Monday, December 15, 2014

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined is HERE

Three things:

First, I'm so excited that book 2 in the Meet Your Match series is finally here! I owe so many people a huge debt of gratitude for being willing to listen to me talk through the plot and help me work so many things out. During this Christmas season, I'm feeling very grateful for good friends, understanding children, and a wonderful, supportive husband. Bless you all. This book has been made better because of them.

About Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall. 

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It’s about learning that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go. 


**The audiobook will be available in February.**

If you're interested in following the blog tour the amazing Kathy at I am a Reader has set up for this book, click HERE. Thank you Kathy!!!

Secondly, I'm also happy to announce that the audiobooks for Twist of Fate and Righting a Wrong will also be available in January and February. I'm thrilled with all three of the narrators I'm currently working with to produce the books. Here's hoping all the audiobook listeners will like them as well.

Lastly, I want to thank all of my wonderful readers for your support, encouragement, and good will. I couldn't do this without you. May you all . . .


Monday, December 8, 2014

Announcing the Swoony Awards


What Are the Swoony Awards?
The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. There are so many books published every day and it can be hard to find the ones worth reading. We want to help recognize authors who write entertaining books that are wholesome. It’s our hope that each year we will help provide everyone with a great list of books to read and maybe introduce them to new authors.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements?
-Publication Year: Only books published during the current contest year may be nominated. To be fair to all books, contest dates will run from December 1, 2013 – November 31, 2014.
-Clean romance: No sex or closed door, low/mild innuendo. Only M/F romances.
-Language: None/mild, anything over a handful of profanity (especially the more offensive words) would not be considered clean.
-Violence: None/mild
-Other: Nothing overly dark, depressing or heavy subject matter

Novels, novellas and short stories are all eligible for nomination, no limits on page number. Any (clean) genre is eligible (i.e. contemporary, fantasy, mystery, historical, etc.).

Each voter is able to choose up to 100 books to vote on or nominate each contest year. There is no cap on the overall number of books nominated.

How Are Winners Selected?
We will be accepting entries throughout the year and the winners announced the first week in January. There are fifteen award categories (i.e. Best Novel of the Year, Best Historical, Best Contemporary, etc.). Winner’s will be announced via our blogs (Bookworm Nation, KJ’s Book Nook and Katie’s Clean Book Reviews) and through Goodreads Swoony Awards Group.

Since this is a reader’s choice award the winners are determined by a combination of the number of votes received and how high the voter rated the book and what rank the voter gave each book they voted for.

Who Are We?

Kathy 
Kathy (Bookworm Nation)
I've been hosting a book review blog, Bookworm Nation, for over five years. I love to read and review books. And of course, I love to discuss books! A few years ago I started the Goodreads group, Happily Ever After Book Club. It's through Goodreads that I met Katie, Kathy Jo and Heidi and while discussing our love of books one day we thought it'd be fun to host our own Reader's Choice award. We're excited to introduce the Swoony's this year, it's going really well and we look forward to hosting it for years to come. 
Contact Info for Kathy:
Twitter: @bookwormnation
Kathy Jo 
Kathy Jo (KJ's Book Nook)
This may come as a shocker but I have NOT always been a little bookworm. In fact growing up I was not the kid you saw jumping at the chance to read. I was the one that just did it to make my teachers happy. That silent reading time during school?! Yeah.. I was the kid napping! ;) About 12 years ago someone loaned me a book and said I just HAD to read it. I took it just to get them off my back and much to my surprise I could NOT put it down! And from then on I would read... but only that one author. I refused to read anything else! It wasn't until 2009 when 2 of my favorite people introduced me to the Twilight Series that I actually started branching out. And ever since then I haven't been able to STOP reading! ;) About 5 months ago I decided to start a book blog and I have been loving it! I get to be another voice for all the amazing authors that I love! How cool is that?! And of course through my adventures in reading I have been able to meet some amazing women who love books just as much as, if not more than, me! I love chatting with them about all the books we read! We have become such great friends that at times I forget that I've never really met them in person! Books just have a way of bringing people together! My reading choices vary... I love a lot of different genres.With that said... I am not ashamed to admit that I am a romantic and I love fluff! As long as it's clean and has a HEA, I'll definitely give it a try! Any book that gives me a break from reality and puts a smile on my face is definitely a book for me!   
Contact Info for Kathy Jo:
Email: kjsbooknook@gmail.com
Blog: kjsbooknook.blogspot.com 
Twitter: @kjincali

Katie Watkins 
Katie (Katie's Clean Book Collection)
I started blogging about a year and a half ago. I've always loved to read and talk about books--it's my obsession. The first book I learned to read on my own was Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. I love a lot of different genres, but my favorite is clean romance, which is perfect for the Swoony's! I've had a blast meeting new friends who enjoy the same types of books that I do.

Contact Info for Katie:
Email: lilacqueen75@gmail.com
Twitter: @lilacqueen75
Blog: www.katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiescleanbookcollection

Heidi 
Heidi 
I'm a mother of four amazing kids and married to my own Prince Charming. I love to read, kiss my handsome Prince, bake, run (because I love to bake), ride horses, play sports, and spend time with my little family. I first fell in love with reading at a very young age because of my sweet grandmother who always took the time to read me my favorite books over and over again. She could never tell me no. My wonderful mother is also entirely addicted to reading and we love to "talk books" late into the night....and plot how we are going to buy more. :) I adore clean, happily ever after books, and I've loved getting to know so many other women who do as well. Who knew books would be the reason I would meet some of the dearest people in the world?! 
Contact Info for Heidi:
Email: curlyhide9@hotmail.com

Note to Authors:
If you’ve written a book that matches the above criteria fill free to nominate it for a Swoony! Don’t be afraid to promote the award or to let your fans know your book is up and that it needs votes. We are doing some promoting, but sometimes a Facebook, Twitter or blog post directly from the author is the best way to let your fan base know your book has been nominated. Only books with a minimum of THREE votes will be added to the official nomination list found on the Goodreads Swoony Awards group page. Winners will be announced January 2015.

To stay up to date on voting and nominations, please join our Goodreads Swoony Awards group page!

Note to Readers:
If you’ve read a book this year that you think is awesome…VOTE! This is a great way to let authors know you appreciate all that hard work. You can vote for up to 100 books on the list. We’ve also learned that the order you rank the books you vote on does affect the overall score of the book. So take a minute and make sure you have your books in the order you want them. Invite your friends to vote! Voting ends December 31, 2014.

The 2014 Swoony Awards is now accepting nominations and votes for your favorite books of the year. Polls will be open until December 31, 2014. 

Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

As a thank you for making the Swoony Awards a success,
we'd like to offer an Amazon gift card! The winner will
have 48 hours to claim the prize. Only valid
where Amazon gift cards may be used. You must
be 13 or older to enter.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Bookmarked Bargains Ebook Sale!

Huge online Ebook Sale. FOUR DAYS ONLY Great prices from great authors! This is the perfect opportunity to stock on some good reading for those cold winter months. This event only happens twice a year, so stock up on your favorite books while you can. Click here to go to the Bookmarked Bargains site.
(Be sure to check out all the genres to find all those reading gems)
Then AFTER you shop to your heart's content, scroll to the bottom of ANY Bookmarked Bargains Page and fill out the Rafflecopter to sign up for our monthly Bookmarked Reader’s Newsletter containing new releases and bargain prices from our beloved authors at Indie Author Hub. Your information will always remain confidential. All names collected will be entered to win a Reader's Party Pack shipped right to your door.
Reader’s Party Pack: $160 value. Designed for readers. Everything a reader needs to enjoy a
good book--blankets, hot cocoa, and more!
Of course, you don't need to purchase any of the listed books in order to be eligible to win, but you might as well because they're awesome.
There's something on this list for everyone to enjoy, so let's get right to it! *Be sure to check the price of the book before you download so you know you're getting the sale price.*
Who's Who and What's What in Each Category:
(Use links below or use the tabs above to find your favorite books and authors)
Below are all the genres and participating authors. ROMANTIC COMEDY Marie Higgins, Jo Noelle INSPIRATIONAL FICTION (LDS/ CHRISTIAN) Stacy Lynn Carroll, Alivia Anderson, Vicki Hunt Budge, Maria Hoagland, Daniel Coleman CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE Donna K Weaver, Rachael Anderson, Rachel Ann Nunes, Rebecca Talley, Stephanie Fowers, Cami Checketts, LuAnn Staheli, Taylor Hart, Heather Justesen, Heather Tullis, Shannon Guymon, Lisa Swinton, Heather Moore NONFICTION Christy Dorrity, Valerie Steimle, FANTASY/ SCI FI Andrea Pearson, Katie Lee O'Guinn, Stephanie Fowers, Susan Tietjen, Theresa Sneed GENERAL FICTION Tara C. Allred YOUNG ADULT/ YA ROMANCE J. Loyd Morgan, Cindy M. Hogan, Jo Noelle, Tamara Hart Heiner, Janette Rallison HISTORICAL ROMANCE Nichole Van, Joyce DiPastena, Marsha Ward, Marie Higgins, Tina Scott MIDDLE GRADE Monique Bucheger YA FANTASY J. Lloyd Morgan Christy Dorrity Daniel Coleman ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Donna K. Weaver, Cami Checketts, Rachel Ann Nunes, Theresa Sneed, Kathleen Marks, Christy Barritt, Julie Coulter Bellon, Tanya Parker Mills CHILDREN R. K. Hinrichsen **Be sure to check the price of the book before you download so you know you're getting the sale price.*

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For the fun of it: Author PROMOTION!!!

Hello, all!

It's time for another Clean eBooks Author Promotion! Yay!

This promotion runs from Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:00pm MST until Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:59pm MST. Enjoy these fantastic, clean eBooks, which include some of our latest releases!

Discern, Katon University Book One

Andrea Pearson
$0.99
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords

Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

That doesn’t stop magic from finding her. It starts with magical currents and possessed books before moving quickly to cursed spiders and freaky shadows. Nicole turns to her best friend for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

Nicole soon finds herself competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.

Prejudice Meets Pride

Rachael Anderson
$0.99
Kindle, Nook

After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.

Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.




Your Eyes Don't Lie

Rachel Branton
$0.99
Kindle, Nook

Sometimes Surviving Isn't Enough . . .

Years of living on the street and fending for herself have made Makay Greyson tough and resourceful, if a bit disillusioned. She's come a long way from sleeping in parks and scavenging for food. Her entire focus is on providing a better life for her young brother, one without fear of loss and
neglect.

That certainly doesn't leave time for Harrison Matthews, who from their first meeting sends fire through her veins and upsets all her carefully laid plans.

Makay has done things she isn't proud of to survive, and those choices now threaten the small amount of security she's created-and any chance of a future with Harrison. They've been raised in two very different worlds, and the secrets they both hide can only lead to disaster.  There is only one chance to make it right, and one misstep could be fatal.

Your Eyes Don't Lie is a story about facing fears, sacrificing for those you love, and about a girl who thinks she isn't worth loving and a guy who knows she is.

A Fantasy Christmas

Cindy C Bennett, Stephanie Fowers, and Sherry Gammon
$0.99
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords

A Fantasy Christmas is an exciting collection of romantic stories by best selling authors Cindy C Bennett, Stephanie Fowers, and Sherry Gammon. You'll find Elves, Greek gods and witches!

Halfling by Cindy C Bennett
Banished from the South Pole, Kara tries to carve out a new life among the elves of the North. It’s not easy with a secret to protect—a secret she's cursed with by the unusual circumstances of her heritage: half-elf, half-fairy. In the North, she’s assigned to work with Seb on a special project. He's the most gorgeous elf she’s ever seen - and the orneriest. As if being banished wasn’t punishment enough.

Aphrodite by Stephanie Fowers
Nothing is simple for Aphrodite’s daughter, especially love. Scorned by society in regency England, Affry longs for romance. Upon encountering a dashing nobleman at her aunty's Christmas' ball, Affry gets caught in a lovely intrigue with disastrous results. Worse, she wins the interest of the gods. Now the furies of the underworld and Hades himself
are after her.

Loving Marigold by Sherry Gammon
Young Marigold Yarrow has a secret. She’s also in love with Jack Mahoney. In the middle of her ninth grade year, Jack's family up and moves to Port Fare, New York, leaving the small town of Sugar Maple, West Virginia - and Marigold - far behind. Nine years later Jack and Marigold meet again but this time it could be magic that tears Jack and Marigold apart.

Ride to Raton


Marsha Ward
$0.99
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords

Thinking he's been treated unjustly by his father, James Owen leaves the family homestead to make a new life for himself.

The turbulent world of post-Civil War Colorado Territory is fraught with danger and prejudice that increase his bitter loneliness as personal setbacks threaten to break him. Then James's journey brings him into contact with another wayfarer, beautiful young Amparo Garc├ęs, who has come from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. Through a twist of fate, their futures are changed forever when their lives are merged in a marriage of convenience. James and Amparo undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, battling their personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms.

"Ride to Raton is a pure western, complete with bad guys and broken hearts and even a dog. The sequel to The Man from Shenandoah features James Owen, the younger brother. Marsha Ward writes a fantastic romance against a vivid southwestern backdrop. James begins this book as a hurt young man, but by the end of the book, I really could see him grow up and become a man. Made tougher by circumstances he has no control over, James realizes that the love he thought he had lost was nothing compared to what Amparo shows him. Amparo is a young Hispanic lady, forced to leave her home in Santa Fe to marry a stranger in Colorado. She bravely faces her uncertain future, relying on her faith to get her through. She is sweet, loving and she provides a great contrast to James's rough exterior. With an ending that surprised even me, Ride to Raton is not your usual romance. However, I do recommend it for western lovers—even the cover is wonderful! Marsha Ward once again shows us her gift for old fashioned storytelling!" ~Jen Hill, Roundtable Reviews


The Husband Maker

Karey White
$0.99
Kindle, Nook

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she's dated since high school has gone on to marry the next girl they date. Not two or three girls down the road. The very next one.
Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?






Life, Love, and The Pursuit of  Free Throws

Janette Rallison
Free!
Kindle

Josie loves hottie Ethan Lancaster, the captain of the basketball team, but she never can do or say the right thing in front of him. So how can it be fair that Ethan is only interested in her best friend, Cami, when Cami isn’t even trying for his affection? Or is she?

Cami dreams of winning her basketball team’s coveted MVP award, and earning the chance to take the court during a special halftime demonstration with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, but her best friend, Josie, is a better player. So how can it be fair that Josie is a shoo-in for the honor if she is barely interested in basketball in the first place and isn’t even trying to be the best? Or is she?

Told from two points of view, this novel of freshman life, love, and the pursuit of free throws displays the same delightful humor as Janette Rallison's other comedies.




My Forever: A Triple Treat Romance Box Set

Annette Lyon, Karey White, Cami Checketts
$0.99
Kindle, Nook

A Portrait for Toni  by Amazon bestselling author Annette Lyon 
Toni has no idea what she’d do without her best friend, Carter. Who else would she be able to vent to about her parents, her job at the dance studio, or her latest relationship woes? That is, until he starts questioning Toni, saying he thinks she has an eating disorder. Then she starts dating Clint, and somehow that puts a deeper wedge between her and Carter. When she’s hospitalized after an on-stage collapse, and Carter stupidly starts in with advice about food and weight, she sends him away. One night after a performance, Toni tries to mend the hurt between them. Instead of finding Carter, she stumbles onto proof that he has feelings for her that go way beyond those of a friend. Toni is left with the very real prospect of losing Carter forever, unless somehow she can return his feelings—but that’s impossible. Isn’t it?

My Own Mr. Darcy by USA Today bestselling author Karey White 
After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. During the six intervening years, she finds all of her suitors lacking—they just aren’t Mr. Darcy enough. Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. She starts dating Chad, but she believes her dream comes true in the form of wealthy bookstore owner Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

The Broken Path by Amazon bestselling author Cami Checketts 
Injured in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He’s tried love before. He won’t again. He meets his match in a precocious two-year old who loves him despite his disability, even while her mother seems bothered by everything about Ethan. Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her beautiful daughter and a stack of fear. She can’t make the mistake of trusting a man again. Autumn’s daughter becomes enraptured by Ethan. Despite Autumn’s best intentions, she finds herself following her daughter’s example. When her ex-husband reappears, threatening everyone she loves if she won’t submit to his demands, Autumn has to learn to trust or lose her chance at real love.


Still Time

Maria Hoagland
$0.99
Kindle, Nook, Smashwords

Thrust into the chaos of her mother-in-law’s hoarding and forgetfulness, LDS church member Alyssa Johnston wishes she could retreat to a simpler time when her kids were small and almost anything could be fixed with a hug. But reassurance and a quick distraction no longer erase the pain of a missionary son who is struggling, a young teen who is bullied, or a daughter who is distant. As Aly’s own life and relationship with her husband plunge out of control, she wonders if her faith will be enough to keep her family—or herself—from falling apart.

Still Time is a deeply moving story about a woman’s faithful journey into the next phase of her life. You will laugh with Aly, feel her sorrow, and see yourself in Maria Hoagland’s realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a woman’s struggle to keep her family safe and hold back time as long as she can.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Character Blog Hop

Thanks to Annette Lyon for tagging me in this character blog hop!

For the character blog hop, readers get to jump around to discover characters we have recently written about or are currently writing about. You can find Annette's character post HERE.

First, a little about Annette:


Annette has been writing ever since about second grade, when she piled pillows on a chair to reach her mother's typewriter. In the many years since, she's published over a dozen novels, three nonfiction books, several (October's will make nine) novellas in an award-winning anthology series. She's published over 130 magazine and newspaper articles. She's done freelance business writing and worked for many years as a senior editor at Precision Editing Group. She's a Whitney Award winner, a two-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State medal for fiction, and a three-time publication award winner from the League of Utah Writers, most recently, the Silver Quill in 2013. Annette graduated cum laude with a degree in English from Brigham Young University. When she's not writing, editing, knitting, or eating chocolate, you can find her mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor.

Here are some other places you can find her online:
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest

Now to share my character with you:

What is the name of your character? 
I decided to pick  the heroine of Prejudice Meets Pride, Emma Mackie.

When and where is the story set?
It's a contemporary book set in Colorado Springs.

What should we know about your character?
Like the title suggests, Emma is incredibly prideful. So much so that she lets her pride get in the way a lot. But she also has a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.

What is the main conflict?
Again, as the title implies, the main conflict involves a slightly prejudiced guy and a massively prideful girl. Will they? Won't they? You'll have to read it to find out. :)

What is your character's personal goal?
Emma's goal is to provide for her nieces while trying hard not to fall for the handsome, out-of-her-league next door neighbor. She achieves half that goal.

Is there a working title, and where can we find out more about it?
Prejudice Meets Pride. 

When can we expect the book to be published?
The book came out in April and can be found on the following sites:
Amazon

To find some of my other publications, visit my My Books Page.


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Now a bit about the author you'll get to hear from next Monday!

Author Karey White

I am the oldest of eleven children, born to parents who were either saints or crazy, maybe both. They thought we were all capable of being professional athletes or broadway stars. They weren't right, of course, but they did help us have self-confidence.

I have the greatest family. A patient husband who makes me laugh and four clever, good-looking children--two boys and two girls. I adore them all.

Through the years I've been a student, a teacher, a secretary, a clothing designer and seamstress, a wedding cake maker, a crafter, a scrapbooker, a cook, a homework helper (until they pass me in math, somewhere around the third grade), and a fan at my children's sporting events. Before I die, I'd either like to be a great housekeeper or have the money to hire a maid.

I've been writing since Jr. High, when I was hired by a county newspaper to do a Happenings column about our little town of about 300 people. I got paid by the word so every week I called every family in town and got their news. It wasn't high-brow journalism but the column earned me a little spending money.

On our way to Aspen, CO, my sister, my two oldest kids and I were hit head-on by a drunk driver in a stolen car. Although we suffered serious injuries, we all survived.

Candy isn't worth eating unless it's chocolate. (See's are the best.)

When I was seven years old, I fell and broke my arm . . . on a dirtclod.

When I was a child, my family bought and renovated an old school-house. It was a wonderful place to live in spite of the bats that flew over our heads at night.

I've been told that my naturally curly hair doesn't get longer, it gets bigger.

I've always liked game shows. Everything from Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to the reality-style game shows like Amazing Race, Survivor, and Top Chef.

Nothing makes me happier than being with family and friends eating good food, sharing good conversation and a few laughs. That might be why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

She'll be talking about a character in her fabulous Husband Maker Series. The first book, The Husband Maker can be found at the following links:

iTunes

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Prejudice Meets Pride Now Available on Audiobook!

Prejudice Meets Pride: Meet Your Match, Book 1 | [Rachael Anderson]


I'm very excited to announce that Prejudice Meets Pride is now available as an audiobook! Narrated by the exceptionally talented Laura Princiotta, I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. I hope those of you who prefer audiobook will enjoy!

You can find it on Amazon, Audible, or iTunes!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Immersed--the final book in The Ripple Effect Series--is HERE!!

Okay, so it's really been out for a few weeks, but today is the official release date, so I'm posting about it anyway.

Talk about a fun read! Jennifer's writing style is engaging and hilarious, and I really grew to adore her characters and this story. The funny moments, the sweet moments, and the romantic moments all came together to make the perfect finale for this series. I really loved this book, and I hope everyone else does to!

Immersed is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

The Ripple Effect Romance series has been such a fun project. We all tried something knew, worked really hard, had a lot of fun, and made some great new friends in the process. Each book is told in the unique voice of every author, but even though they're all different, I love all of them. Thank you, Julie N. Ford, Kaylee Baldwin, Karey White, Donna K. Weaver, and Jennifer Griffith for being as wonderful of people as you are writers. It's been so fun!

You can also pick up the entire boxed set on Amazon, B&N, or Kobo for only $7.99!



Monday, May 5, 2014

Second Chances 101 is HERE!!!

I am so excited to announce that Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver is now officially available. Not only did it turn out to be my favorite cover in the series (aren't those colors beautiful?), but it was a story that really surprised me as well. These days, it's not often that a book can capture my attention right away, but this one did. From the first chapter, I was sucked it and didn't put it down until I'd finished. That's a huge compliment to Donna and her writing. LOVED this book. It's a beautifully written story and a perfect addition to this series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Description:
Thirty-seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.

For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do. 

Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Prejudice Meets Pride is now available!!!

Wow, this has been a crazy couple of months. With The Ripple Effect Series and now Prejudice Meets Pride (the first book in my upcoming Meet Your Match series), I feel like I'm announcing a new book all the time. But here we are again, this time with my next full-length novel.

The story of Prejudice Meets Pride began over a year ago, when my awesome sister, Letha, sat down with me to help plot out a new book. It took a few days to get the bones in place, and then a whole lot longer to write it, but the result is a book that I'm really excited about. In fact, I fell in love with the characters so much that I decided to turn it into a series called Meet Your Match. Here's hoping you'll love the stories and the characters too!

Prejudice Meets Pride
After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own. 

Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.

Now available on Amazon!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Lost & Found (book 4) is HERE!!!


My Review:
I absolutely loved this book. I laughed out loud in the first chapter then continued to smile the rest of the way through. Karey White is an awesome writer and did a beautiful job telling Lydia's story. This novella is fun, touching, and romantic. I adored the characters and love that she brought Cambri back in for a cameo appearance. Read it! You'll love it. :)

Description:
Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home. 

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled. 

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Righting a Wrong (Book 3) is HERE!! Yay!

This video is the PERFECT lead-in to the purpose behind The Ripple Effect series . . .


I’ve always been fascinated by the Ripple Effect phenomenon and how a person’s actions, no matter how big or small, can have a rippling effect on others, in both good ways and bad. Say I’m driving down a high-trafficked road and choose to let someone cut in front of me (rather than speed up and eliminate the gap). Will that make the other person more likely to be kind to someone else? I think so. And if that someone else passes on that kindness even further, then without even realizing it, my one small act of kindness could ripple outward in a really positive way.

Conversely, choosing to speed up and not let someone in might make him/her angry or sad or add to an already bad day. Who wants to be responsible for that? Not me.

Years ago, while a student in college, I was having a rotten day. I don’t remember why, or what caused it. I just remember feeling down and cranky and lousy. I’m sure you can imagine what my expression might have looked like. Well, in I walked to a large auditorium class, and as I made my way down the crowded aisle, searching for a seat, an elderly man was on his way out. A wide smile lit his face when he approached me, and his hand grasped my arm.

“You look like such a wonderful person,” he said to me. “I hope you have a great day.” Then he continued on his way.

And that was it. I teared up on the spot, feeling so unworthy of the compliment. But wow, what a difference those few words of kindness made to me—a stranger. I’m sure he had no idea the powerful lesson he taught me that day or the fact that I still remember it 15 years later. I left that auditorium a happier person, a better person. I smiled at people passing by and said hello. I held the door open for another student whose arms were full, and I got a “thanks” in return. Sometimes I wonder if people realize how big of a difference those little things can make and how much better this world would be if more people made them.

And that is how The Ripple Effect Romances came about. I thought it would be really cool to do a series about everyday people making decisions (big or small) that, in one way or another, impacted the lives of friends, family members, or total strangers. The main character’s actions in book 1 would have a positive impact on the lives of a character in book 2, and so on down the line. Fun, right?


I hope you all enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoyed writing them. And may all of your words and actions ripple outward in a positive, beautiful way.

On an even happier note, my book is officially out! Yay!!!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Book 2 in the Ripple Effect Series is HERE!!!

So excited to announce Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin!

I was lucky enough to read an earlier draft of this book--even before I'd finished writing Righting a Wrong. The story sucked me in from the get-go, and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished. The characters, the fun plot, the message--it was all so beautifully written. I laughed, I cried, and I sighed. But mostly, I smiled. I loved this book, and I couldn't have asked for a better prequel to Jace's story.  Thank you, Kaylee!!!

I hope you love it as much as I did!


Description: Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of "smart" business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he's broke and has nowhere else to go.

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she have to sell her house to pay for her mother’s medical expenses, but she had to drop out of school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn't the wallowing type. Instead, she spends most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Assisted Living. When she learns that her boyfriend's new roommate is down on his luck, she reaches out to offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Ripple Effect Series has BEGUN!!!!


This is such an exciting day for all of us who have been involved with this series. Last summer, Kaylee Baldwin, Karey White, and I decided to team up for a collaborative project. After batting around a few ideas, we came up with one we were all excited about and called it The Ripple Effect series. And as soon as we got Julie N. Ford, Donna K. Weaver, and Jennifer Griffith to join us, we knew it would be a great series.

Here's the concept: At some point during book 1, the main character does something that will, in some way, affect the life of the main character in book 2, and so on down the line. Although all the books are separate from each other and each story can stand alone, they are best read in order. Home Matters is now available, 

The Ripple Effect Romance Series 

"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford
(release date: today!!!)

Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin 
(coming March 24)

Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson 
(coming April 7)

Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White 
(coming April 21)

Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver 
(coming May 5)

Book 6: Immersed by Jennifer Griffith 
(coming May 19)

And now, introducing Home Matters, by Julie N. Ford:
We knew we scored big when Julie agreed to be part of this project. I'm a huge fan of her writing, and this book ranks right up there with Countdown to Love for me. It's fun, sassy, romantic, and wonderful. The perfect curl-up-with-a-handful-of-chocolate-covered-almonds type read. 

You can find this book on

Home Matters (A Ripple Effect Romance Novella, Book 1)
by Julie N. Ford

Description:
According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can't even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She's confident that her destiny is finally within reach. 

When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.