The photo says it all. My book, The Lady Is a Mayor, is one of the 60 on sale this week.
Always happy to help a debut author. Find the book here.
Here is the blurb:
Clara had it all planned out… graduate from college, get married, find her dream job and start a family of her own. When she met Drew during her senior year of college, she was certain he was the Prince Charming she had been waiting for, the one to complete her fairytale life. Turns out life had different plans.
Now a single, middle-aged workaholic, Clara has poured herself into building her career, and those dreams of finding love have taken a backseat to her success. She’s been holding out for someday, but when that day finally comes… will she follow her heart or will fate step in yet again?
Pretty dreamy cover, isn’t it?
I have only recently become aware of Victorine Lieske (thank you, Carol Ervin). She is one of four successful clean romance writers who have started a Facebook group and a podcast called “The Writing Gals.” This fab four is generously sharing advice and tips on how to get ahead in the indie writing business. I have already learned a lot. They are big proponents of writing to market using readers’ favorite tropes. And billionaires are dominating the Amazon lists right now.
This book is number four in Victorine’s Clean Billionaire Romance Series. Here is the blurb:
Felicity should have suspected something when she got hired to take pictures at a resort in Belize, all expenses paid. When she arrives and bumps into her ex-fiancé, Aiden, she realizes she’s been set up. His grandmother is playing matchmaker and every time she turns around Grams is forcing Aiden and her together. But she can’t fall for him again, it was a disaster last time, and she doesn’t want to repeat the past.
Aiden can’t believe Felicity is at his resort. She broke his heart five years ago, and he’s determined not to allow it to happen again. But one disaster after another keeps forcing them together and he’s sure Grams is behind all of it. He’s just not sure how long he can hold out without pulling Felicity into his arms and confessing that he never really got over her.
Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex is a sweet romance, and it is a stand-alone novel.
The book is available on Amazon for only 99 cents for a limited time.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Tony Cahill is at the top of his game as the starting kicker for the Scranton Sparrows. A crushing hit places him on the injured list, but even worse is the news of his grandfather’s passing. If that isn’t enough, his grandmother shares her desire to move back home to Sweet Grove but she is hiding something.
Once they reach Sweet Grove he is surprised by his usually healthy grandmother’s decline. Meagan Rowe, his grandmother’s new nurse/companion is an unexpected pleasure. She is the only woman with the ability to take his breath away when he’s in her presence. He can’t help but be drawn to her no matter how many miles will soon separate them. Though she seems a little young and overqualified as a support care worker, her energy and zest for life makes her perfect for his grandmother.
Meagan Rowe has lived in Sweet Grove for most of her life. It was a place of refuge after the death of her twin brother. Her brother’s terminal illness influenced her decision to become a nurse practitioner. For years it was the only career that made sense, both to her heart and for her family’s decimated budget. She loves helping people whom others have given up hope on but has begun to wonder if her chosen path is just a way to keep her brother close.
Imagine her distress when she discovers that the handsome and charming grandson of the sweet woman she cares for is on the Upton Foundation’s board of directors. The same foundation that denied her family the financial help needed to take care of her brother as they felt he deserved.
Will hard feelings and a heartbreaking secret sideline this budding romance?
Today our guest author is Peter Perrin who writes romances featuring mature characters. What a great concept. His book Grace’s Turmoil, part one of his Not Too Old for Love series was released Dec. 15.
Here’s more about it:
Divorced and emotionally damaged, artist Grace Stollery wants nothing more than to spend her semi-retirement painting and let time heal her emotional scars.
But when dashing widower Alfred Nobel moves into her retirement village he turns her life upside down and her heart inside out by awakening feelings she wants to keep dormant.
Alfred quickly sets out to woo Grace and slowly she warms to him. But the village’s resident femme fatale wants him for herself. Will she succeed in driving a wedge between Alfred and Grace?
And here is an interview with Grace:
What is your name, and how old are you?
I’m Grace Stollery. I’m sixty-eight-years-young.
How would you describe your physical characteristics?
Petite, as I’m only 5 feet 2 inches tall. But although my figure is slender it’s quite firm. My skin is creamy looking with just a sprinkling of freckles. And I have big brown eyes and shoulder-length dark brown hair.
What do you think is your best feature?
My figure and my bone structure are good. But my legs seem to get the most compliments.
Where were you born?
I was born in England, in a town called Romford. Back then it was part of the county of Essex, but it has grown so much it is now seen as part of East London.
Are you married?
Ouch! I wish you hadn’t asked me that. I was married for some fourteen years, but that ended in a painful divorce.
What friends do you have?
When I was an internationally renowned artist I had many friends, or so I thought. But now that career is behind me I never hear from any of them. So, I guess they weren’t much in the way of friends after all.
Nowadays, I only have a couple of close friends, Vera and Emily, who both live in my retirement village.
How are your relationships with men, generally?
Men have always been attracted to me, and I’ve enjoyed their company. But, I’m a Pisces and my emotions are my biggest weakness. I wear my heart on my sleeve and live on cloud nine when my love life is going well. However, when it turns sour I don’t cope well.
How would you describe your dress style?
In my youth I was a Mod, so their love of smart fashion influenced me. I love to wear flamboyant clothes in bright and bold colours and am especially fond of Mary Quant outfits. And, when I’m in the mood, I like to wear brightly coloured kaftans.
What are your favourite pastimes?
Mostly listening to nostalgic music. The Who, The Kinks, The Small Faces, and The Birds as they remind me of my days as a Mod in the 60s. Plus I love anything by Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, or Chuck Berry. Also, I read a little, mostly sloppy romances.
How would you describe your personality?
Complex. I’m gregarious and sociable, but introverted and prone to depression.
How would you describe your sense of humour?
Dry and subtle. I absolutely detest when sarcasm is passed off as humour.
Will readers like or dislike your character?
Oh, I do hope they like me. But, I’m afraid they might think I’m a bitch because of the way I treat Alfred.
Peter Perrin writes sweet, seasoned romances involving larger-than-life mature characters who will make you rethink your views on older people in a positive way. His characters are mature in age but not necessarily in their behaviour. They may not be in the first flush of youth but that doesn’t stop some of them acting like hormonal teenagers.
Peter was born in Romford, in the county of Essex, near London, England. For nearly twenty years he has lived with his wife of almost forty years in a quiet suburb of Swindon, in the county of Wiltshire, in England. He is a father and grandfather.
He is a former member of The Royal Air Force who has served in the UK, and in Madagascar, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. He was also stationed for two years in Aden—which nowadays is part of Yemen.
After almost fifteen-years’ service in The Royal Air Force Peter worked in Engineering, Quality Control, and Procurement Management, not to mention myriad smaller jobs in between those careers.
Now retired Peter’s interests are Writing, Carp Fishing, and (despite being in his early seventies) PC and PlayStation games.
His favourite quote is “Youth passes, but with luck, immaturity can last a lifetime.”
This book took me back to the days when I devoured Harlequin romances. The components are all there: brooding hero; spunky blonde who just happens to be a future queen, Greek scenery. If you are having one of those days when you wish a dark, handsome man on a horse would whisk you away from it all, this one’s for you. Short and “sweet.”
It’s been a long time since I read a Debbie Macomber novel. I strongly favor the Regency period and the like. However, I am finally working on a book of my own-gasp!-and it is contemporary and “clean.” Who better to draw inspiration from than Macomber?
I decided to check out Last One Home. It has more than 1000 reviews on Amazon, and 87 percent of those are either 4 or 5 stars. Would that I could do as well.
Oh, the writing was top notch. You don’t sell 170 million books without having extraordinary skills. But the characters were stereotypes and the plot was predictable.
The redeeming quality, and the one that makes Macomber a best-seller, I suppose, was her willingness to tackle spousal abuse in a realistic, albeit subdued, manner. Cassie’s ill-fated marriage displayed all the warning signs. And her inability to escape until her life was threatened was sadly typical of many women in her situation.
The family dynamics with the other two sisters rang true. Cassie had been her father’s favorite; when she needed help, her sisters turned on her. Sometimes those sibling rivalries do last a lifetime. The reunions and forgiveness happened a bit too easily to be totally believable to me.
The fact that Cassie didn’t jump right in to a happily ever after was a pleasant surprise.
Macomber hasn’t become my first choice in reading material, but I give her the respect she deserves for integrity and longevity. Is she one of your favorites?