Tuesday, April 28, 2015

That Thing You Do - 12 Things About Maria & A Giveaway



That Thing You Do  
Whispering Bay # 1
By: Maria Geraci
Releasing April 28th, 2015
TKA Distribution


Blurb
Allie Grant doesn’t believe in second chances. She does, however, believe in the power of a permanent paycheck. So when a tipster reports that the soon-to-be demolished senior center in her hometown is haunted, Allie hightails it to Whispering Bay to get the scoop that could secure her dream job at Florida! magazine. What she finds, though, is far scarier than any ghost. Cue her ex-boyfriend, sexy construction foreman Tom Donalan.
                                                                                                                                    
When Tom catches Allie poking around his construction site, he quickly realizes his former high school flame is just as feisty as ever. And, heaven help him, her irresistible, mile-high legs still take his breath away. But Tom isn’t about to delay the building’s demolition because of a silly ghost story.

With neither of the stubborn exes backing down from their opposing positions, sparks fly. And, underneath the surface, the fire of their old attraction burns as hot as ever. When strange things start happening with increasing frequency around town, even a tough skeptic like Tom is tested. The question is, can Allie and Tom stop fighting long enough to get to the bottom of Whispering Bay’s ghost problem—and the more important matter of mending their broken hearts?

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“12 Things About Maria Geraci”

1.    When I was four years old, a squirrel swooped down onto my family’s picnic table and stole my McDonald’s hamburger. I have hated the little rats ever since. And yes, I hold a grudge.
2.    My first kiss was while playing Spin the Bottle at an 8th grade graduation party. That counts, right?
3.    My favorite Jane Austen romance is Persuasion. I adore Captain Wentworth and the beautiful love letter he sends to Anne at the end of the novel.
4.    I am a huge Survivor fan, although I know I wouldn’t last one day on the island without begging to be voted off!
5.    I am terrified of bridges. When I was a little girl my mother used to pay me a penny anytime we had to go over one. Later in life, this went up to a nickel.
6.    I hate mayonnaise. No need to expound on that.
7.    My favorite comfort food is a toss-up between ropa vieja and fried grouper with cheese grits.
8.    I am most comfortable wearing either flip flops or sneakers. Unlike a lot of women, the number of shoes I own would be in the single digit category.
9.    My idea of a great date would be dinner at a quiet restaurant followed by a couple of hours in a book store, then coffee and dessert (key lime pie or cheese cake).
10.I have to eat some chocolate every day.
11.When I started writing, I wrote in my husband’s walk in closet. I converted it into an “office” because there wasn’t any other room in the house where I could get any privacy!
 12.I have “accidentally” delivered more babies than I can count (in my other life I’m a labor and delivery nurse!). 

About the Author:
Maria Geraci writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction with a happy ending. The Portland Book Review called her novel, The Boyfriend of the Month Club, “immensely sexy, immensely satisfying and humorous.” Her fourth novel, A Girl Like You, was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA ® award. She lives in north Florida with her family, which includes a very needy chihuahua, an extremely needy dachshund and a not-so-needy cat (guess which one she likes best?). You can reach at her www.mariageraci.com.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Catching Cassidy - Review & Giveaway


Catching Cassidy
Harborside Nights # 1
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing April 28th, 2015
World Literary Press


Blurb
Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents.  Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents’ death and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands—but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home—but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along?

It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.

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Review by Marlene Engel
It’s true what they say … you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.  That couldn’t be more true for twins, Wyatt and Delilah.  Following their college graduation, it should be one of the happiest times of their lives, but when their parents are killed in a car crash their worlds are quickly turned upside down.  Dealing with their loss and taking over the family’s business quickly forces them to grow up.  Thankfully their best friend, Cassidy, is there to help them out along the way. 

Cassidy has been a staple in their lives for seventeen years.  Through Wyatt’s crazy years full of a revolving door of girls and Delilah’s struggle dealing with her sexuality, Cassidy has been through it all with them.  But it’s now when they need her the most.  But Wyatt’s not sure if it’s the death of his parents or witnessing how Cassidy’s ex-boyfriend treated her that makes him start questioning his true feelings for his best friend.  When his protectiveness over Cassidy turns to jealousy, he’s left wondering if it’s worth risking their friendship by potentially taking their relationship to a new level.

Love, loss, family and friendships … Spend the summer with Wyatt, Delilah, Cassidy and a whole group of amazing friends at Harborside as they share highs, lows, laughs and tears.  But through it all, they always have each other’s backs.




About the Author:
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs onFostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Girl On The Train - Review & Giveaway

Review by Deb Czajkowski
You board the train, the 8:04 AM commuter train.  You, like many others, take this train every morning, Monday through Friday, heading into the city.  It doesn’t take long and you begin to recognize the faces of fellow commuters; all are quite normal-looking, each filling the travel time in a variety of ways.  Some are listening to music, some are reading, others are on their phones, or typing away on computers.  There are also a few, like you, who just enjoy looking out the windows, as landscape after landscape floats by.  Are they, also like you, staring into people’s homes?  Wondering what their lives are like?  Creating imaginary lives for them?

This is Rachel; one of our 8:04 commuters, a creator of imaginary lives.  Well, mostly Rachel focuses on two houses, number fifteen and number twenty-three on Blenheim Road.  Rachel used to live in number twenty-three when she was married to Tom.  Now Tom lives there with his new wife, Anna, and their baby daughter, Evie.  Number fifteen is where Rachel sees Jess and Jason most days as the train slowly creeps passed their row house.  Jess and Jason are, in Rachel’s mind, her ideal couple: both beautiful and happily married; two things Rachel is not but wishes she were.

Anna loves being Tom’s mistress-turned-wife; and now also the mother of his daughter.  Cheating on poor, pathetic Rachel with Tom was exciting, exhilarating.  Being married to Tom, well, it’s still good.  But it also has its drawbacks: Anna hates living by the tracks, in the house that he shared with his ex-wife, Rachel; and she really hates the constant harassment by whiney−and usually drunk− Rachel, who frequently calls Tom, professing her undying love for him and begging him to take her back.
 
Megan, a.k.a. “Jess”, lives in row house number fifteen with her husband, Scott, a.k.a. “Jason.” Megan loves living by the tracks, listening to the trains every day.  She loves to have her morning coffee on the back patio as the trains rumble by.  To the commuters−to Rachel, Megan appears to be the picture of pure bliss.  Megan, however, is imagining their happy, uncomplicated lives−secret-free lives.
 
Then one night, Megan walks out of her house and completely disappears. And so the search for−and questions about−Megan begins, starting with the obvious:  Where is Megan?  Is she dead or did she simply walk away from her life in number fifteen?   If she’s dead, who killed her?  And why?  If she’s alive, why did she leave?
 
Looking at your house, would people imagine a happy family, happy lives?  Probably.  Does that mean your life is as picture perfect as it might seem from the outside?  Probably not.  We do that; we look at other people’s lives and imagine them problem-free, secret-free, care-free.  But whose life is?  Author Paula Hawkins illustrates this well in The Girl on the Train.   Things aren’t always as they seem, and people aren’t always exactly as they appear to be.  Paula starts this life lesson by laying out Rachel’s flaws, problems, and obsessions.  And then she lets us peek up-close through the windows at numbers fifteen and twenty-three, right into the real lives of the people who live there.
  
Perhaps your life right now feels like more struggling and less succeeding.  Perhaps you like a good mystery.  Or perhaps you just want to know what did happen to Megan.  Join Rachel, The Girl on the Train, for an interesting ride and an intriguing read.

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About the Author:
Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. It is being published all over the world and has been optioned by Dreamworks.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Marrying Type - Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:
Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it). With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress. Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future. 

Excerpt:
Finding the bride curled up next to a toilet changed Elliot’s priorities. A rogue florist and brawling mothers paled next to a sobbing bride. Even having Libby bail last-minute meant nothing compared to this disaster.
Elliot kept her tone soft and light when she approached the bride. “Honey, let’s get you off the floor.”
The bride answered with a muffled sob. She didn’t budge. Elliot said a little prayer for strength, hoping her proximity to a chapel outweighed her distance from a toilet in God’s eyes. Elliot ignored the urge to gag—and her fear of ruining a pair of black slacks—to gingerly kneel beside the young woman.
She barely had time to prepare for the impact as the bride flung herself into Elliot’s arms. They sat in silence for several minutes, rocking back and forth. Elliot held the hysterical woman while she searched for any clues of what might have set off the bride. Unfortunately, her vantage point didn’t offer much.
The bride’s sobs turned into hiccups. Accepting a tissue, she blew her nose and murmured, “I'm late.”
“We have plenty of time.” Using one of the wipes from her wedding emergency kit, Elliot blotted the woman’s tear-streaked face to survey the damage. “We’ll call in the makeup artist and hairstylist to touch you up. You’ll be gorgeous and camera ready with plenty of time to spare.”
“No,” the bride said firmly. “I’m late.”
Elliot nearly repeated her words of comfort when she spotted an open pregnancy test on the counter. Paired with the bride’s sudden and mysterious stomach bug, and the constant stream of tears, she made the connection.
Oh, God. “You're pregnant.”
The bride sniffed. “Maybe. Probably. I haven't checked the test yet.” Her hiccups picked up. “My mother’s going to kill me. She says pregnant brides are tacky.”
She burst into a fresh set of tears. Murmuring comforting words, Elliot craned her neck to read the test results. A smiley face. Did that mean pregnant or not pregnant? She sighed. Of course it meant pregnant.
“Do you want to talk to your fiancé?”
The bride shook her head, sniffing and fighting back hiccups. “It’s bad luck to see him before the wedding.”
Elliot counted to ten before speaking. “A woman makes her own luck.”
“Telling him would only make him nervous,” the bride said.
“Maybe I can pretend this is a honeymoon baby . . .”
Elliot knew she should try to talk sense into the woman. The groom was smart enough to do math. Their parents and everyone else would be able to crunch the numbers, too. But facts wouldn’t save the bride’s wedding, or make her feel any better. A fresh coat of waterproof mascara and some hairspray might.
It only took Elliot five more minutes to comfort her client. Still puffy eyed, the bride pulled herself together for another hair and makeup session to repair the damage. Leaving the cosmetologists to their work, Elliot closed the bathroom door and leaned against the frame to draw a breath.
“Crap.”
Much as she would have liked to hide behind a pew in the chapel, Elliot pushed away from the door. She had a wedding to run.
Rounding the corner, she found the TV show’s camera crew following the ongoing battle between the mothers of the bride and groom. She said a silent prayer of thanks they’d missed her situation with the bride. Unless they’d picked it up on her microphone, which was possible.
“Crap. Crap.”
If the bride wanted to convince her family and friends she’d conceived a baby on her honeymoon and not before the wedding, having the truth broadcast on The Marrying Type would undoubtedly blow her cover.
Elliot still couldn’t wrap her brain around how quickly the show had come together. What surprised her most was how fast the network released advertisements for the show. They weren’t even done filming the first episode, but ads were running every hour.
Elliot snagged Claire, her assistant, as the young woman walked by. She needed an update on the florist, who was more than an hour late.
“I haven't heard anything,” Claire said, her attention focused on the fight brewing across the room.
“Get them on the phone. We wanted the bouquets an hour ago.”
“But . . .” Claire gazed longingly toward the more exciting issue at hand.
“I'll handle the moms.” Elliot played with the pearl pendant on her necklace while she considered her various crises. “Call the florist. And grab the bride a bottle of water and some crackers from my emergency stash.”
“Want me to take her some champagne?”
“No champagne.” Claire raised an eyebrow at her terse response. Elliot cleared her throat and plastered a smile on her face.
“She’s sensitive to alcohol. One drink, and she’ll be stumbling down the aisle. We need a sober bride for the ceremony.”

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Laura Chapman is the author of The Marrying Type, Hard Hats and Doormats and the Autumn and Tuck series, which appear in Merry & Bright and A Kind of Mad Courage. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Until she fulfills her dream of landing a British husband or becoming a Disney princess, you can find her in a bar penning her next novel. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wreckage - Review



Review by Darcie Czajkowski
Everything about Lillian Linden’s life is a lie. It has to be that way. She has to protect her family. So she lies, even though she hates the person she’s become. The light in her eyes is gone. Her family doesn’t know who she is anymore. She’s a shell of the vibrant wife and mother that she used to be.

Dave Hall is the only other person who knows the lies. He was there too. He understands why they are lying, though he didn’t want to initially because the lies meant returning to a life he didn’t want. A life he had been relieved to get away from before everything changed forever.

Lillian and Dave were involved in a plane crash and now that they have returned home after two years of living on a deserted island, they are telling their story. No, they are telling practiced and honed lies instead of their story. No one can know the truth. Though the two don’t speak anymore, for their own reasons, they know each other in ways that no one else could even begin to understand. Both stand strong in their stories, hoping that hard-nosed, ruthless reporter, Genevieve Randall, doesn’t sniff out the truth and expose them. Their demeanors must be relaxed; they must execute each answer deliberately, without faltering, without flinching, without any hint of insecurity, and devoid of any discrepancies.

Because what would happen if their families learned the truth? Would they ever be able to forgive them?

Emily Bleeker’s Wreckage had me hooked from the very beginning and kept my rapt attention throughout. I loved the varying perspectives between Lillian and Dave, and also the fact that the book vacillated between present and past tense. The characters were layered and real, and Bleeker’s descriptions of the island on which Lillian and Dave lived for nearly two years came alive. Many questions were planted early on, leaving the reader eager to turn the next page and find out the answers to the secrets. And also to wonder: what would happen if the truth is revealed? Will it even be revealed or will the characters have to live a lie for the rest of their lives? Wreckage brings intrigue, romance, insight into the complexities of relationships, life and death scenarios, and fearful situations that no one would ever dream of having to live through. For a gripping, engaging novel with an exotic, captivating setting, I’d highly recommend Wreckage.

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I’m a mom of four, an author and Chicagoland native. My first novel, WRECKAGE, will be released by Lake Union Publishing March 1, 2015! I’ve also been working hard on my second book, BEYOND. I’m learning to balance life as a stay-at-home mom with my life as a writer. Both come with a lot of laughter, tears and a shocking amount of Diet Coke.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Confessions of a Bookaholic & A Giveaway!

Being a book blogger, I have had the privilege of getting to know some truly amazing people. Visiting us today is Jennifer O'Regan of Confessions of a Bookaholic.  She is an amazing person who has done a tremendous amount for the literary community.  She has a heart of gold and is here today to share 12 things about herself.  She's also gifting one lucky winner a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.  Open internationally. (I told you she’s wonderful!).  
                                                                          
“12 Things About Jennifer O’Regan”
Confessions of a Bookaholic



1.    I shoot a mean three-pointer!

2.    Prior to moving to Washington, DC, my husband and I resided in Newport, RI.


3.    We were married in Newport as well and our wedding song was "Lucky"--which is indicative of how I feel pretty much every day. ;)

4.    I walk my dogs, sans makeup, donning a ballerina bun and printed pajama pants. Here's hoping none of my neighbors feel the urge to Instagram my fashion choices one of these mornings.

5.    My all-time favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption.

6.    I am not a fan of confined spaces. Subsequently, I'm a terrible flyer. (Think Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids.)


7.    Most nights you can find me nestled on the couch with my hubby and our fur babies, Annabelle and Allie.


8.    My iPod contains everything from Bruno Mars to Sia to Jason Mraz.

9.    I am a voracious reader but I have been known to binge watch good TV (Better Call Saul, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, True Detective).

10.The Wounded Warriors Project is a charity near and dear to my heart. I'm running an 8K in support of our veterans this summer.

11.A four-year-old girl in Starbucks once mistook me for Queen Elsa of Arendelle. You might say she's my celebrity doppelgänger.


 12.I am a roller coaster junkie. I have ridden some of the tallest and fastest coasters in the world--including this bad boy at Cedar Point.


Jennifer’s Bio:
In addition to fostering a love of literacy within her unprivileged high school students, Jennifer has many noteworthy philanthropic accolades. During her husband’s plight with cancer--she single-handedly raised over 3,000 books for the Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Patient Library. Jennifer is now sharing her unbridled passion for reading via Confessions of a Bookaholic–-a page dedicated to celebrating female authors.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

War of the Wives - Review & Giveaway

Review by Melinda Garza
Tamar Cohen's War Of The Wives is a read that kept me entertained. Simon Busfield was married to two completely different women and had two different families. Simon's first wife, Selina, is older than his second wife, has three children, Flora, Felix, and Josh, from him, and they live in a suburban home. They were married for 28 years. Simon's second wife, Lottie, is the younger wife, has a daughter, Sadie, with him, and they live in a city apartment. They were married for 17 years. After his death, Lottie finds out she is pregnant again. 

Somehow, for all these years, neither wife knew about the other until Simon dies mysteriously one night. Selina is notified of the death and finds he is wearing a different person's wedding ring. Selina plans for Simon's funeral. Lottie finds out about his death when an ex-boyfriend voices his condolences to her. The dreadful truth is revealed in front of everyone at the funeral. Things start to take an atrocious turn from there. 

Simon's betrayal brings out all kinds of truths and secrets. Their worlds were built on all sorts of lies. Their homes were at risk of repossession, they had families who really weren't their families, money became a hot issue, and they all begin to fall apart. Things use to feel safe for them all. The person who they thought was their husband or father was someone else entirely. 

This story kept me on my toes and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The suspense continues up until the very end of the book. I would recommend War Of The Wives to readers. It is addictive.

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Tamar Cohen (who also writes as Tammy Cohen) is a freelance journalist writing for national magazines and newspapers. A late starter to fiction, she has now written five novels - The Mistress's Revenge, The War of the Wives, Someone Else's Wedding, The Broken and Dying For Christmas - all published by Doubleday/Black Swan. Her sixth novel, First One Missing, is out in July 2015. 

She is a Writer in Residence at Kingston University and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one very badly behaved dog.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Sweet Surprise Romance Collection - Review & Giveaway

Sweet Surprise Romance Collection

Nine Contemporary Romances by authors:
Wanda E. Brunstetter, Kristin Billerbeck, Kristy Dykes, Aisha Ford, Birdie L Etchison, Pamela Griffin, Joyce Livingston, Tamela Hancock Murray, Gail Sattler
                                   
Review by Deb Czajkowski
Sweet is the operative word on more than one level.  First, this book is a collection of nine separate stories, all romances, and all (spoiler alert!) very sweet and predictable, with no surprise twists in the plotlines.  The second sweet aspect (and perhaps the surprise aspect?) comes in the form of a baked treat in each story.  In some of the stories, the delicious dessert is a strong−but still secondary to the romance−focus of the storyline.  In others, it’s just a sweet addition that adds a bit of interest and delightfully connects these nine stand-alone romances.  A bonus is that at the end of each short story is a recipe that was prominent in that narrative.  Sweet!

Kayli, in Sweet as Apple Pie by Kristin Billerbeck, is a European trained chef who has opened her own neighborhood bakery in California.  Adam is a contractor from a small town in Montana who is hired to build a major restaurant/bakery café just down the street from Kayli.  How does author Kristin Billerbeck bring two such unlikely people together?  With−you guessed it! −apple pie.

While cupcakes are Cynthia’s specialty in Cupcakes for Two by Birdie L.Etchison, she loves baking just about anything. So starting her own online baking school proves to be a great way to share her gift for culinary concoctions as well as to distract her from Gabe, the handsome but headstrong owner of the B&B she now manages.  Will Cynthia’s sweet nature or his sweet tooth be his undoing?

Lorna is a young widow returning to college.  She is intent upon finishing her degree; and also intent upon not finding a new romance. It’s here she meets Evan, a fellow student and a culinary novice, who falls for her on Day 1.  How will author Wanda E. Brunstetter use blueberries in her story, Blueberry Surprise, to heat things up for Evan and Lorna?

In Pamela Griffin’s Bittersweet Memories & Peppermint Dreams, Erica proves that to try, try, and try again does not always get you to success, especially if you have absolutely no knack in the kitchen department.  Despite her domestic disasters, will Erica try and try again for sweet success in the romance department?

Dairy Baked is looking for a new photographer for their ad campaign.  Gwendolyn is known for her creativity behind the camera, but applying her creativity to her culinary concoctions proves calamitous.  In Cream of the Crop by author Tamela Hancock Murray, will Gwendolyn’s dairy disasters lose her this big account?  Will they lose her the respect of—and perhaps something more−from the boss’s son?

Apple Annie is Apple Valley Farm’s third generation owner’s nickname, and for good reason.  Not only is her Awesome Caramel Apple Pie known far and wide, but the restaurant is chock full of everything apple, thanks to Annie’s degree in marketing and her devotion to the property’s success. Then the unthinkable happens.  How will Joyce Livingston, author of Apple Annie, turn heartache into happily-ever-after for Annie?

When Angel inherits an old building, she sees her dream of opening her own restaurant finally coming true.  Getting it ready and making it a success are all Angel can think about, all she can focus on, all she wants to focus on.  Cyril, on the other hand, is a business owner in the neighborhood who believes faith, family, and friends should rank highest in the success category.  Author Kristy Dykes strives to show us in Angel Food that your home truly is where your heart is.  Where will Angel’s heart end up?

Monica and Gil were teen sweethearts, long ago separated by a family feud that also divided the two restaurants the families had jointly owned.  Now, Monica’s family does “Just Desserts”, while Gil’s family runs the restaurant.  A client wants Monica’s famous desserts for her wedding, but she also wants Monica to cater the main meal, something Monica cannot do.  Enter Gil.  Can Gil and Monica work together to fulfil this contract? Will the two families stand in the way of either a business collaboration or a personal one?  Read Aisha Ford’s Just Desserts to find out!

Apple Pie in Your Eye by Gail Sattler brings us Lynette, the pastor’s daughter, and Rick, a faith filled member of the congregation.  Rick has loved Lynette for years, but Lynette won’t date a congregational member.  When the church roof needs to be replaced, a serious fund-raiser is required, and Rick and Lynette join forces to bring in the dough.  (Yes, like pie crust dough.)  J   Will their combined efforts cash in enough to pay for the roof?  Can Lynette get past her fears to see her future?

These nine fictional concoctions unfold into lovely literary dramas, filled with faith and joy and love.  If you enjoy light-hearted romance with the added sweetness of culinary delights, you will find these stories and recipes heavenly.  Whether you are a romantic at heart, looking for uplifting reads, or you just love to try new recipes, you will find it in Sweet Surprise Romance Collection.  Happy reading; happy baking!

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