Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Get Ready to Fall Into Romance!





 
What happens when you mix together a group of authors, add laughter, lovable pets, and a dash of pumpkin spice? The perfect combination resulting in ten sweet novellas that'll have you falling in love all over again!


Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from the USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town-its people-and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home. Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!
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Stories and Authors

Lost in Romance by Stacy Claflin
At Second Glance by Raine English
Blown Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield
Wired for Romance by Franky A. Brown
Restoring Romance by Tamie Dearen
Finding Dori by J.J. DeBenedetto
Katie’s Chance for Romance by Jessica L. Elliott
Chasing Romance by Liwen Y. Ho
Lessons in Romance by Kit Morgan
Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker
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Lessons in Romance 
By Kit Morgan
Being a part of this boxed set has been an amazing experience and a blessing. My novella, Lessons in Romance, was a blast to write and I can’t wait for you all to read it! 

A rooster, a tortoise, and love, oh my! Jenny Sullivan is finishing up school in Romance, Oregon. She’s also homesick in Romance, meets a man in Romance, and now needs lessons in romance to boot! If she hadn’t gone to the Finding Forever Rescue Shelter’s annual fall festival, she wouldn’t be in this mess! If only she wasn’t so romantically impaired, she might be able to get out of it.


Andy Cotton wasn’t looking for love and no wonder. After his last disastrous relationship, he wasn’t keen on being tripped up by another. But when a woman shows up during his volunteer shift at the local animal shelter’s fall festival to adopt something, um … different, he began to reconsider. And lucky for him, he just happened to have something very different indeed. Now if he could just find some of that same luck to win her…
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Introducing COWBOYS and DEBUTANTES!

Introducing Cowboys and Debutantes! Enjoy these clean and wholesome, sweet historical western romances. These riches to rags shorts prove that love can be found in the most unexpected places, and that money does not always make the man. But as our debutantes know, it sure helps!

Effie Stout is in her third season and beginning to worry if she’ll ever find a husband. But just when she sets her sights on a good prospect, the unthinkable happens. Her family falls into ruin. Forced to become amail-order bride by her step mother, Effie does her best to live like the other half and not get her or her would be groom killed in the process.

Forrest Lang agonized over whether or not to send away for a mail-order bride and when she arrives, he soon discovers he should’ve left well enough alone. The woman is a disaster! How can he come to depend on a woman who can’t even peel a potato? Problem is, he married her. Now what? Find out in this fun romp full of humor, faith and love.

And here's a little sneak peek! 

New York City, April 1888

Effie Anne Stout watched her cousin Della pour them each a cup of tea. They were both the eldest of their siblings, both in their third season after coming out into polite society, and both starting to worry. If they didn’t find husbands this season, they’d likely be snubbed next year. Worse, their younger sisters were joining the ranks of debutantes, adding to the competition. Perhaps, Effie thought, she shouldn’t have turned down so many proposals the year before …
“I don’t understand why Minnie, your dear sweet sister and my cousin, would refuse Robert Wilkins,” Della said as she set down the teapot.
“Because you turned him down last year, remember? Besides, it’s only her first proposal, and the season’s barely begun.” She took a sip, eyeing her cousin over the rim of her cup. They were in Effie’s private drawing room, which would’ve belonged to her mother if she were alive. But Mabel Stout had died long ago, and her stepmother Fanny never cared for the room.
“I’m determined to make a wise choice for myself this year,” Della went on. “Mother’s in a state, I can tell you.”
“Aunt Jane has said nothing to me,” Effie informed her. Indeed, Aunt Jane treated Effie and her two sisters as her own. Unlike their stepmother, who to this day couldn’t keep their names right – calling Effie “Lula,” Minnie “Effie” and Lula “Minnie.” After ten years, one would think the woman would have it down. But she only tolerated Ulysses Stout’s daughters, nothing more. Still, since she’d been unable to give Ulysses a son (or any child, for that matter), she was forced to be cordial to them … most of the time.
Not that Ulysses and his brother were lacking for progeny – between them they had eight beautiful children. Effie and her sisters were different shades of blonde, their eyes varying blue hues. Della and her sisters Hattie and Pearl had dark hair and hazel eyes, and her two younger brothers, twelve and fourteen, were already handsome. Ulysses had made noises about wanting a son of his own, but figured himself well-blessed regardless.
The problem was that with Lula and Pearl, the youngest pair, debuting this year, there were now six Stout girls on the marriage mart. Effie and Della would be in danger of landing on the spinster shelf if they didn’t stop being picky and choose husbands for themselves. Ulysses had begun making noises about that, too – loud ones.
Effie set her cup down and squared her shoulders. “Della, you’re the first to know.”
“Know what?” Della asked with a tilt of her head.
“I’ve decided to marry Walter Durridge.”
Della stopped spooning sugar into her teacup. “What? That boor?”
“That rich boor,” Effie amended. “My father suggested that he’d bring both our families a lot of business. And he’s not completely unlovely …”
Della stared at her, shocked. They both knew Walter well, having met – and quickly passed on – him their first season. The Durridges were rich indeed, but Walter hadn’t suited either of them. Until now, perhaps, in desperate straits. “Couldn’t you hold off and see what other proposals come your way? As you said, the season has barely begun.”
“True, I could wait. Though Father has made it clear I have to marry someone.”
“So has mine. But … Walter Durridge?” Della shuddered.
“Let’s face it, cousin, the other bachelors haven’t been any better. At least my family likes Walter – that’s more than you could say for a lot of the proposals offered us over the last couple of years.”
“I agree,” Della said with a reluctant nod. “Most were, at best, hideous.”
“And most of the rest were barely upper middle class,” Effie added. “Credit to Walter, boor though he may be – at least his family’s bankbook is attractive.”
Della put a hand to her mouth and giggled. “You don’t mince words, do you?”
“Never.”
Della sighed, took a sip of her tea, and suddenly straightened when Effie’s father stormed into the drawing room. “Uncle Ulysses, what’s the matter?”
Ulysses Stout, a tall, thin man with light brown hair and mutton-chop sideburns, frowned before speaking. “Della, go home – your father has something to tell you. Effie, gather your sisters. I have an … unfortunate announcement to make.”
Effie thought she might faint. “Unfortunate?” she repeated. “How unfortunate? What are you talking about?”
“Do it!” he barked.
Effie and Della exchanged a quick look and hurried to comply. Della set down her cup, got up and rushed out the door. Effie lifted her skirts and hurried from the room, a string of unimaginable horrors running through her mind. She’d never seen him so upset. Had her sisters done something? But how could they – Minnie and Lula had been in their rooms resting after a seemingly endless barrage of callers that morning. Were they not going to receive an invitation to the Whites’ ball? Had the dressmaker they were using this season fallen ill, or worse, died? And oh, dread of dreads, had something happened to Walter Durridge?
When she returned to the drawing room, her sisters in tow, their father had calmed enough to sit and pour himself a cup of tea. “What is it – what’s happened?” she asked, glancing around. “Where’s Mother?”
“Your stepmother is still out. She … doesn’t know. But likely she will before she comes home.”
“Know what?” Minnie asked, her dark blue eyes wide with curiosity.
He looked at the trio and swallowed hard. “There’s no easy way to say this other than to say it.” He wiped his hands on his trousers. “We’re wiped out. We’ve lost everything.”
Effie felt her knees go weak. “Wh-what do you mean?”
“I mean it’s gone. All gone.” Ulysses put his face in his hands and did something none of them had ever seen him do. He cried.
Effie stopped breathing. Minnie went to their father, sat and put an arm around him. Lula stood next to Effie, tears in her own eyes.
“Ulysses!” Fanny Stout cried as she marched into the room, not even stopping to give the maid her wrap. “I just heard the most horrible rumor – that nasty Ethel Birch told me …”
“It’s true,” he interrupted. “We’ve nothing. He took it all. I should have seen this coming.”
Fanny stood, her eyes narrowed to slits. “How could you? How could you lose everything? What about Septimus?”
“He’s wiped out too. He’s telling his family now.”
Fanny’s hands flew to her mouth. “No! Not both of you!”
Lula’s lower lip trembled. “Father …?”
He looked at Minnie, her arm still around him, then at Lula and her tears, before finally fixing his eyes on Effie. She stood frozen like a Greek statue, her blonde curls spilling over one shoulder, pride the only thing holding her up. “Your Uncle Septimus and I have been embarrassingly swindled. There’s no better way to put it, and nothing we can do about it.”
Effie closed her eyes, trying to take his words in. “You’ve … you’ve …what?”
He sighed and wiped his eyes with his handkerchief. “We gambled, and we lost. It’s as simple as that. All of our money is gone.”
Effie took a step back. “All? What do you mean by all?”
Later, she’d regret asking that.

You can purchase Effie on amazon

Cutter's Creek: 20 books strong ...

I don't know why getting to write the 20th book in the Cutter's Creek Series seems special to me, but it does. Twenty being such a nice number you know.
But don't get me wrong, I didn't write all 20 (book #20, Promise of Love will release next week). No, to do a project like this, it's much more fun to bring your friends!
Vivi Holt, Annie Boone, Kari Trumbo and I have had a lot of fun creating our little town in the Montana territory, and just released a prequel -- Mountain Trails -- that tells you a little more about how the town came about. You can find it free on amazon  and also learn how Cutter's Creek got it's name. 
Myself, I've written four books for the series so far. Promise of Love will be my fifth. 
Some of the books are shorter, while others are much longer. Some have a more dramatic tone and some are light and sweet. I'm sort of the class clown of the group so mine are lighthearted and have their moments of humor.
We write in different decades during the 1800's, beginning just after the civil war, so there's a time line included in Mountain Trails. Because the four of us are covering a span of more than twenty years, we've listed the town preachers and what decades they occupied the little red chapel in town. I myself set my stories in the mid to late 1860's while the others write in the 1870's and beyond. It's fun to see how things change in a town over the course of the books. It's also fun to see what each other write! 
So I hope you enjoy this fun little prequel, and learn a bit more about our little town of Cutter's Creek in the Montana territory. The place with the little red chapel ...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Meet the Weavers!

Occasionally a character stands out more than the rest. Take Kitty Morgan from Geralyn Beauchamp's Time Masters series. Look what happened to her!
And, occasionally, an entire family stands out. As is the case  here. 
When I first wrote His Forever Valentine, the third book in the Holiday Mail-Order Bride series, I had no idea the Weavers were going to show up. There I was, in chapter nine, writing a conversation between Matthew Quinn and his father when lo and behold, this came out of Mr. Quinn's mouth: "Your Aunt Mary and cousins are coming to town for the dance."
Matthew was about to take a bite but stopped, eyes wide. "Oh good grief, they're all coming?"
His father sat back in his chair. "Yes they are. All of them."
Matthew dropped his bread. It plopped into his soup. "Lord help us all."
 And thus is the usual reaction whenever poor Matthew (affectionately known as Matty to his cousins) knew the Weavers were coming.

Readers keep asking for more, and I do have more Weaver stories coming later this year. But I understand that some folks want them NOW. So to tide everyone over until we return to Nowhere in the Washington territory, I've gathered all the Weaver stories from the Holiday Mail-Order Bride series, and put them in one big book. This means we have Arlan, Benjamin and Calvin's stories, but also pieces taken from other books where they make an appearance and some new stories involving our boisterous bunch.

So this is a book bundle done a bit differently. In that, they're bundled out of order from the series. Weaver books from the Holiday Mail-Order Bride series consist of books 5, 13 and 14. They made appearances in books 3 and 12. Needless to say, they got around. But put all this material together and you have a nice big fat book of Weaver tales to enjoy, plus a few added extras! Great for a long weekend of visiting your favorite characters or if you're new to the Weavers, a wonderful way to get to know them! Enjoy! You can Meet the Weavers here.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Being an Indie Author

Lot's of people ask why I'm an Indie Author. After all, if a person is categorized as "Indie" doesn't that mean your writing's no good?
In a word. No.
Sure, there are folks out there trying their hand at writing, many for the first time, and first-timers trip, stumble, fall and soon learn they have to write a good book, a very good book. That holds true whether someone is indie published or traditionally published. In fact, you'll hear it, you'll read it, you'll tell everybody else once you've figured it out for yourself. You have to write a darn good book! But once you've done that, what do you do with it?
Thanks to amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing and Create Space, you can take that great book and publish it yourself. Or, if one is so inclined, go the traditional route. Why did I choose to become an indie author? Because it's darn fun, for one thing! Two, I have complete freedom! Freedom to choose who edits my books, design my covers, when to release a title and so on. It's my own business and I love it! And three? Kindle Direct Publishing and Create Space make it easy! Everything you need to publish your book is there at your finger-tips. I've published e-books, print books and audio books through Kindle Direct Publishing, Create Space and ACX,  (audio creation exchange). For the last four years (and 47 books) I've published this way and have never looked back.

Why do I love being indie? Well, indie authors can have their books into the hands of readers much faster than the traditional route. Not only that, but I've made so many wonderful friends in this world of self-publishing, that I can't keep track of them sometimes! Indie authors are very supportive of one another and enjoy watching a fellow indie bring a new book into the world. They understand about giving the reader the very best that they can, but also understand that we can all improve our craft. They help each other out by suggesting tools, classes, conferences, all designed to increase a writer's skill set, to write a better book. Many of the books I've read have been written by self-published authors. Incredible books, ones I can't find on the shelf of a bookstore. No, these gems are found in a treasure chest called the internet. Many of them on amazon, a company that paved the way for the indie author and made it possible for not just good books, but great books to find their way into the hands of readers. Happy readers at that. Because we now have access to more books than ever before.

So the next book you read may well have been written by an indie author who, after pouring their blood, sweat and tears into a story they wanted to share with the world, uploaded their book through Kindle Direct Publishing, and voila! Within hours we were  enjoying the same story! You don't have to wait months and months, or even longer to read the author's next book. This, of course, is another great perk of being an indie author.

So what else is great about being an indie author? Well, Amazon is celebrating Indie Authors throughout the month of October! What a great way to discover new books! Check out great Indie Authors at www.amazon.com/poweredbyindie  You might find an new author or two to love! I know I have!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Book #3 of 50 States, 50 Books, 50 Days ...

Today we have Amelia C. Adams' book, Hope of New Jersey. Book #3 in the American Mail-Order Bride Series. Here's what Hope's story is all about!


Hope Middleton was all but thrown away by the family that was supposed to care for her. Now on her own, she loses her job when the factory where she worked burned to the ground. With no other alternatives, she answers an advertisement for a mail-order bride and travels to Newark, New Jersey, expecting a simple life in a quiet community. Instead, she is thrown into the middle of the dark mystery that surrounds her enigmatic fiancé, with only the chance of falling in love as her saving grace. 

This retelling brings the drama of a Bronte classic together with the romance of a mail-order bride novella. 


You can purchase Hope on amazon