Guest Author: Carolyn Miller and Hearts and Goals

Australian author Carolyn Miller is a fellow member of a few author support groups on Facebook. She recently released the fourth in a six book series of romances set in the world of hockey, so I invited her to come and share the book with us. In gathering her information, I was delighted to see that she’s spent a fair amount of time in North America, and is familiar with the area where I live as well as other places I’ve visited. I purchased the book and have begun reading it, so I’ll have a review for you soon. In the meantime, here’s Carolyn!

Hearts and Goals – and Gardens!

As someone who is married to a horticulturalist, it’s often inevitable that we have to stop at various gardens and plant-related places on our journeys. A few years ago my husband and I were travelling in North America on a driving trip from that saw us visit Boston, Prince Edward Island, Québec city, Montréal, Muskoka, Toronto and Niagara Falls before we flew to Chicago. Many of these places were on my personal wish list (as a redhead it was inevitable that I had to go to PEI!), so I thought, for my husband’s sake, it might be nice to stop when we were in Montréal and visit the botanic gardens there. I’m so glad we did! [note from PK: since I’m not so well-read, I had to ask about the reference to redheads and Prince Edward Island. It’s a nod to the book Anne of Green Gables.]

Le Jardin botanique de Montréal is a quiet haven in this busy French-influenced metropolis, consisting of an arboretum, an insectarium, various hothouses, and a series of themed gardens, including a Native American, medicine, Chinese and Japanese gardens which are fun to explore.

Our visit to this garden ended up as one of my trip highlights, and has now become an integral part of my new release, Hearts and Goals. This standalone novel features a (fictional) employee of the gardens, a young widow called Maggie Joly, whose role involves both garden and social media work that ultimately leads her to an unnerving encounter with Montreal’s new hockey goalie, southerner Beau Nash.

It was a lot of fun to incorporate some Québecois French, especially as Beau tries to learn the local language in his quest to fit in – and show Maggie he’s committed to learning the language of love. It was also fun to highlight some of the places I’ve visited in this book (and in this series), and I hope it gives readers a little taste of what can be seen in the cities of the original six hockey teams of the National Hockey League. (The other books – The Breakup Project, Love on Ice, Checked Impressions, Big Apple Atonement and Muskoka Blue – are based in Boston, Detroit, Chicago, New York and Toronto).

Readers are really enjoying the humor and banter, the action, drama, and heart stopping romance. So if you’re in the mood for a fun romance with all the feels – plus some bonus French as well – then I hope you’ll check out Hearts and Goals, book 4 in the Original Six, a sweet and swoony, slightly sporty, Christian contemporary romance series.

Blurb for Hearts and Goals:

He’s a goalie with a big heart, while she’s afraid to trust again. Can he learn the language of love to win her heart?

After a series of tragedies, Maggie Joly’s dreams have been confined to her work at Montreal’s botanic gardens and caring for her little boy. Besides, wishing for more would simply be selfish, especially when she’s already loved well. But when a surprising workplace encounter sees her in the arms of a handsome sweet-talking stranger, she’s soon forced to reassess whether romance might still be in her future after all.

Working in this fairytale-like city is a dream come true for Beau Nash, Montreal’s new goalie. And while he’s excited to explore all his new city offers, he hadn’t counted on meeting a striking brunette with heart-melting eyes, or so quickly bonding with her and her son, even thought Maggie’s faith is a little tenuous, and shadows from the past mean she might never really be ready to love again.

An incident at the Gardens forces Beau to choose between his dream job and the woman of his dreams, while an accident on the ice invites Maggie’s deepest fears. Perhaps a Pumpkin Ball might help convince them to believe in happily-ever-afters once again.

Hearts and Goals is the fourth book in the Original Six, a sweet and swoony, slightly sporty, Christian contemporary romance series.

You can purchase Hearts and Goals at Amazon, Apple, Kobo, GooglePlay, Nook

About Carolyn:

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of romance, Carolyn loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her contemporary and Regency novels are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, etc

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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11 Responses to Guest Author: Carolyn Miller and Hearts and Goals

  1. Welcome to 4F,1H, Carolyn!
    Horticulturist! What a fantastic area, one that you don;t hear enough about. I envy the gardens, etc. that you get to see.
    Hockey is a sport that doesn’t get much attention in stories. I wish you all the best in
    reaching a broad area of fans.

    Liked by 1 person

    • camillering says:

      Thanks so much Tonette. Yes, I felt like Montreal is thoroughly deserving of more love, as it’s such a beautiful city. And yes, there should be more clean hockey romance books, too!


  2. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    Sounds like a sweet read!
    Good luck and God’s blessings

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Welcome, Carolyn, to 4F1H.
    I’m glad that Patricia researched the PEI connection with redheads. I was lost.
    It sounds like your series has all the right components: I hope you have continued success.

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  4. camillering says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to share Patricia! I hope readers enjoy my background to my new book!


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      It’s a pleasure to have you here! And since we’re finally starting to see spring weather in the northern hemisphere, I’m sure the gardens will be a great tie-in for us!


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Welcome to the blog. I’d love to have seen those gardens, and I’d definitely like to visit PEI. I’m an Anne fan.


    • camillering says:

      I’m a huge Anne fan too. I wrote Muskoka Blue (coming out in July) based on my visit to Muskoka, which is LM Montgomery’s Mistawis from her book The Blue Castle. It was so fun to visit and see the LM Montgomery museum that gets a mention in my book 🙂


  6. Alicia Dean says:

    Wow…sounds like a wonderful book. I love the cover! Congrats and best wishes!


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