Thursday, June 30, 2022

Bed and Breakfasts by Laura Scott


Good morning! For those who don't know me, I'm Laura Scott and I write sweet and inspirational romantic suspense. Some of my suspense stories are more mystery focused than true suspense. 

My question for our readers is about Bed and Breakfasts. Have you stayed in any recently? Or have these gone to the wayside with the uptick in access tp rentals like VRBO and AirBNB? Inquiring minds want to know, lol.

I've stayed in several Bed and Breakfasts, and I really enjoyed the experience. My friend Beth Watson and I stayed in several during our trip to Ireland a few years ago. Those wonderful full Irish breakfasts were amazing. 

Here's a picture of me in front of an Irish castle! 

During that trip to Ireland, I had this idea for a series where a group of siblings renovated their beloved grandparents' house into a Bed and Breakfast. Now that was several years ago, so it makes me wonder if the whole B&B idea isn't as interesting as it used to be. 

Which brings me to my series. I wrote the McNally Family series based on this B&B idea. Even if you don't like the B&B concept, the first book is FREE so you might want to give it a try! 

To Love by Laura Scott

Can this drifter find a home?

Desperate for a fresh start, Jazz McNally pours her energy into renovating her grandparents' mansion overlooking Lake Michigan. Her goal is to turn the cherished childhood home into a bed and breakfast she'd manage with her twin sister. Jazz doesn't mind the hard work, until vandals strike. She needs help fast or risk missing the date of their grand opening and being in debt to her four older brothers.

Drifter Dalton O'Brien doesn't mind giving Jazz a hand, knowing once the job was complete he'd be on his way. But he enjoys spending time with her, more than he should. When vandalism escalates to danger, Dalton is determined to keep Jazz safe. Can he let go of the ghosts in his past long enough to embrace the future?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Book Cover Eye Candy: Cheryl St.John

I adore the covers of Whisper My Name and Maybe I’m the One, and I’m counting on readers loving it too. Sometimes I buy a book just for the cover. On the other hand, I’ve passed by some terrific stories because the covers turned me off. I can think of one in particular. I got the book in my stack of entries to judge for a contest. I even put it off until the last, only to discover it was an incredible story that hooked me from the get-go and never let go. I liked the author’s voice and style so much that I hunted her backlist and read as many as I could get my hands on. So, what was it I didn’t like about that cover, you ask? It was a cartoon cover. I had never before purchased a book with a cartoon cover—now I have!

Most of us have auto-buy authors – an author you buy simply because you know they’re going to deliver a story you will enjoy, no matter the subject or the cover. I have several of those. The cover is only the sprinkles on the icing on the cake, because the cake and the chocolate filling are the book, and I never pass up chocolate cake.

I’ve purchased books based on reviews – like movie reviews, trailers and posters that draw me to see a movie. Not because the review was glowing, but because the synopsis told me the book was about a subject or character I knew I would like. I’ve bought books because someone recommended them to me.

I have purchased a book because of an ad. I’ve never bought one because of a quote on the front or because I saw the book trailer. I recently bought a book on the recommendation of a reviewer I trust and the comparison she made to an author I like. I loved the book.

Covers are enticing. I’m impressed by colors and textures, like hair and fabrics. And I prefer cover people with heads. I don’t like to stare and stare, trying to figure out where the story peoples’ faces are. I read more on my Kindle than I ever did before, but I confess I do miss holding that book and gazing at the cover


What are the top three elements about a cover that entice you to buy a book?

How about romantic movie posters?

Cheryl is the author of almost sixty historical and contemporary romances. Her stories have earned numerous awards and are published in over a dozen languages. In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real-life situations.”

Sunday, June 26, 2022

June is Almost Gone by Susan Aylworth

Hard to believe, but we've almost put June behind us and we're looking down the week at July. July! What images that word conjures! First I think of flags and fireworks and picnics in the park. Then my thought goes deeper as I consider what my country means to me.

Last month, Roger and I checked a couple of items off our bucket lists. We had planned a visit to Hawaii for our 50th anniversary in June of 2020, but a global pandemic put an end to that. Two years later, we made it! For both of us, a necessary part of that trip was a pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor. 

Both our fathers fought in the Pacific during the second world war and my dad stationed briefly in the islands. Born in Arizona, I also connect to the ship that sits where it landed on that "date that will live in infamy" 80 years ago. 

We first paid homage there, at the USS Arizona, remembering the beginning of our country's involvement in WW II and honoring the young men who still rest in that hallowed place. 

We continued to the decks of the USS Missouri where representatives of imperial Japan formally surrendered and all parties signed peace accords. A large gold medallion marks the exact spot.

During this year when war in Europe again threatens the world's fragile stability, we feel sacred connection to all monuments honoring peace. 

Our nation isn't perfect. We're all too aware of the deep disagreements that threaten our own stability. But as America celebrates its 246th year, we gratefully honor the peaceful connections we all share. 

When fireworks light this year's skies, we'll be celebrating with a son and his family, and we will be thinking of the peace and freedom we all enjoy, still shining as brightly as the those sparkling lights. Happy Birthday, America! 

Susan Aylworth is the author of more than 20 novels. Over the Rainbow, a prequel to the Rainbow Rock Romances, is available free to everyone who subscribes to her newsletter on her website: Contact her on her Facebook author page or via or join her on Twitter @Susan Aylworth.

Friday, June 24, 2022

June Release by Sweet Romance Reads Authors


June Books

Ominous Midsummer
by Lyn Cote

What will it take for best friends to fall in love?

Everyone calls her "the girl who had amnesia.” Though Jessie has found a safe place in the small town of Winfield on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, the past still haunts her. Her best friend Chad carries his own “family” baggage. Then a violent attack on his great uncle shatters their peace. And his ex-con father is nowhere to be found – – kidnapped? Why? As the mystery unfolds, Jessie and Chad draw closer. Will these best friends admit they’ve become more than friends?

Another clean mystery romance that you’ll find “impossible to put down” with family drama and the hope of redemption by a Carol Award-winning author.

Beautiful shore, Dangerous seasons.

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Summer Hearts
Josie Riviera

This set includes three sweet and inspirational romances:

The last thing she can fix is her own life. Until one man’s offer changes everything.

A Chocolate-Box Summer Breeze
Will Emily and Joe find their happily-ever-after in a forgotten summer breeze?

A Summer To Cherish
Faith is fragile. Faith takes time. And the best solutions are always painted with love.

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Best Neighbors by Pat Simmons

Among friends, among neighbors, among family. This is how I would describe an evening out with three couples for Kerry and my wedding anniversary. A fourth couple had last-minute plans.

These are three couples from my cul-de-sac. The couple beside Kerry and I have been our neighbors for thirty-plus years. Our girls grew up together, and we know each other families.  Jay(in the white shirt) and his wife are the newcomers to the right next of us. They are great neighbors who make others competitive., at least. They had a new patio poured and put flower pots on it; I bought them for mine. I was going to do it any way but never got to it until I saw theirs. LOL. When one sets out their trash bins, so does the other, or if one gets their tree cut down, others follow. We're a commercial.

The last couple on the end turned out to be our cousins. They had only lived on our court for five years before we discovered it. Actually, he knocked on our door and said they were related after receiving a copy of the family reunion letter we sent to his aunt.

What better way to celebrate our thirty-ninth anniversary than with couples to hear about how each other met. Funny stories. The best story of the night was from our cousins and their dog.

If the Lord wills, some of us are planning a European trip next year. 

Until next time, happy summer.


Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author of more than thirty titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a four-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Christmas Dinner was also an Emma Award winner for Book of the Year. Christmas Dinner and Here for You were featured in Woman’s World Magazine.

As a Christian, Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and worked in various positions in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. Visit her at

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Book Series versus Stand Alone Stories by Janice Lynn

 I'm currently writing the fourth book in my Wrapped Up in Christmas series for Hallmark and it's got me to thinking about whether or not I prefer books that are connected with other stories or if I prefer books that I read, enjoy, and then move on. 

When I think about some of the first connected stories that I recall reading, Lori Foster's Buckhorn Brothers comes to mind even though I'd been reading romance many years prior to these books being released. I remember anxiously awaiting the next brother's story and just loved them all. I posted a photo of Book 1's original cover (Temptation was my favorite Harlequin line and was where I once dreamed of writing stories for because they were fun, feel good stories that often made me LOL). 

And, I'm posting a photo of Casey's book, because as with many readers, Casey's was the story I waited the longest on as he grew up in the other brothers' stories. 

Of course, I love Lori's stand alone stories just as much as she's a phenomenal writer and person. I feel so fortunate that Lori gave me my first author quote for my first book, Jane Millionaire, which seems as if it came out forever ago. She's definitely someone I admire so much. (Leanne Banks gave me my other author quote for that book & she is the sweetest person ever! Love, love, love her!)

Now, back to my writing book 4 of my Wrapped Up in Christmas series, as I'm working on this story, I'm conscientious of wanting to hit the right notes with readers who have read all the books & give that them glimpse into the lives of the characters they love, but also want to make sure that if I have a new reader that they don't feel lost/like they've missed vital info. Where I catch myself is that I love those past characters and it would be sooooo easy to let them take over the story. LOL. Isabelle, who is my heroine, was in book 2 & 3, so she's not a new character, but Zac, her hunky hero, is a new character and loves to push her buttons--and does. :) Hopefully, I'll give fans another fun glimpse of Bodie & Sarah, Cole & Sophie, Andrew & Morgan as Zac convinces Isabelle she really should take a chance on a military guy. 

What are your favorite series & why? What about your favorite standalone stories? 

Janice's Wrapped Up in Christmas books from Hallmark Publishing are available, also!
Buy Your Copy HERE

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, & Publishers Weekly Bestselling author JANICE LYNN lives in Tennessee with her Prince Charming and their princes and princesses, her vivid imagination, an adorable Maltese named Halo who's the true royalty 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.  The WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS books are available at AMAZON Barnes & Noble WALMART & many other place where you buy books. WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS LOVE is coming Christmas 2023.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Muse for the Fathers in My Stories by Merri Maywether

In several of my stories, I write about fathers: some are overprotective, and at times they can get cranky. All of them want what is best for their children.

This year, my husband, Randy, and I will visit his Uncle Elmer as a part of our Father’s Day activities. My husband’s father passed when Randy was eight, making Elmer the patriarchal figure in our family.

There’s a little bit of Elmer in every father figure I write. He is ninety-three, so he's a call it the way he sees it guy.  In Home For Good, we see this side of him in Stanley. Stanley was the dad who offered down-to-earth wisdom.

 “Have you tried the truth?” Stanley suggested.

“The truth?”

“That while you are good with farms, and logistics, and moving around a lot, you don’t know a thing about being in a relationship with women.”

When Brock didn’t take his father's advice to heart, Stanley created a humorous situation to make sure his son paid attention to the message. Elmer does that too.

In Meet Me By the Christmas Tree, he was the muse behind Marley Lane. Marley showed his sons how to be happily married through example. He was a hard-working man, who made decisions based on what was best for the family. 

There’s a little bit of him in Sam in 452 Memory Lane. Elmer is competitive. Whatever game we play, he wins. He lays down his cards with a soft smile that says the game is over. He won. 

I also used Elmer's tenaciousness in Sam. Elmer doesn't let us run away from our problems. With the gentle tone of someone who's seen some of the harsh winds life blows our way, he tricks us into talking our way through the issue until we have a workable solution.

Elmer is getting older, and he doesn’t move as quickly as he used to, but his charming sense of humor and calming presence are as sharp as the first day I met him–roughly twenty-five years ago. 

So every year on this day, Father’s Day, I look forward to giving Elmer an extra dose of love. With that being said, I’m still going to try my best to beat his hand at crib. 

What do you do to honor the father figures in your life? Share in the comments.


By day she’s a school librarian. Once she’s left town, she drives down the dirt road to her home on the family farm and writes sweet romance stories. The characters and plot lines in Merri's stories are a mixture of real-life and her imagination.  


Brock Buchanan's homecoming starts when the summer festivities begin.

Brock made sacrifices for his military career. Love is at the top of the list. Now it’s time to build bridges he shouldn’t have burned.

Katie thought she was over Brock. When she reconnects with him at a high school reunion, she’ll need 20/20 hindsight of everything that went wrong to resist his let’s try again charm.

If that doesn't work, she has something or someone to remind her to guard her heart.

Or could that work in Brock’s favor?

There’s a reason why Brock is home for good. Read this heartwarming, small town, clean romance and find out why.

For a limited time, Home for Good is available for 99¢ 

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Welcome Summer with Free Books ~ Jean C. Gordon and Laura Scott

Three Jeans bring you three enchanting small town romances filled to the brim with heart and laughter, sauciness and sweetness, first loves, second chances, reunions and family galore…ready or not, here comes love!

Jean C. Gordon

Your grandmother is swindling money from my grandfather.

Octogenarian Ellie Alexander is in love. And the only thing sweeter would be if Libby, her unmarried, unattached granddaughter, could find the same happiness. Maybe with a little help from Ellie and her beau Blake Parker …

Libby Schuyler has avoided any serious dating since her break-up with college-sweetheart Jack Parker. Out of nowhere, Jack shows up claiming Ellie is swindling his grandfather, Blake, through a travel agency partnership they’ve formed. Libby and Jack team up to protect their grandparents and get to the bottom of Ellie and Blake’s business and romantic relationship. While Libby and Jack fight their reignited attraction, Ellie and Blake conspire to bring the two together.

Which generation will win? Or will they both? Find out in this sweet, small-town, second chance romance.

And the matchmaking continues in Jean's Sweet Romance Reads Authors Puppies for Christmas series with Can't Say No to Puppies releasing this fall.


Can she convince him the only thing in need of rescue is her heart?

April MacFarlane wishes her best friend, veterinarian, Brant Wylder would see her as more than another rescue. Someone he might choose for his own happily ever after.

Brant knows April’s life is a mess, and figures the last thing she needs is her BFF hitting on her. After all, he just extracted her from a loveless marriage, gave her a job, as well as a home for her and her four-year-old son. Plus, she’s got to be freaking out over the sudden return of her first love, the man everyone believes came to win her back…
There’s no way April’s ready for love.

But when Brant and April find themselves on the doorstep to the local chapel on New Year’s Eve, ready to say “I do” for reasons of practicality, will this cowboy find a way to move out of the friend zone and into the husband zone?

Find out in The Cowboy’s Sweet Elopement, a friends to lovers sweet romance which can be read alone or within The Cowboys of Sweetheart Creek, Texas series.

TEXAS DREAMS / Jean Brashear

Two Weddings and a Reunion!

Take two reluctant brides and two frustrated grooms, mix with both clans of Gallaghers and season with a Navy SEAL or three, a movie star, a Hollywood Barbie and a country music giant—and you get a recipe for family mayhem, laughter and a tear or two in this heartwarming reunion of The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs and Morning Star that’s all about family and all about love.

Watch as Sweetgrass Springs matriarch Ruby Gallagher and her granddaughter Scarlett, aided and abetted by the irrepressible Maddie Rose Gallagher, try to pull off surprise wedding plans for each other in the worst-kept secret in Texas’ most beloved small town.

Pat of the Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs 15-book small town romance series.

For a Limited Time Only

To Love by Laura Scott - First in Series FREE

Welcome to McNally Bay - A small town with big secrets...

Can this drifter find a home?

Desperate for a fresh start, Jazz McNally pours her energy into renovating her grandparent's mansion overlooking Lake Michigan. Her goal is to turn the cherished childhood home into a bed and breakfast she'd manage with her twin sister. Jazz doesn't mind the hard work, until vandals strike. She needs help fast or risk missing the date of their grand opening and being in debt to her four older brothers.

Drifter Dalton O'Brien doesn't mind giving Jazz a hand, knowing once the job was complete he'd be on his way. But he enjoys spending time with her, more than he should. When vandalism escalates into danger, Dalton is determined to keep Jazz safe. Can he let go of the ghosts in his past long enough to embrace the future?

Thursday, June 16, 2022

How To Keep Your Brain Healthy by Kimberly Rose Johnson

As a writer I need to keep my brain healthy. One way I do this is by eating my veggies. As it happens June 16th is Fresh Veggie Day. How cool is that?

I love fresh vegetables. I recently started making Summer Tomato Cucumber Salad which I learned about from another author. It is delicious!

Here's the link to the recipe. 

What is your favorite summer veggie?

There are many other ways to improve brain health. For those who are interested, I've been studying this subject a lot of late and here is what I've learned.

The three best things you can do for your brain are: 

Sleep: Between 10 PM and 2 AM is the most important sleep time for your body according to a doctor who is an expert on brain health.

Exercise: I've heard a couple schools of thought on often and how long we should exercise but everyone seems to agree that exercise is crucial for brain health. I've heard as little as 10 minutes a day of aerobic exercise will work.  

Avoid processed sugar: Sugar causes inflammation. Which affects brain function.

I would add eat your veggies. I listened to a doctor speaking at a summit last night who stressed how important eating vegetables is. He suggested we should be eating 50/50 fresh and cooked veggies.

Let's keep our brains healthy together so we can all keep reading and enjoying life!

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest USA. 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, June 15, 2022


What will it take for best friends to fall in love? 

Everyone calls Jessie "the girl who had amnesia.” Her best friend Chad carries his own “family” baggage. A violent attack on his great uncle shatters their peace. And his ex-con father is nowhere to be found – – kidnapped? Why?

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

What Makes a Hero by Merrillee Whren

As writers we are storytellers, and every story needs a hero. The ancient Greeks told stories of their heroes, Jason, Heracles, Perseus, and Odysseus. Slavic and Eastern cultures also had their heroes in stories passed down through the generations. These ancient heroes were often associated with military success, but they often had a fatal flaw that brought them to their demise.

Modern romance stories have a different take on heroes. They often have a flaw, but it isn't fatal. It might be something they work through in the story to become a better person. Here are some of the qualities we find in modern romance heroes: compassion, patience, courage, empathy, humility, confidence, ingenuity, selflessness, perseverance, and honesty. Sometimes romance heroes are working to improve on one of these heroic qualities.

My most recent book is titled Hometown Hero. Zach Dawson doesn't consider himself much of a hero, but Maisey Norberg has thought of him as a hero since she was a little girl. Here is an excerpt that explains why.

“What’s Zach doing now that he’s not playing football?” Maisey walked a fine line between too much interest in Zach and not enough.

Wes shook his head. “Don’t know that either. Haven’t heard much about Zach since he had that terrible injury in the football game right after Christmas last year.”

Maisey tried to block the vision of Zach sandwiched between two monstrous defensive linemen and how his seemingly lifeless body had lain there while medical people rushed onto the field. Even a year later, a sick feeling sat in the pit of her stomach as the images stuck in her mind like a piece of gum on her shoe.

She’d followed his football career along with her parents and most of Kellersburg. High school. College. The pros. She’d watched every game he’d ever played.

And she’d loved him that whole time.

Maisey busied herself by untangling cords and flipping through her sheet music. It wouldn’t do to let on to Wes that Zach interested her. “Yeah, he just kind of fell off the radar.”

But not Maisey’s radar. She hated to admit she cyberstalked him. And now she would share Sunday dinner with the man she’d had a crush on forever. Did Wes even have a clue about her obsession? Hopefully not. Wes had been twelve when Zach went away to college. Slim chance her brother would know about her bad case of puppy love.

Maisey was Zach’s superfan, sometimes an overexuberant one. What would he say if he knew she had saved video clips of his most memorable moments on the field or that she had a scrapbook of articles clipped from newspapers and magazines? What would Wes say?

Wes grinned. “Cool that we’re having dinner with a celebrity.”

“Not cool if you gush over him.” She’d remind herself not to do just that.

“Yeah, I suppose, but I have no idea how to act around someone who’s famous.”

Maisey chuckled. “He used to babysit you. Think of that.”

“I barely remember.” Wes shook his head. “I just remember him playing football. Mom and Dad would take us to the high school games to watch him play, and we would sit with the Dawsons.”

Maisey remembered that, too. She also remembered how her heart almost beat out of her chest when their families spent time together and when Zach smiled at her. Sometimes she’d thought she might melt into a puddle right there in front of him.

And mostly she remembered the day he had rescued her from the class bully.

That day would be forever etched on her mind, the day he’d become not only her crush, but her hero. On a spring afternoon at the end of her second-grade year, as she walked home from school, a boy in her class followed her. She’d ignored him when he called her the teacher’s pet. She’d just prayed she would get home before he carried out his threat to steal her backpack.

She had walked faster and faster, hoping to outdistance him, but her short legs were no competition for the biggest kid in class. Tears stung her eyes, but she blinked them away. As she hurried down the sidewalk just a block and a half from her house, she tripped on a crack and sprawled face first on the hard concrete, scraping her hands and knees. The mean kid snatched the backpack that lay beside her and raced away.

Pain radiated through her body as she sat up. Tears stained her cheeks, and she sniffled. She scrambled to her feet, determined to retrieve the backpack. Blood dripping down her legs, she charged after the horrible boy who was only half a block ahead of her.

She ignored the pain as she raced down the sidewalk. “Stop, stop, you meanie! Give me my backpack!”

Just as the boy reached the end of the block, someone sprinted across the street and grabbed the kid by the arm and jerked him to a stop, then grabbed the backpack. Panting and out of breath, Maisey slowed her pace as she squinted and tried to figure out who had rescued her backpack.

“Don’t you ever let me catch you doing that to anyone, especially Maisey. Now get out of here.” The words of the raised voice carried all the way down the block.

Maisey’s heart jumped into her throat as she recognized Zach Dawson, who lived across the street and three doors down from her house. She watched him approach with her backpack slung over his shoulder. Her heart pounded in her chest, like the thundering herd of unicorns that graced her backpack.

“I believe this is yours.” Zach held the pink-and-purple backpack out to her.

Maisey couldn’t find her voice. She merely nodded as she took the backpack and held it close, all the time thinking that Zach had touched it. She would never get a new one.

“Whoa. Are you okay? Looks like you took quite a tumble.” He glanced down at her legs where blood still formed little red rivers.

She nodded again, still unable to speak. Why had she chosen a dress today instead of pants? Pants would’ve given some protection for her knees and hidden her skinny legs from Zach’s eyes.

“You don’t look okay. Let’s get you home.” Zach picked her up and cradled her in his arms, as if she weighed next to nothing. “You let me know if that kid ever bothers you again.”

Maisey still hadn’t found her voice, and she nodded for the third time. Was she dreaming? The pain in her knees told her no.

When Zach reached Maisey’s front porch, he rang the bell with his elbow, then turned the doorknob with the hand of the arm he had under her knees. The door swung open. “Mrs. Norberg, it’s Zach. Maisey’s been hurt.”

In seconds her mom, Annette, hurried into the living room. “Maisey, what happened?”

As Zach set Maisey on the couch and sat beside her, he explained about the bully. After he finished, her mother cleaned and bandaged the wounds. The whole time Zach didn’t move from his spot, and Maisey had relished every moment. Every day for weeks she remembered how it felt to have him hold her.

A grown-up now, Maisey knew her romantic thoughts were the stuff of puppy love and crushes, but that didn’t keep her from thinking about Zach. Today he would grace one of the pews in this church. Could she find her voice to sing with him sitting there? She had to, even though Zach was certainly more famous today than he was all those years ago. She wasn’t a starstruck little girl anymore.

What attributes do you think a hero should have?

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.