It’s time for another installment of FANGIRL FRIDAY! This is where we talk about new releases, discounted books, TV shows, movies, and whatever you’re fangirling on today.


This week in binge-watching belongs to Sister Wives. Okay, I get why the ladies are in plural marriage, but I don’t get why Kody’s in it. For the ladies, there’s always someone there to bitch to about your husband who really KNOWS your husband, but Kody? The guys married to 4 strong-willed women who gang up on him. Sex with 4 different women can’t be worth it.


This week’s YouTube videos are a couple of my favorite Carol Burnett Show skits (one with Robin Williams–Rest In Piece):



Who’s seen any new movies? Anyone…anyone? In fact, is anyone reading this?


On to the books:


Several of Kim Law’s books are on sale. Buy them, read them, love them. Kim is super talented and she’s one of my favorite authors.


Sugar Springs is $0.99!


Lee Ann London thought she’d seen the last of Cody Dalton when he hit the road years ago. Now he’s back and looking to make amends…and he just might find the family he never knew he wanted.

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Turtle Island 3-Book series is on sale $5.60!

Turtle Island

Set off the gorgeous Georgia coast, Turtle Island is the perfect destination for fun in the sun—and for finding love when you least expect it. A delightfully lighthearted series of romantic tales from award-winning author Kim Law, the Turtle Island novels feature spirited and charming characters who have survived life’s tougher trials only to find their happily-ever-after against a backdrop of sea spray and warm sands. These heartwarming stories of sweet and sexy getaways are filled with laughs and love.

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Davenports 2-Book series is on sale for $4.05!


The Davenports

Sex and politics should never mix…unless you’re a Davenport.

Book 1: When a beautiful videographer haunted by scandal catches the eye of a handsome and charismatic politician, she must choose between continuing to play it safe and finally taking a chance on love.

Book 2: When a young widow vows to take a vacation from her drama-filled political family, she’s tempted to fall back into the arms of her first love…which could lead to her family’s biggest scandal yet.

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I hate people who toot their own horn, BUT I have a book on sale and two up for pre order. So let the horn tooting commence.



Texas Rose Forever A Texas Rose Ranch Novel Book 1) is on sale in the UK for 0.99GBP and in Australia for 0.99AUD.


Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that goes double at the Texas Rose Ranch, home to the Rose family through five generations of toil, sweat, and scandal. From the moment CanDee McCain is hired to write a history of the Roses’ empire, she’s bowled over by tall, sexy Cinco Rose. True, the man initially mistakes her for a stripper, but he certainly puts the man in manly. For the first time since her cheating ex left, stealing her novel-in-progress in the process, CanDee is ready to have a little fun.

No woman has ever made Cinco feel both so at ease and so turned on. Since his divorce, he’s preferred a saddle and solitude to risking his heart again. Yet something draws him to the fast-talking, leggy redhead. CanDee’s not just sweet; she’s smart and brave too. But her research is uncovering long-buried secrets that could jeopardize everything the Roses prize most—and destroy a love that’s just begun to bloom.

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Texas Rose Always (A Texas Rose Ranch Novel Book 2) is up for PRE SALE. Release date late November 2016.

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Justus Jacobi loves three things: her seven-year-old son, landscape design, and the man she sees only once a year. For the past ten years, they’ve spent a surreal week together, but Justus has never considered their relationship anything but a dream—especially since they’ve never exchanged their real names. But when Justus comes to the Texas Rose Ranch to work, fantasy becomes reality fast…

Houston “Rowdy” Rose is an award-winning vintner, the second son in the Texas Rose Ranch dynasty…and the keeper of a secret that, if discovered, would make him an outsider in his own family. If they knew where he went the first week of every September, it would throw into question his reputation—reserved, cautious—revealing an unbridled artistic side he’d rather keep hidden.

But that side of Rowdy is all Justus knows—until now. As they rekindle their passionate relationship in the real world, they learn what their lives look like outside of a once-a-year romance—and whether love can survive a reality check.

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Blown To Pieces is up for PRE SALE to be released 08/30/2016!


After restauranteur, Big Tommy Prather, is blown to pieces in his front yard, Mustang Ridges and her two best friends are on the case. While the local police have ruled the death an accident, Mustang and the girls suspect murder. They can prove it…sort of.

As the small community of Lakeside, Texas mourns the loss of one of its most beloved citizens, Mustang, Haley, and Monica do their level best to find someone who might want Big Tommy dead. Only…every single person they interview, loves Big Tommy. He volunteered at the food pantry, coached little league, sang in the church choir, and sponsored funding raising events for every cause under the sun. In short, he was Jesus with a beer gut.

When Haley is kidnapped by the killer, all hell breaks loose and Mustang must solve Big Tommy’s murder before her best friend is blown to pieces.

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Have any new books out? Want to tell us about a book on sale? What are you fangirling now?


Last week, you may have heard it was the Romance Writers of America annual conference in San Diego.  Two thousand writers converged on the Marina Marriott Marquis and discussed all things romance (sometimes while lingering by the gorgeous pool and getting sunburned over mojitos).  The workshops were informative, “imposter syndrome” became the catch-phrase of the […]

BEFORE SHE WAKES release and giveaway!

Today I’m very pleased to be celebrating my fourth release since my Ruby Golden Heart final for GHOST PLANET back in 2009. In some ways this book represents a change for me—it’s my first release of an erotica title. But BEFORE SHE WAKES is full of romance, fantasy, and sci-fi (in other words, plenty of geeky […]

RWA Nationals Recap – fangirl moments

We’re back from RWA Nationals in San Diego. As always, it was a wonderful, exhausting, inspiring place to be! I’d like to recap some of my favorite things about the conference. But there is too much to say in one post. So we’ll be making several posts–about workshops, keynotes, “data”, and–first up–fangirl moments.  If you […]


Look, it’s FANGIRL FRIDAY again! This is the place where we talk about new releases, discounted books, binge worthy TV shows, books you love, and movies. This week I’ve added stalking to Fangirl Friday because it’s the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference. Romance readers come from all over to stalk their favorite romance writers. […]

We’re at Nationals!!!

I haven’t been to the RWA National Conference since 2012, so I’m really, really excited to finally be back for San Diego!!! My little sister, Eileen Emerson, is a Golden Heart Finalist, so that gave me the excuse I needed to justify the expense. We got here yesterday as the hotel was busy transitioning from […]

Getting to Know Your Characters Through Audio

I’ve been an avid reader ever since I learned to decode strings of printed letters into words, but it’s only now that I have a smartphone that I’ve really gotten into audiobooks and podcasts. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of listening to fiction—it takes me way longer to listen to a […]


Hey y’all, I’ve taken over Fangirl Friday for the month of July! Now most of you know that I’m a little different (my mom says I was born this way) so I thought I’d change up FGF. We’ll get to the books on sale and new releases, but first, I’d like to know what you’re […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Erin O’Brien, w/a Laurel Kerr!!

Well, this is it, folks—the last of our Golden Heart Finalist guest blogs for the year! The Rubies have loved getting to know the Mermaids better, and we’re thrilled that we’ll get to meet lots of you in San Diego in JUST A FEW DAYS!!! Bringing us home with the guest blogs today is a […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist T.L. Sumner!

It’s hard to believe we’re here already, but Nationals is NEXT WEEK, and so we’re nearly at the end of our 2016 series introducing the new Golden Heart Finalists, the MERMAIDS!! Our guest today, T.L. Sumner, actually joined us last year, too, since this is her second Golden Heart final in a row! She’s nominated […]

Fangirl Friday, July 1 Edition!

Happy Friday, Fangirls!! And welcome to the Fourth of July weekend! Just when you need a little holiday reading, Lara Archer has a couple books up for FREE today!! Her 2012 Golden Heart winner in Historical Romance, THE DEVIL MAY CARE, is free today through Sunday: When Rachel Covington’s twin sister Sarah is murdered, revenge […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Eileen Emerson!

Today we’re welcoming my very most FAVORITE Mermaid (*spoiler alert*: she just happens to be my CP, my brilliant editor, and my LITTLE SISTER in real life!!!), Eileen Emerson, 2016 Golden Heart Finalist in Historical Romance with AN UNBRIDLED GENTLEMAN. Eileen spent years getting a Master’s degree in costume design for the theatre, and then […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Diane Holiday!

Today we’re welcoming Diane Holiday, 2016 Golden Heart Finalist in Romantic Suspense with her novel LOVE IN HIDING. Diane, who won first place in the 2015 RWA Pages From The Heart contest, lives with her husband at the Jersey Shore. An avid boater and beach lover, she spends her spare time on the water. She […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Karen Marcam!

Today we’re welcoming another Mermaid, Karen Miller, who writes as Karen Marcam, 2016 Golden Heart Finalist in Historical Romance with her book SAVING COLUMBINE RANCH. Karen lives in southern Wisconsin, where she can be found watching way too much HGTV when she isn’t reading or working on a story. She is married with one son […]

Taking Tea

I grew up drinking cambric tea, which is mostly milk and sugar, with only a little bit of actual tea (appropriate for a 5-year-old). My mother and grandparents always had tea, sitting around the kitchen table whenever we came to visit. My grandfather, a Polish survivor of the holocaust, liked his very sweet. Often he […]

Fangirl Friday – June 24

Happy Friday Everyone! If you’ve had the type of week I’ve had, I’m sure you’re ready to lose yourself in a great book. So find a comfy sofa, a glass of wine or spot of tea, crack open a book and dive into a new world.    Autumn Jordon  has a new contemporary, suspense romance out!  […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Alyson McLayne!

Today we’ve got a special treat! We’ve got a visit with another Mermaid, 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Alyson McLayne, whose manuscript WØLFF: RISE OF THE VALDYR is nominated for Best Paranormal Romance. And here’s the special part: the interview today is conducted by her CP, who happens to be one of the 2009 Golden Heart […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Melanie Novak!

Today we’re welcoming Mermaid Melanie Novak, 2016 Golden Heart Finalist in Romantic Suspense with RUBY RED! Melanie Novak lives, reads, and writes in Pittsburgh. Though she lives with only her sixteen-year-old cat Jasmine, she has a posse of friends and family close by to rescue her when her toilet overflows or she locks herself out of […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Melonie Johnson

Today we’re welcoming another Mermaid, Melonie Johnson, a 2016 Golden Heart finalist in Contemporary Romance with SOMETIMES YOU NEED A SEXY SCOT! Melonie Johnson is a Star Wars junkie, Shakespeare groupie, and unabashed lover of lists. She lives along the Illinois/Wisconsin border, and enjoys the benefits and miseries (traffic, anyone?) of living within an hour […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Elizabeth King!

Today we’re holding a special SATURDAY blog session to introduce you to one of the Mermaids who lives in the Southern Hemisphere: the lovely Elizabeth King, 2016 Golden Heart Double Finalist in Historical Romance with (the wonderfully titled!!) THE EARL AND THE PUSSYCAT and TAMING THE EARL!! Elizabeth spends both her days and nights writing. […]

Fangirl Friday – June 16

Happy Friday Everyone!  It’s big weekend for Dad’s with Father’s Day Sunday. Hmmm…how to spoil the men in our lives??? Perhaps a book would be a better gift (anything would be a better gift!).  Hee! Hee! Now on to the seriously awesome Ruby sales and releases! Elizabeth Langston’s book released this week! Wish You Were Here Book […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Tracy Brody!

Today we’re welcoming another Mermaid, Tracy Brody, already a Golden Heart winner last year, who’s a DOUBLE finalist this year, in two different categories!! Tracy Brody lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage daughter and has a son that shows up for a few weeks between college semesters and internships to let her […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist McCall Hoyle!

Today we’re welcoming one of the YA Mermaids, McCall Hoyle, who won a Golden Heart® two years ago, and whose manuscript THE OTHER CHEEK is a 2016 nominee in the Young Adult Romance category. McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. Her first […]

Meet 2016 Golden Heart Finalist Susanna Malcolm!

Today we’re welcoming another Mermaid, Susanna Malcolm, whose manuscript BESOTTED WITH THE VISCOUNT is a 2016 Golden Heart Finalist in Historical Romance! Susanna Malcolm has been reading romance since she was far too young to be doing so. Her head is filled largely with a mishmash of historical romance, Simpsons and Buffy references, which unsurprisingly […]

Fangirl Friday

You’ve made it through another week! Woot! Happy Friday! Time to grab your favorite beverage, find a shady spot (or an inside, air-conditioned spot) that’s comfy, and crack open a new book. Ahhhhh….<contented smile> And today Bev Petterson’s  romance, Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash, is FREE! And it is award winning! AWARDS:  Book Buyers Best Finalist, National Readers’ […]

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