Monday, September 11, 2023

Rosh Hashanah

The Jewish New Year is almost here, and that means it’s time for self-reflection. Thinking about who I am, what I’ve done right, and where I need improvement is one of my favorite parts of this holiday. I love that no matter what we’ve done, God gives us time to reflect and learn from our mistakes. As a person with many flaws, I love there is no end point, or perfect goal we are expected to attain, but rather there is a recognition that we are a work in progress. So while improving myself can seem daunting, just like anything else, I take it one step at a time and try each year to be better. In Judaism, life is full of second chances.

As I get ready for that inner reflection, I also have to prepare for the actual holiday, and that means food! Rosh Hashanah is always celebrated at my house, and this year we’ll have two big dinners. Friday night, the night before the holiday, we go to temple, but before that, we have to eat. My girls are coming home to celebrate with us—and one is bringing her boyfriend—so I have to cook a quick but delicious dinner. Saturday night, the actual day of the holiday, my parents will join all of us as well, so that will be a more leisurely, but hopefully just as delicious, dinner. So today, I’ll pull out my cookbooks and decide what to make while trying to keep everyone’s preferences in mind.


Rosh Hashanah is also when we eat round challah. The rest of the year, challah is a regular loaf, kind of a braided oblong. But for Rosh Hashanah, we make it round, to symbolize goodness without end. We also eat apples and honey for a sweet new year. Those two food items are the most important symbolic foods of this holiday.


In fact, it was the need to bring a challah to her family’s Rosh Hashanah dinner that led the heroine of my book, Home for the Challah Days, to enter the deli of her ex-boyfriend. His family-owned deli makes the best challah around, and Sarah’s holiday isn’t complete without it. They see each other...and nothing happens. Whoa. Well, something eventually does, but first, they both have to get past their own history and a whole lot of issues before they give their relationship a second chance. 


This book is my best-selling one ever. It’s funny, and sweet, and sexy, and handles serious issues, too. If you’re looking for a Jewish romance—or really any romance—I hope you’ll give it a chance. And if you’ve already read it, thank you! Please consider leaving a review on the retail site where you purchased it or on Goodreads.


I wish everyone a sweet New Year!

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Release Day!

It’s Release Day!

I’m so excited that Home for the Challah Days, my very first book with Harlequin Special Edition, came out today. This book was a long time in the making, and I truly never thought it would get published. Through multiple agents and publishers and rewrites and queries, I always hoped that someday, somehow, Aaron and Sarah’s story would get published.


And today, it did! This book is more than just a Jewish romance, more than an enemies-to-lovers, second-chance romance trope. It’s a woman’s journey from who she thinks she should be to who she was meant to be. It’s a man’s lesson that responsibility can be shared. It’s a humorous take on age and familial interference. And it’s a look at antisemitism and how community can triumph over evil.


I hope you’ll take a look at it, share it with friends, and spread the word. Because I just made one of my dreams come true.



Turning the bitterness of the past...

Into a sweet future! 

When big-city advocate Sarah Abrams returns home for the High Holy Days, she's got a lot on her mind--especially whether to marry her perfect-on-paper boyfriend. The last person she wants to encounter is Aaron Isaacson, her first love and the one who broke her heart. But after Aaron and Sarah join forces to fight an act of hate, it's clear that their deep connection never abated. If only they could forgive one another for the time for a sweet new start! 

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

Holidays, Heart and Chutzpah

Book 1: Home for the Challah Days


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Monday, July 24, 2023

Writing Retreat

I spent the past weekend at a writing retreat outside of Chicago sponsored by my literary agency. It was a chance to connect in person to other writers, learn about a couple of publishers and some marketing strategies, and most of all, write!

It was fabulous. I loved meeting Cathie and Jim and Caitlin and Sharon and Maren (and Josie). We had a great time talking and laughing and getting to know each other. We all write different genres, but we all have writing in common. There were a lot of laughs, good food, and of course, chocolate.

It's been a while since I attended any in-person writing events, and the energy I felt being there was phenomenal. We fed off each other, or at least I did. People inspired me—their writing, their lives, their funny stories. They made my world bigger and smaller in wonderful ways, and I can’t wait to do it again!


Remember that Christmas in July giveaway I’ve talked about? The contest is drawing to a close and it’s almost time to draw a winner. I would LOVE for you to be the grand prize winner, so you can treat yourself with something from your Amazon wish list! So, make sure you enter today!

And don’t forget about our “Book Club” where you can find cool new reads to enjoy while you’re lounging by the pool. You can find our Christmas in July (CASUAL!) Book Club on Facebook:

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Lori L. Robinett • Tierney James • Marla White • Jennifer Wilck • SK Andrews • Carol Henry • Randy Overbeck


Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Christmas (or Hanukkah) in July Giveaway

July 15 – 31, 2023

I really value you – I hope you know that – and that’s why I want to make sure you have a chance to win an awesome prize! I’ve joined forces with some other authors to offer a fun giveaway, with a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card. 

We’re also having fun over on Facebook. If you want to know more about the participating authors, make sure you join our Christmas in July (CASUAL!) Book Club:

It’s super easy to enter the giveaway:

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Open to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. By entering, you agree to receive email offers from participating authors. Unsubscribe anytime.

This Giveaway is Sponsored by

Lori L. Robinett • Tierney James • Marla White • Jennifer Wilck • SK Andrews • Carol Henry • Randy Overbeck

And here are a few offerings from specific authors:

Jennifer Wilck is an award-winning contemporary romance author for readers who are passionate about love, laughter, and happily ever after. Known for writing both Jewish and non-Jewish romances, her books feature damaged heroes, sassy and independent heroines, witty banter and hot chemistry. Jennifer’s ability to transport the reader into the scene, create characters the reader will fall in love with, and evoke a roller coaster of emotions, will hook you from the first page. You can find her books at all major online retailers in a variety of formats.

Benjamin Cohen, widowed father of six-year-old Jessie, is doing his best to hold it together through order and routine. The last thing he needs is his matchmaker mother to set him up with her next-door neighbor, no matter how attractive she is.

Marla White started her illustrious career as a storyteller at the age of four by drawing on the TV screen to help Winky Dink get out of mortal danger, earning her a firm spanking.  Deterred by the negative feedback, she studied to be a park ranger instead until she realized it was really a TV show about park rangers she liked, not the actual outdoors.  After working in television for years, she now teaches at UCLA and writes cozy mysteries as well as fantasies. 



Bloodstains and Candy Canes:


The swanky cookie exchange Dr. Mandy Brown reluctantly agreed to attend comes to a screeching halt after a body turns up on the kitchen floor. Tensions escalate as motives for murder come out of the pantry as fast as guests scarf down the pot-spiked brownies, making the hunt for the killer all the merrier.


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Starlight Mint Surprise Murder Mystery:

Forced to retire from the LAPD because of an injury, Mel O’Rourke moves to a tiny mountain town to open a bed and breakfast. However, when a dead body turns up in her lobby and the local sheriff chalks it up to natural causes, she’s forced to investigate on her own before her new enterprise folds faster than you can post #B&Bofdeath.  


*The exciting sequel is set to come out in early 2024!


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Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney James served as a Geo-teacher for National Geographic. Her love of travel and cultures took her on adventures throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Tierney weaves her unique experiences into the adventures she loves to write. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town, fuels the characters in the Enigma and Dark Side series. She also helps beginning writers in their quest to become a published author through her workshops and classes. Family and gardening fill her life with plenty of laughter to share with others. Check her out on to get a little Lipstick & Danger.

Blurb: The Knight Before Chaos  (#6)

Captain Hunter believed watching Tessa Scott’s children for one night would be an easy assignment. What he hadn’t considered was how much they resembled miniature, domestic terrorists. The former Delta officer discovers, outmaneuvering the Taliban was child’s play compared to keeping three kids from falling victim to a group of not-so-smart burglars. But with their flare for the dramatic and enough plastic firepower to make Darth Vader tremble, the children help Chase make this Christmas one they’ll never forget. 

Monday, July 17, 2023

Washington, DC

With about a month until my Jewish romance from Harlequin Special Edition releases, I took a much-needed break and visited my oldest in DC. I loved getting away and spending time with her and her puppy. 

The visit was a packed with activities and food!


We brunched at Le Diplomat, a delicious French bistro. I recommend the Gruyere omelet. Dinner was at O-Ku—their sushi was amazing! And Sunday brunch was at Perry’s, for their Drag Queen Brunch! If you’ve never been, I highly recommend. It was fun and uplifting and funny, and I’d take those drag Queens over Moms for Liberty any day of the week!


In between our delicious meals—see, now you know why my books always include food—we visited the Capital Jewish Museum, located in the former Adas Israel Synagogue. The entire museum is fantastic. It’s approachable, informative, and fun. And if you’re going to be there in the near future, check out the Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibit. It’s great!


We also visited the Hirshhorn Museum for my modern art fix! So much color and texture, not to mention the feminist exhibits were fantastic.


I think this weekend was a perfect representation of who I am as an author. I’m a foodie. I take great pleasure in trying new restaurants and eating delicious meals. Those meals invariably make it into my books, because eating together is a way to communicate and share and learn. I’m Jewish, and I love checking out Jewish roles in different cities. It gives me a feeling of connection to my past and my future. And art, well, it feeds my soul and allows my creativity to flow.


So, with all of that in mind, it’s back into the writing cave I go!

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Character Interview: Amber Daulton's Shea O'Bannon

Hey there, we have something fun today on the blog. I interviewed Shea O'Bannon, the heroine of her latest book, Trevor's Redemption. First, a bit about the book:



The danger and lies are more than she can handle.

Shea O’Bannon feels like a fifth wheel around her romantically paired-off friends, but there’s too much slime in the dating pool for her to bother with it. Then she sees her two-timing ex, Trevor Madero, serenading the mostly female crowd at a live-music bar. God knows trouble follows him around, but her desire for him rushes back in anyway. After he rescues her from a handsy drunk, temptation takes over.

Determined to prove he never stepped out on Shea, Trevor slides back into her life—and her heart—with forever in mind. Even with the wall he keeps up to protect her, his secret criminal life weighs heavy on his soul and drives a wedge between them.

When the truth comes out and his enemies target them both, they’ll have to fight for their love, or kiss it goodbye.

Now for the interview.

What’s your name, where are you from, what’s your occupation, and what’s your personal status (single, divorced, widowed, children, etc)?

Hi, everyone. I’m Shea O’Bannon. I was born and raised in southern Colorado, but I moved to Denver for college and never left. I work as a computer graphics designer for KIKA TV news station, and though I enjoy my job, a few of my sexist coworkers and the hotshot news anchors drive my nerves through the roof. I’m single—err, well, I used to be. My life has changed so much since Trevor walked into it.

What’s your goal in life?

Um—let’s skip this question. No? All right then. Well, I gotta think. My job is steady, I have a great group of friends, and I’m happy. For the most part. I mean, I suppose I’m on the lookout for the same elusive happily ever after that my friends have found. It would be great to fall in love, have a few kids, and live the dream. Lately, I keep wondering if Trevor is my knight in shining white armor, my own Mr. Darcy? (Sorry, Mom’s a Jane Austen fan, so it rubbed off!) But I don’t need that. Really. I’m good living alone and not answering to anyone but myself.

What obstacle is preventing you from achieving your goal and why?

I have trust issues. There, I admitted it. Guys have lied to me and used me before, so it’s hard for me to trust Trevor when he tells me he’s crazy about me, that he’ll always respect me and treat me right. 

Then there’s Trevor’s ex. Alyson is a manipulative piece of work, and she’s doing her damnedest to tear me and Trevor apart. I’m smarter than she thinks I am, though, so her ploy isn’t going to work.

Besides her, Trevor is mixed up with some dangerous people. Criminal types. He’s trapped with no way out, but if he’s truly the one for me, I won’t let him go without a fight.

Who’s your best friend and how would they describe you?

Chanel is the best! She’s the sister I never had and always wanted. She would probably describe me as shy, friendly, overly polite and courteous, and just plain ole good. Ugh. I’m not too sure how I feel about that. I want to be cool, fun, and a total badass who faces life head-on, but if I’m being entirely honest with myself, I’m a low-key, simple girl at heart.

Tell me something about your past—a funny story, a quirky habit, or something you’re trying to overcome.

Overcome? Right, where do I start? My father was in and out of my life, so I never got to know him well, and my mother was often sick when I was little. I grew up fast and learned how to depend on myself. While I don’t mind taking the backseat and letting others be in charge, I always weigh every option and do what I think is best. Most people see me as a follower, one of the herd, but I’m really not. I need to learn how to trust better, especially when it comes to men, but it’s hard when your boyfriend is lying about something and your estranged father shows back up. My life is a mess.

What’s your favorite color, music, food?

Hmm…favorite color is pale blue, fav music is anything I can dance to, and red wine rules! Okay, so wine isn’t a food, but it’s still delicious.

Have you been lucky or unlucky in love and why?

Unlucky, definitely. For the longest time, I had a major crush on Chanel’s older brother. Then I learned the hard way that he was a creep. I wasted years pining over him, and I’ll never, ever, let a man have that much power over me again.

What’s your favorite thing about your love interest in this story? Or, what do you hate about them?

What I love most about Trevor is how hard he tries to do the right thing, but the one thing that really lights my fuse is that he’s keeping secrets. He says it’s to protect me, but I call bull on that. Relationships are all about give and take, and right now, I’m going to take the truth even if it kills me. And according to Trevor, it just might.

Now that you've met Shea, it's time for an excerpt:

“Ow.” Damn the rock concert pounding in her head. Shea smacked her lips, her tongue thick and throat drier than the desert, and dug through her medicine drawer in the kitchen. Finally! She grabbed the crinkly packet, popped some ibuprofen, and chased it with the cool, sweet wash of apple juice. A chill coursed through her as shame heated her cheeks. What had she been thinking, getting drunk and propositioning Trevor, then crying in front of him? Of all the nights for some crazy, horny lady to take over her mind and body. He must think her a fool. Or a louse.

After she corked the half-empty bottle, she dumped the merlot from hers and Trevor’s glasses into the sink and turned on the creaky faucet. Aargh. Water struck the basin like nails hitting a tin roof. She massaged her throbbing temples as her pride swirled down the drain alongside the wine and water. How many glasses had she indulged in—one, two? What if she ran into him again? Could she act as though nothing happened?

She grabbed her phone from her purse and scrolled through her contacts. Even though she’d dumped Trevor, she kept his name and number. Might as well stamp loser on her forehead. No matter how she played it, she’d morphed into a bitch last night, and he still carried her to bed. She leaned against the counter and tapped the screen, her stomach twisting.


Trevor’s deep timbre washed over her like the finest caress. She coughed to find her voice. “Hi. It’s Shea O’Bannon.”

Silence stretched through the line. He grunted as though clearing his throat. “Hey. I didn’t expect to hear from you. You doing all right?”

“Other than a hangover and being humiliated? Sure, I’m peachy.” She forced a laugh and pinched the bridge between her eyes. “I’m sorry for how I acted, and thank you for not taking me up on my offer. Had we slept together, I’d be even more embarrassed.”

“It’s okay. I’m no worse for the wear. We’ve all had bad days.”

She tightened her grip on the phone. Was he letting her off the hook?

“I gotta go. I’m at a worksite, and this doorway isn’t gonna frame itself.” He chuckled a little. “Want to meet for lunch? I always work half-days on Saturday, so I’m getting off at noonish.”

She bit her lip as the digital clock on the stove flicked to 11:33. Was lunch a good idea? “Okay. Where?” The words split her lips before she could stop them.

“How about Dayo’s Cantina in Westwood? It’s close to my apartment.”

“Fine with me. I’ll grab directions from the Internet.”

“Great. Let’s say one o’clock. I should go home and clean up first.”

“I’ll see you then. Bye.” She jabbed the screen, ending the call before she could stick her foot in her mouth. Her stomach gurgled in sudden hunger as her nausea faded. She rubbed her face, wiping off what had to be the stupidest smile ever, but her lips quirked up again.

What had she gotten herself into—a date? 


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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats. 

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats. 


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Monday, July 10, 2023

RomantiConn Recap

I’m back from my big reader event and oh my gosh, it was so much fun!

Last year, I made the decision to focus on readers. Seems like a “duh” moment, and maybe it was, but if my books are going to sell, I need to go where the readers are. I looked into large reader events and signed up for several of them. This was a big deal for me. These events are not cheap for authors, and therefore the need to see a return on my investment is key. But, you can’t make money without spending money.


This past Saturday was RomantiConn, a reader event hosted by Kitty Berry. She and her volunteers did a phenomenal job! There were more than 100 authors spread across at least four meeting rooms and hallways in the Trumbull Marriott Hotel. Readers began lining up at ten for an event that didn’t start until noon! 


In addition to authors signing their books, we gave away mystery books—a book wrapped in brown paper with clues on the front—a trope, heat level, or something that might draw the reader. They chose the book they wanted and then looked for our table so we could sign it for them. I gave away an older copy of A Heart of Little Faith, and I met the nicest woman when I signed it for her.


There were also five huge boxes filled with author swag—I donated mugs with my website banner filled with tea—that readers could win. Authors who donated had tickets and our tables were marked with a star. Readers had to do something for each of us in order to get a free ticket. I required readers to sign up for my newsletter. I’m not sure who won the boxes, but I’m pretty sure they needed help carrying them out to their cars—those boxes were filled!


I sold books—both to people who had preordered from me and to people who stopped by my table that day. I met lots of readers and had so much fun talking to them. I met a Barnes & Noble manager who wants me to sign at her store. I even talked up my Harlequin Special Edition upcoming release (I wasn’t allowed to sell that book there, but I had a flyer with a QR code so people could preorder directly from the retailers).


And I met or reconnected with some fabulous authors—Jodi Payne, Peggy Jaeger, LaQuette, Cheri Allan, Judy Kentrus, Clair Brett, Arell Rivers, Artemis Crow, DV Stone, to name a few. I’m sure I’m missing someone. It was great to see them in person, check out their tables, and just catch up with them or get hugs. 


My next in-person event will be Books, Books, Books in Pennsylvania in September. I can’t wait to meet more readers there!