Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Jane Porter’s Montana Cowboy Christmas

A new month, the last of the year, is upon us, and I have another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway post from the now-cancelled 2020 project. Usually these follow the Mother's Day tote bag projects, but this year that is on hold. I'm hoping we'll be able to do something in 2021. Fingers crossed. Until then, enjoy these books from the authors who offered to sponsor 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 Jane Porter‘s MONTANA COWBOY CHRISTMAS. It is Book 2 of the Wyatt Brothers of Montana series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the set:

“This was the perfect Christmas romance with plenty of love, forgiveness and family. Loved Ivy, even though she was wounded, she was such a strong person. The secrets that Sam kept, just warmed my heart. Have your Kleenex ready I highly recommend this book!!” —Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for MONTANA COWBOY CHRISTMAS:

It's almost Christmas and nationally-ranked barrel racer Ivy Wyckoff has returned home to Montana desperate for a miracle. A cowgirl to her bones, she’s always solved her own problems, but when her ex—rodeo champ, Sam Wyatt—shows up offering more than a shoulder to cry on, Ivy’s tempted to grab the safety line he throws.

Sam Wyatt just wrapped his most successful year on the PRCA circuit. After long days and even longer nights, all he wants is a quiet holiday on his family's Paradise Valley ranch…until he sees Ivy again. He can tell she’s in trouble. They may have called it quits two years ago, but she's the one woman he regretted walking away from.

Sam will do anything to keep Ivy safe, including putting a ring on her finger and sharing his name with her this Christmas.

To read the book, click here!

I love Jane's books, especially her Christmas titles, and I can't wait to read this one. It's got second chance romance written all over it. I also wonder what kind of problem Ivy is facing, and how Sam will play into this. 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 (December 7th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, December 14th 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, December 1st to Monday, December 7th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 12/14/20. 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 Jane Porter for sponsoring a tote bags for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

Sweet Christmas Reads Giveaway Kickoff


Welcome to the Sweet Christmas Reads Giveaway

To celebrate the season, twenty-four sweet romance and women's fiction authors want to tell you about their holiday reads and give away prizes, too. There will be posts about the books and a weekly giveaway through December 23rd!

To kick off the event, here are the covers of this year's Sweet Christmas Reads! To learn more about a title, click on the cover. After you peruse the books, enter to win our first prize pack that is sure to put you in a cheery mood!

Week #1 Prize Pack Giveaway

To celebrate the season, we're giving away a holiday prize pack that contains the following:

  • A Thirty One Gifts Littles Carry All Cady
  • Paperback: Liz Isaacson's The Cowboy Billionaire Birthday Wish
  • Paperback: Jennifer Faye's A Christmas in Bayberry
  • Paperback: Olivia Miles' Christmas at the Cottage
  • Paperback: Alissa Callen's His Christmas Cowgirl
  • Paperback: Melissa McClone's Romancing Christmas
  • eBook: Laurie LeClair's The Heart Remembers
  • eBook: Tammy L. Grace's Christmas in Snow Valley
  • Faberware Cookie Cutter Set
  • Mug with hot chocolate
  • Hershey's Santa hat Kisses
  • Cupcake liners
  • Bell ornament
  • Dish Towel
  • 2 small bags of candy
  • Heart ornament
  • Candy cane ornament
  • Small soap
  • Bottle cap book cover key chain
  • Bookmarks, recipe card and other book swag.

To enter, use the widget below or click here.

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Black Friday Book Deals and Steals

For Black Friday, I thought it would be fun to share the bargain/free promos I'm participating in today. Some of these are multi-genre and not all are clean. If it's a clean promo, I will note that, but it's always a good idea to pay attention to the covers and blurbs!

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This one has new releases (not all on sale but a handy list), bargain books, and free books.


 
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Next up, we have the Black Friday Indie Book Sale. All of these books are clean. It is multi-genre featuring Christmas, Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Romance, and Science Fiction. This one runs through Monday. All the books are on sale or free. To check out the sale at: https://sale.perrykirkpatrick.com


 
If you enjoy Christmas romances, check out the Happily Ever After Holidays Giveaway where you can download free clean eBooks! Just click here!


 
If you want to fill your eReader with books from multi-genres, see all the free books we have for you in the FROM ALL OF US to ALL OF YOU promotion. You'll find titles in Action & Adventure, General Fiction, and Romance genres. Just click here!

I hope you find many books from these promotions. Happy Black Friday!

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Tule Publishing’s The Secret Christmas

As we head toward the last full week in November, I have another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway post 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 THE SECRET CHRISTMAS by Mallory Kane and Deborah Cox. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the set:

“If you enjoy Christmas romances with engaging characters, one with a great message of people coming together for good, then you will love The Secret Christmas as much as I did.” —Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for A CONVENIENT CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL:

Can two childhood friends return the spirit of Christmas to this small town?

When Nicholas Frost comes back to Christmas Valley, he’s shocked. The town he fondly remembered as a Christmas wonderland is now completely barren of the season. He learns that his landlord uncle banned his business tenants—everyone in town—from openly celebrating Christmas after his wife died. When his uncle demands that he spy on the townspeople, Nick is torn. Should he choose family loyalty or his heart?

Christmas Valley restaurant owner Angela Corker isn’t happy to see Nicky Frost again. After his uncle banned Christmas, the residents have been struggling financially. So every year she puts on a “Secret Christmas” celebration for the town. Nick is beyond handsome and friendly, but can she trust him with her secret when his uncle is the town Grinch?

They both have secrets, but as they join forces to bring back the joy of Christmas, they discover so much more than they were looking for.

To read the book, click here!

Oh, what a great idea for a holiday story. The uncle sounds like a modern-day Scrooge. And I love the idea of a Secret Christmas. I can't wait to read this. 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 (November 30th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, December 7th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Barb Harrell. Please see comments on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, November 24th to Monday, November 30th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 12/7/20. 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 bags for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

Grand Finale Cupcakes & Crumbs Book Tour


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – Author Interview

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

I hope readers will feel like they made new friends they want to know them better, want to eat a cupcake, and plan a visit to Berry Lake, Washington.

Bookstagram Tour

Rockin' Book Reviews – Review

“This was a delightfully fast paced beginning to an exciting new series . . . The [writing] is exceptional, the [characters] feel real and “draws” the reader into the group. . . . Surely this series will become a favorite and it is “clean”!”

Baroness' Book Trove – Review

Cupcakes & Crumbs by Melissa McClone is a new book and a series that is a wonderful read for fans of women’s friendship and a clean romance. These girls are all about being friends and helping each other out instead of dragging them down. Ms. McClone is a brilliant author, and I like her writing style as well. . . I am recommending it.”

Hallie Reads – Review

“Melissa McClone’s Cupcakes & Crumbs is a deliciously sweet story of friendship. While I did have a hard time with all the characters at the beginning, I did settle into the story well and enjoyed their various perspectives and circumstances. I look forward to reading more of McClone’s Berry Lake Cupcake Posse series.”

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

As Top 40 hits from the seventies and eighties—Elise’s favorite music—drifted in from the front of the shop, Missy filled baking cups with vanilla batter. The scent tickled her nose. The grumbling of her stomach reminded her she’d skipped her break and lunch. And her tastebuds whispered mine at the same time she imagined Elise shouting, Why eat plain vanilla when there are more flavorful combinations?

Missy laughed. Even though plain vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing were foundations for other flavors, Elise hadn’t sold them except for special orders. Missy, however, enjoyed vanilla cupcakes. Dare she say they were her favorite? The simplicity appealed to her in a way the more creative fillings and toppings didn’t.

ItaPixie's Book Corner – Review

“I've really enjoyed this book, I was entranced from the beginning and I was really invested in the lives of this diverse group of friends that try to support each other even if many years has passed from last time they have seen each other.

Melissa McClone did an excellent job of depicting these characters and [tying] their lives to one [another], her writing was easy to read and that ending made me so curious I can't wait to get next book in this series.”

Two Points of Interest – Excerpt

As Juliet’s upper teeth sunk into her lower lip, she stopped herself. That would ruin her lipstick, and if Ezra happened to arrive home, he would notice.

She glanced at the messages again. If she didn’t plan on going, she should let Nell know.

I want to go.

The thought resonated through Juliet. She didn’t ask for much these days—other than a kind word from her husband and time with her grandmother—but she wanted tonight with her former coworkers and friends.

Read Review Rejoice – Excerpt

Some claimed there were no stupid questions, but Bria disagreed. How did people think she was doing when her heart was in pieces, as if sliced and diced by a skilled teppanyaki chef?

Forget replying with anything other than an “I’m fine” or “I’m okay” or “I’m doing better.” No one wanted to hear the truth about how angry she was at cancer, at the doctors, and at her aunt. Especially Aunt Elise for stopping her treatments, throwing herself an over-the-top goodbye party, and leaving this world on her terms.

So typical.

reviewingbooksplusmore – Review

Cupcakes and Crumbs is a book full of friendships with a little mystery throw-in. I loved Bria and how she wants to save her aunt’s bakery shop. . . . I recommend reading the book to see what happens to all the characters.”

Loraine D Nunley, Author – Review

“This is a new to me author and I loved that I was pulled into the world of these five women and their home town of Berry Lake. . . . The push and pull of all the relationships within this town were enough to make me keep turning the pages to see what would happen . . .”

Paper Ink & Lizard – Review

“There’s just something about the combination of cupcakes and friendship that bring a warm, comforting feeling to a book. And such a feeling was stirred when I picked up my copy of Cupcakes and Crumbs by Melissa McClone. . . . I appreciated the fact that romance was not the central plot point, but friendship was. There aren’t enough books out there in the adult genre that focus solely on friendship and not on romance, so I loved that small touch. . . . Overall, Cupcakes and Crumbs is a beautiful balance between light and heavy, charming and serious, and friendship and romance.”

Christy's Cozy Corners – Review

“These characters have so much depth. I appreciate how diverse the author made them. . . . Fair warning: Cupcakes & Crumbs isn’t a stand-alone story. It’s just the beginning, and it’ll leave you hanging on lots of things! However, you just have to read it. I had tears in my eyes more than once while I was reading. It’s not all sunshine and roses but neither is “real” life. . . . I can’t recommend Cupcakes & Crumbs enough! Anyone who loves women’s fiction with lots of real life issues, a little romance, and a lot of heartwarming moments will love this book.”

Splashes of Joy – Review

“I did love the friendship coming back to life as the ladies worked together to save this special bakery Bria’s aunt loved so well. The characters were well created, and interesting to say the least. As the story unfolds, the characters develop well, and I could feel a definite change in their attitude. . . . I am eager to find out what happens to this group of friends, as well as Bria and the difficult person her dad hires to get the Bakery back in order.”

Reading Excursions – Review

“I found this a sweet, charming, and quick little read. It didn’t hurt this was written in short chapters which made reading it quite the breeze as I kept moving along. McClone really kept the pacing going and didn’t “bog” down the story at any one point. I was over 100+ pages in the first sitting. So, it was difficult to put it down. I wanted to devour and yet savor this sweet read and that was about the only conflict I had with it.”

Jorie Loves A Story – Review

“What pulls me into the writing style of Melissa McClone is her realistic approach to telling Bria's story – this is why I love reading Women's Fiction because at the heart of the genre itself is a threading of a woman's life from all aspects of how she lives it. . . . These kinds of stories are a refreshing read . . .”

Beauty in the Binding – Review

Cupcakes & Crumbs by Melissa McClone is clean, women’s fiction that will appeal to readers who enjoy stories of female friendships. Though there are some budding romances, the story focuses on the power of friendship and how it can support, encourage, and enhance life. In several ways, this novel’s ending was left open and served as set up for the rest of the series.”

Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, & Characters – Excerpt

Goose bumps covered her arms. Her muscles bunched. “Dalton.”

He covered her hand with his. “Relax, Bri.”

No one else had ever called her that. And forget about relaxing when her pulse shot off the charts. “I’m not sure I can.”

“Try.” Dalton lifted his hand, and a chill rushed up her arm as if missing his touch. “Tonight is dinner with an old friend. Nothing more.”

Pause for Tales – Review

“I enjoyed watching these once upon a time work friends spend time together. True friendship is what they had, and Elise brought them together in her life and in her death. . . . I enjoyed getting to know each one of these women. I would not say this is a stand alone story as it ended on a bit of a shocker for one of these women, and I would like to see to see a resolution there.”

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

Cupcakes & Crumbs was a pure delight to read and exactly what I would expect from Melissa McClone. I have loved reading her books in the past and this one does not disappoint. . . . I can not wait to get my hands on the second installment from the Berry Lake Cupcake Posse series, Tiaras & Teacups, to see what happens next. I recommend this one for readers who enjoys a good, clean and heartwarming read.”

Remembrancy – Review

“I was not ready for this book to end (so it’s a good thing this is the first in a series). Cupcakes & Crumbs follows five women who formed friendships as teenagers while working at a local cupcake shop. . . . While this is a quick women’s fiction read, there is a little something for all readers mixed in—a light touch of romance, some mystery, and lots of conflict.”

Reading Is My SuperPower – Review

Cupcakes & Crumbs is a well-written novel that fills you with all the feels. A dash of romance, mystery, and small town charm round out the conflict that leaves none of the friends untouched. Readers become emotionally invested in these main characters, and I’m very glad to see that this is the beginning of a series because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye yet. . . . McClone’s writing voice is smooth and relatable, making this a quick and engaging read”

Bookworm Lisa – Review

“I don't read a lot of women's literature. After reading this book, I think I have been missing out.

The story follows five friends who worked at a cupcake store together as teens and young adults. . . . I look forward to reading more about these women. The story left at a good spot for closure, but there is a lot left to tell.”

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post…


Cupcakes & Crumbs
(Berry Lake Cupcake Posse #1)
By Melissa McClone
Women's Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 237 Pages
November 17, 2020 by Cardinal Press, LLC

After life takes five women on different paths, a death brings them home. But friendship might not be enough to keep them together.

When Bria Landon and her estranged father each inherit fifty percent of a small-town cupcake shop, her dad hires her worst enemy, and first love, to turn the place into a soulless franchise…or sell it.

To save her aunt’s legacy, Bria needs the help of people who love the bakery as much as she does—her old friends who worked there fifteen years ago. Except each woman is dealing with her own problem:

Juliet, who's trying to prove she’s more than a trophy wife; Missy, a widow who fears losing the job she loves; Nell, who's meddling mother won't stop playing matchmaker; and Selena, a life coach who excels at fixing everyone else's lives…but hasn't a clue what's missing in her own.

Each woman wants to believe their friendship can overcome anything. But as the Berry Lake Cupcake Posse reunite to save their beloved cupcake shop, they soon discover the undertaking will bring more trouble than they expected.

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About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author Melissa McClone writes heartwarming women’s fiction and sweet contemporary romance novels for Cardinal Press, Tule Publishing Group, and Harlequin Books. When she’s not writing relatable characters and sigh-worthy happy endings, she spends rainy Pacific Northwest reading from her Kindle’s ever-growing TBR, napping, and decorating her Happy Planner. Melissa lives in Washington state with her husband, three children, a Norwegian Elkhound, and three cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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Author Interview

What inspired you to write Cupcakes & Crumbs?

A premade cover from Marisa-Rose from Cover Me Darling inspired me to write this took. One look and I fell in love with it! The only problem? I didn’t have a story to go with the cover. I started brainstorming and came up with what a loose plot about a small town cupcake shop and a group of friends. I thought I could make it work, so I messaged the cover designer and asked if she could make four more covers to match the premade, and she said yes, so I bought it.

If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say?

This is a story about friends who lost touch over the years, but reunite and realize they are stronger together than apart.

What challenged you about writing this story?

I’ve only written two points of view in my sweet romances. Women’s Fiction is a new genre for me so I decided to try writing multiple POVs—six total—and I found that challenging at first. It got easier as I got into the story more.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

Oh, this is a tough question. I can see bits and pieces of me in each. If I had to pick one, I would say Nell because she’s a hard worker and a caretaker, always looking out for others and trying to help as best she can in any situation.

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

I hope readers will feel like they made new friends they want to know them better, want to eat a cupcake, and plan a visit to Berry Lake, Washington.

What is something about you that is unique or we may not know?

I enjoy baking, but I take pride in my fudge. I won a blue ribbon at the Arizona State Fair when I was in my early twenties. I just wish I could find the recipe. It’s somewhere in the house, but I can’t remember where!


Cupcakes & Crumbs
(Berry Lake Cupcake Posse #1)
By Melissa McClone
Women's Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 237 Pages
November 17, 2020 by Cardinal Press, LLC

After life takes five women on different paths, a death brings them home. But friendship might not be enough to keep them together.

When Bria Landon and her estranged father each inherit fifty percent of a small-town cupcake shop, her dad hires her worst enemy, and first love, to turn the place into a soulless franchise…or sell it.

To save her aunt’s legacy, Bria needs the help of people who love the bakery as much as she does—her old friends who worked there fifteen years ago. Except each woman is dealing with her own problem:

Juliet, who's trying to prove she’s more than a trophy wife; Missy, a widow who fears losing the job she loves; Nell, who's meddling mother won't stop playing matchmaker; and Selena, a life coach who excels at fixing everyone else's lives…but hasn't a clue what's missing in her own.

Each woman wants to believe their friendship can overcome anything. But as the Berry Lake Cupcake Posse reunite to save their beloved cupcake shop, they soon discover the undertaking will bring more trouble than they expected.

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About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author Melissa McClone writes heartwarming women’s fiction and sweet contemporary romance novels for Cardinal Press, Tule Publishing Group, and Harlequin Books. When she’s not writing relatable characters and sigh-worthy happy endings, she spends rainy Pacific Northwest reading from her Kindle’s ever-growing TBR, napping, and decorating her Happy Planner. Melissa lives in Washington state with her husband, three children, a Norwegian Elkhound, and three cats who think they rule the house. They do!

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A Cupcakes & Crumbs Prize Pack, which includes:
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