The Glamorous One is Out!

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As the lead singer of a popular indie rock band, Kynley Salvatici is living her dreams. And now that the band is about to sign a recording contract, she’s on the brink of unimagined fame and wealth. So what if the rock star lifestyle isn’t quite as glamorous as she’d expected? A big dream demands big sacrifices, right?

But when she falls for sexy Dalton Parker, fellow musician and dreamer, Kynley fears that fame might require the biggest sacrifice of all … love.

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Kindle and Kisses!

We are so excited to announce our Kindle and Kisses Giveaway!


Since February is the month of love, we thought it was the
perfect time to release our Love and Romance Boxed set.

This set, featuring 15 sweet contemporary romance novels, is on pre-sale now for just 99¢ on Amazon B&N, Kobo, and ibooks. To celebrate, we’re giving away a Kindle Fire Tablet. But hurry quick, this giveaway ends Feb 9th!

*Note: Winners outside of US will win a $40 Amazon gift card in place of the Kindle Fire (which is the value of the tablet).

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And if you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Love and Romance, here’s a list of the authors and books included. Good luck on the giveaway!

Dangerous Lies by Christine Kersey
A handsome stranger moves next door to Amethyst Fox, but as she begins to fall for him she discovers he’s not all that he seems.

The Masquerading Groom by Taylor Hart
When Sterling Pennington, movie star and billionaire, gets stuck with a paid date at a masquerade party, he’s not happy. But Sayla Jones might be exactly who he needs to remove his masks.

Feels Like Love by Jeanette Lewis
April Winston brings her new fiancé home for Christmas, but her childhood sweetheart, Wade Hardley, isn’t ready to let her go.

His Personal Relationship Manager by Jennifer Peel
After suffering a public humiliation, Kenadie Marshall realizes that love shouldn’t be left to personal judgement. But Jason Hadley is determined to prove that love isn’t over for this relationship guru, even if it means joining her computer dating service to get closer to her.

The Academic Bride by Lucy McConnell
Janel Fendrick’s dream excavation is within reach—until the funding is pulled . A surprise employment opportunity comes with a proposal…and a groom!

The Resilient One by Cami Checketts
Alyssa Armsworth escapes to Maui and finds herself spending days on the ocean with Beckham Taylor, a handsome ex-NHL star. Alyssa must redeem her past to have a chance at a future with Beck.

Candlelight Kisses by Jennifer Youngblood & Sandra Poole
Gracie Andrews led an ordinary life—right up until the day she died and became an angel … err … almost an angel. She’s given the task of helping others find love and quite possibly find love along the way.

Meet Me in Myrtle Beach by Brooke St. James
Paige Spears accepts an unexpected job offer, hoping for one last summer adventure before joining the work force. She had no idea the trip would change her life forever.

Under a Georgia Moon by Cindy Roland Anderson
Addie Heywood wants to avoid her aunt’s matchmaking schemes and Chase Nichols wants to avoid his ex-girlfriend. They team up to fool the world by pretending to date. What neither of them counts on is actually falling in love.

Rough Edges by Kimberly Krey
When divorced mother, Allie Emerson, seeks employment with her old high school flame, Braden Fox, sparks fly. But will resentment from the past prevent them from sharing a future?

Blissfully Married by Victorine E. Lieske
Sidney wears a fake engagement ring to ward off Blake, her childhood crush that broke her heart. When Blake finds out the beautiful Sidney’s lying, he makes it his goal to get her to tell him the truth.

The Neighbor’s Secret by Kimberley Montpetit
Allie Strickland returns home to Heartland Cove after being left at the altar. When an intruder breaks into her house, Allie has to figure out what secrets Ethan Smith is hiding. Is the man friend or foe—enemy or lover?

Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen
With the unwanted help of a divorce lawyer who’s too good looking to ignore and a detective who has an eye for murder, Adrielle Pyper must race to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before she becomes the next victim.

House Without Lies by Rachel Branton
Lily fills her tiny apartment with endangered teens who don’t have everything they need, but together they have enough. Or so she thinks—until she meets Jameson. But will he be one more thing Lily has to give up to protect the girls?

Before the Leap by Liz Isaacson
Scorned by his ex-fiancé, Jace Lovell isn’t ready for a new relationship with someone as fiery and beautiful as Belle Edmunds. Can she employ her patience while he figures out how to forgive so they can find their happily-ever-after?

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Excerpt from Starlight Kisses

starlight-kisses-cover-finalThe Winter in Snow Valley anthology will be released December 5. My story is called Starlight Kisses. Here’s an excerpt.

Starlight Kisses
by Jeanette Lewis
All Rights Reserved

When he saw who he was holding, he quickly let go and they both jumped back a pace. Mariah’s heart pounded and she dug her nails into her palms. “Sorry,” she muttered, keenly aware she was blushing. Yet again, she’d embarrassed herself in front of this man.

His glance took in her pin-curled hair, red polka-dot dress with the full knee-length skirt and Peter Pan collar, all the way to her black-and-white spectator pumps. “You look … festive,” he said, a hint of amusement in his voice.

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

Riker glanced around the hallway at the sea of business suits in sedate blues, blacks, and grays. “Nothing. It’s just a little different.”

“What’s wrong with being different?” Mariah said defensively. “This is how I usually dress; it’s called retro. Besides, you’re awfully critical for someone who tramps around the woods dressed like some kind of wannabe GI Joe.”

He stiffened. “Yeah, I wear camo when I’m hunting mountain lions and it pays to have every advantage. But it doesn’t matter because by the time we got your car out, the cat was long gone.”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t plan to get stuck in the snow!” Mariah shot back. “Besides, getting my car out took an hour tops.”

He shrugged. “An hour is a lot of time when you’re talking about wildcats.”

They stared at each other in silence for a moment. He wasn’t wearing a hat today and he’d trimmed his whiskers. His dark leather bomber jacket was worn and smooth and instead of camo, he wore jeans and cowboy boots.

“So what do you do when you’re not pretending to be GI Joe?” Mariah asked. “Are you some kind of cowboy?”

He snorted. “I’m as much of a cowboy as you are. But once you live in Snow Valley for a while, you start to dress the part.”

“Who says I’m not a cowboy?” She put one hand on the black patent leather belt at her waist and fixed him with a challenging stare.

His eyes were gray, like the clouds of a summer thunderstorm, sweeping across the sky bringing a crisp, clean scent. They lit up as he surveyed her up and down again. “Yeah, right. You, a cowboy? You’re more like retro Barbie,” he said.

“Well, I live in Snow Valley now,” she said. “I guess I should start dressing the part too.”

“Cowgirl Barbie?” Riker suggested.

She gave an irritated huff, then caught the twinkle in his eye. He was teasing! In an instant, her animosity dissolved.

“Maybe,” Mariah said loftily, switching tones. “Don’t think I don’t know where to find pink sequin cowgirl boots, because I totally do.”

He held up both hands in a gesture of surrender. “I don’t doubt you. And I’ll bet you’d make the cutest little Cowgirl Barbie ever.”

Genuine Mexican Empanadas

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In The Adventurous One, Taylor tells her Grandmother about the membrillo empanadas she buys from a vendor in Mexico. Here is a recipe for genuine Mexican empanadas, courtesy of Ana Gloria Moreno, who lives in Sonora, Mexico and is the mother of a friend. They’re flaky and sweet and if you use green apples, you get just the right hint of tartness. Give it a try!

Mini Empanada Recipe

 Ingredients for filling:
15-20 apples, membrillos (quince), or peaches depending on the size of fruit
2 lbs of sugar
1 cinnamon stick

Peel, cut and take out seeds from the fruit. Put a pot on medium heat, add fruit and sugar and mix till sugar starts to melt, then put in a stick of cinnamon. Stir constantly so it does not stick to the pot, lower heat if necessary and keep stirring. As soon as you see the fruit falling apart, turn off heat, take out cinnamon stick and mash well with potato masher. Filling has to have a jelly like consistency. Set aside.

Dough for empanadas:
2 lbs of flour
1 can or 12 oz of evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1 box of Maizena or 14 oz regular corn starch (Maizena found in the Hispanic food aisle)
1 Tbs of yeast
3 cups of sugar
2 Tbs of vanilla extract
1 lb lard

In a large mixing bowl, knead the lard till soft, and then add eggs, sugar and vanilla extract and mix well. Mix in flour, yeast and Maizena and mix well, then start pouring in the evaporated mix till you get a nice dough feel. Make ping pong size balls out  of the dough and set aside.

Roll a ball of dough into 1/8 inch thick and cut with round, medium size cookie cutter. Fill with one tablespoon of the filling on one side and fold dough over the filling to make a half circle. With a fork, press the edges of the dough to seal top and bottom edges together.

Set empanadas on a cookie sheet, heat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 15-20 min, or till golden brown.

Go here to get your copy of The Adventurous One.

Excerpt from The Adventurous One

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by Jeanette Lewis
All Rights Reserved

“What’s ahead for you?” Taylor asked as they sat on the restaurant patio with sandwiches and salads. They were at a small round table and had pulled their chairs so close they were almost touching. The sun was warm on their faces and a small breeze ruffled their hair. Taylor thought of the skydiving
and wanted to go back.

Lane picked at his pasta salad with his fork. “I don’t know. Same old, same old I guess. Work. What about you?”

Her face fell. “I’m not sure. I mean, I submit my travel plans to my editor a year in advance, so I guess I’ll be picking up where I left off in my schedule when I leave here. I just …” She trailed off, unsure how to phrase it.

“You’re wondering what’s ahead for us?” he asked softly.

Heart in her throat, she nodded. The differences between this day with Lane and the day on the boat with Brent were stark in her mind. No guilt, no harsh words, no second guessing, no nerves—except for the good kind. Just being with him, just looking at him, sent thrills shooting through her core and goosebumps parading up her arms. It was embarrassing, really, though if he’d noticed, he hadn’t commented.

Lane put his fork down and reached for her hand. His fingers closed around hers, warm and strong. “I don’t know,” he admitted. “I really like you. No, scratch that, I more than like you.”

Taylor gave up all pretense of playing it cool. “I more than like you too,” she whispered.

He flashed her a smile, then he was leaning toward her and she was leaning toward him. There was a moment, right before she closed her eyes, when she could see the flecks of gold in his hazel eyes, the fringe of lashes around them. He smelled clean and soapy and faintly like pine trees. Then her eyes fluttered closed and his lips brushed hers, warm and soft.

She didn’t remember dropping her fork, but suddenly her hands were free, sliding up the warm contours of his arms, over his muscular shoulders, and into the thick hair at the back of his head. Heat and longing exploded through her body as she wound her fingers into his hair as his mouth claimed hers. He tasted like cola and salad dressing, like spending a lazy summer day in a hammock, like swimming in a warm hot springs, like freedom and passion and love.

Lane’s arms were around her, one clamped at her waist, the other at the back of neck, guiding her head so their mouths moved in sync.

“Get a room!” Someone hollered, another diner on the patio, and they broke apart. For a moment they stared at each other, unsure whether to be embarrassed by so much PDA, but then Taylor giggled. She didn’t care.

Lane laughed. “Sorry about that,” he called to the person who yelled. “Can you blame me though?”

The man chuckled, shaking his head, and went back to his lunch.

“Wow,” Lane leaned forward, resting his forehead against Taylor’s. “Can we do that again?”

She couldn’t quite catch her breath. “Come with me,” she whispered, before she could think.

His eyes grew big. “What do you mean?”

It was pure impulse, brought on by desire and raging hormones, but more than that, the knowledge that this was what she’d wanted from the moment she’d seen him again. She wanted to explore the world with this man at her side. “No expectations,” she added quickly, seeing the confusion in his eyes. “We’d get separate rooms, like when Summer and I travel with her boyfriends. I just … I think it would be really fun to have you along, and I think you’d like it. It could be the way it was, at the outdoor club, the two of us, together. I want you to come, need you to come … need you,” she finished shakily.

He ran one hand down the curve of her cheek and sat back. “What’s your next trip?” He asked.

“I cut my trip to Mexico short to come help with Grandma, so I have a couple more weeks free, but then in August, I start the Appalachian Trail.” The thought of having Lane along turned it from an exciting hike into a magical adventure.

“The Appalachian Trail is over two thousand miles long,” Lane said. “You’re hiking all of it?”

“Not the whole thing,” she said. “I haven’t finalized my route yet, but I’m planning to be in New England by autumn to see the leaves. Depending on how much longer Grandma needs me, I might start there and work my way south. What do you think?”

She’d thought it would be exactly like the kind of thing Lane would love. But his face fell and he stared past her at their reflection in the restaurant windows. “Yeah, sounds great,” he said slowly. “If I could walk more than a mile without needing to rest. Or if I could even get up an incline as steep as a dopey bridge in a city park.”

“So that’s where my friend comes in,” Taylor urged. “She can help you get the equipment you need so you can do that kind of stuff, don’t you see?” Her palms were clammy—please let him say yes. Please let him see this was possible.

But Lane shook his head and poked at his salad again with his fork. “I can’t,” he muttered. “I can’t take charity.”

Taylor groaned in frustration. “Will you shelve your silly pride for a few minutes,” she urged.

It was the wrong thing to say. Lane’s head shot up and his eyes turned cold. “My pride is what got me through,” he said quietly. “It’s about the only thing I have left.”

“But it doesn’t have to be that way,” she said, on a roll now that she couldn’t stop, didn’t want to stop. “You don’t have to just accept this is the way your life is now, there are still lots of things you could be doing, lots of adventures you could be having, if you’ll let yourself.”

“I’ll get there, Taylor,” he said firmly. “But on my own terms.”

She shook her head, tears brimming in her eyes. “No you won’t. You’ll go on working in your stupid little office and struggling along and never doing anything you’ve dreamed about because you’re too stubborn to realize someone tried to give you exactly what you needed and you refused.”

His hand clenched around his fork. “You have no idea what it’s like,” he grated.

“You’re right, I don’t. What you’ve been through is beyond imagining and I have no frame of reference for it. But I do know what it’s like to be hurt … so devastated that you think you’re beyond repair. I’ve been there, and it took a long time, but I learned you can’t let one terrible thing define you for the rest of your life.”

“It’s not the same,” he insisted. “You didn’t lose a third of your body.”

“That’s true,” Taylor said carefully, sensing dangerous territory. “Something horrendous happened to you, more awful than I can even imagine. But you’re more than your legs, you’re more than one day, one decision, one tragic accident. You have all kinds of things about you that have nothing to do with any of that, but you’re ignoring all the good things to focus only on this one bad thing.” She put her hand on his arm, trying to soften the words. “You can pay her back if that’s what you’re worried about, but don’t waste these best years of your life. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Money is a renewable commodity, but time isn’t.”

His Adam’s apple bobbed as he swallowed hard, looking as if he was on the verge of tears, just as she was.

“Please?” she whispered.

He shook his head. “I can’t.”

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Writing Retreat!

mountainsI got to go to a writing retreat this weekend and look at my beautiful view of the mountains!  You can’t help but be inspired when this is right outside your window, right?

In spite of all the time I spent staring at the scenery, I actually managed to get a lot done. I made the final edits on The Adventurous One and added several thousand words to my manuscript for Winter in Snow Valley. Yippee!