Friday, May 29, 2020

#NewRelease from Colleen L. Donnelly: LETTERS AND LIES

Colleen Donnelly shares shares her characters' most embarrassing, red-faced moments in her new historical romance LETTERS AND LIES. Thanks for being here Colleen!



Most Embarrassing Moments in Letters and Lies:

“Letters and Lies” was written to be fun, designed around a heroine with grit and determination we can laugh at…because everything she did, we would do/have done/or truly want to. When Louise Archer finds herself jilted at near spinster age, she throws all propriety, good manners, and decent character aside to get her man. If you have ever tackled something with a fervor there aren’t enough apologies for later, please enjoy some of her red-faced moments as she lies her way west to get what she wants.

My face warmed at the mention of the light trunk I hadn’t packed nearly enough in for a wife as I’d slammed the lid on what it would take to become a bride first.

“Do you have anything to prove your claims of money to back this investment?”
“Of course I do.” A warm mist formed around my collar.

“What’s this hot air about investin’?”
“It’s not hot air.” My neck warmed.

I lowered my voice. “Business matters…” My face warmed.
“I see.” Clement’s brows furrowed.

Warmth crept into my face. Drat. Between Mr. Brandt and Joshua my fiasco at the bank could be exposed.

“Alex who? Oh. Yes, my late husband, God rest his soul.” A warm mist formed around my collar.

Amber wouldn’t throw herself into others’ needs. Unless she ended up in a predicament like mine. My face warmed.

“Money and passion bring out the worst in any man. And woman,” the marshal added. My face warmed.

My face heated hotter than the oven I stood next to.

“I only did what was right.” Mostly. My skin began to heat.

Heat raged from my neck to my face. I’d look like a lit candle in a matter of seconds.

“It’s my fault, all of it, and the worst consequence is that Cook might shoot Rudy.” Heat spread to my toes.

My face heated even more that I had done that very thing. Unintentionally, though.

My face heated at how I’d run the streets with my ragged skirt hiked up in my hand.

Heat scorched my neck and fried my face. I peered over my shoulder at the one-man audience to my raucous display.


Blurb:

Louise Archer boards a westbound train in St. Louis to find the Kansas homesteader who wooed and proposed to her by correspondence, then jilted her by telegram – Don't come, I can't marry you. Giving a false name to hide her humiliation, her lie backfires when a marshal interferes and offers her his seat.

Marshal Everett McCloud intends to verify the woman coming to marry his homesteading friend is suitable. At the St. Louis train station, his plan detours when he offers his seat to a captivating woman whose name thankfully isn't Louise Archer.

Everett's plans thwart hers, until he begins to resemble the man she came west to find, and she the woman meant to marry his friend.

Excerpt:

“He wrote and changed your plans? Why didn’t you tell me? You know I love hearing his letters.”

Everyone loved hearing his letters. Or at least they’d pretended to. I glanced at my friends, especially the one who’d first suggested I correspond with her husband’s homesteading friend in Kansas who was ready to look for a wife. She dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief while she flicked the fingers of her other hand in a weak wave. I dredged my soul in search of a smile. The man she’d introduced me to truly had penned everything I’d ever wanted in a husband, months of letters which convinced Mama Jim was my open door. Letters I’d foolishly carted from family to friend to blather every word like a desperate spinster. Drat.

“He didn’t send his change of plans in a letter, Mama. He sent them in a telegram.” Don’t come, I can’t marry you. The only words I never shared. 

“Well I imagine your Jim has a surprise for you and didn’t have time to send a letter before you left for Crooked Creek. How thoughtful to wire you instead.” 

Thoughtful…I felt poisoned and Mama would too if she ever found out Jim had shut my open door. Which she wouldn’t, since as soon as I got out there and found him, I’d wedge it back open again. 

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Author Bio:


Born and raised in the Midwest, Colleen studied and worked in science, using that career to travel and explore other parts of the country. An avid fan of literature, both reading and writing, she loves tales involving moral dilemmas and the choices people come up against. A lover of the outdoors as well as a comfy living room, Colleen is always searching inside and out for the next good story.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Two Books on Sale!

Two Books on Sale!

TO HEAL A HEART releases June 15, 2020!
Book 2, Masonville Small Town series

Pre-Order Sale on Now! Get your copy for $2.99


Two souls in pain, two hearts in need of rescue.



Garrett Saunders' world changed two years ago on a road in Afghanistan. Back home, he feels like a stranger. As he struggles to find his place in the world, he meets a horse destined for the slaughterhouse and a woman bent on rescuing the strays of the world, including him.

Blair Greyson moves to Masonville to look after her ailing grandfather and give her rescue horses a home. Right away she butts heads with a surly former Marine. Despite a rocky start, they come to an agreement: Blair will board Garrett's rescue horse and he'll help with repairs around her farm.

Garrett finds purpose working with Blair—and falls in love with her. But she's hiding a secret. Can she forgive herself and accept Garrett's love, or will she let guilt and regret continue to rule her life?


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Child of Mine 
Book 1, Masonville Small Town series

On Sale for .99 cents until May 29, 2020!



Is Lauren’s love for Cole stronger than her fear of scandal in her hometown?

Lauren didn't intend to sleep with her brother-in-law Cole on the day of her husband's funeral. But now that she is pregnant, she's not sorry. Cole's given her a baby, a long-wished-for miracle. He's been her friend forever, though she never told him or anyone else how unhappy her marriage to his cheating brother was. And she's afraid to tell the small town that considered her husband a hero that the baby isn't his.

Cole's been in love with Lauren since he was sixteen. It kills him that everyone believes the baby is his dead brother's. All he wants is to claim the baby, and Lauren, as his own. Though she marries him, will Lauren's heart ever be his?

Lauren must tell the truth or risk losing Cole. Is her newly-discovered love for him greater than her fear of scandal in her hometown?


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

#NewRelease from Sadira Stone: Love, Art and Other Obstacles

Sadira Stone joins me today with her newest book in the Book Nirvana series, LOVE ART AND OTHER OBSTACLES. Sadira wants you to know that the ebook version is on sale for $2.99 until May 29. Look forward to a sexy read!


Thanks so much, Jana, for giving me this chance to meet your readers and tell them about my new book, Love, Art, and Other Obstacles. Book Three in the Book Nirvana Series, this modern love story features my youngest couple yet, just 22 (her) and 26 (him). I loved the chance to revisit the Book Nirvana bookshop and the colorful characters who work/hang out there. Readers of Through the Red Door and Runaway Love Story urged me to give Margot her own story, and Elmer (from RLS) was too juicy a character not to give him his chance in the spotlight. Tropes and themes in this steamy, contemporary new adult romance include rivals to lovers, chosen family, opposites attract, and the art world. 

Tagline: She’s a free spirit. He’s a one-woman man.

Blurb:

Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and an art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend, much less a flirtation with her competitor.

Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist family almost fills that need, but something is missing...until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.

Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist's career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.

Excerpt: 

“Tell you what,” he said. “How about if we have drinks and talk about anything but the competition?”

“Because…why?”

“You’re a real hard-ass, aren’t you?” He rolled his eyes. “Because I like you, Margot.”

“Why?”

He leaned so close their foreheads almost touched, a challenge simmering in his smile. “Have a drink with me and find out.”

If there was one thing she couldn’t resist, it was a challenge. On the other hand, he might not like her so much if he knew about Darcy. Let that be the test, then. Let him prove he wasn’t one of those possessive, controlling guys Darcy warned her about.

“Okay. I will.” She stepped back. “But you should know, I’m sort of seeing someone.”

His thick auburn brows contracted. “Sort of?”

“A woman.”

His nostrils flared on a deep inhalation, but he held her gaze. “Is it serious?”

“Not really.” Might as well serve up the truth, raw and ungarnished. Might as well be honest with herself too. “She lives in Berkeley. I only see her every month or two.”

Holding her gaze, he nodded. “Okay then. Thanks for telling me.” The tense lines of his mouth relaxed into a casual grin. “So, drinks?”

Well I’ll be damned.


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53105312-love-art-and-other-obstacles

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Author Bio:


Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance from her new home in Washington State, U.S.A. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays darts (pretty well), plays guitar (badly), and gobbles all the books.

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Two Books on #Sale!

Two Books by Jana Richards on Sale!

TO HEAL A HEART releases June 15, 2020!
Book 2, Masonville Small Town series

Pre-Order Sale on Now! Get your copy for $2.99



Two souls in pain, two hearts in need of rescue.

Garrett Saunders' world changed two years ago on a road in Afghanistan. Back home, he feels like a stranger. As he struggles to find his place in the world, he meets a horse destined for the slaughterhouse and a woman bent on rescuing the strays of the world, including him.

Blair Greyson moves to Masonville to look after her ailing grandfather and give her rescue horses a home. Right away she butts heads with a surly former Marine. Despite a rocky start, they come to an agreement: Blair will board Garrett's rescue horse and he'll help with repairs around her farm.

Garrett finds purpose working with Blair—and falls in love with her. But she's hiding a secret. Can she forgive herself and accept Garrett's love, or will she let guilt and regret continue to rule her life?



Buy Links:



Child of Mine 
Book 1, Masonville Small Town series

On Sale for .99 cents until May 29, 2020!



Is Lauren’s love for Cole stronger than her fear of scandal in her hometown?

Lauren didn't intend to sleep with her brother-in-law Cole on the day of her husband's funeral. But now that she is pregnant, she's not sorry. Cole's given her a baby, a long-wished-for miracle. He's been her friend forever, though she never told him or anyone else how unhappy her marriage to his cheating brother was. And she's afraid to tell the small town that considered her husband a hero that the baby isn't his.

Cole's been in love with Lauren since he was sixteen. It kills him that everyone believes the baby is his dead brother's. All he wants is to claim the baby, and Lauren, as his own. Though she marries him, will Lauren's heart ever be his?

Lauren must tell the truth or risk losing Cole. Is her newly-discovered love for him greater than her fear of scandal in her hometown?




Friday, May 15, 2020

#NewRelease from Peggy Jaeger: VANILLA WITH A TWIST

I'm very pleased to have Peggy Jaeger as my guest today. Her new release comes out on May 20, 2020. VANILLA WITH A TWIST is part of the One Scoop or Two series from The Wild Rose Press. Buy it now on pre-order and have it delivered automatically on May 20, 2020 for just .99 cents. Best of luck with the new book, Peggy!
5 things about Tandy Blakemore from VANILLA WITH A TWIST

Getting to you know your heroine when you are plotting her out is a fun exercise in developing a fully formed, unique person you want on the page. I typically cull through pages on Pinterest to find a “type” I am looking for, that way I can actually see my characters as I write them

My Pinterest page for VANILLA WITH A TWIST is here: https://www.pinterest.com/peggyjaeger/vanilla-with-a-twist/

If you click on to the page you can see who I based my heroine on, from a physical standpoint.

5 things to know about TANDY BLAKEMORE I came up with after I got her physical persona down are:

1. She’s a natural redhead ( obviously) and has always thought she looks like a carrot. Since money is tight, though, she’s never wasted her pennies on hair dye.

2.  She was third in her high school class but couldn’t go to college for lack of funds and childcare issues.

3. When she gave birth in the local hospital, no one in her family came to see her because they were ashamed she was a single, teenaged mother

4. She never curses in front of her son, but uses arcane figures of speech and phrases to show her anger or frustration. Jeezum crow is a favorite!

5. She’s never been out on an official date with a man. The boy she got pregnant by was an itinerant worker and they used to meet in the dairy barn on her farm for the assignations.

I could go on but it’s always better to read the book and get to know the character that way, hee hee.

Blurb:

Tandy Blakemore spends her days running her New England ice cream parlor, single-parenting her teenage son, and trying to keep her head above financial water. No easy feat when the shop's machinery is aging and her son is thinking about college. Tandy hasn't had a day off in a decade and wonders if she'll ever be able to live a worry-free life.

Engineer Deacon Withers is on an enforced vacation in the tiny seaside town of Beacher's Cove. Overworked, stressed, and lonely, he walks into Tandy's shop for a midday ice cream cone and gets embroiled in helping her fix a broken piece of equipment.

Can the budding friendship that follows lead to something everlasting?

Excerpt:

For a few moments, she regarded him with a look his mother would have called insightful. The corners of her eyes narrowed, she dipped her chin a hair, and she pulled her mouth into another appealing pout he was tempted to kiss.

“I bet,” she said after a long, drawn-out sigh, “you were the kind of kid who took apart clocks and fans and vacuum cleaners to see how they worked.”

“It was more washing machines and lawn mowers and anything with a motor, but yeah. I was.”

She shook her head, her own lips forming a lopsided grin. “Your poor mother.”

“She survived.”

Tandy rolled her eyes and shot her hands to her hips. “So it’s working again?” She thrust her chin at the ice cream machine.

“For now.”

“Okay, well, I can live with for now. And you think you know the real reason it’s been acting up?”

“I definitely do. But like I said, the water to the machine needs to be shut off to fix it.”

“Okay. Well, we close at nine.”

“I’ll come back a little before then. Get things ready. Is that okay with you?”

“I guess it’ll have to be.” She bit down on the inside of her cheek as her brows pulled together. “And you’re sure you want to do this?”

“If I weren’t, I wouldn’t offer, Tandy.”

Why her reluctance to have him help was such a turn-on was something he considered while he waited for his ice cream.


Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0868XXYQC

Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vanilla-with-a-twist-peggy-jaeger/1136710329?ean=2940162687870

Applebooks  https://books.apple.com/us/book/vanilla-with-a-twist/id1505095515

Author Bio:



Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Iris Blobel and the Alinta Bay Series

Iris Blobel is here with a look at her Alinta Bay Series. Welcome Iris!

Welcome to ALINTA BAY
I’m happy to share with you the second book in Iris Blobel’s series,
which is set at the Great Ocean Road in Australia.
If you love small town romance, be sure to get your copy today!

About Book Two
Confronted with the choice to care for his friend’s family on the other side of the world or to return to Alinta Bay to be with his own newfound family, how will Noah choose?
Following the death of his grandmother, Noah Fielding returns to Alinta Bay and the first thing — or person — he finds is the next-door neighbour in his nan’s bathroom — naked no less. Still jetlagged, he doesn’t hit it off with Molly at first. Yet, over the next few weeks, as his past uncovers itself bit by bit, she becomes is anchor, his friend, and his lover.
Molly Reid had the world at her feet, happily married with a young son … until a tragic car accident took everything away from her. With her heart broken, she moves to Alinta Bay to escape the memories of the past. Her peaceful existence, however, is interrupted after a heavy storm floods her house and she temporarily moves into her recently deceased neighbour’s house next door.
When Noah’s friend and partner goes missing during a routine flight, Noah returns to Alaska to help, but will he come back for Molly?
Add TELL IT TO MY HEART to your Goodreads TBR !
Get your copy of TELL IT TO MY HEART today!
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Book One in the Series
Sometimes one has to break rules in order to find happiness…
Widower Logan Hendrix is puzzled by the recent series of small crimes against his son’s new teacher. It’s a mystery to him, and he offers her his help. There’s an instant attraction, and Logan wants to take their parent/teacher relationship to a more personal level.
It doesn’t take Addison Ryker long to fall in love with Alinta Bay, the small town she’s moved to for her new teaching position at the local primary school. Her newfound haven is threatened, however, when her house is broken into and she is relying on the unbelievably stubborn but very sexy Logan for help. Although captivated by him, Addison worries her career could be compromised, because there are rules about dating a parent.
Add DEFYING RULES to your Goodreads TBR !
Get your copy of DEFYING RULES today!
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Friday, April 24, 2020

WILL RISE FROM ASHES by Jean Grant: Now in Audio!

Jean Grant visits today with a look at her contemporary women's fiction, WILL RISE FROM ASHES. Jean is excited because the book recently released in audio, and she's here to tell us a bit about her favorite parks in the U.S.since the story begins in Yellowstone. Welcome, Jean!




10 National Parks You Must Visit

I’m a nature lover and national park enthusiast. I’ve been to over 30 national parks and monuments (there are 62 national parks and over 350 monuments, memorials, historic sites, recreation areas and seashores, all referred to as “park units”). Since Will Rise from Ashes starts off with a bang—the supervolcano bubbling below Yellowstone National Park erupts, I thought why not share my favorite parks (that I’ve visited—there are definitely parks I’ve not visited that should also be on this list, such as parks in Hawaii and Alaska, and Glacier NP).

1. Yellowstone National Park – a geothermal wonderland

2. Yosemite National Park (and Sequoia National Park) – granite cliffs, mountains, waterfalls

3. Crater Lake National Park – deep volcanic, sapphire lake

4. Arches National Park – hundreds of arches of sandstone, petroglyphs

5. Bryce Canyon National Park – orange-red hoodoos, spires, and canyons

6. Grand Teton National Park – ragged mountains, alpine lakes, grizzly bears 

7. Olympic National Park – rainforests, large rock beaches, glaciers/mountains

8. Acadia National Park – Maine coastline, forests, dominating peaks

9. Capitol Reef National Park – colorful slot canyons, cliffs

10. Dinosaur National Monument – wall of dinosaur bones, rivers, and quietude



Blurb:


Living is more than mere survival.

Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son, Will, embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can't lose another loved one.

Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ's fear of driving and Reid's military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption. AJ's anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family's present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.

Excerpt: 

He slid closer and placed a hand on mine and squeezed. “I see a strong woman who has been hurt deeply. I see a resilient mother who would journey through hell for her children. I see somebody who has become jaded and has trouble trusting, unable to sort through friend and enemy. I see a woman with hope.” He held my gaze. “And I’d like to be your friend, Audrey Jane.” 

My jaw may have dropped. I wasn’t sure. I recovered quickly. Or at least I tried. “You’ve been talking with my therapist, haven’t you?” God, I was teasing him. I was joking. I was like Will. Will always got goofy with his peers in social situations when he didn’t know the expectations, or how to behave. 

Either way, Reid didn’t laugh. Thin lips pressed into a frown that I couldn’t decipher. 
I didn’t prod any further. I broke the gaze and released my hand from his, then stoked the fire for the tenth time, sleep luring me with sweet abandon. I tossed the stick into the fire. “I should turn in.” 

“I’ll stay awake,” he offered. “Until the fire goes.” 

“Okay.” I nodded, though the fire could have been quickly snuffed. 

I paused in my opening of the tent flap, turned around, and peered at him. My arms dropped to my side, my hands still. “I’m sorry about the hotel. I was sick and wasn’t thinking straight. Thank you for your help today.” A part of me couldn’t disclose the unvarnished truth. Part of it had been crazy withdrawal symptoms AJ. The other part—I’d been paranoid he’d been drinking. Harrison’s death remained a ghostly echo in my mind, perhaps clouding my judgment. The scent had been on his clothes though. I was sure of it. The more I pondered, I believed his story. Perhaps I had been triggered. Perhaps I really did have trauma or PTSD. I shook my head. I didn’t know. 

Firelight glistened off the growing beard hairs on Reid’s chin and spots of amber danced in his dark, round eyes. Speaking of soulful eyes… “You were looking out for Will. I understand. I had been gone far too long.” 

“You had a legitimate reason. Shit happens,” I countered. 

His lips curved into a resigned smile. “Yeah. Rest, Audrey Jane.” 

“You, too, Reid,” I whispered. I added in a deep exhalation, “And yes, yes, I’d like to be your friend.” 

As I stepped into my tent, I observed Reid’s normally straight shoulders slouch a hair. Perhaps he, like all of us, was on his own road of atonement. Searching for meaning, searching for answers…searching for absolution. 

I had treated him poorly. I didn’t know what the hell had just happened between us, but I tucked it away into a corner of my brain to contemplate upon another time when I was lucid. My remorse had lifted somewhat. 

Ignoring my exhaustion for at least a few minutes, I clicked on my headlamp and pulled out my journal. It was time to unburden my heart.

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Author Bio:



Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines and websites. When she’s not writing or chasing children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.


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