Weekly Recap  2/5/21

Weekly Recap 2/5/21

A Proud Mom Moment!

Some readers might remember last year, when I shared book covers my daughter designed. I’m super excited to share the new covers she designed for J. Kenner (writing as Julie Kenner)’s DEMON HUNTING SOCCER MOM series. I think the artwork is just adorable and the books are delicious fun!!

And you can pick up the first book in the series, CARPE DEMON, for just 99c!

99c Sales You Don’t Want to Miss!


FBI Crisis Negotiator Dominic Sheridan is adept at dealing with high-stake situations under treacherous conditions. But nothing prepared him for the headstrong rookie agent, Ava Kanas, who seems hell-bent on destroying her fledgling career while in pursuit of justice.

When several agents die in quick succession it becomes obvious a killer is targeting the FBI, and Dominic in particular. Together, Dominic and Ava race to find the murderer, all the while fighting a forbidden attraction that will complicate everything, especially when a predator has them in their sights.

Toni Anderson introduces new characters alongside reader favorites from the Cold Justice Series in these new FBI Romantic Thrillers.

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Auburn Campbell loves Beachcrest Inn. Working there saved her sanity as a teenager and got her back on her feet after a controlling relationship. So when Trey Xavier shows up, threatening to demolish Beachcrest, she’s ready to fight. Nothing riles her up like a hot guy in an expensive suit on a power trip–in the worst and best ways.

Trey screwed up. And now he needs this land deal or he’ll lose his business. He built his company from scratch so he could take care of his family the way his dad never did. But it would be a lot easier for Trey to stand his ground if Auburn didn’t tempt him so badly. He hasn’t wanted anyone like this in a long time. Maybe ever.

After a few days of summer sun, Auburn and Trey are both losing their heads–and maybe their hearts, too. Except they’re both out of practice at losing.

Only one thing’s certain: The Fourth of July in Tierney Bay will have plenty of fireworks this year.

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The RAT Informant Website

My RATinformant  website has been updated (finally!)  The site is a parody website, based on the fictional website “RATinformant.com,” which plays a role in my book, WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE.


I hope you visit it and look around!


An RWA Update

I also have an update for you regarding RWA – I posted it to the RWA Discussion Forum and am also sharing it with you here:

To me, the worst part about RWA going away isn’t the loss of my dream of winning a RITA (although I will miss that dream, and I know for many that dream was nearly impossible due to racism), nor is it missing the conference, which was one of my favorite events of the year. I won’t miss National because there are other conferences like RAM to fill that void. For me, the worst part is that no other writers’ organization welcomes unpublished authors like RWA did.

I joined RWA in March 2005. I didn’t publish until April 2013. In those 8 years, RWA was vital to me in learning craft and the business and making friends. I found a mentor through RWA. Literally all of my closest writing friends, critique partners, and beta readers I either met directly because of RWA or I can trace our meeting back to an RWA origin. Through RWA I learned how to write a query letter. How to pitch in person. I finaled in the Golden Heart 4 times. A week after the 2011 conference, the year I double finaled, I found myself with 5 offers of representation. (One of whom had been my pitch appointment at National.) Who did I turn to for advice in making that decision? My 2008 GH Pixies. My mentor. Thanks to RWA I had a support network in place to help me.

The agent I signed with (she is still my agent and I love her with all my heart) had initially contacted *me* because she looked up my website after I double finaled. Liz then went on to push me to be a better writer, taking my craft to the next level. Thank you RWA.

I have so much to thank RWA for, and almost none of it is what RWA has done for me as a published author. It’s what the org did for me before April 16, 2013, when my first novel released.

I had been seriously considering running for the board this year to give back to the organization I have been so thankful for, but now, as I resign from RWA, I will be able to use the time I would have given to RWA in a different way. I don’t know the best ways to make a profit from Facebook or AMS ads. I’m not a marketing guru. But I do know craft and I’d like to pay it forward.

In the coming days I’m going to set up a page on my website for aspiring writers to request a read of their first chapter. I am also reaching out to other published authors to ask if they’d be willing to use their now RWA-less time to mentor others. I’ve had a few say yes already.

If you object to being called white or believe that marginalized authors should only express their pain in ways that make you feel comfortable and safe, if you’ve ever used the phrase, “I can’t be racist because I have Black friends/family/coworkers”, or if you in any way shape or form blame AOC for the collapse of RWA, do not email me to ask about being a mentor or mentee. This is not for you.

Unpublished authors: you will need to have completed at least one manuscript to apply.

It is with great heartache that I say goodbye to RWA. But I’m also saying good riddance without an ounce of regret.

Covert Evidence is on sale at B&N!

Now through #ValentinesDay ? Covert Evidence is just $2.99!

Open your heart to favorite romances in the #SeasonOfLove sale on NOOK!

Browse all the sale titles here:  ?https://bit.ly/2Sh3qj7


Evidence #5

Falling in love was never part of his mission…

With visions of professional glory, underwater archaeologist Cressida Porter embarks on a research trip deep into the heart of Eastern Turkey. Her dreams turn into nightmares when she becomes the unwitting courier for a terrorist network. Stranded and unable to speak the language, she turns to a handsome and enigmatic security specialist for help, even while fearing he may be behind a violent assault that leaves her vulnerable.

CIA Case Officer Ian Boyd’s mission is clear: follow the courier, identify the terrorist leader, and intercept the microchip before it falls into enemy hands. For Ian, cozying up to the alluring archaeologist to find out where her loyalties lie isn’t exactly hardship duty. But spending time with her proves dangerous when she awakens a longing for a life he can never have.

Attraction wars with distrust as Cressida and Ian are forced on the run. When violence erupts in the already unstable region, Cressida discovers everything she knows about Ian is false. With all secrets revealed, Cressida must decide if she can trust the spy with her life, while Ian faces his own impossible choice: Cressida or his mission.

A Proud Mom Moment!

Check out these adorable book covers designed by my daughter!! ???
Now you can own all three steamy, fun novellas by Kate Davies!!




A walk on the wild side with her favorite bad boy is just what this good girl needs…

Mollie Mason is sure her night can’t get any worse. Stuck in an inflatable rubber cake, she overhears her fiancé slamming her at his bachelor party—and then she catches him cheating! But discovering her high school crush has witnessed her humiliation is the icing on the cake.

Cade Gallagher has wanted Mollie for years. And when she asks him to help her prove to the world—and herself—that she’s not just a good girl, he knows he’d be a fool to say no. But she wants a temporary fling. Will two weeks be enough time to convince her to take a chance on him—forever?

THIS BOOK HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED. It has been lightly edited and revised.

WARNING: This book contains sex, shenanigans, and shopping. Sometimes all three at the same time.


He’s vice. She’s nice. Watch out, Seattle!

It seemed easy enough. Hit the local all-male strip club, pick a likely target and hire him for her best friend’s bachelorette party. But the stripper who catches Caroline’s eye has a different agenda. He’s an undercover cop, and Caroline ends up under arrest—for solicitation!

Tony DiMarco realizes too late that he’s made a mistake. Caroline’s reputation and business are suffering, and he feels responsible. He feels something else too—the pull of red-hot desire. He wants Caroline, but she’s afraid that he’s just trying to make up for his mistake. Can this determined vice cop teach her to trust him?

THIS BOOK HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED. It has been lightly edited and revised.

WARNING: This book contains people taking their clothes off. Which is kind of the point, right?


Turn best friend into boyfriend? Challenge accepted!

Dani’s been in love with Carter forever. But she’s nothing like the women he dates—glamorous, exciting, spotlight-ready. Instead, she’s stuck in the best-friend role and can’t seem to find a way out of it. Until a scheduling mix-up finds her enrolled in a strip-aerobics class. Now this buttoned-down wallflower is finding her wicked side—and liking it!

Carter can’t understand what’s happened to his best bud. She’s gone from sweet to sexy in ten seconds flat—and Carter’s lucky enough to be around for the ride of a lifetime. But he knows from past experience that relationships don’t last. He’s got to get
things back on track before the most important friendship in his life is damaged forever.

Problem is, Dani has no intention of going back to being just friends. It’s about time someone challenged Carter’s assumptions about love and friendship—and Dani’s just the woman to do it!


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The Weekly Recap – 11/15/19

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A Release with a Very Special Cover!

You guys!!! My daughter designed a book cover!!! Check out this adorable original artwork by my brilliant girl and grab this fabulous book by Kate Davies Romance!!! ??????


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From Kate Davies:

I’m so excited to unveil the new cover for the first book in my Strip Series, TAKING THE CAKE. This was my first published book, finally available again starting on Dec. 3. And Jocelyn Grant has created the perfect cover for it!

Here are the details on TAKING THE CAKE:

A walk on the wild side with her favorite bad boy is just what this good girl needs.

Mollie Mason is sure her night can’t get any worse. Stuck in an inflatable rubber cake, she overhears her fiancé slamming her at his bachelor party—and then she catches him cheating! But discovering her high school crush has witnessed her humiliation is the icing on the cake.

Cade Gallagher has wanted Mollie for years. And when she asks him to help her prove to the world—and herself—that she’s not just a good girl, he knows he’d be a fool to say no. But she wants a temporary fling. Will two weeks be enough time to convince her to take a chance on him—forever?

THIS BOOK HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED. It has been lightly edited and revised.

WARNING: This book contains sex, shenanigans, and shopping. Sometimes all three at the same time.



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A field trip to Bavaria might be necessary….







The Weekly Recap – 8/2/19

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Where Have I Been?

Last week I attended #RWA19 and also had a blast with my daughter and her BFF exploring New York! Oh, and also I did attend a few conference things.



Cakes and Weddings and Memories!

On July 20th, my nephew married at the same farm where my husband and I married 22 years ago!  My daughter and I were enlisted at the last minute to make the cakes. She made the white cake and I made the 4 chocolate cakes.

The wedding was an amazing and beautiful joining of Noah’s American family and Saurajit’s Indian family. Photos posted with permission from the grooms.

I teared up many times, overjoyed for Noah and Sau and heart bursting with love at sharing this beautiful venue with these two wonderful men. ???????

You can see the initial post, with cakes in process here:



  Our wedding… and 22 years later!


Rachel Recommends


Jenn Stark is having a summer sale and I love this series!  Fans of urban fantasy with plenty of action and adventure love the Immortal Vegas Series and now you can get the first book free and the second for just 99c!

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The Weekly Recap  – 7/5/19

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INFERNO is on Audible!


A hot Green Beret & beautiful diplomat race to stop a plot that could ignite a US military base in Africa. Narrated by the always magnificent Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux Voice Actor!

US: https://smarturl.it/Inferno-Aud-US
UK: https://smarturl.it/Inferno-Aud-UK
DE: https://smarturl.it/Inferno-Aud-DE
FR: https://smarturl.it/Inferno-Aud-FR

????? “Grant blows it out of the park with INFERNO, an action adventure extravaganza masquerading as a novella.” – New York Times bestselling author Toni Anderson



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A New Marketing Idea

My husband is a funny guy.



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Really, who DOESN’T need floating wine glasses?





The Weekly Recap – 6/7/19

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Concrete Evidence is FREE

Concrete Evidence is free! Have you downloaded your copy yet?

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A year ago she lost everything.
Now she wants revenge…

Accused of stealing artifacts from a five-hundred-year-old shipwreck, underwater archaeologist Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name. She’s concealed her past and taken a job certain to give her access to the buyer of the missing antiquities. She’s finally closing in on her goal when she’s distracted by a sexy, charismatic intern who makes her want something other than revenge.

But Lee Scott is no intern. He’s looking for the lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme, and Erica is his prime suspect. He’ll do whatever it takes to win her trust and get her to reveal her secrets, even seduce her.

As Erica and Lee struggle to conceal their real agendas, the one thing they can’t hide is the attraction that burns hot between them. When Erica’s quest puts her life in jeopardy, Lee must choose between old loyalties and a woman he never expected to fall for.

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Life in the Pacific Northwest

Recently I took advantage of a gorgeous day for a ferry ride!

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Many of us were both intrigued and disturbed.  Just think of the chafing!





The Weekly Recap – 5/10/19

The Weekly Recap – 5/10/19


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The adventure heats up in TINDERBOX, when an archaeologist races across the desert to seek protection at a US military base and is saved from an explosion by a solder who kindles a different kind of fire. Temperatures rise further in CATALYST, when an American aid worker is abducted and her only hope for rescue is the Green Beret she once wronged. In FIRESTORM, a CIA operator and Special Forces soldier set off to stop a coup and find a conspiracy that could ignite all of Africa, while in INFERNO, government relations have reached the flashpoint, and a diplomat and Green Beret must work together to douse the flames.

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When Authors Are Unsupervised…

shenanigans ensue!  Toni Anderson-Author Page and I had a lot of fun at #BVW19!!

A snippet from INFERNO with 100% more helium.




Giveaway Fun!

I’m part of a fun giveaway featuring romantic suspense and mystery authors!

It’s an easy entry to win 7 romantic suspense/mystery books and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Participating authors are Tamsen Schultz, Laura K. Curtis, Lisa Clark O’Neill Novelist, Amanda McKinney, Tee O’Fallon & Tess Thompson


Enter here:

Giveaway ends at midnight on May 15th, and it’s open to international entrants. 

Good luck!


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The Weekly Recap – 4/12/19

The Weekly Recap – 4/12/19

Come See Me April 26-28th!

There are still tickets to have breakfast with me on Sunday morning at the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend in Wisconsin!

And I’ll be hosting Bingo on Friday morning that weekend with Toni Anderson, Larissa Emerald, and Heatherly Bell!  We’ll have fun prizes and free book downloads – hope to see you there!

If you join me for breakfast on Sunday, you will get one of these mugs!! (Only Sunday breakfast attendees get the mug – I have lots of other treats for the Saturday luncheon crowd.)


From April 26-28th I’ll be in Wisconsin at the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend!  There are several events open to the public, and tickets can be purchased for individual events, so if you’re in the area, check it out!

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I will be in Brookfield, Wisconsin April 26th – 28th for Barbara Vey’s annual Reader Appreciation Weekend. Join me and dozens of other authors for books, parties, and prizes. Keynote speaker is award winning author/actress Meg Tilly! Have lunch with an author and get a tote bag filled with books and other goodies sent by authors, plus a chance to win door prizes and other treats. Tickets are still available (but hurry as this event usually sells out): barbaravey.ticketleap.com/barbara-vey-reader-appreciation-weekend-2019/.



This Week’s Book Giveaway

This week, I’m giving away a copy of His Counterfeit Campfire Bride (Camp Firefly Falls Book 2) by Gwen Hayes. The tagline says it all:
“Forget Netflix and chill…campfire and thrill. The second book set in the Camp Firefly Falls world with stories so hot, you can roast marshmallows on your ereader.”


Winner will be announced on Tuesday!

To enter this giveaway, pop over to my Facebook page and answer the question in the comments!


Meet Miguel Castillo and Seraphina Worth. Two advertising office enemies sent to a corporate retreat at a sleep-away summer camp to work our their differences. With strict orders to come back with whatever trophies and ribbons are awarded for best team or come back unemployed, they are stunned to find out their boss sent them the to wrong camp session. Instead of corporate team building, they are signed up for Rediscover Your Marital Intimacy week.

She thinks he’s unpredictable, unreliable, and unstable. He thinks she’s stuffy, stilted, and square. They can barely work together and now they have to pretend to be married for a week at summer camp—sharing a cabin with one bed, doing tantric yoga, and thwarting the advances of a couple interested in a wife swap.

Trouble is, the one thing they both excel at is marketing. And the more they sell themselves as the perfect married couple, the harder it to remember it’s an ad campaign and not a love match.


A New Trailer

My talented son made this for my Facebook cover.





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Unusual words are so much fun.