Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are celebrating LOVE!!!!!

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In honor of Valentine’s Day… a little teaser from Malcolm and Summer — Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star

Summer of Irreverence - The Rock Star—Book Review“Summer, baby…”

“Yes…?” Her eyes were closed, and she arched off the bed, her chest pressing against his. She leaned back, opening her eyes. She smiled, and Malcolm put his hand to his heart, certain he had never seen a more beautiful creature, ever in his life.

“Baby, I—” He wanted to. Damn. He wanted to more than anything. But how unfair would that be? Being with him only led to disaster…

“Malcolm…” She dragged her nails down his back, pulling him closer. “I know. I do, too.”

He covered her mouth with his.

 

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Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

Where to find, Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

The Wild Rose Press

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Reading!


Great yoga pants…

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we’re talking about yoga pants to lllloooovvvveeee…

Okay, yes, I spend a lot of time on a yoga mat. A lot. Yoga is as good for your mind as it is your body…but that’s a blog post for another time. What you want to know about are these really great yoga pants.

What they are: High Rise Cut Out Chaturanga™ Tights by Athleta.

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(Gorgeous picture, right?)

What’s great about them: They work. I ordered these online and immediately fell in love with the feel — like the smoothest satin or softest cotton.

Fit? Comfortable.

Can they hold up to rigorous exercise?  I took them for a test run a couple of times — first to a regular Vinyasa flow — and I’m happy to say they stayed put. No tugging up at the waist every time I hit Tadasana (they’re high rise). No bunching at the ankles. No adjusting the hips.

Can they survive sweat? Yes. They felt lighter the more I perspired.

Second try: The next time I tested them at an arm balance workshop, and I’m happy to report, my arms didn’t slide off my sweaty legs.

One point: I do have to note that on my tights, the cut-outs are located down the side of the leg and not the back. But I’m hoping the only difference there is aesthetic.

So, are they worth the $89.00 price tag? Yes — especially if you’re like me and want to make these your, “going on a date with the hubby” pants, too. 😉

So try them out, and let me know what you think! Hope this helps you pick a really comfortable pair of yoga pants. Namaste!

 

 

 


Happy Thoughts and Funky Socks with April Hollingworth

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are wrapping up our Happiness for the Holidays series with the fabulous April Hollingworth! April shares what makes her happy during the holiday season, AND she shares an excerpt from her novella, BE MINE! YAY!!!! It’s putting me in the mood to start getting ready for Valentine’s Day! 😉

From April:

Happy Thoughts and Funky Socks by April Hollingworth

 Tis the season to be jolly, yet at times that’s not always possible, especially with work and life in general. For me, I wear funky socks. Especially to work. Nothing worse than going in and knowing you’ll probably have a not so great day, but if you check out your crazy socks, it’s not all bad when a smile blooms across your face.

Life is speeding by, faster and faster each year, but it’s the little things that keep us happy.

Most families have certain traditions they do over Christmas, in my family it’s Christmas stockings at the end of the bed, which are from Santa, and the presents under the tree are from those who love you.

img_0010Each person in my family receives a stocking, no matter what our age. A tradition started when I was thirteen. I can still hear the gasp and squeal of delight coming from my Mum when she found her stocking. Her eyes were huge as she rushed from her room to find myself and my eldest sister laughing in delight at her reaction. It’s one of my best memories ever, to be honest.

Strangely enough this was around the time that my love of funky socks came about too. I do believe it was striped socks in my stocking that started my funky socks love. Since then I’ve had Cow-Cow socks (they had cows all over them). Hot pink socks with mugs, toast and fried eggs. Minnie and Mickey Mouse, and lots more. It’s the little things in life that make a difference. A kind action. A smile of friendship or greeting. Wishing someone a wonderful day, and meaning it. For me it’s also my funky socks.

So Seasons Greeting, and wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I hope that the end of this year will be cheerful, and the start of the New Year joyful. Look after yourselves and one another.

April

Beautifully said, April. Thank you!

And now, April shares an excerpt from her novella,

BE MINE (A Candy Hearts Romance)

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Christmas is a loud and boisterous affair. I spend it with Mark, Sally, and their family. Jonathan is there too, all in all twelve of us somehow squeeze into their parents house. It’s been years since I’ve last had a Christmas like this one, filled with love and laughter. It makes me feel peaceful which is almost laughable, since trying to find a quiet corner is practically impossible.

Throughout the day, Mark stays close to me. Making sure I’m okay and have anything I need. During the afternoon, he takes me for a walk, where we slip and slide on the ice, more than walk.

Snow coats the surrounding area, thick and beautiful, dressing the trees, buildings, and shrubs in a sparkling blanket. It’s surprising how much beauty is around when you’re happy, yet under different circumstances, the same scene can make you feel isolated and alone.

 

Want to read more? Me, too! You can find BE MINE at your favorite site, and here’s the link for Amazon

How about some more books by April?

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Different Kinds of Emotions ~ Poetry

Double Magick in the Falls (The Candi Reynolds Series, 1)

The Prophecy (The Candi Reynolds Series, 2)

The Protectors (The Candi Reynolds Series, 3) ~ Coming Soon

Be Mine (A Candy Hearts Romance)

 

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Website

Amazon

Facebook

 

 

 

 

Thanks, April! What a lovely way to lead us into the New Year!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!


Happy Holidays!

Here on Nitty Gritty Romance, we have been hosting some of your favorite authors talking about happiness around the holidays and what it means to them…

So, in keeping with our holiday theme, I’m going to share what makes me happiest around the holidays and always–my family.

Our traditions are simple. My girls love to go for a walk on Christmas Eve, visit horses and bring them Christmas treats, and “prepare” their dolls for Santa’s arrival. We follow Santa closely on Norad, and by early evening on Christmas Eve, my girls are squealing with joy. It’s really quite perfect. Then, as the evening progresses, we read, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the billionth time, and the magic of Christmas falls on us — that quiet, beautiful, peaceful feeling — assuring us it is an evening like no other.

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Wishing you a holiday filled with joy and peace. May you be surrounded by those you love most, doing the things you love best.

 


Holiday Happiness with Jeannie Hall!

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are thrilled to feature Jeannie Hall! Jeannie shares her story on achieving her dreams, and advises how we can achieve ours as well! What a perfect way to get ready for 2017!

From Jeannie:

2016 has been a transformative year for me. I became both traditionally and self-published for the first time. I’ve begun a personal journey to become healthier and happier – to date I’ve lost thirty-three pounds and have started my own writing business. I plan to leave my rather draining day job sometime within the first half of 2017. So now that Christmas is upon us, and with the New Year right around the corner, I’ve started to take stock of not only 2016, but my life in general.

I’m a happy person. I smile at strangers and feel cheerful much of the time. I’m grateful for all that I have. But sometimes I have struggled with bouts of sadness. Looking back at those times, I realize that those bouts were due to me not following my dreams. For years I’ve worked in jobs I didn’t enjoy – and sometimes stressed me out to the point of ill health – because I was afraid to do what I really wanted: to write.

Now that I’ve made the decision to focus the full strength of my heart and soul on my writing career, things are changing. In the month of November alone I was able to write and publish five eBooks – one, my Christmas novella, A Midnight Clear, and four nonfiction personal development books I’m calling my Writing in my Jammies series. Just a couple of months ago, I never could’ve imagined writing so much so easily. But now that I’ve dedicated myself to making writing my full time gig, taking care of myself and loving myself without limit, what seemed impossible is now happening. (By the way, I’m a retail manager working forty-five to fifty hour work weeks right now. That was also true in November.)

I’m a perfect example that believing in yourself and having faith in whatever higher power you believe in can work miracles. I’m following my fun and my passion, and my dreams – one by one – are coming true before my eyes. I realized that I deserve happiness – we all do. If I can do this, you can do it, too. Trust in your gut and if you have a dream, go after it with all your heart. If you do, your Christmas wishes and New Year’s Resolutions will have no choice but to come true. 🙂

Thanks, Jeannie!

Jeannie is also sharing her new release,

A MIDNIGHT CLEAR  

Wanna check out a fun little Christmas read full of thrills and steamy romance? Try my new release A Midnight Clear.

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Getting entangled in an FBI case involving an international drug cartel right at the holidays does not make for a merry Christmas. Even though she’s never left the U.S., evidence seems to prove Hannah Barker is a drug mule with the cartel. Ian Velez, the local chief sheriff’s deputy, is also on the case, but his gut tells him Hannah is innocent. Is she? Or is something far more nefarious at work?

 

 

 

Sounds great! Where to buy…?    Amazon

 

Here’s a little about Jeannie:

Jeannie Hall is a multi-published nonfiction and fiction author, hailing from the Southern jeannie-hallUnited States.

She writes the nonfiction “Writing in my Jammies” series of personal development books, meant to help others find more peace and happiness in their lives.

For her romantic thriller fiction stories, she uses her experiences growing up in the Deep South and love of nature as backdrops for her books. Jeannie enjoys writing intense and dark plots which twist in unexpected ways around her characters. She believes the best characters come from difficult and sometimes tragic pasts, building them into stronger women and men.

For more information about me and my journey, check out my website: WritingInMyJammies.com

How to connect with Jeannie…?

Website

Facebook

Twitter

 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!


Holiday Happiness with Donna Simonetta!

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we have the always fun and fabulous Donna Simonetta who is here to share some Holiday Happiness with us!

PLUS!!! She’s going to share some info about her novel, Angels Fly…AND we get a sneak peek at her NEW RELEASE, A Sweeter Spot! Yay!!! Thanks for stopping by, Donna!

From Donna:

True confession time. I’m a total sucker for the holiday season. The lights, the music, sappy holiday movies, romance novels with holiday themes, Christmas trees and decorations, cookies–the whole great big, sparkly Christmas ornament of a time.

There are pressures too. On our time, and on our wallets. To find the perfect gifts for our loved ones, and missing loved ones who have gone, but I try to focus on the pleasures, and one of the biggest pleasures of the season for me is getting to spend time with my family. My husband and I live in another state, and we only get to see my mom and sisters for a week in the summer and a week at Christmas. One way we alleviate the stress of the season is by avoiding the hellacious drive up I95 from Maryland to Connecticut by taking the train. We treat ourselves to the Acela Express, and it gets the vacation off to a festive start. Well…except for the year there was a blizzard and they crammed several cancelled trains worth of people onto the Vermonter. Trust me, it was nothing like when they took the Vermonter in the movie “White Christmas”.

52f09e29-4b58-46af-a6b5-601e74c3e731 But I digress. Back to happy. By the time we arrive at the station in Stamford, I’m so excited, I’m ready to jump out of the train and sprint down the platform. Leo and I don our personalized Santa hats. Yes. You read that correctly. My husband and I have personalized Santa hats–you can’t say I didn’t warn you that I was a nut for the holiday! The sister who picks us up at the station is as bonkers for the holidays as I am, and even her car is decked out for the season, with antlers on the windows, and a giant, red Rudolph nose on the grill.

The station is elevated over the tracks, so to get to the pick-up area, we have to go down a long escalator to the sidewalk where cars and taxis are lined up to meet travelers. I know Mary is waiting down there for us, and my heart always races with excitement. I can’t wait to get my first glimpse of her, but the roof of the station overhangs the escalator, and I can’t see unless I bend over to peek as we glide downward. So, of course, I bend and peek. And there she is! My sister is next to her cheery SUV–smiling, waving, and jumping up and down. My heart feels like it could burst, it’s so full of happiness. When we finally get to the bottom, we drag our suitcases and race toward Mary.  We squeal and hug, while Leo loads the luggage into the back of her rig. Once we all pile into the car to drive to my mom’s house, Mary always has Mele Kalikimaka queued up on the sound system, and we sing along as we ride down the highway to continue the celebration with my other sister and my mom. It is always one of the happiest moments of my year.

Wherever the road takes you this week, may you feel the same happiness I am, when I’m riding down that escalator tomorrow afternoon. Happy Holidays! And Mele Kalikimaka to all of you!

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Thanks, Donna! Now here’s the peek at her  NEW novel,

A SWEETER SPOT:

Magda knows a 28-year-old shouldn’t run away from home, but Rivers Bend is the ideal escape. Helping out her best friend will get her away from her uber-wealthy, controlling grandmother and duplicitous ex. She doesn’t expect the quirky little town to feel so much like home. Add in hotter-than-the-sun Jeff and his daughter, and leaving seems as unthinkable as it is inevitable.

 Raising Sam alone, Jeff knew he wanted her to grow up in his supportive hometown. The arrival of a feisty new tenant sends Jeff’s world spinning. Magda fills a void in his life that he’d like to make permanent.

 Will love triumph over the most powerful woman in the country, and can they figure out how to make this happy-for-now in Rivers Bend into their happy-ever-after?

Sounds great! Where can you get it…? Available for PRE-ORDER NOW! 

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Amazon  

 The Wild Rose Press

 

And here’s a bit about ANGELS FLY!

Two years after her husband’s death, Kelly believes her romantic life is done. Until she angelsfly_w10335_750reconnects with her girlhood crush on social media, and as fate would have it, he lives across the street.

 James is over the whole true-love thing. His grasping ex-wife tore that belief out of him, when she left him for a rich, old man. Then he finds out his first love moved to San Diego too, and their attraction burns as hot as ever.

 What they don’t know is that Fate didn’t bring them together – the Guardian Angel Corps did, led by two unlikely Cupids – Kelly’s late husband and Zane, a rough and tumble, 19th century cowboy. When a Fallen Angel decides to tear Kelly and James apart, cherubs and harps aren’t going to cut it, and Zane’s unique skills might be just what they need to get a second chance at their first love.

 

Oooo! Where can you get this one?

 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Amazon UK

The Wild Rose Press

 

Hey! I want to meet Donna! Well, this is where you’ll find her:

Facebook

 Twitter

 

About Donna:

After years working in the business world, my love of reading led me to get my MLS, and I currently work part-time in a school library, a job that allows me lots of time to explore my other love – writing romance! I live in Maryland, with my husband, who is my real-life romance hero. We both enjoy traveling to visit our far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 


Holiday Happiness with Rachael Richey…

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are featuring the fabulous Rachael Richey!  Rachael takes a moment during this busy holiday season to tell us what happiness is to her…

 

From Rachael…

A Frosty Morning Walk

I find there’s nothing better than waking up to a crisp clear winter morning when the sun is shining and the frost is thick on the ground.  We had a morning like that recently, and I took the opportunity to slip out for half an hour with my camera and make the most of it.  Not much makes me happier than long walks in the country on my own.  It’s one of the best ways to come up with new ideas for stories, and on a beautiful still cold morning it was perfect.

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We’re very lucky to live opposite a large expanse of Forestry Commission land, and I managed to get some lovely pictures including this one of a frosty fir tree by a small pond, that reminded me just how close to Christmas we were getting.  It was lovely to see the Christmas trees growing in the wild, and my early morning walk really put a spring in my step for the rest of the day.

 Here’s Rachael’s newest release!

The Girl in the Painting

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While her husband Gideon is recording a new album with his band NightHawk, Abi Hawk is busy getting her own career as a portrait painter back on track. Following the death of her father, which coincides with the opening night of her first exhibition in London, Abi and her daughter come across an old painting in his attic that sets them on a journey of discovery to Paris. They uncover an astonishing and unexpected love story, one that has repercussions to the present day. Meanwhile Gideon, in America to promote the new album, ignores Abi’s warnings and manages to put himself in a vulnerable situation that threatens to rock the stability of their marriage. Separated from Abi by nearly five thousand miles, and unable to speak to her, will he be able to resolve the situation before any real damage is done?

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Ooo, sounds great! Where to find? Here’s a quick link to Amazon, but read on to find out where you can purchase all of Rachael’s books!

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About Rachael:

new-profile-pic-2013Rachael Richey lives in Cornwall with her husband and teenage son. She writes Women’s Fiction, and in 2014 signed a four book publishing deal with a publisher in New York. She has been writing since she was a child, starting with stories about her teddy bears and dolls.

She lived in the Hebrides for nearly fourteen years, having originally gone there to work for the summer season. She met and married her husband David whilst there, and had two children, before moving to Cornwall at the end of 2000.

There are currently four titles in The NightHawk Series, Storm Rising (Feb 2015), Rhythm of Deceit (July 2015), Cobwebs in the Dark (Feb 2016) and The Girl in the Painting (July 2016).

 A fifth book, unrelated to the NightHawk Series (but published by the same publisher), is due out in 2017.  This is a romantic comedy called Breaking All The Rules.

 All the books are available as e-books or paperback from most online outlets including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, All Romance and BookStrand, as well as from the Publisher’s website.

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Where to find Rachael!

Amazon author page

Facebook

Website

Twitter

Goodreads

The Wild Rose Press (Publisher)

Instagram

 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!


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