Audio Samples

One of the great things about summer is trying something new. This last summer, I tried cliff jumping. Yeah–I’m that dumb.🙂 But, I totally wore a life jacket and it was a lot of fun.

The Echo Ridge authors are trying something new this summer too. We’ve expanded our books to include audio books! So cool! I’ve attached a couple samples below. You may recognize the voice–the narrator also did the audio for The Fault in Our Stars. You can pick up the audio book by clicking here.

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Kisses Between the Lines-Release!

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Hello Wonderful Readers,

I’m thrilled. I mean, today is one of those days that you work towards, envision, and circle on the calendar, and then FINALLY get to see.🙂 The latest in the Echo Ridge Anthologies is available-and it’s everywhere.

The amazing Rachelle Christensen has been the driving force for getting Kisses Between the Lines, a five-book set written by bestselling and award-winning authors, available on Amazon, the Kindle lending library, audio book, and in paperback. She is absolutely amazing!!

So, let me tell you about this anthology. The book centers around the Echo Ridge Library fundraiser. Because it’s all about the library, each author chose a classic novel and put a spin on it. My book is The Lion, The Witch, and the Library.

About the Book

Jennifer Solomon’s birthday wish is for the one thing she’s been too shy to go after: Kirke Staples, Echo Ridge’s resident playwright, an avid mountain biker, and her best friend. Friend, as in don’t kiss, don’t covet, and don’t under any circumstances fall in love with the man. But it’s too late—she’s already fallen in love. Hoping for a birthday kiss that will change everything, she arranges an “accidental” meeting with the handsomest man on the library board. Her carefully laid plans are thrown off track when the beautiful Bay Barington sweeps into town and casts a spell over Kirke. In her efforts to win Kirke’s heart, Jennifer is forced to take a look at her inner self and decide what type of woman she wants to be, a lion or witch.

Other Books

There are five books total in the anthology: Much Ado About a Kiss; The Lion, The Witch, and the Library; The Kiss Thief; The Last of the Gentlemen; and Pride & Persuasion.

The characters are interwoven, the setting is stunning, and the feeling of a town where people care about one another comes through in every page.

If you’d like to pick up a copy, click here. I know you’re going to love this book!

 

Carribean Rescue-A summer romance with adventure!

Hello!
There are so many wonderful things happening this month with the Summer Olympics. I’ve enjoyed watching the commercials featuring Olympic hopefuls. These are people who have a dream and they lay it all on the line for that dream. No wonder we admire them, root for them, and put them on posters.🙂
My friend, Cami Checketts, has written an adventure full of romance for the Destination Billionaire Romance series featuring an ex-Olympian. Caribbean Rescue is now available by clicking here.
We’re also featuring a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card! Just think of the fun you could have with $50 bucks! To enter, follow the link below.
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About the Book:

Just in time for the Summer Olympics, bestselling sweet romance author, Cami Checketts, brings you a new Destination Billionaire Romance.
Superstar runner Zack Tyndale was the easy favorite to win gold in the Olympic Games, but a stupid decision shatters his dreams the night before the big race. Unable to face his shame, he escapes to the Caribbean and a life of blissful solitude … until Madeline Panetto crash lands on his pristine private beach, trying to outrun a gang of pirates with nothing but a fancy evening gown and a flash drive hidden in her bra. Zack finds himself sucked into Maddy’s world of mutiny and murder.
Madeline might find refuge from the pirates, but Zach is battling pirates of his own. When sparks fly between them, they’re forced to look to their hearts for the answers and that could be more frightening than facing a mutinous crew.
Can these two find refuge from the pirates and with each other?

Read and Excerpt:

A few steps from the French doors he heard the high whine of a motor. Zack whipped around and searched the ocean beyond. There were no lights, but the motor sound was unmistakable. What kind of an idiot would be out on the water with no lights on and in what sounded like a small boat?
Zack raced past his pool and gardens, and took the steps to the beach two at a time. He could just make out a small boat, hurtling through the water. He didn’t even have time to be angry someone was invading his sanctuary as he saw the angle they were coming at. “No, not that way!” he yelled, though they couldn’t possibly hear him.
Zack sprinted through the sand and onto his dock. He kept one eye on the boat as he ran the length of the dock, waving his arms and yelling, “Turn! Turn!” Large boulders and a former shipwreck resided just under the water, exactly where that boat was heading. Any other angle into the harbor was deep and safe to take even in his yacht, but this idiot was coming straight for the shallow waters of the dock instead. Why weren’t they slowing even though they were within a hundred feet of the dock?
“Stop!” he screamed. “Turn!”
The sickening crunch was louder than the howling wind and rain. The rear of the boat flung into the air, and the lone passenger flew forward then disappeared into the water. Zack dove off the dock, surfacing quickly, and using strong strokes to cross the distance. Water from the uneven waves splashed into his face, making it hard to see. The person bobbed up out of the water and started swimming his direction. That was a relief. From the hair streaming around her, he assumed it was a woman.
They came within a few feet of each other and Zack slowed and treaded water. “Are you okay?”
“I-I think so.”
“Can you make it to the dock?” His lights reflecting from the beach showed a mop of dark hair and a beautiful face.
In answer, she started slowly swimming that direction, but she hadn’t gone four strokes before she swayed and rolled over onto her back. That’s when Zack noticed the cut on her head. The water turned the blood a watery pink. She’d definitely hit her head on one of the rocks or maybe the old shipwreck.
“You’re not okay.”
“I can make it.” She started to kick. A wave rolled over her face and she jerked up, coughing and spluttering, but bravely kept trying to stay afloat, beating at the water with her arms and legs.
She was tough and not a complainer. Nice.
“I’ve got you.” Zack looped his arm under her armpit and over her chest and tugged her back to the dock. She had a small build, but her clothes must’ve been waterlogged because she seemed to weigh a ton. Zack was in shape, but he tired quickly. Finally, they made it to the dock and the woman clung to the edge. Zack grabbed hold and heaved himself out of the water then helped lift her up. She collapsed onto her back and released a loud breath. “Oh, thank you, I thought it was time to reacquaint myself with Saint Peter.”
“Saint Peter?” She’d hit her head hard or she was crazy. He looked over her fancy, waterlogged dress and the diamonds sparkling at her throat. She’d been out in the ocean like that, without a lifejacket? Crazy it might be, or with quite a good story to tell.
“You know—the angel at the pearly gates.”
 Zack let out a surprised laugh. “Glad you put that off for a little while.”
“Me too.” She sat up and touched the small gash in her head. Blood trickled between her fingertips. “Ouch.”
“I bet.” Zack pushed his way to his feet and offered her a hand. The wind whipped his wet t-shirt around him. He was glad he shaved his head and didn’t have hair whipping in his face like she did. “Let’s get you up to the house and cleaned up.”
She placed her hand in his, but wavered as he helped her up. Zack wrapped his other arm around her waist and lifted her onto her feet. She swayed.
“Can you walk?”
Her eyes filled with stubborn pride. “Of course I can walk.”
She pulled away from him, took one step, teetered off the dock, and splashed back into the water.
“Oh, boy.” Zack shook his head. He hadn’t smelled alcohol on her breath, but that had to be the explanation. Fancy dress, alone on a boat in the ocean at night. He’d have to help her tonight then load her onto his yacht tomorrow and get her to Belize. If she had any money it was probably sunk with her little boat. He’d get her to where she needed to go and be done with this mess. Oddly enough, he didn’t mind the excitement. It was a good contrast to his normally sedate lifestyle.
She came up to the surface sputtering and flailing. Zack knelt down, put his hands under her armpits, and hefted her back onto the dock. He stood slowly, supporting both of them then swung her off her feet and into his arms. Despite himself, he noticed how nicely she fit against him. It had been a long while since he’d been around an attractive, unrelated woman. “Shall we try this again?”
“Good plan.” Her voice rumbled against his chest and he kind of liked it. “I must’ve thumped my head harder than I thought.”
“Or something,” he muttered.
Her head whipped up. Brown eyes full of fire. “I’m not drunk, if that’s what you’re thinking, I’m…” She quickly looked down again, not meeting his gaze.
“You’re…” he encouraged. He’d like to hear her story and he did believe her that she wasn’t drunk. Her speech was too lucid and her breath smelled too clean.
“I can’t. I don’t know who to trust.” She grabbed onto his arm. “Oh, holy monkey balls!”
Zack jerked in surprise and almost dropped her as she squirmed in his arms. “What are you doing now? You want to fall in the water again?” They’d reached the end of the dock, but she could still fall in the shallow water.
“I’ve got to find something. Please. Can you help me look in the water? Back where my boat is?” Her eyes were wide and frantic.
“Right now?” Zack gestured to the waves building as the storm increased in intensity. “No! You’re hurt. It’s dark. And there’s a storm.” His four-year-old niece had more common sense than this woman, and Chalise hadn’t spoken a word in two years.
The woman deflated and burrowed herself into his arms. Zack liked this quite a bit better than her struggling. He tightened his hold on her. Hmm, her shape was really… shapely.

The New Billionaire Marriage Brokers Book is Now Available

Dear Reader,
Some stories are personal and come straight from the heart–this is one of those stories. After burying four grandparents in less than 14 months, I became well acquainted with death, dying, and grief. I understand why there are terms like “we lost them” and “they passed away.” Phrases such as these give feeling where the word “died” doesn’t portray the sense of loss, emptiness, and heartache we experience when a loved one’s spirit leaves this mortal realm.
And yet, in all of that, there is love. We ache because we love. We grieve because we love. We cry and shake and cling to one another–because of love. Even at the center of our hardest times, there is love.
That’s why I was finally able to write this story. After the haze of sadness over the losses, all that was left was love. I poured it into the pages of this book and I hope that you can feel that love as you read.
Wishing you all the best,
Lucy

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To get your copy, click here.

Liam Bernhard has climbed Egyptian pyramids, skydived, searched for sunken treasure, reached high camp on Mount Everest, and paddle boarded in Antarctica. He has one final wish before he dies; he wants to be married. With time running short, he hires Pamela Jones to find him a bride.
Kiera Martin has done the Billionaire Marriage Brokers arrangement once before and it didn’t turn out well. She left her verbally abusive husband and BMB behind to nurse her mom through cancer treatments—expensive cancer treatments. Three years later, with few financial options left, still carrying baggage from her first marriage, and her mom in remission, Kiera gives Pamela one more chance.
What she thinks will be the fast road to debt reduction turns out to be the hardest path she’s ever trod as Liam’s diagnosis looms over their every minute together. He showers her with enough love to last eternity, which is good because eternity may be all they have to look forward to. In order to find her happy ending in a world where sorrows outweigh the joys, Kiera must learn how to live in the moment, cherish every good gift, and love like she was dying.

 

 

 

Hawaiian Masquerade release!

Aloha!
With summer in full swing, my friends in the Destination Billionaire Romance series are busy taking kids to swimming lessons, lacrosse, camping and rodeos, tending chickens, prepping kids for college, attending  family reunions, making popsicles, riding bikes, watching fireworks and reading! Summer is excellent reading time. Just like you, I read in by the side of the pool, in the car, and in tents.🙂 I hope you enjoy this sweet summer read set on the beaches of Hawaii! Have a wonderful July!
-Lucy McConnell

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Hawaiian Masquerade
by Rachelle J. Christensen

Excerpt
Lexi closed her eyes. The waves rolled in slowly, rhythmically, with a dependability that would never be doubted. Shawn had been her rock and they’d worked together with a rhythm that had kept their jobs and life in sync. Before Derek, she might’ve entertained a future with Shawn … but the dark-haired man with a camera bag slung over his shoulder had changed everything.

Story Summary
When Lexi Burke escaped the remnants of a cold winter in Chicago for the beaches of Kauai, it wasn’t a random vacation. She left the hectic pace of Burke Enterprises behind with enough money to retire at age thirty-two, intent on settling into the idyllic existence of island life. Until she met local photographer Derek Mitchell—a talented man with a grudge against rich tourists.

From art night to snorkeling lessons, hiking, and chopping coconuts, Lexi can’t talk herself out of spending time with the handsome, hardworking man who knows the value of every dollar. She also can’t find a way to tell him the truth about herself. But then Derek is selected to help in a benefit at a masquerade ball as one of the eligible bachelors up for auction. Lexi must decide whether to wear a mask or unveil her true self and risk losing Derek’s trust and a chance at love.

Get your copy today by clicking here!

The Lucky Billionaire

Hello!

How’s your summer going? I hope it’s been sunshine and water fights and great books and giggles. That’s what summer should be and I wish it for all of you. One thing that I love about summer is hitting the library and coming home with a huge stack of books and then falling into the couch for the afternoon. I’m currently reading a book called Unleash the Power of the Female Brain, by Dr. Daniel G. Amen. I’m only about 2 chapters in but I’ve found the information on the differences between a female brain and a male brain so interesting–especially because I have three boys.

I’ve already finished The Lucky Billionaire by author Jeanette Lewis. It was a quick, afternoon in the sun read that left me with a happy heart. The information is below if you’d like to pick up a copy. You can also click here.

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When Ty Epperson wins a fortune in the Idaho State Lottery, he’s determined to put his sudden wealth to good use, even if it means putting up with Holland Morrissey, a Los Angeles image consultant who has never met a credit card she doesn’t like and thinks spending $1000 on a pair of pants is normal behavior. Ty has never considered himself lucky in life or in love, until now. But not all of Ty’s plans are popular and someone is determined to stop him, putting everyone and everything he loves at risk.

Of course, this book had me wondering what I would do differently if I won the lottery.🙂 Hire a cleaning service? You bet. Buy a new car? Uh-yeah. And, if possible, I’d buy a second home in Italy just for funzies. What would you do?

 

Destination Billionaire Romance Release

Hello Wonderful Readers,

Life is full of twists and turns. Some of then knock us over and others are unexpected blessings. Being able to bring together authors for this Destination Billionaire Romance series has been one of those giant blessings in my life. Taylor is a wonderful mother, friend, and support. She’s wicked smart and has a heart of chocolate.🙂

I’m pleased to introduce to you Almost Everything, by Bestselling Author Taylor Hart.

AlmostEverything_CVR_XSML  Billionaire Montana Crew, country music superstar, thought he’d put the cheating best friend and ex-fiancé in the past. When the ex appears backstage bearing the news of his friend’s death and thrusting an envelope in his hands, he’s shocked and a little annoyed.

Lily Ray Gold, L.R. Gold to her associates at the law firm, doesn’t want to deliver the envelope with her best friend’s last wishes. Nothing could have convinced her to look the ‘King of Country’ in the eye again…except Jason. She’d do it and she wouldn’t lie, telling Montana she was finally done with him would feel awesome!

When Montana shows up at Lily’s law firm and extorts her into helping him figure out what Jason wants him to do, neither of them would have expected getting caught up doing their high school bucket list by surfing in Hawaii, riding in a hot air balloon, and climbing Devil’s Tower.

They both agree to finish the list for their friend, but when Montana proposes, Lily has to make a choice—tell the truth or never have almost everything she’s ever truly wanted.

You can pick up your copy of Almost Everything by clicking here.

Giveaway-

Gelato author, Jennifer Youngblood, is sponsoring a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card OR Paypal cash! (Although … you can use the money for a new summer dress, garden accessories, or groceries, think of the books you could buy!!) Simply click on the link below to enter.
Jennifer is the author of several slow southern romance and romantic suspense novels. Her latest book, Candlelight Kisses, is the first in her Almost an Angel series.

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