Sunday, October 14, 2018

When it comes to "LOVE & CHOCOLATE", a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do! Author Gail Cleare serves up a delightfully delicious contemporary romance tale!




























  






When Sarah Westwood’s deadbeat husband deserts her and their young son, she takes a job at her family’s restaurant, The Three Chocolatiers, working with her famous chef grandfather and her pastry chef cousin, Paisley. Determined to never fall for the wrong guy again, Sarah vows to stick to chocolate and steer clear of men, especially her delicious ice-cream supplier, Blake Harrison. But when Paisley signs her up for a dating site, Sarah is soon engaging in a sexy online flirtation with a stranger.

Blake Harrison wants nothing more than for Sarah to give him a chance, but all she’ll give him is the cold shoulder. Never one to run from a challenge, he works on becoming the kind of man Sarah can’t refuse. And since he just happens to be on the same dating site, he’s not above using a little cyber-intel to worm his way into her heart.

When Sarah’s grandfather collapses just weeks before an upscale chocolate-themed wedding that could make or break the business, the staff of The Three Chocolatiers is sent into a tailspin. With the pressure rising on personal and professional fronts, Sarah might just have to let someone sweet melt her defenses.

Includes four recipes from The Three Chocolatiers Cookbook.
  


MY REVIEW:   When it comes to "LOVE & CHOCOLATE", a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do! Author Gail Cleare serves up a delightfully delicious contemporary romance tale with a very appealing heroine who, while armed with chocolate, takes on matters of family, fate. love and libido, and successfully running the family restaurant. When Sarah Westwood's husband left her and their young son. Devon, he left Sarah with a wary and disillusioned outlook on men and romance. Going to work for her renowned chef grandfather at his restaurant, The Three Chocolatiers, seems like a way to make a fresh start. Sarah's cousin, Paisley, a pastry chef at the restaurant, helps propel Sarah back into the romance game by signing her up for an online dating service. When their grandfather becomes ill, everything changes in a heartbeat, and the two cousins must deal with an overloaded plate of family and personal issues while striving to keep the restaurant alive and thriving. Sarah engages in an online flirtation with a mystery man while trying to steer clear of the up-close-and-very personal charms of handsome Blake Harrison. Blake and his brother, Jordan, run a premier ice cream company which supplies The Three Chocolatiers with their premium frozen treats. Now faced with the attention of two suitors, single-parenthood, and professional as well as personal challenges, Sarah must somehow rise to the occasion--as long as her supply of chocolate never runs out! Lovers of romance and all thins chocolate will devour this sweetly spicy story. Author Gail Cleare also rewards readers by including out-of-this world chocolate recipes that are a feast for the senses!

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"Cleare's (The Taste of Air, 2016, etc.) latest is an appealing romance with finely drawn characters and a well-constructed story. Sarah is a likable, sympathetic heroine--a single mother who wants to maintain a solid, stable home for her son.Her connection with Blake accretes slowly, bolstered by playful dialogue and scenes that generate a palpable erotic heat. While most of the action revolves around Sarah and Blake's relationship, both online and in person, the story includes a strong subplot involving The Three Chocolatiers and the elaborate wedding that could cement the restaurant's stellar reputation. Chocolate lovers may also enjoy the recipes at the end of the novel. An engaging, irresistible chocolate-laced romance." --Kirkus Reviews

"This book is so good and will keep you wanting more. It's got everything that a good bookneeds. Love, chocolate, intrigue, a bit of edge of your seat suspense,love again and family....A big 5 star book. I loved it."
--Linda S Moore, reviewer

"A delicious romance that had me hooked from the very first page....I couldn't wait to find out if Blake would reveal his online presence to Sarah and how she would react. Also, on top of the romance,there are some beautiful family moments that were so touching they brought a tear to my eye. Sarah's son is adorable and Cleare's descriptions of him were super cute. There is also a rather creepy element that adds a note of mystery and had me turning the pages faster and faster! 5 stars."
--Carla Burgess, author of Marry Me Tomorrow

"LOVE & CHOCOLATE.
.. Deliciously entertaining. Engaging characters. Emotionally satisfying."
--Patricia Grasso, award-winning author of To Tempt An Angel

"Come for the chunky chocolate, stay for the hunky hero. An appealing heroine falls for the perfect hero - twice. Love & Chocolate is a book for lovers of engaging characters, happily ever after, and chocolate."
--Myretta Robens, author of Lady Ashby's Major Scandal

"A sweet love story about learning to trust - both others and yourself. Warning: you'll find yourself craving chocolate."
--Barbara Wallace, author of Their Christmas Miracle
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Gail Cleare
Writer, Photographer, Graphic Designer 


USA Today bestselling author Gail Cleare has written for magazines, newspapers, and Fortune 50 companies. She wrote a monthly column for AOL;s cooking forum called "I Love Chocolate," and hosted a popoular live chat by that name. Her award-winning ad agency represented the creators of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was the turtle Leonardo's date for the world premier of the second movie, and got to wear a black evening gown and sparkly shoes. 

As a fine art and nature photographer, Gail's work is held in private collections across the US, and she can often be found stalking creatures with a 300 mm lens. 

Her first novel, Destined, a novel of the Tarot, is a magic-realism romance. Her second novel, women's fiction titled The Taste of Air, is a USA Today Bestseller and won two Readers' Favorite Awards in 2017. Love & Chocolate is a new romantic comedy released by Red Adept Publishing in August of 2018. It's the first volume of a trilogy featuring the Dumas family and their restaurant, The Three Chocolatiers.

Gail Cleare lives on an historic farm in New England with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

"The Charity, Montana Series"--author Lynne Marshall offers heartwarming contemporary romance--captivating characters finding love and facing life's struggles and triumphs--stories set in beautiful Montana


Sweet Home Montana (Charity, Montana Book 3)



Entrepreneur Wade Conrad is called home to act as a temporary guardian for his teenage half-brother, who’s acting out and needs strong guidance. Wade feels they are both floundering, so he seeks help for Brent at Healing Heart Acres, an equine therapy center.

Erin Chase has been working as an equine therapist since her fiancé called off their wedding with no explanation three years ago. She personally enjoys the peace found through animal therapy and believes in passing on the gift. When Erin meets Wade, she’s instantly drawn to his concern for his brother, as well as his kindness and charm.

Wade treasures time spent with Erin. They both long for more, but Wade’s leaving for California soon and his brother’s needs come first. Will he take a chance on love before it’s too late?



MY REVIEW:  "Sweet Home, Montana" (Charity, Montana Book 3) is a very romantic story with an appealing, compassionate heroine and a most swoon-worthy hero! With her typically stellar storytelling skills, author Lynne Marshall takes us once again to Charity, Montana, a community that embraces its own and makes newcomers feel right at home. Erin Chase is doing her best to leave past hurts behind and make a fresh start as a certified equestrian therapist at Healing Heart Acres, the equestrian therapy center. Wade Conrad has come home to the area to watch over his teen-aged half-brother, Brent, while their father and his second wife are out of the country. Wade had left home at a young age when his father divorced his mother and remarried. Now he has come full circle--it's time to mend fences and move forward. Involving Brent in the equestrian center seems like a good idea. Animals have a way of bringing what's really important into clear focus. Wade has no idea that he will not only bring a much-needed closeness to his relationship with Brent, but he will meet a sweet, pretty young woman named Erin who will quickly change the beat of his businessman's heart. I really became involved with following these characters and reading on to see how this engaging story line would resolve itself. Lynne Marshall always adds such interesting details, and the thoughts and emotions of the characters are so real that you are right there with them in their lives. This is contemporary romantic fiction at its best. Be sure to read the first two books in the series: "Her Baby, His Love", and "Their Christmas Miracle".

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Their Christmas Miracle (Charity, Montana #2) 



Hunter Wood wants to be respected. A talented cook, he’s ventured out on his own, opening a breakfast and lunch diner in Charity, Montana. He’s got a lot to prove—mostly to himself—and more than a few people to convince he’s a changed man.

Tracy Blevin is a registered nurse and pie baker extraordinaire, who is drawn to a most unlikely man, Hunter Wood. A nurturer by profession, she likes to feel needed, but the only thing Hunter needs her for is her pies. Their friendship has changed over the last six months as business partners. The more time Hunter spends with Tracy, the more he finds things to like about her. She's smart, organized, and...those bright green eyes and delicate mouth are really starting to get to him. Maybe it's time to move beyond just partnership...

When a Montana winter car crash leaves a baby an orphan, Godfather Hunter, lives up to his promise, taking in the ten-month old. With the season of miracles upon them, Hunter can no longer deny his strong attraction towards Tracy. Is her life-long wish for her own family finally being answered this Christmas?
 



MY REVIEW:   Each new read from author Lynne Marshall is a treat, and in the case of "Their Christmas Miracle", her second book set in Charity, Montana, it's a holiday gift. This novella may be short in length, but it is a story you will long remember. Hunter Wood strives to overcome the painful images of his past by working hard to make a success of his own little eatery in Charity, Montana. Having served his time for the accidental killing of a man during a tragic hunting accident, Hunter wants to keep moving forward. His baker for the diner, Tracy Blevin, carries the sadness of her parents' unhappy marriage, along with her own divorce and other failed relationships. Tracy is also a registered nurse, and Hunter volunteers at a rescue ranch where animals find safety and shelter from abusive situations. They have loving hearts, but have yet to find their own true love. Working side by side, friendship and respect have grown between them--is there a chance for something more? When tragedy strikes once again, and Hunter finds himself the care provider for his infant cousin, Adam, Tracy helps in any way she can. Part of her own heartache is her longing to become a mother, and baby Adam is so very precious. With the holidays fast approaching, emotions are high, and there is much to deal with--Hunter must obey both the law and the traditions of his Native American heritage when it comes to keeping custody of baby Adam. Can Hunter and Adam help Tracy overcome her lack of faith in herself and find a happy future for them all? Will a tiny baby, so innocent and vulnerable, truly be "Their Christmas Miracle"? This is a wonderfully poignant contemporary romance from a gifted storyteller, and let me add this: "Food, glorious food, wonderful food!". This holiday tale is tastefully tempting! Be sure to also read "Her Baby, His Love", Book One in the "Charity, Montana" series.

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Her Baby, His Love (Charity, Montana #1) 



All Taylor Clark ever wanted was a normal life and a traditional family, but so far she’s had neither. Soon after discovering that her boyfriend was secretly engaged and she moves to Charity, Montana for a fresh start, she realizes she’s pregnant. As her new friendly and sexy landlord helps her settle in, they become friends, although Taylor has to keep reminding herself to keep her distance. The last thing she needs is to start something new.

As an ex-con, Joe Collins knows a little something about fresh starts. Despite his determination to keep his head down, he can’t ignore Taylor’s natural beauty or obvious vulnerability. In short time, a tentative friendship blooms along with something more precious—trust.

When Taylor’s ex comes to town, he threatens everything that Joe and Taylor have built together. Joe steps up to care for and protect her, even though he risks losing more than the woman he loves.
  



LYNNE MARSHALL


 


Lynne used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming, then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always stories from her heart. She is a Southern California native, married for almost thirty years, has two adult children she is super proud of, is a dog lover, cat admirer, a power walker, and fellow traveler on this wild road called life!

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

AUTHOR MISTY EVANS--CELEBRATING 50 BOOKS!--her "Southern California Violent Crimes Taskforce Series" offers compelling romantic suspense!

SCVC Taskforce Series

The agents of the SCVC Taskforce will take you undercover…and make you risk it all. Meet the men and women from the FBI, DEA, and NSA that make up the Southern California Taskforce!

Book 1

Book 3

Book 4

Book 4.5

Book 6.5

Book 7

Deadly Target



Misty Evans

Misty Evans

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published nearly fifty stories and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011. OPERATION SHEBA has been a military romance, action-adventure, and romantic suspense bestseller on Amazon.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter at www.readmistyevans.com. Like her author page on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. 


Sunday, September 23, 2018

CELEBRATING POST #500!!!--a tribute to amazing author KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS--credited with pioneering the historical romance genre, she revolutionized the publishing industry

Ashes in the Wind 


Alaina MacGaren is forced to flee the devastation of her homeland in the guise of a young boy, only to find sanctuary in the arms of an enemy. Cole Latimer is a dashing Yankee surgeon who has served the Union faithfully, and his tender heart compels him to help a ragged, innocent "lad" in need--never suspecting the rags conceal a bewitching belle suspected of being a rebel spy.

But Alaina's masquerade does not fool Cole for long. And the strength, courage, and breathtaking sensuality of this woman whom it would be treasonous to love sets duty and desire at war within him. Yet Destiny has joined them for good or ill--and they both must follow where their hearts would lead them, if they are to build a glorious new life together out of the ashes of the old.


MY REVIEW: My favorite work of romantic fiction is “Ashes in the Wind” by the late, great Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. “Ashes” is a soaring Civil War love story which shows the humanity and the tragedy of both sides of the conflict. Cole Latimer is a Yankee surgeon whose compassionate nature and strong physician’s ethics benefit both “the blue and the gray”. Alaina MacGaren is a beautiful young Southern woman forced to pose as a young boy in order to survive. In her disguise as “Al”, the young cleaning boy at the military hospital, she comes to know Dr. Latimer. The beginning of their relationship is that of sparring partners who form a tentative friendship. The scene where Cole realizes that not only is “Al” a female, she is the mystery woman with whom he shared a night of blazing passion and also the illusive, veiled widow whom he has pursued is something else! Once they finally face each other as man and woman, a deep, abiding love begins to grow. Their passion overcomes many doubts and obstacles and finally reaches full bloom. Both of these characters went through a personal growth process as the horror of the War Between the States and its lasting aftermath unfolded. Cole’s disgust and frustration when he was unable to save a life due to military interference was deeply felt. Alaina’s desire to be seen as a lovely young woman instead of a ragged boy was palpable. An unforgettable love story.

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss changed my reading world, and "Ashes in the Wind" is my favorite book. I love history, and that is one of the reasons that I have been a lifelong reader of historical romance. I know that some readers state that they want a romance, not a history lesson, but I think the two go hand-in-hand. The setting of the book, the era, culture, social mores, religious beliefs, fashion, art and literature of the times all affect the way the characters would develop as people. Therefore, they are very important elements of the story line details. I appreciate the amount of research and love of subject an author invests into a well-written historical romance.

Here is a description of Cole Latimer from my favorite historical romance, “Ashes in the Wind”, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss:

“A tall figure strode into view, resplendent in dress-blue uniform with shiny brass buttons, bright braid on cuffs, and gold epaulettes bearing the rank of captain riding on wide shoulders. A red and white sash was bound about a lean waist beneath a wide black gun belt, and a Hardee hat was pulled down over his scowling brow. As the man came forward, the yellow stripes that ran down the sides of his trousers flashed against the blue of the cloth.

………eyes of bright azure blue set in a face bronzed golden by the sun. Long, light brown sideburns were neatly trimmed, accentuating the leanly fleshed cheekbones and firm angular jaw. His nose was thin and well formed, slightly aquiline, and beneath it were generous, but at the moment, unsmiling, lips. There was an air of the professional soldier about him, a quality that displayed itself in his crisp manner, almost painfully neat apparel, and rather austere mien. The handsome features bore the look of good breeding appropriate to some princely head of state and those eyes, fringed with dark lashes……”



Series
Birmingham Family Saga
1. The Flame and the Flower (1972)
2. The Kiss (1995) (in Three Weddings and a Kiss)
3. Beyond the Kiss (1996) (in Married at Midnight)
4. A Season Beyond a Kiss (2000)
5. The Elusive Flame (1998)

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Short stories

The Kiss (1995)


Beyond the Kiss (1996)



Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

(1939 - 2007) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, creator of the modern historical romance, died July 6, 2007 in Minnesota. She had just turned 68. Her attorney, William Messerlie, said that she died after a long illness.

Born on June 3, 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana, Mrs. Woodiwiss was the youngest of eight siblings. She long relished creating original narratives, and by age six was telling herself stories at night to help herself fall asleep. At age 16, she met U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Woodiwiss at a dance, and they married the following year. She wrote her first book in longhand while living at a military outpost in Japan.

Woodiwiss is credited with the invention of the modern historical romance novel: in 1972, she released The Flame and the Flower, an instant New York Times bestseller, creating literary precedent. The Flame and the Flower revolutionized mainstream publishing, featuring an epic historical romance with a strong heroine and impassioned sex scenes. "Kathleeen E. Woodiwiss is the founding mother of the historical romance genre," says Carrie Feron, vice president/editorial director of William Morrow and Avon Books, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers. Feron, who has been Woodiwiss's editor for 13 years, continues, "Avon Books is proud to have been Kathleen's sole publishing partner for her paperbacks and hardcover novels for more than three decades." Avon Books, a leader in the historical romance genre to this day, remains Mrs. Woodiwiss's original and only paperback publisher; William Morrow, Avon's sister company, publishes Mrs. Woodiwiss's hardcovers.

The Flame and the Flower was rejected by agents and hardcover publishers, who deemed it as "too long" at 600 pages. Rather than follow the advice of the rejection letters and rewrite the novel, Mrs. Woodiwiss instead submitted it to paperback publishers. The first publisher on her list, Avon, quickly purchased the novel and arranged an initial 500,000 print run. The novel sold over 2.3 million copies in its first four years of publication.

The success of this novel prompted a new style of writing romance, concentrating primarily on historical fiction tracking the monogamous relationship between a helpless heroines and the hero who rescued her, even if he had been the one to place her in danger. The romance novels which followed in her example featured longer plots, more controversial situations and characters, and more intimate and steamy sex scenes.

"Her words engendered an incredible passion among readers," notes Feron. Bestselling author Julia Quinn agrees, saying, "Woodiwiss made women want to read. She gave them an alternative to Westerns and hard-boiled police procedurals. When I was growing up, I saw my mother and grandmother reading and enjoying romances, and when I was old enough to read them myself, I felt as if I had been admitted into a special sisterhood of reading women."

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a leading voice in the women's fiction arena, says, "We all owe our careers to her. She opened the world of romance to us as readers. She created a career for us to go into."

The pioneering author has written 13 novels over the course of 35 years, all New York Times bestsellers. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's final literary work, the upcoming Everlasing, will be published by William Morrow in October 2007. "Everlasting is Kathleen's final gift to her fans," notes Feron.
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, who was predeceased by her husband and son Dorren, is survived by sons Sean and Heath, and numerous grandchildren

Saturday, September 22, 2018

LEGENDARY ROMANCE AUTHOR GEORGETTE HEYER--​Queen of Regency Romance!--a formidable and energetic woman with an impeccable sense of style and above all, a love for all things Regency


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Georgette Heyer, New York Times bestselling author

Georgette Heyer’s historical novels and Regency romances have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades. But Miss Heyer remained a very private woman. Her identity was a mystery to most of her fans during her lifetime and she refused all requests for interviews or comments. “I am to be found in my work,” Miss Heyer wrote when asked to divulge details of her childhood or personal life.


The Private World of Georgette Heyer


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The classic biography of Georgette Heyer is, finally, back in print and will delight Heyer fans everywhere. She wrote more than fifty novels, yet her private life was inaccessible to any but her nearest friends and relatives.

Lavishly illustrated, and with extracts from her correspondence and references to her work, The Private World reveals a formidable and energetic woman with an impeccable sense of style and above all, a love for all things Regency.




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Georgette Heyer


Georgette Heyer 


Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity. She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.

Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer's greatest asset.

Heyer remains a popular and much-loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.


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ROMANCE AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE BARBARA CARTLAND--a legend in her own lifetime--the world's most prolific novelist--her belief that the power of love is more important than anything else in everyone's life.


Barbara Cartland

Barbara Cartland’s huge back catalogue features hundreds of historical pure romances full of dashing princes, independent and strong heroines, sinister love rivals and exciting revelations brimming with happy endings.

 

 Books by Barbara Cartland


Barbara Cartland was the world's most prolific novelist who wrote an amazing 723 books in her lifetime, of which no less than 644 were romantic novels with worldwide sales of over 1 billion copies and her books were translated into 36 different languages.

As well as romantic novels, she wrote historical biographies, 6 autobiographies, theatrical plays and books of advice on life, love, vitamins and cookery.


She wrote her first book at the age of 21 and it was called Jigsaw. It became an immediate bestseller and sold 100,000 copies in hardback in England and all over Europe in translation. Between the ages of 77 and 97 she increased her output and wrote an incredible 400 romances as the demand for her romances was so strong all over the world.


She wrote her last book at the age of 97 and it was entitled perhaps prophetically The Way to Heaven.
Her books have always been immensely popular in the United States where in 1976 her current books were at numbers 1 & 2 in the B. Dalton bestsellers list, a feat never achieved before or since by any author.


Barbara Cartland became a legend in her own lifetime and will be best remembered for her wonderful romantic novels so loved by her millions of readers throughout the world, who have always collected her books to read again and again, especially when they feel miserable or depressed.


Her books will always be treasured for their moral message, her pure and innocent heroines, her handsome and dashing heroes, her blissful happy endings and above all for her belief that the power of love is more important than anything else in everyone's life.



Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland

Barbara Cartland 

Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland was a English writer, during her long career, she wrote over 700 books, making her one of the most prolific authors of the 20th century. She sold over 1,000 million copies throughout the world, earning her a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The world's most famous romantic novelist, she also wrote autobiographies, biographies, health and cookery books, and stage plays and recorded an album of love songs. She was often billed as the Queen of Romance, and became one of the United Kingdom's most popular media personalities, appearing often at public events and on television, dressed in her trademark pink and discoursing on love, health and social issues.

She started her writing career as a gossip columnist for the Daily Express. She published her first novel, Jigsaw, a society thriller, in 1923. It was a bestseller. She went on to write myriad novels and earn legions of fans, she also wrote under her married name Barbara McCorquodale. Some of her books were made into films. Ever the romantic, during WWII, she served as the Chief Lady Welfare Officer in Bedfordshire. She gathered as many wedding dresses as she could so that service brides would have a white gown to wear on their wedding day. She also campaigns for the rights of Gypsies, midwives and nurses.

Barbara Cartland McCorquodale passed away on 21 May 2000, with 160 still unpublished manuscripts, that are being published posthumously.


Friday, September 21, 2018

"Four Seasons in Firefly Glen Series"--charming contemporary romance from author Kathleen O'Brien--"Come home to Firefly Glen--a place to live, a place to love"

Winter Baby (Four Seasons in Firefly Glen #1)



Master Plan:

√ 1. College
√ 2. Career
3. Marriage
Oops!
4. Children (after two years)


Sarah Lennox had her life arranged down to the last minute - but that was before she discovered she was pregnant and that her fiancé was a jerk.

Not sure what to do next, she heads to Firefly Glen, the quiet little town that was once a haven for her. After she arrives, though, she fins upheaval in the disconcerting presence of Sheriff Parker Tremaine - a man who can almost make her forget that she's a recently ditched, slightly desperate and undeniably pregnant schoolteacher.


Babes in Arms (Four Seasons in Firefly Glen #2)



Re•spon•si•ble adj 1: trustworthy, reliable, dependable. 2: the one thing Griffin Cahill is not.

Griffin Cahill plays too hard, dodging commitment any and every way he can. His ex-fiancée, pediatrician Heather Delaney, works too hard, for essentially the same reason.

Everything changes when Griffin's twin nephews come to stay. The babies are more than a handful, and for the first time in his life Griffin needs help - which Heather is extremely reluctant to give. Helping Griffin take care of the boys will mean moving into his house and becoming part of his life. That ended in disaster once. And she's too smart to let it happen twice. Isn't she?


Cover of: The Redemption of Matthew Quinn  | Kathleen O'Brien



Ex-con Matthew Quinn has plenty of trouble in his life right now. He doesn't need to take on more. And there's no question that Natalie Granville - with her crumbling mansion and her canceled wedding - is capital-T trouble. But that doesn't stop him from accepting a job from her.

He can handle it. All he needs to do is follow some rules:

1. Remember she's your boss, nothing else.
2. Don't start letting the arrangement get all cozy and domestic and personal.
3. Don't notice, don't want, don't feel and definitely don't touch.


The One Safe Place (Four Seasons in Firefly Glen #4)



Faith Constable is not the kind of woman who runs from a fight

If it weren't for her orphaned nephew, she never would have left Manhattan for the sleepy little town of Firefly Glen. But now she's here - hunted by a madman and forced to live in fear.

Reed Fairmont can help everyone but himself
 
Reed knows Faith needs a safe place to hide, but he's beginning to wonder just what kind of protector he can be. His previous failure has already cost one life. Still, he can't back out now - Faith and her nephew have nowhere else to go.

MY REVIEW:   Kathleen O'Brien gave me much more than I expected with "The One Safe Place". I knew it would be a great read, but it was full of wonderful extra touches! Ms. O'Brien really put some oomph into the details, and the sweet sexual awareness between the main characters is palpable. In addition to the well-done suspense aspect of the story line, there were some sharply funny laugh-out-loud moments! Two people who have suffered great loss, an adorable little boy with a cute dog, and a worthy supporting cast all come together for a terrific romance read. Ladies, let me just say this: Sensitive, sexy, widowed veterinarian. Repeat: Sensitive, sexy, widowed veterinarian.


Kathleen O'Brien

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Since the day Harlequin bought her first novel, Kathleen has published more than 30 titles with them- everything from hot, sexy contemporaries to dark, brooding suspense. Read in more than 30 countries and 29 languages, she's a five-time finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award, a winner of the Maggie Award, and a three-time finalist for Romantic Times' Reviewer's Choice.

Kathleen comes from a family of writers, poets, and journalists- though she may be the one shameless romantic in the bunch. A true Cancer, she values home and family above everything and wouldn't dream of ditching a single friend, memory, gift, or love letter. Consequently, her office is a mess, full of books, colored cut glass, photo albums, Madame Alexander dolls, and a cockatiel who whistles the theme from "The X Files." She is addicted to Mozart and Elvis, Dancing With the Stars, Dorothy Dunnett novels, and sugar-free Popsicles.