Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Four #NewReleases from Darlene Fredette!

Darlene Fredette has an amazing four books in her Redford Falls series releasing in the next few months. The first one, HIS CANDY CHRISTMAS, released on August 31, 2020, and #2, KISSED BY WINTER, is available tomorrow, September 30! Darlene is a very busy lady these days! Read on for information on each of the books. Thanks for being here today, Darlene!

His Candy Christmas

A Redford Falls Story ~ Book 1

August 31, 2020

The Wild Rose Press

Original Publication: 2013 - One Sweet Christmas

Who knew returning home would contain a cool nip in the air, irresistible chocolate, and a Santa suit?

It’s going to take more than a few pieces of chocolate to fill this Scrooge’s heart with Christmas cheer. Luckily Candy has a whole shop full.

Candice Cane is not proud of the way she acted after her last encounter with Jackson Frost. Sure revenge was fun, but now Jackson is angry and looking for answers, and standing on the welcome mat in her chocolate shop. Now he's after some revenge of his own.

Jackson returned to his small hometown for one reason and one reason only. So, he's not sure how he ended up in a Santa suit in the middle of a chocolate shop, at the behest of its beautiful owner, instead of high-tailing it back to the city as fast as he can.

Kissed By Winter

A Redford Falls Story ~ Book 2

September 30, 2020

The Wild Rose Press

Original Publication: 2017 – Winter’s Kiss

A woman who knows what she wants and a man who knows what he needs.

She's been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town's charm—and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.

Andrew Bailey's first encounter with the buttery blonde didn't go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, nine months later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She's determined to leave, but he'll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.

Under The Apple Blossoms

A Redford Falls Story ~ Book 3

October 26, 2020

The Wild Rose Press

This spring the blossoms aren’t the only thing blooming in Redford Falls.

A tragic accident tore them apart. She left him behind and broke his heart. Is he strong enough to risk it again?

Police officer, Tyler Kringle, keeps his heart locked behind bars. His first and only love, Maripier Nadeau, left Redford Falls many years ago after a family tragedy. She moved on, leaving him to pick up the shattered pieces of his heart. But now Maripier is home to care for her father and to attend a dedication ceremony in her mother’s honour. Her return rattles Tyler’s cage, causing old emotions to resurface. Once he discovers the truth from the past, can he reclaim the love of his life and lock-down their future before she leaves again?

A Recipe For Forever

A Redford Falls Story ~ Book 4

November, 2020

The Wild Rose Press

Original Publication: 2016 – Nothing To Lose

She has one last hope – a small, family-run bakery that might just be baking up second chances. 

Dwindling finances has Jess Robinson running out of options. With a past filled with failures, she longs for a new beginning. Applying for a job she isn’t qualified for may be another crazy mistake, but at this point Jess has nothing to lose. 

Juggling two jobs, Travis Cooper has absolutely no time for a relationship and isn’t looking for one. But when his mother hires an unqualified baker, he has more to worry about than three-tiered wedding cakes and fighting fires. Will he break his own no-dating-employees rule and make a little room in his life for love?

About Darlene Fredette

Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short and the winters are too long. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to develop the many stories coming to life in her head. She writes contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador. Darlene’s favourite pastime is taking summer day-trips to the Valley to soak in the small-town feel.

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Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/s?i=digital-text&rh=p_27%3ADarlene+Fredette&s=relevancerank&text=Darlene+Fredette&ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1

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Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Darlene+Fredette

Friday, September 25, 2020

Susan Leigh Furlong and BY PROMISE MADE #NewRelease

Susan Leigh Furlong has a new release with The Wild Rose Press and she's here to tell us a little about it and about herself. And no, Susan, it is definitely not sucking up too much to say you enjoyed my book!  

A thank you to Jana Richards for hosting me on her blog today. (Is it sucking up too much to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading To Heal a Heart?) 

I write an entirely different kind of romance - a historical romantic adventure, which I hope everyone will enjoy hearing about today. 

Five Things to know about my book By Promise Made - published by The Wild Rose Press and released on September 23, 2020

1. So much of history falls into the category of “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!” and both my books, Steadfast Will I Be, and my most recent book, By Promise Made, definitely fall in that category.

2. By Promise Made is based on true events when Mary, Queen of Scots was four-years-old and betrothed to Edward, the nine-year-old son of Henry VIII. When the Scottish Parliament refused the betrothal, King Henry waged war in a period called “Rough Wooing.” Enter my unlikely hero, Hugh Cullane, and my heroine, Katherine (Kit) Payne, to protect her.

3. While on the run, Hugh, Kit, and Mary hide with the Countryside Players, a traveling troupe of actors determined to protect the young queen and her guardians. All five of the company are such characters! Peter, tall and lean, and Gus, short and feisty, bicker constantly, but they remain the truest of friends. Jolene, Gus’s wife, is beautiful, clever, determined and a dwarf who, while appearing small and helpless, saves the day. Damon and Beatrice are the glue that keeps the group together.

4. An episode of M.A.S.H. inspired one section of the story. 

5. While my characters get their HEA, Queen Mary’s real life was filled with strife and ended brutally with her beheading.

Five Things to know about me.

1. Children always feature heavily in my stories. I don’t always intend it, but it always happens.

2. I write, sing, and act with a traveling music and drama ministry called LightReaders.

3. Having been raised in six big cities across the country, I didn’t think I could make it in my husband’s small town after our marriage, but now you couldn’t get me out of here with a crowbar.

4. Live theater is my favorite form of entertainment. I love Les Miz, Chorus Line, and Lion King – all of which I’ve seen at least three times.

5. My father always called me “Easily Amused.” I love to laugh, and sometimes I get so tickled by things my characters do!


Hugh Cullane, accused of murder and sentenced to hang, is forced to deliver a message of betrothal to four-year-old Queen Mary of Scotland. He faces death yet again when, in rejecting the proposal, the queen's guardian orders his severed head sent back to England in a jar.

Trained to protect her queen at all costs, Katherine Payne can show no mercy to the handsome messenger, despite the way his stolen kiss unsettles her single-minded sense of duty. Trapped between the English and Scottish armies, she must escape with Mary. Hugh joins her as they are chased by men determined to murder the young queen in their own quest for power.


Lifting his head, he looked at her curiously. Something stirred inside his chest, something he’d never felt before, and he didn’t quite understand it. All he knew for sure was that just one kiss from this beautiful woman would never be enough. He wanted to know everything about her. He wanted to hear her voice, to see her smile, and to find out all about her. Who she was and who she wanted to be. 

He wanted this woman to know his secrets, to hear his wishes. That itch inside him, the one he could never quite scratch, the one that made him restless and careless, eased and softened. Although this wasn’t his first kiss, it somehow mattered more than any other kiss he’d ever had. 

He kissed her again. His tongue darted along her teeth and then into the juicy cavern of her mouth. She did not refuse him as he suckled her tender lips. She responded to his kiss, pulling him near, offering more of her mouth. She moaned quietly and ever so slightly eased her body closer to his as her hands worked their way up his back. 

Pausing briefly in the most delicious kiss he’d ever had, he whispered, “My name is Hugh Cullane.” He brushed his lips against hers again. “What should I call ye, my beautiful princess?” Softly he licked her lips with his tongue. 

“Call me whatever ye wish,” she said, locking her fingers into his hair and snapping his head and shoulders away from her with unexpected strength. She swung her right fist squarely into his jaw, and after a quick jerk of her knee into his groin, he fell to the ground, coughing and gagging. With one last powerful kick to the ribs, she ran madly away around the hill. 

As he struggled to take a full breath, a sharp jab of pain bit through his side. Letting his head drop to the ground, he rolled over onto his back. 

“Oh, my Lord!” he said aloud between coughs. “I do believe I have offended the lady.” 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

#NewRelease from Gabbi Black - AMBER EYES

 Gabbi Black visits Journeys with Jana with her new release, AMBER EYES, a BDSM romance. Gabbi is sharing a little about her new book and series, and a little about herself. Best of luck with the new book, Gabbi!

- 5 things a reader needs to know about this novel or series. 

1. This is a dark erotic BDSM. (Bondage, Dominance/submission, Sadomasochism) 

2. Both the hero and heroine are damaged people but coming together enables them to begin the healing process.

3. BDSM is a consensual power exchange.  Emphasis on consent.

4. I have direct experience with BDSM and some of it is in the book (shh, my parents don’t know).

5. This is the first book in my In Their Eyes trilogy.  Each book focuses on a different couple.  Hold on, more to come.

A Quick 13 - This is usually a Quick 5, but Gabbi said she went a little overboard. No problem! We'll just change the name! Here's 13 things about Gabbi Black:

- Favorite color? Lilac

- Favorite author? Diana Gabaldon (for time travel historical romances) and Annabel Joseph (for dark erotic BDSM)

- - Coffee or tea?  Hot Chocolate

- Water, pop or juice? Diet Coke

- What's your favorite show to binge watch? Outlander

- Pie or cake? What kind? Chocolate Mousse Pie

- Bubble baths or steamy showers? Steamy showers

- Chocolate or caramel?  Chocolate.

- Country life or city life? Country Life

- E-book, paperback or audiobook? Audiobooks

- Party life or quiet dinner for two? Quiet dinner for two

- I love pizza with ...bacon, mushrooms, and green olives (NEVER pineapple)

- When I'm alone, I ...write.


She needs a firm hand.

He needs a challenge.

School principal Gage Clayton is still grieving the death of his wife and submissive, yet he can't ignore his Dominant needs. As he enters Club Kink, he's inexplicably drawn to a newly released sub with an intriguing proposition and the most captivating amber eyes. But she has disturbing baggage and her expectations prove quite a challenge, one that would necessitate a commitment he's not ready for.

Rielle Reid needs a Dom while she waits for her former Master to return. When she invites a handsome stranger to her home dungeon for a night of play, she's surprised at his gentle dominance—and her response to it. But in the light of day, his demand for equal footing confounds her. After living four years as a twenty-four/seven slave, she has no concept of how to be anything other than property.

Gage must find a way to master Rielle to free them both from the shackles of the past.


“I want to be available to dedicate myself to my Master.”

“Your Master released you. Or…” Was she…? “Are you looking for a new Master?”

Her mouth opened, but no sound escaped. She made a second attempt with the same result. Finally she simply said, “I want my Master back.”

Like I want my Cara back.

“Rielle, you realize that’s probably not going to happen. If he’s gone vanilla by choice…”

“In his heart, though, he’s a Master. It was his destiny, as it was mine to be a slave.”

The word gave him shivers. He’d never met someone involved in a complete and total power exchange, and he was intimidated. What would it be like to be totally responsible for someone else? “Why did you go to Club Kink last night?”

Her eyes misted. “He used to take me there. He always wore a mask, but he liked the thrill of going out in public with the possibility of discovery. When we scened there, it was intense, and when we came home, it was explosive. Those are the times I remember most vividly.”

“What about those private moments when it was the two of you? Those moments of shared intimacy?”

Her gaze sharpened. “The intimacy came from me serving him, not shared memories.” She scowled. “You don’t know what it’s like.”

“To be so involved with someone you lose who you are? No, I don’t know what that’s like. I know what love is, but it doesn’t sound like that’s what you had, and I’m sorry for you.”

“Love leads to losing control. I might’ve been the slave, but at least I chose to be that way.”

He didn’t understand, and maybe he never would. “I should be going.”

She looked neither surprised nor disappointed.

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Amazon US:  https://amzn.to/3jf4oJd

Amazon CA:  https://amzn.to/2CasIeT

Banes and Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amber-eyes-gabbi-black/1137343876  

Google Play:  https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Gabbi_Black_Amber_Eyes?id=g-33DwAAQBAJ  

KOBO:  https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/amber-eyes-11

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/amber-eyes/id1526064524?

Publisher:  https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/amber-eyes

Add it to GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54920296-amber-eyes

Author Bio:

Even though Gabbi Black is a firm believer in happy endings, she makes her characters work for it in every romance she writes, no matter what the genre.  From contemporary to BDSM, they are penned late at night in her home on a beautiful British Columbia mountain surrounded by magnificent trees and every conceivable woodland creature—including bears.  She also writes gay romances as Gabbi Grey.

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Website:   http://gabbiblack.com/

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Facebook (page): https://www.facebook.com/Author-Gabbi-Black-106666354460589/

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GabbiAuthor

Sunday, September 20, 2020



LIES AND SOLACE, book one in my Love at Solace Lake series, is on sale for .99 cents! Get your copy while it's hot. The sale price is in effect only until September 23.


She can’t live with one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.

Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own. 

Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

#MFRWSteam FIRST AND AGAIN by Jana Richards

Welcome to the #MFRWSteam Blog Hop! Today I'm offering an excerpt from my contemporary small town romance FIRST AND AGAIN. This is a story about first love and learning that yes, you can go home again!


Bridget Grant is back in Paradise. Paradise, North Dakota, that is.

She’s swallowed her pride and moved back to her hometown with her daughter after her divorce and the loss of her catering company. Now she’s trying to navigate the strained relationships she’d left behind – including her first love, Jack Davison.

Jack never forgot Bridget, or the day she left town – and him. When Bridget caters a lunch at Jack’s tourist ranch, old flames reignite. They have more in common than ever – Jack’s also a single parent. Though they both try to keep things casual, Bridget, Jack and their girls are starting to look a lot like a family.

But Bridget’s only planning to stay in Paradise until she’s saved enough to relaunch her business. Jack’s invested too much in his ranch to leave. And with their daughters involved both have a lot more at stake than heartbreak. How can they risk falling in love?


He grabbed her hand and pulled her up the stairs and into his room. Once there, he closed the door and started pulling her sweater over her head. When he’d removed the sweater to reveal the bra underneath, he went suddenly still and then emitted a low whistle.


She smiled. “You like?”

“What’s not to like?” He ran one finger under the strap of her red satin bra. “A beautiful woman wearing sexy underwear. I’m all for that.”

“And you’ve only seen half of the ensemble.”

“You mean there’s more?”

“Oh yeah.” She unfastened her jeans, enjoying the way he watched her every move. “I decided to give the white cotton granny panties the boot.”

He took a ragged breath. “Did you?”

“Mmm.” Pushing her jeans past her hips, she let them fall to the floor. She stood before him in only her bra and matching red satin panties. “What do you think? Good investment?”

“I don’t know,” he said reaching for her. “Seems like a waste to spend all that money on something I’m just going to rip off you.”

“Don’t you dare rip my new underwear!” She scooted around to the other side of the bed, laughing. “Let’s be civilized about this.”

“Civilized? Are you kidding?” He jumped across the bed, capturing her in his arms.  “I’ve had a permanent hard-on since the last time we were together. If I don’t take you soon, I might do serious injury to myself.”

She wound her arms around his neck. “We can’t have that. You don’t need to be gentle with me, just my underwear.”

He grinned and gave her a kiss. “It’s a deal.”

He carefully unhooked her bra and slid it off her shoulders, laying it gently on the night table. Then he kissed his way down her chest, her breasts and across her stomach, dropping to his knees in front of her. Pulling down the scrap of red satin to reveal the nest of curls at the apex of her thighs, he leaned forward to place a kiss there. She clutched at his shoulders and moaned.

“Jack, oh God!”

He flicked his tongue inside and around her most sensitive spot, wrenching exquisite sensations from her. She pushed his head closer, wanting, needing him. The pressure began to build inside her until she suddenly exploded. Only Jack’s strong arms kept her from toppling over.

When the tremors stopped, he got quickly to his feet and stripped off his clothes, sheathing himself with a condom. She collapsed onto the bed, her knees too weak to support her any longer. Jack reached for her hand.

“Not the bed, sweetheart. Not this time.”

She let him lead her across the room with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. But she trusted him completely. Whatever he had planned, she knew he would never hurt her.

He pushed her against a wall and kissed her, his tongue hot and wet as it plunged into her mouth. She loved the taste of him, a combination of coffee with sugar and mint toothpaste. His scent filled her head with a heady mixture of spicy aftershave and the cold outdoors. His penis pushed against her stomach, and suddenly nothing else mattered but that he was inside her, and quickly.

Jack placed his hands under her buttocks and lifted her. With two fingers, she guided him inside her. He filled her completely, pushing at all her boundaries. It felt almost as if he could break right through her. The thought was frightening and exhilarating. Instinct made her wrap her legs tightly around his waist.

He braced himself, pushing her against the wall. With each thrust, he seemed to go deeper inside her. She madly pushed back, their frenzied coupling building to a crescendo. A moment later he cried out his release. She followed him into the abyss, descending into a vortex of sensation where only he existed. She clung blindly to him as wave after wave of ecstasy washed over her.

Finally the spasms ended and he carried her to the bed, laying her down and collapsing next to her. He flung one arm over his eyes.

“Next time you go to the city, buy some more of that underwear. Damn fine investment.”

She chuckled. “I’ll be sure to keep that in mind. I’m looking to build my portfolio.”

He made a noise that sounded like something between a grunt and a laugh. “You keep building your portfolio like that and you’ll put me in an early grave. But I’d least I’d die with a smile on my face.”

“Always happy to oblige.”

She lay on her side and watched him. A moment later his breathing deepened and she knew he’d fallen asleep. She resisted the urge to touch his face, not wanting to wake him.

Making love with Jack was the most amazing thing she’d ever experienced. And the laughter they shared made their time together so special.

She was afraid that was where it ended for him:  great sex and good laughs. But for her, being with Jack was more than just the physical. Her emotions became part of the equation the first time they made love.

Would their relationship ever move beyond the physical for Jack?

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