Happy Fall...well, almost fall! I love this time of year! Everything smells crisper and it's cooler! It's almost time for apple cider and pumpkins... Oh, yes, I love fall!
It's the perfect season for my newest release, Hold Her Heart. You met Pip and Ned in my award winning, Carry Her Heart last year. And you caught a glimpse of Siobhan in last November's These Three Words. This is Siobhan's story...and a continuation of Ned and Pip's to some extent.
A heartwarming follow up to Carry Her Heart by bestselling author Holly Jacobs
The infant daughter Piper Chesterfield gave up for adoption so many years ago has grown into an accomplished young woman. When Piper's husband shows up on Siobhan Ahearn's doorstep, he makes a request on behalf of the birth mother Siobhan has never met.
As Piper battles a life-threatening illness, both mother and daughter struggle to make up for the years apart. Reading Piper's journals and books, Siobhan finds herself overwhelmed by the prospect of suddenly absorbing a lifetime of another mother's love.
Logan Greer has benefited from Piper's mothering influence from when he was young, and he's uniquely qualified to help Siobhan see all the ways Piper's love for the daughter she gave up inspired the outpouring of compassion she provided to families in need. And his close proximity in the shared guest house doesn't hurt his ability to become a much needed support system either . . . With the help of this handsome friend-of-the-family, Siobhan must decide if she has enough room in her heart to love the family who raised her, the family who loved her from afar, and the charming man whose plans may not include staying close to family for the foreseeable future.
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Have a great fall! I'll have one more newsletter before the year ends!
Once upon a time there was a girl who read a lot of science fiction and fantasy books. I mean a lot. A whole lot. She grew up in Middle Earth, Narnia, Oz and a bunch of other magical worlds. One day, she finally decided what she wanted to do when she grew up. She wanted to be a writer. But rather than writing science fiction or fantasy, she wrote romance. Why? Because she fell in love with...love.
A few years after she started the greatest job in the history of jobs, (I mean, she got to go to work on her couch and wear holey jeans...and spend her day making up stories) she got an idea for fairies. I mean, poof. They were just there one day...like magic. And it turned out Myrtle, Fern and Blossom were fun...and a bit inept. But they had good hearts! The books were published and Holly went on to write a bunch more romantic comedies, and then some romance + stories (women's fiction/romances). But the fairies weren't done. A new publisher picked them up and gave them new (much prettier) covers and put them back in the world!
I'm so excited that Hold Her Heart is coming out soon! I loved writing the Words of the Heart series (there's one more book coming out next year...Between the Words).
In Carry Her Heart, you met Ned and Pip and read excerpts from Pip's journal in it. You caught a glimpse of them in These Three Words and that book explored the words that matter the most. In Hold Her Heart, each chapter starts with an excerpt from one of Pip's books. This one is one of my favorites:
Words have power. They can cut, but they can also heal.
They can hurt, but they can also uplift.
But maybe even more than words themselves, names have
If a rock weren’t called a rock, would it be as strong?
cloud weren’t a cloud, what would it be?
If I weren’t my mother’s
daughter, would I still be me?
—The Naming of Things, by Pip
I've explored the idea of words having power before in my romcom, Everything But... series. I look at the news these days and see people using words as weapons. They name things in a way designed to hurt cut. They use words that are designed to divide people rather than bring them together.
I know my little stories won't change the world, but I hope that through them maybe a few readers stop and think about what words they use.
Words do have power. They can shape the world around us. So I plan to keep writing about love and talking about glee! I hope to use words that uplift and heal. Words that remind people around me that there is love, beauty and glee around every corner...you just have to take a moment to look for it!
I spent a week recently at the beach. I'll confess, living on the shore of Lake Erie, I get to go to the beach a lot. It's a perk. And our beach here has inspired so many of my books. Including my most recent ebook release, Same Time Next Summer. I loved the idea of summer friends...who become so much more to each other. Keri Noble's Piece of my Heart really sums up the story for me. The wistfulness of it all. Beaches, summer friends...romance. This book spoke to me as I wrote it. It was one of the first Romance+ stories I did. After years of writing comedies and sweet romances, it was a new stretch to look at a different type of story. A different type of romance.
A summer kind of love!
We had a great week on the beach. I read, I wrote, I ate a lot and I hung out with some of my favorite people on earth!
Now my vacation is over. Summer is winding down here. I heard my first geese of the season the other morning. For me, that's always a sign that fall is on the horizon! But I think we have time for a few more beach reads this year! If not the beach, then a vacation read.
Here's the thing...I write a lot of books that are tied. I'm not sure why...I take that back, I do know why. I love my characters and always want to know what's happened after I write the end. If I write another book in the series, I can find out along with readers! I've got a lot of series and lately I've had a lot of readers asking about them...so here's the series and the books in order!
Oh, I should have mentioned this series after Everything But... When I heard that Montlake was rereleasing that series and WLVH Radio Series, I wrote a trilogy of short stories to bring them all together! Nothing But Love Nothing But Heart Nothing But Luck
And speaking of WLVH Radio series... Pickup Lines Lovehandles Night Calls Laugh Lines And yes, I've heard that readers hate these covers. I liked Pickup Lines and Night Calls (which had a dog based on our dog at the time...a 200 lb Old English Mastiff) but I see your point on the other two. Hopefully the stories are good enough to distract from the covers! LOL
It's that time of year...Zucchini-palooza!!
So today, I pulled out an old favorite, Chocolate Zucchini Cake (thanks Donna Alward for the original recipe)!!
So here goes:
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
2 1/2 Cups Flour (I used a white whole wheat...trying to pack the nutrition in!)
1/2 Cup Cocoa
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon (I heaped mine...you can never have enough cinnamon!)
3/4 Cup Oil (I never use the full amount...I think it was about 1/2 cup this time)
1 Cup Brown Sugar (I like dark brown sugar)
1 Cup White Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Cups Grated Zucchini (I used two giant ones from the garden, but I grated around the seeds)
1/2 Cup Milk
3 Eggs (from Smith Farms...my favorite local farm!)
Back at 350 for about an hour.
Oh, and I coated my bunt pan with turbinado sugar. Those large grains held up nicely and the cake popped right out of the pan after it cooled about ten minutes!
I topped mine with raspberries from the garden and whipped cream, and I've just used powdered sugar before, but seriously, this is great all by itself!