Friday, 13 September 2013

Book Spotlight: Stepping up to Love by Kate O'Boyle

Stepping up to Love 
by Kate O'Boyle
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 8/7/2013
Soul Mate Publishing, Inc., NY
Available from amazon

A lakeside porch in the Finger Lakes is the perfect spot for a quiet moment or a heart-to-heart with your special someone.

Joel and Manda’s first heart-to-heart on the breakfast porch at the Manse Inn and Spa is anything but romantic. Joel the owner of the Manse is furious with his junior accountant for using one of the spa showers. If Manda didn’t have a desperate story and a spectacular body, Joel might not be feeding her breakfast and falling in love. Can Manda get sober, clean up her act, and open her heart to her rich, hunky boss?


“I got the plea from Remy to go easy on you, but I’m not inclined to do that.” He perched on the corner of his desk and glared down at her. “What were you thinking, living with this lothario professor? Aren’t you supposed to be a student? A top-of-your-class business major, the kind we’re proud to employ at an upscale inn and spa? Do you get that’s not consistent with shacking up with some divorced sot that doesn’t know how to keep it in his pants?” He bet that was language she never expected to hear from Joel Cushman.

“I so don’t deserve that!” Manda glared at him.

He glared right back. He wanted to wring her neck, her beautiful bruised neck. 

“And quit yelling at me. I’ve had enough explosions.” She choked on the last word. She pressed the back of her hand to her nose to stop it running. 

Joel crossed the room, grabbed a box of tissues, and tossed it at her. “Use these.”

“Thank you.” She pulled two out of the box and dried her eyes and nose. 

“Nice clothes. You need a scarf. Ask Remy for one. You’ve got three minutes to save your job.”


About the Author:

Once upon a time, Katie O’Boyle was a stellar student and closet substance abuser at a picture-perfect small college. She credits loving friends, 12-step spirituality, and plenty of hard work for her transformation into tech-savvy college professor and passionate author of warm-hearted romance. Fall in love with her characters on the lakeside porches of the beautiful Finger Lakes in upstate New York. Lakeside Porches, Book One: Stepping Up To Love (Joel and Manda’s story); Book Two: Coming Home to Love (Justin and Gianessa’s story).

Twitter: @TompkinsFalls


  1. Annette, I'm so glad to visit your site with its engaging graphics and book covers. I love the premise of New Zealand with a Hobbit Brother-- did you visit the areas where the movie was filmed?? I've always dreamed of seeing New Zealand.

    But I have to say my beloved Finger Lakes have their own charms, and they're a short drive for me any day I'm free to enjoy them. I hope your readers enjoy Manda and Joel's love story, which is set in the Finger Lakes at a vintage inn and spa as well as on the campus of a picture-perfect college. If only things were perfect behind the picture...

  2. You're welcome, Kate :)

    We did indeed go to a lot of the places where they filmed Lord of the Rings. It was a wonderful, welcoming country and the scenery was just magnificient.