Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Capturing the Castle

I Capture the Castle. An intriguing title. A beautiful story.

I saw the movie first (half a dozen times at least) and just now read the book. The movie is an absolute delight, although, I think I'm biased because Romola Garai is my favorite actress. Romola was my muse for Ally in my first novel, Home Ice, which goes to show how much everything is connected in some way or another. I didn't know it at the time, but I added the book to my Goodreads shelf and started reading it on Romola's birthday. Maybe I need to book a trip to Vegas; these coincidences are really adding up!

Who could resist a young Henry Cavill???

The book is British author Dodie Smith's first novel. She later became famous for writing the children's classic The Hundred and One Dalmations. I Capture the Castle was written in 1948 and holds up wonderfully well. The characters are vibrant and each of them eccentric in their own way. You feel like you're right there with Cassandra, experiencing life in the run-down castle.

I Capture the Castle transports you to a place without cell phones, Netflix, and all the modern-day trappings you're used to. It makes you feel like anything is possible--whether or not you live in a castle--and that alone succeeds in making me feel young again. With new beginnings and the possibility of finding love spread out in front of you, this story truly captures your heart...

The movie:

The book:

~I highly recommend both!

You might also like:
Romola's Birthday Wishes
You Capture My Heart

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Free Book Bargains

Buy Island Ice in paperback and get the Kindle version for Free!

You know what? This deal applies to all of my books and not just Island Ice! If you buy a new print edition (or have purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle Edition for FREE.

At Amazon, make sure you click on the Paperback version of the title you want...

Then scroll down to Product Details, and the Kindle MatchBook info is there on the right.

Find out more about the Kindle MatchBook program here.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Anywhere but here...

The wait for the ultimate beach read is over!
Island Ice is here!


Ready to trade your skates for flip-flops?
Star hockey player Colton Greene might not have a choice...

Craving more island fun? Be sure to check out Surprise Me and Submersed. A day at the beach has never been so sexy!

Read them for FREE with your subscription to Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wish you were here...

The countdown to release day begins!


Only one week left!
Island Ice is available for pre-order at:

Inspiration for the book was easy to come by. You know those tropical wall calendars you see in the stores every year? Well, this iconic photo of a palm tree stretching over the water is exactly where I picture Avery and Colton stranded on the island...


I think it's somewhere in the Cook Islands. Wherever it is, it's absolutely gorgeous and I buy one of those calendars every year to remind me that paradise does indeed exist on earth.

As I've mentioned before, I draw a lot of inspiration for my books from music. Besides listening to a playlist of ocean waves, I listened to Agnes Obel while writing Island Ice and even mentioned the song Smoke & Mirrors in the book. If you've never heard Agnes' beautiful music before, I encourage you to have a listen...

I hope you enjoy reading Island Ice as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Here is a relaxing video to get you in the mood for paradise...