Book Buyers Best Novella Award for SHIMMY FOR ME

ShimmyForMe_PB2_Stack***BREAKING NEWS***

I just got the call that SHIMMY FOR ME came in first in the novella category for the Book Buyers Best contest, and to say I’m thrilled is an understatement. It’s especially gratifying because the book is my first as an indie author, and it was up against some pretty stiff competition.


It shares the first-place honor with Once Upon a Ring, by Kate Moore, which appears in the Ring of Truth anthology, and the other incredible finalists were Louisa Bacio’s The Big One and Night Angel by Lisa Kessler.


The Book Buyers Best contest is presented by the Orange County chapter of the Romance Writers of America.


Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a bottle of something bubbly to open 🙂

Want Free Books?



Shimmy for Me and about 80 other romance titles are up for grabs TODAY ONLY at’s FALL INTO ROMANCE Massive Ebook Giveaway. The event features all romance subgenres and all heat levels, so you’re bound to find something you like. You can also enter to win a Kindle Fire HD6.


Also, many of the participating authors will be offering excerpts and other goodies at the event’s Facebook party between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Pacific) — Hey that’s right now! You should come on over and see what fun we have in store. Here’s the FB Party link:


Hope to see you there 🙂

2 Days Only: 50 Percent #Discount on #Etsy #Jewelry

OddAlchemyBannerThe jewelry bug has been biting lately and I have a bunch of new things I want to put in my Odd Alchemy Jewelry shop at Etsy, but I’d like to clear out some of the old stuff first. So, I’m doing something I’ve never done before. For the next two days, I’m offering a 50% discount on everything there, and I’m only offering it to my readers and writing friends.


If you want to take me up on the deal, please use coupon code AUTHOR50 at checkout. But be quick. The offer expires on September 15.


Here’s the link to the store:


Happy shopping 🙂


A Very Busy Week Indeed

This has been a busy week. ANOTHER DANCE officially came out on Monday, and I revived a historical fantasy story I started a few years ago. Since this new story is something entirely different from the California Belly Dance Romance series, I thought I might take the opportunity to try out Wattpad. I’ve uploaded a few parts so far (under the name D.D. Croix) and plan to add new installments each week. I have no previous experience with Wattpad, but I LOVE this story and I thought this might be a good way to figure out if other people will like it, too.

Want to have a look?

Dragonfly Maid, The Queen's Fayte Chronicles, by D.D. Croix***



The servants in Queen Victoria’s Balmoral Castle aren’t all what they seem …

Especially not Jane Shackle, a young maid who has as many questions about her past as she has about her place in the Queen’s household. For as long as she can remember, she’s been able to see into the past of others, which makes the dark void of her own history that much harder to accept. Still, the whispers she’s overheard from those around her – of a special destiny, a higher purpose – have spawned grand hopes. And now a mysterious summons has arrived…

Read the story as it grows on Wattpad. Click the logo to get started:



If you’re wondering if this means I’m putting the California Belly Dance Romance Series on hold, the answer is a resounding no. I have a new novel with a new character at the Shimmy Shop plotted out, and I’m planning to have it complete before Christmas. Wish me luck!


ANOTHER DANCE is out today & just 99 cents!

Are you ready for ANOTHER DANCE: A SEXY SHORT STORY (California Belly Dance Romance Book 3)?

This brand-new short picks up Taz & Melanie’s story a day after Dance with Me ends. And you did notice that “sexy” disclaimer, right? This story is steamier than the novel, but it’s not my fault! I blame it on Taz & Melanie. They may be passionate about music and dance, but they’re even more passionate about each other… You’ve been warned 😉


AnotherDanceRomance_ebookHere’s more about the story:

Life couldn’t be better for celebrity drummer Taz Roman, and it has everything to do with his new girlfriend, Melanie Drake. They’re in perfect sync—onstage and between the sheets.

He’s convinced love might finally be on his side. She’s not so sure. The sex is great, but the closer they get to embarking on their world tour—with all those adoring and beautiful fans who clamor for his attention—the more she wants to do what she’s always done: run away.

Will a sexy night of passion be a final farewell, or can it finally bring them together for good?


Start your week with some sizzle. You know you wanna 🙂

Available for $0.99 at 


SHIMMY FOR ME now on Whispersync


The SHIMMY FOR ME audiobook is now available with Whispersync for Voice. If you’ve already bought the SHIMMY FOR ME ebook, you can get the Whispersync audiobook from Amazon for just $3.47. The audiobook is regularly $14.95, so it’s more than 75% off.

If you haven’t bought SHIMMY FOR ME yet, you can get it for just $0.99, so buying both would still be less than $5. What a deal, right?

You can get it HERE.

Happy listening!



Announcing More Giveaway Winners

This is a fun way to start the day … by announcing winners!

RaffleImageFirst, the winner of the Launch Week Giveaway Contest for a limited-edition California Belly Dance Romance series tote bag and a signed paperback copy of DANCE WITH ME is:

Larisa L.


Next, the winner of the Extraordinary Readers Club’s Early Review Contest for a deluxe California Belly Dance Romance series tote bag, as well as a signed paperback copy of DANCE WITH ME and SHIMMY FOR ME is:

Shannon C.


Ladies, if you haven’t already, please send me your mailing address so I can get your prizes to you.

Thank you to everyone who entered and stay tuned for more giveaways to come!



DANCE WITH ME Goodreads Giveaway Winners


A big thank you to everyone who entered the Goodreads Giveaway for a free, autographed copy of DANCE WITH ME. Here are the lucky winners:


Nancy L. of Madison, IN

Suzan P. of Klamath Falls, OR

Velma G. of Harpers Ferry, WV


Congratulations! Your paperbacks are in the mail and should reach you very soon. Happy reading! 🙂


DANCE WITH ME Launch Week #Giveaway


DANCE WITH ME, Book 2 in the California Belly Dance Romance series, is now available at Amazon and as a special incentive for you to pick it this week, I’ve included information on how to enter the special Launch Week Giveaway at the end of the book.

Did you pre-order the book? You qualify, too! Just check the back of the book that Amazon sent to you this morning.

What’s up for grabs? A limited-edition California Belly Dance Romance tote bag and an autographed paperback of Dance with Me.

Buy it by July 14, and you’ll still get DANCE WITH ME for the special pre-order price of just 99 cents (reg. $3.99). Get it here:


As you probably know, lots of terrific things happen for books that sell copies and receive reviews in the first few days of publishing. If you can help DANCE WITH ME this way, I would really appreciate it!


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