She read to me before I could read and opened up that magical world where I still reside today. Then came television and movies. Now I had three avenues to feed my imagination...and boy could I eat!
As you no doubt figured out, this lead to my writing career. After several starts in between having a son, twin sons then a daughter, I didn't get serious until my youngest child entered 1st grade. Now, I'm multi-published with several publisher and self-published in e-Book and print with a ton of voices in my head. I love those voices! They helped me achieve award winning status, and become a New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author. Hope they never stop!
2. Who has inspired you in your life and why? Both of my parents. My mom, for encouraging me to read, and for her strength, which she inherited from her mother. I get my middle name from them (Louise), and their perseverance. And my dad, well, he’s the easy going dreamer. I get my vision and creativity from him.
3. How would your best friend describe you? I’m the Ethel to her Lucy, or Lucy to her Ethel, depending on the day. Right, Kandi Silvers? Oh my goodness, the stories we could tell you, especially when we’re together for conferences. Let’s just say we put a smile on the faces of those watching the security footage at the hotels.
4. How do you handle criticism? Hopefully, with grace. I try to find something in it that I can learn from and work to improve.
5. What three things do you need to be successful in this industry? Clones. Lots of clones. No, seriously, you have to have somewhat of a thick skin to be able to take the above mentioned criticism, because you should always strive to learn and improve. You need great time management skills to be able to do marketing and promo and socialize, oh… and write, writing is important. (Hence my comment about clones.) But most of all, you need readers. You need to engage them on social media, or at conferences, at the food store, dentist…etc., and hope, once they read one of your books, they’ll want to read more.
6. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? They are one in the same, actually. Thinking the best about people. Trusting them. Seeing the good in them. I am an optimist, and yes, it can come back to bite me in the butt, sometimes. But, that’s who I am.
7. What type of writing environment do you prefer? I am easily distracted, so I need to shut myself in a room, turn on a floor fan to block out household noise (there are 9 people and 6 cats living in my house at times, depends on if the college kids are home), and no phones.
8. What was the first romance you read that stuck with you and why? I honestly don’t remember the very first romance I read, other than it was a Harlequin and I loved seeing two people with odds against them finding an HEA. I bought a bunch at a yard sale when I was 12 years old, and I was hooked ever since.
9. Other than writing, what do you like doing in your spare time? Besides reading, and taking walks with my husband, I love to watch movies. I’m a huge movie freak, all genres, but especially RomComs and action/adventure.
10. What is the title of the last book you wrote? Tell us how you relate to one of the characters. lol Oh, this is an easy one! The last book I wrote is HER HELL YEAH COWBOY for Sable’s Hell Yeah Kindle World. I very much relate to the heroine, Chloe Davis, because…hello, Lucy/Ethel here, and I gave some of those qualities to poor Chloe. She has horrible luck and crazy things happen to her like her many Lucy moments. The one person in all of Texas she did not want to run into…she runs into…literally. That would most definitely be my luck, so I had to do that to my poor heroine. But, it’s okay. I made sure to give her lots of good moments too, plus, a hot hero I modeled after my own National Guardsman.
Harland County Series/Hell Yeah KW
Crossover Novella/Book 8/Logan
Years ago, he unknowingly rescued his soulmate, now she’s back in Texas and about to save his guarded heart.
Unlike his twin, Texas National Guardsman Sgt. Logan McCall would rather march barefoot and blindfolded through a cow pasture than date the same woman twice. After an active duty injury during a flood washed away his promising sports career and engagement years ago, Logan guards his heart more than his life until, fresh from deployment, he runs into a friend of the McCoys…literally. Hill Country’s newest resident is hotter than the wing sauce soaking into his shirt
Graphic designer and carrier of misfortune, Chloe Davis is a danger to herself and those around her, so entertaining thoughts for the sexy cowboy wearing her hot sauce should be a no-no…not a hell yeah—especially considering he’s the guardsman linked to a horrible instance in her past. But when he turns out to be one of her clients, she can no more avoid him than the attraction sizzling between them. Chloe’s back in Texas determined to make a fresh start, and she succeeds in business but fails to resist the handsome soldier’s relentless pursuit.
But when he discovers her past, will he trust his heart or lose her forever?
Cover photo by Cover Me Photography with Orestis Papapetrou
First Kiss Excerpt:
She tossed her purse inside her truck through her open window but didn’t get in. Her air conditioner was temperamental, and it was too hot to chance it not working.
Chloe turned around and bumped into him, grossly miscalculating the distance between them.
“I’ve got you.” Two strong hands grabbed her arms to steady her, sending her pulse into orbit.
She automatically palmed his chest for balance and was hit with a delicious déjà vu from yesterday. Damn, there was something extremely sexy about a soft T-shirt on a hard body. Awareness spread in all directions, tingling her neglected good parts deliciously lined up hip-to-hip with his, thanks to her heels.
It wasn’t until she met his dazed gaze and felt his heart rock under her palm that she realized Logan was just as thrown by the crazy connection. She opened her mouth to apologize for her miscalculation but nothing came out. Then his gaze dropped to her lips and heated. The world kind of fuzzed away like that control she’d regained for a fleeting second while he’d paid the bill. But now he was here, holding her, eating her up with a gaze hotter than the sun beating down on them.
“Chloe,” he rasped out, his breath warm, lips so damn close all she had to do was lean forward just a hair and they’d touch.
Which would be foolish. Dumb. He was her boss. Her client. The dream guy she didn’t deserve. So, she ordered her body to step back. But her mush-for-brains mixed up and propelled her forward. His grip on her arms tightened as his mouth brushed hers, forging a connection of current that pinged through her body with unexpected force.
He groaned and covered her mouth fully, kissing her hot and wet and deep. She knew it. She knew kissing Logan would be mind-altering and amazing. That’s how he tasted. He made her head swim and legs weak so she ran her hands up his chest and down his arms to clutch his biceps, her thumbs brushing over his flexing muscles. That sexy tattoo. The scar.
Shit. The scar.
The reminder of how she’d ruined his life had the effect of a cold soaking.
She broke the kiss and stepped out of his arms. “I’m sorry. You’re a client. I shouldn’t have done that.” Blaming it on work kept him from questioning her odd hot-to-cold behavior.
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