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An Encore for Estelle #NewRelease by Kimberly Rose Johnson

I’m super excited to be able to share my newest book, An Encore for Estelle, on release day. It’s not often the timing works out like this. Bonus–it’s still available at the pre-order discount of 99¢. This price will go up soon so act now. Also, the first book  in the series, A Love Song for Kayla, is on sale this week for 99¢ as well.

Here is the back cover blurb.

Encore Ebook Cover (1)The theater ties them together but a painful past could pull them apart.

At a crossroads, former movie star Estelle Rogers, returns to the place that set her life on a new course. Although she expects a rough reception she is pleasantly surprised and quickly settles into her new position at the local children’s theater. But her road back to acting isn’t as smooth as she would like.

Tragedy brought Blake Price to Oak Knoll, Oregon, but it’s love that keeps him there. His late wife and daughter loved acting, and he owes it to them to honor their memory with the children’s theater, but his new assistant is making changes he isn’t ready for both at the theater and in his heart. Can he forgive himself and move forward, or will he forever be tied to the biggest mistake of his life?

A short excerpt.

Estelle Rogers willed her galloping heart to slow. Why had she come back to Oak Knoll, Oregon? It wasn’t like the people here had welcomed her with open arms six years ago. But that was then. Things were different now. Helen Wood had invited her for a visit over the summer, and she could never say no to the one woman who’d accepted her in spite of her flaws. Besides, she needed time away to think about her future. Estelle squared her shoulders, raised a hand, and pressed the doorbell beside the farmhouse door.

The door flung open. “You’re here!” Helen’s smile lit her eyes.

Estelle blinked. Helen looked like a young Mary Tyler Moore—she looked fantastic. Could this be the same woman she’d grown close to all those years ago? Granted when she’d last seen Helen, she’d been recovering from a stroke, but a different woman stood before her now. The rosy-cheeked brunette looked fifteen years younger than her fifty-five years. “You look amazing.”

Helen blushed and waved a hand in front of her face. “Derek sent me on a spa vacation. You should try one. You’d love it.”

The mention of her one-time boyfriend didn’t affect her like it used to. Helen’s son was now happily married, and she adored his wife, Kayla. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re hinting that I need a makeover.”

The older woman shrugged. “Not at all. You look lovely as usual.” She stepped back, opening the door wider. “Come in. I can’t believe you’re actually here. I was afraid you might change your mind.”

“How silly would I be to do something like that?” If Helen only knew how many times she had almost cancelled the trip. But she would never reveal that to her dear friend.

Helen looped her arm through Estelle’s. “I prepared lunch for us in the garden.”

“I love your garden. It’s so serene. I’m glad the weather is cooperating today. I noticed you’ve had a lot of rain lately.”

“We have, but summer doesn’t usually start here until July. Welcome back to Oregon.” She chuckled. “I remember how much you enjoyed my garden the last time you were here, so I’ve been praying the weather would cooperate.”

Of course she had. Helen was like that—she had no qualms about asking the Lord for a sunny day.

“You’ll be staying in the guest cottage while you’re here.”

Estelle stilled. “I thought your . . .” What does one call a man who works around the farm doing odd jobs? “handyman—”

“His name is Blake, and he moved into the barn so you could have the cottage.”

“That was nice of him, but the barn?”

Helen patted her arm. “Now don’t you worry about Blake. He’s a grown man and can take care of himself. Besides, he and Derek built a nice room out there. He has all the comforts of home.”

Estelle raised a brow. “If you say so.”

KJ_026 Favorite Pic casualKimberly 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.

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Designing Love #NewRelease

Happy Monday! I’m excited to announce the third and final book in my Sunriver Dreams series. Designing Love has released in both print and Kindle.

Someone is framing Sierra. Can Spencer Preston discover the true criminal before he loses her? 

Designing Love Cover FinalSierra Robbins, single mother and interior design assistant, wants to provide a stable home for her teenage son and become a successful interior designer. She’s well on her way to both goals when she agrees to house sit a home in Sunriver, Oregon. It couldn’t be more perfect. She’ll be close to her job at Belafonte Designs while living rent-free. But things don’t go as expected beginning on day one when a police officer responds to the alarm they set off at the house. Was that alarm a sign of trouble to come?

Spencer Preston, lives for his job as a police officer in Sunriver, but when he responds to a house alarm and finds Sierra and her son there everything changes. Suddenly he finds himself torn between the upholding the law and protecting the woman he believes is innocent.

I thought it would be fun to post a GoodReads review here from an early reader to whom I provided an ARC. She gave it a five star rating–I believe this it he first time she gave one of my books a 5-star. Her review is below.

“Kimberly Rose Johnson is an author you can trust for clean reading with a fun, light-hearted touch of romance. She writes biblical principles into her stories and encourages living your faith.
This book is listed as a contemporary romance, but I would consider it more of a romantic mystery. The mystery extends itself to both the characters and the story.
I really enjoyed the storyline even though mystery is not something I would normally choose. I felt the characters were well-developed with strong backstories which left you fully engaged with them and the story. I truly think this is one of this author’s best.”

I hope your spring season has gotten off to a great start. What is your favorite part about spring? What are you looking forward to the most?

kj_063Kimberly 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.

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#NewRelease A Love to Treasure by Kimberly Rose Johnson

I’m excited to introduce you to a new series I have contracted. This series takes place in Sunriver, Oregon–one of my favorite places to vacation. Keep reading for an excerpt and pictures. Here is the back cover blurb.

A Love to Treasure Cover bk1School teacher Nicole Davis is on summer break, but this vacation is unlike any other. Her beloved Grandmother’s final wish has landed Nicole smack in the middle of her favorite destination—Sunriver, Oregon, following Grams’s clues on a mysterious scavenger hunt. Unexpectedly, Nicole finds more than just a fellow sleuth in a handsome police officer, Mark Stone. But Mark must return to his job in Portland at summer’s end, and Nicole must guard her heart.

Mark is hoping for a quiet summer in Sunriver as he contemplates his future in law enforcement, but a string of burglaries draws him from his self-imposed break from detective work and thrusts him into the middle of the investigation. To complicate matters, Nicole is in jeopardy, and he knows his growing feelings for her could cloud his judgment. Will their differing career goals be the end of their summer romance—or just the beginning of forever after?

On Mother’s Day my photographer son and my husband took me to Sunriver. This grocery store is the one mentioned in the story.

SR Viallage Grocery store

Chapter 1

Nicole Davis drove past a huge welcome sign to Sunriver, Oregon, and grinned. She was finally here. She loved this resort community and still couldn’t believe it would be her home for the next few months.

She bore to the right around the traffic circle. Suddenly a black car came out of nowhere. Nicole swerved and slammed on the brake, her front bumper barely missing the side of the black car. Her heart pounded as she weaved her Mini Cooper onto the miniscule dirt shoulder a few feet from a large pine tree. She put the car in park, her breath coming in quick puffs. She looked around to make sure she hadn’t hit anything. Whew. Everything looked okay.

The crazy driver who ran her off the road drove around the circle again and pulled off the road in front of her. This couldn’t be good. She gulped as a dark-haired man wearing jeans and a dark gray T-shirt stalked toward her.

Her gut clenched. She checked her reflection in the rearview mirror and noted her wide green eyes filled with fear. Not good. She needed to appear unaffected by the incident or he’d see her vulnerability She took a deep breath then let it out in a whoosh. After making sure no cars were coming, she stepped out of her Mini Cooper and onto the shoulder, refusing to be intimidated by the man. His height caught her by surprise. Most men were only a few inches taller than her, but not this guy. He towered above her five-foot-nine inch frame. And those biceps—maybe she should’ve stayed in the car. But he didn’t look dangerous, only irritated.

She offered him a tentative smile. “That was a close call.” “No kidding. You didn’t yield.” He pointed to a yellow sign.

“Oops. Sorry.” Her face heated. Grams always said she barreled through life. But she generally obeyed traffic signs. “I didn’t see the sign.”

She focused on the handsome man before her with close-cropped hair and dark brown eyes the color of Swiss chocolate.

His brows turned down. “Are you okay?”

Her gaze dropped to his mouth, which was pulled into a frown. She shook her head and focused on the concern in his eyes. “I’m fine. No harm done, as they say. And I really am sorry about not yielding.” She backed against the car door. Her grandmother had paid for this adventure, and she would enjoy it—she just needed to be more careful. “I haven’t been to Sunriver in years and was trying to find the resort lodge.” She took in her surroundings—a paved bicycle trail, roadway, and woods. Beyond the woods she spotted several structures dotting the landscape. “I don’t suppose you could point me in the right direction.”

He peered down at her, his stance relaxing. He even ventured what appeared to be a small smile. “Like you said, no harm done.” He pointed slightly left. “The lodge is that way.”

The breeze rustling through the tall pine trees didn’t help the heat burning in Nicole’s cheeks. “Thanks.”

“No problem. Watch for the signs. They’ll keep you on track.” He sauntered back to his car, then pivoted. “By the way, welcome to Sunriver. I hope the rest of your stay goes better.”

“Uh, thanks.” Nicole slid behind the wheel and drove away, hoping she wouldn’t run into that man again. Talk about embarrassing! She breathed in deeply of the pine-scented air and focused on her reason for being here—Grams’ letter. She owed it to her grandmother to fulfill her final wish.

Nicole turned left into the lodge’s parking lot and pulled into a spot. The lodge was even prettier than she remembered. The planters, a combination of red, purple and white flowers mixed among shrubs and trees, were perfection. She got out, grabbed her luggage and walked toward the grand entrance. A young couple strolled hand-in-hand nearby, and several people dressed in business attire ambled out of the lodge. The sound of crashing water drew her attention. A beautiful rock water feature off to the right of the main entrance looked like the perfect place to escape the busyness of life.

She dragged her attention away from the waterfall and climbed the concrete steps to the entrance. The huge door opened with surprising ease. She pulled off her sunglasses and allowed her eyes to adjust to the dim lighting. Straight ahead, stairs led to a restaurant where a few guests milled about. To her left, several smartly dressed people stood behind a counter waiting to check in guests.

Nicole squared her shoulders and marched toward check-in trying to ignore the knot in the pit of her stomach. Why was she so nervous? Grams had loved scavenger hunts, and this vacation promised to be an adventure, beginning with the letter that led her to the resort.

Nicole approached the first person at the long reception counter. “Hi, I’m Nicole Davis. I have a reservation.”

The woman smiled. “Welcome to Sunriver. I love your hair color. Is it natural?”
Nicole nodded. “Yes and thanks.” Grams had loved her long blonde hair as well.
“You’re lucky.” She lowered her voice. “Mine’s from a bottle.” She sighed then clicked on

the computer keyboard. She raised a brow. “You have a package. I’ll be right back.”
A package—so the game begins. Grams had a creative streak few could compete with. The package would likely contain the first clue to this adventure Grams had sent her on.
The woman came back and held out a small box wrapped in bright red paper with a shiny white bow on top. “Thank you.”

 

“You’re welcome.” She handed her a key card, then showed her where her room was on the map and explained how to get to it. “Enjoy your stay.”

Nicole pocketed the key. “Thanks. I’ll try.” She left the building and followed the path to the stairwell that led to her nearby suite. What was in the box? Whatever it was, she knew Grams had put a lot of thought into it.

Nicole’s throat burned at the thought of her late Grandmother—so much regret. If only she’d spent more time with Grams and less time working on lesson plans this past year. She’d loved her grandmother and wished for a do-ever, but death didn’t have do-overs. Instead, Nicole would honor her grandmother’s final wish and play along one last time. Hopefully this game wouldn’t end in disaster like the time she’d ended up in the middle of a lake with a broken oar.

The picture below is of Mt. Bachelor and was taken from the golf course behind the Sunriver Lodge.

Mount Bachelor at SR Golf Course

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#NewRelease The Firefighter Daddy by Margaret Daley

The Firefighter Daddy
Firefighter Liam McGregory is used to staring down fivealarm fires—but becoming a father to his two little nieces has him sending out a call for help. When the girls return a lost pup to its beautiful owner, Liam thinks widow Sarah Blackburn is just the person he needs—or who the children need. He’s promised to never marry again. ‘ Sarah takes his deal: she’ll watch his kids and he’ll watch her menagerie of pets—but the new father is off-limits. But two determined little matchmakers can be hard to resist when they need a mom to make one big happy family…
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1-Margaret Daley photo small-jpgMargaret Daley, a USA Today’s Bestselling author of over ninety-five books (five million plus sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website athttp://www.margaretdaley.com.

A Romance Rekindled and Giveaway

9780373487158(1) Here it is book two in my Leavenworth, WA series.

SUSAN HILL ISN’T READY TO FORGIVE

The small-town CPA can’t forget how Blake Mitchell jilted her and left their hometown without an explanation. But when her first love returns to Leavenworth, the ruggedly handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter.

Since his parents’ deaths six years ago, Blake’s been raising his little sister on his own. But he’s never forgotten the woman he left behind. Now, he can’t undo the past, but maybe he can change the future…if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.

I’ve gone around and around trying to come up with a cute way to interview myself and I’ve come up blank. This is good news for you because you get to ask me the questions. I’ll reply in the comments.

I’m giving away one copy of my book. You must ask me a question to be entered into the drawing.

Drawing Rules:The drawing ends 6/8/2014. The winner will be contacted by email on 6/9/14 and have until 6/14/2014 to respond or forfeit–no new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law. Drawing is open to US addresses only.

Days of Vines and Roses

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Linda Wood Rondeau joins us today to tell us about her book Days of Vines and Roses. Back cover blurb:

When a romance writer and her estranged publisher husband attempt to reconcile, malignant forces and a pending lawsuit seem bent on keeping them apart. After fifteen years of marital disarray, Henry and Sylvia Fitzgibbons (aka Lana Longstreet) independently contemplate divorce, their relationship relegated to Henry’s infrequent visits to the Connecticut estate and their once a week meeting at Chez Phillipe’s in Manhattan. But, not yet. There is the matter of the decaying rose gardens and the thirtieth anniversary party the children are planning. Reluctantly, Henry moves in for the summer, steeled against the hauntings that torment only him. As reconciliation seems possible, the evil forces within begin to target Sylvia as well. Like the strangling vines within the rose beds, Henry and Sylvia have become victims of spiritual neglect. Their only hope remains in surrender to a power greater than the evil determined to destroy them.
This sounds like an intense book, Linda. What is the spiritual takeaway?
The decaying gardens are symbolic of Henry and Sylvia’s marriage, choked by years of neglect. Satan wants to destroy our marriages, but God wants to preserve them. The miracle of healing is possible, when we turn the wreck of our lives over to God.
Do you have a favorite scene in the book or a scene you especially enjoyed writing and why?
I enjoyed writing about Charlie Michaels, the Gardener Henry hires to save the roses. Unknown to Henry, Charlie has a past connection to the estate. Not familiar with gardens or roses, I am much like Henry…ignorant yet appreciative of their beauty. I enjoyed learning about gardening and specifically about roses. Vines are pretty to look at, but left to their own devices will take over a yard and strangle anything that gets in their way. The vines represent evil that grows out of control from our spiritual neglect.
Great analogy! What else do you have in the works?
I am currently working on a Christmas romance about a country western singer and a journalist who is caring for her adoptive autistic brother. I am also working on another Adirondack romantic suspense that includes a mysterious house, much like The Other Side of Darkness. In addition, I have started a multi-author devotional blog. I am contracted for a book this fall with the working title, Songs in the Valley, inspired by the book of Hosea. A minister, who finally believes he could start a new romance, is reunited with his runaway wife only to learn she has terminal lung cancer.
You have a lot going on. I love reading and writing Christmas romances. My debut novel which releases in November is a Christmas romance. 🙂
How has your personal life been reflected in this story?
I think in some ways, I am a lot like Sylvia. In my early years of writing, I became obsessed and lost myself in my work. God delivered me from the addiction, but did not take writing from me. He taught me how to balance my life and my passion. Sylvia has allowed her writer persona to completely dominate her life. In many ways, she is as possessed in spirit as the ballroom.
What are you currently reading and/or what is your favorite book you have read so far this year?
I enjoyed Melody Carlson’s book, Blood Sisters. It is an earlier book of hers. But she definitely writes a compelling story. The book is about a widow who has given up on life, ready to end it all, when she receives a notice of a friend’s death. Drawn to the mystery of it all, Judith is moved to live so she can find out what truly happened to her childhood friend. I am currently reading a Science Fiction book by a dear writing friend, The Second Intelligent Species. It is self-published and the author did a spectacular job.
I once tried to grow Zinnias. Watered, weeded, and nursed them all summer long. Stems grew as high as my window. Then a neighbor said, “Linda, I hate to tell you but you’ve got the healthiest pigweed I’ve ever seen.”
Linda has offered to give away one copy of her book Days of Vines and Roses. To be entered you must answer the following question: What are your gardening stories?
Rules: Drawing is open to US addresses only. You must answer the question to be entered. There must be at least ten qualifying questions for the drawing to take place. Drawing ends Sunday June 2, 2013. The winner will be notified by email on Monday June 3, 2013. Void where prohibited by law.
Linda Rondeau

Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight,  LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, writes stories of God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Linda’s best-selling Adirondack Romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, is published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas and is available wherever books are sold.

These books are also available in ebook format along with her other ebooks by Helping Hands Press: I Prayed for Patience/God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses. Songs in the Valley is scheduled for release this fall by Helping Hands Press.

Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com or email her at lindarondeau@gmail.com  or find her on Facebook, Twitter, PInterest, and Goodreads.

 

Love’s Journey Home

953184Love’s Journey Home by Kelly Irvin is an Amish romance.

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It’s been seven years since her husband died, but Helen Crouch is doing just fine. She’s selling her jams and canned goods at the bakery and making a tidy living. But her whole world goes topsy-turvy when a new family moves to town. Gabriel Gless has brought his children to Bliss Creek to escape the worldly influences in Indiana. Helen and Gabriel have so much in common–the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their families alone, their rock-solid faith–so why can’t they seem to speak without arguing?

And that’s not all that’s going on in Bliss Creek this summer. In the middle of a punishing drought, the community is faced with the decision to uproot their families and establish a new settlement. As families struggle to say goodbye, each one must find the faith to follow the Lord’s direction.

I’m not a huge fan of Amish fiction and I warned Kelly of this when I offered to read it, but I think anyone who enjoys Amish fiction will thoroughly enjoy this book. The characters are engaging and distinct and the story line is well thought out. This is the third book in the series, but easily stands alone. I received a copy of this book book for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to give a positive review.