Friday, May 27, 2016

Heart of the Billionaire (Book 2 in the Almost an Angel series) is now Available!

Heart of the Billionaire

Book 2 in The Almost an Angel Series is now available! In celebration of this event, we're giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash. No purchase necessary. To enter, scroll to the bottom of this post and click the entry button.

Gracie, an angel-in-training, has completed her first assignment, reuniting Alex and Dawson after their tumultuous breakup. Her elation is cut short when she receives her next assignment: Brooke Matthews—the snotty, entitled, princess, who did everything in her power to snatch Dawson away from Alex. Where in the world will Gracie find a man to put up with this beauty of a beast?

Nash Rigby is a bull rider. Used to taking life by the horns, he’s willing to enter into an arrangement—a dubious arrangement—to save his father’s ranch. He’s trained to hang on for all he’s worth for eight seconds, but can this cowboy hang on to Brooke long enough to win the prize? Or, will he be able to see Brooke’s inner beauty and find the love of a lifetime? Maybe … with a little help from an almost angel.

Faced with the insurmountable task of helping the cowboy and the billionaire’s daughter fall in love, Gracie digs in, determined to do things her way. When Sheldon, a dark angel with killer looks, floats back into her life, err … afterlife, Gracie must fight against her growing attraction to heaven’s bad boy.

Heart of the Billionaire is a stand-alone novel. But to get the full effect of how things work in the realm of angels, check out Candlelight Kisses (Book 1 in the Almost an Angel Series) amazon

 Praise for the Series: "I did not see that ending coming! Gracie is not what I expected either...she doesn't fit the mold of what you think an "angel-in-training" is supposed to be like, and it will be fun to see her continue to learn and change. I love her mentor, Gertrude! It is a fun, clean romance that keeps you interested and entertained. Eagerly anticipating the next one in the series!” by Verified Amazon Customer 

 "Love this series! Nash's desire to save his father's ranch touched me. And it helped he's hot and swoon worthy! And Gracie's love story with the 'bad boy' makes it even more interesting! Love this! Don't miss it!” by Always Reading
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Excerpt:

Stewart Matthews sat poised on the edge of his seat, his body taut—his face wearing the laser-beam focus of a General preparing for battle. In many ways, he was fighting the greatest battle of his life, for it involved the heart of the one he loved the most. He could only see one way to help Brooke, but she wouldn’t like it. In fact, she would be so angry that she might never speak to him again. That was the price he would have to pay for attempting to save her. Better to be a parent than a friend. Even though he dreaded what was to come, he knew there was no other option. His money had been the thing that sent Brooke down her path of self-destruction. He could only hope that it would also be the catalyst that would save her A feeling of resignation settled over him as he looked down at the blank page. Then he picked up the pen and began to write … My Darling Brooke, From the moment you were born and I held you in my arms, I knew that my life would never again be the same. Never before had I experienced such pure and complete love. And that love has only grown and multiplied over the years. You are my heart, my primary responsibility, and I will take any measures necessary to protect you, even if that means protecting you from yourself. Sweetheart, my only desire is that you find joy and contentment—the kind that can only come from within. You need to learn to love unconditionally and to love someone so completely that you are willing to put his needs before your own. Please know that I have spent many a night, walking the floors, trying to determine the best course of action to set you back on the right path. A way has been opened up, and I intend to take full advantage of it. My only hope is that you will one day find it in your heart to forgive me, for what I’m about to do. A knock sounded. He looked up as his assistant stuck her head in the door. “I’m sorry to disturb you, but the attorney is here and waiting in the conference room. It’s time.” The moment of truth was here. Once he signed the documents, there would be no going back. He blew out a breath, a rigid look of determination on his lined face. “Tell them I’ll be there in five minutes.”
 



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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Second Chances



I'm thrilled to be the guest blogger today on Just Contemporary Romance. I'm talking about second chances and my latest book, Candlelight Kisses (Book 1 in the Almost an Angel Series).



Second Chances

Have you ever wanted a second chance to change something you did or said? A second chance to make things right? I often reflect on those pivotal moments in my life that went disastrously wrong, and I play out scenarios in my head, daydreaming about different outcomes and what might have been.
            The idea of second chances was the impetus for my new book, Candlelight Kisses, Book 1 in the Almost an Angel Series. Gracie Louise Andrews led an ordinary, humdrum life—right up until the day she died and became an angel ... err ... almost an angel. Before she can become a real angel, she must prove herself. She's given the assignment to help couples find lasting love—an overwhelming task, considering her own love life was a complete disaster.
            Begrudgingly, Gracie accepts her new role and is assigned her first couple: Alex Swanson and Dawson Allen.
Alex, a self-made business owner who has her nose constantly to the grind, regrets losing Dawson, the love of her life and longs for a second chance to make things right.  Formerly the Marketing Director of Alex’s company, Dawson has moved out of state and is no longer a part of her life.
Gracie uses her newfound angel powers to orchestrate a wacky plan to bring the couple back together. Things go awry when a handsome, mysterious stranger sweeps Gracie off her feet and threatens to distract her from her mission.

Will her zany antics save the day, or will she bumble the whole thing up and forgo any chance of ever becoming an angel? 


I'll be giving away three copies of Candlelight Kisses on the Just Contemporary Romance Site. Learn more  HERE



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Big Giveaway

Win a deluxe gift package!

In celebration of the release of our latest book, Candlelight Kisses (Book 1 in The Almost an Angel Series), we are giving away a deluxe gift package this coming Friday, March 4. Entering is easy! Order a copy of Candlelight Kisses and send us an email at youngbloodpoole@gmail.com, letting us know. Simply put, "Got it." For this week only, the book will be offered for only 99 cents. 

The deluxe gift package includes:

-Autographed Print Copy of False Identity
-$25.00 Chili's Gift Certificate
-A suite 716 gift package (4 oz. Orange Essential Hand and Body Lotion, Lemongrass Essential Body Oil, 1 glycerin orange bath bar, 1 glycerin lavender bath bar, 1 herbal mint lip balm, 1 cherry blossom lip balm.

Get your copy here for 99 cents



Gracie Louise Andrews led an ordinary, humdrum life—right up until the day she died and became an angel ... err ... almost an angel. She's given the assignment to help couples find lasting love--an overwhelming task, considering her own love life was a complete disaster. Begrudgingly, Gracie accepts her new role and is assigned her first couple: Alex Swanson and Dawson Allen. 

Alex, a self-made business owner who has her nose constantly to the grind, regrets losing Dawson, the love of her life. Formerly the Marketing Director of Alex’s company, Dawson has moved out of state and is no longer a part of her life. 

Gracie uses her newfound angel powers to orchestrate a wacky plan to bring the couple back together. Things go awry when a handsome, mysterious stranger sweeps Gracie off her feet and threatens to distract her from her mission. Will her zany antics save the day, or will she bumble the whole thing up and forgo any chance of ever becoming an angel? 

Get Candlelight Kisses here for only 99 cents 



Thursday, February 25, 2016

Earthly Angels

This was taken the day I graduated from college. Notice the extraordinary haku lei that Sela made for me. Also, she made the leis around my neck. 


Writing a book about an angel (almost angel) has prompted me to do a lot of thinking about the subject. I suppose it’s only natural that when the topic is discussed, we put most of the focus on heavenly angels. After all, the unknown makes for an intriguing discussion. We often forget, however, that most of the world’s work is accomplished by earthly angels—the ones that walk on two legs and are disguised as everyday, normal human beings.
            I was reminded of this last week when my husband Patrick and I got the flu. From the minute our friends and neighbors learned we were sick, we had an outpouring of love and concern. One friend surprised us with homemade chicken soup (just what the doctor ordered), and two others delivered tasty valentine treats. Many offered to make us dinner or to help in any capacity needed. I was humbled and overwhelmed by the simple acts of kindness that meant the world to us. 
            We’re constantly bombarded with all of the negative events that plague our modern world.  The media is in our face 24/7, masterfully repeating the same doomsday tune over and over again until eats away at our resolve and becomes our reality. We start to lose hope and become cynical. Yes, terrible things happen. We do live in a scary world, and we are, at times, fearful for the future. In many ways, it is indeed the worst of times. But it’s also the best of times, for so many wonderful things are happening. Good people are all around us—people who care, people who take time out of their busy schedules to help a friend in need, people who offer a hand of encouragement in that moment when we need it the most.
            I met one such angel when we lived in Hawaii. Sela is a humble, soft-spoken woman who has the strength of a dozen armies. I first met her on a Sunday. It’s customary in Hawaii to give leis to those who are leaving the island. This gesture is a symbol of friendship and respect. Being a newcomer to the island (Haole), I didn’t have a lei to give. Rather than going up and giving the family the exquisite lei that Sela had made, she quietly gave it to me instead. Then she motioned for me to go up and present the gift. This seemingly inconsequential event was the start of a lasting friendship. Not only was Sela showing her love for the departing family, but she was also making me feel loved and welcome.
            After getting to know Sela better, I came to learn that she has impacted countless others through her quiet acts of service. She’s one of the most courageous women I know, and I feel blessed to call her a friend. Sela is indeed a living and breathing angel. On one occasion, our family got sick with an unknown virus that ravaged through our household like the plague. I seriously thought my youngest son might die from the illness, and it’s the only time I’ve ever passed out cold. We could hardly eat a bite and barely had enough strength to lift our heads off the pillows. As soon as Sela realized we were sick, she came, carrying a large pot of homemade stew. We ate that stew for an entire week and felt as though it was literally nursing us back to health.
            As luck would have it, a storm hit the small town of Laie where we lived, causing massive flooding. The flood occurred a couple of days before college graduation. Sela and her family were hit especially hard. Their house was flooded. They lost many of their possessions and had to do extensive repairs. Patrick and I were both graduating from college and were hoping that Sela and her family would be able to come and watch us walk; however, due to their circumstance, we would have understood if they couldn’t make it. Imagine our surprise and delight when Sela showed up, her arms laden with the most beautiful leis we’d ever seen. She’d spent the entire night before, painstakingly making them for us. The very person who was in the direst need was the one who was giving the most. How I love and admire that woman! She taught me so much.

Even though years have passed since then, I can’t write about it without shedding tears of gratitude for this earthly angel who inspires me to be a better person. As long as there are angels like Sela on this earth, then we have cause to hope. We have cause to celebrate the good. I thank God above that we have angels that walk amongst us, giving of themselves and inspiring us to give of ourselves so that somewhere … someday … someone may consider us to be an earthly angel too.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Angels Among Us

I've always had a fascination with angels. There have been many times in my life when I've wondered if I were getting help from my loved ones that have passed. This feeling has intensified since my dad died. While I miss him all of the time, there was one specific time when I felt his presence so strongly that my spirit knew, in some inexplicable way, that he really was there beside me. It was an experience I will always treasure, for in that one small moment, heaven felt a little closer, and I caught a glimpse of how families really can last forever.

It goes without saying that I love a good love story! In my new book, Candlelight Kisses, I combined my love of angels with my love of romance to create a zany, lovable girl named Gracie who isn't remotely how one would picture an angel. She feels totally inadequate in her new assignment and makes a slew of mistakes that threaten to wreck everything. I see a lot of myself in Gracie as I make mistakes and bumble my way through life, doing the best I can.

Every time Gracie helps a couple find love, there's this tiny part of her that becomes a little more whole. Candlelight Kisses in only the first book in what I hope to be many adventures along Gracie's path as she strives to earn the right to become a real angel.




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Gracie Louise Andrews led an ordinary, humdrum life—right up until the day she died and became an angel ... err ... almost an angel. She's given the assignment to help couples find lasting love--an overwhelming task, considering her own love life was a complete disaster.

Never one to play by the rules, Gracie gets swept off her feet by a handsome, mysterious stranger who threatens to distract her from her mission. Will her zany antics save the day, or will she bumble the whole thing up and forgo any chance of ever becoming an angel?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Date Night

    
    

   A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in the chapel at church and sacrament had just started when it was announced from the pulpit that there would be a women’s conference taking place the following Friday. A friend of mine tapped me on the shoulder from behind and then leaned over and whispered, “Are you going to the conference? We should get a group of friends together and then hang out afterwards.”
            “Yeah, I’m not sure that I’m going to attend that.”
            She looked surprised.
I’m sorry,” I continued with an apologetic expression.
            “Really? It will be a great thing to attend. Very uplifting,” she said, giving me a funny look, probably because I’m a regular at these types of activities.
            “Friday night is my date night,” I explained, “and I hold to that.”
            By this time, sacrament meeting was in full swing, and there was no time to explain my comments. I’m sure my friend thought my reaction was abrupt. After all, she was only trying to extend an invitation to a spiritually uplifting and enriching activity. She probably wondered why I couldn’t make an exception and switch my date night to another night. I wish there had been time to explain my point of view, but alas, there wasn’t. Looking back, I’m not sure what my friend thought of that odd conversation, but it got me thinking about the importance of that sacred occasion I call date night.
            My husband and I are coming up on our 26th wedding anniversary. It seems hard to believe that we’ve been married that long because in many ways, it feels like we’re only just begun our adventure together. While we’ve lived many different places and experienced varied lifestyles and cultures, one thing has remained a constant—our date nights.
            Friday night is our night—the time when we put aside all of the other demands that life heaps on us and focus on the two of us and what it means to be a couple. I look forward to this time and find myself getting a little giddy on Friday morning as I think about whatever fun activity we have planned. During that one evening—that short blip of time—we become teenagers who are experiencing the bliss of young love all over again. It may sound corny, but that’s how it is.
            I’ve come to learn that due to my hectic, crazy schedule that never slows down, I must constantly guard this time. Things come up, and other people’s wants and needs—however well intentioned they are—will hijack our night if we let them. I can’t always explain my reasoning to others, and they may not understand, but I’ve come to terms with that.  I choose to put my relationship with Patrick first, knowing that everything else will work itself out … or not, and that’s okay.
            A close friend of mine is holding a virtual summit where successful women entrepreneurs share their happy marriage secrets. She interviewed a series of women to find out what works for them, and I was honored to be among them. The summit goes through February 12th and offers a wealth of valuable information and tips.
            To learn more about the summit, visit Ignitepoint


Monday, December 28, 2015

New Book Trailer for When Darkness Falls

I'm thrilled about the new book trailer for When Darkness Falls! Read the book on Amazon Kindle HERE


Chloe Kensley tries to put her life back together after her fiancĂ©, Dan, is killed. Things get really bizarre when she starts seeing Dan’s ghost. He torments her in her dreams, and her terror mounts to new heights when she starts seeing him during waking hours. 

In her search to carve out a new life for herself, Chloe gets caught up in a love triangle with two very different brothers who have glamorous yet turbulent lives. She unwittingly becomes the pawn in a deadly game of intrigue and betrayal where she must fight to stay alive amidst the growing darkness. Will the ghosts of the past prevent her from truly finding love, or will she finally be delivered when darkness falls?