Join Narelle, Elizabeth, and Valerie as they chat with Tabitha Bouldin about second chance romance!

Books mentioned include:

  • Where Do They All Belong? by Chloe Flanagan
  • So You Want a Second Chance by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • I Still Do by Melanie Snitker
  • The Wedding List by Autumn Macarthur
  • Is It Any Wonder by Courtney Walsh
  • Secretly Yours by Valerie Comer
  • All I've Waited For by Lindsay Harrel
  • Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate
  • The Secret of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel
  • Remember Me by Marion Ueckermann
  • Longing for Lily by Tara Grace Ericson
  • Stay with Me by Hannah Jo Abbott

Find Tabitha here: https://tabithabouldinauthor.home.blog/

Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth chat with Betsy St. Amant about her new release, Tacos for Two. It's like You've Got Mail on a taco truck and you don't want to miss it!

 

Find Betsy at https://betsystamant.com/

October 8, 2021

Episode 42: Pets in Romance

Laurie Larsen joins Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to talk about pets in romance!

Books discussed include:

  • Scent of Cedar by Shanna Hatfield
  • To Gain a Valentine by Tanya Eavenson
  • Until I Met You by Tari Farris
  • Iris by Sharon Srock
  • Saving Sarah by Melissa Storm
  • Shelter from the Storm by Kristen Ethridge
  • A Handful of Hope by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Somewhere Along the Way by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • Mountain Getaway by Heather Pine
  • Dandelions for Dinner by Valerie Comer
  • Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur
  • Poles Apart by Marion Ueckermann
  • The Off Season series by Lee Tobin McClain

Find Laurie at https://www.authorlaurielarsen.com/

Toni Shiloh is back with Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to talk about heroes and heroines in food service (from chefs to table bussers).

Books discussed include:

  • Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano
  • Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano
  • Call You Home by Jan Thompson
  • Secrets of the Heart by Lee Tobin McClain
  • Sweet on You by Becky Wade
  • You Belong with Me by Tari Farris
  • A Splash of Substance by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant
  • Two Blue Door series by Hillary Manton Lodge
  • The Baxter Family Bakery series by Elizabeth Maddrey (particularly Donuts & Daydreams, book 3)
  • The Maple Run series by Toni Shiloh (particularly Riskng Love)
  • Lavished with Lavendar by Valerie Comer
  • Valerie Comer's Farm Fresh and Urban Farm Fresh series
  • Her Brother's Best Friend by Hannah Jo Abbott

Find Toni at www.ToniShiloh.com

September 24, 2021

Episode 40: Enemies to Love

Jaycee Weaver joins Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to chat about the enemies to love trope! Let us know if we missed your favorite book with this trope - or what you love (or don't love) about this setup!

Books Mentioned Include:

  • Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson
  • Star Rising by Janet Ferguson
  • Unkissable by Jaycee Weaver
  • Falling for Your Enemy by Emma St. Clair
  • Longing for Lily by Tara Grace Ericson
  • Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
  • Start With Me by Kara Isaac
  • Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate
  • The Trouble with Love by Toni Shiloh
  • Freedom Lake series by Toni Shiloh

Find Jaycee at www.JayceeWeaver.com

Fun fact: There is *not* a Branagh/Thompson Taming of the Shrew - I was thinking of their Much Ado About Nothing--and that's worth watching (IMO) but it's not Taming of the Shrew. 

September 17, 2021

Episode 39: Reality TV Romances

Join Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth as they talk CCR featuring reality TV settings and setups.

Books Mentioned Include:

  • Love at Wild Harbor by Grace Worthington
  • Uptown Heiress by Lindi Peterson
  • Love Simplified by Terri J. Haynes
  • The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips
  • Regaining Mercy by Carolyn Miller
  • Billionaire Love Match by Emma St. Clair
  • Blind Date with a Billionaire Reality Star by Evangeline Kelly
  • Unkissable by Jaycee Weaver
  • The Wedding Game by Amy Matayo
  • All Made Up by Kara Isaac

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in a comment!

Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth chat with Amy Anguish about teachers as the hero/heroine of CCR novels.

Books mentioned include:

  • This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche
  • Yesterday's Promises by Kimberly Rae Jordan
  • The Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald
  • Memories of Mist by Valerie Comer
  • Jaded by Varina Denman
  • Operation Back-to-School by Elizabeth Maddrey
  • A Summer in Shady Springs by Sarah Anne Crouch
  • Summer to Remember by Tara Grace Ericson
  • Joys of Juniper by Valerie Comer
  • Manuscripts and Mistletoe by Carol Moncado
  • Carolina Dream by Regina Merrick
  • His Daughter's Teacher by Hannah Jo Abbott

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

Elizabeth, Narelle, and Valerie visit with Tari Faris about her upcoming release Since You've Been Gone, her small town of Heritage, the delightful Otis, and lots of other fun things!

Find Tari and her books at https://www.tarifaris.com/

Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth chat with Toni Shiloh about what makes a book romantic and we share some of our favorite romantic scenes.

Books Mentioned

  • You Belong with Me by Tari Faris
  • The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
  • Resisting Rose by Tara Grace Ericson
  • A Date for Daisy by Tara Grace Ericson
  • Nicole by Sara Monzon
  • Close to You by Kara Isaac
  • Charmed by the Cowboy by Mandi Blake
  • Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

Find Toni at www.ToniShiloh.com

Teresa Tysinger joins us to chat all things fairy tale retellings! Be sure to let us know your favorite fairy tale, what retellings you've enjoyed, and what retellings you'd love to read!

Books Mentioned

  • The Unwanted Assistant by Evangeline Kelly
  • Unkissable by Jaycee Weaver
  • An Ever After Summer by Toni Shiloh
  • The Lily Gate by Hanna Sandvig
  • The Rose Gate by Hanna Sandvig
  • The Wolf Gate by Hanna Sandvig
  • Undercover Princess by Lenora Worth
  • My Beastly Billionaire by Jackie Castle
  • Christmas Ella by Angela Ruth Strong
  • Once Upon a Christmas (Multi author)
  • Once Upon a Summer (Multi author)
  • A Snow White Christmas by Toni Shiloh
  • Cowboy Charming by Lacy Williams

Find Teresa at https://teresatysinger.com/

We're chatting with Janine Rosche today about vacation romances! We talk about what the best vacation tropes are and what we love about romance away from home. We'd love to hear your thoughts, too! 

Books Mentioned

  • Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh
  • This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche
  • Love You Truly by Susan L. Tuttle
  • Some Enchanted Evening by Clari Dees
  • Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray
  • Jocelyn by Sarah Monzon
  • Star Rising by Janet W. Ferguson
  • Match Me If You Can by Krista Phillips
  • Wait for Me by Jan Thompson
  • A Promise to Keep by Melanie Teague
  • Close to You by Kara Isaac
  • A Love to Treasure by Kimberly Rose Johnson
  • Stranded by the Hero by Hannah Jo Abbott

Movies Mentioned

  • Roman Holiday
  • Titanic
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Shag
  • Crossroads
  • Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Tangled
  • Dirty Dancing
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Holiday in the Wild
  • The Proposal
  • Chasing Liberty

Find Janine at http://www.JanineRosche.com

Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth get to chat with Liz Johnson about her brand new release, Beyond the Tides! This is book one in a new series set on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Find Liz and her books at https://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com/

Carla Laureano joins Narelle, Valerie, and Elizabeth to chat about her upcoming release, Provenance!

Get the scoop on this fantastic new CCR, the inspiration for the story, and some laughs. You know we're all fans of Carla's books, so you won't want to miss this episode.

Find Carla at www.CarlaLaureano.com

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

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