Getting Lucky

Here’s my latest release called Getting Lucky. It was first published by Evernight Publishing in 2013.

It was one of my favorite stories to write because Megan and Andy are both broken characters who are down on their luck but things are about to change. It’s actually their sudden change in fortune that brings them into one another’s lives.

It’s a story about finding hope, recovering from past demons, falling in love, and yes, getting lucky too.

If you didn’t check it out in 2013, I’d love for you to do so now because like I said, it really is one of my favorite stories. I know it will tug on your heart strings and you’ll be cheering for these two people throughout the story.

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Do you feel lucky today?

 

Megan Scott changed her name and escaped to Seattle, hoping to put her past and her abusive ex behind her. Her sister told her bad luck couldn’t last forever, and with that in mind she purchased a ticket hoping to be one of the ten people to win a key that would open the door to a dream home.

 

Andy Hill is starting life anew. He lost his family and home but feels deep down that bad luck has to end sometime.

 

When a mix up with the winning keys puts Megan and Andy in a situation they never thought they’d find themselves in, Megan has to put her trust in a man again, and Andy has to accept that there’s no going back and fixing bad mistakes.

 

Learning to move on in life is sometimes a hard lesson but it’s also a chance to get lucky.

 

Here’s an excerpt…

Megan’s legs shook so much that by the time she arrived at the house she didn’t think she’d be able to get out of her car, let alone walk up to the check-in desk. Floodlights had been turned on and a beam of light played against the house’s shiny black front door. She fingered the key. She had a one in ten chance that in less than an hour the house would be hers.

Here goes.

She made her way across the street and up the path to the desk where a young man in his early twenties sat with sheets of paper in front of him.

“Hi, my name’s Megan Scott.”

“Hello Megan, if you could sign here next to your name and then wait over there with the other contestants,” he said, pulling out a sheet of paper for her. She quickly signed before her hand shook again, and then walked over to the lawn where two older men, one on a walker, three women, all older than her, and a girl about twenty, blowing bubble gum, stood in a line. She smiled but no one smiled back. No one was talking either. Instead they eyed one another cautiously which made her legs tremble even more.

She fingered her key again as two more people joined the group, and then a man probably a bit older than herself walked toward them. She’d seen him before but couldn’t think where. Maybe he’d visited the museum, but she knew it was someplace else. He smiled at her, she smiled back. Now she remembered. He’d been the idiot driving the car that had almost hit her. He stood beside her and they glanced at one another and then looked away. The scent of his aftershave drifted her way as the wind picked up. She didn’t think she’d ever like the smell of cologne again, because Ted had almost bathed in the stuff, but this man’s brand was different, and was more subtle and spicy. She shifted her feet, wishing the contest would soon be over and she’d know either way whether she was a homeowner.

Megan glanced at the man again. That had been stupid because he was looking her way. They didn’t say anything but both coughed before quickly looking away. When he’d been driving, she’d focused more on trying not to hit his car, but now that all her attention was solely on him, she realized that he was cute and had gorgeous blue eyes.

She hadn’t checked out a man in so much detail, and for this long, since she’d first laid eyes on Ted. Maybe it was her nerves and she was using it as a way to take her mind off the whole thing.

Maybe.

 

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Recent Releases

I’m slowly making by way through all the back titles and now have three more revamped and back on sale…more being revamped soon so stay tuned!

 

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First one is the fourth book in my Perfect Pairings series, Matters of the Heart

Lucy Davis has always loved Bryce but never told him as much. She’s even signed on with matchmaking service Perfect Pairings in hopes they can finally be a couple. However, one day Lucy picks up the newspaper and sees that Bryce is now married. With her heart broken, she goes to see Sadie Sutton, president of Perfect Pairings, to tell her she won’t need their serives after all. However, Sadie’s convinced that the universe has other plans for Lucy, including a man who will sweep her off her feet.

Brad Ryan finds a baby sitting on the doorstep of his sheriff’s office. If that isn’t a big enough surprise, he discovers a note tucked into the baby carrier informing him he’s the daddy. What’s a sheriff to do when he’s suddenly thrown into the role of single father? Sadie might have the answer and it’s in the shape of a nanny called Lucy. Will these two fall in love, and will Sadie have another successful pairing to gloat about?

 

 

Letting Go Self Pubbed

 

Second one is Letting Go

After Glen Billington returns home from his service in the army, he goes to collect his dog from Ava Dawson, and he’s immediately attracted to her. Problem is there’s a wedding band on the third finger of her left hand.For the first time since she lost her husband, Ava feels smitten by another man. When Glen’s aunt informs him that Ava is a widow, he decides to take a trip back to see her but under the guise of needing help with dog training. Can Glen take away the pain she’s felt since her husband’s death? And can he finally convince her that there’s nothing wrong in letting go?

I Must Be Dreaming-Self Pubbed

 

 

And finally, I Must Be Dreaming (previously titled Dreaming)

How difficult could it be to take care of your five-year-old niece? Rob Conners thinks it’s going to be a breeze, but when Mollie gets gum in her hair there’s only one thing to do—head to the nearest hair salon. Jenna Hopkins had one crush in high school and that was Rob Conners. She can’t believe he walked into her salon a decade later. The only course of action is to play it cool and pretend she never had fantasies about him. However, despite the passing of ten years, the crush is still there and now it seems the attraction might be mutual. Can these two former classmates find love and happiness or are they both just dreaming?

 

Anything You Want

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I squeezed in some time to revamp the next book…only nine more to go!

This one was first published under the title Maybe Next Time by Evernight Publishing in 2013 for their Romance on the Go line.

It’s a cougar romance so if you like the older woman and hot younger man theme this is for you-

Gina’s feeling old and overweight and all she needs is someone to knock down a wall in her house so she can build an at home gym.

Enter Sean who’s short on cash but full of ambition and twelve years her junior. His dad always told him never mix business with pleasure but where this older woman’s concerned Sean’s willing to make an exception.

Gina might be slowly falling in love with the young hunk but what will happen when he comes to his senses and realizes she can never give him a family?

Can a cougar capture her man?

 

A Cowboy’s Heart and What I’ve Been Doing

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More than a few people have been asking me about when I’ll be writing and publishing new stories, what’s happening with our beloved Kalispell Shifters…believe me there’s lots planned and coming soon.

Last year I decided to add the name of writing coach and mentor to my list of skills and long story short, setting up the business has taken me longer than I’d planned. Plus, I’ve been trying to play catch up releasing all the stories I got rights back to.  I thought I’d get back to my regular writing schedule after the new year but I then I updated my other web site and finally came down with the cold bug that seems everyone’s got which zapped a lot of my energy.

Well, enough with the excuses…I did re-release A Cowboy’s Heart (formely titled This Cowboy’s Heart), and I have two more stories to re-release this month.

I plan to add a new story in all my series and yes, I’m even thinking about a new one too.

So thank you for being patient with me loyal fans. I promise to post more stuff here too so if you have any writing related questions or anything you’d like to see, just leave a comment or contact me at vanessadevereaux@gmail.com. You know how much I love hearing from you.

Take care-Vanessa D XO

Happy Holidays

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2017 is slowly coming to a close and I’d like to thank you for following my blog posts and buying my books.

I had planned to write and release more books than I actually did but as many of you know I started a new venture…coaching and mentoring aspiring authors, and that took up a lot of my time and energy.

In 2018, I get rights back to 15 of my books so I’ll be publishing those again, revamping most of them too. I also have ideas for a couple of new series and will be adding to my already established series so stay tuned.

I’m taking a break until January 2nd and hope to post often and stay more connected with all of you next year.

Here’s wishing you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.

See you in 2018.

Three Upcoming Revamped Stories for the Holiday Season

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m currently revamping three back titles that should be released in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

I thought I’d share the covers with you here and I’ll let you know when each one is added to the book sites-

 

 

 

 

Naughty or Nice

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Stories I’m Working On….

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this site…and a while since I’ve released a new story. I’ve been busy with teaching writing workshops and also launching my own writing coaching and mentoring business (if you’d like to know more about that head over to http://www.susanpalmquist.com). I’ve been trying to keep up with re-releasing back titles…three coming in October and I’m also writing a TV pilot. So with all that going on you can imagine I’ve not had much time (or energy) to write new Vanessa Devereaux stories but I promise I will and very soon.

I might not have new stories this year but I will in 2018. I have an idea for a new erotica/erotic romance series set in the Old West which I’m excited about.Rose-petal with notebook.

I’m also planning to revamp this site and have some giveaways over the holidays. So please stay with me and I’d love to hear what sort of stories you’d like to see me tackle in 2018. Do you like erotica, historical erotica or are you a die hard bear shifter fan?

 

It’s a Party

It’s March already and it’s party time over at The Romance Reviews.

I’m taking part and March 21st I’ll be giving away an e-book which will be a copy of Callum, book one in my Cowboy Tough series.  In the meantime check out The Romance Reviews’ site for more goodies you can win.

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Happy New Year and News To Share

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2017 to everyone.

I took a few weeks to recharge as this year is going to be a busy one.

I’m teaching at least two workshops every month which will be a first for me. I’ll also be trying to get my new coaching and critiquing business up and running and exploring new platforms on which to teach.

Bookwise, I hope to release at least one new title and one revamped title each and every month. I get rights back to about a dozen of my titles with Evernight Publishing and one from Total E-Bound all of which I either plan to rewrite and release as stand alone books or rewrite to fit into one of my current series.

Speaking of which, I’ll be debuting a new series very soon…it’s one of my current WIPs and that’s Cowbear Haven where I’m combing my love of cowboys and bear shifters together.

My next release will be later this month and is titled Erotic Bedtime Stories which is an anthology of some revamped older titles and I’m thinking about adding a brand new one too. Here’s a sneak peek of the cover.

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You’ve probably heard about the closing of All Romance E Books which was actually one of my best markets for sales so if any of you purchased books from the site and are now wondering where to buy my titles, you’ll find them at most online book stores, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and also check them out at Smashwords too.

I’ll be giving the site a major overhaul soon and considering adding some more features for both readers and writers so please let me know what you’d like to see. Are you a writer who’d like tips about breaking into the publishing business? Or are you a reader who’d like to know more about what I’m working on and my writing process?

Don’t be shy and leave a comment because I’d love your input.

 

News, News and More News

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One of my goals for the year was to start turning my books into audio format. I thought I’d take the plunge with one of my non-fiction books and How to Write a Romance Novel is now on sale at audible.com. The good news is I have a free copy to giveaway. Rules are simple just leave a comment telling me why you’d like a copy and I’ll pick the best one. Contest closes on Monday October 24th at Midnight Eastern. (and I’ll have more copies to give away very soon, plus a bunch of other goodies in my upcoming holiday giveaway). And beginning next year all my erotic romances and erotica will be turned into audio books too.

Second piece of news is, many of you know I teach and tutor and I decided to launch my own coaching business helping aspiring writers achieve their dream. The business was launched today and here’s the URL for the site if anyone’s interested http://www.novelworkshops.online.

I also want to thank all of you for following along with my posts, reading and buying my books and leaving the wonderful reviews that you do. You make sitting down to write each day so worth it-THANK YOU!