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Caterina is now available on audio from Amazon, Audible or iTunes!

The awesome Meghan Kelly did a fabulous job narrating the story – including some fun Italian accents!

Listen to a sample here: Caterina Sample

Why did she have to fall for

     the most infuriating man in town? 

On the run from the Italian mafia, feisty Caterina Campanelli travels across the country and hides in a small western town. Uncertain about her future, she does her best to ignore her past and the turmoil the deputy stirs in her heart. Seeking comfort in her cooking, the last thing she needs is a sweet romance with most handsome and exasperating man in Pendleton.

Dedicated to his work as a deputy, Kade Rawlings loves the life he’s created for himself. Determined to remain single and unfettered, he just can’t stay away from the Italian spitfire who rolls into town keeping secrets and making the best food he’s ever eaten. Using his charm, wit, and brawn to win her trust, he may just get more than he bargained for.

And here’s an excerpt from the book:

“Do you always behave so deplorably?” Caterina asked, enjoying her turn to bait Kade. He so often said something to stir her temper. She was in such a fine mood after the banker agreed to her loan, she didn’t think there was a single thing the deputy could do or say to upset her.

“I don’t behave deplorably,” Kade grumbled, cocking a hip as he leaned against the counter. “You, however, behaved like a tavern wench, casting your wiles on Grant until he didn’t know up from down. Is that how the women in your family go about getting what they want?”

Caterina almost dropped the plate she dried on the floor and only managed to keep it from shattering by grasping the edge at the last second. Carefully setting it down on the counter, she narrowed her gaze and tightened her lips into a thin line.

“What? Don’t look at me like that when I’m only telling you what I saw. You flirted and teased, batted those long eyelashes of yours, and poured on the charm until he would have done anything you asked.” Kade wished he could reel in the words as quick as he’d said them.

Instead of apologizing and begging her forgiveness, he reverted to a tactic he’d used many times to appear aloof and disinterested. He took out his pocketknife and began picking at his fingernails. Unable to keep from further goading her, he continued his taunting while he focused on his knife blade. “Seems to me you were trying to sell more than the idea of your restaurant.”

He almost sliced through his finger when a wet dishtowel caught him in the face.

“How could you? How could you say such things to me?” Caterina stamped her foot as she glared at him, seething. Blooms of vibrant pink color filled her cheeks while snapping, angry sparks shot from her expressive eyes.

“You…you…bully!” Caterina looked around for something else to throw at him that wouldn’t break. She picked up a handful of the cutlery she’d just finished washing then started flinging spoons and forks his direction.

Too shocked by her actions to move immediately, a fork poked his hand before Kade shoved his knife into his pocket and lifted one of the chairs at the table. He held it in front of him trying to block the flying silverware. He was grateful Aundy had already dried the knives and put them away.

“Now, Cat, you need to calm down,” Kade said soothingly. He had plenty of practice handling hysterical females.

Only the female across the room didn’t look hysterical. Fuming and furious, definitely, but not hysterical.

“Don’t you ‘now, Cat’ me, you beast,” Caterina yelled, pointing her finger at Kade. “How dare you! How dare you speak so vilely, you disgusting, rotten…”

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Today is the launch of Tara by  Ginny Baird,, Book #2 in Beach Brides, a series of twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors linked by a unifying theme. Every Tuesday from through August 8, a new book in the series will release.

About Tara

TaraTwelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. 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 her 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!

Four months later, a bottle washes up on a beach near Savannah, Georgia, where billionaire banker, Heath Wellington, is primed to propose to his socialite girlfriend. Pragmatic Heath has never believed much in signs, but the timing of this mysterious missive’s arrival is too uncanny to ignore. Can Heath disregard the compelling “message in a bottle” from a sassy bookstore owner in Beaumont, Maine? Or will her heartfelt plea change the course of his life forever?

Available at Amazon for $2.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited, click here.

To find out more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

And Melissa McClone is doing a special giveaway today on her blog here.

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Would you like to meet the characters from Dally?

Way back, when I first wrote Aundy, a photo of a young, ragged boy was my inspiration for Nikola Zorian Gandiaga, a shepherd later adopted by Aundy and Garrett Nash.

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Since then, both the character in my story, and the young man in the photo have grown up.

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Meet Logan Lerman, my inspiration for Nik.

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Logan has a wonderfully expressive face, like I imagined Nik would have.

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And a somewhat devilish smile.

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And such beautiful eyes (just pretend they are brown for the story).

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It was easy to picture Dally losing her heart to him.

Around the time I was writing Aundy, I happened upon a photo of an actress and knew she would be perfect for the character of Dally. I’d already picked out the name and planned for her to be Nik’s true love. Originally, I thought she’d be the only child of a rancher from Pendleton who didn’t know the first thing about being a lady.

But then I wrote Dacey and the idea of having her daughter be Dally stuck. How fun would it be for a daughter just like her to return to the ranch in Pendleton and fall in love with Nik.

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Meet my ideal of Dally – Summer Naomi Smart.

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I love that wild, curly auburn hair. (So perfect for Dally.)

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The dimples are what really sold me (and the fact she’s just beautiful!)

And there you have the inspiration for Nik and Dally!

You can find many more images of what inspired me while I was writing the story on Pinterest.

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Dally

Available now on Amazon!

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Today is the launch of Beach Brides, a series of twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors linked by a unifying theme. Every Tuesday from now through August 8, a new book in the series will release.

Julie Jarnigan’s MEG, book #1 in the Beach Brides series, releases today!

About Meg…

MEgTwelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. 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 her 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!

Three weeks later, Meg Mullen’s community theater is on the verge of closing if she can’t raise the money to save it, but she’s running out of time and needs a miracle. Television producer, Elliot Campbell, finds a message in a bottle from the perfect female contestant for his reality dating show. All he has to do is talk Meg into taking the job, convince her to choose one of the contenders, and figure out how to keep from falling in love with her himself.

Available at Amazon for $2.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited

To find out more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

And Melissa McClone is doing a special giveaway today on her blog here.

Also, don’t forget to come to the series launch party on Thursday, May 25! https://www.facebook.com/events/1386443488139407/

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Dally

(Pendleton Petticoats, Book 8)

She’s ready to spread her wing and fly…
He’s scrambling to set down roots.

Unconventional Dally Douglas is as likely to be found wearing her brother’s britches and riding a horse as she is dressed in lace-trimmed finery sipping tea in the parlor. With no plans to wed, she convinces her family to allow her to stay at their ranch in Oregon. Free and unfettered, she plans to remain that way, even when the town’s beloved young doctor returns home and captures both her interest and her heart.

Charismatic, handsome, and dedicated to his work, Doctor Nik Nash finally makes his way back to Pendleton. After years of studying and gaining hands-on experience, Nik is excited to bring his skills and knowledge to the place he calls home. Focused on his career, he has no time for a woman, especially not one as lively, fascinating, and enchanting as Dally Douglas.

When a freak accident brings the two of them together, their stubborn determination may cost them the chance to know true love.

Bursting with sweet romance, this tender yet lighthearted story draws readers into a world of rustic elegant charm.

Available now on Amazon!

 

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For a while, I’ve been thinking about updating some of my book covers. Then someone reached out and suggested it was past time for me to do that.

So, I did.

I hope you like the changes to the Pendleton Petticoats series. I decided to start with these books since Dally will release soon!

I’d love to hear your feedback! Do you have a favorite?

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Aundy (Book 1) — Aundy Thorsen, a stubborn mail-order bride, finds the courage to carry on when she’s widowed before ever truly becoming a wife, but opening her heart to love again may be more than she can bear.

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Caterina (Book 2) — Running from a man intent on marrying her, Caterina Campanelli starts a new life in Pendleton, completely unprepared for the passionate feelings stirred in her by the town’s incredibly handsome deputy sheriff.

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Ilsa  ( Book 3) — Desperate to escape her wicked aunt and an unthinkable future, Ilsa Thorsen finds herself on her sister’s ranch in Pendleton. Not only are the dust and smells more than she can bear, but Tony Campanelli seems bent on making her his special project.

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Marnie  (Book 4) — Beyond all hope for a happy future, Marnie Jones struggles to deal with her roiling emotions when U.S. Marshal Lars Thorsen rides into town, tearing down the walls she’s erected around her heart.

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Lacy  (Book 5) — Bound by tradition and responsibilities, Lacy has to choose between the ties that bind her to the past and the unexpected love that will carry her into the future.

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Bertie (Book 6) — Haunted by the trauma of her past, Bertie Hawkins must open her heart to love if she has any hope for the future.

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Millie (Book 7) — Determined to bring prohibition to town, the last thing Millie Matlock expects is to fall for the charming owner of the Second Chance Saloon.

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Dally (Book 8) — Eager to return home and begin his career, Doctor Nik Nash is taken by surprise when spirited Dally Douglas captures his heart.

 

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Today, I’m excited to share the cover reveal of Dally with you, in case you didn’t make it to the Petticoat Ball or missed it in the newsletter.

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Dally

(Pendleton Petticoats, Book 8)

She’s ready to spread her wing and fly…

            He’s scrambling to set down roots.

Unconventional, Dally Douglas is as likely to be found wearing her brother’s britches and riding a horse as she is dressed in lace-trimmed finery sipping tea in the parlor. With no plans to wed, she convinces her family to allow her to stay at their ranch in Oregon. Free and unfettered, she plans to remain that way, even when the town’s beloved young doctor returns home and captures both her interest and her heart.

Charismatic, handsome, and dedicated to his work, Doctor Nik Nash finally makes his way back to Pendleton. After years of studying and gaining hands-on experience, Nik is excited to bring his skills and knowledge to the place he calls home. Focused on his career, he has no time for a woman, especially not one as lively, fascinating, and enchanting as Dally Douglas.

When a freak accident brings the two of them together, their stubborn determination may cost them the chance to know true love.

Bursting with sweet romance, this tender yet lighthearted story draws readers into a world of rustic elegant charm.

Dally will release May 18, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y1CX1BP/

Would you like a little teaser?

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Repulsed by the thought of Nik Nash, Dally lifted her nose slightly. “I still think it’s preposterous for him to ride that thing. After all, he comes from a family with one of the most established ranches in the area.”

“I’d think you, of all people, sweetheart, would be tolerant of those who are slightly unconventional.” Braxton gave Dally a pointed look. “After all, you wouldn’t want him to judge you for wearing a gown like that with your old cowboy boots would you?”

Dally should have known one if not both of her parents would notice her choice of footwear. With the gown long enough to cover her toes, she vainly hoped she’d get away with wearing her comfortable boots instead of stuffing her toes into the new shoes Mama purchased for her.

At any rate, she didn’t know why everyone seemed so interested in Nik Nash. After all, she barely knew him. The last time she’d seen him, she’d only been fourteen. He’d arrived home a few days before she and her family were set return to North Carolina. The few moments she’d seen him in passing at church hardly counted as a proper visit.

However, someone like Nik Nash, someone who had no interest in raising horses or cattle, wasn’t a man who’d claim her attention — even if he was handsome and charming and had the most heart-melting smile she’d ever seen. Or, at least he had years ago.

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