Putting a new book out is always a bit of a mixed blessing. After months of writing and editing–and sometimes years of knowing this story is coming–it is both awesome and terrifying to release it into the world, especially when it’s near and dear to your heart.

Although Nate and Dorie will always be special to me because they were my first, and Deke and Fitz worked their way into my soul, Lola and Jack have always been something special to me. Jack was actually one of the first characters I ever conceived of. (I know, I know–‘of whom I ever conceived.’ Sigh. As a friend just said to me in an email, this is the curse of being an English teacher’s daughter.) The original opening scene of Calling It (book #1 in the series) actually had Nate, Jack and Courtney coming face to face on a red carpet in front of a whole lineup of photographers; that interaction is still incredibly vivid to me (even though in the evolution of the story, it has been relegated to scenes that got cut from both the book itself and the storyline).

Lola, although a very minimal character in book #1, was as defined to me then as she is now. The single (widowed) mother of four, she is confident and unafraid to cut her losses no matter how painful they may be. She loves her four young boys, but, oh yes, is quite tired, which only adds to her reluctance to open herself up to anything even remotely verging on serious relationship territory.

But for as much as I love them, I am always worried that no one else will. So it was with great relief that so many early reviews showed Jack & Lola some major love.

Not all of them did, of course, and I know that you might have a very different feeling for this book than I do. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I hope you love it, but if you don’t, I will still be grateful for your taking the time to read it. There are so many incredible stories out there and we are all so limited in time. I appreciate any time you have devoted to my books. And if you’ve written a review–good or bad–I am even more grateful.

With that said, however, as Lola’s and Jack’s book birthday rapidly approaches, I am going to list here some of the words that have meant so much to me from the advance reviews on GoodReads.

Drum roll please… Here are some of my favorite quotes from these early reviews (you can read the full text of these reviews [and more] at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34372440-called-out):

“Okay, I am in love! Great lead characters, wonderful secondary characters, melting hearts, believable conflict, and a happy ending. What more could you want?” – NovelMomma

“Jack and Lola’s story is a sensual and playful delight that took my breath away…” – Becky

“It’s a story of love, of healing, of atonement and redemption. It’s a story of friendship and family. It made me laugh, tear up, and swoon, and most of all, I really enjoyed it. I am absolutely looking forward to more stories from Inspiration.” – Sam

“The rest, as they say, is history; but in the most unexpectedly intense, sincere and super hot ways. These two have the most delicious conversations, passionate encounters, and every day moments. … I managed to laugh out loud and then within minutes, also shed some tears. Always a sign of a really good book I think. Thank you Ms Doyle, and I am looking forward to the next installment.” – Ruthie

“Ms. Doyle mixes moments of insight with humorous delivery and emotional storytelling as she creates a masterful story of maturity and romance. – Isha

This is probably the ultimate fantasy read for every single mum everywhere. … Only Jen Doyle could write such a domestic romance without it ever feeling domestic and I am once again surprised by how much I enjoy this series. The blurbs make me want to run – I don’t do charming, sweet or white picket fences. I usually hate cute kids and their fictional parents. But there is a layer of honest and slightly dark humour in these stories that really strikes a chord with me. I love this series and I can’t wait for the next book.” – Sarah

This is a great story with an original plotline, a fast pace and amazing characters. I loved every page! – LeeAnn

Overall, I ADORED this book. It was so sweet and heartfelt and heartbreaking and heart-mending. – Nadwa

“This was a sexy, romantic read with great characters, a wee dose of angst and hefty dose of adorable courtesy of Lola’s sons.” – Nicola

Again, the full reviews are available at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34372440-called-out — and if you happen to head over there, please be sure to read *all* the reviews, not just the good ones, so you can get the full sense of what people are thinking. And please do “like” those reviews, too, so that the reviewers know their work is appreciated.

So we’re down to an hour and a half now, and I must go find something to do other than be nervous about what everyone else will think when Called Out hits their e-readers at midnight. (What that something is, I have no idea.) But thank you once again for your support, thank you for reading this post, and a big, fat, messy-kiss thank you (in advance) for reading Called Out. Happy reading!

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Out on Monday, May 29. Preorder your copy NOW:

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“Okay, I am in love! Great lead characters, wonderful secondary characters, melting hearts, believable conflict, and a happy ending. What more could you want?” ~~ NovelMomma

“LOVED this one!! I’ve enjoyed each book in this series but I think this might be my favorite.” ~~ Bette

“Overall, I ADORED this book. It was so sweet and heartfelt and heartbreaking and heart-mending.” ~~ Nadwa

You can read the full reviews at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34372440-called-out

To enter for the chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card, pre-order your copy and then head on over to https://goo.gl/forms/sVLClSf1eMIhup9U2 and fill out the (very short!) form there.

Want a taste? Here’s a short excerpt. As you may notice, this is immediately after some shenanigans in the laundry room:

At what point she finally collapsed she had no idea; just that she could feel Jack bring her pants back up over her legs, pull her tank top back down, and wrap the sweater around her again. Then he pulled her into his arms and tucked her head into his chest and held her as, still shaking, she came down.

She was mentally present enough to realize he was still hard—even to register that she not just needed to return the favor, but that she desperately wanted to. Except, oh, for Heaven’s sake, she was crying.

“I’m not sad,” she said into his chest.

He chuckled. “No, babe. I got that.”

“And I’m not about to go all crazy clingy,” she added, despite the fact that she couldn’t physically remove herself from his arms yet. “I’ll let go as soon as I can walk again.”

“No rush.” The smile was still in his voice. “We can stay just like this for as long as you like.”

Using the principle of gravity, it was actually possible for her to let her hand drop down between them and at least get a little bit of a feel. Despite his appearing cool and calm, he sucked in a breath as her hand tightened around him.

“Maybe not quite as long as originally thought,” he said, his voice cracking a little.

To the contrary. “Longer.” And thicker, come to think of it.

Or not, because it suddenly occurred to her that she could hear the boys clamoring around upstairs and she had no idea how long they’d been up there.

Thank God they were still up there and not down here, however. “I, um, I think that’s my call to go.”

“Yeah.” He loosened his arms a little, but didn’t release her. Almost as if he wanted to stay here with her just as much as she wanted to stay with him. “I think maybe I’ll just stay down here to finish up.”

She snorted. She couldn’t help it.

“The laundry,” he emphasized, grinning down at her.

“Right,” she answered. “Well, there are some clean towels in that basket over there. You know, if you needed something to fold.” She gave him one more squeeze. “Or whatever.”

He laughed as he grabbed her wrist and pulled her close again.

 

Here are those links again. Thank you for reading!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pf0Yui
B&N: http://bit.ly/BN-CO
iBooks: http://apple.co/2ntKpcS
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2oZFX9t

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! https://goo.gl/forms/sVLClSf1eMIhup9U2

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You know what’s awesome? Being on this list of Carina Press sports romances with my friends Michele Mannon, Elizabeth Harmon, Allison Parr, Kate Willoughby, Kat Latham, and Lynda Aicher:

This Spring’s Must Read Sports Romances
http://carinapress.com/blog/2017/04/this-springs-must-read-sports-romances/

 

You know what else is awesome? CALLING IT is on sale for 99¢ through August 24.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2o60zxh
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/CallingItBN
iBooks: http://bit.ly/CallingItDoyle
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/calling-it-1

#99cents sale baseball romance Calling It

 

Baseball player Nathan Hawkins needs to get away from Chicago. After a near career-ending car accident and with paparazzi surrounding his penthouse, Nate can only think of one place to go: home. But when he finds his old apartment occupied by a half-naked woman wielding a baseball bat, he’s not sure what to think…except that maybe his luck has finally changed for the better.

Librarian Dorie Donelli never thought she’d get to meet her fantasy man in person–much less while she’s wearing her bathrobe. To her surprise, her nearly naked run-in with Nate leads to more unclothed encounters. But Dorie is sure their fling is only temporary. As long as she remembers he’ll be gone once his life gets back on track, she won’t get hurt. In the meantime, she throws herself into enjoying their three weeks together before he has to report for spring training and go back to his old life.

For Nate, being with Dorie is the only time in months that he finds himself smiling. Laughing. And he has no intention of letting that go. He might even befalling in love…if only Dorie will let him say the words. What they have isn’t just a dream, but the start of a dream come true.

 

Read more about CALLING IT (including the unpublished epilogue) on my Books page.

My latest novella, BREATHE, released on Wednesday of this week. It’s only $1.99 and is available now at amzn.to/2o7Krdw.

Want a sneak peek?

In this scene: Heroine Beth Walker has sprained her ankle at the top of a not-unsubstantial hill, and hero Drew Hanson, gentleman that he is, offers to carry her–via piggyback ride–because it’s the only way he can think to get her downhill fast. Their conversation goes something like this:

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“Just another hundred yards. We can reevaluate then.”

She looked at him for a minute, and then her own gaze drifted to the darkening sky. “You have flash floods around here, don’t you?” she asked.

“Yep,” he said. No need to pull any punches.

And yet she still seemed mostly undecided–at least right up to the moment she forgot she’d hurt her ankle, began to put weight on it again, and then went totally white as she fell into him. Since this was neither the time nor the place, he tried not to think too much about how nicely she fit in his arms. She fit really nicely, however, so it wasn’t the most successful endeavor.

Still pale, she straightened up, leaving one hand on his arm in order to steady herself. “Are you sure I’m not too heavy?” she asked.

She didn’t seem at all heavy to him. He’d put her at maybe 120, 130 pounds and probably 5’5” or 5’6”. And anyway, he wasn’t a well-sought-out Pick Till You Punt teammate for nothing. “Entirely sure.”

Crouching down on a narrow, slippery trail on the side of a hill did take some concentration, and there was a moment there when she tightened her arm around his neck, nearly cutting off all his air, where it was a bit touch and go.

“So this is oddly awkward,” she said a couple of minutes later, once they were settled in and on their way.

Still working at not concentrating on the this-is-not-the-time-or-the-place aspect of things—especially now that they were even more intimately aligned—Drew responded, “How so?”

“Because I’m riding you?” she answered, not helping the situation one bit.

He couldn’t help but laugh. “Oh, no. You misunderstood. It was the use of the word ‘oddly’ I was questioning. I’m in total agreement with the awkward part.” Hell, he had his hands around the woman’s thighs and was having a very difficult time trying to ignore the fullness of her breasts pressed up against his back. Plus, her coconut-ish shampoo was infinitely distracting. He’d had lovers with whom he’d never been this close, the exception being the act itself. “I feel like I should be smoking a cigarette right now.”

Unlike most of those lovers, however, she got his joke. Her laughter was like music that hit the perfect combination of notes. “Well, I suppose if we’re at the cigarette stage,” she said, “I should introduce myself. I’m Beth. Novice hiker, horrendous about checking weather reports, and petrified of snakes and spiders.”

As she spoke, her body relaxed against him and he was beginning to understand the appeal of owning a motorcycle. Of course, since his brother-in-law-to-be took Maggie, Drew’s sister, on motorcycle rides all the time, that wasn’t a thought upon which Drew particularly wanted to dwell.

“Nice to meet you,” he replied. “I’m Drew. Long time hiker, a bit too much of a believer in weather reports, and I could care less about snakes or spiders. But I do have an irrational fear of trombones.”

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You know that saying, “It never rains, it pours?” Well, this week is kind of like a monsoon.

It’s a *good* monsoon–don’t get me wrong! (If monsoons can be good, of course. And I should probably stop the analogy right there.) But, well, let me list what’s going on…

1) This week’s HUGE news is that my novella, CRUSH, which is part of the launch for Marina Adair’s St. Helena’s Vineyard Kindle World is going live on Wednesday. I just now finished up my cover reveal over in the FB Group (you can see my Cover Reveal/Giveaway 1 and Excerpt/Giveaway 2 posts by clicking on the links in this post–they should be live at least until the end of the day on Monday, 10/3). The novella itself–as well as the 17 other novellas launching the world–will go live on WEDNESDAY 10/5. And then we’re all joining in to watch the airing of Autumn in the Vineyard, Marina’s book-turned-into-a-movie, on Saturday night. Join us at the What’cha Watching Live party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/878387495627610/).

2) The ALSO HUGE second item of news is that CALLING IT is on sale for 99¢ through Monday 10/10. Isn’t that awesome???? You can go directly to this link to buy it on Amazon, or head on over to the Carina Press website for a full list of retailers offering the deal price.

3) Another big thing going on is that I’m part of a Baseball Romance Giveaway. You can enter to win 30–yes, you read that number right–baseball romances plus a Kindle Fire. Crazy, right? Good luck!

4) I am also happy to be one of the donating authors with the Send A Little Love campaign in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check it out at: http://www.romancehasaheart.org/

5) And finally (for this week at least), LAST CALL, my free short story, is one of 21 romances that are all being offered for free. Can I say that one more time? Sure — FREE! That’s actually being hosted right here on my website, so all you need to do is pop on over to the Fall In Love page.

Oh, fine, should we have a bonus what’s-going-on post? In two weeks, I’ll be part of the Hearts & Sparks Blogger/Reader Appreciation Brunch at the NJ RWA chapter’s meeting in a couple of weeks. On Sunday, 10/16, in fact. Want to join us? We would love to have you! Head on over to http://www.njromancewriters.org/hearts–sparks.html to sign up.

Phew! Thanks for reading — I hope you’ll be clicking on some of these links, too! And then maybe we can all go find a hammock somewhere to collapse into. Although that’s probably as bad of an idea as the monsoon analogy. But, hey, it’s pouring right now so I can’t think straight. Luckily, I enjoy the rain.

I’m so happy to be hosting this week’s Instafreebie group giveaway for romance! My freebie, LAST CALL, is a short story that introduces you to the town of Inspiration, Iowa, the setting for my CALLING IT series. The story is sweet, but the series certainly is definitely on the steamier side!

Including LAST CALL, there are 21 FREE romances here for you to download and enjoy. Happy reading!

 

Last Call (by Jen Doyle) – Contemporary/Sweet Intro to a Steamy Series

Romancing the Null (by Tina Gower) – Paranormal/Steamy

Strictly Unprofessional (by Maggie Way) – Contemporary/Steamy

White Magic Woman (by Ju Ephraime) – Paranormal/Steamy

The Trouble With Flying (by Rochelle Morgan) – Contemporary/Sweet

Opening Hearts (by Iona Findley) – Contemporary/Steamy

Trust My Love (by Iona Findley) – Contemporary/Steamy

You’re the One (by Alix Nicholas) – Romantic Comedy/Steamy

Second Chance Ranch (by Liz Isaacson) – Western Romance/Sweet

Cunning Linguist (by Rachel Shane) – New Adult/Steamy

Tell Me A Story (by Tamara Lush) – Contemporary/Hot

Tempting Isabel (by Rissa Brahm) – Contemporary/Hot

Returning for Valentine’s (by Victoria Pinder) – Contemporary/Sweet

The Year We Fell Down (by Sarina Bowen) – New Adult Contemporary/Steamy

Finding You At Christmas (by Kristin Wallace) – Contemporary/Sweet

A Winter Wedding (by Gemma Brocato) – Holiday/Hot

A Promise To My Stepbrother (by Anne Burroughs) – Contemporary/Sweet

Tales of the Valkyries – ANTHOLOGY (Asa Maria Bradley/Gina Conkle/Lisa Hendrix/Anna Markland/Emma Prince/Harper St. George) – Historical and Paranormal/Steamy

How the Duke Stole Christmas (by Anna Harrington) – Historical/Sweet

Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish (by G.G. Andrew) – Romantic Comedy/Sweet

A Moment Of Bliss (by Michelle Jo Quinn) – Romantic Comedy/Sweet

 

 

 

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Ten stops for the CALLED UP blog tour, Day Five:

(Stop 1) – Hearts & Scribbles

(Stop 2) – Jenn Avery Romance Lover (REVIEW)

(Stop 3) – Nicole’s Book Musings (REVIEW)

(Stop 4) – Two Girls with Books (REVIEW)

(Stop 5) – Mysterious Romance Reviews

(Stop 6) – Polished Bookworm (REVIEW)

(Stop 7) – I’m A Book Shark

(Stop 8) – MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews

(Stop 9) – Christine’s Words

(Stop 10) – Eating Between the Lines Inc

And don’t forget to check out the Tasty Book Tours website for the full blog tour schedule.

And on to Day Three! Today’s CALLED UP blog tour has eight stops today, including an interview at Becky on Books.

(Stop 1) – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

(Stop 2) – Book Lover in Florida

(Stop 3) – Becky on Books

(Stop 4) -Lady Muslin Myst’s Mysterious Hodgepodge

(Stop 5) – Ms C’s Diversions

(Stop 6) – The Jeep Diva

(Stop 7) – A Brit and a Yank

(Stop 8) – Reviews from the Heart

And don’t forget to check out the Tasty Book Tours website for the full blog tour schedule.

Today is Day Two of the CALLED UP blog tour, and we’ve got seven stops today, including a guest post at Fire and Ice Book Reviews where I talk about Who’s Who in the series.

(Stop 1) – I Love Romance (with REVIEW)

(Stop 2) – Lisa’s Home for Books (with REVIEW)

(Stop 3) – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

(Stop 4) – Fire And Ice Book Reviews (with REVIEW)

(Stop 5) – Plain Talk Book Marketing

(Stop 6) – Melena’s Reviews

(Stop 7) – A Southern Girls Bookshelf

And don’t forget to check out the Tasty Book Tours website for the full blog tour schedule.