Sunday, July 20, 2014

Southern Magic Members' Releases

These are just the releases from the last couple months. So many more. Go to and click on the members' names to go to their websites. You'll see many more books.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fall Rush: A Southern College Novella Cover/Trailer Reveal

Just when you thought you'd seen the last of me, *evil laugh* another Southern College Novella is coming your way on August 1, 2014. Feast your eyes on this remarkable cover created by Kari Ayasha at Cover to Cover Designs.


Embry Harris is desperate to turn things around her senior year of college. She’s determined to make more responsible choices and rid herself of the stigma plaguing her. But because of her job and the hot bartender who goads her into making impulsive decisions, it isn’t going to be easy.

Stede Bennett’s mission since returning from his overseas tour is to get his degree. The last thing he needs is a spoiled sorority girl distracting him. Being a Marine taught him many things, except how to handle a beautiful woman in constant need of saving.

Protecting Embry from the jerk threatening to ruin her reputation is how Stede begins to lose his heart. Being empowered by Stede’s words is how Embry starts losing hers. If the schemer responsible for pushing them together gets his way, they could lose their chance for happiness.

Book Trailer
The Goodreads giveaway should be verified very soon. Like my Facebook page or Fan/Friend me on my Goodreads Author Page and check in for the announcement in a day or so. I'll be giving away a couple print copies, plus some other cool swag like this:
It's the South, y'all. We are frequently seen drinking our sweet tea and lemonade from mason jars.

You can also sign up for my New Release Newsletter on my website for special bonus material related to my books. It could be embarrassing. That's why only the elite get to see it. *snicker* Are you one of them?
Tell me what you think of the Book Cover and Trailer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

And The Dreams Just Keep Coming True

I got a surprise last night while checking Amazon. I knew my release date for Rescued was July 16 but taking a chance, I peeked anyway. Lo and behold, there it was and so I'm sharing with you today.


Fiercely independent and determined to be taken seriously in a man’s world, PI Rose Baxter will do whatever it takes to find the kids who are disappearing from the streets and bring them home safe, even teaming up with PI Marty Brown, a man hot enough to burn whatever part of her gets too close – her fingers, her sheets, her life, and her other nature’s whiskers. 

But her other nature knows whiskers grow back and will accept nothing less than this man as her mate for life, a plan Marty’s all in on. Sparks fly when she refuses to be the little woman. Besides, those kids need her and their time’s running out. But, thrown together 24/7 can she fight it?


The mattress moaned slightly in response to an unseen and unexpected movement. Her eyes snapped open and focused on the room, moving up, down, side-to-side. She didn’t recognize a single thing in her line of view. A rush of air flooded her lungs in a panicked gasp. She wasn’t where she should be.

In her own bed.


Damn. Where am I and how did I end up here? Double damn.

Her last memory? The bar. Jed’s Place. She’d received a tip from her source that her suspect had slithered inside. Arriving a few minutes later, she kept an eye on him and his cohorts for a couple of hours. Posing as a customer, she shot a couple of games of eight ball with some of the regulars.

Her eyes narrowed. Her head pounded as she recalled the next events.
Nothing stood out until . . . the asshole from the pool table sidled up way too close behind her and tried to score points by offering shooting tips. She stretched up on her tiptoes to line up the winning shot. His groin pressed tight against her bottom. His hands slid down her arms to her wrists as he whispered, “Let me give you a hand there, little lady.”

Without flinching, she purred, “I’m not little, I’m nobody’s lady, and I don’t need your help.” She slammed the butt end of the cue stick into his ribs, and with the same smooth motion came back to make a perfect shot and win her third game of the night. She straightened from the table with a satisfied grin. 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Playlist for Play With My Heart

In my recent release from Soul Mate Publishing, Play With My Heart, my heroine is a musician who's in a band...with her ex. Nice, huh? Anyway, Liz plays country and Southern rock music on one of her many guitars. She occasionally sings, but mostly backup with the occasional duet thrown in. In the book, there are several songs that are mentioned/played/sung. Check out the playlist below to see if there are any songs you enjoy. Keep reading to the bottom for a surprise.

Seven Bridges Road- Eagles
Long Train Running- Doobie Brothers
Down By The River- Neil Young

The Rain Song- Led Zeppelin
Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd

Play With My Heart- An Original Song by Meda White
Haha- no video of me playing and singing it- yet!

I'll be sending my newsletter out on Tuesday, July 15th. Subscribers will receive "bonus material" not found anywhere else. The full lyrics to Play With My Heart will be included. You can sign up on my website at

Are there any songs above that you love? If not, what Southern rock song/artist is your favorite?

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Southern Tea Doesn't Serve Tea

Life can be really confusing at times, but there are circumstances where we bring it on ourselves. We use words that have multiple meanings with the same spelling: tea, shower, scale, windy, read, above… Or the words sounds the same with different meanings: two, to, or too; and their, there, or they’re.

Just the other day, my daughter and I were driving to a bridal tea for a young lady marrying my nephew. In all seriousness, she ask, “What type tea do you think they’ll have? Hot or cold?” My first response was uproarish laughter all the while she asked what was so funny.  When I could finally talk, I had to explain that a “tea” in this instance was not referring to the drink but to an event.  Then the discussion drifted to the difference between ‘Tea’s’ and ‘Showers.’ It was a good thing we were not headed to a shower because she would have brought a towel.

So here presents the quandary of this blog post. What's common knowledge for me, I assume in my writing is common knowledge for all. Yet something so simple for me might not be simple for someone trying to read my work. Southernism comes into play throughout my writing, and I have to remember that the reader shouldn’t have to be Southern to understand the story.

Those of you that have now paused in the midst of reading this blog to pull an internet search on the difference between a Bridal Tea versus a Bridal Shower are probably still confused as to my true definition of the event. I ran a search myself and did not find anything that described that specific Bridal Tea. So here it is: In the Deep South (i.e. North Alabama), a Bridal Tea at a local church is understood by all adult women from that community to be an event where the presents are opened and displayed, but the attendee’s do not sit around and watch the bride-to-be open said presents. The attendees are not expected to stay the full 2-hours of the tea. Now mind you, that only applies if it’s at the local church and in my community. The definition could easily change if the location does.

My point to all this rambling is that communities can have inter-customs that are not clearly understood by outsiders, but the fun part in writing is to expose those different customs drawing the reader in to become part of the family.

A rose by any other name… is still a rose - not so true for other things. What are some play on words or unique customs where you live?