Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Review of The Baby Contract (Four Irish Brothers Winery) by Nan Reinhardt



The Four Irish Brothers Winery series is a fun one! And you can read each book as a standalone. I've read a couple of them and need to go back to make sure I finish all of them. Today, we are talking about the fourth book in the series, The Baby Contract, and I have my review below. There's also an excerpt from the book and a great giveaway at the end. Be sure to follow the tour to maximize on all of the fun!


She wants a baby…he wants a family

Firefighter and paramedic Tierney Ashton has always been a bold adventurer, but at thirty-four she longs to embark on a new adventure—motherhood. But who will be the father? Although financially challenging, a sperm bank appears to be her best option. That is, until she shares her dream with her long-time pal, Brendan Flaherty.

Government analyst and world traveler Brendan Flaherty returns home to River’s Edge to help out at his family’s thriving winery and his brother’s new community theater. He also plans to finally achieve his lifelong goal of writing a novel. But when Tierney shares her wish, Bren offers to be her baby daddy—with one condition. Marriage.

It seems like a perfect contract, but will love get in the way?


Read an excerpt:
This could work.

She wasn’t involved with anyone and neither was he. Fact was, his job kept him so busy with late nights and travel and meetings all over the world, it had been hard to maintain much of a romantic relationship with anyone in DC. Since he’d been home, he’d dated a little, but that spark he’d waited for all his life had yet to materialize.

However, he truly meant what he’d said to Tierney. “Why?” he repeated with a bit more force. “Why is it any crazier than picking a father for your baby off a website?”

Tierney’s eyes narrowed. “You would do that? Go to Nell’s with me, collect a... a sample, and let her inseminate me? Just like that?”

Brendan nearly had to pick his jaw up off the table. That’s what she thinks I'm suggesting? How could she have known him for her whole life and believe for one moment that he’d simply give her his... his... Oh, good Lord. And then what? Walk away? He ran one hand over his face “Of course not!”

She sat up straighter. “Then what, Bren? Because, honestly, right now, that’s all I’m looking for.”

“Well, we... I... I-I can’t do that.” He was floundering, which frustrated him because he rarely floundered. He made presentations regularly to large groups of highly placed government officials all over the world. He could explain the intricacies of diplomacy, answer questions, and meet-and-greet in seven different languages. Now, he was stuttering in front of a woman he’d known since they were both kids. Who knew the most awkward moment of his life would be with Tee? Go figure.

Dammit.



**My thoughts**
I've only read one other book in this series, the one that comes just before this one, and I know I really need to go back and get the first two now. I love these characters! Tierney was the feisty friend that I know I would want in my inner circle. And Brendan was kind of the elusive quiet one that we didn't really know yet. You just know that they are going to be perfect for each other, even though they don't yet realize it and Brendan thinks he is just doing Tierney a favor.

And of course, we get to check in with the other characters from the series and see how they are doing. I love getting the updates. And you really do not need to have read the other books in the series to understand what is happening in this one. But as I always say with a well-done standalone series like this one, you'll want to go back and read the others because the characters are great. I could definitely do with finding a group of people like this. The winery is an added bonus. 

I had moments of laughing out loud and even shed a few tears. This one was easily devoured in an afternoon poolside.

Thank you to Goddess Fish and the author for fulfilling my review request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Nan Reinhardt is a USA Today-bestselling author of romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after 45! Imagine! She is a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. Nan has been a copyeditor and proofreader for over 25 years, and currently works on romantic fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Kensington Books, Tule Publishing, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.

Although she loves her life as an editor, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!), and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! Her latest series, the Four Irish Brothers Winery series is available from Tule Publishing and all book retailers. Books 1 through 3 are currently available; Book 4 releases July 16, 2020 and is available for preorder.

Visit Nan’s website at www.nanreinhardt.com, where you’ll find links to all her books as well as blogs about writing, being a Baby Boomer, and aging gracefully…mostly. Nan also blogs every third Tuesday at Word Wranglers, sharing the spotlight with five other romance authors, is a frequent contributor the RWA Contemporary Romance blog, and she contributes to the Romance University blog where she writes as Editor Nan.

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An Agent for Madeleine (Pinkerton Matchmaker Series) by Jo Grafford



Madeleine Caruthers has been madly in love with her pastor for over a year, but (despite the fact she is convinced the attraction is mutual) he’s made it clear he’s married to the church and his job. So when her friends in Texas send her a frantic summons, she doesn’t think twice about signing on as a Pinkerton agent to assist them in their quest to bring a dangerous cattle rustling gang to justice. As far as she’s concerned, women can marry their jobs, too.

Pastor Josh Michaelson hates the fact that he’s not in the position to court the lovely Madeleine, but he can’t stand the thought of dragging her into the dangers of his life as an undercover Pinkerton agent. When she suddenly departs for Texas, he prays she will find someone out west who will love her and cherish her the way she deserves. He doesn’t expect to get called to work a case in Texas, himself, nor does he (not even in his wildest dreams) expect to be asked to join hands in temporary matrimony upon his arrival — with none other than the woman of his dreams!


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Jo is an Amazon bestselling author of sweet and inspirational romance stories with humor, heart, and happily-ever-afters.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Review of Fluffy (The Do-Over Series) by Julia Kent



An all-new STANDALONE from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent

It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.

I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.

Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.

See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.

Until it was too late.

The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day. The perfect job!

Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.

They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.

The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.

Oh, man…

And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.

By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with an undressed star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.

My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?

Having all my dreams come true.


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**My thoughts**
Oh dear God. This poor, poor girl. She has no idea what she's getting herself into when she answers a Craigslist ad. I had forgotten the description of the book by the time I picked it up to read, and figured it out immediately. I was literally screaming out loud, "Don't do it!" I got some funny looks from passsersby, but that's okay. I am used to that.

I laughed out loud several more times as I read through this book and all of the trouble that naive Mallory gets herself into. I felt for her as she faced off against her high school crush Will. Can we say sexual harassment? Only when it is the object of your affection, you definitely do not care and it falls under flirting instead. I got a kick out of their banter and enjoyed watching their relationship play out.

And oh, the 10-year reunion. Mine was so much longer ago, but I remember the anxiety and anticipation about going, how the more things changed, the more they stayed the same. And yet some good things also ended up happening. I definitely flashed back during that part of the book.

This book lived up to its title of Fluffy by being kind of light fluff romance that was corny and cheesy and I loved and devoured every second of it. I can't wait to read more in the series! You get a sneak peek of the next book at the end of this one. 

Crafting a Fictional World by A. Gavazzoni, author of Sketches of Life



What inspires you to write? Each author has a different answer to that question, along with a different method for crating their fictional worlds. Today, author A. Gavazzoni takes us behind the scenes of her writing life. You can also read an excerpt from her book Sketches of Life. Ask her questions as you follow the tour. Best of luck entering the giveaway!


In the middle of WWII, France has surrendered to Germany, and young Lily, half French and half American, has her life turned upside down. A careless girl full of dreams, Lily must leave France and go to her father’s homeland, taking her mother with her. Lily’s mother becomes completely dependent upon her teenage daughter, and Lily is forced to grow up quickly. Trying her best to support them both, balancing work and dreams of continuing her studies, Lily meets her first love and discovers passion and betrayal on her way. Ninon is a survivor. Alone in the world, she works as an exotic dancer in a French cabaret called Le Passioné, where she moves her hips to put food on her plate until a new and dangerous opportunity is presented to her. Although Ninon has lost faith in love and God, life will show her surprises can be found around every corner. France, the United States, Spain, Austria, and Argentina present the backdrops for an epic tale of people trying to adapt to a world in turmoil—one that’s filled with secrets and surprises.

Read an excerpt:
Having nobody else in the world and nothing to lose is terrifying, but it’s also liberating. No matter what I had to do, I would have the courage. I couldn´t disappoint anybody, nobody would cry over my actions, and I had nobody to please.

Things are as big as your proximity to them, and if you keep your distance, nothing can scare you or threaten you. Everything is just a matter of perspective, and the secret to surviving was to keep my heart safe and never expect anything from anyone. In the end, all feelings, good or bad, are only as powerful as you allow them to be.

I learned to live day by day, planning but not living for my plans, trying to solve just the problems I had in front of me and not worrying about things that hadn´t introduced themselves yet. As life had shown me, and Malena once told me, we had no control over the future, and it was as unpredictable as the ocean—it could drown a person if they thought they could tame it.


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Crafting your fictional world

Usually, when I start a book, I have an initial story in my mind, set in some specific area of the world. When I write, however, I live the story inside my mind. My characters talk, they “tell me” what they are going to do, where they are going to go, and sometimes, the whole story changes. Occasionally, I need to make changes to the story due to the fact I’m always worried about writing fiction based on believable characters, places, and events.

I’m a voracious reader, and I hate when I read a book and the facts and places are completely phony. I feel betrayed by the author, so I wanted to write fiction but in a way the reader could read my novel and believe the events really happened, that a disease has scientific basis, that a procedure is really done the way I’ve described, etc., so I compose every scene by making sure it’s as close to reality as possible. I visit places, I take pictures to reference while writing, I study scientific texts, and most of all, I research as if I’m defending a client and I need to prove my point of view for jurors and judges.

For me, writing is a combination of inspiration and hard work. Inspiration is the fuel for the story, but research is what makes the story believable, and I need my readers to trust my words in order to be transported to other times and to feel what I’m writing. Factual accuracy allows a reader to dive into my stories with the certainty they are going to learn about fictional lives through relatable characters…people they could meet on a street corner.



A. Gavazzoni is a Brazilian writer, a former professor of law and has been a practicing lawyer for 28 years. Her first series of self-published novels, Hidden Motives: Behind the Door, Lara´s Journal and The Brilliant Game, won several writing contests, gathered five gold medals, one bronze medal, five honorable mentions and was finalist of many great contests (B.R.A.G medallion (Gold Medal); Book Excellence Awards (Two Gold medals); e-lite awards (Gold medal), Golden Book Award (Gold Medal); IPPY AWARDS (Bronze Medal), Readers Favorite (three honorable mentions); Paris Book Festival (Three honorable mentions); Eric Hoffer Book Award (Finalist); American Fiction Awards (Finalist); Indie Excellence Awards (Finalist); Independent Author Network (Finalist); Indie Excellence (Finalist); The IAN book of the year awards (Finalist); The Kindle-book award (semi-finalist).


Adriana speaks Portuguese (her native language), English, French and Spanish and she loves to travel. Adriana loves to cook for her friends, to dance the tango, to work out, she is a voracious reader and a proud dog's mom of two girls, Juno and Charlotte.


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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Therapy Fix by Helen Baskerville-Dukes



Juanita Winfield, President and CEO of Winfield Consultant Firm, has reached a crossroads. She’s built a highly successful technology company and to all outward appearances is a polished and professional career woman. However, appearances can be deceiving. Inside, Juanita is wrestling with demons from her abusive childhood that she just can’t seem to overcome as evidenced by her penchant for dating abusive men. Unable to escape the anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks of her past, Juanita makes the brave decision to seek professional help.Enter Dr. Kingston Brice, a very attractive and charismatic psychologist who comes highly recommended. As Dr. Brice delves deeper and deeper into Juanita’s past it becomes clear that she’s a very troubled woman with a lot of issues to overcome. But he’s up to the task. After all, this is what he does best; counsel people and solve their problems. Dr. Brice has built quite an impeccable reputation and is highly respected in his field. That’s why it’s so troubling to him when he finds himself attracted to Juanita. In his entire career he’s never violated the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct by becoming involved with a patient and he doesn’t intend to do so now... But the feelings just won’t go away. To complicate matters further, it appears Juanita has developed feelings for Dr. Brice making it difficult for them to maintain a professional relationship. As the pair set out to help Juanita overcome her troubled and tumultuous past, a series of events is set into motion that escalates into a very dangerous and explosive situation!


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Helen Baskerville-Dukes a native of Providence where she lives with her husband Tyrone and her daughter, Imani. Helen is the Owner and Artistic Director of IBG Productions, a Christian Performing Arts & Film Production company in the City of Providence. Helen is an experienced playwright producing over 15 plays, a creator of a scripted web series, a talk show and an emerging filmmaker. In 2019, her film ‘Ladies Night’ was premiered at the Rhode Island Black Film Festival. She has also created, trademarked and copyrighted a new sport called Wallopball, which was featured on WJAR Channel 10 on October 25, 2019 and showcased to the public on October 26, 2019. When Helen is not focused on her craft, she is engaged in her community. She is an active advocate for education and equality serving on the board of the Mount Hope Neighborhood Association. Through her production company, Helen offers high school students internship opportunities to learn more about the art of filmmaking. In 2019, she served as the lead organizer of the Juneteenth Rhode Island celebration at Roger Williams Park. In addition to all of her many accomplishments and endeavors, Helen also serves on the Board of the New England chapter of the National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), a national media trade organization that advocates, empowers and promotes diversity and inclusion in media.

Going All In (Border Brides series) by Jo Grafford



A lonely Texas Ranger, a gun-toting spinster, and a marriage of convenience — what could possibly go wrong?

Bolt Sanderson answers the call for more lawmen at the Western Joint Task Force in Ft. Bliss, Texas, to help fight the rise in border crimes. A lonely bachelor with no time for courting, he especially likes the fact there’s a mail-order bride agency down the street from his new post. Looks like finding the perfect woman to start the perfect family with will be as easy as picking out a gift from his favorite catalogue.

Scarlett Martinez can shoot, hunt, and track as well as any man, but she’s a complete failure as a debutante. She’s convinced she’s doomed for spinsterhood, until she runs across an advert for a mail-order bride willing to relocate to a crime-ridden border town. It sounds as if she’s finally found a man willing to overlook her lack of domestic skills. Until Bolt swaggers up to her on their wedding day, requesting an apple pie to celebrate the happy occasion… Why, she can barely boil water!


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Jo is an Amazon bestselling author of sweet and inspirational romance stories with humor, heart, and happily-ever-afters.

Readers can connect with her in Cuppa Jo Readers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CuppaJoReaders and Bookbub at https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jo-grafford. To join her New Release Email List, visit JoGrafford.com.







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Friday, July 24, 2020

Full Tilt Boogie by Leslie Scott



Racing and romance. It's enough to get your heart pumping. Check out an excerpt from this exciting new adult romance, Full Tilt Boogie and then let author Leslie Scott know what you think in the comments. Follow the rest of the tour for even more fun. Best of luck entering the giveaway!


Breanna Casey has only ever wanted two things in life: to race and to get the hell out of Arkadia, Texas. Stifled beneath her family's turbo-charged reputation, she's got her thumb firmly on the self-destruct button. A night of hyper-driven racing and rebellion leads to a one night stand with the one guy who knows how to press all her buttons: Noah McKay.

Torn apart by the toll of his high-intensity enlistment in the Marines and guilt-ridden by what he's seen, Noah McKay left the military to find peace. A chance encounter sends him working for the parents of a raven-haired Amazon goddess with a tongue that cuts sharper than any knife. Quiet is the last thing he'll get.

Finally, she gets her chance. Calloway Racing wants her to drive for them. But that's not all they want. A good friend of her father's, Calloway insists she take Noah along for the ride. Suddenly, her dreams are feeling more like a nightmare. Will they be able to help each other, maybe even find love, when living life full tilt boogie?


Read an excerpt:
The tent was suddenly far too small and suffocating. Abruptly the song changed again. Silently I thanked the DJ for offering me a reprieve. To keep from smothering in Vic’s good intentions, I pulled away and sought refuge with what was left of my cake.

Let’s face it, going back to the table was an epic mistake.

With Vic and Cara on the dance floor and Isaac MIA, that left a surly Noah McKay as the only occupant. And I’d walked straight to him, ready for a fight.

“What’s your deal?” I shot as I tucked my purple skirt beneath my ass and sat down—hard.

He opened his mouth and his tongue slipped out and across his bottom lip, then he took seduction a step further and pulled the shiny, succulent flesh between his teeth.

“Sweet baby Jesus.” I pushed the cake away and let my forehead drop to the table. I couldn’t live like this. I was vastly inexperienced in such things—no matter how much swagger I put on.

He laughed. “My deal? I don’t know whether to throttle you or kiss you.”


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Award nominated author of Two Hearts, One Stone and the Arkadia Fast Series, Leslie Scott has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. The happier the ending, the better. Currently, she lives and writes amidst her own happily ever after with her soul mate, son, and domestic zoo.


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The Oil Tycoon Rescue (Disaster City Search & Rescue) by Ginny Sterling



Claudia Jenkins wasn’t about to let anyone tell her what to do! When fire threatens the safety of her team, she knows the right thing is to evacuate the oil platform until a gorgeous rescuer tries to bully her. This is her rig, her money, and her dominion – so who does Tobin Randall think he is by telling her to abandon it?

Tobin has never met anyone so stubborn in his life! The enchanting blonde with a smear of oil on her cheek is adorable in her hardhat; but when she opens that beautiful mouth, it's like arguing with any of the ‘boys’. She's tough, smart, and irritating – until he sweeps her up into his arms.

When temperatures flare, can Claudia get past her initial reactions to Tobin? He has no intention of leaving her emotionally and financially compromised once he sets his sights on the Roughneck woman who sets fire to his heart.


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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Review of Heart and Soul by Karen Michelle Nutt



Welcome to the book tour for Heart and Soul, a paranormal rock star romance by award-winning author Karen Michelle Nutt! Today you'll get to know her and the book a little bit better, plus get a sneak peek inside and learn what I thought of the story. Ask her more questions in the comments section. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for even more! And best of luck with the giveaway!

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Will we see these characters again?
One or two may have a cameo in one of my stories.
Tell us about your other published works.
Heart and Soul is the third book in the Rock Star Romance books. The books do not need to be read in order. However, the reader might smile when a character makes a cameo appearance.

Order of the books published:

Two Worlds Collided

End of the Road

Heart and Soul
On what are you currently working?
I'm working on another rock star romance with the title Twirl and Dip, but this may not be the final title.
When not writing, what can we find you doing?
Our current situation has changed things. I used to take in a concert at least once a week, if not more. Now, I like to take long walks with my husband in our neighborhood or with a few close friends at the park. Of course, we wear masks. My husband and I have binged watch Ozark and are watching Yellowstone now.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
So many to choose from. I think I'd like the ability to slow down time so I could complete everything I need to do in a day.
If you could meet one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
I'd like to meet Michael Hutchence, who was the frontman for INXS. I'd love to chat with him about music and his inspiration for his lyrics. I'd like to show him how much he is missed and how his music has inspired so many people. Finally, I'd like to just hang out with him and get to know the real Michael and not what the tabloids have painted him to be.
Let's say I'm coming for a visit to your area. What are some must-see places?
The Queen Mary is one of my favorite places to visit. It's permanently docked in Long Beach, California, and is a museum and hotel with restaurants where you can kick back and enjoy a meal. They offer historical tours, and paranormal attractions, tour, too. If you just want to soak up the sun, Huntington Beach is a great place to kick off those shoes and dip your toes in the ocean. Then, of course, there are amusement parks like Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm. 
What is something on your bucket list you have accomplished?
I want to travel to Scotland and explore! Maybe coax the Loch Ness Monster into taking a photo with me. ϑ
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you? 
Every time I travel with my husband or friends, we try to take a ghost tour of the place we are visiting.
Is there anything else you would like to add? 
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and showcasing Heart and Soul. I appreciate your time to prepare the interview and the post. To the readers: Thank you so much for loving books. Without you, an author's story is just ink on paper and nothing more.



80s rock star, Haley Rose, and her boyfriend went missing without a trace on October 31, 1988, and were eventually presumed dead. Three decades later, thirty-year-old, Rowan Beckett, recalls things only Haley Rose would know, and she can belt out songs in the same unique fashion. However, Rowan couldn't be the missing rock star since Haley would now be in her fifties. Could Haley Rose have come back reincarnated as Rowan Beckett? Or is Rowan as delusional as her family suspects?

Read an excerpt:
He studied her with a frown, trying to decipher her expression. He stepped closer, and the whiff of her perfume tickled his senses with something sweet and intoxicating, making him wonder for the umpteenth time why this woman intrigued him in such a profound way. He had wanted to kiss her the first time he laid eyes on her, believing he knew her from his past and perhaps had hooked up a time or two. He wanted to kiss her again when he heard her sing the other night as if the sound of her voice and melody meant something to him. And now? Hell, now he wanted to kiss her because she smelled divine. Who cared about ghosts when something supernatural was already building between himself and Rowan, or perhaps that was wishful thinking on his part? He gave her a sidelong glance, hoping to see a similar reaction on her part.

"Maverick?" she murmured his name, and her eyes fluttered closed. Names were powerful and hearing his on her lips, a bit breathy and whiskey-worn, put him at her mercy. His aunt had used the whiskey-worn phrase in one of her romance novels, and not until this moment had he realized what she meant.

He had it bad for this woman and didn't care. He leaned toward her, giving her a chance to object, but she didn't move, and she didn't stop him as he brushed his lips against hers in a tender caress. He slid his hand down her back to pull her closer, but Rowan grabbed his arm and turned away.

"What is that?" she hissed, then pointed.


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**My thoughts**
The premise of this novel completely intrigued me. I love rock star romance. Paranormal/ghost stories can be fun. And this potential reincarnation is fascinating.

I think I enjoyed the story of Rowan seeking answers to her "memories" of Haley Rose the best in this book. She gets snippets of memories or messages and is trying to figure out what actually happened to Haley Rose. So she's having some paranormal encounters and trying to solve a mystery all at the same time. And for the first time, someone doesn't think she is completely crazy. Unraveling the tangled truth was fascinating.

You can see the connection between Rowan and Maverick and suspect that they are connected as soulmates over time. I didn't quite *feel* the connection as much when I was reading, but it was clearly there. 

This was definitely an interesting concept for a story and I enjoyed reading it. Thank you to the author and Goddess Fish for fulfilling my request for a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband. Though her three children are grown and starting their own adventures, she still has a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she's not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates book covers at Gillian's Book Covers, "Judge Your Book By Its Cover".

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, time travel or contemporary romances, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent by Jennifer Anne Gordon



Welcome to the book tour for the gothic horror novel Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent by Jennifer Anne Gordon. Enjoy an excerpt and then follow the tour for more. Let the author know what you think along the way. Best of luck in the giveaway!


Adam, a young alcoholic, slowly descends into madness while dealing with the psychological scars of childhood trauma which are reawakened when his son and wife die in a car accident that he feels he is responsible for. After a failed suicide attempt, and more group meetings that he can mention. Adam hears a rumor of a Haunted Island off the Coast of Maine, where “if someone wants it bad enough” they could be reunited with a lost loved one. In his desperate attempt to connect with the ghost of his four-and-a half year old son, he decides to go there, to Dagger Island, desperate to apologize to, or be condemned by, his young son. Adam is not sure what he deserves or even which of these he wants more. While staying in a crumbling old boarding house, he becomes involved with a beautiful and manipulative ghost who has spent 60 years tormenting the now elderly man who was her lover, and ultimately her murderer. The three of them create a “Menage-a-Guilt" as they all come to terms with what it is that ties them so emotionally to their memories and their very “existence”.Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent is a poetic fever dream of grief, love, and the terrifying ways that obsession can change who we are.

Read an excerpt:
She walks slowly to his bed, leaving a trail of wet footprints in her stead. She is a ghost ship, silently making its way across the sea of his room. She looks at his sleeping form, he is curled in on himself. When he was younger and stronger, he would sleep like a warrior. He was so proud. He would dominate everything, his bed, his dreams, even sleep itself would bow down under his perceived strength.

He is so much older now. These days he sleeps like a child, or a cat, both starving but petrified of the mouse.

She hears the rattling of death, climbing out from the deepest parts of his lungs each time he exhales. It was the little things like these moments, she supposed, that she grew to love. They were her favorite part of all of this. Her favorite part of this very long endless day.

This existence, it is not a life, but it is not death. She is in the in-between. She is in the empty.

She climbs into his bed and into his world. She lies next to him; her body is damp and seemingly heavy. Her wet hair and wet face, and waterlogged body creep into his dreams. She is a memory revitalized, a nightmarish creature, a visitor come back to stay.

She stares at him, intently, she is focused. You would think, after 60 years she would grow tired of his face, of this, her nightly ritual, but she hasn't, and she expects she never will. She stares until she feels something building in her throat, it's her anger, it's her fear, it's her rage. It feels like fire, it burns inside her, aching to get out.

He opens his eyes, with the confusion of age, alcohol and too many dreams. Before thinking better of it, his arm reaches across the bed. It reaches for her memory. He finds the other side of the bed empty, but damp. She doesn't let him touch her, not for many years. In the morning, his sheets will smell like the ocean, at least her side of the bed will. It will have the aching scent of brine, salt, and wet. It is so different from the way his side smells, which is of tears, whiskey, and the sour sweat of fear.

He gets up, ignores the wet foot prints she leaves on the floor, the ones that lead to his bed, the ones that circle him while he sleeps. He plods to the bathroom, washes his face, rinses the staleness out of his mouth, he thinks for a moment he sees her out of the corner of his eye. She will always look the same, with her soaked hair, white dress, her head down, no, she doesn't let him look at her face, not directly. His breath catches in his throat; he makes a sound, somewhere between a cough and a scream.

He should be used to this by now, used to her. The simple fact she can still surprise him like this is what keeps all of this from becoming commonplace. He thinks he picks up on the sound of her laugh, the way it would ring like silver in his ears, but he is mistaken.

She loves him.

No, that’s not quite right.

She loved him.

She tries to remember the time before she felt those things. this task of hers is more difficult than one would expect, the simplicity of trying to remember when she existed before they met, before she wandered into his life. This a burden she has not yet managed to bear.

Was there a time before they collided and destroyed each other's worlds?

She hates him.

She never hated him while she was alive, she should have, she knows that he deserved it. He deserved her hate.

She does hate him now. She knows is both a beginning and an ending.

Hate can be powerful, but not as powerful as fear.

She fears him now.

She feared him then.

There are ghosts and memories in this house that even she fears. This man, he only fears her. It is what keeps her here.

She opens her mouth, and she invites the rage that burns in her throat to finally have a voice and it feels like fire, waiting to be born. She feels it rushing out of her. It is a scream that has taken 60 years to finally be birthed.

She opens her mouth, and all that's there is saltwater.

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Jennifer Anne Gordon is a gothic horror novelist. Her debut novel, Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent broke presale records with her publisher (Breaking Rules Publishing) and has received critical acclaim. Her second novel, From Daylight to Madness, is set to be released in late summer 2020 and is the second in her "Dagger Island" series.

She had a collection of her mixed media artwork published during spring of 2020, entitled Victoriana: mixed media art of Jennifer Gordon

Jennifer is one of the hosts of Writer Someday, to Author Today, as well as Prose Garden, she is also a book reviewer and contributor to HorrorTree.com, as well as the Creator and Host of Vox Vomitus, a video and podcast on the Global Authors on the Air Network.

Jennifer is a pale curly haired ginger, obsessed with horror, ghosts, abandoned buildings, and her dog "Lord Tubby".

She graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where she studied Acting. She also studied at the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in Art History and English.

She has made her living as an actress, a magician's assistant, a "gallerina", a painter, and burlesque performer. For the past 10 years as an award-winning professional ballroom dancer, performer, instructor, and choreographer.

When not scribbling away (ok, typing frantically) she enjoys traveling with her fiancé and dance partner Roman Sirotin, teaching her dog ridiculous tricks (like 'give me a kiss' and 'what hand is the treat in?') as well as taking photos of abandoned buildings and haunted locations.

She is a leo, so at the end of the day she really just thinks about her hair.

Her novel as well as her art collection are available on Amazon.

For more information and benevolent stalking, please visit her website at www.JenniferAnneGordon.com

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Crafting the fictional world of Bennytown by Matt Carter



Crafting a fictional world is a lot of hard work but pays off in the end. And when you're dealing with a horror story, there's a lot that is at play! Today, author Matt Carter takes us behind the scenes of how he put together Bennytown, in his book of the same name. You can also read an excerpt and then follow the tour for more. Be sure to let Matt know what you think! And then be sure to enter the giveaway at the end. 

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Hands down, one of my favorite parts of writing is world-building, as a good fictional world is almost a character unto itself when it is done well. Part of this comes with a fascination I had growing up of layered, fantastical worlds in the media I absorbed as a kid, while the rest comes from my study of history in college. One of the things that always fascinated me about history is that very little in it is completely random; almost every event, every concept, every invention or plan is the culmination of events leading up to it, like dominoes tipping into each other one at a time, where it helps to know every step that happened to know how something came to be. This has informed my writing and my low-level obsession with fictional world-building greatly, and proven quite fun to create worlds I would (or wouldn’t) want to live in.

Crafting the world of Bennytown definitely falls into the realm of crafting a world I would very, very much not like to visit, but one that fascinates all the same.

In the story, Bennytown is a major American theme park with a dark history full of madness, monsters, ghosts and all sorts of things that go bump in the night. When I began sketching out the earliest ideas I had for this story, that was pretty much all I had in mind: that I wanted to set it in a major theme park, and that I had a checklist of creepy things and images that I wanted to find a way of fitting into the story.

Crafting the theme park part was easy enough, considering I live in the Los Angeles area and have a lot of the biggest parks in America a short drive away, with plenty of memories both positive and negative from visiting them. Combined with the two years I spent serving ice cream at Universal Studios back in high school, and I had a good basis to start off of. From there, I spent time researching bad things that had happened at various famous parks over the years, using them for inspiration for some of the darkness within the park.

From there, it was a matter of designing and mapping out the park, figuring out what would go where and how it would best fit the outline of a story I was building, and once I had that in place, it was all a matter of figuring out how the various dark forces within Bennytown would make sense. I couldn’t just have ghosts or monsters or other eldritch entities exist within the story simply because I wanted it to be weird and scary, they all had to make sense and have a particular logic of their own.

And that was around the point where I had to start not just building Bennytown now, but Bennytown throughout its entire history. I had to know when it opened, who the personalities behind its construction were, why it was what it was. I had to fill out a timeline stretching across six decades of time knowing exactly what happened at the park in various times that would explain the various macabre denizens of the park. Not all of that history would come up over the course of the book, but in case that information was needed, I would have it ready to be used in the stories.

It is an at times difficult process, crafting fictional worlds that truly feel both alive and lived-in, but one I’ve always found rewarding. A fictional world that looks brand new and shiny is one that will stick out as distinctly artificial, but craft one that’s got a feeling of history and character to it, and the readers will be brought more into whatever fantasy you wish, be it fun and lighthearted or dark and sinister.

When readers visit Bennytown, I want it to feel like a place they can swear they’ve visited, one that is capable of giving them the familiar vibe of a comfortable, family friendly environment before plunging them into the depths of terror. Do I succeed? Well, there’s only one way to find out…



For nearly sixty years, Bennytown has been America’s most exciting family theme park destination. Under the watchful eye of cultural icon Benny the Bunny, the park has entertained generations of children with its friendly atmosphere and technologically innovative rides, acting as a beacon of joy and wonder, where magic is real and dreams come true.

Bennytown once saved sixteen-year-old Noel Hallstrom’s life, and to repay it, Noel has applied for a summer job. Though the work is messy and the hours are bad, Noel is happy to be a part of the Bennytown family, until he sees the darkness beneath the surface. Strange, mechanized mascots walk the park perimeter. Elegantly dressed cultists in wooden Benny masks lurk in the darkness. Spirits of the many who’ve died in the park roam freely, and every night the park transforms into a dark dimension where madness reigns and monsters prowl.

Noel is about to find out more about Bennytown than he ever wanted to know, and that its darkness might have designs on him.


Read an excerpt:
The third escalator is the longest, looking like a black cut has opened in the earth before me. Carefully and quickly, I bound down the steps.

Halfway down, Benny starts laughing over the speakers with a mechanical, staticky roar. His voice mingles with what sounds like a man whistling. The steps shake beneath me as the escalator jolts downward, twisting me off balance. The dolly flies from my hands, tumbling end over end down the moving steps. My arms reach out wildly for purchase, and I grab one of the rubber handrails, slowing my fall, but not stopping it.

I land on my back, upside down with the wind knocked out of me. I try to ignore the stabbing pain from the steps while Benny interviews Flora Fox about her upcoming movie over the loudspeakers.

The voices are shrill and the pain rings in my ears so loudly that I don’t realize there’s a humming sound coming from the bottom of the escalator.

The dolly lies at the edge of the disappearing final steps, tumbled and with a gouge in one of its wheels and a yellow sticker I’ve never noticed on the bottom of its scoop. In front of the dolly, I’m staring straight at the escalator’s base with welcoming spikes ready to swallow my hat, my scalp, and my face. I can picture the flesh being peeled from my bones. I try to claw my way out of my sprawl, but my hands are slick from sweat and rain. My fingers can’t find anything to grip on the polished escalator sides. The motor is getting louder while the grinding vibrates the steps beneath me.

Wordlessly, I cry out, attempting to twist and fight my way free.


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Matt Carter has used his lifelong love for writing, history and the bizarre to bring to life novels like Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel, Pinnacle City: A Superhero Noir, and the Prospero Chronicles young adult horror series (all co-authored with Fiona J.R. Titchenell). Bennytown,is his first solo horror novel.

He is represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel and lives in the usually sunny town of San Gabriel, CA with his wife, their pet king snake Mica, and the myriad of strange fictional characters and worlds that live in his head.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Top 10 Writing Tips from Lindsay M. Chervinsky, author of The Cabinet



Writing isn't always easy to do. But a lot of successful writers have figured out some tips and tricks to help them to stay productive. Today, author Lindsay M. Chervinsky shares her Top 10 Writing Tips with us, plus an excerpt from her new book The Cabinet. Be sure to follow the tour for even more and leave your questions and comments along the way. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

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Top Ten Writing Tips
  1. Never sit down to a blank page. When I need to start a new project, I pick up a pen (.38 blue G2 brand only!) and a white legal pad (never yellow!) and start outlining. That way, when I sit down to the computer, I can transfer over my outline and I never have to stare at a blank page.
  2. Speaking of outlining….outline! Even if it’s just super simple, it’s so helpful to have a roadmap. I also find the process of jotting down notes sparks new ideas, helps me brainstorm where things should go, how to transition my argument, etc. I outline entire books, chapters, and even sections.
  3. Leave yourself something easy to start with the next day. Writing works best when you can start with a quick win and get some momentum. Most days, I’ll end by outlining the next section, putting a few thoughts together for the next paragraph, or finding a quote that will kick off my next point and leave it for myself to flesh out the next day.
  4. Find music for various moods. Most of the time I have a playlist with music from the 60s-80s and that works for me. I can write and read with those lyrics. If I’m having trouble focusing, I’ll put on a Yo-Yo Ma playlist. If I need to seriously get pumped up, I’ll put on salsa music. Because I can’t really speak Spanish, the lyrics aren’t distracting and the fast pace gets my fingers flying.
  5. Tidy up your desk at the end of the day. I simply cannot write without an organized space (doesn’t have to be clean or bare, but just organized). I will use that organizing as an excuse not to write, so I try and take away that procrastination method.
  6. Work in a space with a door that closes. My pup (John Quincy Dog Adams, pictured here) likes to hang out with me when I work. Most of the time he’s a good writing companion, but when he wants attention, he will nudge my arm with his nose. Nothing is more distracting!
  7. If a section is proving to be particularly troublesome, try changing the font or writing it in an email to a friend. Sometimes when we take away the pressure to get the language just right, it actually flows better.
  8. If a sentence is stumping you, I’ll give myself a running start. I will literally type “something like…” and then start writing out where I want to go. Usually by the end of that first sentence I’m actually writing and can just delete the beginning part.
  9. Build in rewards. For small sections, I’ll reward myself with a snack, a walk, a quick episode of a TV show, a chat with a friend, etc. For larger chunks (like chapters), I’ll get a pedicure, see a movie, read a fun book, go out for a drink with my husband (pre-pandemic of course). When I turned in manuscript drafts, copy-edits, and final page proofs, we celebrated. I bought myself a pair of boots I had wanted forever, a nice dinner, or a mini-vacation or stay-cation.
  10. Read as much as you can of all genres! It’s so inspiring to read amazing writing and bad writing helps you identify your own limitations as well. It will also use a different part of your brain and free up your subconscious to work through lingering issues.


The US Constitution never established a presidential cabinet―the delegates to the Constitutional Convention explicitly rejected the idea. So how did George Washington create one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government?

On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries―Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph―for the first cabinet meeting. Why did he wait two and a half years into his presidency to call his cabinet? Because the US Constitution did not create or provide for such a body. Washington was on his own.

Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections, and constitutional challenges―and finding congressional help lacking―Washington decided he needed a group of advisors he could turn to. He modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. In the early days, the cabinet served at the president’s pleasure. Washington tinkered with its structure throughout his administration, at times calling regular meetings, at other times preferring written advice and individual discussions.

Lindsay M. Chervinsky reveals the far-reaching consequences of Washington’s choice. The tensions in the cabinet between Hamilton and Jefferson heightened partisanship and contributed to the development of the first party system. And as Washington faced an increasingly recalcitrant Congress, he came to treat the cabinet as a private advisory body to summon as needed, greatly expanding the role of the president and the executive branch.

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At eleven thirty in the morning on August 22, 1789, a large cream-colored coach pulled up to the front door of Federal Hall at 26 Wall Street in New York City. Six matching, perfectly groomed horses pulled the elegant carriage with sparkling gold trim. The coachman, outfitted in crisp white- and red-trimmed livery, jumped down from the back of the carriage and opened the door. An elegantly dressed man with powdered hair stepped down with a portfolio of papers under his arm. He towered over his companion, Henry Knox, the acting secretary of war, and his slaves tending to his horses. His ornate coach and his imposing presence drew curious stares from strangers passing by on the street. He walked up to the front door of Federal Hall and was immediately announced to the Senate. George Washington, the first president of the United States, had arrived for his first visit to the United States Senate.

This was no ordinary meeting. Two years earlier, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia had agreed that the Senate would “advise and consent” on treaties and other questions of foreign policy. But in practice, how the president and the Senate would interact remained for the first officeholders to work out….

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Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Ph.D. a historian of Early America, the presidency, and the government – especially the president’s cabinet. She shares her research by writing everything from op-eds to books, speaking on podcasts and other media, and teaching every kind of audience. She is Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Previously, she worked as a historian at the White House Historical Association. She received her B.A. in history and political science from the George Washington University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She has been featured in the Law and History Review, the Journal of the Early Republic, TIME, and the Washington Post. Her new book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, was published by the Belknap Imprint of Harvard University Press on April 7, 2020.

The New Criterion
recently said of her book, “Fantastic…Unlike many works of popular history, The Cabinet never feels like hagiography. It lacks the reverence of works like Joseph J. Ellis’ Founder Brothers or the revisionist obsequiousness that now greets Alexander Hamilton’s name on stage…Chervinsky exemplifies the public-history ethos in her new book. The writing is clear and concise…She takes what could have been a dry institutional and political history of the Early Republic and transforms it into a compelling story of people and places.”

When she isn’t writing, researching, or talking about history, she can be found hiking with her husband and American Foxhound, John Quincy Dog Adams (Quincy for short).

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Becca's Lost Love (Border Brides Book 6) by Jenna Brandt



Becca wants to believe her lost love didn't jilt her, Garrett needs to convince her that his disappearance wasn't his fault, but there's still one obstacle to their second chance: another man bent on keeping them apart.

Becca Bennett was set to marry the man she loved up until her fiancé vanished without warning. The loss was devastating and it took everything she had to keep going, so when he suddenly returns with a story that's hard to swallow, she isn't sure if she can open her heart to him again.

Garrett Casner knew the moment he met Becca, she was the one woman he was going to love forever. He never expected to get injured during a routine copper deposit and wake up with no memory of his previous life. When he finally does remember, he knows he must do everything to remind Becca why they belong together. The only problem is, his arch enemy wants to keep them apart so he can take Becca for himself.

Will Garrett prove to Becca he's hers for keeps? Will Becca finally walk down the aisle? And what will happen when the truth comes out about why Garrett really disappeared?

Read an excerpt:
“Becca, wait, don’t go,” Garrett pleaded, rushing after her. Once he caught up to her, he reached out to stop her from heading up the steps of the church. He pulled her around to face him, resisting the urge to gather her into his arms and kiss every inch of her face. Instead, he blurted out, “You’re right; I’m sorry. I have no right to judge anything you’ve done while I’ve been away.”

“You keep saying you’ve been away, like you were just making a routine delivery to Yuma. That’s not what happened.” Becca yanked free and glared at him. “I was worried sick about you until I found out what you did. You’ve been gone for weeks, too afraid to come back here because you knew the sheriff would arrest you. You missed our wedding, and what’s more, you stole from my family’s mine.”

Garrett shook his head back and forth vehemently, hating that she thought he would ever do such a thing. “That isn’t what happened, Becca. I was attacked in Yuma and the deposit was taken. Someone stopped them from killing me and took me to the hospital. When I woke up there, I didn’t know who I was. I had no memories. All I had was my locket with your picture, but even your photo didn’t help me remember anything about my past. I looked at your picture every day, trying to will myself to remember who you were. I knew in my heart you were important to me. At the core of me, I knew I loved you, but I couldn’t remember anything more than that.”

“That’s a really good story, Garrett, except if it were true, how did you end up back here? How come you remember me now and were able to find me?” she asked in an accusing tone as she crossed her arms over her chest.

Garrett was doing his best to stay calm and not react to the way she was responding to the truth. He loved Becca and he needed her to understand what happened to him and why. “I slipped and fell, bumping my head a second time. When I woke up after that, my memories came back. I knew what I had left behind, and who and what I needed to get back to. The problem was, I was too weak to do it, so I sent a telegram to you, telling you what happened. The nurse told me you sent a message back telling me to leave you alone. I thought about honoring your request, but I love you too much to not at least come here in person and see if you would change your mind.”

“What telegram? I never received a telegram,” Becca stated with confusion, her tone softening as her arms dropped to her side.

“I had the nurse wire one the very day my memories came back. I can’t believe you didn’t receive it,” Garrett stated with perplexity as he rushed his hand through his blond hair. What could have happened to his telegram? Did the location get mixed up? It would make more sense than Becca suddenly not wanting to be with him anymore. It was stupid of him to believe that Becca would have given up on what they shared that easy. “I would have come home sooner, but my recovery took much longer than I had hoped it would. As soon as I could, I came back here to you.”

“It sounds like your injuries were severe.” Becca stretched out and gently ran her fingers along the edge of twin scars on his right temple. “The recovery must have been painful.”

Garrett lifted his hand up and placed it over hers, squeezing it with affection. “Nothing was as painful as being separated from you. I missed you every moment we were apart.”


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Jenna Brandt is an international bestselling and award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance. Her historical books span from Victorian to Western eras and all her books have elements of romance, suspense and faith. She has her own best-selling historical series, Window to the Heart Saga and Civil War Brides, as well as contemporary series, Billionaires of Manhattan and Second Chance Islands. Additionally, she has created two best-selling multi-author series, The Lawkeepers and Disaster City Search and Rescue based off the life of her husband in law enforcement as well as Border Brides and Playing for Keeps. Both of her books, Waiting on the Billionaire and Lawfully Treasured, were voted into the Top 50 Indie Books of 2018 on Readfreely.com.

She has been an avid reader since she could hold a book and started writing stories almost as early. She has been published in several newspapers as well as edited for multiple papers. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bethany College and was the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper while there. Her first blog was published on The Mighty website, Yahoo Parenting and The Grief Toolbox as well as featured on the ABC News, CNN Health, and Good Morning America websites. She’s also a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) association. 

Writing is her passion, but Jenna also enjoys date nights with her hubby, cooking from scratch, watching movies on Netflix, reading books by her author friends, and engaging in social media with her readers. Jenna’s three young daughters keep her busy with Girl Scout activities, going to the mall, and playing at the park where they live in the Central Valley of California. Jenna summers on the Golden Central Coast where she finds endless inspiration for her romance books. She is also active in her local church where she volunteers on their first impressions team.

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