Saturday Spotlight – Hitting the Wall by Cate C. Wells

Title: Hitting the Wall
Series: Stonecut County #1
Author: Cate C. Wells
Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2021


She’s not a secret. She’s a second chance.

Shay
Six years ago, the good, upstanding men of Stonecut County ran me off. I took a secret with me. An inconvenient truth they wanted buried.
Actions have consequences. Their perfect golden boy maybe wasn’t so perfect after all.
Then life hands me one too many lemons. I’m forced to go back, and in Stonecut, nothing ever changes.
Kellum Wall is still golden.
I’m still unwanted.
And falling for his cocksure smile will most certainly ruin my life all over again.

Kellum
I believe there are still good men left in this world, and I strive to be one. I was raised to live by a code. God and country. Protect and serve.
I always do the right thing, even when it’s hard—and yet, somehow, I’ve made an unforgivable mistake.
I want what I lost. The woman, the child, the white picket fence. But it’s not gonna come easy.
Shay’s a survivor. She doesn’t believe in happily ever after, and earning her trust might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
She’s got my heart in her hands, though, and this time—I’m not letting her slip through my fingers.

Hitting the Wall is a steamy, small town romance featuring a secret baby and a second chance at love. It’s the first book in the Stonecut County series. Intended only for adult readers.





“A perfect secret baby story…a gut wrenching journey that leaves you on edge the entire time. -T. Hogan, Goodreads
“Cate C. Wells is becoming a one-click author (without even reading the blurb) for me. I love her writing. It’s raw and uncompromising, with characters that are flawed, real, and relatable versus being perfect caricatures.” Jen, Booksprout
“This was a fantastic read. It was so incredibly well written and such a beautiful story. I LOVED it! Got sucked in and then wasn’t able to put it down until I finished, which was slightly problematic with my work and family life.” BookLoverinSeattle, Goodreads



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AuThursday – Eliza Peake

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I write steamy, heartfelt, small town contemporary romance. I like to call it happily ever afters with sexy times, a healthy dose of snark, and all the feels.

I’m also a podcaster, co-hosting The Misfits Guide to Write Indie Romance with Adrienne Bell.

For fun, I read all the panty-melting romances I can get my hands on and drink gallons of coffee. I also love tacos. And the beach.

Currently I live in North Georgia, but I hope to move to the beach in the next few years. 

By day, I work in finance. One of the things I like about being an indie is that I’m able to use my business skills and created a small press that I do all of my book things through. 

How did you come up with the idea for your “Madison Ridge” series? 

Originally, it was going to be set in a small island resort town off the coast of GA. But then I had this idea that ended up being Trouble Me, which was what if a recovering alcoholic is forced to work in a winery? So I moved the setting to the small mountain town I live in that is touristy and has several wineries. It was great fun researching and easy since I’m about a ten minute drive to about a half dozen wineries and tasting rooms. As much as I love the beach I don’t live near it right now, so it made research a little more difficult.  

What are your current projects?

Currently, I’m working on a story that will be part of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Cocky Hero World as well as a novella for the Madison Ridge series. I’m also getting the process started to have my second book in the Madison Ridge series turned into an audio book. So I’ve got my hands full!

Do you believe in writer’s block? 

Not really for me. I think that your mind can make you believe you don’t have a word to say, making you feel “blocked”. But in my case, that’s usually a symptom of some other issue I’m having. It can be a story issue I can’t see yet or it can be an issue with the story that I don’t want to acknowledge for whatever reason. Once I get past that, I’m good to go. But getting past that is the hard part.

I see you wrote a non-fiction book, “30 Days to the End”.  Do you actually write most of your books in 30 days? 

No, I wish! But I have done several novel length stories in 30 days. The purpose of the book was to offer writers 30 days of inspiration. It can be a long and sometimes tedious road to write a novel in that time-frame. We all need a little cheerleader!

I see you are Indie published, what would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

Advantage: being in control of what you publish, when you publish, how you publish, being able to pivot and keep up with trends while they are happening. Better royalty rates. 

Disadvantages: being responsible for what you publish, when you publish, how you publish, and having to cash flow it yourself.

What is your favorite positive saying? 

To help remind me with time management and priority, I say

“I can make more money, but I can’t make more time.”

So when I’m short on time, I try to prioritize the things that I know will move the needle (such as writing) over items that need to be done (like admin items) but can be done when I have more time.   

But my all-time favorite positive saying that I apply in all places of my life is

“One Day at a Time.”

You can apply it to anything and in reality, it’s really the only thing we have semblance of control of, the present time. If I think of the past, I get depressed and if I think of the future, I get anxious. So I try to stay in the one day at a time. 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Take the time to learn the craft and a process that works for you. You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you do that first.

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web? 

They can find me at elizapeake.com and on Facebook where I have a page and a reader group, as well as Instagram.

Saturday Spotlight – Tutus & Cowboy Boots by Casey Peeler

Tutus & Cowboy Boots
Part One
by Casey Peeler
Genre: Small Town Sweet Romance
Spoiled yet broken-hearted New Yorker meets gorgeous, kind-hearted southern gentleman.
Cadence Lewis has been dancing before she could walk. Living in New York with her parents she has the chance to go to the best dance school in the country, but when her parents divorce she’s forced to leave her dreams behind and move to her mom’s small country hometown.
Cadence believes that all men are like her father: cold, unloving, and selfish. Barrick Carpenter has made Candace’s life eventful since the day she stepped onto her Grandma’s farm.
After witnessing Cadence’s heart shattering a million pieces, can Barrick put it back together and show Cadence that everyone isn’t like her father? Can he convince her to let love in?
**Get it Free!!**
Tutus & Cowboy Boots
Part Two
A sweet, small-town romance that will take you on an emotional roller coaster of tears and laughter.
After an eventful Christmas break, Cadence Lewis is shaken to her core, but someone she doesn’t expect is there to hold her together.
Barrick Carpenter didn’t plan on falling in love with the sassy, New Yorker, but now he will do anything to protect her from her father.
When a second bombshell is dropped on Cadence, she has two options: guard her heart forever or risk letting love in. Will Cadence push Barrick away or fall completely head over boots?
Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.
Growing up Casey wasn’t an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading. That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.
When Casey isn’t writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.
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Cover Reveal – Chasing Her Trust by Danielle Pays

Chasing Her Trust BannerTitle: Chasing Her Trust 

Series: Dare to Surrender

Author: Danielle Pays

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance (tropes small town, enemies to lovers, detective)

Release Date: January 31, 2020

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49366634-chasing-her-trust

mock4 (2) (1)Blurb: 

When Lauren Harrow’s life is threatened, she’s forced to rely on a man she doesn’t trust, Detective Nick Moore. His good looks are overshadowed by his arrogance and she’s done dealing with egotistical, controlling men. After her home is vandalized, she would rather sleep in her car than spend a minute with Nick. But when he’s assigned to her case, sparks fly in all the wrong ways. Accepting his help might save her body, but could ruin her heart.

Lauren Harrow. Town princess and a pain in Nick Moore’s neck and his… He transferred to Fisher Springs Police Department to redeem himself after the biggest mistake of his career. But as the newest hire, the only action he’s seen are calls involving pets. But he’d take a cat rescue any day over working with Lauren. She’s a heart breaker and his heart is closed for business.  

The stakes are raised when someone wants Lauren dead; now Nick must work fast to keep her alive. She might not want his support, but like it or not she needs him.

With no obvious motives, everyone is a suspect and he won’t rest until she’s safe.  

Buy Links: Kindle Unlimited

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/39c6JyW

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2UAYvfz

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2S93pPo

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2S9bfZo

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Author Bio: 

Danielle Pays writes steamy romance novels with a touch of suspense. When not trying to write her characters into some kind of trouble, she can be found guzzling coffee at her kids’ soccer games. Black coffee is a requirement as she lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Danielle-Pays-1721939371406425

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daniellepays/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/daniellepays

Website/Newsletter: http://daniellepays.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19241197.Danielle_Pays

Saturday Spotlight – You Were Always Home by C. Lymari

You Were Always Home BannerTitle: You Were Always Home

Author: C. Lymari

Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 7, 2019

Cover Design: Net Hook & Line Design

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/YWAHGR

CLAUDIA LYMARI You Were Always Home ebook FINAL (1)Blurb: 

Jake

They say People change over time. That might be true, but I’ve had people look down at me not once, but twice. Both times, I dusted off my shoulders and carried on. When my fiancée broke things off with me, it wasn’t her voice that I heard. Instead, it was Juliet Dunnett in my head, her snobby tone telling me why I wasn’t good enough. Now she’s back in town. No husband, no ring, looking sad and lonely as ever. I can’t help but want to help her out. Can I get close to her without falling for her again?

Juliet

Coming back to town when I swore people would watch the dust settle after I left wasn’t as humiliating as I thought it would be. Looking for Jake Carson was another story. We were never friends and I was never his girlfriend, but we had something. Something that wasn’t but still was. I didn’t need a new relationship, but I was alone. All my bridges were burned and who would have thought he of all people would be my hero? Could I be near him without letting sins from our past catch up to us?  

Buy Links: Kindle Unlimited

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/34ICo95

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2PPfBnz

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2WKnD2A

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2JSHw2e

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Also Available:

It’s Not Home Without You

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2P0Ww1B

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2BdWifd

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2nTSGw0

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2VOJtRZ

The Way Back Home

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2ITZtx4

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2VKAHo4

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2IQGIdx

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2BiNV1O

YWAH Collage (1)Author Bio:

Claudia lives in the Chicagoland suburbs, and when she’s not busy chasing after her adorable little spawn, she’s fighting with the characters in her head. After not being able to keep up with them, she decided enough was enough and wrote her first novel. C. Lymari writes both sweet and dark romances that will give you all the feels. Her other talents include binge-watching shows on Netflix and eating all kinds of chips.

Social Media Links: 

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/CLYMARINL

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/c.lymari

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/clymari

Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/c.lymaricoffeeshop

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18923664.C_Lymari

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/C-Lymari/e/B07VBNT73R

Giveaway:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/81aa78942146

 

Saturday Spotlight – Be Brave with Me by J.B. Havens &CA Miconi

Be Brave With Me BannerTitle: Be Brave With Me

Series: Finding Love in Green Springs

Authors: J.B. Havens and CA Miconi

Release: October 31, 2019

Genre: Small Town Steamy Romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48632367-be-brave-with-me

3D (1)Blurb:

Welcome to small-town romance—with heat! Introducing the “Finding Love in Green Springs” series, a collaboration between J.B. Havens and CA Miconi. The first book, Be Brave with Me, is set in the small southern town of Green Springs, Mississippi, where the days are hot and the nights are hotter! 

 Meg 

Meg always thought she was strong until tragedy struck—twice. Now she’s alone in the world. For six months, she’s been running from her demons, never staying in one place for long, until she lands in Green Springs, Mississippi.

Drew

Drew was the golden boy of Green Springs, destined for football greatness. After a tragic accident, it all went to hell in an instant, forever changing his life. He clawed his way out of a pit of despair and settled into a comfortable but lonely life. Sparks fly when Meg comes rolling into town. Immediately, he recognizes the pain hiding behind her brash exterior.

Drew wants to help her heal. Meg wants to flee to continue searching for peace. Is she brave enough to stay? Is he brave enough to let her go? 

Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited):

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/34cha2U

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2BU4QIm

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/31ZFUdg

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2MZOKUc

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J.B. Havens Author Bio:

B. Havens grew up in central Pennsylvania. Her love of books started when she was young, reading the Little House on the Prairie books and Goosebumps, and graduated into Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Her favorite books span the spectrum of genres, everything from Stephen King’s The Stand to Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout series and all the way to the romance. She’s a wife and mother of three. When not with her family, she’s writing, researching, or furiously reading on her kindle. She has a serious love affair with iced coffee, a good Philly cheesesteak, and hockey.

J.B. Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/J.B.Havens/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/havens_b

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jbhavensauthor/

Website: https://jbhavens.wixsite.com/author

CA Miconi Author Bio:

CA Miconi began reading at the age of five and has never stopped. Her childhood was filled with multiple readings of Gone with the Wind, the ultimate tragic romance. CA got her own happily ever after when she married her retired military hero, Gary, in 2010. She began her author services company, Lucky 13, in 2015 as a result of her love of reviewing, sharing, and talking about her favorite books, mostly romantic suspense and stories featuring strong alpha heroes, especially law enforcement and military. CA also hosts and sponsors author and reader events, and never dreamed she’d one day attend as a signing author. When she’s not reading, writing, or working with authors, CA enjoys traveling, spending time with her grandchildren, boating, motorcycling, and cheering on her beloved Baltimore Ravens.

CA Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CA-Miconi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ca_miconi 

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/camiconiauthor/

Website: https://camiconi.weebly.com/