Hi everyone! If there's one well-known thing about me, it's that I love reading books, watching movies, and talking about them. Okay, that's three things, but anyway. I've just created a new website, called Hot Toasty Rag, which will be dedicated to my rants and praises of books and movies. Hooray! Head on over to check it out :) :)
Let's hear it for the boys! In Like a Closed Fist, Phoebe juggles six love interests. Throw in a devoted dad and an overlooked friend, and there's someone for every reader in this "emotional rollercoaster"*!
Which of Phoebe's men captured your heart, or at least your attention? Was it moody, broody Mason? Flirtatious Frankie or sophisticated Justin? Did you find Danny's childlike idolatry endearing? For you forward thinkers, there's Leo, the friend waiting in the shadows. Let's not forget Kennedy, the boy who made Phoebe remember the past. And of course, Mitch, the man with whom Phoebe longed for a future.
So far, the favorite is Bruce, Phoebe's tough-love dad. Check out his praises:
"A good solid and patient character that moved the story along."
(Angie Stroud, Eastern Sunset Reads)
"My favorite character. . . Phoebe's dad is incredibly supportive even though he's struggling with his new widower status. When he finally realizes that time isn't what Phoebe needs, he's there to give her a push in the right direction."
(Tracy Beth, The Coffee Pot)
"She had pushed him to join baseball and then he helps her by bringing tap back in her life. . . [Phoebe] and her dad could really talk about anything."
(Rachel Hurd, From Ink to Paper)
"He compels her to take charge of her life and she begins."
(Steve Kerner, Goodreads reviewer)
Who was your favorite? What was your favorite moment? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email in the "About" section--I love to hear from my readers :)
*J.D. Stonebridge, author of the Charlie Hartley series
That's right, people: Like a Closed Fist is getting a sequel!
The ending that everyone's talking about, from "refreshing"* to "an interesting twist"**--and thank you for not spoiling it in your reviews!--will now be explored in Phoebe's next leg of the journey.
"Things and people are never exactly what you’d expect, and you’ll never guess the ending..." Hermione Flavia wrote in her blog CravenWild. How right she was! I won't spoil my own book, but if you haven't read Like a Closed Fist yet and want to know what all the fuss is about, head on over to Amazon, then come back to this page. For those of you who remember Phoebe (semi-fondly), Bruce (very fondly), and Mitch, Mason, Frankie, Justin, Kennedy, and Danny (phew! Got 'em all!) the wait to find out what happens to them will soon be over.
Phoebe 2.0: mature, independent, and enjoying Life-After-(no spoilers here). Picking up moments after the first book ended, Phoebe is convinced she's on the right path with her current squeeze. Bruce, everyone's favorite tough-love dad, takes a stand and tries to break the mismatched pair up. Will Phoebe find "lasting bliss in her life" in the sequel, as wondered by Goodreads reviewer Steve Kerner? Is Mitch her one true love, or will her heart turn in a different direction?
With all your favorites, Bruce, Annie, Leo, Mitch (okay, he's not everyone's favorite), a return appearance from someone very special (it's a surprise, wanna take a guess?), and another trip to beautiful North Carolina, this California girl has another adventure in store for her!
*Angie Stroud, Eastern Sunset Reads
**Rachel Hurd, From Ink to Paper
Mabel Crowley: Book Two is 99 cents on Amazon--
Those of you who read the first one and were waiting for the second installment to go on sale (Yes, I do that too) now is your chance. And if you haven't read the first one yet, it's permanently free on Amazon.
Feb 23 TODAY through Feb 26 SUNDAY only! Snatch it up today and let me know what you think of the next episode in Mabel's saga!
Mabel has agreed to stay with Theodore Hartley and his daughters, believing that Charlie will undoubtedly be killed on the battlefield during World War One. In this second installment of Mabel Crowley, Charlie travels to Bath during his leave; during his long-awaited reunion with Mabel, they become engaged, promising to marry once the war is over. Charlie returns to France, fighting for a safe return that will never materialize, not knowing that his one night with Mabel will result in lifelong repercussions.
That's right, folks, the moment you've been waiting for all season: Like a Closed Fist is now available to purchase! Head on over to Amazon for your kindle version, and if you're an old school reader like myself, the paperback version is also up and running. There's nothing like the feel of turning a page and holding that bright orange cover in your hot little hands, is there?
Thanks to everyone who helped promote, interview, and review my latest novel! (Check the Like a Closed Fist page for reviews and the About page for interviews.) Grab your copy and drop me a line; how did Phoebe's journey affect you?
Yes!! We are LIVE on Goodreads and Amazon!
Official release date for LIKE A CLOSED FIST is December 5th, so mark your calendars and click "Want to Read" on your Goodreads account and pre-order the kindle version on Amazon!
Right now I'm sending out ARCs and eARCs to get reviews built up for the release. If you're interested in reading a copy early and reviewing it on Amazon and Goodreads, shoot me an email on my Contact page.
I hope you're as excited as I am to be able to take home this delightful and heartbreaking read just in time for Christmas!
Like a Closed Fist, my latest novel, has gone through re-write upon re-write, edit upon edit, and is now officially finished!! I'm looking at a release date in early December.
Very happy to release the front cover and here is a synopsis to be featured on the back cover. What do you think?
It was harmless enough: her best friend's wedding. But for California girl Phoebe, forty-eight hours in North Carolina changed her life.
As Phoebe keeps up long-distance romances with the two very different men who captured her heart--gloomy hotel concierge Mason and fun-loving groomsman Frankie--she also juggles her growing attraction to her dad's married friend. Throw in two old flames from her past and a hunky masseur and you've got a most complicated love hexagon!
Thrilled by her unexpected adventures, Phoebe jumps from one love affair to the next to preempt pain and disappointment. But an unplanned pregnancy and the abandonment of the man she's learned to love forces her to face the tragedies of her new adult world in this cautionary tale about love, sex, grief, and growing up.
As I mentioned in an interview last year, it was one of my goals to write a contemporary novel. I started my latest novel Like a Closed Fist over Thanksgiving break, and now have a completed first draft!
My first foray in the modern writing world was very rewarding. I fell in love with my contemporary characters just as quickly and thoroughly as I did in my Mabel Crowley world. More details to follow; hopefully this one will be published by the end of the year!
Theodore Hartley, the long awaited prequel to my Amazon best-selling debut Mabel Crowley, is now available! Immerse yourself in a world thirty years before Mabel's story began and fall in love with Theodore all over again--I know I did when I was writing it. Theodore was always one of my favorite characters from my first book, and I am so happy that he finally has his very own novel to share.
Check out the print or kindle version on Amazon and let me know your thoughts!
I am proud and happy to announce the release of Mabel Crowley, the second edition. My fellow writers, you know that gnawing sensation when your story isn't quite perfect but you don't know how to fix it? A character name here, a detail there, an explanation--whatever it is, it has to be corrected or you face the beloved memory of your book tainted by one or two flaws.
Enough time had passed and I was fortunate enough that my characters marinated in my brain and helped me fix the one or two details that had always bothered me. Voila! A re-release of my Amazon best-selling debut Mabel Crowley! I've updated all kindle versions, so if you've already bought books 1-5 (or the complete series) your ebooks will automatically update to the second edition. If you haven't yet read Mabel Crowley, head over to Amazon and check it out! And best of all, if you're craving more from Mabel's world, you only have to wait a little longer before the prequel is released--I'll keep you posted!