Romancing the Weekend: New Beginnings

The weekend is approaching. You're a Reader, but you're overwhelmed by all the books available.

How can you possibly browse through them all?

How can you find the ones that have the themes you adore?

Aha! That's the mission of SlingWords. Each Thursday, I'll profile a half dozen books with a primary theme, or trope. Other tropes that fit the book will also be mentioned.

Browse at your leisure and find books sure to push your LIKE button. Maybe you'll fall in love with a new book and a new author.


If you'd like to browse through previous Romancing the Weekend posts, I think you'll find some books you'll want to read. Here's a list of the previous posts.

Romancing the Weekend: Second Chance Romance

Romancing the Weekend: Opposites Attract

Romancing the Weekend: Later in Life

Romancing the Weekend: Single Parent

Romancing the Weekend: Holiday Episode #1

Romancing the Weekend: Holiday Episode #2

Romancing the Weekend: Holiday Episode #3

Romancing the Weekend: Holiday Episode #4




This New Beginnings Romance, which is Book 4 of Eden Prairie, also has these tropes: Secret Baby and Second Chance Romance.

Price AlertAnother New Years Eve is only 99¢ through January 31, 2023.

Ryan Jefferies was a man with a life plan. Make the prestigious law firm he’d been entrusted by his father a continuing success; get married after he turned forty; become a father, in that specific order. He’d been deceived once and swore he’d never again become a victim of an unplanned pregnancy.

He’d celebrated his fortieth birthday nine months ago. This New Year’s Eve, he planned to ask the woman of his dreams to marry him and become the mother of his children. The only problem he was having with his life plan was she’d stopped communicating with him shortly before his birthday, and he couldn’t understand why.

Meredith Saltarelli is a fourth-grade teacher and is loved by her students and the children she tutors. The one thing she’s always dreamed of having was a child of her own. At thirty-nine, she’s waited for the man of her dreams. Ryan Jefferies is everything she’s always wanted in a husband.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always follow a happy path. When she accidentally gets pregnant and miscarries, her dream of becoming a mother is shattered. How do you tell the man you love with all your heart that you can’t give him the family that he wants? Heartbroken at the loss of their child and those that she can never have, she decides to break things off so he can find a woman who can fulfill his dream.

When tragedy strikes a family with two of the children Meredith tutors, she has no other choice but to turn to Ryan for help. Daniel, Ryan’s guardian angel, has determined these two are destined to be together and decides to set them on the right path. He’ll need a little extra help, so he turns to his best buddy, Father Time.


Christmas in Tahoe is a Contemporary Romance that's on sale for $3.99 through January 16, 2023.

Not your typical Christmas book!

Laurel Reynolds is an aspiring romance novelist with a rock and roll pedigree who returns to her Lake Tahoe roots in search of a fresh start. 

Falling in love with McGovern Scott was not on the agenda. Gov is all in favor of her plan to start over—as long as it’s with him. But has Laurel fallen in love with Tahoe’s favorite son or the sexy hero she created? 

With Christmas quickly approaching, can Laurel find the courage to leave the past behind and focus on the future?



The Rancher's Family is a Harlequin Print Edition New Beginnings Romance which also fits these tropes: Single Dad, Rancher Hero, Widowed Hero, Matchmaker, Kids, Enforced  Proximity, Finding a Family, and Past Miscarriage.

“Are you my new mommy?”

She certainly hopes so…

After a devastating loss, Cara Leonetti’s dreams of a husband and children are on hold. 

But Cowboy Creek’s local matchmaker thinks otherwise! And Cara finds herself unexpectedly entangled in the day-to-day family chaos of widower Wes Daniels and his two small children.

She’s falling hard, but the strong, silent rancher doesn’t trust in love. Can Cara put her own fears aside and show Wes that they’re stronger together?



Two people stranded in the middle of nowhere for an entire weekend, with no way to call for help. 

Finding Our Way is a New Adult Novel.

How can such a thing happen in the 21st century?

But it does, giving Becca and Jon the chance to let someone special into their carefully guarded lives . . . and to fall in love. 

As utterly different as they are, a stroke of fate takes Becca and  Jon through the highest and lowest points of an improbable love story that neither of them could have foreseen.

Tender, romantic, yet full of heat, this passionate new adult novel takes you on an adventure you'll never forget. If you're a fan of Notting Hill, you'll love Jon and Becca's story.


Grocery Girl, Book 1 of Green Hills, is a wholesome romance that's a Kindle Unlimited ebook.

This book also fits these tropes: InspirationalWholesome and Heartfelt, Small-Town Romance, Quilt/Craft Fiction, Fireman Hero, Strong But Sweet Female Lead, Love After Loss, Family-Based Series.

Price Alert: 99¢ through 02/01/2023.

She inhales life with every breath. He’s suffered a world of pain. Can they rise above tragedy to find their happily ever after?

Maree Davenport refuses to let a tearful past rule her future. After losing her parents at the age of five, the big-hearted fabric designer is determined to embrace her feelings and find happiness no matter what. So when she literally runs over a handsome new firefighter in the produce section, the hopeless romantic is certain she’s just collided with destiny.

Everyone Rhys Larsen ever loved has died. And though he may have hit it off with the pretty girl at the store, the haunted EMT knows better than to let her into his heart. But when an accident leaves her wounded and in need of care, he vows to nurse her back to health.

As Maree struggles to break through the grieving man’s walls, she fears his deep-seated superhero complex will make him unreachable. And as Rhys grapples with trying to protect the beautiful woman from his curse, he worries he’ll have to choose between doing the right thing and true love.

Can this conflicted couple reconcile their opposite takes on adversity and find purpose in each other’s arms?

Grocery Girl is the touching first book in the Green Hills wholesome small-town romance series. If you like strong but vulnerable characters, emotional growth, and quaint backdrops, then you’ll adore Virginia'dele Smith’s celebration of joy. Escape to Green Hills today!



This romance short story also fits these tropes: Office Romance, Friends to Lovers, Work Colleagues, Plain Jane, and Unrequited Love

When? New Year's Eve.

Where? The company party. 

Who? A woman seriously crushing on a co-worker, and the man  oblivious of her desire for him. Or is he?

What? A sizzling hot romance short story.

Short stories are really popular in today's world because they're perfect for readers who don't have the time to read a long book.

A Moment in Time Romance Short Stories give big reading fun for a little price—only 99 pennies for a satisfying romance read.

Readers, if you have a favorite romance theme that you haven't seen featured, tell me what that is by leaving a comment on this post. 

Authors, if you want to have a book featured on Romancing the Weekend, email me using the contact page on the blog. 


I hope you found some books to love. Join me here next Thursday for more New Beginnings Romance books and short stories.

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  1. Hi, Joan - in case Google doesn't identify me, Barbara White Daille here. :) I love romance tropes and will be looking forward to these Thursday posts.

    Thanks for including The Rancher's Family today. (For those who love their ereaders, it's available in e-book, too.)

    Happy New Year to all, and best wishes for 2023!

  2. Thanks for having me Joan! I’ll be checking beck in later.

  3. I wasn’t identified either. It’s Martha O’Sullivan. Everything looks great. Thanks again!