New Life into an Old Book

ALittleBitCupid_cover2 (1)Hey, all!

I can feel spring is getting closer. Easter is coming up and there are little buds of new growth in the ground starting to spring up. It feels like a new beginning.

Which brings me to the title of my post.

My book (novella) A Little Bit Cupid came out a year ago. But my publisher gave a whole new look recently with a fresh and pretty cover just in time for the release of new book Fiancé by Fate coming this Monday.

Best of all? They gave A Little Bit Cupid a fresh new price too. FREE!!!

So load up your kindles! It will be free until April 26th.

Here’s a little bit about it:

Finding love should be easy, but wedding photographer Phoebe Ward knows better. When Cupid shows up on a crazy mission to help her —and save the world in the process—Phoebe realizes love might be even more complicated than she thought. Even with Cupid showing her Mr. Right , she can’t stop thinking about his best friend, Mr. Wrong.

Cal Crawford has never had time for love, but now he’s falling for Phoebe. Which means it’s got to be just plain wrong to set her up with his best friend, right? But even though seeing Phoebe with someone else will break his heart, he can’t walk away from her.

Phoebe can’t afford to choose the wrong guy with the fate of the world at stake. But maybe Cupid has it wrong. Maybe she has to rely just a little bit on Cupid, and a whole lot more on her heart.

Happy Spring!



About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her latest sweet romance: CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

Guest Post — Ashlee Mallory

First connections and why I wanted to become a writer

I would like to thank Through Heart-Shaped Glasses for having me on today! I love your blog and don’t know how you come up with ideas so prolifically! It was actually in reviewing your first month of blog topics of “Firsts” that I came up with my own topic for today. It had me thinking about how and why I am where I am.

We probably all remember the opening scene in Romancing the Stone, where Joan Wilder, A.K.A. Kathleen Turner, finishes her book and goes in search of a tissue but finds her apartment a mess with post-it notes reminding her to pick up tissue? Her only company a hungry cat? Had I known just how spot-on that writing scene was from that scene, where there was no glitz, just Joan and a typewriter, would I still have chosen writing as a profession?

Yeah. Most definitely.

Because despite the sometimes lonely existence even with my family surrounding me and pets vying for attention, there’s still the thrill of putting together a particular scene that has me smiling to myself, and the hope it might even draw a chuckle from readers.  Or writing that one suspenseful scene that will send chills up readers’ spines as they worry and wonder what happens next. Those are the moments that I love about writing.

One of the first romance books that I remember totally loving for the range in emotions it wrought from me—from spurts of laughter after reading a particular witty comment that the heroine threw at the hero, to full tears at the emotional and physical pain the hero endured to show her his love—was Judith McNaught’s A Kingdom of dreams.  When I finished that story and every time I read it afterwards, I knew I wanted to aspire to writing just like Ms. McNaught. To draw readers in to my story, the character’s life, where they experience their joy and pain along with them.

YouAgain (2) (1)I’ve only just debuted my first book and it feels like the dam has broken. Ideas are bubbling and waiting to be let out.  I only hope that I’ll be able to capture all the emotions as capably as Ms. McNaught. And even though the house is in shambles and the laundry is several feet high and the kids are eating cereal for dinner (although that seems to be by their choice, thankfully), I wouldn’t change any of it.

My debut book, YOU AGAIN, is now available for purchase on most major E-retailers as seen here  I also love to connect with readers and fellow authors and you can find me on:

My web page,

Twitter:  @ashleemallory and



AshleeMallory.AuthorPhotoAshlee lives with her husband, two kids, a dog, and cat surrounded by the majestic mountains of her hometown in the greater Salt Lake City area. When she’s not writing the boring legal stuff for her day job, she gets to immerse herself in writing stories about love, life, and the occasional murder.

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

April Showers Bring…Plot Bunnies?

file000439406769Like many people, spring is one of my favorite seasons. Living in Wisconsin, the warmer weather is always welcomed, especially if it melts the snow at lightning speed. Usually by the time April rolls around, we’ve had at least some thaw, but this year? Nuh-uh. Not even a little. I still can’t see my mailbox on the other side of the snow in my yard and there’s still a good inch of ice in my driveway. You what would help make it all go away? Some rain!

I know rain makes some of my fellow bloggers crabby, but me? I adore rain! The whole April showers bit? Bring. It. On! Not only is a good downpour or thunderstorm a  promise of better weather to come (as opposed to more of the nasty “S” word), the writer in me is super inspired by a nice, long pitter-patter on the roof. I don’t know what it is, but it never fails–spring rain hits and it’s like the perfect nourishment for my fruitful imagination. The plot bunnies come out in troves and it’s all I can do to scratch down notes on all of them. And if there’s a loud, crashing storm? Mmm. All the better. In fact, the bigger the storm, the naughtier my steamy scenes turn out!

How about you? Are you a fan of the spring rain or do you dread the mud it makes? Do you like storms, or do you run for cover at the first crack of lightning? I’m a storm watcher, so I’m usually running back and forth between the patio and my laptop. I even set my River Bend series in rural Nebraska, just so I’d have a good excuse to write a few whopper storms, maybe even a tornado! I know–I’m crazy! lol But sometimes…you just gotta embrace what get’s the creativity going!

Here’s to a great April! ~Molly

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

Welcome to APRIL!!

No matter what the weather looks like in your part of the world…. it’s Spring here in the States [and the Northern Hemisphere!]. April Showers should bring May Flowers. And May Flowers are likely to garner a few June Brides, too!

Isn’t it funny how the seasons dictate so much of our lives?

I love it. And can’t wait to share this next month with all of you… So, bring your umbrella and your snazzle, dazzle rain boots and come share another month of great books, awesome guest bloggers, and maybe an interview or two as well. 🙂

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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