Warm Holiday Greetings

I hope that this post finds you in the company of family and friends. From me and my characters to you, Merry Christmas! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and read about my adventures, books, and all things Denise. I hope that the holidays find you well and you have a happy and blessed 2014. Continue reading “Warm Holiday Greetings”

Manny & Chad: WIP

I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of book reviews (a.k.a. commentary) of late so I wanted to change things up a bit.

For those of you who read Wild Horses, you will remember Harry Vincent and Manny Palmero, the two Santa Fe Police Officers who visit Georgia’s coffee shop on a regular basis. Manny is the overprotective big brother figure who is in a relationship with Chad, an artist.

I fell in love with Manny while writing Georgia’s story so I decided to start writing the story of how Manny and Chad met and came to be a couple. I haven’t come up with a title yet . . . I’m hoping something from the story jumps out at me. After all, thinking of titles is one of my downfalls!!

Below is an excerpt of the work-in-progress. I hope you enjoy it!


He didn’t consider himself a touchy-feely kind of guy, but for some reason Manny wanted to have his hands on Chad. There was just something about the man that screamed adorable and eager to please.

“Ooh, did Chad give you that, Manny?” Maria eyed the bracelet on his wrist. Manny still hadn’t released Chad’s neck. His fingers lightly massaged the tension lingering at the top of the man’s shoulders.

“He did. Isn’t his work fabulous?” Manny winked at his sister. She had horrible timing, but if she was going to insert herself into their space, he was going to make her pay. The price would be awarding Chad the coveted retail spot in downtown Santa Fe at a reasonable price.

The smaller man blushed, likely because of Manny’s compliments. In reality, though, he wasn’t pouring it on thick. The man had talent. He deserved to be recognized. Manny watched his sister carefully; he knew she was mulling over his compliments. Compared to the other artists they had seen this evening, it was no contest. Chad’s work screamed quality and was definitely unique.


In reference to the above, Maria is Manny’s older sister, a savvy business owner and property manager.

So far the story is just under 8800 words and is about a third of the way done. Not sure when I will have it finished, but rest assured, I will announce it on here. Please stay tuned!


Wild Horses

I got my cover art from Books to Go Now for my Valentine’s Day Sweet Romance titled Wild Horses.Wild_Horses

Of course I’m biased, but I really like the cover. I think the guy represents Jonathan very well!

Just a brief overview of the story… it is set in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Georgia Adams is a lonely coffee shop owner and part-time photographer. While she has friends in Santa Fe, her mother’s passing left a hole in her heart. She doesn’t have any interest in romance until she meets Jonathan Marker. I’m not going to spoil anything, but is Georgia willing to open her heart to the possibility of friendship and love with Jonathan? Guess you will have to read it to find out *wink*

While I don’t have the release date yet, it should be soon as I approved the final proof earlier this week. Don’t worry! I will be sure to let you know when it is available.

Wild Horses will also be featured in a Valentine’s Day anthology titled Valentines Say “I Love You“, which will hopefully be released this weekend.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was nominated by Sue Lyndon, a popular blogger and author who writes spanking and BDSM stories. Be sure to check out her blog. Sue can also be found on Twitter @SueLyndon as well as Facebook and Goodreads.

The Rules:very-inspirational-blogger

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 Things About Me:

  1. I sing with a local choral group.
  2. I wanted to major in architecture in college but was intimidated by all the math.
  3. My current star/ Hollywood hottie obsessions are Daniel Craig and David Gandy. *sigh*
  4. I love to sleep in; my unwritten rule is not getting out of bed prior to 9 am on Saturday mornings.
  5. I played volleyball in college.
  6. I love to travel and wish I had more free time to explore new places. I often set stories in places that I have visited.
  7. Sadly, I would be lost without my smart phone. How did I ever live before?? *shakes head, laughing*

I’m going to expound a bit on #6 so bear with me! My current release, Tumbling in Time, is set in several places in the United States. The first part of the story is set in a futuristic San Diego, California. I’m made a couple of trips to San Diego for work. Great town, just expensive. My upcoming Valentine’s Day story, Wild Horses, is set in New Mexico. I’ve been to New Mexico both for work and pleasure. My aunt and uncle used to live there so I spent some time visiting. I fell in love with Santa Fe and the culture. What a great town!

I’m going to tag my nominees on Facebook. Sue, don’t punish me if I don’t have 15! *wink*