About Joyce Holmes

Joyce Holmes lives with her husband and very small dog in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. The award-winning author is happily living her dream of being a stay-at-home writer. Photography and blogging about her travels are two of her passions, along with visiting her kids and grandkids. When she's not dreaming up stories in her head or planning her next great adventure, she’s off enjoying the great outdoors.

Happy Birthday, Roxy

Today is Roxy’s fifteenth birthday! There were times in the past year when we weren’t sure she’d make it this far, but she’s hanging in there and I’m thankful for every day I have with my little doodlebug.

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I’d also like to say that I’ll be stepping away from this blog for the foreseeable future. I’m not currently writing, and I have so many other projects to focus on, that it doesn’t make sense to try and come up with viable content every week. I’ll pop back in when I have news to share or vacations to gush about, but it’ll be more miss than hit.

Meanwhile, I’ve attached a link to a post from last year, with links to some of my more popular topics.

Stepping Away…

Have a wonderful 2018 and wishing you all the best. See you when I see you.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season, however you celebrate it.

The tree is trimmed, the house is decorated, now I’m waiting for the spirit of Christmas to arrive. I don’t care about presents, I just want to be with my family and am looking forward to having our youngest son at home. And hoping we can spend some cyber time with our eldest son and his family. We’ll be going to our brown-eyed boy’s new house for dinner to celebrate with him and our daughter-in-law, along with some of her family.

This will be our first Christmas without Mom, and her absence will be felt by so many. We still miss her every day, but during the holidays her loss is more poignant. She’ll be with us in our hearts and in our thoughts.

As I look towards the New Year, I wish all the best for everyone. May it be a great year, full of love, and laughter, and good health. I don’t want to be greedy, so I won’t say “May all our wishes come true”, but how about – most of our wishes. I’m confident a few of mine will! Happy New Year!

Join The Fun – It’s Complicated Release Blitz and Give-Away!

Please join us as we celebrate the release of It’s Complicated. Check out the various websites hosting me and discover what inspired me to write It’s Complicated, read an exclusive excerpt and much more. New links will be added throughout the week, so come back often. And don’t forget to enter the contest to win a Roane Publishing $10 gift card.

Red Penn Reviews   – Exclusive Excerpt

Scribbler’s Sojourn   – Inspiration for It’s Complicated

Reviews By Crystal

London’s Scribbles

Compositions of Fervid Melodrama

Liz’s Reading Life

Book Reviews and More By Kathy

It’s Complicated is a sequel to Show No Weakness, and it’s Maggie Lapage’s story. As evident in Show No Weakness, Maggie can stir up trouble at times. She calls it helping people. Others might call it meddling. Tom O’Shay is one of those other people. Problem is he needs her help, whether he wants it or not. And he definitely does not. Just one of the reasons why It’s Complicated.

She’s a children’s counselor devoted to helping others; he’s a stubborn client reluctant to accept her assistance. He wants a warm and loving relationship; she prefers to keep things physical. Professional boundaries dictate neither of them can have what they want.

Having grown up with no one but herself to count on, Maggie Lapage carefully guards her feelings. Professionally, she goes above and beyond to give others the support she wishes she’d had as a child. When she develops a forbidden attraction to a client’s father, she does what she thinks is necessary, to save his family, and to protect her own heart.

Tom O’Shay finds his life caught in a nightmare when he risks losing custody of his daughter. It goes against his character to seek help, but he doesn’t have a choice. That doesn’t mean he has to like it. Everything changes when he falls hard for his daughter’s counselor, and he suddenly has two fights on his hands. One for his daughter, and another for the woman he loves.

It’s complicated, but is it impossible?

Buy links:

Roane Publishing

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca

Barnes and Noble

It’s Complicated Is Now Available For Pre-Order

I’m so pleased that It’s Complicated will be released by Roane Publishing on December 4th. That’s just one week! Meanwhile, it’s available for pre-order on major retail websites.

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca

Barnes and Noble

It’s Complicated is a sequel to Show No Weakness, and it’s Maggie Lapage’s story. As evident in Show No Weakness, Maggie can stir up trouble at times. She calls it helping people. Others might call it meddling. Tom O’Shay is one of those other people. Problem is he needs her help, whether he wants it or not. And he definitely does not. Just one of the reasons why It’s Complicated.

She’s a children’s counselor devoted to helping others; he’s a stubborn client reluctant to accept her assistance. He wants a warm and loving relationship; she prefers to keep things physical. Professional boundaries dictate neither of them can have what they want.

Having grown up with no one but herself to count on, Maggie Lapage carefully guards her feelings. Professionally, she goes above and beyond to give others the support she wishes she’d had as a child. When she develops a forbidden attraction to a client’s father, she does what she thinks is necessary, to save his family, and to protect her own heart.

Tom O’Shay finds his life caught in a nightmare when he risks losing custody of his daughter. It goes against his character to seek help, but he doesn’t have a choice. That doesn’t mean he has to like it. Everything changes when he falls hard for his daughter’s counselor, and he suddenly has two fights on his hands. One for his daughter, and another for the woman he loves.

It’s complicated, but is it impossible?

Please come back next week and join in the Release Blitz fun. I’ll post links to all the festivities right here. Hope to see you!

 

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Reviews…

One of the nicest things a reader can do for an author is to post a review. Especially a heartfelt, positive review. There are several places to do this, including Goodreads, publishers’ websites and retail websites, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. A review doesn’t need to contain a lot of words, just an honest opinion about a book the reader enjoyed. While I’d love to have more reviews, I’ve been blessed to receive some very lovely ones, and I appreciate them all.

These are a few of my favourites.

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You can find more review links here.

 

Show No Weakness – Award Winning Contemporary Romance

She’s a tenderhearted social worker, looking for her Happy-Ever-After. He’s a distrustful RCMP Corporal who’s sworn off relationships. Factor in a surly teen heading for delinquency, and you have a case of passion and turmoil too explosive to handle.

As a defense mechanism to deal with his guilt and grief over his daughter’s death, Cole Dennison has become an expert at compartmentalizing his feelings. He keeps his personal life private, while making it his professional mission to rescue children in peril.

Joely Sinclair is fiercely protective and openly compassionate. When she meets Cole Dennison, she falls hard. He’s everything she admires in a man, and because she wears her heart on her sleeve, she can’t understand how or why Cole keeps all his emotions to himself.

As much as Cole resents his interest in Joely, with her inquisitive and caring nature, he can’t deny her appeal. Against his better judgment, he becomes involved in both her and her son’s lives. Taylor is in desperate need of a positive male role model, and Cole can’t turn his back on the boy. But when Joely starts talking love, Cole’s inability to commit puts an end to their relationship—until a dangerous situation throws them back together.

When given a second chance at love, will Cole risk letting Joely into his battered heart?

Roane Publishing Buylink

Amazon Buylink

Visual Effects – Contemporary Romance

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Drey Winston is a fierce competitor who enjoys challenging her mind and body. But when it comes to her heart—no one ever gets close enough to compete for it. Having grown up believing she was an unwanted burden to her parents, she prefers to keep her feelings well hidden. Just when her hard-fought goals are finally within reach, the audacious Jesse Devlin comes along to breach her carefully guarded defenses.

After a disastrous marriage early in life, Jesse Devlin prefers strings-free relationships. Confident and outgoing, he gets along well with women, but his natural charm can’t seem to penetrate Drey Winston’s aloofness. While attempting to win her over, he’s the one who ends up losing his heart.

Can this commitment-phobic bachelor convince the stubbornly independent woman he loves that his feelings—and hers—are the real deal?

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