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“Now and forever is an anthology of 5 short and sweet romances, I always find it hard to review anthologies you just get into the story and then whammo it’s ended. At 347 pages long this anthology does not take long to read but it was enjoyable.
The 5 stories were sweet and entertaining with romances ranging from mistaken identity to accidental meetings and the dreaded setup. I was able to happily pick up and leave the anthology in between sittings and quickly immerse myself back in the next novelette.
Thank you Isabelle North, Carole McKee, Debbie White, Madge Gressley and Brandi Gillilan for a wonderful read. I’m only giving Now and forever 3.5 stars not because it’s not enjoyable but anthologies for me are really hard to rate above 3.5 as they finish just as they get you hooked into the story. Can’t wait to read more from these authors.”
These five awesome authors have put together five romantic stories guaranteed to pull at your heart strings. Whether you are young or old, or somewhere in between, you will fall in love all over again.
Isabella Norse scored major “cool mom” points by playing the same video games as her sons and their friends. In these virtual worlds she slayed demons and destroyed machines bent on galactic extermination while simultaneously wooing cocky assassins and sexy aliens. She fell in love with the make-believe worlds and rich characters that inhabited them and now writes her own tales of love, romance, and adventure.
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Snippet for Saved by the Belle
by Isabella Norse
“Well, now that you’ve got a little more free time, I have a project I could use your help with.”
“Oh?” He stepped closer, his arms just brushing hers. “You know what I think?”
“No, but I’m pretty sure you’re going to tell me.” Dot stepped back. She found his nearness more than a little appealing but, it was best not to go there.
“I think you just want to spend more time with me.” He took another step, narrowing the gap. “I think our daily lunches have left you hungry for more than food.”
“Russell Phillips!” Dot gasped. “Just what are you implying?”
Recently, she has started a new series—‘Sophie Collins Mysteries’—Young Adult books about the adventures of Sophie Collins, a modern-day Nancy Drew. The first edition “The Red Coat,” is available in the Kindle Store on Amazon. http://buff.ly/THQEcQ.
The second book “The Secrete of Trail House Lodge,” will be available shortly.
Not only is she an author, she is an accomplished, award-winning visual artist. She is a Signature Member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and a Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artist. Her work can be found in the collections of numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Great Britain, and China.
She is also co-owner and graphic designer for Art & Graphic Innovations, LLC, a Missouri based graphic design firm, and owner of MEG Originals Fine Art.
Snippet for A Design For Love
by Madge Gressley
Interesting, Jason thought as a half-grin formed on his handsome face, admiring Maddy’s petite form hurrying down the hall and disappearing into her office. She had intrigued him ever since he had been introduced to her. There had beensomething about her from the start that peeked his curiosity. Maybe it was the fact that she was the lone female in a male dominated arena of architects and seemed completely oblivious to all that testosterone, or maybe it was the remarks he had accidently overheard from several of the younger architects commenting that she was a ‘cold fish.’ One young buck had laughed and said, ‘Bet it would be like taking an ice burg to bed. You might wind up with frostbite.’
Carole McKee is originally from Pittsburgh, but moved to Florida in 2002, after the death of her son. Most of her books take place in the Western Pennsylvania area, the place she will always call home. Being adventurous, Carole changed careers more than once. She holds four degrees in four different fields. She began writing in 1996, when she wrote a tribute to her black Lab after he passed away. Her first novel, “Perfect,” debuted in 2006. When “Perfect” won an award, and was well-received by so many readers, it became a turning point in Carole McKee’s life. Although she had always written stories, she never thought that she could actually become a writer. Her second novel, “Choices,” became a series, followed by “The Bushes are Red” “The Full Nelson” and “Consequences.” She has written four eBooks: “Maddie’s Garden,” “Kisses from the Heart,” “Second chances,” and “Going Home.:” Her trilogy “Testosterone Poisoning,” is available in an eBook format as well as paperback. She is currently working on what will end up being another series, “Angelface.”
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Snippett from Be My Valentine?
By Carole McKee
“What’s wrong?” He asked. She immediately recognized him and narrowed her eyes.
“Nothing. I’m fine,” she retorted.
“You’re not fine. Let me help you. Have you called for a tow truck?”
“My phone is dead. Out of juice.” She held up her phone as if she were offering proof.
“It’s really starting to get cold. Why don’t you come sit in my warm car, and I can give you a ride home?”
“No. I’m not getting into a car with you, and I’m certainly not going to go anywhere with you. You can just leave. I’ll be fine.”
“No. You will not be fine. And there is no way I am going to just leave you here. I’m not made that way. I’m not a monster.”
“Could have fooled me.”
“Look.” Cooper shook his head and took a deep breath. “I can explain that day in the office. I…”
“I don’t want an explanation. An apology would be a start.”
“I’ve tried to apologize. Now I’m trying again. I am heartily sorry for that…uh, incident in my office. Now here. Take my phone and call for a tow.”
Trish accepted his phone and punched in the emergency number for the only garage in town.
Debbie resides in northern California with her husband and two rescue dachshunds. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue and gives a percentage of all book sales to rescue groups. In her spare time, she likes to be with her family, work in the garden and take mild to moderate hikes, go wine tasting, and travel. She also loves to read. She’s always enjoyed reading, but it wasn’t until she landed a job as a library assistant that her love for reading exploded. Surrounded daily by great authors, Debbie was exposed to a whole different world revolving around books.
Debbie categorizes her books as inspirational romance and women’s fiction. Her female characters are strong and independent, and when faced with adversity, overcome the perils that stand in their way by focusing on the positive when dealing with grief and unhappiness.
Her stories are all fiction with threads of truth woven throughout them. In addition to sharing some real life experiences, she uses her 20+ years as a military wife also as inspiration.
If you’re looking for something different in the way of romance or women’s fiction, consider selecting one of Debbie’s books. Check out her signing schedule as well. If you’re in the area of any of them, she’d be happy to sign a copy for you.
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Snippet from Perfect Pitch
by Debbie White
“She’ll be obsessed with baseball, and not have much of a life beyond it until she meets the man of her dreams that is,” she said.
Zach brushed his hand across his face. He’d paused before he spoke. “When you say it like that, makes it sound like baseball isn’t worth living for. It pays my bills, and not to mention the activity side of the sport. It keeps me in shape.”
He got that right. On and off the diamond, Colton was ripped. He had what many would describe as a solid frame. It was beautiful and she admired his strength. It was most difficult to conduct the interview with well-defined pecs and a six-pack visible under his tight tee-shirt. Someone had to do it, she giggled to herself.
Brandi enjoys writing romance in as many genres as she can. Creating characters people can relate to and are drawn to is her goal. She hopes it keeps you coming back for more.
She would love to hear from you. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Snippet for Bound by Marriage: Looking Through Your Eyes
by Brandi Gillilan
Light colored eyes were all but shooting fire at the older woman. “Let me get this straight.” Annabelle started listing the events with her fingers, “You tricked us into filling out questionnaires. Turned them into a matchmaking company. And contractually obligated the three of us in arranged marriages if we want to keep Taking the Plunge as our business.”
The older lady smiled at her granddaughter, “You’ve always been a quick study Annabelle.”