Cameron’s DIY Leafy Mason Jars!

Cameron’s DIY Leafy Mason Jars!

In Capturing You, Cameron is a single dad to his daughter, Maddie. As every parent knows (single or not), keeping your kid entertained and engaged during the holidays can be challenging. Well, Cam is here to give you his favorite DIY of something that’s ACTUALLY usable after! He found this DIY over at DIYready.com!

These Mod-Podge leaf glasses are adorable and they will last you for a few seasons (especially if you use fake leaves from a craft store rather than real leaves… but both work!). You can either use them as water glasses as you set your Thanksgiving table or put tea lights in them and use them as an autumn centerpiece!

It really is as easy as it looks! Cam started by sending Maddie out into the yard to collect the leaves (easily 30 minutes to keep her busy and have fun outside in the fresh air). Then, you get to work mod podging the leaves to the mason jar with the sponge brush. Allow it to dry completely before tying it off with some burlap or string and there you go! Adorable decor for your Thanksgiving table!

Interested in reading more about Cam and Maddie? Well, Capturing You is available for FREE in KU (Kindle Unlimited) until January 2, 2018!!

After discovering she can’t have children, Lydia Ryder has all but convinced herself that she doesn’t need a family to be happy. But when her job as a magazine photographer lands her in the small town of Maple Grove, NH, a precocious ten year old and her single father barge into Lydia’s life, turning what she thinks she wants onto its head. In this town full of happily ever afters, Lydia finds herself wishing for things she had sworn off long ago…

When Cameron Tripp’s wife passed away from heart disease, he thought he’d never find love again. He certainly never would have expected a woman like Lydia Ryder to waltz into his life and awaken his dormant heart and libido. But despite his better judgment, Cam finds himself drawn to the vivacious and argumentative outsider. He quickly learns that, like him, she knows all about misplaced trust, heartbreak, and how quickly a family can fall apart if you let it.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

In a few short weeks, the coveted Pumpkin Spice Latte will be disappearing from most of our beloved menus. Typically once Black Friday hits, we see the pumpkin flavored goodies replaced with gingerbread and peppermint to welcome in the Holiday seasons. Lucky for you, you can bring a little bit of that pumpkin spice goodness home to your fridge with this DIY Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer! It’s super easy to make and delicious!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Hazelnut Milk (or Almond milk or cashew milk or whatever…)
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions: Whisk almond milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it is almost boiling, whisk in vanilla, remove from heat and pour in a bottle or container with lid.

Allow mixture to cool completely. Store in the fridge and shake before using in case spices settle a bit.

Annnnnnnd voila! Pumpkin Spice Latte at home all year long!

How to Make Your Own DIY Bath Bomb!

Hey bookworms!

Who out there has read my Soul Stripper series? If you love paranormal and love my character Julian and all his sexy, forbidden love angel-ness, then you’ll love these peppermint scented bath bombs! They’re easy to make at home and Danielle Eaton and I put together a little video to show you how to make them! =) So, pop one into your next bubble bath and crack open Soul Stripper!


Julian’s Peppermint Bath Bomb Recipe:
½ Cup Baking Soda
¼ Cup Epsom Salt
¼ Cup Cornstarch
¼ Cup Citric Acid
2 Tsp Castor Oil
2 Tsp Witch Hazel
1 Tsp Essential Oil (Peppermint)

Mix the dry ingredients first. Then in a small bowl mix the wet ingredients. Add in small increments (like one drop at a time) of the wet mixture while stirring the dry ingredients. Pack together in molds and let them set for at least two hours. Then, pop them out of the molds and allow them to air dry overnight.

To read my Soul Stripper series, follow me on Amazon and you can get the first book in the series here :
Soul Stripper (Book #1)
“What a ride! I can’t wait to see what happens next in this fantastic new series!” –Caitlin Crews, USA Today bestselling author
It’s called Sin City for a reason. Nowhere else are the temptations so great, the sex so good, and the demons so bad. . .
By day, Monica is a barista in a local café. It doesn’t pay a lot but it puts her up close and personal with her sexy boss, Drew. Unfortunately that’s as far as a succubus can go unless she wants to take his soul. Monica needs mind blowing sex to sustain her and she finds her victims every night at a local strip club where she’s an exotic dancer. But when her powers begin to diminish and her fellow succubi start turning up dead, all bets are off. Monica realizes she’s the one immortal who has a chance in hell of making things right. . .

 

November Gratitude


Happy November, everyone! I can’t believe we’re here already! Halloween FLEW by in a whirlwind of costumes and candy and parties. The air has turned crisp (we even had our first snowfall here in Maine last night!) and as Thanksgiving nears, I’m filled with more and more with gratitude.

November is always a solid reminder to be thankful for all we have. And as hard as I try to extend that gratitude the whole year around, somehow, it always manages to slip away–ebbs and flows throughout the twelve months. I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. I loved that there were no gifts; it wasn’t filled with hours upon hours of wrapping presents or stressing about who you forgot to get something for this year (side note: two years in a row, I forgot to get my brother’s girlfriend a Christmas gift! OOPS.) Thanksgiving is about togetherness. It’s about sharing a meal and sharing love.

This year, I’ve been doing a lot more yoga. And for the month of November (and perhaps beyond), as I sit still on my mat, breathing deeply, I tell myself one thing I’m grateful for that day. But more importantly, I ask myself, how will I show that gratitude in my actions?

Today, I wanted to say THANK YOU to you! Because you, my readers, were in my thoughts today as I practiced yoga. Thank you for being here. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and feedback. Without you all, I’m simply a writer. But with you and because of you? I’m an author.

And for that, I will be eternally grateful.

Capturing You is Coming down from Kindle Unlimited~1/2/18!

Hello Bookworms!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Capturing You is going to be leaving the Kindle Unlimited world in a couple of months! So… what does that mean for you?

Well, if you are a KU {Kindle Unlimited} subscriber, it means you have until January 2nd, 2018 to read it for FREE. That’s plenty of time for this steamy, small town read!

If you are a Kindle reader, but NOT KU subscriber, then it doesn’t affect you at all! The book will still be available through Amazon–now and after January 2nd.

If you are a Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, or other type of ereader, then this is great news for you! It means that on January 2nd, Capturing You will once again be available to all readers! =)

Let me know if you have any questions and as always… HAPPY READING!

Get it HERE on Amazon!

After discovering she can’t have children, Lydia Ryder has all but convinced herself that she doesn’t need a family to be happy. But when her job as a magazine photographer lands her in the small town of Maple Grove, NH, a precocious ten year old and her single father barge into Lydia’s life, turning what she thinks she wants onto its head. In this town full of happily ever afters, Lydia finds herself wishing for things she had sworn off long ago…

 

When Cameron Tripp’s wife passed away from heart disease, he thought he’d never find love again. He certainly never would have expected a woman like Lydia Ryder to waltz into his life and awaken his dormant heart and libido. But despite his better judgment, Cam finds himself drawn to the vivacious and argumentative outsider. He quickly learns that, like him, she knows all about misplaced trust, heartbreak, and how quickly a family can fall apart if you let it.

Me. Freaking. Too.

I’ve been contemplating sharing my story for (roughly) twenty-four hours. Contemplating typing two little words into my status update and what that would mean for myself and my continuous healing. I tend to be outspoken about my history with sexual abuse (by a family friend when I was four years old) and my history with sexual assault (by a guy I had been dating when I was 20). And how I didn’t truly remember my sexual abuse until after the sexual assault. I’m outspoken about my experiences when talking face to face. Or phone to phone. Or email to email. Typically, it’s a one on one scenario, or a small group, where I have no anxiety or fear of discussing it. Talking about it publicly in this way… on a website or social media is a new experience and one I’ve shied away from for a multitude of reasons, but mainly because I wasn’t sure my heart could handle a larger platform.

So, when everyone started sharing ‘Me, too’… I hesitated. Because first and foremost, I need to take care of my emotional health and make sure my sharing comes from the right place. I had to ensure that by sharing, I wasn’t going to tear open a wound that I’ve worked so hard to heal.

Then, yesterday, I was walking to get a coffee. Next door… literally next door to our home, our neighbor is building a new house. The same construction workers I have seen every morning, every day, in my pajamas and eyeglasses with no makeup and hair in a messy knot–cat-called me. Well, one of them did. He made kiss noises as I walked by. A million thoughts ran through my head… did he not recognize me as the neighbor he sees daily? Is he new to the team? Am I wearing more makeup and he didn’t recognize me? And my final thought: Does it effing matter? Nope. No, it doesn’t. What matters is now I have been made to feel uncomfortable every time I leave my home until their house is completed.

The second thing to happen yesterday was that I was talking with a friend who is battling depression. In our discussion, I said the words: Just don’t mistake silence for strength.
And as I typed the words to her… I realized, they were truly meant for me.

So, this is me, saying ‘me, too’ from a place of healing. And if you’re among the women who are whispering ‘me, too’ to yourself because it’s too hard to type it or say it publicly: I understand. Post if you feel moved to do so. But don’t feel ashamed or guilty if you’re not ready yet. And if you need an ear to listen? My door is open.

Rachel Hollis gave an amazing metaphor when I heard her speak. She said that if you imagine yourself as a pitcher of water–and all your family and friends are the teacups surrounding you in a circle. You can either try to pour your water into everyone’s cups… resulting in some people with less than others and leaving yourself empty. Or… you can let your pitcher of water fill. And keep filling. Until you are so full of water that it is pouring over the sides. And what’s going to happen? That water that’s overflowing will fall into the cups around you, filling them as well.

Take care of yourself first. Posting pubicly doesn’t make anyone more or less strong. More or less of a survivor. More or less healed or hurt. It’s simply where some of us are at vs. others. It represents wherever you are at in your journey and you are allowed be as public or private about your pain and experience as you feel you need to be.

Interview with J. Kenner

I’m not sure if any of you know or have read J. Kenner… but she is one of the best! And I had the pleasure of meeting her years ago at the RWA Convention in NYC. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly,  Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katana: Hey Julie! I’m so excited to have you here today!
Julie: Thank you!!!! Thanks for asking me 🙂

Katana: Some authors love crafting a new idea. Others enjoy finishing the HEA and writing ‘the end.’ While some prefer the marketing side of publishing. What is your favorite part of the publishing process and why?
Julie: Oh, hmmm.  Not the marketing side, though that is fun. I’m much more about the story. But the truth is that I think I love equally–but differently–the conceptual part as well as the craft part.

I love coming up with the broad concept of a story and imagining how to pitch it (the “TV Guide” blurb) to a publisher or to readers … or, really, to myself. Getting my head around the new world and the new characters, and seeing the way it comes together in my mind.
But I also love, love, love meeting the characters in deep form, and that doesn’t happen for me until I really start to put words on the page from the characters’ points of view. And then it’s like acting without a stage — really getting into character and drilling down. So a different experience from big pictures, but as enjoyable in a totally different way!

Katana: Acting without a stage, I love that! As an actress, I 100% agree! 😉 Your newest release, Wicked Dirty, is part of the Stark International world (but is a stand alone). Do you leave any Easter eggs in your Stark International books? Little mentions that only the super fans will catch?
Julie: Hmmm.  Good question … I guess it depends on what you mean by Easter eggs! Definitely there are cross-over characters, including very minor ones, that only superfans may recognize. And also locations, like restaurants, bars, things like that.  So I guess that means yes!

Katana: Those small little nods to other books are one of the many things I LOVE about reading series! Speaking of, you are a writing machine! With over seventy novels, novellas, and short stories. How many hours a day do you write?
Julie: It really depends on the day.  Some days end up being devoted just to business-y stuff (or life/family/kid stuff), and if I’m on deadline, I can do fifteen easily (and I mean easily … once I’m rolling I like the long, late days).  On average, probably five writing hours.

Katana: I cannot even imagine sitting and writing for 15 hours! That’s incredible. So switching gears for the last question… if you had to give up either french fries or chocolate for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Julie: Chocolate 🙂 I’m more about savory than sweet!

Thank you again for stopping in and taking time out of your busy schedule! For those interested in reading J. Kenner’s most recent release, Wicked Dirty, you can pick it up here as well as the first book in the series, Wicked Grind.

A Free Little Something…

We ALL love free stuff, am I right? Well, for those who haven’t heard, I’ve put together a couple short videos on how to photograph a book flat lay. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

And TONIGHT at 5:30PM EST, I’ll be over on my Facebook Page doing a live video and answering your photography questions (or, hell, if you just want to discuss YOUNGER, I’m fine with that too!). And as a thank you for watching and tuning in, I’m giving you this image to use for FREE on your social media. No need to credit me, no need to tag me. Just use as you like and enjoy! It’s my gift to you!

Save the image by right clicking on it and I hope to see you tonight at 5:30pm!

How to Photograph a Book Flatlay in Six Steps (Part 1)

Friends! I’m trying something new. And awkward. And it makes me super nervous (hello vulnerability!), to put myself out there in a series of videos like this, but ultimately, I think it’s something a LOT of us want to know and see! So stick with me if you want to learn how to take Social Media Worthy Photographs!

You know that feeling? The one where you’re standing with your phone in one hand and your book in the other, totally at a loss for how to take a decent picture of it? You know you need to. You need a decent photograph to post to social media with your review/book launch/etc. And you want to make it look pretty. But you just don’t know where to begin?
You are NOT alone!

You may or may not know that in my previous life (well, let’s be honest, it’s still my current life, too!) I was a professional photographer. I received my BFA in photography. Owned my own portrait studio. Photographed food for a This Not That diet book. And worked for companies such as Disney, Nickelodeon, and Animal Fair Magazine.

I want to share what I know with you. If you’re a reader, blogger, or author who is craving to know how to take better flatlays (or how to photograph them at all!), then this 3-Part Video Series on How to Photograph A Book Flatlay in Six Simple Steps is for YOU.

I’m here to tell you how! With my Six Simple Steps to Photograph a Book Flatlay, you’ll get that nudge in the right direction and learn how to style and photograph your books for social media.

Here’s Part One: Styling! And join me next week for Part Two: Photography Fundamentals.
And I’ll be doing a Q&A on my Facebook page, so pop over there to follow the fun and chime in with questions of your own!

Interview with the Wonderful Cake-Loving Daisy Prescott

I’m not sure if you all know of the amazing, talented, lovely Daisy Prescott Author, but she is FABULOUS. And if you don’t know her, you should! To help you get familiar with her, she graciously agreed to stop in today and answer some questions!

Hey Daisy! Thanks for popping in today, especially with the craziness of a new release! I’ve just got a few questions for ya…
Thanks for having me stop by, Katana! Releases are always crazy, aren’t they? I’m happy to take a break from the madness and chat with you.

We all love a good, ugly sob fest. What was the first book that made you cry?
Where the Red Fern Grows. We read it as a class in fourth grade and I remember sobbing my eyes out at the end. I’ll never get over Big Dan and Little Ann. Still scarred.

UM, that’s a fantastic answer. I too am stilled scarred from that dang book! (I blame Mr. Weaver from 5th grade!) So, next question. When you write, do you sit at a desk? A comfy chair? Or do you go out to a coffee shop?
It’s weird, but I can’t write while sitting at a desk. Reminds me too much of being at a job.
Most days I sit on the couch in the living room or if I’m stuck, in a comfy chair by the windows in our dining room. Maybe once a week I go to a local cafe to write, especially if I’m on deadline and can’t be trusted with WiFi access.


Okay, it’s official. We are writing spirit animals because I cannot write at a desk either! So, Wild for You is the third book in your Love with Altitude series and features rodeo-star, Justin Garrison and city girl, Zoe Saragossa. Have your ever been to a rodeo? (Or a honky-Tonk and ridden a mechanical bull?)
I’ve never ridden a mechanical bull. I think I’d last 1.2 seconds! I have been to a rodeo. My husband and I went to rodeo in Spokane when we were dating. I’d love to go to the Snowmass Rodeo someday after using it as inspiration for Wild for You.

Last question! If you could only eat one type of food the rest of your life, what would it be?
My first answer would be cake. Channeling cake lover Zoe, there are so many types of cake it would never get boring. Although, I’m not sure if living on cake would be the healthiest lifestyle choice. If we’re talking a broader type of food, Mexican. I grew up eating Mexican food in San Diego multiple times a week and could happily eat it forever.

WHO DOESN’T LOVE CAKE!?? I have an obsession with wedding cake specifically (the flavor of love and happily ever after, I think!)

Thank you again for stopping in and taking time out of your busy schedule! For anyone interested in checking out Daisy’s incredibly awesome book, Wild for You (a standalone cowboy romance and book 3 in her Love with Altitude series), you can get it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2y3Dzn4

Other books in the series:
Next to You (Book 1): http://amzn.to/2hv3Fo6
Crazy Over You (Book 2): http://amzn.to/2xAD7vg