Lindi Peterson joins Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to talk about urban romance settings. What is the appeal of the big city for settings? What makes something a "city"? We'll talk this and more -- we'd love to hear your thoughts!

Books mentioned include:

  • What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck
  • Her Best Catch by Lindi Peterson
  • The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano
  • Uptown Heiress by Lindi Peterson
  • Faith and Fortune Series by Toni Shiloh (The Trouble with Love is book 1)
  • Joys of Juniper by Valerie Comer (the whole Urban Farm Fresh series)
  • So You Want to be a Billionaire series by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • The Informal Romance Series by Heather Gray

TV Shows mentioned
Friends
Cheers

Find Lindi at http://lindipeterson.com/

Janet Ferguson joins Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to talk about beach romance! What makes something a beach romance to you? We have a lot of differing thoughts and we'd love to hear yours!

Books mentioned include:

  • Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
  • Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon
  • Charles Martin books (several titles near the water)
  • Regaining Mercy by Carolyn Miller
  • Finding Love in Friday Harbor by Annette M. Irby
  • Beyond the Waves by Lynnette Bonner
  • Roadtrip to Redemption by Laurie Larsen
  • Savannah Sweethearts Series by Jan Thompson
  • Matchmaking Moms of Oceanview Church by Laurie Larsen (esp book 3, Finding Love for the Workaholic)
  • Lisa Wingate - maybe Larkspur Cove (? but it's a lake), possibly The Sandcastle Sister
  • Is it Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh (So many apologies to the Coast Guard for having not clarified on air that they are a full-on branch of the military not just lifeguards!)
  • Starfish Bay series by Irene Hannon
  • Seaglass Inn series by Julie Carobini
  • Falling for Grace by Janet W. Ferguson

Find Janet at https://www.janetfergusonauthor.com/

Laurie Larsen joins Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to chat about mature main characters. Join the fun and let us know how you define those mature/older characters and let us know what books you've enjoyed with heroes and heroines who have lived a little more life.

 

Books mentioned:

  • So You Want a Second Chance by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Adore Me by Autumn Macarthur (entire Chapel Cove series)
  • Roadtrip to Redemption by Laurie Larsen
  • Retying the Knot by Liwen Ho
  • Innamorata by Autumn Macarthur
  • A Time to Push Daisies by Marion Ueckermann
  • Heart's Ransom by Dora Hiers
  • Slow Road to Love by Juliette Duncan
  • Cadence of Cranberries by Valerie Comer

Find Laurie and her books at: www.authorlaurielarsen.com

Join Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth as they talk about the appeal of the cowboy and why they're a time tested romantic hero. Or maybe why they aren't for some people. Join the conversation!

Let us know your thoughts on cowboy romance - love it? Hate it? Something in between?

Books mentioned:

  • Hill County Redemption by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
  • Mandi Blake Blackwater Ranch series, Remembering the Cowboy is book 1
  • Saddle Springs and Cavanaugh Cowboys Series by Valerie Comer
  • Deb Kastner's Her Forgotten Cowboy
  • Wild Montana Skies and Knox by Susan May Warren
  • Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne (Double S Ranch series)

Let us know your favorite CCR Cowboy Romance!

Amy R. Anguish joins Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to talk all things friends to more!

Books Mentioned:

  • Saving Grace by Amy R. Anguish
  • Is it Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh
  • An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh
  • Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
  • The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
  • Her Best Friend by Hannah Jo Abbott
  • The Cowboy's Mixed Up Matchmaker by Valerie Comer
  • If for Any Reason by Courtney Walsh
  • Relentless Love by Heather Greer
  • Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
  • A Dazzle of Diamonds by Liz Johnson (probably - might be A Glitter of Gold)

Find Amy and her books at https://abitofanguish.weebly.com/

Join the conversation! What do you love about friends to more? (Or maybe you don't love it?) What books did we miss?

June 18, 2021

Episode 26: Single Dads

Lindi Peterson joins Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to talk about single dad heroes.

Books mentioned include:

  • Single Dad Next Door series by Lindi Peterson
  • A Brother's Promise by Mindy Obenhaus
  • Hope for Family by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Taking a Chance on the Enemy by Liwen Y. Ho
  • Keeping the Cowboy by Mandi Blake
  • Rooted in Love by Valerie Comer
  • The Little Black Wedding Dress by Lindi Peterson
  • Love & Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate
  • Spring Fever by Tara Grace Ericson
  • An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh
  • Love Me by Alexa Verde
  • Not Until Now by Valerie Bodden
  • Flavors of Forever by Valerie Comer

Find Lindi at http://www.lindipeterson.com

Join the conversations! What are your favorite single dad stories?

Join Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth as they talk about mutli-author box sets of CCR novellas (usually -- sometimes they're longer.)

Books Mentioned:

  • His Perfect Catch by Narelle Atkins
  • Sweet Serenade by Valerie Comer
  • Once Upon a Summer by Jaycee Weaver, Toni Shiloh, Teresa Tysinger and others
  • Once Upon a Christmas by Jaycee Weaver, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and others
  • Love's Treasure Collection by Elizabeth Maddrey, Valerie Comer, Valerie M. Bodden, Mandi Blake and others
  • Save the Date by Jan Thompson, Liwen Y. Ho, Jaycee Weaver and others
  • When Snowflakes Never Cease by Amanda Tru, Hallee Bridgeman, Alana Terry, Chautona Havig, and and Jaycee Weaver
  • A Tuscan Legacy Multi-Author Series
  • Treasure Harbor Multi-Author Series
  • Resort to Romance Multi-Author Series

We'd love to hear from you - let us know your thoughts on multi-author boxes!

Valerie, Narelle, and Elizabeth chat about including weddings in CCR. This can be the wedding of the couple that came together in the story, the wedding or a couple from a previous book in the series, or just something wedding-related that contributes to the plot (lots of options!)

Books mentioned:

  • Longing for Lily by Tara Grace Ericson
  • Snowy Summer by Patricia Weerakoon
  • Her Brother's Best Friend by Hannah Jo Abbott
  • Hope for Freedom by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Hope for Family by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Poppy's Proposal by Tara Grace Ericson
  • The Bridesmaid's Hero by Narelle Atkins
  • The Wedding Game by Amy Matayo
  • The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips
  • Team Bride by Valerie Comer
  • New Hope Falls series by Kimberly Rae Jordan

Movies:

  • Runaway Bride
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

Let us know what you think!

Join as as Toni Shiloh returns to talk with us about military heroes and heroines in CCR! What's your favorite part of a military main character?

Books mentioned include:

Finding Love by Toni Shiloh
A Match for the Marine by Jess Mastorakos
Desert Willow by Patricia Beale
Not Until Christmas Morning by Valerie M. Bodden
At the Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony
Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter
Evah After by Rose Dee
Whatever Happens Next by Jaycee Weaver
All of You by Sarah Monson

Movies:

Top Gun
An Officer and a Gentleman

Find Toni at http://www.ToniShiloh.com

Join us as we chat with Janet W. Ferguson about using real settings in romance and some of the pros and cons of doing that as a writer and as readers. What's your favorite part of books that feature real settings?

Books mentioned include:

Finding Love in Eureka, California by Angela Ruth Strong
Finding Love in Seaside, Oregon by Angela Ruth Strong
Star Rising by Janet W. Ferguson
Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey
All books by Heidi McCahan
Close to You by Kara Isaac
Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington by Annette Irby
Is it Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh
If for Any Reasons by Courtney Walsh
Molly, Jocelyn, and Nicole by Sarah Monzon
Books by Marion Ueckermann (Orphaned Hearts, Poles Apart, etc.)

Find Janet at http://www.JanetFergusonAuthor.com

Join us as we chat with Hallee Bridgeman about single mom heroines in CCR! What do you love most about a single mom heroine?

Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade
Not Until Christmas Morning by Valerie M. Bodden
Blizard in the Bluegrass by Hallee Bridgeman
A Sudden Spark by Liwen Y. Ho
Loving in His Way by T.K. Chapin
Saving Grace by Amy Anguish
Pinky Promise by Valerie Comer
Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain
Give Me Another Chance Cowboy by Valerie Comer

Find Hallee Bridgeman at http://www.HalleeBridgeman.com

Join us as we talk about mental health issues in CCR (and in the Church, in general). What do you love to see when hard topics are covered?

Books discussed include:

A Handful of Hope by Elizabeth Maddrey
Song in the Dark by Jessica White
Anchor My Heart by Sara Beth Williams
Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe
Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson
Hope Harbor Series by Irene Hannon
Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac

Find Jaycee Weaver at https://jayceeweaver.com/

April 30, 2021

Episode 19: Faith Arcs

We're talking about the spiritual thread that makes Christian romance unique!

Books Mentioned:

  • Sugar Creek Gang
  • Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh
  • Hope for Freedom by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Sapphire Ice by Hallee Bridgeman
  • A Season to Dance by Patricia Beale
  • Valerie Comer's Urban Farm Fresh Series, specifically Dancing at Daybreak
  • The Cowboy's Mixed-Up Matchmaker by Valerie Comer
  • Not Until Us by Valerie Bodden
  • Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Finding Love for the Playboy by Laurie Larsen
  • Finding Love at the Oregon Coast by Angela Ruth Strong
  • Plum Upside Down by Valerie Comer

Join us as Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth chat about split time (or dual timeline) romances with KyLee Woodley of the HIstorical Bookworm podcast!

Books mentioned include:

  • Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson
  • A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson (for nickel knowledge, this is the one Beth has read, not the one she said in the podcast)
  • A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson
  • A Dazzle of Diamonds by Liz Johnson
  • The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron
  • The Carrington Family (Finders Keepers, All of You, Freedom's Kiss, With You Here) by Sarah Monzon
  • The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jamie Jo Wright
  • Finding Love at Glacier Bay by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss
  • Before Time Runs Out by Amy Matayo
  • A Chateau of Echoes by Siri Mitchell

Find KyLee and her podcast at www.HistoricalBookworm.com

Liwen Ho is back to chat about trigger warnings with us in this episode. When are they needed? Where should they go? What topics absolutely require them? We'll talk about this and more!

 

Books mentioned (if you're looking for a few that either have or maybe ought to have a tw attached)

  • At First Spark by Liwen Y Ho
  • Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese
  • The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • Healing Hearts by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • Tackling the Field by Janet Ferguson

Find Liwen and her books at www.LiwenHo.com

Today we're hanging out with Courtney Walsh and talking about her new release, Is it Any Wonder! This book is set in Nantucket (as her previous two books have been) and we'll talk about the setting, the title, forgiveness, second chances, just what a golden birthday is, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff. 

We had so much fun recording this episode, you definitely don't want to miss it!

Find all the details about the book and where to find it (and where to follow Courtney) on her website: http://courtneywalshwrites.com/

Join us as we talk with Lee Tobin McClain about books that feature Easter as an important part of their plot!

 

Books mentioned:

  • A Family for Easter by Lee Tobin McClain

  • Easter in Dry Creek by Janet Tronsted

  • A Stray Drop of Blood by Rosanna M. White

  • Hope for Freedom by Elizabeth Maddrey

  • A Match to Call Ours by Merrillee Whren

  • Dancing at Daybreak by Valerie Comer

    Find Lee at her website www.LeeTobinMcClain.com

Today we're talking with one of the queens of royalty romance herself, Carol Moncado! Why do we love royalty so much and why do princes, princesses, kings, and queens make such great romantic heroes?

Books/Series Mentioned

  • Along Came a Prince by Carol Moncado
  • Daughters of Peverell series by Hannah Currie (First book: Heart of a Royal)
  • The King and the Kindergarten Teacher by Shanae Johnson
  • Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck (also the movie) - plus the rest of the series
  • To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck
  • Royally Yours - Multi Author 
  • Julia Keanini - Princes of Valdoria series
  • Good Enough for a Princess by Carol Moncado
  • The Princess and the P.I. by Angela Ruth Strong
  • The Indentured Queen by Carol Moncado

Movies Mentioned

  • A Christmas Prince (Possibly The Christmas Prince - it's on Netflix)
  • The Princess Switch Movies
  • The King and I

Find Carol's books on Amazon (in KU), find her and interact in the Serenity Landing Bookclub Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/SerenityLandingBookClub

Today we're talking about all the lovely places that we can travel in books without ever leaving our comfy chairs.

Books Mentioned (and it's by no means a comprehensive list!):

The Riverbend Novellas by Valerie Comer
Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey
Luna Rosa by Elizabeth Maddrey
A Tuscan Legacy Series (multi-author)
The Callaghans & McFaddens Series by Kimberly Rae Jordan
Fostered by Love series by Kimberly Rae Jordan
Marion Ueckermann (pretty much anything by her), specifically: Poles Apart, Orphaned Hearts, Helsinki Sunrise, The Bloom Sisters
The Love in Store series by Autumn Macarthur - particularly Forget Paris
The Macleans Series by Autumn Macarthur
Juliette Duncan - books set in Australia
Close to You by Kara Isaac 
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
Organized Backup by Meredith Resce
A Season to Dance by Patricia Beale
Desert Willow by Patricia Beale
The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
Five Days in Skye, London Tides, Under Scottish Skies by Carla Laureano

Today we're talking tricky tropes in CCR - think secret baby, fake relationship, and love triangles!

Books/Series Mentioned

  • Claim My Heart by Mikal Dawn (in Once Upon a Christmas box set)
  • Marry Me For Real, Cowboy by Valerie Comer
  • Hope for Family by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh
  • Two Blue Doors Series by Hillary Manton Lodge (Book one is A Table by the Window)
  • The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
  • Poppy's Proposal by Tara Grace Ericson
  • The Cowboy's Reluctant Bride by Valerie Comer

TV/Movies Mentioned

  • Married at First Sight
  • Mulan
  • Green Card

Find Toni and all the places to get her books at ToniShiloh.com

Let's talk all things small town romance! Mandi Blake joins us to chat about why readers love small towns and what makes them great settings for CCR.

Books/Series Mentioned

  • Bloom Sisters Series by Tara Grace Ericson
  • Hope Springs Series by Valerie Bodden
  • Arcadia Valley Series by Valerie Comer, Elizabeth Maddrey, Lee Tobin McClain, Danica Favorite, Annalisa Daughety, and Mary Jane Hathaway
  • Freedom Lake by Toni Shiloh
  • Maple Run by Toni Shiloh
  • Faith and Love series and Small Town Billionaires by Hannah Jo Abbott
  • Remembering the Cowboy by Mandi Blake (Blackwater Ranch)
  • Peacock Hill series by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Freedom Ridge Colorado - Multiple Authors
  • New Hope Falls - Kimberly Rae Jordan

TV/Movies Mentioned

  • Reba (TV show)
  • Gillmore Girls
  • Sweet Magnolias

Find Mandi and all the ways to stalk her at www.MandiBlakeAuthor.com

Toni Shiloh joins us today as we talk proposals. Does a romance novel have to have one? Can the woman be the one who asks? Must there be a ring? And, for fun, we all share our personal proposal stories as well.

Books Mentioned
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson
The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur
The Trouble with Love by Toni Shiloh
Joint Venture by Elizabeth Maddrey
Not Until This Day by Valerie Bodden
Seaside Inn by Lucie Ulrich
An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh

TV/Movies
Ever After
While You Were Sleeping
The Proposal
Runaway Bride

You can find Toni and all of her books at ToniShiloh.com

We're talking about the grand gesture with Angela Ruth Strong today. How grand does the grand gesture need to be and what makes a grand gesture satisfying?

Books Mentioned
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
A Reason to Run by Christina Coryell
Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho by Angela Ruth Strong
Even If by Bethany Riehl
Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur
Her Best Friend by Hannah Jo Abbott
Promises of Love by Juliette Duncan
The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell

TV Shows/Movies
An Officer and a Gentleman
Arthur (remake with Russel Brand)
Never Been Kissed
50 First Dates
Pretty Woman
The Wedding Singer

You can find Angela and her books at AngelaRuthStrong.com

Valerie, Narelle, and Elizabeth talk about the annual Birthday Bash kicking off today at InspyRomance.com -- you won't want to miss all the fun books and prizes that we're giving away over the next month!

We're talking kissing today with Jaycee Weaver! First kisses vs the Almost Kiss. How hot is too hot? What makes a kiss swoon worthy? Which is better: book kisses or TV/movie kisses? And so much more!

Books Mentioned
For the Love of Joy by Janet Ferguson
My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
Star Rising by Janet Ferguson
Chautona Havig (all books)
Marry Me for Real, Cowboy by Valerie Comer
An Informal Introduction by Heather Gray
Back to You by Jess Mastorakos

TV Shows/Movies
Mad About You

You can find Jaycee and all about her books at: JayceeWeaver.com

January 29, 2021

Winter but Not Christmas

Do you love winter so much you just want romance novels that are set in this time? And are you okay without having Christmas in that winter setting? We're talking about that -- as well as Narnia influences in Christian romance (because winter but not Christmas demands it!)

Books discussed in this episode

  • Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac
  • Love Meant to Be by Sally Bayless
  • Sheltered Hearts by Lee Tobin McClain
  • Secretly Yours by Valerie Comer
  • Heroes of Freedom Ridge Series
  • The Alaskan Courage Series by Dani Pettrey
  • The Saturday Night Supper Club series by Carla Laureano

We're talking Alpha Males! Do they exist in CCR? Should they? What does a Christian alpha look like? And what are some books that have this sort of hero?

You can find more about Liwen at her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorliwenho

Books discussed in this episode:

  • A Splash of Substance by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Under Scottish Skies by Carla Laureano (and her whole CCR catalog)
  • The Cowyboy's Reluctant Bride by Valerie Comer
  • The Spark Brothers Series by Liwen Y. Ho
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Join us as we talk with special guest Deb Kastner. We're continuing our conversation about Christian contemporary romance novels that feature a new beginning as a major part of the plot and why we love them.

Find out more about Deb at her website! https://www.debkastnerbooks.com/

Books discussed in this episode:

  • “The Color of Love” by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • “Opening Her Heart” by Deb Kastner
  • “Remember Me” by Marion Ueckermann
  • “Falling on Main Street” by Tara Grace Ericson
  • “Hope for Tomorrow” by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • “Marry for Real, Cowboy” by Valerie Comer
  • “Then There Was You” by Kara Isaac

Join us as we talk with special guest Mandi Blake. We're featuring Christian contemporary romance novels that feature a new beginning as a major part of the plot and why we love them.

Learn more about Mandi by visiting her website: https://www.mandiblakeauthor.com/

Books discussed in this episode:

  • “Then There Was You” by Kara Isaac
  • “His Perfect Catch: A Sapphire Bay Novella” by Narelle Atkins
  • “Just As I Am” by Mandi Blake
  • “The Heroes of Freedom Ridge” multi-author series
  • “Not Until This Day” by Valerie M. Bodden
  • “Hope for Freedom” by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • “A Love So Real” by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • “The Secrets of Paper and Ink” by Lindsay Harrel
December 18, 2020

All things Christmas Romance!

We're talking Christmas romance! 

'Tis the season for Hallmark Christmas movies (and Netflix, and Lifetime, and...you name it, they're probably running Christmas romances) and delicious Christmas romance books.

We've got some recommendations of what we've been enjoying to add a little Christmas cheer - and we'd love to hear yours! (Stop by the Facebook page and let us know your faves!)

We won't be back for 2 weeks - so have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and be sure to come back January 8th for our next episode.

Books discussed in this episode:

  • “Once Upon A Silent Night” by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • “The Heroes of Freedom Ridge” multi-author series
  • “A Match Made at Christmas” by Courtney Walsh
  • “Seaside Christmas” by Narelle Atkins
  • “Pathway to Peace” by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • “Cadence of Cranberries” by Valerie Comer

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