Open submissions for TMP anthology.

Calling all YA Writers:

TMP Wants You.

Love Is a Battlefield

TMP YA Anthology
Summer 2014
WANTED: Seasoned YA authors who yearn for a challenge or YA writers who want to break into the world of publishing. Wow us with your story for our new YA anthology, Love is a Battlefield. This collection will be available both digitally and in print.
Young Adult readers love angst. And what’s better than a book full of angst. Love is a Battlefieldwill consist of 8-10 YA short stories (5K to 8K word count) that tug at the heart strings. We want strong heroines who are willing to fight for what they want.

Submit a polished short story to Please allow 6-8 weeks from submission date for us to get back with you on the progress of your story. 

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How the writing Started.

One upon a time...
No wait. Wrong story. As much as my children think I'm sending them to a dungeon when they're in trouble or how sometimes I feel like I have a fairy godmother because of all the goodness in my life, I don't live in a fairy tale. And sure, I could easily start out a story about how and when I started to write my first novel with Once Upon a Time but that lines been over done.
About five years ago, I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to do more with my life. More specifically, something creative. I'm a right brainer all the way. As a kid, you'd always see me with a pencil or crayon in hand poised to draw something. I think this is why I love to cook so much. I love to create dishes by either using a recipe or the wonderful tips I've learned over the years.
Don't get me wrong, my life was full. Two kids. Full time job but none of this was really for me. And retail therapy wasn't cutting it either.
I started reading a lot more and found I loved the YA genre. The books were quick, easy reads and I have to admit, the chaste kisses and hand holding were my favorite part of high school. Where every relationship, no matter how short, was love.
All the reading got me imagining and conjuring up continuations to the stories and 'what if' scenarios. And at the time I wasn't aware of fanfiction or I might have written something to share. Instead, I pulled from my own experiences in high school and a 70K+ word novel came to life.
It was rough and took me only a few months to write. I thought I was tough and cool but with a manuscript on my screen, I had to what. (BTW, this story will probably never see the light of day!)
A dear friend from high school shared her wisdom (she had an agent!) and steered me into a few directions on where to get started. So I joined a few sites, met some people and stared to beta read. Of course I offered mine up but the beta reading I did opened my eyes to a new world.
From my first beta read it was like a chain reaction. I read one, then a few more for the same author. I started to explore social media (love me some Twitter) and met even more people who I red for all while I was still writing and learning. From Twitter I met Julie who introduced me to Honey Creek. I wrote a novella, Ice Princess, and TMP took it and the rest is history.
If you're an aspiring writer and can take anything from my story, putting yourself out there and meeting people is key. Beta reading is a wonderful way to do this. I find I'm a better writer when I beta for another.

Thank you.

King of the Lake.

The conclusion to my Honey Creek Royalty series is here. I'm a little sad to see the series end but thankful for the journey. Honey Creek holds a special place in my heart. I love writing stories about this little town and I hope to continue when times allows. 

If you haven't stopped by Honey Creek, you don't know what your missing. So far, we have 11 books released within the last year from this line. Each one different with a common thread...the people of Honey Creek.

Thank you for being with me on this journey. 

Living in a small town, everybody knows your business. Unfortunately for Allison Carver, some people can’t forget.
When a lapse in good judgment lands her in the public eye, her parents force her to seek guidance from the local minister. After several months, she begins to forgive herself while her parents seem to keep her mistakes front and center.
Allison escapes to Honey Creek Lake where she gets a waitressing job at Honey Creek Lodge’s restaurant. Lack of identity among the summer tourists offers relief, allowing her to feel normal. Taking the order of a summer guest launches her into a dilemma. Does she follow her heart and allow her feelings to mature for a guy she just met? Or risk the wrath of her father while he sits on his throne overlooking the lake.

Untellable, a Honey Creek Romantic Suspense is Available Now

Untellable has arrived! It's an exciting new Young Adult romantic suspense novel. The cover by Kim Jacobs is fabulous.

Untellable by Suzanne Lilly cover art

What's the story behind the book Untellable? 

Aspen Dwyer, recently emancipated from foster care, is searching for a place to hide from a past with secrets too dark to share. Honey Creek, Ohio, presents itself as the best place to start a new life and stay undercover. There she meets Colton Moraine, a man with strong family ties and an even stronger sense of loyalty. His boisterous, loving family welcomes Aspen with warmth she hasn’t felt in years. She’s surprised at how quickly and deeply she falls for Colton. When a dangerous criminal comes to Honey Creek, intent on his revenge against her, Aspen must choose between two options. Should she stay and risk her life and the rejection of the people she’s grown to love? Or should she run again, and leave behind any chance of a happy future?

Read an excerpt here:

“Tell me how the new job is working out for you.” I knew this was more than just small talk. Margot was evaluating me.
“It’s fine.” I nodded. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed working at the lodge. “Linda is a super boss. Even though I hurt my ankle the first day, she still took me in. She’s having her nephew help me learn to drive. She has a wonderful family. Of course, you know all that already.” I stopped babbling to take another sip of my latte before going on. “I really want to do well for her. I think she cares more about me than my last four sets of foster parents did, and she’s only my employer.”
“Linda’s always had a heart the size of Texas,” Margot agreed. “She’ll stand behind you and support you in whatever you want to do.” She made a note on a form and shoved it back into a manila folder. “Now, off the record.” She clicked her pen shut and slid it into her purse. “How are you really? Do you feel safe?”
I considered her questions for a moment before answering. “I don’t think I remember what safe is supposed to feel like anymore. It’s comfortable with Linda and working at the lodge.”
Did safe mean I could sleep at night, resting easy, trusting no one would come to get me in the darkness? Did it mean not having to look over my shoulder everywhere I went? Did it mean not worrying if the person who gave life to me was waiting for the day he could kill me?
“I guess I feel as safe as can be expected.”
Margot waited, her expectant eyes boring into mine.
“You said Rick will never think of looking for me in a tiny town like Honey Creek.” Rick didn’t deserve the title of dad, father, or anything else indicating a relationship between him and me. As far as I was concerned, he was just the sperm donor.
“He won’t look there. He’ll be concentrating on the bigger towns. Columbus, Cincinnati, places where jobs are more plentiful.”
I shook my head. “Do you think I should try to move out of state?”
“Don’t leave Ohio.” Margot reached across the cafĂ© table and grabbed my fingers. “I won’t be able to help you if you move far away. Besides, haven’t you heard of hiding in plain sight?”

Can't wait to read it?

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Happy reading!

Am I getting...old?

I know age is just a number, blah, blah and you're only as old as you feel. Whatever. My question isn't actually how I feel but how do others perceive me.

More specifically, the younger folks in my life. Sure my kids think I'm like a hundred (but they are always reminded my husband is older!). But when I'm with a group of teens or younger kids (I volunteer in the library and hope to speak with schools, soon), do they think I'm also a hundred? Am I uncool?

I don't think so but recently I found myself questioning this very idea.

First off, I'm not ashamed to admit I'm 35. Although, I've been blessed with Asian skin so I look about 30 (younger if you count the people at the grocery store who card me). I have a cousin who's 16. We aren't super close but I think as she's gotten older, we've found things we can talk about and I try to relate. After all, I write YA, I should have a working knowledge, right?

She was attending a dance over the weekend and like any girlie, girl, I wanted to see her dress. Thankfully,it wasn't awful, forcing me to lie. In fact, it was so cute, I even pictured a skinnier version of myself wearing the dress (yeah, to all the dances I attend). We discussed where she'd found the dress and both commented on any recent find we'd made there. Then, as if I were talking with my own girlfriends, I said, "You know where I've found some really cute dresses..." and before I could finish I could see her face. Not horrified. No eye rolling. She wasn't rude, but I could see the faintest whisper of disinterest in her eyes forcing me to say, "well, I know I'm old and you probably wouldn't wear what I wear, but I've found cute stuff at..." And bless her heart. She said, " Oh yeah, I've found cute dresses there."

I know she was being nice but I couldn't help run through my own wardrobe to see if I wore "mom jeans" too. Or did I own an assortment of matching track suits. Thankfully, I don't. Not even close. Although, being home does force me to drop off and pick up my kids from school in my jammies, but that's not an "old" thing. That's just a "lazy" thing!

So tell me, if age is just a number, at what number do we become uncool?

LASR Prince Charming Review

Thursday, I opened my email to find a link for a review by LASR.

First off, I love getting these emails. Second, I hadn't heard much from Book 2 since it released and I was a little sad. Most authors go through this; wondering if we'd made a mistake. But redemption was only right around the corner!

The best part, besides the 4 1/2 stars is how the reviewer, Jasmine, feels about Honey Creek books. I can't speak for the creator of the book line, but Jasmine spoke what has always been in my heart about this town and series of books. Sweet, simple and short.

So, if you haven't checked out a Honey Creek book or a Honey Creak Royalty book, what are you waiting for!

Christmas Books on Sale at TMP

Can't get enough Christmas romance? Are you looking for a heartwarming book to read by the hearth this season? Turquoise Morning Press will keep your ereader and bookshelves full with our holiday sales! All are on sale for 25% off through December 31rst. There are more Christmas titles coming out soon, so keep checking back at the TMP blog for the latest updates. 
  • Holiday and Christmas Stories: There are plenty for every reader, including a brand new, just released, Barefoot Beach book by Amie Denman, Will Work for LoveThere are no coupon codes for these titles. Just click the button “Click for Savings” and you’ll get the discount at checkout.
Also, as an extra bonus, the classic novel, The Romance of a Christmas Card by Kate Douglas Wiggin is free right now for Kindle. Just click on the title and it will take you to the page to get your copy.

Happy holiday reading! 
From our home to yours, have a wonderful holiday season.