Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday photo from Beyond the Sea

This Friday photo is from a dolmen (an entrance to an ancient tomb) place Conn takes Sedona to in Beyond the Sea.  

There are over a hundred scattered across Ireland and this one is thought to date back to 3500 B.C.  The top capstone is approximately one-hundred tons, which makes you wonder how in the world they built it! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beyond the Sea Belleek Cottage Giveaway!

I was so busy with Beyond the Sea's publication yesterday that I forgot to share the contest entry rules!

To celebrate readers finally being able to read Sedona and Conn's story, I'm having a contest and three lucky people, chosen at random, will win two beautiful coffee table books: Oregon Coast Impressions (for the Shelter Bay part of the story), and The Most Beautiful Villages in Ireland (for the Castlelough part); a copy of any one of my previously published Shelter Bay or Castlelough books (subject to availability) in either Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, or print edition; AND that's not all!  

Each winner will also receive this darling Belleek china "Quiet Man" cottage much like the one Sedona stays in during her visit to Castlelough.  What this picture doesn't show is that there's an opening in the back for a votive candle that, when lit, causes the cottage to glow. I have one of my own and love it! 

Now, you ask, how do I win? Well, the answer's easy peasy.  All you have to do is email me at joann At joannross DOT com with Beyond the Sea Contest in the header, and tell me the name of the pub where Conn and Sedona first meet. If you don't happen to have a copy of the book handy, the answer can be found in the first line of the excerpt on the book's page on my website. 

The contest begins now and runs until midnight, PDT, September 9th.  Winners will be announced on my website, this blog, on Facebook, twitter, and in my next newsletter on September 10th. 

And don't forget that I chat almost daily with readers on Facebook, which is probably the best place to find out about upcoming books. It's where I also share photos of such varied topics as hot guys, reader quotes, foodie stuff, pretty scenery (often where books are set), and, of course, cat pics. Did those even exist before the Internet? 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Only one more day!

Only one more day until Beyond the Sea  goes on sale!  (Though it's available for pre-order now.) After having spent so many months with Conn and Sedona, I'm so excited hat readers will finally be able to meet them.

Irish rock star Conn is hot. 
He has a secret. 
And he's about to rock 
Sedona Sullivan's world! 

I'll be running a month-long contest where readers can win a darling Belleek Irish cottage and other cool stuff, so check back tomorrow for the rules! (Spoiler alert: they're really, really easy!)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Beyond the Sea Irresistible Trouble

Ha! Sedona's forgotten that she's never, ever been attracted to bad boys. 

I'm so excited because after all these months of working on this story, it's only a few more days until Beyond the Sea's Tuesday release day!  It's currently available for pre-sale for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and print on Amazon.  Links are all on the book page

Are you ready for Irish Rock star Conn?  

Friday, August 7, 2015

Beyond the Sea Newsletter is Now Online!

For those who don't subscribe, my newsletter is now online!  Read all about the upcoming Beyond the Sea giveaway where readers can win books and this darling Belleek cottage, just like the one Shelter Bay's Sedona Sullivan stays in while visiting Castlelough. (I have one of my own and I love it!) 

While in Ireland to bake a wedding cake for movie star Mary Joyce, Sedona meets Conn Brennan, an Irish rock star who refuses to fit into any of her tidy, conscise boxes. Unable to deny the sizzling chemistry between them, Sedona rashly throws caution to the winds, forgetting that she's never, ever been attracted to bad boys.

When Conn learns a dark family secret that has stayed buried for over thirty years, the revelation has him questioning nearly everything he's ever believed about his life. But the one thing that hasn't changed is his intense attraction to Sedona Sullivan. The blond American baker he hasn't been able to stop thinking about. The woman he's destined to spend the rest of his life with. 

But first he must break through Sedona's formidable defenses and convince her that their romance is much more than a summer fling. And Sedona must decide where her heart truly belongs. 

This book will go on sale August 11th! You can read an excerpt on the book page where there are also pre-order buy links. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hottie Josh Kelly with Unreal video trailer

My new TV crush, Josh Kelly, who plays cameraman Jeremy, on Lifetime's Unreal, which is a dark and funny fictional show based on The Bachelor (and written by a former Bachelor producer), is not only hot, he's a former Army Ranger, having served three tours in Afghanistan, one in Iraq, and was wounded in the leg during one of those tours.

So, he's a true hero.  And did I mention, he's really, really HOT????

Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Vault

Happy Friday! I so identify with this quote because when we were building this house, I changed the plans so that the bathroom attached to my office because a library.  So now, instead of being scattered all over the floor around my desk, all my research books have their own home!  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

National Chocolate Day!!

It's National Chocolate Day!! I'm celebrating with two squares (instead of my usual one) of Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt along with a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate mint.  Yum!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of July PTSD fireworks reminder

Wishing those in the States a wonderful upcoming 4th of July weekend!  And while you're celebrating Independence Day, please keep this in mind.

A lot of our amazing veterans will thank you.  


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BEYOND THE SEA now available for pre-order!

BEYOND THE SEA, Sedona's Shelter Bay story readers have been waiting for, just went on pre-sale for kindle! Other vendors will be coming soon and yes, it will be available in print. The publication date is August 11th.

Next up is SUNSET POINT, another Shelter Bay book, scheduled for a September 15th release, and SUN KISSED, the first in my tropical Orchid Island series, which has a publication date of October 20th. Pre-orders will be available soon for those as well, and yes, they'll also be in print.

To keep up with all the upcoming news and dates, you can subscribe to my newsletter, (which has giveaway drawings), and follow this blog by putting your email address in the box in the upper right, which allows you to get posts delivered straight in your mailbox. Easy peasy and don't worry, I never share email addresses!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Once Upon a Time....Anniversary!

Once upon a time, a boy took a girl to the Oregon Coast during his spring break from Oregon State, bought her a bag of salt water taffy, then proposed at the Depoe Bay seawall while they were watching the resident whales. 

Since weddings weren't huge events in those days, three months later they were married. And because he was off to grad school, they didn't spring the extra money for colored wedding photos, had the reception in the church hall, and a weekend honeymoon in a cabin at a nearby lake before they went back to work on Monday-- her in labor and delivery (at the hospital where two years she'd later have her own baby) and him selling cameras at Payless drugstore-- before heading off to Arizona State University at the end of the summer. 

That was 50 years ago. And everyone said it would never last. :)