A Kiss At Town Square, by Rachel Eliker

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Title: A Kiss At Town Square

Author: Rachel Eliker

Publisher: Pangur Ban Books

Release Date: July 7, 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Format: Kindle

Rating: 4 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb

On one of the worst days of Autumn Whittaker’s life, she meets Deputy Dean Thompson when he pulls her over—twice—for traffic violations. Though he smells heavenly and has a killer smile, she’d be more than happy to never see him again. She soon discovers that won’t be possible: he’s her Friday night blind date.

As much as she wants to keep her distance, Autumn feels her resolve crumbling when she repeatedly bumps into Dean, discovering there’s more to him than just the upstanding law officer that she first met. He’s everything that Autumn’s controlling, manipulative former fiancé, Jason, was not, and soon, she realizes that Dean might be the key to getting over her ex and finding true love.
With everything going so perfectly, Autumn’s heart is shattered when Dean and Autumn run into Jason, and he reminds her that she’s average, ordinary, and boring. Can Dean show her that she has what it takes to make her own happily ever after?

First impression.

Truly? I was put off by Autumn. She was a little too bitter for me, but the writing was good, and I wanted to find out what happened.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

Dean is almost painfully perfect. He never flinched at her behavior and stepped in exactly as you would expect a cop to when things got difficult for Autumn.

Because this was a short story, there wasn’t much time for the chemistry to brew between them, but the attraction was certainly there.

After taste.

Sort of like a flavored latte, this story was a bit too sweet for my personal taste, but it is well written with interesting characters.

Overall impression.

If you are looking for a quick weekend read, this is a great choice.

About the Author

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Rachael Eliker was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studying Animal Science with an option in Biology. She currently lives on an acreage in Indiana, with her husband and children where she enjoys challenging home improvement projects, keeping up with a handful of livestock, running on lonely stretches of country road, and writing. Read more about her upcoming work at https://rachaeleliker.com.

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AUGUST 2018 New Releases

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A short list of newly released, indie published, clean read books.

Unless otherwise noted, I have not read them, and they may or may not be romance.

Ashwood, Sarah AERISIAN REFRAIN

AERISIAN REFRAIN, by Sarah Ashwood

Purchase here: https://amzn.to/2vXTOzv

Following the prophesied Artan’s victory over the Dark Powers, the land of Aerisia is finally at rest, until ancient beings, long imprisoned, begin to stir…

Eight years after Annie Richards’ stellar voice and musical talents skyrocketed her from rural Oklahoma to international fame, haunting visions have begun threatening her sanity. While she’s returning to her childhood home to convalesce, creatures straight from her nightmares bring down her plane. Annie wakens in a parallel world, Aerisia. Here, she discovers her musical gifts translate into magical powers—the legacy of a banished race who have been invading her dreams.

Mistrusted by Aerisia’s most powerful factions because of her heritage, Annie finds allies are hard to come by. Supporting her are one immortal warrior who refuses to label her as evil, and one woman willing to stand against anything and anyone to help a friend: the Artan herself. Seizing control of her destiny will mean defying both her ancestors and the Aerisian leaders. Mastering her magic may mean making the greatest sacrifice of all…or risk becoming the reason Aerisia itself is torn apart.

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(Obviously, I’ve read this one. =) Full disclosure – I wrote it.)

SAFE CAGES, by Michelle Bolanger

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2PpFCaw

Best Friends. Dads. Husbands.

Christian.

From the moment they met at the batting cages, Michael Casio and Sam Jones have been best friends.

When his feelings for Sam developed into something that conflicted with his strict Christian upbringing, Michael fled the state hoping the forbidden attraction would go away.

Sam was sure he’d lost his friend for good and did his best to move on. But when Michael came home willing to risk it all, they discovered a love neither of them would have imagined possible.

Their life seems perfect until a series of events leads them to Cornerstone Community Church, where they have an encounter with God and His love changes everything.

**Safe Cages is about two gay men who come to faith in Christ. The story follows their journey to that faith and how their decision ultimately affects them, their relationship, their family, and the church they join.**

Holt, Jessica Marie JOE

JOE- by Jessica Marie Holt

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2OQpEoH

A poignant story of heartache, friendship, and second chances, this novella brings the Homecoming short story series to its compelling and emotional end.

Outwardly, Joe Piper has a charmed existence. He lives in a small, picturesque coastal town, and spends his days tending his garden, hanging out on his boat, and running his restaurant.

Inwardly, he is falling apart. A long-ago tragedy still casts a shadow over his life, and recent turn of events has brought him from despondency to the brink of despair.

That is, until two wayward strangers show up unexpectedly, bringing chaos, hope, and meaning into his static, lonely existence. Will he finally put the pieces of his life back together? Or will things fall apart on him yet again?

Lind, Isaac THE LIBRARY OF ENGRIOLE

THE LIBRARY OF ENGRIOLE, by Isaac Lind

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2PpEELy

General Sarim and his forces has taken control over Engriole. But he needs the Book of Rulers and Queen Amrya to break the old magic that prevents him from taking the throne for himself.
Queen Amrya and Oakentere escaped from prison, and Intilia and Kerim removed the old books from the library. Still, they are caught within the walls of the city. Their only way out is a daring escape that General Sarim will try to stop at any means.

Lingerfelt, Mary THE SINS OF JABAL COOPER

THE SINS OF JABAL COOPER, by Mary Lingerfelt

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2vYPuQm

This Depression-era story is told through the eyes of Will Henry, an eight-year-old boy living with his sharecropper family in a small town in rural Georgia. Will gets caught committing a petty crime, and his “sentence” is to work off his debt to society at the home of the notorious Judge Jubal Cooper.

Will is wary of the judge, whose dishonesty is the stuff of local legend; and Will soon learns that not only are all the stories true — they don’t begin to do the wily Jubal justice.

Will soon finds himself an unwilling accomplice in the judge’s skulduggery, as well as the target of a vengeful hobo. Will has to walk a tightrope to keep himself in one piece, while also keeping the law, his family, and his conscience happy.

But Will is soon forced to decide which is more important: his own sense of what’s right, or his ever-deepening involvement in Jubal’s crimes.

Join Will as he embarks on a funny, suspenseful, poignant and at times dangerous coming of age adventure in Depression-era Georgia.

NOTE TO PARENTS: The Sins of Jubal Cooper is free of profanity and sexual content, though there are some mild descriptions of violence and occasional mention of mature topics.

Monson, Kameo WHEN LOVE IS LOST

WHEN LOVE IS LOST, by Kameo Monson

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2BtLBYW

Cleaning, cooking, volunteering, attending church . . . Deb lives a monotonous life. Stuck in a loveless marriage, she doesn’t know where to turn or what to do. One day, out of the blue, a mysterious man enters her life, and her once boring existence is born anew. As he fills her heart with love, joy, and hope, she must decide whether her marriage is worth saving.

Betty’s life is nothing but fun, glamour, and shopping, especially where Deb is concerned. But can she continue hiding her torturous past from her best friend? When her past comes back to haunt her, Betty struggles to survive in a world where no-one knows the truth of her reality.

A young, pregnant mother of two, Mariah, makes new friendships with Deb as she continues her blissful journey through motherhood. But while her husband is recovering from an accident, new terrors threaten to destroy the happiness she’s worked so hard to build.

Can all three women come together to fight the battles of life? Find out in WHEN LOVE IS LOST. A novel that shines a new light on love and friendship, and keeps readers yearning for more as they cheer for three incredible women journeying through the ups and downs of life.

A clean read.

This book contains some ‘PG-13’ domestic abuse with other related themes. It has no graphic sex scenes (implied between married couples), nudity, or swearing. Though appropriate for most teenagers, When Love Is Lost has been written with adults in mind.

Peltier, Heidi LOVES EMBRACE

LOVE’S EMBRACE, by Heidi Peltier

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2OMyQue

Trouble comes to Love’s Embrace, Texas in 1883, in the form of barbed wire…and a feisty girl named Hattie.

Hattie Sommerville’s father sent her off to Boston nine years ago to learn how to be a lady. Now, she wants to go back home where she belongs, and maybe, after all this time, her old childhood playmate, Simon, might finally see her as more than a friend. She only hopes nobody discovers the secret that sent her running home.

Simon Caldwell lost both parents at a young age and has poured every ounce of his heart and energy into making his Texas ranch a success. Now, an unexpected nemesis in the shape of barbed wire threatens his home and his livelihood. He can’t afford to be distracted if he wants any hope of hanging on to everything he’s worked so hard for, but his old friend Hattie is back in town, turning his head and addling his mind. If he thinks the barbed wire is bad, he has no idea just how much trouble she brought along with her from Boston.

Perreault, Anne WHAT IF

WHAT IF – by Anne Perreault

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A rash decision. A trip with consequences.

Emily Martins has a comfortable life back in the States. The one thing she doesn’t have is someone to share it with. A trip to help Pakistani orphans seems just what she needs. Thrust into a different world, nothing goes as planned. Emily finds herself surrounded by unusual sights, and people with different customs. She begins to realize that her trip may have been a mistake, when together with her unexpected traveling companion – an American computer engineer – they find themselves in a life and death situation. She must allow herself to trust someone she has only just met, someone who is more than meets the eye.

Will she give up her dreams and embrace God’s plan for her life?

What if… two unlikely companions had their walls broken to bring them together – despite their many differences?

Provo, Dana Louise BLEEDING HEARTS

BLEEDING HEARTS, by Dana Louise Provo

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2wfyipd

Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Richey, Sheri WILLOW WOOD

WILLOW WOOD, by Sheri Richey

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2wdyKV2

Nolan Ramsey thinks he wants to be alone. He leaves his life in the city, leaves his job as a news reporter, and buys a house in the middle of nowhere. He plans a life of complete isolation with just his dog, Scuba, for company.

Calinda Willow returns home to help her aging father at the end of his life. She copes with the loss by throwing herself into her work, rejects social invitations from her friend, Jackie, and thinks she is content with her solitary life.

They are both wrong.

Walker, Sterling R VESTA EXILED

VESTA EXILED, by Sterling R. Walker

Purchase Here: https://amzn.to/2N2YP03

Sixteen years since the last supply ship.

Fifteen years since the last communication from Earth.

The deadly Plague that condemned Vesta colony to exile claimed the lives of half the adults. It also changed the DNA of the exposed children, gifting each with a unique mental ability called a Talent. Now grown to adulthood, those with Talents are feared by the rest of the colony.

Corban Abrams and his brother Thane are orphans of the Plague, Strays raised by their abusive Uncle Leighton who has risen to power. With the aid of their Talents, the brothers discover Leighton’s cruel plan to take control of the Strays.

When Corban sees a mysterious young woman in one of his premonitions, ready to strike him down with a sword, he is forced to make an impossible decision: find a way to change events to save his own life or join forces with his future killer to save the Strays.

Wiseman, MK THE KITHSEEKER

THE KITHSEEKER, by M. K. Wiseman

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France, 1680 A.D.

Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate—bereft of all
magick—but even this has failed to guarantee Liara’s safety. The death of the war mage would seal Liara’s own fate, and so the wizard and his bookminder must keep him in their sites and yet as far away from themselves as possible.

With nothing but a storybook and a hunch, Anisthe has set off on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant, in search of a legendary mirror that contains the most powerful magick ever known. Although the stuff of fairytales, the merest possibility of its truth embarks Nagarath and Liara on a race to discover the mirror before it falls into the hands of Nagarath’s lifelong foe. Both know should he lay claim to that power, Liara would be at the mercy of her father-in-magick and his lust for power, and not even Nagarath could save her.

Thus, the pair find themselves at the court of the Sun King, a world hostile to magick users, hopelessly surrounded by agents whose sole purpose is destroy them. Uncertain whom is friend or foe, with Anisthe nipping at their heels, they must unearth the mirror before its evil is released, or worse, lays claim to Liara’s magick as well and brings doom upon them all.

2018 Once Upon A Book Author Event

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For the third year in a row, I attended the incredibly fun Once Upon A Book Author event in Frankenmuth, MI.

The city of Frankenmuth, MI is like a fairytale all its own. It is a chunk of Germany dropped into the heart of Michigan. Due to reasons I talk about on my author blog, I didn’t take many of my own pictures of this event. It didn’t even cross my mind, so unless other wise noted, these pictures are not mine.

Looking back, I’m not sure that is a bad thing because my weekend was spent focusing on the people I met and the experience of being at such a wonderful event rather than constantly holding my phone or a camera. The images and memories are all in my head, and I’m glad for that this year.

Bavarian Inn

The event is held at the Bavarian Inn, and is hands down a top notch affair with a list of amazing and informative panels led by experts in the self-publishing industry, a themed costume ball on Friday, and a full Saturday in a room packed with authors, bloggers, and readers, all bonding over their love of books!

I can’t begin to name all the amazing people I met while there, but I can’t let this post go without naming and sharing links to at least a few of them.

Stacey Rourke

I have to begin with the organizer, and the ‘face’ of OUAB each year – Stacey Rourke. Not only is she an award winning author and one of the most inspiring speakers I’ve heard, she is the sweetest, kindest, most giving person you will ever meet. I adore her, and I’m honored to have been a part of the event for the last three years. You can find out all about her books HERE. You can also check out my review of her book “Conduit” HERE.

I love you, Stacey! Thank you for an amazing event!

OUAB Keynote QUINN LOFTIS

This year, OUAB featured an author I have admired for years as the keynote speaker, Quinn Loftis. It is hard to put into words how much her books and her writing journey has inspired me. Not only did she remind us that, as authors, we have a responsibility to our readers, but she drove home the power of the written word with a song that left and entire ball room full of people in tears.

You can hear and purchase it directly from the Bandcamp link below.

Aside from the mile long list of readers who came by, there were a number of bloggers I have to give shoutouts to:

Lynn Shaw of 2 Girls & A Book* (2018’s OUAB Book Blog of the Year Winner!)

Tobi Helton of Forget The Housework, I’m Reading*

Jenny Byum of Black Words, White Pages* (2018’s OUAB Reader of the Year Winner!)

Tina Donnely of Reading For Fun*

Jennifer Zamora of The Naughty Librarian’s Playground *

All of these ladies stopped by my table to chat and share their wisdom with me as readers. As a blogger AND an author, I appreciate all they do to support the authors they love!

*Readers be aware. Their media and blog pages may contain images that my readers prefer to avoid. =)

And last but CERTAINLY not least, I spent the entire day Saturday hanging out, talking shop, and laughing with three amazing women.

Caitlyn Mancini had the most AMAZING card game custom made for her customers to play and earn a discount. The readers who stopped by to play absolutely LOVED them and her books. You can check out her series HERE.

MonarchWatch

None of us could stay away from Laura Morrison’s table when we discovered she had brought Monarch Chrysalis with her! As the day went on, we got to witness one of them emerge, and she was kind enough to send one home with me.  (You can follow the little one’s progress on my author Facebook page using the hashtag #MonarchWatch2018.) Be sure to check out her books Grimbargo and Come Back to the Swamp.

I’m going to be completely honest when I tell you that the moment I saw I would be sharing a table with Megan Linski, I was intimidated! She is an award winning, best selling author who had her book, Torrent, featured in the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS! Her book was included in the Hollywood Swag bags and pictured with the Teen Choice Nominees! Check out her Facebook photo album for all the squee worthy pictures.

You can see why I was intimidated, right?!

Well, two seconds into meeting her, I realized she is one of the sweetest, most kind-hearted women I have ever met. She openly shared her wisdom, and demonstrated a strength of character that encouraged me all day long.

I KNOW there are many, many people I’m leaving out, but the one person I can’t forget to mention is Lori Follett Przybranowski of Hell Yes Design Studio. Not only did she design my latest cover, but each year she designs a beautiful poster to go along with the theme for the OUAB event. I mean, LOOK!

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There are so many gorgeous things on her design site, I could spend my entire budget buying book covers from her!

My takeaway from this event: The indie author community is HUGE, but we are a family. We love to laugh together, share our hurts, successes, struggles, and help each other grow not only as authors and artists, but as human beings. I am proud to be part of such an amazing group of people!

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Summer Break is Almost Over…

With the end of summer in sight, I have been working and plotting some wonderful new things that I hope you will enjoy!

Be on the look out later this month for a LONG list of new releases, a giveaway box packed full of books and goodies, book event news, and SO MUCH MORE!

To kick things off, how about a beauty shot of a mystery box I recently won from an author I ADORE, the amazing Cassie Mae!

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A couple of those SIGNED paperbacks are duplicates for titles I already own, which means they just might be included in one of the giveaway boxes soon!

Contest details and entry instructions will be sent out each month EXCLUSIVELY through my email newsletter. I’ll be announcing the September giveaway box in my upcoming email. So, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, DO IT NOW!

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