Always the Baker, Never the Bride: An Emma Rae Creation By Sandra Bricker

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Sandra Bricker has passed away. while I never got to meet her in person, I definitely enjoyed our conversations on Facebook and via email. Her books always brought a smile to my face and I will miss her and her tremendous talent.

As a tribute I’m reposting one of my reviews of my favorite series of hers.  God bless you, Sandie Bricker.

 

 

Hello Romantics! (High pitch squeal of joy) It’s here!!! The time is finally here! The Final installment of the Emma Rae Creations series was released Monday!!!! Woo hoo!!! Yippee!!! Yahoo!!!…

Source: Always the Baker, Never the Bride: An Emma Rae Creation By Sandra Bricker

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Hallowed Halls by Hannah Alexander

Happy Fall Romantics!!!

I took a long hiatus during the Spring and Summer Months and now I’m back with a great book by Hannah Alexander.

The book is Hallowed Halls, a wonderful Contemporary Christian Romance, which follows the story of Dr. Joy Gilbert. In some ways, this story is a slight departure from what I normally review on here. This is a great thing because I love to show some variety in the stories I suggest to you, my dear Romantics.

Dr. Joy Gilbert has experienced a huge heart break up almost a year ago and to help herself heal she accepted a job with the handsome, rich, and powerful Weston Cline. Weston Cline is a broken man. He’s lost his son, his marriage ended soon after that tragedy and he has a strained relationship with his surviving teenage daughter. For him, Joy is the woman that can make his life better. If, only he could get her to see that.

Dr. Joy Gilbert was attracted to Winston, at first, but his very wounded soul has turned him into a manipulative and closed person. The only thing she feels for him is sadness and pity. Oh yeah, and anger for his trying to control her decisions and actions concerning the clinic she runs for him. The one bright spot in her situation is Winston’s daughter Tressa.

Joy has just had another fight with Weston when she receives a phone call from her ex-fiance Dr. Zachary Travis requesting that she come home and check on her mother who was just admitted for severe chest pains. Even though her relationship isn’t the best between her and her mother, Joy leaves that night to go and check on Molly. Before Joy can be on her way, Winston shows up at her house trying to seduce her. When she refuses to sleep with him, Winston decides to fire her from the clinic and Tressa, who has sneaked out of her mother’s home, stows away in her car.

All of that happens in the first five chapters of the book!!! So what will Joy do now that she no longer works for Winston? Will Joy and her mother Molly be able to repair their relationship? Does Dr. Travis still have feelings for Joy?

All good questions but, you’ll have to read the book to find the answers!

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Hallowed Halls by Hannah Alexander

Re-Readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

A good clean read, a great story line, and just enough suspense to keep you guessing what could happen next.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Not a traditional romance story. More along the lines of Women’s Fiction but some very nice romantic scenes and the story of families healing and coming together makes the book for me.

Author Spotlight w/ Christine Feldman

Hello Romantics!

Today I have a spotlight/special offer from our guest author, Christine Feldman.

Ms. Feldman has written a lovely collection of novella’s called The Heavenly Bites Novella Collection.

The collection follows the love lives of four women who work in or hangout at a bakery called of course, Heavenly Bites.

First up, is Trish Ackerly who meets her junior high school nemesis, Ian Rafferty, several years after he has moved away mysteriously before high school.

Second, is Nadia Normandy, who is used to having a love them and leave them attitude with men. So why is she wondering about Benjamin “Benji” Garner, the man Mrs. Beasley has conned her into giving “love” lessons.

Last but definitely not least, is a double billing of Aimee Beasley who decides to play cupid between her grandmother, the aforementioned Mrs. Beasley, with the uncle of their grumpy downstairs neighbor, Doyle Berkley. But, is Doyle Berkley really adverse to his young upstairs neighbor?

All three of these stories are fun, quirky, and have a lot of heart. The best part is that for a short time Christine is offering this great collection for .99 cents!

So, to tell us a little more about herself and her lovely collection, please welcome to the blog, Ms. Christine Feldman!

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Hello, Christine! Thanks for joining us today. Please tell us a little about yourself and how you got started as an author.

Thanks for having me.  I started writing when I was a kid, mostly about things like my own version of the Black Stallion stories and that sort of thing.  When I hit my teen years, hormones kicked in, and I started appreciating stories that had a little more romance in them and less manure.  😉 And then I stopped writing for a long time when “the real world” seemed to take up all my time and energy, and I figured I would start writing again some day when I had more time.  Several years ago, I had an epiphany and realized there was never going to be an ideal time to write, and so I decided to make the time.  And I’m so glad I did!  Yay!

One of my standard questions is asking about the author’s literary heroes. I always like to know what other authors inspire their work. I think it lets everyone knows part of what makes an author tick. Who would you say are your literary heroes and why?

Oh, good golly… it’s impossible to list them all.  I love so many authors—from so many different genres, too.  I always enjoy reading Neil Gaiman, J. R. R. Tolkein, Stephen King, Jennifer Crusie, Nevada Barr, LaVyrle Spencer, George R. R. Martin, Jane Austin—we could be here all day at this rate, so I’ll stop.  J  Pretty much I appreciate any author who is able to create characters whose lives just pull you in, or who is able to use words to paint a vivid picture in readers’ minds.  Or who can make me laugh.

I, of course, read mostly romance but I do like to shake it up with some mystery and historical novels. Do you write in any other genres and if so what would you say is your favorite and why?

I do write other genres—I love fantasy and suspense—and I’ve also done a little screenwriting.  A couple of my screenplays have placed in a few different competitions (one was even featured as a staged reading in New York, which kind of made me squeal:  http://www.gsiff.com/content/staged-screenplay-reading-1 ), and I would love to rewrite them as novels.  It’s on my to-do list.

Ooo, boy, though.  I’m not sure I could pick a favorite genre; they all have a lot to offer.  Is it cheating to suggest a fantasy story with romantic elements and a hint of mystery thrown in?  If not, then I think that’s my answer.  And if it is cheating, then… oops.  Please don’t tell my mother.

What was the inspiration for this collection?

Well, I enjoy romance, and I love pastries.  The natural thing to do seemed to be to write about love in bakery where they produce lots of lovely, sweet things to eat.  Naturally, I was forced to spend a great deal of time in bakeries doing research to lend authenticity to my story setting.  There may have been a substantial amount of taste-testing involved, but an author has to do what an author has to do…

Can you give our readers a taste of the collection? Something that says, ” I must buy this book today!”

Sure!  Here’s the opening section of the first novella, Pastels and Jingle Bells:

 

It was probably inviting the worst kind of karma to be contemplating murder during the holiday season of all times, but that didn’t faze Trish Ackerly in the slightest as she stared through her bakery’s storefront window in shock.

It was him.  Ian Rafferty, bane of her junior high school existence.  She’d know that face anywhere, despite the changes in it.  Sure, he was a couple of feet taller now and certainly broader shouldered, but as he glanced away from the winter scene she had painted on the window only yesterday and at a passing car that whizzed by much too fast on the busy city street, the profile he presented to her confirmed it.  Yes, it was him.  That same nose, the odd little scar above his eye, the familiar way he quirked his lips…

Her eyes narrowed.  Ian Rafferty.  That miserable, mean-spirited little—

Then he turned his face back to the window, and Trish gasped and dropped to the floor before he could spot her staring at him.

“What on earth are you doing?” came Nadia’s voice from behind the counter.

Trish huddled behind a tall metal trash can and glanced up through her dark bangs at her startled friend and business partner only to remember belatedly that they had company in the shop, namely wizened little Mrs. Beasley, whose startled eyes blinked at her from behind enormous tortoise-shell spectacles.

Well, there was little help for it now.  “That guy,” Trish hissed, jerking one thumb in the direction of the window.  “I know him!”

Both Nadia and Mrs. Beasley peered intently through the glass.  “Mmm,” said Nadia appreciatively a moment later.  “Lucky you, girlfriend.”

“No, not lucky me!  That guy made my life a living hell in junior high.  He’s a jerk, he’s a bully—“

“He’s coming in here, dear,” Mrs. Beasley interrupted her, with obvious interest in her voice.

With a squeak of alarm, Trish shuffled hastily behind the counter on her hands and knees and hunched into as small and inconspicuous a ball as she could.

Nadia blinked.  “Trish, are you out of your—“

“Sh!”

“Oh, you did not just shush me—“

“SHH!” Trish insisted again, knowing full well that she’d pay for it later, and then she pulled her head down into her shoulders as much as her anatomy would allow.

The bell on the door jangled cheerfully then, and a gust of cold air heralded Ian Rafferty’s arrival.

“Hi, there,” Nadia greeted him brightly, surreptitiously giving Trish’s foot a little dig with one of her own.  “Welcome to Heavenly Bites.  What can I get for you?”

“Cup of coffee would be great for starters,” came a voice that was deep but soft, and far less reptilian than Trish expected.  She cocked her head slightly to better catch his words and heard the unmistakable sound of him blowing on his hands and rubbing them together to warm them.  “Cream, no sugar.”

“Sure thing, honey.”

“Your window art,” his voice continued, and Trish straightened ever so slightly at the mention of her work.  “It’s fantastic.  Can I ask who painted it?”

“Absolutely,” Nadia returned, turning her attention to getting the coffee he requested.  “My business partner, Trish.”

“Is she around, by any chance?”

Nadia glanced down at where Trish sat scrunched up and did what Trish thought was a very poor job of suppressing a smirk.  “She’s, um, indisposed at the moment.  Why do you ask?”

“I’ve got a couple of windows that could use a little holiday cheer.  Think she might be interested in the job?”

Nadia gave Trish another brief sideways glance.

Trish shook her head frantically.

“Tell you what.  Leave me your number, and we’ll find out.”  Nadia stepped out of reach before Trish could smack her leg.

“Great, thanks.  Here’s my card.”

“I’ll see that she gets it, Mr.—“  Nadia glanced at the card.  “—Rafferty.  Here’s your coffee, and you, sir, have a very nice day.”

The bell on the door jingled again, and Trish cautiously poked her head up long enough to verify that Ian was indeed gone.  She then ignored the fascinated look Mrs. Beasley was giving her and fixed an icy stare on Nadia.  “I’m going to kill you.  How could you do that?”

Nadia tossed her dark braids over her shoulder.  “Hmph.  Shush me in my own shop…”

“I don’t want to talk to that guy!  I don’t want to have anything to do with him.”

“He seemed nice enough to me,” her friend returned, shrugging unapologetically.  “And easy on the eyes, too.”

“And single,” put in Mrs. Beasley eagerly, one wrinkled hand fluttering over her heart.  “No wedding ring.”

“Of course there’s no ring!  No woman wants to marry the devil!”  Trish sank back down onto the floor and leaned back heavily against the shelves behind her.

“He used to be the devil,” Nadia corrected her, examining the business card he had handed to her.  “Now he’s ‘Ian Rafferty, Landscape Architect’.  And he’s a paying customer, Trish.  Face it, you could use the money.”

“Forget it.  I’m not so hard up that I’d go crawling to Ian Rafferty for a job.”  Trish scowled and folded her arms across her chest.  “I have my dignity, you know.”

“Yeah?  Why don’t you get up off the floor and tell me all about your dignity.”

“Oh, shut up,” Trish muttered, getting to her feet and snatching the card from Nadia’s hand.  Wadding it up, she tossed it in the direction of the trashcan and stalked into the bakery’s kitchen…

I really enjoyed your novellas. In fact, I’d have to say my favorite character was Mrs. Beasley. She’s sweet yet sassy and knows how to get what she wants for the most part. I know this is like asking who is your favorite child, but who would you say is your favorite character in the collection and why?

You’re right, it is hard to pick a favorite!  Well… I think part of me would love to have the self-confidence that free-spirited Aimee Beasley has (Mrs. Beasley’s granddaughter)—she does and says things that some people only wish they could, and that was a lot of fun to write.  So I guess I’ll go with her.  (Maybe she inherited it from her grandma.)

You mentioned at the end of your book that you are married, however, if you could pick any of the guys in your collection to go on a date with who would you pick and why?

Wow, you do ask hard questions, don’t you?  Hmm… maybe Benji.  There’s something about a guy with a good sense of humor, you know?

I do know. I’ve always said that a guy who can make me laugh has gotten halfway to my heart. 😉 I love to ask personality questions. So…with that being said, If you could be any dessert, what would you be and why?

Cherries jubilee.  Because I love the name (it just sounds like a fun time—I mean, it’s a jubilee!), and because any dessert that’s served with fire is pretty dang awesome.  Well, as long as the fire was intentional, that is…

Christine it’s been great getting to know you. Before you leave, do you have any words of wisdom for our aspiring writers out there?

Yes—make time for writing NOW, even if it’s just an hour or two on weekends, and whatever you do, persevere. Sometimes I think the real key to writing is just to hang in there and keep writing.  No matter what, keep plugging away.  And maybe keep a little ice cream on hand for those rough days that come along.  I find it helps me immensely.  🙂

Thanks for having me on your site today!

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Make sure you click on the link below to take advantage of the .99 cent price that’s being offered for a limited time!

The Heavenly Bites Novella Collection

Re-readability Rating:

Solid 4 out of 5 stars. A great read to have when you are just wanting a fun relaxing read. Great for this summer whether at the beach, pool, or watching the kids in the backyard.

Romance Rating:

5 out of 5 stars. It’s got banter, it’s got kissing, and its got some great laughs! What more could a Romantic want!?!

Christine Feldman

Christine Feldman

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and, to her great delight, she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts—and has even won a couple of them.  In 2012 one of her screenplays was featured as a staged reading in New York City at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival (http://www.gsiff.com/content/staged-screenplay-reading-1), and later that same year she signed her first publishing contract.  When she is not writing, she is teaching kindergarten, puttering around in her garden, ballroom dancing with her husband, or doing research for her next project.  Please visit her at her website http://christinesfeldman.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSFeldman, or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FeldmanCS.

 

Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson

Hello Romantics!

I know I’m a day late this week! However, I promise this book was definitely worth the wait!!!

Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson is a contemporary romance telling the story of Ellie Garrett and Nick Coulter America’s most eligible bachelor and newly retired football player superstar.

Ellie is a single mother who’s cheating ex-husband left her right after she gave birth to their son, Cade. Four years later she definitely has issues trusting men and doesn’t think she is good enough to keep a man around anyway.  Her match making neighbor, Betsy, of course has other plans for her. Especially, when she finds out the identity of their new mysterious neighbor!

Nick had become jaded by his life in the public eye but after an accident took the life of his best friend, Nick realizes just how precious life is and decides to make some personal changes. One of which, is re-dedicating his life to God and making sure that his “star-power” is used to help under privileged kids.

To accomplish these things, Nick decides to move to Colorado and start his non-profit youth camps. Not to long after moving into his new neighborhood he meets his new beautiful blonde neighbor on the nearby running track.

After a lot of persistence, Nick finally persuades the very skittish Ellie to go out with him.  Everything is going along very nicely for the pair when Ellie’s ex-husband, Thomas, pops into the picture trying to make Ellie’s life miserable.  (Why the dude should be jealous is beyond me? I mean he left her, not the other way around! Some men are just crazy.)

Just as Ellie and Nick have decided to overcome the obstacles Thomas tries to throw their way, tragedy strikes! Cade is kidnapped and Thomas blames Nick’s stardom for endangering his son.

Who stole Cade? Will Nick and Ellie ever see him again? Will Thomas always be a thorn in their sides?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Fair Catch

Re-readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Easy read great for a lazy day or ignore your responsibilities day 😉

Romance Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Great banter, lovely kissing scenes, suspense, drama, and angst. A tiny bit repetitive towards the beginning but still a fun and delightful read. Very likable characters (except Thomas of course!)

Book launches, Giveaways and Redesigns!

Hello Romantics!!!

I’ve been on a reading hiatus but, I’ve been keeping up with some of my author acquaintances who have some great things going on!

To start with, Ms. Sandra Bricker has released the second book in her modern fairy tale series called Rise and Shine.

This is the story of a woman named Shannon who has just woken up from being in a coma for almost 10 yrs! (Can you imagine it?)

When she went into her coma it was 2005 then wakes up, and the year is 2014! During that time, her husband dies from a rare form of cancer and her best friend has gotten married and had 3 kids. Not only that but, things like smart phones, tablets, and reality television have come into being.

Never fear though, because there is a handsome doctor, a loving aunt, and a wonderful best friend who are more than willing to help her get her bearings in this strange new world!

You, Dear Romantics, are in luck because this wonderful read became available today! (I just got my copy this week and I’m ending my hiatus just so I can read what happens next!)

 

Rise and Shine

Next, on our agenda is a giveaway from Ms. Mary Jane Hathaway a.k.a Virginia Carmichael!

As you know, back in February, I did an interview with Ms. Hathaway about her Austen Takes the South series.  Well, her third book, Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin Cornbread: A Passion Denied but Never Forgotten, is on pre-sale for a launch date in November! To celebrate she is doing a giveaway on her blog!

Make sure you click over and enter to win some great Austen inspired prizes. Then go to Amazon to Pre-sale a paper back version of her book!

Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread: A Passion Denied but Never Forgotten (Jane Austen Takes the South)

Lastly, I want to spotlight the wonderful Ms. Bonnie Blythe, who has just done a redesign on her book, How Sweet It Iswhich I reviewed back in January.

Make sure you head over and download this winner as well and laugh the weekend away!

How Sweet It Is

So there is your update my dear Romantics and I’ll see you next week!

Dreaming of Roses Series by Martha Rowe Sconnely

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Hello my beautiful Romantics!

I hope you enjoyed last weeks interview with Danyelle Ferguson. There is still time to enter the rafflecopter contest that ends Wednesday, April 23rd!

So…I have a slightly different romantic find for you this week.  Normally, if there is a series I like I just review the first book to get you started.  This time around I have to review the whole series because this one doesn’t contain stand alone books.  Dreaming of Roses by Martha Rowe Sconnely is a three book serial where you need to read them in order to understand what’s happening in the story.

In the first story, Almost Perfect, We meet Kelli Patterson and her best friend Brenna.  Brenna is trying to talk Kelli into joining a new christian dating website.  Kelli has had her fill of online dating, (A feeling with which I can totally sympathize!) and tells her NO!

However, she will help Brenna post a profile for herself. While heading back to work Kelli is stuck riding down in a packed elevator by her secret work crush Chase Allen, a super hot IT guru, who so makes Kelli want to rethink her no dating co-workers rule.

Unfortunately, nothing happens on the ride down and Kelli goes back to work daydreaming about what could have happened.  A few days later, Kelli meets Steven Ross who happens to be the only son of her pastor. (How fortuitous!) I’ll save you some guessing. Yes, Steven asks her out and they date for a while but things don’t go exactly to a story book ending for these two.

In book two, Hardly Perfect, Kelli is in Florida due to her Grandmother being ill and needing help at her flower shop while she gets a hip replacement.  While there, a friend of her grandmother talks her into meeting her grandson, Todd, for a date.

Let’s just say a match made in heaven he is not, but he is a funny, quirky person and they part on friendly terms after their coffee date.

(Here comes the plot twist!)

Due to some short staff issues, Kelli ends going in last-minute to help with decorating a wedding.  She has pinned on all the boutonnieres for the groomsmen of the wedding party and has one left. When she asks the groom who it could possibly belongs to, he replies that it possibly should go to the bride’s brother who is giving her away. At that very moment who should enter but the bride, her maids and her brother, Chase Allen! (Be still my beating heart!!!!)

Chase is just as shocked to see Kelli as she is to see him. He also seems more than happy to see her at his sister’s wedding.

In the last book of the serial, More than Perfect, Chase and Kelli end up in a whirlwind courtship. Everything is going along nicely until Chase gets a job offer that will put him in California! They’ve only been dating about a month and Chase doesn’t want a long distance relationship so he asks Kelli to give him a little time to figure things out. (This happens about 2 weeks before Valentines Day! How UN-romantic!!!!)

Kelli agrees to give him some time and space. All the while she is praying that she doesn’t end up with another broken heart.

So…Will Kelli and Chase end up together after all? Did Brenna meet someone wonderful from the dating website?

You’ll have to read the series to find out!!!!

 

Dreaming of Roses: Box Set

Re-Readability Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Overall this is a nice series. I could see coming back to it every once in a while but there are books I would probably go to before I go this one. Some of the storytelling is a tad repetitive but the story is still sweet and refreshing

Romance Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Lots of sweet kisses and embraces between Kelli and her perspective beaus. I will say the ending did go exactly as I thought it would but it was enough to make this romantic sigh at the end.

An Interview with Danyelle Ferguson

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Hello Romantics!
As I told you last week I am the proud participant of a blog tour to celebrate the release of a new book, Sweet Confections by Danyelle Ferguson.
Let me tell you Romantics, I absolutely loved her book!  It has a little of everything. Wit, Suspense, recipes (and I’m so trying some of them), and of course ROMANCE!  I almost read the whole book in one sitting.  Let me tell you I was exhausted the next day at work.
Shhh…don’t tell my boss. 😉
Today, she is stopping by to chat with us and tell us about herself and her wonderful book.
Welcome to the blog Danyelle Ferguson!
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Hi, Danyelle! Thanks for stopping by today.  For those of us just getting to know you please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

I’m a mom to four rambunctious munchkins, who keep me hoppin’. I’ve been a reading maniac since I was a young kid. I grew up in the middle of nowhere and books were my best friend. I wrote lots of articles for newspapers and magazines, but never thought I’d become an author. So I did the next best thing – became an editor and book reviewer. Part of my job was attending writers conferences, where I gained the confidence to believe that my writing could be more than just articles and fun stories for just me. Lots of work and several years later, here I am, with my first fiction series kicking off!

My all time favorite Author is Jane Austen.  While I know I will never write like her she still inspires me to write and tell my own stories.  Who are some of your literary heroes and how have they inspired you?

I have a confession to make. I absolutely love, love, love Jane Austen’s . . . movies. I’ve never actually made it all the way through an Austen novel.  Gasp! Don’t hate me! My hubby has read several Jane Austen books and tells me all the time that I’m missing out on her greatness.

 Asking me to name one or two literary heroes is so unfair. That’s like asking what my favorite chocolate dessert is. There are many authors who saved me through my growing up years – Lurlene McDaniel was a huge influence. Then in my teen years, LaVeryle Spencer, Danielle Steel, and Stephen King. Yeah – there was a little suspense/scare-my-socks off stuff mixed in with my romance addiction. Since getting into the Mommy years, I’ve been in love with romance authors who know how to hit the laughter button – Kristan Higgins, Rachel Gibson, and Carly Phillips.

 Every book I read ignites my imagination and makes me want to write!

While I primarily indulge in romance novels, I like to mix it up with some suspense and a few other genre’s.  What is your favorite genre to write in and why?

You and I could be bosom buddies! I’m a romance junkie and love to add in bits of humor, suspense, and a dose of sass, too. My writing closely matches what I enjoy reading. I’m really just a hearts and butterfly girl disguised as a responsible mother and author.

Now for your wonderful book.  Can you give our readers a little taste of what this book is about?  You know just enough to wet their appetite and send them to the stores drooling. 😉

Combine one sassy baker, one sexy hockey player, and one obsessed stalker. Mix well, then pour into a hot pan. Sprinkle on some romance and enjoy!

 Craving more? Check out the full book blurb!

My favorite character in the story was of course Rachel Marconi, your heroine.  She’s fun, quirky, bakes and has a pretty bad habit of sticking her foot in her mouth.  I think I like her because she and I could so hang out together.  Who is your favorite character in this book and what made them special to you?

First you make me choose my favorite author, now you’re making me choose my favorite child, um, I mean, character. Sheesh! You’re a tough chick! I love my main characters, but there are a couple of side characters that I adore.

 The first is Rachel’s nephew, Stockton. He’s a five-year old boy with autism. My oldest teenage son has autism and a lot of Stockton’s personality and quirks are based on him. So Stockton is near and dear to my heart.  

The other character that I had a fabulous time writing was Graydon’s cousin, Chloe. She is, like, so totally a teenager, and like, you just never know what she’ll say next, or when she’ll even stop talking, cause she’s such a talky-talk-talk chick.

One of the things that makes a book for me is witty banter between characters.  I must say you did an excellent job with that. Tell us about one of your favorite scenes in the book that you think was one of your best witty conversations.

Oh my gosh! Rachel is so funny! What makes her fabulous is how real her inner-thoughts and self-doubts are. Sadly, she just hasn’t acquired that extra layer of protection – thinking before blurting out her thoughts. I’m glad you enjoyed her so much.

 One scene I loved writing was Graydon’s cousin’s wedding reception. Aside from some fun banter between Graydon and Chloe – this is a pivotal moment for hero and heroine. Graydon is thrilled to see Rachel again – but Rachel, not so much. In fact, she’s furious with Graydon and let’s him know it too. For those who haven’t read Sweet Confections yet, think witty comebacks, some smashed cheesecake and a surprising confrontation in the back alley.

I read the preview at the end of the book and I noticed that a secondary character from this story is the main character of the preview.  Does that mean we will be seeing all these wonderful characters in future books?(Please say yes, please say yes!)

Absolutely! The amazing Heather Tullis and I are writing two different book series with crossover characters. Her series is called In the Garden (centered around a community garden in Crystal Creek). Hello Again (the preview you read) is the first book in her series starring Piper and Reece.

 The next heroine up in the Indulgence Row series is Charlee, who I affectionately refer to as the Renovator Chick. We’ll get to see her dive into the house remodels on Indulgence Row – Rachel is one of her first clients. You’ll also meet Peter, her brother’s best friend and one of her co-workers, who has secretly had a crush on Charlee since, well, forever. But dating your best friend’s sister – well, that’s against the guy code . . . until Peter realizes he either needs to man up and go for it or lose Charlee forever.

Personality Question time!  Rachel has some very embarrassing moments when she first meets Graydon, (by the way he is one good-looking man.) What has been one of your most embarrassing foot in mouth moments you can remember?

To be honest, Graydon makes me drool, too. Shh! Don’t tell my hubby. (I’ll be sure not to send him this blog link).

 The most horrifying moment I have had was at the first Storymakers Midwest Writers Conference I organized. Award-winning YA author, Lisa Mangum, was our dinner keynote, and I had the privilege of introducing her. I had read my notes several times and was totally prepped, so I left my notes at the table. But when I stood at the podium in front of everyone – my mind totally blanked! I stammered and even had to ask her (still sitting in the audience) what the awards were she won for her books. Holy mackerel! It was humiliating. Thankfully, Lisa was very, very nice about it. Note to all your blog readers – never, ever leave your notes behind!

Danyelle, I just want to thank you again for coming by and chatting with us. Before you leave, Do you have any advice for our aspiring writers who may be visiting?

The one thing that pushed me to continue my writing career has been attending writers conferences. And network while you’re there! You’ll discover lots of writers in gobs of genres – and even a few who will stick with you for years and years as you cheer each other on to success.

Thank you so very much for interviewing me & reviewing my new book, Shineka! You are fabulous!

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According to Rachel Marconi chocolate heals all wounds. That and throwing darts at pictures of her ex-boyfriend. Burned by yet another bad relationship, Rachel decides to reprioritize her life, putting her dream to compete on a Food Network Challenge on the top of her list and dating at the bottom crossed out in red sharpie. But what’s a girl to do when a certain sexy guy keeps asking her out?
Cue in Graydon Green, a former pro hockey player turned restaurant owner. After a lot of persistent and humorous teasing, he finally convinces Rachel to commit to a date. Just when things begin to warm up, threatening notes directed at Rachel arrive. When her bakery is vandalized, Graydon’s protective streak goes on red alert. Is it her obsessive ex-boyfriend stalking her? Or maybe a challenger trying to sabotage the competition?

Either way, Rachel is definitely going to need more chocolate – perhaps drizzled over ice cream and devil’s food cake.

Amazon Paperback: Sweet Confections (Indulgence Row) (Volume 1)

Amazon Ebook: Sweet Confections (Indulgence Row)

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Re-readability Rating:

3.5 out of 5 stars

Great read! Enjoyed it immensely and will be happy to read this story again anytime. 🙂

Romance Rating:

So rates a 5 out of 5 stars!

Great kissing scenes, wonderful banter between characters, and a cute pr…(oops almost gave away the ending!)  Ha! well you’ll like the ending anyway just trust me. 😉

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