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    New Release Friday – September 2022

    New Release Friday

    Time for another New Release Friday- where did this month go?

    A few of my author friends have had new releases in September. Check them out if you are looking for a new read.

    I must admit I was a bit slack and didn’t keep track of the new release this month as well as usual so it’s a little light-on.

    Please note the books have varying heat levels so do your own due diligence. Also I’m sure there were more but my September was kind of nuts so I literally can’t remember the beginning.

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    Daph on the Beach: A Camper & Wedding Officiant Cozy Mystery (Daphne Jones Mysteries) by Phillipa Nefri Clark

    There’s a wedding around the corner, until Randall sniffs out a body in the sea…
    The last thing Daphne Jones expects to see as she stands on Rivers End jetty, practicing the ceremony for a wedding, is a body floating by.
    Suspicion falls on her friend Christie when the deceased is identified as an ex-employee, a woman who left under a cloud. Nobody who knows Christie believes she’s responsible – except the police. Roping in best friend, Elizabeth, Daphne sets out to run her own investigation.
    Why was the deceased dressed in winter clothing on a summer’s day? And why had she begged Christie to meet her late at night?
    With the police about to arrest Christie, Daphne races to find evidence to exonerate her, as well as lead to the real killer. Will the wedding be postponed and the wrong person arrested? Not if Daphne can solve the puzzle in time.

    If you’ve read any of the Rivers End books, you’ll love this fun and quirky quick read which features many of the beloved characters such as Christie, Martin, Thomas, Elizabeth and more… not to mention Randall the goldie. 

    Daph on the Beach first appeared in the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders anthology.

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    Protecting their Destiny (A Bindarra Creek Mystery Romance) by Erin Moira O’Hara

    Reid Sullivan is close to fulfilling his life-long dream of returning his family’s sheep station, Tulachmhor to its former glory. He’s also weeks from marrying Emma, his pregnant fiancée, yet a volatile childhood has left him with deep trust issues. And his soon-to-be bride has shared little of her past. After a string of mishaps and disasters he suspects Tulachmhor and his relationship with Emma are being sabotaged, but by who and why?

    Gynecologist, Emma Fahey left her previous life in Sydney for the rural peace and safety of Bindarra Creek. Yet, as her wedding approaches her fiancé becomes distracted and moody, reigniting old fears. Emma loves Reid with all her heart, and is excited for the baby, but can their relationship survive someone with a deadly grudge? Will their trust issues irrevocably damage their relationship, or worse, cost them their lives?

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    Crack Shot: A Sister’s Best Friend Forbidden Romance Novel: A Minnesota Raiders Novel byPippa Green

    I’ve finally achieved my dream of moving back to my hometown and playing for the NHL team I’ve loved since I was a boy: the Minnesota Raiders. It’s a big deal, uprooting my daughter Summer but being in the old family home with my sister will help.

    Except a lot has changed since I left.

    Such as my sister no longer being my number one fan and moving her best friend into our basement. Not that there’s anything wrong with Caitlin. She’s sweet as the wedding cakes she bakes for a living and sexy as hell to boot. Oh yeah, and she’s completely off-limits because she’s also the daughter of my coach.

    Living close to Caitlin is torture for multiple reasons and while we get off to a bad start—turns out I can be an arrogant jerk—she’s still amazing with Summer, who has more than a little crush on her. I know how the kid feels.

    I haven’t been in a relationship since my wife died, and if I give into temptation, then I’m risking my career and my daughter’s happiness. Once I get a taste of Caitlin, keeping from falling for the one girl I can’t have becomes impossible. How am I not going to crack?

    Crack Shot is book 9 in the Minnesota Raiders series and can be enjoyed as a stand alone.

    Get it here.

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    New release Friday – wrapping up August new releases

    New Release Friday

    Lots of my author friends have had new releases in August. Check them out if you are looking for a new read.

    Please note the books have varying heat levels so do your own due diligence. Also I’m sure there were more but my August was kind of nuts so I literally can’t remember the beginning.

     One in a billionOne in a Billion- Belinda Williams

    MAKING A DEAL WITH A BILLIONAIRE IS RISKY BUSINESS . . .

    Victoria Verity is on a deadline. Soon she’ll be thirty and out of a job unless she can turn her journalism career around by gaining an exclusive interview with Australia’s newest tech billionaire. Except there’s one small hitch—he’s notoriously private.

    Seth Pierce hates people making a big deal about his billionaire status, but he knows it’s time to appoint a media adviser. When the perfect candidate walks into his office for all the wrong reasons, Seth is determined to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

    Victoria will do anything to land the story, but she draws the line at mixing business with pleasure. Only she’s about to discover that billionaires don’t give up easily. Especially when they’ve found something—or someone—they want . . .

    One In A Billion is the third book in the Pierce Brothers series featuring four brothers that are equally as nice as they are naughty.

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    The Swordmasters DaughterThe Swordmaster’s Daughter – Terri Green

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    When her father bans her from fighting after an unfortunate incident with a stray sword, Lucinda Evans is determined to continue fencing. She recruits a small group of women with an urgent need to defend themselves, training them in secret as the Sisters of the Sword. When the Sisters discover that two of their number were victims of the same cruel predator, they set out to bring him to justice, no matter what it takes.

    Robert McCrae, the infuriatingly attractive heir of a Scottish Lord, cannot fathom why any woman has a need to fight, but when he fails to protect his only sister, he reluctantly seeks Lucinda’s help.
    Plunged into a murky world of politics and duplicity, they are forced to work together, and faced with impossible choices. Loyalty or duty? Love or justice? The more he pulls, the more she pushes, and despite all of McCrae’s attempts to keep her safe, Lucinda strides on into danger, a danger she must ultimately face on her own.

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    Ace

    Ace: An Australian Military Romance (Z Boys Book 5) – Sofia Aves

    His last card will trump them all.

    Mentor, officer, and soldier Lincoln ‘Ace’ Kelly loves the men he leads. Z Unit was always a suicide mission. With a short life expectancy, none of his team were supposed to have attachments.

    Never get involved.

    Linc broke rule number one by bringing the love of his life along with him. Belgian Malinios Helix is as much a part of the team as the men who would lay down their lives on his orders without question. But when those orders start to ring false in his mind, Lincoln question what’s coming down from the top…and where he’s sending his boys.

    As tensions inside the unit hit boiling point, Lincoln seeks a distraction…and finds it for a second time in Hadleigh Rawson.

    Blonde, stunning and an agent for an unnamed intelligence agency, Hadleigh’s mind works as fast as anyone on his team. And while their chemistry is undeniable, Linc begins to suspect she’s part of a bigger picture.

    One that he can’t see in full.

    He has to get it right to prevent chaos ruining his unit on a deadly mission when she tags along. Which is fine if she is on his side.

    But what if she’s not?

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    Best Match

    Best Match: A Grumpy sunshine sports romance (Arizona Rattlesnakes Book 3) – Pippa Green

    From the outside looking in, my life is perfect. I’ve made it all the way from Sweden to the USA to be a star player for the Arizona Rattlesnakes NHL team and we’re having our best season ever. The problem is… I can’t take the heat. Literally. I need to get out of the desert as fast as possible.

    I have a plan and it’s simple: remain detached from my life, as Tucson is just a pit stop, and when we win the Cup, I’ll get myself traded to any other team in a colder climate. My teammates think I’m a grumpy bastard but that’s just my way of keeping them at arm’s length, so I don’t miss them too much when I bolt.

    I’ve hit another snag in the form of my new next-door neighbor. Elizabeth’s a ray of jävla/sunshine—and we know how I feel about the sun—and she can’t seem to take the hint that I want her gone. My stand-offish nature doesn’t seem to stop her from baking me muffins, doing my yard work, and generally driving me insane with her curves as she prances around in yoga outfits and lounges in her bikini by the pool.

    I need to resist, but every minute I spend with Elizabeth and her three-legged dog makes it harder and harder to remember why I can’t just let myself go and enjoy her warmth. She may be the best thing that’s ever happened to a grumpy bastard like me, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to let the sexy, taco-loving temptress lure me into staying in Helvete, or Hell.

    If I stick to my plan I’ll be happy…right? But what if I’m wrong?

    Best Match is the third book in the new Arizona Rattlesnakes series, a spinoff from Pippa Green’s successful Minnesota Raiders series. It can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

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    Reveal for the new look Jewel Sisters Series!

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    Isn’t the new look adorable?

    I told you it was coming and now it is here the new look Jewel Sisters series.

    The first book in the series, Something of a Spark, came out in 2017 – or as it feels to me – a lifetime ago. I loved writing that book for a few reasons.

    It’s set on the South Coast of NSW here in Australia so I could picture the town of Caudal Bay where the sisters live very clearly. The town isn’t real. It’s an amalgam of a few of my favorite beach towns. I hadn’t written a story set in Australia for a while at that point, so it was fun to do that.

    I also loved the idea of writing a family series and the sisters’ relationships, in particular, were interesting to me. I only have one sister but when I was an exchange student my host family had three sisters, plus me, so four. The characters aren’t in any way base don any of us but I could draw a little on that experience.

    Finally, although I never included them in the book I wrote a series of song lyrics for the book. Saffy is a lyricist in the novel and co writes country songs with her old friend Ryan. I had a lot of fun writing songs for them.

    It was always one of my dreams to be a lyricist. The whole idea fascinates me. Not to mention I can make anything rhyme and some days used to talk in rhyme all day to my daughter. (I’ve never said I wasn’t annoying!)

    Maybe I’ll share them here or in my newsletter one day!

    Anyway, there’s a whole page dedicated to the series here on the website, so click over to see the new covers and read more about the series. (It’s in Kindle Unlimited if you’re a subscriber).

     

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    A new look Jewel Sisters Series is coming soon!

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    It’s a while since I’ve done anything to update any of my book covers and I thought maybe it was time to give the Jewel Sisters series a fresh new look.

    New covers and new blurbs are something I struggle with, mainly because I ‘m usually attached to the original covers.

    In this case, I just couldn’t decide what direction to go. I even ran a poll in m newsletter this time last year between two looks and the results were exactly 50/50 so that didn’t help at all!

    Anyway, I finally made a decision and I’m super happy with how they came out. Everyone I’ve shown them to has been as excited as I am so I hope that means an uptick in sales when the covers and new blurbs go live on Amazon next week.

    You can see the old covers here.

    This is such a fun series set here in Australia and as the series title suggests is about four sisters and their relationship and struggles to find love and happiness. But it is fun and happy and I wanted covers that reflected that, so fingers crossed I’ve got it right.

    Stay tuned and I’ll let you know when the new look version is live. As always if you’ve read them and haven’t yet reviewed the books you know I’d love you to.

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    New Release Friday – wrapping up June 2022

    New Release Friday

    Time for a wrap up of my author friend’s new releases for June 2022

    It feel like I just did the monthly wrap up but here we go again. Here are some of the books my author friends have released this past month. They’re in varying genres and some are sweet and some have heat, so be sure to check those details for yourself.

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    ❤ HEROES WITH HEAT AND HEART IS LIVE! ❤
    A hero never quits..
    He comes for you no matter the odds.
    He won’t stop. He will save you.
    And your heart belongs to him forever. . .
    Heroes with Heat and Heart 2 Anthology features nineteen steamy Protector Romance novellas to make you get a fan for this inferno.
    All proceeds benefit the Grassroots Wildland Firefighter Charity
    𝐅𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐬:
    Carina Alyce, EmKay Connor, LC Taylor, Karigan Hale, Lolo Paige, CB Samet, DM Davis, Ofelia Martinez, Hilary Grossman, Tracy Krimmer, Heather Scarlett, D. Lilac, Harper Cross, Stacey Travis, Allie Marie, Andi MacDowell, Pandora Snow, Michelle Edwards, and the legendary Desiree Holt!

    Hitched to the RockstarHitched to the Rockstar: A rockstar secret marriage romance

    Urgently needed! A fast marriage and a reputation overhaul for three gorgeous bachelors out to impress. Happily-ever-afters unintentionally included.

    Tori

    A Vegas pre-wedding celebration with my sister, who I lovingly refer to as Bridezilla, was meant to be a chance for her to be the centre of attention all weekend. I chose dowdy outfits, made sure to focus all my attention on her, and even dragged along the huge wedding planning folder for us to pore over every day. If there’s an award for sister-of-the-year, it’s guaranteed to be mine.

    The holy trinity of one too many critiques of my permanently single status, her need to prove to me that I’m not very lovable, and the arrival of a sexy saviour at the bar one night lead to an unexpected wedding and a promise to spend two weeks in Action Valley, far from Bridezilla and her constant demands.

    Action Valley is possibly the most laid back place on earth but it turns out I’ve married the most uptight rockstar on the planet, with a point to prove to his dad. How will he react when he finds out what I do for a living? Because I know his dad won’t approve, and I’d really like to keep my rockstar.

    Jagger

    Another number one smash hit album release. Another Vegas celebration. What can I say? The band and I are creatures of habit. We party in Sin City regularly, always blasting in and leaving the same way. No commitments. No ties. Not ever.

    Except that this year I’ve arrived in Vegas with an ulterior motive. I need to find me a bride to take home to my parents for two weeks of getting-in-their-good-books, and where else do you woo a woman on short notice? Mom only turns seventy once, and my dad will kick my ass if I don’t make it special for her. I’ve never had his approval before, so I’m not sure why I think I can win it now, but what’s more special than a new sensible bride and the inference that grandchildren could finally be on the way?

    Too bad my new dowdy bride turns out to be a fun-loving, banter-filled vixen, instead of the plain Jane I thought would impress my dad with her sweetness.

    Now I’ve got two goals. Get dad off my back, and get the delectable Tori into my bed.

    Getting hitched at first sight has never been so enticing.

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    Hot in the cityHot in the City by Cassandra O’Leary

    Hot In The City is a collection of short romantic comedy stories and novellas from award-winning author, Cassandra O’Leary. Perfect for reading on your lunch break, on the go or anytime really!

    Never before published in one book, this collection includes:– Chocolate Truffle Kiss: A Romantic Comedy Novelette – An older woman meets a younger man in a story full of pining. A lonely writer, a hot rockstar barista, a cafe setting with stolen moments, poetry and chocolate. . .

    – Tree Love: A Romantic Short Story  A short story with a sweet second chance romance, an urban lumberjack and emails to trees!

    – Girl Under The Christmas Tree: A Steamy Holiday Romance Novella  A prequel to the novel Girl on a Plane, featuring Yuki, a hotel staffer looking for adventure, and Declan, an Irish IT CEO with a broken heart. They come together right before Christmas for just one night. . .

    – Friday I’m In Love: A Short and Sweet Story– A brand new story set in a pyjama company in the middle of the city. Featuring a Japanese-Australian beefcake, a wacky computer nerd, workplace romance, spying and wardrobe malfunctions.

    . . . and a new novelette. . . Girl On A Babymoon! Sinead and Gabriel from Girl on a Plane return, five years later. It’s their anniversary, and Sinead has a big surprise for Gabriel. A romantic getaway and steamy role-playing feature in this laugh-out-loud story of a marriage in trouble, or maybe, a marriage that will be stronger than ever!

    Each story is set in the author’s home city of Melbourne, Australia, with a cameo or two from other fabulous destinations around the world. Whether the setting in a central city cafe with a smoking hot barista, or a Santa-packed hotel in the lead-up to Christmas, these stories will introduce you to a world of steamy kisses, swoony couples and funny love stories each with their own a happy ever after (or happy for now) ending.

    bad match coverBad Match: An opposites attract forbidden sports romance (Arizona Rattlesnakes Book 2)

    That sexy blonde flirting with me at the nightclub is everything I want and everything I can’t have.

    My former captain’s younger sister-in -law is a trouble-making spit fire with a heart of gold. But as everyone in the Arizona Rattlesnakes knows – she’s part of the family and you don’t mess with family. That’s just one of the rules.

    Unlike me, Sasha Wilcox thinks rules are made to be broken. She cares about school and getting my attention, and she’s doing an excellent job of that. I can’t seem to stay away from her and she can’t seem to stay away from trouble. Which means neither can I.

    As the only Australian player in the NHL, I have a lot at stake. My family back home is relying on me and so is my hockey family. If I give into temptation with Sasha, then we’re both going to be in a world of trouble…but only if anyone finds out.

    The two of us are a bad match, no doubt about it. Yet being with her feels so good. We’re skating on thin ice and I have no idea how we can get through the mess we’ve created and be together.

    Bad Match is the second book in the new Arizona Rattlesnakes series, a spinoff from Pippa Green’s successful Minnesota Raiders series (You’ll see some of your old favorites reappear). It can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

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    Today for Writers on Wednesday we feature Iris Blobel and her new release In The Shadow of a Lie

    Today we feature Iris Blobel and her new novel – In The Shadow of a Lie.

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    Let me take you to New Zealand

    I’m happy to share with you another story which is set in NZ.

    If you love Australian / New Zealand romance, be sure to get your copy today!

    About IN THE SHADOWS OF A LIE

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    The discovery of her mother’s diaries unravels a secret which sends Lani on a journey to New Zealand …

    She lost her mother in an accident. Now, Lani Dekker is determined to meet the man who, according to her mother’s diaries, is her father. He’s not what she expected, a bit on the extravagant side, but she soon warms up to him, thanks no less to Dylan, her father’s neighbour. Despite her attraction to Dylan, she can’t figure out whether he’s a friend or foe.

    Dylan Harper is merely going through the daily motions after his wife died in a ski crash. That is, until his life is turned upside down by the arrival of his neighbour’s daughter. Their attraction is instant, even more so when they wake up in the same bed after an earthquake. However, it’s her accusation that his interest in her involves her father’s money rather than their mutual magnetism that derails their newfound bond.

    Will finding the truth about her parents be a chance for Lani and Dylan to overcome their differences?

    Get your copy of IN THE SHADOWS OF A LIE today on Amazon

    What reviewers say about the story:

    5 stars:

    A beautiful plot line with very emotional characters.. The path to love is difficult and has lot of interesting turns for the characters.Loved the book and the leads.

    5 stars:

    Heartwarming story about love, forgiveness and acceptance. Lani’s grieving her Mother’s death and trying to cope, when her grandpa opens up and tells her about an untruth, lie. She finds her lost father, unbeknownst to him he even has a daughter. Toby, Lani’s birth father, never married or loved another woman after her mother. Toby’s neighbor, Dylan, and long time friend had lost his wife after only 2 years of marriage and he is still missing her when Dylan finds Lani in the stairwell of Toby’s home. Lani’s mother’s belief in memories and forgiveness helps Lani move on in forgiveness toward her Grandpa, accepting and loving her Dad, Toby and loving Dylan for who he is.

    Add IN THE SHADOWS OF A LIE to your Goodreads TBR !

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    Where to find Iris:

    Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bQ68rL

    Website http://www.irisblobel.com/

    Blog http://www.irisblobel.com/blog

    Twitter https://twitter.com/_iris_b

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IrisBlobel

    Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4067254.Iris_Blobel

    Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Iris-Blobel/e/B00FNFP3LI/

    Other Online Bookstores https://books2read.com/irisblobel

     

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    Q&A with Jayne Kingsley to launch Falling for the Hockey Player

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    I’m doing Q&A’s with all the Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge Authors and this week it’s Jayne Kingsley’s turn.

    Jayne is a fellow Australian author who I have been lucky enough to meet in person! We’re looking forward to getting together to celebrate the launch of this series.

    1. What made you decide to write about this particular hero? 

    I love ice hockey and have always wanted to write a sweet ice hockey romance
    2. If you could spend an hour in Willow Ridge where would you go? 
    The book store of course! Followed by a trip to Latte Da to grab a coffee and then I’d meander to the Village Green and find a spot near the gazebo to read. Bliss!
    3. What did you enjoy most about writing this story? 
    I loved writing the meet cute between Georgia and Blake- they have a past where she left him so it was nice to turn the tables a little (hehe).
    4. What’s your favorite thing about writing small town romance? 
    The community and secondary characters. I love to include a few quirky characters and cute pets
    5. Are you or have you ever been in a bookclub yourself?
    No I haven’t! I’d love to join one though.

    Falling for the Hokcey Player

    Falling for the Deputy: A Small-Town Southern Romance (Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge Book 4)

    Can a group of hopeless romantics finally find love? Or are they destined always to be a bridesmaid and never the bride?

    After losing at love twice, Barbara Wilton needs a change, some place far from her home in Boston, so she takes a position as manager of a small branch bank in Willow Ridge, Georgia. She’s done with relationships and ready to concentrate on her career. The experience in Willow Ridge will help her move forward in the banking industry, but she doesn’t plan to stay there permanently. Nevertheless, an invitation to join the Hopeless Romantics book club, a position on a planning committee, helping a little league team that needs coaching, and being adopted by a stray dog begin to wind her into the community.

    Chris Harper was a police officer in Charlotte until his marriage fell apart. With his mother and elderly aunt in deteriorating health, Chris returns home to Willow Ridge to help them and takes a job as chief deputy to the local sheriff. The wound left by his failed marriage is still raw and, despite his mother’s nagging, he’s not interested in pursuing any relationship, even with the attractive new bank manager.

    Fate, helped by a few local residents, conspires to push Barbara and Chris together. They meet during a false alarm at the bank and then he assists her with a car problem. But when his aunt receives a foreclosure notice on her house, Chris is angry with Barbara for not warning him that his aunt was behind on her payments.

    She agrees to help him work out the problem with the bank, but the deeper issues between them keep flaring. Can two wary, wounded people learn to trust again and find happiness together? Find out in this sweet, second chance, enemies to lovers romance.

    The Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge series are sweet, small-town contemporary romances. Each book is a standalone and can be read individually or as part of the series.

    Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge series
    Book 1: Falling for the Boss
    Book 2: Falling for the Fireman
    Book 3: Falling for the Doctor
    Book 4: Falling for the Deputy
    Book 5: Falling for the Hockey Player
    Book 6: Falling for the Single Dad
    Book 7: Falling for the Farmer
    Book 8: Falling for the Scotsman

    Get it here

    And if you’d like to see the previous week’s Q&A click here.

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    Q&A with Karen McCulloch to launch Falling for the Deputy

    I’m doing Q&A’s with all the Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge Authors and this week it’s Karen McCullough’s turn.

    Happy release week for Falling for the Deputy by Karen McCullough

    3. What made you decide to write about this particular hero?

    As a long-time mystery writer as well doing romance and fantasy, I’ve spent a fair amount of time around police and other law enforcement officers. U like and admire them. Most of them are good people, trying their best to help others and keep peace. I was intrigued by the idea of a man moving from the fast-paced life of a police officer in a large city (Charlotte) to a small town to become the Chief Deputy.  Why would he do that and how would it affect him?

    2. If you could spend an hour in Willow Ridge where would you go?

     Latte Da!  Love coffee and it seems like a warm and friendly place. Plus Georgia’s pastries…

    3. What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

    Pretty much everything. The heroine of the book is partly modeled after my sister, who is a banker, but not in a small Southern town. I knew that both my hero and heroine were coming off heart-breaking losses and that recovering from those and being open to a new relationship wouldn’t be easy. And of course I threw a few other obstacles in their way as well. But I also brought in the stray dog Mookie, and he tried to steal the show, along with my heroine’s heart.  Once I had the basic idea of what would happen, the book almost wrote itself.

    4. What’s your favorite thing about writing small town romance?

    As best I can remember, this is actually my first small-town romance and it’s required a considerable change of mindset. I grew up in a suburb of New York City and have lived in cities (or their suburbs) all my life. My books generally have urban settings. However, my husband is from a very small town in South Carolina, and we’ve spent enough time there and in other small towns in the southeast that I’ve been able at times to immerse myself in that culture and get the feel for it. There are a lot of things to like about writing in a small town setting – a warmth and friendliness to the people that you often don’t find in larger cities; the fact that everyone knows everyone else and their history;  and a simpler, more down-to-earth culture.

    5. Are you or have you ever been in a bookclub yourself?

    No, but I know people who are. I’ve been tempted to join because, of course, I love to read and do it a lot, but I think an author has very different perspectives on books and I’m not sure it would be helpful to other readers.

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    Falling for the Deputy: A Small-Town Southern Romance (Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge Book 4) 

    Can a group of hopeless romantics finally find love? Or are they destined always to be a bridesmaid and never the bride?

    After losing at love twice, Barbara Wilton needs a change, some place far from her home in Boston, so she takes a position as manager of a small branch bank in Willow Ridge, Georgia. She’s done with relationships and ready to concentrate on her career. The experience in Willow Ridge will help her move forward in the banking industry, but she doesn’t plan to stay there permanently. Nevertheless, an invitation to join the Hopeless Romantics book club, a position on a planning committee, helping a little league team that needs coaching, and being adopted by a stray dog begin to wind her into the community.

    Chris Harper was a police officer in Charlotte until his marriage fell apart. With his mother and elderly aunt in deteriorating health, Chris returns home to Willow Ridge to help them and takes a job as chief deputy to the local sheriff. The wound left by his failed marriage is still raw and, despite his mother’s nagging, he’s not interested in pursuing any relationship, even with the attractive new bank manager.

    Fate, helped by a few local residents, conspires to push Barbara and Chris together. They meet during a false alarm at the bank and then he assists her with a car problem. But when his aunt receives a foreclosure notice on her house, Chris is angry with Barbara for not warning him that his aunt was behind on her payments.

    She agrees to help him work out the problem with the bank, but the deeper issues between them keep flaring. Can two wary, wounded people learn to trust again and find happiness together? Find out in this sweet, second chance, enemies to lovers romance.

    The Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge series are sweet, small-town contemporary romances. Each book is a standalone and can be read individually or as part of the series.

    Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge series
    Book 1: Falling for the Boss
    Book 2: Falling for the Fireman
    Book 3: Falling for the Doctor
    Book 4: Falling for the Deputy
    Book 5: Falling for the Hockey Player
    Book 6: Falling for the Single Dad
    Book 7: Falling for the Farmer
    Book 8: Falling for the Scotsman

    Grab it here now.

    See my previous Q&A with Cindy Ray Hale here.

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    Release Week for the first three books in the Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge Series

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    Finally, it’s release week for the first books in the Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge series!

    As of today, the first three books in the Hopeless Romantics of Willow Ridge Series are live.  Falling for the Boss, Falling for the Fireman and Falling fot the Doctor are all available to start reading today and they’re all in Kindle Unlimited. I’m so excited they’re live and can’t wait for the release of the rest of the series in the coming weeks.

    I asked Cindy Ray Hale, author of Falling for the Doctor a few questions about the inspiration for her book. (I’ll be asking the authors this through the release process in the coming weeks so come back to read their answers.)

    release banner for Falling for the Doctor1. What made you decide to write about this particular hero? 

    I know what it’s like to be a single mom, and my son just had tubes in his ears. Also, I was a home health aide to my grandpa who had dementia.   

     2. If you could spend an hour in Willow Ridge where would you go? 

    Anywhere near the water. Or Latte Da. It sounds like a fun coffee shop. I’d love to hear the gossip.   

     3. What did you enjoy most about writing this story? 

    I loved the part about going to Blackbeard Island and boating. It made me miss sunshine and summer.  

     4. What’s your favorite thing about writing small town romance? 

    I love the town gossips and how the entire town pulls together to help each other.  

     5. Are you or have you ever been in a bookclub yourself?

    Yes. I’ve been in many book clubs. I’m not in one currently, and it’s really too bad. It was great to connect with the other readers, eat good food.

    You can get Falling for the Doctor here.

    And you can check out the whole series here!

    See Karen McCulloch’s interview here.

     

     

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    New release Friday February 2022

    Another month has flown by – here are some February New Releases from my author friends. Some are sweet, some are steamy and some are just a little bit scary so be sure to check those blurbs before you download!

     

    New Release Friday

    1998 (90s Flashback Series Book 3)

    1988A magical romantic comedy from bestselling author Kirsty McManus!

    Anna finally has it all: a gorgeous partner, a successful business, and the best friends a gal could ask for.

    But just when she thought she’d finally achieved her happily ever after, she finds herself alone again.

    Kurt, her soulmate, is leaving the country for three whole months—and while he’s gone, he’s given her some serious decisions to consider. Anna must rely on her support network—plus her trusty time-travelling compound—to get her through.

    However, soon after Kurt’s departure, Anna’s ex-husband makes a reappearance—and until she finds a way to banish his demons, neither of them can move forward.

    But once she tackles that problem, a worse one arises.

    Could the secret she uncovers derail the life she’s worked so hard towards?

    Time travel has a lot to answer for.

    Get it here

    Dead HeatDead Heat

    Sofia Aves’ Dead Heat is an enemies-to-lovers, athlete workplace romance in K. Bromberg’s Driven World.

    KC Hawk has his mind on the game. Specifically the one that makes the wheels cross the finish line first at the end of every race.

    While his team is hand-picked from the best talent there is, he’s missing that pizazz factor. And Hawk knows just where to get it. The cheerleader for his greatest rival would be a great asset on his team, and in his bed.

    Sunny Cooper loves her job as PR agent for one of the hottest new talents on the track. Sure, he can be a little enthusiastic and turns up with the party boy attitude, but he brings the trophies in, and Sunny gets to have her dream job.


    Until KC Hawking offers her a better one—and ruins her dreams in a single night.

    Get your copy here…

    Already GoneAlready Gone: A Miranda Jack Novella Kindle Edition

    Prequel to crime thriller Already Dead.
    Two months has passed since Miranda Jack’s husband Nick was killed in a hit-and-run and she is no closer to understanding why. The police have stopped taking her calls so Jax has gone back to the street where Nick was found in search of her own answers.
    Eighty-five year old Irene Newton has been haunted by the death of a man on the road beyond her fence two months ago. The appearance of his wife at her door reawakens painful memories of the daughter she lost and the questions she was told to forget.
    Jax is horrified Irene has waited forty years for answers and frightened she could face the same fate. But when the questions surrounding Nick’s murder won’t let her rest, Jax reaches for Irene’s mystery – because finding any answers is better than finding none.
    Until the questions become dangerous.

    Get it here

     

    Penalty Shot

    Penalty Shot: A Best Friend’s Little Sister Forbidden Romance (A Minnesota Raiders Novel)

    I take my superstitions seriously in hockey; when the Raiders are on a winning streak, I don’t shave my beard.

    A woman like Lena Torsten doesn’t want a beast.

    It doesn’t matter, anyway. She’s off limits. She’s my best friend’s little sister and he’s asked me to watch over her while she’s in town. I’ve never been allowed to want her. I’ve never even let myself think about having her:

    Until she ends up staying with me at my cabin and I can think of nothing but Lena. If Mark ever finds out what I want with his sister…well, my time is up.

    Beauty and the Beast is nothing but a fairy tale. Those kinds of happy endings don’t exist, do they?

    PENALTY SHOT is book 7 in the Minnesota Raiders series.

    Get it here