PreOrder Saving the Sheriff

Give yourself something to look forward to after the holiday insanity is over! Pre-order SAVING THE SHERIFF now!!!

Coming January 23rd, 2018!

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SavingTheSheriff-300dpi-683x1024A storm is brewin’…

The day his wife died, Sheriff Cash Hill discovered she was leaving him for another man, one she’d loved since before their marriage. How could the single dad ever trust another woman again? But when Georgia’s best friend, Holly, comes back to town, something about Holly’s sweet, sassy vulnerability has his protective instincts kicking in hard.

Holly Jensen left La Colina, Texas with regrets. She’s returned home to work as the new large animal vet and to watch over her best friend’s daughter. But Holly’s knowledge of Georgia’s past could rip a family apart. And she’s reluctant to go to the sexy…and single…sheriff, as he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her.

Both are faced with a choice…stay locked in the past or allow their reservations to be silenced by a passion hotter than Texas summer nights. Can they learn to trust their own hearts and each other?

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✭✭✭✭✭ “This is one of those feel good books that you can’s put down because you want to see what is going to happen next because both Cash and Holly are both set in their ways and can’t see what is right in front of them and you really want them to get things right so you keep reading because the book is just that good. This is a great start to a series and I can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of the Hill clan.” ~Sarah, Goodreads Reader

 

EXCERPT:

SavingTheSheriff-Teaser3Gear loaded, she walked into the barn, breathing in the familiar scents of hay and horse and leather, and took some time to shake it off. She walked along the stalls, patting the velvety noses of the animals.

Yes, all her training, and a lot of time spent dissecting and practicing on animal cadavers, had given her a certain amount of distance from any emotions related to her job, but that didn’t make her a robot. Besides, these days it was more about the distress of their owners.

Most cowboys had seen too many dead animals to care anymore. Heck, they raised them for slaughter, much of the time, so they couldn’t let themselves get attached or emotional. Will was a rancher. He’d seen this before. But she knew with this kind of stock he’d likely put his heart and soul into his horses, so losing one was hard. Holly felt for him, but she’d found that owners needed their vets to be a rock—professional, efficient and only borderline sympathetic. She could do that. In fact, she was good at it, but she often needed time alone afterward to let it all go.

“Holly?”

She stopped and scrunched up her face at Cash’s voice. Couldn’t a girl just get a second by herself?

Apparently, she hadn’t been very successful at hiding the evidence of her irritation because he frowned down at her as soon as she swung around.

“You okay?” he asked in a gruff voice. The question didn’t quite match the rather stoic look he gave her, as though he was irritated with himself for asking the question.

She gave a deceptively sunny smile. “Fine as a fiddle.”

After a beat of silence, he glanced around with raised eyebrows. “Why are you in here?”

“Curiosity got the better of me. I was checking out Will’s stock.”

He crossed her arms and gave her an assessing look from those clear blue eyes. She could just imagine that look on his face when he was interrogating a suspect. “I’m sure Will would be happy to show you.”

“Right.” She moved with purpose toward the door leading outside, intending to go up to the house, but stopped as she got up close to Cash and realized he wasn’t moving.

Tipping her head back, Holly raised her eyebrows. “Something else?”

“Is it hard? Putting them down?”

How had he guessed? Holly stared at him for a brief moment, part of her reluctant to admit, even to herself, this was the hardest part of her job, and part of her strangely drawn to sharing something so personal with Cash.

“Not really.” She shrugged.

He didn’t respond, nor did he move to let her by. Gently, he reached out and tucked an errant strand of hair behind her ear. “Don’t let yourself get too callous about it.”

Holly held her breath at the shock of his touch and the resulting sensation his action caused. Electric was the description that came to mind. “No?” She was proud of how steady her voice sounded.

His eyes dropped to her lips. Slowly, he shook his head. “Uh-uh. ’Cause then you wouldn’t be you.”

Holly swore her heart stopped beating. Then reality intruded. What was she doing? What was he doing?

Holly jerked back from his touch. Trying to cover the awkwardness, she tucked her hands in her back pockets. “Thanks for the advice.”

Her sudden movement seemed to snap Cash out of whatever spell he’d been under as well. With what was clearly a forced laugh, he stepped to the side, letting her pass. “Yeah.”

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Holiday Fun Times!

AttractionEquation-ChristmasHey y’all!

‘Tis the season to celebrate, reflect, and, if you’re like me, snuggle down with a lot of good books! I have a holiday book out and so I’ll be popping up on the internet near you with some really fun holiday themed events (with giveaways, of course!) and joining other awesome authors to celebrate the season.

I hope you’ll pop by!

Holiday Recipe Share – Dec 4

I’ll be at the Entangled Blog sharing my mother’s ah-mazing pecan pie recipe. It’s easy and a family & friends favorite. Your tastebuds will thank me. | GO GET IT

Tena Stetler FB Release Party – Dec 8

I am helping my wonderful friend Tena Stetler celebrate her latest release. There will be games and giveaways galore. | RSVP/ATTEND

Under the Mistletoe – Dec 12

I’ll be at the Entangled Blog answering some rapid fire questions about my favorite holiday things and my new holiday book, The Attraction Equation. | COME VISIT ME

Entangled FB Holiday Takeover Party – Dec 13

I will be joining all the Entangled authors with holiday-themed books out this year for a holiday party all day! We’ll be asking some fun Holiday This or That questions, sharing our books, and offering up giveaway goodies! | ATTEND THE PARTY

 

I will also have periodic flash giveaways in between and leading up to Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I Started Publishing

While I’ve been writing all my life, I got into self-publishing in the last decade and followed it with traditional publishing through a small press a few years later. Kind of like how you wish your older self could tell your high school self some tips (like don’t bother with that guy), there are things I wish someone had told me when I got started in self-publishing. Here are the top 5!
5. Sales Don’t Magically Happen
Many authors expect that as soon as they hit that “publish” button on Amazon or wherever they are posting their fabulous work, that the sales will start rolling in. Nope! While that may happen to a lucky few, it is not the norm. Be prepared to have to work to find new readers in lots of different ways.

Best Advice: Don’t get discouraged, and have fun with whatever you try! You’re a published author, and that’s fantastic!

4. Marketing that Works for One Person Won’t Necessarily Work for You
Over years of meeting other authors–and making some great friends!–I’ve kept my ears open for marketing tips which have proved successful for others. Any time I hear about something new, I try it out. What I’ve found is any given marketing method that works great for one author, doesn’t necessarily work for me or other authors. Reasons abound. Could be different life experience or different skills or interests. As far as I can tell, most is straight up luck.

Best Advice: Still try out those recommended marketing methods. You might get lucky and find something that works for you or that you enjoy doing. Just don’t get frustrated when it doesn’t work. Chalk that one up to experience and move on.

3. The Type of Publishing Doesn’t Guarantee Success
I am a hybrid author–both indie and traditionally published. There are pros and cons to both sides. What I’ve learned in the last few years is that regardless of the way you get published, sales aren’t guaranteed. I’m not saying don’t try various avenues to become a published author, because all avenues have their merits. I’m saying, be prepared to still work for those sales.

Best Advice: Try the types of publishing which appeal most to your style and method, and stick with what works for you!

2. Never Stop Learning & Growing
The best way to become a “successful” author is to produce quality books. I know you think you have quality writing already, and you probably do. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve, even in small ways. I’ve been taking writing workshops and classes for 20 years. (More if you count school classes.) I try to take a workshop a month. What I find is I always have more to learn. I have yet to leave a workshop–even ones I didn’t connect with–without at least one new trick to incorporate into my writing.

Best Advice: If you truly love to write, you’ll always be thirsty to learn more, to grow as a writer. Keep looking for ways to improve and grow! (And don’t look back on previous material wishing you could turn back time and rewrite it with what you’ve learned! Lol.)

1. Don’t Ever Give Up On Your Dreams
No matter how many rejections you get from agents or editors, no matter how many bad or lackluster reviews, no matter how infrequent your sales…you got into writing because you LOVE it. Don’t let others make you give up on your dream.

Best Advice: A statistic came out recently showing the authors who didn’t quit writing after their first or second book eventually found moderate success. That’s the law of averages working for you! As long as you still have stories inside you to tell, tell them. Don’t quit.

Cover Reveal & Preorder

Check out this gorgeous cover for my upcoming release, Saving the Sheriff!

Don’t forget to PREORDER your copy today! It hits eReaders everywhere Jan 23rd!

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There’s a storm brewin’…

The day his wife died, Sheriff Cash Hill discovered she was leaving him for another man, one she’d loved since before their marriage. How could the single dad ever trust another woman again? But when Georgia’s best friend, Holly, comes back to town, something about Holly’s sweet, sassy vulnerability has his protective instincts kicking in hard.

Holly Jensen left La Colina, Texas with regrets. She’s returned home to work as the new large animal vet and to watch over her best friend’s daughter. But Holly’s knowledge of Georgia’s past could rip a family apart. And she’s reluctant to go to the sexy…and single…sheriff, as he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with her.

Both are faced with a choice…stay locked in the past or allow their reservations to be silenced by a passion hotter than Texas summer nights. Can they learn to trust their own hearts and each other?

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Coming Jan 23rd from Tule – Southern Born!!!

Release Day: The Attraction Equation!

A LOVE UNDERCOVER ROMANTIC COMEDY

She’s the exception to his every rule…

AttractionEquation_500goodreads-badge-add-plus FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules—rules that don’t allow for distraction, deviation…or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…

Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad “no pets” policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift—a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.

Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…

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Entangled Lovestruck | 11/13/2017

REVIEWS

✭✭✭✭✭ “Get ready to ring in the Holidays with peels of laughter, sweet moments of love and madcap puppy chases, all while watching one sedate and “ordered” man have his world reorganized by the chaos of love!” ~Tome Tender

✭✭✭✭✭ “This novel is smart, funny, and sexy. It’s positively delicious to read and I already can’t wait for the authors’ next book.” ~Linda Quick, Goodreads Reviewer

✭✭✭✭.5 “I LOVED this book! What do you get when you mix an anal FBI agent who lives life by the rules with a rule breaker?? A fantastic read is what you get!!” ~Short & Sassy

✭✭✭✭✭ “A truly heartwarming story of opposites attract…covered in laughter, witty repartee, lots of banter, and not to forget, a totally lovable little mutt named surprisingly T-bone…” ~Becky Burciaga, Goodreads Reviewer

✭✭✭✭✭ “Ms. Scott has a writing style that will suck you in and make you a part of the shenanigans…a splendid story! Opposites attract and rules are meant to be broken…” ~Katrina Berry, Goodreads Reviewer

EXCERPT

Max increased the speed on is treadmill, determined to outrun his demons. Namely, a brunette with big doe eyes and a huge heart who’d managed to wind herself into his life and into his very blood.

Like an addiction.

The door creaked, and he scowled. No one ever disturbed his middle of the night workout, and tonight he was in no fucking mood to share the space, that was for damn sure.

The air punched out of his lungs as recognition of his intruder’s identity slammed through him. Gina slipped into the room, sexy as hell. When did she ever not look sexy, even in that ridiculous elf costume? Now she wore a white tank top and black booty shorts that clung to the curve of her gorgeous backside. An outfit more suitable for sleeping than exercise—one he could image peeling her out of in the middle of the night—but he couldn’t even peel his eyes from her right now.

Without a word, and by some miracle still running without falling on his butt, Max watched her, never breaking eye contact. Leaning back against the door, her hands behind her, she stared back. He caught the soft snick of the lock even over the constant whirring of his machine. Max gulped as the blood abandoned his brain, leaving his legs lethargic as he continued to run.

Was this his thank-you gift for organizing her tools and things? Hell, yeah!

Turning away, she pulled the blinds covering windows facing the hallway closed, giving him a fantastic view of her from behind. Then she turned and walked toward him, hips swaying hypnotically. Max was about to explode in anticipation of whatever she had in mind.

The Super would toss them both out of the complex for sure if anyone caught them having sex in the gym…

For once in his life, he didn’t give two shits about the rules.

But, instead of stripping off her clothes like he was picturing, she reached over and yanked on the emergency chord, bringing his machine to a stop.

“Would you like to explain why you touched my things?” she demanded.

Her eyes glittered with anger, lips pressed together. How had he missed that?

Max had no clue what to do with what was happening. She was here to yell at him in the middle of the night?

Happy Halloween!

hallowen

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (behind Christmas). I love dressing up in costumes. Trick or treating is awesome. These days the decorations are so much fun. I also love the history and evolution of this holiday (which has definitely changed a lot over the years).

For the last few years on my Abigail Owen blog I’ve been working my way through the traditional Halloween monsters–their origins, how they’ve evolved, and why I think they were on the list of originals. In case you missed any and are curious, here’s a look back at which ones I’ve covered!

Traditional Halloween Monsters

Next year I’ll get to demons/devils and mummies which should wrap up the group. 🙂

 

 

Preorder The Attraction Equation

A LOVE UNDERCOVER ROMANTIC COMEDY

She’s the exception to his every rule…

AttractionEquation_500 FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules—rules that don’t allow for distraction, deviation…or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…

Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad “no pets” policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift—a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.

Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…

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Entangled Lovestruck | 11/13/2017

Meet Max Carter

Meet Max Carter–brilliant, hot, and damn fine FBI agent–whose perfectly ordered life is about to get a whole lot messier once Gina Castillo gets involved!

Before Max got his own story, we first met him in The Wrong Kind of Compatible

TWKOC EXCERPT

TaO Teaser 1Drew took another swig of his beer and pretended to watch the baseball game on the TV over the bar. Max had dragged him to their favorite Irish pub—all mahogany wood, a hundred beers on tap, and sports on every TV—for a few hours on a Saturday night. He’d insisted Drew needed to get out of his head before he went out of his mind.

He’d been working flat out trying to find something, anything, to close this damn case and escape his own personal hell. Being around Cassie without allowing himself to stare, or tease, or touch, was damn near killing him. If this went on much longer, the FBI would find his cold, lifeless body in his apartment, and the coroner’s report would cite an excessive buildup of sexual tension in the cells as the cause of death.

She, in the meantime, didn’t seem the least bothered by their status quo.

“What’s your problem, Kerrigan?” Max drawled, neatly stacking the coasters, flipping one over so that the same side was facing up on all of them.

Drew raised a single eyebrow. His friend’s OCD was showing.

“Shut up.”

“Didn’t say anything,” Drew replied.

Max wasn’t to be sidetracked from his earlier question, though. “You’ve been about as fun as a sandy towel at the beach. I’m used to you not speaking much, but if I didn’t know you better, I’d say you’re in need of some mind-blowing sex.”

Drew’s body agreed as a crystal-clear image of Cassie’s gorgeous body assailed him. Unfortunately, banging his head on the bar in an attempt to rid himself of said image would only make Max more suspicious. “I’m not,” the words came out as a growl.

“No?” Max challenged.

Unwilling to argue, Drew shrugged and swung his gaze back to the game. Not that he’d paid enough attention to even know the score, but what the hell.

“I told you getting close to your assignment was a bad idea.”

Damn Max and the computer he carried around instead of a brain. He was almost as bad as Cassie in the hit-the-head-on-the-nail analysis of others. “I didn’t ask for your opinion.”

“When my buddy starts acting like a bug crawled up his ass, I have to step in. It’s just the kind of guy I am.” Max slapped him on the back just as he was taking a swig of beer, and Drew came up spluttering.

In retaliation, Drew scoured his brain for a diversion and landed on a topic guaranteed to distract. “Has your mom found you a wife yet?”

Max’s expression snapped from grinning to pissed in less time than it took him to trace laundered money to the source. “Low blow, man. Why’d you have to take it there?”

Get to know Max before his story comes out Nov 13th!!!

InD’Scribe Con 2017

I spent most of the last week at InD’Scribe Con, held this year in Burbank, CA (focused primarily on Indie and small press authors), but anyone is welcome. I had an absolute blast! Here are a few of the highlights…

Keynote Speakers

We got to hear from Marie Force, Kathryn Le Veque, Cathrine Bybee, and Brenda Novak. All these women were fantastic. Each shared their journey as an author–the ups, and especially the downs. I found their journeys inspirational. The main message for me was to never quit and every path is different.

Workshops

I was particularly impressed by the workshop. It’s rare for a conference to have a workshop that interests me every single hour they are available, but this one did. And I went to some great ones. My favs were Arial Burnz workshops on newsletters and Marie Force’s workshop on writing series.

If you get a chance to do either of those, go.

Speaker / Panelist

I brought my Organize Your Writing Life workshop to the con and, as always, had a fun time delivering it. I always love getting to talk to people afterward. Especially when people stop me the rest of the con to show me how they’ve already incorporated some of my tips. I was also a panelist in the Genre Feud game. CLICK HERE to watch it from our FB Live Stream. Oh my gosh, one of the most fun panels I’ve ever been on.

Reader Rave Signing

I was one of the authors doing the signing and was very pleasantly surprised with the turnout and the fact that (unlike at some other conventions) readers came by all the tables and not just the big names. I sold about 10 print books, but gave out about 100 books post cards that have the QR code to buy links. Although, I will say the best part was getting to know the authors sitting near me.

RONE Awards & Gala

I was one of the finalists up for a RONE Award (Her Demigod Complex in the Novella category). I’m sad to say I didn’t win, but I had a blast regardless. The awards were fun and so was the dinner and dancing afterward.

Friends

As always, the best part of any conference are the friends you make. Romance authors are my people. My tribe. So conferences are one of the few places I can go where everyone there gets me and is equally interested in books and writing. It just doesn’t get better. 🙂 Plus, I get to meet fantastic new authors to me, which as a reader is awesome. Make sure y’all check out these authors…

Other Fun

I took advantage of the location and got to see my cousin who lives in L.A. I don’t get to see her often, so it was wonderful to have a chance to catch up. She is a costume designer and an extra, so I got to hear some fun stories about Hollywood.

I also took a Warner Bros. Studio Tour which was really cool. Y’all know how much of a movie/TV fan I am. I was especially fascinated by anything related to the classics. They pointed out a couple things from Casa Blanca for instance. I also got sorted into my Hogwarts house–Gryffindor.

Thanks & Can’t Wait for Next Year!

A huge thank you to T.J. McKay (nicest woman in the world) and the entire staff from InD’Tale who work so hard put on this spectacular event every year on top of managing the magazine and everything else. Y’all rock! Writers, if you are interested in a fantastic con with great workshops, great speakers, great friends, and more, this is the one for you. I hope to see you there next year!

 

 

New Cover & Excerpt – The Wrong Kind of Compatible

The Wrong Kind of Compatible is getting a new cover and I LURV it so much! I hope you do. It will go up on retailers soon, but here it is for your viewing pleasure (along with an excerpt)…

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EXCERPT

Drew.”

His name came out like a blast from a shotgun, and Cassie was vaguely aware of several heads in cubes turning her direction.

He stood up to face her, blinking in seeming innocence. “Is there a problem?”

Cassie wasn’t sure whether she wanted to laugh at the question or bop the man over the head.

“Yes,” she said in deliberately slow cadence, each word dripping in sarcasm. “There’s a problem when you go off on your own, when all I asked you to do was check my numbers.”

Drew held up his hands. “I’m sorry if I stepped on your toes, but this is worth a look.”

God. She really had found the male version of herself.  “You’re right.”

He cocked his head. “I am?”

“Yes. You’re stepping all over my toes. They’re practically black and blue thanks to you tromping around.”

Drew actually looked down at her feet as if he’d see her toes all bruised up for real, then glanced back up, an oddly assessing light in his eyes. “But if you’ll just take a moment…” He pointed at the screen.

Irritation hijacked her common sense, and she stepped into him. Because Drew was already standing close, they were now practically chest to…well, she was short…so boobs to abs. She still managed to squeeze her hand between them and poke him in the pecs with her finger. “Knock it off, Kerrigan. My recommendations are what we’re going with.”

Drew’s unnatural stillness filtered through her annoyance. A burning need in blue eyes now laser focused on her.

Sweet baby Jesus. The nerves in her body, already revved up, jumped right back to hot, luscious life as blood flooded every erogenous zone, including a few she hadn’t been aware she had.

“Cassie, Drew… You guys ready?”

Drew jerked his head up, straightening away from her at the same time, and Cassie whipped her head around to find Kevin at the end of the aisle waiting.

“Be right there,” she called, and hoped to high heaven Kevin hadn’t noticed her choked voice, how close she’d been standing to Drew, or the tension practically radiating off them both.