Listify Life Summer Challenge

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the hashtag #ListifyLife, a social media challenge created by Jaci Burton, Shannon Stacey, and Roni Loren, with pretty graphics designed by Sierra Godfrey. While it looked like fun, I didn’t join in right away because the spring challenge was nearly done. Luckily, they’ve set up a new challenge for summer, and it starts today.

It’s easy and fun and takes only a few minutes to play:

  • Read the weekly journal prompt
  • Make a list on paper, index card, bullet journal, word processor, chalkboard, anywhere you can scrawl a few lines
  • Snap a picture
  • Post your picture to your favorite Social Media Sites, using the hashtag #ListifyLife
  • Follow the hashtag to see what others have written and share your own

Here’s the list of this summer’s challenge:


Sierra Godfrey has made some fun graphics available on her website. You can visit her here.

To read the original post that started it all last spring, visit Sierra Godfrey here.

This week’s challenge: What summer is to me

And here’s my pic, complete with messy handwriting, my favorite Cross Botanica fountain pen, and a beautiful lilly picked fresh from my garden.

#ListifyLife June 19, 2016

Go forth and #ListifyLife 🙂

Today is Father’s Day, and we’ll be heading out to enjoy one of those fabulous sidewalk cafes.

Have a great day!

Kobo Offers Readers A Fabulous Deal on Select Titles

The only thing better than shopping for a new book (or many books, as the case may be) is getting a great bargain on those books! So I’m excited to share the news that Kobo is having a 4-day only, 50% off sale on SELECT** titles. The dates of the sale vary by territory, and not all books are included. Please see this article from Kobo for specific details.

Here’s a link to my titles, all of which should be eligible for the discount:

And here are the sale dates and the promo codes:

October 28th – October 31st
Promo Code: CA50SALE

United States/Australia/New Zealand
October 27th – October 30th
Promo Code: GET50SALE

United Kingdom
October 30th – November 2nd
Promo Code: UK50SALE

**In the comments section of their announcement, Kobo offers this suggestion for how to check if a title you’re interested in purchasing qualifies for the discount: The search navigation tools on the left of the search page has a number of filters, and one of those filters allows you to search an author’s titles for “Items Eligible for Promo Codes.”

Happy Book Shopping! And thanks, Kobo, for giving readers this wonderful gift!

The Latest News ~ Forever Yours

Dear Readers,

More exciting news to share: this week marks the re-release of Forever Yours, a Regency historical romance featuring two strangers with painful pasts struggling to find love and happiness within their arranged marriage.

Romance Junkies called it “a heart-touching romance that will have you sighing over the love and caring that is present between Jagger and Sophie.”

For more reviews or to read an excerpt, please visit the book page at my website.

Forever Yours is available now through these fine stores:

Amazon     iBooks     Kobo     Barnes & Noble

But please note: the same disclaimer I mentioned in my previous post regarding the new version of A Dangerous Man also holds true for this new edition of Forever Yours. Though lightly revised, the story remains essentially unchanged. So if you’ve read the original copy, published in 2007 by Kensington Publishing Corp., there’s really no reason to purchase this second edition, unless you want a copy with the lovely new cover, which was also designed by the talented

And now the cover reveal:


ISBN ebook: 978-0-9885505-3-7

A Marriage of Inconvenience

Sophie Treneham thought she’d left scandal behind her when she retired to a quiet country estate to raise her daughter alone. But her peaceful refuge is shattered when a stranger with dark hair and a menacing scar across his cheek arrives in her drawing room and claims she is his betrothed! Marrying this pirate of a man is out of the question and Sophie is sure he has come to pillage what is left of her home. Only as an irresistible attraction builds between them and desire turns to love does Sophie realize her true danger: the treasure Jagger Remington has come to plunder is her heart.

An Unexpected Love

A debt of honor forces Jagger to abandon his life and agree to wed Sophie sight unseen, but the lady he finds is more beautiful than he expected, and more spirited. She soon makes it clear that she never consented to her brother’s matchmaking scheme. Despite her protests and his suspicions surrounding the match, decency demands they wed. But what begins as a marriage based on duty, soon turns to irresistible attraction. Jagger never expected to find love—and redemption for his past sins—within his makeshift family. Now he faces his greatest challenge: to win Sophie’s trust and earn her love…before the truth behind their hasty marriage emerges to destroy them.

And the print cover:


ISBN Print Edition: 978-0-9885505-2-0

Thank you for reading!

The Latest News ~ A Dangerous Man

Dear Readers,

I’m excited to announce the re-release of A Dangerous Man, a tale of love and suspense set in Regency England.

Affaire de Coeur called it “a beautifully crafted story of unyielding passions, societal influences and family scandals…”

While the official release date is September 22, 2015, pre-order is available now through these fine stores:

 Amazon     iBooks     Kobo     Barnes & Noble

But please note: While this new release has been lightly revised, the story remains essentially unchanged. So if you’ve read the original copy published by Kensington Publishing Corp. in 2008, there’s really no reason to purchase the new version, unless, of course, you want a copy with the lovely new cover, designed by the wonderfully talented


ISBN ebook: 978-0-9885505-5-1

Here’s the new blurb:

“You will marry me, Miss Jamison…in two days.”

Leah Jamison is too practical to expect a romantic proposal from a man she only just met, but even she is shocked by the bold command issued by the darkly handsome Richard Wexton, Duke of St. Austin. Why the nobleman wishes to wed her and how her father brought about the match, Leah cannot imagine, yet the moment Richard takes her into his arms, undeniable passion flares between them. But Leah senses a darkness in Richard, and lingering wounds from a past betrayal that haunt him still. She vows she will heal his heart and win his love—and no one will stop her.

As the spare heir, no one paid much attention to Richard and his affairs, but when life makes him a duke, he becomes the most sought after bachelor in London. That is, until a scheming miller discovers Richard’s darkest secrets, which he threatens to reveal…unless Richard marries the man’s daughter. Outraged, yet desperate to protect those he holds dear, Richard weds the lovely Leah, and vows to banish his unwanted bride the moment they leave the altar. But Richard’s anger quickly dissolves into desire…and passionate love. Now the greater danger he faces comes not from his enemies, but from his yearning to yield the secrets of his heart into Leah’s safekeeping.

For more reviews or to read an excerpt, please visit the book page at my website.

While not available for pre-order, A Dangerous Man will also be released as a trade paperback in September 2015. Here’s a peek at the cover:


ISBN Print Edition: 978-0-9885505-4-4

Game of Thornes

A few years ago, we visited Chicago. We only had a few days to take in the sights, so we marveled at the architecture and explored the King Tut exhibit, which was on display at the time. I wish I had known about the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. I would have found some way to squeeze in a visit.

According to the Art Institute’s website, these models were brought to life by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and their exhibit consists of 68 miniature rooms, depicting European and American furnishings and decorations in exquisite detail.

Also on the Art Institute’s website is a marvelous interactive game, The Game of Thornes.

To play, visitors wander through a maze of various rooms, exploring the objects within in search of clues that will lead to the exit, where a lovely surprise awaits intrepid travelers who solve the puzzle and reach the end. Not quite as exciting as an in-person visit, I imagine, but just as intriguing for the chance to explore these marvelous, miniature rooms, if only from a distance.

If you have a few minutes, give the game a try. It’s challenging and fun.

Another collection of these magnificent rooms can be found at the Knoxville Museum of Art. I hope you’ll visit the Knoxville Museum’s website, as they have a nice summation of how and why Mrs. Thorne created these rooms. They also have a wonderful Flickr slideshow, showcasing their collection. From there, I learned a third collection resides at the Phoenix Art Museum, which states a total of five museums have the privilege to house these miniature marvels. I could not find links to the other two museums, but will update this post as soon as I do.

As you can see, I am now completely fascinated by these lovely works of art. Now I need to learn more about Mrs. Thorne, a most intriguing woman.

My thanks to @john_overholt on Twitter for bringing this previously unknown-to-me bit of history to my attention. Now I only hope I have a chance to return to Chicago and travel to Knoxville and Phoenix to visit these amazing exhibits and see these beautiful rooms.