Hello, my friends!

It’s my great pleasure to finally announce the winners of the Audible giveaway for SWERVE. I have to confess, I used the Random Number Generator to choose winners because I cannot be (or at least feel) personally responsible for not choosing anyone. I wish I had enough to gift one to you all–those stories were absolute train wrecks! 

On that note, I have to say thank you for entertaining me with your words for the week. It was a refreshing change, and though I didn’t reply to each, I did read them and laugh/snarf/gasp/groan/cringe in sympathy. Except for those of you who said you sail along the roads. Then I just wished you more happy sailing. 

That said, here’s what the computer pulled up. I’m emailing each winner from my author email, but for a quick check, the names are below (as they were provided to me). 

Let’s see if these guys are ready to go on another harrowing trip with my girl, Kristine. You’re all seasoned travelers. You can handle it:

Linda Henderson, Kim Martin, Peggy R, Karen Hansen, Gail Siuba, Elise Skidmore, Penny, Stephanie, Anne, and Linda Kish. 

If you don’t hear from me anon that means I have the wrong email for you. If you don’t respond in the next week, I’ll draw another name and give your code away. Outside of that, enjoy!

I want to thank you all for taking the time to write to me, to relive some *koff* interesting moments, and to share them so publicly. Nice to know we’re not alone in such things, right? 


Audio lovers, SWERVE is now out and available via Audible! The narrator is Kate Rudd (who is fantastic!) and to celebrate I’m giving away ten audio copies of the book. All you have to do is leave me a message here, telling me about your worst road trip ever (okay, if you don’t have a worst, then tell me where you love to go or would like to go–that works, too!). That way it’s like we’re swapping “worst of” stories, right?

You have just over a week, until September 4th, to enter and that way I can get the audio book to you for the long Labor Day weekend. Sound good? (No pun intended!)

Remember, if you want to hear me, rather than Kate, talk about SWERVE, I did a quick and fun interview with CrimeFiction.FM about the book, writing in general, and what it takes to become a ten-year overnight success story.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of “inspiration” photos from one of the road trips I took in order to research SWERVE (What? You didn’t really thing I made all that up, did you?)

First up, the road trip:

Road Trip

For those of you now familiar with SWERVE, the above photos are of the Rock-a-Hoola waterpark, the entrance to said park, the rollercoaster and parking lot at Buffalo Bill’s and, finally, the rest stop that started the whole thing.

Lake Arrowhead

And this is all Lake Arrowhead. The lakeside home on which I based the Hawthorne family estate, the lake itself with the homes tucked away in the trees, a pool room cast in red that I stole from a real estate brochure (yes, the picture itself spawned an entire scene) and Fourth of July fireworks above the lake…if you look closely you can see the boats dotting the lake below. Good times, right?

Finally, just because I had such great time this summer (and because it’ll likely be a while before I get out on the road again) here are photos from my SWERVE tour:

Swerve Tour

That’s me reading from Taylor Stevens’s book at our joint signing. She said she couldn’t stand to hear her words read aloud, so of course that just made me torture her more. I’m a Big. Fan. The other two are of me signing and reading from SWERVE in Las Vegas. I love my hometown. It was a great turnout, and I made cookies that didn’t make even one person sick. A success all around!
The middle photo is of me with Kelly and Crystal … yes, that Crystal, for those of you familiar with SWERVE. I use people as well as places for inspiration too, yanno.

Good luck with the audio giveaway–I can’t wait to hear your stories!


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