Monday, August 06, 2018

We Are Moving

We Are Closed
Sort of

Hello. Weird and funky things were happening with this blog. I'll just leave it at that. If you stumble upon this site, please know that this is now the "unofficial" used-to-be blog of Maddie James. After a number of years of blogging over here, I am going to have to abandon. Sad. However, I've cloned myself to a degree and will be starting over with new blog content. You can find that new content by clicking the word "blog" above in the menu or jumping over to HERE. I do hope you will hop on over and find me in the new place, where I will be starting over with new content, but occasionally reposting oldie-but-goody content from this blog. (Was that a run-on sentence?) Occasionally. Maybe. I reserve the right. We'll see. Toodles.

#lastposthere #sad #newthingsonthehorizon #imstillgonnaparkthiscontenthereforposterity #endingsaresad #beginningsareweird #hopefloats #yada

Love Forever - #Free Sampler Now Available! #loveforever #gemsinattic



I'm a part of a group of authors who blog over here and we decided to create a freebie set of sampler chapters for our readers. If you want to try out a group of authors for free, just download this set and get 11 first chapters of bestselling author's books. Our hope, of couse, is that you'll find one or two you love and you'll want to read the rest of the stories. 


This sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and bestselling romance authors is guaranteed to whet your happily-ever-after appetite and send you running to your favorite ebook retailer to download to your hearts’ content! This eclectic mix of sweet to steamy reads has you traveling from the past to the future, with historical, time travel, paranormal, contemporary, western, and futuristic romance beginnings.

And we hope you will not stop at the beginning! Our stories are available in a wide variety of ebook retailers world-wide—we hope you download and enjoy every one!

Here is a sneak peek at the stories in Love, Forever:

HEAT LIGHTNING (Book 1, Outlaw Ridge, Texas) by Joan Reeves
Contemporary Romance

Amnesia stole her memory—her life! What Tessa doesn’t remember may be the death of her.

BREDE, (Rodeo Romance, Book 2) by Connie Vines
Romantic Suspense

Trouble is something hard-edged rancher, Brede Kristensen, knows all about. A widower with a rambunctious young daughter, a ranch to run and an ornery cook who has just runoff, Brede doesn’t need another problem. Yet in the midst of a violent storm, he finds an injured woman with no memory of her past—or the man who tried to kill her!

FINDING MERCY (Return to Welcome #1) by Bonnie Edwards
Contemporary Romance
Mercy Talbot left Welcome on a high, but she’s returned a broke failure. She’s messed up her career, love, and family ties. Now, she’s found love and a new family. When her career is reborn, will she leave the man and child who’ve opened their hearts to her?

TIME AND AGAIN by Nancy Fraser
Time Travel/Romantic Suspense

Will Kate and Matt's accidental trip to the future bring them back together? Or, tear them even farther apart?

THE GINGERBREAD HEART by Liz Flaherty
Sweet Romance

Widowed Cass Logan has done her time as a caregiver. But when her boss, mystery-writer Eli Welcome, needs surgery, Cass is faced with following her heart...or walking away.

ALL OF MY HEART by Sophie Jacobs
Contemporary Romance

Happy-go-lucky Suzie Hart has a perfect life and a secret. All goes well in her small town world until that secret rides up to her doorstep on a badass Harley and tosses her not-so-perfect world into some kind of big, bad tumble.

KENTUCKY BLUE BLOODS by Jan Scarbrough
Contemporary Romance

It’s up to Reggie to save what’s left of her family homestead and her proud Kentucky heritage. But when Parker shows up to collect his horses, all bets are off. Reggie’s never been a gambler and Parker despises losing. But when Kentucky blue blood tangles with British blue blood, are they willing to take a gamble on love?

ANORA'S PRIDE by Kathleen Lawless
Western Historical romance

Anora King didn’t plan to pretend she was married, but her new neighbors in Boulder Springs jumped to that conclusion. Jesse Quantrill is shocked to find himself lusting after a married woman. And wouldn’t a romance between them be the town’s biggest scandal ever?

TWO DAYS UNTIL MIDNIGHT by Lynn Crandall
Paranormal romance

A bird-shifter. A reclusive billionaire. A project that brings them together. A deadly curse that threatens to separate them forever.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE SEXY KIND by Karen Kelley
Romantic Comedy

Mala didn’t plan to crash land on Earth. She only wanted to sneak in for a few days and maybe find a man—a real one, but she encounters more than she bargained for with the town sheriff.

NIGHT KISS by Maddie James
Time Travel/Paranormal Romance

Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.



Sunday, July 01, 2018

Half-way through July and a new series!

It's July and halfway through 2018, and I'm happy to say I'm more than half-way through the re-release schedule of my contemporary romance series set in Harbor Falls, North Carolina!

Since October of 2017, I've been revising and re-releasing all of the titles in my old Matchmaking Chef series. This rebrand and reboot of the series include new books to the series and some major overhauls of some of the existing novellas. All books have a new look and feel and are connected to the new town of Harbor Falls, NC (used to be Legend, TN).

This week The Husband List released. Yay! It is book 9 of the 15 books series (so far) and all is on track to release book 10, The Heartbreaker, in July, book 11, Chase My Heart, in August, followed by Star Crossed, Book 12, in September, No Sweeter Match, Book 13 in October. And finally, Book 14, One More Kiss, in November, and Not This Christmas, Book 15, in December. Whew!

Yes, I will make this schedule! Then in 2019 I'm happy to report new titles in the works for both the Maddie James and Sophie Jacobs pen names. 2019 will be here before we know it!

Here are the details on The Husband List!


The Husband List
A Harbor Falls Romance, Book 9, Sweet Hart Inn

When Suzie Hart’s success as the matchmaking chef hits the national foodie scene, her publicist produces a list of requirements totally unrelated to Suzie’s newfound cooking show success. Interested more in Suzie’s matchmaking talents, Patricia Plum presents, The Husband List. 

Patricia Plum knows she’s attracted to commitment-phobic men. Worse, they are attracted to her. Unlucky on her own in the couples department, she asks her new client for help. If Suzie Hart is as good as everyone claims, Patricia feels confident this hot new chef-turned-matchmaker will deliver the husband of her dreams. Just to move things along, Patricia presents Suzie with a specific list of husband requirements.

Ames Cooper is Patricia’s commitment-phonic ex-boyfriend who screwed up royally in the past (both literally and figuratively) and watched her walk out of his life. He’s a dozen years her junior and doesn’t meet any of the requirements on her husband list because he’s the exact opposite of every point on her list—not to mention the reason she compiled the list to begin with.

When photographer, Ames, steps into the photo shoot for Suzie’s new cookbook and sees Patricia again, he realizes why his heart felt so empty these past three years. He regrets his past indiscretions and wonders how he can make things right with Patricia.

Will Patricia let him get close enough to prove he can be husband material, after all? And can matchmaker, Suzie Hart, really deliver Patricia’s perfect mate to order?

AVAILABLE NOW!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Latest Release - Miss Matched Hearts by Sophie Jacobs

Miss Matched Hearts
A Harbor Falls Romance, Book 8
Sweet Hart Inn

As local celebrity chef Suzie Hart starts to step out of her regional fame and into the bigger world, she launches her debut cooking show with some local flavor—a blind date matchmaking sketch with a friend that goes south quicker than geese in winter….

Becca North doesn’t want a boyfriend—she is so off men. Her best friend Nora, however, makes boyfriend hunting a sport. When Nora, owner of the Harbor Falls’ bookstore, Nora’s Novel Niche, meets Suzie the matchmaking chef during a book signing at her store, she finagles her way into a romantic picnic blind date lunch on Suzie’s new television show. Nora drags a reluctant Becca along for moral support.

Thing is, Nora’s blind date would rather check out Becca.

Sam Ackerman understands the hazards of being childhood friends with Suzie Hart. Suzie has a way of convincing friends to do her bidding—whether they want to or not. How the landscaper gets finagled into this blind date scenario with a local book store owner is all Suzie’s doings—and the fact that he is caught up in a matchmaking scheme is not lost on him. Still, Suzie is persistent and he caves—but only as a favor. He’s not interested in dating right now, let alone get joined at the hip with some blind date, husband-hunting, boyfriend-seeker. He’s off women.

And then he spies Becca.



Friday, April 27, 2018

Have you ever been caught up in The Dating Game?

Speed dating? 
Speed eating is more like it. 

When puppy nanny, Lyssa Larkin, tells her friends she has given up on dating and is devoting her life to dogs, Suzie realizes it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She sets up a series of speed dating lunches for Lyssa at Sweet Hart Inn, designed to help the former Harbor Falls High Homecoming Queen meet as many men as possible in a short time period. Suzie knows Lyssa needs a push and some confidence—but soon realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Lyssa inspects and rejects her dates in two bites and sends them on their way. Suzie wonders if Lyssa really wants to date or just eat double lunches, and worries that soon Lyssa’s hips won’t fit her dainty dining room chairs.

That is until Suzie is approached by a potential suitor who is falling for Lyssa hard and fast—one who isn’t on Suzie’s original radar screen—and can’t help working her matchmaking magic behind the speed dating scene. But will Lyssa reject this suitor as well?

The Dating Game continues the Harbor Falls, Sweet Hart Inn romance series featuring Suzie Hart’s matchmaking antics. If you like a little humor with your romance, a bit of culinary expertise mashed up with snappy dialogue, imperfect characters, and a happily-ever-after ending, then perhaps The Dating Game is for you.

Buy The Dating Game today and get ready to experience the dating woes again--or for the first time!--Suzie Hart style.

Suzie Hart is earning quite the reputation as a matchmaking chef in the small town of Harbor Falls, North Carolina. Can she navigate the dating game for Lyssa Larkin?

LIMITED TIME SALE -- ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS! 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Small Town Romance #Giveaway! #booksweeps

Good morning! 

I’ve teamed up with 50+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of steamy small town romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

And guess what? You'll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering? ;D You can win my novel ALL OF MY HEART, plus books from authors like Christi Barth and Lorelei James.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/steamysmalltown-apr18 Good luck and enjoy!

Maddie/Sophie


Monday, March 12, 2018

The Dating Game - Sneak Peek

The Dating Game

Now available for pre-order at 99 cents for a limited time!


A Harbor Falls Romance: Sweet Hart Inn, Book 7

Suzie Matthews is earning quite the reputation as a matchmaking chef in the small town of Harbor Falls, North Carolina.

When puppy nanny, Lyssa Larkin, tells her friends she has given up on dating and is devoting her life to dogs, Suzie realizes it’s time to take matters in her own hands. She sets up a series of speed dating lunches for Lyssa at Sweet Hart Inn, designed to help the former Harbor Falls High Homecoming Queen meet as many men as possible in a short period of time. Suzie knows Lyssa needs a push and some confidence—but soon realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Lyssa inspects and rejects her dates in two bites and sends them on their way. Suzie wonders if Lyssa really wants to date or just eat double lunchs, and worries that soon Lyssa’s hips won’t fit onto Suzie’s dainty chairs.

That is, until Suzie is approached by a potential suitor who is falling for Lyssa hard and fast—one who isn’t on Suzie’s original radar screen—and can’t help working her matchmaking magic behind the speed dating scene.... 

Monday, March 05, 2018

Romantic Women’s Fiction Sweepstakes - Tempt Me

ROMANTIC WOMEN'S FICTION SWEEPSTAKES!

I’ve teamed up with 35 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of romantic women’s novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

Contest timeline: 
March 5 (9amEST) to March 12.

Did I mention you'll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering?

You can win my novel, Tempt Me, plus books from authors like K.M. Jackson and Amy E. Reichert.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/romanticwomen-mar2018

Good luck and enjoy!
Maddie/Sophie

Sunday, March 04, 2018

March is National Reading Month - #Smashwords Promotion

In honor of National Reading Month, I have a number of special promotions. Watch this blog and my newsletter for announcements throughout the month. I'm featuring a large number of books at discounted prices and short-term freebies under both pen names in various promotions throughout the month.  


Keep up with authors during Read An Ebook Week on Facebook.

All of my books--yes, I said ALL of my books under both pen names--are enrolled with discounts in the Smashwords all-site Read An Ebook promotion!

Discount codes and discounted prices are listed on each book page.

Quick Links:

Here is an overall summary:

FREE EBOOKS THIS WEEK AT SMASHWORDS


75% off EBOOKS

All remaining Sophie Jacobs and Maddie James titles are 50% off! 


Watch this blog space for more promotions from Sophie Jacobs and Maddie James throughout March, during National Reading Month!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Librarian + Local Police Officer = Runaway Fiancee? #HarborFalls Romance


JUST RELEASED! #99cents Limited time. 

Tame My Heart by Sophie Jacobs - Releases Today!


Tame My Heart
Harbor Falls Romance: Sweet Hart Inn, Book 6

What’s a small town cop to do when the love of his life runs away when he pops the question? 

Katie Long is not about to be saddled with commitment. She has dreams, plans, and she’s working hard to fulfill them. Her relationship with local Harbor Falls police officer Chris Marks is fine just the way it is. Why does he think they need to change it up?

She knows why. She just doesn’t want to deal with reality.

But when Chris pops the question, reality hits her square in the face and she panics. After Chris exhausts all hope of reasoning with Katie, he hires Suzie Hart to set him up with a romantic dinner for two, hoping she will work some of her matchmaking magic. Suzie does all she can to set the mood but Katie isn’t about to be wooed. Then Suzie learns something about Katie and supplies Chris with a couple of items that might tame her wild heart, after all.

JUST RELEASED! #99cents Limited time. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sneak Peek: Tame My Heart by Sophie Jacobs

Tame My Heart is set to release on February 27. Would you like to read a sneak peek? You would? Awesome. Here you go!

Tame My Heart
Harbor Falls Romance: Sweet Hart Inn, Book 6 

What’s a small town cop to do when the love of his life runs away when he pops the question? 

Katie Long is not about to be saddled with commitment. She has dreams, plans, and she’s working hard to fulfill them. Her relationship with local Harbor Falls police officer Chris Marks is fine just the way it is. Why does he think they need to change it up?

She knows why. She just doesn’t want to deal with reality.

But when Chris pops the question, reality hits her square in the face and she panics. After Chris exhausts all hope of reasoning with Katie, he hires Suzie Hart to set him up with a romantic dinner for two, hoping she will work some of her matchmaking magic. Suzie does all she can to set the mood but Katie isn’t about to be wooed. Then Suzie learns something about Katie and supplies Chris with a couple of items that might tame her wild heart, after all.

Chapter One

Katie Long’s fingers trembled even though she had a death-grip on the steering wheel. White knuckles popped through the flush of her skin. Her heart was about to beat out of her chest and an icky, nauseous feeling was creeping into her stomach. Dammit. She felt flushed and clammy all at the same time, heat shooting from her cheeks all the way down to the tips of her fingers and toes. Cold chills simultaneously rippled across her back. She was madder than hell.
Get it under control, Katie!
Her sight blurred and she shook her head in an attempt to clear the glaze from her eyes. Not happening. With a quick gasp, she gunned the engine of her Mustang GT and whipped to a pull-off on the side of the road, gravel arcing behind her as she narrowly avoided a culvert.
“Damn backcountry mountain road,” she sputtered.
She pressed the brake—much too hard, her body jolted forward with the rapid stopping of the vehicle—simultaneously avoiding bumping into the rock wall of the overlook. Letting out a ragged sob, she whacked her forehead on the steering wheel. She was tempted to bang her stupid brain against it.
Repeatedly.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New Release! Match My Heart - Special Price #harborfalls

MATCH MY HEART
A Harbor Falls Romance, Book 5: Sweet Hart Inn 

Suzie Hart Matthews is hard at work on her new cookbook, Perfectly Matched, when she asks the local wallflower, Mary Lou Picketts, to help her with a project.

Mary Lou dreams of falling in love with country music star, Nash Rhodes, but she is ready to settle for Barry Phillips down the street if she has to. After all, Barry has actually popped the question, and the likelihood that Nash Rhodes ever will, is slim-to-none. Nash Rhodes is nothing more than a celebrity crush waiting to never happen.

But when Nash comes to Harbor Falls for a music benefit organized by Suzie's husband, Brad--who puts him up for a few days at the Old Falls Lodge--Suzie wonders how she can perfectly match this miss-matched couple. After all, she managed to hook her little sister, Shelley, back up with her old boyfriend, Matt, didn't she? Can she do it again?

99 cents now -- Grab while it's on sale!

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Monday, January 01, 2018

What is Your Write Path?


So here you are, thinking about writing. (after all, it is New Year's day) Maybe you’ve done more than think about it. Maybe you’ve already drafted a novel. Published a few articles. Written a letter to Dear Abby. Drafted a note to your kid’s teacher.

Or maybe not.

Maybe you’re not so certain you can do it. Perhaps you’ve been told it’s a silly idea. Nothing to come of it. Nice hobby, perhaps, but let’s get real, you can’t make a decent living writing. Can you?

CAN YOU?

The thing is, maybe that doesn’t matter.

Maybe you just want to write. You don’t care about a career. You just like to string words together into pretty sentences. Perhaps a writing career would get in the way of the rest of your life.

Or the rest of your life might get in the way of your writing career.

Been there. Done that. On both counts.

And then again, maybe you DO want a writing career. Maybe your goal is to support yourself with your writing. It can happen. Right?

Sure it can. There are ways.

But the thing is this—whatever Your Write Path, remember it’s yours alone. Yours. You can write only for yourself, or you can write to make money. You can write for your great Aunt Sally, and that’s cool too. And as long as you are happy, and you do what you want to do, then life is good.

Truly, it is.

Remember:

Don’t compete with others. Compete only with yourself.

Know what you want. Educate yourself about how to get it. Plan and act. Work hard and persevere. Give it time and whatever Your Write Path turns out to be, you’ll find it.

Or it will find you.


Right now—today—what do you see on the horizon for Your Write Path? I'd love to read your comments below.

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Excerpt from the upcoming release, Discover Your Write Path to Publishing Success, by Maddie James and Sophie Jacobs. Watch for more excerpts and articles posted to this blog ahead of the release.