Thursday, January 26, 2017

It All Begins With A Simple Candy Heart

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the day we celebrate love with flowers, cards, and candy.

So what better theme for a set of new romances than the sweet and sometimes romantic sayings based on the Valentine candy hearts.

This year, myself and nine other authors have a ValentineMatchmaker collection of sweet love stories that are all based on sayings found on candy hearts.

Mine is entitled Marry Me, and it’s a contemporary romance set in the fictional town of Second Chance Montana. MarryMe is the latest of three books set in Second Chance.

I love the idea of a town that welcomes those in need of a second chance in life. Just like Kylie McGraw needed in MarryMe.

So, let me tell you a little about Kylie’s Second Chance. 

Kylie is a baker who is so done with romance. The move to Second Chance, Montana is supposed to be her ‘second chance’ at a new beginning. Kylie throws herself into opening her very own bakery in the Second Chance Lodge and tries to convince herself she’s content with what she’s created. That is, until a mysterious stranger shows up at the lodge and has Kylie rethinking everything, including her former opinion on love.

Aiden Wilder just didn’t happen to show up at the Second Chance Lodge. He’s there for a reason. To meet the owner of the bakery and find out if she really stole his grandmother’s patented cookie recipe. The one that made Grandma Wilder’s Cookies a household legend. The last thing Aiden expects to do is to find himself falling in love with the bakery’s very attractive owner.
So come with me to Second Chance and meet some of the flawed people who have managed to find love in spite of themselves.
Love Me Tender - A Second Chance Romance Novella

In LoveMe Tender, Jackson Rivers is back in Second Chance, Montana. Seven years earlier, he broke Kellie's heart when he married someone else. Can she trust him when he tells her, he wants a second chance to prove his love to her? And can Kellie find the courage to tell him he left more behind than just her broken heart all those years ago.

In Dear Me, Tara Blevins is in desperate need of a second chance after her son’s death. But will she find it in the old lodge left to her by her cousin, or the man who broke her heart by promising her he’d love her forever.

Nothing about Tara and their troubled past adds up in Devon McAllister’s mind. Tara acts like he’s the one who broke off their relationship, yet nothing could be further from the truth. Devon tells her that after she left Second Chance, he wrote her several letters and gave them to her cousin to mail. When she didn’t respond to them, he believed he had his answer.

Was it all just a horrible misunderstanding? Tara tells Devon about the letters she wrote him. So why did Lisbeth want to keep them apart? And what might have happened if they’d each had a chance to read those letters?

So, in honor of love, I’m giving away an ebook copy of the entire Valentine Matchmaker boxed set to one blogger. I’ll select the winner at random announce it here. Good luck. 

Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author Mary Alford grew up in a small Texas town famous for, well not much of anything really. Being the baby of the family and quite a bit younger than her brothers and sister, Mary had plenty of time to entertain herself. Making up stories seem to come natural to her. As a pre-teen, Mary discovered Christian romance novels and knew instinctively that was what she wanted to do with her over-active imagination. She wrote her first novel as a teen, (it’s tucked away somewhere never to see the light of day), but never really pursued her writing career seriously until a few years later, when she wrote her first Christian romance and was hooked. Today, Mary still lives in Texas, and still writes about romance. In fact, she can’t think of anything else she’d rather do. Learn more about Mary Alford at: where you can sign up for her newsletter. Also feel free to send her an email to

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Mary Alford



  1. Valentine Matchmaker sounds like a fun boxed set. I love the idea of the stories being based on the sayings on candy hearts.

  2. Hi Mary!
    I'm not entering your drawing, just stopping by to say hello, and wow!--your books sound like just the thing! I'm sincerely interested in reading them. I think I'll start with your valentine's set!

    1. Kristin, it's the perfect time of the year to read about romance and there are some great authors in that box set. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. Cindy, Marry Me was such fun to write. And I loved the idea of basing the stories off saying from candy hearts.

  4. Would love to win this box set! What a great idea basing stories on candy hearts! Love it!

    1. Thank you Yolanda. It was a blast to write and wonderful to work with so much talent.

  5. This looks wonderful. Also my granddaughters name is Kylie.

  6. Mary, I'm not entering your drawing, either, but wanted to pop by to say welcome and best wishes! The perfect time of year for such lovely stories.

  7. The stories sound good and I love the covers. Angie a_stonecipher(at)yahoo(dot).com

  8. Mary, congratulations on your new release. Best of luck for stellar sales.

  9. This looks really good! The story and a cover!! Thank you!! ♡♡

  10. How fun. My brother-in-law proposed to my sister using a "marry me" candy heart

  11. I love the idea of basing a series on candy hearts! It's been fun to watch the sayings change a bit over the years.

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  13. Hi everyone. Angie Carroll is my winner. Angie can you email me privately at Thanks.