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SOMEBODY LIKE YOU is in Prime Reading

Hey all – just dropping by with a note to let you all know that SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, the first book in my Darling VT series, is still available in Prime Reading! If you are a Prime member, you can read this book for free on your kindle (or in the kindle app!)

Come home to Darling, VT, and a heartwarming series by New York Times Bestselling Author, Donna Alward!

You can go home again…

After a heartbreaking divorce, Laurel Stone returns to Darling looking for a do-over. She’s certainly not searching for romance, especially from Aiden Gallagher, the boy who broke her heart in high school. She’s happy to focus on her new business, until a theft sends Aiden – now a cop – to her doorstep.

Aiden’s left his teenage hellion years in the rear-view mirror, and he wishes more than anything to have a second chance with Laurel. But she’s understandably cautious, even as the chemistry still sizzles between them whenever their paths cross.

When Laurel’s new employee, a homeless veteran, is assaulted, the two must unite to find his assailant. The barriers between them tumble one by one, until Aiden comes up with a plan to give Laurel what she’s always secretly dreamed of. But can Laurel move beyond the hurts of the past to embrace a new future?

Release week thank you!

Thank you so much for helping me celebrate release week for PROMISE AT REFUGE POINT! I’m thrilled with the response so far and so happy this book is finally out in the world.

There have already been some great reader reviews:

“Donna Alward’s story skillfully and realistically illustrates how two insecure and lonely characters gradually begin to rely on each other and eventually fall completely in love. This story is so emotional and eloquent that I must admit that I used a few tissues while I was reading it. Readers will fall in love with these two intelligent, independent and extremely sensitive characters! I highly recommend this book!” – Lisa, Goodreads

“Great love story…” Susan, Amazon reader

And because this *is* the last book in the series:

“A wonderful end to a series of founding fathers, intrigue, mystery, and romance in a small town.” – Moira, Goodreads

Here’s a little taster! Summer and Jax have kissed for the first time, but obviously, it’s COMPLICATED. 😉
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She wanted to kiss him again. Forget about everything else in the world and just lose herself in sensation. And then she thought of what she’d told him, what her plans were for her future, and knew she had to step back.
Summer needed this job. Maybe they could navigate their way through it and still… what, have a fling? But if it got awkward, she was under no illusions. She’d be out of a job and still have tuition and bills in September for her program. And she needed that program. Working part time hours and just getting by was not how she wanted to live the rest of her life. At thirty-two, it was time for more. And maybe, for the first time ever, she believed she deserved it. Nothing could jeopardize her plans for the future—not even delicious kisses from her boss.
Especially not that, come to think of it.
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You can get PROMISE AT REFUGE POINT at Amazon and read for Free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription! https://amzn.to/48h5E71

 

Promise at Refuge Point is out today!

Is there any better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with a fantastic romance novel? It sure seemed like the perfect time to release one, and today PROMISE AT REFUGE POINT – the final book in my Jewell Cove series – hits the shelves! It’s available in ebook and paperback, and also for free in the Kindle Unlimited plan from Amazon.

I have LOVED writing this series, starting with THE HOUSE ON BLACKBERRY HILL. When I started it, I did all the initial worldbuilding for the town of Jewell Cove along Maine’s midcoast. I wanted the landscape to be similar to Nova Scotia’s south shore (which is one of my fave spots!) and I modeled it on two towns that I kind of blended together – Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. At the center of that first book was also a gorgeous (yet neglected) mansion that I modeled on two museums here in Nova Scotia: Prescott House in Starr’s Point, and Uniacke House in Mount Uniacke. Throughout the books, the images of the house, the waterfront, the sparkling bay and the quaint shops along the Main Street… they gave me so much joy and comfort. I love that cozy small-town feel!

Of course that often comes with a side of “everyone knows everyone else’s business” so….

You can BUY (yay!) it right now at Amazon and read it for free in Kindle Unlimited, or order the paperback from your favorite vendor in a few days’ time, once vendors have populated their titles!

Last chance to preorder Promise at Refuge Point

This is the last week for you to preorder PROMISE AT REFUGE POINT, the final book in the Jewell Cove series (but you do not have to read the series in order!). You can preorder your copy here and it will also be available in Kindle Unlimited on release day!

Summer Arnold is the sweetheart of Jewell Cove. There isn’t a job she hasn’t worked or a life she hasn’t touched. But Summer has a secret. No one in town knows the truth of her early childhood, nor the disgraceful ancestry that she hasn’t acknowledged. Her shame is an emotional wall keeping the world from getting too close. Now, her latest job—working on a documentary about the history of Jewell Cove—is threatening to unearth her secrets.

It’s one disaster after another for Jax Brodie’s documentary, until he hires Summer Arnold. His personal assistant’s knowledge of Jewell Cove and insight into his production problems are invaluable. She works her way into her personal life too, teaching the chronic overachiever how to trust those around him and helping him to realize that the man he’s become is… enough.

While a relationship wasn’t in either of their plans, Jax and Summer find themselves growing closer. Little by little, Summer’s emotional walls begin to crumble, That is until Jax learns the secret of Summer’s heritage. Now Summer must choose between running from the past and trusting the man she’s come to love.

Have you joined Step Into The Story?

Did you know I’m a co-host of a group called STEP INTO THE STORY that features mostly historical fiction? My bestie Barbara Tanner Wallace and I run a monthly book chat, interview featured authors, do video reviews, and post tidbits about history and historical fiction in our Facebook group, on Instagram @stepintothestorybooks , and on YouTube! For example, in January we read Jenni L Walsh’s new book UNSINKABLE, as well as interviewed Glynis Peters on her latest in her Red Cross Orphans series, THE ORPHAN’S HOMECOMING. This month we are reading THE FROZEN RIVER by Ariel Lawhon – our chat is coming on the 13th – and our featured author is Embassie Susberry, the author of CODE NAME BUTTERFLY, which is a story about Josephine Baker!

We would love for you to join us, share what you’re reading, and maybe even participate in our 2024 Reading Challenge! All the details are in our Facebook Group!

Monthly Deal: First Responders Boxed Set

This month’s deal is a great one! Get the FIRST RESPONDERS Boxed Set – 4 novellas in 1 volume – for just $0.99! Available on Amazon and FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

OFF THE CLOCK
When Carly Douglas is run off the road, Gabe Brenner, an off-duty paramedic, rushes in to help. She hasn’t seen Gabe since before her marriage and subsequent divorce, but little has changed. He’s still strong, sexy, and oh-so capable. Gabe can’t believe it’s Carly in the car. He’s always had a soft spot for her, and seeing her in distress brings out his most protective instincts. In the days and weeks that follow, it’s clear there’s more than friendship between them as attraction sizzles. But Gabe has a secret that might just change Carly’s feelings for him forever. Can they move past the truth and into a future as a family?

IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Constable Kendra Givens isn’t impressed when she’s called to Jake Symonds’s pub for a break-and-enter. He’s been a pain in her neck since the night they met, when she arrested him for drunk and disorderly. But Jake’s a different now—he’s shed the bad-boy act but kept the good looks and charm. Ex-soldier Jake knows he and Kendra got off on the wrong foot two years ago, but he’s not the same guy. The sexy RCMP officer really rings his bell, and after a couple of dates it’s clear the attraction’s mutual. But can they move past their emotional baggage to make this more than a summer fling?

INTO THE FIRE
Ally Gallant is used to being underestimated. She thinks she might have found her place at the local animal shelter—until it burns and leaves the animals homeless and her without a purpose. It doesn’t help that she’s rescued from the fire by Chris Jackson, her high school sweetheart and former fiancé. She can’t even call him the one that got away, because she was the one to break off their engagement when Chris’s carefully mapped-out life plan became too much to take. Chris has never really got over his first love, and seeing her in danger has resurrected all sorts of feelings. As they reconnect, and their passion is reignited, he starts to understand why she left three years ago. He’d like to start over, but at some point she needs to meet him halfway, if they’re to have a second chance at happiness…

BENEATH THE BADGE
Working a short-term assignment in small-town Nova Scotia is just what RCMP officer Matt Parker needs. Until a call about a puppy mill brings back haunting memories of a case gone bad. Lucky for him, pretty veterinarian Lindsay Swan proves to be a great distraction. Lindsay can’t resist the sexy police officer, particularly when she sees his tender, caring side. For her, relationships are bad news, so it’s perfect that Matt is only in town temporarily. And it would be easy to keep things light, until a local woman disappears and Matt’s darkest secret is revealed. Can Lindsay be the support he needs, or will she choose to keep her heart safe?

Get ready to SWOON!

Nova Scotia and Halifax romance fans! Do I have an event for you! Check out NOVA SWOONS at The Carleton where 8 fabulous romance authors will have their work read by local celebrities and VIPs!

Here are all the deets:

The event you didn’t know you needed!  Join us Wednesday, February 7th to celebrate local romance writing with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia!  Nova Swoons is a public reading event that shines a spotlight on Nova Scotian authors of romance fiction, from historical romance to the supernatural.  The fun gets underway at 7:00 pm and tickets are only $20.00 plus HST.

Hosted by local drag artist Anna Mona-Pia and featuring an entertaining lineup of Halifamous readers, this evening of fun, flirty, and sexy readings will put you in an amorous mood just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Featured readers include NDP MLA Lisa Lachance, meteorologist Cindy Day, Councillor Waye Mason, Saltwire journalist Katy Jean, Mayor Mike Savage, and CBC’s Portia Clark.

Featured authors include Donna Alward (The House on Blackberry Hill), Katerina Bakolias (Luscious Love), Renee Field (The Heart of the Family), Deanna Foster (Post Mortem Management), Cathryn Fox (Kilt Trip), Deborah Hale (The Bonny Bride), Michelle Helliwell (A Captivating Caper), and Nicole Northwood (The Devil You Know).

During the event, you can purchase local romance novels from the Dartmouth Book Exchange and will have a chance to win some fabulous door prizes.

This fundraising event will help support WFNS programming, which includes creative writing workshops, a residency program at Jampolis Cottage in Avonport, the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, and Writers In the Schools. For more information on WFNS programming, visit writers.ns.ca.

Somebody Like You in Amazon Prime Reading

SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, book 1 in my Darling VT contemporary romance series, is available in Prime Reading! If you have Amazon Prime, you can access ebooks enrolled in the program as part of your membership! This is a fantastic opportunity to give a new series a try! https://amzn.to/3RK35En
“Tender, sensual, and overflowing with New England charm, this appealing story is the perfect launch to Alward’s back-to-back series that community romance fans are certain to adore.” — Library Journal

Come home to Darling, VT, and a heartwarming series by New York Times Bestselling Author, Donna Alward!

You can go home again…

After a heartbreaking divorce, Laurel Stone returns to Darling looking for a do-over. She’s certainly not searching for romance, especially from Aiden Gallagher, the boy who broke her heart in high school. She’s happy to focus on her new business, until a theft sends Aiden – now a cop – to her doorstep.

Aiden’s left his teenage hellion years in the rear-view mirror, and he wishes more than anything to have a second chance with Laurel. But she’s understandably cautious, even as the chemistry still sizzles between them whenever their paths cross.

When Laurel’s new employee, a homeless veteran, is assaulted, the two must unite to find his assailant. The barriers between them tumble one by one, until Aiden comes up with a plan to give Laurel what she’s always secretly dreamed of. But can Laurel move beyond the hurts of the past to embrace a new future?

COMING SOON! Promise at Refuge Point

One month to go! PROMISE AT REFUGE POINT, the long-awaited finale of the Jewell Cove series, drops on February 15! Preorder it now and get this redemption romance the moment it hits the shelves! https://amzn.to/3TIRUhY

Summer Arnold is the sweetheart of Jewell Cove. There isn’t a job she hasn’t worked or a life she hasn’t touched. But Summer has a secret. No one in town knows the truth of her early childhood, nor the disgraceful ancestry that she hasn’t acknowledged. Her shame is an emotional wall keeping the world from getting too close. Now, her latest job—working on a documentary about the history of Jewell Cove—is threatening to unearth her secrets.

It’s one disaster after another for Jax Brodie’s documentary, until he hires Summer Arnold. His personal assistant’s knowledge of Jewell Cove and insight into his production problems are invaluable. She works her way into her personal life too, teaching the chronic overachiever how to trust those around him and helping him to realize that the man he’s become is… enough.

While a relationship wasn’t in either of their plans, Jax and Summer find themselves growing closer. Little by little, Summer’s emotional walls begin to crumble, That is until Jax learns the secret of Summer’s heritage. Now Summer must choose between running from the past and trusting the man she’s come to love.

First in Series 99 cents in January

If you love curling up by the fire in winter, hot cocoa after a day of sledding, and adorable kids who (nearly) steal the show, check out this first-in-series romance all about second chances. Molly returns home to care for her niece after her sister is in an accident, and discovers the one that got away is now the man next door. And it’s only 99 cents for the month of January, so grab it now! https://geni.us/AlmostaFamilyAmazon It’s also available for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

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