Just Beachy


As the temperature and the leaves begin to fall, a young woman’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…no, not love. The beach.

Warm water. Sunshine. And lots and lots of golden sand. At least, that’s where this young(ish) woman’s thoughts are. But maybe that has more to do with two blog posts that showed up in my inbox the other day.

The first was a review of Dance with Me from Romance Novels for the Beach.

If you’re a romance reader and you don’t follow Lauren’s blog, honey, you are missing out. Not only does she recommend romance reads for every taste, her reviews are honest, thoughtful and not be read while drinking coffee. (Snorting hot liquid through your nose because you’re laughing so hard is not as fun as it sounds.)

Here are some choice quotes. Or click the link above to read it all.

“This book has a lot going for it, from a sexy male lead, to some journalistic intrigue, and even a few interesting family dynamics thrown in as well.”

“A sexy read to be sure!”

Alexi’s mother tongue might not be English, but that doesn’t mean the man doesn’t know how to talk dirty. Let’s say he’s rather obsessed with Sherry’s “petals”.”

The second was romance writer Cameron Allie’s blog post about her writing sandbox.

You may think a sandbox is a far cry from the beach, but not where we writers are concerned.

A sandbox is a place to play. With ideas. With characters. Have them go down the path not taken. Mess around with other points of view. It’s a place to get messy and have fun in a public sphere.

(Check out Cameron’s post for a more thorough explanation and an example.)

It’s a good idea, and one I’m going to borrow in the future for sure, so look for some sandbox posts here in the next little while as I finish up my draft of Tease, the follow up to Please.

But not today. I’ve got important things to do. Like scour the internet for cheap flights and hotels. Keywords: Sun. Sand. Beach.


Unexpected Gifts are the Best!

Wow! How happy was I to open my email and find the one thing guaranteed to bring a smile to my face – no, not a shirtless snap of Channing Tatum, though that would do the trick – a glowing review of Please.

In the words of  award-winning book blogger April L. Wood of A Well Read Woman:

First of all, I am in utter shock that this novel hasn’t soared to the top of the charts. When I went to Goodreads to add my review, I was STUNNED that there was only one review left…. What the heck is up with that? You people don’t know what you are missing! So now I will make it my mission to put this novel in the hands of voracious erotic romance readers… because you all will not be disappointed!

Please, by Hazel Hughes has it all; scintillating sex, a hero who you will love to hate, and hate to love, and a woman who is, although an adulterer, so unbelievably sympathetic that you cannot help to love her as a character.

Want to read more? Of course you do! You can also follow A Well Read Woman to have April’s funny, insightful reviews delivered straight to your inbox. Because expected gifts are pretty fantastic, too.

Please and Thank You!

But let me start with the thank you. If you bought Please or if you downloaded it on one of its free days and read it, thank you. If you took the time to write a review about it, glowing or not, thank you. If you told your friends about it, thank you.

Those reviews and recommendations are a huge help for a fledgling indie author such as myself. Without a big (or any, really) marketing budget, word of mouth and Amazon/Goodreads reviews are the only way people will hear about it.

Plus, it just makes my day to know that someone really liked it!

I’ve posted my first 5 star review, below. Or you can read all the reviews on Amazon by clicking here.

5.0 out of 5 stars Please and thank you! July 3, 2014

By Yvie

This book had me screaming at the main character for most of the book. As a wife and mother I was yelling, “Oh, you’re a horrible person!” As a woman with many book boyfriends I was saying, “Oh yeah!” This book is great – highly erotic but not overly sexual. It kept me guessing as to what would happen until the end. Then when I read the last paragraph/last line I was like “WHAT?!?” I also loved that the main character wasn’t a mid-twenties year old virgin. She was a real woman with plenty to lose, and that made me feel more invested in her character and the outcome of the book. Well done!

And now for the please. If you have read Please and have something to say about it, whether it be rapturous praise (wink!) or constructive criticism, please consider taking a few minutes to post a review about it.

Thank you!