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Looking for a relaxing read? LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES is a collection of sixteen sweet romance short stories to warm your heart.

Published by Camden Park Press
Edited by Lyn Worthen

Includes “Catch Me” by Adele Downs

“A great collection of sweet, clean romance stories you’re sure to love. They’re each well written and have a different theme… Highly recommend.” 5 Stars! Amazon Review

Here’s a little about the book:

We love sweet romance stories like we love truffles and cordials, toffees and caramels – and when they’re bathed in a decadent coating of rich, creamy chocolate, they’re satisfying, delicious, and we can’t stop with just one. LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES presents sixteen stories that capture both the sweetness and variety of a box of chocolates. Ranging from new loves to rekindled attraction, these stories are filled with sweet meet-cutes, nutty quirks, and the unexpected richness hidden beneath the surface of the characters and their developing relationships. And all wound through with ribbons of chocolate.

LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES contains sixteen sweet stories by M. L. Buchman, Katherine L. Evans, Tami Veldura, Cheryl Wright, Adele Downs, Eliza David, Debbie Mumford, Donea Lee Weaver, Jadelynn Asher, Jennie L. Morris, Marianne Bayliss, Meyari McFarland, Michele Dean, Neen Cohen, and Remi Carrington. Edited by Lyn Worthen.

Buy The Book!

Available in both e-book and print formats.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084S7D6NC

Books To Read: https://books2read.com/LoveIsLikeChocolate

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LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – New Release!

Have you ordered your copy?

Published by Camden Park Press
Edited by Lyn Worthen

Includes “Catch Me” by Adele Downs

Here’s a little about the collection:

We love sweet romance stories like we love truffles and cordials, toffees and caramels – and when they’re bathed in a decadent coating of rich, creamy chocolate, they’re satisfying, delicious, and we can’t stop with just one. LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES presents sixteen stories that capture both the sweetness and variety of a box of chocolates. Ranging from new loves to rekindled attraction, these stories are filled with sweet meet-cutes, nutty quirks, and the unexpected richness hidden beneath the surface of the characters and their developing relationships. And all wound through with ribbons of chocolate.

LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES contains sixteen sweet stories by M. L. Buchman, Katherine L. Evans, Tami Veldura, Cheryl Wright, Adele Downs, Eliza David, Debbie Mumford, Donea Lee Weaver, Jadelynn Asher, Jennie L. Morris, Marianne Bayliss, Meyari McFarland, Michele Dean, Neen Cohen, and Remi Carrington. Edited by Lyn Worthen.

Buy The Book!

Available in both e-book and print formats.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084S7D6NC

Books To Read: https://books2read.com/LoveIsLikeChocolate

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LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – New Release!

Have you ordered your copy?

Published by Camden Park Press
Edited by Lyn Worthen

Includes “Catch Me” by Adele Downs

Here’s a little about the collection:

We love sweet romance stories like we love truffles and cordials, toffees and caramels – and when they’re bathed in a decadent coating of rich, creamy chocolate, they’re satisfying, delicious, and we can’t stop with just one. LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES presents sixteen stories that capture both the sweetness and variety of a box of chocolates. Ranging from new loves to rekindled attraction, these stories are filled with sweet meet-cutes, nutty quirks, and the unexpected richness hidden beneath the surface of the characters and their developing relationships. And all wound through with ribbons of chocolate.

LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES contains sixteen sweet stories by M. L. Buchman, Katherine L. Evans, Tami Veldura, Cheryl Wright, Adele Downs, Eliza David, Debbie Mumford, Donea Lee Weaver, Jadelynn Asher, Jennie L. Morris, Marianne Bayliss, Meyari McFarland, Michele Dean, Neen Cohen, and Remi Carrington. Edited by Lyn Worthen.

Buy The Book!

Available in both e-book and print formats.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084S7D6NC

Books To Read: https://books2read.com/LoveIsLikeChocolate

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LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES Sweet Romance Anthology is a special new release for me. It contains my first published story since my dear husband of thirty years passed away suddenly in March 2018.

Steve’s death leveled me emotionally. I couldn’t work, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t get through a day without crying. Grief counseling helped and became my focus for many months. Friends and family were lifelines. However, I worried that my creative spirit was gone forever and that my writing career was over. I wondered if I would lose my readers along with the love of my life.

Then, quite by chance, (or maybe kismet) I read on Facebook about an open call for *sweet romance short story submissions from small independent publisher Camden Park Press, and decided to go back to my desk and try to make the words come. Over the next few weeks I poured myself into writing, revising, and then submitting my story about falling in love at middle age.

To say I was thrilled when editor Lyn Worthen contacted me to say “Catch Me” had been accepted for the romance anthology LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES, and that my story was ‘just what she was looking for’ is an understatement. Despite my struggle with grief and loss, my creativity was revived, and so was I.

I do hope you’ll download a copy of LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES from your favorite online retailer, or order a print copy from Amazon if you prefer paper to e-book. There are sixteen heartwarming, diverse, and entertaining stories in the collection; and any one of them can be read in about an hour. This book is perfect for the beach, quick reads inside waiting rooms or before bed, and also makes the perfect gift for friends and loved ones.

*By the way, in case you were wondering what “sweet” romance means, it’s code for ‘only contains a kiss.’

Buy The Book!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084S7D6NC

Books To Read: https://books2read.com/LoveIsLikeChocolate

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LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – Available now!

Published by Camden Park Press
Edited by Lyn Worthen

Includes “Catch Me” by Adele Downs

Here’s a little about the collection:

We love sweet romance stories like we love truffles and cordials, toffees and caramels – and when they’re bathed in a decadent coating of rich, creamy chocolate, they’re satisfying, delicious, and we can’t stop with just one. LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES presents sixteen stories that capture both the sweetness and variety of a box of chocolates. Ranging from new loves to rekindled attraction, these stories are filled with sweet meet-cutes, nutty quirks, and the unexpected richness hidden beneath the surface of the characters and their developing relationships. And all wound through with ribbons of chocolate.

LOVE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES contains sixteen sweet stories by M. L. Buchman, Katherine L. Evans, Tami Veldura, Cheryl Wright, Adele Downs, Eliza David, Debbie Mumford, Donea Lee Weaver, Jadelynn Asher, Jennie L. Morris, Marianne Bayliss, Meyari McFarland, Michele Dean, Neen Cohen, and Remi Carrington. Edited by Lyn Worthen.

Buy The Book!

Available in both e-book and print formats.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084S7D6NC

Books To Read: https://books2read.com/LoveIsLikeChocolate

Discover First Chapters FREE on InstaFreebie

Real Love. Beyond Price.

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Would you like to read the full first chapter of my contemporary romance novel LUXURY MODEL WIFE – FREE?

Here’s the link to the DISCOVER NEW READS Anthology, Part One, available at InstaFreebie.  LUXURY MODEL WIFE is Lucky Number 7 of 34 first chapters in the anthology. Part Two with more free chapters will be offered next month. Enjoy!

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“Adele Downs’ LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a great read. This book is so good I couldn’t put it down.”  5 Stars! Kim~ Danielle’s Domain Reviews

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.”
5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

Buy the Book!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0HZM1O

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All Romance eBooks Staff Pick! LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

I’m excited to announce that LUXURY MODEL WIFE is an All Romance eBooks Staff Pick!

The early reviews have also been wonderful.

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

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Have you picked up your copy?

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-luxurymodelwife-2098925-177.html

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Also available at Amazon!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0HZM1O

Celebrate LUXURY MODEL WIFE at Romance Lives Forever #RLFblog

Romance Lives Forever is celebrating LUXURY MODEL WIFE and I hope you’ll visit and share the news! Please follow the link below and Tweet, share on Facebook, Triberr, or your other favorite social media.

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Thank you! See you there!

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Buy LUXURY MODEL WIFE on Amazon!

Have you picked up your copy? Available in both ebook and print.

SANTA TO THE RESCUE Release Day! CONTEST!

It’s Release Day! Release Day! Release Day!

Celebrating SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

It’s Christmas and I’m giving away prizes!

Lots of ways to win!

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I hope you’ll join me to celebrate the release of my fun and flirty firefighter Christmas romance SANTA TO THE RESCUE from Entangled Publishing!

In addition to my personal blog, here’s where you can find me today: Curling Up With A Good Book, Romance Books 4 Us, and Liz Kelly’s Bad Girls Book Club. The complete blog tour list is posted on my SANTA TO THE RESCUE Contests and Blog Tour Page.

Stops for Monday, November 11:

Leave comments throughout the tour and be automatically entered to win firefighter themed prizes. The more you post, the more you increase your chances to win. Triple your chances by sharing my posts on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and other social media! Just let me know you’ve posted to social media when you comment and I’ll be glad to shower you with extra opportunities to win free gifts. USA and Canada residents please. Multiple winners selected.

If you buy SANTA TO THE RESCUE, my .99 fun and flirty contemporary firefighter romance novella, I would greatly appreciate you taking a few minutes to post a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and/or Goodreads.

Looking for an inexpensive, fun gift? Send an extra copy of SANTA TO THE RESCUE to friends or family for only .99 by pressing the Gift button on your e-book retailer’s order page.

Thank you! I hope you enjoy the story!

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The Secret to Lasting Love

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When people learn that my husband and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, and that we’re still happily married, their eyes grow wide. They offer hearty congratulations and tell us how impressed they are with our accomplishment. Single men and women say they hope to share our success one day. Couples just starting out want to know our secret. Other longtime marrieds give us a wink and a knowing smile. They learned the secret years ago.

In a society where long-term marriage has become an anomaly, friends and strangers want to know what makes our relationship work. So many marriages fail, even when the couple loves one other. What’s the magic glue that keeps ours together? The simple but crucial answer is: mutual respect. If a couple resolves to treat each other with kindness and consideration, no matter the circumstances, for better or worse, in sickness and health, love is bound to last.

My husband and I put our marriage first. Everything else comes next—kids, who are the product of our marriage; careers, extended family, friends, interests, and hobbies. Though our children, work, and extended family members often need our undivided attention, my husband and I still make time every day to reconnect. When we’re overwhelmed by the demands of daily responsibilities, we don’t look elsewhere for relief. We recharge with one another. Finding a few quiet moments to talk, and frequent laughter, are bullets to the external stressors that can destroy intimacy.

Despite the love we share, our twenty-five years together have not always been easy. Like most couples, we’ve had problems. We’ve faced financial challenges, career disappointments, issues with our kids, the needs of aging parents, debilitating illnesses, and life-threatening health crisis. Yet, through it all, we leaned on one another for support. Even during our darkest moments, when we didn’t feel particularly loving or lovable, we clung to each other anyway. Small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness carried us through the tough times and made the good times that followed better.

Putting the marriage first means we care about how our behavior affects our partner. We don’t snipe at one another, fight dirty, undermine or belittle each other, cheat, lie, or compete against the other. We form a united front when dealing with our kids. We celebrate each other’s successes. Forgive each other’s faults and failures. When we disagree, we work out our differences without resentment. Neither of us engages in behaviors that will hurt the other or jeopardize the relationship. Over the years, that means we’ve learned to trust. We give each other space, knowing that space will never be compromised or taken for granted.

A successful marriage needs compatibility, mutual respect, and commitment to make love last. Marital fulfillment led us to our Silver Anniversary celebration and will lead us into our Golden years. As I look ahead, a lifetime of love seems possible. What better ending for a romance author than Happily Ever After? It’s the ending we wish for everyone.

~Best, Adele Downs

Do you have a perspective on marriage you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!   

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The Secret To Lasting Love ©Adele Downs 2013

Photograph copyright Adele Downs 2013

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