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"I miss the space you took up in my life." - Anonymous

Hi, Daddy.

I miss you.

After all this time, it's finally getting easier to talk about you. To remember you without getting tears every single time. Without that tightness in my jaw as I fight them.

No matter what, November always slams me down. I've been a hot mess pretty much starting the week of deer season. I'm not proud of myself for that. Otherwise, I think it's been a pretty good year. Up until a couple of months ago.

I sent my best friend to see you. I know you were there to meet Pete when he left my arms. I told him to give you a big kiss from me. I loved that dog maybe as much as anyone ever loved a kid. Losing him was almost as bad as losing you. Because even though I miss you every day, that grief that feels like it could easily kill you had faded some.

It came back fresh and just as knife-like when I realized I was going to lose Pete.

At least when you went, you didn't suffer. I probably m…

Everybody Loves a Rogue

Hey, y'all. I have another, yes, another, new release. These are early Victorian novellas for the low, low price of 99 cents. Get your hands on them!

There is no love more worthwhile than the one you have to fight the hardest to attain... 6 ladies win the heart of their one true--rogue.

Love in Plain Sight by Allison Merritt Mousy Jayne Strange is resigned to her role as a companion and governess, but when she's hired to teach a horse-crazy young lady who has American cowboy Fletcher Nash wrapped around her finger, her life takes a sudden romantic turn. Fletcher's old life casts a shadow across his desire for new love. Their seemingly impossible relationship will face many challenges, including life-changing circumstances if they ever hope to make love last.

The Lady's Chocolatier by Sandra Sookoo A fierce rainstorm in Victorian-era London throws Mr. Jasper Winslow--a chocolatier--and Miss Evangeline Bradenwilde--a corset purveyor--unexpectedly together. Without recourse…

Dreamy, Steamy New Release

Grab your fans, ladies. I have another box set release for you all today. You're gonna want to grab this thing by the horse...or the seat of a hot cowboy's pants. Ha.

Cowboy Dreamin’

Six bestselling and award-winning authors give you sexy cowboys who will make your dreams come true...

Sandy Lea Sullivan- Cowboy Love -- What's not to love about a cowboy? They live hard, play hard, and love harder. Will one chance encounter lead to something more?

Allison Merrritt- Gone Country -- Small towns don't leave much room for big dreams, but offers the comfort of home to a shaken rock star, the daughter he didn't know he had, and rekindles the love of his life.

Stephanie Berget- Tied To A Dream -- No more cowboys! Frannie O’Connell doesn’t need a western knight-in-shining-armor, but when Texas bronc rider, Rob Carter comes to town, will she find the courage to risk her heart and teach him a thing or two about trust?

Paty Jager- Eight Seconds to Love -- Jared MacIntyre, the gu…

LibaryCon 2017

I'll be at LibraryCon 2017 this year! It starts at 11am August 19th in Springfield, MO at the Library Center on Campbell. You'll get to see super heroes, animae characters, go to tutorials, pick up awesome swag, and of course...see The Heckmasters.

It was huge amounts of fun last year. I also plan to cosplay again. I went as Dean from Supernatural and that's my plan again this time around. It was just too much fun. Ask to see my anti-possession tattoo *wink, wink*.

Here's the link for their website with the official lineup of speakers and attendees.

Hope to see you all there!

No "Hard" Decisions Here - Book Sale!

This weekend, I'll be at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Hard Rock Author Event (#HRAE17) .

 I'll have paperback copies of The Guardian Chronicles, The Heckmasters, and Lawless available for purchase. Plus, I have a surprise for anyone who buys the whole Heckmasters set. And I have other fun Heckmaster and author swag to give away. Also, as is tradition, candy!

But I have a treat for you too, if you can't make it. Until the 30th, LAWLESS, HELL & A HARD PLACE, HELL & BACK, AND THE TREASURE HUNTER'S LADY are all on sale for .99 each.

That's right, just .99 each! What a steal! Get them while they last!

I can't wait to share this exciting experience with all of you. I haven't been keeping up my blog very well, but I do plan to post a lot of photos from the event. Keep your eyes peeled.

I'm also appearing at LibraryCon in Springfield, MO on August 19 at the Library Center. It's a free event, so come by if you can. It was…

Holy Heckmaster Awesomeness

I just found out that Tell (The Heckmasters) (back when it was still called that) is a finalist in the 2017 RONE Cover Awards!

And it is a spooper beautiful cover by the talented Kanaxa. I'm super thrilled that Tell was nominated for a RONE Award and that the cover is a finalist. Awesome sauce.

You can see all the pretty covers that were finalists at the InD'Tale website.

You can buy Hell & Gone with it's also awesome new cover at Amazon.

Cowboy Six Pack

So didja get the new box set yet?
Six hot cowboys for that low, low price of 99 cents?
Mine's about a guy in a fictional Oklahoma town who takes over running his family's stockyard. He meets a woman in a bar, tries to buy her a drink, and gets shut down. Then he witnesses an argument between her and another guy. Come to find out later, he's her new boss. And she's expecting a bundle of joy. It's a sweet little story about family and forgiveness. Here's an excerpt:

“I’m meeting someone.” The petite brunette had the words out of her mouth before Dean could set the glass down on the bar beside her. She shouted over the lousy rendition of ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie’, but didn’t spare him a glance. “It’s a free drink. I’m not asking for your phone number.” He glared at the band over his shoulder, but they were midway through the song and unlikely to quit playing because he wanted to talk to a woman. “I don’t want it.” She tipped her half empty glass toward him. “You loo…

Release Day - Duke of My Dreams

It's been up for pre-order for a bit, so if you purchased it, you've got six sexy Dukes just a-waiting on your ereaders.

Granted, mine is a reprint, but it was super-fun the first time around, so read it again!

The set is only 99 cents, you couldn't ask for a better bargain from such great authors.

Get it at:
Amazon || B&N || iTunes || Kobo

Super Duper Updates

I've been busy, busy.
This week, I decided that I would learn print formatting or die trying. I have good news. I did learn it and I didn't come close to dying. It's astounding to me how difficult I've made this for myself since basically I started trying my hand at any kind of formatting. It's beyond me why there's not a super simple guide for dummies. I mean, Mark Coker wrote the Smashwords guide that practically made it stupid proof. Why isn't there something like that for print? Everything I've read left me confused and frustrated.
I stumbled on a blog post by Roxanne Smolen (it's here. If you have no idea what you're doing, you should read it). There are some things that I disagree with in it. You kind of have to play with it and figure out how you like it. But today I set up the Heckmasters and all my historicals for review in Createspace. The document viewer made them look spectacular. They're in review right now. Hopefully tomorrow e…

The Hot as Hell Sale - Grab The Heckmasters!

I'm traveling this weekend, but I wanted to give y'all the heads up. The Heckmaster brothers can be yours for only 99 cents from today through the 23rd. That's right--four low, low priced days for Heckmaster happiness.

Get them while they're hot. Oh, hell. Who am I kidding? They're always hot!

Don't forget that Hell & Gone (aka Tell) was RONE Award nominated. So you don't have to take my word for that these are books worth the read.

Get 'em on the 'Zon. And don't forget they're always free on Kindle Unlimited.

Hell & A Hard Place
Hell & Back
Hell & Gone

Hot Heckmaster News

Yesterday I was eating lunch when I got the coolest email of the week. Tell (The Heckmasters, Book 3) was nominated in the Paranormal Short category for a RONE Award. The RONE Awards are held by InD'tale magazine. Books that receive 4 stars or better are nominated.

It feels pretty sweet. I had a hard time writing Tell because I didn't want to finish the series. I love my Heckmaster boys, and Tell in particular because a whole lot me went into him.

Of course, as you may know, Tell (The Heckmasters) is no longer available for sale because it's now Hell & Gone (The Heckmasters). With it's purty new cover and you get that awesome alternate ending in the Kindle version. Having a "director's cut" in a book is a first for me and it was fun, even though the alternate ending is sad. Get your tissues ready.

Just for giggles, here are the links to all three books. And they're always free on KU. You can't beat that deal.

Hell & A Hard Place
Hell & B…

They're Alive!

After a couple of weeks that feel very long (and an aching neck from bending over my laptop so much), I finally got The Convict and the Cattleman, The Wrong Brother's Bride, and Reclaiming Her Heart back on Amazon yesterday.

I have to admit, I was daunted by the prospect of reading through The Convict and the Cattleman again. I didn't wait long after I finished The Wrong Brother's Bride, but I was practically moaning about it. You know, it was one of my first books and I expected it to be bad (I had a great editor, what was I thinking?). It surprised me. That books is awesome and after three years of not looking at it, I was like, the heck? Who wrote this? It's magnificent. And it truly is. There was a part in it in which I killed a character and I have always regretted it. So, I may have reworked it a bit. You'll have to read it to find out. Ha ha. You can get it at Amazon now and it's free on KU.

I did some updating to The Wrong Brother's Bride too. It was…

A Beast of a Deal

It probably doesn't come as any surprise that Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite, hands-down, no contest fairy tale. What's not to love? Smart heroine, cranky hero, both transformed by the power of love. 
Why would I fight the urge to write a novel based on that fairy tale? Well, I wouldn't because that would be silly. However, to make a realistic version, I had to make some tweaks. There can't be any singing candlesticks in a historical novel. Although that would make a great paranormal. But I didn't go there.
Instead, I chose to yank that puppy out of France and set it in a place that's near and dear to me: Eureka Springs, AR. Instead of a rose, our heroine needs water. She's not thirsty, I promise. She needs it because Eureka Springs has long been noted for its many springs and the healing quality of these mineral-infused waters. She doesn't want it for herself. Not to make herself beautiful or relaxed or whatever the hundreds of excuses pe…

Take Cover!

The White People Almost Kissing collection is back! I wouldn't want anyone to get the idea that these aren't romance novels, after all. 
Similar to the old cover, this one captures the same couple, but in a different pose with a lighter background and a baby horse. This is my most favorite historical romance I've written and I think the cover came out just beautifully, because I am amazing, obviously. My cover artist did the hard work though. I just picked out the images. It's bright and happy...even though some parts of the story are kind of dark. But it very much reminds me of a summer day in the Ozarks. And it captures the hat--which was an important element in the story--and the horses, which were a bonding moment for the hero and heroine.

 This one. This one just came out super awesome and captures everything I was going for in this book. I had another stock couple picked out for this one, because I really liked the woman, but the guy was shirtless and it didn'…

So This Is It

It's hard to pinpoint exactly how I feel. Not as relieved as I imagined. A little sad. Happy, but sad. It's about fifty-fifty right now.

I asked for the rights back to The Convict and the Cattleman, The Wrong Brother's Bride, and Reclaiming Her Heart at the end of December. Finally, yesterday, I got the letter in the mail releasing me from Kensington's Lyrical line.

As an author (or any kind of artist who wants to share their media with the world), you wait for the moment when you hit it big. When the announcement came that Lyrical was selling to Kensington, this seemed like the break-through. Don't get me wrong, I was thrilled to sign with Samhain, a house known for its quality books. Samhain was one of my dream houses. Signing with Kensington was a huge deal. New York house for little ol' me? Awesome. You can read all about it in the January '14 posts.

Turns out I'm a bit of a Red Riding Hood. By which I mean, I got lost in the woods. Writing for the …

A Very Lawless Playlist

One of my favorite things when I got serious about writing Lawless was the music I listened to as the world unfolded. To be honest, one of the songs that really got me thinking about Lawless and a character who could be given a chance to redeem his past was Aerosmith's "Kiss Your Past Goodbye". It's a song about a hooker, sure, but it's also about redemption. That title would have made a cool tagline for the book, except I went other places with it.

I did bookmarks for Lawless and on the back instead of the blurb, I put the top five songs I listened to while writing. Here's the full list:

Kiss Your Past Goodbye - Aerosmith

Cold Hearted Man - AC/DC

Don't Cry - GNR

Dust in the Wind - Kansas

Bad Company - Bad Company

Renegade - Styx

Wheel in the Sky - Journey

Someday Never Comes - CCR

Knockin' on Heaven's Door - GNR

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin

The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

Waitin' 'Round to Die - Whitney Morgan

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Oh, Happy Day

It is a big week for Allison Merritt, y'all.

Lawless is available on Amazon! It's free for you lovely KU readers. It is everything you want in a paranormal historical romance (and maybe it's some things you didn't know you needed).

I got my rights back for The Heckmasters series. I am happy dancing so hard. I spent yesterday formatting the ebooks. They look fantastic. I am going to be so happy to get them back up on Amazon. For now, here are the covers, done by the fantastic artist, Annoula.

I've been waiting on this moment for about a year. It's a bittersweet moment, I can tell you that, but mostly I'm relieved to have the Heckmasters back in my possession. Especially considering yesterday would have been the one  year anniversary of Tell's book coming out. That's kind of sad, but he's home, so everything is great.

I'm having a wonderful day, so I hope you all have one as well. Smoochies!

Review N' Win

Tomorrow is release day for Lawless! I mean, you could've already purchased a paperback copy and devoured it, if you wanted, but if you were waiting around for the Kindle version, you can't grab that until tomorrow. On the other hand, if you don't want to buy it, but still want to review, I have an extra special offer for you.

Want to win a Heckmasters prize pack that includes:
*All three of the Heckmaster novels in paperback
*A solar dancing devil
*An XL Hershey's special dark chocolate bar
*A $10 Amazon gift card
Shoot me an email at or PM me on my Facebook page.

I'll send you a PDF copy of Lawless.

Leave a review on Amazon, your own webpage, Goodreads or another review site, fill out this form and you're entered, easy as 1-2-3!

No purchase necessary. Contest limited to the United States and Canada. Contest ends 4/1/2017. Winner will be notified by email on or about 4/3/2017. By entering, winner grants permissio…

Book Feature & Interview - She Came With the Tide by Viviana McKade

Hey, y'all. I love box sets and today I've got a super fun one for you to look at! With rock stars! Check out this interview and feature from one of the book in the set--She Came With the Tide by Viviana McKade.

1)Can you tell us your name? Andrea Turner. (She smiles, lowers her eyes before looking up at me again with the cutest grin ever.)  Soon to be Andrea Axelsson.
Have you ever had a nickname?
Never until Erik. He calls me Pixie, because of my haircut.
3)What is your profession? I’m studying early childhood education. I’d love to have my day-care center one day.
4)After all you’ve been through in your life, which we know is some, what are your thoughts on love. Love is Erik. The life we have. (Her voice hardens a bit, her eyes lose that soft light.)  For may years I thought love and possession were the same thing. Now I know better.
5)What would you change about yourself? I’d love to get rid of some of this shyness, (she says, as she fiddles with the cuff of her long sleeve t-sh…

Good News Comes in Threes, But Beware Stormy Seas

You know what day it is! No, not hump day. Don't start that junk. I don't want to hear it. It's the five year anniversary release day of THE TREASURE HUNTER'S LADY! What are we doing to celebrate? Um...not much. Go get a copy free on Kindle Unlimited. After you download that, download the other two too. You won't be sorry.

If you go back five years and read all the posts leading up to and after the release, I was a nervous wreck. It seems like a hundred years ago that it happened. In honor of five years of publishing, all The Guardian Chronicle books got new covers. Good times.

Speaking of new covers...

I imagine the publishing world is abuzz with the not-so-new news of Samhain's latest closure. I got the email yesterday afternoon. I won't lie about it. I'd requested my rights back for The Heckmasters a few months after the first closure announcement, then after Cris decided to stay open. I was actually waiting to hear if I was going to get them. It'…

Lawless Cover Reveal

Title: Lawless
Genre: Western paranormal romance
Length: 64,000 words
Publisher: Demoiselle Books
Publication date: March 7, 2017
His redemption lies beyond death. Hers lies in changing his heart.
A moment of pity costs outlaw Clayton Wilder his life when he steps in front of a bullet meant for a young boy. While his bank-robbing posse escapes, he earns a trip to the gallows. Nothing less than he deserves, but the afterlife isn't what he expected. Instead of a one-way ticket to Hell, Wilder's given the chance to redeem his soul in the Purgatory-like town of Windfall. And instead of a guardian angel, he's saddled with a being who's been dealing with souls so long, she's forgotten what living is.
After ninety-nine years as a Second Judge of Men, Joanna Casimir hopes her last assignment is an easy one. Showing her charges the error of their ways has given many a second chance at Heaven, but Wilder continually ignores her good intentions. The revenge he took on the men …