Summer of Love Contest!

Who are we and what is this? We’re a group of romance writers (plus a poet and a memoirist) who want to share our love of books! A few years ago, we came up with the idea to give away a summer of love to a few lucky winners and we had so much fun we decided to do it again the next year. And the next….

This year, we’ll have one Grand Prize winner who’ll receive twelve print romances, a collection of poetry, and a memoir, along with other fun summer swag like a tote bag, a journal, and an Amazon gift card worth $25.00.

New this year: special pricing on many of our books just in time for the Summer of Love!

Here are the links:

Leslie Garcia – The ebook version of my collection of poetry, Always the Moon, for just 99 cents! Click here.

Jill Haymaker – The ebook version of Colorado Wrangler is just 99 cents! Click here.

Lynn Crandall – Free download of my romantic short story Finding Flynn. Click here.

Kristina Knight – Special pricing on two ebooks – just 99 cents each! The Saint’s Devilish Deal (click here) and Billionaire Cowboys bundle (click here)

Kristi Rose – Special pricing on two ebooks – just 99 cents each!  Second Chances (click here) and Honeymoon Postponed (click here)

Jennifer Lawler – The ebook version of The Improbable Adventures of a Middle-Aged Woman is just $2.99! Click here.

The contest opens on June 1 and ends June 7, 2017. The winners will be drawn randomly, and we’ll let winners know as soon after June 10 as we can that they’ve won. The prize will be shipped as soon as we hear from the winner and can get to the post office (no later than June 23, 2017 – promise!)

Please read the full Contest Rules for all the legal stuff.

To enter, go to the Enter the Contest! link, and provide your information using the entry form there. Your entry adds you to the contest hopper and signs you up for Jennifer Lawler’s newsletter. J Law, the author of The Improbable Adventures of a Middle-Aged Woman, also writes romances under three pen names, and she wants a little love for all this effort. You can improve your odds of winning by entering more than once, but the only way you can enter more than once is to give another romance author a little love, and you can do that by following the directions on the Enter the Contest! page. You can sign up for other newsletters or follow a blog—and each action gives you another entry into the contest.

Over there on the right-hand navigation menu, you’ll find all the authors who are participating in this giveaway, plus information about their books. Enjoy!

The Eyewitness by Nancy C Weeks

Fans of TV’s Blue Bloods will love this dynamic new suspense series.
Maryland PD forensic scientist Emersyn D’Azzo has an explosive past with her father’s younger, sexy partner, Detective Alec Pearce. Then an ill-timed kiss destroys the thin line of trust between her and her dad, just before tragedy strikes and someone guns down her father.
The fatal bullet turns out to be tied to the ongoing spree of random sniper kills across the state, but Emersyn knows this wasn’t a random act of violence and is determined to find the killer.
To do so, she’ll need to rely on help from Alec, whom she doesn’t quite trust but just can’t resist. When they discover a connection to a decades-old disappearance of a college student, their investigation takes a deadly twist. Can they learn to trust each other with their hearts to save their lives?

Famous in a Small Town by Kristina Knight

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn’t humiliating enough, on her way into town she’s rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn’t need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can’t be denied. And when disaster strikes, they’ll both be surprised by who’s still standing when the dust settles.

The Professor’s Secret by Peggy Bird

English professor Claudia Manchester secretly writes spicy romances as April Mayes, the Queen of Steam. She wants to keep her side job under wraps till she’s secured tenure, but when she’s pressured by her agent to appear at some out-of-state conferences, she agrees . . . if she can go in disguise. Dressed as her sexier alter ego, she meets historical romance writer and high school history teacher Bradley Davis and passion ignites. But can true love be built on lies? And will he still want her when she reveals her real self?

Sparked by Love by Peggy Bird

Some fussy artist is making Shannon Morgan’s job with the city of Vancouver, Washington, harder than it should be. She’s organizing the huge annual Independence Day celebration, and he’s being impossible. All Leo Wilson wants is an okay for his plans to install glass fireworks at Fort Vancouver on the Fourth of July. With thousands of people there to see his work, it could be his big career break. If the crabby bureaucrat will get him the permits he needs.

When Leo confronts the cause of his trouble in person, he’s surprised to find a beautiful young woman. Shannon is equally surprised at meeting a sweet, sexy man. Dinner, a movie, and a few torrid kisses take it from spark to flame.

But then the father she’s always wanted as part of her life reappears, accompanied by her ex-boyfriend. Shannon has to decide how far she’s willing to go to have her father around. And find out why he’s with her ex. If she makes the right decisions, she and Leo will privately create fireworks that rival the pyrotechnics that light up the sky on July Fourth.

Hansel and Gretel Twisted by Bobbi Romans

In Fairyville nothing is simple. Not when magic runs as amok as the trolls, fairies and dwarves do. Gretel only wanted to find her brother who’d been traded to the Queen of Hearts. Okay, and maybe find the prince who haunts her dreams.

But first she’s got to outsmart a giant, outmaneuver some horny dwarves and survive the sinister plans of a big bad wolf. She isn’t the only one surfing in uncharted territory as both Prince Albert and her brother Hansel run into their own issues. Namely escaping a BDSM loving Queen and some Jinn’s with evil on their minds.

Toss in a wise-cracking green donkey with an attitude and an not so old lady living in a shoe and its wonder anyone can get anywhere, much less find their true loves. Even when it seems everything comes full circle, Cinderella finds her Beast… truly transformed into one!

Will anything get settled in Fairyville or will the wily wicked continue to cause chaos and prevent any happily ever afters?

Colorado Wrangler

MELANIE GENTRY came to Peakview, Colorado to find a father she never knew. Now she’s established a home for herself and her teenage daughter.

HANK DALTON left his past behind and settled into his life as the head wrangler at Peaktop Guest Ranch. He’s a loner and he likes it that way. That is until he runs into Melanie, who makes him want to reconsider that decision. There’s just something about her.

When Melanie adds a foster child and a rescue dog to her family, Hank decides he’s not what Melanie needs. Both must let go of their past mistakes before these two can find a way to blend their lives and create a real family.

 

Come home to Peakview, where everyone has a chance at love.

The Improbable Adventures of a Middle-Aged Woman by Jennifer Lawler

A memoir of letting go.

When her daughter was born with a devastating medical condition, Jennifer Lawler set out to make a good life despite the circumstances. She wanted the story to be “kickass mother of a special kid hangs on to her dream of being a writer no matter what.”

But life takes its toll, despite our best intentions. At the start of this story, our intrepid heroine wakes up in middle age, disillusioned and discouraged; her dream has gotten a little dusty and holding on to it is not as rewarding as she had expected. Grit and determination feel more like grinding routine, especially since her beloved daughter, now eighteen, still needs round-the-clock care. Goals and to-do lists have turned into just another kind of jail.

Recognizing this as the onset of a midlife crisis, Jennifer does what anyone would. She makes a bucket list, then sets out to reawaken her spirit by doing all the things she ever wanted to do: reconnect with her Irish roots, live on a houseboat in the Florida Keys, learn guitar from a session player in Nashville. There are only two snags: life has limits, and her funny, challenging, brilliant daughter is almost always in tow.

Teetering on the edge of a cliff in Ireland, searching fruitlessly for a place to stay during a wild summer storm in the West Highlands, getting lost in Munich, talking to the one person in Eastern Europe who’ll admit to missing communism, and, finally, confronting the fact that her daughter isn’t nearly as interested in guitar-playing and house-boating as she is, Jennifer discovers that happiness has nothing to do with lists.

Unattainable by Leslie P Garcia

Unreachable. Dell Rosales gained her nickname, “inalcansable,” or “unreachable,’” the old-fashioned way, earning it with every new rip in her heart.

Unwanted. Dell returns home to salvage her father’s ranch by opening the place to a group of girls with problems and pain not unlike her own. With her outlook on love soured – perhaps beyond salvation – she clings to Becky, the tiny little girl whose own mother preferred a life of drugs and men to motherhood.

Unwinnable. Former DEA agent Jovani Treviño has seen that the war isn’t winnable: people keep dying. Drugs keep killing them. But pleas for help from the DEA make him agree to one last battle for the good cause – checking out heiress Dell Rosales, whose ranch on the Rio Grande provides a perfect spot for traffickers to cross if she allows them to.

Unattainable. Suspicions, passion, and their respective pasts draw Dell and Jovi into a tumultuous relationship that both must to avoid. Love seems distant, foolish to seek – unattainable. When an epic flood threatens not only Dell’s ranch but the surrounding area, will anything survive?

Always the Moon by Leslie P. Garcia

Share the words and memories of life in Always the Moon, Selected Poems by Leslie P. García, and find the fears, hopes, loves, and roads we all share:

From “The Children Go”
Given time, the children go.
Their first, unsure flight is only
Out the door, in pursuit, perhaps
Of butterflies,
Or just
To see life’s hidden faces
In the sky. (…)

 

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From “Punctuation”
Remorseless caution.
Stopping
At a train track
You know no longer used,
Pursuing the sane and common course…
Doing
As is done.
But I have a sister
Who said, “Shove it all”
And went off—(…)

From “Respite”
The grandeur of the night sky
Knocks me to my knees. (…)

Parents, siblings, lovers, horses, breakfast cereal and laundromats—intricate, mundane, but always—life. From a baby’s first steps to recognizing that days grow short (The roses haven’t yielded yet/ to cold/ from Seasons), cherish the moments and find memories in the pages of Always the Moon.

Amazon reviewer DOC says “Written over the span of many years—a lifetime, in fact—they wove tales of beauty and loss far into my mind and soul, like whispered legends of old mingled with my own memories.”

What will you find in Always the Moon?

Captured by Christmas by Lynn Crandall and Lainee Cole

It’s Christmas, and the season of holly, Christmas trees, and goodwill is drifting on air in merry holiday wishes. Romantic suspense and paranormal author Lynn Crandall and contemporary author Lainee Cole present in their own way two stories of love in Captured by Christmas. However it finds you—under a Christmas tree or drifted in snow in a backwoods cabin—the spirit of the season will wrap you in love.

In Snowbound, Lynn Crandall lets readers check in on favorite Fierce Hearts series were-lynx characters Kennedy Mitchell and Asher Monroe as they uncover the identity of the creature scaring the humans in Octavia, a small rural community in northern Michigan. Plans for an intimate getaway and family-style holiday are crumbling as the snow piles higher and Kennedy and Asher find themselves snowbound with a killer outside their door.

In The Mistletoe Effect, Christmas is second-grade teacher Tess McCall’s least favorite holiday, but she’s doing her best not to let it show. Learning he’s a father to seven-year-old Holly makes Alex Randle anxious about the upcoming holidays. When Tess’s class starts reading to shelter dogs, Holly and the antics of shelter dog Mistletoe lead them all to rediscover the magic of Christmas.