Finders Keepers!

I remember being a little girl and other kids around me would find things and say, “finders keepers losers weepers.” I always found that to be strange saying when my parents taught me that if you found something valuable, you aways try to find the owner.

I’ve done a few writing workshops where every authors is given the same prompt and yet, when you read the stories, they are very different. One such exercise had been done at my local RWA meeting. The prompt was this: You walk into your hotel room and what to do you find? We had everything from puppies, to naked men, to a computer, to an ominous note, to a dead body, and more! It was very interesting to see how each writer took the same sentence and ran with it in totally different directions.

Since then, I’ve wanted to do boxset based on a similar concept and I came up with, what if you looked inside your purse and found something that didn’t belong to you? What is that item? I told that idea to Casey Hagen and Finders Keepers was born.

We have eight talented authors who contributed to this set. Each one picking a different item. Each story going in a different direction. We have some contemporary stories, suspense stories, and romantic comedies. A little something for everyone. You can’t go wrong with this set. Pre-Order your copy today! 

Welcome to Finders Keepers where Possession is 9/10ths of the law and it has never been so sweet…or scandalous! Curl up with eight romances where each heroine discovers a surprise in her purse that sends her on a wild ride to her happily-ever-after.

Open the clasp and see what’s inside!

USA Today Bestselling Author Jen Talty: What started as a reunion ends in a deadly twist and an unexpected finish.

USA Today Bestselling Author Casey Hagen: Mama always warned her that her sense of adventure would only lead to trouble. Tall. Dark. Delicious. Trouble.

Nicole S. Patrick: He’d cracked the wall around her heart.

Stacey Wilk: When a chance encounter warms the heart and lights the way home.

Rayvn Salvador: Their past is the key to everything, but the move to unlock the future has yet to be made.

Lisa Ricard Claro: When the past and present collide, love can be a real killer.

Robin Stone: He lost his true love. Will he ever find another?

Judy Kentrus: Their journey to love is battered by secrets from their pasts.

Available only on Amazon.

 

10 Best Things About Summer’s End by @JoanReeves #mtab

Many people bemoan summer’s end, but there are 10 best things about this time of the year that are particularly enchanting.

1. Kids are back in school, and all of us get a break from keeping children occupied 24/7. Celebrate with your mom friends.

2. School supplies are in the stores, and that means hundreds of boxes of Crayola Crayons perfume the air. I love that smell which takes me back not only to my children’s childhoods but also to my own.

3. At last, you can pick up the clutter, toys, and other detritus that accumulates when the kids are home full time. Isn’t that a relief?

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4. The high school football season has started, and in Texas, that means Friday Night Lights — the band and color guard at half time not to mention the game. Lots of fun!

5. Major league baseball teams are trying to slide home and into playoff position for the World Series. I love baseball. Go Astros!

6. The lawns are lush and green and the smell of newly mown grass is refreshing. Enjoy it because it will soon end.

7. A seasonal change is coming. Even here in Texas, leaves on some trees are beginning to fade, hinting of the autumn to come. There’s something about the changing of seasons that is rejuvenating.

8. Take advantage of the big discounts offered by the cruise lines. Book a cruise for the fall months. The weather is still good, they’re not as packed as usual, and the prices can’t be beat.

9. Start your holiday planning now rather than waiting a week before Thanksgiving. That’s what many of us do. Suddenly, we push the panic button because we realize how much shopping, cooking, gift buying, etc. that must be done! Now is the time to take charge of your holiday schedule.

10. When your kids do homework, sit with them and read a good book. You’ll find several on our Home Page. While you’re on the Home Page, be sure and enter our August Giveaway with Amazon Gift Cards as the prizes.

Of course, I’d love it if you added one of my books to your To Be Read list. Try Second Chance Bride for a steamy romance about a love that was meant to be.

He was the only man she wanted—and the one man she could never have.

Kindle Unlimited free read, or buy this compelling romance and keep it forever!

Happy Summer’s End!

Confessions of a Binge Reader by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Hi! My name is Joan, and I’m a…a…Binge Reader.

There I said it. Whew! I feel so much better now.

I’ve been a binge reader my entire life. I was the kid with the book and flashlight under the covers because I couldn’t bear to close my book at night.

Come to think of it, that may be why I’m an insomniac. At any rate, I still read far past my bedtime at night.

Wonderful World of Ebooks

Today’s ebook world is a wonderland for readers like me. I think the Kindle is one of the best inventions ever.

Another great invention? Box sets! Wow. How did we binge readers get along before there were box sets.

My trusty Kindle is loaded with happily-ever-after box sets so I can happily read one book after another. We here at Authors Billboard have embraced the concept of box sets and offer several to readers who are like me.

Are you a binge reader too? If you suspect you are but aren’t sure, here’s a questionnaire that will help you discover whether you too suffer from this awesome disorder.

Binge Reader Questionnaire

  1. Are you unable to place a bookmark and close a book once you’ve started reading?
  2. When you finish a book, do you immediately start reading another one?
  3. In the rare event that you have no books to read, do you find yourself in an online bookstore and don’t know how you got there?
  4. Would you rather read than watch TV?
  5. Do you sneak a read when you’re supposed to be doing something else like laundry, working on a spreadsheet, or cooking dinner for the family?
  6. Do you stay up late at night reading even when you’re tired and should be sleeping?
  7. Do you have stacks of books to read and a full ereading device, but you can’t resist buying another book or box set?
  8. Have you ever said: I can quit any time I want?

If you answered yes to at least half of these questions, you may have a problem. If you answered yes to all of them, you’re a Binge Reader. You probably have a cluttered home and piles of work awaiting you.

Who cares? There are worse addictions than reading. Look on the bright side.

  1. You’re well-read.
  2. You can converse on many different subjects.
  3. Your kids are probably readers too, and that’s helped them develop critical thinking skills.
  4. And you’re probably happy.
  5. If you’re happy, chances are, your family is happy too.

Read on!

Check out our July Giveaway. I hope you’ll click my Rafflecopter button even though my name is listed as Joanne rather than Joan. *LOL*

While you’re at the July Giveaway page, take a peek at all the wonderful box sets available from The Authors of Authors Billboard.

By the way, pick up a copy of my free romance short story LuvU4Ever, Book 1 of A Moment in Time.

He promised to love her forever? So what happened? Can nine little words destroy love? “I told you to never call me at home.

I love a good short story with a beginning, middle and strong ending and ‘LuvU4Ever’ delivers with no cliffhangers to cheat the reader. ‘LuvU4Ever’ is one short story I would recommend to all lovers of romance!” ~Jane Jones, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

 

10 Great Romance Movies by Joan Reeves #mgtab

Although I love making video trailers, I don’t fancy myself to be a movie maker by any means, but perhaps my love of movies inspires by video book trailers.

Recently, I bought a copy of one of my favorite romance movies of all time, The Love Letter starring Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Many years ago, I happened upon this Hallmark movie late one night when I was channel surfing because of insomnia.

Made in 1998, the story is about a man who buys an antique desk and finds a hidden compartment containing letters written by a woman who lived during the Civil War.

Oh, what a romantic, poignant time travel story the movie was. It took me a long time before the DVD was available. I had it in my Amazon Wish list for a long time but didn’t want to pay the SRP. To my surprise, the price dropped to less than $10.00 last week. My copy was delivered today!

Subjective Taste

It’s funny how some things catch our imagination and speak to us so eloquently. However, movies, like books appeal subjectively to people. Since we’re all romance fans on this website, I wondered how many of my personal favorites “speak” to you. So here’s my list of romance movies I love that I think have stood the test of time. I chose the ones that you probably won’t find on film critics’ lists. They’re not in any special order because prioritizing the list would be completely impossible.

1. The Love Letter, 1998.

2. Ladyhawke, 1985. Starring a young Rutger Hauer who looks like a fallen angel with his blond hair and piercing blue eyes. Two lovers who can never be reunited.

3. The Last of the Mohicans, 1992. Starring a gorgeous long-haired Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe as Cora, with a stirring musical score that still gives me goosebumps.

4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, can’t leave those out!

5. Notting Hill, 1999. So funny and so romantic with Hugh Grant as the diffident would-be lover of a famous movie star.

6. Love Actually, 2003. Hugh Grant got a promotion to Prime Minister, a politician who meets his Waterloo on the day he arrives at 10 Downing Street. A talented ensemble cast with separate stories that are funny, heartwarming, and poignant. 

7.  American Dreamer, 1984. JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti. Frustrated writer stuck with a husband who doesn’t “get her” wins a trip to Paris, gets mugged, and wakes up thinking she is her favorite fictional heroine. Funny, romantic, and memorable. (I’ve got a copy.)

8. Something New, 2006. Opposites, landscaper and CPA, attract resulting in a delightful, emotional romance. Stars Simon Baker and Sanaa Lathan.

9. The Holiday, 2006. Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black. Sometimes you have to go across the pond to find Love. Funny and romantic, my favorite combination.

10. The Jane Austen Book Club, 2007, with an ensemble cast of Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Amy Brenneman, Marc Blucas, Jimmy Smits, Emily Blunt, and Hugh Dancy. I absolutely adore this movie.

Looking for Romance?

If you’re looking for a romantic movie, try some of the ones on my list. For romance novels, drop by our Authors’ Billboard Books page where you’ll find stunning romance collections at amazingly low prices.

Have a great summer filled with Romance!