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.

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?

Echoes In Darkness

Book Cover: Echoes In Darkness
Part of the Bannerwing Collections series:

“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light…”

Stories of darkness and light — physical… otherworldly… and in the human spirit. From dangerous to romantic to chilling, this collection showcases seven absorbing tales and an unforgettable cast of characters.

In Kate Shrewsday’s “To Hear the Dead Proclaim,” a trans-Atlantic air traveler comforts her seat mate with a sympathetic ear. His story allows her into the mind of a genius, but some conversations are best left unspoken.

In “Flutters,” Angela Amman takes us into the steamy Savannah heat, where the last surviving daughter in a family of women with extraordinary powers struggles to maintain her mother’s legacy at all costs.

Helen has lived her life obsessed with a statue, going so far as to travel the world for a glimpse of it in person. The consequences of her trip reveal an ancient curse and leave Helen’s life forever changed in Mandy Dawson’s “Awakening.”

Previously published as a stand-alone short, Cameron D. Garriepy’s “Requiring of Care” follows Lucy Montgomery to an unusual job interview. The would-be nanny is pulled into the world of Violet, a little girl who holds fragments of a haunting story.

“Bad Deal,” an excerpt from Andra Watkins’ debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (Word Hermit Press, 2014), introduces us to an unusual little girl named Emmaline Cagney. Emmaline longs to fly from the dark side of her mother’s affections, but what strangers lurk in the shadows?

From Kameko Murakami: A terrible accident robbed Danaë of her life, but not by killing her. Instead she is cursed, invisible to the world, with one exception: the dying. When her path crosses that of the one living man who knows she’s there, Danaë must decide if she is to remain “Unseen.” [Previously published.]

“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie.” Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she’s inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her in “Love Apples” by Elizabeth Yon.

Reviews:Michael Carnell on Amazon wrote:

The seven stories here range from the psychological thriller to parental betrayal to the more standard ghost story, but they will all creep into the corners of your mind and take up residence there.


Metaphysical Gravity

Four Stories About Love

Book Cover: Metaphysical Gravity
Part of the Bannerwing Collections series:

"Love is metaphysical gravity." R. Buckminster Fuller

A force beyond reason and the laws of nature, love draws us together in many ways. In these four short stories, four authors explore the essence of love, from practical to magical.

"In Her Hands," by Angela Amman, explores the moment in which a woman weighs the choice between expectations and the lasting passion she craves.

A shy librarian offers her beautiful best friend a shot at the English teacher she secretly desires, in Mandy Dawson's "Home." But what if beauty isn't all he needs in a lover?

Cameron D. Garriepy's eponymous "Valentine" is a young woman whose fairytale is sidetracked by a trickster loose in the streets of New Orleans.

In "Elephants in the Atmosphere" by Kameko Murakami, a young woman in extraordinary circumstances finds love in an unexpected place and against all odds. Is a happy ending even possible?

Reviews:Andra Watkins on Amazon wrote:

Metaphysical Gravity is a shimmering jewel of a book.