More about The Best Worst First Date Ever!

Yes, my latest book came out yesterday and I’m still pretty excited.

Meet Tenley. Isn’t she pretty? The cover, not just the girl ūüôā

So happy I went with Sue Traynor for the cover pic; so glad my revised Charlotte covers have had such positive feedback.

So happy I didn’t throw away my WIP of Charlotte way back when!

Yes, The Best Worst First Date Ever is a sequel to The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd, but can be read as a standalone. I’d prefer you to read the whole series, including the prequel The Missing Files of Charlotte Dodd. Charlotte is pretty special to me and I’ve already started working on the next book. I’m pretty excited about that.

I’m pretty happy about a lot of things today!

I’ve gotten my first sale out of the way, and have some reviews popping up already.

Want to see what readers are saying?

I’m excited about that too!¬† 5-star reviews so far!!!! Here’s two of them. And yes, I’m tooting my own horn because I deserve to pat myself on the back!

Excitement, fast action and a touch of romance

“This book is every bit as good as the first one. It stands on its own, so don’t worry if you didn’t read the other.

Tenley is a single mother and a co-owner of a restaurant. She has no time for dating. But her family and friends think otherwise. Even her nine-year-old daughter chimes in. So when a good-looking, seemingly shy customer asks her out, she accepts. Thus begins the best, worst first date ever. I think that’s a fair assessment. Colin Darcy (Now, why do I love that name?) seems to be a likable guy. But the date quickly goes bad in ways that will make your head spin. From then on, the action is nonstop. I’m with everyone else. I kept switching my view of Colin, back and forth. The ending was very satisfactory but left me longing for more adventures. I will be waiting for more books from this author.

I highly recommend this book. And if you haven’t read the first, grab it. You’ll love it.”¬†

Action chick lit! 

“This book was nonstop excitement from beginning to end. At first, it seemed like a typical chick lit novel: Tenley is a single mom going out on her first date in a long while with a geeky but cute British guy. But then during the date, things take a really unexpected turn, and it ends up being the craziest date ever.

I loved Tenley’s tenacity. Even though she’s a civilian, she doesn’t just let things happen to her… she takes action. I loved Colin, although I spent the entire book trying to figure out if he was a good guy or bad guy. The action was rapid in this book, and there wasn’t one dull page. I couldn’t stop reading to find out what would happen next.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys chick lit with an action twist!”

Get your copy of The Best Worst First Date Ever now. Or if you want to start from the beginning, The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd is still only 99 cents.


Monday Musings – Do You Review Books?


Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should be Reading that asks you¬†to muse about one of several ‚Äúbookish‚ÄĚ questions‚Ķ or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! Go ahead‚Äďit‚Äôs fun!

Do you review books?



This only applies if you don’t have a blog which reviews books. ¬†Musing from a BookMammal, Cleopatra Loves Books¬†and Bound By Words¬†are all great sites, to¬†name a few, but I’m not talking about them about this. ¬†they know what reviews mean.

My Monday Musing question today is to the lay folk out there Рdo you review books?  When you read a book, do you make a point in posting a review on Amazon, or Kobo or Goodreads?  Do you ever thank the author for touching your emotions, of making you laugh, bringing you to tears or just letting you escape from life for a few hours within the pages of the book they wrote?

Authors write books because they want them to be read. ¬†There’s lots of other reasons, but being a writer, I know that’s the main one. ¬†And to get confirmation some person other than a parent or spouse has read their book is amazing! ¬†Some authors swear they never read reviews, but I don’t believe that. ¬†How can you not want to find out what others think of your work?

It’s not often people go out of their way to leave positive feedback. ¬†If you hated a book, or it offended you, you wouldn’t hesitate to post a scathing review, would you? ¬†Why don’t you if you like/love a book?

Today I have a suggestion to all readers: ¬†the next book you read, or even the one your reading now, when you finish, pop over to Amazon or Goodreads, B & N or Indigo and post a review of it. ¬†It’s easy to do and I guarantee, you will make the author’s day. ¬†It doesn’t have to be an essay, but only a few words about what you liked about the book. ¬†Easy, right? ¬†Give it a try!

ps. ¬†I can’t write this without plugging my own books! ¬†I am an author and I need reviews too! ¬†Please, if you have read Baby? Baby! Baby?!, Unexpecting or Coming Home, I would LOVE if you would put a review on whatever site you got it from. ¬†Look – I’ll give you a link to Amazon to use!!

Make an author’s day – write a review!



Don’t pick fights with JK Rowling – Update

I need to make an addendum to my latest post.  

badreviewI wrote about the author who told JK Rowling to stop writing.  While I stand behind my belief that it was a stupid, nasty, moronic, career-ending decision to post the article, I indicated that the author got her just deserts by receiving a slew of one-star reviews on Amazon for her books.

I shouldn’t have said that.

Amazon has been flooded with bad reviews on Lynn Shepard’s books and while perhaps this notoriety was part of her end game in expressing her opinions in the first place…no, I can’t see why anyone would do that. ¬†Didn’t she know the article would enrage Rowling fans? ¬†Did she not think they might jump to her defense?

Obviously not, but anyway, I’ll continue with my morality lesson of the day. ¬†It’s a short one, not to worry!

I was taught that two wrongs don’t make a right and if that happened to me, I’d be devastated. ¬†I wouldn’t have wrote such a scathing piece of trash to begin with, but still. ¬†Reviews are so important to authors and should be based on their work, not their personalinsanity-reviews-good-bad-300x171 opinions. ¬† Sure, it’s sometimes necessary to give a bad review, but make sure you justify it, not because you think the author is an idiot.

That’s all!

One thing – pleasepleaseplease¬†give author reviews, especially to indie authors! ¬†It’s so important to let other readers know how much you enjoyed the book (or not) and plus, personally I get such a kick on hearing what you thought of it!!