Monday, October 24, 2022

MILLICENT'S MIRACLE by Author Nancy Fraser (Thanksgiving Brides - Book 3) **Book Birthday**


Welcome back to Romance Sweet Reads. Today we’re featuring another new sweet/inspirational romance series, Thanksgiving Brides. The series is historical/western historical set prior to the 1900s.

We’ll be continuing with the third book in the series, Millicent's Miracle, by author Nancy Fraser. Millicent's Miracle is the prequel to an Oregon Trail story Nancy published earlier this year titled, Ella (Prairie Roses Collection). In the new book, we'll get to explore Ella's brother Connor's romance with Millicent, and get to reconnect with Ella and her children. Here’s your sneak peek at Millicent's Miracle...

Millicent (Millie) Carter is beside herself. Pawned off by her uncaring father, after her mother’s passing, the last thing Millie wants is to be stuck in some small town in the middle of nowhere. What she wants is to return to Chicago and the life she’s known there. Despite her misgivings, she finds the kindness she experiences with her aunt and uncle more tolerable than she expected. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t even mind returning to church, something she’d not done since her mother took ill.

Connor Miller is doing his best to revitalize and run the family’s farm and continue his job as the area’s only wainwright. Both his parents are gone, leaving him in charge of more than he’s prepared to handle. He’s also taken in his widowed sister and her three children following her husband’s questionable demise. Scandal has followed the family for as long as he can remember. First his father, and now his sister’s late husband. With only his strong faith to keep him going, he trudges on.

When Connor and Millie meet, there is an immediate awareness. Yet, Connor knows he has no time to devote to courting, no matter how badly he wants to settle down with a wife and family of his own. For Millie, the handsome farmer is far preferable to the older men her uncle has introduced her to through his congregation.

Perhaps there’s an agreement to be made. Or, will they both let their feelings pass in favor of their obligations?

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Prologue
Late Summer, 1869
Chicago, Illinois

Millicent (aka Millie)


Millicent Carter turned full-circle in the ornate dining room of her family home. Hands planted firmly on her slender hips, she dared to shoot her father a stormy glare. “But... Papa... please—”

“You’ll do as you’re told,” Millie’s father insisted. “And go where you’re told. That’s my final word on it.”

“I don’t want to leave Chicago,” she insisted. “I’ve no desire to live in some backwater town in... um... Missouri of all places. They probably don’t even have indoor plumbing.”

Sylvester Carter huffed loudly, his handlebar mustache lifting and falling with the exaggerated response. “Don’t be so melodramatic, young lady. Of course, your aunt and uncle have indoor plumbing. Perhaps not as luxurious as that fancy marble your mother demanded, but adequate all the same.”

“What about my friends? My studies?”

“Your studies were an indulgence after finishing school. They’re not necessary. It’s not like you’ll ever have to work for a living. As for your friends, they’re one of the reasons I’m sending you away. I believe they’ve become a bad influence on you.”

“I’m not a child anymore,” Millie reminded him. “I can take care of myself.”

“Really? It certainly didn’t seem like it when I had to send my carriage for you last week when your so-called friends left you at the mercantile to run off and visit that bawdy traveling show.”

“I chose to stay put. Would you have rather I’d gone with them? I knew better than to be seen in such a risqué place.”

Her father signed deeply, and Millie hoped he was about to give in to her request.

“I do appreciate your wise decision, but who’s to say you’ll make the same one the next time. Now that your mother is gone, I worry about your insistence on independence. I... my firm... has a reputation to uphold. I can’t have my twenty-year-old daughter running around unchaperoned.”

“That’s it, isn’t it?” Millie asked. “You’re not worried about me. You’re only worried about how my behavior will reflect on you in the eyes of your stuffy clients.”

“I’m smart enough to admit I don’t have the foggiest idea how to raise a daughter. That was always your mother’s job. I don’t want to worry about you while I’m away on business. You’re too old for a nanny, and I refuse to burden my household staff with more work.”

“So, your solution is just to ship me off to relatives?”

“I thought you loved your uncle Malachi and aunt Rebecca. You always seemed to enjoy their visits.”

“I do. Of course, I do. Mother doted on her big brother, and was quite proud of the fact he’d become a minister.”

“That’s another reason I’m sending you to them,” he told her. “It’s a much more respectable life—living with a reverend—rather than running with your school chums here in Chicago.”

“How will I get there? You’re obviously too busy to take me. Surely you don’t intend to let me ride the stage on my own.”

“I do not. Your cousin, Billy, and his fiancé, Caroline, will be coming here to get you. Caroline’s older sister is coming along to chaperone. They’ll arrive a day early and do some shopping, then meet us at the coach station so the three of you can return to Maryvale together.”

“Maryvale,” she repeated. “It sounds so quaint. I’ll be bored,” Millie announced boldly. “To tears.”

For the first time since her father had told her of his plans, he snorted an outright laugh. “Knowing my headstrong and independent daughter the way I do, I have a feeling you won’t stay bored for long. As a matter of fact, I almost feel sorry for the people of Maryvale, as well as the entire state of Missouri.”


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.



Thanksgiving Brides is a six-book series from some of your favorite authors. You can find all of the books in the series on Kindle Unlimited

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

Blessings,
Nancy

Monday, October 10, 2022

LOVING LILA by Author Zina Abbott (Thanksgiving Brides - Book 1) **Book Birthday**

Welcome back to Romance Sweet Reads. Today we’re featuring another new sweet/inspirational romance series, Thanksgiving Brides. The series is historical/western historical set prior to the 1900s.

We’ll be starting with the first book in the series, Loving Lila, by author Zina Abbott. Here’s your sneak peek...

A time for love in nineteenth century America, a time to be thankful.

Shortly before Thanksgiving, 1882, Lila Cleod is called home from the Iowa City, Iowa, where she works as a nanny and attends the University of Iowa. However, this Thanksgiving, she doubts she will find much to celebrate or be thankful for. Her father has died. After the funeral, she will learn if he left her, his oldest daughter by his first marriage, anything in his will. She suspects his second wife and Lila’s half-brother, three-year-old Wellborn, will get the lion’s share. Will she be able to complete her course of study and qualify to become a teacher?

David Montgomery, having been sent by his father to escort his three younger half-siblings home from a visit to their New York grandparents he does not share, looks forward to returning to his job on Littleton, Colorado’s High Line Canal construction project. After reboarding the train in Iowa City, Iowa, his siblings point out a young woman dressed in mourning clothes sitting within the pair of facing benches they formerly occupied. What David notices is the obnoxious, middle-aged drummer leaning over the back of her bench and placing his face too close to her ear. It is the man's loud bragging that annoys David. Deciding not only to reclaim his former seats, but hopefully, to rescue the young woman without adding to her discomfort, siblings in hand, he makes a bold move.

Will this Thanksgiving season bring Lila only sorrow, or will it include the promise of love and future blessings?

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Chapter 1

Iowa City, Iowa – September 6, 1882

To keep her fingers from visibly trembling, Lila Cleod clutched the white handkerchief in both of her hands. She turned her head and, without focusing on anything, gazed out of the window of the passenger coach she had entered several minutes earlier. Papa is gone. How could it happen? He is... was... too young.

“Don’t you agree, miss? I didn’t catch your name. What was it again?”

As the irritatingly nasal voice of the gentleman broke through her consciousness, she squeezed her eyes shut. “I did not share my name, sir, nor do I plan to. Please honor my earlier request to not converse. I need time for my own thoughts.” Cannot he see I am in mourning? She popped her eyes open and stared at the black skirt, part of the mourning gown loaned to her by her employer and increasingly good friend, Francine Sewell. It was a mistake lifting the black veil off my face so I could see and breathe better. She opened one of the hands gripping the white handkerchief and stared at the cloth. I should have dyed it black.

“Now, that is no way to be. There is nothing like a pleasant conversation to help distract one from their woes. I must say, I believe you have the largest carpetbag I have ever seen. Allow me to put it on the rack above your head to make room for me to sit down.”

When pigs fly.


Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. A member of Women Writing the West, Western Writers of America, and American Night Writers Association. She currently lives with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.



Thanksgiving Brides is a six-book series from some of your favorite authors. You can find all of the books in the series on Kindle Unlimited

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

Blessings,
Nancy

Friday, October 7, 2022

HARVEST HEARTS by Author Nancy Fraser (Pumpkin Patch Romances - Book 4) **Book Birthday**

Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads. Today, it's my pleasure to continue with this brand new multi-author series of sweet/inspirational romances. Pumpkin Patch Romances are a series of nine books by some of your favorite best-selling and award-winning authors.

Next, we will be looking at book 4 in the series, Harvest Hearts by Author Nancy Fraser.

Widowed Claire McMillan returns to her hometown of Cider Mills, Michigan to care for her 92-year-old grandmother who’s been diagnosed with dementia. A cozy mystery author, Claire plans her professional and personal time down to the quarter-hour.

Michael (Mick) Cousins is a retired navy seal who’s come to Cider Mills to take over his late uncle’s farm. He spent many summers working for Uncle Carl and has no doubt he can handle the day-to-day operations of a small family farm. What he doesn’t realize is that, in the time he’s been away, Scarecrow Farms has grown into a thriving business with a half dozen employees.

When Claire takes Gram on outing to the local harvest festival, the last person she expects to run into is the one man she crushed on throughout high school.

Mick can’t believe the young girl with the thick glasses who helped him cram for his chemistry exam is now a beautiful, mature woman. Can these two former acquaintances kick it up a notch now that they’ve outgrown the pressures of high school cliques?

Or, will Claire’s reluctance to risk her heart a second time, put an end to their mutual attraction as quickly as it began?

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They’d just settled in at one of the open picnic tables when a tall, older gentleman approached them. Claire recognized him instantly. Harold Perkins. The high school principal when she attended, and good friend of the late owner of Scarecrow Farms. The younger man at his side looked vaguely familiar, yet she couldn’t quite place him.

“Molly Beckham,” Harold called out loudly. “Is that really you?”

Molly raised her head, meeting the man’s gaze. “Yes, it is, Harry. My goodness, you’ve gotten old.”

Harold snorted a laugh. “And you’ve not aged a day, Molly.”

Leaning to her left, Molly peered past Harold to the other man. “I know you,” Molly said, her gaze narrowing.

“Yes, ma’am, you do.” The man’s deep voice surrounded the few words. “I had you for tenth grade English. And eleventh.”

Molly smiled demurely. “Couldn’t get enough of me with just one year?”

“I guess not, ma’am,” he said, a light chuckle escaping.

Claire studied the man closely.

“That’s not what I remember, though,” Molly explained. “You used to come to the house. I thought you were there to court my granddaughter, but that wasn’t it, was it?”

“No, Mrs. Beckham. Your granddaughter was tutoring me so I wouldn’t fail chemistry.”

Claire’s head shot up, her gaze locking with the stranger’s clear blue eyes. “Mick?”

His broad grin brought back long-buried memories of the very first crush she’d ever had. Mick Cousins, star quarterback for the Cider Mills Tigers.

He nodded, then asked, “Claire Beckham?”

She returned his nod with a quick dip of her head. “Yes, it’s me. Although it’s Claire McMillan now.”

“You’re living here in Cider Mills?” he asked.

“Only for the past two months,” she admitted. “I’ve come back to live with my grandmother.”

“Just you? No family?”

She shook her head and cast a quick glance in Gram’s direction. Fortunately, she was engaged in a conversation with Harold and barely registered Claire’s and Mick’s exchange.

“Just me. My sons both attend college. The oldest is a senior at Ohio State, and the younger a freshman at Notre Dame.”

“You can’t possibly have sons that old,” Mick suggested.

“Of course I can,” she responded. “Our thirtieth high school reunion was this year. That makes us... um... mid-forties?”

“Pushing fifty with a vengeance,” he corrected.

“Yes, I suppose we are.”

“Where’s Edna with the cider and doughnuts?” Molly asked, her voice raised to grab Claire’s attention.

“I’m sure she’ll be here soon, Gram. The line was long.”

“Perhaps, I should go hustle them up a bit,” Mick offered. “Put the fear of the new boss in them.”

His words caused Claire to refocus. “You’re Carl’s nephew? Now the owner of Scarecrow Farms?”

“Yes. Not that I was expecting all this. When I left home, this was nothing but a family farm with a small vegetable stand by the road.”

“Life... and thirty years... has a way of changing things,” she said softly.

Mick shot her another of the devastating smiles she remembered. “I suppose it does, Claire. Sometimes for the better.”


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.



You can find the entire Pumpkin Patch Romances series on Kindle Unlimited

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Thank you for stopping by. Please come back again soon for the next book in this series, Autum Dreams, by Author Jessica Parker.

Blessings,
Nancy





PINE TREE INN by Author Nina Jayne (Christmas at the Inn - Book 1) **Book Birthday**


Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads. Today, we're beginning a peek at a brand new holiday series, Christmas at the Inn. A whopping twenty-one brand new romances from some of your favorite best selling and award winning authors.

Book 1 in this new sweet/inspirational contemporary romances series is Pine Tree Inn by author Nina Jayne. Enjoy!


Frozen hearts, a room mix-up, and a blinding blizzard conspire to throw couples together. Can they dig out of the past and find new love?

Aria just graduated with her MBA. With no job lined up and still stinging from the betrayal of her fiancé two years ago, all she wants is a quiet Christmas at the Pine Tree Inn and to forget about life’s disappointments.

Nora is a 55-year-old widow who lost her husband five years ago. She’s looking for a quiet place to try and figure out the rest of her life without Robert.

Oliver and Benjamin Holt are a father and son spending Christmas at Pine Tree Inn to try and mend their broken relationship.

Four people, two suites, and hearts that are broken. Can a Christmas miracle heal their frozen hearts?

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Chapter 1

Aria Lawson placed her favorite sweater in the bag next to her cuddly, warm socks. When her parents had told her they were going to France for the holidays, Aria decided to celebrate getting her MBS by going to an inn in the mountains of Colorado.

While her parents took it as progress for their only daughter, Aria was taking the trip to sort out her life. Yes, she’d just graduated with an MBA, but she was between jobs, had no relationship, and needed to put her life in order. She felt like she was on a wild ride with no destination.

Gene had destroyed her life six months ago. It was on a Monday, and he hadn’t called her at all that weekend. Then the phone jingled the tune to the popular love song which now turned her stomach.

Aria cringed as the scene replayed. With a smile, she had answered, “Hey, Baby.”

“Aria.” Gene said her name as if she was a problem. “I have something to say. Something that’s been coming for some time.”

Despite the raw sound of his voice, Aria had convinced herself that he was going to ask the big question and set the date. He was just tired.

Hi reader friends. I am Patricia Carroll and I write Christian Contemporary Romances under the pen name of Nina Jayne. That was my mother's name and she was the one who taught me to read and love books. So in her honor, I use her name on my Contemporary books.

I am a Christian and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in Texas with my awesome husband who takes care of me and supports me in my writing.

I love stories that encourage and make readers happy. My stories are always clean and wholesome without sex and foul language. I hope to entertain readers and leave them with a sense of hope, joy, and warm hearts.



Twenty-one authors, twenty-one sweet contemporary romances all in one place!

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Blessings,
Nancy






Tuesday, September 27, 2022

HARVEST MOON KISSES by Author Linda Carroll-Bradd (Pumpkin Patch Romances - Book 3) **Book Birthday**


Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads. Today, it's my pleasure to continue with this brand new multi-author series of sweet/inspirational romances. Pumpkin Patch Romances are a series of nine books by some of your favorite best-selling and award-winning authors.

Next, we will be looking at book 3 in the series, Harvest Moon Kisses by Author Linda Carroll-Bradd.

For the past four years, Tamsyn Norwood has operated the family’s pumpkin patch and corn maze. Although the business barely breaks even. During college, she spent a glorious night in a pumpkin patch with her boyfriend. Sadly, that relationship didn’t last, but she has worked hard to recreate the special feeling for others. If the patch income doesn’t improve by November first, her father threatens to plow the acres for a cash crop. She works herself ceaselessly to come up with supporting activities to keep the business going.

Ex-professional football player Harper Ashton is in town visiting an old college buddy. Released from his team because of an injured elbow, he’s at a crossroads over what comes next in his life. Life in this small town is nothing he’s ever experienced, and he soaks in the sense of community. He crosses paths with a college sweetheart, and suddenly, he has a new goal. Maybe his marketing degree and his famous name will help her struggling enterprise.

Working together reminds them of their college years. But can they recapture a love under the harvest moonlight?

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Chapter One
Mid-August

The Texas air hung hot and humid as Tamsyn pounded up the exterior steps to her garage apartment at the same address where she’d lived since birth—her delivery taking place in her parents’ master bedroom. Darn the stupid summer highway work and the detour that cost her and every other driver at the east end of the county an extra twenty minutes. She dashed into the living room and adjusted the temperature on the window air-conditioner, kicking the fan to its highest speed.

Holding her arms straight out from her body, she stood in front of the unit’s vents, letting the cool air chill her heated skin. Only thirty-seven minutes before she was due downtown at Norwood Enterprises for the weekly budget meeting. Closing her eyes, she though of her late mother’s recipes in the tole-painted wooden box on the counter. None of them could be mixed and baked within twenty minutes.

A rebellious though niggled. Why was she responsible for bring a baked treat to the meetings with her father and two brothers? She’d started the habit four years ago when she became the manager of the family’s pumpkin patch. That first day, she’d wanted to celebrate. She saw the job offer as a sign of faith that Dad trusted her abilities. Since then, because she was a people-pleaser, she’d just continued the practice. Not once had anyone else offered to make a stop at a bakery.

Well, not today.



As a young girl, I spent lots of my free time lying on my bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, I discovered and devoured family saga stories and romance novels. At a certain point, I grew cocky enough to think I could write one of these stories. Then I learned what a balancing act writing a novel is, but I wasn’t deterred. Twelve years later, my first fiction sale was achieved--a confession story.

After reading Debra Holland’s “Montana Sky” series and Caroline Fyffe’s “Prairie Hearts” series, I wanted to try my hand at historicals. I was thrilled to be invited to contribute to Sweetwater Springs Christmas and continued writing in the Montana Sky world by developing my Entertainers of the West series.

Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, I now write heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor and a bit of sass from my home in the southern California mountains. Lots of my stories are set in Texas where I lived for a dozen years.



You can find the entire Pumpkin Patch Romances series on Kindle Unlimited

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Thank you for stopping by. Please come back again soon for the next book in this series, Harvest Hearts, by Author Nancy Fraser.

Blessings,
Nancy




Monday, September 19, 2022

A MAZE OF LOVE by Author Lynn A. Coleman (Pumpkin Patch Romances - Book 2) **Book Birthday**

Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads. Today, it's my pleasure to continue with this brand new multi-author series of sweet/inspirational romances. Pumpkin Patch Romances are a series of nine books by some of your favorite best-selling and award-winning authors.

Next, we will be looking at book 2 in the series, A Maze of Love by Author Lynn A. Coleman.


Tara Cabrera loves working on the family farm that’s been in her family for a hundred & fifty years. Nothing gets her more excited that being a part of the maze at the town Fall Festival each year. Thankful that her family farm can supply the bales of hay needed for the maze.

At his cousin’s urging, Derek Tucker designed and won a Maze for his cousin’s hometown Fall Festival. He and the mayor decide to change the actual location of the maze, much to Tara Cabrera’s displeasure. Unfortunately, she sways the mayor to put it back in the site it’s been in for years. Not happy with the change, Derek grumbles and complains to the attractive woman who delivered the hay. She disconnects the trailer and leaves it for him to unload.

Tara learns from her oldest brother Andrew that Derek is similar to Andrew and isn’t a people person. Feeling the need to apologize, she returns to the town square and helps Derek build his maze.

Derek realizes that no matter how careful he is, he always says the wrong thing to Tara Cabrera. Derek has an intense panic attack when his cousin is a total no-show for helping and working on the maze. Tara finds him hidden in the maze and helps him recover.

The friction between them changes when he goes to her family farm and helps harvest some of the pumpkins. Love finds them in the pumpkin patch. The only question is can they work out the pathway through the ultimate Maze of Love?

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Once in town, Tara backed the trailer adjacent to the designated area where the maze was to be built. A man with a clipboard came up to the side of the truck. “Bring it back over there,” he ordered, and pointed to a different location.

She’d never seen this guy before. Didn’t he know that she’d been doing this for the past ten years? Okay, maybe not driving the truck and trailer in—but still, she and her family had been donating hay and helping to build the maze every year. She rolled down the window. “Who are you?” she asked.

“Derek Tucker. I’m this year’s designer of the maze.”

“Woo-hoo for you,” she quipped, then stopped herself from getting even more upset with the new guy. “We’ve been delivering the hay for the past ten years.”

“Oh, okay, thanks. You can unload it over there.”

She raised her eyebrows, fuming inside, but held her tongue and backed the trailer into the spot where they had always unloaded the hay.

“Hey, I said to unload it over there!” he barked out.

“The maze is built here,” she snapped back, “therefore we unload the hay next to where it is being built, making it less work for all involved.”

“No. I changed the location to over there.”

“What? Why?” Who was this guy and what was he doing here?

Mayor Larson came over and extended her hand. “Tara, thank you for your family’s contribution again this year.”

“You’re welcome, Mayor. However, there seem to be some alterations going on. This man is saying he moved the location of the maze?” she said, questioning the mayor’s wisdom in allowing such a change.

“Yes. He felt people could watch from the second floor as folks try to make their way through the maze.”

“You mean to stare down at them and make fun at them?” Tara asked.

Mayor Larson’s eyebrows pinched together. “I hadn’t thought about that. You’re right, Tara. Let’s build the maze in its usual spot.”

The man took off his hat. A cascade of curls bounced on his head. “Mayor Larson, we discussed this.”

“And I wasn’t thinking about the potential of less-than-favorable comments coming from spectators in the building. Tara’s right, the location we’ve always used is best.” The mayor walked away.

The man glowered at her. She ignored him and went to disconnect the trailer from the truck.


Lynn has been writing Christian fiction for over twenty years. She founded the American Christian Fiction Writers. ACFW She’s been serving with her husband as a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. Together they have three children, one now lives in glory. And have eight grandchildren and recently became great-grandparents.

Her interests and hobbies apart from writing are genealogy research, and recently added gardening and raising some ducks, chickens, rabbit. Not to mention the family dog. She also likes photography and travel.

You can find the entire Pumpkin Patch Romances series on Kindle Unlimited

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Thank you for stopping by. If you haven't seen it yet, please scroll down for my earlier post from today, the fourteenth (and last) book in the Last Man Standing series, KREW by Author Farrah Lee.

Blessings,
Nancy