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Saturday, August 30th, 2014
If you like Robyn Carr, early Nora Roberts, and brownies…

Today, Saturday, August 30, only, you can get the first two books in the Hope Springs series for only $1.99 each. This is the Kindle edition, and if you don’t have a Kindle, you can get an app for your smart phone, or download one for your pc. This means anyone can read! Along with a bunch of other fab books by fab authors, both of mine are part of Amazon’s Gold Box Deal. Here’s one of my fave reviews:

“Kent writes with a silky, understated finesse, and her story craft yields an engaging, layered read. Beneath the Patchwork Moon is lingering and lyrical, a heartrending yet hope-filled story of everlasting loss and love.” —Kathy Altman, USA Today

Beneath the Patchwork Moon, a Hope Springs Novel

Beneath the Patchwork Moon, a Hope Springs Novel

The Second Chance Cafe, a Hope Springs novel

The Second Chance Cafe, a Hope Springs novel

From Publishers Weekly

The second installment of Kent’s Hope Springs contemporary romance series (after The Second Chance Café) stands refreshingly alone, setting out a new situation with new protagonists and allowing background to remain background. Luna Meadows has been in love with Angelo Caffey since she was a schoolgirl, but the tragic and mysterious death of Sierra, Angelo’s sister and Luna’s best friend, tore apart their youthful romance and devastated the Caffey family. Angelo’s been gone from their hometown of Hope Springs, Tex., for eight years, but when Luna buys his abandoned family home in a foreclosure sale, he returns for a last chance to uncover the secrets he’s sure Luna is keeping about his sister’s death. There’s drama aplenty, and though the setting is nothing special, Kent uses strong, clear writing to emphasize the believable and not-quite-predictable character interaction that makes this series stand out. (Mar.)

From Publishers Weekly

Veteran romance author Kent (Undeniable) inaugurates a small-town series set in Hope Springs, Tex., the kind of place where people remember Kaylie Flynn by name when she comes back after 10 years away. She left as a newly emancipated foster child; now she’s a college-educated woman with one successful business built and another taking shape in her mind. The gorgeous but deteriorating Victorian house that was her refuge in childhood will be renovated and opened to the town as a lunch café – if the surprises in those old walls and Kaylie’s own secrets don’t bring her plans crashing down. Shoring up the dream is building contractor Tennessee Keller, a man with a troubled family history of his own and a determination not to mix business and pleasure. Girl talk, brownie recipes and a goofy dog named Magoo complete this pleasant confection with the right balance of hope and memory, tears and sizzle.

From Booklist

Fans of womanly romances set in small communities where outsiders become family, as in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series or Cathie Linz’s Serenity Falls series, will enjoy this first installment in the Hope Springs series. Kaylie Flynn returns to Hope Springs, Texas, where she had lived with a wonderful foster family from age 10 to 18. After success in Austin as a baker, Kaylie, accompanied by her enormous dog, Magoo, moves into the only real home she had growing up, intent on turning it into a unique lunch place. The huge, old Victorian house needs work, so she hires Tennessee “Ten” Keller, who is committed to family but estranged from his own. Her new friend, Luna, a celebrity weaver, sends a potential chef to her door but doesn’t reveal a secret he has involving Kaylie. The prolific Kent introduces a cast of good-hearted folks with interesting, practical, and unusual talents, who readers will enjoy getting to know and visiting in future titles. Luna’s story is slated for a fall release. — Diana Tixier Herald

“Kent is a favorite for steamy erotica, but she also writes beautiful contemporaries, and in Second Chance Café, her voice is reminiscent of an early Nora Roberts. The attraction between Kaylie and Ten is immediate, but the relationship builds slowly. A diverse secondary cast gives hope that the series will continue, perhaps with Kaylie’s friend, Luna. The sporadic inclusion of brownie recipes is a total bonus that I imagine many readers will eagerly test for themselves.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

“Superb writing makes this emotional story a standout. Alison Kent bakes up a winner.” —New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde

“I have an abiding affection for second-chance stories, and so I found the title of Alison Kent’s inaugural book for her Hope Springs series irresistible. What I found within the book’s pages was more than even my second-chance-loving heart anticipated.” —Janga, Heroes and Heartbreakers