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Thurston Thursday #9 is here!

»Posted on Nov 24, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Thurston Thursday #9 is here!

the-thurston-heirloomTHE THURSTON HEIRLOOM (sweet romance) is Book 9 in the 12 book Thurston Hotel Series of sweet-to-warm, stand-alone romance novels, connected by common settings, characters and events. (

It was time to move on. Time to start over.

Mariah Patrick, Jill-of-all-trades and recently dumped by her fiancé, has decided to leave town. She wasn’t marriage material. Better to learn that now, than later.

With her debts finally paid, she has enough money for a Greyhound ticket south, and a peanut butter sandwich. The funny thing is, once she arrives in Harmony, the town looks so welcoming—and familiar. Almost as if she’s been here before.

Teague Farraday, businessman, owner of Mountain Jewel Sports, and mountain guide—mostly, mountain guide—watched as the young woman stepped down from the bus. She had reddish brown hair, and lots of it. Creamy white skin, and tired eyes. And he―

He had a feeling he knew her, from somewhere. Somehow. But even if he didn’t, he was going to meet her now.

Buy your copy here and happy reading!

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Thurston Thursday Continues

»Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Thurston Thursday Continues


Betting on Courage

(warm) is Book 8 in the 12 book Thurston Hotel Series of sweet-to-warm, standalone, contemporary romance novels, connected by common settings, characters and events.

On the run from her stalker ex-boyfriend, Charity Wong finds herself in Harmony. She takes a job waitressing at the 100-year-old Thurston Hotel and rents a room from an older man–a man one of her co-workers warns her about. She’s not sure what to expect from him and the last thing she expects is to fall in love.

All David Evans wanted was someone to run errands and help him stay cocooned from the world. But with his new boarder, he’s experiencing more joy in his life than he has in years. Can he possibly fall in love when he can’t even manage to go out on a date?

And, when he learns Charity is in danger, can he overcome his fears and save her?

Get your copy of the next book in the series at the link below and Happy Reading!

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Thurston Thursday #7

»Posted on Nov 10, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Thurston Thursday #7

thestarlightgardenlgThurston Thursday #7 means

the July story

and what’s more romantic than

a starlight garden in summer?


Born and raised in the mountain town of Harmony, Alberta, psychic and New Age bookstore owner, Nora Fitzgerald, is resigned to being single.

That’s until handsome newcomer, Jim Barnes, arrives in town with his young daughter. Nora’s deepest desires are reawakened and the possibility of love finally seems to be within her reach.

But even her psychic powers can’t predict that love will lead her into grave danger.

Happy Reading!


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»Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on THURSTON THURSDAY EDITION 6

With Open Arms (The Thurston Hotel Series Book 6) by [Stelmack, M. K.]

With Open Arms

The Thurston Hotel Series Book 6

On vacation in Spain, Bailey Thurston abandons her cautious existence as an accountant at her family-operated hotel for a whirlwind romance with Daniel O’Leary, a bush pilot in the Congo. Two weeks later, they’re engaged. The next day, he vanishes to reappear a year later at Thurston Hotel, expecting her to receive him with open arms.

Not after he ripped her heart apart.

Dan is a natural charmer though, with answers that make her ache to believe in love again. As her family and the people of Bailey’s mountain resort town of Harmony reach out to him, so does she. But Dan has a soul-corroding secret from his war-torn years in the Congo. A secret so awful the woman he loves would surely leave him because of it. Then he discovers that one man in Harmony is determined to reveal it.

Another great Thurston read. Get your copy here! And Happy Reading!

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Thurston Thursday Edition 5

»Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Thurston Thursday Edition 5


It’s #ThurstonThursday! And that means a new release. This week’s book is A Lasting Harmony, Book 5 by Shelley Kassian.

Happy Reading!

This is Book 5 (warm) in the 12 book Thurston Hotel Series of sweet to warm, stand-alone, contemporary romance novels, connected by common settings, characters, and events.

Fired from her music contract due to drug and alcohol addiction, Jade Carter relocates to Harmony to heal her wounds and rethink her ailing career. But when she checks in at the Thurston Hotel, hoping for a second chance, not everything is as it appears. Taking pity on the singer’s dire situation, General Manager Ben Thurston hires her, but not in the way she expects. Jade is soon attracted to bartender Jason Knight, but will her turbulent history and tenuous actions challenge a future with him?

Jason left the corporate world behind to settle in the Rocky Mountains for a healthier lifestyle. When Jade Carter walks into his lounge and into his life, a love at first sight type of chemistry ignites between them. But when they’re photographed together in a compromising embrace, local media attention forces them into a show of commitment.

Is it just pretend? Or could it be more? Can Jason prove himself to be a knight in shining armor who provides the lasting harmony Jade needs?




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Five Roads From Beltane Interactive

»Posted on Oct 6, 2016 in Brenda's Banter & Balm | Comments Off on Five Roads From Beltane Interactive


A unique reading experience from my author friend, Susan Horsnell…

Outlaws hold up the bank in Beltane at the busiest time of the week.

Dire consequences follow, not only for the outlaws, but also their hostages.

The scene is set.

One beginning, five different endings.

Five Authors: RaeAnne Hadley, D’Ann Lindun, Margaret Tanner,
Allison Merritt and Susan Horsnell

The path is up to you. The story unfolds in the way YOU decide.

Which path will you choose?

Amazon US

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