Sandcastle Kisses: a billionaire love story

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Man and woman kissing on tropical beach with quote on the side about love.
I love Izzy and Noah!


I have wanted to be a marine biologist for as long as I can remember. I found this research opportunity in Bimini and working there with the sharks is totally on my bucket list. (It's the Bahamas and not the Caribbean, but I think it's close enough!)

I love sharks. I think they are so incredibly cool and the marine ecosystem has fascinated me since I was a kid. The Shark Lab in Bimini has volunteer opportunities to work with sharks! Someday, I will be a research volunteer here!

But, since I write books about billionaires, there had to be a billionaire with a shark girl! Thus, a greedy hotel tycoon trying to take over a natural habitat was the perfect match for my marine biologist heroine!

And for those of you with small children, the name Izzy is from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. This is what happens when I try and come up with names while my children are binge watching TV.

As always, this novel is a standalone in the Kisses series!

a man and woman forehead to forehead with sunset behind them. Book quote beneath them
Sandcastle kisses, billionaires, sharks, marine biology, and love. This book has it all!

“How about this, then? I'll tell you what I do when I leave,” he said.

“Then I hope I never find out.”

When Isabel Baker agreed to moonlight as a bartender at a private party, she never imagined she'd get anything more than tips. However, on this resort island, nothing was ever that simple.

After tending bar with the deliciously handsome Noah who was flown in for the party, Izzy realized that she was about to break her number one rule: never fall for a tourist. But with his quick wit, charming smile and passion for marine life, Noah was the kind of guy that she couldn’t resist. At the end of the night, she barely managed to turn him away from coming home with her.

Noah had only come to the island for one of Jack Saunders' famous parties. Yet once he met Izzy, he couldn’t bring himself to leave. After one steamy night together, he knew that he would do almost anything to keep her.

Theirs should have been an easy love story, complete with a happily ever after. Except Noah was also moonlighting as a bartender that night and his true identity threatened Izzy’s research. When his billion-dollar company and her marine research project collide, their entire relationship crumbles into the sand. Will they be able to rebuild their beautiful sandcastle together, or will it be washed away by the rising tide, forever just a memory?

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Freshwater Kisses: a billionaire love story

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A tropical beach with a loving couple kissing to the left. The words " I love you too, Robbie," I whispered. His fingers dropped to my chin, guiding my mouth to his. I could taste the candy on his tongue. My heart sang in my chest because Robbie loved me. And I loved him."
Freshwater Kisses: A billionaire love story
A redeemed bad boy billionaire is inside!

This book is the story of Jack's (from Saltwater Kisses) troublesome little brother, Robbie. Robbie is enjoying all the perks of a billionaire lifestyle, but none of the work.

That's until Samantha Conners comes back into his life. Sam is a long lost childhood friend, giving this book a fun friends to lovers and a second chance at love story line.

There's also a ton of really fun sailing things. I had a lot of help from a fellow author making sure I used all the terms and made the sailing realistic.

The other part that I love about this book is that it ties into Champagne Kisses. The two books have scenes that occur in both books. You don't have to read Champagne Kisses to enjoy this book, but just in case you want more of these characters!

Man and woman kissing on a boat. Text reads: This kiss is sweeter than candy. Happiness flows like honey between us, thick and wonderful. For now until the end of my days, I will remember kissing this boy, a bucket rolling at his feet, and the taste of Freshwater Kisses.
Freshwater Kisses: a billionaire love story with a fun childhood friends to lovers plot line!

His love was the wind in my sails…

Everything in Samantha Conners' life seemed to be in a holding pattern. Her sailboat racing season had fallen through, and she was stuck in a dead end job that barely covered the bills. If it wasn't for the fact that her sister and niece were depending on her, she would have never been out on the water the day the billionaire's boat ran her over.

Robbie Saunders is convinced that he is the screw-up younger brother of billionaire Jack Saunders. One of his biggest rules was to never go out drunk on the water, but with the impending death of his father, he took the boat out after drinking to try and gain some clarity. Instead, he ran over Sam and barely managed to save her from drowning.

While the two had been childhood sweethearts, time and distance had made them into different people. When fate crashed them back together, Robbie finds the fiery young woman to be the person he needs to give him motivation and direction. For Sam, Robbie is growing into the man she always knew he could be. A love blossoms and grows.

But what fate can give, it can also take away. A storm during the biggest freshwater sailing race of Sam's career changes everything. Will Sam and Robbie find a way to overcome the storm, or will the two only have memories of freshwater kisses?



Rainwater Kisses: a billionaire love story

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“I love you, Kaylee.”
-Rainwater Kisses

Rainwater Kisses is the sequel to Saltwater Kisses, however, you do not need to read them in order! They are each they're own standalone story! (All of the Kisses series are standalones that can be read in any order!)

When I first sat down to write this book, I thought I was writing a sequel to Saltwater Kisses. I was torn though. I didn't want to take away Emma and Jack's happy ending. However, I could write about Emma's older sister, Kaylee. She still needed a happy ending. And so did Jack's VP, Owen.

Sometimes a fish and a bird fall in love…
(Yes. I'm totally referencing “Ever After.”)

The older sister of Emma LaRue wasn't looking for love. In fact, the last thing Kaylee LaRue thought as she attended her sister's Caribbean wedding was that she would meet a man as confident as Owen Parker. The suave businessman oozed charm, and when that charm was directed at Kaylee, it gave her pause. She couldn't be sure if the man was actually interested in her or just interested in a good time.

In reality, Owen Parker had never met anyone like Kaylee LaRue. The quiet girl from Iowa made him forget to breathe the first time he saw her. When he tried to work his magic, her wit proved to be a match for his, and his charms had no effect. He knew what it looked like- she probably thought that he wanted to have a vacation tryst with her just as Jack Saunders had with Emma. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Kaylee tried hard not to yield to his advances, but their last night in the Caribbean was simply magical. After a passionate night spent in the arms of Owen, Kaylee ruefully observed that there was no fake wedding to keep the two of them together. As she flew home, she thought it'd be back to the same old life for her. She never expected Owen to show up at her door.

However, this small town girl wasn't sure she was ready to change for this city boy. When Kaylee tried to fit into Owen's world, everything came crashing down. In the blink of an eye, what seemed like a strong foundation suddenly found itself built on a pillar of sand. Would their relationship blossom like Jack and Emma's, or would the two of them forever be haunted by the memories of rainwater kisses?

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Saltwater Kisses: a billionaire love story

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You have a magic about you, Emma. I believe every word you say, and I rarely believe anyone.
You have a magic about you Emma. I believe every word you say, and I rarely believe anyone.

This was my second novel. The first, Burned (retitled from Fire Always Burns) was not a commercial success. Saltwater Kisses, however, was. This book hit the Amazon Top 100 for a couple of weeks!

This book changed my life. This book is what changed me into a real romance writer. The Kisses series has fed my family for seven years now. I don't know what I'd do if I hadn't written this book. We even named our second son Jack.

I've never been in love before. He makes me feel things that I have never felt my entire life. Things that make my head dizzy with excitement and my heart pound with fear. When I see him, I feel like everything is going to work out in the end; like the world isn't as horrible or dark as it was before I saw him.
I've never been in love before.

When small-town girl Emma LaRue won a vacation to an exclusive tropical island, a last minute cancellation meant she would be going by herself. Shy and studious, she never had time to fall in love, and often wondered if she was just meant to be alone. However, that all changed when a handsome stranger literally walked into her life while on the beach and sparks began to fly.

New York's most eligible billionaire bachelor Jack Saunders thought this vacation would be the perfect escape, one last hurrah, before taking full control of his father's company. When an innocent Emma didn't recognize him, he figured that he might get a chance to have a vacation from being rich. He didn't tell her about the cars, the yacht, or the penthouse. All he did was let her fall in love with him.

Soon, Jack found that he was the one falling in love with Emma. When they enjoy a fantasy marriage ceremony on the beach, they thought it was a bit of harmless fun before returning to their normal lives. A bittersweet goodbye was supposed to be the end of their perfect vacation romance, but when photos of the ceremony were leaked to the press, everything changed.

Feeling lied to and thrust into a world of wealth and privilege, Emma must choose between following her dreams or following her heart. Will she be content at being nothing more than the billionaire's wife, or will she return to her normal life with only memories of saltwater kisses?

A Billionaire Love Story
Come fall in love with your secret billionaire.

Write More

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The best author advice is: WRITE MORE
The best writing advice ever given

Want to know the secret to becoming a best selling author? How to become a faster, better, stronger writer? Want to make millions selling your books to adoring fans?

I know the secret. I'll share it with you.

Ready?

Write more.

That's it. It's deceptively easy. You want to be a better writer? Write more. You want to make more money writing? Write more. You want to become the next JK Rowling? Write more (and have an incredible amount of luck).

Your first book will not be an international bestseller.* It will probably just sell to your friends and family, and maybe a few others. Why? Because no one succeeds at something hard on their first try.

So, write more. Don't stop and agonize over one book. Get it as good as you can and write another. And then another. And another. Practice makes perfect.

People are often surprised when I say I have 29 books published. I wish it were more. (I need to take my own advice) But I go back and read my first few books, and they suck. They're good books and I love them, but I see so many things that I can do better. I see ways to make the story tighter, the characters more vibrant, the problems bigger. I've become a better writer because I've written more.

So, WRITE MORE. Don't stop.

Just write.

*probably. There are always those lucky few that hit it big right out of the park. Good luck to you!


Plotting Vs Pantsing

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Do you plot or pants your novel?

There are two schools of thought on how to write a novel.

Plotters: outline their novel. They plan it out.

Pantsers: Fly by the seat of their pants. They write the novel as it comes to them.

There are pros and cons to both.

Pantsers: the author is basically telling themselves the story as they write it. It's more exciting to write the story this way because you don't know what's going to happen next!

Plotters: They know where the story is going. There are no surprises.

I have a writer friend that is a dedicated pantser. She absolutely hates outlining a story because then she looses all interest in it because she knows what is going to happen.

However, she also stares at blank pages a lot because she doesn't know what's going to happen. She also has to rewrite a fair amount because she needs to clarify things that happened earlier and set up plot points that she made up on the fly.

I am personally a plotter. I LOVE having an outline. Sometimes, I'll basically make a first draft out of an outline. (I've written 20 page outlines…)

An example of a very detailed outline
An example of a very detailed outline

However, I also use the chapter by chapter outline as well. I write down the 30ish chapter points so I know where my story is going.

An example of a chapter by chapter outline
A chapter by chapter outline.

I like this method because I don't get lost. I always know what is going to happen next and I can write in the details needed to make it happen. My editing time is a lot less because I don't have to backtrack and fix things. I also don't stare at blank pages as much. (I still stare at them, but at least it's not because I don't know what I'm supposed to be writing about)

I also know someone that uses the “note-card” method. She writes down each big important scene on a note-card. Then she sticks them to her wall for a rough guideline of where she needs to go. It's not 20 pages of detailed outline, or even a chapter by chapter outline, but just a broad path of what needs to happen next.

As with all writing, find what works best for you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a pantser– as long as it is working. If you are spending all your time staring at a blank page, make a note-card outline. Make it work for you.


Create Drama With Conflict!

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Create better drama with conflict!

We love stories because they tell us what could be. They are the what-if that our brains are addicted to. As such, we crave drama in our stories. We want to know how to survive the worst possible outcome and stories give us that knowledge.

There are two ways to add conflict and drama to a story.

Internal conflict: This is all the conflict that happens inside a character. This is their thoughts, feelings, past experiences, and inner turmoil.

This is ANGST.

Edward Cullen from “Twilight” has lots of Internal Drama.

In Twilight, this is why Edward can't be with Bella. He has INTERNAL CONFLICT about not eating/eating her. His emotions get in the way and create tension between the characters.

As a romance writer, this is gold. Readers need this because it's usually the best reason why the hero and heroine can't be together. This is also where love stems from (as it can be a point of drama!). Internal drama is vital for romance.

External Conflict: This is what happens to the characters. These are the situations that they can't control. This is the asteroid coming to impact earth, the fire that destroys the hero's home, the dragon that is burning up the village.

The Rogue Vampires create a lot of External Drama.

In Twilight, this is the rogue vampires. Bella and Edward don't really have any control over them and what they're doing. They have to react and respond, but the conflict comes from outside of their emotions. It's also good for keeping Bella and Edward from drowning in their romantic angst. It moves the story forward.

For romance writing, external conflict is awesome for getting the plot moving. It makes the characters stop wallowing in angst and do something.

A good story will have a little bit of both. The internal conflict connects us to our characters. The reader with empathize and become emotionally attached to the story because of emotion. External conflict will keep them from getting bored.


Love Under the Mistletoe

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Do you love Hallmark Christmas movies? Do you like mistletoe magic and falling in love?

Then Love Under the Mistletoe is just for you!

It's on sale for a limited time on Amazon, but also available for FREE in Kindle Unlimited. I hope it brings you Christmas spirit and joy!

 

Can a kiss under the mistletoe save Christmas?

Holly has always loved Christmas, but this year is different. As a school teacher, she's worried about her students, her dad, and her entire town. All of them are poised for a terrible Christmas, and there's nothing she can do about it. The only bright spot in her life is the mysterious man she meets at the holiday party.

Nathan has always hated Christmas, but this year is different. As a billionaire, he's excited about his new plans for his company, but as always, it's all about the money. When he meets the bubbly woman who doesn't care about his wealth, love blossoms under the mistletoe.

It almost seems like magic.

But their lives are more intertwined than either of them originally thought. It turns out that Nathan's plan for the future of his company is the very thing that's destroying Holly's community.

Holly begins to understand why everyone refers to Nathan as a Scrooge, and she thinks that the wonderful man she shared a passionate weekend with was nothing more than a lie. Will Nathan be able to prove that she saw the real him?

Will Christmas magic prevail, or will their love vanish like a kiss under the mistletoe?

NYT Bestseller Krista Lakes brings you this brand new heartwarming holiday romance. This standalone novel will convince you that love can make the magic of Christmas real.


Free Romance Novels!!!!

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Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR free books! From now until the end of Tuesday 11/13/2018 all four of these books will be available for FREE!

Please spread the word! If you haven't read one of these books, now is your chance! If you have and you loved it, tell a friend 🙂

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 A Billionaire Love Story

A Forever Kind of Love


Halloween!

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This year I was Princess Peach and my boys were Mario and Luigi 🙂 Their Dad was a dinosaur (supposed to be Bowser)

I know we don't have very many years of themed Halloween costumes left, so I'm enjoying the ones I have. When my boys no longer want to match, my poor husband will have to be my Halloween partner. To be honest, I already have some Disney princess dresses in mind… (for me. Not him)

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween full of jump scares (you can see mine below) and candy! My kids don't like 100 Grand bars or Mounds/Almond Joys, so I have no guilt eating their candy. 😀

What were you for Halloween?