Guest Post: ‘All in for Love’ (Anthology) By Assorted Authors

What happens at La Bonne Chance, doesn’t always stay at La Bonne Chance.

An Inn Decent Proposal By Sharon Buchbinder
Perfect Odds By Lashanta Charles
A Ghost To Die For By Keta Diablo
Raising Kane By Kat Henry Doran
For Money Or Love By Margo Hoornstra
Take A Chance On Me By M.J. Schiller


Anthology Title:  All In for Love

Genre:   Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Age category:  Adult

Release Date:  June 1,  2017


Descriptive Blurb:  Six award-winning authors bring you six *sweet to sensual* romances filled with suspense, thrills and maybe even a ghost or two—for less than the price of a cup of coffee—99 cents!
Welcome to La Bonne Chance Resort & Casino!
With thousands of people passing through the casino’s doors on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that a variety of lives and loves are on the line there. It’s said that you’re more likely to lose your heart at La Bonne Chance than a hand of poker. Whether you are the Director of Casino Operations or the guy who created its software, a jilted bride or a black jack dealer, a past guest’s ghost or a sous chef–when it comes to love, the stakes are high.
Thank goodness what happens at La Bonne Chance, doesn’t always stay at La Bonne Chance….
Ready to roll the dice?


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An Inn Decent Proposal By Sharon Buchbinder

Can an hotelier with a past and a chef with a future revive the grand dame in a neglected old inn?
After the hotel auction, a stunned Jim Rawlings and excited Genie King go to Sips, a local coffee house. Overwhelmed with self-doubts verging on buyer’s remorse, Jim begins to question his sanity. Genie, on the other hand, is bursting with enthusiasm and ideas…Read the Excerpt

About the Author

Sharon Buchbinder and her husband used to breed and show Egyptian Maus and Color Point Persians (formerly called Himalayans). If you’ve ever seen the mockumentary, Best in Show, you have an idea of what life was like 24 out of 52 weekends a year for this wild and crazy couple. When Sharon returned to school for her PhD in 1986, she decided a doctoral program plus a toddler plus a full time job was more than enough and they placed all their cats in good homes—including their own.


Perfect Odds by Lashanta Charles

When a jilted bride meets the man of her dreams, will she embrace the new plan, or cling stubbornly to the old one?  Callista is meeting her fiancé at the airport so they can fly out to N.Y. where they’re supposed to get married, but it seems plans have been changed without her knowledge.  Read the Excerpt

About the Author

So I don’t really have anything too witty, but I have a 6-year-old with a sharp tongue. One of the things I always tell my kids is that mommy and daddy knows everything. So one day I’m taking my daughter to the store to buy toys with her birthday money. This is how the conversation went:
Her: So, who gave me this birthday money?
Me: Poppy (Grandad)
Her: Oh, I really miss Poppy. I want to go see him.
Me: Well, you have to wait until this summer, when you’re out of school.
Her: Why?
Me: Because you have to learn things in school and if you miss a day, you’ll miss what you need to learn and then you won’t know everything.
Her: Ohhhhh, you mean like you and daddy don’t really know everything even though you say you do?
Me: *speechless*

A Ghost To Die For By Keta Diablo

She didn’t believe in ghosts…until one showed up in her room.

  Rooney encounters a stranger in her hotel room and soon finds out he’s a ghost!  Read the Excerpt

About the Author

Keta once dressed up as old man on Halloween and picked up her 9th grader at school in costume! Needless to say, he wasn’t pleased. In fact, he refused to get in the car. She followed him out of the parking lot and down the street for two blocks before he’d even look at her. Yes, he finally got in, but didn’t appreciate her humor…at all. Update: He’s in college now and says the “old man” incident is now one of his fondest childhood memories.


Raising Kane by Kat Henry Doran

Funny how a night in jail will change a woman’s outlook on life.
  Lt. Kieran Pollack signs in to work and comes up against the woman of his dreams: Mallory Kane, ace investigative reporter. Unfortunately she’s just spent the night in jail and is in no mood to speak with anyone–particularly a cop.  Read the Excerpt

About the Author

There was the time I played private duty nurse for my uncle, after he underwent a resection of an aortic aneurysm. Very scary for a number of different reasons. It became my job to ensure Father Joe got sufficient rest which boiled down to playing traffic cop and time-keeper on visitors. On one afternoon, I could see Joe was fatigued and needed a nap. As I rounded up the crowd to send them out the door, one smirked at me. “Who’s Nurse Ratched, Joe?” he asked.
I said, “Who are you, the Pope?”
He said, “Close to it, honey. I’m the Bishop.”
Aw geez.


For Money or Love by Margo Hoornstra

She’s the one woman he can’t afford to lose.

  Lindsey Carr’s two best friends, Rita and Anne, discuss exactly why she and her mega-millionaire boss, Daniel Montgomery, are no longer romantically involved.  Read the Excerpt


My Impressions:  Cute premise.  Likeable characters.  Light read.

The Real Lowdown:  A decent story, well researched.  There ‘s some realistic babel about computer science and information tech that was real enough.  Daniel and Lindsay were both quite convincing in their business roles.  There was a fair amount of romantic chemistry as well.  It’s easy to like both of them…although Daniel’s cluelessness is frustrating at times.  One would think a man with two sisters and a mom he’s obviously close to would know women better than he does.

Minor Beefs:  There’s a little too much thinking going on.  It’s nice at first because it helps to establish some backstory for Lindsay and Daniel…and showcase their chemistry…but it goes on too long and becomes repetitive.  As does all the inadvertent touches and brushing up against each other going it. Its slows down the development of this romance to a glacial pace.  Its ironic, actually, because one of the reasons I prefer novel-length to short stories and novellas is because in shorter writings, the pacing it too fast and the character remain under-cooked.  But this one…The pace is too slow and we know every single thought both of them have about each other…and frankly its…TMI.  Nothing actually happens while all this thinking, and touch-inspired angst is going on.  They both start to come off as a little obsessed with each other after a while.

The Verdict:  Ultimately, a short and satisfying read.


About the Author

Becoming a coffee connoisseur wasn’t an instant fall head over heels event for Margo Hoornstra. Initial cups were loaded with milk and sugar. When the children arrived, two AM feedings coupled with six AM risings for work necessitated more indispensable caffeine. Flavored, iced, lattes and such, a true coffee aficionado, she covets them all.

Take A Chance On Me by M.J. Schiller

Who do you count on when the chips are down?
After chasing leads at the station, Cash returns to his home where his partner, Ian, is supposed to be watching over the murder witness, Harper…Read the Excerpt

About the Author

One day–when M.J.’s triplets were about two, and her eldest four–she was doing laundry and matching up the socks, one of her least favorite chores. She lined them up all along her arms as she hunted for their mates. After a bit of fruitless searching, she glanced at the time and realized she needed to hustle to be on time for a prayer service she was attending at her church.

She made it in time, her four children in tow, and removed her coat before kneeling to say a prayer. An half hour later, as she piously prayed along with the congregation, her eldest asked, “Mommy, why do you have a sock on your shoulder?” She had missed removing one of her husband’s long, mateless gym socks!





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1 thought on “Guest Post: ‘All in for Love’ (Anthology) By Assorted Authors

  1. Hi, Dalyce! I believe the other writers had difficulty getting in to post a comment, so I’ll represent for the crowd. Thank you for hosting us, today! I know it takes time and effort to put up these kinds of posts, and we appreciate it.

    I love the style of your blog. Very clean and streamlined, but dynamic!

    Have a wonderful weekend! – M.J. Schiller, along with Kat Henry Doran, Sharon Buchbinder, Lashanta Charles, Margo Hoornstra, and Keta Diablo

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