Today’s the day!  JUST SAY YES is out in the world.  And since I don’t have a red and white polka dot dress or any sort of red shoes (let alone the sort of heels gracing my cover), I’ve donned my red lipstick (courtesy of Birchbox), and I’m ready to celebrate!  I just need to go to the grocery store first…


If you’re interested, there’s a blog tour going on this week for JUST SAY YES, complete with giveaway, and you can find the schedule here and the Rafflecopter here.

And there’s a Free Book Friday giveaway as well–three autographed copies up for grabs!

Just Say Yes Giveaway Graphic

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A Little Kitchen Witchery

I have a book coming out next week!  Seriously, it’s been a whirlwind year with this book.  I signed my contract with Entangled Publishing in February, and then for the next three months, there was hardcore editing, with me whipping things into shape on a serious time crush.  The first couple months of summer were relaxing (whew!), and then came August: twenty-five little days left to hype, promote, blog, and everything else in preparation for an August 25th release.

Cover JUST SAY YES-1600pxI had that under control, and then the release date got moved up one day to August 24th.  No biggie, right.  I guess, except August 24th is also the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.  So, it’s been a little crazy.  But I’m excited!  Contract to publication in six months?  I’ll take it!  And Entangled has been so great to work with–these people have IDEAS!!

Anyway, back to the book.  It’s called JUST SAY YES, and it’s a romance (of course!) with a magical twist.  Unlike the sort of magic in AUSTENTATIOUS and AUSTENSIBLY ORDINARY, the magic in his book is dependent on the reader’s interpretation of things.  It’s not hit-you-over-the-head paranormal magic but more is-it-or-isn’t it sort of magic.  One of the characters is a kitchen witch with a new line of small-batch products (see below) and a self-professed match-maker.  She launches a supper club with the explicit intention of pairing people up with the help of food magic.  Beyond that, the heroine, Jade, needs to renovate her 70s kitchen, and the hero, Max, is a contractor.  Convenient, huh?  Classic romance stuff.

Here are the opening lines (just to give you the gist…)  If you want to read a longer excerpt (and have access to all the buy links!), here’s the book page on the Entangled website.


Chapter One

Some days, romance needs a little push, a little vote of confidence. For those days, there is chocolate-cherry-blueberry bark. The blueberries will calm your nerves, the cherries will amp up your seductive wiles, and the chocolate means you’ve scored 

—Witch in the Kitchen, Bark Is Better with Bite

To celebrate my summer release, I’m sharing the recipe for Witch in the Kitchen Chocolate-Cherry-Blueberry Bark.  (It’s super easy, and based heavily on this recipe.)


Witch in the Kitchen’s Bark is Better with Bite

(Chocolate-Cherry-Blueberry Bark)


8 oz. dark chocolate (Or, however much you want.  I used a three-bar package of Trader Joe’s 72% cacao dark chocolate bars and it made ten 1 1/2″ rounds
dried wild blueberries (I used about 1/8 c.)
dried tart cherries, chopped (I used about 1/8 c.)


Roughly chop the chocolate and scrape into a microwave safe dish.  Microwave on high for 30 sec.; remove and stir.  If chocolate is not melted, heat for another 30 sec. and stir.  Press the back of the spoon into any remaining lumps and stir until smooth.  (Microwave for a few additional seconds if needed.)

Spread a sheet of parchment on a tray and scoop the chocolate by tablespoonfuls onto the parchment, swirling each slightly to create uniform shapes. Gently press the dried fruits into the melted chocolate.*

Let set at room temperature or put the tray in the refrigerator to speed up the process.  Then enjoy!

*Alternately, pour the chocolate out over the parchment and sprinkle with cherries and blueberries.  When set, break into manageable pieces.

CCB Bark

There’s a Goodreads giveaway for a print copy of JUST SAY YES going on right now, and it ends August 21st, so get on that!

And here’s a fun character interview thing I did with Misty Braden from The Book Rat.

Posted in book news, Just Say Yes on 08/17/2015 05:00 am | Comments Off on A Little Kitchen Witchery


So, if you read my last post, you’ll know that I have a book coming out this summer–August 25th to be exact!  Entangled Publishing will be releasing my contemporary romance JUST SAY YES in both ebook and paperback.  It’s up on Goodreads if you want to add it to your TBR, and it’s available for pre-order in all sorts of places.

And it’s blurbed by the fabulous Marilyn Brant!!  Here’s what she had to say, (in case you can’t read it on the book cover)…

“A humorous, warmhearted, and magical romance!  Prepare to be charmed.”

 — New York Times bestselling author, Marilyn Brant

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Cover JUST SAY YES-1600pxSingle mom Jade Moran isn’t ready for any big changes in either her horrible ’70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn’t interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in.

Max Gianopoulis doesn’t have a clue why he’s so enchanted by Jade. She’s almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he’s a guy who likes to keep things simple. He let himself get involved with a previous client, and he’s not interested in repeating the experience. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat—and he can’t keep his hands off her.

With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade’s insecurities kick into high gear. She’s not sure she can trust another man again—and she definitely doesn’t believe in magic.

It’s not mentioned in the blurb, but there is a supper club and a kitchen witch, and sprinkling of magic in this book.  I hope you’re intrigued!

There’s an upcoming blog tour, and I’ll be posting more details on that soon!  So check back!


Posted in book news, Just Say Yes on 06/24/2015 07:26 pm | 2 Comments