New York Times Bestseller List!!!

So I got the phone call last night from my agent and my editor that HOLD ON TIGHT hit the New York Times Bestseller List at #22!!!!!  

I still can’t really believe it.  I mean, last night, I was hyperventilating and in a general state of, well, stunned.  Like, really and truly and I’m so absolutely thrilled and thankful and grateful to all the people who bought the books and talked them up and blogged them.  You guys are awesome!

Even better, I get to share the thrill with Larissa Ione – we released the same day and her book, Ecstacy Unveiled, hit the New York Times at #23 and the USA Today Bestseller List at #58 (she’s hit both lists before and she just keeps climbing higher – I’m so proud of her!)

Larissa and I have done a lot together – I mean, we write together as Sydney Croft.  But it’s more than that – we sold our own first project within three days of one another.  She hit the Times with her third single title.  I hit it with mine.  And we’re right next to each other.  And we have purple covers.  So it’s really strange and really cool at the same time.

Zoo had a work dinner last night – when he came home, he said, you’d have thought I hit the list – everyone was buying me shots and drinks and stuff!

For the record, I had a brownie for dinner.  I know – I’m actually pretty happy about that.  Chocolate for dinner – who can complain?

Today, I’ll be trying to keep my mind on my revisions – and you can read my interview over at the Black Raven Cafe – stop on by and say hello and you’re eligible for a backlist giveaway!

TOO HOT TO HOLD release day!

Nick is in the house!

Well, he’s been in some houses for a while – and I’ve heard from one person that he’s been vacationing in Disney!  But as of today, you should be able to buy your very own copy of TOO HOT TO HOLD everywhere.  54849096

And, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the brothers hanging out together, the way Shannon (Dorothy?  nah, too easy) Stacey did!

TOO HOT TO HOLD, for those readers new to my site, is book 2 in my Navy SEAL trilogy.

Book 1, HARD TO HOLD, is, of course, still available – you can check out the wonderful review Stacy (aka Trelaina) wrote up.  I particularly like this quote: “They [the heroes] are flawed, and dangerous, a bit crazy even.”

And book 3, HOLD ON TIGHT, releases in a few weeks on January 26th!!!

I’ve added lots of little tidbits about Nick’s story on my site, so please go look around.  You’ll also find a nice long excerpt of HOLD ON TIGHT that went up today as well!

Hard to Hold Release Day!!!

I cannot believe this day is finally here – HARD TO HOLD is released!!!


Maximum danger.
Maximum desire.
And holding on for dear life…

The Special Ops hero feared nothing
-until he met a woman too hot to hold…

Lt. Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: Smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident. Not easy to do when the gorgeous hostage happens to be a senator’s daughter —and about as easy to resist as an oasis in the desert…

If it weren’t for Jake, Isabelle would still be halfway across the world, where rebel forces left her for dead. The Special Ops warrior may have saved her life, but she doesn’t need him to protect her now. Tell that to the ruggedly handsome hunk in full battle fatigues who’s just been assigned Isabelle’s personal bodyguard. Close quarters aside, Isabelle won’t let Jake anywhere near her heart — until danger throws them together again…and nothing in the jungles of wildest Africa could prepare them for a passion this wild. This crazy. This hot….


I am not here right now –  as you’re reading this, I’m at the doctor with my daughter.  Fitting, since I began this writing journey with my daughter and doctors, so hey.  We’re getting there, but it’s been a long month.

But it’s all good because I’ve got a lot here for you to do AFTER you run out and by Jake’s book.  I’ve added a ton of new info about HARD TO HOLD to the site – there’s a military glossary and a list of the characters you’ll meet in HARD TO HOLD, as well as maps of the places in the book.

Tonight, I’m chatting at Blog Talk radio – here’s the link for you to listen live, 8:30 PM EST.  If you can’t make it, there will be a link to a podcast up later on.  Jake’s being interviewed over at Greta’s blog – I Don’t Want To Wait, I Want the Book Now.  I’m also being interviewed at Loves Romances and More and I”ll put up a link to that when it’s up.

There’s also a new, juicy excerpt of TOO HOT TO HOLD up as well, because now we get to start that countdown in earnest.

Dude, seriously, Jake is freakin’ here.  And I’m just going to come home and hold my kid and stare at the book…and smile.

Hard to Hold – the soundtrack

Okay, so, I’d planned out this whole countdown to Hard to Hold (because, hello, it’s out on Tuesday!) and I have all these posts that just need to be tweaked and I was so organized and then real life reared its head.  My daughter’s got an infection in her back from the last surgery she had and it’s been 3 weeks now and we were okay and then we weren’t.  So yeah, my mind is sort of all over the place right now.

But Larissa (who is truly the most awesome friend anyone could have – I’m so lucky that I’ve made her swear to never leave me) is holding a contest for Hard to Hold’s release – it ends Saturday, so read the rules and then go forth and post to win!

And thanks to all my writing and reader friends who’ve been posting that they’re excited about the release – I haven’t been able to get around and thank all of you, but really, THANK YOU!!!

In the meantime, here’s a post I wanted to do about soundtracks.

Songs can pull me into a moment faster than anything else.  Creating soundtracks has always helped to focus me when I’m writing, especially because I’m usually working on more than one book at a time.

Certain songs end up on many different soundtracks.  For instance, It’s Been Awhile is Jake’s song, and so it shows up on both Nick and Chris’s soundtracks, since Jake is a big part of all the books.

Sometimes I’ll create mini-soundtracks – for instance, Clutch and Sarah, who are subplot characters have their own soundtrack.

The full soundtrack for HARD TO HOLD will be posted on release day.  For now, I’ve picked a few of the songs from the HARD TO HOLD soundtrack to highlight here.  All these songs can just stop me in my tracks.  They’re powerful and they yank me directly back into this story anytime I listen to them.  Sometimes, they have seemingly nothing to do with the characters at all, but something about them – the music…the voice…a certain turn of phrase and they forever become a character’s song for me.

I must’ve listened to the following four songs a million times and I’m still not sick of them.

It’s Been Awhile (Staind) – Jake’s song

And it’s been awhile
Since I could look at myself straight
And it’s been awhile since I said I’m sorry
And it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the way the candles light your face
And it’s been awhile but I can still remember just the way you taste

Breathe 2AM (Anna Nalick) – Isabelle’s song

Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable,
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table.
No one can find the rewind button, boys,
So cradle your head in your hands,
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe  
There’s a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout ’cause you’re just as far in as you’ll ever be out
And these mistakes you’ve made, you’ll just make them again
If you only try turning around.

Up To The Mountain (Patti Griffin) – Jake / Isabelle together

Some days I look down
Afraid I will fall
And though the sun shines
I see nothing at all
Then I hear your sweet voice, oh
Oh, come and then go, come and then go
Telling me softly
You love me so

Fast Car (Traci Chapman) – Clutch & Sarah

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so we can fly away
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way  
I remember we were driving driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped ’round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

So, tell me, do you have any favorite songs that evoke favorite memories?

Do you have any songs that remind you of your favorite characters?

If you write, do you use a soundtrack?

Feel free to give me a few lines from your favorite song or songs!

Hold on Tight sneak peek up!

(Because who doesn’t love a list?)

1.  Check out the brand new sneak peek for HOLD ON TIGHT (aka Chris’s book) which releases on January 26, 2010.

2.  I am now following Chip Coffey on Twitter.  Awesome!

3.  Sons of Anarchy 90 minute episode tonight.  (I also follow Kurt Sutter on Twitter)

4.  HARD TO HOLD releases in 13 days!

5. I have a case of Diet Dr. Pepper.  (it’s the little things)

6.  For Nano-ish – I need 3K today.  I need 5K but would take 3K.  It’s been days of, working / writing all day only to have word count remain the same – this happens when I have to put the mess together, revise scenes / rewrite, etc.  So in the end, it’ll be a stronger mess but I really like to see the word count piling up.  That should start to happen now.

7. HARD TO HOLD releases in 13 days!  (can’t say this one enough)

8.  I was informed that the Hold trilogy sold to Germany!  Gus is taking credit for this, since he is of German descent, as is Zoo.

9.  This prompts my mother to ask why my 3rd Blaze has not sold to Italy yet when the first two did.  Do you want me to call them, she asks.  Um, no.  Please.  The episode where Marie (from Everybody Loves Raymond) calls the FBI about Robbie’s job springs to mind.

10.  HARD TO HOLD.  13 days.  Panic begins to set in…(did I tell you that when my mom offered to let  a relative know when the book hit stores, the relative said, ah, it’s okay – we’re not big readers.)  Dude, seriously, you cannot make this stuff up.