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INTERVIEW with Jodi McIsaac author of Bury The Living ~ #giveaway

Please help me welcome author Jodi McIsaac to her first visit on Christine’s Words. Jodi agreed to let me ask her a few questions about herself and her writing. I had a great time getting to know her and I love her cover for her release BURY THE LIVING!

After our interview, please check out her book and grab your copy, and then enter her wonderful giveaway 🙂

Let’s get started …

Name the 5 constants in your fridge.


            Brie, Alexander Keith’s, milk, maple syrup, homemade jam


Sounds like a great variety 🙂 When did you first know you wanted to become an author?


            When I was about five years old! It’s really the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.


What is your favorite type of scene to write?


            Any kind of action scene, or banter with loads of dialogue. Sex scenes terrify me, but there are a few in the sequel to Bury the Living.


I love to read fun banter and write it. Good choice. I also love naming my characters. How did you choose the names for the characters in BURY THE LIVING?


            I took most of the names from people I read about during my research; those involved in the Irish Civil War. “Pidge” is my fave.


That’s a great name. The cover for BURY THE LIVING is gorgeous. What was the first word to come to your mind when you saw it?


            “Hey, I know that bridge!” and “Thank God.” Covers can be nerve-wracking, and I’m so glad they nailed this one.


Care to share what you’re working on now?


            I’ve just started researching the 3rd book in the series. This one takes place in the late 900s, during the reign of Brian Boru.




I always sing off-key

If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d definitely take my daughter to Greece and Egypt (she loves Rick Riordan’s books) 

I never leave the house without lip balm.

How come I can’t have magic powers?

I love to eat custard, rice pudding, and lobster – not together!

The last book I read was A Social History of Ancient Ireland by P.W. Joyce (1903).

Thanks so much for coming on the blog Jodi and best of luck with your book 🙂


History belongs to those with the courage to change it.


The Revolutionary Series #1
Jodi McIsaac
Releasing Sept 6th, 2016


Rebellion has always been in the
O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother
during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to
fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted
by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.
When she is given a relic belonging
to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports
her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. There she
meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and
agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of
Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and
adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage
to change it.


Belfast, 1990

When she was fifteen years old, a simple knock on the door changed Nora o’Reilly’s life—again. The knock was hard and impatient, like the people in her neighbor- hood. Nora ignored it. Maybe, just this once, her mother would rouse herself off the sofa. But no. Her mother hadn’t answered the door since the day Nora’s father had done so and been thanked for his trouble with a bullet through the eye. Nora’s small red footprints had tracked across the beige linoleum. The saint Brigid’s cross that had hung over the doorway for as long as Nora could remember had failed in its promise to protect them.

Ten years had passed, and now the linoleum was more gray than beige. Nora slipped to the front window and peered out. it was the middle of the afternoon; she’d only just arrived home from school. There’d been no warning of a raid—no banging of dustbin lids on the sidewalks to announce that the peelers had dared venture into andersonstown. Two men she didn’t recognize stood on her doorstep. They must be looking for Eamon.

Nora opened the door a crack. The first man jammed his black boot into the opening. Ballix. adrenaline flooded her body. She shoved the door against his foot, berating her stupidity. What had she been thinking? What if these men were Prods, come to finish off the rest of them?

“Relax, kid. We just want to talk.” The man forced the door open farther. “You Nora o’Reilly?”

“Depends on who’s asking. Who’re you?” He had bottlebrush hair and wore a brown leather bomber jacket. He looked old enough to be her father, only her father had been wiry, and this man looked like a rugby fullback. His companion had a thin, sharp face and kept looking over his shoulder.

“Doesn’t matter. We’ve been told to fetch you.” “Fetch me where?” Nora tried to push the door closed again, her mind lurching. Whoever these men were, she wasn’t going anywhere with them.

“The commanding officer of West Battalion has a few questions about your extracurricular activities. C’mon now. Let’s go without a fight.”

Nora’s fear turned to dread. “Like hell i’m going with youse.” she stamped on his foot, but he responded by putting his shoulder to the door and sending it flying. Nora staggered backward, colliding with the coatrack.

Shite, shite, shite. She scrabbled to her feet. She’d almost rather be caught by the Brits. The Provisional iRa didn’t tolerate petty crime in their area, and they certainly didn’t believe in such luxuries as courts and trials.

“Ma! Ma!” she screamed. Her mother would know these men; Nora’s father had been a PiRa member from the beginning.

Her mother came padding into the hall, still in her dressing gown, weaving slightly, a glass of whiskey clutched in her hand. “Paddy sullivan, what is the meaning of this?” “sorry, Mrs. o’Reilly, but o’connor wants to see her. Seems she’s been selling drugs up at the school.”

Think, Nora, think. she grappled for an explanation, a plausible denial, anything that would get her out of this. But panic clogged her brain, and all she could think was I’m fucked.

She didn’t know her mother could move so fast. Suddenly they were nose to nose. “Oh, aye? Is that true?” Mrs. o’Reilly demanded.

“No, it’s a load of shite!” Nora protested.

“You watch your language. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, what am i going to do with you? What would your poor father say?” Her mother shook her head, then turned back to the PiRa men.

“Whatever she’s done, we’ll take care of it here, so we will. Youse all head out, now.”

“Sorry, Mrs. o’Reilly, but we’ve got our orders.” Paddy nodded to his companion, who brushed past Nora and her mother and pounded up the stairs toward the bedrooms.

“Oi! Houl on! Youse said you just wanted to talk!” Nora shouted after him. Mrs. o’Reilly looked like she was about to follow, but Paddy laid a hand on her arm.

“Just let him do his job,” he said.

“Ma, I’ve done nothing wrong! I swear it!” a faint sheen broke out on her forehead, and the blood drained from her fair skin.

The sound of drawers being emptied and furniture being overturned traveled down the stairs. Mrs. o’Reilly sank down into a kitchen chair and took a large gulp of whiskey. she set the glass down with a clunk and put her head in her hands.

“Ach, Nora, i’ve tried my best with you, sure i have.

Where is Eamon?”

“He went out with the lads,” Nora mumbled. she glanced toward the door.

“Don’t you be thinking of doing a runner,” Paddy warned. He wrapped his meaty hand around Nora’s up- per arm.

“I’m not! But youse wait until Eamon gets home.

He’ll sort youse out all right.”

“She’s quite the lip on her, hasn’t she?” Paddy said to the slumped form of her mother.

Loud footsteps on the stairs made them all look up. Paddy’s friend tossed him a clear plastic jar of tiny white pills.

“Oh, aye, what’s this, then?” Paddy asked.

“It’s not mine! I don’t know where you got it,” Nora said.

“I got it from your room,” the other man said with a sneer. “Unless you’re telling us your ma or your brother put it there?”

“Don’t be an eejit,” Nora spat.

“Nora! Are you trying to get yourself killed?” Mrs. o’Reilly said, locking her watery gaze on her daughter. “Do you think i don’t have enough trouble as it is? Answer the man! Is this yours? What’s in that bottle?”

“I don’t know. I said they’re not mine. Headache pills, prob’ly.”

“Oh, aye?” Paddy said, his grin widening. “With wee happy faces stamped on them? Looks like a fine stash o’ Molly to me.”

“It’s not,” Nora said.  She stared at the floor, letting her lank red hair fall forward to hide her face.

“Right, we’ll be off, then,” said Paddy. “We’ll bring her back after.”

“Where are youse taking her?” Mrs. o’Reilly asked. “Can’t say.  She’ll not be hurt.  But o’connor wants to talk to her himself, so he does.”

“Then tell him he should come here!” Nora said.

They ignored her.

Mrs. o’Reilly groaned. “Maybe he can talk some sense into her. But sure and you’ll be bringing her back here as soon as he’s asked his questions.”

“Aye,” Paddy said. “Don’t you worry. No one’ll be hurting Jimmy’s daughter.”

“Ma! You’re not letting them take me?” Nora’s brown eyes widened with panic. “They’ll knee me, so they will!” she’d seen it once, a man with both kneecaps shot through.  She could still hear his screams, see the blood running down his legs. But then again, he’d been lucky not to get a bullet in the head, like her father.

“You and I both know they’ll not give us a choice, now, don’t we? Go on with the lads, and answer their questions,” her mother answered, pulling herself unsteadily to her feet. “Mind you be polite. Maybe you’ll listen to Mick O’connor more than you do your own mother.”

With a nod to Mrs. O’Reilly, Paddy and his friend each took hold of one of Nora’s scrawny arms and dragged her out the front door toward a waiting van.

“Someone help! I’m being kidnapped!” Nora yelled, craning her head frantically in search of a savior. Neighbors peeked out from behind curtains, and two boys stopped their game of football down the street to stare. No one came forward.

“Shut yer gub!” Paddy said, giving her a rough shove into the van. “I told yer ma we wouldn’t hurt you for your da’s sake, but if you make it hard for us, all bets are off.” “Eamon!” she yelled, clinging to the door, hoping her brother was somewhere nearby. He’d stand up to the Provos. He’d protect her. “Eamon!”



 Jodi McIsaac is the author of several
novels, including A Cure for Madness and the Thin Veil Series. She grew up in
New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed
skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee
camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and
started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves running, geek culture, and




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INTERVIEW with Rachel Lacey author of Run To You ~ #giveaway

Please help me welcome Rachel Lacey to the blog today 🙂 Rachel has agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her writing. After we get to know her a little bit, please check out her book RUN TO YOU. It has a gorgeous cover and the blurb and excerpt sound great. 

Also, don’t forget to enter her giveaway. The link is at the end of the post!

Let’s get started …

Describe yourself in 3 sentences.

I’m a contemporary romance author and all around booklover. When I’m not writing (or reading), I love traveling, spur-of-the-moment adventures, and spending time with my family. I live in warm and sunny North Carolina with my husband, our 8-year-old son, and a houseful of rescue pets.
Love your description and that you have a houseful of rescue pets! What’s hiding under your bed?

lol…that’s better than what’s under my bed, which is dust bunnies. Tell us the last restaurant you ate out at.

I had pancakes for lunch at Another Broken Egg Café with my son yesterday. Not very exciting, but true!
I love your book cover for RUN TO YOU…so cute and colorful. What was your first thought when you saw it?

Thank you so much! I love it too. The art department at Forever Romance has been so good to me. This was actually the second cover for RUN TO YOU (the first one was completely different!), and when I saw it, my first thought was that the cover model looks exactly like RUN TO YOU’s hero, Ethan Hunter, which made me so happy.
One of my favorite things about writing is choosing my character’s names. How did you go about choosing yours in RUN TO YOU?

I dreamed up these two characters several years ago, and their names just came to me with their story. But…the heroine of RUN TO YOU originally had a completely different name! And it was a very distinctive name. I had pitched this book first with a much heavier Olympic theme, so when I pitched it again centered around Ethan’s new extreme outdoor sporting facility, my agent suggested I rename my heroine to freshen things up. I kept her first initial the same and went with the first name that popped into my head…Gabby Winters.
Do you have a writing ritual? As in do you wear a lucky pair of socks, like a candle, eat a certain snack …

I really don’t. The only constant is my laptop. As long as I have it with me, I can write! 🙂
How would you describe your writing? Sexy, sweet, gritty, humorous, all of the above or something else?

Definitely sexy, sometimes humorous and also heartfelt – I want to make you laugh and cry while you’re reading my books.
How would your heroine describe her hero in RUN TO YOU?

Gabby would say that Ethan is everything she never knew she needed. She’s just gotten out of a really bad relationship and doesn’t want a man in her life. Whatever future boyfriend she might imagine for herself would be someone safe and dependable. Ethan is cocky but charming, outrageous, and adventurous. He pushes her outside her comfort zone. But Gabby would also describe him as strong, heroic, caring, and loyal. And sexy, of course!
Would you like to share what you’re working on now?

Right now, I’m writing the third book in the Risking It All series. It’s a second chance romance featuring a scarred hero who’s never completely gotten over the woman he had to leave behind when he enlisted in the Army at eighteen. CAN’T FORGET YOU will be out October 31, 2017.

RANDOM FUN: Finish this sentence …

I would love to spend the whole day in bed reading.
No way will I ever get to bed before midnight in the foreseeable future! 😉
Chocolate is the key to happiness.
My toothbrush is green.
I just read Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker.
My favorite color is turquoise.
Dessert should always include chocolate.

Thank you for a wonderful interview. I enjoyed getting to know you better Rachel and wish you much success with RUN TO YOU!





Risking it All #1
Rachel Lacey
Releasing Aug 30th, 2016


Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellow jackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital “hot,” and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there’s nowhere to hide from Ethan’s sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.

At the center of the town’s matchmaking is Ethan’s grandmother, who’s convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there’s serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won’t fool just the entire town – they might fool themselves too . . .



If that’s hard to format with the italics for the text messages, here’s a second option:


“I’m glad you brought me out here.” Gabby stepped over a tree root, lifting her skirt with her free hand so that she didn’t trip.


Ethan squeezed her left hand. “Me, too. The rock face is right up this way.”


They came around a corner and the path opened up to a big rock looming at least thirty feet into the air. There were some creases and cracks in it, but how anyone could scale it with only their bare hands—or why they would want to—was completely beyond her. “You can seriously climb that?”


“I can climb it. Ryan can kick its ass, though.”


“Okay then. Show me.”


With a cocky grin, he reached up and hooked his hand into a crack in the rock. He pulled himself up, his biceps flexing most impressively as he climbed. Holy shit, that was sexy. Soon she was left with nothing but a view of his very fine ass. And by the time he’d reached the top, she was so turned on, she could hardly stand it.


“So?” he called from the top. “You going to join me or what?”


“Not a chance. But I will enjoy watching you climb back down.”


“Gotta give the lady what she wants.” His fine ass reappeared over the edge as he started back down. He took his time on the descent, and if she wasn’t mistaken, he might have reached for a few hand and footholds that made him flex his muscles a little more than was strictly necessary.


“You’re a show-off,” she said when his feet were back on solid ground.


He was a bit out of breath, his bronzed skin glistening with sweat, trademark smile still in place. “No clue what you’re talking about.”


“No? You really needed to reach all the way to that notch?” She gestured above them. “Instead of the one closer to your shoulder that maybe wouldn’t have shown off your lovely biceps quite as well?”


He flexed for her. “What, these old things? And for the record, I totally needed the leverage.”


“Mm-hmm.” For some reason, she put her hand on his biceps, and oh crap, that was a mistake. His skin was hot beneath her fingers, and his blue eyes blazed into hers.


“Killing me, Gabby,” he murmured. “Killing me.”


His words sent a bolt of red-hot desire right through her, and she must have made a sound because Ethan sucked in a breath, his gaze locked on her lips. His hands settled on her hips, burning into her skin through the thin fabric of her skirt.



Don’t miss ROCK WITH YOU, 
a Risking it All Novella

Rachel Lacey is a contemporary
romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She’s been climbed by a monkey
on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped
out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These
days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes.
She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety
of rescue pets.


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INTERVIEW with Jennifer Bernard author of Drive You Wild ~ #giveaway

Please help me welcome Jennifer Bernard to the blog today 🙂 Jennifer is answering a few questions about herself and her writing so that we can get to know her a little better. I think you’ll enjoy our chat.

Afterward, don’t forget to enter Jennifer’s giveaway after you check out her latest release DRIVE YOU WILD!

Let’s get started …

  1.      Tell us about yourself.I live in Homer, Alaska, which I’m proud to say is the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. Yay! Right now we have nearly 24 hour daylight so I’m a little wired. (Summer solstice is coming up soon.) I write contemporary romance that has been described as “steamy and irresistible” with “quick wit” and “sizzling love scenes.” My first two series were about firemen and baseball players. I live with my husband and two stepdaughters on the edge of pristine wilderness, fortunately just within reach of cell service and Internet.

    2.      What three things about you might surprise your readers?

    Since I got into social media, I’m not sure I have any secrets left! It might surprise readers that I backpacked around Europe when I was 14, along with my older cousin who was only 19. (Crazy, right?) Number 2: I can split wood like nobody’s business. (A handy skill in Alaska.) Number 3: I was a Hula Hoop champion in third grade and got my picture in the paper!

  2. Is there a genre(s) that you think “I might like to write one of those.”?I’m obsessed with dystopian YA fiction. My step-daughter and I actually came up with an idea the other day and began plotting it out in the car. She gets first dibs, since she actually is a young adult (she’s 12.) But she asked if she could get me to write a few sentences now and then when she gets stuck. I can’t wait to get my hands on the story!

    4.      Tell us about DRIVE YOU WILD.

    DRIVE YOU WILD is a baseball romance about bad boy slugger Trevor Stark, who has a reputation as a troublemaker. He falls hard for the good-girl daughter of the team owner. Paige Taylor is recovering from a humiliating divorce and is starting over as an intern at Catfish stadium. The last thing she wants to do is get involved with one of her father’s players, but Trevor Stark is too fascinating to resist. Falling for Trevor is even more dangerous than she realizes because he’s hiding something big and it’s about to turn his life upside down.

  3. Where did the idea for the storyline come from?Trevor has been a character in the previous Love Between the Bases series, and I have to say he’s acted like a jerk. But he always intrigued me, and I knew there was a reason why he was playing the bad boy. I wanted to dig down and unearth those reasons and work the storyline around that. Crush Taylor, the owner, has also been an important character so I knew bringing in his estranged daughter would really shake things up.

    6.      What do you think readers will like/love about Paige and Trevor?

    I think readers will fall for Trevor once they see what’s driving his behavior. He is a fiercely protective good guy hiding behind an arrogant mask. Everything he does is for a very good reason, and once you understand the reason, you see what an amazing person he is. Paige is kind and compassionate and she really cares about people. She’s a loving person who has been wounded by her ex-husband, but hasn’t lost her faith in people. That’s what I love about her. She always has faith in people’s underlying goodness.

    7.      What was your favorite scene from the book?

Can I pick two? One is the scene in which Trevor storms into Crush Taylor’s office without his uniform pants on. That’s when he finds out that the girl he met the night before is, in fact, the owner’s daughter. The second scene is a showdown between Trevor and Crush, who’s a former Hall of Fame pitcher. And I can’t say any more about that without spoiling it. But it brings together so many delicious threads that I just loved it.

  1. Who are some of your book boyfriends?  What draws you to them?Mr. Darcy is my original book boyfriend. I will also include any member of the Bonner family in Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books. I love Alex in Lisa Kleypas’ Dream Lake. The common thread between all these book boyfriends is that I love a “tortured” hero. Someone who has suffered a blow, who has matured from it and really had to dig deep to overcome it.

    9.      If you had to pick a favorite cocktail of choice, what would it be?  (It can be non-alcoholic too)

    I’m going with the Mojito because it has so many of my favorite flavors. Mint, lime, sugar. Leave out the alcohol and it’s still delicious. Drinking a Mojito is the next best thing to relaxing on a beachside lounge chair. Mojito in a lounge chair? Pure bliss.

  2. What’s next for you?

I have a new series starting in September based around a rough-and-rowdy hotshot wildfire crew that moves into a quiet tourist town called Jupiter Point in coastal California. The hero of the first book left Jupiter Point in disgrace, but now he’s back to set up the crew and prove himself. But first he’ll have to mend fences with the girl he left behind. I’m super-excited about this new series—it’s a combination of hot alpha firemen and hometown romance, with lots of fun chemistry and steamy scenes thrown in. Look for it in September of this year!


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Love Between the Bases #3
Jennifer Bernard
Releasing June 28th, 2016
Avon Books
game on for love in the third novel of USA Today bestselling author Jennifer
Bernard’s sexy, baseball-themed series.
Kilby Catfish left-fielder Trevor
Stark is a ballpark legend. With his good looks, hitting records, and
played-for-the-fans arrogance, Trevor makes women lose their minds and men lose
their cool. But every time the major league team comes calling, Trevor purposely
keeps himself in the tiny Texas town. Why is heart-tuggingly top secret. Until
the team owner’s daughter comes to Kilby . . . trying everything up her sexy
sleeve to make Trevor talk.

Divorced and disillusioned at
twenty-four, Paige Mattingly Austin Taylor is suddenly starting fresh as an
intern at Catfish Stadium. She should want nothing to do with the sinfully hot
ballplayer her dad warned her to stay away from. But when she discovers what
Trevor is hiding from everyone, she realizes there’s much more to him than his
face and multi-million-dollar arm. There’s a heart she seriously hopes to win.


“Are you afraid of the mighty Crush Taylor?” She took another step closer. “He’s not as bad as he seems, you know.”

“I’m not afraid of him.” He placed his hands on her shoulders to keep her from coming any closer. Her warmth carried into his skin, into his being, as if it was igniting him from within.

“And I’m not afraid of you.” She ducked underneath his hands in a quick move right out of the NBA. He took a step back and his calves hit the bench situated next to the lockers. She reached out in apology and suddenly they were right smack against each other, chest-to-chest.

Fire flashed down his spine, hot and urgent. He hauled her against him—oh, sweet Lord, she felt good. Soft and firm and shapely and alive and fresh and . . . then her mouth was under his, her lips parting, her breath warm, her flesh lush and sweet. It wasn’t a kiss so much as a head rush.


Paige posted the first series of “Baseball’s Hottest Outfield” photos on the team’s Facebook page the next day. A few hours later a thousand people had clicked Like. Not only that, but the viewership of the page soared. It was shared all over the Internet, on Pinterest, on Twitter, on Instagram. It wasn’t just that the three men were criminally gorgeous. A big part of the appeal came from their racial mix and the blend of personalities. Trevor the stone-cold badass, Dwight the dynamic charmer, and Shizuko, the soulful rock star.

Paige knew it was all a crock, of course. Trevor wasn’t stone cold, Dwight wasn’t playful all the time, and Shizuko could outcrude most of the clubhouse, and that was saying something. But once those identities became set, people loved them. They were like cartoon characters instead of real people.

At the next game, the crowd roared when the outfielders took their positions on the field. Fans held up even more signs than they normally did. From the owner’s box, Paige scanned the crowd with her binoculars and read the signs out loud to Crush.

“ ‘Kilby Hearts Baseball’s Hottest Outfield.’ Thank you very much, we heart you too! ‘We make ’em hot in Kilby, Texas.’ That might be taking a little too much credit. None of them are from here.”


Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of
Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she
confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books.
She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her
husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also
writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at
family gatherings.

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INTERVIEW with Belinda Williams author of WISH LIST ~ giveaway

I’m so happy to have author Belinda Williams joining us on the blog today 🙂 I had a great time interviewing her and I think you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her as well. Afterward, check out her latest release WISH LIST. I love how she got the idea for this story, and I adore the cover 🙂

Don’t forget to enter her giveaway as well. The link is toward the end of the post!

Let’s get started …

What 5 words would your friends choose to describe you?

Hard working, focused, responsible, sensitive, and neat! I’d hope they’d say I have a good sense of humour too but the fact that I’m obsessively neat and tidy would probably rate a mention first . . .

What time did you get up this morning? Around 8am. I’m not a morning person!

8am is still fairly early in the morning…I think you are pretty much a morning gal! What’s something on your bucket list that you still need to do?

Drive a Lamborghini.

That would be a riot! I hope you get to drive one. I love choosing character names, how did you go about choosing yours for WISH LIST?

Cate’s was chosen so long ago because her book is the last in a four book series. If I recall, I wanted something both practical and feminine. I chose Dave’s name because I needed a name that was perfectly average suited to a practical sort of guy.

Tell us the first thought you had when you saw your book cover for WISH LIST.

It’s absolutely perfect! And shoes can say so much about a person 😉

I love your cover 🙂 How do you feel about writing love scenes? I couldn’t not write love scenes. I view them as a natural and inevitable part of my character’s stories and if they weren’t there I’d feel very unsatisfied! I try not to let myself feel uncomfortable when writing them and just focus on the characters and not the fact that other people will be reading it (squirms).

What was your inspiration for WISH LIST? Ha, it started out as a bit of a joke with one of my friends. She’d make us laugh with her very specific list of requirements she’s looking for in a man, so I decided to run with this idea for WISH LIST and give Cate her own list, and then look at the reasons behind why she had created that list in the first place.

I love that! Would you like to share with us what you’re working on next? As Cate’s story is the last in my City Love series, I’m now working on a new series set in Hollywood, called Hollywood Hearts. The first book will be called HEARTTHROB and it focuses on Ally, the best friend of Hollywood starlet, Lena Lyons. Lena prompts Ally to come to Hollywood to make her fashion design dreams a reality. Only problem is Ally can’t stand anything celebrity and that’s a bit of a problem when she starts having feelings for Hollywood’s latest heartthrob!

The last book I read was The Callahan Split by Lisa Heidke.
If only I could not worry so much!
Dessert is non-negotiable 🙂
My favorite game is whatever my son insists we play!
I will never drink milk again (I’m intolerant!)
My kitchen is tidy.

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City Love #4
Belinda Williams
Released May 26th, 2016


Cate Harmon likes lists. While this
may serve her well as a financial planner, her girlfriends think that creating
a checklist for her ideal man is going a step too far. But she has one, and
she’s sticking to it.
Cate has always dreamed of starting
a family and settling down and yet she’s the only one of her close knit
friendship group still unattached. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to lower
her standards.
Enter Dave, a reformed bad boy with
gorgeous hair and eyes the wrong color. Dave doesn’t tick any of the boxes on
Cate’s list. It’s unthinkable that she would develop feelings for him, and yet
… Cate finds herself being drawn to Dave in a way she’s never felt before.
Will Cate confront the reasons
behind her list? Or will she risk losing a man who could be better than any
list she could ever dream up?
romance where opposites attract is perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan
Mallery, Victoria Dahl, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.


I handed him a few of our brochures and outlined the steps and costs involved in preparing a financial plan. I was careful to stress that it would be a long-term relationship. And that we’d be reviewing the plan regularly and reassess things if need be.

When I was finished, I offered him another smile. “Do you have any questions?”

“Why you?”

I hesitated, then forced myself to straighten in my seat. He was a potential client, like any other, I reminded myself. “It’s not just me you’ll be working with,” I explained, “there’s a team of us.”

“I know. But why should you be my main point of contact?”

I gave him an odd look. In the last twelve months, I’d had to sell myself and the firm’s services numerous times. Up until now though, no one had ever been so direct. I straightened in my seat. If he preferred direct, I’d give him direct.

“I’m a qualified tax accountant with a decade of experience working on the accounts of small to medium businesses. Last year I completed my diploma in financial planning. I’m retentive enough to never miss the detail but my experience means I’m good at the bigger picture, which is important when building a solid financial plan.”

“I read your bio on the website.”

“Oh, of course,” I said, flustered. He’d researched me beforehand. Completely understandable but disturbing nonetheless. Not to mention the cheesy image of me on the company’s website that I hated. “What else would you like to know?”

“What are you like to work with?”

I thought carefully for a moment. “I’m very pleasant to deal with.”

“Pleasant?” He smirked at me, and for the first time that day, those golden eyes seemed to light up.

Oh God, I had not just said that. Yes, it was the truth, but sometimes the truth sounded lame. “I’m also very responsive,” I said, a tad defensively.

OK, so he was grinning at me now.

“What I mean,” I said slowly, “is that I’m always available to talk. I make a point of making time for my clients.”

Dave nodded and appeared to be trying to swallow his grin.

I’d had enough. Yes, he was a potential client and a particularly attractive man, but he couldn’t just come in here and make fun of me. I was damn good at my job, and the fact was, the relationship between a financial planner and a client worked both ways.

I crossed my arms and narrowed my eyes at him. “What are you like to work with?”

His smile faded at the challenging tone of my voice. “I’m sorry?”

“You, Dave. How am I going to find having a relationship with you?” I bit my lip. Whoops. Professional relationship, I desperately wanted to add, but it was too late now. I felt myself flush. Way to go, Cate.

His lips were twitching again. “I’m pretty easy going.”

“Sometimes that’s another word for lazy,” I shot back. OK, so perhaps that wasn’t quite so professional of me.

His eyebrows shot up, and I think he looked impressed. “No, Cate, I’m not lazy. I just learned a while back there’s only a few things in life that are worth getting really worked up about.”

Was he saying I was worked up? I didn’t care. “That’s it? You’re easy going?”

His smile was accompanied by a soft rumbling laugh. It was one of those smiles. I wasn’t sure if it was the sound of his deep chuckle or that he was offering me a rare glimpse of his happy face, but either way, it was enough to make a girl lose her breath altogether and clench her toes. And possibly other parts of one’s body, but I wasn’t going to think about that right now.

Once Dave was finished laughing at me, he rubbed a hand over his mouth, like he was trying to wipe the smile off his face. He had nice lips. He had quite a wide mouth and his lips weren’t really thick or too thin. They were just nice looking lips.

And I was sitting in my office, opposite a potential new client, assessing the virtues of his lips. Back to earth, Cate, I scolded myself inwardly.

He was still rubbing his lips thoughtfully.

Stop it! I wanted to shout.

To my relief, he dropped his hand. “I won’t lie, Cate. It can take a while to get to know me, but once you do, you’ll find I’m a decent sort of guy. I don’t enter into relationships lightly, so you can be sure if I choose you, I’ll be in it for the long-term.”

I stared at him. I knew, with every logical bone in my body, that he was referring to a professional relationship, but then why didn’t it feel like it?

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Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter
who allowed an addiction to romance and chick-lit to get the better of her. She
was named a top ten finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Award
in both 2013 and 2014.
Her other addictions include music and cars. Belinda’s eclectic
music taste forms the foundation of many of her writing ideas and her healthy
appreciation for fast cars means she would not so secretly love a Lamborghini.
For now she’ll have to settle with her son’s Hot Wheels collection and writing
hot male leads with sports cars.
Belinda lives in Sydney and blogs regularly about writing and
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INTERVIEW with Amanda Weaver author of Common Scandal ~ Giveaway

We’re going to have some fun today! Please help me welcome Amanda Weaver to the blog. She’s here to answer a few questions, have a little fun, and share her release COMMON SCANDAL. This sounds like a great read and I hope after the interview you’ll grab your copy and sit down for some well deserved reading time.

Also, don’t forget to enter Amanda’s giveaway!

Let’s get started …

Tell us about yourself in 50 words or less 🙂

I live in Brooklyn with my husband and daughter. I work in theatre as a costume designer. For several years I’ve worked for a Broadway musical, overseeing their costumes. Working full-time, raising a daughter, and writing doesn’t leave much time for anything else, so I’m pretty dull on paper.

You sounds busy, and I beet your day job is fun. What’s your favorite pizza topping?

– *whispers* I’m not crazy about pizza. I KNOW, I KNOW. It’s like I’m not even human. I don’t hate it, it’s just not my first choice. If I get it, I prefer white pizza, no red sauce.

lol, don’t feel bad. I used to love pizza now I can take it or leave it. Funny how tastes change 🙂 How did you come up with the idea for your book, A Common Scandal?

It’s the second book of the Grantham Girls series, centering around three girls who attended finishing school together. In the first book, Amelia was the heroine’s scrappy, working-class heiress friend. Now she gets her own story!

I like the sounds of Amelia 🙂 Where do you prefer to write?

I sit at my kitchen table. One, because I’m much more productive sitting in a chair than I am sitting on my couch. And two, my kitchen is the warmest room in my house and I’m always cold.

I love naming characters. How did you come up with the names for the hero and heroine in A Common Scandal?

I’m a research nerd. When I write historical, I work backwards to determine the character’s birth year and then look up census records from that year to find common names (or uncommon, if that’s what I’m looking for). Amelia was a common Victorian name, as was Nathaniel. She calls him Natty when they’re kids. My daughter had a friend in pre-school who went by Natty.

I love that behind the scenes tidbit! Tell us 2 fun facts about your hero and then your heroine in A Common Scandal.

Nate learned to dance from an opium-addicted son of a Marquess, and he’s visited twenty-three countries. Amelia is an excellent street-fighter and her favorite color is yellow.

Love it! What’s the first line in your book?

“Mama was napping. Again.”

And now t he last. 

“Indeed, I do.”

Care to tell us what you’re working on now?

I’m finishing up a contemporary romance set in the world of Formula One racing, which will hopefully be the first of a three-book series. And I’ve started writing another historical series set in the Gilded Age, tentatively titled The Fortune Hunters. In addition, I’ve always got half a dozen stand-alone book ideas fighting for my time and attention.



The last book I read was Chase Me by Laura Florand. Omg, it was so good.

I will always say yes to that glass of wine.
My kitchen is my favorite room in the house.
When it rains I grumble about having to leave the house. Seriously, I hate it.
My favorite television show is Once Upon a Time. I live-tweet it, if you follow me on twitter. I’m obsessed.
I wish I could clone myself, so I’d have enough time to write all the books in my head.

I’m so glad you visited with us today Amanda and I wish you tons of success with A Common Scandal 🙂



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The Grantham Girls #2
Amanda Weaver
Releasing May 30th, 2016
Carina Press
Finishing school taught Amelia
Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and
looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it’s time for Amelia
to keep her promise to her dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days
That promise would be much easier to
keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an
impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become
handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can
advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out
Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.
Suddenly, struggling against her
simmering passion is the least of Amelia’s problems—one of her titled suitors
is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents
or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail
her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the
lady she’s promised to become?


Despite knowing the sort of marriage she was destined for, she’d resisted making a choice for so long because she’d hoped in time she might encounter a suitable man who sparked some kind of fire in her. But not once, in all her forays into Society, had she met a man who raised more than mild curiosity. She’d read about flaming passions and heated kisses in the lurid, forbidden novels she had traded with Vic and Grace, but her blood had never been stirred by a flesh-and-blood male. She’d begun to think those passions were the invention of novelists and no man could ever make her feel that way. And now one had, and he was hopelessly out of her reach. It was wretched, wanting something she couldn’t have.

“What’s the verdict? Does Cheadle love you madly or not?”

She didn’t trust herself to look at Natty, knowing her insides would plunge in an unwelcome, delicious way. When he came near her, it was as if her whole body stretched luxuriously and unfurled. Terribly unhelpful, when she was determined to send him packing and behave.

“I’m sure the answer will always be ‘not’, regardless of the state of the petals and irrespective of whatever he might proclaim. Isn’t Lady Julia waiting for her glass of punch or something?”


“The lovely Lady Julia Harrow. I saw you sitting with her. Surely she’s missed you by now.”

“Somehow I doubt it,” he muttered. “And what of Cheadle? Surely he’s climbing the walls pining after you.”

She sighed and turned to face him, tossing the last of the ruined flower to the ground and brushing her gloved fingers together. “You know he’s not, Natty. Men don’t pine after me, only my money. The only reason anyone at these things speaks to me is because of my fortune.”

“I’m speaking to you and I have my own fortune, thank you very much.”

“You only speak to me to tease me.”

“You used to like it when I teased you.”

“I’m not a child anymore.”


The word hung between them for a moment, rife with meaning. He might have only meant she was all grown-up and out in Society, except his eyes made a lightning- fast perusal of her body as he said it, so fast, he was likely unaware he’d done it. In a rush, it broke over her that Natty was aware of her in the same way she was aware of him. Not as an old playmate from his childhood. As a woman. He was as affected as she was, even if he was spending his evening paying court to Julia Harrow.

His eyes made their way back to hers and they both held the gaze. This newly discovered knowledge sizzled through her body. Her skin flushed and her breaths grew shallow. Natty’s eyes stared into hers. His lips parted slightly, as if he, too, was baffled by this sudden shift in the air. The atmosphere around them felt charged, the way it did when thunder began rattling the windows and lightning lit the night sky, but still the rain refused to fall. At any minute the clouds could collide and deluge the world, but until then, all the energy of the universe danced on the breeze.

She wanted to tease and flirt with him to see how far things would progress. She wanted to see the skies open up. She wanted to be drenched by the rain.



Amanda Weaver has loved
romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen.
After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found
her way back to romance, this time as a writer.
A native
Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now
considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and
nowhere near enough space.


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INTERVIEW with Sidney Halston author of Stacked Up ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on the blog today 🙂 I’m excited that Sidney Halston is here for a little chat. She’s answered some questions about herself and her release STACKED UP! I think you’ll have fun getting to know her.

Afterward check out her book and don’t forget to enter her giveaway!

Let’s get started …

What 5 words describe you best?

Disorganized, loyal, workaholic, loving, sympathetic


Awesome words 🙂 What’s the first thing we’d see when we walk in your front door? 

Picture frames if my family


Love that 🙂 Tell us the last thing you cooked. 

Instant vanilla pudding (does that count?)


Definitely counts. lol I love choosing character names, how did you go about choosing the names for your characters in STACKED UP. 

I love the name Penny and wanted to name my daughter Penny, my husband didn’t like it. So I used it for a character instead. I don’t remember how I came up with Travis, since he was around since book 1, and it’s been a long time since I named him. I think I just thought–southern cowboy– he had to be a Travis.


How do you feel about writing love scenes?

LOVE IT. They’re fun to write. But sometimes I can’t write them at the exact moment I get to that part. So, I’ll literally put “insert sex scene” into the manuscript and get back to it later. I can’t write a sex scene at my kid’s karate class– it feels weird, ya know.


lol I do the same thing. Describe your writing space.

I write at Starbucks. It USED to be great because for years I sat in a comfy sofa by the window every night, with my laptop on my lap. They recently remodeled and replaced my sofa with a hard wooden chair and a table. Now I hate it and I’ve been trying to find another perfect chair/place to write.


Using 5 words for each, describe your hero and then your heroine. 

Hero: loyal, funny, carefree, fighter, huge heart /  Heroine: survivor, sweet, honest, independent, naïve.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on next? 

I’m editing Pull Me Close. It’s the 1st book of my new Panic Series. It’s so different from Worth the Fight, and I cannot wait until you all read it. She’s agoraphobic and he’s the owner of the hottest nightclub in Miami Beach.
The last movie I went to the theater to see was : Zootopia
Every morning I : go back to sleep after I drop off the kids at school (shh…don’t tell anyone)
I’ve never : Eaten shrimp. They look gross and my family eats them all the time. YUCK

My toothbrush is : Orange
The last book I read was : Laura Kaye’s Ride Hard (So good!)

I can’t leave the house without : My phone (because it has my Kindle App)

Thank you so much for sitting down and answering some questions, Sidney. I hope you had as good a time as I did 🙂



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Sidney Halston
Releasing May 31st, 2016


attract in this seductive novel from the author of Against the Cage (“Funny,
steamy, scorching.”—Toni Aleo), with a chiseled MMA fighter falling for a
single mom who could use a real man in her corner.
Working two jobs to support her
infant daughter is harder than anything Penny Richards has ever done, but it
sure beats living under the rules of her stepfather, a television preacher who
demands a picture-perfect family. And if Penny hadn’t struck out on her own,
she never would have met Travis Calhoun. The intensely physical heavyweight
brawler has a way of drawing out her wild side. But Travis lives fast, with no
responsibilities—and that just isn’t for Penny.

Most of the women in Travis’s circle
wear tight clothes, high heels, and tons of makeup—not pearls or plaid
headbands. But once he works past Penny’s inhibitions, Travis discovers a
kindred spirit who longs to trust someone with her body, and her secrets.
Still, Travis can’t help but wonder if this rich girl is just slumming it
before she returns to her privileged life. Now it’s up to Penny to prove that
she wants her hard-edged, hard-loving fighter just the way he is.


Travis loved sex and he loved women. But, once he had sex with them, his mind drifted to his training and the adrenaline rush that came from being in a cage, dodging a fist at his face, or landing a roundhouse kick to his opponent’s side. And it wasn’t the violence of it. Not at all. He’d had to be violent at a point in his life. It was either fight or die. His tattoos and his criminal record didn’t lie. He had never been particularly good at school. But fighting—that he was good at. And the skill that he’d learned, the hours he put into it—that’s what he loved. He was untouchable in the cage. He knew it and his opponents knew it. And when he tired them out enough, that’s when he landed his signature combo and they were done.

Now, his mind didn’t drift on what he was planning on working out tomorrow or how he’d manage to tire out his opponent in a few weeks. No, he was thinking about the woman who was working at a strip club.  He was not at all comfortable with this situation.

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“Just Do It”–Nike. And that’s exactly what she did.

After working hard as an
attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to
begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very
exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side
and wrote Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in
love with writing. Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children.
She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s
not writing, you can find her reading and reading and reading. She’s a reader
first and a writer second. When she’s not writing or reading, her life is
complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing
(and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.


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INTERVIEW with TJ Kline author of Change of Heart ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome back author TJ Kline to the blog. She’s answering a few questions about herself and then sharing her release CHANGE OF HEART!

If you haven’t met TJ before, you’re in for a treat. She’s fun and funny, so get ready to enjoy. And, please, don’t forget to enter her giveaway at the end of our chat 🙂

Let’s get started …

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I’ve always been an avid reader. I was reading while other kids were playing outside. I loved falling into a fantasy, a different realm, a new world. When I was young, it was books like Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, Nancy Drew and The Wizard of Oz. And then I discovered Tiger Eyes and Sweet Valley High. It opened my eyes to romance and I was hooked. Graduating from there to sweet teen romances, moving on to Harlequins (my grandmother had hundreds!). It was there I discovered so many authors I loved – Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsay. I’ve never looked back. Francine Rivers taught me a new appreciation for inspirational romance. But I’ve been influenced by every genre – from Stephen King to Jodi Picoult, from Tolkien to Harper Lee to Shakespeare to Bradbury. There are far too many greats to ever encompass all of those who have had influence on my writing because every book influences me – teaching, touching, guiding and inspiring.

Tell us something you hate doing. Why? 

I absolutely HATE cleaning bathrooms. Not just toilets but the entire room. It seems like such a waste of time. I mean, it’s a room that literally gets more dirty the more sanitary you are. Take a bath? Dirty tub. Wash your hands? Dirty sink. See?

However, I’m such a stickler for a clean house that I’m usually the only person I trust to do it right (I have two teen boys here.) Unless my husband offers, which he usually does knowing how much I hate it. He hates dirt and germs more than I do, so it’s a win. He also does laundry, cooking and shopping…yeah, that’s right, ladies, be jealous. 🙂

Share a funny incident in your life. 

Well, I’ve already shared the one about the rodeo clown messing with me (it actually ended up in a book…thank you, Dwayne Hargo!) And I have a ton of stories where I thought I was pretty smart, only to end up looking like an idiot. but there was one day, running sprints at the park with my golden retriever who is sixty pounds of bouncing energy.

Unfortunately, I am not and while I was dying, he thought we were playing. I took off at a dead sprint. I mean, full on, Olympian speed (okay, maybe not quite that fast but it felt that way) and he ran with me, literally circling me and jumping up and down. Until he landed on the back of my feet. Before I realized what happened, I saw the ground coming at me and knew I was going down.

Years of horseback riding came back and the one rule to remember: When going down, tuck and roll! I immediately did as everything slowed. In my mind, I saw myself rolling on the grass, coming back to my feet and leaping up again, ninja-style. What really happened was that I rolled, and rolled again, ending up on my chest, face-down on the grass, dirt in my mouth, with a dog licking at my face and leaping around me with what appeared to be a smile on his. My one consolation? The park was empty so no one saw!

What’s your pet peeve? 

With most things in life, I’m pretty easy going and I don’t get too worked up about things people do in general. However, inside my own house, I’m kind of a fanatic, especially in the kitchen for some odd reason. I don’t like for the paper towel holder to be away from the backsplash. I get irritated when people leave dishes on the counter rather than putting them into the sink. But my absolute biggest pet peeve (okay, maybe I’m more OCD about it) is that the glasses are in the cupboard correctly. By this, I mean, it has to be organized by type of glass. That means, no mixing plastic cups with glass tumblers, or coffee mugs with water bottles. Ugh, what are we, savages?

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist? 

This is a yes/no answer for me. While in “writer” mode during the first draft, no, I can’t listen to music unless it’s new or something I don’t know, because I find myself singing along and then become distracted while I do my best version of Kelly Clarkson. (Yes, I am that good!) Pretty soon, I’m looking at lyrics, finding songs to play on my guitar and no writing gets done. However, when I’m in “editing” mode (which is once the first draft is done, when I add in more details, elaborate on scenes, etc.), yes, I listen to the music that inspires me. When I start singing along at this point, it’s not distracting because I know what’s happening already and where the story is going. For this, I have a playlist for each series, if not one for each book as well. You can follow me on Spotify to see them if you want (but no judging my eclectic genius)!



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Healing Harts #5
T.J. Kline
Releasing May 10th, 2016
Avon Impulse


fifth and (for now) final book in TJ Kline’s Healing Harts series. 
Leah McCarran has never had anything
but bad luck in her life, with the exception of her dream job, working as a
therapist for at-risk youth at Heart Fire Ranch. But when her car breaks down
on the side of the road and she finds herself stranded, the playboy who shows
up to help, seems like the last person she can count on.
Gage Granger has risen above the
circumstances of his youth, enough that people believe he has the Midas touch,
especially in business. But when one costly mistake could send his reputation
and his company into ruin, he needs some time to get his head on straight
before he makes a decision that could affect hundreds of lives and heads to see
his brother, near Heart Fire. The last thing he expected to find was a feisty
therapist who needs his help, even if she won’t admit it.
Leah doesn’t want friends. There was
only one person she let close – her high school counselor and the mentor who
not only took her in but changed her life, and then she died. Leah doesn’t want
that kind of hurt again so it’s easier to remain distant. But Gage is making it
difficult. And finding out that he staying next door at Heart Fire Ranch isn’t
making it any easier to avoid the kind man who is worming his way into her
Gage sees the pain Leah’s trying so
adamantly to hide but neither can help the attraction that begins to develop as
they rescue two abandoned kittens and find they have far more in common than
they believed. Gage helps her to move past her nightmarish past and she helps
him realize that one mistake doesn’t define his worth.


“We should start over.” Gage held out a hand. “I’m Gage Granger, your neighbor. It’s nice to meet you.”

Leah bit the corner of her lip as the horse nudged her hand. “Don’t do that,” she said quietly. She rubbed her hand over the animal’s face the way Jessie had told her they liked. “We’re both old enough that we don’t need to pretend we get do-overs in life.”

“Ah, another cynic.” He reached out and patted the horse’s neck. The second horse seemed to take notice and ambled slowly in their direction.

“A realist,” she corrected. “Another?”

“Like my brother, or at least, he used to be one.” Gage shrugged but looked back at her, curiosity clear in his dark eyes. “So, you don’t think you can forgive and forget? There’s no starting over?”

“Not really. You can forgive, but it’s a conscious choice. Forgetting something ever happened? That’s impossible. It’s like saying there’s such a thing as love at first sight.”

“Next you’re going to tell me you don’t believe in happily ever after either.” He clucked his tongue and shook his head with a grin tugging at the corners of his full lips. “What kind of therapist are you?”

She didn’t return his smile. “A good one. One who knows what I’m talking about and uses hard facts to get through to people who’ve see far too much reality in their daily lives to believe in fairy tales.”

She leaned one elbow on the railing and faced him. “The people I work with don’t need illusions. They need coping skills because life isn’t some kind of fantasy. Most people you meet aren’t good, and they don’t want to help you.”

Gage narrowed his eyes, trying to see more than what she would allow anyone to see. Leah wondered for a moment if she should have just kept her mouth shut. There was something about this man that made her usual calm, reserved demeanor take a vacation and made her tongue run away without her brain. If she wasn’t careful, she’d end up telling him her life story, and no one deserved to bear the weight of that nightmare.





T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions
since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the
culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the
past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for
RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and


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