OUR NOW AND FOREVER Has a Cover!

on September 17, 2015

And it’s gorgeous!!

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The second book in my Ardent Springs series releases Nov 10, 2015 and, as always, I can’t wait to hear what readers think of it. Here’s the blurb:

When Caleb McGraw sweeps Snow Cameron off her feet, she never expects their whirlwind romance to lead to a Vegas wedding chapel. Before she can catch her breath, Caleb starts talking kids and college funds while his wealthy parents make their disapproval painfully clear. Convinced she was blinded by lust, not love, Snow takes off for Ardent Springs, Tennessee, two months into the marriage.

Heir to a media conglomerate, Caleb never experienced struggle or rejection, until Snow sends him on a wild hunt for his runaway bride. When he finally finds her—managing a curiosity shop beloved by the quirky locals—she agrees to give the marriage another chance, but on one condition: no sex for a month. Can their love stand the test, or will they give in to their attraction?

In this humorous and heartwarming Ardent Springs romance, two lost hearts start over in a town where everyone deserves a second chance and love always wins in the end.

This book was a ball to write, and I am head over heels for the hero, Caleb. Luckily, so is Snow. This couple has to fight hard for their happily ever after, but boy do they deserve it by the end. If you’d like to pre-order now to have it pop up on your Kindle (or into your mailbox!) on release day, you can do that here. (Or click the cover. That will work, too.)

Celebrating Read a Romance Month

on July 31, 2015

gI_77192_read-a-romance-logoConsidering the fact that I’ve been reading romance novels for thirty years and currently make my living writing them, for me, every month is read a romance month. But thankfully, Bobbi Dumas has put her brilliance and imagination into making August the official Read a Romance Month celebration. Something that was sorely needed and long overdue.

I’ve been fortunate to participate in the festivities for the past two years and thanks to romance super-reader Lorelei’s Lit Lair, I’m getting the chance to once again bring attention to this amazing genre that does so much for so many.

McNaughtIt is absolutely no exaggeration for me to say that reading romance novels has kept me sane. Judith McNaught almost single-handedly got me through high school. Kathleen Woodiwiss, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer took me through college and beyond. Dorothy Garlock, Johanna Lindsay, Jo Beverley, and Mary Balogh were there when I was trying to figure out how to be an adult. (Something I have yet to master.)

EloisaI couldn’t possibly name every author I’ve read, but Nora Roberts, Eloisa James, Shirlee Busbee, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Jo Putney, Mary Spencer, and Elizabeth Lowell deserve to be mentioned. In fact, Eloisa isn’t just an author I’ve adored, but she’s also somewhat responsible for my current career. Back in 2006, Eloisa ran a bulletin board for her fans that introduced me to an amazing group of women, many of whom are still my friends today. And a number of participants on that board are also published authors.

This might be the most important bonus to being a romance reader. We don’t just sit in our cozy corners turning pages and finding solace in the happy endings. Being a romance reader means you’re part of a generous, supportive, and very special community. A sisterhood that happens to include a small but mighty group of male readers as well.

Contrary to public opinion, romance novels are not formulaic stories that are all the same and include nothing more than sex and sappy declarations of love that no one would ever say in real life. These books are about family, growing up, facing faults, healing old wounds, seeking forgiveness, and learning to be a better person.sweet couple

Yes, there is also a love story, but it’s never simple or trite or easily dismissed. Sometimes there is sex on the page, sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes there is religion on the page, and sometimes there isn’t. But without fail there is always love.

And goodness knows this world could use a lot more love.

I would love to hear what draws you to the genre? Is it the fantasy or the more realistic elements? Do you want to read about people who could be in your life, or characters you would never want to encounter on the street? Have you found your little corner of the community or are you sitting there wondering what in the world I’m talking about? (If your answer is the latter, I will happily introduce you to the fabulous world of Romancelandia.

Don’t forget to visit the Read a Romance Month website all month long to read similar essays from an amazing array of the top authors in the genre. It’s like a daily shot of validation, positivity, and genuine appreciation of the most-underrated and misunderstood genre of literature. And especially check out Lorelei’s (of Lorelei’s Lit Lair) post for an essay from the reader’s perspective.

Smexy Times Are Here!

on July 14, 2015

Small Town Summer Box Set

The Small Town Summer Box Set has been released to the world! The digital world at least. Our collection of nine small town contemporary stories ranges from scorching heat to perfectly sweet and everything in between.

My contribution is a highly sensual short story about a repressed librarian awakening to true sensuality with the help of her sexy upstairs neighbor, who just happens to be a bestselling author. Max and Anna’s story is the first work of romance fiction I ever wrote, and I’ve been waiting eight years to share this story with readers.

The other eight stories are fabulous in their own right, some standalone stories like mine while others are part of an ongoing series. Catch up with authors you already love, or find some new voices to glom. Either way, you can’t lose with this one.

Here’s the full list:

AWAKENING ANNA, by Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Terri Osburn 
ANYWHERE WITH YOU, by Heatherly Bell 
MOONSHINE & MAGNOLIAS, by National Bestselling author Jamie Farrell 
SUMMER IN STRINGTOWN PROPER, by Liz Flaherty 
SUMMER STOCK, by Regina Kyle 
SERENA’S SOLDIER, by Amy Lamont 
A KISS IN KITE HARBOR, by Stefanie London 
HER LAST SHOT, by Megan Ryder 
SWEET HOME ALASKA, by Rebecca Thomas

Get your copy now at the following distributors:

Amazon Kindle

B&N Nook

iBooks

Kobo

Now tell me how you feel about anthologies and box sets. Do you like them? Only read them now and then? Read them all or pick and choose? Inquiring author wants to know!

Small Town Summer Cover Reveal!

on June 29, 2015

How pretty is this???

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I was honored to be invited to join this project, and can’t wait to see what readers think of this fun collection. Here’s the short summary…

From warm sunny days to long sultry nights, spend your summer falling in love in a small town! These nine contemporary romances featuring sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and lots of heartwarming romance make the perfect beach read. Whether your pleasure is sweet small town romance or smolderingly sexy love stories, there’s something in the Small Town Summer box set for everyone!

Small Town Summer includes novellas from nine BESTSELLING, AWARD WINNING, and RISING STAR authors:

AWAKENING ANNA, by Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Terri Osburn
ANYWHERE WITH YOU, by Heatherly Bell
MOONSHINE & MAGNOLIAS, by National Bestselling author Jamie Farrell
SUMMER IN STRINGTOWN PROPER, by Liz Flaherty
SUMMER STOCK, by Regina Kyle
SERENA’S SOLDIER, by Amy Lamont
A KISS IN KITE HARBOR, by Stefanie London
HER LAST SHOT, by Megan Ryder
SWEET HOME ALASKA, by Rebecca Thomas

As you can see, my contribution is a story called AWAKENING ANNA, and it is MUCH HOTTER than my normal fare. This is an erotic romance about a woman awakening to her senxuality, and that means a lot of sex. A lot. Did I say there’s a lot of sex? I want to be very clear about this so that no one picks this up and is shocked and dismayed by the end of chapter two. If you like your stories with an extra splash of spice, check this one out.

However, if you prefer less spice, we have that here, too. There are stories with all heat levels here, so please, even if you think mine wouldn’t be to your taste, pick it up anyway and give the other authors a try. These are fabulous writers that I know you’re going to love.

The collection is now up for pre-order on all major digital platforms and at the low-low price of only $0.99! That price will last through the first week and then go up, so get your copy before the price changes. 

Pre-order/purchase links for Small Town Summer:
AmazonNook / iBooks / Kobo 

Now tell me what you think of collections like this? Do you like getting a lot of stories in one? Do you usually pick and choose which ones to read or read them all?

 

 

Available Now!!

on April 21, 2015

I am very late to post this, but HIS FIRST AND LAST  is available now! 

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At eighteen, Lorelei Pratchett couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown. Twelve years later, her Hollywood dreams have fizzled and she’s back—temporarily, she thinks. Though she throws herself into saving the old theater and starting a baking business, small towns have long memories, and Lorelei’s wild past still haunts her. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend, Spencer Boyd, is even hotter, smarter, and more distracting than before.

The fiery Lorelei that Spencer knew years ago may have become closed off and cautious, but their chemistry hasn’t faded one bit. Losing her a second time is unthinkable to him, yet Lorelei is convinced she doesn’t belong in Ardent Springs. Somehow, Spencer needs to show her that everything she needs is right here: family, friendship, new beginnings…and a man who’s never stopped loving her.

Warm, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, His First and Last is an irresistible story of first love and second chances.

And don’t forget to join the Facebook party tomorrow when Rhenna Morgan, Sarah Hegger, and I throw a rip-roaring bash to celebrate the launch of each of our new series. We have prizes and an abundance of HAWT men lined up just for you. Don’t miss out! Did I mention we’re giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner?? We are! Enter now through Rafflecopter.

Lots of Good News

on March 27, 2015

It’s a wonder! It’s a miracle! Nah, it’s just me blogging. Rare as that may be.

Today, my friends, I am excited to announce a little side endeavor I’ll be taking this summer. I have teamed up with eight fabulous authors to create an anthology of short contemporary romances with a small town summer theme.Small Town Summer Intro Graphic edited-2

I know what you’re thinking. But when do I have time to do this?? That’s the best part.

My contribution is a story I wrote several years ago, but I could never find the right venue to get it out to readers. It is in no way connected to my other work, and is actually quite a bit steamier than my usual fare.

When I wrote My Anna, it was an Erotic Romance. But the heat meters have pretty much shot off the charts in the last seven years, so it’s really just a hot hot contemporary. That’s what I’m calling it anyway.

Older woman/younger man. Librarian heroine/writer hero. Smexy times/happy ending. (More a happy for now than ever after, but still satisfying.)

The collection won’t be available until July, so as we get closer to the date, I’ll be sharing a lot more details. But way before that… I have the first in my new series launching next month!Osburn-HisFirstandLast-17604-CV-FT-V6

I can’t believe it’s almost here. This first Ardent Springs story first pop into my brain two years ago. Looking back now, it feels like two weeks. Crazy!

HIS FIRST AND LAST is a reunion story featuring Lorelei and Spencer, high school sweethearts getting a second chance at love. But they face plenty of complications along the way.

If you’d like the book to magically appear on your Kindle on release day (April 21) you can pre-order now.

Don’t forget that my contest for the emerald tennis bracelet is still up on Fresh Fiction through the end of the month.Elegant Emeralds Bracelet

And my publisher is running a giveaway on Goodreads, offering up 20 print copies of HIS FIRST AND LAST to 20 lucky winners. You can’t win if you don’t enter, so make sure you click over for both!Osburn-MoreToGive-17603-CV-FT-V4

Oh, I almost forgot. This week I got the news that MORE TO GIVE finaled in the New England Readers’ Choice awards. Thank you to the judges who deemed my book worthy of a final. I am honored and excited beyond measure! The sad news is that I did not final in the Romance Writers of America RITA awards, which is sort of like the Oscars for romance novels (complete with beautiful dresses at the event.) But I have friends who did, and I’m looking forward to cheering them on and celebrating lots of wins. 

Happy Reading my friends!

PS: I’m almost finished with book two in the Ardent Springs series and I think you all are really going to like this one. I am head over heels for this hero. Sigh.

I’m Still Here!

on March 18, 2015

My name is Terri and it’s been almost two months since my last blog. Sigh.

I’d swear it was still January about twenty minutes ago. Then again, February felt like four months instead of one as we were all trapped by snow and ice. (Okay, not all of us, but a lot of us.) So it is with great pleasure that I welcome spring’s arrival. (Except that my yard already needs mowed, but I’m ignoring that for now.)Osburn-HisFirstandLast-17604-CV-FT-V6

The big news is that we are now within the six week window for the release of HIS FIRST AND LAST, which is the first in my new Ardent Springs series, set in small town Tennessee. You’ll still get the fun characters, the sarcastic bits, and the angsty love story, but with less water and working cell service. And more twang.

 

 

Getting closer to release date means more activity over here, and more prizes up for grabs. I’ve missed doing giveaways, and who doesn’t like free stuff?? Oh, speaking of, I have a fun one running over on Fresh Fiction this month. It only take a click or two and you could win this beautiful emerald tennis bracelet. (I so should have bought one of these for myself!)Elegant Emeralds Bracelet

 

AND for today (Wednesday 3/18) only I’m giving away a book over on my Facebook page. My buddy Wendy LaCapra just launched her debut historical, and it’s awesome. And you should read it. And if you comment on my thread over on Facebook, you just might win it. 

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Now I have to climb back into the writing cave. I’m working my little fingers to the bone to write the second in the Ardent Springs series, and this is always the most stressful time. I do well under pressure, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy it. Send good writing thoughts my way, and I’ll send good winning thoughts yours. 

 

 

COVER REVEAL – HIS FIRST AND LAST is a beauty!

on January 20, 2015

Though it seems like MORE TO GIVE, the final installment in my Anchor Island Series, just released, it’s already time to gear up for the next step in my writing journey.

April 21st is the release date for the first in my new Ardent Springs Series, titled HIS FIRST AND LAST. And today I am happy to be celebrating the exclusive cover reveal. So, without further ado, here it is!

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Isn’t it beautiful? (I might be a little biased.) Here’s the back cover summary for the book…

At eighteen, Lorelei Pratchett couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown. Twelve years later, her Hollywood dreams have fizzled and she’s back—temporarily, she thinks. Though she throws herself into saving the old theater and starting a baking business, small towns have long memories, and Lorelei’s wild past still haunts her. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend, Spencer Boyd, is even hotter, smarter, and more distracting than before.

The fiery Lorelei that Spencer knew years ago may have become closed off and cautious, but their chemistry hasn’t faded one bit. Losing her a second time is unthinkable to him, yet Lorelei is convinced she doesn’t belong in Ardent Springs. Somehow, Spencer needs to show her that everything she needs is right here: family, friendship, new beginnings…and a man who’s never stopped loving her.

Warm, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, His First and Last is an irresistible story of first love and second chances.

HIS FIRST AND LAST is available for pre-order now, so come April 21st, it’ll pop up on your Kindle, ready to read. I’m so excited for this series, and can’t wait to hear what readers think of Lorelei, Spencer, and the southern charm of Ardent Springs.

Big Sale All January Long!

on January 12, 2015

My publisher has decided that one book on sale in a month is not enough. And who am I to complain??

MTB High ResFor the entire month of January, MEANT TO BE, book 1 in the Anchor Island Series is on sale for the low-low price of only $1.99. That makes this a great time to jump into the series from the very beginning. Especially if you joined the fun with a later book and never got around to the first. Now is your chance to get a great deal on this one.

 

But wait, there’s more! (This does sort of read like an infomercial, so why not go all the way, right?)

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HOME TO STAY, book 3 in the series, is ALSO on sale all month, and this one is just $2.00. (Why the extra penny? No idea. Still a great deal.) This one is for those who started with the series but never got around to the later books. (Totally understand. I do this ALL the time. If only there were more hours in the day. Sigh.) 

So that’s TWO books on sale for $2.00 or less during the month of January. Crazy, I know, but a good kind of crazy.

Happy First Monday of the Year!

on January 5, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

How is the new year treating you so far? I know one person it’s treating really well. And that would be…. Julie Bonafice! Julie is the lucky winner of the Kindle Fire. Congratulations and I will be in touch, Miss Julie.

So what’s next? Well, for me, a lot of work. Which means my online time gets cut way back for the next 12 weeks. Unfortunately, these books don’t write themselves. (But oh how awesome it would be if they did.)

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The good news is that we’re only 14 weeks away from the release of HIS FIRST AND LAST, the first in my Ardent Springs series. I should be sharing the cover soon, and then there will be reviews coming in and maybe some early copies up for grabs. That new release train will leave the station before we know it, but first, I have to write the next one.

My goal is to still check in here every Monday, and share fun stuff on social media as much as I can. I cleaned up my book shelves a few days ago and realized I have a ridiculous number of copies of MEANT TO BE and UP TO THE CHALLENGE. That means you never know when I might give some away. (Yes, that’s a hint. Keep an eye on my Facebook page!)

The new year brings a new start. May 2015 be the year we all kick some butt!