18 Hours to Us Review

I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this adorable YA romance, written by a friend and critique partner. I highly recommend it. Here is my Goodreads review:

18 Hours To Us by Krista Noorman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

18 Hours To Us

I so enjoyed this Christian YA story. It’s fun how the 2 get thrown together on an 18hour road trip. The two have a good chemistry between them for an adorable romance and the dialog is fun and natural. You’ll want to read more about them when the book ends. It has an inspirational message about forgiveness and second chances, that makes it a fulfilling read.

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Fall Into Romance

The crunch of leaves beneath your feet, the scent of apples and spice in the air, soft sweaters and cozy fires… it’s the perfect season to Fall Into Romance. Immerse yourself in the splendor of autumn while enjoying all-new, stand-alone novellas from USA Today, national bestselling and award-winning authors.

Fall Into Romance includes 10 brand new contemporary novellas set in the fictional town of Romance, Oregon. The stories highlight the need for pet adoptions through a parade of quirky, unique, amusing, and amazing pets adopted by the characters in each story. New York Times Bestselling author Susan Hatler wrote the foreword for the book.

Bundled together as a boxed set, Fall Into Romance will be released October 5 and will be for sale on Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Google, and Kobo at for just 99 cents.

“Readers who are fans of the autumn season, small town romances, and animals will love this great collection of sweet, fun, heartwarming stories,” said Shanna Hatfield, USA Today Bestselling author and one of the ten authors contributing a story to the set. “Fall Into Romance will definitely put you in the mood for hot cider and pumpkin pie. The characters who live in our make-believe town of Romance adopt dogs and cats as well as pigs, a chicken, a horse, and even ferrets! Come visit Romance through our stories. It’s a place sure to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.”

Participating authors include:
Franky Brown
Stacy Claflin
Tamie Dearen
J.J DiBenedetto
Jessica L. Elliott
Raine English
Shanna Hatfield
Liwen Y. Ho
Kit Morgan
Melanie D. Snitker

For more information about the book or plans for future stories set in Romance, please visit the Welcome to Romance Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/welcometoromance/

Join in our release day event and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Spotlight on Restoring Romance

It’s time for another novella spotlight from the upcoming Fall Into Romance collection. Today you can learn more about Restoring Romance by Tamie Dearen.

She’s a big city chef who likes cats. He’s a small town mayor who restores antiques. But even with feline allergies at play, true love is nothing to sneeze at.

When Ash Hendrix moves into her aunt’s historic home in Romance, Oregon, she’s ready to bring New York City style to the sleepy little town. But her dream of remodeling the old home into a stylish restaurant is cut short when the mayor interferes. Her opposite in every way, the infuriating Adam is the last man she could ever be attracted to. So why can’t she stop thinking about him?

Mayor Adam Walker can’t believe the cute blond he met at the festival is the woman who’s trying to destroy his family’s legacy. Initially intent on shutting down her plans, he’s shocked to find himself wanting to fulfill them, instead. But she doesn’t trust him. And why would she, with her traumatic past and his earlier antagonism?

Can these two opposites find happily-ever-after? Not without a little help from their friends and family… and a can of pink paint.
You can’t miss this in Fall Into Romance, on pre-order now and releasing October 5th. 

Tamie Dearen has been married to her very romantic husband since 1982. They have two beautiful daughters, two amazing son-in-laws, and one awesome grandson. She plays piano, flute, harmonica, keyboards, and guitar, and loves composing and art. And she hates housework. A dentist in private practice for thirty years, Tamie stays busy playing on her church’s praise team and teaching graduate students each week. In her spare time, she escapes the real world by writing books.

Tamie met her husband as a freshman in college when she acted out of character on a whim. One night in the library lobby, she spied a cute guy with his first name written on the back of his shirt. She called out his name. When he approached to talk to her, she pretended that she’d met him before, asking about his classes and how he liked college. To her surprise and delight, he also pretended that he knew her, but of course he didn’t know her name. They continued this false relationship for two months. Each time they saw each other,an event which occurred three times per week at the cafeteria, he would pretend he knew her. Meanwhile, all of Tamie’s friends were careful not to reveal her name to him. When he finally admitted his ignorance of her name, he was astonished to learn the truth. And the rest is history.

Contact Tamie on her webpage at http://tamiedearen.com/.

Spotlight on Finding Dori

Today’s Fall Into Romance spotlight is on Finding Dori by J.J. DiBenedetto.

Dori came to the town of Romance to help a friend. She wasn’t looking for a romance of her own. But when she broke her leg and found herself stuck in Romance for two weeks, romance found her – with the very man who caused her accident.

Lucas wasn’t looking for romance, either. But when the woman who almost killed herself by running in front of his truck turned out to be his next client, romance found him, too.

Dori has two weeks until her leg is healed and she can travel back home to New York. Lucas has two weeks until his job is finished and he won’t have see Dori again.

Can the two of them stop sabotaging themselves long enough for Romance to work its magic on them?

Don’t miss this one in the Fall Into Romance collection.

J.J. DiBenedetto is author of the Dream Series and the Jane Barnaby Adventures and lives in Arlington, Virginia with the love of his life and a white cat who rules the roost.

His passions are photography, travel, the opera, the New York Giants, and of course writing.


Mr. DiBenedetto is devoted to writing books with a sense of mysticism to entertain and perhaps invite his readers to suspend belief in a way they might never have.

Since he was very young , he has always been intrigued with the supernatural and things that can’t be explained rationally.

By always asking way too many questions, it piqued his interest to the point of setting his writing off and running when he grew up! All the curiosity building up all those years were finally getting put into words to captivate readers. And it hasn’t ended. His main goal is to share all the stories he has inside, putting pen to paper. And that’s how the Dream Series was born.

Mr. DiBenedetto welcomes queries and feedback from his loyal readers. You can email him at jj@jjdibenedetto.com or at his website www.jjdibenedetto.com.

The next Jane Barnaby Adventure will be ready soon and he’s anxious to hear what you think!

Spotlight on Chasing Romance

Today’s Fall Into Romance spotlight is on Chasing Romance by Liwen Y. Ho.

Izzy Sutton shelved away her own needs when her ex-boyfriend left town eighteen years ago, leaving her to raise their daughter alone. With Gracie away at college now, she has time to invest in her Bed and Breakfast, as well as her secret job as a songwriter. Trouble starts though when a handsome singer comes looking for a room, forcing Izzy to decide if it’s worth opening up her heart again, especially to a much younger man.

Pop sensation Chase Lockhart owes his overnight fame to one song penned by an anonymous writer. Desperate for more chart-toppers, he travels to Oregon to collect the other songs she owes him. Finding her is the least of his troubles; getting past her defenses, including her dog who hates him, proves to be the real challenge.

Can a shared love of music lead a young singer and a single mom to fall in love? Anything’s possible in the small town of Romance.

This is one you definitely shouldn’t miss in the Fall Into Romance collection.

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a romance writer by night.

In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at www.2square2behip.com.

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