Happy Birthday to Me…PLUS Infamous in Stores!

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Happy Birthday to MeHey, hey, it’s my birthday!

And it’s an awkward one  - I’m getting to that age where I start wondering if there is a limit on the number of Annual 39th Birthdays I can have before someone makes me pick a new number.

I have to admit I whined a little this morning.  ”I don’t want to be old.”

Bones (who is a is full 6 months younger, and lords this over me every year) was unfazed. “You’re not old…just older.”

Not helpful, my love.  This is what I get for marrying a younger man, sure the stamina is great, but …

One of my nicest birthday presents this year actually happened a few weeks early.  My e-book Infamous was picked up for print distribution and is now for sale in Barnes and Noble and other brick-and-mortar booksellers.  In this digital age, this might not seem like such a huge deal for most, but I grew up in the dark, non-digital age.  Being able to walk into an ACTUAL BOOKSTORE and see Infamous on the shelves next to big-name authors like Jennifer Probst, Kristen Proby, and Nora Roberts was a major life moment.  Maybe not as big as marrying my young boy-toy or the birth of our child, but right up there, for sure.

Even better, after announcing my authorly insecurities on the Inter-webs, people started sending me pictures – to PROVE that, yes, my  book was in more than my local bookstore where I was able to personally go visit it.

Thank you so much to my friends and fans – you are my real best birthday present – even better than the print release!

So, even at this advanced age (39, AGAIN), I’m still having dreams come true.  Bones is right.  I’m not so old.

Infamous in Barnes and Noble



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Cover Reveal! The Heart Teaches Best by MJ Schiller

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I’m so pleased to welcome MJ Schiller today with a beautiful new cover.   Isn’t it just the most intriguing thing?


I am really excited to be here today to reveal the cover for my new romantic suspense, THE HEART TEACHES BEST! Thank you for hosting me! I am blessed with a wonderful cover artist and I think this is my favorite cover so far.

The Heart Teaches Best - romantic suspense by MJ Schiller

The Heart Teaches best will be available March 1!

Here’s a blurb:

Cooper Sullivan is the cop in charge of investigating a murder outside of a Los Angeles night club.  The famous romance author, Sydney Essex, has been found strangled in the parking lot.  When the young officer returns to the scene of the crime the night after the murder, he gets involved in a fight in order to protect a woman, who he realizes afterward, is the victim’s sister.  Soon he finds himself torn by his attraction to the irresistible blond teacher, and his need to maintain a professional distance.

Laney Essex is distraught over her sister’s death, so the high school English teacher returns to the bar where the crime occurred to find answers.  To her dismay, she is only left with more questions, many centered on her developing relationship with Cooper Sullivan.  Is the pull she’s feeling towards him reciprocated, or is the handsome detective only showing her professional courtesy, or, perhaps, even pity?


When Laney receives a threatening phone call from Sydney’s murderer, it quickly becomes evident that the man who killed her sister is after her, too!  Can Cooper figure out who the killer is before it’s too late?  And if he does solve the case, will it just be another file stamped “CLOSED” in red and locked away in a drawer, or will the sparks that have been flying between the two finally ignite?




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$1.99 SALE – Get Infamous on the cheap!

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$1.99 During February Only!

Can’t wait for the paperback on February 18th?  Snag a digital copy of Infamous for over 50% off on Amazon.com right now!

Infamous Romance Book Cover

Infamous is only $1.99 on Amazon.com during February.

Here’s a little excerpt to get you in the mood!

He couldn’t contain his memories as easily, though. They twined around him while the spray pounded onto his body. Jessica, here in the shower, sliding down him like a warm tropical rain, her mouth engulfing him with its own moist heat. Jessica bent over his arm, bottles scattering around them as she braced herself against the wall and he slid into her. Jessica, limp and sated, her long hair trailing a river of water as he carried her back into the bedroom. . . .

Of course, you can read the full first chapter here….

Or you can just GET THE $1.99 DEAL!



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4 Romance Giveaways from 4 Austin Authors

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What’s better than one free book? FOUR free books! I intended this post to be about the GoodReads Giveaway I’m running to celebrate the release of INFAMOUS in bookstores February 18th.  Then I realized that three of my friends (all local Austin authors) have give-aways on Goodreads right now. It only takes seconds to register for all four – so use the links below to head on over RIGHT NOW!

Giveaway #1 – Paperback copy of INFAMOUS by Irene Preston (me!)

It’s socialite meets soccer dad.  What could possibly go wrong? SNEAK PEEK - Click here to read the FULL first chapter!

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Infamous by Irene Preston


by Irene Preston

Giveaway ends February 17, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Giveaway #2 – Paperback copy of DANCE AWAY, DANGER by Alexa Bourne

Love, romantic suspense?  Check out the new release from my friend Alexa and enter to win one of 3 paperback copies.

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Dance Away Danger by Alexa Bourne

Dance Away Danger

by Alexa Bourne

Giveaway ends February 07, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Giveaway #3 – Paperback copy of LIMONCELLO YELLOW By Traci Andrighetti

Murder, mayhem, and meddling Sicilian grandmas… it’s chick-lit with an Italian twist! Hurry – Traci’s Contest ends January 14. Sorry, this giveaway ended on January 14.  Please scroll down to enter Rebecca’s Giveaway!

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Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti

Limoncello Yellow

by Traci Andrighetti

Giveaway ends January 14, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Giveaway #4 – Paperback copy of Adrenaline Rush by Rebecca Royce

Do you like Super Heroes? (me! I do!) Do you like romance? (me!me!me!)  Don’t miss the new The Capes book by Rebecca Royce!

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Adrenaline Rush by Rebecca Royce

Adrenaline Rush

by Rebecca Royce

Giveaway ends February 21, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Coming Soon to a Barnes and Noble Near You!

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Infamous Trade Paperback Release – February 18, 2014

Great news!  Infamous has been picked up for national print distribution. You can find it in Barnes and Noble stores and other booksellers starting February 18.

I’m beyond excited about this.  As a matter of fact, I keep checking the email from my publisher to make sure I didn’t dream the whole thing.  So few digital-first authors ever get the opportunity to see their books on the shelves in a national retailer.  I never thought I would be one of those lucky authors.  Huge thanks to my readers, my publisher, and my writing buddies who helped me get here – I couldn’t have done it alone!

More Fun Coming

To celebrate the in-store release I’ll be doing some give-aways and guest appearances – stay tuned for more information!

Pretty new Book Cover

As part of the release, I’ve got a spiffy updated cover to share.  Have a look!  The publisher moved my coveted endorsement from best-selling author Emily McKay front and center.

Infamous Romance Book Cover

Infamous will be IN STORES February 18

Of course you can still buy a digital copy online now from Amazon (or one of these other e-tailers)  and you can read the first full chapter absolutely FREE right here on my site.  If you are in the Austin area, please consider buying from The Book Spot – they are ultra-supportive of all the local romance authors.

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