Friday, August 31, 2018

Dogs Are the Best People by @JoanReeves #GemsInAttic

I've often wondered why the expression going to the dogs to indicate something that's becoming shabby or less than it was before ever came about.

I mean dogs are wonderful. Going to the dogs should mean that life is better than ever!

Dogs are loving and giving and always excited to see you.

Scold a dog, and he/she will still love you. Your dog won't resent you and post nasty things online about you.

Dogs are ever faithful unlike friends who may disappoint you.

Let's celebrate human's best friend, the Dog, with this baker's dozen of quotations, by authors of course.

Best Dog Quotes

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. ~Will Rogers

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.~ Andy Rooney

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.~ Robert Benchley

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.~ James Thurber

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!~ Anne Tyler

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. ~ Robert A. Heinlein

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. ~ Mark Twain

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!" ~ Dave Barry

My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet. ~ Edith Wharton

Dog: a kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail. ~ Kinky Friedman

The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

And last, but not least, Gustave Flaubert said: "Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living."

I hope you enjoyed these. Cat fanciers in our group might make a similar post next month.

Meet Friday from Last Christmas
Available at Amazon

Have you ever had your heart broken and didn't know why it happened? Then this romance about love at first sight, heartbreak, revenge, redemption, second chances, and a shelter dog named Friday is for you!

Last Christmas Annabelle gave Rick her heart. He stomped on it. This Christmas, Rick's going to pay!

Reviewers called this: "A 5-Star Lone Star State Read" "The Perfect Christmas Romance" "A Christmas Delight".

Why not read it for yourself and get acquainted with Friday, the hero dog? You'll find Last Christmas at Amazon.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Our Favorite Writing Quotations by @JoanReeves #GemsInAttic

August is drawing to a close--thank goodness. Perhaps autumn isn't far behind.

The kids are back in school or will be within a week, depending on your school district. You're getting back into your School Daze routine or just drying a breath of fresher, crisper air.

Hurray! You made it through another summer.

Finally, you might have time to read again even if it's on your lunch hour or while you're waiting to drive carpool.

Now is the time to add a few new books to your ereading device.

Be sure and pick up your free copy of Love, Forever, the collection of first chapters we put together for readers.

It's a great way to "try before you buy." What better way to sample a new author or a genre you haven't read before?

Love, Forever is available at the major ebook sellers.

Also, for your consideration, here are some of the romance novels by the Authors who write Gems in the Attic. You'll find something in just about every popular sub-genre of romance.

Welcome back to School Daze and...Happy Browsing.


From Cheryl Bolen

Cheryl is the author of The Earl, The Vow, and the Plain Jane.

Plain spinster Jane Featherstone helps Lord Slade, whom she's loved all her life, woo her heiress cousin so he can honor a deathbed vow to his father.

What is your favorite writing quotation?

I love the way Kurt Vonnegut described being a novelist: “Novelists have, on the average, about the same IQs as the cosmetic consultants at Bloomingdale’s department store. Our power is patience. We have discovered that writing allows even a stupid person to seem halfway intelligent, if only that person will write the same thought over and over again, improving it just a little bit each time. It is a lot like inflating a blimp with a bicycle pump. Anybody can do it. All it takes is time.”

There's another quote, from Winston Churchill, that is also apt. He was referring to surrendering to the Germans. For me, it refers to writing: " Never, never, never quit." My writing friend Joan Reeves gave me a paperweight with that quote many years ago. It so perfectly summed up my 25-year quest to be a published novelist.

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From Nancy Fraser

Nancy is the author of The Vessel.

Can a career soldier and an alien princess make it safely through the lawless wasteland, or will they become their own worst liability?

What is your favorite writing quotation?

"The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book." ~ Mickey Spillane

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From Lynn Crandall

Lynn is the author of Cravings (Fierce Hearts, Book 2).

Kennedy Mitchell doesn’t know who to trust when she learns she’s been living a lie for 22 years, but wouldn’t it be nice if fellow were-lynx Asher Monroe could be her safe place in a world full of danger?

What is your favorite writing quotation?

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” ~ Ray Bradbury

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From Connie Vines

Connie is the author of Brede (Rodeo Romance, Book 2).

Trouble is something hard-edged rancher, Brede Kristensen, knows all about, but what he hadn’t bargained for was a woman whose laughter and gentleness finds a way into the lonely corners of his heart.

What is your favorite writing quotation?

"Emotion is messy, contradictory and true." ~ Nigella Lawson

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From Jan Scarbrough

Jan is the author of Kentucky Blue Bloods, Bluegrass Reunion Series.

When Kentucky blue blood tangles with British blue blood, will they gamble on love?

What is your favorite writing quotation?

Heinlein's Rules for Writers

Rule One: You Must Write

Rule Two: Finish What Your Start

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From Joan Reeves

I am the author of Second Chance Bride, a contemporary wedding romance.

He was the only man she wanted--and the one man she could never have.

What is your favorite writing quotation?

Oh, my goodness. I have so many. Pages and pages of great quotations. I have such a collection that I turned some of it into a couple of books: Little Book of Sunshine and Written Wisdom. (Both are available at all the major ebook sellers.)

Today I'll choose 2 quotes--1 serious and 1 amusing, but both are true.

The serious: "In a very real sense, the writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of ideas, though it brings gratifications, is a curious anticlimax." ~ Alfred Kazin

The humorous: "Why authors write I do not know. As well ask why a hen lays an egg or a cow stands patiently while a farmer burglarizes her." ~ H. L. Mencken

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summer is Still Here! @lcrandallwriter



Weren't we just beginning to talk about summer arriving? It's nearing the end of August. Where did the lazy days of summer go?

If you're like me, your summer went by in trips to the lake, travel, outdoor activities, barbecues, summer reading, and stargazing. Summer days are not over yet, and I'm planning to get the most out of every day left.

Here's to summer as it winds into earlier evenings and sweaters.



Travel!






Garden! 










            Sunshine and Surf!



Wildlife!


Reading!


Summer evenings!



Do you have any favorite summer times!



 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A WORKING VACATION... @LizFlaherty #GemsinAttic

There are few times in a writer's life that are more fun than release months. However, there are also fewer times in a writer's life that she gets farther behind in...everything. I believe this is an unwritten rule and that it was unwritten for me. It is for times like this that the term "working vacation" was created.

So, my friend Nan and I spent a few days in a state park this week. We talked, laughed, ate, visited the pool, ate, met interesting people, ate, did some touristy stuff, ate. And worked a lot. If you are in a state of being overwhelmed, I recommend it. I am, make no mistake, still behind, but no longer overwhelmed. I guess it was a journey to getting writing joy back--and I needed it.

Me, with wine and wrinkles, at Pokagon State Park.

But, back to release month...here is my August Harlequin Heartwarming, Nice to Come Home To.



Nice to Come Home To
By Liz Flaherty
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Will an apple a day…

Keep love at bay?

For Cass Gentry, coming home to Lake Miniagua, teenage half sister in tow, is bittersweet. But her half of the orchard she inherited awaits, and so does a fresh face—Luke Rossiter, her new business partner. Even though they butt heads in business, they share one key piece of common ground: refusing to ever fall in love again. But as their lives get bigger, that stance doesn’t feel like enough…





Other Books in the Series

And then, also this month, is Love, Forever free for the asking from a variety of online retailers. It's a kaleidoscope of Gems in the Attic offerings, and we hope you enjoy them!
Here is a sneak peek at the stories in Love, Forever: 

HEAT LIGHTNING (Book 1, Outlaw Ridge, Texas) by Joan Reeves
Contemporary Romance. Amnesia stole her memory--her life! What Tessa doesn't remember may be the death of her.

BREDE, (Rodeo Romance, Book 2) by Connie Vines
Romantic Suspense. Trouble is something hard-edged rancher, Brede Kristensen, knows all about. A widower with a rambunctious young daughter, a ranch to run and an ornery cook who has just runoff, Brede doesn't need another problem. Yet in the midst of a violent storm, he finds an injured woman with no memory of her past--or the man who tried to kill her!

FINDING MERCY (Return to Welcome #1) by Bonnie Edwards
Contemporary Romance. Mercy Talbot left Welcome on a high, but she's returned a broke failure. She's messed up her career, love, and family ties. Now, she's found love and a new family. When her career is reborn, will she leave the man and child who've opened their hearts to her?

TIME AND AGAIN by Nancy Fraser
Time Travel/Romantic Suspense. Will Kate and Matt's accidental trip to the future bring them back together? Or, tear them even farther apart?

THE GINGERBREAD HEART by Liz Flaherty
Sweet Romance. Widowed Cass Logan has done her time as a caregiver. But when her boss, mystery-writer Eli Welcome, needs surgery, Cass is faced with following her heart...or walking away.

ALL OF MY HEART by Sophie Jacobs, Book 1, A Harbor Falls Romance
Contemporary Romance. Happy-go-lucky Suzie Hart has a perfect life and a secret. All goes well in her small town world until that secret rides up to her doorstep on a badass Harley and tosses her not-so-perfect world into some kind of big, bad tumble.

KENTUCKY BLUE BLOODS by Jan Scarbrough
Contemporary Romance. It's up to Reggie to save what's left of her family homestead and her proud Kentucky heritage. But when Parker shows up to collect his horses, all bets are off. Reggie's never been a gambler and Parker despises losing. But when Kentucky blue blood tangles with British blue blood, are they willing to take a gamble on love?

ANORA'S PRIDE by Kathleen Lawless
Western Historical romance. Anora King didn't plan to pretend she was married, but her new neighbors in Boulder Springs jumped to that conclusion. Jesse Quantrill is shocked to find himself lusting after a married woman. And wouldn't a romance between them be the town's biggest scandal ever?

TWO DAYS UNTIL MIDNIGHT by Lynn Crandall
Paranormal romance. A bird-shifter. A reclusive billionaire. A project that brings them together. A deadly curse that threatens to separate them forever.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND by Karen Kelley
Romantic Comedy. Mala didn't plan to crash land on Earth. She only wanted to sneak in for a few days and maybe find a man--a real one, but she encounters more than she bargained for with the town sheriff.

NIGHT KISS by Maddie James
Time Travel/Paranormal Romance. Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future--until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss--a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night--and her life changes forever.

Download your copy of Love, Forever from any of these locations:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G315JLG
B&N:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-forever-melanie-james/1001059171
iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1420273251
KOBO:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-forever-6
D2D Universal:  https://books2read.com/love-forever

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Love, Forever and Finding Mercy by @BonnieEdwards #GemsinAttic

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My sample chapter is from the first in my newest series, Return to Welcome. Finding Mercy took five years to write. I was afraid I wouldn't do justice to the story and characters that lurked in the recesses of my mind. I sent this book to a content editor (that's an editor who looks at story rather than words) and she told me to ditch the point-of-view of one of the main characters. 

The temptation to ignore the advice was quite strong, but a full year later, I accepted the wisdom of the suggested changes. In the end, the story was stronger. 

As for the town of Welcome? Not your usual romance small town. Oh, no murders or paranormal events occur. There are no ghosts or curses or anything like that to make Welcome different.  

It's the people in Welcome who make the place memorable. The townspeople have long memories, love to indulge in grudges, nasty rumors, and to think the worst of people. That alone, makes Welcome stand out. 



Love, Forever is a wonderful mix of stories from experienced, talented romance authors who understand the genre, have spent years perfecting their craft and bring each reader their expected happy ending. We know our stuff over here...and we're happy to share these wonderful first chapters with you!
Take Love, Forever for a test drive, find a new-to-you author to read and enjoy. You can order it FREE here for an e-reader near you: https://books2read.com/love-forever


Return to Welcome continues with my newest release, Loving Logan. Logan Hughes and Elle Foster have some serious issues to overcome, not the least of which is her mothering four children. You can read a sample here: Loving Logan, Return to Welcome Book 2


Monday, August 20, 2018

Why Television Will Never Replace a Good Romance Novel


Don’t get me wrong ... I love television. I don’t have much time for it but, when I do, I kick back and relax. As do most viewers, I have my favorites. I’ll give a fair viewing to almost anything...as long as it’s not a soap opera. Despite their very vague similarity to romance novels, they’re far too angst-filled for me. Plus, I hate watching anything that has no conclusion (e.g., reality shows like Big Brother), mostly because there’s a real chance I won’t be able to watch the next episode or remember to set the dvr.

So, if I enjoy television shows, why do I think this easy fix will never replace a good book? Besides the fact that you invest more of yourself as a reader than you do a watcher, it’s because romance novels NEVER, EVER jump the shark!

The term jump-the-shark was first coined way back in 1977 when leather-clad bad boy Arthur Fonzarelli literally took to a pair of water skis and jumped over a shark in the television sitcom, Happy Days. This ill-conceived ratings stunt marked the beginning of the end for the series. The quality of the first few season slid downhill rapidly after losing credibility with the viewers. Since then, it’s become every critic’s mission to ID the moment when a successful series loses its steam and, like Fonzie, jumps the shark.

Here are a few of my favorite comparisons:

Will and Grace – this wonderful rom-com was on a roll its first few seasons. The occasional guest appearance was just an added bonus, not detracting in the least from the wonderful comedic timing of the three main characters. Then, somewhere along the line, they started bringing in more guests, more screen time for outsiders, and less for the title characters, Will and Grace. Viewers lost interest in what appeared to be contrived plots just to flaunt a high-profile guest star.

In a romance, a good author would never overshadow the hero and heroine. Sure, we have supporting characters, but they’re there for one reason only ... to support. And, while we hope the supporting character is strong enough to shout “sequel”, we still keep them in their place...third fiddle to the two main characters.

House – this was a superb medical drama when it first came out. But then, like its main character, it got weird. Surgery on your own body, trying to kill off your girlfriend because she broke your heart. Please...even for someone falling off the sobriety wagon, these extremes were a bit much. The writers’ shock tactics failed miserably and convinced the viewers to give the series the rating’s heave-ho.

In a romance, we just don’t get that weird! Our focus is on a relationship that endures. And, even when the black moment arrives and our hero and heroine think it won’t work, we don’t let them try and kill one another. We wouldn’t be that cruel!

Lois & Clark and Castle – two of my absolute favorite series, one older, one more recent. How did two well written series jump the shark? Oops! The main characters got married...now what do we do?

I absolutely adored Lois and Clark, The New Adventures of Superman. It was the one television show that came before nearly everything else, bar a family emergency. I loved the wit, the sexual chemistry, the excellent writing, and the superhero storylines. Clark/Superman was the epitome of a hero, not only because he saved people but because he was kind hearted, intelligent, and honest. Oh, and did I mention, sexier than sin! Lois Lane, on the other hand, was the perfect foil ... quirky and full of frustrating but forgivable faults. Unfortunately, the writers/producers decided to marry them off in season 4 to coincide with the comic-book wedding of Lois and Clark. From then on, all the wonderful romantic angst was gone...kaput...replaced by contrived reasons to keep them apart. Can we say, ‘fake wedding to a frog-eating clone’?

Unfortunately, Castle went in the same direction. Once the main characters married (after a rather schmaltzy delay), the fun of the chase was over. When Beckett told Castle she was moving out to get her head on straight, I nearly threw a shoe at the television. Contrived, even though her decision was made out of love. And, even though they eventually got back together, the storylines were less than romantic and more about the murderers they chase. And the ending ... even too saccharin for a romance novelist!

In a romance novel, we put all the angst, all the cutesy or dramatic stuff right where it belongs, in the heart of the story. We write highs, we write lows, we right love scenes that will steam the wallpaper off the walls and curl the paint. We hit you over the head with the black moment...the be-all, end-all of their relationship. Followed by a resolution...the realization that no matter what the obstacle, life is worth more together than apart.

Our job done, we get the heck out of Dodge and let them enjoy themselves in peace and quiet. Oh, and privacy. We give them and the reader what they want...a happily ever after and we never jump the shark!

For those readers in the mood for a good, old-fashion romance with a bit of heart-tugging angst, may I recommend...

When globe-trotting photographer Allison Cain comes home to her family ranch in Montana it’s to get to know her nephew and to make amends with the widowed brother-in-law she’s left alone to raise his young son.

Evan Carver could never deny his late wife’s younger sister anything, despite the fact she’s been conspicuously absent over the past three years since her sister’s death. Now she’s home again on what she’s called an extended vacation. Evan’s first concern is for his son, Cody, and how his aunt’s visit will affect the five year old when she decides to return to her high profile career.

Allison has no intention of going back to work. In addition to getting to know Cody, she needs to confess her biggest secret to Evan. How do you tell the man you’ve always loved that you’re not just his son’s aunt, but also his mother?

Available from Amazon | B&N | Chapters/Indigo

That’s it for my turn on the blog. I think I’ll go watch a rerun of Castle...from the early seasons when it was fun. Or, maybe, I’ll toss in a season 1 disc of Lois and Clark. Or, better yet, make myself a cup of tea and read a romance novel...at least I know I won’t have to worry about the ending.

See you next month.

Nancy


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Love, Forever, Two Days Until Midnight by @lcrandallwriter


My novella, Two Days Until Midnight, is one of the eleven romance first chapters featured in Love, Forever. Thank you for stopping by to read the blurb and an excerpt of Two Days Until Midnight.


Blurb: Bird-shifter Lark Ellis has spent her life shielding her true identity. Now, to protect her flock’s habitat she’s taken a job that pits her mission against her secret and her integrity.

Reclusive billionaire architect and CEO of Global Environments, Tamier Rein lost his freedom and his dreams the day a Society assassin cursed him and changed him into a were-cheetah. Imprisoned by uncontrollable transing, he faces a devastating condition of his curse on the approaching Autumn Solstice.

Lark risks her identity and all she holds dear to help Tamier as their relationship develops into a promise of true love. As the deadline looms, Tamier must let her teach him to live or lose everything in two days.

Here’s an excerpt:

Tamier closed his eyes, clinging to the sense of wonder and peace spreading through him, and trying to ignore his spontaneous impulses to reach for her. “I do know I don’t want this moment to end.” He stepped close to her, so close he felt her breath on his face. She didn’t move away, and he looped a lock of her hair behind her ear, sinking into the soft feel of it. Oh, how he wanted to kiss her lips, but he stood suspended in doubt nanomillimeters away.

“Tamier.” She stared at his mouth. “You don’t know everything about me.”

He pulled his eyes from her lips and looked into her eyes. “I don’t expect I do.”

“There are things I want to tell you, but I’m afraid.”

“Don’t be. If there are things I need to know, you’ll tell me or they will come up.” He nuzzled the soft spot  under her ear and into her neck, all of his senses exploding with sensations.
“Tamier,” she whispered. “What?”

“Remember later that I warned you.”

Find Love, Forever at your favorite retailer https://books2read.com/love-forever and read all the first chapters to find your next reads.

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Character Interview from Night Kiss in #LoveForever @MaddieJames

Jack Porter is one of those heroes you can love, or you can leave. He has flaws, quite a few flaws, to be honest. He wants his way most all of the time and he does not like to compromise. He is set in his ways. And when he mourns for his Hannah Claire, he’s prone to wallow in self-pity and rum.

But his love for Hannah Claire knows no boundaries. Jack Porter loves his woman through life, death, reincarnation, and time. He understands none of it, other than Hannah Claire Winslow is his love, his spirit mate. And that it shall be that way, for eternity.

I happened along Jack one morning, very early, while strolling an Outer Banks beach for shells. Our conversation was quick, as you can see, but it was enough to write an entire series around...

Maddie James: Good morning, Jack. I see you are up early. Or have you been out walking this beach all night long?

Jack Porter: Aye, good mornin’ to you. I fear I have been out all night. ‘Tis the moon, you know? Is a full one and truth be known, it is a blue moon. It could bring my Hannah Claire back to me.

MJ: Back? So, where is Hannah Claire?

Jack: *gives odd look* Why, she’s not here, that is for certain. She must be in her heavenly home.

MJ: Ah. Her heavenly home… So, she is d…”

Jack: *puts up hand* My Hannah Claire is just…somewhere else. You see, I have to be here in case she returns. That is why I walk the beach at night, yearning for her touch, to run my fingers through her silken tresses, to steal a sweet kiss in the night….

MJ: *sighs and is distracted* And what about this blue moon?

Jack: *steps closer. MJ feels a spark of current, drawn… * You see, a blue moon storm can open the portal.

MJ: *steps back, Jack gaze out over the ocean’s horizon* A portal. Hm. Is that a storm coming?

Jack: *nods* Aye. She may come home tonight. *turns back* You see, I am lost without her. I am less of a man. I need my Hannah Claire. With me.

MJ: *thinking* Jack, where are you now? Are you home? Is this your home?

Jack: *scans the beach, his stare lands upon the lighthouse and light keeper’s home* I am… I am here but I am not.

MJ: *watches as the wind whips up surf, clouds pass in front of the moon, darkness* Jack? Jack?

But he is gone. And I feel confused and suddenly lonely. Is this how Hannah Claire felt the first time she saw Jack walking the beach?

Night Kiss
Soul Mates, Book One
Can souls touch through time and hold on when all odds are against them?

Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.

Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.

Night Kiss sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.
***

Want to read the first chapter of Night Kiss before you buy? The first chapter is available in the free sampler, Love, Forever, penned by several of my fellow Gems in the Attic authors. 

This sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors is guaranteed to whet your happily-ever-after appetite and send you running to your favorite ebook retailer to download to your hearts’ content! This eclectic mix of sweet to steamy reads has you traveling from the past to the future, with historical, time travel, paranormal, contemporary, western, and futuristic romance beginnings. And we hope you will not stop at the beginning!

Our stories are available in a wide variety of ebook retailers world-wide—we hope you download and enjoy every one! Here is a sneak peek at the stories in Love, Forever:


HEAT LIGHTNING (Book 1, Outlaw Ridge, Texas) by Joan Reeves Contemporary Romance BREDE, (Rodeo Romance, Book 2) by Connie Vines Romantic Suspense
FINDING MERCY (Return to Welcome #1) by Bonnie Edwards Contemporary Romance
TIME AND AGAIN by Nancy Fraser Time Travel/Romantic Suspense
THE GINGERBREAD HEART by Liz Flaherty Sweet Romance ALL OF MY HEART by Sophie Jacobs Contemporary Romance
KENTUCKY BLUE BLOODS by Jan Scarbrough Contemporary Romance
ANORA'S PRIDE by Kathleen Lawless Western Historical romance
TWO DAYS UNTIL MIDNIGHT by Lynn Crandall Paranormal romance
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND by Karen Kelley Romantic Comedy
NIGHT KISS by Maddie James Time Travel/Paranormal Romance


Friday, August 10, 2018

Looking for an end of summer read? Love, Forever is for you! And it's FREE! by Jan Scarbrough


If you're reading this blog, you know its writers are a collection of former Kensington Precious Gems authors. Writing our little Gems back in the day gave most of us our start. Today some of us enjoy the camaraderie of an email group and this blog. So, it was natural when a few of us banded together to create a writing project.


Love, Forever gives you a sample of the first chapters of books by Joan Reeves, Karen Kelley, Liz Flaherty, Bonnie Edwards, Kathleen Lawless, Jan Scarbrough, Lynn Crandall, Nancy Fraser, Connie Vines, and Maddie James.

Here’s the official description:

Love, Forever is a sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors is guaranteed to whet your happily-ever-after appetite and send you running back to Amazon to download the full novels to your hearts' content! This eclectic mix of sweet to steamy reads has you traveling from the past to the future, with historical, time travel, paranormal, contemporary, western, and futuristic romance beginnings. And we hope you will not stop at the beginning—and that you download and enjoy every one! 

Download your copy of Love, Forever from any of these locations.


My contribution is the first chapter of book 2 of my Bluegrass Reunion Series. I had fun researching Kentucky Blue Bloods. In a past blog on this site, I talked about how I toured Kentucky’s horse country, stopping at Keeneland and a petting the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos before his death in 2016. You can see pictures of the Kentucky Derby champ and me at this blog.

Refreshing an older book for a relaunch consists of a new cover outside, a thorough polishing inside, and several demanding edits. I’ve always liked this story about a Bluegrass heroine and her British aristocrat hero. I’m glad the book has a new look.

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