Sunday, December 21, 2014

Unforgettable Moments of Love Show


I've never visited Las Vegas, so when I heard there would be a Disson skating show with Meryl Davis & Charlie White AND Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto in Vegas, I knew I had to go! I was even more excited when I heard O.A.R. would be the live band because they are a current rock band with great songs (unlike most of the live musical acts Disson books).

The show was one of the best Disson specials I've seen. The cast was a good mix of longtime pro veterans and recent competitors on the Olympic scene. The highlight for me was seeing Meryl, Charlie, Tanith, and Ben skate a quartet program. I've always wanted to see them swap partners, and their program to Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down" didn't disappoint!

Here are my photos from the show and the post-show meet and greet! => PHOTOS

The programs from what I can remember :)

Kimmie Meissner & Michael Weiss - O.A.R. song
Alissa Czisny - Evita by Madonna
Alissa Czisny - O.A.R. song
Kimmie Meissner - "In Your Eyes" by Quietdrive
Micheal Weiss - "Teenage Dream" by Boyce Avenue
Brian Boitano - "Shatter" by O.A.R.
Brian Boitano - "Truly" (cover of Lionel Ritchie song)
Meryl Davis/Charlie White/Tanith Belbin/Ben Agosto - "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith
Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto - "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
Meryl Davis & Charlie White - "Peace" by O.A.R.
Ryan Bradley - "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers
Ryan Bradley - O.A.R. song
Elvis Stojko - O.A.R. song
Elvis Stojko and wife Gladys Orozco - "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
Evan Lysacek - "Latch" by Sam Smith
Evan Lysacek - O.A.R. song


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LOSING THE ICE Teaser #2!

I only have three chapters of LOSING THE ICE (Ice #2) left to write, so I think it's time for a new teaser! The novella will be out in early Spring!

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I unzipped my Team USA jacket, and when we reached the end of the hallway I gave it to Em. My hands fidgeted with the braids woven into my up-do, then the halter neckline of my rose-colored dress, and then the hem of my short skirt. Josh stepped in front of me, and he gently grasped my shoulders, stilling me. I stared up at him and took in a slow breath.

His long-sleeved, V-neck shirt showed off his lean muscles and matched the color of my dress perfectly. We’d worn our costumes at a dress rehearsal at home, but looking at us together now, standing just a few feet from competition ice, it really hit me.

We are a team. We are truly a TEAM.

The jitters shaking my legs kicked into a higher gear, and if Josh hadn’t been holding onto me, I probably would’ve collapsed into a trembling heap. He rubbed my arms with long, warm strokes, and slowly my butterflies simmered down.

His eyes roamed over me and met mine with a deep gaze. “God, you are so beautiful.”

My butterflies fluttered their wings happily, and I locked Josh in a tight hug. Leave it to him to be practically mute all night and then to say something so sweet.

“I just want you to know…” His soft voice tickled my ear. “Skating here with you tonight is an absolute dream come true for me.”

Monday, December 8, 2014

Swoony Awards-CROSSING THE ICE


CROSSING THE ICE is up for a Swoony Award! 
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What Are the Swoony Awards?

The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. We want to help recognize authors who write entertaining books that are wholesome. It’s our hope that each year we will help provide everyone with a great list of books to read and maybe introduce them to new authors.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements?

-Publication Year: Only books published during the current contest year may be nominated. To be fair to all books, contest dates will run from December 1, 2013 – November 31, 2014.

-Clean romance: No sex or closed door, low/mild innuendo. Only M/F romances.

-Language: None/mild, anything over a handful of profanity (especially the more offensive words) would not be considered clean.

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-Other: Nothing overly dark, depressing or heavy subject matter

Novels, novellas and short stories are all eligible for nomination, no limits on page number. Any (clean) genre is eligible (i.e. contemporary, fantasy, mystery, historical, etc.).

Each voter is able to choose up to 100 books to vote on or nominate each contest year. There is no cap on the overall number of books nominated.

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We will be accepting entries throughout the year and the winners announced the first week in January. There are fifteen award categories (i.e. Best Novel of the Year, Best Historical, Best Contemporary, etc.). Winners will be announced via our blogs (Bookworm Nation, KJ’s Book Nook and Katie’s Clean Book Reviews) and through Goodreads Swoony Awards Group.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Confessions of a Figure Skating Grown-Up

Today I'd like to welcome a special guest to my blog - fellow romance author Elizabeth Harmon. Elizabeth is also a fellow figure skating fan, and she's written a skating romance, Pairing Off, which will be out in February 2015! She is here today to share how writing Pairing Off inspired her to start skating again. Take it away, Elizabeth!

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Confessions of a Figure Skating Grown-Up

Last year when I started figure skating lessons, my instructor gave me a sheet of picture cards for the basic moves I was learning. Each shows a model demonstrating the move. None of the skater-models is older than twelve.

Let’s just say I’m a little older than that.

Everyone has things we wish we’d done differently. One of mine is giving up ice-skating when I was thirteen.

That year the roller rink opened in my town, and everyone started going there rather than the ice rink. Part of the allure was the roller rink’s disco verses the ice rink’s classical, but from then on, I was a roller skater.

Still, the ice held a certain fascination, and when I started to write romance, I knew if I wrote a female athlete, she would be a figure skater.

In Pairing Off, not only is the heroine a skater, so is the hero. Researching Olympic pair skating rekindled memories of skaters I’d loved watching. I drew on personal experience too. The Moscow rink where Anton and Carrie train looks a bit like the one in Illinois where I skated as a child. Their moonlight skate in Gorki Park is on a pond that resembles the place I skated for the first time, at age four.


It also gave me the urge to get back on the ice myself.

Though I was terrified of looking like an idiot, one Friday afternoon, I tried our rink’s adults-only session. I wobbled on rental skates, close to the boards, but none of the more accomplished skaters laughed. Instead, they welcomed me and urged me to come back.

I did.

In the two years since, I’ve made wonderful friends who love that I wrote a skating romance. One suggested the book’s title, another organized a party when Pairing Off sold to Carina. I still can’t do the cool moves they can, but I can do more than when I started. I even skated in the rock and roll number of our rink’s ice show, where I had the distinction of being one of the oldest, and newest, skaters.

From center ice, the applause sounded sweet.

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Contemporary romance author Elizabeth Harmon’s debut novel Pairing Off is a February 2015 Carina Press release. Set in the world of international competitive figure skating, it’s the first book in the “Red Hot Russians” series.” Pre-order on Amazon below, add on Goodreads, or visit Elizabeth online at www.romancewriter-girl.com.

In the photo above, Elizabeth is the dignified skater on the left. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Galleria Holiday Show Rehearsal


I'm in Dallas this holiday weekend to visit my sister, so of course when I heard Meryl Davis and Charlie White would be skating at the Galleria Christmas Tree lighting, I had to go! We went down to the mall for the rehearsal Saturday morning and got to see Meryl, Charlie, Carolina Kostner, and Amber Glenn practicing for the show later that evening. All of them were laughing and having a great time together!


Meryl and Charlie did a brief television interview rinkside, and then all four skaters messed around on the ice for the television cameras. At one point, Charlie was twizzling, and he gave Amber some instruction on how to do it. Then he busted out the Bollywood twizzle (see it here!)

Carolina and Amber were doing triple jumps and having a little fun competition, and someone in the audience told Charlie he should show off his jumps, too. He laughed and said it's been eight years since he did jumps; plus, he was wearing ice dance skates ;)


Amber, Carolina, and a young skater practiced their trio to "When You Wish Upon a Star," and then Meryl and Charlie did a run-through of their "Blue Christmas" program (see Part I and Part II). It was a super cute program!

Here are the rest of the photos and lots of videos from the rehearsal->PHOTOS/VIDEOS

I'll try to get some photos and videos at the show tonight, but I've heard it's very hard to get a good view of the rink because of the crowds. I'll try my best!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LOSING THE ICE Teaser!

I'm in the home stretch of finishing LOSING THE ICE, so I thought it was time to share a little teaser! The novella will be out in early spring!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Sign Up For My Newsletter!

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Sign up here! => Newsletter

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Skate America - Sunday Events


Sunday morning started off with an awesomely fun Friends of Figure Skating breakfast. We watched a beautiful video looking back at Team USA's time in Sochi, and then Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown spoke as the Olympic veteran and the Olympic newbie. After the speeches, we got to mingle with all three Team USA ice dance teams and all three Team USA men's competitors. It was a wonderful relaxed event that wasn't too crowded, so we had lots of time to chat with our favorite skaters.

The highlight on the ice for me on Sunday was Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier's Lion King free skate. It's rare that a performance at Skate America gets me emotional (that kind of response usually comes later in the season at Nationals), but this performance was one that did. Haven and Brandon lit up the arena as the program kept building and building to an exuberant finish. I'm excited to think how great this program can be by Nationals.

There were a few performances at the exhibition that I adored - Denis Ten's program to "Mi Mancherai" and Jeremy Abbott's program to "Latch" were two of them. It was a very entertaining gala overall, especially with programs like Elena Radionova's ode to The Bodyguard.


Here's the link to all my Sunday photos (Friends of Figure Skating Breakfast, Pairs and Ladies FS, and Exhibition): SUNDAY PHOTOS

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 Skate America - Saturday Events


It's really late as I'm writing this, so I'll sum up today's action quickly:

Pairs SP - unexpectedly solid and highly entertaining
Ladies SP - pretty much what I expected
Free Dance - some surprising results among the non-podium teams
Men's FS - Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy.....whyyyyyy

Here's the link to my photos from Saturday's events: SATURDAY PHOTOS

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Skate America - Friday Events


The short dance started off the night on a great note with all the teams skating well for the most part. The fight for the bronze medal will be intense with teams three through eight all closely bunched in the score column. My favorite program of the night was Madison Chock and Evan Bates' Don Quixote. They had great command of the ice, and I loved how Madi's skirt moved with the music. It was also lovely to see Fabian Bourzat at the boards with them :)


The men didn't fare as well. It was a messy night of skating, but Tatsuki Machida threw down a clean, lyrical short program that deservedly put him well ahead of the rest of the field. I thought Jeremy Abbott's Sam Smith program is one of the better ones with lyrics. He always rocks the footwork sequences, and the one in this program was no different. I'm not a fan of Jason Brown's music or the choreography of his short program, but he knows how to sell it like it's nobody's business.

You can find all my photos from the short dance and men's short program here: FRIDAY PHOTOS

I skipped the Friday practices to go downtown to watch the filming of Chicago Fire. It was so fun to see some of my favorite actors from the show filming outside the firehouse! I even got a photo with one of them, Edwin Hodge who plays Rick Newhouse on the show.


If you're a fan of the show, you can find the rest of my photos from the filming here: CHICAGO FIRE PHOTOS



Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Skate America - Thursday Practices


Hello from Hoffman Estates, Illinois! I can't believe this is the 10th anniversary of my first Skate America. That was an unforgettable event in Pittsburgh where I had the unfortunate experience of seeing Tatiana Totmianina's horrific fall. There were lots of great memories, too, like watching Alissa Czisny have a wonderful Grand Prix debut. But enough reminiscing - let's talk about this year's event!

I love being at the arena for the very first practice of the competition. The morning started with the men, and the first group had two of the big contenders, Tatsuki Machida and Denis Ten. I hadn't seen either of their long programs yet this season, and I was super impressed by both. Great attention to detail in the choreography and wonderful musicality. They really showed they were in a different class.


The American men were in the second group, and I was so excited to see Jeremy Abbott do a partial run-through of his Adagio long program. It's one of my favorite pieces of music, and I knew he would do it justice. Check out the three sections of his run-through: Part I, Part II, and Part III.

Jason Brown did a full run-through of his long program and was rock solid with only one fall on a Lutz. See a portion of his run-through here. He had really good speed, and I loved the way the program built all the way to the end. The music is very powerful.


The ice dancers were up next, and I was struck by the height of Stepanova and Bukin. They looked eight feet tall next to the other couples. They have such gorgeous lines, and I loved their twizzles where they did one set very low to the ice. I can see this team being the next Russian powerhouse.


The last group featured the three American teams. I love Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus' Danse Macabre free dance. Its my favorite free dance of theirs. They looked fast and smooth. Alex and Maia Shibutani looked ready to fight for the top spot with their Paso Doble run-through. Very intense. Also on top of their game were Madison Chock and Evan Bates. They gave so much personality to their An American in Paris free dance and were flying across the ice.

Here's the link to all my photos from Thursday's men's and dance practices: THURSDAY PHOTOS


Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank You, Daisuke!

This week Daisuke Takahashi announced his retirement from competitive figure skating, and it got me thinking about all the incredible performances he gave over the past ten years. He had a way of skating to the music and connecting to the audience unlike any other in his generation. I was so blessed to have seen him skate live a number of times during his career. I'll never forget the first time I saw him live - Skate America in 2007. We were all screaming like 16-year old fangirls during his hip-hop Swan Lake short program:



Another short program of his I loved was his Latin one. When I saw him perform it at Skate America in 2010 his jumps were a little sketchy, but his footwork and connection with the crowd were off the charts as usual:


I loathed the music "Blues For Klook," but when Daisuke skated to it for his long program in 2011-2012, I was in love with it. The dude just oozed across the ice in this program, and my favorite performance was the one he gave us at the Grand Prix Final in Quebec City:


My favorite of all his performances, though, was the exhibition he did at the 2012 Four Continents Championships. I was so lucky to be in the front row at that event, and I was moved to tears by the simple, quiet elegance of his performance to "The Crisis" by Ennio Morricone. I could feel the emotion he put into every step:


I'm so sad that we won't be seeing Daisuke on the competitive circuit anymore, but I hope we'll still see him skating for years to come because he is a true artist. He's given me so many wonderful memories and one rather amusing one - at the 2011 GPF in Quebec, my luggage got mixed up with the luggage of Daisuke's entourage at the airport, and my suitcase ended up flying to Tokyo! It wasn't too funny at the time, but since the suitcase was eventually returned to me a week later, I can laugh about it now :)

Thank you for being such a wonderful skater and sportsman, Daisuke!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

ICE Series News!

After a long period of brainstorming and deliberation, I've finally decided on the title for the next book in the ICE series! The novella sequel to CROSSING THE ICE is... drumroll, please... LOSING THE ICE. And here's what it's all about!

Courtney and Josh are in love and excited to finally compete as skating partners. When they take the ice for their first competition, they want to show everyone, especially Josh's family, they are the perfect pair. But ice is slippery, and one misstep puts all their dreams in jeopardy. Now they must show each other both their love and their partnership are strong enough to survive.

Are you ready for more of Courtney and Josh's story?! The book will be out next spring. In the meantime, check out the bonus epilogue to CROSSING THE ICE if you haven't already!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop! I'm featuring my latest release CROSSING THE ICE and sharing an exclusive excerpt. Check it out!

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Josh followed me through the wood-paneled dining room to the French doors leading outside. The marsh grass surrounding the deck swished in the breeze, and the late afternoon sun reflected off Nantucket Sound. It would’ve been beautifully serene if not for the ridiculous anxiety that had begun to churn in my stomach.

“So… the tango,” Josh said. “It’s a bit different from the usual ballroom hold. Have you done any ballroom dancing?”

I shook my head. Slow dancing at my prom was the extent of my partner dancing, and that had been more swaying while standing still than anything.

“Good. Then you won’t know the difference.” He smiled. “If you’ve watched videos, you’ve seen the tango has a close hold.”

He took a tentative step toward me but kept his arms at his sides. “But I’m not sure how close Emily and Sergei want you and Mark to be.”

I got a stronger whiff of his cologne, which smelled expensive. And sweet. Like him. Oh, dear God.

“Um… we need to be pretty close in some parts of the program,” I said.

He shifted nearer, sliding his hand around to my lower back, and the heat from his touch radiated through my cotton shirt, my skin, and into the deepest cells of my body. I didn’t dare look up because there would be only a narrow space between our faces. Between our mouths…

Tango! Focus on the tango.

Thinking I should demonstrate what I did know about the dance, I clutched Josh’s right shoulder and extended my other arm out to the side like I’d seen the pros do.

“Let’s move this a little lower,” he said.

He gently pried my hand from his shoulder and placed it around the top of his bicep. The muscle was solid under my fingers, and I resisted the strong urge to squeeze it.

“How tight should I hold onto you?” I asked.

He took a noticeable swallow and glanced at my grip. “That’s… that’s good.”

“Em was telling me to have more tension in my arms, so I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to hold on tighter or just hold my arms straighter or…” Nice rambling.

“You’ll want to keep your right arm tense because it helps you follow your partner’s lead.” He grasped my right hand, pressing our palms together, and my pulse sped even faster. “I know you’re not actually doing the full dance on the ice, but I’ll show you how it would look and feel.”

It feels terrifying yet totally amazing.

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Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though…

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

Available on Amazon, B&N, and iTunes!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

U.S. International Classic Day Three


I'm a bit late with posting my Day Three recap, but it turned out to be a late night with friends last night! I saw the full range of skating yesterday from Novice Dance to Junior Pairs and Junior Dance to Senior Dance and Ladies. The Novice and Junior dancers were so fun to watch! I remember a few years ago discovering Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye at this competition when I watched Novice Dance. It's fun to follow the young skaters' careers from this point.


In the ladies' event, I thought Mirai's program was lovely, but I felt it was a little simple in the in-between moments. I really enjoyed Polina's soft and lyrical program. I just hope since the music is so soft that it has enough of an impact on the judges.

At the free dance, I most enjoyed Cannuscio/McManus' Danse Macabre program and Orford/Williams' Titanic program. Stasia and Colin did a great job with the ghoulish makeup, and they really sustained the passion and energy throughout the program. Nicole and Thomas told a cohesive story in their Titanic free dance. I loved the changes in mood and the interesting transitions. This was my first time seeing ice dance choreography by Mark Pillay, and I came away impressed.

Here are the rest of my photos from Saturday: PHOTOS

I'll have one more update to post my Sunday event photos. It's been such a fun weekend as always here in Salt Lake City!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

U.S. International Classic Day Two


Day Two was another day full of skating at all levels. I started off the morning at the Novice Pairs Free Skate, took a lunch break, and then returned to the arena for the Senior Short Dance, Senior Ladies Short Program, Senior Pairs Free Skate, and Senior Men Free Skate. If there are some ladies missing among my photos, it's because I can't handle a sandwich and a camera at the same time :)

Out of all the programs I saw today, the one that stuck with me the most was Polina Edmunds' short program. Her skating is so light; she floats over the ice with grace beyond her years. I thought this flamenco was a great look for her - it showed off the added maturity in her skating this season. Some might think her costume was too busy, but I liked it a lot. I'm a big fan of her quiet attack and resolve. She just continues to get the job done.

A few notes about the men's free skate - I really enjoyed Ross Miner's Andrea Bocelli program. It was a different type of program for him, and I think it suits him. Max Aaron's Gladiator program fell a little flat for me. I think maybe he just needs to put a little more emotional life into it. Someone who had no problem putting life into his program was Jordan Moeller. He definitely left every ounce of energy he had on the ice.

Here are the rest of my photos from Friday: PHOTOS

Friday, September 12, 2014

U.S. International Classic Day One

Hello from Salt Lake City! This year's Figure Skating Classic roster is a little thin compared to prior years, but I always enjoy getting a first look at skaters' programs and watching the novice and junior skaters in the Challenge Skate.

It was a long day with an early travel morning, and I saw a lot of skating, so I'll try to hit the highlights of what stood out for me on the first day of the competition.

At dance practice, I was struck by the power and crispness of Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams. They are improving every year at a fast pace. Thomas has always seemed to emulate Charlie White, and I could see that in O/W's Paso Doble run-through as his strong carriage reminded me of Charlie's.


In the pairs short program, Jessica Calalang and Zach Sidhu really impressed me. They're another team who has improved leaps and bounds. I thought they had a ton of personality in their short program, and they've tightened up a lot of their technical elements. I hope they can continue to learn and grow!


Finally, in the men's short program, I loved Jordan Moeller's skating. He's very tall, but he skates like he's very light on his feet. I've seen comparisons to Jeremy Abbott, and I agree. They both sort of ooze across the ice when they move. I'm looking forward to seeing much more of Jordan on the senior circuit!

Here are my photos from dance and ladies' practices, the pairs short program, and the men's short program: PHOTOS


Monday, September 8, 2014

Food and Fragrance Blog Hop

I'd like to thank author Katie Van Ark, author of the upcoming skating romance The Boy Next Door, for tagging me in the Food and Fragrance Blog Hop! Find out a little more about my new release Crossing the Ice in the fun questions below :)

If my character were a glass of wine... I think Courtney, the heroine in Crossing the Ice, would be more like champagne than wine because she's very bubbly and spunky. She's been known to spout off with the same pop as champagne fizz.

What sort of meal is my book? Crossing the Ice is a feel-good story, so comfort foods would definitely have to be part of this meal. Maybe a tender pot roast with some buttery mashed potatoes.

Snack? Something sweet for sure because Josh, the hero in the book, is an absolute sweetheart. It's easy to see why Courtney falls for him! I'll go with apple slices dipped in Nutella.


Your character's choice of candy? Courtney would definitely pick a chocolate bar. She loves anything chocolate but doesn't get to indulge too often since she's training for the Olympics.

What sort of fragrance would be associated with your book? I'd say a sweet and spicy cologne because Josh is so sweet with Courtney, but there's also definitely a lot of heat between them. He knows how to make her melt!

What is your most memorable meal? My most memorable meal is Christmas dinner cooked by my dad. He makes the best turkey and gravy on the planet. I'll never forget how amazing the house smelled when I'd wake up on Christmas morning.

How would you describe your writing? I try to capture readers' emotions by creating characters to whom they can relate. I love exploring relationships, whether its first love or the love between friends and family, and drawing readers into those relationships.

Preferred salty snack? Popcorn with lots of butter!

Find out more about Crossing the Ice here and meet the characters here!

Next up in the blog hop will be Ariella Moon. The fourth book in her Teen Wytche Saga, Spell For Sophia, will be out in November!

Friday, August 29, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Ten


Welcome to Day Ten of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Nine


Welcome to Day Nine of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

Mary Had a Little Book Blog *Review & Excerpt
Studio Reads *Guest Post
Making it Happen *Spotlight

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Eight


Welcome to Day Eight of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

Ticket to Anywhere *Guest Post

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Seven


Welcome to Day Seven of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

Bookwyrming Thoughts *Guest Post
Fiction Dreams *Spotlight

Suzy Turner * Interview

Monday, August 25, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Six


Welcome to Day Six of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

Eternity Through Pages *Spotlight
Rockin' Book Reviews *Interview
Lost in Literature *Review & Favorite Quotes

Friday, August 22, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Five


Welcome to Day Five of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

Jersey Girl Book Reviews *Review & Excerpt
A Writer's Dream *Review & Excerpt

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Four


Welcome to Day Four of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

The Story Goes... *Spotlight
Book Briefs *Review
Oh, The Books You'll Read *Review & Favorite Quotes
Clean Romance Reviews *Spotlight

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Three


Welcome to Day Three of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day Two


Welcome to Day Two of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

LavenderGray *Review
Coffee Books & Art *Spotlight
Book Labyrinth *Review & Favorite Quotes
Sporty Girl Books *Interview

Monday, August 18, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Blog Tour-Day One


Today is the kick-off of the Crossing the Ice blog tour! At each stop you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card or one of 3 signed Crossing the Ice bookmarks!

Confessions of an Unsuspected Bookworm *Review
Ali's Books *Review & Excerpt
I Read Indie *Review & Excerpt
Rebook424 - Cassidie's Reviews *Review & Dream Cast 

Monday, August 11, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Bonus Epilogue


Thank you so much to everyone who picked up a copy of CROSSING THE ICE last week! It was an amazing release week. The book is still on sale for 99 cents, so if you enjoyed it, please spread the word!! Courtney and Josh have received so much love from readers so far, and I would love their story to reach as many readers as possible.

And speaking of Courtney and Josh... I have a special bonus epilogue to share with you! This shows what happens after "The End" and sets up the novella sequel I'm currently writing :) 

Check it out here and let me know what you think!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

CROSSING THE ICE Release Giveaway!


Crossing the Ice is live everywhere!! I'm so excited for everyone to get to know Courtney and Josh! I hope you'll get sucked into their story as much as I did while writing it :)

Here's where you can find the ebook! It's available for a limited time for the special release price of 99 cents!




And here's where you can find the paperback:



For international readers:


Now for the giveaway! To celebrate the release I'm giving away a $20 Amazon gift card! Enter in the Rafflecopter below:

Music Monday - CROSSING THE ICE

Release week is here!! CROSSING THE ICE is now live everywhere!! I'll be posting a big release celebration giveaway shortly, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, here's another song from the book's playlist. Today's featured song is another one by Muse - "Exogenesis Symphony Part 3." It makes a few appearances in the story ;)




Monday, July 28, 2014

Music Monday - CROSSING THE ICE

Today's Music Monday spotlights another song from the CROSSING THE ICE playlist. The book releases next week! Whee!! The song I'm featuring today is "Read All About It Part 3" by Emeli Sande. I fell in love with this song when I heard it on Dancing With the Stars (thank you, Meryl and Maks!), and the lyrics made me think of Josh, the hero in CROSSING THE ICE :)


You can now pre-order the book for only $0.99 on iTunesSmashwords, and Kobo! It will be delivered to your ereader as soon as the book is released!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Music Monday - CROSSING THE ICE

Happy Monday! Today for Music Monday I'm featuring another song from the playlist of CROSSING THE ICE. We're less than three weeks away from its release!! Today's song is "Love is Blindness" by U2:


You can now pre-order the book for only $0.99 on iTunesSmashwords, and Kobo! It will be delivered to your ereader as soon as the book is released!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

An Evening on Ice 2014

I made my annual trek to Los Angeles this weekend to visit a good friend and attend An Evening on Ice. Nick and Tricia Laroche always put on a great show, and this year there were some huge names in the cast.


We got to see a couple of short program debuts by Adam Rippon and Doug Razzano. I captured Adam's on video. I love the new jazzy look on him. It was very fun, playful, and high energy. The program was choreographed by Catarina Lindgren. Doug's music was a beautiful Spanish guitar piece that was used on Dancing With the Stars last season.


Jonathan Cassar and his swoon-worthy spread eagles are always a highlight of the show. He skated a soulful number to I Can't Make You Love You. Watch it here!

Two duos who were also highlights for me were Madison Chock/Evan Bates and Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford. Madi and Evan did their "Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word" program, and Meagan and Eric skated to "Say Something." I captured part of Meagan and Eric's program on video.


Richard Dornbush provided the comic relief with his toreador program. And young Tessa Hong showed why she has so many people talking about her already. Her "The Prayer" performance was mature beyond her years.

Check out all my photos from the show and the Meet and Greet here!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt


Welcome to the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt! The Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt will run from TODAY until midnight on SUNDAY (19th July). To enter to win FORTY signed paperbacks by a wide range of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops, collect all of the highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORMYou can find more information on how the stop works HERE. All stops will direct you to the next place to hop across to. And don’t worry if you get lost, because the entire list of participating authors can be found HERE.

Here's my special number you'll need for the hunt: 8

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Since this is the Summer Reads Hunt, I thought I'd share my Summer Reading List with you!

1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (I've been waiting for this book FOREVER)
2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (I've devoured every Rainbow Rowell novel I could find)
3. Flat-Out Celeste (LOVED LOVED LOVED)
4. On the Fence by Kasie West (I enjoyed her first contemporary novel, so I'm looking forward to this one!)
5. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I was excited to see a new book from this author)

Let me know what books you're reading this summer in the comments below!

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So, what swag can you win at this stop on the hunt?

Angel Island Swag Pack from Marie Landry
Includes Waiting for the Storm and After the Storm postcards, mini bookmarks, and stickers


Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below!

Your next stop on the hunt is Autumn Kalquist: http://www.autumnkalquist.com
Or, if you have all of your numbers and are ready to enter, then hop across to the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt Entry Form.