The Vow by Pepper Phillips

 
The Vow AoMS whiteHere is the cover for The Vow, that will be included in Weddings on Main Street, our boxed set of eleven wedding stories.

This was a difficult book to write, as it is about a breast cancer victim.

Here’s the short blurb.

The Vow by Pepper Phillips

Coming home after ten years, Ann Normand is discouraged to find nothing has changed. She’s still not wanted.

Except for Clay Couvillion. He’s a man now and he wants her to stay. Can she forget the past and open her heart or will she run again?

Since I had breast cancer in 2009, writing parts of the story brought back those memories. But deep down, it’s a book about hope and falling in love. I hope that readers will enjoy the story and let it touch their hearts like it touched mine while writing it.

Weddings and More Weddings!

wedding cakeI’m anxiously awaiting the newest offering from Authors of Main Street. With the eleven outstanding authors, this bundle of wedding stories is sure to be a great read and a super buy.
I can’t wait for its release.
As I sat on my deck last night, the air was still, but comfortable. The landscape lights flickered on and spread a beautiful array of soft buttery strips of light across the grass.
Stories and authors are similar to those light strips. None are the same. WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET are as diverse as the lighting that caught my eye last night. They’re all different. That’s what I expect from the collection soon to be available June 9th.
I’m heading over for my copy of WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET once it’s released. How about you?

A Smoky Mountain Wedding – Book Two, coming soon.
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Carol DeVaney

Wedding Surprise

HolidayBabies -mI thought that my box set Holiday Babies would consist of three novels: the stories of the two oldest Ramsay sisters, Madelyn and Roxanne, and that of their mother, Barbara.

But what could I do when many readers emailed me asking for the stories of the two youngest Ramsay sisters, Claire and Tiffany, and that of stepsister, Monica?

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Dedicated to her patients, the serious Dr. Madelyn Ramsay never had time for fun. An unexpected health problem jolts her into the realization that there’s more to life than just work. But can she handle the charming and secretive Dr. Nick Preston who carries his own package of disillusions? Can she allow two newborn twins to worm their way into her heart?

Mw2-ValentineBabies Twitter expThis story will take you from the heart of Kentucky to South Florida and Atlanta, and then to Iraq and Germany.
Fearless reporter, Roxanne Ramsay, doesn’t think twice before traveling for important assignments, even in a war zone–until her last trip leads her to a life-altering mistake.
At his best friends’ wedding, Dr. Greg Hayes, who has a serious phobia of planes, can’t take his eyes off the lovely maid of honor. Getting involved with the strong-headed and too generous reporter involves more complications than the bright doctor has ever faced in the OR. Yet what wouldn’t he do to save the love of his life and her baby?

Widowed for seven years, Barbara Ramsay lives and breathes for her five grownup daughters and their babies. She’s also used to chatting over the phone with her good friend, Lou. But why has he invited her to come to Paris with his TV Network crew? Powerful News Director, Lou Roland is certainly not marriage material, yet he has suddenly decided he wants Barbara in his arms. Can the over-fifty confirmed bachelor and the widow loyal to her husband’s memory find true love and share a future?

I decided to give in to my readers’ demands and write Claire’s story at the same time the Authors of Main Street organized a new box set.

WEDDING SURPRISE (Holiday Babies Series II) will be part of the 11 book box to be published in June, WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET.

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Claire and life-long boyfriend, David, faced many challenges over the years, and there were times when she thought she would lose him. Finally, Claire’s dream of a wonderful white wedding to the man she loves is about to come true. Then Adriana, the high-school classmate who’s tried to snatch David several times, makes an announcement that threatens to destroy the couple’s happiness. The Ramsey clan all pull together to help, but do Claire and David love each other enough to stay together?

 

I can’t wait to read the ten other stories in WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET.

Second Chance Wedding by Leigh Morgan

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On June 9th, my stand-alone novella, SECOND CHANCE WEDDING, will be available as part of the 11 novella boxed set from Authors of Main Street: Weddings on Main Street.

I hope that you like the cover as much as I do. SECOND CHANCE WEDDING is a story of coming home again, healing, and a second chance at finding love to last a lifetime. Lemons and flowers – it seemed to fit. Sweet, with a bit of sizzle and summer heat. (A bit of spice – 3/5 flames)

 

 

Excerpt from SECOND CHANCE WEDDING:

Life converged on Mel MacAlister with a ferocity it hadn’t shown since she lost both of her parents in a car accident halfway through kindergarten. There were those in her profession who announced with a kind of elitist superiority they found charming, that children in general didn’t have clear memories before the age of two, and after a traumatic loss at the tender age of five, any memories she specifically may have had of her parents, were most certainly the product of fantasy more than memory.

What a load of crap.

Mel remembered.

She remembered the scent of her mother’s perfume on her pillow after Melody MacAlister snuggled with her. She remembered the deep rumbling sound of her father’s laugh when the three of them danced to the Steve Miller Band in their kitchen that always smelled of fresh baked bread. She remembered chocolate cake for breakfast and eggs for dinner. She remembered “silly Saturdays” spent by the lake, and the fact that the lake was called a pond, even though it was way too big to be called a pond. She remembered being carried to bed in strong arms and read to every night to keep the monsters out of the closet and away from under the bed. She remembered the stench of the hospital; the creepiness of the funeral director; the sadness on her grandmother’s face as the big men with expressionless faces lowered her parents into the black earth.

She remembered the first day at her new school, Shute Pond Elementary, in the small-town named after the lake that was too big to be a pond. She remembered one blond-haired girl coming up to her where she stood alone on the playground at recess, hand thrust out like she was an adult business person saying hello. Instead of saying “hello”, she said, I’m sorry your parents are dead. I want to be your friend. My name’s Wendy.

Now, here she was, twenty-eight years later, rehearsing for tomorrow’s walk down the aisle as Wendy Doonan’s maid of honor.

Yep, a lot had happened in almost three decades. Fate had been kind to her for the most part since she first met Wendy. Until now. Until today. Until she had to come face to face with Conall O’Malley, her first, and only, real love.

 Conall loved four women in his lifetime: his mother, his niece, Kitt MacAlister, and her pain-in-the-ass granddaughter, “Mel” MacAlister. Her real name was Sunshine Melody MacAlister. When he had stolen her lunchbox while walking home from school in second grade, she punched him in the face. His father was so angry with him for what he called tormenting a wee girl. She had been a “wee” girl then. She still was a half-pint. When his mother saw his blackening eye, she said, you’ve been hit by sunshine, laddy. If I were you, I’d treat something so bright with more respect from now on.

Post Script:

I’m dancing on sunshine, anticipating the June 9th release of SECOND CHANCE WEDDING, and all of the marvelous wedding novellas set to release in Weddings on Main Street. Enjoy! I know I will.

Kiss the Bridesmaid by Susan R. Hughes

BrideCover.inddOn June 9th, my brand-new novella, Kiss the Bridesmaid, will be available as part of the Weddings on Main Street boxed set.

The story is a sequel to Secret Vow. Taking place in the fictional town of Eastport, Ontario, where Brooke and Ian fell in love, it picks up seven months later as Brooke and Ian are preparing for their wedding. If you’ve read Secret Vow, you’ll enjoy revisiting the town and the characters living there, but you don’t need to have read it in order to follow the story. Kiss the Bridesmaid centers on Ian’s long-lost sister, Mari, and the wedding photographer, Jake. This is a sweet love story with just a touch of heat.

After a disastrous marriage, Jake isn’t looking for another serious relationship. He only wants to provide a better life for his four-year-old daughter. But his resolve falls apart when he sets eyes on Mari Bennett, and a near-tragedy spurs him to place his heart on the line again.

Having moved from the city to a small town to take up beekeeping, then met the brother she never knew she had, Mari figures serving as a bridesmaid should be a piece of cake. The icing on that cake turns out to be the gorgeous wedding photographer with an adorable daughter. Life couldn’t be sweeter until a problem Mari had thought she’d left in the past resurfaces to threaten her future.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Weddings on Main Street and enjoy Kiss the Bridesmaid along with ten other wedding stories by my talented fellow Main Street authors!

 

 

April Fool Bride by Joan Reeves

AFB_V2_2400px3200pReveal: April Fool BrideFor several months, I’ve been keeping the lid on my work in progress. Now I can reveal all: cover, publishing date, blurb, and excerpt. I’m even going to tease you with a video.

April Fool Bride is my novella that will appear in Weddings on Main Street, an anthology about, well, weddings of course! I hope you love the cover as much as I do.

This Box Set by eleven of us Authors of Main Street, consists of eleven novellas of varying degrees of sugar and/or spice. April Fool Bride is a bit spicy because I like a side order of sexy in my romance novels.

I plan to publish my novella separately a month after the release of the box set. April Fool Bride is the first of my new romance novella series: All Brides Are Beautiful.

(I had wanted to embed the video here, but after working 2 hours at midnight last night, I learned WordPress doesn’t allow enough usage MB to do this. Please visit YouTube for the video April Fool Bride:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-TPf2W2Yv8

Blurbing April Fool Bride

Oil heiress Madeline Quinn needs a husband by the time she turns twenty-five in order to claim her full inheritance. Mad Maddie, as the tabloids christened her, has learned the hard way that men only see dollar signs when they look at her.

A marriage of convenience is the solution, and Maddie turns to the one man in the world she can trust, her housekeeper’s son who always treated her like a little sister when they were kids.

Jake Becker hasn’t seen Maddie since the night she tried to seduce him. Why should he help the woman who changed the course of his life? Simple. Revenge.

Or is it something else. Something that simmers between them that neither Maddie nor Jake can resist?

Excerpt from April Fool Bride

Jake drained his cup and went back to the coffee carafe for more, using the time to mull over her “offer.”

He didn’t know what was going on in that rich girl brain of hers, but whatever it was, it was definitely intriguing. And so was Maddie. He’d be lying if he said she didn’t make his pulse throb. She wasn’t conventionally pretty, but her face was arresting. Striking. Appealing in its sensuality.

Her lips drew his gaze. Briefly, he allowed himself to think about covering her mouth with his. How would she taste? How would it feel to have her mouth on him. Heat uncurled within him, and he had to fight the images.

He didn’t have anything better to do at the moment, he told himself. So why not string her along? See what she wanted. He turned and faced Maddie. Crossing his arms, he leaning back against the black granite counter, aiming for nonchalance. “Okay. Tell me more. Who do I have to kill for this great financial opportunity?”

“Oh, it’s nothing like that,” Maddie said in a rush. “You just have to marry me.”

Post Script

I hope you’ll like April Fool Bride. Please join me in June for April Fool Bride and Weddings on Main Street.

(Joan Reeves writes sassy, sexy Contemporary Romance. Her books are available at all major ebook sellers with audio editions available at Amazon, Audible.com, and iTunes. Joan publishes Writing Hacks, a free subscription newsletter for writers, and I LUV Books, a free subscription newsletter for readers. Visit her blog, SlingWords. Watch her videos for writers and readers.

What a Cowgirl Wants

My contribution to the Weddings on Main Street is a novella that ties in to my Lone Star Cowboys series. I thought the series was finished with my latest release, Behind a Texas Badge, but my fans were so sorry to see the series end, and they had a couple of questions they still wanted answers to, so I got the idea of doing this novella for the next couple in the series who were due to be married–Blake and Mandy.

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Mandy has always dreamed of having a fairy-tale wedding. Unfortunately, she has a limited budget. Her friends pitch in to help her, but problems crop up that she doesn’t expect. Should she postpone the wedding or lower her expectations?

I’ve tried to make this novella as stand alone as possible. Though fans of the series will obviously get the most out of it, I think anyone can pick it up and figure out fairly quickly who is who. I hope it strikes a chord with brides, soon-to-be-brides, and those who have been there, done that, and know what it’s like.

No bridezillas in this story because Mandy is not that type. She handles everything tossed her way, though she worries about how it will all turn out. Come see how she deals with the frustrations of planning a wedding on a shoestring when what she really wants is the royal treatment.

If you’d like to read Mandy and Blake’s story of how they met and fell in love, you can find it in Between Lonesome and Texas.

When you're stuck somewhere between Lonesome and Texas, which way do you turn? In one direction lies freedom. In the other, love. Or is there a way to have both?

When you’re stuck somewhere between Lonesome and Texas, which way do you turn? In one direction lies freedom. In the other, love. Or is there a way to have both?