Monday, May 28

Countdown Deal - SECRETS AND SOLACE!

I'm holding a countdown deal on SECRETS AND SOLACE from May 28 to June 2. So, how does a countdown deal work? The book goes on sale at .99 cents for the first two days, then moves up to $1.99 the next two days, then $2.99 for the last two days of the sale before going back to the regular price of $3.99. Get your copy while it's hot!


Series Blurb:
Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

 As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.  

Blurb – Secrets and Solace
No matter how deeply buried, secrets rise to the surface.

Scarlet Lindquist has agreed to help her sisters rebuild the dilapidated fishing lodge in Minnesota they inherited from their grandparents. Although the lengthy restoration is bringing the three sisters closer together, Scarlet’s support is temporary. Her leave of absence from her job in Chicago is temporary and she has no intention of staying at Solace Lake Lodge, where the lake holds dark secrets. When frightening childhood memories resurface, they are tempered by her fascination with an irritating contractor. If only she could trust her feelings for him. If only he could trust her.

Cameron Hainstock meets Scarlet at his brother’s wedding to her sister and their attraction is instantaneous. But Cam avoids the beautiful marketing executive. All his efforts are aimed at battling for custody of his only child. When the unimaginable happens and Cam faces the biggest challenge of his life, he’s reluctant to accept help to halt his downward spiral. Can they learn to trust each other and fight for a future together or will they go their separate ways?

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Excerpt: 

Scarlet smiled as she watched her sister and her soon-to-be husband cross the room. He was dark to her fair, tall to her petite, brown eyed to her blue. But in every way that was important, Harper and Ethan were a match. A perfect team. Ethan had made Harper’s dream to bring the fishing lodge back to life his dream as well. Together, they were turning the old lodge into an eco-friendly resort the whole family could be proud of.

To have someone to share her dreams, someone to have her back and love her no matter what seemed like a fairy tale to Scarlet.

“They’re a good-looking couple, aren’t they?”

Cameron’s deep voice broke into her thoughts, chasing away her fanciful notions. Nothing but wishful thinking.

“Yes, they are.”

He adjusted a limp, nearly asleep Tessa in his arms. Her head lay against his broad shoulder, while one hand rested on his chest, as if she wanted to feel the beat of her father’s heart. For some reason, the thought made her heart ache. 

“Is Harper pregnant?”

She jerked her head up at his whispered question. “What? No, of course not!” In her surprise, her voice was louder than she’d intended.

“I had to ask. They’re getting married in a hell of a hurry.”

At least, she didn’t think Harper was pregnant. She and her sisters often withheld the truth about their lives from each other, especially when the truth was unpleasant, but she’d hoped they’d put those days behind them. Surely if Harper was pregnant, she would have shared the news with her and Maggie.

Harper had turned to give her a puzzled stare, alerted by sound of her raised voice. Scarlet flashed her a phony smile before speaking to Cameron again, this time in a lowered tone. “Do you think that’s the only reason he’d marry her? Call me sentimental, but I believe they’re marrying for love.”

“They barely know each other. What would be the harm in waiting a few months? I don’t want Ethan to get hurt.” 

She, too, had concerns, but she was too insulted on behalf of her sister to admit to them.


Friday, May 25

#NewRelease: Perfect on Paper by @AuthorKristina Knight

Hey, WordWrangler Readers! Kristina here with a new release - a contemporary romance, friends to lovers, novella! Take a peek!

Nicholas Vega started ManServants as a way to make extra cash in college; five years later, his business is bigger than he ever imagined. And it's in trouble. An angry ex-client wants to sue because one of his employees didn't sleep with her. To keep things going, Nick takes on a client of his own - his best friend Daisy MacIntosh.

Daisy needs a boyfriend in a bad way. Her current boss - and ex-lover - has planned a retreat and makes no bones about wanting her back in his bed, at least for the weekend. Daisy wants a barrier between them, and an on-paper boyfriend seems like the best idea.

The problem? Once they're playing at being in love, their fictional relationship might blow their real life friendship out of the water.

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Wednesday, May 23

Words VS Life

by Margie Senechal

I wish words grew as fast as my yard. Especially, when neglected as my yard has been for the past year or so. Once my yard was beautiful and then I got involved. I started planting things and then I got busy. Too busy to deadhead, too busy to trim, just too damn busy.

Before the mow job 2018
When we were looking for houses back in 2007, one of the things that drew me to our home was this cherry tree. I grew up climbing the cherry trees that grew in the vacant lot next to my grandparent's house--which was next to our house. We lived on this little dirt road sandwiched between my maternal grandparents and great-great Aunt Marge--who I was named for.

The lot next to my grandparents was owned by the mayor of Vancouver at the time and a land baron. He never did anything with it and it flowed with wild fruit--several cherry trees including two big enough for us to climb, two thatches of blackberries, filbert aka hazelnut trees, a crab apple tree, and a decrepit little peach tree that only bore fruit once that I know of which how we realized what kind of tree it was.

After the mow job 2018
I grew up in a time when we ran wild through the fields, snacking on whatever fresh fruit was in season. Sun-warmed cherries were the best and that tree took me back. Even though my oldest had graduated and the youngest was just a year from graduating, I wanted them to experience the joy of picking their own cherries. Honestly, I don't think they ever appreciated it.

If you look at my current pictures, you may be wondering what happened to said cherry tree. It's gone as it rotted and basically split down the middle. Now, blackberries have grown up over the trunk and are the bane of my garden's existence. 

Back to the writing thing...like my garden, I have been neglecting my words. I think about writing a lot. But something happens--life, maybe?---between the thinking and the doing.  I wish that when I sat down to write the words would sprout new life like my garden tends to. I have bluebells where I never planted, the afore mentioned blackberries every freaking where, and a surprise forget-me-not trying to sustain on my curb.

....THIS?? I can't even see that stump anymore 
How did this (circa 2010)  become....
Today as I was mowing the South side field---trust me, I am not exaggerating--and I found fennel shoots growing among the fronds. 

I want my words to be as out of control as my yard. I want neglect to strengthen my muse. I want my yard to be gentle once again.

My dad is laughing right now. He'd say, "Want in one hand and poop in the other and see which fills up first." But, he'd say it in his sailor lingo with a few substitutions.

And he'd be right. I can spend all this time wanting for something different, or I can get off my duff and just write.  Here's to making our wishes come true--or at least reaching for them.

Monday, May 21

LIES AND SOLACE #Free May 21 and 22!

I'm using the last of my free days at Kindle Unlimited. LIES AND SOLACE is free May 21 and 22!



Series Blurb:
Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

 As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy. 

Blurb for Lies and Solace:
She can’t live with one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.

Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own.


Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.

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Excerpt:

“I should have told you, I know. But the longer I hesitated, the harder it was to tell the truth. I never had a conscious plan to deceive you.”


“I can understand that you’ve had bad experiences in the past, and I can even understand why you made up your Ethan James persona when you first came here. But to carry the lie so far, to the point where we slept together and you still didn’t tell me, I can’t forgive that. If you’d confided in me, I would have kept your secret. I wouldn’t have told anyone about the money, not even my sisters. But you didn’t trust me.” 

She brushed past him and climbed the stairs. Ethan followed her. “Harper, wait. Let’s talk some more.”

“There’s nothing to talk about. I needed honesty from you, but you couldn’t give that to me.” She fumbled with her keys before finding the right one and inserting it in the lock. “If you were dishonest in our personal relationship, how can I trust you in our business relationship? When the renovations are finished, I’m going to recommend to my sisters that we sell. You can buy it, or someone else can. I don’t care.”

He grasped her shoulders and turned her to face him. “You don’t mean that! I know what this place means to you. Your great-grandfather built it. Your family has lived here for three generations. You can’t walk away.”

“I finally realized this place is simply a pile of logs, nothing more.”

Shocked by her words, he let her go and staggered back a step. “You would sell this place just so you don’t have to see me or deal with me anymore?”

He saw uncertainty flicker in her eyes, but she didn’t waver. “Yes. I have to.”

She opened the door of the cottage and stepped inside, closing it firmly behind her. For a few minutes, Ethan stood immobile, too shocked to move. She really hated him that much. 

No amount of explanation was ever going to make Harper feel the way she once did. It was over.

Welcome Joanne Guidoccio

The Wranglers are happy to welcome author Joanne Guidoccio today. Joanne is roaming the Web in celebration of her new book, A Different Kind of Reunion.

There will be lots of good stuff about the book further down in the post, but for now, we want to know all about Joanne.

And, no, we're not nosy--why do we have to keep telling you that? 😉


What do you like to do when you are not writing?

While writing occupies the lion’s share of my time, I also enjoy reading, yoga, scrapbooking, blogging, movies, artist dates, and meeting friends for leisurely brunches and lunches.

Where are you from and what do you love best about your hometown?

I was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, also known as the Nickel Capital of the World and Slagtown. Growing up, I could easily climb the rocks and sneak in to see the big coin, and while walking in the evenings, I had a spectacular view of the slag dumping. Not exactly what most people would enjoy, but I was fascinated by the contrast between the darkening sky and the fiery colors.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Neale Donald Walsch

What was your best day?

January 31, 2013 – I can still recall the weather and what I was doing when I received an email from Senior Editor Debby Gilbert offering me a contract for Between Land and Sea, Book 1 of the Mediterranean Series. Nothing, not even the sub-zero temperatures, could faze me on that perfect day.

If you could spend the afternoon with one writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?

I admire late blooming authors who have launched successful second acts. Two favorites come to mind: Maeve Binchy and Louise Penny. Their novels and writing journeys have inspired me to launch my own second act as a writer. From Maeve, I’ve learned that success is not a pie where only a select few have access to the slices. I’ve taken several pages out of Louise’s disciplined approach to structure my own writing practice.

At lunch, I would ask them to share anecdotes from their writing journeys and more of their wonderful advice.

Blurb

Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.

Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?

Excerpt

Flings in Parry Sound? I shuddered at the thought of Sarah hopping from one man’s bed to another in a small town where every deviation from the norm was analyzed to death. I also felt for her parents. What must they be thinking now? Could they have intervened and insisted that Sarah receive counseling?

I needed more details. “So you found the body and the cell phone around the third of October. Why did you—”

“Uh…not quite. One of the waitresses at the restaurant where Sarah worked found her phone a while back and stored it for safekeeping. The waitress forgot all about it until she decided to clean out her locker earlier this week.”

More carelessness! And most of it due to Sarah’s carelessness with her own life. Why was she drinking and behaving promiscuously? What was she doing on that hill in the middle of the night? So many questions I longed to ask, but I doubted the Constable would even know where to begin.

“Gilda…Gilda are you still there?” Annoyance crept into Constable Mulligan’s voice.

“Sorry. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this tragedy.” At age thirty-five, Sarah had so many unexplored and unrealized dreams. I recalled one dream concocted during her Grade Eight year: Sarah Ann McHenry moves to New York City and launches the SAM label, an upscale line of clothing for fashion conscious women worldwide.

“You and everyone else in Parry Sound.” He paused. “You have no idea what kind of help she would need?”

“I’m sorry. I haven’t seen Sarah in years.” Over twenty years had passed since Grade Eight Graduation night. And that was the last time I saw Sarah, or any of the other students, for that matter. I decided not to share that statistic and further enrage Constable Mulligan.

“That’s how it goes when outsiders breeze into our town,” he said, raising his voice. “You’re here for a good time, not a long time.”

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Bio
In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio