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Dear Readers,

Are you ready to journey back to Dare Valley with THE CALENDAR OF NEW BEGINNINGS? I had so much fun being back with our family—especially Grandpa—and know you will as well. It’s got all the zany fun we expect from this group—ribald jokes, Jill and her madcap ideas, Grandpa’s wisdom, and a couple so sweet and wonderful you’ll just melt. Keep reading for the true story behind this book.
 
Here’s a teaser for Andy and Lucy’s story…

The last thing international photojournalist Lucy O’Brien expected when she returned to her hometown was for her mother to ask her to shoot photos for a ‘Calendar Girls’-like calendar…
 
Of course, it’s all for a good cause—raising money for breast cancer. Lucy agrees to help—ribald photos and all. It’s not like she’s told anyone her secret reason for coming home: that a recent trauma overseas threatens her livelihood. But her longtime BFF, Dr. Andy Hale, isn’t letting her keep secrets from him. He understands heartache. After losing the love of a lifetime, he’s now a widower raising a young son.
 
Everyone in town is wondering if the boy-next door and the zany traveler will finally move from friends to lovers. At first, the sparks of attraction fly amidst their easygoing banter over ice cream cones. But there are deeper feelings at work here, and both must uncover the seeds of their new beginnings together, realizing there’s nothing more powerful than love and friendship to pave the way.
 

If you prefer print, you can get it at Amazon now, or it will be available at Barnes & Noble in the next few days.

The audio book is also close to being finished. I’ll let you guys know when it’s out!

 
Cover reveal for the New Series Connected to Dare Valley
 
 
You met Blake’s crazy football player friends in THE BRIDGE TO A BETTER LIFE. They were so much fun they needed their own series called Once Upon a Dare. Jordan and Grace will be our first couple in THE GATE TO EVERYTHING, which will be out July 6. You can pre-order it everywhere now except Amazon (whose pre-orders always go live the week before the release).
 
Here’s a little more about the book.
 
Atlanta Rebels’ quarterback Jordan Dean is nursing a broken heart after breaking up with his hometown girlfriend, chef Grace Kincaid, because she couldn’t handle his super stardom. When Jordan discovers Grace is pregnant with their child, he builds her a home next door to his. And everyday, he journeys through the gate between their houses to discover that love and family are everything a man could ever hope for.

Pre-order it so you’ll be ready!
 
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The Real Story Behind THE CALENDAR OF NEW BEGINNINGS
 
I’ve had this story in mind for a long time, but it’s changed as I have. The funny thing is that I had the spark of the idea from my parents. They’d talked to an old family friend from Nebraska—one who is now in her eighties. She’d just posed in a ‘Calendar Girls’-like calendar in the small town where we lived when I was a kid. The calendar was raising money for the local hospital. Jean Warrick was the friend, and she was Ms. June. It’s almost fitting that her props were large playing cards for a poker game while she smoked a cigar. Rhett would have loved that, don’t you think?

If you’re interested in reading more about this real calendar, follow this link. I’ll be talking about it on social media too.
 
My Biggest Signing So Far
 
In case you didn’t see it, I’m signing at B&N’s flagship store in Manhattan—a dream come true. If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you.
 
I’ll be signing THE CALENDAR OF NEW BEGINNINGS and NORA ROBERTS LAND.
Here are the deets:
Date: April 28
Time: 7 pm
Address: 150 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028
Phone:(212) 369-2180

Thanks again for being part of our beautiful Dare family. You guys are super!
 
Lots of light and blessing,
 
Ava

 

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