What would you do if 'the one that got away' turned up the night before your wedding?
Head-in-the-stars Audrey is about to marry down-to-earth Josh. Though they are polar opposites, they have a healthy, stable relationship; Josh is just what Audrey needs. But romance should be unpredictable and full of fireworks, and as the big day approaches, Audrey's found herself wondering if Josh really is The One.
So, when Josh's sister shows up to the rehearsal dinner with Fred, Audrey's What If? guy--the man she met six years ago and had one amazing day with--Audrey finds herself torn. Surely Fred's appearance the night before she is due to get married can't be a coincidence. And when everything that could go wrong with the wedding starts to go wrong, Audrey has to ask herself: Is fate trying to stop her from making a huge mistake? Or does destiny just have a really twisty sense of humour? - from Goodreads
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
Authors are no longer confined to traditional publishing – the number of writers self-publishing seems to have exploded over the last few years. With access to so many forms of social media and the technology to format and market their own books, authors can have successful careers without ever being accepted by a traditional publishing house. This is also great for readers, as we have access to so many more wonderful authors.
Today’s installment focuses on the OG’s – authors with a lot of indie experience, publishing for more than 5 years or with 10+ titles.
Penny Reid – author of beloved series Knitting in the City and the Winston Brothers. Has expanded her reach with Smartypants Romance, her own publishing imprint.
Melanie Harlow – Small town romance in series such as Cloverleigh Farms and Bellamy Creek. Available in Kindle Unlimited.
Adrianna Locke – Small town, family series such as the Masons, Gibsons and Landrys. Available in Kindle Unlimited.
Devney Perry – Small town romances almost exclusively set in Montana. Some have suspense elements and the Clifton Forge series revolves around a defunct motorcycle club. Also writes under the pen name Willa Nash, whose books can be found in Kindle Unlimited.
Staci Hart – Romances with settings that range from a tattoo parlor in NYC to a bee farm in Texas. Currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.
Kandi Steiner – Angsty romance, with her most current being a new adult, football series. Available in Kindle Unlimited.
Kathryn Nolan – Romance author with surfer, boxer and billionaire heroes and heroines. Also has a romantic suspense series that centers around a detective agency that tracks down rare stolen books. Available in Kindle Unlimited.
Lauren Blakely – Super prolific romance author, releasing almost a title per month. Fun and quick reads with lots of sporty heroes.
Sarina Bowen – Widely known for her Brooklyn hockey and True North series. Has expanded into her own publishing imprint, Heart Eyes Press.
Do you read any indie authors? If so, any favorites?
Friday, August 19, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday concludes her beloved royal Christmas series with an unforgettable romance about a confident American woman and the strait-laced royal advisor who falls hopelessly in love with her.
Matteo Benz has spent his life serving at the pleasure of the Eldovian crown. His work is his life and his life, well...he doesn't have much of one. When he is tasked to aid a management consultant who has been flown in to help straighten out the king's affairs, he is instantly disturbed by her brash American manner--as well by an inconvenient attraction to the brainy beauty.
Cara Delaney is in Eldovia to help clean up the king's financial affairs, but soon finds herself at odds with the very proper Mr. Benz. As intrigued by his good looks as she is annoyed by his dedication to tradition for its own sake, she slowly begins to see the real man behind the royal throne.
As they work together to return Eldovia to its former glory during the country's magical Christmas season, Matteo discovers he is falling hopelessly in love with the unconventional American. But a man who has devoted his life to tradition doesn't change easily. Can he become the man Cara needs, or will their love be another sacrifice to the crown? - from Goodreads
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Friday, August 12, 2022
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
A one-of-a-kind Christmas market offers holiday magic in the new romance from the author of The Kindred Spirits Supper Club.
With a name like Astra Noel Snow, holiday spirit isn't just a seasonal specialty--it's a way of life. But after a stinging divorce, Astra's yearly trip to the Milwaukee Christmas market takes on a whole new meaning. She's ready to eat, drink, and be merry, especially with the handsome stranger who saves the best kringle for her at his family bakery.
For Jack Clausen, the Julemarked with its snowy lights and charming shops stays the same, while the world outside the joyful street changes, magically leaping from one December to the next every four weeks. He's never minded living this charmed existence until Astra shows him the life he's been missing outside of the festive red brick alley.
After a swoon-worthy series of dates, some Yuletide magic, and the unexpected glow of new love, Astra and Jack must decide whether this relationship can weather all seasons, or if what they're feeling is as ephemeral as marshmallows in a mug of hot cocoa. - from Goodreads
Monday, August 8, 2022
When Book Bonanza 2021 was cancelled due to Covid, the organizers instead held a raffle to raise money for the chosen charities. One of the prizes up for grabs was two tickets to Book Bonanza 2022 and since these tickets are apparently harder to get than Super Bowl tickets, you can imagine my shock when I actually won them! For a weekend this past July, over 2,000 book lovers descended on Dallas, TX for the book signing and it was the most incredible event.
|The Gaylord Texan|
Held at the Gaylord Texan (which is itself a destination), Book Bonanza is the brainchild of author Colleen Hoover. This year was the biggest event they have held so far, with well over 100 authors. Thursday was registration for the event as well as the opening festivities. Also held Thursday night was the Smartypants Romance party, hosted by author Penny Reid. This was such a fun event with author interviews, meet and greets, and photos with Penny herself.
Friday and Saturday both started with a few hours of author panels, with topics ranging from Small Town Romance and Writing During Covid to Meet the Narrators and Adaptations of Books to Film. These were all very interesting and another way to interact with the authors. The afternoons were then each devoted to a 5 hour signing block. Despite there being almost 2,000 attendees, the signings actually went incredibly smoothly and lines were not nearly as bad as I worried they would be. I got to meet every author and narrator on my list. My hubby was a great sport, standing in every line with me, taking all the photos and carrying all my swag.
So lucky to have met:
Chris Brinkley (narrator)
Emma Lee Jayne
I am so grateful I had the opportunity to take part in such a wonderful event – it was so incredible to be surrounded by so many book lovers and the authors were so enthusiastic, gracious, and friendly!
Have you ever been to Book Bonanza or another book signing? Who is your dream author to meet?
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
True love wasn't on their holiday wish list.
When Sadie and Max are selected as contestants on the famed reality singing show Starmaker, each thinks they've finally gotten their big Nashville break. But then they're paired up for duet week and stun the world with their romantic onstage chemistry. With fans going wild for #Saxie the network demands that they remain a duo on and offstage, or exit the competition. Faking a relationship until their final performance in the Starmaker holiday special shouldn't be too hard, except for one small problem--Sadie and Max can't stand each other.
But with their dreams just within reach, they agree to the ruse. Will their fake relationship be exposed before they can win? Or will an unexpected trip to Banff spark real feelings by the Christmas finale? - from Goodreads