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Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star is on sale for only a few more days!

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Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, On Sale!

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For the first time,

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star

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I am so excited to share this one with you!!!

Excerpt: (18+ Only, please!)

SummerofIrreverenceTheRockStar_w10818_750.jpgSummer’s eyes darted up toward his. Perspiration dotted her forehead, and she felt her nipples harden. He tugged on her lip gently then let go, allowing his eyes to deliberately drop down to her shirt. He exhaled a deep guttural groan, and Summer felt an intense jolt of pleasurable pain flash through her body she couldn’t—and didn’t want to—explain with any logical medical reasoning. Her body moved toward his, and Malcolm lurched out, wrapping his arms around her waist, pulling her toward him with such force, she grunted. She pressed against him, and he held her tightly, his black eyes warming.

“I don’t even know your last name…” he whispered.

Summer exhaled, frustrated, feeling the moistness in her jeans, knowing there was no way to maintain their intensity once she spoke.

“Okay.”

He held her at arms’ length. “Okay? Your last name is ‘Okay’?”

She rolled her eyes. “No, it’s okay you don’t know.”

His eyes clouded over, and he let his hands slide down her arms until they were no longer touching. A searing pain socked Summer in her gut. She’d have to tell him, or risk hurting him. She stood up straight, and shimmied around a bit, trying to alleviate the contact from the seam of her jeans. Why did he stop?

“Okay, okay…I’ll tell you. But please try to keep your reaction under control.”

Malcolm raised his eyebrows. “I’ll make no such promise.”

Summer blushed. “You know what I mean…” Her voice was a mere whisper.

“Okay, fine. I will do my best. But why are you anticipating a reaction? What could your name possibly be?” Malcolm twisted his mouth as he spoke. He squinted as he offered possible options. “Summer Smith? Summer Saunders…Summer Day?” His eyes sparkled. “That’s it, isn’t it? Summer Day?”

“Wynters.”

“Excuse me?” The look of entertainment came back to Malcolm’s face.

Summer rolled her eyes again and crossed her arms. “You heard me.”

She turned to walk away, but Malcolm grabbed her hand and held her fast.

“Oh, no. No way. You can’t drop that and then just walk off. Did you just say, ‘Winters’?”

“Yes.”

“As in, Summer Winters…?”

“Yes. But it’s not spelled like you’re thinking. It’s W-Y-N-T-E-R-S.”

“I don’t think that’s any better.” Malcolm laughed.

Summer smiled and pouted, playfully storming away. She made her way around the construction zone and back to the table with Malcolm at her heels. “That is the reason I didn’t want to tell you.” Her voice was high, enjoying the banter.

“How did you go through life with that name…?” Malcolm’s eyes flashed with happiness. “I mean, if I wrote it, people would crucify me. What were your parents thinking?”

Summer froze.

“I mean, do they love you at all?” Malcolm chuckled.

Summer’s feet refused to move, and her arms lay limp at her side.

“Summer?” Malcolm’s smile faded. “Sum?”

The sound of her nickname spoken by Malcolm did her in. She desperately fought the mounting tears.

Malcolm stared at her. “It’s not your name you’re upset about, is it?”

Summer clenched her jaw and shook her head.

“I’m sorry.” His voice was low and modulated.

She nodded, looking at Malcolm, and wanting, for the first time ever, to have someone make it all okay. To have him make it all okay.

Malcolm grew quiet. They stood there for whole minutes.“I’m sorry if I touched on a sore subject. Really.”

Summer stared at him—this man who had everything except the answer she needed. How could he be so closed off? How could he care so little about the pain of another living creature?

He stepped forward then, as if reading her mind, took her hand gently, and leaned over, speaking quietly into her ear. “It’s not that I don’t care.”

Those few words found a place deep in Summer’s soul.

Malcolm stood tall, and Summer’s eyes followed him. He reached out and stroked her cheek. “But I’ve got nothing more to give than today.”

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A Sweeter Spot — by: Donna Simonetta

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are hosting the always fabulous Donna Simonetta with a fun author interview! PLUS! She’s sharing her NEW release: A Sweeter Spot!

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So, tell us! What was your inspiration to become an author?

I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and have loved books all my life. I never thought that writing could be a career option for me, so I followed other career paths – Account Executive, school librarian – until a health scare stopped me in my tracks. After that, I decided to try writing during a summer vacation from my school job, and, at least psychologically, I’ve never looked back! I’ve continued to work at my library job, and write around it, but that’s become an increasingly difficult balancing act since Angels Fly was published last summer.

Any hobbies you enjoy? Any hobbies your characters share with you?

I’m pretty much a homebody…I like to spend time with friends and family, and I LOVE to read! Kelly, from Angels Fly, is a book lover and an author, and Magda, from A Sweeter Spot, is also a book lover and a librarian. Heather Braden, the heroine of the second book in the Rivers Bend series, shares my love of making up festive cocktail recipes.

Tell us about your latest book, A Sweeter Spot.

A Sweeter Spot is a contemporary romance set in the fictional small town of Rivers Bend, Virginia. It starts out as a little bit of a fish out of water story, as Magda is a northern girl, born and bred, and she’s now living in this tiny town on the Virginia-Maryland border, but she comes to love Rivers Bend and its people. She’s come to the town to get away from her wealthy, controlling grandmother, and doesn’t expect to fall in love with the town–and with the sexy former NFL player, who is the town’s favorite son. Her grandmother isn’t about to give her up without a fight though.

A review of A Sweeter Spot described it as the “Perfect mix of love, passion, humor”, and I was thrilled with that description, as that was exactly what I was going for with this story!

Tell us about your lead character, Jeff, and his trials as a single dad. He sounds dreamy!

Thank you! I have to confess that I think he’s pretty dreamy! Jeff’s daughter, Sam, was just a baby when her mother died, so he’s always been a single dad. He’s made Sam his top priority, and his family is a huge help with her, but before Magda he was always very careful to keep his love life separate from his family life. As Sam heads into her tween and teen years, I think his protective, inner alpha male will present lots of new challenges for him.

Inspiration for Jeff? Any male actor etc. who was your inspiration?

I never really have had an actor be an inspiration for a character. In Jeff’s case, as I wrote A Sweeter Spot, I realized his personality and character were a lot like my husband, who is also a native Virginian, although not a former professional football player. Maybe that’s why I find Jeff to be so dreamy, I wrote him to be just my type!

How about the female lead, Magda? Who was your inspiration for Magda?

Like Jeff and my husband, Magda and I share some traits as well. We’re both from Connecticut, both librarians, both Hungarian-Americans. However, I’m not a petite blonde, and my grandmother isn’t one of the wealthiest women in the world. Heck…neither of my grandmothers were the wealthiest women in their neighborhoods!

Will there be more books in the Rivers Bend series?

Yes! A Sweeter Spot is the first book in a trilogy, although as I’ve been working on the next two books, I see potential stories beyond the three I originally envisioned. I’ll have to see when I’ve finished these three books if I’m ready to leave Rivers Bend yet. Hopefully my readers will fall in love with this quirky little town as much as I have, and if they want to read more about it, I may keep going!

I’ve read you like a good “umbrella drink!”  What’s your favorite? Do you have a favorite place to enjoy your drink?

Every June, my husband and I celebrate the end of the school year, by going to St. Pete Beach, FL. It is the most beautiful white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico, and it is one of my favorite places to relax with a good book, and an umbrella drink! And my favorite umbrella drink…hmm…that’s a tougher question. On the beach, I enjoy the classics–a Mai Tai, Dark & Stormy, or a Margarita.

Here’s a bit about A Sweeter Spot

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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, right? Donna has given us an excerpt, too! 

“Being cheated on is no fun. It happened to me once. Up here,” he tapped his forehead. “You know it’s not your fault. But here,” he tapped his chest over his heart. “You feel like it has to be your fault – like you could’ve done something to prevent it. But you couldn’t have. It’s all on him, Maggie. Not you.”

She picked a dandelion, whose flower had turned into a puffball, and blew on it, scattering the fluff to the wind. “Maybe. Maybe not. But thanks for the support.”

She pushed to her feet and took a couple of steps toward the river. Jeff rose and followed. 

How could he be so angry at a man he didn’t even know? How could this Pierce jerk have slept around on a woman like Maggie? And the prick had even made her doubt herself in the process. It was written all over her anguished face.

He stood behind her and gently kneaded her shoulders. He turned her to face him and cupped her face in his big hands.

“This Pierce guy is the biggest fool on earth to go to someone else when he had you at home, Maggie.”

She blinked away tears, and he felt his heart constrict. Before he could think it through and decide it was a really bad idea, Jeff dipped his head and captured Magda’s lips in a gentle kiss.

Where can you get A Sweeter Spot?

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A little bit about Donna:

IMG_3509 (1)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.

 

Where can you find Donna…?

Facebook

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Goodreads

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Thank you so much, Donna, for joining us today and for sharing A Sweeter Spot! Congratulations!

Happy Reading to All!

 


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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 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

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Amazon UK

The Wild Rose Press

 

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

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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!

 

 

 

 

 


Make Your Holiday Happy!

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are featuring the lovely Abigail Owen, who is sharing some ideas on Holiday Happiness!

PLUS! Read on to find out more about her new novella, Don’t Open Until Christmas !

 

Don’t Open Until Christmas is one of TEN novellas in the

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS anthology!

It looks great!

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From Abigail:

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the time spent with family. I love the music. I love the decorations. I love the food. I will admit, however, that I can’t stand the craziness. The number of events to squeeze into a short period of time. The pressure to get the right gifts, the right cards, the right…whatever. Particularly the scheduling though.

 My break from that insanity is…holiday romance novels. I know, I know. I’m promoting my own holiday romance. But let’s ignore that for a moment, because I really mean it. My mom used to put 1 or 2 new holiday romances in my stocking every year, and I always looked forward to reading them over Christmas break. Now, I start reading as soon as they come out. I They were, and still are, my escape from that crazy part of the holidays that drives me bananas.

 

Here’s a little something about, DON’T OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS !

 Ashley Hughes would love to cancel Christmas this year. Her holiday plans involve a wedding–her twin sister to her ex-boyfriend. To add to the holiday cheer, the big event is being held in the small Texas town where they all grew up together.

Then rumor links her romantically with her high school tormentor, Ryan McAdams–when what she’d prefer to do is deck his halls–and things get complicated. But the more time they spend together, the more Ashley finds herself wishing Ryan was her present waiting under the tree Christmas morning.

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Don’t Open Until Christmas is 1 of 10 fantastic  novellas in the multi-author contemporary romance anthology, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

10 New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers have teamed up to bring a little heat to the winter holidays. Billionaires, Brother’s Best Friends, and Old Boyfriends abound in this treasure trove of contemporary romance tales, and whether these couples are snowbound or spending the holiday in the sun, there’s one thing they all agree on–there’s no place like home for the holidays.

Don’t Open Until Christmas – excerpt !

 “Ashley Hughes?” a female voice squealed from her right.

Let the bullshit begin. “Mandy Walker!” Ashley could do the bubbly girl thing when required. “It’s been ages. How are you?”

The blonde valedictorian of their senior class held up her left hand sporting an obnoxiously large diamond. “Married.”

“Let me guess? Jason Hubbard?” The two had been high school sweethearts, so figuring that one out didn’t exactly require a PhD.

Mandy laughed. “Who else?”

“You look fantastic. Marriage must agree with you.”

“You look great too.” Mandy sobered and Ashley braced herself for what she suspected was coming. “Although I expected this to be your bachelorette party.” A concerned light dulled Mandy’s green eyes and her pouty pink lips turned down. “How are you handling Taylor marrying Eric?”

Ashley pretended not to notice the downshift in mood. “I’m thrilled for them. They make each other happy.” Both true statements. Problem was no one seemed inclined to believe her about the first bit.

Mandy, sweet but not the brightest bulb in the box with social cues, didn’t take the hint. “But you must be disappointed. Everyone expected you and Eric to marry. When they announced their engagement last summer, it was such a shock.”

To everyone except Ashley. Granted, the engagement happened faster than she anticipated, but she’d known. “Oh, things were over between me and Eric before then.”

Mandy patted her arm. “Of course, honey. Way to stay strong.”

Ashley idly wondered if a bullhorn might get the message through. But, while the mental image of blowing back Mandy’s over-teased hairdo with the sound filled her with wicked humor, Ashley decided against it. Where would she find a bullhorn in a bar anyway? Besides, a long time ago, she’d come to the conclusion that the louder you defended yourself against small-town gossip, the more people talked.

Luckily, Bud chose that moment to hand her an ice-cold glass of beer. She tipped it toward the other woman. “See you around, Mandy.”

She spun around and smacked into a wall of muscle, her beer sloshing all over her hand.

“Sorry.” Ashley stumbled back, shook off her hand, and checked her outfit hadn’t suffered any damage. Satisfied she’d survived, she directed her gaze up, way up, into amused brown eyes bracketed by laugh lines.

“Oh, no. Not you,” she groaned. Apparently, Lady Luck, that fickle bitch, had completely abandoned her tonight.

She could deal with the stares and pretend sympathy from nearly everyone else, but not from Ryan McAdams.

If anything, his grin grew. “Nice to see you too, Hughes.”

“It’s Ashley.” Not that he ever listened before. He’d called her by her last name for ten years. Ever since they were fifteen. She waved her free hand as if shooing away an annoying fly. “Why don’t you go away.”

“How about a dance?”

“Did someone drop you as a baby?”

Okay. Low blow. She knew his dad had done that and still felt awful about it.

To her consternation he ignored her and plucked the beer out of her hand to set it on the bar. “Watch this for her, Bud?”

“Hey!” Ashley protested.

The bartender gave him that head nod guys used. “You got it, Ryan.”

Traitor.

Ignoring her grumble of protest, Ryan grabbed her hand and led her to the dance floor. A slow two-step started, and he pulled her into his arms.

Nope. Nope. Nope. I am not slow dancing with Ryan McAdams. She pulled back. “Let’s wait for the next song.”

 

Ooooooo!!! Sounds great, right? Where to buy?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

What a GREAT holiday gift for yourself or any romance lover in your life!

All 10 novellas for 99 CENTS! WOW!!!!

This is on my Christmas list! 

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A little something about Abigail:

meAward-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

Where to find Abigail:

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Happy Reading!

 


Tips for Holiday Happiness!

Tips for Holiday Happiness with Author Nicci Carrera!

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we have the wonderful Nicci Carrera sharing some tips for holiday happiness! PLUS! She shares a blurb from:

THIRD STRIKE’S THE CHARM!

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From Nicci:

Tips for Holiday Happiness

Welcome to the holiday season of 2016! First, I wish you a safe, healthy, and happy season. Next, I want to share with you the little things that make me happy this time of year and that might make you happy as well.

  • After dinner, take a hot shower, dry off with a favorite towel (Charisma from Costco) and put on a thick warm robe  then lie on the couch wrapped in a comforter and read on my Kindle or Nook or sometimes even a paperback. (If you live in the southern hemisphere, make that a cool shower and skip the comforter.)

  • Meet a friend for a little shopping followed by a coffee. (Southern hemisphere: make it an iced tea!)

  • On a sunny day, find a window that has sun streaming through it and sit, stand or lie down there in the sun for a little while. (If it’s hot where you are, substitute a shady spot.)

  • Slipping into my favorite sheets (from Jennifer Adams) an hour early to read.

I grew up in a small town and my parents worked hard to make Christmas special. We had lots of snow, and my dad hung up the Christmas decorations along the windows that lined our long hallway. They had a big tree decorated with lights and ornaments. The family gathered together and opened gifts, but the memories that last aren’t the gifts, all of which I have forgotten, but of being together with my parents, sister and brothers.

Both of my parents are gone now, but they live on in  my heart and sometimes in my books. The second book in my Lobster Cove series is about Cara Cruz and her childhood and high-school sweetheart Jason Ward. Jason, an injured major-league baseball pitcher is home in this small Maine town taking care of his mom, who is disabled. His mom is also Cara’s best friend, so even though the two have some complicated history, they are thrown together during her summer vacation.

The book is a tribute to my mother who suffered from memory loss and confusion in her later years. While those were challenging years and in many ways sad, they were also a gift as I experienced getting to take care of her with unconditional love and also because I was amazed by how capable, funny and motherly she continued to be. At this time of year, I remember both my parents and the efforts they made to create a winter wonderland at Christmas for their three children.

In addition to this women’s fiction element, Third Strike’s the Charm, also has a second-chance romance with a very sexy and quiet-type male and a spicy smart woman.

BLURB!

thirdstrikesthecharm_w10429_300Super student Cara Cruz made it all the way through her prestigious MBA program only to choke on the last final. Ordered by her advisor to take the summer off and clear her head, she’s home in Lobster Cove for some fun before retaking the exam. If she fails a second time, she will lose her dream job offer in Chicago. Meanwhile her best friend happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s mom, which means close contact with the man who broke her heart. Twice. This time she’ll protect her heart no matter the cost.

Ex-major-league baseball pitcher Jason Ward blew his money, his elbow, and his love life. Now at home taking care of his mom and working on a new life plan, he wants Cara back, but he already struck out, didn’t he? Maybe not, and now his mission is to win her back without telling her the truth about why he really came home.

Winning at love will be the only play that counts.

 

Oh my goodness! An ex-major-league baseball pitcher and second-chance love…? Treat yourself for the holidays! Where to buy…?

The Wild Rose Press:

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/3805-third-strike-s-the-charm.html

Amazon Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Third-Strikes-Charm-Lobster-Cove-ebook/dp/B01CWH7MI6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458195608&sr=1-1&keywords=third+strike%27s+the+charm

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=Third%20Strike%27s%20the%20Charm%20(Nicci%20Carrera)&ac=1&acp=third%20strike

iBooks:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/third-strikes-the-charm/id1090762566?mt=11

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/third-strikes-the-charm-nicci-carrera/1123508846?ean=2940158028403

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Nicci_Carrera_Third_Strike_s_the_Charm?id=vcIODAAAQBAJ

All Romance eBooks:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thirdstrike039sthecharm-1999824-149.html

Get to know Nicci!

Nicci writes full-time and has two books out with the Wild Rose Press. She loves to read and nicci-portrait-low-res-correctedthinks great books are ones you can lose yourself in, thinking about it all day long until falling back into it at night (and on lunch breaks). When her work-in-progress is going well, she drinks organic unsweetened almond milk, and when it isn’t, she mainlines chocolate. She likes to write stories based in reality but with high drama that are a bit funny and modern.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!


Peggy Jaeger on Happiness…

Happiness for the Holidays!

Guess what!? Not only is the amazing Peggy Jaeger here to discuss Happiness — Today is also RELEASE day for:

A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights !

And she’s going to share! Romance lovers, get ready to swoon!

It’s fabulous!

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From Peggy on “Happiness” :

There aren’t that many things in life that make me truly happy. Toes tapping, fingers snapping, light hearted, full-smiling happy. In fact, I could probably name them all on the fingers of one hand—and have some fingers left over! The two things that do bring me absolute, total, mind-blowing happiness, though, are Christmas and family. And when you combine the two – being with family on Christmas – well, I’m just giddy even thinking about it.

Because I adore Christmas and family so much, I wanted to write a Christmas love story about a family I truly admire and respect, The San Valentino family. I first introduced them in my 2016 Valentines day Candy Hearts book, 3 WISHES, and now I get to tell the story of the youngest child, Gia. A little later I’ll give you a taste of the story, but for now, I want to explain why being with family is uber-important to me and gives my such joy during the Holiday season.

As an only child raised in a divorced family, I wasn’t exactly brought up in the white picket fence version of childhood. The Christmas holidays were spent being shuffled between two parents who didn’t know how to cope with a divorce, much less treat a child who had no fault in the breakup. Their animosity toward each other was difficult for them to keep to themselves and they made the mistake of putting me in the middle – literally and figuratively – for most of their contentious interactions. I had no siblings, and therefore no buffer. No one to help me or shield me. It was no wonder then, as a child and then a teen, I simply dreaded the holidays.

All that angst died when I met and then married a man who came from a large, loving, supportive family. Christmas was, to them, a joy to celebrate, made all the more jubilant because they loved to spend it all together. No matter how far they lived from one another, or who was away at college or lived far from home, this bunch descended on their childhood family home for the duration of the holiday season. They actually liked being with one another, and Jesus, they had fun! This was what I’d always dreamed of and had never been able to have for my own. Can I just tell you how ecstatic I was to be included into their fold? And I still am, to this day. (Included AND joyful!!)

My daughter –also an only child—was brought up very differently than I was. Both her parents still love one another and she is the light of our world, even as an adult. One of the best things my husband and I ever did for her was give her the gift of her extended family. Even when we lived thousands of miles from my in-laws we always made it a point to spend the holidays with them and all my husband’s siblings. Raised in a time before Skype and Face time,  we would make sure my daughter spoke to her grandparents, aunts and uncles every week on the phone even when she was a toddler, so she would learn to recognize their voices. I’m an avid picture-taker, so we had dozens of photos of the family in our house and when my daughter was old enough to make the connection, she would point to the pictures and state the names of the people in them.

She knew that even though we didn’t live right next door to her cousins and their parents, these people were-quite literally—always there for her. And today, even as adult, she has an amazing, close relationship with them all.

So when I decided to write a Christmas romance, I knew without a doubt it had to take place within the confines of a large, loud, and loving family. Because without family to guide you, support you, and lift you up, there is nothing else. Especially during the holiday season. Maybe even more so because of it! The San Valentino clan is the family I wished I could have grown up in, the kind of family I wanted to call my own. Since I didn’t have the luxury of that type of family, I invented them.

And I love them sosososo much!

So, spending time with a family you adore during the most joyful days of the year is what brings me total, complete, and everlasting happiness.

A BLURB! :

Because I love the San Valentino family so much, I want to share their love. Here’s a little sumthin’ sumthin’ from A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, featuring the “baby” of the family, Gia.

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With Christmas just a few weeks away, Gia San Valentino, the baby in her large, loud, and loving Italian family, yearns for a life and home of her own with a husband and bambini she can love and spoil. The single scene doesn’t interest her, and the men her well-meaning family introduce her to aren’t exactly the happily-ever-after kind.

Tim Santini believes he’s finally found the woman for him, but Gia will take some convincing she’s that girl. A misunderstanding has her thinking he’s something he’s not.

Can a kiss stolen under the Christmas lights persuade her to spend the rest of her life with him?

 

And we have an EXCERPT, TOO!!!!:

After an hour of helping people move supplies from cars, I passed by mama who was carrying a humongous plastic swaddled baby Jesus statue for the crèche when she called out, “The new guy is here.”

“Where?” I put down the ladder I’d been carting and looked in the general direction of where she’d pointed her chin since her arms were full of the Lord.

I found him in an instant. It wasn’t difficult because he was the only guy in the parking lot I didn’t recognize. Plus, he was dressed head to toe in basic clergy black. Black long sleeved shirt under a black vest over black trousers and standard issue shiny black boring priest shoes.

His back was to me and he was carrying a table, but after he put it down and turned around I got a good look at the front of him.

And Holy Mary, Mother of God, what a front he had.

Close cropped military style hair the color of wind blown wheat topped a head which stood – truly – head and shoulders above everyone else around. The guy had to be six-three at least. Sharp, etched cheekbones God cut with a knife, sat under deep and dark oval shaped eyes. His face was a composite of planes and angles, the carved cheeks meeting up with a chiseled-from-stone chin. Hardened concrete looked softer than this guy’s jawline. His nose was perfectly fixed in the center of his face, the slight aquiline bend at the tip bringing to mind Michelangelo’s David, the cupid’s bow under it well-defined and pronounced. His lean shaven cheeks fell into a mouth that was full and thick and – God help me – looked utterly kissable.

I could tell even with the chunky vest covering his torso, he was closer to thin than stocky, but from the way his biceps pulled against his sleeves, he had some muscle to him.

And some pair of legs. They went on forever, from heaven to earth in a full, hard line.

I don’t know how long I stood there just gawking with my mouth open like an empty cannoli shell waiting to be filled, but I’m being truthful when I say I couldn’t move. My feet were frozen to the ground, my knees had locked, and my hips weren’t taking me anywhere soon.

This was one beautiful man.

The old masters would have used him as a springboard for their work, and I could actually picture him in a Botticelli fresco, garbed in Roman robes, lounging while naked, buxom-breasted chubby women fed him grapes and sweetmeats.

In the time it took for a hummingbird to flap its wings once, I pictured myself as one of those women.

Okay, you’ve got to get this for your holiday gift to…yourself! I’m ordering mine right now! How to get your copy…?

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Under-Christmas-Lights-ebook/dp/B01LZ28ZTQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Wild Rose Press: http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/paperback-books/4703-a-kiss-under-the-christmas-lights-paperback.html

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-kiss-under-the-christmas-lights-peggy-jaeger/1124783656?ean=2940157103873

KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=A%20Kiss%20Under%20the%20Christmas%20Lights%20(Peggy%20Jaeger)&ac=1&acp=a%20kiss%20under%20the%20ch&ac.title=A%20Kiss%20Under%20the%20Christmas%20Lights&ac.author=Peggy%20Jaeger

Here’s a little something about the lovely Peggy…

peggyheadshotPeggy 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.

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.

 

 

When she’s not writing or cooking, Peggy can be found here:

Website and blog: https://peggyjaeger.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13478796.Peggy_Jaeger

Amazon Author’s Page:  https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mmj122687/

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

 

 

 


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