TWCS Holiday Blog Hop~ My Christmas Memories

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When I think of Christmas, so many memories come to mind...

My grandmother, Jane, made her special egg nog every year, laced with enough bourbon to make even the heavy-weights light headed after a few sips. Since her passing, my little sister has taken the reins and stirs it up every year.

Then, there was the year my mom wanted to be incredibly sneaky and number the packages instead of putting names on them. It went so well the first year that she did it the next. When it came time to open the presents, the list she had made of which gifts belonged to which person had vanished. We spent the day opening the wrong gifts. The numbered gifts did not return the next year or ever again.

One very special Christmas Eve, the first I spent with my husband, Steve, I had a wonderful gift under my tree. We sat down in front of the tree to exchange gifts, just the white tree lights illuminating the room. He opened his gift and put it to the side. I was a little put off that he rushed through it, but then he handed me a shirt sized wrapped box. I opened it to find my very own Green Bay Packers jersey, my favorite team by the way. I lifted it out of the box in a rush of excitement only to find a small black box still in the corner of the larger box. I can't remember who picked up the box, but eventually the ring was being offered between his fingertips. He asked me to be his wife and I said yes. That was ten years ago this Christmas Eve and we are still going strong.

With all these wonderful memories, there is one thing that I have carried with me since my very first Christmas. The music. Sad, joyful, humorous, or beautiful, I have kept it in my heart every year and celebrated the season through each melody.

I thought maybe you might enjoy some of the songs I have loved throughout the years. I loaded up YouTube and went searching for my favorites to include here.

First, let's get the tear-jerkers out of the way. “Christmas Shoes” by Bob Carlisle gets me every time. Such a moving message about a young boy buying a pair of shoes for his dying mother. The imagery of the lyrics along with the soulful melody have me in tears every time I hear it.




Then there is “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg. It's a sweet song about old lovers meeting at the grocery store on New Year's Eve and get caught up. I'm not sure why this gets me so much, but I just love the chorus and always sing it out when it comes on the radio.

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how




Now on to some of the more traditional favorites. Since the first time I heard it in church as a child, I have loved the beauty and elegance of “O, Holy Night”. I sang it constantly, in the shower and in my room, I'm sure my family was sick of it. My goal once I reached high school was to sing it as a soloist in the annual Christmas concert. Long story short, I didn't sing the solo. All the choirs backed up the soloist and I remember the tears that fell from my eyes as one of my friends sang it so beautifully. I was happy and heartbroken. Happy that it was a friend and she sung it perfectly, but still heartbroken because it wasn't me. Maybe one of these days I'll get a chance to record it and you'll hear what I've been practicing years for.




My favorite song from my all-time favorite Christmas movie, “White Christmas”, is “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep”. Bing Crosby crooning this song makes me remember all the blessings I have recieved and I'm so grateful for all the joy I have in my life.




Now, on to all the fun ones. I'm a big fan of Bob Rivers. He seems to have plethora of hilarity at Christmas time. “The Twelve Pains of Christmas” is one I'm sure most of us have heard every holiday season and on many levels we can all relate to.




Bob also has his own holiday public service announcement in the form of “Carol of the Bartenders”. This don't drink and drive song is funny while also being informative about holiday drinking consequences.




The next group has become a recent favorite. “Straight, No Chaser” was an A cappella group from Indiana. There original video from the 90's went viral on YouTube several years ago. Now the group has reunited and is selling out concerts all over the world with their unique and quirky sound. Their version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was how they caught my eye and I'm so glad they did.




Last but not least is the song about the questions we ask of Mary, the mother of Jesus. “Mary, Did You Know?” is this catholic girl's favorite song about the ultimate mother and her relationship with her son. There are several versions of this song, but my favorite is by Clay Aiken.



Thank you all for reading and hopefully enjoying some of the songs. I wish you all a happy and joyous holiday season.

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The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House Holiday Blog Hop 2011

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This is the first, hopefully annual, TWCS Holiday Blog Hop. The hop will run from December 12th to the 23rd. There will be 11 stops along the way where the TWCS authors will share their own holiday memories and traditions or those of their characters. There are prizes at each stop and a grand prize at the end of the hop if you keep track of the clues from each stop. Each author will post a blog hop icon. In the bottom right hand corner of the icon there will be a holiday/winter object. Make a list of all of the objects to enter for the grand prize on TWCS website. http://www.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/publishinghouse


The grand prize consists of: 


1. An eBook copy of "Season of Love", with stories by me, Sherri Hayes, C.M. Smith, and Jennifer Schmidt.


2. Your choice of a paperback copy of "Connected", "Take This Regret", "Slave", or "Fourteen".


3. TWCS Coffee Mug.


4. Bookmarks, of which many are signed.


5. TWCS pen and notepad.


So, be sure to collect all the clues on each of the websites and enjoy the holiday from your friends at TWCS.


Tour Schedule



Dec. 12 Veronica Breville http://veronicabrevilleauthor.wordpress.com/

Dec. 13 Kathryn Gayle http://kathryngayle.com/blog/

Dec. 14 JD Watts http://jdwatts.blogspot.com/

Dec. 15 Michele Richard http://michele-richard.blogspot.com/

Dec. 16 Jennifer Schmidt http://jleeschmidt.blogspot.com/

Dec. 17 Sophia Duane http://sophiaduane.blogspot.com/

Dec. 19 Sherri Hayes http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/

Dec. 20 Michelle Birbeck http://apps.michellebirbeck.co.uk/Blog/

Dec. 21 Lindsey Gray http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com/

Dec. 22 C. M. Smith http://cmsmithauthor.blogspot.com/

Dec. 23 E. L. James http://blog.eljamesauthor.com/ 

Flasher Fiction Fridays! "Surprise!"

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It's time to get flashed once again! Here is my contribution for this week. A picture prompt in only 100 words. Check out what others had to say about this pic HERE


"Surprise!" by Lindsey Gray

     I had spent hours squeezing into a gown I never thought would fit, strapped on six inch stiletto heels that would certainly be the death of me, and fixed my hair on top of my head, spraying it with enough hair spray to cement it forever. Now, making my way, in the dark, to the spot my boyfriend had directed me to meet him at seven o'clock.
     Then, like the angel of grace that I am, I trip on those heels and land on my ass, in the dark.
     “Surprise!” A bright light shines. “Happy Birthday!”
     “Shit.”

Flasher Fiction Fridays! "What?"

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Welcome to another week of Flasher Fiction Fridays. This weeks pic is anything but innocent on the surface, but I looked on it with rather innocent eyes. If you'd like to know what my flasher friends saw with only 100 words, their links are all listed HERE.



"What?" by Lindsey Gray

“What are they doing?”

“Move over so I can see.” One boy elbowed the other to get him away from the keyhole. “I think they are reading the paper or something, but she doesn't have her shirt on. She must be cold.” He moved back so his brother could look through again.

“But Dad isn't wearing a shirt or pants.” He looked down and thought hard as the voices whispered on the other side of the door.

“Billy says parents talk naked all the time in their room.”

“About what?”

“Birds and bees.”

Flasher Fiction Fridays! "Team Spirit"

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It's that time again. Flasher Fiction Friday is an amazing picture prompt with 100 words written, only 100 words. I had a little trouble this week and I'm not sure how this one will go over, but it's all in fun.



"Team Spirit" by Lindsey Gray

His lips sent a surge of liquid heat straight to my heart as he pressed them to my knuckles. We could not continue to be, period. Our whole world had fallen apart because of our huge difference that could never be remedied.

“You're sure?” He whispered as his forehead came to rest on the hand he held in a vice.

“Yes. I just can't change the way I am. I'm sorry.”

“Team fucking Edward.” He grumbled as he let go.

“And your Team Jacob.” I shuddered. “Nasty dog.”

“At least Jacob's peen doesn't sparkle.”

THE END

He, he. Hope you all enjoyed my little story in honor of opening day of "Breaking Dawn Part 1".

Check out all the other authors participating this week HERE and see what they are inspired by this picture.

FFF for November 11th, 2011

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Welcome to my Flasher Fiction Friday for 11-11-11. It's bound to be a great day. Enjoy!



Today by Lindsey Gray

“You feel that?”

The bulge pressed hard into the flesh of my back as he held me tight to his chest. I gulped before I whispered. “Yes.”

“I'll use it. I promise.” His teeth practically marred my skin with each word.

My eyes turned to what was before me. My beautiful bride, her dressed pooled around her as she sat on our marriage bed. The terror echoed off the walls as her ex's grip tightened on my throat. Her eyes met mine, her tears silently fell. Then... I winked. Today was not his day, it was ours.


To check out the others participating in this weeks FFF click HERE

FFF for November 4th, 2011

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Alright all, here's is my first go at the FFF I described in my last post. 100 words, only 100 words. Here we go.





SHE by Lindsey Gray

Stuck between light and dark, between heaven and hell, I have come to rest.

My hair flowed in wet, silky tresses down my back. My skin was slick and salty waiting for him to bring his hungry mouth to caress it.

I swam underneath the waterfall and found my footing just in time for him to see me. My pulse quickens to a butterfly flutter. My voice is silent as he comes to meet me.

“Today, my Nymph.” He uttered before his lips latched onto mine.

One day to lay with him. Best day of my life. “Today.”


To read all the others who are participating this week, go HERE.

Flasher Fiction Fridays!

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Hey all!

Just wanted to let you all know I will be participating in something pretty new to me. Flasher Fiction Friday is comprised of several authors writing 100 words on a picture prompt. It's amazing how agonizing writing exactly 100 words can be. It has been an awesome challenge. Come back this friday, November 4th, for my first FFF post. I will leave a link to find everyone else participating, so you can hop on over and take a look what others thought.

"Season of Love" Romance Compilation

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Excited to let you all know that my short story, "Not The Same Season", has been included in TWCS PH 1st Romance Compilation! "Season of Love" is a book of four holiday short stories by several TWCS PH authors. It is only available from October 27th, 2011 to January 31st, 2012. Pre-order the paperback today. It's only $10 for four amazing stories. As of October 27th, download the eBook for only 99 cents. What a deal! So happy to be a part of this project and to work with such amazing people to make my dreams come true.


Now, here are the details on the book and all the yummy stories you can enjoy.


Genre: Romance


Publishing Date: October 27th, 2011


Pages: 233

ISBN (paper): 978-1-61213-089-7
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-61213-090-3





Story Summaries:

A Christmas Proposal by Sherri Hayes 
Matthew Andersen knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Cali Stanton. Since she came into his life just five months ago, his world had completely changed for the better. With everything in their lives finally coming together, he was determined to make their first Christmas a memorable one.

Not the Same Season by Lindsey Gray 
Two broken hearts embarked on a holiday season in a way they never had before. Divorced. Mitch had been badly burned by love, but was willing to take a chance. . .  with the right woman. Hannah had lived everyday with the grief love had brought her that followed her everywhere. Can two hearts find love and heal each other during the most difficult season of the year?

A Christmas Kiss by Jennifer Schmidt 
Christmas Eve for Emma Callaway is just another night stuck at the office fetching coffee and being ignored by her workaholic boss Jarrett Mackenzie. But when a snow storm forces them to spend the night together Emma learns her boss isn’t quite what he seems. And when Jarrett finally notices his assistant the only thing he wants for Christmas is her.

Bone Deep by C. M. Smith 
Matt Kulver never wanted a steady girlfriend. Being able to come and go as he pleased, not having to answer to anyone, and able to sleep around with as many other girls as he wanted was something he prided himself in. That all changed when the one girl who stuck by his side in spite of the jerk moves he would pull. When she, his best friend, starts to pull away, he's forced to face the truth.  This Christmas, Matt has a lot to make up for.


Hope you all will take a moment to check them al out!

50 Shades Reviews

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You get two reviews in one post! Welcome to the Fifty Shades Series by E.L. James.


Genre: Erotica

Medium: Available in eBook and Paperback

Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House


Narrative: Written in first person in the voice of Ana Steele







GoodReads Summary: When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.










Review:

One innocent and beautiful college grad. Add a mysterious, wealthy, domineering, and devilishly handsome CEO. Toss in a seriously dark past. What you end up with is the erotic masterpiece that is “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

Although the story is told through Ana's point of view, James is able to accurately display both Ana and Christian's sides of their relationship. I really felt like I was able to understand him through Ana's thoughts, maybe even more than she herself did.

This was my first foyer into the realm of full length erotic fiction. Not knowing exactly what I was getting into, I was a little shocked when it felt like no time at all between page 1 and page 380. James kept the action flowing as well as the juicy and delicious sexual escapades. The tension between the two is palpable on every page, making me rush to the next. Christian's need for control and Ana's need for her own independence had me intrigued to find out how exactly it would all turn out. Could a couple with so many obstacles really make a go of it? They try their ever loving best.

James definitely has a steamy hit on her hands and deserves every bit of praise she receives. I could hardly contain my exhilaration for the next book in the series when I hit the last page and was left desperately wanting. Thank all that is holy, the wait was short, yet well worth it.



Genre: Erotica

Medium: Available in eBook and Paperback

Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House


Narrative: Written in first person in the voice of Ana Steele



GoodReads Summary: Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.






Review:

Christian and Ana start off the second book of the Fifty Shades series in utter misery. Being apart for any amount of time seemed detrimental to them both physically and emotionally. Even though the story is told from Ana's point of view, I felt the pain of Christian's agony while they were apart.

Once Ana makes the decision to take another chance with Christian, it's not all a bed of roses or even a nice romp with a little bondage. James throws another wrench in this couple's journey in the form of a delusional ex of Christian's.

I was on edge the entire book waiting for things to fall apart at any moment. There were times I thought they could never continue on, but the determination of two people who are truly meant for each other had to prevail. Right?

Even though this novel is listed as erotica, James adds plenty of suspense, thrill, and romance to reach every readers taste. She plans on making me wait longer still to find out the fate of my favorite functional disfunctional couple as she leads us into the final novel in the series. I'll be ticking off the days on my calender as I do throughly believe I am 50 shades obsessed with this series.

Author on Author Book Review

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Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance

Medium: Available in eBook and paperback

Publisher: World Castle Publishing

Purchase: eBook available at Amazon Paperback available at World Castle Publishing

Narrative: Written in first person. The majority of the chapters are through Sophia's eyes, but we also get a glimpse of Caspian, Alexander, Ebony, and Danika.





GoodReads Summary: Sophia Pierce has suffered since her brother left, and is unsure if she will ever get over it. That is until her family decided to move to Wenham, Massachusetts. Her and her siblings have been ordered to protect their little sister, and must return to High school. This is where Sophia finds her soul mate Nathanial and life as she knows it is about to change.

As a vampire, Sophia has always kept to herself, but as a high school student will she learn to step out of her comfort zone a little? Sophia has found a best friend in a powerful witch and a love to call her own. That is until something tragic happens and blood is spilled. Will Sophia be able to resist the sweet scent of her beloved’s blood?

This is Sophia’s story, a story of a girl who finds herself, love and everlasting friendship. The excitement of this story wraps mortals, vampires, witches, and shape shifters all into a romantic tale of young love, friendship, the meaning of family. The story of a girl who tries to finds herself when she thought it was all lost.










Review:

I was pulled into this story from the very first chapter by the enticing characters Blackwell created and the world she built around them.

Sophia Pierce is devastated by her vampire brother, Caspian, abandonment of the family after he accidentally killed his human girlfriend. Fast forward thirty years later and we find her still experiencing the same pain.

As Sophia takes on high school with the family's newest vampire, Danika, the last thing she was looking for was her soul mate. That is exactly what she found in Nate.

Blackwell takes the epic struggle of “I love you, but I know I'm so bad for you” to another level. She pushes Nate away, but he inherently knows that she is the only one for him and doesn't give up. Her family ultimately convinces her that there is no fighting her feelings for Nate, as it is seen he will be one of them someday. She's is terrified to share her secret with Nate, but he surprises her with his loving reaction.

The way Blackwell weaves the story around Sophia with a glimpse or two into other character's minds is something I had not read before and was immensely beneficial. I was suspicious of Danika and her motives from the very beginning, as was Sophia. It was nice to get at peek into Danika's mind to see if Sophia's suspicions were true.

Blackwell gives the reader a detailed foundation for the series with the development of Sophia and Nate's love story, the explanation of the Pierce family history, and the friendship the family shares with a line of Salem witches.

I found the story a very easy read and once I got started I could stop. I'm anxious to get started on the second book of the series, “Forbidden Embrace”, to find what evil is lurking around the bend for the Pierce family and all those they are determined to protect.

For extra info on the series and Blackwell, check out her blog

I got a chance to get some of my questions answered by Charlotte Blackwell herself. Here are some of the questions I had and she so graciously answered.

LG: Since you write mainly from the perspective of Sophia Pierce, what part of her came first, her physical appearance or her personality traits?

CB: It was all at the same time really. Sophia is based on both my 12 year old daughter and me. We are so much alike and I thought our traits would make a good character. Right down to the massive insecurities Sophia deals with and the freckles on her face. It is just us.

LG: Are there any perspectives that weren't included in the novel that you would have liked to include?

CB: Well there Sophia, Caspian, Ebony and Danika (honestly I can’t remember is Danika’s POV is in book 1, but it is in book 2). I think Nate might be a good one to look at and am considering doing an entire book on Drake, the guy Danika meets in the school yard.

LG: Which of your characters is your favorite and why?

CB: That’s hard, I love them all. Each character is named after or has traits of those I love. Nate is based so much off my husband that my daughter gets mad at me. She said it is wrong to base Sophia off her and then have her boyfriend based off her dad. I guess if I had to pick though it would be Ebony, she is so strong even if she doesn’t always realize it.

LG: Will Sophia and Alexander's past human life in Italy have any bearing on their future?

CB: Not too sure where that will lead us to yet. It should come into play at some point otherwise it’s just pointless information.

LG: As the series becomes more popular, would you consider making a line of day crystal jewelry/rings and accessories?

CB: It is already an option that is being looked at. My friend and fellow author Kathi Barton has a daughter that is very talented at making jewelry and we have purchased various crystals for her to work with in an attempt to replicate the jewelry for the series.

LG: How did the idea for the novel/series come about?

CB: My daughter, she struggles with friendships, mostly because she is home school. Her friends tease her about it and she has a hard time trusting others because she’s been hurt in the past. I wanted her to see that everyone has their own internal struggles, but amazing things can happen once you let the right people in to your life.

LG: What parts of your life have influenced the series? Ie character's past, the setting, or character's names.

CB: Matilda and Florence were my grandmothers names, Florence the character also is very similar personality wise to my grandma. Also the family names Triggs and Williams (book 2) are my ancestor’s family names. Other names from the series that I have taken from my friends and family are Ashley, Nikole, Arthur, Shawn, Paige, Kathi, Mel, Danika is also a name I wanted to name a daughter if we had another. As well as the family names Suvanto and Barton(book 3) are from friends of mine. Names and characters continue on like this throughout the series. As for settings I researched for houses and towns I liked. I knew I wanted it to be close to Salem, and found an amazing house similar to the Pierce’s for sale just on the out skirts of Wenham, it was once a B&B, just like in the story. Now Banff, Canada is only an hour and a half drive from where I live, so I had to have a bit of where I’m from in the story.

LG: What other writers would you compare to your style of writing? Ie if you like Him/Her you will like my books.

CB: Kelley Armstrong, PC Cast, Stephenie Meyers, LJ Smith. These are all similar genres and if you enjoy their stories, it would be a good assumption you could enjoy mine. A big difference about my writing is I do first person, present tense. Not many authors do this; it can be difficult to stay in character and tense. I also like to toss in chapters that are done in another characters voice, to change things a little.

LG: Young Adult fiction is a very popular genre today. What made you decide to write Young Adult as opposed to any other genre?

CB: Again mostly my daughter, but young adult is what I like to read. My book shelves and e-reader is filled not only with YA, but also paranormal. It is what I love, so I don’t know if there is much other choice for me.

LG: The series is planned for 3 novels as I understand. Do you see yourself extending the series or beginning another in the Paranormal YA genre?

CB: There are 3 books in the series already written, yes. My publisher has requested a fourth book and I do have plans for even more. I also am planning a Book of Shadows like the witches use. This will be similar to a companion book and will have character bios, spells, and potions they use in the book. I’m not sure how long the series will be, I guess we’ll know when they have finished telling it to us. I do know some exciting things are going to happen and maybe even some hate mail when we lose characters.


Thanks so much to Charlotte for giving me a bit of her time to answer my questions and sharing this wonderful story.


The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House has 2 New Releases in August

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This month is a banner month for TWCS Publishing House. As of today, they have released 2 more titles bringing the total to 26 titles released since October 2010. I thought I'd give you the details on these great titles that are now available at The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House.




Mocked by Faith by Michelle Richard
Genre: Romance
Pages: 221
Paperback: $16.99
eBook: $7.99


Find Michelle on Twitter @M_A_Richard


Goodreads Page
Michelle's Author website

Summary: For Alexia Cross and Justin McNear, things are not what they seem.  Both were born and raised in hidden, gated communities.  A place where time virtually stands still and marriages are arranged by parents before a child’s 18th birthday.

Alexia is destined to be her community’s first spinster.  In a last ditch effort, a husband is found.  The only complication?  He has no idea he has been betrothed. Will his history of dating outsiders help or hinder his relationship with his future wife?

Justin McNear searched outside his church for the woman of his dreams. Returning home after failing, he knows he needs to rectify his life and his faith. Can a woman he’s never met make him whole again?

Will this couple end up mocked by their own faith?  Follow Alexia and Justin through the trials and tribulations of finding, falling, and surviving each other's love. It’s never easy saying “I do” to someone you don’t know.

Weight of the World (3rd book in Old Wounds Series)
by NK Smith

Genre: Romance
Pages: 296
Paperback: $16.99
eBook:$7.99

Summary: Now that the lonely and deeply damaged teenagers have discovered a strong interest in one another, what else is left to reveal and how much more can each of them handle? Sophie has taken great steps to let him in, but is Elliott ready to do the same?

With a painful past buried deep within him, Elliott embarks on a journey of self-discovery propelled by a need to be normal for his new girlfriend. Amid a lifetime of betrayal, Sophie continues down the perilous road of recovering her true strength. Each of them has something to hide and an incredible untapped reserve of compassion, love, and friendship.

Their new relationship is put to the test by both mundane and extraordinary circumstances alike. Sophie has to face up to the life she’s led, while Elliott must decide to come to terms with the life he’s been given.

The hardest part of learning how to love is allowing oneself to be vulnerable to another. As children, their choices were taken from them, and as young adults they struggle to lower their walls and let each other in. Sophie Young and Elliott Dalton continue to explore life,
themselves, and each other. They learn how to trust and what it takes to fully participate in a life of love.. Every day they reveal a little more about themselves, but will it be enough or will the past continue to hold them hostage?

The Writer's Coffee Shop set their personal record in July with a whopping 4 releases. Check out some more great titles.

Slave by Sherri Hayes
Genre: Erotica
Pages: 275
Paperback: $15.50
eBook: $7.99


Blog for the Finding Anna Series

Goodreads Page



Summary: Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.
     As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Daren, leads him to buying a slave.
     Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.
     Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.
     Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?




I've been waiting for this book for months. Sherri and I have talked back and forth and I know she has put a great deal of research and detail into this novel. I can't wait to read it.




Take This Regret by Amy Lichtenhan
Genre: Romance
Pages: 250
Paperback: $16.99
eBook: $7.99


Goodreads page


Summary: There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives.  For Christian, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth.

Christian Davison has a plan for his life.  He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father’s law firm.  Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child.

After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life. 

For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

When Christian wrestles his way into their lives, Elizabeth is faced with asking herself if it is possible to forgive someone when they’ve committed the unforgivable and if it is possible to find a love after it has been buried in years of hate.  Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

They say everyone deserves a second chance.

Connected by Katyryn Gayle
Genre: Romance
Pages: 347
Paperback: $16.99
eBook: $7.99

Summary: The last thing Delilah Preston wanted to do was be a hero, but when she finds herself in a position to prevent an assassination, her conscience wouldn’t let her walk away. As a result, she gets caught up in an FBI investigation and the media spotlight. The problem? Delilah Preston is not who she claims to be. Seven years ago she fled from a cruel and sadistic husband, a powerful underworld figure who wants her back, dead or alive.

Enter Special Agent Dominic Santiago who discovers Delilah’s true identity and realizes that after many years of dead-ends, she’s his ticket to taking down notorious crime boss Cap Grimaldi. But Cap isn’t about to let anyone threaten his family's empire, and quickly devises a plan to not only discredit the Federal Monkey on his back, but also recover his errant wife and the fortune she took from him when she fled.

Fourteen by C.M. Smith
Genre: Romance
Pages: 172
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Summary: Arianna Weller has never fit in with the other kids at her high school. The daughter of the only lawyer in town, she's overweight compared to everyone else. Being picked on and put down by her peers has become normal—expected.

When she has a bad run-in with Evan, the boy she's had a crush on for 4 years, she decides to bide her time until she’s out of high school and off to college where she can start over.

Evan Drake has never had to worry about not being popular. He's on the baseball team, has more friends than he knows what to do with, and he doesn't care about anyone that's not in his "circle." So when he is forced to work with Arianna for a science fair project, he decides that dealing with her is just an unfortunate circumstance… until he sees what he's done to her.

The road to forgiveness and acceptance is not smooth. Overcoming peer pressure, jealousy, miscommunications, and social prejudices is never easy—especially in high school. Evan and Arianna have to learn things the hard way and answer one important question. Is it worth it?


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