Sunday Reads

I have to admit that I finished zero books this week. I’m making steady progress on Victoria Helen Stone’s Half Past. Tension is rising beautifully. There’s a sexy, sexy, sexy silver fox Gabriel.  I also took the audible plunge so I could listen to books while crocheting, combining my two favorite de-stressing activities into one. Grabbed Stone’s Evelyn After on audible for $1.99. Great deal!

 

Mostly, I’ve been plotting the first book in what I hope becomes a romantic suspense series. Which means I’m reading things like this. The series will focus on an agency that provides protection for women who have violent exes or stalkers.

And since I am plotting that means Gwen Hayes’ Romancing the Beat is at my side.  I’m pretty much a pantser, but editors still want a darned synopsis. So I use this book and its “beats” to build my synopsis and give me a general idea of where the story is headed.

What’s good that you’re reading this weekend?

 

What’s Up Wednesday

The biggest what’s up is that it less than a week until the release of Falling For You, an anthology of autumn romances set in small towns. Ten novellas from ten Harlequin Superromance writers for 0.99 if you pre-order!

My novella in the anthology is “Finding Harmony” a story of second chances. Harmony Jenkins has returned to her Western North Carolina hometown of Jericho Falls after swearing she’d never return. Drew Hampton took the job of Fire Chief in the small town in a desperate attempt to save his career as a firefighter after suffering from PTSD after an incident on his last job.

Neither of them are where they want to be but are beginning to learn they are exactly where they need to be.

When assigned to run a game for the town’s Fall Festival they are thrown into close proximity. A situation in which Harmony finds herself struggling against her attraction to Drew and her realization that this small town isn’t as horrible as she thought it was.

When Drew learns that Harmony has never been bowling before, he takes her to a nearby town to give it a try.

Her heart began to beat a little faster as she joined him. He put his hands on her shoulders and turned her. “What are…?”

He was standing right behind her. Right there. She could feel the warmth of him. “Grip it tightly,” he said.

He was too close. She could feel his breath on her neck when he spoke. Grip it tight. The perpetually twelve year old in her brain wanted to start giggling. Oh, yeah. Grip that ball. She bit the insides of her cheeks to keep the giggles away.

“Focus,” he said. His hand covered hers where her fingers had a death grip on the ball.

Yeah. No. Focus on bowling has been cancelled. We’re moving on to focusing on how much I want you to nibble on my neck right now. “I’m trying,” she said, her voice a little breathless because that whole neck nibbling idea had short circuited her brain.

With a gentle push of his hand, he helped her lift the ball. “That front pin, that’s where you want the ball to hit.” One hand went to her hip while the other moved to lightly hold her wrist. He could start nibbling there and work his way up to her neck. “Then step, step…” He pulled her arm down and back. “Now hold on tight.”

Her head was spinning. She was trying to listen but dear God. He was right there. His hands on her. If she took a half step back, she’d be nestled right up against that body. That tall, muscly, warm body. Shaking her head slightly, she tried to concentrate. He pushed on her hip.

“When you release, pivot your hip this way. But keep your eye on that front pin.”

He stepped back and she swayed a bit in the sudden absence. Holy cats. Who knew bowling was so sexy? It took her a moment to compose herself. She hoped it looked like she was focusing on that damned front pin and not trying to tamp down on her raging hormones.

She took a breath and rolled again. Better. She didn’t drop it this time. Her ball rolled slowly down the aisle, veering left at the last minute to take out two pins.

“Very good,” Drew cheered. “Great first throw.”

 

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Sunday Reads

I’ve been trying to catch up on my TBR. A never ending struggle. I’m one of those weird people who read more than one book at a time. They are all over the place. In the living room. In the bedroom. In my work bag. Everywhere.

Currently splitting my attention between Victoria Helen Stone’s “Half Past”  and a re-read of Alice Hoffman’s “Practical Magic”

Recently completed and highly recommended reads:

Alyssa Cole’s “An Extraordinary Union”

This a new to me author and this book brought me back to reading historical romance. Historicals were  my favorite to read while I was writing because I tend to pick up other contemporary writer’s voices if I read and write at same time. But I got tired of dukes and ladies. This is a refreshing change. Great writing, characters I really cared about and wanted to see get their HEA.

Deanna Rayburn’s Veronica Speedwell Mystery, “A Curious Beginning”.

I don’t know why it took me so long to begin this series, other than *pointed look at my TBR*. They are delightful and wicked funny. Love seeing a woman with today’s feminist sentiments living her best life in 1880’s England.

Piper Huguley’s ” A Virtuous Ruby” from her Migrations of the Heart series.

Any book with a nurse in it is going to get me to pick it up and check it out. (How do you think I got hooked on Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series). This was a find from when I went searching for American historicals set in unusual (for me) time periods after reading the Alyssa Cole book above. Set in 1915 Georgia, this is the tale of an African American community trying to attain the American dream in the shadow of Jim Crow. Captivating characters and a beautifully told story.

So, what are y’all reading?

What’s Up Wednesday

Actually, a lot is up. The last of my Harlequin Superromance Cleaning Crew series, The Littlest Boss, came out in August.

Right now, I’m very excited about this:

This autumn, warm your heart with ten fall-themed novellas from some of your favorite USA Today bestselling, national bestselling, and award winning Harlequin Superromance authors.

Foreword by Brenda Novak.

When the weather cools down, hearts heat up…

Bonfires aren’t the only things warming up the night. Across the land, hearts are falling along with the leaves. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and warm your heart with ten tales of autumn love.

It Was You by Tara Taylor Quinn:

He has no problem respecting the fact that she is off limits…until the one night he does.

The Right Man by Heatherly Bell:

When one long planned dream day veers wildly off-course, she must decide between the perfect wedding or the right man.

Her Hometown Cowboy by Claire McEwen:

Falling for him wasn’t part of her plan.

Meet me in the Middle by Jo McNally:

She’s used to playing it safe, but when her old crush comes cruising back into town, she might have to risk it all.

Outsider in a Small Town by Kristina Knight:

She may hold the keys to his heart…and his future.

If I Fall by Kris Fletcher:

What goes up must fall…in love.

Finding Harmony by Janet Lee Nye:

Jericho was the last place she wanted to be, but it was becoming the best place for her.

Perfect Fit by Angel Smits:

She never forgot her first love…and though he never measured up, neither did he.

Home to You by Dana Nussio:

Can a woman who ran from home and a man who never had it ever hope to discover that home really is a place for hearts?

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Lisa Dyson:

She’s career-oriented and he’s the one who just broke her boss’s heart.

 

In my novella, I introduce you to the town of Jericho Falls, tucked away in the quiet corner of the Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. I hope this will be the first of many novellas.

Buy links are on the “Buy the Book” page. Release date is 10/17/17. Pre-order now for the special low price of 0.99. Can’t beat that.