Sunday, April 18, 2021

Showered With Love @karilemor #RomanceGems




As I mentioned before, my oldest daughter is expecting baby #3 in a few weeks. It’s very exciting because her first two are boys and this one is a little girl. I get to buy frilly ribbons and things with bows again. Although maybe not. Both of my girls were never the girly-girl types.  They’d wear dresses if they had to and cleaned up well enough, but typically they were casual gals, with ponytails and no make-up.


They still are.

But with the advent of this new baby, one of her friends decided she needed a baby shower for girl stuff. It got me thinking of where the term baby shower came from. Showering the new mother with gifts.

But can we shower people with other things? Of course, we can!  I’m still in Florida but have a plane ticket heading back to New England in early May. Hopefully, my new little girl will hold off long enough for me to return. As much as I’m dying to cuddle this new granddaughter in my arms, I think it will be more likely I’ll be taking the boys out and letting them run around while their mom takes care of our new little flower. 


I’m totally okay with this. I love and miss the boys when I’m in Florida, though we video chat at least twice a week catching up on all that’s happening with them. They live in a neighborhood that has a small private beach on a beautiful lake. So I’m guessing my summer will be filled with taking the boys to the lake. Such a hardship! 

 I love swimming. My grandparents had a place on a nearby lake and we had a small above ground pool. It took a lot for my parents to get us OUT Of the water. Maybe why I love to be near the water even now. So taking the boys and hanging out in the water will be fun. 



I wasn’t able to attend my daughter’s baby shower -though I did send her a few small gifts – but mostly I will be showering them all with my love and time.(and maybe helping her do laundry and dishes and cleaning the house)  I know this gift is better than any other I could give. And it's the one my daughter appreciates the most.

Right now I’d like to shower you with a small gift. 

I’ve recently put the first book in the Love on the Line series on sale at 99c. But because you are reading this here and now, I have an offer for you to download it FREE.  (Way better than 99c, right?)

Wild Card Undercover



All I ask is if you like it, consider checking out the rest of the books in the series. Books 1 – 4 are currently available. Books 5 and 6 will be out soon.

Love on the Line

Also, authors are so grateful for reviews. It doesn’t have to be much. A sentence or two of what you loved about the book. This helps readers find new books that fit their tastes.

Your assignment today - Go out and shower someone else with love and friendship – or an author with a nice review!!

 

Stay positive, remember the blessings we do have, and read lots of romance!!

Kari

 

 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

April Showers Brings.... @ConstanceBretes #Romance-Gems

 Flooding for all of Alabama and don't be surprise if you see us floating by waving to you in our new Chris-craft boat.


Nah, more than likely, it'll be our dinty row boat coming through....

In another part of the world, it's arid and uncomfortable. It seems like the sky won't release one single drop of water and working conditions are difficult. Meet Clarissa, the humanitarian aid worker, and read the harrowing experience she's encountered in Afghanistan.

Operation Code Name: Desert Love by Constance Bretes

 Her best hope for survival is the one man she never wants to see again.

Clarissa Maasen is a humanitarian relief worker who’s stationed in Afghanistan. When she and two of her coworkers are kidnapped by insurgents and held hostage, she can only hope that her father, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will send his best men to rescue them—more specifically, Len Roberts of the Delta Force.

The last time Len saw Clarissa, it did not end on good terms. But he will risk his life to rescue this woman who is never far from his thoughts.

Can he rescue her in time? And will they be able to control the passion erupting between them?

Coming April 26 to an on-line book store near you for 99 cents! Remember the title:  Operation Code Name: Desert Love

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Shower me with Diamonds! by @BonnieEdwards #RomanceGems

There's an old song called Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend written by L. Robin and J. Styne. At its heart the song is a cautionary tale to young women about providing for themselves as they age. The idea is that men move on and leave you flat, or go back to their wives, or find a new model. However you slice it, diamonds will always take care of you so you need to grab them while you can.

This is the antithesis of romantic love. The idea that love and commitment are for sale and the currency is diamonds (the hardest stone) is sad. Don't you think?



My romance Diamond at Heart explores different kinds of love: familial, twisted, and the forever kind that flows from one generation to the next. 

The book starts with a murder and a terrible bargain between victim and murderer. I know, I know...I always say I don't write murder. But I did and that murder is solved decades later. 

And today Diamond at Heart is free to read. Here's a little more to whet your interest...

Someone’s watching her…and Tawny James is sick of it. There’s only one person she can turn to for help: her ex-boss, the last man on earth she wants to see again.

Private security consultant Stack Hamilton gets the call he’s wanted for months from ex-employee Tawny James. But it isn’t the “sorry I ran out on you” call he deserves. The beauty who hides her assets under the ugliest clothes he’s ever seen has a stalker and needs his help.

There’s nothing Stack won’t do for the woman he misses. Every. Single. Day. 

Together, and on fire for each other, they learn Tawny’s current problem is connected to a mob murder from the past. Possessive violence has damaged the James women for generations and Tawny is determined not to make the same mistakes with men her mother and showgirl grandmother made.


But she can’t keep her hands off Stack Hamilton and knows she won’t survive this stalking episode with her heart intact.

And Stack will do anything to keep Tawny safe. Everything but let her go again.

I am in the throes of moving this book from being a Kindle exclusive title to making it available on Apple, Nook and Kobo. (and more) This means nothing if you grab your copy now, but once the move is made the book will not be free again. (no pressure, but ...)

Bonnie Edwards has been writing all her life, starting with a poem about Santa suffering with gout. She was seven, Santa was a thousandteen years old. Delighted with writing, she went on to write family sagas, humorous contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic paranormal ghost romances and more. She may jump around within romance, but all her stories come with a tear, a laugh, and a happy ending. Published by Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) Bonnie’s stories stretch from short stories to novellas and novels. Now, she's happy to be publishing her work herself. With over 30 titles to her credit, she has been translated into several languages and sold books worldwide. Aside from standalone romances, she has 4 ongoing romance series, Tales of Perdition, The Brantons, and Love at Christmas. Contemporary family sagas find a home in Return to Welcome. She's hard at work on a brand new series coming in summer 2021. Learn about more exciting releases and get a free romance by subscribing to her newsletter, Bonnie’s Newsy Bits

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Cheers and happy reading!

Bonnie Edwards

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Daffodils - The Delight of Spring by May Williams

 


April showers do bring May flowers, but I have plenty of blossoms in my northern garden already. I must confess to having a love affair with daffodils. I have early, mid, and late blooming ones plus mini and full size, yellow and white.🌼 My crocuses and snowdrops break through the wintry landscape first, but it’s the daffodils that win my heart every year with their happy flowers that sway in the breeze. Winter’s wickedness played an April Fool’s Day joke this year and sent a coating of snow, but the sunshine soon melted the snow and restored the daffodils to their brilliance.🌞

When we dug up a flower bed last summer, I salvaged the daffodil bulbs by putting them in the legs of a pair of pantyhose and storing them in a dry place until fall when I replanted them. They have graciously come up this spring. I’m delighted to see them since to me daffodils are always the promise of sunshine and better weather ahead.πŸ’›

My love for daffodils inspired the cover for one of my contemporary romances—Swayed by You. The other two books in the series have pretty yellow flowers on the covers, too, but I must confess it’s the daffodils that I can’t resist. In the spirit of the season, Swayed by You is on sale for $.99 on Amazon, and it’s available free to users of Kindle Unlimited.


Swayed by You by May Williams

When ex-army photographer Ian Kroft embarks on a mission to broker a real estate deal, he never pictured he’d fall for Colette Peterson, the property’s owner. She’s smart, beautiful, and dedicated to preserving her family’s land where she runs an animal shelter. The young veterinarian learned the hard way not to trust love, but there’s something about Ian that has Colette believing every word he says. Soon, Ian is torn between his love for Colette and his ambitions. Will he continue with his original plans or is he swayed by his love for her?


On sale for $.99 now at Amazon and free for 
users of Kindle Unlimited.


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Finally, I'm celebrating my 50th Birthday today. I love being an April birthday girl even when it rains on my big day. This year Mother Nature is smiling on me with sunshine and plenty of Daffodils. 


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Monday, April 12, 2021

April Showers Bring Lovely Flowers by Laura Hunsaker

You know how they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder? I feel like that same saying can be applied to romance. I was chatting with a friend recently and we talked about how my husband had sent me roses at work. (He has never done this and has only sent me flowers a handful of times in our almost 20 years together). She was cooing over how romantic it was, and she said how lucky I am to have such a romantic husband. That made me think that I would never really consider my husband romantic.

He doesn't give me sweet talk, or sing songs to me (he plays guitar), or put on a show when we're with friends. He doesn't like a lot of attention and other than holding my hand in public, that's about as romantic as he gets...


But...I started to think that I don't really want a guy who writes me songs (I had that once and I felt so awkward when he sang to me). I don't want poetry, or all the things that are typically considered "romantic" because I have my guy who is romantic in other ways. Ways that I didn't realize were romantic when we were younger. 

I had back pain a lot after having our youngest, and writing in our bed was making it worse. So he bought me a desk that folds down and can fit in our room. He doesn't love the amount of books I have, but he built some amazing bookshelves for me. I look back at all of the things he's built or done for me, and while building an Ikea desk may not shout "romance!" to most, it absolutely does to me. It meant he listened when I'd complain about my back, and he cared enough to help me out. 

So circling back to those roses...when I thanked him for the roses, he literally said, "Oh were they roses?" I said, "Uh yes?" He replied, "I just saw that they were your favorite color." I mean, such a clueless comment...but he knows my favorite color. And the roses are beautiful. 

If you want a happy, sweet, and sexy story that Alexandra Ivy calls, "A story with charm, heartache and the promise of love that will bring a smile to your face..." then check out my latest DREAMS OF THE PAST. 



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She needs rest, he needs relaxation… 

Jenny Travers wants a fresh start. Leaving the nightmares of her past behind her, she heads to Last Chance Beach. Renting the Sea Glass Cottage sounds peaceful and relaxing, which is exactly what she needs. 

 What she doesn’t need is a man. 

Lieutenant Commander Scott Gordon was injured by an IED on his last mission, and while his leg has healed, it’ll never be strong enough to stay on his SEAL team. Renting the Sea Glass Cottage sounds like the perfect place to figure out how he’s going to handle his new normal. 

He never expected to find a woman in his bed. 

A mix-up at the rental agency means Jenny and Scott are both renting the small cottage. Sharing a space with a stranger should be hard, yet they both feel more at peace than they have in months. 

Will their summer romance last, or is the magic of Sea Glass Cottage all they’ll have…

Sunday, April 11, 2021

IT'S RAINING MEN! MY FAVORITE KIND OF APRIL SHOWERS. By Kathleen Lawless @kathleenlawless

 


Back in my single days when my best friend said I needed a theme song, I chose “It’s Raining Men”.  Not because men were abundant in my part of the world where there are still eight single women to every single man. It was more like a plea and a belief in the power of positive thinking. 

Something must have worked because after 80, I stopped counting how many first dates I went on.  Suffice to say, very few contenders made it to date three.  After all, a girl has her standards.  And you can tell a lot just by a man’s name before you even meet.  I went through a spate of Garys, Larrys and Barrys, and none of them were for me.  Luckily there were always book boyfriends. 

These days, between my reading and writing it really does feel like it’s raining men.  With many of my own books having the name of the hero in the title, it’s not easy to come up with a new, yet suitable name for each of those hunks.  Plus, if I’m in a multi-author series, I have to make sure I’m not using the same name as one of the other authors. 


I must confess, because I work on more than one book at a time most days, it’s not always easy to keep the men sorted.
  Will is the ex-con.  Riley is the wealthy miner.  Shane is the bad-boy best friend of the heroine’s brother.  Denton is the sheriff.  Blaze is the stuntman.  Denby is the undercover investigator.  Then there’s my series with the seven brothers, where I gave each one a name beginning with B: Brody, Bradley, Braydon and so forth.  I liked the alliteration with Bride in the title, even though my editor worried my readers might get confused.  So far not a single complaint.  Phew!

What kind of name do you prefer your book boyfriend heroes have?  Do you like something different?  I mean, who could ever forget Roark in Shanna?  Or do you prefer a more formal name like Jonathan?  Personally, I like a name that rarely gets shortened, except perhaps by the heroine in a moment of intimacy.  Would it put you off reading a book if you didn’t like the hero’s name?  Cue back to my dating days.  More than likely it would for me. 

This month, BRODY’S BRIDE is on sale for only 99 cents in a multi-author promotion of first-in-series historical romances.  Check it out on Bookfunnel.  You might just fall in love with your next book boyfriend.  

No matter what the weather, as long as we have romance novels, it will always be raining men.  https://books.bookfunnel.com/histrom99c/ewt0st0z9n






There is also a promo of new historical releases from January to March.  Check here to see if you missed any favorites.     https://books.bookfunnel.com/histromnew2/fc2hrql36j      

 

For now, stay dry and enjoy a good read. 

Kathleen

 

Kathleen Lawless blames a misspent youth watching Rawhide, Maverick and Bonanza for her fascination with cowboys, which doesn’t stop her from creating a wide variety of interests and occupations for her many alpha male heroes.   

Her hero, Steele, in HER UNDERCOVER COWBOY is a modern-day cowboy, so when she was wooed by a man called Steel—while he’s not a cowboy, he is an Alpha male and her forever hero.  Which is why all of her stories end Happily Ever After.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

What on Earth Are We Saying? by Hannah Rowan #RomanceGems

Writers, of course, have an affinity for words and too much curiosity, which can send us spiraling down some weird mental pathways. So when my fellow Gems chose April showers as this month’s theme, “raining cats and dogs” immediately popped into my head.

What kind of crazy thing is that to say, anyway? Off I went on a Google search that informed me of two very disturbing situations. Apparently in 17th century England it sometimes rained so hard and so long that the bodies of dead animals, including cats and dogs, washed up in the streets. Ick! Then again, some people speculate that in a heavy rain the bodies of small animals washed out of the thatched roofs of the cottages, landing on the heads of the hapless inhabitants. Either way, I’d recommend umbrellas and boots.

While the British cling to the somewhat factual cats and dogs, people in other countries use different expressions to describe heavy rains.  The most common seems to be pouring buckets or being doused by a watering can, which is kind of boring but sensible.  The Cantonese, however, say it’s raining dog poo, no kidding! We should all probably stay away from that part of the world, or at least remember that umbrella.

Since we’re discussing the origins of expressions, and I’m sure most people never wonder these things at all, I’ll admit that while calling bingo at the assisted living facility where I work, I tend to say “by George, you’ve got it” when someone calls out the correct winning numbers. But one day someone wondered…who the heck is George?

Sure, Henry Higgins said that in My Fair Lady, but why? He couldn’t have been the first person to use that expression.

Inexplicably, “by George” is a battle cry uttered by soldiers before charging into battle, again originating in Britain.  Or if you believe other sources, “by George” is a substitute for saying “by God.” I’m not satisfied with either explanation.

Again with the bingo crowd, because bingo leads to deep thoughts, people who are off by just one number often bemoan the fact that they “almost” won. Inevitably someone else will comment that “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

Why? Naturally, I had to look it up.

Maybe I’m the last to know, but it seems in horseshoes as long as your horseshoe is close to the stake it doesn’t have to actually encircle the stake. Or the person closest to the stake wins. Or something.

The hand grenade thing is self-explanatory.

And by George, maybe I shouldn’t think so much.