Top ten signs you're living in a mystery... The Marvelous by Claire Kann (Guest Post & #Giveaway) #yalit #yabooks #newbook #mystery @KannClaire @XpressoTours @SwoonReads


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The Marvelous
By Claire Kann
YA Contemporary Mystery, Suspense
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 330 Pages
June 8, 2021 by Swoon Reads

Summary

From the author of Let’s Talk About Love and If It Makes You Happy, this exuberant YA Novel follows six teens locked together in a mansion, contending for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress.

Everyone thinks they know Jewel Van Hanen. Heiress turned actress turned social media darling who created the massively popular video-sharing app, Golden Rule.

After mysteriously disappearing for a year, Jewel makes her dramatic return with an announcement: she has chosen a few lucky Golden Rule users to spend an unforgettable weekend at her private estate. But once they arrive, Jewel ingeniously flips the script: the guests are now players in an elaborate estate-wide game. And she’s tailored every challenge and obstacle to test whether they have what it takes to win–at any cost.

Told from the perspective of three dazzling players–Nicole: the new queen of Golden Rule; Luna: Jewel’s biggest fan; and Stella: a brilliant outsider–this novel will charm its way into your heart and keep you guessing how it all ends because money isn’t the only thing at stake.


Guest Post

Top ten signs you’re living in a mystery
  1. People begin mysteriously dying around you.
  2. Suddenly everyone is convinced you’re an expert on everything.
  3. An unprecedented amount of thunderstorms for your climate begin to inexplicably roll in.
  4. You suddenly inherit a large sum of money from a mysterious relative and you must move to their derelict mansion to claim it.
  5. People keep asking where you were on specific days and times.
  6. There’s that house no one talks about in your town.
  7. You begin to receive anonymous messages filled with secrets you’ve never told anyone.
  8. Everybody is suddenly suspicious of that one unusual hobby you have.
  9. Things inexplicably go missing--like precious family heirlooms.
  10. You have to Google what “red herring” means. See also: “macguffin”

About the Author


Claire Kann is the author of LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life, she works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. Find out more by visiting her website: www.clairekann.com (and while you’re there, tell her about your cats. She loves cats. A lot.)


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A fake engagement and a mischievous dog... Bound by a Ring and a Secret by Jennifer Faye (Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway) #HarlequinBooks #HarlequinRomance #romancebooks #sweetromance #newbook @harlequinbooks @prismbooktours

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Bound by a Ring and a Secret
(Wedding Bells at Lake Como #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 175 Pages
May 25, 2021 by Harlequin Romance

Summary

A mistaken identity…
…a proposal that changes everything!

Photographer Gianna is done with men. Retreating to her villa on the shore of Lake Como, Gianna is stunned to find gorgeous Dario renting her house! When Dario is mistaken for her long-gone fiancé, they realize a fake engagement could solve problems for them both. Pretending to be in love should be easy, but what happens when very real feelings start to grow?

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My Review

BOUND BY A RING AND A SECRET is a sweet romance about a woman who is trying to prove herself and a man who is trying to make his own life separate from his family's expectations. There's an adorable meet-cute involving a dog who continues to play a mischievous role in the story. Overall, a fun and light romance ideal for summer reading.

Dario and his little dog tied for favorite characters in this story. The dog makes the introductions at the beginning and I loved how he continues to play a role as things progress, even literally tying the two love interests up a few times. I liked how Dario comes across as naturally confident without being overbearing or pushy. He's fairly laid-back, at least with Gianna. Gianna had to grow on me a bit. I think my issue was that she was a bit flighty and fit herself to whatever guy she was dating, even though she is an honestly genuine person. She has some character development to go through in this story. I also really liked the setting, with the villa, leisure walks, and small-town Italy. There's definitely chemistry between Dario and Gianna with the romance still being sweet, just past the clean line as there is one closed-door love scene. The fake relationship trope is always a fun one, and Faye executes it well in this story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a fairly quick, entertaining read and on par for this line of books. The characters were likable, the romance sweet with a bit of heat, and a little dog was thrown into the mix adding extra charm. A book to grab if you're looking for some light romance to read on the beach or to escape with.

Content: One closed-door love scene and some innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Excerpt

He was strikingly tall as she had to crane her neck to stare into his eyes. His brown hair was a bit longer on top with a little curl. It was a casual look to go with the scruff along his prominent jawline.

A navy T-shirt fit snug across his broad, strong shoulders and clung to his muscular chest. She swallowed hard. She shouldn’t be checking him out. Whether he was hot or not, he’d broken into her home.

His phone buzzed. He withdrew it from his pocket, checked the screen and then slipped it back in his pocket.

When her gaze once more met his, there was amusement dancing in his eyes. He’d caught her giving him a brief once-over. She inwardly groaned. That was not good—not good at all.

Still, she couldn’t deny that he was quite handsome in that playboy sort of way. Not that she was interested. First, he was an intruder in her house. Second, he was infuriating in the way he didn’t take her seriously. And lastly, she was done with men, cute or otherwise.

In an effort to reach for her phone, she tried releasing the pan’s handle with one hand, but the weight of the cast iron was too much to hold with just one hand. Maybe she should have spent more time at the gym and less time traipsing around the continent with a sweet-talking man who didn’t really care about her and was just biding his time until his ex stepped back into his life.

“I have a dog,” she said, glancing down at the stray pup. It was hidden from the man’s view by the kitchen island.

The man smiled. “You mean my dog?”

His dog?

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About the Author


Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.


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Another suspenseful story with plenty of twists... Sticks and Stone by David James Warren (Review & #Giveaway) #suspense #coldcasestories #timetravel #scifibooks @justreadtours


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Sticks and Stone
(The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #3)
By David James Warren
Crime Thriller, Time-Travel, Sci-Fi
Paperback & ebook, 203 Pages
June 1, 2021 by TriStone Media

Summary

When Rembrandt goes back to stop the untimely death of his partner, he finds himself wrapped up in the disappearance of two missing children in the middle of an epic Minneapolis blizzard. But, can he save the children in time--and if he does, will he also be able to save his partner?

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing as DAVID JAMES WARREN.

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My Review

STICKS AND STONE is another suspenseful story in this series where there are always twists as Rembrandt Stone tries to repair the past. An engaging protagonist and a thrilling story will continue to entrance fans of the series. Definitely one to check out if you like cold-case fiction or suspense with a sci-fi twist.

Rembrandt Stone's voice is still fully engaging in this third book. He's easy to cheer on through all the cringe-worthy, awkward moments as well as the stellar ones. I felt a bit more frustrated in this story. I think because I'm now really invested, but things are just so complicated and messed up. I literally have no idea what will happen and what the repercussions will be and that is a bit scary when you really want things to work out. This whole series is cold-case suspense with the whole sci-fi aspect that literally keeps you on edge from beginning to end. You don't know what you'll find at any point, in the past or the future, as things keep changing based on what Rembrandt does or doesn't do.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was another thrilling ride with a great character to get behind and an ever evolving story. I'm very much looking forward to reading book number four!

Content: Some violence and innuendo, but clean.
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About the Authors/Series


James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/.


Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves travelling and telling stories about life, adventure and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.


David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.


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I love books about libraries and this one is also a story of self discovery. It's my pick this week...

The Last Chance Library
By Freya Sampson
Women's Fiction
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 336 Pages
August 31, 2021 by Berkley Books

Summary

June Jones emerges from her shell to fight for her beloved local library, and through the efforts and support of an eclectic group of library patrons, she discovers life-changing friendships along the way.

Lonely librarian June Jones has never left the sleepy English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the thirty-year-old would rather spend her time buried in books than venture out into the world. But when her library is threatened with closure, June is forced to emerge from behind the shelves to save the heart of her community and the place that holds the dearest memories of her mother.

Joining a band of eccentric yet dedicated locals in a campaign to keep the library, June opens herself up to other people for the first time since her mother died. It just so happens that her old school friend Alex Chen is back in town and willing to lend a helping hand. The kindhearted lawyer's feelings for her are obvious to everyone but June, who won't believe that anyone could ever care for her in that way.

To save the place and the books that mean so much to her, June must finally make some changes to her life. For once, she's determined not to go down without a fight. And maybe, in fighting for her cherished library, June can save herself, too.

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Gold Spun
By Brandie June
YA Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Retelling
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
June 8, 2021 by Camcat Publishing, LLC

Summary

Content Warnings: One mild scene of cutting for blood magic.

If Nor can’t spin gold, she can always spin lies.


When seventeen-year-old Nor rescues a captured faerie in the woods, he gifts her with a magical golden thread she can use to summon him for a favor. Instead, Nor uses it for a con—to convince villagers to buy straw that can be transformed into gold. Her trick works a little too well, attracting the suspicion of Prince Casper, who hates nobody more than a liar. Intent on punishing Nor, he demands that she spin a room of straw into gold and as her reward, he will marry her. Should she refuse or fail, the consequences will be dire.

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Interview

What inspired you to write a story based off of Rumpelstiltskin?

I’ve always loved fairytales and fairytale retellings, especially if the retelling brings something new and unexpected to the tale. I decided to challenge myself to write a short story featuring Rumpelstiltskin as a hero instead of a villain. After I wrote that story, the characters stuck with me for a long time, and I knew this was only the tip of the iceberg for me.

Would you tell us more about the main characters from Gold Spun?

I adore morally gray characters, so I had a lot of fun creating such characters in Gold Spun. I wanted the three main characters from the original tale – the miller’s daughter, the king, and Rumpelstiltskin to all be empathetic, but not one of them should be perfect. In the original tale, the miller’s daughter doesn’t even have a name and is at the mercy of the men in her life – first her father, then the king, and finally Rumpelstiltskin. I not only wanted to give her a name (meet Nor) but also give her the agency she was missing in the classic tale. Instead of her father making wild claims, now she is a con artist. She’s flawed, tricking people, but she does so out of a need to protect and feed her family.

I found the king rather awful in the original. What kind of person would lock up a young woman on baseless rumors? Here, I had the chance to make the king (who is Prince Casper in Gold Spun) more empathetic. Yes, he still locks Nor in a room full of straw, but he’s trying to show his subjects that thieves and swindlers will not be tolerated. I also made him a second son, so when he learns he is to inherit the throne, he is having to deal with new pressures and responsibilities he may not be ready to take on.

And I can’t omit Rumpelstiltskin, also known as Pel in Gold Spun. Practically the opposite of the king, I felt like Rumpelstiltskin gets jilted in the original tale. He helps the miller’s daughter, but she reneges on their deal. (Ok, don’t barter with your unborn children…) I wanted readers to root for him, but still keep the secretive aura of the faerie world. Now he’s a mysterious and handsome faerie who helps Nor, but he still has plenty of secrets of his own.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

I think I most relate to Prince Casper. While I don’t have a kingdom to rule, I have had a lot of unexpected responsibilities thrust on me in my life. I had to become a caretaker and provider for my family pretty early on, and probably before I was ready, so I understand the pressure of having so much extra responsibility thrust on someone. (And like Casper, I think I also look pretty dashing in a crown.)

What advice would you give Nor about navigating her world?

Great question! This is a challenge for me, because she does some morally questionable things, but it comes from a place of wanting to protect her family. I would tell her to think about what future she wants for herself. There is a point in the story where she gets past having to scrap by just to survive. In the original Rumpelstiltskin tale, this is the ‘happily ever after’ but in Gold Spun, Nor has to decide if becoming queen is how she wants her story to end.

What part or aspect of this story do you love the most?

I love seeing Nor get by on her wits. In a world ruled by the magical and wealth, she has neither, yet manages to find her way.

What was a book that made you cry, a book that made you laugh and a book that made you swoon?

Cry – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Laugh – Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Swoon – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

What’s something you enjoy doing when you’re not reading or writing?

I’ve gotten really into nail art this last year as a way of being artistic while staying at home, so now Friday nights are usually DIY manicure nights for me. I love creating tiny pieces of ‘art’ that I get to change up every week. I also have two dogs, so I spend a lot of time at the dog park. It’s a great way for me to take a break from my computer and get some fresh air.

What are you working on next?

I’m currently writing the sequel to Gold Spun. I recently had a call with my editor to discuss the direction of the novel, and while I don’t want to spoil anything, I am excited to be continuing Nor’s story!

About the Author


Brandie June loves storytelling in all sorts of formats, whether she is marketing animated movies or writing fantasy novels. Most of her early life she was on stage or at least as close to the front row as she could get. Initially an actor, she got her B.A. in Theatre from UCLA and branched out into costume design and playwriting, eventually getting her M.B.A. Her first stand-alone play, a dark comedy about Oscar Wilde, premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival to a sold-out run and won the Encore Producers Award. As a writer, she is especially passionate about fantasy and mythology, has published several pieces in anthology, and is a recent finalist with The Writers of the Future Award. Her debut novel, Gold Spun, is a fresh retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale through the miller daughter’s POV. Except now the miller’s daughter is a con artist and Rumpelstiltskin is a mysterious faerie with a dark secret.


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Chasing Shadows
By Lynn Austin
Christian Historical Romance, WWII
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 432 Pages
June 8, 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers

Summary

For fans of bestselling WWII fiction comes a powerful novel from Lynn Austin about three women whose lives are instantly changed when the Nazis invade the neutral Netherlands, forcing each into a complicated dance of choice and consequence.

Lena is a wife and mother who farms alongside her husband in the tranquil countryside. Her faith has always been her compass, but can she remain steadfast when the questions grow increasingly complex and the answers could mean the difference between life and death?

Lena’s daughter Ans has recently moved to the bustling city of Leiden, filled with romantic notions of a new job and a young Dutch police officer. But when she is drawn into Resistance work, her idealism collides with the dangerous reality that comes with fighting the enemy.

Miriam is a young Jewish violinist who immigrated for the safety she thought Holland would offer. She finds love in her new country, but as her family settles in Leiden, the events that follow will test them in ways she could never have imagined.

The Nazi invasion propels these women onto paths that cross in unexpected, sometimes-heartbreaking ways. Yet the story that unfolds illuminates the surprising endurance of the human spirit and the power of faith and love to carry us through.

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Author Interview

Have you always loved books and reading? What about your formative years informed your love for reading and books?

Books have been part of my life for as long as I can remember, beginning with bedtime stories when I was a child. My mother was the town librarian in the village where I grew up, so it’s not an exaggeration to say I was raised in a library. Over the years, I helped with everything from processing books to reading aloud for story hour, and I developed a deep appreciation for all sorts of books. In addition, my grandmother was a natural-born storyteller whose tales kept my sisters and me spellbound for hours on warm summer evenings.

How did you become a writer?

I loved to read, but after a while it seemed like so many well-written books offered very little hope. Too many themes seemed to be “Life is hard and then you die.” I agree that life is hard—but God is good! So I sat down one day thirty-five years ago (I was a stay- at-home mom with a new baby at the time) and decided to write the kind of book I enjoyed reading—one that makes me laugh, makes me cry, and helps me learn something about myself and my life. I knew nothing about getting published (that would come later), but I quickly discovered how much I enjoyed writing. Eventually God brought a wonderful Christian author into my life who asked me to join her writers’ critique group, where I learned the basics of writing and publishing. As the years passed, I struggled to figure out if God was calling me to be a writer. I decided to persevere, and eleven years after I first sat down to write, my first novel was published.

What made you want to write historical fiction? What about that genre do you enjoy?

I write historical fiction because I love history, especially the little-known stories of ordinary people. For me, reading about the past and how people like me lived lives of courage in difficult times helps me live a life of faith and grace with God’s help. When we travel back in history through novels, I think it’s easier to see how God used tragic events as part of His redemption story. And that gives us faith to believe that He is still working now and that our lives can play a part in His story today.

What motivated you to write a story line about three women in the Netherlands and the challenges they faced due to the Nazi invasion in WWII?

My inspiration was the book The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I read this book years ago and it had a profound effect on my Christian walk. Corrie’s family had a deep faith and love for Christ, which led them to hide Jews in their home, at great personal risk, after the Nazis invaded their country. Corrie’s testimony of faith and of God’s faithfulness in spite of all that she endured in a concentration camp made me long for a relationship with God like hers. In another inspiring autobiography, Things We Couldn’t Say, author Diet Eman tells how she and her fiancé worked for the underground in the Netherlands during this same time period, propelled by their Christian faith. Christians in the Netherlands suffered a great deal during WWII, yet accomplished brave, heroic deeds in Christ’s name. I wanted to honor them by telling their story.

Please tell us a bit about the setting of your novel. What prompted you to write about the Netherlands?

Chasing Shadows takes place in the Netherlands during World War II, primarily in and around the city of Leiden. All of my books have been translated and published in Dutch, and my publisher has kindly invited me on book tours in the past to meet my readers in the Netherlands. I fell in love with that beautiful little country and wanted to write about it. I got to know it even better when our son Benjamin lived there for four years while earning his PhD from the University of Leiden. Also, my husband’s maternal grandfather immigrated from the Netherlands, so that added to my interest in learning the country’s history.

Please tell us about your main characters in Chasing Shadows and what specific challenges each one of them faces.

Lena de Vries is a wife and mother who loves her life on a farm in the country outside of Leiden. But after the Nazi invasion, her Christian faith compels her and her husband, Pieter, to fight against the Nazis’ evil, putting her and her family at great risk. Lena’s daughter Ans de Vries is unhappy with her life on the farm and with her parents’ Christian faith. She takes a job in Leiden as a companion to Eloise Huizenga, who struggles with depression. When the Netherlands is invaded, Ans will need to find strength and renewed faith in order to keep Eloise and herself from despair, while walking the dangerous path of opposing the Nazis. Miriam Jacobs is a Jewish woman who flees from Germany to the Netherlands with her father to escape persecution. After falling in love with Avi Leopold in a refugee camp, she and her new husband and child will need to go into hiding in order to survive, with help from Lena and Ans.

Who was your favorite character to write and why?

I think I related to Lena the most because she is a wife and mother of three children, including an adult daughter. She had to make many difficult choices during the war and needed to consider not only her own safety and survival, but her family’s as well. She was forced to lean on God and to trust Him in impossible circumstances—something many wives and mothers must often do. And she had to learn the hardest lesson of all— not to hate, but to love our enemies as Jesus taught us to do.

What lessons can be learned from your main characters?

All three women found themselves plunged into impossible circumstances that they never could have foreseen. Not only were their lives turned upside down overnight, they lived in daily suspense, never knowing what would happen next, how long the war would last, or if their lives would ever return to normal. One lesson I learned while writing this book was not to take my life for granted in the good years. And not to take my relationship with God for granted when things are going well, either. We never know when or how life could change, so the faith that gets us through the hard times must be cultivated and nourished in the good times. We’ll never know how strong we are, how strong our faith is, or how faithful God is until we endure hardship.

How much research did you have to do on the WWII period in the Netherlands?

I was able to find timelines and history books that detailed the history of this era online and in the library. And I traveled to the Netherlands to do research on-site and in museums, taking lots of photographs and notes. Visiting the Westerbork concentration camp was an especially moving experience. But my favorite resources were the true stories of men and women who lived through this time period. Because I live in a community with a large Dutch immigrant population, I was able to interview people and read their memoirs and combine many of their firsthand stories into this novel. I asked my Dutch readers to send me their stories as well. Those true stories brought the story to life more than any history book ever could.

What is your hope for Chasing Shadows? How do you hope this story resonates with your readers?

We’ve all been “at war” with the COVID-19 virus this past year, and the fear and uncertainty and isolation we’ve experienced has many parallels with an enemy invasion like the one my characters endure in this novel. It’s my hope that Chasing Shadows will lead readers to take a closer look at their own faith, just as I did after first reading The Hiding Place years ago. I remember wanting a faith like Corrie ten Boom and her family had, one that would sustain me through unforeseen trials and hardships. I pray that this novel will inspire readers to pursue a closer walk with God and a commitment to serve in His Kingdom with whatever gifts He has given them.

About the Author


Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction and was one of the first inductees into the Christy Award Hall of Fame. One of her novels, Hidden Places, was made into a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. Lynn and her husband have three grown children and make their home in western Michigan. Visit her online at lynnaustin.org.



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Author Interview

What inspired you to write The Hotel?

One of my best friends lives on Nantucket and years ago I was over for one of the first Nantucket Wine Festivals and we went to a ZD Winery Wine Dinner held at the Wauwinet, which is a beautiful, exclusive resort on Nantucket, right on the beach. It was to date the loveliest wine dinner I’ve ever been to. We felt like we’d been dropped back in time to the Great Gatsby era as we sipped champagne on the lush green lawn and enjoyed the breathtaking views of the ocean. We saw families playing croquet as we enjoyed appetizers and then a sumptuous dinner with wines with each course.

And then a few years ago, I went to the Chatham Bars Inn on the Cape and we had a similar experience. It’s a beautiful resort on the water and we had a private cabana by the pool and enjoyed sushi and lobster nachos and cocktails. There was a Nespresso machine in my room—and I loved that so much, I bought one when I got home. The Whitley Hotel is a blend of these two luxury resorts and it was a story I thought about for several years. I imagined the dynamics of a family owned hotel where many family members worked there—with power struggles and drama with celebrity guests. It was a world I wanted to explore, and it was a very fun project.

What do you love the most about this story?

It was a lot of fun for me to play with the various dynamics of cousins that both wanted the same job—even though one didn’t know she wanted it—and the challenges of being a celebrity and trying to live a normal life and have a real vacation. I enjoyed making things difficult for these characters and seeing how they handled everything and grew in the process.

What challenged you about writing it?

My biggest challenge was getting the world right, particularly what it’s actually like to work in a hotel. My only experience is from many years ago when as a young teenager, I worked in a hotel on Cape Cod where I grew up. I was lucky at that age to get a job as a chambermaid, cleaning hotel rooms. That’s when MTV was new, and we used to turn it on in the rooms and clean to the music. Though it was not a good job for me--I am not someone that enjoys cleaning and had many nightmares of cleaning tubs and making beds. However, one of my best friends from college has held many manager jobs in hotels, including the general manager role and she generously answered all my questions and shared many fascinating stories about her days in the business—and quite a bit of that ended up in the book.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

That’s a good question. I’m probably a mix between Paula, who prefers to hide in her office and deal with numbers instead of people, and Andrea who finds the details annoying and prefers a more social job and loves to go out to dinner or for drinks. It depends on the day and my mood!

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

I hope they will enjoy the look at this world and relate to the family drama where sometimes people are supportive, but not everyone gets along all of the time. But also, to come away with the sense that work can be fun—if you follow your passion and find the role that plays to your strength. This is a theme that often pops up in my books, as I spent 25 years in human resources as a headhunter--like the restaurant headhunter in the book.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

I’m a foodie. I love going out to eat and also cooking. I’m currently trying to master making almond milk yogurt—I have the almond milk itself down—the yogurt, not so much. But I will figure it out!

The Hotel
By Pamela Kelley
Women's Fiction, Romance
Paperback & ebook, 270  Pages
June 8, 2021 by Piping Plover Press

Secrets and lies...at Nantucket's most exclusive and glamorous, family-owned hotel.

The Whitley is Nantucket's most exclusive waterfront hotel--a sprawling collection of pristine white cottages and an elegant main building on a long stretch of private, white sandy beach.

It's a family owned business--brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, all work there in various capacities.

Paula is happy in her back office accounting position. But changes are in store when her grandfather promotes her and fires her cousin--who then blames Paula.

Meanwhile, a blond romantic comedy superstar is hiding out at The Hotel for a few months. She meets Paula's brother, a chef--who has no idea who she is--and she likes it that way.

Paula's grandfather also hires a consultant to help her settle into her new role. But she isn't sure what to think of David, who grew up on Nantucket but now lives in Manhattan.

He's a brilliant consultant and will be assessing Paula's suitability for the role. He's also home for another reason, a difficult family issue that makes Manhattan seem very far away.

A new family saga from the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller author of The Nantucket Inn and The Restaurant.

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Pamela M. Kelley is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of women's fiction, family sagas, and suspense. Readers often describe her books as feel-good reads with people you'd want as friends.

She lives in a historic seaside town near Cape Cod and just south of Boston. She has always been an avid reader of women's fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers and cook books. There's also a good chance you might get hungry when you read her books as she is a foodie, and occasionally shares a recipe or two.


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Hi. Thanks for joining me for the first book in the WEDDING BELLS IN LAKE COMO duet. This book was so much fun to write because it has an author in it. So essentially I got to plot out a fictional book inside of a real book. I must say it was a first for me and so much fun. By the time I was done I wanted to write the other book. But first I had to finish Gianna and Dario’s story…

Does saying the same thing repeatedly make it a reality? Not necessarily. But when you put those words into action, it definitely becomes harder to tell the difference between fiction and reality.

Gianna Capillini has never had any luck in matters of the heart so she’s closing herself off to love. Her spontaneous engagement has ended before it had truly begun. Now she plans to focus on her professional future because to compound matters she’s abruptly quit her job too. And she isn’t ready to share this news with anyone—especially her beautiful, successful best friend.

Businessman Dario Marchello has a secret—he’s a bestselling fiction writer. But he’s got writer’s block and pressing deadline. He’s come to Lake Como for the quiet to write, but when his rambunctious dog brings Gianna and Dario together everything changes.

Though neither have an interest in a romantic relationship, they do have something in common—keeping their reason for being at the villa a secret from those closest to them. Spontaneously these two strangers become an engaged couple—all fictional of course. But as time goes by, the lines between reality and fiction start to blur.

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— Jennifer

Wedding Bells at Lake Como
The perfect destination for love!

Italy’s picturesque Lake Como is the perfect destination for love, except the path to happy-ever-after isn’t always smooth...

Cousins Gianna and Carla aren’t looking for romance. Gianna’s nursing a broken heart and Carla’s wed to the family business. Until charismatic brothers Dario and Franco arrive on Lake Como’s stunning shores...and sweep them off their feet!

Find out what happens when a case of mistaken identity leads to a fake engagement in
Bound by a Ring and a Secret
Available now!

And look out for Carla and Franco’s story in…
Falling for Her Convenient Groom
Coming September 2021!

Bound by a Ring and a Secret
(Wedding Bells at Lake Como #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 175 Pages
May 25, 2021 by Harlequin Romance

A mistaken identity…
…a proposal that changes everything!

Photographer Gianna is done with men. Retreating to her villa on the shore of Lake Como, Gianna is stunned to find gorgeous Dario renting her house! When Dario is mistaken for her long-gone fiancé, they realize a fake engagement could solve problems for them both. Pretending to be in love should be easy, but what happens when very real feelings start to grow?

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.


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