Love a man in work boots? Preorder An Irresistible Force, Handymen 2!

Well, the Amazon preorder gods looked kindly on me today!

Although I wasn’t expecting it for a couple of weeks, you can now preorder An Irresistible Force, Handymen 2, on Amazon!

Other links will follow as we get closer to the official preorder date (August 18), but if you use Kindle and you’re an eager beaver, you can preorder now.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08F69B28W

Blurb:

Book two in the Handymen series

She needed a safe place. He was determined to give her one.

TV landscaper Eli Zorn has always been a fixer. But when a family medical situation teaches him there are some things you just can’t fix, he’s desperate to return to work for a distraction. The demolition of an old cottage in tranquil Muskoka, Ontario, is just the ticket.

Unfortunately, a gorgeous woman has handcuffed herself to the cottage and she won’t let it go down without a fight. Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Nolan has history with the place, and she won’t let Eli and the Handymen team get their hands on her refuge.

The cottage belongs to Eli’s mentor. Not only is Peter Nolan a giant in the landscaping business, he’s also Bernie’s uncle. And it becomes clear very quickly that relations in the Nolan family are more than strained.

As Eli and Bernie grapple with old loyalties, they are determined to see each other as the enemy. But this is one attraction that cannot be denied, and one that they’re losing the will to resist…

Enjoy!

When a series ends.

I recently got a contract for the third and final book of my Handymen series, A Reluctant Attraction. Thank you to Totally Bound Publishing for helping me share that series with romance readers. The document is now with my editor. Edits will begin soon, cover art will be finalized, and eventually advance reading copies will make their way into reader hands.

It’s all very exciting. It’s also a little sad.

It took awhile for me to realize that I would soon be saying goodbye to Michael, Eli and Nick Zorn, the heroes of the Handymen series. I would also have to say goodbye to Emily, Bernie and Claire, their heroines. When that realization hit, it came with a wallop.

I first started writing book 1, A Good Man, several years ago. My journey with Michael and Emily began at that time, and in a way, it feels like I’ve been living with these characters forever. I’ve fallen in love with them, and it warms my hearts to know readers have felt the same way.

Of course, if you follow me regularly, you’ll know this book had quite a circuitous journey. Three publishers, two covers, two editions, two sets of editors and lots of ups and downs. But it’s all worked out in the end, and the reviews have been great.

And now, book 2, An Irresistible Force, is coming in September! I laboured over Eli and Bernie’s story, and getting it all down on paper sometimes felt like a challenge. It was an emotional  book to write, and I’m sure my readers will feel some emotions too. But it’s also full of snark and some fun times, and I can’t wait to share it.

Of course, even before  book 2 was contracted, I was working on book 3, A Reluctant Attraction. It was really important for me to give the final book in the series the same flavour as the others. It had to tug at the heartstrings, while also making the reader dream. I hope my readers will enjoy Nick and Claire’s story too.

I’m already working on what I hope will be my next series (no details yet- stay tuned!) But every so often as I go through my day, my Handymen brothers whisper in my ear. Sometimes, I think I see Michael out of the corner of my eye, painting a wall in my house. At other times, I’ll glance outside the window and spot Eli in my yard, tidying up my garden. And I can’t forget Nick. He hangs out on my back deck. These heroes had exhilarating romances, ones that were sometimes riddled with obstacles. Their stories still resonate with me. In fact, there are times when I wonder if I wrote the books at all, or whether I’m just witnessing the romances as they happen. That’s how real they feel to me at this point. I’ve even had conversations with these characters, and the dialogues continue.

I already miss this group of characters.

But it’s time to move on. Their stories have been told, and I can always go back and visit them. I suspect I will quite a bit.

Besides, another group of characters is moving in. I can’t make out every detail yet. It’s as if I’m seeing them through a fog. As they approach, they become clearer, and I like what I see. It’s a bit scary, not as comfortable as the world I created with my Handymen, but it’s good to be scared at times.

I don’t know exactly who’s coming, but I look forward to meeting them.

 

Ellen Mint’s Summertime Giveaway, featuring A Good Man!

Author Ellen Mint has done some wonderful giveaways, and I’m pleased to be part of her awesome Summertime Giveaway, running from July 20-August 20.

Ellen has offered up lots of goodies, including a variety of great ebooks. My contemporary romance A Good Man, Handymen 1, is among them!

This giveaway is to celebrate the release of Ellen’s new book Rash & Rationality, and features a fantastic prize bundle worth over $100 full of goodies!

All you need to do is visit https://ellenmint.blog/summer-giveaway/ and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win:

This giveaway runs from July 20th-August 20th. One winner will be chosen and emailed. If they don’t respond in three days, a new winner will be picked.

The giveaway is sponsored by these wonderful authors:

Ellen Mint Megan Slayer Jaqueline Snowe Zoe Dawson Rosanna Leo C.J. Burright N.J. Adel