Back to School Sale

I’ve joined in with a wonderful group for a back to school sale. You’ll find some great books with a high school or college theme at great prices. The Clean Indie Reads Back to School Sale runs from September 1st through 8th.

My humorous college story, Julia the Secret Keeper is only 99 cents.

Shop all the books here: https://mariannesciucco.blogspot.com/2017/08/clean-indie-reads-back-to-school-ebook.html

 

Spotlight on Blown Into Romance

Today’s spotlight is on Blown Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield. Another heartwarming novella you will find in the Fall Into Romance collection.

Artist Brooke Roberts spent her life without roots, wandering from town to town. When she seeks refuge from a freak storm in the town of Romance, she decides to stay and open a blown glass studio. Determined to immerse herself in the community, she adopts a family of pigs. Brooke is unprepared for the chaos and comfort they bring to her world, or the dashing cowboy who rescues her heart.

Solid, dependable Blayne Grundy runs a busy ranch, volunteers on various committees, and takes in stray animals too large to stay at the local animal rescue. Then a chance encounter with a beautiful, beguiling woman leaves him so befuddled, he can barely remember his own name. His predictable organized life is about to be blown away by free-spirited Brooke.

A sweet, lighthearted novella, Blown Into Romance highlights the mighty power of love and letting go.

Read it in the Fall Into Romance collection. Pre-order for $0.99 until release on October 5th.

After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky heroes.

When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna loves to hear from readers. Follow her online at:

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Working with Classic Characters, Austen Inspirations

austen-inspirations-graphicMy Austen Inspirations series is loosely based on Jane Austen’s works, some more than others. Emma’s Match features my character, Emma Wallace, a modern version of Austen’s Emma. She first came into being in the second book in the series, None But You, as the heroine’s best friend. My goal was to craft her personality as closely as I could to Austen’s Emma, while setting her in modern-day South Carolina. She’s well-bred and classy, and while some may see her a snobbish, she has a generous heart and the best intentions when matchmaking her friends. But Emma’s Match is not the story of Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley. What I set out to do was to take her character, add similarities to the original Emma, but make it my own story. And while None But You has many similarities to Persuasion, it’s also a new story. Following the original books exactly didn’t work for me, it felt too much like being boxed in. Obviously women of today have more opportunities than women in the early nineteenth century, but human emotion hasn’t changed. The internal struggles women faced then with things like self-image, financial security, and understanding the opposite sex remain today. Using Jane Austen’s characters as a springboard, I allowed myself the freedom to go in new directions. Pride and Butterflies shares simply a theme with Pride and Prejudice: first impressions can go seriously wrong and opinions can change. These heroines are women striving to succeed in building their own businesses, and struggling with personal weaknesses, when the leading man either unexpectedly crashes into the back of her car, suddenly reappears seven years after a broken engagement, or lives down the hall and has no idea of her feelings. All three of the books in this series can be read on their own. They’re filled with clean romance and plenty of humor. Austen, of course, was the first to combine humor and romance.

Book Spotlight: Bethany’s New Reality

Today I’m happy to spotlight new release Bethany’s New Reality by Rachel John. I had the opportunity to read an early copy of this book before it was published. It’s clean chick lit peppered with plenty of humor and wit. I absolutely enjoyed it. It’s a must-read for chick lit lovers.

Where does acting end and love begin?

51PSu1DYJDL__SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Turning thirty and surrounded by married couples, Bethany Parks does something she never thought she’d try—reality TV dating. Although finding love would be nice, she’s mostly looking for a fun distraction.

Bethany thinks she’s prepared for aggressive cameras and competitive flirting, but this is a show like no other. The provided wardrobe is a collection of the worst fashion trends of all time, and even more disturbing, they’ve brought on everyone’s exes, including Todd, her most recent dating mistake. He’s the last person in the world she wants to mingle with while sporting ‘mom’ jeans.

Things aren’t all bad. Her new buddy Tyson has her back, and Bethany can’t keep her eyes off the gorgeous and mysterious Carter. She knows right away she’ll have to protect her heart, because on a show like this, the worst thing might actually be falling in love.

Available now in paperback and ebook at Amazon.

71hcAkHMelL__UX250_Rachel John lives in Arizona, USA with her husband, four crazy kids, and her desert tortoise. Her first novel, What Not to Say When You’re Running Away, is about friendships and dating at Eastern Arizona College. Rachel is currently revising it to make it even better, so it will stay off sales channels until it’s ready. Stay tuned. Her next novel, Bethany’s New Reality will release May 3rd, 2016. Rachel graduated from Eastern Arizona College a long, long time ago and knows all about being socially awkward and running away from boys. She went on to Arizona State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. Come visit Rachel on her facebook page, blog or twitter. She’d love to hear from you!
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