Wednesday, August 10, 2022

BAXTER (Last Man Standing - Book 3) by Author Kathleen Lawless **Book Birthday**

Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads. Today, we’ll share the third book in a brand new, sweet, contemporary romance series. Last Man Standing, written by fourteen best-selling and award winning authors, is a collection of stories about stubborn men who insist they’ll never be caught in the “marriage trap”. It’s also about the fourteen women who will change their minds. Every book in the series is a standalone, linked only by the series premise. Come on along as we watch the mighty fall... in love that is!

We continue with, BAXTER, Book 3 in the series, by USA Today bestselling Author Kathleen Lawless.

Film director Baxter Reid is used to giving directions, not taking them!

Especially from April Thomas, who has been hired by Baxter's agent to enhance the director's less than illustrious social standing to help place him in the running for an Oscar-worthy film project he’s after.

Baxter is everything April dislikes. Cocky, arrogant, disdainful of women. Or has the media deliberately portrayed him that way? Either way, she has her work cut out to give him a social media makeover.

Reluctantly, Baxter goes along with April’s regime to improve his image, but when a smear campaign comes to light and they work together to trace its origin, surprises catch them both off guard.

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Inside the sound stage, April looked around at what appeared to be organized chaos with people in headsets clutching clipboards, running back and forth. “I don’t see Baxter Reid.”

Mike, Baxter’s agent, flashed her a dazzling look. “He’s uh, he’s tied up for a bit.”

April’s gaze narrowed. “But he is expecting me.”

“Not exactly.”

“Hmmph.” April crossed her arms over her chest. Just then, the decibel level dropped. Holly Snow, media darling and star of a current hit series appeared with Baxter on her heels.

“She looks smaller in person.” April had lived in LA long enough to not be starstruck every time she saw a celebrity. No matter how famous, stars were just people, more often than not wearing a fancy fa├žade to disguise their insecurities.

“I don’t know his secret, but Bax makes her look bigger on screen. Otherwise, viewers would know her stunt double does all the real work.”

“Is it true Baxter Reid never hires female stunt people?”

“They call them stuntmen for a reason.”

April spun to face her client. How had he managed that? Come up behind them without being seen.

“You know I don’t appreciate strangers on the set.” He spoke to his agent but his eyes were taking her measure. ‘Not pretty enough to be an actress’ shifted to, ‘what are you doing here with Mike?’

“Hopefully you two won’t be strangers for long,” Mike said.

“Latest Tinder date?” Baxter drawled.

“Revitalique,” Mike said.

Baxter’s brow furrowed. “Is that a new dating ap?”

“Not.” April didn’t appreciate being talked about as if she wasn’t there. “It’s an agency specializing in image makeovers.”

“Good,” Baxter said. “Mike could use one.” He turned as if to leave.

“I’m not here for Mike.”

Baxter did a half turn, waiting.

April met his gaze straight on. “I’m here for you.”


Kathleen blames a misspent youth watching Rawhide, Maverick and Bonanza for her fascination with cowboys. Historical or contemporary, cowboys continue to resonate with her today.

One of her heroes, Steele, is a modern-day cowboy, so when she was dating on-line and met a man called Steel— Well, he’s not a cowboy but his is an alpha male and her forever hero. Which is why all of her stories end Happily Ever After.

Not that she can ever stick to just one genre. So many stories to tell—never enough time.

With close to 30 published novels to her credit, she enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional romance into historical romance, erotic romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and stories for young adults.

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You know who he is... the confirmed bachelor. The fellow who claims no woman will ever tempt him enough to succumb. Cupid will never hit his mark.

Well, guess what? We’ve got fourteen feisty heroines who are about to change their minds.

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Thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to come back next Monday when we'll feature the fourth book in the Last Man Standing series, Dean, by author Annee Jones.

Nancy

Monday, August 8, 2022

BARRETT (Last Man Standing - Book 2) by Author Lucinda Race **Book Birthday**


Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads. Today, we’ll share the second book in a brand new, sweet, contemporary romance series. Last Man Standing, written by fourteen best-selling and award winning authors, is a collection of stories about stubborn men who insist they’ll never be caught in the “marriage trap”. It’s also about the fourteen women who will change their minds. Every book in the series is a standalone, linked only by the series premise. Come on along as we watch the mighty fall... in love that is!

We continue with, BARRETT, Book 2 in the series, by Author Lucinda Race.

Has the last man standing finally met his match?

Attorney Tallie Dorz has heard the rumors circulating through the halls of justice about the devastatingly handsome Judge Barrett Turner. As rumor has it, no woman has ever lasted longer than a couple of dates with this eligible bachelor. A chance meeting at a mutual friend’s house peaks her interest. With one long, simmering look from the enigmatic jurist, she’s captivated and wants to crack his cool facade and melt his heart.

Barrett Turner has it all; a reputation as a respected judge, money, and good looks. What he doesn’t have is someone to share his life with. He’s the last man standing among his group of close friends. A brief encounter with gorgeous attorney Tallie Dorz changes all of that. The first time he sees her he’s captivated; the second time is during a meeting for a group of lawyers; and the third occurs when she appears before him in court. So much for the third time being the charm. There’s no way he would risk becoming involved with an attorney who handles family law. As captivating as she is, he won’t risk an obvious conflict of ethics.

Tallie helps another attorney by appearing, along with his client, in Judge Turner’s courtroom—her one and only appearance in family court before returning to her specialty of corporate law. Even though the judge with dark brown eyes scowled at her from the bench, she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have him across the dinner table. Much to her surprise, Barrett calls her and asks her to have lunch, and she eagerly accepts.

When a case she’s working on puts a target on Tallie’s back, Barret realizes his feelings are more intense than just his usual fling. He vows to not let anything stop him from keeping her safe and, ultimately, winning her heart.

Can two career minded professionals open their hearts to a lifetime of love.

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One Year Earlier

Barrett Turner stood and held up his hand as the wedding guests quieted down. “Hello. In case you haven’t guessed, I’m Carson’s best man, hence the tux.” A smattering of laughter rippled across the room and he swept an arm toward the table for two where the bride and groom sat. Then he nodded with a wide grin to the next table that held his four best friends and their wives.

With a wink to Carson and Beth, he said, “Everyone thought Carson would never find a woman to love him enough to put up with his buddies. I’m happy to say somehow not only did he find someone who loves pancakes as much as he does, but she’s the only woman who’s made Carson happier than I’ve ever seen him. So, Beth”—he kissed his fingertips and waved them in her direction—“welcome to the family.” She gave him a happy, tear-filled smile and crossed her arms over her chest as if she were giving him a hug.

“When Carson and I met our freshman year of college, I never thought we’d be gathered here today. Especially since, as the years went by, we voted him the most likely to be the perennial bachelor. I guess, as of an hour ago, that title has officially been passed to me and I’m now the last man standing. Beth, I’m thrilled to say you married a man I’m proud to call one of my best friends, and Bethy, just remember when you said yes to Carson, you got all five of us, plus the amazing women who said yes to our buddies; we’re a package deal.”

Carson kissed his new bride’s cheek and she laughed. “Barrett, I knew what I was getting into, but thanks for the reminder.”

“I’d like to propose a toast to my very good friends Carson and Beth on your wedding day.” He lifted his water glass a little higher and said, “Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Baker. May you have many happy years ahead. Oh, and I’m available for babysitting but only after the kids are potty-trained.”

The room was filled with well wishes for the happy couple. Barrett took his seat and looked at his friends and then at Carson and Beth. He really was the last man standing, but it was a title he’d happily give up in a heartbeat if he could only find someone who had that special something he’d been looking for. Ever since law school, he knew he wanted to have a more traditional life. And like so many things in his life, he wouldn’t compromise on who she was. He was holding out for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. And if he never found that deep connection, he’d be single forever. His buddies had found their someone special so there was still hope, but approaching forty made him realize that his chances were dwindling for marriage, kids, the dogs, and the oversized SUV sitting in the driveway.


Award-winning and best-selling author Lucinda Race is a lifelong fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading romance novels and getting lost in the hope they represent. While her friends dreamed of becoming doctors and engineers, her dreams were to become a writer—a romance novelist.

As life twisted and turned, she found herself writing nonfiction but longed to turn to her true passion. After developing the storyline for The Loudon Series, it was time to start living her dream. Her fingers practically fly over computer keys she weaves stories about strong women and the men who love them.

Lucinda lives with her two little dogs, a miniature long hair dachshund and a shitzu mix rescue, in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. When she's not at her day job, she’s immersed in her fictional worlds. And if she’s not writing romance novels, she’s reading everything she can get her hands on.



If you enjoyed this sneak peek at this wonderful new series, you can find all fourteen of our challenging couples on Kindle Unlimited.


While you out shopping for one of stubborn men, please remember to grab a copy of the companion cookbook, Game On Snacks, a collection of appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and sweet treats worthy of any tailgate party or Sunday armchair quarterback. All proceeds in the sale of Game On Snacks will be donated, on a quarterly basis, to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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Thank you so much for joining us today for the kick-off of the new series. Please come back again on Wednesday, August 10th, when we'll take a close look at Baxter, by Author Kathleen Lawless.

Nancy

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

MITCH (Last Man Standing - Book 1) by Author Nancy Fraser **Book Birthday**

Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads. Today, we’ll share the first book in a brand new, sweet, contemporary romance series. Last Man Standing, written by fourteen best-selling and award winning authors, is a collection of stories about stubborn men who insist they’ll never be caught in the “marriage trap”. It’s also about the fourteen women who will change their minds. Every book in the series is a standalone, linked only by the series premise. Come on along as we watch the mighty fall... in love that is!

We begin with, MITCH, Book 1 in the series, by Author Nancy Fraser.

At thirty-five, Mitchell Pierce has everything he’s ever wanted. An award-winning architect with his own firm, he collects expensive cars, owns a luxury ocean-front home, and a vacation condo on San Padre Island.

The only thing intruding on his idyllic life is the realization that the majority of his closest friends have married, and had children, which seriously impacts his Sunday football parties with the guys.

Haley Charles is the newly hired project manager at Pierce and McKenna, Architects, one of the city’s most prestigious firms. At twenty-eight, she’s the youngest member of the management team, and determined to make a good impression on the bosses.

When a rush request comes in from one of the firms most valued clients, Mitch has to cover for his honeymooning partner. With the majority of the staff already assigned to ongoing jobs, he finds himself working overtime with the new, and disturbingly attractive, project manager.

Will the late nights and a few shared kisses have him rethinking his bachelor status? Or, is he truly going to be ‘the last man standing’?

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Prologue

Palm Grove Country Club
San Diego, California


Mitchell Pierce pushed back the fancy, linen-draped chair and nudged himself to his feet. Casting a quick glance around the flower-strewn outdoor tent, he tapped his heavy class ring against the side of the champagne flute two or three times. All around him, conversation dwindled to a barely-discernible buzz.

“If I could get everyone’s attention, please,” he said loudly, effectively shutting down the last of the whispers. “For those I have not yet met, I’m Mitch. Today, I have the honor of serving as best man at the wedding of my good friend and business partner, Brad McKenna, and his beautiful bride, Jody Fields McKenna.”

A round of applause echoed through the room, and Mitch used the interruption to swallow a mouthful of his sparkling cider before he continued.

“I’ve known Brad since childhood. First grade to be exact. The two of us caused quite a bit of mischief at McLaren Elementary. Which was likely the reason his parents pulled Brad out of PS112, and sent him to that fancy private school upstate. It didn’t matter though. We kept in touch, and then met up again our first year of college. Throughout the many, many years since, we’ve been inseparable. Or—at least we were—until Jody came along.”

The blushing bride shot him a mock glare, and then blew him a kiss, causing those closest to the head table to laugh.

Mindful of the crowd around him, Mitch cherry-picked a few of his favorite anecdotes about his and Brad’s adventures at UCLA, and during the first few years of their business partnership. In deference to Brad’s grandparents and parents, he made sure to sanitize a few of the more colorful stories.

Laughter—at his best friend’s expense—quickly became the highlight of Mitch’s entire day. It wasn’t that he disliked weddings. They were okay, he supposed. As long as they were someone else’s, and not his. Once another rash of snickers died down, Mitch began his closing remarks.

“I’d always considered Brad to be close to perfect. However, falling in love with Jody has made him an even better man. And, whether she realizes it or not, she’s also helped me win a rather sizable bet. One that Brad, Mike, Jason, Steve, and I made years ago.” Turning to face his best friend, Mitch added, “That’ll be five bucks and one pack of Transformer’s 1985 G1 Trading Cards each. Because you, Brad—and the three who fell before you—have made me ‘the last man standing’, and I intend to collect.”

Nancy Fraser a Top 100 best-selling and award-winning author. She is the 2022 winner of the NEST (National Excellence in Story Telling) award for her western historical romance, An Honorable Man for Katarina.

She's also the granddaughter of a Methodist minister known for his fire-and-brimstone approach to his faith. Nancy has brought some of his spirit into her Christian romances. And, her own off-beat sense of humor to her clean & wholesome books.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.


If you enjoyed this sneak peek at this wonderful new series, you can find all fourteen of our challenging couples on Kindle Unlimited.

While you out shopping for one of stubborn men, please remember to grab a copy of the companion cookbook, Game On Snacks, a collection of appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and sweet treats worthy of any tailgate party or Sunday armchair quarterback. All proceeds in the sale of Game On Snacks will be donated, on a quarterly basis, to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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Thank you so much for joining us today for the kick-off of the new series. Please come back again on Monday, August 8th, when we'll take a close look at Barrett, by Author Lucinda Race.

Nancy

Thursday, July 28, 2022

ESCAPE TO PARADISE by Author Nancy Fraser **Book Birthday**


Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads! Today, we’ll be featuring Escape to Paradise, by author Nancy Fraser, the ninth book in the new multi-author series, A Summer Vacation Romance. We're nearly to the end of this wonderful sweet/inspirational, contemporary romance series set among some of our vacation destinations. Sit back, enjoy a sneak peek, and let’s see just how far we can arm-chair travel!

Allison (Ali) Dow, thirty-two, is a driven corporate attorney who harbors the worst fear of commitment known to man (or woman). With two failed engagements under her belt, the last thing she wants is the distraction of another man unable to handle her professional success.

Jace Bailey, thirty-three, is the new head of security for Tech Savvy Apps, Inc. After ten years as a member of the military police, Jace had always planned to return to the family business once he’s discharged. However, when a good friend and former mentor recommends him for a job in corporate security, he jumps at the chance to remain a ‘protector’.

His first major off-campus assignment requires him to escort his employer’s corporate attorney to the island paradise of Grand Cayman to close a major business deal. The job should be simple until he realizes the attorney in question is the woman known around the TSS watercooler as ‘Viper’. Unfortunately, their routine business trip turns into a game of cat and mouse with a handful of corporate spies.

Can these two distinctly different individuals navigate their growing attraction while still keeping themselves and those around them safe? And, once they’re back on their home turf, will they find a way to make their relationship work, despite their differences?

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Also available in Print

Prologue

Offices of Tech Savvy Apps Inc
Simi Valley, California
The Dreaded Interview Process

Jace Bailey took a seat in the office of Nate Perkins, head of security for Tech Savvy Apps Inc. The man was imposing, only his salt and pepper hair giving away the fact he was pushing sixty with a vengeance. He didn’t say anything, just sat there scanning the contents of the file folder in front of him.

Jace hated interviews. He hadn’t done many in the past twelve years, other than at promotion time. Yet, he was pretty sure a private sector interview wasn’t nearly as complex as those of the military. Not for the first time since he’d returned to Simi Valley, he wondered why he hadn’t just followed his original plan and returned to the family business.

Because you have no interest in being a construction foreman. Face it, guarding people is in your blood.

Perkins looked up from his perusal of Jace’s resume. “Major Bailey, you come highly recommended. Your record is impressive.”

“It’s just Jace,” he said firmly. “I’m no longer military.”

The man fingered the papers a second time. “Five tours of duty, a bronze star, a silver star, and a purple heart.” Meeting Jace’s gaze, he said, “You’ll always be military, son, whether you’re wearing the uniform or not.”

His comment drew Jace’s nod and a smile he couldn’t quite hide. “I suppose you’re right. Mustering out hasn’t been nearly as simple as I thought it would be.”

“Brent Walters tells me you’re one of the best he’s ever served alongside,” Perkins commented, his gaze firmly set.

“Next to you,” Jace countered. “Brent loved regaling us with his early career exploits, and you were always prominently featured in his stories.”

“We did have some good times. And, unfortunately, some were not so good.” He paused, then asked the question Jace had been expecting since he arrived. “So, why’d you get out?”

Jace felt certain Nate Perkins would know a half-lie if he heard it, so the unvarnished truth seemed the easiest option. “I’d had enough of guarding people who had no business touring a war zone to further their political career. Especially those who refused to listen when you gave them an order.”

“I take it you lost one of your escort assignments.”

“I did,” Jace confirmed. “However, it was the fact I also lost two good buddies because of the man’s stupidity that really turned the last screw in my desire to re-up.”

“Well, we’re not concerned with why you got out, only why you want to work here?”

“My original plan was to go to work for my dad at his construction firm. However, when Brent mentioned you were looking, I couldn’t resist applying. I’m far better at security than I am at building things. I did enough of that in my teens and throughout four years of college.”

“While our work here is highly confidential, we rarely have cause for physical security of any kind. Your assignments would be—”

“Nate! Have you seen this latest report?” A woman’s sharp voice preceded her push through the half-open door. “Are these people out of their ever-loving minds?”

“Ah, Allison,” Nate responded, nodding in Jace’s direction, and narrowing his gaze toward the tall, willowy brunette at the same time. “I’m a bit busy at the moment.”

“Oh. Sorry,” she spit out. “But these numbers clearly indicate we have a problem.”

“I realize that, and I’m in the process of hopefully hiring someone to fill out our staff. Then, I can assign a cyber analyst to dig deeper into the problem.”

“Great.” She turned her attention to Jace and offered a somewhat apologetic smile. “I’ll let you get back to it then. I’ve got a brief to prepare for our—” Backpedaling to the door, she apologized, “Sorry for the interruption.” She was about to close the door behind her when she poked her head back in to add, “McKendrick’s breathing down our throats, so—”

“Out, Allison,” Perkins ordered. “Now.”

Once the door shut, Jace smothered a chuckle and asked, “Who was that?”

“That was Allison Dow, our corporate attorney in charge of contract negotiations.” Nate paused, then explained, “She’s a pistol.”

“An attorney? No wonder she seems so intense,” Jace observed.

“Oh, you don’t know the half of it. However, if you come on board, you’ll soon get used to her outbursts. She’s a perfectionist, dedicated to her job, and in line to be our General Counsel in a couple of years when our current GC retires.”

“An overachiever,” Jace guessed.

“I’m pretty sure the phrase was created with her in mind. Even if they didn’t realize it at the time.”

“You do have to admire the dedication, though,” Jace decided to point out. After all, it didn’t hurt to compliment another member of the staff.

“Oh, I do,” Perkins agreed. “A company like TSA relies on dedication and discretion. Our clients expect both. In spades.”

“I’d appreciate the opportunity to show you I can provide both attributes, and any other security-related skills you may require.”

Perkins leaned back in his chair and stared Jace straight in the eyes. He’d seen that look before. From lowly privates all the way up to four and five-star generals. He was being judged. All he had to do to secure the job was not blink or look away.

“How are your computer skills?” Perkins asked.

“Top notch. I can write code for a half dozen different programs, and in a few foreign languages.”

Perkins grinned. “How many languages do you speak?”

“Four, fluently. I can stumble through another two or three. About the only one I can’t grab a handle on is ‘women’. Believe me, I’ve tried.”

A loud snort of laughter and shake of his head sent Nate Perkins to his feet. He stretched out his hand, offering it to Jace. “None of us can do that, at least not as well as we’d like. I think we can find a spot for you here at TSA, if you’re willing to join us.”

Jace took Nate’s hand and shook it. “I think I’d like that very much. Even if I don’t get to dodge bullets on a daily basis.”

“God willing, son, you’ll never have to worry about that again.”

NANCY FRASER is a best-selling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Her spicy romances have won top awards year after year and received cover quotes from some of the most recognized names in the romance industry. Her sweet romances have gained the attention of a number independent reviewers and she was named a “bright new voice in sweet/inspirational romance.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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We hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to one of our wonderful locales. Come back again soon to see where we’re going next.

You can find the entire series exclusively on Kindle Unlimited

Thank you for stopping by. Please come back again soon.

Blessings,
Nancy

Friday, July 22, 2022

CRUISIN INTO LOVE by Author Stacey Haynes **A Summer Vacation Romance**

Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads! Today, we’ll be featuring Cruisin Into Love, by author Stacey Haynes, the eighth book in the new multi-author series, A Summer Vacation Romance. Sit back, enjoy a sneak peek at this sweet romance, and let’s see just how far we can arm-chair travel!

Smooth sailing on a singles' cruise… of course not.

Millie Henderson oversees many things, including making the final decision regarding designs, however, she won’t have the final say in this one. When another advertising agency starts the process to buy out her employer, Dream Novel, her job is in jeopardy. Now she has something else to worry about, the handsome man who has been watching her every move on the cruise.

Cameron Walker seems to have terrible luck, especially when it comes to women, that was why his billionaire father signed him up for the cruise. Getting away for a few days to meet a pretty lady was worth it. Cameron knew something could go wrong when he found out Millie was a perfect match for him. How long could he go without telling his secret and her not hating him?

If they want this relationship to work, they must cruise into love the right way.

Available exclusively on Kindle Unlimited


“Hey.” Cameron bumped slightly into Millie’s arm.

She turned quickly. Her face lit up when she realized it was him. That was hopeful, even though he spilled water on her earlier.

“Are you done with your date?” Millie looked around.

“I wish.” He chuckled. “It’s drinks time. What about you?”

“Oh, I need a drink for courage,” she replied. “But I don’t drink alcohol, so I will have a strawberry smoothie.”

“Nice choice. Why do you need courage?”

“Just activities that Brandon wants to do.” She handed the bartender some money.

“And you don’t want to do them?” That sounded a lot like his date. “I so understand.”

“I’ll let you in on a little secret,” Millie said, moving closer to him. He could smell her fresh flowery perfume. “I really don’t want to be here.”

“On this amazing cruise?” Cameron lifted an eyebrow. “But there is so much to do and many people to meet.” His voice carried a tone of sarcasm.

“The cruise just came at a very terrible time right now. I am having a hard time concentrating and feeling the urge to meet people.” She picked up her smoothie. “Have fun with your date.”

“I doubt that will happen. I kind of don’t want to be here either.”

“Is that why you were late getting here?” Millie asked.

“Well, I was late getting here because someone took the closest parking stall.” He winked at her. “But, yes, partially. I couldn’t leave my job. I was finishing up an important document. In fact, it’s still not done. I brought it with me.”

“Ah, a workaholic. Maybe we should hide on the island to stay away from E-Match trying to find us a perfect match. We could hide from our work problems, too.” She looked over her shoulder at some other activities in the opposite direction. “I’d better get back. He needs to tell me more about himself.” She laughed. “Good luck, Cameron.”


Stacey Haynes has always enjoyed reading and writing romance stories beginning with her first story in 6th grade. Her dream had always been to have one of her books published. Stacey is now currently living her dream and has many books now published on Amazon as well as some she has co-authored with her sister, Marie Higgins. More books are lined up for the future to be published.

She considers herself a hopeless romantic and tries to find the best in others. She loves to write and do things with her family in her spare time to relax after a hard day at work.

Stacey lives in Utah, with her wonderful husband and three adorable children. She hopes to have more books published in her lifetime.
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We hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to one of our wonderful locales. Come back again soon to see where we’re going next. You can find the entire series exclusively on Kindle Unlimited.
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Thank you so much for stopping by. We hope to see you again soon.

Blessing,
Nancy

Friday, July 8, 2022

UNSUNG HERO by Author Judy Kentrus **Book Birthday** **A Summer Vacation Romance**


Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads! Today, we’ll be featuring Unsung Hero, by author Judy Kentrus, the fourth book in the new multi-author series, A Summer Vacation Romance. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be sharing different books from this wonderful new sweet/inspirational, contemporary romance series set among some of our vacation destinations. Sit back, enjoy a sneak peek, and let’s see just how far we can arm-chair travel!

Shane Wallace never considered himself a “hero.” He loved his country and served honorably in the U.S. Navy, retiring six month ago. His life is in a holding pattern, waiting to figure out which direction to take.

Shane and his German Shepherd, Liberty, stay in a campground close to Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota, one of the most patriotic locations in the United States, the first week in July.

When a cat from the neighboring campsite takes off after a squirrel, Liberty joins the free-for-all, chasing the cat up a tree. The owner is beside herself with worry, so Shane volunteers to save her pet. Unknowingly, the cat is a celebrity and the feline’s fans gathered to witness her rescue. Shane flinched when they called him a hero and reluctantly held back claiming, I’m no such thing.


Taylor Parish spends ten months of the year teaching history to middle school children. She spends the rest of her time, driving a converted school bus, nicknamed Tillie. Her co-pilot, is a striped Toyger cat, named Winnemucca.
With the campground being in close proximity to Mt. Rushmore, she’s looking forward to doing research for the next book in her YA series, Adventures with Tillie.

She didn’t count on her mischievous cat needing to be rescued by her neighbor. She wrote about men and women of courage in her books, but this was the first time she’d met one in real life. Puzzled by his strong aversion to the word hero, she decides to make Shane Wallace understand the true meaning of the word “hero.”

Sweet, contemporary romance, with a bit of humor provided by two mischievous pets.

Get Unsung Hero exclusively on Kindle Unlimited
Also available in print.

Shane looked out the small bedroom window. Three hours ago, the space next to his trailer had been vacant. He blinked a few times seeing a vintage school bus painted mint green. A clever hand had painted a redhead behind the wheel of a striped school bus and a black cat hanging out a side window. Both wore WWII leather flying helmets and oversize goggles.

“If the driver of that bus resembles the drawing, we need to keep our distance.”

Liberty ran toward the door and woofed.

“You want to go out?”

Shane had barely taken three steps away from his trailer when a woman dashed past him, calling out the name Winnemucca. Liberty wasn’t one to calmly accept a freewheeling person running past her and tugged hard on the leash.

He’d narrowed the distance between them, but Liberty surpassed the woman and stopped at the base of a pine tree. Shane took a few deep breaths before grabbing the leather loop. “Liberty! Enough!”

The woman gripped one of the lower limbs, but her eyes were focused on the thick branches overhead.

“Winnemucca, leave the squirrels alone!”

“Lady, can you please tell me who or what is up in that tree?”

“My cat. She’s a Toyger breed and is named after Sarah Winnemucca, a Native American born in 1844. She has no problem climbing a tree but is scared to get down.”

Don’t do this, his conscience warned, but he had nothing better to do. He held out the leash. “You hold on to Liberty.”

“You’d really climb the tree to save my cat? You’re a true hero!”

Hero. He immediately flinched. The word was a sore spot in his vocabulary. I’m no such thing.

I’ve always been a romantic at heart and I married my high school sweetheart. I make my home in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. Before I let the dog out, I make sure there aren’t any bears around.

I’m a mom with two grown children who have given me six grandchildren. Two live with me and the other four live in Florida. I visit them twice a year.

We love to travel. Many of the places we’ve visited have inspired me to use as a storyline. I took a land/sea tour of Alaska. I loved it so much, I wrote Frozen Hearts, a romantic suspense that re-creates the entire trip. I live fifteen minutes from the Delaware Water Gap. A Timeless Kiss, the third book in my US Park Ranger series, is based on the troubled history of the national recreation area. I never know what will give me an inspiration, but my mind is always working.

I can hear you asking the question, does she ever stop writing? That’s a Yes! When I’m not giving couples their happily-ever-after, you can find me in the kitchen, baking, especially cookies. I’ve been dubbed the cookie queen by my family and friends. You’ll find a new recipe every month on my website.



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Nancy