Mary Ann Rivers

WINNERS ANNOUNCED – LAUGH + Giveaway!!

Are you a fan of small town romance? Me too!! I think you'll enjoy Sam Burnside's story - hot on the heels of book one in the series, picks up after Destiny and Hefin have traveled to Wales. Sam is struggling with his life decisions and meets a strong woman in Nina Paz - sexy, romantic and sweet this story is like none other, guaranteed to warm your toes! Be careful though, it is an unputdownable read!
Library Lovers' Feature

Listen: An Exclusive Short from Mary Ann Rivers

This week for our “Making Out in the Stacks” feature, we’ve got an exclusive short for y’all. This comes from Mary Ann Rivers and is a lovely little treat for this holiday Monday LISTEN “Hey,” he said. He was tall, all lank. From my low spot at the desk I had to look at him one part at a time. The wallet chain at his hip, his complicated layers of sweater and canvas jacket and scarf, the stocking cap pulled to dark eyebrows. “Hey,” I said. “I found you.” He looked around at the shelves closing in around my desk. “Pretty sure I found you.” “Who were you looking for?” He unhitched the messenger bag from his body, pulled out a green card, handed it to me. “You need a bone box.” I looked at… Continue
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Book Hammock Reviews – LIVE by Mary Ann Rivers

Book Fun! Hefin is a Welsh man, close to 40, living in the mid-west after his divorce from his American wife. He’s just about to leave to go back to Wales. And from the very point where you get to meet Hefin, you don’t want him to go. Naturally. Destiny (the name choice is perfection and when you read you’ll get it!) is a young woman, unemployed, an optimist who is always putting her family first. She has recently lost her father, and her sister is struggling with recovering from a bad accident. She has an older brother who’s, apparently, going to be the next book subject *squeee*, he’s a little uptight and seems cold-ish, and a younger brother who I already like for his free spirit and knowing what he wants. Oh, and she’s… Continue
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Winners Announced – Happy Release Day to Mary Ann Rivers – Celebrate LIVE with 5 book #Giveaway

A long time ago I was driving around in my green Volvo station wagon in Columbus, Ohio. There are ten million stories that could start this way, but the story born that rainy morning would become an entire book, the first book of a series of books, and I would write a blog post about this book on Random House’s romance blog and people everywhere would read it and love it or hate and talk about it and buy it for themselves or their sisters, meanwhile, I would be little embarrassed but also, so glad and happy and proud. I am getting ahead of this story.… Continue
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WINNERS ANNOUNCED – Happy Release Day to Mary Ann Rivers – Celebrate LIVE with 5 book #Giveaway

A long time ago I was driving around in my green Volvo station wagon in Columbus, Ohio. There are ten million stories that could start this way, but the story born that rainy morning would become an entire book, the first book of a series of books, and I would write a blog post about this book on Random House’s romance blog and people everywhere would read it and love it or hate and talk about it and buy it for themselves or their sisters, meanwhile, I would be little embarrassed but also, so glad and happy and proud.   I am getting ahead of this story.… Continue

Chapter Two – #Free Snippet of Live by Mary Ann Rivers – on sale 1/21/14!

Thanks for stopping by! You like small town romances? Fan of Robyn Carr, Mariah Stewart and Emily March? You’ll love this Snippet – Enjoy! Chapter Two
Hefin had no explanation for why he’d dropped anchor alongside this woman. He didn’t know why he’d been watching her for weeks. He had no idea why he, a man who did his best to say as little as possible to as few people as possible, would say almost anything to get her to stop crying.… Continue
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Chapter Two – #FreeSnippet of Live by Mary Ann Rivers – on sale 1/21/14!

Thanks for stopping by! You like small town romances? Fan of Robyn Carr, Mariah Stewart and Emily March? You’ll love this Snippet – Enjoy! Chapter Two
Hefin had no explanation for why he’d dropped anchor alongside this woman. He didn’t know why he’d been watching her for weeks. He had no idea why he, a man who did his best to say as little as possible to as few people as possible, would say almost anything to get her to stop crying.
“There’s a right way to be unemployed?” Her eyes were huge and wet. The hot-looking red spots high on her cheeks made the gray irises, in contrast, look like mica pressed between glass.
“There’s likely a right way to do everything, but I’ve a bit of experience with bein’ out of… Continue
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#Free Snippet – Live by Mary Ann RIvers – on sale 1/21, Tuesday! Enjoy

Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly. If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough. Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined.… Continue

#Free Snippet – Live by Mary Ann Rivers – on sale 1/21, Tuesday! Enjoy

Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly. If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough. Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. Continue

Let Me Feed You: Not-So-Sweet Strawberry Shortcake* *with bonus never-fail scone recipe By Mary Ann Rivers

If you like your sweetness of the make-out-on-the-porch-swing variety but not on your plate, this is your go-to summer dessert recipe. The shortcake here has the tender, just-so sweetness of traditional scones (versus the be-glazed pastry-like scones from American coffeehouses), the berries are dressed with balsamic and a small hit of brown sugar, and the whipping cream is entirely unsweetened, and here for its richness. The scone base of this dessert is one I’ve perfected over years after time I spent in the UK. It’s crumb is truly crumbly, not cake-y, and I encourage you to lift it out of this variation and experiment with add-ins like cheese, fruits, chocolate, and nuts. It’s a true tea scone, as well as easy and fast and forgiving to make. Here, it is unadorned, providing the perfect buttery… Continue

Let Me Feed You: Shameless Corn By Mary Ann Rivers

There are experiences in this life that can’t be fully enjoyed unless you let loose, completely, of dignity and shame and self-consciousness so that your body has free reign to simply take-in all the delicious sensory information and overwhelm your forebrain with pleasure. Eating this corn is one of those experiences. This is third-date corn. Ten-year-anniversary corn. The-kids-went-to-bed-early corn. You-and-your-best-friend-getting-tipsy corn. Because, this corn is sloppy and messy and you have to use your hands, and there will be moaning. I know some of you are going to make this for a work potluck, anyway, but now you can’t say I didn’t warn you.… Continue

Let Me Feed You: Method Okra by Mary Ann Rivers

I know, sweet baby. You don’t think you like okra. I get it. It is not a convincing vegetable with its fur and its slime and its grey-greenness. It fact, those that do eat it seem to need to aggressively wrangle it into breading or pickling brine or gumbos with enough sausage and spice you don’t really have any idea what you’re eating. This is romance, however. We want unconvincing heroes and heroines to be loved for themselves, without the aggressive makeover.… Continue

Let Me Feed You: Feel Good Better Cookies by Mary Ann Rivers

Cookies are very important. When I work with new moms and their babies, I recommend cookies regularly as a part of general recovery. Breastfeeding moms often ask me for foods that are good for their supply, and I always tell them “cookies.” Which, is true because you need calories to breastfeed and cookies have them. Then they always say, “no, Mary Ann, I mean like healthy food that is good for me and the baby.” My answer is still the same. Breastfeeding or not, recovering from birth or a grueling adoption, cookies are good for you. They are also good for you when you hurt your body, are a little under the weather (or a lot), or have had your feelings bruised. I mean, I think you should keep in mind the saying “if you… Continue

#Real Life Romance By Mary Ann Rivers

Heroine: Serena Bell My favorite stories to hear, to read, and to write are love stories. Every month, I’ll bring you the real-life love story of one of your favorite romance authors, reviewers, or readers.

Serena Bell
blazed onto the romance scene with her sweet-hot novella TICKET HOME—part of Samhain’s Strangers on a Train anthology. On 11/11/13, prepare to swoon over her debut novel from Lovewept, YOURS TO KEEP, about a handsome and determined pediatrician and his son’s mysterious and troubled Spanish tutor. Serena’s work is notable for its aching romantic tension and unforgettable love scenes. Serena has a story of her own, too.… Continue