Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Wedding Favor by Monique DeVere

A wedding favor for her secret crush…

When unlucky-in-love personal assistant Erin Hart enters her boss’s New York office to resign her job, she doesn’t expect to exit as his fake-girlfriend for an upcoming family wedding. How is she going to keep her crush a secret when she has to share a room… and a bed… with Max for one sizzling weekend in the UK?

Workaholic CEO Max Ferrell understands women only too well: they either want his body or his money. But fiery, sexy Erin is different and recruiting her to help curtail his over-zealous, matchmaking sisters is proving that it’s far more fun to play while you work. Especially when his prim and proper PA helps him to set the sheets ablaze. But falling for her was not in the plan and if he’s not careful, the next wedding might be his own.

Book Details

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press 
Title: The wedding Favor
Theme(s): Workplace
SubGenre(s): Contemporary
Imprint: Champagne
Length: Rosebud
Rating: Hot (R)
Language: Clean
Keywords/Tropes: CEO; Fake/pretend relationship; boss/assistant to lovers; Frustrated Attraction; Forced Proximity; Secret crush; Tycoon Hero; weddings; working together.
Page Count: 204
Word Count: 52,289
Digital Price: $4.99
Paperback: $14.99 
Release Date: November 18th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5092-2884-3 Paperback; 978-1-5092-2885-0 Digital

Monique DeVere lives in Northamptonshire, England with her strong, silent type husband, four children, three granddaughters, and one far-too-smart Yorkie. When Monique isn’t working on her next book, you will find her spending time with hubby or absorbed in a good book.

The Wedding Favor can be purchased at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | The Wild Rose Press |  

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My thoughts:
This is a light, entertaining romance. It was interesting to watch Max fight his attraction due to his conviction that he'd be a bad husband, like his father was. And Erin fights her feelings for Max. I did wonder about the heroine being 5' 7" and wearing a size 2, which is super small. That would make her extremely thin, and no mention is made elsewhere about her condition, so I'm thinking she's European size 2, which would still be quite small here in the US. I also paused when someone refers  to a helicopter as a helo, but otherwise the story flows well, and the secondary characters are quite entertaining. Both Max and Erin have sisters who seem to be quite high maintenance. I wouldn't be surprised to see a sequel featuring either Erin's oldest sister (who doesn't get along with the business fixer) or Max's sister Annabelle (who ruins Max's date because she left her husband).

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Charity Sunday: Hand2Hand

This month I’m focusing on yet another local charity, one that directly helps the children in my community as well as several others nearby. Hand 2 Hand is an organization that collects and distributes food to hungry children. This group is headquartered in the church I attend in Hudsonville, MI, and I often see volunteers working as my quilt group meets on Tuesday mornings.

Hand2Hand was the brainchild of Cheri Honderd. While working with a literacy program in her local school, she saw that while children in low income families get the benefit of free lunches while at school, they go hungry on weekends. She decided to work with the school and the church to establish a program to provide a backpack full of food for these children to take home each Friday. Soon, other churches joined in to sponsor students in their local schools, and now 111 churches help to feed over 6,000 children in 192 different schools in West Michigan. Food is collected through donations from individuals as well as businesses.

Here’s a video about what Hand2Hand does.

You can read more about this awesome organization by going to their website at There is a place to donate through the website, or you can simply leave a comment below. I will personally donate $5 to Hand2Hand for each comment left on this post!

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Charity Sunday: The Mel Trotter Mission

Welcome to the second Charity Sunday! If you were here earlier today, I apologize that my post wasn't complete. Sometimes life gets in the way.

Today I want to tell you about another charity located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Mel Trotter Mission offers a shelter for the homeless in the city. You can read about them on their website, but I can share with you that whenever there is a problem in the city, the Mel Trotter Mission is there to help.
A man named Mel Trotter started the Grand Rapids City Rescue Mission in 1900. Eventually the mission was named after him. 

The mission operates on donations, as well as sales from their thrift stores, located in several places around the city. The Warming Ears Ministry that I shared with you last month visited the mission and the store headquarters last year. Since it was fall and a harsh winter was predicted, we brought several hundred hats with us. Here are some pictures from that visit.

We arrived with our fleece hats..

Donations are organized, ready to be sent to the shelter or to the thrift stores..
One of the few paid workers at the mission showed us how the mission donations are handled.

Do you have an organization near you that helps to provide the homeless with basic needs? 

I will personally donate $5 to the Mel Trotter Mission for each comment on this post until midnight, September 23, 2019. Please comment below, and tell your friends!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

New Release: Krysten Lindsay Hager and In Over Her Head

I’m so pleased to welcome Krysten Lindsay Hager to Creative Hodgepodge today. Krysten has made a name for herself as a prolific author of young adult novels, and today she’s celebrating the release of her newest release, the second in her Cecily Taylor Series.

In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Young Adult Romantic Comedy from Clean Reads
Blurb: Cecily wants a big life, but can she handle it?
Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her.
Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?

 One day I had the career and the guy of my dreams. Then Danielle King came along. If people could be trusted, maybe it would have been okay, but they can’t. They suck. And now my dream relationship was gone and no one would ever know what had actually been in my grasp.
How can a person go from having a whole life with someone, and then it ends like you were never even together? No wonder people talk about how awful divorces are. That must hurt a million times more. Sure, I don’t have to see Andrew every day at school like I did Zach, but it seems like Andrew was everywhere. I went to the grocery store with my mom and they were playing one of his songs because he’s technically a local.
 Andrew’s music was always what I listened to when I was sad. His heartache music got me through the worst times and now, not only could I not stand to listen to it, there was now the chance I could end up hearing music about our breakup. Actually, I didn’t know which was worse: the possibility he’d use our relationship as inspiration for a song, or finding out I was barely a blip on his radar and not even warranting a mention. 
What was I supposed to do now?

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Author Bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton. 
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