Finding Joy

My talented friend, Melanie Snitker has released a new addition to her sweet romance series, Love’s Compass. Finding Joy can be read separately, but it’s fun to note that the heroine, Chelsea Blake, is the sister of Laurie from Finding Peace. I highly recommend the whole series. Chelsea is a stubborn character, determined to prove herself to her wealthy family, even to the point of taking a job completely out of her element at a Longhorn ranch. She doesn’t expect to be so attracted to the owner’s son. Especially after a horrible first impression.
One thing I love about Melanie’s books is how we always learn something new, like about farming lettuce or life on a Longhorn ranch. Chelsea learns a lot from Parker, who is working through physical and emotional scars of the past. You’ll fall in love with these two characters.

findingjoycoverSometimes, what looks like a dead end, is really a new beginning.

A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. Unable to find solid footing in his disrupted life, he returns to his family’s ranch, a place he thought he’d left behind for good. The scars on his face are a daily reminder of all he’s lost, yet his mom still insists he needs to stop hiding and live his life again. The beautiful new employee she hires is the last thing he needs, despite his mom’s best intentions, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make the girl quit and regain the peace and quiet he prefers.

Nothing short of desperation would force Chelsea Blake to work on a local cattle ranch. But if she’s going to avoid her parents’ judgment when they arrive in three weeks, she must turn the temporary job into a permanent one. Between dodging mud, feeding longhorn cattle, and dealing with a handsome boss who keeps giving her the cold shoulder, staying gainfully employed is proving to be a challenge. Chelsea may not be cut out for ranch life, but her determination to succeed is stronger than Parker’s efforts at forcing her to leave.

Unprepared to discover all they have in common, if they set aside their initial dislike, they just might find joy beyond measure.

Finding Joy is only $0.99
Now through February 19th

Check out the entire Love’s Compass Series
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About the Author:

MelanieDSnitker2016Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crochet, baking, archery, target shooting, learning about essential oils, and hanging out with family and friends.

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Reward of Anavrea Blog Tour-Guest Post

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We all like a reward, don’t we? But, not all rewards are what they appear. That’s the case in the latest installment of Rachel Rossano’s Theodoric Saga. Rachel created an intriguing Historical-like Christian Fantasy as she tells the tale of Jayne and Liam. Find out more and be sure to check out the giveaway!

Guest Post From Rachel Rossano:

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One of the first responses I get from people when I say I write romance is that they personally don’t like reading romance. If they are referring to straight romance novels where the whole plot is about the relationship and nothing else, I would completely agree with them. I avoid those kinds of books too. No romance happens in a vacuum.

I am a firm believer in realistic romances. Yes, I know that sounds strange coming from a fantasy writer, but it is true. Although my settings are completely made up, with generous inspiration from history, and a bit fantastical at times, my characters are realistic. They are people, or at least I want my readers to believe they are. They work hard, struggle, and grow just as real people do. They have strong points and flaws, some more than others. That said, like real people, they don’t live in a vacuum where relationships with the opposite gender consume their lives and nothing else matters.

In my books, my characters live in their worlds. They have jobs, they have to feed themselves, and they struggle to secure their place in their world. When the other main character stumbles, falls, rides, or otherwise encounters them, the main character is almost never not looking for love or romance.

Realistic romance begins with friendship. I don’t believe in love at first sight, though I do believe in attraction at first sight. Stolen kisses, though they can be an interesting beginning to a book, should never be the basis of a relationship. The elements I advocate are friendship, interaction, and time (though, I have been known to skimp on that last one).

Also, logical and careful thought are necessary when choosing a mate, which also goes for my characters choosing their mate. Yes, warm embraces and spark-inducing touches are part of the magic of a romance, but the cold hard reality of asking yourself if the man/woman you are embracing is going to be there when times are tough is a necessity. Also, above all else, spiritual maturity is a must in any mate.

All that said, I must say that a good novel, romantic or otherwise, needs a large dose of both logic and reasoning as well as chemistry and magic. One without the other only gives half the picture when it comes to any relationship, romantic or otherwise, and only representing one half will make the whole will fall flat. Without the magic, the story will be cold. Without the rational, the story will be mushy. Balance is key.

About the Book

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A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?

His reward isn’t what it seems.

King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.

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About the Author

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Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.

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Rachel is giving away one of her favorite CDs to listen to while she writes. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of music she likes to listen to, you can check out the CD on Amazon and then come back here and enter the giveaway. https://www.amazon.com/Piano-Guys/dp/B009EAO38C/

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Christmas Romance

I’ve compiled a list of new Christmas romances (all sweet and clean) to enjoy this season.

Haley’s Hangdog Holiday by Tamie Dearen

hhh2This Christmas, Haley Martin may be harder to catch than her runaway dog.

Haley has a chance at her dream job working for Holiday, Inc. There’s only one drawback. Her ex-boyfriend, Gavin Holiday is her supervisor.

Seeing Gavin again makes her heart pound and her soul ache, yet Haley knows he deserves someone better. And her secret crisis of faith is only one of the reasons.

Add one very recalcitrant Basset Hound to all her other problems, and it looks like Haley is going to have a real hangdog holiday.

In the spirit of Hallmark Movies, this inspirational romantic comedy tells the story of two young believers, struggling to find faith and love in the midst of adversity.

Holly and Mr. Ivyholly-and-mr-ivy_kindle by Jessica L. Elliott

You know those stories where a pet accidentally sets up the romance?

It wasn’t an accident.

Canine matchmaker Holly has been given her first assignment and it’s a doozy. She must help her human find the perfect mate. The only problem is he is absolutely not interested in the woman Holly and her assistant, Kip, find for him. In fact, Tremayne Ivy and Victoria Claremont can’t stand each other. It will take all Holly’s training and a little Christmas magic to take these rivals from completely at odds to walking down the aisle.

51cesc-kzxlChristmas Aria by Kimberly A. Rogers

England 1814

Aria Parkhurst, Countess of Brenton, has made the match of the Season. Now all she wants is to have the perfect Christmas with her new husband. However, when the newlyweds arrive at their country estate to find that the Earl’s obnoxious cousin has made himself at home, Aria finds herself drawn into the webs of gossip and scandal that delight the ton. And, when a former suitor sets his eyes on her as a prize, will the Earl believe that she married him for love and not money? Or will Aria’s first Christmas as a bride see her dreams unravel?

*At 39,000 words, this sweet Regency Christmas Romance is a long novella.

51vun0uxcal-_sy346_The Road Not Taken by Magdalena Scott

Francie Standish Carrington and husband Brad are spending Christmas in her hometown of Serendipity, but it’s no vacation. There are marital problems, career decisions, and a major change on the horizon for the Standish family Christmas tree farm.

Can Francie find a way through all this, to a happy ending for anyone?

 

 

51t6gd8ummlAmber Alert by Linda K. Rodante

After a disastrous engagement to an abusive boyfriend, Sharee Jones tells God that she’s not dating anymore. If he has someone for her to marry, he’d better just drop the man in front of her. She’s not thinking of the tall, handsome man who moonlights as the church’s maintenance crew of one—a man she feels sure doesn’t know the Lord.

Since the tragedy in his own life, John Jergenson wants nothing to do with God, but every time he turns around lately, Sharee is in his face—wanting help with her Christmas program, needing help with her car, even threatening him with a pair of stakes—and talking about God. He’s not sure what to do about her, but he doesn’t like the mutilated dolls they’ve found, or the homeless hitchhiker she picked up, or the fact that she never watches out for herself. With someone terrorizing the new mom at the church, and Sharee playing detective, can he keep his past secret and keep her safe long enough to figure out if he’s ready to love again?

Amber Alert is a warm romance, with intrigue, ‪‎mystery and suspense; a ‪‎whodunit‬ with heart and faith.