Several years ago, when I was writing for the original Bantam Loveswept line, I was excited to learn that one of my books was a finalist for the Romance Writer’s of America RITA® Award. (This is akin to the Oscars and Edgars for romance writers.) I was thrilled, of course, because this book, STEP INTO MY PARLOR, was very special to me. Problem was, I had become seriously ill with something that not even the miracle doctors at Houston’s famed medical center could diagnose specifically. (And I had every test known to man for my odd collection of symptoms.) The summer was nearing and with it the RWA New Orleans conference and the gala awards night. I was getting worse and had zero stamina. I joked to my friends that I was going to New Orleans if I had to be carried on a stretcher.
Two weeks before the conference started, the rheumatologists came up with a long, vague diagnosis and started me on a miracle drug. I immediately began getting better. Though still not back to normal, I managed to make it to New Orleans. The afternoon of the awards ceremony, I was very tired and wondered if it was worth it to try to make it to the gala. I decided to nap and rest for a few hours, then see how I felt. When I awoke, I knew I’d been dreaming, but I couldn’t remember my dream. Still, I had a strong premonition that I must go to the ceremony because my book was going to win, and I was going to be okay. (For those of you who don’t know, I’ve spent many, many years working with dreams–see my non-fiction website for more details.)
Feeling totally confident, I put on my sequins and high heels and went to the big event. And sure enough, Spider Webb, the hero of STEP INTO MY PARLOR, and I won the RITA® Award for best short contemporary romance. I’ve been a finalist for many awards before and since (and won several of them), but that night was special. I’ll never forget it…and I lived.
I have the rights back to all the Loveswepts I wrote (as as as some from other publishers) and I’ve been publishing them (updated and with new covers) as ebooks. STEP INTO MY PARLOR is just out and available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. I like the new cover so much better than the old one. Don’t you?
A woman on the run…and the man she runs into. Winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA® Award, STEP INTO MY PARLOR has it all–romance, suspense, and laugh-out-loud humor. Sensual.
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What do you do when you’re in jeopardy and running for your life and your last hope lands you in Houston on a cold, windy night with only sixty-three cents to your name and a friend who doesn’t answer her phone? Anne Foxworth Jennings finds a pawnshop to hock her watch for food and a place to sleep. But instead of the safe haven she was looking for, she feels as if she’s fallen into a rabbit hole. The place is crammed full with a bizarre collection of items ranging from fine china to a riding lawn mower and from a stuffed monkey to a live, chatty myna bird. When Anne encounters the Pawn Parlor’s owner, Spider Webb, a rough-looking ex-pro football player who oozes sex-appeal designed to blister the polish on any woman’s toenails, she considers bolting. But to where? She’s at the end of her rope. And then things become dreadfully more complicated.
Is she crazy to cast her lot with Spider Webb? Can Anne trust a total stranger with her life?