Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Tule Publishing’s All the Starts in Montana

Here's another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway from the upcoming 2020 project. Usually these follow the Mother's Day tote bag projects, but this year that is on hold. As soon as we can reschedule the authors and I will get tote bags to the three Fisher Houses. But until then, enjoy these books from the authors who will be sponsoring the 2020 Mother's Day thermal bags for three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver. They will also be participating in the big readers giveaway at the end of the project!

This week's spotlight features Tule Publishing‘s ALL THE STARS IN MONTANA by Debra Salonen. This new release is the third book in the Property Sisters of Montana series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the book:

Another great addition to the Property Sisters of Montana series. A heart-warming story of possible romance. Enjoyed to getting to read Jade and Zach's story and visiting her family and friends back in Montana. Debra Salonen knows how to bring you a great story from first page until the final page. I can't wait to read more by this author.” —Goodreads Reviewer

Here's the blurb for ALL THE STARS IN MONTANA:

She’s the first woman to tempt him to lower his carefully constructed walls…

Aspiring screenwriter Jade McCall looks at every temp job as inspiration for her next screenplay. Her latest boss, nicknamed the “Realtor to the Stars,” is sit-com gold: handsome, rich, charismatic and intensely brooding. But it’s his intelligence, dry humor and thoughtfulness that reels her in deeper than she’s ever been.

Mega-successful real estate broker Zachary Masters revels in his prestigious reputation—and why not? He wrote his own story, and hides the truth of his past behind the glamorous facade of his success. Jade intrigues him from the start, and soon he’s tempted to take their agreed upon fling to the next level. But then Jade’s career takes off, sending her home to Montana.

He thinks he’s lost her for good, but the consequences of their brief affair create an unexpected second act. Zach never thought he’d have a shot at a real family until Jade returns with a secret of her own.

To read the book, click here!

This sounds like a fun yet emotional read. I love books set in Montana, and I can't wait to see how these two come back together. What do you think?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (September 29th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, October 5th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, September 22nd to Monday, September 28th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 10/5/20. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

A special thanks to Tule Publishing for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

Indigo Bay Christmas Romances: Jean C. Gordon’s Sweet Tidings

I'm thrilled to announce the 2020 launch of the Indigo Bay world. The Indigo Bay Christmas Romances series features six books from Jean C. Gordon, Jeanette Lewis, Jean Orem, me, Elizabeth Bromke, and Shanae Johnson.

The Indigo Bay world has been written so readers can dive in anywhere in the series without missing a beat so grab a glass of sweet tea (or in this case a cup of eggnog or spiced hot apple cider!) and enjoy these sweet, heartwarming holiday romances…

The first release in our 2020 Christmas launch is SWEET NOEL by Jean C. Gordon!

About the book…

Amanda Strickland wants her first Christmas as mayor of Indigo Bay to be a civic success from the animal shelter fundraiser to benefit gala to the traditional tree lighting. And movie-star acquaintance Eric Slade may be just the ingredient she needs to pull it all off.

Eric wants to put the paparazzi off him and the young co-star of his last film—and protect his fragile relationship with the grown son he never spent much time with when his son was growing up. When he proposes a pretend holiday romance between him and Amanda, it seems like a win-win for them both.

But what will happen when the pretend romance turns real and snafus on both sides threaten to crush their Christmas plans and hearts?

Sweet Tidings is the first book in the new Indigo Bay Christmas Romances Series, but it and the other stories are standalone and can be read in any order.

Available at major eBook retailers, click here to read.

For more info about the previous releases in the series, click here.

An Excerpt…

Mayor Amanda Strickland slapped her desk. She held a Master’s degree in planning for heaven’s sake. So why was planning the Indigo Bay Christmas season getting to her? Three perfectly good reasons. She could tick them off like items in a to-do list. It was her first Christmas as Indigo Bay’s mayor. She wanted to do right by her adopted hometown that she loved. And because she was a perfectionist.

Her phone rang. “Hello, Mayor Strickland,” she answered with her title as usual. 

“Well, hello Mayor Strickland.”

It took Amanda a moment to identify the deep drawl on the other end. “Well, as I live and breathe,” she said in her best southern belle imitation. “Is this movie mogul, Eric Slade?”

Eric laughed. “The one and only.”

Amanda went back to her normal voice. “To what do I owe the honor?”

“I have a proposition.”

His words sent a shiver through her that they shouldn’t. They’d worked together during the last hurricane to hit Indigo Bay and usually went out to dinner or something whenever he was in town visiting Jeff and Sonja Brewster. Purely as friends. Anything more would be beyond what she’d want to handle. A disastrous secret engagement back in grad school had resulted in her mom giving her a piece of advice she followed to this day. Too bad her mom hadn’t taken it herself.

“What will Maya London think?” She shook her head. Why had she said that? It was admitting that she at least read the tabloid magazines’ headlines in store checkout lines. Which she did, and always had, although she wasn’t in the habit of buying them. Except on the occasions when the headline mentioned him.

“Hopefully, that I’m unavailable, no matter how much she stalks me,” he answered in a resigned voice. 

“She’s been stalking you?”

“What else could it be? She’s young enough to be my daughter.”

Amanda gulped a breath. She’d insulted him. “Sorry, I’m kind of stressed. What are you thinking?”

“I’m spending the holidays with Jeff and Sonja. “My thought is we hang out like we usually do, but make it look like a little more. Then, an amicable split after the holidays.”

“A fake holiday romance? Have you been watching Hallmark Christmas movies?”

“Hallmark? No!”

Amanda couldn’t determine whether his denial was pure disgust or a too emphatic protest. “I’m going to have to give your proposition some thought and let you know. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing you again.” If her breathlessness was any indication, a little too much.

“I’ll have to be satisfied with that. But it could be fun. Even mayors are allowed to have fun.”

 

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Tule Publishing’s Falling in Puppy Love

Here's  another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway from the upcoming 2020 project. Usually these follow the Mother's Day tote bag projects, but this year that is on hold. As soon as we can reschedule the authors and I will get tote bags to the three Fisher Houses. But until then, enjoy these books from the authors who will be sponsoring the 2020 Mother's Day thermal bags for three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver. They will also be participating in the big readers giveaway at the end of the project!

In this week's spotlight is Tule Publishing‘s FALLING IN PUPPY LOVE by Kelsey McKnight and Sarah Fischer. This new release just came out on Thursday the tenth. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the book:

“This story is so feel-good. I loved that it was written from both Aiden’s and Emily’s perspectives as it enabled me to see each of them falling in love. There’s plentyy of lighthearted wit, mostly from Aiden because he’s good with words. There are also lots of occasions to smile. All in all this book is about making readers feel good and in my opinion it delivers.” —Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for FALLING IN PUPPY LOVE:

He’s used to stories with no happy ending…

Aiden Hughes never expected to return to Birdsong, but after a scandal rocked his professional world the former hard-hitting reporter needs a plan B. Covering local events for the small town newspaper after chasing down national news is a huge step backwards. But when he interviews the founder of a dog rescue whose heart is bigger than New York City, he wonders if there’s more to life than his byline in a prestigious paper.

Emily McLane has always had a sweet spot for animals. She plans an ambitious adoption festival to fund the expansion of her beloved dog rescue, but she needs publicity. When a former local boy offers to help her design a promotion, she finds herself falling in love for the first time.

They both have big dreams, but Aiden’s will take him far from Birdsong. Will they follow their hearts or are they only falling in puppy love?

To read the book, click here!

I was sold by the dog on the cover! How cute and I'm a big fan of animals in stories. Plus, animal rescue is near and dear to my heart. I'm curious to see if he'll still want to leave that small town. What do you think?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (September 21st) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, September 28st to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Rachel Blackburn. Please see comments on how to claim your prize. ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, September 15th to Monday, September 21st at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 09/28/20. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

A special thanks to Tule Publishing for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

New Release: The Tycoon


The Tycoon, the sixth book in my A Keeper Series, is now available! This book features Becca Taylor, who loves dogs and is trying to make a fresh start, and Caleb Fairchild, the CEO of Fair Face, a billionaire dollar cosmetic and skin care dynasty. When Becca is asked to go into business with her employer, one person stands in her way—the woman's grandson.

Cover and Blurb

A brooding CEO, a loving dog handler, and a grandmother with a plan….

Tender-hearted Becca Taylor wants to put the past behind her and start fresh. Thanks to her new job caring for the dogs of a very wealthy family, she can do just that. When the feisty matriarch asks her to join in a business venture, Becca believes her goals are within reach. Now, all she has to do is convince her partner's grandson that their plan is solid. Too bad he hates her on sight.

Caleb Fairchild will do anything to keep his heart and his family safe—which is why the beautiful Becca must go. Her eagerness to help his grandmother is suspicious, and he's determined to get to the bottom of her motives. However, when the truth surfaces about Becca's past, Caleb fears he may have misjudged her.

Despite being stark opposites, Becca and Caleb's attraction grows. Unfortunately, Caleb's lack of trust keeps getting in the way. Can they overcome their obstacles or will the past keep them from having all of their dreams come true?

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Excerpt

Caleb changed into shorts and a T-shirt. When he returned to the patio, china, crystal glasses, and a glass-blown vase filled with yellow and pink roses from the garden were on the table. Very feminine. Very much his grandmother. “You’ve gone all out.”

“I enjoy having company.” With a beaming grin, Grams patted the seat next to her. “Sit and eat.”

As Caleb sat, he stared at Becca.

What was she doing here?

He wanted to speak to Grams alone, to discuss Becca and his concerns about the so-called dog consultant and if she was exploiting his grandmother’s generosity.

Sneaky scam artist or sweet dog lover? Becca seemed to be a contradiction, and that confused him.

On their way to the kennel, he’d sensed a connection. Something he hadn’t felt in a couple of years. Not since Cassandra. But he no longer trusted those feelings about a total stranger.

Besides, Becca wasn’t his usual type—Caleb dated high-powered professional women—but he’d flirted and had fun until she’d ruined the moment with her ridiculous grandmother-is-lonely spiel.

Becca was wrong. He couldn’t wait to prove how wrong.

He sliced through his cake with his fork. The silver tines pinged against the porcelain plate.

“You must be hungry,” Grams said.

He nodded before taking a bite.

Becca drank from her glass of ice water.

“Do the dogs usually stay in the kennel all day?” he asked.

A rivulet of condensation rolled down her glass. She placed it on the corner of the yellow floral placemat. “No, they are outside most of the time, but if they were here, they would be out of control over the cake.”

“Dogs eat cake?” he asked.

Becca refilled her water from a glass pitcher with lemons floating on the top.

A guilty expression crossed his grandmother’s face. “I never give them much. Never any chocolate. But when they stare up at me as if they’re starving, it’s too hard not to give them a taste.”

“Those dogs are skilled in getting what they want.” Laughter filled Becca’s eyes. “They’re spoiled rotten.”

“Nothing wrong with being spoiled and pampered,” Grams agreed.

“Not at all.” Becca sounded wistful. “I’d love to be one of your dogs.”

Her words surprised Caleb. She didn’t seem like the primping and pampering type. He sipped his iced tea.

She picked up a bite of cake with her fork. Her lips parted.

Fair Face made a lipstick that plumped lips, making them fuller and, according to the marketing department, more desirable. Becca’s lips were perfect the way they were.

She raised the fork.

Like a moth to a blowtorch, Caleb watched her, mesmerized. He placed his glass on the table.

She brought the cake closer to her mouth until her lips closed around the end of the fork.

Over the past ten seconds, the sweat at the back of his neck had made his T-shirt collar shrink two sizes.

She pulled out the empty fork. A dab of enticing frosting sat on the corner of her mouth.

A very lickable position.

Stop. Caleb wasn’t into licking. Especially not his grandmother’s employee, who claimed to know more about Grams than he did.

The woman was dangerous.

He stared at his plate.

If making him feel worse had been Becca’s goal, she’d succeeded. He was also aggravated. Annoyed. Attracted.

No, not attracted.

Distracted.

By the frosting.

His gaze strayed back to the creamy dab on Becca’s face.

Yes, that was it.

The icing. He placed his fork on the plate. Not the lick…

“You can’t be finished.” Grams sounded distressed that he hadn’t eaten the whole slice.

The last thing Caleb wanted was to eat more cake. He needed to figure out what was going on with Becca and then get out of here. “I’m letting the food settle before I have more.”

He sneaked a peek at her.

The tip of her pink tongue darted out, licking her top lip to remove the bit of frosting before disappearing back into her mouth.

Caleb stuck two fingers inside his collar and tugged—hard. The afternoon heat was making him sweat. He should go to the gym instead of back to the office. A workout would clear his head and help him focus on the right things.

He wiped his mouth with a yellow napkin. Becca should have used hers instead of her tongue.

Was she trying to be provocative and flirty? Becca might see dollar signs when she looked at him as Cassandra had. No, that didn’t match what Becca had said. She didn’t want him to object to her involvement with Gertie. His grandmother had to be the mark, not him.

“The cake is delicious,” he said. “The frosting has the right amount of sweetness.”

Eyes bright, Grams leaned forward over the table. “I’m so happy you like it. I’ve been working hard on the recipe.”

With a sweet grin that reminded him of cotton candy, Becca motioned to her plate. Only half the slice remained. “You’ve perfected it.”

Grams chuckled. “Took me enough attempts.”

“I’ve enjoyed each slice.” Becca patted her trim waistline. “As you can tell.”

“Nonsense,” Grams said. “You have a lovely figure. Not that a few slices of cake ever hurt anybody. Men like curves, isn’t that right, Caleb?”

He choked on the cake in his mouth. Becca’s curves were the last thing he should check out. “Mmmm-hmmm.”

“See,” Grams said lightheartedly.

Warm affection filled Becca’s eyes. “I’m sold.”

Caleb’s gaze darted between the two women. Grams treated Becca more like a friend than an employee. That was typical of his grandmother’s interactions with her staff, including the dowdy Mrs. Harrison, a fifty-something widow who preferred to go by her last name.

Still, Grams and Becca’s familiarity raised more suspicions, given the differences in their social status, personalities, and ages. His grandmother always took in strays and treated them well. Becca played her role flawlessly in that scenario but added a twist by becoming indispensable and irreplaceable.

Something was off here. “Grams is an excellent baker.”

“You should have been here on Monday,” Becca said. “Gertie knocked it out of the park with her Black Forest cake. Seriously to-die-for.”

“Black Forest cake?” he asked.

Grams nodded with a knowing gleam in her eyes. “Your favorite.”

That had been only three days ago. Caleb stared at his plate.

Carrot cake was Courtney’s favorite, and Grams had made his favorite a few days ago. Puzzle pieces fell into place like the colored blocks on a Rubik’s Cube. A seven-layer lead weight settled in the pit of Caleb’s stomach. “How many cakes do you bake a week?”

“It depends on how long we take to eat one,” she answered.

The question ricocheted through him. “We?”

“Becca. The estate staff. My lab assistants. Whoever else is here,” Grams explained. “Sometimes, Becca takes the leftovers to the vet clinic when she covers shifts there.”

Wait a minute. He assumed his grandmother paid Becca well and allowed her to live in the guest cottage rent-free. Why would Becca work at a vet clinic, too? Especially if she was running a con?

“Sounds like a lot of cake.” Caleb tried to reconcile what he was learning about Becca with his grandmother’s cake. “I didn’t realize you enjoyed baking so much.”

Grams raised a shoulder, but there was nothing casual or indifferent in the movement. “Can’t have one of my grandchildren stop by and not have any cake to eat.”

But I also think she wants me here because she’s lonely.

His chest tightened because Becca was right. Grams was lonely.

Regret slithered through him.

As he thought about the number of cakes baked with anticipation and love and a big dose of hope, Caleb struggled to breathe. He figured Grams would be out and about doing whatever retired women did to pass the time—lunches, museums, fundraisers. He’d never expected she would go to so much trouble or imagined she would sit at home and wait for her grandchildren to visit.

His promise to his grandfather and his efforts blew up like a fifty-megaton bomb.

So much for taking care of Grams. Caleb had failed. He hadn’t taken care of her but let her down.

Just like his dad had.

Guilt churned in Caleb’s gut. He opened his mouth to speak, but he wasn’t sure what to say. “I’m sorry” wasn’t enough.

 

 

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: CJ Carmichael’s A Cowboy’s Proposal

Here's  another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway from the upcoming 2020 project. Usually these follow the Mother's Day tote bag projects, but this year that is on hold. As soon as we can reschedule the authors and I will get tote bags to the three Fisher Houses. But until then, enjoy these books from the authors who will be sponsoring the 2020 Mother's Day thermal bags for three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver. They will also be participating in the big readers giveaway at the end of the project!

In this week's spotlight is CJ Carmichael‘s A COWBOY'S PROPOSAL. This is the first book in her Shannon Sisters series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the book:

“Don't let the title fool you. This book is not just romance. There is a lot of mystery in as well. I enjoyed seeing how this story played out and how Cathleen and Dylan found their way back to each other. Trying to figure out who the killer was threw me for a loop. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.” —Goodreads Reviewer

Here's the blurb for A COWBOY'S PROPOSAL:

She’s not willing to forgive. He’s unable to forget.

One year ago, Montana cowboy Dylan McLean left the love of his life at the altar and fled town, thinking he was doing the right thing by saving her from a scandal. He’s found success on the rodeo circuit, but his love for Cathleen never faded. Now he’s returned home to clear his name, claim his bride and rebuild his legacy.

Bed-and-breakfast owner Cathleen Shannon has moved on from her broken heart. That is, until Dylan shows up at her house one night asking for help and a second chance. Despite Dylan’s betrayal, she promises to assist with his investigation. She doesn’t want an innocent man to go to jail, but her heart is most definitely off limits.

But Cathleen has forgotten one important fact: Dylan is relentless when he’s going after something he wants. He walked away once, but she won’t let that happen again.

To read the book, click here!

I enjoy cowboy books so much. And CJ Carmichael knows the trope well. We were part of the Love at the Chocolate Shop together, and she's written other books set in Montana. Add in a second chance and I can't wait to see what happens. The hero is really going to have to redeem himself though! What do you think?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (September 14th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, September 21st to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner of the gift card is Moran. Please see comments on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, September 8th to Monday, September 14th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 09/21/20. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

A special thanks to CJ Carmichael for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.