Newsletter Contest Winner + Poll Results

Congratulations to Vicki who won the newsletter giveaway contest.  That fancy Halloween ghost projector is on its way to her.

I’ve got to admit, the results from this poll surprised me.  The question was:

How do you usually get your story fix?

Results:

Audio books      0%
eBooks             19%
Print books      44%
I like them all   37%

With all the craze about new formats, these results were unexpected, but I love it.  I like print, too!  It made me realize I haven’t been good about posting links to the print version of my books, so I went right out and updated my website.  I’ll be better about it in the newsletter, too.

Multi-Author Giveaway

Want to find a new writer, learn what novels some of your favorite authors are reading, or find new book reviewer and blogger recommendations? Visit https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/literary-giveaway-portal  to enter this new multi-author giveaway. All genres are included whether it’s novels from debuting authors to award-winning/bestselling authors with multiple books and/or series. The best part — it’s all free for readers to enter, as authors are generously donating copies of their books as well as other prizes each month to help find new fans and build up their reading communities. I’m excited to participate in this month’s giveaway and can’t wait to share with you all that will be offered this month and moving forward. You never know which surprising authors might just show up on the list this year!

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Unrequited FREE #freebie

Looking for a sexy read?  Unrequited is free now through October 11.  If you haven’t tried my books before, now’s the time.

Unrequited – by Kimberly Dean

Genre:  Contemporary, erotic romance

After years of secret longing for his brother’s wife, Tyler rejoices when she is set free and ripe for new love — though it may take a prolonged seduction to convince wary Trista to open herself up to pleasure once more.

Unrequited excerpt

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Hacking IT on Sale for only 99 cents!

Like romantic suspense?  Hacking IT has been dropped to 99 cents for a few days only.  Get your copy now.  It won’t stay this price for long.

Hacking IT

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date:  February 8, 2018

Independent software developer Kylie Grant is on top of her game in the world of IT. She has loyal clients, a good reputation, and a prestigious membership in technology giant Afire Industries’ small business accelerator. Things are going well until she stumbles across an innocuous issue with the lighting in the building where she rents space. When she digs into the problem, she discovers something unexpected—a hack.

The incursion doesn’t affect her, but Kylie leaves enough clues to fix the problem. That earns her a visit from Luke McAllister, Afire’s chief security officer. Luke is handsome and rugged and everything that Kylie likes in a man, but she soon finds that he is blaming her for the security breach. Before long, the two are on a collision course, but also secretly looking at more than each other’s digital footprints.

When a fluke accident sends Kylie to the emergency room, Luke fears that the beautiful developer is in danger beyond the online world. Little does he know that she is also hiding a secret that threatens to jeopardize their now sizzling relationship. Can Kylie fix Afire’s problems without falling victim to the hacker? And can Luke learn to trust her and keep her safe before their enemy strikes again?

Excerpt from Hacking IT

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HAUNTED HEARTS Release Day! #newbook #romanticsuspense

It’s finally here.  Haunted Hearts releases today.  If you like romantic suspense, ghost stories, or are getting into the Halloween spirit, this is the book for you.

with lots of electrical chemistry flowing between the hero and heroine along with quite a few surprising twists, there is never a dull moment and readers will not want to put the book down!” – InD’Tale Magazine, 5 stars, Crowned Heart Award for Excellence

HAUNTED HEARTS

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release:  October 3, 2018

Does a ghost from the past want the man of her future? 

Callie Thompson is thrilled when she inherits a house in the small town of Shadow Valley. The house is old and creaky, but she’s not afraid of hard work. Unfortunately, no matter how many repairs she makes, the strange noises won’t go away. Items disappear. Lights flicker. Footsteps echo down the hallway. Her nerves are soon so frayed that she resorts to calling the one person in town she hasn’t been able to get along with, bullheaded police chief Carter Landry.

Carter doesn’t have time to investigate things that go bump in the night—although, with Callie, the idea is tempting. He’s busy working with the governor’s task force on a major case and dealing with a rash of petty Halloween crimes. He knows that Callie’s house isn’t haunted… no matter what the town legend says. Still, when her distress call comes in, he hits the ground running. He may not believe in ghosts, but someone is intentionally scaring the sassy blond. And he doesn’t like it.

As the couple gives in to their mutual attraction, the strange occurrences in the house subside. But could Carter’s presence be the reason? Callie fears that her sexy cop may be the one the ghost has wanted all along.

Haunted Hearts excerpt

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Excerpt from Haunted Hearts #romanticsuspense

Fall has officially arrived.  Cooler temperatures, the changing of the leaves, and pumpkin lattes can only signal one thing — Halloween is right around the corner.  Are you ready for a ghost story?  Haunted Hearts releases in just one week!  To tide you over until then, here’s another sneak peek.

Excerpt

Ah.” A glare flashed off the porthole window of the attic. Automatically, Callie lifted her hand to shield her eyes. She squinted at the house again, this time without her rose-colored glasses.

The real view of the house was much less impressive. The realtor had warned her that the house had been vacant for years, but she hadn’t expected to find it in such disrepair. Half the shutters were hanging cockeyed. The paint was peeling, the lawn had grown wild, and the garage looked lopsided. In a word, the old Calhoun place was a dump.

But it was her dump now.

Callie sat a little straighter in the bucket seat of the Mustang. Forget Hardass and his condescending attitude. She’d never been afraid of a little work—although this was definitely going to take more than a little work. She could make this place into something; she knew it.

She grabbed her purse and the box from the passenger seat. It was time to see what the inside looked like.

She pawed through her purse for the key to the house as she followed the sidewalk up to the front door. The long grass along both sides swayed with the wind, lashing around her calves and grabbing at her feet. Her excitement grew as she found the envelope stuffed near the bottom of her bag. The lock was stubborn from disuse, but it finally turned with a squeal.

Butterflies swirled through her stomach as she pushed open the door. She found herself in an open entryway. The only word that came close to describing it was majestic. In awe, she took a deep breath—and immediately started coughing.

“Air,” she said on a hack.

She set her box down in front of the door to keep it open and began searching for windows. Staircases curved up both sides of the entryway walls, and she wandered through the open arch underneath them. A large living room spanned the width of the house. There, she found the boxes of belongings that she’d shipped over the week before. The room had a ton of windows, three on each side, and she opened them all as wide as they would go. Which for some, wasn’t far…

Wiping her hands, she turned and surveyed the room. “Oh, boy.”

The inside of the house was in just as bad a shape as the outside. Dust and cobwebs coated everything. The fireplace was a disaster area with about half a foot of soot. A thick coating of gunk hid what was surely a gorgeous hardwood floor. And the windows… Yes, she was going to have to do windows.

Somehow, though, just being here made her happy.

She had a house with hardwood floors!

Her creative juices began to flow. The place just needed a good cleaning. The wood itself was in good shape. She didn’t notice any decay, although that would take somebody with more expertise than her to decide. The floor plan was wonderful. Her furniture was placed haphazardly around the room and boxes were stacked two, sometimes three deep. Still, her entire apartment full of belongings didn’t fill the room.

Her smile returned, even brighter than before. Space. Opening her arms wide, she spun in a circle. She had space to move. Space to breathe.

On cue, she started coughing again.

So she’d clean and then she’d breathe… She could deal.

She started off to explore the kitchen, but stopped when she stepped on something that crinkled. It was a curled-up piece of packing tape. She peeled it off the heel of her boot, but hadn’t taken two more steps before she stepped on another. Her brow furrowed. With as sticky as that stuff was, it shouldn’t have come off her boxes like this.

Confused, she looked around the room. She’d been so interested in the house that she hadn’t paid much attention to anything else. Now that she actually looked, she could see that boxes had been opened. The tape she’d so carefully applied was curled on the floor like snakes.

“What in the world?”

Had somebody gone through her things?

Slowly, she stepped to the side so she could see into the kitchen. Her box of kitchenware had been ripped open, and dishes were strewn about on the counter. Feeling more than a little unnerved, she walked over to one of the open plastic storage bins. It looked like somebody had gone through her linens, too.

Could the movers have done this? No, something like this would surely get them sued. The neighbors, maybe? How snoopy did small-town people get?

Not this snoopy.

………………

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The Deer and The Darkness

People often ask where writers come up with ideas.  I usually can’t pinpoint what exactly will spur story ideas, but here’s an example.  The other evening, I was mowing the lawn.  I got started late, and it’s getting darker earlier every night.  My back yard butts up against a wooded area, and the sun had gone down.  It was getting darker with every pass, but I wanted to finish since it was cool.  I was walking along, eyeing the forest when I heard a noise.  Something was moving fast.  My head snapped to the right, just in time to see this deer go tearing by, between me and my house.  I mean, this thing was moving.  Deer are usually very graceful, even at high speed.  This one was not.  He was so close to the ground, he looked like a torpedo, and he was getting ahead of how fast his legs could go.  He stumbled, kind of bounced off a rise in the terrain, and shot across the neighbors yard back into the wooded area.  Holy crap, did he startle me.

That’s when the questions started.  Where did he come from?  The forest, for sure.  What would have happened if he’d run into me?  It would not have been a pretty sight.  Deer are not small animals.  I was mowing with a large, very noisy piece of equipment.  What compelled him to run across the open grass, instead of staying in the treeline?  Deer tend to stay in herds.  Where was his buddies? Were they out there, lurking, too?  What else was in there?  Had something scarier than a human with a lawnmower compelled him to run for his life?  WHAT was scarier to a deer than a lawnmower?  I’ve been writing a paranormal, so those thoughts tumbled in my head.  The dusk.  The crickets chirping nearly as loudly as the lawnmower.  The complete disappearance of the deer… Yeah, I didn’t make it for another pass.  I quickly ended my mowing task for the night.  Now, that’s kind of a dramatic idea starter, but that’s how a writer’s brain works.

I finished the rest of the yard the next day, much earlier in the evening.  Would you believe that deer came back?  Or maybe it wasn’t him, but this thing was as bold as can be.  He came out from the trees, looked at me with my monster mower, kind of shrugged, and started having dinner.  He was in my neighbor’s yard, nibbling on grass and leaves the entire time it took me to finish my mowing job.  Yes, the questions started again.  If he’s so calm around me tonight, was there some kind of predator out there the night before?  Why’s he so calm now?  Can deer have multiple personalities?  What if deer stopped being so timid?  What if the deer rose up?  Questions, questions, questions… That is how writers come up with ideas.

Switching Gears is Hard!

I’ve been working diligently lately on getting my new book ready for the marketplace.  The story is finished, but now it’s time to write blogs, get reviews (hopefully good ones), and promote the book so readers can find it.  It’s business work, and it needs to be done.  After spending so much time getting a story down on paper, it’s sometimes a relief to think about something totally different.  That’s where my mind has been.

So imagine my dismay/excitement when I saw a call for proposals yesterday.  One that intrigued me.  And started pulling my brain back to the creative side.

Agghh.  It’s like half of my brain wants to run off and play, while the other knows it should be responsible and work.

Do I have any actual ideas for a proposal for this new opportunity?  Not one.  But do I want to sit and daydream them up?  Yes, please!  Am I going to pull up a lounger, relax on my deck with a lemonade, and do just that?  I don’t really think I can stop that from happening!

Today’s writers need to do it all.  We have to be creative and a cold-blooded business woman/man, yet writing is what writers love to do.  We’re just happiest when our heads are in a story.

Coming for Halloween – Haunted Hearts (a ghost story)

HAUNTED HEARTS

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release:  October 3, 2018

Does a ghost from the past want the man of her future? 

Callie Thompson is thrilled when she inherits a house in the small town of Shadow Valley. The house is old and creaky, but she’s not afraid of hard work. Unfortunately, no matter how many repairs she makes, the strange noises won’t go away. Items disappear. Lights flicker. Footsteps echo down the hallway. Her nerves are soon so frayed that she resorts to calling the one person in town she hasn’t been able to get along with, bullheaded police chief Carter Landry.

Carter doesn’t have time to investigate things that go bump in the night—although, with Callie, the idea is tempting. He’s busy working with the governor’s task force on a major case and dealing with a rash of petty Halloween crimes. He knows that Callie’s house isn’t haunted… no matter what the town legend says. Still, when her distress call comes in, he hits the ground running. He may not believe in ghosts, but someone is intentionally scaring the sassy blond. And he doesn’t like it.

As the couple gives in to their mutual attraction, the strange occurrences in the house subside. But could Carter’s presence be the reason? Callie fears that her sexy cop may be the one the ghost has wanted all along.

Haunted Hearts excerpt

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