Friday, December 12, 2014

A few of my favorite things

Welcome to the Addictive Reads Holiday Giveaway! From December 12-31, you've got the chance to enter the contest for prizes: a Kindle Fire HD 7, and $50, $20 and $15 gift cards to Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay or Barnes & Noble (if you win, you choose where the gift certificate comes from). Visit for details. 

In the meantime, I get to blog about a few of my favorite things at this time of the year...

1. One of my favorite ornaments (far left). I don't know where this humble fellow came from, but s/he is so homely, I can't help but love him/her... er... it. Plus, the ornament doesn't make me cry like the cast ornaments of my sons' hands and feet from when they were babies.

2. A nativity set my husband and I picked up from Mexico on our honeymoon.

3. Hot cocoa with marshmallows.

4. Pajamas just out of the dryer.

5. A real fire in a real fireplace.

6. Favorite Christmastime reads. The Grinch, the Polar Express, Prayer for Owen Meaney... And even some of my writing pals' reads. Check out The Winter Gift at your favorite ebook store (it's free: Merry Christmas). The boxed set includes a bunch of winter-y stories, including one of my own. But if you'd rather listen than read, check out Jade O'Reilly and the 12 Days of Christmas, now on audio thanks to the very talented Julie Hoverson.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stock up on summertime reads

Addictive Summer Reads Event includes more than $100 in prizes: One $50 Visa Gift Card, one $15 Amazon Gift Card, 5 $10 Amazon Gift Cards:

Do you love reading? I sure do. And it seems like I can’t ever have enough books on hand to read.

I've been stocking up on books to read since… oh, since I was in grade school… but I'm of the mindset that you can never have too few books waiting to be read. I'm not ashamed to admit that book hoarding runs in my family. My mother has a chest brimming with books-to-be-read in her bedroom (it used to be her mother's hope chest and now it's a book chest) and another shelf in her spare room. My grandparents had a bookshelf filled with paperbacks on their outdoor patio – perhaps not the most ideal storage place for a library, but it worked for them. My mom has passed hundreds of books from my childhood back to me to enjoyed by my own children, and they fill a few shelves and boxes in my house. My own paper books-to-be-read teeter in stacks inside what used to be a television stand that now rests beside my bed – a makeshift nightstand. And of course my e-book collection is ever-growing. I'm book-rich… and I keep acquiring more reads.

Have a similar addiction? Then you're in luck. Us Addictive Reads authors are running a summertime sale over the weekend. Stock up on some great reads and get addicted to some fabulous authors. Here are the sale details: And while you're checking out books to read, enter the contest to win some of the fantastic prizes, including a $50 Visa Gift Card or one of six Amazon gift cards! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Witch Hunt: published in Carolina Crimes

Got an exciting announcement: My short story Witch Hunt is included in Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Lust, Love and Longing, published by Wildside Press LLC.

Witch Hunt is very different from the stories in my Jade O'Reilly mystery series. Witch Hunt is about what happens when a store selling risque merchandise burns in a small southern downtown. (Hint: More than edible lingerie goes up in flames.)

Here's the description of the collection:

What goes together like tea & sympathy, rock & roll, or a skull & crossbones? Sex & crime. Nineteen members of Sisters in Crime living in the Carolinas serve up stories around the universal themes of lust, love, and longing, and the criminal consequences of thwarting these human desires. Some stories are laugh-out-loud funny, others are evilly dark, but each packs a delicious read. Whether set in an ice cream parlor or an equestrian center, from World War II Washington DC to the high-tech playing fields of Research Triangle Park, furious, desperate, and betrayed characters step into crime with barely a twinge of misgiving. Frisky seniors, a psychic PI, a jealous mother-in-law, a manipulative stripper—all occupy a universe where, as Margaret Maron writes in the Introduction, “Love can liberate, love can suffocate, and sometimes love can even lead to murder.”

Buy Carolina Crimes in paperback at Amazon.

Monday, March 31, 2014

23 authors bring you Addictive Reads

I'm proud to announce the official launch of the ADDICTIVE READS website, a group site for twenty-three authors who have banded together to bring you books from all genres. (I'm one of those authors.) Our goal is to provide you with well-written and entertaining reads.

Take a few minutes to look around our site. Each author has an individual page with all of their books listed, along with their social media links. We also have genre pages where you can find books in just about any genre you enjoy. (See the menu guide links at the top of the page.)

And we have FREE ebooks for you, as well as collections (anthologies and box sets) from Addictive Reads authors.

As a thank you for checking us out, the Addictive Reads authors are holding a giveaway of one $25 Amazon Gift Card, one $20 Amazon Gift Card, and one bundle of eBooks from Addictive Reads Authors. To enter the giveaway, visit the ADDICTIVE READS site! You can enter through Friday, April 4, 2014. Winners will be announced, Saturday, April 5th.