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The winners are bn100, Kimberly Dawn, and mamawj99. Your books are winging their way through the interwebs as I write! Thanks again for joining me!

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Star Harbor Series CoverToday, I am super excited to announce that you can now have a Grayson brother for every season in one package! That’s right! Seb, Theo, Cole and Val are all in one four-book bundle, because the Star Harbor Four-Book Bundle set, including Deep Autumn Heat, Blaze of Winter, Long Simmering Spring, and Slow Summer Burn is officially on sale as of today! It’s selling for $8.99 (a steal, given that each book alone is typically $2.99), but you can get it at Google Play and Amazon for even cheaper at $7.69 (an even bigger steal!). This is the perfect chance for you to introduce your friends to the Graysons of Star Harbor!

Buy links are here: Amazon | Barnes & NobleApple | Google | Other Places

FLASH GIVEAWAY:

We’re doing something a little different today. Typically, Monday giveaways run until Thursday evening, but this giveaway is only 12 hours long! In honor of the fact that Long Simmering Spring is still on sale for 99 cents, I’m going to give away three digital copies of the book! Like I said, the contest ends today, so sign up for my newsletter here and be quick with your comments because it will wrap up tonight at 9pm and books will be sent immediately. Please use the email you want the book sent to (won’t be made public) and your reader of choice (will be made public). International entries okay, since it’s all digital!

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This week’s winner is Susie! Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Stay tuned for more giveaway fun next week! 

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What is it about the word “sale” that makes us perk up our ears? When I hear it, I automatically give whatever is on sale a second look. This happens most frequently in the stores I love–cooking supply stores, like Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma. Something in my brain pings a little and I think insane things like, Wow, I could really use that extra ball of kitchen twine, or It doesn’t matter if I have a perfectly good cheese grater; that one has three sides!, or Another KitchenAid utility stand mixer won’t take up *that* much room on the counter.

And then, typically, I end up coming to my senses and not buying the thing I think I might need. And Mr. B is very happy with me because he is all about uncluttering our home and frugality and having counter space.

So, I’m pretty good about sales. Except when it comes to books. I always buy those, especially if they’re on sale.

I only mention this because Long Simmering Spring is on sale for 99 cents for the next couple of weeks, and you should definitely buy it (if you haven’t already, which, if you’re reading this blog, you probably already have) because Cole is super awesome, and Cole and Julie together are h-o-t and that is all I will say about that because you should just go read the blurb already.

Did I mention Cole is super awesome?

Also, did I mention I’m doing another giveaway? Gotta get things uncluttered for Mr. B! Talk to me about uncluttering your space. I know it’s a little early for spring cleaning, but I need inspiration! Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win! This week, I’m giving away a copy of A Rogue by Any Other Name by the amazing Sarah MacLean. You want this. Contest ends Thursday, January 16, at 9pm Pacific, and winners will be announced on Friday. US only, since this is a paperback.

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Thanks to everyone who left a comment! Vickie Dailey and Barbara Hopkins are the winners! 

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Happy New Year! I’m very glad to be back after taking the last two weeks of December off for vacation. Mr. B and I took the kids to Los Angeles. We skipped Disney, but had all sorts of other excellent adventures. My oldest is really into art, so we hauled over to the new Getty, and let him sketch to his heart’s content. Of course the little two followed suit, so I have a ton of photos of all three of them spread out in every single gallery, sketching away in their pads. We also visited the Peterson Automobile Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits (huge hit!), the beach, the Griffith Observatory, the Santa Monica Pier, and on our way back north, the Mission at Santa Barbara. Did I mention we drove? Oh, yes. We drove–our longest road trip to date, and all in all, I’d say it went really well. It was a really nice way to close out a very busy year.

Writing-wise, things were very busy. I had three releases in 2013 . . . the third and fourth Star Harbor books, Long Simmering Spring and Slow Summer Burn, as well as a holiday novella, Christmas in TahoeAlthough I only have one release currently slated for 2014 (an omnibus of the Star Harbor series containing all four Star Harbor books, which is on sale January 27th), there may be others, so stay tuned for news! Releases aside, I have an ambitious writing schedule ahead, including the first two books of my Connecticut contemporary series, as well as another novella! And I have a few speaking engagements and appearances scheduled so far, including later this month at Silicon Valley RWA, and at the Redwood Writers Conference up in Sonoma in April. I’ll also definitely be at the big national RWA conference in San Antonio in July.

I didn’t make goals for 2014, per se. I just did a detailed analysis of my work schedule, built the writing into it, and am going to hope for the best! We’ll just have to see whether I get it all done when I check in next January, but I’m optimistic. After all, most of the talks I give are on organizing time to write, so I’d better be good at organizing my own time!

One thing I absolutely must do is give away my huge pile of books/swag. I know I’ve said this before, but these books are taking up most of the available space on my dresser, and I think Mr. B is getting rather annoyed by the clutter. So let me welcome in the new year by giving away two (2) copies of Emily March’s excellent Reflection Point. Love this series, love this woman, and contemporary small town romance is the perfect way to start off 2014! Leave a comment letting me know if you have made any resolutions this year (or if you believe resolutions are simply made to be broken!). Contest ends Thursday, January 9 at 9pm Pacific and winners will be announced on Friday. U.S. only, please, since these are paperbacks!

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Thanks to everyone who commented. Michele and bn100 are the winners, and I’ll be emailing you shortly to get you your prizes!  

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Last week, the universe conspired against me. If you look at my Google calendar, it’s totally crazy–booked solid from 8am-10pm every single day. Needless to say, I got pretty much zero personal stuff done, zero sleep clocked (but a ton of work done, of course) and by the end of the week, I just wanted to curl up and cry.

This will have to change.

Other things have to change, too. Like the exercise thing. And the eating right thing. And the taking time for myself thing. I think there are too many things, which seems daunting, but I’m going to start making lists, and hopefully everything will be better once I have my lists. I like lists. And friends. One of the things that made me feel better about the week was that S and T, two of my best friends, came over on Friday night and I served this delicious roasted lamb with carrots and potatoes, and white beans and French string beans and S brought a giant salad and T brought chocolate-covered brownies (!) and we drank some Pinot and it was good. Here are some pics of the feast:

The Roasted Lamb

The Roasted Lamb

White Beans

White Beans

Haricots Vert

Haricots Verts

And speaking of good friends . . . when I was at the RWA National conference this year, I was fortunate enough to attend the literacy signing. We were all seated alphabetically , and I was at one of the “B” tables with some truly remarkable and lovely authors. Sophie Barnes, Marilyn Baron, Ana Barrons and Christi Barth were all at my table (as Barrett, I had the honor sitting dead center). They all gave me some great swag. Sophie donated an awesome totebag, Marilyn gave me a SIGNED copy of Under the Moon Gate along with a cool bookmark, Ana offered a SIGNED CD copy of Betrayed by Trust, and Christi handed me a beautiful bookmark.

Swag From Some Lovely Authors

Goodies From Some Lovely Authors

So how about I divide up the swag into two groups? I’ll give it away to two lucky winners who leave a comment (and are on my mailing list – sign up here) telling me a good, recent friend story. Contest ends Thursday at midnight, Pacific time, and I’ll announce the winners on Friday. U.S. only, please, but international commenters are always welcome!!

Last but not least, I’m blogging with Fresh Fiction today, so hop on over there, leave a comment, and you could win a digital copy of Slow Summer Burn. And since everyone here’s probably read it, I’ll send it to a friend if you win!! Also, I’m doing a Goodreads Giveaway of two paper copies of Long Simmering Spring, so please friend me on Goodreads and enter the giveaway!

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Thanks to all who left comments! The winner of the paper copy of Long Simmering Spring is Sue G.! If you didn’t win, there will be more chances, starting . . . now! I’m doing a Goodreads Giveaway of two paper copies of the book, so please friend me on Goodreads and enter the giveaway! Have a great weekend, everyone, and I’ll see you next Monday!

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So here we are in September. Wow! I’m kind of in shock myself. As you may have gathered from my last series of blog posts, I’ve had my nose to the grindstone for the past month, thanks to work, school, Mr. B’s travel, the family, and everything else life has thrown at me. I’m not complaining. Everyone’s healthy and doing well. It’s just that there has been a lot going on, writing included.

As I was preparing the final blog post for my Slow Summer Burn blog tour (at Fresh Fiction next Sunday), I started thinking about how summer kind of ended before I even realized. And then I started thinking about this really awesome song by Stephen Sondheim called The Girls of Summer. It’s an anthem to regret. To not letting go, only to realize at the end that’s exactly what you wanted. It’s really hard to capture how sad the song is (in E minor and the sweeping lines of it just gouge your heart out) so I’ll just post the lyrics here, and I’ll encourage you to search for someone singing it on YouTube.

The Girls of Summer
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

The girls of summer get burned
They start the summer unconcerned
They get undone by a touch of sun in June
Plus a touch of the moon

The girls of summer get fooled
’cause soon the summer heat has cooled
And come September they can’t remember why
Things were hot in July

Not me
It’s too easy to fall
The moonlit sand, a faraway band, and that’s all
Not me
I don’t easily thrill – Never did, never will

The end of summer’s at hand
I thought the summer was grand
And here I am with the same undamaged heart
That I had at the start

The girls of summer forgot to run
The girls of summer were bound to lose
The girls of summer have all the fun …
I have nothin’ but blues.

So once I started thinking about the song, I started thinking about whether there was anything I regretted not doing this summer. Well, yeah, sure. Plenty. Not spending as much time with Mr. B as I’d hoped. Not getting a chance to truly get away with my family. Not reading as much as I would have liked. And the list goes on.

There was plenty of stuff I did get to do, though, so don’t cry a river for me. I got to spend tons of time with my kids, grilled plenty on the barbeque, hosted some really fun parties, attended RWA, and launched Slow Summer Burn. There’s more, of course.

What about you? Did you get everything done that you wanted? Any regrets? One commenter (who’s also a newsletter subscriber, so sign up here if you’re not yet a member) will receive a rare, RWA Exclusive paper copy of Long Simmering Spring (which was nominated for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards – keep those noms coming, please!). Contest closes Thursday, September 5 at midnight, and the winner will be announced on Friday. It’s a paper copy, so US and Canada only, please!

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Whew! It seems like it’s been an eternity from last Monday to this Monday when in reality, it’s only been a week. Yet in that week, a lot has gone on.

First, Long Simmering Spring released on May 13! If you’ve read it, thank you! I’ve been thrilled by the response it has gotten. Folks have been saying some very nice things, indeed! Guilty Pleasures gave it five stars and had this to say:

Long Simmering Spring will keep you off balance while completely drawing you in to an irresistible romance you can’t help but love.

And Kindles & Wine gave it an A- and said:

Long Simmering Spring is another great installment in the Star Harbor series from Elisabeth Barrett! The romance is perfectly paired with action and subplots. If you enjoy some contemporary romance with a few twists and turns along the way, you’ll enjoy this one. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you waiting for?! Do it!

To celebrate my release, I’ve been doing some blog appearances. Today, I’m visiting Harlequin Junkie with a post called “Missing your Home Town,” and I also did an Interview at with Ruthie Knox at Ruthie’s Reality. I’d love it if you stopped by and showed me some love. Plus, I’m giving away a copy of Long Simmering Spring at HJ, and Ruthie is giving away one of each of the Star Harbor books on her blog, so it’s definitely worth the (virtual) trip.

If you missed my earlier blog posts, here are the others:

Romance Junkies, “What His Car Says About Him

Romance @ Random, “Believing the Truth” and USA Today’s HEA, “Small Town Spring and Summer

Kindles & Wine, “World Building in the Real World

Guilty Pleasures, “Small Town Living

So yes, there have been some serious goings-on at the Barrett house!

I’m also feeling flush today because things are cooking over here in writing land. You know about the release, but what you might not know is that I finished up additional edits on Slow Summer Burn (release date August 12) and finally completed my Tahoe manuscript, about which I’m just pleased as punch. It went off to my fabulous agent this morning, and now I just have to wait to see if she likes it!

To celebrate all this good stuff, I’m doing another giveaway: Emily March’s Reflection Point, a book I recommended in my USA Today post. In the comments section, let me know something interesting that happened last week in your life, and I’ll choose one random commenter to win! Please don’t forget to leave your email address – I’ve had a bit of trouble contacting people lately, and I don’t want you to miss out!

 

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I’m thrilled to announce that Long Simmering Spring, the third Star Harbor book, is available today!

Cole Grayson, featuring his abs.

Cole Grayson, featuring his abs.

Here’s the official copy:

Spring comes to Star Harbor, bringing unexpected passion for a sexy sheriff, as the next Grayson brother finds love with the town’s beautiful doctor.

Julie Kensington grew up in the same small town as the Grayson brothers and remembers when the boys were nothing but trouble. As teenagers, Cole’s rugged sex appeal set Julie’s heart ablaze, but she did her best to ignore it. Now a grown woman with a medical degree, Julie still can’t resist her searing attraction to the roughest, toughest Grayson. He’s ex-military, tormented, and sexier than ever, but are his wounds too deep to be healed by her loving, gentle touch?

Even back in high school, straight-arrow Julie had a way of making Cole think twice about his bad-boy lifestyle. When Julie decides she’s finally ready to embrace her wild side, Cole knows he is just the man to show her the way, unleashing years of pent-up desire. Neither of them counted on falling in love, but when Cole’s demons threaten to derail their relationship, it’s up to Julie to show him that together, they can overcome the past . . . and build a future.

Also, if you haven’t read the super sexy excerpt posted on Scribd, you can read it here.

For those of you who’ve pre-ordered the book, thank you! If you haven’t yet picked up your copy, you can buy the book everywhere e-books are sold!

Here are some links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple | Google | Other Places

And if you’d like to follow along on my blog tour for the book, I’d love to see you. Today I’m at Romance @ Random and USA Today, but you can check out the other stops on my tour here.

Oh, happy day! Thanks for celebrating with me!

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