Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Grandma Names by Janice Lynn

 Hey y'all! Some of you have probably already seen me talk about this, but I'm going to be a grandma in June! Yay! I'm super excited about this, but it has raised a HUGE question--What's going to be my grandma name???? So, let's talk grandma & grandpa names. 

I know some of y'all are way too young to be thinking about your grandma or grandpa name, but what did you call your grandparents? Any special names? And some of you have had your cherished grandparent name for a long time. What's your favorite name your grandkid(s) call you?

I have a "Grandma" who is my dad's mom, a "Big Momma" who was my mom's mom, a "Granny" who was my dad's dad's mom. A "Grandma Lula" who was my dad's mom's mom. A "Grandma Brandon" who was my mom's dad's mom. 

On names for my grandbaby to call me, I tossed around a few, but went with GrandJan. My son-in-law's mom is named Shannon and she's going with GrandShan. Of course, ultimately, our grandbaby is going to call us whatever he wants and we'll smile and be thrilled. 

My husband has yet to choose his grandpa name. He's running out of time and may need help coming up with something. LOL. Any thoughts?

What's the favorite grandparent name you've heard used? Any grandparenting advice?

Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope coming Christmas 2021 from Hallmark Publishing

USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author JANICE LYNN lives in Tennessee with her Prince Charming, their kids who think they're all royalty, her vivid imagination, an adorable Maltese named Halo who's the true princess of the house, and bunches of unnamed dust bunnies that moved in after Janice started her writing career. In addition to writing romance, Janice is a nurse practitioner, a quilter, an exercise queen, a military mama, and an avid supporter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Just kidding on the exercise queen.   WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS & Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy are available at AMAZON Barnes & Noble WALMART

Monday, April 19, 2021

Another One of My Crazy Adventures by Merri Maywether

I talked my husband into a crazy adventure. Geocaching. In my defense, it was eighty percent research for the story I'm writing,  Lilac Lane, and twenty percent I needed to get out of the house.

Geocaching is a scavenger hunt-style game that is managed with an app. The game is simple, free, and a fun way to explore old and new places. I watched YouTube videos and read blogs. With each bit of information, I knew this was my kind of game. The rules are simple. 

  • People hide containers of all shapes and sizes. I thought it would be a shoebox-sized container. It turns out some of the containers are smaller than a pillbox.
  • Others then set out to find them. 
  • The larger containers have a piece of paper or a book to sign. 
  • When a person finds the container, they take something out of the container and leave something behind. I brought stickers to share.
  • Regardless of success or failure, people log their attempts. 

imageThe app used Google Maps to help us get within ten feet of the "geocache." Easy right? 


This was one of those my small child hid the car keys when you're ten minutes late for work level of difficulty.

We searched under rocks, trees, picnic benches. I hurdled a creek. A couple of times, in hopes that a garden gnome had tried to abscond our treasure, I looked under the bottom leaves of flowers. Our shoes got muddy. People created wide berths to walk around us, and it was the most fun I'd had in a long time.

image The picture is of my husband showing our one geocache find.

To say we failed horribly at this game is an understatement.

However, we found something else. For each challenge, we spent thirty to sixty minutes as a team working to achieve something. Starsky and Hutch, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, and the Scooby-Doo gang had nothing on us. We found what had been buried for almost a year – a fascination with our small slice of the world.

Will we do it again. Definitely. What would I do differently? Bring more snacks. Trying to find something the size of my wedding band demands a lot of energy. I'm kidding, I like snacks and will use any excuse to enjoy them. 

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Merri Maywether lives with her husband in rural Montana. You can find her in the town's only coffee house listening to three generations of Montanans share their stories. Otherwise, she's in the classroom or the school library, inspiring the next generation's writers.

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Take a Visit to Paradise Hills, Montana

Faith Alexander ran away to Paradise Hills to hide from her past. Back home she has a mother that wants to run her life and the ruins from a marriage that never happened. An unexpected job offer gives Faith the chance to start a life where she can live life by her own rules. It is that much easier when she is befriended by the unassuming Holly Stewart.

A week before they were supposed to get married, Clark Grayson called off his wedding to Faith. By the time he figured out he made a mistake, it was too late to right the wrong. She was gone. When his friend Liam Lane helps him get a job at the Paradise Hills resort, Clark jumps at the chance to start life anew.

When Clark and Faith reconnect as bridesmaid and groomsman in Liam and Holly’s wedding party, an interesting game of cat and mouse begins. Everyone in Paradise Hills knows that love has a special kind of magic. Are Faith and Clark ready to trust it? Or, is their love buried too deep to be found?

Paradise Hills Summer is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. Download a copy and escape into a feel-good summer love story.

Get your copy for 99¢ 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Wyoming Mountain Escape
Laura Scott

A bride on the run in the mountain wilderness…
and a killer on the prowl.

Just as Chelsey Robards decides to call off her wedding, her soon-to-be husband is shot and killed at the altar. When the bullets start to fly her way, the best man, former Special Ops soldier Duncan O’Hare, drags her to safety. But with an unknown enemy on their trail, can they survive long enough to find out why she’s a target?

A Homecoming To Cherish
Josie Riviera

All relationships require a commitment, but is she ready to sacrifice her heart again?

Hometown Cowboy
Merrillee Whren

Caroline Keller has recently returned to Kellersburg, her hometown, after spending nearly six years teaching the children of missionaries in Kenya. While there she lived through a horrific experience, and she feels broken and in need of healing. She hasn’t been able to share her hurt, even with family and friends, until she meets Wyatt Bayer, her old nemesis.

Wyatt has spent the last ten years on the rodeo circuit with a lot of success, but one mistimed ride on a bronc ends his career. He’s in need of healing and is doing rehab at a nursing home in Kellersburg where he grew up. He’s an angry man until Caroline walks into his room and tells him to be kind.

Can two broken souls help each other heal and find love?

Available here: AmazonB&N, KoboApple

Friday, April 16, 2021

Time to Relax with a Discounted Book from Kimberly Rose Johnson


Happy Spring!

Last spring my husband and I spent some time making our backyard into a little oasis. It was so pretty! It looks much different now after the winter we had destroyed the lower tree (the one leaning) during an ice storm. It's amazing how quickly the landscape changed all because of one tree falling. It's so bare out there right now. I'm still not sure what I want to put in its place. We will probably wait and see how much sunlight hits that area and go from there. I sure miss the way it was last year.

Life is constantly changing though, and we have to roll with it. 

Right now, I'm finding that I need a break and have given myself grace to not expect as much productivity as I normally do writing wise.

Have you ever had a season where you need to give yourself grace to step back and chill? 

To help anyone who needs help relaxing I'm offering a deal on The Reluctant Groom. For a limited time you can get this contemporary Christian romance for only 99¢. Though it is part of a series, each book easily stands alone. For those of you who prefer Kindle Unlimited, the entire series is available.

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Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance and romantic mystery and suspense with a heart.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

What Should We Celebrate on April 14th? by Merrillee Whren

 Let's explore some fun days to celebrate on April 14th. We should find something to celebrate every day of the year.

First up. National Reach as High as You Can Day. I like to think of this as a day for reaching for our dreams or goals. I like this quote from Walt Disney.

Next let's celebrate Look Up At the Sky Day. Doesn't this go along with Reach as High as You Can Day? Make sure to take a moment and gaze at the sky today and tonight. See if you can find shapes in the clouds. I belong to a group called the Cloud Admiration Club. We share photos of clouds with each other. Below are some of the many cloud photos I have.

This is a photo I took from an airplane on its way from Portland to Spokane. That is Mt. Hood peaking up through the clouds.
I took this photo when I was at the beach in Florida. If you look very carefully in the upper left hand part of the picture, you will see a falcon flying in the clouds.
Here's another beach photo. That's my daughter, and the dark clouds are a hurricane roiling out in the Atlantic.

 How about looking up and seeing a double rainbow?

A moonrise with the clouds reflecting a sunset.

Clouds over the city of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia

I could go on with the sky photos, but there are more fun things to celebrate. Today is National Dolphin Day. When we lived in Florida, many days I would walk at the beach. I was always on the lookout for dolphins. I always considered it a good day if I saw them. You might enjoy the video below that I took ten years ago at the Baltimore Aquarium. I learned that they no longer have these dolphin shows.

And last but certainly not least, today is National Bookmobile Day. I remember as a kid looking forward to the bookmobile. It would stop right in front of our house. Did you ever use a bookmobile? This holiday is held in conjunction with National Library Week. What better way to end a blog post from a writer!

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

For the Love of Music by Josie Riviera

 As an author who loves music and travel, I'm thrilled to be able to incorporate both in my sweet romance novels. It is a joy sharing my books with you, my readers, and I consider myself fortunate.

To develop my stories, I research the culture, people, weather, and yes, one of my favorites, even the food.  It's always a thrill to see the characters emerge with their own personalities, and small towns are one of my favorite settings.  The location can set the tone of a novel, and often the characters' belief systems and goals are influenced by their life experiences. In my inspirational "Cherish" series, Christian faith is paramount.

As a professional musician and music lover, I often include characters who enjoy music. Readers will often see music references, as well as pianists, an opera singer, harpist, harmonica player, and in my newest release, A Homecoming to Cherish, an up and coming guitarist!

Do you enjoy music references in the books you read? Please leave your comments below.

A Homecoming To Cherish, my newest inspirational contemporary romance, is on pre-order for only 99¢!  I hope you enjoy Nora and Julian's story, as well as Nora's teenage daughter, Samantha.

All relationships require a commitment, but is she ready to sacrifice her heart again?

Grab your copy today. Available in ebook, Paperback, Large Print Paperback, and Hardcover.

Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary, inspirational, and historical romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area, with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty-nester home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Nailin' it.... by Christine Bush

It’s been a wild and crazy year, no matter how you have spent the pandemic.  Personally, I was shut in, with a hubby with conditions, a grandchild with a heart issue, and a bevy of other grandkids zooming away on line all day with their schoolwork.  I was able to teach my college courses on line.

There were lots of ups and downs, and some days a struggle to keep the balls in the air.  I’m sure you know what I mean.  The one thing that fell by the wayside was self care.  We won’t talk about the refrigerator, that’s a whole other topic. 

But by the end of the year, I ended up with hair that qualified me for a role in a horror movie (not the heroine), and nails that looked like I had clawed my way through the stone wall of a state pen.

But then… I was blessed to get my “Fauci Ouchie”.. 2 wonderful doses of Moderna. Yay.

And then I  had a major milestone birthday.  One of my daughters insisted I go to the hair salon for my birthday.  Masked and excited, I went.  When I arrived, I found out she had arranged for me to have a manicure as well as a haircut.  I am a spoiled brat, I know.

I came out looking more or less like my old self, hair styled, roots gone.

And gorgeous pink nails.


I am not usually a vain person.  But after a year of “getting by”, I left floating on air.

What an uplifting thing! We’re not out of this yet.  We need more vaccines for more folks, continued masks and social distancing, and more lowered numbers.  I can’t wait for that time when it's over.

But meanwhile, I highly recommend taking an inventory of what you might need.  You deserve it.

Of course, this week I’m not writing much, as every time I look down at those gorgeous nails, I stop and stare.  And grin.  It feels good.  Sooner or later, I'll get back to the book.  Next month, I might even get a pedicure. What do you think?

I'd love to hear about you!


Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

 Stay tuned! My new sweet novella, "Kelly's Kiss" will be arriving soon!




Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Miracle of the COVID-19 Kristin Wallace

Today, I'm getting my first COVID-19 vaccine shot. Here in the U.S., most states are using the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Astra-Zeneca vaccine is awaiting final approval for emergency use. The fact that we have three vaccines that were developed so fast is a modern-day miracle. 

There is a lengthy period of trials and testing here in the U.S., which includes exploratory phases, pre-clinical trials, new drug applications, and 4 phases of vaccine trials. Everything has to be vetted and approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It's easy to see how this process can literally take years. 

Look at how long it took to develop other life-saving vaccines:
- Polio - Around 3 years, but that was only after decades of research
- Measles  - Around 2 years
- Mumps - 4 years
- HIV - The first trials for a vaccine began in 1987 (and they're still ongoing)

The fact that it took around 9 months for four vaccines to be developed and approved for emergency use is absolutely amazing. A truly heroic effort by scientists and medical experts that will end up saving millions of lives. I don't know that we would've had this result at any other time in history. 

Hopefully, it will allow us to return to normal life soon.

Have you been vaccinated yet? 

Kristin Wallace is a USA Today Bestselling author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with Love, Laughter, and a Leap of Faith. She has three best-selling series: Covington Falls Chronicles, Shellwater Key Tales, and Palm Cove Tales. Look for CHRISTMAS CHARADE, a brand-new Covington Falls Chronicles book as part of the Holiday Fake-Out box set. 

Christmas Charade - Covington Falls Chronicles

The story revolves around Magnolia (Maggie) Lewis. She left Covington Falls over a family rift and the desire to follow her dream as an artist and sculptor. Now, she has to return for her cousin's Christmas wedding. She can't go back alone, however, because everyone thinks she has a boyfriend. (It was just a tiny lie.) A non-boyfriend who has no idea he's about to get dragged into her family drama. 

Convincing Liam Sullivan to be her fake date to the wedding is only the first challenge. She needs to make sure she doesn't fall in love with him for real.



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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Shuffle Off to Buffalo

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

We are unexpectedly in Buffalo this week helping my younger brother with some things. So I thought I'd blog about Buffalo. As some of you know, I'm originally from Western New York. My first five books (for Avalon Books) are set in small towns there. As for Buffalo (near Niagara Falls), it's the "big" city in Western NY. Some other Buffalo fun facts:

  • The City of Buffalo is about 375 miles or a six-plus hour drive from New York State's more well-known New York City.
  • Buffalo's current population is 256,480 (versus more than 8 million for New York City).
  • Buffalo is known as the City of Good Neighbors
  • It's the home of the Buffalo Bills Football Team
  • The Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area has the most affordable housing market in the US. 
  • The Rare Books Room at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library contains thousands of manuscripts and first editions-some dating back to the 15th century-- including the original of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
  • The Buffalo History Museum is the only remaining building from the Pan American Games held in 1901.
  • Two U.S. presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, were from Buffalo.
  • The city has the Largest Dyngus Day celebration in the US. Dyngus Day is a generally Polish celebration on the Monday after Easter.
  • The British burned down Buffalo in the War of 1812.
  • F.  Scott Fitzgerald spent much of his childhood in Buffalo.
  • Grain Elevators got their start in Buffalo. At one time, Western New York grew most of the grain in the US.
  • The air conditioner was invented in Buffalo.
  • The first cancer research lab came about in Buffalo.
  • Non-dairy creamer, whipped topping, and instant coffee all came from Buffalo.
Is anyone reading from Buffalo? Somewhere else in Western NY? What county? While I was born in Niagara Fall, I mostly grew up in Wyoming County New York. 

While I've set most of my books in the Adirondack Mountains and Western New York, I have a few exceptions. One of those exceptions is the books I've written in the No Brides Club series, although they have Western New York ties. And for a limited time, you can start this fun multi-author series for only 99-cents.

A group of professional women make a pact not to let love get in the way of their careers Could meeting the right man at the wrong time make them break the pact? 

Try Book #1, No Time for Love, for only 99¢ 

Each of my three books is reduced to $3.99. All 18 books in the series can be read FREE in Kindle Unlimited. And look for more this summer.

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                        Happy Easter--a day late. 

                        We missed being able to actually go to church for Easter--our services are still just online.  And for over a year now, we've missed being able to gather with loved ones over the holidays. 

                        But now a number of us have been vaccinated, so we planned a mostly outdoors event with social distancing--tables set up outside, the guys playing football after our informal brunch, and pony rides for the younger set. Notice the muddy knee incurred during the Easter basket hunt.  :) 

                        I hope it will be easier to gather with family and friends by the Fourth of July!  

                        What did you do over Easter?

                        We had a bitterly cold winter, but by the start of April, the weather turned so warm.  It makes me want to tackle spring cleaning and plant the gardens! 

                         I learned my lesson last year, however. Cold weather returned and killed all of our new strawberry and tomato plants. 😢  

                        Do you plan to have a garden this year? What do you usually plant?  I can't wait for the everbearing strawberries and tomatoes.  Nothing like a sun-warmed fresh tomato in a BLT!  

                        Just in case you have some "downtime" this spring for some reading, my new full-length novel is still on sale for just $.99.

                        It's One More Dance, a clean and wholesome romance, set in a small town in scenic Western Wisconsin. Here's a quick blurb:

                        How badly can a relationship be broken before there's just no chance to save it?

                        Veterinarian Kate Mathers' husband is in a terrible car accident with a pretty stranger who died in his car. Kate is now at his bedside, trying to face his precarious situation and deal with the fact that someone is targeting both her husband and her veterinary practice.  And who was that woman? No one knows. Yet. How could Kate and Jared's perfect marriage have gone so wrong? If only they can have one more chance to talk, and forgive...and to have one more dance in each other's arms...

                        Here is the link to read more about it, or to buy:   CLICK HERE

                        Leave a comment, and you'll be entered in a drawing for a free copy of High Country Homecoming.  Best wishes to you all for a wonderful spring!


                        Friday, April 2, 2021

                        Matzo Meal Recipes by @Donna_Fasano

                        After Passover, matzo meal is sold for under a dollar a box, so it’s the perfect way to make meals on a budget. If you're like me (a Christian), you might be asking, "What is matzo meal?" Matzo (also known as matzah or matza) is an unleavened flatbread that is part of Jewish cuisine and forms an integral element of the Passover festival. Matzo meal is made by grinding up this flatbread into meal. It can best be described as cracker crumbs. Matzo meal can be used to replace cracker crumbs or dried bread crumbs in almost any recipe. Here are two of my favorite recipes where I have incorporated matzo meal.

                        Salmon Cakes

                        • 1 6-ounce can skinless, boneless salmon, drained
                        • 3/4 cup matzo meal, divided
                        • 1 large egg
                        • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
                        • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
                        • 1 tablespoon onion, finely minced
                        • 2 tablespoons celery, finely minced
                        • Salt, to taste
                        • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
                        • 1 tablespoon cooking oil, for frying

                        1.    To a mixing bowl, add the salmon, 1/2 cup of the matzo meal, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, onion, celery, salt, and lemon pepper. Mix to thoroughly combine. Form into 2 patties.

                        2.    Pour the remaining 1/4 cup of matzo meal onto a plate and coat both sides of the salmon cakes.

                        3.    Heat the cooking oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the salmon cakes and cook until heated through and golden, approximately 4 to 5 minutes on both sides.

                        4.    Serve with topping of your choice—tartar sauce, hot sauce, fresh lemon wedge, etc. Makes 2 large cakes. Serves 2.

                        Zucchini Brunch Casserole

                        • 2 medium zucchinis, washed and patted dry
                        • 1/2 cup matzo meal
                        • 1/2 onion, finely minced (about 1/2 cup)
                        • Salt and Pepper to taste
                        • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
                        • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
                        • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
                        • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
                        • 2 large eggs
                        • 1/2 cup sour cream

                        1.    Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

                        2.    Trim the ends of the zucchinis. Do not peel. Using the large holes on a box grater, grate the zucchinis into a large mixing bowl.

                        3.    Add the matzo meal, onion, salt, pepper, herbs, garlic and onion powders, and cheddar cheese to grated zucchinis. Stir to thoroughly combine.

                        4.    In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and the sour cream until combined. Pour egg mixture over zucchini mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

                        5.    Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let sit for 5 minutes. Cut into squares.


                        When creating this zucchini casserole recipe, I used a sweet onion. You can substitute any onion you have on hand—yellow, red, white, even scallions would work. For the herbs, I used Herbs De Provence because that’s what I had on hand, but you could substitute any herb or herb mix you prefer. Italian Seasoning would work well. 

                        Have you ever cooked with matzo meal? I'd love to hear your experiences. 

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                        This month, I'm offering A FAMILY FOREVER SERIES, Books 1-3, on sale for just 99¢ in the Kindle Store. I hope you enjoy these sweet romances. The set usually sells for $7.99. Nice savings for the month of April!

                        There are 2 more titles in this series:

                        An Accidental Family, Book 4

                        Nanny and the Professor, Book 5

                        Donna Fasano is a USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. Learn more about her at 
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                        Thursday, April 1, 2021

                        There's Romance in the Badlands by Vickie McDonough

                        Romance is blooming in the North Dakota Badlands.

                        Outlaw Heart
                        Romance in the Badlands Book 2

                        Vickie McDonough

                        Can such a kind-hearted lady really be an outlaw?

                        Deputy Marshal Brett Wickham is ready to retire from law enforcement and settle down on the ranch left to him and his younger brother, Taylor. But when Taylor is killed in a bank robbery, Brett pins his badge back on and goes hunting for the Salinger gang. Then a bear attack leaves him badly wounded and lands him right in the middle of the outlaw’s hideout with his nemesis, Lottie Sallinger, caring for him

                        The woman who tends to Brett’s wounds claims to be Anna McFarland. He’s sure that’s an alias, although she sure seems too sweet and innocent to be an outlaw. But looks can be deceiving. When his heart is drawn to her, Brett fights the attraction. There is no way he can fall for the woman who helped kill his brother. Can he do his job when everything in him wants Lottie to be innocent?

                        Just $2.99 / Free on Kindle Unlimited

                        Available on Amazon 

                        Also in the Romance in the Badlands Series:

                        Wild at Heart - Book 1 - $2.99 on Amazon

                        Straight for the Heart - Book 3 - Coming in May

                        Wednesday, March 31, 2021

                        Lyn Cote Asks What’s Your Taste in Romance?

                        Image by Perfecto_Capucine from Pixabay 

                        Romance is an interesting blend of all kinds of stories. Do you enjoy a contemporary romance or a historical romance? A romance with hero who’s a detective? Like a cowboy? A heroine who’s a doctor?

                        You see what I mean. Romances come in all flavors. Authors understand that and each of us writes a different “flavor” in a unique “voice.” That means that though many authors may write stories with a hero who is a detective, each one will be very different.

                        But some readers don’t understand this.

                        I’m always amused when I read 1 or 2 star reviews of my books. I suppose that means I’m strange, but these reviewer berate me for not writing the book SHE wanted to read. 

                        Obviously I write the books I write. If she didn’t like it, why didn’t she just stop reading? I mean if you were at a buffet and took something you didn’t like, would you keep eating it after realizing you didn’t like the taste?

                        Here’s one of my favorite 2 star reviews

                        “This is the first of Ms. Cote's books I have read but if this is any indication of the type of writing quality of her books, it will be my last. I forced myself to read it to the end hoping it would get better - 

                        Two thirds of the book focuses on a love relationship, which is fine, but it is center stage, not the mystery. (I was looking for more mystery.)”

                        The title of the review was—

                        “It's no secret - I should have passed on this book!”

                        Well, why didn’t she??? My book’s subtitle is “Clean Romance Mystery.” Note that Romance comes first. Shaking my head.

                        My new book is another Clean Romance Mystery, titled Uncertain Spring. Last fall I asked in a blog: Can a Grandmother be a heroine? The response was YES! And that is this book. It came out March 26th and it’s 25% off regular price till Easter Sunday.

                        Here’s the scoop:

                        Near midnight, a panicked dog barks frantically—not to frighten but to beckon.

                        Lois has just driven up to her summer home in a March snowstorm, coming north early to be near her adult daughters. Without hesitation she follows as the dog leads her through the thick pine forest. 

                        Finally she glimpses a young woman lying in the snow, unconscious. Lois taps in 911.

                        In the morning, the girl has wakened in what the doctor identifies as a state of dis-associative fugue, a form of amnesia. Lois takes in the girl as the local sheriff tries to find clues to her identity.

                        The nearby vet, a mountain of a man, helps Lois with the girl’s dog. He’s increasingly attracted to this compassionate but oh so refined woman while Lois finds herself drawn to him. Can they take a second chance on love? And why isn’t anyone searching for the girl? Or is someone?

                        Another suspenseful romance set on the shore of Lake Superior. For more info, click here.

                        So is your taste in romance? —Lyn Cote