I was proud to be a part of the A Shaker of Margaritas anthologies before it won awards. But now I’ve discovered it’s been winning awards – woo hoo! Maybe that make me an award-winning author. It could explain why my short stories seem to be my most popular titles right now.
Viva Las Vegas was published in the first A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas anthology.
Cougars in Cabo was published in the second A Shaker of Margaritas: Cougars on the Prowl anthology.
There’s a new kid on the block and the third anthology A Shaker of Margaritas: Bad Hair Day has also joined the other 2. I love the cover!!
The A Shaker of Margaritas anthologies are published by Mozark Press and are available in print and e-book (special sale for e-book was just announced here.)
THE TOM JONES CLUB
International wine director Lucky Stryker, the “Lucky Lady,” is lucky in the boardroom, but unlucky in love. But the last thing she expects is to land in the arms of a cowboy during the Tom Jones Club convention. A hot week with a cowboy in Las Vegas is one thing—eternity is another.
Fearing that any woman he gets involved with will leave him–the way his mother left his father–Eric Blake chooses women who are guaranteed to fulfill that prophecy. And Lucky Stryker is no exception.
When Lady Luck throws the red hot dice, Lucky and Eric cash in on a red hot sizzling romance. So when their pasts catch up to them, and neither is who they appear to be, they are forced to answer these questions, “Can their hearts keep the promises their bodies have been making?” and “Will they finally get lucky in love?”
REAL WOMEN WEAR RED
“I may dye my hair blonde, I may drink pink drinks, but I am not doing pink toe polish. Red, that’s my color. After all, real women wear red.” – Cyn
When Kate “Cyn” Francis changes her name, her hair color, and her age in order to snag a younger man on a Caribbean cruise, the last thing she expects is to fall overboard for a Cary Grant look-alike. Sandy Brown, eager to get over a broken heart, is also looking for love. Millie Evans, having recently sold her publishing empire, is on a succession of one-week cruises, looking to reconnect with a past love. But this is no ordinary love boat.
Three women, three generations, all connected in an unexpected way. And it’s more than sharing the same motto that “real women wear red.”
REAL WOMEN SING THE BLUES
When the women of Real Women Wear Red return from their Caribbean cruise, each woman must deal with the consequences of secrets shared onboard ship.
Millie’s secret sends Robin reeling all the way to Blue Hawaii, and she finds herself chasing Moondoggie and singing the Blues. This sets off the “Millie Domino Effect.” Millie chases after Robin and Monterey Jack chases after Millie. Cyn joins Robin and Millie on the cruise when her “Cary Grant” gets too serious too fast. And Sandy runs to Cyn for motherly comfort when her shipboard romance blows up.
Four women, four islands, and a seven-night cruise to Paradise. Is there life after Blue Hawaii or will they end up singing the Blues?
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LETTERS ON BALBOA ISLAND
When Rosalie Martin was seventeen, she knew two things that were true: (1) You couldn’t help but meet a man in a military uniform in southern California in the 1950s, and (2) Sooner or later, men would leave. But that didn’t stop her mother, her sister, or even herself from trying to find a man who would stay. And before she knew it, she had not only one man on her hands, but two.
So when Rosalie sends a “Dear John” letter to the one serving in the Korean War to marry the one back home, she begins a life of secrets and regrets. Years later, when letters surface on Balboa Island, she realizes she may have chosen the wrong man. So when fate gives her the chance to make a different choice, will she? Or has she lived a life of lies for too long?
VIVA LAS VEGAS
(originally published in the A SHAKER OF MARGARITAS: HOT FLASH MOMMAS anthology by Mozark Press.)
AS THE BULLETS DROP
Debra Hunt’s mother warned her about men like her father. And now Debra is meeting her father for the first time at a remote mountainside cabin. Where her cell phone doesn’t work. And a dead body shows up on her father’s doorstep. And it looks an awful lot like her mother’s dead body. A police investigation is soon underway and it seems that everybody’s a suspect.
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COUGARS IN CABO
Spurned by the man who was supposed to be her second chance, buttoned-down Barbara reluctantly joins her “ultra San Francisco chic” friend Cherie on a cruise to Mexico. Never quite living up to Cherie’s standards, Barbara relishes being chased by a young, hot, surfer dude. Reluctant or not, Barbara learns to live in the moment as one of the Cougars in Cabo.
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(originally published in the A SHAKER OF MARGARITAS: COUGARS ON THE PROWL anthology, by Mozark Press.)
50-something Kitty Arness hasn’t been called “Kitten” since her college days. So when a chance encounter reunites her with an old love on Laguna Beach, she realizes she longs to be “Kitten” one more time. Still hurting from the breakup all these years later, she must make a hard choice: to hold onto her pride or forgive and forget, especially when she reads the writing in the sand.
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