Shannon Stacey
My current Top 3 movies

iPad Mini screen displaying covers for the live action Beauty and the Beast, Goon, and the new Wonder Woman

My iPad Mini doesn’t have a lot of memory, so I can only carry three movies around at a time. They change from time to time (Pacific Rim and How the Grinch Stole Christmas cycle through a lot) but my current Top 3 are Beauty and the BeastGoon, and Wonder Woman. And Goon: Last of the Enforcers will be joining them in a couple of days. (I’ll delete other stuff to squeeze in four movies, lol.)

What three movies would you choose to carry around with you right now?

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I have a cover for HOLD HER AGAIN!

Cover of Hold Her Again

A country-music star returns home to win back the woman he loves in this charming holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey.

Ava Wright isn’t happy to see her high school sweetheart rolling into their hometown a few weeks before Christmas. He’s only come back to bury his estranged father, but there’s no way she’ll be able to avoid him. No one can: he’s become a country-music superstar since going solo and leaving Ava behind.

Jace Morrow grew up believing “money can’t buy happiness” was something people said to make themselves feel better. But now he knows it’s the truth: no matter how many number-one hits he has, he’ll never recapture the magic of singing with Ava. Missing her—loving her—and living with making the wrong choice in life were what made him who he is.

When Jace is roped into being part of the town’s annual Christmas party, he only cares about earning Ava’s forgiveness. And though Ava’s heart has never healed, she loved Jace too much and for too long to shut him out when he’s hurting. As they fall in love all over again, they’re both faced with choices for their future…and this time Jace intends to make the right one.

It releases October 23rd, and it’s available for preorder now:






Carina Press:

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See the next three Boston Fire covers!

A sheet of white, with a piece pulled back to show a glimpse of Boston Fire book 4, but only the part that says Boston Fire

You can see the covers for the next three BOSTON FIRE books exclusively at USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog today!

Trust me, you want to click this link.

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First in the Devlin Group series is free!

Devlin Group covers with free banner on 72 Hours

If you haven’t read the Devlin Group series yet, now’s a great time to start! (And tell your reader friends!) You can read more about 72 Hours here and grab a copy for your ebook reader:





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Hunting skunks and striking rose gold

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting in my usual daytime spot (which is also my evening and nighttime spot, just minus the laptop), when I caught a whiff of skunk. It was a strong whiff, so it had either thrown a temper tantrum in my backyard or (oh please no) in my basement.

Screenshot of my tweets about the skunk, which repeats the above paragraph, more or less.

Because I always have vinegar and blue Dawn, I went in search of the skunk. I couldn’t see anything in the backyard, or smell anything. That was good news because a skunk out in the daylight in a frigid wind with snow on the ground probably isn’t well. It was bad news because the smell was strong enough so it must be in my basement.

But it wasn’t. And not only had a skunk not sprayed in there, but there was no wildlife scent at all. After sniffing around the first floor some more to no avail, I went back to work. A little while later, I smelled it again. And then again a little later. That’s when I got really concerned because it seemed to largely coincide with the furnace kicking on and blowing warm air through the duct work. There’s a register in this corner.

Back to the basement I went. A few minutes of tapping and listening later, I was satisfied there were no skunks in my duct work. (Which would have been quite a feat, but they’re wily little things.) I smelled it off and on, and got my husband involved, but no answers. The other possibilities included the neighbors burning nasty junk wood again or neighbors indulging in some particularly bad marijuana.

Fast forward to late this afternoon. I’ve been haunted by the skunk smell off and on all day, still most noticeably when the heat is on, blowing warm air around my corner. And then, finally, I leaned over to get a pen off the end table where I hoard office and planner supplies and got a nose full of potent skunk odor.

A roll of rose gold washi tape

The culprit is this roll of rose gold Scotch Expressions washi tape I bought at Staples. I kid you not.

Yesterday I opened the roll (which I bought several months ago) and used a length of the tape, along with stickers, to brighten up my Hobonichi Weeks, which is awesome except for the stark white stripe on black cover I got. Then I set the roll of tape on my end table, which is between the heat register and me. And so it began.

This evening, after making my oldest son and my husband smell it and watching them both recoil in disgust to confirm, I can assure you this roll of tape smells like skunk. Very, very strongly. It’s as though they made the product, it got sprayed by a skunk that happened to be strolling through the factory, and then they packaged it.

And to answer the inevitable question, no, I did not throw it away. It’s rose gold washi tape!

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