Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Top 5 swoon worthy, dimple sporting men



Good morning and thank you for having me here at Just Contemporary Romance. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to share with you today and then it hit me. Something super important. Something Emily White, the heroine in Her Cowboy’s Promise knows the power of. Dimples.

Dimples are what can take an ordinary smile to extraordinary. They can take a simple attraction to one that possibly weakens your knees. Just ask Emily what Adam Conley and his dimples ended up doing. So I did the dirty work (I mean it was really hard ya’ll) and came up with my Top 5 Dimple sporting men.

5. Jared Padalecki

Dean Forester popped into my world as I was consuming Gilmore Girls. I don’t blame Rory for going all mush when Dean caught her Rosemary’s Baby reference and then smiled to boot. I have never watched that “other” show he’s in, but I’m told he aged just fine. Dimples and all.



4. Mark Harmon

Those eyes and that smile are a hefty combination. I love me some Leroy Jethro Gibbs and have no doubt a little bit of him filtered into Adam Conley.


3. Adam Levine

Now I didn’t get all the hype about him early on, but let’s just say, I’ve come around. He’s funny and swoony and all things a good hero should be, not to mention the voice.


2. Sam Claflin

I only know Sam from The Hunger Games, but really do I need to know anymore? The never take you serious look combined with the deep dimples produced all sorts of butterflies. The rest of him wasn’t too bad to look at either.



1. Dwayne Johnson

I’m not even sure if Mr. Johnson has dimples or they’re smile lines from his incredible smile, but I’m calling author’s prerogative and saying dimples. I have adored this man since way back in his early wrestling days, and my joy of watching him has only increased with time. Videos of him with his little girl…sigh.



So there you have it. My Top 5 swoon worthy, dimple sporting men. How about you? Do you like a nice set of dimples, and if so, who is your favorite dimple sporter? Let me know in the comments.

Thank you for having me here today. It has been a pleasure. Happy Reading!

Her Cowboy’s Promise

Three years ago, artist Emily White’s grief and survivor’s guilt sent her to the small Wyoming town of Fly Creek. Since then, she’s kept her emotions safely tucked away—until she meets the new rancher at Sky Lake Dude Ranch. Stetson in hand, the gorgeous cowboy’s arrival in her store immediately shakes up her world.

Adam Conley is only in Fly Creek for as long as it takes to fulfill his promise to his late cousin. The small town brings up too many memories of the life he left behind years ago. He knows his task won’t be easy, but the last thing he expects is the instant attraction to the reason he’s in town. Emily is beautiful, vibrant, and completely off-limits. He’s there to keep his promise—not fall in love.

But Adam’s secret will crumble everything Emily’s life has revolved around.


About the author
Jennifer lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. When not writing, she can usually be found elbow deep in flour or inhaling chlorine as she cheers her daughter on at a swim meet. She loves musicals, caramel and roller coasters, and lists Machu Picchu at the top of her bucket list. She is a member of RWA and is the President of her local chapter, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers. Find out more about Jennifer and sign up for her newsletter at www.jenniferhoopes.com


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cover Reveal!

This autumn, warm your heart with ten fall-themed novellas from some of your favorite USA Today bestselling, national bestselling, and award winning Harlequin Superromance authors.


Foreword by Brenda Novak.

When the weather cools down, hearts heat up…

Bonfires aren't the only things warming up the night. Across the land, hearts are falling along with the leaves. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and warm your heart with ten tales of autumn love.

It Was You by Tara Taylor Quinn:
He has no problem respecting the fact that she is off limits…until the one night he does.

The Right Man by Heatherly Bell:
When one long planned dream day veers wildly off-course, she must decide between the perfect wedding or the right man.

Her Hometown Cowboy by Claire McEwen:
Falling for him wasn’t part of her plan.

Meet Me in the Middle by Jo McNally:
She’s used to playing it safe, but when her old crush comes cruising back into town, she might have to risk it all.

Outsider in a Small Town by Kristina Knight: 
She may hold the keys to his heart…and his future.

If I Fall by Kris Fletcher:
What goes up must fall…in love.

Finding Harmony by Janet Lee Nye:
Jericho was the last place she wanted to be, but it was becoming the best place for her.

Perfect Fit by Angel Smits:
She never forgot her first love…and though he never measured up, neither did he.

Home to You by Dana Nussio:
Can a woman who ran from home and a man who never had it ever hope to discover that home really is a place for hearts?

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Lisa Dyson:
She’s career-oriented. and he’s the one who just broke her boss

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Power of More


I am so excited to be doing a guest post on Just Contemporary Romance to chat about book three of my Kendrick Place Series. Brady and Mia’s story was, by far, the most challenging with the most satisfying result. Brady has had the longest time to develop over the course of the series and while I was thinking of that and wondering what I should chat with readers about, I started thinking about the power of developing a story that moves beyond book one.

I just finished reading Jennifer Probst’s book, Write Naked, which was a beautiful book about the craft of writing and she talked about having an idea of who your secondary characters are so that you can build on them. She mentioned that it’s a lot harder to go back and change a character than it is to plan for them.

For me, the characters kind of waltz onto the page as they please. But with this series, I definitely started to understand what Ms. Probst said about having an idea of who the characters are and who they’re going to be. From the beginning, Brady Davis has been the happy-go-lucky, big-brother, good-guy neighbor that everyone loves. Mia Kendrick is one of the only people who has every really pushed all of his buttons—even ones he didn’t know he had.

Holy hell. The woman had saved her brass-knuckled uppercut for when he’d looked away. But her words hit him dead center, stopping his heart for two full beats. In that time, he was back in all the situations where he’d never measured up. Not for his mom, his dad, his brother, or Bethany. So why did her putting him so firmly in his blue-collar place—a spot he was perfectly comfortable with—feel like spikes driving through his chest?

            Watching Mia affect Brady in a way no one else has was…interesting. I had to go back to books one (More than Friends) and two (The Bad Boy Next Door) to remind myself of how he was always able to be the sounding board or go-to-guy for the people in the building, but Mia leaves him floundering. And not always in a bad way.

“Did you just make a joke?”

She huffed out a breath that sounded almost like a laugh. “Maybe I hit my head after all.”
This time Brady chuckled. “I should take advantage of your mood and drive the long way home.”

Her dark eyes met his, an unfamiliar sparkle making them seem brighter. “Probably shouldn’t push it.”

The almost teasing tone shocked Brady speechless and sent a snap of fire through his blood

The thing is, even though I’m a pantser (meaning I dive into the story until I hit a road block), I know secondary characters are important. Just like in our real lives, the people we surround ourselves with impact who we are…who we might become. This is true for our characters, too. For Brady and Mia, they push each other to be more than the preconceived notions they each started with and I think that Brady, in particular, has really grown and developed over the course of the series.

I love writing a series almost as much as I love reading one. When we fall in love with characters, we don’t want to say goodbye and secondary characters are the way to pull us back into the story that changed us in some small way. Some of my favorite trilogies and series are:

The first three books in the Lucky Harbor Series by Jill Shalvis. (This is actually a huge series but I bought the first three as a bundle and fell in love).

Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series by Lori Foster (Again, more than three but I bought the original three together).

The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts. I can’t even explain how much I love these four books. The connection between the characters pulls you all the way through the stories and makes you need the next one to see where the characters end up.

And even though romance is my favorite genre, regardless of what book I’m immersed in, the more the merrier. I never want to let go of the characters when I love a book. Feeling this as a reader impacts my writing for two reasons: one, I don’t want to let go of the characters I’ve created any more than I want to let go of someone else’s. And two: if I want more as a reader, chances are good that so do other readers.

The worry, I think, with a series is that the follow up books will make the reader just as happy as the first one. I hope (and am almost pretty sure) Brady & Mia’s story provides a wrap up to this series that will make readers smile.
Do you have a favorite series? Or a favorite stand alone? Have you ever read a stand alone that you wished (hard) was going to be a series?

Hate to Love Him
By Jody Holford
Release date: July 17, 2017
Series: Kendrick Place #3 (Can be read as a standalone)

Brady Davis is as happy as he is charming. Usually. Unless he’s in the same room with the frustratingly gorgeous antidote to his cheer. Mia Kendrick is headstrong and determined. She’s done with men who stand in her way—even if he has arms like Thor and a smile that makes her dizzy. Whenever they’re together, sparks fly—both the bad and good kind.

When Mia returns home to take over management of Kendrick Place, Brady is worried her focus on big business could be the end of his tight-knit home and the family he’s created there. Mia may have the power to change everything, but Brady could have the power to change her mind…if he can get inside her heart.      


About the author
Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Heaven’s Sinners MC of Sebastopol


Giveaway Alert!


The Heaven’s Sinners MC of Sebastopol, California are not outlaws. They confine their rule-breaking to the bedroom, and their ladies seem to like it that way. In Biker B*tch, readers will meet Abner Travis—known to everyone who likes the current arrangement of their face as Travis. Travis is the president of the Heaven’s Sinners. He formed the club along with his best friend, Chevy Camden, after a tragic loss at the hands of the outlaw motorcycle club in town, the Diablos Santos. 

Setting an MC romance in the heart of California wine country, known more for bed & breakfasts and hot air balloons and less for Harleys and motorcycle cuts might seem strange. But I was attracted to the contrast between what a town shows to tourists and what’s really going on beneath the surface. I like the idea of rough and tumble guys who use their scariness to protect their town and the women they love. In Biker B*tch, readers will start to see the seedy underbelly of my fictionalized Sebastopol, and I plan to explore that theme in future books.

Speaking of future books, a few readers have asked which Heaven’s Sinner will fall next. And it’s Chevy. I just couldn’t resist putting him through the ringer next. I can’t tell you who his heroine is—just that you haven’t met her yet and she’s nothing like a woman you’d expect to be able to tame man whore Chevy. And Chevy himself keeps surprising me. He might be quick with the dirty jokes, but he’s a teddy bear of a man underneath it all. 

(And in Chevy’s book, you’ll get to know other Heaven’s Sinners, Duster and Dr. Gabe Rhoads a little better.  And they are just a filthy/delicious as you’d think.)  


Title: Biker B*tch
Series: Heaven’s Sinners #1
Author: Andie J. Christopher
Genre: Contemporary MC Romance
Release Date: July 11, 207
Word Count: 75,000

Skyler Clark knows she'll have to face her past when returns to the Russian River Valley to make pinot noir. People in the small town where she grew up haven't forgotten her father – a country doctor turned outlaw motorcycle club president – and his fall from grace. But as long as she keeps her own business squeaky clean and stays away from bikers, she'll be fine.

Abner Travis sold his family's vineyard and winery to build up his business. And he's the president of a clean motorcycle club that does things the overburdened sheriff's department can't. He's too busy making sculptures for Hollywood directors and quietly sabotaging meth labs to chase a woman. But now that Skyler's all grown up, he wants her for his own. He just has to convince her that their dark, shared history shouldn't get in the way.

Travis is the one thing Skyler can't resist, but she doesn’t believe they can last. When her father's old club puts Skyler's business and safety at risk, she has to decide whether to place her trust in Travis or to walk away. And Travis has to decide how much he'll give up to keep the woman he loves.

Warning: Contains a dead sexy biker who will pull on your pigtails, but only if you beg.

Available on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

Author Bio: 
USA Today Bestselling author Andie J. Christopher writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance. She grew up in a family of voracious readers, and picked up her first Harlequin Romance novel at age twelve when she’d finished reading everything else in her grandmother’s house. It was love at first read. It wasn’t too long before she started writing her own stories — her first heroine drank Campari and wore a lot of Esprit.

Although, she set aside writing fiction for a while, her love of romance novels stayed with her through college, law school, and multiple cross-country moves. During one long East Coast winter, she decided writing a book would be a good excuse to avoid braving the elements. It was love at first write. Her heroes are dirty-talking alphas, and her heroines traded Esprit for Free People. (None of them would turn down a Campari, though.)

You can visit her online at the following places: 


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

First kisses & The Attraction of Opposites


I love writing stories with strong sassy heroines who fall for the hot nerd that is their complete opposite. And there is a whole lot of opposite attraction in the newest book in the Cotton Creek Romantic Comedy series, Catching The Cowgirl!

Adam Clark is a computer engineer from California who ends up on a dude ranch in the middle of Colorado to research his new video game design. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love with Skye Hawkins, the gorgeous single mom who runs the ranch. He may be able to catch the cowgirl, but now he has to figure out how to keep her.

Skye loves that Adam is smart, funny, and cute. And like Clark Kent, he’s smokin’ hot when his glasses come off. I love writing opposites attract stories because they start out with a gigantic hurdle from the very start. They’re about two people who have everything in their lives telling them they shouldn’t be together, but they have to, because what they feel for each other is so strong.

And I love that opposites can bring out the best in the other person. Skye and Adam live in two different states, two different worlds, but they find themselves falling in love and that love seems to be stronger than their differences.

I also love first kisses and love writing that amazing first kiss scene. For Skye and Adam, it happens when they are sitting on the sofa eating chocolate chip cookies, and he is teaching her how to play his video game.

Here is an excerpt from that very moment:

She drew back, but just slightly—just enough for him to see her face and take in her wide-eyed look of surprise.

His gaze dipped to her mouth—to her slightly parted rose-colored lips—and she inhaled a quick sharp pull of breath.

Not him. He couldn’t breathe at all, couldn’t move.

He was frozen in place, even though every synapse in his body was firing on all cylinders sending sparks of heat surging through his veins.

He looked back up, into her eyes, searching for a sign, anything that would tell him she was feeling the same thing, the same swirling sense of dizziness that had his own stomach in knots and his mouth going dry. Anything that would give him a glimpse of permission.
But she seemed to be frozen as well, suspended in the moment, as if she were waiting, afraid to move.

He leaned in—just a fraction of an inch—but close enough that his mouth was a whisper away from hers. She didn’t pull back, and he moved the smallest bit closer and brushed her lips softly with his.

She sucked in a soft gasp, the tiniest sound but full of gigantic meaning. A sound that was a cross between pleasure and pain. It pierced his heart.

He stopped, not pressing, but not pulling away, as he felt the slight tremble of her lips against his. He waited, his heart pounding hard against his chest, somehow knowing that this moment could change everything. 

I really loved writing this story and making these characters come alive, and I hope that you fall in love with Adam Clark, the super sexy engineer in Catching the Cowgirl. I can’t wait for you to meet this guy who shows up on a dude ranch wearing awful snake skin cowboy boots and a Star Wars belt, who has to fend off a bat and tries country dancing, horseback riding, and camping, all for Skye Hawkins, the smart and sassy cowgirl who he can’t stop thinking about.

All of the Cotton Creek romantic comedies are set in the small town of Cotton Creek in the mountains of Colorado. If you love fish out of water and opposites attract stories, this series is for you. Reese Hudson is the city girl who accidentally sets a fire in the park—and the heart—of hunky park ranger, Wade Baker in Romancing the Ranger. And Avery Oliver is the city girl reporter who strikes a deal with the hot fly fisherman, Sullivan Reed to pretend to be his girlfriend if he’ll teach her how to fish in Hooked On Love.  Check out all of the books in the Cotton Creek series.
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Catching the Cowgirl

California video game designer Adam Clark knows that, in his business, authenticity is the key. So, for their newest Western adventure game, he and his partners decide to try out Cowboy Camp. Only Adam’s friends never arrive, leaving him a bit—okay, a lot—preoccupied, trying to resist the gorgeous cowgirl who owns the ranch.

Single mom Skye Hawkins is too busy trying to keep her family’s dude ranch out of the red to even think about romance. But she’s having trouble avoiding Adam. He’s smart, he’s sweet, he’s funny…and he’s hot! Maybe it’s the mountain air, but she finds herself letting down her guard. And the fireworks are definitely worth it.

The only problem—they live in totally different worlds. Still, Adam is nothing if not resourceful. Sure, he wants to catch the cowgirl. But more importantly, he needs to find a way to keep her.


About Jennie Marts:

Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.

Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Life’s Unsung Heroes


Congratulations to "Jonetta A.", the winner in Sonya's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

For some people, life is about trying to keep their heads above water and sure enough, a wave always comes. These brave souls get back up, keep on trying, and keep on hoping. In the middle of their own struggle to survive, they reach out to help others.

Because people who know that life hurts usually have a whole lot of empathy. They’re first in line with a helping hand. They volunteer at soup kitchens, they feed the homeless, they donate to worthy charities. They give back in their communities over and over again in the middle of their own fear, anxiety and trouble.

They usually don’t have anything to give but themselves. They give, not out of abundance of money or material wealth but from a heart that’s so full it can’t help but overflow into the lives of their fellow man.

You won’t see these people featured on the covers of glossy magazines. They rarely get any recognition and they’re not looking for it, either. It’s enough for them to know they made a difference whether anyone else does or not.

When I wrote The Millionaire’s Temptation, I wanted to write about a different kind of heroine. One who’d known the harsher side of life. One who’d gone hungry. Had experienced homelessness as a child. One who knew what it was like to have an uncertain future. One who gave back, just like all the real life unsung heroes. 


The Millionaire’s Temptation

Holly Campbell is trying to turn her life around. But, to protect her younger brother, she has one last job to complete. All she needs to do is use her unique skills to break into the safe on a yacht—millionaire Jake Lawson’s yacht—a man Holly had a one-night stand with before she knew his true identity.

Jake knows Holly can’t be trusted. He believes she used the one night stand as a decoy to steal from his company and he knows she’s up to something again. Jake’s determined to figure out what and stop her. He won’t let her take anything from him, least of all his heart.




EXCERPT:

He’s lonely.  The thought hit her like a bolt of lightning. Maybe that’s why she felt drawn to him. Holly could understand lonely. Boy, could she ever. During the holidays it was more difficult to ignore, to pretend there wasn’t a gaping hole in her life. Maybe all the bustling people, the bright lights and good cheer of the season was what made the lonely harder to bear for him as well.

Tomorrow, she might be on the run again, but she would stick around for tonight and have a drink in the company of a good looking man. She didn’t know him well, but she sensed in him strength, courage and character. And if there was something she’d become good at over the years on the run, it was knowing who she could and couldn’t trust.

A few hours of conversation. One drink. She could handle that.

Jake Lawson knew the moment Holly decided to go with him. And he was glad. Tonight, he wanted to quiet the memories that were always so loud. The ones that had gutted him and left a hole in his heart that nothing would ever be able to repair.

Author Bio: 
Sonya Weiss is a freelance writer, ghostwriter and author. She's addicted to great books, good movies, and Italian chocolates.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Billionaire's Private Scandal



The Billionaire's Private Scandal

Megan Carlton’s secret affair with financier Brandon Knight ended when he pulled off a hostile takeover of her family’s hotel empire and then kissed another woman. Broke and alone, Megan starts a new life and learns to stand on her own, then Brandon finds her serving coffee and surviving on tips and tries to pull her back into her old life and his arms. She thought she was over him, and she certainly can’t ever trust him again. But what her head knows and her heart feels are two different things.

Brandon was used to always getting what he wanted, then the woman he loves disappeared without a word. When he finds her months later working as a barista, he wonders if she’s suffering from amnesia. Getting a scalding Americano to the chest proves she recognizes him, but she’s got the situation—and him—all wrong. Now all he has to do is prove it.



"This sizzling tale about a suddenly-poor heiress and the love of her life who is behind her family's financial ruin is as juicy as a soap opera and more fun than a day at the beach.The characters and strong and premise is intriguing and Bayley-Burke doesn't skimp on the plot or secondary characters. At just over novella-length, this fast-paced contemporary romance will have readers clamoring from more by Bayley-Burke!"-- Romantic Times

"The Billionaire's Private Scandal is an engrossing tale which involves you from the beginning until the end." --Joyfully Reviewed


Author Bio:
Jenna Bayley-Burke believes in falling in love, one story at a time. Be that in books, movies, or your honey’s stand-up routine. She tells fantasies of billionaires and beautiful locations, cowboys and fake engagements, women we all want as friends and men that we hope ours act like on occasion. www.jennabayleyburke.com




  

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