WHEN IN ROME Release Day Giveaway – Winners Announced!

I’m very pleased to announce the winners of the WHEN IN ROME Release Day Giveaway.

Love isn’t always picture perfect…

Grand Prize Winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card is: RITA WRAY

And the winners of a copy of WHEN IN ROME for Kindle are:

  • Sophia Pelamonia
  • Robin Abrams
  • Elizabeth Stacy
  • Brandi Dagwan
  • Sue Ahn

All winners have been notified. Thanks, everyone, for entering the giveaway!

And remember, if you’ve read BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE and/or WHEN IN ROME, please don’t forget to leave some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and of course tell your friends!

If you would like to stay in the know about future giveaways, releases, and other special things in the Awesomesauce category, remember to sign up for my email newsletter, and follow me on my socials, Goodreads, and my Amazon Author page!

And speaking of upcoming Awesomesauce, I have a great series of posts planned for the next few weeks. Get your passports ready!

WHEN IN ROME: Meet the Main Characters

Tomorrow, WHEN IN ROME will hit the virtual bookshelves of Amazon.com – so don’t forget to swing over there and order your copy!

*woot*

I’m excited about this, as I’m sure you all can imagine.

My Release Day Rafflecopter Giveaway is running through midnight on April 16th. You can enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card (one winner) or a copy of WHEN IN ROME for Kindle (5 winners). Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read WHEN IN ROME (or BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE, for that matter). Any device that will run the free Kindle reading app will allow you to download and read any Kindle book, but most especially the books in my Sweet Somethings series.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get the latest about upcoming releases, giveaways, and other announcements. And of course, catch me on my socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Goodreads!

Enough of the housekeeping – let’s meet our main characters!

Meet Kate Miller

photographer-16022_1920Kate Miller has always thought of herself as the older, frumpier version of her little sister Sadie. Disappointment and heartache have followed her for years. Reeling from her parents’ recent divorce and the fiasco of her sister jilting one fiance and eloping to the Caribbean with another, the last thing Kate believes in is true love. Rather than risk her heart, she hides behind an armor of snark and a camera.

Photography is Kate’s bread and butter, and the passion that drives her to seek success. Her modest photography studio in Atlanta specializes in wedding and engagement portraiture, but she dreams of becoming a big name in fine art photography. Though it’s not her forte, working an international fashion photo shoot in Rome could pave the way to reaching her dream.

The one thing she does not have time for is romance. At least, so she thinks. But taking a leap of faith with her profession could go hand in hand with taking a leap of faith with her very vulnerable heart…

Meet Domenic Varezzi

The American son of Italian immigrants has worked his way up from the bottom of the world of photography. Now one of the most sought-after, world renown fashion photographers, Domenic Varezzi can basically write his own checks and play by his own rules.baltic-sea-360280_1920

But deep down, he’s looking for a partner. Someone to not only share in his professional success, but to share in his life.

Domenic’s been burned before. Badly. But he’s still willing to take a chance on Kate Miller, in more ways than one…

WHEN IN ROME Release Day Giveaway!

I’m so excited that we’re only a week away from the official release of Sweet Somethings #2, WHEN IN ROME. I hope all of you are, too!

Love isn’t always picture perfect…

To celebrate my upcoming release, I’m holding a Rafflecopter Givewaway. Starting at midnight on Thursday, March 31st, you’ll have the chance (or really, several chances) to throw your hat into the ring to win:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card (1 Grand Prize Winner)
  • The Kindle Edition of WHEN IN ROME (5 winners)*

*Just a reminder that as long as you have a device that will run the free Kindle reading app, you’ll be able to enjoy WHEN IN ROME.

The giveaway will run from midnight on March 31st to midnight on April 16th. All winners will be notified no later than 11:59pm on April 17th.

Click the link below to enter starting March 31st!

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As always, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter, and follow me on my socials, Goodreads, and my Amazon Author page!

Don’t forget to keep checking back here throughout the next couple weeks to meet the main characters, Kate Miller and Domenic Varezzi, and to take a little virtual trip to Italy with me – where I fell in love with my own Romantic Hero of a Husband.

Time for a Sneak Peek!

Only about two and a half weeks remain until WHEN IN ROME can hit your Kindle or Kindle reading app. Exciting, isn’t it? Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to stay in the loop with announcements, and be sure to keep a close eye here on the blog for info on my Release Day Giveaway that will be starting next week.

Can’t quite wait? Here’s  a little taste for you…

Chapter 1: Phone Calls and Emails

My chair creaks as I lean back from my desk, stretching my arms overhead. The glow of the computer monitor is the only light in the room. Hooking my interlaced fingers around the back of my neck, I squint at the digital images on the screen. This afternoon’s engagement photo shoot had gone well, but I’d promised the couple proofs by tomorrow morning so they can make a selection for their official announcement. I have it narrowed down to four, the styles and poses ranging from traditional to artistic.photographer-455747_1920

Deep inside, I hope they’ll pick the artistic proof, where their heads are partly obscured by a length of gauzy fabric, leaving only the suggestion of an intimate about-to-kiss moment. During the editing process, I can play with the contrast and hues to give the photo an antique filter, leaving the color vibrant in that space right between their lips.

Too bad life can’t be edited as easily as a photograph.

My eyes start to burn, so I spin away from the computer and let my vision adjust to the dark of my studio space. Then I stand and go to the window. The Atlanta skyline stands in relief against the brilliant washes of red and orange from
tonight’s sunset.

One of my cameras sits on the window ledge. Without taking my eyes from the skyline, I lean over and pick it up. Fortunately, it’s my film camera, an expensive tool in today’s world of digital photography. I spent a few pennies I didn’t
really have to buy it online. And without a black room of my own, the cost of developing film images can be killer on a wallet. I’d love to invest in a digital scanner that would let me convert the negatives into digital files. Either that or create a black room. Right now, neither option works with my budget or my current studio space.

I have to be content with sending my film to a specialized developing company, always keeping my fingers crossed that both the prints and the negatives will make it back to me safely.

For a minute or two, I just watch the skyline, my hands automatically going through the steps of fitting the camera onto a nearby tripod. This is the last shot I’ve been trying to capture for my Atlanta Skies series, a project I hope will land me a spot in one of the local juried photography exhibitions. The colors of the sunset deepen a little more, setting the downtown skyscrapers in silhouette.

I hold my breath and bend to the viewfinder.

My cell phone rings.

Want to know who’s calling? Preview all of Chapter 1 HERE.

 

When in Rome (Sweet Somethings #2) is Available for Preorder!

Who here is dying for more Sweet Somethings? Well, you’re in luck!

In just three short weeks, WHEN IN ROME can be automatically delivered to your Kindle or Kindle reading app (on any supporting device)! And if you’re signed up for my newsletter, you’ll get first crack at the info on my release day giveaways.

And of course, don’t forget to follow me on my socials and Goodreads:

This is exciting. This is big.

Let me let the cover and blurb speak for themselves.

When in Rome (Sweet Somethings #2)

Love isn't always picture perfect...

LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS PICTURE PERFECT…

Atlanta-based photographer Kate Miller doesn’t believe in fairytale romance or relationships of the forever kind. She’s determined to build her own happiness through hard work and professional success. So, when the opportunity arises to join an exclusive fashion photo shoot in Rome, she jumps on the chance to gain international recognition. But she’s not counting on an instant attraction to the charismatic, sexy, and irritatingly arrogant director of the shoot.

World famous, Domenic Varezzi is used to calling the shots. His clients trust his instincts and they’re willing to pay for the best. But while his career is thriving, his personal life has been lackluster at best. Hoping Kate could be the answer he’s been looking for, he’s determined to win her over. Every challenge she sends his way drives him to break through her tough-as-nails exterior to reach the vulnerable heart that matches his own.

Surrounded by the beauty and magic of Italy’s “Eternal City,” a foundation begins to form that could lead to a lifetime partnership, both in business and in love. Until Domenic’s past comes back to haunt the present and threatens to destroy everything.

Available April 6, 2016 from

Soul Mate Publishing

PREORDER NOW AT

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Reviews are in for BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE

I feel like I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth lately, but in fact, I’m really just up to my eyeballs in boxes and packing material. Casa de Rowan – South is about halfway to feeling homey. Most of my free time on the weekends and evenings of late have been spent either putting things into boxes, taking things out of boxes, or trying to keep Babycakes away from the boxes.

Toddlers, FYI, are horrible assistants when one is trying to move.

But there’s still been a lot of writing going on around here. In fact, we’re only about a month or so away from another Sweet Something – so stay tuned for more info on the upcoming release of Book 2, WHEN IN ROME. In fact, if you haven’t signed up for my email newsletter yet, go do it right now so you can get the news when it breaks!

In the meantime…

For an author, nothing is quite as satisfying as discovering that people are enjoying your work. And this certainly seems to be the case with BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE!

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A number of reviews have come in from various places around the Interwebz, and I’m very happy to share them with all of you.

From “Long and Short Reviews”

“I really enjoyed reading Better Than Chocolate. I recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet romance that is fun and refreshing.”

Read the full review.

From “Aubrey Wynne: Romantasy Through the Ages”

“If you love second chances and falling in love this is a must-read.”

Read the full review.

From “Jersey Girl Book Reviews”

Better Than Chocolate is an enjoyable and lighthearted romance story that will leave a smile on your face.”

Read the full review.

From “Coffee Time Romance & More”

“I love a good “falling in love” story, and this was one of those. I finished the whole thing in two days flat!”

Read the full review.

And my personal favorite….

From “Chick Lit Plus”

“Ms. Rowan grabbed my attention from the first page and kept it through the last page. I love books that make me want to stay up all night reading – and this one absolutely did! …On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d have to give this one a 6.”

Read the full review.

Three friends. A broken engagement. A surprise elopement. A big secret. A lot of chocolate.

Have you read and enjoyed BEtter Than Chocolate? Don’t forget to leave me a review on AMAZON or GOODREADS!

Is Bad Grammar Putting a Damper on Your Love Life?

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a lot of people have love and romance on their minds, and are probably finalizing plans and solidifying the final details of romantic gestures.

Valentine’s Day has a long history, from its origins as an attempt by the Roman Catholic church to Christianize a pagan feast day, to its connections to love and romance starting in medieval times. The exchange of valentines and love letters rose in popularity through the Victorian Era, though beyond greeting cards and kids valentine kits, we’ve sort of lost the beautiful art of expressing love in writing.

The huge rise in the popularity of online dating points to some interesting trends when it comes to romance. According to a joint study done by Grammarly and eHarmony, the way we communicate in writing, be it through text or email, has an effect on our prospects in love. Check out the statistics:
Valentine's Day Grammar 2016 Infographic

Funny this study should pop up right now. I actually met my own Romantic Hero of a husband through eHarmony back in 2006 – but that’s a story for another time.

And I always advocate for good grammar.