Sharon C. Cooper

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FREE – Best Woman for the Job

Good news – BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB is FREE! Yup, that’s right – it’s FREE. This is a great chance for you to check out the prequel to STILL THE BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB, book 1 of the Jenkins Family Series. You’ll also get to meet some of the Jenkins family members! So don’t delay, get your copy today!

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NEVER SAY NEVER…ESPECIALLY IF THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB…IS A WOMAN

When plumber, Toni (TJ) Jenkins, shows up at Cincinnati police officer, Craig Logan’s house to repair his plumbing issues, he thinks it’s a joke, but soon finds out the joke is on him. Toni is the finest plumber he’s ever seen. Will Craig realize before it’s too late, that not only is she the best woman for the job, but she’s also the best woman for him?

This is a short story prequel to – Still the Best Woman for the Job.

Excerpt:

If Craig Logan was surprised to see a female plumber standing at his door, he didn’t show it. Instead, he leaned against the door jamb, arms folded, wearing a police uniform—gun and all—looking sexier than any man had a right to look.

“And who did you say you were again?” His voice rang with authority, but was as smooth as silk.

“I’m Toni Jenkins from Jenkins & Sons Construction.” She handed him her business card. “You called regarding some plumbing issues.”

Used to men checking her out, she didn’t take offense when he did a slow perusal of her from head to toe, before his eyes returned to her face. His lips curled into a cocky smile and Toni drew in a breath. In her line of work, she was around men all of the time, but none that looked as good as this one. With smooth skin the color of sandalwood, intense eyes that seemed to see into her soul, and a body that made you want to rake your hands over every muscular inch of it, she had no doubt that he made women’s heads turn wherever he went. The brother was fine.

His hazel eyes crinkled around the edges as he released a hardy laugh, and she was awed by the rich bass sound of it. Hold up. Is he laughing at me? She didn’t care how gorgeous he was, she wasn’t about to stand there and be some Robocop’s form of amusement.

With her clipboard in one hand, she shifted her weight and her other hand flew to her hip. “I must’ve missed the joke. What’s so funny?”

His smile faded and he straightened before stepping out onto the concrete stoop, towering over her by at least a foot. “What’s so funny?” He moved close enough to entice her with the scent of his woodsy cologne. “You’re kidding, right? I can’t believe you’re the person they sent to take care of my plumbing. Can you even lift a pipe wrench?”

Not another one.

Why was it so hard for people to believe that she was a plumber, especially men? Not only had she completed a five-year apprenticeship just like every other journeyman plumber, but she was a master plumber with advanced skills. Yet, on almost every service call, she had to take crap from some idiot who didn’t have a clue that this was the twenty-first century, where women could do anything a man could … except pee standing up.

“As a matter of fact, I can lift a pipe wrench, as well as a toilet auger, kitchen sink, and a bathtub if I have to. I’m not going to stand here and argue with you about what I can or can’t do. I was under the impression you wanted the best person for the job. Well, I’m her, but if I’m too much of a woman for you, then I suggest you call someone else.”

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August 27, 2014 Posted by | Books by Sharon C. Cooper | , , | 1 Comment

A New Look and More On The Jenkins Family

As I slowly gear up for the release of ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED, book 2 of the Jenkins Family Series, I figured I’d introduce to some and remind others about the Jenkins Family. But first, have you seen the new book cover for BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB (short story prequel to STILL THE BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB)? If not, here it is!

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Like the last four books of the Jenkins Family Series, this book cover was created by Noelle at Selestiele Designs. So if you’re in need of a book cover designer, I highly recommend her! She’s fun to work with!

Now, let’s talk about the Jenkins Family Series.

Many of you know, but some might not, that in my other life (many, many years ago), I was a sheet metal worker. I worked in the trades (construction) for over ten years, and though it was an exciting line of work, where I learned a lot and work with some wonderful men, there were definitely some challenges of being a woman in a male dominate field. So I decided to bring out some of those challenges (and laughs) in the Jenkins Family Series.

Also in my other life (numerous years ago), I ran our family business (one of my brothers oversees it now). Our family is not as large as the Jenkins Family, but we grew up with strong family values, understanding the importance of loyalty not only to the family, but to the family business. And like you’ll see in the Jenkins Family Series, maintaining those values are not always easy – but the love of a strong family will get you through some tough times. As you’ll see in the Jenkins Family Series.

Here’s a little backstory about the Jenkins:

Steven Jenkins, the patriarch of the Jenkins Family, and founder of Jenkins and Sons Construction wants what every entrepreneur head of the family wants – for his children to continue to run the family business long after he’s dead and gone. None of his four sons and three daughters are interested in taking over the reins. It’s not until his oldest granddaughter, Peyton Jenkins, shows an interest that his hope is renewed.

Now its 16 years later, Steven is happily retired, and business is better than ever – thanks to five of his amazing granddaughters. Sweet, levelheaded PEYTON (PJ) JENKINS is an electrician, and the senior construction manager for Jenkins and Sons Construction; and MARTINA (MJ) JENKINS, is a carpenter and Steven’s most challenging grandchild. TONI (TJ) JENKINS, a master plumber, is his favorite granddaughter – though he’ll never admit it; and then there’s CHRISTINA (CJ) JENKINS, the shy one in the group who is a painter, but refers to herself as an artist. Last, but not least, is JADA (JJ) JENKINS the youngest and the most spirited of the bunch. Steven still hasn’t been able to figure her out, but he has to admit, she’s a darn good sheet metal worker.

Now is a great time to get caught up in the series, if you’re not already!

BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB (short story) – Toni Jenkins (TJ) – Available NowAmazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  | Smashwords

STILL THE BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB (novel) – Toni Jenkins (TJ) – Available NowAmazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  | Smashwords

ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED – Jada Jenkins (JJ) – Available Late August 2014

TEMPTING THE ARTIST – Christina Jenkins (CJ) – Available November 2014

NEGOTIATING FOR LOVE – Martina Jenkins (MJ) – Available 2015

SEDUCING THE BOSS LADY – Peyton Jenkins (PJ) – Available 2015

July 9, 2014 Posted by | Jenkins Family Series | , , | 5 Comments

Chapters Book Club – Rocks!

Chapters Book Club - groupThis past Sunday, my editor and I took a trip to Columbia, South Carolina and hung out with the women of Chapters Book Club. Let me just say – I had a BLAST! They treated us as if we were old friends. The atmosphere was so warm and inviting and I honestly felt at home!

As a fairly new author (yes author Delaney Diamond – I still feel like I’m new at this), I was absolutely flattered and honored that they contacted me and told me that they were reading Best Woman for the Job and Still the Best Woman for the Job for their November book(s). There are millions of books they could have chosen, but the fact that they chose a couple of my stories to read … was humbling. Of course, when they invited me to the meeting, I had to attend!

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As an avid reader, I’m a huge fan of book clubs and have always enjoyed discussing books (good or bad ones). So to be a part of a discussion where my work was discussed – what an awesome, awesome experience! I found out that most of the women in the group are not big romance novel readers (so I’m really glad that my contemporary romances are a cross between romance and women’s fiction). At any rate, it was wild to watch and hear them discuss my work. It was as if they were personal friends with the characters! I loved it! As a writer, when you’re putting words on paper, becoming one with your characters, you just hope that readers will feel what you feel when you’re creating a certain scene or that they understand where your characters are coming from. And this group – got-it! Though Toni (heroine) worked some of their nerves, they understood her (mainly because she’s young). They totally embraced the family/patriarch theme of the Jenkins Family Series that I aimed to set up for books to come (loving Steven Jenkins’ strength and love for his family). I also appreciated that they had their own opinions about how certain scenes played out – like the hotel scene between Craig and Patricia. The passionate conversation between the ladies had me rolling laughing! Did I mention that this was an awesome experience?

Me, being me, I went with some questions to ask them – but the conversation flowed so freely that I didn’t get to ask a question until the end (which was totally fine with me). They had some great questions! I have to laugh, because I think the first question they asked me had something to do with Toni’s fear of rodents. I came clean and told them that I too am deathly afraid of rodents (especially mice). What really tripped them out though, is that I was a sheet metal worker for over ten years…and was afraid of mice. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. How can someone who worked in basements, attics and dark, creepy spaces be afraid of mice? Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s possible!

So I’m closing with a huge whoop, whoop (fist pumping in the air) to all of the wonderful book clubs out there – especially Chapters of Columbia, South Carolina!

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November 13, 2013 Posted by | Books | , | 13 Comments

Still the Best Woman for the Job – Sneak Peek

I’m happy to announce that Still the Best Woman for the Job (book 1 of the Jenkins Family Series) will be released September 25, 2013! Here’s a sneak peek:

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Blurb

Joint heir to the largest construction company in the state of Ohio, master plumber, Toni (TJ) Jenkins has been groomed to behave in a way that is befitting of the respected Jenkins’ family name. But after she breaks up with the only man she’s ever loved, to protect a secret she holds close to her heart, poor decisions lead her down a path of destruction that risks ruining the reputation of the company her family has worked hard to build.

Cincinnati police officer, Craig Logan, knows Toni is the woman for him. They’ve been apart for months, but when they run into each other at a party, the passion between them sizzles stronger than ever. She says she can’t handle dating a cop, but he senses that something else keeps her from rushing back into his arms. Craig wants her to be his wife, and he’ll do whatever it takes to prove no matter what she’s hiding, she’s still the best woman for the job.

Excerpt  – This scene is after Craig catches Toni and one of her cousins hiding a man (Toni’s date for the evening) in the bathroom of their grandparent’s home and this is also the first time Craig has seen Toni in over eight months.

“Well, well, well, if it isn’t Cincinnati’s finest and I mean that in every sense of the word.” Jada stood and ran a manicured hand down the front of her black slip dress, smoothing out the wrinkles. She glanced at the wide mirror over the sink and turned her head back and forth before shaking her hair wildly. Craig almost laughed when she rubbed her lips together, struck a pose and smiled at her reflection before turning to him. “Glad to see you, Officer Logan. I trust you can take it from here,” she said on her way out of the oversized bathroom.

With an amused grin, Craig shook his head and watched her stroll down the hall as if she didn’t have a care in the world. He got along well with all of Toni’s family, but Jada, known for her oversized ego and theatrics, always cracked him up. He turned back to Toni and the smile slipped from his lips as she scurried to her feet, dusted off her knees and adjusted her drool-worthy red dress. A ripple of desire surged through his body and catapulted straight to his groin the moment their gazes collided. He’d worked a twelve-hour shift and was dog-tired when he first pulled up to the Jenkins’ estate, but exhaustion no longer plagued him. Instead, the need to pull Toni into his arms and hold her close took root. Despite what he told himself when deciding on whether to attend her grandfather’s birthday celebration, there was no way he’d be able to walk away from her tonight – at least not without tasting her tempting lips.

His heart pounded loudly in his ears as his gaze traveled from her perfectly made up face down her curvaceous body and shapely legs until his perusal stopped at her red strappy shoes. The eight months of them being apart suddenly felt like eight years as he slowly took her all in, realizing just how much he had missed her. God she’s beautiful. So many days had come and gone when he wanted to call her, or just see her for a minute, but he’d kept his word. When she walked away from their relationship, she made him promise not to seek her out, telling him that she needed space. After seeing her tonight, all bets were off. No way could he be in her presence and not want what they once had.

“What are you doing here?” she asked, her sexy voice but a whisper.

When he didn’t speak right away, she nervously pushed a lock of her long, thick hair behind her ear and peeked at the big brute lying at her feet. Glancing down at him, Craig wondered what she was thinking. Was she seriously dating this guy?

“Peyton invited me,” Craig finally answered.

He leaned against the doorjamb and tucked his hands into his pants pockets. Eyes as warm as fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies on a cold winter’s day stared back at him and he shifted his stance to hide the evidence of his sudden arousal. He wasn’t surprised by the ardent effect she still had on him, but right now wasn’t the best time to indulge in what his body craved from her.

She glanced away. Her gaze bounced from him to the jerk on the floor and then back to him again. Why was she so nervous? Toni was one of the most confident women he’d ever met, and right now her behavior didn’t fit her usual self-assured personality. If anything, watching her actions now reminded him of a time, early in their relationship, when she was slow to let down her guard and unwilling to share her desires, needs, and even her fears.

“So what’s going on?” He nodded at the man on the floor. “I assume he’s alive.”

Her mouth dropped opened and her hands flew to her hips as she narrowed her eyes at Craig.

“Of course he’s alive. He just had a little too much to drink.”

“A little? Hell, the guy is passed out on your grandparent’s bathroom floor. I’d say he’s way past drunk.” At that moment, her inebriated friend groaned and rolled to his side.

“Oh, thank goodness.” Toni fell to her knees, pushed him onto his back and patted his cheek. “Ronald, wake up. Come on, we have to get you out of here. I need you to wake up.”

Craig straightened and his body tensed. With a good view of her shapely butt as she leaned over her date, he couldn’t stop himself from zoning in on her smooth toned legs and dainty feet. He had always been a leg-man, but when it came to Toni, he loved everything about her, from her curvy, petite body to her smart mouth. And right now, her mouth was a little too close to this guys face.

“Come on, Ronald, wake up.” She shook his shoulders but when that didn’t work, she went back to patting his cheek.

It wasn’t so much that she was touching this Ronald guy in an intimate way that bothered Craig. The fact that she had her hands on another man period sent his jealous meter into overdrive.

“Maybe you need to slap him a little harder,” Craig said, still standing near the doorway. “Or better yet, I’d be happy to do the honors.” He moved forward and burst out laughing when she glared at him over her shoulder.

“Better yet, maybe I should slap you for just standing there and not offering to help me get him up and out of here!”

Craig chuckled, glad to see the fire within her hadn’t burned out. Now this was the Toni he loved and missed.

“And why would I do that? He’s your date.” He snapped his fingers. “As a matter of fact, I should really get to the party, maybe grab something to eat, dance a little and get my drink on.”

He turned and walked back to the door.

“Aarrgh,” Toni yelped. “Ronald, let me go.”

Craig glanced back to see that Ronald had palmed Toni’s butt and had pulled her on top of him.

“Ju…just lay heeere with me, baby,” he mumbled, his eyes still closed. “Ne…need sleep ri…right now. Big da…daddy will gi…give you some lovin—”

“Ah, hell no!” With one long step, Craig reached for Toni’s elbow and pulled her to her feet. His first thought was to plant his size twelve on top of her date’s chest, but thinking that probably wouldn’t be the best idea, he lifted Ronald by the front of his shirt. “Get your ass up.”

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Read the rest on release day – September 25, 2013!

Here’s a little back story on five female members of the Jenkins Family who will fall madly and passionately in love with five unsuspecting men.

STEVEN JENKINS, the patriarch of the Jenkins Family, and founder of Jenkins & Sons Construction wants what every entrepreneur head of the family wants – for his children to continue to run the family business long after he’s dead and gone. None of his four sons and three daughters are interested in taking over the reins. It’s not until his oldest granddaughter, Peyton Jenkins, shows an interest that his hope is renewed.

Now its 16 years later, he’s happily retired, and business is better than ever – thanks to five of his amazing granddaughters. TONI (TJ) JENKINS, a master plumber, is his favorite granddaughter – though he’ll never admit it; sweet, levelheaded PEYTON (PJ) JENKINS is an electrician, and the senior construction manager for Jenkins & Sons Construction; MARTINA (MJ) JENKINS, is a carpenter and Steven’s most challenging grandchild. Then there’s CHRISTINA (CJ) JENKINS, the shy one in the group who is a painter, but refers to herself as an artist. Last, but not least, is JADA (JJ) JENKINS the youngest and the most spirited of the bunch. Steven still hasn’t been able to figure her out, but he has to admit, she’s a darn good sheet metal worker.

***For those of you who are not familiar with Toni and Craig – first introduced in Best Woman for the Job (the prequel to Still the Best Woman for the Job) – you have until the end of the the day – September 6, 2013 – to get the short story *FREE*.  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/155997 – Use coupon code HH79V   

September 5, 2013 Posted by | Sneak Peek | , , | 6 Comments

Best Woman for the Job – FREE

Happy Labor Day weekend! In celebration of Labor Day AND the soon to be released – Still the Best Woman for the Job, my short story – Best Woman for the Job (the prequel) is *FREE* on Smashwords until September 6, 2013! Find out below how you can get your copy.

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NEVER SAY NEVER…ESPECIALLY IF THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB…IS A WOMAN

Cincinnati police officer, Craig Logan, needs a plumber, but not bad enough to hire a woman.  “No way am I letting some woman wanna-be plumber anywhere near my pipes!”

When Toni (TJ) Jenkins shows up at Craig’s house to repair his plumbing issues, he thinks it’s a joke, but soon finds out the joke is on him. Toni is the finest plumber he’s ever seen. Will Craig realize before it’s too late, that not only is she the best woman for the job, but she’s also the best woman for him?

Excerpt

If Craig Logan was surprised to see a female plumber standing at his door, he didn’t show it. Instead he leaned against the door jamb, arms folded, wearing a police uniform – gun and all, looking sexier than any man had a right to look.

“And who did you say you were again?” His voice rang with authority but was as smooth as silk.

“I’m Toni Jenkins from Jenkins & Sons Construction.” She handed him her business card. “You called regarding some plumbing issues.”

Used to men checking her out, Toni didn’t take offense when he did a slow perusal of her from head to toe, before his eyes returned to her face. His lips curled into a cocky smile and Toni drew in a breath. In her line of work, she was around men all the time, but none that looked as good as this one. With smooth skin the color of sandalwood, intense eyes that seemed to see into her soul, and a body that made you want to rake your hands over every muscular inch of it, she had no doubt that he made women’s heads turn wherever he went. The brother was fine.

His hazel eyes crinkled around the edges as he released a hardy laugh, and she was awed by the rich bass sound of it. Hold up. Is he laughing at me? She didn’t care how gorgeous he was, she wasn’t about to stand there and be some Robocop’s form of amusement.

With her clip board in one hand, she shifted her weight and her other hand flew to her hip. “I must’ve missed the joke. What’s so funny?”

His smile faded and he straightened before stepping out onto the concrete stoop, towering over her by at least a foot. “What’s so funny?” He moved close enough to entice her with the scent of his woodsy cologne. “You’re kidding right? I can’t believe you’re the person they sent to take care of my plumbing. Can you even lift a pipe wrench?”

Not another one. Why was it so hard for people to believe that she was a plumber, especially men? Not only had she completed a five-year apprenticeship just like every other journeyman plumber, but she was a master plumber with advanced skills. Yet, on almost every service call, she had to take crap from some idiot who didn’t have a clue that this was the twenty-first century where women could do anything a man could – except pee standing up.

“As a matter of fact, I can lift a pipe wrench, as well as a toilet auger, kitchen sink and a bathtub if I have to. But I’m not going to stand here and argue with you about what I can or can’t do. I was under the impression you wanted the best person for the job. Well, I’m her, but if I’m too much of a woman for you, then I suggest you call someone else.”

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Craig didn’t know how long he stood outside staring after Toni once she pulled her van away from the curb, but he eventually turned and went back into the house. Most people were intimidated by his imposing height, as well as his uniform and gun, but apparently not her. It wasn’t often he got told off by a pint-size female plumber. Scanning her business card, he chuckled.

Toni “TJ” Jenkins huh? No way am I letting some woman wanna-be plumber anywhere near my pipes, no matter how attractive she is.”

Tradesmen sure don’t look like they used to, he thought on the way upstairs to his bedroom. As the old guys used to joke – she was short on both ends, a few inches over five feet, and she probably barely tipped the scale at hundred and ten pounds. But he had to admit, he liked her curves, the way her red T-shirt stretched across her generous breast and the girl was working the blue jeans. He shook his head. What happened to the beer belly, pants hanging, butt-crack-showing plumbers?

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Get your *FREE* copy today! http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/155997 – Use coupon code HH79V   Coupon expires: September 6, 2013

Coming Soon: an excerpt from Still the Best Woman for the Job (book 1 of the Jenkins Family Series and the sequel to Best Woman for the Job), available September 25, 2013!

August 31, 2013 Posted by | Books, Jenkins Family Series | , | 8 Comments

Cover Reveal – Still the Best Woman for the Job

Hi All! Over the past few months, many of you have asked “When is your next book coming out?” and I keep giving the same answer – soon. Well, though I don’t have an exact release date for Still the Best Woman for the Job, I figured the least I could do is reveal the book cover. Here it is!

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Blurb:

Joint heir to the largest construction company in the state of Ohio, master plumber, Toni (TJ) Jenkins has been groomed to behave in a way that is befitting of the respected Jenkins’ family name. But after she breaks up with the only man she’s ever loved, to protect a secret she holds close to her heart, poor decisions lead her down a path of destruction that risks ruining the reputation of the company her family has worked hard to build.

Cincinnati police officer, Craig Logan, knows Toni is the woman for him. They’ve been apart for months, but when they run into each other at a party, the passion between them sizzles stronger than ever. She says she can’t handle dating a cop, but he senses that something else keeps her from rushing back into his arms. Craig wants her to be his wife, and he’ll do whatever it takes to prove no matter what she’s hiding, she’s still the best woman for the job.

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Still the Best Woman for the Job is book 1 of the Jenkins Family Series is the sequel to Best Woman for the Job, a short story which can be found at these online locations for only $ .99!

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Here’s a little back story on five female members of the Jenkins Family who will fall madly and passionately in love with five unsuspecting men.

STEVEN JENKINS, the patriarch of the Jenkins Family, and founder of Jenkins & Sons Construction wants what every entrepreneur head of the family wants – for his children to continue to run the family business long after he’s dead and gone. None of his four sons and three daughters are interested in taking over the reins. It’s not until his oldest granddaughter, Peyton Jenkins, shows an interest that his hope is renewed.

Now its 16 years later, he’s happily retired, and business is better than ever – thanks to five of his amazing granddaughters. TONI (TJ) JENKINS, a master plumber, is his favorite granddaughter – though he’ll never admit it; sweet, levelheaded PEYTON (PJ) JENKINS is an electrician, and the senior construction manager for Jenkins & Sons Construction; MARTINA (MJ) JENKINS, is a carpenter and Steven’s most challenging grandchild. Then there’s CHRISTINA (CJ) JENKINS, the shy one in the group who is a painter, but refers to herself as an artist. Last, but not least, is JADA (JJ) JENKINS the youngest and the most spirited of the bunch. Steven still hasn’t been able to figure her out, but he has to admit, she’s a darn good sheet metal worker.

Stay tuned as I share each of their stories!

July 17, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , | 15 Comments

All I Want for Christmas – Holiday Gifts of Love

Okay you blog hoppers let’s talk Holiday Gifts of Love, and then give away some prizes (including a Kindle Fire)!

COver the next four days (December 14 – December 17, 2012), if you participate in the the Gifts of Love Blog Hop you have an opportunity to win well over 200 prizes – including 3 grand prizes! You’ll also get to know over 200 authors, and find out about some amazing books!

But first things first…

Let’s talk about Christmas. I still can’t believe it’s the middle of December! Where did the year go? As I get into full gear for the holiday season (checking things off my to-do-list as well as my gifts to buy list), I can’t help but look over my own Christmas list for this year.  It seems the older I get the shorter it gets. Or should I say the more expensive the items on it get. This year, I even added a non-materialistic thing to the list. This is something I should be able to take care of myself. And that is – I’m giving myself two (not one, but two) “free” days. Over the Christmas holiday, I’m allowing myself to do absolutely nothing! No cooking, cleaning, working or writing, I’m just going to veg out with a few good books, and maybe even watch a little TV. I can’t wait!

So what’s on your Christmas list?

 I know everyone celebrates the holiday in different ways, but this year, since it’s my first year of being a published author, and I value my amazing readers (and new readers) very much,  I’ve decided to give away a couple of e-books and a gift card.

Below is a little bit about the book I’m giving away. Blue Roses is my third published work, and the first book of my Reunited Series. Check it out…

 

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Where most women would welcome love from a wealthy, good-looking man, Chicago-based investment manager, Dallas Marcel, is not one of them. She will never let a man control her life again. That includes handsome entrepreneur, Tyler Hollister. Dallas is on track to making partner and she’s not letting anything or anyone get in her way. But when her life is put in danger, and a Ponzi scheme ignites a SEC investigation of her firm, she realizes the one man she’d banned from her heart, might be the only one who can save her career and her life.

Tall, dark, and handsome, Tyler Hollister can have any woman he wants, but he only wants one – Dallas. When he starts talking marriage, she breaks things off between them, claiming she doesn’t want a romantic entanglement to hinder her plight to making partner. A chance meeting, six months later, brings them face to face and Tyler soon realizes the intense sexual attraction they once shared is stronger than ever. But he swore he was done with her. Except he finds out her life is in danger, and his protective instincts take over. Can he save her life without losing his heart … again?

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Okay, so now let’s give away some prizes!

Here’s what you can win:

An e-copy of Blue Roses (2 winners)

An e-copy of Blue Roses AND a $5 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (1 winner)

Grand Prizes:

A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

 A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

Swag Pack! (Note: this particular prize is only for U.S. residents)  This Swag Pack contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN ENTER AND WIN:

* Leave a comment on this blog (What’s one thing on your Christmas list?). Include your email address AND “Like” my Facebook Fanpage or subscribe to my blog (if you haven’t already done so).

* Visit other blogs that are participating in Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop. Each time you comment on ANY of the blogs participating in Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop (including this one) you are entered to win. NOTE: Each blogger is giving away prizes!!! Did you get that? That means you can enter well over 200 times for a chance to win some amazing prizes (just make sure you leave a comment on the blog sites AND your email address).

Deadline: You must enter (see instructions above) no later than 11:59 p.m est on Monday, December 17, 2012. That means you can enter to win any day from today, December 14, 2012 until Monday, December 17, 2012!

I will post the names of ALL winners on this blog site by Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Note: Winners will have been contacted via email by this time.

Good Luck – I hope you win!

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Here are the next three blogs participating in Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop.

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December 14, 2012 Posted by | Blog Hop, Uncategorized | , , | 66 Comments

Six Months in Review

There is nothing like a vacation that gives you time to reflect on your life and a reminder to count your blessings. I just spent an amazing week and one day (thanks to hurricane Sandy) on a Caribbean cruise relaxing; celebrating ten years of marriage to my wonderful husband; and thinking about the past few months of my writing career. I can’t believe it’s been six months since I self-published my first novel! It’s been a wild, and at times, an exhausting ride – but I have no complaints. So let me tell you about the last six months.

April 24th

I released my debut novel: Something New, an “edgy” sweet romance.

April 25th

My first short story, Best Woman for the Job, a contemporary romance, was not only published, but was “FREE” for the first three days. There were over 500 downloads within those three days!

May 2012

Best Woman for the Job became an All Romance ebook best seller.

June 2012

In knowing that the sky is the limit and believing that I’d be publishing books for many, many more years to come, I formed a LLC publishing company. Figured it would also be a good move come tax time. NOTE: This company is only publishing books by Sharon C. Cooper.

Something New, made the Amazon’s top 100 Best Seller list in Multi-cultural Romance.

Best Woman for the Job, made Amazon’s top 100 Best Seller list in Multi-cultural Romance.

July 2012

I self-published my second novel, Blue Roses (Book 1 of the Reunited Series), a romantic suspense.

Something New made Amazon’s top 50 Best Seller list in Multi-cultural Romance and the top 100 in both Religious Romance and African American Literature.

I was contacted by a senior editor from the country’s largest traditional publisher of category romance! I’ll tell you more about this in months to come.

August 2012

Something New and Blue Roses are now in paperback!

Blue Roses made Amazon’s top 100 Best Sellers list in Multi-Cultural Romance.

I mapped out my next book series – the Jenkins Family Series. Best Woman for the Job is the prequel for this five book series. Stay tuned – more information about this series coming January 2013.

September 2012

I outlined two new titles (contemporary romances). Stay tuned – more information to come -summer 2013.

October 2012

Released my second short story, Secret Rendezvous a romantic suspense and the prequel to my next novel, Rendezvous with Danger.  Secret Rendezvous is a “FREE” read – visit my website to find out how to get your copy. www.sharoncooper.net

Something New has been on Amazon’s top 100 Best Sellers list in Multi-cultural Romance for five months!

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As I reflect on the last six months, I’m reminded that I didn’t get here alone. I am so thankful to my mentors, critique partners, family, friends and readers. Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement! It’s been a wonderful ride and I’m looking forward to the next six months!

Stay tuned…

October 31, 2012 Posted by | Just Thinking, Months in Review | , , , , | 25 Comments

The Jenkins Family Series

Lately I’ve been receiving a few emails and inquiries on whether or not there will be a full-length novel featuring Toni (TJ) Jenkins and Craig from the short story – Best Woman for the Job. So I decided to share a little information on how the Jenkins Family came to be and what’s coming next.

When I wrote the short story, Best Woman for the Job, I created it for several reasons:

1. I wanted to do a story with a female tradesmen (or tradesperson).

2. I wanted to see if I was capable of writing a short story (smile).

3. I wanted to not only introduce an African American family that has strong family values, but a family with dynamic women overseeing the family’s construction business.

Well, based on the wonderful feedback that I’ve received thus far regarding Best Woman for the Job, there will definitely be a Jenkins Family Series!

In Toni (TJ) and Craig’s story, I introduced the Jenkins Family (Toni’s family) and their family business – Jenkins & Sons Construction. I had no idea that the concept of a tradeswoman and the short story itself, would be so well received.

Readers have wondered (and asked):

  • Will there be more on Toni & Craig (will they get their own novel)?
  • What about the other cousins – will they get their own stories?
  • Will there be more about Jenkins & Sons Construction?

And the answer to each of those questions is – YES!! I think the only complaint that I’ve heard so far from readers is that the story was too short  -hence short story- but from what I understand, the story left readers wanting more…much more. I also realize that I failed to mention at the end of Best Woman for the Job, that more was coming…soon!

In my other life (many, many years ago), I was a sheet metal worker. I worked in the trades for over ten years, and though it was an exciting line of work, where I learned a lot and work with some wonderful men, there were definitely some challenges of being a woman in a male dominate field. So I’ve decided to bring out some of those challenges in the Jenkins Family Series.

Also in my other life (numerous years ago), I ran our family business (one of my brothers oversees it now). Our family is not as large as the Jenkins Family, but we grew up with strong family values, understanding the importance of loyalty not only to the family, but to the family business. And like you’ll see in the Jenkins Family Series, maintaining those values are not always easy – but the love of a strong family will get you through some tough times.

Needless to say, I’m SUPER excited about this series that will be coming in 2013. So make sure you stay tuned for: Toni & Craig’s story (a full-length novel this time); Peyton (PJ) Jenkins – she’s not only an electrician, but she’s brilliant at running the family’s construction business; Martina (MJ) Jenkins – a carpenter, and the hot head of the family (she’s a trip!); Christina (CJ) Jenkins – the painter and the sweetest person in the world; and Jada (JJ) Jenkins – the sheet metal worker in the family – who is sassy…and maybe a little misunderstood. Lol! And you’ll be introduced to a host of others in the Jenkins family.

I assure you, it will be a fun series with multi-dimensional characters and enticing story lines. So stay tuned!

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Jenkins Family Series | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Time to Celebrate…Again!

I feel like giving away some prizes today!

To celebrate the success of Something New, and Blue Roses (Yay!!), I’m giving all of you a chance to win an electronic copy of either novel (note: you don’t have to have an e-reader). You also have a chance to win a $5 or $10 Amazon.com gift card, AND I’m giving away copies of my short story, Best Woman for the Job! NOTE: If you’ve already purchased your copy – thank you for your support! Feel free to use this opportunity to win a copy for someone else or as a giveaway on your blog.

Where most women would welcome love from a wealthy, good-looking man, Chicago-based investment manager, Dallas Marcel, is not one of them. She will never let a man control her life again. That includes handsome entrepreneur, Tyler Hollister. Dallas is on track to making partner and she’s not letting anything or anyone get in her way. But when her life is put in danger, and a Ponzi scheme ignites a SEC investigation of her firm, she realizes the one man she’d banned from her heart, might be the only one who can save her career and her life.

Tall, dark, and handsome, Tyler Hollister can have any woman he wants, but he only wants one – Dallas. When he starts talking marriage, she breaks things off between them, claiming she doesn’t want a romantic entanglement to hinder her plight to making partner. A chance meeting, six months later, brings them face to face and Tyler soon realizes the intense sexual attraction they once shared is stronger than ever. But he swore he was done with her. Except he finds out her life is in danger, and his protective instincts take over. Can he save her life without losing his heart … again? Read an excerpt

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 Entrepreneur, Simone Edwards, did what any intelligent woman with a ticking biological clock would do: she asked her longtime boyfriend to marry her. Devastated when he turns her down, and fed up with dead-end relationships, Simone swears off men … and takes a vow of celibacy. How hard could it be? She soon learns it’s harder than she thinks when the most irresistible man in the world, Tim Hollister, shows up at her job. She hasn’t seen him in over ten years, and quickly realizes he is a temptation she doesn’t want to resist. But isn’t there some rule about dating your friend? Simone must decide if a romance with Tim is worth risking their friendship, and her reclaimed virginity.

Betrayed by his supermodel ex-girlfriend, who happens to be the mother of his child, Tim Hollister has placed a padlock on his heart. But when Simone, an old high school friend falls back into his life, he soon forgets his promise to stay clear of beautiful women. Simone was always like a sister to him, but he discovers that his feelings for her aren’t very brotherly. He’s captivated by the woman she’s become and wants to take their friendship to the next level – despite her resistance. Tim can’t avoid their new-found passion, and sets out to prove he’s the man for her. Read an excerpt

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 NEVER SAY NEVER…

Cincinnati police officer, Craig Logan, needs a plumber, but not bad enough to hire a woman.  “No way am I letting some pint-size woman near my pipes!”

ESPECIALLY IF THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB…IS A WOMAN…

When Toni Jenkins (TJ) shows up at Craig’s house to repair his plumbing issues, he thinks it’s a joke, but soon finds out the joke is on him. Not only is Toni the finest plumber he’s ever seen, but she’s good at what she does. Will he realize before it’s too late, that not only is she the best woman for the job, but she’s the best woman for him? Read an excerpt

Here are several ways to win:

  1. For a  chance to win an e-copy of either book (or short story), “Like” my new Facebook Fanpage (see column on the right hand side of this blog or click on this link – http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSharonCCooper21?ref=hl)
  2. For a  chance to win an e-copy of either book (or short story) AND a $5 Amazon.com gift card, leave a comment or a question below AND “Like” my new Facebook Fanpage
  3. For a chance to win an e-copy of either book (or short story) AND a $10 Amazon.com gift card – leave a comment or a question below AND “Like” my new Facebook Fanpage AND sign up on my mailing list http://www.sharoncooper.net/contact1.html (don’t worry, you won’t be inundated with emails from me).

Note: When you leave a comment or a question, be sure to leave your first name and last initial within the comment. You have until 8pm tonight (EST) to enter for your chance to win. The winners will be announced on my blog tomorrow Wednesday, 7/25/12.

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

**Something New and Blue Roses will be in paperback at the end of August 2012 – Woo hoo!

***For those of you who have asked for more from the Jenkins Family – they are coming soon! The Jenkins Family Series is in the works. Oh, and yes, Craig and Toni will have their own book, especially since they both still have some issues to work out. If you haven’t met the Jenkins Family – purchase (or win) Best Woman for the Job for an introduction. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Make sure you subscribe to this blog or join my mailing list to be one of the first to know about what’s going on with Sharon C. Cooper!

GOOD LUCK! I HOPE YOU WIN!

July 24, 2012 Posted by | Blue Roses, Giveaways, Something New - Novel | , , , , | 17 Comments