Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A New Release by a Favorite Author and Other News

Mix together a smooth-talking, too-handsome-for-his-own-good young man, a frumpy librarian, a bet too lucrative to pass on, and what do you get?

Not what you might think.

Instead you'll find truth in the age-old adages to never judge a book by its cover, and to be kind, everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

A heartbreaking and sweet romance all rolled into one!

Collateral Hearts (Ruled Out Romances Book 3) by [Stastny, Charissa]

Collateral Hearts releases today on Amazon.

Grab your copy HERE.

Can a bet lead to love?

To escape the stress of college studies and caring for her sick mother, Ainsley Howard hides away with a book after her shift ends at the library each night. But when a sexy patron surprises her with a kiss and begs for a date, she wonders if she’s fallen into the pages of one of her romance novels. Though “Prince Charming” seems too good to be true, and she’s already forgotten his name in her flustered state, she agrees to go out with him. She’s tired of living vicariously through books. It’s time to claim her own happily-ever-after. 

When Ty Kartchner bets his friends he can get the bookworm in the corner to kiss him, big money is laid on the table. The guys know there’s no way he’ll succeed with the stern librarian. But when he not only kisses the uptight girl, but easily convinces her to go out with him the next night as well, Ty sees a chance to solve his financial woes. Raising the stakes, he places the bookworm’s heart down as collateral, and determines to win at any cost. 

As fate, literary classics such as The Scarlet Pimpernel, and deathbed promises throw the unlikely couple together, hearts tangle in Ty’s web of wagers until he discovers too late that winning might actually make him lose what he loves most. 

I had the opportunity to beta read this book twice. While it starts out with a cringe-worthy bet, involving some crude college boys, don't let that deter you. This book goes down some very heartfelt roads and takes some unexpected twists. In the end, it's a sweet and touching read that captured my heart. I loved it!

Charissa Stastny writes flawlessly, and is one of my best author friends. I hope you enjoy her stories as much as I do.

Collateral Hearts is the third book in the Ruled Out Romances Series. Although, each book is a stand-alone. The only thing in common between each book is that the hero and heroine immediately rule each other out as potential love interests.

Ruled Out Romances (Do not have to be read in order)
1 - Game Changer - Can he catch the one who's trying to get away?
2 - Package Deal - Angels come in different packages.
3 - Collateral Hearts - Can a bet lead to love?
4 - Corporate Crush - Can love tame the CEO? (coming in 2019)

In this series of stand-alone stories, star-crossed lovers meet, but rule each other out. But life, with its quirky twists and tangled turns, keep bringing each of the unlikely duos together until they discover their unique happily-ever-afters.

Game Changer (Ruled Out Romances Book 1) by [Stastny, Charissa]

Package Deal (Ruled Out Romances Book 2) by [Stastny, Charissa]



Here's a sneak peek, something I haven't advertised at all as of yet. Until the ebook formatting is done, and I have exact release dates, I've kept quiet thus far. But now the proverbial cat is out of the bag!

Both of my new books that I'm getting ready to release are now on Goodreads!!!

Go check them out!

Violin Words (A Christmas Romance)

A Me and You Thing

Happy reading!

Monday, July 16, 2018


A debut novel releases today! I had the opportunity to beta read this novel several times as it took shape and turned into a great book. I hope you'll give this new author a chance and give her book a try. It's a wonderful story.

The Songs of You and Me
by Mylissa Demeyere

Book Blurb:


Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn't going to see her as anything more than his baby sister's best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.

Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways.

This time, Jackson isn't willing to give up. With a meddling sister eager to push both of them together, he believes things might actually work out. That is, if they can overcome the heavy baggage they both carry. Follow Jackson and Jane as they revisit their past, figuring out what went wrong so long ago.

Will they learn they have the power to make things right in the present?

The Songs of You and Me by [Demeyere, Mylissa]

Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium, and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Just a few things . . .

Hi all,

It's been a loooooong time since I've done a blog post. I thought an update was in order.

I've had a few health issues that have made me step back from life for a bit.

Even though I've cut a lot of things out of my life, I have not stopped writing.

I hope to release two books this year.

One is a contemporary romance. It's currently entitled, A ME AND YOU THING, but I have another idea for a title. I'm debating over what it will be called. It's at 95,000 words and will soon be sent off to beta readers. My hubby read it for me first and I'm currently making a few revisions. Cover reveal soon!

The second book is a Christmas novel entitled, VIOLIN WORDS. I wanted to release it last Christmas, but it wasn't done in time. Hopefully, I can whip it into shape and release it this year. Cover reveal coming soon as well!

A few other highlights that have happened recently . . .

I was spotlighted on Clean Wholesome Romance. To read the post go HERE.

Stone Silence received the Crowned Heart Review from InD'tale Magazine.

Watch the video featuring my book and others below or view it HERE on Youtube.

That's about it for now. Just thought I'd let everyone know that I'm still here and I'm busy writing.

Hope you are all doing GREAT!!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Mary!

Image courtesy of [holohololand] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I liked her caption entitled:


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Due to illness, Wordless Wednesday will be closed until further notice.

Thursday, February 1, 2018






I'm With You by Taylor Dean

Can three little words irrevocably change your life?

When the doctors inform Chloe Brennan that her pregnancy is “incompatible with life,” her subsequent choices will change her path forever.

She becomes one of the quiet, unsung heroes of this world, incredibly strong, yet somehow wrongly looked upon as damaged.

Three people will pierce Chloe’s existence: her husband, a stranger, and a precious baby.

One will say goodbye, one will say hello, and one will say both at the same time.

I’m With You is a novel about selfless love and the sacredness of life.  

Please note: While this book is a romance novel, it also deals with the sensitive issue of baby loss grief. The emotions are real, and sometimes dark. If you are sensitive to this issue, this may not be the book for you.






“I’m With You” is a beautiful story that centers on one woman's tragic, heart-wrenching loss and the healing brought by unselfish love, giving love, in-sickness-and-in-health-love. It is sweeter, nobler, stronger — and even more passionate than the beginnings of love we so often see. Forever love.
-Julie in Portland, Oregon, Amazon Reviewer

This book knocked my socks off. It was amazing and I will definitely read it again and again. It is "that" good.
-Amazon Reviewer

This book. Oh my gosh. I could NOT put it down. I sobbed like a baby through most of it and felt my heart breaking for my own loved ones who have suffered such a loss. It was written beautifully with great sensitivity and I LOVED it.
-Amazon Reviewer


Excerpt from I'm With You:

“I’m sorry for what I said to you,” he reiterated.

“No big deal.”

“I think it was.”

She shrugged, trying not to show that she hurt so much she could barely breathe. No one noticed inner pain. A broken leg, a broken arm, yes. Outward signs of pain were obvious. Inner turmoil, not so much. And she was broken, just like a leg or an arm, only worse. She was bleeding, gushing from a huge, nasty, open gaping wound.
But no one knew it.

With his unwavering gazehowever, the husband seemed to sense it, maybe even see it. And it made her uncomfortable.

“I-I thought maybe we could have breakfast together or something and, I don’t know, commiserate. Misery loves company and all that. What do ya say? Can I take you out to breakfast? Let me make up for my rash words.”

Goodness sake, the only one unable to forgive him for his impetuous words was himself. The last thing Chloe wanted to do was spend time alone with Mr. Volcano. He’d obviously lost his temper on that fateful day their spouses had run off with each other, and had come looking for a fight. That meant he was probably easily agitated, maybe even volatile. Unstable. When the signs are there, you can’t ignore them. Right?

Yet, somehow, she didn’t feel as though he was a threat. As a matter of fact, he seemed quite courteous.

She simply had no way of knowing if he was sincere or a loon. Her uncertainty concerning him made her respond accordingly as she stammered, “Oh. Thank you, but no. I have so much to do today. So, so much. I’m not even sure I can get it all done in one day. Errands and more errands.” She paused. “Lots of errands.” She sounded like a bumbling idiot and a liar—the lady doth protest too much. She waved in the general direction of her car as she slowly backed away from him. “So much to do. I’m swamped. I have to go.”

    “Your country's 500th anniversary to plan, your wedding to arrange, your wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it. You are swamped,” he mumbled.

 “Excuse me?”

“Nothing. Sorry.”

“Did you just quote The Princess Bride?”

“Oh, you know it?” he said with surprise. “Yep. Sorry. It’s a nasty habit of mine.”

“Quoting The Princess Bride?”

“No, movie quotes in general.”


For a moment, she studied him curiously, her interest piqued. Any man who quoted The Princess Bride couldn’t be that bad. Chloe felt herself warm up to him, but he was a total stranger to her and she wasn’t about to jump in his jeep and go for a ride with him just because he knew about true love.

“Thanks for apologizing. I appreciate it,” she said. He’d gone to great lengths to make up for his unkind words and she was impressed with his tenacity. He felt badly, that much was obvious. It was, perhaps, indicative of his true nature. However, she didn’t need to dig any deeper and learn more about this man’s apparent compassionate side. It was enough already. “I have to go,” she blurted.

“All right,” he answered amiably, a hint of both disappointment and acceptance in his tone.

She turned to unlock her door, dropped her keys with shaking hands, and bent to pick them up. Chloe took a deep cleansing breath, trying to calm herself down. By the way she was acting you’d think a handsome stranger had never once tried to speak to her in her entire life, for heaven’s sake. It wasn’t as if he was trying to pick up on her, he was simply extending a hand of friendship. That’s all.

She needed a friend. Desperately. This man was offering. It would be nice to talk with someone. He’d understand. He was experiencing similar emotions. What the heck? She had nothing to lose. Absolutely nothing.

But he was a stranger, she argued with herself. It’s not safe. Maybe he was some kind of psycho or pervert.

I have nothing to lose.

Chloe turned just in time to see the husband taking his seat in his jeep. Not exactly the behavior of someone out to commit nefarious activities.

“Wait!” she yelled.

Surprised at her outburst, he slowly stood, one hand resting on the door of the jeep. He looked like he could be in a commercial promoting outdoor life. Yet, his expression was slightly intense as he looked upon her.

“I don’t really have anything to do. As a matter of fact, I have nothing to do and nowhere to go.”

He nodded, politely not commenting on her lack of a life. “How about breakfast?”

“I’d like that.”

A smile spread across his face, revealing perfect, white teeth. Even if he was a psycho, at least he’d be easy on the eyes.

So was Ted Bundy.

Chloe ignored her inner voice.

“I’ll drive. Hop in,” he invited.

Chloe took a few steps toward him.

“So what were you going to do today? If you don’t mind my asking,” he queried.

It was time for payback. “Go buy a wrench.”

“Why? Is something broken?” he asked, seemingly concerned. Would he consider it his responsibility to help her?

“No. Just because we don’t have one.”

The husband threw his head back and laughed out loud, surprising her. “I know that one. Beaches.”

Surprising. “How do you know that? I mean, these aren’t exactly guy movies.”

“I have four sisters. I’m the baby. No X-Men for me.”

“Say no more. That explains everything.”

He extended his hand. “I’m Jack. Jack Alexander, by the way. Guess it’s time we introduce ourselves.”

Chloe grasped his hand, his grip firm and strong. “I’m Chloe Brennan.”

“Chloe,” he repeated. “I like it. It’s an unusual name.”

“Alexander seems like an unusual last name.”

He shrugged. “Had it all my life.”

“Good answer.”

Jack smiled broadly and her worries washed away.

“Shall we go?” he said, his hand motioning toward his jeep as if it were a grand carriage.

It rather felt like a portal into a new world. 









  Author Taylor Dean 

 Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.





  Giveaway Details

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway 

Ends 2/28/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Rita!

I rarely choose the same winner two weeks in a row, but I loved this caption so much! 

Image courtesy of [imagerymajestic] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I liked her caption entitled:


To view, go here.


Your caption can be romantic, funny, inspirational, or sarcastic. Your choice!

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I'll start: Him: "To phub or not to phub."
Her: Later tonight. "To snub or not to snub."

Did you know that phubbing is a real term?
I had to google it.

Phubbing is a term coined as part of a campaign by Macquarie Dictionary to describe the habit of snubbing someone in favour of a mobile phone.

My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


– Romance is in the Air –

A Month-Long Celebration of Clean Romance

– February 2018 –

Starting February 1st and running through the entire month of February, I am a Reader will be hosting a showcase of 14 fabulous authors. There will be 15 different giveaways, free ebooks and lots of great deals on books.

And guess what? I get to be included as one of the showcased authors!!! I'm so excited!
We’re starting off with a $100 Kick-Off Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Code or $100 in Paypal Cash.
Check out the great list of authors that will be spotlighted.

Kimberley Montpetit

Be sure to stop by each week during February to learn about these amazing authors. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all the giveaways! To be sure you never miss a post, subscribe to I Am A Reader’s Mailing List.

Giveaway Details

$100 in Paypal Cash or a $100 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 2/28/18

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via PayPal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.