New Release by Chantel Rhondeau - Love's Ride, McCallister's Paradise #4

Title: Love's Ride (McCallister's Paradise - 4)
Author: Chantel Rhondeau
Release date: November 24, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Family Saga Romance

Brad McCallister has always felt estranged from his family. He thought taking over as manager of their paradise resort would make him feel more connected but that hasn’t happened. To top it off, his siblings are finding life partners and settling down while Brad’s still single. If only he could stop obsessing over the island's psychologist, Chelsea Taylor.

Chelsea loves working at McCallister's Paradise. She enjoys the large family of employees and feels at home in the sand and sunshine. The only thing missing is the spice of adventure. She longs to explore the island and conquer her longstanding fears.

After Brad’s sister schemes to bring Brad and Chelsea together things go horribly wrong, but Brad refuses to give up without a fight. A two-week island adventure will not only help fulfill Chelsea’s lifelong dream of being a survivalist, it will give them a chance to get to know each other—away from his meddling family.

This couple gets more than they bargained for when survival takes on a new meaning in paradise.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1N0mO7Q
Nook: http://bit.ly/1RpPbR8 
Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1035524163 
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1RpPfk2 


She pouted slightly as she thought, her full red lips begging him to suck on them. “I felt like dinner went well the other day, but…” She paused and scarlet flared against her cheekbones.

“Dinner did go well,” he agreed. “I wasn’t sure you thought so, but I had a great time.”

“I was surprised when you left so fast.” Looking down at their hands, she avoided his eyes, seeming unsure and flustered. “I thought you’d want a goodnight kiss.”

She felt insecure because he hadn’t kissed her? Well, hot damn!

Brad chuckled and tugged her hands, pulling her close to his chest. She was enough shorter than him that when her hair swished around her face the silky strands rubbed against his chin, catching slightly in the evening stubble he hadn’t had time to shave.

Pressing his lips against her forehead, Brad released one of her hands to caress her cheek and slide his hand down her neck.

The passion he felt in being so close to her was echoed in the soft trembling of Chelsea’s body against his and the sweet, contented sigh she released.

Wrapping both arms around her, Brad held her close to his heart, enjoying having her so near after spending several days apart. If only work would slow down and he could see her more often. He knew it was too sudden to be sure that he wanted things to work out with Chelsea, but holding her felt right. Since the moment she arrived on the island, Brad hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her, wishing he could call her his lady. Now he might have a chance.

Chelsea’s arms circled him, and she rested her head on his shoulder. The soft puffs of breath coming from her mouth bathed his neck with their warmth, making him wish he were less of a gentleman.

“You smell delicious,” she whispered, sniffing deeply. Her lips brushed his collarbone, setting his heart rate racing. 

If he didn’t stop this soon, the problem twitching to life in his pants could make a family dinner awkward. Kissing her forehead once more, Brad gently gripped her shoulders and pushed her away.

About McCallister's Paradise: 

Fall in love with the strong men and smart women of McCallister's Paradise!

At their tropical island resort, the McCallister family works hard. Life in Paradise should be perfect. After all, the place is great for a romantic getaway. Unfortunately, the five McCallister siblings are still searching for their happily ever afters... and romance always seems just out of reach. 

But determined hearts won't be denied. And when love is on the line, a McCallister doesn't fall halfway!

Happy Endings (Quinn)
Diving Into Love (Parker)
For Love or Charity (Sydney)
Love's Ride (Brad)
Cooking Up Love (Shane - coming soon)

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~~About the Author~~

Bestselling Author Chantel Rhondeau once thought a mystery or fantasy book with strong romantic themes was the highest level of reading bliss. After reading her first romantic suspense, she never looked back. Chantel is author of six romantic suspense novels, three Christmas novellas, a sports-themed novella, and the McCallister’s Paradise contemporary romance/family saga series. She lives in the western United States and when she's not writing, she loves playing cards with her family, bowling on leagues, and snuggling with her lazy kitties.

Want to contact Chantel?
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Cranking Up the Creepy


The final book in the Haunted Hearts Series: Arkansas Hauntings, Chelsea Lane, has just been released.

Here's the books description:

Searching for a reason to go on living…

All her life, Chelsea has suffered feelings of worthlessness from being abandoned—time after time—causing a huge pile of hurt to reside in the deeper recesses of her heart. When James Standridge kidnaps her, he gives her a new name and a new reason to exist. The will to survive keeps her going from one day to the next until his death changes everything.

Fearing freedom after living so long in the shadows…

After years of being a missing person, Chelsea is suddenly free to reclaim her lost identity, but she doesn’t know where to start rebuilding her interrupted life. Hovering around the fringes of her former existence seems easier than facing the dangers of becoming Cherish Duncan again.

Finding that hope happens when you least expect it…

When Chelsea begs him to help her, Jordan Clark can’t resist being Chelsea’s knight in shining armor. After all, hefeelsdeeply the need to make up for the mistakes he’s made in the past. Living with Chelsea in the house she shared with James Standridge ignites more than the promise of romance. Jordan’s presence energizes restless spirits who would prefer their secrets remain buried for eternity.

Can love conquer fear and free the ghosts haunting the house on Chelsea Lane?

I'm excited about this book because it completes the story arc that began in book one. Do you want to know what happened to all your favorite characters? Did the bad guys get what they deserved? Will the paranormal activity in Hill County finally settle down to a somewhat tolerable level? You can find out by purchasing the book at this link. 

Finishing a series like this is kind of like saying goodbye to close friends. But this isn't the final farewell. No way!

I've already begun the outlines for the next five book set in the Haunted Hearts Series entitled River Road Hauntings. In book one, coming early 2016, Jordan and Chelsea move to south Louisiana to start their lives over, and of course, they discover the River Road is haunted with the ghosts of the mysterious Wakefield family. Can Jordan help his old friend Dylan with his ghost problem? Will Jordan have to call on some old friends to help him with another ghost eviction?

Are you ready to get acquainted with a whole new cast of characters to follow from book to book?

The books in this series are tentatively titled:

Book #6: The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias

Book #7: The Curse of a Single Red Rose

Book #8: The Wind Through the Magnolias

Book #9: The Trail of Crushed Azaleas

Book #10: The Sweet Madness of Honeysuckle

I've already started writing Book #6. Here's the book's description:

Content with the direction her life takes…

The temptation to earn a sweet payday and collect enough money to start her own interior design business is too much opportunity for Sophia Cannon to ignore. Working for her new client, Les Wakefield, is like working for a creepy stalker. He seems to be everywhere she goes.

Until trouble walks around the corner and into her life again…

Dylan Hunter almost turns down the Wakefield Manor restoration job until Les Wakefield tells him Sophia is the interior designer hired to oversee furnishing the old plantation house. Sophia has been the ghost in his life since the day she left him, haunting his heart with her memory every day and every night.

Stirring up more than just the spirits of the dead…

Sophia and Dylan fight with each other until a much bigger threat puts both their lives in danger. Discovering that generations of Wakefields have restored the plantation only to disappear months after moving into the manor house stirs up spirits that would rather remain undisturbed.

Can love survive the long nights at Wakefield Manor with the unmistakable scent of gardenias hanging so heavily in the air?

Okay, come on! Doesn't that sound just a little bit...creepy?

In this new set, I'm cranking up the creepy.

Check out Chapter One of The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias at this link. 



My Top Ten List of Writing Tip Lists

I was searching the internet the other day for blog post ideas because well...honestly I felt my blog had become stale. Posting blog articles had become infrequent. Good ideas had run away from home.

Of course, I ran across several posts listing blog post ideas, which was very helpful...sort of. Here's my blog post about my search for blog ideas. One of the suggestions was the popular top ten list blog post. List ten of anything.

10 breeds of cat that will disdain your presence
10 roller coaster rides that will knock your brains out
10 horrible songs that will get stuck in your head 
10 reasons to avoid shopping at that big box chain store

Since I've been a member of the writing community, I've found that writers might be the most paranoid, insecure bunch of creative personalities on the planet. So much second-guessing about already published work. Should I have done this different or that better? What can I do to make readers love me...um...I mean my work? Any little bit of criticism (interpret this as negative reviews) sends most of us into a frenzy to try to correct our perceived writing deficiencies. After all, there must be a REASON we are not at the top of the bestseller list every single day. Right?

Yes, we admit it: Our pride is wrapped up in how our writing is received. Our book baby is a part of who we are. We've put our heart and soul out there for people to evaluate. If you don't like my writing, you just might not like me. Well, that's the fear deep in our writing hearts.

So much has been written about making one's writing better. I did an internet search for writing tips lists and the search results resulted in a long list. I'm gonna share my top ten list of writing tip lists. Well, no that's not quite true. These aren't my top ten. These lists are just the ones I decided to list here.

Breathing Fiction        Joss Whedon’s Top Ten Writing Tips           http://breathingfiction.com/2012/11/30/joss-whedons-top-10-writing-tips/

The Guardian              Ten Rules For Writing Fiction            http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one

Goins, Writer              10 Ridiculously Simple Tip for Writing a Book         http://goinswriter.com/tips-writing-book/

Writers’ Digest           10 Tips for Writing     

I took the time to read the above lists, and I found some really interesting points. A few takeaways that might be helpful.

Apparently there were a few blog writers that didn't get the email about keeping the list to just ten points.

iUniverse                     Twenty Writing Tips from Fiction Writers   http://www.iuniverse.com/expertadvice/20writingtipsfrom12fictionauthors.aspx

Thought Catalog         21 Harsh But Great Writing Tips From Great Authors         http://thoughtcatalog.com/cody-delistraty/2013/09/21-harsh-but-eye-opening-writing-tips-from-great-authors/

Writing Forward         The 22 Best Writing Tips Ever          

99U                             25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer        

Notice how the lists keep getting longer? I skimmed these and started noticing a lot of the same quotes from the same authors.

By the time I found the next two on the list, I had quit reading.

Daring To Live Fully  57 Tips For Writers, From Writers    

Write to Done             How to Be a Writer: 201 Compelling Tips    

Two hundred and one tips? Who has time to read that many tips. I don't. I need to spend my time...writing. And that is my point. Okay, here's Denise's one and only writing tip:

Just write.
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