CHASING YOUR TAIL is now available!

Chasing Your Tail cover

Get your paws on the third book in the Whitman Street Cat Cafe series!

Head to Brooklyn’s Whitman Street Cat Café: the coffee is strong, the desserts are delicious, kitten cuddles are never out of stock—and finding love is guaranteed.

Pastry chef Brad Marks is the new hot thing at the Whitman Street Cat Café; he makes tasty treats for both the human and feline guests at the café. All the patrons love him, and freelance writer Lindsay Somers understands why; five years ago, she was smitten by his charms too—until Brad broke her heart. Lindsay is happy with her new gig at a trendy weekly magazine, but when her boss assigns her to do a story on the cat café, she’s thrown back into Brad’s orbit yet again…

The book is available wherever you buy books! Get it here!

Take Writing Classes with Me This Fall!

I’m teaching some online classes through the end of this year!

I’m teaching via Savvy Authors, and each of these classes will last two weeks and can be worked through on your own time.

First up, I’m teaching Plot Beats & Novel Planning, a pre-writing course focused on structure. (Plan your story, even if you’re allergic to outlines!) That starts this month (August 15). Sign up here!

Second, I’m doing a series on revising and editing starting in September. You can take each class individually or take the whole series. I’m going to walk students through revising big issues, fine tuning, and finally self-editing to fix up the little things. Sign up for the series here!

I think these will be fun! The Fine-Tune Your Manuscript workshop is a new one for me, based on some common things I see writers doing that can be easily fixed before you submit your manuscript for publication (either indie or traditional).

Poke around at the Savvy Authors website, too, because they offer a lot of great classes!

Winter Olympics Bingo Card!

We’re on the eve of another Olympics, and I have made another Olympics bingo card, this time for the Winter Games!

I had to make some last minute edits after NBC announced it wouldn’t be sending commentators to Beijing, and I’m still not 100% sure everything will apply to our second COVID Olympics, but that’s kind of the fun of bingo anyway.

No prizes. This is just for fun.

And I get it if you’re sitting out the games. There was a good segment on the most recent episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel about how problematic it is for the IOC to have grated the games to an authoritarian government guilty of human rights abuses. I’m sure China got the games because they will spare no expense. Luckily the next few hosts will be far less problematic! (Paris, Milan, LA, and Brisbane are listed as the next host cities on the IOC website.)

But you guys know I’m an Olympics super fan, so I’ll be watching. If you want to play along with the bingo card, you can download a printable pdf here.

NOW AVAILABLE: What the Cat Dragged In

New this week: My cat cafe rom com What the Cat Dragged In is available for purchase in ebook, paperback, and audiobook! Woo!

Here’s what it’s about:

When Paige Danvers isn’t managing events for the Whitman Street Cat Café, she is busy navigating dating disasters as a single woman in Brooklyn. Urged by her boss and best friend Lauren to find a distraction from ineffectual dating apps, Paige volunteers with a cat rescue organization, where she actually meets a guy with some real relationship potential.

Recent law school grad Josh Harlow is putting in long hours at a Manhattan law firm as he gets over a messy breakup. When his boss requires him to do some volunteer work, Josh’s sister sets him up to help capture feral cats. Partnered with Paige, Josh is insistently drawn to the dynamic event planner and sparks between them fly.

One problem: after a steamy night together, Paige discovers Josh is Lauren’s brother and dating him would be a spectacularly awful idea. Particularly considering Paige’s track record. They’re both in too deep to walk away—but if they let the cat out of the bag, it’s going to wreak havoc with friends, family, and jobs alike.

Get your grabby hands on it here!

Residential Rehab is out now!

Hitting bookshelves today: Residential Rehab! This is book 2 in my Restoration Channel series. (While you’re at it, get Book 1, too!)

Here’s what it’s about:

It’s never too late to try something new.

After a year of mourning, it’s time for Nolan Hamlin to live again. But finding a new place in the world doesn’t happen easily.

Already famous as a designer, Nolan is a shoo-in for a new Restoration Channel show host. The brief is simple—help people who’ve gotten in over their heads with their fixer-uppers—but the costar situation is anything but.

For up-and-coming interior decorator Grayson Woods, working with a veteran like Nolan is a dream come true. For one, he’s young and this could make his career. For two, he’s had a crush on Nolan forever. But while Grayson has plenty of life experience, his résumé doesn’t hold up to Nolan’s. He hopes he can keep up.

Despite clashing design aesthetics and a fifteen-year age difference, Grayson manages to charm Nolan. With the show keeping them in close proximity, it’s only a matter of time before they give in to their growing attraction. It isn’t the life Nolan thought he wanted—but when that life comes calling, he has to make a choice. Is there room in his future and his home for a guy like Grayson?

Pick up the book now from your favorite bookstore.

I’m on the KISS app + Giveaway!

My book Across the East River Bridge is now on the KISS app!

KISS is a new and exciting way to experience Romance stories of all genres. Enjoy serialized quality content from NYT and USA Today bestselling authors, available right from your phone.

KISS has hundreds of titles and authors to choose from, including new and exclusive content from some of your favorite voices!

Best of all, you can choose just how much to read with our pay-as-you-go format!

Where can I download it? 

IOS | Android

Here’s a direct link to the book, if you already have the app.

The fine folks at the KISS app gave me a code for 20 coins to giveaway to use in their store. To enter to win, tell me your favorite paranormal romance trope in the comments (and please enter your email address when you comment so I can contact you), and I’ll pick 4 winners at random.

Giveaway ends at midnight EST on August 31. I’ll choose and notify winners on September 1.

Cover Reveal: Residential Rehab

Hey HGTV fans! Book 2 in the Restoration Channel series hits shelves this November! A well-known interior designer who took a long hiatus after the death of his husband is stepping back into the television world to co-host a design show with an up-and-comer, and the sparks, they fly.

Here’s the description:

It’s never too late to try something new.

After a year of mourning, it’s time for Nolan Hamlin to live again. But finding a new place in the world doesn’t happen easily.

Already famous as a designer, Nolan is a shoo-in for a new Restoration Channel show host. The brief is simple—help people who’ve gotten in over their heads with their fixer-uppers—but the costar situation is anything but.

For up-and-coming interior decorator Grayson Woods, working with a veteran like Nolan is a dream come true. For one, he’s young and this could make his career. For two, he’s had a crush on Nolan forever. But while Grayson has plenty of life experience, his résumé doesn’t hold up to Nolan’s. He hopes he can keep up.

Despite clashing design aesthetics and a fifteen-year age difference, Grayson manages to charm Nolan. With the show keeping them in close proximity, it’s only a matter of time before they give in to their growing attraction. It isn’t the life Nolan thought he wanted—but when that life comes calling, he has to make a choice. Is there room in his future and his home for a guy like Grayson?

The paperback preorder is up now; the ebook should be up shortly. Ebooks will drop November 9, paperbacks out next year. You can also add the book on Goodreads! And don’t miss the first book, Domestic Do-Over!

Olympics Fun and Games

I’m sure it will come to a surprise to no one who knows I wrote a trilogy set at the Olympics that I am an Olympics superfan. I’m not athletic, but as a teenager, I took swim classes, and used to fantasize I was swimming at the Olympics when my instructor made me swim laps. I was never in the same universe as an elite swimmer, but a girl can dream.

The Elite Athletes series was on a publication schedule meant to coincide with the 2020 Olympics, but then, you know, global pandemic.

So now the 202…1 Olympics are about to start.

I get it if people feel ambivalent this year. Tokyo declaring a state of emergency just before the games are supposed to start because COVID cases are surging in Japan is not great. A series of decisions by the various governing agencies that regulate each sport (the most egregious of which is, IMHO, kicking Sha’Carri Richardson off the US track team for smoking marijuana, which I think we can all agree only enhances your performance at napping and eating snacks) have left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. On the other hand, most of these athletes have been training for years or their whole lives for this moment and there’s a very narrow window during which they can compete at this level, and canceling the Olympics would hurt the athletes. Also, Simone Biles. So my feelings about the Olympics this year are complicated.

But I’ve been preparing some Elite Athletes Bonus Content, so I figured I’d share in case you intend to watch! Keep reading for some games you can play at home and some commentary on the American athletes to watch for.

First, I made an Olympic Bingo Card (PDF) so you can play along as you watch the games this year. This is just good fun. Your prize is a job well done.

Next, I did actually watch the US trials for diving, swimming, track and gymnastics. If you’re interested, here are some things to look out for:

One thing that I thought was really interesting this year was that it felt like a new generation was taking over. A lot of athletes we saw in 2012 and 2016 (or earlier in a few cases) competed at trials but couldn’t keep up with the young up-and-comers. So the diving team, for example, is all newcomers.

Stick the Landing

In swimming, now that Michael Phelps has retired, a whole new generation of swimmers has shown up. Watch for Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Murphy in the men’s events and Katie Ledecky and Regan Smith in the women’s. (The American team is DEEP. Lots of them could win medals, including some teenagers who made the team.)

In track, the favorite in the men’s 100m is Trayvon Bromell. Also look for Michael Norman, Rai Benjamin, Gabby Thomas, and Allyson Felix, who were among my favorites to watch at trials. 

Bonus track material: Hammer thrower Gwen Berry made some headlines for protesting during the anthem, like the media just forgot that US athletes have a long tradition of activism. NBC made a documentary a few years ago (that is actually quite good!) about protests at the 1968 Mexico City games, narrated by Serena Williams. The whole thing is on YouTube (and I think the free part of Peacock, too). Starz also recently produced a documentary called With Drawn Arms about Tommie Smith, who was part of the 1968 protest.

In gymnastics, Simone Biles is, of course, the GOAT. Her second day at the US trials was a little rough, but she is still indisputably the best in the world. On the men’s side, Brody Malone is the US champ and looked great at trials. Yul Muldauer was also fun to watch and consistently good. Sam Mikulak is the old man on the squad (he’s 28 and this is his 3rd Olympics). On the ladies side, I like Suni Lee and Jordan Chiles a lot. (I’ve been watching Jordan all season, and she’s been on FIRE.) Speaking of activist athletes, Mykayla Skinner’s hair at trials reminded me of Vera Caslavska. (See this.)

When I was researching Stick the Landing, I got deep in the gymnastics weeds, including gymnastics history. I don’t want to take anything away from athletes of the past, but Simone Biles is just on a different planet from, say, Nadia Comaneci or Olga Korbut, you know? On the other hand, there’s Ludmilla Tourischeva, who dismounts as the bars fall apart behind her and doesn’t even react. Badass. (Any excuse to share that clip. It cracks me up every time.)

Above and beyond the general games, gymnastics is also kind of it’s own thing, so make a cocktail and play along with this drinking game I cooked up. 

The Gymnastics Drinking Game:

Take a sip if:
Nastia Liukin mentions Dancing with the Stars
Nastia Liukin wears wears something over the top.  
Tim Daggett says “Gymnastics 101” when referring to a struck landing. 
A male gymnast lets out a Masculine Roar of Triumph after finishing a routine. 
A gymnast wears glasses.
A gymnast talks to a camera right after finishing a routine. 
A gymnast performs a move named after him/herself. (i.e., Simone Biles does a Biles.)
A gymnast over 30 (from any country) competes. 

Finish your drink if:
The American men’s team wins a medal. 
The American women’s wins gold. 
Simone Biles wins All-Around Gold.
Any American gymnast wins an apparatus medal. 

And finally! A little shameless self-promotion. If you got this far, you may be an Olympics fan, so check out the Elite Athletes series! These links go to bookstores so you can own your very own copies in ebook or paperback!

Here Comes the Flood (swimming and diving)
Stick the Landing (gymnastics)
Race for Redemption (track)

What the Cat Dragged In COVER REVEAL!

This hit Instagram over the weekend, but in case you were distracted by fireworks, behold the gorgeous cover for Whitman Street Cat Cafe Book 2: What the Cat Dragged In!

You can, in fact, pre-order the book wherever you buy books by clicking here! Or add it on Goodreads!

When Paige Danvers isn’t managing events for the Whitman Street Cat Café, she is busy navigating dating disasters as a single woman in Brooklyn. Urged by her boss and best friend Lauren to find a distraction from ineffectual dating apps, Paige volunteers with a cat rescue organization, where she actually meets a guy with some real relationship potential.

Recent law school grad Josh Harlow is putting in long hours at a Manhattan law firm as he gets over a messy breakup. When his boss requires him to do some volunteer work, Josh’s sister sets him up to help capture feral cats. Partnered with Paige, Josh is insistently drawn to the dynamic event planner and sparks between them fly.

One problem: after a steamy night together, Paige discovers Josh is Lauren’s brother and dating him would be a spectacularly awful idea. Particularly considering Paige’s track record. They’re both in too deep to walk away—but if they let the cat out of the bag, it’s going to wreak havoc with friends, family, and jobs alike.

The book hits shelves on December 7, 2021!