Treat Yourself to 10 Romance Ebooks for $0.99 Each!

I don’t know about you, but here in Connecticut, it’s been cold and windy, and Mother Nature keeps dumping snow on us. This Valentine’s Day, I’m collaborating with nine other authors in an exciting $0.99 sale. Diving Into Him (South of Forever, Book 1) is only $0.99 through February 18th.

Warm up with 10 romance ebooks for $0.99 each—and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

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Review: Give Yourself the “Guts” to Fight (+ Giveaway!)

Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotic
Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotic

Those of you who have been with me for the past 10 years know I’ve been fighting a pesky autoimmune disease that is maybe Lupus. One of my main symptoms is debilitating joint pain, which I combat with a wide toolbox. My greatest ally has been the painkiller Tramadol, which knocks 10/10 pain down to a more bearable 7 or 8. The only downside to taking an opioid like Tramadol is that it can mess with your GI system.

One of my other main concerns about my autoimmune disease is my immune system itself. Since my immune system is confused and attacking my body, it gets even more confused when I come down with something like the common cold. Most people don’t even miss work when they’re sick, but I get knocked on my ass for several days and it almost always leads to a flareup of my autoimmune disease. This means lots of joint pain on top of an already annoying cold, so I try really hard not to get sick in the first place.

I’ve wanted to try a probiotic for a while now, but honestly the ones I’ve seen in stores are expensive. We’re talking like $15 to $20, which is way out of budget when you’re already struggling. I’d basically given up on trying one, until Schwartz Bioresearch contacted me and asked if I’d like to review one of their supplements and host a giveaway. Um, yes please!

Lucky for me, they offer a probiotic. They sent me a free bottle in exchange for my honest review. I don’t get paid for this review, but I do have some goodies for you!

The package itself came fast. Maybe it was expedited since I’m a reviewer, but it arrived three business days after I agreed to participate. I also really liked the packaging itself. The box was super easy to open; I didn’t have to fight with any glue like you do with most things on the market these days. My hands and wrists really appreciated that. However, the plastic around the cap was a pain to get open. It wasn’t perforated like most OTC medicine bottles are, and I don’t have the strength to rip it myself. So I gave up and used scissors. Still, no big deal! The peel-off protective thingy underneath the cap came off super easily.

Speaking of packaging, they were also kind enough to print a coupon for my next order right on the bottle. I thought that was really cool because I’m a busy author and I can easily lose a paper coupon in my various piles of papers, but there’s no way I can lose a whole bottle.

Being a spoonie, I take a lot of pills. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate taking pills. Any time I have to add another one to my pillbox, part of me dies inside. But these capsules go down easy with just a sip of water, and they play nice with my other medication. (Have you ever had a lump of meds get stuck in your throat? It’s not a fun thing.)

From what I understand, it can take a few weeks to get the full effect of probiotics. I take mine twice a day, as recommended on the bottle, and I’ve been taking them for over two weeks now. When I first started them—and sorry if this is TMI—I was not at all regular, thanks to my Tramadol. I try to eat a balanced diet with lots of fiber, but that’s not always enough. I really do think the probiotic supplement has made a difference; I’m still not as regular as I’d like to be, but I no longer have awful stomach pains, and I now “go” much more frequently than before. I consider that a win.

I also think they had something to do with keeping me germ-free while Mike died for weeks with a super cold. The poor guy never gets sick, but this thing knocked him on his ass. He missed like five days of work, which if you know him is unbelievable. And it was a mean cold, complete with stomach bug -esque symptoms and bronchitis. I never got sick, though. Now, I’m sure that washing our hands and not kissing had a lot to do with with that, but I also sleep next to the guy and I have a crap immune system. I once got the flu twice in a row, and I’m autoimmune. He’s finally feeling better, and I never caught it. Another win!

The bottle I received is a month’s supply, so I’ll know even better when the month is over whether it’s made a difference for me. The retail price is $18.90*, so it’s comparable to similar products in stores. Plus there’s that coupon. 😉

Even better, Schwartz Bioresearch offered a $100 Amazon gift card giveaway to my readers! Who can’t use a $100 Amazon gift card? I know I can think of a few things I’d like! All you have to do is enter your email address below (they’ll also send you a free smoothie recipe book).

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So there you have it—my first time using a probiotic. I think I’ve finally got the “guts” to fight like the spoonie warrior I am!

Save 10% off on all Schwartz Bioresearch products! Use code 10SAVE17 on their website, http://schwartzbioresearch.com. My contact has assured me this code will not expire and can be used again and again, so start shopping now!

Have you ever tried a probiotic? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Schwartz Bioresearch. I received a free bottle of their probiotic supplement in exchange for my honest review. My opinion is my own.


ED, 11/21/2016: My original post linked to the wrong product; the product I received to review was the 40 Billion CFU probiotic, not the 20 Billion. I’ve updated the link and retail price. Also, Schwarzt Bioresearch’s social media manager read my post and very kindly sent me their turmeric and curcumin blend for my joint pain! I’ll be reviewing that product soon.

Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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It’s November, which means two things: the election is coming up (eep), and the holidays are, too. While I can’t help you decide who to vote for, I can totally help you with your holiday shopping.

Schwartz Bioresearch recently reached out to me and offered to send me one of their products and open up their $100 Amazon gift card giveaway to my readers! I’ll be reviewing their probiotic in a couple weeks, but in the meantime, all you have to do to enter the giveaway is click here.

You can also enter below.

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Who doesn’t love a free gift card? I mean, really.

The $100 Amazon gift card giveaway ends November 30th, so enter now!


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Schwartz Bioresearch. I received a free bottle of their probiotic supplement in exchange for my honest review. My opinion is my own.

10 Reviews: Diving Into Him Reading and Swag Pack Giveaway!!

I’ve been kidnapped by my work in progress, so I’m behind on… everything. 😳 What can I say? When the muse takes you, you’ve got to just follow her.

Here is the live reading from Diving Into Him as a thank you for helping me reach 5 reviews!

To enter to win the swag pack, you must:

  • be a U.S. resident
  • comment on the video with a link to your Diving Into Him review

I will draw a winner next Wednesday, September 14th.

(Facebook is not responsible for or affiliated with this giveaway.)

If you haven’t read Diving Into Him yet, grab your FREE copy here!

To see the rest of the rewards, read this post.

Can We Reach 50 Reviews for Diving Into Him?

50 Reviews Blitz (Diving Into Him)

In case you missed it, Diving Into Him went FREE on the same day that What Happens On Tour came out. As of today, the book has eight reviews on Amazon (special thanks to everyone from Rockstars Among Us who reviewed)! This is fantastic and I’m so thankful to everyone who’s taken the time to post your thoughts. However, now that Diving Into Him is FREE everywhere, I really want to make a splash with it!

In order to do that, I need to do two things:

  • advertise with Bookbub (the holy grail of indie publishing)
  • trigger Amazon’s built-in support

Bookbub requires books to have at least 10 reviews to be accepted, and rumor has it that Amazon starts emailing customers about your book when you reach 50-60 reviews. This is where you come in. I really need your help!

If you’ve already posted your review on Amazon, thank you so much. (When you have a second, if you could copy/paste your review to Goodreads, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, etc, I would really appreciate it.)

If you’ve read Diving Into Him, but haven’t posted a review yet, please do. You can post your honest review here.

If you haven’t read Diving Into Him yet, grab your free copy here!

Now, let’s get to the good stuff.

For every five reviews posted, I’m giving you a special gift!

  • 5 reviews: live video reading of a scene
  • 10 reviews: giveaway—swag pack (U.S. only)
  • 15 reviews: Koty’s POV of Tyler interlude
  • 20 reviews: post-epilogue short—a date night
  • 25 reviews: bonus sex scene of Jett/Koty
  • 30 reviews: giveaway—signed 1st edition paperback (U.S. only)
  • 35 reviews: alternate ending in Koty’s POV
  • 40 reviews: giveaway—signed poster (U.S. only)
  • 45 reviews: video reading of a chapter
  • 50 reviews: live Q&A
  • 55 reviews: post-epilogue short—Jett and Koty discuss their future
  • 60+ reviews: giveaway—ebook copies of entire series

Now here’s where things get crazy. 😜 We only have one month to reach our goal! If we don’t make it, the blitz machine turns into a pumpkin. I know we don’t have to worry about that, though, because you rock!

Step 1: Grab Your FREE Copy
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40 Reviews: Max and Savannah’s First Kiss

40 Reviews Bonus!We did it! Late Friday I saw that we reached 40 reviews for The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos. Thank you so much to everyone who left a review! As promised, here’s Max and Savannah’s first kiss—in her point of view.


When their hands touched, his fingers grasping hers and lifting her from the floor, Savannah felt waves of warmth tingling through her. She wanted to ride that wave, drifting along wherever it carried her. As her feet found the floor, her hand remained in his.

She’d wanted him to kiss her from the moment they met in the coffee shop. Though he was a couple of years younger and not her usual type, he was sweet. He didn’t have the tall, muscular build that most of her boyfriends usually had, but give him a few more years and he’d fill out. Those full lips of his seemed like they were made for hers, locking into her like a puzzle piece. The stage was almost set. She just needed one more thing.

“I’ll be right back,” she told him. Before he could say anything, she danced out of his bedroom and into hers. All of her doubts no longer mattered. The heart wanted what it wanted—and at the moment, her heart was all about tangling in his sheets. Of course, if she was wrong and he had no feelings for her whatsoever . . .

She couldn’t worry about that.

Lifting the two canvases, she carried them out into the hall. She was about to take them into his room when movement from the living room caught her eye. Well, that was fine. They could always retreat to his bedroom.

If her sister—or anyone else in her family—knew her thoughts, they would give her a stern talking to about how she needed to focus, how she was once again tarnishing her reputation, and blah, blah, blah. She was sick of it. There was nothing wrong with a healthy sexual appetite. After all, she had to work off all that food she ate somehow.

Max knelt in front of an empty wall, stacking Chloe’s gifts into the shape of a tree. Her heart twisted. He was just so damn sweet. She could easily see herself having babies with him. She didn’t care that her thoughts were already careening that way. Sometimes love just took people by force. All she could do was hope she didn’t wreck.

Even if she did, she’d survive and move on.

She always did.

“Hold on,” she whispered to him, lugging the canvases into the living room. Giving up, she left one leaning against a wall and brought the bigger one to him.

“What’s that?” he asked, his voice husky.

Shivers ran through her. Oh yes, she was done for. All her life, she’d gone for the bad boys—the rugged ones with the dark looks and pasts, bodies built for ravaging and worshipping her body. Their hearts, on the other hand, not so much. It was time to do something different. After all, the definition of insanity . . .

She spun the canvas around, watching his face. “Ta-da!” She flipped on the light, revealing the Christmas tree she’d painted. It wasn’t her best work, but she was proud of it. She’d done it almost as an after thought, hurrying to get it finished after she wrapped up the other painting.

He blinked at her, and for a moment she thought he might be offended. After all, she’d probably stuck her nose into his Christmas plans far enough already. But he sprang to his feet. “I don’t know what to say, Savannah. This is perfect.” His voice was thick with emotion, and she felt her own eyes moistening. He crossed the room and pulled her into a hug. She felt herself melting into his embrace. “Thank you,” he whispered into her ear.

All systems go, she thought. Releasing the canvas, she wrapped her arms around his neck. “You’re welcome,” she whispered back, her lips brushing his ear.

This was it. He was going to kiss her, and to hell with what her family said about her libido. She held him close, feeling his heart beat against hers. She started to close her eyes, but noticed the forgotten second canvas.

Might as well seal the deal, she thought, pulling away from him. Already her body missed his touch, her skin aching to be near him again. Maybe this time it was the real deal. She always thought it was true love, until she ended up with a black eye or face to face with the other woman.

Grabbing the Christmas tree painting, she walked it across the room and slid it behind Max’s pile of gifts for Chloe. The scene was almost complete.

She scooped up the other painting, her heart thudding in her chest. If this didn’t reel him in, she’d know for sure that they weren’t meant to be. She’d let go of her silly feelings and focus on Chloe—and on finding another place to stay. By now she knew not to stick around when things weren’t working. One black eye, one broken heart was enough. She wasn’t one to hope for things to change.

She stood in front of him, holding the wrapped canvas like a baby. She hadn’t had any pretty paper, so her leftover packing paper had to do. Holding it out to him, she swallowed hard.

“What is this?” he asked in that husky voice.

She shivered again. She hoped he talked dirty in that tone. “It’s for you. I didn’t have a chance to buy you anything, and I didn’t really know what you would like, and, well, just look at it.” She was babbling. Biting her lower lip to shut herself up, she let her hands dangle at her sides.

Max peeled the paper off. He held out the canvas in front of him, studying the lines of Chloe’s face.

Her teeth dug into her lip. She was always nervous about doing portraits for people. Capturing someone’s true likeness and the essence of their spirit was nerve-wracking enough, and Max hadn’t even asked for it. He knew his baby girl’s face better than anyone else in the world. If she’d messed up even one line, he might find it offensive.

A gasp escaped his lips.

She swallowed hard, fists tightening at her side.

“It’s beautiful,” he said. “Thank you.”

Though his words sounded sincere, she still peered up at him from beneath her lashes. “You like it?”

“I love it, Savannah. How long have you been painting?” His voice rose in enthusiasm. Gently, he set the canvas down, leaning it against the couch.

Relief swept through her. Giving him a shrug, she said, “Since before I dropped out of art school.” Taking a step closer to him, she winked. “I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to finish it in time, and then you offered to go shopping. You’re so easy.” She gently shoved his arm, a smile playing on her lips. Shaking out her hair behind her, she steeled herself.

It was show time.

He laughed in response to her joke. “I’d say you have to buy me dinner first, but you cook for me all the time.”

She blinked at him, not sure her ears were working correctly. The heat spreading across his cheeks confirmed his words—and emboldened her. She closed the distance between them, ready to draw the curtain on her final act.

“That was stupid,” he said, backtracking. “I’m sorry—”

Pressing her lips to his, she cut him off. Doubt no longer plagued her. The second their lips touched, she felt the familiar tingles rocketing through her, caressing her. Might as well go for a standing ovation, she decided, and cupped the back of his neck, deepening the kiss.

When he kissed her back, lips gliding across hers like silk, his arms wrapping around her waist, she cemented her decision.

Tonight, she was all his.


Our next goal is 50 reviews. If you haven’t already, please go here and post a short, honest review—even if it’s a sentence or two, even if you didn’t love the book.

I promise you won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t love this book. I’m really just looking to get as many reviews as possible so I can submit to sites like Bookbub and receive access to other marketing opportunities.

When we make it to 50 reviews, I will post a video of me reading another chapter from The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos!

Haven’t read it yet? One-click now or shop all retailers here.

Help Me Reach 50 Reviews on Amazon for The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos

The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos, by Elizabeth BaroneIf you haven’t heard the news by now, my publisher is closing its doors at the end of this month, which kind of sucks. To be totally honest, I’m kind of in a jam. If you’ll help me, I’ve got some awesome goodies for you.

To make a really long story short, every book needs a marketing plan in order to be successful. There are thousands of books out there, and it’s easy to get lost in that sea. This is why it’s helpful to have a publisher, because they can assist you with marketing and open doors for you that you wouldn’t normally be able to access.

I’m tough, so I have no intention of tapping out of my writing career. This is only a bump in the road, and I just have to get a little more creative now. Challenge accepted.

I’ve adjusted my course but I need some hands on deck. (I don’t know why I’m making pirate references. Maybe it’s because I’m an arrrtist and I have arrrthritis. Okay, I’m done now. Matey.) The more reviews my books get, the better chances I have of marketing them. Before the big announcement, my book manager and I were working on getting 50 Amazon reviews for The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos. Here’s how you can help.

If you haven’t already, please leave an honest review for The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos on Amazon. It can just be a quick sentence, such as “I really liked this book.” If you didn’t love it, that’s okay too! All reviews help, even the 1-star ones. I promise, you won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t like my books.

Haven’t read The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos yet? Click here to grab a copy.

In exchange for your help, I’ve got some awesome goodies. If we make it to…

  • 40 reviews on Amazon, I’ll post Max and Savannah’s first kiss in her point of view
  • 50 reviews on Amazon, I’ll post another reading from The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos on YouTube
  • 60 reviews on Amazon, I’ll hold a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos* (plus some temporary skull tattoos and other rad swag)
  • 70 reviews on Amazon, I’ll post Max and Savannah’s first time in her point of view
  • 80 reviews on Amazon, I’ll hold a giveaway for a signed book cover poster*
  • 90 reviews on Amazon, I’ll post a sequel short story in both Max’s and Savannah’s point of view
  • 100 or more reviews on Amazon, I’ll hold a giveaway for this exclusive 3D sugar skull painting by yours truly*

So there you have it. Go post your review now! We only need two more to get to the first reward. 😉

Thanks in advance for your help.


*Due to the cost of shipping, giveaways are open to US residents only.

Incentives for Savannah’s Song Release Party

ssreleaseparty_04132016As you may or may not know, I’m throwing a little release party for Savannah’s Song, the second book in the South of Forever series, on Facebook on May 6th. On that same day, the first book in the series, Diving Into Him, is being re-released with an updated look. Since I want to make this my best launch ever and I’m slightly crazy, my goal is to get 500 “going” RSVPs. So far we have 30 people going with over 700 invited. That’s great and all, but it’s far from 500. So, I thought I’d make things a little more interesting.

For every new level of people “going” that we reach, you’ll unlock a new incentive—or fun little reward.

  • 25 people “going”: signed paper guitar and swag pack giveaway
  • 50 people “going”: video reading of Diving Into Him Chapter 1
  • 75 people “going”: video reading of Diving Into Him Chapter 2
  • 100 people “going”: video reading of Diving Into Him Chapter 3
  • 150 people “going”: video reading of Diving Into Him Chapter 4
  • 200 people “going”: video reading of Diving Into Him Chapter 5
  • 250 people “going”: digital copy of Diving Into Him giveaway
  • 300 people “going”: video reading of Savannah’s Song Chapter 1
  • 350 people “going”: video reading of Savannah’s Song Chapter 2
  • 400 people “going”: video reading of Savannah’s Song Chapter 3
  • 425 people “going”: video reading of Savannah’s Song Chapter 4
  • 450 people “going”: video reading of Savannah’s Song Chapter 5
  • 475 people “going”: digital copy of Savannah’s Song giveaway
  • 500 people “going”: signed posters giveaway*
  • 1,000 people “going”: signed paperbacks giveaway*
  • 2,000 or more people “going”: digital ARC of book 3 giveaway

Let’s do this. RSVP as “going,” then invite your friends. CLICK HERE to get started.

*United States residents only.

Free Kindle Giveaway (+ Books)!

This month I’m participating in Free Kindle Giveaway, along with The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos and Diving Into Him (South of Forever, Book 1).

If you aren’t already familiar with Free Kindle Giveaway, they are a company that promotes books AND their authors! Readers join their list for great deals as well as opportunities to connect with amazing authors…while also having the chance to participate in monthly giveaways! There are a variety prizes, but most often the winner has a choice between $100 PayPal Cash or a Kindle Fire! But for this special giveaway, Free Kindle Giveaway is giving away 100 dollars (or a Kindle Fire) AND 100 ebooks while telling you about 100 special ebook deals. It’s the 100/100/100 Giveaway! Learn More About the Prizes Below, or Go Here to Enter to win:

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The Prizes: 1 Kindle/$100 + 100 Books!

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The Gift (and a Gift for You)

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The Story

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling these last few months—especially financially. Being in the hospital cost me valuable marketing time. My income tanked, to be honest. I’ve been trying to catch up on bills and get back into the swing of things. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m on my way. (I’m even writing a new book! More about that later.)

Last week, my husband came home from work with the mail. It’s almost always junk and bills, but some Christmas cards have been trickling in. Buried in the stack was an envelope, handwritten, addressed to me—no return address. I opened it up, expecting another Christmas card, giddy with the warmth of the season. It was a card, but what was inside shocked me.

Money tumbled out. On the card, handwritten, was the word “Enjoy!”

Santa came early.

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I immediately started to worry. I didn’t feel comfortable taking someone’s money. It just wasn’t right. But there was no one to argue with. I couldn’t even thank them.

I scrutinized the handwriting. I thought it looked vaguely familiar, but I’m no expert. I asked a few family members to see if anyone knew anything about it. None of them knew what I was talking about.

They all had a gentle laugh at my stubbornness, then suggested I simply pay it forward.

I’ve been racking my brain, trying to think of something good. And I think I’ve finally got it. But first, if my Santa is reading this, thank you. You are so sweet. You made me smile. I took your advice to heart; I got myself a little gift, and used the rest to pay off some bills. Now there’s one more thing I’d like to do.

Paying It Forward

I want to pay it forward, but I also want to spread even more cheer.

A few months ago, I joined forces with three other New Adult authors: Molli Moran, J.C. Hannigan, and Rebecca Paula. We created a group on Facebook, Romance Readers Anonymous. It’s a fun group for romance addicts. We post something new every day, sharing romance writer confessions, crushes, games, and more. Sometimes, on Wednesdays, we give away books.

For this Win a Book Wednesday, I’m throwing in a little twist.

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One lucky winner can pick one of our Kindle books. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can get the app FREE for your computer, phone, tablet, etc.)

To enter, simply join Romance Readers Anonymous. Do something nice for someone, and let us know here. It can be something small, like holding the door for a stranger or texting something nice to someone you cherish.

I’ll draw a winner at random sometime next Wednesday (December 30th).

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No matter what you celebrate, the holiday season is about spreading goodwill toward others. And I don’t know about you, but I think our world needs some light right now.

Let’s do this.