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Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

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Beach Brides!
Fun in the summer sun!

 Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas are linked by a unifying theme. 
You’ll want to read each one!

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination vacation to a beautiful Caribbean isle. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common:
1) they are diehard romantics, and
2) they’ve been let down by love
As a wildly silly dare during the last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea! Sending a message in a bottle can’t be any crazier than online or cell phone dating, or posting personal ads! And, who knows? One of these mysterious missives might actually lead to love…
Join Meg, Tara, Nina, Clair, Jenny, Lisa, Hope, Kim, Rose, Lily, Faith and Amy, as they embark on the challenge of a lifetime: risking their hearts to accomplish their dreams.
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My contribution to the series is Rose – she’s a hopelessly romantic woman who runs an antique store called One Vintage Rose. She’s been burned by love before and doubts the man of her dreams exists… until he strolls into her shop one day with her crazy letter in a bottle!

All of the Beach Brides stories will be available for pre-order on Amazon May 18! 

Here is the publication schedule and the authors who are writing the books:
  1. Meg by Julie Jarnagin – May 23
  2. Tara by Ginny Baird – May 30
  3. Nina by Stacey Joy Netzel – June 6
  4. Clair by Grace Green – June 13
  5. Jenny by Melissa McClone – June 20
  6. Lisa by Denise Devine – June 27
  7. Hope by Aileen Fish – July 4
  8. Kim by Magdalena Scott – July 11
  9. Rose by Shanna Hatfield – July 18
  10. Lily by Ciara Knight July 25
  11. Faith by Helen Scott Taylor – August 1
  12. Amy by Raine English – August 8

Join the Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook to keep up with the new releases and news:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/652393644949788

And don’t miss out on the Beach Brides Release party May 25!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1386443488139407/

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Summertime Romance Giveaway (1)

Four Authors. Four Romances. One Lucky Winner – and it could be you!

Just hop over to this form and enter your info for a chance to win!

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My dear friend and  fellow writer Kayla Dawn Thomas joins us today to talk about growing up a country girl, finding herself, and her new book!

Welcome, Kayla!

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Picture this: rolling pastures extending for acres before running up against a dense tree line, mountains climbing up to the sky with patches of snow at their peaks until July, horses swishing their tails as they graze, three little girls stuffing wildflowers into the cracks in the walls of an abandoned outhouse turned fort.

That was a snapshot of one of my childhood summers. My Dad worked, still does, on a cattle ranch in Idaho. In my early years, we wintered along the Snake River in the bottom of Hells Canyon. School was a windy one-hour bus ride away. I couldn’t have been happier than when we started wintering in Weiser, Idaho, my first year of high school. We were only fifteen minutes from town. I used to laugh at my friends when they would complain about how far out we lived.

Summers were always spent in Bear, Idaho. No TV, no Internet in those days. Of course, my parents got both hooked up the minute I moved out on my own. I smile about it now, grateful for those screen-free summers.

My sisters and I played outside, rode horses, went to work with Dad when we were older, and played a lot of cards. I read books at every opportunity. I remember reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series in cow camp one summer. It was easy to identify with their ruggedly simple life when there were real live bears clamoring around in the crab apple trees just off porch of the cabin where we slept. My reading evolved in the No Business Basin camp. It went from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Danielle Steel in the blink of an eye. I remember reading Message from Nam in the back bedroom where the sound of the rushing creek and its cool air through the open window brought some respite from the triple digit heat.

It’s easy to make ranch life sound romantic and picturesque, but in reality it’s a tough life. To be honest, I’ve never been super outdoorsy, and was content to keep close to the house whenever I could. I was terrified of cows until my middle school years, and even then I gave their superior size healthy respect. Sometimes we had to share our bathtub with half frozen, muddy calves in the winter and early spring. That always made getting ready for school an event. There was no shortage of stories to tell during classroom sharing time.

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People were injured a lot too. I can’t count how many times Mom had to haul Dad to the emergency room with a broken leg or dislocated shoulder. My senior year of high school I had to drive Mom to the ER with a ruptured spleen after she’d been bucked off a paint horse with spring fever. The ranching lifestyle is not for sissies!

And here I am now, an eighteen-year town dweller, reflecting fondly on the place I thought I wanted to escape. It took growing up to realize how blessed I was to spend my formative years in such a unique way and place. Living in the boonies teaches you self-reliance and common sense that is hard to pick up anywhere else. Our community was small, so my sisters and I learned early the value of good friends and helping others. We learned to love and respect nature in all her forms.

Though I wasn’t cut out to be a rancher’s wife or a rodeo queen as an adult, I do love going back to visit. Breathing in the potpourri of pine, cow poop, hay, and dust roots me. I return to a simpler time in my life and treasure every moment I get to visit.

Writing my newest novel, Tackling Summer, was like traveling back in time. I was able to let my memories of the place wash over me giving me almost a movie-like experience as I wove together my characters’ story. Because the setting is so personal, the entire story is very close to my heart.

As I write this, I’m at the tail end of a five-day stay in Bear. This has been one of my best trips up here in nearly two decades. After reliving ranch life through prose, I was ready to experience it again in real life. In fact, instead of spending all my time relaxing on the patio, I saddled up with my Dad and went out on the range one afternoon to wrangle a bull. You can read about that adventure over on my blog.

It’s amazing what you can learn about yourself when you write. For years, I thought I was a town girl inside and out, but I allowed myself to go deeper and discovered there’s a touch of country in there that likes to come out and play from time to time.

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Kayla Thomas head shotKayla writes general and women’s fiction, as well as chick lit novels and novellas. Her mission is to give her readers an escape, from a chronically busy, overwhelmed world offering them the opportunity to settle in and discover someplace new, maybe crack a smile, and find a little romance.

She’s been a storyteller all her life. Before she knew how to write, she told stories to a jump rope. Thankfully that stage ended once she learned how to work a pencil. Now she’s blessed to be able to write full time and looks forward to sharing her crazy ideas with readers.

Always a romantic, Kayla managed to marry her high school sweetheart. They have a very bright, active nine-year-old daughter.

When not writing or being mom, Kayla can most likely be found in a cozy spot with a good book. Reading, sunshine, and hanging out with family and friends bring her joy.

Following my dream one word at a time.
www.KaylaDawnThomas.com

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Today, I’m featuring Ciara Knight’s patriotic, new summer read, 4th of July in Sweetwater County, from her bestselling sweet contemporary series, Sweetwater County!
Ciara and I are both members of Sweet Romance Reads. If you haven’t yet, hop on over to the Sweet Romance Reads Cafe on Facebook! There’s always something fun going on over there!
Here’s more about Ciara’s book…

Where Your Heart and Home Belong!

Julia Cramer dedicates her life to protecting and caring for her child after friendly fire killed her husband overseas. She returns to nursing school in hopes to make a better life, but when childcare falls through and her survivor benefits are cut, she trusts the care of her son to a stranger.
Doug ‘Maverick’ Wilson, is discharged from the military after he made a bad call that cost him the lives of most of his comrades and both of his legs. Unable to face family, he abandons his business and hides in Sweetwater County. He finds some peace when he helps a beautiful young widow and her son, but the secret of his past looms with the threat to separate them forever.

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Lacy on horseIs anyone else excited Lacy releases tomorrow? (Wave those hands in the air!)

I’m all kinds of giddy about it. I can’t wait for you all to be able to read Lacy and Grant’s story.

Today, I want you to meet them (or at least the visuals I used to develop their characters).

Lacy grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, located just outside of Pendleton.

Her mother (a sister to Lacy’s favorite Uncle Charlie) insisted her four children attend the school on the reservation and embrace assimilation. Due to her progressive thinking, Lacy is educated, well-mannered, graceful and smart.

When I was searching for a “face” for Lacy, I looked at Native American actresses and found Tonantzin Carmelo.

Tonantzin Carmelo 1She’s beautiful and looks how I imagine Lacy.

Tonantzin Carmelo 5It was easy to picture her as a young woman struggling to blend two worlds.

I also turned to two photos I found from the Lee Moorhouse collection.

This is Ku-massag, also known as Agnes Davis. She appears in several of Moorhouse’s photographs. Here, she wears traditional dress, including a woven hat Moorhouse often used as a studio prop.
And here she is in a studio pose. I just think she is so stunning. Look at that beautiful skin and those long braids! Notice the shell disc earrings she wears in both photos.
So Lacy is a combination of inspiration from both of these women.
Grant Hill, an esteemed banker in the town of Pendleton, needed to have a polished look, but with a rugged edge. I wanted him to have an air of kindness with a spark of fun. And a little charm couldn’t hurt either.
I finally settled on…
Jensen Ackles 3Jensen Ackles.
He’s handsome, clean-cut, and exactly how I picture Grant Hill. Especially with those eyes.
Jensen Ackles 2I love the crinkles around his eyes and that little rugged vibe…
Jensen Ackles 1Eyes… did I mention his eyes?
Jensen Ackles 4And the smirk. Grant can tease with the best of them and smiles often.
I can hardly wait to hear how you all like the book.
For now, here’s another little teaser. The two of them rode out of town for a picnic after work:
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“This was so nice. Thank you for thinking of it.” Lacy handed him back the jar and looked around. “It’s good to get out of town and enjoy this mild weather.”

“I’ve heard we’re supposed to get a rain storm, but the clear sky overhead says otherwise.”

“You never know.” Lacy rose to her feet and stared at the sky, streaked with brilliant color. She and Grant needed to head back to town soon or they’d wind up riding home in the dark. Not that she minded, but she wasn’t familiar with the trail and that made her a little nervous.

Warmth from Grant’s presence settled around her. He rested a hand on her shoulder as he stood behind her. Long and slow, she breathed in his scent, letting it envelope her senses while her insides turned molten.

The next time she saw Ruth or Rose, she’d have to ask if this was how it felt to be in love. To possess a sensation of being light and airy while simultaneously feeling heavy-limbed and weak.

In all her years, Lacy had never experienced anything like it. Regardless of the foreignness of her feelings, she wanted to feel more, to experience more, to know more about the wonder of loving Grant.

Filled with longings, most of which she couldn’t name, she leaned back against him, into his strength. He wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her against his chest, resting his chin on her head. They stared at the vibrant pink, orange, and gold tones coloring the evening sky.

Time stood still as they remained close and quiet until Grant expelled a heavy sigh. “Blast it all to…”

He spun Lacy around and held her so close against him, their hearts pounded in harmony.

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Please give a warm welcome to my awesome friend Magdalena Scott!

Thank you so much, Shanna, for hosting me here today. It’s always a treat to hang out with you online!

 

I’m thrilled that this is release day for the Return to Legend boxed set, which is available at all e-book retailers. Legend, Tennessee is a fictional town created by Maddie James, Jan Scarbrough, Janet Eaves, and myself. We’ve written dozens of novels and novellas set in Legend. Some are sweet, some sensual. All the novellas in Return to Legend are sweet.

 

Here’s how our series started: One day the four of us were hanging out online (sound familiar?) and someone threw out the writing prompt of naming a character with a first name the same as your first pet, and a last name the same as the street you lived on as a child.

 

Mine was Midnight Shelby.

Next…what would the character look like? My cat Midnight was black and silky of course. I decided Midnight Shelby was tall and slender with long black hair. Her father was American Indian, and her mother was Irish.

What is the character’s job or career? Midnight would run a store that sold local arts and crafts. The store would be named The Emporium.

You can see this was a fun exercise. It didn’t take long for us to create our heroes, and start writing the stories. What would we name our town? Janet had a big map above her desk, and she looked in the corner and saw the word “legend.” What a great name! And two of the girls know Tennessee, so we put Legend there, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

Not really, of course. Legend only lives in the hearts and minds of the authors…and the readers. The very best compliment I’ve heard from readers is that they want to move to Legend.

I hope they’ll want to Return to Legend now, as four characters from the past come back to the little town to find their future.

 

Here’s the blurb:

Before life-long Legendarian, Addie Bynum, dies, she knows she had some loose ends to tie up. So she bequeaths some of her worldly possessions to four special people, bringing them all back to Legend.

Crossroads by Janet Eaves

Sharon Clark vows there is no way she will ever return to Legend, Tennessee. But desperation has a way of changing everything….

Heart to Heart by Jan Scarbrough

When Jeremy Hamilton’s aunt Addie gives him a second chance, he must decide if he believes in the unbelievable and the pet psychic who teaches him about faith…and love.

Second Chances by Magdalena Scott

Anne McClain Bradley returns to her small town roots, while Pete Garrity is looking for a fresh start. Second chances. Sometimes the hardest part is believing they exist.

Star-Crossed by Maddie James

When Jasmine Walker returns to Legend after a fifteen-year absence, she doesn’t expect her troubled teenage past to collide with her well-planned, professional future.

Can they all Return to Legend, and with Ms. Addie’s help, finally find love and happiness?

Amazon (U.S.)  Amazon (U.K.)   Barnes&Noble   Kobo   ibooks

The 99 cent sale ends this week, so snap yours up now. We look forward to seeing you in Legend, Tennessee. The sweet tea is on the porch!

Mags_2 Magdalena Scott

“Try a romance novel on…for sighs!”

My website: www.magdalenascott.com

 

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I’m so excited this morning, I can hardly sit still in my office chair!

Three years ago, I self-published my first three novels, creating The Women of Tenacity series.

In the last month, I’ve revised, revamped, and refreshed all three stories. I also created some new book covers!

 

Heart of Clay

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NHT Cover 2014And you’re still waiting for the super exciting news, right?

Here it is…

Heart of Clay (book 1) is available for FREE downloads on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple, Sony and Kobo. How cool is that?

In addition, Country Boy vs. City Girl (book 2) is available for a limited time for $0.99. For ninety-nine pennies you can continue reading all about the adventures that take place in the fictional town of Tenacity.

Not His Type (book 3) is priced at $2.99.   I love, love, love the new cover!

If you haven’t yet read this series, why not download it today?  It’s only $3.98 for the set of  three sweet and clean contemporary western romances that will make you laugh, cry, and lose yourself in the lives of the characters for an hour or two (or eight).

I’m giving away both a paperback and downloadable version of the series. To get in on the drawing, post a comment here or go to my Facebook Fan page where you can post a comment or ask me a question about anything at all. (Seriously, you can ask me about book covers, characters, what I ate for breakfast, Captain Cavedweller’s pet name for me… anything in good taste!).

Also, I’ve created pages for each book in The Women of Tenacity series with some fun details, reviews, and excerpts. You can check it all out at the links below!

Heart of Clay

Country Boy vs. City Girl

Not His Type

Last, but certainly not least, I want to say thank you for reading my books and my blogs, for offering encouragement, and sharing from your hearts.

Thank you from the bottom of mine.

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