Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Romance’

How hard can it be to tame his darker, more cynical side?

Friday, July 12th, 2019
Detour
to Paradise
by
River Ames
Genre:
Sweet Contemporary Romance 
 
Lucas
Rockworth—a hard-driving force of nature has been ordered by his
doctor to take some time off and get his blood pressure under
control. You would think buying a cabin in the natural splendor known
as Gray Horse Lake, Idaho, would do the trick. All that mountain
greenery, crystal blue lakes and rivers, and nature-run-amok had to
be exactly what the doctor had ordered.

 

 

Enter
Sarah Burke… The innocently enticing young entrepreneur who’s
opening an equestrian camp for children with handicaps.

 

 

Her
initial impression of him is clearly wrong. For some reason, known to
the reader but unknown to him, Sarah mistakenly believes that Lucas
Rockworth is a shy, sensitive man. After having to deal a lifetime
with a dominating older brother and controlling father, she finds
these traits very appealing.

 

 

Her
recent breakup with someone who could best be described as a bully
has Sarah longing for a kinder, gentler man in her life.

 

 

Lucas
tells himself that, since he makes his living as a general
contractor, he has the hands-on experience to make himself into
anything Miss Sarah Burke is looking for.

 

 

It
shouldn’t be that great a stretch to become a modern, sensitive
kind of guy, should it? She wants Mr. Rogers… Well, darn, he can
manage that for the short time he’s in Idaho.

 

 

How
hard can it be to tame his darker, more cynical side?

 

 

As
for Sarah Burke? She thinks she’s met a real life version of Mr.
Rogers. But, the reader knows its Rambo who’s come
a’courting.

 

 

Would
the real Lucas Rockworth care to step forward?

 

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River
Ames spent the first eighteen years of her life in Southern
California. Here is a partial list of some of the cities in which she
lived: Pasadena, South Pasadena, Duarte, El Monte, Arcadia La Puente,
Lomita, West Covina, Pacifica, Santa Monica, Palmdale, and Hacienda
Heights. In some of those cities, she lived at six different
addresses. In the city of La Puente, River’s family lived in four
different houses on the same street. The non-glamorous reason for all
the moves was habitual eviction necessitated for non-payment of rent.
It was an interesting way to grow up.
River
attended twenty-six different elementary schools, two different
junior high schools and four different high schools. In one
elementary school, she was a student for only three days.
Perhaps,
because she was so frequently identified as the “new girl,”
the pattern of River being an observer instead of a participant in
the interactions going on around her seemed a logical fit for her
personality.
When
she was thirteen, River read “Gone with the Wind.” She
skipped three days of school in order to finish the book in one
sitting. Disappointed in Rhett for “not giving a damn,”
River wrote her own sequel–in long hand, on three-hole punch,
notebook paper. The opening line? “Tomorrow dawned bright and
fair.” In less than fifty pages, Scarlett had been transformed
into Jane Eyre and Rhett had fallen in love with her all over again.
After
Southern California, River has spent the next part of her life living
in the semi-rural town of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is a graduate of
Idaho State University, majoring in Health Education Sciences and
Addiction Counseling. She’s worked the past ten years at a Behavioral
Health Center where she assisted children, teenagers, and adults
committed in a 24/7 secured facility because of mental health
challenges they are experiencing.
River’s
books celebrate the good-natured humor that lays at the heart of most
of our human predicaments. The conflicts are significant, yet it is
her characters and their quirky (yet somehow universally relatable)
thoughts, words, and choices that reflect a light-hearted peek into a
world we wish was real. The amazing thing is that these worlds are
real to readers for the time they visit there.
Readers
have said: “In a River Ames book, one minute I’m laughing out
loud, and the next I have a lump in my throat.”
River
is currently readying a historical novel, “Gideon’s Justice.”
This three-part novel is Book I in a three volume western series set
in the Colorado Territory.
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He’s got a sexy smile, a wicked sense of humor, and a big, noble heart

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Forever
Wild
Forever
Friends Book 3
by
Allyson Charles
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Dax
Cannon never says no to a challenge. But when he discovers a sexy
stowaway in the back of his truck, he realizes Annelise Ansel might
be more than he bargained for.

An artist, Lissa claims
she’s leaving New Orleans for a fresh start in Michigan–which just
happens to be where he’s headed with the pack of rescue dogs he’s
delivering to the sanctuary he works for. But when three thugs
threaten to take lovely Lissa off his hands, he realizes she’s in
need of a sanctuary, too.
Once Lissa is riding
shotgun with her long, lean protector, she’s wondering if fate
might have something better in store for her than a life in hiding.
But when her hijinks threaten to take down the best man she’s ever
had the pleasure to run away with, Lissa realizes it’s time to face
her demons. Now it’s up to the two of them to fight through the
danger to discover the life—and love—waiting on the other side.
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Forever
Found

 

Forever Friends #2

 

Head
vet at the Forever Friends animal rescue shelter, Gabriel Moretti is
known as the Dog Whisperer because of his gift for soothing
rambunctious patients. But it’s the two-legged species that has
him, and his libido, working overtime. Marla Popov single-handedly
saved the shelter from financial ruin. But the bossy trust funder is
even more irritating than her snooty Standard Poodle. You’d think
keeping his attraction on a short leash would be a no-brainer for
Gabe. Unfortunately, Marla is also smart, beautiful, and intriguing .
. .
Most of her life,
people have been eager to tell Marla just what she wants to hear. So
now that she’s nearing forty, she doesn’t expect to be
refused—especially by a sexy younger man like Gabe. She also
doesn’t expect it to sting so much. But when she discovers a scheme
involving illegal dog fights, she gets a chance to show what she’s
truly made of. And as she and Gabe team up to fight it, they discover
a surprising respect for each other—and passion that might just
grow into love. . .
 
 
Forever
Home
Forever
Friends #1
 
LOVE
UNLEASHED

 
Isabelle
Lopez has never been a dog person. Raising her daughter alone and
building a real estate career leaves no time for four-legged
furballs. When she finds an abandoned mutt and litter of pups in a
foreclosed apartment, Izzy intends to drop them off at a shelter and
walk briskly away. Instead, her “heroic” deed makes her a local
celebrity. Her boss is thrilled. Commissions are up. And thanks to
gorgeous shelter owner Bradley Cohen, Izzy’s disciplined life is
suddenly much, much more complicated.

 
He’s
got a sexy smile, a wicked sense of humor, and a big, noble heart.
Even as Izzy tries to get her libido to 
heel,
boy,
 Bradley
sets out to convince her there’s more to life than padding her bank
account. But Izzy knows a trade secret that puts Brad’s beloved
shelter at risk, and she can’t warn him.

 
Their
relationship was barely getting started; suddenly it’s in the dog
house. Now Izzy and Brad need to figure out what matters most, and
whether this could be much more than animal attraction…

 
 
Allyson
Charles lives in Northern California. A former attorney, she
happily ditched those suits and now works in her pajamas writing
about men’s briefs instead of legal briefs. When she’s not
writing, she’s probably engaged in one of her favorite hobbies:
napping, eating, or martial arts (That last one almost makes up for
the first two, right?). One of Allyson’s greatest disappointments
is living in a state that doesn’t have any Cracker Barrels in it.
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With hearts and lives on the line, each decision brings them one step closer to freedom

Monday, June 24th, 2019
Operation
Boyfriend
by
Molly Zenk
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
It’s
safe to say my love life stinks. As if getting dumped for another guy
by my long-term boyfriend isn’t enough, my hopes at finding a
boyfriend get crushed with a string of disastrous dates.

 

 

 

But
then I meet the strange bus boy who has been staring at me for the
last three months. He’s awkward, goofy, and has no fashion sense.
Corin is the exact opposite of what I should want in a boyfriend, but
I feel drawn to him in a way I can’t explain.
There’s also
Daniel. Smart, charming, successful, and well-dressed. He’s the
perfect man, the kind of guy I should want. Even my family is
convinced we’re meant to be together.
Somehow, I went from
the girl with a catastrophic love life to a woman with one too many
options.
Now I need to decide whether to follow my
head…or my heart.

 

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Captivity
Captivity
Book 1
by
Molly Zenk & Sarah Biglow
Genre:
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy 
 
In
a future that holds shifters captive, what will they risk to break
free?
 
Lorelei,
a siren, has spent the last three years searching for the man she
loved after he was abducted in front of her. When the bounty for an
escaped phoenix crosses her desk at the Phoenix Location Agency, she
expects a typical bag and tag. Instead, she discovers the target,
Aiden, is none other than her lost love.
Aiden
has no memory of the sultry siren who insists they were once in love.
Rising from the ashes comes with a price—he’s a new person, with
no memories of his former lives. After years of being kept in bird
form to harvest his healing phoenix tears, Aiden is not the man
Lorelei knew.
When
both are taken in by the Magical Creature Underground, reconciliation
seems possible. But Aiden’s captivity comes with a dire
consequence: a deadly poison is working its way toward his heart. The
only known cure is a long shot at best. Can Aiden and Lorelei reclaim
their stolen past before the clock runs out?

 

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Sanctuary
Captivity
Book 2
 
Have
Lorelei, Aiden, and their MCU allies escaped their city prison only
to die searching for a shifter haven that may not exist?

 

Time
is running out for Aiden and Lorelei. Chased by a deadly shiver of
sirens and plagued by disaster after disaster, they must run and
fight at every turn for a chance at health and freedom in
Sanctuary.
The blood graft stealing Aiden’s life is worsening.
His only hope of lasting long enough to make it across the country is
to let Xander use Phoenix Tears to keep the Burning at bay. A
sacrifice Aiden isn’t willing for Xander to make now their
relationship has a chance.
The hybrid baby growing double time
inside Lorelei keeps her from being focused on the mission. As does
Douglas’s ultimatum for their future. It’s throwing her off her game.
That means she’s bound to make a mistake. One that could prove deadly
for them all.
Their only hope of survival as they race across
the barren wilderness is to rely on each other. With hearts and lives
on the line, each decision Aiden and Lorelei make brings them one
step closer to freedom … and one slip away from certain death.

 

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MOLLY
ZENK was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in
Tennessee, before finally settling in Colorado. Her publishing
credits include Heart’s Affections (2013),Hyperion Keats (2013),
Better Date Than Never (2014), 3 Nights In Ibiza (2014), Christmas
Kisses anthology (2015),Westward Hearts anthology (2015), Fated Mates
anthology (2019), the Captivity series (2019), and United To Strike:
A Novel Of The Delano Grape Workers(2019). Molly is married to a
Mathematician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being
enough “math” or info about him in her author bio.  They
live in Arvada, CO with their daughters.
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Can he be still long enough to realize that what’s happened before is not the end… but the beginning?

Friday, June 21st, 2019
Penny
For Your Thoughts
Sand
Dollar Series Book 1
by
J D Boudreaux
Genre:
Sweet Romance 
 
One
random act of kindness. One prayer for a miracle. Two lives changed
forever.

 

 

Penny
has her future all planned out. Her new job as a reporter is the
first step toward building a successful life for herself.
Unfortunately, her first day on the job isn’t going as she imagined
it would. On the side of the highway with a flat tire and open trunk
all she can do is silently pray for a miracle…and then gets
one.

 

 

Alex
likes to think he’s a good guy—the type of person who loves to
help others. A Good Samaritan. So naturally when he sees a woman
stuck at the side of the road, looking all helpless his first
instinct is to stop and help.

 

 

Little
did he know that this one act of kindness would steer both their
lives in an entirely different direction.

 

 

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Wish
I Had A Nickel
Sand
Dollar Series Book 2
 
Will
their reunion lead to love? Or another long good-bye?

 

 

Born
two days apart in the same hospital, Alex and Leigh grew up to be
inseparable. They were fierce protectors of each other, and it was
only natural for everyone to assume they would one day find their
happily-ever-after together.

 

 

Unfortunately,
nothing in life is that simple.

 

 

When
Leigh’s family decided to move to another state, it was only a
matter of time before the distance between her and Alex caused them
to drift apart…until finally, the special connection they had
shared was lost.

 

 

Thirty
years later, fate offers a chance at reuniting, but is it possible to
erase years of separation? Or will fate require a little help?

 

 

Can
a matchmaking mother and a smart-mouthed daughter working behind the
scenes help Leigh and Alex regain what was lost?

 

 

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Broken
Sand Dollar
Sand
Dollar Series Book 3
 
It’s
all about the love you give…

 

 

First
there was Penny. Their relationship blossomed into something
beautiful, and their engagement was proof of that. But her ambition,
her need for success, meant moving forward…without Alex.

 

 

Then
there was Leigh, his childhood sweetheart. She came rushing back into
his life just as quickly as she had left in the first place. While
helping her get her life back on track, Alex fell for her all over
again. But the more she learned about Alex’s past, the more she
learned about herself. Afraid of what may happen next, she does what
she does best. Run.

 

 

All
the while there was Payton. The woman who repeatedly found herself at
the receiving end of Alex’s good deeds, who has slowly managed to
get her life together. She’s forever grateful for all that he has
done, but given the chance to reunite with her family, it will mean
saying good-bye to Alex.

 

 

Now,
while nursing his wounds after all the disappointment, Alex returns
to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The place that’s always had a piece
of his heart.

 

 

It’s
there that he realizes it’s up to him to find his own way. Can he
be still long enough to realize that what’s happened before is not
the end… but the beginning?

 

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Born
and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana, J D Boudreaux is married and has
three grown children. The family now resides an hour south in the
small town of Erath. A good story, good friends, and a good cup of
coffee are the ingredients that make up a great day for J D. Add a
little boudin, cracklins, and Momma’s homemade carrot cake, and J D
will call it a perfect day!

 

 

 

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“I don’t have any secrets.” Ally looked into Gavin’s intense gaze, burning into hers, “Neither do I

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Lauraine Henderson began writing as a child,
poems and journaling, until babies, building houses, and bookkeeping jobs
usurped her world. Now, well established in Oregon and with the children grown,
she devotes her time to writing her favorite genre, clean romance. 



Years of
life experience translate into plots, calamities, and happily-ever-afters as
she writes her inspirational and romantic stories about fictional people who
seem so real, you’ll want to know what happens after the book ends!

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Allison Lockwood and Gavin Hunt have
been offered the chance to take over the Lazy Daisy Inn and Campground so their
respective grandparents, the current owners, can retire and marry. It seems all
too easy for Ally and Gavin to prove themselves during the six-month probationary
period until they’re fighting disasters at the campground and failing at
over-optimistic baking expectations.

As Ally and Gavin slowly explore their growing attraction, they help each other
fight fires, endure raging storms, and share a few passionate kisses. But
there’s more than fires to fight when Ally’s grandfather disapproves of their
budding romance and Ally is convinced Gavin has a girlfriend in the wings…a
girlfriend expecting his baby!

Ride along as the two unlikely innkeepers figure out how they fit in their new
life and learn the lesson taught by the Daisies in the Driveway.

  
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Gavin opened the left door and allowed
Ally to enter before him. She couldn’t help noticing that even though he’d
dressed down in jeans, he still smelled intoxicating, like the buttoned-up
lawyer she had met only a few weeks ago. The room looked strange and not at all
like the fantastical space she remembered. The old, worn open beams of the
stick-framed roof were the same grizzled brown, nails pinned haphazardly,
reminiscent of artwork hanging on wire strung between them, and to the side,
under the slant of the roof, sat a small twin-sized bed with the familiar faded
floral quilt from her youth. An adequate chest of drawers guarded the new
partition. Although small, the room gave every appearance of an old attic and
certainly the space would be enough for the short amount of time she would need
it. The only thing out of place was the half-window at the end of the
unfinished wall. Ally laughed out loud at the sheetrock, nailed and taped, but
not finished.
 
“Can I see your side?” she asked. She
wanted to know if it was a mirror image of hers.
“Sure.” Gavin backed out of the room
and opened his door, stepping aside once again for Ally to enter. Sure enough,
his room was an exact duplicate in reverse, including the odd-looking
half-window at the end of the new wall. Except his side didn’t even have the
sheetrock; only wall studs with the back of her room’s sheetrock to separate
the two spaces. His dresser was also standing against the partition, but a
different style than hers, and his bed was covered in a faded quilt of the
American flag. Altogether, the whole room appeared terribly small for someone
of Gavin’s height.
Ally couldn’t help the spurt of
laughter that jumped from her lips. “Privacy without secrets.”
 
“I’m sorry?”
 
“Like a shield. We can’t see each
other, but we could speak in our normal voices and be heard.”
 
“I don’t have any secrets.”
 
Ally looked into Gavin’s intense gaze,
burning into hers, and agreed. “Neither do I.”
 

 

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Madelyn’s daughter is marrying Ben’s son, in New York City everyone’s going – including Heather, the woman Ben’s been dating

Monday, June 10th, 2019

 

Keri Brooks Mcwhorter is a sixth
generation native of Chandler, Arizona. She’s fourth-generation graduate of
Chandler High School, and has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Arizona State
University.
 
While serving a mission for the LDS Church, she met her husband in New York
City. They have three children, a love of family, and an English Bulldog.

 

  
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Madelyn’s
and Ben’s families have been close friends since they moved next door to each
other. When Madelyn’s husband Luke died, she swore she’d keep her marriage vows
intact by remaining single for the rest of her life. 

She and Ben relied on each other for everything after he joined the widower
club. 

Now Madelyn’s daughter is marrying Ben’s son, and everyone’s going to New York
City for the wedding – including Heather, the woman Ben’s been dating.

Will Heather succeed in breaking up Madelyn and Ben’s friendship, or will they
discover their second love in New York City?

 

 

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“Good morning sunshine, feelin’ better? That was quite a
scene you made in the bathroom yesterday.”
    Did he mean the loud barfing and dry heaving? Or
when I hit on him? I decided not to answer.
 

 

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Saturday, June 8th, 2019
Western
Song
by
Leigh Podgorski
Genre:
Contemporary Western Romance 
 
Readers’
Favorite Book Award Winner Bronze 2018
.
Contemporary
Western Love Story about a bull riding rancher and his deceased best
buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride. As she discovers the power
of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.
When
Weston Beaudurant’s buddy, rodeo clown Cody Goode is killed in a
rodeo accident — gored by the maniacal bull Baby Face that Weston is
riding, Weston is consumed with guilt. The day after the accident,
while going through Cod’s papers, lawyer Wynona Vasquez discovers
that he had been secretly engaged to a Thai immigrant who is arriving
by train that evening.

 

Elected
by unanimous decision to be the welcoming committee, Weston arrives
at the train station prepared for anything but the lovely forlorn
creature he finds waiting in the rain. Though appearing waif-like,
Song Phan-Rang is anything but fragile. Her mettle quickly rises to
the surface in her determination to remain in Y-oh-ming.

 

Forced
together by their circumstances, Weston and Song are explosive. Used
to solitude, Weston is driven crazy by the obliging Song. But as Song
shows her prowess not only as a housekeeper and cook, but as a rider
and rancher as well, Weston discovers that against his best efforts
(and damned if he’ll ever admit it) — he’s falling in love.

 

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Leigh
Podgorski’s stage plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York
City and regionally. She had the privilege of interviewing Dr.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross for her one-act play Windstorm, which was
presented as part of the annual festival CelebrateWomen that Leigh
also co-produced. We Are Still Here, the story of Cahuilla Indian
elder Katherine Siva Saubel, was premiered at the Gene Autry Western
Heritage Museum as part of CelebrateWomen 2000. The play has been
presented throughout Southern California at college campuses,
Universities, and Indian Reservations and Casinos.

 

 

 

In
addition to her plays, Leigh has penned several original
award-winning screenplays and several of her monologues have been
published through Meriwether Publishing, Ltd..

 

 

Leigh
produced her first documentary, We Are Still Here, based on the play
in 2007, which she also wrote and directed. The film has screened at
the. American Indian Film Festival, Sherman Indian Film Festival, Cal
State San Marcos Native American Film Festival, and the Talking Stick
Film Festival.

 

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Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins

Friday, June 7th, 2019
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. 
 
Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

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Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. 
 
But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. 
 
 
She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? 
 
 
Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.

 

Snippet:
Her whispery
voice sounded breathless.
“Andy . . .”
It happened in a
snap. The man’s titillating smile vanished.
Tara struggled to
sit up in bed. Wide awake, she sighed into the silence. Confusion settled
around her. Her hands slid up and down her arms. She stared around the darkened
room.
“It was a dream
all along. Life, please, imitate my dreams.” 

 

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It will lead to either a happy ending, or simply a chance meeting tucked away in a memory book

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Love
Song Standards Series
Boxed
Set Books 1-3
by
Cynthia Roberts
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
If
you love Contemporary Romances with relatable, flawed characters who
are sometimes wounded or broken and eventually find that kind of love
we all dream of, you’ll love this series titled after some of the
greatest love songs of all times.

 

 

 

Unchained
Melody
 ~ Pamela Landers had it all, a senior
partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious
condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a
life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her
golden years. Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path
where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin
Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to
make that eventually lead her to happily ever after.

 

Strangers
In The Night
 ~ What happens when two strangers meet
in a crowded bar on a Caribbean vacation and one is disinterested,
while the other is totally intrigued? Fate happens. Only one role
will play out in the end. It will lead to either a happy ending, or
simply a chance meeting tucked away in a memory book. John Rinaldi,
doesn’t want to be just a memory. He’s determined to win the heart of
the beautiful and elusive, Samantha Michaels. She not only captured
his interest, but she proves a woman he’s determined to have in his
life forever. She just doesn’t know it yet.

 

 

For
Once In My Life
 ~ Christina Morandt spent most of her
young adult life perfecting her talent and then performing worldwide
as the prima ballerina for the Savannah Ballet Theatre. When she
decides to retire at the peak of her career, she returns to Savannah
to open her own dance studio and settle into a life of comfort and
solitude.

 

 

 

Captain
Garret Rickford is a seasoned Apache helicopter pilot for the U.S.
Army, who is awarded a head instructor position at the Hunter Army
Airfield in Savannah, Georgia after serving four tours carrying out
assault and rescue missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He returns
home, while secretly battling the haunting traumas of war and the
death of his dearest friend and fellow comrade. She was raised on a
horse ranch in Wyoming. He was raised in the Highlands of Scotland.
They were opposites in so many ways, each never expecting to cross
paths with the other. But, they did, and when the spark of attraction
ignited, there was no extinguishing the passion once it began to
flame out of control.

 

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My
love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I
was raising a young family. It wasn’t until much later in life, that
I actually took up the pen to write and my first historical romance,
Wind Warrior was born. I don’t fit into one specific genre. When the
ideas start to flow, lord only knows what category they’ll fit into
**wink wink **

 

 

I
wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner
rather than later, but life simply got in the way far too many times.
Because of those multiple detours, however, I have become a more
passionate and expressive writer and can draw upon those painful
moments in my past, when I need to create the kind of raw human
emotion I want my readership to feel.

 

 

It
is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the
importance in knowing, “Without imagination & dreams, we
lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities.”

 

 

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then, bye for now.

 

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Torn between his ambition, responsibilities, and love, he must now re-examine everything he believes in…or risk losing it all

Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Lovecarnation:
The Promise
Lovecarnation
Trilogy Book 1
by
RKC Puthran
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Emotionally
complex and gripping, author RKC Puthran brings you an unforgettable
story of the transcendental power of love.

 

 

Fresh
out of college with an MBA and a job at a prestigious bank in the US,
Rohan Rai seemingly has more than any twenty-five-year old Indian
could have. But he has a different dream for his life, and a
clear-cut plan to get there. A cocky workaholic determined to climb
the corporate ladder as fast as possible in order to achieve his
goals, he doesn’t care who he alienates on his meteoric rise to the
top.

 

 

Then
he meets Shona. She’s everything Rohan’s not—an easy-going
Irish girl who lives in the moment, loves Whitney Houston, and enjoys
life to the fullest. Although there’s no room for any love in
Rohan’s three-year plan, he finds himself increasingly drawn to
her. As their relationship blossoms, Rohan slowly finds himself
viewing life differently, until a past grudge escalates and his inner
demons resurface. Torn between his ambition, his responsibilities,
and love, he must now re-examine everything he believes in…or risk
losing it all.

 

 

Lovecarnation
– The Promise
 is
the heart-wrenching first book of the Lovecarnation trilogy, a
thought-provoking series about fate, destiny, and the timelessness of
true love.

 

 

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RKC
Puthran lives in Dublin, Ireland along with his wife Rashmi and 7
year old daughter Natasha.
Born
and brought up in India, RKC started working as a teenager to support
his family while pursuing his studies. His first job was that of a
salesman for a sewing machine company.
Unable
to sell even a single machine even after 2 months of hard work in the
hot sun, the company refused to pay him his salary and he quit. He
then took up several jobs from working as a cashier in a 5 star hotel
to working for a diamond merchant and in the share market.
Post-graduation,
RKC joined a company in the banking and finance sector as a junior
officer. Through sheer dedication and hard work, RKC rose through the
ranks and managed to get an assignment in London.
He
later managed to move over to London on a temporary contract banking
job along with his wife for a short period before finally settling
down in Dublin, Ireland with a full time job in a bank.
RKC’s
intense passion for writing made him write short stories during his
spare time though he never submitted any of them for publication. He
however wrote articles of general interest which were published in
the newspapers.
He
co-authored 2 non-fiction books but he did not credit himself on the
cover as he wanted his name to be on the cover of a novel first.
‘LOVECARNATION –
THE PROMISE’ is RKC Puthran’s debut novel and the first book in
the LOVECARNATION TRILOGY Series.
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Cheryl Holloway author spotlight

Friday, May 31st, 2019

June’s Double Rainbow

Escape to Paris with this heartwarming, feel good romance to read in one sitting!

When love and monogamy fail…Her fiancé breaks off the engagement.

 

At first, June is stunned, but then, she is determined to move on to better things…like an unplanned trip to Paris for her job—where she falls deeply in love with a man from another part of the world. He wines and dines June; sweeps her off her feet; and ultimately, wins her heart. Their short romance echoes an endearing love. When she returns to the US, he calls her faithfully every day. Then suddenly, no call…

Can their love survive on different continents?

“An engaging story with beautiful imagery!”

In this heartwarming romance, June learns to embrace each challenge and wait for a transformation in her life.

This beautifully written romance is complete escapism. Each of the characters has been well developed, considering the length of the story, and the dialogue revealed a great deal about their personalities. ~ Lesley Jones for READERS FAVORITE

A Quick Romantic Read…This is a nice story for someone looking for love. Everything happens for a reason. Love comes when you least expect it. ~G. Littlejohn for Philadelphia Publishing House
Readers, this is a quick read; yet, an epic romance. If you’re a fan of Debbie Macomber, you’ll soon be a fan of Cheryl Holloway!

Since this book is free, you don’t have a reason for not reading it…and writing a review on Amazon. Scroll up and get your copy, today!

The link:

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The author:

 

About Cheryl Holloway

CHERYL HOLLOWAY is an award-winning writer, talk show host, journalist and retired writer-editor for the Federal Government. You can visit her blog at www.CherylHolloway.net/blog You can email her at authorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or check her website www.CherylHolloway.net for news, tours, book signings, awards, new books or a book party in your area.

She has been the Editor of numerous magazines and newsletters; and was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution Press. Cheryl is an avid reader and dedicated writer. She won her first writing contest at 15 years old with a State Crime Prevention Essay in Indiana. She began writing feature articles and later became a sportswriter and Editor. This author and book lover also enjoys traveling to any place with a beach. She was born in Chicago and raised in Indiana. She currently lives in southern Maryland and northern California with her family, where she is hard at work on three other book projects that are works in progress.

Cheryl Holloway has a writer’s blog where she pays-it-forward to other authors. Cheryl Holloway added, “I firmly believe that Pay-It-Forward means that we must serve others in order to lift up ourselves.”

Will Olivia and Alexander get their second chance to forever? Or will both their hearts and lives be destroyed?

Monday, May 27th, 2019
From
Geek to Greek Billionaire
by
Gloria Silk
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
5
stars – Gripping story of true love, forgiveness and happily ever
after!
Did
he deserve her second chance? Could he love a woman with secrets?
Olivia
Moore is thrilled to renovate her best friend’s beach house in
Wrightsville Beach. But she is mortified when she literally bumps
into her teen crush, the enigmatic and sexy Greek geek, Alexander,
who heroically tackles her onto the hot sand. Nearly ten years ago
she fell for him hard and fast but he broke her heart. Now he’s her
best friend’s brother-in-law and seems to appear everywhere she
goes?
Still
sorry he walked away from the only woman he ever loved the shy
bachelor is determined to earn a second chance with the unique and
spirited Olivia. Begging her to help him boost his confidence to woo
a special, secret woman—her—will his convoluted plan win her over
or lose her trust forever?
Refusing
to let her secret past—or any man—distract her from proving
herself as the most talented designer in the industry Olivia resolves
to stay away from Alexander and focus on her work. But her generous
nature prevails. She is over him so why not help the shy geek win his
mystery woman? So why is she curious to see what Alexander will look
like after his makeover? And why risk being hurt and rejected again
by entertaining foolish dreams that he might take her to beautiful
Santorini instead of the secret woman he craves?
Once
the truth inevitably comes out, will Olivia and Alexander get their
second chance to forever? Or will both their hearts and lives be
destroyed?
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Today Bestselling author, Gloria Silk, loves writing sensuous,
uplifting and unforgettable romance and women’s fiction. Her powerful
stories are filled with passion without cultural borders, which will
take you to various exotic locales around the world. Her books focus
on the many facets of romantic relationships with strong and complex
family bonds.

 

 

Born
in Russia, her love of travel was ingrained within her from a very
young age, as she has lived in various parts of Europe and the
Mediterranean. Some of her favorite visited places are Austria,
France, the Middle East, Hawaii and Hong Kong. Her next planned
excursion is to Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

England
(where she was brought up) holds a very special place in her heart
with all its history and lush, green landscapes. Her background in
English literature, writing and psychology help her create
well-rounded, unique characters.

 

 

After
spending many years in London, England where she met and married her
own loving hero, she now lives – and happily writes – in Toronto,
Canada.

 

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a very special reward of a custom book gift set go to
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Timber’s wish is that her favorite holiday will bring about a miracle in her fight to keep Soothing Bliss in its rightful home

Monday, May 20th, 2019
The
Road to Bliss
by
Denise N. Wheatley
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Newly
engaged Timber West is a beauty and wellness entrepreneur who
seemingly has it all. But her life is turned upside down when she
breaks off her engagement with Brian after he questions her career
choices and wavers on wanting more children. Timber turns to her
friend Eva for sympathy, which is tricky considering Brian is also
Eva’s father.

 

 

Timber
eventually finds love again with sexy actor Alex and moves her
company Soothing Bliss into a beautiful commercial space. With an
exciting new man and a business that’s flourishing, Timber feels as
though she’s on the perfect path. But she’s thrown into a
whirlwind of turmoil when Soothing Bliss’s new location is
threatened to be purchased by a callous art curator, and Alex’s
popularity sparks his wandering eye.

 

 

Then
Brian reappears and they start up an unlikely friendship, giving
Timber just the boost she needs. As Christmastime approaches,
Timber’s wish is that her favorite holiday will bring about a
miracle in her fight to keep Soothing Bliss in its rightful home.
With a little compromise and dose of holiday magic, Timber wonders
whether she and Brian can work through their past and mend a
relationship that perhaps never should have unraveled.

 

 

Reader
Alert!

 

Timber
West always plays by the rules. So even she’s surprised when she
decides to leave her prestigious job as a chemist and launch a beauty
and wellness company. Her fiancé Brian, who was her chemistry
professor during college and also happens to be her best friend’s
father, isn’t happy with this decision. His disapproval leads to
their breakup, but a devastated Timber eventually finds love again
with a charismatic movie star. Life is good until both her new
relationship and business begin to falter, leaving Timber
reevaluating Brian and pondering whether she should give him a second
chance.

 

 

To
My Readers:

 

A
story just isn’t a story without a large dose of romance and a
happily ever after. THE ROAD TO BLISS is just that. This novel is a
beautiful tale of love and second chances, with plenty of fun, drama
and turmoil in between! My main character’s love affair feels so
real to me, to the point where I found myself rooting for her in
hopes that everything would work in her favor. Writing this book was
a wonderful journey, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I
enjoyed writing it!

 

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Denise
N. Wheatley is a lover of romance, happy endings and the art of
storytelling. She used to cry as a three-year old child when her
mother read to her because she so badly wanted to read the books
herself! Once she learned, Denise constantly had her nose in a novel
(especially the ones she’d sneak from her mom’s bookshelf). She’s
been writing for as long as she can remember and draws inspiration
from Chicago, the city where she was born and raised, as well as Los
Angeles, which is one of her favorite places in the world. Denise has
published several books and novellas with Simon & Schuster, Red
Sage Publishing, eXtasy Books and independently, has written
screenplays and teleplays, and has ghostwritten for some of your
faves. When she isn’t sitting behind her computer, you can find
Denise in a movie theater, on a tennis court, watching true crime
television or chatting on social media.
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The last time Beatrice trusted a man, her bank account got drained and she almost got arrested

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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New
Orleans Rush
by
Kelly Siskind
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
“A
fun mixture of magic, sensuality, and iconic pin-up girl style. The
romance in 
New
Orleans Rush
 will
leave you smiling and filled with optimism.” – Helen Hoang, author
of 
The Kiss
Quotient

 

 

Falling
for your surly boss is a rotten idea.

 

Letting him saw you in half
is even worse…

 

 

Beatrice
Baker may be a struggling artist, but she believes all hardships have
silver linings…until she follows her boyfriend to New Orleans and
finds him with another woman. Instead of turning those lemons into
lemonade, she drinks lemon drop martinis and keys the wrong man’s
car.

 

 

Now
she works for Huxley Marlow of the Marvelous Marlow Boys, getting
shoved in boxes as an on-stage magician’s assistant. A cool job for
some, but Bea’s been coerced into the role to cover her debt. She
also 
maybe fantasizes
about her boss’s adept hands and what else they can do.

 

 

She
absolutely will not fall for him, or kiss him senseless. Until she
does. The scarred, enigmatic Huxley has unwittingly become her muse,
unlocking her artistic dry spell, but his vague nightly activities
are highly suspect. The last time Beatrice trusted a man, her bank
account got drained and she almost got arrested. Surely this can’t
end 
that badly…right?

 

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small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese
shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep
in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand,
scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her
head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her
feelings—gummy bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic,
devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

 

 

2015
Golden Heart® Finalist
 

 

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Love in Bloom: A Destination Romance Book 3

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
A Love in Bloom is officially out. Come and see a Destination of Heart Romance Book 3
The blurb:

Camille is supposed to keep her stress level down. A fake marriage is definitely against the doctor’s orders.
Love in Bloom: A Destination of Heart Romance Book 3 by [Swinton, Lisa]
Following a collapse at Lakr, her makeup company, workaholic Camille is sent to the French Riviera to reshape her health habits. The beach is beautiful, but boring, until Camille reunites with university chum Tristan. He does things to her heart her doctor wouldn’t approve of.

When he offers her the chance to attend the exclusive French Royal Château and Garden Tour, Camille jumps at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However they’ll have to enter into a fake marriage to go on the tour.

On holiday from his research lab in India, Tristan is delighted to be reunited with Camille, his university crush. With each passing day, his feelings for her grow. Self doubt convinces him that he’s unworthy of her love. Tristan must protect her from the secrets of his past, even if it means breaking both of their hearts.

Lisa Swinton

Biography

Award-Winning Author Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor’s wife and mother of two, she occasionally puts her B.A. in Musical Theater to good use via community theater and church choir. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking (especially with chocolate). She loves to travel, Jane Austen, and all things Italian. In her next life, she plans to be a professional organizer.

Those destined to be together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life throws their way

Monday, April 29th, 2019
Luke
Hamill: Before Faithful Falls
Faithful
Falls Prequel
by
Elle Linder
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Semper
Fi and honor above all else

 

 

Luke
Hamill, staunch in his convictions, is a family man who will go to
any length to preserve his marriage, even leave his beloved Marines.
After his final tour of duty, his life is upended by the two people
he trusted most. Now, a new course is set, one that takes him to
Faithful Falls, Idaho.

 

 

In
this prequel to
Stay
With Me, Julia,

discover
what drove Luke to leave all that he knows, and discover Faithful
Falls. Even though the road ahead is bumpy, it leads Luke to abundant
love and a strong community beyond the horizon. Meet some friendly,
unique locals and get comfy in the little tourist town, where those
destined to together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life
throws their way.

 

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Stay With Me, Julia
Faithful Falls Book 1
 
She
is only to be in Idaho for three months.

 

 

Her
task is simple: run the lakeside resort in her aunt’s absence and
return to her life in Los Angeles.

 

 

Easy.
Or maybe not.

 

 

Ruggedly
handsome Luke Hamill—Brook Trout Resort’s grounds
manager—instantly piques her interest. A former Marine and divorced
father of two, Luke introduces Julia to small town living and a
passionate love like she’s never known. The mountain man is the
total package: tender, strong, sexy, and honorable. He could be
everything Julia wants… except for his problematic and meddling
ex-wife.

 

 

Julia
is smart, sensible, and irresistible, and she immediately captures
Luke’s heart with her playful tenderness and saucy independence.
Now he can’t imagine his life without her.

 

 

As
Julia’s departure nears, Luke’s mission is clear: show her their
love can conquer anything life throws their way.

 

 

Can
Julia embrace her feelings for Luke, and will they be enough to keep
her in Faithful Falls? Or will the challenges of a blended family
make her abandon it all and head back to Southern California?

 

 

Stay
With Me, Julia, is the first book in the Faithful Falls series, where
those destined to be together prove love is stronger than the
obstacles threatening to tear them apart.

 

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Love
Me, Lauren
Faithful Falls Book 2
 
She
wants more than a one-night stand.

 

 

Lauren,
a fiercely independent woman, is afraid to commit. Still, she
secretly desires to fall in love.

 

 

Could
it be that simple?

 

 

Enter
Rick, ex-Marine and single dad, who is looking for a fresh start in
Faithful Falls. He has big plans to open a brewery, and no time for
love. When he crosses paths with Lauren, her formidable lure is
irritating yet irresistible, and sparks fly.

 

 

Unexpectedly,
Lauren is rattled when her past collides with her present, exposing
her fears and insecurities. Once the truth is revealed, it may
destroy Rick’s plans, her dreams, and their future.

 

 

Can
they find the courage to face down Lauren’s demons together and
ignite the fire and passion that leads them to their
HEA?

 

 

Love
Me, Lauren

is
the second book in the Faithful Falls series. Reconnect with Luke and
Julia and the quirky characters of this little Idaho tourist
town.

 

 

Get
this sizzling book
NOW.

 

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Elle
lives in NW Minnesota (or the Frozen Tundra, as she likes to call it)
with her family. She has lived in all four corners of the U.S., and
as a native California country girl, her heart yearns for the Pacific
Coast. The One That Matters is Elle’s first novel.

 

 

Elle
is currently wrapping up several novels in the Faithful Falls series,
which include:

 

 

Love
Me, Lauren

 

Trust
Me, Tiffani

 

Choose
Me, Erika

 

Forgive
Me, Kandace

 

 

To
find out more about Elle’s published books, future books, biography,
and other information, visit her website and be sure to sign up for
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Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body…“Are you man enough to be a woman?”

Saturday, April 20th, 2019
Of
Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body
by
William Quincy Belle
Genre:
SciFi Romantic Comedy
 
Alan
Maitland is a successful businessman on his way up the corporate
ladder. Life is good, but life is also full of the unexpected. A
scientific experiment goes awry and Alan’s mind is transferred to
the body of Hana Toussaint, a high-class escort. Suddenly, he must
not only contend with a new identity, but with the eye-opening
experience of living as a female: how to walk in high heels without
falling; how to put on a bra without dislocating a shoulder; how to
deal with makeup without poking out an eye; and how to get along in a
society which in many ways is still male-dominated.

 

 

When
Alan discovers that Hana has taken over his body, the two of them
must work together to find the scientist who can reverse the
experiment and give them back their respective lives. Along the way,
they must cope with living as each other and learn what it’s like to
be a member of the opposite sex. And as their adventure goes on, Alan
the woman must figure out his growing feelings for Hana the
man.

 

 

Alan
faces the biggest challenge of his life which Hana sums up with one
decisive question:

 

 

“Are
you man enough to be a woman?”

 

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Quincy Belle is just a guy. Nobody famous; nobody rich; just some guy
who likes to periodically add his two cents worth with the hope,
accounting for inflation, that $0.02 is not over evaluating his
contribution. He claims that at the heart of the writing process is
some sort of (psychotic) urge to put it down on paper and likes to
recite the following, which so far he hasn’t been able to attribute
to anyone: “A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem.”
You will find Mr. Belle’s unbridled stream of consciousness floating
around in cyberspace.
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Looming over their blossoming love affair is the 2,400 miles separating their homes and livelihoods

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
Wildfire
and Roses
by
Hope Malory
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
 
Sparks
fly when tenacious mountain climber and hiker Beasley McLemore meets
hot smokejumper Will Gregor on a search and rescue mission in
Yosemite. Getting together, however, isn’t easy. Strong-willed
Beasley is bent on building a thriving landscaping business back home
in the foothills of the majestic Smoky Mountains. Busy working 24/7,
she has no time or energy for a man in her life…she
thinks.

 

 

Scorched
by love in his past, Will is content to live near awe-inspiring Lake
Tahoe where he saves lives and forests as a remote wildland
firefighter. He doesn’t need a committed relationship complicating
his dangerous lifestyle…he thinks.

 

 

Through
life-changing events and a family mystery, each must question long
held beliefs about work, love, and life. Looming over their
blossoming love affair is the 2,400 miles separating their homes and
livelihoods. Will love keep them together or distance tear them
apart?

 

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by books as a child, Hope Malory developed an interest in writing in
second grade when she discovered poetry. Those early seeds, along
with a penchant for happy endings, led her to fulfill her dream of
becoming a romance novelist.

 

 

After
thirty years in the education field, Hope traded in a commute,
traffic, and early mornings for inventing strong-willed characters
and putting them in unpredictable situations.

 

 

Now,
whether relaxing on the beach, traveling with her husband, or
spending time at home, she is busy writing her next novel.

 

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Jim—go get her, said a painfully familiar female voice in my head

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

 

 

Stan published his first book at age 5, when he managed to win a local writing contest for the library.
He’s matured (slightly) since then, and has switched from writing about a boy and his dog, to clean contemporary romance, murder mysteries, and light fantasy/sci-fi.
Along with his wife,  9 (and counting) children, and a ninja cat, he inhabits a place with a pair of national parks in his backyard.
He considers himself really rather blessed.

~ Website ~ 

Jim Sharp is the only widower in the senior class of Mendon State University. Still reeling from the tragedy that claimed the love of his life, he struggles to pick up the pieces and close his heart forever to love. 
 
When an otherworldly encounter places him squarely in the path of new love, Alex sees no way to give his crushed heart away a second time. 
 
His wife, however, has other plans.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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I collected my books mechanically, checking off the titles on my list. I rounded a corner for my final item and nearly tripped over myself when I noticed I wasn’t alone in the aisle. A pixie cut blonde in a light blue polo shirt and dress slacks was slipping books back on to the shelf. At first, I guessed it was another bookstore employee, but then she turned just enough that I caught a glimpse of her shirt. A silver pirate brandishing a sword was embroidered over her right breast, encircled by the words “Smithville” and “High School,” and underscored by the graduating class right after mine. I hadn’t seen another student from my old stomping grounds in almost two years. Most of my peers had either stayed home to farm, joined the Army, or gone to the local community college.
I hesitated. My eyes wouldn’t let go of her. That was a serious problem.
Jim—go get her, said a painfully familiar female voice in my head.

 

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I know I should tell you the truth…but I think my truth will hurt you

Monday, February 18th, 2019

 

J. L. Petersen lives in Denver with her husband. She finds inspiration in her adopted state of Colorado and her belief love is the most powerful positive emotion we can experience.

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Logan, the eldest of the MacBride clan, is thrilled at his brother Clay’s pending nuptials to Sandy. But when Sandy’s sister RJ arrives at the family’s ranch, Logan’s world is turned upside down. 
 
However, the sisters’ shared past has created scars and barriers against love testing Logan’s ability to push aside his need and patience to win RJ’s trust and ultimately her unwavering love.

 

 

 

 
 

 

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RJ ached for her sister. Sandy was always the starry-eyed sister. But she was hurt by how Sandy could have been going through this and never saying one word to her. She had to know. “Why couldn’t you talk to me about this?”
“I’ve struggled with how I was going to answer that,” Sandy said, holding up her hand to forestall RJ interrupting her. “I know I should tell you the truth but I think my truth will hurt you. I never want to hurt you.”
“I’d be more hurt with lies,” RJ told her. She’d learned early to protect herself from the cruelties her family could dish out and instinctually threw up her emotional guards.
Sandy nodded. “Alright. I didn’t want you to ruin it for me. I know you wouldn’t see it that way but you’re so against love and marriage, I just didn’t want you to pop my bubble until I figured out what I felt and wanted.”
RJ felt those comments like a physical blow. No barriers she could erect stood a chance against her sister thinking she would ruin her chance for happiness. She couldn’t speak.
“Oh, RJ! Don’t cry. You never cry,” Sandy wailed when she saw the silent tears in her sister’s eyes. She started crying also as she grabbed her sister’s hands. “I’m so sorry. Please, please don’t cry.”
RJ slowly pulled her hands free from her sister’s grasp. “Why do you want me here, now?”
“Because I love you. I want you to share this with me. I know you want me happy. I just didn’t want logic and family history to interfere. I wanted to understand, on my own.
RJ couldn’t tell if she was breaking up inside or freezing up. Afraid she would break down in pain she stood. “Sandy, I can’t do this right now. Can I call you tomorrow morning?”
“I thought we were going to spend the night together?” Knowing she’d hurt her sister crushed her.
“Please. Tomorrow.”
“Okay,” she said standing, then wrapping her sister’s stiff body in a hug. “I love you.”
Nodding, RJ strode away before she lost it. She didn’t look back.

 

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