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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mind Games by Christine Amsden (guest post, blurb and GIVEAWAY)

 I have the pleasure of being able to feature a guest post by author Christine Amsden today...



A Dreamer in the Real World
by 
Christine Amsden

I'm a dreamer. I'm not sure how a fiction writer could not be a dreamer, at least to some extent, but I confess that I've lived my life on the edge of reality. Most of my memories from childhood involve me making up stories in my head. I have far more of those stories to tell than stories of what actually happened to me. 

I started writing those ideas down young, as early as eight (I regret I did not keep my first stories). And it didn't take long for dreams of becoming a bestselling author to join my myriad other fantasies (many of which involved me suddenly discovering the truth that I am an alien princess who needs to return to my home world to save the planet from certain destruction). 

If there's one thing I've learned now that I have become a published author, it's that reality has little in common with the dream. I can't pinpoint the instant my dream bubble burst. Maybe it never did. Maybe it just sort of expanded until it faded away. 

There is a big difference between being a dreamer and sharing the product of those dreams (stories) with the world. I suppose there's a certain irony to the fact that I originally hid inside my fantasies because I was such a painfully shy child, and now I've put myself out there for the world to heckle or admire as they choose. 

The dream is J.K. Rowling. The reality is that she's probably made more money than every author who ever wrote a book in the history of the world combined. She's a fluke. A one-off. 

The reality is that I spend less time dreaming than ever before. Most of my dreams are focused on my next project, although I do indulge myself in the daily fantasy that Cassie Scot will go viral. (Psst... feel free to tell people about my book!) The reality is that she's selling well by all reasonable standards, but reasonable standards are not dream standards. The reality is that I spend more than half my day working as an editor in order to make ends meet as an author and that this is not likely to change anytime soon. 

And yet... 

I have fans. :) :) :)

The reality is harder than the dream, but the pay-off is immeasurably sweeter. There is no joy without pain, no success without risk, no reward without sacrifice. 

I am a dreamer living in the real world, sucking people into my fantasies one reader at a time. Thank you for your support. 

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Christine Amsden

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Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3)
Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible.

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

First Chapter: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?page_id=3118  (Warning: Contains series spoilers. New readers to the series would be better off checking out the preview of book one below.)

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Other titles in this series:



Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

First Chapter: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?page_id=1712

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Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2)
Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

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Author Bio

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.


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Praise for the Cassie Scot Series

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“Amsden continues the story of the only mundane member of a supernaturally-gifted family in this middling sequel to Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Cassie, stubborn and proud, is bravely trying to live on her own after her family disowns her. Struggling to make ends meet, she accepts a case involving a pair of magical girls who disappeared from summer camp. With the aid of the handsome Evan Blackwood, to whom Cassie is attracted despite her family’s disapproval and her own better judgment, she follows the trail of the missing girls. What she finds is a dark side of the magical world, and the hidden depths of her family’s past force her to reconsider long-held assumptions. The growing complexity of Cassie’s world makes this an entertaining installment, focusing as much on the will-they, won’t-they romantic chemistry between Cassie and Evan as on the primary mystery. An inconclusive ending is clearly intended to feed into the next volume.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:

“When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”

Book Specifications

Title: Mind Games: a Cassie Scot novel
Author: Christine Amsden
Author web site: http://www.christineamsden.com
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
url: http://twilighttimesbooks.com/
Genre: paranormal fantasy
*Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-279-5
    Format: 5.5x8.5 trade paperback; 276 pages; $17.95 USD
*eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-278-8; $6.50 USD
    Format: ebook in pdf, ePub, Kindle, Mobi, PRC, etc.
Distributors: Amazon Kindle; Apple iBookstore; BN.com Nook; Kobo Books; OmniLit, etc
Release date: April 15, 2014 ebook; June 15, 2014 trade paperback




Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot - Book 2) (December 2013)

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (May 2013) 2013 Global Ebook Award winner

The Immortality Virus (June 2011), winner of the 2012 Eppie Award

Touch of Fate (November 2007)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Baby For Easter by Noelle Adams (Book blast, excerpt, special price and GIVEAWAY) GFT





This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Noelle will be awarding the following prizes via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post:

* One winner will receive a $25 GC to Amazon or BN
* Two winners will receive signed paperbacks of Married for Christmas and A Baby for Easter
* Ten winners will receive their choice of ebook of any title from Noelle’s backlist.

Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


                                    

ABOUT THE BOOK: Alice Grantham lost her fiancĂ© and her job, so she’s had to come home to Willow Park to live with her parents. To recover some sense of independence and security, she’s cobbled together different part-time jobs, including one as assistant to the pastor of her hometown church. Nothing seems to be going right for her. Even Micah, the pastor’s brother and the first boy she ever loved, is standoffish with her now.

Micah has always been a prodigal son, but now he’s trying to put that lifestyle behind him. Then a five-month-old daughter he never knew existed is dropped on his doorstep, the result of one of his many one-night stands. He needs help from Alice to care for his daughter, but he can’t let himself hope for anything more from her than that. He can’t help but want it, though…

Enjoy an excerpt:

Now, however, Alice was regretting her random impulse to put on a skirt that morning, since she was on her knees in front of the bookshelves, putting the last of the commentaries back in place.

At least no one was around to see her undignified position, with her skirt pushed up to her thighs to give herself freedom to move.

“Daniel,” a voice came from outside the office. “Daniel!”

She recognized the voice, but he was in the office before she could move or pull down her skirt. She froze as she looked over her shoulder, befuddled by Micah’s sudden appearance.

He seemed equally startled to discover her on the floor, after his eyes scanned the room for his absent brother. “Oh,” he said, standing in the doorway.

It took her a minute to pull herself together, but when she did she managed to smile. “He went to the hospital to see Mrs. Cooper.”

“Oh.” Micah was such a self-assured man that it was strange to see him so stumped.

Then there was a different sound in the office. It took Alice a few seconds to even identify it. It was so unexpected that she was sure it wasn’t right.

It sounded like a baby whimpering.

Finally, her eyes drifted down to something Micah was holding. A baby carrier. A baby carrier.

“Is that a baby?” she asked, her voice hoarse with surprise.

He looked down at the carrier as if he’d forgotten he held it. “Yeah.”

She scrambled to her feet, rather clumsily, and hurried over to look at the baby as he set the carrier on Daniel’s desk, right on top of the printed copy of sermon notes for Sunday.

She peered into the carrier and saw the baby—maybe four or five months old—wearing a pink sleeper. Her eyes were blue and grumpy, and her whimpers were quickly turning louder.

Instinctively, Alice reached out for the girl and pulled her up to rest against her shoulder, patting her back in a comforting manner.

Alice had always liked kids. She’d never had baby-fever, but she certainly knew what to do when one was starting to cry.

“What are you doing with her?” she asked Micah, who’d been staring at the baby with that same glazed look of bewilderment.

“I…I don’t know.”

“Well, whose is she?” Surely this baby hadn’t dropped from the sky into the back of Micah’s truck.

His features twisted slightly—maybe anxiety, maybe disbelief. “That’s the thing. I think…I think she’s mine.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Book Trailer for A Baby for Easter:
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton (review)

                                       
                                            


Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton is part of the ‘Hope’ series and contrasts the lives of Logan McCormack, a rancher whose life is turned upside down by Desiree Jenkins, the actress who is starring in a movie being filmed on his property.  Contrary to his expectations, the superstar is casual and forthright, and unashamed to impart her desires, including the fact that she wants Logan and is willing to engage in an intensely lusty relationship with him.  Unfortunately, Logan has a thick wall around his heart and finds many reasons to try to keep Desiree from deepening their relationship enough to make him feel vulnerable again.  Can a woman who is an expert at projecting make believe find a way to reach the man who refuses to embrace the concept of happy ever after?

This is a wonderful contemporary erotic romance that celebrates the importance of being true to oneself.  These two characters communicate instantly with their bodies in a deliciously spicy manner but it takes much longer to work through the insecurities of any new relationship, especially with the emotional baggage that each must deal with.  This author creates wonderful depth to her characters and provides a wealth of secondary stories which draw one into the story and make the reader feel like these people could be friends and neighbors.  The contrast between the warmth of small town atmosphere and the hectic, sometimes insane environment that surrounds the movie industry gives this story a nice texture, as does the secondary story of costar Colt and his challenges.  Despite the fact that this can be read as a stand-alone, I enjoyed the glimpses of characters who were evidently the key figures in the first in the series, “Hope Flames”, and I look forward to reading many more tales by this author set around the small town of Hope, Oklahoma.

© Night Owl Reviews 

I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.


Other titles in this series:

                                               

          Hope Flames                     Hope Smolders Novella

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A variety of contests, giveaways and promotions (updated)


Night Owl has a scavenger hunt going on at this link

Romance Books 4 Us has an Easter egg hunt at this link



Lisa Renee Jones has various things going on, including a sale on her NA (new adult) title, Escaping Reality, for only $.99 this weekend.  (click title or cover for Amazon link)

There is also a contest for her cover reveals for the new novellas in her acclaimed Inside Out series at this link  (unfortunately, it is only for those of you who are FB folks, grr)

and take a look at the interesting interview with a person from the production company responsible for helping bring Inside Out to the screen!  Link


Amazon link



COWBOY HEAT MEGA GIVEAWAY (ends 4/13)
Play along with the Cowboy Heat blog tour and enter the contest to win multiple prizes offered by the authors of this scorching anthology! Visit each stop for your best chance to win!



What Happens in Ireland is available for only $.99 for a limited time.  Yes, I am the one who had to learn new Aussie and Irish terms while editing this one!  But I have to admit, it was a lot of fun and yum, who could resist that delicious brogue?

There are also several giveaways going on on this blog, please scroll back to previous days!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bowers and Wilkins C5 Headphones, a warning

                                         



Ok...we love gadgets.  We have been VERY blessed to have either won or have been gifted with all kinds of neat things...and even though I hate working through the manuals for anything technical, I love toys.  My very generous brother gifted both my husband and me with a trip to the Apple Store a few years ago (back while we were still talking, lol) and gave me an iPad and my hubby these really fancy headphones, the C5.  I could not for the life of me understand why these little things that looked like somewhat high-tech earbuds would cost that much but my brother was in a generous mood and we figured that if they were in the Apple store, they must be compatible with their products.

Well...the procrastination runs in the family.  My very frugal hubby put his valued gift away and continued to use the earphones he already had, then he received a pair of Dre's Beats Solo headphones so he has been using those.  He knows I hate things on my ears so he finally got out the B&W C5 headphones after several years...and...WHILE THEY WORKED...they were fantastic.  He used them for about 30 minutes one night, then a couple of nights later, he put them in for me to try out.  I listened to one song...and then, when the next one started...I asked him...why is the sound only coming through one ear.  Uh-oh.  To say that he was unhappy is an understatement...but we fiddled around and tried them in our different iPods...and...it started playing in both ears...and then it went away again.  I looked on the web, got through the hoops and filled out a ticket and then, just before you hit send, there is a set of FAQs...one of which mentions exactly this problem!  I followed the instructions on those and voila! It worked again.  For 1 day.  Sigh.  Meanwhile, the hubby is having a fit.  I put them in and listened to my laptop for about 5 minutes last night.  They worked.  Gave them back to the hubby.  They worked.  Success!  Last night.  Today...NO!

So...we got a call back from a representative.  Oops...warranty's over...so, too bad, so sad...we can send them in to be serviced.  For about 1/2 what they cost my brother in the first place.

The moral of the story...DON'T buy Bowers and Wilkins headphones...or, if you do, make sure you use the heck out of it during the warranty time because they don't stand behind their product otherwise.  Unfortunately, I have family drama going on so I doubt this will ever be an issue again, the promise of a trip to the Apple Store...but we certainly won't be recommending these to anybody!

If you have a minute, please go to my review on Amazon and 'like' it so that the company knows that other people are being made aware that they need to do something about their product!  Link

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dangerous Dozen featuring Caridad Pineiro and friends

                                        


 
It's the release day for the Dangerous Dozen: 12 Sexy Heroes To Die For Romantic Suspense Boxed Set.

Take a moment to check out the boxed set which is specially priced for only .99 for a limited time.

Here is a little teaser about the novels in the Dangerous Dozen: 12 Sexy Heroes To Die For Romantic Suspense Boxed Set

The Dangerous Dozen -- Alpha Males who know how to protect their women and how to love them. This romantic suspense boxed set stars TWELVE Smoking Hot Heroes in TWELVE Full-Length Novels by TWELVE Bestselling Authors.

To Catch Her Man by Charity Pineiro, New York Times Bestselling Author. Investigative reporter Sylvia Amenabar must decide between friendship, love and discovering the truth behind a cop's murder... Undercover detective Carlos Ramirez nearly lost his life protecting Sylvia, but he knows it'll be a fight to reach her heart. . . Can they learn to trust one another and find out the truth about a failed assignment that nearly killed Carlos? Or will the secrets of the past and family issues cost them the things they hold most dear.

I'll Be Watching You by Tina Wainscott, New York Times Bestselling Author. Ten years ago, Kim left her steamy Everglades town under a cloud of murder and scandal. Her gran brings her back to reclaim her home and unearth the truth...while a killer watches her every move.

Bedeviled by Maureen Child, USA Today Bestselling Author. A *faerie* funny paranormal.

Protective Custody by Paige Tyler, USA Today Bestselling Author. Someone is stalking reporter Paisley McCoy, and police detective Gray Beckham is the only man who can protect her. While the chemistry between them is undeniable, there's no way he's going near the captain's daughter, and she has a hard and fast rule that says she doesn't date cops. Can they both survive the stalker who's coming after them long enough to realize how good they are together?

There's a New Witch in Town by Tawny Weber, New York Times Bestselling Author. Her magic, his town, their love... is it enough? Or will a witch just regaining her powers have to choose between saving a cursed town, or giving up everything she's come to care about?

In His Control by Nina Bruhns, New York Times Bestselling Author. A rogue detective will do anything to catch the sexy international thief he's fixated upon. When their titillating game of cat and mouse grows shockingly intimate, he must make the impossible choice between honor and duty...and the notorious woman he has unwittingly come to love.

Chosen by Sin by Virna DePaul, New York Times Bestselling Author. A wounded alpha werebeast bent on revenge... A female vampire trying to save her adoptive dragon-shifter family... Can they stop a group of rebel shape-shifters from unleashing every demon in hell? Only if they relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.

Imposter: The Protectors Series -- Book One by Karen Fenech, International Bestselling Author. Chemist Dr. Eve Collins, wrongly accused by the CIA of developing a chemical weapon, learns someone has set her up as a scapegoat. That "someone" wants her dead. To save her life, she must join forces with CIA Operative John Burke--the man who doesn't believe her claim of innocence and the man she's falling in love with.

Dark Tide Rising by Kristin Miller, New York Times Bestselling Author. Police Sergeant Mark Thurgood is all work and no play, but he's harboring secrets that tie him to the vengeful sea. Free-spirited Emily McAllister is haunted by premonitions, and the latest shows her death in a dark coastal cave. Can they put their desires aside to focus on the task at hand and find the killer before he finds her?

Big Bad Wolf by Gennita Low. On the run from shadowy enemies, a secret agent finds sunlight and love while working undercover for a female roofer.

Found Wanting by Joyce Lamb. She's been on the run for 14 years. He's been sent to bring her home, dead or alive. A boy's life depends on what happens next. Can they overcome betrayal, lies and violence to find what they've always wanted?

High Tide by Maureen Miller. A couple locked in a struggle to protect the coast...and their lives.

You can purchase the Dangerous Dozen Boxed Set at the following locations:

Amazon
Itunes
Kobo


Barnes & Noble Nook Version will be available soon.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Sweetheart Rules by Shirley Jump (feature, guest post and GIVEAWAY)

Marking Time with a Broken Watch
By Shirley Jump

Final The_Sweetheart_Rules.JPGThanks so much for having me on the blog!! I was asked recently what influenced the writing of The Sweetheart Rules and the entire Sweetheart Sisters series, with their meddling grannies. People have asked if I had a grandma like Greta, the bourbon-swilling, matchmaking, sassy grandma who puts my hero and heroine together in the book. My grandma wasn’t Greta exactly, but she was unforgettable, and I think her spirit is in all the grandmas I create. I wrote an essay about her years ago (that got picked up by Chicken Soup, and Woman’s World) and I thought I’d share that with you today to show you the kind of influence I had as a little girl.
 
MARKING TIME 
    
I’m late. Again. My fancy digital watch, with an alarm and two built-in time zones, is losing twenty minutes a day. I’ve made three trips to the store this week and every time, forgot to buy a new battery. A mom on a constant schedule, I need an accurate timepiece, so I grab the only other watch I own, a delicate silver one my grandmother left me when she died. 

Nana’s watch is small, with a diamond-encircled face and a sliver of a band. It’s beautiful and petite, just like she was. I’ve always loved it, but rarely wear it. It’s the old-fashioned, battery-free kind that needs winding each night. For me, a person who has trouble remembering to feed the cats, wearing a watch requiring any degree of upkeep is a bad idea.
       
          The first few days I wear Nana’s watch, I keep forgetting to wind it and still end up late for everything. But by week’s end, its elfin face and ticking second hand are as familiar to me as the feel of Nana’s hand in mine when I was a child.

            Wearing the watch wraps me in memories of Nana. She used to take regular walks around the yard, just to see the loganberry trees in bloom. After dinner, she and Grandpa would walk me down to the 7-11 for a packet of M&M’s. We spent countless afternoons strolling downtown, window-shopping and dreaming of things to buy and adventures we’d have someday.

            Nana appreciated the value of time. Her son, Bobby, died when he was 8 in a tragic accident that left a measure of perpetual sadness reflected in Nana’s eyes. In 1976, Nana herself slipped through Death’s grasp when she had a brain tumor removed successfully. We celebrated the bicentennial of our country that year, cheering for the woman who was still here to sing silly songs and give advice on making potato salad.

            Nana refused to waste a second of the extra time granted to her. She taught me piano, asked about every school day, and waded with me through boxes of photographs and memories, trying to imprint legacies on an eleven-year-old girl who couldn’t know then that time would ever feel short.

            She laughed, she cried, she hugged, she kissed. She lived.

            Years later, when she passed away, Nana left me the watch. In the busy-ness of my life with a husband, two kids, two cats, a dog, a job and a house, I often forget to slow down and really see the little things around me. Bread is store bought, self-scrubbing bubbles clean bathrooms, and my car is a mobile office between soccer games and Brownie troop meetings.

            When Nana’s watch stopped one day -- because I’d forgotten to wind it again -- I was lost. The children and I were shopping, on our way to an appointment that seemed important at the time.

            I stopped in the middle of Wal-Mart and looked around for a clock, muttering to myself, annoyed. The children started whining about missing some show on TV. Spying an opportunity, my son darted across the aisle to a toy and my daughter headed for some books nearby. I had melting ice cream in the cart, cranky kids and someplace I had to be. I didn’t need another frustration.

            I tapped the watch with the futile hope that it would magically start again. When I did, a flash of memory slammed into me with the force of an electrical jolt. Nana, my mother, and I were strolling in the sunshine at a sidewalk sale. We bought a book for a dime, a drink from the soda fountain, and nothing else. Twenty-five years later, I still remember it as one of the best days of my life because every moment seemed to last forever.

            I realized I’d been letting schedules and errands swallow those mini-moments in my own life, ruled by the ticking of a clock that weighed heavy on my shoulders. I abandoned the cart and joined my kids, bending down to see the toys at their level. I marveled at the latest Buzz Lightyear and a colorful new Harry Potter book cover. Hand in hand, the kids and I ambled through the aisles, poking at this toy, pushing the buttons on that one, dreaming of Santa and birthdays and days to come. We wandered by the pet department, made friends with a hamster and chatted with a parrot.

            We arrived home much later, carrying a puddle of ice cream in the grocery bag, and one new goldfish. I’d missed my appointment, but it didn’t matter. After dinner, we explored our neighborhood on foot, hunting for squirrels and rabbits in the summer evening light. We fed the ducks at the pond, soared through the air on swings and played a rousing game of tag. When we returned home, we were exhausted but laughing. And we all had another happy memory to hang onto.

            That night, while I turned the tiny knob to wind Nana’s watch, I realized why my grandmother had left me this particular piece of jewelry. Her legacy wasn’t a million-dollar home on a hill or a priceless art collection. Her gift was much simpler, one we often forget in our calendar-driven lives. She gave me the gift of time, wrapped up in a watch that needs daily attention, a continuous reminder that our days pass as fast as summer storms. 

              In its tiny silver face, I see Nana, and in the ticking of its second hand, I hear the running journey of my life. That’s when I turn off the phone, close the calendar and take the kids outside to greet the first daffodils of spring. 



Tell me, did you have a grandma like that? A special memento she shared with you?
 
If you like stories like this, please check out the next book in my Sweetheart Sisters series: The Sweetheart Rules (warning: shameless plug to follow):
The Sweetheart Sisters are ready to give some old-school lessons in love…

Rescue Bay veterinarian Diana Tuttle is a great single mom, but she has a harder time taking care of herself. Having been burned in the past by her son’s noncommittal father, the last thing she wants is a man who isn’t in it for the long haul—until a foolish one-night stand from her past walks back into her life.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Mike Stark has never wanted to settle down. But when his ex-wife leaves their two small children on his doorstep, he is forced to become a family man in a hurry. His return to Rescue Bay, Florida and fatherhood isn’t easy, but reconnecting with Diana makes the challenge all the more worthwhile. Except becoming the long-term lover she has in mind may be one commitment too many…

Luckily, when Diana’s and Mike’s pasts begin to threaten their future, the Sweetheart Sisters have the perfect scheme to make this second chance last a lifetime.


Buy it here or in a bookstore near you!

And read an awesome review here, if you’re so inclined :-)


Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Tell me, what’s your favorite spring recipe? Anything decadent? Or do you go healthy with that eek-it’s-almost-swimsuit-season attitude?


Shirley
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women's fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

                                                 



Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, including the USA Today bestselling book, The Bride Wore Chocolate, on Amazon and Nook, and the debut of her Sweetheart Club series for Berkley, starting with The Sweetheart Bargain in September 2013.


Visit her website at www.shirleyjump.com or read recipes and life adventures at www.eating-my-words.com.
 

For writing advice and help, join www.JumpStartWritingInstitute.com
 

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GIVEAWAY

A copy of The Sweetheart Bargain , the first book in the series, plus a beach ball to one lucky person who answers one or both of Shirley's questions:


Tell me, did you have a grandma like that? A special memento she shared with you?

Tell me, what’s your favorite spring recipe? Anything decadent? Or do you go healthy with that eek-it’s-almost-swimsuit-season attitude? 
 
A winner will be chosen on April 27, 2014 using random.org