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Monday, December 24, 2012

Sugarplum Dreams: Book 4, Candy Collection


About Sugarplum Dreams by Michele Richard, Lisa Bilbrey, M.E. Feeney, R. E. Hargrave

Publisher:  Renaissance Romance Publishing
Publication Date:  December 11, 2012
ISBN:  9780615729732 (paperback)/0615729738 (e-book)
Pages:  342 pages (paperback) /549 KB (e-book)

Broken Roads & Dusty Dreams
Riley Farris and Natalie Sloane were the best of friends who spent every summer together on the sandy beach of Mustang Island. Then, just when Riley’s getting set to spend another summer with Natalie, she disappears. As the years pass, he struggles to understand what happened to the girl he knew. Until, one night while walking on the beach, he stumbles upon a woman who is broken and lost.
Right Click, Love
Disheartened about not being able to find “Mr. Right” on the London dating scene, best friends Jodie Lynch and Louise Hewson create a blog to not only document their disastrous dates with the numerous “Mr. Wrongs” and “Mr. Okay-for-nows” but also to help those going through the same experiences and to see where they’re going wrong. How will they deal with everything the dating scene has to throw at them planned or otherwise?
Sugar & Spice
Lacey Harrison has been dealt an unexpected hand in life: being a single mom. With her father's help and that of the residents at Royal Hills Nursing Home, she thrives and goes on to become a successful baker. She is content with her life but knows that she and her daughter Candy are missing something. Will things change for the better when Trent Childress moves into town and adds some spice to her sugar?
The Roommates
Spring break changes everything for Daphne Hobbs. A one-night stand leaves her pregnant and alone. She soon discovers that the father is an identical twin, and she's unsure of which one turned her world upside down. She’ll be forced to share her apartment with them until she can discover the truth. Julius and Jordan Sweet share everything in their lives — almost to the point of living one life. Will Daphne uncover who’s the daddy?

Author Bio’s


Lisa Bilbrey


Lisa Bilbrey is a mom of three and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996. Finding a love in the written word, she started writing as a way to express herself. From the first word she wrote, she'd found her heart and soul. Always willing to learn, she's spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller. She's been blessed to find Michele Richard and Laura Braley, both of whom she spends hours every day writing with. 
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M.B Feeney

M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, 2 kids and a dog.  She's also a student teacher, a doodler and a chocoholic.  Writing has been her one true love since she could spell, and publishing is the culmination of her hard work and ambition.

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Michele Richard

Michele Richard lives in a suburb of Boston, Mass. She’s the mother of two pre-teen daughters and the wife.

Michele Richard has created the Mocked series. From Mocked by Destiny to the trilogy Mocked by Faith, she writes what comes from the heart. A wife and the mother of two preteen girls, she spends her days spinning tales about what happens when what you believe in mocks your every turn.

When she’s not writing, her days are filled with her family, her bunny Geneva, and friends. Her greatest passions are learning new languages and traveling. She currently resides in the Northeastern part of the United States however; her family members live down the east coast as far as North Carolina.

She’s currently learning French and Spanish, and one day hopes to be fluent in both. Learning new things is always something she enjoys.

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 R.E. Hargrave
R.E. Hargrave is a fledgling author who has always been a lover of books and now looks forward to the chance to give something back to the literary community. She lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX with her husband and three children.

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My Thoughts:

Rating:  4 1/2 stars

Broken Roads & Dusty Dreams by Lisa Bilbrey

Riley Farris met Natalie Sloane when they were young.  Even at such a young age, he knows how to treat a girl.  They are also great friends.  Then we see them again as adults trying to rekindle that friendship.

This was a great way to start off this collection of stories.  Lisa reminds her readers that not everyone has a happy time leading up to the holidays.  But friends can help change that - friends can be of the opposite sex.  Affection for a friend can also change into something more.

Right Click, Love by M.B. Feeney

Jodie Lynch and Louise Hewson are best friends that write a blog together.  They give their thoughts on the dating scene.   It’s interesting how two women come to rely on each other but also respect what the other has to say.  They also show how hard it is to find someone in this day and age.  It takes a lot of work to find that special someone who is willing to share your life.  Plus they share their struggles with anyone out on the internet.  I don’t know if I could be that bold.

Sugar & Spice by R. E. Hargrave

Lacey Harrison owns her own bakery.  She’s at the store buying supplies when she bumps into Trent Childress.  Lacey also has a very intelligent daughter named Candace. 

What I loved about R.E.’s story was that she shows the story from the perspective of both characters.  We also get to see how their relationship blossoms from month to month.  You don’t even realize that this is a short story.  This was one story that if I didn’t have a gluten allergy it would have had me pigging out at my favorite Italian Bakery.

The Roommates by Michele Richard

Daphne Hobbs is told that she is pregnant.  Brothers Julius and Jordan Sweet are looking for an apartment.  What a way to start of this last story in this latest book of the Candy Collection.  It was very sweet – although one brother doesn’t live up to that last name.

This book acts like a teaser.  You get a taste of the writing style of four authors.  They are all authors that I cannot wait to read more of their work.   The title makes you think of the holidays but it is a book that can be read at any time of the year.  What’s great about an anthology is that you can read the book all at once or read one author at a time.  Around the holidays, time can be a very precious thing.  Sometimes we need just a little something to help us relax after a very taxing day.  This book will help you do that.  Sit in your favorite chair, with your favorite blanket, your drink of choice, with your animal (if you have one), near a fireplace (again, if you have one) and just let this book take you away from the day.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Jitterbug PR  and from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”









3 comments:

  1. Great post and I love the reviews. This anthology is on TBR list and now I can't wait to get to it.

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  2. Thank you for the amazing review! xoxo

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