The Athletic Groom Excerpt

Hello,

A baseball team is a complex, ever changing entity. Capturing that in a book was a real trick and one of the most fun challenges in writing the BMB series.

I’ve included an excerpt for the book below. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you have a fun day. 🙂

Book Excerpt:

Isaac rubbed his right thumb up the palm of his left hand as if he were oiling a new first base mitt. To say he was intimidated by Harper’s beauty and obvious intelligence would be as much of an understatement as saying it got kind of dark when the sun went down.

Her long blonde hair hung loosely over her left shoulder. She had blue, almost navy eyes with small specks of silver thrown in like scattered jewels. She was taller than the average woman putting her forehead at kissable height…and her curves! What could Isaac say, he loved a woman with curves and Harper’s knee-length, fitted dress showed hers off nicely.

Logan had insisted they watch her last press conference. She was like a struggling relief pitcher who was blowing the lead. Despite being frazzled, she’d toughed it out and finished the interview. Thinking about her late into the night, he came away with a deep sense of respect. Few people could do what she did.

Which is why, when she said she knew there was more to his story than the printed word, he believed her and opened up, giving the condensed version of his confrontation with Coach Jcobs and his frustration with the idea of winning at all cost. “Don’t get me wrong, I love to win. But I really, really hate to lose.”

“And there’s a difference, isn’t there.” She quipped, finishing his reference to Moneyball. He grinned, the image of the two of them on a sofa, watching a movie together, his arm around her shoulders and her head on his chest filled his mind. The image was so clear, so inviting, that he blinked when she spoke again.

“So why not put the injured kid in the game? He’s a closer, that’s what they do,” she asked in reference to the reason he was fired. She folded her arms.

A sense of being let down washed over Isaac. Baseball was big business and the Richmonds were as big as business came. “I recruited this kid. He has potential to play pro. He was injured off the field but if he pitched, he’d blow out his arm. I couldn’t see him throwing away a future for a single inning.”

“Especially since you were going to lose the game anyway.” Harper lifted an eyebrow, challenging Isaac in a way he couldn’t get a read on.

He could let it slide; agree with her and get the job. But, it mattered to him that she understood. With all the interviews, questions, and prodding, he just wanted someone to understand. He thought, maybe, that someone could have been Harper. Guess not.

“No. Not because we were going to lose. Even if the game had been on the line, if he had been the deciding factor, I would have sat him because a player is more than their throwing speed or batting average.” He stood quickly, his heart running the bases. Coming to California had been a mistake. “Maybe I’m not the one you’re looking for.”

The pressure attacked again as Isaac opened the door to leave.

Kindles and Kisses


Since February is the month of love, we thought it was the
perfect time to release our Love and Romance Boxed set and we want to give one lucky reader a new Kindle!!

This set, featuring 15 sweet contemporary romance novels, is on pre-sale now for just 99¢ on Amazon B&N, Kobo, and ibooks. To celebrate, we’re giving away a Kindle Fire Tablet. But hurry quick, this giveaway ends Feb 9th!

*Note: Winners outside of US will win a $40 Amazon gift card in place of the Kindle Fire (which is the value of the tablet).

Click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a free kindle.

And if you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Love and Romance, here’s a list of the authors and books included. Good luck on the giveaway!

Dangerous Lies by Christine Kersey

A handsome stranger moves next door to Amethyst Fox, but as she begins to fall for him she discovers he’s not all that he seems.

The Masquerading Groom by Taylor Hart

When Sterling Pennington, movie star and billionaire, gets stuck with a paid date at a masquerade party, he’s not happy. But Sayla Jones might be exactly who he needs to remove his masks.

Feels Like Love by Jeanette Lewis

April Winston brings her new fiancé home for Christmas, but her childhood sweetheart, Wade Hardley, isn’t ready to let her go.

His Personal Relationship Manager by Jennifer Peel

After suffering a public humiliation, Kenadie Marshall realizes that love shouldn’t be left to personal judgement. But Jason Hadley is determined to prove that love isn’t over for this relationship guru, even if it means joining her computer dating service to get closer to her.

The Academic Bride by Lucy McConnell

Janel Fendrick’s dream excavation is within reach—until the funding is pulled . A surprise employment opportunity comes with a proposal…and a groom!

The Resilient One by Cami Checketts

Alyssa Armsworth escapes to Maui and finds herself spending days on the ocean with Beckham Taylor, a handsome ex-NHL star. Alyssa must redeem her past to have a chance at a future with Beck.

Candlelight Kisses by Jennifer Youngblood & Sandra Poole

Gracie Andrews led an ordinary life—right up until the day she died and became an angel … err … almost an angel. She’s given the task of helping others find love and quite possibly find love along the way.

Meet Me in Myrtle Beach by Brooke St. James

Paige Spears accepts an unexpected job offer, hoping for one last summer adventure before joining the work force. She had no idea the trip would change her life forever.

Under a Georgia Moon by Cindy Roland Anderson

Addie Heywood wants to avoid her aunt’s matchmaking schemes and Chase Nichols wants to avoid his ex-girlfriend. They team up to fool the world by pretending to date. What neither of them counts on is actually falling in love.

Rough Edges by Kimberly Krey

When divorced mother, Allie Emerson, seeks employment with her old high school flame, Braden Fox, sparks fly. But will resentment from the past prevent them from sharing a future?

Blissfully Married by Victorine E. Lieske

Sidney wears a fake engagement ring to ward off Blake, her childhood crush that broke her heart. When Blake finds out the beautiful Sidney’s lying, he makes it his goal to get her to tell him the truth.

The Neighbor’s Secret by Kimberley Montpetit

Allie Strickland returns home to Heartland Cove after being left at the altar. When an intruder breaks into her house, Allie has to figure out what secrets Ethan Smith is hiding. Is the man friend or foe—enemy or lover?

Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen

With the unwanted help of a divorce lawyer who’s too good looking to ignore and a detective who has an eye for murder, Adrielle Pyper must race to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before she becomes the next victim.

House Without Lies by Rachel Branton

Lily fills her tiny apartment with endangered teens who don’t have everything they need, but together they have enough. Or so she thinks—until she meets Jameson. But will he be one more thing Lily has to give up to protect the girls?

Before the Leap by Liz Isaacson

Scorned by his ex-fiancé, Jace Lovell isn’t ready for a new relationship with someone as fiery and beautiful as Belle Edmunds. Can she employ her patience while he figures out how to forgive so they can find their happily-ever-after?

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Marrying Miss Kringle: Ginger

I love Christmas. I love Christmas books. I love Christmas magic. And, I love romance.

Tell me you love them too. 🙂

Marrying Miss Kringle was an idea in my pocket for about three years. I’ve joked continuously about my infatuation with Christmas movies, Hallmark ones in particular. I could spend days binge watching and come away with a cup full of cheer and a hankering for candy canes.

Channeling all that into a single book was pretty much impossible. But, I did my best. Introducing:

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Let me tell you a little about it:

Christmas Magic is changing and the Kringle Family scrambles to keep up in this fun and romantic, sweet Christmas romance from Author Lucy McConnell.

When Ginger Kringle is branded to wear the magic red suit, she has to fall in love and get married before Christmas Eve to save the family business. After being given a list (Santas love lists!) of potential Mr. Kringles, Ginger heads off to Clearview, Alaska, where she embarks on a mission to save her family, their home, the elves, the reindeer, and Christmas for children across the globe. In her quest, Ginger finds that checking a list has much more to do with her heart than it does her head.

I hope you enjoy this fun and romantic story! You can pick up a copy by clicking here.

Wishing you a wonderful start to your holiday season.

Lucy

 

Candy Cane Kisses Blog Tour

Dear Readers,

I’ve got a special treat today. A friend of mine, and I am so thankful to call her friend, is part of a Christmas box set titled Candy Cane Kisses. Autumn Macarthur is a Christian contemporary romance author based in the UK. I love reading her books and getting a taste of life in England. I recently asked her why she likes to write Christmas stories and this was her answer.

I adore Christmas! Yummy food, fairy lights, decorating the tree,
giving and receiving gifts—the big kid in me delights in all that!
Plus it’s a time for family, faith, and love, all things that mean a
lot to me. And they’re all important elements of my new novella Calm &
Bright, too. It’s a story of finding home, a second chance at love,
and the greatest gift of all—the gift of a second chance with God.
This Christmas, Brad Hughes hopes he can convince his bitter ex-wife
Maddie he’s not the unreliable, workaholic charmer she married young
and then divorced. They’ll be together over the holidays, for the sake
of their four year old son. But what chance do they have of becoming a
family again, when she’s returned to the tiny Idaho lakeside community
she grew up in, and he’s a city boy through and through. Can they
allow God to heal their broken marriage and broken hearts before his
career tears them apart again?
This is a story I’ve wanted to write since my spring release in 2015,
Forget Paris. Brad appears in it very briefly, and unfortunately he’s
a bit of a jerk! Okay, a LOT of a jerk! But I love knowing none of us
is such a jerk we can’t be redeemed by love and faith. That earlier
story woke Brad up that he needed to change, and in this story, he
finds his heart’s true home. I’ve enjoyed writing it so much! And I
hope readers will enjoy it too.

                                                        –Autumn

You can pick up your copy of Candy Cane Kisses by clicking here.

Autumn and her fellow authors have put together a fantastic giveaway. Click here to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card and 8 new books!

Candy Cane Kisses: 8 Christian Christmas Romances by [Warren, Susan May, Daley, Margaret, Jordan, Kimberly Rae, Macarthur, Autumn, McDaniel, Lesley Ann, Thompson, Jan, Ueckermann, Marion, Williams, Susette]

Everything to Lose

Giving her heart to the wrong man could cost her everything.

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About the book:

A fast-paced, sweet romance by bestselling authors Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole.

When her father dies suddenly, Samantha Fairchild gets engaged to an uptight, controlling billionaire in order to save the family from financial ruin. Samantha accompanies her fiancé to Hawaii while he’s conducting a business deal. A chance encounter with a free-spirited surfer with dreamy eyes and a quick smile throws her into a tailspin.
Caught between forbidden love and loyalty, Samantha has everything to lose. Will she choose money and security, or will her heart win out in the end?

To purchase your copy, click here.

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.

Listen to Sample

Echo Ridge Box Set REAL SMALL

Kisses Between the Lines-Release!

Echo Ridge Box Set REAL SMALL

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!