Tuesday, January 31, 2017

All My Friends Are So Small Town

by Kristina Knight

I've had a love affair with John Mellencamp for a lot of years, and it's all because of one song: Small Town. I'm sure it's already ringing in your ears, but just in case, I'm including the video here because...well, it's John and it's my song.

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I grew up in a small town - less than 3,000 people, fewer than 50 people in my graduating class - near a man-made lake in Missouri. And there were times growing up that I thought I must live in the most boring town in the world. At the same time, there was no other place that I wanted to be. I think that is why I write about small towns so often. I've written small town romances before (small town Texas, small town Missouri, small town Ohio). I've wanted to build more than a single book set in a small town, and this year that dream is coming true.

This year, I have a new series out with Superromance -- four books, set in a small, lake town, with five high school football heroes in the center. That's the first cover up there - and I absolutely love the title of the book!

In my real-life small town, connection was a scary thing - we didn't get away with anything because everybody knew everybody else. That connection, as stifling as it feels when we are kids, is something we look for as adults. That's the way it is in my small town, anyway. In my fictional Slippery Rock, connection is just as scary...but where everything seemed to be an open book in my real town, there are secrets in my fictional town.

Four of my five heroes are in town when the series starts, and they've all come back because their small town is at the heart of who they are. I like me who know who they are and what they want...and them knowing those things made it super-duper fun to challenge them to grow just a little big more. And the women - oh the girls in these stories! They are feisty and silly and while they aren't all besties when the series starts, they begin building the kind of bond their men have...because while some of the strongest bonds we develop are made in our teens, those first adult relationships can be life-changing, too.

So, here's hoping you love the small town of Slippery Rock (book one is coming out in May) and my five heros: Adam, Aiden, Levi, Collin, and James...


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Back to The Simpler Things

Back to the Simpler Things
by Angel Smits

         This week I’m on vacation from my day job, mainly because my next book is due next week, and as seems to be usual anymore, I’m rushing to meet my deadline.  I’m close.  Really close.  Thank goodness!
         Every time I write a book I think, I’ll figured out a “system.”  I am a rather scattered writer.  Scenes appear to me, and not in order.  Not at all.  I end up with this collection of pieces, and then spend ages putting the puzzle together.  That’s where I’m at now.  The book is done, it’s just scattered all over the table.  I’ve got the easy, straight edge of the outside put together, and part of the middle.  But there’s still this stack of unattached pieces staring back at me.  I’ll get it.  I always do.
         Years ago, I found that writing to music helped the pieces flow together.  I’ve had lengthy discussions with other writers who also use music, and I’m weird in this sense, too.  There has to be words in the music I listen to.  If it’s classical or instrumental, my brain wastes energy trying to put words to the music.  It’s quite frustrating because while I’d love to be talented enough to write lyrics...I’m definitely not.  I’ve accepted that. 
          So, my first few books were written almost exclusively to the music of Keith Urban.  I don’t know how I even discovered that his music made the words flow, but it does.  I put his music on a loop and play it over...and over...and over.  Thank God someone invented headphones, because I’d probably be divorced otherwise.  My husband enjoys the music--he’s actually taken me to several Keith Urban concerts--but he’s not trying to write a book. 
           But a couple of books ago, I found that Keith’s music wasn’t doing the trick anymore.  (Sorry, Keith!)  Oh, I can still put it on and words will flow, but it was new ideas, new stories that will have a place later.
But I’m contracted for more books in my CHAIR AT THE HAWKINS TABLE series.  I needed something more in tune with the series, and the characters I’d already developed.  For COWBOY DADDY, I heard a song by Christian Kane and bam, had a dozen scenes appear in my head.  I got his album and put it on the loop.  My hero in that book was rougher, edgier and the new music helped me create the feel I wanted for that book.
So, then came THE BALLERINA’S STAND.  Hardest book I’ve ever written, and I honestly think it was because I never found music to fit my ballerina or my hero.  Keith and Christian were helpful, but not quite what I needed.  Oddly enough, their music was too edgy.  I love the newer sounds...but apparently, Julia, did not.
When it came time to work on the youngest sister in the family, Tara’s book, I knew I was doomed if I didn’t find the right sound.  I was determined.  And it took a while.
Tara is younger than my other heroines and while I’m not old (really, I’m not!)  I’m a long way from being in my twenties.  Let’s face it, my kids are there--barely.
I needed to “feel” that age again.  I tried to get into current music, thinking that would help.  Nope.  All it did was confuse me because I didn’t have the connection.  What to do? 
Then a used music store opened near our house.  Yes...with vinyl and everything.  (Yeah, I’m gonna date myself here.  It is what it is.)  My husband and I have over 200 vinyl albums, and he hooked up the turntable that had been sitting there collecting dust.  We bought some new/old albums and started to listen to the oldies we’d fallen in love to. 

Part of our collection

I knew how my characters feel!  I started to get scenes.  Pawing through the piles, sorting, and playing (complete with flipping the album over at halfway through) I found my story. 
The emotions I felt as a teen and young adult when I was finding and learning about love, came back.  I could remember what that first, real love felt like. 
That’s what I wanted in this story, and there is was for the taking. 
This week I’ve been sitting in the living room (not on the floor cross-legged like I did back in the day--I’d never get up!) listening to The Bay City Rollers, The Osmonds, Rick Springfield, ABBA, Captain and Tennille, Dan Fogelberg--and remembering being young.  My apologies, but I’m singing along, too. 
My daughter just walks through and rolls her eyes.  My husband laughs, and sometimes joins in.  My son hasn’t come home much lately...  And the dog?  She keeps wanting to check out all those pops and clicks.  
But the words are on the page, and the puzzle pieces are fitting together nicely.  The music takes me back to a happier, simpler time, and that’s what my characters want. And maybe I need that a little right now, too.  

Back to the Simpler Times
Is there music, a song, an album, a singer that can just grab you and take you back to a special moment?  Make you feel that alive, on the edge of the world feeling that sometimes is wasted when it's actually here? 

Is it any surprise that my critique group bought me Keith Urban on vinyl for Christmas?  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Binge-watching for Romantics

I have one child, a little boy, and he doesn't sleep well. He has incredibly sensitive hearing and wakes at the slightest sounds. We have been saved, recently, by a white noise app that we installed on an old iPhone, where we can scroll from ocean sounds to airplane noise to... the sound of a vacuum? Yes, apparently some people like to listen to that!

But despite the white noise, my son still wakes in the night and often asks if I'll come sit in his room while he falls asleep again.  After many years of this, I now know what supplies I'll need.  I bring my computer and my headphones and a blanket, and I plop myself down in his bean bag chair and get very cozy.  I'm always tired and wishing I was still asleep in my bed, but I make my situation better by indulging in one of my guilty pleasures — binge-watching shows.

My son's extreme sensitivities didn't come from nowhere. I can't stand violence, horror, or anything too angry or ugly.  So I stick with whatever fun, delightful, romantic shows I can find on Netflix or Amazon prime.  And over the years, I've watched many.  Here are some that I've loved.

Jane the Virgin: A spoof of a telenovela, about a family that loves telenovelas. Funny, ridiculous, sweet and yes... romantic. I love the chemistry between Jane and Michael, and the relationship Jane has with her family.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries:  They do show murders, but it's usually right in the beginning of the episode so I can close my eyes and ears.  Miss Fisher is an unconventional detective in 1920's Australia. Just the costumes alone are worth watching for! She's a great character and I developed a massive crush on the police inspector she teams up with.  Because... well, here's a photo so you can see for yourself!

The Paradise:  A historical drama about the staff and owner of an early department store in London. That sounds kind of boring, but the characters are wonderful and I ended up cheering them all on.

Mozart in the Jungle:  First of all, Gael Garcia Bernal.  That's really all I need to say.  Such an amazing actor.  He was in The Motorcycle Diaries, which, if you haven't seen it, is a wonderful, must-see movie. Mozart in the Jungle is another show that sounds a bit strange at first.  It's about a wild and eccentric conductor who takes a job with the New York Symphony. But the characters are wonderful, the story line whimsical and the music is gorgeous. As is Gael Garcia Bernal...

When Calls the Heart:  A wealthy young woman takes a job as a school teacher in a remote Canadian mining town. She falls for a gorgeous, stubborn mountie... need I say more?

The Crown:  Okay, so this is not as romantic as these other shows... in fact, it's unromantic really, because it shows the early marriage of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip and apparently they got off to quite a rocky start! But it's fascinating to learn about the queen of England's early life, and what it must have been like for her to become queen at such a young age.

Hart of Dixie:  You've probably seen this one... I was late to discover it. But if you haven't, give it a try!  Southern romance, silly humor and eccentric small-town characters galore.  And very handsome heroes too!

Cedar Cove:  It's based on a series by Debbie Macomber and watching it is so relaxing. It all unfolds in the most gorgeous small-town setting. When the story feels slow (and it does sometimes) just hang out and take in the scenery!

Grace and Frankie:  It's not romantic, really, but the friendship that grows between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's characters is just lovely. And it made me laugh out loud many times! So actually, it's not great to watch when you're trying to help your child get to sleep.

And of course, if you haven't watched Parenthood, or Friday Night Lights, they are epic, and so wonderful that they're sort of in a class of their own.

Are you a fan of any of these shows? Or are there others you like to watch? I'd love to hear your recommendations.  Because I have no doubt that the future will bring me many more late nights, nestled in the bean bag!


Oh, and completely unrelated to this blog post... I wrote a story for Harlequin's Free Online Reads and it's available here. I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Year, New Hope, New Book!

Greetings from a frosty, but sunny Cambridge!

I know it's late in the month, but I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope that 2017 has got off to a great start for all of you.

I think everyone had a tough year at some point in 2016 and most of us were glad to see the back of it. For us, the last half of the year was difficult, as my beloved and wonderful 94 year old father-in-law, who had been active and pretty independent for 93 years of his life -- he even used to do his own cooking and cleaning! -- began to decline. Sadly, he passed away in November -- coincidentally on the same date as my late mother-in-law, to whom he was married for 62 years -- on her birthday! In the end, as hard as it was to say goodbye, it was a blessing that he was released from his struggles and we made sure to celebrate a fabulous life well-lived.

So, 2017 means a fresh start.

And there is plenty to look forward to. Time spent with our family, and especially our two gorgeous grandsons (the older aged 3 and the younger almost 4 months) always fill us with joy and optimism. It's hard not to look at everything through brighter eyes when you're with them! Just as we love seeing our nephews and nieces (aged from 18-30) take their places in the world and forge amazing futures, following their hopes and dreams.

Travel always helps refresh the soul. We have some great trips planned, revisiting places we love (like Amsterdam and Kelowna) and exploring some new places, like NovaScotia! Hopefully seeing dear friends in Green Bay and Florida and welcoming others from Australia, North Carolina and New Jersey.

We also intend to give our home a new look. Whilst I'm not looking forward to the upheaval, I know the end-product will be lovely.

As always, it's the best feeling in the world when one of my books comes out. I still pinch myself that I am lucky enough to do what I always dreamed of and write romances (especially about hockey!). It's even better when I realise that my February release is my fifth book!

A Perfect Strategy, the latest in my New Jersey Ice Cats' series, also looks at fresh starts. It features a recently retired, recently divorced player -- former Ice Cats' captain, Scott 'Scotty' Matthews, who has just lost his job as a media commentator. So much for the settled, new life he'd thought he'd have after hockey!

Pairing him with successful business consultant, Sapphire Houlihan, who appeared in A Perfect Compromise, probably wasn't the fairest move, especially when she won't commit to anything or anyone. But the attraction buzzing between the two was hard to ignore!

Is there really life after hockey? 
If there's one thing Scotty Matthews knows, it's hockey. Unfortunately, the former New Jersey Ice Cats captain isn't proving successful at life after hockey. His wife's left him and he's lost his post-ice job as a media commentator. All he's got now is a big empty show house. 
If there's one thing Sapphire Houlihan knows, it's that she never wants to be tied down to anyone or anything ever again. Unfortunately for her, a wonderful one-weekend distraction with Scotty turns into something much more complicated… Because he's a guy who wants way more than one weekend.

What about you? Which fresh starts are you looking forward to this year? What helps you to hasten out the old year and embrace the new year?
Leave a comment and one randomly picked visitor will win a copy of A Perfect Strategy.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January Editor Post

Hello, everyone!

Thanks for having me on the blog today. For those who don’t know me, I’m an assistant editor on the Heartwarming/Superromance team.

Mid-January, am I right? The holidays are a hazy memory, the initial burst of enthusiasm for New Years’ resolutions is fading, and if we happen to live in wintery locales, spring seems like a bizarre fantasy someone made up to mess with us.

Remember when outdoor pools weren't just sad pits of despair? 

I’m sure I’m not alone in finding this time of year to be a bit of a slog. It can even affect my creativity and make it tough to meet the writing goals I try to fit in around my work at Harlequin. Which is why I thought I’d share some of the strategies I’ve been using to make the most of these dark and chilly days.

Fresh air

Though sunlight is scarce and it can take a million years to bundle up for it, I always feel better and my creativity perks up after I’ve braved the outdoors—whether it’s a ski day with friends or an evening stroll to the 24/7 grocery store to buy some sour keys (don’t judge!).

Taking a snowshoe break

Summer scheming

One thing I do love about January is the sense of possibility. Armed with my full allocation of vacation days, I like researching hypothetical holidays and daydreaming about hikes or bike rides or road trips I can look forward to in the months ahead.

 One of last summer's adventures...

Writing dates

As previously noted, the temptation to stay indoors can be strong this time of year. I’ve been scheduling writing time with friends on the weekends, which has the double benefit of making us accountable to each other and breaking up the routine. Also: lattes. 

Celebrating the small stuff

The other day at my book club, someone suggested we each share something small, but exciting that had happened to us in 2017 so far. My contribution? I got a new can opener after months of using the little claw thing on a Swiss Army knife. Someone else had debuted a fabulous toque. A couple of others had recently picked up indoor rock-climbing. It was great to pause and acknowledge a moment (or kitchen implement) that gave us joy recently—especially since it can be so easy to overlook the little things.

Lean into it

If we have to accept the “bleak midwinter,” we might as well embrace it, right? The Danish have a concept called hygge that roughly translates to “coziness,” and it’s gaining popularity worldwide. Think fireplaces, fluffy blankets, steaming mugs of cocoa… Maybe January can stick around a bit longer after all. (Just kidding!)

How do you stay motivated this time of year? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Journaling in the New Year

by Joanne Rock

I gave away a pretty journal on my author Facebook page last week and asked readers if they had ever journaled before. The comments were interesting and got me thinking about my own experiences with journal writing.

I can’t imagine what prompted me to start writing in my first diary when I was in third grade, but I do remember my very messily written entry about a sleepover at a friend’s house. I drew a diagram of where my bed was in relation to the rest of the room, starting a trend that I continued well into high school for providing visual aids. Spatial relationships must have been important to me that I felt compelled to draw them. Fast forward five years and there is a diagram of who sat at what desk in an eighth grade class so readers could better appreciate the juicy rumors overheard and the significance of a cute boy’s “look” my way.

Some years I wrote less entries and some years there were more. When I was at my most committed to journaling, there were lots of details about everyday things. Mostly though, those old diary entries were full of excess passion and excitability. There are exclamation points galore. I think that vehemence of emotion reveals an important function of diary writing—an emotional outlet.

On my Facebook page last week, many of the comments referenced this for a reason to journal. To help stay focused on a goal, or to let off steam, or to better understand messy emotions. Then again, a diary can be just that—a safe spot to vent and keep those messy emotions so they don’t trip us up in our relationships with friends and family. That caught my attention as I hadn’t ever employed a diary for that specific purpose.

But how cool would it be if I skipped an argument with my husband in real life because I’d sufficiently vented on paper? Or if I was able to limit the time spent in tears after a hurtful life event because I had found some consolation from writing out my sadness? It’s almost laughable that—as a writer—I would neglect to employ this powerful tool in my own life. Or, at least, I neglected to use
the tool for such a valuable reason.

So I am still giving away that pretty journal to a winner. But I’m going back to the store next week to buy a nice, shiny new one for me. It’s been too long since I had a good chat with a diary, and no matter the cool, calm and collected writerly exterior I show to the world, I’m still that girl who is full of exclamation points inside. I’m anxious to chat with her again J.

What about you? Have you ever tried keeping a journal or diary? If you had a pretty book like one of the above, what would you write in those blank pages? Chat with me this week on the blog and I'll give one random commenter the prize pictured, including book #4 in my Heartache, TN series, Whispers Under a Southern Sky.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Back To The Way We Were

Kris Fletcher

We were lucky enough to have two of our three sons home for Christmas this year, our first in our new house. Some things were very different as we faced questions that had never been an issue before, like - where do you hang stockings when you don't have a fireplace? (Our answer: in the windows.) Where do you put the tree in a house just big enough for the furniture you have? Heck, where do you put the extra kids in a house just big enough for four people and two cats?

Some things, of course, remained the same: Christmas brunch had the usual menu, there was a family trivia game while opening gifts, and yes, I managed to lose two presents before they made it under the tree. (Still haven't found them.)

But my favorite moment of things staying the same happened when my boys took their sisters sledding down the hill that goes right beside the house. I happened to look out the window in time to see my sons wrestling in a snow pile, rolling over each other as they tried to stuff snow down each others backs, or something similarly mature. I stood and watched, and suddenly, they saw me. And I swear, at the same moment, these two adult males - one of whom is married - both saw me standing there and immediately froze, their faces caught in that unmistakable expression that says, Oh, crap! MOM!

It was probably my favorite moment of the entire holidays.

That's the thing about families, isn't it? No matter how old we are or who we are in our everyday lives, when we get back together with our siblings and parents, we fall back into those old patterns. Those ingrained behaviors and habits are hard to change.

It's one of the reasons I love writing about families. Take a bunch of independent, successful adults, toss them in some kind of problem that makes them interact with their parents and siblings, add in the world's worst-timed romance, and voila. Instant trouble.

Of course, it's not just families that bring out our old  behaviors and habits, as any New Year resolution-maker can attest. In my upcoming Superromance, Picket Fence Surprise (yes, it's the one that required the last minute title change), that's one of the big issues between my couple. They both made some serious mistakes in their pasts, ones that reached beyond themselves and caused a lot of hurt to those they love. They're both in much better places now. Because they're both reinventing themselves, they can understand the other in ways no one else could - but they are also well aware of how easy it would be to slip back into those old patterns ...

 Lucky for all of us, it is possible to make those changes. Though honestly, I hope my kids will always act like kids when they're together.

And I hope I can always put the fear of God into them with one well-timed look.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Research: Putting Reality in Fiction - Dana Nussio

Some writers love researching for a new book almost as much as they enjoy writing the story. Others consider research about as fun as a deep cleaning at the dentist's office. I fit more closely to the first group than the second. Though my searches might not rise to the level of a historical  romance writer looking into Regency-period dresses, I have spent many hours online, in libraries and in face-to-face interviews, researching everything from child-custody law and religious cults to hospice care and cake decorating.

But my favorite research project of all has been for my stories about heroic police characters, particularly those in True Blue series. Getting tasered (by choice) was only part of the fun. More about that later...

Maybe it comes from my background as a former newspaper reporter, but it's really important to me to get the facts right. To put as much reality as I can into realistic fiction. I also love talking to people about their lives, getting to see their world up close and sometimes even going along for the ride. In the case of my research to build strong police characters, that meant going on ride alongs in patrol cars. Over the years, I have taken passenger-seat rides with five police officers who worked in three different Michigan police agencies. (And only once was I forced to have the officer stop for Dramamine after a particularly fast and swervy ride.) It was great spending hours with these real-life heroes and learning about the work they do and the risks they take every day to protect the public.

I hope I have conveyed some of their valor in my police characters, including Michigan State Trooper Shane Warner, the hero in my March Superromance release, FALLING FOR THE COP. In the story, Shane is recovering from a gunshot wound he receives while helping a domestic violence victim. I can easily picture any of the officers I met during my research making sacrifices just like Shane does in the story.

Yes, ride alongs have provided great  information to help with my books, but did I mention that I love research? I wanted to do more. When I learned about the Lakes Area (Michigan) Citizens' Police Academy, a free 10-week course offered to area residents, I thought I'd died and gone to geek heaven. There was so much to learn whether I ever used it in a book or not. We had speakers on the canine unit, the bomb squad and crime scene investigation. We visited the county medical examiner's office and learned that you can't really solve the questions of a suspicious or sudden death during a one-hour TV episode.

I loved it all, but I have to admit that my favorite part of the academy was having the opportunity to experience a few things for myself. I sat in the backseat of a patrol car (I swear it was the only time). I stood inside a holding cell next to a criminal court room. I even climbed into the driver's seat of a fire engine. At the police shooting range, I had instruction and the chance to fire both a Glock and a Sig Sauer. We even had the opportunity to use the police simulator, learning just how difficult it is to make split-second decisions about the use of deadly force.

And, yes, I had my date with the Taser. They took volunteers, and after a couple of tough guys and a young woman hoping to enter the police academy took their turns, the officer asked if anyone else wanted to try it. My hand shot up. As nervous as I was, I knew I would be sorrier if  I didn't take the chance while I had it. The officers told me it wasn't even a "full ride," just a touch of the Taser to my arm. But my legs dropped out from beneath me just the same, and, oh man, it hurt. As I sat down afterward and tried to write with a hand that didn't seem to be receiving messages from my brain, I came to one conclusion: I would do almost anything for my readers.

So it's back to research again. This time on teen suicide, divorce during incarceration and identity theft. I know, I write about some heavy stuff. No, I don't plan to experience any of these things for myself this time. I did say I would do almost anything, right? I'll continue to searching for these answers, anyway, and I really want to get the details right. I write fictional heroes, but the people they represent are the real thing.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

THE OTHER TWIN and Dyslexia

I've been having a blast celebrating the release of THE OTHER TWIN. What a lovely way to bring in the new year.

If you are looking to buy the book, the easiest way is to click on the Buy link of your favorite retailer on my website. Click HERE.

Nathan Forester has dyslexia. He's always believed he was flawed because of his disability. Researching this learning disability was fascinating. I have to say I am amazed at what some poeple have to overcome to learn how to read.

But when I sat on a plane next to a young man who told me about his experiences living with his disability, our conversation made it real. This bright young man had always thought he was slow, stupid, until he was finally diagnosed with dyslexia. He did have trouble remembering life-time friends and reading street signs or following directions. Words and numbers would get scrambled--but not all the time. He thinks in 3-dimensions and I can't fathom what that would be like. But he'd mastered his disability and was programming for a major auto manufacturing. I hope I captured the frustration and the triumph in Nathan.

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. Lewis Carroll

I have a Giveaway going this week inspired by the surprise Nathan gets when a four-year-old daughter is dropped on him.

What's the best surprise you've ever had in your life? (You may have to click again after you click on the leave a Blog Post arrow.)  Good luck!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

A New Year and Many New Books (Tara Taylor Quinn)

Happy New Year, Everyone! I'm starting off the year with a brand new release!


The Cowboy's Twins is my last novel with Harlequin Heartwarming and I'm so happy to be able to share this story with you here. I love the cover. I love the twins. They entertained me from page one! And inside...you meet a woman that is a lot like me in some ways. She needs her career as much as she needs breath. And she needs love, too, to thrive and remain creative. Who she is makes it hard for her to give to a relationship what it needs. She can't change that. She's got some incredibly difficult and painful decisions to make. And in walks a cowboy with some significant secrets. Thank goodness for the twins. As children so often due, they innocently put life into perspective. I am indebted to them.

I'm also excited to start this new year with a long-standing contract with Superromance!! I'll be bringing you four new Super titles this year with another four next year!!! Three of the books are written - the rest are waiting for me to get my fingers back to the keyboard.

I face the new year with a full and grateful heart. With the knowledge that all of you are out there. If there is anything I can do to make your reading experience more enjoyable, more complete, fuller, please let me know! If there's anything you'd like to see, I'll be here checking in and am sincerely open to your desires!

In the meantime, for a chance to win an eCopy of the first two books in the Family Secrets series (my final Heartwarming series and the prequels to The Cowboy's Twins) leave a comment below! (A bit of housekeeping - I am currently on an 8 stop cross country road trip so the winner will be chosen early next week!)

I wish you all a year filled with hope!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2017 New Releases!

Molly's Mr. Wrong (The Brodys of Lightning Creek)
Jeannie Watt

They're both learning from scratch 

Molly Adamson has moved back to the place that made her happiest: Eagle Valley, Montana. Teaching college English classes is also a fresh start…even if he's one of her students. Finn Culver. Athlete, heartthrob, homecoming date. 

After that disastrous night all those years ago, Molly never wanted to see Finn, now a handsome military veteran, again. But as she gets to know him through his writing, helping him conquer an undiagnosed learning disability, Molly sees much more than the swaggering charmer. Both teacher and student will learn a lot about love, and each other, if they can let the past go…  

The Other Twin (Fitzgerald House)
Nan Dixon

 Who can resist a neighbor in need? 

Nathan Forester doesn't know the first thing about kids. So when the daughter he never knew existed arrives on his doorstep, he needs help, fast! His unlikely ally is next-door neighbor and single mother Cheryl Henshaw. Nathan and Cheryl don't exactly see eye to eye, but neither can say no to a helping hand.

Renovating Fitzgerald House is Nathan's chance to finally prove he's no longer the unreliable twin—and it seems possible with Cheryl by his side. Suddenly their practical arrangement has become something much more. Trust isn't easy, but they're stronger when they work together. 

A Soldier's Pledge
Nadia Nichols

She's never lost a client, but this could be a first! 

Cameron Johnson thought she'd found the perfect life as a guide and bush pilot in Canada's Northwest Territories until one of her clients disappeared in the wilderness. Jack Parker had been searching for the dog that saved his life when he was deployed in Afghanistan—a dog his sister had helped bring stateside only to lose him along the Wolf River.

Jack's traveling on a prosthetic leg, and after just one day, Cameron's sure he'll be ready to quit and climb into her canoe. Once she finds him. Well, she's about to get a thorough lesson in stubbornness from a veteran who won't give up…  

Wooing The Wedding Planner
Amber Leigh Williams

No more wedding marches for her! 

Wedding planner Roxie Honeycutt can make happy-ever-after come true for anyone except herself. Freshly divorced and done with love, she's okay with watching clients walk down the aisle. What's not okay? Sharing a charming Victorian house with accountant Byron Strong. He's frustratingly sexy and determined to keep her confused.

Roxie thought Byron's expertise was numbers, yet somehow he sees her for who she really is. Somehow he understands the hurt she hides behind a trademark smile. Suddenly romance is tempting again, even if it means risking another heartbreak. 

January 2017 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.

This Superromance box set includes:

The Brodys of Lightning Creek
by Jeannie Watt

Fitzgerald House
by Nan Dixon 

by Nadia Nichols 

by Amber Leigh Williams 

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