Thursday, May 23, 2019

Selah Award Winner

Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington


Great news, friends! My book, Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington, won a Selah Award in the contemporary romance category! What an honor and a thrill!

Have you read this book yet? This is the second of the Washington Island Romance series, all three of which are out now.

Here's more information on the Bainbridge novel:

Neither of them is ready for a relationship, but love may not give them an out.

Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.

Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past? 
 


Here's what one reviewer said:  "Love, love, love this story and the characters!!! I cheered for them and cried for them. Great story!" ~ Melissa Henderson, reviewer

This is a stand-alone novel with themes of forgiveness, father-son relationships, second chances, and supporting a friend through a tough time. Because some of the elements may be heavy, I included a quirky character named Matilda. She's Liam's great-aunt and she has experience in the theater, so she uses accents and has trained her pet bird to do the same. Many readers have said she's their favorite character in the book. :) 

Check out more reviews, along with the print or e-book copy, here. Available at Barnes and Noble, CBD.com, and Amazon. Happy reading!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

News!

Washington Island Romance series

Right now, my Friday Harbor novel is free on Kindle! For a few days, you can get my Friday Harbor novel, book one, free. (March 3 - 7). Here's what an Amazon reviewer had to say about this novel:

“If you’re looking for an emotionally satisfying, Hallmark movie type of romantic escape you’ll find it in Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington.”


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It's been an interesting last few days! My Whidbey novel released on March 1. You can still get it on Kindle for a sale price of $2.99. Here's what an early reader had to say about Finding Love on Whidbey Island, Washington

"Wow! You took me to the depths and then to the heights! I was so there! There at Whidbey, there in the kitchen (with your characters), there in Roy's home full of love. Great job!"

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On the same day of book three's release, I learned that my Bainbridge Island novel was a Selah Contest finalist! That's book two in the same series.  Here's what an early reader had to say about this novel:

"I liked this book better than the first, and I thought book one was exceptional."




If you enjoy escaping to the beach, even if only in your imagination, check out this series and take some time to read and relax. Buy all three for around $8.00 for the next few days. If you're on Kindle Unlimited, the series is always free.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Finding Love on Whidbey Island, Washington

FL on Whidbey Island, Washington


Releasing March 1! 

This is book three in my Washington Island Romance series. The pre-order link is live now. Here's the summary:

Could what drove them apart be what draws them back together?

Liberty Winfield lives with loss every day. She’d rather leave her history behind her, but when faced with moving back to her hometown, the past becomes unavoidable. She takes a job at the florist shop owned by her ex-boyfriend’s family from a decade ago. Now he’s unavoidable.

Clay Garrison knows the pain of ruing his mistakes. Most of his regrets center around Liberty. If he could undo his poor choices, he would. Liberty is back. He has one more chance to make things right. She doesn’t believe anyone could love her unconditionally, so he sets out to prove her wrong. He must also try to right the biggest wrong of their past, knowing that in doing so, he could lose her forever.

Will addressing the past together help them find love?


These books read as stand-alones, so don't feel you have to read the first two in the series to catch on to what's happening. 

Here are the other two in the series:


FL in Friday Harbor, Washington
Book One: Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington

Will keeping his promise lead to another broken heart—or help them find love again?

Professor Mikaela Rhoades has a plan: she’ll encourage her students’ marine biology research through an exclusive program while helping an old family friend’s whale touring business stay afloat. The challenge is the tour captain is her first love and ex-fiancé. Mikaela longs to help his family in the wake of his father’s death, but she’s keeping secrets. She’ll have to face her past and overcome her concerns about the future to make it through the summer. 

Captain Hunter Cahill has taken over the family touring business after his father’s death. Unfortunately, he’s drowning in grief and debt. He’s hoping the incoming stodgy professor will help resurrect the failing business, but he’s not prepared when that professor turns out to be Mikaela, his former fiancée. To make matters more difficult, he’d promised his father to pursue her if she ever returned to the island single. The more time they spend together, the easier it is to keep that promise, though she still plans to leave at the end of the season. How much will it cost him to spend the summer romancing Mikaela?



FL on Bainbridge Island
Book Two: Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington

Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.

Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past?

Monday, April 30, 2018

My New Release: Finding Love in Bainbridge Island, Washington


Book Two of my Washington Island Romance Series has just released!

Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington

I love reading a novel for escape into a beautiful setting, don't you? After visiting a glorious location, I was inspired to write a novel set there. Finding Love on Bainbridge Island,Washington is a contemporary Christian romance set on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound Washington. This is book two in my Washington Island Romance series. The novel stands alone, meaning you don’t have to read book one (Finding Love in Friday Harbor,Washington) in order to follow what’s happening here. 

Let me tell you a bit more about it:

Neither of them is ready for a relationship, but love may not give them an out. 


Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.


Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past? 

If you pre-order the e-book before midnight, May 1, the book will automatically appear on your Kindle on the first. The print version is in stock at Amazon now. It’s also available at BN.com.
Some of my themes in this book are: facing the past, overcoming PTSD, wrestling with whether to forgive someone who has hurt you, and a second chance at love. Because the topics might be a little heavy, I included humor in the zany character of Aunt Matilda. Early readers consistently mention how much they love this character.

I hope you'll read and enjoy this second book in my Washington Island Romance series. If you get a chance to read the novel, please leave a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, your own blog, etc. You don't have to write a lot, but any kind review is greatly appreciated!  (Please avoid spoilers.)

Happy reading, friends!

Amazon e-book version: https://amzn.to/2GQrBxZ
Amazon print version: https://amzn.to/2HFbAw4
Barnes and Noble print version: https://bit.ly/2FvFujs

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Announcing My New Book: Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington

Coming September 1, 2017:

FLI Friday Harbor, Washington
 
I love lounging at the pool or the beach with a summertime read, don't you? I wrote this book out of a hunger, as a reader, for just such an experience. Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington is a contemporary Christian romance set at the Salish Sea in Washington State. Here's more information: 


Will keeping his promise lead to another broken heart—or help them find love again?

Professor Mikaela Rhoades has a plan: she’ll encourage her students’ marine biology research through an exclusive program while helping an old family friend’s whale touring business stay afloat. The challenge is the tour captain is her first love and ex-fiancé. Mikaela longs to help his family in the wake of his father’s death, but she’s keeping secrets. She’ll have to face her past and overcome her concerns about the future to make it through the summer.

Captain Hunter Cahill has taken over the family touring business after his father’s death. Unfortunately, he’s drowning in grief and accumulated debt. He’s hoping the incoming stodgy professor will help resurrect the failing business, but he’s not prepared when that professor turns out to be Mikaela, his former fiancée. To make matters more difficult, he’d promised his father to pursue her if she ever returned to the island single. The more time they spend together, the easier it is to keep that promise, though she still plans to leave at the end of the season. How much will it cost him to spend the summer romancing Mikaela?


The pre-order link in this post is for the e-book format. But the print format will have its own link closer to release date. 

Some of my themes in this book are: hoping in God, even when it's hard; grieving the loss of a parent; healing from past hurts. My characters are flawed, real, and at times hurting while trying to carry out their commitments. They're also noble and heroic and learning to trust God with their lives. 

I hope you'll read and enjoy this first book in my new Washington Island Romance series. Books two and three will be out in 2018 and 2019. If you enjoy the book, please leave a review on Amazon. You don't have to write a lot, but any kind review is greatly appreciated! 

Happy reading, friends!