex share a night of passion but the handsome cowboy wants more. Kimber’s no stranger to the perils of bull riding, though. She makes it clear that Rex needs to choose between eight seconds on Bodacious or a lifetime with her.

Their love is young and fragile. Can it survive the dangers of a rodeo cowboy’s life?


Confession: I don't write my own blurbs. I don't know if you've noticed this (surely not) but I tend to...blather on a bit much. You can't blather on in blurbs. Blurbs from me would read something like, "You'll like this book, I promise, and so you should read it, and there's people in it and they fall in love and oh, there's a bull named Bodacious and he's a badass who can't be ridden and..."

I don't write blurbs.

So when my blurb writer returned the above blurb to me, my response was (and I quote), "OH MY GOSH, I LOVE IT, I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK NOW!"

So, there ya go. A little peek into the life of a writer. I don't write my own blurbs, and I don't edit my own books, and I don't make my own covers. Believe me, it's for the best. Covers made by me would consist of two stick figures holding hands. I have all the artistic abilities of a blind two year old.

Now that we're done drooling over the blurb for Stampede of Love, I figure it's about time to announce another winner from my survey. Remember, you can fill it out at any time; I draw a winner every other week or so. (Basically, whenever I remember to do it, let's be honest here). But, a big congratulations to Stacey in Illinois - be sure to check your inbox for the $5 gift card winging your way. 🙂

That's it from me this week; here's new releases from two amazing small-town author friends of mine. Enjoy!

Tempt Me by Christine Kingsley

Tempt Me by Christine Kingsley

Welcome to Sunset Bay, where the days are hot and the nights even hotter...

Katrina Caldwell is finally making her own way living and working at tropical Sunset Bay Beach Resort. Her independence was hard won, and she’s determined to make the most of every day. But she has a little problem. Her boss Brandon Jacobs is hotter than hot, and lately she can’t seem to focus when he’s around. It’s a mistake to fall for him — he's made it clear that he's all business. Besides, she’s all about that laid back, easy beach life. Who needs a man? But she can’t deny that every time she's near him, the temptation gets a little bit harder to resist.

Brandon doesn't have time for dating. Every bit of energy he has goes into the resort he's working hard to keep afloat, and Kat is a temptation he just can't indulge — even if he can't get her off his mind. For one, she’s his employee. She might as well wear a flashing sign that screams off limits. Two, he can’t afford any distractions — and a sexy little yoga instructor is about as distracting as it gets.

When Kat presents Brandon with a deal — she’ll help him get his resort on track if he’ll let her show him there’s more to life than work — hard days in the office turn into late nights on the town. Can they fight the temptation that keeps pulling them back together? Or will they see how good it can be to be oh-so-bad?

~ Available on All Storefronts! ~

Security Risk by Megan Matthews

Security Risk by Megan Matthews

Ridge Jefferson, former Navy SEAL and current Fugitive Recovery Specialist, is exactly what I don’t need. I shouldn’t get hot and bothered by his all-around tough-guy image. I shouldn’t crave his thick, muscled arms. I definitely shouldn’t stare at his ass every time he walks out of a room. But I do.

And with him next door, and two new wild best friends down the road, I’m on my way to making a perfect life in this small town on the coast of Maine.

Until my past decides it wants me dead.

~ Available on All Storefronts! ~

Naughty ‘N Nice

Erin Wright's wonderful snuggle buddyAfter many hours of snuggling...

Jasmine the Writing Cat finally got Overdue for Love out the door. It's hard work to type when you only have paws, you know.

But as part of the launch of Overdue for Love, I released two versions - a sweet version and a swexy version. I had some questions from readers about this, so I thought I should share with everyone what I did and what I plan on doing in the future:

First off, "swexy" is a word I made up. Feel free to use it yourself in everyday conversation. "Hey, that's a swexy dress!" or "Oh, swexy cologne!" It can't become a "thing" until everyone uses it, you know. 😉 Just remember - when you hear Oprah saying swexy on her show, it all started here. 😀

For those of you who missed it, swexy = sweet + sexy. On a heat scale of 1 - 5, a swexy story is around a 3, taking into consideration both sex scenes and swear words. A 5 on the scale would include things like menage or F-bombs, something you will never find in my novels. Ever. There are people who write and people who read it and that's 100% a-okay in my book. I'll even promo it in my newsletter (although I'll warn y'all about it before I do) because many of you guys love it (I know because you told me so!)

But it's not what I write. I am a swexy writer, through and through. When I write a novel, I write swexy first. It's what I like to read, it's what I like to write. The one exception is Christmas novellas. Blizzard of Love was a Christmas novella and it was pretty sweet (a few kisses, no sexy times, some swearing). Sweet just feels right for Christmas stories, know what I mean?

But those aside, you can always count on me to write and release swexy stories. Period.

However, some readers don't like any swearing or sexy times, and so they're interested in sweet only. I get that. That's my mother (Hi, Mom!) So for the sweet readers on my list, including my very own mother, I tried releasing a sweet version of Overdue for Love.

It interesting experiment. I'll give you percentages of sales of sweet vs swexy on the various storefronts that I publish on:

  • Amazon: Sweet = 9% Swexy = 91%
  • B&N: Sweet = 20% Swexy = 80%
  • Kobo: Sweet = 0% Swexy = 100%
  • iTunes: Sweet = 0% Swexy = 100%
  • GooglePlay: Sweet = 0% Swexy = 100%
  • Smashwords: Sweet = 0% Swexy = 100%

Sooooooo...there's a definite preference going on here. 😀 lol. (Sorry, Mom!)

Some things to keep in mind when you look at those numbers:

1) I didn't put the sweet version of Overdue for Love on preorder on all storefronts like I did the swexy version.

2) I have had some promos for the swexy version of Overdue, whereas my sweet version hasn't had the promos hit yet (they're coming in the next couple of weeks).

So, is this really a fair comparison? No.

Will sweet ever sell as well as swexy? No.

Will I continue to put out two versions of my stories? Probably. At least for now.

I plan on going back and putting together a sweet version of Accounting for Love (I'll be sure to tell you when I do that) and the next couple of books will come out with both versions. Then I will rerun the numbers, see if it's worth it to continue, and decide from there. When I make that decision, I'll be sure to let y'all know.

If you're one of the people who have emailed me and begged for a sweet version of my novels, now is the time to support that. I need to keep the lights on and the rent paid, so if you're buying and recommending my sweet novels to your friends and family, it makes it a lot easier to continue producing the sweet version. That's just a fact of life. 🙂

So with that in mind, here's my two author recommendations for the week, and...well, you really couldn't find a better example of sweet vs sexy. The sweet novel is very, very sweet (Christian romance) and the sexy novel is very, very sexy (a definite 5 on the 1 - 5 scale). Choose accordingly!

Oh, and if you want to catch up with me on Facebook, be sure to stop on over on my new page and say hi. Or feel free to send me an email. I respond to all emails (eventually. I'm about a week behind right now. *Aack!*) But please tell me your thoughts - I want to hear 'em.

Love and hugs to all,


PS I'll be choosing another $5 gift card winner from the people who've answered my survey, so if you haven't done it yet, pop on over there and tell me your thoughts. I choose a new winner from those surveys roughly every other week or so, so your chances of winning are pretty darn good!

Love's Promise by Melissa Storm

Love's Promise by Melissa Storm

She's waiting for her prince to come … but was he right beside her all the time?

Kristina Rose Maher wants to know why fairytales never happen for fat girls. Certain that diner cook Jeff, handsome and fit, will never want her as more than a friend, she stuffs down her attraction to him. But when she finds herself facing a life-altering weight loss surgery, she discovers she's willing to do whatever it takes to embrace life—and love—to the fullest.

Jeffrey Berkley can't bear the thought of losing the friend he’s only just beginning to realize matters so much to him… no matter what size she is. But he is also terrified that helping her reach for her dreams will also mean finally reaching for his own—and letting down his family’s legacy in the process.

Both Kristina Rose and Jeffrey must learn to love themselves before they can find a way to make a promise to each other. Will they finally be able to lay their heavy burdens at the Lord's feet, and trust him to bring the happily-ever-after they both crave?

Don't miss this sweet tale of faith, love, and gastric bypass–get your copy of Love's Promise today!

~ Available on all storefronts! ~

Python: A Secret Baby Bad Boy Romance by Alexis Angel

Python by Alexis Angel

I got a 12 inch python and I'm gonna hide it in your bush...

There's not a woman alive able to tame me. You won't be the first to try. You won't be the last to fail.

You simply won't get past my 8-pack abs, rugged face, and ripped body.

Let's not forget the name of this book.

Once you see my python twitch, your mouth will go dry.

It'll get thicker and you'll want to touch it.

It'll change it's color and you'll want to taste it.

And once you do...

My venom will shoot inside of you.

And make you wild.

That's the power of my Python...

**Come join Alexis Angel in this full-length standalone romance. No cliffhanger but it's going to be a scorcher with scenes of MF, MFMM, and very mild FMF. HEA? You know it, babe.**

~ In Kindle Unlimited, this book is also on sale for $0.99 ~

Wright’s Wednesday Recs – 2/22/17

Jasmine the Writing Cat for Erin WrightJasmine the Writing Cat wants everyone to know that she thinks y'all did an amazing job on the jigsaw puzzle sent out last week. She also wants everyone to know that y'all totally whooped Erin's rear end and that when Erin put the puzzle together, her speed was a measly--

*ahem* Okay, Jasmine the Writing Cat has been sidetracked is enjoying some catnip. Moving right along...Let's focus on how quickly you were at putting the puzzle together. I put together a quick graph to show the spread of finishing times for the puzzle:

Speed times for puzzle contest for Erin Wright fans

Amazing! Remind me not to play against you guys. 😉 A HUGE congratulations to Karen M for her blazin' fast 1 minute and 35 second record. Karen, I'll be sending you an email in just a minute to get your address so I can send you the candle. 

For any of you who didn't happen to put the puzzle together previously but want to give it a shot now, the link is below. The contest is over, but you're free to have fun with the puzzle anyway. 😉

Click to go to the online puzzle for Overdue for Love!

So onto our sweet and steamy offerings for the week. 🙂 The first book is sweet; the second is steamy. Make your choices accordingly!

Until next week...

Sweet Home Alaska by Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas - sweet western romance authorStruggling actress Lauren Kinkade discovers her true passion is her day job—catering. When her grandmother dies and leaves the family bakery to her, Lauren sees an opportunity to start fresh in her small hometown in Alaska. But the town isn’t exactly welcoming to the girl who went to chase dreams and left her grandmother to run the family business alone.

Lauren decides the best way to get her new business rolling is to get hired by golden boy Trey Briggs for his hotel’s grand re-opening.

But he refuses to even grant her an interview.

Trey can’t fathom working up close on a daily basis with the gorgeous girl who made him so anxious in high school. Heck, her mere presence caused him to crash into things and earned him best-forgotten nicknames, so he’d rather not see her again. Ever.

However, Lauren puts her charms on high simmer and convinces him to hire her, but pretty soon the menu sampling gets spicier than either of them anticipated.

~ In Kindle Unlimited, this book is also on sale for $0.99 ~

Saved by the Woodsman by Eddie Cleveland

Steamy western romance authorI turned my back on society, walked off the grid and never looked back. So, why can't I let her go?


Ashley represents everything I hate in society.

A spoiled brat, a media princess, a woman who would rather record her life than live it.

It’s people like her that are responsible for the bullshit on the internet, bullshit that cost the lives of everyone I’ve ever loved.

But one taste of her makes me question how I could ever live in a world without her in it.


Sawyer offers me nothing more than a hard body and a warm bed.

He’s just an escape from my humiliation and betrayal. He can never provide me the lifestyle that I worked so hard to obtain.

Then why am I considering throwing away my fame and fans to hide away from the world that embraced me when no one else would?

~ In Kindle Unlimited, this book is also on sale for $0.99 ~

Wright’s Wednesday Recs – 2/15/17

I had a friend introduce a website to me this past week that instantly struck me as being a lot of fun. Called Jigsaw Planet, it gives you the ability to quickly and easily create online puzzles that others can put together. 

So, what did I do but upload the cover for Overdue for Love to the site. 😀 I made it easy - I kept the puzzle pieces oriented the same direction that they should be in when you put the pieces together, so you don't have to worry about flipping pieces around. I wanted to make it fun, not obnoxious. 😉 

Here's the contest: You go to the site, put the puzzle together, and take a screenshot of the puzzle and the time it took you to put it together, and send me that screenshot. The person with the fastest time wins this candle:

Simple enough, right? Be sure to take a screenshot that covers BOTH the puzzle put together AND the time it took to put the puzzle together. Send that screenshot to me at May the fastest Puzzle Putter Togetherer win!

Click to go to the online puzzle for Overdue for Love!

Once you're done putting the puzzle together, I have a hot, hot, hot recommendation for you this week. If swearing (a lot of swearing) and over-the-top sex (a lot of sex) isn't your thing, you'll want to skip this week's offering. You've been warned. 😉

Bush by Rocklyn RyderMelissa:

Ever since I landed in Alaska I can't get comfortable. The entire state reeks of testosterone. It's not doing me and my fantasy life any favors but it's Rogue that finally put me over the top. My pilot. The man exudes masculinity. He is the epitome of rugged, the poster child for wild, Alaskan man.


Melissa lands in my life full of the kind of stories that could fill up the silence of a lonely Alaskan winter and keep a man company while those sweet curves of hers keep him warm but filling my place with a woman's things has never been part of my plan.

So why am I changing the route to make sure I'm the only bush pilot she'll be seeing up at that cabin this summer?

~ In Kindle Unlimited, this book is also on sale for $0.99 ~

[Thursday’s] Recommendations – 12/22/16

Merry Christmas from Long Valley Idaho Erin Wright

Jasmine the Writing Cat is disgusted with Erin Wright

Well, so my Wright's Wednesday Recs email is...a little late. Whoops! Even my cat is covering her eyes in disgust. 😉 I'm blaming this one on my husband, who insisted yesterday that I take a break from my computer and more importantly, a break from the internet (which was on the fritz yesterday, causing me...great consternation. My wifi router and I were not good friends yesterday). He convinced me to instead play the Farming Game with him.

I actually talk about the Farming Game in Blizzard of Love but just briefly - did you guys catch that? I just had to put it in because that's one of my husband and I's favorite games to play. I just looked it up on Amazon to see how much it costs - oh my goodness, $38 + $14 in shipping. *cue screaming* That's really too bad because it's a fun game, especially when I can beat my husband at it. 😀 I'll be honest, any game is fun that I can beat my husband at...

Well anyway, the internet seems to be behaving itself better today, so I figure sending out the newsletter a day late will be better than nothing, right?

Only one book for you today - it's actually the second book in the series I talked about last week. Cate is a terrific author, and this second book just hit the shelves, so even if you haven't read the first one, you should pick up the second one anyway. 😉 They're all standalone novels, so they don't have to be read in order (although it's always recommended!)

A Crazy Reunion by Cate Baylor

A Crazy Reunion by Cate BaylorRaney Hoffman eloped with her high school sweetheart believing they’d found their happy ever after, but her world crashed down around her when he left after less than two years of marriage. Nearly twenty years later he’s back in town. Her broken heart tells her she should still hate the jerk. But her traitorous body surges into sexual overdrive at the sight of him. 

Rob Coleman was devoted to Raney the moment they met in high school. After they married, his twin brother died unexpectedly and Rob’s grief thrust him into an identity crisis he couldn’t recover from. The decisions he made in that haze of grief have haunted him for nearly twenty years. Now he’s back and completely befuddled by the strength of his response to seeing Raney again.

They rebuilt their lives without the other but their unexpected reunion makes it clear their history is far from over.

New - only $2.99!

Wednesday’s Recommendations – 12/14/16

Jasmine the Writing CatSo are y'all getting the snow in your corner of the world like we are here? Jasmine the Writing Cat has decided that there's no reason for her to ever get off my lap again because there's cold and snow and wet things out in the big, bad world that she wants absolutely nothing to do with. She likes to go outside and explore...six months of the year.

I don't really blame her - I'm a lot like her. I like to sit and watch the snow come down, as if I'm living in a giant snow globe. I've decided that being an author is a great profession for people who live in snowy climates.

On the writing front, my cover designer is in the middle of designing the cover for the free novella that you, dear reader, will receive completely free, simply as a thank you for hanging out with me. The early mock-ups look great - I can't wait to show you the final cover!

While you're waiting for another Long Valley novel 🙂 here are some other books to check out!

A Crazy Homecoming by Cate Baylor

A Crazy Homecoming by Cate BaylorAfter a boardroom meltdown, Daphne Simms gets dumped and fired by her boss-slash-lover. Humiliated and adrift, she runs to the only true home she's ever known--her grandmother's rural Texas ranch, called Crazy. She knows a ranch is a far cry from corporate life, but she certainly doesn't expect to be greeted by a cranky, sexy cowboy shoving a shotgun in her face.

Mick Williams has lived and worked on Crazy for twenty years. Though he's utterly devoted to Daphne's grandmother, he'll be damned if he's gonna let a city slicker like Daphne sashay in and disrupt his nice, quiet life. When the future of Crazy is threatened, Mick and Daphne must work together to keep the ranch afloat, but the heat of their attraction makes it more complicated than either of them imagines.

When their physical and emotional connection deepens, Mick tries to turn away from the woman he's convinced he doesn't deserve, so Daphne has to pull out all the stops to convince him that the heart of Crazy is big enough for the both of them.

On sale for $0.99!

Wild Storm by Sandra Sinclair

Wild Storm by Sandra Sinclair“Secrets are simply another form of lying…”

Words Storm Peckham would come to hear and not appreciate, as it marked her whole life as a lie. Something she was not prepared to admit—at least not to anyone else.

For eighteen years, Storm has managed to keep her true self hidden from the rest of the world. That is, until her sister Emma is abducted and she has to spend several days on the trail of finding her missing sister in the company of two very handsome marshals. The closer they get to finding her sister, the harder it's becoming to keep her secret safe—especially from the watchful eyes of Colt Dalton, who suspects Storm is not all she seems.

Colt and Cole Dalton are the US Marshals sent to find missing heiress Emma Peckham. Unbeknown to them, they are about to embark on a mission destined to cause contention between the Dalton brothers. They have a job to do, returning the missing girl to her father in one piece, but emotions flare with Storm and her secrets stuck in the middle of the of the emotional whirlwind each of them will have to overcome.

What will happen as secrets are revealed and suppressed emotions rise to the surface?

On sale for $0.99!

Wednesday’s Recommendations – 11/23/16

Erin Wright Western Romance authorFor my US readers, you know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. For scheduling reasons, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our family today, which is why my picture of the week is Jasmine taking a nap on the couch with my husband. Tryptophan strikes again! 😀

Quick update on my writing: I have finished my Christmas novella, Blizzard of Love, so keep an eye out for that to hit your inbox soon! I'm so excited for this story; I hope you love it as much as I do.

Anyway, you may remember that last week, one of the authors that I highlighted in this newsletter is someone with whom I'll be in a Christmas multi-author bundle. This week, I'm highlighting the other author that will be in that bundle with me - Christine Kingsley. Christine is a terrific author, and a terrific friend.

The other author, J.B. Duvane, is another friend I've gotten to know over the past year. Although her book is a little darker than what I tend to recommend, for those of you who like a little dark in your reading, you'll love this book. J.B. is a very talented author.


Return to Love by Christine Kingsley

Christine Kingsley Western Romance authorThe cowboy's back in town...

Cassie Powell is perfectly happy with her small town life in Willow Valley. She has a successful bakery and a beautiful little girl--everything she's ever wanted. But when Jack Martin swaggers back into town, secrets she's worked too hard to keep threaten to bring it all tumbling down around her.

Jack has always thought of Cassie as a little sister--until he sees her all grown up! But she's hiding something, and he's determined to find out what. Can he break down her walls and find a way into her heart?

On sale for $0.99!

His to Take by J.B. Duvane & Stella Noir

dark romance authorBrooklyn ...

Adrian was my first love.

The boy I'd always compared all the others to.

But now he's a man and he's holding me captive.

I'd heard the stories for years but I didn't believe them.

My Adrian couldn't have done the things they say he did to all the other girls.

But now that I'm with him I see that it's true.

I know he's a monster ... and I'm terrified of him.

But I'm also terrified of the feelings I still have for him ... and what those feelings mean about me.

Adrian ...

Brooklyn was the only one who ever saw my true self.

But that was seven years ago ... and it might as well have been a dream.

I had to leave her behind. It was the only way I could protect her from the truth about my family and our business.

But now a debt must be paid and she's been brought here.

And my father has ordered me to break her ... to ruin her.

If I follow his orders it will destroy me.

But if I don't ... my father will.


"His to Take" is the first part in a three-part series. It is not a standalone story. You must read all three parts of the series to reach the conclusion of Adrian and Brooklyn's journey, as well as the HEA ending. The series contains dark sexual themes and scenes that some may find disturbing. It is intended for mature readers.

On sale for $0.99!