Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Billionaire's Christmas Hideaway

This story is unique in that our female character is the billionaire. 

Poor Reve isn't having a successful romantic life and this last breakup is the worst. She breaks her original family plans to hidout in the snow. Perfect. 

I liked Reve's personality and thought Logan was a great complement to her. Fun watching these two overcome their barriers to see if love could be in the cards. I love that she 'rents' Christmas. So fun. Lots of heart in this story by Ms. Montpetit. 


My Christmas Plan This Year:

Option 1: Spend Christmas with nosy family members picking at her personal life...or lack thereof. No thank you!

Option 2: Spend Christmas in Los Angeles all alone. Not a chance!

Option 3: A small-town cozy holiday getaway. Yes please!!

One small problem: Logan Redmond. 

Revé Chatham sure knows how to pick 'em. After two failed engagements she thinks she's found “the one”, only to have it end—in a very public disaster just before the holidays. All she wants is a man who truly loves her and a kiss that takes her breath away.

Will Revé play it safe, and go back to her lonely city life, or risk her heart once again for the future she longs for?

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Romance Your Brand: Building a Marketable Genre Fiction Series

There are many books to choose from on this topic. I picked up this one at a discount to try it out. 

I was pleased to find there was plenty of good advice and even homework to do. Much of the homework is downloadable at her site. 

The idea I liked the most was to take or leave her advice and tactics because writing is not a one-size-fits-all business. I was welcome to take the cafeteria approach. 

Well worth the read and I'm already applying tactics for my next series. 


For the first time ever in print, Zoe York breaks down how she plans a series—something she has done ten times over.
Romance Your Brand is an adaptation of an intensive four-week course, now available to authors everywhere.

This book covers:

•high-concept pitches

•taglines and blurbs

•world building and casts of characters

•writing the first book in a series

•finding comparable series and covers

•how to write towards future marketing

•and why ALL OF THE ABOVE should be considered before you write a single word

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Heavy Without You

Ms. Everly strikes again. 

A grab you by the collar story that won't let go and will have you turning pages at the expense of meals, chores, work, and late into the night to finish. 

It isn't super long and you'll want to devour it in one sitting. Preferably with cake, though you may not look at frosting the same after reading this story. The plot is full of twists and turns. The characters emotions burst from the pages. You'll want to read it twice to savor the lingering taste of sweetness in your mouth. 

Sizzling kisses but nothing beyond. 


She awakens a passion he thought was gone. Showing her the love he feels without crossing the lines is not as easy as he thought.

Cai Taylor is confident, bold, and single—with two kids. His wife died eighteen months ago to the day, and he should be ready to move on, according to his secretary, who’s been preparing him for a while to enter the dating world.

He’s had his eye on Kate Windsor. She’s saucy, artistic, and just her walking toward him on the sidewalk gets him all hot under the collar.

That won’t do when he’s the principal and she’s a frequent substitute teacher at his school. To top it off, one minute Kate’s easy going and gives him every sign that she wants him as much as he wants her, and the next minute, she’s standing him up.

If Cai wants difficult, he can just try feeding his toddler lima beans.

Being a principal gives him a professional mindset that won’t allow him to hear no. On the surface, Kate is everything Cai wants in a wife and in a mother for his kids, but as dark secrets unfold, Kate’s past might be harder to overcome than he thought.


Heavy Without You is a sweet contemporary romance. If you like forbidden love; a sexy, confident man; saucy situations; and a woman hiding from her past, then you’ll love this book by E.E. Everly.