Sunday, December 4, 2016

More Great Holiday Romance Reads!

The Christmas Season always brings some great Holiday stories. Consider adding these enchanting reads to your collection!



Her Festive Baby Bombshell
By Jennifer Faye




Life-changing news this Christmas!

Since their spontaneous and magical night together, Holly Abrams has avoided her boss, CEO Finn Lockwood. Neither of these two damaged hearts was looking for a relationship—least of all with a colleague!

When they're thrown together on a charity project aboard Finn's luxury yacht, the tension between them skyrockets. When Holly starts to feel unwell, she puts it down to seasickness, until the doctor confirms that Holly and Finn can expect two unplanned gifts this Christmas—Holly is pregnant with twins…!


Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Festive-Baby-Bombshell-Harlequin-Romance-ebook/dp/B01D8HX0YE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=jennfayecontr-20&linkId=f605f1d945dcd72379b54b51925359fb

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-festive-baby-bombshell-jennifer-faye/1123539614?ean=9781488003264

iTunes/Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/her-festive-baby-bombshell/id1095287586?mt=11



Season of Promises
by Various Authors




Unexpected Holiday Bonus by Merry Holly
CEO Suzette LeBlec has a problem. Well, two actually. She needs a top-notch temporary replacement for her administrative assistant’s maternity leave, and she needs to find a way to outmaneuver a hostile takeover attempt by Mark Adams. To make things worse, it’s almost Christmas, the time when Suzette most feels alone in the world. Too bad that handsome man at the party got away. But when the same stranger applies for the temp job, his almost-too-good-to-be-true credentials set off Suzette’s alarms.

Dirk Harvey worked hard for years to remain anonymous while he built his father’s floundering company back up to its glory days. But when he discovers the stunning woman he’d spotted at a party is hiring, he decides to go undercover as “Dirk Mulligan”, administrative assistant extraordinaire. Besides, he and Suzette have a common problem: takeover King Mark Adams. Maybe they can find a solution together plus a little holiday bonus as well.

The Littlest Angel by Vicki Batman
Lauren MacDonald has always coveted her mother’s ornament, The Littlest Angel. When her mother gave it to another, Lauren embarks on a lengthy search and finds a replacement only to have it snatched from her hands.

Smith Hancock’s grandmother had a little angel which has gone missing. Finding another at a flea market would make her holiday the best ever. Only a feisty girl is claiming it for herself.
Can the twosome find common ground and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

A Promise of Forever by Gerri Brousseau
Her virtue is lost, and her reputation in tatters when a twist of fate sends Lady Roxanne Rothchild from London to the vibrant city of Venice, and into the arms of the handsome and intriguing Danté. But she is not the only one vying for his affection. Anna Maria Delafino de Padova will use everything in her power to drive a wedge between Danté and Roxanne and win his favor, including revealing the truth about Lady Rothchild. Will Roxanne be able to put her blemished past behind her and find love, and will she have the courage to reach for a promise of forever?

Bad Luck Partners by Award Winning Author Cara Marsi
Holidays have never brought Las Vegas hotel concierge Laney Sikora anything but bad luck in the romance department. The worst was her fiancé dumping her on Valentine’s Day. Via text. She’s determined to spend New Year's Eve alone with no romantic entanglements. But when her hunky new neighbor locks himself out of his apartment, she can’t leave him standing in the hallway. What's a girl to do?

Las Vegas is just a pit stop for Chicago native and radio personality Chance Carlisle while he waits for his agent to land him something bigger in L.A. But in the meantime, he keeps bumping into—literally—his adorable, but accident-prone, neighbor. Their private New Year’s Eve celebration leads to a plan: they’ll become the Bad Luck Partners, dating only on holidays and special events, avoiding holiday heartbreaks and matchmaking mamas.

But Fate might have something else in mind for the klutzy cutie and the hotshot talk show host. Can their temporary partnership become a forever deal?

Tillie’s Last Match by Bobbi Lerman
Legendary matchmaker, Tillie has one last heart to mend before retiring, but Miriam & Mike may be her hardest match ever. Can she summon the magic one last time to bring the enchantment of love long given up back to life.

A Christmas Promise by Jane Gale
District Attorney Cherry Stevens is rescued by sexy police officer Drake Boarden during an attempted robbery igniting their passion for not only justice but for each other.

A violent attempted robbery at District Attorney Cherry Stevens’ parents’ convenience store has her setting her sights on the city’s crime boss. Finding herself in the line of fire, Cherry is rescued by the sexiest seasoned police officer on the force.

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Season-Promises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B01LQUP9AS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476476088&sr=1-1&keywords=season+of+Promises


Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/season-of-promises-holiday-box-set-marian-lanouette/1124742472?ean=2940153535586


Enjoy your week, Everyone!


(poinsettia photo c/o pappalou@morgueFile.com)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

'Tis the Season for Holiday Romance!

This week's spotlight is on Up the Chimney: (A Pistols & Passion Novella) by Vonnie Davis and Sweet Christmas Kisses 3: A Bundle of 17 Wholesome Holiday Romances by Various Authors.





Up the Chimney: (A Pistols & Passion Novella)
by Vonnie Davis



Ciera Parker moves to Willow Bend, New York, to begin a new life away from the scandal her ex-husband created. She loves her job as a dispatcher at the police and fire station in the town. What she doesn’t love is Detective Mason Holt and his overbearing ways. He’s been watching her for two years and she’s beginning to get all hot and bothered. But she’s sworn off men and this one has a reputation of being one step above a manwhore.

Mason Holt is not what everyone thinks. He’s more family man than one would believe. Since his sister’s husband is serving overseas, he takes on duties as a father figure for his two rambunctious nephews and niece. He’s ready to settle down with children of his own and he’s got his eye and his heart fixated on a dark-haired beauty in the communications center.

Now, all he has to do is convince Ciera all men aren’t bad. That he does have his good points—until he gets stuck in her chimney.


Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Up-Chimney-Pistols-Passion-Novella-ebook/dp/B01LLZWUWI/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476472020&sr=1-3&keywords=Vonnie+Davis

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/up-the-chimney-vonnie-davis/1124592357?ean=2940153712451


Sweet Christmas Kisses 3: A Bundle of 
17 Wholesome Holiday Romances
by Various Authors



Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa. Don't miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that's sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you in the mood for Christmas.

Mona Risk, On Christmas Eve
She banished him from her life and dreams. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases years of loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?

Christine Bush, Christmas Holly

Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!

Lyn Cote, Mistletoe and Sage
New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together--will love spark under the mistletoe?

Denise Devine, A Merry Little Christmas
Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.

Raine English, The Christmas Gift

When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it's not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group's handsome owner does too.

Shanna Hatfield, Untangling Christmas
Tricked into helping with Silverton's Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.

Ciara Knight, A Christmas on Miracle Mountain

When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.

Milou Koenings, The Kampala Peppermint Twist

A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.

Magdalena Scott, The Road Not Taken
Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.

Roxanne Rustand, A London Christmas
When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?

Alicia Street, Her Christmas Secret
Desperate to help her sister's family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they're least expected.

Kristin Wallace, Falling For You at Christmas
One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.

Merrillee Whren, Second Chance Christmas
A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.

Cindy Flores Martinez, Christmas Eve Wedding
A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend's spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.

Victoria Pinder, Secret Wish
Luke Morgan doesn't believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.

Josie Riviera, Candleglow and Mistletoe
A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.

Pat Simmons, Couple by Christmas
Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he's got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.


Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Christmas-Kisses-Wholesome-Romances-ebook/dp/B01JV3L154/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476473593&sr=1-3&keywords=Mona+Risk

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-christmas-kisses-3-mona-risk/1124623283?ean=2940157011352

iTunes/Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/love-christmas-holiday-stories/id1158227218?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4


Happy reading, Everyone, and have a great week!




(Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square photo
        c/o Facebook.com/Friends-of-Rittenhouse-Square)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Holiday Reads...Great Cause!

Huge fan of Christmas romances that I am, I'd like to take the weeks leading up to the Holiday Season to introduce you to some 2016 releases!  This week's offering is a very special bundle for a very special cause.




 All I Want for Christmas is a limited release, and will only be available now through December 31st, with all proceeds benefiting Diabetes research. Fabulous reads from authors Debbie Macomber, Bella Andre, Melody Anne, Violet Duke, Marie Force, Heather Graham, Brenda Novak, Lauren Page & Kayti McGee, Jane Porter, Melanie Shawn, RaeAnne Thayne, Melinda Curtis, Anna J. Stewart, and Scarlett York.

All the proceeds will go to Boston University to help Dr. Ed Damiano (who also has a son with Type 1) finish engineering the second-generation artificial pancreas, which has a two-chamber system. Why is his work important? Because the 2-chamber artificial pancreas will go far toward helping insulin-dependent diabetics remain healthy until that elusive biological cure can be found. 

So, please, order this boxed set today.

REMEMBER, All I want for Christmas will only be available through December 31, 2016! 

Encourage your friends and family to do the same. You'll get many hours of enjoyable reading in exchange for a small donation that will help a lot of people. For more information, visit, www.brendanovakforthecure.org

Included in this awesome set:

“5-B POPPY LANE” by Debbie Macomber
Come visit with Helen Shelton, her granddaughter Ruth and Ruth's husband, Paul. They'll offer you a cup of mulled cider and the story of how they met.

“KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE” by Bella Andre
For Mary Sullivan Christmas has always been about family. As she hangs her ornaments, she's swept back to the first days of her whirlwind romance with her husband--and the love that would be the foundation on which they built their family.

“FINDING EACH OTHER” by Melody Anne
Brayden Steele gave up his love of Christmas many years ago when he lost his mother and father in a car wreck. But the magic hasn’t given up on him.

“BEFORE THAT PROMISE” by Violet Duke
If anyone can make Drew Lawson believe in the magic of Christmas, it's the girl-next-door he's classified as completely off-limits.

“CELEBRATION AFTER DARK” by Marie Force
On the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary, Big Mac and Linda McCarthy take a look back at how they came to be, while each of their children confront a new challenge in their own lives.

“SPIRIT OF THE SEASON” by Heather Graham”
While struggling to raise her newly orphaned nephew, Davey, widow Becky Wexham must deal with the feelings she experiences when she once again comes into contact with Tim Yeagher, an old flame and Davey's Little League coach.

“A DUNDEE CHRISTMAS” by Brenda Novak
Welcome to Dundee, Idaho, where the town is small but the hearts of the people living in it are large. A woman seeking refuge in an unfamiliar town during a snowstorm is taken in by a man who helps her discover a new sense of home.

“UNMATCHABLE” by Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee
After Jane Osborne is unceremoniously dumped by a rich man, and then invited to his wedding, on (Christmas Eve no less), she decides to hire a date from Craigslist and pass him off as an upgrade.

“CHRISTMAS MIRACLE FOR DAISY” by Jane Porter
When his goddaughter, Daisy, is orphaned, confirmed bachelor Cormac Sheenan adopts her. All goes well until Marietta's seasonal Santa Claus promises his daughter a mommy for Christmas.

“CHRISTMAS WISH: A HOPE FALLS HOLIDAY NOVELLA” by Melanie Shawn
For the movie star and the single mom, will a Christmas Wish become their new reality?

“A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE” by RaeAnne Thayne
Widow and caterer Jenna Wheeler is determined to spin Christmas into the stuff of magic for her four children, even if that means helping out her new landlord, sexy billionaire Carson McRaven..

"THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" by Melinda Curtis
Simon Castle' s on his way to a make-or-break meeting unseasonably scheduled for December 25--until the gorgeous redhead subbing for his limo driver takes him on a detour.

“GINGERBREAD DREAMS” by Anna J. Stewart
Can carpenter Hamish MacFadden show free-spirit Essie Goodman how magical family--and Christmas--can be?

“CRUEL INTENTIONS” by Scarlett York
For fans of Pretty Little Liars…It’s hard to be a rhinestone in a diamond world...I was far from living the dream, but now I'm stuck in a nightmare of lies, deceit....and murder. Merry Christmas to me.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Novellas-Benefit-Diabetes-Research-ebook/dp/B01I5UJZKM/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477692258&sr=1-8&keywords=debbie+macomber+christmas+books


Barnes & Noble


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-i-want-for-christmas-bella-andre/1124133636?ean=2940156854356

iTunes/Apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-i-want-for-christmas-14/id1132807039?mt=11




Check out this awesome bundle, and have a great week!



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Great Reads on Historic Philadelphia

Frequent visitors to this blog are aware of how much I enjoy walking through the historical district of my city, Philadelphia. Not only is the walk a physical benefit, but helps me through the old dilemma of "writer's block."



Last June, I attended "Fete Day" on Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia's Olde City district. Designated a national historical site in 1966, Elfreth's Alley is our nation's oldest residential street. Each year on "Fete Day," the current residents living in these homes hold a block party with music, crafts, food, and colonial games.

Author, and History Professor, George W, Boudreau was available for a "meet and greet," and to sign copies of his book. Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia. Although I missed meeting Professor Boudreau, I picked up his book, start thumbing through it, and could not put it down. When I was finished reading, I began searching for other books highlighting historic Philadelphia.

If you're interested in some interesting reads on our nation's background, check out these books.


Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia
by George W. Boudreau



From William Penn's first footsteps on Philadelphia soil, this book tells the stories of those early years and how our nation came to be. Filled with wonderful photographs and exhaustive research, reading this book was like watching CNN during the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution.  I loved this book and talked about it all summer.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Independence-Historic-Philadelphia-George-Boudreau/dp/159416259X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476209147&sr=1-1&keywords=independence+a+guide+to+historic+philadelphia

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/independence-george-boudreau/1112763908?ean=9781594162596

Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Independence/George-W-Boudreau/9781594162596?id=6130748650509


Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love
by Thomas H. Keels



The "naughty" of those early days in Philly. Tales of grave robbers, brothels, and scams in the City of Brotherly Love. There were times, while reading, when I laughed, and others when I cringed. Either way, a great -- and interesting -- read.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Philadelphia-City-Brotherly-Love/dp/1596297875/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476209264&sr=1-1&keywords=Wicked+Philadelphia

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-philadelphia-thomas-h-keels/1101137377?ean=9781596297876

Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Wicked-Philadelphia/Thomas-H-Keels/9781596297876?id=6130748650509



The Philadelphia Inquirer's Walking Tours 
of  Historic Philadelphia
by Edward Colimore



The Philadelphia Inquirer is our local newspaper. This book is an indispensable read for visitors to Philadelphia, history buffs, and for anyone who loves a good story. Follow the footsteps of those who walked our sidewalks in the early days, take a tour of the historical sites, and learn about Philadelphia's part in our nation's upbringing.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Philadelphia-Inquirers-Walking-Historic-Tours/dp/1933822031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476209397&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Philadelphia+Inquirer

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-philadelphia-inquirers-walking-tours-of-historic-philadelphia-colimore-edward/1124500540?ean=9781933822037

Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/search?raresearch=1&id=6130748650509&qisbn=9781933822037&qty_avail=18&chunk=10&qsort=p


Not only are these books interesting reads, but a helpful reference for any author who is considering writing a historical romance set in Philadelphia. Have a great week, Everyone!




(Elfreth's Alley photo c/o facebook.com/Elfreth's Alley)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

"Thank you, Veterans!"











There are few greater sacrifices one could make than to leave his/her family, go off to a strange country, and make it their mission to keep those of us who live at home safe.

Two simple words mean a lot to folks who deserve to hear them. So, not only on November 11th, but any day you happen to pass one of our military members, please don’t forget to say those two words. The words, “thank you.”

My Uncle Al, my mother's brother who passed away three years ago, served in World War II. He never forgot how lucky he was to not only return home to my mother and grandmother, but to be able to marry and start a family of his own. Along with his trade as a carpenter, Uncle Al spent his entire post-war years volunteering with his local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). I remember my uncle collecting supplies disabled veterans needed, coordinating appeals to send items to our military personnel currently serving, and driving veterans who were unable to drive themselves to their doctor appointments. 

Toward the end of his life, Uncle Al became a resident in a VA nursing home. He was still helping other veterans by reading the newspaper to those who no longer could.





If you would like to help our veterans, I've posted several websites for information.


Paralyzed Veterans of America

http://www.pva.org/


Disabled America Veterans


http://www.dav.org/


Wounded Warrior Project

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/


The Veterans Site

http://www.TheVeteransSite.com/


Veterans Multi-Service Center

http://vmcenter.org


USO (United Service Organization)

http://www.uso.org/

A huge thank you to our Veterans, and God bless you!


(photos c/o facebook.com/TheVeteransSite)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

What's New in Children's Books?




Although my niche is writing adult romance novels, I enjoy browsing the children's section at a bookstore and library. Reading is so important to a child's development and future academic success in school. Plus, I have lots of little ones in my family, and I love watching their enthusiasm for a book during story time. 

For all of you who appreciate children's literature as much as I do, here are some "fun" recent releases.





Charming picture book about the day in the life of a pill bug in suburbia is also about an unusual friendship. 

Amazon


Barnes & Noble


Books-A-Million






A story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream...


Amazon



Barnes & Noble



Books-A-Million






When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword -- and a pile of his favorite books.

Amazon



Barnes & Noble



Books-A-Million






Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion, Boggan, is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Wish-Tree-Kyo-Maclear/dp/1452150656/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475365204&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Wish+Tree

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wish-tree-kyo-maclear/1123754752?ean=9781452150659


Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Wish-Tree/Chris-Turnham/9781452150659?id=6130748650509


Have a great week, Everyone!



(Linus photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Happiness is Autumn!


Autumn or "Fall" is my favorite time of year. The weather is generally cool and crisp, and there are lots of activities to enjoy. One afternoon this week, while strolling through South Philly's Marconi Plaza, I noticed that the leaves which were green the last time I walked through the park were now a lovely orange and red. I started making a mental list of my favorite things about the season. 


Autumn Leaves and their Colors




Autumn Wreaths on our Front Doors



A Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 
at South Philly FUEL




Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte


October "Post Season" Baseball
(especially if it includes the Phillies)


 Harvest Festivals  
and 
Trick-or-Treaters


Veterans' Day Parades




What's your favorite Autumn feature and activity?



(Snoopy and Leaves photo c/o facebook.com/Snoopy;
 Fall Maple Leaves photo c/o openopen@morgueFile.com;
 Autumn Wreath photo c/o JL Peterson@morgueFile.com;
 Pumpkin Pie Smoothie photo c/o facebook.com/fuelsouthphilly;
 Pumpkin Spice Latte photo c/o facebook.com/Starbucks;
 Baseball in October photo c/o facebook.com/Snoopy;
 Trick-or-Treater photo c/o facebook.com/EPassyunkAvenue;
 Veteran photo c/o facebook.com/TheVeteransSite)