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Beach Brides Series

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Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!

Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.

You’ll want to read each one!

I’m delighted to announce I am one of twelve authors contributing to a fun new series for the summer, the Beach Brides Series!

Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

BEACH BRIDES SERIES

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea! Sending a message in a bottle can’t be any crazier than online or cell phone dating, or posting personal ads! And, who knows? One of these mysterious missives might actually lead to love…

Join Meg, Tara, Nina, Clair, Jenny, Lisa, Hope, Kim, Rose, Lily, Faith and Amy, as they embark on the challenge of a lifetime: risking their hearts to accomplish their dreams.

Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon! 

(All stories will be available to buy/preorder from May 18th.)

MEG (Julie Jarnagin) – May 23, 2017

TARA (Ginny Baird) – May 30, 2017

NINA (Stacey Joy Netzel) – June 6, 2017

CLAIR (Grace Greene) – June 13, 2017

JENNY (Melissa McClone) – June 20, 2017

LISA (Denise Devine) – June 27, 2017

HOPE (Aileen Fish) – July 4, 2017

KIM (Magdalena Scott) – July 11, 2017

ROSE (Shanna Hatfield) – July 18, 2017

LILY (Ciara Knight) – July 25, 2017

FAITH (Helen Scott Taylor) – August 1, 2017

AMY (Raine English) – August 8, 2017

** $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **

Faith, my story in the Beach Brides Series, will be released on Kindle on August 1st, 2017.

Single dad, Hew Mackenzie, lives in the shadow of his successful siblings, always the odd one out. A terrible experience with a woman shaped his life, and he turned his back on romance and dedicated himself to working on the family estate in the Scottish Highlands. He’s certain he and his son, Fergus, are best off alone. Fergus has other ideas. When he finds Faith’s message in a bottle on a Scottish beach he gives it to his dad for Christmas. Might Hew be the dream hero Faith is searching for?

For those who have followed my Army Doctor’s Series, this book features Hew Mackenzie, the youngest brother of the Scottish Mackenzie family who feature in a number of the stories.

 

Faith Book cover From BB Group

 

If you are on Facebook and would like to join  the Beach Brides Series Reader Group we would love to have you join us to discuss the series. You can find us HERE!

New Release

Irish Kisses – Available now!

Irish Kisses

On Fiona Flannigan’s sixteenth birthday Aaron O’Malley kissed her by the wishing fountain at Ballyglass Castle. He said he loved her, then he left and broke her heart. Ten long years later he’s finally back, but his work as an undercover cop has left him fighting inner demons. She wants to help him recover, but dare she let him into her heart again?

Colorful postcard of Blarney castle

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Summer Fire Boxset

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Summer Fire: Love When It’s Hot

21 ALL NEW Contemporary Romance stories by New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling authors.

Love when it’s hot? So do we. Especially when we’re writing about gritty alphas, angsty bad boys, sizzling attraction, and unrequited passion. So loosen your buttons, turn the fan to oscillate and join us for this steamy, groundbreaking bundle of summer tales that are hot hot hot.

Sizzle by Gennita Low. Spies, Lola and Jake, fall hard for each other. Is their love strong enough for one assignment that would risk everything?

Just One Summer by Stacey Mosteller. When Harvard bad boy Reece meets good girl Abbi on Cape Cod, he forgets about his punishment and focuses on corrupting her instead.

Sinful by R.J. Lewis. Two different people from two different worlds find their lives colliding in the most sinful way.

Summer Storm by L. Wilder. VP Guardrail’s life has always been his MC club. It’s up to him to fix a wrong, but he wasn’t expecting Allie to take him by storm.

A Season in Gemini by Victoria Danann. The first time sexy biker, Brant Fornight, saw Garland St. Germaine, he knew she was going to turn him inside out. And she did.

Solstice Burn by Kym Grosso. Love and temptation flare in a tropical paradise. When Chase rescues Penny, she learns to embrace her inner fantasies.

Sun Burnt by Cat Miller. Kesslyn inherits a ranch, but the city girl is unsure she’s up for the challenge. Can her sexy foreman rope her into staying forever?

Big Girls Don’t Cry by Mimi Barbour. He’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man. And she’s nothing like the girl she wants to be. Something’s gotta change…

Killer by Clarissa Wild. Secrets could kill you. He murdered her husband. She’s the prime suspect seeking justice. Only one of them can win.

Rodeo Romance by Teresa Gabelman. Jake McCabe had one rule. Never date a client. Trisha Summers had a new rule. Never date a man again. Rules were meant to be broken.

Irish Kisses by Helen Scott Taylor. Ten years ago he said he loved her, then he left and broke her heart. Now he’s back, and he wants her again, but can she trust him?

Sweet Surrender by Victoria James. Cade showing up on her doorstep is not what Julia wants-but this bad-boy is back and ready to convince her that this time is forever…

Husband for a Week by Mona Risk. A Sicilian vendetta, a fake husband, and a matchmaking grandmother complicate Jonathan and Isabella’s lives. Can love conquer all?

A Man for Hire by Patrice Wilton. Jordon’s ex-boyfriend is bringing home a bride. To save face she hires a hot guy for the weekend. Sparks fly–can this be love?

My Mile-High Mistake by Linda Barlow. Six years ago, she yearned for her sexy, forbidden high school teacher. Now she can’t resist his temptation at 35,000 feet.

Heat Lightning by Joan Reeves. Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. His touch makes her throb. Her body knows him, but she remembers nothing about him.

Tan Lines and Salty Kisses by Danielle Jamie. Becca and Parker have a second chance at summer romance. The spark is hotter than a Georgia July. Can it withstand news of his secret?

Someone Exactly Like You by Terri Marie. Cameron Barron’s plan was solid. A few lies, a disguise, and an apology to Chastity Newberry… What could possibly go wrong?

His Promise by Lorhainne Eckhart. A love they thought would last forever. A promise forgotten. Until one summer night.

Summer Rhythm by Brandy L Rivers. Doug never could resist Chloe. She always runs. Will this time be different or is their summer rhythm destined to repeat.

Anchor by Nicole Blanchard. I thought it was a weekend from hell, until he showed me a little piece of heaven.

 

Released on May 26th.

Available for pre-order now!  Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, KoboAmazonUK, iTunes

 

 

Blog Tour!

I’ve joined with Tasty Book Tours to visit romance book review blogs over the next three weeks from October 28th to November 15th. Please join me for a chance to win an Amazon gift card worth $20.

This is the tour schedule.

Oct 28th- Save Your Money for Books
Oct 29th- Paws and Print
Oct 30th- Renee Entress’s Blog
Oct 31st- A Generous Helping of Romance
Nov 1st- Dear Brighton

Nov 4th- Book Reviews by Lexi
Nov 5th- Room with Books
Nov 6th- Falling In Fall
Nov 7th- Abookandalattee
Nov 8th- Confessions of 2 Book Lovers

Nov 11th- Sarah Says Read Romance
Nov 12th- A Tasty Read Book Reviews
Nov 13th- Just One More Romance
Nov 14th- Once Upon a Book
Nov 15th- For the Love of Bookends

Nov 15th second stop

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New Contemporary Romance Coming September 24th!

 

I’m excited to announce that my first release from Carina Press is due out on September 24th. For those who have read my other contemporary romances, I’m sure you will enjoy this story set in a small English town and the Italian Amalfi coast.

Finally Home

As manager of the charming Greyfriar House Hotel, Melanie Marshall loves her job and spending time with her young son. But she can never forget what she ran away from: her late husband’s crimes and her own terrible guilt. Though lonely, Melanie can’t afford to let another man into her life.

But when her boss, gorgeous hotel owner Jack Summers, returns from his supposed wedding without a ring or a wife, Melanie discovers there’s more to him than she ever thought. For one, the ex-soccer star is her son’s idol. But the closer she gets to Jack, the more she pulls away. She can’t share her past. Ever.

For too long, Jack’s protected his scarred heart by letting gold-digging women make him think love didn’t matter. But a sweet single mother and a soccer-crazy little boy change everything. He knows Melanie has secrets. Secrets she’ll have to share if he’s to help her realize she’s finally home.

Available as an ebook on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukB&N, Carina Press

Free Book Days!!

Oceans Between Us is free for two days, today and tomorrow, June 13th and 14th. And the book is showing up in various places on the internet. Check out Free Kindle Books & Tips. My book is one of eight free books listed today.  The book is also on Storyfinds.

Free Book Promotion

Announcing

Summer Sizzler Free Par-Tay

June 13th – 14th!

Let’s celebrate summer: time to kick back, relax, and read!!!

There’s no better way to ease into it

than with Dozens of Great books that are FREE!

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Find romances from sweet to suspenseful to humorous and hot,

Thrillers, Mysteries, Sci-Fi, Historical, Contemporary, YA, Children’s and more!

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Fantastic eBooks, many by award-winning and best-selling authors.

 

Visit www.freepartay.com for all the titles, Kindle & gift card

raffle entries, and links!

Join in the Par-Tay! Let’s sizzle!

Book Lovers’ Buffet – All Books 99cents

 

Romance, mystery, women’s fiction–lots of quality books at the special low price of 99 cents. Snap up some beach reads and vacation bargains for your ereader!

Book Lovers Buffet Starting June 8th!

Romance Hot Buttons

Of the tropes found in romance fiction, if you are anything like me you’ll have certain hot button plot devices or issues that you’re drawn to. I’ve discovered from analysing the films and books I enjoy that my hot buttons are reunited lovers, especially childhood sweethearts who are parted and then find each other again, the classic Cinderella trope, marriage (or engagement) of convenience,  friends to lovers and unrequited love. I also love babies and children in sweet romances. Most books and films that include these elements in the plot appeal to me.

One of my favorite films is Pretty Woman, a classic Cinderella story. More unusual is the reverse Cinderella story like Notting Hill where the roles are switched. Hugh Grant is the Cinderella Character to Julia Roberts rich and famous actress. I still enjoy it this way round if it’s done well, but I prefer the man as the ‘Prince’.

In addition to those I’ve already mentioned, there are many other much-loved romance plots that have been done numerous times but never get old (as Harlequin will vouch for!). Here are a few I can think of, but I’m sure there are many more: secret baby, amnesia, man in love with best friend’s younger sister, the ugly duckling, kidnapping, mistaken identity, reformed rake/playboy, revenge, forbidden love/Romeo & Juliet, tortured hero, boss/secretary (probably falls under Cinderella), Beauty and the Beast. Many of the best romance novels seem to take one of these tropes and give it a twist to keep it fresh.

I also have to admit to loving heroes who have a nerdy side even if they try to hide it. And something that gets me every time is a hero who reveals his vulnerability. I love a wounded hero!

What started me thinking about classic plots devices was the realization that I’d included most of my favorites in my latest release Unbreak My Heart, without setting out to do so. At its heart, this is a story of childhood sweethearts who are reunited and rediscover love, but I blended in an engagement of convenience, friends to lovers and Cinderella.

What are your favorite romance tropes to read and write? Are they the same? Are there any you don’t like?