I’m going to throw it out there as a given that I’m thankful for my family, a roof over my head, health, food, family, friends… Honestly, every day I open my eyes is a gift. And while I *am* truly, soul-deep thankful for ALL those things, I find I often don’t stop to appreciate the little things along the way. So, I’m taking a moment to be thankful for things we often take for granted like: Toilet paper (and while we’re at it, indoor plumbing)... Cozy socks (because, New England)... Antibiotics (without which, I’d not be writing this post)... Soft kittens (because, soft kittens!)... Lint brushes (because, soft kittens!)... Programmable coffee makers (no explanation necessary)… Authors who slave over manuscripts (because, in truth, the pay per hour is the worst you’ll ever see) to deliver stories and heroes I can fall in love with…
I could go on and on. Gratitude is funny that way. As soon as you think of one thing to be thankful for, another crowds into your head. The fact that you are reading this post is something to be grateful for, because: You’re alive! You can read! You have an internet connection! Happy, happy day! My fourth book will soon be out, and it humbles and inspires me to think about that, because there were times I wasn’t sure I’d ever see this day. I hope to see many, many more. In the meantime, I remain endlessly thankful for the support of my husband and family, my friends and readers (I have readers! Thank you! <3), the many wonderful authors who have commiserated and encouraged along my journey, and the dubious writerly assistance of soft kittens. It’s another great day… I’m alive.
And--happily--so are you!
BLURB -- ALL OR NOTHING
(A Betting on Romance Novel, Book 3)
When finding Mrs. Right goes oh, so, wrong…
Self-made tech millionaire Ian McIntyre has suffered through a reality dating show only to return home to idyllic Sugar Falls, New Hampshire, empty-handed, swarmed by paparazzi, and hounded by a Hollywood producer determined to deliver a Happily Ever After. But then his home is invaded by a sexy, snarky local staging it for the season finale, and Ian finds himself more interested in the cute and scrappy hometown girl dusting off his action figures than the audience’s favorite southern belle.
Auto mechanic Bailey Adams grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and is struggling to patch together enough odd jobs to buy a garage of her own. When the Golden Boy of Sugar Falls entangles her in his disastrous season of Happily Ever After, they both discover that some long-held dreams are only as ‘real’ as ‘reality’ TV. Now, with the deal on her dream garage in jeopardy and her unlikely love affair with America’s favorite geeky hunk playing out on national TV, Bailey must decide if she’s willing to risk it all for love… or be left with nothing.
ALL OR NOTHING is a 2015 Golden Leaf finalist for excellence in romantic fiction.
*** Mild sexual content; Mild language; No violence ***
EXCERPT -- ALL OR NOTHING
“Then take off your coat and avoid hypothermia.”
Her bottom lip jutted out. “You first.”
He shrugged out of his parka and hung it on a hook by the door, raising one eyebrow as he did so.
She took another long drink then tugged her coat off and hung it next to his. Melting snow dripped onto the floorboards beneath it. Stubborn woman.
“Your lovely flannel shirt is also soaked,” he said.
“Yeah, like I’m falling for that.”
“Don’t flatter yourself. I’ve seen lumberjacks make flannel sexier than you do.”
He didn’t know why he was goading her, but he felt on edge… wet, chilled and restless.
“Like you could resist me if I were standing naked in front of you,” she said.
She paused, as if she weren’t sure how those words came to be floating in the air between them. But there they were, raining down over him like hot sparks. Heat flooded through him, and he could feel his blood pumping. He watched her, the air crackling with awareness. The fire in the stove popped and something tumbled inside. His heart thudded in his chest at the word ‘naked.’
“Try me,” he finally said.
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Cheri Allan writes hopeful, humorous contemporary romances. She lives in a charming fixer-upper in rural New Hampshire with her husband, two children, two dogs, five cats and an excessive amount of optimism. She’s a firm believer in do-it-yourself, new beginnings and happily-ever-afters, so after years of wearing suits, she’s grateful to finally put her English degree to good use writing romance. When not writing, you might find her whizzing down the slopes of a nearby mountain or inadvertently killing perennials in her garden. Cheri's 'Betting on Romance' novels have been nominated for both the Golden Leaf and Carolyn Readers Choice awards for excellence in romantic fiction. Betting on Romance... because every woman deserves to get lucky.
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