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If only life had a refresh button…
Kate Mitchell never planned to be a 31 year-old widowed single mom, but when her soon-to-be-EX husband up and dies, her dreams of finishing college and starting over are thrown in the air like a game of 52 pick-up. When she’s given a leave of absence from work and told to “quit or recommit,” Kate retreats to idyllic Sugar Falls, New Hampshire, to figure out whether she can discover her passion and pay the bills. Cue the fresh air, summer sunshine and one sexy local contractor.
Tall, dark, and handy…
Volunteer fireman and all-around hunky guy in a toolbelt, Jim Pearson has sworn off complicated women with messy baggage. They cling to his nice-guy stability and skills with a power saw just long enough to straighten out their lives and move on… but then he meets the cute single mom staying at Grams’ lake house for the summer.
While a sizzling attraction draws them together, Jim’s distrust of complicated women and Kate’s incredibly complicated life threaten to pull them apart. But forces beyond their control–match-making grandmothers, the lazy backdrop of summer, and their own reckoning with the past–conspire to make them risk it all… and bet on love.
Now enjoy and excerpt:
She could hear their breathing in the quiet room, the air a bit close from the heat of the day. She smiled.
She put her finger to his lips. “Please, don’t. I know this must seem crazy. We hardly know each other, but… I don’t want to analyze it. Not now.”
She didn’t want to talk. Didn’t want to admit her behavior was so far removed from her usual comfort zone it was like observing someone else. But Jim made her feel safe in a way she couldn’t put her finger on. Safe… and alive. No, that wasn’t right. He made her feel… hopeful. There was something about his eyes. So gentle, so kind. When she looked into his eyes, all the sad, lonely years melted away, and her heart felt light again, like a butterfly in her breast. She hadn’t felt that feeling in so very, very long. She couldn’t bear to turn it away. Not now. Not yet.
He nodded, his gaze boring into hers as he grasped her hand and pressed a kiss to her palm. His thumb brushed over her fingers as he looked at her hand. “You took off your ring,” he whispered.
She nodded, and he brought her hand to his lips again, looked her in the eyes. “Tell me what you want,” he said.
“For you to,” she managed a shaky breath, “do that again?”
He grinned against her wrist…
Cheri Allan lives in a charming fixer-upper in rural New Hampshire with her husband, two children, one dog, four cats and an excessive amount of optimism. She’s a firm believer in do-it-yourself, new beginnings and happily-ever-afters, so after years of wearing suits, she’s grateful to finally put her English degree to good use writing romance. When not writing, you might find her whizzing down the slopes of a nearby mountain or inadvertently killing perennials in her garden.
Cheri loves to hear from readers! E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, friend her at facebook.com/cheriallanauthor, or visit her website and blog at www.cheriallan.com. Luck of the Draw, Book 1 in the ‘Betting on Romance’ series is available now from Amazon and Smashwords.
I’m very pleased to welcome Sandra Edwards to my blog today to talk about her book Second Chance Bride.
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After being jilted, practically at the altar, Genie Wainwright heads to Hawaii to escape the well-meant pity party her friends and family are bound to throw on her behalf. What she never expects is to find someone to help her mend her broken heart.
Donnie Taylor, owner of the posh Sapphire Bay Resort, has no interest in marriage–until he meets an unforgettable guest at the hotel. What starts out as a kindhearted gesture brings Donnie something he never expects–love!
Now enjoy an excerpt:
“Seriously, Gene…” Cami’s voice echoed from the cell phone in Genie’s hand. “You went on a date last night?”
“I wouldn’t exactly call it a date.” Genie shrugged. “I think his mother put him up to it.”
“Yeah. I think they both work here at the hotel.”
Cami sighed. “Well, if nothing else, he’s a great transitional guy to get back in the swing of dating.”
“I’m not really interested in dating anyone.” Even as she said it, Genie knew she was lying as images of last night flickered though her thoughts. Donnie was so easy to talk to; not to mention completely gorgeous. She wondered what his job was at the hotel, and how long he’d had to save to take her on that dinner cruise last night? It just didn’t make sense that he’d spend that kind of money on a girl his mother had pushed him into taking out to dinner. Maybe the dinner cruise was a reward from the hotel for his exemplary service. No matter how it happened the truth was, she was interested in dating Donnie, but he lived half a world away. “Besides, there’ll be like two thousand miles separating us when I go back home.” That was just it. Genie was going home, and sooner than she’s like. In a couple of days.
“Typical,” Cami said. “You finally meet Mr. Right and he works in a hotel in Hawaii.” Her laughter teetered off.
“Mr. Right?” Genie scoffed. “Nobody said anything about Mr. Right. Besides, we’ve only had one date. One.”
“Doesn’t take more than a taste of the wine to know if the bottle’s a keeper.”
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I’m so pleased to introduce my latest release LIGHT THE WAY HOME! Well, actually this is technically a re-release of my previous Samhain Publishing book SWEET FOREVER. I recently got the rights back for it and thought it needed a new name and a brand new cover. There have been some minor changes to the story, but for the most part it’s the same love story between a woman from Maine and a cowboy from South Dakota.
Torn between the home she loves and the man shes falling in love with, Hayden must decide which one she will leave behind.
Hayden Merrick has one thing in mind when she arrives in South Dakota. To meet her grandmother for the first time, then return to the life she loves on the Maine coast. She doesn’t expect to discover the truth behind her mother’s departure from South Dakota, find the father who abandoned her or a man who could prove to be the love of her life.
Ben Winslow hasn’t much time for romance, and no woman has interested him enough until Hayden arrives at his neighbor’s home. As soon as he meets her, Ben believes she could be the woman he’s always hoped for. First he has to convince her she could love the prairie as much as the ocean.
Hayden’s plans to return home are put on hold as she struggles with a difficult decision. Pursue a life in South Dakota with the man she’s falling in love with, or return to the life she loves at the edge of the ocean.
Ben hopes he can give her the best of both worlds.
You can purchase LIGHT THE WAY HOME at Amazon for 3.99 for your Kindle.
Good Morning! I’m pleased to host Jessica Jefferson and her latest release, historical romance TAMING MISS TISDALE. As part of her book tour she will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! See the bottom of this post for more information.
I’m glad you joined me today, Jessica! Tell us a little about yourself.
Jessica: I write historical romance. I’ll read most anything, but love writing regency. I make my home in north-central Indiana. I used to live a lot closer to Chicago, and I’m still a little traumatized from the move (it’s only been ten years). I like to think that I live in “almost Chicago”, but in all reality I’m closer to Ohio than Illinois. I used to work two full time jobs – one in healthcare, the other as mother to two girls – ages 8 and 3. Now, I’m a full time writer and mother, with a dab of healthcare here and there.
Sounds like y0u keep busy! When did you start writing?
Jessica: I’ve been writing since I was little. Little stories for my friends, newspapers. I became a little more serious about it in middle school. It wasn’t till I was much older that I seriously considered writing romance as a viable option.
It’s awesome that you kept at it. That shows a definite love of writing. What does your writing area look like?
Jessica: I have a fairly nice office. But I’ve learned the only way I can write with my children at home is if I adapt and write wherever they are. So, my writing area is a laptop and a portable desk.
I know the feeling! What is your typical writing day like?
Jessica: There’s a lot of staring at the blanks screen. I’ve had the good fortune to make writing my full time career now so I’m getting better at writing on demand, but I have a long way to go.
Not too many are lucky enough to accomplish that. What do you like to do besides write?
Jessica: I love being outdoors. I’m a big hiker. We often camp as a family. Recently we’ve purchased an RV, so I’m not sure it’s really camping anymore.
It’s still camping! Camping in comfort is still camping.
Pick one word to describe yourself: Loud
Favorite animal: my dog, and English bulldog named Petey
Favorite comfort food: Chicken and Noodles
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Autumn
Favorite book: Paradise by Judith McNaught
Favorite movie: Gone with the Wind
If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to do? That was my dream job, I didn’t have a back up dream job …
Best vacation ever: Tour of Europe
I just finished reading Paradise a few weeks ago. Awesome book! Thanks for taking time to talk to me. Now let’s talk about Taming Miss Tisdale!
Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.
Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.
However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?
Marc watched the faint outline come across the dense morning fog, becoming more discernible as it approached. The tall, thin figure was riding along at a perilous speed, given the morning’s lack of visibility. He thought perhaps it was some gangly young man misguided in the fog. It wouldn’t be the first time someone accidentally stumbled upon the vast property that made up his family’s immodest estate.
Then the fog parted in an almost biblical manner, revealing his gross inaccuracy.
Were those … breasts?
Marc closed his eyes and thought for a moment. Typically, women didn’t ride alone at such an hour and they certainly didn’t wander unexpectedly across his property. It’d been quite a while, his last birthday to be exact, since his last intimate encounter with a woman—a gift, compliments of St. Regis—so there was always the possibility that perhaps his half-drunk, sex-starved mind had conjured up the sensual image.
He shook his head, opened his eyes, and looked back again toward the horizon.
Yes, those were most certainly breasts.
And she was most definitely not a young man. The woman’s riding habit pulled taut against her body as she raced toward him. Her hair was blowing behind her—various hues of auburn and gold, like wild flames curling about in the wind. Then a decidedly feminine voice burst through the morning’s silence, interrupting his self-doubt.
“Oh, thank goodness I found you!”
This was no mirage. She was indeed very real.
And very loud.
Author bio and links:
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago. She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read more of her random romance musings.
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I’m so excited! Soul Mate Publishing is now offering No Going Back in print!
As if moving from Los Angeles to a New Hampshire town with less than two hundred residents isn’t enough for ex-Hollywood socialite, Ari Milbanke, she has a house full of someone else’s life, the lonely ghost of a teen-aged girl and a handsome neighbor who runs a horse rescue facility. She has a lot ahead of her as she settles her two young daughters into their new life while trying to hide the one she left behind.
Sam Beauchamp was content with his life. Rescuing and training horses has always satisfied him, but when newcomer, Ari and her daughters came into his life he realized how much was missing. Even the ghost attached to the decade’s old mysterious disappearance isn’t enough to deter him. What might, though, is Ari’s inability to be open with her past and who she really is.
You can find both the Kindle version for 2.99 and print for 12.99
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Good morning all! It’s actually sunny out! Finally after several days of snow. It’ll be nice not to have to shovel.
“…Only time can heal wounds, you probably have heard. Sometimes people get worse, and many times they get more wounds. This book is a story of a woman who has to face the main bully from her childhood head on, and he does not know who she is years later. She still has wounds, but she tries so hard to hide them. Ms. Hebert captured a traditional, sweet, yet hot and inspiring story of how one must come out of their inner bondage. It is a story of love happening in a very unconventional way. A must read for those who like to stay on their toes from beginning to end. Going Going Gone started a fire even Elijah Knight cannot put out! This book gets 5 cups. You will need all of them, so you can cool off as you read this novel!” ~ Coffee Time Romance
You can see the full review here.
Going Going Gone is available on Amazon for 2.99