Friday, June 9, 2023

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What's new with Ashleigh?

Its that time of year, again. We've swept out the camper, removed the winterizer, and we're ready to go!

That's right. This weekend is our family's first camping trip of the season.

Not that we have time for it. Our weekend is jammed packed with dance recital photos and a book fair, but we squeezed this trip into our schedule. Why would we do something so crazy?

Because we wanted to start our summer.

We usually start our camping season in April. Two months later, although the camper is no longer in winter storage (ie: the backyard), and even though Memorial Day has passed, we still haven't felt like summer is here.

How about you? Has your summer started yet?

Because we wanted to start our summer, we snuck in a quick trip.

We will be at one of our favorite camping locations: Hammonasset Beach State Park. We're even staying in a fantastic site where we've stayed before. Its next to the bathhouse, giving us extra room for our cars.

Which is good, since once again we need two cars. Because Sunday, when the rest of my family goes home, I am heading to my next book festival of the summer.

Books and Brews

If you're in central Connecticut this weekend, stop in. You can even go both days, since different authors are attending Saturday and Sunday.

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles

It's the season finale of Hartfield Chronicles!

Melinda loves Pat, but sometimes she wishes he had friends of his own. When he starts spending time with her dance partner, however, Melinda can't help the feelings of jealousy that surface, especially when he starts choosing him over her. Will their relationship survive Pat's new bromance?

Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life. Each episode features two stories, one from Melinda's point of view and one from Pat's, along with an excerpt from Melinda's writing journal. New episodes are published every Friday.

Here's what you missed:

Episode 132
Hartford Chronicles
Episode 133
Hartford Chronicles
Melinda refuses to forgive Pat until he apologizes. Melinda and Pat enjoy a night off campus.

Season 6 coming in August!

Spend Spring Break in Hollywood with Pat and Melinda.

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Free Books

Diary of a 9th Grade D Cup

Diary of a 9th Grade D Cup
A Growing UP girls book

Katie is entering a new world - High School.
Will it be the new start she hopes for?

Growing UP was hard for Katie. Throughout middle school and jr. high, she was teased and tormented for her crime of being the first one in class to get a bra in the 4th grade. From then on she was labeled as the girl with the "boobs." But high school provides an opportunity for a clean slate and a new world with different kids with endless opportunities to remake her image and start from scratch to adventures of life as just another teen.

Diary of 9th Grade "D" Cup is the sequel, continuing Katie's middle school journey into a new realm - high school. The Growing UP Girls series of books celebrates and chronicles the trials and triumphs of middle and lower high school girls 10-16 who are just trying to grow up with as few scars as possible, despite a school of teasers, mean girls, dumb boys and bullies.

The Billionair's Sweet Secret

The Billionaire's Sweet Secret
Free Sweet Small-Town Romance

Moving in with the boss after discovering a big family secret

Ambitious and crisis prone, as Glorietta Easton is known to her entourage, she is not the person he intended to hire as overseer of the familial private library.

Billionaire Callum Waltons found this out the hard way. Within days, his newly hired employee is moving into his mansion following a family secret uncovered.

Glorietta needs safety, away from family and media to recover. Stuck together in the same house, the new housemates put their differences aside to focus on the main issue at hand:

Discovering who knows of the century old secret and wants to benefit from it.

The duo embarks on a mystery solving journey, their encounters are all business…or so he thinks. Will their proximity capsize his principles and mature her innocent mind?

Come sail along with these amateurs’ detectives and let your mind be captivated by this sweet and cozy, easy read novella

Murder on Bourbon

Murder on Bourbon
Adventure and Mystery in the French Quarter

Empty nester Lucy Hamilton is ready for adventure. After her husband's death and her kids leaving for college, Lucy leaves behind her quiet life in Tennessee and sets off on a journey of self-discovery in her vintage VW camper van. Her first stop? Colorful New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Between delicious beignets, swamp tours with new friend Ruby, and admiring the costumes and floats, Lucy is swept up in the excitement and energy of the Big Easy. She even catches the eye of a handsome naval officer named Max. But the revelry comes to an abrupt end when her charismatic chef friend Jackson turns up dead after his big Mardi Gras tasting event.Though heartbroken over the loss of her new friend, Lucy's curiosity is piqued. She teams up with tarot reader Ruby and Navy man Max to solve the mysterious murder. But danger lurks around every corner of the French Quarter, and they must work fast before the killer strikes again.Uncovering clues and secrets in each twist of Bourbon Street, Lucy discovers a talent for sniffing out the truth. She's determined to find justice for Jackson's murder, even if that means putting herself in the crosshairs of a killer. Lucy learns that life in New Orleans is full of surprises - and sometimes secrets are better left buried. Jump into the first charming cozy mystery in the Lucy Hamilton Adventure series! If you love quirky characters, exotic locales, mouth-watering food descriptions and whodunits that keep you guessing until the end, The Big Easy Murder is sure to satisfy your inner sleuth. Grab some beignets and a café au lait and join Lucy as she navigates new friendships, romance and danger in the magical city of New Orleans.

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Other Books on Sale

State Park

State Park
An Adventure of Citizenship and Patriotism

Every kid loves an adventure . . .
. . . especially if they have an adventurous grandma who rides a motorcycle!

Percy, an inquisitive, redheaded fourth grader, loves to discover new things with Grandma Biker. He never knows what she has in store for him, and this adventure is no exception!

A surprise camping trip to a state park turns into an exciting start to Percy's summer vacation.

Join Percy, Grandma Biker, and her dog, Sprocket, as they meet new friends, experience new adventures-all while practicing their civic responsibility and patriotism. Off-Limits Billionaire Fiance' is a high-heat, enemies-to-lovers fake romance about a dominant alpha male who meets his match in his brother’s smart, sassy ex-girlfriend.

Insta Love Box Set

Insta Love Box Set

One Night. No Limits

Craving Her Curves (Book I)

“When my financial right hand leaves me hanging right before the biggest meeting of my life, I’m furious. I need someone to replace him NOW—and the only person left at this hour is Melanie. I barely even know her – but since I walked in, I can’t stop looking at her…”

"I take a few deep breaths before I leave the cubicle. I hurry out, only to run right into someone. The air is knocked out of me as they grab me. I look up and everything seems to stop.

Oh God. Jason Ford."

She’s a wholehearted girl struggling to support her family.

He’s her hot billionaire boss with his business on the line.

When Jason ropes Melanie into helping him in a multi-million dollar business meeting, she seems like the perfect stand-in. There’s only one problem. After just an hour in her company, Jason is dying to know what her curvy body looks like with nothing on…

She was mine. So I thought Loving Her Curves (Book II)

I should fire her... But after everything that’s happened between us, I can’t let her go. But she’s lost my trust and my business is at risk. How can our relationship survive now?

My sister has jeopardized everything. I can’t afford to pay her bail anymore. I can’t bear to lose Jason. He could fire me at any second. But given half the chance, I’d do anything to save my family from homelessness...

When Jason catches Melanie’s sister stealing from his business, suspicions run wild and their relationship is soon on the ropes. Jason’s not the kind to forgive easily. But there’s only one problem. He’s craving her like never before and wants to grab her body… with nothing on it.

First he craved her. Now can he love her?
Obsessed With Her Curves (Book III)-Curvy OTT Romance.
* The heart-pounding alpha male instalove romance series continues *

Will she risk everything for love?

I can’t let Melanie go. Her sister Claire might be trying to destroy everything she’s worked for, but we have to take a chance. I need to convince her that this is becoming something more for me. Claire might be her sister, but I’m her boss…

Claire smirks. “Be careful going back down, Melanie. That fire escape is rather… unstable.”
I’m happy to get off the roof. I’ve said what I needed to say. I turn to find the fire escape directly behind me. Relieved, I reach for the ladder.
Then I feel someone shove me from behind...

How binding is a deathbed promise?

Craving Her Love (Book IV)
★ The exhilarating romance continues in the fourth pulse-pounding book of Hope's short romantic stories. ★
Mr Salazar gives me a slight nod, not offering me his hand. I’m on alert. Every time we’ve met before, he’s always shaken my hand. Not this time.
My mind starts racing. The image of my mother on her deathbed flashes in front of my eyes...I promised her this. I can’t live with such a failure on my conscience.I wish Melanie was by my side. I need her

Jason is already gone. The door slams shut behind him. Now I’m left sitting on his couch, alone.
Feeling like a discarded piece of trash.
Just when I thought my life was starting to turn around
And as for Claire...I wish I had the strength to deal with her. I’m afraid I won’t be able to stop her before it gets too far…

When a strange call from Jason's top investor throws a wrench in his most important project, his confidence is put to the test. With tensions mounting and his business hanging in the balance, can their love survive another storm? And what will happen when a deathbed promise is thrown into the mix?

It's going to break my heart when I walk away...

Her Curves For Life (Book V)
★ The epic conclusion to a happy ever after romance ★

Her Perfect Murder

Her Prefect Murder

Lexi felt so betrayed that she snapped.

And it changed the entire course of her life.

28 year old Lexi could have had it all, if it weren’t for that fateful night 10 years ago when she was charged with murder.

Now she’s back in her close-knit hometown, Garrison, with a tarnished reputation and a criminal record to match. Her sole mission is to shed her past and learn to live her new life. After all, she already served her time. She spent a decade grieving over what happened to her best friend, even if the details are unclear.

But now that private investigator Zac Booth is in town, her plan of moving on is completely derailed. He’s supposedly in town looking into a disappearance from over ten years ago. Lexi doesn’t see how she could possibly help. She doesn’t want anything to do with another mystery, even if Zac is undeniably attractive. In fact, he’s the first attractive man she’s seen in a decade who wasn’t telling her to get back to her cell.

Either way, she can’t help him.

...Or can she?

The more she tries to escape the past, the more she learns that her past is not at all what she thought it was.

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