It’s been an all-around awesome month. I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself as much as I’ve been enjoying myself.
Earlier this month, Skye released (with a bit of a cover makeover). You may remember it from last year when it was in the Cherish box set. I talked about how Skye came into being last January and shared an excerpt with you last summer. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I hope you’ll give it a try. I might be biased, but it’s one of my favorite stories. Sunny’s story should be out later this year, and Rose’s story is all but written in my mind. I just need to get it down on paper. ^_^
You can find Skye on Amazon and discover how love can develop between a woman who hides from her problems and a man who has never considered backing down.
On top of the fun of Skye’s release, Once Upon a Laugh came out last week, and it’s full of fun — and sometimes funny — romance. My book, Definitely, is in the mix. I had a magnificent time writing that story. I laughed at poor Annie more times than is strictly polite, and I hope everyone who reads her story will get at least a chuckle or two out of it, too.
Here’s a peek at the eight stories you can look forward to in Once Upon a Laugh:
Jane by the Book by award-winning author Pepper Basham
She lives by the plans. He talks to imaginary characters. Can they team up to solve a family mystery?
Crossed Out by USA Today bestselling author Christina Coryell
Ruth Erickson always spends her morning break doing the crossword puzzle. Tate Darrow just messed it up. What’s that old saying about love and war?
Definitely by award-winning author Heather Gray
Dating isn’t on her to-do list. Dating a pastor? Definitely not.
Under the Honey Moon by Jessica R. Patch
A honeymoon cottage reunites a pair of childhood friends. Can it offer them a future filled with happily-ever-after?
A (wildly) Wonderful Wedding by Krista Phillips
They may be the worst maid of honor and best man in the history of weddings…
Save the Last Word by award-winning author Betsy St. Amant
When conventional meets creative, who will get the last word?
The Long Game by award-winning author Laurie Tomlinson
Whoever said all is fair in love and war never dealt with small-town football…
And just for fun, an excerpt from Definitely…
Not just for any committee meeting, either.
Oh, no. Not her. She wouldn’t settle for doing things halfway.
If Annie was going to be late, she would do it up right. She would be late to a meeting for a committee on which the pastor was serving.
Pastor Larkin had been with Trinity Community Church about a year. He didn’t know her at all. They’d never had more than a passing how-are-you-today conversation. Not that she’d been intentionally avoiding him. It had been subconscious. Definitely subconscious.
What could she say? The man… unsettled her. And she hadn’t been able to put her finger on the why of that yet.
Her foot nudged the gas pedal down closer to the floor.
She could hear the upcoming Sunday sermon already. Being on Time for God. Uh-huh. Sounded like a winner. And everyone on the committee would be giving her the evil eye during the entire sermon.
Not that God-fearing Christians gave the evil eye. They had a look, though. It was a mix of she’s-getting-what-she-deserves, bless-her-heart, and thank-goodness-it’s-not-me.
The diner was finally in view. Time to think happy, cheerful, spiritually enlightened thoughts.
After all, this was the day the Lord had made. She could choose to rejoice and be glad in it.
Even if she was late.
Rushing through the front door, Annie looked toward the big tables and didn’t see anyone from church. After eyeing the whole diner twice, she finally noticed the pastor sitting by himself at a table along the windows.
The rest of the committee couldn’t be late, too… could they? Or had they all stood him up?
Oh no. The meeting had been canceled, and she was the only one who didn’t know. That was almost worse than being late.
Great! Now she was both the dunce who wasn’t in the loop and the one who was late. She deserved the prize for worst ever almost-first impression.
“Rejoice. Be glad. Rejoice. Be glad.” Hopefully, she was still far enough away that he couldn’t hear her muttered pep talk.
He stood as she approached. Such a gentleman.
“Pastor, sonicetoseeyou. Sorrytobelate. Whereiseverybodyelse?”
He stared at her, a dazed look in his coffee-colored eyes.
And now it’s time for a giveaway!
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So tell me…what have you been reading this summer?