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Launch – Note from the Author

. . . I hope you’ll join Pepper, Simon and Daisy this Christmas as they make peace with the past, embrace the miracles of the present and are filled with hope for the future.

Happy reading,

— Jennifer

For Him and My Family – Review

“Love the abandoned puppy in the story. The author has a distinctive flair to her writing that makes it a pleasure to read. . . . If you love a good romance this book is for you. . . . This is strictly a light-hearted romance that you will enjoy reading curled up in a blanket with a cup of hot tea on a snowy day.”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt

Was this really happening?

An invitation to one of the most exclusive parties in New York City. It didn’t get much better than this.

Okay, it wasn’t quite an invitation. Still, she was here among the crème de la crème of New York society—actresses, models, politicians, and the list went on. How she got here shouldn’t matter, right?

And, okay, she just happened to be one of the waitstaff. Not an actual guest. But still, this wasn’t just any party. This was Simon Ross’s party at the top of the tower. She stifled a squeal of delight as she considered pinching herself just to make sure this was real.

underneath the covers – Spotlight

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“I am giving Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy a light romance. It is definitely worth a read.”

Becky on Books – Spotlight

FaithLaneAuthor – Excerpt

With Simon standing so close to her, she had to tilt her chin upward for their gazes to meet. As she stared into his dark eyes, she felt as though she could get lost in them. She couldn’t think of anything she’d rather do than spend the evening with him.

“I’d like to go to dinner with you.”

His voice lowered even more. “You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to ask you out.”

“Really?”

He nodded. “You intrigue me.”

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“This was a, mostly, predictable tale, but was so effectively written, I could not put it down. It captured my complete interest.”

Liberty’s Literary Loves – Excerpt

“Can I ask you a question?”

He shrugged. “Sure.”

“If you like animals enough to start up a chain of pet stores, why don’t you own one?”

Simon didn’t want to think about the past and how he’d wanted a puppy so badly. Yet the door to the past had been cracked open and now the memories slithered through, filling his mind.

Andi’s Book Reviews – Review

“I’m a sucker for holiday stories. . . . It took me a while to fall for them as a couple, because there was such a slow burn and that awkwardness between the two of them. But I did still root for them along the way. And as in all good romances, things start falling into place in the best of ways. I read through it in one evening.”

Baroness’ Book Trove – Review

Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise by Jennifer Faye is another laugh-out-loud book. I loved this book; it feels like, with every story, her books get better. Simon and Pepper are the definitive definitions of opposite’s do attract. There are a lot of things to love about this book, but you should read it for yourself. This book deserves the five stars I’m giving it and recommending it to everyone that loves a romance.”

Melissa McClone – Excerpt

The new bakery was pulling out all the stops with big ads, radio spots and every other promotion they could think of. The bakery was part of a national chain that could afford to undercut their prices to drive the competition out of business. Then once the competitors were out of business, they’d jack up their prices. The nerve of some people.

But Pepper refused to let them drive her out of business—not without a big fight. She’d sunk everything she had into making this bakery a success. It was a dream of hers—a dream that she refused to let die, even if it meant doing things that she wouldn’t otherwise have done, like working round the clock if she had to. The chain couldn’t keep up their deep discounts forever. At least, she hoped not.

Peaceful Pastime – Review

“Overall, I found this heartwarming story a fast and end entertaining read. I normally find novels about billionaires a little unbelievable but that wasn’t the case in this book.”

janicesbookreviews – Review

“I loved the dog in the story named Daisy. Pepper falls in love with Daisy. . . . I love the author’s books. I think this one of my favorites. It was such an enjoyable story with the dog.”

Jorie Loves A Story – Review

“Faye tucks you into the plausible way in which two contemporary career-driven individuals can find each other quite randomly (or was it?) in their ordinary lives and find a strength of connection . . . . Faye charms you with the quirky way in which she allowed Daisy, Simon and Pepper [to] develop into a family – giving you pause for thought about the intricate ways in which our lives can be affected by each other whilst renewing your joy of a romance set during the Christmas season where anything is truly possible when it comes to love, romance and the hopefulness of second chances!”

Wishful Endings – Excerpt

He nodded. “Elaine Haskins is my assistant and the party is at my country home.”

Pepper’s face creased with lines of frustration. She didn’t say a word as she digested the information.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “This is my fault. Everyone was so impressed with you at the office party that Elaine added you to our catering list. After what happened between us, I forgot to say anything to her. I totally understand you wanting to cancel—”

“Cancel?” Her shoulders straightened and she lifted her chin slightly. “I’m not canceling.”

Splashes of Joy – Review

“This is quite the Christmas story, with a little surprise thrown in to make it a bit of a surprise. I enjoyed Pepper’s character. . . . This is a nice sweet read, it only took a few hours to read.”

Hallie Reads – Review

“Get in the Christmas spirit with Jennifer Faye’s Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise! It’s a fun story full of delicious treats, complicated romance, and an adorable rescued puppy.”

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Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

A festive reunion…

…with an unexpected gift!

When Pepper Kane’s home and bakery are burned down in the weeks before Christmas, billionaire CEO Simon Ross—the man she spent one unforgettable night with—comes to the rescue! Pepper knows this playboy doesn’t do relationships, but staying with him in his penthouse and caring for an abandoned puppy, their spark is rekindled… And then comes a festive surprise that shocks them both: she’s carrying his baby!

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I’m so sorry that I’m late with the review.  I’ve been out of work with my back (worker’s comp) and physical therapy is not for the weak.  What can I say about Ms. Faye?  I love her writing and characters.  So much in fact that I have now subscribed to get this line in the mail every month.  Thank you, Ms. Faye!  In fact, I’ve already read this month’s books.  But, I really need to write this review.

As most know, I’ve read the last 3 or 4 books by Ms. Faye and I will have to say this is my favorite so far.  Most reviewers will say that about every book that they read but this time I mean it.  There was something that really dug into my heart with Pepper and Simon and I’m still thinking about them.  They were both wounded in some way but not where they couldn’t overcome it in the end.  Pepper with the loss of her grandmother/bakery/home and Simon with his brother and the guilt that followed him.  I just really understood them in a way that I haven’t gotten with some of the other books that I’ve read lately.

It was almost like I was reading a very intimate character study with a romance that was slow-burning on the side.  These two had a lot to overcome within themselves and then each other.  Simon and Pepper were very honest with each other from the beginning when it came to relationships.  And they had their own reasons for it and I respect that in a romance and real life.  Both of them were highly successful in their careers and it was heartwarming to learn why they had the careers and what led up to it.  Simon’s was a bit heartbreaking though.  And his mom in the end.  *sniff*

There is a dog in the story, Daisy and normally I love dogs in a book but for some reason, it didn’t work for me.  That said, when Pepper and Simon found out about the shelter worker and how just awful she was and how you wished Karma was real.  Trust me, it’s real in this book.  Unfortunately, people like her exist and it sucks.

The overall romance in the book is a slow burn.  These two need to get to know each other before the romance starts.  Sure, they put the cart before the horse but watching them grow within themselves and then as a couple is a treat.  Ms. Faye takes her time with them and I really appreciate that in a romance.  Simon and Pepper have a lot to deal with before they can be together.  Being pregnant is just the beginning of that journey.

Peeps, I keep saying it but you really need to read Ms. Faye and the other Harlequin Romance authors.  Ms. Faye delivers a heartwarming, swoon-worthy, Christmas themed romance that would make a great Hallmark movie.  And I don’t watch Hallmark movies.

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About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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Happy Book Birthday to Holidate (Dating #3) by Monica Murphy! @MsMonicaMurphy #contemporaryromance #holidayromance

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“Absolute Christmas magic. If Hallmark doesn’t make this movie I may go on Christmas movie strike!” #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken

Holidate, an all-new standalone contemporary holiday romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!

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Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area.

Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people.

But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects—and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater.

When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist?

Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together—along with a few kisses under the mistletoe—the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

 

Well, folks, this is my first-holiday book to review this season.  And it was a good one to read.  Ask anyone and I’m not big on Christmas anymore except for my son.  It’s a long story and I don’t really want to get into right now.  I used to love the holiday season, just like Candice, just not anymore.  What really set this apart for me is that it was centered around a Christmas tree farm.  While most people would find this funny, I don’t typically read holiday-themed books.  I’m not a Grinch, just don’t get into it at all.  I admit that I don’t watch the Hallmark Channel either.

Candice has been popping up in the other books so I was excited to finally get her story.  I just love her.  Period.  She could have come off as a spoiled little rich girl but she is the complete opposite of that.  She has a heart of gold and will do anything for anybody.  Christmas is her favorite holiday but she kinda hides behind it because of a loss that happened to her when she was young.  I understand why she does it but what I don’t understand is why her family didn’t pick up on it.  And don’t say that Jared should of because he didn’t spend too much time around the family anyway.

Charlie was actually hilarious to me.  Lumberjack cool, semi socially awkward but underneath all of that, he really is a good person.  He just likes to be alone.  Coming from a big, noisy family and having a lot of responsibility for the family business, it made sense that he would come off as a Grinch.  I never saw him like that.  I saw him as a man that didn’t like getting pushed into situations that he found uncomfortable.  His mother had good intentions but in the end, she really messed up and it almost cost Candice and Charlie their relationship.

I loved the slow burn of their romance.  In fact, this book is kisses only and that’s the way it should be.  Candice and Charlie have a bunch of relationship baggage to deal with before they can admit that they actually like each other.  Their romance is built on friendship first and kisses later.  At times, I thought it would never happen.  Ms. Murphy lets you know that it is coming but I can be impatient, as usual.  The payoff, in the end, is perfect.

The secondary character that stood out for me was Stella.  Oh my, she’s a feisty one.  I can’t wait to see if Ms. Murphy has a book up her sleeve for her.  It would be a hoot and a half for me.  And I’m dying for a Gingerbread Latte.  I fell out of favor years ago with Pumpkin Spice but Gingerbread…yes, please.  I can’t wait until its on the menu at Starbucks.

Of all of the books to date in the series, this is my favorite.  Candice and Charlie had from the start.  I loved watching them dance around each other, pushing each other out of their own comfort zone and then finding that middle ground.  If I had one complaint, I wish there had been an epilogue.  The ending was too abrupt for me and I felt it was unfinished.  Otherwise, I can’t wait to see them in the other books.

This is such a great series from Ms. Murphy.  One of my all-time favorites and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Review of Sweet Melody (Seabrook Romance #1) by Heidi McCahan w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #SweetMelTour @HeidiMcCahan


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Sweet Melody
(Seabrook Romance #1)
By Heidi McCahan
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 242 Pages
August 1st 2019

When a struggling bakery owner is rescued by a wannabe songwriter with hidden culinary talents, they discover they can make sweet harmony … if they can only learn to work together.

Rhett Foster longs to change the world with his music, yet he can’t even finish writing one song. Battered by a string of failures and disillusioned, he returns home to Portland, Oregon. While he desperately wants to create a chart-topping hit, his dad mandates a new mission: move to coastal vacation hotspot Seabrook, Washington and expand the family’s successful restaurant chain.

In danger of destroying her late parents’ legacy if she doesn’t diversify her menu, Lindsay Carmichael will try anything to save her bakery. But with a tiny budget and an injured employee who can’t work, she has no choice but to sink the last of her savings into buying a dilapidated food truck and hiring Rhett as a part-time barista. What she doesn’t know is that the handsome songwriter has a secret … one that could destroy her business and her heart.

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Rhett continued taking their requests, performing the songs effortlessly. With each line he sang, Lindsay’s emotions sailed further and further into choppy seas. Careful. You can’t afford to fall for this man.

As the notes of Rhett’s latest cover song faded, Jon released a long whistle. “Do you ever perform anything you’ve written?”

Catherine and Lindsay exchanged glances. Had Jon seen the YouTube channel, too?

Rhett was silent for an instant. “I have a few songs of my own, nothing that’s made it to the radio lately.”

“Anything you’d be willing to play tonight?” Quinn asked, her expression hopeful.

“Sure.”

From the first verse, the mood of the gathering shifted as Rhett’s tone dived deep and took on a mournful, seasoned quality—as though he’d lived every minute of the pain he crooned about.

Lindsay gripped the armrests of her chair, hanging on every note, captivated by the emotional journey of the songwriter. Captivated by Rhett. The chorus and subsequent verse told a powerful story of unrequited love, then came to an abrupt end as Rhett stopped playing.

“That’s all I’ve written so far.” He shifted in his chair. “Sorry.”

They were all staring with rapt attention. Clearly, she wasn’t the only one who wanted more.

“Great job,” Lindsay said, reaching over and giving his forearm a squeeze.

“Man, what are you doing making coffee?” Jon teased. “You should’ve never left Nashville.”

Oh no. 

“I’m glad you think so.” Rhett frowned. “Too bad nobody agrees with you. I’m what they refer to in the business as a one-hit-wonder.”

Lindsay didn’t miss the regret tinging his voice. Did he honestly believe that was true? Before she had a chance to object, Rhett stood and passed the guitar back to Jon.

“Thanks for letting me borrow your guitar. I’m going to call it a night.” He offered a casual wave around the circle, avoiding Lindsay’s gaze. “Six a.m. comes pretty early.”

He slipped between two chairs, cut across the yard and disappeared into the darkness.

They all sat in stunned silence.

“Whoa. What happened?” Ivy asked.

“We must’ve hit a nerve somehow.”

“Maybe he’s embarrassed about sharing his art in public.”

Lindsay stared into the fire and listened to her friends’ speculations. Rhett’s sudden departure was jarring. She hated that they’d ruined a good night by pushing him to do something he didn’t want to do. More than anything, her mind kept circling back to Jon’s question.

What are you doing making coffee?

While she’d sensed Rhett bristling at the casual comment, it was a question she’d tiptoed around quite a bit. If he was such a talented artist and songwriter, what was he doing here?

I’m just going to say it.  I loved this book from the start.  From the setting to the characters, to the plot and especially how I felt after reading it.  Peeps this is a sweet contemporary romance with inspirational undertones to it.  Does Ms. McCahan beat you over the head?  No, it is subtle and so worth it in the end.  I found that while reading the book, my heart opened and made me take stock in certain parts of my own life.

Rhett and Lindsay are a perfect couple.  Are they perfect?  No, but learning from their past and opening up to different things made them perfect for each other.  They each had big voids to fill in the lives and kept getting a bit beat down when something didn’t quite measure up.  That’s life and you can grow from it as they did in the end.  Each of them has been hurt in the past with relationships and are dealing with that in their own way.  Lindsay is bitter and Rhett is somewhat guarded.  These two have a ways to go before they can finally get their HEA.

I loved the seaside town and the plot point of food trucks.  I live in a small town that doesn’t have them but they intrigue me.  Ms. McCahan does a great job of explaining the ins and outs and what it takes to run one.  I found that Rhett’s dad is just an awful person and doesn’t see Rhett as a person but as a thing that he can manipulate.  Grrr…Rhett and Lindsay are dealing with grief and rejection that can only come from someone that shouldn’t have rejected them in the first place.

Ultimately, this book is about forgiveness, opening your heart to something new, finding love when you least expect it and letting go of the past.  You can only look forward to move on.  I don’t normally watch Hallmark movies but this book would make a perfect movie.  Ms. McCahan’s descriptions filled my head with all kinds of visuals and I would love to see it come to the screen.

Do yourself a favor a pick up this gem of a book.  I dare you not to love it and wish it was a movie, too.

About the Author

Heidi secretly dreamed of writing a book for most of her childhood, but a particularly painful rejection letter in middle school convinced her to tuck that dream away. Instead, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband Steve, then she dusted off her big dream of becoming a published author and launched her first contemporary romance into the world in 2014. A huge fan of coffee, dark chocolate, and happily ever after, Heidi currently lives in North Carolina with Steve, three active boys and one amazing Goldendoodle.

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