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You are warmly invited to attend the Sweet Romance Reads Cafe Holiday Open House.

The party begins at 2 p.m. today (December 9) and runs until 8 p.m. (EST). There will be oodles of fun recipes, games, and prizes!

Don’t miss out on the fun! And yours truly will be among the hosts there from 6-7 p.m! Hope to see you there!

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Picture a beautiful summer day when the sky is clear, the temperature is warm, but not uncomfortably so, and the humidity is low.

On one of those ideal summer days, Captain Cavedweller and I climbed a hilly path to visit the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. We heard it was “nice” and “pretty,” but we had no idea what to expect.

After we topped the hill and paid our admission at the little gate booth, we walked inside the garden, spellbound by the beauty around us. For a few minutes, we didn’t move, absorbed in the wonder of being transported to a completely different world in a matter of a few steps. The garden — oh, such a lovely garden. I highly recommend visiting it if you are ever in the area. There are ponds with bright orange fish, walking paths, raked sand, and a waterfall. In truth, in my mind’s eye, it is Miko’s secret garden, only bigger.

It was while we wandered along the moss-covered stones and stepped across the wooden bridges that the idea for this story began to percolate. What if there was a girl who lived in a secret garden? Why would she be there? What scenario would drive her into hiding in a Japanese garden up on a hilltop that no one knew was there?

As Captain Cavedweller and I ambled among weeping cherry trees and vibrant flowering bushes, I blurted out my thoughts. Then somehow, in a wonderful blending of ideas, we both arrived at the conclusion of World War II. A Japanese girl would have every reason to hide, had she the opportunity to do so, in 1942 when the government ordered all Japanese along the West Coast “military areas” to report to Assembly Centers.

And so the story was born.

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Can forbidden love blossom

   amid the constraints of war?

The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese-Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents’ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.

After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life.

A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places even under the most challenging circumstances.

Don’t miss out on this beautiful happy ever after. Get your copy today!

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Join us for a Facebook Party today (December 7) from 4-7 p.m. (EST) to celebrate the release of Garden of Her Heart. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1387228264628190/

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Excerpt:

“Please, Miko? Would you at least consider marrying me?”

She shook her head and tried to pull away from him, but he drew her closer, wrapping his arms around her and holding her. His breath tantalized her ear as he bent his head near hers. “Please?”

“I can’t, Rock. I don’t want to be the cause of you missing out on the love of a lifetime.” She turned her head to the side and pressed it against his neck. Unintentionally, she heightened the yearning that already pulsed between them. Forcibly, he relaxed his hold on her.

“Miko,” he whispered. “Look at me, sweetheart.”

Unhurried, she tipped her head back, drawn into the bright warmth of his eyes.

“Miko, if I didn’t want to marry you, I wouldn’t offer. I rather like the idea of spending my future with you. We have more going for us than many couples who wed. There is no doubt in my mind at all about your ability to be a good wife. Me, on the other hand…” His cocky grin brought an amused light to her eyes. “It might be challenging to be married to someone like me.”

A smile curved her mouth upward and Rock tamped down the desire to kiss her again, even with the pastor watching their every move.

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GOHH Party Reminder

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Just a quick reminder…

The Garden of Her Heart Release Party on Facebook Party is tomorrow (Dec. 7) from 4-7 p.m. (EST).  Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1387228264628190/

I hope to see you there! I promise… it’ll be fun!🙂

Oh, and there’s this other little thing happening tomorrow…

The RELEASE of Garden of Her Heart!

I can hardly stand the wait. I hope you all are excited too!

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I’ve always loved the hymn Amazing Grace.

Written by John Newton and published in 1779, the song has been popular for centuries. Newton grew up without any religious affiliation or inclination. He even worked as a slave trader for a while. Then a violent storm battered his boat off the coast of Ireland with such force, Newton cried out to God for mercy.

And the words he penned after that experience have touched the hearts of thousands.

You know one of the things I like best about the lyrics? Just that simple phrase of “Amazing Grace.”

Grace is an amazing thing. So incredibly amazing. And beautiful. And precious. And something I don’t ever want to take for granted, although I know I do.

So I thank each one of you who have shown me grace, extended your love and friendship, and made me feel so very blessed.

May your week be filled with your own amazing moments of grace.

Rodeo Romance Sale!

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Today through this weekend, you can get the entire Rodeo Romance series for an amazing price!

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The Christmas Cowboy (Rodeo Romance, Book 1) is FREE (That’s right, FREE!) for digital downloads on Kindle.

Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to handle the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story.

https://amzn.com/B00FYAXJXG

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 Wrestlin’ Christmas (Rodeo Romance, Book 2) is only 99 cents!

Sidelined with a major injury, steer wrestler Cort McGraw struggles to come to terms with the end of his career. Shanghaied by his sister and best friend, he finds himself on a run-down ranch with a worrisome, albeit gorgeous widow, and her silent, solemn son.

https://amzn.com/B00N9L4M56

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Capturing Christmas (Rodeo Romance, Book 3) – On sale for $1.99!

Life is hectic on a good day for rodeo stock contractor Kash Kressley. Between dodging flying hooves and babying cranky bulls, he barely has time to sleep. The last thing Kash needs is the entanglement of a sweet romance, especially with a woman as full of fire and sass as Celia McGraw.

https://amzn.com/B013V9SF3A

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Barreling Through Christmas (Rodeo Romance, Book 4) – The new release in the series! Available now for Kindle and in paperback!

Cooper James might be a lot of things, but beefcake model wasn’t something he intended to add to his resume.

https://amzn.com/B01MXHOLI2

 

It’s release day! Yeehaw!

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Barreling Through Christmas

Rodeo Romance Book 4

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Surrounded by hunky cowboys, what’s a girl to do?

Advertising executive Paige Porter heads to Las Vegas for the finals rodeo with one goal in mind: Find a cowboy with the perfect…um… genes to model her client’s new western clothing line. After covertly watching hundreds of men walk by, Paige finally finds the cowboy with her ideal assets. Before she can approach him, he disappears into the crowd. She’s left with a picture of his back pockets and an annoying rodeo clown who makes her wish she’d never left home.

Cooper James lives life to the fullest, determined to make people smile with his own special brand of humor. As a rodeo clown and barrelman, he loves engaging the crowd and getting a laugh, even if it means embarrassing an uptight ad executive who’s desperately searching for the ideal model for a new brand of jeans. Intrigued by the woman, Cooper has no intention of telling her he recognizes the denim-clad backside in the photo she’s flashing all over town.

Laughter, lighthearted fun, and love ensues in this heartwarming holiday romance.

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Meet Paige and Cooper

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Randi fisted a hand on her hip and studied her sister. “You’re terribly picky for someone desperately searching for a cowboy willing to have his butt exploited to benefit your career.”

Paige swallowed the mint she’d been sucking on and coughed, choking on the candy.

With feigned innocence, Randi thumped her on the back. “What? I’m just telling the truth.”

The glare Paige tossed at her only made her laugh. “Come on. The perfect behind has to be around here somewhere.” Randi tugged her down another aisle. The two of them stopped to admire a booth selling hand-knit scarves. “I think I’ll start my own list, like Santa’s, for all the good little boys. See,” she said, pointing to a cowboy who walked by. “Now that’s nice.”

“Don’t you feel the slightest bit of shame, ogling men’s backsides when you’re a married woman?” Paige took note of a cowboy with an exceptionally good-looking face, but when he turned around, he didn’t meet her criteria of what she was looking for in the jean department.

“No, I do not. I may be married, but I’m not dead. Besides, this is all in fun and I’m only staring at butts to help you. If you think I make a habit of gawking at men’s rumps, you are sadly mistaken. Dave’s cute little…”

Paige slapped her hands over her ears. “Too much information, Miranda Marie. I don’t want to hear anything about my brother-in-law that will make me embarrassed to look him in the eye the next time I see him.”

Randi giggled. “Okay. I’ll take it down a notch.” She walked close to Paige, categorizing the men the encountered as they continued meandering through the booths. “Nice. Meh, he’s okay. Oh, that one is nice.” She pointed to a cowboy walking past them and waggled her eyebrows. “Really nice.” Suddenly, she stopped and gaped at a cowboy standing across the aisle, talking to someone behind the counter at a booth selling a variety of tack. “Whoa, Nelly! He’s got to be on the top of Santa’s naughty list with a fine form like that.”

Paige glanced at the rear in question. Heat spiraled from her midsection to every extremity as she focused on the man’s backside. Without giving a thought to her actions, she lifted her phone and snapped two quick photos of the cowboy’s behind before he began walking away. “That’s the one, Randi. He’s the one!”

“Well, don’t just stand there. Let’s lasso him and drag him back to Portland.” Randi grasped Paige’s hand and the two of them struggled to make their way through the closely packed crowd as the cowboy moved further away from them.

“Did you get a look at his face?” Paige asked, nearing panic as they tried to catch up to the cowboy without any success. “Would you recognize him if you saw him again?”

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You are warmly invited to join me for the Garden of Her Heart Release Party  on Facebook December 7, from 4-7 p.m. (EST).

Guest authors, games, giveaways, trips down memory lane, and all sorts of fun are planned!

Among the giveaways is a great prize package from Bésame Cosmetics.

If you’ve never heard of  Bésame Cosmetics, they offer a variety of vintage-like makeup and fragrances.

In fact, if you are familiar with Marvel’s Agent Carter (played by Hayley Atwell), Atwell wore Bésame lipstick and fragrance in the show.

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The prize pack ($125+ value), features two lipsticks, vanilla face powder, cake mascara, a lipstick pin and a rollberball vial of 1940s fragrance.

Don’t miss out on the chance to win this and the other great prizes!

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Invite your friends and get in on the fun!

December 7 from 4-7 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PT, 2 p.m. MT, 3 p.m. CT).

Hope to see you there! http://tinyurl.com/GOHHparty