Sunday, January 5, 2020

New Year, New Authors to Read

I'm starting the new year in planning mode as I try a new method for tracking productivity. After taking Sarra Cannon's HeartBreathings course on planning/organizing, I'm ready to try something new. The first week didn't count. New Year's was midweek, then my family took an extended weekend trip. This coming week will be the true test. I'll let you know how it works after I have a month under my belt. 
In other book news, tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of this promotion which highlights dozens of clean romance books. Short stories, novellas, and full-length novels are available for free to new subscribers of the respective author's newsletter. It's a pretty sweet offer. I've snagged a few myself. 

What I'm reading now: Another New Year's Eve by Carrie Ann Hope

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Sweet Romance Stop with Author Melissa McClone

While I'm one of the featured authors in this Sweet Romance for Christmas tour, I can't help but promote a few of my fellow author friends. Melissa McClone is in the spotlight today, and I can't recommend her books enough. So, I hope you have a few minutes to acquaint yourself with her Mountain Rescue Romance series. Check out her cute covers, read the excerpt, and don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.
Happy Reading! 
On Tour with Prism Book Tours


Meet the members of Oregon Mountain Search and Rescue and watch them fall in love in Hood Hamlet with a little help from Christmas magic.

In His Christmas Wish, Jake Porter is burdened by guilt, believing he could have saved two friends during a climbing accident and kept Carly Bishop from the heart-wrenching loss of her fiancé and brother. When she arrives in town for the holidays, Jake wants to make amends so they can both move forward with their lives. As he helps Carly experience the magic of Christmas, will he also be able to open her heart to…love?

In Her Christmas Secret, Sean Hughes asks snowboarder Zoe Flynn to pose as his girlfriend at Thanksgiving dinner, which will take the pressure off him from his meddling family, who enjoy matchmaking. But when an injury occurs, the two are forced to continue their one-night ruse until the line between make-believe and reality blurs. Zoe, however, has a secret…a big one. Is their new relationship strong enough to withstand the truth?

In Her Christmas Kiss, Leanne Thomas works hard to be “one of the boys” at the fire station and on the mountain. After she rescues gorgeous, rookie firefighter Christian Welton, he glimpses a softer, more vulnerable side to her tough-as-nails personality and he’s intrigued. A surprise kiss under the mistletoe sparks a three-alarm fire, but something is holding her back. Will Christian’s kisses break through Leanne’s tough exterior and melt her heart? 

In His Christmas Family, Bill Paulson invites two wayward travelers into his home. Something about Grace Wilcox, a widow, and her young son touches Bill’s heart, so he decides to give them a special Christmas. When attraction flares between Grace and Bill, she won’t gamble her heart on a hero and Bill doesn’t consider himself husband material. Can a little Christmas magic show them love and a family are worth the risks?

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Excerpt from His Christmas Wish

The door cracked open.

“Welcome back, Carly,” a male voice greeted her warmly.

She’d expected to see Hannah’s husband of two years, Garrett Willingham, but the man standing in the doorway looked nothing like the clean-cut, non-risk-taking, business-suit-wearing certified public accountant. This guy was too rugged, too fit, too…familiar.

“Jacob Porter.”

Over six feet tall with brown hair that fell past his collar, he still had piercing blue eyes, a killer smile, and a hot, hard body that made the girls, herself included, swoon back in high school. Those features had only improved with age.

Her pulse kicked up a notch. “What are you doing here?”

“Waiting for you.” His grin widened, the same way it had whenever he and Nick teased her. “Merry Christmas.”

“Merry…” Simply thinking the word left a bitter taste in her mouth. She couldn’t bring herself to say it. “Season’s greetings. Where’s Hannah?”

“At a doctor’s appointment,” Jacob explained. “Garrett drove her. She didn’t know if they’d be home by the time you arrived or before the school bus dropped off Kendall and Austin, so they asked me to come over.”

Carly noticed Jacob’s clothes—a light blue button-down oxford shirt, khaki pants, and brown leather shoes. A bit more stylish than the T-shirts, jeans, and sneakers she remembered him wearing. He must have come from work.

“Thank you.” Though she wasn’t surprised. Jacob had always gone out of his way for them, a surrogate everything to what remained of the Bishop family. He’d found her the job in Philadelphia. He’d taught Nick’s two kids to ski and fish. He’d even introduced Hannah to Garrett.

“Come inside before you get too cold.” Jacob reached for Carly’s suitcase. His hand—big, callused, and warm—brushed hers. The accidental contact startled her, and she jerked away. “You city girls aren’t used to the temperatures up here.”

Forget the cold. She wasn’t used to her response to his touch. That was unusual for her. “Philadelphia gets cold, too.”

As she stepped inside, heat surrounded Carly, cocooning her with the inviting comforts of home. The homey touches—a fleece blanket on a chair, throw pillows, candles, and framed photos—were ones missing from her apartment.

His gaze ran the length of her. “You look the same.”

He looked better. “So does this place.”

And that somehow made everything…worse.

About the Author


USA Today bestselling author Melissa McClone has written over forty-five sweet contemporary romance novels. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds, and cats who think they rule the house. They do!


Tour Schedule
(Posts go live on the day they're scheduled.)

December 11th: Launch
December 12th: Julie Coulter Bellon - Truth or Dare
December 13th: Delaney Cameron - The Gift of Love
December 14th: Raneé S. Clark - Her Country Christmas Date
December 15th: Stephanie Fowers - Robin and Marian
December 16th: Aspen Hadley - Blind Dates, Bridesmaids & Other Disasters
December 17th: Maria Hoagland - Santa Cam
December 18th: Rachel John - The Christmas Bachelor Auction
December 19th: Sally Johnson - Dear Mr. Darcy
December 20th: D.E. Malone - Love Like Forever
December 21st: Melissa McClone - Mountain Rescue Romance Series
December 22nd: Brooke St. James - The Suite Life
December 23rd: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway


1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card
Open internationally (as long as winner is eligible to receive prize)
Ends December 28, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

Sweet Romance Tour Stop with Author Aspen Hadley

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Blind Dates, Bridesmaids & Other Disasters
By Aspen Hadley
Sweet Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Hardcover & ebook, 272 Pages
July 9th 2019 by Sweetwater Books

On the surface, Rachel Stevens's life looks perfect.

One great job, two awesome roommates, and a supportive family. But when her roommate Hannah announces her engagement, Rachel sees eternal singleness and innumerable cats in her future. When the bride-to-be issues a challenge--go on six blind dates and before the "I do's" --Rachel isn't convinced her imagined future is that bad in comparison. The dates are predictably horrible and the situation further complicated by the return of James, Rachel's first, long-lost love. James says he is over her . . . but is Rachel over him?

(Affiliate links included.)

Excerpt

As the starting time (for the 10k race) arrived, (my blind date) Mitch announced that he wanted to be at the front of the crowd. I followed him with heavy feet. How was I supposed to look all athletic and charming while moving my body in a way it wasn’t familiar with? Not to mention my lungs. My poor lungs were about to have the fight of their life. 

I was saved having to overthink it by the sound of a gunshot. My first thought was to duck, but others around me took off running, and I managed to keep from embarrassing myself thanks to my instinctual herd mentality. When everyone around you is running, you run. 

Mitch was kind enough to let me set the pace. It was a mistake on his part, but it was kind. After a minute or two during which I applauded myself for pulling off a steady jog, Mitch finally spoke up. 

“All warmed up?” he asked. 

Oh heavenly days. He thought I was just getting started when in reality I was at my peak performance. Still, I nodded. My mom always warned me that pride cometh before the fall. 

“Great, let’s go.” 

Mitch poured on the juice and moved ahead of me on the road as he zigged and zagged between other runners. I pushed myself harder and managed to make a respectable showing while dodging people. When I caught up to him, he started asking me more questions. 

“Where did you go to college? How did you meet your roommates? What’s your favorite kind of food? Favorite vacation spot?” He fired questions faster than I could answer them. 

I was trying desperately to respond, to appear fit as a fiddle, to be charming and lovely. In the end, it wasn’t meant to be. I don’t know if a rock caught my toe or if my foot gave out, but one moment I was cheerfully telling him I loved Mexican food and the next I was eating asphalt. 

I heard Mitch make a sound as he looked back and saw me on my stomach. I was trying to catch my breath as he hurried back to my side and rolled me onto my back. A stinging sensation on my chin told me I’d hit it too. I hoped it wasn’t scraped too badly. I reached up trembling fingers to test it. They came away with some blood and gravel. I winced and put my fingers back on my wound. 

“Did you get the wind knocked out of you?” Mitch asked. It was a perfect excuse for my heavy breathing, so I nodded and let him think that. “Are you hurt anywhere? Can you move your legs? Did you hit your head or just your chin?” he asked. What was with him and a zillion questions all the time? This time I shook my head. 

“Rachel?” Suddenly James’s face came into view above Mitch’s shoulder. 

I let my eyes slide closed, my fingers still covering my chin, as I felt a lump rise in my throat at the sight of him. Kind of like how you’re always okay with getting hurt until your Mom shows up, and then you’re a sobbing mess. 

About the Author

Aspen Hadley loves nothing more than a great story. She has devoted herself to story-telling for the majority of her life, writing her first novel at her kitchen table in the 8th grade. Aspen writes what she wants to read: clean, sassy, romantic comedy novels that give you a break from real life and leave you feeling happy.

Outside of writing, Aspen's number one hobby is reading. Number two is sneaking chocolate into and out of her private stash without being caught. Other favorite things include: playing the piano, listening to classic rock, telling jokes around the dinner table, eating ice cream, traveling, a good case of the giggles, and riding on ATVs over the mountains and deserts of Utah.
Aspen shares her life with a patient husband, 4 hilarious children, and 1 grumpy dog in a quiet suburb in the foothills of her beloved mountains. 

Given the choice she would road trip her life away, singing along to the radio and sleeping in every morning.


Tour Schedule
(Posts go live on the day they're scheduled.)

December 11th: Launch
December 12th: Julie Coulter Bellon - Truth or Dare
December 13th: Delaney Cameron - The Gift of Love
December 14th: Raneé S. Clark - Her Country Christmas Date
December 15th: Stephanie Fowers - Robin and Marian
December 16th: Aspen Hadley - Blind Dates, Bridesmaids & Other Disasters
December 17th: Maria Hoagland - Santa Cam
December 18th: Rachel John - The Christmas Bachelor Auction
December 19th: Sally Johnson - Dear Mr. Darcy
December 20th: D.E. Malone - Love Like Forever
December 21st: Melissa McClone - Mountain Rescue Romance Series
December 22nd: Brooke St. James - The Suite Life
December 23rd: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway


1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card
Open internationally (as long as winner is eligible to receive prize)
Ends December 28, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Twelve Days of Sweet Romance

What's on your Christmas list? 
Books, you say? I can help!


Eleven sweet romance authors (myself included!) are being featured in the Sweet Romance for Christmas blog tour, sponsored by Prism Tours from Dec. 12-23. The fun starts here today with the official launch, and will feature a new author each day. There's also a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card that you won't want to miss. Come join us!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b9a55db3408/?


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Team Clean Romance Book Group Is Here

     I'm excited to announce that I'm part of a new group called Team Clean Romance Book Club. It debuts today (8/1) on Facebook, and will be hosting author takeovers, giveaways, and other fun activities for readers on a daily basis. Today and for the rest of the month each of the 50+ participating authors will introduce themselves, offering a look at the books they write and an inside peek at the things that inspire their stories. I hope you'll join us!
     I'm revising the last book in the Hearts in Hendricks series at the moment and will have it in the editor's hands by the end of the month. I'll start working with the cover designer in a few weeks, too, so I hope to reveal it sometime in early September. Stay tuned!
 
   My middle-grade novel, THE UPSIDE OF DOWN, is now in Kindle Unlimited so if your tween reader likes realistic fiction, this would be a great addition to his or her library. The story was inspired by an article I read in Parade magazine years ago, about an NYC ad exec who befriended a homeless boy. Long story short, they became friends and because of her encouragement and belief in him, he grew up to become a successful business owner with a family of his own. I read this article and the "what if?" questions started popping in my writer's brain. Check out more about THE UPSIDE OF DOWN.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Book a Trip Hop in Progress & Other Bookish News

It's sweltering here in central Illinois, but I've been working this week on the fourth and final book in the Hearts in Hendricks small-town romance series inside at my desk. I love writing on the deck, especially on a book series which focuses heavily on the natural setting. So listening to birds and feeling the breeze as I write grounds me in those outdoor scenes. Not this week though--too HOT! 
I'm participating in the Facebook Book a Trip hop at the moment. It's running through July 21st. There's a couple dozen sweet romance authors lined up to talk about their book's setting and offer a chance at prizes each day. One winner will win the Grand Prize (a Mar Y Sol beach bag filled to the brim with summer goodies). Each author is offering their own prizes too! You'll have to join the Book a Trip Facebook group to participate. I'm having loads of fun interacting with readers on my own page.

Hope you're having a good week and that it's filled with good books and time to read!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wrestling the WIP

The rough draft is always the most difficult for me, conjuring a story from the fragments of dialogue, setting notes, and bits and pieces of research that make up the outline I put together before beginning  Chapter One. I'm a little more than halfway through this book, but I've been sharing with a critique partner as I go. I've never shared my books this early in the process, but so far it's working. I'll have a much cleaner first draft when I go through it again at the end of the month. Playing with the creating process is something all artists do, I think. I can't imagine ever settling into a routine that doesn't change from one book to the next. I wholly believe the process of creating is always a work in progress in itself. Scouring the internet, one can find articles on a five-step process, an eight-step process, and a 25-point checklist. Others will just say wing it. I fall somewhere between the eight steps and flying by the seat of my pants. Yes, there is order to my chaos.


So, this is the finale to my four-book sweet romance series. I'm anxious to share this one, then move onto another project. I had several manuscripts started, one completed, so it's a matter of planning what book I want to come first.

Before I go, here's a heads-up to a Kindle Countdown Deal I have going on for LOVE LIKE AIR, Hearts in Hendricks #3, until Friday.

I hope your beach bags, Kindles, and other forms of to-be-read piles are filled with good books!

Happy Reading!
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