NOW LIVE!! SECOND CHANCE AT TWO LANE by Kieran Kramer + #Review

Sometimes love is waiting in the second act.
In her professional career, Ella Mancini plays matchmaker at Two Love Lane but, in her personal life, she takes the stage at the Dock Street Theatre. Now she has a chance at a new role in a Hollywood movie that happens to be filming in Charleston-one that features a big-name actress, Samantha Drake. Long ago, Ella passed up a major audition while awaiting a marriage proposal. Not only didn’t she get the role; she never got the ring, either. Instead, her boyfriend Hank went on to become a huge film star…leaving her, and all her dreams, behind.
But now Hank’s back in Charleston, cast as the male lead in the same movie Ella’s in. In spite of the dramatic tension off-screen, he and Ella try to stay cool onset. But when their old feelings start to heat up-at the same time leading-lady Samantha tries to play cupid-all bets are off. How can Hank convince Ella, after all this time, that she’s the one he really wants to be with in real life-and that some happy, rom-com endings really can come true?

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ISBN: 9781250111081

336 Pages

USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer is a former journalist and English teacher who lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her family. She’s a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer.
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SECOND CHANCE AT TWO LOVE LANE  by Kieran Kramer. A “Two Love Lane” series, which can be read as a stand alone.  Takes readers on a journey to a  a small town,  set in lowcountry Charleston,  South Carolina,  and “Two Love Love” matchmaking company.
This is the story of Ella Mancini, a matchmaker and aspiring actress. Hank, her ex-boyfriend, who is back in Charleston cast as the male lead, in a movie where Ella is also cast.
A sassy, delicious, Southern small town Contemporary Rom-Com. With humor, heart, and plenty of heat, and second chances, readers will be swept away in this entertaining romance. Ms. Kramer, has delivered an entertaining romance with exciting and lovable characters and a strong and interesting storyline. Well written and well crafted.
“I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however,  these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review.”
Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild 
Reviewer: AprilR 
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Palmetto Moon 2With Palmetto Moon, I wrote about Round O, South Carolina like I knew it like the back of my hand. I’d never been there before and had only driven through Walterboro, or stopped there to use the bathroom on the way to Edisto Island over thirty years ago. So, before I turned the Palmetto Moon manuscript into my editor, last summer, I decided I should visit to make sure I got the place right.

I was pleasantly surprised and then shocked at one of those ethereal moments. Dana and Bonita Cheney, the nice couple from the Colleton County Historical Society who showed me around Walterboro, offered to show me Round O. To be honest, with the majority of the story taking place there, and having never been there, I was more than a little nervous.

I’d sent Dana and Bonita a synopsis of Palmetto Moon, that mentioned Miss Mamie’s Boarding House. When we got to Round O, which really is a crossroads community (for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a crossroads with a few houses, maybe a church, a little store,) Dana asked me if I’d like to see Miss Mamie’s Boarding House.

There on the corner was a dilapidated two story clapboard home that very well could have been Vada’s home in 1947. I was amazed. Then he asked me if I wanted to see what it looked like in 1947. He eased down the road about 100 feet and there was the EXACT house I’d pictured when I was writing the book. I know this picture is a little cockeyed but I was completely stunned.

A few weeks later, I approached Dick Elliott, the owner of Maverick Southern Kitchens, and nationally renown SNOB in Charleston about contributing recipes for the book. I wanted to use them in lieu of Reader Questions. Turns out the executive chef at SNOB’s name is Frank Lee and my hero’s name is Frank Darling. Coincidence? Maybe, but I’m tagging it as a gift from the ether.

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Kim BoykinAbout the Author

Kim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. She had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy. PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, it’s very appealing when the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.

Almost everything she learned about writing, she learned from her grandpa, an oral storyteller, who was a master teacher of pacing and sensory detail. He held court under an old mimosa tree on the family farm, and people used to come from all around to hear him tell stories about growing up in rural Georgia and share his unique take on the world.

As a stay-at-home mom, Kim started writing, grabbing snip-its of time in the car rider line or on the bleachers at swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she started submitting her work, sold her first novel at 53, and has been writing like crazy ever since.

Thanks to the lessons she learned under that mimosa tree, her books are well reviewed and, according to RT Book Reviews, feel like they’re being told across a kitchen table. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair from Berkley, Steal Me, Cowboy and Sweet Home Carolina from Tule, and Palmetto Moon, also from Berkley 8/5/14. While her heart is always in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte and has a heart for hairstylist, librarians, and book junkies like herself.
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Palmetto Moon 2About the Book:

June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found…Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a wedding she doesn’t want, she’s left with no choice but to run away from the future her parents have so carefully planned for her.

In Round O, South Carolina, Vada finds independence in the unexpected friendships she forms at the boarding house where she stays, and a quiet yet fulfilling courtship with the local diner owner, Frank Darling. For the first time in her life, she finally feels like she’s where she’s meant to be. But when her dear friend Darby hunts her down, needing help, Vada will have to confront the life she gave up—and decide where her heart truly belongs.
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Book Excerpt:
Charleston, SC
June 20, 1947
“Murrah?” Rosa Lee’s eyes go wide and she shakes her head at me like I’ve forgotten the rules, but I haven’t. Since before I was born, my parents forbade the servants to speak their native tongue in our house. Offenders were given one warning; a second offense brought immediate dismissal. I say the Gullah word again, drawing it out softly. “Why are you crying?” The hands that helped bring me into the world motion for me to lower my voice.

Rosa Lee’s husband, Desmond, told me my first word was murrah. It was what I called Rosa Lee, until Mother made me call her by name. “My own murrah.” The forbidden words bring more tears. I press my face into the soft curve of her neck and breathe in the Ivory soap Mother insists all the servants use, mingled with Rosa Lee’s own scent—vanilla and lemongrass.

She holds me at arm’s length, trembling, and I know I’ve done it again.

“You got to tell them,” she pleads. “Make them see you can’t go through with this.”

I point to the door that leads to the elegant dining room where my parents are eating their breakfast. “I have told them. Mother refuses to listen, and I’ve begged Father. He says I have to do this.” She looks away. Her body rocks, sobbing violently on the inside. “Rosa Lee, please don’t cry. I can’t bear it.” She shakes her head and swipes at the tears that stain the sleeve of her freshly pressed uniform. “I won’t do it again. I promise.”

“When you’re asleep, your heart takes over. You got no control, and it’s gonna kill you.”

She’s right. Since I graduated and moved home from college two weeks ago, I’ve been sleepwalking like I did when I was a child, but these outings don’t land me snuggled up in the servant’s quarters, between Desmond and Rosa Lee. Most of the time, I wake up and return to bed without incident, but last week Desmond found me trying to leave the house. He said I was babbling about sleeping in the bay, which might not have been so disturbing if I hadn’t been wearing five layers of heavy clothing. I knew what he thought I was trying to do to myself and told him not to worry.

Since then, Rosa Lee has insisted on sleeping on the stiff brocade chaise in my bedroom. Of course, my parents don’t know she’s there or that she’s so afraid I’ll walk to the bay or step off the balcony in my sleep, she’s tethered my ankle to the bedpost with three yards of satin rope she begged from Mrs. O’Doul.

“Maybe it will be different after the wedding.” I love her enough to lie to her. “Father says I’m a Hadley and once it’s over with, I’ll fall in line the way I was born to.”

“But what if Desmond hadn’t caught you?” She threads her fingers in mine and kisses the back of my hand. A part of me wishes her intuition hadn’t sent Desmond to check on me, that he hadn’t found me. “And what are you gonna do when we’re not there?”

“Don’t say that.” My knees buckle, and I melt into a puddle at her feet. Justin has made it clear he’s happy with his staff and has no plans to add “two ancient servants.” But living under his roof and not having Rosa Lee and Desmond with me is unthinkable, another high price of being the last Hadley descendant.

“You think it’s not going to get worse after you’re married? Who do you think’s gonna be there to save you? Mr. Justin?” She hisses the last word. “You think long and hard before the sun comes up tomorrow, because I’m afraid down to my bones that you won’t be alive to see it.”

She collects herself and heads into the dining room to check on my parents. They won’t look into her beautiful brown face and see she’s been crying any more than they see this wedding is killing me, or at least the idea of being yoked to Justin McLeod is. Not because he’s eight years older than me and, other than our station in life, we have nothing in common, and not because of his good qualities, although no one can find more than two: He is a heart-stoppingly beautiful man and the sole heir of the largest fortune in Charleston.

For over a hundred years, Justin’s family and mine have built ships. And while two world wars made us rich, a prolonged peace threatens to weaken our family fortunes considerably. Somewhere in all that, my father convinced Justin a Hadley-McLeod union would position them to take over the world, at least the shipping world. And Father is certain nothing short of a blood union will keep Justin in the partnership.

Rosa Lee pushes through the swinging door and pours the coffee down the drain, her signal that breakfast is over and my parents are no longer close by. I smile, trying to reassure her I’m okay, that I’m going to be okay. She shakes her head and starts to wash one of the breakfast plates in slow motion, barely breathing. I hate those things, and after tomorrow, I’ll own twenty-four place settings of them, part of my dowry. I don’t give a damn about thousand-dollar plates, but I do care for Rosa Lee.

“I can do this.” I say from behind her. My voice sounds sure, steady. “I will do this.”


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A Broken Kind of Beautiful: A Novel

Welcome, Katie, and congratulations on your latest release!!

MBA&M: In A BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL, why make your heroine, a model?

I wanted to write a story that explored the concept of beauty and worth and I thought, “What better way to do that than by giving my heroine a profession in the beauty industry?” So often we see these models on the covers of magazines and in catalogs and we forget they are real people, with flaws and hang ups and hurts. Is it possible that the women we often compare ourselves to feel every bit as insecure as we so often feel?

MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind the writing of this story?

Several different things inspired me to write this novel, one of which was my work with junior high students over the last several years. I see what society is shoving in the faces of our young women. So much of the “beauty” they see is unattainable. So much is smoke and mirrors. I wanted to write a story that peeled back that veneer and gave women a peek at what’s underneath the glitz and glam.

MBA&M: What do you feel your greatest accomplishment in your writing career, so far, is and why?

Oh, that’s a tough one! I could say being a Christy Award finalist or a Carol Award winner, both of which were huge honors in the genre I write. But I think at the end of the day, my greatest accomplishment is every single time I hear from readers that my books have encouraged or changed them in some positive way. There is nothing quite like that!

MBA&M: Please tell our readers, a few funny stories, while, attending book signings, either for yourself or another author?

Is it lame that I can’t think of anything specifically? I’m super thankful to have had some really fun local book signings. I love meeting new readers and hugging old readers and handing out Oreo truffles (I’ve made these now for every local book signing I’ve done). For my first novel, my publisher scheduled a book signing for me up in Minneapolis and while nothing funny happened at the book signing, my husband and I sure laughed a lot on the drive north. I don’t even remember what we were laughing at. I just remember that it was the kind of laughter that had tears rolling down our cheeks and our stomachs hurting! That’s the best kind, isn’t it?

MBA&M: Who do you feel, is your greatest influence in your writing career?

Hmmm…that’s a great question! Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers are both two authors I read early on that inspired me to write inspirational fiction. Dwight Swain wrote a book called Techniques of the Selling Writer that had a huge influence on the way I craft stories. Then there are the people I know in real life—like my husband. He inspires and influences me every day! I’m pretty sure every hunky hero I write is in some way inspired by him. 


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A Broken Kind of BeautifulAbout A Broken Kind of Beautiful (from the publisher)

A Broken Kind of Beautiful (WaterBrook Press, April 15, 2014) by Katie Ganshert, tells the story of model Ivy Clark. In an attempt to save her career, she heads to her quaint island hometown of Greenbrier at the request of her stepmother Marilyn, even though Ivy’s very existence is a reminder of her father’s infidelity to Marilyn. On top of that, Ivy’s career rests in the hands of mysterious Davis Knight- a man who abandoned a promising photography career in New York City, a man who treats her differently than any man Ivy’s ever known. Davis calls into question everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth, leaving her wondering if it’s possible that God sees her- a woman stained and broken by the world- and wants her still?

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601425902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601425904

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Christy Award finalist and Carol Award winner, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website or author Facebook page.



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#REVIEW AND #FEATURE: CHARLE’S GIRL by Mary-Helen and Daniel Foxx


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Meet the Author:

Mary-Helen Foxx retired in 2009 after a long career in public education with the Peoria Unified School District where she worked primarily in library services and IT. She has written widely on genealogical topics and has authored four books on the histories of prominent Southern families. Mary-Helen was also a contributing editor for three years with “Georgia Genealogical Magazine” and has won awards for her writing.

Daniel is Professor Emeritus of History at Ottawa University in Phoenix and has been published in various academic and historical journals. He is the author ofI Only Laugh When It Hurts (Reissued by Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, LA, 2009). His latest book, Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigmawith Eddy W. Davison (Pelican, 2007) was a National Book Awards nominee, received the 2008 Arizona Book Award for biography, and was finalist for the 2008 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award.


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599559684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559681

Book Description:

Fourteen-year-old Rosalind has always been a foster girl without a past, until she’s sent to live with a long-lost grandmother in a house full of memories—and secrets. Soon Rosalind discovers that there’s more to her family history than she ever dreamed. Set in 1960s South Carolina, this unforgettable story of family, friendship, and faith is perfect for readers of all ages.




CHARLIE’S GIRL by Mary-Helen and Daniel Foxx is an inspirational fiction set in the 1960’s, South Carolina. Follow young Rosalind,an orphan, on an emotional and thought provoking journey of discovery,family secrets,memories,foster care system,loss,family,friends and faith. Rosalind,Grace,Rosalind’s grandmother,Mark William,Hank and Emily will find many surprises,along their journey. I found “Charlie’s Girl” to be well written,the characters engaging,and the plot interesting. If you enjoy small towns,finding joy in life again,faith,hope and love you will enjoy this title. BEWARE: it does have  a cliff  hanger,but that does not take again from this story,it only makes you want the next installment to happen faster. A very compelling and emotional read. Well worth the time. Received for an honest review from the author/publicist.



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JULY 2012….


Veil of Pearls

Available July 2012

An Epic Romance of the Old South

It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with immigrants like Adalia. But she has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. She lives in terror that her owner will come looking for her. Instead Morgan, the son of a plantation owner, finds her. He is handsome, charming, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia. Soon she is swept into his glamorous world, a world in which the truth about Adalia’s heritage would ruin her—and Morgan. This epic romance reveals the beauty and tragedy of the Old South.

  • A Runaway Slave and a Plantation Owner’s Son Fall in Love.
  • A Romance with Characters Straight from the History Books
  • From an Acclaimed Christy Award Nominee


What will Morgan do when he discovers that the woman he has fallen in love with is a runaway slave?


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