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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Trails of Love

Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Bradens and the rest of the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. 

When Graham Braden travels to Oak Falls, Virginia to attend the wedding of his buddy Reed Cross to Grace Montgomery, he sticks around to help with renovations to Reed's new theater. The last thing he expects is to be asked to assess and possibly invest in Grace's sister Morgyn's business endeavor. Graham is a careful, keen businessman, and Morgyn is impulsive, disorganized, and more interested in the energy flow in her eclectic retail shop than in the accuracy of her records. While Graham isn't ready to open his pockets to the sassy, sexy business owner, he may be ready to open his heart.

The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa's Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Review: My favorite Bradens & Montgomerys book yet. I absolutely LOVE the way Graham and Morgyn meet, it put a smile on my face from the start. Something about this book seems to ring true to life, as though Melissa was recounting the story of two friends meeting and falling in love. A captivating tale you won't want to put down, Trails of Love will show you that love can ambush anyone at the strangest times. A light-hearted romance, perfect for melting even the hardest hearts. 

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"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" - NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely

"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" - New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak 

"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" - New York Times Bestseller J. Kenner

More Bradens & Montgomerys: Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls 
Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]
Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross. 

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape. 

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas… 
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Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]
After Charlotte Sterling loses her last family member, she moves to Sterling House, her family's Colorado mountain inn, to live a solitary life. As an erotic romance writer, her days and nights are filled with passion and intrigue-even if only fictional. She loves her busy, quiet lifestyle, and she learned early on that real men can't live up to the fictional heroes she creates-until ruggedly handsome Beau Braden arrives to do some work at the inn and, for the first time in forever, she's intrigued by a real man.

Beau lost his first love years ago, and he's never let go of his guilt over her death. As he nears the anniversary of his loss, he is on the cusp of becoming the star of a home-renovation reality show. Escaping the painful memories of his past to work at the defunct old inn is just the promise of solitude he needs to clear his head before diving in to the all-too-public career. But he didn't count on being attracted to the whimsical, adorably sexy innkeeper.

Neither Charlotte nor Beau is looking for an attachment or a fling. But the more they learn about each other, the closer they become. Romantic evenings lead to intimate conversations, and neither can deny their deep connection or the passion it sparks. They've never fully healed on their own, but together maybe anything is possible. 

The Bradens & Montgomerys are part of Melissa's Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. All Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone and may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance.

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WILD, CRAZY HEARTS - Releasing June 12th, 2019
Embracing Her Heart (The Montgomerys Book 1) by [Foster, Melissa]
Brindle Montgomery and Trace Jericho have been close friends forever and on-again off-again lovers for years. As rebellious as they are stubborn, they’re both perfectly happy with their no-strings-attached hookups. But when Brindle returns from a trip to Paris with a baby bump, it sends Trace’s wild, crazy heart into a frenzy—and Brindle is left wondering if she’s made the biggest mistake of her life.

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About the author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Puff of Silk

A Novella—Book 1—Bridal Shop Series

New York City dress designer to the stars, Amelia Pettipiece, cleared a unique path to fashion-glory. With her career soaring, grand penthouse apartment on Central Park, and handsome boyfriend who supports her ambitions, Amelia could not have dreamed of a better life when she left Pittsburgh after college.

But when Amelia’s signature design, the famous FiFi Hererra’s, wedding dress, disintegrates off the bride’s body as she walks down the aisle, every thread of Amelia’s charmed life unravels.

Amelia’s Instaglam life turns into an Instaslam. She runs back home to her gram’s place in Eagle Bend, Pennsylvania to hide until she can figure out what happened to the dress and how to weave her tattered life back together.

Though Amelia finds comfort in staying with Gram, she begins to see that she’s neglected the woman who raised her. Pettipiece Boutique is falling apart and a slew of hunky hangers-on are showing interest in the riverfront property and in Amelia.

Just when Amelia is at her lowest, a customer with a unique problem arrives at the boutique, distracting Amelia from her crumbled life. Can she and Gram create the dress of a lifetime for a desperate bride? Can Amelia trust herself to send another bride down the aisle after the FiFi debacle? Does any of it really matter if Amelia’s already lost it all?

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Review: I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from A Puff of Silk. I certainly was not expecting to feel so deeply for Amelia's freefall from a charmed life, or from the house fire that her life becomes. There's a dark comedy hidden among it all, and in the end, Amelia is driven to take a look at her life, and what matters as things continue to blaze out of control. You can't help but cheer for this heroine who flew a little too close to the sun and is now forced to reevaluate and rebuild her life.

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"Shoop's plot is brilliant, and her characters feel like fully-dimensional people. I had a grand time reading this well-written and compelling tale that even had me considering relocating to Pittsburgh, Amelia's home town." --Jack Magnus-- Readers' Favorite

 "A Puff of Silk (Bridal Shop Series Book 1) is a fast-paced story that flows seamlessly from one point to the next, carrying your whole attention along with it, eager to learn how Amelia is going to get out of the unimaginable chaos that her life has become overnight. Kathleen Shoop wrote an amazing story that will draw you in. I could not help but fall in love with Amelia through her troubles and daily tears." --Faridah Nassozi--Readers' Favorite

"Puff of Silk (Bridal Shop Series Book 1) is a quirky, entertaining, hard to put down, light story, perfect for a cold afternoon in front of the fireplace. I found myself immediately liking Amelia and cheering her on through her disasters. I really enjoyed reading A Puff of Silk and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Book 2."--Trudi LoPreto--Readers' Favorite

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About Kathleen Shoop
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories that are coming soon!) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019


I've not been posting because I was sick, but I'm looking forward to the new year. - Liliyana

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Fiction Friday: The Things We Leave Behind

Titans Rising Installment 2

The story so far: Earth is dying slowly. The Seed Project, a small collective of dreamers, is building generation ships to survive.

The Things We Leave Behind

The Seed Project was the last great hope for humanity.

At least, that was the way the people who’d given up their old lives to travel across the world thought of it. They had looked around them, seeing a world that was falling apart, and staked all their hopes on the chance of finding a new home for humanity in the stars. It wasn’t a goal they ever expected to see. It wasn’t a goal they expected their grandchildren to see. But it was the dream that kept the people working to build the five ships going, both those on planet building the components and the crews in orbit who were tasked with assembling the vessels.

But to the rest of the world, the members of the Seed Project were a cult. People who’d given up everything in their lives to join some strange utopian community in the tropics? It was easy to see why a person’s family might worry about your judgment. It was one of the reasons why Minerva, one of the fabricator engineers, hadn’t blocked all of the contacts from her old life.

She had only blocked most of them, including most of her family. Her mother was the sole exception, “Liz, please come home. I know things are tough, but we can find you a job. The Pacific Company’s distribution facility is always hiring people. Your brother is working there.”

Minerva closed her eyes and pinched the bridge of her nose. “Mom, I can’t. What you’re talking about isn’t living. It barely qualifies as surviving. I get to live down here, not just subsist on cheap processed food.” They had been running tests of the hydroponics systems, and there was currently enough food to eat yourself sick every night. She turned the camera on her hand-brain on, setting it on the desk in her room. “Look at me, mom. Do I look like I’m starving?” She met her mother’s gaze and felt some of the frustration fade.

“I haven’t seen your face in so long, Elizabeth.” Minerva closed her eyes, her vision blurry. “You look healthy.”

Minerva wished she could say the same. She knew how to recognize malnutrition, it was one of the big worries about climbing onto a spaceship for a few hundred years, dying slowly because you weren’t eating right. “Mom… There’s space here. We need teachers.”

Her mother pushed away the request, pretending the offer had never been made. But both could feel it waiting under the surface as her mother talked about life back in Michigan, the little struggles, the cough that her father had developed that hadn’t gone away in three months. The river catching fire.

For her part, Minerva talked about her work, the complications of designing new ceramics and testing. Two sides of a routine. For the moment. Minerva’s work was almost complete planetside, she was likely going to start taking rotations in orbit to help build the five ships. It was exciting, seeing the project moving into the next stage.

If only it made conversations like this one easier, instead of harder.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Guest Post: Build a Journaling Habit

How to Build a Powerful Journal Writing Habit
By Karen Brown Tyson

It’s tough.

Year after year, you try to start journal writing. You understand the benefits of writing about your innermost thoughts.  And you hear so many people talk about how journal writing relieves stress.

But every time you start down the journal-writing path, something gets in the way.  Before you know it, you are no longer writing.

How are you supposed to stay focused? How are you supposed to fit journal writing into an already busy schedule?  One minute, you think you know the answer, and the next, you’re overwhelmed again. It’s a vicious cycle!

I have news for you:

You are not alone. So many people tell me how they want to include journal writing into their day but can’t seem to keep it going past a few weeks. Below are five easy steps you can take to build a journal writing habit. 

Take small steps
In his book titled, One Small Step Can Change Your Life the Kaizen Way, Dr. Robert Maurer believes if we take small steps to correct a problem, we can change our behavior. A small step toward journal writing could mean writing one sentence per day. The next small step could mean writing two sentences per day after are successful at writing one sentence. The important thing is not to make your small step too challenging to achieve in the beginning. The key is establishing the behavior first.

Create a trigger
To build a journal writing habit, you will need a cue that reminds you to write repeatedly. The trick is to follow a course of action that leads you into a daily journal writing habit. Peter Gollwitzer, a professor of psychology, determined that people who write their intended habits are more successful at reaching their goal. He recommends writing your goals as, “if-then” statements where “if” represents the cue and “then” is your planned action. Therefore, journal writing every morning looks like this:  “If I make coffee every morning, then I will write in my journal.”

Make procrastination hard
Next, confront the unwanted behaviors preventing you from sticking with your journal writing. Make a list of everything that prevents you from writing in your journal. Select one thing you will change. For example, if checking social media first thing in the morning prevents you from journal writing, put your smartphone in another room before you go to bed. 

Design your environment
If you change your setting to deal with unwanted behaviors, you must also create an environment that makes your new habit easier to do. For example, if you want to write every morning, put your journal next to your bed the night before. 

Create a reward
As you make progress, it’s important to reward yourself. Psychologists believe positive reinforcement helps automate our habits. In doing do so, our brain will make the connection between the accomplishment of the habit and a feeling of happiness. Find a reward you can give yourself immediately after completing your new habit. 

Now, imagine starting your new journal writing habit.  Instead of wondering how long you can keep it going this time, you actual look forward to writing every day.
And since you adopted a few simple steps, you established a solid writing habit. 
You should be proud of yourself and your new journal writing habit.

Karen Brown Tyson used journal writing to complete her book, Time to Refresh:  A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined.  
Karen works online, in person and by phone as a communication and writing coach. Karen helps her entrepreneurial clientele focus on business and nonfiction writing.