Saturday, December 19, 2020

Last-minute #holiday shopping? Send #romance at the Cat Café - #sweetromance #Christmas

If you need some last-minute gifts and the mail won’t get them there in time, you can send e-books as gifts! 

For cat and romance lovers, consider the Cat Café Collection, the first three books in the series. (e-book $7.99; print $14.99). To send someone an e-book from Amazon, look at the righthand side of the page for the “buy for others” button. 

See the 3-book Collection here or visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page for the individual books.


The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). These sweet romances will leave you with the warm feeling of cuddling a purring cat.

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café

He’s loved her forever. She still sees him as the neighbor kid. Can five desperate kittens bring them together?

Tea and Temptation at the Cat Café

Can two lonely people get a second chance at finding love?

Now get all three books in the series!

The Furrever Friends Cat Café Collection: 

A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance books 1-3

ebook $7.99, free with Kindle Unlimited

paperback $14.99

Get the collection on Kris Bock's Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.)

Monday, December 14, 2020

A #Christmas #Recipe from the Cat Café #romance series: Rocky Road Fudge Bars #cookies #sweetromance

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance by Kris Bock - only 99 cents or free in KU!

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat café. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. But when a sexy master baker walks in, she can’t let him get away. So what does she do with the guy of her dreams? Set him up with her sister, of course.


Get this sweet romance on Amazon, or free with Kindle Unlimited.

This book is set at a café with its own bakery, so of course we have recipes! If you love chocolate and dense, chewy brownies, this will be a winner.

ROCKY ROAD FUDGE BARS


NOTE: frosting must be ready when bars come out of oven. Makes 3 to 4 dozen bars.

BAR:
½ cup margarine or butter
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
½ to 1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

FILLING:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened (reserve 2 oz. for frosting)
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 c. margarine, softened
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts
6 oz. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips

FROSTING:
2 cups miniature marshmallows
¼ cup margarine or butter
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate
2 oz. reserved cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

o   Heat oven to 350°. Grease with butter (not oil) a 13 x 9 inch pan and sprinkle it with flour.
o   In large saucepan over low heat, melt ½ cup margarine and 1 square chocolate. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add remaining Bar ingredients; mix well. Spread in prepared pan.
o   In small bowl, combine 6 ounces cream cheese with next 5 Filling ingredients. Beat 1 minute at medium speed until smooth and fluffy; stir in nuts.
o   Spread filling over chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 2 minutes longer.

o   While bars are baking: In large saucepan, over low heat, melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 1 square chocolate, remaining 2 ounces cream cheese, and milk.
o   Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Immediately pour over marshmallows and swirl together.
o   Cool. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats.

Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest. Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter. They you'll get twice-monthly fun content, announcements of new books, sales, and more. Visit the Kris Bock website or Kris Bock’s Amazon page.

Friday, December 11, 2020

#Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café is 99 cents/99 £ Dec 10-17 – 67% off! #romance #sweetromance

Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café is 99 cents/99 £ for the Kindle Dec 10-17 – that's 67% off!

Christmas isn’t the same since Diane’s kids grew up and her husband died – so when her high school sweetheart comes back to town, maybe it’s time for some cozy new holiday traditions.

Diane had a great marriage and a wonderful life. Now she’s a widow at 53, and her grown children are encouraging her to slow down and do less – but she wants more. She starts planning for a new career by arranging a photo shoot at the cat café her daughters run. Unfortunately, the cats won’t cooperate.

Rick loved Diane in high school, but he chose to travel the world while she settled down with another man. Now he’s back for a visit, but he’s not planning to stay – even if Diane still tugs at him. He’ll help her get what she wants from life, and then he’ll say goodbye.

Rick temps Diane to quit her job, sell her house, and travel. But she can’t leave the people she loves so dearly, the family that might still need her just a little bit. Diane tempts Rick to end his wandering ways, but he can’t simply step into the hole left by her husband’s death. As the weeks pass from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the holiday season brings out complicated emotions.

Can Diane and Rick find a way to make a new life together while holding onto the best parts of the past? They'll need more than attraction and affection. They might even need a Christmas miracle.

Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page.

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). These sweet romances will leave you with the warm feeling of cuddling a purring cat.

Need a holiday gift for a cat lover? Get The Furrever Friends Cat Café Collection: the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance books 1-3

Amazon US or Amazon UK

Purrfect comfort reads! This series features the people and cats at a small-town cat café. These sweet romances leave you with the warm feeling of cuddling a purring cat. The collection includes Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café, Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café, and Tea and Temptation at the Cat Café.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

#Holiday Gift Guide: Romance, Romance, #Romance for #Christmas #SweetRomance #CleanRomance

Are you buying a gift for a romance lover? Or would you like a quick vacation in the pages of a book, to get you through this holiday season? Try one of these Kris Bock titles.

Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat café. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. She's doing this for the cats, the community, and her family. The café will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming he’s a master baker. Surely Marley will fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Get the first 3 books as a
paperback set for a great gift! 
Colin has other ideas. It's Kari who makes him want to turn up the heat. But he's spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He's not even sure he should commit to Samson, the sweet Siamese cat who steals his heart.

Get this sweet romance for only 99 cents on Amazon, or free with Kindle Unlimited. If you like it, you have four more books in the series to enjoy! Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series pageGet Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter.

Romantic Adventures in the Southwest


Desert Gold – When a quiet history professor uncovers a clue to the legendary lost Victorio Peak treasure, she prepares for adventure. But she’s not the only one interested. Is the handsome pilot who rescued her a hero or the enemy? “The story has it all—action, romance, danger, intrigue….”

Valley of Gems – Rebecca Westin’s grandfather left her a buried treasure – if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. Her half-siblings are determined to reach the treasure first. Good thing Rebecca has help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to make their desert adventure sexy and fun. But a treacherous enemy will do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.

Silver Canyon - sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle. (Each book features a different hero and heroine, and stands alone.)

Counterfeits  – Jenny returns to her grandparents’ art camp in a remote New Mexico town after her grandmother’s sudden death. That night, staying alone in the empty house, she wakes to the noise of intruders. What do the strangers want? As more bizarre events unfold, Jenny starts to realize the people she thought she knew are not what they seem – least of all Rob, an old friend and the camp cook, whose past may be coming back to haunt them all.

What We Found–  When Audra stumbles on a murdered woman in the woods, more than one person isn’t happy about her bringing the crime to light. She’ll have to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. It’s a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly birds of prey. But with danger all around, some risks are worth taking.
Whispers in the Dark  – Kylie Hafford craves adventure when she heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. Romance isn’t in her plans, but she soon meets two sexy men: Danesh looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past, and Sean is a charming, playful tourist. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the night. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive—and to save the man she’s come to love.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit the Kris Bock Amazon page. Sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter for a free novella set at the cat cafe, announcements of new books, sales, and more.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A #Recipe from the Cat Café: Thumbprint Cookies #MFRWHooks

Christmas Cookies
 at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance is only $2.99 or free for reviewers – click here to claim your review copy (Kindle, ePub, or PDF).

Since I'm writing about a café, of course I mention recipes. Here's a favorite. These cookies are easy to make, look pretty, and people adore them (perfect if you're making holiday gift packs of goodies). Since you add the toppings after baking, you can easily do several varieties – I like lemon curd or lime curd, jam, and ginger spread.

Baked cookies with lime curd and apricot jam

Thumbprint Cookies

These pretty cookies are perfect for a party. Get several different types of jam in bright colors. What else could you use in place of jam? How about a small square of cream cheese or a small piece of soft caramel candy? Or try a few chocolate chips for chocolate thumbprints.

You can even press a chocolate kiss or miniature peanut butter cup into the cookie. In that case, bake the cookies 10 to 12 minutes first, until they are done. Once you add the candy, do not bake them anymore.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces jam, any flavor

  •     Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a cookie sheet, or use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  •     Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This should take 2 to 3 minutes with an electric mixer on medium-high speed.
  •        Separate the egg yolk from the white. Reserve the egg white for another use. Beat the egg yolk and vanilla extract into the batter. Add the flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together in a ball.
  •     Scoop up spoonfuls of dough and form them into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on the cookie sheet at least two inches apart. Flatten each ball slightly with your thumb or the back of a small spoon. You want an indentation in the center, like a little bowl.
  •     Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms barely start to turn golden. Remove the baking sheet from oven.
  •     Use the back of a spoon to press the indentations in a little more. Fill each one with about 1/2 teaspoon jam. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, so the jam or chocolate melts slightly and the edges of the cookies turn lightly golden.
  •     Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.
Tip: Use two spoons for the jam. Scoop the jam with one spoon. Then use the back of the other spoon to slide the jam onto the cookie.

Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café

Diane had a great marriage and a wonderful life raising two daughters and a grandson. Now she’s 53 and a widow. Her grown children are encouraging her to do less – but she wants more.

Rick loved Diane in high school, but he traveled the world while she settled down with another man. Now he’s back, but not to stay.

Rick temps Diane to quit her job, sell her house, and travel, but she can’t leave the family that might still need her. Diane tempts Rick to quit his wandering ways, but he can’t replace her husband. As the weeks pass from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the holiday season brings out complicated emotions.

Can Diane and Rick find a way to make a new life together while holding onto the best parts of the past? They'll need more than attraction and affection. They might even need a Christmas miracle.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats.


Kris Bock
writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 35-page novella set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels.

Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest. Learn more at www.krisbock.com or visit Kris Bock’s Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.) 

Monday, November 30, 2020

New Mexico Green Chile Chicken #Soup #Recipe and a Southwestern Adventure Novel

I write novels of adventure and romance set in the Southwestern United States. The novels touch on local culture, including food. For my romantic suspense Valley of Gems, I put together a recipe booklet of foods mentioned in the book, including this New Mexican standard. It's perfect as the weather gets cold!


by Littlemisslibrarian, Creative Commons License
This recipe is adapted from one given to me by my mother-in-law.

Green Chile Chicken Soup
6 servings.

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
4 cups (32 oz) chicken broth
2 cups cooked, boneless and skinless chicken cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup chopped green chile or to taste
See additional options below
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch garlic powder or 1 tsp. garlic

  1. Melt butter in a large pot. Add flour and stir the resulting paste over medium heat.
  2. Slowly add the milk and chicken broth and whip to eliminate any lumps. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Add the chicken, green chile, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir well and cover. 
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes and serve.

Options:
  • Add beans.
  • Add vegetables – carrots, peas, bell peppers, corn, summer squash, mushrooms, or whatever you like – to make it healthier.
  • Try a version with ground beef or turkey and either red or green chile.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, green onions, chives, or avocado slices to sprinkle on top

See the Treasure Hunting Romantic Suspense series page.

Kris Bock writes novels of mystery, suspense, and romance, many with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. She has lived in ten states and one foreign country but is now firmly planted in the Southwest, where many of her books are set. Readers have called her novels “Like Nancy Drew for grown-ups” and “Smart romance with an Indiana Jones feel.”

Kris writes for children under the name Chris Eboch. She has published over 60 books for young people, including ghostwriting for some famous mystery series.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit Kris Bock’s Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.) Sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter  for announcements of new books, sales, and more.

Friday, November 27, 2020

#BlackFriday Deals - a #SweetRomance and a #RomanticSuspense each only 99 cents! #HappyHolidays

What do you do when you meet the guy of your dreams? Set him up with your sister, of course.

Kari doesn't have time for love when she's opening her new cat café. She’s busy hiring employees, fighting with the health inspector – oh, and welcoming 16 shelter cats. She's doing this for the cats, the community, and her family. The café will give her sister, Marley, a job worthy of her baking skills.

Then a tattooed military vet wanders in claiming he’s a master baker. Surely Marley will fall for a guy this sweet, this sexy, this tasty.

Colin has other ideas. It's Kari who makes him want to turn up the heat. But he's spent the last two years recovering from physical and psychological wounds. Is he really ready for a relationship? He's not even sure he should commit to Samson, the sweet Siamese cat who steals his heart.

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple. These sweet romances will leave you with the warm, fuzzy feeling of cuddling a purring cat. 

The most recent title is Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café: Christmas isn’t the same since Diane’s kids grew up and her husband died – so when her high school sweetheart comes back to town, maybe it’s time for some cozy new holiday traditions. Visit the Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series page.

Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a sweet romance novella, free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter. 


Desert Gold,
“Smart romance with an ‘Indiana Jones’ feel,” has 4.6 out of 5 stars with over 50 reviews.

The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?

Erin isn’t sure she can trust Drew with her heart, but she’ll need his help to track down the treasure. She heads into the New Mexico wilderness with her brainy best friend Camie and a feisty orange cat. The wilderness holds its own dangers, from wild animals to sudden storms. Plus, the sinister men hunting Erin are determined to follow her all the way to the treasure, no matter where the twisted trail leads. Erin won’t give up an important historical find without a fight, but is she ready to risk her life—and her heart?

“The story has it all - action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship....”

See the Treasure Hunting Romantic Suspense series page.

Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 10,000-word story set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter. You’ll also get a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels.

Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest. Learn more at www.krisbock.com or visit Kris Bock’s Amazon US page or Amazon UK page. (For other countries click here.)


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

99-cent novels, books to Read and Review for free #fantasy #Romance #YALit and more!

Black Friday Book Blast – All Genres – Only 99¢

This is an eclectic group of novellas and novels in all genres, from cute and sweet to horror. You'll find some fantasy, sci-fi, mystery and romance. https://storyoriginapp.com/to/T0Vzq6o

Romancing the Rose: November All Romance Reads

This group has several Christmas novels and some romantic comedies, as well as both sweet and spicy contemporary romance: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/xgF7Hsn

Winter ARC Giveaway

Get books free for review! Choose from mystery, romance (including holiday stories) fantasy, sci-fi and a few weird and wacky options. https://storyoriginapp.com/to/Zjr8sIr

YA & NA Books

Fun #YoungAdult and New Adult books you can get for free! (Reviews are not required but you will be able to claim more free books if you read, review, and share your review links on the site.) These are mostly fantasy and paranormal with some other options: https://storyoriginapp.com/to/cVGAJE3

Friday, November 20, 2020

Desert Gold, “Smart #romance with an 'Indiana Jones' feel,” 4.7 stars w/50 reviews, 99c/99 £/free in #KindleUnlimited #MFRWorg #contemporaryromance

Check out these new covers and titles!

Desert Gold follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In Valley of Gems, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In Silver Canyon, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle.

This series was originally published as The Mad Monk’s Treasure, The Dead Man’s Treasure, and The Skeleton Canyon TreasureSee the Treasure Hunting Romantic Suspense series page.

“Fast, fun, romance and adventure. What more can you ask for?” 

“Kept me on the edge of my chair. It’s one of those books I couldn’t put down.” 


A legendary treasure hunt in the dramatic – and deadly – New Mexico desert....

The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider.

When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?

Just how far will Erin go to find the treasure and discover what she’s really made of?

“The story has it all—action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship....”

“Great balance of history, romance, and adventure. Smart romance with an Indiana Jones feel.” 

This is book 1 in the Southwest Romantic Suspense series, followed by Valley of Gems and Silver Canyon. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with light romance in the Southwest.

See the Treasure Hunting Romantic Suspense series page.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Get great books free in #KindleUnlimited - #Romance #Kidlit #HistoricalFiction #KU

November Kindle Unlimited Book Fair

Romance, Small Town, Contemporary, Holiday stories and more. This is a big group with some stories I haven't seen in other group promos, including sexy-looking romances, romantic comedies, and Christmas stories. Everything is in Kindle Unlimited:  https://storyoriginapp.com/to/p0MNUA7

Binge Worthy Romance reads in Kindle Unlimited

Check out these romance reads: sweet and spicy, small town and big city, with lots of horses (and cowboys) plus some dogs and cats:  https://storyoriginapp.com/to/0W5QhDT

Historical Fiction Reads in Kindle Unlimited

If you do #KU, check out these historical fiction titles! Get a Regency retelling of Jane Eyre, meet a female Pinkerton detective or Alexander the Great, enjoy Greek Myths or my middle grade fantasy for ages 8+, The Genie's Gift. All are free in Kindle Unlimited:  https://storyoriginapp.com/to/N7npV5m

Celebrate Children's Literature in Kindle Unlimited

Meet elephants and tigers, dinosaurs and kittens, mermaids and superheroes! Find Christmas and other holiday stories, Greek myths, fantasies, adventure, and plenty of entertainment. These Kindle Unlimited books will entertain your kids (or you) through the long winter:  https://storyoriginapp.com/to/uTwGLVv

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Get ready for the funniest demolition derby ever! #southern #romcom #booklovers #romance #MFRWorg

Releasing Nov. 25: Book 2 in the new romantic comedy series featuring “Felony Melanie” a decade before the events of the movie Sweet Home Alabama

Felony Melanie in the Big Smashup

Summer is almost over, so it's time to have some fun! Jake and his buddies are fixing up old cars so they can destroy them in the Pigeon Creek demolition derby. After all, what's more fun than smashing into things?

Girls don't do demolition derby. Everyone says so. But Melanie is tired of sitting on the sidelines. Why should the guys have all the fun? She can smash up a car as well as anyone! 

The guys don't want a girl intruding on their turf, and it’s not so easy for a broke teenager like Melanie to find and fix up an old car. She recruits some helpers and unearths an old, junked car, but everyone from Jake to the sheriff wants to keep her off the track.

Is the town ready for a female demolition derby driver? Is anybody ever ready for Felony Melanie?


Peek:

Melanie stepped in front of Jake. Her blue eyes flashed. “We’ve wasted half the day on your stupid car. I want to go to the swimming hole.”

Jake looked over at Clinton and Eldon, but they were studying the car, avoiding eye contact. He didn’t want them calling him whipped.

“I’m sorry, Mel. We only got a week. We’ve got to get on this axle thing.”

“Fine. You don’t have time for me? Maybe I don’t have time for you either. I’m not going to wait around to cheer from the sidelines while you boys have all the fun."

She stood as tall as her little frame would allow. "I’ll get my own car for the demolition derby. Then we’ll see what’s what."

Jake stared, his mouth half open. She had to be joking.

Snickers erupted from Clinton and Eldon.

Melanie swung toward them, her hands fisted on her hips. "What’s so funny?"

"No-nothing," Clinton choked out.

Eldon slapped his knee. “Just trying to picture you manhandling a big old junk car around the demolition lot. Or would that be girl-handling?"

"You going to sit on a phone book?" Clinton doubled over in laughter.

Jake let out a chuckle. He dragged his face back into a serious expression and glanced at Melanie, but it was too late. Her eyes had narrowed, and her stubborn little chin was set. Dammit, they shouldn’t have laughed. He might have been able to talk her down. No way would she back down now.

Melanie spun on her heels. "Come on, girls, we need to find a car."


Readers ages 12 and up will enjoy reconnecting with their favorite characters from the Sweet Home Alabama movie. Head back in time to the early 1990s for this laugh out loud rom com based on one of the best rom coms of all time. 

Sign up for our Rom-Com newsletter and get Felony Melanie Destroys the Moonshiner’s Cabin. These first two chapters from the novel Felony Melanie in Pageant Pandemonium stand alone as a short story. In the future, you’ll get fun content about upcoming Felony Melanie novels and other romantic comedy news and links. 

Or Visit the Amazon series page for Felony Melanie: A Sweet Home Alabama romantic comedy novel.