Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Briarwood Cottage teaser excerpt


I'm so excited that Briarwood Cottage, the 4th in my award-winning Irish Castlelough series, is FINALLY going to be published next week!  

When burned-out war journalist Duncan McCaragh is assigned to cover a "sighting" of the Lady—Ireland's sea beastie version of Scotland's Nessie—he decides to use his forced time in Castlelough to come up with a plan to win back his estranged wife.  Failure is not an option…

What he has no way of knowing is that photojournalist Cassandra Carpenter is also on her way to Castlelough with the divorce papers Duncan's been refusing to sign. Can the magic of the Emerald Isle and the Lady reunite these two wounded hearts?

Here's a teaser and you can read the first chapter here

I’ve always cared about everything to do with you, Cass. From the very first moment. Even with the smoke and the flames and the sirens wailing all around us that day we met, it was as if I was looking through a narrow, close-up lens and all I could see was you.”

"Well.” She let out a shaky breath. “I don’t know what to say to that.”

“You don’t have to say anything. I decided when Diane called to let me know you were coming, that whatever happens, whatever decision you make, I damn well wasn’t letting go of you, of us, without putting my feelings on the table so there’d be no more misunderstandings. Although the concept is scoffed by most people, I fell in love with you from that first moment I saw you.”

“You wanted me.”

“Hell, yes. Of course I did. I wanted you then, I wanted you the next morning, I’ve wanted you every day of my life. I’ll never stop wanting you.

“But want is easy. And in most cases, fleeting. It’s love that made me want to spend the rest of my life with you. Love that makes me ache whenever we’re apart. And, in case it’s slipped your mind, it’s love I pledged that day on the beach. And not just for the easy days, like the last time we were in this country together, but like the words say: for better or worse...

“So.” He took a deep, ragged breath. “Now that we’ve got that out in the open for you to think about, why don’t you tell me how you ended up the tabloid queen?”

 Next week, I'll announce a contest where some lucky reader can win a lovely Belleek porcelain Irish cottage to celebrate the book's publication.  For more information, sign up for my newsletter.  

Have a great rest of your week!  


Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Photos: Dingle, Ireland

BRIARWOOD COTTAGE is back from the copyeditor! I'm just waiting for the proofreader, then it'll go to the formatter (a U.S. Iraq war Navy vet living in Bangkok), and should go on sale next week! 

So, this week's Friday photos are from Dingle, aka, Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis, which, in my mind, is what downtown Castlelough looks like. For a while the town was called An Daingean by a mandate from the Irish government in, I think 2004. Or 2005. Anyway, because signs were changed to only Irish and Dingle disappeared from maps, tourists who didn't speak the language had no idea where the Dingle they wanted to visit had disappeared to. Which was NOT good for the local economy.

Since the area has a long history of rebellion, (if you want to hear Irish rebel songs, this is a good place to go), people started putting up their own signs with both names painted on them. And spray painting Dingle on the official ones.

Sweetie and I went there in 2006 for the exciting name referendum, which took two days to hand count, but more than 90% voted for the bi-lingual name. However, going along with the Irish saying that "When God made time, He made plenty of it," the official signs didn't get changed until last year. It you look closely, you can see the red and white vote sign that was in all the windows on the photo with the cool Celtic carving.





Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Video: a (good) four letter word goes viral in New Orleans

This video speaks for itself.  Enjoy. Then spread some love yourself today! 




Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Grateful Monday!

Happy Monday! And here's an idea. . .



My grateful plate is overflowing from being back home in the Pacific Northwest with my high school sweetheart husband and rescued dogs.  Also, for having been able to live my dream by telling stories to the best readers in the world who've kept a roof over my head and food in the pantry for the past 32 years.  

And, always, for our military men and women who often put themselves in harm's way and leave their families for deployment so the rest of us can stay safe at home. 

There are also so many other things too numerous to mention while I have a book to -- yikes! -- polish and turn in to my copyeditor today.  Oh, but I can't leave out dark chocolate!

So, what are you grateful for? 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Golfing in underwear

What I will NOT miss about this house. . . Huge roaring lawnmowers cutting golf course grass outside my bedroom window at 5:45 a.m. In the dark. With blindingly bright headlights. And we don't even play golf because I can never remember whether to hit the ball when the windmill door is opened or closed. 



But it could be worse. We could live next to this dry cleaners.



Men and their toys.  LOL

xo,

JoAnn

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

True Words

I LOVE collecting quotes. Especially ones that have to do with both writing and life. And this one definitely qualifies!







Have a great rest of your week!

xo,

JoAnn 


Monday, September 1, 2014

Draft Day Movie Trailer

I LOVE sports movies!  Sweetie and I watched Draft Day Friday and Sunday, the 2nd time mostly for the fun, fast-paced wheeling dealing at the end. 

 Kostner's great at playing the low keyed guy with a secret reckless heart.  Which works because either he's a great actor who can pull that off, or his range of showing emotion isn't that wide.  Whichever, while walking the dogs, we decided to buy the DVD to watch occasionally for inspiration. 

You can trust the experts.  You can play by the book. Or you can make history.



xo,

JoAnn

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Labor Day Weekend & National Bacon Day!

It's a Double Dip holiday!  Not only is it the first day of our Labor Day Weekend, it's National Bacon Day!!  

I hope you enjoy both!




xo,

JoAnn

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Photo: Irish Fields


In anticipation of BRIARWOOD COTTAGE, a new Castlelough novella  coming out next month (now did it get to be almost September already?!), today's Friday photo is from Ireland.  

The title was voted on my readers on Facebook, so if you'd like to occasionally have a say about titles, cover art, and other book related things, I'd love to have you  "like" my page.

You can also read the first chapter of Duncan and Cass' story on my website

Enjoy the green fields and for those of you in the States, have a safe and super holiday weekend! 

For those everywhere else, have a great regular weekend!  :)





xo,

JoAnn 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Cover Reveal for River's Bend!

I'm deep in writing mode on YOU AGAIN, my Shelter Bay Christmas story, which will be out November 11th, but I HAD to share this new cover for RIVER'S BEND, which is currently available in both print and ebook and should be ready for audio downloads next month.

 Although it's a spin-off from my Shelter Bay series, when I decided to make RIVER'S BEND the first book in a Murphy Brothers trilogy set in Southern Oregon ranching country where Sweetie and I grew up, I belatedly realized that -- duh -- maybe I should focus on the brothers!  

So, here's Cooper Murphy.  Enjoy! 



xo,

JoAnn 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fun Video: Country Music Role Reversal

Happy Monday! 

I've always liked country music.  Not only does it tell a story, those stories often echo many of the themes in my own books: loyalty, family, love, romance, breakups, make-ups, redemption, and yes, there are often even dogs.  

But while it's grand escapist fun watching, say, Kenny Chesney driving his green John Deere tractor, sometimes music videos and song lyrics, get, shall we just admit it?  Sexist.  Really, really sexist.  

Which is why I love (!!!) this video switching out the roles.  Enjoy.



Have a great week!  

xo,
JoAnn