Review: A Candence Creek Christmas by Donna Alward


A Cadence Creek Christmas (Cadence Creek Cowboys)

May Contain Spoilers


I really enjoy Donna Alward’s Harlequin Romances, so I was looking forward to reading A Cadence Creek Christmas.  I love cowboys and small town romances, and most of Alward’s books have both.  This is a winning combination for me, probably because, like most people crammed into a metro area, there is too much traffic, too much rushing around, and too much stress.  Small town romances leave me feeling a little more relaxed, and I wonder if I would actually be able to live in a small town.  I hate shopping, especially lately, and Amazon delivers everywhere, so as long as a cable modem was available, I think I’d get on famously.  And cowboys? I just can’t resist a cowboy story.  These guys actually ride horses and like doing it!  My guy has been to the barn one time, and that’s when I was dropping something off – he wouldn’t even come look at my horses!  Though as long as he doesn’t complain that I’m there so often, I guess I can’t complain too much about that…

Taylor Shepard is in Cadence Creek, organizing her brother’s wedding to Avery (the protagonists from Little Cowgirl on His Doorstep).  She’s also going to stay in Cadence Creek over the Christmas holidays to decompress.  The owner of successful event planning company, she’s been run ragged by her wealthy clients and their outrageous requests.  While the money is good, she isn’t finding much satisfaction from her work, especially after meeting Rhys, the somber cowboy who is a friend of Callum’s and a member of the wedding party.  As Taylor spends more time with Rhys and gets to know him better, she can no longer hide her attraction to him.  She doesn’t want to get involved with him, though, because she’ll be leaving town soon and heading back to her life in the big city.

A Cadence Creek Christmas is a sweet read about two people searching for the happiness that’s lacking in their lives.  Neither Taylor nor Rhys is miserable, but they both feel that something is lacking and keeping them from finding true happiness.  Rhys has moved back to town after losing his own business, and now he’s wary about small businesses and small business owners.  He feels that he let a lot of people down when he was forced to close up shop, and he never wants to feel like that again.  Now he’s working a steady job for a steady paycheck, and he’s content with that.  He’s also helping his mother run the local diner, and though he’s a silent partner, he doesn’t want anyone to know about his involvement.  His  father was a terrible businessman, and Rhys doesn’t want to follow in his footsteps anymore than he already has.  He is now completely risk adverse, and when Taylor blows into town with the winter cold, he knows he’s in trouble.  Taylor is trouble with a capital T!

Taylor can’t understand why a man as smart and capable as Rhys is content working for others.  He could easily be his own boss, instead of punching a clock.  Taylor’s family is filled with one success story after another, so she feels a lot of pressure to succeed as well.  There is no other option for her.  Her relationship with her father is strained because she feels that he looks down at her work.  Her brothers are both very successful, and they are the apple of her father’s eye.  She is struggling to gain his acceptance, and this need to strive to be the best all hinges around her father’s less than stellar opinion of her.  She just wants the same approval that he lavishes on her brothers, but she despairs that she will never receive it.

Because Taylor is so driven, and also so outspoken, she and Rhys hit it off at first as well as oil and water.  There is no middle ground for them, but because they are so different, they aren’t willing to look for any, either.  As she gets to know him, Taylor begins to see his strengths; his loyalty, his truthfulness, his steadiness.  This is what I loved about this book – even though Rhys and Taylor are so very different, they both begin to see the other as the anchor that’s been missing from their lives.  They both need a rock to lean on, to be what the other needs.  They are a natural fit; it just takes them a long time to figure it out.  I was worried that I wouldn’t like the resolution to their greatest conflict, but I needn’t have.  Everything works out neatly, and neither character is forced to change who they are to make the other happy.  Rhys can continue to be the calming influence that Taylor needs, while she is free to hustle for her business, but in a new, more meaningful way for her.  Perfect!

A Cadence Creek Christmas will fill your need for a sweet holiday romance.

Grade: B

Review copy provided by author – Thank you!

From Amazon:

It’s Christmas in Donna Alward’s Cadence Creek…

Taylor Shepard has come to Cadence Creek to organize her brother’s Christmas wedding. Organizing such a special event might be a little bit stressful—but she can’t deny she’s swept away by the town’s holiday charm…and by brooding rancher Rhys Bullock.

Loner Rhys has been burned far too many times in the past. He’s sure he has city girl Taylor all figured out—she’ll be hightailing it straight back to the city in a few days! But as the snow starts to fall, Rhys and Taylor embark on a tentative winter romance. Could Taylor be the Christmas present Rhys never even knew he wanted?

Interview with Colleen Thompson, Author of The Colton Heir

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Colleen, welcome to the Manga Maniac Café! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Colleen Thompson] A Texas-dwelling, book-obsessed animal lover thrilled to be writing novels of romantic suspense and intrigue.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Colton Heir?

[Colleen Thompson] When Dead River Ranch’s large animal whisperer Dylan Frick learns he may be the missing Colton heir, he’s thrown into a tailspin. Unable to accept that his murdered mother could have been involved in a kidnapping, he is obsessed with disproving the theory—and blown completely off course by his attraction to the mysterious new maid, a gorgeous showstopper with deadly secrets of her own.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Colleen Thompson] As part of an overarching continuity series, The Coltons of Wyoming, The Colton Heir came to me with a set of characters and plot points I needed to cover. The challenge of it—and the fun—was in embellishing these characters, making them larger-than-life but still relatable, and in twisting the story in surprising and creative ways.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Dylan?

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Interview with Elizabeth Otto, Author of Tempting the Cowboy

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Elizabeth!  Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Elizabeth Otto] Introverted country girl with a quirky sense of humor and a deep love of animals, my children, football and dark chocolate.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Tempting the Cowboy?

[Elizabeth Otto] TEMPTING THE COWBOY is really a story of making a major life change and taking all the chances and risks that come with something that big. The heroine, Rylan, isn’t looking for anything beyond hard work to take her mind off her personal pain, but when she allows herself to really see this new life she’s started, so many possibilities crop up. The hero, Cole, takes a big chance in putting his heart, and his family, on the line for love. I think anyone who has made a drastic life change, or even daydreamed about it, will be able to relate to the basic fears of letting go, finding acceptance and opening your heart to new things, which both characters face.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Elizabeth Otto] One day while working a slow 911 shift (I’m an emergency medical technician in my professional life), I had a random thought of what would I do if I got off a Greyhound bus in the wrong town—the middle of nowhere? What would I do? Why was I on that bus in the first place and where was I heading? My brain took these thoughts and ran with it, and when it came down to plotting the story, Montana was a natural setting. I have a deep appreciation for female police officers and how they tackle a “man’s” job. Rylan’s character developed around her past a cop, and the one, excruciating thing that would make a woman that tough and strong, basically run away from everything she knows. Because cowboys have a special place in my heart, Cole’s occupation was a no-brainer. Everything else just developed from there.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rylan?

[Elizabeth Otto] Independent, loyal, vulnerable.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Cole had a theme song, what would it be?

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Interview with Barbara Dunlop, Author of A Cowboy’s Temptation


Please welcome USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop to the virtual offices this morning! Barbara is celebrating the release of A Cowboy’s Temptation.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Barbara Dunlop] I write contemporary romance, most of it with a comedic slant.  I live in northern Canada.  And, though I write 3 – 4 books a year, I still have a day job that I enjoy very much.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Cowboy’s Temptation?

[Barbara Dunlop] A Cowboy’s Temptation is the fifth book in a six book series for Harlequin Desire titled Colorado Cattle Barons.  The series centers around two families with deep roots in Colorado ranching country.  In A Cowboy’s Temptation, rancher and current Mayor of Lyndon City, Seth Jacobs runs afoul of inn owner Darby Carroll over the extension of a railway into town.  They battle for the hearts and minds of the townspeople, while fighting a growing attraction to each other that culminates in a secret affair.  Cowboys are some of my favorite heroes, rugged, sexy, principled, so I’ve really enjoyed the writing I’ve done in this series.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Barbara Dunlop] It’s hard to go wrong with cowboys. And they seem to work extraordinarily well in the Desire line.  I also have an affinity for writing sibling relationships, especially brothers.  I love the way people who have known others their entire lives can manage push each other’s buttons.  I started Colorado Cattle Barons with two brothers, fraternal twins, actually—Caleb and Reed Terrell.  They’d been estranged since they were eighteen when their mother died.  Both blamed their hard-nosed father for her illness and death.  Caleb chose to leave the ranch, while Reed chose to stay and fight for his mother’s heritage.  In the first story, Caleb returns to the ranch to confront his twin brother and falls in love with Mandy Jacobs, bringing the Jacobs family into the series.  After that, there were many siblings, secret siblings, cousins and friends to choose from to carry the series forward.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Seth?

[Barbara Dunlop] He’s a cowboy, so rugged, sexy, principled.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Darby had a theme song, what would it be?

[Barbara Dunlop] Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Seth is never without.

[Barbara Dunlop] Seth is never without the multi-tool/knife on his belt.  There are a million things a cowboy can fix with that.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find on Darby’s bathroom?

[Barbara Dunlop] You won’t find a lot of makeup in Darby’s bathroom, or perfume, or fancy hair products.  She’s a  down to earth woman.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Seth’s greatest regret?

[Barbara Dunlop] Seth wishes he could have stayed on the ranch instead of running for Mayor.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Barbara Dunlop] The early, incredibly creative romance novelists like Sandra Brown, Iris Johansen and Kathleen Woodiwiss.  I also greatly admire work by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas and Aline Adams.  It’s a joy to read their stories.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Barbara Dunlop] A computer, a clear head and quiet.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You are so prolific! What’s your secret to keeping your stories so fresh?

[Barbara Dunlop] Ironically, I think the more you write the better you get at it.  There are thousands of stories out there, and thousands of ways to approach them.  When you stay in practice, you have the tools you need to take on the next project.

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  What has changed the most in publishing since you sold your first manuscript?

[Barbara Dunlop] When I published my first book in 2000, there were limited avenues for writers if they wanted to put their work in front of readers.  That’s all changed today.  There are many channels for publication, and there are authors succeeding in virtually all of them.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on A Cowboy’s Temptation?

[Barbara Dunlop] Although I love my day job, it does take up quite a lot of time.  I’m constantly balancing obligations and focusing on time management. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Barbara Dunlop] Most recently, I loved Lisa Kleypas’s trilogy: Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Barbara Dunlop] My first book was Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.  I don’t think I’ve looked back since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Barbara Dunlop] If I’m not working, I’m usually writing.  Though my husband and I do try for movie night on Fridays.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Barbara Dunlop ] It’s easy to contact me through my web site

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

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About the book:

In this Colorado Cattle Barons novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Barbara Dunlop, a cowboy seduces the enemy 

Mayor Seth Jacobs has plans, and he won’t let do-gooder Darby Carroll ruin them. Her need for peace and quiet is standing in the way of a crucial railroad project. Now he must put his cowboy charms to good use and persuade Darby to see things his way. But seduction is a two-way street, and Seth soon realizes he underestimated his opponent. Now that he’s caught in his own trap, his desire for this woman could be his downfall….

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Barbara Dunlop sold her first book to Harlequin in 2000.  Since then, she has sold more than 35 novels.  She has won a number of writing awards and is two-time RITA award finalist.  Married to her high school sweetheart, they live on a hobby ranch in Canada’s north amidst ruggedly beautiful mountains, where bears wander by their log house, and moose and deer graze in the fields.

Spotlight: Reforming the Cowboy by Marisa Cleveland

It’s already the middle of September?!  Yikes!  That means that I’m way, way behind on my diet of new Indulgence titles!  I’m going to spotlight one title each morning for the next four days, so check out these releases if they look interesting to you.  I’ll get things kicked off with – no surprise – COWBOYS!!!



Reforming the Cowboy: A South Beach Book by Marisa Cleveland

Imprint: Entangled Indulgence

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Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time.

Lacey Durant can’t believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he’s dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe’s image and she can’t afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans.

Billy’s charms and Lacey’s sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

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About the author:

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

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Interview with Rebecca Winters, Author of Daddy Dude Ranch Series

Please welcome Rebecca Winters to the virtual offices this morning! Rebecca is here to discuss her Daddy Dude Ranch series, which is published by Harlequin.

[Manga Maniac Café] Please tell us a little about yourself.

[Rebecca Winters] I’m a mother and a grandmother and have been a student all my life which means I’ve been a reader first. Victor Hugo is a favorite author. I have a great love of Europe because I went to school both in Paris and in Switzerland and did a lot of traveling. Because I had to learn French, I found myself wanting to learn Spanish and Italian. It seems like every step I’ve taken in my life has led me to a new place. When I turned my hand to writing, I was able to go everywhere in my mind. I love the British comedies, Days of Our Lives, politics, canasta, great art (The French Impressionists) I played the piano and love classical music. My favorites are the piano concertos of Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Tchkaikowsky. I love opera: Aida, Carmen, Tosca. I’m an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your Daddy Dude Ranch series? How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the series?

[Rebecca Winters] I was reading about some military men in a magazine who developed a coughing problem while they were deployed and it gave me an idea about 3 vets who are in a hospital at a low point in their lives. They have to leave the military and go home. TO WHAT? Their therapist suggests they find a way to serve others so they won’t feel so empty. One of the vets comes from a ranch in Wyoming, but with his grandfather gone, he’s going back to an empty ranch house. He and his buddies start talking about turning the place into a dude ranch for kids who’ve lost a father in the war. They can be dads and bring a little joy into their lives. Maybe for a week?

[Manga Maniac Café] What traits best define the heroes of these books?

[Rebecca Winters] These guys are pretty selfless. Although they’re ill and down for a while, they have this wonderful desire to be of use and never give up hope. Their compassion for their comrades who died in battle and left wives and children at home takes them out of their despair. They are steadfast and indomitable in their desire to make a difference.

[Manga Maniac Café] Why did you choose to have the series set in Wyoming?

[Rebecca Winters] The Tetons are my favorite vacation place in the West. You can’t see them without it taking your breath. It’s glorious scenery and air, the perfect place for a son or daughter to enjoy nature in God’s country. That’s what I call it.

[Manga Maniac Café] What motivated you to write about former marines?

[Rebecca Winters] They have a reputation for being in there first during war and they’re fearless. I wanted to use them for the great example they are.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you enjoy best about writing for Harlequin?

[Rebecca Winters] They encourage me to write about the subjects and places I know best. I love Europe and I love the West, so I’m very happy.

[Manga Maniac Café] You are so prolific! What’s your secret to keeping your stories so fresh?

[Rebecca Winters] I’ve done a lot of genealogy in my life. As you study the stories of those who have passed on, you realize every living soul has his or her own story to tell. Keeping that in mind, I find I never run out of ideas. Each person is precious and has a unique history. Like snowflakes and grains of sand, not one is alike. That’s what makes it fun to write.

[Manga Maniac Café] What has changed the most in publishing since you started your career as an author?

[Rebecca Winters] Technology! I used to hand write, then write on an old black typewriter, then an electric typewriter, then a keyboard and computer. I used to have to go to the library to look up all the research. It took hours, days, weeks. Now I can get answers to a hundred different questions in one day on the Internet. Because of the speed, you can write more books at a time and there are new avenues with the digital printings and of course ebooks with the Kindle and Nooks. The public’s appetite for more stories is greater than ever before. We lucky authors want to meet those needs. Don’t forget I’m a reader first and I look forward to one of my favorite author’s next books as much as the next reader does.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Rebecca Winters] Due to my marvelous mom who opened my eyes to this wonderful world, I’m influenced by: music, movies, art, theater, opera, nature itself, travel, family. Everything!

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Rebecca Winters] An idea.

Something to help me get it down.

Energy to keep at it!

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Rebecca Winters] THE HELP.  A few years ago I took my children on a driving trip to the South and we toured several plantations and tried to get a feel for the past. I only recently read THE HELP and it opened my eyes to so much!

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Rebecca Winters] I spend time with my children and grandchildren, read, watch movies, spend time at the park, the mountains, travel to the beach.

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Rebecca Winters] Email me at


[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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Interview with Tanya Michaels, Author of Her Secret, His Baby

Please give a warm welcome to special guest Tanya Michaels.  Tanya is visiting the virtual offices to chat about Her Secret, His Baby, which is part of her Colorado Cades trilogy, and is published by Harlequin under their American Romance line.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Tanya Michaels]  Mom. Writer. Reader. Joss Whedon uber-fan. Geek. She who cries at 80% of movies (including cartoons) & the occasional soup commercial.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Her Secret, His Baby?

[Tanya Michaels] Spoiler alert: it’s a secret baby story ? It’s such a classic storyline in the romance genre that, after thirty books, I wanted to give it a try. The challenge was writing it in a way readers could relate to—a reasonable explanation as to how it happened and why the heroine might keep it a secret. This is the first story in my “Colorado Cades” trilogy, and I’ve been very pleased with the early reviews for the book!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Tanya Michaels] The heroine, Arden, came to me first, since she’s part of the Cade family. Once I knew her background, which includes a lot of loss, I knew I wanted Garrett (the hero) to have the opposite upbringing. Until now, rancher Garrett Frost has led a seemingly charmed life. But early in the book he learns a family secret that pulls the rug out from under him. On top of that, he discovers he’s going to be a father. How will a man who’s known very little adversity react to the sudden curveballs life is hurling at him? And how can he forgive the woman who lied to him?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Arden?

[Tanya Michaels] Survivor, sister, hopeful.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Garrett had a theme song, what would it be?

[Tanya Michaels] Bon Jovi’s “Bang a Drum”

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Arden is never without.

[Tanya Michaels] Caramel-filled chocolates. She keeps them in her house, purse and photo studio.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Garrett’s bedroom?

[Tanya Michaels] Self-help books, tanning lotion, or a sewing machine.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Arden’s greatest regret?

[Tanya Michaels]  At the opening of the book, her greatest regret is that she can’t do more to help her widowed oldest brother, who raised her and held their family together for so many years.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Tanya Michaels] Shakespeare, Jennifer Crusie, Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson and my friends. An hour laughing and talking with the warm, wise women in my life fires up my imagination and inspires me to write characters as wonderful as they are.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Tanya Michaels] Aside from a computer with an ergonomic keyboard? Diet coke, music, and a combination of wrist braces/medicine/ointments to cope with my tendonitis. The week before a book’s due, my entire house smells like Icy Hot!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Her Secret, His Baby?

[Tanya Michaels] The holiday season. I was writing during November, amid Thanksgiving houseguests and school fall festivals. By the time I turned in the manuscript and my editor had a chance to read it and give me revision notes, it was mid-December. In my sleep-deprived rush to finish the book before Christmas, I burned a few batches of cookies and hid a stocking-stuffer for my son so well that we still haven’t located it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Tanya Michaels] That may be a tie between Kresley Cole’s latest paranormal romance, MacRieve, and Joshilyn Jackson’s women’s fiction novel, A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. The two books have little in common except for strong writing and my inability to put them down—sleep be darned!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Tanya Michaels] I’ve loved books since before I can remember. But I know from the inscription that a childhood favorite was given to me the Christmas I was three. My German grandfather sent me a hardcover collection of fairy tales from around the world, nearly a thousand pages long. They were mesmerizing—some with happy endings, others dark, grisly or bittersweet. I remember my mom reading those tales to me and my younger sister. When I was old enough, I read and re-read them by myself. The table of contents eventually fell out, the pages have aged and the “binding” is now entirely duct tape, but my kids still read from that book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Tanya Michaels] I try to celebrate each deadline with a girls’ night out to Shakespeare Tavern, one of my favorite places to go in downtown Atlanta. Between books, I also spend as much time with my family as possible, read like a maniac and watch TV. I went from hardly ever watching television when I got married fifteen years ago to realizing that good shows are just another form of storytelling and character development. My DVR is full of episodes of Castle, Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, White Collar, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and Suits; my DVD collection includes seasons of Buffy, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Battlestar Galactica and Supernatural.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Tanya Michaels] The easiest, fastest way is through Twitter or Facebook. When I can squeeze in a few precious hours at the computer (usually around midnight, when my family is asleep), I spend that time buried in a manuscript so my website is rarely my top priority. But I have Twitter & Facebook apps on my phone and check them constantly—while stuck in a long line at the bank, sitting through my son’s baseball practice, etc. I love connecting with readers in such a direct way and hearing what books they’re currently enjoying.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Life’s been full of surprises lately for rancher Garrett Frost, and not in a good way. His mother has just dropped a bombshell about his past, so Garrett takes some time away to come to terms with family secrets. And who should he run into but Arden Cade, the beautiful photographer who shared a single night of passion with Garrett six months ago. He is even more shocked when he discovers she’s pregnant; and he’s the daddy.

To make matters worse, Arden hadn’t even planned on telling Garrett about the baby. Despite her lies, Garrett is determined to be a good father. He’s not the type to cut and run, and he can’t deny that he’s falling for Arden all over again. But he’ll have to find a way to forgive her betrayal and make peace with that skeleton in the family closet

About the author:

Tanya Michaels is the award-winning author of over thirty books and mother of two highly imaginative children. She is an avid reader who also watches way, way too much TV–spending a lot of time in Mystic Falls, Bluebell, Alabama or rating the Runway.  Her husband is a very patient man who sometimes helps her brainstorm stories, including her upcoming Colorado Cades trilogy from Harlequin.