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Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Did you know that August is both Romance Awareness Month and National Read a Romance Month? Apparently neither do many retailers—from big box stores to little mom and pop shops along Main Street. They’re all currently featuring up to 75% off anything summer-related and have already set up displays featuring fall foliage and pumpkins to help sell everything from sweaters to leaf rakes—not to mention all things Halloween.

Need a new bathing suit? Good luck finding one in your size at this point. Did your gas grill die? Chances are you’ll find snow blowers taking up the floor space where the gas grills stood less than a month ago. We still have forty days of summer before the first day of autumn, but retailers are in a rush to get us thinking about the blizzards to come months from now.

And since we’ve got two and a half months before costumed kids start ringing our doorbells in search of candy treats, why not enjoy the remainder of summer instead of dreading all the white stuff to come? Stretch out on a lounge chair with a good book. Just don’t forget the sunscreen. And speaking of sunscreen, remember the sun doesn’t care about retail market trends. So it might be a good idea to run out and grab an extra bottle before they’re replaced by bags of Halloween candy on store shelves.

Did you know Lois Winston, the author who gets her kicks finding ways to torment me with dead bodies, got her start as a romance author? If you’re looking for a romance to celebrate National Read a Romance Month, check out Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception, a romantic suspense loosely based on an actual murder that took place in the Philadelphia suburbs in the 1990’s. It was Lois’s second published novel. The Gainesville Daily Register called it “a romance novel for the smart and sassy crowd” and Booklist called it “a contemporary romance with a whole lot of twists and turns…keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next.”

Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception

Life has delivered one sucker punch after another to Emma Wadsworth. As a matter of fact, you could say the poor little rich girl is the ultimate poster child for Money Can’t Buy Happiness — even if she is no longer a child.

Billionaire real estate stud Logan Crawford is as famous for his less-than-platinum reputation as he is his business empire. In thirty-eight years he’s never fallen in love, and that’s just fine with him — until he meets Emma.

But Emma’s not buying into Logan’s seductive ways. Well, maybe just a little, but she’s definitely going into the affair with her eyes wide open. She’s no fool. At least not any more. Her deceased husband saw to that. Besides, she knows Logan will catch the first jet out of Philadelphia once he learns her secrets.

Except things don’t go exactly as Emma has predicted, and when Philadelphia’s most beloved citizen become the city’s most notorious criminal, she needs to do a lot more than clear her name if she wants to save her budding romance with the billionaire hunk someone is willing to kill for.

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