Now Available!

Hey Gang,

I’m back with more info on LIBERTY’S PROMISE, book five in the SAVAGE CINDERELLA series.

I’m not sure if there is anything more exciting (or nerve-wracking) in a writer’s life than the release of a new book. The culmination of months of blood, sweat, and tears, the constant wrestling with the “doubt-monster”, and managing the million details that go into launching a book all makes me wonder why in heaven’s name we continue to do it. But the truth is, writers write because we have character’s in our heads and stories to tell that won’t leave us alone, and we have a driving need to share them with readers, hoping our stories will bring some measure of joy, comfort, entertainment, or even healing to others. It has been that driving force and the positive comments from readers that have kept me writing through thirteen books!

Writing is somewhat of a lonely pursuit and requires a focus inward that sometimes leaves us feeling as if we live in cave (thus the term “writer’s cave”). But once a book is out there, it is incumbent upon us introverted writers to reconnect with our readers, reach out to other writers, and engage once more with the world at large. That’s why I’m going to open my blog up to guest authors. As much as I want to pay it forward for all the help and support I’ve had from others, I also want to take the opportunity to introduce readers to other great books and the authors who write them! Watch in the coming weeks for a post from my friend Keta Diablo (isn’t that an awesome name for a romance writer!?) who recently released a new novel, I SPY A DEMON.

(And who happens to be hosting me at her blog this week!)

Keta’s books may be a little steamy for my younger readers but for those who like their romance on the hot side, she’s definitely worth a try! Learn more about Keta later this month or visit her website.

In the mean time, I promised you links where you can find LIBERTY’S PROMISE, now available for purchase at all your favorite e-book retailers. It’s also available in PRINT!

 

Liberty’s Promise, the fifth novella in the SAVAGE CINDERELLA series continues the journey of kidnap survivor turned rookie cop, Brinn Hathaway. Rebounding from her previous near-death adventure, Brinn travels to New York City where her co-worker and current roomie, Detective Daniella Hernandez, is attending to a family crisis. When Dani’s old flame—a superior officer—threatens to destroy her career and her family’s legacy, Brinn vows to do whatever necessary to protect her friend.

Investigating a sergeant in the NYPD for his personal and criminal misconduct might be overstepping jurisdictional boundaries and not exactly a good career move. But bringing to justice the man who had once tormented her friend and righting an old wrong is worth the risk for Brinn. When it becomes clear the serial stalker won’t be an easy target, and that he’s willing to go to any lengths to escape his dark deeds, Brinn discovers that taking down one of New York’s finest could cost both women more than just their jobs.

 

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Only $2.99

Print copies available at Amazon

$8.99

And don’t forget, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, you have until December 15th at midnight to do so to be entered into the drawing for a “social justice” goody bag I’m giving away to one randomly chosen winner. It includes a signed copy of any one of my books and lots of cool items that showcase some of the social justice issues covered in the Savage Cinderella series, such as environmental protection, Native American rights, and Wounded Warriors to name a few.

I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for sticking with me, urging me to write the next book, and leaving reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N or other retailers. Honest reviews are always welcome!

Peace and blessings,

PJ

Pre-order and a Giveaway!

Hey Readers,
I’m happy to announce that LIBERTY’S PROMISE, (A Savage Cinderella Novella, #5) is now available for pre-order if you’d like it delivered to your Kindle next Friday, November 29th. Of course, it will also be available at B&N, Kobo, and Apple at that time. Anyone interested in receiving an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review posted within the first week of release, please leave a message that you’re interested in doing so in the comments section below and I’ll get a copy right out to you!

Here’s the skinny on the book…

Liberty’s Promise, the fifth novella in the SAVAGE CINDERELLA series continues the journey of kidnap survivor turned rookie cop, Brinn Hathaway. Rebounding from her previous near-death adventure, Brinn travels to New York City where her co-worker and current roomie, Detective Daniella Hernandez, is attending to a family crisis. When Dani’s old flame—a superior officer—threatens to destroy her career and her family’s legacy, Brinn vows to do whatever necessary to protect her friend.

Investigating a sergeant in the NYPD for his personal and criminal misconduct might be overstepping jurisdictional boundaries and not exactly a good career move. But bringing to justice the man who had once tormented her friend—and who continues to pose a threat—is worth the risk for Brinn. When it becomes clear the serial stalker won’t be an easy target, and that he’s willing to go to any lengths to escape his dark deeds, Brinn discovers that taking down one of New York’s finest could cost both women more than just their jobs.

 

Pre-order now on AMAZON

Read the first chapter for free on Wattpad!

I’ve been in writing and editing mode for quite a while. It always feels as if I’m coming out of a cave when it’s finally time to release a book, lol. But now that I’m out and about, I’d like to show a little reader appreciation. In honor of the release of this final (for now) installment in the SAVAGE CINDERELLA series, I’m doing a giveaway just in time for the holidays.

Since social justice issues are at the heart of the series, I’m giving away a “social justice” goody-bag to one of my readers as a ‘Thank you’. The prize will include a signed copy of one of my novels (reader’s choice), and items showcasing environmental protection, women’s empowerment, wounded warriors, support of indigenous communities, and other social justice topics included in my stories. Just sign up for my newsletter and you’ll be in the running! A winner will be chosen on December 15th at midnight.

If you haven’t read the series yet, you can get the first book SAVAGE CINDERELLA, as a FREE download at the following links…

AMAZON   Amazon UK     B&N     KOBO

Find information and purchase links for the rest of the books in the series, FINDING HOPE, LOST BOYS, SACRED GROUND, and BROKEN  ANGEL by visiting my Contemporary YA/NA page.

I guess that’s it for now. Feel free to share my good news and I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, however you celebrate!

Peace and blessings,

PJ

Cover Reveal for LIBERTY’s PROMISE

Welcome Readers,

I know it’s been ages since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been busy writing the next novella in my SAVAGE CINDERELLA series. With fall upon us, I’m deep in edits and can’t wait to deliver the final chapter (for now) of Brinn’s story. I am satisfied with where she leaves off in this book. I hope you will be too!

It has been an amazing adventure to see Brinn through her growth and recovery since I discovered her in the wilds of North Georgia in 2012. I won’t give anything vital away, but I felt like Brinn’s story came to a natural conclusion in this fifth novella. At least it feels like a good place to take a pause. If you’ve been enjoying the series, have no fear, there is always room for new adventures and more books down the road!

For now, here is the fabulous cover for this latest installment…

LIBERTY’s PROMISE

(Book 5 in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series)

 

Liberty’s Promise continues the journey of kidnap survivor turned rookie cop, Brinn Hathaway. After barely escaping with her life after her previous case, Brinn travels to New York City where her co-worker and current roomie, Detective Daniella Hernandez, is attending to a family crisis. When Dani’s old flame—a superior officer—threatens to destroy her career and her family’s legacy, Brinn vows to do whatever necessary to protect her friend.

Investigating a sergeant in the NYPD for his personal and criminal misconduct might be overstepping jurisdictional boundaries and not exactly a good career move. But bringing to justice the man who had once tormented her friend and righting an old wrong is worth the risk for Brinn. When it becomes clear the serial stalker won’t be an easy target, and that he’s willing to go to any lengths to escape his dark deeds, Brinn discovers that taking down one of New York’s finest could cost both women more than just their jobs.

 

Watch for a release date and pre-order links to come…

If you haven’t read the other books in the series, now is a great time to get started. The original novel, SAVAGE CINDERELLA is available for FREE download. You can get the first four novellas for your Kindle for only $5.98

Also, don’t forget it’s almost harvest time and I’ll be at the Granville Harvest Fair in Granville, MA. on October 12-14th. Stop by for a meet and greet the author, signed copies, and treats!

Peace and blessings,

PJ

BROKEN ANGEL is Live!

I’m so happy to celebrate this book birthday with you!

BROKEN ANGEL is now available for purchase. Buy it now for only $2.99 or gift it to a friend for Christmas…

And may all your holiday wishes come true!

Turning twenty should be cause for celebration, but for Brinn Hathaway—kidnap survivor turned rookie cop—all she wants is to be alone. At least that’s the plan when she hikes into the North Georgia High Country, desperately in need of respite from the complexities of relationships in the so called “civilized” world. With two guys taking up so much space in her head—and her heart—Brinn finds the call of the wild and the company of her trusty canine partner, Eliot, a balm to her soul. But going back to the cabin she spent eight long winters in may not be exactly the restful haven she hoped for.

When Brinn stumbles upon a young woman trapped in a desperate situation, she can’t help but get involved. Leaving the girl in the hands of two drug dealing brothers isn’t what a good cop would do—no matter the risk.  With no time to call for back-up, Brinn is forced to take on the ruthless duo alone. But after a failed rescue attempt, she soon finds herself in way over her head with no help in sight.

 

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Happy Holidays, my friends!

 

Peace and blessings,

PJ

Pre-order Broken Angel!

Hey friends and readers,

I hope your holidays are bringing you joy and happiness, and that you’re finding some time to relax and destress. It always seems I have a book to launch just before Christmas, so relaxing and enjoying family this time of year can be challenging, but finding balance is what it’s all about, right?

I’m happy to announce that BROKEN ANGEL, book four in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series is now available for pre-order!

Amazon     Amazon UK     B&N     Apple     Kobo

 

If you haven’t read the series yet, the book that started it all, SAVAGE CINDERELLA is available for FREE download at these major e-retailers.

Amazon     Amazon UK     B&N     Kobo

And don’t forget to catch up with Brinn, Justin, Cody, and friends in
FINDING HOPE, LOST BOYS, and SACRED GROUND.

You can purchase them as a set on

Amazon

You can find buy links for other retailers here

Wouldn’t this make a great holiday gift for the avid reader on your list? This series is full of hope, emotion, action, adventure, and romance (of the sweet variety). It’s suitable for teens and anyone who loves reading about kick-butt heroines and feisty sidekicks!

Have a happy holiday season and make sure you take time to relax with a few good books.

Peace and blessings,

PJ

Cover Reveal for BROKEN ANGEL (Bk 4 in the Savage Cinderella Series)!

Hey friends and readers,

I’ve been off grid for several months, crazy busy with working on the latest book and living life:-) You’ll be happy to know I’m in final edits for BROKEN ANGEL (Bk 4 in the Savage Cinderella Novella Series).

So, without further suspense, I’m thrilled to present one of my very favorite covers!

Thank you, Kim Killion of the Killion Group. You are a genius.

Here’s a little bit about the book…

“Turning twenty should be cause for celebration, but for Brinn Hathaway, kidnap survivor turned rookie cop, all she wants is to be alone. At least that’s the plan when she hikes off into the North Georgia High Country, desperately in need of respite from the complexities of relationships in the so called “civilized” world. With two guys taking up so much space in her head,–and her heart–Brinn finds the call of the wild and the company of her trusty canine partner, Eliot, a balm to her soul. But going back to the cabin she spent eight long winters in may not be exactly the restful haven she hoped for.

When Brinn stumbles upon a young woman trapped in a desperate situation, she can’t help but get involved. Leaving the girl in the hands of two drug dealing brothers isnt what a good cop would do, no matter the risk. With no time to call for back-up, Brinn is forced to take on the ruthless duo on her own. But after a failed rescue attempt, she soon finds herself in over her head with no help in sight.

 

I hope you love it as much as I do. It was great to see my vision come to life. A few stock photos and an exchange of ideas, and Kim did her magic once again:-)

Stay tuned for excerpts via my Facebook page

So, what do you think?

PJ

Summer Fun

Hey friends and readers,

I know I’ve been off-grid for a bit, but I’ve been taking some much-needed downtime from my writing and doing something else I love…digging in the dirt, lol. This old house and its unruly acreage are taking up much of my free time as of late, but rest assured, I’m plugging away at the next novella in the SAVAGE CINDERELLA series.

My current work in progress, BROKEN ANGEL, takes Brinn and her trusty canine companion, Eliot, back to the North Georgia High Country where her story began. After dealing with human traffickers in FINDING HOPE, a Colombian cartel in LOST BOYS, and a corrupt mining operation in SACRED GROUND, Brinn is in need of a break from the real world…especially since her love life seems to grow more complicated by the day. But escaping to the hills she called home for the better part of her young life turns out to be less of a respite and more of a rescue mission gone terribly wrong. Stay tuned for more details, excerpts and a cover reveal over the next month or so. I’m hoping to have the book out later this fall!

As for what’s up and coming, I’m visiting with author Ally Shields today at her blog, Coffee Chat with Ally, talking about writing novellas and how this series came about. I’m also giving away a novella (reader’s choice), and if you haven’t read SAVAGE CINDERELLA yet, you can download it for FREE or read it on WATTPAD to get started on Brinn’s harrowing tale of survival and triumph. Check out the entire novella series, available at Amazon for only $6.97.

If dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy is more your thing, WANING MOON, book one in the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael is available for only .99 cents.

Or get the whole set on Amazon for less than $10… You won’t be disappointed in these action-packed reads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you’re looking for a sweet contemporary YA romance to fulfill your summer beach reading plans, you will love the Girls of Thompson Lake in HEAVEN is for HEROES, ON THIN ICE and PIECES of LOVE. Get them all in the box set which includes the novella, SAMI’s CHRISTMAS WISH LIST (because who doesn’t love Christmas in July)!

That’s it for now. Sign up for my newsletter for more updates on contests, appearances, guest blogs, and new releases! You’ll also receive a free download of SOUL REDEMPTION, the prequel novella to the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Trilogy and first three chapters of OVERCOME YOUR SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE, a non-fiction health and wellness book full of great tips for getting and staying well as you read your heart out this summer.

Thanks for hanging out with me:-)

Peace and blessings,

PJ

Indian Tacos and an Edible Porch Garden

Welcome Hoppers!

I’m happy to participate in the 7th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. So glad you stopped by.

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Make sure to leave a comment (with your email address to be used only for notification of winnings) so we’ll know you visited every site and you can enter to win the grand prize of an e-reader (winner’s choice up to a $200 value). Second place winner will receive a $25 gift card to the eBook retailer of their choice. Winners will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and the last (Bloomin Thyme) websites listed on the links below by April 29th. See the main event page for full details.

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If you leave a comment you’ll also be automatically entered to win my basket of goodies, including a leatherbound journal, a book of puzzles, adult coloring book, assorted teas and honey, and a handy carrying bag with swag items. Also included is a signed copy of my holiday  novella, Sami’s Christmas Wish List.
 (Applicable to US Residents only).
Let me know you signed up for my newsletter, followed me on Twitter, or “liked” me on Facebook to be awarded extra entries! Winner will be posted here by April 29th.

 The hop runs April 18-April 27th.
Feel free to browse around while your here. Sign up for my newsletter to receive an e-copy of SOUL REDEMPTION, the novella prequel to the Chronicles of Lily Carmichael Trilogy. You can also download the eBook SAVAGE CINDERELLA, the award-winning novel that began the Savage Cinderella Novella Series. Get it FREE for a limited time.

On to the yummy part of this post where I share a favorite recipe with you.

While writing my latest novella, Sacred Ground, book three in the Savage Cinderella Series, I was researching Native American foods that might be found at an Indian Pow-wow. I came across this recipe for Indian Tacos and had to try it. Slightly labor intensive but totally delish!!! I didn’t want to post the recipe here because I want to give Hilah’s Cooking Blog all the credit, but I’ll share the link here and you can judge for yourself.

 

As for gardening tips, I haven’t had a huge garden in some time. I still grow perennials and have some lovely hanging baskets every year, but my herbs and vegetables are strictly grown in pots on my front porch these days. So much easier on my lower back, and with only two of us, it doesn’t make sense to have big garden beds anymore.

It varies from year to year, but typically I grow lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, string beans, snap peas, peppers, and various cooking herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and dill. I’ve done root veggies like beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and garlic in deep pots, but with a short growing season, I need to start them early in the house or let them winter over. Nothing is off limits though! Be creative and have fun.

The herbs are easiest. I buy already established plants from a local greenhouse the third week in May. We almost always have a late frost up here in the hills so I wait until Memorial day to plant anything. The dill goes in it’s own pot in a sunny far corner of the deck since it grows tall and bushy and is very aromatic. You can plant violets or nasturtium with it for a beautiful splash of color against the green. Both flowers make tasty and attractive garnishes to salads and dress up any summer dinner plate. Oregano, thyme, and basil go in one pot just outside my kitchen door since I use these most often for cooking. And rosemary gets her own hanging pot , so I can bring her in and use the fresh herb for soups, stews, and seasoning meats through the winter.

My husband built me a bean trellis with deer fencing and 2x4s attached to my deck–which also works for small pickling cucumbers. I plant the seeds in long window boxes just below the trellis and they grow, grow, grow until the trellis is bursting with beans and cukes. It’s good to stagger your planting every few weeks so you keep them going all summer. Weed out older plants as they start to grow leggy or the beans get tough.

The same applies to lettuces and spinach. To have a long, productive season, you need to plant new crops about every two to three weeks. I line up three foot window boxes along my deck railing and across a long garden bench and grow all my leafy veggies in a row so I can pick and choose my salad mix, clipping off a few of each variety. Don’t forget to grow several different types of greens, including kale, swiss chard, and romaine for a healthy selection.

All of this is providing your porch gets at least 6-8 hours of sun. I have to put my big tomato pots on wheels so I can move them easily since an oak tree is beginning to cast shade on our front deck and tomatoes need lots of sun. I plant two or three varieties of tomatoes, including cherry and grape tomatoes in one container and beefsteak, roma, or another meaty variety in another. Just a few plants produce more than enough tomatoes for us right into late summer, early fall.

The best porch gardening tip ever though, is automated irrigation! My husband has automated the watering by setting up a food grade PVC tubing drip irrigation system (similar to what they have in greenhouses and grocery stores) set on a programmable timer for ten minutes twice a day. This is especially helpful when going on vacation. All I have to do is plant, fertilize with compost, and watch my garden grow until everything is ready to pick!

I hope you’ve found this helpful and that it inspires you to try to grow your own front porch garden.

Please share in the comments section if you have any other container gardening tips!

Peace and blessings,

PJ