I’ve been head down working my tush off today and just surfaced to find people saying things about me on Twitter.
Really nice things, as it turned out. Bringing Home the Bad Boy was nominated for a February 2015 Seal of Excellence!
Here’s how the site describes the award:
Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website.
Here is the incredible write-up they gave Evan’s book:
“The trope of falling for your deceased best friend’s spouse can be a delicate one, but Jessica Lemmon pulls it off and then some. Charlie and Evan have both lost so much, and it’s their mutual grief that brings them together. While loss is a central theme to the story, it doesn’t drive the plot, which is instead moved forward by a cast of well-rounded characters. There’s never any question of how much Evan loved his wife, and Charlie is patient and caring in helping him move on. Bringing Home the Bad Boy is the perfect read for anyone looking for a small town romance that digs a little deeper. And who can resist a sexy single father?” — Elisa Verna
Now, even though I didn’t win (that award went to a book called The Companion Contract, see more at RT’s blog: HERE), I can honestly say it truly is an honor to be nominated!
Wow, who knew that sentiment was actually true?
Now if you haven’t already, go forth and get ye a copy of Evan’s book and see what all the fuss is about.
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She silently conceded control and he took it, sliding his tongue along her lips, begging for entrance.
One taste. Just one taste…
Read where it all began…
Connor McClain, in all his Christmassy, snowy glory. How gorgeous is that chest? And a black leather jacket, too?
‘Tis the Season to Be Naughty
Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that’s a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . .
With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they’ll have to decide if they’re ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.
What do you think?
The story behind Evan Downey’s Hangover Hash is a fun one. When I was writing Bringing Home the Bad Boy, I had a scene where Charlie (Charlotte) drank WAY too many drinks at the Starving Artist Festival, and of course, our valiant hero isn’t going to let her go home to sleep it off alone. In the morning, he offers her breakfast. When I told Mr. Lemmony of this scene, he blurted out, “Hangover Hash?”
A recipe was born.
On Sunday I had a hankering for Hangover Hash. And even though neither of us was hungover, I have to say, this still tasted pretty good. I doubled the amount, though, so here is the super-sized recipe for Not-Hungover Hash.
- 4-5 new red potatoes, scrubbed & rinsed (or any, I used 3 russets)
- 1/2 a green pepper, cubed
- 1/2 a sweet Vidalia onion, cubed
- olive oil
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 c. sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 slices multi-grain bread
- The trick, Evan would tell you, is getting the potatoes cooked just right. Place potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Put a lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the lid and continue to cook the potatoes for 12-14 minutes or until you can stick the tip of a knife in a potato, and it slips off the edge. That means they’re done. Remove from water and place on a cutting board. When they’re cool enough for you to handle, cube them.
- Put a drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan and toss in cubed potatoes, green pepper, and onions. Cook over medium-high heat, tossing on occasion. Evan employs the fancy flip-into-the-air move, but he also cooks in his boxer briefs, so you do what is right for you. Employing a wooden spoon is perfectly acceptable.
- Put a drizzle of olive oil in a small frying pan and heat over medium-high. Crack two eggs into the pan and immediately lower the heat to medium. You want a runny yoke for this meal, so you don’t want to cook them too fast. Carefully flip so as not to break the yoke. Evan prefers to utilize a utensil for this endeavor since the flip move is a bit risky.
- Make toast. Butter toast. This should need no further explanation.
- Pile seared-to-perfection red potatoes, onions, and green peppers onto the center of your plate, sprinkle on sharp cheddar cheese, and lay your over-easy egg on top. Serve with toast, making sure to cut them into triangles (no shoddy squares, please) and—this is important—your first bite should be the one where you cut through the center of the egg and yoke runs into the potatoes.
- Enjoy! Oh, and don’t forget the coffee. Charlie takes hers with lots and lots of cream.
Oh, and if you’d like to have a recipe card with this recipe on one side and the cover of the book on the other, just leave a comment below. I’ll mail the first 20 people (in the U.S., please and thank you) recipe cards to add to their collection.
Before the start of the new year, I revealed my new Erin Condren Life Planner and how excited I was to use it. I thought I’d do a little follow-up/update to let you know how it’s going.
This gem is not only really fun to decorate with washi tape and stickers (which, thankfully, I’m done buying at the moment), but it’s also fully functional. I have a system. YAY.
(Do you have one yet?! If not, there is a referral link for $10 off your first planner purchase at the bottom of this page.)
Granted, everyone needs to find their own system, but I wanted do give you an idea of how I split up my weekly view, which is by far, what I use the most.
Erin has designed this “goals & notes” column here on the far left. I split mine up into parts: WRITE, READ, EXERCISE, PRAYER, and OTHER for miscellaneous goals for the week.
Under WRITE, I write the total of what I’m writing or editing. Under READ, the book I’m reading, in this case a RITA book for judging. EXERCISE is to track my activity, and PRAYER is my morning reading or a psalm I write down for the week.
Having these on the side reminds me of my focus for the week.
Using my washi tape, I covered up the morning/afternoon/night tabs and just use the sections of my own making. The top row is for my writing–the most important part of what I do! Word count, goals, etc. go here.
The bottom section is where I track my blogging, giveaways, social media, and other contacts with publicists, agents, or editors. All the side business “business” of writing, and believe you me, there is a lot of it!
That just leaves the bottom section where I go back and forth between quotes, to-dos, or meal plans, depending on what I need more space for during the week.
During the week, I fill in the gaps left open and scrapbook to my hearts content. I add washi, stickers, doodles, anything that makes it fun for me. Chaotic mess or art? You decide.
I can’t recommend this product enough! I’m already looking forward to getting a new one for next year (as nerdy as that is!) and I’ll keep showing you the page designs as I come up with them. I really have fun with this.
Best. Planner. Ever.
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His suit was creased, his collar open, giving her a generous view of his bitable neck.
His tie, harmlessly dangling from his jacket pocket, filled her head with fantasies she’d never had before…
Read where it all began…
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day (or part of it anyway) than with a bunch of romance writers? On Saturday, I visited a local Barnes & Noble to sign Bringing Home the Bad Boy along with the entire Love in the Balance series with a fine group of authors. Here are the pics.
With amazing and talented writers: Jules Bennett, Lori Foster, and Toni Blake. I’m so honored and humbled to be friends with these ladies. It’s a dream come true!
More talented writers! Denise Gwen, Donna MacMeans, and Regina Hart. Lovely, all of them.
Readers made the event extra special. Thanks to all of you for asking for your picture with me. It is a privilege to sign your books and be a part of your lives.
Another Lori pic, I look Amazonian in this one, but I promise you, the height is mostly my boots!
Despite the crazy wind whipping our hair and freezing us to the bone, we had nothing but warmth and laughter inside. There are many, MANY more readers and authors who were present but I didn’t get a picture with all of them.
Thank you all for reading and allowing me to do what I do. You make me feel like a rock star.
It’s #RomanceWeek, and I’m celebrating by sharing some MORE #BadBoy sightings around town.
Have you seen #BadBoy where you live or work?
Snap a pic and let me know!
Make sure to put your photo online and tag me!
Let’s see ‘em if you got ‘em!
Show me your #BadBoy books.
It’s #RomanceWeek, and I’m celebrating by sharing some #BadBoy sightings around town.
Have you seen #BadBoy where you live or work? Snap a pic and let me know!
These readers did:
How did she manage to turn this into an erotic experience?
Look at him. He is an erotic experience.
Read where it all began…
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