EnTITLEment – Your Choice

Reader's ChoiceDo a girl a favor and help me out. Please!!!

I’ve created three polls below to have readers vote for their favorite title for my next three books. So here are the voting rules.

  1. Read each book’s blurb

2. Scan through the 5 possible titles

3. Go with your gut-response and vote for the one you like initially. Don’t think about it too long. If you’re like me, the longer you think about it, the more all of them will sound good and then you won’t know which to pick.

Ready….Set…Go pick your favorite titles.

Book 1

Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player that visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwanted attention.

Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheer squad that used to ignore him when he sat the bench are now his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed in the student union building and covers her in orange chicken, it changes his offensive game. Now he must decide whether he’ll continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves.

Book 2

Single mom Spring is doing her best to raise her two-year-old daughter alone and doesn’t desire to date ever again. So she is pleasantly surprised at her best friend’s wedding when a handsome man’s flirtatious advances charm, instead of annoy her. But when her toddler runs up and calls her Mommy, she can tell by his disgruntled expression that her daughter is a deal-breaker. He can’t seem to escape fast enough.

Hudson is proud of his bachelor status even as he attends his little brother’s wedding as best man. Too bad the only woman who tempts him has a daughter that rules her out. Instant fatherhood isn’t on his agenda. But when the child throws a tantrum, he swoops into help to keep her from ruining the wedding. When the night ends though, he can’t stop thinking of the gorgeous blonde’s expression when he played hero to her child. It made him feel uncomfortably good, and it doesn’t help that he keeps running into the angelic duo around town. Hudson knows Spring and her daughter are a package deal. The question is: Does he want to take on that responsibility, or will he keep playing the field?

Book 3

To escape the stress of caring for her sick mother and keeping her grades up for her scholarship, Ainsley Howard hides away with a book after her shift ends at the library each night. When a sexy patron surprises her with a kiss and begs for a date, she thinks she’s fallen into the pages of one of her romance novels. Though it seems too good to be true, she throws caution to the wind and agrees to go out with him. She’s tired of living vicariously through books. It’s time to claim her own happily-ever-after.

When Ty Kartchner bets his friends he can get the bookworm in the corner to kiss him, big money is laid on the table. The guys know there’s no way he’ll succeed with the uptight librarian. But when he not only kisses her, but convinces her to go out with him as well, Ty sees a chance to solve his financial woes. Raising the stakes, he places the bookworm’s heart down as collateral, and determines to win at any cost. But when hearts gets tangled in his web of wagers, Ty discovers that winning might actually make him lose what he loves most.

Thanks so much for voting! I hope you’re having a fantastic summer.

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Romancing Daphne

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This newest book by Sarah Eden was completely delightful. Regency romance at its best. Last month I attended a writer’s conference where Sarah was the Emcee along with James Dashner (Maze Runner). She’s this short, cute redhead with a bubbly personality. I loved listening to her banter about with Dashner and learn from her wisdom during one of her classes. I’ve read lots of her books, and she is an expert at writing emotionally gripping characters that you can’t help but fall in love with.

Synopsis

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster’s timid heart with dread. She hasn’t her sisters’ beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family’s enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster. But Daphne’s misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne’s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.

 

My Review

Decadent5Romancing Daphne had great new characters that I loved. I have to admit, from reading this book, I realize I’ve missed out on reading an earlier book that has characters in this one–Persephone and the dastardly Duke. I need to go find their love story and read it because even as side characters in this book, I fell in love with them.

This Regency romance has Persephone’s younger sister, Daphne, as the main heroine. She is shy and has felt overlooked all her life. Her father didn’t want her. Her siblings tolerate her, but she is invisible to them. As her sister and brother-in-law prepare to have her ‘coming out’ to snare a husband, Daphne is mortified and wishes to remain single the rest of her life rather than face society, knowing they think of her only as the plain sister to be pitied. But when James Tilburn seeks an audience with her, and then returns later to take her for a ride, she believes he might really see her…and possibly come to love her.

I really liked this story. Daphne is such a fragile, vulnerable heroine. Not your typical strong-willed, free-spirited heroine who can slay dragons. She’s a damsel in distress at first glance. But her inner strength shines through the more you get to know the ‘true’ her. That’s the problem. No one has ever stayed around long enough to get to know who Daphne really is. And so she has guarded her heart inside a fortress to keep from being hurt. To see her blossom and bloom is a treasure. Her growth is beautiful, poignant…and heart-tugging. Eden always writes deep, complicated characters, and I loved how both the hero and heroine have to struggle and wade though deep waters—almost drowning—to figure out their hearts and how to win each other’s as well. This is a decadently delicious read. A solid 5 out of 5 all the way across the board.

Giveaway

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Blessings

IMG_20170204_133331Sorry for dropping off the blog planet (besides book reviews). My mom died a month ago and it’s been difficult getting back into a routine again. I miss her. It’s that simple. I’m grateful for the beautiful life of service she lived and for all that she taught me. She was the best of moms. We’re all moving on, but it’s hard to not have someone around who has always been there for you your whole life. But God is merciful and has comforted me a lot over this last month. There are times when I just must cry, but He has wrapped His arms around me and helped me remember all that I still have. And truthfully, I still have Mom. She’s just not here in body for now. But her spirit can still touch mine. And I am grateful beyond measure for Christ’s sacrifice on this earth so that that is possible, and that I can live with Him and her again. Feel her hugs. Bask in her smiles.

Book 1-Playing for Love.jpgI’ve been staying busy writing and reading–my two favorite hobbies. My latest story, Playing for Love, is out to a few beta-readers. I already can tell there are some slight plot points I’ll have to adjust, then I’ll send it to a few other new readers for their opinion. After that, I’ll send it out for editing in the summer and get a final cover made for it. Here’s my latest idea. It could change though. Parker and Meridee’s story makes me smile. Hopefully, it will do the same for you when it comes out in the fall.

My book, Hands of Mercy, is FREE until the 23rd. So if you haven’t read that one, grab it now while the getting’s cheap. It’s the 3rd book in the Bending Willow trilogy, and is still one of my favorites.

I titled this post Blessings because though sad things have happened (Mom’s death and my father-in-law suffering from a incurable brain tumor), I still feel so blessed. After my mom had her horrible stroke that left her without speech and movement on her right side back in September, I felt God had given me such a great trial. My siblings and I had to take time out of our busy family and work schedules to care for her a week at a time because she needed constant help, and it just seemed so hard.

IMG_1699.jpgNow I look back and am so grateful God let us have six extra months with her, even though they were hard. I cherish the weeks I had with Mom one-on-one where I could feel her love through her smiles and soul-feeding hugs. I cherish the time I had to read to her. I read her my last book, Between Hope and the Highway, and she just beamed as I read each part. Though she couldn’t talk, she seemed to find ways to convey deep thoughts and feelings through her expressions and affectionate actions. She taught me clear to the very end, nourishing my faith as she made sure we said family prayers together and blessings over meals…and she always said Amen. She couldn’t say hardly anything else, but she quickly learned to say Amen and I love you. Those few words symbolized her Faith and Love. Two qualities that described her life perfectly.

So though I won’t purposely pray for God to flood my life with trials, I’m going to try to not be so quick to gripe or complain when trials come in the future. Because sometimes our trials really are our greatest blessings. We just have to faith to have our eyes opened to see the whole picture.

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Defiance

Defiance

Wow! This one really took my breath away. Defiance by A.L.Sowards is not a romance like I normally read. This is a story set during the latter part of World War II, and it is a gripping journey. Our young hero is Lukas. He’s just barely graduated from high school and is anxious to be drafted and go serve his country. His older brother, Bastian, who is home after losing his leg, tries to warn him about what he will see and experience. But Lukas, like most normal 18-year-olds, wishes his brother would leave him alone. He already knows everything, right? Continue reading

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart BannerHere’s a unique book set down under in Regency times. Sarah Whitaker travels from England to Australia (which is called New South Wales at this time period) as a little girl to see her father. But when she learns that he has died just a few weeks before she arrives, her and her aunt are placed in a tough position. Australia is filled with criminals shipped  there from England, but Sarah believes in her heart she must run her dad’s sheep ranch to honor his memory. Continue reading