Authors’ beach read plans: ‘One Wish,’ ‘Last Chance Hero,’ ‘Once Tasted’

Lynn Cahoon, author of Dressed to Kill.

Today’s featured authors — Lynn Cahoon, Gail Chianese and Rebecca Zanetti — share beach reads they’re looking forward to and favorite romantic movies.

Lynn Cahoon, author of Dressed to Kill.

What am I reading on the beach? Great question.

• I’m in love with the town of Thunder Point, so Robyn Carr’s One Wish is already packed into my beach bag. Small-town Oregon coastal community with reoccurring characters who I adore. This book has a friends-to-lovers trope that’s always fun.

I grew up in Idaho, so a trip to the Oregon coast was a favorite summer vacation spot for my family. The water’s always freezing cold, but the scenery is amazing. Robyn’s books bring back that summertime feeling for me.

• The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is also on my must-finish list. It’s hard enough being a mixed paranormal life form couple (vampire and witch), but when people are chasing you down in order to kill you and the unborn children you carry, now that’s my type of book. Besides, I adore a dark and twisted bad boy, especially when he is a vamp.

That probably started with my love of Dark Shadows, the television series. Spooky and chilling, I wanted to be the one to tame Barnabas and teach him the way of love. Yes, I’m the sucker for a lost cause. This might also explain my love of mysteries, especially when there’s a romance to bloom among the dead bodies.

• Finally, I need to get caught up with Hope Ramsay’s Last Chance Series. I’ll be pre-ordering Last Chance Hero just in time for my Fourth of July break. Give me a small town with quirky characters, and I’m yours for life. Or until the end of the series.

About Dressed to Kill:.

Jill Gardner–owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California–is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity….

Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…But this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…Who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…But is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…And by then, it may be far too late.

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Find out more at lynncahoon.Wordpress.Com.

Gail Chianese, author of Bachelorette for Sale.

With summer upon us, I’m heading to the beach and below are three of my favorite romance reads I’ll be taking along. Each of these stories has amazing love stories and characters. Just what I need to remind me that love conquers all.

• The One in My Heart by Sherry Thomas. When Evangeline Canterbury meets the gorgeous, intriguing doctor next door, all she wants from him is a bit of distraction, to help her get over a few rough days. Her one-night stand, however, has other plans: He needs an accomplished and presentable girlfriend to bring before his parents–and for six months of her time, he is willing and prepared to spend an obscene amount of money. Nothing but trouble can come of such an arrangement. But can Eva stop herself? Or will she fall headlong in love with a man who will leave her when their contract expires with a smile, a check, and hardly a backward glance? (Blurb courtesy of the author).

• Once Tasted by Laura Moore. Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor’s niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge–and she has made it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust.

Her life marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily–love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy, and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces . . . Or give her everything she has ever wanted. (Blurb courtesy of Ballantine Books).

• Worth the Wait by Jamie Beck. Thirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met–and fell for–her friend’s brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi daydreams about reuniting with David, hoping he’ll finally see her as his soul mate.

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After his mother’s death, David distanced himself from his siblings, determined to hide a devastating family secret. Now, he’s brought a new girlfriend along to his homecoming–one who’s pushing for a serious commitment. The last thing he needs on his growing list of problems is his budding attraction to Vivi. With tensions running high, David’s behavior triggers a series of events that might cost him the love he’s always taken for granted and Vivi the only real family she’s ever known. (Blurb courtesy of Montlake Romance).

About Bachelorette for Sale:.

This sparkling debut dives right in to everything funny, flirty, and fiery about modern dating with the tale of a sexy singles auction that comes with the prize of a lifetime….

As far as Cherry Ryan is concerned, the bright lights of Hollywood are nothing but glare after her heart is broken on a reality show for millions to see. Instead she’s throwing herself into fundraising for the local community center that was a priceless lifeline to her as a kid. But when a volunteer for the singles auction bails at the last minute, Cherry finds herself on the block–and sold to Jason Valentine, a handsome contractor with a gorgeous body–and a really bad attitude about her days in the limelight….

Cherry soon finds that Jason’s more than eye candy, and not entirely sweet–especially his quest to win the bid for the center’s renovation. Mixing business with pleasure doesn’t seem like such a good idea–until Jason has a chance to reveal the big heart beneath his surly exterior. Cherry’s falling for him hard, but trust isn’t easy when you’ve been burned. To conquer her fears will take a giant leap of faith–straight into the spotlight again….

Find out more at www.Gailchianese.Com.

Rebecca Zanetti, author of Wicked Ride.

I’m so excited to be here at HEA celebrating the release of Wicked Ride! The hero in Wicked Ride is Kellach Dunne, who’s a tough witch enforcer on a Harley. The heroine is a tough Seattle cop who kind of likes to shoot at him. As a hero who throws fire … He can hold his own, believe me.

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I was asked about my five favorite romance movies, and it was hard to narrow them down, but I think I did all right. So, here they are … In no particular order.

• An Officer and a Gentleman. Richard Gere in uniform? Yeah. That would be enough. But, you take a great story of two lost people trying to find themselves and then add the Best. Ending. Ever. Yeah. LOVE it.

• Life With Father. What? Never heard of it? Yeah, neither have many other people. It’s a classic movie based on a true book about a sweet family in New York at the turn of the century. Whenever I’m sick, I watch this old movie to just feel better. Trust me.

• The Princess Bride. I’ve watched this movie so many times, and I’m not quite sure why I love it so much. I guess it’s just a classic love story that’s fun to watch. Nice guy turns into dangerous pirate who still wants the girl back home? Yeah. Sign me up.

• Casablanca. “I remember that day well. The Germans wore gray … You wore blue.” Rick Blain. Everything I love about that movie can be summed up in that quote. : ) Of course, like most folks, I can imagine a slightly different ending for our hero and heroine.

• McClintock. You knew John Wayne had to be here somewhere, right? (The Quiet Man is right there, too). John and Maureen O’Hara had such amazing chemistry together … And I do enjoy great romance. It’s fun to see Stefanie Powers in such an early role, too.

So, thanks for taking time to read about my eclectic movie list. What’s your favorite movie?

About Wicked Ride:.

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power–and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks….

Find Rebecca at www.Rebeccazanetti.Com.