Tuesday, March 22, 2016

20 lines from Falling Grace


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Falling Grace is ready and Simon's Story (Breaking Hearts) is coming in August!!!

To celebrate... I'm sharing my 20 favorite lines from Grace and her pals!

20.   I couldn’t decide if that fell in the good or creepy category of potential boyfriends. --Grace


19. I didn’t spend thousands of hours studying and working my ass off to sit behind a desk when I should be in a courtroom. I couldn’t care less if old Billy Ray gets Granddad Bobby Joe’s farmland.--Grace

18.  As I stood there half ignoring their conversation, it became clear to me the only thing that would ever make my skin glow was a good facial scrub.--Grace

17.  “You don’t think he’ll respect my legal skills more than my fake boobs?”--Grace
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16.  Oh, who was I kidding? He could have planned to take me to a state execution. As long as he wore that cologne and nuzzled into my body, I would be there.--Grace

15.  Aside from being as handsome as he was in need of a little blue pill, the town seemed to love him.--Grace

“He’s rather like a dog marking his territory, isn’t he?”...“Lucky you’re not a fire hydrant.” --Jamie

13.  He’d been in cowpoke country a little too long if he honestly believed what he said, but I wasn’t about to play that card until we were in front of a jury of Gabrielle’s peers. --Grace

12.  “It’s not a dead body, Blane. It’s just a car.” -- Grace

11.  "You will have to explain my cold dead body and how it ended up on the side of the road in this Podunk, weed-infested town to seven angry Wade girls and one over-protective father with a collection of shotguns that have never missed anything he aimed at." -- Grace  

10.  “Tonight, the man I was when I was with you is the man I really am. This thing with Blane was wrong, and I’m sorry. I wanted to be… I guess I wanted to be him. To have you look at me the way you looked at him at the lake.” -- Jamie

9.   Sorry. Doesn’t matter if you’re a Burberry model with a heart as big as the moon and eyes I could drown in, I’m not the chick who’s going to be making you breakfast in the morning. -- Grace

8.  “Well, Miss Big-time-I-never-lose-a-case lawyer, I would have to write and print it for it to be plagiarism. Where’d you go to school again?”--Jamie

7.  “I want to be man enough to give you the choice to walk away, but I’m afraid if I do you’ll take it and it will break me.”-- Jamie

6.  “No pressure. No hidden agenda except not letting such a perfect night end. I don’t want to share you with a bar full of people. I want to talk to you and get to know all the things inside that beautiful mind…learn what makes you happy and sad, and what song makes you get up and dance because you can’t stop yourself. I want to know your dreams and the secret wishes you make when you blow out your birthday candles. I want to know you.” -- Blane

5.  “I’m guessing it was the low budget version of the welcome wagon.” --Grace 

4.  “I drink too much to have secrets. I’m chatty.”-- Grace

3.  “Nothing halfway about you. You’re actually a full-blown drunk.” -- Blane

2.  “Unless you have a weapon and a shovel, I’m pretty sure the only place I’m going is home tonight.” -- Grace

1. "That’s not exactly country music kind of love. It’s sick. The holy-crap-you-need-therapy-and-a-bedroom-that-has-padding-on-the-walls kind.” -- Grace


Friday, March 18, 2016

So, it's been a while...

Okay. I'm a slacker when it comes to promo. A bum when it comes to marketing, but alas, no more. I have some new books out (and coming out) and today, lucky reader, I'm gonna share.

You can buy it here!
First, before we go any further... there are some things you should know about our heroine, Grace. She isn't a typical romance novel heroine (due in part or in whole because this is not a typical romance novel). She is flawed. She goes through things and handles them without the grace (see what I did there?) of your average well-put-together romance novel main character. She drinks. She swears. She makes bad decisions (of the semi-slutty-but-only-cuz-as-I-mentioned-she's-a-drunk kind). She has a bunch of sisters who make appearances here and there...AND... this heroine's story is NOT set in Storybook Lake although that is her home town. Okay. So now that we are all on the same page, I have one other thing to say... This book is a prelude to Simon's story because, let's face it, After Here He Comes Again, he was always going to have a story. In fairness, Simon was supposed to come first because it made sense to go that way, but issues arose and Grace was a rewrite to make her fit in the middle.

Spoiler Alert!
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“My wife killed our daughter.”
First day of work in a place as foreign as she's ever been, this is the line that starts it all for Grace. She is busy minding her own business when a client comes in and speaks that very line. As a lawyer, she gets tingly--not the ooh, this guy is hot kind of tingly, but the ooh, this is a case I can sink my lawyerly teeth into kind of tingly.
And hence we have the first BAD decision she makes. From there, the kind of effect of throwing a rock at the precariously balanced cap of snow a top a mountain begins. An avalanche of circumstances. And yet, she deals without the benefit of her friends Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. So far, but wait for it. The boys arrive in a mad rush of airplane travel and twin hotties who both think Grace is kind of amazing. 
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She's thirsty. Cut her some slack!

No she isn't just drunk and seeing double. Blane and Jamie are twins. Brothers (reiterating that seems silly, but, you know, effect and all). Super hero crime fighters (not like Thor or anything. One's a lawyer, the other's a cop). 
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And with twins (spoiler alert: good seed bad seed trope coming right at ya) Grace's descent into further bad behavior is full-steam ahead. Let's be honest. In the face of identical twins, a heroine like Grace only has a one-percent chance of making a right decision. Let me say it again...ONE PERCENT. 
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Grace is not a smoker, but she does roll her eyes.. A lot.
Her conscience is not her best friend. Her business partner stopped giving out love-life advice and she has to rely on her own good sense (she's a lawyer, not a fortune teller--although that would have been fun to write) and she fails a lot. 
Of course her head is turned by the bad boy. Even though he is quite content to be a s$@t most of the time. Isn't that what bad boys do? And girls fall for it even though we, as readers, know it's S-T-U-P-I-D. 

It would be the conventional uncomplicated romance whereby we see the bad boy hero redeemed by the love of the flawless heroine, though if not for his brother, who, also not an angel...
Not the other kind, either
... has decided he wants some Grace for himself. In an act inspired by childhood hijinks, he slips into his bro's clothes and whirls Grace around the dance floor a time or two. Maybe he is just enough bad boy to turn Grace's head after all. 
Aside from her love life, her case is spinning its way around the big toilet that has become her career and the entire town has prejudged Grace's client and found the woman guilty. Enter Jack Daniels. And just keep the shots coming!
There's a trip to my favorite place in the whole world (Duh, I named my blog after Storybook Lake, so I must like it a little, anyway) and we get in touch with some old friends (I missed Keaton and Jocelyn so they get a scene). It doesn't drive the story in any way except to show that bad boys stay bad no matter what part of the country they travel to (oh, and it happens in a bar).
So, I can't go a lot further without making it unnecessary to buy the book, and let's face facts... I WANT YOU TO BUY THE BOOK or BORROW IT or READ IT.

And worry not... Simon's story will be here soon! Right here (with another picture of Thor thrown in just because, why not!)
Ready for pre-order!!!