Studio 5-“Using Time More Meaningfully!” Limited Time for Deals!

In case you missed it, this week on Studio 5 I talked about “Using Your Time More Meaningfully.” You can watch by clicking on the video below.

And don’t forget, the .99 deal for our new book “Christmas Kisses” won’t last much longer. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE. Don’t miss your chance to support clean romance and pick up some great reading material to get you in the holiday mood. “Christmas Kisses” would also make the perfect gift, and for .99! The price can’t be beat!

 

Help support clean romance, we're making a difference!!​

Every year, I search for stories ​to fill my Christmas reading list–romance is always a fun read, but​ ​I want them to be clean and wholesome too​​. ​What me, my author friends, and likely you have seen in the reading realm is that cringe-worthy stories are getting more notoriety. Many women hear of a bestseller, download it, and don’t realize what’s actually involved in the storyline until it’s too late.
We want to offer a better option. My author friends and I feel strongly to create clean, uplifting, and healthy relationship stories. The kind that you read, learn from, laugh with, and feel bettered by.
​That’s why I’m sharing ​our new​ book. Christmas Kisses is not just one story, but five romances, all clean, wholesome, and beautifully written in one anthology now on sale for .99 cents!
Let’s show the world that there is a demand for clean and wholesome romances by purchasing this book today. For less than a dollar, you get a delightful read and help send a message that we want more of these kinds of books. Purchase your copy here, or your preferred vendor and then, will you please help spread the word about this book? Feel free to share any part of this post. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for $200 in Christmas cash!

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.
Set
in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these
inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the
fire and listen to Christmas carols.
***$.99 November 3 – 7***
Amazon * Barnes and Noble * Kobo * iTunes Smashwords
Add it to Goodreads
 
The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Someday
Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth’s; but someday can’t
come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national
candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping
to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of
running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru
Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to
shake things up, but she wasn’t planning on her heart getting caught in
the mix by Andy’s stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after
Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her
feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can
melt like chocolate.
https://lucymcconnell.wordpress.com/https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDymock?fref=ts
Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author
Chelsea
Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she’s loved
playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately,
all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free
throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble
when he’s near.
Drew
makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks
up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy’s
Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she’s fallen for her
best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with
Drew or if she’s stuck in buddy-status for life.
www.camichecketts.com * https://www.facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor

 

Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Anika
Fletcher hates Christmas–its promises of good tidings and hope for the
future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth’s Hope Tree.
Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter’s faith in
the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the
handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth’s old fashioned soda
fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life
of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile
soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes
everything. Anika isn’t sure who she can trust or if hope is worth
nurturing–especially at Christmas when it’s easy to enjoy a kiss and
believe love can last longer than the season.
www.facebook.com/rachellechristensenauthor * http://rachellechristensen.com/

Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author
Keira
Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father’s old-time
department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells,
the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired
to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town
ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However,
it’s not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly.
Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas,
the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions
they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead
to the beginning of love?

One Winter Night by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author

Jonah
Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve
all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an
unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn’t have
all those farm animals.
Kaya
Feidler’s family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years–long
before the neighbors were there. There’s no way she’s giving up the
animal therapy business she’s been struggling to make profitable. She
gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a
recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more
than friends?
http://heathertullis.com/https://www.facebook.com/HeatherTullisBooks

Help support clean romance, we’re making a difference!!​

Every year, I search for stories ​to fill my Christmas reading list–romance is always a fun read, but​ ​I want them to be clean and wholesome too​​. ​What me, my author friends, and likely you have seen in the reading realm is that cringe-worthy stories are getting more notoriety. Many women hear of a bestseller, download it, and don’t realize what’s actually involved in the storyline until it’s too late.

We want to offer a better option. My author friends and I feel strongly to create clean, uplifting, and healthy relationship stories. The kind that you read, learn from, laugh with, and feel bettered by.

​That’s why I’m sharing ​our new​ book. Christmas Kisses is not just one story, but five romances, all clean, wholesome, and beautifully written in one anthology now on sale for .99 cents!

Let’s show the world that there is a demand for clean and wholesome romances by purchasing this book today. For less than a dollar, you get a delightful read and help send a message that we want more of these kinds of books. Purchase your copy here, or your preferred vendor and then, will you please help spread the word about this book? Feel free to share any part of this post. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for $200 in Christmas cash!

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.
Set
in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these
inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the
fire and listen to Christmas carols.
***$.99 November 3 – 7***
Amazon * Barnes and Noble * Kobo * iTunes Smashwords
Add it to Goodreads
 
The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Someday
Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth’s; but someday can’t
come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national
candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping
to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of
running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru
Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to
shake things up, but she wasn’t planning on her heart getting caught in
the mix by Andy’s stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after
Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her
feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can
melt like chocolate.
https://lucymcconnell.wordpress.com/https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDymock?fref=ts
Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author
Chelsea
Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she’s loved
playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately,
all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free
throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble
when he’s near.
Drew
makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks
up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy’s
Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she’s fallen for her
best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with
Drew or if she’s stuck in buddy-status for life.
www.camichecketts.com * https://www.facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor

 

Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Anika
Fletcher hates Christmas–its promises of good tidings and hope for the
future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth’s Hope Tree.
Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter’s faith in
the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the
handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth’s old fashioned soda
fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life
of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile
soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes
everything. Anika isn’t sure who she can trust or if hope is worth
nurturing–especially at Christmas when it’s easy to enjoy a kiss and
believe love can last longer than the season.
www.facebook.com/rachellechristensenauthor * http://rachellechristensen.com/

Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author
Keira
Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father’s old-time
department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells,
the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired
to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town
ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However,
it’s not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly.
Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas,
the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions
they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead
to the beginning of love?

One Winter Night by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author

Jonah
Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve
all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an
unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn’t have
all those farm animals.
Kaya
Feidler’s family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years–long
before the neighbors were there. There’s no way she’s giving up the
animal therapy business she’s been struggling to make profitable. She
gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a
recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more
than friends?
http://heathertullis.com/https://www.facebook.com/HeatherTullisBooks

Multi-author sale .99 TODAY! Heather Moore, Annette Lyon, Christene Houston and more!!

Ladies, enjoy these Deal Books for a limited time for only .99 from fave authors Heather B. Moore, Janette Rallison, Michelle Paige Holmes, Kimberly Montpetit, Christene Houston and more!!

The authors of Echo Ridge decided to organize a multi-author sale during release week and invite our favorite authors to join us. All the books featured on this sale are only $.99 and they are all amazing!

Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter giveaway for $200 in Christmas Cash.

Happy book shopping!

Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

Amazon * iTunes * Barnes & Noble * Smashwords * Kobo * Goodreads

 

Brownies & Betrayal by Heather Justesen

Pastry chef Tess Crawford thought moving from Chicago to quiet Silver Springs, Arizona would simplify her life. That was before she found the body of a woman with whom she had traded heated words the previous night, left her fingerprints on

the murder weapon, and came under attack for trying to clear her name. When her cheating ex-fiance shows up, intent on convincing her to come back to work for him, Tess—armed with an extra batch of éclairs—decides to take control and solve the mystery herself, with the help of friends and frenemies alike.

But will that be enough to save her when she gets too close and the killer decides it’s safer to get her out of the way?

Amazon * Kobo * Barnes & Noble
Simplify & Savor the Season by Connie E. Sokol
Ready to enjoy the holidays again? Use this two-part holiday organizer to help you savor the celebrations. In the first half of the book, brainstorm the Big Four; then, detail the To Dos including menu, gift-planning, etc. with success tips on how to eliminate the unnecessary and focus on the essential. Wrap up with “5 Holiday Juicers” to make life joyful. Keep your notes handy in the companion Simplify & Savor Take-along Planner.
With the second half of the book. curl up with a cup of cocoa and read “Savory Suggestions and Stories,” a collection of laugh-out-loud anecdotal stories including “Let Go of the Cookie Cutter Christmas” and “Thankful for Turkey Warbling”. Make this holiday season one you remember and enjoy!
Amazon 

Diamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen

Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she’s especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success—until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. Adri must race to uncover the secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before she becomes the next victim.
With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things will keep you turning pages long into the night.
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Apple * Kobo
A Baker’s Dozen by Lucy McConnell
Tempt your sweet tooth with 13 delicious, easy, and beautiful dessert recipes. Each recipe has been time-tested and found irresistible. You’ll horde the Lemon Brownies but you might be willing to share the Rock and Roll Cake—with a good friend.
Recipes include: Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies, Pumpkin Bunt Cake, S’mores Cheesecake, No-Fail Lemon Bars
Impress your coworkers, family, friends, and even the guys at the car repair shop with these recipes. They’re sure to become favorites in your recipe box, lunch box, and ice box.
Amazon
The Colony by Cami Checketts
To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.
Lance, Brinlee’s attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.
While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.
Amazon

Torn Canvas by Donna K. Weaver

Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Up-and-coming talk show host Olivia Howard wants an interview. She, like the rest of the press, expects a hero, but Jori knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast.
In seclusion and evading the press, Jori struggles to make a new life as an artist. But he can’t hide from himself; more than his face is damaged. How can Jori possibly make amends for all that he’s broken? When Olivia finally tracks him down, he must decide if he can trust her. Could this unlikely woman be a key to freeing his heart and healing the beast?
The audiobook is only $1.99 with the purchase of the ebook.
Son of War Daughter of Chaos by Janette Rallison
Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for people with the signs: greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks-things that get in the way of having a normal high school life. When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.
Amazon

Vocal Crush by Lisa Swinton

Can you ever out run a broken heart?
Lexi Court spent seven years traveling the world, living the nomadic Broadway life, in an attempt to outrun the broken heart Nick Rivers gave her. Now, there’s nowhere left to go.
When she accepted a position as a high school drama teacher in Las Vegas, Lexi hoped to get over Nick, find a nice guy, and settle down. But what should be a quiet summer gets turned upside down when Lexi’s best friend, Taffy, drafts her to be an emergency replacement coach on a televised vocal competition.
Feeling out of her league among the other three celebrity coaches, Lexi fights for the most promising contestants to be on her team. One note from a single voice shatters her summer. Nick unexpectedly auditions and joins Lexi’s team. With her vocal crush on him raging as strong as ever, she has nowhere to run from Nick’s dreamy looks or siren voice.
Lexi has no doubt that Nick can win the competition. The question is does he want to win her heart as well or will he damage it beyond repair?
Think television reality show The Voice meets Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Amazon
Picture Perfect by U.S.A. Today Bestseller Heather B. Moore
Gemma has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn’t get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it’s finally met its true match.
Amazon
Endless Modern Cinderella by Jaclyn Weist
Sydney lives her nightmares every night. While other teenagers are dreaming of boys or traveling to exotic places, she must run a staircase with no beginning or no end, or a terrible debt will never be paid.
Just before her seventeenth birthday, the dreams change. She is no longer alone.
But her nightmares don’t end when she wakes up. Her stepmother and stepsisters threaten to ruin everything she holds dear. She must protect the secret that both she and her father have magic or they will use it to their advantage.
As Sydney learns to control her magic, what seemed impossible before—escaping her stepmother and those ever-present stairs—is now at her fingertips. When she learns the ultimate plan of her evil captor, Sydney must stop her at all costs, or she will forever be trapped inside her nightmares.
Amazon
Cookie Girl Christmas by Christene Houston
Molly Hayes has one more job before Christmas and then she can put her plans for a storefront bakery of her own in motion. What she doesn’t bargain for is the handsome young Scrooge who insults her cookies and makes her blood boil. Toss in a heaping helping of snowstorm and a pinch of romantic old Inn and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for a not-so-silent-night.
Amazon
And Something Blue by Paige Timothy
Bridal consultant Laurie Fletcher spends all her time helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Logan Reese is easily the most irritating man on the planet, and for some reason, he’s made annoying Laurie his mission in life. Will true love ever come Laurie’s way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after while she sits on the sidelines?
Amazon
Six Days of Christmas by Kaylee  Baldwin
When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children who seem to be multiplying, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother—someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.
Amazon
Ring Around the Rosie by Julie Coulter Bellon
As the ex-wife of a law enforcement officer, Sarah Reed has known loneliness and loss. In order to cope, she makes a life for herself that’s full of routine while building a wall of ice around her heart. Everything about her is as predictable as she can make it until a tiny detour for her ex-husband, Ron, changes her life forever. Caught in a bomb crisis, Sarah is taken hostage by a man who wants Ron and everyone around him to suffer—and his idea of suffering is more terrible than Sarah had ever dreamed.
Captain Ron Reed has seen the worst of humanity in his job with the Hostage Negotiation Team, but he never expected his past to come back with a vengeance—literally. Aaron Starks, a criminal explosives expert, has stolen next-gen bomb technology. He uses it to force Ron to bargain for the lives of his team and his ex-wife, Sarah, the woman he still loves. But the situation escalates when Ron discovers that Starks has an even bigger objective in mind—using the bomb to show how vulnerable America and her people truly are.
Ron is willing to risk everything to save his country and those he loves, but when negotiations break down, will his sacrifice be too little too late?
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iTunes * Kobo

Yesterday by Amanda Tru

Her yesterday was five years ago. What will her tomorrow bring?
When Hannah Kraeger saves a family injured in a car accident, she has no idea she has changed events in the past. Waking the next morning, Hannah discovers her yesterday was really five years ago.
Each trip Hannah takes through time changes the timeline and her own life. With help from Dr. Seth McAllister, Hannah must unravel the mystery of why she time travels and who she actually is before the strange ability costs her future, the man she loves, and even her life.
YESTERDAY is a thrilling Christian Romantic Suspense filled with unexpected twists, mystery, and romance.
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iTunes
My One and Only by Shannon Guymon
Meredith Jensen has seen her share of ups and downs. She’s found love twice already and lost it in spectacularly traumatic ways. Now? She just wants a peaceful life, free from love and drama. Meredith’s plans for the future center around planning other people’s weddings and her new online dating website. Just because she works to help other people find love doesn’t mean she wants any part of it though. Unfortunately for Meredith’s plans, Asher Murphy is determined to get her to give love another chance. But then again, so is Pule Matafeo. Meredith has never denied that she’s stubborn and feisty so it might take the combined forces of all their friends in Fircrest to get her heart back on track in time for Valentine’s Day.
Amazon
Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh
WRITER’S BLOCK, NIBBLED NAILS, PLAGIARISM, OH MY! AND DID I MENTION ROMANCE? Life for Adda Sinclaire, New York Times best-selling author and historical romance writer extraordinaire, reads more like a country song than a breathless, bodice-bursting affair. For starters, she has no romance in her own life. That might have something to do with the fact that her husband—correction, ex-husband—ran off with Stick Woman, whom everyone knew would never be more than a mid-list author anyway. To add insult to injury (and another verse to the country song), her ex not only took their dog but gave it to Stick Woman. If that isn’t enough, Adda has come down with a horrible case of writer’s block, finds herself gifted with a Bible that is determined to speak to her, and is the unwitting target of a romance cover model’s misdirected advances. Just when she catches her breath—and quite possibly the eye of a certain fabulously good-looking man (ahem…her new editor)—her arch-nemesis gives the pot one final stir.
Amazon
Spy by Night by Jordan McCollum
After watching her parents’ marriage crash and burn, CIA operative Talia Reynolds doesn’t believe in “happily ever afters.” Besides, her job entails eighty-hour weeks, juggling a dozen covers and disguises, and tracking down a dangerous Russian spy ring. She hardly has time for romantic entanglements, even if she could let her guard down enough to get close to anyone.But all the rules she lives by could be broken when she meets aerospace engineer Danny Fluker.
Danny moved to Canada for a great job — and a chance to start over after a bad breakup. Dating definitely isn’t in his plans . . . until beautiful and enigmatic Talia throws a perfect storm right in his flight path. When he catches a glimpse of the real woman behind her façade, he has to get to know her better.
Talia has to find a Russian spymaster before he figures out she’s not who she claims, and failing to keep her two lives separate in the process could mean the death of more than just her budding relationship. Danny has to decide if a future with Talia — and facing the past — is worth the risk of getting hurt again. If they can break through the barriers keeping them apart (and avoid a major international catastrophe), they just might have a chance at being happy together.
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Kobo * iTunes * Smashwords * Jordan McCollum Store
Saving Grace by Michele Paige Holmes
From #2 Amazon Bestselling Historical Romance Author and Whitney Award Winner, Michele Paige Holmes, comes SAVING GRACE, a regency romance from the Hearthfire Romance series:
After the death of her grandfather, the Duke of Salisbury, Grace Thatcher wants nothing more than to live quietly in the country with her younger siblings. Her father’s debts thwart those plans, and to protect her sister, Helen, Grace must marry a man of her father’s choosing.
As each suitor proves less than desirable, Grace comes up with clever schemes, causing each to reject her. While staying at the mysterious Sutherland Hall, a middle-of-the-night mishap sends Grace into the arms of a stranger, Nicholas Sutherland—and provides inspiration for her grandest plan yet—one that will leave her reputation in tatters yet free both her and Helen from all possibility of marriage.
Too late Grace regrets her rash actions when her father’s last choice, Mr. Samuel Preston, proves to be a gentleman and a friend. But Samuel is the sworn enemy of Nicholas Sutherland, the man responsible for her “ruin.” Now instead of being free, Grace is caught between two men—each with his own agenda.
Other Hearthfire Romances: LOVING HELEN & MARRYING CHRISTOPHER
Amazon
An Unexpected Proposal by Annette LyonWhile working at a wood camp in the Logan canyon during the winter of 1880, Caroline Simpson is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson, and in the process discovers that her long-time friend James has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the emotions James has awakened in her, and it takes almost losing him to admit her true feelings.

 An Unexpected Proposal was introduced in the first volume of the bestselling and award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology series, Winter Collection:
Amazon #1 Bestselling *New Release* in Clean Romance, Top 10 in Regency Romance, Top 5 in Victorian Romance

Paris Cravings by Amazon #1 Best Selling Author for Clean Romance, Kimberley Montpetit

Can life really turn on a dime, a missed bus—or a stuck pastry shop door?

Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. Her mother is a neurotic romance novelist and her boyfriend, Mathew, has been pressuring her to go “all the way”.

But after The Worst Night of Her Life, Chloe escapes on her Senior Class trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris which takes her mind off her troubles—temporarily. On the final leg of her dream trip, Chloe squeezes in one final run for a last-minute box of decadent pastries. Add a broken shop door, subtract a broken four-inch heel from her cute strappy sandals, and Chloe ends up one stuck girl on the bakery shop floor with a sprained ankle.

Rescued by the shop owner’s dreamy son with chocolate-syrup eyes, the beautiful city of Paris suddenly becomes Chloe’s personal secret adventure. And even though Jean-Paul, the oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy is the gentlemanly guy Chloe has always dreamed of, even he has a girlfriend.

The police are tracking her down as a run-away, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown over her daughter’s “disappearance”, and Chloe’s just trying to have a Happily-Ever-After even as her dreams with Matt are swirling down the drain.

What’s a girl to do in the most romantic city in the world?

Easy Pastry Recipe in the back of the book!

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Thanks for sharing the launch of Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology with us.
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In our anthology stories, we slipped in fabulous right-from-the-story recipes.
That’s right, each story has a recipe that goes with it and we’ve shared them here with you​ !
In The Candy Counter Heiress, ​handsome ​Andy has a thing for banana flavored chocolates (and kisses) so Lucy whipped up a recipe for Chocolate Banana Nut Bread.
 Christmas Makeover introduces you to one of the hot spots in Echo Ridge where the pizza is to die for. Cami Checketts has included a recipe for Emma’s Homemade Bread that will have you going back for seconds.
Rachelle Christensen’s Hope for Christmas is a story with a whole lot of heart and her recipe for Carlos’s White Chicken Chili w/Optional Slow-Cooker tips has a whole lot of flavor!
Soda Fountain Christmas, ​by me, I celebrate the fun of yesteryear as Kenworth’s Department Store works to regain the sense of community department stores were built upon.

​With a tasty nod to days gone by, ​I’ve included a recipe for Martha Jean’s Apple Cider Donuts.
Heather Tullis, author of One Winter Night, knows how to spice up a story and her recipe for Fay’s Gingerbread Cupcakes is just the thing to cap off your holiday parties.
BUT, you get so much more than wonderful recipes with Christmas Kisses. The stories are sure to capture your imagination–and your heart–and transport you to Echo Ridge where romance, Christmas music, and twinkling lights abound.
And remember to enter to win $200 holiday cash with our Rafflectopter giveaway, simply by clicking!!​
P.S. Get ready for another fabulous announcement tomorrow!!​

The Life Principle I Re-learned Through Writing Christmas Kisses…

All five of us who co-authored the novella anthology of Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology are THRILLED to officially launch November 3rd!
Because of that, each day I’ll share goodies for you to celebrate with us! Today, you get the fun untold backstory of how this book came to be, and the life principle I re-learned that continues to help me today.
Several months ago I was asked to speak at the wonderful Indie Author Hub Conference. And, I was also invited to the conference dinner the night before. For me, this was a quandary! Because I limit my speaking to about twice a month to balance family life, I debated whether or not to go to the optional dinner. Honestly, in fifteen years of speaking, I rarely do. With seven kids and up until recently, my policy has had to be, I come, I speak, I leave.
However, this time I felt a slight and different pull inside to attend the dinner. After checking with the family that this was a go, I headed to the Marriott. When I entered the hotel lobby I saw my good friend, Rachelle Christensen, talking with a gal I didn’t know (whom I would soon come to know and adore, Christina Dymock).
All three of us ended up at the Speaker’s Table and fell into fast conversation. A few months before, Rachelle and I had co-authored a nonfiction book, What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. We had also talked about someday doing an anthology, and wouldn’t that be fun and a great idea (happening, of course, when we cloned ourselves…)
Back to the dinner. It turned out that lovely Christina not only thought anthologies were fabulous, but that she had successfully co-authored two as well. In deep discussion about possibilities, suddenly Rachelle says to her, “So, do you want to do one?” And without missing a beat, Christina says, “Sure”!
Within minutes we brainstormed setting and initial storyline…a city tucked in the mountains, maybe patterned after Park City.  Rachelle had written a very short story with a Christmas idea based on an old-time department store. One idea led to another and like a good writer, I started jotting notes on the Marriott notepad (which I still have!) By dessert, we had a solid idea, co-author possibilities, and lots of mojo.
I can’t describe both the synergy and energy that came from that conference dinner. And now, just over four months later we are now releasing that book that was merely an idea. And the process has been an absolute joy.
The life principle I re-learned, one of several, was to go with your gut. Even though I typically didn’t attend those extra events, or often insert myself into a conversation another friend was having, or jump into a writing style that is so not my usual, I did all of those things because my gut said to (or, I felt a prompting–I’ve heard it both ways…)
In life, we need to assess opportunities and make reasonable decisions. And, we need to listen for that X factor, that gut feeling that says, I need to do this one differently. And then, go with it. Take that ride and follow those promptings and find out just where it will lead. If it’s a good thing, it will bear good fruit.
And let me tell you, this experience has been juicy goodness from day one.
Enjoy Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology!
Hugs,
Connie
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How to Keep Your Diamonds Sparkling and Enter to WIN!

“Have you entered to win $200 holiday cash yet?? Enter below! Then enjoy my co-author’s quick tip to clean your wedding ring!”

My ​great friend, Rachelle Christensen is an expert at DIY techniques. I loved this easy way to keep your diamonds sparkling because ​with all the playdough, cookie dough, and any other dough,​ it gets pretty ​dirty. She shares this tip in her book, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and she is one of the authors featured in Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology.

Keep Your Diamonds Sparkling

A little tip from Rachelle

I’ve been married to my sweetheart, Steve, for 17 years and this is the diamond ring he gave me all those years ago. It’s been through a lot of wear, had to be re-pronged and frequently is dirty since I have five kids and endless household chores.

 I only get it cleaned when I go to the mall, and the shop we bought it from checks and cleans it, so if you look closely in the picture, you can see it isn’t sparkling today because I don’t go shopping much.
 
Here’s a great little solution that only takes five minutes to keep your diamond sparkling!
 
Soak your diamond ring in a warm solution of liquid dish
detergent and water for five minutes.
Use a soft brush if necessary
to remove dirt. Soft is the key—don’t use a brush with bristles that
are stiff enough to scratch the ring’s metal setting.
Swish the ring
around in the solution and then place it in a colander (so you don’t
lose it down the drain).
Rinse it thoroughly in warm water. Dry with
a lint-free cloth.
 Now look at that diamond ring sparkle! Hopefully you can tell a difference from the pictures. If not, try it, you’ll definitely smile when you notice the difference on your own ring!
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Last Sneak Peek scene from Christmas Kisses and Author #4!

Lucy McConnell (a.k.a. Christina Dymock) has always been a reader and a writer. Her mom says that when she was little she would staple pages together to make books. Even at a young age she was thinking about page count! Her series, Billionaire Marriage Brokers, has reached number one in seven categories on Amazon and her cookbook, The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook, written under the name Christina Dymock, won the Utah Best of State Award. Lucy has also co-authored the Christmas in Snow Valley Anthology and is currently working on the Spring in Snow Valley Anthology. You can connect with Lucy at http://lucymcconnell.wordpress.com where you can sign up for her newsletter to receive delicious recipes and get the latest news about her releases.

On the Lighter Side

Here are five fun facts about Lucy and her Echo Ridge story:

She has naturally curly hair. You wouldn’t know it from her author photo-but her curl is something to reckon with.

She hides York Peppermint Patties in her desk drawer.

She sews her own dresses and skirts.

Her seven-year-old can ski better than she can—but she’ll keep trying.

She’s a compulsive baker.

Here’s a sneak peak and Lucy’s story, The Candy Counter Heiress, from Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology:

Reese had a hard time holding up her end of the kiss because she couldn’t stop smiling. And what woman wouldn’t smile when she felt irresistible? Andy did that for her. Not just by kissing her, but by saying the words she needed to hear.

Robyn, a friend and Kenworth’s employee walked by and whistled, and then Andy was smiling as big as she was.

“Okay. I’m really going this time.” He brushed his lips across her cheek but didn’t let go of her. “You’d better.” Reese hooked her hands together behind his neck and pulled him in for another tummy-sizzler kiss.

“I’m headed for the door,” said Andy, never releasing his hold.

“Don’t forget your tie,” replied Reese, hanging on just as tight and returning his kisses between words.

The bell sounded, signaling the opening of the store. Reese slid her hands down Andy’s neck and chest. She let them rest there for several seconds, enjoying the feel of his chest against her palms, before gently pushing him back, if only so she could catch her breath. Andy allowed her to put a few inches between them.

“Sorry,” he said, though his grin didn’t look at all apologetic or chagrined for instigating the most scandalous PDA Kenworth’s had seen in quite some time. Pressing his lips to her forehead, he pulled his arms back and started walking away backwards.

“I’m going to buy this tie.” He held up the red one.

Reese shook her head. “Nope.”

Andy looked down and switched hands. “This tie. And then I have a meeting, and you’re closing tonight and working tomorrow morning, so I will see you at six at your apartment.”

“I’ll be ready.” Oh boy, would she be ready. Andy wasn’t going to know what hit him.

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What is Your 5 Minute Do-Over, and Author #3

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As promised, this is Author #3 and her Sneak Peek scene of our soon-to-be-released (Nov. 3) romance anthology, Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. I love how each story is connected and intertwined with the others. It creates a deeper feeling throughout each story and to all the characters. And, I love these women! It’s been an absolute joy to work with and learn from them. Each is a woman of substance, living with kindness and joy.

Today’s spotlight is on Cami Checketts, a seriously successful writer and a down-to-earth fabulous woman. I love how she is focused on family first–as are all these authors–and yet she also writes and runs marathons (just recently completing one in St. George and losing some toenails to prove it). What I appreciate most about her is her self-deprecating manner. She is talented beyond measure but not once have I felt less than or clueless (which I am) around her–she makes everyone feel loved and appreciated.

Bestselling Author Cami Checketts.

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Cami Checketts is an idealist who dreams of helping children around the world but can’t keep up with the four in her own home. She regularly donates part of her proceeds to charity and has a heart of pure gold. (Check out this link to help children in need: www.cachecfsc.org.) Cami lives in a beautiful valley in Northern Utah where she enjoys running, biking, and swimming during the two months of the year it isn’t snowing. She recently completed the St. George Marathon and we couldn’t be prouder of her. You can check out Cami’s website and find out about her recent releases at www.camichecketts.com or https://www.facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor or https://twitter.com/camichecketts

On the Lighter Side

Here are five random facts about Cami:

  1. Cami is the proud mother of four future and present lacrosse stars.
  2. Cami has run three marathons.
  3. Cami has amputated three of her fingers (two were stitched back on and aren’t too horrific looking). Though she wouldn’t recommend amputation, it is a great conversation starter with four-year olds.
  4. Cami has milked a cow with her bare hands.
  5. When Cami met her husband, he asked her friend to, “Introduce me to my wife.” She laughed and hasn’t stopped laughing since.

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No author highlight would be complete without a sample of their writing so here is a Snippet from Christmas Makeover written by Cami Checketts.
“Drew?” Chelsea’s breath hitched. As in my dream man who I’ve loved since before Jessica started waxing my unibrow at sleepovers?
Drew ended the call, put his phone in his suit pocket, and spun to face her. “Chels?”
Chelsea didn’t know if she was in a daydream or real life. The warm look in Drew’s eyes and excitement in his voice sent quivers throughout her body. It wasn’t a dream because he didn’t lift her off the ground and kiss her passionately, but the lingering hug he gave her was worth writing lengthy journal entries about.
“What are you doing in town?” Chelsea asked.
“What are you doing shopping?” Drew asked at the same time.
They both laughed awkwardly. Kiera arched an eyebrow and turned back to her office. “See you two later.”
“Bye,” they both said then stared at each other again.
Chelsea broke the moment, turning and walking toward the center of the store. Drew fell into step beside her. She nudged his bicep with her shoulder, he was one of the few men who made her feel short. “I haven’t seen you in six years and all you can ask is what am I doing shopping?”
Drew chuckled and she just had to look again. His throaty chuckle was still the same, maybe a little deeper. His brown sugar eyes and wavy dark hair hadn’t changed much, but his face had matured, if possible he was even more handsome than her fantasies about him, and oh, those lips, those perfectly sculpted lips. She withheld a sigh. If only he spent half as much thought on her as she did on him. Men never think that hard about their buddies and since Chelsea could outscore Drew on the court, the only time he probably spent thinking about her was when he strategized ways to get around her defense.
Drew turned to her, taking one of her hands in his. “You look great, Chels.”
A jolt of warmth raced through her body. She inhaled quickly and his spicy cologne messed with her brain waves. She leaned toward him before her good sense caught up with her hormones. It was a wonder that he didn’t seem at all affected by the connection because it was strong enough to wipe out a power grid. Wait, this was Drew. Of course he wasn’t affected by the connection, he thought of her as a little sister. No, that wasn’t quite right. He’d have to admit both of her chromosomes were X to think of her as a sister.

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Continuing with my co-author spotlight and Sneak Peek at scenes from our soon-to-be-launched “Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology,” today I’ll share about Heather Tullis and her excerpt!

Heather is yet another amazing get-it-done woman, and with kindness. I’ve worked with her over the years in formatting my books and she has been more than gracious in working with my super late at night/way early in the morning schedule to get things done. She’s not only patient and organized, but is a fabulous writer, with several successful books and series of her own.

A few highlights about Heather:)

I like to bake and make up recipes.
I am an EMT-A and worked on a volunteer ambulance service for five years. (Good woman to have around.)
At one time, I owned over 150 chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, and other assorted fowl.
All four of my current pets are named after sweet foods.
I once laid 1800 square foot of tile flooring in a building we owned. (Heather in a bottle-better than 5-hour energy!)
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You can connect with Heather at http://heathertullis.com/ or on Facebook.

I know you were waiting for this one. Here’s the snippet from One Winter Night by Heather Tullis:

Jonah stared at the invoice and wondered where he was going to come up with the money. Was there any prayer that he would make enough in the opening two weeks of the gallery to actually pay the incoming bills? Never mind the artists’ commission on top of the expenses. His friends were putting a lot of trust in him and he didn’t want to let them, or himself, down. He didn’t know how to do anything but draw and paint—or at least that’s what he’d believed. When he lost that, he’d realized he had learned a few things at his college job, and there was this option.
If he hadn’t made so many contacts and so many friends, the gallery wouldn’t have been an option. Only now he had to make good on his promises, and with a little over a week until the gallery opened, he wasn’t sure that was possible. If sheer desire could make it happen, he would have no need to worry, but that wasn’t enough, and the prep on the building still wasn’t done. He just hoped the advertising and word of mouth he’d been working on would bring people in—no matter what condition the building was in on opening day.
He filed the invoice to deal with after he’d made a deposit or two then walked back out to the showroom. The work to restore the space had finished only a week earlier, and he’d been busy framing pictures and uncrating items since. It was going slower than he had expected. Then again, maybe that had something to do with Sam—his nineteen-year-old employee, who apparently seemed to think the start time for work was flexible.
Jonah sighed and checked his watch again. He only trusted the kid to work for a couple more days, and then he’d have to let him go. Sam wasn’t a terrible employee, but he wasn’t exactly stellar, either, and he wasn’t someone Jonah trusted to handle some of the more valuable pieces—especially after some of the less graceful moves the kid had made: knocking over displays, dropping one canvas, and breaking one side support, making Jonah re-stretch it.
Jonah got back to work on a frame for one of his own paintings, one he’d done a couple of years earlier. It had been far too long since he’d put paint to canvas. Or maybe it had just been too long since he’d been able to do anything that wasn’t plain mediocre. He ached for the way painting used to make him feel.
He looked at the painting of a mother and child playing in the park and remembered the way he’d planned the longer sweeping strokes, the care he’d used to select the perfect shades of color and the way instinct, coupled with years of practice had guided his hand. This piece had gotten attention at the previous gallery where it had been placed, but it was one of three pieces that hadn’t sold during the consignment period, and when Jonah had been unable to produce anything else, the gallery owner had offered to let him take them back. Now he wasn’t sure if it was more painful to see it as a reminder of what he’d lost, or more hopeful as a reminder that he might, someday, have it again.
He was almost loathe to sell the three final paintings, though he desperately needed the money.
Like painting, framing was both art and science, and took his concentrated effort. Thankfully, it didn’t seem to need as much of the muse as painting had, though he could become just as engrossed. Another thirty minutes passed before Jonah thought about Sam again, then, irritated, he picked up his phone to call the kid.
Sam answered the phone, his words tripping over themselves. “Oh, Jonah, I’m so sorry. I should have called, I just wasn’t thinking.”
“You weren’t thinking that you were nearly an hour late for work?” Jonah knew he wasn’t succeeding very well at keeping the irritation from his voice.
“I was in an accident on the way there.” His voice held a slightly shaky quality. “I didn’t think to call you. I’m so sorry. It’s been crazy.”
Jonah set down the stack of matting samples, focusing closer on the conversation. “What happened, are you okay?”
“I broke my leg. The x-rays just came back. The doc says it’s going to be a couple of weeks before I’m up and around. Even then I’ll probably have crutches. I still have to get my cast. I’m sorry I won’t be able to help you out any more.”
Jonah felt bad for his earlier irritation. “Oh, man, that’s terrible. Do you have someone there for you?” Not that he could afford to lose even a little more work time if Sam was already out of the picture, but no one deserved to sit at the hospital by themselves.
“My sister is coming from Albany to pick me up. I’ll visit her for a while. My car is totaled. Not sure how I’ll get around. Idiot driver hit me at the intersection.”
“Don’t worry about work. I’m sorry this happened to you. Take care of yourself.” Jonah wished him well and ended the call. He did feel bad for Sam, but dang it, he didn’t know what he was going to do without the help. Sam was only hired on a temporary basis, but Jonah went from somewhat overwhelmed to super stressed in a heartbeat. “Eighteen-hour days, here I come.”
He remembered his grandma was expecting a visit in a little while and decided to put it off today. She would understand if he had to change his visiting schedule to every-other day until the gallery was up and running. The thought made him feel bad, but he didn’t have much choice at this point.
He picked up the phone to call her.
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