Wednesday, June 30, 2021

LYN COTE ASKS: Help Me with a Title?

 I STARTED A NEW BOOK! AND IT NEEDS A TITLE!  It’s part of my Northern Shore Intrigue series where all the titles have an adjective or descriptive word before the season Here are my titles so far: 

Precarious Summer, 



Precarious Summer


Bitter Autumn, 




Fatal Winter, 



Beneath Northern Lights 



Uncertain Spring



and now _____?__ Midsummer. 


You see I need a descriptive word before Midsummer (since it takes place then.) 

One of you suggested Precarious Summer a couple of  years ago which was way better than whatever I’d thought of. Each of these books combines a romance and mystery so the titles have that "feel." My current working title is Menacing Midsummer but do you have a better idea?

A few suggestions have been made:

  1. TREACHEROUS MIDSUMMER
  2. SINISTER MIDSUMMER
  3. OMINOUS MIDSUMMER
Do any of those appeal to you? Or do you have a better suggestion?


 I hope to have this book done by the end of the year. Maybe it will be released in December—in time for Christmas giving and just relaxing by the fire and or Christmas tree. Reading about Midsummer in winter is good, right? '-)


I'm offering a free ebook to anyone who leaves an opinion about 1-3 or adds a new possible title! So put on your thinking caps, ladies and gents! And thanks in advance--Lyn 


PS: PRECARIOUS SUMMER WILL BE ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS, JULY 5-12! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

In Loving Memory of my Grandparents - Laura Scott @laurascottbooks

 

Good morning! Last year when I decided to try writing in a new to me genre (cozy mysteries) I thought about my grandparents. That might seem odd, but I wanted t a way to memorialize them. They've been gone for many years now and I miss them very much. 

As I brainstormed the plot for Dogged by Death my first cozy mystery through Crooked Lane Books, I thought it would be great to name the Willow Bluff Widows (AKA WBW's) after my maternal grandmother (Lydia) my paternal grandmother (Harriet) and my great aunt Tillie (Harriet's sister.) 

I will confess, that I may have embellished their personalities just a bit. In real life my great aunt Tillie played cribbage but not poker. My grandma Harriet was an amazing cook and learned from her German mother. And Lydia loved to knit, so that part of the story is true. 

Oscar, my heroine's grandfather is named after my Grandma Lydia's brother. I couldn't choose between my two grandfathers, lol.


Some of my best memories are spending Christmas with my cousins at Grandma Lydia's house, and two week summer vacations with Grandma Harriet. Looking back, those were some of the best years of my life.

Here's a picture of me, my mom, my grandma Lydia and my daughter Nicole. Four generations of women.


And here's a rather grainy picture of my grandma Harriet and grandpa Frank on their 50th wedding anniversary!


Such wonderful family get togethers with both sets of grandparents! 

Does anyone have memories related to your grandparents that you'd like to share? 

Laura Scott

Ally Winter is going through a ruff patch. The thirty-something veterinarian lost her fiancΓ©, her clinic, and her savings in rapid succession. So when Ally's grandfather undergoes hip replacement surgery, she moves back to Willow Bluff, Wisconsin, to care for him. She arrives home, tail between her legs, only to find sleazy lawyer Marty Shawlin murdered in his home office. And the only witness was Marty's faithful boxer, Roxy.

Quick as a greyhound, Noah Jorgensen is on the case. The good news is, he's the best detective around. The bad news, at least the way Ally sees it, is that Noah is still just as fetching as he was back in high school. He also just happens to have witnessed every embarrassing incident that befell accident-prone Ally--including the fire-ant attack that set tongues wagging and won her the unshakable nickname Hot Pants.

Meanwhile, true-crime aficionado Gramps fancies himself a sleuth, and he is doggedly determined to sniff out the culprit himself...with Ally's reluctant help, of course. Ally has no choice but to team up with Noah--and the irrepressible Roxy--to solve the case while keeping Gramps on a short leash.

Ally had better learn some new tricks, lickety-split. Because if she can't bring the killer to heel, she won't just be playing dead.

 

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Minimalist Me, by Magdalena Scott

Photo by Daniel Ray on Unsplash

As a minimalist, I don't spend much time shopping. When I do shop, the process is complicated by my concerns for the environment. I'm also a list-maker, an overthinker, and, for what it's worth, a Libra (constantly weighing options).

In other words, life is easier if I avoid buying anything except for food and ebooks.

Last summer I finally took all of my photo albums out of the boxes in which they'd been stored for eight years, since my husband's death. In a local shop I stumbled upon an antique wardrobe that had been fitted with shelves. (Reusing = a win for the environment, plus most of my furniture is also vintage or antique.) The wardrobe is the perfect way to display photos in frames, and all of the albums fit inside too. Major bonus--when the doors are closed, nothing gets dusty. 

You'd think I wouldn't be buying another piece of furniture just 12 months later. But a few years after giving away my couch, this spring I decided to buy a daybed to serve as both living room seating and extra sleeping space when I have overnight guests. 

(Another thing about being a minimalist--I prefer items that can serve multiple purposes. Additional example: using pint jars as mini canisters, flower vases, freezer storage for soup, or for homemade iced coffee.)

Photo by Emily Rose on Unsplash

But back to the daybed...

I lucked into a cute metal daybed at a garage sale. Like the wardrobe, this is a win for the environment, since I'm reusing something that was manufactured several years ago. I ordered a mattress from a nearby manufacturer that doesn't use weird and perhaps not-so-healthful materials found in many mattresses.

The daybed has been a big hit. Drop-in guests enjoy it in couch mode. When I have overnight guests, they sleep in my bedroom on the double bed, and I'm comfy on the daybed's twin-size.

Selina, my cat, is also a fan. She seldom hangs out on the daybed alone, but she and I snuggle together to watch TV. Oh yeah, the snuggle factor is another reason we "needed" this daybed. 


I can also prop up in one corner and work on my current novel, or--ta da!--compose a blog.

Do you like antique or vintage items? Do you lean toward purchases that can serve a variety of functions?


Website: https://magdalenascott.com/


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Such a Beautiful Time!


I love June. It doesn't have the same thrills as February, when the almond blossoms foretell the coming of spring. Nor does it charm like April with its roses. June has its own splendor as crape myrtle erupts in shades from purest white to deepest burgundy. But it isn't beauty that makes June important.

Juneteenth, now a national holiday, has been celebrated in most of the 50 United States for some time, as well it should be. Also known by other names (my favorite is Emancipation Day), June 19 marks the end of legal enslavement in the United States and the righting of a great wrong. That alone makes the day worth celebrating.

My family celebrates for another, more personal reason. As our daughter put it, "Mom and Dad, it took 51 years, but your anniversary is now a national holiday!" Roger and I were married June 19, 1970. This year, our anniversary began a remarkable multi-day festival. 

June 20, the day following our 51st, was Father's Day when we honored all the noble men in our lives. From the dads who raised us to the fine men who helped us bring up another generation of good people, we pay tribute to them all. I especially honor my dad and dad-in-law, my husband, and all the good men who are raising my grandchildren and my first great-grandbaby. 

On June 21, we boarded a plane for OKC and Aylapalooza 9. Every odd-numbered year, we gather the whole clan, or as many as can make it. The only two we missed this time were the grandson who's in military training and a second his age who didn't yet have enough time in at his job to take the days away. We also celebrated our daughter's birthday on June 22, with the rest of the family arriving for more fun after that.

When we're all together, we make a pretty impressive crowd and we have an amazing time. We always plan fun activities (a movie theater just for us, a barn dance, a trip to a waterfall with swimming ponds), but we enjoy just being together.

After all this celebrating, I may need a full week (or even two!) to unwind and catch up, but it's worth the trouble. Besides, we likely won't have a week this eventful for another two years.


Susan Aylworth is the author of more than 20 novels. Her newest release is A Joyful Eve in Christmas Town, a revision of last year's Joy Comes to Bedford Falls. It's the first book in the new Christmas Town series. Watch for St. Nick Comes to Christmas Town, coming July 29. The Trouble with Rainbows, released in June, is the sixth book in the Rainbow Rock Romances, and more books are coming this year in both series. Over the Rainbow, a prequel to the Rainbow Rock Romances, is available free for only a short time longer to everyone who subscribes to her newsletter. You can sign up on her website: susanaylworthauthor.com. Contact her on her Facebook author page or via susan.aylworth.author@gmail.com or join her on Twitter @Susan Aylworth. 





Monday, June 21, 2021

Free Books! Have You Read WINTER'S SECRET?

 


Lyn Cote here~ Book 1 of my Northern Intrigue series is always free!
So have you read it??? It guaranteed to give you a few chills!!!

Some secrets chill to the bone…

In a small Wisconsin town, a record-breaking winter brings a series of disturbing crimes. The new sheriff and home health nurse will do anything to stop whoever is responsible. All the while they’ll try not to do something even more dangerous--fall in love. With God’s help, can they crack the bone-chilling mystery — and the secrets to their own hearts?


Welcome to Steadfast, Wisconsin, a small town 

whose people and mysteries you may never forget~

For more info, click here.


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For the first time, A MONTANA LEGACY is on Kindle Unlimited, 
and it's FREE! 





In  A Montana Legacy,  a burned-out Minneapolis cop must deal with a stubborn Montana rancher...but if she claims her inheritance, will he claim her heart? Maybe...

Except someone is lurking in the shadows, planning to ensure that she'll find no happy endings in  Montana.  Or anywhere else.

To learn more  CLICK HERE

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Longest Day by Janice Lynn

 Many of us have special projects/things that are near and dear to our hearts. For me, Quilts of Valor is definitely one of those organizations, but I am currently involved in a very special fundraiser for Alzheimer's called The Longest Day. June 20th is that day. A day specifically set aside for Alzheimer awareness and raising funds for research. In the US, Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death. That means most of us probably know someone or multiple someones who have battled this disease or lost someone to it. In 2020, my agent's grandmother died from Alzheimer's. Six years ago a dear friend (Lisa Child) lost her mother to Alzheimer's. And, another dear friend's mother is currently in a memory care unit slowly losing her battle to Alzheimer's. When Honey died (agent's grandmother) myself and two author friends (Lisa Childs & Kat Brookes) wanted to do something. This disease is so heart-wrenching and is aptly called the longest goodbye. 

We each wrote a sweet, small town romance of between 20k-25k and are donating our proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association (world's largest non-profit funding Alzheimer's research) to help find a cure. Forget Me Not is available for pre-order now and the official release day is July 6th. It's a great price of only 99 cents through July 12, 2020. If you love small town, sweet romances, then be sure to grab your copy & know you're doing a little something to help find a cure, as well. 


Book 1 – A LOVE MEANT TO BE by Janice Lynn When Bellamy Collins’ mother is injured, she flies home to Potluck, Georgia. Other than brief holiday visits over the past ten years, Bellamy had done her best to steer clear of her hometown and the man she’d once given her heart to. Just thinking about Mason made her heart hurt, so she shouldn’t have been surprised at the emotions seeing him again stirs up in her. So much had been left unresolved between them when she left to pursue her career on Broadway. She’d found success and happiness in New York, but her foolish heart seems determined to be trampled over again. No matter how drawn she still is to him, nothing has changed. She’ll be leaving as soon as her mother is on her feet, and Mason will be continuing on with his life in Potluck. Mason Waldron knew nothing would keep Bellamy from coming home to stay with her mother after her accident. Not even the chance of running into him. He’d moved on after their relationship ended, but the marriage, one he’d jumped into for all the wrong reasons, had ended in divorce. Now he’s raising his young daughter alone and knows it’s not only his heart that could be broken if he lets Bellamy into his life again. Can they find a way to be friends without his heart yearning for more? The more time they spend together, the more Mason knows theirs is a love that’s meant to be, but how can his small-town life ever compete with the bright lights of the stage?

Book 2 – A LOVE SO TRUE by Lisa Childs True Morgan has always longed for the kind of love for herself that her parents found when they met in second grade. Ever since the day her dad declared his love in a homemade Valentine and her mother checked the box that she felt the same, they’d been inseparable. With her mother gone too soon to Alzheimer’s disease, True is worried about her father, but she’s also worried about the single father of one of her young students. She’s worried that she’s falling for him. Blake Walters has a secret…crush on his daughter’s teacher. Unfortunately that’s not the only secret the single father is keeping, and because of that, he can’t risk getting involved with anyone - even someone as beautiful and sweet as True Morgan. 

Book 3 – A LOVE WORTH HOLDING ON TO by Kat Brookes Professional bull rider Tucker McGraw fell in love with Jenni Lee Sanders in high school. That love grew while traveling the rodeo circuit together. Then Tucker suffered a devastating injury that not only ended his bull riding career, but his chance at a future with Jenni Lee. She’d been prepared to give up professional barrel racing to help care for him during his lengthy recovery. Only he loved her too much to take that from her, so he’d done the only thing he could – he set her free. She deserved more than a broken-down cowboy whose well-planned future had suddenly hit an impassable roadblock. Jenni Lee’s heart had never fully healed after Tucker McGraw ended their relationship. Now, nearly two years later, she runs into her ex at the Yellow Rose Rodeo and all those old feelings comes rushing back. To make matters worse, her daddy hires Tucker to help out at the ranch until he’s back on his feet so Jenni Lee can return to barrel racing. But Jenni Lee isn’t about to trust Tucker to stick around and see things through. Not when he’d prone to running off when things get tough. Only the more time she spends with Tucker, the more Jenni Lee realizes there’s something she wants more than another rodeo championship. She wants another chance at finding happiness with Tucker. Because theirs truly is a love worth holding on to.

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If you'd like to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, you can do so through our "Writers for a Cause" The Longest Day team page HERE  I know every family affected by Alzheimer's appreciates everything that is done to help further a cure being found.

How about you? What are your special projects/organizations that are near and dear to your heart? Has Alzheimer's touched your life directly or indirectly? 


Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope coming October 26, 2021 from Hallmark Publishing

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, & Publishers Weekly 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. www.janicelynn.com   WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS & WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS JOY are available at AMAZON Barnes & Noble WALMART
www.janicelynn.com

Saturday, June 19, 2021

A Different Kind of Hero by Merri Maywether

When I was at the grocery store, I saw a man with a cart full of steaks. His daughter held the railing, and it was obvious to all who saw them together they were excited about something. 

I thought to myself, what kind of party was he planning?

Then I sat down to write this post, and it hit. Tomorrow, June 20th, is Father’s Day. He probably got a new grill, and they were shopping for a family barbecue. 


Father’s Day is different from Mother’s Day. On Mother’s Day, we go out for lunch, and the kids try to be quiet so we can take a nap. On Father’s Day, dads and kids play games, plan meals, and engage in shenanigans. 


I love recalling Father's Days when the kids were younger. There was the time when my (then) seven-year-old son thought for sure dad would want a football as a Father’s Day present. They could play together. 


When I told my husband, after the fact, he asked why I suggested the more suitable purchase of a grooming kit with cologne. He wanted to play football too. My bad



Then there was the year the kids bought the “Best Dad Ever” t-shirt. My husband’s response was epic. Anyone who saw the wide grin whenever he wore the shirt would have sworn he won the lottery. His kids thought he was the best. Nothing else mattered. 


Dads are heroes of a different sort. They make sure the lights are turned off in every room, and the car is maintenanced at the correct mileage, and they know the best places to hide when mom has had it. 



They are also the playmate who can make up games at a moment’s notice and the sage who seasons their stories with hard-learned truths.


I love Father’s Day because it reminds me of how the romantic heroes in our lives have continued to grow. 


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For those of us who were curious about the history of Father’s Day, I have a p.s. 



  • The first Father’s Day, in 1910, was declared by Sonora Dodd in Spokane, Washington. Dodd was raised by a single father. After the first Mother’s Day, she wanted her father and many like him to receive recognition for his dedication to his children. 


  • The holiday had its peaks and lows. Some rejected it as a marketing ploy or another way to trigger gift purchases. The true intent remained, and Father’s Day was declared an official holiday in 1966.


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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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Here is a father-son scene from Home For Good





He's the hometown hero. She's the small-town sweetheart he left behind.


It broke Katie’s heart when Brock severed ties with her. She believed they were going to get married and live happily ever after. With some help from her friends and family, she healed, grew up, and moved on. There were some bumps along the way, but Katie was at the point where she could say she was happy with her life. Then Brock moved back to Three Creeks and turned her world upside down.


Retired, Army Colonel Brock Buchanan knows how to go into a battle. He's served on numerous tours and helped rebuild communities under the enemy's nose. They say love is a battlefield, so he should have the upper hand when he returns to Three Creeks to claim what he foolishly left behind all those years ago.


When Brock and Katie reconnect at a high school reunion, they take a trip to the past. Brock sees a new future for them. Katie has 20/20 hindsight of everything that went wrong. Everyone in Three Creeks is asking the same question. What strategy will Brock use to rekindle the love he left behind?


Read this heartwarming, small town, clean romance and find out why Brock wants to return home for good.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

June Releases from our Sweet Romance Authors






Opposites Attract
Special Collection
Books 1-4 Complete Series
Lyn Cote

Four hurting couples find opposites do attract even in the dark shadow of mystery

Opposites do attract. And true love never runs smooth. That’s true in small towns and big-city neighborhoods. Especially when mysteries intrude. Who is hacking into sensitive medical center records? Stealing valuable antiques? And why has a father of twin boys disappeared? These questions and more stress families already dealing with alcoholism, broken vows, and the loss of loved ones. But hope abounds. Faith can face anything. And love never fails.

Purchase here: https://amzn.to/3cnopf4




Miracle Baby
Merrilee Whren

Dori Morales has become the guardian for her infant nephew, JT, after the car accident that killed her sister and brother-in-law. JT is the most important thing in her life, and she plans to adopt him.

After being named executor and trustee of his nephew’s inheritance, Chase Garrett intends to be a big part of his nephew’s life. Chase’s plans face a huge obstacle—Dori’s resentment over Chase’s estrangement from his brother, JT’s dad. Besides, Chase’s father wants custody of his grandson in order to give him everything wealth and privilege can buy, and he will stop at nothing to make that happen.

Chase hopes to give his nephew the best of everything as a way of making up for his fractured relationship with his brother—and a marriage of convenience to Dori just might prevent the nasty custody battle that looms.

Purchase here:
https://www.merrilleewhren.com/book/miracle-baby/



Darby's Decision
Laura Scott

Will he forgive her betrayal?

Darby Walsh made the difficult decision to betray Gage Killion to the police so she could get into rehab for the sake of her unborn child. Six years later, she’s managed to stay on track with the help of a wonderful woman who treats Leo like the grandson she never had. When the zip line cable Darby is using pulls free, sending her crashing into a tree, Darby doesn’t think it’s an accident. And when Gage Killion arrives on the scene, he’s her first suspect. She doesn’t tell him about their son until it becomes clear that the drug dealers they helped put away, are now seeking revenge.

Gage can’t believe he has a five-year-old son. He realizes the baby was the reason Darby had turned him over to the authorities, and he doesn’t blame her. Ironically, being in jail turned his life around, mainly because of Pastor Davies Bible Study group. Now that Gage knows about Leo, he wants to be a part of the boy’s life, but first, he needs to protect Darby, and help find those responsible for the multiple attacks against them. Will he convince Darby her next decision should be to accept his love?

Amazon



Holiday Hearts Volume 4
Josie Rivieria

Savor the magic of the holidays in Holiday Hearts Volume 4 with three sweet and inspirational contemporary romances for only 99¢.

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FREE June 16th - 20th! Free! Free! Free!

Nothing can make Native American Mat Makwa give up being a New York City police officer… except one little girl—all alone in the world—who needs a father. Returning to his Kolheek reservation to take on the safer job of sheriff of this small, close-knit community, he never expects his heart might be in danger to school teacher Julie Dacey.

Although the books in this series are stand-alone novels, reading the books in order will offer the most enjoyable experience. Titles in The Black Bear Brothers Series:

An Honorable Man, Book 1 - FREE Today!
Healing Chay, Book 3

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Sweet Contemporary Holiday Romance Kindle Countdown.

On sale for only 99¢! (U.S. only)

Sweet Peppermint Kisses


There’s no place like home. Until the heart gallops off in an unexpected direction…

Also available in paperback, Large Print Paperback, Audiobook, and Hardcover.

The beloved first book in the Rainbow Rock series is now on sale:

99 cents through June 22. Get yours now!


In time for her ten-year class reunion, Meg Taylor is lured back to the tiny town in northeastern Arizona where she suffered through high school. Overweight, step-daughter to the principal, she was anything but popular. Now she’s slim, attractive, and accomplished—but wary of all she once knew.

Except for Jim. “Little Jimmy” McAllister was one of her best friends. Ten years have changed him, too. (No one calls him “little” anymore!) He always cared about Meg and seeing her again enhances those feelings. He wants her to stay, permanently, but Meg, the daughter of a serial-marrying mom, can’t imagine herself in “happily ever after.” What will it take to change her mind and bind her heart to him?

*Ride the Rainbow Home is the first in a series of twelve sweet romances set in quirky Rainbow Rock, Arizona, a fictional town in the magnificent Four Corners region, verging on the Painted Desert and the Navajo Nation. Updated in a new, revised, 2021 edition, it heralds the re-release of this beloved series. Visit the author's website, susanaylworthauthor.com, to learn how to get the prequel FREE.


One Marshal. Three Brides—no, make that four!

Three mail-orders brides arrive in Lookout, Texas, each expecting to marry the town marshal--but Luke Davia didn't order a bride. Much to Luke's chagrin, the mayor insists one a friendly contest to discover which bride will make Luke the best wife, but on the pie-making contest day, there is a surprise fourth entry--an anonymous one. Mayhem occurs as the whole town tries to figure out who the anonymous bride is, and the mayor pressures Luke to pick a bride or lose his job. Will Marshal Davis tuck tail and run for the hills? Or will he lose his heart and his bachelorhood? 

Available on Amazon

Ebook is on sale for $2.99 (Regular price $4.99)

Paperback is $14.99

Free on Kindle Unlimited

Review by GH:

"I went to great lengths to get my hand on this book. It was completely worth every penny I spent. This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. The storyline was engaging, and I enjoyed every character - even the bad ones. The time and the place was key to the charm of the story, but the best part of the plot was just reading every detail as it unfolded. I will be re-reading this book many times in the coming years."




Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Road Less Traveled By Kimberly Rose Johnson

Sunriver Oregon is one of my favorite destinations. In past visits my husband and I discovered a trail that is just outside Sunriver, but we were always on foot and never able to make it to the end of the trail. That changed recently. We brought bikes!

We had no idea where the trail would lead us, mostly because we never noticed the map at the beginning of the trail until this past trip. Personally, I think the map is new.;)

As you can see from this picture the trail wove through some rustic terrain. We kept alert for wild animals, but only saw rock chucks. Kind of disappointing, but what was to come made the lack of wildlife okay.
 
This bridge marked the end of the paved trail. Years ago when our boys were kids we hiked the trail on the other side, but had come to it from the trailhead at the opposite end. Since I only have a street bike, taking the dirt trail was not an option, so we turned around and headed back.
I couldn't resist taking a selfie to commemorate finally making it to the end of the mystery trail. :)
LOL Those lines on my face are weird sun/shade marks not my skin. My hubby is in the background. We thoroughly enjoyed taking the road less traveled and plan to do it again someday.

In my book A Love to Treasure, school teacher Nicole Davis, goes to Sunriver for the summer. She definitely knows how to take the road less traveled as she follows the clues to a scavenger hunt her late grandmother sent her on. What follows is an exciting adventure filled with mystery and a little suspense. 

Do you ever take a road less traveled? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.


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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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Bargain Sweet Romances for You!

 


Lyn Cote~Opposites Attract Special Collection

If you subcribe to Kindle Unlimited, the ebook subsciption service Amazon.com offers, this 4 book collection fo sweet romances is FREE! 
If not, it's $2.99 and that's for 4 books, each USUALLY priced $3.99 which TOTALS nearly $16 regularly. 
LIMTED TIME! ENDS SUNDAY THE 20TH!!!

Four hurting couples find opposites do attract even  in the dark shadow of mystery~

Opposites do attract. And true love never runs smooth. That’s true in small towns and big city neighborhoods. Especially when mysteries intrude. Who is hacking into sensitive medical center records? Stealing valuable antiques? And why has a father of twin boys disappeared? These questions and more stress families already dealing with alcoholism, broken vows, and the loss of loved ones. But hope abounds. Faith can face anything. And love never fails. 


Only Her Heart Book 1
What will it take for a clueless computer genius to notice the loving woman at the desk beside him? And who is the hacker who is endangering lives?
The Heart Hopes Book 2
What could unite a disgruntled DA and the pretty teacher, responsible for his hung jury? Perhaps a little boy in need of love.
Two Hearts Denied Book 3
Each bearing a different heartbreaking past-a lovely, young lawyer and a hardened detective--what can break the barriers that stand between them and a future together? And can they find the missing father of two little guys?
A Heart of Stone Book 4
A baby girl’s future hangs in the balance and sparks a heart-rending mystery~Why Cash’s only sister willed guardianship of her baby to her best friend instead of him.
For more info, click here.

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Only 99¢


The Single Dad:
Ex-military man Derrick Richmond. Solitary and satisfied…until little Timmy was dropped into his lap and Derrick had to learn to be somebody's daddy.

The Single Woman:
Schoolteacher Anna Maxwell. Fate might have denied her a family of her own, but Anna still had plenty of love to give, if only someone would notice.

The Solution:
Anna would teach Derrick all he needed to know about kids. Father and son would give Anna some precious memories. Then the schoolteacher and the single dad would go their separate ways. Unless one little boy figured out a way to make Miss Maxwell become his mom!

Grab a copy for only $0.99!

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And here's another bargain--only $0.99 !!


Someone is targeting Kate's veterinary practice and her husband, who is now in the ICU. Can she discover the stranger's identity and stop him before it's too late?

 CLICK HERE to nab a copy of the first book in the Northern Pines series before the price goes up!   

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Family Dynamics and Storytelling by Merrillee Whren


 Families can be shelters from the storm, or families can be the storm themselves. When I write a book, I love to explore family dynamics. Birth order, number of siblings and their ages, extended family, occupations of parents, divorce, and single parenthood are just a few of the things that make up family dynamics. I especially love to put kids in my stories. 

Falling in love can sometimes bring trouble if either person comes from a family that is broken. Someone who comes from a loving and secure family situation may not understand the person who comes from a family where love doesn't abound. Parents who lead a troubled life influence the lives of their children. Those children may not see falling in love as a positive thing. They may be reluctant to enter into a romantic relationship because they fear repeating the unhappiness of their parents. 

My upcoming release, MIRACLE BABY, features a hero who comes from a very broken family and a heroine who comes from a large, boisterous, loving family. The book releases on June 24. Today is the last day to get the preorder for 99 cents. 

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What aspect of family dynamics do you think most influences how a person views life?

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.
 
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.