Monday, April 14, 2014

Fiance by Fate is Released!!

Happy Monday, all!

I'm THRILLED to announce that my fun romance Fiancé by Fate is now available!

Here are what nice people on Goodreads are saying about it already:

I absolutely loved this book. It was lighthearted, witty, charming, engaging, and at times had me smirking at the banter between the hero and the heroine. 

What a fun story! I fell in love with the characters from the very first pages with the witty banter between Sabrina and her best friend Maddie.

If you want a fun read, something that will make you smile and laugh out loud in places (which I did), then read this book. I've already recommended it to several people.

Isn't that sweet?

And best of all, for the next two weeks it will be at a low price of 99cents!
So grab it while you can!

And if you haven't already grabbed this one, A Little Bit Cupid will be FREE for the next two weeks too!


Also, you can follow the blog tour of Fiancé by Fate!
Some lucky commenter will win a FUN prized-filled gift basket of items that inspired the book plus a $10 Amazon GC on top of that!

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 April 14
Book reviewed at Hanging Off the Wire
April 15
Interviewed at Review From Here
April 16
Guest blogging at Ex Libris
Book featured at A Book Addict’s Delight
April 17
Book reviewed at She Hearts Books
Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping
April 18
Book featured at Confessions of a Reader
April 21
Book reviewed at What’s on the Bookshelf
Book reviewed at Lisa Loves Books
Book reviewed at Becky on Books…and Quilts
April 22
Book featured at Romantic Reads and Such
April 23
Interviewed at Romance for Every World
Interviewed at I Am A Reader
Book reviewed at Ramblings of a Book Lunatic
Guest blogging at Books Over Boys
April 24
Book featured at My Devotional Thoughts
April 25
Book reviewed at Steam Guys After Dark
Book reviewed at Books to Get Lost In
Book reviewed at Ramblings from this Chick
Book reviewed at Living Between Books

Whew! Peace out!

I'm actually going on break this week, but will return Easter Monday.
Have a great holiday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Hey, all!

Yes, not my usual blog day, but exciting news gets an exciting new post.

First a new cover and now a new price!

For a limited time, my sweet and funny (if I do say so myself) novella A Little Bit Cupid is FREE!!!

So please, don't be shy. Grab it now while you can and while you're at it, tell a friend. :)

And now, to set the mood, please enjoy one of my favorite Soup Dragon songs "I'm Free". LOL

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rules for Referencing?

Happy Monday!

I have a Board Meeting I need to prepare for so today isn't necessarily a "happy" Monday, but I'm still feeling upbeat. :-)

Last night I happened to get an newsletter email from my library with various events listed for the week. I noticed that one night will be an Abbott and Costello tribute.


* Featuring the world's leading impersonators of "Abbott and Costello" performing "Who's on First!"

* This program will also feature a showing of Abbott and Costello's 1955 movie classic "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy!"

* There will be a special appearance by Perky Peggy King, legendary vocalist, TV and movie actress...who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a role in the Mummy movie!
Now, Abbott and Costello was obviously before my time, but I have seen a few of their movies and of course, know a few of their famous routines. I even put a small reference in my book Fiancé by Fate to them. My lead character, Sabrina, and her co-worker, Chris, are kind of going back and forth in a cute dialogue scene, where Chris then asks Sabrina, "Who are you, Bud Abbott?"
One of my editor/copy editors asked, "Who's that?"
I was like, SERIOUSLY?????????????
So instead, I changed it a bit to "What are we doing, an Abbott and Costello routine?" to make it more immediately recognizable.
I was still asked to take it out because it was too old and that readers might not know who they are.
Again, I was like SERIOUSLY???????

How old are these readers? Twelve? And isn't it good to have a reference so maybe they'll look it up and learn?
Well, I kept it. (I'm stubborn that way) :-)
Anyhew, I ask you: Do you know who Abbott and Costello are? And if not, do you think it should have been cut or kept in? Do you think there are rules about how old a reference should be?
And here's one of their famous routines:

Monday, March 31, 2014

Another cover!

Hey, all!

I've some cool news.
My publisher has given a new look to my novella A LITTLE BIT CUPID.

I think the idea is make my covers look more uniform with the line I write for, which is their Bliss line. So my novella (being a sweet romance) needs to look more like those covers.

Although, I did happen to adore the old one, this new one is adorable too.

And here it is:

Pretty cute, huh?

Yeah, I think so too. Although my CPs and I were kind of wondering what he was doing with his hands... LOL!!!

In other news, I'm on Instagram now. (More to monitor my kiddo)  But I am having some fun with it too!
So follow me! authorjshirk And I'll follow you back!

In other other news, my CPs and I joined CampNano and will be busy writing the month of April!


And that's it for me!

Are you doing NaNo in April? Which cover do you like more for A Little Bit Cupid?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fiance by Fate Cover Reveal!

Happy Monday, all!

I'm VERY happy today because I finally have a cover for my next sweet romance release:

                Fiancé by Fate

Their fake relationship is a twist of fate.

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can't refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate.
Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…

I know. Adorbs, right?

Actually, if you look at the guy, he kind of resembles Ben Affleck to me. LOL

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Release date is April 14!

What do you think of the cover? Does the guy look like Ben Affleck to you too?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Happy Monday and St Patrick's day!

This is what I woke up to! SNOW.
And Thursday is the first day of spring?

Anyhew, even though I do not have one ounce of Irish in me, I did make an Irish meal, Turkey and Cabbage Ragout, this weekend that is not only healthy but YUMMO. (kiddo asked for seconds)

So I thought I'd share the recipe.
I did make it as is, but I bet it would be just as good if you omitted the ground turkey too.

Cabbage and Turkey Ragout

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 large white onion, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced
3 med carrots, chopped
2 med celery stalks, chopped
2 med green bell peppers, diced
1 sm green cabbage, chopped
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
3/4c chicken broth
1TBsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp thyme
1tsp basil
1/4 tsp red pepper

In large soup pot, sauté turkey, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and peppers until turkey is no longer pink. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and bring to boil. Simmer about 15 min or until veggies are tender. Serve over whole wheat wide noodles. (I did not serve with noodles, just as is)


The kiddo is off from school today so I taught her how to make pancakes. Later, we'll be making cookies. :)

Have a good one!

Are you Irish? Any good Irish recipes you'd like to share?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Misc Monday

Hi, all!

Happy Monday!

A few MISC things going on with me: (if you're interested)

Right now, I am waist high in edits for Fiancé by Fate--which has all the outward appearance of being an April release!





Also, I found two cool FREE apps for my IPhone!

One is Vivino: a wine app, so you don't forget wines that you've liked or you can mark down ones you want to try. Sometimes I find myself in a liquor store, thinking to myself "what was that wine I like?" It also recommends wines based on those you've rated.

The second one is Kids Media: it allows you to plug in movies or books or video games by age levels and it also rates them. I love it because if my kiddo says, "Can we rent ____ movie?" I can look it up and it has a section "What parents need to know" and lists exactly what (if any) kind of objectionable material could be in it so you can make a good decision whether you want your kids to see it or not. Awesome.

I use it for my 80 year old mom too, because she goes to the movies a lot with her friends and is often offended by what's out there. So I look up movies for her before she goes and sees them. LOL


And lastly, an update on puppy Sox who will be celebrating his first birthday in a few weeks.
He is such a SWEET dog!!  Very cat-like: likes to sit in high places and curl up in my lap as I write.

I say the only issue we're trying to break him of is barking when he's outside. Although, honestly, he has a great bark for a small dog. Not yippie. It's kind of throaty and deep. LOL But still...
Here he is:

And that's it for me!

Any cool Apps you've discovered lately?