All Roads Lead You Home… eventually

When I first started writing The Do-Over, I knew I had to set it in my hometown in Maine. Why? Dorothy said it best when she repeated the mantra: There’s no place like home. Because there truly isn’t. I was very fortunate to grow up in a small, sleepy little fishing town where everybody knows everyone and all of your friends’ parents were your parents, too. No matter where we were or what misadventure we’d gotten ourselves into, we always knew we could count on someone to get us out of it. Whether it was thinking we were invincible and getting caught in high tide, or making a zipline from a clothesline and bicycle handles and jumping out of the second story bedroom window, (yes, we really did that – it was the 80s and parental supervision wasn’t a thing back then) we knew that once the street lights turned on, it was time to go home.

Do you remember that warm, fuzzy feeling you’d get after spending all day at the lake and then going home to your not airconditioned bedroom and grab a book and thinking there’s no other place you’d rather be? (Just me?) That warm and fuzzy feeling is what I want readers to feel when they finish reading The Do-Over. I want you, reader, to taste the salt in the air and know the tide is high. I want you to hear the gulls call and know the boats are back at the docks. I want you to sail the harbor at sunset and wonder: Could Finn have made this boat?

I wanted readers to feel like they were at home with the characters when reading the Finding Home series. Family is a very important anchor in the books and I wanted readers to connect with that. Connect with the people who make Rockport such a special place. Whether it’s the waitress at the Diner or the lobsterman selling his catch fresh off the boat—that small town uniqueness is what makes Rockport so special, and I wanted readers everywhere to experience what it’s like to live in such a wonderful place.

Although I grew up in a sleepy town on the coast of Maine, “home” has been many places for me. As an Army spouse, we’ve made our home across the United States for the past twenty years. I’ve always been able to make a house a home, but when you find “home” there’s nothing quite like it. We’re nearing the light at the end of the tunnel now—retirement, and my husband and I are struggling with where we want to call home. We’ve lived in some amazing places throughout this adventure but our hearts keep telling us we need to go back home. Coastal Maine! No matter where we ended up over my husband’s Military career, we were always certain of one thing—as long as we have family, friends, and each other, no matter where we end up, it’ll be home. We may have had a few bumps along the way, but eventually, we will get where we need to be, because home is a state of mind. It doesn’t matter where you were born, you’ll know when you’ve found your home.

Midcoast Harbor, Maine photo by Melissa MacKinnon

The characters in the Finding Home series are lost. While they may be living life day to day, their hearts still haven’t found home. In The Do-Over, California socialite, Maggie, finds home with Finn in coastal Maine. Finn has always stayed true to his roots. He grew up with the ocean being his playground and knew that Maine was where he always wanted to be. Even though she wasn’t born there, Maggie connected with Maine and ended up calling it her home, too.

I really connected with Finn on that level, because the ocean was my playground growing up, and I even included some of my childhood memories as Finn’s in the book. Being able to include those special moments as a part of Finn’s history was special to me, and I can’t wait to hear from readers on which memories they think are my real memories!

Just like Maggie and Finn, life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home!

If you’d like to read more about Midcoast Maine and its residents, THE DO-OVER is available NOW!

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Happy Release Day! (your next beach read is just one click away)

Join Maggie, Finn, and the town of Rockport, Maine on this heartwarming, hilarious journey in the first book of the FINDING HOME series. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be able to taste the salt water – but please don’t wet your pants when hilarity ensues. No one wants that. 🙂

The Do-Over debuts July 12, 2021 to a bookseller near you!

After years in the grueling California dating scene, Maggie Kelley has finally agreed to marry her Mr. Right Now. But there’s just one teensy problem…the county clerk lets her know that she’s technically still married to her Vegas fling: the best three days she ever had…and can’t actually remember. The moment she sees her very hot husband after eight years, with his works-well-with-his-hands attitude, she’s sure their wedding night must have been explosive.

The absolute last person Finnegan Garrity expected at his door is Maggie—his ultimate “one who got away.” Yet here she is in his small-town boat shop, looking just as adorable as ever…and wanting a divorce. Yeah, he has no intention of letting that happen. Now he’s got one week to convince Maggie that they’re still perfect for each other.

But he’s going to need more than just a do-over: he’s going to need a miracle.

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Surprise! I have ANOTHER new book!

Immortal Magic just went live on the ‘Zon! It’s available in paperback and ebook format, and will soon be available at all retailers where books are sold. It’s a modern paranormal romance with some HEAT!

Liam is cursed for disobeying orders. Centuries old and unable to die, he wants one thing – to find a witch powerful enough to break his curse and end his existence. Liam is called to Willow’s magic and its intoxicating scent, testing his vow of never falling in love again. He believes he’s found his answer in Willow but taking her down this dangerous path to right his wrong will put Willow’s magic—and life—at risk.

Good is the very definition of Willow. Her magic is pure and powerful, gifted by the very essence of Mother Nature. She follows the centuries old rules her coven has abided by and has never dreamed of defying them. That is, until she meets Liam; a man unfairly judged and more innocent than in the wrong. Liam’s wit and roguish charm challenge her ability to control her magical impulses. Helping him would mean putting her gift in his hands.

Tempting dark magic will take his warrior strength, her need to be true to her kind, and a love that could damn them both.

Available NOW on Amazon!

What Happens When “I Do” Becomes…. “I Did What?!”

It’s here! The Do-Over hits your neighborhood book seller on July 12th! It’s up for preorder on Amazon and available in ebook and in paperback! And I’m not gonna lie…. it’s gorgeous!

After years in the grueling California dating scene, Maggie Kelley has finally agreed to marry her Mr. Right Now. But there’s just one teensy problem…the county clerk lets her know that she’s technically still married to her Vegas fling: the best three days she ever had…and can’t actually remember. The moment she sees her very hot husband after eight years, with his works-well-with-his-hands attitude, she’s sure their wedding night must have been explosive.

The absolute last person Finnegan Garrity expected at his door is Maggie—his ultimate “one who got away.” Yet here she is in his small-town boat shop, looking just as adorable as ever…and wanting a divorce. Yeah, he has no intention of letting that happen. Now he’s got one week to convince Maggie that they’re still perfect for each other.

But he’s going to need more than just a do-over: he’s going to need a miracle.

The Do-Over coming July 12th, 2021

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We Did A Thing!

Y’all I cannot express how happy I am to be sharing this cover with you today. It’s been a very long, LONG journey with one and I’m proud to say that my publisher, Entangled, has had my back through the entire process. Getting a tumor removed, a military PCS move across the country… covid! We got through it, y’all! Here is the amazing cover for THE DO-OVER and it will be releasing on July 12th!

I’m also SO happy to announce that it will be the first of a SERIES!!!!!

If you feel so inclined to do so, please add me to your Goodreads TBR list. I’d be so honored!

After years in the grueling California dating scene, Maggie Kelley has finally agreed to marry her Mr. Right Now. But there’s just one teensy problem…the county clerk lets her know that she’s technically still married to her Vegas fling: the best three days she ever had…and can’t actually remember. The moment she sees her very hot husband after eight years, with his works-well-with-his-hands attitude, she’s sure their wedding night must have been explosive.

The absolute last person Finnegan Garrity expected at his door is Maggie—his ultimate “one who got away.” Yet here she is in his small-town boat shop, looking just as adorable as ever…and wanting a divorce. Yeah, he has no intention of letting that happen. Now he’s got one week to convince Maggie that they’re still perfect for each other.

But he’s going to need more than just a do-over: he’s going to need a miracle.

Mr. Hammond, I think we’re back in business!

It’s official.

I’m back on the market.

Well, the book is. RETURN TO ME is officially back on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as of right now. I’m working on getting it put back up on all the places but it’s taking me some time. I’m new at doing this all myself, and it’s been quite the learning experience, to say the least. Anyway, back to the book.

I’m so happy to announce that RETURN TO ME has had a mommy makeover, and she’s looking good. It’s been edited, fixed, plot holes have been filled in, and momma is looking beautiful!

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Hey. It’s been a while.

Yeah, I know. I’ve had some stuff go down including a big ass tumor I needed to get removed, and all that goes along with that, and I kind of disappeared for a while. But… I’m back and writing up a storm. I just wanted to share some news with you that’s pretty exciting. I wrote a book. And that book was picked up by Entangled Publishing, so I guess I can say I’ve successfully checked that box on my author bucket list, and I couldn’t be more excited to find such an amazing literary home. The book is a romantic comedy, first in the Finding Home series. I’ll be posting so much more once things get going, and I can’t wait to share it with you. There are so many new books coming! So… stay tuned, and all that jazz. Laughs will be had. Big things are coming, y’all.

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Does Anyone Want a Free Book?

Yeah?

Well, that’s awesome. I haven’t given anything away for a really long time. After a rough year, I finally got back into reading and want to share some word love. So…. I’m giving away a book. Or two. Maybe three. Who knows, it all depends on how many entries there are.

What does this free book entail, you ask? Well, all you need to do is find me on Amazon (or whatever reading platform you use), pick which of my books you’d like to read, and comment the title on the link below. Yep. That’s it. Nothing fancy to enter. I just want people to read!

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Well, Hello There….

Yeah, I know. It’s been a while. A LONG while. Like, over a year or something incredibly stupid like that since I made a blog post. To tell the truth, life got in the way and I didn’t have anything to post, really. Life was chaotic, and hectic, with deployments, and kids, and sports, and having two kids diagnosed with ADHD, and dealing with meds, and all that goes with it… I know, excuses. But seriously, it was like the worst country song you’ve ever heard. Our dog even died.

BUT…. I did write a book. I think it’s a good one. It’s called THE DO-OVER, and it’s part of a three book FINDING HOME Series. I’m getting ready to submit it today. Fingers crossed they love it and want the series. I think you’re gonna’ love it.

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