Fall Favorites

Woke up today and it was 57 degrees! Hallelujah! My new Miss Moss planner stickers with the gray hair came in (just as my gray hair is coming in).. I’m ready for the next installment of Catalina Cove novel and Dunkin will warm you muffin for you (insert inappropriate giggle).


Fall books


Runway and pageant coach Charlotte Pendergrass has swapped her ex-husband’s lavish lifestyle for her family’s quiet Georgia cabin. Her charismatic next-door neighbor is a distraction she’s starting to enjoy. Successful pecan farmer Richard Swayne feels the chemistry between them, but the wary single dad guards his heart. As she helps Richard’s daughter fulfill her pageant ambitions, can Charlotte make her own dreams come true?











Kimber Reyes has been good all year—and she’s ready to be a little naughty. Back in Southwood, Georgia, to help her aunt with a beauty pageant, she’s reconnecting with former bad boy Dario Crowne. Her other mission: track down the mysterious designer of beautiful pageant tiaras. Dario is guarding secrets—and his heart. But unless he reveals both, the perfect Christmas gift might slip through his fingers…












Tempting the Beauty Queen

Tempting the Beauty Queen
Three weddings, a gala, and a beauty pageant – Oh My!
It’s gonna be a busy summer!
Miss USA has been crowned 👑 Gowns are being cleaned & properly stored 👑 Shoes are back in the box or on the rack👑


Not ready to say goodbye to the sparkle? Check your local stores for the latest installment of the Once Upon a Tiara series, Tempting the Beauty Queen 👉https://tinyurl.com/ycgzpk62

If Kenzie Swayne didn’t require a date for a string of upcoming weddings, she’d turn Ramon Torres’s offer down flat. The gorgeous entrepreneur stood her up once, unwillingTempting the Beauty Queen Cover to let emotion interfere with his ambition. Ramon needs Kenzie’s expertise for a new business venture, so he agrees to escort her. But when secrets from their pasts are revealed, can Ramon make Kenzie his—forever?
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And remember, you don’t have to be a Beauty Queen to enjoy these books.
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I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

I don’t wanna grow up… I’m a Toys “R” Us Kid…..

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This whole Toys “R” Us closing thing has me in tears. First of all.. This is the store where I fell in love with giraffes and tried to write my Rs backwards just to be cute.29906170001_5718315389001_5718303604001-vs

I am totally about to be so

Un-Apologetically Girly right now.

My adoptive mother was a hippie.. a feminist hippie before I knew what one was. I just knew we’d never have Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes or Apple Jacks in the house ..she rocked the belted pads (go ask someone over 50).

So when she adopted me…I was probably her worst nightmare. I loved anything she hated….and it wasn’t to be ornery or anything. She adopted me at the age of one and according to stories, I would run over to hug the ladies wearing firs and stockings. I loved bright red lipstick and high heels. To my adoptive mother’s dismay… I loved one going to Toys “R” Us and picking out materialistic things. 201956-Material-Girl





I grew up with the stuffed animals and baby dolls,  board games my brother and I fought over (I was a sore loser) and then I matured. There was one and only aisle for me!



(photo credit) http://www.lovethispic.com/image/201956/material-girl)

The Barbie Aisle!! 


(photo is from https://totalsororitymove.com/the-pink-aisle-at-toy-stores-is-at-risk-of-becoming-extinct/)

I feel so sorry for the kids this day who will never get the chance to feel the joy and elation of turning the corner at Toys “R” Us and seeing the pink aisle…aka.. The Barbie Aisle.

Going to Toys “R” Us was my research,… my kernel for creating epic love stories at the age of ….



This was the initial place for what would not be considered fan-fiction…book-fodder.. plot bunnies or whatever you want to call it.



This was the way I chose which doll was going to star in my next big play and what they would wear (because God forbid that woman buy me new clothes for my dolls). I painstakingly wrote out scripts for me and my friends …and this is before copy-machines… and made a story-line for Barbie and her friends.

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Here’s the clip  if you haven’t seen the movie.

I felt the exact same way… except I believe I wanted a Kissing Barbie and instead I got a Sun Lovin’ Skipper. I believe that’s when I decided to cast my stepmother as the wicked stepmonster because she wanted me to have age appropriate dolls. As if!


As I get older I can never remember what doll I really wanted but I know I didn’t get the one I wanted and I specifically went to the store.. picked up the box and presented it to them to make sure they understood where it was and which Barbie I wanted.


Anyway… I still have my Barbies for inspiration. 


And even on a writing retreat… I got a little creative with this horror  (yes.. I was supposed to be writing)

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Okay, enough with that…. point is… had it not been for Toys “R” Us, I wouldn’t have such a creative mind at the age of um..hmmm… giphy




Back then we had to drag out parents to the store. Now everything is point and click … I mean sure..we used to circle what we wanted in big-ass catalogs.. so I guess that’s kinda the same.


(photo from https://earwaxkid.deviantart.com/art/RIP-Toys-R-Us-1948-2018-735386987)


Happy New Year, y’all!!

We are currently experiencing a #SnowDay No automatic alt text available.here in Tallahassee, FL and so it gave me a chance to read all the inspiring articles in this month’s Pink Heart Society about #rebranding. My #KimaniSisters did their thing and now I’m sitting here hitting the Image result for backspacebackspace button on an idea I want to pitch…I’m seriously curled up under the covers feeling all inadequate after seeing how on-the-ball these ladies are! Image result for author envyY’all know I suffer from #AuthorEnvy (lol.. it’s a real thing! I promise!). As we all know, Kimani is closing and the questions are flowing from people….”So what now?” Um yeah, I don’t have the foggiest idea. These ladies have their shit together! Related image


Like.. yeah..I saw on Harlequin’s Milestones how I’m celebrating book #5 along with some other spectacular authors (some of them are to blame for a big chunk of money disappearing from my wallet lol…you know who you are!). But if you got to their amazon pages…they have SO MANY other books in the works pre-and-post Harlequin Kimani.

So back to this blog about rebranding. I took a lot of their words to heart and want to thank them.

Ac Arthur –#Rebranding – The 3 ‘R’s of Starting Over
Zuri Day – #Rebranding – The Brand That Binds
Cheris Hodges – #Rebranding – Black Love Matters
Lindsay Evans -#Rebranding – Explore Other Avenues
Synithia Williams -#Rebranding – When One Door Closes
Reese Ryan – #Rebranding – Spreading the Love by Writing for Multiple Publisher Imprints

But if you get a chance .. here’s my article. I’m so honored to have been asked to participate.





Soooo… about this Sexiest Man Alive…

Here’s what I know about Blake Shelton. He had a song “Hillbilly Bone”… (which I’m allowed to sing on account of my West Virginia bloodline).. he’s on The Voice, he’s dating Gwen Stefani, and he was just named sexiest man alive by People Magazine .




I’m going to comment as I flip through the…., I guess, honorable mentions–

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Zac Effron

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Please find his “season” of Burning Love

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Image result for checkLuis Fonsi .. who you ask… Think Summer 17’s biggest hit… Despacito.

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Ben Platt .. the dude from Pitch Perfect…. not the to be confused with Chris Pratt (dude from Parks & Rec/Guardians of the Galaxy/Jurassic World)

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Okay… he will always have my heart because of Noah.

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And that’s all the website gave me. I guess I’m going to have to push my grocery cart in a long line at the store so I’ll have time to properly thumb through to see who else made the list. Image result for reading in line at the grocery store


In the meantime… Most of the writers I know like to “cast their books” when starting to write. So we all have our own desires/tastes/whatever to say who is and who isn’t sexy.

I made my own lil’ list of the sexiest men alive… all of these men have been a muse at one point or another in my completed books. Feel free to check out my published books and see if you can guess who would play my heroes.

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Don’t even get me started on my full WIP list of muses. #whew … now after going through all of this.. I’m thinking about creating a new series.. stay tuned to see if I follow through with Moonshine & Magnolias .. omg the ideas are coming in! Sheesh! I need to write and I need to edit… So.. that’s all for now.


PS… stop by Jen Doyle’s Blog to win some cool holiday stuff!

The Beauty and the CEO is on sale $1.99!

Click here for your copy of The Beauty and the CEO

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Makeup artist Zoe Baldwin can’t believe the gorgeous guy she flirted with on the way to a job interview was her potential boss. So when Will Ravens, CEO of his family’s cosmetics company, tells Zoe her innovative approach isn’t right for his brand, she agrees to work alongside him at a beauty pageant to prove her skills. But where there are sparks, there’s certain attraction…

Will is fighting to keep his family legacy afloat. He’s going back to basics at Ravens Cosmetics, leaving no time for romance or Zoe’s avant-garde ideas. But despite his intentions, he finds himself falling deeper under Zoe’s sensual spell. Amid the chaos caused by company sabotage, can both their career dreams and passionate fantasies come true?

Of course I like to cast my books to help me as I write…. Here’s my vision for Zoe and Will…

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……As she bounced backward with a prolific apology, the wooden rails creaked. The last thing she needed to do was fall into the water with her tablet. She welcomed the strong pull around her was, and she reached for the impeccably muscular arms.

“Whoa,” the deep and now familiar voice said into her ear.

“Mr. Ravens.” Zoe gasped. Once her eyes began to focus, she narrowed in on his lopsided smirk.

“Let’s see, we’ve shared a plane, shared a seat on a plane, and I’ve walked in on you taking a shower.”

Heat burned her cheeks. Zoe held her index finger up to correct him. “Almost in the shower.”

Will inclined his head. “Okay, almost. However, I do believe we are beyond the formalities. Please call me Will.”

Zoe bit the right corner of her bottom lip. “Alright, Will. You’ll have to call me Zoe.”

“It’s a pleasure, Zoe.”

He had no idea what a pleasure it was to still be in his arms.



Back in July Will did an interview with Kimani Press on Facebook

Click here for Will’s interview


Happy Reading!

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