Chasing the Dollar is a winner!

Chasing The Dollar was selected as the Winner of the HOLT Medallion Award for outstanding literary fiction in both the Best First Book and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements categories. Thank you, Virginia Romance Writers! I am truly honored. Congratulations to all the winners!

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New short story coming your way!

I just wrapped up edits on One Red Cent, a short story that will be released this summer! It’s in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series, but is from the point of view of Sarah Girard, Miranda’s kick-ass best friend! I had such a great time writing this and am really excited to get to share it with you soon!

KillerBeachReads_finalIn the meantime, here’s a snippet from another of Sarah’s bad dates:

I smiled at Christian and hoped that I looked semi-interested in whatever he was talking about. I was pretty sure it was about his job at a mortgage brokerage firm, but I had tuned out the last time the door had opened and I’d seen Eddie waving a chef’s knife at an employee. 

“…my new supervisor thought he’d be changing the policy after he got promoted, but well, that was just the way things were done from the gecko.”

My head snapped back to Christian. “Uh, I’m sorry. What did you say? The gecko?”

He nodded. “Yeah, it’s a saying. You know, like, from the gecko.”

I paused, unsure if he was serious. “I think you mean from the get go.”

He laughed. “That doesn’t make sense. Get go? What does that even mean?”

“No, ‘from the gecko’ doesn’t make sense,” I said. Was I really having this discussion?

“It means from a long time ago. You know, when the geckos ruled the earth.”

“Uh…” I had no idea what to do with this.

Christian nodded, his handsome face quite serious. “They’re, like, dinosaurs.”

One Red Cent will be released in July in the KILLER BEACH READS anthology, by Gemma Halliday Publishing. For updates on this collection, sign up for my newsletter:

Big news!

I aholt-finalistm so excited to announce that Chasing the Dollar is a finalist in the HOLT Medallion Contest, sponsored by the Virginia Romance Writers. And in two categories–best first novel and novel with strong romantic elements! I could not be more thrilled and honored.

Thank you, Virginia Romance Writers! Good luck to all the finalists!

Trouble… on the move

A Good Kind of Trouble final for Barnes and Noble copyTo celebrate the release of A Good Kind of Trouble, I’ll be dashing around the internet in the next week, with guest posts, excerpts, and other fun stuff at various book blogs. Check in here for my itinerary and then come say hello. First stop is A Passion for Romance, where I’m talking all about the book.

I’ll also be giving away two signed copies of A Good Kind of Trouble (US only, please). Sign up here for the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Thanks to Krista at Bridging the Gap Promotions for organizing the tour!

Are you ready for Trouble?

Good morning!

It’s release day for A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE! Get it on your Kindle for only $2.99 for a limited time (or free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber)!

Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and A Good Kind of Trouble final for Barnes and Noble copymake her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way. Her streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney and former bad date Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer.

Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail and away from a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.

This book is near and dear to me because it was so much fun to write. I hope you enjoy spending time with Lindsey and Ben, too.

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Come join the book club!

ChasingtheDollarThe Gemma Halliday Publishing book club is discussing the first book in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series, Chasing the Dollar. Come by and join in the discussion, learn about what’s next for the characters, and enter to win fun prizes! I’ll be there April 16-29.

And bonus! Use the book club’s discount code and get an ebook copy of Chasing the Dollar for only 99 cents through Smashwords!

Hope to see you there!


New release and a giveaway!

Good morning! To celebrate the release of Dropping the Dime, the Droppingthedimepurplesecond book in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series, I’ll be flitting around the internet, guest posting at various blogs. Here’s my tour itinerary. Come by and say hi, and enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Click here for my Rafflecopter giveaway!

Today I’m at Fall Into Reading…Reviews with an excerpt of Dropping the Dime!

Don’t forget that Dropping the Dime is 99 cents for one week only!

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Dropping the Dime is out in the world!

Lovely readers, I have some wonderful news! Dropping the Dime is available today at all the finest online booksellers. This is the second book in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series and I had such a great time writing it. Droppingthedimepurple

You can get your copy here:

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Here’s a peek at Chapter One! I hope you have as much fun reading about Miranda’s latest adventures as I did writing it!

Chapter One

My heart pounded, and my legs ached, but I kept putting one foot in front of the other. I struggled for breath and grimaced at the pain in my side. Gasping, I struggled onward through the empty city streets in the gray early light.

“I hate this. I hate this. I hate this.”

There was no one out on the street to hear my complaints, so I voiced them, chanting in time with my footsteps on the sidewalk.

“Hang in there, pretty lady. Your butt will look good.”

“Eeep!” I leapt sideways at the voice and saw the bearded man reclining in a doorway. He lifted a paper-covered bottle and winked a bleary eye at me.

I picked up my pace and crossed the street, my heart rate well into the aerobic range thanks to the new rush of adrenaline.

It’s pretty much impossible for me to explain how much I loathe running.

I hate feeling like a lumbering elephant as my feet pound away at the unforgiving sidewalk. I hate sweating. I hate sports bras.

But I kept moving at a pace that could be considered a jog. It was barely daylight, the only sane time to go out in public and humiliate myself. At least there were few people out and about to see me attempt the concept of exercise.

Why was I doing this if I hated it so much? I asked myself this question as I tried to focus on the music streaming in through my earbuds. It was healthy, though it made me feel like I was dying. It would let me fit into the cute dress I just bought that was a little snug.

And the next time I was chased by gun-toting psychopaths, I’d be ready to run.

I hoped there was never a next time. But after recent events, I wasn’t going to rule it out.

By the time I reached the entrance to the alley that led to my apartment I was a huffing, sweaty mess, and all I could think of was showering then stopping by my aunt’s bakery and grabbing a hot almond croissant right off the baking tray. My mouth watered at the thought of the pastry as I opened the gate to the backyard that led to my apartment over Aunt Marie’s garage. I’d been living in the apartment for a couple of years and though it was small and cramped and I could now afford to move out, I liked living near my only family member. And her yummy bakery.

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International Cozy Mysteries collection is out today!

Love mysteries? Love travel to exotic locations? Then have I got a deal for you!

The International Cozy Mysteries bundle from Gemma Halliday Publishing is out today! You get four full-length, face-paced international mysteries and for one week, you get all that for just 99 cents!

Included in this box set are 4 full-length mystery novels, including:

International copyFashion, Lies, and Murder (Amber Fox Mysteries book #1) by Sibel Hodge

Counterfeit Conspiracies (Bodies of Art Mysteries book #1) by Ritter Ames

Chasing the Dollar (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries book #1) by Ellie Ashe

Death Under the Venice Moon (Lella York Mysteries book #2) by Maria Grazia Swan

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I’m so thrilled to be included in this collection along with three of my favorite authors! These are all great reads and I know you’ll enjoy escaping into these international adventures.

Come over to Laffeinated Ink today tomorrow (sorry, got too excited) to read the Q&A with the four authors and comment for a chance to win an ebook bundle of your own!

Good luck and bon voyage!