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Book Excerpt – Sweet Noel

Book Excerpt – Sweet Noel

Sweet Noel

by Jeanette Lewis

Neither is looking for love, but is love looking for them?

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“How was the drive?” he asked, unable to help himself.

She rolled her eyes. “That thing is a devil to drive, and you know it.”

“Oh, come on, it couldn’t have been that bad,” he said.

“You’re lucky I didn’t leave it by the side of the road and call an Uber,” Gina huffed. “If you make big money-winning sculpture contests, why do you drive such a piece of crap?”

“Hey!” He was genuinely offended on behalf of the van. “That old girl and I have been through a lot together.”

“Obviously,” she sniffed. But beneath the frown, he caught a gleam in her eye, a teasing spark he hadn’t seen before.

“Well, I need to go help start dinner,” Gina finally said when the silence had stretched too long.

Noel’s brain felt stuck. Here was the perfect chance to find something clever to say, something to impress her, and he’d choked. “Hey, before you go …”

She stopped, giving him a questioning look, and his brain churned frantically. Before you go … what? Tell me why you got divorced. Are you over him? When’s your birthday? Do you like sushi?

“Help me prop up my leg?” he finally said. Oh, good one, Hamilton.

Gina pointed at the stack of throw pillows on the bed. “You can’t prop up your own leg?”

“I can, but what if those are look-at pillows?”

Her eyebrows came together. “Look-at pillows?”

He nodded. “Doesn’t every mom have decorations around the house you’re not allowed to touch, only look at, and you’ll get in big trouble if you mess with them? I’d hate to make your mom mad; she’s being so nice to me.”

Gina’s lips twitched like she was fighting back a smile, and Noel mentally high-fived himself. He’d saved it … barely.

“Here, let me help you.” She grabbed several of the pillows and stacked them near the end of the mattress. “These are not look-at pillows.”

He tried to stifle a groan as he twisted to lift his leg onto the pillows. Gina rearranged them, helping to position them so the strain was off his knee. She was quick and efficient, but surprisingly gentle.

“Thanks,” Noel said softly.

Gina looked up, and their eyes met. Their faces were only a few feet apart, so close he could count the faint freckles dotting her nose and forehead. His heart started pounding entirely too fast. That had to be bad for someone just out of surgery, right?

“What was it at your house?” Gina asked.

“What?”

“The look-at stuff. Every mom has some, right? What was yours?”

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Available as an eBook or paperback on Amazon, or as an ebook at your favorite book retailer.

Starlight Kisses is Free – today and tomorrow!!

Starlight Kisses is Free – today and tomorrow!!

Mariah Lacoste has come to Snow Valley to help her cousin revive Artisan’s Knack, a boutique on Main Street that has definitely seen better days. Yeah, the timing might not be great—a major overhaul of the store plus maid of honor duties for a wedding, all during the worst winter Snow Valley has seen in a decade—but Mariah is confident she can handle it.

But can she handle Riker Carmichael, the best man and rumored player, who sets out to steal her heart?

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The Passionate One – now in paperback!

The Passionate One – now in paperback!

The Passionate One is now in paperback! Check it out …

Wahoo! It’s so exciting when that proof copy shows up in the mail! I don’t have many of my books formatted for print yet, but I’m working on it. The Rebellious One will be next and so on until I get the whole Billionaire Bride Pact done. Cami Checketts already has all six of her BBP books in paperback and mine will be the same size and formatting as hers, so if you are collecting the series, they should all match.

Should. The operative word there unless I mess something up.

The glass disc next to the book is important. I took glass blowing lessons when I was researching this story and the disc was the result of a bit of molten glass dripping onto the concrete. It’s perfectly smooth and SO cool! My own personal worry stone.

Click here to get The Passionate One in paperback. Yours won’t have the obnoxious gray stripe across the front, of course.

The Hopeful One is available now!

The Hopeful One is available now!

Nikki thought she’d found her happily ever after. But her story isn’t over.

Nikki Pendleton fulfilled the Billionaire Bride Pact she made as a teenager by marrying a wealthy man. But the Pact wasn’t why she accepted Darrin’s proposal. Darrin is Nikki’s handsome prince in every way and they are the poster couple for a happily ever after as they eagerly plan their future. But when life takes a tragic turn, their love will face the refiner’s fire. Can they come out gleaming or will Nikki’s hope be turned to ash?

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Coming soon – Charming the Mountain Man!

Coming soon – Charming the Mountain Man!

Coming August 22!

Charming the Mountain Man

Tamarack Ridge Romances Book Two

Colton Ramsey spends most of his days in the woods—guiding backpackers, hikers, and hunters on adventures through TR Outfitter’s, his family-run business in Tamarack Ridge, Montana. Though he prefers to lead groups, Colton agrees over email to take Lee Bonzell on a solo elk hunt, for a premium price.

Only Lee turns out to be Leigh—a spunky female lawyer from Georgia with big green eyes and an accent like melted butter. Stung at being left behind too many times by her outdoorsy brothers, Leigh is on a mission to prove girls can do anything boys can do … including bring home a bigger elk!

At first Colton refuses to go on a hunting trip alone with a woman, especially one with little hunting experience. After Leigh threatens legal action against him and the store, he reluctantly agrees. But just because he’ll take Leigh on the hunt, doesn’t mean he’s going to take it easy on her.

Colton and Leigh face off in the Sawtooth Mountains. Both are expecting to emerge the victor, but neither expects that victory might mean love.

Romance with HEART

Romance with HEART

With every story, I write, I spend hours brainstorming, researching, outlining, developing characters, drafting, and, inevitably, deleting thousands of words that end up going nowhere.

And eventually … somewhere in that process … something incredible happens and I find the heart of the story. That little bit of magic that makes it come alive and turns it from words on my computer screen into something real. That thing that gives in breath and makes in unique from any other story I’ve written.

Sometimes I find the heart of the story right away, like in The Passionate One. Sometimes it takes longer. I deleted almost thirty thousand words from The Ambitious One and rewrote the entire second half when it just didn’t seem to work.  Sometimes I still haven’t found it. I’ve been promising you the final book in The Billionaire Bride Pact for months. But The Heartbroken One is still sitting in draft form, whispering for me to dig a little deeper, to find the heart of Nikki and Darrin’s story.

Short romances are a quick-turn market. I wish I could write as fast as some of my colleagues and release a book every four or six weeks. But, everyone has their own process and this is mine. I can’t get excited about something until I’ve put my heart into it and in doing so, found it’s heart in return.

So when looking at a little branding tweak, Romance with Heart seemed appropriate to me. What do you think?