Happy Tuesday! SAVING HEARTS hits digital shelves today – check out the Books page for full buy links – and while I’m sad to say goodbye (for now) to the men of Atlanta Skyline, I’m excited for readers to finally meet its alpha heroine, Erin, and Brendan, Skyline’s neuro-atypical goalkeeper. You can catch my interview on the HEA blog to learn a little more about the future potential of the series.
This release day finds me in my new home in Houston, so it’s perhaps apropos that as I reflect on the process of writing SAVING HEARTS I realized that huge chunks of it were drafted in airport lounges and hotels. I had two trips to London and one to Amsterdam in the space of about ten weeks, and the overnight flights to and from Johannesburg often left me with a spare most-of-a-day on either end of work training. Here are some fun facts about my own setting for these scenes:
- Erin’s trip to snoop Brendan’s house was written in the airport lounge at OR Tambo.
- I wrote the backstory to Brendan’s neuro-atypicality in a hotel in Baker Street.
- Erin’s visit to Brendan’s hometown was drafted at a spare desk in my company’s London office.
- Erin realized she was falling for Brendan while I was in Schiphol airport.
- Brendan fell in love with Erin when I was perched on a stool in the lounge at Heathrow’s terminal 5, with a view over the security lines.
- I wrote the final scene in the cafe at my gym in Johannesburg, where I knew there’d be no wifi to distract me.
As you can see, Brendan and Erin traveled thousands of miles with me in the couple of months it took to write their story. Maybe that’s why they have an extra special place in my heart. They’re both deeply flawed and prone to awful mistakes and misjudgments, even ethical transgressions, but in the end they want nothing more than to do right by each other, and in the process find that they’re right for each other. I love them and this book to bits, and I hope you will, too.
Happy holidays from Houston! If, like me, you’re too sluggish from the onslaught of holiday food to move much further than the distance between your couch and your phone, I’ve got good news: all three books in the broody-sexy Homefront Trilogy will be only $0.99 across all platforms until January 2nd! That’s three military heroes and three HEAs for less than $3!
For complete buy links visit the Books page. Happy reading!
I don’t know about y’all, but to me, some of the best bits of romance novels are the naughtiest ones! What could be better than reading about two people struggling to find their way to each other emotionally first finding their way physically? Sex scenes play a powerful role in developing relationships on – and off! – the page, and I’m super excited to be part of a competition that celebrates exactly that.
In a moment of potential insanity given the competitors in contests past, I’ve entered Nix’s infamous Sex Scene Championship for 2017! I’m up against a fearsome m/m scene penned by a previous competitor, but I’d appreciate your votes nonetheless. The polls close on Thursday at 4 PM GMT (5 PM in South Africa, 2 PM on the East Coast), oh, and you can enter to win prizes! Go forth and click to vote for Oz and Kate from Defending Hearts!
It’s release day for DEFENDING HEARTS and it’s an extra special one! To celebrate my tenth book (!!!) I’m giving away ten free digital copies. Comment on my Facebook post to be eligible to win one of ten free downloads of DEFENDING HEARTS! Winners will be drawn at random on Friday, 22nd September.
ALIVE DAY re-releases today for $0.99! Book #2 of the Homefront Trilogy is a heavy-but-happy military romance novella in which love lights up a dark time. Grab a satisfyingly angsty read for less than the price of a coffee: http://amzn.to/2f5sMAB
CROSSING HEARTS is only $0.99 this week! Meet the men of Atlanta Skyline for less than a dollar, just in time to get acquainted with Oz when DEFENDING HEARTS releases in September.