ROMANTIC PICKS Recommends Romance! #FridayReads

51MOARbtebL (1)HEALTHY SCRATCH ~ SPORTS ROMANCE

He wants out of the friend zone…she doesn’t believe in happily ever after.

Relationships are not in Lauren Gentry’s playbook. The only kind she’s willing to consider are friends-with-benefits and even a red-hot and sexy hockey player like Dave Martin isn’t going to change that. Right?

When those chocolate brown eyes threaten to melt her defenses she has to remind herself that demons from her past could rise up at any moment. Which is going to be pretty hard to do, since she loses herself every time they touch.

Dave used to love the benefits that came easily to professional athletes; especially when they were in the form of puck bunnies who only wanted one night. But when he meets the pint-sized girl with bewitching green eyes and sun-streaked auburn hair his outlook suddenly changes.

He wants forever with Lauren. Now he just has to convince her.

Can Lauren risk everything for the man she’s secretly been falling for? Or will her past stop her from taking a chance on love?

51w-6abqTvLGHOST NIGHT  ~ PARANORMAL SUSPENSE

Rediscover the Bone Island trilogy, a thrilling series of haunted suspense by New York Timesbestselling author Heather Graham.

A slasher movie turns real when two young actors are brutally murdered on a remote island film set. Their severed heads and arms are posed in macabre homage to a nineteenth-century pirate massacre.

Two years later, survivor Vanessa Loren is drawn back to South Bimini by a documentary being made about the storied region. Filmmaker Sean O’Hara aches to see how the unsolved crime haunts her…and Sean knows more than a little about ghosts.

Lured by visions of a spectral figurehead, Vanessa discovers authentic pirate treasures that only deepen the mystery. Are the murders the work of modern-day marauders, the Bermuda Triangle or a deadly paranormal echo of the island’s violent history? As Vanessa and Sean grow closer, the killer prepares to resume the slaughter…unless the dead can intervene.

41E9CT1+OhL._SY346_ECHOES OF THE PAST ~ ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Born Mohawk, raised white, forensic pathologist, Michelle Thomas is trapped between two worlds—this one and the spirit world where the ghosts of those who’ve drowned speak to her. Haunted by crippling nightmares of her own drowning death and erotic dreams of a phantom lover, she strives to make sense of her life. When two suspicious deaths occur at the Lake of the Mountain Resort, she’s sent to investigate. She’ll face the greatest challenge of her career when her past and her present collide. One of these men is her future, but which one—the rich and powerful Mayor Ron Davies, or Tony Steele, the hydrology professor who may be responsible for his students’ deaths? Charged by the spirits of her Mohawk ancestors to atone for her previous sins by protecting Lake of the Gods, can Michelle solve the murders, save the sacred waters, and fulfill her destiny?

51dQ1oGObZL._SY346_THE RAVEN WITCH OF CORFU ~ SHORT READS

A terrible evil lurks in the mountain…

Lizzie is not your average tourist. She may have just arrived on the idyllic Greek island of Corfu, but her mind is not on having a good time. Far from it, Lizzie has a daunting task to undertake: to claim back her twin brother who was kidnapped twenty years earlier on her previous visit. In a cave. By an evil witch.

When Lizzie sees her brother again, she receives the shock of her life. The witch has tricked her… As if this weren’t enough, Stamatis, a handsome local, steals her heart to complicate her life even further…

“It’s a step up from Mills and Boon – much more Mary Stewart than Barbara Cartland, with a bit of Gothic horror and Harry Potter-esque magic in the mix. And it’s certainly a page-turner.” ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu
 
“A delightful read and the perfect treat for those who love sweet romances set in stunning locations.” ~Readers’ Favorite

ROMANTIC PICKS Recommends Romance! #ReadaRomance

41FOxGXZDbLFOREVER VENTURED ~ NEW RELEASE

Wyatt Davies is faced with a hard choice: give up being a veterinarian or give up the family horse racing farm he inherited. He has one chance to save the farm and that chance lies with horse trainer Camila Callahan.

Camila was raised by the United Kingdom’s greatest horse trainer, and he taught her everything he knew. But everyone always saw her as the cute girl in pigtails riding on her dad’s shoulders instead of the great trainer she could be if given the chance. And then she saw an ad about an opportunity in the United States.

Camila leaves everything behind to go all in with Wyatt Davies only to discover Wyatt has a horse with huge potential. And with that potential comes a lot of danger. Wyatt and Camila are in a race to uncover the threat as both of their careers and lives are at stake.

After all . . . nothing ventured, nothing gained.

51iwLaYR2QL._SY346_A FAMILY AFFAIR: THE HOMECOMING ~ NEW RELEASE

Delilah O’Reilly and Nicholas Borado fell in love, married, and planned to spend a life together full of dreams, joy, and endless possibilities… until lies and betrayal tore them apart.

Delilah O’Reilly may have grown up in a small town, but there’s nothing small town about her. She’s the media genius of celebrity interviews and has the television show to prove it. Smart, confident, and in control, no one would ever guess that deep inside there’s a lonely girl with a sad past, one that includes a family secret and a man she’s never forgotten. When an on-air disaster explodes her career, she seeks refuge in the one place she swore she’d never return to—Magdalena, New York—her hometown.

Nick Borado was born to a life of wealth and privilege. As heir to a high-end men’s clothing dynasty, he’s always gotten what he wanted…and he wanted Delilah O’Reilly. When she betrays him, he spends years running from that pain, losing himself in reckless behavior and close calls. After a near-fatal miss, he realizes something has to change and heads to the small town she once told him could make a person invisible. Four months later, he’s still in Magdalena working at O’Reilly’s Bar & Grille and trying to figure out his life. Of course, the town thinks he’s just a bartender living paycheck to paycheck…

Six years have passed since Delilah and Nick saw each other, but they’ll meet up again in a most unlikely place—Magdalena, New York, Delilah’s hometown. Hurt and accusations will resurface, but they won’t stop the sparks from flying, or the town from wondering about this couple’s secret past…wondering too if Delilah and Nick might just have a chance for a future together…

 

51Rekt9vH1LA WOMAN’S WORTH ~ CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Gianne Marvray has been through the worst two years of her life physically and emotionally. After a battle with cancer and all it entails, she is finally ready to start living her life again. She wants to see new places, meet new people and experience new things, but she isn’t ready for the rollercoaster ride she’s about to embark on when she meets Las Vegas personal trainer and raw vegan foods advocate, Marc Stafford.

After a four year absence, Marc comes home to Atlanta to attend a family celebration in one of his brother’s honor. He’s not thrilled about seeing his father, but he has promised his mother that he won’t throw off the family balance by being the only one of their six sons absent. All Marc wants to do is make an appearance at the event and spend a little time with his brothers. Little does he know that this is the night he will meet the woman who will forever change his life.

**This book is part of a series but it is a standalone novel. No cliffhangers.***

51azMnz-BGLTHE LAKE HOUSE SECRET ~ ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

A reluctant homecoming, two men from her past, and a chilling murder to solve…

Home is the last place reporter Jenessa Jones wants to be. It’s been 12 years since the journalist’s father sent her away, and the only thing that could bring her back was the man’s funeral. Assigned to cover a local discovery of human remains near a frighteningly familiar lake house, she is shocked when Logan, her high school love, is named the prime suspect.

Despite her better judgment, Jenessa digs deeper to clear Logan’s name. But when she discovers an old friend named Michael has matured into an arrestingly handsome police officer, she’s torn between the attractive lawman and her feelings of the past. As Jenessa uncovers clues and falls hard for Michael, she fears that leaning into a new love could condemn the old one…

Will Jenessa catch the killer and find her second chance at happiness before a town full of secrets consumes her all over again?

ROMANTIC PICKS Recommends Romance! #Bargain and #Free eBooks!

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FINDING HOME ~ BARGAIN $0.99

Twenty-four year old Phoebe Hawley is on a quest to find her family a home. On the road with two siblings, twelve year-old Maydean and five year-old Willie-Boy, Phoebe is out of money, out of gas and out of patience. Now the only things she owns in abundance are Hawley backbone and Hawley pride–neither of which she can trade for food or gas. A collision with Gage Morgan puts Phoebe’s mission in even worse jeopardy–until Phoebe discovers Gage Morgan owns the perfect place for the Hawley clan. But! The man has a bruised ego, an iron fist on his heart and is the unlikeliest man in the universe to offer a helping hand. Phoebe wields all of the pride, backbone and country smarts she owns to worm her way into his heart. Nothing works. With time running against her family, she plies one last inducement–her scarce feminine wiles. And those are not a sure thing.

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SHE BELONGS TO ME ~ FREE!

A passionate novel of love, betrayal, and obsession, She Belongs to Me will have you falling in love and wondering if you can trust anyone right up to the last page.

Charlotte police officer Jordan Monroe is used to being in control. Ever since his father died, he has provided for his mother and sisters and even hired his two brothers-in-law to help run his successful construction company. On a chance business trip, however, he meets the one person who throws his life into a whirlwind–Jaynee.

Jaynee has lived a tragic life and has sworn off all men. That is until a rugged southern gentleman lands in her seating area, refusing to take no for an answer. From the moment they meet, Jordan sweeps her off her feet, assuring her that happiness exists. But can she really escape her past?

Five years later, Jordan finds Jaynee on their back porch with a gunshot wound to the head. While Jaynee lies in a coma, Jordan has to go back to their beginning and figure out what went wrong. Did he push his wife to the edge, or has her past come back to haunt them?

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FRAGMENTED ~ BARGAIN $0.99

The first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful…shocking…a psychological thriller— leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!

She would do anything to protect her family…
Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother’s death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he’s not capable of committing. She’ll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders.

He would do anything to win a case…
ADA Darren Kennedy is known as ‘the bulldog.’ He doesn’t lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he’s dead-set on putting that killer behind bars…along with anyone that stands in his way.

A killer would do anything to get his heart’s desire…Cameron soon discovers that the police aren’t the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn’t happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.

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FOLLING HIS HEART ~ BARGAIN $1.99

***USA Today Bestselling Author***

Sara Carson is a 30-something widow with a busy life. Two fun-loving best friends, a caring mom who needs her, and a thriving sweet shop. What more could a woman want? But when the ancient plumbing in her shop springs a leak and a gorgeous, dark-eyed stranger rushes to her rescue, hilarity unfolds—and Sara quickly sees exactly what she’s been missing.

Something most peculiar draws Landon Richards to Ocean City, Maryland—and to the lovely Sara. This woman touches his heart like no other, and the two of them explore the heady attraction that pulses between them. But haunting dreams have a way of encroaching on reality, and the strange phenomenon that brings these two together will also threaten to tear them apart.

This is the first book in the Ocean City Boardwalk Series, where life for three enterprising women, Sara, Heather, and Cathy, isn’t just fun in the sun—love is waiting on those sandy shores!

#ROMANTICPICKS #DEALOFTHEWEEK Donna Fasano ~ A FAMILY FOREVER #BOOKBUNDLEBARGAIN

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Many people say family is everything. There is nothing more beautiful than two people coming together for the sake of a child, finding love, and forming A Family Forever. From marriage-of-convenience to second-chance-at-love to pure Irish-fairytale fantasy, A Family Forever Bundle brings you sweet, emotional stories of romance and love that arrives unexpectedly and culminates in happily-ever-afters that will leave you smiling. So brew yourself a cup of tea, settle on the sofa (or under that big beach umbrella) and enjoy these three full-length, contemporary novels.

Included in this bundle:

A BEAUTIFUL STRANGER – When wealthy but emotionally wounded Sean Hudson arrives to claim his new daughter, he discovers the adoption hinges on the impossible. Unless he finds a wife immediately, the tiny orphan will be snatched away from him forever. But before he can abandon hope, a beautiful stranger proposes a surprising solution—marriage.

MADE IN PARADISE – For ten long years Amber has believed her child was lost to her forever. Then an unexpected inheritance leads the lovely doctor back home… to the man she’s always loved. There she discovers her beloved Jon is a bachelor father, and the little girl he is raising is their daughter!

A REASON TO BELIEVE – It seems like a grand idea, temporarily trading her pixie wings for a womanly form to help handsome widower Paul Roland with his baby girl. And the moment she holds the precious bairn in her arms, Fern knows true happiness for the first time. But she never anticipates the dizzying emotions she feels for the man who not only needs her as a nanny, but as a woman whose passion can heal his wounded heart. Suddenly the forbidden fairy rule she gently bends is in danger of being irrevocably broken.

Couples coming together for the sake of a child and finding… A Family Forever!

VISION OF DESTINY, Bk 3, The Three Realms is Coming!

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Want to escape from the world around you? May I recommend— The Three Realms.
The fantasy fiction has everything you’re looking for if you love adventure, romance and magic! Enter into the fantasy world where you feel you walk among the vivid characters. Let your imagination take you away!
Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. She knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing, it leads her into a dangerous world, where she doesn’t know whom to trust. In time, she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. Together, they prepare to face an evil as no other before, Asmeodai, but betrayal and treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow.

Now, Kela questions her destiny. The path that once was so clear before her has blurred. Left with only one choice, she escapes from Yucca in search of the one known as Seilda the Tvopac, the Guardian of the Past…but Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.

#Blindsidedbyhomosexuality A problem with a #GayCharacter…Really? Review of Past of Shadows

I woke up this morning to a lovely review. A one-star review. Now, I’m not a stranger to one star reviews. When I first came out as an Indie Author, I got slammed by a group of trolls that eventually became known as the GoodRead Trolls. They went after my book, Seductive Secrets.

I mention this because there is a similiarity. Seductive Secrets is a historical romance, romantic suspense book, but the main secondary character is gay. I don’t write gay romances. I write romances with vivid characters, which includes having a gay character if the storyline takes me there. Charles is one of my favorite character I’ve written. I wrote Charles because my daughter, who is gay, told me that growing up, she never read a book with a positive gay role model.

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AMAZON      BOOKS2READ

The original title was Daughter of Deceit. I changed it to Seductive Secrets and my penname to Colleen Connally. I had to…I was running from the trolls. To this day, I swear I was attacked because of my character Charles.

Now, I just got a nasty review on my series, The Three Realms, Past of Shadows. Reviews are hard to come by now adays for me. My writing has slowed down due to an injury three years ago that has left me in constant pain. I took to revising an old fantasy series I had written. My next release is in just over a week. So, the timing of this review, in of itself, is questionable.

So, this morning, I was excited to see that I got another review on the first book, Past of Shadows, until I looked at it.

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July 1, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

 

Yes, some of my books have gay characters. This character, Johannes, is one of a dozen side characters in the book…but I’m not going to apologize for writing about a gay character. You would think by the review that the character went on an orgy. (He didn’t even have sex. It was just acknowledge that he was gay.) I’m not going to apologize for writing likable, smart, intelligent gay characters. I’m not.

Saying that, the sad fact is that it does hurt sales because I don’t write to the gay community. My historical romances are traditional romances where boy meets girl. Not all my books have gay charcaters, but when I feel the need, I include them. What author gets slammed for writing a gay character in her book?

I feel for the reviewer. I do…and I will pray for her. Yes, I consider myself a Christian and go to church on Sundays. But I understand the struggle of being gay. My daughter didn’t get up one morning and decide to be gay. This is who she is and always has been. She is the sweetest, most caring person I know. I’m so proud of her.

So weighing my options as an Indie writer, would it be best not to include gay characters? Honestly, the answer is yes. I have been told the smart thing to do is to write to the wants of your readers if you want to succeed. But I have never written for the money. I write the story inside of me.

I’m not going to lie. It hurts to read a nasty review. I’m only human. But this review just makes me sad that someone has so much anger in her. There is too much anger in the world, way too much.