My Christmas novella is in DABWAHA, the March Madness of romance novels! You can win prizes for playing!

YOU GUYS!! Unwrapping Her Perfect Match just got one of the coolest compliments a book can get. It’s been included in DABWAHA!

DABWAHA

What the heck is DABWAHA?

DABWAHA is a tournament to find readers’ favorite romance novels of 2014. It’s run by the bloggers at Dear Author and Smart Bitches Trashy Books, which is why the name is the Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors. (Catchy, no?)

They start with 8 categories, each with 8 books. That’s 64 books (mostly books that were favorably reviewed on one of the sites last year, but some books are nominated by readers, too). Yesterday they announced seven of the categories, and Unwrapping Her Perfect Match is right there under Novellas!

The eighth category is made up of books nominated by readers. This week, you can nominate books you think should be part of the tournament. You just need the ISBN (if there’s a print version available) or ASIN if it’s digital only. If my other two books of 2014 are on your list of favorites, here are the ASINs:
Playing It Close B00GKBIQNG
Tempting the Player B00L7NTY7Y

Once the tournament’s live, readers make a bracket by selecting the books they want to see advance in each round. Then you vote on your favorite books in each category, and the winning books move on to the next round. Whomever has the most perfect bracket after each round wins a prize.

Unwrapping Her Perfect MatchHow can I get involved?

1. Nominate your favorite books of 2014 to be included. (till March 13)

2. Make your own bracket. (March 15)

3. Vote! (March 17 onwards)

Right now, you can only do #1. When the tournament goes live, you can do #2 and #3. And there will be lots of bribery trying to buy your vote. 🙂

I’ll be back later with bribes. I’m really hoping I don’t go out in the first round. Please help me!

Have you read any of the books in the Novella category? What do you think my chances are? (You can be honest. I know I’m up against Goliaths!)

It’s release day for Unwrapping Her Perfect Match! + a giveaway!

Sexy rugby players are like buses. You wait forever for one to come along, and then two show up at once. 🙂

Today “Little” John Sheldon is ready to make your Christmas special. John’s a big man with a big heart. He’s not suave or sophisticated. In fact, he quite often makes a hash of things, as the Brits would say.

In other words, he no stranger to screwing up.

But he steals Gwen Chambers’ heart, and believe me when I say that hers is a tough heart to steal. She’s been hurt badly in the past, and she’s very protective of herself. But it’s Christmas, the most magical time of the year.

I hope you love their story. If you help me spread the word by tweeting, adding it to Goodreads shelves or writing a review, you could win a $25 gift card and a British Christmas prize pack. Click here and enter using the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page.

Unwrapping Her Perfect Match’Twas a week before Christmas, and at the auction house…

At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.

A rugby player was stirring, with desire no one could douse…

John has wanted Gwen since he first saw her, but when he’s injured in a match just before Christmas he suddenly needs her too. Not only can the sexy nurse help him recover, but she might be able to help him look after his daughter—a shy ten-year-old who speaks only French.

But will it be a Happy Christmas for all, and for all a good night?

From decorating the Christmas tree to ice skating at the Tower of London, Gwen helps father and daughter open up and bond with each other—and she bonds right along with them. But when John’s agent calls with a life-changing offer, Gwen has to decide how far she’s willing to go for her perfect match. Will their first Noël also be their last?

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Read Chapter One

Unwrapping Her Perfect Match: A London Legends Christmas Novella


Excerpt

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter Two, after Gwen buys John in an auction and she makes secret plans to take him on a date. Enjoy!

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Nervous energy zipped through Gwen as her Tube train screeched its way into Angel. She hated, hated being late, but a bus accident had kept her rushing around at work far later than she’d planned. She’d barely had time to change her clothes, throwing on her best woolen skirt and a jumper before running out of the hospital. ’Twas the season of heavy layers and too many people on the Tube, making her sweat just as much as the anticipation of seeing John again.

How could one big man make her this jumpy?

When the train’s doors opened, she and a hundred other Londoners poured onto the Underground platform and boarded the steep escalator to freedom. A blast of cold air hit her hot cheeks as she crested the top.

And there he was, looking massive and intimidating in a thick winter coat, leaning against the exit with his wooly cap pulled low over his forehead—and a bouquet of roses in his hands.

Her tummy tightened. The last time someone had given her flowers…

He’s not Adam.

She took a deep breath and walked toward him. He seemed to notice her straightaway, a broad smile transforming his face. “You made it.”

“I’m so sorry I’m late. There was a bus accident—”

He blanched and clasped her arm. “Jesus. Are you all right?”

“Yeah, yeah. Sorry, I forgot you didn’t know. I’m a nurse.”

His body practically wilted. “Oh. Thank God. I mean…was anyone badly hurt?”

“Everyone was stable by the time I left.”

“Good. That must be a tough job.”

“It’s challenging, but I like it. And I make sure I do plenty of fun things to keep me balanced. Like tonight’s plan, for example.”

He leaned closer and gave her a conspiratorial grin. “Want to tell me what we’re doing?”

“If I did, you’d probably jump over everyone here in your rush to get away.”

He stroked the pad of his thumb across her cheek, the coolness of his touch so surprising against her overheated skin that she shivered. “I’m not running away, Gwen. Even if we end up at a male strip club.”

She coughed. “Um, excuse me?”

“I saw Tess today. She kept looking at me and laughing her arse off. So I’m making guesses here about what we’re doing.”

“Not that. Ever.”

“Just saying—I can scream ‘Take it off!’ with the best of them.”

Quote from Unwrapping Her Perfect Match

How to read my London Legends Christmas novella for FREE!

Hands up…how many of you have heard of Wattpad? It’s an amazing website that connects readers with free stories. Millions of people visit the site, and you can find loads of great stories — including Unwrapping Her Perfect Match.

I’ll be publishing one chapter every Monday and Friday between now and Christmas. Of course, if you want to read more than two chapters a week, you can always buy it. 😉

Most people download the Wattpad app and read that way, but you can also read on the website. You can leave comments on stories, vote for them, share them, and — if you use the Wattpad app — you can even create quote art so you can share your favorite quotes from stories. As an author, I can add videos and photos, which I’ll do for a few chapters. (I’ve added a video to get you in the Christmas mood for chapter one. Click on that link and look under Media on the right-hand side.)

Whether you’re already on Wattpad or new to it, I hope you’ll check out Unwrapping Her Perfect Match and help me spread the word. I’m hoping the site will help introduce my London Legends to a whole new audience!

Unwrapping Her Perfect Match’Twas a week before Christmas, and at the auction house…

At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.

A rugby player was stirring, with desire no one could douse…

John has wanted Gwen since he first saw her, but when he’s injured in a match just before Christmas he suddenly needs her too. Not only can the sexy nurse help him recover, but she might be able to help him look after his daughter—a shy ten-year-old who speaks only French.

But will it be a Happy Christmas for all, and for all a good night?

From decorating the Christmas tree to ice skating at the Tower of London, Gwen helps father and daughter open up and bond with each other—and she bonds right along with them. But when John’s agent calls with a life-changing offer, Gwen has to decide how far she’s willing to go for her perfect match. Will their first Noël also be their last?

Buy it at Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk

Have you read anything on Wattpad before? Do you have any favorite stories there?

Help me choose the cover of my London Legends Christmas novella!

So, I have a surprise. I’ve been working on a secret project for, oh, about a year now. (Seriously.)

Next month I’ll be self-publishing a London Legends Christmas novella. Yay!

I’m so excited. This book features Gwen Chambers, Tess’s sister from Playing It Close.  Those of you who have read Playing It Close will know that Gwen is about six feet tall and quite awkward. When she was sixteen, a boy won a bet by having sex with her. She was devastated and has felt shy and uncertain around men ever since.

So who from the team do you think would be her perfect match? I wonder if you can guess! (Hint: he’s the tallest player on the team–and perfectly proportionate. ;))

I’ve been working with a wonderful cover designer, Jessica Cantor, and I think we’ve found the perfect couple. But I need your help! Could you look at these covers and let me know which you prefer? The couple stays the same, but the background and title designs change. If you like the title from one but the background from another, let me know because those things can be swapped around.

Also, please keep in mind that these are low-res versions, so they will be smoothed out and not have the Shutterstock logo on them. 🙂

Thank you so much for your help! And I’ll let you know more about the book as soon as I can.

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Option 2

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Option 3

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What do you think? Do you have a favorite? A least favorite? And who do you think the hero is?