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Book Review: First Kisses by Six Favorite Inspirational Romance Authors

Posted by Julie on March 17, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini |

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Book Description:
A new anthology from some of your favorite inspirational authors–no reprints here!

Enjoy this collection of love stories with a theme of FIRST KISSES. The First Kisses collection includes:

From New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Linda Goodnight comes a new historical romance The Rambler’s Bride
In 1870’s Kansas, Widow Esther North will do most anything to save her land from her powerful cousin and the coming railroad-even kiss a stranger! The kissing cowboy, Jericho North is bent on revenge from his brother’s widow, and the will hidden in his pocket is all he needs to make it happen. But he hadn’t reckoned on a baby…and neither he nor Esther had reckoned on love.

From USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author Janet Tronstad comes a new retro romance Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe
Janet pens a brand-new Retro Café Sweet Romance starring a 1950’s truck driver (Buddy) and a waitress (Penny) who both have enough trouble without everyone in Webster’s Crossing thinking they are falling in love.

From #1 Amazon Bestselling author Debra Clopton comes a new contemporary romance Her Mule Hollow Cowboy
Rescuing a beautiful cowgirl from being trampled has professional bull rider, Cliff Masterson, dreaming of romance, home, hearth and that first kiss…but Maddie Rose has had enough people in her life leave and she’s not willing to risk her heart on a rambling cowboy—Sparks fly when these two are near. Can the Matchmakin’ Posse of Mule Hollow help this couple find their happily ever after?

From #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Margaret Daley comes a new romance suspense Deadly Hunt
All bodyguard Tess Miller wants is a vacation. But when a wounded stranger stumbles into her isolated cabin in the Arizona mountains, Tess becomes his lifeline. When Shane Burkhart opens his eyes, all he can focus on is his guardian angel leaning over him. And in the days to come he will need a guardian angel while being hunted by someone who wants him dead.

From fan favorite Camy Tang comes a new romantic suspense Necessary Proof
Alex Villa became a Christian in prison, and because of his efforts to help stop a gang producing meth in Sonoma, he has been set up for the death of a cop. Can computer expert Jane Lawton find the evidence that will prove his innocence before the gang eliminates them both?

From fan favorite Lacy Williams comes a new contemporary romance Kissed by a Cowboy
Former shy-girl Haley Carston is back in Redbud Trails, Oklahoma, to care for her dying aunt. She didn’t count on cowboy Maddox Michaels, her high school crush and the man who might just bring her dreams of marriage and family back to life…

I love the concept of this anthology series, all around those first kisses. What made this extra enjoyable beyond the dynamic pool of author talent was it crossed different genres. There was humor. Westerns. Suspense. And through it all, romance. First Kisses were fast reads that still had full stories complete with multi-dimensional characters. I couldn’t pick a favorite, I truly enjoyed them all.

Whether you’re familiar with these Inspirational romance or not, I think you’re going to enjoy reading all about First Kisses.

To purchase First Kisses, click here.

I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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First Kisses Anthology from Six Inspirational Romance Authors Available for .99

Posted by Julie on March 16, 2014 in Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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For a limited time only – Six unforgettable love stories 

 

Julie’s Note: Stay tuned for my review of First Kisses. You can read it tomorrow.

99 cents! 

 

Buy now at AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo – iBooks – Google Play

 

A brand new anthology from six of your favorite inspirational romance authors – no reprints here!

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About the novellas:

 

From New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight, historical romance The Rambler’s Bride: The kissing cowboy Jericho is bent on revenge, but discovers the truth and falls in love with widow Esther.

 

From USA Today bestselling author Janet Tronstad, retro romance Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe: Truck driver Buddy wasn’t looking for love, but waitress Penny and her quirky family take over the cafe and his heart.

 

From bestselling author Debra Clopton, contemporary cowboy romance Her Mule Hollow Cowboy: Independent cowgirl Maddie swears she doesn’t need help from bull rider Cliff. But the Mule Hollow Matchmakers seem to have other plans…

 

From bestselling author Margaret Daley, romantic suspense Deadly Hunt: Bodyguard Tess rescues wounded businessman Shane from dying in the wilderness, but can she protect her heart when Shane gets too close?

 

From fan favorite Camy Tang, romantic suspense Necessary Proof: Reformed ex-con Alex is on the run from those who have set him up to take the blame for a cop-killing. Will tech-expert Jane be able to prove him innocent?

 

From fan favorite Lacy Williams, contemporary cowboy romance Kissed by a Cowboy: Maddox has given up all his big dreams to care for his niece. When Haley returns to her hometown, will Maddox find a new dream with her?

 

Special promo – March 17-19 – #SENDAKISS

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If you purchase First Kisses during our promo dates and send a special tweet, we’ll gift a copy to a friend, absolutely free! Find out more at bit.ly/sendakiss .

 

What readers are saying:

 

 Six amazing books from six different authors. They are all Christian fiction set from the 1800’s to present time. Each is a stand alone book with great settings, story lines and characters. All the books had family and faith. Some of the authors were known to me and some I was unfamiliar with. I really enjoyed each book. I can not wait to check out books from these new authors. – Amazon reader

 


 I didn’t know what to expect – I am not a fan of anthologies. Usually I find that the stories are too brief and the plots move too fast and don’t go into any detail and don’t make a lot of sense. Well, let me tell you that this anthology is not like this, not at all. It is wonderful! I enjoyed each of the novellas immensely. Each one has well developed, thought out characters and detailed plots that move at exactly the right pace. You have suspense, romance – everything in each of the novels. I enjoyed reading each of the novellas and couldn’t put the book down. Even though I have about 15 other books waiting to be read – I plan on reading this book all over again in the next week or so – it is just that good. – Amazon reader

A visual look at the collection:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMoqdn-x03Y

Interact with the authors:

www.inspykisses.com

facebook.com/inspykisses

@inspykisses

 

Buy now at Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

 

 

 

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COTT: Return of the Cowboy Doctor by Lacy Williams

Posted by Julie on February 17, 2014 in COTT, Julie Arduini |

It’s February, the month of romance! So here’s a book to make your heart go pitter-patter.


Lacy Williams’s Return of the Cowboy Doctor was one of our January runner-ups. Today I am thrilled to give you a closer look!

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About the Book
Two years shy of his medical degree, cowboy Maxwell White is out of money. So, he’s back in Bear Creek, Wyoming, working part-time for the local physician. Though he is immediately drawn to the doctor’s lovely, whip-smart daughter, she seems to be irritated by Maxwell’s very existence.

Hattie Powell can’t quash her feelings for the town’s new would-be doctor. But that’s exactly why she must keep him at a distance. Hattie is closer than ever to fulfilling her lifelong wish of becoming a doctor. Now, the only thing standing in her way is the man of her dreams.

The Wyoming Legacy series: United by family, destined for love

What COTT Readers Had to Say
*I just finished reading Return of the Cowboy Doctor, and Lacy Williams did a fabulous job bringing her shy, a bit insecure hero to life.
*What a great story! Fun to read. The author’s use of descriptions really sucks you in to the story!

Editorial Reviews

* Publisher’s Weekly says, “Williams delivers a smart, gentle, and uplifting fourth novel set in 1890s Wyoming…sweet, poetic Max is a lovable hero, and Hattie’s desire to have both career and family will resonate strongly with readers.” (October 2013)
* Return of the Cowboy Doctor was an RT Book Reviews TOP PICK! with a 4.5 star review and also received a nomination for the December Seal of Excellence. They say, “I picked up Return of the Cowboy Doctor by Lacy Williams feeling nostalgic for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and was soon transported to an even wilder West for an aspiring lady doctor.”
* The USA Today HEA blog says, “If you enjoy Western romance series with fresh characters in each book… you’ll enjoy this Love Inspired Historical series from author Lacy Williams.”About the Author
Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. She grew up on a farm, which is where her love of
cowboys was born. In reality, she’s married to a right-brained banker (happily with three little ones!). She gets to express her love of western men by writing historical romance. Her books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards (2012, 2013 & 2014), the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award. Her latest release, Kissed by a Cowboy is part of the First Kisses anthology, available March 15, 2014.

Connect with Lacy
http://www.lacywilliams.net
http://www.facebook.com/lacywilliamsbooks

 
Congratulations on your latest release, Lacey! COTT wishes you the best in your writing career.
 
Our next clash starts February 19th. Be sure to come back then and cast your vote!

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COTT: Vote for Your Favorite New Release

Posted by Julie on January 27, 2014 in COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

It’s a brand new year with brand new books to devour! Have you gotten started yet on your To-Be-Read pile for 2014? We’ve got more!

Check out the following New Releases. Which one is calling you the loudest? Take a moment to browse, then make your choice below to let us know which you’re most likely to read first.

VOTE from Now until next Wednesday – tell your friends – then come back and see which book is this month’s champion!

Happy reading!

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51uBGmR5yyL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-73,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Cowboy-turned-medical student Maxwell White needs money to finish his studies. Teaming up with the local doctor means working with the doc’s lovely daughter-slash-nurse, a gal that Maxwell quickly discovers can heal his heart…

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The promise Drew made Emily’s dying father is ridiculous to her at first. Find her a husband? She realizes that Drew may be just the man for her–although he doesn’t agree. Will they see they need to look to God for guidance and direction for the future?

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Lady Cailin MacMurry marries the Fifth Duke of Avondale, honoring the arranged marriage her parents ordered. But Avondale’s shadowy past and strange disappearances threaten their marriage. Can she discover his secret, or must she arrange his accidental death to protect her unborn child?

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The Redneck Debutante Series

Romance that’s a little bit city, a little bit country.

Fifteen-year-old Rachael Harte has everything she could want–plenty of money, hang-out time with friends at the beach, and Colten, the hot boyfriend every girl in her prep school drools over! But upon receiving her long-awaited debutante invitation, scandal strikes her family and she’s promptly relocated to Fruitville where she meets the cowboy of her dreams!

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