Monday, February 20, 2017

Love is Blooming!

It's almost March, which should mean that spring is almost here, right? Well, let me start by saying that it does mean that our fantastic March releases are almost here!


As for spring, in Ontario we're still experiencing a winter wonderland . . .

. . . when I would much prefer this!

But I digress. Let's focus on the positives!

To celebrate our March releases, we have not one but TWO fabulous giveaways for our readers! Better still, we have a special guest author, Jill Weatherholt, joining us for our celebration with her March Love Inspired release, Second Chance Romance!

Isn't this a fantastic cover?

Before I get into the details of our giveaways, I would like to give you a little information about our books.

First, we have LeAnne Bristow's debut book, Her Texas Rebel.

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Please join me in giving LeAnne a warm welcome to Heartwarming!

Next we have my release, Sanctuary Cove, and possibly the start of a new series.

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Next up, we have Tara Randel's The Wedding March, the latest installment in her acclaimed The Business of Weddings series.

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Our fourth Heartwarming book is A Song for Rory, the next installment in the sweet and talented Cerella Sechrist's A Findlay Roads Story series.

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Most people who visit our blog regularly will probably know Jill Weatherholt, as she never fails to leave a comment and engage with us and our readers. Well, Jill’s debut Harlequin Love Inspired novel, Second Chance Romance, releases on the same date as our Heartwarming books, so we are thrilled to have Jill join us for our celebration and giveaway. Here's the introduction to her book:


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With our release day just over a week away, we are thrilled to kick off TWO exciting giveaways, with a combined approximate value of US $225!

Preorder/Purchase Sweepstakes


First up, we have our preorder/purchase sweepstakes as a way to say thank you to our readers. One lucky person will receive a spectacular Love is Blooming Potter's Passion Prize Pack consisting of a solid-wood, hand-made planter box, brimming with treats for gardening enthusiasts, a garden tool set, tote and folding seat, thirteen “ever-blooming” blacked-eyed Susan garden stakes, three pairs of garden gloves, 25,000 Harlequin My Rewards points, and three previously-released, signed Heartwarming books! (Approximate retail value: $170. Please check the end of this post for full details.)


Preorder/purchase any of our five March releases for one entry for each book and register your purchase here. The sweepstakes runs from today until March 30th.

* Alternate method of entry available. Please see Official Rules on the entry form for details.

Help Us Spread the Word!


Here's your chance to win another gardening gift pack and this giveaway is super easy to enter. The Love is Blooming Gardener’s Dream Prize Pack is a gardener’s dream come true and arrives in a pretty planter. We’ve included three previously-released, signed Heartwarming books to read while you soak your cares away with the bath salts included in the prize pack after a hard day’s work. (Approximate retail value: $55. Please check the end of this post for full details.)


Enter using the form below. You can enter each day until March 30th!

Love is Blooming Sweepstakes
Winners will be announced right here on the Heartwarming blog on March 31st.

Best wishes with the giveaways, and happy reading!
LeAnne, Kate, Tara, Cerella and Jill

Prize Pack Details


Love is Blooming Potter’s Passion Prize Pack

Potter’s Passion: This planter box is ideal for gardening enthusiasts. It includes a book of backyard tips and hints, gardening accessories, candies and teas, and comes in a beautiful solid wood tote box with a handmade floral bow.

Garden Tool Set, Tote and Folding Seat: This kit includes a garden tool set with a folding seat and a detachable storage tote, all-in-one. The garden tools are conveniently stowed in the outside pockets for easy access, while other garden items can be stored in the attached tote. The garden stool has a lightweight aluminum frame with strong 6000 denier polyester seat and tote. The kit includes gardening seat, hand rake, trowel, digging fork, spade, rake and a weeder.

Blacked Eyed Susan Garden Stakes: Thirteen “ever-blooming” blacked-eyed Susan garden stakes.

Three Pairs of Women's Soft Jersey Garden Gloves: Three pairs (green, pink and blue floral print) 100 percent cotton jersey gloves with knit wrists and dots on the palms.

Harlequin My Rewards Points: 25,000 Harlequin My Rewards points, sufficient for three books.

Three signed Heartwarming books: Honeysuckle Bride (The Business of Weddings) by Tara Randel, When Love Matters Most (San Diego K-9 Unit) by Kate James, and Harper’s Wish (A Findlay Roads Story) by Cerella Sechrist.

(Approximate retail value before shipping costs: $170.)


Love is Blooming Gardener’s Dream Prize Pack

A gardener’s dream come true arrives in this pretty planter. After gardening, you can enjoy a refreshing cup of English Breakfast Tea, and surely appreciate the moisturizing Green Tea Lotion, cleansing Green Tea Bath Gel, Exfoliating Body Scrubber and soothing Green Tea Bath Salts to soak your cares away after a hard day’s work.

Three signed Heartwarming books: Magnolia Bride (The Business of Weddings) by Tara Randel, When the Right One Comes Along (San Diego K-9 Unit) by Kate James, and The Paris Connection by Cerella Sechrist.

(Approximate retail value before shipping costs: $55.)


215 comments:

  1. I'm thrilled to be a part of this fantastic giveaway! Thank you Kate, LeAnne, Tara and Cerella for the invitation to help celebrate your new releases. Congratulations!

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    1. We're thrilled to share a release date with you, Jill, and so happy you agreed to join us for our celebration!

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    2. Congratulations Jill. How fun to see you here on the Harlequin blogsite. And featuring your debut novel! Way to go. Can't wait to read it.

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    3. We're so happy you joined us, Jill! We're just as excited about your release as we are about ours! :)

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    4. Hi, Jill! I'm so excited to see you here. We are debuting together, which makes this even more exciting!

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    5. Thanks Kate, Sandra, Tara and Cerella! It is exciting, LeAnne! Congratulations on your debut!

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    1. Thank you, Liz, and thank you for sharing the FB post to help spread the word!

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    2. Thanks, Liz! We appreciate the support!

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  3. They all look wonderful and all the best to the five of you! Wow!

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    1. Thanks, Janice. And how about that giveaway!!!

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    2. Thanks, Janice! We agree that the books look wonderful! ;)

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  4. Congratulations, Ladies! And how clever of you to help speed the arrival of Spring! Each book is so appealing, and if I could get on my knees, I'd garden. Well, I can, but it would take three people and a crane to get me up again. Happy Monday, and Happy Presidents' Day, Everyone!

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    1. Thank you, Muriel! Happy Presidents' Day to you, too. In Canada it's Family Day. The last three days have felt like spring here.

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    2. Hi Muriel! I think they should invent an elevated garden for people with bad knees! I could get into a "table" garden, couldn't you? Happy President's Day!

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    3. Yes! When I'm president, that's the first thing I'm going to do.

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    4. Muriel, you always leave the best comments! lol Here's to some gardening, without the need for a crane!

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  5. So excited for friends like Jill and LeAnne. I know how excited you are to debut this coming month with Harlequin. Yay. Congratulations and enjoy this wild ride. smile

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Sandra. Cerella, Tara and I are thrilled that we share a release day with Jill and LeAnne for their debuts!

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    2. Hi Sandy!!!! Thanks for stopping by. And I love that we got to include Jill today!

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    3. Thank you so much, Sandra. I was thrilled to be asked to join this wonderful group of talented ladies.

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    4. Thanks for being such a sweetheart, Sandra. I'm equally excited for Jill and LeAnne!

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    5. I agree with Kate, we are excited to have LeAnne and Jill on board.

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    1. Thanks! Looking forward to our release date!

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    2. Thanks so much Melanie! Harlequin does such amazing covers, don't they!

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  7. Everything is looking good! Tweeted and posted on FB!

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    1. Thank you for spreading the word, Patricia. Best wishes for a wonderful week!

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    2. Thanks, Patricia! We appreciate you sharing the fantastic giveaway.

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    3. Thanks, Patricia! We appreciate the support!

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  8. What a fabulous giveaway. And your stories sound great. Good luck with all!

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    1. Hi Linda! Thanks so much! Every time I look at the post, I get excited all over again. I'm just so thrilled to be here. :)

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    2. Thanks so much, Linda! Like LeAnne said, it's an honor to be here.

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    3. Thank you, Linda! I think the giveaway is pretty amazing, too. Makes me want to enter myself. lol ;)

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  9. Wow, ALL the books sound fantastic, and the prizes are, too. So exciting.

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    1. Thank you, Beth! We are excited about our upcoming releases! :)

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    2. Thanks, Beth! We're pretty excited, too!

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    1. It's our pleasure, Jonella. Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Hi Jonella! Thanks for coming by. Good luck!

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    3. Wishing you the best with the giveaway, Jonella! We appreciate your support.

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    4. Thanks for stopping by, Jonella, and good luck!

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  11. Congratulations on your new releases. This is a wonderful prize. I would share it with my sister (the gardener) and my DIL (the bath lover). I would keep the books to enjoy myself. I believe in sharing when I can.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. That sounds like a wonderful and generous plan for the prize packs! Good luck with the giveaway.

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    2. Hi Linda. Thanks so much. And good luck in the giveaway. I hope you get to share the love!

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    3. Thanks, Linda! Good luck in the giveaway. I'm with you, I'd keep the books too...we can never have enough, right?

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    4. Aw, Linda, that is such a sweet sentiment! Best of luck!

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  12. Congrats on your release and thanks for the giveaway chance.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. It's our pleasure and we wish you good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Hi Deborah! Thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck with the giveaway.

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  13. Congratulations ladies on your new releases!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Best wishes for a fantastic week, and good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Thanks, Linda. I hope you are getting to enjoy some Spring weather. Good luck with the giveaway.

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    3. Thanks, Linda, we're happy to get to share them!

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  14. I love the Harlequin Heartwarming books. This is a wonderful giveaway.

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    1. We're so glad to know that! Good luck with the giveaway, Christy.

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    2. Hi Christy! So glad you stopped by. I'm so ready for spring and this just makes it better!

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    3. I love the Harlequin Heartwarming book too, Christy! Good luck with the giveaway.

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    4. Then we hope you enjoy these additions to your Heartwarming library, Christy! Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. This is a great giveaway. Thank you for entering me.

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    1. We're glad you like it, Mel. Good luck with it!

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    2. Hi Mel. I love the spring giveaway. Good luck!

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    3. Thanks for stopping by today, Mel. Good luck!

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  16. Eeep! I'm adding all these titles to my wishlists! Congratulations on the new releases and thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Beth! Good luck with the giveaways!

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    2. Hi Beth! Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them and good luck with the giveaway!

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    3. Thank you, Beth! Good luck with the giveaway!

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    4. We always love that kind of reaction, Beth! lol Thank you!

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  17. Congrat's ladies , wonderful giveaway . Tweeted and shared

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    1. Thank you very much, Debbie! We appreciate you sharing. Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Hi Debbie! Thanks for sharing and good luck!

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    4. Thanks for sharing, Debbie! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  18. Great looking books and I like the story lines of all.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie! Best wishes for a fantastic week.

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    2. Hi Robbie! The Harlequin art department is so fantastic and so are the stories! Good luck in the giveaway.

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    3. Thanks, Robbie! Wishing you the best in the giveaway.

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    4. I agree, Robbie - I think it would be hard to choose a favorite from these stories...even my own! ;)

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  19. What a great giveaway! You are making me more excited about spring than I already was :)

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    1. Thank you, Amy. We've had incredible spring-like weather in Ontario, and I hope it lasts! Have a great day!

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    2. Hi Amy! I hope you're getting to enjoy some spring weather this weekend. We had a cold, windy, rainy weekend, but the sun has come out for President's Day. Yeah!

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    3. Hi Amy! I've got major spring fever today, not only from this contest, but we hit 75 degrees!

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    4. I know, Amy, the weather is slowly warming up, and I can't wait!

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    1. We're glad, Connie! Thank you for stopping by and good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Thanks Connie! So glad you stopped by today! Happy Spring!

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    3. Thanks, Connie! I love them too! Good luck with the giveaway.

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    4. You obviously have great taste in books, Connie! ;)

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  21. Love Harlequin books! Uniformly great plots and characters.

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    1. Thanks again, Connie. That's a cute pup in your bio picture! :)

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    2. Thanks so much, Connie! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  22. Great giveaways and so many new March releases. Thank you :)

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    1. We're glad you like the giveaways. Good luck!

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    2. Hi Amber! Happy spring and good luck on the giveaway!

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    3. Good luck with the giveaway, Amber. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so blessed to be here. Happy Spring!

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    2. Thank you, Pippirose! It's an exciting time.

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    3. Thank you, pippirose! We're thrilled about these releases!

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  24. March releases are fantabulous! You ladies rock.

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    1. Thank you, Roz. It's high praise coming from a "fantabulous" author like you! :)

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    2. Hi Roz! Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to hanging out with you this weekend!

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    3. Thanks, Roz! You do a good job of rocking yourself!

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  25. love the chance to win a great prize pack!

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    1. Good luck with the giveaway, Teresa, and thank you for stopping by!

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    2. Hi Teresa! If this prize doesn't get you excited about spring, then nothing will, am I right?! Good luck!

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    3. Good luck with the giveaway, Teresa! Thanks for visiting.

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  26. Some interesting books coming our way. Hope to read some.

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    1. We hope you have a chance to read them, too, Jackie. Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Hi Jackie. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get to read them, too. I hope you enjoy them!

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    3. Thanks for visiting today, Jackie. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  27. Thank you for this fantastic giveaway!!

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    1. It's our pleasure! We wish you good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. We appreciate your visit today, Beth. Wishing you the best with the giveaway!

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  28. wow! this makes me want to jump into spring! I think these books sound so much fun to read. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and congrats on your books!

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    1. Wow! I love your enthusiasm, Danielle! Thank you, and good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. I second what Kate said! Good luck!

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    3. Hi Danielle! With our temps in the mid-70's today, we did jump into spring. I hope you enjoyed some nice weather too. Thanks for visiting today...good luck!

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    4. Headed for record warmth today. Yay! My crocuses, daffodils, and irises are already popping up.

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  29. Hello ladies!!! So sorry to be late to the party today. I was soaking up some unexpected grandbaby time! I won't see her for 2 weeks, so I was stocking up on hugs and kisses. I'm so excited to be here and so honored to share a release date with these awesome ladies. I'm just sad that I can't enter the giveaway. :( Those prizes are AWESOME!!!

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    1. I'm thrilled to share a release date with you, LeAnne...and for our debut! As for the giveaway, just remember the saying that "it's better to give than to receive," right!?

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    2. Hi LeAnne! Grandbabies come first. I'm glad you had time with her today After hanging out with you for many years on Seekerville, I was thrilled when you received your Harlequin Heartwarming contract! It's great to share our release date.

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  30. Thanks so much for the giveaway. My TBR stack is very low so would welcome some new books.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Joye. Hopefully, we can top up your TBR stack. Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Well, we can't have low TBR stacks around here, Joye. I hope we're able to add to yours. Thanks for stopping by today. Good luck!

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  31. Fabulous giveaway, all y'all! I hope you get thousands of entries. Sorry...I'm running over to Amazon to order books....

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    1. You have some exciting recent and new releases, too, Catherine! We're excited about the giveaway . . . and spring! :)

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    2. Hi Catherine! I might have to purchase those prize packages for myself.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. Happy (early) spring to you, too, and good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Thanks, Kelly! It's early spring here. I hope you're getting some nice weather. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  33. Hi ladies! Congrats! Looks exciting! Special hugs to my friend LeAnne! Love your cover :)

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    1. Thanks, Janet! I love LeAnne's cover too!

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    2. Thank you, Janet. We're thrilled to share LeAnne's debut release day with her, and we agree about her cover!

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  34. These sound like great books! I went ahead and pinned the pic on my pinterest page.

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    1. Thanks for visiting today, Lori...and for sharing too. Good luck!

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    2. Thank you, Lori. We appreciate you pinning the pic to your Pinterest page.

      Best wishes for a terrific week!

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    1. You and me both, Di! Thanks for visiting today. Good luck with the giveaway.

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    2. That makes three of us, although we've had unseasonably mild weather for the last few days. I hope it lasts!

      Best wishes for a terrific week, Di!

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  37. Apt hey all sound Luke wonderful reads. Thank you so much for the giveaway chance. I'm really looking forward to reading them all.
    Carol Luciano
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    1. Thank you for visiting today, Carol. Good luck!

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    2. We're glad the books sound good to you, Carol, and we hope you'll get a chance to read at least some of them.

      Good luck with the giveaway!

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  38. Thank you for the chance to win a great prize!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Tanja. Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. It's our pleasure, Tanja. Best wishes with the giveaway!

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  39. So many great books and what an awesome giveaway!

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    1. Hi Jackie! Good luck with the giveaway! You could use a nice gardening package down in SC. :)

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    2. Thank you for stopping by, Jackie. We're glad you like the books and wish you good luck with the giveaway!

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  40. What fabulous giveaways, and I'm excited to read all 5 books.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! Wishing you the best in the contest!

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    2. Good luck with the giveaway, Kathy. We hope you'll have the chance to read our books!

      Best wishes for a terrific week!

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    3. Thanks Kathy. Hope you enjoy the books!

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  41. So excited about these! I had the honor of being an early reader for LeAnne's Her Texas Rebel and I can tell you it's FANTASTIC!!!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Misty. I'm thrilled (but not surprised) that you enjoyed Her Texas Rebel. I look forward to reading it!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and hopefully you'll have a chance to read some of the other books!

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    2. Thanks for visiting, Misty! I'm so happy for LeAnne! I can't wait to read her debut. Good luck!

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  42. These all look like good books to read. thank you for sharing them with us and your generosity with the giveaways. I too much prefer the warmer weather to the snow.

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    1. I'm with you, Rhi...not a fan of snow. Thanks for visiting and good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. We're glad you like the books, Rhi, and we hope you'll get a chance to read some of them.

      Good luck with the giveaway . . . here's hoping for an early spring!

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  43. What great prizes. Enjoyed looking at the pictures of snow since I have never seen any.

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    1. Thank you for visiting the blog, Deana, and good luck with the giveaway.

      You've never seen snow? I would be more than happy to send you some of ours! :)

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    2. Thanks for visiting, Deana! Go visit, Kate...you'll see a lot of snow. :) Good luck in the giveaway!

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    3. Having grown up where it snows...I now prefer pictures! LOL

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  44. I would love to win this contest. I can't wait to read these books!

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    1. We hope you do get a chance to read the books, Jeanna. Thank you for stopping by, and good luck with the giveaway!

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  45. Good luck with the giveaway, Jeanna. Thank you for visiting.

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    1. We're glad you like it, Rhonda. Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

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    2. Thanks for visiting, Rhonda! Wishing you the best in the giveaway!

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