Boss Overboard–a new romance title coming in October 2014! #nanowrimo

Remember that cruise ship romance I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2012? I’m happy to announce that I just contracted with Evernight (the publisher my alter-ego Lila Shaw has used for most of her books) to release it under the title of Boss Overboard! Woo-hoo! The contract says release will be in October sometime. Awesome!

Thanks to all the Pens sisters for helping me end the agonizing over the proper title for this novel, which had previously been working titled: Cruise Ship Mistress and His Acadian Lady.

Here’s what it’s about (in case you missed the nine hundred other posts while it was in process):

An all expenses paid, trans-Atlantic cruise aboard the Acadian Lady has romance written all over it…unless you’re the poor sap who has to inspect the toilets and time the cafeteria lines.

When Lydia Johnson, operations manager for J. P. Theriot Enterprises, is tapped to do a staff-level task, she’s not buying that it’s because the head of the company only wants “the best”. If that were the case, why would she also be saddled with an untrained assistant? She should be moving up the corporate ladder, not slumming with new hires doing entry level quality control audits for a floundering cruise ship.

Paul Thomas may be brand new to secret shopping, but he certainly knows his way around the ship and especially its casino. He’s also not the least bit shy about expressing his frank appreciation for his ambitious manager. The Cajun charmer is tempting to Lydia’s self-control, but she won’t make the mistake of mixing business with pleasure, especially not with a heart barely healed from her ex-fiance’s deceit.

One thing is for certain:  Paul has never given up on anything he wants and what he wants now is the woman who knows more about him than any other … except who he really is–J.P. Theriot.

Once upon a time I considered self-publishing this one, but since I changed my mind, I guess I won’t be needing this anymore. I still like it though. 🙂 I’m sure I’ll reuse the graphic in the days ahead.

WeWriWa and a Holiday Blog Serial starting November 28th


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Hey there, me again! I’m a Weekend Writing Warrior in the middle of NaNoWriMo here to give you a little taste…not of my NaNo novel but something else, something I stole borrowed! Voleur!! (Thief!)

From Second Chance Layover by Sandra Bunino and Lila Shaw (that’s me), here are eight (8) sentences written from the hero’s POV:

A few keystrokes and BroadwayBoundJD in O’Hare was born. Let the ladies figure that handle out. The smarter ones might guess my occupation as an entertainment lawyer heading for New York City. The larger truth was I had deserted Hollywood for New York’s publishing community, film rights specifically. The much more personal truth was I was fleeing ghosts. I’d never believed in hauntings before. I believed in them now, the ones whose faint sobbing gasps in the still moments between sleeping and waking filled me with crushing guilt. The ones with sad, weary faces who pointed accusing fingers.

Aww poor Cal.

Most of you probably know I also write under the pen name of Lila Shaw. “She” has co-written a holiday-themed blog serial with BFF, Sandra Bunino, that will run on both blogs between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. I’m telling my readers about it too because it’s more of the type of romance I’d write. (Ha-ha, as if there’s an iron curtain separating my Claire brain from my Lila brain. She steals shamelessly from me and this is yet another example.)

Here’s the story blurb, and if you’re interested, I hope you’ll consider subscribing to Lila’s blog so you don’t miss a single installment:

Dec Bunino_Shaw SecondChanceLayoverWhen the mother of all snowstorms strands journalist Charli Tierney in the Chicago airport, her boss gives her a fluff assignment to kill time–investigate the Meet-And-Go dot com social network for airport travelers. Imagine her surprise when her connection is also one of her brother’s old friends…and the boy she crushed on for years as a teen.

Cal Wheaton is no less shocked. Of all the fish in the sea, or lonely travelers in Terminal B, his O’Hare Meet-And-Go connection is Charli. The snarky little sister he fondly remembers has grown into a very desirable woman. And this time there’s no protective big brother around to keep him in line.

Reconnected, the embers of Charli and Cal’s decade-old attraction are quickly fanned into a night of hot passion. But when a ghost from Cal’s past drives a wedge between them, will the layover lovers realize in time that blame and guilt are baggage best left behind?

Cal_Charli_posterGo to either of these sites to subscribe:

Lila Shaw’s blog

Sandra Bunino’s blog

Or, if you are a Smashwords reader, we’ll be publishing each installment on a slight lag, so get it at the blogs first, at Smashwords later.