Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Congratulations to "Lynn B.", the winner in Becky's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

As an author I routinely scour the internet for reviews. All the authors I know do. We live for them – die by them. We beg, bleed, and plead for reviews. I chew on my nails in anticipation of getting one; and when I do I analyze every word, even a positive one can send me into fits, but a negative one can send me spinning. But surely notable, establish authors like Stephen King and Nora Roberts wouldn’t lose any sleep over what one random reader thinks. How could my opinion matter to them.

Seriously? Who am I?

I can just see it now. I post my lackluster review and Nora Roberts promptly signs into her Facebook account crying on the virtual shoulders of her author support group. “She just didn’t get what I was trying to impart. Should I respond? Should I explain that what she thinks was missing the editor had me remove? Does she even read that genre? How could she be so mean????”

And Nora’s friends sympathize; [nod] they’ve been there. “That BITCH!” “You’re a better writer than that.” “Don’t engage, Nora.” “You’re officially an author now!” “I loved your book, honey.”

Of course Nora Roberts’ support group consists of similarly talented and successful authors like Tami Hoag, Maya Banks, Julie Garwood, Debbie Macomber, Jasinda Wilder and Linda Lael Miller.

Then Nora would get angry. “Yeah, screw Becky Flade!” [I would die a thousand deaths if Nora Roberts ever thought those words. Of course just being on her radar would be the ultimate feather in my cap.] She’d start calling me Princess Pinhead. And then the entire group would start calling me Princess Pinhead. They’d avoid me on social media, not sending me their awesome books to read. It would get abbreviated to PP. Which sounds way to much like going #1, which some smart ass, probably from Philly, would run with I’m sure. They’d reassure each other every time someone got a crappy review by posting funny/clever pictures on-line ridiculing Princess Pinhead.

It’s not worth it. I can’t take that kind of rejection over a review. Don’t hate me Nora. I’m not a Pinhead – I love your books.

And hopefully, you’ll love my newest book: Fated Desires. Read on for a chance to win a free, signed paperback.

Jenna Gavin is searching for a fresh start and, more importantly, for balance. Her heart, and perhaps the hands of fate, have led her and her son to Trappers' Cove, Minnesota. Settling in the small, quirky town, she's not in the market for a casual relationship but finds herself in one with the young widower next door.

Former shortstop, Gabriel Foxx, is drawn to his difficult new neighbor. The more the prickly divorcee tries to keep him at arm's length, the more determined he is to break down her walls. He can't avoid the passion Jenna inspires and his friendship with Finn has him yearning for family, but Gabe won't allow himself to feel more.

When friendship grows complicated by stronger emotions and mutual desire just isn't enough, will love be worth the risk?

Enjoy the following excerpt from Fated Desires:

He hadn’t moved and she could smell the mix of pine tree blended with fresh greens, warm wind, pepper, mahogany, and water that was uniquely Gabriel. It was disconcerting. He was disconcerting. “Could you back up some?”
“Why should I?”
“Because you’re invading my personal space.”
“This is your dance space, and this is my dance space?” He laughed and though he didn’t step away he did lean back on his heels, giving the illusion of distance.
“Isn’t that movie before your time?”
“Oh, a dig about my age. Excellent.”
“Not a dig, an observation.”
“I was born in 1977 and Dirty Dancing came out in the late eighties. So the answer to your question is no, it’s not before my time. And my sisters loved it.”
“You’re thirty-nine?”
“I’ll be thirty-nine in September. And I’m mature.”
“Yeah, right.” She snorted.
“You may or may not have been avoiding me, but you have been thinking about me. Nice consolation prize.”
“How did you draw that conclusion?”
“Call it a hunch.”
“More like arrogance.”
“Tomayto, tomahto.” He stared at her mouth and saliva pooled under her tongue. “I’ve been thinking about you too.”
“I never said I was.” 
“Of course you were. You’ve been thinking about my age, right? Telling yourself I’m too young for you? That means you’ve been thinking about doing things with me where age might make a difference—not drinking coffee or talking about books, for example.” He leaned in, crowding her again. “I’m not too young.”
“What you are is delusional. And conceited.”
“I preferred arrogant. Sounded more noble.”
“Did you come in here to purchase something or to annoy me?”
“Both. But I changed my mind about the book.” He braced his hands on the edge of the desk, trapping her. His mouth was inches from hers and his voice a whisper, “I can’t stop thinking about your lips.”

I know my opinion is biased, but I truly love that scene. Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies and it becomes an ‘inside thing’ between Jenna and Gabe. Leave a quote from your favorite romantic movie in the comments below for a chance to win a paperback copy of Fated Desires.


Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor in southeastern Pennsylvania. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

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  1. Congrats on your latest book, Becky. I love the movie While You Were Sleeping, especially the almost wedding scene that Sandra Bullock balked at marrying Peter that goes like:
    Lucy: I'm in love with your son.
    Her would be father in law: I know
    Lucy pointed at Peter: Not that one.
    Then she pointed to Jack, Peter's brother: That one.

  2. Every time I look at that cover I think of Nicky Whelan. Those girls are just so similar :)

    "I'd give my life just to have another three days with you." It's a quote from one of my favorite movies, "Labor Day".


    1. I'm not sure I've seen Labor Day. I'll have to check it out that's a great line! Thanks for playing

  3. Dirty Dancing has always been a fav of mine too ... and Pretty Woman ... and the angst and eventual reunion on Twister always really got to me!

    RLR888 @

  4. "You complete me" in Jerry Maguire is my all-time favourite movie line. It gives me goose bumps when I hear it.


  5. BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY "It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is making my way here to you."

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Made especially romantic by Clint Eastwood uttering it. Yum! Thanks for playing

  6. no fav

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. How nice. You gave me a cd to remind me of your daughter, YOU SICK BASTARD.....(sobs) wait...... she remembers........... hi.. im tom.


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