Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!



Well, 2021 changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. I'm so grateful for the miracle I received, for the joy in my heart to be here to celebrate another year with those I love. I'm so grateful for my husband, my children, my daughters-in-law, my grandchildren, and for my extended family and friends. I am blessed to have you in my life! 

And I'm grateful for you, my readers, as well. I've needed your support and you have stepped up for me. Thank you!

I'm so glad I'm turning the page on this last year and I'm looking forward to a new year with you all. I hope 2022 is full of love, happiness, and good books. 

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2021

What Were the Top Three AOTP Podcasts This Year?


As you know, I'm part of the Authors Off the Page podcast, (we're starting our third season next month!) and if you are one of our listeners, (even if you're not) here is an interesting statistic!

Our top three most listened-to shows in 2021 were:

1. Werewolves, Vampires, and All Things Halloween

2. All the Best Gifts

3. Do You Have a Favorite Meet-Cute (And Would You Like to Know Ours?)

I'm not surprised the Halloween episode is our top listen. I laughed pretty hard during that one! But I'm just so proud of our podcast. We have had so much fun with it in the last two years and I can't wait for this year. Getting to know Becky Monson and Jennifer Peel has been a highlight in my life! And they are so funny. I could just sit and laugh with them all day. 

Do you have a favorite episode from last year?

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

My New Audiobook Boxed Set is Now Available!




I am so excited to announce that my full-length romantic suspense novel, The Captain, and The Captain's Christmas Promise, more of Colt and Brenna's story in an action adventure Christmas romance, are now together in an audiobook boxed set! My narrator, Tristan Wright, is phenomenal and The Captain was a RONE Award finalist for Best Audiobook of the Year. 

You can get your copy HERE

Here is the back copy:

Captain Colt Mitchell is part of the elite Griffin Force task force hunting down the world's most dangerous terrorists. In this boxed set, you'll get the full-length novel, The Captain, where Colt's mission is anything but textbook, and a novella, The Captain's Christmas Promise, a Christmas adventure romance, all in one set! You won't want to miss a minute of The Captain's Files.

Top-secret missions. An unexpected chance for love. And everything is on the line.

The Captain

A captured operative. A deep-cover intelligence officer. And a dangerous game that could cost them their lives - and hearts.

Captain Colt Mitchell is part of the elite Griffin Force team hunting down terrorist Nazer al-Raimi. After an attack on the Canadian Parliament buildings, the team gets good intel on Nazer's whereabouts. They plan to grab him, but when the mission goes wrong, Colt is captured and dragged away. Bruised, restrained, and disoriented, Colt is stunned to see Brenna Wilson, the Canadian intelligence officer who broke his heart years ago, standing next to Nazer. But how deep is she in the operation, and can she help Colt escape?

The Captain's Christmas Promise

A Christmas they won't forget....

After spending every waking moment hunting the world’s most-wanted terrorist, Colt Mitchell and Brenna Wilson decide to take a break and go home for the Christmas holidays. The minute they touch down on Canadian soil, however, they are pulled into an international conspiracy that would leave the son of a Kuwaiti diplomat dead. Colt and Brenna finally locate the target, but a contract killer is hot on their trail. Retreating to the Canadian wilderness to keep everyone safe, they'll need all their skills - and maybe a Christmas miracle - to make it out alive.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

A Sweet Gift!


Someone I met through our mutual love of books, and eventually the TV show Castle, (I used to review it every week right here on my blog) sent me the sweetest Christmas gift of Castle ornaments! I miss that show. The storylines were always so twisty and turny and I loved Castle and Beckett together. And I love the ornaments, Emily! Thank you SO much! They will be treasured.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Did You Have a Good Christmas?

I admit it, I love the magic of Christmas morning and seeing the gifts that everyone got. One of the best presents I got was a back massager that actually kneads my back muscles and has heat! I love it. Most of my family came over throughout the day, so I got to spend some time with them. It was just such a sweet day of playing games, making memories, and being together. 

My son who is in Paraguay currently, sent a picture of his Christmas dinner. It was piranha! As you can see, they also eat the head with the teeth and eye sockets visible. *shudder* I don't think I could eat that! I'll stick with a Christmas ham, I think.


How was your Christmas? What was your favorite gift?

Friday, December 24, 2021

It's Finally Christmas Eve!


Can you believe it's Christmas Eve? My little boy is so excited he can hardly stand it. He's also told me his plan---he's going to stay up all night and catch Santa when he comes to our house. I'll let you know how that goes!
 
I'm so grateful for the Christmas season, for the feelings of love and giving. I'm also grateful for so many reader friends that have supported me this year, especially through my illness. Thank you so much for your kind words and messages. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2021

One More Freebie for Rom-Com Fans!


If you love rom-coms, you won't want to miss, The Love Potion, by Becky Monson. It's free until Friday, but don't wait to grab it!

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Can a magic love potion help her see what’s right in front of her?

Ally Hawkins, ever cheerful and always willing to see the bright side of things, has never had a date for Valentine’s Day. But this is her year. She can feel it in her little optimistic heart. Even if she, a full-grown woman, resorts to believing in a love potion she bought at a county fair. After all, the day she accidently got some of the smelly concoction on herself, the object of her desire asked her out to lunch. That can’t be a coincidence, can it?

But ever since the potion came into her life, Josh Wise, Ally’s coworker and office BFF, has been acting strange. He’s been pulling away from her, and she finds that she’s missing his playful antics and the way he can always make her laugh and smile. The potion, it would seem, is lifting the curtain on a reality that Ally has been blind to. But will she recognize what’s been right in front of her all along before it’s too late?

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Book Review: Keepsake Christmas Stories

 


Years ago we had neighbors that would gift us a Christmas candle every year. The candle had special little lines in it, one for each day in December until Christmas. We were supposed to gather around and light the candle, then read Christmas stories until the candle burned to the line for that day. I loved that tradition! And this book is perfect for reading inspirational Christmas stories with beautiful illustrations. 

The Tabernacle Choir does a Christmas show every year and I've been privileged to go to several of them. Each year a different actor, singer, or influential person reads a story that goes along with the theme. A few of my favorites were Jane Seymour, David McCullough, and Richard Thomas. This book captures the story and includes pictures of the special guest for that year, along with other pictures of the choir and decorations, etc. It is gorgeous with heavier paper, bright colors, and little extras with decorated margins that add a bit of flair and pageantry to the feel of it. It also includes a web link so you can actually hear the stories from the performance if you want. I know this book and the stories will be a treasure for our family for years to come.

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

This commemorative collector's edition celebrates twenty years of the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square's beloved Christmas show—an annual tradition enjoyed by millions, both live on stage and through its holiday season broadcast on PBS stations, where it has earned Grammy and Emmy awards and nominations. Each year the show is hosted by a distinguished special guest, including Jane Seymour, Tom Brokaw, Kristen Chenoweth, and Hugh Bonneville. These holiday story adaptions have ranged from The Gift of the Magi to the story behind the writing of the hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul" to the inspiring tale of "The Candy Bomber"—an unlikely American WWII hero who dropped candy from his airplane to the children of Germany.

This coffee table edition is the perfect holiday keepsake for all ages and features photographs of the stage productions alongside the stories, which also includes a weblink to hear the stories from every performance.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Christmas Collection Freebie!


Do you need some Christmas magic this week, but don't have a lot of time? Under the Mistletoe, a collection of six Christmas novellas, is free! 

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series: Under the Mistletoe Collection. Six contemporary novellas, all adding sweet romance to the Christmas season.

In the enchanting novella FORGOTTEN KISSES by Cindy Roland Anderson, costume designer Madison Taylor has no love lost when the male lead playing Sir Lancelot in a TV series is fired. She couldn’t stand working with him anyway. But when she discovers who his replacement is, her heart nearly stops. Caleb Matthews is one of the hottest male actors ever… and not to mention Madison’s former boyfriend. When things got too serious between them, everything fell apart. And now, Madison must play nice or lose her job. She just has to forget all of the reasons she’d fallen for him in the first place.

In THE LAST CHRISTMAS, a sweet romance novella by Annette Lyon, Meredith only has to make it through the Christmas holiday pretending that she and her husband Eric aren’t on the verge of divorce. She doesn’t want to ruin the holiday for her two grown daughters and their boyfriends. But when Eric hurries home after weeks of living in a motel to unpack before their daughters arrive, he starts pressing Meredith with questions about why she filed for divorce. The last thing Meredith wants to do it give Eric a second chance, but it seems that Eric is not willing to let her go without trying to win her back.

In Julie Coulter Bellon’s captivating novella TRUTH OR DARE, after a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Cami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Cami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a Christmas miracle for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.

In the charming novella HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST by Sarah M. Eden, Celeste Lagorio has officially given up on Christmas. A single mother, with her children grown and unable to return for the holiday, Celeste determines to take a break from everything. When her single neighbor and almost-best-friend, Mike Durham, discovers her non-plans, they discuss things they’ve always wanted to do, but never had time. Mike and Celeste put together a friendly competition of checking off the things on their bucket list, all the while drawing closer and discovering they have more in common than they thought.

In CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY, a delightful novella by Heather B. Moore, Monica is on the verge of buying her dream store, but when she tells her boyfriend, he turns it into an embarrassing public argument. Heartbroken, but determined to follow her dream, she goes to her employer’s Christmas party to play Mrs. Claus, only to be paired with someone unexpected. A young Mr. Claus who is the complete opposite of her ex-boyfriend in all the most important ways. Yet, Monica is not sure she can risk opening her heart again.

In Jennifer Griffith’s exciting novella FIRST (AND LAST) CHRISTMAS DATE, pilot Juliet Law has been in a holding pattern, dating the wrong guy, until she gets a holiday shake-up: old flame Tag McClintock e-mails her to ask for second date—after ten years. Their first date, back in high school, had been an unmitigated disaster culminating with Pepto Bismol and the police. Still, Juliet would have gone out with Tag again the next day—and the next—had he asked. So now that he’s finally popping up in her in-box again, Juliet must decide whether to say yes to the date, even if it puts her at risk of another decade of carrying a torch for Tag McClintock. Will their second date be their last?

Monday, December 20, 2021

Book Review: An Alleged Rogue


I was so excited to read the next book in Sian Bessey's Georgian Gentleman series, An Alleged Rogue. The back copy sounds so good!

Lord Adam Dunsbourne is rumored to have been keeping his sister Emily nearly captive in their country manor, so when they make an appearance at a local dinner party, everyone is shocked. Phoebe Hadford has such a good heart and when she sees the ghastly gown Emily is wearing, she decides to help her. And the more she helps Emily and comes in contact with Lord Dunsbourne, the more she realizes those rumors might not be true about him. Adam has been keeping secrets, however, and as he sees the sincerity in Emily's eyes and how she truly wants to help, he must decide if he can trust her enough to be her friend and maybe more. But when his past threatens his future, Adam and everyone he loves is in grave danger. Can he save them or will he lose everything?

I loved our hero Adam. He is working so hard to be a good brother and neighbor, but it carrying a heavy burden of guilt and wanting justice for the wrongs that have been done to his family. His interactions with Phoebe were sweet and proceeded at just the right pace. Phoebe also evolved during the story to someone who started out with a good heart, and added more goodness to her character as she saw a need and did her best to fill it. She was easy to like and root for and her developing feelings for Adam were so sweet! The secondary cast with the beloved servants at Dunsbourne Manor and Phoebe's family really added depth and made the story feel fully developed. (I hope that Emily will get her own book!) There is an element of suspense in the book that really kept me turning pages at the end to see how it would all turn out. It was so well done and very well-researched. This is one book that will go on my keeper shelf!

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Here's the back copy:

Lord Adam Dunsbourne is a tyrant. At least, that’s what everyone says. The tales are shocking: accounts of a man who gambled away the family fortune and keeps his younger sister, Emily, captive in their home at Dunsbourne Manor. So when Adam and his sister make an unexpected appearance at a dinner party, the scandalized whispers cannot be contained.

New to the town, Phoebe Hadford hears the condemning rumors and determines to do all she can to help the baron’s oppressed sister. Upon entering Dunsbourne Manor, however, she quickly discovers that all is not what she has been led to believe.

Adam, though unsure of whether he can trust the intentions of his beautiful neighbor, is quickly drawn in by Phoebe’s genuine nature. But even as his and Phoebe’s connection deepens, a dangerous enemy from his past reemerges. For years, Adam has hunted for the man who betrayed him, not realizing he had only to wait. His foe has returned, and this time, he will threaten everything Adam cherishes most—including the woman he loves.

Friday, December 17, 2021

A Christmas Musical!


My family was able to attend the new musical, The Best Thing About Christmas, last night. I was worried we wouldn't be able to make it because it was snowing pretty hard and the roads were bad, but we powered through and it was worth the drive!

The show is about a family who suffered a terrible loss right around Christmas and how they are dealing with everything a few years later. The father in particular is having a hard time and is working on finding his Christmas spirit again. There were some back and forth on when the tragic event happened to present-day, and at times it was confusing as to what time period we were in and whether the events were really happening or if the dad was just writing a song in his head, but eventually the timeline became clear. The actors did a wonderful job, but the younger daughter, played by Savannah Lawrence, stole the show. She was so believable in her role and I loved her voice. They also had a children's choir in several numbers and their voices really added a nice depth. The songs are touching and the message is sincere. My children teared up, especially in the second act. It was a fun family Christmas event that will definitely start some conversations on what the true meaning of Christmas is.


You can find out more information here

See the trailer below:

 


Thursday, December 16, 2021

Christmas Romance Freebie!


If you need some Christmas romances to read this weekend, the Timeless Romance Silver Bells Anthology with SIX novellas to read, is free today!

Get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

In New York Times & USA Today’s bestselling author Lucinda Brant’s delightful novella, FAIRY CHRISTMAS, Kitty Aldershot is orphaned and forced to live on others’ charity. Offered a home under the generous roof of her relatives, the Earl of Salt Hendon and his countess, Kitty wants for nothing, not even the affections of Mr. Tom Allenby. But when Kitty stumbles across a letter written by Lady Caroline that reveals how Mr. Allenby would be ruined should he marry the likes of Kitty, she realizes she has been fooling herself all along. Kitty’s world crumbles around her as she recognizes she will forever be alone with no prospects at all.

Sarah M. Eden’s charming romance novella A CHRISTMAS PROMISE, Sean Kirkpatrick is trying to get to his new place of employment, Kilkenny Castle, in order to start as the new stablehand. His only requirement is to drive a team of high-spirited nags from Dublin to Kilkenny in a certain amount of time. Unfortunately he winds up in a muddy field, stuck, lost, and running out of time. He’s about to lose the job before he can prove himself capable of finishing his first assignment. When Maeve Butler arrives on the scene, Sean isn’t sure if she’s intent on rescuing him or bent on torturing him with her fiery wit and lovely dark eyes.

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, TWELVE MONTHS, Lucien Baxter’s best and most incorrigible friend, Will, dies unexpectedly, leaving behind his new bride and unborn child the week before Christmas. Will’s last request is that Lucien watches over Cora, not just as a benefactor, but as a husband. When Lucien does his duty and proposes to Cora, he’s turned down flat. But over the course of the next few days, Lucien discovers that marrying Cora wouldn’t be any sort of duty after all, but a matter of following his heart.

In Lu Ann Staheli’s sweet romance novella, A FEZZIWIG CHRISTMAS, Dick Wilkins and his best friend Ebenezer Scrooge have been looking forward to the annual Fezziwig Christmas dance for weeks. Ebenezer is practically engaged to Annabelle Fezziwig, and Dick hopes to start courting her younger sister, Pricilla. Once the dance starts, and Pricilla arrives, as pretty and charming as ever, Dick discovers that he’s not the only man vying for her attention. His best friend advises Dick that he has to win Pricilla’s heart, as well as her mother’s favor. Losing his heart has suddenly become very complicated.

A TASTE OF HOME, a captivating romance by Annette Lyon, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She's stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one.

Becca Wilhite’s entrancing novella, MY MODERN GIRL, follows Margie, who lands her dream job as a clerk at Macy’s department store in New York City. Margie might be new in town, but she’s determined to succeed and prove to Henry that moving to the city was the right decision. As the Christmas season approaches, Margie realizes that being a “modern girl” might not be all she had dreamed of, and Henry might have more to offer than she ever imagined.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway!


Karen Tuft's new regency romance, An Accidental Romance, is out and is full of details and depth and characters from previous novels. It was fun to see where they are in their lives now!

In An Accidental Romance, Rebecca Jennings is excited that she'll soon be leaving for her first Season in London, but her hopes are dashed when her new neighbor, Mr. Ben Fortescue startles her and causes her to lose her footing and break her ankle. She must miss her long-anticipated season and she is not happy about it. Ben feels terrible and tries to make up for his part in the mishap. As they get to know each other better through Rebecca's recovery, could there be something more than friendship between them?

This is a romance between two people from very different backgrounds. Rebecca has been sheltered and is somewhat young and naive. Ben has seen enough of life to feel jaded and world-weary. He is mourning his wife and his marriage and at times, his seemingly fresh emotions made it hard to see how he could fall in love with Rebecca. The romance between them is a slow-burn, however, and Ben is easy to like in how he treats his servants and those around him. Readers will sympathize with his grief and the ways it manifests throughout the story. Rebecca wasn't very kind or easy to like in the beginning, but the author does a wonderful job of showing her journey as she experiences more of life and the heartaches and joys that it brings. I did enjoy the author's descriptions of Rebecca's recovery and the "foot corset." It made me wonder if that really was a thing! There is enough to the courtship between Rebecca and Ben to hope for a happily-ever-after for them and readers will close the book with a smile. The authors truly shines, however, in her descriptions of Rebecca's musical ability. The reader will be as carried away as the audience in the book with the passionate playing described so beautifully. Those scenes were definitely my favorite!

You can get your copy HERE

And don't forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!

Here's the back copy:

Rebecca Jennings’s first London Season has been absolutely ruined, and one person alone is responsible: Mr. Ben Fortescue. If her new neighbor hadn’t startled her, she would never have broken her ankle, leaving her bored and frustrated at home in the country while her sister enters the London Season alone. Although, it was rather gallant of him to carry her home . . .

For his part, Ben feels terrible about the role he played in Miss Rebecca Jennings’s accident. In the days that follow their first disastrous meeting, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the surprising young woman—first out of guilt and then out of a stirring affection. But Ben hides a secret: he has not been completely forthright about his identity or about the dark secrets of his past that would make it impossible for romance to blossom with Miss Jennings. Despite his love for her, he knows he must let her go.

With her ankle finally healed but her heart now broken, Rebecca is left with little choice but to throw herself into the Season. With eligible men circling this late addition to the Marriage Mart, it seems that Rebecca will have no shortage of suitors. If only her heart were free to give.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

In the Non-Fiction Corner with Lauren: Real Talk Real Life



Real Talk, Real Life by Ganel-Lyn Condie and Scott Sorensen 



Condie and Sorensen have a podcast and now they have a companion journal to go with it! They are clever, funny, and so much fun to listen to. Their podcast is organized and gets to the point, and their Come Follow Me journal is the same way. 

Each page has a scripture, briefly explains the main point of the lesson that week, and asks a thought-provoking question for the reader to respond to. There is plenty of space and I love that these questions are called “talking points” and promote discussion between you and whoever you meet with for Come Follow Me. They also include “real facts” that have extra information or quotes that enhance the lesson and teach you things you won’t find in the manual. 

I can’t wait to see how this podcast and journal that goes along with it influence my study of the Old Testament in the coming year!

Get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Take your gospel study to the next level with the Real Talk, Real Life through the Doctrine and Covenants journal, a companion volume for popular video and podcast series Real Talk, hosted by Ganel-Lyn Condie and Scott Sorensen. This guided journal is designed to support a study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Real Talk s weekly podcast discussions of the 2021 Come, Follow Me lessons and also allows you the freedom to use any Come, Follow Me or scripture resource. You will be able to delve deeply into your understanding and real-life application of the Doctrine and Covenants like never before. Featuring related scriptures and quotes, as well as weekly talking points to guide your reflection, this unique journal will enrich your understanding of the Doctrine and Covenants as you chronicle your personal insights and experiences.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Book Review: A Matchmaker's Lonely Heart


Nancy Campbell Allen is one of my favorite authors so I was really excited to read her new book, The Matchmaker's Lonely Heart! It's a Victorian mystery romance that readers will have a hard time putting down.

Amelie Hampton is a columnist who is trying to help her readers find love and she wants a glimpse of the first meeting of a couple she thinks might be perfect for each other. A detective, Michael Baker, is also watching the meeting, however, because he is certain the "gentleman" a Mr. Harold Radcliffe, is a murderer and he's gathering evidence. Both of them have their opinions about Mr. Radcliffe's guilt or innocence and the book is a rollercoaster of emotion as Michael and Amelie unravel the mystery.

I love how Ms. Allen is able to balance both the mystery and the romance so well. The chemistry with Amelie and Michael starts with a few sparks and slowly burns until the reader is turning the pages just to see if they finally move to the next step with their relationship! The banter between them is as fun as the chemistry and I loved that Michael's life is changed the more he gets to know her. He is grieving a terrible loss, and Amelie is the perfect person to help him see that hiding away his heart so he doesn't get hurt again is a terrible idea. The mystery has some great red herrings to keep readers guessing and a fun supporting cast to keep us all emotionally engaged. And the ending is perfect for both the romance and the mystery itself. This one will join all of Ms. Allen's other books on my keeper shelf and is one of my favorites this year. 

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Here's the back copy:

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe—a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law dies in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband—Harold Radcliffe—of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Christmas Books on Sale!


Do you need some Christmas stories to read? You won't want to miss out on these three titles on sale for just .99 cents each!

Until We Kissed by Heather B. Moore

Livvy knows Dr. Slade McKinney is the perfect man for her, but when she keeps running into Mason, Livvy discovers fate has a different plan.

USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley!

Pine Valley librarian Livvy Harmon has big dreams, which include marrying Dr. Slade McKinney. Trouble is, he’s only kissed her once in their four months of dating, and it wasn’t all that great. But Livvy isn’t ready to give up yet on hooking such an amazing man, even though Slade seems to have time for everyone but her.

When Livvy keeps running into writer Mason Rowe, who seems to be camping out in her library to finish his book under strict orders from his agent, Livvy at first keeps him at arm’s length. But the more their friendship grows, the more she finds that her dream relationship with her doctor boyfriend isn’t so dreamy after all.

Get your copy HERE


Truth or Dare by Julie Coulter Bellon

Two wounded hearts. Two matchmaking dogs. One miracle needed.

After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Kami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Kami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a miracle---or at least two matchmaking dogs---for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.

Get your copy HERE



Hawaiian Holiday by Michelle Paige Holmes

Ten strangers. Six days in paradise. One unforgettable Christmas.

Hailey Walsh has always loved Christmas, and this year the holiday was supposed to be the most magical of all, spent with her large family and her fiancé in preparation for their wedding just two days after. Then Gage broke their engagement.

Now, instead of playing in the snow with her nieces and nephews, Hailey’s building a playground with children she’s never met before, spending her Christmas with strangers in Hawaii, on a service program she hopes will lift her spirits and help her begin to pick up the broken pieces of her life and heart.

Gage Stevens didn’t want to spend Christmas in Hawaii any more than he wanted to break his engagement, but sometimes fate has a way of slamming a guy against a wall and forcing him to tough decisions— for the good of others, be that his ex-fiancĂ©e or his mom. And while he’s certain that no ocean breeze or tropical wonderland can heal what’s wrong, one glimpse at a familiar head of red hair and Gage realizes fate may not be done with him yet.

Get your copy HERE

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Do You Have a Reader on Your Christmas List?


 If you wanted to give an autographed copy of a Julie Coulter Bellon book to the reader on your Christmas list, I have a few copies available of most of my books. Or, you could purchase a book bundle of the first three books in the Griffin Force series that come in an official Griffin Force tote bag! 

You can see the prices, availability, and place your order HERE

All orders will be mailed out on Monday, December 13th.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

I Need Your Vote!


My romantic suspense, Second Chance, is up for a Reader's Choice Swoony award in the American Hero Suspense category! I could use YOUR vote to get to the next round.

You can vote HERE  

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Come Meet Me!

 


If you live in Utah County, I will be at the Pleasant Grove Library tonight at 7 p.m. with Miss Pleasant Grove! We'll be talking about all things books and I'll even reveal my super-secret project that no one else knows about! 

And of course there will be door prizes, a grand prize, and treats! I hope I see you there!

Monday, December 6, 2021

In the Non-Fiction Corner with Lauren: Come Follow Me Through the Old Testament


Come Follow Me Through the Old Testament by Scott Sorensen


Scott Sorenson is a brilliant teacher and podcaster and has now put his talents to use in helping people understand the Old Testament and do their Come Follow Me more effectively. 

One of the best parts of this book that I have found so far is the introduction. I love that Sorenson tells the reader to “always look for the personality and character of Christ.” I think this is a great reminder as we start our study of the Old Testament, because that is exactly why we study everything we study, to know Christ better. The introduction alone made me so excited to read the workbook and use it every week.

This book goes week by week with the Come Follow Me manual and provides questions and insights that will help the reader take to heart the doctrines and principles that they study. Sorenson helps individuals take a deep-dive with every lesson! Many of his chapters start with questions or brainstorming activities, which I enjoy. He also opens each new section with how much time you can expect to spend on that section! 

This book has excellent graphics and it even has QR codes that you can scan and pull up related talks or articles that will give you more information. How cool is that?! This book is one of the most well thought out study guides for Come Follow Me that I have seen and I cannot wait to use it every week.

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Out of time and low on ideas? With Come, Follow Me through the Old Testament, planning your weekly gospel study has never been easier. This companion guide to the 2022 Come, Follow Me manual features a wealth of material designed to complement your weekly home-centered study. Written by popular religion teacher Scott Sorensen with your busy life in mind, these lesson supplements are flexible for personal or group use and for varying individual needs. From Genesis to Malachi, delve into the books of the Old Testament with the support of topical guides, discussion prompts, and activity suggestions. When used alongside the official Come, Follow Me manual, this valuable study guide will deepen your understanding of the words of the ancient prophets and enrich your home-centered learning experience.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Book Deal for Romantic Comedy Fans!


If you like romantic comedy, Melanie Jacobson's book, Kiss Me Now, is only .99 cents today! Looks like the perfect weekend reading.

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He’d be the perfect guy…if he wasn’t trying to ruin her life.

Ian would do anything for his grandmother, so when Gran suddenly announces she’s leaving the family property to her pretty new neighbor, Ian is on the case. He’ll use every one of his sharply-honed skills as a private investigator to expose the gold digger and save Gran.

Brooke is living her best life far from the city and career that tried to destroy her. She’s happy spending her summer renovating the house she inherited and gardening with her elderly neighbor, Miss Lily. But when Miss Lily’s handsome—and obnoxious—grandson shows up, making wild accusations and dragging up Brooke’s past, Brooke must convince Ian he has her all wrong.

But what happens when their chemistry proves even more dangerous than Ian’s accusations?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Meet the Author!


Do you love books? Do you like to win prizes? 

If you live in Utah, I will be doing a Meet the Author event at the Pleasant Grove library this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. with Miss Pleasant Grove Haylie Howe! 

There will be door prizes and a grand prize giveaway as well as treats. I'll also be revealing the secret project I've been working on that no one else knows about. I've love to see you there!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Let's Learn Together Old Testament

There is a fun little spiral-bound flip book guide for families that will help with your study of the Old Testament called Let's Learn Together Old Testament by Rebecca Irvine. It's the perfect size to fit wherever you study your scriptures and has a little pop-up feature so it can stand on its own that I really loved.  I had it on my desk and was able to see the topic of discussion, which will be great for keeping it in the forefront of my mind every time I pass by! 

The book includes so many pertinent things! Each section starts with an overview of the person or place we are studying in Come Follow Me and also includes scriptures, quotes, and definitions. There are discussion questions for adults and some for children as well as activities you can do as a family. I know it will be the perfect thing to help us study and remember what we are learning throughout the week and I loved the little activities that make the subjects more relatable to our current everyday lives. A must-have for anyone who want to study the Old Testament!

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Delve into the doctrine of the Old Testament with Let's Learn Together, an engaging and thought-provoking collection of 150 gospel study cards on topics relating to weekly Come, Follow Me lessons. Designed to enhance understanding for children and adults alike, each card includes simple subject summaries and supporting scriptures, along with accompanying questions, conversation starters, and activities sure to spark impactful discussions among any age group. Whether used as part of your family's weekly worship or as a more frequent reference, these conversation cards will inspire more meaningful discussion of gospel principles in your own home-centered study of the Old Testament.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Handbells: Have You Ever Tried Them?


I bought a handbell set and it has been so fun! I've always loved the sound of handbells, so when I saw a set on sale, I thought let's do it! 

I got the basic set with eight bells and a songbook. But did you know there are so many websites with handbell music on them on the internet? My kids and their friends are obsessed with learning new songs and even my older kids have joined in the fun. 

If you ever have the chance to buy a set, you totally should! Hours of fun and even if you're not exactly musical, you can ring a bell when it's your turn. Perfect for any group! 

And though we aren't as good as this handbell choir yet, we are on our way! LOL



Monday, November 29, 2021

Book Review: Merchant and the Rogue


I wanted to do this book review right when The Merchant and the Rogue came out, but I was right in the middle of my illness. As a big Sarah Eden fan, though, I didn't want you to miss this one!

In this new installment of the Dread Penny Society series, we get to know more about Brogan Donnelly, who we were introduced to in a previous book. Brogan is from Ireland and has a few secrets about why he left his homeland. But he has carved a life for himself in London, writing penny dreadfuls and being part of the Dread Penny Society. When the mysterious head of the society asks him to go undercover, Brogan isn't entirely sure of the assignment, but does as he's asked. He gets a job at a print shop that has had a lot of suspicious comings and goings. While there, he meets Vera, who is the daughter of the print shop's owner. Vera has a hard time trusting others, and it takes time for Brogan to earn her trust, and the scenes they have together are full of wit and charm as they begin to know each other and perhaps have feelings that are more than friendship. But when Brogan's undercover work begins to bear fruit, and the reason for the suspicious activities come to light, can Brogan and Vera overcome the obstacles that might snatch away their chance for happiness?

I really enjoyed this story that is so detailed with characters who are so vivid and relatable. Brogan has lived through some really difficult trials and the stakes that are first presented at the beginning of the book get even higher as his past comes back to haunt him and threaten his future. His romance with Vera is sweet and sigh-worthy. I loved that Vera was such an intelligent character, strong, yet still vulnerable. She also has left her home country and has a past that rears its ugly head. The author shines in her ability to intertwine lives and events with deep emotion that draws you in and holds you captive in between the pages. My only complaint is that there are two penny dreadful stories interspersed within the actual book and it stalls the pacing and pulls me out of the spell the book weaves around the reader. While I do enjoy the shorter penny dreadful stories, I wish they would put them at the end of the book. Other than that one tiny thing, this is a wonderful addition to the series and one you won't want to miss!

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London, 1865

Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her the freedom and income to employ and protect the poverty-stricken Londoners she's come to care about, and it gives her father something to do other than long for their hometown of St. Petersburg. She is grateful for the stability in their lives, but she often feels lonely.

Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he's built a career as a Penny Dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. His membership in the secretive Dread Penny Society allows him to feel he isn't entirely wasting his life, yet he feels dissatisfied. With no one to share his life with but his sister, he fears London will never truly feel like home.

Brogan and Vera's paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at her print shop is aboveboard. When the growing criminal enterprise run by the elusive and violent Mastiff begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they've both grown to love. But that means they'll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Black Friday Book Deals!

There are SO many great book deals today! You can fill up your ereader with everything from cowboy romance to contemporary. I've rounded up some of my favorite authors and their book deals just for you!


The Healing Summer by Heather B. Moore for FREE!


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Summer 1981

At the age of ninety-four, Maggie Howard’s final wish is to return to San Francisco and find out what happened to the young man who saved her life in 1906 after the disastrous earthquake and fires that devastated the city. They’d been trapped beneath a collapsed roof for hours, injured and unable to call for help.

The morning of their rescue, Orlando Gallo promised he would find her again. But Maggie hasn’t seen or heard from him in over seventy years, and now, widowed and childless, Maggie hopes to leave her estate to Orlando’s descendants. She invites her neighbor, forty-year-old Jo Sampson, to travel with her, and as the two women return to San Francisco to track down Orlando, they form a strong bond of friendship and healing that transcends time and place.


Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah Eden for only $1.99!


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When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he couldn’t be more mistaken— the maid is not only a lady of birth, she’s the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentleman, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. The dismayed young lord has no choice but to marry Miss Catherine Thorndale, who lacks both money and refinement and assumes all men are as vicious as her guardian uncle. 

Trapped between an unwanted marriage and a hasty annulment, which would leave his reputation tainted and Catherine’s utterly ruined, Crispin begins guiding his wife’s transformation from a socially petrified country girl to a lady of society. Their unfolding relationship reveals encouraging surprises for both of them, and privately, each of them wonders if theirs may become a true marriage of the heart. But their hopes are dashed when forces conspire to split asunder what fate has granted, and as a battle of wits escalates into a life-threatening confrontation, will it be possible for Crispin and Catherine to live happily ever after?


Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson for .99 cents!


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Maya Gupta is a survivor. After escaping an impending arranged marriage in India as a teenager, she has thrived in America. But now she faces her greatest challenge yet—cancer has invaded her life, and unless she finds a way to participate in a clinical trial in Washington, DC, this may be one battle she loses. When Maya’s best friend Kari offers Maya the lifeline of a place to stay—her brother’s currently vacant DC apartment—the young woman eagerly accepts and goes to meet her fate . . . Ben Evans’s plans have changed, and he’s heading home for some much-needed rest and relaxation during his off-season in the major leagues. Upon arriving at his DC apartment, however, Ben is shocked to find Maya—his sister’s friend, who he hardly knows—in residence. He soon finds himself trapped between protecting his above-reproach reputation and searching for a way to help a woman he is coming to admire. When Maya’s fight to survive her disease becomes more complicated than ever, she and Ben scheme an extreme solution to her predicament that tests to what lengths they’re willing to go together to save Maya’s life. 


Love Bytes by Melanie Jacobson for FREE!


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Jessica Riley would do anything for her best friend Addison, including be her maid of honor and meet all her increasingly crazy wedding demands. But that's because Jessica has Dallen, the best man, helping her navigate the trouble their respective best friends keep stirring up. Even though she and Dallen have only spoken online or in texts, their friendship forms fast and easy, and Jessica is beginning to hope that the wedding in Hawaii will become the start of something special for her and Dallen too. Except...Dallen dates braniac supermodels. And while Jessica is a brainiac, she has a bad feeling she won't be his type. Will their connection survive in real life?  


Snow and Mistletoe by Jen Geigle Johnson for FREE!


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Mr. Easton must find a wife by Christmas or his brother will choose one for him.

Dosie is in no hurry to marry. She is starting her first season ready to spend as much time as possible diverting herself. But she is more awkward than clever when it comes to flirting, and she knows almost no one in the London ton. All these obstacles can be solved however with a little practice. She is sure of it. Early on, her plans are upset by the arrival of an undesirable suitor her father seems bent on accepting. He’s dark and looming where she is light and fun, and she is most desperate to rid herself of him as soon as possible.

Julian Easton wants nothing more than to free himself of any strapping to his brother. As a second son, he has little finances and up to this point has not discovered any way to increase his income besides the ever enticing betting on horses and the card tables. But as his debtors add up, he recognizes that he will need something else, anything else, and soon. His brother pushes him to marry a woman of wealth but a part of him recoils at the idea of using a woman in such a way and the romantic part of his heart wishes to one day marry for love or at least respect.

Everything changes for both of them as Dosie most desperately needs a hero and Julian steps in. But now they must accept the consequences and the arranged marriage that will come as a result.

Enjoy the journey of their love and the path to marriage that they may not have chosen but just might learn to treasure.



Rugged Cowboy by Elana Johnson for FREE!


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He's a cowboy mechanic with two kids and an ex-wife on the run. She connects better to horses than humans. Can Dallas and Jess find their way to each other at Hope Eternal Ranch?

Dallas Dreyer was once a decorated surgeon. After getting involved in insurance fraud and then spending thirty months in a low-security facility, he gets released only to learn his wife of fifteen years has left their two children at her sister's and fled the state. He's determined to figure out how to be a single dad and do right by his kids, and he goes to Hope Eternal Ranch to attend the wedding of one of his best friends.

He meets Jessica Morales, the stable master at the ranch, and he's instantly attracted to her. She has a big heart, a wide smile, and she's great with his kids. Jess likes him too, but she's wary of the rugged cowboy mechanic who doesn't seem to know when it's okay to take calls from his ex-wife and how to juggle all of his new responsibilities. Her horses, though, she gets, and since she's never had a relationship that's lasted longer than two months, she's not sure she wants to take a chance with her heart.

When Dallas finds himself dealing with thugs who want him to pay off his ex-wife's debt, he has to make difficult decisions to keep himself, his children, and Jess safe. That means dealing with his ex-wife and paying whatever price necessary to get dangerous men away from Hope Eternal Ranch.

Can Jess be patient with Dallas while he deals with so much? Or will the family she's started to build with him and his children disintegrate right before her eyes?


My Not-So-Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel for only $1.99!

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Loveless is more than a name, it's a curse.

I, Emma Loveless, have a destiny. It's not the greatest of destinies, but when you have a name like Loveless, what can you do? I'm cursed to always be the friend, never the girlfriend. Unless you count my love affair with Duncan Hines, Dr. Pepper, and the ever-lovable Pillsbury Doughboy. They've seen me through it all, but a girl needs more than refined sugar to curl up to every night. It doesn't help that I have a meddling, albeit wonderful, mother who can't help playing matchmaker. Thanks to her, I can say I've been on a date with a felon. Now she swears she's found the one for me, her new optometrist, Dr. Sawyer King. Meanwhile, I'm preparing for the inevitable restraining order. That is, until I meet the sexy doctor and have to admit my mother is right--love at first sight does exist.

Unfortunately, my last name means business. Not only do I find myself in the friend zone, but also the twilight zone. Only in my world would Mr. Right turn into my stepbrother. To top it off, he brings with him a wicked stepmother who will do anything to keep us apart. Despite all this my heart--or is that my mom?--keeps telling me Sawyer is the one. But what if true love isn't strong enough to interfere with my destiny? It'll be me and the Doughboy...for eternity.  


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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

 


I have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving! My family, my friends, and for the life I've been given. This year has been full of highs and lows for me, but I am truly feeling blessed today. I hope you had a day filled with love and Thanksgiving. Thanks for being part of my life!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A New Podcast Episode is Live!



I am so excited to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow! I have so much to be grateful for this year.

If you have some free time between turkey and pie, you could listen to our newest Authors Off the Page podcast. It's our Unthankful Thanksgiving Episode! We talk about our least favorite things, that we're not exactly grateful for, and well, one of us almost got unfriended over a certain food choice, haha! We all read excerpts from our newest work, including Becky's new Christmas book and we also get a sneak peek into Jennifer Peel's newest book, The Valentine Inn! You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, or anywhere else you get your podcasts!

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Happy Birthday to Me!


I made it to another birthday! It was different this year. Sweeter. Slower. Filled with so much gratitude for my family and my friends who have made such a difference in my life. 

I'm thankful for my husband and children who make every day of my life wonderful. I'm thankful for my friends for every birthday message, text, visit and call. I felt so loved! I'm also thankful for doctors and nurses who are taking such good care of me and giving me a second chance at life. I'm thankful for all of you who have stuck by me, waited for new releases, supported and cheered me on. I'm so lucky to have you in my life! This was definitely a birthday I won't forget.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Freebie for Romance Fans!


Have you ever wanted to take a romantic tour of Europe, but haven't been able to yet? Well, now you can take a romantic fiction tour with Timeless Romance Anthologies European Collection that is free today! Six novellas in one collection is perfect for your busy holiday season.

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WAR OF HEARTS by Annette LyonAnna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there—as her photographer. She’s determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way and putting their love to the test.

THE EARL OF OAKSEY TAKES A WIFE by G.G. Vandagriff
Melissa Burroughs is the new Countess of Oaksey. Her whirlwind romance and subsequent elopement was worth every divine moment, even if her parents did disapprove. When Melissa learns about her new husband’s apparently empty pockets, she wonders if the intimacy they’ve shared is only the ruse of a fortune-hunter. Melissa is devastated and determines to live a separate life from her new husband. But the Earl has other plans, which do not include staying away from his wife.

GIFT OF LOVE by Michele Paige Holmes
Ethan Mooreleigh knows he’ll never love another woman after the loss of his beloved wife. Yet he needs a male heir to inherit his vast fortune. Ethan’s best friend, Stuart, has an idea and retrieves his sister, Amelia, who has been living in a convent since the tragic death of her parents. Amelia only agrees to enter into the contract marriage because there’s a child involved, Ethan’s neglected three-year-old daughter. When Amelia meets Ethan for the first time at the altar, she realizes that the last thing she wants her marriage to be is loveless. But winning a man whose heart is still broken may be impossible.

A LESSON IN LOVE by Sarah M. Eden
Newlywed Lucy Stanthorpe arrives for the London Season, planning to attend every ball and musicale with her new husband, Reed, only to discover he has no intention of taking part in the social whirl. Spurred on by their family and friends, Lucy and Reed each formulate increasingly outlandish plans to teach the other a lesson in appreciation. Their battle of wills threatens to pull the young couple apart unless they can both soften their stubborn hearts.

AN OCEAN AWAY by Heather B. Moore
Gina Graydon knows the last thing she’ll attract on her holiday in France is an eligible bachelor. Tall, outspoken, and with a weakness for laughing at the wrong moment, not to mention being much too occupied with reading gothic romances, Gina decides she’d rather live in her fictional world. Besides, the only man who pays attention to her at the resort hotel happens to be her father’s worst enemy. And that is far from romantic. Reading in a secluded garden, and dreaming about the perfect kiss, all keep Gina much too busy to consider Mr. Edmund Donaldson any sort of hero.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VENICE by Nancy Campbell Allen
Evangeline Stuart is determined to enjoy her vacation in Venice—her first and likely her last since she lives under the strict confines of her step-father’s control. When she meets the mysterious and romantic Conte Bellini, who happens to be Italy’s most eligible bachelor, she decides he is all part of the dream of visiting Venice. It’s impossible for her to believe that his interest in her is anything more than kindness to a foreign visitor. But when he discovers the true betrayal of her step-father, Evangeline learns the Conte may be the one person with the power to restore her happiness.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Book Review: A Seaside Summer


In the Book Review Corner with Lauren

A Seaside Summer consists of three unique romances that were adorable and the perfect length. Each story was set near the sea and was beautifully written! I enjoyed all three stories and can’t wait to check out more of the Timeless Romance anthology series. The characters are all believable and the time period was well-researched by the authors. I only wish there had been more of the book to read!

All three stories had great storylines, but my favorite was the second story in the collection. Judith Jardine attends a party and is embarrassed and insulted by a local bachelor. A few days later, when her hurt feelings are still fresh, she finds the very man who insulted her unconscious on the beach. When he awakens, Judith finds that he has lost his memory. Judith takes this opportunity to get some revenge and show him what life is like for a lowly servant. Will feelings develop as they spend more time together? Does he ever regain his memory? The ending is wrapped up perfectly with a resolution you are sure to enjoy! I cannot say enough good about this book and the stories included in the collection!


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Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.

Join us for three novellas in one collection:


The New Countess by Josi S. Kilpack
Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.

Mishaps and Memories by Martha Keyes
Judith Jardine’s one chance at a brilliant match is doomed from the start when she is ignored and then mocked by the ton’s most sought-after gentleman. Under a gloomy cloud of failure, Judith is exiled to a seaside cottage to spend the summer helping her sister—and living a life far below the one she experienced for her week in Brighton. When she discovers the man responsible for her misfortune unconscious on the beach, she heeds her better impulses and has him brought to the cottage to be seen to. But James Carlisle has no recollection of who he is, what happened to him, or how he has wronged her, and Judith sees the opportunity to teach him a valuable lesson—unless the deception and her feelings get the best of her first.

Moonlight Summer by Heather B. Moore
Oscar Rosewell’s life is not lacking in many things even though he lives on the fringes of society due to his father’s ruined reputation. He’s sworn off having any personal relationships with ton members—his only interest lies in keeping his business thriving. He’s content with his day-to-day anonymity, and business keeps his heart from getting exposed. It’s safer that way. Until Oscar meets Miss Dorothea Atkinson. A woman capturing his interest is a rare thing, but Miss Atkinson is nearly engaged to a man of her parents’ choosing. Would it be wrong to wish for something to go terribly wrong between the couple? Soon, Oscar learns that wishing can become a reality, but often, the price is an even heavier thing to pay.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Freebie for Victorian Christmas Romance Fans!


I haven't read anything by Mimi Mathews, but she has been recommended to me many times. Her Christmas book, A Holiday by Gaslight, is free today! I'm excited to try a new-to-me author!

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A Courtship of Convenience

Sophie Appersett is quite willing to marry outside of her class to ensure the survival of her family. But the darkly handsome Mr. Edward Sharpe is no run-of-the-mill London merchant. He's grim and silent. A man of little emotion--or perhaps no emotion at all. After two months of courtship, she's ready to put an end to things.

A Last Chance for Love

But severing ties with her taciturn suitor isn't as straightforward as Sophie envisioned. Her parents are outraged. And then there's Charles Darwin, Prince Albert, and that dratted gaslight. What's a girl to do except invite Mr. Sharpe to Appersett House for Christmas and give him one last chance to win her? Only this time there'll be no false formality. This time they'll get to know each other for who they really are.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Book Review: Love and Lavender


I was so excited to read the new book in the Mayfield family romance series by Josi Kilpack. I've enjoyed getting to know this family and this book introduces us to Hazel Stillman. She's offered the marriage deal by her uncle that generally kicks off the story and has been the pattern in the other books in the series. Hazel is offended by the offer, however, thinking it was made because no man would marry her unless she brought a financial windfall to the union. When Hazel meets Duncan, her aunt's ward, she is wary of him and his obvious quirks, but they strike up an unusual friendship that is based on their mutual love of math. When extreme circumstances come up for both of them regarding their employment, it seems like marriage would be the best solution to find some stability, then go their separate ways once that is achieved. But could a marriage be more than that for them? 

I enjoyed getting to know both Hazel and Duncan. They are such well-rounded characters with relatable problems. They both are navigating a relationship for the first time and make mistakes, their backgrounds and previous experiences coloring their perspectives about what marriage should or could look like. I loved that both our hero and heroine were dealing with perceived physical and mental limitations, but still found themselves falling in love. I really wanted them to find their happily-ever-after with all they'd been through! I didn't expect some of the twists and turns in the story and the inner and outer conflict the characters faced. Hazel does make a decision regarding Duncan's family that I wished would have been more resolved, but overall, I can understand why she comes to the conclusion she does. I thought the secondary cast and setting were very well done, but the author truly excelled at weaving together a beautiful story of what love truly means. 

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Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, Hazel knows marriage is unlikely, so she devotes herself to teaching at a private girls’ school.

When her uncle offers Hazel a substantial inheritance is he marries, she is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? But when she learns the school might be sold, she knows she must consider all her options.

Duncan Penhale thrives on order and process. He has no interest in marriage, so when Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, offers him an inheritance if he weds, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, an inheritance means he could purchase a building and run his own firm.

Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, claim their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But then Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must first live together as a couple for one year.

Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?