Monday, August 29, 2016

Harlequin Online Reads

A couple weeks ago my agent contacted me with a question.  Would I be interested in writing a Harlequin Online Read?

Well, being the sure -why not? type, I said, "Yes, of course.  I'd love to write an online read!"

So we chatted for a bit and she hustled off to deliver my yes to the Harlequin editors, and I got off the phone and called my husband to tell him the good news.  And being the practical type, he asked what, exactly, was an online read?

That was the moment when it occurred to me that I really had no idea what I'd agreed to.  I'd never read one of the online reads!  My agent had mentioned that the story could only be ten thousand words.  The only stories I've ever written have had to be pared down to fit the eighty thousand word limit.  Unease quickly replaced my original enthusiasm.   How in the world was wordy-me going to write such a short story?

So I went onto the Harlequin website and clicked the menu bar for Online Reads.  And after skimming a few pages of the first story, I wondered why I'd never given the online reads a try before.  They are fun!  Most have twenty tiny chapters, which remind me a bit of scenes from a play.  We might be in the heroine's point of view for the first scene, and then the hero's in the next.  The plot zooms along quickly, but because my fellow Harlequin authors are so talented, the writing still evokes a lot of emotion and ambiance.

I skipped to the stories I could find by my fellow Superromance authors.  I found stories by Jeannie Watt,  Nicole Helm, and Geri Krotow.  And I was impressed with how, even writing in such a short format, they still sounded like themselves.  In each story, the 'author voice' is still there.  And even using so few words, they still quickly gave me a sense of their characters and made me care about them.

After reading their online reads, my concerns have evolved from how to write such a short story? to how to write such a short story as well as the authors who've already done it?  As always, my fellow Harlequin writers inspire me to write the best story I possibly can.

I know that, with my amazing editor's help, I'll figure out how to write my online read.  And hopefully the story will come out as well as Nicole's and Jeannie's and Geri's and all of the other wonderful stories already available.  My story will be published at the end of December or the beginning of January.  I'll let you know when it goes up on the website, so you can see how it turned out.

And meanwhile, if you haven't already, take a look at the Harlequin Online Reads.  They really are lovely short stories.

Have you read any of the online reads?  Could you recommend one you particularly enjoyed?

And thanks for joining me on the blog today!





Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Getting Away

By Angel Smits

Summer is coming to a close and for me that means canning season, sweaters, getting back to cooking all those amazing soups and warm dishes--oh, and planning a vacation!
Several years ago—quite by accident—my husband and I discovered the value of taking off-season vacations.  We’d been planning to get away all summer long but couldn’t seem to manage it.  Owning a small business tends to do that to you.  In the fall of that year, we ended up driving to the Black Hills to see Mt Rushmore.  It ended up being the best vacation ever. 

Didn't even have to get up early to beat the crowds
A great view, all to myself
Home Sweet Home...for a week
Nary a soul in sight
      The season was over, so everything was winding down, but not shutting down.  Even the drive up there, we saw very few cars.  There were few crowds in the restaurants.  The attractions themselves were still open, but not crowded so we could take our time looking at the exhibits and not feel rushed by people behind us. 

     Hotel rooms were less expensive, and plentiful, and we found a great off-season deal at a quaint little Bed & Breakfast.  We were the only guest there, so we had the run of the place.
     And talk about a relaxing get away.  In our regular lives, both my husband and I run a hundred miles an hour most of the time, so we HAD to slow down.  Everyone else was.  We actually—get this—had time and space to have a full conversation.  And uninterrupted quiet time. 
     Since then, we’ve taken a couple other off-season trips, like going to South Padre Island in February, before the Spring Break rush that happens there every year, and before all the staff at the hotel was worn out from the season. 

It was hard to find someone to take our picture, but we managed

Peaceful!
      We’re still trying to figure out where to take off to this time.  It’s harder now that we own two stores, but hopefully we’ll figure something out soon.  If anyone has any great off-season suggestions, let’s hear them.  I’m taking notes.


     And not just for my vacation...I’m always looking for new locations to plop my characters.  They don’t all live here with me, not really.  Visiting places outside my norm makes for some great research, and helps me make it more real, helps keep ME more real.  At least that’s my goal.
     Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone!    

    

Monday, August 22, 2016

Best Birthday Present!

As we get older, finding the perfect present gets harder and harder. It's not about the biggest box, the most fashionable item or the most expensive gift. For Doc Cambridge and me, and I'm sure for you, to paraphrase Baby Bear from Golidlocks, it's about finding something that's just right.

I'm very lucky because Doc C is brilliant at finding that special something. He always surprises me with his ingenuity and thoughtfulness. This year, was the best ever.

I'd been talking about going to the Writers' Police Academy (http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com) for some time. This is a special research conference for writers, where you get to train and learn about all aspects of law and crime, from real law enforcement professionals. But, I could never justify the expense of flying over to the US, when my books aren't romantic suspense (yet <g>). So it was always 'maybe next year'.

Imagine my surprise when I opened an ordinary box to find some papers inside - a registration to the Writers' Police Academy in Green Bay - leaving in 4 days! Makes me cry now thinking about it!

We had an amazing time in Green Bay. We got in a little early, so were able to fulfill the sports' geek in us and visit Lambeau Field, to see the Packers doing their famous pre-season bike ride with the kids. Plus a fabulous tour of the stadium.


Then, the WPA began and it was a blast - literally! We were based at NWTC (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College) at the International Public Safety Training Academy. On the first morning, they simulated a road traffic accident, complete with police, EMTs, fire crew and air ambulance!


On the second morning, we had a simulated terror attack, with lockdown.

In between, there were courses on everything from K-9s to ballistics to police driving to the mind of a serial killer. Participants got to shoot guns, drive vehicles, practice police simulations and emergency medical techniques. I took part in as much as I could, but I could have done the whole thing again, with completely different options and still not done everything!


I know that's not everyone's cup of tea - but for me, it was the most amazing present (as good as the surprise tickets to see my New Jersey Devils play in the Winter Classic outdoor game at Yankee Stadium!). Doc Cambridge done good!




How about you - what was the best present you've ever received?



Friday, August 19, 2016

Small Towns Are In My Heart

by Kristina Knight

Some of my favorite books - ever - are set in small towns. From childhood favorites like the Little House books to my friend Liz Flaherty's  Back to McGuffey's or One More Summer. As much as I love La Nora's city-based In Death series, its the books that are set in small towns - like Northern Lights or her Bride Quartet - that keep me coming back for more. I could list more small town authors, but I'm sure you know where I'm going with this. I love a small town romance.

Which is why I'm so excited about my next project for the SuperRomance line - I'm writing a 4 book series set in a small Missouri town on a lake...very similar to the town where I grew up. There are dairy farms and orchards around it, the lake type of stuff, and there are five men who grew up together. Each of them left town for a while, but they've all come home, and are finding that even life in a small town can be filled with twists and turns.

One thing I'm doing differently with this series is that I'm keeping a series bible going - there are character lists and business lists and some general plotting information. I'm going to include blurbs of the different books when I get to that stage, too. And there is the map you see above - hey, no snickering at the condition of that map! I'm a writer not a cartographer!

Setting up my town - bad map and all! - has been one of my favorite parts of putting this series together. Figuring out how the town was laid out, where things were located, how those locations might feed into the plots of the different books...it was a lot overwhelming at first, but now that the town has its boundaries, I'm finding it's much simpler to write without overthinking the location of the Slippery Slope (the local bar) or the grocery store or, heck, the actual Slippery Rock Lake!

I'm also having fun setting up my pinterest boards and finding hero (and heroine!) inspiration...I've also found some housing inspiration that is making me consider more real-life home renovations for next spring!

Mostly, though, I'm finding myself falling back in love with small towns and farmers and orchard owners...and all the lovely and cantankerous and (sometimes) obnoxious people who live there...and I can't wait to share the books with you all!

Are you a fan of small town romances or do you prefer big cities and a more jet-set lifestyle? And, in either case, what keeps you invested in the hero and heroine?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My First Firefighter Story...coming soon!



Hello lovely readers! I am delighted to announce the next instalment in my Templeton Cove Stories mini-series is now available for preorder. SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER is book six in the series but all the books can be read stand-alone so feel free to jump in whenever and wherever you like!

I am super excited for the release of Saved By The Firefighter because I know how much we all like a hunky firefighter hero. I wrote this novel while grieving my beloved black Labrador, Max and so found concentrating a struggle at times. Yet, I really believe my grief provided a deeper emotion and depth to the characters and their individual struggles. This story is one of bereavement, belief in there being light at the end of the tunnel and, ultimately, forgiveness and true happiness.

Here's the blurb:

How can she forgive him for what he didn't do? 
Photographer Izzy Cooper feels as frozen as her pictures. Trent Palmer might be the hottest firefighter in Templeton Cove, but she can never face him again. Not after he failed to save her brother. But when they're forced together by a calendar shoot, the sparks between them are undeniable. 
Izzy knows it's not fair to blame Trent for the tragedy, but opening herself up to loss again isn't something she's prepared to do, no matter how determined Trent is to show her that pain is part of life and that love—their love—can make any suffering bearable.

Buy Links:



Hope you enjoy Saved By The Firefighter - book seven is coming in 2017!

Rachel x


Monday, August 15, 2016

Question of the Month: What's Your Favorite Office Supply?

It's mid-August - how did that happen? In the US this means back-to-school
season, a time when chances are good that if you go to a store looking for
a single spiral notebook you won't be able to find one! And that begs the
question, SuperAuthors: What is your favorite office supply?

Joanne Rock: I must have a planner. For years, it seemed like a luxury to buy a planner over, say, new shoes for a kid. But now my kids have been the same shoe size for years (hooray!) and there is a little more budget for fun stuff. I've upgraded from the utilitarian notebooks with printed date pages that I got online and glued in (how's that for cost effective?) to move lovely books just for this purpose. I covet the pretty ones with lots of extra pages for notes and reminders. I bought one this year that has stickers for vacation days and girls lunches out. So much joy in those stickers!! It combines everything I loved about those giant activity books as a kid, plus all the organizational help that a busy woman needs. AND it's pretty.

Dana Nussio: I love little notebooks and journals – 3  ½ x 5” and 5 ½ x 8” – anything small with plenty of lines for writing stuff. Do I actually journal? No, not really. But I keep those little notebooks around for when moments of inspiration. Yes, they end up filled with doodles and unidentified phone numbers, but I love them anyway.

Angel Smits: There’s just something about back to school shopping and office supplies that makes me practically giddy.  Choosing a favorite is hard.  I’m a sucker for all of it, especially if it’s pink!  I have a jillion pens, which isn’t nearly enough.  My newest “toy” is the new disc notebooks.  Lots of accessories and they work like a spiral notebook, but you can take the page out and then put it back.  I’m addicted.

Kristina Knight: Lordy, there are so many - pens (make mine PaperMate Flair Ultra Fine, please) and notebooks (story binders *save* me!) and binder clips (basic black? no way, lets get crazy!)...but lately my absolute favorite are my new highlighters - they are Sharpies and click open (no caps to lose, bonus!), but they have great wedges so I can go thin line or thick and the colors are amazing. Pink, green, blue, red, burgandy...choices, choices!

Amber Leigh Williams: I write most everything out longhand so pens are essential. I am convinced, though, that pens are like potatoes. Over time, they grow those spindly little root appendages and begin to walk off, one by one. Imagine if you will a convoy of BIC pens disappearing into the night, leaving their inkless counterparts behind like soldiers on a battlefield. (They take socks and Tupperware lids when they go...for warmth and shelter.)

Vicki's post-it obsession!
Vicki Essex: I loooooove school supplies. It's a struggle to walk out of a Staples without new
markers, notebooks, erasers, pencils, gel pens, and all the fun things I never got as a kid but as an adult don't really need. That said, I love me some Post-it(R) Notes. I buy them in Costco-sized packs and use them to plot my novels, as well as make editing notes as I'm working. I stick them to my laptop as reminders. I'm hoping they'll come out with a full spectrum color pack one day--I can never have enough different colored, different sized, different shaped Post-it(R) Notes. (YOU HEAR ME, POST-IT(R)? MORE COLORS AND SHAPES, I SAY.)

Claire McEwen: I love office supplies!  Nice pens, bright highlighters, crispy file folders and pretty planners - I love them all.  But my favorite thing as a writer? Post-its. I use them to plot events and character growth on a chart. And when I get an idea about my story at an inconvenient time, I write it on a post-it and stick it to my study wall so I'll remember it later.

Kris Fletcher: Notebooks. I am addicted to them. Plain ones, pretty ones, tiny ones, giant ones ... They all mean a fresh start and a new direction and a world of possibilities.

Nan Dixon: I love office supplies! Purple Pens - I use them for when I'm working on my critique partners' submissions and also when I am revising on paper.
Flags - I also love the colored flags - again when I am revision.
And unfortunately - I go through reams of paper. I buy it by the case.

Janet Lee Nye: I love a bright and pretty accordion file. Not that I ever use them properly. Nor do I ever continue to file things in them because I am terrible at being an adult with paperwork.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Kris Fletcher's Winner!

I'm delighted to announce that the winner of my $10 gift card is Laney4! She not only joined in with the comments on building/breaking habits, she has done some impressive habit work of her own. No soft drinks in three years? DEFINITELY a winner!

Bravo and congrats! Drop me a line (kris@krisfletcher.com) and let me know which online bookstore you prefer!


Friday, August 12, 2016

When the Levee (Always) Breaks

Amber Leigh Williams

Jumping on the Olympic blogging train but only as a segue into today’s topic.

I love the Olympics. Even the short Olympic theme they play at the commercial break on NBC gives me goosebumps. My kids are into it this year, too, which makes it doubly special. Young Skywalker has taken to practicing his platform diving skills off the arm of the couch. He prefers the women’s diving for the same reason his daddy does but tolerates the men’s, mostly for my benefit. (Mommy loves beardy Boudia!) Baby Ewok takes great delight in watching the floor routines in women’s gymnastics and seems to be a Simone Biles fan already.

I’ve noticed a trend. When it comes to the Olympics, I cry at the drop of a hat. National anthems lead to a satisfying jag. The more emotional the athlete, the more emotional I am, no matter their nationality. Kerri Strug sticking her second vault landing so that the US gymnastics team could win their first gold in Atlanta in ’96 despite damage to her ankle from her first vault - Niagara Falls. The Winter Olympics when baby-faced Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated to gold to the tune of Gustav Mahler - holy crumpets. That clip from the Barcelona games in ’92 of Great Britain’s Derek Redmond tearing his hamstring and being helped across the finish line by his father - you’re going to need a mop to clean me off the floor. When Team Refugee walked into the Rio opening ceremony waving the Olympic rings, I boohooed. Just like I boohooed when I saw the selfie taken by the two North and South Korean gymnasts together….

Truthfully, since the children’s choir started to sing the Olympic theme at opening ceremonies in Rio, the waterworks started and they haven’t really stop. The funny thing is, I’m not normally a weepy person. Or, er, I’ve reached the point in life where weeping on an everyday basis is no longer acceptable…I suppose because I’m now in charge of wiping little ones’ tears. My own little ones, no less. It’s difficult to explain to a three-year-old why mommy had to rush from the room after viewing the Disney short The Little Match Girl. Or why I teared up over dinner later that evening when the hub vetoed the idea of adopting ten orphaned Russian girls. (From a literary standpoint, The Little Match Girl is a Danish story, but it was reinvented by the animators at Disney against the dreary, wintry backdrop of Moscow. I haven’t given up entirely on those adoption plans yet....)

Keeping it all tucked behind the quivering upper lip doesn’t always work. A particularly poignant moment between Young Skywalker and me happened when he was just eight months old. I’ve sung “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to him since he was still in utero and almost every night since he was born. When he was less than a year old, I lost my voice to a vicious summer cold. I could hardly drum up a whisper. I’d never not sung to him so it was no surprise when he wouldn’t settle down for a nap. Desperate, I opened the YouTube app on my smartphone and queued up the black-and-white clip from The Wizard of Oz where Judy Garland sings the original “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” His wriggly little body stilled as she breezed through the first familiar bars. Then his face turned up toward mine and he smiled at me so lovingly, I was forced to turn my face away for fear that my tears would eclipse the joy of him hearing the lullaby. When I did get my voice back, it took weeks for me to get through “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” without the urge to weep breaking up some part of the medley.

There’s always that one movie (or two) that makes you do the ugly cry. The hub really isn’t one to boohoo, but neither of us can get through the last ten minutes of Lord of the Ring: Return of the King without making Halle Berry at the Oscars proud. We have different moments that bring on the hurt. Mine’s first: Sam and Frodo are lying on the crumbling mountain in Mordor waiting to die. When Sam starts reminiscing about Rosie Cotton dancing, the levee breaks. I know the exact moment the hub starts to cave—at Aragorn’s coronation when everyone bows to Frodo and the other hobbits. He crumbles like a cookie…or a mountain. In Mordor.
Books are a real killer. There's a reason I've only read The Notebook once. Any of The Bronze Horseman trilogy whips me into a tearful frenzy. I keep going back and rereading them. Apparently, some part of me enjoys emotional torment?? The first book that touched me to the point of crying was, of course, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I will never again read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The knife that killed Dobby killed me, too.

It’s confession time, Super readers! Even if you’re not one to weep like a fountain during the Olympics or otherwise, everyone has their weaknesses! What song, story, or situation repeatedly brings on the waterworks for you—happy or otherwise?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Here's To Habits

I've been reading Gretchen Rubin's latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives. It's interesting because it takes a slightly unusual approach to the whole subject of habits. She discusses topics such as why different people have different approaches to forming habits, strategies to help you keep your habits, and - particularly interesting to me right now - how life events and/or timing can
boost your chances of making a new habit stick.

We're moving into a new house (T minus 10 days, ACK!) and a new school year is approaching. There will be chaos for a while, but I think it would be great to take advantage of this time of change to build some healthier and more satisfying routines. I'm talking about things like:
  • sleep. I never get enough. I need to build a bedtime routine that starts at a sensible hour and doesn't lead to me staying up too late, mindlessly reading the same Facebook posts over and over or - my big downfall - popping onto Pinterest
  • snacking. Yeah. Enough said. 
  • morning routines. Right now, I waste way too much time reading email, checking the news and weather - both okay in themselves - but then surfing over to Facebook, playing a word game, etc etc. 

And there are more. Many more. Trust me on this.


Thanks to the book, I have an idea of what kind of habit keeper I am (I am most likely to complete a task when it's for someone else, not myself) and I have some strategies I can use to help me stick to my goals. For example, I have software on my computer that locks me out of the Internet for as long as I choose. I can set that to activate every night so I don't fall to the lure of Pinterest. (Yes, I could still view it on my phone, but needing to take that extra step will give me time to remember that I need to be on my way to bed.) My new office will be in the basement and the kitchen is upstairs, so as long as I maintain a No Food In The Office rule, I can cut down on the cupboard wandering. (If nothing else, I'll have to climb a set of stairs when I want to eat something.) The morning .... hmm. Still working on that. But you know, it's probably best to start with the other two first anyway, right?

So that's the plan: move in, get the kids back to school, head down New Habit road. But before I begin, I'd love to know what habits you might want to take up (or break). Or if you have a success story, please share! I'll give a $10 (US) gift card to the online bookstore of your choice to one commenter (winner to be announced August 14), so don't be shy!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Lost Art of Letter Writing


I love this butterfly!
Long ago, I read an article about meditation and directed dreaming. It talked about different ways to take a relaxing mental journey, a way to explore your thoughts in a creative way. I am forever interested in articles about creativity, convinced that I might write different, unique stories with the right different and unique creative input. So I’m open to all kinds of things that will inspire my mind to wander—listening to a wide variety of music, wandering through any type of museum, exploring nature, watching movies, or even directed meditation.

I searched for my notes on this topic recently. I had a break between novels and I like to either read about the craft of writing (I love to learn new things!) or read about topics to write about (new possible settings, interviews with people who have interesting careers that could inspire a character, etc.). This summer, I was on a quest to inject new creativity into my work so I thumbed through some of those old notes.

I found so much more than my notes.

My letter pile is twice as big....
Next to those clippings (remember saving clippings? From real paper magazines?) was a file of correspondence with a dear friend who shared my interest in things like directed dreaming and meditation. I began to glance over those letters—long, detailed accounts of our day-to-day lives and challenges, shared hopes and dreams, and the kinds of confidences that you only reveal to the closest of friends. What started out as a quick thumb through a file turned into me sitting on my office floors, beautiful, handwritten letters strewn all over me as I remembered the nuances of a friendship and the kind of life I was living twenty years ago.

What a treasure! Organized soul that I am, I had even photocopied a few of my letters to my friend before I sent them (who does that? Was I really once that person?) so that I could read my own thoughts in my own voice, as well as see her thoughts written in hers.

All thoughts of directed dreaming shoved aside, I gained a new perspective on creativity that day. First, I remembered the joy of sharing ideas with non-writers. As much as I love the romance community, I have fallen so deep into our world that I may have isolated myself too much from people I love who aren’t as connected to it. This dear friend and I don’t see each other nearly enough and letter writing has fallen by the way side. I need to correct this so I can share my find with her.

Second, I gained a renewed joy in life writing, something that I don’t spend enough time savoring. For centuries, the main written legacy of women was a kind of life writing—letters, diary entries, personal responses to their experience of the world. I like looking for the little details of a life in those voices. You can learn so much about a person by the way they present themselves in writing. What they choose to share and what they hold back. As we change the way we communicate today, revealing our lives in social media more than written letters, we are finding new outlets for our voices. New ways of sharing our experiences.


Book #4 in my Heartache, TN series
I came away newly excited to write to my friend again, and determined to pay more attention to the way we all connect online.  My correspondence showed me how hungry I was to connect—for someone to listen to my experiences and understand me. We write to communicate, to inform, to educate, but also to be understood. To have our experiences recognized and validated. To know that we aren’t alone. Over the years, I feel fortunate to have discovered my voice. To have an outlet and to be heard. But writers aren’t the only ones whose stories need to be told…. That thirst is in all of us.

I’m going to pay more attention to the other stories around me. To listen and be present.

                                        ***

I can’t be the only one who saves letters or clippings. Do you have old love letters squirreled away somewhere? Cards from your mom? Letter from friends while you travelled far from home? Share with me today and I’ll give one random poster a copy of my upcoming Harlequin Superromance, Whispers Under a Southern Sky.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Giveaway for the Release of THROUGH A MAGNOLIA FILTER

Hello Super Friends!
This has been a crazy week for me. I spent last week taking care of my newest granddaughter while my daughter went back to work. Didn’t get back to Minnesota until ten o’clock Sunday night. It was so hard to leave the little princess.

Then such fun! THROUGH A MAGNOLIA FILTER released on Monday. It’s Book 3 in the Fitzgerald House series. 
I didn’t get much of chance to enjoy the release, because I’ve been furiously working on line edits for my January release THE OTHER TWIN, Book 4 in the series. They are due today and I’m feeling almost in control. (I like deluding myself.)

Since I’m almost in control of these line edits – I figure I’d better get back to celebrating the release of THROUGH A MAGNOLIA FILTER.

Dolley Fitzgerald wants to shake the Spanish moss of Savannah off her feet and travel the world. Liam Delaney has been there and done that and wants to settle down in Savannah--with Dolley.
Home is where his heart is...but what about hers?

To celebrate the release – I’m giving away a $50 Amazon Gift card to one lucky participant.

To enter – click below. If you want to answer the blog question – here it is-----
Where would you live if you could choose any place in the world?




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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Another Hat and a Free Read (Tara Taylor Quinn)

It seems like all I do her is talk about books and releases. But I'm only here once a month and with nine releases this year, that's nine months with you all with books to tell you about!

This month it's not a Superromance. But it's ttq all the way. I have a new series and the first book just released this week under the Harlequin Heartwarming imprint. If you've never tried Heartwarming, let me slide you in for a try. I write what I write. Heartwarming is like a Super without any graphic sex. And this new series...it's revolved around a reality cooking show, 'Family Secrets', where contestants compete secret family recipes. And every book in the series deals with a family secret that gets in the way of true happiness. You can get the first book here:

Next up and also new this week - a ttq Harlequin Free Read that is a featured book on Wattpad. Again, if you've never visited Wattpad, here's a good time to check is out. It's completely free. Give them your email address, choose a password, and there are tons of free stories to read. This week The Good Girl is among them. This is a prequel to my bestselling Superromance Comfort Cove series. Harlequin has the story available for sale, but for a limited time, they gave it to Wattpad to post for free. You can read it here:


And for a little extra, ttq news:
I became a grandma on July, 22nd!
Welcome to the World
Morgan Marie!!!
Mima loves you more than life!

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016 New Releases

Through A Magnolia Filter (Fitzgerald House)
Nan Dixon

Home is where his heart is…but what about hers?
Family was always a foreign concept to Liam Delaney. Until research into one of his documentary films brings him to Savannah and Dolley Fitzgerald’s B and B. Dolley’s passion for life and photography is infectious. When she becomes his apprentice, they’re the perfect team in every way. He’s finally found the home he’s always wanted, and it’s all because of her.
The only problem is that his dream is of a home and family, while Dolley craves adventure. They may be at odds, but Liam knows they can make both of their dreams come true together. He just needs to convince her… 



Love On Her Terms
Jennifer Lohmann

If only attraction always led to happily ever after… 
Mina Clements wants to grab life with both hands. With a fixer-upper and a fresh start in Montana, the graphic novelist is ready to do just that. Plus, having handsome handyman Levi Pardo next door could be a bonus… 
But even though sparks sizzle when Levi helps with her renovations, the widower's in no hurry to fall in love again. Still, he's much more than the neighbor who looks good swinging a hammer. He's a man she wants to trust with her biggest secret—one that can either bring them closer or wreck the new beginning they both need.




To Court A Cowgirl (The Brodys Of Lightning Creek)
Jeannie Watt

Nothing can make her stay—not even Jason 
Allie Brody decided long ago to leave the Lightning Creek Ranch in the past. She's lost too much there to want to call it home again. And coming back to help while her sister's away won't change her mind, either. Even if Jason Hudson makes her temporary visit more…palatable. As long as she sticks to short-term with the former pro-football player, what's the harm in their attraction? 
It turns out everything is wrong with it. Helping each other only fogs Allie's plans for a no-strings fling. Sure, Jason signed up to help Allie rebuild her broken ranch—but he's determined to repair her heart, too. That's not on her agenda.



The Marine's Embrace (In Shady Grove)
Beth Andrews

If only he had something to give her…besides love 
He's only looking for a room and a fresh start, but Zach finds more than he'd bargained for when he checks into Fay Lindemuth's bed-and-breakfast. The single mom intrigues him with her quiet strength and gentle beauty. 
He knows he should keep his distance from Fay and her young sons. Not only is she still hung up on her ex-husband, but as an ex-marine, Zach Castro has no idea what he can offer them. No matter how much he begins to feel for her…







 August 2016 Box Set

Harlequin® Superromance brings you a collection of four new novels, available now! Experience powerful relationships that deliver a strong emotional punch and a guaranteed happily ever after.

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#2044 THE MARINE'S EMBRACE
In Shady Grove
by Beth Andrews

#2045 TO COURT A COWGIRL
The Brodys of Lightning Creek
by Jeannie Watt

#2046 LOVE ON HER TERMS
by Jennifer Lohmann

#2047THROUGH A MAGNOLIA FILTER
Fitzgerald House
by Nan Dixon

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