Christmas in Eternity Springs
 by Emily March

Can Miss Christmas find her spirit again?
After a devastating betrayal, Claire Branham packs up the pieces of her life, along with a twenty-million-dollar secret, and moves to Eternity Springs. She opens a specialty shop—Forever Christmas—and, with the help of a surprise romance with the town’s sexy new handyman, Claire’s heart begins to heal. Until her past comes knocking…
Jax Lancaster never questioned the need to abandon his career as a Navy submariner in order to care for his young son in the wake of his ex-wife’s death. Desperate to help with this loss, Jax straps on a tool belt to give Nicholas the one thing he wants: A life in Eternity Springs. What Jax never expected to find a second chance at love with a fascinating woman for whom Christmas has become a business. But when the truth about Claire threatens their newfound happiness, can Jax prove to her that in Eternity Springs, the spirit of Christmas is real. . .and will last a lifetime?
Christmas in Eternity Springs is the twelfth installment in Emily March's acclaimed Eternity Springs series.

As Jax approached the intersection of Third and Pinion, he had his hands full. He had a stack full of files in his arms, a ringing cell phone— Brian, oh shock of shocks— and Nicholas was dragging his feet. They had an appointment at the medical clinic in twenty minutes to get Nicholas set up with a new GP, and after the events of last week, his son had decided he’d had enough of doctors. Jax couldn’t blame the boy, but he wanted to get all these arrangements made before Nicholas started his new school tomorrow.

After all, it wouldn’t do for anyone to be able to say he wasn’t properly caring for his son.

Along those lines, his next priority needed to be finding a job that would give him enough jingle in his pocket to provide an upgrade in lodging from the Elkhorn Lodge.

“Dad. I don’t wanna go to the doctor. I don’t need to go to the doctor.”

“Buddy, I told you Dr. Cicero won’t do an exam today. This is just a get- to- know- you meeting and to get you signed up as a patient in case you stick a marble up your nose.”

“Why would I stick a marble up my nose?”

“Why do kids do anything?”

He looked down at his son just as they reached the intersection, so he didn’t notice the woman rounding the corner until she slammed right into him. Reacting instinctively, he dropped the fi les and caught her in his arms.

“Oh. I’m so sorry,” she said.

He held her just a little longer than he absolutely needed to, and only released her when the puppy in her arms began to squirm. Her name rolled off his tongue like a song. “Claire Branham.”

“Jax,” she said, her luminous, cinnamon- colored eyes becoming round. “Jax Lancaster? You’re here? Seriously? Today of all days I run into you on a street corner in Eternity


Today of all days? What did that mean? Did she want to run into him? More importantly, did he care if she had?

“Why ‘ today of all days’?” he asked.

“Oh. Never mind.” Color stained her cheeks. “I’m babbling. Why do I always babble around you? Honestly, I’m not a babbling sort of woman! I haven’t babbled since the last time you visited Eternity Springs.”

She made him smile. Something about this woman simply lifted his spirits. “Well, that could be a problem for you,” he teased. “Nicholas and I have moved to town.”

A look he couldn’t quite define entered her lovely eyes before she took another step away.

“Wow. That is big news.” She shifted her gaze toward his son. “Hello, Nicholas. People around here are going to be so excited to hear you’re back. You made a lot of friends around town when you were here at camp.”

“Grown-up friends,” he said with a shrug. “I wish Trevor lived here instead of in Florida. Is that your dog?”

“Yes. She is.”

“What’s her name?”

“Well, she doesn’t have one yet. I didn’t know I was going to adopt her until just a little while ago. I haven’t had time to come up with the perfect name for her yet.” She paused, tilted her head, and studied the boy for a moment before she asked, “Names are very important. Want to help me decide on one for her?”

“When?” Nicholas asked. “When can I play with her? Can I play with her today? She needs a name. A person shouldn’t go without a name.”

Claire glanced up at Jax, the question in her eyes. As happy as he was to see a spark in Nicholas’s eyes because of a puppy, he still had to be a parent. “We have a doctor’s appointment we need to be getting to.”

“And I have a full after noon myself.”

“How about dinner?” Jax suggested. “Nicholas and I have had our hearts set on one of the burgers they sell at Murphy’s. I recall that their patio is dog friendly. Would you and the little one like to join us?”

“That’s a great idea. Thank you, I’d love that.”

“What time works for you?”

Following a moment’s consideration, she said, “Sevenish is probably best for me, but I’m flexible.”

“Seven it is.” Jax smiled at her, then checked his watch.

“Whoa. We’d better get moving or we’ll be late for our appointment. Ready, buddy?”

“Just a second.” Tentatively, Nicholas lifted his hand, reaching for the dog. He scratched the puppy behind her little ears and actually giggled when she licked him and nipped at his fingers.

The last doubt that Jax had harbored since making the decision to move to Eternity Springs disappeared.

“I’m glad you ran into us, Miss Claire,” Nicholas said.

“Me, too!” she declared.

“Come on, Nicholas,” Jax said, giving the boy’s shirt a tug, then Claire one more wave. As they entered the alley, Nicholas began to chatter, as animated as he’d been about anything in a very long time.

Jax understood the boy’s enthusiasm. He was plenty excited, himself. He had a dinner date with a beautiful woman.

Except, it wasn’t a date. Not a “date” date. He’d have his kid along and she would have her dog and there wouldn’t be a good- night kiss involved, much less sex. It was not a date.

Wonder if I’ll have time to wash a shirt?

“It’s not a date,” Claire told the pup who lay plopped in the middle of her bedroom floor, chewing on the dog toythat was part of the welcome- to- pet- owner ship kit that Lori had dropped off earlier. “That’s a good thing, too.Dreaming about Mr. Flesh- and- Blood is one thing, but acting on it is something else entirely. I don’t need to bite off more than you can chew. I’m better off approaching this fresh start with puppy steps. Romance is the very last thing I need in my life right now!!!”

Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a "master of delightful banter," and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal,and Romance Writers of America.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Release Blitz ~ TWO BY TWO by Nicholas Sparks


by Nicholas Sparks
October 4, 2016
Grand Central Publishing; Hardcover; $27.00

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with his signature combination of gripping, emotionally resonant storytelling and love overcoming all odds.
At 32, Russell Green has it all:  a stunning
wife, a lovable 6 year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Raleigh.  He is living the Dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that dream.  But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter London while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality.  Trying to launch his own business while grappling with the demise of his marriage, the only thing he knows for certain is that London must be sheltered from the consequences of these radical changes.  Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding - one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.

When a chance encounter with an old flame tempts him to take a chance on love again, he will navigate this new opportunity with trepidation and wonder.  But with the loyal support of his parents and his wise older sister Marge, and in the hard-won lessons of fatherhood, Russ will finally come to understand the true nature of unconditional love -  that it is a treasure to be bestowed, never earned.

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.
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Catherine Bybee NOT QUITE PERFECT Blog tour

Not Quite Series, Book Five
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
September 20, 2016, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle

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With true love, there’s no such thing as a safe distance.
Mary Kildare knows how to read people. It’s both why she makes a great therapist and why she refuses to trust the average bachelor. Staying fiercely independent has been her primary relationship strategy—until wealthy playboy pilot (and commitmentphobe) Glen Fairchild reappears in her life. After a yearlong teasing tug-of-war, Mary and Glen test the waters of attraction, only to find that their physical chemistry runs deeper than flirtation.
At first, a bicoastal romance suits them both—especially since Glen can swoop in and whisk Mary away on one of his company’s planes. But no matter how close they get, they’re still three thousand miles apart. And when Mary’s life is threatened, Glen realizes the one luxury he doesn’t have is time. Can he close the distance between them before it’s too late?

Praise for the Not Quite Series
Bybee’s magnetic fourth Not Quite contemporary proves that romance can happen in the most unlikely places...The love scenes are sizzling and the multidimensional characters make this a page-turner. Readers will look for earlier installments and eagerly anticipate new ones.” 
— Publishers Weekly on Not Quite Forever

" Not Quite Dating offers a sweet and satisfying Cinderella fantasy that will keep you smiling long after you've finished reading..." 
— USA TodayHappy Ever After

"Bybee's gift for creating unforgettable romances cannot be ignored. [Not Quite Enough] will sweep readers away to a paradise, and they will be intrigued by the thrilling story that accompanies their literary vacation." 
— RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

Amazing! Yep that wraps it up in one word my feelings about this book. Once Catherine captured my attention from the first chapter and held it until the last page. The story had every emotion of mine engaged- hilarious in parts, sexual chemistry throughout, a bit of a mystery and suspense. You got to love a book keeps your attention.
I know I say this with each new book in the series, this his my favorite of the Not Quite series. :)
I loved how the relationship developed. Glen was there when Mary needed her, no question asked. We were reunited with previous characters and introduced to new ones. Mary Frances kept a smile on my face every time she was in the scene, I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of her dialogue.
The story may have ended before I was ready to say goodbye, but luckily there is at least one more Fairchild brother still looking for love, or maybe not. Catherine Bybee has a way of changing everyone's heart and mind.  Until next time Catherine, thanks again for a wonderful read.

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.  

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