Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I haven't abandoned my blog, I swear. Okay, it's been, um, 7 months since I posted anything. I'm finding Facebook so much easier when I have five minutes to jot some thoughts. But I'm resolved to do a better job of keeping this blog alive. To that end, I'm posting an email I sent to one of my loops where someone posted a snarky comment, basically saying romance novels were idiotic and she couldn't believe anybody read that garbage.

Here's my response:

As a romance author of nearly 40 books, blanket criticism of the genre mostly washes off my back. I get the letters from readers ... people who tell me my books helped them through chemotherapy, mothers who escape into my stories while sitting beside their child's hospital bedside, teenage girls who tell me they've never picked up a book for pleasure until they read one of my books and now read all the time.

Everyone has different tastes, which I find wonderful! The romance genre alone is vastly wide-ranging, encompassing everything from paranormals to inspirationals to gritty romantic suspense to sweet small-town romances (which I write).

I was actually asked to give a lecture on the appeal of romance a few years ago at a local book festival. In it, I offered this quote from the aforementioned Barbara Samuels, from a keynote address at a national conference of Romance Writers of America. I know this likely won't convince anyone who continues to think romance authors are akin to the most creative crap throwers in the monkey cage (a Connie Brockway image I love!) but those who read and enjoy romances might appreciate it :)

"A lot of our critics think we are foolish women, spoiled housewives with not a thought in our heads for the greater good. They believe that our work adds nothing to the world, that our books are like so much candy, fine in their place, but bound to rot our brains and layer them with the fat that clogs real thinking.

"They are so wrong.

"We don't write romance novels out of some " foolish notion that the world is all sweetness and light. We write them in spite of the fact that there is evil afoot in the world. We write them in defiance of knowing how bad it is out there. We write romance because they are powerful acts of faith, acts of light in a dark world.

Romance novels are born of the sorrows of women – they protest, with great gentleness and deep firmness, the nature of evil. Romance novels are acts of tremendous bravery, a heart-felt dare to believe that a better world is possible. That love conquers all. That if there is enough love, it will finally blot out the darkness. We don't say that we know life is a bowl of cherries. We say that we will never stop believing in a world where beauty and honor, love and light prevail. Where a good man is honorable and treats his children well, and makes his wife not only his beloved, but his kin. Where women don't leave their babies in dumpsters, but tend them with great love. In our books, there is not a teenager who cannot be saved, no grief that cannot be healed, no challenge without an answering courage and hope.

"Is it the real world? No. Do we know that? Absolutely. Does that mean our vision of the world is false? No way. We do it though we know this is not always reality - but it is true sometimes, and that's a lot. We do it with the faith that the possibility exists. We dare to say, aloud, and with defiance: Love heals. Love counters evil. Compassion soothes an angry heart. Love heals."

Monday, September 13, 2010


I cannot wait for A COLD CREEK BABY to hit the bookstores two weeks from tomorrow. I honestly can't remember the last time I was this excited for a book release! I'm getting lots of great feedback from bookclub readers who get the Silhouette Special Edition books early. BABY also got a really terrific 4 1/2 star review from Romantic Times: "A solid plot, realistic, compelling characters and strong tension make this story hard to put down."

Saturday, August 07, 2010


This is why I love living in Utah. We had a couple of commitments in Salt Lake City yesterday, spread out by several hours, so we decided to head up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Albion Basin, part of the Alta Ski Resort. We were thinking the wildflowers might be past their prime. Not at all! They were gorgeous, as this photo by my multi-talented husband attests. The lupine and indian paintbrush were lush and brilliant. Is it any wonder I find inspiration in the mountains?!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Cover for A COLD CREEK BABY!!

I'm so excited for this book release in October. The guy looks a little too clean-cut to be my Cisco (he has a very sexy tattoo on his forearm in the book that doesn't show up here) but I still like the cover.

What do you think?

Monday, July 05, 2010


I'm thrilled to announce my new single-title miniseries for HQN has a new series name and the first book now has an official title :)

The series, centered around a bead store in a fictional Colorado tourist town, will be called HOPE'S CROSSING and the first book, a June 2011 release, is called BLACKBERRY SUMMER. I'm so excited about both names and I'm having a great time writing the first book. My tentative title for the second book is WOODROSE MOUNTAIN. It's a January 2012 release.

Friday, June 04, 2010

I hope you're all having a wonderful late-spring/early summer! Things here are lush and green and spectacularly beautiful. In the high desert, we have to enjoy May and June while we can before everything starts to dry out!

I wanted to give you all a (last-minute!) heads-up that I'm signing books tonight, Friday June 4, at the Barnes & Noble at the Gateway in Salt Lake City from 6-9 p.m. This is a group booksigning with Bob Mayer, Victoria Dahl and several other great authors. For more information, check out http://www.utahrwa.com -- I would love to see you there :)

Also, I'm very pleased to announce that it looks as if my entire H/S backlist has been made available in digital form. In the last few weeks, Silhouette has released all of my previous books as ebooks, as far as I can tell :) So if there's one of my earlier titles you've had a tough time tracking down, you can now find it in many different e-formats through various ebook retailers. Amazon, BN.com, eHarlequin, etc. Yay!

My other exciting news is that I'll be writing a new single-title series for HQN, a trilogy centered around a bead store in the fictional tourist town of Hope, Colorado. I'm so excited to introduce these stories and will definitely have more info for readers as the first release date, June 2011, draws closer. Right now the series is called BEADS OF HOPE and the first book is tentatively titled STRINGS ATTACHED. I'm not sure whether either of those names will stick but I'll let you know!

But never fear, I'm not turning my back on the good folks of Cold Creek. I also just agreed to write four more COLD CREEK books for Silhouette Special Edition -- the first one will be a December 2011 title and will feature a sexy police chief I'm introducing in A COLD CREEK BABY (SSE October 2010) which is the long-awaited story of Cisco and Easton. I just finished my last edits of BABY and I must confess, I'm crazy about Cisco and hope my readers fall for him too :)

So to sift through all the barrage of information ... here are my upcoming release dates for the next several months (titles/dates after the first three are tentative)

A COLD CREEK BABY -- SSE -- October 2010
A THUNDER CANYON CHRISTMAS -- SSE (Montana Mavericks) -- December 2010
UNBROKEN CORDS -- HQN -- June 2012

There will be three more SSEs interspersed in there somewhere but they haven't been slated yet. I will, of course, keep you all updated.

Thanks so much for your emails and especially for enjoying my books. You all make this crazy writing life so much sweeter!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A COLD CREEK SECRET made the USA Today extended bestseller list -- #65. I'm so excited :)