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Hello and Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for joining us. It really makes us happy!!! This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous A.S. Fenichel:

It’s Thanksgiving week in the US. What are you most thankful for this year? I know it’s been a tough one for many people, but there’s always something to feel blessed about.

It has definitely been a tough year, but I have so much to be grateful for. First, I am grateful for the vaccine and the fact my husband and I didn’t get sick!

I have plenty to eat and a lovely home. I have a great husband. And a very cute and entertaining dog.

And I have good friends and neighbors.

I have the gift of time to write my books and walk on the beach and read and sometimes just sit and binge-watch good shows. And time to savor life.

And, as the years pass, I have become more grateful for what I have and not worry about the things I don’t really need. There is a brand new year coming up and I’m hoping for wonderful things for us all.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Now let’s hop over to the brilliant Brenda Margriet…

But first…don’t miss her latest!!!!

THE PROMISE OF FROST

The Promise of Frost (a Seasoned and Seasonal Novella) is now available! An adventurous kitten, a curious dog, and a matchmaking eight-year-old guarantee this will be a holiday to remember. (Single Dad, Neighbors to Lovers, Steamy, Contemporary. Heroine is 32, Hero is 41)

https://books2read.com/PromiseOfFrost

https://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. So happy you could join us! This week’s challenge comes from Clair Brett:

Have you ever had one of your own characters surprise you as you were writing your book? How and did it change the story?

Yes, one of my characters surprised me, but not by changing the original story. It was by nagging me to add her story to the series.

It started out as “The Dream Dancer”, the story of Lady Bryce who could enter dreams and persuade. And through a series of twists and turns, managed to find true love.

Next came the story of her sister-in-law in “Emma’s Dance”. In that tale, a ghost came to Emma’s aid and helped her find the truth that led to her happily ever after.

And, what I thought was the last, Lady Margaret, widowed and lonely, seeks adventure and goes to court disguised as a jester. “The Jester’s Dance” finds Margaret able to save her new love’s family. And of course, find her happily ever after as well.

One of their friends, Lady Grace, was clearly upset that I hadn’t told her story and she nagged me until I agreed to write about her time traveling and saving the love of her life. Armed with knowledge of the future, Grace was able to help her love survive certain death. So, there was no denying this was also a tale worth telling. So, thanks Grace for reminding me.

Characters do take on lives of their own and once created, they are hard to ignore. But so much fun to collaborate with.

P.S. All the books in the “Dance” series are available on Amazon.

Now let’s pop over to Clair Brett and hear about her characters…

But first…

Looking for a light feel good Regency Twelfth Night story? Grab Ruination of Rogue today.

https://books2read.com/RuinationofaRogue

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Hello and welcome to our hop. Thanks so much for joining us. We really appreciate you!

This week’s challenge comes from the amazing  A.S. Fenichel:

I love romance books, movies and fairy tales. If I can have an HEA I’m happy. Is romance your number one read, why and what else do you read.

All genres of romance are definitely my number one read. I do gravitate to historical and romantic suspense. Maybe because those are the romances I write. No matter how big the conflict, no matter how frightening the dangers, there is always that wonderful resolution at the end. I may be biting my nails or wondering how the story will manage to resolve, but somehow it always does. And if the writer can bring me to tears or make me laugh out loud, all the better.

But I also love to read biographies, because it is fascinating to learn about people and the events and characters that affected their lives. I do really enjoy mysteries since I like being challenged and trying to determine who the villain is before the end. Sometimes I feel like getting scared, so I pick up a novel by the masters, like Stephen King and Thomas Harris. And I also read how-to books, since I can always improve.

So, I guess the real answer is: I love to read. Any book that can hold my attention for the first few chapters has me hooked and I love nothing better than climbing into the pages. Especially if there’s a happily ever after.

Now let’s pop over to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel to find out what she reads. But first…

Capturing The Earl is on sale for .99 for the first time. Don’t miss this deal. The friendship of four young ladies has created an indestructible bond to protect one another from the perils of love and marriage . . .

After the demise of her friend’s disastrous marriage, Mercedes Parsons isn’t about to let the widowed Wallflower of West Lane, Lady Aurora Radcliff, undertake another perilous trip to the altar. At least, not before the bridegroom-to-be is thoroughly investigated. If only Mercy could stop her uncharacteristic daydreaming about Wesley Renshaw’s charm, his intellect, his dashing good looks. After all, the earl has already set his sights on her best friend! She must keep her wits about her and avoid giving into temptation.

Wesley is both irritated and intrigued by the machinations of Mercy—He cannot let her cleverness and beauty distract him. He needs to marry her friend, Aurora, so he can reclaim his family’s ancestral home. A wrong he has hoped to right his entire life. Besides, who is penniless spinster Mercedes Parsons to decide whom he can and cannot marry? Yet while he admires her unwavering loyalty to her friends, he decides it’s high time the misguided woman had a dose of her own medicine. Two can play at this spying game. But they are both embarked on a dangerous charade. And it won’t be merely Mercy’s reputation at risk—or her heart on the line—as Wesley comes to the inescapable conclusion that he has found the right woman at exactly the wrong time.

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us! It means so much! This week’s challenge comes from Clair Brett:

Where do you find inspirations for your book ideas?

Inspiration comes from so many different places. For example, for “The Dream Dancer”, I was working very late and thought about all the people asleep in their beds and dreaming. And I wondered what they dreamt about and what if I could see their dreams or…?

For “The Morocco Series” – we went to an escape room and the premise was that we were shanghaied and only had an hour to get off ‘the boat’ to free ourselves.

“Once Upon a Tablecloth” was inspired by Gordon Ramsey’s shows and both “Stay With Me” and “Hannah’s War” were suggested by my interest in the Civil War.

That’s the thing about coming up with ideas. They really are everywhere, people you meet, situations in life, interests.  And what triggers ideas for me may not suggest anything to another writer. One of my favorite games is watching people and coming up with scenarios about them. It doesn’t matter if it’s actually factual—the fun is working my imagination. And, from there, new ideas are born.

That’s the joy of being a writer. Taking a suggestion or a thought or an experience and weaving it into a story. And then sharing that story with others.

Now let’s pop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and hear about her inspiration. But first – you have to check this out!!!!

Christmas Lane

Emma – After my ex-fiancé trampled my heart with his betrayal, I’m officially done with dating. Being absurdly attracted to the guy who ruined my game day shirt with mustard from his hot dog at a ball game threw a wrench in my plan. Six months later, when his Christmas cocktail drenches the front of my dress, I’m positive this man is only perfect for a one-night stand. Don’t judge…it’s been a long dry spell. The last thing I expect is for the man to play hard to get, but I’m okay with him getting hard. Lucas – From the moment we collide and I accidentally smear mustard all over her chest, I can’t get this woman out of my head. But I’m only back in my hometown for a break, after the death of a friend. My life is in London, where I return to bury myself in work. When the beautiful blonde keeps surfacing in my thoughts and heart, there’s only one thing to do—move back to Roseville, New Jersey and convince her to fall as hard for me as I’ve fallen for her. Unfortunately, she’s on a self-imposed break from dating. Good thing I like a challenge.

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. We’re so glad you’ve joined us! In honor of Halloween, the wonderful A.S. Fenichel has come up with this challenge:

Halloween Flash Fiction – Write the start to a story with the words Dead, Kiss and Skeleton in it:

It was going to be an exciting evening. The annual Dia de los Muertos! The festival of the Day of the Dead. My traditional long, brilliantly colored floral dress, complete with headpiece, was dusted off and pressed. My skeleton makeup sat ready in front of my makeup mirror.

In the kitchen, my offering of tamales sat next to the ever grinning bottle of tequila. The possibilities were endless. I had even remembered the marigolds, their scent strong enough to guide my loved ones home. I missed my parents and tonight I could honor them and embrace my sadness. Would they actually appear this year? Could I again hug and kiss them and tell them how glad I was they were still with me, in spirit if not in the flesh?

I stepped onto the porch and the celebration was as boisterous as ever, the combination of deep sadness and the joy of remembrance clashing into a raucous mixture of life.

Across the space, a tall figure stepped toward me. There was something very familiar about him, although the paint on his face obscured his features. The closer he came, the more the gooseflesh on my arms made its presence known. Imposing, it was odd no one else seemed to notice him. Floating through the crowd, he drew nearer. Should I greet him? Should I run?

Now, let’s pop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and read the start of her story…

But first, you have to check this out the preorder for Christmas Lane

A.S. Fenichel has a brand new genre and a brand new name. Andie Fenichel writes Spicy Contemporary Instalove. Christmas Lane is the first and can be in your readers on November 15. Preorder now and see what happens when two people collide in a flurry of hotdog mustard and fury.

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Welcome to our hop and thanks so much for joining us. Hope you are doing well and staying healthy! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Brenda Margriet::

Let’s learn a little bit about each other.

Never Have I Ever – Book Edition

  1. Dropped a book on my face while reading

                 It’s happened. Sometimes you get sleepy…

  • Missed a meal to finish reading

                 No, because I continue reading while I eat.

  • Hated a character

                  Absolutely. And love when they get what’s coming to them.

  • Smelled a new book

                  Smell is a very important sense. So yeah…

  • Took a selfie with an author

                  On more than one occasion.

  • Listened to an audio book

                 How can you get through a long car ride or painting or other chores without them?

  • Dreamed of a book boyfriend

                 And dreamed them up as well.

  • Said the book was better

                 Of course. With some exceptions.

  • Cried while reading

                 Have you read Kristan Higgin’s newest “Pack Up the Moon”? I used up a box of tissues.

  1. DNF’d a book

                  Sadly, yes. If a book doesn’t grab me in the first few chapters, I don’t finish it.

  1. Took a book to a doctor’s appointment

                  Are you kidding? Forget the three-year-old magazines they supply. The wait would be forever

without a book.

  1. Tapped the page of a paper book to make it turn

                  Well, you get used to the digital books…

  1. Met a book model

                  Thankfully, yes.

  1. Travelled to a book event

                   Many times.

  1. Gone to a book signing

            Yes, to support my fellow authors, and I have also been a signer.

  1. Joined a book club

                   I have, but not for a while.

  1. Laughed out loud while reading

                  Isn’t that the best? Unless your partner is sleeping.

  1. Read under the covers as a child

                  Lights out just meant lights undetectable. Sometimes you just have to keep reading!

And now let’s head over to the wonderful Caro Kinkead and read her answers, but first…

Check this out!

Summer Pleasures

Even as the weather turns cooler, take one last breathe of summer. Seven tales of romance and joy under the summer sky. Available on Amazon & in KU.

US: https://amazon.com/dp/B0977SM61X
UK: https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B0977SM61X

https://carokinkead.com/bigfatzero/

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Hello and happy Tuesday. We are so glad you’re joining us! Hope you are staying safe and well!

This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous A.S. Fenichel:

Fall is here in the US! It’s my favorite season. What do you love about the autumn or do you have another favorite season?

I do love this time of year! Living in Florida during the autumn is not the same as living further north. There aren’t a lot of changing leaves and I do miss driving through neighborhoods and seeing the trees resplendent with all the colors. But some things are universal. The drop in temperature here, although not as drastic as other places, is still a welcome change from the intense heat of the summer. And there’s Halloween! I love this holiday. The kids all dressed up and coming to the door. And the candy. And the scary movies on TV (ok, not the cut ‘em up ones, the fun ones). Apples are more delicious and there are pumpkins to carve. And soon it will be Thanksgiving when we can cook for days and then eat ourselves into a food coma while counting our many blessings.

Because it’s so much cooler, we can ride our bikes more and take longer walks. There are craft festivals, which I just love. And I have more energy. I tend to cook more, which is one of my favorite hobbies. (Don’t forget to check out “Love in the Mix: A Cookbook for Romance Readers”. So many great recipes for this time of year!)

Although I have to say spring is my favorite time of year, there is so many very special things about fall that make me happy.

Now let’s hop over to the amazing A.S. Fenichel and hear about her favorite. But first…you have to read this new book…

A.S. Fenichel’s latest release is the final book in the Wallflower’s of West Lane series. Aurora is finally getting her happily ever after and no one deserves it more.

https://books2read.com/u/3JRMKQ

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Thanks so much for joining us today. We hope you are safe and healthy. This week’s challenge comes from the fantastic A.S. Fenichel:

What’s your favorite thing about being a writer and why?

Being able to sit down at my computer and imagine a world inhabited by people I’ve created is amazing. I can go anywhere with anyone. A few keystrokes and I’m in a different time or solving a murder or falling in love. And, if I don’t like the way things are going, I can change them.

I also love interacting with readers and hearing that people have read what I’ve written and enjoyed it. Especially now, when the world is in chaos and the news every day is harsh and painful, a respite is even more necessary. And writing romance (and reading it) offers an escape that allows us to recharge.

Any creative field is full of rejections and difficulties, but of all the jobs I’ve had and the ones I might had tried, this is definitely the best!

Now let’s hop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and learn what she likes best. But first, you have to check out this amazing deal:

Book 2 in Brenda’s Bendixon Sisters Series is on sale for 99 cents. As Book 1 is always free, that means you can get the whole series for less than five bucks! Steamy contemporary romances (second chance at love, forbidden love, enemies to lovers). The Bendixon sisters set out to save the family construction firm in their own special ways.💜😍

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S97XY16 Link to Book 2 at all retailers: https://books2read.com/u/3yrJLl

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us. We really appreciate you! We hope you are staying well!

Here is this week’s challenge:

If your favourite book hasn’t been made into a movie yet, who would you cast as the characters?

My new favorite book is actually one I just released a few months ago.

Here is the blurb:

Two women. Years apart. Linked by common experience and a cottage that has survived since the Civil War.

Evelyn Smith has changed her name and is running from an abusive husband. She buys a cottage in Florida that has its own history, only to experience an attraction to the previous owner.

Rebecca Faber has rescued a Yankee soldier and fallen in love, but circumstances have forced her to marry an evil man who killed her father.

When Rebecca reaches out from the past, Evelyn finds it life changing.

And in their own times, each must discover strength and fight to find and keep true love.

I think Jodie Comer would be perfect for Evelyn. She has a vulnerability and a strength in her performances and Evelyn has both. And for her love interest? Scott Eastwood. Need I say more?

For the part of Rebecca, Liana Liberato. She has the most expressive eyes and she would be great. And for her Yankee soldier…Matthew Gray Gubler. He communicates intelligence and honor, a man of ethics and determination. And he’s really handsome.

When I write characters, I imagine how they would look and these actors would unquestionably bring my words to life.

Now let’s hop over to the amazing Jenna DaSie and see who she would cast in her favorite…

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us today. We really appreciate it. Hope you are staying healthy!

This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Brenda Margriet:

Do you read differently in different seasons? Need lighter reads for summer sunshine and save the deep thoughts for dark winter nights?

Seasons don’t really effect my reading because, let’s face it, I live in Florida. Our four seasons are warm, hot, hotter and you’ve got to be kidding. So, my reading is more determined by my mood and what I’m writing. For example, when I’m writing an historical, reading one puts me in the right frame of mind. And the same goes for romantic suspense. Lately, I’ve been working on the second book in my “Notorious” series, so crime stories are what I’ve been choosing. But I’m also working on a time travel romance, so I am alternating between contemporary and historical. And yes, I read a lot.

I love flipping through my Kindle or looking over my bookshelves (definitely plural on those bookshelves) and picking whatever strikes my fancy at the time. During the summer, especially, there seems to be more time for just sitting down and savoring a good story. Empty nest, puppy growing up and not being quite so demanding, I have the luxury of reading.

No matter what is going on around me, I can slip into a good story and go there. Reading is such magic. Speaking of magic, you have to pre-order “The Promise of Frost”, the latest by Brenda Margriet…

Only 99 cents.

Releases November 12.

An adventurous kitten, a curious dog, and a matchmaking eight-year-old guarantee this will be a holiday to remember.
Luca Tannon’s new neighbor is a sexy but surly single dad. Which is all for the best since she’s focused on reclaiming her life after a toxic long-term relationship.
Caleb Frost won’t let anything distract him from ensuring his son’s first Christmas as the child of divorced parents is perfect. And that includes the irritatingly intriguing woman living next door.
Everything is going as planned…until it’s not.

https://books2read.com/PromiseOfFrost

Now let’s hop over and learn about Brenda’s reading choices…

https://www.brendamargriet.com/blog