“The McLaughlins” my series about Scotland’s sexiest exports is settled in it’s new home at Tule Publishing. For a limited time you can get the first book, One More Round, for FREE. If you haven’t read this series yet, grab this story to kick off your weekend. It doesn’t get any cheaper than this (you know, ’cause it’s free 😂). Would appreciate any help sharing the news!

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Holly Winchester is desperate. With her brother facing theft charges and a potential prison sentence in a foreign country, she seeks help from the one man she knows can give it. But will the ruthless, billionaire sheikh who once broke her heart be able to forget and forgive their painful past?

Two years ago, Sheikh Rafiq Al Hakimi allowed a beautiful foreigner not only into his country, but nearly his heart. It was all too easy, falling for the one woman who didn’t fear him or his scars.  Until he discovered her intentions were as shallow as the modeling world she thrived in.

Now Holly’s returned to his country, begging for his help. He’s willing to give her brother his freedom—if Holly gives up hers by agreeing to become his mistress…


It’s release day! 🎉 Straight, No Chaser, Book 2 in *The McLaughlins series, is now available.

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Deputy Colin McLaughlin is never looking for love, but something stirs his blood when former high school crush Hailey strolls back into his family’s Whidbey Island pub. He wants to keep nursing his anger at the woman who betrayed his family and nearly ruined his brother’s life. Instead, the desire burns hotter than ever… Not that he’d ever act on it.

Hailey Alexander knows her past is littered with mistakes. She’s worked hard to move on, but a certain Scottish-born deputy isn’t in any hurry to forgive or forget.

Can they fight the attraction that’s compromising their hearts?

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It’s official! The rest of the Seattle Steam series is now available. Tempting Adam and Seducing Allie are out today from Entangled Publishing. I LOVE the new covers. <3


Christy Wallace is a respectable Spanish teacher. Not many people know she also moonlights as a salsa dance instructor. When she promises one her friends she’ll pose as his girlfriend, she doesn’t think a little game of pretend will be too complicated.

Adam Young is all cowboy. He’s also the owner of Adam’s Apples, the fastest-growing cider business in eastern Washington. But that’s something he doesn’t share with people he meets, including the hot dance instructor he’s interested in. But he realizes he’s not the only one with a few secrets when Christy walks in to a family event on the arm of his brother.

Little secrets shouldn’t matter if all this was just a quick fling…


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Allison Siegel is out to stop a wedding, or at least stage an intervention to convince one of her best childhood friends not to marry the woman she’s sure is all wrong for him. The only problem is they have a mutual friend who doesn’t want her to butt in.

Clint’s loved Allie since she grew out of pigtails, but she never saw him as more than a friend. Even though she doesn’t know it yet, he’s being a really good friend by stopping her from getting all “My Best-Friend’s Wedding”. And he’s ready and able to convince her to let the sparks now between them build into a fire.

Allie can’t believe how good Clint looks all grown up, and she certainly can’t believe he’s holding her captive in a cabin in the backwoods of Montana until he thinks she’s come to her senses, or their friend’s wedding goes off without a hitch. But Allie isn’t going to let a little thing like a six-foot-something sexy forest ranger stand in her way…

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Well I’ve done it. I’ve written my very first cowboy book. I admit I was a little terrified to write one all these years, because I’m such a city girl. Yet, I’ve always been intrigued by these books and the life of a cowboy. When my friend and fellow author Jane Porter said I should consider writing for Tule Publishing and the 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo series, I decided to take the plunge. And you know what? I love how this book turned out (with the help of an amazing content editor!), and I really hope you guys too. This will be the first book in this series that features the Marshall family. Here’s a peek at it.

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stevens-2016rodeo-large-2With his competing days behind him, Wyatt Marshall has settled into ranching life in Marietta, Montana. But with the Copper Mountain Rodeo, his only exception, just around the corner, the last thing he needs is a distraction – especially one in the form of a pretty, yet vaguely familiar country singer.

For Claire Miller, it’s been almost a year since she fled Las Vegas with only her purse and the clothes on her back, and she’s been laying low in Montana with a new image. When she and her country band travel to perform in the small town of Marietta, she doesn’t plan on getting stranded there for several days. Or for an innocent offer to stay at a nearby ranch to turn out to be more than she bargained for: she recognizes its owner to be the same sexy cowboy she got hot and heavy with – then stood up – in Vegas.

With the passion flaring between them and Wyatt getting closer to putting the pieces together, Claire is ready to run again, not knowing the danger that sent her fleeing in the first place is close on her heels.

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Claire silently cursed herself for goading him about the rodeo. She knew damn well he was a roper, and that he was good. Not just good, but real good. He’d won that NFR competition the night she’d met him.

God, he was sexy right now. She couldn’t help but notice while he’d rode with so much ease on that horse. Tall and proud, with the cowboy hat low on his head.

Wyatt had dismounted with grace and ease, and she knew she was about to make a damn fool of herself trying to get off the horse.

She pulled one leg from the stirrup and tried to swing it over the horse, but her thigh cramped. Before she could try again, strong hands circled her waist and lifted her easily from the saddle.

Claire gasped, clutching his shoulders as Wyatt lowered her slowly to the ground. It was only a split second where her breasts barely brushed against his chest, before she was set on her feet. Feeling a little light headed, she gripped his forearms just as her knees buckled.

“You okay?” He kept his hands on her waist, holding her up.

“Yeah,” she whispered.

She was all too aware of his hands on her, even with the thin layer of her sweater between them. Her pulse raced and her tongue grew thick in her mouth.

“My, um, legs are a little stiff.”

“Saddle sore. It’ll get worse before it gets better, seeing as we have to ride back.”

“Good to know.”

He grinned down at her and their gazes held. Her stomach did another flip. “It’ll get better the more you ride. Same with that mounting and dismounting stuff.”

She gave a reluctant smile. “You make it look really easy.”

“Yeah, well, I’ve got just about a foot on you, too.”

“So I’ve noticed.” She’d tried to sound flippant, but her words were husky.

His smile diminished and his gaze slid to her mouth.

Her heart began a low thud in her chest and heat spread through her body.

Oh, God. It was happening again. It was like Vegas, but even stronger.

Wyatt cleared his throat and took a step back. “Let’s stretch our legs and walk a little. I wanted to show you something.”

A pang of disappointment hit her and she hated herself for it. She didn’t want to get involved with Wyatt Marshall. Not again. Even if he’d looked at her like he was thinking about kissing her, he hadn’t. And it was a good thing.

She followed him through the handful of trees, until they reached a clearing along a small river.

Her breath caught at the site of sparkling water and dramatic rise of mountains beyond.

“Wow.” The word came out on a sigh. “This is gorgeous.”

“Isn’t it?” He moved to stand beside her, hands on his hips as he stared out at the landscape. “Favorite spot on the ranch.”

“We’re still on your property?” She shot him a startled look.

“The edge of it, yeah.”

Pride filled his face and she could well understand why. She’d never owned anything, and to have a piece of land this large and amazing was incredible for anyone.

“Do you bring the ranch guests here? Show them?”

“Yeah.” He grimaced. “Pretty popular spot for selfies.”

She laughed softly. “I can see why. Thank you for bringing me here. I’m a total newbie with this horseback riding stuff.”

“You did great. Some of the guys who come up for a weekend are all swagger until you throw them on the back of a horse.”

“Really? You’re not just saying that to make me feel better?”

“Hey, you didn’t complain once about your balls hurting.”

Her laughter was loud and belly-filled now. “They don’t really complain about that, do they?”

“Some of them sure do. Have to deduct points on their man card.”

She shook her head. “Well, I really can’t compare, because I’m not equipped with the same parts.”

“No, you’re not.” His gaze slid over her, the sparkle in his eyes turned from amusement to something hotter, making her all tingly again.

“Anyway, I hope you’re having fun, Claire. Maybe even realizing that horseback riding can be pretty amazing.”

“I think I am. I love it out here.” She glanced back at the view. “But I’m surprised you’re not at the parade. Most of the town seems to go, from what I hear.”

“I do some years, but I’m not big for the spotlight.”

Which he probably would’ve been in being the hometown boy NFR champion. He didn’t seem the type to love the crowds and attention, which was why he’d ended up in her club after winning his NFR buckle.

“I think it’s really cute that you guys do all these events,” she said quietly.


Judging by his tone, he didn’t appreciate her word choice, and she realized how that had sounded.

She flushed. “Well, not cute, but just charming how small towns shut down everything just to celebrate a rodeo.”

He grunted and looked away.

Oh yeah. She’d definitely irked him and wasn’t making it any better. Was it better to keep talking or just shut up?

“It’s not just a rodeo, honey. It’s about taking time to enjoy life. To spend time with your family and friends. To take a break from the grind that’s just trying to kill you.”

God, she really wished he wouldn’t call her honey. It did things to her. Melted her a little.

“I think you big city folk could learn a thing or two from us small towns.”

Those words stopped the melting and she bristled. “Maybe. But some of these small towns can also be judgmental and cliquey—they don’t exactly welcome outsiders.”

“Was that your experience here?” he asked mildly.

Shame had her closing her eyes. “No, maybe in other towns, but that wasn’t my experience here. I’m sorry. You guys have been pretty incredible, actually.”

He nodded. “You can thank my sister for that.”

Did that mean he hadn’t been on board with her staying here? “I did. Katie’s very nice.”

“Sometimes too nice.”

She sucked in a breath and lifted her chin. “You’re not happy I’m staying here.”

He turned to face her. “I’m currently undecided.”

She met his gaze head on. “You don’t like me.”

They weren’t questions. They were statements she threw at him.

He closed the distance between them and she fought the instinct to back up.

“I don’t know you, Claire.” He reached up to catch one curl that had fallen over her shoulder. “Or do I?”

Panic exploded in her belly. For a moment, she’d almost forgotten their history in Vegas. She’d allowed herself to imagine they were meeting for the first time this weekend.

“No. You really don’t know me at all.” It was a fairly honest answer that she didn’t have to feel guilty about.

He twisted her curl around his finger and then released it, moving his calloused fingers to trace down the curve of her jaw.

The desire to turn her cheek into his palm was almost overpowering. She bit her lip to stop from doing it.

“You’re right. I don’t know you,” he relented. “But I find myself wanting to.”

Bad idea. She shouted the response in her head, but couldn’t seem to manage it out loud. She was frozen with the need to know what happened next. What he’d say. What he’d do.

What he did was to let her go and turn away. “We should get back.”

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“Let me walk you out.” He’d called out the words before questioning whether it was a good idea or not, and in a few long strides had caught up with her.

Her eyes rounded slightly and there was a flash of resignation in them, before she gave a small nod.

They left the fire station and he followed her as she made her way to a gray compact. His mind swirled and he struggled with what to say to her. What would be expected.

“So,” he sucked in a breath, and the next words came out like a verbal slap. “Do you always flirt with other guys when you have a boyfriend?”

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw her flinch and she stumbled in her stride.

“No. I never do actually.” Her terse reply cut through the quiet darkness of the January evening and quickened her stride. “So you can take your assumptions and—”

He caught her arm, making her words end on a gasp as he pulled her to a stop.

“You realize your boyfriend pulled a knife on me that night, Kim?” He gave a harsh laugh. “Or is Kim even your real name?”

“It’s my name.” Her mouth thinned and he saw her visibly swallow before she gave a shake of her head. “And I had no idea he had a knife on him. Were you hurt?”

“No. But the owner of The Blue Lounge was.”

“God, I’m sorry. This is all my fault.” She pulled away and unlocked her car door. “But he wasn’t my boyfriend. He was my ex.”

Lucas frowned and held her door closed before she could open it.

“For an ex he was sure acting like you guys were still together.”

She closed her eyes and bit her lip. “Yeah he was. Because he doesn’t want to admit we’re through. He still gets jealous over the idea of me with anyone else.” She shrugged. “I didn’t know he was there at the club that night, and if I had, I would’ve left earlier.”

Concern and anger mixed. “That doesn’t sound healthy.”

“Clearly it’s not.”

“And so you booked it out of there when he confronted me.”

“He gets a little violent when he’s drinking. Add in jealousy and it’s a lousy combo. I hoped that in my leaving,” she hesitated, “he’d follow me instead.”

Disbelief had him shaking his head. “That was a shitty plan, if you don’t mind me saying.”

“No, you’re right. Instead he stayed and pulled a knife—”

“I was fine, Kim. Trying to lure a violent ex out into a dark parking lot by yourself was the shitty plan.”

Her shoulders crumpled as she made a murmur of defeat. “Maybe it was. But I liked you, and I didn’t want to see you get hurt.”

Maybe he should’ve focused on the not wanting him to get hurt bit, but all he kept hearing was she liked him. And she seemed to realize how it sounded, because under the faint street lamp he could see her cheeks go pink.

“Look, I really need to go.” She lowered her gaze. “I wouldn’t have come today if I realized you were the firefighter in my house.”

“Why did you come? Are you sure it wasn’t because you felt something between us last week? Whether you realized it was me or not?”

She bristled. “Your ego is on the massive side, isn’t it?”

“Probably. But answering a question with another one is an obvious diversion tactic.”

“Yes it is. I’m going to leave now, if you don’t mind.”

He didn’t step back just yet. “What are you doing tomorrow?”


“Have dinner with me after you get off work.”

Her pink lips parted and she didn’t speak for a moment. “Why would you want to do that? I pretty much got you beat up that night.”

“I think I came out okay, sweetheart. And you know what? I liked you too.” He reached out and brushed the back of his fingers down her cheek, needing to see if the blush-stained skin was as soft as it looked. “In fact, I think I still like you.”

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