#romanticidea Softcover Sunday with Michelle Abbott

JEM book cover#RomanticIdea from Michelle Abbott

Buy a pack of Post-it Notes and on each one write down something that you love about your partner. Put the notes where your loved one will find them: on the fridge door, in their lunchbox, inside the door of their closet, in their shoe etc.

About JEM by Michelle Abbott

Two injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?

Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father’s fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.

She smiled.
She listened.
She cared.

She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.

Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he’ll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.

Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.

An excerpt from JEM

I pull back the duvet and try to make as few movements as possible as I crawl in beside her and let the warmth from her body and the duvet envelop me. Her red hair is splayed out across my pillow. I reach out and stroke my fingers through the silken strands. My pillowcase isn’t getting washed again. It can smell of her forever so that whenever I lay my head on it, I can pretend she’s with me. Maybe it will be okay to move a little closer. I’m right on the edge of the mattress. If I fall out of bed I’ll wake her. I scoot closer to her, close my eyes and inhale. She smells of roses. Maybe I should get her some flowers. I picture myself holding a bunch of red roses and chuckle to myself. Nah, I’m not the suave type. Maybe I’ll get a rose tattoo to remind me of her scent.

JEM book trailer https://youtu.be/nTdu_5ywpJ4

Buy Links:

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Jem-Michelle-Abbott-ebook/dp/B00U65KU22

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jem-Michelle-Abbott-ebook/dp/B00U65KU22/

 

Author Michelle AbbottAbout Michelle Abbott

Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in third person.

She’s a self-published author who loves to write new adult romance about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl.

She’s an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits 🙂 She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral 🙂

Website: www.michelleabbott.com/

Blog: http://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michelleabbott4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleAbbottRomanceAuthor

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During June and July, I am hosting a group of wonderful writers for our #RomanticIdea summer. Each author will offer a romantic idea you can try this summer with your sweetheart, plus a special treat — an excerpt from one of their books. I hope you enjoy the series.  — Mari

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A Taste of Stranger in My House

June 24If you’d like to find out what happened before this and after, go here. Then pour yourself an ice tea, find a lounge chair under a shade tree and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon with a great read. You earned it!

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#romanticidea: Tea & Company: Meet Janet Lane Walters

doctorJanet Lane Walters has been a romance writer most of her life. So I had an idea. Why not ask her some questions for the #romanticidea portion of the post. Here we go…

What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?

To begin with, I was a reader having taught well before I began school. Always had a book or two open and reading. Then I began trying to write stories with little success but the practice was good. I graduated high school and became a student nurse. My desire to write nearly made trouble when I was assigned case studies. I wrote all the necessary medical things but the people at the base of the care studies interested me and the human crept into the studies. Exploring their emotional reactions to their conditions made the papers very long. The instructors questioned the human element but actually never graded me down. Medicine in all its elements has really influenced my writing. Many of my heroines and heroes are nurses and doctors. When I move beyond contemporary topics the characters can become healers using alternate ways of healing the injured and ill. So the influence is great.

Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don’t mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.

Definitely not genre specific since I write romance, contemporary, paranormal, fantasy. Then there are the mysteries, mostly cozy but also suspense. Moving onto YA fantasy, plus several non-fiction books – two as a ghostwriter for doctors and one with a friend on writing. Part of the reason is I like to jump around and can get bored with writing too many books of a kind. Probably not the way to become noticed but I write because I must.

Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?

I read about anything. My favorites are fantasy and science fiction. I do like contemporary and historical romances. Actually I’ve read more books than I care to admit. There are some types of books I haven’t read. Mainly those are horror. Not a real fan of that genre. Do what I read influence my choise on what to write? A good question. What it does is expand my writing horizons to include a number of genres. So there is an influence that keeps me moving around the fiction arena.

What’s your latest release?

Latest is up for presale. Seducing the Attorney is the fifth in the At First Sight series. The hero makes assumptions and we all know what happens then. The heroine feels she has enough to do with college and tending to her nephew. She has no time for romance..

What are you working on now?

Working on The Cancer-Caprisorn Connection – A medical romance and the fourth in the Astrology series of Oppositions.

Where can we find you?

https://twitter.com/JanetL717
http://janetlanewalters.com/home

https://www.facebook.com/janet.l.walters.3?v=wall&story_fbid=113639528680724

http://bookswelove.net/

Here is an excerpt from Janet’s Seducing the Doctor (At First Sight Book 4)

“You’re next.”

Those words send Matt Blakefield fleeing his brother’s wedding. Marriage or even falling in love is the last of his desires. What he wants to learn is the identity of the owner of the house he wants to use as a make-over for the magazine he edits, Good Livin’. A fall rainstorm and a pine tree sends his motorcycle into a spin and into the arms of an old acquaintance, a girl he hurt in high school.

Cassie Moore has borrowed a cabin from one of her partners in a cardiology practice to come to terms with a broken engagement. The news came via an email. Her fiancée had married another woman just weeks before their scheduled marriage. The appearance of Matt at her door brings an old attraction into full bloom. She realizes love is lurking but he’s a player and she needs to forget the connection.

Is it possible that a weekend of love can become a lifetime?

More about Janet

Janet Lane Walters has been a published author since 1968. She began with short stories and poetry and graduated to novels when an editor told her the short story sounded like the synopsis for a novel. She did take ten years off to help send four children to college. She writes mainly romance with contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy. She has also published mysteries and several non fiction books. When not writing she is keeping up with the doings of her seven grandchildren. Reading and writing are her passions. In the past, she composed some music and also did horoscopes,- enough to take a trip to Ireland.

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During June and July, I am hosting a group of wonderful writers for our #RomanticIdea summer. Each author will offer a romantic idea you can try this summer with your sweetheart, plus a special treat — an excerpt from one of their books. I hope you enjoy the series.  — Mari

 

 

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A Taste of Stranger in My House

June 22If you’d like to find out what happened before this and after, go here. Then pour yourself an ice tea, find a lounge chair under a shade tree and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon with a great read. You earned it!

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A Taste of Stranger in My House

June 21If you’d like to find out what happened before this and after, go here. Then pour yourself an ice tea, find a lounge chair under a shade tree and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon with a great read. You earned it!

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A Taste of Stranger in My House

June 20If you’d like to find out what happened before this and after, go here. Then pour yourself an ice tea, find a lounge chair under a shade tree and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon with a great read. You earned it!

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#RomanticIdea – Softcover Sunday – Meet Rachelle Paige


#RomanticIdeaRachellePaigeRachelle’s #RomanticIdea to enjoy this summer:  
Nothing beats a patio filled with candlelight, soft music, and sharing a dessert with your sweetheart on a warm night under the stars. Turning the backyard into a favorite date spot means more couple time after our kids head to bed.

Great idea!

 

EBAbout On the Rocks by Rachelle Paige

Eric Sadler needs a break from the woods. His writing career has hit a dead-end and he’s desperate to figure out how to break into publishing. He accepts a temporary teaching position at his alma mater and meets a woman he can’t stop thinking about. Unfortunately for him, it turns out he’s already forgotten her from his long-ago college days.

Jennifer Campbell has too much going on to worry about running into her undergrad crush. She’s trying to find a way forward after an ugly break-up has threatened her career. She built a successful branding business one client at a time. She knows how to help get a company to the next level. Her skill set is exactly what Eric needs. But she knows better than to blur her professional and personal lives again.

Eric has no intention of letting her slip away…this time.

An Excerpt from On the Rocks

Sitting cross-legged on her best-friend’s guest bed, Jennifer Campbell scanned the notes she’d jotted down on the spiral bound notebook. Her mind blanked as the words bled into one another. Agreeing to teach a semester long seminar at her alma mater had been easy and opportune. But actually planning her lectures and lessons ten years after graduating college had proved a difficult task. A knock sounded at the door seconds before the door burst open and the knob banged against the wall.

“Cookie?” Rebecca held out a platter overflowing with chocolate chip cookies.

Jen slid off the bed and held out her hands to grab the treats from her pregnant best friend.

“Cookies too? Becs, you should be resting!” Jen set the platter on the nightstand and offered a hand to help. But Rebecca waved her off and lowered herself onto the end of the bed. The mattress tilted a little when Jen joined her.

“You sound like Tom,” Rebecca stuffed a cookie in her mouth, crumbs spilling out at her words.

Jen bit her lip to stop the reply. Being compared to Tom, Rebecca’s adoring and steady husband, wasn’t a bad thing. She grabbed the plate off the table and set it between them, taking a bite reached for a cookie off the plate now resting in her lap and took a bite. The bitter dark chocolate and sweet brown sugar nearly had her swooning.

“These are sinful.”

“And there are plenty more,” Rebecca wiped the back of her hand across her mouth. “I had a craving and couldn’t stop making dough. If you want one, just look for the bag in the freezer.”

“So right now in your kitchen you have a giant bag of cookie dough? Why did you have to tell me? Even looking at a cookie makes me gain five pounds!”

“You look great, as always. I’d love to be a size twelve again. I’d love to be able to see my waist!”

Jen fought against her inclination to roll her eyes. Eating in an upstairs bedroom in a snug bungalow on a quiet street in Bloomington, Indiana both dressed in pajama pants and oversized t-shirts, transported Jen back in time. But the warmth and safety of the future had evaporated for Jen with the mistakes she’d made since leaving the college town. Rebecca’s protruding tummy only served as a reminder of the twists and complications of her adult life.

“Rebecca, thanks again. I have no idea where I would have ended up.”

“You’re welcome Jen. But stop thanking me. I have a spare room, you’re only here for a couple of months, and what would you have done? Gone to an extended stay?

“Or maybe a dorm?”

“Ugh, gross,” Rebecca shuddered. “I’m glad to have you here. We haven’t gotten together since, my wedding? And geez, even then I was so distracted.”

“Yeah it is nice. Weird, all things considered.”

“I’m sure,” Rebecca nodded before reaching out to put a hand on Jen’s knee. Jen shifted and Rebecca let her hand slid off. “I’m sorry about that.”

“No you aren’t,” Jen crossed her arms. “You told me my relationship was a dead end years ago.”

“True, but I didn’t want you to waste so much time.”

 Purchase links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EMHBMFI

About Rachelle Paige:
P4-1369cRachelle stumbled into the world of romance novels in college; as a way to help speed up reading through Art History textbooks. After years in the professional world writing dry grant proposals and auction descriptions, she started writing the contemporary romance stories she wanted to read. Setting her books in some of her favorite destinations was her inspired way to require plenty of research trips every year with her family.

 

 

Author links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13453682.Rachelle_Paige

https://twitter.com/rpaigebooks

https://rachellepaige.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Rachelle-Paige-511680888981810/

http://www.amazon.com/Rachelle-Paige/e/B00T0T533Q

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During June and July, I am hosting a group of wonderful writers for our #RomanticIdea summer. Each author will offer a romantic idea you can try this summer with your sweetheart, plus a special treat — an excerpt from one of their books. I hope you enjoy the series. –Mari

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Celebrating the Debut of Stranger in My House

June 17If you’d like to find out what happened before this and after, go here. Then pour yourself an ice tea, find a lounge chair under a shade tree and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon with a great read. You earned it!

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#romanticidea Tea & Company-Meet Linda O’Connor

Here is Linda’s #RomanticIdea: Cook a meal together. Something about being in the kitchen together, talking about the day, with quiet music in the background, touches the romantic in me. Even better if the meal can finish with a chocolate and caramel dessert.

Linda’s great new romance is here! Perfectly Reasonable

Love what you do and do what you love.  Sounds perfectly reasonable, but chances are, you’ll find your passion in the last place you look . . .

PerfectlyReasonable (600)_edited-3Margo MacMillan finished medical school, but in the process, her self-confidence and self-esteem took a beating. So for the sake of self-preservation, she’s stepped away from medicine to re-group. In the meantime, painting soothes her soul and pays the bills.

Trace Bennett set his sights on a medical degree and has to prepare the perfect medical school application. His big plan is to paint his condo for a little feng shui divine luck. When Margo shows up to paint, he realizes he’s found exactly what he’s looking for. He just has to convince Margo to share more than the art of medicine.

She’s got it. He wants it. It’s Perfectly Reasonable.

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Perfectly-Reasonable-Linda-OConnor-ebook/dp/B0143ZW2P8

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perfectly-reasonable-linda-oconnor/1123103320

http://www.lindaoconnor.net/perfectly/

Excerpt:

Margo MacMillan wished she could take the job. Look at that view.

Beyond the picture window and down eighteen floors, waves lapped against the Lake Ontario shore despite frigid January temperatures. Above, it was all blue skies and sunshine. Very Zen.

This side of the window, it was blue eyes and sun- streaked hair. Trace, the pheromone-radiating, sweet-boy-next-door of her current client, was very . . . unZen.

“It has to be done by Tuesday,” he insisted.

Fat chance of that happening, considering it was already Friday afternoon. Too bad. He really was . . . breathtaking. “No can do. I have another client lined up for next week.”

“Bump them.”

Her eyebrows winged up. “I can’t do that. They’re waiting for me, and I promised to start Monday.”

“Trades do it all the time.”

She frowned at him. “Not me. If I say I’m going to start a job on Monday, I start on Monday. You’ll have to find another painter.” Her curls bounced as she turned to go.

“Wait.” He touched her arm, and Margo felt a zing of electricity shimmer through her. “You could do it this weekend.”

“I don’t work weekends.”
“I’ll pay double.”
Margo looked him in the eyes. Eyes that were icy pale blue, almost silver, and too intense to focus on, except they were set in a chiseled face with a square jaw and the most disarming smile.

Her fees were already pretty high. What could possibly be so urgent that he’d pay twice what it was worth?

She glanced around the room. Big open space and pristine beige walls. Sleek leather furniture. Glass, metal, and a zebra-skin rug. And staged for a cover shoot.

What was the deal? Was he desperate to erase the memory of a girlfriend? It was more than possible with the combination of those low-slung jeans, gray T-shirt showing off broad shoulders and flat abs, and that close-cropped blond hair. He towered over her, and she was taller than average. Yeah, it was definitely possible. Or maybe a new ladylove he had to please? She raked her gaze over him. Nah. He wouldn’t need a new paint color for that.

She sighed and thought of the student loan she had yet to pay off. If she prepped the walls that evening, she could probably get the painting done by Monday. “All right. But I’d have to start tonight and come back early Saturday and Sunday.”

His shoulders relaxed. “Not a problem. I can be here.”

“Have you chosen the paint color?”

“No, but it has to be blue.”

“Blue?”

“Yes. Pale blue, gray-blue, dark blue, I don’t care. Just as long as it’s blue.”

She shrugged. “Okay then. I’ll bring over some paint chips later and you can choose. You’ll have to make a decision tonight, so I can stop on my way tomorrow to pick it up.”

“I can do that. And I’ll invite some of my buddies over to move the furniture.”

“That would be great. Just push everything to the center of the room. I can cover it with plastic.”

Trace nodded. “Thank you for this. I really appreciate it. I’ve heard you’re the best.”

She smiled. Charm and good looks. He’ll go far. “You’re welcome. I’ll finish the job next door and come back at about seven.”

About Linda O’Connor:

Linda O'Connor authorLinda O’Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at HomeSense. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she’s a physician, and it shows up in her stories 😀 ). She hangs out at http://www.lindaoconnor.net.

Laugh every day. Love every minute.

Social Media:

Website:  http://www.lindaoconnor.net

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LindaOConnorAuthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LindaOConnor98

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Linda-OConnor/e/B00S7CNLEA

romantic idea

 

During June and July, I am hosting a group of wonderful writers for our #RomanticIdea summer. Each author will offer a romantic idea you can try this summer with your sweetheart, plus a special treat — an excerpt from one of their books. I hope you enjoy the series.  — Mari

 

 

 

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Celebrating the Debut of Stranger in My House

June 15If you’d like to find out what happened before this and after, go here. Then pour yourself an ice tea, find a lounge chair under a shade tree and enjoy a lazy summer afternoon with a great read. You earned it!

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