Due Diligence, and what’s next!

It’s been almost three weeks since Due Diligence was released. I want to thank everyone who had read the book and everyone who’s reviewed it. As I said on Twitter, this includes readers who didn’t enjoy the book or who DNFed it for whatever reason. I appreciate the time readers take to enter my little worlds and I think all reviews serve to help readers choose the best books.

I have (of course) a lot of love for Fazil and Todd. I’m over the moon that I got a starred review from Library Journal for this one. It’s kinda neat to see that little star there!

I also did a few guest blogs recently:

On the next book front, Daily Grind has been turned into my editor! I will say that it’s far less angsty than Due Diligence. There’s still some of that, of course, ’cause it’s me writing, but it’s more or less a coffee AU set in the Takeover universe. Except it’s not AU, since the whole thing is, you know, the same universe.

I’ve called it my bi-for-you book, and it’s that, too. Brian finally deciding to do something about the sexual attraction he’s felt for men when a handsome British ginger with a stunning smile breezes into the coffeeshop one day…

Which brings me to a quick note for reviewers: If you’re a book blogger or reviewer and you want to know more about my releases, when ARCs will come out, tour info, and any of that kind of thing, I have a review blogger mailing list now! Please sign up.

So, what am I working on now? Well, I’ve written up a synopsis for a rock star romance! This one will be on the BDSM side, ’cause rockers and rope, what’s not to love?

I’m also finishing up a synopsis on another Takeover book…this one about Rasheed. Yeah, him. You might remember him as the jerk who broke Michael’s heart…

Speaking of Michael…and Sam, I’ve also been working on little stories that explain what happened with William after Takeover. I’ve also slowly been exploring Michael and Eli’s past relationship…and how Eli ended up working for Sam. When I have some of those in a good condition, I’ll be posting them here. So stay turned.

Oh! I nearly forgot! I’m writing a Bluewater Bay book for Riptide. More on that later.

Anyway, that’s a really long update! Thanks for reading the whole thing! ❤️

Due Diligence is out! Plus giveaway!

It’s June 21, 2016! That means Due Diligence is FINALLY OUT! Hurrah!

Due Diligence cover

For your convenience, here are the buy links:

I really hope you all enjoy Fazil and Todd’s story. It’s been a long time in coming and a long wait since Just Business.


In celebration of Due Diligence’s release, I’m hosting a give away! Just comment on this post and tell me your favorite moment in any of my books. That’s it! I’ll randomly select a winner and ship you stuff. Yes, even internationally. (Gulp)

Here’s what one lucky winner will get:

  • One very rare copy of the Just Business paper ARC. There were 10 printed. Five went to RITA judges. I got the other five. So, yeah, there aren’t too many of ’em.
  • A glass caffeine molecule mug, perfect for hot beverages. In one scene, Todd wears the t-shirt that matches this mug.
  • One 20-sided die necklace (complete with a red D20 that can be removed). In honor of the red D20 Todd and Fazil use. Mmmhmm. Probably like you think they might.
  • One Ten dollar Starbucks gift card. The book’s set in Seattle, so this is kind of a requirement.
  • One InterMix drop card with samples from InterMix authors. This was a promo item from RT Booklovers, and has a sample of Due Diligence…but also samples from a ton of other authors.


I’ll probably throw in some other swag, too, like a Just Business button featuring Eli and Justin. I have to see what I have. So that bit will be a surprise.

Happy release day! And THANK YOU for being here with me!

Daily Grind Cover!

Daily Grind has a cover! It was unveiled today at Heroes and Heartbreakers, along with several over beautiful covers. Hop on over and take a look.

In the meantime, here’s the cover for Daily Grind!


A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.

Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.

As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.

But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?

To be released December 6, 2016! Ebook available for preorder at:

You can also add it to GoodReads!

Due Diligence: What’s in a Name?

Back when I was a student in the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, one of my critique partners was bemoaning the state of his name. You see, his name is Todd.

Whenever he saw his name in fiction, the guy was always some preppy, sweater-tied-around-the-shoulder jackass. Or a trust-fund jackass. Or… well, you get the picture. Todd has a bad rap. Todd was the disliked character in 80s comedy movies. Todd was a stuck-up snob. Todd was never sexy.

It’s true. Todd’s not the name you think of when you think “Sexy Hot Hero.” Or, you know, hero, period.

I promised my friend, if I ever named a character Todd, he would not be a trust fund, neck-sweater-wearing preppy jackhole.

Years later, when it came time to brainstorm up a foil for Fazil… I came up with a bad boy, son of a mechanic from the wrong side of the tracks. A James Dean type. Sexy. Hot. Nothing at all like your typical Todd…and I remembered my promise.

Thus Todd Douglas received his name, in reclamation for all the Todds out there who are tired of the 80s sweater look and who aren’t trust-fund kids.

‘Cause some Todds like to get their hands dirty. (And they’re nice, sexy guys, too.)

The Heart of a Book

As we get closer to the release of Due Diligence on June 21st, I’ve been thinking about themes in my writing. I don’t set out to have any, but I end up circling back to the same motifs.

What the theme is depends on genre. In fantasy, it’s divided loyalties and being true to yourself. In romance, it’s overcoming the past and discovering your whole self.

There’s quite a bit about overcoming the past in Due Diligence.

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Due Diligence on NetGalley

Just a quick note to book bloggers that Due Diligence is up on NetGalley! It’s not open for requests yet, as of this posting, but I’m sure it will be soon. I do know some bloggers have gotten widgets.

I’m guessing it’s the uncorrected proof, which means some typos and formatting errors. Also there’s some places where I flopped names (Todd for Fazil) and one place where I got the timezone difference between Seattle and Pittsburgh backward. (I am so irritated at myself for that one.)

All should be corrected in the final version. Well, I’m sure there will be typos because there are always typos. It’s the nature of the beast. So many eyes and YET you still miss something.

More Takeover in French

For my French fans, two more Takeover books will be translated!

We’ve sold the rights for JUST BUSINESS and DUE DILIGENCE to Bragelonne (Milady Romance). When I hear more about release dates, I’ll post them!

Here’s the Publishers Marketplace announcement:


Where to find me at RT Booklovers


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  • Giant Book Fair 10:30am to 2:00pm – I’ll have a few copies of Close Quarter for sale, and a free short (short) story to give away. I may have some other things, if you come and tell me Justin’s safeword.
  • Welcome to Fabulous Berkley Romance 3:00pm to 4:15pm – Come hang with all your favorite Berkley & InterMix authors (and me)! 
  • FAN-tastic Day Party 6:00pm to 7:30pm – I’ll be hanging out during one of the author slots…

I’ll be around at other times, hanging out and being social in the hanging out and social areas. Please stop and say hello.