Worth the Risk Release Date Update

The release date for Worth the Risk has been moved forward to June 13, 2018. This time travel romance with an immortal hero and a modern, sometimes psychic heroine, is shaping up to be my longest novel to date, so it has taken longer than I anticipated to complete. In the meantime, the good news is the pre-order period available in most markets has been extended with the price set to $2.99. Pre-order on Amazon at this price will be made available for a short time before release. I am also considering a box set of the previous books, but until then, the single titles available to catch you up to Worth the Risk are, in order:

The Castle - This novella length story is set in the fantasy world of time travelers and introduces Heather and her ill-fated love with the immortal Eric.

If I Stay - A full length novel, this story is set mostly in Regency England and also the fantasy world of the time travelers. The heroine, Ariana (Heather and Eric's daughter), is a time traveler with amnesia, and her hero is Justin, a Regency duke.

An Unsuitable Entanglement - This novella length story is set mostly in the fantasy world of the time travelers, with time traveling stops along the way! The heroine is Alison, a time traveler who begins her adventures with a hero far less serious than she, the outrageous Lord Percy from Regency England (the best friend of Justin).

Ghost of a Promise - this full length novel is a departure from the world of time travelers, but here, in this romantic suspense story set in a contemporary setting, is where you'll meet Carrie, the future heroine in Worth the Risk. But if you want to jump in here, to this first of the two stories featuring the Riley siblings, feel free to do so! Ben Riley, Carrie's brother, must work out the mystery of his death (yep, it's a ghost story) and save his wife Beth, who is the troubled heroine at the mercy of the worst in-laws a husband could ever imagine.


Carrie and Eric (aka Nick until she learns his secret) have an epic adventure coming to you soon, I promise!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Snow, snow, snow!

It's that time of year again.  The first snowfall that will "stick" arrived this past week in my neck of the woods and I can officially say it's winter.  Supposedly that isn't until December 22, but who are we kidding?  There's no going back now.

But against all logic, even in Minnesota, I seem to be caught unawares by a change I expect but don't really believe is going to happen...until it happens. Because while the leaves swirl and dance, there is still time.  Maybe somehow, it could go the other way.  In the gray, bare landscape of November I can fancifully imagine the fallen leaves swirling from the ground back to their branches just as easily as I can imagine them being still long enough to allow the cover of a blanket of snow.  Can you blame them?  It's worth a try to put off the inevitable, as if they were children fighting their bedtime.

To imagine November as a state of limbo, with change possible either way, might be why dealing with the consequences of snow is always an adjustment.  I'm caught unawares because I go by the motto nothing is written in stone.  

Oh.   So I guess it is.  But the snow has to stick before I'm convinced!

Only with the snow staying put do I deal with the consequences.    Surprisingly, this isn't quite the same as being like either the irresponsible grasshopper or the industrious ant who both have a different strategy in how they prepare for the consequences of winter.  I might still get an "I told you so" from the ant, but I'd prove how quickly I can adjust.

Because I'm not a grasshopper or an ant.  I'm some critter in between who might not have a clue where the heck the snow shovel is, but knows she has one.  (Ah, see, there it is, stuck in the corner of the shed behind the weed whacker and the lawn mower...and a lot of other things.)  I'm not unprepared, I just need to rearrange.

Just yesterday, I was shoveling snow when my cell phone played a tune and caller ID said it was Mrs. Ant. (Yeah, really.)

Critter Me: (pulling off my glove) Hello, Mrs. Ant.

Mrs. Ant: (sounding smug) It's snowing. (also read: "I told you so.")

Critter Me (leaning on my snow shovel):  Really?

Mrs. Ant: It's a little late this year, but Mr. Ant says there's no going back now.

Critter Me:  I guess not.  (Grinning, I can't resist asking.) Do you and Mr. Ant need anything?

Mrs. Ant:  (offended snort!)  Of course, not.  We've been preparing for this all year.  Pause. And you?

Critter Me:   I'm good.  (It was mostly true.  As soon as I got the critter-mobile unburied I'd go to the Critter-Mart.) 

In the background at Mrs. Ant's house I hear bang, bang, bang!  "Let m-me in!"

Critter Me:  Who's that? (as if I didn't know)

Mrs. Ant: (back to sounding smug)  Mr. Grasshopper, of course.  He has a silly notion every year that the leaves will just fly back on the trees!

Critter Me:  (laughs weakly) Imagine that.


Even though the fable has poor Mr. Grasshopper turned away as a moral lesson, I imagine Mr. and Mrs. Ant will let him in...eventually.  They probably enjoy a long winter of the grasshopper singing for his supper!

The rest of us critters have to deal with winter the best we can.  We are probably more reactive than we'd like, but the call to action of the first snow just might be the incentive some of us need to narrow our options when we've been in a limbo of possibilities.  It's amazing how much we can get done when we have to!

Have you had to adjust to the first snowfall yet? 


  1. I am ALWAYS in denial about snow. LOL Although I think I'm that hybrid critter too, because I too *know* I have the snow scraper in the car -- I remember gleefully throwing it in the back of the car when I was wearing flip flops. LOL

    We had a freak snowstorm hit us right before Halloween. So our first snow was way too excited about getting here. It caused power outages for a lot of people because the trees still had a lot of leaves on them, and the wet snow made things too heavy. But I'm hoping now that Mother Nature got that out of her system, she'll leave us alone for a while!

  2. Donna, I heard about that wicked storm you had and the terribly long wait people had for getting the power restored. Yikes!

    You've reminded me that I need to get a better snow scraper in the car. I have one -- hybrid critter that I am -- but it doesn't work very well. LOL


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