My New Book is Live!


I have some exciting news about The Hunted series!  But first...

Be Careful What You Joust for is live!  Who will be victorious…the prince or the thief?  Find out today!  I can’t wait for you to meet these characters.  Grab your copy of Be Careful What You Joust For today at the LIMITED TIME RELEASE SALE PRICE of 99 cents.  The price will be going up after the first week of release, so make sure to grab your copy today:

Paperback copies are also available HERE.

I also promised you some exciting news today.  Drum roll please… 

What if I told you I’ve been thinking about writing Temptation from James’ point of view?  Getting excited yet?

But first, I really need your help to get Be Careful What You Joust For on the USA Today bestsellers list.  And once I hit the USA Today bestsellers list with this release, I’m going to celebrate by writing Temptation from James’ point of view as a thank you to my loyal readers.  And I’m going to release it later this year (right after Carved in Ice...coming this spring, and The Hunted book 6...coming this summer/fall)!  Just imagine:

James: Temptation as told by James Hunter.  From the professor who crossed the line comes the perspective and the details you crave from the Amazon bestselling series...

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Want James to become a reality?  Then help me become a USA Today bestselling author and grab your copy of Be Careful What You Joust For today:





And don’t forget to spread the word!  Share this email with friends and post about the release on your social media to help Be Careful What You Joust For reach the USA Today bestsellers list!


Plus, during the release week of Be Careful What You Joust For, each book will contain an exclusive sneak peek of James: Temptation as told by James Hunter.  The sneak peek includes the first 3 chapters of James the novel!  To get the link and the password to the sneak peek just look at the Ivy Smoak page at the back of Be Careful What You Joust For.

So grab your copy of Be Careful What You Joust For today to get an exclusive sneak peek of James the novel:

One week until the release of Be Careful What You Joust For

The release of Be Careful What You Joust for is only one week away!  I’ll be sharing some very exciting news on release day, so stay tuned for the big announcement.  ***Hint…it has to do with James & Penny.***  So make sure to mark your calendars for release day - 4/17. 

My co-author/husband and I will also be having a release day party on my Facebook page on 4/19 (a few days after the release so you have time to meet the characters).  You’ll get to hang out with me, ask my husband questions for the first time ever – and get his take on being the inspiration for James, enter giveaways, and more!  You can RSVP to the event HERE.

And make sure to pre-order the novel at its special pre-order / launch week price off 99 cents.  The price will be going up after the first week of release, so pre-order today on:


The story behind Be Careful What You Joust For:

Penny and James have always been close to my heart.  When I was 18 years old, I opened up a door and collided with my future husband.  I didn’t even ask his name…because I’m shy and awkward and was completely star struck by his smile.  But we ran into each other again on campus.  It was fate.  And last November, we shared our first dance as husband and wife to the song Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional.

Just like Penny and James, we both love Harry Potter and we both got obsessed with the show Game of Thrones as soon as it aired.  How far does our love for fantasy go?  Ryan actually gave all his groomsmen swords at our wedding.  And we cut our cake with a sword engraved with our names.  So it was only a matter of time before we decided to create something magical together. 

The Hunted series is my heart and soul.  Ryan is my James.  And if Penny and James were to write a story together…this would be it.  Be Careful What You Joust for is both our hearts and souls. 



2 weeks until release day!!! 🌼

Hello April.  This is going to be an exciting month because Be Careful What You Joust for releases in just 2 weeks!!!!  I am so stoked about this release.  My husband and I poured our hearts and souls into these characters.  I loved this experience because I got to focus so much on the romance, humor, and emotion in this book.  And in two weeks you get to see who wins hearts…princes or thieves.

You can pre-order the novel on:

And get a sneak peek on my website HERE

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*Ramblings from Ivy’s Couch*

I’ve done something to my knee but I don’t know what…since apparently I’m a child and refuse to go to the doctor.  So I pretty much haven’t left the house in almost 3 months.  Fun?  Oh yes.  Well, there’s pros and cons. 

Pros:  I’m getting so much writing done!  I’m still on pace to release Made of Steel this spring…although it is going to be late spring.  Like so late that it’s going to feel like summer outside (I hope) but it technically won’t be June 21st yet so it’s still spring…that kind of spring release.  But Carved in Ice has been smooth sailing.  And in my writings this week I’m hoping to get to the scene where I reveal V.  Mask stripped.  Identity determined.  Yay!  I can’t wait to write this scene.  If you haven’t read the Made of Steel series, catch up today HERE.

Cons: It’s starting to get nice outside and I can’t run and jump and play outside.  I’m a kid at heart and this is torture for me.  Such torture that I think I’ll probably make a doctor’s appointment.  Ugh.  Also, I’m pretty sure I’m going crazy.  How else could I have written The Truth in My Lies?  Clearly I’ve become insane.

Also, in my un-moving state, I’ve gotten really into ordering things online.  Fine…I was already obsessed with this.  But even more so now.  And I recently discovered the FabFitFun box which is so awesome!  I never have enough time to find out the latest trends and I hate spending money.  So when I found out about FabFitFun I was ecstatic.  So many fun accessories, makeup, and other goodies for such a low price.  And now I’m obsessed.  Also it’s so fun to look forward to something in the mail.  And I’m all about a good deal - You can get $10 off your first box with coupon code SUNSHINE at

Book Giveaway, Updates, & More 🌷

So you know that old saying – March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb?  Well I feel like that’s been happening to my brain instead of the weather.  I have been all over the place this month.  I hate the idea of delaying releases, but I am pushing the release of Be Careful What You Joust For back a month.  The new release date will be 4/17. 

But it is up for pre-order now for a special pre-order/release week price of 99 cents!  Grab your copy of Be Careful What You Joust For while it's on sale on Amazon HERE

The regular price will be $4.99.  Pre-order links on other retailers will be coming soon!


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In the meantime, if you want something to fun to read, The Truth in My Lies will definitely keep you entertained.  I know a thriller is a bit out of the realm of what I normally do…but I really think you’re going to enjoy this read.  It’s thrilling!  Okay, that was a bad joke.  The book is way better than that joke!

It's available for FREE in Kindle Unlimited and $4.99 on Amazon:

And it would be so amazing if you could leave a review on:


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