Category Archives: Mercy’s Embrace

Half-priced chocolates and FREE reads!

Do not be downhearted concerning the passing of Single Awareness Day, gentle readers, for Laura Hile and I still have goodies for you!

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The first book in Laura’s very lovely Mercy’s Embrace series, So Rough a Course, is still FREE today, and the other two books in the series are $1.99 each. If you have yet to download this wonderful series of hope for thirty-something single women everywhere, run to Amazon and do it now!

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The first book in my Regency/Modern Time Swap romance, Accidentally Yours, Yours by Design, Book 1 will be FREE through tomorrow, and the rest of the series is priced at 99 cents each.

What could be better than Darcy? Well, two Darcys, of course!

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So, my dears, treat yourself to half-priced chocolate while you read our gifts to you.


The Mercy’s Embrace series is now complete

Suspense, laughter, and love are waiting for you. And a handsome admiral too …

It’s Launch Day for The Lady Must Decide, the third and final installment in the Mercy’s Embrace trilogy.

And, hooray! Claudine has an eBook giveaway going on.

Stop by, read her review at Just Jane 1813, and if you’d like to enter, post a comment. Prize will be winner’s choice — any one of the three Mercy’s Embrace eBooks.

You can see some of the cover in this banner — so beautiful! so worth it! — but you can get an even better look at Just Jane 1813.

Do remember, this is a novel in three parts. They are not stand-alone books; once begun, you will need to read all of them for the complete story.

Ah, but Kindle Unlimited has been designed especially for series addicts. So there you are.

Here is the purchase link at Amazon — where you can also see the cover. But at Claudine’s, you get to maybe win an eBook.  Choices, choices …

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me.

*Big, big sigh of relief*


This was also posted at Laura Hile: Faith, Hope, Laughter … and Happily Ever After



A Very Austen Christmas…

There are several giveaways still active for A Very Austen Christmas and even more coming in December.

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Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit posted a lovely book review with an excerpt from Laura’s story. The giveaway will end December 5.

Nissa, Of Pens and Pages, presented the backstory of my original character, Thomas, along with a wonderful review. Her giveaway ends  December 9.

On Laura Hartness’s blog, The Calico Critic, you’ll find an excerpt from my story, as well as a giveaway ending December 9.

Giveaways at Claudine’s JustJane1813, author Chautona Havig’s lovely blog, Ceri’s Babblings of a Bookworm, and Janet’s More Agreeably Engaged have already ended; however, there are author biographies, story blurbs, author interviews, story excerpts, and great reviews at those sites.

Upcoming giveaways, reviews, and other fun events are scheduled throughout December at Meredith’s Austenesque Reviews, Elisabeth’s Poolside Musings, Candy’s So Little Time, Anna’s Diary of an Eccentric, and Rita’s From Pemberley to Milton.

In other exciting news, Laura Hile is releasing the second edition of her Mercy’s Embrace books. Her book one, So Rough a Course, cover reveal  will be at JustJane 1813 on December 2. That’s tomorrow! Be sure to stop by and cheer her on.

You’re going to LOVE the new covers. I’ve seen them, and they are truly beautiful. I would love to post her new cover myself, but you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow. (Insert evil laugh.)

More to come, too! Watch for upcoming reviews, blog posts, and giveaways of So Rough A Course at Savvy Verse & Wit, Of Pens and Pages, and The Calico Critic.

Another bit of good news – Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, Barbara Cornthwaite, and I have all lowered the prices of our other books throughout December. Merry Christmas!

Loving Jane Austen’s Persuasion

persuasionpanelToday Susan Kaye and Laura Hile join a panel of authors (Karen Cox, Regina Jeffers, Shannon Winslow, and Melanie Stanford)  to discuss our love for Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

A big thank you to  author Karen Cox for hosting us!

“Persuasion-esque authors are a sisterhood of sorts,” she writes. “We know that Darcy gets the majority of the press around Austen-World, but…Wentworth…Letter!…Pierce my soul!!!”

Come by and enjoy the rest of the article here: Persuasion Panel

The Season for Reading

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Add hot tea, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book. Perfect! Photo: Bill Lapp (Creative Commons Flickr)

Ah, autumn. Bright days, crisp evenings, and the tang of fallen leaves in the air. I love everything about this season.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, autumn marks the return of gray skies and rain. And that means it’s time for staying home with a book.

One of my very favorite things is coming in out of the wet to find a bright fire on the hearth. The drumming of rain against the windows, the welcome warmth of a cheerful fire, and an engrossing read. Such a comfortable combination.

Even guys like this book! Here, my sons lend a hand with promotion.

“Wait, Mom wrote THAT? Aw, Mom, what the heck?”

I’ve heard that October is one of the best times to release a book. Due to a frenzied school schedule–I’m teaching a high school class after all! –I can’t guarantee that the Mercy’s Embrace relaunch will happen next month, but I’m trying.

Speaking of reading, there’s a Darcy By Any Other Name giveaway at The Calico Critic. Bless Laura Hartness, she took on Darcy–all 662 pages–along with starting graduate school. “I applaud Laura Hile’s work,” she wrote, “and am so glad I said ‘yes’ to reviewing Darcy by Any Other Name!”

My all-guy fan club

My all-guy fan club. Otherwise known as my sons: Ben, Michael, and Nathan

Come by, read Laura’s wonderful review, and enter to win a Kindle edition. Here’s the link. Her giveaway ends October 8th.

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The Call of the Classroom …

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Just keep moving forward, kid. One step at a time. You’ve got this. And so do I. Photo: Ian Burt (Creative Commons Flicker)

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Autumn rambles are the best. Photo: b k (Creative Commons Flickr)

The leaves of our trees, they are a-turning.  Our summer days are noticeably shorter; Canada geese honk overhead; the Queen Anne’s Lace is blooming along the highways. And if we can quit having heat waves around here, our mornings will take on that delicious autumn tang.

The leaves of our schoolbooks will soon be turning too. This is my last full week at home–and although I have a scary amount of writing work to finish up, I’m ready for a change. Okay, almost ready…

The ‘Call of the Classroom’ is real. Funny how that works. At the beginning of a holiday, I never want it to end. But by the final afternoon, I’m ready to head home. It’s the same with school. Then too, it’s almost autumn, my favorite season of the year.

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When these guys fly overhead, autumn is on the way. (Or summer, depending…) Photo: Gary Leavens (Creative Commons Flickr)

Don’t you love New York in the fall?
It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address…

~ Joe Fox  to Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail

It’s the time of new beginnings, autumn is.  A fresh school year, a clean start.  While the weary teacher in me mourns the loss of summer freedom, the rested teacher is eager for the crackling energy of the classroom. And the lovely scent of new-sharpened pencils.

What’s with the new pencil thing? It gets me every time. Along with a just-opened packet of crayons, lined up and ready to use.

Quote Series ChalkboardSweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and a fire on the hearth. Rain-washed sidewalks and cloud-shrouded skies–I welcome these. Along with the buzz of laughter in the now-silent school halls.

Yes, it’s almost time to get that classroom up and running. Unlock the doors and welcome in a new set of lively minds. That’s the best thing about a fresh school year: the undiscovered potential.

In the meantime, there is much to be done around here. So, to quote Patrick McGillvary — it’s been a kick to interact with him as I retool Mercy’s Embrace! — I’d “best be cracking on.”
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There’s an app for that…


Who knew the coffee house vibe was so productive?

Many creatives swear by the coffee house vibe. I can see why. Photo: Wonderlane (Creative Commons Flickr)

Ah, the hum of the coffee house. For me, it’s an inexpensive place to chat with a friend. For others, this atmosphere offers a lifeline to creativity.

There’s a special combination: The upbeat music, the muted conversations, the hiss of the espresso machine–ha! and the caffeine. It’s a synergistic thing that gets many people working, writing, thinking, and doing. Me, I go there to talk for hours. And I come home smelling like coffee grounds.

Not walking two miles to Starbucks

No! Not walking those two miles to Starbucks! It’s 90 degrees today!

Home’s the best workplace for people like me.  See, I work on the cheap. I make coffee here–already paid for– and get the laptop up and running. Then I start in. These days I’m sharing a car–our latest experiment. To go to a coffee house, I’d have to drive my husband to and from work, or else walk to Starbucks–a mile each way–toting my not-so-small laptop. The hike home is all uphill. Uh, no.

So I fake the coffee house vibe with apps. My  fondness for mental wandering needs help to stay focused. One app I use is a pomodoro-type timer called Clear Focus. It keeps me on task for 25 minutes at a time–no backtracking, no stopping. No Facebooking or Tweetiing. It’s amazing how much I can accomplish when I stay at it.

And then there’s CoffitivityThis is a white noise app that mimics the atmosphere of the coffee house. I originally downloaded this for use on the train, because conversations around me can be distracting. This week I’ve been using it for the creative sound vibes. They help!

Tools of the trade: calendar, Kindle text, laptop

Tools of the trade: strict calendar goals, Kindle text, laptop

The Mercy’s Embrace re-release is a giant project, and I’m running for daylight. Proofreading is something I can do during the school year, but typing?  Rather than hire a firm I’ve decided to type out the text from the Kindle edition of my books. Another real life illustration that you need to back up your back-up files–because you never know.

No whining from me! This project is an excellent opportunity to make good writing even better. Honest. I’m loving it.

And hey, it’s still summer. For Robin and Gayle, Monday, August 15th, is the first day back in the classroom. A sobering reminder that the school year, it is a-coming.

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