It's a Sizzlin' Summer

 One Reckless Summer  hit the USA Today  bestseller list!

 One Reckless Summer  hit the USA Today  bestseller list!

What a wild ride this summer has been for Toni!

In June, Barnes and Noble named her their Spotlight Author, which resulted in her first Destiny book, One Reckless Summer, climbing to #2 on the Nook rankings just behind Dan Brown's latest. It stayed in the top five for over a week, then hit the USA Today bestseller list—four years after it first came out! Toni was totally stunned and completely thrilled. Thanks to the book's newfound success and the great reviews for Half Moon Hill, new readers are falling in love with Destiny—and Toni could not be more grateful to everyone who has read and shared their love of her books.

This summer, Toni has gotten to reconnect and visit with lots of friends. She was delighted to welcome fellow Avon authors Cathy MaxwellElizabeth Boyle, and Lorraine Heath to the greater Cincinnati area for a signing at one of Toni's favorite bookstores, Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills, KY. 

When they weren't signing books, they took some time out to play:  Toni took them on a quick tour of Cincinnati and out for a fun dinner.

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Only a couple of weeks later, Toni's dear friend, author Lori Armstrong/Lorelei James came to stay with Toni – but they didn’t stay home! Among their stops was the famous (or infamous?) town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky--where the locals routinely elect a dog for mayor.

But Lori didn't just come to play with Toni. Together, they met readers and signed books at one of Toni's favorite annual events--the Reader & Author Get Together sponsored by Lori Foster.

Even though the Get Together has blossomed from 50 attendees to over 500 in the last eight years, Toni still finds it warm, friendly, and a great time and place to catch up with friends and fans. Lori Foster pulled off the event with her usual grace--even though she had a broken arm!

Toni with Lori Armstrong/Lorelei James

Toni with Lori Armstrong/Lorelei James

Toni with Lori Foster

Toni with Lori Foster

When she’s not working or visiting with friends, Toni has been enjoying some home decorating and landscaping.  Check out her daisies, which remind her of Whisper Falls.  

 

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To get an idea of what Toni’s personal style and decorating inspirations are, join her on Instagram and Pinterest.  For readers who like to get in touch by postal mail, her new address is P.O. Box 1053, Union, KY 41091.  If you stick a SASE in your envelope, you just might find some Toni Blake bookmarks in your mailbox one day!

Toni's updated her digital home as well. Her website has a new host and a new look, so stop by and let her know what you think. She loves hearing from readers in person, by mail, by email and on Facebook. She reads all of her comments and responds as often as she can.

The biggest event of Toni’s summer is almost upon her:  The annual conference of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).  Thousands of writers, readers, and publishing professionals will converge on Atlanta, Georgia next week for workshops, meetings, awards ceremonies…and parties!  If you’re in the greater Atlanta area, you can attend the HUGE RWA booksigning, open to the public, and meet Toni and hundreds of other fabulous authors.  Join them all at the Atlanta Marriott on Wednesday July 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. For a more intimate signing, you can also meet up with Toni at the Eagle Eye Bookstore in Decatur, Georgia on Saturday July 20, from 2 to 3:30 PM.

As busy as she has been, Toni’s been working feverishly on her next book, Coral Cove. Avon artists have already shared the beautiful cover art with herand Toni looks forward to sharing a sneak peek of the artwork with her readers soon.  Also coming soon on Facebook and at www.toniblake.com:  the gorgeous cover for Wildest Dreams, which comes out this December.

But in the meantime, if you love having great narrators read you great stories, you can get Half Moon Hill on audiobook – the audio version just became available on July 10. 

 

Toni's Whirlwind May—Booksignings, Interviews, Audiobooks. Oh my!

Toni with a copy of the newest Destiny book, Half Moon Hill. 

Toni with a copy of the newest Destiny book, Half Moon Hill

Toni wants to thank all of her readers for their enthusiasm about her 6th Destiny book, Half Moon Hill. She's glad that Spring is here, and that the great weather has been enticing romance lovers to join her in person at the all of the book signings on her crazy-busy schedule!

First stop this month: Barnes and Noble, West Chester, Ohio, where Toni joined a number of other great romance writers and friends—including Lori Foster and debut author Jennifer McGowan.

Toni is already gearing up for her next multi-author signing, and if you're in northern Kentucky she would love to see you there!  One of her favorite bookstores, Joseph-Beth in Crestview Hills, KY is welcoming Toni and her friends, Cathy Maxwell, Lorraine Heath and Elizabeth Boyle for the Avon Romance Author's Panel and booksigning at  7pm on May 15. Toni plans to play hometown tourist, and share "girlfriend time" with her fellow authors, showing them what greater Cincinnati area has to offer.

Lori Foster, Toni, and Jennifer McGowan at the Barnes & Noble booksigning earlier this month. 

Lori Foster, Toni, and Jennifer McGowan at the Barnes & Noble booksigning earlier this month. 

In the meantime, Toni is also getting out and about online. From interviews to rave reviews, Toni feels genuinely grateful and blessed that Half Moon Hill is receiving so much love from readers. Tiffany Tyer of Heroes and Heartbreakers says, “By the end, it wrenches that wistful sigh from us, the one where we don't want the book to end, the one where we're completely satisfied, the one that delivers tip to tail a toe-curling, completely fulfilling romance.” 

Toni reveals quite a few secrets about Destiny, the future of her characters and the process of writing books in her visits with bloggers and interviewers, such as this lovely write-up at USA TODAY. For the real story behind the stories and an excerpt of her book, be sure to see her website.

She's just found out that Half Moon Hill is going to be an audiobook as well! Toni will be keeping everyone up-to-date on when the audiobook comes out on her Facebook page, so be sure to "Like" her there and add her to your interests lists. Don't be shy about "Liking" and commenting on posts, either. Facebook is one of the ways Toni kicks back and has fun! 

Speaking of fun on Facebook—be sure to check out her contest page for fun prizes. This month's challenge: Count the number of butterflies on the Half Moon Hill cover. Get the correct number, and you'll be entered in the drawing. Want a head start? Here you go:

How many butterflies can you spot on the cover? 

How many butterflies can you spot on the cover? 

Half Moon Hill is Available Now!

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Toni’s latest Destiny novel  is now in stores! The sixth book in the beloved Destiny series and follow-up to One Reckless SummerSugar CreekWhisper FallsHolly Lane, and Willow Springs releases today.

A rugged loner and ex-biker-gang member, Duke Dawson is looking for some peace and quiet while recovering from an accident. But when Anna Romo comes wandering through his woods and into his cabin, she completely rocks his world. The last thing he expected – or wanted – was to find himself hungering after a woman whose eyes held hurts even deeper than his own…

It’s a perfect time to immerse yourself in Destiny, Ohio. Start now with the excerpt for Half Moon Hill.

Half Moon Hill is available at numerous booksellers and retail outlets, including Amazon (both as a paperback and on Kindle), Barnes and Noble (both as a paperback and a Nookbook) and Book Depository, which offers free worldwide shipping. Don’t see it at your local store? Be sure to ask someone to help you find or order it.

Half Moon Hill is getting terrific reviews! Romantic Times gave a it 4 star “HOT” review and said, “…you can expect two things from a Destiny, Ohio story: that it’ll be heartfelt and sexy hot. Half Moon Hill is no exception.” Read more of the early praise for Half Moon Hill .

To learn more about Anna and Duke, visit ToniBlake.com for treats and treasures about the book and series. You’ll find recipes from the books, character profiles, and places of interest on the Destiny Series pages. Keep checking back to learn what’s new with Toni and her forthcoming books!