From the Earth to the Moon

A Thornton Vermont Story

Book Cover: From the Earth to the Moon
Part of the Thornton Vermont series:

Thornton, Vermont, 1953:

After six years in the Navy, the last three spent engaged in the Korean War, George Cartwright is coming home. No longer craving adventure, George wants nothing more than to start building a quiet life. When a beautiful, unexpected stranger meets his train, George understands why it's called love at first sight. Ginny Fletcher is everything George never knew he wanted in a woman, but his love forces him to question the meaning of brotherhood, family, and the weight of promises.

Reviews:Angela Amman on Amazon wrote:

Garriepy does a wonderful job of transporting her readers back to 1953, when family expectations weighed heavily on family dinners and the promises between young men and women were made with heartfelt conversations and small touches. Her characters are captivating, and the story she builds around two brothers and the woman who may come between them is developed with perfect pacing.


From the Earth to the Moon is a work of short romantic fiction.

Sweet Pease

A Thornton Vermont Novel

Kate Pease has everything under control--her bakery’s expansion, her best friend’s wedding, and her carefully guarded heart--until Thornton College’s new novelist-in-residence maligns her scones in a student newspaper. Never one to back down from a challenge, Kate confronts him, only to discover he’s more dreamy academic than snarky stranger. Living in a postcard town, Kate knows better than to fall for an appealing tourist, but there’s nothing wrong with a fling.

Ewan Lovatt is in Thornton, Vermont for a semester to teach--and to research the Damselfly Inn’s past for a new project. His agent wants pages, but it’s not the historical house that inspires him. Tangling with the town sweetheart tempts Ewan with an undeniable attraction and a compelling new character. Suddenly his vision for the future and his agent’s big dreams for his career are at odds.

Somewhere between winter and spring, these two fiercely independent souls find magic together, but Kate offered her love to the wrong man once before. She’s not inclined to risk it again--especially on one who’s not staying in Thornton.

Reviews:Diogenes on Amazon wrote:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good back-catalogue of popular novels, must be in want of a wife."

When visiting author Ewan Lovatt makes the mistake of casually criticizing Kate Pease's scones, it seems likely that a war rather than a romance will result. For Kate is the formidable owner of the Sweet Pease bakery, and a woman who has suffered heartbreak before...

Ms. Garriepy is well-practiced at pulling the reader's heartstrings, and her many fans will not be disappointed in her latest offering in the 'Thornton Vermont' series. Choc-full of sympathetic characters, love, and food, this is a feel-good novel to savour. I put on half a kilo just looking at the cover.

Highly recommended for all the romantics out there.


The second novel in the Thornton, Vermont trilogy, Sweet Pease revisits the town—and the characters—readers fell in love with in Damselfly Inn.

Buck’s Landing

A New England Seacoast Romance

Book Cover: Buck's Landing
Part of the New England Seacoast Romance series:
  • Buck's Landing

Sofia Buck escaped Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, ten years ago with no intention of returning, but her father’s untimely death forces her to come back for the summer to deal with Buck’s Landing, the family business he left behind. Sofia has one goal, to keep the business running until it’s sold. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love.

Silas Wilde walked away from an unsatisfying legal career in Manhattan. Relying on instinct and serendipity, he finds himself running a seaside market and gift shop on Hampton Beach’s Ocean Boulevard. He’s content in his new life and livelihood, until a chance encounter with his new next-door neighbor awakens him to the one thing he’s missing. Her.

Threatened by Sofia and Silas's very different dreams, can their love survive the summer's end?

Reviews:Elizabeth Yon on Amazon wrote:

Buck's Landing delivered everything I love in a romance story - sizzling chemistry, steamy scenes that deliver heat without being raunchy, humor, and well-developed characters moving in a tight, believable plot. And as the cherry on the sundae, Cameron Garriepy can weave a world so beautifully imagined and so honestly written that I found myself right there on the beach with the smell of the salt air in my nostrils. The lights, sounds, scents, and summer excitement of the boardwalk's carnival vibe was particularly enjoyable. A great, satisfying read.


Buck's Landing is Cameron D. Garriepy's debut romance, and the first in the New England Seacoast Romance series; an homage not only to Ms. Garriepy's New England roots, but to the romance authors whose work she grew up devouring.

Damselfly Inn

A Thornton Vermont Novel

The picturesque college town of Thornton, Vermont is the perfect place to open an inn. Or so Nan Grady thinks until a late summer storm drops a tree branch through her roof and local contractor Joss Fuller into her path.

Romance has been the last thing on her career-oriented mind, but Nan can’t deny the attraction between them. Nor can she deny the history between Joss and her most important guest: a sophisticated Manhattan academic.

And then there is the mysterious vandal targeting her home and livelihood.

As summer fades to autumn and Joss becomes a fixture around the Damselfly Inn, Nan navigates the joys and complications of life in her new home town. But when the vandalism becomes increasingly upsetting, threatening Nan and her guests, as well as her budding relationship with Joss, Nan questions her place in the town, at the inn, and in Joss’s heart.

Reviews:Andra Watkins on Amazon wrote:

Do you remember what it felt like to fall in love with your soul mate? To negotiate a first kiss? To experience the first heat of passion? We all need to escape into stories that make us remember where we've been and what we've been given.

Damselfly Inn is that story.

I read Damselfly Inn in one sitting. Four or five hours of delightful time. The characters are all well-developed, likeable and flawed, and the author helps us pull for them with her shifts of perspective and turns of phrase. Set against the gorgeous Vermont countryside, the story unfolds in a town I wanted to visit and never leave. I even enjoyed the ancillary characters and wanted to know more about them, something I hope the author is giving us with her sequels.

This book is a perfect beach read, a best pick for a vacation or a delicious page-turner to wile away any afternoon. Do yourself a favor and read it.


Joy

Three Christmas Stories

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” - Mark Twain

Joy reunites authors Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, and Cameron D. Garriepy for a trio of Christmas love stories shining a spotlight on the joy hiding behind life’s complications.

Trusting Starlight

Bouchons’ head chef Carlos and waitress Sami navigate a simmering attraction threatening to boil over. Doing her best to juggle three kids, a clueless ex-husband, and a second chance at an education, Sami isn’t ready for a relationship - especially with her much younger best friend - but she can’t ignore the way she feels when he’s near. With a nudge from a Christmas angel, Carlos decides to put his heart on the line and hope he can help his friend trust in love again.

Airport Christmas

As if solo holiday travel wasn’t lonely enough, Margot is blindsided by divorce papers moments before her return trip to an apartment that hasn’t felt like home in too long. A grounded flight, a flirtatious stranger, and a generous airport bartender provide distraction from Margot’s travel-weary life until she and her wayward husband collide en route. Forced to face the hopes and fears they’ve hidden from one another for years, can Margot and Vance take one last chance on their love?

The Soloist

Talia Benson has the voice of an angel and a past full of secrets, but when she takes a short order cook’s position in a new town with the Christmas season hard on her heels, she’s hoping to keep a low profile. Pastor Reilly Hunt has his hands full preparing for Christmas services: the choir soloist is called out of town, the baby Jesus has gone missing, and his searches all lead back to Talia and her teenaged son. Talia is tempted by the earnest reverend’s dimpled smile and reluctantly charmed by her quirky new community, but her secrets threaten to disrupt the uneasy peace.

Reviews:Julie C. Gardner on Amazon wrote:

This holiday season, treat yourself to a dose of JOY (then curl up in your favorite chair with a mug of hot chocolate for some comfort)!


Merry Little Christmas

Three Christmas Stories

"… Let your heart be light.
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight."
– Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane

Explore the promise of the Christmas season with authors Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, and Cameron D. Garriepy in three short, sweet holiday romances.

Upon A Midnight Clear, by Angela Amman:

Julia's high profile divorce left her financially free to do anything she wanted, except fulfill the dreams she lost in an accident a decade before. Something stronger than a whim draws her to a storefront in the nearly forgotten town of Warden's Bluff, New York, where visions of tiny dancers practicing their pliés under her careful instruction promise to fill that void.

Julia doesn't deal in tomorrows, but Josh, who keeps crossing her path as Christmas settles over Warden's Bluff, is the kind of man who just might change her mind... if she's willing to take a chance on next year.

Star of Wonder, by Cameron D. Garriepy:

Ivy Brennan, former therapist, astronomy enthusiast, and self-declared goat lady is carving out a fresh start for herself in the woods outside Thornton, Vermont. Christmas is coming, but Ivy is more concerned with missing goats and approaching meteor showers.

Sterling West is crashing with his uncle at the family Christmas tree farm since his ex-fiancée sold their apartment out from under him. He's bagging trees and picking up freelance web design jobs while he figures out what to do next, and where the best stargazing is.

Ivy's sister, Sterling's uncle, four goats, and the Geminid meteor shower conspire to bring Sterling and Ivy together as the holiday approaches, but connections neither Ivy nor Sterling are aware of tangle like last-year's Christmas lights, threatening to trip up their newfound attraction.

The Rarest Gift, by Mandy Dawson

For restaurateurs Sabrina and Mark, dissolving their marriage was simpler than dissolving Buchons' - the dream Sabrina thought they were building together - but nothing about their separate-but-together existence is easy anymore.

An unlikely angel arrives in Mark's life while he flirts with culinary self-sabotage. Sabrina explores drastic measures to save the floundering restaurant. Both of them find themselves reflecting on the bitterness that drove them apart - and the sweetness beneath it - until a family emergency forces the pair to reevaluate the flavor of partnership, dreams, and love that won't quit.

Reviews:Jennie Goutet on Goodreads wrote:

Perfect romantic escape holiday read.


Secret Santas

Two Christmas Stories

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
– Norman Vincent Peale

Join authors Angela Amman and Cameron D. Garriepy in seeking out the softness and beauty of Christmas in two short, sweet holiday romances.

Sweet Silver Bells, by Angela Amman:

Poppy is a copywriter on a mission: finding the perfect song for a client's Christmas launch party playlist. Agency-artist-slash-part-time-DJ Theo seems the perfect person to ask, but their usually easygoing friendship feels clouded. Whether it's the company's Jingle Jamboree gift exchange, her faux pas at last year's holiday party, or something else entirely that's causing the tension, Poppy can't say. Theo's musical taste turns out to be spot on, but are Poppy's instincts?

Santa's Photographer, by Cameron D. Garriepy:

Shell -- a.k.a. Candy Cane -- is on a break from her seasonal job taking photos for a mall Santa when an attractive passerby catches her muttering an angry rant... while wearing her elf attire. Embarrassed by her costume and her foul humor, Shell blows off the man's unexpected compliment, but holiday magic has other things in store for them both. Serendipity, mistaken identity, and a little boy's Christmas wish weave their lives together as December 25th approaches, but will Santa's photographer make the connection in time?

Atlantic to Pacific

Two Christmas Stories

Two short holiday stories from authors Angela Amman and Cameron D. Garriepy, perfect for a cozy fire, or a flight home... for the holidays.

"I met a man who lives in Tennessee
He was headin' for Pennsylvania and some home made pumpkin pie.
From Pennsylvania, folks are travelin' down to Dixie's sunny shore.
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific.

Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
'Cause no matter how far away you roam,
If you want to be happy in a million ways,
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home."

Or can you?

For Merry Jackson, home for the holidays means spending Christmas alone in her Boston apartment, until a chance meeting in a market and an elderly neighbor's misfortune bring someone new -- and special -- into her life, but is he meant for her?

Georgia Gérard escapes Chicago's frosty weather to spend Christmas in Maui with her family, but she can't quite leave her secrets on the Lake Michigan shore. Rumors swirl around her professional life, and an irresistible man from her past won't leave her alone. Will Georgia find the peace she craves on Lahaina's sunny shoreline?

Twelve Days ‘Til Christmas

Twenty years after flirting with rock and roll stardom, Moira Kennedy is a tired bartender who still dreams of the sweet rush of performing. With twelve dreary days until Christmas looming, Moira's achingly dull life spins off its axis. Who is the handsome stranger in the red scarf? Why is her ex threatening to dredge up their past? Is there still music in her soul? And will this be a happy Christmas after all?

Twelve Days 'Til Christmas is a work of short fiction, a Christmas romance which includes salty language and adults making the occasional poor choice.