It’s here, it’s here! And I luuuuuurve this new cover! The designers really nailed how Lia and Evan look in my mind. I love how she’s looking at him in that feisty way of hers, and I love how he looks so reluctant. I can’t wait for you all to meet these two!

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Ten good reasons aren’t enough to keep them apart…

With a crazy eighty-hour-a-week job, an almost-boyfriend who’s left her for Bora Bora, and way too many terrible bridesmaid dresses in her future, Lia McCabe needs a change of pace before the imminent crush of the big 3-0.

First up, Lia is determined to help make sure her friend Drew’s whale-watching business takes off. But when an accident leaves him unable to man the boat, Lia’s only option is to convince Drew’s brooding, sexy brother to captain the ship (and save her butt).

For the last two years, Evan Betancourt has been sailing around the world to avoid the ghosts of his past. But when he pulls into Sandy Cove for a brief stop, Lia makes him an offer she won’t let him refuse.

And as these two opposites figure out how to work together, the murky waters between denial and attraction are creeping up fast…


So are you ready to order?!?! This second book in the Sandy Cove trilogy is already available for preorder from Amazon.com! What do preorders mean? That means if you click “preorder” for the paperback now, you won’t be charged until release day (April 7), but your book will be shipped promptly so you’ll have it as close to launch day as possible. (The Kindle version from Amazon should be available soon, as well as the Nook edition from Barnes and Noble.)

You can currently preorder here: Ten Good Reasons on Amazon.

If you’re not ready to preorder yet, you can always click on “Want to Read” in Goodreads to give yourself a reminder! The book is making its Goodreads debut here: Ten Good Reasons on Goodreads.

I’m so excited to share TEN GOOD REASONS with you all!

To celebrate my gorgeous new cover, I wanted to do a giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card and a Sandy Cove souvenir pack in BLUE for the new book.

All you have to do is comment below on your favorite shade of blue! (Mine is “robin’s egg blue”!)

I’ll randomly draw a comment after Labor Day — on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 8 a.m. Pacific — so you have until then to enter as many times as you wish! Come back next week to see who won!


Same Story, Another Year

August 2011 — Car packed up to take Dear Oldest Son to college in Montana:

Ricky's carload

Last week, August 2014 — Car packed up to take Dear Middle Daughter-Child to college in Montana:


It was the same car, the same pretty drive (Highway 15 through Vegas, Utah, Idaho, Montana), the same lovely “big sky” of Montana, the same five of us traveling together. There was the same beauty to Montana, the same school, the same dorm-room layout, the same classic good looks of the university campus.

But a few things were different this time.

For one, I knew things were going to be okay. When we ambled along the road to drop off our firstborn, I had no experience with being a mom of college kid and I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t know if I was going to feel like I had a missing limb forever; I didn’t know if the mobile of our family would feel broken and bobbing; I didn’t know if it was going to be weird to have only a family of four at the dinner table; I didn’t know if he was going to drift away. …

But this time, as I stared out the window at the scenery going by, I already knew. I’d learned that you create a new normal. As you become a family of four, you create new traditions, new places to sit at the dining table, new conversations, new roles with each other (when my oldest left, my daughter took on the “oldest” role, the worrier; while my youngest suddenly opened up and became the talker). And your role with your college child changes, too — it becomes much more of an adult-friendship feeling. There’s more common ground, more shared humor. He’s tackling real-life problems that you can both discuss on equal ground. Yes, you do become aware that you know less about his life in general because you’re not sharing the everydayness of life and friends, but you trust that he’s telling you the parts you want to know and he’s leaving out the parts you don’t want to know anyway. 🙂

I had learned that it’s all okay. And I knew that it was all going to be okay this second time, too.

So we settled our daughter in at her new dorm room in her new university. (She’s at the same school as her brother, so there’s a little less worry — I’m so happy she has him there.)

We ran back and forth to Target, we decorated the room, we unpacked her desk supplies and shower caddy and towels, we made up her bed. We went out to a last dinner, we said goodbye, we gave her hugs and kisses. We cried a little (mostly for the end of a very fun era, being the mom and dad of a little girl), but then we smiled and told her to have fun, and please text and Skype about her new roommate, her new classes, her orientation, everything. And then we left.

We drove back as just me, Superman, and our youngest.

And now it’s time to create another new normal…

Road Trip Success!

road trip

Just got back from a weeklong road trip! (Photos on Instagram.)

Although the reason for the visit (dropping my kids off at college 1600 miles away) was a sad one, the trip itself was great. It offered a much-needed step away from a crazy-busy summer, work, worry, etc.

We all got to unplug for hours on end, stare at some great scenery, have all of our meals together, listen to some great tunes, recount some summer stories, and just have a great time together, our family of five. (Which became our family of three on the way back!)

And — BONUS! — it gave me some great daydreaming time to stare out the window and plot Book 3!

Now on to catch up on a crazy amount of email …

So This (Also) Happened …

So, in the middle of all the book-launch hubub, this happened:

Rene grad

Our little girl graduated from high school and is ready to go out into the world to conquer!

I can hardly believe how time is flying.

Just yesterday she looked like this on her first day of kindergarten:

Rene kindergarten

And now she’s all grown up and heading out to college! How did that happen?

We’re hitting the road next week to take her, her brothers, her new comforter, a bunch of shiny new pens and pencils, towels, electrical cords, two bowls, a spoon/fork/knife, a shower caddy, winter clothes, her laptop, a desk lamp, a hamper, a wastebasket, a bunch of push-pins and frames, and all her other worldly belongings on a trek to her new school and her new life.

I hope to only cry a little bit.

(I’ll let you know how that goes…)

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