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About Renee Riva
Renee Riva is an ACFW award winning author who writes for WaterBrook/Random House, David C. Cook, And Winged Publications. Renee has been writing inspirational, humorous stories ever since she won her first writing contest in the second grade. From there she became a greeting-card verse writer and is currently a Young Author's Instructor teaching writing workshops in schools throughout the Northwest and as far South as Alabama. She loves working with children of all ages, hoping to inspire and spark young imaginations. An animal lover and kid at heart, Renee has published two children's books: Izzy the Lizzy, and Guido's Gondola, as well as a humorous, family , YA-Adult trilogy: Saving Sailor (which took 3rd place in the ACFW Book of the Year 2008), it's sequel, Taking Tuscany released 2009, and Heading Home 2010. Renee is currently writing Forget Me Not Romances; sweet, clean, small town romance stories. Her latest titles are: Dawn's Gentle Light, Always Kiss Me Goodbye, Happy Camper, and Reluctant Cowgirl (releasing June 2017). She also writes humorous Coming of Age stories for Take Me Away Books: Liza of Green Gables, Farley's Five and Dime, and Summer of the Carousel.
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A. J. Degulio loved the idea of a visit to the Old Country—until her family decided to stay.
Now it's 1972 and she's turning fourteen in a crumbling castle on a hill in Tuscany, wishing she were back in Idaho with her beloved dog, Sailor. In Italy, her fair complexion and blonde hair make her stick out like a vanilla wafer in a box of chocolate biscotti, and she's so lonely her best friend is a nun from the local convent. What's worse, her grandma's losing her marbles and Mama's going crazy over Uncle Nick's ugly blue villa, which she can see from every window.
The challenges of roots and relatives are nothing new to A. J. but factor in language, culture shock, and a bad case of homesickness, and A. J.'s going to need more than the famous Degulio sense of humor to survive. It will take a catastrophe—and a few wise words from a friend—for A. J. to understand that sometimes the only thing you can change is your perspective.
A Charming Waltz Down memory Lane
“It was just me and Daddy and Sammy that made up our family after Mama went to heaven in 1956. I was only nine years old when she left us. I remember thinking she must have been needed pretty bad up there, ‘cause I sure needed her down here, but heaven got her anyway.
The three of us ran the dimestore winter, spring, summer, and fall, without any outside help. We lived right above the store with a slide that landed us in the backroom, so we could look forward to going to work everyday. Summers were my favorite time of all and got a little crazy at times—but a good kind of crazy—‘cause when it got real busy, I got to work the soda fountain counter. The best part about that was getting to know everybody’s business, and believe me, there was a lot of business to know in Hog Eye Holler. “
There is something special about one’s first crush, and first waltz at the innocent age of twelve, especially in a small Southern town in the 1950’s. Farley’s Five and Dime is all of that, and more~
The year is 1968. After spending the first half of summer vacation driving her Italian family crazy with her fake southern accent, 10-year old A.J. finds a soul mate on the other side of the island to divert her attention.
She is intrigued to learn that Danny shares her same burning desire to know God and realizes that few people her age think as deeply as the two of them do. However, the depth of their newfound faith and friendship is soon tested when Danny's father betrays his wife.
Set in a simpler time, Saving Sailor is a heartwarming tale of how hearts can change and relationships can be restored with God's help.
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When Amy Landers inherits Aunt Polly’s Inn, located on a bluff above the Columbia River in Wishram, Washington, she has no plans to stay any longer than it takes to sell it. Even though Amy spent her childhood summers with Aunt Polly in cattle country, she’s lived the past fourteen years as a refined city girl in Seattle. She has no desire to change... until she sees her childhood playmate, Jesse Drake, now a strapping cattle rancher next door.
Amy can barely stand the sight of a tumbleweed, and refers to Country Western radio as the Book of Job put to music. It will take more than a cowboy in a nice pair of jeans, to win this city girl's heart.
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TO LOVE A COWBOY
Brandy Jo Danner made up her mind in the third grade that someday she was going to marry Dane Bronson. Determined doesn't begin to describe Brandy Jo... Sassy would be more accurate. Dane has wanted to ask Brandy Jo out for the past fourteen years, but his shyness has kept him at bay. It appears two people could not be more different.
Dane begins every morning at The Branding Iron Grill with a bacon-cheese omelette, served up by head-waitress, Brandy Jo. When Dane finally works up the courage to ask her out, his rival, Hank Halverson, begins working behind the grill, and gives Dane a run for his money. A brawny, champion bull rider can be stiff competition for a quiet guy like Dane. After Brandy Jo tells Hank to "Save his butter for the biscuits," Hank turns up the heat. Can Brandy Jo withstand the flames, and hold to her heart's desire when bravado and humility go head to head?
FARLEY'S FIVE & DIME
A Charming Waltz Down memory Lane “It was just me and Daddy and Sammy that made up our family after Mama went to heaven in 1956. I was only nine years old when she left us. I remember thinking she must have been needed pretty bad up there, ‘cause I sure needed her down here, but heaven got her anyway. The three of us ran the dimestore winter, spring, summer, and fall, without any outside help. We lived right above the store with a slide that landed us in the backroom, so we could look forward to going to work everyday. Summers were my favorite time of all and got a little crazy at times—but a good kind of crazy—‘cause when it got real busy, I got to work the soda fountain counter. The best part about that was getting to know everybody’s business, and believe me, there was a lot of business to know in Hog Eye Holler. “ There is something special about one’s first crush, and first waltz at the innocent age of twelve, especially in a small Southern town in the 1950’s. Farley’s Five and Dime is all of that, and more~
THE SUMMER OF THE CAROUSEL
A charming time in a charming town~ “Me and Nellie watch to see who won Miss Hog Eye Holler this year. You don’t find out who won ‘til she comes floating down Lavender Lane on her royal float, waving and chucking candy at everyone. “How long ago was it that you won Miss Hog Eye Holler, Nellie?” I ask her. Nellie shakes her head and laughs. “Too many moons ago to count!” she answers. Nellie is still pretty as can be so it couldn’t have been that long ago. Just as we are talking about it, who should come around the bend but Miss Sandra Jane Jacobs in her long lavender sequin gown and purple high heels on top of her pink and purple floral float. Sandra Jane is the older sister of Emma Jean, who is the girlfriend of Billy Ray Baxter, who is the hunk of Hog Eye Holler.
Animal lover, Zoey Pappas leaves the rat race of Seattle to move to the small town of Leavenworth, Washington to open her new grooming salon, Puppy Dooz. Having given up her former dream of acting, she is miffed when her cat, Sofie, is constantly pursued by a theater cat named Valentino. Especially, when his owner, Dawson, runs The Backstage Theater playhouse in town and wants Zoey to audition as his leading lady in the Jane Austen production of Persuasion. Zoey turns him down flat. Come for opening night and find out how a chivalrous cat, a rat named Sir Galahad, and handsome Captain Wentworth, all worked together to PURR-suade Zoey otherwise.
LIZA OF GREEN GABLES
When Liza Braun tries out for the Rainier Theater Production of Anne of Green Gables, she has no idea that the assistant director is going to do everything she can to make sure her daughter, Charlotte, is the star of the show. But when Liza wins the lead role, the play is suddenly revised so the character of Diana Berry upstages Anne Shirley in every scene---until Dillon Derry gets the part of Gilbert Blithe and decides two can play that game ..... Knowing the kind of pranks Dillon is capable of, Liza can only imagine what he has in store for OPENING NIGHT~ Join the chaos as Liza and Dillon have the time of their lives adding a little creative license to help spice things up.
Neighbors Liza Braun and Dillon Derry began their childhood as enemies--according to Liza. Dillon called it a crush. After winning the Children's Charity Award for their performance in Anne of Green Gables, they toured with Classic Comedies and became best friends. Ten years later~ Dillon has finished his tour of duty with the Coast Guard and owns a marina. Liza has finished college and is on her way to Paris. The two friends have one last performance together in The Frog Prince before parting forever. Then Liza's red carpet is pulled out from under her. Keeping in step with her favorite Jane Austin heroine, Emma, Liza decides to play summer matchmaker … Her plan backfires when her rival Shayla decides she likes Dillon instead of the guy Liza intended for her. Desperate, Liza comes up with a zinger to keep Shayla away from Dillon. Is a "happily-ever-after" possible when summer is so full of blunders? Come for Opening Night and find out if a single kiss can really change a toad into a prince. Where Jane Austen’s Emma meets The Frog Prince~
Young Lady Adaline's days fluctuate between tea parties in the rose garden at Ellwood Manor, and attending to wounded Union soldiers injured in the Civil War. When the town's hospital, plantation homes, and government buildings, overflow as makeshift hospitals, Adaline's mother, Lady Ellwood, offers Ellwood Manor as a convalescent home to recovering soldiers.
Adaline and her best friend, Maggie, tend to the men by cheering them with reading Charles Dickens stories and writing letters home for them. But when they realize most of the men will be spending Thanksgiving away from home, they offer to put on an Autumn Ball and Feast for the soldiers and local ladies. Love, heart-break, and good-will join hands in this heart-warming holiday story.
Ana Popesque arrives at Miss Ellwood's boarding house in Pine Glen to find she's boarding with a couple of very chatty housemates. The constant laughter and gossip make it difficult to focus on her violin practice for her upcoming Christmas Symphony. It's not until the other girls leave for Christmas break that Ana is left with the peace quiet of Pine Cottage. But in that silence, she hears beautiful violin music coming from the boarder downstairs. Before long, her heart strings are so drawn by his melodious ballads, she's compelled to discover what lies behind such sweet, sorrowfully beautiful music.
A feel good Christmas story of love, acceptance, and joyful reunions.