Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chill Out: A Candy Hearts Romance by Jana Richards


Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?” Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.

Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought long dead.

As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?

About the Author:

Jana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to paranormal suspense and romantic comedy. She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side. She believes there's nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.

When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, Jana can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby.

Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren, and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou.

You can reach Jana through her website at, her Facebook Page at, or her blog

Review by Rochelle:

Okay, I confess I’ve become a fan of Ms. Richards. I find her writing warm, humorous, entertaining, and clean, and Chill Out did not disappoint. Exhausted from her drive, Renata crashes on the couch as soon as she arrives at her friend’s cabin. She awakens to someone kissing her ear and finds a huge dog in her face, accompanied by a hairy hulk of a man. This was not her idea of escaping from the world on Valentine’s weekend.

Having just returned from a stint with Doctors Without Borders and acquired an English mastiff, finding a woman in the cabin he borrowed from his best friend was not Noah Brownlee’s idea of great, either. But they’re snowed in, so they may as well tolerate each other. Besides, Spike likes her, and in their brief time together, Noah’s learned to trust Spike’s instincts.

As I said above, Ms. Richard’s characters are engaging and fully-drawn. She truly does peel back their layers, but she does so with warmth and humor, and in this case a little bit of magical candy. But don’t take my word for it. Buy Chill Out and enjoy it yourself—especially if you want to escape on Valentine’s Day.

Author Website:
Heat Rating:  PG-13
Length:  76 Pages
Price:  $2.99

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40-50% of the net proceeds from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40-$2.99. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $1.70-$2.10.

Download the file from the publisher onto your computer as you would any other file. I’ve created a folder for books on my computer, with subfolders by source (Marketing for Romance Writers, Net Galley, Authors who find me on Kindle lists, etc.). That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Some publishers send books in all digital formats. If my Kindle breaks and my kids buy me a Nook, I won’t have to replace all of my books. If you have a Kindle and your hubby has a Nook, you won’t have to buy separate copies, so buying directly from the publisher can save you money.

Moving the file from your computer to your e-reader is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your e-reader charging chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from the folder into which you’ve downloaded the book to Documents/Books directory on your e-reader. Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting. Donna, Julie, & Rochelle

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