Monday, February 12, 2018

February is the Month of Love - Quotes from John O'Donohue

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

We all search for love in one form or another. To be loved is to be recognized. To matter to someone out there. To not be so alone.

When we're in love, we are no longer frail. We see beauty and leave the ordinary behind. We no longer feel mortal, at least in the eye of the lover, and the vast universe of possibilities opens up to us.

The Irish poet and philosopher, John O'Donohue describes the awakening of love as

“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”  - John O'DonohueAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
 But what happens if you can't find love?

Fortunately, you have the wellsprings of love within yourself, in the nature of your own soul.

You can search far and in hungry places for love. It is a great consolation to know that there is a wellspring of love within yourself. ... Imagine that nourishing stream of belonging, ease, peace, and delight. Feel, with your visual imagination, the refreshing waters of that well gradually flowing up through the arid earth of the neglected side of your heart. It is helpful to imagine this particularly before you sleep. Then during the night you will be in a constant flow of enrichment and belonging. You will find that when you awake at dawn, there will be a lovely, quiet happiness in your spirit.”  - John O'DonohueAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
He then goes on to say that the only way to preserve love is to maintain that separateness of your own self. That lovers are drawn to the differences between them, and that to preserve your own difference in love, you need plenty of room for your soul to grow and expand.

Love should encourage and free you fully into your full potential.”  - John O'DonohueAnam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
So, in this month of love, it profits us to remember that love is not found in the Other, but from within, and that while it's exciting and giddy and romantic to be loved by another, the vast possibilities of the universe are yours for the taking, because love comes from within and grows to fill all potentials.

Wishing you lots of love and may your wellsprings never run dry!



Since February is the month of love, my three sweet Valentine romances, along with the rest of the Have Family gang, are on sale for 99c. The Harts are a large, caring, and busybody family of San Francisco firefighters. Book One, Christmas Lovebirds, is FREE, and all the rest are 99c.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Twelve Days of Christmas SALE - All books 99c

Hey friends! It's the Twelve Days of Christmas SALE and all of my Christmas romances are 99c for the ebook. [Regular prices range from $1.99 to $3.99, so this is an awesome deal.] But hurry! Sale ends when Santa slips down the chimney Christmas morn.

With Eight Nice and Four Very Naughty, you'll find yourself going from cozy to sizzling. So roast a few chestnuts on an open fire, whip up a batch of sparkly Christmas cookies, and toast yourself a spiced rum eggnog toddy. Sit down in a soft, warm comfy chair and enjoy my Twelve Loves of Christmas.

First, the Nice...

A Father for Christmas, A Veteran's Christmas #1 [Free everywhere except Amazon] - Single mother Kelly Kennedy can't afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn't believe he deserves a Merry Christmas. When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other. They must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever. [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple] 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Award Winner.

Christmas Stray [Free with newsletter signup, or] - Juliette Martin does not ever want to celebrate Christmas again, not when it means reliving the last one after her six-year-old son, Jeremiah, passed away on Christmas Eve. She and husband, Gabe, find themselves snowed in at a mountain cabin with a stray puppy and a boy claiming to be an elf. Is a Christmas miracle on the way? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple] 2016 Readers Favorite Gold Award Winner

A Pet for Christmas, A Veteran's Christmas #2 - Kelly Kennedy and Tyler Manning have a baby on the way, but PTSD and Afghanistan haunts Tyler and he returns to run a children's charity. Meanwhile, Kelly's daughter Bree misses Tyler and wants a pet for Christmas. When Tyler is captured by terrorists and goes missing, Kelly and Bree hold onto hope while Tyler fights to survive and return home for Christmas. [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple] 2016 Readers Favorite Honorable Mention
Christmas Lovebirds, Have a Hart #1 [Free everywhere] - A mix-up between lovebirds brings Melisa face to face with Rob, the man she crushed on her entire life. Unfortunately, he’s not welcome in her large Irish family because he betrayed her brother. Only, she doesn’t know the real reason. Can two little lovebirds and Christmas cheer open Melisa's heart to giving Rob another chance? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]
Deck the Hearts, A Christmas Creek Romance #1 - Holly Jolly lives for Christmas. It’s the only time of the year, as far as she’s concerned. Gordon Gills doesn’t need a reason to hate the holiday season. He doesn’t see the point. Will Gordon prevail and turn Holly into a Grinch, or will a sprinkling of Christmas magic show Gordon that there’s no fighting love, especially when it’s wrapped up in a gorgeous redheaded package of jolly holly? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple] This book put me in the USA Today Bestselling List!

Her Christmas Chance, A Christmas Creek Romance #2 - Bella was born with cerebral palsy, but she doesn’t let her disability keep her down. When her cantankerous cat makes a mess of her attractive neighbor’s workshop, she stands up to him, despite him being an ex-con. Will the trail of destruction left by one naughty cat ruin Bella’s chance for love, or will Christmas be the season for both love and second chances? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

A Wedding for Christmas, A Veteran's Christmas #3 - Kelly Kennedy and Tyler Manning are planning a Christmas wedding, and her six-year-old daughter, Bree, is worried about being the perfect flower girl. Complications arise when Tyler gets reacquainted with a female soldier he rescued back in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Kelly gets an urgent message from the man who fathered Bree, asking for a big favor. Will love, faith, and a Christmas miracle be enough to keep their family together? [Audiobook available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

Blue Chow Christmas, Have a Hart #4 - Cait has been married to Brian for twelve years, but does she really know him? The redheaded firefighter is dependable, loyal, and kind to others, but he's never let her probe his feelings. Brian hides a painful secret behind his brave and courageous firefighter demeanor. When a pair of blue chow dogs show up at his mountain cabin, he is confronted with a boy he never got to know. Cait and Brian are tested on the true meaning of love when the boy goes missing and authorities suspect Brian of wrongdoing. Can two lost chow dogs save this fragile and vulnerable family and give them a Christmas to remember?

And Now for the Naughty!

Christmas Flirt, Jingle Belles #1 [Kindle Unlimited] - Lacy Reed is the ultimate bad girl, but she doesn’t know how her naked selfies ended up on her boss's cell phone. Brandon Cole never smiles, ever. Not even when Lacy's indecent selfies appear on his phone. He doesn't need Lacy to get close and discover his well-hidden secret. Lacy’s not going to leave Brandon alone. Can she flirt her way to the top or will all she get is a big, lump of Christmas Cole? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

Santa's Pet, Jingle Belles #2 [Kindle Unlimited] - Brilliant girl genius, Brittney Reed, plays elf to a substitute Santa, Ben Powers. When she sits on his lap, they suffer dual wardrobe malfunctions and are arrested for indecent exposure. Meanwhile, hackers are after her company and Ben's grandfather, the real Santa, is ill. Will a roly-poly old basset hound and a big-mouthed cockatoo help save Brittney and Ben and bring the real Santa home to stay?

Sapphire Falls: Going Toe to Mistletoe, My Country Heart #2 [Kindle Unlimited] - Dumped, broke, and jobless, Candi Myers visits her sister in Sapphire Falls to help with her upcoming Christmas wedding. It’s love at first sight for Troy Caine when he spots Candi nabbing mistletoe her first night in town. Catching her should be a slam-dunk for the hometown hero who gives advice to the lovelorn. Unfortunately, Candi is not looking to be burned again. Will a town filled with mistletoe, busybody matchmakers, and festive Christmas fun bring Candi and Troy’s lonely hearts together?

Bad Boys for Hire: Nick [Kindle Unlimited] - He’s the naughtiest Santa ever. Meet Nick. He ain’t no saint, but he’s got the toys, especially in bed. Carol is a paraplegic and love is the last thing on her mind when she hires Nick to play Santa. She’d rather date a good boy, a disabled firefighter, than face the fact she’s dead to passion. When Nick tempts her with his toys, she can’t resist the naughty over the nice. Will she let Nick prove that bad boys can be good, especially on Christmas day? [Audiobook Available at Audible, Amazon, Apple]

From Our House to Yours,
May your Christmas be Blessed and Bright,
Love Always, Rachelle

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Love Kissed Book Bargains December Giveaway

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We have 15 authors of varying genres who would love to find new readers! Why join a team? (Or lots of teams?) There are so many FREE books, advanced notice of sales, giveaways, and new releases. Let's not forget the swag and signed books so many authors give to their team as a reward for the support.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November Free Reads and Giveaway #LKBB - My Pre-Christmas Gift to You

Welcome to the November FREE Reads & Giveaway!

Thank you for being loyal readers! To show their appreciation, your favorite authors have come together to offer a book for FREE. Download one or all. Maybe you'll find your next favorite author.

Please note: all sales are limited time offers.

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My contribution to this giveaway is my favorite bad boy Santa, Nick Wolff.

Meet Nick and Carol.
He’s the Santa Stripper turned Good Guy.
She may be in a wheelchair, but she’s as naughty as she’s nice.

FREE - expires Black Friday

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Case for Paperbacks by Rachelle Ayala

My house is literally full of books. Books I've collected since I was a child [I still have a ragged Barney Beagle] to books I purchased just this week. If you're like me, your kindle is also burgeoning with books. I have over 5000 at last count.
My friends tell me to declutter and sometimes, I have rather reluctantly said goodbye to many of my books (sniff, sob, I still mourn them). After all, why hold onto the paper or hardback when I can simply download an ebook to my ereader?

The answer is simple. With 5000+ books in my kindle library, I'm constantly forgetting I have a book. How many of you have gone to a book page, hit "purchase" only to have Amazon tell you you already have the book? Thank goodness Amazon does this, but that doesn't count the books I have on Nook and Google Play, not to mention borrowed from Scribd or Overdrive.

So the other day, I got to thinking, and maybe it's a dangerous thing since I'm supposed to be decluttering so that when my husband retires we can move... Books that I have in paper form are like friends I see in person, my neighbors, my cousins, my relatives, and my old school friends who live within fifty miles of me. Books I have on kindle are like social media friends. And while I love my social media friends, they don't occupy the mind space and physical space as people I get together for coffee, walks, and parties.

It's the same with ebooks. Now, don't kill me here. I love ebooks. I love the convenience, the ability to have thousands in my account and countless more available at any time or any place. But I don't "bump" into them the way I do with my paperbacks. They don't bring back memories, and I don't pick them up and flip to a bookmark or a crease in the spine or discover a long-forgotten sticky note or bookmark, and they definitely don't transport me back to when we first met.

Paper books, meanwhile, are like old friends. A couple weeks back, in the throes of decluttering, I kept putting a set of books into a box, then taking them back out and reshelving them, then trying to resolve to give them away. I made excuses for them. They're yellowed and wrinkled, no one would want them, and I can't bear to throw them in the garbage. But they're taking up space! Logically, all these books exist as ebooks. I can simply do as Marie Kondo says: to discard them, knowing that if I ever wanted to read them again, I can buy the ebook or the audiobook.

BUT... here is the big question. Will I remember them?

This particular set of cozy mysteries was written by Carolyn Hart. While flipping through these yellowed paperbacks, I was transported back to my younger days, scouring bookstores to buy her latest Death on Demand mystery. I've quite forgotten Max and Annie throughout the years as my reading tastes diverged to romance and suspense thrillers. But because I could not throw away that set of books, I am now reliving the 1980's by re-reading my Death on Demand stories. I've even downloaded the audiobook so I can have it read to me--the font on the old paperback being kind of small for my senior eyes. I've rediscovered that series and was so pleased to discover that it is STILL GOING after all these years.

It's all because I had the paperbacks. A paperback from 30 years ago can remind you of an author you loved and lost touch with. A paperback is like a loyal friend sitting on the shelf winking at you when you walk by, and a paperback is something you can pass on to others. As an author, a paperback is a living reminder to your readers about you. Who knows? Twenty years from now, the reader you have now might rediscover you and be joyously surprised that your series is still going on. Or your paperback has been passed from friend to friend, making you new friends to the farthest corners of the earth.

Now that, is like having a friend for life!

p.s. I have the black covered collector's hardbacks of the Agatha Christie mystery library [a subscription series] and I'm NOT parting with them. Besides, my daughter has tagged them all already. Agatha is a friend for life and beyond.

What do you think? Do you buy paperbacks of the books and authors you like? Do you keep every autographed paperback of your writer friends? [I do]. Or do you let them go to share and spread the joy?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

High School Reunions and Old Friends by Rachelle Ayala

There's something really special about going to class reunions and partying with the people you grew up with. For one thing, you're still around! And these days, that's a real plus. Add to that, these are people who knew you when you were a little tyke, AND they were witnesses to all your tantrums and embarrassing moments and they're still smiling. I've thought a lot about what a reunion means and realized that for people who grew up in a big city, a big, anonymous city, our high school is the equivalent of the small town we never knew. In that high school, going back to junior high and elementary school are people you knew since kindergarten. Teachers, friends, parents, and classmates.

Once we leave high school, we leave the only "small town" we ever knew and end up in "the world." How sad, but at the same time, how wonderful to know that we still had the community within the high school--the football team, the spirit, the togetherness, and the friendships.

Here are some pictures from my reunion. [I'm the one with the glasses, long hair and red blouse].

"I see you as the kindergartner I met in the sandbox. I see you as the third grader hanging on the rings and the fifth grader socking the sockball out of the field. I see you in junior high school playing in the orchestra or running the mile, and I see you in high school yelling your heart out with the Pep Club. I see you at eighteen going out into the world with that unquenchable Banning Pilot Spirit. And now, I still see you, my friend, with all your wisdom, love, tears, and experience. And I love you because being with you brings us back to those unforgettable days when we all cheered for ol' Banning High, in unity and victory." - Clare Chu, writing as USA Today Bestselling Author, Rachelle Ayala

Speaking of small towns, come with me to my favorite fictional town in Nebraska, Sapphire Falls, where Amber and Chad, two nerdy scientists, get makeovers and a new start during the Summer Festival.

With the holidays coming up, you might like to listen to some audiobooks. It's a great way to multitask while decorating.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October Freebie!

Welcome to the October FREE For All & Giveaway Event October 9-13!

Click to download these romance reads.

Thank you for being loyal readers! To show their appreciation, your favorite authors have come together to offer a book for FREE. Download one or all. Maybe you'll find your next favorite author.

Please note: all sales are limited time offers.
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**Please note: these books may not be free on other Amazon sites and many of these books are free for a limited time only.**

You can get my book, Intercepted by Love - Part 3 for free.

Andie and Cade are both shocked by people from their past.