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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday Sample: Turnaround Farm

Welcome to Saturday Sample. Today I'm sharing an excerpt from my new release Turnaround Farm. Turnaround Farm is a Kindle Unlimited title available at

If up and coming realtor Holly Grant can buy Turnaround Farm for her client, her business will boom. Who says you have to have a man in your life to complete you? She’s fine as she is thank you very much. Her first problem is that Jeb Wakefield doesn’t want to sell his farm, and her second problem is Jeb’s grandson Dan, the finest looking man Holly’s ever seen. 

Last Week.
“I don’t think so, Gramps.”

Jeb’s lips marginally tightened. Dan was so stubborn. That was one thing he had inherited from Kyle, although he’d never said so to Dan. Any resemblance to his father horrified his grandson. “How do you ever expect to get married if you don’t look around a little?”

“I don’t want to get married.”

Jeb’s eyes widened. “Why not? Having a pretty woman to snuggle with would be a lot better than sleeping alone. I think you’d be a pretty good father too.”

This Week: We continue where we left off last week. Dan speaks first.

The Miracle of Us

Title: The Miracle of Us
Author: Elizabeth Trent
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2019
“She was my life, my whole heart, but most of all my soul. Sometimes a person never recovers when they lose their soul.” ~Chase
Chase and Naia were high school sweethearts who planned to live happily ever after.
But sometimes plans change.
Chase Collins has regrets in his life. Merely existing, he walks through each day, not living the life he once planned. Fortunately for him, a second chance slams into him after seven long years. A second chance he’s unable to resist. 
Naia Donovan’s world was rocked with tragedy two years ago. Since that time, she’s tried to get her life back on track. In her attempts to move forward, she hadn’t planned on constant nightmares haunting her dreams. When she sees an opportunity at her high school reunion to move past the pain, she takes it, not realizing she’s still healing.
As Chase and Naia work to rekindle their lost friendship, secrets are revealed threatening to end what they’ve revived, before they can find their way back to one another. Will the ghosts haunting their pasts be too much for them to overcome?
“I’m praying for a second chance to set things straight, for a chance to move forward from my past and to put some nightmares to rest. But for all intents and purposes… I think I’m praying for a miracle.” ~Naia

As a child, Elizabeth (aka Liz) always dreamed of becoming a published writer, but in order to achieve that she needed to write a book. Fast forward to today and the release of her debut novel.
She enjoys writing stories that show there is hope no matter what you are going through.
She lives in Texas with her husband and three boys and works part-time as a nurse and full-time as a mom. When not writing, her free time is spent crafting, traveling, and hanging out with family & friends. She is a lover of all things coffee, donuts, unicorns, & cotton candy.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Falling Through the Ceiling

Audrey Robinson Jones left Kansas to attend Wellesley College, graduating in 1972 with her degree in anthropology/sociology, planning to be a social worker. Instead, she worked in healthcare administration for almost 30 years with her husband, including running his multi-office pediatric practice for 24 years. She also earned master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business. She became managing partner of an airport concessions company and purchased two business franchises with her sons. At the same time, she and her husband built a loving home with three sons. As life unfolded, her sons and husband were diagnosed with ADHD. Managing businesses and four ADHD males took its toll on her health. In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an almost fatal autoimmune disease. Recovering and retired, Audrey remains a vital force, including participating with Larry in several international health missions trips. At home, she continues to lead a local food pantry, something she’s done for over fifteen years, in addition to family advocacy activities.

Larry Albert Jones, MD, grew up in the 1950s with an overprotective mother and grandmother in a poor section of Memphis, Tenn. His childhood was greatly impacted by the village of educators and church folks who recognized his intellect. That village launched Larry to Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he lost his mother to cancer before his 20th birthday, but his path was set. He began to notice how much time he required to maintain his college GPA as he prepared for medical school. Keeping his eye on the prize, he persevered, never considering that he would later be diagnosed with ADHD. For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician and parent, he did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself. While being an effective and popular clinician, he lived in denial about his own diagnosis. Larry is currently a departmental medical director for the SSM Healthcare System. With treatment and counseling, Larry is pursuing community projects, including facilitating a STEM program with elementary school students in Ferguson, MO.
The memoir of Audrey and Larry Jones and their three sons demystifies ADHD in childhood and beyond. A blend of love, humor and real-life irony, Falling Through the Ceiling makes sense of the nonsensical, shedding light on the challenges of living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). These stories offer the real-deal reality of living with a house full of ADHD, including the ups, downs and chaos of what happened and the consequences of such. The authors, a married couple of 45 years, offer experience, practical insight and what they learned from counselors, research and their own mistakes to assist people coping with children and adults who are affected by ADHD. Sharing their personal life challenges with the effects of ADHD, this is a real, sometimes painful, story written to help families recognize and navigate to controlling chaos and unlocking the gifts of ADHD in their children and themselves.

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Monday, February 11

Guest Post at Lighthouse Academy

Monday, February 11

Book Spotlight at Queenie's BookTalk and Reviews

Wednesday, February 13

Interview at Nothing But Books

Friday, February 15

Book Spotlight Authors & Readers Book Corner

Book Spotlight at Hope. Dreams. Life. Love

Interview at A Diva's Heart

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Famous Lover's Quiz

Famous Lovers Quiz

In honor of Valentine's Day let's play a game. How many of these lovers do you know?  The answers are at the bottom of the page.

  1. He was a Roman general, and she was the queen of Egypt.
  2. Their love destroyed Camelot.
  3. He gave up his throne for her because he couldn’t marry a divorced woman.
  4. They met each other while filming a movie about ancient Egypt.  They married once, divorced, and then married again.
  5. Both star crossed lovers died in this Shakespearean tale which told of a bitter feud between two noble families.
  6. She lost him, but tomorrow is another day.
  7. A short man, he ruled the French Empire, but he divorced his true love because she couldn’t bear him a child.
  8. They were two gangsters who enjoyed robbing banks.
  9. The king of rock and roll, he married a girl he met while he was in the army.
  10. He’s faster than a speeding bullet, and she keeps trying to guess his secret identity.
  11. They fell into a burning ring of fire.
  12. He lived in the jungle and swung through the trees, but she loved him anyway.
  13. She was a governess who fell for a man with a dreadful secret hidden in the attic.
  14. She gave him an apple that he wasn’t supposed to eat.
  15. He was only a stable boy, but he loved her with all of his heart.  Then she married another man. 
  16. He was the captain of The Millennium Falcon, and she was a princess on a mission.  
  17. She wrote a book called A New Leaf, and he went to the bookstore and bought the first one on the shelf even though they had plenty of copies at home.
  18. They met on an ill fated ship called the Titanic.

  1. Antony and Cleopatra
  2. Lancelot and Guinevere
  3. Edward VIII and Wallis Warfield Simpson
  4. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
  5. Romeo and Juliet
  6. Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara
  7. Napoleon and Josephine
  8. Bonnie and Clyde
  9. Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu
  10. Superman and Lois Lane
  11. Johnny Cash and June Carter
  12. Tarzan and Jane
  13. Edward Rochester and Jane Eyre
  14. Adam and Eve
  15. Heathcliff and Cathy
  16. Han Solo and Princess Leia 
  17. Elaine Cantrell and Wallace (Okay, we aren’t famous, but hey, a girl can dream.)
  18. Rose and Jack


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Can't Let Go

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Chrissy Brown will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, also an ebook of the second installment of the series Come a Little Closer (tentatively to be released 2/9), to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A sweet, yet steamy new adult romance about a girl who's not ready to fall in love and a boy who isn't ready to let her go.

She is beautiful, probably the most beautiful girl I've ever seen, but she's damaged.
Her a-hole exboyfriend broke her.
I still want her.
I can show her that all men aren't the same
That I'm different.

He's everything I need to stay away from, and I try.
I really do, but he's relentless.
So, I give in and let him have me.
All of me.
I should have known better.

Read an Excerpt:

I spend my days wondering what she’s doing.

Is she okay?

Is she out drinking herself to death like I am as I try to block out the pain?

Or, the worst one of all, did she get over me and move on to someone new? I think that thought tears me up the most. I know we haven’t been apart long, but the phrase “to get over someone you have to get under someone else” haunts me.

Thinking about her in some other man’s arms, his lips kissing her soft skin, his hands roaming her body, makes me sick. The only thing that helps numb the suckiness that has become my life is the whiskey.

I grab the bottle of Jack beside my bed and take a swallow, then chase it down with another and another until the pain doesn’t hurt quite as much. But no matter how much I drink, there’s always a dull ache that is Mallory.

About the Author:
Chrissy Brown is a Contemporary Romance and New Adult Romance author. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, twin girls, two dogs, and the neighborhood cat.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like cuddling on the couch watching movies with her family, reading, Netflix, and beach trips. She reads two to three books a week, but favors stories with strong women, true love, and steamy scenes.

When Chrissy is not sitting at her computer, fantasizing about gorgeous country boys, she is teaching third graders how amazing books are...and writing, and math. She has also been an amateur wedding photographer and a CNA (to which she gives kudos but says never again.)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Beyond the Book: Turnaround Farm

Welcome to Beyond the Book. Turnaround Farm which is one of my all time favorite books released last September 1 from Wings ePress. I thought today I'd share a blurb and a short excerpt with you. The book is a Kindle Unlimited title available at


Dedicated career girl Holly Grant has no time for romance. She doesn’t need a man to complete her, thank you very much. Building Grant Realty takes all of her time and attention. If she can close a deal for Turnaround Farm her business will take off like a rocket. Her first problem is that Jeb Wakefield doesn’t want to sell his farm, and her second problem is Jeb’s grandson Dan, the finest looking man Holly’s ever seen.

Last Week

If the weather is that bad, I don’t want you out on the roads. I’m not willing to have anything happen to you just so these ladies can sleep in their own beds tonight. I’m sure we can make them comfortable.”

Dan looked ready to argue, but Holly didn’t give him a chance. “Thanks, Mr. Wakefield. We’d be happy to accept your hospitality. Maybe we can talk about my client’s new offer.”

Holly’s ready acceptance amused Jeb as much as Loretta’s feeble protestations. “We’ll see, but right now, Dan and I have to check on one of the horses. There’s plenty of stew and biscuits left. Why don’t you and Miss Patterson sit down and have some dinner while Dan and I finish up outside?”

This week: We've picked up where we left off last week. Holly speaks first.

How Deep is Your Love

Title: How Deep Is Your Love
Series: The Gentileschi Sisters #4
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2019
The Gentileschi Sisters are daughters of a king, princesses who come to the U.S. to pursue their careers and fall in love with seemingly unsuitable men.
The last thing Brie Gentileschi wants is to deal with someone who reminds her of her kidnapping last year. But when Dante Federico arrives as the new gym teacher at her school, she keeps flashing back to an event that could have ruined her life.
Flummoxed by fourth grade teacher Gabriella Gentileschi’s cold shoulder, Dante has never had to deal with her kind of animosity. He’s just an all-around guy, looking to get along with his colleagues, teach little ones to stay fit, and live a normal life.
When Dante discovers a young student in need of help, he and Brie must work together for the welfare of the child. Who knew he’d be the one, rather than all the counseling and yoga, to help her heal from her wounds? Their journey will make readers ache for both of them.
Praying she’d be able to keep her eyes open for the drive home, Brie Gentileschi started her Volvo’s engine, checked the mirrors for any traffic in the teacher’s lot and backed up slowly. Oh my God! Another car was barreling down at her from the left. Her heart pounding, Brie put her foot on the brake so she could switch the gear to drive. Oh, God, she didn’t stop moving…
A loud crash.
A jarring bump.
The impact threw Brie back, then inertia thrust her forward into the steering wheel. Her head spun. When she recovered, she realized what happened.
Releasing the seatbelt, she exited the car. A coworker leapt out of the oncoming vehicle that had halted a few feet away and rushed over. “I’m so sorry, Brie. I was in a hurry because my kid’s sick. Are you hurt?”
“I’m, um, no I’m not hurt, Betsy. It’s my fault anyway. I thought I put my foot on the brake, to go back into where I was parked, but I must have kept it on reverse. Are you hurt?”
“No. I stopped short but I’m okay. What do you want me to do?”
“Nothing. The near accident wasn’t your fault. Go pick up your son.”
Betsy angled her head to the side. “I don’t recognize the car you hit. I’ve never seen it here before.” The staff was small at Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary School. “Whose is it?”
A deep voice came from behind. “It’s mine.”
Brie glanced over her shoulder.
Betsy said, “Dante?”
He crossed to them. “Are either of you hurt?”
Shaking her head, Betsy shot a glance at Brie.
“I’m fine. But your car...” Brie looked at the white vehicle more closely. “The whole back end is smashed in.”
“What happened?” Dante’s voice was calm, but concerned.
Betsy explained about her part in the accident.
“Go then. You can get around Brie’s Volvo.”
After Betsy left, he said, “Gabriella, don’t worry about the car.”
“Are you kidding? This is going to cost a bundle. It’s a classic, isn’t it? I hope the back end can be fixed. I’ll pay for the repairs.”
“My sisters and I own a collision shop. One of them will come tow it, and we’ll do the work.”
She stared at the crumpled back end. “I’ve never seen this one in the parking lot.”
He hesitated. “First time I’ve driven it to school. My Chevy wouldn’t start this morning, so I took this one.”
“And I crash into the trunk.” She felt tears in her eyes but willed them back. She’d spent sixteen months building up her confidence and inner strength, and she wasn’t going to be fragile ever again. Especially for something like this.
Reaching out, he touched her arm. “You okay?”
“Definitely. I’m so sorry, Dante. I’m exhausted. I didn’t sleep well and barely made it through the day. I should have called an Uber to get home.”
Leaning back on his heels, he jammed his hands into his pockets. “Back-to-school this year has to be hard for you.”
“It shouldn’t be. So, how do you want to handle the car?”
“I’ll phone Tris right now. She’ll have somebody out here in no time. I hope your car is okay. Why don’t you try to pull it away and see?”
She peered down at her hands. They were shaking.
“Want me to I do it?”
“No. Call your sister.” She went to her car, opened the door and slid inside. He’d turned his back to her so she breathed in deeply for a few moments to calm herself, then started the engine, made sure the car was in drive, and moved forward into the space it had occupied.
When she approached him, he was still on the phone. “Yeah, I know, honey. Just send somebody. It isn’t drivable.”
“I’m so sorry,” Brie reiterated when he clicked off. “As I said, I’ll pay for everything.”
“Not necessary. Like I said, my sisters and I...”
“Stop it, Dante.” Her words were sharp so she softened her tone. “I have lots of money and I insist.”
His dark chocolate eyes twinkled, a bright spot in the dismal situation. “Yeah, somebody told me about the princess stuff.”
“So I’ll take care of the cost.”
“I have another idea. You can pay me back by having coffee with me every day in school for the rest of the week.”
She was about to object, but she remembered what he told Lexy last spring when she came to talk to Brie’s students about her books....
I replaced him, you know.
Eddie Smith? The man who’d kidnapped her.
That’s right, he taught physical education.
I’m afraid nobody here likes me.
I’m so sorry.
That’s okay. I’ll win them over.
Ashamed that she hadn’t done anything last spring about the shunning, she said, “I’ll have coffee with you if that’s what you want, but I’m paying for repairs, too.”
“That’s something we can discuss when we meet tomorrow.”
She hoped agreeing to spend time with Dante Federico wasn’t a mistake. In all honesty, she’d avoided him because he caused her to flash back to when she was kidnapped. The last thing she needed was to make the nightmares return.
A NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kathryn Shay has been a lifelong writer and teacher. She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, print books with the Berkley Publishing Group and Harlequin Enterprises, and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year, and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in COSMOPOLITAN magazine and featured in USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, and PEOPLE magazine. There are over seven million copies of her books in print, along with three million downloaded online. Reviewers have called her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”