Friday, March 7, 2014

The Cottage on Juniper Ridge by Sheila Roberts: Spotlight and Excerpt


 





The Cottage on Juniper Ridge

by Sheila Roberts

 
BLURB:

Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's Simplicity, Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can enjoy simple pleasures—like joining the local book club—and complicated ones, like falling in love with her sexy landlord, Garrett Armstrong.

 

Her sister Toni is ready for a change, too. She has a teenage daughter who's constantly texting her friends, a husband who's more involved with his computer than he is with her, and a son who's consumed by video games. Toni wants her family to grow closer—to return to a simpler way of life.

 

Other women in town, like Stacy Thomas, are also inspired to unload their excess stuff and some of the extra responsibilities they've taken on.

 

But as they all discover, sometimes life simply happens. It doesn't always happen simply!

 

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EXCERPT

 
... “You know, I wasn’t really in favor of reading that book, but now I’m glad we did,” Stacy said. “I got rid of all kinds of stuff I didn’t really need. I even got rid of some of my Christmas decorations.”
           
Cass’s mouth dropped. “No.”
           
“Well, not a lot,” Stacy admitted. “But a bunch of things we haven’t used in a long time, things I’m not that crazy about anymore. And I unloaded a whole box full of outside lights.”
 
She and Bill Will chatted for a few minutes, mostly about him and how he was saving up to buy a place of his own. “Except I only got about a thousand in the bank,” he said with a shake of the head. “I need to find me a rich woman. Got any money, Jen?” he added with a smile.
 
“Yeah. Tons. Can’t you tell?”
 
“Aw, well. There’s more to life than money, right?” He set down his mug. “Let’s get started. I’m itchin’ to try out that machinery.”
 
She’d already marked off the area where she wanted the garden. “I figure I’ll put it over there,” she said, pointing to a sunny corner of the yard she’d marked off with string and some small yard stakes.
 
“Okay,” he said with a nod.
 
She watched, feeling a tingle of excitement, as he let down the tailgate of his truck and pulled out the tiller. Home-grown lettuce and spinach and peas and carrots. This was going to be great.
 
Bill Will took the tiller over to the future home of Veggie Central, started it, and began to churn up the earth. She should plant sunflowers, too, she thought watching him.
 
She was so into her garden daydream that it took a minute for her to realize that the tilling had stopped. “I think we got a problem,” Bill Will called.
 
Had he hit a rock? She hurried over to where he was squatting in front of clumps of grass and sandy soil, examining what looked like some sort of network of pipes. “What’s that?” she asked. Whatever it was, something was wrong with it, she thought, looking at the water gurgling from several that had been severed.
 
He pushed back his hat and scratched his head. “Well, I’m no expert on stuff like this but if I had to guess I’d say that’s your drain field.”
 
“Drain field?”
 
“You know, your septic system. I think we just tore something up.”
 
A sick feeling landed in the pit of her stomach. “Can you fix it?”
 
He looked at the mess in front of him and shook his head. “If you need a horse broke or a fence mended I’m your man. This, well, you better call your landlord.”
 
The sick feeling swelled. “Oh,” Jen said weakly.
 
Bill Will straightened up. “Sorry to ruin your day Jen, but I don’t think we better till any more until you know where all your drain field is. You don’t want to do any more damage.”
 
She’d just done more damage ... to her tenant-landlord relationship. Oh, boy.
 
“You’d better call Armstrong right away,” Bill Will advised.
 
She could hardly wait.
 
Her trepidation must have shown on her face because Bill Will threw an arm around her shoulders and gave her a hug. “It’ll be okay. He’s a good guy. He’ll understand.”
 
Jen wasn’t so sure.




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Sheila Roberts is married and has three children. She lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have appeared in Readers Digest Condensed books and have been published in several languages. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network and her her novel The Nine Lives of Christmas has been optioned for film. When she’s not writing songs, hanging out with her girlfriends or trying to beat her husband at tennis, she can be found writing about those things dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

 

Readers can find me on: 


Facebook: Author Sheila Roberts

Twitter:_Sheila_Roberts

 

 

GIVEAWAY


Sheila will be awarding a $25 B & N gift card and an eCopy of The Cottage on Juniper Ridge to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $25 B & N gift card to a randomly drawn host.

Follow the tour and comment often to increase your odds of winning. The tour dates can be found HERE

 

 

10 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

kathy p said...

Just one clicked this book! can't wait to read it!

Elise-Maria Barton said...

I love the premise of this book. I did something very similar when I retired from corporate America~ got rid of the extraneous and got back to basics. Thanks for sharing.

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Angie D said...

Sounds great! And thanks for the intro to a new author for myself.

Sheila said...

Thanks so much for having me today!

Rita said...

Sounds like a good read.

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Andra Lyn said...

Hi Again Sheila!

It's been a fun first week of the tour! I've loved hearing more about your characters! Which of them do you think you identify with the most?

andralynn7 AT gmail DOt com

denisedyoung.com said...

I'm a huge advocate for simple living, and I live for romance novels, so this book sounds like it's definitely my cup of tea. :)

angela smith said...

the book sounds good.right up my alley

Beppe DM said...

Thanks for this great giveaway!!!