Valentines, Witches, Thrills, and Romance Past and Present! Plus ROW80 Check-in

It’s WANA Wednesday and we have a little bit of everything this week! So there’s sure to be at least one of these five fantastic-looking books that’ll stir your passion! Check out…

The Valentine GrinchHow about some contemporary romance? Unless you’re a Grinch… as in The Valentine Grinch by Sheila Seabrook!

Hearts, cupids, and diamond rings … bah humbug! Amanda Goodwin inherited her Valentine grinchness from her Grandpa George, so when she returns home for her Grandma Elvira’s Valentine’s Day wedding, it’s bah humbug all the way. Until, that is, she encounters her grandpa’s ghost.

Fortunately, she’s not in this alone. Long time friend, Dane Weatherby, totally gets her grinchly attitude. Between Grandpa’s demands for her to stop the wedding, Grandma’s inability to let go of her dearly departed husband’s urn, and Amanda’s parents acting friskier than a couple of newlyweds, she’s ready to give in to her grinchness and head back to the city.

Only true love can stop Amanda. And if Dane has his way, he just might convince her to say I do instead of bah humbug. More info at:

Easy Bake CovenOr maybe you’d like to venture into the paranormal, with Liz Schulte‘s Easy Bake Coven, where the Abyss is watching her … waiting for her.

For Selena Warren being a witch is no big deal. She dabbles in harmless magic with her friends and never thinks much about it. When her grandmother is attacked, Selene uncovers an ancient grudge that threatens the lives of everyone she loves. With no other choice, she puts her trust in a stranger who knows more about who she is than she does and shows her a world of elves, half-elves, fae — and one peculiar sekhmet named Femi. This unusual new world could swallow Selene whole, take away everything that makes her who she is, but the with a forgotten past beating down her door, she will have to dive in to save her future. More info at:

In Her ShadowAugust McLaughlin released her debut thriller, In Her Shadow, last month, but is celebrating its launch this week. This is the story of one woman locked in a basement, nearing death and longing for escape. Another baffled by the inexplicable symptoms wreaking havoc on her life. Both are lost and alone, yet somehow connected. And time is running out…

Near the tenth anniversary of her parents’ unexpected death, Claire Fiksen, a lovely young Harvard-grad and gifted psychologist in Minnesota, develops bizarre symptoms of an eating disorder that threaten her fledgling career, her relationship with a handsome young medical student, her grasp on reality and, soon, her life.

When her beloved grandfather reveals that there may be more to her parents’ death than she’s realized, Claire’s pursuit of healing becomes a desperate search for answers as she delves into her family’s sordid past. Meanwhile, someone is watching her every move, plotting to draw her into her own twisted web of misery. Claire has something he needs, and he’ll stop at nothing to obtain it. Every step Claire takes brings her closer to the truth and danger. And her life, she discovers, isn’t the only one at stake. More info at:

Mystery of the HeartMy In Real Life writing friends have been busy too! This week, Jillian Kent celebrates her birthday and the release of the third in her Ravensmoore Chronicles historical inspirational romance series, Mystery of the Heart.

Lady Mercy Grayson has secretly been studying medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has dressed as a man to pursue the same passion her big brother Devlin, Lord Ravensmoore, pursued outside the acceptance of society. Her secret has been discovered. Now she’s running away from Scotland and her dreams. Will she be able to accomplish what she feels is God’s calling, or will the parameters of society and those who want to use her secret to accomplish their own selfish ends determine the course of her future?

Vincent Lyons, Lord Eden, is an adventurer coming home to London to deliver the mysterious Holy Lance to the prince regent who wants to see if the legends are true surrounding this relic that is said to possess both the power of healing and destruction. His life is catapulted in another direction when he meets Mercy who is pursuing a different kind of adventure that will cause him to question everything he believes.

Both will be forced to examine their personal motives when members of a voudon tribe, the Regent, and the London Legend Seekers Club search to possess the ancient relic for their own purposes. More info at:

Tempting the BillionaireFinally, Jessica Lemmon has big news – the release of her debut contemporary romance, Tempting the Billionaire! In this story, Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job. After her husband walks out on her, she’s determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirting. No kissing. Definitely no falling in love…

Shane August is all business, all the time. He’s a self-made man who’s poured his heart and soul into his company, and he’d never allow himself to get involved with an employee. Then he hires sweet, sexy Crickitt-and he can’t keep his mind or his hands off her. But no matter how much he wants Crickitt, Shane fears that painful secrets from his past will always come between them. With fate working against them, can these two lonely hearts learn that sometimes mixing business with pleasure is the perfect merger? More info at:

ROW80Logo175And now, a brief ROW80 upate: I don’t usually get much done in the beginning of the week, especially since this ROW began on Monday so we’re only talking two days… yet I did get two chapters of Hangar 18: Legacy edited! I also have kept up with my fitness so far, working out both days.

What about you? Do you like light and fun romance, or are you more for thrills and chills? Have you read any good books lately, or know of any exciting new releases? Please share – I’d love to hear from you!


Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.


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  1. My friend (from a class I took, where a bunch of us created our own group), Amber Beldene, had her first book, “Blood Vine” released yesterday. I actually bought it for my Nook, so we’ll see how well it goes – I’ve never read a full book on a reader, only novellas. But I won’t get to reading it until I finish JR Ward’s “Rapture.” I figure that will happen later today (I’m loving that book).

    Anyway, I look forward to reading Amber’s book. It seems really interesting to me. It’s got vampires, so what’s not to love???

    Congrats on your goals. I look forward to seeing Hanger 18 released!

  2. Dropped by to say hi from ROW80, to find I’d missed the news about August’s book launch. Thanks to your blurb, I’ll be picking it up, and reading it, sounds really good.

    Congrats on your goals success, I’m editing also, but not as much headway as you’ve had – and certainly not in the fitness stakes.

  3. Thank you for the shoutout, Jennette. 🙂 I used to only read romantic comedy, with some women’s fiction thrown in just to change things up, but ever since I bought my kindle, I’m reading everything from romcom to young adult to thrillers…and even the occasional horror. The variety is endless now and I love that an author can take their story where it needs to go instead of having to fit it into predetermined constraints.

    Thanks for the great book recommendations and good luck on finishing Hanger 18!

  4. Nice way to feature some good authors and their works. I’ll go check out Amazon now. Wish I had more time to read.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  5. Thanks for including me here, Jennette! Seems like a groovy balance of sweet and suspenseful all around. 🙂

    Hope you’re having a brilliant start to the year. Thanks for brightening mine!

  6. Stacy, Amber’s book sounds good! I think you’ll really like your eReader once you get used to it. I got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas, and I love being able to read in the dark on it!

    Sheila, you’re welcome, and congrats again on the release! I’ve found that since I started reading e-books, and especially since joining the WANA tribe, I’m reading more variety too, and I love it!

    Patricia, don’t we all need more time to read! Hope you find something you like, and get time to enjoy it!

    August, you’re welcome! Congrats again on the release!

  7. Hunter, thanks for stopping by – I hope you enjoy In Her Shadow! And don’t compare yourself to me (or anyone) on the goals – I often set my bar a bit too high, and besides, it’s all about doing what works for you. Good luck with your goals!

    Helen, you are soooooo right – I am all for baby steps, and for the most part, it works for me! Good luck with your goals!

  8. Im always hunting for something new to read so that many in one hit made my day. Well done for keeping up with your ROW80 goals as well. I always find it hard to write and exercise.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog too,

  9. Thanks for keeping us updated on what’s out. It’s a good way to find more things to put in the TBR list. My only question is which books are available in paperback? That makes a difference to me. 🙂

  10. Louise, enjoy your vacation – and your reading!

    Debra, so true, me too!

    Emma, good point – I’ll try to note which are available in paperback starting next week. I know Tempting the Billionaire and Mystery of the Heart are available in paper, but not sure about the other three. Thanks!

  11. I love your Wana Wednesday posts. Awesome that you’re doing this. Thanks for the recommendations, Jeannette. I’ve read two of these. Will have to check out the others. Have a fab weekend. TGIF!

  12. Thanks for updating me on the book releases, Jennette! As for ROW80, great job getting started out of the gate. I’m impressed!

    Like Sheila, Im reading a variety of genres since getting my Kindle. I try to keep up with WANA authors as I can. Right now, I’m catching up with some Tamora Pierce YA novels. I used to read her with my sons when they were younger, so it’s old home week.

    Have a great week!

  13. Thanks, Elizabeth! I love reading on my Kindle – and between that and WANA, I’m reading more of a variety than before too!

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