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Mon
Apr 10 2017 9:30am

What Book Goes Along with Your Favorite Beverage?

Somebody's Baby by Donna Alward

Today we're thrilled to have Donna Alward (Somebody's Baby) on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Nothing beats sitting down to a book and a beverage, and today Donna is here to offer a few suggestions of perfect pairings. Thanks, Donna!

When you sit down with a great book, it’s not unusual to have a little something to sip while you’re reading. And just like wine pairings with delicious meals, you should have a perfect pairing for your current book! So here are a few suggestions from me, for a few of my favorite books and authors I’ve read recently:

Moonlight over Paris by Jennifer Robson: I want to say great Parisian coffee, served with croissants of course, but every time I think of this book, I think of Helena taking that train from Calais and then the evenings spent over a bottle of wine and I think a lovely Chablis would do the trick.

The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley: Do you see a French connection? There is wine EVERYWHERE in this book, partly because there’s a nearby vineyard. Also, the main setting is a hotel where there seems to be a steady flow of wine. Try a merlot or a nice burgundy with this one.

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Fri
Mar 17 2017 11:00am

H&H Quickie #19: Donna Alward Presents A Somebody Like You Epilogue

Someone to Love by Donna Alward

Today we're thrilled to welcome Donna Alward (author of Someone to Love) back to Heroes and Heartbreakers with a very titilating scene that we know will leave you wanting more!

Last month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.

Here are the prompts she chose for (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options):

 

 

Prompts chosen:

Now, without further ado... Donna Alward's Somebody Like You Epilogue

Aiden stepped inside the house and nearly tripped over the piles of bags and cans in the entry.

“Honey?” he called out, wondering where Laurel was and why everything had been dropped at the front door. “You okay?”

“In here!”

He followed the voice into the master bedroom. Since getting married last summer, he’d moved his few possessions into the house she’d bought on her return to Darling. There wasn’t a lot of “him” in the décor, but that wasn’t surprising. He hadn’t had much to begin with, and most of it pretty plain and cheap. Bachelor stuff.

The master bedroom, however, had taken on a new look just today. Laurel was standing over a newly-constructed crib, smoothing out a quilt or something over the mattress.

“What the…” His heart seized a little. The baby wasn’t due for a few months yet, but the sight of the crib and a little table beside it made cold fear creep over his skin.

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Mon
May 4 2015 12:00pm
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Summer on Lovers’ Island: Exclusive Excerpt

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Summer on Lovers' Island by Donna Alward

What happens when a seasonal fling turns into the love of a lifetime?
Lizzie Howard's life has always been adrenaline-charged. Top of her class at Harvard Med and now a gifted trauma doctor, Lizzie's medical career has always come before rest, relaxation, and especially romance. But when one careless mistake brings her future to a screeching halt, Lizzie's only chance at reviving it is to temporarily take over a friend's practice in Jewell Cove. The sleepy Maine coast, a world away from the bustling emergency room Lizzie knows and loves, leaves her feeling more lost than ever-until she meets widowed doctor Joshua Collins, and her heart starts beating a little bit faster...

Coming home to Jewell Cove was Josh's salvation after his wife died. Looking for peace among the familiar faces of friends and family, he's grateful to work in the town's small medical clinic by day and spend his nights trying to forget everything he's lost. Lizzie's big-city sensibilities are a brash reminder of the world he's pushed away, but he can't deny that together they've sparked a flame that crackles higher and brighter every day. Maybe love is the best medicine after all…

Get a sneak peek at Donna Alward's Summer on Lovers' Island (available May 5, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER 1

As punishments went, Lizzie Howard could have done a lot worse.

The “recommendation” was for her to get out of town for a few days, and she'd chosen to visit her best friend, Charlie, in Jewell Cove. The story Lizzie'd given Charlie was that they could spend the weekend celebrating Lizzie's thirtieth birthday. That sounded much better than the truth, which was that she was slinking away from Springfield with her tail tucked firmly between her legs.

Thirty. Her career was supposed to be taking off instead of stalled in its tracks. How the hell had this happened?

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Fri
Oct 31 2014 12:00pm
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Treasure on Lilac Lane: Deleted Scene

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Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward

Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store...

Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss. 

But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?

Have you already read and devoured Donna Alward's latest Jewel Cove novel, Treasure on Lilac Lane? Donna and her editor are here today to introduce a special deleted scene from the book. We can't wait to get reading and get a sneak peek behind the curtain to see how this all works. Thanks, Donna!

Read an excerpt of Donna Alward's Treasure on Lilac Lane and The House on Blackberry Hill.

From first draft to final, every book changes. But what happens to those scenes that end up on the cutting room floor?

Donna Alward: When I wrote the toast to the bride, I was thinking it would serve two purposes. First of all, this is the BIG toast at any wedding and tends to be a little longer and not so brief. And secondly, I used it as a way to tie this story back to The House on Blackberry Hill, which is Tom and Abby’s story and I could perhaps share some info with readers who are new to the series.  So I chatted about Abby and also her Aunt Marian, who left her the house in the first place. My editor, who is AMAZING, thought we should trim it a little. Thankfully only bits and pieces went on the cutting room floor, not the whole thing. I can guarantee you that my editor has a BRILLIANT eye about what should stay and what should go, so I’ll let her tell you why she cut some bits and pieces of the speech and scene.

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Fri
Oct 17 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Treasure on Lilac Lane: Exclusive Excerpt

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Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward

Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store...

Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss. 

But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?

Get a sneak peek of Donna Alward's Treasure on Lilac Lane (available October 28, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Jess Collins hated funerals.

She avoided attending when she could, though in a close-knit town the size of Jewell Cove, that wasn’t easy. When she found herself in these types of situations, she often offered condolences and got away as fast as she could.

Funerals brought back too many painful memories. Too many reminders of a time when life started to unravel. As a teenager, losing her father had been the worst thing she’d ever experienced. How she’d handled her grief, however, had led to something far more traumatic. Something she could never forget no matter how hard she tried.

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Sun
Sep 28 2014 10:00am
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Christmas at Seashell Cottage: Exclusive Excerpt

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Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward

It's Christmas in Jewell Cove...

And local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger, and a real-life mystery man. Sure, she's always wanted a family of her own, but she didn't imagine it coming from a baby that wasn't hers and a man who was more interested in living day by day than making long-term plans.

Ex-SEAL Dave Ricker hadn't planned on making Jewell Cove his forever home, but the talented and tender-hearted Charlie has him reconsidering his position on settling down. Can a beautiful woman, adorable baby and a small-town full of holiday spirit change his mind for good?

Fall in love with Donna Alward's holiday romance, Christmas at Seashell Cottage, exclusively in e-book. And look for the other books in the Jewell Cove series. “Oh, my silly heart be still. This is a wonderful romance, packed with family drama, a sexy hero, an incredible old house. You'll fall in love from the very first page.”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on The House on Blackberry Hill

Get a sneak peek of Donna Alward's Christmas at Seashell Cottage (available October 7, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1&2.

Chapter 1

Charlie Yang had never considered herself much of a joiner. So it went without saying that she was surprised to find herself in the middle of setting up a nativity scene in front of the Jewell Cove church, stuffing scratchy straw into a crudely constructed manger. They’d had an early snow, and the layer of white covering the ground and the branches of trees and shrubbery added to the feeling of holiday spirit that had taken over since Thanksgiving.

Like a well-oiled machine, Gloria Henderson and her army of church ladies had taken charge of the volunteers and had assigned jobs to everyone. The men were tasked with anything requiring a ladder and heavy lifting—including lugging three wise men, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and sheep, and every last bit of the nativity to the front yard. Right now Bill—Charlie had forgotten his last name—from the service station was positioning the figures in the proper places, which were the exact same spots they occupied each and every year, apparently. Charlie gave a dry chuckle. You could always count on small towns, and Jewell Cove, Maine, was no different. It was practically steeped in saltwater traditions.

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Wed
Apr 16 2014 9:30am
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The House on Blackberry Hill: Exclusive Excerpt

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The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward

When a young woman inherits a rundown mansion, the last thing she expects to find is the key to her heart…

Abby Foster is a fish out of water in the Maine coastal town of Jewell Cove. The crumbling Foster estate, left to her by a relative she never even knew, has everyone’s eyes on her—an eerie reminder of the long-buried family secrets that have haunted her…forever. Single, stunning, and sometimes too strong-willed for her own good, Abby’s plan is to sell the house and hightail it back to Nova Scotia. But another part of her is intrigued by the idea of starting over somewhere new—and finally learning the truth about her heritage.   

THE HOUSE ON BLACKBERRY HILL

Enter Tom Arseneault. The best contractor in Jewell Cove, Tom is determined to restore the beauty and prestige of the Foster mansion—and maybe even work his charms on its beautiful new heir. The attraction between him and Abby is undeniable, and the more time Tom spends on the house the more he wants to be in it with her. But Abby’s not sure she can trust him—or anyone in Jewell Cove who seems to know more about her family history than she does. Home: Is it really where the heart is after all?

Get a sneak peek of Donna Alward's The House on Blackberry Hill (available April 29, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Abby Foster didn’t want to like the town of Jewell Cove. It was just her bad luck, then, that the place appeared annoyingly cheerful and quaint; a postcard-perfect sea town on the Maine coast dotted with colorful buildings nestled above the pristine inlet of Penobscot Bay. In response to her irritation, she cranked up the radio and rolled down the window. The breeze blew her hair back from her face, and she gave her head a toss as she continued into the town, tapping her fingers on the steering wheel along with the music. She had to be here. She didn’t have to like it.

But she couldn’t put the trip off any longer. Something had to be done with the house. The estate was paying the taxes on the damned place but her aunt Marian’s lawyer kept pestering her about the condition of the property and what she was going to do about it. The constant correspondence made it impossible to pretend the house didn’t exist. So she finally put in for a deferred leave from her job as an elementary school teacher and decided to deal with the family mess once and for all.

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