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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.

    Get it here

    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.

    Get it here

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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

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    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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    New release Friday for May 2022

     

    New Release Friday

    Time for a new release Friday post.

    I’ve missed a month or two but now it’s time for New Release Friday again. Check out the books by some of my author friends. The heat levels vary, so make sure you read the blurbs before you buy. These are a mix of established and new authors and pen names but they all have one thing in common – they all love new readers fiding them.

    Hitched to the Bad Boy

    Hitched to the Bad Boy: A second chance secret marriage romance (Hitched at first sight Book 1)

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

    Elle

    I’m the girl who did everything right but somehow it’s all gone wrong. I’m a newly divorced, single mom and make-up saleswoman in Vegas for a convention. While I’m away, I’m trying not to think about the fact I need to be married by my birthday in order to keep ownership of a bank that’s been in my family for generations. A bank I might not even want if my ex wasn’t trying to take it from under me.

    I’m not sure what I expected to find in Vegas, but it was definitely not Rapahel, my first love who left town on his Harley and never looked back. He’s hotter than I remember and after a night of drinking and reminiscing, I find myself hitched to the bad boy from my past.

    When I get back home, I expect Raphael to serve me papers, not come into town like a knight on a metal steed looking for a way to help me stick it to my ex and a second chance for us.

    Raphael

    Elle Chase was always too good for me and too soft-hearted for her own good. No way she’d have taken a chance on me back then otherwise. But I’m not some broke ass kid anymore and I want a chance to prove to Elle, our hometown and the production company who is looking to make a television show with me, that I’m not that guy anymore.

    Our chance encounter in Vegas might have been crazy and I know she thinks I’ll walk away again but the woman needs me. Plus, spending time with her and her kid is no hardship and the TV people want family values.

    I’m definitely taking a gamble but if we can pull this off both of us win.

    And if I can win Elle’s heart again along the way, so much the better.

    Getting hitched at first sight has never been so enticing.

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    Hitched to Her Best Friend

    Hitched to her Best Friend: Hitched at First Sight 2

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

    Maddie

    One weekend in Las Vegas. A bit of fun on the tables, cocktails, and a mini high school reunion between best friends. What could possibly go wrong?

    My plane was delayed. My luggage got lost. Our hotel booking was cancelled by mistake… on top of that our friends drop out until it’s just me and Kyle alone in Vegas. What a start to my best friend’s birthday celebrations, right?

    You’d think it would be easy to find two rooms in a place with more than 150,000 hotel rooms. But not this weekend! A massive world record attempt has snatched up every available room. There’s only one way to get a room in Las Vegas: Get hitched!

    I don’t want to give up our weekend. It’s the first time we’ve seen each other in eight years. And after too many hours of searching, and too many shots in the hotel bar, getting hitched to my best friend feels like a no brainer. So is the wedding night that follows. No one will ever know, right?

    Wrong?! The youngest granddaughter of one of the world’s most influential retail moguls can’t get drunk and hitched in Sin City without ending up on every front page. So, what happened in Vegas is now a big fat fake marriage with my career and reputation on the line.

    Except, Kyle excels at being the perfect husband. He excels at inducing butterflies, heart flutters, secret smiles… my brain won’t let me fall for my best friend, I’m too smart for that. But it might be a little too late to save my heart!

    Kyle

    The boy next door. Co-conspirator. Fellow adventure. Partner in crime. Beater-upper of bullies—and dumbass boyfriends—the giver of compliments and self-confidence. That’s me. I’m the reliable best friend. But I want so much more!

    Yet, after eight years in the navy, fighting on the front line and staring down the enemy, I’m still too afraid to tell Maddie I love her. I’ve always loved her. So, when we end up drunk, hitched, and on the front page of every major newspaper and magazine, faking it with Maddie is almost like a dream come true.

    Fooling our family and friends doesn’t sit well with me, but I’ll do it to protect Maddie’s career and her family’s reputation. I will uproot my life in Nebraska and move into her apartment in LA. I’ll be the perfect husband for the cameras because I love her.

    I’m not faking how I feel. I’m just not hiding it anymore. For the first time in my life, I have the girl of my dreams in my arms, and my bed, and the happily ever after I’ve always wanted. I’d be a fool to let that slip through my fingers. And I, Kyle Carter, am no fool. Look out Maddie, the battle for your heart is not one I’m prepared to lose!

    Getting hitched at first sight has never been so enticing.

    Get it here

    Preserving the evidence

    Preserving the Evidence (Hart of Texas Murder Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition


    When amateur baker, and now amateur sleuth, Rosie Hart finds herself embroiled in another mystery in rural Airlie Falls, Texas, she can’t believe her bad luck. Soon the town is reeling from a murder, an unidentified body, a late mayoral challenge, missing town money, and a strange group of socialites gathered at a mansion out of town.

    With so many of her new friends suspected of wrongdoing, Rosie can’t sit on the sidelines any longer. She’s convinced these strange occurrences are connected, but she’s running out of time to prove how. She’ll need to unmask a murderer before there’s another body to add to the tally.

    Snooping around undercover is harder than it looks, and Rosie will be lucky to get out of this one without more casualties than a batch of burned Buried Treasure Cookies.

    Get it here

    Wasted

    Wasted: A Rylie Cooper Mystery (Rylie Cooper Mysteries Book 8)

    A week ago, Rylie thought she’d be on her honeymoon with the love of her life, sipping fruity drinks, and soaking up the sun. 

    Never did she think she’d be on a beautiful island solving a murder. 

    Now, women are turning up dead at the resort and the authorities seem to be covering up the truth—that the deaths aren’t accidental, but murders. 

    Can Rylie solve the mystery before anyone else is murdered? 

    Get it here

    First Match

    First Match: A Single Dad Accidental Pregnancy Sports Romance : An Arizona Rattlesnakes Novel

    Sometimes I feel every inch of my thirty-eight years. Maybe that’s why I allow myself a single moment of indulgence—a one night stand with a hot, young singer who is definitely not for me. Who can blame me for going for it?

    I’m usually content living my life as a grumpy single dad with a teenage daughter—a handful of a kid who wants me and her mom back together, which is never going to happen. My life isn’t so bad. After all, I’m the Coach for the Arizona Rattlesnakes NHL team, and when I speak, a whole team of people listen.

    I don’t expect to meet Ms. Sexy Singer again, not at my daughter’s parent-teacher conference (Talk about awkward)! And I definitely don’t expect our one-night stands to happen again…and again.

    And again.

    This is just sex, right?

    Until it starts to feel like more. There’s something about Willa Bennett that I just can’t resist, and I know her unexpected pregnancy should freak me the frick out…but it doesn’t. Unfortunately for me, my wild young lover still has her sights set on Nashville and the record deal she deserves. She might even have those sights set on her ex.

    Turns out I have real feelings for my baby mama and while I might be in charge at the Rattlesnakes, I can’t make Willa do a damn thing I want, when I want. (At least, not out of the bedroom).

    She’s a beautiful song bird and I know I can’t cage her in, even if I want to. So what the hell are we gonna do now?

    First Match is the first book in the new Arizona Rattlesnakes series, a spin off 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.

    Get it here

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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.

    Falling for the Deputy

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    New Release Friday

    Time for New Release Friday. Here are some new releases my author friends have put out so far this year. I’ve read some but not others. If you read them let me know your thoughts in the comments.

    I hope you find something to enjoy – if so; I know they’d love a review.

    The Paid Bridesmaid: A Novel

    The Paid Bridesmaid

    From Sariah Wilson, the bestselling author of Roommaid, comes a captivating romantic comedy about what happens when a wedding party mixes business with romance.

    Rachel Vinson is a bridesmaid for hire: part confidante, part wedding planner, and one hundred percent pretend BFF. Discretion guaranteed. Her next gig is a destination wedding—livestreamed and sponsored—for an Instagram influencer. That means a paradise of new contacts, which could be a boon to her already booming business. If Rachel can keep the very handsome and slightly too interested best man at bay, that is.

    High-tech entrepreneur Camden Lewis must know: Who is this gorgeous, intelligent, and mysterious woman? Too good to be real. Convinced she’s a corporate spy out to tank his company, Camden’s not letting her out of his sight. But the constant surveillance is also opening his eyes to things about Rachel that he likes. If she’s a spy, she’s certainly the cutest one he’s ever seen.

    As the week’s worth of wedding events march along, Rachel and Camden are learning almost everything there is to know about each other. Rachel’s made a career out of always a bridesmaid…but perhaps there’s a chance for her own trip down the aisle?

    Get it here

    Fight the Burn: A Steamy Forbidden Love Firefighter Romance (A Cinnamon Bay Romance, Collection Four, Book 1)

    Fight the Burn

    A blind date gone horribly wrong…or horribly right?

    Adam Schiffman isn’t opposed to being set up on a blind date, until the woman in question turns out to be the one he isn’t allowed to want. After all, he and her husband were firefighters together, and Gabe’s death is on Adam’s shoulders.

    Madeline Monroe doesn’t blame him. In fact, they’ve always had a flirtatious relationship, and have been friends for as long as she can remember. But she is Adam’s opposite. She has a past outside of her control and a dead husband under her belt. It’s a line they should not cross. Until she needs someone to come to her sister’s baby shower to pretend to be her rebound guy. Not a problem. Adam a stand-up man who doesn’t hesitate to do anything for the people he cares about. Including Maddie.

    Now he needs a wedding date, and no one else is biting on the line. What would one little date hurt? It’s not like Mad Maddie a bad person. In fact, she’s a very good person. Kind and compassionate and yeah, sexy as hell. He has to admit it.

    They don’t want to resist each other but they know they have to. It isn’t right. Especially since some people in town blame Adam for what happened in the past. Can these two get over the sins of the past? Or has this forbidden love been doomed from the start?

    FIGHT THE BURN is book 1 in A Cinnamon Bay Romance, Collection 4.

    Get it here

    The Buy-In: A Sweet Small-Town Romantic Comedy (Graham Brothers Sweet Rom Com Series Book 1)

    The Buy In

    “You can’t Schitt’s Creek a town, Tank.”
    “And you can’t 
    verb a noun, son.”

    When a family of former pro football players buy a small Texas town, they didn’t intend to start a war with its residents … or to fall in love.

    Ever since his career-ending injury, Pat has bounced from job to job, idea to idea, short-lived relationship to short-lived relationship. But when his father purchases the town of Sheet Cake, Pat suddenly sees his life with clear purpose: get his brothers on board with his dad’s wild idea and win back the one woman who got away.

    Lindy was supposed to be traveling the world, not stuck in a small town, caring for her niece. But she would do anything to keep custody of Jo–even if that looks like a marriage of convenience with the man who already broke her heart once.

    Now if she can only keep herself from falling back in love with her husband…

    This is a small town, marriage of convenience romantic comedy with plenty of sizzle while keeping the bedroom door closed. It’s the first in a spinoff series following Harper’s brothers (from Falling for Your Best Friend). You don’t need to have read the Love Clichés series first to enjoy this book.

    Get it here

    Falling for The Suitor: A sweet, reality show rom-com (Suitor Science Book 1)

    Falling for the Suitor

    Finding love on a reality show isn’t possible. It can’t be real. Or can it?

    “I DEVOURED it in a single day…deliciously fun read!”

    Bexley:

    It wasn’t my idea to try out for The Suitor, because who really falls in love after twelve weeks with every move televised? I’m not good at love… or being camera-ready 24/7. But now that I’m here, I’m in it to win it. To be the last woman standing. To find…love? At least like, because falling in love is too much to ask for.

    Until I meet The Suitor—Grayson Grant, former player on and off the field, and with the smile that can light up a city—and the spark between us makes me forget all the reasons I didn’t want to come on the show.

    I’m going to win this. I’m going to win him.

    Unfortunately, twenty-five other women think the same thing.

    Grayson:

    Getting your heart broken on a reality show will do great things for your popularity. But what viewers don’t know is that my heart wasn’t really broken. I’m back for a second chance to get back into the game and this time I get to choose. There’s twenty-five gorgeous women up for grabs, and twelve weeks to decide.

    And then I meet Bexley. It’s over for me.

    Except there’s all these other women standing in my way of being with Bexley at the end, and my contract clearly states they need a chance too.

    The course of true love never runs straight, especially not on reality TV.

    Falling for The Suitor is the first in the new Suitor Science Series, a charmingly sweet, dual POV, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy full of sparks and power surges. You’ll be rooting for a happily ever after for your new favourite couple. You’ll fall for The Suitor!

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    Hazard’s Mistress: Hearts in Hiding

    hazard's mistress

    Drab companion by day, dashing gambling queen by night!

    Having disgraced herself by ‘chasing the scarlet’ in her youth, Louisa Stapleton has endured nine years of drudgery as penance.

    Now a marriage proposal from the unctuous Mr. Rivers, who promises to redeem her stained’ character, looks likely to compound her woes; for Louisa’s aunt, to whom she is beholden, has threatened to cast her out if she refuses.

    Will a night-time subterfuge, which enables Louisa to reveal her true self in the company of handsome and dashing Felix Evesham, be the catalyst for long-lasting happiness?

    Or will discovery put an end to her hopes for a love-filled future?

    Find out in another exciting romance from the Hearts in Hiding series where enterprising heroines must hide their hearts to escape danger in order to find their happily-ever-after.

    Get it here.

    Snap Shot: A One Night Stand, Enemies to Lovers Romance (A Minnesota Raiders Novel)

    Snap Shot

    There’s nothing wrong with a little sexy foreplay for your Vegas one-night stand, am I right? It only becomes a problem when you get home and realize your hook-up now has naked photos of you in your full glory (and I am glorious, don’t worry about that). Now I have no way to track her down.

    Maybe she won’t sell the pictures to the press, even if I am a NHL hockey player and she stands to make a mint. There might still be good–and really, really smokin’ hot–people out there. I’m staking my career on a stranger’s moral compass.

    That’s what I hope for, at least, until I discover that Smithy aka Morgan Smith is now moonlighting as a paparazzi. She needs the money to help her kid and I can’t tell if she’s playing me or if she’s actually a decent woman who won’t resort to blackmail.

    I don’t want to believe she’ll sell my pictures, but she’s in a very, very tight spot. So am I: those pictures can ruin my career.

    Is it wrong that I’m still madly attracted to the one woman who can destroy me?

    I need a solution to this dilemma so we can both move on with our lives and go our separate ways. Because I am not the kind of guy who falls for anyone, least of all his one night stand. No matter how badly I want her.

    SNAP SHOT is Book 6 in the Minnesota Raiders Series

    Get it here.

    A Sinful Start

     

    Dangerous, wild, sinful.

    Innocent. 

    A sinful startOnce unguided, our paths were obscured until she gave us purpose.

    Mother.

    Our introduction to a group of women who fight for the right side of wrong.

    Men. Sex. Sin.

    We ruin the rules, and we revel in it.

    We became the Sisters of Sin.

    Vanity.

    Aggravate.

    Pride.

    Read three origin stories to the femme fatale SISTERS OF SIN series by USA Today and bestselling romantic suspense authors Sofia Aves, Terry Wells-Brown and Heather Osbourne in one stunning volume.

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