What makes a place feel like home? A mother’s embrace, the warmth of new friendship, a sweet reunion—all can be found in these unforgettable stories in Home Sweet Home, a heartwarming collection from Fern Michaels, Donna Kauffman, and Melissa Storm that readers are calling a great escape from their favorite authors.

“You’ll enjoy reading these three stories about coming home and finding love and living life to [the] fullest.” – 5 Sweet Stars from Judy T.

And to celebrate this book’s release the authors have put together a giveaway that rewards one lucky reader with books, a sachet, and a plush beagle, too. Head over now to start grabbing your chances to win, and be sure to grab your copy of Home Sweet Home and start reading today!


Good luck!!




It’s here, it’s here! Send up the balloons, drop the confetti, LAVENDER BLUE has finally arrived! I feel like I’ve been waiting for-evah to share this book with you. I’m so glad it’s here and I can finally share Will and Hannah’s adventure to their much-deserved happily-ever-after.

Here’s the back cover copy:

In the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains lies a small town with a big heart—and a chance to begin again . 

When Hannah Montgomery buys a lavender farm in Blue Hollow Falls with three friends, she’s creating a life she never imagined—one she hopes will honor the memory of the sweet young son she tragically lost years ago. Standing on the porch of the sprawling farmhouse, looking out on row upon row of those lush purple plumes, Hannah is ready to embrace this fresh, new start . . .

Then she meets Wilson McCall. The stonemason hired to fix their crumbling chimneys and leaky roof is quieter than most folks in the Falls. Hannah’s not surprised to learn the widower struggles with his own grief. Who could blame her if she finds joy in making Will laugh again, or if she feels a poignant kinship when she sees him with his teenaged son?  But her deepening friendship with Will reminds Hannah that there’s a part of her that still needs to heal—awakening a tender yearning to have a life that isn’t just good enough, but lived fully—even if that means taking risks once more . . .


Advance reader reviews have been touching and beautiful! I can’t tell you how much your heartfelt response to this story has meant to me. I’m so appreciative and grateful. Here are just a few…

Five Stars from Robin Thomas… 

“After reading Seth and Pippa’s love story in Bluestone & Vine, I was madly in love with the hope that Will and Jacob would get their own story. Kauffman told such a soothing and realistic story with Seth and Pippa’s love, I was definitely up for more. I was not disappointed. Kauffman weaved a beautiful story of tragedy, grief, and redemptive love with passion, friendship and joy. Readers were treated to an honest, open, deeply moving friendship turned romance built on mutual understand of loss, laughter, and a willingness to do the hard work for something worth fighting for.”

Five Stars from author Kait Nolan… 

“I’m mopping tears as I write this. This, dear friends, is a Kleenex book. But in the BEST possible way. I admit to a little skepticism when I saw who the next hero was because while Will most definitely deserved love, he seemed so broken, I couldn’t imagine the woman who’d set that to rights and so often this setup can turn out like a hot mess. But oh! Hannah is perfect for him. And for Jake. They’ve all experienced and been shaped by great loss, and seeing Will and Hannah come together, working through all those powerful emotions was just a privilege to be on the sidelines for. Lavender Blue delivers on ALL THE FEELS. It’s simply beautiful. Clearly this series has a special place in the author’s heart and now, absolutely, in mine.”

Five Stars from Jill Donovan… 

“I feel like every time I review one of Donna’s books I say it was my favorite, but I think this may really be my favorite. Though part of the Blue Hollow Falls series it can be read as a stand alone. I knew after hearing more of his story in Bluestone & Vine that widower, Will McCall’s story was going to hurt my heart a little and I was right. Immediately after meeting Hannah Montgomery and learning about her background and own experience with grief I knew that she could be the one to help put Will’s heart back together again. Hannah and her friends (also survivors of grief) moved to town to open a lavender farm. I’m hoping that we get to find out more about the friends in future stories. We get to reconnect with Will’s son Jake and with neighbor Bailey (who is just delightful). I love all of the intricate details Kaufman included about processes, whether stone-masonry, lavender picking, wood working, farming or painting. I feel like I could attempt some of these things after learning about them in this novel.

This book was emotional and heart wrenching at times but also breathtakingly beautiful. Having experienced tragedy in my own life I feel like I would have better learned how to handle by grief from reading this story than the countless books on grief I consumed over the past 10 years. I really resonated with both characters and while watching them attempt to heal themselves also found a great deal of healing myself. Grab a box of tissues, grab a blanket and hunker down to enjoy this wonderful story full of love, grief, humor and healing.”


This book is part of my Blue Hollow Falls series, set here in my Blue Ridge Mountain home, but no worries! each book can absolutely be read as a stand alone if you haven’t read the others.

Want to dive in to LAVENDER BLUE? I can help you with that! Here are some handy links:

Lavender Blue Purchase Links:









Also check your local libraries! They carry my books as well. Wherever you find your copy, I hope you love it!

Happy reading!

12 Days of Giveaways: DAY ONE!

The holiday season is ON!

I’m celebrating this Season of Giving with a little giving of my own. For the next 12 days, I’ll be hosting a new giveaway every day. Yep, it’s my 12 Days of Giveaways! 

I’m SO excited to kick off this year’s event with this fun little giftie!

A signed copy of the fabulous Mika Jolie’s laugh-riot THE BOY FRIEND along with a signed copy of my latest, A SEASON TO CELEBRATE!

Mika and I conspired to put this together at a recent signing event in Texas. We’re adorable like that. 🙂

AND…how about a little book charm bling to go with? I know!

Here’s a little bit about THE BOY FRIEND:  (Did I mention it’s written from the hero’s POV? Love it!)

According to the law of attraction, women and men can’t be friends.

Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut.

She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.

She’s the bomb.

Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy.

Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations.

Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry.

Now I want more. I want her.

All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends.


If only it were that easy.

(Can’t wait? Need to dive in rightthisverysecond? Click HERE. )


And here’s a  little about  A SEASON TO CELEBRATE: 

Unwrap your heart . . .

Make it a merry Christmas with four stories of the special way the holidays warm our hearts . . .

Former Air Force Pararescueman Kevin Matthews is back home in Texas, working at his family’s Christmas tree farm while deciding his next move. Or maybe he won’t move at all, if sparks keep flying with the town’s new orthopedic surgeon, Kate Stafford. They just need the magic of the holidays to shed a little light on the situation . . .

Billy Morgan has finally emerged from the shattering loss of his wife. He only wishes his grown children still needed him. Good thing his longtime friend, Bella, does. She’s planning her son’s Christmas wedding and Billy is happy to help. Along the way they just might discover their own occasion to celebrate . . .

Attorney Moira Brogan expects her brother’s Christmas wedding to be a peaceful affair. She doesn’t expect to be cornered by an unwanted lothario, much less rescued by gorgeous Aussie chef, Hudson Walker—still less be swept off her feet by said chef. Still nursing a broken heart, the last thing she wants is a new romance. But Hudson has other ideas . . .

HOLIDAY HOMERUN * Priscilla Oliveras
Event planner Julia Louisa Fernandez dreams of a life in Chicago. But her family in Puerto Rico expects her to take over the catering business. Former pro baseball player Ben Thomas knows what it’s like to forge a different path—and when they meet, he might be the one to inspire a winning strategy, just in time for the holidays . . .


How Do You Enter?  Easy! Leave a comment below telling us if you’re a “shop ahead” organized type, or (like me) a “right down to the wire” shopper? And you’re in!

Double Your Chances: Want a second chance to win? Hop over to my FB Page and enter there as well!

ONE WINNER will be announced both right here on the blog and over at my FB Page at 11PM ET tonight, December 1st. But why not follow both, just in case?

Happy DAY ONE Ho Ho Ho!! And GOOD LUCK!!


Fun Giveaway!

Southern Lady magazine is offering a fabulously fun giveaway featuring my latest release, BLUESTONE & VINE. Contest is open until August 31st, so hop on over and enter!  Good luck!

Guest Host & GIVEAWAY!

Hello Happy Readers!


I’m hanging out over at Lorelei’s Lit Lair today, chatting with readers and giving away cool stuff. Check out the fun interview, learn some things about me you might not (okay, probably don’t) know and enter the contest! (Open to all readers, all around the world.)

See you over there!

Bluestone & Vine Pre-Order Links! (Amazon has it on sale – hurry!)

BLUESTONE & VINE hits the stands in just a few short weeks. I am SO excited to share this next story in my Blue Hollow Falls series with you.

Here are some handy pre-order links: (Amazon has reduced the paperback price so hurry and jump on that as I have no idea how long that will last!)







I hope you love Seth & Pippa’s story!

And coming this fall, Seth’s sister Moira gets her own holiday romance in Christmas in Blue Hollow Falls, which will be included in the Fern Michael’s anthology, A SEASON TO CELEBRATE. More on that to come!!



If you’ve been dying to try the first book in my Blue Hollow Falls series, now is the time! It’s on e-book sale at all your favorite online bookstores for just $1.99!

Here are some handy links. (I know, I’m so helpful like that!)






If you give it a try I hope you love it! Book 2, BLUESTONE & VINE will be out on June 26th! (Pre-order on your favorite online bookstore when you pick up your copy of BLUE HOLLOW FALLS! 🙂 )

Happy reading!

Workin’ the New York BookExpo…but first, we party!

I’m so excited to meet readers, sign books, and speak on a panel at this weekend’s big BookCon event at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC.

But that fun starts tomorrow, June 2nd and continues on into Sunday, June 3rd.

First come the parties!

See my last blog post for the Amazon shindig lowdown.

Last night it was my publisher, Kensington Publishing, who put on the Pitz at the Ascent Lounge in the TimeWarner building.

I had a lovely lunch earlier in the day with my editor, Alicia Condon, then we mingled again that evening. I had to go look it up and count, but we’ve partnered on 16 titles in our 7 1/2 years together. And we haven’t aged a day! (Hey, I heard that!)


I also had the chance to hang out with my fellow Fiction From the Heart author pal, KM Jackson, who is every bit as delightful as that big, beautiful smile suggests.

We met up with fabulous Aya de Leon, who will also be speaking on the “Romance & Resistance” panel this Sunday with Kwana and I at BookCon. It’s possible that discussion got started last night!

I hope you can join us Sunday for what promises to be a very lively chat with these two fine ladies, and our other panel-mates, Sarah MacLean and Roni Loren. The panel discussion will be moderated by New York Times Book Review Editor, Tina Jordan. Come and see us!

Here’s the link to yesterday’s blog post with all the info on the weekend festivities: Booksignings & Panel Chat

More fun to come! 🙂

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