Friday, March 21, 2014

Great Review of The Prince's Cinderella Bride

“Prince Maximilian Bravo-Calabretti’s marriage was a lie, even though he allowed the world to think otherwise. A true-hearted, sexy former nanny might  just test his vow to never marry again. Lani Vasquez’s first love ended in disaster, which is why she’s never walking down the aisle.  But a handsome and honorable widowed prince may change her mind.  Rimmer’s latest Bravo Royales romance is set amid fictional opulence, rich with tradition, secrets and tragedies.  The author handles it all eloquently with a commanding and expressive narrative.  Her couple overcomes major emotional hurdles through sympathy, empathy and a healthy dose of humor as evidenced by their everyday interatcts and lustful, lively love-play.”
                                                          --Debbie Haupt, RT BookReviews, 4 ½ Stars!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Prince's Cinderella Bride

This is my May 2014 release.  Back cover copy next post down.

This didn't work for me at first.  The people look nothing like what I pictured.  Nothing.

That said, it's growing on me more and more. I put it up on Facebook--and everyone loved it.  So hey.  What do I know? ;)  Also, it has a certain tender quality that  I do like.

For fun, below are the images I sent the art department to show what Max and Lani look like:....Henry Cavill.  Yes!
And Danna Garcia for Lani

Ah, well....
Very cool thing:  I now get NYT Bestseller Billing.  Yay!
What do you think?

Friday, December 27, 2013

What's New for 2014?

Happy New Year, everyone!

This year, I'll have four books coming out, all from Harlequin Special Edition.  I'll be winding up the Bravo Royales series and starting out The Bravos of Justice Creek series, featuring a whole new branch of the Bravo family.

First off, in May 2014, look for THE PRINCE'S CINDERELLA BRIDE.  This is Max's story. He's the oldest of the Bravo-Calabretti siblings and the heir to his mother's throne.  I have back cover copy for this one:

                                         From Texas nanny…to palace princess! 

It should never have happened—the night of forbidden magic that turned Lani Vasquez and Prince Maximilian Bravo-Calabretti into lovers. After all, Lani knew all too well that an affair between a lowly nanny and the heir to the throne could only end in heartbreak—her own. Which was why she had to end it before she lost her herself completely… 

His New Year's Eve with Lani had rocked Max's world—and now the Texas beauty wanted to be just friends? The single father had sworn he'd never marry again, but Lani had charmed his children and awakened his guarded heart. Will the prince catch his Cinderella before the clock strikes midnight?

Then in July, I'll be launching the 20-year anniversary of Harlequin's Montana Mavericks series with MILLION-DOLLAR MAVERICK.  In this one, I get to take the villain of last year, Nathan Crawford, and turn him into a hero.  It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.  Nate has a tragic past and a lot to make up for and his heroine, Callie Kennedy, is just the woman to help him with that.

And in October watch for THE EARL'S PREGNANT BRIDE.  I like to think of that one as my Downton Abbey Bravo Royale story.

Finally, in December, Aurora, the last of the Bravo Royales, gets together with the new branch of the family, The Bravos of Justice Creek, in A BRAVO CHRISTMAS WEDDING.  Aurora comes to be the maid honor for a Colorado Bravo cousin--and gets in deep and fast with mountain man, Walker McKellan.

All around, a fun year, I think.  I'll be posting everything you could want to know about these upcoming releases as information comes in at my website,

I hope this message finds you well and happy and surrounded by the ones you love.  May your New Year be filled with love, laughter--and great books!

Got special plans for New Years?  Leave a comment here before January 2--and I'll draw a winner from the comments for a $10 Amazon gift card!  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Almost Autumn....

I can just feel fall in the air about now.  We get the sun peeking through the clouds now and then, but it's generally grayer than sunny here in the Pacific Northwest.

At left, a little vase of sunflowers to remind you that summer isn't that far gone.

Here in my office, I'm well into my current series for Harlequin Special Edition, the Bravo Royales, about the princely branch of the Bravo family.  Nine stories in all in this group.  Holiday Royale  --cover at right, top--will be book six in the series.

I've already written book seven, which is the story of Maximilian Bravo-Calabretti, the heir to the throne of fictional Montedoro, first-born of the Bravo Royales  After that, two more and I'm on to the next branch of the Bravo family, the children of Franklin Bravo.

I've just finished putting together my material to take with me to plot group for a few days in October.  We'll be brainstorming the newest group of Bravo stories.  Working title for this series is The Bravos of Justice Creek.

In publishing, the author is always way ahead of the release schedule.  I'm already planning the next series and half of the Bravo Royales have yet to come out.

Notice the new cover style on both How to Marry a Princess and Holiday Royale--more mainstream-looking, without the usual blue half-frame Special Edition has been known for.  Do you like it?  Or do you prefer the older style?

Hope this blog finds you well and happy--and that you're enjoying cooler days and getting lots of reading done.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I'm a RITA® Finalist!

I'm thrilled to announce that my July 2012 Montana Mavericks Special Edition, THE LAST SINGLE MAVERICK  is a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's® RITA contest this year in the Short Contemporary Category.

It's always so exciting to be a finalist--and for the second year in a row, too.  I always have such fun working on the Montana Mavericks books with so many of my amazing author pals at Special Edition.  And not only do I get to work with a great crew of authors when I write a Montana Maverick story, I also have the pleasure of working with two of my favorite editors.

The fabulous Marcia Book Adirim writes the over-arching story that connects all the books, as well as the starter notes for each story.  And the insightful and generally brilliant Susan Litman acts as coordinator and continuity-checker as well as editor for each of the books.

It's always a pleasure to write a Montana Maverick book--and it's absolutely lovely to get a RITA finalist nod for one.

THE LAST SINGLE MAVERICK was an especial joy to write because the hero, Jason Traub, just came alive for me from the first line of the book: "Family reunions.  Who needs them?"  Jace was a great guy at a crossroads in life, destined to meet up with his perfect match, runaway bride, Jocelyn Bennings.

Wish me luck at the big awards ceremony at the Romance Writers of America's National Conference to be held in Atlanta in July!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy New Year!

Time to take down the tree and ring in the New Year.  We'll be celebrating at home this year.  Just the way I like it. A little hot cider by the fire.  May your New Years dreams all come true.

Your resolutions, too!

This year I will have four books on the stands, three new Bravo Royale stories and one fun Montana Maverick tale, all from Harlequin Special Edition.

In April, watch for Rhiannon Bravo-Calabretti's story, HER HIGHNESS AND THE BODYGUARD.

I have back cover copy for that one:


Marcus is the best man Rhia's ever known, and she's never gotten over their breakup. Now, he's practically strapped to her side. It's like a dream come true...or a nightmare. Because Marcus is as stubborn as ever: she's a Bravo-Calabretti, he's a lowly security guard, and they can never be equals. Ever.  

Then a breathless night that should have brought closure brings something else: a baby. Marcus insists that no child of his will grow up without its own mother and father. Well, Rhia has her own requirement: her child will be raised on love, not the dry bread of obligation. And Marcus has made it abundantly clear that his duty to Montedoro comes before everything-especially his own desires.

Then, in July, the launch of an all-new Montana Mavericks series with STRANDED WITH THE MAVERICK.  And finally, in November and December, two more Bravo Royale books: HOW TO MARRY A PRINCESS and HOLIDAY ROYALE. 

HER HIGHNESS AND THE BODYGUARD  and STRANDED WITH THE MAVERICK are already written.  I'll be starting on HOW TO MARRY A PRINCESS the day after New Years.  Can't wait.

Here's to much success for everyone in 2012!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Happy Holidays, Everyone....

...and a Joyous New Year to you all!

Right now, I have a Christmas book, The Rancher's Christmas Princess, in stores.  I hope you'll give it a look.  On Kindle, it's currently available for $1.99!

Also, as it happens, I'm writing a proposal for next year's December release.  this will be book 5 in the Bravo Royales series, Prince Damien's story.  Damien is the player of the family, who will finally meet his match in sweet Lucy Cordell, the long-sheltered little sister of Noah Cordell, who will find his true love in How to Marry a Princess, which will be out in November of 2013!

I have a general idea of the direction of Damien and Lucy's story.  It's kind of a Pygmalion story, a My Fair Lady story.  Lucy needs Damien to teach her to be smart and sophisticated so she can win the heart of another man who won't give her the time of day because she's such an innocent.  Damien may be a player.  But he has a soft spot for sweet Lucy and has proved in the previous book that he's willing to help her get whatever she needs.  Or desires.

But you know how it goes.  Writing is a layering process.  And I'm seeing that there's a layer missing in this story.  Another element that will really make it work.  I'm thinking it's a child.  Because, after all, there's nothing like a precious child.  Especially at Christmas.....