I’m super excited to announce A Christmas Homecoming releases TODAY. My publisher moved it up by a week to coincide with a gift for you. A Love to Treasure, the first book in my Sunriver Dreams series, is free to download for Kindle today. The kindle app is free if you use a different device, so anyone can download it and read it for free. 🙂
Can the mystery of Christmas unite two hurting hearts?
Bailey Calderwood gives all she has to her job as an interior design assistant, but her best isn’t good enough for her demanding, bed-ridden boss. For some unexplained reason Mona has turned against her. At least not everyone is out to get her. A mysterious admirer is sending her cards and flowers. Could it be her boss’s son who’s recently returned home in time for the holidays?
Stephen Belafonte rushes home from France to be with his mother after her stroke, and is surprised by the rift between his mom and Bailey, her assistant. When his mom demands he fire Bailey, he’s torn between respecting his mother’s wishes and doing what’s best for the family business. Can Stephen find a way to heal the rift in his family as well his own heart, or will he be forced to let Bailey go?
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Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.
She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.
Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Butterflies on Breezes
Like a butterfly on a summer breeze.
Love rarely lands where it’s expected.
Working for her dad’s landscaping business stifles Linnea Ranta. When she’s invited to design and build a community garden with an intriguing master carpenter, she seizes the chance to unfurl her wings, but at what expense to her heart?
Logan Dermott eases back his flirting when he senses Linnea’s fragility, but she has more backbone than he suspected. As they work together, Logan finds he’s falling for her, but it may be too late to win her love.
Will Linnea break free of her chrysalis and fly away before Logan realizes what he almost had?
Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.
Valerie is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner. She has been called “a stellar storyteller” as she injects experience laced with humor into her green clean romances. http://valeriecomer.com
Before we get to our featured author, I wanted to let you know that a collection I am a part of is currently on sale for only 99¢. This book is usually priced at $3.49 and has never gone this low before. I will admit, this is not my favorite cover, but the stories are absolutley worth checking out, so please do not let the cover turn you away. 🙂 http://amzn.to/2bL5jSx
Now for our featured author this week. Angela Ruth Strong studied journalism at the University of Oregon and currently lives in Idaho where she started IDAhope Writers. She’s won both the Cascade Award and Idaho Top Author. She’s excited to release her first Christmas romance, Finding Love in Big Sky this September, and she has a romantic suspense novel, Presumed Dead, coming out with Love Inspired Suspense in February ’17.
Bright Star Ranch led him to her–but will he stay?
Josh Lake is forced to head home for the holidays after he’s suspended from his job in the city, but running into Paisley Sheridan could be exactly what he needed. Not only does she board him at her ranch in exchange for his advertising expertise, but spending the Christmas season with her in Big Sky, Montana, brings more joy than he’s felt in a long while. Is he willing to give up the lavish lifestyle he’s worked for in exchange for the gift of love?
The last thing Paisley wants for Christmas is to spend time with Josh Lake—the guy who broke her heart in high school—but until her bank loan goes through, she has to take all the free help she can get. Unfortunately, Josh seems to want back in her life again, and the town’s quirky coffee shop owners don’t help by hanging mistletoe at every opportunity. Will Paisley succeed in driving him away, or will she find the healing needed to have hope for a future together?
Falling for the Bachelor
Tessa Hamilton never imagined the hardest part of having her best friend help renovate her small-town movie theater would be keeping her heart safe. She can’t fall for a man who has no interest in a serious relationship with any woman…and who doesn’t know the secret she hides. Besides, Josh Donnelly is too eager to leave Paradox Lake—especially when his estranged father returns. Tessa struggles with the turmoil, but as she falls deeper for the bachelor, she knows she must be honest if there’s any chance for them. But will telling Josh put everything at risk—including their friendship?
For Amazon Bestselling inspirational and sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native small-town Upstate New York, where she sets her books.
A founding member of the Capital Region Romance Writers (Albany, NY), Jean currently serves as membership chair. She’s also a member of the Romance Writers of America and its Faith, Hope and Love Chapter, the American Christian Fiction Writers, and Novelists, Inc.
The Bachelor’s Sweetheart, book three of her Love Inspired series, THE DONNELLY BROTHERS: Hometown boys make good . . . and find love releases in August. Jean is currently working on a new series for Harlequin Love Inspired. Her other published books include:
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Even though my personal blog is not an official stop on the blog hop that my publisher is doing, I wanted to make sure you all have the opportunity to get in on the fun. Keep reading to find out later how to enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.
Island Hope is the final book in my Wildflower B&B Romance series. I already miss writing this series and visiting the island in my mind on a daily basis. The characters have become real in my mind. LOL does that make me crazy?
I’m open to questions if anyone has one for me.
Here is the back cover blurb for Island Hope.
Metal sculptor Hope Michaels gave up on art when her creativity was zapped by another. Burying herself in her electrical contracting business, Hope takes a job on Wildflower Island. She never imagines that a job at the Wildflower Resort will turn everything in her life upside down. But that’s exactly what happens when her best friend and employer, Piper, plays matchmaker.
A lonely widower throws all his energy into raising his teenage daughter, but when he is promoted to manager of the Wildflower Resort, things at home don’t go as smoothly as planned. Worried about his relationship with his daughter, he seeks advice from a feisty-but-sweet newcomer. Will she help smooth his path or will things only get more complicated?
Derrick Trainor sat in Piper Grayson’s office at the Wildflower Resort Lodge. The view from the window wasn’t great considering that Piper owned the place, but who could complain about sunshine and blue sky, even if she could only see the parking lot? His attention shifted to his boss who sat behind her sleek, glass topped desk, her face twisted with worry. Unease settled on his shoulders.
“I appreciate all you’ve done at the resort, Derrick, but I need to make some changes.”
His stomach churned. Was he about to get fired? “I’ve enjoyed working here. What’s changing?”
“As you know, I’m six months pregnant, but what you don’t know is that I’ve been put on bed rest. Effective immediately you will be the acting manager of Wildflower Resort and Spa. I know we talked about you taking over while I’m on maternity leave, and that you were concerned about the long hours during that time. I hope you can make this work because I’d hate to bring in someone new.”
His pulse thrummed in his ears. “No, it’s fine. Are you and the baby okay?” He’d begun to make changes at home to accommodate the longer hours he would be working in a few months, but he wasn’t there yet. How would his fifteen-year-old daughter, Alyssa, handle him working sixty-hour weeks?
“My baby and I are okay, but my blood pressure is too high—has been for a while now.”
No wonder Piper’s health was at risk. She had too much on her plate. Between dealing with the fire and water damage that ruined twenty rooms at the north end of the building, and the construction of the cabins for phase two of the resort, anyone would have high blood pressure.
She continued. “I know you will do an exemplary job in my absence.”
He nodded. Talk about a switch. A minute ago he’d thought he was about to be fired.
He turned toward the door and spotted a raven-haired woman with pale skin and classical facial features. She was stunning even in a hoodie, ripped jeans, and work boots, which he didn’t find so attractive. She’d turn heads if she made an effort. Maybe she worked in the gardens with Chase, Piper’s husband.
“Hope.” Piper smiled and stood, though a little slower than usual. “I’d like you to meet Derrick Trainor. He’ll be acting as manager until I return. You will need to run your schedule by him before you start any work, and he’ll check over all work done each day.”
Hope frowned. “Okay.”
Derrick shook his head. “I’m sorry, but I’m not following.”
“Close the door and have a seat, Hope.”
The woman sat beside him. “Hope Michaels.” She offered her hand.
Deep purple nail polish covered her neatly trimmed nails.
“It’s nice to meet you.” He shook her hand then turned to Piper. That unsettled feeling resurfaced.
“Hope is the owner of the electrical company I hired to re-wire the section of the building that caught fire last month. Her company will also be doing all the electrical work on the cabins.”
Hope removed her hoodie revealing arms with several tattoos. He didn’t care for body art, but to each his own, or in this case, her own.
“Derrick, because of your background in electrical work, I thought it would be fitting for you to oversee this aspect of the project.” Her attention shifted to Hope. “Having a second set of eyes is no reflection on your quality of work, Hope. But after the fire I’d feel more comfortable if Derrick double- checked everything. Chase will be dealing with the rest of the subcontractors and coordinating the timelines.”
Hope’s face reddened. Clearly she wasn’t happy with Piper’s arrangement. He was an electrician by trade but hadn’t enjoyed it. After doing odd jobs he fell into his position here as assistant manager. He looked from his boss to Hope. The tension in the room was so thick it’d take a chainsaw to cut through.
“Thanks for stopping in, Hope.”
The woman stood, but to her credit she didn’t argue with Piper, though he suspected she had a few choice words for his boss. “Take care of yourself, Piper.” She grabbed her hoodie and strode from the room leaving the door open behind her.
He turned to Piper. “That was awkward.”
She wore a mischievous grin. “You’ve heard the phrase don’t judge a book by its cover?”
“It applies to Hope. She’s a friend, and in spite of what I said, I don’t expect there to be any issues.”
“Then why am I inspecting her work? You realize an actual inspector will do that?”
She gave him a look that clearly said he was trying her patience. Time to keep his thoughts to himself. But what exactly was Piper hinting at when she said not to judge a book—or Hope—by her cover? Sure she looked a little rough around the edges, but if his boss had confidence in her abilities, so did he.
Island Hope is available for pre-order at the discounted price of only $2.99. All the books in the series are available in print or in Kindle format. This series is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, so you can read it for free if you are a subscriber.
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Now for the blog tour information. The Blog Tour runs FEBRUARY 15 – MARCH 1. Please share the Books & Beverages Blog Tour with your friends using hashtags #BevBooks16 and #FreeKindle.
To be entered for a chance to win follow the links below to the instructions on my publishers website. Please excuse the extra stuff. I didn’t know how to post the link without that stuff showing.
I will be visiting Autumn Macaruthur’s blog Feb. 22. Here’s the link if you’d like to hop over and say hello. http://faithhopeandheartwarming.com/blog/”>
And then I will be on Diana Montgomery’s blog Feb. 25
I’m thrilled to be featuring Gail Gaymer Martin on my blog. I’ve been a fan of Gail’s since before I was a writer. I love her stories!
Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of Christian contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 58 contracted novels and four million books in sold. CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. Her books have received numerous awards, including: ACFW Carol Award, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice, Booksellers Best, National Readers Choice, Holt Medallion, Award of Excellence. Gail is a cofounder and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers, and Christian Authors Network. She is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and presents workshops at conferences across the country. Gail is a lifetime resident of Michigan.
Spending her holidays in picturesque Lilac Circle, Michigan, is the perfect place for Nina Jerome to start anew. She’s determined to put her painful divorce in the past and focus on the future. She hadn’t planned on being distracted by her sweet neighbor, Doug Billings. The successful businessman and temporary dad is clueless when it comes to taking care of his little niece. Getting help from Nina is the perfect setup—but something about the pretty new nanny makes him think about the unthinkable: having a wife and a family of his own. Can he convince Nina that she’s worthy of a second chance at love—just in time for Christmas?