No matter how I’ve spent Thanksgiving, I have always tried to remember to reflect on those people in my life for whom I am forever grateful. There are the expected names: Mom, Dad, of course, and Aunt Lois. Then there are the names that might seem totally obscure – names like Dee Ufferman.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve never met the woman. Read more
Guest Post: BIRTHDAY GIRLS By Jean Stone
Before iPhones and iPads and all those technology gadgets, I only saw USA Today when I traveled. So it was not surprising that as 1995 ended and I buckled my seatbelt for a flight to Hartford from Detroit, I pulled a copy of the newspaper from the seat pocket in front of me.
A quirky headline caught my eye:
In 1996, every 7 seconds a Baby Boomer will turn 50. Read more
#BookReview – Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone – The Examiner gives the full scoop!
ON sale now – Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is a dramatic, suspenseful novel that weaves together the lives of three young women with a closely guarded secret that puts a teenage girl in jeopardy. Here’s what The Examiner had to say – enjoy!!
Sometimes book reviews zero-in on one aspect of a book which is most prominent to the reader. Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is one book in which the reader can do just that.
Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone is about three women who met at a New England college and are from different backgrounds; Charlie – the poor girl from the other side of the tracks, Tess – the artist with an inferiority complex, and Marina – the beautiful princess from the small country of Novokia who wishes for an ordinary life. The book follows these three friends who during college and into their adult lives kept a closely guarded secret. However, fifteen years later they reunite as the truth behind their secret began to unravel. Read more
The Making of SINS OF INNOCENCE By Jean Stone
The year was 1968, a turbulent, confusing year of assassinations, flower power, Vietnam. The times indeed, were changing, but one thing remained constant: love.
In 1968, when a teenage girl got pregnant her choices were limited. She could quickly get married (and hope no one could do the math), search for a back-alley abortionist, or she could have her baby in secret and “give it up” for adoption. Read more
New Release – First Loves by Jean Stone
By Jean Stone
FIRST LOVES is the second of my novels to be re-issued as an e-book for the Loveswept program, and I am excited for it to be read by a new generation of women. In the same tradition as IVY SECRETS, it is about three very different women who are brought together by chance and stay together because of a common goal. This is a topic I love to write about, perhaps because my own friends are so different. If they were ever stuck in a room together, I am not sure they would get along, but it is always fun to put characters in hypothetical situations! Read more
Book or Blush?
For years my mother smeared a flirty shade of dark, glossy pink over her lips whenever she and my dad were going out on a date. I found out, some years later, that the name of her favorite shade of lipstick was “Going Dutch”. Strange, but true. And wouldn’t “Going Dutch” double quite nicely as the title of a novel?
Turns out, this is true for lots of different cosmetics and we here at RomanceatRandom think it’s funny that romance and make-up copywriters seem to be such kindred spirits. In that same vein, see if you can tell the difference below between the books and the blush (or lip color, eye shadow, etc)!
Ivy Secrets by Jean Stone, a Loveswept Classic
Jean Stone’s dramatic, suspenseful novel weaves together the lives of three young women with a closely guarded secret that puts a teenage girl in jeopardy.
They met at a prestigious women’s college in New England; three women from different backgrounds: Charlie, the poor girl from the wrong side of town; Tess, the gifted artist seeking love and acceptance; and Marina, a European princess craving an ordinary life. They were best friends and soul mates, and together they swore to keep a shocking secret.
Now, fifteen years later, the past has come back to shatter their worlds and rekindle long forgotten dreams. Charlie’s teenage daughter has been kidnapped—but not for the ransom that her wealthy husband can pay. The truth reunites the roommates and forces them to confront the girls they were and the women they have become. Only now do they understand that true strength lies in their faith in one another and their willingness to expose the scandal, lies, and desperate acts born of sacrifice. And only the truth behind their ivy secrets can set them free.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Rose of Blacksword, Spellbound, and Tender, Loving Cure.