Thursday, January 19, 2023

Cami's Writing Adventure

Ms. Checketts doesn't sit down to parsel out wisdom as to explain her story as to how she achieved succes, including commercial success in her author career. 

If you're looking for a step-by-step guide to follow in her footsteps, then this isn't the book for you. There are nuggets in here, but that's not the purpose of the book 

If you're looking for inspiration on how to keep moving forward and pursue your dreams, this is a good read to that end. 

I enjoyed learning about her journey and the turns it has taken. 


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Have you ever wanted an inside look at a successful romance writer's path? USA Today Bestselling Author Cami Checketts shares her journey from the setbacks to the joys. Don't miss inside tips on writing, publishing, and creating your success.


Thursday, January 5, 2023

Just Write

James Scott Bell has a several books on writing. I picked up this one to start with. 

He uses old school/classic examples but if you're up on your novels and pop culture you should be okay. If not, then you'll have some homework to do. 

Mr. Bell breaks down the learning into manageable segments within the chapters so you can take bite size pieces of information like I did. I think reading it straight through might be overwhelming. 

There's lots of great wisdom and quotes in here. I got plenty of motivation and inspiration from these pages. 


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Enthrall your readers, love the process, & become the writer you are meant to be!

Writers are given a wealthy of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in neutral.

The solution is simple: 
Just write. Write yourself past fears, doubts, and setbacks, and use your desire for writing excellence to deeply immerse yourself in the craft.

In 
Just Write, best-selling author and veteran writing coach James Scott Bell shows you how to develop unforgettable stories while leading a rewarding writing life. You'll learn how to master the nuances of fiction, discover what readers really want, and persevere through the challenges of getting started, conquering writer's block, and dealing with rejection. Look inside to discover how to:

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Brainstorm new concepts for your fiction and develop a believable premise.
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Create memorable characters that keep your readers coming back for more.
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Study classic & contemporary novels to improve your writing.
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Effectively market yourself as a writer.
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Manage your time to maintain peak efficiency.
Fulfilling writing careers are developed through hard work, an investment in practice, and complete dedication to the process. Don't succumb to excuses or procrastination. Dive into your career with gusto and enthusiasm. Fall in love with writing every day.




Thursday, December 29, 2022

One Spicy Christmas Elf

Ms. McConnell brings the holiday magic in santa-sized toy sacks in this charming, swoony holiday romance. 

You'll be falling fast in love with the ranch and reindeer as Nat with Jack when Tinsel Town takes over the property. 

There's all the right chemistry between Nat and Jack, coupled with reasons they should and shouldn't be together. Christmas miracles abound in the frosty skies of North Dakota. 

The perfect read next to a cozy fireplace, curled up with your hot beverage of choice, and paired with your favorite holiday treat. 


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Question: How do you hide a flying reindeer when there are cameras everywhere?

Answer: You put her in the movie.

Natasha Newberry arrives on Reindeer Wrangler Ranch with big expectations and high hopes. As the production company’s (almost) official) liaison, she’ll work closely with the wranglers to scout locations, hold reindeer auditions, and more. The one thing she doesn’t need is a handsome wrangler distracting her with sleigh rides and stary nights.

But she got one.

Ever since his twin married, Jack’s looked for an angel of his own. When Natasha arrives, wearing an elf costume no less—he’s smitten. When she charms the reindeer, he falls head over boots.

When things fall apart on set, and Natasha’s job’s in jeopardy, will Jack help her, thus giving her a ticket back to Hollywood and loosing his heart? Or will the movie business tear them apart?

Find out in this magical Christmas story.

Grab your copy and start reading for a dose of Christmas spirit this holiday season.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

A Player for Christmas

Fun to watch a rich NFL star with a rocky past finally get his heart made whole. 

This couple gets off to a rocky start, but things move fast after that as they work together to save Callie. Wonderful transformations by both characters. And just the right bit of divine intervention from Callie. 

A sweet holiday romance to enjoy during the season. 


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Enjoy this fast-paced romance by best-selling romance by author, Taylor Hart.
Brooks Stone, wide receiver for the Miami Surf, isn’t the type of guy to make dreams come true; he’s too busy dealing with a high ankle sprain and the anniversary of his wife’s death.
Callie Given, a cancer patient at Primary Children’s Hospital, only has one wish for Christmas—dinner with Brooks Stone. He flatly refuses, until Sam Dumont threatens to make sure the coaches bench him if he doesn’t comply.
Ana Given thought fighting for her daughter’s life was enough of a challenge. She never expected famous football player Brooks Stone to actually show up. If he was a friend of her ex-husband, he’s definitely not someone she wants hanging around her daughter. Good thing she sends him away. Too bad her daughter sees him before he can leave.
When Brooks and Ana find themselves on a quest to find Callie’s father, neither would have imagined getting on a plane together, going to a cage fight, or…kissing. Brooks wonders how these two women have become everything to him in less than seventy-two hours.
Now he has to make a decision—get what he wanted for Christmas or become the player he was always meant to be.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Lonely Bachelor Christmas Collection: 4 Contemporary, Christian Romances

Lots of swoony fun to be had in this collection by Taylor Hart. 
Unfortunately, this one doesn't seem to be available on Amazon anymore. I don't know if the stories within have been rearranged into other collections. But if you can find them, they're worth a read. 

The Christmas Groom
The Christmas Boyfriend
A Player for Christmas
The Christmas Eve Kiss

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Sugar Cookie Christmas

I really enjoyed this delightful holiday romance. 

Poor Emma and Miles are such tortured souls who desperately need to be together. Ms. Brasher takes her time torturing them in a tug of war with their hearts that's best read with a mug of cocoa and some sinfully delicious treats to match the story. Plus with all of the baking going on in the story, you'll want some yummies on hand to pair with the plot. 

A satisfying holiday read. 


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A decade ago they eloped in Vegas, and not long after her father demanded they get their marriage annulled. Too bad the paperwork went missing, and they're actually still husband and wife.

Emma Watkins busted the century-and-a-half old myth that kissing your first love on the town's historical bridge ends with a happily ever after. They kissed all right and even got married. But then her world spun on her its axis and fell apart when Miles broke her heart and all his promises, so she followed her dream to New York and made something truly successful of herself. When her sister calls and tells her things are dire on the family Christmas tree farm, Emma is on the first plane home to help save things.

Miles has poured himself into being the best sous chef he can be at one of the most premiere restaurants the local ski resort has to offer. It's not the restaurant he always dreamed of opening himself, but he kissed that dream goodbye the night he left Emma waiting for him at the bus station, and never showed up. He never expected for her to come home, or to run into her almost everywhere.

And he certainly didn't expect to get paired with her again for the Sweetheart Games, especially when he didn't sign up.

The towns Matchmakers are at work again, trying to mend a marriage broken by young love and feuding families. Not only do they set Emma up for the annual Christmas bachelorette auction at the Christmas dance, they pair them together for the Christmas baking contest too. No matter how much distance they try to keep between each other, Emma and Miles find themselves stuck together at one holiday event after another, and eventually, their walls come down.

But will wounds from their past let them work enough toward the future to still have a happily ever after?

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Four Sweet Christmas Romances in One


Lots of fun to be had in this sweet holiday to collection. Each story has it's own take on a nostalgic holiday film. Very creative and wonderful characters to enjoy. 


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Four sweet romance novels in one box set. Curl up in your favorite reading place, wrap up in a soft blanket, and step inside each of these heart warming, toe curling reads. Christmas giving, loving, friendship and festivities all throughout.

Taming Scrooge
Ezra Stone wishes Christmas would go away.
Star Henley wants to save it.

When a desperate city council, panicked about losing their iconic main street, urges Star Henley to charm her way into developer Ezra Stone’s life, they hope to change his mind, unaware they could break his heart.

If the small town, Sanders Corners, can’t save its tree festival and protect their Main Street festivities, her father’s tree business and her Christmas shop will go out of business along with the rest of the town. She can’t let that happen, even if it means ingratiating herself into the cold, hard life of their town’s one and only billionaire nemesis. When a conniving city council forces them to work together on the festival of trees, the two clash as often as they connect, but everything could change on December 25.

It's a Wonderful Date
Love is the last thing on Sarah’s mind until she meets the small town doctor: single, handsome, and he lives across the street.

The doctor, however, has given up on ever finding love, not in this small town. As the only member of his practice, he has no time to himself when he works to be everything for everybody. But a beautiful new woman in his neighborhood keeps catching his eye.

When everything falls apart and he can't save a much-loved patient, he wonders how much good he really is for his town.

Sarah becomes the angel of his Christmas wishes, who shows him just how much he means to not just her, but their small town and everyone in it.

Miracle on the 34th Floor
What do you do when the man you’re falling for secretly works as Santa in a department store? Hire on as one of his elves.

VP of Marketing, Decker Kringle happens upon a conversation about shutting down Santa’s Visits at Gimbels, his favorite iconic department store in New York City. Without thinking, in order to save the store, he agrees to finish the night as Santa.

Joylin wants nothing more than for Decker Kringle to notice her. But why would he? He can’t see her tiny cubicle from his corner office. When she finds out he is filling in for Santa at Gimbels, she resorts to desperate measures to get his attention.

As Elf and Santa, the two navigate the pressures of their jobs at a huge firm as well as trying to save Santa at Gimbels while falling in love. Things heat up, when Decker walks by and sees his elf in the break room.

Invited Home for Christmas
A retired football player just needs a date. An ex-military beauty who is not a fan of being anyone’s arm candy is desperate for some cash.

One date turns to two and then three, and they find themselves trapped at a ski lodge for the weekend. When her heart begins to fall, more than anything all she wants for Christmas is a real date, the kind that ends with a kiss. And…

She wants to be invited home for Christmas.

Buy this delicious sweet romance for a taste of the nostalgic charm and romance that make up a beautiful Christmas season with one fake relationship that turns into the real deal.