A note about future Colters’ Legacy books

First I’d just like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has purchased or plans to purchase Colters’ Daughter. I truly appreciate each and every one of my readers and love you for allowing me to do something I love more than anything. Because of you, Colters’ Daughter climbed all the way to #2 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list for all books. It also dipped well below the 100 mark at Amazon and it’s a bestseller at the Samhain store as well.

Many of you have been asking if this is the last book in the Colters’ Legacy series.

I should first say that I honestly never had any intention of writing books beyond Colters’ Woman. It took me a few years to come around on that point after many, many and I mean MANY reader emails asking me to please write more about the Colters.

So I’ll tell you now, that I’ve had plans to write at least one more book since I decided to write Colters’ Lady and Colters’ Daughter. :)

For those of you who’ve asked about loose ends or just wanting a feeling of completion to some issues that were raised in Colters’ Lady or Colters’ Daughter, this book would sort of tie all that together in what I hope is a satisfying conclusion.

I hope you’ll understand that I simply cannot bring myself to write future generations of Colters because it would mean saying goodbye to Holly, Adam, Ethan and Ryan and I would be devastated to write a book in which they were no longer alive. I couldn’t do it! It would break my heart. For me they will always live in my heart and mind and on the pages of my books.

So the story I’ve planned to write is about the Colter family as a whole, not just one particular relationship. It would include Holly and her men as well as Lily and hers and of course Callie and Max.

I would love to say I’ll have the book ready by this fall but I can’t promise. Since I want to title it A Colter Christmas, I’d love to have it out no later than November, and I will try very hard, but I simply can’t guarantee it.

But I just want to say that without all the wonderful emails over the years about Colters’ Woman and the nonstop requests to write more books about this family, I would have honestly never written Colters’ Lady or Colters’ Daughter, so this final book would be my way of saying thank you to all my readers.

I love you all to pieces!


Things you need to know about Colters’ Daughter!

There always seems to be a mixture of confusion and chaos when I release an ebook through Samhain. So hopefully this post will make some things clear and help out those of you readers who might experience difficulties trying to purchase this book.

First and most importantly. This is NOT a print release. Not yet. I thought I’d make this clear on my website but I still get a lot of people asking about the print copy. Colters’ Lady which released in ebook format last June isn’t even available for print yet. It comes out in June of this year. Colters’ Daughter will release FIRST as an electronic book and will then be released as a print book in early 2012. I know this isn’t good news to those of you who only read print books, but this has ALWAYS been the case with my Samhain releases.

Because I know many of you hate having to wait so long for the print release, I asked my publisher to release my next book in print and electronic format on the same day. They have agreed and so this August when Long Road Home is released, you’ll no longer have to wait for the print copy. You can get either on release day.

NOW for perhaps the most frustrating part for those of you who have waited so patiently for the release of Colters’ Daughter. I’ve had many, many, MANY inquiries as to why places like Amazon and Barnes and Noble don’t have the ebook available for pre order. I can only give you information based on my past experiences. Typically Amazon puts up the book anywhere from three days before release day right up TO release day so it could show up literally at any moment provided the book has been made available to them by my publisher. I’ll definitely be posting the buy links as SOON as I find them. Promise!

As for Barnes and Noble? They are horrible about putting up new ebook releases. I’ve never really been able to figure this one out because they typically have books from my other publishers available for pre order on the Nook well before release day. But I’ve found that they often don’t put up Samhain releases until days AFTER the official release day. Yes, that means that if you own a Nook and want to buy the book from Barnes and Noble, you might very well have to wait up to a week after everyone else buys it in order to get it. I can only encourage you to email Barnes and Noble and tell them you want the book on release day or you’ll take your business elsewhere. I don’t know what else to do since I have absolutely no control over when they book goes up.

With all that said, ideally I know you like to purchase books at the place you’re most comfortable purchasing them at, but if you’re like me and are IMPATIENT and want the book on release day, then you’re willing to buy it wherever it’s available. If it turns out that on Tuesday, Feb 1 that you can’t find Colters’ Daughter, you can always go to the Samhain Store and buy the book in whatever format you like. They have formats for Nook, Kindle, Sony, Kobo etc. You name it they have a format you can read on your reader. Promise! And they already have it up for pre order at 30 percent off the cover price.

So with all that said, there are only four more days to release day :))) I hope you enjoy the book, wherever you manage to purchase it from.



Oh lots of stuff to talk about

No Place to Run released this week. A huge thank you to those of you who’ve already bought and read it. You guys are so fast! And I hope those of you who are buying later will enjoy it!

There are lots of updates to the website this week as well. FInally an excerpt to Colters’ Daughter yay! AND I’m SO excited because not only do I finally have blurbs for my Scottish historicals that release next fall, but I also got new titles as well! I didn’t like the old ones and the reaction to them was pretty tepid. But I’m so very happy with the blurbs and the titles now. The blurbs are just gorgeous. Gorgeous! I’m so afraid now the books won’t live up to the wonderful back cover copy hehe.

But the new titles are In Bed with the Highlander, Seduction of a Highland Lass and Never Love a Highlander. You can check out the blurbs on my coming soon page! And please do let me know what you think :)

Hubby and I went couch shopping tonight. Now the thing is, we just moved into this house a year ago. In fact this very time LAST year we were furniture shopping and I picked out TWO couches for our living room. So why were we shopping for another couch?

Because my children are wallowers.

Seriously. The problem is the couch that my husband and I sit on in the evening… Well it’s a large deep couch. I sit on one end and I work. He sits on the other. I sorta stretch out and put my feet on him. Sometimes he’ll lay toward me. Sounds perfect right?

Well, back to the wallowing.

My children refuse to sit on the OTHER couch. It’s going completely to waste. No, they have to sit with mama and daddy. Or ON us I should say. My two youngest pile on the couch and then wallow all over us as they snuggle and wallow and make their place ON us lol. Cute huh?

So I told my husband we simply have to get a bigger couch to replace BOTH couches so that everyone can sit (and wallow) together because right now it’s just not comfortable because while the couch is PERFECT for me and hubby, it is NOT perfect for 4-5 people.

So we went couch shopping and I brought the kids and made everyone sit and wallow on it to make sure we’d all have room and be comfortable. I think the saleslady thought we were insane, but hey, she got a sale out of it!

I’ll have to post a pic of the dogpile when we get the new couch…

Colters’ Lady print release date

Colters’ Lady will release in paperback in June 2011. I’m going to leave this blog post up for awhile so that hopefully everyone sees it. I’ve been inundated with emails asking about the print release, and I apologize, but with my current deadline, I just don’t have the time to answer each one individually.

I do not have a release date for Colters’ Daughter, either in ebook or print. I haven’t written the book yet. As soon as I know, I promise, I’ll post the details far and wide :)



Writing through adversity

Today marks a special day. It’s a release day, but it’s a little more than that. Colters’ Lady, which is the follow up to Colters’ Woman, is now available in electronic format. I’m smiling but it’s one of those smiles that comes with a sigh and a little slump of the shoulders.

My editor and I work closely on my books. We’re both nitpicky and anal and it’s not unusual to pass the book back and forth a dozen times BEFORE it ever goes to line edits. Then there are the multiple passes after the line editor and then the pass after we get the ARC ;)

Anyway, the past few months have been stressful and sad and anxious all rolled into one. Jennifer and I tease each other that one of us can’t meltdown. It always has to be both of us at the same time. I was having a really, REALLY tough time on my third KGI book, so much so that it made me late on a deadline, and I’m never late. Late to me is like the end of the world because I’m one of the anal “early” people who always show up everywhere at least 15 minutes early.

Nothing was working for me. I still had to get Colters’ Lady done and believe me when I saw, that old saying about when it rains, it pours? Totally true. I was on vacation with two friends in Catalina melting down because there was just crap coming from all directions.

None of that really seems to matter, though, in light of a phone call I received from Jennifer (my editor) who told me she’d been diagnosed with an invasive form of breast cancer. We both really didn’t think much of the lump she’d found. We were texting from her mammogram appointment. I knew she was going in for a biopsy. But when she called me and told me the biopsy came back clean but that she’d INSISTED that the lump be removed anyway…THAT’S when it was discovered. Thank God, thank god she insisted.

We both cried on the phone and I told her not to worry about anything other than taking care of herself and her children. The book would wait. It wasn’t important. She was what was important and everything else could go to hell in my opinion.

She was getting ready to start chemo and we talked again. I told her I’d do whatever she wanted with Colters’ Lady, that Jennifer was most important. We could push it back, or just hang on to it. I didn’t want another editor to work on it, but if that’s what Jennifer preferred, I was good with that too.

But she told me she wanted the book. She wanted to work on it. It was a book that we’d talked about together, because before recently I NEVER planned to write sequels to Colters’ Woman. But this series was for her. It’s unlikely I would have written it without her encouragement. And I wanted her to have ultimate say in the matter.

So I sent her half the book and struggled on with my third KGI book. When I finally turned it in, I knew I didn’t have time to even breathe a sigh of relief because release day was bearing down on us like a freight train. With Jennifer going into her second round of chemo and feeling unbelievably tired, we began work in earnest on getting Colters’ Lady to the point we wanted it.

I don’t think either of us slept for a week. We were passing the book back and forth at midnight. We questioned. We discussed parts. We worked right up to the wire to get this book as near perfect as we could. All the while us both feeing like we wanted to go to bed for about a year and hide there.

We could have pushed it back. But neither of us wanted to do that when readers were expecting the book on June 1. I’m just amazed at how much effort Jennifer put into this when she was dealing with her own set of worries. Really big worries that made all my whining insignificant.

So Colters’ Lady is special. It may not be the most perfect book I’ve ever written. But it will always be special because Jennifer loved this book enough to hang onto it, even when her world was going to pieces around her. She believed in it, and she wanted readers to have it on the day we’d told them they’d have it. I have nothing to say to that except thank you. From the depth of my heart, thank you and I love you.

I hope readers will love and appreciate the book as much as you did, Jennifer. You’re a kickass editor, but more than that…you’re one of my dearest friends.

Lots of love on release day. We made it!!

This and that

First of all, for all you Kindle owners who were so disappointed that Sweet Temptation wasn’t released for Kindle back in April, it was announced yesterday that Penguin (my publisher) and Amazon had finally come to terms on a new agreement and that Amazon would once again be selling Penguin titles. Of which Sweet Temptation is one. So it looks as though, FINALLY, Sweet Temptation will be available for the Kindle. However, I have no idea when they’ll get it up. I have no control over this. I promise! Believe me, if authors had any say, our books would ALWAYS be available to our readers on release day each and every time. It benefits neither author or reader when there is a delay in the release of a title.

For those of you who’ve expressed concerns that Colters’ Lady wouldn’t be available for Kindle, let me assure you, it WILL BE. Promise! No, there isn’t a pre-order link yet, but Amazon can’t put up a pre-order link until we get the formatted copy to them. And we can’t do that until the book is finished and fully edited :) I’m happy to report, the book is in formatting as I type. So I’m crossing fingers toes and everything else that the Kindle release goes smoothly for all of you who want it on release day.

In the meantime, if you haven’t checked out the excerpt, be sure to click over from my website to the Colters’ Lady book page.

Colters’ Lady excerpt!

Ok guys, release is one week away! I posted a teaser last week, but I’ve replaced with something a little more hearty hehe. So I went from snack to lunch!

If you missed the link on my home page, you can go here to read the just posted excerpt.

Happy Monday! (and omg, my kids only have three more days of school *sob*)

Colters’ Lady teaser!

It’s already Tuesday. I swear it was just Sunday! Anyway, a sneak peek of Colters’ Lady has been posted on the Colters’ Lady book page so be sure and check it out. It won’t be up for long :) Since the book hasn’t yet been finalized I won’t have a full edited excerpt for a bit longer, so in the meantime, enjoy a little glimpse of the book.