July 4, 2018

Lauraine Henderson

Lauraine Henderson grew up on the west coast, mostly in the Portland, Oregon area. She met her husband senior of high school when she joined an LDS church-sponsored dance program at the invitation of a friend from her French class. Several years later, they married and welcomed two girls and a boy to their family. Their oldest daughter is married and lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Their second daughter is single and teaches high school English and Musical Theater in Delano, California. Their only son is married and lives in Denver, Colorado. They moved away from Oregon when their children were young and lived in Logan, Utah, Waikoloa, Hawaii (on the big island), and Kingman, Arizona, before returning to the Portland area in 2015. A year later, Lauraine self-published her first novel, The Triple-Date Dare. She writes inspirational romance, hoping to uplift her readers and bring a message of love and faith-based solutions to life’s problems, with a little humor along the way to the happily-ever-after. She published her second novel, The Spirit of Christmas, in 2017, an adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a romantic twist. In the fall of 2017, she contracted with BooksYouCanTrust.com, a publisher specializing in clean-content literature and published her third novel, Building a Life, with them in May, 2018. Her current work-in-progress is called Daisies in the Driveway and is projected for publication sometime in late 2018. Lauraine loves to spend time at her desk, writing and revising her latest story, but when she can’t write, she enjoys art (watercolor, oils, and acrylics), sewing, knitting, beading, and reading!

The Triple-Date Dare

Writer Laura Nelson can’t believe her luck. Since staying in a beach house on the Oregon coast, she’s had two run-ins with the police. The upside is that handsome Officer David Harrington handled both situations.
            Laura, still stinging from years of making poor choices, has come to Oregon to take control of her life. She recently renewed her relationship with God and the church, and she’s in the process of writing her next mystery. But is she ready for romance?
            David has a rule: don’t get close to women. He is ashamed of his unlawful past, a father in jail and an alcoholic mother. His triple-date dare is a sure-fire way to keep women at bay. Who would love him with all his baggage anyway?
            When he asks Laura out, David figures she will crash and burn as planned. He had no idea she would not only change the rules of his famous dating dare, but sneak her way into his heart.

July 1, 2018

Laurie Lewis

He proposed of need. She accepted out of compassion. Love wasn't an option when they started. Now they're discovering how far out on a limb they're willing to go to turn a marriage of friendship into forever love.

June 20, 2018

See what Tamera Hart Heiner has been up to.

Falling in love is the easy part. 

Arkansas. Solitude and nature. Time to breathe and rediscover herself.

That's what Luce thinks she's getting when she returns home after her divorce. Instead, she meets Connor and falls, once again, in love.

Connor blames his lying and cheating father for his mother's irresponsible behavior, leaving the burden of maintaining the family business squarely on Connor's shoulders. Luce is the unexpected variable that throws off his entire equation, the random x that sends his life into a delicious tilt-a-whirl. She's everything he ever wanted. 

Minus her divorce. 

When Connor's mom falls ill and makes a deathbed request, he knows he'll do his best to oblige her. Even if it means pretending to marry the woman he loves.

For readers of Nicholas Spark, Victorine Lieske, and Karen Kingsbury comes a sweet southern romance that explores the strengths of love and humanity in the setting of small-town America.

June 17, 2018

Rachael Eliker

Sometimes the hardest decisions have to be made...Ruby Harkwad is a talented singer and songwriter with big ambitions for her career. She has hunky Collin to thank for helping her rocket to the top but will a handsome backup guitarist, eccentric diva, and stilettos that threaten to be the death of her force her to choose between Collin and her dreams of fame?



How much do you write every day?
As a mother of several young children, I never know what the day is going to bring! I try to write an hour or two every day, though it's not always writing my newest novel. I also enjoy keeping up with a personal blog, detailing life on a hobby farm with a large family and when the day has been particularly busy, sometimes all I get out is sharing a funny Facebook post about something I'd observed during the day. I'm all about being flexible, and that includes my writing!

What inspired you to write?
I've always enjoyed reading and writing but it wasn't until I became a stay-at-home mom that I really started taking advantage of the artform. I'm naturally very shy and introverted, and like Lee Child said, "Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That's how I see it." It is a way for me to express myself, entertain others, work through my thoughts, and add something to the world at large. It's a way for me to socialize with others without ever having to leave my house! ;)

What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?
Part of my struggle with becoming an incredibly prolific writer is that there are SO MANY things that interest me. I've ridden horses for decades and am blessed to have my own two horses in my backyard. We have chickens, an ornery milk cow, three friendly cats, and one cowardly dog. I have a love/hate relationship with running and I love painting, knitting, reading, cooking, hiking, and on and on and on...and of course, spending a lot of time with family. There's so much to explore in the world and I'm trying to take advantage of it!

What projects are you currently working on? What can you tell us about these projects?
I just released my first contemporary romantic comedy, entitled When a Star Falls and have really enjoyed getting to know the characters. Between writing the sequel, I snuck in a quick novella that'll be entitled, A Kiss at Town Square. It is another contemporary romance and will be given away free to newsletter subscribers (here's the link if anyone wants to be included: https://mailchi.mp/0710184dd68c/rachael-eliker-newsletter-sign-up). Though I have millions of book ideas in my head, right now, I prefer to write happy, funny, uplifting material because who doesn't need a good laugh once in a while? Once I get my novella out, the characters from my pop stars series will be making a return.
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June 13, 2018

Alicia Best

After a disastrous 26th birthday party, Olivia Donaldson flees her wealthy but overbearing parents and her controlling soon-to-be ex-husband and makes for Shady Piers, the former hometown of her now-deceased grandfather, in Maine.

Desperate for even the most basic of needs she reluctantly accepts help from a local pub-owner Brent Scott, who takes her in and gives her a job.

Even though she settles in well, Olivia's past comes back to haunt her and she needs Brent’s help once again, bringing them even closer together to a place where romance might just be in the air.

The Shady Piers Romance series novellas are 'clean and sweet' contemporary romances with happily ever after endings and no cliffhangers, that can be read as standalone novels all set in Shady Piers, Maine.

June 11, 2018

from Joyce Di Pastina

Title: With a Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology
Blurb: With A Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology is a collection of 10 brand new sweet romance novellas by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors. 100% of the proceeds from this anthology go towards the medical expense of author Robison Wells (https://www.robisonwells.com), a longtime supporter of the LDS writing community and founder of the Whitney Awards. Stories in this collection were donated by the following authors (click on their names to read the first chapter of their novellas): 
Traci Hunter Abramson
Danyelle Ferguson
Luisa Perkins
Janette Rallison
Heather Tullis 
Order link: http://a.co/9JMelOx 
**On sale for a limited time only!**

June 10, 2018

Johanna Dodge

How much do you write everyday?
I try to get 3000 words in, but I’m going to up it to 5000 if I can. We’ll see, that might be pushing it! I got a speech to text program for Christmas, but haven’t been able to get into it yet!
What kind of research do you do?
What’s research! Just kidding. I try to keep it minimal. Mostly online and I get called on things all the time with my beta readers! I am going to be swimming with the stingrays this summer as “research” Now that’s the kind I like!
What projects are you currently working on? What can you tell us about these projects?
I’m working on my Billionaire series right now, and throwing in a stand alone just to get it out. It’s been sitting on my computer for a while and it’s time to show it to the world!
How do you promote your books?
Newsletter swaps and paid promos.
What inspired you to write?
I get most of my ideas from my dreams first! It’s fun to put them on paper, making them come to life!
 How did you get started as an author? What or whom inspired you?
See question above! The book I’m releasing now was the first dream I had. When I woke up I could still feel the emotion my characters felt and I knew I needed to get it on paper.
When did you write your first novel?
Seven years ago, but this is the first year I’ve been published!
What do you want readers to take away from reading your novel? Emotions. All the emotions, both good an bad. I want them to feel what the characters go through because that’s what I get out of reading. If an author can do that, I’m hooked for life.
What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?
Gardening, going to the ocean, reading 😊

June 6, 2018

Introducing Shassidy Rock

With all the free-for-all stuff that is out there I've decided to link the two of my personas Shaunna Gonzales and Shassidy Rock. Why you might ask? Well for starters it is easier and well, I need to keep you, the reader on track with what I'm writing. At first I was just going to keep this all under one name and I have since discovered the advantages of writing under a pseudonym. (I love that word even if I have difficulty spelling it.) And I should have done this years ago when the inkling of an urge settled itself on my shoulders, but well, I didn't and now I'm wishing I would have. Anyway, I am going to use my Shassidy Rock persona  for my time-travel and my Shaunna Gonzales for my sweet, wholesome romances. What that means to you, my readers... unfortunately my time-travel novels will be taken off sale during this transition. I'm sorry, that is just the way it is. While it is off the shelves I will send it to a copy editor and fix a few things, namely her name will be Tricia rather than Trish. I have met a woman who goes by Tricia but not Trish. Have no fear though, she will still go though the same hornets nests.

That is it, Shassidy Rock is born (well, she was born a long time ago but she is now out in the world for everyone to see.) The greatest compliment to me would be a rash of young baby girls named Shassidy after this. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Victorine Lieske

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 no
What counsel would I give to young authors?
I'd tell them to never give up. Keep writing and telling those wonderful stories. Learn from others. Don't get discouraged because every author gets told they can't write, just go look at the bad reviews on your favorite books.

How much do you write everyday?
I try to write 2,000 words a day, but I don't make that goal every day.

What projects are you currently working on? What can you tell us about these projects?
I'm currently writing a short story that I will give away free for joining my newsletter. It's called a reader magnet. The story is a romantic comedy called My Sister's Fiance.

How do you promote your books?
Mostly I write to market and don't worry so much about promoting them. Sometimes I'll make one free and buy up ads for it.

What inspired you to write?
I've always thought it would be cool to tell people I wrote a book.

When did you write your first novel?
I wrote my first novel when my back went out and I couldn't get up out of bed. That was in 2006.

What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing? 
I love crochet and I'm a graphic designer so I love messing around with photoshop.

Thank you!!

June 3, 2018

Thanks Shaunna! Here are the questions and my answers!
What counsel would you give new and upcoming authors? Write the story that you like and refine it - but only a little - afterwards. Keep your voice.
How much do you write every day? 2-3000 words, but some of that is edits.
How do you promote your books? FB under my author page; my NL list; Twitter; trying Bookclicker; Instafreebie and Bookfunnel to give away books>my newsletter>my book on Amazon via links in the books. I'm still trying everything!
What kind of research do you do? As little as possible! But if there is a fact to check, I check it until it is perfect. Just checking on what age 5/6 grade kids are and how much they weigh today!
How did you get started as an author? Short stories recently. But I wrote a business-based anecdotal story in 2004 and left it in my virtual file till 2014, when I finally published it (under a pen name - it has been spectacularly unsuccessful, but I may resurrect it in the future).
What or whom inspired you? Reading and movies. I write romance, so Nicholas Sparks. I also love Carly Simon for the stories behind her lyrics. Don't get me started on Leonard Cohen!
What writing projects are you currently working on? A HEA Romance novella series based in Maine - on the seaside. Love stories with the message that you can make the difference.
What can you tell us about these projects? I'm writing my 4th story. Book one is out, book 2 is on final edit, book 3 is in dreft and ready to edit. Book 4 is still half done! When did you write your first novel? I did NaNoWriMo in November 2016. I'm editing the heck out of that right now!
What do you want readers to take away from reading your novel? That positives can happen if you make them.
What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing? Hiking; travelling; photography; more writing! https://www.amazon.com/dp/b07cyjjvk8
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Lauraine Henderson

Lauraine Henderson grew up on the west coast, mostly in the Portland, Oregon area. She met her husband senior of high school when she jo...