New release by Ev Bishop: catch THE CATCH today!

Hello and happy February, fellow book lovers! 

It’s been a while (too long!) since I posted here on the Authors’ Billboard. Life, as I’m sure you all relate to, can get crazy sometimes and the days (months!) just get away from you. Anyway, going forward watch for me the first of every month. I’d be honored to share a cup of coffee and some of your Internet browsing time.

Those of you familiar with River’s Sigh B & B and looking forward to the final book in the series know I’ve been talking about THE CATCH, Book 8 (Aisha’s story!) for some time now.

My best laid plans for it kept getting interrupted and late this fall, I was talking (or whining, LOL) to my daughter about some of the production hiccups and told her that instead of calling Aisha’s story The Catch, I should’ve titled it WORTH THE WAIT. And hopefully that’s exactly how you’ll all feel about it now that . . . wait for it . . . drum roll, please . . . IT IS HERE!

It’s funny how life works. I was incredibly sad and stressed (and quite frankly, embarrassed)  about the various delays, but when January 9, 2020 became THE DAY, it just felt . . . meant to be, like that should’ve been my plan all along. 

January 9th was my mom’s birthday and she would’ve been 66. Having the last “official” River’s Sigh B & B novel come out on her birthday feels like a lovely tribute. It’s almost impossible for me to believe that she’s been gone 24 years. I know everyone grieves differently, but what has always shocked me is that I don’t miss her less over the years; I miss her more. Maybe because the older I get, the more I understand her (and wish I could make some apologies), see how strong she was, and feel in my bones how young, young, young 42 is to leave the world. Almost every single day something happens in my life that I want to share with her—or ask her advice about. Heck, I just want to pop over for coffee so we can indulge our addiction together or I can laugh my head off at some wry, darkly hilarious thing she said.

I think she would’ve liked my stories and related to some of the struggles in them—and hopefully to the joy, too. She might even be surprised that I’ve written not just one book, but a whole series of them. I didn’t quit on my dreams, Mom. I write fiction full-time. (Another crazy thing! 😀)

If you haven’t read THE CATCH yet, I’d be honored if you do! It’s available everywhere and happy sighs are guaranteed:

AMAZON ~ KOBO ~ iBOOKS ~ NOOK ~ GOOGLE PLAY


If you’re new to River’s Sigh B & B, don’t worry. THE CATCH is a great standalone. That said, there’s an amazing deal on the first four books of the series if you want to check it out here – just .99 for set.

And well . . . that’s it for me today.

Have a lovely weekend – and very happy reading!

When Nerds Fall in Love @AyalaRachelle #mgtab

Who remembers the movie, Revenge of the Nerds? How many of you were considered brainy or geeky in school?

This year, I’ve been busy planning my high school reunion, and as such, I’m remembered as the Valedictorian or the class geek. Imagine everyone’s surprise that I, the mathematics major, am now writing romance novels!

The truth is, nerds and geeks also fall in love, and it’s just as sweet and not as icky as we thought in school. After all, who wears pocket protectors and glasses to bed?

This summer, I have a new Sapphire Falls Kindle World romance between two brainy scientists. Imagine them fitting into a small town full of ex-cheerleaders and hot farm boys.

Description:

Amber Myers is book smart and people stupid, and she’s tired of being invisible and dateless. Luckily her sister is a hairdresser and works at a beauty salon—in Sapphire Falls.

Chad Powers would rather look into a microscope than approach the only woman he’s ever crushed on.

He follows her to Sapphire Falls, and his farm boy cousins turn him into a hunk in time for the Summer Festival.

The going gets hot when both Amber and Chad get more attention than they bargained for—especially when they’re voted the Festival King and Queen.

[To find out more and read reviews, please go to Amazon: Going Gets Hot]

Baby Boomers Downsize w/Tiny Homes #mgtab #Blog #EmptyNest #Style

Baby Boomers Downsize w/Tiny Homes #mgtab #Blog #EmptyNest #Style

Downsizing in 2015

 

Many of the so- called baby boomer era are facing empty nesters’ syndrome. That is to say, their once boisterous, happy homes are now quiet wastelands of space.

According to CIGNA HealthCare, family life cycles have five stages:

  1. Independence from your parents
  2. Settling down with a partner
  3. Becoming a parent to your own children
  4. Launching your adult children into their own independence stage
  5. Your retirement years

There has been an upsurge in the housing market, which in turn, has led to many couples who are coming into their retirement years, selling their homes and either moving into condos, tiny homes, like the one pictured above, or RV’s.

We chose the latter route. With our daughter grown and hundreds of miles away, we found ourselves alone and lonely in a five bedroom bi-level that was much too big. My mother had a suite downstairs, but most of the time it felt like we were simply keeping the dust bunnies company.

There are RV resorts all over Canada and the United States that cater to year round travelers. Some are very fancy with golfing, pools, tennis courts, and fitness rooms:

 

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http://arizonaluxuryrvresorts.com/

 

 

And others offer the wilderness in all its glory:

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http://www.campingrvbc.com/

 

 

Our new home may not be thirteen hundred square feet, but it can take us to places we’ve never seen before.

And maybe even relieve some of that, ‘What are we going to do without our kids?’ feeling we all go through sooner or later.

 

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How about you? What do you do to relieve that empty nester’s syndrome?



 

My new release, The Sheriff Meets His Match, explores the relationship between a single father and his teenage daughter.

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Jack Garrett is satisfied with his uncomplicated life. He has a good job as the sheriff of his hometown, a nice home, and a beautiful teenage daughter. So why is he struggling against his attraction for the disorganized new hire at the department, Laurel Thomas? She threatens everything he’s worked so hard to avoid—like falling in love.

Laurel Thomas has always experienced life from the outside looking in. She likes the warm welcome she’s received in Tidal Falls and wants to make a home in this friendly little town, far away from her egocentric family. But then her uncle arrives and she learns the past has a way of catching up to her.

Can two people with enough emotional baggage to sink a ship find a way to give each other a chance, or is this match doomed to drown?

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September Celebrations by Joan Reeves

Welcome September Fall Foliage graphicSeptember has finally arrived and brought with it the fabulous September Celebrations.

Uh, what’s that, you may ask? September isn’t the month for a major holiday other than Labor Day, is it?

Au Contraire, Mon Ami

September Celebrations are entirely possible because this month is designated as:

Classical Music Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Fall Hat Month
International Square Dancing Month
National Blueberry Popsicle Month
National Courtesy Month
National Piano Month
Chicken Month
Baby Safety Month
Little League Month
Honey Month
Self Improvement Month
Better Breakfast Month.

Seriously

All of the above are worthy of being celebrated—even though a few, like Fall Hat Month and National Blueberry Popsicle Month, are a bit whimsical—but there are a few of these labels that could rock our world if people focused on them.

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Take National Courtesy Month for example. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone decided to honor National Courtesy Month by being, well, courteous? Think of the possibilities.

People watching their language in front of children instead of dropping F bombs in the juice aisle at the local supermarket. People putting away their cell phones at meal time and talking to each other instead. People smiling and waving a driver trying to edge in front of them in traffic instead of showing the other driver the Mr. Digit Hand Puppet.

Of course, courtesy starts at home. Children learn it by parents who are courteous to each other, to their children, and to the rest of the world. But that’s a subject for another day I suppose.

Romeo and Judy Anne by Joan ReevesCourteous Characters

In my romantic comedy, Romeo and Judy Anne, the heroine is courteous even when she feels like screaming. Required to be unendingly patient with her teenage nieces and unfailingly polite to the entire town, high school principal Judy Anne Palmer is tired of being up on a pedestal of rectitude.

She’s never done a bad thing in her life. Until one night in Dallas. Now her fall from grace may be the biggest scandal little Clayton’s Bend, Texas, has ever seen.

For Your Consideration

Romeo and Judy Anne is available in audio at Audible and iTunes. Ebook editions are available at Amazon and other ebook sellers.

Thank You Card In Bright Colors. Stylish Floral Background WithHappy National Courtesy Month!

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Oh, and like we say in Texas: “Y’all come back real soon!”