Lucy never wanted to abandon her friends and family,
and travel to the other side of the country to start a new life. And all
without telling anyone where she was going.
But these are desperate times. And
finding herself with a nightmare of a dilemma, fleeing her home town seems like
the only way she can protect herself and those she loves.
The Cornish town of Pengully Sands holds happy
childhood memories for Lucy and seems the perfect place to escape to, although
having little money and no friends, life at first seems grim.
But a chance meeting with Madison and the rest of
the Little Duck Pond Café girls, plus a decidedly attractive local guy who
won’t take no for an answer, gives Lucy a glimmer of hope for the future. Could
she really settle in Pengully Sands and make a living by selling her
But just as life is starting to look a little
rosier, it becomes clear that someone back home – the last person she ever
wanted to see – has tracked her down…
If you have read any of the previous books in this series, you may be surprised by the different energy of this book. It has a strange, more serious feeling about it. A darker energy, if you will, more intense, but just as intriguing and satisfying. It has the same great elements of friendship.
Lucy knows she has to get away. She doesn't know if she is going mad, but she knows her father's new love interest is NOT what she presents herself as being. Why does no one believe her?
Then she meets a man she herself could fall in love with, but discovers he also has secrets.
And while Lucy is desperate to make money to survive, what is she willing to do?
It is good versus evil, up and down, the whole way through. Can Lucy find people she can trust? Will se discover the truth? Can she make her fether understand before it is too late?
A wonderful addition to the series and full of surprises!
Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since
she was little. Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young
heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the
baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to
write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really
not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing
her heart in love. Rosie’s Little Duck Pond Cafe series of novellas is centred
around life in a village cafe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story.
The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now. Watch out for further tales of
the Little Duck Pond Cafe, including the delicious ‘Log Fires & Toffee
Apple Cake’, which will be published in autumn 2020.
Jayci Lee delights with A Sweet Mess, a delicious and light-hearted
romantic comedy that readers will devour and ask for more.
Aubrey Choi loves living in her small town nestled in the foothills of
California, running her highly successful bakery away from the watch of her
strict Korean parents. When a cake mix-up and a harsh review threaten all of
her hard work and her livelihood, she never thought the jaded food critic would
turn out to be her one-night stand. And she sure as hell never thought she’d
see the gorgeous Korean hunk again. But when Landon Kim waltzes into her bakery
trying to clean up the mess he had a huge hand in making, Aubrey is torn
between throwing and hearing him out.
When she hears his plan to help save her business, Aubrey knows that spending
three weeks in California wine country working with Landon is a sure recipe for
disaster. Her head is telling her to take the chance to save her bakery while
her heart—and her hormones—are at war on whether to give him a second chance.
And it just so happens that Landon’s meddling friends want them to spend those
three weeks as close as possible...by sharing a villa.
When things start heating up, both in and out of the kitchen, Aubrey will have
to make a choice—to stick it out or risk her heart.
Excerpt from A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee.
2020 by the author and reprinted with permission from St. Martin’s Griffin.
“How’s this?” He’d chosen a small table at the back corner.
When Aubrey nodded, he pulled out her chair and took a seat across from her.
Their proximity and relative privacy made the air between
them hum with electricity. Their knees brushed every time either of them
shifted in their seat, sending bolts of desire through him. A sharp intake of
breath and a parting of her lips revealed Aubrey wasn’t immune to their
Landon had dated his fair share of beautiful women. There
was no reason to act like a gawky teenager, but his roaring heart and churning
stomach said otherwise. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d felt nervous
around a woman. Her hand was resting less than four inches away from his, but
he broke out in a cold sweat working up the nerve to brush his knuckles against
He started when Aubrey traced her fingers across the back of
his hand with a shy smile. “So, Landon from out of town, what’s your dream?”
His blood had gone south at her touch, leaving nothing for
his brain, but he was even more dumbstruck by her question. The woman threw him
off balance on all fronts.
“Not big on making small talk, are you?” He managed to keep
his voice steady despite his spinning head and hardening body.
“If I’m going to have a chat with a complete stranger, I
might as well have an interesting one.” A deep blush stained her cheeks, and
her lashes fluttered to hide her eyes. “Besides, you’re leaving tomorrow. I was
hoping we could pack a lot into tonight.”
Landon sucked in a sharp breath. Her shy and earnest
declaration moved him, and he fought the urge to pull her across the table to
kiss her senseless. Instead, he lifted Aubrey’s hand and brushed a kiss on her
pale inner wrist. A wolfish grin spread across his face when she gasped at his
“My dream was to open my own restaurant.” To his shock, the
truth stumbled out of him. A truth he’d refused to face for the past decade.
Maybe he was desperate to give her an interesting conversation. A memorable
one. “Someplace spacious and comfortable where people can enjoy a delicious
meal without pretense or a six-figure salary.”
“That sounds amazing. What kind of food are we talking
“Whatever inspiration strikes me. If I had to label it, New
American–slash–Korean fusion will have to do.”
“I love Korean food. I would totally eat there.” Aubrey sat
forward, her eyes round and sparkling. “So you’re Korean? I am, too.”
“Yes, I’m Korean, and you would be more than welcome to eat
at my restaurant.”
“Are you a chef?”
“No, but I trained to be one. Have you heard of the CIA?”
“The Central Intelligence Agency? You learned to cook for
undercover agents while dodging bullets and jumping out of airplanes?” She
cocked her head to the side and gazed at him with solemn interest.
“I . . . um.” Landon was fairly certain she was messing with
him, but insulting her wouldn’t be the best way to seduce her. “It’s . . .”
Aubrey’s pale skin turned from pink to crimson before she
erupted into laughter, her frame trembling like a 6.8 earthquake. She held up a
finger, gripping her side, pantomiming she needed a minute. He crossed his arms
over his chest and leveled her with a steely glare, which wasn’t an easy feat
considering her infectious mirth.
“I’m s-sorry, but you had to see your face. You couldn’t
decide whether a small-town girl like me knew about the Culinary Institute of
America or whether I was pulling your leg.”
Mischievous little fox.
He needed to get her back for that.
“Actually, that’s incorrect.” He drew
closer to her, his lips close to her ear, and lowered his voice to a deep,
gritty whisper. “I was debating whether or not I should tell you the truth,
because if I did, I’d have to terminate you.”
Aubrey stared at him in silence for a second, and then a
delighted grin spread across her face. “This is fun.”
“Yeah, it is.” Landon was surprised to find he meant it. He
couldn’t remember the last time he’d had fun.
He certainly had pleasant and interesting times, but fun times? No, this felt
His earlier hesitation forgotten, he ran his knuckles down
the side of her face, relishing the feel of her warm, silky skin. Aubrey leaned
lightly into his hand, and her eyes slid shut. She was so responsive to his
touch. Landon’s mouth went dry, and all he could think was more. He wanted to make her laugh again. He ached to make her fall
apart in his arms with her swollen lips calling out his name.
“You’re beautiful,” Landon murmured, unable to look away
“So are you.” Aubrey’s lips curved into a barely there smile
that squeezed his heart.
He’d gone to the brewery for a pint to wash away the bitter
taste of his sorry day, but he’d discovered something far more
intoxicating—something potent enough to tip him off-balance. Aubrey made his
blood sing and his rational thoughts melt away. The floor seemed to grow solid
and strong, and his body settled heavily into his seat like he’d dropped anchor
across from her—as though she had a gravitational pull all her own and he was
helpless against it.
He’d led a nomadic life for a decade. He didn’t know how to
stay still for long. The smart thing to do would be to run the hell away from
this woman, whose mere proximity made it unimaginable to even leave the table.
But smart wasn’t
part of his vocabulary at the moment. Greedy, feral, and desperate passion
overwhelmed all else. He stood abruptly from his seat, and Aubrey’s mouth
parted in surprise. Then he grasped her hand and raised her to her feet.
“Do you want to get out of here?” His eyes bored into hers,
his desire and urgency displayed for her to see.
A wonderfully uplifting summer read. Deliciously romantic and cooly comedic, A beautiful story of cooking and second chances with great friendship and family elements.
Aubrey Choi is running her bakery yet dreams of building her reputation and her storefront into something more.
When her surprise gummy worm cake falls into the wrong hands (and mouth) she receives a scathing review, purely by chance. Landon Kim would not have written his review if his plans had not gone astray. Wrong place, wrong time, everything seemed out of his control.
To make amends, he offers Aubrey a spot on a television cooking show. Forced to spend time under the same roof and working on a project together, can they resist the temptation that continues to call and pull them together?
If you enjoy reality television cooking shows or Hallmark movies, you will love this book!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JAYCI LEE writes poignant,
sexy, and laugh-out-loud romance every free second she can scavenge and is
semi-retired from her fifteen-year career as a defense litigator. She loves
food, wine, and travelling, and incidentally so do her characters. Jayci lives
in sunny California with her tall-dark-and-handsome husband, two amazing boys
with boundless energy, and a fluffy rescue whose cuteness is a major
distraction. She is the author of A Sweet Mess.
after boarding a train to Paris in pursuit of her writing dreams, aspiring
novelist Maisie Clark is right back where she started: on the idyllic shores of
Port Hewer in Cornwall, luggage in hand and heart filled with anticipation for
what lies ahead.
Except that nothing seems the same as Maisie left it, from her
place among the staff at the hotel Penmarrow to her budding romance with
groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, who isn’t quite ready to overlook the painful
consequences of her sudden departure.
Losing Sidney would be unbearable, but Maisie can’t help fearing it might be
true if the rift between them proves too deep to heal. She knows her feelings
for him are unchanged, but whether he feels the same remains to be
seen—particularly since she stopped him from expressing them in the first
place. And to make matters worse, her position at the Penmarrow has been filled
by another, there’s nowhere for her to live in the village, and her savings are
finally dwindling to a pathetic number – with her book still unpublished after
her startling discovery about the author helping guide her towards success.
But one thing which hasn’t changed is the drama and excitement at the hotel
Penmarrow, where the staff is awaiting inspection from the dreaded owner Ms.
Claypool. Stirring up trouble in the meantime is the owner’s special guest ‘Mad
Ludwig’, an eccentric architect whose demands are definitely driving everyone
on the staff a little crazy. And then there’s the hotel’s mysterious new desk
manager, whose behavior ignites Maisie’s suspicions and causes her to become
entangled in yet another form of intrigue—one that could unwittingly jeopardize
the future of the Penmarrow and everyone who works there, unless Maisie can
find a way to undo the harm.
With everything that matters to her most at stake this time, Maisie faces her
biggest challenges yet...and her deepest question of the heart as she confronts
the reason she returned to Cornwall and the Penmarrow in the first place.
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good
romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'.
She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots),
and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not
writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets,
gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
Book Title: The Annie Oakley Mystery Series by Kari Bovee Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 83 to 332 pages Genre: Historical Mystery Publisher: Bosque Publishing Release dates: Shoot Like a Girl (2019); Girl With a Gun (April, 2020); Peccadillo at the Palace (April 2020); Folly at the Fair (June, 2020) Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020 Content Rating: R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.
Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A Pre-quel Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Bosque Publishing Release date: November 2019 Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020 Content Rating: R for Mature themes and some violence. No bad language.
Book Description: Shoot like a Girl
depicts the historically fictive tale of a young Annie Oakley's
struggles before she becomes the most famous sharpshooting woman of all
time. After the death of her father, Annie is sent to the Drake County
poorhouse where she learns to cook, sew, and keep house for other
families to help her mother make ends meet. Annie ends up at the
McCrimmons, a couple whom she comes to refer to as "the wolves." Cruel
and neglectful, the McCrimmons push Annie to the brink of despair. The
only bright spot in her dreary existence is Buck, a beautiful
buckskinned horse, and the two form a bond. Despite her resolve to help
her family, Annie loses hope of ever seeing them again, as life at the
McCrimmons' becomes more oppressive, and she is cut off from all outside
communication. Physically and emotionally weak from illness, hunger,
and abuse, Annie resigns herself to a life of servitude to the abusive
couple. But, when Mr. McCrimmon's continued cruelty to Buck finally
threatens the horse's life, Annie takes matters into her own hands and
formulates a plan for escape.
Book Title: Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 316 pages Genre: Historical Mystery Publisher: Bosque Publishing Release date: April 2020 Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020 Content Rating: R for one explicit sex scene. There is some swearing, violence, mature themes.
Book Description: In an exciting new
historical mystery series, award-winning author Kari Bovee brings the
beloved American icon, Annie Oakley, into the world of mystery and crime
as a plucky, amateur sleuth. Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole
supporter of her widowed mother and two younger siblings. An expert
markswoman and independent spirit, she hunts game to sell to the local
mercantile to make ends meet instead of accepting a marriage proposal
that could solve all her problems, including the impending foreclosure
of her family's farm. After a stunning performance in a shooting contest
against famous sharpshooter Frank Butler, Annie is offered a position
in the renowned Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance
to save her family's farm--and make her dreams come true. But after her
catapult to fame, a series of crimes takes place in the Wild West Show,
including the death of Annie's Indian Assistant. The coroner claims the
death was due to natural causes, but Annie is unconvinced. Then her
prized horse, Buck--a major part of her act--is stolen, and she realizes
that someone is out to get her. With the help of a sassy, blue-blooded
reporter, Annie sets out to find her horse, solve the crimes, and clear
her good name--before everything she's worked for is destroyed.
Book Title: Peccadillo at the Palace (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 332 pages Genre: Historical Mystery Publisher: Bosque Publishing Release date: April 2020 Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020 Content Rating: R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.
Book Description: In this second book in
the Annie Oakley historical mystery series, award-winning author Kari
Bovee brings back the lovable character, Annie Oakley, as an amateur
sleuth. It's 1887, and Annie and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show are
invited to Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebration in London, England. But
their long journey across the Atlantic takes a turn for the worst when
the queen's royal servant ends up dead and Annie's husband, Frank
Butler, falls suspiciously ill. Annie soon discovers that the two events
are connected--and may be precursors to an assassination attempt on the
queen. In London, it becomes clear that there is rampant unrest in the
queen's kingdom--the Irish Fenian Brotherhood, as well as embittered
English subjects, are teeming in the streets. But amid the chaos, even
while she prepares for the show, Annie is determined to find the truth.
With the help of a friend and reporter, Emma Wilson, the renowned poet
Oscar Wilde, and the famous socialite Lily Langtry, Annie sets out to
hunt down the queen's enemies--and find out why they want to kill
England's most beloved monarch.
Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee Category: Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages Genre: Historical Mystery Publisher: Bosque Publishing Release date: June 2020 Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020 Content Rating: R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.
Book Description: She
never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll
become one… Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley
is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a
fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to
keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the
Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is
innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie
to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the
grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay
alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the
killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery
historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West
adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari
Bovee’s fast-paced whodunit.
When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful
cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white
sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping
into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real
and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her
action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional
characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari
Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An
award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards
Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun.
The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the
Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International
Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer
Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel
Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer
Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her
novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International
Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe
Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical
Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune
500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and
has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational
consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their
horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and
their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.