Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Jennifer Faye’s Christmas in Bayberry

A new month means more 2020 “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway feature. 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 CHRISTMAS IN BAYBERRY by Jennifer Faye. This new release is a small-town Christmas romance from Hallmark Publishing. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the book:

“Christmas in Bayberry was a festive read. I liked Ms.Faye’s style of writing and felt as though I was a part of the magic of Bayberry. This book was full of quirky characters that were entertaining to read about. It was a heart warming and enjoyable read.”—Goodreads Reviewer

Here's the blurb for CHRISTMAS IN BAYBERRY:

She’s trying to save the family candle company.
He’s trying not to fall for Bayberry—and her—again.

Kate Taylor knows what she wants in life: to one day run her family’s candle business, which is at the heart of the close-knit community of Bayberry, Vermont. But the company isn’t doing well.

Wesley Adams is on the fast track to be an assistant vice president at his financial firm in Manhattan. Before the promotion is announced, he’s sent to this small town from his past to do an analysis of the candle company.

He doesn’t expect to bump into his childhood crush, Kate, and when he does, sparks fly. As he spends time in Bayberry, he falls for the town’s Christmas traditions—and for her. But he has a responsibility to submit an honest report. Will it extinguish Kate’s dreams…along with any chance they have for a future together?

This heart-warming romance contains a free Hallmark original recipe for Cast Iron Beef Stew.

To read the book, click here!

I'm so in the Christmas in July mood, and what better way to enjoy it with a new book from my dear friend, Jennifer. We both wrote for Harlequin Romance and Tule. This sounds like a fun read. Christmas and second chances go well together. And I want to see what happens with the candle company. 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 (June 13th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, July 20th 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, July 7th to Monday, June 13th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 07/20/20. 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 Jennifer for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms.

 

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Terri Reed’s Explosive Situation

It's time for the next 2020 “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway feature. 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!

EXPLOSIVE SITUATION by Terri Reed is featured in this week's spotlight. This is the fourth book in the True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn series. Here's what I reviewer had to say about the book:

This book was a great wholesome romance. It had mystery and budding romance with two people overcoming loss in their own ways. I loved the attention that the animals received in this book as well. Terri Reed did an awesome job including scriptures and prayer in this book. Wonderful for all ages!“—Goodreads Reviewer

Here's the blurb for EXPLOSIVE SITUATION:

With his K-9 partner at his side, can he survive false accusations and a bomber?

Detective Henry Roarke’s determined to prove his innocence to internal affairs officer Olivia Vance—but first he must survive the bomber targeting him and his bomb-sniffing K-9, Cody. With a coming baby to protect and an investigation to pursue, Olivia has her hands full…until she becomes a target, as well. Can they catch the bomber before they all lose their lives?

To read the book, click here!

If you enjoy romantic suspense, you should read Terri Reed if you haven't already. I love her books, and especially those set on K-9 teams. I've been looking forward to this one. I can't wait to learn more about Cody and the threat. 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 (June 6th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, July 13th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Sue C. Please see comments on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, June 30th to Monday, June 6th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 07/13/20. 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 Terri Reed for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms.

 

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: D.E.’s Love, Lies & Lavender

Here's the next 2020 “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway feature. 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!

LOVE, LIES & LAVENDER by D.E. Malone is featured in this week's spotlight. This is the first book in her Blueberry Point Romance Book 1. Here's what I reviewer had to say about the book:

“Such a lovely, sweet romance! Loved the story line and the characters, even the grumpy Jorie! Makes me want to go visit a lavender farm. I can smell it now!”—Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for LOVE, LIES & LAVENDER:

Old Scars Are No Match For a Second Chance at Love

Widow Hilary Larkin knows one thing: spending a week at an idyllic lakeshore inn in the Minnesota Northwoods is the last place she wants to be. But she can hardly tell her late husband's sister “no” when the woman pays for her cross-country trip to a small farms conference so Hilary can learn how to be an innkeeper, a dream she shared with Will before his accident. Now the thought of renovating the dilapidated house adjacent to Larkin Farms⏤and fulfilling her husband's wish⏤is just dragging her down. And it certainly doesn't help that her sister-in-law cancelled plans to join Hilary after a family crisis forces her to stay behind.

Along comes Dane Porter, lavender farmer and guest speaker at the conference, and talk soon turns to more than just farming. Even though he locked up his heart after his ex-wife betrayed him, he's drawn to the beautiful and complicated Hilary. But the ring on her finger sets a boundary he would never cross.

Falling head over boots for Hilary, Dane still worries putting his trust in another woman could lead to heartbreak. And Hilary has her own shadows from the past, ones her meddling sister-in-law might use to ruin Hilary's chance of finding love again.

Will two people from different worlds overcome their pain for the perfect second chance?

To read the book, click here!

I enjoyed D.E.'s Hearts in Hendricks series so I'm looking forward to this one. The cover just caught my eye. So beautiful. And the story sounds very emotional and love main characters sound very interesting. Though I'm not sure I'm going to like the meddling sister-in-law 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 (June 29th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, July 6th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Andrea (no last name). See comments on how to claim your prize! **

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, June 23rd to Monday, June 19th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 07/6/20. 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 D.E. Malone for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms.

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Christine Rimmer’s Their Secret Summer Family

It's time for the next 2020 “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway feature. 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!

Christine Rimmer‘s THEIR SECRET SUMMER FAMILY is featured in this week's spotlight. This is Book 8 in her Bravo's of Valentine Bay series. Here's what I reviewer had to say about the book:

“Heading back to Valentine Bay is always a pleasure. Reading about Dante and Grace, their relationship, and the families we’ve come to love, was like a cool drink on a hot day…refreshing and relaxing. Add in Dante’s two cutie pie girls and their burgeoning ability to wrap their dad around their fingers, to his chagrin and our delight, and you have a great read.”—Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for THEIR SECRET SUMMER FAMILY:

It’s the perfect summer: sun, surf, sand and a secret fling!

It’s just fun and games…

Until someone falls in love.

Officer Dante Santangelo doesn’t “do” relationships, but the busy single dad happily agrees to a secret summer fling with younger, free-spirited Gracie Bravo. It’s the perfect arrangement. Until Gracie falls for Dante, his adorable twins and their ever-present fur baby. Gracie wants a life with Dante. Either she can say goodbye at the end of the summer…or risk everything to make this family happen.

New York Times Bestselling Author

To read the book, click here!

I've enjoyed Christine's Bravo family series. This one sounds like another winners with lots of yummy tropes. I love everything about this blurb, especially why the single dad doesn't do relationships. I'm curious to see what happens. 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 (June 22nd) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, June 29th 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 Eileen AW. Please see comments on how to claim your prize. ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, June 16th to Monday, June 22nd at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 06/29/20. 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 Christine Rimmer for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms.

New Release: The Boss

The Boss, the third book in my A Keeper Series, is now available! This book features Chaney Sullivan, an associate producer, and Drake Llewelyn, a billionaire. Five years ago, Chaney did an internship for Drake's company. It did not end well between them. Now, five years later, they meet again. Will he get a second chance?

Cover and Blurb

He wanted a fling. She wanted forever. All they got was a “goodbye.”

Taking over as the temporary associate producer on a television show, Chaney Sullivan comes face-to-face with her former boss who stole—and broke—her heart. He’s more attractive than ever, which complicates working together. But she knows better than to fall for him all over again.

Nobody denies billionaire Drake Llewelyn anything, but Chaney’s done it—twice. Even though he's too busy for a relationship, her beauty and sass intrigue him. But she's changed. Her zest for life and her little dimple are missing, and he wants to uncover why.

When an unforgettable kiss brings them together, fear drives them apart. Drake pushes her away—not believing in love. Tired of trying to please everyone, Chaney retreats. Can they find the courage to risk their hearts or will their pasts keep them alone forever?

KINDLE US | KINDLE CA | APPLE BOOKS | BN NOOK | KOBO

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Excerpt

Chaney stood in front of the great hall’s open fireplace. The glowing embers of a single log were the only remnants of tonight’s banquet and the only light in the otherwise dark room.

A chill curled through her. Not from the cold, but from anticipation.

Later.

She didn’t know if Drake had meant later tomorrow or tonight. She hoped the latter even though it was past midnight.

Chaney wanted—no, needed—to see him. She owed him an apology for sending mixed signals again. Sure, he’d looked handsome at the banquet, but he usually did. With the medieval costume, his beard, and the mysterious smile on his face, she’d stared at him, practically mesmerized. The line between reality and fantasy had blurred.

She crossed her arms, her hand brushing over the luxurious fabric of her gown.

The memory of his leather shirt and his soft hair against her skin burned. She closed her eyes, remembering the feel of both beneath her fingertips. She’d been helping the stylists during the break, but for a second or two—okay, maybe longer—Chaney hadn’t been one hundred percent professional.

Not in her actions or her thoughts.

She might have continued touching him and enjoying it had he not said something.

Her eyes sprung open. “Idiot.”

“I hope you’re talking to the voices in your head again and not about someone else. Like me,” Drake said, sounding amused.

She turned away from the fireplace.

He strode toward her.

Larger than life.

He was an imposing figure. An attractive one, too.

With his long, confident gait and his costume, he appeared to be more like a king than a businessman from London.

Chaney wished a light was on. “I was talking about myself.”

“That’s a relief.”

Uncertainty slinked through her. “Maybe for you.”

“If it’s any consolation, you’re not an idiot.”

Not usually, but that had been before seeing him again. Chaney’s brain and memory malfunctioned whenever he was around.

She recalled her resolve from this morning.

Unbending, unconquerable and, for the remainder of the taping, immune to Drake.

Squaring her shoulders, she crossed the room, the hem of her heavy gown brushing the tops of her feet, and met him halfway. “I want to apologize for earlier. I should have told you I was trying to help Liz and Russell before…assisting you. I’m sorry. I don’t want you to think I was sending mixed signals after our talk this morning.”

“No worries. I enjoyed your assistance,” Drake said with no hesitation. “A man doesn’t get fussed over by a lovely maiden every night.”

His flattery heated the blood flowing through her veins. He handed out compliments like candy on Halloween, but his words pleased her. “I’m sure you have your pick of maidens.”

“I’m here with the one of my choice.”

His wide smile curled her toes. So much for being immune to him. Chaney prayed she survived tonight in one piece.

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Linda Goodnight’s Perfect in His Eyes

Are you ready for the next 2020 “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway feature? 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!

PERFECT IN HIS EYES by Linda Goodnight is featured in this week's spotlight. This is Book 1 in her Family Blessings series. Here's what I reviewer had to say about the book:

“Perfect in His Eyes is a beautiful story of love. It’s a story of God’s drawing, redeeming love and the strength that comes in accepting His love, and the purpose that comes when we accept His will in our lives. I can’t wait for the next book in the Family Blessings series.”—Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for PERFECT IN HIS EYES:

He’s an open book. But her secrets run deep.

Love at first sight? Nick didn’t believe it until he met Samantha. But after one magical day together, Sam left and never returned. Later, Nick discovers why. She’s Samantha Harcourt, blue blood, rich girl, and famous model. He’d be crazy to think she’d be interested in an ordinary guy like him.

To the world, Samantha’s a big success, the perfect woman. But Sam hides painful secrets that force her away from the one man she yearns to love. Nick would never understand…And she can never tell him.

When two orphaned boys draw them together, attraction reignites. Can Sam overcome her fears and trust Nick with her darkest secrets?

To read the book, click here!

I've been a big fan of Linda Goodnight's for years. I was fortunate to write in a Harlequin continuity series, too! This sounds like it'll be an emotional read. I'm curious about her her secrets and what happens with the boys. 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 (June 15th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, June 22nd 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 bn100. Please see comments on how to claim your prize. ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, June 9nd to Monday, June 15th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 06/22/20. 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 Linda Goodnight for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms.