Thursday, July 30, 2015


Congratulations to "Ada", the winner in Miranda's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Who doesn’t want a chance for a do-over? In anything—maybe you think about The One Who Got Away. Or maybe you wish you’d picked a different career. Or came from a different family (although, sorry, can’t help you with that one ).

My heroine of Heart and Sole, Maddie Kingston, is a desperate woman who’s made some mistakes. It took her five years to get through college because she kept changing her major. Her father begged her to get a business degree so she could help out in the family shoe company but she majored in graphic design instead. Her parents loaned her money for a start-up that went belly-up instead. And she darn near married a sweet talkin’ cowboy who was wrong for her in every way. Oh, and not to forget…a year ago she slept with That Guy from her past that she Just Can’t Forget…only to learn that he’s about to decimate her family’s company. Oops.

But she has Heart. Oh, a lot of it. And she’s got the courage to put everything on the line to save the family business for her ailing father even though she has zero experience. She’s the sibling that quits the only secure job she’s ever had to go back home to help. And she uses every last penny of her savings, plus her sister’s honeymoon money, to bid on the one man she hates in a charity bachelor auction because he’s the only one who can help her save the business. Only two problems…he’s about to take it over. And she doesn’t really hate him.

A huge and mysterious family feud that’s gone on for a generation has kept these two star-crossed lovers apart. Their loyalties may be divided, but the sizzling hot chemistry that flares between them doesn’t really give a flying about that. 

I loved writing this story because it’s hopeful. Because in our lives, like Maddie’s, things often don’t work out quite the way we expect. Families squabble, and we make bad choices sometimes that cost us a lot of emotional pain.

Maddie finds the courage to venture way out of her comfort zone and dare to dream big, dare to take huge risks that will lead to her fulfilling her own dreams in ways she can’t even imagine. Add to the mix one heart-of-gold (but misguided) (and wounded, of course he’s got to be wounded!) billionaire who gets dragged back to their podunk little town who can’t help but fall for her despite his loyalty to his own grandfather and you’ve got Heart and Sole. Life may be complicated but things can work out…especially with a few laughs along the way.

Hope you enjoy it!


Getting even.

One step at a time...

Maddie Kingston just walked away from everything in order to take over her family's struggling shoe business. And she's in some serious trouble. The majority of the company's shares have been bought out by none other than Maddie's ex-boyfriend, self-made billionaire Nick Holter. Now Maddie needs his help...even if it means buying Nick from a charity bachelor auction.

After the Kingstons destroyed his grandfather's career, Nick vowed to take over their company. He's inches from victory when he finds himself bought and paid his sexy ex-girlfriend who's hell-bent on saving her family's company. Between their families' feud and their own unfinished business, tempers - and emotions - run hot. Too hot.
Because kissing with the enemy is a guaranteed shoe-in for trouble...

Miranda will be giving away an e-copy of Heart and Sole to one random person commenting about why they like reading second-chance romances.
Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 30th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

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  1. One really important element of second chance romances is that most of the time, the couple already knows a lot about each other. No "insta love" here but it's also a chance for them to have a more mature relationship. Love these.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  2. I love how the characters already share a history and are familiar with quirks and foibles of the other in second chance romances. It makes their falling in love again all the more sweeter.

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Maureen, thanks for having me today! Another thing about second chance romance is that the characters share a backstory from their youth. They are often each other's first loves. I love that!

  4. I enjoy second chance romances, because I love seeing the characters work past whatever was standing between them and find happiness with each other again...

  5. Yes! It's that do-over fantasy--to get things right this time around! Thanks for stopping by, Colleen!

  6. not really a fan of second changes

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. I like second chance romances, I always like to see what kind of compromises the hero/heroines come up with to overcome the obstacles that stopped them from being together the first time

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  8. Hi Ada--yes, now that some years have gone by, they often realize their mistakes from the first time around and want the person badly enough to change.

  9. Thanks for having me, Just Contemporary Romance!


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