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Pre-Order Blitz! “Fall Into Romance” box set (featuring 10 fantastic authors, including ME!)

Pre-Order Blitz! “Fall Into Romance” box set (featuring 10 fantastic authors, including ME!)

Title: Fall into Romance Box Set
Genre: Sweet Romance
Publication Date: Oct. 5th, 2017
Blurb:
Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.
Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.
Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!
Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker
Brent’s hands are so full he doesn’t realize his heart is empty. But how can he convince Nicole to trust him and give them all a chance at the forever family they deserve?
Lost in Romance by Stacy Claflin
Work is Alisyn’s life. Everything is perfect until the day her boss’s son comes to town and takes her breath away. Will she risk it all for love?
At Second Glance by Raine English
Can an ornery French bulldog help a mismatched couple find love?
Blown Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield
Free spirit Brooke Roberts blows into Romance like an autumn storm, unprepared to fall for the handsome rancher who gives her a reason to stay.
Wired for Romance by Franky A. Brown
Electrician Josh Chadwick can rewire his new client’s house, but he can’t do a thing about the electricity sparking between them.
Restoring Romance by Tamie Dearen
She’s a big city chef who likes cats. He’s a small town mayor who restores antiques. But even with feline allergies at play, true love is nothing to sneeze at.
Finding Dori by J.J. DiBenedetto
She’s a loud, pushy New Yorker who drives him crazy. He almost ran her over with his truck. Of course they’re perfect for each other…
Katie’s Chance for Romance by Jessica L. Elliott
Five years ago she pushed him out of her life, but she couldn’t force him from her heart.
Chasing Romance by Liwen Y. Ho
When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.
Lessons in Romance by Kit Morgan
A rooster, a tortoise and love, oh my! Now if the humans could just figure out the love part, they might all live happily ever after.
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Franky A. Brown
Franky A. Brown has always called the South home and loves to write about it. She holds an English degree from the University of South Carolina and can’t seem to stop reading. She is the author of women’s fiction and chick lit about life, love, and Southern women.
Stacy Claflin
Stacy Claflin is a USA Today bestselling author and a lifelong storyteller. When she was a child, she would get into trouble for trying to convince others that her stories were real. She scarred her younger cousin for life with her Cavity Monster tale. Another time, she convinced her friends that her grandfather had made her a robotic unicorn.
Now she saves her creative imagination for novels. Whether Stacy’s writing urban fantasy, suspense, or contemporary romance, she always has thrills, twists, and turns.  You can count on surprises and an enjoyable escape.
Tamie Dearen
Tamie lives with her very romantic husband of thirty-three years. They have two grown daughters (the inspiration for the daughters in The Best Girls Series) and one grandson, and a twelve-year-old boy, recently adopted from Ukraine. Tamie loves to play, sing, and write music. She started writing books in 2013 and published her first book in October of that year. Since then, she’s published six novels and a novella. She also wrote a free serial romance on her weekly blog, A Rose in Bloom. And in her spare time, she’s a dentist. (But she’s painless.)
Tamie met her husband as a freshman in college when she acted out of character on a whim. One night in the library lobby, she spied a cute guy with his first name written on the back of his shirt. She called out his name. When he approached to talk to her, she pretended that she’d met him before, asking about his classes and how he liked college. To her surprise and delight, he also pretended that he knew her, but of course he didn’t know her name. They continued this false relationship for two months. Each time they saw each other, an event which occurred three times per week at the cafeteria, he would pretend he knew her. Meanwhile, all of Tamie’s friends were careful not to reveal her name to him. When he finally admitted his ignorance of her name, he was astonished to learn the truth. And the rest is history.
J.J. DiBenedetto
J.J. DiBenedetto is author of the Dream Series and the Jane Barnaby Adventures and lives in Arlington, Virginia with the love of his life and a white cat who rules the roost. His passions are photography, travel, the opera, the New York Giants, and of course writing.
Mr. DiBenedetto is devoted to writing books with a sense of mysticism to entertain and perhaps invite his readers to suspend belief in a way they might never have.
Since he was very young, he has always been intrigued with the supernatural and things that can’t be explained rationally. By always asking way too many questions, it piqued his interest to the point of setting his writing off and running when he grew up! All the curiosity building up all those years was finally put into words to captivate readers. And it hasn’t ended. His main goal is to share all the stories he has inside, putting pen to paper. And that’s how the Dream Series was born.
Jessica L. Elliott
For as long as she can remember, Jessica L. Elliott has been telling stories. As soon as she could grasp a pencil she began writing those stories down. Reading fueled her imagination, as did spending time with her five younger brothers and sisters. Everything was an adventure, something to be treasured and stories were her first love. Jessica began seriously writing in high school and continued into college while attending Emporia State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She wrote and released her first novel, Charming Academy, in August of 2011. Jessica currently lives in southwest Kansas with her husband and children.
Raine English
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She’s a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and a Daphne du Maurier Award winner. Raine lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.
Shanna Hatfield
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Liwen Y. Ho
Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She penned her first children’s picture book, “A Rainbow of Nine Colors” in high school (now available at Meegenius.com) and has been writing for grown-ups since 2014.
She also enjoys writing about real-life matters, such as marriage, parenting and faith because truth can be as strange and entertaining as fiction. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including LiteraryMama.com and MomLifeToday.com, and she is a contributor at StartMarriageRight.com.
In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at www.2square2behip.com.
Kit Morgan
A consistent Top 100 lists bestseller, Kit Morgan, aka Geralyn Beauchamp, has been writing for fun all of her life. When writing as Geralyn Beauchamp, her books are epic, adventurous, romantic fantasy at its best. When writing as Kit Morgan they are whimsical, fun, inspirational sweet and clean stories that depict a strong sense of family and community. ‘His Prairie Princess’ is the first of the Prairie Brides books and the first in the series of a long line of stories about Clear Creek, Oregon. One of the wackiest little towns in the old west! Get to know the townsfolk in Clear Creek and come sit a spell!
Melanie D. Snitker
Melanie D. Snitker is the author of the inspirational romance Love’s Compass series. She has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crochet, baking, target shooting, camping, and hanging out with family and friends.
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Labor Day Weekend Sale!

Labor Day Weekend Sale!

It seems like every business under the sun runs a holiday sale, so I’m doing it, too.  I’ve put two box set collections on sale for just $0.99, and they’ll be on sale until Monday night, September 4th!

You can get the first three books of the Dream Series in the DREAM SEQUENCE box set – it includes DREAM STUDENT, DREAM DOCTOR and DREAM CHILD.

And you can also get the first three Jane Barnaby novels in the JANE BARNABY ADVENTURES BOX SET, including FINDERS KEEPERS, LOSERS WEEPERS and HER BROTHER’S KEEPER!

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Meet the Authors!

Meet the Authors!

Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home. Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

Pre-Order it now!

 

I’m so thrilled to be participating in the new FALL INTO ROMANCE collection, and I wanted to introduce you to all my wonderful fellow authors.  To hep you get to know them better, I asked them all one simple question: which actor should play you in a movie of your life?  Here they are (in alphabetical order), and here’s how they answered:

Franky Brown

Franky A Brown is a Southern author, obsessed with reading, who writes chick lit and romantic comedy.

Franky chose Meg Ryan for a movie of her life.  Why?  “Might be a boring movie. I need someone who can do high drama and goofy comedy, especially when it reaches the part about writing my comedies.   Maybe Meg Ryan?”

Franky’s story in FALL INTO ROMANCE is “Wired for Romance.”  You can follow her at her website.

 

Stacy Clafin

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Claflin entertains readers in a variety of genres, from sweet contemporary romance to paranormal to suspense.

Stacy picked Cynthia Nixon to play herself.  Her explanation?  “If you’re going for looks, it has to be Cynthia Nixon. (I even have strawberry hair now.) Personality? I have no idea.”

Stacy’s story in the collection is “Lost in Romance.”  You can follow her on Facebook.

 

Tamie Dearen

Tamie Dearen, “the author who knows romance by heart,” writes sweet and inspirational romantic comedies and young adult fantasy with a touch of romance.

Tamie selected Sandra Bullock to play her.  Why?  “Sandra Bullock, because my husband has the hots for her.”

Tamie’s story in the set is “Restoring Romance.”  You can follow Tamie at her website, and on her Amazon Author Page.

 

J.J. DiBenedetto

You probably already know who I am, since you’re here!  But just in case, I’m the author of 13 novels so far – the paranormal romance/suspense Dream Series, and the lighthearted suspense thriller Jane Barnaby Adventures.

I picked Jack Black to play me in a movie.  Not that my personality is remotely like his, but physically he’s about the best match I can come up with.

My story in the collection is “Finding Dori.”  You’re already at my website, but you can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and on my Amazon Author Page.

 

Jess Elliott

Jessica L. Elliott has been writing since she could hold a pencil. She specializes in stories with happy endings, a touch of adventure, and lots of heart.

Jess picked Amy Adams.  Why?  “Dang, that’s a hard one. Maybe Amy Adams because she seems to be as upbeat and chipper about life as I am. And she sings, which is awesome because I like to do that when I think no one can hear me.”

Jess’ story is “Katie’s Chance for Romance.”  You can follow her at her website, www.JessicaLElliott.com.

 

Raine English

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.

Like Tamie above, Raine picked Sandra Bullock to play her in a film of her life.  Why?  “I have a clumsy goofy side that she’d be able to portray well.”

Raine’s story in the collection is “At Second Glance.”  You can follow her at her website, and also on Facebook.

 

Shanna Hatfield

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time.

Shanna chose Lauren Holly to portray her.  Her reason?  “She’s sassy and tough while still looking sweet and lovely.”

Shanna’s story in the collection is “Blown Into Romance.”  You can follow Shanna at her website, on Facebook and you can also sign up for her newsletter.

 

Liwen Ho

Liwen Y. Ho writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots).

Liwen picked Reese Witherspoon to play her in a movie.  Why?  “I’d have to go with Reese Witherspoon of the Legally Blonde era. I may not be blonde, but I’m known to be a little too naive and innocent sometimes. (Once upon a time, I may or may not have squeezed out all the air from my supermarket produce bags, so I wouldn’t end up paying for the extra weight! LOL) Plus, I LOVE the color pink, just like Elle Woods”

Liwen’s story in the collection is “Chasing Romance.”  You can follow her at her website.

 

Kit Morgan

Bestselling author Kit Morgan delivers pure fun and romance! She writes sweet, clean, historical and contemporary romance with a strong sense of family and community. She also writes high adventure, scienefiction time travel under Geralyn Beauchamp.

Kit chose Anne Hathaway to play her in a movie.  Her explanation?  “Wow, that’s a good question. Hmmm, I’d have to say Anne Hathaway.”

Kit’s story in FALL INTO ROMANCE is “Lessons in Romance.”  You can follow her at her website.

 

Melanie Snitker

Melanie D. Snitker writes clean, contemporary romance, weaving together inspirational stories of faith, love, and family.

Melanie picked Julia Stiles as her actress.  “I checked with my brother, Matthew, who has an eye for everything related to movies. He said Julia Stiles, so that’s who I’d go with.”

Melanie’s story in the collection is “Finding Forever in Romance.”  You can follow her at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, her Amazon Author Page, and on BookBub.

 

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Fall Into Romance – New Book!

Fall Into Romance – New Book!

I’ve been mentioning that I’ve been working on a project, but that I couldn’t say anything about it until the proper time.

Well, the proper time is right now, and I can tell you exactly what it is.  A few months ago, I was invited by the amazing Shanna Hatfield to participate in a multi-author novella collection.  And this morning, that collection is available for pre-order!  FALL INTO ROMANCE features ten original novellas by award-winning and bestselling authors, including me!

Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.
Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.
Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker
Brent’s hands are so full he doesn’t realize his heart is empty. But how can he convince Nicole to trust him and give them all a chance at the forever family they deserve?

Lost in Romance by Stacy Claflin
Work is Alisyn’s life. Everything is perfect until the day her boss’s son comes to town and takes her breath away. Will she risk it all for love?

At Second Glance by Raine English
Can an ornery French bulldog help a mismatched couple find love?

Blown Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield
Free spirit Brooke Roberts blows into Romance like an autumn storm, unprepared to fall for the handsome rancher who gives her a reason to stay.

Wired for Romance by Franky A. Brown
Electrician Josh Chadwick can rewire his new client’s house, but he can’t do a thing about the electricity sparking between them.

Restoring Romance by Tamie Dearen
She’s a big city chef who likes cats. He’s a small town mayor who restores antiques. But even with feline allergies at play, true love is nothing to sneeze at.

Finding Dori by J.J. DiBenedetto
She’s a loud, pushy New Yorker who drives him crazy. He almost ran her over with his truck. Of course they’re perfect for each other…

Katie’s Chance for Romance by Jessica L. Elliott
Five years ago she pushed him out of her life, but she couldn’t force him from her heart.

Chasing Romance by Liwen Y. Ho
When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.

Lessons in Romance by Kit Morgan
A rooster, a tortoise and love, oh my! Now if the humans could just figure out the love part, they might all live happily ever after.

I’ve read all the stories, and I promise you’ll love them all.  Obviously I’m kind of partial to mine, FINDING DORI…it was a blast to write, and it was so much fun to work with so many other great authors – we all worked together to create the town of Romance, Oregon and populate it with memorable characters.

 

 

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Sneak preview

Sneak preview

I’m part of a very cool project that I can’t yet talk about, but we (“we” as in me and several other great authors, not the royal “we.”) will be unveiling it soon.  In the meantime, here’s an image that may or may not give you any clue about what I’m working on…

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Ship of Fools update

Ship of Fools update

We’ve had a lot of family medical drama going on over the last 3 months, and my progress on the newest Jane Barnaby Adventure, SHIP OF FOOLS, has been a casualty of that.

I’ve pushed the release date back to September 26, which I’m 99% certain I will make.  In the meantime, I do have one thing to show you – the cover for the book, designed by the fantastic Emma Michaels:

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