Free and bargain books June 06, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us. This is an author new to me. Awesome.

The One Who Rocked Away: (The Prodigal Ones Book 1)

The One Who Rocked Aawy

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SERENE
If she loses herself loving him, is it love at all?

Growing up with Nolan, Serene Sinclair stands witness to the rise and fall of his faith. When his talent shoots them both to fame, Serene’s love for him makes her stay. However, as he drifts further from the faith and pulls her along with him, Serene has to ask herself if he is worth losing it all.

NOLAN
He gains it all to lose it all, so he can find his way back to love.

Nolan Stone was born for the stage. Judged and rejected by the church, the only reason he has to keep the faith is Serene. When she abandons him, his faith goes with her. When circumstances intertwine their lives back together, he wrestles with the urge to be someone he’s not just to get her back.

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Browsing has a bargain suggestion. $1.37 This is an author I’ve read and enjoyed.

A Change of Heart: (The Callaghans & McFaddens Book 1) 

A Change of Heart

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I just want things to stay the same. Bringing new people into our family company will change the dynamic that has worked perfectly fine so far.

When her father announces that he plans to retire from their family company, Makayla McFadden knows that change is coming. While employees have come and gone from C&M Builders, the core of the company has always stayed the same, the main roles all filled by family members. Though she understands the need to hire someone, Makayla is resistant to the idea of having a stranger step into the void created by her father’s retirement.

I’ve looked out for my little sister since she was born, and that’s not going to change even though our dad is moving to another city. I just need to find a job so I can continue to help care for her the way I always have. She’s my world, and I’d do anything for her

Upon learning that his father and step-mother plan to move to a new city with his younger sister, Ethan Collins knows he needs to move there as well. The day he gets a call from his first choice for a job, he figures God has answered his prayers. However, while most of the family is welcoming, Makayla McFadden is reserved, clearly not accepting of his presence there. After they offer him the job on a three-month probationary basis, Ethan knows he not only has to convince them he can do the job, he has to somehow convince Makayla that he’s a good fit for her family’s company.

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Currently reading Book 1 of a 3 book collection and it’s still a bargain at $1.41 

Second Chance at Love

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Three fun, feel-good, uplifting romances where childhood or teen sweethearts encounter each other and second chances when they least expect it! Be prepared to be swept up by these heartfelt stories into the world where past wounds can heal, humor is abound, and love is found again. This set includes a reunion romance, a single dad and best friends romance (previously published), as well as a never published before fairytale retelling.

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Happy Reading y’all.

Free and bargain books June 05, 2020

This is a good day for new book suggestions!

BookRunes has a FREE offer for us. Another author new to me.  It’s fun finding new people to enjoy. I’m hoping this will prove to be one more great experience.

The Lost Art of Reverie: (Aveline Book 1)

The Lost Art of Reverie

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An inheritance. A long-forgotten dream. A new life in a spacious place.

Corporate life has not been treating Katie Grace well. Suffering from extreme anxiety due to a recent incident at work, she learns that she has inherited her late grandmother’s Victorian house in the lake town of Aveline, in the rolling hills of the Los Padres National Forest. Maybe a new start will be exactly what she needs.

Hardware store owner Sam Grant remembers Katie from when they spent summers together, years before. Sam has determined never to get involved in a relationship again, but working on Katie’s house renovations might put that resolve to the test.

In Aveline, Katie allows herself to dream again, finding solace in creating food and a space for her new friends to gather. As members of the town welcome Katie, her heart begins to find safety, but will the events of the past repeat themselves?

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An author appearing here frequently has a book release set for Oct 13th and it’s on pre-order at the bargain price of $1.38.

Marry Me for Real, Cowboy: (Cavanagh Cowboys Romance Book 1)

Marry Me for Real

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Adam Cavanagh’s rodeo championship tastes like dirt after a competitor’s critical injury, but going home to his family’s Montana ranch isn’t much of an improvement. If not even the coveted trophy earns his stepfather’s respect, what will it take?

Riley Dunning’s quick thinking is all that’s keeping her body, soul, and principles together, but demanding a kiss from a hunky cowboy to deter the weirdo following her might be taking things too far… especially when the cowboy comes up with a risky plan that might offer them both stability. If it doesn’t backfire completely.

Will a fake engagement give Adam and Riley the leg up they each need, or will the cost to their hearts be too high? Because neither believes the other will want to marry them… for real.

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An interesting bargain in the suggestion line-up. I’ve recently downloaded one other book by this author.

The Billionaire’s Commitment: (The Billionaire Club Book 6) $1.39 

The Billionaire's Committment

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Living in New York was too expensive, so when the medical bills pile up Ensley Morgan lets the dartboard choose where she’s going to live next. When fate chooses Texas she doesn’t look back, until a handsome doctor weasels into her life—and her heart. But falling for her doctor comes with a price she’s not willing to pay.

Peter Bridgeport has dealt with many stubborn patients, but never one so uncompromising as Ensley. Her life hangs on her last treatment option, but she refuses treatment because of the cost. He’s never crossed patient boundaries until the determined redhead came into his life. Now he’s paying for her treatment anonymously and bumping into her out of the clinic.

When he saves her from more than her illness, their chemistry ignites. He realizes it’s time for her to see a new doctor. Only she finds out about his lies and wants nothing to do with him.

Now he needs to convince her to stay before a dart takes her out of his life as quickly as it brought her in it.

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A bargain collection by another author frequently seen here. $1.41

Second Chance at Love: (To Love and to Cherish Book 2)

Second Chance at Love

Amazon quote:

Three fun, feel-good, uplifting romances where childhood or teen sweethearts encounter each other and second chances when they least expect it! Be prepared to be swept up by these heartfelt stories into the world where past wounds can heal, humor is abound, and love is found again. This set includes a reunion romance, a single dad and best friends romance (previously published), as well as a never published before fairytale retelling.

SEASON OF JOY. A successful travel reporter returns home for the holidays, and sparks fly between her and her first crush, now a single father. When his youngest son writes a letter to God asking for a Mom for Christmas, she agrees to help him find the right woman. But can this reunion be a second chance for these best friends?

HOLD ME. Can she win the heart she shattered?
Divorcee Aileen McKenzie only wants to have a fresh start in her hometown with her son and their pets and to see her fledgling pastry store thrive. When she nearly drowns in a flood and her house and store are damaged, her first love-and the man she’d left over two decades ago-Roman Vela comes to the rescue. Old feelings resurface.
Over the next days, Aileen and Roman grow close until she might have to leave town-and Roman-again. Will a once-shy, risk-averse girl choose a safe life with guaranteed income or risk it all for love?

NOT YOUR CINDERELLA TYPE. Run away or claim her prince… what will she choose?
Once heartbroken and abandoned, Allie Reyes watches her former childhood sweetheart and the head of the corporation, Rodrigo Garza, from the shadows of cleaning the offices. Blackmailed to go to a masked ball, she meets him incognito and has the best evening of her life… until she leaves in haste. When she is later accused of a theft she didn’t commit, will she have the courage to stay and claim the love she didn’t hope for?

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I’m still reading Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense Box Set (Books 1-3) but I’ve moved on to book 2. It appeared in another collection somewhere along the line so I’m skimming through as a refresher before I move on to book 3. It’s still a bargain at $0.99 if you are interested.

Alaskan Refuge Box set

A woman hiding from the fatal mistakes of her past. A sister rescuing her autistic little brother from the clutches of danger. A mother confronting the demons in her past to rescue her kidnapped daughter.

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You can tell spring is here. Hammers pounding, noisy equipment working on something I can’t see, things are happening. A welcome sign after the quiet of covid lock-down.

Happy Reading, on this good day for new book selections.

Free and bargain books May 30, 2020

BookBub has a $1.42 bargain suggestion for us. I like to vet suggested selections prior to posting them, always hoping to provide good reads. I’m not seeing the normal signposts to tell me good or bad. It’s difficult to know for sure on this one but it looks like it should be a good read. My apologies if I’m wrong.

Lacewood: A haunting love story that sweeps across centuries: Romantic Small Town Southern Fiction

Lacewood

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MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across Lacewood, an abandoned 200-year-old mansion in small-town Virginia, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning she finds there. Katie buys the house on a whim and throws herself into befriending the colorful characters in the southern town of New Hope.

THE PAST AND PRESENT converge when military veteran and hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by helping restore the memory-filled Lacewood house to its former glory.

As Katie delves deeper into the mystery of the beautiful “widow of Lacewood,” her ownership of the acreage around the estate comes into question. When developers begin work to destroy the beautiful rural landscape, the southern charm of New Hope is threatened…and the townsfolk see her as the cause.

But destiny has bigger plans for Lacewood. To fulfill them, Katie and Will need to piece together the previous owner’s heartrending story, uncover secrets the house has held for centuries, and find the faith to accept their own painful pasts.

Part contemporary romance and part Civil War historical romance, Lacewood: A Novel of Time and Place is an unforgettable book club novel about love and loss, roots and belonging…and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted.

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BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us. I’ve read one book by this author but cannot remember what it was like. We will try again.

The Missing Bride: Christian Brides Historical Series

The Missing Bride

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Lily would rather marry a stranger than be forced to marry Edgar Carrington, a cruel ruthless man that fooled everyone but her. She prays God will help her escape and His answer comes in the form of a mail order bride ad. It takes careful planning, but Lily escapes Edgar and travels to Colorado, leaving her life behind – or so she hopes.

Lee Anders is smitten by his new wife. She’s strong yet kindhearted and beautiful. Yet he knows she keeps many secrets. How can they build a life together with so many shadows haunting them from her past? Will his love be enough to keep her in this wild and sometimes uncivilized place, or will she return to the comforts she left behind?

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This has turned out to be a slow day for books, Nothing else new is showing up for us at the moment. We’ll hope tomorrow will be a better day

Currently, I’m starting the last book in a 6 book collection and it’s still a bargain at $1.39. They are short reads as there are only 298 pages in all. Not many pages for six stories. They have turned out to be OK stories. There is a bit of sameness to them all but overall it has been worth the time spent.

Honeysuckle Cove: The Collection: Books 1-6

Honey Suckle Cove collection

Sweet Tea and Summer Dreams ~ With the recent adoption of his niece Lanie, everyone in Honeysuckle Cove seems to have forgotten Colton James’s rowdy past—everyone except Vanessa Pearce. But when their paths unexpectedly cross once again, it’s Colton’s opportunity to prove to her that one shattered wish can lead to a beautiful dream come true.

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Next, I’m trying to decide between

The River Beautiful Andrea Carmen (still a bargain)

The River Beautiful

The River Beautiful mingles history and legend in a fast-paced ride through the deceptively peaceful Allegheny Mountains on a quest for answers amid loss, strength in the face of love, a whirlwind of self-discovery, and learning to use faith to illuminate even the darkest places.

and tonight’s first book Lacewood

Lacewood

I’ll let you know tomorrow which one I picked.

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I won’t be reading all night tonight. Not after spending four hours of intense labor in the flower beds today. I’m digging out old bushes with stubborn roots, making way for nice new ones. A make-over. I’m excited.

Tomorrow will be a writing day, to answer the weekly story challenge a fellow blogger has going on. The prompt is … Wrinkle. I have an idea how to use the word, now I just have to build a story around it. Haven’t started yet. I could be in trouble this time.

In the meantime…

Happy Reading!

Hmmmm… On second thought, maybe I’ll try The Missing Bride next. It looks interesting too.

The Missing Bride

 

 

Free and bargain books for May 27, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us. Reading the synopsis – I’m not entirely sure what this book is about but it’s free so it’s worth a look.

One Season of Hope: An Inspiring Tale of Triumph and Tragedy (Homecoming Historical Series)

One Season of hope

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Bestselling author Jim Stovall’s latest offering and first title of his Homecoming Historical Series, One Season of Hope, is a rare combination of tear-jerking emotion, powerful wisdom, and inspiring hope. Written in Stovall’s signature easy and economical style, the story is told through the perspective of Glen Fullerton, “a man for the last forty-two years in the Truman High universe, simply known as Coach.”

Welcome to the Friday night lights of Harry S. Truman High School football stadium. Coach knows the roller-coaster ride of a high school football season better than anyone. But this season is different than any he has experienced in all his years of coaching. It is one of life-changing suspense and gripping lessons in the value of humanity.

Regular, reflective “conversations” with the late President Truman give guidance, mined from the coach’s love and study of history, to help him through the most challenging season of his long and storied career at Truman High—a season that he will forever remember as One Season of Hope.

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A favorite author, Christy Barritt, has a new book coming out and it can be pre-ordered at the bargain price of $1.40

The Exercise of Interfering (The Sidekick’s Survival Guide Book 3)

The Exercise of Interfering

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When Elliot’s boss signs up the staff at Driscoll and Associates for a lip-sync battle, Elliot wants out. But when a dead body is found before the competition and Elliot’s picture is in his hand, Elliot’s need for answers outweighs the embarrassment of being in the spotlight. Who would have ever thought a little interfering could lead to the fight to stay alive?

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Another enticing bargain shows up for us in Amazon suggestions. $1.39. I’ve read Lisa Phillips and look forward to experiencing this new one.

Expired Refuge (Last Chance County Book 1)

Expired Refuge

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Mia Tathers is an ATF Special Agent. It’s not like she needs Conroy to protect her. However, when it becomes clear someone is recreating her biggest mistake, Mia has to face her own inability to forgive Conroy for what he took from her. It’s the only way she’ll stay alive.

In this town, Police Lieutenant Conroy Barnes is the one who fixes problems. When a blast from the past shows up, bringing danger with her, he vows to keep her safe. But the clock has expired on her refuge. Death is knocking, and Conroy is determined not to let it in.

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I’m currently reading and enjoying the fourth book in this collection. It’s not often I manage to read every book in a collection before moving on.  I’m not bored yet and it’s still a bargain at $1.39.

Baxter Family Bakery: The Complete Collection (Arcadia Valley Romance)

Baxter Family Bakery

Four siblings work together to start their own locally sourced bakery in idyllic Arcadia Valley and they all find their match along the way.

Book 4

Donuts & Daydreams: Police officer Gloria Sinclair had her life in order until Jonah Baxter moved to Arcadia Valley. Now their friendship has sparked feelings that threaten her tightly-guarded secret. Can Jonah learn to see beyond her devastating revelation, or will they be stuck with a relationship made of donuts and daydreams?

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Happy Reading y’all.

Free and bargain books May 23, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us. This is an author new to me. The first chapter is intriguing and I look forward to experiencing the rest of the story.

Never Say Goodbye

Never say goodbye

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Tyler Collens has seen grief and loss in his years of experience as a paramedic—but he never expected it to touch his life in such a personal way. The death of his wife eighteen months ago shook his steady world and changed him in more ways than he can count. Time and routine have steadied his feet, and he looks toward the future as he raises his infant daughter—but the past has a tighter grip on him than he knows.

Alyvia Emmerson has never been certain of who she is or where she belongs. Her dad’s abandonment as a teen broke a fragile piece of her heart, but ten years later, she has moved on. Living on her own, she at last has a project to devote herself to: revitalizing a shabby bookstore. But she didn’t count on her dream job revealing the shattered pieces of herself she thought mended long ago.

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BookBub has a bargain suggestion for us. One from my 2015 read-and-enjoyed list. I can still remember this read but after checking out the enticing first bit, I think I need to read it again. $1.38 CDN

His Baby Bond : Sacred Bond Series Book 1

His Baby Bond

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Poor-but-proud Kendra Forrester doesn’t need an arrogant billionaire to tell her how to raise her sister’s baby. But when handsome Zeke King arrives at her Colorado cabin demanding custody of his brother’s child, strategy dictates that she let him stick around.

Battling mountain snowstorms and the baby’s illness brings these two opposites together, but their own insecurities, their dead siblings’ secrets, and a jealous former boyfriend threaten their tentative bond.

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I’ve just started a good looking book which, unfortunately, has gone back to  regular price. Another Dan Walsh book is still a bargain though. When Night Comes (Jack Turner Suspense Series Book 1)

I’m currently hooked on  If These Walls Could Talk (Joe Boyd Suspense Series Book 1) 

When Night ComesIf these Walls Could Talk

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I see Dan Walsh has a No -Fiction bargain book, one that may offer us encouragement in the difficult days we are facing. I’ve not read it yet, but a little peace would be welcome.

Perfect Peace: in Imperfect Times ($1.39)

Perfect Peace

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Dan Walsh, bestselling fiction author of novels like The Unfinished Gift and The Reunion, has penned his first non-fiction book. Perfect Peace is a 31-Day Devotional crafted from the pages of Dan’s personal journal, written over the last several years.

Here’s an excerpt from Day 2: “If you’re like me, you’ve known moments of real peace. Moments when you’ve trusted God fully for your life, for everything going on in your life. In those moments, you knew real peace. The problem is, the word ‘moments.’ The moments didn’t last. The promise of Isaiah 26:3 is not to have moments of peace in our lives. The promise is that God would keep us in Perfect Peace.”

In Perfect Peace, Dan shares the Scriptural life-lessons he’s learned during some of the more challenging times in his life, hoping to encourage other Christians wrestling with things like stress, worry or fear.

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We’ll finish off this list with something a little lighter. a bargain ($1.40)

Deadman’s Float (Crime à la Mode Mysteries Book 1)

Dead Man's Float

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It all started with a runaway dog.

Meet Serena Lavinia: part-time ice cream truck driver, part-time reporter, and full-time woman of mystery. She never expected to find a cute little terrier while on her morning ice cream route on the island of Lantern Beach. 

Nor did she expect the dog to be carrying a bloody shoe.

When a dead body is discovered floating in a nearby pool, Serena becomes fully immersed in her very own who-done-it. But her investigation hits a snag when a new foe arrives in town. Webster Newsome has been appointed the town’s new newspaper editor—a job Serena wanted—and the man is entirely too bossy.

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Happy reading! …

… on this cloudy but warm spring day.

They say we could get rain and possible thunder storms sometime today. We do get awesome thunder storms in this area. If it’s a good one maybe I will share a bit of it with you. Share the fun. It’s not quite hot enough today to produce spectacular but you never know. 🙂

Free and bargain books May 22, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us from one of my favorite authors. We’ve seen this book offered a time or two and we’re happy to see it again.

The Demise (A Braxton Mystery Book 1)

The Demise

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Tiny Braxton, Tennessee, is a quiet, tight-knit community wrapped around an old town square just a stone’s throw from Nashville. But when the town’s most prominent citizen is found dead at the base of its water tower, news of Peter Lanham’s apparent suicide roars through town like a massive tsunami.

Peter, the handsome, beloved CEO of Lanham’s Fine Foods, had taken a small, family-owned grocery store founded in 1927, and grew it into a successful national chain. With most of Braxton’s residents employed by Lanham’s corporate headquarters, word of Peter’s demise left them searching for answers. What could possibly have made him take a swan dive off that tower?

Julie Parker is convinced he didn’t. As receptionist at Lanham’s executive office suite, she’s determined to find out what really happened to her boss. An aspiring actor who also stars as “The Lanham Girl” in the company’s TV commercials, Julie prides herself on her perceptive observations and people-skills. Who better to find out what happened to Peter up on that water tower?

Matt Bryson, on assignment as a rookie Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, isn’t about to let the attractive receptionist intrude on his first case. She may be a hometown insider, but he’s perfectly capable of solving the case without “Miss Marple” screwing up his investigation.

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BookBub has a bargain suggestion. $0.99. From the Life Begins at Forty series

Cherish Me: (Chapel Cove Romances Book 3)

Cherish Me

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When her beloved aunt’s sudden illness sends Nai back to Chapel Cove to manage the town’s bookstore, her successful, independent, organized life in Texas seems a million miles away. Between a book-hoarding aunt, a leaky roof, unruly pets, wobbly faith, and flaky bookstore staff, the last thing she wants is to have to rely on local cop Mateo Rodriguez for help. Not when he’s the guy who broke her heart, convincing her to focus on her career, not romance.

Mateo, returned to the Cove to help his aging grandfather, never forgot his first love Nai or the one sweet kiss at sixteen that sent her running. Normally confident and capable, being around each other shoots them both back into their teenage shyness and insecurity.

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A FREE book in the series mentioned above, showing up in Amazon suggestions. Written by another author we see here often.

Love Me: (Chapel Cove Romances Book 2)

Love me

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Growing up, Kristina Vela never imagined she’d meet her fortieth birthday divorced by her cheating, manipulative husband, without a house, degree, or career. Back in her hometown, Chapel Cove, to start anew, she’s given up on men. Then she meets grieving widower Greg Matthews and his adorable five-year-old daughter.

Former snowboarder Greg Matthews is moving to Chapel Cove so his daughter can be close to her grandparents. After his wife died, his heart closed to romance. As caring and compassionate Kristina helps him repair his house and his life, he might be falling for her. But if she decides to leave, will he survive a second heartbreak?

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I’m currently reading and enjoying …

The Forgiving Hour: A Novel

The Forgiving Hour

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Twelve years ago, Claire Porter thought her entire life was over when she learned that her husband, Dave, was having an affair with a young college student. Following their divorce, Claire started over, including changing back to her maiden name of Conway.

Claire now feels pretty good about her accomplishments. She has raised a wonderful son, Dakota; enjoys her work; and finally has a new love. When Dakota informs her that he is engaged, she looks forward to meeting his fiancée, even as she wonders if 31-year-old Sara Jennings is too old for her “little” six-foot-plus boy.

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My blogger friend peckapalooza, The Confusing Middle has issued another one word story challenge.

Signal.

It will be a challenge alright. I have a foggy idea but that’s about it so far. At least I haven’t given up quite yet. 🙂

In the meantime…

Happy Reading!

Free and bargain books May 15, 2020

It happened again. So I’m wondering. Why do most female lead characters wear scoop neck tops these days?  More importantly – why is it necessary for me to know this?

Maybe it takes awhile for these often-used words to work their way through the system enough to be recognized as tired.

My eyes tend to glaze over when they encounter wardrobe descriptions, Terms like casual, classy, slovenly, paint pictures in my mind. Minute descriptions, not so much. Once in a while there is a reason why we need to know how a character is dressed, but mostly… it matters little to the story.

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A FREE book suggestion.

Two O’clock Slump (The Hartfield Mysteries Book 3)

two o'xlock slump

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It’s time for Alexa’s bi-annual trip to her hometown. In the wake of her dear friend’s arrest and her recent engagement, the trip should have been a welcome diversion. However, her trips to California’s Mojave Desert only bring pain and reminders of why she moved halfway across the country in the first place.
Any hope for a quiet rest away from the drama of recent months disappears as an alarm clock in the hotel room next to hers awakens her at two o’clock in the morning.
To her astonishment, Alexa finds herself under suspicion for the murder. When the evidence piles up against her, Joe decides it’s time for her to leave. While Alexa stays “off the grid” and out of the hands of her hometown police, Joe works quickly to find who is really responsible.

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BookRunes has a FREE Fiction suggestion for us.

I AM My Beloved Caryl Mcadoo

I am My Beloved

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The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.
How could the wisest man ever to live turn away from following God? The key is in Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs that King Solomon wrote after his return to the Lord. Who was the Shulamite? And why did he call her his sister spouse? Only God knows the answer, but the wisest man who ever lived left clues. You will never forget reading this anointed story and may find yourself setting it down to wipe tears away or simply worship the great I AM.

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I’m currently reading and enjoying Just as I Am and it’s still a bargain at $0.99

Just As I Am: (Unfailing Love Book 1)

 

Just as I Am

 

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Adeline Rhodes has spent years locked away in a New Orleans apartment controlled by her criminal boyfriend. After a daring escape, she realizes just how far she has grown from the things in which she once believed.

Declan King has lived a life of solitude and duty for the U.S. Army. When the deaths of his grandparents bring him home to his family farm, he is forced into contact with people who know too much about his past to simply leave him alone.

When Adeline’s past catches up to her, the two strangers find themselves thrust into a fake relationship to protect Adeline from her vengeful ex. As their chance meeting begins a journey that heals old wounds, they struggle to stay ahead of the danger and deny their growing attraction to each other.

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This is a holiday long weekend for us and the weather is promising to be nice and warm. I’m excited about attaching the weeds poking through in the flower beds. Of course, I’m looking forward to reading time too!

I hope life is looking a little better for you and your’s, like our’s is here. Restrictions have been relaxed somewhat and we can meet in small groups. Stay safe.

Happy Reading to you too.

Free and bargain books May 14, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us today. It appears this is part of a series written with various authors. They are stand alone stories but sometimes their characters will  show up briefly in each other’s books.

A Lily Blooms (Cutter’s Creek Book 4)

A Lily Blooms

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Lily used to dream of marrying her math tutor, James.

When she interrupts his wedding, her dreams die as her embarrassment rises.

Five years later, he’s back and wants to know how Lily knew his wife was not what she claimed to be?

Can the Lord bring together two broken hearts?

Especially when her parents and the little town seem so against it?

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Book 1 in the same series is still FREE as well. I can remember reading and liking this one in January.

That Healing Touch (Cutter’s Creek, Book 1)

The Healing Touch

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Jack Carlson spied for the union army for four, long years and what did he get for his trouble? Blindness. Battered by the war and lost without his sight, he seeks refuge in Cutter’s Creek, Montana. There he hopes to heal his bitter heart. But he’s going to need a lot more help than what he can come up with. His cousin, the local preacher, thinks so too and sends off for a mail-order bride for him, praying a wife will do the trick.
Willow Bennett has been in love with the same man all her life. As a young girl she followed Jack Carlson and his friends until they managed to out run her. As a young woman…well, a girl can dream, can’t she? Imagine her surprise when she becomes a mail-order bride and discovers Jack is her intended! That’s not the only surprise she gets in this story of forgiveness, hope and love.

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A FREE novella from an author we have seen before.

Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope)

Out of the Storm

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Having grown up in a lighthouse, loneliness is all Isabelle Thornton has ever known–and all, she assumes, she ever will know. But when her lightkeeper father rescues a young man from the lake, her sheltered world is turned upside down.

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund’s Out of the Storm is her first ever novella and introduces readers to Beacons of Hope, a new series set in the 1800s amid the romance, history, and danger surrounding the Great Lakes lighthouses of Michigan.

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I’ve just started a new book and it is still a bargain $1.28.  It’s too early to form an opinion.

Montana Dawn (McCutcheon Family Series Book 1)

Montana Dawn

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When Luke McCutcheon finds Faith Brown about to give birth in her rickety wagon, his first instincts are to ride for help. Instead, he stays and delivers a beautiful baby girl. Unable to leave the pretty young widow and her little son and newborn unprotected in the Montana wilderness, he brings them along on his family’s cattle drive, to the absolute delight of the other friendly cowboys. 

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Happy Reading

Free and bargain books May 10, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion

Blast from Her Past

Blast from Her Past

Amazon quote:

After a disastrous failed engagement, Sydney Hampson is leaving her past—and her faith—behind to focus on her career instead. However, following through with her new, albeit misguided, resolution proves easier said than done when former classmate, and reformed bully, Grant Williams signs on with her company, and they must work closely together.

Grant Williams gave up his teenage antics years ago, and now he’s looking forward to a future that includes a strong relationship with God. When he realizes he’ll be working with none other than Sydney Hampson—the girl he had a secret crush on throughout high school—he couldn’t be more thrilled. Until he discovers she’s not the same caring, compassionate woman she used to be.

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A bargain found along the way…

Baxter Family Bakery: (Arcadia Valley Romance) ($1.39)

Baxter Family Bakery

Amazon quote:

Four siblings work together to start their own locally sourced bakery in idyllic Arcadia Valley and they all find their match along the way.

Loaves & Wishes: Inheriting her friend’s Bed and Breakfast in Idaho is a second chance to succeed, but falling for the farmer next door wasn’t in the plan.

Muffins & Moonbeams: Past hurts and insecurity mean they both prefer the background, but a chance at love shines a light too bright to escape.

Cookies & Candlelight: Micah Baxter has enjoyed the year he’s worked in his family’s bakery in Arcadia Valley, even if his siblings are all finding love, leaving him the odd man out. When Micah delivers the cookies Serena ordered for an event at her pottery studio, the attraction between them is hard to deny. But so are their differences. What will it take for a former starlet to find love with an average Joe?

Donuts & Daydreams: Police officer Gloria Sinclair had her life in order until Jonah Baxter moved to Arcadia Valley. Now their friendship has sparked feelings that threaten her tightly-guarded secret. Can Jonah learn to see beyond her devastating revelation, or will they be stuck with a relationship made of donuts and daydreams?

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Another bargain boxed set

Romance from the Heart Boxed Set ($1.39)

Romance from the heart

Amazon quote:

The Quintana siblings are too busy saving their struggling family restaurant to fall in love… Four heartwarming, small-town Western stories of intense attraction, shocking secrets, and the twisty path to the altar.

Sheltered Hearts: A jilted bride gets stranded in a snowstorm with a handsome restaurant cook who’s not what he seems to be.

Secrets of the Heart: When a single mom returns to her hometown to manage the farm-to-table remake of a struggling Mexican restaurant, she must work closely with the handsome ex who broke her high-school heart.

Wise at Heart: He’s an old friend. She’s his nanny. There’s a spark. It would all be so romantic… if she weren’t keeping such a terrible secret.

Joy of My Heart: Will the overprotective Quintana brothers stand by while their little sister falls in love with a mysterious older man?

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One last bargain book

The Pepper In The Gumbo (Cane River Romance Book 1) ($1.29)

The Pepper in the Gumbo

Amazon quote:

Alice Augustine runs the oldest bookstore in the historic district of Natchitoches and believes technology is the root of most problems. If only more people would turn off the Tv and shut down the computer, the world wouldn’t be in the mess it’s in. She wishes she could get the teens she loves to step away from the screens and hold on to their Creole culture. The only person who seems to understand her passion for classic literature is the mysterious website owner, Browning Wordsworth Keats.

Paul Olivier comes back to his home town determined to show the people of Cane River that he’s not the poor, nerdy kid he once was. He’s made a fortune designing video games and opening a giant electronics store right in the snooty historic district will be the crowning glory of his career. Unfortunately, one bookish anti-tech fanatic has decided to do everything she can to keep that from happening. Even worse, she doesn’t know that in cyber space, they’re kindred spirits.

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Currently reading book 2 in this collection

Garden Grown Romance: The Complete Collection (Arcadia Valley Romance) ($0.99)

Garden Grown Romance

The Garden Grown Romance series is Valerie Comer’s contribution to the multi-author Arcadia Valley Romance series, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand in a small town with a big heart. In this stand-alone sub-series, Grace Fellowship repurposes a pair of derelict greenhouses and their attached lot, while providing a setting for garden grown romance!

 

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Today is Mother’s Day. A special day set aside to honor our mothers. My mother is no longer with us so all I can do is remember her in my heart. Instead, I’m grateful to my daughter/daughters-in-law for being such great moms to my grandchildren.

Maybe I should have searched for stories centered around mothers. To bad I didn’t think of it in time. Next year.

In the meantime I have a few phone calls to make.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

Free and Bargain books May 09, 2020

BookBub has a bargain suggestion for us. I like offering opinions but can’t on this one as I’ve not seen it before.

Star Rising: A Coastal Hearts Novel ($0.99)

Star Rising

Amazon quote:

Star Youngblood has always been a fighter–a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she’s finally on the path to the stable life she’s always wanted. Her employer, Priscilla Kelly, is a sweet woman ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis, and Star will do anything to help her. Even if that means going toe to toe with Mrs. Kelly’s neglectful son.

After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray—a woman he’s not at all sure can be trusted—his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul’s handled a lot of turbulence, but he’s never gone up against a force like Star.

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BookRunes has a FREE suggestion for us. I can’t offer an opinion on this one either.

A Fine Mess: A Love Inspired Romance

A Fine Mess

Amazon quote:

She would sacrifice anything for those she loved…

Annie Blake put her life on hold to care for her mother when she was diagnosed with cancer. She didn’t consider it a sacrifice as much as a labor of love. But then she learns that her father has done something completely out of character, not to mention criminal, in a misguided attempt to save the life of his wife. Annie realizes she will have to give up more than just a job and an apartment this time. To save him from going to prison, she will have to give up her freedom.

His life was going according to plan – until the day she showed up…

The last thing Ian McCann expected was the bombshell the daughter of an employee dropped in his lap at the start of the three-day weekend. She needed help, and plenty of it. She also needed it immediately, and hoped he would be able to help. He knew that he could, he just wasn’t sure he was prepared to give what it would require to fix everything.

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This list is short today but tomorrow could be better.

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I was currently reading a book but gave up on it minutes ago. It was okay in a way but not okay enough to hold my interest.

It was long on attraction and short on story. That gets old after a few books and it’s a downhill slide from there. I’ve passed the few books mark many moons ago and the slick slide has been happening more and more often lately.

Partly because I read and move on so quickly – it’s hard to remember what was not liked and I find myself caught, again.

I’ve decided it would be smart to keep a list of disappointments to avoid wasting time in the future. My list is called Short on story – Long on PDA (Public Displays of Affection).  It’s on paper. In a journal next to my keyboard. It won’t be showing up here any time soon if you are hoping to see it. Certain authors just will not be seen as often any more.

I love a good story, one that is worth my reading time and adds value to my life. That’s what I’m looking for and what I hope to find for you.

I have a few lists going on these days, to avoid getting caught with undesirables. I’ll tell you about some of the others another time.

In the meantime…

Happy Reading!