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.

 

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!

Emma, Mr Knightley, and Chili Slaw Dogs: An interview with Mary Jane Hathaway

Hello My Dear Romantics!

So as I mentioned last week I am interviewing the fabulous Mary Jane Hathaway writer of the Austen Takes the South series.

You may have seen my previous review of the first book in the series Pride, Prejudice, Cheese Grits, well since that review Ms. Hathaway has been fortunate enough to have her series picked up and republished by Simon and Schuster Publishing House!

So in honor of her re-launch for the series I’d like to welcome to the blog Mary Jane Hathaway!

Hi Mary Jane! I’m so excited to have you join us today. For my readers who are just getting to know you please tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be a writer.

Mary Jane Hathaway is the pen name of an award-nominated writer who spends the majority of her literary energy on subjects un-related to Jane Austen. A homeschooling mother of six young children who rarely wear shoes, she’s madly in love with a man who has never read Pride and Prejudice. She holds degrees in Religious Studies and Theoretical Linguistics, and has a Jane Austen quote on the back of her van. She can be reached on facebook at ‘Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits’ or her regular author page of Virginia Carmichael (which is another pen name, because she’s just that cool).

Who, other than Austen herself, are your literary heroes and how did they contribute to your literary career?

I love classic literature! I grew up in a house packed to the brim with old books and my heart still beats wildly for Elizabeth Gaskell, Louisa May Alcott, The Brontes, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and many more.  In modern literature I love Franny Billingsley, Laura Whitcomb, Shannon Hale, Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare, Alan Bradley, anyone with a truly distinct voice and story to tell. I guess they remind me to search for my own words, and although we want to imitate our heroes, we also know that our voice is a God-given unique gift. There is only one of you and only one of me. We’re meant to speak our own story. 

I know you write under a few pen names what are they and what is the story behind them?

At the time of my first contract, someone (can’t exactly remember who now) told me that Munoz was too difficult to remember. So I went with my maiden name for my books with Love Inspired/ Harlequin. Then as I wanted to self publish my Austen books but was afraid that people would be confused when I switched to longer, stand alone novels, I chose Mary Jane Hathaway. Mary is my legal first name. Jane should be obvious!! And Hathaway is my mother’s side of the family. So, both of my pen names honor both sides of my family (and Miss Austen).

What was your inspiration for this series?

I read Bridget Jones’ Diary and laughed myself silly. But I couldn’t share that series with most of my friends because of the immorality and the language. It started me thinking of a sweet version of Bridget Jones’ Diary (which was really a new take on P&P). I needed the perfect setting because so much of the story relies on family obligations and expectations. I also needed a place with a very rich dialogue and long-standing customs. What better place than the South? I live in Oregon and we pretty much sound like every newscaster you’ve ever heard. We also eat normal food, nothing out of the ordinary. We also have very little history (our big claim to fame is living on the Oregon Trail). So, it was a blast to dive into the rich heritage and history of the South to set the stage for a P&P retelling!

So I have to be honest I’ve read almost every book Austen ever wrote and Emma was one of my least favorites however your spin on the story actually raised my opinion of the Emma character.  What about this character spoke to you and made you want to take on her story?

I love Emma because she always thinks she has the perfect plan. I’m the same way! I always think I can (refurbish that vintage desk, paint the house, bake a soufflé, write a novel). Most of the time, it’s a major fail and someone has to come in and fix my mess. With Emma, she has a good heart, truly. And that is her saving grace. In my book “Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs”, Caroline comes up with plans that she believes will help everyone around her. As her plans don’t work out, she has to face the fact that her idea of what people need isn’t always the reality.

Was there any part of this story that you had trouble writing about and why?

I was attracted to the story of Emma because she’s such a fun character, but the love story was hard to write. We’re all used to the ‘cute meet’ and instant attraction and characters finally admitting their love for each other. But this story has the hero and heroine in love, without really understanding the depths of their feelings. I had to find ways to plant that idea in the readers’ mind, without bringing the characters together too soon.

In the end, I loved writing it because it taught me how to subtly describe two people in love, but in such gentle ways that the characters themselves could be caught off guard my the realization.

I know there were some added scenes between your original release and the relaunch of Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili Slaw Dogs.  Without giving too much away can you tell us what they are and how they add to the story?

I can absolutely tell you what sort of scenes were added. My wonderful editor, Beth Adams, asked if I could expand a little on the reasons behind Frank’s deception, Lauren’s reasons for assisting him, and Caroline’s job issues in the end. She also wanted a little bit more time between the moment that Caroline and Brooks first kiss (and misunderstand each other so thoroughly) and the actual proposal. The plot line of Lexi Martinez was central to the story, but it didn’t get much page time, so that was another place I got to fill in details. In the new version, Caroline goes to Lexi’s home and talks to her dad at the gas station. This is a pivotal scene, because she realizes how arrogant she was to assume she knew what was best for Lexi. Just like Emma assuming that she could tell Miss Harriett Smith that she should refuse Robert Martin just because he’s a farmer, Caroline meant well, but was very wrong. I also tried to give a little more satisfaction to the villain, since that was something  readers mentioned. In the original Emma, Frank and Jane Fairfax get to ride off into the sunset happily married, I tried to leave the “villains” of my books un-chastised. But what works for Miss Austen doesn’t always work for us! I needed to give them some comeuppance.

What’s the next Austen book you are going to take on in this series and can we get a little taste of the new story?

Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin’ Cornbread is the next book. It’s about an African-American woman from a wealthy, very traditional family. She falls in love with a white boy  from the wrong side of the tracks who has an unmarried single drop out for a mom and an absent father. Her aunt convinces her to dump him before she leaves for Harvard, saying he had no future.

  The story begins as Jeremiah “Jem” Chevy (our hero) comes back into Tupelo, Mississippi on a program from his medical school called the Rural Physician’s Program. (We have it here in Oregon, too. A qualifying medical student can erase their school debt by serving in a rural area for a certain number of years.) His heart has healed, or so he thinks, and he isn’t too worried about running into the beautiful girl who broke his heart ten years before.

Our heroine, Lucy Crawford,  is now on the verge of losing her home, Crawford House, because her father has reversed mortgaged it to the max, and her two sisters are living off his credit cards. She’s trying her hardest to keep the family together, but her job as a historian at a Civil War battlefield isn’t going to save the house. Their family history is rich and they have the respect of the entire community, but they’re in massive debt. In the ten years since Jem left, her life has only gotten sadder and more solitary. She was wrong to break up with him, but by the time she realized her mistake, he was gone forever.

    These broken-hearted people might never cross paths, if the board of the Free Clinic didn’t manage to work out a deal with her father, and now Jem and Lucy are thrown together on a daily basis.
  A story of love lost, love found, and second chances set in the beauty of the deep South. There’s laughter, hope, and lots of Jane Austen!

So, I like to ask a personality question just for fun.  I know you’re happily married but, if you could meet and marry any Austen hero who would it be and why?

Mr. Knightley!!! He brought Emma a book, and he was always in his library reading. I think we’d make a great pair and raise lots of lovely little bookworm children! 😀

Mary Jane, it’s been great talking to you about your re-launch. Before you go, do you have any advice for our aspiring writers out there?

Write the book you want to read. I’d heard that before, but never quite understood it, until I laughed my way through Bridget Jones’ Diary. I just kept thinking, “This is great, but I sure wish…” So, I decided to stop wishing and start writing.

Thank you so much for having me over here!

Caroline Ashley is a journalist on the rise at The Washington Post until the sudden death of her father brings her back to Thorny Hollow to care for her mentally fragile mother and their aging antebellum home. The only respite from the eternal rotation of bridge club meetings and garden parties is her longtime friend, Brooks Elliott. A professor of journalism, Brooks is the voice of sanity and reason in the land of pink lemonade and triple layer coconut cakes. But when she meets a fascinating, charismatic young man on the cusp of a brand new industry, she ignores Brooks’s misgivings and throws herself into the project.

Brooks struggles to reconcile his parents’ very bitter marriage with his father’s devastating grief at the recent loss of his wife. Caroline is the only bright spot in the emotional wreckage of his family life. She’s a friend and he’s perfectly happy to keep her safely in that category. Marriage isn’t for men like Brooks and they both know it… until a handsome newcomer wins her heart. Brooks discovers Caroline is much more than a friend, and always has been, but is it too late to win her back?

Featuring a colorful cast of southern belles, Civil War re-enactors, and good Christian women with spunk to spare, Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs brings the modern American South to light in a way only a contemporary Jane Austen could have imagined.

Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs

Re-Readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

This book has made it to my list of books I love to wander back around to when I need a good read to pass the time of day.

Romance Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Love the kiss scene! Great banter and dialog but I will say the lack of communication did get on my nerves just a tiny bit.  We human beings can be so silly sometimes.

Mary Jane Hathaway is also giving away some awesome Prizes!!!!

Leave a comment telling us your favorite Austen character and why for a chance to win a free e-book copy of Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili Slaw Dogs or a pair of Jane Austen inspired earrings from Etsy.com! You have until Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 11:59pm EST

Book EARRINGS Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen quote vintage Typewriter

You can also keep up with Mary Jane on Facebook: Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits Fan PageVirginia Carmichael Author Page

Twitter: Mary Jane’s Twitter

and her blog: Virginia Carmichael @ Blog Spot

How Sweet It Is by Bonnie Blythe

Hello Romantics!

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me!

Yay, I turned 35 years old today!

I decided to celebrate in two ways. One will be today’s review of How Sweet it Is by Bonnie Blythe. The other will be announced at the end of this post so you have to stay with me to hear that announcement!

First off, How Sweet It Is by Bonnie Blythe is one of my personal favorites of her work.

In this lovely book we meet Brad Larsen a semi pro surfer turned Business graduate who is in Belgium with his parents on a little vacation.  His biggest weaknesses are chocolate and pretty girls. So of course when the story opens we find him salivating over chocolates in a Belgian chocolatiers shop window.  While staring in the window and waiting for the crowd to thin out Brad notices a strikingly beautiful girl in the shop.

Without an ounce of hesitation Brad decides to brave the crowds just so he can meet this vision of loveliness. Of course being an American who doesn’t know French doesn’t help when he tries to help the pretty “French” girl.

Delphine D’Arleux, who is in Europe for some candy making courses to sharpen her skills, is quite scandalized by the attentions of the American man who had the nerve to call her a “village maiden”. Is again broke after spending the last of her travel money on some chocolates at the shop, for research purposes of course.  All she wants to do is go to her hotel, rest, and get on her plane to go home to California. However, being hungry in a foreign country and seeing as though she hasn’t had any real adventure while in Europe, she decides to let Brad buy her a snack. After a lovely cup of cocoa, Brad decides to kiss away a chocolate smudge on Delphine’s lips. Which earns him quite a slap in the face and a disappearing act by Delphine. (To be honest, I don’t blame her I’d have smacked him too!)

Delphine has no intention of seeing Brad again but imagine her shock and dismay when her already paid airplane ticket disappears from the system and Delta tells her she has to buy a brand new ticket to go home!

Unfortunately, her parents spent all of the money in the checking account and she has no way of getting home.  Enter Brad and his parents to the rescue.

Now that Brad has re-found Delphine, the beautiful stranger, he has no intention of letting her out of his sight again.  Isn’t it just miraculous that they are supposed to be on the same flight to California and only happen to live about 30 minutes away from each other?

A surfer boy who loves chocolate and a beautiful French-American girl who makes chocolate of course this has got to be a match made in heaven.

Will Brad be able to win Delphine over? Will Delphine be able to open the chocolate shop of her dreams? Will Delphine learn how to enjoy life and all it has to offer?

Hmm…Sounds like you’ll have to read the book to find out!

How Sweet It Is

Re-Readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Whenever I want a good easy read, this is one of my go to books.

Romance Rating:

Solid 4 out of 5 stars

Great kissing scenes, wonderful banter between characters, and a delightful Christian Message of redemption.

And Now for my Announcement!!

Next week I will be interviewing Mary Jane Hathaway, writer of the Jane Austen Takes the South Series and in honor of her Relaunch of the series she is giving away some great Jane Austen Inspired Swag!!!!

So get  yourself ready for a fun interview next week and a chance to win some free stuff!

Hmm…I wonder if I can finagle something out of her for myself? LOL 😉

See you next week!

No Review this week but some links to free and low price books!

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Happy New Year Romantics!

I’m off enjoying my vacation away from my job so I decided to take a tiny break from reviews this week.

I do however have a list of websites and newsletters that I like to check pretty regularly to score dozens and dozens of free and reduced priced books in all sorts of genres. Take a gander at them and I’ll see you all next week!

Ereader News Today

Pixel of Ink

Sweet Free Books

Inspired Reads

Book Bub

Ereader Love

That’s my short list of favorites. I’ll make sure to make another list soon so you can catch more steals and deals in the future.

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Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

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Hello my dear Romantics!

Its December! The most wonderful time of the year! Time for Christmas shopping, getting together with friends and family, and indulging in some stress relieving  clean romances.

Because of my busy work schedule I’m going to be recommending mostly novella’s this month.  I hope you enjoy all of these little gems as I have.

This week’s pick is called Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks

This book is the story of Lexi Anderson and Kyle Miller.

Lexi is a single mother who is set to be the next Martha Stewart. She and her kids, Steven and Trista, have just moved to Salt Lake City, Utah during the Christmas holidays to start a new life on what is famously called Christmas Street.

Lexi’s kids favorite author is Kyle Miller. A writer of Children’s mysteries. Little do they all know their favorite author actually lives right next door.

Kyle has had writers block for weeks and is staring down the barrel of a very tight deadline. To try and clear his head he decides to go for a walk. Kyle starts to walk down the street when he notices a snowman that has been built on what he thinks is his lawn.  For years, Kyle hasn’t celebrated Christmas and is used to his neighbors Christmasing his yard.  The snowman makes him think that it could be a breakthrough in his block and decides to experiment with it to see if it could work.

The villian in his book needs to hide a weapon so Kyle starts to pull apart the snowman trying to see if it’s plausible for the plot when he hears a very angry female voice telling him to leave her snowman alone!

That’s when Kyle turns around to meet Lexi. Of course Lexi still has no idea who he is, all she knows is that some lunatic is tearing apart her perfect snowman that she and her kids built for the film crew to come and film her with.

Later on  a package that was supposed to be delivered to Kyle is accidentally dropped off at Lexi’s house. When she see’s the name on it, she is thrilled to think that she is about to meet her kids favorite author.

Lexi, all bundled up for the cold, walks across the yard to deliver the package, where the door is answered by the crazy man who took apart her snowman!

What ensues is a sweet yet fun story of how these two become entwined in each other’s lives for the holidays.

Will Lexi be able to make peace with Kyle? Will Kyle be able to celebrate Christmas again? Will you enjoy this sweet novella?

You’ll have to read it to find out!

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Bah, Humbug! (A Christmas Street Romantic Comedy Novella)

  Re-readability Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

I bought this last Christmas but I have to come back every so often for a little pick me up.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Great story. Loved the end.

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back By Sariah Wilson

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(In  a sing-song voice) Hello Romantics!!!

So as all my earlier followers know my all time favorite fairy tale is (drum roll please)

Cinderella!!!

I mean it’s every little girls fantasy of a handsome prince coming along and sweeping the princess off to live happily ever after. (Big romantic sigh)

What happens though if Cinderella isn’t really into Prince Charming and the Ugly Step-Sister has been into him since she was like three years old?

You get the Ugly Stepsister Strikes back by Sariah Wilson

In this modern, young adult remake of the tale, the ugly stepsister is played by Mattie Lowe. Mattie is a senior in high school with a snarky, quirky, artistic attitude. She has a father who is a famous artist and a beautiful stepsister named Ella who seems to be perfection personified.

Ella is smart, beautiful, has a part-time job all the adults love her and worst of all she is dating Jake Kingston!

Jake Kingston is the typical jock and is the school’s biggest heart-throb.

Mattie has always wondered why Ella and Jake are dating but never really seem to spend time together. But she can’t be “that girl”. You know, the girl who has a thing for her sister’s boyfriend.

What happens though when she is forced to spend time with Jake because of a school assignment? Can Mattie keep things on a strictly work level?  Does Ella like someone else?

Hmm… I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

Re-readability Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Would turn to this one whenever I need a good pick me up.

Romance Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Good kissing scenes. Great banter between the characters and no bad language.