Kiss of Magic Romance series by @maryleoauthor #romance #paranormal #TuesdayBookBlog


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I’m so excited to read this whole series… ~ Mrs. N

 

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Title: Kiss of Magic Romance, Book 1

Author: Mary Leo

Genre: Sweet Magical Romance

 

Book Blurb:

When Eros, the god of Love, appears to Jackie Cupid and transforms her into a real life Cupid with magical love powers, Jackie is keen to take on the challenge. There’s just one catch – Jackie’s first couple is a test!

 

Will Jackie Cupid turn misbegotten lovers around in time to keep her powers? Or will her magic become a stardust memory?

 

Step into Jackie’s Kiss of Magic Romance world, where starstruck lovers get a little help from Cupid . . . Jackie Cupid!

 

*** Each Book in the Kiss of Magic Romance series contains TWO Jackie Cupid novellas! ***

 

Book 1 includes Jackie Cupid’s First Love, and It’s Written in the Stars.

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

It startled her so much that Jackie shot the arrow at no particular target. When she followed its trajectory, Eros Kostopoulos, who had appeared out of thin air, caught it with his right hand like some Marvel Superhero. Completely blown away by his catch, she watched as Eros, the sweet older Greek owner of the archery range, with graying hair and a round belly, morphed into a some sort of half human, half bird creature and sprouted wings . . . real, honest to goodness, full-body-sized, white-feathered wings. His clothes disappeared and he was left with a leather Tarzan type of loincloth revealing the body of a Greek god.

 

Any other mortal might have decided it was time to bug out, that this bird-man might be a threat, or at the very least, blow fire in her face, nevertheless Jackie was more curious than afraid.

 

Call her crazy, but Jackie didn’t exactly appreciate the distraction, especially on her birthday. She’d paid good money for her time inside the range, and this creature, as magnificent as he might be, was usurping her precious minutes.

 

“Mr. Kostopoulos? Is that you?”

 

Jackie stood perfectly still for a moment, while the god spread his wings, knocking over anything and everything that got in their way, including all the heavy lane barriers as if they were as light as cotton balls. His wingspan had to be a good twelve feet from tip to tip, and the Greek god stood well over six feet tall, maybe somewhere in the range of six foot five inches. He wore a perfect, blond-wooden bow over his right shoulder, along with a soft quiver filled with only two arrows. His curly dark hair almost sparkled with natural silkiness, and his skin seemed perfectly smooth. He looked a bit like the statue of David, only with wings.

 

“I am Eros, god of Love,” he roared, the ground shaking once again, rattling everything around her until pictures, equipment, and bottled drinks in the vending machine began popping from their moorings and crashing to the floor.

 

Jackie wasn’t having any of it. She didn’t care what kind of beatific title he had, he needed to move out of the way or leave, whichever he preferred, so she could take her shot. She’d been practicing long and hard for this moment.

 

“Nice to meet you, Eros, god of Love, I’m Jackie, goddess of this room, and if you don’t mind, you’re spoiling my private birthday party. Do you think you can appear somewhere else, because I only have this place for another hour before the lights go out.”

 

“Why aren’t you afraid of me?” he bellowed, his head tilting, looking as curious as a puppy.

 

“Should I be?”

 

“Yes. I am all-powerful. I am magical. I am Eros, the god of—”

 

“Love, I know. If you’re the god of Love, there’s no reason for me to be afraid, right? So instead, I’m just annoyed. Look, as I said, it’s my birthday and I’m here alone. No love for me, get it? So unless you’re going to shoot one of your arrows out of a window at some great guy who’s going to fall madly in love with me, you’re just wasting my time. Now, if you don’t mind . . .” And she made a gesture for him to move out of her line of fire.

 

“I am here to tell you your true identity. Is it not important to you?”

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Magic-Romance-Book-One-ebook/dp/B073WPHJPS/

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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1258806294

 

Author Biography:

USA Today bestselling author, Mary Leo, grew up in an Italian family on the Southside of Chicago where pasta and debate were the main staples of everyday life. She writes about magical romances, cowboys, and fun mysteries.

 

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Title: Kiss of Magic Romance, Book 2

Author: Mary Leo

Genre: Sweet Magical Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Step into Jackie’s Kiss of Magic Romance world, where starstruck lovers get a little help from Cupid . . . Jackie Cupid!

 

*** Each Book in the Kiss of Magic Romance series contains TWO Jackie Cupid novellas! ***

 

Book 2 includes Romancing Rudy Raindear, and Loving Hamilton Winchester.

 

Romancing Rudy Raindear:

When Eros, the god of Love, appears to Jackie Cupid and transforms her into a real life Cupid with magical love powers and an outstanding bombshell body, Jackie is keen to take on the challenge. “Look out, baby, there’s a new Cupid in town!”

 

North Pole, Maine is a curious town where Christmas is celebrated all year long, and where December 24th is marked with a visit from the big man himself.

 

Unfortunately, Rudy Raindear, the last descendant who can run Santa’s favorite bakery, Sugar Plums, no longer believes in Christmas and has gotten on Santa’s Naughty List. Rudy’s red nose proves it. That is until Jenny Bells, secret helper to Mrs. Claus, takes on the challenge of teaching Rudy just what being good is all about. And with a little help from Jackie Cupid, the plucky Cupid with attitude, Jenny and Rudy better buckle up. When Jackie gets involved, almost anything can happen.    

 

Loving Hamilton Winchester:

All Hamilton Winchester ever wanted was Gaby Venti, but Gaby Venti never wanted to be tied down to any man . . . especially not to Hamilton, the father of her unborn baby. When she shows up at the Winchester cabin in Plymouth Rock, Colorado wanting Hamilton to sign a document that he disagrees with, Hamilton decides to take matters into his own hands by asking for a little heavenly intervention from his grandfather . . . his deceased grandfather.

 

Soon Jenny Cupid arrives, wielding her special Cupid magic and Gaby finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of emotions for Hamilton she simply can’t shake . . . or can she?

 

Will a magical snowbound weekend be enough to convince Gaby that being tied down with Hamilton is exactly what she’s wanted all along? Or will she emerge from the enchantment, and walk away from the one man she has always secretly loved?

 

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

When Eros appeared in front of her, gone were his magnificent wings, his nearly naked perfectly chiseled body and his Tarzan-like loincloth. Instead, he was dressed like a Christmas Elf, complete with pointy shoes, a green suit, a strange hat, and he stood all of four-feet tall.

 

He must have felt her shock because he said, “It was the only way I could get Santa’s attention and I thought I would blend in better looking like this.”

 

“You blend in like an elephant,” Jackie told him as he pulled out the chair across from her at the small table along the windows. At once a young boy stopped to wave, and Eros, being the kind god that Jackie knew him to be, waved back.

 

“What a sweet child. He will grow up to be a pediatric surgeon. He will marry his childhood sweetheart, they will live right here in this town, have three children and he will save the lives of countless other children.”

 

“How do you know this?” He lifted an eyebrow. “Fine, so you’re a god and you have magical powers. I had no idea you could see that far into the future. What about free will? I thought that was the one variable that couldn’t be determined.”

 

“It can not, but I can still see what will happen if a human chooses wisely, and he will choose wisely. He has loving and supportive parents, and his sweetheart will guide him in the direction of his innate talents.”

 

“Will I ever be able to see someone’s future?” Jackie wanted to know.

 

“You already see the future of your assigned soulmates. Is that not enough?”

 

“Not when I can see so much more.”

 

“When you get your wings, you will be able to see these things, but not before.”

 

“I would ask you when that will be, but you’ll just give me a nebulous answer.”

 

“Your wings depend on your successes, and so far, you are batting a thousand, as humans like to say.”

 

“I’ve been fortunate. Getting the potential lovers together that you have given me have been easy. I need a real challenge to sink my teeth into, so to speak.”

 

“Then you will like this new challenge. Not only is Rudy Raindear trying to do something that will certainly destroy this festive town, but he is lying to his grandfather, the owner of this establishment. He will lie to the woman he is destined for, and worst of all, Rudy has gotten on Santa’s Naughty List, as you will see this evening when we meet again at Yule Tide’s. It is a tavern in town where Rudy and his friends will meet.”

 

Jackie sucked in a breath, as her hand shot up to her mouth. She knew for certain that in the Magic World she now dwelled in, getting on Santa’s Naughty List was tantamount to being shunned by all your friends, being turned out into the cold without a coat . . . or even worse, being identified as having a cold heart.

 

“I asked for an assignment that was difficult, not impossible.”

 

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Title: Kiss of Magic Romance, Book 3

Author: Mary Leo

Genre: Sweet Magical Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Step into Jackie’s Kiss of Magic Romance world, where starstruck lovers get a little help from Cupid . . . Jackie Cupid!

 

*** Each Book in the Kiss of Magic Romance series contains TWO Jackie Cupid novellas! ***

 

Book 3 includes A Christmas in Time, and The Ghost of Dillon Spencer.

 

A Christmas In Time:

Kris Timekeeper would like nothing more than to rekindle his failing marriage this Christmas, but being Santa’s Master-magical Clockmaker comes with a downside. After several months of endless work on Santa’s clock, he and his beloved wife have separated. Kris may be able to save Christmas Eve for Santa, but will he have enough time to save his marriage with the only woman he’s ever loved?

 

Noelle Timekeeper reluctantly agrees to spend one last Christmas with Kris in Merry, PA, his quirky new hometown. She’s brought along their young daughter, Annabelle, and her very pregnant pooch, Holly. Despite all the hype about Santa’s magical clock and how it can stop time, Noelle can’t seem to let her guard down long enough to allow Kris back into her heart. That is until Jackie Cupid shows up with some timely magic of her own. Once Noelle is stung by Jackie’s charm, she finally takes the time to understand what makes Kris tick . . .

 

Will Kris and his magical clock be able to save not only Christmas, but his marriage to Noelle as well?

 

Only time will tell.

 

The Ghost Of Dillon Spencer:

Uptight–but ever so sexy–billionaire Dillon Spencer, gets a second chance at love when his own ghostly spirit takes up residency in his hotel room at the historic and haunted Hotel Colorado in the trendy town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Along with several more notorious and opinionated ghosts, Dillon attempts to convince a skeptical Hilly Thompson, his enchanting and very much alive assistant, that true love can break through any dimension.

 

Hilly doesn’t believe in spirits, ghosts or anything that smacks of the hereafter. Hell, she can barely get through her own life let alone someone else’s afterlife. So when Dillon tries to convince her that he’s really a great guy trapped in some heavenly limbo, she’s skeptical and resistant until he gets help from Jackie Cupid, who knows his true heart’s desire. Soon, Hilly is falling for this translucent Dillon, but will it be enough to keep him from joining the ranks of the other ghosts that haunt the historical hotel?

 

It’s a risk luminous Dillon is willing to take.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Magic-Romance-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B073WSRBHZ

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Title: Kiss of Magic Romance, Book 4

Author: Mary Leo

Genre: Sweet Magical Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Step into Jackie’s Kiss of Magic Romance world, where starstruck lovers get a little help from Cupid . . . Jackie Cupid!

 

*** Each Book in the Kiss of Magic Romance series contains TWO Jackie Cupid novellas! ***

 

Book 4 includes The Lone Cowboy of Starlight Bend, and The Fortuneteller’s Valentine.

 

The Lone Cowboy Of Starlight Bend:

When Eros, the god of Love, appears to Jackie Cupid and transforms her into a real life Cupid with magical love powers and an outstanding bombshell body, Jackie is keen to take on the challenge. “Look out, baby, there’s a new Cupid in town!”

 

Jolie Shepherd didn’t want to spend Christmas alone. So when she accepts an open invitation for a visit to Starlight Bend, Montana from her best friend, Jolie expects to pass most of the holiday season holed up inside a rustic cabin, not playing cowgirl with quite possibly the most adorable cowboy in the entire state.

 

Red Weisman is a man who prefers to ride alone . . . that is until he meets Jolie Shepherd. Once they team up to grant a Christmas wish for a needy child, something magical happens between them. Problem is they come from totally different worlds. But with Santa’s help, and a little pinch from Jackie Cupid and her magical stars, all they have to do is believe in the magic of their deepest Christmas wish, and everything will work out . . . or will it?

 

 

The Fortuneteller’s Valentine:

When a fortuneteller’s prediction begins to come true, Rose Candi dismisses it as a coincidence, but when a past estranged boyfriend shows up reminding her of the love she once felt for him, Rose can’t help wondering if that fortuneteller had true magical powers.

 

Maximilian Rosso hadn’t seen Rose in ten years, and in those ten years Rose had grown into a stunning beauty who now owned part of a popular bar and restaurant in San Diego. But Max is a wanderer who can’t stay in one place . . . or can he? If Jackie Cupid, a meddlesome love bomb, has anything to do with it, those wandering days Max has been so fond of may be coming to an abrupt end.

 

Buy Links:

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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kiss-of-magic-romance-book-four/id1258904624

 

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One Year Left by J. C. Robinson is a Touching #NewAdult #Romance! #bookreview


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Title: One Year Left

Author: J. C. Robinson

Genre: New Adult Romance

 

Book Blurb:

In the last year of his life, Will moves to Portland in search of happiness, but the disappointment and despair of his past aren’t influenced by distance. Then he meets his new roommate, Kristen. Even with her own emotional scars, she’s everything he’s ever wanted. The trouble is, old habits are hard to break and if they can’t find a way to move forward, they risk losing their best chance at love.

 

My Review:

Readers of Nicholas Sparks and John Green (Fault in Our Stars) will love this new adult romance.

 

What would you do if you were given one year left to live? What would you focus on and what if the Universe matched you up with the perfect girl? Would you pursue it to see what happens or would you keep your distance, knowing you have little time left?

 

Such is the dilemma for Will. He’s got one year to live and decides to seize the moment in a big way. He moves to Portland, works with his best friend at a food truck, trying to figure out life. He meets his new roommate, Kristen, and is immediately smitten. She’s everything he wants in a girlfriend but she’s unavailable. He decides it’s better to be in her life than not at all. But when she finds herself sans boyfriend, Will makes his move. Will the past continue to hold them back, destroying their shot at love, or can they overcome all odds together?

 

Such a great romance, reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks, and I really enjoyed reading it. Realistically written with honest dialogue and relatable characters. I hated Kristen’s boyfriend and was happy when he was out of the picture. The relationship between Will and Kristen developed naturally and the conflicts were very real. There’s not a lot of character growth with Will and Kristen but that’s just a personal preference. Robinson doesn’t hold back Will’s dark thoughts on death and dying. I found it refreshing and somewhat inspiring.

 

If you’re looking for a sweet romance dealing with love, romance, healing from the past and terminal illness, pick up One Year Left. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “I like your…” He looked me in the eyes and I saw him take in the entirety of me visible above the table. “I like your everything, to be honest.”

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://amazon.com/dp/B06XVFWWG5

Amazon CA https://amazon.ca/dp/B06XVFWWG5

Amazon UK https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XVFWWG5

 

JC Robinson

 

Author Biography:

J.C. Robinson is 26 years-old and lives in Clarksville, MD with his puppy, who thinks tennis balls are treats. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a Criminal Justice & Criminology degree. As of March 2017, he has left his job as a professional hand holder (IT-ish) to pursue writing full-time.

 

J.C. enjoys listening to Bon Iver, playing with Max (his rogue puppy), and watching How I Met Your Mother. His favorite movie is also Adventureland — the last scene totally makes his heart flutter. He wants you to know that lettuce is a no-go in tacos and hamburgers (but salads are okay).

 

Social Media Links:

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

One Year Left by J. C. Robinson is Such a Sweet #Romance! #NewAdult #books


One Year Left

 

Title: One Year Left

 

Author: J.C. Robinson

 

Genre: New Adult Romance

 

Book Blurb:

In the last year of his life, Will moves to Portland in search of happiness, but the disappointment and despair of his past aren’t influenced by distance. Then he meets his new roommate, Kristen. Even with her own emotional scars, she’s everything he’s ever wanted. The trouble is, old habits are hard to break and if they can’t find a way to move forward, they risk losing their best chance at love.

 

 

Excerpt:

Kristen

 

Oh my god, Kristen. Get it together. Yes, this is the best surprise you’ve had in recent memory. And yes, this is the best date you’ve been on and it’s only been 30 minutes. But get it together, stop being weird.

 

“I’m sorry, what?” I looked up at him.

 

“I asked if you’ve been on any good dates recently?” he said.

 

“Oh, no,” I answered. “That’s an easy one. How about you?” Way to go, Kristen. That was nine whole words.

 

Will put his elbow on the table and rested his chin on his fist. After a few seconds, he shook his head. “Nope. Nothing worth remembering. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be here.”

 

“I like your smile,” I heard myself say. Better to be weird and forward than shy, I suppose.

 

He bit his lip and my knees melted. If I knew compliments induced his lip bites I’d have started long ago. Just not when I was standing, though.

 

“Thanks,” he said. “I like your…” He looked me in the eyes and I saw him take in the entirety of me visible above the table. “I like your everything, to be honest.”

 

I looked down, I had forgotten what I was wearing. It was just a simple t-shirt and sweats. My face heated up with the realization that I had worn this, especially with him looking so nice.

 

“Don’t be embarrassed – it was my fault,” he said, reading my mind. “I did rush you. But I do like your t-shirts. I haven’t seen you in anything else. Do you own anything else?”

 

“Of course!” I reached across the table and hit his arm.

 

“Ouch.” He rubbed his arm in mock disbelief. “You know I was going to put on some music, but now that my arm is out of action, we might have to do without.” He let his arm dangle at his side.

 

Good guys really did exist and I was sitting across from one. He wore a goofy but charming smile as he let his arm dangle as if my punch had done something. Will deserved an attempt on my part. It was time to push Cooper and the other past misadventures aside and see if Will and I could enjoy ourselves. I probably couldn’t turn my brain off completely, but hell, I’d have to try.

 

“Oh, poor you,” I said. “A big head and an arm made of papier-mâché. You poor soul.”

 

He threw his head back and laughed. “Ouch. You know I didn’t ask to be born with glass bones and paper skin.”

 

“I didn’t know about the glass bones,” I said, reaching across the table to rub his arm. “I’m so sorry to hear that.”

 

“Yeah, well…” He squirmed a bit in his seat. “There’s a lot you don’t know about me, unfortunately.”

 

“What would you like to share then?” I withdrew my arm, maintaining what I imagined was a wicked grin. I loved knowing I could affect him in the same way he did me.

 

“I’d rather know about your writing. You actually have a dream.”

 

“In that case, I’ll have to share,” I said. “But first, eat your pizza!” I noticed he hadn’t touched his food.

 

He gave me a sheepish shrug. “I can’t eat in front of cute girls.”

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://amazon.com/dp/B06XVFWWG5

Amazon CA https://amazon.ca/dp/B06XVFWWG5

Amazon UK https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XVFWWG5

 

JC Robinson

 

Author Biography:

J.C. Robinson is 26 years-old and lives in Clarksville, MD with his puppy, who thinks tennis balls are treats. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a Criminal Justice & Criminology degree. As of March 2017, he has left his job as a professional hand holder (IT-ish) to pursue writing full-time.

 

J.C. enjoys listening to Bon Iver, playing with Max (his rogue puppy), and watching How I Met Your Mother. His favorite movie is also Adventureland — the last scene totally makes his heart flutter. He wants you to know that lettuce is a no-go in tacos and hamburgers (but salads are okay).

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jordantheauthor/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16363962.Jordan_C_Robinson

 

#99cents Limited Offer: Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella #romance #FridayReads #IARTG


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Title: Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, New Adult Romance

 

Blurb:

Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside.

Twenty-Two year old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather’s estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson.

Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas.

Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather’s dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him.

When Trevor shows up to propose to Sally right before Christmas and finds her in Jack’s embrace, she must make the biggest choice of her life: true love.

 

Excerpt:

The next morning, Sally woke to the smell of sizzling bacon. She stretched in bed before putting on her robe. She glanced at the clock. It was already eight. She looked out the window. As far as she could see, snow covered everything like a warm glittering blanket. She hugged herself.

 

“So, this is what it means to be in love? I like it.”

 

She crept down the stairs, to see what Trevor was cooking. A smile lit her face and she sat in her grandpa’s rocking chair, watching Trevor in the kitchen. He wore a green plaid robe, his hair ruffled from sleep and there was a slight pillow crease across his left cheek. He flipped pancakes while whistling a classic rock song. She hugged her knees, reveling in her domestic bliss.

 

“I could get used to this,” she whispered.

 

He turned around and grinned.

 

“Good morning, beautiful. Want some coffee?”

 

She walked into the kitchen, giggling as if it was Christmas.

 

“It’s like I’m dreaming, what with you here, making breakfast.”

 

He handed her a mug of steaming coffee. She took a sip.

 

“Ahh, it’s just how I take it. Heavy cream and sugar.” She took another sip.

 

Trevor pulled her into his embrace.

 

“You are a vision in white, my angel.” He kissed her senseless. Her body responded and she burned with desire. She peppered kisses along his jawline.

 

“I want to go back to bed,” she whispered in his ear. She raked her teeth down his ear.

 

He moaned.

 

“You drive me crazy when you do that.” His hot breath searing her neck.

 

“Mmm…” she whispered.

 

He playfully slapped her butt.

 

“Vixen.”

 

She laughed seductively.

 

“Now go sit at the table and wait for breakfast.” He refilled her coffee. “Tsk tsk tsk, distracting the cook.” He winked.

 

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Author Bio: N. N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

 

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

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Paper Love by @Aubreywynne51 is a Delightful Sweet #Romance! #bookreview


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Title: Paper Love (A Chicago Christmas Book 2)

Author: Aubrey Wynne

Genre: Holiday Fiction, Holiday Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Growing up in a Papua New Guinea mission, Joss Palmateer is a gentle soul with a unique view of life. Still adjusting to a new home in the U.S and the sudden loss of her mother, love is the last thing on her mind.

 

Sexy physical therapist, Ben Montgomery, meets his sister’s friend and the sparks fly. He takes it as a challenge when she ignores his advances, but it’s her extraordinary inner beauty that captures his heart.

 

With the help of a stray homing pigeon and an old origami legend, Ben sets an unwavering course of romance to win her love.

 

My Review:

Still grieving the loss of her mother, Joss Palmateer has no interest in going out and meeting people but her best friend, Becky, keeps asking her to come to Ben’s (Becky’s brother) Friday Single Parties. Joss mentions it on a whim before dinner to her sister (who wants to go) so they decide to attend. Once at the party, shy Joss meets Ben and the attraction is immediate. He asks her out but she politely says no. She’s still getting over the betrayal of her ex-boyfriend.

 

 

Ben Montgomery takes one look into Joss’ chocolate brown eyes and is smitten. Her no is a challenge for him and he does everything he can to win her heart, thanks to the help of a lost pigeon named Charlie. He’s charming, outgoing and it’s not until he shows an insecure part of himself that Joss lets down the walls protecting her heart.

 

 

A sweet romance from Aubrey Wynne and just what I needed after a hard week. From the moment I read the first sentence, I had warm-fuzzy thoughts fill me. See, I’m a total romantic and Paper Love is one of those feel-good romances that makes the world fade away. I loved the banter between Joss and Ben, Ben and Becky, not to mention between Ben and Charlie the Pigeon. While this is short story, the main characters were fully developed.

 

It was refreshing to read a romance where there wasn’t any billionaires, serious angst and so forth. This is just a sweet romance, taking place during the holiday season, with real people (like you and me) trying to figure out what they want out of life and falling in love. Brilliant! I swooned at Ben’s romantic side. I cried a little at Joss’ grief and struggling to move on past her mother’s death. The ending moved me so much I had to text my husband and tell him I love him.

 

1-click this book right now (and the whole series). You’re in for a treat!

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author (via Netgalley) in the hopes I’d review it.

 

 

Favorite Character: It was hard to choose between Joss and Ben, as I loved them both, but I could relate with Joss more than Ben. Her caution when it comes to love and men in general made total sense, given her previous boyfriend (jerk that he is). I found myself nodding my head in agreement with her, most of the time, and the urge to hug her at certain moments in the book was overwhelming.

 

Favorite Quote: “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are…”

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Love-Chicago-Christmas-Book-ebook/dp/B01M9CCE5O/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31821220-paper-love

 

Aubrey Wynne

 

Author Biography:

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trailriding and all things Christmas. Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies have won Readers Choice Awards and Dante’s Gift received the 2016 Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, and Heart of Excellence award, as well as being a Maggie and Aspen Gold finalist. Besides her Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will release “A Vintage Romance” series inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the 40s & 50s. Her medieval fantasy series will launch in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://aubreywynneauthor.com/

Blog https://aubreywynneauthor.com/blog/

Twitter https://twitter.com/Aubreywynne51

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Five Steps to Writing a Romance Novella in Two Weeks #amwriting #writingtips #ASMSG


Can you write a romance novella (20,000 words) in two weeks?

You bet!

Here are my five steps to writing a romance novella in only two weeks:

1- Create a writing plan. Before becoming a published author, I was very disorganized. Being the creative-type, I just went with the flow and wrote when I felt like writing. This doesn’t work when you have a goal of writing 20,000 words in ten days. So, I enlisted the help of my husband (totally organized) and together we created a writing schedule. Since I don’t write on the weekends, I only had ten days to work with. Each day, I had to write a minimum of 2,000 words.

Confession: There were some days when I only got 1,500 words done. The next day, I made up the missing words by writing 2,500 words. I didn’t stress when I came up short on a day. Stress breeds writer’s block and no one wants that.

2- Block out time and turn off all distractions. I know this is hard to do nowadays but it helped me immensely. I wrote from 1:00 – 5:00 pm every day. I made sure the phone was turned off and that I had all of my other to-do’s done before lunchtime. I shut down social media and email so I wasn’t distracted. I made sure I had my water bottle nearby and had music on to get me in the mood. I even put on a hat that I called my “writing” hat to get me ready to write. When I had on my hat, I was in writer-mode.

3- Keep a notebook of notes you can jot down character names, story-arcs and ideas. I found this crucial when I was writing. I was able to flip through my notes and keep writing. My notes allowed the ideas to flow out of me quicker onto the page while staying focused on the plot.

4- Have a few accountability partners. This is one of the most important steps. Time is limited and you have a goal to reach. You need your own cheering section. Halfway-through, I started to lose momentum. My brain was tired and I started to doubt my ability to reach my goal of 20,000 words. I reached out to my three accountability partners and they boosted my spirits.

5- Celebrate when you achieve your goal. Before I started writing my romance novella, I told myself when I finished I was going to celebrate. If I was going to work my fingers (and muse) to the bone, the least I could do is get something in return. My husband decided to cook me a gourmet meal with my favorites (lobster, steak, garlic mashed potatoes and creamed corn) when we finished. The image of that meal kept me going, even through the rough patches.

It took me two weeks (intense writing boot camp) but I did it! I wrote a romance novella in that stretch of time and it’s one I’m extremely proud of. In fact, that same novella is featured below.

 

PTSOL

 

Title: Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella

 

Author: N. N. Light

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Blurb:

Torn between two men, Sally must follow her heart and decide if love will lead her to the city or the countryside.

Twenty-Two year old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather’s estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson.

Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas.

Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather’s dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him.

When Trevor shows up to propose to Sally right before Christmas and finds her in Jack’s embrace, she must make the biggest choice of her life: true love.

 

PTSOL teaser 1

 

Excerpt:

“Jack, thank you so much for the lift into town,” a woman replied behind Sally. “Let’s grab some lunch before we shop.”

Sally froze. She stared at Linda who shook her head. What was Jack doing with a woman in town?

“Here, let me take your coat, Emma,” Jack said.

Emma? mouthed Sally to Linda.

“She’s the daughter of Lonnie and Mary Beth.” Linda gave Emma the look-over and scoffed, “She can’t be a day over sixteen.”

“What do I do?” Sally panicked. Normally she didn’t care what Jack did or who he went off with. Curiosity got the better of her and she turned around.

Emma stood five foot three with curly blonde hair and innocent green eyes. Her figure was slim with curves in all the right places. Sally narrowed her eyes as Emma stood on tiptoe to kiss Jack on the cheek.

Fuming, Sally turned around. Linda chuckled.

“What?”

“You better tone down your jealousy, darlin’. You’re shooting darts everywhere.”

Sally gritted her teeth.

“I’m not jealous. If Jack wants school girls kissing him, what do I care?” She took a deep drink of her coffee, draining the cup. She slammed it down.

“Simmer down, here they come,” whispered Linda. She waved to Jack while Sally swore under her breath.

“Well, fancy meeting you two here,” Jack drawled.

Without looking up Sally retorted, “I told you I was coming into town today.”

Linda kicked Sally’s leg under the table. Sally plastered a smile across her face, greeting Jack and Emma.

“Yes, what a coincidence.” Sally noticed Emma looping her arm in Jack’s and snuggling closer.

“I was on my way into town to pick up those parts we ordered for the tractor when I ran into Emma walking by herself in the snow.” Jack smiled. Emma squeezed his arm.

“He pulled over and offered me a lift into town. Isn’t he a gentleman?” cooed Emma. Jack patted her hand.

Sally’s chest constricted at the sight of the two of them acting all couple-y. She stared into his twinkling eyes. Oh God, is he laughing at me? Emma can’t have him. He’s mine. Wait what?

“So,” Linda broke the strained silence. “I have to go powder my nose. Emma, would you care to join me?”

“What’s that?” Emma looked confused.

Linda laughed. “It’s the bathroom, dear sweet child.” She stood up, untangled Emma from Jack and guided Emma away from the table.

Jack sat down.

“What’s with you today?” he asked.

“Nothing.” Sally cleared her throat.

He raised an eyebrow.

“Really!” A few diners turned to stare. Sally flushed with embarrassment. She didn’t mean to talk so loud. She looked everywhere except in Jack’s direction.

Jack observed Sally as she fidgeted, first with her coffee cup then with the silverware. His gaze unnerved her and she practically jumped out of her chair when he placed a hand over hers. Electricity flew up her arm while warmth filled her core. Butterflies raced around her stomach, only she didn’t feel sick; she pulsed with life, like never before.

“Sally…look at me.”

Sally shook her head.

“You’ll only laugh at me.”

Jack’s thumb caressed her hand gently, causing her breath to hitch.

“You know I’d never laugh at you. Laugh with you, definitely, but never at you.”

Sally lifted her gaze to meet Jack’s loving eyes. He slid his fingers between hers, never breaking eye contact. Sparks flew between them. He moistened his lips with a flick of his tongue. Her gaze dropped to his lips.

“Please tell me. I’m begging you,” he whispered.

Unable to think clearly through the fog of desire, Sally tilted her head to one side. Her skin vibrated with heat while her nerve-endings jumped at the slightest caress.

“Tell you what?” she whispered. Her throat dry, her breathing shallow, she wet her lips with her tongue. She was under a spell and everything fell away except for Jack’s passionate eyes.

“Tell me what my wasted heart needs to hear.” His eyes flashed. “Tell me Emma made you jealous.”

Sally started to nod but Emma interrupted.

“What are you guys talking about in hushed tones? Crops and stuff?”

Jack groaned. He dropped Sally’s hand as if it burned him, causing the water glasses to jostle.

 

 

Buy Links:

Available at Amazon Worldwide exclusively and it’s FREE on Kindle Unlimited: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01581XM50

 

Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/5697490

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26134330-planting-the-seeds-of-love

 

 

Author Bio: N. N. Light is the husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N.

Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

 

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Website: http://princessofthelight.com

Blog: https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NNP_W_Light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/n-n-light/90/1a7/902

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118060034268079734144/posts

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

 

 

N. N. Light Author Interview Plus a Cool #Giveaway! #ASMSG #IARTG #MFRWAuthor


Interview

The lovely Courtney J. Hall interviewed me yesterday and today I’m pleased to share it with you. Her questions made me think (as well as laugh) and I had a great time. Check out the interview here:

http://courtneyjhall.com/2016/03/16/interview-with-n-n-light/

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom to see the cool giveaway I’m offering, too. Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only.

Cheers!

MRS N

Postmarked Ever After by Mary L. Ball #Romance @inspires4mary #BookPromo #ACFW


Capture Postmarked

 

Title: Postmarked Ever After

Author: Mary L. Ball

Genre: Inspirational Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Will a delayed letter and a message bring two people together?

Recently widowed, Serena Gray is dedicated to her nursing career and finds solace in her faith.

Months after a shooting takes her husband’s life, a mysterious letter arrives that raises questions about his past.

She tries to forget the words scripted on the paper until a young patient has a brush with death, and recounts a vivid dream…something he could never have known.

When the past and present collide, will she risk happiness for the truth or keep the secret forever?

 

Excerpt:

Serena nibbled at her bottom lip. For reasons she couldn’t explain chilly goose bumps pricked her arms. She listened to the child and tried to remember which medication may have caused Dillon to think he saw or heard someone other than the staff while he was in the emergency room. Serena cleared her throat, “Did you say, he told you to give me a message, about a beginning?”

Dillon shook his head, “I saw two people standing in a meadow. I’ve never seen the grass that bright green before.” The boy’s voice rose. “He even told me you would be wearing heart earrings. The woman with him said, the beginning is where you’ll find a happy ending, and everything will be okay. The lady was smiling. She said you’ll find Nicky.”

Dillon words rang in her ears. She swallowed hard and touched one of the earrings. She could hardly believe what she was hearing. “Dillon, do you remember what this man looked like?”

“He was older than my dad, fatter too. He had a round brown mark under his nose.”

Serena stepped back a little when the boy mentioned the birthmark. “Think hard, is there anything else you can tell me?”

Without looking up, he shook his head. “Both of them said something about trusting Jesus and having faith in your heart.”

For a moment, Dillon turned his attention to the television, but then he looked back at Serena and asked, “I saw Heaven didn’t I? It was kinda like some of the pictures I’ve seen in my Bible story book, only brighter.”

 

Buy Links:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Postmarked-Ever-After-Mary-Ball-ebook/dp/B00TDVE7E2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/postmarked-ever-after-mary-ball/1120109931?ean=9780692366554

 

Mary L Ball

 

Author Biography:

Mary L. Ball is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in North Carolina and writes about real-life problems, blended with romance or mystery.

Her novels include, Escape to Big Fork Lake, Stone of Destiny, Postmarked Ever After, Christmas at Angel Ranch and Redemption in Big Fork Lake.

When Mary is not working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and singing with her husband at church functions.

 

Watch for Mary’s new release, Sparks of Love tentatively scheduled for summer 2016.

 

Social Media Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/inspires4mary

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Inspirational-author-Mary-L-Ball-200478210087932/timeline

I’m Yearning for Spring and so is Friday Book Round-Up #books #amreading #romance


Friday Book Round Up

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! The weather has been frightfully cold this week and it makes me yearn for spring. I’ve started reading and re-reading spring romances on my reader. So in honor of my longing for spring, I’ve listed 10 super spring romances on my Kindle (a few even free):

American graduate student Zoe Gallagher doesn’t believe in romance.

She’s in Paris on Valentine’s Day doing research to prove that romance is an illusion and love based on it doesn’t last. When she meets New Yorker Gabe Ross, there to fulfil his mother’s dying wish by placing a lovelock on a bridge crossing the River Seine, even she finds it hard to resist the most romantic city in the world on the most romantic day of the year.

An impulsive challenge to try a psychological experiment feels like more, much more, for both of them.

Zoe tells herself their one wonderful day together proves nothing, only gives more evidence her theory is right. But on her return to London, she discovers she needs Gabe’s help to learn the biggest lesson of all, that love does last.

Especially God’s love…

Book 4 in the Love In Store series of sweet inspirational romances.

The series is set around a stately old London department store, and many of the same settings and characters appear in each book. But there is no need to read them in order. Every story is a complete romance, following a different couple through the trials and joys of a developing love, to their happy-ever-after.

 

Includes an anti-romance heroine, some sweet kissing, and British spelling. Complete with British English Glossary.

Love can make life complicated…

 

Sports teacher Fraser Maclean has worked with Sarah Browne for eight months at their Edinburgh high school. She’s not involved with anyone else, and she seems to enjoy his company, so why won’t the pretty trainee teacher see him outside school? Despite their attraction, he has to take no for an answer. Besides, he wants a simple, uncomplicated life, and he suspects Sarah is far from uncomplicated.

 

Sarah’s worked hard to control her feelings for Fraser and keep him at arm’s length. He’s kind, athletic, funny, and he appeals to her like no other man, but she can’t trust he’ll love her enough to share her burdens and stick around when things get tough. They’re safer staying friends. That’s enough. It has to be.

 

When they build a sensory garden at their church together, he discovers the real reason she won’t date. Caring for her ill mother dominates Sarah’s days and nights. Getting involved with her means things will get a whole lot of complicated. No more simple life. And Sarah still won’t trust him with her biggest secret of all.

 

Can the two teachers learn God’s lessons in love, or will fear and doubt keep them apart?

 

33,000 words, 144 paperback pages

 

The Macleans books #1 & 2 show Fraser’s older brother Mac and sister Catriona finding the partners God intends for them. But there’s no need to read their stories first. Each book is a complete-in-itself romance.

A week of no-strings fun is never that simple.

 

Tessa Sullivan figures she can handle a no-strings-attached fling with the handsome stranger she meets at her sister’s Spring wedding. After all, she doesn’t believe in love. Or so she tells herself.

 

Trevor Jackson’s painful past leaves him adamant he’ll never open his heart again. But a week of uncomplicated fun with the beautiful bridesmaid? Now that’s an arrangement he can work with.

 

All’s well that ends well—a mutually enjoyable relationship that will end as simply as it started—until someone breaks the rules and falls in love.

 

EXCERPT:

Gesturing toward her empty glass, Trevor asked, “Can I buy you another?”

 

“It’s an open bar, but no, thank you.” Red-gold curls bounced as she gave a quick shake of her head. One of the daisies came loose and tumbled past her shoulder. He caught it as she added, “I should’ve stopped at one.”

 

“Why didn’t you?”

 

“The first went down so smooth, I figured a second might carry me through to the end of the night.”

 

Brushing his thumb over the petals of the flower in his hand, he imagined her skin would feel equally soft. “Are you in love with the groom?”

 

“No.” Her shocked gaze collided with his, then she laughed again. “God no. I barely like him.”

 

He arched his eyebrows. “Couldn’t tell from your toast.”

 

Speculation filled her eyes. “What was wrong with my toast?”

 

“Nothing.” He placed his hand with the daisy against his chest, and her attention dropped to the flower as he added a touch of drama to his voice. “It was very touching. Inspiring. Heartwarming.”This time the roll of her eyes was accompanied by an unladylike snort.

 

“If you didn’t mean it, then that was an Oscar-worthy performance.”

 

“Oh, I meant it.” She glanced toward the reception where the festivities were still in full swing. “But it certainly did not make it sound like I was in love with Nash.”

 

“And yet you’re out here drinking for a reason. Is it because you don’t like him?”

 

She shook her head. “I misspoke a moment ago. I like Nash. Now, anyway. Six months ago, not so much.”

 

“Why’s that?”

 

Her gaze met his once more. “You don’t know the story?”

 

“No.” He did his best not to get lost in the rich blue of her eyes. It was hard with the way they stood out against her fair, lightly freckled skin, framed by long, frosted lashes and shimmery shadow that complimented her spring dress. Up close, the whole combination made her look somewhat like a fairy.

 

A sexy fairy whose daisy-laden, disheveled, reddish-gold locks suggested she’d been rolling around in May flowers, even though it was only mid-April. He knew the tumbled curls were a result of her enthusiastic dancing earlier, but he much preferred the alternative image his imagination provided.

 

Suspicion replaced speculation when he didn’t answer her question. “You’re not a friend of the groom?”

 

“No.”

 

“And I know you’re not a friend of the bride. So, how did you hear my toast?” Blue eyes narrowed for a second before she accused, “Did you crash my sister’s wedding?”

~~~

To everything there is a season…

 

Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch…a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Spring Love by H.T. Night

 

Book #6 in the Winning Sarah’s Heart Series

 

Cody isn’t like the other boys. For one, he has a very high emotional IQ. In fact, he’s particularly sensitive and romantic, especially for a middle-schooler. And no one knows that better than Sarah Davis. Cody and Sarah make plans to go to the Spring Fling dance together.

 

In Spring Love, soon to be fourteen-year-old Cody has lots of new changes to deal with. First of all, it’s baseball season. Cody is on two different baseball teams–and these two teams couldn’t be any more different. The second big change in Cody’s life is that his dad shows up with big promises.

 

With National Teen Chess Finals coming up, Cody has a lot on his plate. Will the stress eventually get to him? Or will Cody rise above everything and become the man his mother raised him to be?

 

 

REVIEWS:

 

“What a fun ride! Night displays an uncanny knack to capture the thoughts and language of youth. Cody Greer is heroic, funny, and most of all, real.”

―Summer Lee, author of Kindred Spirits and Beach Angel

 

“Cody Greer is pitch-perfect. More than anything, the author is a natural born storyteller. Think Nicholas Sparks meets Judy Blume. The story itself is inspiring and hilarious and will stay with you for some time to come. Night captures the thoughts and feelings of six-graders everywhere in a wonderfully touching and moving tale.”

―J.R. Rain, author of Moon Dance and The Body Departed

 

“This is why I love reading! Cody Greer is hilarious, thought-provoking and poignant!”

―Elaine Babich, author Relatively Normal and You Never Called Me Princess

 

“Sweet and heart-warming. I absolutely fell in love with Cody Greer.”

—Ella Quinn, author of The Glass Secret and Beautiful Force

Montana, 1871

 

Meet Julia Sullivan – she just had the worst luck. After a rocky trip by steamboat over a river that has just started to thaw, she’s arrived in Rocky Point, Montana, months delayed. Unfortunately her groom, Timothy Mitchell, recently married another woman.

What she didn’t expect was to be stuck with the option of the surly twin.

 

After losing to his brother, in a battle to win the heart of his intended bride Alice Johnson, Terry Mitchell doubts he has anything to offer a replacement bride. Certainly not a woman better matched to another man. But her presence in his mother’s home brings them into close proximity and he can’t get her out of his mind.

 

Sometimes when everything goes wrong it is exactly the way it should be. The Almighty works in mysterious ways.

 

In this wonderful new series by Hope Sinclair, a string of strong women venture out to the frontier to find a new life and true love with men, who will treat them right. Buy it now to find out how it ends for Terry and Julia.

 

A Bride For Spring is a Clean Western Historical Romance about the mail order brides that arrive at Rocky Point. Each story can be read as a standalone but if you wish to read about the other stories these are available for just $0.99 or ALWAYS FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

 

Hope Sinclair writes clean, inspirational, western romance stories that always have a good old fashioned happy ending.

 

Mail Order Brides of Rocky Point:

Book 1: A Chance For Love: An Abused Widow For The Weary Sheriff

Book 2: A Call Of Destiny: The Deputy’s Pretend Bride

Book 3: Abandoned Bride: A Jilted Bride For The Shopkeeper

Book 4: A Bride For Christmas: An Unexpected Bride For The Wrong Twin

Book 5: A Bride For Spring: A Replacement Bride For the Jilted Twin

 

Mail Order Brides of Cedarwood Creek:

Book 1: A Twist Of Fate: A Barren Bride for The Lumberjack (Out Now! Exclusively part of Multiauthor boxset)

 

Mail Order Bride Agency:

Book 1: The Lonely Pioneer and the Cripple Bride – Lilly

Book 2: The Weary Saloon Owner and the Novice Nun – Mary Margaret (due February 2016)

Book 3: The Faithful Rancher and the Scarred Bride – Mercy (due in February 2016)

Book 4: The Prideful Preacher and the Dwarf Bride – Amelia (due in February 2016)

Sam Mackenzie rode into the town of Hidden Springs looking for a place to belong. He takes a job at Ryan’s Ranch and is immediately attracted to the ranch’s pretty, female, owner.

 

Kate Ryan is a woman determined to make it on her own. Chafing at the thought of having to hire help, she nonetheless falls for the handsome stranger who answers her ad.

 

When they meet, sparks fly and they are drawn to each other. But life in 1867 Arizona Territory isn’t easy. When a secret from Kate’s past comes to light, they are each faced with the challenge of making a difficult decision.

 

Will they turn and run or are they here to stay?

 

MATURE CONTENT Sex; violence

Star-crossed lovers and second chances … meet guys and gals with good reason to guard their hearts even as they follow their dreams.

 

Enjoy eight sweet contemporary romances penned by award-winning and best-selling authors in the Spring Into Romance Boxed Set. From betrayal and conflict to secrets and scandals, get ready for a variety of books that will satisfy the romance junkie in you.

 

Cleaning Up Love by Lacey Wolfe

Penny Watson is hiding from her horrific past as the housekeeper to celebrity Brock Foxx. With a scandal of his own, he entices Penny to be his fake girlfriend. Before long, Penny is swept up in the spotlight as Brock Foxx’s latest fling. While she should be loving it, she’d also worried that the men she’s running from will find her.

 

The Vet’s Secret Wish by J.L. Campbell

Matthias Laing strikes an uneasy compromise with Toni Nevers, who agrees to marry him on Valentine’s Day—eleven months away. A man of action, Matthias can’t rest easy after Toni’s ex admits he wants her back. With Toni’s daughter and her small army of pets on his side, Matthias rolls out a plan to get Toni to reconsider the length of their engagement and opt for a summer wedding.

 

Misty Mountain by P.C. Zick

When Lacy and George begin dating, each of them keeps a shield around their hearts. Lacy’s been hurt so many times, she’s afraid to let another man come close. George, reeling from a bitter divorce, doesn’t trust women. If they can put down their shields long enough to discover the love growing between them, then nothing will stand in their way to finding happiness.

 

You Belong with Me by Melissa Storm

Will Porter lives a life of order and routine, so, of course, he’s miffed when a savage Rottweiler picks a fight with his golden retriever at the dog park. His anger quickly vanishes when he looks into the tearful eyes of the dog’s owner—eyes that look strikingly similar to his ex’s. Even though he’d like nothing more than to run in the other direction, he’s unable to ignore the beautiful stranger’s request for help in taming her new dog…

 

Love & Light by Michele Shriver

After watching her mother succumb to illness, Kori Walsh sank into a depression that she can’t snap out of. As the star pitcher on his college baseball team, Landon Grayson has plenty of girls vying for his attention, yet finds himself drawn to the sullen girl who keeps showing up to watch practice every day. Can Landon show Kori that there is light after darkness, and if he does, will love blossom?

 

Mail-Order Groom by Cindy Flores Martinez

Lisa’s wedding is canceled when she catches her fiancé, Jeff, with another woman. In a twist of fate, she meets Krzysztof from Poland who is seeking an American woman to marry him and help him stay in America. After hearing his heart-tugging story, Lisa says “I do” to him. It’s strictly a business deal. He’s not planning to stay in America forever, but she starts falling for him.

 

Love on the Slopes by Amy Manemann

Jessa Hartley is haunted by memories of the night she threw herself at her childhood crush, Dominic DeRenzi – and he turned her away. Now all grown up, Jessa has moved on and is determined to buy the ski lodge of her dreams. Until Dominic shows up and buys it out from under her. Dominic broke her heart the first time he left. Can he make her see this time around he’s here to stay?

 

Ensnared by Jade Kerrion

The two Falconer boys, Raphael and Michael, were named for the archangels. At twenty-two, Lily Herald married Raphael, the first Falconer boy. By twenty-five, she was divorced, having traded in her wedding ring for two near-fatal bullet wounds. No one knows why she’s returned home, to the place of so many shared and painful memories, but Michael Falconer’s determined to find out before she destroys what’s left of his family.

Olivia Sarlin is head-over-heels and seconds from meeting the man of her fantasies. But when a sexy, dark mystery man bowls her over like china in a tea shop, her plans go awry. His unapologetic manner ignites her fiery temper. That is until the sparks between them set off an inner flame and she is irresistibly drawn to him.

 

There is, however, an obstacle. A wealthy but ridiculous would-be suitor places himself in their path. His malevolent heart will stop at nothing to have her, setting off a string of events that threaten to throw a wrench into her life and come between her and the man she loves.

 

Spring Rush is a steamy, contemporary romance with colorful characters and a splash of humor.

 

Don’t miss the unfolding Raven Harbor Series…

 

Book 1: Spring Rush, Olivia

Book 2: Summer Season, Olivia

Book 3: Autumn Dreams – NEW! and out now!

Book 4: Winter… out 2016

 

Don´t miss Amy’s brand new spicy series of short reads: Raven Harbor Lane. Book 1 – Prelude – is out now.

 

(This book contains adult situations and explicit content, 18+)

If you paint a man’s horse pink, be prepared to face the consequences!

 

Alissa McLeod wants Craig Murchison’s attention. She wants him to see her as a woman, and not as his best friend’s little sister. But when Craig ignores her prettiest dresses, her shy flirtation and her award-winning chocolate raspberry cake, then there’s only one thing for it—she’s going to have to turn this Texas cowboy’s world upside down until he realises the one thing he needs is right in front of him: her.

 

For fans of first kisses, sparkling romance, ex-soldier heroes, and shy women who find the courage to risk everything for the men they love.

 

“First Kiss” is a short story, a 45 minute read.

10-          Spring Vacation Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 2) by several authors

Amazon #1 Bestselling series in New Release for Clean Romance

 

4.5 stars! “All six books are wonderfully well-written… like a buffet of mini desserts: diverse, delectable, sweet and satisfying.” –IND’TALE MAGAZINE, Stephenia McGee

 

5 stars! “Ah… I’ve been to my happy place. Six sweet romances compiled into one awesome book. These are some of my favorite writers.” –Aimee Brown

 

5 stars! “These collection of romance stories are delightful! I am so impressed with all of the authors.” –Susan Russell

 

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Spring Vacation Collection. Readers will love this collection of six sweet contemporary romance novellas, centered on a Spring Vacation, all with one thing in common: Romance.

 

In Moonlight Kiss, a delightful story by Josi S. Kilpack, Sarah is looking forward to the company retreat, namely because she’ll finally meet Clint—the man she’s been Instant Messaging for a few months. As a single mom, Sarah gets out . . . well, never. So adding vacation days onto the retreat so she can spend time with Clint is daring, yet exciting. She just hopes that the suave on-line Clint will live up to the man she hopes to share her heart with.

 

In Annette Lyon’s charming novella, Chasing Tess, Tess had been patiently waiting through three years of law school for James to pop the question. The night has finally arrived—at his graduation party. But his big announcement turns out to be completely unexpected . . . and devastating. Tess flees the party, promising herself she’ll never let herself waste time on James again. But as she makes a desperate cross-country drive, James makes his own plans on how to win her back.

 

Dancing at the Flea Market is a sweet romance by Heather Justesen. Mara, fresh out of the cold North Dakota tundra, spends her spring break in Texas with close friend, Anna. When the two women run into Carter, an impatient man with a painful past, it takes hearing Mara’s stunning voice at the local Karaoke club to thaw his heart. But as Mara gets to know Carter, she has to decide if the distance between their lives and homes is worth trying to bridge.

 

In Sarah M. Eden’s captivating novella, The Best Laid Plans, Madison gives up a vacation to Cancún with her office friends to return home and babysit her mother, who is in another sketchy relationship. The only problem with returning home is running into Derek, her ex-boyfriend who she decided to break up with before he could break up with her—Madison believes in always being one step ahead. When Derek teams up with Madison to investigate whether her mother is dating the right guy, Madison has a hard time ignoring what her heart is telling her about giving Derek another chance.

 

Picture Perfect, an exciting story by Heather B. Moore, follows Gemma who has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn’t get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it’s finally met its true match.

 

In Aubrey Mace’s enchanting romance, The Science of Sentiment, Rosie will do anything to forget Kevin, his completely perfect kisses, and the fact that he dumped her. When she arrives at her grandfather’s mountain cabin for a spring getaway, she discovers her worst nightmare—Kevin has been invited to stay the weekend too. Since there is only room for one in such a small space, Rosie is determined to kick Kevin out. But Kevin has other plans . . . which might include a reminder of why he’s the perfect kisser.

 

What spring romance book(s) do you recommend? Share in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading!

 

MRS N, Book Addict

Planting the Seeds of Love is Sprouting Over on Blurbs in Bloom #ASMSG #IARTG #MFRWAuthor


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I’m very excited because Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella is featured on the Blurbs in Bloom blog today:

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Have a beautiful weekend!

With Gratitude,

MRS N aka N. N. Light

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Friday Book Round-Up: Sweet Romance Novellas #romance #MFRAuthor #sweetromance


Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! Summer’s in full-swing and my heart yearns for romance. Since I just finished writing my very first sweet romance novella, I thought it would be fun to list six of my favorite sweet romance novellas on my Kindle right now. Here they are:

1- Just a Little (Part One) (Just a Little Boxset Book 1) by Tracie Puckett

It’s FREE on Amazon right now!!!

Just a Little (Part One) is a compilation of the first four novellas in the series: Just a Little Crush, Just a Little Embrace, Just a Little Sincerity, and Just a Little Promise.

JUST A LITTLE CRUSH

When a class assignment requires seventeen-year-old Julie to shadow someone on the job, she’s overwhelmed by the decisions she’ll have to make. After all, she has no clue what she wants from life post-graduation. So when her Uncle Charlie, Oakland’s Chief of Police, suggests Julie fulfill her twenty hours of required job shadowing at the local police department, she’s thrilled at his solution. Thinking she’ll spend her days filing paperwork behind a desk, she finds herself quickly agreeing to his proposition. But Julie’s expectations are quickly turned upside down when she meets Luke, the young and handsome (albeit somewhat stubborn) officer she’s assigned to shadow on patrol.

With every hour she logs with Luke at the wheel, her feelings stir deeper, and Julie can’t help but wonder if what she’s feeling has developed into more than just a little crush.

JUST A LITTLE EMBRACE

Gone are the days of police patrol. With ten hours to go before completing her job shadowing project, seventeen-year-old Julie Little’s assignment has switched gears, and now she’s required to start living the lifestyle of every man (and woman) in uniform. Under Luke’s command, Julie is obligated to complete her remaining hours through early morning exercise training. And despite her distaste for physical exertion, Julie’s crush on her mentor continues to grow by leaps and bounds with each passing day. And just when she’s certain that she’s making progress in her relationship with Luke, Julie learns that the new guy in town has taken an interest in winning her heart… and as far as she’s concerned, there’s only room in her heart for one man… even if he still hasn’t figured out that they’re meant to be.

JUST A LITTLE SINCERITY

Plans for the Oakland Fall Ball are officially underway, and it’s up to seventeen-year-old Julie Little to pull off a night her classmates will never forget. But with the recent tragedies that have torn through her life, Julie can’t stay focused on the task at hand. With the added stress of the dance, family, and fragile friendships, she continues to struggle with the pain that comes with love and loss. And with the fate of her love life hanging in the balance, a close friend finally lays it all on the line; Julie will never be happy… until she finally lets Luke go….

JUST A LITTLE PROMISE

In the beginning, all she wanted was a sense of direction. Now, she’s fighting in the name of love.

Seventeen-year-old Julie Little is under constant scrutiny. Try as she might, she can’t make a single move without her uncle’s permission–and Charlie will stop at nothing to keep her from Luke (even if that means putting her behind bars for an hour or two). But Charlie’s overbearing behavior is the least of her worries. Derek is consumed with guilt. Luke is struggling to overcome his past. And Julie is on a diehard mission to change things that are completely out of her control… even if that means betraying the man she loves.

2- Luke’s Montana Bride (Sweet, Clean Western Cowboy Historical Romance)( Brothers of Montana series Book 1) by Maya Stirling

Book 1 in a new trilogy. The Brothers of Montana series. Three brothers and their search for love

Montana 1887

A friendship that could turn to love

Growing up in the small town of Montana Falls, Amber Scott and Luke Dunbar had always been friends, even if sometimes it had seemed like they were enemies . Then Amber left to become a nurse, and Luke believed he’d lost her forever. Now that she’s back in Montana Falls, both Luke and Amber discover they need each other like never before.

Handsome lawman Luke Dunbar knows that reunions don’t always go smoothly. Especially if the woman he believes to be his one and only love is determined to resist his every attempt to show her just how much she means to him.

Can Luke seize his second chance at love, and can Amber overcome the barriers to finding a happy ever after with a friend who is now so close to becoming the love of her life?

Each novel in the series is a complete standalone story with a happy ending and no cliff-hangers.

3- Summer of Sweetness (Sweet Coming of Age Holiday Romance) by Juliet Joseph

Twenty-something Laura Martin has always wanted to travel. She never thought she’d spend her first vacation outside of the Midwest on a little-known Florida resort island as someone’s nanny. With two rambunctious twins in tow, she has to deal with her snippy and emotionally distant rich employers the DeVilliers while trying to make the most of spending her every waking moment as the only responsible adult on the trip.

But when she meets Josh Philips, the handsome activities director at their luxury resort, the little time she gets to spend with him makes it all worthwhile. He shows her what life on the island can be like, and they talk about their shared dream of running a bed and breakfast one day.

There’s a storm brewing though, as she realizes the trip will only last so long. With a real tropical storm on the horizon, how will they make their summer romance last and become something more?

4- One Night Is All You Need: A Short Story by Kimberly G. Giarratano

After Margot Green helps move her older sister into the University of Miami dorms, she just wants to go home to New Jersey where she can wallow in her loneliness. Unfortunately, for Margot, her parents decide to extend their trip to the Florida Keys where they sign up for a kooky tour of historic Key West. Margot is horrified to have to traipse around hotter-than-Hades Old Town with her embarrassing parents until she meets Sam, an enigmatic local, who convinces her to embark on a spooky adventure that will inevitably lead to discovery and heartache.

ONE NIGHT IS ALL YOU NEED is a 5,000-word YA short story that will appeal to both romance and mystery fans.

5- Her Time for Love (Clean Time Travel Regency Romance Novella) by Roxanne Amour

Clean Time Travel Regency Romance

Her Time for Love is a sweet romantic love story suitable for all readers.

They say time waits for now one except for the one person who can control it! Her Time for Love is an exciting historical romance classic unraveling in a beautiful European setting filled with mystery, madness and mayhem.

Desperately looking for love and willing to do whatever it takes to find the man of her dreams Abigail Leeds sets out on a not so typical adventure in Paris, the city of Amour.

Julien Lachance a young entrepreneur with a particular eye for beautiful things and willing to bend the rules to acquire them catches her eye.

Lucas Fortier a generous, kind and loving man is driven to the brink of insanity when love is lost; he’s willing to kill to bring her back from the dead.

Love is found and lost and found again in this wholesome suspense thriller.

If you like being part of the story you’re reading then you’ll enjoy sharing in Abigail’s passions and fears as she searches for true love in this clean romance novella for all ages.

6- Sweetwater Springs Christmas: A Montana Sky Short Story Anthology (The Montana Sky Series) by Debra Holland and Friends

Come celebrate the holidays in 1895 Sweetwater Springs, Montana, as ten Western Romance authors join New York Times Bestselling author DEBRA HOLLAND in telling SHORT STORIES of love and laughter, heartbreak and healing, and most of all, Christmas joy.

  1. AYERS – A CHRISTMAS FAR FROM HOME

Far from home and with love in their hearts, a young Wyoming rancher and the daughter of a Montana railroad businessman learn the true joy of Christmas is in giving.

LINDA CARROLL-BRADD – WISHES ON A STAR

Will a wish on a star foretell the future of a young suffragette and a visiting rancher?

MJ FREDRICK – ABIGAIL’S CHRISTMAS ANGEL

A lonely widow and a lonelier marshal make peace with their past.

DEBRA HOLLAND – THE GIFT OF MUSIC

Can two reserved people overcome their limitations and find love?

DEBRA HOLLAND – A FAMILY FOR IKE

An orphaned boy finds an unexpected family.

DEBRA HOLLAND – THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS

The town banker learns that perhaps some things are more important than money.

PATY JAGER – A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER

Ida doesn’t remember the last two years, but her husband is determined to find her and reignite their love.

JILL MARIE LANDIS – UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

A spinster discovers it’s never too late to embrace love and the surprises life has in store.

TRISH MILBURN – A NEW HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

A woman scarred in face and heart finds love with a cowboy.

LINDA MCLAUGHLIN – THE BEST PRESENT

A grieving ten-year-old girl anticipating a sad Christmas receives some surprises.

BEV PETTERSEN – THE CHRISTMAS CROSSING

With a little Christmas magic, two searching hearts discover they can bridge much more than a raging river.

TORI SCOTT – A PROMISE FOR CHRISTMAS

Faced with her first Montana winter without her husband, Rachel Tanner and her young son need a miracle.

CYNTHIA WOOLF – SUGARPLUM DREAMS

Julia Bosworth travels west to fulfill a special dream and finds her heart’s desire.

This short story collection takes place after Montana Sky Christmas, but the anthology can be read as a stand-alone book.

What sweet romance novellas are your favorites? Share in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict

When Love Blooms by @Judythe2 #Romance #99cents #CleanReads


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Book Title: When Love Blooms, Book 1 of the Fitzpatrick Family Series – Andy

Author Name: Judythe Morgan

Genre: Sweet/Inspirational Romance, Clean Reads

Book Blurb:

After a hit-and-run accident leaves her mother confined to a special care facility, Darcy Clark abandons her dreams to run the family’s struggling landscape business.

Then at-risk students from her old high school become the labor force on a city park project, and Andy Fitzpatrick shows up to supervise his students. The chemistry between Darcy and Andy is instant.

But will a secret link between Andy and her mother’s accident kill the attraction before love can blossom?

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Thanks again for your help and your students with the mulch,” Darcy Clark said through the open window of her Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery truck.

“Andy.” He patted the doorframe. “You’re welcome. See you around.”

When she glanced in the rear-view mirror, he stood at the curb waving. For a dweebie kid, Matt’s little brother had grown into a fine specimen of manhood. Young, lean and fit. She was already hiding gray hairs under L’Oréal. He might be a little bullheaded about his students, but he seemed to be a nice person. Certainly appealing. His actions today definitely put him in the good-guy category.

But her observations about character in the past hadn’t been so accurate, especially where men were concerned. She couldn’t trust her judgment with the opposite sex, and she wasn’t about to risk putting her heart in jeopardy again. Not when she believed his brother had been driving the car that struck her mother.

The bright red Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery truck joined the flow of traffic from the student parking lot where senior students rushed out for burgers and fries instead of cafeteria cuisine. Martin’s black low rider pickup joined the chain of vehicles. Martin wasn’t a senior, which meant he was cutting out on afternoon classes.

Andy exhaled a loud sigh. Again. Would he ever get through to Martin?

The challenge of teaching at-risk students was difficult to say the least, but he’d willingly taken on the task because he thought he could make a difference. After three years, he’d had some successes and equally as many failures. This particular class had more potential than his others. He didn’t want to lose any of them.

Re-tying his bowtie, he headed back inside. On his way, he stopped by the Attendance Office. “I want to give you a heads up. Martin’s leaving campus again.”

Mary Jane Walker, who’d been attendance clerk at Burton High School forever, pushed her glasses on top of her dyed-red hair, exposing the grey roots. “You know we can’t keep covering for him.”

Andy nodded. “I’m sure he’s going home so he can meet his sister’s kindergarten bus. Isn’t there some way we can get him in the early dismissal program?”

Ms. Walker pursed her lips. “He needs a paying job to be eligible.”

“I’m working on it. Give him just one more bye. We’ll lose him if he goes back to juvie. He’s not tough enough. He won’t survive in there.”

“Oh, all right. I won’t mark it.” She pasted a sticky note on her record book. “Martin might surprise you. If I remember correctly, several of us didn’t think you’d survive or amount to anything either, and look how you turned out.”

He didn’t need Ms. Walker’s reminder. Memories of bad judgments, failure to do the right thing and opportunities missed haunted his thoughts. “Thanks. I’ll talk to him and try to make him understand his potential.”

All afternoon his class discussions kept coming back to the “hottie” in khaki shorts and red tee-shirt with the Buds ‘n Blooms Nursery logo. Andy didn’t stop them. Friday afternoons were relaxed. The last hour of the schedule, he helped with homework since most received no encouragement from their families. With Monday a school holiday, they were too excited to focus anyway.

Suzette and Rachel agreed Darcy Clark wasn’t half-bad, for an older woman. Andy smiled. Age to a teen was relative. Darcy and Matt had been classmates, which meant she was thirty-two to his twenty-six. Not that big a difference to Andy’s thinking.

He glanced at Carlos, remembering the flecks of green that fired in Darcy’s hazel eyes when she’d argued that Carlos, or one of his students, might be responsible for the vandalism she was experiencing. The school flowerbed, he couldn’t deny that, but she was wrong about Carlos being her vandal. She didn’t understand what these kids faced every day or know their stories. Andy would have to convince her before she decided to go to the authorities. Carlos did not need any more trouble. He had enough at home.

Andy continued to grade papers except his focus kept wandering. Meeting Darcy had certainly been the highlight of his day, and he was having a devil of a time blocking her images from his mind and the surprising magnetic pull. In one short encounter, she’d managed to totally disrupt his peace of mind.

His preacher father always said Andy’s biggest problem was letting the devil fill his head too much, but Andy didn’t see Darcy Clark as devil sent. More like heaven sent.

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Judythe Morgan writes award-winning love stories of true love, second chances, forgiveness, and happily-ever-after. Her experiences as a military dependent, antiques dealer, and teacher have provided a wealth of stories to tell. Add years of international travel and an insatiable desire to see, do, and learn and you have a creative fountain overflowing. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her walking her dogs—a very large Old English sheepdog and an equally tiny Maltese—in the nearby Rio Grande National Forest. For more information about Judythe and her books, visit her website at http://www.judythemorgan.com or her award-winning blog at http://judythewriter.wordpress.com/

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I’d Like to Introduce You To… @AuthorAnneAshby #MFRWAuthor #authorinterview #romance


Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to the lovely Anne Ashby. She’s a successful author from New Zealand with a brand new book, Worlds Collide. Even with the crazy time zones, she sat down with me for an honest, insightful interview. Please welcome her to the Princess of the Light blog. Anne, take it away: 

What is your writing process?

I’m a pantser so there is little planning goes into my writing. A story idea will pop into my mind—more often than not it is a very vague plot outline rather than a character based concept—and I sit at my computer and let the story develop however it wants to. I normally write chronologically although my concentration sometimes wavers and I shoot ahead to write a more “exciting” scene. After completing a story, I like to put it aside for a few weeks and move onto something new, so then when I return to edit it, I can approach the story with a fresher mind. For me the editing process prior to submission takes almost as long as writing a story.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

I love that as a writer I can keep choosing names for people—after all, we can only have so many children or pets, can’t we? I did have a little habit which I’m currently trying to break. Somehow most of my male characters had four letter names. When I became a little too precious about this I decided I had to change. I do pick names I like personally but based on the sound rather than their meaning. I have a favourite name book which lists names under numerous headings and details different fads. Once they’re allocated a name, my characters manage to grow into that name pretty quickly. Surnames I have chosen by flicking through the phone directory with my eyes shut. A pointed finger running down a page selects the surname. Yeah I know, a weird way of doing things, but it’s been working for me.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I definitely read my reviews and get that warm, fuzzy feeling to know someone has enjoyed my stories. I used to respond to all of them but don’t any more. Not for any real reason other than time constraints. For years I have suggested to budding writers that they should wallpaper their offices/working spaces with the rejections they get. Treat them as badges of honour.  I guess the same applies to bad reviews. At least you had a book out there to review, that’s so much more than many people. My advice, take note of the constructive criticism and don’t make the same mistakes in your next book. If a bad review doesn’t offer anything constructive for the writer to work on, the reviewer might not know as much as they think they do. I say ignore these reviews.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

“Worlds Collide” is my seventh book, all of them published by The Wild Rose Press. We are calling this one a “companion book” to my very first story “Worlds Apart” as the hero is a secondary character from that story. We couldn’t call it a sequel or a prequel as the stories run along similar time lines. Neither could we say it is part of a series. They’re definitely stand-alone stories.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’ve recently submitted a story set in Auckland which has a bit of a genealogy twist to it and am currently working on another set on a farm close to where I grew up in the southern province of New Zealand. I got the idea from a friend who dreamed of turning his farm into an adventure playground.

Do you write naked?

When I first looked at the list of questions I thought here’s one that’s definitely not being answered and then I thought, why not? It’s an opening to allow all sorts of possible responses. Ahh, no, I haven’t been tempted to write naked yet—and its wintertime here so it’s not likely to happen any time soon. But that’s not to say it might never happen. Hold on! But what if my characters sneaked a look and caught sight of me in my birthday suit. Would they feel inhibited by my gorgeous super model figure? Hmm maybe not, but I’d better not risk it.

Believe me, if I had a gorgeous super model figure would I be closeted in a tiny office with the door shut all the time? No, I’d be out living the high life with all the other super models. Or at least be wherever all those models go when they’ve turned old and grey.

What is your biggest fear?

This question raises two types of fear for me. I have a physical fear of not being able to breathe. If I believed in reincarnation I’d think I’d once died some horrible death like being suffocated or drowned or something similar where I was deprived of oxygen. Should I also admit here to a fear of moths? They freak me out big time.

My emotional fear is that I might outlive my children or grandchildren. How terrible that situation must be. If I’ve inherited my mother’s genes (she’s 100 and still lives independently), then this might happen to me, but right now, I can think of nothing more devastating.

Where is one place you’d like to visit that you haven’t been before?

I love to travel and although I’ve managed to see quite a bit of the world, since my husband has retired we often get itchy feet and are off enjoying even more adventures. Chile is somewhere we haven’t yet ventured and I think sounds like an incredible place. I don’t care much for cities or built up areas, I prefer natural wonders and think Chile has many sights I’d enjoy.

What were you like as a child? Your favourite toy?

Somewhere in my life I think I must have experienced a metamorphosis of character. I remember myself as a child, so different to me now. I was so shy I hid behind my mother’s skirts and wouldn’t speak to anyone outside family.  We lived in the country and Mum (a widow) was mum and dad and everything else to us kids. We did everything together as a family. We had the most amazing upbringing. My favourite toy was undoubtedly my bike. If I’d been born years later I’d have been a BMX rider I’m sure. I knocked myself out once while trying to ride along the top of a narrow concrete fence; I didn’t quite make it to the end. Mum was not a happy camper that day!

What do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

Am I lucky or unlucky? I don’t know. Possibly once or twice a year I wake up aware I have had a dream. But it’s gone within seconds. Other than that, I have no awareness of dreaming at all. I acknowledge I must dream, we all do, but I have no memory of such occurrences. I envy writers who talk of dreams they weave into their stories and wish it could happen to me. But I don’t envy my husband who has a multitude of ultra-vivid dreams every night.

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Title: Worlds Collide

 Author: Anne Ashby

Genre: Clean but Not Chaste Contemporary Romance suitable for 16+ (Story contains no sex scenes but I do mention physical responses to desire eg, tightening trousers, peaked nipples etc – I’m now adding the ‘not chaste’ and ‘16+’ to the description of my stories so I am not misrepresenting their content.)

 

Worlds Collide Blurb:

Although a secret dread lays buried deep inside New Zealand tradesman Justin Titirangi he appears content. He enjoys his life in Washington DC. He never dreamed a casual invitation to attend Thanksgiving with a friend’s family would impact his life so disastrously. Previously untouched by social snobbery, he’s blasted with both barrels.

Nicole Campbell is ashamed of how she’d treated her brother’s friend, but is smarting from the demise of a long term relationship. She never expects to see Justin again anyway. A need to escape her smothering parents but without ready funds, Nicole temporarily moves into her brother’s house in DC, unaware Justin also lives there.

Sparks fly when Justin and Nicole come face to face but will they manage to control the blaze before it engulfs them both?

Worlds Collide Excerpt:

“It’s been a great day. Thanks, Nicole.”

Nicole smiled and reached for the bag that’d slipped beneath his seat.

“Sorry,” she said as she stretched, inadvertently brushing her forearm against his thigh.

“Don’t mind me.” Justin enjoyed the sensation.

Her hair brushed his face and the smell of her perfume—doubtless some expensive fragrance—sent his senses spinning. He took a deep breath.

In the tiny confines of her car, her firm breast now pressed against his leg. He probably should have retrieved her bag, but nothing could have shifted him at that moment. Instead he concentrated on breathing.

Even this proved impossible when she used his upper leg as a means to right her balance. The casual intimacy dawned on her. She leaned back into her seat with her bag clutched against her breasts.

Above his head, the closing garage door sounded like rolling thunder as their gazes locked. His heart pounded. The hairs on the back of his neck stood to attention. His attempt to control breaths, coming in short sharp pants, came to little avail.

Once Nicole broke eye contact, Justin leapt out and was around at her door in time to help her from the car. This time he didn’t let her hand slip away from his.

In the dim light from the automatic door opener he smiled down at her. As he urged her closer, his heart roared like a chainsaw in his ears. “I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a sightseeing trip so much.”

She didn’t resist as he rubbed his other hand up and down her arm.

Leaning in he brushed his lips against hers and, feeling no rejection, he gathered her close and plundered the sweetness of her mouth. His body jumped to full alert, his heart surging blood through his veins at a million kilometres a second.

With a suddenness that left him bouncing against Kelly’s car, Nicole shoved him away. She was glaring at him in the gloom, the back of her hand wiping across her mouth.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” She poked an angry finger at him as he straightened, her eyes narrowed slits.

Her taste was still with him, on his lips, in his mouth. He grinned. “Kissing a beautiful woman?”

“Whatever made you think…? I never gave you the right to assume—”

“Right?” He stiffened. A different type of heat built up inside him at the scorn in her voice. His hand touched one ear, sure it must be on fire. He backed off between the cars, his arms raised as if she were a cop with an extended gun. “Hey, I’m just a guy who’s spent a very enjoyable day with an attractive woman.”

“And you think that gives you the right to some sort of payment? A grope in the garage? How cheap do you think I am?”

Justin stared at her. “What the hell! Are you for real, lady?” The haughty tilt of her head suggested she was. “I wanted to thank you. I thought we’d clicked today. Found some common ground.”

He shrugged, his annoyance growing. If she’d drawn away the moment their lips had touched, he’d have taken the hint. “It seems I was wrong.”

His glare might negate the sincerity of his apology but he voiced it anyway. “I apologise for overstepping the mark.”

“I don’t know who you think you are.”

“Who do I think I am?” He glared right back at her. “Who do you think you are?”

Before she could make any further cracks at him he leapt in with one of his own. “I don’t know how things work in your rarefied high society circles, but down here in the real world there are a few guidelines you could well learn. They’re pretty clear—like if you don’t want a guy to kiss you, you shouldn’t tease him.”

“I did not—”

“Oh, c’mon, rubbing your arm along my thigh, leaning your breasts against me, draping your hair in my face? What was I supposed to think?”

“I was getting my bag.”

He laughed, not an amused sound. “You could have asked me to get it.”

He couldn’t be sure in the dim light, but did a little colour come into her cheeks?

“If you don’t want to give a guy the wrong idea,” he mimicked her tone, “you don’t suck his tongue down your throat before you give him the push.”

She opened her mouth, but no words fell out. Maybe she was reliving the moment, and accepting the truth of his allegation. He stood glowering at her, his arms folded across his chest.

She made to shove past him, but he held his ground. “Excuse me,” she demanded.

He stepped back with an exaggerated theatrical bow.

“Whatever you say, my lady,” he mocked.

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Anne Ashby grew up in a very small coastal town in Southland, New Zealand. An eagerness to travel, fostered by her mother, led her to join the Royal NZ Navy where she enjoyed a very satisfying career. She has travelled extensively and lived in Singapore and Maryland USA. Anne likes to bring something of her beautiful country to romance readers everywhere by using New Zealand as the setting for most of her clean but not chaste contemporary stories.  If not set in NZ, Anne has kiwi characters filling her books. Anne has a keen interest in genealogy, an obsession for rugby and a definite dislike of housework. When not reading or writing, Anne finds plenty to occupy her time with her family commitments and her role as the National President of the Royal NZ Navalwomen’s Association. She currently lives in Auckland with her husband and one of their four children. She’s blessed to have her four grandchildren living close by.

 

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