Tuesday, December 29, 2015


It's here! It's here! CAUGHT BY YOU, the second book in the Love Between the Bases series, is now available at bookstores and online retailers everywhere. I hope you enjoy Mike and Donna's story. Let me know what you think!

As a special incentive to leave an early review, I'd like to offer you a FREE, brand new Bachelor Firemen short story set on New Year's Eve. It's called "Three, Two, One ... Fireman." All you have to do is leave a review within 72 hours of release (that's New Year's Day) and email Wendy at JenniferBernardAssistant@gmail.com. The story, which stars Ace the Rookie, will be delivered right to your inbox. :-)

Purchase CAUGHT BY YOU at these handy links! 



Monday, December 28, 2015

CAUGHT BY YOU Blog Tour and Giveaway

The blog tour for CAUGHT BY YOU begins today! Avon will be hosting a tour-wide giveaway for Five (5) winners to receive a Love Between the Bases Print Bundle (including ALL OF ME and CAUGHT BY YOU), so be sure to stop by for a chance to enter. See ya there! 

Dec 28th - My Book Snack -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews -Rev/P
(Stop 3) - Okie Dreams Book Reviews -Rev/P
(Stop 4) - VampyRelady's Fav - Promo 
(Stop 5) - Born to Read Books - Promo

Dec 29th - Cris Conquers -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Book Readers Anonymous - Rev/P
(Stop 3) - Becky on Books - P/Int 
(Stop 4) - The Lusty Literate - Promo
(Stop 5) - Ellesea Loves Reading -  Promo

Dec 30th - mignon mykel : reviews -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous - Rev/P
(Stop 3) - IrishDaisylovesRomance -Rev/P
(Stop 4) - Majorly Delicious -Rev/P 
(Stop 5) - Cat's Guilty Pleasure - Promo

Dec 31st - Forget the Housework, I'm Reading... -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - The Book Disciple -Rev/P
(Stop 3) - Book Reviews & More by Kathy -Promo

Jan 1st - Christine's Words -P/Int
(Stop 2) - Reading in Pajamas  -Promo
(Stop 3) - E Romance News - Promo

Jan 4th - Books & Spoons -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - SOS Aloha - Promo
(Stop 3) - Teatime and Books - Promo

Jan 5th - Happily Ever Chapter -Promo 
(Stop 2) - A Bluestocking's Place -Promo

Jan 6th - What I'm Reading -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Kitty's Book Spot! - Promo
(Stop 3) - A Sky Full of Stars Blog - Promo

Jan 7th - Jen's Reading Obsession -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Ever After Book Reviews -Promo
(Stop 3) -  Buried Under Romance - Promo

Jan 8th - SiK Reviews - Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Nelle's Nightstand -Rev/P
(Stop 3) -  Life With Two Boys - Promo 

Jan 11th - Lush Book Reviews -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Brooke Blogs - P/Int

Jan 12th - The Many Faces of Romance -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Those Crazy Book Chicks - P/Rev

Jan 13th - Thoughts of a Blonde -Rev/P 
(Stop 2) - underneath the covers -Rev/P

Jan 14th - My Reading Reality -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Crystal Blogs Books- P/Rev
(Stop 3) - I'm A Book Shark - Rev/P
(Stop 4) - Nerdy Dirty & Flirty -Rev/P

Jan 15th - Romancing the Readers -Rev/P
(Stop 2) - Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews - P/Rev
(Stop 3) - I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore -Rev/P
(Stop 4) - Nicole's Book Musings -Rev/P

Friday, December 25, 2015

A Holiday Extra: "The Boys of Winter"

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

I hope you're enjoying this wonderful time of year. In celebration of the season, I wrote a free holiday short starring catcher Mike Solo, the hero of Caught By You.  See what happens when Mike brings his baseball magic to Chicago's Magnificent Mile on Christmas Eve. Click here to read The Boys of Winter at Literary Escapism. I hope you enjoy it!
And don't forget, Caught By You will be coming your way on December 29. Warm holiday wishes to you and your family! 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Deleted scene from CAUGHT BY YOU

When Donna MacIntyre met Mike Solo, they were both side characters in ALL OF ME. At the moment CAUGHT BY YOU begins, they've already known each other the whole season. Which means that the scene in which they meet never got completely written. It wasn't so much "deleted" as "never existed." I fixed that, and here it is for your reading enjoyment! If you've read either book, you might recognize a couple moments. As you'll see, the sparks start flying right away for these two. :-)

Donna MacIntyre wasn’t nearly as buzzed as she was pretending to be. People at the Kilby Roadhouse expected her to play the wild and funny party girl, especially on her birthday. If it helped get her best friend Sadie out of her cubicle of sadness, she’d turn cartwheels across the floor while juggling maraschino cherries with her teeth. Whatever it took.
Bumping into a couple of insanely attractive men with physiques that screamed “athlete” was just a bonus. Even better, the sight of the blue-eyed one had made Sadie nearly drop the two White Russians she’d fetched for them. Verrrry interesting, considering Sadie hadn’t even glanced at a guy since the horrible Hamilton Wade breakup.
“What’s your name, cowboy?” From her perch on one of the tables, Donna flirtatiously touched his leg with her booted foot – it was a test, and it got just the reaction she wanted out of Sadie. If that wasn’t jealousy in her friend’s gorgeous dark eyes, she’d eat her faux-alligator boot.
“Caleb Hart.”
“I’ve heard of you. You’re on the Catfish. I’m Donna and this is Sadie.” No time for subtlety. Sadie’s happiness was too important. “You should really ask her to dance, because even though she’s acting kind of strange right now, she’s super cool. Like, the bestest of the bestest.”
Caleb shot an amused glance at Sadie, who made a little face to indicate Donna’s buzzed state.
Well, guess what, she wasn’t drunk at all. She had a master plan here, and so far it was working. “Besides, she doesn’t go out much anymore.” Donna leaned forward, nearly toppling off the table. “She had a bad experience.”
Okay, maybe she was a tiny bit buzzed.
“It’s my birthday and I can say what I want. Besides, I can see the sparks flyin’ here.” She waved her hand back and forth between Caleb and Sadie. They both looked kind of stunned by that statement, so when Caleb’s curly-haired friend returned with two Lone Stars, she jumped on the distraction. “And I think your friend’s a hottie, Caleb Hart. I’ve decided to put my money on those cute little dimples.” 
“Now that’s an interesting bet,” said Caleb. “We’ll leave you to it. Let’s go, Sadie.” He grabbed Sadie’s free hand and tugged her toward the dance floor. Donna wanted to pump her fist in triumph. A sexy ballplayer was just what Sadie needed.
Caleb’s friend looked down at the two beers he held in one big hand, then up at her. He pasted an exaggerated scowl on his face. “Cute little dimples?”
“Adorable. You know what those dimples say to me?”
“Don’t call me cute?”
Quick comeback. She gave him a closer look, noting the mischief in his green eyes and the power in his body. This man was smokin’ hot. “They say you’re as pure as a baby lamb, so you’d better hand that beer this way.” She gave him a cheeky grin.
“Is that right? Well, you’re not the only one who can interpret body language. You know what your smile says to me?”
“I’m just dying to know.”
“It says you prefer drinks with cream.” Flashing a smile, he brushed a drop of liquid off her upper lip. Her mouth dropped open in shock at how quickly he’d gotten the best of her. That never happened. Also, that light touch had done crazy things to her equilibrium. She had to get it back. Flirt, Donna, flirt.
“Maybe I’m flexible and open-minded when it comes to drinks. And other things.”
His eyes darkened to a deep emerald. “Me and my dimples are going to pretend we didn’t hear that. We’re too pure, remember?” He put one bottle on the table and tilted the other to his mouth, which brought her attention to his broad chest and powerful shoulders.
She swallowed hard, taking a sip from her White Russian to hide her strong attraction to him. “I’m trying to remember. But the rest of you makes it hard. Are you a ballplayer too?” He certainly had the body for it. Not just because of his muscles, but the confidence with which he carried himself.
“I am. Mike Solo, catcher.” He extended his hand, and they shook.
“Donna MacIntyre. Flirt.”
He laughed at that, his eyes dancing. “You don’t fool me. There’s a lot more to you than 'flirt.'”
“How would you know? Something else you read in my smile?”
“No. I saw the way you got Caleb and Sadie to go off together. A real flirt wouldn’t do that. You’d want the star pitcher of the Catfish all to yourself.”
She shrugged. “So I’m a good friend. Anyway, maybe I wanted you instead of him.”
He cocked his head, considering. “Maybe. Except you didn’t even notice me at first.”
“So … you noticed whether or not I noticed you?”
“A-ha.” He gestured at her with his beer bottle. “Very coherent. You’re not nearly as tipsy as you want people to believe.”
That can be fixed.” Alarmed by his perceptiveness, she drained the rest of her White Russian. “Ta-da. By the way, I totally noticed you. I just didn’t think you were interested.”
Something sparked in those green eyes of his. “What made you think that?”
“I don’t know.” She shrugged. “Just something I picked up on. You’re here with your friends, you’re having fun, drinking, hanging out, but you’re not looking for anything. You didn’t set off my play-dar.”
“My play-dar helps me spot a player from two hundred yards.”
His burst of laughter lit up his face. “You should patent that. You’d make bank.”
“I’m right, aren’t I?” She wasn’t sure if she wanted to be right or wrong. If anyone would tempt her, it would be catcher Mike Solo.
“As a matter of fact, you are, at least for now. It’s the baseball season,” he said as if it explained everything.
She shook her head, not understanding.
“I take a Vow of Celibacy at the beginning of every season. I stick to it until the last out of the last game.”
“A Vow of Celibacy? You mean, like a monk?”
“Yep.” He took another swig from his beer. “I pour all my energy into baseball. No distractions. No drama. It’s great for my concentration. According to my calculations, it adds an extra fifty points to my batting average.”
“Wow.” She eyed him, fascinated. This was the most intriguing conversation she’d ever had at the Roadhouse. “So you haven’t had sex since … when, Opening Day?”
“Spring Training, actually.”
“So if I invited you back to my place and told you every naughty thing I’d like you to do to me, you’d say …”
His eyes darkened and his Adam’s apple moved up and down the strong column of his throat. “I’d say you’re trying to kill me.”  
Damn. Now he was even more tempting than he had been before he’d revealed his Vow.
“You know, as a public service, you should be less attractive,” she told him. “Get a mullet. Or wear those shiny, baggy sweats. And a wife-beater. It’s only fair, if you’re going to be off-limits.”
“Sorry, you lost me at attractive. After that all I heard was blah-blah-blah.”
They both burst out laughing. Somehow it felt as if she’d known him much longer than the approximately ten minutes since they’d met. “So you’re a hottie who won’t put out, and I’m a flirt who just wants my friend to have fun. We’re quite a pair, aren’t we?”
He clicked his beer bottle against her empty glass. “To us.”
“To us,” she echoed, then slid off the table she’d been perched on. He caught her arm to help her, setting every nerve ending on that side of her body aflame.
He put his hand in the small of her back and guided her through the crowd toward the bar. Hmm, she wondered, her mind filled with images of Mike’s laughing green eyes and hard body. Just how long did the baseball season last? 

CAUGHT BY YOU, AKA the rest of Mike and Donna's story, will be out on December 29! Click here to preorder.

Monday, November 30, 2015

.99 Sale Alert!

News flash! Deal alert! Confetti explosion! ALL OF ME is only .99 today for Kindle. Fair warning, I don't know how long the price will be this low. With book 2, CAUGHT BY YOU, coming out on December 29, this is the perfect time to start this fun, sexy baseball series if you haven't already.

Happy reading!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Favorite Things for Fall Giveaway

Have you signed up for my newsletter? If you have (and you read the September issue), you know all about my Favorite Things for Fall Giveaway. If not, here's the scoop. If you join the list, you'll be automatically entered into my Favorite Things for Fall Giveaway -- exclusive for newsletter subscribers. Every month until the end of the year, I'll give away a super-cool prize. Each prize will be something that I personally LOVE and hope you will too. The September prize is a gift set from Suki Tea, a wonderful tea blender based in Belfast, Ireland. One of my favorite readers introduced me to Suki. As a tea aficionado, someone who literally cannot write without a cup of tea on hand, I can vouch for this tea as being among the best I've ever tasted. I'll pick a winner on September 29, and will announce the next prize in the October newsletter. It could be a treat from Alaska or something from Hawaii or beyond. Whatever it is, it will be one of my favorite things ever, I promise you that.

Is that enough to get you to sign up? I'm also sharing exclusive sneak peeks at CAUGHT BY YOU, the next Love Between the Bases novel due out on December 29. In September's newsletter, I posted half of Chapter 1, and will include the entire first chapter in October's issue.

What else? How about recipes, book recommendations, and more giveaways? And, of course, snapshots of life in Alaska, Hawaii, or wherever I happen to be. Have I lured you in yet? Here's the link to sign up. :-) I'd love to see you there!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summer, Slugs, and Cell Phones

I’m not one of those lucky people who grew up in one place with familiar faces all around them. If that was your experience, I truly envy you. My family moved many times, and I continued that pattern as an adult – with one exception. When my parents were young and nearly penniless, they joined with two other families to purchase a tiny summer cabin on an island in Maine. My family still gathers there almost every summer, and that’s how I get to appreciate what time does to a familiar place.

When I was little, the entire island had exactly one telephone. It's still there, right next to the Community Hall, down near the public wharf. 
As a teenager, I spent hours on that phone with my college boyfriend, fending off mosquitoes and pesky interlopers who wanted their turn on the phone. These days, everyone has landlines and cell phones, but some things don’t change. Cell service comes and goes out there, and communication with the outside world is still blessedly sketchy.

When I was little, the woods at the north end of the island were thick and daunting. The paths were hard to find and if I ever had to walk through them at night—say, after a cookout on the beach--I would cling to an adult’s hand the entire time. I will never forget the terror I felt stepping into the world of those dark, looming evergreens. These days, there’s a sign post for the path. A sign post!

And if I need some light, I use the flashlight app on my iPhone.

What else? In our little cottage, the only toilet was in the basement where the slugs and spiders lived. When you had to pee at night, you had a choice between the dreaded trek downstairs and a chamber pot. Every night I held a long, agonized internal debate about which was better, or at least less horrid. We had no shower, so we ran around all day long with ocean salt drying on our skin. Occasionally my mother would heat water on the stove and stick us in a washtub. The only means we had of cleaning our clothes involved an old tin washboard and lots of scrubbing. These days? Over the protests of the younger generation, the elders put in an actual bathroom with tub, shower, and laundry. I’ve never seen a single slug in there. Peeing has become a drama-free experience.

It’s amazing how things change even in timeless places like Cliff Island, and how some things don’t.
We have Internet access now. The island has a Facebook page and a website for renting cottages. Washing machines are common, but we still hang our clothes out to dry in the sun. The kids of today are offered organized activities—soccer games and sandcastle contests—while we had nothing but bikes, swimsuits and lots of free time. But some things never change.
On a sunny day, if the tide is right, kids still spend all day at “the cove,” then skip down to the wharf for an ice cream cone.

I wouldn’t trade my tech-challenged, slug-infested memories for anything. On the other hand, you won’t catch me complaining about WiFi and hot showers. And those flashlight apps – they’re fantastic.

Is there a place you return to every year, or maybe where you've been living since childhood? I'd love to hear about it!


Friday, July 17, 2015

New York on My Mind: RWA 2105

For me, resident of faraway Homer, Alaska, the journey to New York City feels absolutely epic. It starts with a 5:30 AM wakeup call and a drive into town, where a tiny plane will take me to Anchorage. Then there's the flight to Seattle and a red-eye to JFK airport, where at 6 AM the next morning I will suddenly be confronted with the equivalent of Homer's entire population in about three minutes. I'm still a little unclear on the details of how to get from JFK to my cousin's apartment, but I have a good 24 hours to figure it out.

Anyway, the purpose of this trek is the 2015 RWA National Conference, which is being held at the New York Marriot Marquis in Times Square this year. Do you live in the New York area? If so, I hope you'll come to this amazing event. I'll be signing books at the RWA Literacy Autographing, at which all proceeds promote literacy. It takes place from 5:30-7:30 on Wednesday, July 22. Here are all the details in one handy graphic. The best part? It's completely free and open to the public! And if you come say hi, I'll have a special gift for you.

Also, if you're attending the conference, I'll be part of Avon Book's open signing on Thursday, July 23, from 9:45 to 11:15 in Westside Rooms 1 and 2. That event is always a blast!

See you in New York!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Limited Time Sale

If you've been waiting for the perfect chance to give ALL OF ME a try, this could be it! The ebook price wasn't supposed to be lowered yet, but for a VERY limited time, it is. It's only $2.99 on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBooks. Fun, sexy summer reading for an awesome price ... but not for long. Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ALL OF ME is out!

I feel as if I've been waiting for this day FOREVER. I've been alternating between excitement and nerves for weeks, and now, here it is!

ALL OF ME, my first book not featuring a fireman, is now available in paperback and ebook. Caleb Hart and Sadie Merritt kick off my baseball series, Love Between the Bases.

Playing for the Kilby Catfish is hotshot pitcher Caleb Hart’s last chance to salvage his career after a major league meltdown. But the day of his opener with the minor league team, Caleb strikes out with the gorgeous woman who is delivering a petition to run the unruly Catfish out of town. Now to stay in the lineup, Caleb will need to score big with the feisty brunette he can’t keep out of his thoughts.

After the nasty lies Sadie Merritt’s rich ex-boyfriend spread about her all over town, she’s lucky to have a job at all. She can’t afford to screw it up by falling for the player who is supposed to be helping her change the image of the fun-loving Catfish. But that’s easier said than done when Caleb’s voice alone is enough to make her pulse race. And when he surprises her with a mind-blowing kiss, she knows there’s no turning back.

Purchase in Ebook ...

or print ...

... and enjoy! 

You can read the first two chapters and some glowing reviews right here. Any questions about ALL OF ME? Post them here! I'll do my best to answer.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

ALL OF ME Birthday Bash Invitation

With a book birthday (May 26) and a real birthday (May 27) within two days of each other ... how could I not throw a party? While I wish I could invite everyone up to our place in Alaska (there's plenty of space, if you count the wilderness), it's a lot easier to do it on Facebook. So .... you're invited to my ALL OF ME Birthday Bash on Wednesday, May 27th!


The party will run for seven hours (from 3pm to 10pm EDT) to accommodate as many time zones as I can. The list of guest authors includes:

Lori Wilde
Julie Brannagh
Erin Nicholas
Candis Terry
Sierra Dean
Kelly Jamieson
Sierra Dean
LizBeth Selvig
Cara Connelly
Meg Benjamin
PG Forte

With special appearances by Eloisa James, Lorraine Heath, Darynda Jones and Regina Kyle. We'll be giving away prizes galore and have a few fun games planned for you! So I hope you'll join us. Click here or on the banner to find the party page. Feel free to invite your friends as well!



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ALL OF ME Tour and Giveaway!

With release day RIGHT around the corner (six days, OMG!) the big blog tour is underway! It's extensive and includes reviews, a few interviews and guest posts, and a tour-wide giveaway courtesy of Avon Books.

I'm posting this not only so you can stop in and take part, but so I can remember where I'm supposed to be! If you have any questions or comments along the way, please post them. If you just want to say "hi," please do so! I would love that. I hope to see you somewhere along the road to release day ... and beyond!

Tour Schedule

May 18th- A Tasty Read Book Reviews- Rev/P
(Stop 2) My Book Snack- Rev/GP (3)
May 19th- Lush Book Reviews- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Urban Girl Reader- P/Exc
May 20th- Written Love Reviews- P/Exc
(Stop 2) Christine's Words- Promo
(Stop 3) All Romance Reader- Rev/P
(Stop 4) Ramblings from This Chick- Int/P (1)
May 21st- Life with Two Boys- Rev/P
May 22nd- Mignon Mykel Reviews: Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) We're Jumpin Books- P/Exc
May 25th- Unwrapping Romance- P/Rev
(Stop 2) Born to Read Books- Rev/P
May 26th- Crystal Blogs Books- GP (1)
(Stop 2) What I'm Reading- Rev/P
(Stop 3) Wicked Reads- Rev/Exc
(Stop 4) Harlequin Junkie- Spotlight
May 28th- Kawehi's Book Blog- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews- Rev/Exc
May 29th- SiK Reviews- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Love.Life.Read- Rev/P

May 30th- Happily Ever Chapter Rev/P
June 1st- The Book Tart- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Books N Pearls- Rev/P
(Stop 3) Okie Dreams Book Reviews- Rev/P/Exc
June 2nd- The Many Faces of Romance- P/Rev
June 3rd- Manga Maniac Cafe- GP/Exc/P (2)
June 4th- Book Reviews and More by Kathy-P/Exc
(Stop 2) Pretty Sassy Cool- Rev/Exc
June 5th- Pretty Girls Read Books- Rev/P
June 8th-  Jen's Reading Obsession- P/Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) The Book Cellar- Rev/Exc/P
June 9th- My Book Addiction and More- Int/P (3)
(Stop 2) Karen's Killer Book Bench- P/Exc
(Stop 3) Roberta's Dreamworld- Int/P (2)
(Stop 4) Books Need TLC- Rev/P
June 10th- Cat's Reviews- Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) Travels N Reads- P/Exc
June 11th- The Sassy Bookster- Rev/P
June 12th- Storm Goddess Book Reviews- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Fic Central- Rev/P
Avon will be hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a Touch by Alyssa Milano Texas Rangers Women's Addison Slim Fit V-Neck Burnout T-Shirt - Royal Blue 
Look how cute this is! Now if only it said "Kilby Catfish on it" ... but "Rangers" works too. See you on the Internet!