From 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
A 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.
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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Next, we have Me + You by Brenda Gayle
Teacher 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.
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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And last, another trip to the wilder side with Melt My Heart by Marie Tuhart
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?
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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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:
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!