Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ah, summer reading...

So, I've been remiss in blogging for a number of reasons, but let's not dwell on the past, shall we? Let's move forward and think about the future - in a place where I don't procrastinate and I blog relentlessly every day.

It's nearly summer, and that means that it's time to crack open those paperbacks and enjoy a little beach reading. I love beach reading. It's my favorite kind. Add a margarita, an exotic locale, and maybe a fit pool boy named Paulo, and you've got my idea of a perfect vacation.

I'm going to say this about beach reads, however. Given that's pretty much all I write, I'm the expert on summer reading.

Looking for suspense? Check out the new one by suspense master Kevin O'Brien: Viscious. You won't be able to put this one down. It's so chilling you won't even need to crank the AC.

For those of you who don't want to grow up by have to (I'm definitely in this category), check out the very funny Accidental Adult by Colin Sokolowski.

My friend Allison Winn Scotch has a new one out, too. Don't miss this wise and absorbing book: The One That I Want.

And if you're looking for heartwarming and hilarious, be sure to preorder Stacey Ballis' latest, Good Enough To Eat, which is out the first week in September.

And, naturally, no summer list would be complete without some self-promotion. If you haven't grabbed a copy of Can't Teach An Old Demon New Tricks - you must. No beach will be the same without it. Trust me on that.

Happy summer, everybody!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

It's here!

Well, everybody, the Cara Lockwood drought is over. The new book is here. Can't Teach An Old Demon New Tricks is now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It's getting some pretty good reviews by people other than my mom. Like Booklist says I have "engaging characters" and "snappy dialogue" (Oh you bet I do!).

Romance Reviews Today called CAN'T TEACH a "Funny, passionate, and full of magic and adventure... a thoroughly enjoyable adventure that will have readers quickly flipping the pages."

Need more proof? Check the word out here:

Fresh Fiction

Fallen Angel Reviews

Want to read more? Here's a glimpse of the back of the book:

Get an east Texas girl good and mad,and there’s going to be hell to pay!

Rachel Farnsworth doesn’t believe in the paranormal—she can find plenty of evil forces right in Dogwood County, like the Mega-Mart that’s driving her family’s hardware store into the ground. Then there’s her own little hell-raiser—a rowdy toddler who can turn his birthday candles into a blazing inferno with just one breath. But when her marriage goes up in smoke, Rachel discovers her husband, Kevin, isn’t just a deadbeat, he’s also a demon (a sloth demon, no less, which explains why he never helped around the house) with a renegade bounty hunter—a fallen angel named Sam— chasing down a powerful secret Kevin has kept for a millennium or two. Sam’s downfall was a beautiful mortal woman . . . and now, the heavenly attraction zinging between them has down-to-earth Rachel believing in celestial magic. But will it be enough to save her and her son from the dark forces Kevin has unwittingly unleashed on Dogwood County?

Monday, March 01, 2010

Congrats to the winners!

Congrats to the five lucky winners of the You Pick! Contest:

Angie, Kate, Mandi, Kitty and April!

Sad you didn't win? Don't worry. I'm feeling generous. Lord knows I could use some good karma these days. How about I give away five signed copies of my new book, out at the end of the month - Can't Teach An Old Demon New Tricks? Just shoot me an email at and I'll enter you to win. I'll pick winners on April 2. I was going to go for April 1, but I don't want to be mistaken for some elaborate April Fool's gag. And anyway, I'm pretty sure the joke's on me. SO... shoot me an email and I'll enter you to win.

And if you're a discerning contest enterer (that's definitely not a word) and want to check out Can't Teach An Old Demon New Tricks head to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Don't forget you can get the prequel to Can't Teach An Old Demon New Tricks... Every Demon Has His Day, which is on sale now at your local bookstore for the ridiculous price of $5.99. I think the only thing cheaper than that is a Happy Meal.

My book may not come with fries, but it won't glob on to your hips, either. And that's got to be a good thing, right?

Til next time.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Get Your (cheap) Books here!

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of winter. It might have something to do with the fact that my down-filled coat decided to explode this morning, leaving me looking feathered (sans tar). Goose down does little to enhance an all-black outfit, FYI.

So, to chase away those winter blahs, I've got a little ray of good news. Three Cara Lockwood titles have just been re-released in cheaper, mass market paperback editions. I Do (But I Don't), Every Demon Has His Day and Pink Slip Party make their re-debuts (I just made up that word) this week in a book store near you. Pink Slip Has this lovely new cover (see right), and the others have their same old covers, but an even better price: $5.99. You can't beat that, folks.

So, if you've been always meaning to read "those other" Cara Lockwood books, well now is your chance to do so on the cheap. I mean $5.99? That's like half a movie ticket. And like 1/100th of a new down coat, which I will no doubt have to buy, seeing as how I live in Chicago, and it can snow here pretty much til June.

Ahem. But, my point was, go buy some books! And so I don't look completely like the shameless self-promoter, I'm going to do something generous now. I'm going to extend the contest deadline for those five lucky winners who get to pick ANY single book from my backlist (that's eight glorious choices people!). Said winners get to pick their books, I sign them and send them to you. Boom! Free signed book. Of course, I can't promise it'll even fetch $5.99 on Ebay, but you at least have a nice, personalized signed book and when was the last time Danielle Steele did that for you? Exactly.

So, if you haven't already, email me at, and I'll enter you in the drawing on March 1, 2010.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Happy Post Holidays!

Ah, the sound of James Brown blaring at Starbucks. It must be post-holiday time! The Christmas tunes are off, and now we're back to some odd ecclectic mix of James Brown, the Beatles and some Irish Rock Indie band I've never heard of. It's good to be back!

If you're not so happy that the Christmas music is gone or if you're still fuming about that package of coal-colored Fruit of the Loom that Santa brought you, then fear not. I've got a little post-holiday contest to lift your spirits.

Several of my books are being re-released this month in mass market paperback (I Do (But I Don't), Pink Slip Party and Every Demon Has His Day). In honor of the re-release, I'll be giving away five titles from my back list - winner's choice! You can have one of the three new re-releases, or you could pick one of the Bard Books, or you could just spin the book wheel and let me decide. In any case, you'll get an autographed copy of a Cara Lockwood masterpiece. Okay, well, if not quite a masterpiece, then a piece. Of something.


But, hey, it's a free book. Signed. By moi. You could get worse things. Like a pair of underwear.

So, just shot me an email at to enter the January Book Giveaway and I'll pick five winners on February 1.

And remember, if you don't win, you can always snag a copy of one of the re-releases. They're only $5.99! That's what I call a sweet deal.

(Actually, I secretly call it my "retire in Hawaii" deal. But with the amount of money in that account, I can't actually retire at the moment. Given the hits my 401K have taken this year, I might have to call it my "Retire to Work as Wal-Mart Greeter fund" but I digress.

Email me! Enter the contest. Win a signed book!