Terri Osburn

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.

The Series Is Complete!

on November 11, 2014

Osburn-MoreToGive-17603-CV-FT-V4MORE TO GIVE, the fourth and final installment in the Anchor Island Series, is finally on sale. You can get the digital format for Kindle only on Amazon, while the print and audio versions are available anywhere books are sold. (If you don’t see the print book in your local store, ask them to order it. Or you can nudge your local library to bring it in for you.)

Da Blurb!

Callie Henderson had to fight to put her tragic past behind her, but now the up-and-coming player in the hospitality industry is well on her way to happiness. She has her sights set on the lead renovation position at the Sunset Harbor Inn—an inn that just happens to be owned by Sam Edwards, the man who comforted her in her grief and gave her one night of passion before walking away.

Sam is searching for someone who can turn his quaint inn into a premier boutique hotel. He just never expected that someone to be the one woman who knows his deepest secrets. But he needs Callie, and Callie needs the job. Throw in a talking parrot with a cracker addiction, some uncooperative islanders, and enough sexual sparks to light a beachside bonfire, and they’ve got their work cut out for them…

More to Give is a story of heartbreak and healing, of facing the past…and having the courage to believe in a future.

Read an excerpt here.

I can’t say how much this series has meant to me, and the response from readers has been more than I could have ever hoped for. Thank you all for loving these characters, and helping to make my dreams come true!

And don’t forget to check in over on my Facebook page, where I’ll be doing giveaways all day long.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Randy

on May 1, 2014

Osburn_HometoStay_front_cvr_FINALIf my blog title confuses you, I can explain. Today, May 1, 2014, the third installment in my Anchor Island Series, HOME TO STAY, is officially released to the world. As for the blog title, this book is the story of Will (Willow) Parsons and Randy Navarro.

Get it? Lame, I know.

But I’m so excited for this book to finally be fully and complete released. In all formats, including print, audio, and Kindle. Here’s the blurb:

Willow Parsons’s two new best friends are getting married, putting her squarely on the sidelines of romance—which suits her just fine. After escaping the ultimate Mr. Wrong, she is more than happy to spend her days slinging drinks in Dempsey’s Bar & Grill, and her nights alone. But her Anchor Island refuge has just one catch: muscle-bound charmer Randy Navarro.

Everyone in town knows that Randy, owner of the local fitness club, is a giant teddy bear.

Everyone, it seems, except for Willow. He’s convinced that her avoidance is more than just playing hard to get, and is determined to uncover the secrets that keep her on edge. But when old fears are dragged into the light, can Randy get Willow to stay and fight for their love…or will she take flight, leaving both him and Anchor Island behind?

Home to Stay is a charming, romantic tale about following your heart to find where you belong.

And here’s the trailer:

I’ve been living with these characters for nearly four years now, and they feel like family to me. Which is why I do a little happy dance every time someone says something nice about them. As a long time reader, it makes my heart happy to know I’m able to give others a story they can get lost in.

As for what comes next, YES there is one more book in this series. MORE TO GIVE will be out later this year and features Sam Edwards, whom you meet in HOME TO STAY, and a newcomer to the island with whom Sam has quite a complicated history. And because I love adding pets to my stories, you’ll get to meet Cecil, the talking parrot. He has a big vocabulary, and an even bigger attitude.

But wait, there’s more! Tracy Brogan, Kim Law, Kristan Higgins, and myself are running a really fun contest for Mother’s Day. Starting tomorrow (May 2) through the 9th, you can enter to win a $50 gift card as well as a stack of books from the four of us. And the best part? Your momma will win the exact same prize!

It’s called the One For Your Momma! Contest and you can find all the details on our Facebook pages. How to enter as well as all the rules will be available starting tomorrow (May 2). (It’s easy, promise.)

I have a newsletter going out today in which I’m giving away FOUR prizes to four lucky newsletter subscribers. Didn’t get it? Haven’t subscribed? It’s easy to do. Just hop over to my home page, fill in your name and email address there on the right, and you’re in.

Thank you to everyone who has made the last twelve months so much fun. MEANT TO BE was released a year ago this month, and I could never have imagined all the awesome that has come my way since.

Love, hugs, and virtual cupcakes for everyone!

And For My Next Trick

on April 7, 2014

I will reappear on this blog as if I never actually abandoned it for—*checks date of last blog*—exactly one month. So how the heck are ya? Me? I’m good. Healthy. Well rested. Life is good.

Okay, that might be a lie. Maybe I should explain.

See, I had a deadline. I had to turn in the 4th book in the Anchor Island series (the last, sadly) on April 1. That took every ounce of focus and determination I had left in my four working brain cells. I also, sort of by accident, booked a trip for kiddo and I to Disney World from March 26-30th. So, really, the deadline was March 25th, thanks to my impeccable timing and failure to think ahead.

But the book is in and I’ve managed to create a workable to-do list to catch up—you should see the amount of laundry I have to do—and now I’m back in the game. Mostly.

And I have news! First up, the 3rd book in the Anchor Island series, HOME TO STAY, is currently featured in the Kindle First program over on Amazon. See www.amazon.com/kindlefirst for details on that. If you’re anxious for the print or audio versions of the book, your target date is still May 1, but that’ll be here before we know it.

I also have a book trailer. This launched last week and I am very excited about how it turned out.

 

What else? Oh, I’ll be embarking on a bit of a blog tour starting in the middle of the month. These are the dates I have right now. I’ll be sharing more info about the tour soon.

April 15 – Curvy Writers Blog Radio (Noon)

April 16 – Fresh Fiction

April 18 – Firebirds

April 21 – Rockville 8

April 22 – Ripe for Reader

April 25 – RWA Contemporary Chapter Blog

April 29 – Romance Dish

So what am I doing now besides tackling the to-do list? Starting a new series! In early 2015 you’ll get to meet the inhabitants of Ardent Springs, TN, located an hour or so north of Nashville. The first book is the story of high school sweethearts with a shot at a second chance for love. Will they make it work? I sure hope so, since my job is to write happily ever afters.

To get in the swing of the new setting, I’ve created a playlist for it. I can’t listen to music while I write, but listening during the development stage is a must. As you could probably guess, the list is filled with country songs, and this is one sets the tone perfectly.

So we’re back to Music Monday with Again by David Nail. Enjoy!

Lots of Fun News!

on November 23, 2013

Next week is going to be awesome and not just because I get to eat lots of turkey, dressing, and brownies (without gaining a pound. That’s how holidays work, right?)

Cover High Res UTtCFirst off, UP TO THE CHALLENGE was selected to be featured in this week’s Kindle Select 25! (That’s actually a direct quote from the email I received. Thank you, Jessica.) I think I was already part of this promotion, but they’ve opted to keep me in at least another week. Which means I’ll be part of the Kindle Select 25 until at least November 28th.

Awesome, huh? But wait, there’s more!

For those who have yet to learn about the Kindle Love Stories podcast, it’s a lovely feature created by Amazon that focuses on the latest in romance. You can listen every week to learn about the authors turning out some of the best books in the genre, and hear what the reviewers are raving about.

To go along with the podcast, there is a $0.99 book special title every week, and next week that title will be…

MEANT TO BE!

MTB High Res largerI’m so excited about this. If you started the series with UP TO THE CHALLENGE, this means you can pick up MEANT TO BE for just $0.99 and see how Joe and Beth got together. The best part, it will be set at this price for the whole week – Monday Nov 25 to Sunday Dec 1.

All you have to do is head over to the Kindle Love Stories blog to find the deal. (I’ll post a direct link on Monday both here and on social media.) Any help spreading the word next week will be greatly appreciated. Who doesn’t like a bargain, right? And especially this time of year!

There’s one more little announcement I have to make. I am happy to report that starting December 14th, I will have a new boss. ME! I am ditching the day job for a life of leisure at home. Okay, that’s not true. I am leaving the day job to make writing the day job instead of the nights & weekends job.

And who do I have to thank for this? YOU! Imagine me giving you all the biggest virtual hug ever to be hugged. I am chasing the dream and you all are keeping me dancing along the clouds. I know I say it often, but seriously. Readers. Are. Awesome.

Music Monday for the Veterans

on November 11, 2013

Since my first Music Monday falls on Veteran’s Day, this one had to be special. As a former country music DJ, I’m familiar with plenty of patriotic songs focusing on the men and women who serve our country, but this one encapsulates all of our vets. It also gives me goose bumps and makes me cry every time I hear it.

Consider this your tissue-on-hand warning. I give you Trace Adkins and Arlington.

 

 

To all the veterans, past and present, living and deceased, thank you for your service.

A New Plan

on November 8, 2013

I’d like very much to post more often here on the blog, so I’ve devised a plan. Starting next week, I will post a Music Monday blog to kick off the week. I’ll include a video link or two to share what I’m enjoying these days. Fair warning, some of it might skew to a younger audience, but I can’t be the only 40-something who enjoys this stuff. Maybe others over 25 will enjoy them as well.

Not that sharing music recommendations should require credentials, but I thought I’d share mine anyway. I happen to have a degree in the music business. Yes, that’s a real thing. Obtained from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh longer ago than I’m willing to admit here. I also did a short stint working on Music Row in Nashville, and was a radio DJ for eight years.

As I said, this doesn’t really give any more weight to my musical opinions, but as I once worked for a music programmer who did not have a radio in his vehicle, read industry publications, or watch television, some level of credibility is a nice thing to have.

The other half of my plan will take a little longer to implement. I’m enjoying the Throwback Thursday stuff I see around the web. I have a large box of pictures that go way back, and need an excuse to dig them out, organize them, and digitize some for posterity.

Throwback Thursday seems like a good way to do that. There will be images that will likely embarrass the tar out of me, but it’s all in good fun, right? So stay tuned for that maybe as soon as December.

Now to begin as I mean to go on. Though when I write I must have total silence, I still create playlists for my books. Songs I can listen to in the car that get the juices flowing and bring scenes and story ideas to mind. This one reminded me of how Joe sees Beth in MEANT TO BE.

Enjoy a little Joe Nichols with Gimmie That Girl.

What do you think of the plan? Interested? No? I do promise to include stuff about the books as well!

Excerpts and Other Updates

on February 5, 2013

MEANT TO BE, the first in my Anchor Island series, comes out May 21 and that means life is about to get crazy. Okay, so it was already crazy. Crazier then. The cover should be ready for public viewing any day now (can’t wait!), but now we have a blurb up on Amazon and I’ve added an excerpt to my website. Want to read the opening scene to get a taste of the story? Go here.

UP TO THE CHALLENGE, book 2 in the series, is almost ready for my editor, but an excerpt of that one is also available on my website. Sid Navarro is the heroine of this book, and she might be my favorite character to write ever. (Not that I’ve written hundreds, but still.) She’s tiny and tough, feisty and ferocious. There’s nothing girly about her, yet she has a heart of gold she keeps hidden under a hard-as-nails outer shell.

Watching (and helping) Lucas Dempsey break through that shell has been so much fun. He had some tough lessons to learn along the way, but like all great heroes, he comes around in the end. If you’d like to step into Sid’s head for a few pages, go here and read the excerpt for book 2.

All very exciting, right? But wait, there’s more!

Thanks to my lovely editor, book 3 in the series now has a title. HOME TO STAY brings a little mystery to Anchor Island.

Willow Parsons, or Will to her friends, isn’t looking for love on Anchor Island. In fact, she can’t even think about a future while she’s still running from the past. But Randy Navarro manages to slip behind her walls and give her a reason to stop running. Until her past shows up and threatens to ruin everything. Does she run or will the family she’s made on Anchor help her defeat the demon ex for good?

Sounds ominous, but there will still be lots of laughs, a Zen master hero who is roughly the size of a barn, and all the characters you’ll have grown to love in the first two books. With a couple new ones added to the mix.

I can’t wait to share this series with readers. If you want MEANT TO BE the moment it’s available, go to Amazon and preorder now. (Just click on the title to go straight to the site.)

Monumental Moment In My Writing Career

on January 25, 2013

UTtC storyboardFor every book I write, I create a storyboard. Around that storyboard, I post inspirational images for the characters, setting, or even a specific scene. I’m convinced I couldn’t write a book without a storyboard, which is what makes last night a monumental moment in my writing career. You see, so long as a book is still in process, the board stays up. I have three of them on my bedroom walls. (The one for book 2 in the Anchor Island series is to the right.)

Make that had.

When you’re a writer and still trying to sell, your books are always in process. You’re always revising or thinking of revising or it’s put away to be revamped in a year. No matter when you get around to it, you’ll need that storyboard. Well, I will. Which is why a board has never come down… until now.

MTB post itsMEANT TO BE will hit shelves in May and as of right now, it’s pretty much done. I get one more pass at it but for all intents and purposes, the book is as done as it will ever be. And that is weird. The picture to the left is what’s left of that storyboard. There are about 40 (or more) post its there. Seems odd to throw them away.

I’ve never had to watch my child leave the nest, but I’m guessing this is how it must feel. Not sure if I’m happy or sad or just nostalgic for the characters. Good thing I get to spend two more books with them (even if in lesser roles.)

From the reader stand point, have you ever gotten to the end of a book and not wanted to leave those characters? (I know many would just dive back in and read the book again, but I’m not a re-reader.) I have felt this many times. Mostly with the families that Nora Roberts created over the years. From Ireland to the Chesapeake Bay to Three Sisters Island. I could have stayed in those worlds forever.

Spreading My Wings

on May 12, 2011

Hello there!

I’ve been putting this site together for a while now and realized it’s about time to let her fly and see what happens. I’ll be adding features as I figure out how. I’m still amazed I managed to get my Twitter feed over there on the side.

For anyone who doesn’t know me, you can check out my About Me page to get the quick details. I’ve been writing for nearly five years now with one completed and polished manuscript and another in progress. I write about everyday people. People you’d see on the train next to you, or at the neighborhood diner. People trying to make a life, a home, and maybe find a little love. My characters aren’t always looking for love when their stories begin, but just as in real life, it finds them anyway.

So take a look around, see what you think. Any input on what I’m missing would be most appreciated. I’m not published yet, but I will be. Hopefully soon. I have a voice and stories to tell. My goal is to make the reader laugh, cry a tear or two, and then sigh when she closes the book, ready to start all over again.

I hope I someday get the chance. Scratch that. I look forward to the day I get that chance.