Life and Fiction by Mona Risk

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It all started ten years ago. In a different life, I was the director of the Analytical Division of an environmental company. I supervised a staff of chemists who perform analytical tests on drinking water and hazardous waste. My responsibilities also included working on various government contracts. A monotonous predictable life that suddenly changed when I won a Department of Defense contract to refurbish a military laboratory in Belarus.

During my fifteen trips to Minsk, capital of Belarus, I was well received by everyone, and worked with colonels and generals, chemists and engineers, and even journalists. I was invited by two colonels to their houses, met their wives and children, and appreciated their warm hospitality.

TO LOVE A HERO is my contribution to the Authors’ Billboard box LOVE ON FIRE. Through my novel, a fictional story about an American chemist and a Belarusian officer, I lived again my fantastic trips to Belarus. My story highlights the affability and warmth of the gorgeous and gallant Belarusian officers who sing, toast with vodka, and make a woman feel like a goddess.

 Book Description

The hero, Major General Sergei Fedorin, has pledged to cleanup his country of the nuclear pollution that killed his wife and threatens his nation with cancer. American aid allows him to start his mission by refurbishing an old military laboratory. The patriotic Sergei is a true hero in his country, an alpha man who protects millions of citizens, a controlled public figure, watched and scrutinized by everyone, admired and revered, but not allowed to live a personal life. He accepts it all because of his dedication to Belarus. BUT

When the lovely American chemist stumbles on the escalator of the airport straight into his arms, Sergei has more on his mind than nuclear pollution.

Raised in boarding schools, Cecile learned to fend for herself at an early age. She buried her loneliness under long hours of study and work. Now she’s determined to excel in her first international contract. So many people are watching over her shoulders, but no one will detract her from her mission. BUT

In Belarus, a Russian country dominated by male chauvinism and intrigues, Cecile finds much more chemistry than she bargains for, and in the arms of General Sergei, she learns that chemicals are not the only things that generate heat.

I had a lot of fun writing this book and I hope you will discover a new country and interesting culture while reading TO LOVE A HERO, the passionate story of Cecil and Sergei.

Some of my personal experiences are related in my book. I even included my fall on the broken escalator of the airport. I was rescued by my lab manager while my heroine (the smart woman) fell into the arms of a hero to die for, the handsome Major General Sergei who made her pulse race and stole her heart.

Sometimes passion takes you and there’s nothing you can do to resist it. That hot feeling overwhelms you until you can think of nothing else but him, want to do nothing else but make love.
Sometimes love sets you on fire until it consumes you.
Let these six novels of crazy hot love take you there, make you feel the heat of that passion, bring you that ecstatic joy.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She's a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist. Mona Risk's name has often been posted on the Amazon.com 100 Most Popular Authors in Romance list, and her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher's Weekly. Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home. If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy her international romances. Meet the spirited heroines and special heroes who share irresistible chemistry in stories that simmer with emotion.  View website
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So This is Christmas by Denise Devine – From the Love, Christmas Boxed Set #mgtab #holidayromance

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so-this-is-christmas_denise-devineSo This is Christmas is one of the twenty stories included the Love, Christmas boxed set.

I picked the title So This is Christmas, by John Lennon, because I have always loved this song. The passionate lyrics and melancholy tone is reflective of the man himself. Listening to words, I get the feeling he’s pouring his innermost thoughts on the paper as he writes. It’s Christmas, another year has ended and you’re about to start another one. So, what have you done in the past year? Have you accomplished anything worthwhile?

The main character in my story, Annabelle Lee, does a bit of reflecting on the past herself. She’s given up everything to build her photography business and it’s going well, but lately she has begun to wonder if it was really worth the sacrifice. Her annual Christmas weekend with her best friends—the girls she’s known most of her life—is coming up, so she decides to arrive at the cabin a few days early to relax in front of a crackling fire, sip wine and contemplate her future. When she arrives, however, things don’t turn out the way she has planned.

But, then, do they ever?

Annabelle Lee—She’s looking forward to a weekend of catching up, munching cookies and enjoying Christmas cheer with her childhood girlfriends. She hasn’t had a vacation since this time last year and desperately needs the time off. Her business has taken a toll on her life, leaving her exhausted and questioning the price of success. She arrives early at Ellie Stone’s family cabin to relax and decide the direction of her future, but to her dismay, she’s not alone. Ellie’s twin brother is also there and declares he isn’t leaving until Friday.

Christopher Stone—He’s the boy who mercilessly teased her when they were kids. He’s grown into a handsome man with a career in professional baseball and a pop-star girlfriend. He appears to have an idyllic life, but the longer they talk, the more Annabelle suspects his love life isn’t as perfect as he claims. She can’t deny her attraction to him and knows he’s attracted to her as well.

Best Friends Forever—Will this week proceed like old times or turn out to be the beginning of a new chapter in her life?

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Denise Devine
Denise Devine is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes sweet romantic comedy and inspirational romance. She is currently writing two series, Forever Yours (Inspirational) and Counting Your Blessings (Christmas romantic comedy). You can visit her at www.deniseannettedevine.com.
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Love, Christmas: Songs of Christmas – Let It Snow

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put-a-song-in-your-heartLet it snow! is a song to remind us of all that holiday joy!

All those wonderful, heart-warming Christmas songs, from carols to old time favorites sung by crooners from the 50s, will be playing on the radio or in your own personal digital mix soon. My all-time favorite winter holiday song is–you’ve got it–Let It Snow!

When I was a kid, we used to gather for big family dinners on Christmas day that lasted all day long. They were merry affairs from beginning to end. One of my favorite memories from these times is of my Aunt Charlene who would sing along with the songs playing on the stereo. Her favorite, and now mine, was Let It Snow. One Christmas especially she sang and I joined in. She hugged me to her side and felt warm and soft, the smells of Christmas tree and roast turkey and cinnamon filled me. As we sang we watched the beautiful white flakes fall outside onto a gentle blanket of snow. Oh how cozy and warm and wonderful I felt inside!  The glow of those times and that song never left me. I feel it every time I watch it snow outside and every time I hear the song Let It Snow.

Fast forward to now and I’m super excited to be part of a Christmas romance collection celebrating the songs of Christmas with my story titled Let It Snow. I’m sharing the fun with a reader who also loves this song, by dedicating my book to her–Patty Curry. May this story bring as much holiday joy to your heart as the song.

Look for Love, Christmas on pre-order now to share in the warmth and the spirit of the songs, the stories and the holiday!

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About USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen has the enthusiastic soul of a cheerleader. So of course she loves creating stories where the good guys always win. Although she's lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty, and her (real or imagined?) chauffeur, Myren.
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“Love, Christmas” Blog Post #1 by Mimi Barbour #mgtab

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Today it’s my pleasure to be the first to write a blog about my novella, Frosty the Snowman… one of the twenty brand new novellas in the “Love, Christmas” collection.

This book is dedicated to my winner in our earlier Christmas Carol Contest: Stacie Williams. Congratulations, Stacie. I’ll be sending your book to you on Oct 18th – as soon as it’s released.

You’ll probably notice on the cover that we wrote Snowpup over Snowman in the title. There’s a very good reason why I chose to do that. You see, in this story, Frosty is a Samoyed puppy, a cute little menace who is instrumental in making life for our hero and heroine very difficult. Stranded in the Alaskan wilderness – being forced to land the small plane because of a storm – the two strangers naturally have to rely on each other. Little Frosty makes life much more challenging and they suffer because of his naughtiness. But he also earns their affection, while at the same time; they discover just how perfect they are for each other.

Now I chose the title, Frosty the Snowman, because I’m a lover of Samoyeds and years ago, living with my husband in the Yukon, he surprised me with a Samoyed puppy for my birthday. We called her Pegi. She was wonderful, loved by everyone in the mining camp where we lived and worked, especially the children. Just like Frosty in the story, Pegi would push her snout into the fresh snow and end up with it heaped on her face and her fluffy white body would be covered. When we’d laugh, she’d lift her head, flash us that adorable Samoyed grin and we’d joke about her being our little snow pup.

When it came time for me to write a new story for the collection and I was to select a Christmas carol, I’ll admit to having an ulterior motive in choosing this song. Last year, I wrote a trilogy called Holiday Heartwarmers. At the beginning, 3 Samoyed puppies were abandoned in a box, in a park. As each little bundle of mischief escaped, they found their new family and like furry little cupids working magic, each of the couples who adopted them found romance.

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So… once I’d decided to write another puppy story, you can see why changing the trilogy into a series – so I could make Frosty the Snowman Holiday Heartwarmers Book #4 – just seemed to make a lot of sense.

 

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Mimi Barbour
Mimi is a New York Times, USA Today & Award-winning Best-selling author who’s sold over 500,000 copies of her books world-wide. Her five romance series include: The Vicarage Bench/ time travel at it's best, Angels with Attitudes / angels love romance, Vegas / fast-paced plotting, Elvis / make a song a book and her newest - Undercover FBI / with sizzling conflicts and lots of humor. Mimi's an author who's been heard to say: "I'm a story-teller who loves to write uplifting stories about romance and adventure. Add in some time travel, maybe an angel, or even a little romantic suspense and it makes the story more fascinating because of the incredible possibilities."  View website
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Romance Novel Defined by Joan Reeves

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Fresco_image-of-a-couple-on-the-wal-12147584_BSPWhat is a romance novel?

As a reader, you may be surprised that the answer to that question is frequently under discussion by romance authors and the main organization of romance authors.

Sure, you know that the romance novel is a literary genre, and that the primary focus in this genre is the relationship – the love – between two people. Once, publishers of romance novels demanded writers end the story with a happily ever after. Now, writers can end stories with an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.

To me, there’s a huge difference between happily ever after and emotionally satisfying and optimistic. Personally, I wonder if this alternative ending for a romance novel merely reflects contemporary cynicism about long-term relationships.

Teensy Bit of Romance Genre History

In 1740, Samuel Richardson penned Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded. Considered the first romantic novel, Pamela had two surprising elements that were different from other novels. First, it focused almost entirely on courtship. Second, the novel was told from the viewpoint of a female protagonist.

In the next century, the remarkable Jane Austen, whose Pride and Prejudice is now considered the pinnacle of romance, came along. She inspired Georgette Heyer – I always think of her as the twentieth century Jane Austen – who introduced historical romances in 1921.

About 10 years later, a small British company called Mills and Boon began publishing what were called category romance novels – short books with a set number of pages and standard elements. (In England, romance novels were often called courtship novels.)

The Mills and Boon romances were resold for a North American market by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. who marketed directly to readers and allowed mass-market merchandisers to sell the books too. The genre was off and running.

Then, in 1972, Avon published The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, the first single title romance novel to be published as a paperback original, and the modern romance genre was truly born.

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My! How Romance Grew

From then until now, there have been a lot of romance novels published. The genre has grown and given birth to sub-genres of every possible variation. It has become the most popular genre in North America where it accounts for more than half of all paperback books sold.

Romance isn’t just a North America phenomenon. The genre is popular on every continent–well, maybe Antarctica might be an exception. Romance novels are published in more than 90 languages.

Romance Readers Out of Touch?

For years, the romance novel was decried as being lowbrow and read by women who were out of touch with reality. We’re not out of touch with reality. We just know what we want. We want romance!

A good romance novel sets the standard for the kind of love and romance a woman wants in a relationship. If a man really wants to know what a woman wants, he should read a good romance novel.

I find it heartwarming — and a bit ironic — that our beloved genre is now the most popular, best selling genre of all time. Tell that to your romance-dissing acquaintances the next time they start talking about how romance novels aren’t “real” books!

With all the changes and growth in our contemporary world, I guess it’s no surprise that the romance genre reflects those changes–providing the happily ever after some want and the optimistic and satisfying ending others may want. But, I’m not willing to give up my happily ever after – in real life or fiction.

All About Love and Commitment

Heat Lightning_NYTMaybe, I don’t want to give up the HEA because that traditional ending is all about lasting love. Today, in the wake of so much death and destruction in the news, I find myself thinking more than ever about the importance of love. In the end, it truly is the most important thing in anyone’s world.

With the romance novels I write, I always aim for that happily ever after for my characters, not just an optimistic, satisfying ending. In Heat Lightning, love once existed between Tessa and David, but amnesia stole every moment of their life together from Tessa. The desire sizzling between them makes Tessa want to discover their love again, but David is hiding something. Will she risk everything to love him again?

Well, my motto is: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” So Tessa and David have more than a fighting chance!


Joan Reeves writes funny, sexy Romance Novels–available at most ebook sellers. (Audio editions available at Audible, and iTunes.) All of Joan’s books have the same underlying premise: “It’s never too late to live Happily Ever After.”

Joan lives her Happily Ever After with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State.

Readers, sign up for Joan’s Mailing List/Free NL . Writers, subscribe to WritingHacks, Joan’s free NL for authors. Connect Online with Joan: Blog * Facebook * Google+  * Twitter * YouTube.

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband. They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter. Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."  View website
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Chapter One excerpt – 2016 Love, Christmas Collection: Silver Bells by @jacqbiggar #MFRWauthor #mgtab

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Do you have a favorite Christmas carol?

That was the question we posed in our recent Fresh Fiction contest. More than seven hundred people shared their choices with us, and from that we chose twenty lucky winners to give us the titles for our holiday novellas and the books will be dedicated to them. Exciting!

My winner, Deb Philippon, chose Silver Bells, which is perfect because I love that song too!

The premise of the story is a single mom raising a diabetic child who meets a lonely mystery writer. I hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt.

 

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CHAPTER ONE Excerpt Love, Christmas Collection: Silver Bells by Jacquie Biggar

 

Christy Taylor smiled at the teens performing skateboard tricks on a set of iron rails, the screech-scrape of their wheels a musical accompaniment to the slap-slap of her sneakers hitting the pavement as she jogged past. Though it was early December on Vancouver Island the sun was a warm treat on her shoulders. Snowberries lined the pathway on the Goose Walking Trail, crunching beneath her feet. The unparalleled beauty of the Pacific Ocean lay off to her right. A salty breeze carried the scents of wood, brine, and soil to clear the fog from her brain. The past couple of years had been tough. Between Jill’s illness and the increasing costs in rent it was a never-ending battle to keep everything afloat.

She followed the snaky course through Beacon Hill Park, dodging dogs and children and couples holding hands. At the boat pond a father patiently taught his young son how to run the remote control for a jaunty red sailboat, while Mallard ducks paddled nearby searching for scraps.

She turned left and took the path that led her to the seawall, her favorite part of the run.

And there he was.

Every time she’d come by here for the past two months the same man crouched out on the furthest edge of the breakwater, staring out to sea.

He fascinated her.

She’d sit on the little spit of sand several feet away and create stories in her head about him. Maybe he was a Russian prince cast out of his homeland. Or a spy awaiting a boat bringing him information meant to save the world. Or maybe even a merman cast upon the shore and unable to find his way back to his watery home. The last brought a wry smile to her lips. Her mom always said she had a writer’s imagination.

She opened her fanny pack and drew out a bottle of water, a strip of homemade peach fruit leather, and her drawing supplies. She loved capturing nature on paper with nothing more than a few graphite pencils in varying grades and Caran d’Ache Luminance colors for shading. Her art was slowly gaining recognition, though it was taking more time than she could afford.

Sunset gradually lightened the horizon from chilly winter’s grey-blue to neon orange, brilliant fuchsia, and canary yellow. Fingers flew over the page, eager to catch every nuance as it occurred. Her unsuspecting model never moved, his silhouette perfectly captured by the dying rays of the sun.

When it became too dark to draw, Christy set the pad aside and twisted the cap off her water bottle. The liquid was a benediction going down her parched throat. She drank most of it before replacing the lid with a satisfied sigh. The day hadn’t begun well, but at least it was ending on a high note. She felt good about the work she’d just produced. It would be easier to tell after she returned to the shop and finished the shading of course, but she was off to a decent start.

Shivering a little now the sun had gone down, she returned everything to the bag and zipped it closed, then stood and brushed the sand from her butt and thighs before bending to pick up the fanny pack. Time to head home, Jill would be waiting.

A pair of dark brown hiking boots—size enormous—came into her line of sight. Her heart skipped a beat. Most people on the island were friendly and kind but she was a woman on her own and it was rapidly getting dark. How stupid.

She tightened her grip on the bag and cursing the fact she’d been so irresponsible, slowly rose to her feet, her gaze following the long, clean line of jean-clad legs, dark cotton shirt, tucked in and belted at the waist, open leather jacket, and chiseled jawline covered in a day’s worth of stubble. Glittering eyes stared at her from a deeply tanned, aloof-looking face.

“Quit following me.” The voice matched his visage, cold, harsh, and unforgiving.

So much for her fantasy hero. Christy stiffened and glared. “Kind of full of yourself, aren’t you?”

He leaned back and crossed his arms, his stance unforgiving. And to think she’d found him intriguing. Ha, more like infuriating.

“So it’s just a coincidence every time I turn around, there you are?” He lifted a hand and rubbed the back of his neck. The rasping sound along with the backdrop of the swishing waves made her—restless.

“Look, I don’t do interviews, okay? Not even for cute little pixies. Tell your boss, next time I’ll call the cops.”

Incredulity overrode her apprehension. “Are you serious? I have as much right to be on this beach as you do, buddy. Trust me, you’re not half as fascinating as you seem to think you are.”

In between one breath and the next, Mr. Personality seized the bag out of her grip and delved inside.

“Hey, give that back,” she cried, trying to wrestle it out of his grasp.

“If you have nothing to hide…” He pulled the drawings free and turned his wall of a back on her.

Christy couldn’t believe this was happening. Adrenaline zipped through her body, leaving her feeling more alive than she had in a long while. And it was all due to this… this jerk ripping pages out of her workbook while she stood by helpless to do anything about it. All that work—gone.

“Please,” she begged, her throat husky. “I meant no harm. I draw for a living. That’s all they are, drawings.”

At least the shredding stopped.

He leveled his gaze on her again, as though deciding whether to throw the whole bag out to sea or not. She really hoped not. It had taken months to save for those pencils. They were the very best and made a huge difference to the level of her workmanship.

“Please,” she said again.

He hesitated, then folded the sheets of paper he’d taken and shoved them into his jacket pocket before handing over her bag.

“Next time you might try asking,” he said dryly.

As he clumped away in those heavy boots his voice floated back to her on the breeze. “The answer would’ve been no, by the way.”

Was it too much to ask that he trip over his enormous—arrogance?

 

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JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want, that is until they’re gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂

Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site:

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You can follow her on at http://Facebook.com/jacqbiggar , http://Twitter.com/jacqbiggar

Or email her via her web site. Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

Jacquie Biggar
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Forever and Ever: #WeddingVows #SumHtRom #mgtab @jacqbiggar

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When you’re young and in love, it can seem as though nothing can ever come between you.

He’s perfect (even though you don’t really like that annoying habit he has of leaving the toilet seat up, or his shoes in front of the door) and you can’t wait to start your life together; buy a house, raise a family.

Pure heaven.

But then, little by little, reality sets in and you realize, hey, this marriage stuff takes a lot of work. The kids need taken care of, meals need cooked, the house needs cleaned, shoot, even the pets need attention.

What happened to the little bubble of romance?

 

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It seems to have floated out the door.

How could this happen?

We had a plan.

It’s about this time, when the overwhelming pressure of day-to-day living implodes a relationship, that many marriages crash and burn.

 

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Summary

  • National Picture — Fluctuating between 35% and 42%, the proportion of marriages projected to end in divorce has remained relatively stable during the last 20 years. In 2008, 40.7% of marriages were projected to end in divorce before the thirtieth wedding anniversary.
  • Age and Gender — In 2008, the average age at divorce was 44.5 for men and 41.9 for women.
  • Regions — In 2008, Yukon had the highest proportion (59.7%) of marriages projected to end in divorce before the thirtieth wedding anniversary, while Newfoundland and Labrador had the lowest (25.0%).

 

What can we do as couples to change the tide?

  • Listen to each other- It’s too easy to block the anger and dissatisfaction. We need to learn to open our minds to our loved one’s feelings and seek a solution together.

 

  • Take time out of your schedule for you- not each other, for you. If you can’t wind down because you’re always ‘on call’ it’s bound to breed disharmony.

 

  • Date night- this is where you can increase harmony and intimacy with your spouse. Raising a family is hard, don’t forget to reward yourself now and then with a nice night out.

 

  • Learn to walk away- This one’s big! Fights happen, it’s inevitable. You need to learn to step back and reassess the argument. Often you’ll see things in a new light and realize it wasn’t worth all that anxiety.

 

  • Sleep in the buff- I learned this one from Doctor Oz! It’s good for your health and the skin to skin contact with your spouse creates an intimacy and closeness that will carry you through the day.

 

 

Marriage is about spending your life with the one person you can count on to be there, no matter what. Your best friend. Your lover. Your everything.

Forever and ever.

 

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My new novella, Summer Lovin’, is about two lovers who learn this lesson:

Mitch Taylor and Rebecca Sorenson share a secret.

 

Rebecca’s job as secretary of Cascade Elementary, the same school she attended as a child, is rewarding. She has a great group of friends, many of whom are married now. And if sometimes she wished it were her up there in that sparkling white dress…

Except, wait—she did get to wear bridal white. Granted, it was a slinky party dress and the justice of the peace was Elvis in a gold lame jacket, but still, the deed was done.

She’d tied the knot.

Mitch Taylor doesn’t do regrets. It would be a waste of energy bemoaning the mistakes he’d made in his life. The end of his promising football career taught him nothing in life was a guarantee.

Like love.

What were the chances two people from the same po-dunk town in Washington would end up together in a nightclub in Las Vegas?  A few too many drinks later, a hasty ceremony performed by the king of rock ‘n’ roll, and they’d been hitched. The night that followed lived on in his dreams, but when he’d woken the next morning she was gone.

Can these two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?

Available now in the Summer Heat: Love on Fire box set

 

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JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want, that is until they’re gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂

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Or email her via her web site. Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

Jacquie Biggar
Lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her her husband, daughter, and grandson. Loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. Spoils her German shepherd, Annie and calico cat, Harley. And can't function without coffee. View website
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Love, Romance and Disabilities

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heart in pieces
Sickness isn’t romantic. No one wants to start off wanting the worst in For Better or Worst.

But people get sick, they become injured, they change. Can you remember the last book or movie you watched where the hero and herione weren’t in perfect health, if not slightly superhuman?

Unless of course, you’ve watched a disease of the week movie, as one friend described them. And in that case the disability or injury IS the whole movie – or book. Sometimes – often for me – that’s not the type of book or movie I really want to watch.

And as both a reader and writer there’s a part of me that says so what? I read for entertainment, for escape and I like perfect, shiny people. I want to live vicariously in a perfect body. Sometimes escapism is just what the doctor ordered and I don’t have a problem with that.

Given how prevalent in our society these issues are though, it’s amazing I cant’t think of one where the main character has fibromyalgia for instance, or diabetes, arthritis or maybe asthma. And I can see where a character could have these diseases and still be highly functioning.

It could definitely throw a wrench into their crime-fighting abilities. What about a hero who has asthma that’s under control and he NEVER needs his rescue inhaler? And where is it? Not on him. Talk about ratcheting up the tension!

And if a romance heroine has chronic fatigue how is the hero going to react? She looks just like everyone else. Why can’t she do a simple little thing like stop by his place after work and walk the dog? How is she going to react? What will she tell him and when of her illness?

And when she does how will he react? If he dumps her I’m not going to like him. I just watched a Keith Urban video on FB with his wife, Nicole Kidman. Their love for each other shone through in his song The Fighter and a character who reacted the way he does would melt anyone’s heart, mine for sure.

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