Thursday, December 28, 2023

The Little White Christmas Lie

Kristy Tate does a wonderful job of collecting some favorite romance tropes into one story. 

If you like holiday, fake relationships, celebrity, and small towns, then you are in the right book. 

I had fun with the hangups both Millie and Carson had to overcome to be together. Plus a matchmaking grandmother in the mix added even more holiday spice. 

It's a sweet story you'll enjoy best with a side of gingerbread men and a mug of cocoa. 



Carson Trent doesn't know that the beautiful Millie Cruise who literally falls into his lap on the morning train is really Camille Harper, a rock star of the romance industry. Millie doesn't know she is headed for Carson's grandmother's picture-perfect inn in a quaint New England town. Neither Carson nor Millie know their lives are about to spin out-of-control thanks to a patch of black ice, a cow, and a little white Christmas lie.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Christmas in Three Rivers

Liz Isaacson has a wonderful collection of her Three Rivers Christmas novels all bundled into a super novel for holiday reading enjoyment. Sigh. 

I enjoyed all four stories with unique characters and difficulties to overcome. You'll have trouble picking your favorite couple. I sure couldn't. 



Isn't Christmas the best time to fall in love? The cowboys of Three Rivers Ranch think so. Join four of them as they journey toward their path to happily ever after!


THE NINTH INNING: The Christmas season has never felt like such a burden to boutique owner Andrea Larsen. But with Mama gone and the holidays upon her, Andy finds herself wishing she hadn't been so quick to judge her former boyfriend, cowboy Lawrence Collins. Well, Lawrence hasn't forgotten about Andy either, and he devises a plan to get her out to the ranch so they can reconnect. Do they have the faith and humility to patch things up and start a new relationship?

TEN DAYS IN TOWN: Sandy Keller is tired of the dating scene in Three Rivers. Though she owns the pancake house, she's looking for a fresh start, which means an escape from the town where she grew up. When her older brother's best friend, Tad Jorgensen, comes to town for the holidays, it is a balm to his weary soul. A helicopter tour guide who experienced a near-death experience, he's looking to start over too--but in Three Rivers. Can Sandy and Tad navigate their troubles to find the path God wants them to take--and discover true love--in only ten days?

ELEVEN YEAR REUNION: Pastry chef extraordinaire, Grace Lewis has moved to Three Rivers to help Heidi Ackerman open a bakery in Three Rivers. Grace relishes the idea of starting over in a town where no one knows about her failed cupcakery. She doesn't expect to run into her old high school boyfriend, Jonathan Carver. A carpenter working at Three Rivers Ranch, Jon's in town against his will. But with Grace now on the scene, Jon's thinking life in Three Rivers is suddenly looking up. But with her focus on baking and his disdain for small towns, can they make their eleven year reunion stick?

THE TWELFTH TOWN: Newscaster Taryn Tucker has had enough of life on-screen. She's bounced from town to town before arriving in Three Rivers, completely alone and completely anonymous--just the way she now likes it. She takes a job cleaning at Three Rivers Ranch, hoping for a chance to figure out who she is and where God wants her. When she meets happy-go-lucky cowhand Kenny Stockton, she doesn't expect sparks to fly. Kenny's always been "the best friend" for his female friends, but the pull between him and Taryn can't be denied. Will they have the courage and faith necessary to make their opposite worlds mesh?

Amidst the magic of Christmas, four love stories unfold in the heart of Three Rivers Ranch, with four sexy cowboys, and all the holiday cheer you could ask for. Join the family in Three Rivers today!

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Snowy White Christmas

I believe this was my first read by Josie Riviera. 

There were certainly lots of poplular romance tropes packed into this novella: billioniare, celebrity, second chance romance, secret baby, and small town. 

Lots of elements to form a charming story, but not all the character's reactions hit quite right with me. 

You may read it differently and it's on the shorter side so it won't take you long. 

Perhaps that was my difficulty, that there wasn't quite enough time to flesh everything out. 


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Margaret Snow, a devoted mother, is determined to create a Christmas filled with heartwarming memories for her five-year-old daughter. Leaving behind her glamorous life as a successful swimsuit model in bustling LA, she returns to her small, snowy upstate New York town to reclaim the foreclosed trailer she once called home. Accompanied by her lovable menagerie of rescue animals, including a deaf parrot and a kitten with one eye, Margaret embarks on a journey that will test her faith in second chances.

Little does she expect to encounter Fernando Brandt, her former high school sweetheart, who now exudes charm and charisma like a true Prince Charming. As Margaret and Fernando reunite after years apart, their hearts are filled with both the warmth of familiarity and the ache of past regrets. But there's an unexpected twist—they share a secret, a precious gift from their past, a daughter he never knew about.

As their love rekindles amidst the snow-covered landscapes and twinkling Christmas lights, Margaret must confront her insecurities and embrace the true gift of Christmas—unconditional love for Fernando, a billionaire hiding his wealth beneath his humble exterior. Can they overcome the challenges that drove them apart and forge a new future as a family?

Loosely inspired by a favorite fairy tale, A Snowy White Christmas weaves the enchantment of a second-chance romance with the surprise of a secret baby and the allure of a billionaire hero. This sweet and wholesome holiday novella is perfect for fans of tender love stories, the joy of rediscovery, and the miracles and magic of the holiday season.

Immerse yourself in the warmth of this heartwarming second-chance romance with a secret baby twist, where delightful characters come to life, and love finds its way back amidst the snowflakes. Experience the magic of A Snowy White Christmas and let it transport you to a world where love conquers all.


Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Sleigh on Seventeenth Street

Ms. Isaacson is the best. Just the best. 

If you're looking for a clean holiday romance with the right amount of sizzle, this is the book you need to curl up with in a comfy spot, a mug of your favorite hot drink, and uninterrupted reading time. 
That's all. 
Delightful.




When sparks fly in Three Rivers, can love light up the Christmas season for these two opposites?

A skilled cowboy electrician and a determined plumber must overcome their differences and navigate the challenges of love, work, and falling for each other during the magic of the Christmas season.

Camila Cruz is eager to secure the bid for a new development project in Three Rivers to save the mom-and-pop plumbing shop she works for and make it her own. Meanwhile, Dylan Walker, a talented electrician and somewhat cocky cowboy, is equally determined to win the electrical contract for the same project. When they both succeed in their bids, their professional paths become entwined, igniting a connection that neither can deny.

Despite the small town rumors surrounding the handsome electrician, Camila finds herself drawn to Dylan. As they work together and share in the town's festive Christmas celebrations, Camila begins to see a different side of Dylan—one that challenges her initial assumptions.

Can Camila and Dylan finish the build without breaking up or losing their shirts? Will they be able to traverse the delicate balance of water and electricity, the spell of mistletoe and Santa’s sleigh versus reality, without losing their hearts?

In this heartwarming Christian cowboy romance, Dylan and Camila learn to decipher the truth in business, embrace the magic of the season and the power of faith as they take a chance on love, discovering that sometimes the most unexpected connections can be the most rewarding.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Christmas Romance Collection

Ms. Youngblood delivers another round of holiday cheer in this collection. 

I enjoyed each story but the final one seemed less holiday than the others. Perhaps because it was a suspense. 

Regardless, you'll have an enjoyable time reading these stories and getting your holiday cheer on. 


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Enjoy this collection of 3 complete Christmas romances by USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Youngblood.

Yours by Christmas
A recovering alcoholic turned firefighter, a mysterious woman with a secret, and the Christmas miracle that just might save them both.

Her Christmas Wedding Fake Fiancé
Sparks ignite when a strait-laced CEO and a feisty business owner strike an unusual bargain that might be just the thing to kindle a little Christmas bliss.

False Identity

Believe in miracles … believe in hope … believe in love.

It's Christmastime, and Chancy Hamilton can’t bear the thought of spending the holidays without her late husband Max who died in a plane crash. When Chancy and her teenage son, Travis, have an argument, Travis storms out of the house and ends up in the wrong part of town where he is attacked by a group of thugs. When a homeless man comes to his rescue, he invites the man home to have a meal with his mom and little sister.

Gabe Jones is not like any other homeless man Chancy has ever seen—he’s confident, intelligent, and devastatingly handsome. Jake, Chancy’s boyfriend, takes an instant dislike to Gabe and warns Chancy to stay away from him. Nevertheless, their lives become intertwined, and Chancy is soon thrown into nightmarish events caused by a betrayal of trust and a chilling deception where nothing is as it seems, bringing a terrifying aftermath that threatens not only her but the lives of her children.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Fighting for Love

Ms. Checketts doens't hold back in this second chance romance. 

High school love gets another go round between Hannah and Josh and it's so much fun to read. The hockey player who's softer side only comes out for Hannah? Yes, please and thank you. 

I love the angst and the chemistry between these two. They have their past and present to work through. Not to mention their daddy issues. 

A great holiday read. 


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A hockey player who loves to fight. The only woman who can soften him. A misunderstanding tore them apart years ago. Can they get a second chance for Christmas?
Josh Porter overcame an abusive father and poverty to become one of the top professional hockey players in the world, but he lost the love of his life along the way. When Josh and Hannah get stuck on a ski lift, will he finally have a chance to clear up misunderstandings, or will she shred his heart for the final time?
Hannah Haven Hall has loved Josh since high school, but when she sees him cheating on her after a college hockey game she dumps him and locks her heart. Is reconciliation possible with the man she’s always loved, or is a Christmas miracle too much to ask for?


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Once Upon a Romance

This was my first read by Ms. Bailey, and I would read more of her work. 

I had fun. The story is well constructed, hits hard on the Disney theme (which I love), and has a satisfying ending. 
Keep in mind that the romance blooms while the heroine has a boyfriend which might be off-putting to some readers. Though, it seems from page one the boyfriend needs to be kicked to the curb. He's not mean or rude or abusive, just not right for her anymore. 
If you're a big Disney fan like me, you'll notice this is a prepandemic story. If only we had Fast Passes again instead of paid Lightning Lanes. 
But don't let the changes at Disney stop you from enjoying this sweet read. 


Christmas. Disney. Romance. No greater magic.

When Sophie’s eight-year-old niece, Ariel, asks Santa Claus for a single wish to honor her mom’s memory, Sophie knows she must grant it. Unfortunately for Sophie, Ariel's wish is to ride her mom's favorite ride on Christmas day, and it’s at the last place on earth Sophie wants to visit—Walt Disney World. It will be the first Christmas without her sister, and reliving childhood memories of her best friend is not how she wants to spend her holiday. Sophie’s only desire is to spend Christmas on the slopes with her reliable and stable beau, Darren, who has reluctantly agreed to postpone their trip until the day after Christmas.

But when Sophie runs into a charming stranger, who offers up his extensive Disney knowledge, he instantly becomes her hero. A wave of relief washes over Sophie—he may just be the one to give Ariel the magical experience she desires. And, even though Sophie doesn’t realize it, he may be exactly what she needs too.

Can a bit of 
Christmas magic help this ruggedly-attractive stranger win Sophie’s heart when she believes it already belongs to Darren? And will Sophie continue to allow her painful past to haunt her, or will she let it go?

The first book in A Dream Come True series is a heart-warming holiday romance set in "The Most Magical Place On Earth."

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Christmas in Sweetheart Springs

This is a great introductory trilogy to lead you into full length novels. So much fun to have love stories at holiday time. 

I enjoyed each one and can't wait to read the rest of their stories. 

Get cozy with the mug of your fave beverage and consume deliciousness in two lovely formats. 


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Eggnog in the Evergreens by Monique Brasher

They were never supposed to fall in love, let alone elope in Vegas. But love doesn't pick sides.

Emma Watkins and Miles Decker grew up together, her family's Christmas tree farm and his family's ranch separated only by a row of trees that forms a boundary line between the two. As children of two feuding families in Sweetheart Springs, it's always gone without saying that they're supposed to stay away from one another. Until they disregarded the memo and fell in love anyway.

As the annual Sweetheart Games near, they both worry about keeping their secret marriage under wraps, especially while under the scrutiny of the whole town. As if marrying your almost enemy isn't trouble enough, there's a town legend to contend with.

In a season that's supposed to be about finding your soulmate and celebrating Christmas, can they withstand the secrets and rise to the challenge?

Laughter and Lattes by B Burton

Falling in love at the Sweetheart Games, Lena and Pete seek to make love work in a life that has them on two different paths.

When Lena gets paired up with childhood friend Braden for the annual Sweetheart Games, she can't wait to tell him she's in love with him. Deciding to let their chemistry and ability to work together open his eyes to the woman she is now, Lena is shocked when he decides to trade her for someone else.

Pete has wanted to be Lena's since the day she walked into Sweetheart Springs Middle School. But between being a timid nerd, and best friends with the jock of the school, he was often overlooked. When Braden asks him to swap partners for the Sweetheart Games, it doesn't sit well with him, but he agrees knowing he'll finally get his chance with Lena.

By making the most of a bad situation, Lena and Pete commit to being one another's partners, and wind up getting to know one another all over again. Before she knows it, Lena finds herself missing him when they return to college and he's no longer near. But is it possible for them to find love and make it work in a life that has them on two different paths for the future?

A HFN story.

Cocoa in the Candlelight by Kimberly Hanson

Being paired with your brother's best friend and first love. Christmas magic in the air. What could go wrong?

Coming home for the holidays, all Ellie Johnson wanted to do was catch up with her best friends and family. For fun, the girls signed up for the Sweetheart Games in the Sweetheart Springs Christmas Kickoff. Little did she know, she'd be paired with her brother's best friend, and the one man she could never get out of her head.

Tommy Donovan didn't want anything to do with the Christmas Kickoff. Every year, he was able to work and forget it was happening, especially dodging the matchmaking events. This year, his mom had other plans.

Forced together under the stress of a town myth hanging above their heads, they must work together under the watchful eye of the town, while trying to come to terms with their feelings for one another.

Each of these three prequel stories introduces you to a Sweetheart Springs couple, coming soon to your e-reader (or in paperback) in the form of a second chance love story. So grab a chair, a blanket, and some hot cocoa, and come visit our little town full of Christmas shenanigans and clean, wholesome romance.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Ginger

This is the first book in the Marrying Miss Kringle series by Ms. McConnell and if Ginger is any indication of the fun to come for the other sisters, then sign me up for the rest of the series!

I love watching this slightly type A list maker feel her way through the process of finding a husband to save Christmas. And of course her true love isn't on the list, but worse he gave up on Santa and Christmas magic a long time ago. He's rather bahumbug about the whole thing, until his niece comes to stay and Ginger enters his life. 

Ginger has all the feels you'd expect from Ms. McConnell and her witty, swoony way of writing a sweet romance. 

Get Ginger and the series and curl up with a cozy blanket and mug of cocoa. Better than bingewatching Hallmark holiday movies anyday. 


AMAZON

Christmas Magic is changing and the Kringle Family scrambles to keep up in this fun and romantic Christmas romance form USA Today Bestselling Author Lucy McConnell.

When Ginger Kringle is branded to wear the magic red suit, she has to fall in love and get married before Christmas Eve to save the family business. After being given a list (Santas love lists!) of potential Mr. Kringles, Ginger heads off to Clearview, Alaska, where she embarks on a mission to save her family, their home, the elves, the reindeer, and Christmas for children across the globe.

In her quest, Ginger finds that checking a list has much more to do with her heart than it does her head.

Can she fall in love before it’s too late?



Friday, October 27, 2023

Love & Other Crazy Plans

Overall, I'm a fan of Ms. Tuttle. 

This story has all the right elements for a clean and wholesome romance, so you won't find any shenanigans here. 

The characters motivations are pure, and both have pasts and present issues they're working through as they grow closer. 

But I was missing chemistry between the hero and heroine. They liked each other but then when he got bold about it midway through they broke things off? I got a bit confused there. 

For some reason although all the elements were there, the story just didn't quite come together for me. 

That being said, you shouldn't skip out on this novel. It might hit just right for you. 


AMAZON

He’s running away from a tragedy to start over. She’s trying to overcome her past in a small town with a long memory.

Adelle Reagen grew up in Hawk’s Point, Maine. She loves the beauty and history of the small coastal town, but can’t seem to outgrow the reputation left over from her parents. As an event planner, she works with everyone in town to create happiness and fond memories for her clients. After meeting Kade, she starts to wonder if she found a love to last a lifetime.

Kade Nance’s heart broke a year ago in an accident that claimed his fiancĂ©’s life despite his effort. After selling his construction company, he moves across the country to start over. He never thought it possible to love again, but Adelle’s beauty captured his attention and her kindness is healing his heart.

Will her secret destroy their chance at a happily ever after?

Friday, October 20, 2023

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I would've missed this one but for book club, which ulitmately decided was a little too racy for discussion. I was nearly 75% done with the book at that point and "flipping pages" to learn how the last two husbands were procured. 

This story sucks you in. Seven husbands is equal to Henry the 8ths six wives. You just have to know what happened, and if Evelyn ever found true love. 

Well, yes, she did. In more than one instance. 

But who she loves, how, and why is what kept me wondering, "What happens next?" 

If  you pay close attention, you can see the trail of breadcrumbs Ms. Reid wisely, stealthily, and intentionally drops on the pages. That is brilliant writing. 

This book does deal with themes some readers will find uncomfortable, inappropriate, and not to their taste. This isn't a sweet/clean and wholesome romance, my usual genre. Across the pages Evelyn explores her sex life, bisexuality, trauma from abusive relationships, and defines what love and family mean and look like to her. If any of these topics are triggers, you should skip this novel. 

Still I felt Ms. Reid handled the subject matter tactfully, without being graphic or explicit, but getting the points across clearly. 

The narration is excellent. 


AMAZON

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? 

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career. 

Summoned to Evelyn's Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late '80s and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn's life unfolds - revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love - Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn's story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways. 

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies

If you ever wanted to know how to write a romance novel from A-Z, this is the book for you. 

Ms. Lieske takes you step by step through the process: from brainstorming to rough draft, to formatting, to publishing and marketing. 

This is a treasure trove of knowledge by a successful author who knows what she's doing at a bargain price. 

Definitely add this to your craft collection. You'll refer to it again and again. 

I received an ARC of this book. 


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Get your romance (writing) on! 

Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies is the only reference aspiring writers need to get their careers off to the right start. Fully updated to reflect the industry's latest trends and secrets, this book helps you understand what makes a great novel, so you can hone your craft and write books people want to read. We break down the romance subgenres, give you expert tips on plotting and pacing, and walk you through the process of finding an agent and getting published in today’s competitive market―or self-publishing like many six-figure authors are doing. For aspiring writers longing to find success in the industry, Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies is easy to read, highly informative, and a must-have!  

  • Refine your writing to craft engaging stories readers can’t put down 
  • Find a route to publication that works for you―mainstream, or self-published 
  • Understand the ins and outs of the romance genre and its subgenres 
  • Learn how to get your work noticed in the popular world of romantic fiction 

This Dummies guide is perfect for beginning writers who want advice on writing and publishing a successful romance novel. It’s also a great reference for accomplished writers looking to level up their romance game. 

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Iceberg

Jennifer A. Nielson has done it again. 

This time we follow the journey of a stowaway on the Titanic, which means we know the ending from the beginning, which kept me in suspense the whole time. 

Every time a new character was introduced on the page I wondered, "Will they be alive at the end of the book or not?" knowing that it was unlikely that everyone would survive. 

As always, Ms. Nielson is impeccable with her research and weaves in the details of that fateful night without coming across like a boring history lecture. 

I can always trust Ms. Nielson to write complex characters with heart that I can relate to. 

So many factors went into that failed sailing. 

If you want to learn about the Titanic in an engaging way, this is the right book. Excellent for both teens and adults. 

I recommend the audiobook. 


AMAZON

As disaster looms on the horizon, a young stowaway onboard the Titanic will need all her courage and wits to stay alive. A thrilling tale from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen!

Hazel Rothbury is traveling all alone from her home in England aboard the celebrated ship Titanic. Following the untimely death of her father, Hazel’s mother is sending her to the US to work in a factory, so that she might send money back home to help her family make ends meet.

But Hazel harbors a secret dream: She wants to be a journalist, and she just knows that if she can write and sell a story about the Titanic's maiden voyage, she could earn enough money to support her family and not have to go to a sweatshop. When Hazel discovers that mother didn’t send her with enough money for a ticket, she decides she must stow away onboard the storied ship.

With the help of a porter named Charlie and a sweet first-class passenger named Sylvia, Hazel explores the opulent ship in secret, but a haunting mystery quickly finds her. The danger only intensifies when calamity strikes, and readers will be caught up in the terror and suspense alongside Hazel as she fights to save her friends and herself.

Bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen weaves an extraordinary tapestry of survival and disaster in this magnificent thriller.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Banish My Heart

Youngblood & Poole have a four book series called The Grimm Laws, and this book is the first one. 

I liked the switching back and forth of the times/worlds. Poor Elle with her amnesia issues. Really liked the chemistry between her and Rush. Aunt Adelle is the best. Lots of magic and reality combined. The world building was a strength in this novel. 

The pacing seemed off to me. And the ending is a total cliffhanger which means you'll have to continue on with the series to get satisfaction. Great marketing tactic by the authors but not the ideal reading experience for me. 

Be prepared to get the whole series and binge read it. 


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Fans of the hit TV series Once Upon a Time will love this Cinderella Story where the real world and fairy tale world collide when a fair-haired prince falls in love with a peasant girl.

An accident puts Elle Worthington into a coma. When she awakes, she can’t remember her name or anything about her life. She leaves the hospital and returns to a home that’s anything but ideal—her stepmother loathes her, her stepsister resents her, and her father’s a workaholic who’s rarely ever home.

She soon discovers she led a charmed life before the accident where she was dating Edward Kingsley, the golden-boy quarterback. Everyone tells her how lucky she is to be with Edward, but for some strange reason, Elle is instead drawn to Rush Porter, her next-door neighbor—a brooding, reckless newcomer who’s too good looking for his own good! From the moment she sees him, he captures her attention and haunts her dreams, and he seems to know an awful lot about her.

When Elle goes to work for her eccentric aunt Adele who owns a chocolate shop, she begins to get a glimpse of another life—a magical life in which she was a simple peasant girl whose life changed forever the day she caught the eye of the prince. A girl who might have lived happily ever after had her heart not had other ideas. She becomes trapped between loyalty and duty—betrayal and love, and a forbidden attraction so strong that it has the power to destroy her.

All is not as it seems on the surface. Dark forces are watching and waiting to claim what they deem to be theirs, and the fate of a kingdom rests in the hands of a girl who cannot remember who she is or where she came from.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Whiskey & Women

I had a lot of fun reading this novel by Ms. Adams. 

Top notch premise, writing, and pacing, complete with all the feels. 
Good chemistry between the main characters and the write contradictory emotional baggage for them to overcome. 

Satisfying read, good kisses, happy ending. 


AMAZON

Contract lawyer Meg Forrester has just had a parting of ways with her firm. Well, she quit, actually, but same thing. When her good friend Kate wins a trip to Nashville, all expenses paid, to see her favorite country music singer, Meg figures she might as well go along for the ride and shake off the cobwebs.

Quinn Dawson grew up poor but hit it big time with his first album. Now he's been around the block a few times and has several million tucked away, part of which he's using to care for his parents. Offering a trip to Nashville in a fundraising raffle seems like a great way to bring attention to the cause, and when he sees who won the prize, he feels like a winner too.

There's just one slight problem - Quinn's an alcoholic, and Meg has made herself a promise never to get involved with someone who drinks.

From the bestselling author of the Kansas Crossroads series comes the story of two broken people coming together and creating a whole.


Thursday, September 14, 2023

How to Write a Series

Sara Rossett delivers a straightforward book on how to write a series and does it with style and in a fun way. This isn't like reading a textbook. 

She gives you the pros and cons of the options and lets the author decide what's best for them and their readers. It really comes down to the readers' expectations and how the author sets themselves up for success to meet them. 

An excellent resource for authors. 


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Struggling to structure your book series? Learn how to make a series work for you: increase reader engagement and take advantage of the built-in marketing potential a series gives you.


Are you unsure which series structure is best for you? Or are you several books into a series, but you’re stuck? Do you want to expand your literary universe but aren’t sure how to do it? Perhaps you have a series languishing in your backlist, and you need ideas on how to market it.


Get the knowledge you need to make smart decisions about your series with How to Write a Series.


You’ll learn:



    • The three basic types of series


    • The benefits and drawbacks of writing each type of series


    • Tips for extending your series beyond your original plan


    • Ideas for creating spinoffs and expanding your literary universe


    • How to know when it’s time to end a series


    • How to save time writing your series and how to keep track of details


    • How to deal with the problems that result from being locked into a story world


    • How to refresh your interest in a series if you’ve grown bored


    • Creative ways to market your series



    I’ve been writing for fifteen years as both a hybrid and independent author. I’ve published over twenty-five fiction books in four different series. Everything I’ve learned about writing a series has been through trial and error. I hope my lessons-learned will give you a shortcut when it comes to writing your series plus tips for troubleshooting problems and ideas for promoting your series.


    Thursday, September 7, 2023

    Gold Valley Collection

    Liz Isaacson put together this collection into a boxset at one point and that is when I picked it up. It's no longer available in that format. It looks like on Amazon you can only get these books individually as audiobooks. 

    That being said, I happily plowed my way through all seven books, each one more satsifying than the last as I got know more of the characters as they showed up in the series. 

    A great way to spend a week or weekend escaping into Gold Valley. 

    Note this series has been rebranded under the name Horseshoe Home Ranch. 

    AMAZON

    Embark on an unforgettable journey when you visit Horseshoe Home Ranch, where faith, love, and second chances abound. In this heartwarming series of Christian cowboy romance novels by USA Today bestselling author Liz Isaacson, each standalone tale is an invitation to explore the intertwined lives of rugged cowboys and the resilient women who win their hearts.

    From the rolling ranchlands to the intimate corners of small-town life, these stirring stories are filled with emotional trials, inspirational transformations, and love's redeeming power. Whether it's a chance encounter, a second chance at love, or an unexpected competition, these tales of faith, hope, and love highlight the enduring bonds of community, the healing power of forgiveness, and the irresistible pull of the heart.



    Thursday, August 31, 2023

    The Football Groom

    I enjoyed this story from the first page to the last. 

    There are lots of fun twists and great chemistry between the characters. 

    They have emotional hurdles to overcome and some top notch kisses to share before they sort out their HEA. 

    Great pacing and plenty of tugging at your heartstrings. 

    Word of warning. If you enjoyed this story, DO NOT read the preview chapter for the next book. It ruined this one for me. It might do the same for you. 


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    Enjoy this fast-paced romance by author, Taylor Hart. Cameron Cruz, quarterback for the Denver Storm, doesn’t expect to meet a beautiful woman in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, while he’s grieving a major life loss. But a spunky river guide blitzes him when she doesn’t know who he is. C’mon…anyone who doesn’t know he won the championship game must be stuck under a rock. Good thing she made it clear she was unavailable by flashing a big diamond ring in his face. Katherine Foster only wanted one thing this summer—to finish her dissertation and spend some time on the river. She never anticipated getting stuck taking the cocky, arrogant Cameron Cruz on a privately guided rafting trip. Her fake engagement ring keeps him at bay until they get tossed into the river and Cam saves her life. In a moment of confusion and just-escaped-death euphoria, they share a kiss that tilts her world. She didn’t plan on telling him she’s not really engaged—but somehow THAT slipped out, and now she’s sure she’s not the only one with secrets. When her ex boyfriend shows up and asks her to marry him, Kat’s left with a choice--get what she wants…or pick Second String.

    Thursday, August 24, 2023

    The Owner's Secret

     I'm a fan of Ms. Montpetit. She tells such great stories. 

    I loved the way the two leads come together. In a hurricane at a restored plantation. 

    So many twists and turns I didn't see coming that bring them together and drive them apart. Excellent pacing. 

    This one will keep you turning pages to see how they finally get to HEA. 


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    A brutal storm. A cryptic message. A life changed . . . forever.

    Melody de Lyon's cozy New Orleans bookstore is her pride and joy – until a violent hurricane sweeps it all away. Forced to flee the storm by boat with her ailing grandmother, she wonders how she will ever pick up the pieces of this disaster.

    In a fevered state, her grandmother utters a cryptic message that sets Melody on the quest of a lifetime: “Go to White Castle.” With nothing left to lose, Melody seeks out the old mansion – a beautiful Southern relic haunted by secrets. Once there, she finds Britt Mandeville, the handsome and charming White Castle caretaker. Fireworks erupt between them but any hopes of a relationship are dashed when she learns that Britt is already engaged.

    When Melody stumbles across a strange 60-year-old photograph in the house, she is determined to find answers – and the shocking revelations and strange twists of fate lead her right back to Britt. Can she put all the pieces of the puzzle together, or will family secrets and true love be lost to her forever?

    Thursday, August 17, 2023

    Kiss me at Midnight

    Ms.Whitney is an excellent story crafter. 

    This is a well told second chance romance with plenty of emotional baggage that characters must overcome to get to HEA. 

    Mix in a cute kid, an aquarium, and a beach and let the fun begin. 

    Another wonderful addition to the Romano family series. 


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    She’s a single mom holding on to her job. He’s a career man focused on his business. Can they put the past behind them in order to build a future together?

    When Filipe Romano arrives at the beach resort, his newest acquisition, he plans to complete renovations quickly before moving on to his next property. But a stumbling block arises when he discovers Celeste, the sister of his deceased best friend, is an employee at the resort’s aquarium, which he intends to sell. To complicate matters more, he has unresolved feelings for Celeste and blames himself for the accident that killed her brother.

    Celeste Ferreira, a stressed single mom, needs a miracle. Without any means to start over, she clings to the job she loves as aquarist at the SoliMar Aquarium. After she discovers the new owner is Filipe, an old family friend, their history makes it hard for Celeste to trust him, especially with her position in peril.

    Though closing down the aquarium makes good financial sense, Filipe finds himself reluctant to disappoint Celeste and decides to help her with the repairs for the upcoming inspection. But is working side by side enough to forget the past and build a new future, or is the pain between them too deep to move on?


    The Romano Family series follows the stories of the Romano cousins of northern Portugal as they find love and their Happily-Ever-Afters. 
    Kiss Me at Midnight is a standalone romance with a guaranteed happy ending.

    Thursday, August 10, 2023

    Worth the Risk

    Heather B. Moore is consistent at turning out a clean and wholesome read with heart, and this book starts another excellent series. 

    This was a fun read with enough twists to keep me turning pages. I enjoy a great second chance romance and this is just such one. 

    Read how Alicia and Jeff overcome their pasts and their emotional baggage to make a path forward together. 


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    When Alicia's former crush Jeff comes into work, he's never looked better. But he already broke her heart once . . .

    USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley!

    When Alicia moves back to Pine Valley to help her mom through a serious addiction, the last person she wants to see is her teenage crush, Jeff Finch, who destroyed their friendship in one single disastrous night. Alicia is determined to not let anything about Jeff affect her, especially since she hasn’t seen him in ten years. All she knows is that he’s living a successful and charmed life, and she is more than happy to keep anything between them in the past. But when he shows up with a date at the restaurant where she works, Alicia realizes she’s still not over her feelings, and Jeff is definitely looking at her in a way he never has before.

    Thursday, August 3, 2023

    Marrying the Beast

    Ms. Livingston creates an imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast in this fake relationship, clean and wholesome romance. 

    There's lots of tension, emotional baggage, and hope for the future even when their dark pasts rise up and threaten their happily ever after. 

    A sweet read that will satisfy all. 


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    A Beauty and the Beast retelling…

    A woman with a secret, a recluse, and a marriage of convenience.

    For over a year Isabeau Daniels lived in fear of a stalker. Now, with him in jail, she’s ready to start fresh in Dallas as a housekeeper for Rowan Masters—a well known lawyer and recluse.

    A car accident left Rowan Masters burned—both physically and emotionally. He’s spent the last twelve years hiding in his family home—and now, to keep his home he’s forced to marry.

    Isabeau loves the feeling of safety that Rowan’s mansion offers, and he needs a wife. When a marriage of convenience turns into something more, can they leave behind the nightmare of the past and find the beauty in loving each other?