Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Tule Publishing’s Picture Perfect Bride

I have another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway feature for you this week. In these posts, you get to hear about a book and have a chance to win a prize! Each featured author helped with the 2019 Mother's Day thermal bags that were donated to 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.

Tule Publishing‘s PICTURE PERFECT BRIDE by Laurie LeClair is in this week's spotlight. This is book two in the Cupid Corner's series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the book:

“Watching this couple deal with their past, understand the whys of their separation, and falling back into a love that can last a lifetime was an emotional, enjoyable journey. I loved catching up with book friends as well. If you love a good solid romance with believable characters then Picture Perfect Bride should be on your reading radar.” —Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for PICTURE PERFECT BRIDE:

Can she risk losing her heart to him a second time?

Nuptials, gowns, and rings don’t register on Molly McCleary’s to-do list. However, to keep her fledging photography business afloat, she’s up to her eyes in brides. Then she’s offered a dream shoot documenting the renovation of a local historic property. So tempting – except her client is her high school sweetheart who walked away with no explanation and without looking back.

Successful developer Adam Larson longs to redeem himself with the people in his hometown, Cupid’s Corner in New England. He impulsively buys a rundown farm that holds precious memories intending to restore the barn to its former glory and create a destination wedding venue. He needs a marketing edge – the talents of Molly, who is more beautiful, sassy and determined than he remembered.

As they spend time together, their inevitable past attraction kicks in and grows. Adam soon realizes Molly still holds his heart. Can he persuade her to give them a second chance at love?

To read the book, click here!

Oh, I enjoy second chance romances so much. Stories with a backdrop of weddings, too. This sounds like a fun story, especially with a hero looking to redeem himself. 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 (April 6th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, April 13th 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, March 31st to Monday, April 6th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 04/13/20. 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 donating books and swag for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Tule Publishing’s Montana Daughter

Here's another 2019 project “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway feature. In these posts, you get to hear about a book and have a chance to win a prize! Each featured author helped with the 2019 Mother's Day thermal bags that were donated to 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.

Tule Publishing‘s MONTANA DAUGHTER by Juanita Kees is in this week's spotlight. This is book two in the Calhoun Customs Garage series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the book:

“A lovely story of a couple with two very different families and conflicting needs finding a way to make a relationship work. Highly recommended.” —Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for MONTANA DAUGHTER:

Trinity Calhoun is a name everyone knows on the race circuit, but her days in the hot seat are numbered. She’s tired of the limelight, meaningless relationships and long hours behind the wheel. When her father calls her and her sister home, she’s ready. She slips right back into the family business, finishing off the custom car projects her father has lined up. But racing is in her blood and she’s lured back to risking her life on the hot rod drag strips outside of town. It’s there she meets paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Reece Balmain, who has her re-thinking the road her life is taking.

Reece Balmain arrives in Big Fork a broken man. He’s lived and breathed through horror accidents, haunted by the faces of the people he’s cut from vehicles. He knows one thing–speed kills. He’s hoping not to see too much of it in small town Montana, until he hears about the drag races taking place outside of town. He knows Trinity Calhoun. He’s watched her race, seen her win, held his breath when her car somersaulted into barriers in Daytona Beach. He doesn’t like what she does, but he can’t stay away from the woman who’s claiming his heart.

To read the book, click here!

Did you know I used to really be into racing? I followed the Indy Cart circuit closely for a few years, had the opportunity to work on a SCCA pit crew, and attended go-cart racing school. Needless to say, I love romances about racing so this one is right up my alley! It'll be interesting to see what happens in this one given the hero's feeling about the dangers of high speed. 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 (March 30th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, April 6th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is girlfromwva! Please see comments on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, March 24th to Monday, March 30th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 04/6/20. 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 donating books and swag for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Tule Publishing’s Montana Blueprint for Love

I have another 2019 project “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway feature. In these posts, you get to hear about a book and have a chance to win a prize! Each featured author helped with the 2019 Mother's Day thermal bags that were donated to 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.

This week's spotlight features Tule Publishing‘s MONTANA BLUEPRINT FOR LOVE by Debra Salonen. This is book one in her Property Sisters series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the book:

“A heart-warming start to a new series. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the storyline kept me interested from beginning to end.” —Goodreads Reviewer

Here's the blurb for MONTANA BLUEPRINT FOR LOVE:

Is she restoring “this old house” or reimagining her future with the man she left behind?

Man down.

When “Diamond” Jim McCall gambles on a fixer-upper for sentimental reasons, his house of cards implodes – along with his health. Ruby’s ready for a job change but agreeing to become her first crush’s apprentice might be her biggest mistake. She doesn’t doubt they can “flip” the derelict ranch house and save Summit Construction, but at what cost to her heart? After all, Boone Fielding became the son her father never had when she left for college.

Man up.

Helping Ruby McCall and her sisters flip Diamond Jim’s “money pit” makes sense financially, but he can’t partner with someone he doesn’t trust – and Boone hasn’t forgotten his last close encounter with Ruby. But every day on the job reminds him of why he fell in love with her in the first place.

How is he ever going to let her go when the job is done?

To read the book, click here!

Oh, this sounds like an HGTV show in book format, only with a dose of romance. I love crushes so this is another selling point to me. 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 (March 23rd) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, March 30th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Michelle Brooks. See the comment section on how to claim your prize. ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, March 17th to Monday, March 23rd at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 03/30/20. 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 donating books and swag for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

Stay at Home Activities

It's a challenging time across the globe in order to flatten the curve. That means staying home. As the mom of three, I know cabin fever can set in quickly when kids can't do their normal school, activities, and playdates/hanging out with friends, so I thought I'd put together a list of some activities if you are looking for things to do at your house.

Listen to a story. Storyline Online is where you can watch videos where books are read by actors. Book illustrations are shown with the words. There's a whole list of books to choose from so have your own story time at home! Click here!

Have fun with science. Mystery Science is offering easy free lessons some with activities that use simple supplies you likely have on hand. They are separated by grades K through 5. Click here!

Watch an aquarium's web cam. The Monterey Aquarium is closed, but you can watch their many web cams, including a live feeding as part of their animal feeding program. Hat tip to my friend Al for sharing this link. The feeding schedule is Pacific Time (PT.)

  • Penguins 10:30 a.m.
  • Sea Otters 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Open Sea 11 a.m.
  • Kelp Forest 11:30 a.m.

They also have the following live cams: Aviary Cam, Coral Reef Cam, Jelly Cam, Monterey Bay Cam, Moon Jelly Cam, Open Sea Cam, Penguin Cam, Sea Otter Cam, and Shark Cam. Click here!

Explore learning opportunities. Scholastic Learn at Home offers “Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.” It's divided by grade levels: Pre-K to K, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6+. This one was shared to me by one of my readers on my Facebook page. Click here!

 

Do puzzles. If you don't have any jigsaw puzzles around the house, make your own digitally. Jigsaw Planet is free and easy to use. They have puzzles ready to use if you don't want to upload a photo. There's also a timer if you want to have a friendly competition. Click here

Cook together. Make preparing a meal or baking something tasty for all to enjoy family time. Take it a step further and make your own recipe!

Listen to Opera. The Met Opera will be offering “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live performances on their website. This is the first week's schedule (I will update as necessary.) For more info, click here!

  • Monday, March 16 – Bizet’s Carmen
  • Tuesday, March 17 – Puccini’s La Bohème
  • Wednesday, March 18 – Verdi’s Il Trovatore
  • Thursday, March 19 – Verdi’s La Traviata
  • Friday, March 20 – Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
  • Saturday, March 21 – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
  • Sunday, March 22 – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Tour an art museum. Travel and Leisure magazine has a great article with links to twelve museums that offer virtual tours: British Museum in London, Guggenheim Museum in New York, National Gallery of Art, Washington in D.C., Musée d’Orsay in Paris, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, MASP in São Paulo, and the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. For article and museum links, click here!

Listen to #sunshinesongs. Broadway star and actress, Laura Benanti, posted on Twitter asking students who had their productions cancelled or postponed to sing for her. Check out the performances using the #sunshinesongs hashtag. I've watched several. There are some talented peeps out there! Click here!

Color. If you don't have a coloring book there are many resources online for younger children. For older ones and adults, my friend Al posted about the free coloring books from 113 museums as part of this years #colorourcollections initiative sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine. Click here!

Got boxes? If you have spare boxes around the house, let the kids use their imagination to build a fort, cars, rocket, etc. The only limit is the imagination.

Do a STEM activity. NASA/JPL has many activities for students interested in STEM. Some are projects. Others are videos. You can search using grade or subject. Another hat tip to my friend Al. Click here!

Watch Liberty's Kids (or any other series you can binge.) Liberty's Kids is a cartoon about the founding of the United States. It originally aired on PBS. My kids watched this when they were younger and we homeschooled. The episodes are available via Wild Brain (they have many other kids' series available to watch besides this one) on their Liberty Kids – Wild Brain Channel. Click here!

Spring clean. Okay, not so much fun and you may get some groans suggesting it's time to clean or declutter, but being stuck at home can be the perfect time to tackle bedrooms, closets, dressers, and toy boxes. Make three piles: Keep, Toss (garbage), Donate. Turn the activity into your own HGTV show with before and after photos.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful and give you ideas of your own. I'll add to this list as I come across things. If you have something you want me to add, use the contact form to send me the info. Thanks!

As for my family, we live in Washington state. My two oldest attend different colleges on the eastern side of the state, and each will be doing their college classes online after spring break. My youngest's high school is closed through April 24th. Classes are supposed to begin again on April 27th, and we're waiting to hear what online learning there will be for her.

 

New Release: The Deal Breaker

The Deal Breaker, the third book in my The Billionaires of Silicon Forest series is now live! This book features Dash Cabot and Iris Jacobs who have been friends since they were thirteen. You'll also find crossover characters from my One Night to Forever series, including the matchmaking billionaire, Henry Davenport. This heartwarming friends-to-more sweet romance can be read as standalone.

Cover and Blurb

There are some lines friends should never cross…right?

Status quo might as well be Dashiell Cabot’s middle name. He has a job he loves, a billion dollars in the bank, and a best friend named Iris who keeps his personal life running smoothly. Why would he ever want to change any of that? But when Iris Jacobs tells him she’s quitting and returning to culinary school, Dash’s beloved status quo is thrown into chaos. Even worse? The thought of her departure is forcing him to realize his feelings for her might extend beyond the friend zone.

Iris wants more out of life than taking care of Dash. She always has. And even though she could never repay him for everything he’s done for her, she can no longer afford to protect his precious status quo at the expense of her own dreams. She has no choice but to leave…unless he can give her a compelling—and possibly romantic—reason to stay.

They’ve always been just friends. That was their deal. But when all is said and done, something will be broken—either their deal…or their hearts.

Click here to read The Deal Breaker. Available in on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited in eBook and also on Amazon in paperback!

Excerpt

The plate sat on the cushion between them. She took another one—her third, not that anyone was keeping track. This was a celebration so calories didn’t count. At least, that was what she would go with if Dash asked. Not that he cared about anything but the film.

A side-eye glance showed him engrossed with what played on the television screen. Raina hadn’t come up again during dinner. The breakup appeared to be a thing of the past. Iris wasn’t that surprised since he’d never shown emotion when a relationship ended. He usually claimed it was inevitable and never mentioned the woman again.
Dash paused the movie before looking her way. “You’re watching me more than the TV.”

Iris’s cheeks burned. “Just making sure you’re okay.”

“About?”

Was he serious? Then she remembered this was Dash. “The breakup.”

“I’m fine,” he blurted. “It was bound to happen, eventually.”

Inevitable. She was correct. Raina had been the same as the other women he dated. Relief surged through Iris. Strange, because she wanted him to be happy.

“Someday it won’t feel that way.“ He deserved somebody to love, even if hearts, flowers, and violins weren’t his thing. “You just haven’t met the right woman.”

He grinned. “Not sure she’s out there since Wes told me video game characters didn’t count.”

Iris laughed. “Well, if one came to life she would be all over you.”

His brows lifted. “You think?”

“You’re a catch.”

It was his turn to laugh. “We both know my net worth is the biggest appeal. I’m too nerdy for most women.”

“You’re you. Authentic. Real. That’s all that matters. Who cares if you’re eccentric?”

“Eccentric is another word for weird.” He shifted on his end of the couch so he faced her. “I am that.”

“A good weird,” she added, knowing his joking was a self-defense mechanism. “Somewhere, there’s a woman who will feel as if she’s won the lottery when you fall in love with her and her with you.”

“If,” Dash corrected. “Not when. I’m not sure love even exists.”

“It does, which is why I said when not if.” Someday he would believe love conquered all. “You deserve a happily ever after.”

He got a faraway look in his eyes. “Do you still want one?”