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The First Street Church Romances: Books 1-3

The First Street Church Romances: Books 1-3

Faith, love, and community, you’ll find it all at First Street Church…

Welcome to the tiny town of Sweet Grove, TX, where neighbors still care deeply about each other and the little white chapel on First Street is the heart and soul of all who live here.

It’s a simple life–a good life–yet many here are suffering invisible pains. From alcoholism to divorce, hoarding, and even suicide, the struggles are real but so is the God who loves this town and all its residents. Through the darkest of times and the deepest of tragedies, each day provides a new chance to find faith, hope… and even love.

This special boxed collection includes three full novels—Love’s Prayer, Love’s Promise, and Love’s Prophet—each with a heartwarming story of finding faith, hope, and love inside its pages.

This collection of wholesome and uplifting romances will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Welcome to Sweet Grove, Texas. We’re so glad you’ve come for a visit!

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Love's Prayer

Love's Prayer

Has God heard his desperate prayer? Could she be the answer?

Ben Davis has lived in the shadow of his family's mistakes for years. Forced to give up all his dreams, he wonders if death by his own hand might be the only way out. A desperate plea sent to the God he isn't even sure he believes in is soon answered by a series of miracles that bring Summer and Ben crashing into each other.

Summer loves the busy life of the city, but agrees to spend the season in Sweet Grove, running her aunt's flower shop while figuring out what to do with her life after. One thing's for sure, she's a terrible florist. Luckily, her latest mishap leads her to a man with pleading, soulful eyes she's all too happy to get lost in.

Ben tells Summer she's his miracle, but Summer's not so sure she sees it that way. Can he convince her to share the rest of her life with him before the seasons change? And might the tiny town have a place for Summer to finally, truly call home?

If you love tales of faith, hope, and finding home, then don't miss your chance to fall in love with Ben, Summer, and the entire town of Sweet Grove, Texas, in this heartwarming romance.

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Love's Promise

Love's Promise

She's trying to learn to love herself... He already thinks she's perfect.

Kristina Rose Maher wants to know why fairytales never happen for fat girls. When the doctor tells her she needs weight loss surgery to treat her diabetes, she sees this as her new chance to embrace life to the fullest and maybe even find a happily ever after all her own.

Jeffrey Berkley promises to be by his best friend's side through her surgery. But when faced with the thought of losing Kristina Rose, he begins to realize just how much she means to him... no matter what size she is. Could revealing his feelings post-op make her doubt his sincerity and distract her from the important promise she made to herself?

Kristina Rose tells Jeffrey he's her rock, but she doesn't realize that she's his, too. Both are terrified of losing their special friendship, but might that friendship actually be the perfect foundation for one of the greatest love stories every told?

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Love's Prophet

Love's Prophet

Could his little girl be the messenger of God's love?

Before death carried her away, Rebecca James asked her seven-year-old daughter, Molly Sue, to help her grieving father find happiness again. Now, nearly a year later, armed with her mother's memory and a determination to find her father's smile again, this little girl will move big mountains to make sure her plan goes off without a hitch.

When cancer claimed his beloved wife far too soon, Liam James stopped living and started settling. But thanks to the still small light left in his world, his life is about to expand in ways he can't fathom. Could his young daughter really be the answer to the prayer he hadn't dared to speak? And will the happy-go-lucky Sunday school teacher Molly Sue hand-picks to be her new mommy agree to work through their pain in order to bring about new joy for all of them?

Don't miss your chance to find out-get your copy of Love's Prophet today!

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Love's Vow

Love's Vow

Love is patient…

It’s been nearly a year since Ben Davis first laid eyes on Summer Smith, the woman who would be his saving grace. Now on the eve of their wedding, the entire town of Sweet Grove is in chaos. The wedding garden never bloomed, the flower girl has the flu, and the ring bearer won’t stop biting everyone!

Love is kind…

Ben’s father is back in town for the first time in years and has brought his new wife and family with him, testing the limits of Susan’s recovery. Meanwhile, both the maid of honor and the pastor are stuck out of town and may not even make it to the ceremony in time. And if diner matriarch Mabel refuses to take her retirement seriously, she just may end up at the hospital instead of the wedding reception.

Love never fails.

It’s First Street Church’s first wedding of the season, and nothing is going as planned. Can this small Texas town pull together to give Ben and Summer a wedding they’ll never forget?

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Love's Trial

Love's Trial

Coming October 2018!

Sally Scott has a lot of wishes that life just isn’t willing to grant for her. She longs to write the next great American novel, but nobody is willing to read it. The love of her life just married somebody else, and she’s the outsider in the small, close-knit town of Sweet Grove. At this point, she’s all but given up trying to fit in.

Tobias Lloyd, on the other hand, isn’t even supposed to be alive. His grandparents intercepted his teenaged mother on the way to abort him and forced her to have the baby she didn’t want. Although he was raised in their loving care, he’s always felt like his very existence is a mistake. Now fresh out of law school, he returns to his hometown, hoping he can finally find a place to belong and to prove he has a purpose.

Could Sally and Tobias find strength in their differences? Will she learn to appreciate all she has instead of focusing on what’s missing? And will he be able to identify and glorify God’s plan for his life? Don't miss this sweet tale of faith, love, and finding purpose—get your copy of Love's Trial today!

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Love's Light

Love's Light

Will love be enough to lift two wounded hearts from darkness?

Serenity Wright has spent her life taking care of others, putting her life on hold. And at twenty-six, with a sister in college, another in high school who’s headed down the wrong path, and a father addicted to pain pills, she’s the only one keeping the family together. However, part-time waitress and weekend honky-tonk singer was hardly the life she’d envisioned. Her chances of ever performing at the Grand Ole Opry were diminishing with each family crisis. Until Axel Scott, songwriter to Nashville’s finest, enters her life.

Sweet Grove, Texas seems like the perfect place for Axel to clear his head and overcome a year-long writer’s block. But he never expects to find his muse there or fall in love with a woman whose problems run deeper than his own.

Will love’s light be enough to heal their hearts?

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Love's Witness

Love's Witness

Miranda Ramirez wants to forget the pain of her past and finally build a better future for herself, her young son, and her precocious dog.  When her college roommate invites her to Sweet Grove for a much-needed vacation, she hopes for a little rest and relaxation, but instead, finds herself at the center of a town-wide mystery and smitten with a local resident.

Raul Flores has lived with guilt for as long as he can remember. With no one in the world to lean on, he keeps to himself, but when a local busy-body accuses a pretty newcomer of wrongdoing, he's torn between staying clear of trouble or intervening to help the young woman clear her name.

Find out what happens when two people who've been hurt by life work together to solve a mystery and discover that the possibility of love still exists for them.

 

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Love's Champion

Love's Champion

Colton Young comes from a long line of Young’s all the way back to the starting of Sweet Grove, Texas. Each generation has faced its own trials and tribulations. But, when Colt gets the chance to reclaim a portion of the Box Elder, his great, great grandfather lost in a card game, he is ill-prepared to deal with the new owner.

Danni Lancaster comes to Sweet Grove to take over the Circle K which has been left to her after her grandfather’s death. Surprised by his gift, she knows nothing about running a ranch. When the good citizens of Sweet Grove turn up to help with the ranch repairs, it becomes evident that her neighbor might be interested in more. When she hears his father congratulate him on solving the problem through courtship, Danni feels betrayed.

Now, Colt is ready to move heaven and earth to regain her trust and prove that he’s Love’s Champion after all.

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Love's Song

Love's Song

Caleb Johnson left Sweet Grove at eighteen when his overbearing parents pushed him into a country music career. Leaving friends and his high school sweetheart behind, Caleb became a sensation. But it did not bring him the happiness he wanted. What Caleb really wanted was his own Thoroughbred ranch in Sweet Grove and his old flame.

Kassidy Wyman was the girl Caleb left behind and the last ten years haven’t been easy on her. Married and divorced, she’s struggling financially to raise her two young daughters by herself and has deep scars from her bad marriage. When she realizes Caleb’s back in town, she vows that they will be friends only.

But Caleb has other ideas. He realizes he’s never gotten over Kassidy and will do anything to get her back. Will Kassidy’s past prevent her from a happy future? Or can Caleb win her forgiveness and make her realize that she can trust him?

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Love's Choice

Love's Choice

Two former high school sweethearts and one growing secret … will they choose to love above all else?

Missy Clark left small-town life and her first love when she went away to college. Five years later, she returns to Sweet Grove with a secret that’s sure to tarnish her reputation.

Nate Dawson never stopped loving Missy when she left home. Answered prayers have brought her back into his life, but the consequences she bears may destroy their future.

Can these high school sweethearts regain the innocence of the past and find hope and healing in the Lord to move forward?

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Love's Highway

Love's Highway

Peter's a straight-laced guy who's been helping out at his dad's siding business, but as soon as he graduates, he's going to enter the military. He might not save the world, but he'll save the college money for his sister, because she's brilliant. Afterward he'll go to college. Until then, he can't have a family.

Casey's brand new in Sweet Grove, hitchhiked in with a delivery truck and is ready to hitch back out again when she finds Peter trying to save a litter of abandoned puppies. She hops a fence and breaks into a locked shed to get them out, and now they've got a whole lot of little mouths to feed.

Peter's got his whole future planned out, and Casey doesn't fit at all. But she's also the most intriguing gal he's ever met. And although she swears she'll never accept help from anyone, she's about to come face to face with a crisis she can't solve on her own...and maybe Peter can't help her either.

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Love's Rules of the Road

Love's Rules of the Road

You can't just run from your problems. Sometimes you have to hop on a train instead.

In the anticipated sequel to Love's Highway, runaway and rail-hopper Casey Marrón is back in Sweet Grove for a final week of freedom. After this visit, she's going back to school. Peter's going to enlist. And Peter's twin Ella is starting college. Everything's about to change, but then life throws a curve ball: Ella and Peter's older brother ends up in the hospital.

The Robinson family is in chaos, and everyone's blaming Peter. Now Peter can't enlist for several more months, and Ella isn't sure what to do about school. But Casey's in the mix too, and in the distance, there's always the whistle of a freight train.

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Love's Late Arrival

Love's Late Arrival

Sweet Grove High’s new principal Kyanna Patchett sacrificed everything for her career.  Now that she’s reached the top, life should be sweet apple pie. Tell that to her lonely heart.

Widower Roth Stryker fumbles to parent his teenage daughter alone. When he ends up in the principal’s office, he’s not ready for the physical and emotional ghosts that begin to haunt him.

Small town Sweet Grove, Texas isn’t the haven they expect.  Bullies are about to alter Kyanna’s life--again--and the trouble Roth hoped to protect his daughter from remains a wolf at their door.

With a rebel daughter and an unexpected medical diagnosis fighting against them, will Roth and Kyanna miss Love’s Late Arrival?

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Love's Lingering Doubts

Love's Lingering Doubts

Jazlyn Rolle hasn't been back to Sweet Grove in seven years, and she'd rather not remember that visit--for her brother's funeral. She gave up her softball scholarship to honor her brother's memory, and now the military career she tried to build is yanked away because she trusted a man.

She knows better. The only man who ever loved her is Drew, and he's long gone.

Bailey Travers plans to follow his dream--finally. Until his sister comes home with big plans for the family ranch. Once their foster father dies, she'll be all the family he has left. He can't leave her to struggle on her own.

When a legitimate heir claims their inheritance, Bailey seeks help from Jaz, whose background with JAG is about all the legal advice he can afford. He didn't count on the old attraction flaring to life. And her simple "thank you" kiss lassos his heart for good.

The only problem, if Jaz helps him save the ranch he'll be tied to Sweet Grove, and she can hardly wait to see the town in her rear view mirror.

Lies and doubts. Love and risks. They'll have to make their choice.

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Love's Little Secrets

Love's Little Secrets

School secretary Norma Wells has adapted to her barrenness and throws herself into the community of Sweet Grove. But when her husband’s secret crashes their anniversary party, she imagines even her marriage is shattered.
Aging salesman Herman Wells works hard fulfilling his duty to provide for his family. When his secret invades his quiet hometown, the façade of a happy marriage crumbles. He must win Norma’s forgiveness, but the secrets between them keep piling up, and their marriage is on the line.
With the prospect of losing her home dogging her steps, Norma isn’t sure her God-fearing nature is enough to bridge the chasm dividing them.
Will big-hearted Norma forgive the betrayal? Can Herman win her love back?

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Love's Atonement

Love's Atonement

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Series: First Street Church, Book 11

After five years of heartbreaking fertility treatment and loss, Laura Cleary can't bear to leave her husband Dixon childless. Abandoning her marriage vow, Laura moves out, hoping Dixon will start again.

Dixon Cleary’s commitment to his wife and faith runs deeper than the roots that reside under the family ranch in Sweet Grove, Texas. Heartbroken from a loss that took not only his chance for fatherhood, but the love of his life, he’s willing to lose the ranch if it means bringing Laura home.

When fate intervenes, Laura and Dixon are left to honour their vows to their friends and God and take a baby into their home. But there's a long road ahead to go from having a child to becoming a family once more.

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Love's Accord

Love's Accord

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Isabella Cruz just wants to be normal, but social anxiety is a cruel master. When she moves to Sweet Grove, Texas with her dad, the only thing she wants to do is hide, but the people at First Street Church won’t allow it.

First Street Church's youth pastor, Elise, taps Josh Houston, another homeschool kid, to show Isabella around town. He is intrigued by the new girl, but his mom forbids him from hanging out with her.

Josh’s mom, Claire, can’t understand why no one else is concerned about the new danger infiltrating Sweet Grove. They are all too enamored with the new family. Since no one reacts to her cries of warning, it is up to Claire to make sure none of the First Street Church kids go missing — including her son.

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Love’s Odds

Love’s Odds

Melissa Ricci has given up on marriage and decided to start a new life in Sweet Grove, Texas, as a companion to her octogenarian grandmother. Perfectly content to remain single and embrace the adventure of life on here own, she suddenly finds herself the object of attention of not one but three gentlemen!

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Love's Courage

Love's Courage

Kinsey Pearce thinks she's found the perfect man in her fiancé, Walker Byrne. But after discovering his dark secret, she realizes she needs to escape the hell she’s suddenly found herself in. When she crashes her car outside Sweet Grove, Texas, her faith in God is put to the test.

Decker McCarthy, a voice actor for a popular kid’s show, is contemplating a change. His life, while exciting and somewhat glamorous, has gotten to be too much for him. He misses the quiet simplicity he used to have in Sweet Grove. Lonely and questioning whether he's making the right decision, Decker heads back to his quaint little hometown.

When he discovers a battered looking woman trudging down the road, he stops to help her, even though she’s hesitant to trust him after what she’s been through. For Decker, it’s love at first sight. He wants to get to know Kinsey, and save her from whatever nightmare she’s just lived through. Can he win Kinsey’s heart and make her realize that not all men are bad? Will Kinsey learn to trust again, even when her heart is telling her to stay far away from Decker?

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"I love telling the kind of stories that readers can lose themselves in... and emerge having found themselves."

MELISSA STORM

Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. Writing is her way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us. So, of course, Melissa’s USA Today bestselling fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run a number of book-related businesses together, including LitRing, Sweet Promise Press, Novel Publicity, Your Author Engine, and the Author Site. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of a seemingly unending quantity of dogs and a rescue cat named Schrödinger.

The First Street Church Romances: Books 1-3

Love's Prayer

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Love's Promise

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Love's Prophet

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Love's Vow

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Saving Sarah

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Love's Trial

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Flirting with the Fashionista

"I enjoy writing stories that evoke strong emotions in readers. When that happens, I know I’ve done my job as an author."

Raine English

Restless ghosts. Misty cliffs. Heroes with secrets. And heroines who will stop at nothing to win the hearts of the men they love. Escape into the world of romance, suspense, and the paranormal with books by USA Today bestselling author Raine English.

Raine began her career as a journalist, but writing romance novels was her passion. Her stories have won many awards, including finalling in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® and winning the Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.

Love's Light

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No Time for Love

"My dream has always been to write stories about perfectly imperfect characters whom readers could identify with, want to share a cup of coffee with, and hopefully, never forget."

Ava Mallory

AVA MALLORY has been a grade school teacher, a psychiatric technician, a dementia unit nurse manager, and a hospice nurse. She has embarrassed herself in front of handsome celebrities, won vocal contests much to the chagrin of her children, survived a major earthquake, and nearly drowned when she mistakenly thought a YMCA lifeguard asked her to dive into the deep end on her first day of swim lessons. She and her eternally annoyed children share their home with a massive collection of books and a never-ending supply of new book ideas.

AVA is best known for what she calls her Mysteries with Heart. She loves a great madcap adventure with lovable, yet ornery and sometimes precocious characters, who play hard, laugh often, never mind their own business, bicker, squabble, and tease relentlessly, but never forget that deep down they fiercely love each other, even if they can't bring themselves to admit it.

Love's Witness

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Love's Witness

Mourning Star

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Mourning Star

“One can never be lonely when they open the pages of a good book.”

Nan O'Berry

Home is where the heart lies. Nan O'Berry grew up listening to stories at her grandparents' feet. So it's not surprising that her love of a good story pushed her to begin writing her own tales for enjoyment. As these grew she shared her historical and contemporary perspectives about the heroes of her imagination, cowboys, lumberjacks, and the country they founded to friends who urged her to give it a go.

Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Degree from Old Dominion University, Mrs. O’Berry loves finding those interesting facts that might lead to a good story material. So pull up a chair and grab that glass of sweet tea and enjoy.

"Everyone loves a happy ending and, as the writer, I am no different."

PENNY HARMON

Penny Harmon has been writing all her life, but it was only over the last few years that she decided to share it with the world. Her stories portray people you want to get to know and her characters come to life with fun dialogue and some serious plots. While most of her books are set in her home state of Maine, don’t be surprised to find she can write about places she always wanted to visit. Her goal is to entertain her readers and Penny wants her books to leave her readers with a feeling of satisfaction…she wants them to take something away from her books, whether it is a life lesson or a feeling of peace. 

Penny lives in Maine with her long-time partner, Dan, three beautiful grandchildren, and three crazy cats. She can often be found in the garage sanding down an old piece of furniture or sewing something new for one of her grandchildren. 

Love's Song

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Love's Song

"Strive for progress, not perfection."

LIWEN Y. HO

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and an author by night. She writes sweet and inspirational contemporary romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots).

In her pre-author life, she received a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist.

Love's Choice

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Love's Choice

"In the end, the only reason writers persevere against the odds and the rejection and the critique and the blocks is that we believe our stories are worth telling."

MADDIE EVANS

Maddie Evans is a slightly cynical romantic who believes in the combination of love and hard work. When she's not writing stories, you can find her exploring dirt trails on her bike or jogging around town. 

Maddie lives in New England with her husband, kids, and an ever-changing number of tropical fish.

Love's Highway

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Love's Highway

Love's Rules of the Road

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Love's Rules of the Road

“I hope my stories reveal the hero within each reader and encourage them to face their villains.”

Sharon Hughson

Sharon Hughson inhales words and exhales stories. Her characters face real--difficult, and sometimes heart-wrenching—issues. Just because it’s fiction, doesn’t mean readers can’t see themselves on the pages…and find the strength to be the hero of their own story.

Sharon could easily get lost in books. When her parents divorced, escaping into Narnia saved her from a fate worse than rebelling against everything. She pens her stories for that troubled teenager, seeking hope and encouragement, because sometimes vacation only happens between the pages of a book. When not immersed in the world of writing and reading, Sharon substitutes in local classrooms, keeps house for her honey and waits on her three cats.

Love's Lingering Doubts

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Love's Lingering Doubts

Love's Little Secrets

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Love's Little Secrets

Love's Late Arrival

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Love's Late Arrival
Mommy Loves the Banker

"I read to escape. I write to journey."

Victoria Barbour

A USA TODAY bestselling author, Victoria lives on the island of Newfoundland, and is fiercely proud of her home. She can imagine no better setting for her Heart’s Ease series of sweet yet steamy contemporary romances, and hopes that her readers will one day come to witness Newfoundland and Labrador's rustic beauty for themselves. 

Victoria also writes sweet romances, and sometimes lets her imagination run wicked with shifter romances. Regardless of the story, Victoria loves to write about love, and often focuses her stories around strong women learning how to make room in their lives for an equally strong man without losing their sense of self. 

"Life is too short to be unhappy. Even in tragedy and sorrow there is joy. Grieve but move on as you celebrate each moment."

Elissa Strati

In 1981 I quit my job and announced to the world I was going to write a romance novel. I then spent the summer at the beach and the next year on the road visiting friends and relatives in some forty states and multiple Canadian provinces and Mexican estados. I chalk this—and the many intervening years before I finally actually published a book—all up to research.

In the meantime I’ve honed my editorial skills, gotten a history degree and learned a fair amount about antiques, running a business, and restoration of orphan buildings, the last several in conjunction with my wonderful spouse. And for us the adventure continues—with the occasional break for me to type madly into the computer whatever harebrained idea I may have come up with for a novel. (Fortunately, in most cases better judgment prevails and I don’t inflict it onto the world.)

Love’s Odds

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Love’s Odds

"Love what you do. Be proud of your work. Care about your readers. Listen, learn, and focus on being the best author you can be. That's all it takes!"

Jasmine Bryner

From the time she picked up her first book at the age of three, Jasmine has always been a lover of words. Growing up, Jasmine used the words in books to discover new worlds and escape reality. As a student, she was a huge fan of English class and discovered her love of writing as well. Penning poems, short stories, and fan fiction became a hobby, and her love of words grew. Jasmine now uses her fascination with words and the skills she learned from many wonderful teachers to edit and proofread stories, helping authors make their books shine.

When she's not working, reading, or spending time with her kids, Jasmine enjoys geeking out over nerdy shows like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, listening to music from the 50s-80s, playing board games with friends, and posting silly quiz results online.

Love's Courage

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Love's Courage
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