Pie is a real cat

Many readers have fallen in love with Pie, the little gray cat in my latest release The VIP Doubles Down. What folks don’t always know is that Pie is my cat in real life. I thought I would share the story of how she came to live with me (originally posted on the wonderful Happy-Ever-After blog at USAToday).

The cat who came for Christmas…and stayed.

I have two dogs. I didn’t need a cat.

However, Darling Daughter worked at a homeless cat shelter in Pittsburgh where she found Pie, the little gray cat whom no one would adopt because she had multiple health issues and didn’t get along with other cats.

Pie was no dummy. She curried Darling Daughter’s favor by greeting her with loud, enthusiastic meows, purring every time she was touched, and showing a decided preference for D.D.’s company. Pretty soon Pie had moved into to D.D.’s apartment as a foster until someone was found to give her a permanent home.

When Darling Daughter came home for Christmas, of necessity, Pie came with her…only for the holidays. When D.D. returned to Pittsburgh after the holidays, Pie somehow remained behind. And thus their goal was achieved: Pie found a forever home.

We were concerned that Pie wouldn’t get along with our golden retriever and Yorkshire terrier but she quickly showed them who was boss by hissing and swatting at them with claws bared. They now treat her with great respect, and all is peaceful.

To my surprise, Pie decided she is a writer’s cat. I acquired a soft, furry companion in my writing office which the dogs almost never visit because it requires climbing two flights of stairs and they’re lazy creatures. It’s amazing how much warmer and cozier my third-floor space feels when Pie is curled up in her Amazon box under the chair.

Or in the cubby where I keep my tote bags.

Or right under the wheeled table beside my desk chair (her favorite place).

The last position has caused some trauma in the past when I forgot she was there and rolled either the table or my desk chair too near her tail. However, she has trained me well; I no longer move in any direction without checking to see if she’s lounging nearby.

Now when I’m tearing my hair out over a plot hole or a marketing glitch, I take a break to stroke the soft, satiny coat of my little gray cat. I’m rewarded with a rumbling purr and a blink of contented eyes. And suddenly my stress level plummets, and all those silly problems melt away.

Pie is the perfect illustration of a profound truth: Sometimes we don’t know what’s missing from our lives until the universe sends it our way. Turns out I did need a cat.

Note: If you’d like to hear more about Pie, follow/friend me on Facebook where I often post photos.

 

 

The VIP Doubles Down is available now!

The last of my lonely billionaires gets his happily-ever-after in THE VIP DOUBLES DOWN. This is a book of my heart since Gavin Miller is a writer whose muse has deserted him. Find out how he discovers a new muse in Allie Nichols, a sassy physical therapist from West Virginia (my home state). There’s lots of banter and the sparks fly. Hope you love reading Gavin’s story as much as I loved writing it! Here’s where you can buy it:

 


 

I’m having a party!

Celebrate the publication of THE VIP DOUBLES DOWN with me on April 19th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT on Facebook. Join the fun by clicking on the “Join the party” button.

There will be all kinds of giveaways, Facebook Live video where you can ask me anything, and teaser quotes. We’re going to have a blast.

If you can’t attend the party, make sure to check my Facebook profile where I will be giving away even more goodies from April 18th (Release Day) through the next six days.

Make sure to pre-order THE VIP DOUBLES DOWN now, so it will be on your doorstep or your Kindle the day it launches.

Not sure what it’s about? Here you go:

In the witty, sizzling finale to award-winning author Nancy Herkness’s Wager of Hearts series, a haunted writer conquers his demons with the help of a feisty muse and a passion that doesn’t play by the book.

Gavin Miller, the billionaire author of a bestselling thriller series, struggles with a grim secret: he hasn’t written a word in over a year.

Writer’s block is killing his spirit and jeopardizing his contracts with his publisher and his Hollywood producers. Prodded by his agent, Gavin reluctantly agrees to see Allie Nichols, a sassy physical therapist tasked with treating the novelist’s severe neck and shoulder pain—and maybe his writer’s block, too.

The tempestuous Gavin and no-nonsense Allie soon find themselves entangled in a steamy affair that sparks Gavin’s creativity again. But their manipulative ex-lovers and Gavin’s lingering childhood scars threaten their happily ever after. Can Gavin and Allie find their way to love when the stakes are high and the obstacles are overwhelming?

 

 

UK Sale on A BRIDGE TO LOVE. Just 99p.

For my readers in the UK:

If you love my Wager of Hearts billionaires, you’ll enjoy Randall Johnson in A BRIDGE TO LOVE. He’s rich, he’s got a sexy Texas accent, and he’s falling for a single mom who only wanted a one-night stand. Only 99p on Kindle in the UK until April 24th, so grab it while it’s on sale!

UK only!

Here’s the whole story summary:

Widowed a year ago, Kate Chilton struggles to raise two young sons alone, drawing on memories of her happy marriage to help her through the tough times.  When she discovers that her marriage was not what it seemed, the foundation of her world is shattered.  Wounded and angry, Kate decides to spend one night with a man and then forget him.  She finds the perfect candidate in notorious womanizer Randall Johnson.  Magnetically attractive, he has a reputation for loving and leaving.  But Randall’s reputation is about to change….

Driven to escape from his dirt-poor childhood in rural Texas, Randall claws his way up the ladder of success on guts and ambition.  He has no time for love and chooses only women who understand his rules.  Kate Chilton is definitely not his type, no matter how the electricity crackles between them.  When she invites herself to dinner, his curiosity is piqued.  When she kisses him, his self-control goes up in flames.  And when she tells him he’s just a one-night stand, he refuses to take “no” for an answer.

Kate must build a bridge from her shattered past into her future.

 Randall must bridge the gulf of distrust between himself and the one woman who can reach his heart.

My new website is up!

Stop by to check out the fresh, new look of my website! Please let me know what you think! If you see any problems or typos, I especially want to hear about those.

While you’re there, make sure to sign up for my New Book Alert. You might win a prize and you’ll get special freebies from time to time as a thank you for subscribing.

Wager of Hearts books on sale for $2.00!

You can get both my current Wager of Hearts full-length novels, THE CEO BUYS IN and THE ALL-STAR ANTES UP, for just $2.00 each on Kindle!  They are regularly $3.99 and $4.99. Add the Wager of Hearts novella, THE IRISHMAN’S CHRISTMAS GAMBLE for just $1.99.

While you’re thinking about it, don’t forget to pre-order the final book in the Wager of Hearts series, THE VIP DOUBLES DOWN.

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Get all four Whisper Horse books for under $4.00!

A new year, a new deal! Each one of the books in my award-winning Whisper Horse series is on sale for 99 cents on Kindle for the month of January. That means you can buy the whole series for just $3.96. Wow!

Check it out here!

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150+ free romances plus over $1,000 in prizes!

To celebrate the holiday season, I’ve teamed up with more than 150 fantastic romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS over $1,000 in prizes!

You can download my Whisper Horse novella, A DOWN-HOME COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, for free, plus 150 more books. Enter the giveaway by clicking here.

It ends December 26th so join the fun right away!

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Good luck, and enjoy!

Get a free Christmas novella!

Very soon my new Christmas novella will be ready to read. If you subscribe to my New Book Alert, you will get it for free as my gift of thanks to you. To subscribe, sign up here.

Set in the Wager of Hearts world, THE IRISHMAN’S CHRISTMAS GAMBLE tells Frankie Hogan’s story. She’s the founder of the exclusive Bellwether Club.

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Having risen out of the Dublin slums to build a multinational chocolate business, Frances “Frankie” Hogan is convinced that nothing can ruffle her well-ordered, though lonely, world … until European soccer sensation Liam Keller shows up at her door like the ghost of Christmas past. Youthful ambitions had launched them in different directions, and now the years apart have added secrets and complications. Liam believes it’ll take a Christmas miracle to convince the woman he has always adored to finally gamble on love.

Hope you enjoy my warm, holiday story of a lonely billionaire finding her lost love!

Two hot billionaires for just $1.99 each!

My two Wager of Hearts books are on sale for just $1.99 each on Kindle. You can get sexy CEO Nathan Trainor in The CEO Buys In and pulse-pounding quarterback Luke Archer in The All-Star Antes Up for just $3.98 total. That’s a great deal on billionaires! LOL!

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