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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Also, available in Paperback

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