New Ransom covers and how it all began

We’re getting so close to the release of the next Ransom book! A bunch of people have sent me messages to let me know they’re rereading the series to prepare for the new book. That makes me BEYOND happy! Before writing this book I did the same thing and reading all of those books just reminded me of how much I love this series and these characters. And my reread got me totes hyped for the new covers I’ve been working on with Paper and Sage Book Cover Designs! I am absolutely in love with these covers—I think they express the feel of this series perfectly! So without further ado, here are the brand new covers for Ransom books 1-5!

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Aren’t these amazing?? I love them so much. Next week I’ll have the cover for The Ransome Brothers ready to show you!

Speaking of The Ransome Brothers, today I was editing a scene featuring Daisy and Daltrey, and it got me thinking about the beginning of this series. When I get an idea for a new book, I’ll usually start thinking about the characters before I decide anything about the plot. Ransom was a little different—I had an idea for a character and within just a few hours I pretty much knew what was going to happen in the entire series. That’s never really happened to me before! It probably won’t surprise you to hear that Daltrey was the first character I thought of (even though his name was originally going to be Levi!) The second character might not be as expected—I actually thought of Rose before any of the other brothers or even Daisy!

The day I decided to write the Ransom series I was out in LA to do setting research for Lovestruck in Los Angeles. I knew I wanted the Lovestruck characters to go to Disneyland so I was visiting the park with my friend Jon (sometimes my job is SO HARD!) We were heading over to Space Mountain when we passed a younger guy holding his daughter, who was probably around four or five. This guy had longish hair in a ponytail and tons of tattoos—he totally seemed like a romance novel bad boy! He was so cute laughing with this adorable little girl as they walked by, this tough looking guy having a sweet daddy-daughter outing. I only caught the briefest glimpse of them, but I couldn’t get them out of my head for the rest of the day.

I’m TERRIBLE company when I’m stuck on an idea for a book because I can’t really think about anything else! Luckily, my friend Jon is a huge rollercoaster fan—and I am mega terrified of heights. So while Jon went to ride California Screamin’ a bunch of times, I got in a long line for Radiator Springs Racers. I pulled out the notes app on my phone and spent the next hour and a half plotting the entire Ransom series while I waited for the ride.

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Part of the original notes on Ransom, jotted down in line at Disneyland. This is the moment I had the idea to name the boys after rock legends and started to brainstorm options.

By the time I left the park that day I had decided on most of the main plot points for the whole series. Some of that changed over the months as I wrote the first four books but a lot of those original ideas ended up in the series.

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When I got back to the hotel that night I had decided on the main character names and descriptions. I scrawled out this note on a scrap of paper–which I ended up spilling something on. I’ve kept it pinned up over my desk ever since I got home from LA, stains and all 😉

I think about that dad and his daughter a lot. I hope they still do fun things together like visiting Disneyland. I hope they’re still as happy as they seemed when I saw them laughing for those few seconds that day. I’m so grateful that I caught a glimpse of them all those years ago because the Ransom series has given me more joy to write and share with you guys than anything else I’ve ever worked on. People always ask me what has been my favorite part to write. I don’t know if I have a favorite, I love a bunch of the scenes so much, but I can say my most emotional writing was the scene where Daltrey introduces his brothers to Rose in Rescue. After all, it was those two characters who started the whole thing!

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Paperbacks now available

A lot of people have been asking me about paperbacks lately. All of my books are now available in paperback on Amazon. I know many of you have been really patient waiting for these–sorry it took so long! I’ve included links for all of the paperbacks over on the books page. Enjoy!

 

p.s. The 6th Ransom book is coming along. I keep feeling like I’m getting close to the end and then it gets longer…and longer…at this rate the book is going to be huge! Stay tuned for release date info!

 

Starstruck is now available!

Eeek! Starstruck is finally here! This is the fourth novel in the Lovestruck series and I’ve had it planned for AGES. I can’t believe I finally get to share it with you!

I have those usual release day jitters! This time they’re even worse because I really love these characters so much and I hope everyone else does too! It was so much fun to write in the Lovestruck world but to focus on different characters. I particularly loved writing about Jackson from a different perspective. Sofie gets to know him in a way that Lizzie doesn’t so it was fun to explore his character more in depth. I really hope you all like it!

Here are the links:

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AMAZON UK

AMAZON AU

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BARNES AND NOBLE

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**The book has been published on Google Play but it is not live in the store yet. I will update here and on Facebook as soon as I have a link! Sorry for the delay.**

Here’s a little more detail about the new book:

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Sofia Flores has had a crush on Jackson Coles for as long as she can remember. And she’s hardly the only one. After all, Jackson is one of the most famous movie stars in the entire world. Sofie never imagined she’d get any closer to her fantasy crush than admiring him on the big screen. Real life just doesn’t work that way.

But everything changes when her cousin Lizzie marries Jackson’s co-star, Thomas. Suddenly, Sofie finds herself actually meeting Jackson Coles, up close and personal. It’s every fan girl’s dream come true. And to Sofie’s shock, Jackson seems just as excited to spend time with her.

Despite Jackson’s attentions, Sofie knows that real life is rarely like the movies. Real life means struggling as a single mother, running out of money, and dealing with a loving but frustratingly obtrusive family. Not to mention the heaps of Baby Daddy Drama that continue to plague her…and threaten to take away the very thing she holds most dear in life. There’s simply no room in her life to go chasing after a movie star, even one as gorgeous as Jackson Coles.

But when Jackson shows that he’s more than willing to do the chasing, Sofie has a big decision to make. Will she play it safe? Or will she risk everything for the perfect Hollywood ending of her own?

Let me know what you think! xoxo

New Three Girls and a 2015 update!

 

There’s a brand new Three Girls short story!
lol3_rachelSnow Kissed is a short story set in the world of the Three Girls! It focuses on Bella, Kiki’s cousin, and her week spent babysitting with the girls. It was really fun to revisit the girls and I hope you check out the story! You can find it for a limited time in the LOL Volume 3 Anthology. For a short time the Anthology of 16 stories is only $.99! Some of my favorite romantic comedy writers, including USA Today and NY Times bestsellers, are in this anthology with me. You can find it here:

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2015 UPDATE

I wanted to share an update on the coming year and what I have planned. I can’t tell you how many times I get the question, “When will the next Ransom/Lovestruck/Three Girls book be out?” I LOVE knowing that you guys are excited about these characters and looking forward to reading more about them! I can’t give you exact dates right now, but I thought a brief overview was in order 🙂

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The first book in 2015 is something brand new–Persuaded. I’m really excited about this chick lit novel, a modern version of one of my very favorite books–Persuasion, by Jane Austen. This book is just about ready for editing so it should be available in the next month or so. I can’t wait to see what you think!

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Book 2 in 2015 is Sofie’s book! Starstruck is coming along really well!  I think I’ll have a cover reveal in the next few weeks and the book should be ready early in the spring. There’s plenty of Lizzie and Thomas in this book. Sofie’s book WILL NOT be the last book in this series. There’s still lots of Lizzie, Thomas, Callie, Charlie, Jackson, and Medina family fun to come!

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Book 3 of the new year is going to be in the Ransom series. I have some news about this book and I’m a little nervous it might make some people unhappy! I know a lot of you are really excited for Lennon’s book–I’m excited to write it! I’ve been going over (and over and over) my plot notes and my calendar and I just can’t figure out a way around this–I think Lennon’s books needs to be pushed back because Levi’s book has to come next. I know Lennon fans will be sad that his book won’t be the next Ransom book, but there are so many things that need to happen with Levi before Lennon’s story can be told. I am confident I can still write Lennon’s book in 2015, it just won’t be next.

In happy news, I’m REALLY liking the stuff I have planned for all of the Ransom characters in Levi’s book. I think you guys will be happy with it. And Lennon’s books will be here before you know it! 🙂

Three Girls

There will be a new Three Girls book in 2015! My initial plan is to release this book in the summer. I always miss the girls when I’m writing other books so I’m REALLY looking forward to getting back to Annie, Ginny, Jen, and Kiki!

…and something new!

I also have plans for a few novels in a brand new series. It’s always a little scary to step away from series and characters that my readers are invested in but I’m SO excited for the new series. I think it kind of has a Three Girls feel to it, so I’m hoping you guys will like it. The challenge, of course, will be balancing the new stuff with the series you guys are already into. I promise to work really hard to keep wait times between books as short as I can!

On that note, I should probably get to writing! Let me know if you have any questions. I hope the new year is treating you all wonderfully so far. It’s freeeeeeezing here!

xoxo

Two Brand New Lovestruck Stories!

There are two brand new Lovestruck stories releasing today!

The first is Lovestruck at Christmas, a holiday novella about Lizzie, Thomas, and all of their family and friends. I’m a giant sucker for anything Christmas related, so I had a really good time writing this one. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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The second Lovestruck story is called Sofie and the Movie Star. You can find this brand new story in the LOL Anthology #2, along with nine other original romantic comedy stories by some of my favorite authors. You get all ten stories for only $.99!

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Enjoy!

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