6/10/2020

What is Hope? New from Storyteller at Heart Amanda McIntyre


What is it that inspires helping others?

What is it that breathes life into faith? 

What is it that resonates deep inside the human spirit, giving rise to becoming better than our circumstances, overcoming the odds, seeing those in need making right a wrong, defending the voiceless?

It is Hope. 
 


 

5/01/2020

It's May Day
































































USA Today Bestselling author ANGI MORGAN writes on-the-run suspense where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publishers Weekly best-seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book. 
Website   Facebook   FB Fan Page   Twitter @AngiMorganAuthr     

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4/29/2020

A Taste of Gratitude & Joy: Tried and True Comfort Recipes


                          https://bit.ly/GratitudeandJoy







When Amanda McIntyre asked if I'd be interested in doing a cookbook with her a few months ago, I jumped at the chance! It started with discussing recipes our characters baked or prepared in our books. Then we started talking about recipes we loved, which one of our relatives handed the recipe down to us, traditions, etc.

But we were both immersed in other writing projects and had to put the cookbook collaboration on the back burner.



Then the unthinkable happened, and the COVID-19 became a pandemic. I was not as aware of it at the time because of my husband's health crisis going on at the same time. But I was quickly brought up to speed when I was able to bring him home from the hospital.

Amanda and I started chatting about the changes in our lives during the pandemic, sheltering in place and the differences between what my family was doing here on the East Coast, and what her family was doing in the Heartland. 

One thing was clear to the both of us, the need to draw our families as close as possible, protect them, provide for them...and for us...it all started in the kitchen. My favorite room in the house!

We both knew we had something to offer our Readers...recipes from our hearts, with memories of the strong women who taught us to bake, to cook, and to handle whatever life had in store of us. Because life is not for the faint of heart!



This collection of recipes is our way of thanking our great grandmothers, grandmothers, and our mothers for their lessons in the kitchen and in life. 

They not only passed down traditions and their culinary expertise, but how to survive their generation's crises. For our great grandmothers it was the 1918 Influenza epidemic and The Great War. For our grandmothers, it was World War II, Polio and Small Pox. For our mothers it was the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Measles and German measles epidemic. For Amanda and myself it has been 9/ll and the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We encourage everyone to...

Keep the Faith!
Wash your hands!                          Practice Social Distancing
Keep 6' between yourself and others when shopping for essentials at the grocery store, the pharmacy, and running essential errands.




Be Safe!
Be Well!
Be Happy!

And know you are not in this alone!!!
Amanda and I are praying for you and your families!


A Taste of Gratitude & Joy: Tried and True Comfort Recipes is available today at Amazon in print and e-book, and coming soon in hardback!

Get your copy here:

https://bit.ly/GratitudeandJoy

A PORTION OF SALES GO TO
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About Amanda

Published internationally in print, eBook, and Audio, bestselling author Amanda McIntyre finds inspiration from the American Heartland that she calls home. Best known for her Kinnison Legacy cowboys and Last Hope Ranch series, her passion is writing emotional, character-driven small town contemporary western, historical, women’s fiction, and Celtic fantasy. Amanda truly believes that no matter what, love will always find a way.

Connect:
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AmandasAuthorPage



 About C. H.

C.H. writes about the things she loves most: Family, her Irish and English Ancestry, Baking and Gardening. Take a trip back in time to Regency England for her new series: The Lords of Vice, coming from Dragonblade Publishing in 2020! Venture back to the Old West with her bestselling Irish Western Series. Fast-forward to the present, stopping at the Circle G Ranch in Pleasure, Texas, before finally landing in Apple Grove, Ohio–Small Town USA–for a slice of Peggy McCormack’s Buttermilk Pie!

Connect:
Website:
http://www.chadmirand.com
Newsletter:  C.H.s Newsletter
Amazon Author Page:  C.H.s Amazon Author Page





4/28/2020

Through My Lens at the Rose Garden




It's a weird time for everyone in our country. Life in our home has taken a dramatic turn, as I'm sure it has in nearly every home.

My husband has been traveling for 27 years. And now that he's not, the past six weeks are officially the longest we've been together during that time.

We've had to learn how to live together all over again. LOL



So we've been taking the time for a daily bike ride in this beautiful weather. We stopped by the rose garden which is about a mile from our house. My spirits soared at the beauty and I wanted to share it with you.


I hope you enjoy. 














































USA Today Bestselling author ANGI MORGAN writes on-the-run suspense where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publishers Weekly best-seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book. 
Website   Facebook   FB Fan Page   Twitter @AngiMorganAuthr     

Check out my newsletter or follow me on Amazon or BookBub

4/03/2020

First Friday's With The Crew..."The First Romance I Read Was..."

Do you remember the very first romance you read? Do you remember where you were and what you were doing? How old were you?



C.H.:

I remember Mom letting me walk to North Island by myself (I was 12 and quite independent) because our public library's Bookmobile would be parked there all day!  Summers were busy around our house with the four of us kids driving Mom crazy most of the time, in between doing our chores and then helping Mom garden or canning peaches, tomatoes, chili sauce or making jam, etc.

I remember the warmth and beauty of the bright summer day changing as I stepped into the bookmobile--library card in hand. It was cooler and smelled faintly of old books. I couldn't have been happier! Searching through the titles, one jumped out at me: Lost Island by Phyllis A, Whitney. Mom was pretty stern about only taking out one book, and leaving the rest for other library patrons on the Bookmobile's stops that day.

My world irrevocably changed that day through the power of Phyllis A. Whitney's words. I fell in love with Lacy and Giles and a new genre for me: Romance. I returned the book on time, but kept thinking about it. My Dad bought me the paperback copy. I still have it and have read it too many times to count and taped the binding at least a half dozen times over the years. I had to take a pic of the cover...check out the price back in 1970...95 cents ;) 



What was the first Romance you read?





AMANDA

My enjoyment of reading stretches back to a summer spent in southern Missouri with my grandmother. Thus, began a life-long love of eclectic reading that ranges from The Boxcar Children to Alfred Hitchcock, from Dr. Zhivago to dictionaries. (Yes, I still love perusing dictionaries for new words and Thesaurus as well- but, that’s another topic) Fast forward to junior high (just after dinosaurs became extinct)) and as an impressionable and shy student librarian,(all through my junior high/high school career) I was also deeply passionate about many things.

I discovered the book Five Smooth Stones, by Ann Fairburn, which by definition today may not have been considered a “romance”-rather an historical fiction. Set during the American Civil Rights movement, it told the story of a young couple, of different backgrounds, struggling with the obstacles of race and prejudice and trying to hold on to a love that, at the time, was not widely accepted at the time. The struggle was real. Their love even more so.

Their passion for each other, their character, and desire to make the world a better place made such a profound impact on me that it inspired the first book I ever penned--pages and pages in a three-ring notebook-a story that would never see the light of day.

This book set me on the path to loving character-driven stories where ordinary people placed in extraordinary situations rise up to overcome their obstacles-internal and external-to achieve their HEA. It was the inception of the belief I carry now in my writing and in my life that #lovewillfindaway.

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LIZBETH
As usual, I'm breaking the rules a little because I honestly don't remember the very first romance I read. I fell in love with love stories from some of my earliest-ever books. My dad was a HUGE reader--both to himself and out loud to my brothers and to me. He also would bring us books from the library that were not what we would have chosen ourselves but ones he was sure we'd like. And we always did. Any book that  had love and happy endings was my favorite. Then I started falling in love with the heroes of books I read. My first true love met in the pages of a book was Alec Ramsay--hero of Walter Farley's Black Stallion series. 
But...real romance books is what we're remembering! My grandma had a collection of 50 or 60  Grace Livingston Hill books. GLH wrote what we now call inspirational romance, and these were hard and fast "altar call" stories--where the hero and or heroine came to faith in the pages of the very sweet romance! I devoured these like M&Ms! 
The first specific romance I remember in vivid detail is LaVyrle Spencer's "Hummingbird." The story of a spinster who takes in a wounded train robber, who turns out to be the exact opposite of what she expects has THE greatest sex scene ever (a 180-degree change from Grace L. Hill's stories, and a wonderful eye-opening experience) and is romantic from start to finish. I'd been hooked on romance from an early age--but LaVyrle's stories made me a lifelong junkie. And Hummingbird, dated as it is now, was the true gateway drug!





3/27/2020

41 years of Taxes in our upstairs closet...and now I have time to shred them!

I couldn't believe that although I had planned to start weeding through our yearly tax papers saved as the first 7 year period passed, somehow I never got around to it. Life got busy, we had a toddler and new baby by that time. Two years later we had our youngest and I can't even begin to imagine why I didn't think to start going through those tax papers again.

When the kids were little I used to work part time while they were in school and be home to meet the school bus. And then I discovered the need to write...and I have NO idea where all those years in between went. Aside from kids going through those teen years, driver's licenses, accidents, and just life in general.

Soooo, here I was the other day chatting with our darling daughter--and missing our grandbabies to absolute pieces--and I mentioned that I was thinking I should order a shredder from Amazon and start shredding tax papers. Our daughter thought that was the funniest thing she'd ever heard. When she stopped laughing, she asked, "You mean the 41 years' worth in the upstairs closet?"





Well that had me getting my gumption up and telling our darling smarty-pants, yes since I have forced time to do it, being under the stay-at-home order from our governor, I was going to order the shredder! I could hear her chuckling. She doesn't think I'll do it...but it's on the task list for tomorrow!

Today's tasks are working on a couple of projects: Writing Blogs for GLIAS, keeping tabs on the e-books that I'm in the process of transferring to Kindle Unlimited so that all of my e-books will be in one place. Finally! But that may take another 2 weeks until that happens. Until then, all of my e-books are specially priced at 99 cents. C.H.'s Amazon Author Page

Isn't our new shredder pretty???





Soooo....way back under the eaves at the front of the house, we have this closet space where I put the Christmas ornaments, and a bunch of other stuff I can't live without. If you look past the Christmasy-boxes, there are some white priority envelopes. Those envelopes and from there back are seriously 41 years of taxes waiting for me to go through them, saving what's important, and shredding the rest. Well okay, except for the past 7 years.






I'm giving away 3 digital books...1 e-book (Reader's Choice) to 3 different winners!

To enter, leave a comment (and your email address to contact you) answering the question: Do you have any plans to tackle a task that's been waiting longer than mine while you're homebound?

ICYMI: I released the "Sweet" Version of my Small Town USA Contemporary Romance Series. The first three books are available in digital form in Kindle Unlimited and print. My Christmas Novella will be available in Kindle Unlimited in two weeks. 

Coming in April...large print versions of all four books! (my personal fave LOL)


     

     

    


Stay safe! Happy Reading
C.H.

3/23/2020

Coming Soon from Regan Black

For fans of romantic suspense, I'm excited to share two new releases coming your way in April!

First, COLTON COWBOY JEOPARDY, part of the Coltons of Mustang Valley miniseries from Harlequin Romantic Suspense:



On the run from a sociopath, and no one to trust... Mia Graves is in danger—and so is her baby. Jarvis Colton is exploring a family mystery when their paths cross on the outskirts of Rattlesnake Ridge Ranch. After the trauma of losing his parents, this businessman turned cowboy has no intention of making himself vulnerable ever again. Just this once, he can help a family, but can he protect Mia without falling in love?

Colton Cowboy Jeopardy will be available April 1st in ebook and April 7 in paperback!
Available at Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

And on April 14th, TYLER, a new addition to the Elle James Brotherhood Protectors world! This Guardian Agency novella is full of heart, heat, and action and available exclusively on Amazon.



About TYLER:  She's a vigilante on a mission...

Autumn Curley has no interest in changing her ways. After escaping her captors, her sole purpose is to destroy the gangs that prey on Native American women and make sure no one else suffers like she did. But she doesn't know the gangs are closing in and about to spring a trap.

You can read an excerpt of Tyler at my website!

Live the adventure!
Regan




3/20/2020

FREE BOOKS March 18-22!!

Romance writers believe in overcoming obstacles, 
both internal and external.

At this challenging time, I'd like to offer for FREE digital copies of my "first " books. 

Something to occupy your time while we navigate this uncharted waters and hopefully give a boost to your heartstrings and the belief that 
#lovewillfindaway

FIND THESE BOOKS ON MY AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE