Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Freebie!

Today's Friday Freebie is a mystery romance, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, by Rachelle Christensen. I've really enjoyed her Wedding Planner series and I think you will, too. It's the perfect book to snuggle up with this weekend.

Download your free Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she's especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri's world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri's impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success—until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. Adri must race to uncover the secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before she becomes the next victim.

With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things will keep you turning pages long into the night.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Favorite New Book Reviews (One With Pictures!)

I was so happy to find some new review of Love's Broken Road. I wanted to share a few of my favorites.

1.  At Kindle and Me where the reviewer had taken the time to find pictures to go along with her review! It was a fun twist on the reviewing norms.

Beside the pictures, my favorite part of the review was this line:

"The story is about finding out who you are and overcoming grief and abuse and more importantly learning to love again."

Thank you so much to Kelly!

To see the pictures and the full review click here

2.  At Joy In The Moments, Char said, "It melted my heart like ooey gooey cinnamon rolls, and was delicious for so many reasons—side characters and stories were riveting, the theme tugged at my heart, and the writing was great."

I love cinnamon rolls! And I loved this review as well.

Thank you, Char!

To see her full review click here

3.  The last one was from Sheila at Why Not Because I Said So. My favorite line from her review was this one, "This romance will lift your heart, and restore your faith in the power of hope and love." Awww, thank you Sheila!

To see her full review click here

I'm still so amazed and thrilled at the reception of this romance. I appreciate everyone who has read and reviewed it for me. Thank you!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I've been reading The Timeless Romance Anthology Blind Date Collection. There are three historical novellas and three contemporary from some of my favorite authors! So far, the stories are captivating and I'm really enjoying the historicals. Romantic and sweet, with just enough to wake up the butterflies if you know what I mean.

I'll let you know what I think of the contemporaries!

You can download your Kindle copy here

Here is the back copy:

A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: BLIND DATE COLLECTION: Featuring New York Times bestselling author Victorine E. Lieske. Readers will love this collection of six novellas—three contemporary and three historical—all with one thing in common: Romance.

Three Historical Romance Novellas

THE PROMISE THAT KATY DID, by Annette Lyon: After the death of Sue Ellen, the closest thing she has to family, Katy knows it’s time to leave the house she’s lived in as a guest and start over in the city. She quickly secures a job, but before leaving, she must honor the unusual promise she made to Sue Ellen on her deathbed: meet with Mr. Balmer. The elderly gentleman arranges for his grandson Barrett to escort her to a town dance. That evening, shy Katy quickly feels at ease with her partner. If her new position weren’t taking her from town morning after next, perhaps something could develop between them. But Barrett may not feel the same about her, and besides, they don't have enough time to find out.

A LADY OF SENSE, by Sarah M. Eden: Eleanor Sherwood has lived her entire life under her parents’ thumb with little hope of escape. When they choose the unbearable Mr. Broadstead to be her future husband, she begs her father for another option. He arranges for her to meet Peter Havensham, who quickly proves himself a good and kindhearted gentleman, completely different from Mr. Broadstead, and utterly undeserving of a forced engagement. Eleanor cannot bring herself to prey upon Peter’s honor, but neither can she imagine a life with Mr. Broadstead. What is a lady to do when faced with such an impossible choice?

A SECOND CHANCE, by Heather B. Moore: Virginia needs a new start in order to recover from her broken marriage and vicious gossips of her neighborhood in Boston, so when her best friend Millie invites Virginia to Chicago, she goes to live with her friend’s family. But when Millie asked Virginia to participate in a double-date, Virginia knows she’s not ready to start dating again. Reluctantly she agrees, only to find out that Max might just be the man who can repair the cracks in her heart.

Three Contemporary Romance Novellas

BRAELYNN’S BLIND DATE, by Victorine E. Lieske. When Braelynn agrees to go on a blind date, she thinks she’s hit the jackpot. Tyler is gorgeous and the perfect gentleman. Of course she should have known it was too good to be true. It turns out that Tyler really wasn’t Tyler, but a random stranger who went along with Braelynn’s mistaken assumption. So, she chalks it up to a dumb mistake until she gets to work Monday morning and discovers that her gorgeous blind date is now her new boss.

BIANCA’S HOPE, by Rachel Branton: A blind-date-gone-wrong is not the way Bianca would have chosen to celebrate the news that she might be losing her business, but saying no to the sister who took care of her after their mother’s death proves impossible. So for one date, one torturous evening, she’ll endure the company of an infuriating, heartless man she has no intention of ever seeing again. She doesn’t expect her heart to have other plans. Bianca soon learns that sometimes the unexpected is not only what you need, it’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for all along.

BLIND SPOT, by Sariah Wilson: Ria has prepared most of her life to meet her prince, trouble is, her mother keeps yanking her back to reality. So when Ria reads about a country teeming with princes, she drops everything and applies to grad school. But every blind date goes wrong, and while Ria commiserates with her roommate Tessa and Tessa’s totally un-prince-like brother Paolo, Ria discovers that all the things she thought she wanted in a man are far from what she really needs

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Six Writing Craft Books For .99 Cents Each Today Only!

A writing friends of mine told me about a deal that's being offered for today only. SIX writing craft books are being offered for .99 cents each!

Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories?

Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this IPPY and NIEA Award-winning guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will learn the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will show you how to perfectly time your story’s major events and will provide you with an unerring standard against which to evaluate your novel’s pacing and progression.

Structuring Your Novel will show you:

  • How to determine the best techniques for empowering your unique and personal vision for your story.

  • How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.

  • How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”

  • Why you should NEVER include conflict in every scene.

  • How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.
Story structure has enabled countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it’s your turn!

Click here to download your copy for .99 cents!

The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction takes the mystery out of building a solid story and shows you how to go from idea to complete novel in practical, easy-to-understand steps.
Build smart!
Over and over, struggling writers make the same fatal mistakes in their manuscripts. Even writers who have studied all the best writing craft books and taken workshops and followed writers’ blogs still don’t get the structure.

Truth is, a lot of writers believe they can write a novel without taking time to learn the nuts and bolts of novel construction. Just as with building a house, writers need to adeptly wield the proper tools and materials, and follow structurally sound rules if they hope to “build a novel.”

Build strong!

Smart writers will take the time to learn how to structure strong pillars that will hold up their novels. This new comprehensive writing craft book clearly lays out just how to build each essential pillar so it can carry the weight of your story. Without such foundational support, collapse is inevitable.

There are 12 key pillars of novel construction, and if any of these pillars is weak, made of faulty materials, it will compromise the integrity of your novel. 

Build a novel that will stand up to scrutiny and thrill readers!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Forgotten Carols & A Book Review: Caitlyn's Christmas Wish

This past weekend I was able to go to The Forgotten Carols for the first time. It was an incredible experience that I won't soon forget! Both my husband and I were very touched by the music and the message. (And a big shoutout to Michelle Moore, who made it possible for me to go!)

This was my view as I waited for the show to start. I definitely had awesome seats to experience the wonder of it all. The acting really drew me into the story and the music touched my heart. Of course, the mystery of who John really is kept me wondering for the entire show. I really loved it, and I want to make this a new Bellon family tradition.

If you have a chance to see this show, you absolutely should. It's a great way to start off your Christmas season!

See showtimes here

I've started reading my holiday books and the first one was Caitlyn's Christmas Wish by Laura Walker.

This was a short and sweet novella about a single mother, named Caitlyn, who has gone to her ex-inlaws for Christmas so they can spend some quality time with their grandson. While there, she starts to feel the heat of attraction for her ex-brother-in-law. Just when their romance really gets some traction, her ex-husband shows up with some secrets that could destroy the happiness Caitlyn has found.

Caitlyn was a well-drawn character who has fought to have stability in her life after an eating disorder and messy divorce. I enjoyed her interactions with the Reel family, but most of all, with her baby. She was so anxious to be a good mother. Her romance with Ridge was a bit rushed, but it seems like all novellas are like that---wishing there was more. I thought this was a cute inspirational romance that left me with a smile and a sprinkle of Christmas spirit.

You can download your Kindle copy here for only .99 cents!

Here's the back copy:

Just when former model and single mother Caitlyn Drevier Reel has finally put her life on track after a divorce and six-month stint in rehab, she is surprised to receive an invitation from her ex-in-laws to spend Christmas with the family. After all, she reasons, her ex-husband Grant is constantly on the road with his band and it's only fair to allow them to get to know her young son, Brody. What Caitlyn isn't prepared for, however, is the spark of attraction she feels toward Ridge, Grant's older brother, or the sense of belonging to their wonderful family once again.

Ridge, who is recovering from his own personal heartache, seems to feel the same about her. As they work together to ensure the success of the Winter Festival his parents have organized for their small Wyoming town, Caitlyn begins to envision a bright future. But will Grant's unexpected arrival keep her Christmas wish from coming true? This inspirational novella will have you grabbing a cup of hot cocoa as you get in the holiday mood.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Freebie Friday

Today's Freebie Friday is a time-travel steampunk romance by Sherry Ficklin called, Extracted. It's not the usual genre that I read, but it looks interesting!

Here's the back copy:

Two opposing factions of time travelers vie for control of the future in this thrilling steampunk series opener dubbed "Interesting" and "Unexpected" by Kirkus Reviews.

Lex and Ember—two time travelers with no memories of their lives before being recruited into the time war—are torn between the factions. When Lex accepts a mission that lands him deep within the heart of the Telsa Institute, he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they were, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them once again.

*This special edition contains expanded content and bonus material not found in the first release.

Download your free Kindle copy here

Thursday, December 1, 2016

$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway!

$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway – December 1st to 21st

I'm excited to be part of this giveaway offering a $300 Amazon Gift Code or $300 in Paypal Cash! Easy to enter and win, so scroll down for your chance! Who doesn't want an extra $300 to go Christmas shopping with, right?

Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!!

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