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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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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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.

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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.

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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Monday, July 4, 2022

LILY'S LUCK by Author Nancy Fraser *Book Birthday* *Land Run Mail-Order Brides*

Welcome to Romance Sweet Reads! Today, we’ll be featuring Lily's Luck, by author Nancy Fraser, the tenth book in the new Land Run Mail-Order Brides multi-author series. Please check below for information on all twelve books in this wonderful new sweet/inspirational, western historical romance series set among the Oklahoma Land Runs from the late 1800s. Sit back, and enjoy a sneak peek!

Lily O’Halloran is the eldest daughter of Boston elite, and so outspoken she has as yet to find a suitable husband. At twenty-six, she’s considered a spinster. Unlike her more docile younger siblings, Lily longs for adventure. Excitement. With her parents breathing down her neck to accept a proposal from a man she abhors, Lily decides to take matters into her own hands. An advertisement for Miller Matrimonial Services outlining their search for mail-order brides for the upcoming land run sparks Lily’s interest. Surely, considering marriage to a total stranger can’t be any worse than the horrid man her mother has chosen for her. Using a portion of her trust fund, Lily books rail passage west to Wichita.

Brendan (Bren) MacKinnon is eager to begin a new life away from the Kansas farm where he was raised by a beloved uncle. When his uncle passes, Bren sees this as his chance to do what he’s always wanted to do... become a cattleman rather than a wheat farmer. He sells the farm and all that comes with it to fund his dream of setting out on the next Oklahoma Land Run to claim himself a proper homestead. However, he knows the best chance he has of making a go of it is to have someone by his side. A partner. Maybe even a wife.

Will the cowboy and the socialite be a match made in Heaven, or the worst decision either has ever made?

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Bren stood off to the side of the nearly-empty room. There were less than a dozen people left, five women and six men by his count. The men were all considerably older than his twenty-nine years. Unfortunately, so were the women.

Two widows with grown children, two former saloon workers, and a very stark looking schoolmarm. At least that’s what the listing he’d been given said. Given there were two names on the list that hadn’t shown up, Bren couldn’t help but wonder if they’d met earlier and decided to skip the whole greeting process.

The entryway door opened, the loud click drawing his attention, as well as that of every other person in the room. The woman who stepped through was tall, slim, and at least a dozen years younger than any of her counterparts.

He pushed himself away from the wall and joined the queue of men who’d also noticed the late arrival. Picking up his speed, he closed the distance between them a half-dozen long strides.

Lily O’Halloran. The name badged pinned to the bodice of her plain brown jacket listed her age as twenty-six. She glanced from side-to-side, offering each of the men before her a cautious smile. The closer Bren got, the more he realized she was as nervous as he was—her eyes wide with fear—her pulse beating rapidly at the side of her long, elegant throat.

Bren’s breath hitched. Her skin—what little he could see of it in her buttoned-up suit—was like alabaster. Obviously, Miss O’Halloran wasn’t used to working in the sun. If her delicate hands were anything to go by, she probably hadn’t done a hard day’s work in her life either.

Definitely not what he was looking for in a wife, a partner. Still, he couldn’t help himself when his turn came for an introduction.

“Mister Brendan MacKinnon,” Missus Miller began, “may I introduce Miss Lily Marie O’Halloran from Boston.”

Bren brushed his hand across the leg of his trousers and offered it to her. “Hello, Miss O’Halloran. It’s nice to make your acquaintance.”

She placed her hand in his, the touch of her soft skin sending his senses sideways.

“It’s lovely to meet you too, Mister MacKinnon.”

“Would you like some punch?” he asked, the simple words tangling on his tongue.

“No, but thank you for offering. I’d much prefer to talk, if you’ve got a few minutes.”

“I’ve got all the time you need.”

She gave him a coy smile that set his heart pounding.

“Good. I guess, first of all, I should ask—what are looking for in a wife?”

Bren did his best to recall the long list of attributes he’d thought of the day before, but all that currently came to mind was tall, redheaded, with skin as soft as a newborn lamb. Swallowing back the sudden dryness in his throat, he told her, “Obviously, someone who doesn’t mind marrying a total stranger.” Once the first sentence came out, mostly in some semblance of order, he relaxed a bit and added, “Someone who doesn’t mind the thought of taking part in the land run over rugged territory. A woman who can handle hard work, can cook a decent meal over a campfire, and...”

His words stalled when her complexion paled, the slight change accentuating a spray of freckles across her high cheekbones.

Why hadn’t he noticed those before? The cheekbones, and the freckles.

“Have I said something wrong?” he asked.

She shook her head, the tightly coiled hair she’d pinned at her nape coming loose enough to send a few stray tendrils flying across her cheeks. The beat of his heart picked up speed.

“No, of course not. It’s just that your list is far longer than the few men in line ahead of you.”

Her honesty drew his laugh. “I’d reckon those old codgers would say almost anything to get a young woman like you into their bed.” He immediately regretted the insensitive remark when her face flushed a bright shade of pink. “My apologies. That was rude. I’m truly sorry.”

“Is it rude and insensitive of me to say I agree with you?”

There it was again, her unbridled truthfulness. An attribute he’d not even put on his list, but one he truly valued. “How about you, Miss O’Halloran? What are you looking for in a husband?”

She made a show of glancing around at the men who now stood off to the side, their narrowed stares shooting daggers in his direction.

“Someone far closer to my age than those fellows.” She raised her head, meeting his gaze. “Your age, perhaps. Also, a man who has a plan for this land run over and above just staking his claim to a piece of the Almighty’s fine earth.”

His offered her a tentative smile. “That would be me, then. I’m planning to become a cattleman. I even know exactly which section of land I want, and why.”

“You’ve obviously put some thought into your plan. I like that. The only other things I need in a husband include him being a kind and honest Christian man.” She paused, as if gauging his reaction, then added, “It would also be helpful if he wasn’t absolutely set on those cooking skills you mentioned.”

“Something tells me, Lily Marie O’Halloran, that I’d find it most pleasurable teaching you to cook.”

Her coy smile came again. And, as it had before, it nearly undid what little was left of his composure.

Nancy Fraser is a best-selling and award-winning author who happily jumps across multiple romance genres with gleeful abandon.

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.

Oklahoma’s Land Runs began on April 22, 1889. There would be five land runs with the last one taking place on May 23, 1895. Each book in the series is set around one of these land runs.

You can find all twelve books in this series on Kindle Unlimited
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