Flight Risk Release Party Giveaway

Posted by BV on August 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |


Flight Risk, book #4 in my Assignment: Romance series releases on August 23rd! I hope you can join me and several of my outrageously talented author pals to help celebrate!

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Tracy Kimmer
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Geralyn Coricillo
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Stacey Weidower
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – CJ Warrant
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Ellyn Oak(smith)
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Glynnis Astie
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Nicole Leiren
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – T. Sue VerSteeg
(*note: all times are in Central Time)

We’ll be chatting about overcoming fears, taking risks and other fun topics, and giving away lots of great prizes. For a chance to win, all you have to do is jump right in!

Never been to a Facebook party before? Not to worry. Here’s how they work.

First and foremost, they’re online only. At 4pm CST on Tuesday 8/23, I’ll kick off the event right here with a few posts, welcoming attendees and kicking off the conversation (about my new book, about the thrill of letting go of fear, which Chicago Cub keeps me glued to the TV for each and every game, etc.).

I’ll also share a picture of the dazzling prize I’ll be giving away to a lucky (U.S. based) participant. Then, in 30 minutes slots, the other writers I’ve invited to co-host will do the same. It’s a great way for you to “meet” new authors.

Here’s the best part – if you comment on any of the posts, you’re automatically entered for the giveaways (mostly books by said authors). It’s a lot of fun and pretty-fast paced. Can’t wait to “see” you all there!


A Sunny-side Up Summer

Posted by BV on August 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

AugustI know what you’re thinking…”Where’ve you been? It’s August, for Pete’s sake!”

You’re right. This summer has flown by. Why it seems like just yesterday I was pulling my white capris and sandals from the nether regions of my closet.

So much has happened in the last two months. Too much to write about really. Some of it good. Some bad.

I’ll start with the good.

  • My eldest landed his dream job just weeks before he graduated with his Master’s degree (ever the overachiever).Nala
  • My second eldest brought an adorable feline home with him from college (me being a dog person, this speaks volumes).
  • danielMy third eldest went to Morocco for a study abroad stint and arrived back safely six weeks later (cried when I finally got him back in my arms, I did).
  • My fourth eldest committed to his college of choice (I had every confidence…really).
  • My youngest mastered making his favorite breakfast – eggs, sunny side up.
  • My sister moved back home after spending a year plus on the East coast (worst Thanksgiving ever last year when she couldn’t join us).
  • As for me, I finished my fourth book (hint, hint…you can find the pre-order links on My Books page).

Now for the bad.NewJersey

  • My eldest landed his first job…on the East coast (enough said).
  • My second eldest brought a cat home (along with a truckload of cats toys and accessories).
  • My third eldest is already talking about his next study abroad adventure…in India (this from the young man who ate nothing but bread while in Morocco).
  • My fourth eldest is going away to college (I get verklempt just thinking about it).
  • My youngest is starting 8th grade in the fall (8th grade!!!).
  • My sister is still looking for work (anybody looking for a brilliant corporate L&D executive?).
  • The deadline for my next book is October 1st (insert hearty laughter here).

Throw in the loss of two old friends, the rise of global terrorism, our choices for our next Commander-in-Chief, and worst of all – the rising cost of all things chocolate, and I’ll be the first to admit…I’m finding it harder and harder to focus on the good stuff.

In an attempt to claw my way out of the all-powerful, ever-present vortex of negativity, I’m going to follow my mother’s age-old advice and count my blessings.

eggsWhile looking on the bright side is sometimes easier said than done, the sight of my youngest at the stove, spatula in hand, is enough to remind me that things can only get better. Messier, maybe, but definitely better.


Book Baby Pic

Posted by BV on June 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

FlightRiskAs I promised in my Birthing a Book post, here is a picture of Flight Risk, my latest book-slash-baby.

Isn’t it lovely?

That’s Aubrey Thomas, a phobic travel writer at the Chicago Gazette, on the cover. When she must chose between jumping to what she fears will be certain death from a skydiving static line or sinking even deeper into debt in the unemployment line, she scrambles to find someone—anyone!—who can help her overcome her debilitating fear of heights.

Enter John Trelawney, a charming window washer who thinks nothing of dangling by a cable fifty stories up and claims he can cure her. Everything about John makes Aubrey nervous… including the way her heart kicks into overdrive whenever he’s around. But, at the end of her rope, she takes him up on his offer. Can he really help her get over her fear of heights? Or will Aubrey find herself free falling…possibly even in love with him?

I can’t wait for you to read it!

Flight Risk doesn’t release until August 29th, but I’ll share the pre-order links as soon as I have them.

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