Wednesday, October 30, 2013

BEFORE - By Nicola Marsh

Good girls finish last? Screw that.

Being a small town girl isn’t so bad. Unless Mom’s the town joke and I’ve spent my entire life shying away from her flamboyance. College in Las Vegas should be so much cooler. But it’s not. Bad things happen there. Real bad.

So when my big brother Reid offers me an all-expenses paid vacation to Australia for a month, I am so there. Discounting the deadly snakes on the outback cattle station, I should be safe. Until I meet Jack.

Jack defines bad boy and then some. And the guy can cook. He’s big, buffed, bronzed, and hotter than any guy I’ve ever met. And his sexy Aussie accent makes me melt.

But he’s my brother’s new bestie and he lives on the other side of the world. There’s no future for us.
Is there?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cowboys, Billionaires, Smart and Funny guys - it's all about the men.

Yesterday Barb Wallace and I had a rematch of our Cowboys Vs. Billionaires battle on Facebook. Neither of us tallied up likes or comments in the end, because I think we just had so much fun and appreciated the eye candy. Sometimes it really is just about the process. LOL  If you want to have a good gander at the pics, check out my Facebook Page and Barb's too.

I was also at The Pink Heart Society yesterday for Male on Monday and it was all about the smart and funny guy. I don't know about you, but smart and funny is pretty sexy so head on over and have a peek if you're so inclined.

What's new at the Alward zoo? My car is being undercoated today to avoid the rust monsters. In Alberta this wasn't much of an issue. But here in the Maritimes, vehicle rust is a way of life and since I just got my baby a year ago, I'm trying to keep her in good shape. :) And then there's the usual stuff - sports games and practices, drama, and kids who have a MUCH better social life than I do. Basically if you HAVE a social life, it's better than mine. That being said I really am a homebody, so last weekend when both girls were babysitting at the same time, it was a treat to just chill with the husband and catch up on watching Copper and sipping a few vodka and lemonades. :)

Meanwhile I need to get offline and get to work on my WIP! I was hoping to NaNo this year, but with the status of my current WIPS, I don't think the timing is going to work out very well. :( But that's okay. I'm having fun writing this new trilogy!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cover Reveal - Sara Hubbard's BY FORCE

Getting kidnapped would set her free…

Isame doesn’t want to marry the man her parents chose for her. She wants more: the freedom to travel, the freedom to explore, but most of all, the freedom to choose the life she wants instead of the one her parents expect. When Isame leaves her home to accept a man's proposal, she encounters five fierce, handsome warriors. She wonders why they’ve travelled so far from home. She never imagines their purpose might have something to do with her, not even after they’ve kidnapped her.

Remmie is a fiercely loyal man who is true to his word. When his king commands him to find a young woman on the island of Copaxa, he doesn’t expect the puny woman to hold his attention or to make him consider turning his back on his brothers in arms and his king. But Isame is special and he can see it from the start. Soon he must decide if she is worth losing all he knows and loves for the girl that's worked her way under his skin and into his heart.


Coming winter 2013!

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About Sara Hubbard: 

Sara Hubbard is the author of young adult books. Her debut novel BLOOD, SHE READ released fall 2012 and was a NEORWA Cleveland Rocks winner and a RCRW Duel on the Delta finalist.

Sara lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two children (four if you count her husband and her needy labradoodle) and works as a registered nurse with the military.


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cover Reveal! Her Rancher Rescuer

Hey all - the blog's been a tad bit quiet the last week or so. It's been a bit crazy here. Between school work, extra-curricular activities, babysitting, a wedding out of town last weekend, and the revisions I'm working on.... well let's just say the To-Do list and my calendar are my closest friends. :) 

So in the interest of doing a quick catch-up, I'm reading "Make My Wish Come True" by Fiona Harper and LOVING it... there is so much that's relatable in this story, particularly if you have either sisters or children or BOTH.

I'm working on revisions to Treasure on Lilac Lane - my editor is particularly invaluable in this process and I know the story is going to be so much better for it. I'm also about 1/3 of the way through A Cowboy For Christmas, which is going to be the start of a new trilogy for Harlequin American. :) Both projects are pretty fun!

I caught a wee bit of flack last weekend too. You see, we went to my nephew's wedding, which was just about half-way between my place and my mom's (and where the rest of my family lives). Since my sister was going to be at the wedding, I made sure I had all the Christmas gifts bought and wrapped for that side of the family so that I don't have to mail them all next month (and considering the size and weight of my niece's present, that's a very good thing!). But yeah - getting ready for Christmas in October is bound to get you some comments. I can live with it. :)

Right - now on to the main point of my post (besides having a good catch-up!): a new cover! Drum roll please.....


Here it is, the cover for HER RANCHER RESCUER, (Feb 14) my first Harlequin American book and the last book in the Cadence Creek Cowboys series!

Friday, October 11, 2013


Today I'm reminded that my words on my blog are just babblings. They're not profound or very important at all, so today I'm going to let someone else do the talking. Here's a wonderful example of everything that is good in the world - from someone who would have every right to be angry and vengeful.

And PS... how much do I love Jon Stewart?

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Okay, break's over!

The last few weeks I've been taking it easy. That's not to say I haven't been working, because I have. I've been working away on my newest book and I've been doing some admin and promo stuff. But I also haven't been really pushing myself. I've taken a few afternoons off. Had a nap a time or two. I simply haven't stressed about work because I needed the break. It's been really nice.

I can't do that forever though - not with my upcoming deadlines. Though the lower pressure work schedule *is* nice, I admit, and one day I'd like to be able to make that the norm. That's not this year, though, so now that I've had time to catch my breath, I need to regain a stricter focus. It makes me think of something Michelle Styles always says - talking to editors tends to concentrate minds, and yesterday I heard from my editor and off I go. :)

One of the things I found out was the release schedule for my upcoming trilogy of American. Since I'm about 14,000 words into the first one, it means I have to do some revision to those chapters before moving on because book 1 will be a Christmas book. At first I was like, "Oh man, really?" and then not long after I got excited because I LOVE writing Christmas stories and I could see some really great opportunities. I also came up with a new title just this morning. Forget "Cowboy In Charge". I think I'm going to tentatively title this one "A Cowboy For Christmas". What do you think?

Anyway, it's time to get serious now and so I'm starting with some #1k1hr sessions to keep me on task and also organized - the 15 min break between sessions is perfect for changing laundry around or doing other household jobs. :)

And I'll get on that. As soon as I finish my Pumpkin Spice Cappucino. :)

Monday, October 07, 2013

What's Cookin' with Snowbound with the Soldier?

Jennifer Faye is popping by today with a delicious post that is making me SUPER hungry, and a bit about her new release! Yum yum!

SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER is my second release and I’m already starting to notice a trend. In each book I write, something keeps making an appearance—food. I’ll admit it…I love food! Probably too much. LOL. But a lot of life takes place over a yummy meal. It can be as simple as catching up on each other’s day or as serious as deciding if a couple wants to take their relationship beyond a casual meal.

In Snowbound, my heroine loves to cook. It’s the hero she’s not so sure she loves, but he’s certainly starting to get past her defenses. ;-) And when he stops by her house one evening to drop off something, Kara finds herself inviting him in for dinner. It’s amazing what can be accomplished over a good meal.

“Come on.”

The kitchen was small, but warm and inviting. He took a moment to absorb his surroundings, noticing how Kara had painted the room a sunny yellow, giving it a pleasant, uplifting feel. Sunflowers adorned the curtains, baskets lined the tops of the light oak cabinets and a small arrangement of silk sunflowers filled a blue milk pitcher in the center of the table. Kara certainly had a flair for decorating.

“Are you sure this isn’t an imposition?” he asked.

“There’s plenty of spaghetti and meatballs. Besides, you do need to eat a real meal if you keep pushing yourself so hard to make this reopening a success.” Kara drained the noodles. “Have a seat.”

He pulled out a chair at the table and sat down. He looked up as Kara bent over to rummage through a drawer, and he noticed an electric candle burning in the window above the sink. It was like a beacon, calling him home.


I don’t know about you but I love pasta dishes. *licks lips* So I thought I’d share Kara’s recipe from the scene above. Hope you like it as much as my family does.

Homemade Meatballs & Spaghetti



·         1 medium onion, finely chopped
·         4 tsp minced garlic
·         2 Tbsp olive oil
·         1 - 28oz can crushed tomatoes
·         2 - 28oz can tomato sauce
·         1 – 6oz can tomato paste
·         2 tsp Chicken bullion (unsalted)
·         1 Tbsp Basil
·         1 tsp Onion Powder
·         1 tsp Italian Seasoning
·         ½ tsp sugar
·         Black pepper, to individual taste

      ·         1 pound lean ground beef
·         1 pound ground hot sausage
·         2 Tbsp onion, finely chopped
·         2 tsp garlic, minced
·         2 eggs
·         1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
·         ½ cup milk
·         1 Tbsp dried parsley
·         ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
·         ¼ tsp black pepper
·         1 tsp garlic powder
·         1 tsp onion powder
·         1/2 tsp season salt (Nature’s Seasons)


In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until translucent.

Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings.

Reduce to simmer and cover. Stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In the meantime, in a small bowl combine bread crumbs and milk, set aside to let the liquid be absorbed.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add beef and sausage, soaked bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, and seasonings.

Pan spray the bottom of a large baking dish.

Form into 24 meatballs (half-dollar size / 30mm or so), place in baking dish and place in oven uncovered for 20 minutes.

Place meatballs in sauce plus the tomato paste and let simmer 90 minutes.

At this time, start the water for your pasta.

Once the pasta is cooked to your liking and the sauce is done, it’s time to enjoy your creation.

Buon appetite! And feel free to pop by and participate in a Rafflecopter giveaway !

Maybe this Christmas…?  

It has been seven long years since Kara Jameson last saw Jason Greene. Returning home as a wounded war hero, Jason looks a shell of the man she once knew. Yet her heart still skips a beat as if it was yesterday…. 

Stepping back into civilian life, Jason looks to Kara for help. But there's too much water under the bridge—not to mention too much lingering attraction. 

But it seems that the mountain weather has other ideas, and when Kara and Jason end up snowbound together they are forced to confront the ghosts of Christmas past.

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Author Bio

Jennifer Faye is a two-time RT Book Reviews TOP PICK author. Maybe that’s partly due to the fact that she has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden. Jennifer loves to hear from readers--you can contact her via her website.
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