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Playing Ball Giveaway

Enter the Rafflecoper giveaway for the grand prize of a shiny print copy of Playing Ball plus a bunch of other goodies!

Available September 25 from Dreamspinner Press.

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New Year’s Eve Kisses Party

I’m participating in a New Year’s Eve Kisse Party, which will include some sexy excerpts of first kisses from novels from a bunch of great authors. It’ll be hosted by Kay Berrisford (where you’ll find Matt and Iggy’s first kiss) and Tara Lain from December 31st through January 1st.

There’s a $35 gift card and some books to win, so go check it out!

Scrambling Winner

A copy of Scrambling is going to…



And the 2009 World Series champion Yankees are here to help you celebrate!

(What, I’m not bitter that the Yankees played like crap in the post season and were handily eliminated while I was in Albuquerque. Nope, not at all.)

Anyway, congrats Danielle! I believe Ms. Valentine will be contacting you about the book.

Out in the Field Giveaway Winner!

This was a great contest. I really enjoyed reading all of your sports memories! But onto the important things! According to, the winner of the Out in the Field giveaway is commenter #5…

Judi P

The 2009 World Champion New York Yankees would like to help you celebrate!

I will email Judi P shortly. Thanks for playing everyone!

Out in the Field Giveaway!

Out in the FieldI want to give away a copy of Out in the Field!

Here’s all you have to do: Leave me a comment telling me about some sports or competitive team memory when something really awesome happened. It could be going to see your favorite team win big, it could be your high school’s soccer team triumphing over defeat like in a teen movie, it could be, for those of us who are less athletically inclined, your chess club finding checkmate when all seemed hopeless.

Example: Back when tickets to the bleachers at old Yankee Stadium were still $5, I went to a Yankees-Red Sox game in which Andy Pettite pitched badly and the Red Sox beat the pants off the Yankees. Friends of mine from Boston came with me to the game and were obnoxious in that Boston fan way. I was kind of mortified. But then the Yankees handily won the rest of the games in that series and all was right with the world again. The end.

The contest will be open for two weeks starting today, so leave a comment by midnight EST on May 12th to be entered to win. I’ll draw a winner at random on the 13th and announce it here as well as email the winner.

Good luck!

[Note: Comments are moderated, so if I'm not near a computer, it might take a little while for your comment to show up, but I will approve all comments made by real people that are not spam!]

Beat Your Winter Blues Blog Tour: Intro

How do you beat the winter blues? I’m doing it by hanging out with fifteen other fantastic authors between now and April. Head on over to Coffee and Porn in the Morning for the inaugural post, which includes a little about each participating author and how we beat the winter blues. Also go to that post for your chance to win a $200 gift certificate to the e-retailer of your choice. There will be other prizes throughout the tour, too. Who doesn’t like prizes?

Considering how mild this winter has been in New York, it’s hard to get too upset about the weather. I’m currently knitting a hat in between bouts of writing, and that’s part of how I beat the winter blues.

Here’s a little more info about the tour. I’ll be hosting a leg of it in February, so stay tuned!

this weekend

According to the latest, Hurricane Irene is set to hit New York City Saturday night, and the governor has declared a state of emergency, and the MTA is shutting down mass transit tomorrow. It’s a little strange to think about now, given that it’s sunny outside at the moment (calm before the storm?). But, as a result, it looks like I’m going to be stranded in my apartment all weekend (luckily I’m not in an evacuation zone—I live in a neighborhood with “heights” in the name, which is not just there to be silly). Let’s hope I don’t lose power so that I can use my exile for good!

I’m going to be hanging around The Romance Studio’s End of Summer Bash all weekend with book excerpts and I’ll be giving away a book from the backlist. Lots of other great authors are participating, so be sure to stop by!

And to those of you on the East Coast, I hope you stay safe and dry! I’m gonna make one last run to the store to make sure I’ve got enough food for the weekend.

Blind Items Countdown!

Blind Items will be available this Friday! I’m going to be traveling all day Friday—my brother is getting married this weekend. So I’m celebrating the book’s release a little early.

All day tomorrow (7/28), I’ll be having a book party at the Dreamspinner Press Blog. There will be excerpts and a little contest to win a copy of the book. So stop by anytime tomorrow, leave me comments, and polish off your trivia skills because you’ll need them for the contest.

Then you can buy a copy of the book for your very self on Friday! It’s available here!

contest winners!

I used to randomly select numbers from the pool of contest entrants. Results are thus:

The ebook winner is Kathy B!

The autographed paperback winner is Kyle!

I will email y’all shortly also. Thanks to everyone who threw their hats in the ring.

the book giveaway contest thingie

In Hot PursuitIn honor of the print release of In Hot Pursuit we’re gonna have a little contest.

IHP is about a man who goes on vacation after a rough couple of years. While on said vacation, sure, he does get involved in a kidnapping plot, but he also meets the man of his dreams. (You can read more about the book here.)

So what’s your dream vacation like? Personally, I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, Florence especially, and I imagine I’d spend lots of time looking at art and pretending to be Dante.

Here’s the dilly: I am giving away one ebook and one autographed paperback.

In the comments of this post, write a sentence or two about what your ideal vacation would be like, assuming money’s no object. Then specify if you would prefer to win an ebook or a shiny new autographed paperback.

I will draw two winners at random around 7pm EST on Monday, June 28. I’ll announce it here and also email the winners, so be sure to put your email in the comment form (only I see it).

So that’s pretty straightforward, right? Good luck!

ETA: Some comments get caught in the moderation queue. I will try to approve them promptly, but will be away from a computer for large swaths of the weekend. So don’t panic if your comment doesn’t show up right away! It may take a few hours!