Monday, September 11, 2017

Today's Special - - Second Chances

I've long been a fan of anthologies and short story collections. Many of them have been the vehicle of discovery of authors who have gone on to secure places among my author favorites or even become auto-buys. Today, we shine our spotlight on a new collection of (short) stories, this one featuring seventeen authors, brought to you by Romance Writers of America®, and featuring a "second chances" theme. Four of the participating authors join us today to share what second chance romance means to them. 

Ariella Moon
"Covert Hearts" (Young Adult)
Life doesn't give us many Do Overs. And how often does Fate bring us true love? To have any chance at love is amazing, and to have a second chance is extraordinary. Sometimes we don't recognize true love until it is too late, or circumstances beyond our control separate us from our soul mate. Second Chance romances are special because they represent love delayed and a well-earned Happily Ever After.

Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances. Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students that mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.

Tina Ferraro
"One Hot Mess" (Young Adult)
I find it heartwarming to watch a heroine and hero find their ways back from deal-breaking issues to the chemistry and passion that once brought them together, a true made-for-each-other romance. 

Tina Ferraro is the author of numerous novels and novellas, and a two-time RITA finalist for Young Adult Romance.  She can usually be found in front of a keyboard in the Los Angeles home she shares with her husband and their two cats, writing her butt off--or, let's be honest, adding more on.

Tara Wyatt
"Reload" (Contemporary-Romantic Suspense)
I think a second chance romance is the ultimate HEA - the characters have had to fight their way back to each other after failing to make it work once. The weight of the past adds to the tension between them, and they know how good they could be together--if only they could work through their baggage.

Tara Wyatt is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara’s writing has won several awards, including the Librarian's Readers' Choice Award, the New England Readers' Choice Award, the Golden Quill, and the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award. A librarian by day and author by night, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the world's cutest dog and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps. Visit her online at

Photo Credit: Suzanne German
Marilyn Brant
"When Life Imitates Art" (Contemporary)
The stakes are often very high in second chance romances because both parties know what it means to have lost out on a relationship opportunity before. I think there’s a tremendous sense of appreciation for that romantic connection when it happens again, and a great hope that -- this time around -- true love will win out against all odds.​

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy, and mystery. In 2013, she was named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves Sherlock Holmes, travel, music, chocolate, and all things Jane Austen. Her Austen-inspired debut novel, ACCORDING TO JANE, won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award, and named it one of the 100 Best Romance Novels of All Time. Marilyn’s romantic women’s fiction has been included in the Doubleday Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Guild, and Rhapsody Book Club. She's also written several romantic comedies, like ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE, as well as a coming-of-age mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU. Her latest releases are sexy contemporary romances in her “Mirabelle Harbor” series, set on the shores of Lake Michigan, near her home in the Chicago suburbs. For updates, visit her website:


Do you believe in second chances? 

Do you enjoy them in your romances?

Are you a fan of anthologies? 

Have you ever discovered a now-favorite author through an anthology?

PJ's Birthday Giveaway

Two randomly chosen people who leave a comment before 
11:00 PM, September 13, 2017 will receive
a Kindle copy of the Second Chances collection.

Romance Writers of America brings together seventeen of today's hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending.

Follow New York Times best-selling authors 
J. Kenner and Christina Lauren back to reader-favorite worlds.

New York Times bestseller 
Alyssa Day sprinkles djinn magic in her humorous paranormal romance, while Rachel Hauck brings the enchantment of the holidays in her New Year’s Eve contemporary love story.

Liliana Hart delivers thrills and adventure in her characters’ search for the impossible. 

With characters who find love through tough situations, in an elegant 1800s ballroom, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way of relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, Second Chances delivers romance to strike every reader’s fancy.

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  1. I absolutely believe in second chances in fiction and in life. My favorite trope in romance is reunited lovers, a version of second chance. I enjoy anthologies and look forward to reading this one.

  2. Janga, I am sure you will love Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection. The stories range from sweet to steamy, historical and contemporary, and all are about reunited loves. Second Chances is one of my favorite tropes! So glad you found it through this fabulous blog. I appreciate being featured here today! ~Ariella Moon

  3. I believe in second chances. The possibility of another chance speaks to all of us. I love the theme in life and fiction.

  4. love reading second chance romances! I believe it can happen and know a few real-life examples of couples.


  5. I love reading about second chances in romance books. I do like to read anthologies. I make lists of new authors to try from there.

  6. Everyone deserves a second chance. Love new books and authors.

  7. I enjoy reading second chances as a trope in fiction.

  8. I wasn't much of a fan when I first started reading romance but the more I read about them the more I find its appeal. I guess that also has to do with me growing older ;)

  9. I found out about Shana Galen that way and I enjoyed her books.