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This just seemed so appropriate to share this morning.

As you go forward through this day, may you choose to have joy in your heart.

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Today, we get to meet Gracie Sutton, the daughter of one of the main characters in Liwen Y. Ho’s fantastic contribution to Fall Into Romance.

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Chasing Romance

I so enjoyed Liwen’s story because it is different and a little off the beaten path. There’s Chase – the handsome rising music star, and Izzy Sutton (Gracie’s mother).

When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.

 

Gracie, currently a freshman in college and living away from home, share’s her perspective on Romance. (She’ll have her own story out next year!)

What’s your favorite place in Romance?

My favorite place in Romance has to be Interlude Inn, my mom’s Bed and Breakfast. I’m so proud of my mama and how much she’s accomplished. She opened it up all on her own. Well, she did have some help from Mr. Lock—oops, I shouldn’t spoil the story for you. I’ll just say that you should definitely come by our place if you’re ever in town, even if it’s just for some of my mama’s apple cake—it’s the best!

When someone says Romance to you, what comes to mind?

I think romance is everything hopeful and lovely and true. If you can’t tell, I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic. I know real life doesn’t always have a happy ending (my parents are a prime example of that), but I think it’s possible to meet the guy of your dreams. Why else would someone have named a town Romance unless romance does exist?

If you could choose anywhere to live, where would it be?

I’d love to live in California. I heard it hardly ever rains there and there’s so much good food. My friend, Brady, who lives in the same dorm as me is from Southern California. I don’t know why anyone would leave such perfect weather to come up to the dreary northwest. When I tease him about it, he says I’m all the sunshine he needs. He’s a nice guy.

What’s your favorite season?

I just love spring because of tulip season. My favorite tulips are the purple ones. Did you know they represent royalty? I’m no princess, but I’d like to think someday I’ll meet my Prince Charming.

What do you like best about living in Romance?

All the people are so friendly, especially our neighbor Mrs. Cooper.

What’s your favorite thing about the autumn season in Romance?

The Fall Festival of course! It’s like the biggest event in Romance. I’ve been going ever since I can remember. I’m so sad I have to miss it this year because of midterms, but I want to do well in my classes so I can make my mama proud. I really hope she’ll end up going without me; she’s been so lonely with me away at school.

What’s your favorite fall treat?

Pumpkin spice latte! A college kid’s gotta have caffeine to survive.

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Wasn’t it fun to meet Gracie?

Check out her mom’s story and the other’s included in the Fall Into Romance collection when it releases Oct. 5.

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Pre-order your copy today for just 99 cents!

Fall Into Romance

Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors with a foreword by NY Times Bestselling Author Susan Hatler.

Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.

Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

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Today we get to meet two animal characters from Jessica L. Elliott’s story, Katie’s Chance for Romance.

Five years ago she pushed him out of her life, but she couldn’t force him from her heart.

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Jessica’s story is so fun and really full of tender romance.

In addition to horses in the story, she also has two lovable dogs. We get to meet Roxette and Loverboy today!

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Who is your favorite human in Romance?

Loverboy: That’s easy, Katie is the most awesomest human around. Sometimes she forgets that though and I have to remind her with lots of playtime and kisses.

Roxette: It’s a toss up between Mike and Uncle Earl. Mike is always calm which helps me feel safe. Uncle Earl acts tough, but he’s so not. Katie is wonderful and has a great heart, but can be a little too intense for me sometimes.

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What’s your favorite thing to do?

Loverboy: Isn’t everyone’s favorite thing playing? I mean, really. Eating, playing, sleeping, that’s all you need in life, right?

Roxette: I like to follow the horses in the pasture. Katie doesn’t always let me, especially if she’s working with a new or skittish horse. She wants all of us to be safe and happy.

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What’s the best thing about your new adopted family (or person)?

Roxette: Katie and her aunt and uncle were there for me when I was too scared to trust people much. They helped me see that life could be happy again. Uncle Earl really took me under his wing and I love him for it.

Loverboy: Aunt Viv makes the best doggie biscuits. And she sneaks them to us a lot more often when Katie isn’t around. Katie thinks we might get spoiled. Little does she know, we were spoiled when she brought us home!

What do you think about all the romance swirling around Romance?

Loverboy: I think it’s silly that the humans are surprised. What did they expect living in a town with that name?

Roxette: It’s wonderful! Instead of just having Katie and Viv and Earl, we get even more love from more people. Pretty sure Romance is the best place in the world to live.

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To find out more about the amazing animal characters in the Fall Into Romance set, order your copy today!

The book releases Oct. 5!

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I’m part of a wonderful new boxed set of sweet contemporary romances that releases Oct. 5.
The stories all take place in the fictional town of Romance, Oregon (which he had so much creating). And all the stories mention the Finding Forever Animal Rescue. In fact, the autumn festival that is mentioned in each story is a benefit to help out Finding Forever and allow people to adopt a variety of pets.
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I thought it would be fun between now and release day if you had the opportunity to meet some of those fun-loving animals!
Today, you get to meet Costello, a Great Dane in  Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker.

 

Brent’s hands are so full he doesn’t realize his heart is empty. But how can he convince Nicole to trust him and give them all a chance at the forever family they deserve?

 

Without further ado, let’s chat with Costello!

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Who is your favorite human in Romance?

That’s easy: Tony! He’s a good boy who comes to visit me at the Finding Forever Animal Rescue center. Every time I see him, I wag my tail fast so he knows how much I like him.

What’s your favorite thing to do?

Play! I love to catch balls, run after them, and chase my favorite boy.

What’s the best thing about Tony?

He always has time to see me. He talks to me and we eat lunch together. Sometimes he even sneaks me some of his lunch when his mom’s not looking.

What’s your favorite way to spend an afternoon?

Playing with Tony is the best. But when he’s not here, I join the other dogs to see who can bark the loudest. I don’t always win, but I like to give it my best each and every time.

What do you think about all the romance swirling around Romance?

I don’t really understand romance much, but I think it’s the main reason why Nicole keeps bringing Tony to volunteer at the shelter. Something tells me there’s a connection between her and Brent. I think it’s great, though. Brent saved my life and gives me a place to stay. And Nicole? She’s real nice. Plus: Tony! So if it means I get to play with him more, I’m all for the romance!

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Thank you for joining us today, Costello. We’ll let you get back to chasing balls and playing with Tony!

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Today is release day! Woohoo!

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Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 

Usher in the holiday season with 14 heartwarming all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 takes you from the Pocono Mountains to sunny Florida, and as far away as Portugal.

Curl up with your favorite hot beverage and enjoy this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to put you in the mood for Christmas.

InTimeforChristmasMonaRiskMona Risk, In Time for Christmas

Dr. Sylvia Reynolds promised to be at her parents’, in time for Christmas dinner, but her priorities change after she meets a motherless baby and her gorgeous uncle.

Unique Christmas_Beate BoekerBeate Boeker, Unique Christmas

Chiara hopes to spend a solitary Christmas all by herself. But when a man jumps through her office window to save her from an accident, things spin away—beyond her wildest dreams.

ChristmasWithTheCatLady-ChristineBushChristine Bush, Christmas with the Cat Lady

Carly is happy living alone in her mountain house with her cats. Can the handsome author who rents a room over the Christmas holidays change her mind?

Loving Winter -Lyn CoteLyn Cote, Loving Winter

At her cousin’s wedding, Winter Woodard, owner of her family’s garden center, isn’t expecting to meet her match in local football coach, Clay Dixon, (she isn’t IN to sports!) but he stands by her through a holiday season fraught with unexpected setbacks.

OnceUponAChristmas-DeniseDevineDenise Devine, Once Upon a Christmas

Small town girl returns home to find love and success, but can she outlast the mistakes of her past?

ChristmasinWalnutCreek-RaineEnglishRaine English, Christmas in Walnut Creek

Will a Christmas blizzard reunite a couple and give them a second chance at love?

Jean-Gordon-MacachekChristmasJean C. Gordon, A Team Macachek Christmas

Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper. But is it the wrong time for their love?

Saving Mistletoe - Shanna HatfieldShanna Hatfield, Saving Mistletoe

A stubborn cop, a hotshot attorney, and a little girl determined to spend Christmas with her father need a miracle to make this holiday season jolly and bright.

The-Gift-of-Yesterday-Milou KoeningsMilou Koenings, The Gift of Yesterday

When Bailey returns to Green Pines to open a pastry shop, Joe Hudson sees all his Christmas wishes coming true—if only he can convince her to risk her heart again.

A Portuguese Christmas- Josie RivieraJosie Riviera, A Portuguese Christmas

The holidays—like love—can sneak up on you. And sweep you away like a riptide.

A Christmas in Montana_RoxanneRustandRoxanne Rustand, A Christmas in Montana

Kristen Weatherby goes to Montana to get her late grandmother’s house ready to sell, but finds much more than she bargained for: a house she can’t let go, a charming mountain town, and a handsome veterinarian who just might steal her heart.

ACowboyforChristmas-MagdalenaScottMagdalena Scott, A Cowboy for Christmas

Hannah Kincaid is in love with Jacob Hollingsworth, and will overcome her fear of horses and his bossy brother Michael to get a Christmas happily-ever-after with the cowboy of her dreams.

loving you at christmas- Kristin WallaceKristin Wallace, Loving You at Christmas

Annaliese Matheson is convinced she’ll never love again. This Christmas will become the opening act for her holiday happily ever after.

Puppy Love - Merrillee WhrenMerrillee Whren, Puppy Love and Mistletoe

Can a little girl and a fluffy black dog bring a reluctant couple together in a Christmas miracle?

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Author Bios:

Mona Risk

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She’s a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist. Her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher’s Weekly.

Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home.

Beate Boeker

Beate Boeker is a USA Today bestselling author with a passion for books that brim over with mischief & humor. She writes sweet sophisticated romantic fiction and cozy mysteries, many of them set in beautiful Italy.

While ‘Boeker’ means ‘books’ in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as ‘Happy’ . . . and with a name that reads ‘Happy Books’, what else could she do but write novels with happy endings?

Christine Bush

Christine Bush has been a storyteller all of her life. Always a lover of romance, mystery, and happy endings, it is no surprise that her novels have a lively mix of all three ingredients! Christine is a women’s advocate, and believes with all her heart that women can face the problems in their lives with courage, creativity (and often humor) and make a difference in the world.

Lyn Cote

USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written over 45 books. A Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and an American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical novels. No matter which kind of story, her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” comes through. Her most recent achievement is being added to Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll for bestselling authors.

Denise Devine

Denise Devine is a USA TODAY bestselling author who has had a passion for books since the second grade when she discovered Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at age thirteen and has been writing ever since.

Raine English

USA Today bestselling author Raine English always wanted to be a writer. She began her career as a journalist, but writing romance novels was her passion. Her books have won many awards, including finalling in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart and winning the Daphne du Maurier Award.  When not behind her computer, you can usually find her reading. She lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.

Jean C. Gordon 

For sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. A professional financial planner and financial writer, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun.

Shanna Hatfield

After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky heroes.

When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

Milou Koenings

Milou Koenings is an award-winning USA Today bestselling author who writes romance because, like chocolate, stories with happy endings bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. The Gift of Yesterday is the fifth book in the Green Pines Romance series.

Josie Riviera

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

Roxanne Rustand

USA Today best-selling author Roxanne Rustand has written over thirty-five novels. She writes inspirational romantic suspense and inspirational romance For Love Inspired, and also writes sweet romance for the indie market. She lives in the country with her family, plus a menagerie of pets that sometimes find their way into her books.

Magdalena Scott

USA Today bestselling author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and women’s fiction with small town settings.

Kristin Wallace

Kristin is a USA Today Bestselling author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with “love, laughter and a leap of faith”. Growing up she devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate. Her first Golden Book led to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later, she discovered romance novels and fell in love all over again. It’s no surprise that Kristin would one day try her hand at writing them. She is the author of two bestselling series, Covington Falls Chronicles (inspirational romance) and Shellwater Key Tales (contemporary romance).

Merrillee Whren

Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty- plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels.

 

The Lucky Hat Mine

Please give a warm welcome to J.v.L. Bell as she joins us to today to talk about her book, The Lucky Hat Mine! Welcome!

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Colorado Territory, 1863

What’s a Southern Belle to do?

Wife-wanted ads are always risky business, but Millie Virginia never imagined she’d survive the perilous trip across the Great Plains only to find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the remote mining town of Idaho Springs without friends or means, Millie is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant, but her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancé, Dominic Drouillard, unexpectedly turns up.

Dom is an ill-mannered mountain man who invades Millie’s log cabin, insists that his brother was murdered, and refuses to leave until he finds the killer. Compelled to join forces with her erstwhile brother-in-law, Millie discovers the search for Colorado gold is perilous, especially with a murderer on their trail.

The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with fun frontier history and a bit of romance to create a story the Denver Post described as “Filled with period detail and real-life pioneers, a spirited…tale.”

As a new author, I love to hear what readers think of The Lucky Hat Mine, so please drop me a line at julie@jvlbell.com. If you enjoy audiobooks, The Lucky Hat Mine is read by Nancy Wu and guaranteed to entertain.

Thanks so much to Shanna for inviting me on her blog.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Julie!

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91opiffrqyl-_ux250_Author J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who grew up climbing 14,000 ft. mountains, exploring old ghost towns, and hiking in the deserts of Utah. Whenever possible, she and her family can be found hiking, rafting, or cross-country skiing.

Parade and Bloopers

I promised to share some photos of the Westward Ho Parade in Pendleton, and here they are!

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These four started off the parade. Loved their uniforms and how seriously they took their job.  They were also at the rodeo on Saturday during the opening ceremony.

 

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This is the parade Grand Marshal. The fun thing is that my daddy worked for his dad way back in the 1950s when my mom and dad were newly married.

a mounted band

The mounted band is always such fun. I so admire people who can do two things at once… like ride a horse and play an instrument. Not everyone can say they play a tuba while riding a horse.

a bevy of court

Miss Rodeo members from various states chose to ride in a wagon with their chaps on display. It was fun to see them, full of smiles for the crowd.

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The team of horses was impressive, but this wagon… the woodwork on it was gorgeous and my photo does not do it justice. Seriously, it was absolutely beautiful!

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So… if you don’t have a horse, just go ahead and ride a longhorn.

 

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Legendary Longhorns have been participating in the parade the last few years. They also take their animals to the park (where a bunch of vendors are set up) and people can get a  photo sitting on one of the longhorns. It’s always fun to see them in the parade.

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I think after writing about Steve the Mule, I now have a thing for mules. So enjoyed seeing this team.

As for the bloopers, here are a few of my favorites…

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a bulldogger

This poor guy slid I can’t tell you how far in the grass. Glad I’m not the one having to get the stains out of his jeans.

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This cowboy missed his mark and landed in front of the steer. And the steer didn’t slow down, just ran right over him.

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And this one missed bulldogging his steer, too. As thanks, the steer stomped on his leg.

If you have any fun captions for these photos, please feel free to share in the comments!