Blocked Excerpt #NA #Volleyball #Romance


Only two weeks till the release of Blocked on 10-21-14.


Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 3:

“Ladies!” Coach boomed as he stormed away from the men’s coach. “We’re taking over the gym. We’ve got priority here. Madison, get us started on warm-up.”

Maddie ran to the net, and when my teammates followed her, I jogged over too. I snuck a glance at Dane to find him positively murdering me with those eyes. Oops. He was mad at me again? How was it my fault our practice times got messed up?

A male voice boomed, “Hold it!” and I halted mid-step. I turned to see Dane point at the gym floor in front of me a second before he loped over, clutching his towel. Would he strangle me with it? My eyes darted to Allison at the sideline, but my Secret Service agent didn’t seem to be on alert. I braced myself as he neared, but my fear turned to surprise when he dropped to the floor and wiped it with his towel.

“Close your mouth, Ramirez,” he said as he popped back up and stood inches from me. How does he smell so yummy despite his soaked shirt? It was a manly scent, tinged with some sort of aftershave. “I sweat like a cow.” His angular body towered over me. Not a bovine in sight.

His eyebrows knitted together as I stared up at him. His eyes were so pretty, so deep. “I didn’t want you to fall and break your ankle,” he continued. “At least not because of me.” His insult barely registered over the blood rushing in my ears. When I continued to stand mute in his presence, his head tilted. “I know you can speak…” One corner of his mouth perked up. “You’re not going to call me bitch again, are you?”

When I finally wrestled my gaze from his face, I noticed everyone in the gym watching us. I tried to swallow, but my throat was dry.

Thanks, Dane,” Maddie said as she gestured for me to join the team for warm-ups. She turned around, jumped to block at one end of the net, shuffled over a few steps, and jumped again. She had an awesome vertical leap, and I watched Nina and the other teammates follow her lead.

I looked back at Dane. Say something, idiota. “I don’t know…do you deserve to be called bitch again?” I backpedaled toward the net so he wouldn’t get me in trouble with Coach this time.

“I deserve only kindness and affection.” He smirked.



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Dreaming of Books #Giveaway

Thanks to Kathy at I Am a Reader for hosting this impromptu giveaway.


This is a simple giveaway hop to celebrate reading while snuggling under the covers. In Ohio, it appears the darn polar vortex has returned this weekend, BRR.

I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card, and a Jennifer Lane ebook of your choice.

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Deleted Scene: On Best Behavior

Only four more days until release day of On Best Behavior! It’s exciting to finish my first series.

Earlier I posted the first part of a scene that we cut in the editing process. Here’s part two of Sophie and Grant in the church, planning their wedding:


“You know what I was thinking about during our little moment of silence?” Grant asked.

Sophie shook her head.

“Well, I imagined you in your wedding dress, at the end of the aisle.” He gestured toward the altar. “I’m standing right there waiting for you, fidgeting with the flower on my lapel, and when I see you, you look so stunning. Radiant and exquisite.”

She glanced at the entrance of the sanctuary and then back at him. “Mmm, I can see it too. You’re standing by Pastor Tom, looking so McSailoricious in a tux. I want to tear down the aisle, run into your arms.”

He continued the little fantasy. “You try to run, but…your father, he slows you down. He walks you to me—” he flinched as if watching a horror flick “—but then he won’t let you go. You tug on his arm, try to get away, but he’s got a vice grip on you, and he’s glaring at me—”

“Nooo!” she cried, playfully pushing against his chest. “You’re cursing us. That could really happen, you know.”

Grant clasped her wrists and leaned in. “I won’t let that happen, Bonnie, even if I have to wrestle you away from your father.”

“Good, don’t freak me out like that.”

He drew her hand up to his lips and planted a kiss on her knuckles.

Sophie gazed off in the distance, remembering what she’d read in one of her textbooks about the symbolism of the father giving the daughter away at a wedding. When the bride moved from her father to her husband, she transferred her allegiance from her family to her husband. In successful marriages, the wife had to put her husband first, ahead of her family, and the husband had to put the wife first too. If a conflict erupted between the spouse and the family, the spouse’s needs won in a healthy marriage.

When Sophie explained the symbolism to Grant, he said, “Interesting. I thought it was more like the father saying ‘Take her off my hands, please.’”

Her mouth popped open with umbrage.

He smiled. “Seriously, I do like that explanation from your psychology book.”

“Of course you do,” she replied with a grin, “’cause that means I’ll be yours.”

He leaned in, brushing his lips on her neck, sweeping soft kisses up her chin and jaw until his lips landed on hers. Their kiss was sweet and gentle, and she gazed into his glittering eyes.

“I’ll tell you a secret, Grant. We don’t need a wedding ceremony for me to transfer my allegiance—I already belong to you.”

“And I to you, Sophie.”

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CRAZY, STUPID LOVE: New Adult Giveaway

Have you heard of the NEW ADULT genre? It’s all the rage–books about characters age 18-25.

Thanks to Talk Supe for hosting this event. Some of my favorite NA reads include Slammed, Point of Retreat, Where She Went, Easy, Flat Out Love…and Poughkeepsie.

My pub sister Debra Anastasia has written one humdinger of a New Adult book…Poughkeepsie!

Poughkeepsie is a beautiful love story about truly seeing people with all their sparkles and flaws.


Read my 5 star review HERE.


Along with giving away an ebook of my Mature YA / New Adult novel Streamline, I’m giving away an ebook of Poughkeepsie.


See the post below to sign up for Streamline‘s book birthday, March 25-29, when there will be more giveaways.


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Follower Love Giveaway Hop

I looooove my followers! To celebrate YOU, I’m jumping on the Follower Love Giveaway Hop, hosted by the illustrious Kathy at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Nicole at The Reader’s Antidote.

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