Warming Hearts at Walmart featuring Melinda Curtis w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @MelCurtisAuthor

Warming Hearts at Walmart featuring Melinda Curtis w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @MelCurtisAuthor


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Heartwarming for Everyone

I admit, most of the books I buy nowadays are ebook, but I almost always buy books I enjoy in their print form. Those keepers mean a lot to me. I love re-reading a favorite passage and then gazing at the cover to reconcile my image of the hero and heroine with the artist’s. I love the smell of the pages. It reminds me of going to the library with my mom every week when I was a kid. I love seeing a book on my nightstand. Reading from my ereader doesn’t relax me the way a physical book does. I grew up with my great aunt giving me bags of Harlequin series books. I’ve spent my share of time standing in line to get autographed copies of books from favorite authors. I love printed books. It’s just that there aren’t as many physical stores around me that carry romances anymore.

A book in the hand means more to me than a good story. It’s like a favorite recipe at the holidays. A touchstone with the things I consider important and that ground me emotionally. Buying books for my ereader may be easier than driving forty-five minutes to the nearest bookstore and having digital reads may be a handy way to travel without carrying six books with me (and hide just how big my to-be-read pile is from my husband), but it’ll never completely replace a book in my hand. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 Melinda

 

Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the sweet romantic comedy Bridesmaid series. A Memory Away is Book 6 in the Harmony Valley series. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Wonderfully entertaining.

Dandelion Wishes (A Harmony Valley Novel, #1) Summer Kisses (A Harmony Valley Novel, #2) Season of Change (A Harmony Valley Novel, #3)
One Perfect Year (A Harmony Valley Novel, #4)  

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January 3rd: Launch
January 4th: I Am A Reader – Amy Vastine
January 5th: Mel’s Shelves – Anna J. Stewart
January 6th: deal sharing aunt – Cari Lynn Webb
January 7th: Reading Is My SuperPower – Carol Ross
January 8th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Catherine Lanigan
January 10th: Babs Book Bistro – Leigh Riker
January 11th: Love, Laughter, Friendship – Melinda Curtis
January 12th: Heidi Reads… – Pamela Tracy
January 13th: Christian Chick’s Thoughts – Rula Sinara
January 14th: Bookworm Lisa – Tara Taylor Quinn
January 15th: Grand Finale

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Married by Thanksgiving by Melinda Curtis!  w/a giveaway! @MelCurtisAuthor #FreeStory

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We’re highlighting 13 FREE short stories by beloved Harlequin Heartwarming authors available from Harlequin during November. All Heartwarming titles are 30% OFF during November from Harlequin as well! Use code HEART1115.

TODAY’S FREE SHORT STORY:

Married by Thanksgiving by Melinda Curtis

Football star Clinton Hadley has been in trouble with the law once too often recently. When a night out with friends turns into a night in jail, Clinton knows the judge is going to throw the book at him if he doesn’t think of something. Fast. When his single lawyer, Brenda Thomas, mentions the judge goes easier on family men, Clinton decides to get married…to Brenda!

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Small town Harmony Valley is in trouble. It’s so remote the sagging California economy of the past few years has driven businesses out, and without jobs, everyone under the age of 65 has left town. Three friends return to Harmony Valley and decide to start a winery to save the town from dying with its elderly residents. But those old residents are set in their ways – dare I say quirky? And they’re not shy about letting those young bucks know what’s on their mind, be it how things should be done or the tastiness of a cherished family recipe, like Bananas and Ham with Hollandaise Sauce.

I love writing the Harmony Valley series for Harlequin Heartwarming because it brings many of the elements I love in a romance together – small town community, the sometimes outrageous honesty of people over 65, and love stories based on emotional journeys. There is physical attraction between the hero and heroine (and kissing!), but the love between them is more likely built on the foundation of one soul recognizing another than one perfect body being attracted to another.

 

Experience Harmony Valley in two ways this November – in one short story (Married by Thanksgiving) or in installments (A Kiss for the Cook) online this month at Harlequin.com!

 

Melinda Curtis is an award winning, USA Today bestselling author. She writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet, light-hearted romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf.” Melinda also writes the sweet romantic comedy Bridesmaid series.

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Don’t miss any of these FREE novellas or the extra tour content! Stop by each of the tour stops each day:

11/2: Snow Day Baby by Amy Vastine
Singing Librarian Books, The Power of Words, & Katie’s Clean Book Collection

11/4: Wedding at Turkey Run by Liz Flaherty
My Love for Reading Keeps Growing, Babs Book Bistro, & Heidi Reads…

11/6: Her Thanksgiving Soldier by Leigh Riker
Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima, Mel’s Shelves, & Brooke Blogs

11/9: Mr. Right All Along by Jen Snow
Katie’s Clean Book CollectionMin Reads and Reviews, & Love thy Shelf

11/11: Falling for the Cowboy by Sophia Sasson
Kindle and Me, The Power of Words, & Colorimetry

11/13: The Marriage Gift by Tara Taylor Quinn
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11/16: Heart of a Hero by Pamela Tracy
Writing Pearls, Wishful Endings, & Waiting For Wentworth

11/18: Thankful for You by Karen Rock
Christian Chick’s Thoughts, Getting Your Read On, & Love, Laughter, Friendship

11/20: Autumn at Jasper Lake by Carol Ross
Reading Is My SuperPower, I Am A Reader, & Colorimetry

11/23: The Firefighter’s Promise by Kate James
Canadian Book Addict, Mel’s Shelves, & Beck Valley Books

11/24: Wedding of His Dreams by Cari Lynn Webb
Bookworm Lisa, Kindle and Me, & Zerina Blossom’s Books

11/25: The Sweetheart Tree by Rula Sinara
The Written Adventure, Reading Is My SuperPower, & Writing Pearl

11/26: Married by Thanksgiving by Melinda Curtis
Heidi Reads…, Love, Laughter, Friendship, & Singing Librarian Books 

11/29: Grand Finale
11/30: Facebook Party

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dancepinkmist1sDance of the Pink Mist

The Cracked Chronicles, Book 2

K.D. Van Brunt

romance/paranormal/urban fantasy  – 100K

Editor’s Pick

 

In the sequel to Win the Rings, Gray is now a prisoner at Cracked, forced to undergo combat training under the supervision of his nemesis, Jace.  He soon learns first hand why all the other kids at Cracked are scared to death of her, but he also finds a chink in her armor and they both realize they have an eerie connection to one another.

 

Gradually, Gray is drawn into Jace’s dangerous world of Special Ops missions, where death waits like a shadow in every corner.
For Jace, Gray poses a new kind of threat.  Although she’s proficient in all types of combat, Jace’s training hasn’t prepared her for him, and she is forced to confront feelings she has never experienced before.

 

 

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Excerpt:

I give three raps on Jace’s door, precariously balancing an armload of her clothes in one hand and her newly pressed uniform jacket in the other.  I’ve been Jace’s personal valet and general all-around slave for over six weeks now, bustling from one task to another, while trying not to incur her prickly wrath.  And even though much of what she makes me do is demeaning, curiously I find myself stealing looks at her when she’s not paying attention to me.

“Come in,” Jace says through the closed door.

I try to stick my thumb on the bio-sensor pad next to her door, but the action causes me to lose my balance just enough to send the pile of clothes cascading to the floor.  There are no outside doorknobs here, just these small rectangular pads beside every door, which read your thumbprint and release the lock.

“Shit!” I curse.

I drop to my knees to salvage what I can and refold the rest.  The door opens behind me causing me to flinch.  I look up at Jace wondering if she’s going to give me a swift kick to the ribs for this, but she just stands in the doorway tapping her foot impatiently on the floor.  She has her arms folded across her chest looking peeved, and I see she’s dressed in old sweats and a loose-fitting camo tank top.  She doesn’t have a bra on.  For some reason I blush at this, as if I walked in on her while she was dressing.

“I should make you re-wash all of this, Gray, but I’m feeling generous tonight.”

“Excuse me.  Did you say Gray, sir?”  This would be the first time she’s used my first name since I got here.  Until now it’s been rookie, rook, newbie, new meat—among others terms of endearment.

She shrugs.  “I suppose you’ve earned the right to be called by your first name.  Don’t let it go to your head.”

“Thank you.”

“Whatever,” she says with a sigh.  “Now listen up.  My bathroom needs cleaning.  So get this mess picked up and get to work on it.”

Five minutes later, I’m standing in front of her dresser putting away her newly refolded clothes.  I’ve memorized by now the layout of her drawers—underwear and socks in the top drawer, shirts and pajamas in the second, pants, etc., in the third.  There’s a fourth and fifth drawer, but I’m not supposed to open those, so I don’t know what she’s hiding in there.  Finishing, I glance over at Jace, who’s sitting cross-legged on her bed flipping through a magazine—Jane’s Intelligence Review.  Gee, that looks like a fun read.   Her blonde hair is so fine and soft I feel this irrational urge to run my hands through it, even though she’d probably kick me in the groin if I tried.  She’s leaning forward to study the magazine and my eyes lock onto her tank top, which is gapping enough to almost flash her entire, braless chest at me.   I gawk for a moment, but then feeling like a perv, I advert my gaze.

“Don’t stare at me, Gray.  Get to work.  The cleaning supplies are under the sink.”

I nod, but I think I detect a subtle, knowing smirk on her face.

Every room in the dorm is laid out the same—a main living area and a small bathroom off one end of the room.  The best that can be said about the bathrooms here is they’re functional: toilet, sink and commode, and a shower.  No bathtubs.   Sighing, I pull out a bristle brush and get to work on the stainless steel toilet bowl.

“You ever been to Alaska, Gray?” Jace asks after a few minutes, when I’ve moved on to scrub the shower stall.

I hesitate, puzzled by the question.  “Once.  Anchorage, sir.”

I hear her sigh loudly.  “You can call me Jace from now on.  What was it like?”

I hesitate, briefly surprised by the realization I don’t have to call her ‘sir’ anymore, but at this point it’s been so deeply drilled into me I’m not sure I’m capable of calling her anything else.

 

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The Road to Being Published

 

The first and toughest hurdle for an aspiring writer is to write the story.  The next hurdle is getting the story “published.”  This second hurdle can be huge or not so huge.  That’s because of the range of options available to writers today.   The bottom line is, if you can write the story, you can get it published—that’s not to say it’s easy, just that it’s attainable.   Which publication option is best?  The answer is going to vary for each person.

 

Most writers want to at least try the traditional publishing route—get an agent and sell their manuscript to one of the big name publishers.   For most of us, this is difficult.  The hard reality is that very few manuscripts make it.  But, if you’re dedicated to your craft, able to handle rejection, and willing to be persistent, you can definitely improve the odds, maybe even turn them in your favor.   In most cases, though, this is going to take some time.

 

What if the agent route isn’t working or just isn’t what you want?  You can submit your story directly to publishers that accept unagented submissions.  There are a many of them out there.  Most, but not all, are of modest size and independent.  If you do your research and carefully compile your list of possible publishers, this can be a great option for a writer.   Still,  it’s no shoe in.  If a publisher doesn’t like your story and doesn’t think he can sell it, you’re probably going to be rejected.  Having said that, though, these publishers are much more willing to look at stories aimed at niche markets or that are outside the current market trends in fiction.

 

Of course, like everything in life, not everyone has a wonderful experience.   You can find a lot of feedback online about small/indie publishing.  Study it.  See if, on balance, this is something that might work for you.  One thing for sure is you’re going to have to put in a lot of time and work marketing your book.  You should be doing this any way, no matter what publishing option you pursue, but it’s critical for the smaller publishers.

 

Then, of course, there’s the self-publishing option (although an interesting alternative to self-publishing to think about is Amazon’s new Kindle Scout program).

The benefits of self-publishing include the fact that you have full control over your story and no one is going to reject you.  This can be good or bad.  You’re going to have to do all the work (or pay someone to do it for you), but if you have the skills or you hire someone good, you can turn out a very professional looking book.  One potential problem with self-publishing is that without a “gatekeeper” handing out rejections, and thereby forcing people to improve their writing in order to make the cut, the quality of self-published stories is spotty to say the least.  And readers know this.  So, you have to work especially hard to market your book, but if you have a good, well-written story and you’re willing to roll up your marketing sleeves, your self-published story can really flourish.  There are certainly some amazing success stories out there to emulate.

 

What’s my publishing story?   I wrote the three books of the Cracked Chronicles (yes, book three is done) with initially little more than vague thoughts about how I would get the series published.   When I finished and turned to publishing options, I discovered that the market for young adult urban fantasy was a bit saturated—at least from the standpoint of the big publishers.  Translation: it was going to be a difficult sell getting an agent/traditional publisher to buy into it.   So, rather than waste six to nine months in a likely unsuccessful endeavor, I decided to skip the agent route for these books and go directly to small/independent publishers who were publishing books like mine.   This was the right choice for me.  I’ve had a wonderful experience with Evernight Teen—they work hard with their authors to make their books the best they can be and position them so they can succeed in the marketplace.

 

Whatever publishing route writers choose to follow, the key is persistence.  If you don’t give up, your story will get published.

 

 

K.D. Van Brunt

During the eight hours of the day when I’m not writing, reading or sleeping, I’m a lawyer in Washington, DC.  I grew up in Southern California, moved to Seattle before coming east to Boston to go to school.  Now, I live in the great state of Maryland with my wife, my dog—a standard poodle named Buffy (and who do you think named her?), and my hot Camaro.  One of the few things I like better than pizza is driving fast.  So, if you happen be in the DC area and a black Camaro with a red stripe and a rear spoiler roars by and blows your doors off…thaaat could be me. 

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Out of Line by Jen McLaughlin and her Top Ten Females on TV w/giveaway

Out of Line by Jen McLaughlin and her Top Ten Females on TV w/giveaway


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Even though the book was just released, it is already zooming up the charts on Amazon and B&N. To celebrate this, Jen is offering a one-of-a-kind prize for a lucky reader! Anyone who helps spread the word about OUT OF LINE (through tweets, facebook messages, leaving a review, etc.) gets entered to win 30 pages of the manuscript, which include editing marks and special never-before-seen notes from Jen! You will have all the deets on what Jen changed, deleted scenes, and special extras.   Rafflecopter and Tour schedule are at the bottom of the post.  Good luck!

BOOK SUMMARY:

Desperate to break free…

I’ve spent my entire life under my father’s thumb, but now I’m finally free to make my own choices. When my roommate dragged me to my first college party, I met Finn Coram and my life turned inside out. He knows how to break the rules and is everything I never knew I wanted. A Marine by day and surfer by night, he pushes me away even as our attraction brings us closer. Now I am finally free to do whatever I want. I know what I want. I choose Finn.

Trying to play by the rules…

I always follow orders. My job, my life, depends on it. I thought this job would be easy, all the rules were made crystal clear, but when I met Carrie Wallington, everything got muddy. She’s a rule I know I shouldn’t break, but damn if I don’t inch closer to the breaking point each time I see her. I’m ready to step out of line. And even worse? I’m living a lie. They say the truth will set you free, but in my case…

The truth will cost me everything.

Top 10 Females

As I visit blogs, talking about my new release, Out Of Line, I like to think of other characters that have struck a chord within me. Floating around the internet is a post that has my favorite TV males on it. I’d be remiss if I didn’t do one for my favorite females, too, right?

Some of these women’s traits pop into my characters, whether it be physical or they way they act when they see a spider, but here are my top 10 favorite female characters to watch. (Character names listed)

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  1. Kenzie on NCIS:LA. I love how she’s strong, independent, yet caring and squishy inside. She’s got it all! I like to think there’s a little bit of her in Carrie, from Out Of Line.
  2. Beckett on Castle. I love, again her strength in the police force, blended with her soft heart.
  3. Max on Two Broke Girls, just because I love her dry sense of humor.kat-dennings-como-max-en-2-broke-girls
  4. Jess on The New Girl. I love her quirkiness and her I-Don’t-Care attitude.
  5. Caroline on Vampire Diaries. She’s such a fun character to watch evolve. Started out kind of a mean girl, then turned into what she is today.
  6. Snow on Once Upon a Time. I love watching her every week.
  7. Gloria on Modern Family. Man, she’s hilarious with her mentions of how things were back home.
  8. Mary on Downton Abbey. I can’t wait to see which side of Mary we’ll see this season.
  9. Joan Watson on Elementary. I love seeing that role revamped as a woman.
  10. And last, but not least, Robin on How I Met Your Mother. She’s such a non-girly girl, yet a girl at the same time.

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So, there you have it, my favorite women to watch. What are some of yours? Do they match up with mine?

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Author Informationdiane alberts

Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Website: http://dianealberts.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6921962.Jen_McLaughlin

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As the final stop of the 2nd Craziest Blog Tour in the A Long Road To Love series, I’d like to review Carrie’s romantic choices so far. If you asked Carrie, she would say she’s only been around one man sufficiently to fall in love
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Yet I have thrown a great deal of men her way. I’ll admit, not all are winners, however, except for two, all behave marginally better than Trent, and I think two are better looking and in my opinion one would fit Carrie perfectly, if she’d only open her heart to the possibility.

Trouble is Carrie is like a train. Once you put her on a set of tracks she will run those track until a catastrophic wreck knocks her off course.

I’ve assembled a list of guys she knows well enough to compare them to Trent, so when disaster hits, I’ll be ready to offer her a better guy. Which would you choose for her?
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See what I mean. She has lots of choices, if she’d only open her eyes. And in book two she gets more choices, although I have to admit none of them are very good ones and some may be worse than Trent. Truth is, most the people she meets in Oh Stupid Heart (both male and female) worry me. They have agendas that could harm Carrie.

Okay, technically, we met Coco in book one, but in this book she’s serious trouble.
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Did you check out Ian’s painting? Be still my heart. I know he’s a seducer of women, but boy is he irresistible.

Jon is so nice I gave him my SkyRyders series (coming out next year) to claim as his. However, he’s married with four kids and a fun loving wife, Patty. So hopefully, nothing will go on there. I am totally against home wrecking.

Well, I think that’s all I can say about the series and Oh Stupid Heart. As you might have guessed, given all the pictures I’ve painted, I love the many characters in these books. I think you will too as long as you enter, knowing this is a LONG road to love and there are lots of life lessons Carrie must learn before seeing who she really wants to go through life with.

Who would you put her with? (You can say Trent, if you think he improves sufficiently by the end of the book.)

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Oh Stupid Heart

Book Two of: A Long Road To Love

Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance

By

Liza O’Connor

Blurb:

Carrie Hanson is in love with a different species: Trent, a pampered, uber-rich socialite who’s also her boss. Everyone keeps telling her it’s a train wreck looking to happen, but her heart wants what it wants. So despite the billion and one reasons not to, Carrie commits to this inter-species relationship. But while she’s off being trained for her new job responsibilities, a beautiful ex fiancée is working hard to get Trent back and Carrie fired.

Excerpt:

As the train filled with lesser quality people all talking on their cell phones, the noise and cacophony of smells began to irritate Trent. If not for the pleasure of holding Carrie, he would have demanded the conductor stop the train and let them off so he could have his driver rescue them. The train barely picked up speed before it slowed down, stopped, and allowed more people on. They just kept coming and coming. His glare discouraged a few people from sitting on the other side of Carrie, but eventually an old, heavyset black woman collapsed in the seat with a sigh.

“Don’t normally get to sit,” she muttered, and released a heavy sigh of exhaustion. Her faded, crumpled, threadbare clothes looked as tired as she did.

The conductor stopped and demanded five dollars. She pulled out a coin purse and tried to pay him in quarters.

“No coins.”

The woman put a calloused hand to her forehead and shook her head. “It’s all I got.”

“Not my problem,” the conductor said.

“Take her fee out of the change you owe me,” Trent snapped. Why did the guy have to be such a jerk?

The guy clicked more paper then thrust a ticket into her coin-filled hand. Finally, he handed Trent three twenties.

“And a five,” Trent growled.

The conductor muttered softly and thrust his hand into his pocket and pulled out a five. He glared at Trent. “You’re only getting this, because of her.” He nodded at Carrie. “Otherwise, you’d pay a second service fee.” He handed Trent the bills and stormed off.

The old woman flashed Trent a weary smile, displaying brown and yellow teeth, which made him slightly nauseous.

His grandmother had always said “Never engage with the common people. Perform all charity at a distance.”

“Thank you for the ticket. They’re so expensive, especially since I got sick last month and needed medicine. I didn’t have any money left to buy a monthly ticket.”

“How much is a monthly ticket?” he asked.

“$125.00. But I don’t have it, so I’m paying ten dollars a day. And I only make sixty a night, forty once they take out taxes.”

“What do you do?”

“I clean an office building. Job starts at 8 p.m. and I have to be done by 5 a.m. with no excuses. If I don’t show, or I don’t finish, I get fired.”

He retrieved his wallet, culled two hundred, and added it to the change the conductor had returned. He passed it to the woman. “Here’s enough to buy the monthly ticket and a bit extra to put aside to buy medicine the next time you get sick.”

The woman studied the hundred dollar bills. “Are these real?”

“I assume so. I got them from the bank.”

The woman’s brow furrowed and handed them back to him, keeping the twenties and five. “I can’t afford to get arrested. I’ll lose my job.”

Never had a person refused his money before. It hurt his feelings and frustrated him. Damn it, I wanted to be charitable. Why can’t the damn woman just do her part?

Review:

As most know, I loved The Worst Week Ever.  Carrie stole my heart from the first page and she did again, Oh Stupid Heart.  Be warned though, this book is completely different from The Worst Week Ever.  Yes, there is still humor, dry wit, situations that you would think…NOT AGAIN but this one humanizes Trent more.  He tries to be charitable on the train and that backfires somewhat.  When he tries to be charitable to his friend Jon, it finally works.  Of course, he had a bit of help from Carrie and Mars, again.

Mars, Jack and Sam are back to help Carrie and Trent but my heart broke for Sam.  There is a secret that Jon shares with Trent that really through me for a loop.  😉  Great twist and explains alot of Sam’s resentment towards Trent but Sam deserves better.  He is still holding a candle for Carrie though.  In some ways, so does Mars but he views her as a somewhat savior to his own job with Trent.  Read the book and see if you agree with me.

I loved the introduction of Jon and Patty.  They are the ones that truly humanized Trent for me in this book.  I finally understood where Trent truly came from growing up and with talking to Jon, Trent realized that he could leave his former life behind and build a future with Carrie.  Plus, he’s a writer that I swear everyone had read and love except Trent.

The office situations were the best in the book for me.  Grant was a slime, Coco a complete bitch and Dan was the glue that made Carrie finally feel appreciated and  necessary when it came to her work.  Loved, loved how Carrie finally stood up for herself and got mad a Trent during a work situation too.  Of course, it broke her heart afterwards but I felt like Carrie was coming around to the fact that Trent didn’t always truly value her as an employee.  Sure, she was the glue that kept the company afloat but somehow in this book, Trent forgot about that.

This book read has fast as TWWE but it very well paced and of course, Ms. O’Connor can write dialogue with the best of them.  She makes her characters come alive on the page whether it be a word or maybe a raised eyebrow.  Plus, I still want Carrie’s house and garden.  😉

To answer Liza’s question of the right guy for Carrie…its hard to say really.  I liked Trent better in this book but I on the fence if he is truly the ONE for Carrie.  He’s about 80% there but he keeps reminding us of his track record.  I liked Joey, the cop in the first book but he was absent in this one.  If I had to pick, I would say Sam but then Carrie would be only a sloppy second for Sam and I want Sam to be truly happy in a relationship.  There is so much more to Sam that when you read this book, you will come to understand him more and more.  *sigh*

I highly suggest that read the series in order to understand all the characters and situations that Carrie and Trent go through.  Ms. O’Connor has written a brilliant tale about two different species (her words) that somehow find love but that road is long and the journey isn’t complete yet.

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Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.

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