** FRIDAY FAVORITES with Melissa Foster … with a Giveaway! **


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Featured today is bestselling author MELISSA FOSTER!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Melissa!


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.


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My favorite color is … lavender

My favorite place to read is … on the beach

My favorite snack is … ice cream

My favorite type of music is … country

My favorite hot beverage is … cocoa

My favorite type of flower is … orchid

My favorite time of day is … any:)

My favorite candy is … Twizzlers

My favorite hobby is … exercise

My favorite place to vacation is … Cape Cod



Melissa has just kicked off a brand new series BAYSIDE SUMMERS!

Look for the first book in that series BAYSIDE DESIRES, out now!



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Love in Bloom — Bayside Summers

As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.




Released in April by Melissa:



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Truly, Madly, WHISKEY

Eight months is a long damn time to have the hots for a woman who keeps a guy at arm’s length. But Crystal Moon is no ordinary woman. She’s a sinfully sexy, sass-mouthed badass, and the subject of Bear Whiskey’s midnight fantasies. She’s also one of his closest friends.

Just when Crystal thinks she has her life under control, scorching-hot, possessive, aggressive, and fiercely loyal Bear pushes all her sexual buttons, relentless in his pursuit to make her his.

The more Bear pushes, the hotter their passion burns, unearthing memories for Crystal that are best kept buried. But there’s no stopping the collision of her past and present, catapulting the two lovers down an emotionally charged road that has them questioning all they thought they knew about themselves.


Lots of sexy goodness ahead for us in 2017 from Melissa!


Releasing July 12:


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Bad Billionaires After Dark

Everything’s naughtier after dark…

As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life—in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.

Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved—the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?

Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it’s only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she’s back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…


Releasing August 16:


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Love in Bloom — The Ryders

It’s been years since Sally Tuft’s husband died, years since she was left to raise her teenage son alone, and years since she’d told the only other man she wanted that they should be just friends. Now her son has left for college, and Sally has no distractions to keep her from thinking about her best friend and co-worker, Gage Ryder, and what could have been.

Gage Ryder believed that one day Sally would move past the death of her husband and they would finally leave the friend zone and explore the passion that’s simmered between them since the day they met. But it doesn’t seem that’s ever going to happen, and it just might be Gage’s turn to move on.

When Gage and Sally are tasked with opening a new youth center their close-knit world is expanded–and sexy new prospects move in. Sally and Gage are forced to confront their attractions, or let each other go forever.


Releasing September 5:


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Sugar Lake

Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as a player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough for her to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?

Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move…provided no one gets hurt.

Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement and the real thing—including them.


Releasing October 18:


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Love in Bloom — The Bradens — Peaceful Harbor, MD

Fall in love with Ty Braden, a world-renowned mountain climber and nature photographer. He’s about to take on his toughest assignment yet—winning the heart of the one that got away.



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** FRIDAY FAVORITES with Nancy Robards Thompson with a GIVEAWAY! **


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Featured today is Harlequin Special Edition author NANCY ROBARDS THOMPSON!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Nancy!

National bestselling author Nancy Robards Thompson lives and writes in Florida, but her imagination transports her all over the world. She has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing romance and women’s fiction full-time. After hanging up her press pass, this former journalist and two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart struck gold in July 2002 when she won the award. Since then, she’s gone on to sell nearly 40 books, which critics have deemed, “…funny, smart and observant.”


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My favorite color … changes with my mood. Right now, it’s mint green; but I also love cobalt blue, French country blue and candy apple red.

My favorite place to read is … on the sofa in my office.

My favorite snack is … cheese and apple.

My favorite type of music … also depends on my mood. Overall, I love classical, but I also love country, indy, classic ‘80s and folk music. I can’t write to music with words, but I do make playlists (of music with lyrics) for all my books. I listen to the playlists when I’m not writing. It keeps me in the story.

My favorite hot beverage is … I love tea, but nothing beats a good cup of strong black coffee. I usually start the day with a cup of coffee and switch to hot (or iced) tea for the rest of the day.

My favorite type of flower is … the peony.

My favorite time of day is … morning.

My favorite candy is … chocolate covered caramel.

My favorite hobby is … art journaling.

My favorite place to vacation is … the mountains.



Look for Nancy’s latest release …


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The Fortunes of Texas: The Secret Fortunes


Olivia Fortune Robinson has done some crazy things in her life, but this has to be one of the craziest. She has just propositioned sexy Alejandro Mendoza to be her pretend boyfriend for a week. What’s even crazier? He said yes!

They’re doing it all for Sophie—or so they think. Liv’s cynical view of marriage accidentally convinced her little sister to call off her own wedding, and Liv has to fix things and quick. What better way than to “fall in love” herself? Tall, dark and alpha, Alejandro doesn’t seem to mind having Liv on his arm—or in his bed. But when the two commitment-phobes suddenly become faux fiancés, Liv’s traitorous heart starts to fall for real… Is Alejandro’s far behind?



Coming soon from Nancy … Print 6/20 and Digital 7/1


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Celebration, TX

And the prince wore spurs

A bourbon-tinged evening turns into a night of spur-jangling passion. And wrapped in the arms of hunky cowboy Zane Phillips, Lucy Campbell feels like her dreams have come true all at once! But she knows Zane needs a chance to let their move from friends to lovers sink in. That is, until reality knocks…and Lucy discovers she’s pregnant.

This wasn’t how Zane imagined daddyhood would happen. And with pretty Lucy…his best friend’s little sister! He wants to do right by her and the baby, but Lucy wants the fairy tale, not a marriage of obligation. And while this simple cowboy isn’t sure he can measure up as her Prince Charming, the real magic is that he’s had her heart all along…


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Celebration, TX

And the bride wore…running shoes? 

Publicly shamed by her former fiancé, Lady Chelsea Ashford Alden has fallen from grace and her intimate life has become fodder for the British tabloids. On the run from the paparazzi, there’s only one place for the errant aristocrat to wait out the scandal: her best friend’s cottage in Celebration, Texas… 

Instead of foiling a burglar, rancher Ethan Campbell startles a gorgeous blonde in the bathtub! Chelsea covers up…her true identity. But not her sizzling attraction to the tall, dark and hunky cowboy. Ethan has loved and lost, and until Chelsea, he never thought he’d love again. But he doesn’t know her secret, and if she reveals the truth, he might be the one to run this time around.




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** FRIDAY FAVORITES with MK Meredith **


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Featured today is Entangled Publishing author MK MEREDITH!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites MK!

MK Meredith writes single title contemporary romance promising an emotional ride on heated sheets. She believes the best route to success is to never stop learning. Her lifelong love affair with peanut butter continues. Only two things come close in the battle for her affections: gorgeous heels and maybe Gerard Butler…or was it David Gandy? Who is she kidding? Her true loves are her husband and two children who have survived her SEA’s (spontaneous explosions of affection) and live to tell the tale. The Meredith’s live in the D.C. area with their large fur baby…until the next adventure calls.


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My favorite color is … Blue! Like a bright, deep, Cobalt!

My favorite place to read is … a bubble bath *siiiiiigh*

My favorite snack is … Peanut Butter LOL!

My favorite type of music is … I love so many kinds…but I fall back on traditional vocal Jazz all the time. Think Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra.

My favorite hot beverage is … Coffee ASAP

My favorite type of flower is … My mother’s was the yellow rose so it holds a special place in my heart, but I really love tulips.

My favorite time of day is … The morning on days that I can be leisurely with it…think 9 am or so, coffee in bed, a great book or movie with my kids and husband all camping out next to me.

My favorite candy is … Reese’s peanut butter cups

My favorite hobby is … Watching movies. Or maybe drawing, but I haven’t done it in a looooong time.

My favorite place to vacation is … the beach! Or a foreign destination I’ve never been…which is all of them. <— I really need to work on that. LOL!






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International Temptation

Mateu Espasa, CEO of Barcelona’s most luxurious hotel, knows how to deliver a five-star experience. When he learns the identity of hotel reviewer, London Montgomery, it seems harmless to play as her local tour guide to make sure she enjoys her stay and places his hotel back in the running for the Elites Travel and Life Magazine’s hotel of fame. But every moment with London makes Mateu want her just as much as he needs that review.

Constantly working to cover her mother’s medical bills, London needs to have a little fun on this vacation. First on her list: Kiss a hot Spaniard, and her knight-in-shining-Armani at the train station seems to fit that bill—he’s local and definitely hot! But when she discovers the man charming her is really CEO of the hotel she’s reviewing—supposedly secretly—she decides to see how far he’ll go to make her dream vacation a once in a lifetime experience.

Mateu shows her the romance of his city and his soul, but when the truth comes out, the fun is over, and it turns out nobody wins in a game of hearts.




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International Temptation

International tycoon Drago De Luca has the world at his feet and he knows it. But back home in Italy, his beloved grandmother’s family inn is on the verge of closing down for good, thanks to hotshot American heiress, Chase Huntington, and her new hotel. Drago has to protect Nonna’s inn, even if it means getting close enough to Chase to convince her she needs to leave. But the more time he spends with Chase, the more he’s drawn to her passion, her love of his culture, and the way she looks in those Louis Vuitton heels.

Chase Huntington would give anything to enjoy her time with charming, sexy-as-hell Drago in the style capital of the world, but she has to make sure the new Huntington hotel opens successfully. How else can she prove she’s not just fashionista with a fortune—she’s an heiress savvy enough to take over the family’s biggest hotel back in California? But somewhere between boutiques and business plans, she falls head over Louboutins for Drago. But when Drago’s true motive for spending so much time with her comes to light, it could destroy everything Chase built and everything she thought she found in Italy.



MK will be kicking off a brand new series in June!


Set off the coast of Maine …

Cape Van Buren … an On the Cape novel

For far too long, Larkin Sinclair has been seeking solace in her memories rather than living in the present. But when Van Buren Enterprises announces plans to develop historic Cape Van Buren into a gold-plated playground for the wealthy, Larkin refuses to watch one more beautiful thing in her life be destroyed, so she sets out to preserve the historic cape—and with it, the memory of her son. Only it isn’t the company she needs to fear, it’s the dangerously irresistible CEO who has the power to derail her plans. Annoyingly arrogant one minute and beautifully wounded the next, he awakens something in her heart that had died with her son even as his actions promise to break it once again.
Ryker Van Buren needs closure from his dark childhood and the best way to do that is to level his family home. As the rightful owner of the estate, he plans on developing it into a master community—what better way to secure his future than by selling off his past? Until he locks eyes with the passionate conservationist who fights him at every turn for the rights to his legacy. He can’t keep his hands off her, but worse, he can’t get her off his land or out of his dreams.
Attraction sparks and two broken souls recognize each other through the pain. Against all odds, love blooms on the cape. But when their pasts collide, will they choose love in the moment, or will they lose their chance at forever?

** FRIDAY FAVORITES with Joanne Dannon **


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Featured today is author JOANNE DANNON!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Joanne!

Joanne Dannon, an Australian author, writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savor–indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever- after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.

Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family. She can be found on Facebook and her website www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.

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My favorite color is … blue.

My favorite place to read is … bed.

My favorite snack is … chocolate

My favorite type of music is … jazz.

My favorite hot beverage is … coffee.

My favorite type of flower is … rose.

My favorite time of day is … morning.

My favorite candy is … Turkish Delight (rose water flavour).

My favorite hobby is … to read.

My favorite place to vacation is … anywhere, as long as I’m with my family 🙂 



Look for Joanne’s upcoming release, FOREVER MINE, coming April 27!



Alex Jackson Series, Book 4

Forever Mine is the 4th book in the Alex Jackson series and can be read as a standalone book.

It’s never a good idea to fall for your best friend’s brother… or so they say.

Hannah Greene is fed up. A romantic at heart, she’s had a major crush on her best friend’s brother for years but he’s never noticed her. To shape a life for herself away from Zac, she must move on.

Zac Warne, smooth-talking sales guy who takes responsibility to a whole new level, loves the thrill of the chase but is not interested in settling down, ever. It’s not that he doesn’t believe in love, it’s just not for him.

But circumstances have Hannah and Zac spending one weekend together and a night of fun leads to more than just emotional consequences for them.

Compelled to right wrongs and beholden to fix problems, Zac has to convince Hannah his about-turn about wanting a relationship with her is not just one of convenience. Can Hannah now trust this smooth-talking playboy who has a reputation for breaking hearts, including her own?



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Alex Jackson Series Book 1

Fairy tales aren’t just for princesses.

Superstar Alex Jackson steers clear of any emotional involvement after a series of life-changing events turned his life, and heart, inside out and upside down. Broken and deeply scarred, he has sworn to remain single and emotionally aloof to all women.

Physiotherapist Violet McKenzie, is distrustful of men—famous men being at the top of her list for good reason. She’s learned a thing or two about them and has made a conscious effort to stay as far away as she possibly can.

Until sexy Alex needs her professional assistance after a stage mishap and she becomes his personal physio. Violet has sworn off love, but when Alex’s hot kisses keep her up at night longing for more, she wonders if she can remain steadfast to her personal promise to never fall for the wrong guy again.

Can a superstar and an ordinary girl have a happily ever after, or is that only reserved for the songs Alex sings?




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Alex Jackson Series Book 2

The plan was not to fall in love.

Logan Wentworth’s career means everything to him. To win a promotion and upstage his colleagues, he needs to get himself a fiancée —fast.

He asks his friend, supermodel, Daisy Roberts, the outrageous task of becoming his fake fiancée to advance his career.

Daisy’s career has plummeted—she wants to say no, but she’s in a tight spot. Logan’s request to pretend to be his fiancée has some perks. After all, he’s a hard-nosed lawyer with a body built for passion and can strike a deal with the devil and win if he chooses. And this silver-tongued devil can talk her into anything.

Logan’s strategy backfires when the promotion requires he keep his “fiancée” for real. But Daisy doesn’t want a Mr Right for now and will only settle for a Mr Right for forever.

Can Daisy prove to Logan that love is far more important than a career?




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Alex Jackson Series Book 3

Can love overcome all obstacles?

Amielle Warne’s life was perfect. At twenty-six years old, she had a dream job as the physiotherapist to a superstar but then a hit-and-run accident ruined everything. Now, physically injured and jobless, she plans on setting up a women’s medical clinic with her friends. But the return of her teenage crush threatens to ruin her life—again!

Life-weary scientist, Ethan Cuthbert, has returned home temporarily to create a haven for cancer patients and their families. What he doesn’t expect is having to deal with his best friend’s little sister, Amielle, wanting the same property as him.

Ethan is off-limits, not only has he already broken her heart once before but he’s returning to his job overseas in three weeks. But when sizzling kisses lead to more, can they work around the obstacles between them, from both the past and future?

** FRIDAY FAVORITES with Brenda Novak … with a GIVEAWAY! **


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Featured today is Harlequin MIRA and St. Martin’s Press author BRENDA NOVAK!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Brenda!



It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author–she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including five Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children–three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising funds for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). Click on the graphic below to visit her website to see how you can help!

Brenda would love to invite other book lovers to join her online book group. It’s a fabulous, super supportive group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brendanovaksbookgroup/


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My favorite color is … periwinkle.

My favorite place to read is … on my Exercycle (because then I don’t notice the desire to stop–LOL).

My favorite snack is … any baked goods!

My favorite type of music is … Top 40.

My favorite hot beverage is … hot chocolate (crazy about it).

My favorite type of flower is … hydrangeas.  

My favorite time of day is … I love all parts of the day, but it’s nice to relax at night, when my work is done.

My favorite candy is … chocolate covered toffee. 

My favorite hobby is … reading or learning new things via documentaries. 

My favorite place to vacation is … Europe (fascinated by the history).



Look for Brenda’s latest release with Harlequin, FINDING OUR FOREVER, the kick-off to her new Silver Springs series!



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Silver Springs

The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys’ Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch’s owner, that she’s really her daughter? Cora’s not sure she can do that, not unless she’s confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner–Aiyana’s adopted son and ranch manager–that decision becomes even more difficult.

Although Elijah can’t deny his deep attraction to Cora, he’s always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there’s something about the ranch’s newest employee that isn’t exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he’s long been waiting for.




COMING SOON in the Silver Spring series …


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Silver Springs

Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn’t enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed—the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.

Dawson has given small-town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he’s innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.

As Sadie’s and Dawson’s professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there’s more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else sees—he has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for.



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Silver Springs

Sometimes starting over means finding everything you’ve been missing…

After catching her fiancé cheating—with another man–usually straight-laced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night-stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy’s full name, something that shouldn’t have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive.

Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she’s carrying his baby, he’s stunned. And more than a little betrayed.

But after growing up as an orphan, he’ll do anything to stay involved in his child’s life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give—certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie too…



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Silver Springs

Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her “perfect” life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she’s eager to take control of something.

Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn’t until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things–even when those things go beyond the farmhouse.

Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it’s hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands



And coming soon in her “The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles” series with St. Martin’s Press …

PRE-ORDER LINKS … releasing October 3

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The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles


Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in remote Alaska, studies some of the world’s worst serial killers. But she’s about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing icepick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered—or he is wrongly convicted.


When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really was wrongly convicted. Except…Evelyn has a personal connection to the murder victim and that suggests the killer may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when she was only sixteen. Jasper murdered three of her friends back then—and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message with this copycat crime? Is he coming for her next? The only thing Evelyn knows for sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not be able to escape again . . .



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Welcome to Hanover House….

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them?

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst.

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.

He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong…




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The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles


Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her―and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amorak, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community…even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.


Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amorak, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her―the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again. . .and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same….



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Featured today is Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House Publishers author DANA MENTINK!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Dana!

Dana Mentink lives in California where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two teen girls (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear is retired from the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and a two time ACFW Carol Award winner. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is honored to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Harvest House Publishers. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.


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My favorite color is … green.

My favorite place to read is … snuggled up in bed.

My favorite snack is … oh dear. Anything chocolate!

My favorite type of music is … barbershop quartet, believe it or not!

My favorite hot beverage is … coffee.

My favorite type of flower is … roses.

My favorite time of day is … early morning, WAY early morning!

My favorite candy is … Reese’s.

My favorite hobby is … cooking.

My favorite place to vacation is … Yosemite.



Look for Dana’s latest release, DANGEROUS TESTIMONY …


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Pacific Coast Private Eyes


Four weeks before she’s set to testify at a gang murder trial, someone is determined to make sure that Candace Gallagher Andrews never takes the stand. When nowhere is safe for the private investigator or her little girl, Candace turns to the only person she can trust—longtime friend and former navy SEAL Marco Quidel. For Marco, protecting Candace is not just another duty. As the trial date nears and the killer stalks ever closer, Marco knows fear for the first time—the fear of losing Candace and her daughter. But while Marco begins seeing Candace as more than just a friend, her late husband’s memory is never far from her mind. So he must keep Candace alive—and not get emotionally involved—long enough to put away a killer.



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Pacific Coast Private Eyes


When the high school sweetheart she never expected to see again bursts through the door of her medical mission clinic, nurse Sarah Gallagher can’t hold back her shock. But Dominic Jett isn’t there to catch up. He’s trying to save a life, and the thugs on his tail will stop at nothing to catch him. Now abducted and imprisoned on a remote island, Sarah and Jett become pawns in a tug-of-war between a powerful drug lord and a devious madman. And their only chance for survival is working together to find the valuable painting the dangerous men are searching for. But with someone trying to kill them at every turn, can they locate it in time to keep their reunion from turning fatal?



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Coast Guard rescue swimmer Brent Mitchell wants only one gift for Christmas: to find his sister. When he discovers that her disappearance is tangled with the death of private eye Bruce Gallagher, he joins forces with Bruce’s daughter Donna to investigate. Grieving Donna is as tough as the determined military man…and both will stop at nothing to find the truth. But the duo soon discovers that a murdered father and a missing sister merely top a looming pyramid of secrets on Coronado Island. Deadly secrets. These unlikely partners have vowed to stick together until their most important case is closed—but they may pay with their lives.



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Pacific Coast Private Eyes


Navy chaplain Angela Gallagher wants to put the past behind her, but she’s still haunted by the wartime death of her assistant. So when his brother claims he’s in danger and pleads for her to use her family’s private detective company’s resources to help him stay alive, she can’t turn him down. But someone will stop at nothing—even murder—to keep her from revealing their secrets. She’ll have to depend on a military colleague to keep her head above water. Dr. Dan Blackwell was in the field with her when her assistant died, and he’s determined to keep her safe. Can they sift through the web of lies to find the truth without losing their lives?



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The Only Thing Sweet About Jellybean Is His Name

Jellybean the terrier is about to unleash some serious mayhem on the unsuspecting town of Albatross.

There’s no quiet on the set when over-the-hill screen star Lawrence Tucker brings his naughty terrier, Jellybean, on location to the beachside town of Albatross, California. When Jellybean develops a rapport with Tucker’s violin tutor, the painfully shy, socially awkward Misty Agnelli, her arm is twisted into minding the mischievous animal. Trailing Jellybean leads Misty into the candy store of Bill Woodson, a handsome chocolatier with a painful secret and a three-year-old niece to raise.

Misty must deal with the unstable Tucker, a temperamental Jellybean, her budding feelings for the mysterious Bill, and the high-pressure atmosphere on the set. Though she wants nothing more than to flee, how can she tell her Grandma, Lawrence Tucker’s biggest fan, that she abandoned the star and his dog?

It’s actors, animals, and antics galore when Jellybean gives his own heartwarming performance.


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Standing Between Stephanie and Her Dream
Is One Hundred Pounds of Lovable Trouble

It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes’s canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog…thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it’s a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.



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Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you’re ready for a lesson in love…Tippy style.

Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.

Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.

As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too…

Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.

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Featured today is Harlequin Heartwarming author CATHERINE LANIGAN!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Catherine!



Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more.  Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs.  Her Vietnam war-based  novel, The Christmas Star,  won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine  and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. 

Currently, she has published six novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming:  Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise and Fear of Falling.  Sophie’s Path pubs July, 2016.   She has recently contracted for three more in the series: Protecting the Single Mom, (April, 2017) Family of his Own (July, 2017)  Mica’s Baby (December, 2017). 

The HALLMARK CHANNEL has contracted to film the first in the Indian Lake series as a television movie, HEART’S DESIRE. Air date TBA.


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My favorite color is … pink. No, aqua. No pink. No aqua.

My favorite place to read is … in bed. On the sofa. In the car. In an airplane.

My favorite snack is … grapes and nuts.

My favorite type of music is … torchy love songs…to Debussey.

My favorite hot beverage is … coffee.

My favorite type of flower is … alive…I love them all and grow most of them!

My favorite time of day is … anytime the sun is on a horizon. Sunrise and Sunset.

My favorite candy is … Turtles…made in my hometown by our confectionary.

My favorite hobby is … flower arranging.

My favorite place to vacation is … visiting friends in warmer climates than the one in which I live.



Look for Catherine’s latest release, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, releasing tomorrow!



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Shores of Indian Lake


Getting involved shouldn’t be this dangerous… 

Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She’s kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode. 

Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he’s more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there’s something he’s not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he’ll trust himself with her heart.



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Shores of Indian Lake

He’s ready to settle down…with or without her 

Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks. And he’s always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she’s been acting like that rock is weighing her down. With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn’t even sure what they are to each other anymore. They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn’t feel like a future. Maybe it’s time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the things he had hoped to share with her…

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Featured today is Harlequin Special Edition and Montlake Romance author MICHELLE MAJOR!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Michelle!  A big congratulations coming your way on becoming a RITA Finalist this week for your CHRISTMAS ON CRIMSON MOUNTAIN novel! 



Michelle Major is the best selling, award winning author of over ten sexy and sweet contemporary romances. She loves second-chances love stories, smart heroines and strong heroes. A midwesterner at heart, she’s made the Rocky Mountains her home for over twenty years and is thrilled to share her books with readers.


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My favorite color is … blue. I love all shades but especially robin’s egg.

My favorite place to read is … my bed. No matter how tired I am, I have to read a few pages every night. It’s part of my routine.

My favorite snack is … nutella and almonds or chips and salsa. I love them both equally. I love them TOO much!!

My favorite type of music is … anything I can sing along to.

My favorite hot beverage is … coffee with LOTS of vanilla creamer. I have a little problem with sugar. 😉 

My favorite type of flower is … lilies of the valley because they grew in my grandma’s yard when I was a kid and I love their scent.

My favorite time of day is … sunrise and sunset. Although that moment when I climb into bed after a long day is pretty awesome too.

My favorite candy is … anything chocolate. I’d like to say it’s dark chocolate because that’s healthier but I love milk chocolate the best.

My favorite hobby is … hmmm….I don’t really have hobbies although I’d love to be crafty. My Pinterest board is filled with projects I’ll never do. But I do love to walk my dogs every day.

My favorite place to vacation is … anyplace I can relax with my family.



Michelle’s latest Montlake Romance MEANT FOR YOU will be out next week on 3/28/17  … pre-order links below!


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Single mom Jenny Castelli has a temper to match her red hair. When the former mean girls of her high school insult her son, Jenny fires off a big lie—that she’s engaged to a rich, handsome guy and is bringing him to their ten-year reunion. Now she needs to find the perfect fake fiancé for one night. And only one man fits the bill.

Geek turned tech entrepreneur Owen Dalton already had his heart broken by Jenny Castelli. Still, he finds himself agreeing to her proposition—even as he struggles to remember that the chemistry sparking between them isn’t real. But when Jenny’s ex makes a play for custody and Owen is forced to deal with the family who always treated him as “second best,” their arrangement suddenly becomes very personal. And that lie they’ve been telling everyone? It isn’t nearly as big as the one they’ve been telling themselves.





Out previously with Montlake …


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As a teenager, Samantha Carlton used a career in modeling to break free from her painful childhood—walking away from her reckless twin sister, an alcoholic mother, and the boy she loved. Yet she never outran the guilt of abandoning her family. When the past shows up on her doorstep in the form of her late sister’s daughter, Sam opens her home and her heart to the girl she never knew existed. But it’s not so easy to face the man she left behind…

Sam had shattered Trevor Kincaid’s heart, and he’d sought comfort in her sister’s arms. But he’d pledged to shield his daughter, Grace, from the drama that followed the Carlton women. Now Grace has tracked down Sam, and Trevor is forced to deal with the one woman he wanted to forget.

History has a way of repeating itself, and the sparks between Sam and Trevor reignite an old flame. But as much as Sam wants a new future, is walking away again easier than risking her heart for a second chance at love?


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Chloe Daniels doesn’t need a man—after escaping a marriage gone bad, she guards her heart as closely as the details of her past. So when hot-tempered celebrity chef Ben “the Beast” Haddox storms into her struggling toy store, Chloe is determined not to be drawn in by his broad shoulders…or baby-blue eyes.

In his hometown, Ben’s culinary career is almost as famous as his bad-boy rep. He’s out to prove to naysayers he’s a success by opening a new restaurant—and the only thing standing in his way is Chloe’s store. But before he has a chance to convert her space into his signature eatery, she cooks up a plan to show him that her shop is worth saving.

As things start to sizzle between them, Chloe must figure out how to avoid getting burned. Can she trust herself to love again, or has she jumped out of the frying pan and into desire?


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Kendall Clark has always dreamed of anchoring the national news. The dedicated Denver journalist has worked hard to earn more than her fluff-piece reporting job. When she’s asked to star in an on-air dating show to increase her station’s ratings, she initially refuses…until she learns that participating will give her a shot at a national news-desk position in New York.

But nothing prepares Kendall for the dating show’s popularity—or for the laughable dates she’s forced to endure on camera. To complicate matters further, she’s falling hard for Tyler Bishop, the handsome scientist hired to consult on her first big news story. Ty soon finds himself equally smitten with Kendall and sets out to prove he’s her Mr. Right. But is there room in his quiet life for a woman with such a public image? And when Kendall’s integrity is questioned, will she choose her dream job or her dream man?



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Even in a town as eclectic as Austin, Keaton Fortune Whitfield stands out. With his dreamy British accent and his slate-blue eyes, he has captured the fancy of every red-blooded Texas female in town…except one. Francesca Harriman, his favorite waitress at Lola May’s, seems completely immune to his charms. When she’s not on her shift, she’s too busy studying to pay attention to him—which only makes him want her more.

Francesca has been burned before, and she won’t let the Londoner melt her heart. What would a brilliant, wealthy architect want with a commoner like her? She’s not about to abandon her schooling to become Keaton’s catch of the day. Could a hash-slinging waitress really find happiness with a Fortune?



And from her ever-popular CRIMSON, COLORADO series …




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Crimson, Colorado

“I’d like to have an affair with you.” 

Dedicated kindergarten teacher Erin MacDonald isn’t the type to make the first move on a man—especially gorgeous David McCay, her secret crush. But when a crisis involving one of her pupils offers a chance to help the pro baseballer turned local brewery owner, Erin goes way out of her comfort zone. So way out she makes a shocking suggestion! 

David moved to the Colorado mountain town to look after his sister and her son. Now he’s a stand-in parent to his nephew, trying to fight his attraction to Erin…who just propositioned him. David is nobody’s hero. So why can’t he convince the sweet, kindhearted beauty that she deserves better than him? Is it because they’re the perfect imperfect match? 





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Featured today is Harlequin Heartwarming author KATE JAMES!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Kate!

When Kate found out that I was going to start this Friday Favorites feature on my blog this year, she was super supportive and offered to forge some author connections for me.  I really appreciate your help and support Kate! Thank you again! ♥

Kate has a giveaway that will be detailed at the bottom of the post, but as a special thank you to Kate for all of her help, I am also doing a personal giveaway … I will be gifting a Kindle copy of Kate’s newest book SANCTUARY COVE to (5) five lucky winners! Enjoy this wonderful book … and help an author out with a REVIEW! 🙂


Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate’s goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.


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My favorite color is …

Is blonde a color? I would like to go with blonde, because you’re so sweet and generous with your support of authors!

I could say black, because we have two wonderful black Labs, Harley and Logan, but having been a painter and art instructor while I was going through university, I know that black is not a color. In fact, it’s the absence of all color!

So, I’ll go with turquoise . . . as in a nice tropical-ocean turquoise!


My favorite place to read is … 

I can’t think of a place I don’t like to read, and I’m never without a book. Since I don’t (by choice) have a lot of down time, one thing I do like to indulge in is an hour-long bubble bath, with a glass of chilled Chardonnay and a terrific book!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to sink into this tub filled with bubbles, and be absorbed in a great book?


My favorite snack is … 

I love almost anything with chocolate in it! One of my favorite snacks is a KitKat bar, especially with a cup of tea.


My favorite type of music is … 

I defer to my husband in this regard, as he loves music and is a very talented singer. My taste in music tends to be eclectic, but right now some of my favorite songs are by Thomas Rhett.


My favorite hot beverage is … 

It’s tea, with sugar and milk, but I must have cup of coffee first thing in the morning!

I have to mention that this beautiful, personalized mug was gifted to me by the lovely, talented and prolific author, Loree Lough!


My favorite type of flower is … 

This one is easy. The beautiful ones my husband regularly spoils me with me!


My favorite time of day is … 

I love early mornings, and especially watching the sun rise. I find I’m most productive then, too.

I can also go for a beautiful sunset, though!


My favorite candy is …

Hmmm . . . I don’t eat candy. Can I default to chocolate? Then for consistency, I’ll go with KitKat bars again!


My favorite hobby is … 

I love painting, although I don’t take as much time for it any more as I would like to.

I suppose I could have used this picture to answer the favorite-flower question, too! 🙂

I also enjoy gardening.


My favorite place to vacation is … 

We love visiting the Caribbean. Most of the islands are an easy, direct flight for us from Toronto. Our favorite island is St. Lucia. It’s scenic, lush and—most importantly—the people are wonderful.

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We are fortunate to have spent a lot of time in the Caribbean, and we’ve discovered a wonderful resort called Calabash Cove. It’s been named one of the top ten boutique resort in the world and justifiably so!


Lynn, thank you again, for inviting me to your blog and for all your wonderful support of authors. And much thanks to everyone who stopped by. Happy reading! Kate ♥♥♥



Look for Kate’s latest release SANCTUARY COVE



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Can his safe haven be enough for her? 

Emma Meadows never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption by a New York senator would cost her her job as VP of communications. Heartbroken, she retreats to her cottage in the Adirondacks and, in the process, rescues an injured dog that only Josh Whitmore can save. 

The veterinarian works diligently to bring dog and woman back to full fighting form, until allegations against the senator become more serious. Seeing Emma’s reaction to the increasing pressure, Josh realizes that inevitably she’ll find a way back to the top…and he’ll likely lose her for good.



And don’t miss Kate’s other releases for 2017 …

Home to Stay, the fourth book in the San Diego K-9 Series – releasing July 1, 2017

She’s bringing his son home 

A missing little boy triggers San Diego K-9 officer Shannon Clemens and her canine search-and-rescue partner into instant action. For the rookie cop haunted by a childhood tragedy, bringing Sawyer Evans’s son safely home is more than a job. It’s a mission she can’t fail… But forging a friendship with the father is a tactical error that could compromise her first solo assignment. Yet the deepening bond between them is almost impossible to resist…

Pre-Order links

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Chapters-Indigo (Kobo): https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/home-to-stay/9781488012297-item.html?ikwid=kate+james+home+to+stay&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=0


And coming October 1st, A Priceless Find (working title), a sequel to the award-winning A Child’s Christmas!


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Formerly a Video and Radio Producer, Christy now spends her time writing fun, impassioned and emotive romance with an undercurrent of sexual tension. When she’s not writing, she can be found enjoying life with her husband and three children, walking for pleasure and researching other people’s deepest secrets and desires.

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My favorite color is … royal purple. I have a colander in this color and it makes everything look appetizing when it’s sitting in it: apples, broccoli, even potatoes. There’s just something so warming and appealing about it.

My favorite place to read is … probably in bed, for ultimate comfort. Though I also like sitting in the leather swivel chair in the bay in my bedroom and being able to look out at the garden every now and again, especially if it’s a sunny day.

My favorite snack is … cheese and grapes on oat cakes. Delicious and filling!

My favorite type of music is … difficult to define. I have quite eclectic tastes. I listen to a mixture of electronic, alternative, rock, pop and classical music. If you want a taste of the sorts of songs I listen to while I’m writing you can find them listed by book on my website here: https://christymckellen.com/soundtracks-to-my-books/

My favorite hot beverage is … tea! I’m a tea addict—though I only tend to drink English Breakfast, and gallons of it. My local café where I sometimes write has a lovely chai tea though, so occasionally I have that if I’m feeling adventurous.

My favorite type of flower is … the cornflower. Ever since I saw the film adaptation of A Room with a View I’ve loved them. I had them threaded into my hair on my wedding day.

My favorite time of day is … late in the evening when I get to chat and laugh with my husband whilst listening to music. These hours are getting shorter and shorter now the kids are getting older though!

My favorite candy is … fizzy cola bottles. I always get some from the pick n’ mix stand when I go to the cinema. 

My favorite hobby is … walking. I know that probably sounds a bit dull, but I often have brilliant ideas while I’m stomping about in the fresh air. I’ve recently joined a voice-positive choir too, which is great fun as well as being sociable (something I definitely appreciate as a mostly cloistered-at-home writer!)

My favorite place to vacation is … wherever my family are. Though I do particularly love it if there’s sunshine. We’ve taken the kids to France a few times, which is always fun, and last year we had a great time in Cape Verdi. I can recommend it for a totally relaxing beach and hotel break for the whole family.



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Romantic Getaways

“I know we were more than just friends.” 

Once Elena Jones had shared an intense entanglement with striking Spaniard Caleb Araya, ending with both their hearts in tatters. Now she’s a successful entrepreneur, and when he rejects a new business proposition, it’s clear Caleb hasn’t forgotten… 

When an accident causes the tycoon to lose his memory, Caleb seems to think they are still a couple! Elena wants to help him recover…but will staying in Barcelona with him just put her heart in jeopardy again?



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Maids Under the Mistletoe

The earl’s secret bride… 

Emma Carmichael is shocked when she sees who she’s waitressing for at a lavish party—Jack Westwood, the new Earl of Redminster. Her new life comes crashing down when Jack announces to the world that they’re married! 

Jack has never forgotten his first love despite the tragedy that tore them apart. When the paparazzi cameras intrude, he proposes they live as man and wife until the fuss dies down. Emma feels like Cinderella, masquerading as his countess…only, behind closed doors, their marriage feels tantalizingly real…



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From holiday…to happy-ever-after! 

Indigo Hughes spends her life taking care of everyone else. But after she’s unceremoniously dumped, she finally puts herself first and books a holiday on the Amalfi Coast. Fine food, stunning views and time alone to heal her heart…bliss! 

Instead, she’s thrown together with tycoon Julien Moreaux! He’s cynical, sexy and recently divorced—exactly the kind of man she should avoid. But big-hearted Indigo hopes to help Julien find his faith in love again—she just doesn’t expect to find her own happy-ever-after in his arms!



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More than just a job! 

Cara Winstone is determined to bounce back from her last—disastrous—PA job, and working for Max Firebrace is exactly how she’s going to do it. Little does Cara know that walking into her brooding boss’s luxurious London town house also has her walking into his past… 

Since losing his wife, Max doesn’t think he has any love left to give. But something in the warmth of Cara’s smile jump-starts Max’s heart again, making him wonder if he’s ready for a new happy-ever-after…with Cara by his side.