Friday, July 20, 2018

Freebie Friday for Regency Fans!

Sally Britton's regency, His Bluestocking Bride, is free today! It's a marriage of convenience story, so if you are looking for a book to read this weekend and love regencies, this might be the book for you!

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

He vows to never risk his heart again. She hides her love to avoid rejection. A marriage of convenience is not what either of them wished for.

Overlooked by society and underappreciated in her family, Ellen Bringhurst has resigned herself to spinsterhood and a life of reading. Until her match-making friends contrive to reintroduce Ellen to the man she has secretly loved since their shared childhood.

As the younger son to an earl, Marcus Calvert must wed in order to inherit his estate. Still nursing a broken heart, he prefers a practical approach to matrimony rather than romantic love. When Ellen is presented as a possible bride, he proposes a marriage of convenience.

Ellen accepts his hand, hiding her feelings rather than risking her husband’s rejection. Marcus, though determined not to expose his heart again, finds more to admire in his childhood friend with each passing day. What began as a sensible arrangement now has the possibility to become so much more. But is Marcus willing to risk his heart a second time?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Free Romance Today!

Susan Hatler is a new author to me, and her contemporary romance, Every Little Kiss, is free today! The back copy looks good and so I thought I'd pass along the deal so we can all get to know a new-to-me author. 

Here's the back copy:

When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that Wendy sell the inn, and put it on the market herself “in person.”

As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to save the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.

But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.

Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway!

I was really excited to read Brittany Larsen's new novel, The Matchmaker's Match. It's a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Emma and it was a fun read.

Eliza Woodhouse runs her own flower shop, but she's really a trust fund baby who doesn't need to work. Her dad bankrolls her "hobby" until she turns twenty-five and has access to her trust fund. But in the meantime, Eliza spends her time making flower arrangements and helping people, especially match-making for the ones she loves. Her sister is marrying someone Eliza set her up with and so is her best friend, so Eliza feels like a success as a matchmaker. Riding the wave of success, she tries to help out the romantic prospects for her new employee---a single mom who is struggling. And right in the middle of all of that, her old friend Parker Knightley comes back into her life. He's always been like an honorary brother to her, but now that he's back, she might want him to be more than a friend. That becomes difficult, however, with everything else going on with her "matchmaking" and their relationship is put to the test.

I really loved the beach town setting of the book and the flower shop. It was easy to visualize each setting and wish I was there! Eliza's relationship with her dad is endearing and sweet and that is where Eliza's true personality seems to shine. When it comes to her other relationships, however, she comes across as really naive and unaware of how hurtful her words and actions can be. She does have a great growth arc, though, and readers will relate (and even cheer!) for the decisions she makes in the end. Parker also has a nicely placed growth arc with his bossy exterior and a hidden heart of gold. He is a patient, sweet hero and it is easy to root for him to get his happily ever after.  The supporting characters round out a really nice cast, adding a layer of depth to the story. As a Jane Austen fan, it was sort of nice to know how it was all going to turn out in the end, but at the same time, I was turning pages to see just exactly how Ms. Larsen was going to put her own spin on it. A cute, romantic read.


You can get your copy here

Don't forget to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway!

Here's the back copy:

Eliza Woodhouse has everything a girl could want: a delightful little beachside flower shop, a loving family, and the best friend a girl could ask for. And while she suffers a chronic lack of romance in her own life, the bohemian beauty is a self-proclaimed matchmaker extraordinaire, as evidenced by her recent successes. Having found a fiancĂ© for her sister and a boyfriend for her best friend, she is now taking her lovelorn new employee under her wing. Yes, life is working out quite nicely for Eliza. Until Parker Knightley walks back into her life. After three years in Hong Kong, Parker is in town for his brother’s upcoming wedding to Eliza’s sister. They’ve all known each other their whole lives, and Eliza will never be anything but Little Liza Belle to her handsome childhood tormenter. So the fact that their siblings are getting married simply puts Parker one step closer to becoming the big brother he and Eliza have always joked about him being. But the more time they spend together, the more confused Eliza’s feelings become. Because she has come to the shocking realization that the role of brother is the last role she wants Parker to play in her life . . .

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Free Romance Today Only!

I noticed that Cami Checkett's romance, The Fearless Groom, is free today only! I haven't read it myself, but it looks good so I thought I'd pass the deal along.

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

A bachelor auction, a hot football player, and the right woman to bring him to his knees.

Izzy Knight walked away from her father's billions and his Titans football team to become a nurse practitioner at a children's hospital. She's busy and accomplished and certainly has no room in her life for a larger-than-life football player who goes through women faster than she completes a shift at the hospital.

Xavier Newton loves football but hates the games that go along with it. When the owner of the Titans forces him and his buddies to be sold like cattle at a bachelor auction he barely endures the event, until a feisty brunette bids half a million dollars for him. He's completely drawn to Izzy, but when he finds out her father is the owner of the Titans sparks fly and everybody's loyalties are challenged.

Can these two find love when they don't know who's waiting to tackle them from the blindside?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Review: Calico Ball

I had an extremely busy weekend and didn't have a lot of time for reading, so I was glad to have the new Calico Ball: Timeless Western Collection of novellas at my fingertips! They are the perfect size for a busy mom who needs to squeeze in some great stories in a short amount of time.

I finished Carla Kelly's The Keeper of the Western Door and it was so good! I really enjoy her characterization and how the setting comes to life under her expert hand. Her story is about Mary Blue Eye who goes with her newly married friend to Fort Laramie, but ends up as more of her servant than a friend. She does meet a man, Sergeant Blade, who is sincere in wanting to smooth the way for Mary, as some people aren't as accepting of her Seneca Indian heritage as others. I love the easy friendship and conversation between these two and the slow burn of romance. The Calico ball that the ladies at the fort are planning was a sweet theme for the story and a wonderful background for the romance. I thought the ending was definitely sigh-worthy!

I just started Sarah Eden's, who, as you know, is one of my very favorite authors. I can hardly wait for the kids to go to bed so I can dive in! I'll let you know what I think.

You can get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Three brand new Historical Western Romance novellas by Carla Kelly, Sarah M. Eden, and Kristin Holt.

When Mary Blue Eye travels to Wyoming Territory with her friend to help her settle into her new married life at Fort Laramie, Mary is treated more like a servant than the friend she thought she was. Thankfully, she finds a new friend in Sergeant Blade, though Mary fears that her Seneca Indian heritage will keep a man like Blade from truly caring for her. Soon Mary is tasked with making fourteen calico dresses in two weeks, and Blade turns out to be the best ally she could ever ask for.

Patrick Quinn needs a wife. Hiring maids who leave within weeks to marry another fellow in a female-scarce Wyoming town hasn’t been helpful. Quinn needs a woman who will stay. When he writes to a mail-order bride service, and four-foot-eleven Mirabelle Smith shows up, they agree to each attend to their own duties and tasks. Their marriage will be a convenient arrangement for them both. But sometimes the heart has other ideas.

Dr. Henry Merritt is desperate for dental patients, especially since Dr. Isabella Pattison arrived in the growing town of Evanston in the Wyoming Territory. It seems the female patients want a woman’s touch, and the male patients are quite fond of a pretty dentist. But if Henry doesn’t find a way to put Isabella out of business, his own practice will go under. When Isabella proposes that they team up together, and Henry gets to know her, he discovers the last thing he wants is for Isabella to leave.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Freebie Friday For Regency Romance Fans!

If you're looking for a book to read this weekend, Sally Britton's second chance regency romance, The Gentleman Physician, is free today! I haven't read it yet, but I think it looks good!

You can download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

“I didn’t really understand what love was. I didn’t know what it meant, that I should’ve fought harder for it.”

Banished from home by her angry father, Julia Devon travels to Bath to fulfill her role as family spinster by assisting her cousin, Lady Macon, in caring for her dying husband.

Nathaniel Hastings’s life runs in a predictable pattern, until a routine visit to one of his ailing patients brings him face to face with Julia, the woman who broke his heart five years before in London.

Julia and Nathaniel find themselves unlikely allies as they work together to tend to the family’s needs, fend off Lady Macon’s scheming brother-in-law, and avoid confronting the pain of their shared past. But could this accidental meeting be their second chance at love?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

How I Dealt With My Kids Saying Mom I'm Bored

I don't know about your kids, but my little ones come to me several times a day and say, "Mom, I'm bored." I tell them all the extra chores they could do around the house, but they always want to do something "fun." But sometimes it's hard to think of anything fun that doesn't involve screens and we go round and round. Every. Day.

So, I decided to do something a little different and I made a list and put it on the front of the refrigerator. It's 27 things they can do if they are bored. I'm pretty proud of it and so far it's WORKING! When the kids have said, "Mom, I"m bored," I've pointed them toward the refrigerator and they've actually done quite a few things on the list. It's been so fun! I can't believe I didn't I think of this before. So simple and yet so wonderful.

Here's my list:

Do you have something to help keep your bored kids busy this summer?