Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kelli's Holiday Message – Help Homeless Pets


The holiday season is upon us once again, and everyone is always encouraged to donate to needy causes and give to those who are less fortunate – and sometimes the ones who are most in need have four feet and a tail!

As you’re rushing around looking for the best deals on the “perfect gift” this year, consider purchasing something for a cat or a dog awaiting adoption at a local animal shelter or rescue organization. Try this: every time you buy something in a store (or online) put a donation in your cart. It could be anything: canned cat food, dog treats, cat litter, bags of dry food, toys, food and water bowls, or a gift card. (And if you’re not a hardcore shopper, why not send them a check?) 

Every donation to a shelter or a rescue organization helps ease their financial burden and improves the lives of the animals in their care. 

Of course, if you’re really looking for the “purrfect” gift – why not adopt a pet? Thousands of loving cats and dogs will spend the holidays in shelters, hoping for forever homes. Many of these animals were once someone’s pet and they’ve never forgotten what it was like to live a happy life with people who loved them.

Every cat or dog you adopt creates an opening for another animal at the shelter. Adult dogs and cats are often overlooked in favor of puppies and kittens, and are not always a first choice. (Sadly, too many of these “older” pets never get a second chance.) This is unfortunate because they have a lot of love to give and deserve to live out the rest of their days knowing that somebody cared about them. (I adopted two adult cats nobody wanted, and let me tell you, they are so happy to have a place to call home.)

So this year, give some thought to adopting a cat or dog – it’ll be the best gift ever to the animal you welcome into your life.

Visit to search for pets awaiting adoption in your local area. You can also find out how to sponsor a pet and learn other ways you can help homeless animals.

And who are these adorable cats at the top of this blog? They’re just a dozen of the more than 300,000 cats looking for loving homes. Read about them here:


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Until next time, enjoy the holidays!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

5 Star Reviews for A Secret Match!


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Today I'm sharing some excellent reviews for my gay romance, A SECRET MATCH. Here's the summary:

A Secret Match
Everett Kinkade is a world-famous professional wrestler and the sexy heartthrob of millions of adoring female fans. But Ev has a secret he doesn’t dare share with anyone. He’s gay.

After years of being Ev’s secret lover, Josh is tired of hiding in the shadows and wants Ev to openly acknowledge their relationship. Coming out is the last thing Ev wants and fears it will ruin his career.
One night in a moment of truth, Everett outs himself on live TV. There’s no going back, and his announcement sparks a firestorm of problems – both personally and professionally. He’s forced to come to grips with who he really is while facing down a tag team out to destroy him. 

Torn between living a lie and losing the man he loves, Ev has risked everything… can he find a balance between his career and his heart? 

Some Kind Words from Reviewers:

A Night Owl Romance Top Pick! 4.5 Stars: I found this book well written with an interesting plot. The ending is set in a way that leaves you with hope for Josh and Everett that while the road might not be easy they will tackle it together. I hope there is a sequel to see how Josh and Everett adjust to life now that everyone knows about them. The main characters and the secondary characters were fascinating and charming. Overall, I loved this book.”

5 Hearts! “I love the tone of how the book starts. I enjoyed the drama filled present with the far less dramatic and sweeter flashbacks of when Everett and Josh first met. The best part is the emotionally charged storyline just continues throughout the book and doesn’t just stop. Two thirds of the way through, once again I thought I could breathe a sigh of relief, but, no, I couldn’t. I know some people will be interested to know, there is some wrestling related kink too. This isn’t your average athlete-coming-out story and the use of wrestling probably helps that along. In short, this is an excellent read. Highly recommended to any fan of the MM genre.” 

The Book Vixen Gave it Four Frogs: Very enjoyable romance of an established couple at a crossroads. The wrestling plot was interesting for this non-wrestling fan as well.”   

4 Stars from Zipper Rippers: “I really felt for both Everett's and Josh's predicament, I could well understand both their points of view. The world of wrestling seems very macho and Everett thinks if he comes out as gay, his career may be over in one fell swoop. But is his career worth losing Josh over? The tension between their two differing views felt very real and both were in emotional turmoil for a lot of the book.”

Hearts on Fire Gives it 4 Hearts:The story focuses for the first half on how to make these two understand what they have together and the second on how to survive being a gay wrestler when there’s a homophobic tag team out for your blood (serious, too, they’ve already mangled one wrestler) and how to handle the manager who controls your career. I liked the story very much and I thought the ending was perfect.”
“I think the idea of making Ev a professional wrestler was great because it's a career a lot of people don't associate with a gay man. There are plenty of sexual moments, and they work within the overall story. That's the main issue I have with romance books. I don't mind sex scenes if they work within the overall plot, and this works! I would definitely check out more books by this author.”  Lauren -

I hope you'll check it out. Look for the November issue of my newsletter coming this week. You can sign up here:

Happy Reading!