A Candy Hearts Romance – Series Recap

candyhearts_slideOver the past six weeks, Notes From a Romantic’s Heart has had the pleasure of featuring/reviewing all forty of the stories in the Candy Hearts Romance series from The Wild Rose Press. The stories ranged from sweet to steamy, historical to futuristic, and everything in between. It’s been an absolute joy to work with the other 39 talented authors participating in this huge project. So … one last time … here are the Candy Hearts books! (P.S.: If you click the on cover, it will take you to a brief summary and the publisher’s buy links. Just remember to use your back arrow to return for more!)

 

Adore Me Cover   All Mine   perf5.000x8.000.indd   Be Mine Cover

perf5.000x8.000.indd   perf5.000x8.000.indd     chill out   perf5.000x8.000.indd

Ever After Cover   Find Me    perf5.000x8.000.indd    perf5.000x8.000.indd

perf5.000x8.000.indd   perf5.000x8.000.indd   hot stuff   I Love You

Im Sure    perf5.000x8.000.indd    Kiss Me Again Cover   Marry Me

Me+You Cover   Melt My Heart Cover   Not2Nite    perf5.000x8.000.indd

perf5.000x8.000.indd     Ooh La La   Pick Me   perf5.000x8.000.indd

Red Hot Cover   perf5.000x8.000.indd   perf5.000x8.000.indd    perf5.000x8.000.indd

Sweet Kiss   Sweetie Pie Cover   perf5.000x8.000.indd   perf5.000x8.000.indd

perf5.000x8.000.indd   YouandMe Cover   Youre Tops Cover   wwwcupid

Wishing everyone a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love, chocolate, and a great book!

Nancy

 

Today’s Candy Heart … Author Peggy Jaeger

22898524_sNotes From a Romantic’s Heart welcomes fellow Candy Heart Author Peggy Jaeger. Peggy’s contribution to the Candy Hearts Series is 3 Wishes … a wonderful story of family, food and fun!

As we do with all our victims…um…guests, we asked Peggy a few questions about herself, her book, and her writing in general and here’s what she had to say:

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I would love to be Francesca San Valentino. She is the heroine’s mother and is a powerhouse of a woman. In her 60’s, she has born 6 children (4 of them rambunctious boys), suffered through a two year battle with breast cancer, and is fiercely protective of her family. Plus she cooks like a dream.

Q2:  What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?

Getting the humor in the family dynamics and dialogue JUST RIGHT. This is a big, loud and rambunctious Italian family and I wanted to make sure every character had their own individual voice on the page.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

At a very young age, probably 5-6. I escaped from a dysfunctional family dynamic by writing my own family stories in which everyone was kind, loving, and supportive – the direct opposite of my family situation.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Neither, DIET MOUNTAIN DEW is my drink of choice.
  2. Music preference? 50’s, 60’s and 80’s rock
  3. Favorite movie? The Wizard of Oz because there really is no place like home.
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Both!
  5. Favorite author? Nora Roberts/JD Robb and Jane Austen
  6. Favorite actor/actress? Dianne Lane and Hugh Grant ( sigh)
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – lovelovelove those spies!

About the Book:

perf5.000x8.000.inddValentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday.

Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her.

So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her big 3-0 birthday, she just might get her three wishes.

An Excerpt:

At about five minutes of ten I was almost ready to turn the Closed sign on the door when it opened. I heard Janie’s breath hitch and turned from where I was sweeping up. Staying open late is always a risk, with the thought thieves will invade at the end of the day.

If the guy standing at the door glancing around the shop was a thief, then Dio mio, I wanted to be robbed.

About six foot, his hair was the color of a deer’s pelt, with autumnal golds and browns shot together in a glorious patchwork that grazed the collar of his jacket and curled a little at the ends. He wore a faded brown bomber jacket over a shirt I couldn’t see, but he had shoulders almost as wide as my doorway. A pair of well-worn jeans covered his mile long legs, and the fabric on the stress points at his knees was practically white.

“We’re about to close,” I heard myself say. “Can I help you?”

It was at that moment he looked over at me.

His face could have been sculpted by Da Vinci or Michelangelo. A broad, smooth, forehead housed naturally arched eyebrows I knew some of my gay guy friends would have paid a fortune to have on their own faces. His cheeks were carved from marble, high, smooth and deep. And his mouth, mother-of-God, his mouth. Full, thick beautiful lips sat perfectly over a chin with a dent you could shove a button into and have it stay put.

“Sorry,” he said, those fabulous lips pulling up a little shyly at the corners. “I got stuck at work and couldn’t get here until now. I’ll be quick. Promise.”

So here’s the thing: the guy was gorgeous. But even if he’d looked like a frog with raw antipasto smothering his face, I would have dropped to my knees when he opened his mouth. Warm honey, a shot of raw whiskey, and a little hot puff of smoke wafted from his mouth like a fine and rare brandy being decanted.

Buy Links:

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About the Author:

peggyjaegerPeggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Her current titles, available now, include SKATER’S WALTZ and THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, and FIRST IMPRESSIONS books 1 through 3 in her 6-book The MacQuire Women Series, published by The Wild Rose Press.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

Where You Can Find Peggy:

Website/Blog   Facebook   Twitter   Amazon Author Page

My Review (in case you missed it earlier):

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Peggy today and I highly recommend her book, 3 Wishes. Please come back on Sunday when I will do one final review of all 40 of the Candy Hearts Romance books.

Until then, stay safe, stay happy, stay well read!

Nancy

 

 

Candy Hearts Romance – February 10th

candyhearts_slideWell…we’ve made it! We have reached the last release day and Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is at the end of the 40-story series, A Candy Hearts Romance, from The Wild Rose Press. This has been both an ambitious project and a very entertaining one. Each book has been a testament to the resiliency of the romance genre. There have been historical, contemporary, vintage, erotic, and even paranormal/time travel stories. Yet, no matter what the genre, the overall theme has been Valentine’s Day and those sugary, salutatory treats you either love or hate.

Today’s final four releases include:

All Mine by Tamrie Foxtail

All MineFor nearly a decade Maggie has put the needs of her younger siblings ahead of her own. Now she’s willing to accept a marriage without passion in order to protect her brother, but fate has a wicked sense of humor. On the eve of her wedding, Maggie meets the man of her dreams.

When Shamus loses a bet the penalty is a blind date. Shamus is prepared to endure a long, boring night; the last thing he expects is to find the woman who can bring his heart back to life.

But Maggie is keeping secrets–and her engagement is only one of them.

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My Review:

Tamrie

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For Keeps by Veronica Lynch

perf5.000x8.000.inddMeghan Muldoon is at a crossroads: struggling to balance the demands of a high stress vocation as an advocate for victims of violence and her feelings for Keenan Rossi, a man who wants to make their relationship permanent.

On Valentine’s Day, a series of routine crises force Meg to question staying in a profession which fulfills her both professionally and spiritually–or devoting the rest of her life to the one person who completes her.

Which one is For Keeps?

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My Review:

Veronica

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 Hot Stuff by Cj Fosdick

hot stuffA Romantic Comedy

Hot Stuff takes on double meaning when klutzy Kate is faced with rookie cop Dallas looking for a stolen lawn statue. In her quiet, crime-free Wisconsin village, Kate has her hands full writing slogans for candy hearts and keeping her kleptomaniac brother with Asperger’s Syndrome inside the law.

Even her grandmother’s famous snickerdoodle cookies can’t ameliorate the crime when a stolen lawn statue turns out to be a drug dispenser. Will Kate rise above her concern of what Dallas’s uniform represents and admit the charming Texas rookie is the man of her dreams?

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My Review:

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I’m Sure by Beverly Breton

Im SureA Romantic Comedy

During the day, Megan surrounds herself with water lilies and goldfish in the ponds she creates. At night, memories of her lying ex-boyfriend are a reminder she can never again trust a man.

Jason embraces his career as paramedic firefighter, even though ugly experience declares his profession a greedy mistress. During quiet nights at the station, he wonders if this bachelor existence is all he’ll ever know.

Then Jason meets Megan and sparks fly, chased by flashes of anger when Jason, battling a raging
apartment fire, stands up Megan on their first date. Is St. Valentine powerful enough to bring these two strong-willed people together?

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My Review:

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Don’t forget … The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to celebrate to series. There’s still time to enter the Rafflecopter draw below:

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Please join me again on Friday, February 12th when Author Peggy Jaeger will stop by for an extended visit. Then, on Sunday February 14th, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ll take a look at the entire series one last time.

Until then, keep safe, keep warm, and keep well read!

Nancy

Candy Hearts Romance – February 8th

candyhearts_slideWell…we’ve made it! We have reached the final week and Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is nearly at the end of our feature of the 40-story series, A Candy Hearts Romance, from The Wild Rose Press. This has been both an ambitious project and a very entertaining one. Each book has been a testament to the resiliency of the romance genre. There have been historical, contemporary, vintage, erotic, and even paranormal/time travel stories. Yet, no matter what the genre, the overall theme has been Valentine’s Day and those sugary, salutatory treats you either love or hate.

Today’s four releases include:

Not2Nite by Barbara Burke

Not2NiteWhen ARP warden Molly sees a light shining through the darkness of London on a cold winter’s night in the middle of the blitz she’s infuriated with the careless American who struck it. Doesn’t he know there’s a war on?

Guy’s just trying to find his way through a maze of unlit streets. He’s very sorry and Molly reluctantly forgives him. When he accompanies her on her nightly rounds the two learn about each other, themselves and whether it’s really possible to fall in love in only one night – especially when there’s no guarantee of tomorrow.

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My Review:

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Only Yours by Nancy Fraser

perf5.000x8.000.inddEveryone expects Rebecca Winston to marry her high school/college sweetheart, Garrett Langley. The problem is, the flame’s gone out on their romance. They’re still best of friends, but only friends. When Garrett’s father has a heart attack, his older brother Wyatt (an L.A. attorney) returns home for the first time in years. The attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt is immediate.

Can Rebecca expect her family and, especially, Garrett to understand that her desires have changed and turned toward Wyatt?

Can Wyatt get past the feeling that he’s poaching his younger brother’s girl?

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My Review:

Mine

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Ooh La La by Doreen Alsen

Ooh La LaA Romantic Comedy

Aspiring choreographer and dance teacher, Simon West is walking along the hall in the college where he teaches when he gets knocked over by klutzy, two left feet, accounting professor Veronica Cooke.

Simon wants to get to know the beautiful woman who ran him down, but how will she react when she finds out his alter-ego is a super sexy cowboy at an upscale exotic dancing male revue and that he makes ends meet by taking off his clothes?

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My Review:

Doreen

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3 Wishes by Peggy Jaeger

perf5.000x8.000.inddValentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday. Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her.

So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her big 3-0 birthday, she just might get her three wishes.

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My Review:

Peg J

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And, as if all these great books aren’t enough to whet your romantic appetite, The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to celebrate. There’s still time to enter the Rafflecopter draw below:

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Please join me again on Wednesday, February 10th when we’ll preview/review the last four books in the Candy Hearts series.

Until then, keep safe, keep warm, and keep well read!

Nancy

 

Candy Hearts Romance – February 1st and 3rd

candyhearts_slideFrom January 4th through February 10th, Notes From a Romantic’s Heart will feature the 40-story series, A Candy Hearts Romance, from The Wild Rose Press. It’s an ambitious project to be sure, but one filled with love and wonder. There will be historical, contemporary, vintage, erotic, and even paranormal/time travel stories. Yet, no matter what the genre, the overall theme will be Valentine’s Day and those sugary, salutatory treats you either love or hate.

My apologies to the authors for crowding both release days into one post. However, as most writers know … you just get on a roll and life rears its ugly head. Such was the case this past week. I hope readers of this blog will take the time to check out each of these wonderful books.

The February 1st releases include:

Be My Love by J.C. McKenzie

perf5.000x8.000.inddBroken-hearted and bitter, Brenna Jones plans to spend Valentine’s weekend at her parents’ cabin, reading romance novels and devouring heart-shaped candy. When her truck hits a snowdrift and plows into a bank—during a storm, no less—her plans take a drastic detour. Eric Buchanan, the playboy jerk from her past, comes to her aid. He’s her only option for reaching safety.

Eric can’t wait to escape his parents’ latest attempt to set him up. He’s given up on happiness, knowing he blew his chance at love a decade ago. When his snowmobile ride turns into a harrying escape from a blizzard, he discovers Brenna stranded in the storm. After he ensures her safety, he plans to explain the misunderstanding that tore them apart. Can a secluded cabin help Eric convince Brenna to be his love?

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My Review:

JC

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Dare Me by Debra Druzy

perf5.000x8.000.inddFor wedding stylist Misty Morningside, mixing business with pleasure is a professional no-no.

That is, until she runs into wedding photographer Adam Wright at a Valentine’s Day event.

Dare they set aside business for one night of pleasure?

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My Review:

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Marry Me by Heidi Wessman Kneale

Marry MeIn 1905 New York City, affluent Millie Moore wants to be outspoken like the suffragettes she admires. She also wants to rid herself of an annoying and controlling suitor. For a well-brought up young lady whose mother fears her impending spinsterhood, speaking her mind is an uphill battle.
When Raymond Wilson sees Millie at a rally, it’s love at first sight. Not wanting his stutter to ruin his chances, he enchants a little candy heart to do his talking for him.

For Millie, Raymond is a breath of fresh air. And maybe, just maybe, someone she could love. But for her social-climbing suitor Guy Elliot, he’s a threat to his plans. And Raymond isn’t the only one who knows something about magic. Now the ante has been upped and Millie is the prize…

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My Review:

Heidi

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www.Cupid by Annette Miller

wwwcupidAllison McCall, supervisor in the Romance and Proposal Department of Cupid Corp., firmly believes rules are meant to be followed, yet her own love life is unfulfilling.

Preston Carlyle, Allison’s former boyfriend and one of her more creative agents, believes rules should be broken occasionally to give true love a chance. Only, he’s having a hard time convincing Allison and Cupid his techniques are working.

From the disastrous paperwork and the frequency of Allison’s visits to Cupid’s office on Preston’s behalf, she fears her position and his job are in jeopardy.
But when she finds out he’s requested a transfer to the Holiday Security Agency, Allison decides to prove she cares for him…even if it means breaking a few rules.

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My Review:

Sorry, no book was made available for review.

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The February 3rd releases include:

Ask Me by Laura Strickland

perf5.000x8.000.inddAlone on Valentine’s Day, Leo Rankin attends the library’s Blind Date With a Book event hoping for something he can take to bed with him that night, and finds himself competing against Gerri Webb for the last remaining book. Wild child Gerri is not his usual type. Yet he feels an immediate, sizzling attraction and agrees to share the book and its accompanying bag of candy hearts.

The whole idea of a Blind Date With a Book is to go off genre, so Gerri doesn’t mind when their flirty conversation suggests they unwrap each other rather than the mystery book. When a candy heart advises, “Ask Me,” she asks Leo back to her apartment. She never expects button-down Leo to hit all her buttons, but by the next morning she fears her heart’s in danger. Can one night spent off genre translate to real life?

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My Review:

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Find Me by Cait Jarrod

Find MeIn Heather Ridge, Virginia, myth has it the lucky recipients of the two FIND ME candy hearts distributed each year are soul mates.

Too afraid of seeing her one-time trusted friend, good-hearted Lyse Haynes refuses to go to her high school class reunion. But when she receives a second invitation containing the elusive candy heart, she takes an overdue vacation to pursue the dream of finally finding her soul mate.

Ice cream creator Cooper Schmidt plans to take his product nationwide. His marketing team proposes the perfect destination for his next store. Unfortunately, it belongs to the father of the woman he’s harbored feelings for since high school. He uses her belief in myths and mails her the candy heart to entice her to Heather Ridge, in hopes she will convince her father to sell.

There’s just one problem. After ten years, his old feelings tumble forward, stronger than ever, and Lyse has a decision to make—discover who has the candy heart companion or follow her heart.

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My Review:

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Got Love? by Angela Hayes

perf5.000x8.000.inddWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gorse fairy, Flora Hawthorne is up to her neck in flowers, chocolate, and all things romance. She has no time for love, until she comes face to face with her own personal Cupid and the sparks fly!

Looking to settle down, Cupid Tharin Terize wants fairy Flora Hawthorne to be his valentine, not just for one night, but for the rest of time. Now, all he has to do is convince her.

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Angela

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I Love You by Brandy Wilson

I Love YouTate Campbell liked his life. Running his bar kept him busy and paid his bills, and a relationship with anyone wasn’t on the horizon. He sure wasn’t expecting a Valentine surprise, especially one who looked like a fallen angel—with a broken-down car.

Dace Robinson’s career as an ER doctor left little time for relationships. Valentine’s Day was just another day on the calendar, albeit one filled with annoying decorations and sad reminders she had no one special in her life.Until the night car trouble compelled her to seek help in a biker bar, and the handsome owner claimed Dace as his woman – she had no idea how sweet Valentine’s Day could be.

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My Review:

Brandy

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And, as if all these great books aren’t enough to whet your romantic appetite, The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to celebrate. You can win by entering their Rafflecopter draw below:

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Please join me again on Monday, February 8th when I’ll preview/review the next four books in the Candy Hearts series. Until then, keep writing, keep reading, and keep warm!

Nancy

 

Candy Hearts Romance – January 25th and 27th

candyhearts_slideFrom January 4th through February 10th, Notes From a Romantic’s Heart will feature the 40-story series, A Candy Hearts Romance, from The Wild Rose Press. It’s an ambitious project to be sure, but one filled with love and wonder. There will be historical, contemporary, vintage, erotic, and even paranormal/time travel stories. Yet, no matter what the genre, the overall theme will be Valentine’s Day and those sugary, salutatory treats you either love or hate.

My apologies to the authors for crowding both release days into one post. However, as most writers know … you just get on a roll and life rears its ugly head. Such was the case this past week. I hope readers of this blog will take the time to check out each of these wonderful books.

The January 25th releases include:

Ever After by Candace Sams

Ever After CoverDillon Greenleaf is a member of Mythreal royalty and head of his planet’s security. Debutantes have been chasing him his entire adult life in order to wed a man of power, and he’s totally off women in general. But when he meets Keira Foley, an Earth officer, who he suspects is a pirate spy, he finds he quite likes the Plain Jane female.

Keira has been pegged brilliant and unattractive by her fellow officers, something she doesn’t mind until she meets the hot, royal stud-muffin who believes she is capable of treason against her own world. When they meet again at the Earth Embassy’s Valentine’s Day ball, Keira however blows Dillon’s mind.

Yet, in the midst of trying to find the real traitor, Dillon’s match-making grandmother, and a night made for love, Keira and Dillon must decide if they can put aside their differences in time to find a love that will be ever after.

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My Review:

No ARC was available for review.

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Je T’aime by Ursula Whistler

perf5.000x8.000.inddLooking for inspiration, designer Genevieve Hoffman agrees to an apartment swap and heads to the south of France. But when the apartment owner’s brother returns from deployment, she finds herself with a man who inspires fantasies rather than fashion.

Etienne Gagnon barely made it out of Syria alive during his last special forces assignment. All he wants is a little R&R in the apartment he shares with his sister. But the woman making breakfast in his kitchen isn’t his sister. He might not understand a word coming out of her mouth, but he has no problem reading body language and likes what she’s saying just fine.

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One Kiss by Misty Simon

perf5.000x8.000.inddThe last place Lorena Weber wants to be on Valentine’s Day is a singles party thrown by her newlywed best friend. But how can she say no? She’ll give it an hour—two, tops—and then she’s heading back to her normal life. But she didn’t plan on seeing the one man who had turned her world on its side New Year’s Eve with one kiss that opened doors she had firmly locked.

Caleb Manning got coerced into attending this ridiculous party by a co-worker. He’ll stay for an hour at most and then he’ll head home. That was the plan until he recognized Lorena across the room and had to see if that kiss was only New Year’s Eve magic or something more.

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My Review:

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The January 27th releases include:

Pick Me by Tanya Hanson

Pick MeVolunteering at a horse rescue has helped heal schoolteacher Kelsey Hunter after her celebrity ex’s betrayal. Life in the rural California community suits her better than the bling of Hollywood. When she seeks help for a classroom project, she’s thrown into the sphere of a down-to-earth organic farmer and horseman who could really steal her heart…

Landry Mills, successful mega-spokesmodel for a famed Westernwear line, returns to his hometown to regroup and reconsider signing the next contract. Meeting Kelsey explodes feelings in him he wants to make real. But finding out a fancy director’s son recently crushed her spirit has him take things slow. What will Kelsey do when she finds out he’s a celebrity in his own right? He might not be able to bear it…

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Surprise Me by Anita Kidesu

perf5.000x8.000.inddJosie and Carson Sandberg are on the cusp of being empty-nesters. With a cross-country move and Carson’s busy work schedule, there hasn’t been much time to connect.

When gifted with a romantic getaway and challenge that says “Surprise Me”, the two embark on a trip that reveals secret desires and more. But sometimes a fantasy is better left undiscovered…

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Text Me by Erin Bevan

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhen Erika’s ex becomes her boss less than a year after dumping her by text, she gets desperate to find a date to the corporate Valentine’s dance so he doesn’t suspect she still has feelings for him. Though not a fan of texting for the obvious reason, she doesn’t have much choice but to tap the keypad in order to gain the attention of the only viable candidate from the classified ads.

Grayson made the mistake of listening to his brother a year ago and has regretted what he did to Erika ever since. But his brother’s next suggestion just might be his salvation when he takes out an ad for a Valentine’s date…and Erika answers.

Using a pseudo name and keeping contact to text messages only, Grayson’s plans to make Erika fall back in love with him appears to be working…until the date of the dance draws near, and she pushes a meeting—face to face.

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My Review:

Erin

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And, as if all these great books aren’t enough to whet your romantic appetite, The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to celebrate. You can win by entering their Rafflecopter draw below:

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Please join me again on Monday, February 1st when I’ll preview/review the next four books in the Candy Hearts series. Until then, keep writing, keep reading, and keep warm!

Nancy

 

Candy Hearts Romance – January 20th

candyhearts_slideFrom January 4th through February 10th, Notes From a Romantic’s Heart will feature the 40-story series, A Candy Hearts Romance, from The Wild Rose Press. It’s an ambitious project to be sure, but one filled with love and wonder. There will be historical, contemporary, vintage, erotic, and even paranormal/time travel stories. Yet, no matter what the genre, the overall theme will be Valentine’s Day and those sugary, salutatory treats you either love or hate.

First up, Adore Me by Darcy Lundeen

Adore Me CoverA hacker is targeting Meredith Crismis’s struggling new dessert company. But when the tech firm she depends on sends hunky computer expert Vlad Wiznitsky to fix the problem, things begin improving for Meredith, both personally and professionally.

First, her relationship with Vlad heats up to the sizzling point, then Meredith’s given the chance to snag a wealthy customer who could put her company’s bottom line permanently into the black. It seems like a dream come true, until the persistent hacker turns her “Divine Desserts” website into an X-rated marketplace, the wealthy customer demands a discontinued decorative item or else no sale, and her relationship with Vlad begins to unravel under the pressure of her obsession with professional success.

For a woman who deals with creating intricate wedding cakes and luscious muffins, life has suddenly become the ultimate recipe for disaster.

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A Fun Fact About the Author: A writer and researcher, who has dealt with subjects as diverse as international organizations, multiple sclerosis, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, and the Soviet Union (when there still was a Soviet Union), Darcy enjoys taking long walks, visiting the Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Etruscan and dinosaur exhibits in museums, doing sudoku (but only the easy ones).

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My Review:

Darcy

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Next, we have Me + You by Brenda Gayle

Me+You CoverTeacher Lori Tait has always wanted a family, but now she’s 40, she’s pretty much decided all the good men are taken. Instead, she devotes herself to her students, particularly one little girl whose struggle with math seems inconsistent with an otherwise brilliant and artistic mind.

Mark Wilder hadn’t planned to become a father, but when a fling resulted in his daughter, Grace, he whole-heartedly embraced the role. Raised in a family of boys, what does he know about women and girls? Once he learns of Grace’s inability to comprehend basic math, he welcomes the role of tutor as a way to connect with his daughter; the opportunity to spend time with her sexy teacher is an added bonus.

When Lori cracks the mystery of Grace’s problem, Mark’s world is thrown into turmoil; he’s the last person who can help his daughter. He pushes everyone away, confirming Lori’s theory about men. Grace, however, has other plans. Using her new-found understanding of math, she sets out to prove to her father and teacher that, together, they add up to the perfect match.

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A Fun Fact About the Author: Brenda lives in eastern Ontario with my wonderful husband, two fabulous children, a rescued cat, two Siberian Huskies, and assorted aquatic wildlife.

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My Review:

Brenda

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And last, another trip to the wilder side with Melt My Heart by Marie Tuhart

Melt My Heart CoverVeterinarian Lexi Mallory wants to submit to the sexy new Dom from the club, but trauma from her past keeps getting in the way.

It’s a good thing Gabriel Huntington has a special way with difficult subs and sees the gorgeous Lexi as a delicious challenge.

Unfortunately, Lexi fears her inability to relinquish control will finally test Garbriel’s patience and he’ll end their contract. Can Lexi lower her barriers and allow Gabriel’s touch to melt her heart?

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A Fun Fact About the Author: Marie has a key chain collection from all the places she’s visited, both US and around the world.  Only two have been given to her.

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My Review:

Marie

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And, as if all these great books aren’t enough to whet your romantic appetite, The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to celebrate. You can win by entering their Rafflecopter draw below:

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Please join me again on Saturday, January 23rd, when I’ll recap Week 3 of the Candy Hearts series and give you a sneak peek into Week 4. Until then, keep writing, keep reading, and keep warm!

Nancy

 

Candy Hearts Romance – January 18th

candyhearts_slideFrom January 4th through February 10th, Notes From a Romantic’s Heart will feature the 40-story series, A Candy Hearts Romance, from The Wild Rose Press. It’s an ambitious project to be sure, but one filled with love and wonder. There will be historical, contemporary, vintage, erotic, and even paranormal/time travel stories. Yet, no matter what the genre, the overall theme will be Valentine’s Day and those sugary, salutatory treats you either love or hate.

First up, we travel through space with, Real Love by Charlotte Copper

perf5.000x8.000.inddAs a young girl, Monda was placed into the tutelage of Mistress Teevac. Trained to use her empathic skills and educated in the ways to please a man, Monda is on her way to her new mate and master when her spaceship crashes. Rescued by a handsome space lieutenant, who literally makes her heart race, Monda’s eyes and heart are opened to new possibilities.

When Lieutenant Patrick Lancaster looks at the exotic Monda, he sees beautiful not alien. With an instinct to protect her and the desire to have her, he’d be honored to call her his own, but the starts have something else in mind. Or do they?

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A Fun Fact About the Author: Charlotte lives in Stouffville, Ontario – that’s in Canada, eh.

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My Review:

Charlotte

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Next we have a trip to beautiful Cape Cod with, Say Yes by Katie O’Sullivan

perf5.000x8.000.inddDarby Malone has trouble saying no. Hosting a children’s Valentine party at her recently renovated gallery is the last straw, and the last time she intends to say yes to anything. That is, until she meets Ben, a well-known Cape Cod artist with eyes as deep and blue as the ocean. He stirs feelings in her that have been dormant for too long. Can she afford to say yes to him?

Ben Phillips needs this gallery show. His life has been empty since his wife died four years ago, his paintings the only thing giving him solace. But his style has changed, his art completely different than the breezy shore paintings he staked his reputation on. Can he convince Darby to give him a chance – and to consider him for more than just a place on her gallery walls? Will she give him a place in her heart as well?

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A Fun Fact About the Author: Katie lives on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust.

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My Review:

Katie

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And last, another fun trip to the wilder side with, Tweet Me by Desiree Holt

perf5.000x8.000.inddDon’t call. Don’t text. Tweet me…

Married to her work, event planner Avery Kurtz runs her life and her business on a private message feed. She has no time to waste on emails or a love life, and Valentine’s Day means just more parties to plan. But when Tanner Voss, best man in Avery’s best friend’s wedding, is assigned to help finalize plans, her world is turned heart-side up.

The hotshot attorney might be a player. He’d hit on her before and she avoided that mistake but he’s also surprisingly cooperative, focused on making the perfect choices for their friends, and even on board with her messaging preference. Between the erotic dreams about the sexy litigator and her body urging her to forget caution, Avery is wondering if she was wrong about Tanner and wants him to do more than “tweet me.”

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A Fun Fact About the Author: Known as the oldest living author of erotic romance, Desiree has produced more than two hundred titles in nearly every subgenre of romance fiction.

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My Review:

Jan 18 CH Desiree Only

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And, as if all these great books aren’t enough to whet your romantic appetite, The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to celebrate. You can win by entering their Rafflecopter draw below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please join me again on Wednesday, January 20th, when I’ll recap the next three books in the Candy Hearts series. Until then, keep writing, keep reading, and keep warm!

Nancy

 

Week #2 – A Candy Hearts Romance Series

candyhearts_slideThis past week we previewed/reviewed books 7 through 12 (out of 40) in A Candy Hearts Romance series from The Wild Rose Press. Today we’re going to recap the week, tempt you with a tease for next week, and share with you the Rafflecopter draw for a Kindle Fire, compliments of the publisher.

On Monday, January 11th, we spotlighted:

Be Mine Cover   Be Mine by April Hollingworth

YouandMe Cover   You & Me by Stephanie Kepke, and

Youre Tops Cover   You’re Tops by Sydney St. Claire

On Wednesday, January 13th, we took a peek at:

Kiss Me Again Cover   Kiss Me Again by Monique DeVere

Red Hot Cover   Red Hot by Kayden Claremont, and

Sweetie Pie Cover   Sweetie Pie by Willa Blair

Next week, we’ll be treated to:

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Adore Me Cover     Me+You Cover     Melt My Heart Cover

All of the Candy Hearts books are available for pre-order on Amazon. As well, on the book’s release day, you can get it on sale at The Wild Rose Press January Releases.

As promised, here is the link for the draw:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

As always, I hope to see you again soon. Please feel free to curl up in front of fire with a cup of hot cocoa (or something stronger) and one of these fine Candy Hearts books! Until Monday, stay healthy, stay happy, stay warm!

Nancy

Candy Hearts Romance – January 13th

candyhearts_slideFrom January 4th through February 10th, Notes From a Romantic’s Heart will feature the 40-story series, A Candy Hearts Romance, from The Wild Rose Press. It’s an ambitious project to be sure, but one filled with love and wonder. There will be historical, contemporary, vintage, erotic, and even paranormal/time travel stories. Yet, no matter what the genre, the overall theme will be Valentine’s Day and those sugary, salutatory treats you either love or hate.

When does 2+2=3? When it’s the 2(nd) week + the 2(nd) release day for 3 more candy hearts stories.

First up, a tropical romance with, Kiss Me Again by Monique DeVere

Kiss Me Again CoverThe last thing Riley Flynn wants is to be present at her ex-fiancé’s wedding—which should have been hers—but she refuses to give him the satisfaction, despite the nosedive her life has recently taken. Now, if she can only find a plus one to prove she isn’t a complete failure.

All Sam Rutherford wants is a peaceful life, but his zany neighbor is making it impossible. The woman is a menace to herself, and anyone in her path—he has the dent in his car to prove it. But when she raises those big amber eyes and confides in him, how can he say no to anything she wants? Soon she’s invading his life and bungling her way… into his heart.

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A Fun Fact About the Author: Monique was born on the beautiful island of Barbados, where she grew up on a large plantation with enough wide-open space to let the imagination run free.

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My Review:

Monique

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Next we have a trip to the wilder side with, Red Hot by Kayden Claremont

Red Hot CoverTreena Stanton, artistic coordinator of Sierra’s Cowboy Theme Park, wants to exact revenge on Clayton Wagner. She had a crush on him in school, but he never acknowledged her existence. Revenge is sweet but not as sweet as the pleasure of his touch.

Strategic accounts manager, Clayton Wagner lost a bet and has to work the next twenty-four hours at his buddy’s theme park. But when his “boss for the day” with mouth-watering curves demands he wear a cowboy costume, all he can think about is finding out what’s under her petticoat. But when the truth is revealed about their past, will the sparks of passion fizzle or burst into Red Hot flames?

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A Fun Fact About the Author: When Kayden’s not crafting erotic romantic stories, she can be found crocheting or making jewelry.

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My Review:

Kayden

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And finally, a wonderful Hawaiian vacation with, Sweetie Pie by Willa Blair

Sweetie Pie CoverMakenna Stewart flees Scotland for the Big Island of Hawaii intent on making real a cherished dream—a bakery of her own. Hard work and long hours leave Makenna craving some fun in her life. Her best customer, Greek-god sexy surfer Tom may be just what she needs, but she suspects there’s more to him than board shorts and a devastating smile.

Retired professional surfer and real-estate multi-millionaire Tom Bensford, is there when she opens every morning, but he’s not craving her Morning Glory muffins. Fascinated by the dark-haired, blue-eyed wahine with the creamy Celtic skin and devastating Scottish accent, he’s never met a woman like her. Too bad he’s about to destroy her dreams.

To him, it’s just business. To her, it’s the kind of betrayal she fled Scotland to escape. Can the island magic in Makenna’s heritage save her dream and their romance, or will his secret tear them apart?

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A Fun Fact About the Author: Willa has topped both Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s bestseller lists for her Scottish historical paranormal romances and is a regular contributor to USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog.

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My Review:

Willa

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And, as if all these great books aren’t enough to whet your romantic appetite, The Wild Rose Press is giving away a Kindle Fire to celebrate. You can win by entering their Rafflecopter draw below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please join me again on Saturday, January 16th, when I’ll recap Week 2 of the Candy Hearts series. Until then, keep writing, keep reading, and keep warm!

Nancy