Star Spangled Second Chance by Christie Logan ~ $50 Book Blast + Giveaway

It's been a while since I've posted but I wanted to share a new release from a book that I've added to my reading shelf. Love this cover and the blurb! Hopefully, I can post a review when I get to read it. :-) -R



Star Spangled Second Chance by Christie Logan
They were best friends before he left town without a word. Now he’s back. Will her heart be broken again?
Good girl Portia Phillips always followed the rules, colored inside the lines and walked the straight and narrow. Only her best friend Raymond Alessio could ever get her to quit being “perfect Portia” for a minute and take a risk.
Portia fell in love with Raymond way back in fourth grade. That love only grew stronger as years passed, but she kept it hidden, until one Fourth of July when she finally had the courage to share her feelings.
That was the night he broke her heart. Since then she’s kept it safe, under lock and key.
Now, eight years later, he’s back in town with his young daughter. His life’s a mess, but his love for Portia never changed. Can Raymond convince her to give him another chance? Will Portia find the courage to risk her heart a second time?

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~EXCERPT~
Portia stood with Raymond on Lake Verona’s shore and looked out at the smooth surface of the water. “Remember the last time we were here?” he asked.
“Sure I do. You showed me how to skip stones.” She picked up one of the small stones at her feet and flung it out, frowning as it landed with an ungainly plop. “Guess I lost the knack.”
“It wasn’t flat enough.” Raymond selected another stone and handed it to her. “Try this one.”
As she pulled back her arm to fling the stone, he stepped behind her and gently held her arm to guide her aim. “This way. And don’t forget the little flick of the wrist just before you let go.”
His touch made her feel warm and safe. Protected. She wanted to sink into his arms even though her brain told her to watch her step.
With Raymond guiding her she tossed the stone, adding the wrist flick, and watched it skim the water’s surface one, two, three times before disappearing.
She laughed in delight and cried, “Did you see that?” Turning in his arms, she expected to find him grinning back at her. Instead his face was serious. Her smile faded as she gazed up at him. “Raymond?”
His arms closed around her and pulled her toward him.

Praise for Star Spangled Second Chance
This sweet, clean, contemporary romance is well written. I love the way the author used flashbacks to fill in the history of the couples previous relationship and things that happened to it. The characters are so likable. I look forward to reading the rest of the Holidays in Applewood series.
Wow, what a second chance story!
If you love this genre this is a must read

Author Christie Logan
Christie Logan writes sweet romance straight from the heart. She lives in upstate New York with too many pets, too many dust bunnies lurking under the bed, and too many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She thinks everyone deserves a happy ending and in her books, everyone gets one.


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The Reevaluation of Stuff: Clear Space, Clear Mind

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It's been a super long time since I posted here. Life and stuff. Family and stuff. And stuff...and stuff.

Since my husband and I moved into our one bedroom apartment, it's been rough dealing with the amount of stuff I've accumulated over the years. Drawings, writings, sketches of clothing designs I liked when I wanted to be a fashion designer. Tapings of award shows and behind the scenes movie reels when I wanted to be a director. Old stuffed toys, clothes, and everything in between.

I've also been watching tons of organizational, DIY, and decluttering vids on YouTube (my fave tv channel now) and I've been in the mood to get rid of lots of stuff.

As I did, I couldn't help but think of life growing up and how each item held a memory or feeling. I carried around two or three bedrooms worth of stuff because I was afraid that I may need it later. Some things sat in its place for ages, and I would move it from one home to the next. I realized how much I had become a mere storage unit for most of my things.

Recently, I was ready to purge a grip ton of stuff, and I realized how psychological carrying around so much baggage had been for me. Slowly letting things go--most to be given away to people who need it--made me re-evaluate my space. A lot of stress comes from the feeling of being consumed by clutter. At the beginning of the year, I had a full plan for what books I would write, which ones I would release, and how I would do it. Life always gets in the way with family, personal business as well as professional business and other things to juggle; but I wonder how much of it was stress and worry over organizing my work and living space.

Many of the organizing gurus I watched mentioned value. Keeping things that you value. Not valuables per se but things of use to you. Like a computer which helps in the search for information, entertains, and perhaps serves as a tool for work. Or a mobile phone for the same.  Much of the stuff that sat and sat gathering dust just didn't hold value for me. If it did, I would have probably used it by now. Instead, I figure passing it on may give value to someone else.

I had to wonder, can the same mindset be used to refocus my mind for better book production? I usually prioritize stories that inspire me instead of worrying about how it will sell or how my readers will see it. After all, I've always believed if you write the story of your heart, your readers will feel that passion through the page.

I still believe that.

As I clear through the clutter if my exterior space, I hope to clear through the clutter of my mind as well; and I'm looking forward to feeling inspired by what I see.

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop 2017 @ A Writer's Dream


It's that time again for the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! And what better way to bring on the winter than with books and hot, cozy drink!

Since I'm up to my ears in seasonal tv romcoms, I thought I'd share the love and give away your choice of the book version of the movies. So if you've been eager to read 'em sign up below!

Prize: Your choice of a Hallmark winter romance book: Journey Back to Christmas, Love You Like Christmas, Christmas in Homestead, A Heavenly Christmas


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Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen ~ Giveaway + Book Blast + Kindle Scout Nom

I'm so excited about this! Annette K Larsen hooked me when I first read her YA Fantasy Romance Missing Lily and I'm jazzed to say she has a new release out! Annette's book is also on Kindle Scout. A link is included below to check out the book and nominate her book! Enjoy! ~R


 

Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen
He's noble. She's common. It's complicated. Kinley is content with her common life until a chance meeting with an old friend—a noble—brings the possibility of love. Though Rylan pursues her with a charming carelessness, she doesn’t dare hope that their relationship will be accepted. When Kinley’s livelihood is threatened, she is thrust into his world as a servant, but the Rylan she encounters there isn’t the quirky friend she thought she knew. Can she trust him, or will she be forced to accept that her dreams are only that—dreams?




~Excerpt~
My breath caught as soon as he said the name and my eyes searched his features, looking for the little boy I had known in the man that stood before me. “Rylan?” I breathed and he nodded, still with that familiar grin in place. “Oh…my,” was all my idiot brain could say as I took in his fine horse and his fine clothes and his fine eyes.
I probably still had pear juice on my face.
“How are you, Miss Kinley?” he asked with the same light in his eyes that he used to have whenever he would tell me about his favorite part of a lesson.
“I am…well,” I answered in a breathless sort of stuttering. “Very well, thank you. I hope all is well with you and your family. How are Lord and Lady Baylor?”
“My father runs his business affairs with an iron fist and my mother coddles the staff, so everything is as it should be.” He grinned.
“Good.” I had to ignore the grin so that I could speak. “And Master Welsley and Tayana?”
“Welsley takes life too seriously, but is ready to take over for father at a moment’s notice. Tayana is soon to be married.”
“Good, good. That’s very good.” It was so very awkward to be standing in front of this man who had befriended me as a child. How was I supposed to act?
“And what of your family?” he asked eagerly. “It was your brother, was it not? That married…”
“Princess Ariella, yes.” No one seemed to be able to say it out loud, worried that if they were wrong, I’d somehow be offended. I was used to finishing the thought.
He gave a crooked smile. “That must have been an interesting adjustment.”
I laughed, surprised at how succinct that description was. “It was a surprise and an adventure, and I really do adore her.”
“I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her, but everyone seems to have an opinion one way or the other.”
“I can only imagine.” While most of the common folk had accepted Ella and Gavin, I knew that the nobility had not been so easily convinced when she’d stooped to marry a commoner.
He smiled, so casual, so comfortable.
I felt the need to fill the silence. His horse bobbed its head, trying to get Rylan’s attention. I pointed to him. “And who is this?”
He reached up, stroking the horse behind its ear. “This is Apollo. Say ‘Good day,’ old man.”
The horse actually nodded its head up and down. I was reminded of Herman, who I had abandoned.
“I should go.” I gestured awkwardly down the lane. “It was a pleasure seeing you.”
“Wait, can I see you tomorrow?”
My confusion made the corner of my mouth quirk up. “Why would you do that?”
“Because I’d like to speak with you again,” he said as if it was the most normal thing in the world.
“Oh, um.” He was nobility, and I was decidedly not. “I have to get Herman. My pony, he’s—” I pointed behind me as if that would explain my inability to speak coherently, then turned to walk back the way I had come.






Author Annette K. Larsen

I was born in Utah, but migrated to Arizona, Missouri, and Virginia before settling in Idaho. Though I dabbled in writing throughout school, being an author seemed like an unattainable dream. It took me seven years to write my first book, Just Ella. During that time, I taught myself how to write a novel. Not the most time effective method, but it gave me an education I wouldn’t have received from a class or a how-to book. Something about the struggle of writing without a formula or rules worked for me.
I write clean romance because I love it. Jane Eyre is the hero of my youth and taught me that clinging to your convictions will be hard, but will bring you more genuine happiness than giving in ever can. I love chocolate, Into the Woods, ocean waves, my husband, and my five littles. And I love books that leave me with a sigh of contentment.



~Giveaway~

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The Rise of Miss Notley Blast

Check out Rachael Anderson's new release! ~R


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The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson


When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?





~Excerpt~

Cora nodded and followed Mr. Ludlow into the parlor. He closed the doors and stood in front of them with his arms folded, looking far more intimidating than he had during their last meeting. He said nothing, merely lifted an inquiring eyebrow and waited.
Caught unprepared, Cora stared at him, trying to organize her thoughts into words. After a few moments of awkward silence, he lost patience. "What is it you wished to speak with me about, Mrs. Notley? Or are we to stand here staring at each other all afternoon?" Not knowing how else to begin, Cora blurted, "Why have you hired me, sir?"
He blinked a few times before frowning. "I believe I have made that perfectly clear. You are to be the housekeeper, are you not?" This was going to be more difficult than she had imagined. "Yes, of course, but there has been some talk about, or rather concerns expressed . . ." How did one put this delicately?
"About . . .?" he prodded, obviously not thrilled that his morning regime had been waylaid.
"About the reasons I have been offered the position," she quickly said, hoping that would be enough to make him understand her meaning.
Unfortunately, his brows drew together in confusion. "What are you saying, Mrs. Notley? I have hired you to do certain duties that will hopefully make my household run more smoothly. What other reason could I possibly have for offering you the position?"
"You have hired me to do a job I am untrained to do," she said. "While I am grateful for the opportunity, I also find it necessary to clarify that I have come here to be a housekeeper and only a housekeeper. Even though I am young and . . ." Her voice drifted off. Had she almost referred to herself as pretty? Goodness, this was proving to be very awkward indeed.
"Beautiful?" he finally guessed, not looking at all pleased with the direction the conversation was taking.
"I was going to say not repulsive," she fibbed.
"Very well," he said. "Even though you are young and not repulsive . . ." He moved his hand in a circular gesture, urging her to finish her thought.
Cora straightened her shoulders and forced herself to continue. "I am not the sort of girl who would ever . . . fraternize with her employer." Her face infused with heat, but she forced her gaze to remain steady.
"I see." He walked slowly towards her, rubbing his chin with his hand. A few steps away, he stopped and eyed her quizzically. "Have I made any improper advances towards you?"
"No, sir."
"Have I spoken to you in an unprofessional manner?"
"No."
"Have I looked at you in a way that has made you feel uncomfortable?"
"No." Cora suddenly wished she had not felt the need to clarify anything. He made her feel as though she had put the cart before the horse when what she had been trying to do was see that the cart and horse simply stayed in their proper places. Was that so wrong? "Might I ask who, exactly, has led you to believe that I am the sort of man capable of—how did you put it? Fraternizing with my help?"
"I, er, would rather not say, sir." Though Cora felt no loyalty towards Sally, she refused to bring Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd's names into the conversation. "I did not mean to besmirch your name or cause any offense, Mr. Ludlow. I merely wanted to make my feelings on the matter clear."
"And you have."
"Good." Cora dropped into a quick curtsy, anxious to get away. "I shall go and find Watts now."
She was almost to the door when his voice stopped her. "Once again, you are attempting to scuttle away before we have completed our conversation."
Slowly, she turned around and lifted her eyes to his. "I never scuttle, sir."
"What would you call that rapid walk of yours?"
"A rapid walk."



RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





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Looking Back, Looking Ahead


Greetings all!

It's a new day, a new year, a new life for me...and I'm feeling good.

It's been 11 years since I started this blog. Originally, I had intended it to be a reflection on the publishing industry and my journey to achieving a writer's dream of working with a legacy publisher through a big agent and seeing my books on the shelves at the local bookstore. Throughout the years that dream has changed as fast as the publishing industry changed. I saw the rise of ebooks and the ebb and flow of print. I saw the excitement over the espresso book machine and digital publishing start to slide off into its own domain. I watched publishers open and close and I also saw the opening and closing of my own publishing company with my late business partner and good friend.

Before then I had been published in small magazines, but with the start of this blog a decade ago (can you believe it?) I also entered the digital publishing realm. Much of it I viewed on the sidelines and commentated on this blog. All the while, stories swam around in my head...

I still have binders and boxes full of stories nearly finished and some that need to be finished. Old floppy disc drives filled with short stories, novellas, poems and short tnovels. Some in dire need of rewrites after all that I have learned about storytelling over the years, and others that just need  a touch-up to set it on the right path to completion. I've loved writing ever since I was a preteen and I often found myself writing and imagining my own versions of movies and stories that I saw and read.

I wanted to be one of those fast writers that popped out book after book in no time and at times I would get very close to such production. But family always came first for me which would often push writing to the side.

This year, I'm putting a new goal in place. As an indie published author with a business, I am able to extend my art from the cover and throughout the design of the book to mesh with the story that is told between those pages. I like being in control of it and am proud when a reader enjoys my work. I made up a list of books I want to put out which range from a variety of genres and story types. I also made a loose listing of when I'd like to put those books out. I have three main goals in mind and I plan to stick to them as much as I can. With so much chaos in the world and news, writing and imaginary worlds have been keeping me sane which have been keeping me off social media and online.  Sometimes I take a break from things online and the beginning of this year has been no exception as I refocus my energy toward my goals. It's been a really nice breath of fresh air to get back to the basics of things.

And I hope I can keep doing it for a very long time.

Thanks to all who have been following my work through the years. Here's to the future and all the many stories that may encompass that world.

See you around the bookshelves!

Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop December 21st to 31st @ AWD!


Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop
December 21st to 31st


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