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Author Kathryn Hills talks about SECONDHAND HEARTS, a Last Chance Beach story..

I’m involved with a great bunch of authors over on the ROMANCE GEMS blog and 14 of them have just collaborated to put out a fabulous Boxed set titled LAST CHANCE BEACH – Summer’s End. One of those wonderful and talented authors happens to be a dear friend of mine and she agreed to stop by today and talk up the books a bit. Kathryn Hills and I are NHRWA sistahs and I’m one of her biggest writing fans! I’m gonna let her take it over now to introduce you this great series of stories.

Kathy….

Secondhand Hearts by Kathryn Hills

A Last Chance Beach: Summer’s End Story

 

August and the end of summer. *sigh* It’s a bittersweet time for me. You see…I’m a fall-loving, Halloween-addicted, paranormal/fantasy romance author living in New England, the epicenter of Autumn. BUT I grew up near the ocean, and I have spent countless happy days on the waves. As a matter of fact, I’ve never lived more than one hour from the coast. And that is perfectly fine by me. So, when I was given the opportunity to write for a boxed set of short romantic stories, set on a vacation island paradise called Last Chance Beach, I was all onboard!

It was an exciting new experience for me, writing for a collaborative effort. Fourteen bestselling and award-winning authors, all coming together to create a setting of sun, sand, and salty kisses. My little corner of this lovely island community includes Secondhand Antique Shop and Sandpiper Cottage B&B. Still, my characters get to visit other author’s settings. There are restaurants, bars, hotels, cottages, a lighthouse, and a pier… Many cool places to explore.

What else was new for me is that I wrote SHORT (all stories are under 10K words), SWEET (I’m what’s considered a Spicy writer), and CONTEMPORARY (my previous books are time travel/fantasy, so historical in part). Yet that didn’t slow me down. I wrote Secondhand Hearts in record time. A book of my soul. A story that has been rattling around in my head for over a decade, because it’s based on real places I’ve been and loved. So, without further ado, let’s go to the beach!

SECONDHAND HEARTS

Life takes you down many winding paths. Will theirs lead to love on Last Chance Beach?

 

Blurb:

Tasked with convincing her beloved grandmother to move back to the mainland, Kat Worthington returns to Last Chance Beach. This vacation island paradise is filled with cherished memories, and the thought of relocating her loved one weighs heavy on Kat’s heart. Is the alternative to uproot her life, stay on the island, and help run Gran’s charming B&B and antique shop?

Handsome neighbor, Ben Hadley, sure hopes it is. He and his playful pup are doing their best to upend Kat’s plans. Will their efforts convince her to stay?

Or will it require some of Gran’s special island magic?

“Look at that… Didn’t even break the pot.” Gran gave her a sassy little wink. “You’ve always been one for divine timing, Kitty.”

“Pot?”

“Yup, I knew I had a matching teapot to the set that came in yesterday.” Gran stood a little straighter and squared her chin. “Besides, I’m not alone. Ben is here.”

“Who the heck is Ben?”

“That’d be me.” A deep voice came from behind, startling Kat. Spinning with a gasp, her eyes widened when connecting with six feet plus of drop-dead gorgeous, dark-haired man. He met her stare full on without so much as a hint of humility, and he nodded a curt greeting.

“Haddie Marshall are you up to your old tricks again?” Ben brushed passed Kat. “I told you to wait and I’d look with you.”

“Well, I didn’t want you to fuss. I know you’re busy.”

“Excuse me,” Kat interrupted, not bothering to disguise the irritation in her voice. “Who are you, and why would you allow my seventy-seven-year-old grandmother to climb to the scorching top of a barn and up a ladder for a teapot?”

The man stared in silence. One dark brow cocked in obvious annoyance.

“Ben Hadley meet my first grandbaby, Kitty Worthington,” Gran announced with a proud smile.

“It’s Kat, Gran. Or Katrina,” she grumbled. “No one has called me Kitty since the fifth grade.”

“Oh, shush child, you will always be Kitty to me and Grandpa Mike.” The elderly woman’s smile fell away. She took a wobbly step forward to hand Ben the box. “Be a love and take this down for me. I think I’d better hang on extra tight to the railing after all this excitement.”

“I’ll take the box,” Kat snapped. “You help my grandmother back to the house, where we can turn on some air conditioning.”

 

About Kathryn Hills

The rich history and many mysteries of New England are the perfect backdrop for most of KATHRYN’S books. Winding roads lined by old stone walls, forgotten cemeteries, grand homes with shadowy pasts…all sparks for her imagination. Whether it’s a quaint seaside town or the vibrant city of Boston, it’s easy for this “hauntingly romantic” author to envision the past mingling with the present.

Taking it further—to have characters experience the past and present, opposite to “when” they belong—is the fun part. No surprise, some of Kathryn’s favorite stories involve time travel. And ghosts! Sprinkle in some magic, and you’re off on a great adventure.

When not writing, this award-winning author is researching, taking photographs, gardening, or cooking up something special in her chaotic kitchen. Kathryn shares her colonial home in the north woods with those she loves most – her wonderful husband and daughter, and three crazy dogs.

Connect with Kathryn here:

AMAZON | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

and here’s a bit about the entire LAST CHANCE BEACH set…

 

 

LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer’s End, 14 all-new romantic short stories set in the island paradise where Dreams go to live again, and Wishes may come true.

The beach houses, condos, and hotels are full for Summer’s End, but there’s still time left to find love, new romances, second chances, hot alpha males, heartwarming heroes, love at first sight, romantic delight—and time left for enemies to become lovers and opposites to attract.

Throw another log on the beach bonfire and celebrate LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer’s End, stories created especially for this romance collection by NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors and other bestselling and award-winning authors. These summer love stories will thrill the hopeful romantic in you. Some are sweet: some are sizzling! Some are humorous; some are serious. All will make you want to book a vacation to this island of legend and love.

LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer’s End, the place where soul mates find each other and love at first sight happens all the time!

Get your copy here: Amazon:

There’s also a special add-on book – Cocktails on Last Chance Beach! And it’s FREE!

Free Book Buy Link: https://books2read.com/last-chance-cocktails

I’m just gonna sneak this in here, too. Here’s my review of Kathy’s story – which I lovedlovedloved so much, hee hee. Goodreads Review

 

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A visit with #author Judith Hudson

 

Today is a treat for me – and you as well! I’ve got one of my Romance Gems sistahs, Judith Hudson visiting me. She’s got a new 3 book boxed set out and she’s here telling us all a little about it.

Take it away, Judith….

Looking for feel-good escapist reading? Friendship, family and happily-ever-after. That’s how I describe this small-town romance series set in the Pacific northwest in the town of Fortune Bay.

It all starts with a ramshackle cabin on the lake – complete with an interfering ghost, landlord’s Aunt Augusta. In each book, the cabin proves to be a haven for people at the crossroads of their lives.

The series has grown beyond these first three books, the intertwining stories of three friends, but in my mind they are the heart and soul of the Fortune Bay series and it just felt right to put them out together in this three-book boxed set – new this spring!

Book one is Summer of Fortune
Maddie wasn’t looking for romance when she moved to Fortune Bay for the summer. She was just glad to find a place to stay that she could afford, where she could set up her dark room and work on the photographs for her first solo show.
A troubled childhood had left her a loner. It was just easier that way. But now for the first time she was finding the loneliness hard, since her daughter had gone and live with her father for the summer.
Maddie wasn’t expecting to meet a group of people who would change her life – and definitely not her landlord Jake Murphy, a single father himself, who just might teach her that she could have it all, friendship, family and happily ever after.

Book two, The Good Neighbor, is Maddie’s neighbor Frankie’s story, and it’s Sean who moves into the cabin this time.
Frankie’s life is going just fine, thank you very much. She has a lovely house on Majestic lake and a good job teaching at the local high school. What she doesn’t need is Sean Murphy moving in next door and shaking things up. He seems like just the kind of charming young exec her father would approve of – a black mark against him in her eyes.
What she doesn’t see are the demons Sean is hiding, the daughter he gave up as a teen who he’d give anything to find today.

Book three, Home For Christmas, it’s Louise’s turn.
Louise is coming home for Christmas, but just for Christmas. She has finally gotten out of Fortune Bay and now that her pastry course is finished, her future awaits her in Seattle, a long way away from her old job at the Fortune Bay Cafe.
Her old friend Blue has moved on too – he can’t wait forever, hoping she’ll see how much he cares. Growing up, he was her shoulder to cry on, but he’s moved on too.
But, with Christmas festivities swirling around them, Louise’s live take a sharp turn. Can Blue really turn his back on her now, when her whole future is at stake?­

Get this three-books-in-one introduction to the series. You might end up feeling like the reader who said – “I want to live in Fortune Bay!”

Judy Hudson

A little about Judy….

Judy grew up in Toronto Canada and St. Louis MO, then moved to the Pacific Northwest where she now lives on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Her romantic women’s fiction series, Fortune Bay Books, is set in the Pacific Northwest. In each book, someone at a crossroads of their life moves into a ramshackle cabin on Majestic Lake where they work through their problems with the help of friends and family, and the occasional nudge from the friendly spirit of Aunt Augusta. If a romance grows in the process, and it always does, well, so much the better.

As an landscape artist and photographer, the setting of the story is very important to Judy. “I’ve painted in the area for many years and I think it helps me make the setting real for the reader, helps draw them into the story. My characters are often artists, like Maddie, the darkroom photographer in Summer of Fortune who is at Fortune Bay for the summer to work on her first professional show, and Stephanie, the widowed matriarch of the clan who is finding a new life as a painter.”

You can connect with Judith here:

Website // Facebook // Instagram 

and of course on her one-a-month blog posts on the ROMANCE GEMS

 

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New Winter boxed set from 17 #Authors

 

Winter may be rolling in, but that doesn’t mean your days and nights must be cold. 

Before you get snowed in, grab yourself a copy of this limited-edition collection. With heroes and heroines of all kinds, you’ll be sure to find some that you just can’t help but fall in love with. 

These romantic reads can be read as stand-alone stories. But, why would you want to do that? Read them all! Immerse yourself in this wintery ensemble from Romance Collections. 

Authors represented in the collections:
Nicole Morgan
Stephanie Morris
Caitlyn Lynch
Maya Bailey
Krista Ames
Vicki Batman
Sharon Coady
Donna R. Mercer
Jan Springer
Carma Haley Shoemaker
Livia Quinn
Amber Skyze
Rebecca Fairfax
Jane Blythe
Suzanne Jenkins
Stacy Eaton
Rene Webb
Marie Mason
Joann Baker & Patricia Mason
Karen Cino

Buy Links:  Amazon///Barnes and Nobel

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