LIFE’S TREASURES

I was sorting through the collection of Grandma Ida’s writings, sorting out duplicates and scanning them to share with my brothers and noticed that she did a lot of writing in 1975. This all of Grandma Ida’s Grandbabies. I know her life wasn’t easy with Gus and I wonder if that is why she wrote the way she did. I know that while we were in Idaho, my Mom had stepped between Grandma and Gus a couple of times to protect my Grandma. We finally got our own place in Boise and things seemed to get better between Grandma and Gus but then again Grandma was very good at covering up the abuse.

LIFE’S TREASURES

There are no words on earth to express the joy that I felt when the Doctor said, “Grandma it’s a girl.”

She was so chubby and sweet, and had so much hair, at the top of her head the nurse made a curl.

My little Lauri, she was the first, and tho I love them all just as deeply, she’s kinda special to me.

It is just as a mother with her first child, as a new world is suddenly opened before you to see.

This was a child from my only child, bringing us closer and making the bonds of our love deeper grow.

The pleasures of becoming for the first time a grandmother, are such that only a first grandma can know.

My joys didn’t lessen, when my oldest step-daughter Aunna, gave birth to our beautiful little granddaughter Racquel.

She was so tiny, like holding a fragile doll, and the love I felt, I can’t find the words to tell.

Again I was grandma, and this wonderful new knowledge, filled me with a deep love and pride in my heart.

For our wonderful Aunna, had given birth to our grandson Bobbie, and a boy is so special, you hold him apart.

Soon my Terri had Michael, another grandson to love and to cherish, and so grew our special treasures to hold.

My step-daughter Christina, gave us little Sarah so sweet, a more beautiful baby, I know, has never been born.

Perhaps I am prejudice, but that is a grandmother’s right, we are given special privilege to blow our own horn.

Last, so far, but not least, is my loveable grandson Chris, the youngest, in my daughter Terri’s family and home.

In distance, we may be apart, but this will never change the love in my heart, wherever they may roam.

Most people don’t get the extra special priviledge we have, that is a daughter, who, has adopted us as her own.

Our Linda has three boys, to whom we are grandparents too, so we need never feel we are unloved or alone.

A family is a Heaven sent gift for us to love and cherish, and forever hold close in our life.

May God guide them, as they each go their seperate ways, and protect them in this world full of strife.

By: Ida Apodaca
5/18/75

PROMO TOUR: The Rule Breaker Anthology

Title: The Rule Breaker Anthology
Authors: Alley Ciz, Amali Rose, Corinee Mazille, Delancey Stewart, DL Gallie, Mackenzie Lane, and R. Linda 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2020

All profits from the sale of The Rule Breaker Anthology will be donated to AutismSpectrum.org and Austism-Society.org

Life’s a gamble and love’s a game, but you need to play to win.

When all that is forbidden tastes so much sweeter, sometimes you just have to say screw the consequences and follow your heart’s desire.

So take a chance and bite the apple.

After all, rules were made to be broken.

Seducing Mr Darcy by Amali Rose
What the hell is wrong with me right now?I never get distracted by men. Never. It’s my golden rule.No men, no distractions, no losing focus on the end goal.Blinking furiously against my ridiculous fantasy, it takes me a moment to realize that Xander is standing mere feet from my seat, his gaze silently locked on me.And, as if I needed another reminder that you should be careful what you wish for, instead of his heated stare eating me up, he is glaring at me, seemingly infuriated.

ALLEY CIZ

AMALI ROSE
CORINNE MAZILLE
DELANCEY STEWART
R. LINDA
DL GALLIE
MACKENZIE LANE

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RELEASE: Capturing the Bride by Samantha Holt

Title: Capturing the Bride
Series: The Kidnap Club #1
Author: Samantha Holt
Genre: Regency, Adult
Release Date: April 7, 2020


If one is very, extremely desperate, then one may call on the services of a clandestine group of men.

The Kidnap Club—known to few—specialize in helping women out of difficult situations.

Arranged marriages to awful men, for example.

Miss Grace Beaumont is at her mercy of her uncle who is determined she marry the depraved Mr. Worthington. Desperate times call for…well, the Kidnap Club.

It seems insane. Perhaps it is. But anything is better than being married to that man.

Lord Nash Fitzroy has looked after many a kidnapee over the past few years, but none make him want to break the cardinal rules as much as Grace. Her determined spirit, quick wit, and, let’s be honest, her pretty looks have him struggling to remember his role in this.

Protector, defender, and occasional shoulder to cry on.

His way with women and the almost derelict offerings of his ancestral home as a hideaway make him a perfect pretend kidnapper. He doesn’t much mind the money involved either, seeing as his father cut him off.

Which means, he cannot afford to get this wrong. No matter how tempted he is to show Grace that Worthington is not a prime example of how a man should be and burn the damned rule book.

Capturing the Bride is the first in a steamy new Regency series by USA Today Bestselling author Samantha Holt and can be read as a standalone.
 
NASH SHOULD HAVE declined. Said no. Told her to scram. Nein. No. Nyet. 

It would have been easy enough. But, no, he had to ask her to help and put himself in such a position that he was struggling hard to control his body. 

He peered at the top of her head. There was nothing exciting about the top of a head, he told himself. In fact, Grace went out of her way to make the top of her head exceedingly dull. He never once saw her with an elaborate hairstyle or some curls gracefully touching her skin. Her dark, glossy hair remained tied tightly in a no-fuss sort of a knot and a parting down the center, revealing a pale line of scalp. 

Exceedingly dull really. 

However, being so close to her was anything but dull and no matter how much he considered how unexciting her hair was, his body would not listen. 

Drawing in a long breath, he gripped the vine in his gloved hands. He’d had some thoughts that doing a little physical labor might dampen his needs but even after an hour of ripping and pulling at weeds, his desire would not be abated.

And there was no denying it now. Hell, he’d almost kissed her the other night. She’d been ready for it too, eyes closed, lips pursed. It would have been so damned easy to take what he wanted.

“Hold it firmly,” he ordered, groaning inwardly at the image that created. “And give it a little tug at first.”

Good Lord, what the devil was wrong with him?

He closed his mouth and they pulled on the vine together. The stubborn plant refused to give way, so he let go and used his knife to cut away some of the smaller offshoots that clung stubbornly to the window. 

“This is harder than I thought,” she commented.

He stared at her. 

“What’s wrong?”

Nash shook his head and took up his position behind her again. The woman had no idea what she was doing to him. First, he’d nearly broken his promise to the others that he would never, ever touch any of the women in his protection, and now he had taken up manual labor in some odd bid to impress her. The fact was, her words still grated—the idea that he did nothing aside from sit around and play the country gent. 

Of course, her words still grated because they were somewhat true. He did whatever he could for these women and was not unproud of helping them but his role as protector had never meant doing much. He’d certainly never had to worry about awful uncles or violent fiancés potentially chasing them down. 

He could not help but wonder if, perhaps, his father had been right too. He hadn’t done much with his life and would have continued to remain aimless had they not fallen out.

Samantha Holt is a USA Today Bestselling author of Regency, Victorian, and medieval romance. When she’s not writing, she’s wrangling her twins and her sausage dog or exploring all the beautiful places in the UK (especially if a hot tub is involved!)

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RELEASE: Forever by Kindle Alexander

Title: Forever
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 6, 2020


Forever
, the continuation of the number 1 bestselling novel, Always is coming soon.

Dr. Robert Adams grew up with more advantages than most—the son of a former vice president, he had two loving fathers, a twin sister he adores and wonderfully doting grandparents. Life is good until one afternoon when his dreams flat-line. And no scalpel can repair the guilt and grief he carries with him for the first time in his life.

For Tech Sergeant Landon Russo, determination isn’t just a word, it’s a way of life. Joining the US Air Force allows him to prove his worth, and he takes the values of integrity, service and excellence to heart in every decision he makes. Until on one fateful night, in celebration of a much-deserved promotion, a simple misstep sends his life flying into a tailspin.

As both men fight to regain control of their lives, they’ll soon discover fate rules. Will they ignore the signs and risk everything or will they take a chance and trust they’re destined to be together…forever? 
“You think you know me?” The words and tone said something different than the playfulness dancing in Dr. Adams’s eyes as he lifted a single brow.

Yeah, in another place and time, that look would have been sexy as hell. Now though, wasn’t that time. “No, I don’t know you, not at all. I don’t even know people like you, so I don’t know how to guess. It’s why I have to ask.” 

“What does ‘people like me’ mean?” Dr. Adams asked, the fun tone vanished as his eyes narrowed and his brow dropped into a hard V. The intensity coming off the man kind of impressed Landon who lifted his good hand in a peace offering. 

“Don’t get defensive. I meant sophisticated, if that’s the right word?” 

Dr. Adams did another one of his sudden visual mood shifts and started laughing. Shit, this wasn’t working out well for Landon at all. The man had a wonderful laugh, even if it was directed at him, and his dick took notice, plumping underneath his hospital gown. 

“You mean stuffy,” Dr. Adams corrected, his face filled with amusement as he gave Landon a racy teasing look. 

“You’re messing with me on purpose, and I can’t really tell if you’re joking, so let me tell you something I haven’t said because I didn’t know if I should. When you’re contemplating your signs and their meaning to your life and whether you should open yourself to understanding this world is bigger than you thought, you need to know I stood as the honor guard on duty the night you stayed with your father while he sat by your dad’s casket.”

The air stood completely still. The confession caused Landon’s heart to drum steadily in his chest as he stared at the utter shock filling Dr. Adams’s face. He waited through the range of emotion until disbelief hit, and he narrowed his eyes, shifting toward Landon for a closer look. “That was you?”

He clearly didn’t believe him. 

“I volunteered to stay all night with you both.” Landon scrunched his face into his serious I’m-a-badass-sergeant expression then put a hand to his brow partially covering his face like the brim of his wheel cap would do. Recognition instantly filled those blue eyes. 

“I tried to find you to thank you. Did you get my email?” Dr. Adams asked, sitting back in astonishment, like Landon had given the best possible gift. He seemed sincerely appreciative, not in the least bit angry that Landon hadn’t mentioned this before now. 

“I did. The email was forwarded to me by my CO, but I didn’t do it for a thank-you. I’m not kidding when I say your father was a great man. I moved heaven and earth to get there. I owed Vice President Adams my respect to watch over him as an honor guard, but when I watched his husband, in person with my own eyes, grieve like he did, I realized true love was possible for guys like me.” Landon didn’t waver in speaking his truth, damn the consequences of confessing his belief in something so filled with romance and lacking in any solid reason.


Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.

Find out more by visiting http://www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

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RELEASE: Passions and Peonies by Kristina Beck

Title: Passions and Peonies
Series: Four Seasons Series
Author: Kristina Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Is one week of breathtaking passion a reason to turn your life upside down?

Winter is Lacey’s arch-enemy and it won’t let up even though it’s the middle of April. She can’t get out of New York City fast enough to kick off her spring vacation in the tropics. One travel glitch and a stumbled step finds Lacey on the lap of a handsome, mysterious stranger, connecting her heart to his in a way she can’t comprehend.
Will gets a last-minute seat on a flight back home, sitting him next to a beautiful, quirky woman who blows into his life like a warm spring breeze. Her magnetism lights him up after weeks of darkness. He refuses to say goodbye until he steals one heated kiss from her.
A surprise twist of fate drops them into deep water, but the fire between them never burns out. What they thought would be a week of steamy distractions blossoms into something their hearts didn’t bargain for.

Kristina Beck was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, and lived there for thirty years. She later moved to Germany and lives there with her German husband and three children. She is an avid reader of many genres, but romance always takes precedence. She loves coffee, dark chocolate, power naps, and eighties movies. Her hobbies include writing, reading, fitness, and forever trying to improve her German-language skills.
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RELEASE: Empowerment Anthology

Title: Empowerment: An Indie Love Anthology
Authors: Jade West ~ Anna Edwards ~ Lizzie James ~ SK Clarke ~ Laura Morgan ~ Alice La Roux and TA Andrews 
Genre: Multi-Genre (Contemporary/Dark/PNR)
Release Date: April 5, 2020
Empowerment /ɛmˈpaʊəm(ə)nt/
Noun
the process of becoming stronger

Join us in celebrating empowerment in its many forms with this collection of tales from Indie Love. There’s something for everyone, from dark and paranormal to contemporary romance.

This anthology explores what it means to overcome the feeling of powerlessness, to grow, to push personal boundaries and to fight back. If you want fierce women who refuse to be held down in the quest for mastery over their lives, then Empowerment has just what you need.

The proceeds from this anthology will be donated to charity.

 

LIZZIE JAMES
LAURA MORGAN
SK CLARKE
TA ANDREWS
JADE WEST
ANNA EDWARDS
ALICE LA ROUX
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RELEASE: Forbidden Anthology

Title – Forbidden: A Romance Anthology
Authors – Yolanda Olson, Abigail Davies, C.M. Radcliff, Alexandra Silva, Michelle Brown, J.M. Walker, and C.L. Matthews 
Genre: Frobidden Romance
Release Date: April 6, 2020
Cover Design: Pink Elephant Designs
Seven authors bring you seven forbidden romance stories with a twist.

Prepare for the ride of your life.
This gripping collection of angsty tales will have you turning the pages non-stop.
Get lost in this set of brand-new, never before released, deliciously ILLICIT romances where the DECEIVED are revealed.
The SIN KEEPER will be exposed and ENFORCE HER to abide by the LOVELESS rules where LOLITA is ALL WE KNOW.

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