Another Misty Matthews’ Book to Read

Well, Misty and I have done it again!

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Grand Slam, the baseball reunion story that was Misty’s brainchild, will be released  on January 29, 2014, by Secret Cravings. This is a novella, barely 15,000 words, which deals with a secret, that once revealed, may change the lives of all those involved. 

While it sounds odd to say it’s a sports’ romance, the truth is women like sports and women like romance. Why not write a story with a sport-playing hero? Baseball is the great leveller. It’s considered America’s past-time, but it’s popular all over the world. You don’t have to have money to play baseball–you need a stick, a ball and a field–preferably away from anyone’s car or windows. People–boys and girls, play ball in Japan as well as in Canada. Some of the best ballplayers come from the Caribbean–Roberto Clemente. During World War II, while the men served overseas, women picked up the slack and formed a professional baseball league. There’s an excellent movie, A League of Their Own, that tells the story. They even have their own display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. 

Want to know more about Grand Slam?

Seven days under the Louisiana stars with major league catcher Justin Harris left Brittney James broken hearted and pregnant. Ten years later, her son has baseball in his blood and idolizes the last man Britt ever wants to see again. When she reluctantly agrees to take her son to a game, the worst possible thing happens . . . he catches his hero’s grand slam ball. Justin asks for a meet and greet, but Brittney is terrified. How can she face him knowing the secret she’s kept from him all these years?

Justin Harris’s first grand slam is one for the  record books, but his biggest shock comes from seeing the woman he loved and lost ten years ago up on the stadium screen. The fact that her son caught the ball gives him an opportunity to renew an old friendship. How will he react when he learns Brittney’s secret?  

 

You can pre-order Grand Slam at http://www.sweetcravingspublishing.com.

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Look Who Dropped by Today: Christy Newton

Christy has been a guest on a previous occasion. Today, she’s here as part of her first blog tour  for her new novel, Trust Again, part of the Love Again Collection,which will be released 2-2-14 just in time for Valentine’s Day! This is the second book in the series, which started with Begin Again, released last August. I have had the  privilege  of reading both books and recommend them. They are wonderful, feel-good romances with a HEA that’ll leave you feeling great. I encourage you to read them. 

 Good morning, Christy. 

Tell us about Trust Again.

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 Once broken, can the heart really trust again?

 Dreams of escaping her small town brought Ellie Oliver to New York only to find that life there wasn’t all she’d hoped. Seven years later, she is returning to Pleasant Valley, Indiana with new hopes and secrets. She wants nothing more than to fade into the slow pace of small town life and forget about the demons of her past.

 Jacob Jones is at loose ends. At twenty-six, a man shouldn’t be starting his life over from scratch. Finding himself out of work, Jacob looks for a new home in Pleasant Valley. He is ready for the single life just enjoying the company of close friends. All that changes when he takes a job remodeling the town’s toy shop and comes head to head with its new owner. Ellie turns out to be sweeter than the candy she sells in her store.

 Ellie and Jacob bring out feelings in each other neither were looking for, but both can’t deny. Can they truly trust again or will their shattered hearts refuse to mend?

Excerpt from Trust Again

Ellie nodded and clasped her hands together. “Want to help me fill the containers?”

“Depends.” Jacob eyed her for a second. “Do I get free samples?”

“Of course! Go wash your hands and you can have all the candy you want.” She got a box cutter and opened the first box marked jelly beans. Her favorite.

While Jacob was sanitizing his hands, Ellie opened box after box of sweets. He walked back into the room with eyes wide. “That’s a lot of candy.”

“I know, isn’t it pretty!” She scooped a large amount of colorful gum drops and poured them into the bin.

He grabbed a piece of red licorice and ate it in two bites. Ellie filled another bin with fruity lollipops while Jacob helped himself to a chocolate turtle.

As he reached for a piece of saltwater taffy, she put up her hand. “Hey, you have to help, then you can eat.”

About Christy Newton:

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Christy Newton is a hopeless romantic and writes many genres of romance. She just might be the only author out there who doesn’t drink caffeine, but dark chocolate is her must-have. She falls in love with each of her heroes and hopes you will too! Christy is the author of the More Than Treasure Series and the Love Again Collection.

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Website: www.christynewton.com

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New Year’s Resolutions.

ImageHappy 2014. I wish I could be as happy about the passage of time as I used to be, but it seems the years are going by much too quickly now. It doesn’t seem that long ago we were all waiting for the electronic world to crash in the year 2000, and then weren’t we all biting our nails over the doomsday predictions for December 2012? Thankfully, none of those gloomy prophecies came to pass, and time still marches on way too fast. My beautiful grandchildren were born and grow more beautiful each day. The eldest will soon be thirteen–where has time gone? 

2013 was an amazing year for me, one with a tremendous learning curve that still has me reeling. Becoming an author was a dream come true, making a living at it, is a dream yet to happen. I’ve learned my way around the social media sites. I’ve become a blogger with over a hundred followers. I have had more than six thousand hits on my website, and almost a thousand likes on my Facebook author page. I’ve sold six books of my own, another co-written, and a short story due out later this month. 

I’ve also had black moments in 2013. I lost a favored uncle and of course my wonderful mother-in-law. I’ve had reviews that have wounded me, but I need to remind myself that there are books I’ve read and haven’t liked–everyone’s taste is different. I’ve had rejections too, but like reviews, not every book suits every publisher. Rejections aren’t the end;instead, they are just the next step in a long road to publication. Those orphans will get cleaned and polished, and someone else will want them, but a form rejection always leaves an ache behind. Knowing why a book doesn’t fit a line eases the pain, not knowing just makes the pain ache longer.  Time marches forward, and while we can’t do anything about the past, we can try to learn from it. 

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Each year, it’s been some sort of poorly kept tradition to make New Year’s resolutions–most of which have centered around diet and lifestyle–resolutions that never lasted for more than a week or two at best. How many years have I vowed to lose weight, eat better, and get more exercise? Too many to count. This year, along with the resolutions I probably won’t keep anymore than I have in the past, I have made a few I hope I’ll be able to keep. 

In 2014, I’ll try my best to do the following:

  • Eat breakfast each morning–nothing big just something to stimulate the brain.
  • Write at least three hours a day. Being an author is a job that has to be done with the same zeal and energy I used to put into teaching. 
  • Blog once a week. It’s a way to reach out to others. Invite authors to visit and post on my blog too. 
  • Do some kind of exercise each day–walk, dance, anything to get my heart rate up. Housework counts too. 
  • Read before bed each night and remember the struggles authors go through to create their books.Offer constructive criticism and support. Like me, they have fragile hearts and egos.
  • Be more assertive in promoting my work in as many ways as I can, maybe even try to find an agent. 
  •  Have at least six books published in 2014–that’s as many as I had last year. 
  • Revise, rewrite, and otherwise complete all writing projects I begin, including those I started long ago, but never finished. An unfinished book can’t be published!
  •  Never forget how lucky I am, and how much fun it is to be an author!
  • Learn to lean on others for support when I need it, especially Misty and the other Scribbler Sisters.
  • Always remember every day is a gift from God. Don’t let me waste a minute of them. 

What resolutions have you made?