BOOK BLITZ: “Dazed and Divorced”

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“Dazed and Divorced” by Carol Maloney Scott

Blurb: It’s been almost twenty years since Claire met her ex in high school, and now she finds herself thrust into the dating world for the first time as an adult, armed with little more than confusion and lack of experience. Not only is Ron the only man she’s ever been with, she’s also coping with the loss of her fertility, and if she goes on one more hideous blind date – possibly her mind. Determined to avoid both online dating and meetup groups, she endures fix-ups with all sorts of memorable characters, such as weepy Pete, the drunk skunk, the cheap hot-dog eater, and let’s not forget – the unholy speed dater.

As Claire becomes more depressed over her plight, her best friend Jane prompts her to redirect her maternal longings by adopting an adorable wiener dog puppy. Dixie is not a human baby, but hopefully she will provide her new Mommy with a diversion from the parade of loony men marching through her lonely nights – that’s if Mommy’s house and sanity survive the destructive cyclone that is an untrained three-pound ball of craziness!

Unfortunately, while Claire is trying to move on, Ron is trying to pull her back into the past, and his life. Determined to win back his wife’s affections, he offers to help Claire with home repairs as he tries to implement ‘Operation Friends’ in an effort to persuade his wife into giving him another chance. However, Ron is struggling with his own adjustment to single life, and isn’t finding it easy to ditch the Amazon woman, or his new ‘mail order bride’ dating site hobby, no matter how much he has convinced himself that he and Claire belong together.

DAZED & DIVORCED is Book 1 in the Rom-Com on the Edge series. All books are standalone novels, but read in order for maximum fun!


carol-maloney-scott**About the author: Carol Maloney Scott, author of the Rom-Com on the Edge series, is a frazzled new bride and wiener dog fanatic. She is a lover of donuts, and a hater of mornings. Recently unearthing a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.

Join her on “The Edge” for giveaways, cover reveals, excerpts, contests and members-only content at carolmaloneyscott.com/.

**Find the book: Amazon   Goodreads


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BOOK FEATURE: “Skipping Midnight”

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“Skipping Midnight” by Laura Kenyon
(Book Three: Desperately Ever After series)

Blurb:

One part Sex and the City. Two parts Desperate Housewives. Three parts Brothers Grimm.

For the women of Marestam, “happily ever after” has always come with a grain of salt. Be it infidelity or aging, deferred dreams or lost love, or even the pressures of raising a family, they have always seen each other through life’s trials with laughter, wine, and a brand new take on old-fashioned chivalry. But when rage and treachery take over, everything they hold dear comes under attack.

Suddenly, the monarchies are crumbling, Cinderella is missing, Belle is harboring the secret of all secrets, Rapunzel is facing the one dilemma she spent her whole life trying to avoid, and Dawn could lose everything she’s finally learned to love. In order to save everyone and unmask the wolf in their midst, this iconic group of friends must follow a dogmatic fairy no one trusts, invoke a magic no one understands, and face a past they thought they had buried long ago.

Rapunzel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the rest of Marestam’s favorite females return in this third and final novel in Laura Kenyon’s Desperately Ever After series, which takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss.

At heart, it’s a tale of ordinary women coming to terms with how their lives have turned out. They just happen to live in castles.

The final chapter in the Amazon #1 bestselling Desperately Ever After series (women’s fiction fantasy, women’s fiction humor, and paranormal fantasy). Says New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich: “Laura Kenyon makes happily ever after desperately delicious!”


Excerpt:

Belle vowed not to cry until her room was completely empty and her baby was safe in the hospital nursery a few floors below.

Dr. Frolick had been insisting for hours that this was the best place for him, at least for the first night while she got her bearings. The phrase was laughable. Got her bearings? Not two days ago, her handy, week-by-week pregnancy calendar said her baby was roughly the size of a spaghetti squash. It said his lips and eyebrows were becoming more distinct, and while the eyes were no longer fused shut, they’d yet to acquire any pigment. It said her baby wouldn’t be fully formed for another fifteen weeks, and she shouldn’t expect to hold him until the trees stood bare along Fifth Avenue, draped in fuzzy white lights.

Back then, Belle was secretly rooting for a girl—partly because she thought Donner might back off more with a girl, and partly because Belle’s bloodline had so far been a blight on the female race. Not that she intended to live through her child or anything. She just wanted to raise a happy, grounded, decent and well-rounded kid—one who counted on her mother in every way Belle hadn’t been able to count on her own.

But boy or girl, she couldn’t wait to play and cuddle and read bedtime stories until neither of them could hold their eyes open any longer. This little angel was going to give her life meaning where it had been almost entirely stripped away.

She’d already bought a bookshelf and had plans to stuff it with so many stories, the sides would bow weeks before the little one even arrived. Her phone overflowed with links to layette sets, which she sorted through every chance she got. And her baby shower registry—should her friends plan one—was fourteen pages long the last time she checked. Not that she’d actually shown it to anyone … or purchased the books … or assembled the bookshelf. Time had been scarce.

Belle had been too busy trying to break the magically sealed prenuptial contract that treated her child like an heirloom tchotchke. She’d been preoccupied by Ruby’s theory that all broken curses would return if she didn’t suck it up and go back to her vain, unfaithful, domineering husband. She’d been struggling to get the Phoenix off the ground so that if she managed to retain custody of her baby, she’d actually be able to support him. And as if that wasn’t enough, her ramped up hormones had caused her to fall in love with a shadowy, captivating drifter at the worst moment imaginable.

But now, overlooking a sea of candles from the thirty-fifth floor of Marestam General Hospital, her superglued life was shattered all over again. Her “fresh start” was a charred mound of sticks in the Braddax Hills. Her independent source of income was going to need some painfully expensive remodeling. Her brand new wardrobe, her journals, and the nursery she’d carved out in her haven of a bedroom were all gone. Even the second-chance romance she’d never expected was dangling in some precarious, gray area (no pun intended) between regret and redemption.

All of the sudden, none of the things she’d spent so much time fretting over mattered. Now—holding her newborn baby in her arms and obsessively tracing his swollen cheeks, his dark, curly hair, and his crinkly lips that puffed out like the crust of an apple pie—the only thing that mattered was that she was a mother.

A secret mother.

A secret mother to a premature, magical newborn who looked like a nine-week-old infant and whose life could be in danger if Marestam’s Prime Minister found out he’d taken his first breath.

**This excerpt comes from Skipping Midnight’s first chapter and picks up just a few hours after Damsels in Distress left off. (Fair warning: It was difficult to choose an excerpt without spoiling things for anyone who hasn’t finished the previous books yet, so continue at your own risk!) Belle is at the hospital, having just discovered that her home/business is in ruins and that the unborn baby she was carrying … which wasn’t supposed to be born for another seventeen weeks … is literally sleeping in her arms. And yes, there is magic at work.


Purchase links:

Desperately Ever After (Book One) – Currently $0.99, until the 11th of November!

Damsels in Distress (Book Two)

Skipping Midnight (Book Three)


dea3-laura-kenyon-headshotAbout the author: LAURA KENYON is an award-winning journalist and the author of three novels, Desperately Ever After, Damsels in Distress, and Skipping Midnight. Her stories and articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online publications. The Boston College graduate does not live in a castle, but has been blessed with a heroic prince charming, two beautiful princesses, and a noble steed.

To learn more about Laura, visit her website at www.laurakenyon.com and sign up for exclusive updates. She also loves connecting with readers on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook. And for a peek at how she envisions Marestam, check out her Desperately Ever After board on Pinterest.

Contact Laura: Website   Facebook   Goodreads   Pinterest   Twitter

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Pre-order Giveaway!

Pre-order a copy of Skipping Midnight between now and November 15, and you could win one of two enchanting prize packages inspired by the Desperately Ever After series!

dea3-promo-domestic-full-gift-basketPrize Pack 1, (US only):

A signed paperback copy of all three novels in the series: Desperately Ever After (Book One), Damsels in Distress (Book Two), and Skipping Midnight (Book Three)

A stunning “Live like there’s no midnight” charm bracelet, custom made by My Initial Charm and inspired by the Desperately Ever After series

An assortment of treats for your next girls’ night in (sorry, rampion not included!)

A snazzy memory box to ship it all in😉


dea3-promo-worldwide-wine-charmsPrize Pack 2 , (Worldwide!)

This fantastic set of six wine charms, handcrafted by Etsy artist Sarah VandenBrink (specifically for this giveaway!) and representing each of the six main characters: Belle, Rapunzel, Dawn, Penelopea, Snow White, and Cinderella

To enter, please e-mail your proof of purchase (a screenshot will do) to laura@laurakenyon.com by midnight November 15, 2016. Be sure to include your mailing address so you’re entered into the right contest(s). One winner will be selected via random drawing for each giveaway on November 16. Good luck!

**Click HERE for the pre-order link!


COVER REVEAL: “Adventurous Proposal” by Laura Barnard

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“Adventurous Proposal” by Laura Barnard

Blurb: After a string of bad dates, Florence Gray is so over online dating. So much so, that if she has to survive another guy standing her up she might just do something crazy … like accept the first proposal she gets.So when she finds herself alone in the bar, again, Florence can hardly believe her eyes-or ears-when Hugh Humphreys swoops in and presents her with

So when she finds herself alone in the bar, again, Florence can hardly believe her eyes-or ears-when Hugh Humphreys swoops in and presents her with a proposal so adventurous she can’t believe she’s actually considering saying yes.Because, after all,

Because, after all, twenty five days to plan a wedding is some feat and that’s while getting to know your fiancée, their disapproving Mother and dealing with a jealous ex. Throw in the small matter of where they should live and you have Florence wondering what the hell she’s gotten herself into.

**Find the book: Goodreads

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RELEASE BLITZ: “Fearless Flying” by Karen Gordon

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“Fearless Flying” Karen Gordon

Blurb:

An amazing job, check

An adorable apartment, check

A super supportive best friend, check

There’s only one thing missing from Vivienne Ramsey’s perfect life…

And after ten years of waiting the time is finally right for her to seduce her dream man. Tonight she’s going to wear Danny out in bed until he dies a happy man. But before she can begin her carefully crafted strategy of seduction he’s headed for the door. And for once in her over-organized life Vivienne doesn’t have a back-up plan.

If he had only read the memo about his part in her happily-ever-after.

**Find the book: Amazon   Goodreads


karen-gordon**About the author: Karen Gordon is an indie author who loves supporting strong and sexy women in fiction and in real life.

Born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri, she found her love of extraordinary stories about ordinary places by finding excitement in mundane suburbia. Although she currently writes romance and chick lit, you never know what she might do next. (You’ll never find a woman-hating, bad-boy hero though.)

She currently lives with the loves of her life, three very cool geeky men and one perfect puppy, just outside of Memphis, TN.

**Contact Karen: Website   Twitter


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EXCERPT: “A Corner of Her Heart”

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“A Corner of Her Heart” by Claire Yezbak Fadden

Blurb: Monica Morgan finally lands the job she covets—stay-at-home mom to her four sons. Her joy is short-lived, however, when a casual comment leads to the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. The news sends her reeling, grasping for understanding and skeptical of everything she once thought she knew. While she struggles with the deceit and questions her faith, her youngest child receives a devastating diagnosis, plunging her into deeper despair.

Unsure of how to move forward, Monica must reevaluate her options and determine what truly matters most. But will her decision ultimately destroy her family or will it make them whole again?

Excerpt:

Monica lifted her head from the pillow. That was a mistake. Why did I order that third pitcher? Her head, heavier than a bowling ball, pounded as though she had used it to throw a strike. Voices seeped through her bedroom door. Joyful sounds of Brad and the boys playing. She licked her lips, hoping to get the saliva moving. No luck. Cotton balls would fall from her mouth at any moment.

She didn’t remember much after Kate brought her home, except Brad holding her hair while she hugged the toilet. Tequila is not my friend.

Monica forced herself up and reached for a water bottle Brad had left on her nightstand. She slowly sipped, listening to what sounded like bodies bouncing off the walls. Definitely a sock war was underway. Monica would find her sons’ socks, now rolled up into balls as ammunition, for days. Guys could make a game out of anything.

She gingerly placed her feet on the carpet and ambled toward the family room. A cobalt-colored orb Monica recognized as part of Burke’s soccer uniform flew past her nose.

“Mom,” nine-year-old Burke shouted, “get back, you’re in the battle zone.”

“Cease fire.” Brad appeared from behind a chair and waved his arms. “Hi honey. Feeling better?”

“A little. What time is it?”

“About three,” Brady answered, stepping in from the hallway, “Dad kept us quiet all morning.”

“I asked to play sock war,” Bodie said, his voice barely higher than a peep. “Dad and me are a team.”

Monica moved to where Bodie sat and joined him on the couch. “Are you winning?”

“I think so,” Bodie replied, pointing to an arsenal of socks.

These moments made Monica’s life. Her sons enjoying each other, laughter rising throughout her home. Getting drunk last night was an escape, but she couldn’t escape her obligations. She didn’t want to. God blessed her with four sons to love and guide into manhood.

She soaked in their faces, sweaty and innocent. How could she steal this life from them? Monica would never forget what Brad had done. Still, she had to find a way to forgive him and make their family whole again. Her sons’ childhood depended on that.

**Book Links: Amazon  Barnes & Noble   Smashwords   Kobo


claire-fadden**About the author: When she’s not playing with her granddaughter, Pennsylvania native Claire Yezbak Fadden is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first.

There’s a special spot in Claire’s heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times as a young girl. She loves butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who’s received a birthday card from her.

Claire cheers on the San Diego State Aztecs, her alma mater, and she is a Black & Gold fan — Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. The mother of three, she lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Nick and two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl.

Claire’s work as an award-winning journalist, humor columnist and editor has appeared in more than 100 publications across the United States, Canada and Australia.A Corner of Her Heart is her debut novel.

Follow Claire @claireflaire, email her at claire@clairefadden.com, join her Facebook Fan Page or visit her at clairefadden.com. For sneak peeks, prizes and fun, join her mailing list.


**GIVEAWAY**

To celebrate the release of A CORNER OF HER HEART, Claire is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

About the Giveaway: Win a $25 Amazon gift card! From October 14 – November 14, 2016, join her email mailing list and be eligible to win. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. She will email the lucky winner as well as announce the name on her blog, Woman@Heart – Giveaways page by November 15, 2016.

Enter here for your chance to win! Good luck!


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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: “The Christmas Surprise” by Samantha March

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“The Christmas Surprise” by Samantha March

Blurb: Juliette Mabry is a happily married stay-at-home wife and mother…until there appears to be trouble brewing in her nearly ten-year marriage. Juliette takes it upon herself to find out if her husband is up to no good, but does she want to know the truth? Everything is revealed on Christmas, and Juliette is in for her biggest Christmas surprise.

My Review: I’m a huge fan of Samantha March’s books, so, of course, I accepted an ARC of “The Christmas Surprise.” This 77-page novella jumps right into the action, where Juliette wonders if her husband is having an affair. I really hoped it wasn’t true, but when she stumbles on incriminating evidence, I found it hard not to wonder if it was true. Thankfully, she has a great friend who supports her, along with Colin, her adorable son, who she would do anything for, to distract her.

I loved how even with the possibility that her family could be falling apart, Juliette focuses on giving to the less fortunate, helping keep one’s memory alive, and trying her best to make her life the best it could, especially during the holiday season.

When the truth comes out on Christmas morning, Juliette is overcome with joy and amazement that her husband could put together something so special for her, my heart melted, loving how her husband put so much effort in something so special.

If you’re looking for a sweet, lighthearted, Christmas novella, which will get you into the holiday spirit, then I would definitely recommend “The Christmas Surprise.”

I give this book 5 stars!

**Get your copy of “The Christmas Surprise” now: Amazon

**Click HERE to check out Samantha’s Youtube video on this release, along with information about the giveaway!


samanthamarchfall**About the author: Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things beauty, fashion and fitness. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has four published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A Questionable Friendship and Up To I Do. You can also find her on Youtube sharing beauty reviews and creating makeup tutorials. When she isn’t reading, writing, or vlogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.

**Contact Samantha: Facebook   Instagram   Snapchat: Samantha.March   Twitter   Youtube

**Other books by Samantha March: Destined To Fail   The Green Ticket   A Questionable Friendship – 99 CENTS!

Up To I Do – FREE!


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**GIVEAWAY**

**Click HERE for your chance to enter to win books, makeup, holiday decor & gift cards!


October Guest Blogger: Caroline Fardig

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Why I Love Fall

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons—it’s finally not sweltering outside anymore, the trees burst with color, and Halloween parties abound!

I much prefer Halloween to Christmas.  December gets way too hectic, and there always seems to be no time to actually enjoy the season.  Preparing for Halloween, on the other hand, isn’t nearly as time-consuming, which makes the preparations all the more fun because they’re not rushed.  My daughter and I had tons of fun making several creepy Pinterest Halloween projects together this year.Another reason I love fall is because we have a Halloween party every year at our house.  We rent bounce houses, decorate everything, set out yard games, make a bonfire complete with hot dogs and s’mores, and of course have a costume contest!  It’s a huge event, and this year we had 75 kids, plus many of their parents stayed for the fun as well.  Needless to say, I got smart and invested in a port-a-potty after an unfortunate toilet-overflow issue last year.

Another reason I love fall is because we have a Halloween party every year at our house.  We rent bounce houses, decorate everything, set out yard games, make a bonfire complete with hot dogs and s’mores, and of course have a costume contest!  It’s a huge event, and this year we had 75 kids, plus many of their parents stayed for the fun as well.  Needless to say, I got smart and invested in a port-a-potty after an unfortunate toilet-overflow issue last year.

After the party, we always get a much-needed couple of days off when Fall Break rolls around the next weekend.  This year we went to Louisville, Kentucky, where we got to take in Dracula at the Actors Theater—it was amazing, and perfect for a scary evening of fun!

On to the next weekend, where I got to clown around—literally.  Friends of mine always throw a party with a Haunted Trail, which my husband and I are always excited to be a part of.  This year’s theme was “Creepy Carnival,” so of course we all dressed up as clowns and jumped out at unsuspecting groups taking the scary trail through the woods.  A timely theme given the viral clown sightings lately.And last but not least, we finish up the month with the big day itself.  My little hometown goes all out, and every year we and a thousand or so of our friends line the town square for safe trick-or-treating put on by the local businesses.  You see everyone you know there, and the kids come away with bags heavy with candy.  A great end to my favorite month.  (I love this part so much, I included a similar celebration in THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, Book 2 in the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series—it’s a perfect Halloween read!)

And last but not least, we finish up the month with the big day itself.  My little hometown goes all out, and every year we and a thousand or so of our friends line the town square for safe trick-or-treating put on by the local businesses.  You see everyone you know there, and the kids come away with bags heavy with candy.  A great end to my favorite month.  (I love this part so much, I included a similar celebration in THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, Book 2 in the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series—it’s a perfect Halloween read!)


**Click HERE to find out more  about Caroline and her books!

October Guest Blogger: Sarah Louise Smith

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My Perfect Fall Day 

Firstly, thank you to Isabella, the ultimate Chick Lit Goddess, for having me on her blog for this awesome ‘Fall’ themed month. Here in the UK, we call ‘Fall’ Autumn, but I always prefer the American term, myself🙂

My perfect fall day involves my dogs; you see they love to walk – it’s their favourite thing, right up there with eating, cuddles, sleeping and playing. And autumn… fall… is the perfect time to go for a walk. The leaves are so beautiful at this time of year; especially in my local woods. Reds, oranges, yellows, golds… I’ve been lucky enough to visit NYC, Niagara Falls, and Washington DC in autumn too, and it was just so, so lovely – so many gorgeous colours.

So, step one on my perfect fall day: dog walk, probably through my local woods. There’s really tall trees there, and with even just a little sunshine, it’s wonderful.

Next, I would come home and have a nice cup of hot chocolate (Cadbury’s, preferably), and sit down with my Kindle to read whatever Chick Lit I’m into that day. Right now I’m reading Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher; it’s very good.

I’d stop for lunch; maybe some pumpkin soup – I LOVE pumpkin… you know what, I’ve never tried pumpkin pie (I think we seriously need to start a Thanksgiving tradition in the UK, but that’s a whole different topic) … with some rustic bread. I love keeping warm when the weather is turning.

Next, I would sit down and write – invigorated from my walk, and inspired from my reading – and work on my next book.

I guess my perfect fall dinner would be something warm too, maybe I’d go to a traditional British pub, and have a vegetarian lasagne – followed by a hot comforting pudding! …and a nice glass of red wine.

Fall is probably my favourite time of year; between the gorgeous leaves, the fun of Halloween and Christmas plans starting to get underway … and the fact that it’s cool, but not too cold yet. You can enjoy a little outdoors time without freezing your butt off🙂

Thanks again to Isabella for having me over to talk about my Perfect Fall Day, that was fun!If you’d like to read more of my writing, head over to my website and check out my blog, my books, and sign up to my mailing list…

If you’d like to read more of my writing, head over to my website and check out my blog, my books, and sign up to my mailing list…www.sarahlouisesmith.com


About the author: Sarah Louise Smith is a chick-lit writer, completely in love with that feel-good factor you get from romantic comedy novels (and movies!). She’s British, an animal lover, and likes to travel around the world while eating good food, reading good books and dreaming up her next novel.


**Books by Sarah, with one on the way:

Amy & Zach – about an English girl who meets an American guy and they both tell a lie or two…

Izzy’s Cold Feet – Izzy is about to get married, but she’s not sure she’s with the right man…

Independent Jenny – what would you do if your husband cheated on you?

The Truth About Ellen – it’s only natural to pretend you’re not a fan when you meet your celeb crush, right?

…and coming soon, Unrequited Alice – about a bridesmaid in love with the groom…

**Contact Sarah: Amazon   Amazon.co.uk


 

October Guest Blogger: Georgina Troy

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Why I Love the Fall (or Autumn)

I live on an island off the coast of France called Jersey and all my books in my Jersey Scene series are based here on the island as well as another location. In fact, we’re so close to France that I can see the lights on the coast of Normandy in France from my bedroom window at night. Jersey is also known as a ‘holiday isle’ and so during the summer the place receives many visitors and a lot of them are family and friends living elsewhere who come here to enjoy the weather and our beaches.

So, after a long and usually hectic summer, on the one hand it’s sad to bid farewell to all my visitors, but on the other hand it means that fall, or autumn as we know it here, is a time for slowing down, for reflection, and for enjoying still warm days before the darker nights draw in and winter descends on us properly.

I enjoy not having to race out after months of events all over the island but being able to sit at home relaxing and catching up with my reading – I review books for Novelicious.com – and with the writing of my contemporary romances and my historical romances written in the name Deborah Carr and generally enjoying the peace and quiet.

I also love my garden and the changing colours in the trees and hedgerows. Here’s a picture of my driveway taken earlier today. Within a week or so this red ivy will drop and there’ll be no colour left and I’ll know that winter is well and truly on its way. On 30 October, our clocks go back one hour, which means the mornings will be darker to match the darker evenings. But for the time being, I’m enjoying the colours, the peace, and the vivid beauty of the fall.

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**About the author: Georgina Troy lives in Jersey, an island fifteen miles off the coast of France. She’s a hopeless romantic and when Georgina realized that no one else wrote romances set in her island home with its beautiful wind-swept beaches and intriguing inhabitants, she decided she had to provide some. Her books are published by Accent Press.

The Jersey Scene series books 1 – 4 are out now: A Jersey Kiss, A Jersey Affair, A Jersey Dreamboat and A Jersey Bombshell

**Contact Georgina: Amazon Author Page   Twitter   Facebook

Guest Post/Feature: Laura Chapman

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To my dear, beloved Fall,

Hey, it’s me, Laura. Again. I hope you aren’t getting tired of hearing me say it, because I love you, I truly do, and I’m not sure I could ever stop singing your praises.

I love your sights. My hometown and state never look more gorgeous than they do on a clear (or, let’s be real, even stormy) autumn day.  And I’ll never forget just how gorgeous New England was in the fall when those leaves change color. (It’s like nature putting on a new, limited engagement performance once a year.)

I love that it’s the only time of year when I feel halfway outdoorsy. Raking leaves is the only yard work I can handle. You only have to do it once or twice a season, and it makes for gorgeous photos. Plus, I think we can all agree that mowing and shoveling suck, and Fall, you don’t force me to do either. Oh, and how about traipsing through pumpkin patches and plucking apples from trees? That’s all the nature I could ever need. (And probably the most I can handle, if we’re being totally honest.)

I love the fruits of those outdoor adventures. Apple butter, apple pie, apple crisp, apple muffins, apple donuts, apple fritters. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancake, pumpkin lattes. Don’t even get me started on everything you can do with squash for easy, but totally fancy seeming, meals. Seriously, nothing dresses up a salad like some sliced acorn squash. And there have to be a million ways to decorate with pumpkins, corn husks, and baskets of mums. Oh–and pumpkin painting! Every time I break out the paint brushes and acrylics to have my way with you, I feel like I’m the greatest thing to happen to art since Michelangelo got his hands on the Sistine Chapel. (Who doesn’t love to feel like they’re a legendary artist once a year?)

I love pumpkin beers and hard ciders. And, Fall, now that you’re here, it means stouts are just around the corner. Now that it’s sweater weather, I can drink as much of these tasty beverages as I want with zero guilt. (It’s not like anyone will see me in anything but clothing that resembles burlap sacks until spring.) Speaking of clothes…

I love getting dressed up for you. The boots! The scarves! The sweaters! The sweater dresses! The leggings! The jeans! I think we can all agree my fashion sense thrives under your autumnal influence. (Plus, burgundy and browns are fabulous with my complexion.)

I love the way the air gets chilly enough at night that I can burrow deep under my covers. Bingley usually curls up next to me to stay warm, which is one of my favorite things. (I’m not too proud to admit that I’m willing to force this sign of affection from my cat. He’s just too sweet and independent to resist.)

I love that you give me football–one of the only things I love as much as you. From my Nebraska Cornhuskers to the Green Bay Packers, football gives me more drama and excitement than a year of soap operas. (And it also reunites me with the candidates for future Mr. Laura Chapman, like Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, and Ha-Ha Clinto-Dix. I don’t care if they aren’t on the market. It could still happen.)

Yes, fall, we’ve built a beautiful life together. I’ll continue to cherish you while you’re here. And once you’re gone for the year, well, don’t be a stranger for too long.

With the deepest love and devotion, your faithful companion,

Laura


**New from Laura Chapman, the third installment of her fantasy football romantic comedy Queen of the League series . . .

After rushing to the altar and moving across the country, Harper Duquaine (or is it MacLaughlin, now?) is in uncharted territory. What once seemed like a promising opportunity to advance her husband’s career while giving her some much-needed independence and adventure has proven to be a bust. By the time fall rolls around again, she’s back in a boring job by day and overstocking her inventory of crocheted scarves by night. Not even the prospect of a new football season holds much excitement.

At least that’s what she thought. Harper suddenly finds herself the manager of not one but two fantasy football teams—each with its own set of drama. Between the added pressure of her new marriage, an unexpected career prospect, and the hiccups created by people from her past and present worlds, Harper quickly finds herself going from bored to overwhelmed.

Can she hold up under the pressure, or will Harper learn the hard way that the turf isn’t always greener on the other field?

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In Laura Chapman’s Queen of the League series, Harper Duquaine joins a fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). Her competitive streak soon emerges, and she catches the interest of her top two competitors. With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

First & Goal
 
Going for Two

About the author:  Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, and The Marrying Type.  Her holiday novellas Making Christmas and What Happens at Midnight will be released on November 8, and are now available for pre-order. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Connect with her online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube and on her website at www.laurachapmanbooks.com.

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