The Vivienne Series is complete on KU

Woo Hoo!! Vivienne has arrived, in full, her entire story, the whole enchilada, and…the best part…it’s all available to read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Two years ago I started by wanting to create an unconventional female character–a young woman who is super smart, sensual, ambitious, and an introvert. I love the idea of blustery front men overlooking, then be bested by, an intelligent, quiet woman. My inspiration was Nimue, a character I met in Lavinia Collin’s books about the King Arthur legend. She emphasizes the female characters and I fell in love with Nimue–the sweet, young woman who secretly controls both Arthur and Merlin.

Starting in Fearless Flying you meet Vivienne (which is another name used for Nimue in some stories), an intelligent woman with a strong personality. She’s a bit of a bull-in-a-china-shop at this point, unsure how to use her strengths. In fact, her super organizing skills and drive work against her when she focuses on finding love.

Vivienne’s story comes from my love of female characters who live unconventional lives. As you read the series, her life takes off in unexpected directions that challenge her skills and force her to adapt and grow. In the end her happy ending looks nothing like she dreamed of in book one, it is out-of-the-ordinary to say the least.

If this sounds like your kind of adventure, click here to get your FREE copy of book 1, Fearless Flying.

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Let’s Soar!

It’s release day for book 5 in The Vivienne Series. Soaring starts where book 4 left off, with Vivienne meeting Evan O’Donnell, possibly the perfect match for the over-thinking, quirky heroine. But this is Viv’s high-flying, crazy life where almost nothing goes as planned. Just when geek-love is starting to spark, life throws a very enticing curve-ball Viv’s way.

Does a self-professed control freak stick with sweet and solid or roll the dice on wild passion?

Find out, grab your copy now > http://a.co/5B1JbGP

Or, if you are a KINDLE UNLIMITED member, you can read the entire series for FREE!!

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Sending Some Dolce Vita Your Way

It’s cover reveal day for book 4 in the Vivienne Series. In Voyage Vivienne travels to Italy to begin her new job. After so much DRAMA with Jack she is ready for some sweet life. Check out the beautiful new cover then follow the link to pre-order your copy for only 99c. The price will go up on publication day, March 23rd. (Click here to get your copy.)

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La Dolce Vita awaits Vivienne in Italy—the job of her dreams, glamorous new friends, fantastic food, and (finally) some absolutely delizioso sex. But Viv is a woman who gives the term uptight American a whole new meaning. She may be super smart and over organized but she’ll need new expertise and a whole lot of courage to succeed at her new job. You’ll tear through this story cheering for Vivienne to find the daring, drive and dolce she needs to sweet talk the rich and famous into ordering an eighty-million-dollar jet from her.

Voyage is the fourth book in The Vivienne Series–seven hilariously fierce and flirty chick lit novellas. If you like inspiring stories filled with relatable sexy, smart women then you’ll love this glass-ceiling smashing, worldwide journey by feminist fiction author, Karen Gordon.

One click your copy now to begin your captivating high-flying adventure and #LiveLikeViv.

The Vivienne Series Reading Order

Departure, book 3 of the Vivienne Series will be published tomorrow so I thought this would be a good time to publish a list of their reading order along with the coming books and their projected publication dates.

Book 1 – Fearless Flying is available now and FREE on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes (everywhere) Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00005]

Book 2 – HiJack is available now. It’s free for Kindle Unlimited members and I’m having a 99c sale this weekend to celebrate the release of book 3.

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Book 3 – Departure will be published tomorrow. It will also be free for Kindle Unlimited members. departure-karen-gordon-ebook-s

Book 4 – Voyage will be published March 23rd. Pre-ordering for 99c will be available starting March 1st.

Book 5 – Soaring is scheduled to be published April 20, 2017

Book 6 – Free Fall is scheduled to be published May 25, 2017

Book 7 – Celestial is scheduled to be published June 22, 2017

So the great news is that the entire series will be available in the next few months! Click here to grab your FREE copy of Fearless Flying and get started on this funny, relatable story of one woman trying to shatter the  glass ceiling without crushing the rest of her life in the process.

Start Departure Now

Book 3 of the Vivienne Series arrives on Amazon in less than two weeks, but you can get started reading it now. I’m posting chapter one on my blog today to give you a little taste of all that awaits Vivienne as she struggles to put her chaotic career in order. If you’ve been following the series I introduce some fantastic new characters as the action moves to sin city, Las Vegas in this book.

And if you haven’t started the series yet and this whets your appetite, you can get started on the series for FREE! Book 1, Fearless Flying is free on Amazon. Click here to get your copy now.

To get book 2, HiJack, free on kindle unlimited, click here.

If you like chapter one, you can click here to pre-order Departure for only 99c.


Chapter One

I’d like to say I slept after Jack left, but I didn’t. It took me hours to come off my anger-high—hours that I started by planning delicious revenge scenarios the next time I saw him. In the end it was all a waste of time because someone else came up with a better plan than I ever could have.

Despite my lack of sleep I’m in my office, functioning as fully as three cups of strong coffee will allow, at eight a.m. I’m on my computer, pretending to be a vital part of team Jack when he comes in, Joel that is.

“Good morning, Vivienne.” His voice is calm, as always, so his mood is hard to read.

I try not to look startled. I don’t want him to know how much I dread talking to him. I don’t want to look guilty in any way.

“Good morning, Mr. Rockhurst. Can I help you with something?”

He shuts my door as he comes into my office. My heart stops at the sound of the latch click. This is it…I’m going to be fired. I steel myself to handle the news with grace and class, planning to fall apart when I get home…or maybe on my way there.

“Let’s cut the bullshit.” He gets right to the point.

I blink at him, shocked by his words and bluntness. Joel Rockhurst is always professional.

“Sir?”

He sits in one of the two chairs facing my desk. “I’ve tried to do this the polite way, keep my distance, but that obviously isn’t working.”

He’s pissed and I’m scared. Mr. Cool-and-Calm is really scary when he loses that façade. “I’m not sure…”

He cuts me off. “The marketing meeting yesterday was a complete charade, wasn’t it?”

“Well, I mean I did give Jack notes much earlier than he made it sound…”

He cuts me off again. “I’m not worried about the notes.” He’s fighting to control his composure. “Does Jack know anything about the Marketing department? Has he made even one decision since he started?” I’ve been waiting for this, waiting for Joel to notice that his son doesn’t have what it takes to be the next CEO.

I shake my head but I’m amazed how much I hate ratting Jack out. I loathe him, but I still don’t seem to have it in me to throw him under the bus like he did me. I just can’t stoop to his level.

Joel forces a deep breath, struggling to suppress his boiling anger. “Do you have any idea where he is? I’ve been looking for him since yesterday afternoon. He hasn’t replied.”

“I believe he’s at his condo.”

“Why? Have you spoken to him?”

I can’t lie and I really don’t want to. Jack coming to my apartment and talking about fucking was waaaay over the line. I want Joel’s help to reel him in. “He…um…he showed up at my apartment last night…uninvited.” I stress the last word so Joel doesn’t think it might be at all OK or normal for Jack to do this. “He had been drinking, and…he uh, well, he was pretty rude.”

He pins me with a stare. “Rude? Define rude? Did he make sexual advances?” He drops his voice a little on the last two words.

“He, um, he did ask me if I would be interested.”

With that Joel loses his cool and slams his fist into the arm of the chair. “God-damn it.” He gets up out of the chair and paces my small office. “I told him. I told him to stay away from you. It’s like he’s determined to lose this whole damn company, piss it away on a lawsuit.”

I really hadn’t thought of suing. “Sir, I…I was offended and I told him to never come near my apartment again, but I’m not considering suing.”

He seems relieved and sits again. “I’m sorry, Vivienne. I’m sorry that he crossed that line and I wish I could promise he will never do it again.” He raises his hands in defeat. “But I can’t.”

“I appreciate your apology but I know this is all Jack.”

Now would be a great time for me to tell him about the rest of my conversation with Jack. About how he went and tied one on, again, because he wants to please this man in front of me, the father who rejected him, and he failed, again. About how Jack is totally lost and needs guidance, specifically from the current CEO. But despite how honest we are being this morning I’m pretty sure my input would not be welcome.

Joel sits in contemplative silence for a moment before he says, “You’ve been doing it, haven’t you? Covering for him, doing all his work?”

It sounds a little accusatory so I word my answer carefully. “I’ve been helping Jack get up to speed.”

He pins me with his eyes again, demanding a more direct, honest answer.

“I’ve been doing a lot, and more often than not Jack works against me, but we are making progress.” I hate giving Jack any credit but if I say he’s failing it might be my fault.

“Maybe I’m asking too much of you.” It’s not a question but a thought he might not have meant to voice.

“It’s been a challenge, but I’m keeping up.” So don’t fire me, please.

He looks around my super organized office and admits, “Yes, you are.” Then he goes back into deep contemplation.

I try not to fidget during the heavy silent moments that he sits in my office seeming not to notice that I’m there.

He’s still not looking at me when he says, “The business aircraft convention is in two weeks, in Las Vegas. I need Jack to be there, to have a presence on behalf of the company.”

I almost choke on my need to laugh. Vegas? I’m sure Jack can make quiet an impression in Vegas. Yeah, that’s definitely a safe place for him to go to on a business trip.

Joel doesn’t miss my half smile. “I’m going to prep him myself, through you.”

Because that would be so bad if you were to actually talk to your son yourself.

“But I’ll give you resources, more help. Essentially you will be in charge but Jack won’t know it.”

Kind of like now? I nod in agreement. “Ok, but…resources? Can I ask what type of resources?”

“Whatever you need. I’ll get you a company credit card, your own account, one that Jack won’t see. Use it to get whatever you need to make this work.”

I’m picturing Jack shackled to his hotel bed, unable to get into any trouble in Vegas. I nod again.

“I’m going to assign a member of my security team to Jack. He’ll be under the guise of protecting Jack, but he will stay with him twenty-four-seven, to keep him out of trouble. I’m sending him to Vegas with you but I’ll assign him to start later today. I’m sure Jack will be in the office with him tomorrow.”

Ah, we do think alike. “That sounds good. It would also be helpful if I could get the objectives you would like Jack to meet while we are there, so I can make sure we meet them.”

He chuckles a little and I’m relieved to see his mood lightening. “You’d like a check list.” My mood lifts too because he seems to appreciate my no-nonsense, direct style.

“I will get one to you by tomorrow morning.” He glances toward Jack’s empty office as he rises. “I doubt we will see Jack today so why don’t you call it a day too.”

Could this day get any better? I’m not fired. I’ve finally got some help dealing with Jack and now I’ll have clear goals to make sure we meet them. I will stress so much less when I know for sure what Joel expects. And a day at home is exactly what I need right now. I have visions of a long nap then the rest of the day spent in my PJ’s, planning all the ways that I will now control Jack.

 

Starting a New Chapter in Her Life

The cover reveal is only days away and the release will be February 23rd. Departure is about to arrive and in it Vivienne changes course to start a new chapter in her life.

If you’ve been following the series you’re ready for Vivienne to find a career where she can grow and use her considerable talent and drive. She just has to figure out how to escape the golden noose of her current job. And if that wouldn’t be challenging enough on her home turf, she and Jack are sent to sin city, Las Vegas.

Departure is the third book in The Vivienne Series–seven hilariously fierce and flirty chick lit novellas. If you like inspiring stories filled with relatable sexy, smart women then you’ll love this glass-ceiling smashing, worldwide journey.

Click here to get started on the series for FREE.

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Look for Departure February 9th

This Thursday, February 9th, is the big cover reveal for the next book in the Vivienne Series, Departure.

Like books 1 & 2 this cover was created by the lovely and talented Rebecca Berto of Berto Designs. I can’t wait for you to see this beautiful cover that really captures the energy of this book.

If you’ve been following the series, you’re going to love book 3, Departure. It’s a wild trip to Vegas for Jack and Viv, beauty versus brains and Vivienne is determined to turn her reluctant boss into the CEO her company needs.

I’ll be posting the cover here and it’ll also be revealed on more than 75 blogs! Keep your eye on your social media this Thursday for The Vivienne Series, book 3, Departure.