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I’ll be changing direction in 2018, and that path will be leading directly to sweet romance. I’ve decided to step away from romantic suspense for a while, and concentrating on what makes me happy – namely, a lot of flirting, a lot of laughing, and a kiss to seal the deal when my characters fall in love.

That said, I’m also changing up my newsletter to include more than book sales. In five weeks, my Valentine’s newsletter will be going out. What would you like to see in it?

Gardening news and tips?

Updates on my crafting projects and links?

Recipes?

Travel snippets and pictures?

Quick reviews about movies I’ve seen and books I’ve read?

The newsletter is for you, so I want to ensure you get something out of it. Do any of these topics appeal? Do you have any other suggestions? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

 

HOLLIS AND IVY is out!

Spread the Christmas joy! HOLLIS AND IVY is out for all to enjoy. If you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies, this sweet romance is for you! And if you like Christmas in general, it is for you. And if you like mountains, skiing, flowers, parrots, or coconut, it is for you too! (I’m having Oprah flashbacks). Basically, everybody should read HOLLIS AND IVY immediately!

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Unlucky Ivy Teague can’t win against her competition’s dirty tactics, and she will have to close her flower shop unless a Christmas miracle arrives at her door.

Hollis Dash has been sent to finalize a business deal with Ivy’s rival, but meeting Ivy upsets all his plans.

Can they both get what they want for Christmas? Only Santa knows.

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You can get it now from Amazon, Amazon.ca, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Google Play.

 

CAPTURE cover reveal

The third book of the Calendar Killer trilogy concludes the manhunt for Calvin Kurdyk. After months of terrifying the city, will they catch him before he strikes again?

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If Constable Brendan Booker wants his temporary assignment to the Homicide Division to become permanent, he needs to up his game. He knows he can play a bigger role in catching the Calendar Killer, but it would be easier to approach his inspector if he weren’t sleeping with the man’s daughter.

Rookie EMT Audrey Holland is tired of having to prove herself: to her new teammates, to her empty-nester father, and to her new boyfriend. The sooner they all learn she can take care of herself, the sooner she can do her part in taking care of her city.

With the net closing on Winnipeg’s most prolific murderer, the killer grows more desperate and unpredictable. Neither of them can afford any distractions, or they risk letting the Calendar Killer take them both out in his final blaze of glory.

Pre-order links coming soon!

 

More books in more places

I want to start the second half of 2017 with a bang. So I’m spreading the love (Get it? Because I’m a romance writer. Yes, my puns are terrible) to new distributors AND I’ve just released a Hollywood to Olympus bundle, bringing the first three books together at one low price.

Let’s start with the new distributor. If you have an Android, or read on Google Play, you will be able to find my books there beginning this month. My contemporary romances are there already. The romantic suspense books will be there soon.

They will also be on Overdrive and Biblioteca soon, so ask your libraries to get them for you. (I personally just got signed up through my library. They have a staggering amount of books you can borrow for free. And audiobooks. And magazines. I thought it was just e-books!)

You may have noticed a new book on that page. I’ve put the first three Hollywood to Olympus books into a bundle, and priced it cheaper than they’d cost if purchased individually, at only $4.99.

Screen Idol (Book 1) – Sydney Richardson didn’t order the Greek god who appeared on her doorstep, but since he’s there, she intends to put him to work at her fundraiser. Chris Peck, one of Hollywood’s top stars, only plans to play along until he gets the chance at the role of a lifetime. But when his audition interferes with the promise he made to Sydney, he’d better hope that Hollywood magic and reality can co-exist.

Drama Queen (Book 2) – Protecting her family has left actress Layla Andrews scrambling to hold onto her career. Russ Vukovich, her show’s fight coordinator, helps her out of a sticky situation, and slips under her defenses. But when he discovers the truth, the lies that used to protect them could destroy them both.

Leading Man (Book 3) – Actor Nick Thurston needs a dance instructor who can keep him from tripping over his own two feet. Ashleigh Jessup fits the bill, but she can’t help falling for her sexy student. Things go well until his vindictive ex, and Ashleigh’s competition, sabotages their relationship and they have to decide whether or not this was their last dance.

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ACTION HERO release day

It’s time, people! ACTION HERO is here! Who needs Wonder Woman (okay, you do, it’s a fantastic film)?  But you also need Glinda Crawford and Mike Mosley to save your day and get your heart racing.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book, or how much fun it was to write. The characters are thrust into sheer insanity and fall in love along the way as they try to survive Mother Nature, dictatorial directors and homicidal cyborg pandas. Trust me, you’re going to love it!

It’s only $2.99 till the end of the month, so grab it while it’s on sale.

Nobody in Hollywood takes cable television star Glinda Crawford seriously, and that’s not going to change with her next movie. What started off as a serious drama has descended into a cheesy flick about rabid, cyborg, panda assassins, and she can’t escape the insanity. 

Mike Mosley has it all worked out. He’s leveraged his teen-age TV heartthrob days into a successful adult acting career. But the first week on the set of his new movie with his Olympus co-star Glinda has him second-guessing everything: the plan, his single status, and just how dangerous robot pandas can be. 

When script shenanigans spill into the real world, the attraction Glinda and Mike have been faking turns into a hot, real-life adventure. If they can survive this movie, they can survive anything together. However, the shocking finale surprises them both.

Find the e-book at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble. (Available on all international platforms.)

Writing anniversary

Five years ago today, my first romance was released. PRIVATE ENCORE was not the first book I wrote, but it was the first one that was published by a digital publisher. I’m still thrilled with Rick and Eloise’s story.

I’ve always written. My first bestseller was “Sammy and Sandy the Skunks” in the fifth grade, also illustrated by yours truly. It was in the Manordale Elementary School library and some of the other students signed it out. *puffs out chest proudly.* I wasn’t an athlete in high school, but my school jacket had “Writer” on the sleeve. It took me a while to get here, but I made it.

Since that first romance, I’ve written five Hollywood to Olympus books, three short romances set in resorts, a sci-fi shifter short (which I have back and may do something with someday), two (and a half) romantic suspense novels, two Christmas romances (one to be re-released this year), and a partridge in a pear tree.  I was, and still am, tremendously excited ever time a new book comes out.

It’s a process. Each of my books is a step forward in my career. Five years later I am finally getting some momentum, so when you read a book that says it takes two to five years to establish yourself, they aren’t kidding (and I’ve been doing this full-time for 3 years!).

So here is to you, wherever you are on your journey. Five years is a drop in the bucket. I love writing and hope to be doing this for another fifty.

 

The Write Cast – season 2 episode 4

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Congratulations on writing “The End.” You have finished writing a book.

Welcome to part two – making the book. From formatting to cover art, there is more to deal with, whether you are an indie writer putting it all together on your own, or if you are dealing with a publisher. J.H. Moncrieff, Drew Kozub and I share our experiences to let you know what might be coming on this month’s free Soundcloud podcast.

The Write Cast – episode 9

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It’s November. If you are a writer, you know what that means. NaNoWriMo! or National Novel Writing Month to the uninitiated. For the next thirty days, tens of thousands of people around the world will try to complete a 50,000 word novel in a month.

Drew Kozub, J.H. Moncrieff and I have all participated before. I am the only one who hasn’t successfully finished, but there’s always this time. Check out our past wins and losses, and our plans for this year in this month’s NaNoWriMo podcast on Soundcloud.

If you are attempting this great feat as well, feel free to add me as a friend. I’m on the NaNoWriMo.org site as ElleRush. I’ll be working on Action Hero, book 5 in my Hollywood to Olympus series.

ENTRAP is live!

entrap-21Mackie and Leandra are ready to meet you. But are you ready for them? The action-packed follow-up to Pursuit is out!

Sergeant Oliver Mackie doesn’t have time for reporters, but he’s making an exception for Leandra Northman. Not because she’s so hot he should arrest her for indecency, but because she might have information he needs to identify the Calendar Killer, a serial murderer who has been terrifying Winnipeg for months.

Leandra needs a source if she’s going to get a seat at the anchor desk. Mackie is the perfect pipeline into the biggest story to hit the city in decades, but she won’t sacrifice him for her career. Not that it matters: even as they get close physically, she can’t break through emotionally.

After the case explodes publicly, Mackie is stunned when it appears Leandra leaked classified information to put herself in the spotlight. Leandra is determined to prove her innocence, and Mackie must decide if catching the bad guy really means he can’t catch a bad girl too.

Get ENTRAP today at Amazon US, Amazon Canada, iTunes US, iTunes Canada, Kobo US, Kobo Canada, Barnes and Noble, ScribD.

Happy Hallowe’en

Hello, boos and ghouls. I wish you a very happy Hallowe’en, whether you are handing out the candy, or are out collecting it.

In case you have some time between trick-or-treaters, may I suggest Decker and Joy from the Crazy Cat Ladies collection? Four adorable kittens, a surly PI, and a woman determined to keep them all together at the end of October. (It may also have Elvis, but I’m not telling.)

Available at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon UK, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo