Cover Reveal! Hometown Hero’s Redemption

Cover Reveal! Hometown Hero’s Redemption

Happy Friday! It’s an extra exciting day for me because I get to share the cover of my fifth book!

Hometown Hero’s Redemption is the final book in the Lake Endwell series. I’ve loved this fictional Michigan town so much. It’s hard to say goodbye! This story is dear to me, and I hope you love it as much as I do. It will be available June 2017!

Without further ado…

 

Hometown Hero's Redemption

A Temporary Father 

When he becomes guardian to his friend’s troubled ten-year-old boy, firefighter Drew Gannon knows he needs help. But before he can get former social worker Lauren Pierce to agree, he’s got to prove he’s changed from the sports jock who gave her a hard time back in high school. Returning home, Lauren wants no part of her old profession. She only wants to forget the unspeakable tragedy she left behind. She can’t take responsibility for another child. Or a reunion with Drew—no matter how generous he’s become. But a desperate boy and his handsome guardian may be more than Lauren can resist…

 

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What are your weekend plans?

Have a great day!

The Inside Scoop with Nicole Deese #WW

The Inside Scoop With Nicole Deese #WW

Today Nicole Deese is graciously answering questions about her writing life. Nicole writes sweet romance novels, and I had the pleasure of meeting her at the ACFW conference this summer. Her new release, The Promise of Rayne, just released! Don’t worry–I have all the links and info below.

Let’s get to it!

 

 

THE INSIDE SCOOP WITH NICOLE DEESE #WW

 

1. How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always had a love for story and a HUGE love for the written word. About five years ago, after a super intense reading binge, I literally closed my latest read (which was the fantastic Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi), set it on the arm of the sofa and said to my husband, “I want to do this. I’m going to do this.” And just shy of a year later I independently published my debut novel, All For Anna. I’m extremely blessed to do what I love.

2. What is unique about your process?

One of the unique parts of my process is the feedback I rely on from my writing partners. Upon finishing a chapter in my first draft, I send it off to my two faithful pals for an overall content check, and then again for a more thorough critique on the second (or third) draft. I can hardly remember when I used to write “alone”… and honestly, I’d never go back. I love living in community.

3. What inspired your book?

About a year ago I was meditating on the love your enemies passage in Luke 6. And while I sat pondering one morning, overlooking our property in north Idaho, the beginnings of The Promise of Rayne started to spark. Just a few weeks later those little sparks ignited into a raging fire of conflict, characters, and a story that seemed to grab ahold of my heart until I’d written those last two words: The End.

4. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

If you make your readers worry… they’ll keep turning pages.

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I’m getting all goosebumpy over here, Nicole! I love that you told your husband you were doing it, and you did. I remember the day I realized I could “try” to write a novel. So exciting! I agree with you on the writing community–how does anyone do it alone? I rely on my writing friends for moral support and writing support. We need each other. And by the way…the advice  you shared is really good advice! Thank you so much for being my guest!

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THE PROMISE OF RAYNE

The Promise of Rayne

Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high-powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather’s prestigious Idaho lodge. But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice: defy her family or deny her dream. The only way to fix the mess she’s created is to enlist the help of her neighbor, Levi, the apprentice of her family’s greatest enemy. And if Rayne gets caught crossing the divided property lines, the consequences will be irreparable.
Levi Harding has never forgotten the August night he shared with Rayne when they were teens—or the way she later rejected him. Despite his warring instincts, he can’t ignore her plea for help or the spark that’s ignited between them. But now, as wildfires bear down on their town and family secrets are revealed, their newfound alliance might just go up in smoke.

Purchase THE PROMISE OF RAYNE HERE!

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Nicole Deese

 

Nicole Deese is a full-time lover of humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled fiction. She is the author of seven published novels including the Love in Lenox novels, A Cliché Christmas and A Season to Love, and her newest standalone release, The Promise of Rayne. When she’s not writing sweet romances, she can usually be found reading near a window while sipping a LaCroix. She lives in small-town Idaho with her handsome hubby and two sons.

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What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

  1. FREE Christmas novella!! Chapters one and two of A Cradle for Christmas are now live on Harlequin.com! Click HERE, and select “Love Inspired” to read them!
  2. There’s still time to enter my November giveaway full of Christmas goodies! Go to my HOME page (linked) and scroll down for the entry options.
  3. I’m giving away two copies of Yuletide Redemption on Goodreads. The entry form is in the sidebar of my blog!

Have a terrific day!

 

{giveaway} Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

The second book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series is here!! Where Two Hearts Meet features Caden Holt and Adam Jacobs. If you read the first book in this series, The Red Door Inn, you’ll remember Caden as the baker of delicious cinnamon rolls. She’s now working for the Red Door Inn as a chef, and a mysterious guest arrives. I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say this–the romance progresses like a batch of the cinnamon rolls Caden whips up, rising, baking, and filling the room with a sweet aroma! I LOVED this book! I loved it so much, I’m giving away a paperback copy to one winner! Easy entry options are below (US residents, 18+)!

WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET

Where Two Hearts Meet
In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival–it might also break her heart.

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Purchase Where Two Hearts Meet HERE!

Enter to win a copy!

 

Want to know more about Liz Johnson  and her books? Visit her website, Liz Johnson Books!!

I would love to visit PEI! Where would you love to visit?

Have a wonderful day!!

 

 

Glass City Author Event, Television Interview and Pizza!

This week has been really cool. I got new author pictures taken, my friend Constance Phillips and I were interviewed on a local television program, I’m gearing up for a HUGE book event this weekend AND I’m ordering pizza tonight! I know, I’m pinching myself, too! Pizza is my favorite! Haha!

Back to the other good stuff…

Jill Kemerer TV

I took this right before the television interview!

 

As soon as my fabulous photographer sends me the new author pictures, I’ll share them with you. The television interview was yesterday on WTOL 11 Your Day. Constance Phillips and I chatted with Amanda Fay about our books, our local romance writers group (www.MVRAI.com), and the book event. You can catch it by clicking on the link below!

“Local Writers Take Part in Glass City Author Event”

On to the book event…the HUGE book event…this Saturday!!

The Glass City Author Event is held at the Seagate Center in downtown Toledo, Ohio, from 9am-5pm on October 8, 2016.

There will be over 100 authors signing books! Tickets are required to enter. Here’s the link to buy them, EventBrite, and you can buy tickets at the door, but they are MUCH more expensive. If you’re planning on attending, Constance Phillips and I have adjoining tables (113 and 114) near the entrance, and we’d love to meet you, so stop by!

And then there’s the pizza. Mm…I can’t wait.

What are your weekend plans? Do they involve pizza?

Have a great weekend!!

How Exercise and Spiritual Growth are Similar

How Exercise And Spiritual Growth Are Similar

Yesterday I took a nice long walk in the morning. The temperatures had slid from the low 90s to low 70s. The humidity? Almost unnoticeable–a nice change from the muggy air we’ve had all summer. In other words, the conditions were just about perfect for a walk.

Exercise and Spiritual Growth

I took this picture last year at the botanical garden. Gorgeous!

 

I felt so much joy as I left our subdivision. I started thinking of all the things I’m grateful for, and as usual, the walk became a prayer walk.

  • I thanked God for the muscles in my legs, moving me forward, keeping me from pain, supporting my bones and joints and the rest of my body.
  • I’ve always been blessed with a strong core. The abdominal and back muscles provide much needed balance to keep me upright.
  • My arms allow me to write, shop, cook and hug my loved ones.
  • My brain–always spinning, always coming up with new ideas, solving problems–thinking, thinking, thinking!

As I walked past corn fields and pretty trees, I thought about my spiritual growth over the past few years. A large part of this growth has been from setting aside time every weekday to study God’s word, to ponder a chapter of a Christian living book, but most of all to be still and be with the Lord. To pray. To journal my prayers.

 

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With every walk, every yoga session, every 7-minute workout down via an app on my phone, my body gets stronger. I get leaner. The fluffy parts are crowded out by the firmer ones. Yes, it takes a commitment, but I love how I feel after a good yoga session, and I always enjoy walking.

With every chapter read of the Bible, with every journal session, every prayer session, my heart gets closer to Jesus. I get leaner, my life becomes less about myself and more about Him. This summer, I woke up to a very deep truth in my life. I didn’t even realize I’d been struggling with this. But here is the truth:

I get my freedom from God.

 

I get my identity from God.

 

I get my security from God.

Too often, I’ve bought into the concept that money, a career, respect from my peers, being a good mom/wife/daughter/friend would give me freedom, identity or security. But none of these things do. Only God does.

Sounds so simple, right?

I know! I’ve paid the concept lip service for years. I’ve always said and thought God alone matters, but the prayers I’d been praying proved me wrong. The prayers I kept repeating convicted me. I realized I’d never really, truly believed God was the only way to my freedom, identity and security.

I do now.

I attended the ACFW conference in Nashville last week. For the first time, I felt so much peace about not holding back. My personality can be a lot to take! But I know God loves my personality, and if He does, I shouldn’t worry about what anyone else thinks. It was so wonderful to just be myself–my out-there, loud, dancing, hugging everyone self. I’m thankful for this peace.

Phillipians 4:4-7 (NIV)

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Peace is promised by Jesus. I hope you’ll make Bible study and prayer a priority if you don’t already. Just like exercising, it’s good for your body, good for your soul.

Have you ever struggled with thinking your freedom, identity or security comes from something outside of God?

I’m firing it up on the group blogs this week!

Check out yesterday’s Craftie Ladies of Love Inspired Romance post, “September Means Autumn!” and today’s Pink Heart Society post, “Friday Fun: Football Season–Love It or Hate It?”

Have a terrific weekend!!

 

2 Great Books Giveaway! Week 1: Her One and Only

2 Great Books Giveaway! Week 1: Her One And Only

It’s summer and two of my favorite authors recently had book releases!! I am such huge fans of both ladies, and what better way to introduce books to readers than by holding a giveaway? I’ll be featuring each book on Writer Wednesday, and on July 10, 2016, one blessed winner will win a gently used copy of Becky’s book and a brand new copy of Beth’s!

This week is Becky Wade’s Her One and Only, and next week I’ll feature Beth K. Vogt’s Almost Like Being in Love! Scroll to the end of the post for the easy entry options. I’ll include purchase links to both books too for those of you unwilling to wait!

Week 1: Her One and Only by Becky Wade

Her One and Only

 

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

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Her One and Only is the fourth and final book in the Porter Family series. Do yourself a favor and buy the entire series! It will be worth it! They are great books!! Purchase Her One and Only HERE!

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Becky Wade

About Becky Wade ~

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine,  A Love Like Ours, and Her One and Only.

Visit Becky’s website at BeckyWade.com!

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Giveaway time! Use the form below to enter to win one gently used copy of Her One and Only by Becky Wade and one new copy of Beth K. Vogt’s Almost Like Being in Love!

US residents 18+. Starts June 29, 2016 at 6:00am and ends July 10, 2016 at 9:00pm EST. Full terms and conditions in entry form.

 

 

Come back next Wednesday for Week 2: Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. Vogt!

Do you get sad when a beloved book series ends? (I do!)

Have a terrific day!

December Giveaway and Cover Reveal!

December Giveaway And Cover Reveal!

It’s Friday! Yay! And it’s December. I love it!

So it’s a busy month. You know it. I know it. We have to grab hold of the bitty moments when we can. Are you stressed? Go buy that decadent coffee, sit at a table, inhale the aroma and rest for five minutes. Make that ten. Dream about the fantasy vacation in Hawaii until the tension releases. Whatever it takes–enjoy this month!

I have some fun things to share. Numero uno? I got the cover for Her Small-Town Romance, book three in the Lake Endwell series through Harlequin Love Inspired. Paperbacks will be in stores starting on March 22, 2016, and the digital book will be available April 1, 2016!

Cover Reveal (I adore it! The cover artists are amazing!!)

 

Her Small-Town Romance

 

The second thing I’m sharing? A giveaway!

I appreciate my newsletter subscribers, so I’m giving one subscriber a $10 Amazon gift card. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can enter your email address HERE! I’ll never share your address, and you can unsubscribe at any time. The bottom of every page in my website has an easy sign-up form, too. The winner will be randomly selected on December 18, 2015 from my newsletter subscription list, so if you’re already a subscriber, you’re automatically entered. I will notify the winner via email.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Lastly, newsletter subscribers just received the above information AS WELL AS the third installment to my serial short romance, “Love and Other Obstacles.” Parts 1 and 2 are permanently linked on my For Readers page, and Part 3 will be added there on December 11, 2015.

 

Phew! What are you doing this weekend?

 

Have a great day!

What Are You Reading?

Fall sports, writing a book, editing another and dealing with all the “senior” details of my daughter’s final year of high school have taken a toll on my brain–a BIG toll! I literally haven’t been able to read a novel in two months! (!!!) That makes me sad. Reading novels is one of my favorite ways to escape and recharge.

Last weekend brought an end to all the fall sports. I finished my first draft yesterday. The edits have been turned in, and I think I’m caught up on the senior stuff. What does this mean? I’ll be reading again soon! Yay!

I have a few selections, and I’m not sure which one I’ll choose first.

London Tides by Carla Laureano

*Sale alert!! The ebook is on sale for just $1.99 until October 31, 2015! Go to London Tides E-book Sale (linked) for details!**

I read Five Days in Skye, the first in this contemporary Christian romance series, earlier this year. I loved it. So romantic, so expertly written. And,  yeah, I thought the hero was hot! I’ve been waiting for the second book to drop, and it recently did! London Tides is on my Kindle, ready to go.

Maybe in Another Life  by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I saw this reviewed in a magazine. It looked intriguing, so I borrowed it from our library. It has one of those trippy choose-your-own-adventure-type storylines where we see how the heroine fares if she makes one choice and also how her life goes if she makes the other. I haven’t even cracked it open, so I can’t say much beyond that. Looks good!

On the non-fiction front, I recently finished Just Show Up  by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn. It’s so moving, so inspiring and so practical that I can only say, drop what you’re doing and order this book. Right now.

Go on. Do it.

What do we do when a friend is going through hard times? I wish I knew. Do I call? Do they want to talk? Should I give them space? It’s hard. This book addresses all the sticky stuff. I found myself jotting notes and just sighing in recognition as I read Just Show Up. It motivated me to step up and make even small gestures to those around me suffering. Sometimes the small gestures are big. Did I need tissues as I read it? Of course, I did. This was written in the final days of Kara’s fight with cancer. It’s emotional and wonderful.  I can’t recommend it enough.

So there you have it. My fiction options and my non-fiction recommendation.

Your turn! What are you reading?

Have a terrific day!

Sneaky Ways to Write More and Other Updates

Sneaking words in…sounds covert and exciting and slightly dangerous! I’m sharing how I sneak more words in each day over at Seekerville! I’d love for you to stop by, plus there are two giveaways happening at Seekerville!

Here’s the link, “Sneaky Ways to Write More Each Day.”

I’ve added Part 2 of my serial short romance, “Love and Other Obstacles” to the For Readers page. If you missed Part 1, no worries. Both are linked on the For Readers page. Newsletter subscribers get first access to installments, so if you haven’t signed up, consider fixing that! Sign up HERE!

 

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On Monday, I accidentally linked to Jeanne Takenaka’s blog early. If you’d like to stop by and find out my biggest life lesson and enter to win a copy of my book (link to entry form is at the very bottom of the post), go to “Life Lessons: Making an Effort–Guest Post by Jill Kemerer and a Giveaway.”

 

The fabulous Cheryl Malandrinos interviewed me and shared it on three blogs!! I talk about my childhood and writing journey. Pop over at The Book Connection: “Interview with Jill Kemerer.”

Boy, it got hot here. I would have preferred the warm weather in early August, rather than September, but at least it’s not snowing yet, right? Tomorrow night is college football kickoff. I’m sooooo ready. Yes, I will be watching the University of Michigan play at Utah on every television in the house! Woo-hoo!!

What’s going on with you today?

Enjoy yourself!!

Writer’s Life: Keli Gwyn

Writer’s Life: Keli Gwyn

Welcome to another edition of Writer’s Life, my interview series with authors of inspirational or sweet romance novels. I’m so excited to have Keli Gwyn on the blog today! Keli and I connected online years ago, and she was the first person to ever interview me. Since then, we’ve met in person and kept in touch. I love Keli’s writing–her debut, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was one of my top picks when it released. Keli now writes for Love Inspired Historical, and Family of Her Dreams is out now! Keli is giving away a copy to one blessed commenter, instructions below!

Let’s get to it!

1. What about writing makes your heart sing?

Those days when my characters are chatting away, the words are flowing freely and the story is coming together fill me with such joy that I feel like singing, even though my singing voice leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes I sing anyway. It’s a good thing my cats aren’t music critics, although I have caught the fellows flinging their paws over their ears when I’ve had a good writing day and burst out with some goofy ditty I’ve composed on the spot.

 

2. What is the biggest hurdle you’re facing right now as a writer?

I wage an ongoing battle with the Doubt Dragon. The pesky fellow loves to perch on my shoulder and whisper in my ear.

“What were you thinking? Surely you can do better than this?”

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“Look at this dreck. And you call yourself a writer?”

~or~

“Egads! This is the best you can do? Why don’t you just call it quits?”

I really need to invest in a muzzle and slap it on the noisy naysayer.

3. What do you do to fill your creative well?

I walk. Strolling past the stately Victorian houses in my historic town of Placerville, California can transport me back in time and get the ideas flowing. If I’m working out a gnarly plot issue, my husband and I will often hit our wonderful hiking trail and brainstorm solutions.

Gwynly confessed recently that he likes to get me talking about my stories when we’re walking because I unconsciously up my pace when he taps into my passion for writing. Since he’s a foot taller than I am and has a much longer stride, he likes it when I cover ground more quickly. I’m glad he let me in on his secret. Now I can walk and talk writing guilt free.

 

4. What are you working on now?

I’m preparing the first draft of another historical romance set right here in Placerville. The story takes place in 1872. My main characters are reunited after many years apart. Each has endured loss due to the War Between the State. They both harbor secrets that prevent them from pursuing anything more than friendship, forcing them to fight their growing feelings for one another.

Thank you for hosting me, Jill. I enjoyed answering your fun questions. I’d like to end by asking your blog’s readers a question.

Do you enjoy singing, or are you hesitant to sing in front of others?

 

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Keli, I fight the doubt dragon A LOT! I think it’s awesome you sing when you write! I’m not a singer. Well, I do sing in the car, but it’s not pretty. I would love to stroll past the Victorian homes you mentioned. How delightful! The architecture of yesteryear was gorgeous. Thanks so much for being my guest!

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Family of Her Dreams

A Family to Cherish ~

Headstrong Tess Grimsby loves her new job caring for the children of a recently widowed man. But she never imagined that she’d fall for her handsome employer. Yet Spencer Abbott is as caring as he is attractive, and Tess can’t help but feel for him and his family. Though, for the sake of her job, she’ll keep any emotions about her boss to herself.

Between his stationmaster responsibilities in a gold-rush town and trying to put his family back together, Spencer has his hands full. He soon finds his new hire’s kind personality warming his frosty exterior. But could he ever admit to seeing her as more than just an employee?

Copyright © 2015 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

Visit Keli’s Victorian-style cyber home (http://keligwyn.com/library/my-books), where you can find purchase links for Family of Her Dreams on many of the major booksellers’ sites.

 

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Keli Gwyn

Keli Gwyn ~

Award-winning author Keli Gwyn, a native Californian, transports readers to the early days of the Golden State. She and her husband live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, historical museums and other Gold Rush-era towns. Keli loves hearing from readers and invites you to visit her Victorian-style cyber home at www.keligwyn.com, where you’ll find her contact information.

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Keli Gwyn Giveaway!

Keli is giving away a copy to one commenter! If you’d like to be entered, simply leave your email address in the comments below. The giveaway is open until midnight, June 13, 2015 and is open to U.S. residents eighteen years and older. I will select a random winner and contact the winner via email.

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Back to Keli’s question:

Do you enjoy singing, or are you hesitant to sing in front of others?

Have a terrific day!

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