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5 minute stress relief

75 exercise to quiet your mind and calm your body.

Book reviews:

I got this book from the publisher.  I was interested in what 5 minutes could do to relieve stress. Some examples in the book under the Home section was : Hug your pet, spend time playing, light candle and even regular household chores can relieve stress. This is a fun book something we all can do for 5 minutes and be less stressful in life. Lisa

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The Modern Homestead Garden: Growing Self-sufficiency in Any Size Backyard

If concerns about the environment and the health and wellness of yourself and your family leave you longing to make a change, start growing and preserving your own organic foods. With the guidance found in The Modern Homestead Garden, you’ll discover how little land and effort it takes to start growing healthy, nutritious food.

Modern homesteading is a lifestyle focused on living lightly on the land and increasing self-sufficiency. It doesn’t matter whether “home” is 50 acres in the country, a suburban corner lot, or an apartment in the city; all you need is a desire to reduce your footprint on the earth and live a more sustainable life. To be a modern homesteader, you don’t have to live off-grid and you don’t have to give up contemporary conveniences.

For most modern homesteaders, it all starts with making the conscious decision to reduce your reliance on the commercial food supply chain. In The Modern Homestead Garden, author and YouTube gardening star Gary Pilarchik of The Rusted Garden walks you step-by-step through the process of building a homestead garden. From laying out the planting beds,nurturing the soil, and starting seeds, straight through to cooking and preserving the harvest, Gary serves as your warm and accessible guide, no matter how large or how small your homestead is. With the guidance found here, you’ll move at your own pace, learn, share, and enjoy the journey as you slowly transform your home into an edible landscape.

  • Practical advice to site and build your very first homestead garden
  • Crop profiles to get you growing quickly 
  • Cost-effective ways to source seeds and plants 
  • The low-down on feeding plants in an earth-friendly way
  • Methods for preparing planting beds and containers
  • Soil prep advice every homesteader can use 
  • All natural trouble-shooting solutions 
  • How to include berries, cane fruits, vine crops, and fruit trees in your homestead plans
  • Food preservation advice that’s easy and delicious

Modern homesteading is as much an attitude as it is an action. It’s not dependent on how much land you have or even how much food you can grow; it’s about cultivating self-sufficiency and self-reliance, no matter its level. Welcome to The Modern Homestead Garden.

Net Galley Book Review:

I would recommend this book if you are just starting out, it is an excellent primer. If you are looking for cutting edge technology when it comes to your home garden, there are newer techniques not found here. I would use this as a table book (the photos are lovely) but also a reference guide to use whether I am starting my veggies from seeds or starters. Lot of great information that I would recommend for any beginner veggie enthusiast. 

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This House Is Home

An empowering story about coming to terms with change through creative problem solving
Lily’s family is happy in their old green house at the end of the lane, but progress soon encroaches. When Grandma refuses to sell their home to developers, the city just builds around them. Soon their house is smack-dab in the middle of a multi-lane highway. As traffic rushes by day and night, Lily and her family begin to feel differently about their beloved home.
Using crayons and a little creativity, Lily draws up a plan to keep her Grandma’s home and leave the highway behind. With the help of the construction crew that brought change to their neighborhood, Lily and her family take to the sea in their green house and set sail for a new place to call home.
Inspired by Chinese “nail houses” that end up stranded in a sea of construction when owners refuse to sell, this memorable picture book celebrates resourcefulness, negotiation, and collaboration in the face of change.

Net Galley Review:

I really enjoyed this picture book. The illustrations are lovely, and the text is poetic and expressive without being over wrought .The fanciful ending is cute for a storybook, and the book has great messages about dealing with change and regulating your emotions. 

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Bunny Donuts and a Body (A Donut Truck Cozy Mystery Book 3)

Will Joyce and Brenda solve the murder in time for the Easter egg hunt, or will they be stopped in their tracks?

Joyce and Brenda are thrilled when ‘Donuts on the Move’ gets a last-minute spot at an Easter egg hunt. They are frantically trying to get things organized in time.

But their plans are put on hold when someone lands up dead in the park. Joyce and Brenda do a little investigating of their own. But they quickly learn that they’ve bitten off more than they can chew when Detective Crackle doesn’t want their help, and the suspect list keeps getting longer. Their hunt for the truth hits some bumpy ground and they find themselves in a whole lot of trouble.

Will Joyce and Brenda find the murderer before the truth is buried forever?

Recipe included: Bunny Shaped Donutshttps://www.amazon.com/Bunny-Donuts-Donut-Truck-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07BFL2RLB/ref=sr_1_40?dchild=1&keywords=easter+cozy+mystery&qid=1617114800&sr=8-40

Book Review :

I love all of Cindy bells books and this one is no exception book three and I can’t wait till the next one if you like a great cozy with characters you will love and a story that keeps you turning the page

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WHENEVER A CHILD IS BORN by Nancy Diedrich

 

Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherWestBow Press
Release date:   July 2017
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.

“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”

In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.

Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.

Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.

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Meet the Author:

Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.

Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.


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Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review /giveaway
Mar 19 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Mar 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – book review
Mar 25 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 29 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 30 – Kam’s Place – book review
Mar 30 – My Journey Back-the Journey Back – book review
Mar 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 1 – @late_blooming_wallflower – book review / guest post
Apr 2 – Bookish Quest – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 5 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Apr 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Apr 9 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
 

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Author Interview

Question #1

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Answer #1

For as long as I can remember, I always enjoyed telling stories, but I didn’t consider writing about them or becoming a writer, until I had grandchildren.  Before that “grand” stage of life, I didn’t have very much time to write or to be creative.  By the time I had grandchildren, I wanted to start recording my stories.

As a young mother, I told my children stories, that I would create, in addition to books that I would read to them. And as an English teacher, I would encourage my students to write creative narratives on a regular basis.  I valued storytelling and tried to inspire my children and my students with a love writing, as well as, reading.  

Strangely enough, even though I was always a storyteller and book lover, I didn’t move beyond writing short stories and magazine articles until recently. Five years ago, I wrote a book for each of my grandchildren, where each of them was the main character in his/her own book. That was such a thrill, that I decided to try my hand at writing a book for publication. 

I’m so happy I made that decision. Becoming a published author has been extremely fulfilling and gratifying for me. For a “book lover” like myself, it’s a meaningful accomplishment.

Question #2

In your opinion, what are the most important elements of writing a children’s book?

Answer #2

I believe children’s authors have a profound responsibility to each child who reads their books. In addition to entertaining and informing children with storylines and illustrations, the author who chooses to write for children must offer each child an opportunity to fall in love with reading; they should inspire a child to be creative, as well as strengthen the child’s reading and cognitive skills.

Children’s books should capture the child’s imagination, entertain them, and offer some type of information or lesson.  Prior to writing my first children’s book, I consulted with Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers and Early-Childhood Education specialists.  I wanted to know the best way to approach a young reader; how to capture their attention and how to present a message that would help them in social development.

All of my resources told me that young readers love vibrant illustrations, bright colors, rhyming text, uncomplicated word placement, simple wording and a good storyline.  They explained the importance of the layout of a children’s book, and how it needed to be appropriate for the reader’s attention level. Text should not be printed over an illustration, and there should not be too much text on each page. Young readers need time to absorb the message from the text, and to appreciate how the illustration compliments the text. I have always considered this to be solid gold advice, and it has been my roadmap for every book that I have written. 

Question #3

What is your inspiration for this story?

 Following a ten year and very fulfilling career as a high school English teacher, I have enjoyed many years in my second career, as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In my counseling practice, I often work in group therapy, and it was in a group that consisted of young mothers, that I realized the topic of “having a new baby” would be the subject of my book. The ladies discussed how they would tell their families that another baby was on the way.  They especially addressed the issue of informing their children that they were going to have another sibling. These ladies found it difficult to find an appropriate message for their children.

This is when I realized that the joy of a child coming into the world needed its own story. The fictional narrative of how all of creation might respond to hearing that a new baby is about to be born, would be a great way for children to experience joyfulness and excitement whenever they hear the delightful news that a new baby is on the way.

Since it’s publication, Whenever A Child Is Born has become a favorite for Moms, especially “new Moms”, and Grandmothers, especially “new Grands”. It has definitely found its way to more baby showers that I can count. Although it was never my intention for this book to become the “go to baby shower gift”, sometimes books have a way of creating their own identity. 

Question #4

Describe your workspace?

Answer #4

I write at my desk in my office.  My office itself, is located in a stately old historic building in the middle of downtown, in my sleepy South Louisiana hometown. I chose this building for two reasons: first of all, I love the location, in the heart of town, and secondly, it provides quiet office space for my Counseling practice.

In addition to being a quiet office space, I have a white noise machine looping natural soothing sounds throughout the office at all times.  It offers a peaceful atmosphere, but also an added layer of privacy for my clients, which they appreciate and so do I.  It’s the perfect place for me to write whenever I am not in session with a client.  

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Iy Happened in Tuscany

Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to April 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 408 pages
Genre Mainstream Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher Capriole Group
Release date Feb 18 2020
Content Rating: PG-13. The novel includes violence in war scenes and non-explicit sex scenes, but not f-words, religious profanities, or crude terms as described. 
 

Book Description:

From the multiple-award-winning author of To Tuscany with Love comes a captivating story of the epic tug of war between honor and duty, the irrepressible power of love, and the concept of family.

In 1945, Will Mills and his fellow soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division scaled Italy’s treacherous Riva Ridge in the frigid night to break through the nearly impenetrable German line of defense. Severely wounded, Will was rescued by Italian partisans and one, a beautiful girl, tended his injuries until he had the strength to rejoin the U.S. troops.

Tormented and haunted by his decisions and actions during wartime, Will knows he has unfinished missions in Italy to complete. The passage of time and years of carrying this unfulfilled need have molded Will into a bitter, angry man.

Seventy-five years later, Will’s spunky thirty-two-year-old neighbor, Sophie Sparke, faces disaster in her life. Everything is going wrong—her job, her love life, even her dog. Part of the problem is that confident and fiercely independent Sophie lets her quick mouth get her into trouble.

Grouchy, mean-spirited Will finagles Sophie into traveling with him to Tuscany to find the partisan who saved his life. Will also secretly hopes to confront the demons his wartime actions created. Sophie and Will comb enchanting Tuscan hill towns on an improbable and unfolding mission with few clues to aid them. Will’s passionate tenacity drives their quest and in the process exposes their darkest secrets. The journey alters the course of their lives, and Will and Sophie find more than they had imagined in the hills of Tuscany.

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Meet the Author:

Gail Mencini is the acclaimed author of It Happened in Tuscany and To Tuscany with Love, both of which are Denver Post #1 bestsellers and award winners. Gail grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska, graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Accounting and Economics, and earned a master of taxation degree from the University of Denver. A frequent visitor to Tuscany and a homegrown gourmet cook, Gail has toured Italy by car, train, bus, Vespa, and foot. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

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Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 9 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 12 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 19 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 22 – Book World Reviews – book review
Mar 23 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
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Mar 24 – High Society Book Club & Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 25 –Pass Me That Book – book review  
Mar 25 – Lisa Everyday Reads  – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post
Mar 26 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review / giveaway
Mar 29 – Sadie Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 31 – Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
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A Peek at My Writing Life

By Gail Mencini

Thank you for letting me write a guest post for your great blog!

One question I frequently receive when I visit book clubs is: Where do you write?

I use a MAC laptop to write as I love the flexibility of it. I have taken it with me to libraries when I do research and when I tag along on my husband’s business trips. At home, it goes with me wherever I’m writing at the moment—in my office, at the kitchen table, or on the back porch.

Going for a walk outdoors is a great way for me to brainstorm, examine character motivations, and work out sticky issues with the plot. Weather permitting, I love to start my writing day by walking our dog along a nature trail in the city. When I sit down at the computer, if I am not outdoors, a light-filled room and a window in front me is important for my creativity.

I am fortunate to have a lovely little retreat area to write in that is all my own. Here’s a photograph of my writing desk, before I hung pictures on the walls. My laptop is hidden in the drawer.

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While we were building our current home, we rented a house not far away. It was temporary, and we wanted to save money for the construction. Here are pictures of my desk in our rental house.

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It’s messy, and if you look carefully, you will notice the moving boxes in the corner put into service as end tables during our time here. Not an inspirational space in which to write.

On a brighter note, at a conference my husband attended in 2019, when we could travel, I wrote outside until it was too hot. As you will note, my writing surroundings were spectacular.

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I look forward to the spring and summer days ahead when I can return to our covered back porch to write with our new puppy resting nearby. Benjamin will be much bigger by then!

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Thank you for joining my virtual book tour and inviting me to be a guest blogger!

You can learn more about my novels at www.gailmencini.com, on Facebook: @GailMencini.Author, and Instagram: @gailmencini.

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She’s the One Who Cares Too Much 

She’s the One Who Cares Too Much 

(Book Two of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)

by S. R. Cronin

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GENRE: Historical Fantasy

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BLURB:

Coral, the second of seven sisters, has been hiding her affair with the perfect man until her older sister can get her life together. But the perfect man is getting impatient and now she’s gotten pregnant. Coral decides it’s time to consider her own happiness.

But what does she want? The perfect husband turns out to be less than ideal. She adores the small children she teaches but the idea of being a mother fills her with joy. Meanwhile, her homeland is gripped by fear of a Mongol invasion and she can’t stop crying about everything now that she’s with child.

Then a friend suggests the ever-caring Coral possesses a power well beyond what she or anyone else imagines. Does she? And why is the idea so appealing?

When Coral’s big sister loses faith in the army and decides to craft a way to use magic to save Ilari from the Mongols, she decides Coral’s formidable talent is what the realm needs. Can Coral raise a baby, placate an absent military husband who thinks he’s stopping the invasion, and help her sister save her homeland?

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EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):

A few days later life at the farm changed. Ryalgar retreated into her room in a flurry of tears and could be heard crying in there for days. She barely came out, and when she did,  she wouldn’t talk to me. I guessed she was embarrassed. I couldn’t imagine what had gone wrong. Perhaps his family objected to her. But why?

Mom told the rest of us Ryalgar was ill, but we all knew better.

Good thing I hadn’t brought up Davor. Perhaps her prince would reconsider. I wanted Ryalgar to have every chance to get her life together before I launched my happiness into the middle of her misery. So the next time I saw Davor, I begged him to wait a little longer.

“I’ll tell my parents about you in an ank or two, I promise. In time for you to invite me to celebrate Keva.” 

“That’s four anks away yet. I’m starting to think you’re afraid to tell your parents about me.”

“I am not.”

“Then promise me this is the last delay, okay? I’m not going to be able to keep these kinds of visits up much longer.”

I felt tightness in my chest. Was he thinking of ending it because I’d waited too long?

He must have seen the look in my eyes.

“Look, honey cakes. I’d be willing to give you all the time you need to find your nerve, but things are changing for the Svadlu. We’ve been hearing about a band of thieves far worse than anything we’ve ever encountered. Men on horseback, from the east. They’re highly skilled and they swoop into farming areas like ours and take everything they want. Traders tell us they only attack once it gets cold, and they‘ve been coming further west every year, seeking new areas to raid. They’ll be here before long, maybe as soon as this coming winter.”

“That’s horrible.”

“It’s worse than you know. We’ve started to train for it, of course, but soon I’ll have less freedom to take jaunts all the way out to Vinx just to spend the night with you, okay? You need to suck it up and tell your parents you’ve met a man and you want to get married. You understand?” 

I understood. No matter what happened in Ryalgar’s life, I’d do it before Keva.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels.  She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is. 

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case. 

Author Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinnabar01 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/46Ascending

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sherrie-Cronin/e/B007FRMO9Q

Author Blog: https://sherriecronin.xyz/

Book Series Blog: https://troublesome7sisters.xyz/

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Flame of Normandy

 


Historical Romance

Date Published: March 03, 2021

Publisher: DCL Publications



Forced into a political marriage with a man she terms “a half mad half Viking,” Catherine Broussard is caught up in her father’s malice, her husband’s ambition and the Norman Conquest of Anglo-Saxon England.


Excerpt

She rode up the shoreline with Hugo, past driftwood, with the water lapping at their horses’ hooves. It was the same rhythmic sound she had always heard, always on a good horse, always riding in the morning. Her heart lifted. She did enjoy a good ride. So, apparently, did her husband. They were still feeling their way around each other, but this—like their bedding—was something they could enjoy together.

At the end of the open beach, where it elevated to more rocky land, he helped her off her horse and into a little cove the sea had once carved into the rock. It was dry now, sufficiently above sea level to stay that way for the most part.

Look inside,” he said, tethering the horses to bushes. “This is worth seeing.”

Someone had driven a torch holder into the wall of the cave. Once he lit the torch and her eyes adjusted, she could see the outline of paintings on the rocks. Paintings? How could that be? It was red and ochre and white paint of some sort, very old and faded, but recognizably of horses.

Some ancient people made these,” he said, guiding her hand. She felt the stone beneath her hand, timeless, and the touch of his hand on hers. His arm curved around her shoulder while his chest braced her. She wasn’t entirely sorry in the uncertain footing of a cave, where sand and rocks rolled beneath the feet. She had tiny ankles that turned easily, but Hugo was a rock. “I don’t know who they were. Do you see the horses?”

I do.” She was awed in spite of herself. “How old do you think they are?”

I can’t even guess. But this…” He pressed her fingers on the surface. “This is very, very old. These people were here before us, perhaps they were even our ancestors. No one knows. But they lived, and we live. This is what I’ve been fighting for, not for my pride. This is what I want a child to inherit, so that it goes on. And you’re a part of it now. Do you understand?”

He was deeper than she had thought.

Yes,” she said.

He turned her within the circle of his arms, raising her chin. He was not quite sauvage, after all. He pressed his lips to hers, and she opened to him. After long moments of exploring her, he lifted his face.

This is what I fight for, Catherine,” he said

She understood. This was going to be the price of her marriage to him and if she wanted any sort of life, she would have to give it to him—no matter how hard it came. He would accept nothing less.


About The Author

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Miriam Newman has developed a prolific writing career that began in her twenties, although she published her very first novel some time later in 2009. She was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been her passion for as long as she can remember and she brings that background to her writing, along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services, and many trips to Ireland, where she nurtures her muse. Her published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. It was in Ireland that she wrote The King’s Daughter. Ireland is her favorite place in this world. “I connect there with something I can’t even explain,” she says fondly.

Miriam spent many years working in Social Services, and after retirement, she found herself working part-time in local government. Currently, she lives in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. Her passion for animal rescue and fostering has included a number of fur babies, from horses to dogs to a pig that appeared on her porch one morning. Also a lover of great books, the one that she finds most responsible for her venture into fantasy and recommends is ‘The Once and Future King’ by T.H. White.


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The Billionaire and the Princess By Katherine E Hunt

The Billionaire and the Princess by Katherine E. Hunt

Book 1 in the Sag Harbor series

Word Count: 60,151 Pages: 238 Book Length: Super Novel Heat Rating: Sizzling Sexometer: 2

Genres:

BILLIONAIRE CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE ROYALS

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When a British journalist gets her dream job in The Hamptons, she doesn’t expect to find her dream man too. All Caitlyn has to do is catch a plane, move to Sag Harbor and start her new job as editor of a brand-new society magazine. That’s what she’s promised herself. No more Mr. Wrong, no more pandering to everybody else’s needs. New life, new Caitlyn. So when she meets a handsome gentleman on the plane, after a couple of drinks, she’s going to walk away, right? She’s certainly not going to try to join the mile-high club with him. If it turns out he’s her new boss, Hank Baresi, the youngest son of one of the biggest media moguls in America, but no matter, he doesn’t appear to remember her, anyway. She’s just going to do her job. No serenading him. No succumbing to his sweet charms and absolutely no falling in love with him. And, well, if he happens to fall in love with her, she’s just going to say no, right?

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There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. I’ve promised, sworn and vowed never to fall for a bad guy again. Take some time out, I told myself, learn the real Caitlyn, love yourself before you love others. Why, oh why, then, am I half-naked in an airplane bathroom with a frickin’ drunken, horny cowboy? Why indeed? He’s hot, there’s that, like six-foot-two hot. You know what I’m talking about. The type of guy that makes you catch your breath when he brushes past you, hair a little unkempt, jaw a little too sharp. In my defense, I’ve had a very strange year and, frankly, life’s gotten really, really complicated. Then there’s the free alcohol, first time in Business Class… It’s all gone to my head. I might be forgiven for getting carried away. But still, no excuse, Caitlyn, no excuse. He traces a solitary finger down the outside of my thigh—my leggings hang off one ankle, dragging on the floor. My other foot, placed firmly on the closed toilet seat, is the only thing holding me up. I lift my hair, curl it up on my head with my hands, soft lips brush against my neck. “You’re so freaking hot,” he slurs. At first, I’d thought he had a Texan drawl until he’d confessed, giggling as the words came out, that he’d stolen the cowboy hat from the guy in the next seat down. He’s not Southern—he’s just drunk off his head. He brushes his fingers up my spine, circling the crux of my neck before gliding over my breasts, past the tips of my nipples, until they stop at the slick gusset of my undies. Fuck. For a man who smells like a brewery and has lost the capacity for coherent speech, he’s pretty deft with his hands. Pressing tightly onto my pussy, like it’s the only thing holding us up, he fumbles with his trousers, pulling at his belt. “Do you have a condom?” I ask. “Uh…shi-it. Maybe?” He tries to grab his wallet with his one free hand and we rock back and forth as he tugs at his pocket. Is this really happening? It was all going smoothly. Steamy, unexpected, drunken smooch in the corridor, unilateral decision to glide into the bathroom. Semi-naked foreplay. It’s all so serious, all of a sudden. Sex with a stranger. That’s a sobering thought. Is this how I want to start my new life? It isn’t part of the plan, that’s for sure. I’ve never done anything like this. I’m not an angel, but I’ve always been the wait a few days, get to know the guy kind of girl. Admittedly, they’d all turned out to be Mr. Emotionally Unavailable, Mr. Terrified of Commitment or Mr. Sleeps with Your Friends Plural Behind Your Back, but hey, I’d always kept my side of the bargain. His fumbles prove fruitless. He takes his hand off me to grab his wallet, falls backward, slams hard into the door and slides to the ground. Turns out I was holding him up after all. I spin around. “You okay?” He doesn’t have any visible injuries, but he’s a tall man in a small space and his knees are around his ears. He still looks cute though. God, I need to get laid. My horny is showing. “Oh shit!” He says it way too loud. Fuck, he’s going to get us caught. I’m not sure what the punishment is for kinky stuff in airplane bathrooms, but I know I don’t want to start my brand-new life in America in an orange jumpsuit. “Shh,” I whisper, placing my finger over my lips. “Shh. Hee-hee.” That giggle again. He’s wasted–like, actually out of it. This is rapidly turning into a very bad idea, not that at any point sneaking around with a man I’ve just met had been a solid choice. Kissing him? That had been fun, but now it feels a little like taking advantage. He flicks through his wallet, still sat, half on the floor, legs splayed either side of me. “Shit. I got nothing.” I lean down and put my arms around him. He nuzzles into my neck. God, he smells delicious. Whoever he is when he isn’t half-naked and hammered, he has incredible taste in aftershave. “Let’s get you up.” “Wheeee!” With one hefty yank, he’s on his feet. The effort sends my back crashing against the toilet roll dispenser. It’s like getting a devastatingly handsome, six-foot-two, curly haired, horny octopus to stand to attention. Impossible. Stepping back to steady myself, I hear a crack. Shit. Hopefully, his phone isn’t super important because it has just smashed into a million pieces under my foot. I kick it out of sight, sit him down on the toilet seat and pull my leggings back up. My libido is fading. Fast. I pull up my leggings and put my top back on. “You don’t wanna do it anymore?” he drawls, his face downcast. “I don’t think that’s a very good idea, do you?” He can’t even stand up for a start. God knows whether he can get anything else up. “You’re hot.” He snakes his hands up my sweatshirt. “Thank you. You’re very, very drunk.” I fasten his belt for him, inciting more giggles, and hand him his wallet, which had flown into the sink. “I think I’m going to go back to my seat. It was very nice meeting you, cowboy. Maybe we’ll meet again someday in better circumstances.” I might sound like I’m fobbing him off, but some part of me sort of wishes it’s true. I most definitely shouldn’t. The type of guy who allows himself to get in this much of a state is not boyfriend material. Not for me, anyway. But he’s a sweetie, and he’s cute when he giggles. Oh, Caitlyn, you’re such a damn pushover. * * * * The old lady in the seat next to mine looks very concerned. “Did you hear all that noise in the toilet?” “Yes. Apparently, some drunk guy fell over.” “Oh dear.” She cringes. “Some people do get carried away with the free drinks on these flights. I hope he’s all right.” She’s been reading a guidebook on New York for the last four hours and hasn’t even acknowledged my presence, but now that I’ve got gossip, she’s all ears. “I’m sure he’s fine. So where are you flying to today?” She closes her book and looks at me. “New York.” Her eyes widen with excitement. Bless her. She has to be at the very least in her seventies. I see a little of myself in her, always excited by new experiences, no matter how old I get. That’s the only way to live. “Well, yes. I meant for business or pleasure.” “I’m going to see my son. He’s got a fancy job in Manhattan, going to show me the sights.” She curls her lips into the biggest grin. “Oh, that’s lovely.” Something loud crashes behind us. “Oh dear,” she mutters. “What now?” A flash of white comes racing past our seats. A butt. A very naked butt attached to a very handsome, drunken, giggly cowboy. “Shit,” I whisper under my breath. Maybe I shouldn’t have left him to his own devices after all. He turns and waves his not-insignificant appendage at a room full of dozing passengers before a hand reaches through the curtain behind him and pulls his drunken, naked butt into First Class. “Good lord,” she says, raising an eyebrow. “I haven’t seen one like that since my Henry was alive.” I turn to her and smile, hiding my deep regret at my rash decision not to get cowboy’s number before I’d left him. “Lucky you,” I reply.

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Katherine E Hunt

Katherine E Hunt ran off with a Frenchman twenty years ago. She now lives on a French mountain with three children and two dogs. When she isn’t writing contemporary romance she can be found huddled up in front of a roaring fire, with a glass of Chardonnay in one hand and a book in the other. You can find out more about Katherine on her website.

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Eat Your Heart Out

 


Starting Over Series, Book 2

Romantic Women’s Fiction / Romcom / ChickLit

Date Published: March 17, 2021

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press



When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad. Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire is Dana’s staunchest ally. So what’s with the smooching after hours? And why won’t this grown man make up his mind?

Actor turned teacher Alex Bethany craves a family of his own. Newly hotified, he’s now got the confidence to try online dating. Meanwhile he’s sending Dana mixed messages in the kissing department. After a surprising event rocks his world, Alex panics, certain he’s blown his chances with his special person.

Funny and bittersweet, Dana and Alex’s story will have you rooting for them all the way to dessert.



About the Author

Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website http://midagedating.com offers a humorous look at living single and dating in mid life. Eat Your Heart Out is the second book in the series Starting Over. Middle Ageish, the first, is available now and Shirley’s friends like to guess which stories in the book are true. Her characters believe you should never leave home without your sense of humor and Shirley agrees.


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