Author : Marsha

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The Present 

A girl who isn’t what she seems …

Lorelei Carson was different, always had been. She had a tough life and her chances of finding love were next to zero. She worked three jobs, barely got her first apartment, and was still enduring the lashing tongues of bullies from high school. She’d hoped once she moved out of her foster parents’ home that it would stop, but it only got worse. In fact, what was supposed to be the best night of her life became the worst when a borrowed dress is ruined and the shoes that went with it are stolen! Little did she know, her troubles had just begun.

The Past

An unsuspecting young man …

Jefferson Cooke, the eldest son of one of the famous Cooke brothers of the Triple-C Ranch wasn’t looking for love. Why bother when there were no young women around to marry? If he wanted a wife, he’d have to send for a mail-order bride and the thought didn’t appeal to him. In his mind, it was far too risky. His situation, therefore, was hopeless. Little did he know a prospect was about to show up and wearing a funny pair of shoes to boot! But that’s not all that was strange about the young woman put into his family’s care. No, there was more to her than meets the eye and Jefferson was about to find just out how much. But can two people from two different worlds find love? A better question is, can they fight it?

This story has a connection with several series that take place in Clear Creek that lightly connect.  The first Prairie Brides series includes – His Prairie Princess – Her Prairie Knight – His Prairie Duchess – Her Prairie Viking – His Prairie Sweetheart – Her Prairie Outlaw – Christmas in Clear Creek   And the second is the time-travel world of Geralyn Beauchamp (Kit Morgan’s alter ego) in the Fantasy / Time Travel genre. The Time Masters series includes – The Call – The Prophecy – The Legacy

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it’s hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies―with lips better suited to kissing than speaking―who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

But Lady Astrid Everleigh will stop at nothing to see her younger sister safe from a notorious scoundrel, even if it means offering herself up on a silver platter to the forbidding Beast of Beswick himself. And by an offer, she means what no highborn lady of sound and sensible mind would ever dream of―a tender of marriage with her as his bride.

 

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You don’t only find stars on top of the Christmas tree …

Student and Zumba instructor Izzy Grant leads a pretty normal life, but in the run-up to Christmas, an unusual encounter with a friendly Santa paves the way for the most wonderful and star-studded Christmas she’s ever experienced.

Because at almost exactly the same time, Izzy also meets Seth Roberts – as in the Seth Roberts, bona fide rock star and lead singer of Scarlet Gryphon. As their connection grows, Izzy’s Christmas countdown becomes a glittering whirlwind of after-show parties and classy restaurants – and does she have her mystery Santa to thank?

 

 

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It’s late March in Fairhope, Alabama, and artists from around the country are flocking to the bayside town’s Arts & Crafts Festival. The annual tradition has something for everyone, only this year, the main attraction is murder . . .

Cleo Mack’s life has been a whirlwind since she inadvertently became the executive director of Harbor Village, a retirement community bustling with energetic seniors. Juggling apartment sales, quirky residents, and a fast-moving romance is tricky business. But on-the-job stress develops a new meaning when Twinkle Thaw, a portrait artist known to ruffle a few feathers, arrives unannounced for the weekend’s festival and drops dead hours later—mysteriously poisoned . . .

Twinkle’s bizarre death doesn’t seem like an accident. Not with a sketchy newcomer slinking around town and a gallery of suspects who may have wanted her out of the picture for good. As Cleo brushes with the truth, she soon finds that solving the crime could mean connecting the dots between a decades-old art heist and an unpredictable killer who refuses to color inside the lines.

Titles in the Cleo Mack Mystery series include – Murder at Harbor Village – Murder at Royale Court – Murder at the Arts & Craft Festival –

Have yourself a little Cornish Christmas …

Wannabe author Jane Solomon is expecting an uneventful Christmas in her Cornish village of Little Penhaven.

But then super-fit American gym owner Hal Muir comes to town, and suddenly the holiday season looks set to be far more interesting. Hal is keen on embracing every British tradition on offer, from mince pies to Christmas pub quizzes – and perhaps some festive romance too. 

Titles in the Little Penhaven series include – One Summer in Little Penhaven – Christmas in Little Penhaven (#1.5)

 

 

 

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Ivy Macpherson grew up in a family famous for the most embarrassing Christmas tradition of all—fruitcake—so she’s become a bit of a Grinch. Her body may be headed to Dogwood Mountain, North Carolina, to celebrate the holidays with family, but her mind is on moving up the ladder at the online lifestyle brand Scoop.

When Ivy’s chance encounter with an A-list actor reveals he’s headed to her hometown, she knows that scoop is the key to her big break. Earning a promotion should be a piece of cake—but chasing her story puts her face-to-face with the sinfully handsome Rand Cooper, her main high school competition and perennial thorn in her side.

Rand always had a thing for Ivy, but she’s a tough nut to crack. Family and friends hope their flirtation will grow into something more. But will Ivy’s focus on the job of her dreams cost her the man who could help her build a real future?

Titles in the Dogwood Mountain series include – The Christmas Scoop

Seasoned Italian-American Alberta Scaglione can whip up a traditional dish for any occasion. But when an impromptu vacation turns deadly, can she sift out the deadly ingredient?

When her granddaughter lands a reporting gig at the grand opening of the luxurious Icicle Lodge, Alberta and friends tag along for a week of much-needed R&R amid the snowcapped hills of northeastern Pennsylvania. But the idyllic winter getaway becomes a nightmare after the gang discovers blood on the ice—and the dead body of celebrity guest Pamela Gregory, a frosty Olympic gold medal figure skater who won herself more enemies than fans . . .

With a killer on the loose, multiple suspects, and a blizzard on the way, Alberta must now race to crack a bone-chilling case . . . before the outspoken Ferrara ladies get served murder: family style!

Titles in the A Ferrara Family Mystery series include – Murder on Memory Lane – Murder in Tranquility Park – Murder at Icicle Lodge

This is why cowboys should never marry their best friend…

Jenna Wright grew up next-door to Chestnut Ranch and the five Johnson brothers. Her older brother was best friends with Seth Johnson, and Jenna may or may not have had a crush on the handsome cowboy in her younger years.  It was a long time ago, she tells herself.

Now that she’s divorced and back in town, she definitely has eyes for her best friend.  Will he ever notice her?

Jenna reasons that he’s busy with his ranch and his dog rescue operation. They had an Edible Neighborhood project they were working until funding became a problem, and when Seth learns he’s inherited over two billion dollars from his mother’s half of a family cosmetic empire, he rushes to tell Jenna they can now fund the Edible Neighborhood. 

He wasn’t supposed to kiss her.  It was an accident, he tells himself. But Seth’s own feelings roar to the surface, and he can’t ignore them.  Where did those come from?

Can best friends Seth and Jenna navigate their rocky pasts to find a future happily-ever-after together?

Titles in The Johnson Brothers / Chestnut Ranch series include — Cowboys Never Marry Their Best Friend – Cowboys Never Kiss Under the Mistletoe – Cowboys Never Get a Second Chance  – Cowboys Never Have a Secret Baby – Cowboys Never Marry Their Boss – Cowboys Never Cry Over a Fake Marriage – Cowboys Never Kiss and Tell

*wipes brow* Whew!  Survived a rough week and came out the other side still smiling, still functional, still getting my feet back under me from the stomach flu that ran rampant through my family.  I feel like singing “I Will Survive” quite loudly.  🙂

I’ve decided to add my own weekly wrap up to everyone else’s over at Caffeinated Reviewer.  Kimberly has created such a welcoming feature/meme with the Sunday Post that this is the perfect way to keep me accountable by also posting over there.  The link is up above, so go visit if you haven’t already discovered this pretty amazing woman’s site.  I always (always) come away with more book ideas, end up spending book money (I’m sure Amazon loves when I go visit a Sunday Post offering) and discover lovely blogs.  So you should check it out, soon.

How in the world did it get to be December 1st?  I mean – really, how?  I’ve accomplished some of what I’ve got written in that cute planner of mine, but certainly not all that I had intended.  And… I need to map out the changes and plans for my two blogs for 2020 (like now) so I can start the scheduling of posts for 2020.

Do you hold over unfulfilled plans from the previous year… or rework them into something different… or just scrap them?  I kinda do a combination of all of that.  Some things that sounded like the greatest idea ever – weren’t, so those get scrapped.  Then I usually rework the things that didn’t get done but still really need to be accomplished in maybe a different format or plan.  If it couldn’t get my attention last year then I have to change it up to work next year – or at least that’s my thinking on unfulfilled blog goals.

I’ve managed to get almost caught up from the 7-10 days when I could barely sit at the computer for more than half an hour – still have 4 reviews that need up today so they’ll be in that “publication week” deadline.  Life happens to all of us, but I try very hard when that happens to at least get reviews that I’ve committed to up and online before the start of the next “publication week” for the next round of releases.  Sometimes I win that battle, sometimes I lose depending on how hard “life” hit that time.  But I’m feeling good that I’ll be caught up and able to get to work on scheduled posts as well as current ones in the next day or so.  Not bad really, not after coming back looking like a “Walking Dead” extra with really bad zombie makeup.  🙂

Okay, I think that’s gonna wrap it up.  I will start listing the reviews done and the ones scheduled at some point, probably nearer to the New Year.  I truly want to be a bit more organized before I start that so I need another week or so to pull that schedule together.

I hope your week is awesome and full of really, really good books!

 

If you haven’t run into COYER yet in the book blogging/reading world then this is your chance to get in on some reading fun, meet new folks, make more friendships (and we never have enough of those), and probably most important of all Clean Out Your EReader… just a bit at least.  🙂

The rules and all that very important jazz can be found on the sign-up page through this link or by clicking on that COYER graphic over there.  <–  Or… up there since that’s where the spacing landed.  *ironic chuckle can be heard*

I’m planning on the stricter Winter COYER since finding the time to actually do buddy reading is such a hit or miss for me.  Yeah, life often gets in the way of the fun stuff — but, that’s okay I have a ton of books that qualify for this event just waiting for me to open up the Kindle.  You know, those “free” read the first in the series offerings, those times when a book smack in the middle of a series goes on the 99¢ or $1.99 sale, or simply books that were originally offered at those lower prices.  Far too many of those books are on my Kindle if I’m totally honest here so COYER is very welcomed and very needed in my reading life from today until March 7, 2020.  And who knows, maybe I’ll make some good habits to keep on reading those books that have waited so patiently for me on my Kindle all this time.  One can hope, at least.

Although NetGalley ARCs do qualify, I’m going to try my hardest to not count them for one simple reason — this is my attempt to get some of those unread books off of my Kindle, into my brain, and on my blog as review posts.  I’m already doing that with NetGalley ARCs.  Now this is just my own decision because I looked over the books I bought last year (I keep a notebook so I remember them all) and I’m saddened and a bit mad at myself for letting so many of these remain unread.  Cleaning out my e-reader is my goal for this COYER, but that’s me.  You go check out the sign-up page and pick the options that work best for you, and you alone.

Now, it was requested that we pick one book (the price on this one doesn’t matter) as a Recommended Book.  *sigh*  Now how the heck am I supposed to pick just one?? After a lot of thought, I picked an older title by Nora Roberts entitled “The Witness”.  It’s a stand-alone novel, a Romantic Suspense/Action styled story that I go back to re-read at least once a year.  There were many books on my list of various genres and heat levels, but I thought that if I could only recommend one really good book to a friend which one would it be.  And, “The Witness” fits perfectly (for my personality and reading style).

Okay, that’s it for me.  Now fire up those e-readers and get started on those lonely e-books!

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