Archive for April 19th, 2013

Many years ago at an orientation for a new job, all of us were asked to tell three things about ourselves. One of those things had to be a lie, and then we would guess which item about our co-workers was not true.

It’s tricky, since you want each statement to sound sorta sketchy, so they’ll not guess the lie outright. And you want the truth to sound a little off, too, so you’ll seem intriguing and mysterious, making everyone wonder if you really do lead that exciting of a life.

I can’t remember what my lie was, but one of the things I thought they’d believe was a lie was this: I had my picture taken with Fabio.

Now, nobody knew I was a romance writer then. Heck, Fabio wasn’t at the height of his popularity anymore. I’m not sure he was still doing those “not butter” commercials. But everybody knows his name, and they would consider that a pretty unusual thing to happen.

Still, I debated whether to use it. For one thing, if they discovered it was the truth, I’d have to explain why I had my picture taken with him. And that had a lot to do with being at a romance convention cocktail party, and seeing other women getting their pictures taken, and, ultimately, being persuaded by the gin-and-tonic I’d just consumed that it was the best possible idea ever to walk up to the cover model and ask for a picture.

So I did. And there is photographic evidence somewhere, although it’s likely packed away in a box with a zillion other things I can’t bear to throw away, but can’t seem to locate when needed. I can tell you I was thrilled, and since this was back in the day when you had to take pictures somewhere else to get developed. . .it was another thrill to pick up those pictures a week later and see with my own eyes that I was standing next to the man who graced so many of the books on my shelves.

It wasn’t a romance cover pose, although his shirt was open enough that he could have ripped it off instantly if needed. It actually looked more like a prom picture. I won’t even mention how his flowing mane looked so much better than my hair at the time. (Note to self: this may be why you want to make sure that picture stays buried for the rest of time.) He was completely gracious and lovely and I admired his aplomb at dealing with all the giddy fan girls fluttering around him that entire evening.

Anyway, I’d forgotten about that moment, as well as the lying game, until I started writing my book for the Strangers on a Train series, Back on Track. It was the perfect way for my heroine to meet the hero while they were on the Napa Wine Train. Only she got a little nervous, and one lie led to another, and . . .

That’s when things really got interesting.


Now it’s YOUR turn. Tell us three things, and one of them has to be a lie. We’ll have a chance to guess which one it is! One random commenter will win an e-book of Back on Track.


BlurbWhat’s a little lie between strangers?

A Strangers on a Train Story

Allie Whittaker is in a dating slump, too busy getting her fledgling marketing company off the ground to have a personal life. All that could change, though, if she can get baseball superstar Matt Kearns on the cover of a charity calendar. Except Matt won’t even talk to her.

Matt is in a slump, worried his career might be over. A Napa Valley wine tour isn’t enough to take his mind off his troubles–until sexy, funny Allie plops into the adjacent seat and tells him three things about herself. One of them, she says, is a lie.

Matt can’t resist playing along, and soon the afternoon getaway becomes an interlude with lies, truths, and desire flowing as fast as the wine. Then Allie lets slip one truth too many…and they both realize they’re playing for keeps.

Warning: A handsome hunk, a determined lady and a few glasses of wine. Throw in a little on-the-run action, and what more do you need to while away an afternoon?


Author Bio:
I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances.

I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.


Back on Track, part of the Strangers on a Train collection, just released from Samhain. Also available are I Do. . .or Die, a romantic comedy/mystery from Crimson Romance, Summer Lovin’, a contemporary romantic comedy novella, and Lord Midnight, a Regency historical.




Buy  links


Strangers on a Train at Amazon 

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Strangers on a Train at Samhain


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