Mrs. Arbuckle & The Thurston Heirloom

Mrs. Arbuckle & The Thurston Heirloom

Welcome to book nine of the Thurston Hotel romance series.

One of the fun things about a series written with other authors is the comradeship that grows as we get to know each other better. I met author Suzanne Stengl many, many moons ago through CaRWA, the Romance Writers of America Calgary AB chapter.

Suzanne and I initially worked together in 2012 on the Bandit Creek series, and now again on the Thurston Hotel series. And that brings me to Mrs. Arbuckle—or as she’s known by the people of Harmony—Mrs. A.

During the developmental stage of the series, Suzanne came up the idea of writing a scene for each author’s book that leads in to the plot in her book, The Thurston Heirloom. In Love Under Construction, Mrs. Arbuckle was on the search for a PI to find her good friend’s long estranged daughter.

Quickie Q&A with Suzanne Stengl:

Chocolate, kraft caramels, or ice cream? Chocolate (dark).

Coffee, tea, or wine? Latte with a shot of caramel.

Star Trek, Fifty Shades of Grey, or We’re the Millers? I will boldly go with Star Trek!

Sweats, blue jeans, or a skirt? Blue jeans.

Sleeping, massage, or a beach vacation? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

The Thurston HeirloomAbout the book:

It was time to move on. Time to start over.

Mariah Patrick, Jill-of-all-trades and recently dumped by her fiancé, has decided to leave town. She wasn’t marriage material. Better to learn that now, than later. With her debts finally paid, she has enough money for a Greyhound ticket south, and a peanut butter sandwich.

The funny thing is, once she arrives in Harmony, the town looks so welcoming—and familiar. Almost as if she’s been here before.

Teague Farraday, businessman, owner of Mountain Jewel Sports, and mountain guide—mostly, mountain guide—watched as the young woman stepped down from the bus. She had reddish brown hair, and lots of it. Creamy white skin, and tired eyes. And he—

He had a feeling he knew her, from somewhere. Somehow. But even if he didn’t, he was going to meet her now.

You can find out more about THE THURSTON HEIRLOOM at the Thurston Hotel website.

Come back next Thursday to find out about book 10 in the series. Until then, happy reading!

Loneliness & Betting on Courage

Loneliness & Betting on Courage

I have a confession to make. Earlier this week, I watched an episode of Marie TV which was all about the loneliness of working from home. Go. Watch the video. I’ll wait for you to return.

Loneliness is a real issue. I’ve always worked in an office, surrounded by people. Even during the years when I had my own office space, I rarely closed the door because I loved the sounds of phones ringing, people chatting, keyboards clicking, and printers whirring. So when I left my day job to write full time, I went from a busy, noisy office environment to total silence, where the only sounds were the voices in my head.

At first it was really cool. I no longer had to maneuver icy roads or winter storms to get to my office. I could role out of bed, grab a coffee, and wander down the hallway to work in my PJs. But as time went on, the silence around me grew heavy and depressing.

Years before, I had done one of those employer-employee tests that reveal personality. When mine showed that I was a social animal, I was quite surprised. I’ve always thought of myself as an introvert, quite satisfied with my own company…until that’s all I had ALL DAY LONG!

Do you struggle with the loneliness affliction? Here’s a few ideas that worked for me:

1. Once or twice a week, take your work to the local library or coffeeshop and let your silence be filled by the sounds of other people working and/or chatting.

2. Join a weekly class and meet new people.

3. Go for a long walk, headphones blasting your favorite upbeat music.

4. And my ultimate favorite…once a month, book a date with a friend (writer or other) and get out of the house for lunch or coffee.

In the comments below, please share whether or not you battle loneliness, and if so, what are some of the things you do to alleviate it.

Now, on to book eight of the Thurston Hotel series, BETTING ON COURAGE:

Betting on CourageAbout the book:

On the run from her stalker ex-boyfriend, Charity Wong finds herself in Harmony. She takes a job waitressing at the 100-year-old Thurston hotel and rents a room from an older man–a man one of her co-workers warns her about. She’s not sure what to expect from him and the last thing she expects is to fall in love.

All David Evans wanted was someone to run errands and help him stay cocooned from the world. But with his new boarder, he’s experiencing more joy in his life than he has in years. Can he possibly fall in love when he can’t even manage to go out on a date?

And, when he learns Charity is in danger, can he overcome his fears and save her?

You can find out more about BETTING ON COURAGE at the Thurston Hotel website.

Come back next Thursday to find out about book 9 in the series. Until then, happy reading!

Secret Babies, Surprised Daddies, and The Starlight Garden

Secret Babies, Surprised Daddies, and The Starlight Garden

Caught Between an Oops and a Hard BodyDo you love secret baby and surprise daddy stories? How about entering giveaways? Then check out the Secret Baby, Surprise Daddy giveaway page. You can pick your next read from twenty-five FREE and $.99 BARGAIN BOOKS, which includes book two in my Caught Between series…Caught Between an Oops and a Hard Body! And while you’re there, sign up for a chance to win a fabulous prize:

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The special event MULTI-PRIZE GIVEAWAY runs on Friday, Nov. 11th only, so make sure to check it out.

Today also marks the release of book seven of the Thurston Hotel romance series.

The Starlight GardenAbout the author:

Maeve Buchanan spent much of her childhood reading and dreaming up stories, and often illustrated the stories she imagined. She’s thrilled to release her first published novel and is hard at work on her next book.

About the book:

Born and bred in the mountain town of Harmony, Alberta, psychic and New Age bookstore owner Nora Fitzgerald is resigned to being single.

That’s until handsome newcomer Jim Barnes arrives in town with his young daughter. Nora’s deepest desires are reawakened and the possibility of love finally seems to be within her reach.

But even the power of intuition can’t reveal that her attraction to Jim will lead her into grave danger.

You can find out more about THE STARLIGHT GARDEN at the Thurston Hotel website.

Come back next Thursday to find out about book 8 in the series. Until then, happy reading!

With Open Arms

With Open Arms

Welcome to book six of the Thurston Hotel romance series. I’m excited about this week’s Thurston Hotel release because I’m a longtime fan of M.K. Stelmack (and I’m thrilled beyond words to be working on this series with her). She writes amazing characters, and her books are filled with lots of emotion and action. As a writer who is always working on improving my craft, M.K. Stelmack’s books inspire me. I know you’ll enjoy this week’s release!

Quickie Q&A with M.K. Stelmack:

Chocolate, kraft caramels, or ice cream? Ice cream.

Coffee, tea, or wine? Tea.

Star Trek, Fifty Shades of Grey, or We’re the Millers? We’re the Millers.

Sweats, blue jeans, or a skirt? Blue jeans.

Sleeping, massage, or a beach vacation? Sleeping.

With Open ArmsAbout the book:

On vacation in Spain, Bailey Thurston abandons her cautious existence as an accountant at her family-operated hotel for a whirlwind romance with Daniel O’Leary, a bush pilot in the Congo. Two weeks later, they’re engaged. The next day, he vanishes to reappear a year later at Thurston Hotel, expecting her to receive him with open arms.

Not after he ripped her heart apart.

Dan is a natural charmer though, with answers that make her ache to believe in love again. As her family and the people of Bailey’s mountain resort town of Harmony reach out to him, so does she. But Dan has a soul-corroding secret from his war-torn years in the Congo so awful the woman he loves would surely leave him if known. Then he discovers that one man in Harmony is determined to reveal it.

You can find out more about WITH OPEN ARMS at the Thurston Hotel website.

Come back next Thursday to find out about book 7 in the series. Until then, happy reading!

Happy Halloween & A Lasting Harmony

Happy Halloween & A Lasting Harmony

Welcome to book five of the Thurston Hotel romance series!

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I want to wish you all an early Happy Halloween. It’s also the perfect opportunity to tell you about the Thurston Hotel’s own resident spook. The ghost of Mrs. Arbuckle’s dearly departed husband, Walter, appears throughout the series, popping in and out of the individual books, sometimes just a brush of the wind, and sometimes doing his small part to nudge the hero and heroine together.

And now on to this week’s release, A Lasting Harmony by Shelley Kassian.

About the author:

Shelley Kassian can be found traveling around the world and enjoys medieval history. So if you’re a lover of historical fiction, particularly the Tudor age, check out her other books at her website.

A Lasting Harmony by Shelley KassianAbout the book:

Fired from her music contract due to drug and alcohol addiction, Jade Carter relocates to Harmony to heal her wounds and rethink her ailing career. But when she checks in at the Thurston Hotel, hoping for a second chance, not everything is as it appears. Taking pity on the singer’s dire situation, General Manager Ben Thurston hires her, but not in the way she expects. Jade is soon attracted to bartender Jason Knight, but will her turbulent history and tenuous actions challenge a future with him?

Jason left the corporate world behind to settle in the Rocky Mountains for a healthier lifestyle. When Jade Carter walks into his lounge and into his life, a love at first sight type of chemistry ignites between them. But when they’re photographed together in a compromising embrace, local media attention forces them into a show of commitment.

Is it just pretend? Or could it be more? Can Jason prove himself to be a knight in shining armor who provides the lasting harmony Jade needs?

You can find out more about A LASTING HARMONY at the Thurston Hotel website.



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