#Featured “The One: A romantic comedy (A Holiday With Love Romance)” by Janice Croom



Can a man who values beauty above all fall in love with an ugly duckling?

In a family filled with happily ever afters, ugly duckling Addie has been jilted for the last time. There is no one for her, so why keep looking?

The Love Doctor orchestrates love twenty-two weeks a year on cable. Sure, happily ever afters are a crock, but the fantasy played out in slow motion with breathless declarations from beautiful people generates huge ratings and profits.

Pulling off his latest venture, The Ugly Duckling and The Frog Prince, will establish him as the undisputed king of reality shows. Instead of the usual beauty queens, he’ll show a “real” woman finding love live on TV. Addie would be the perfect contestant. Only one problem, and it’s a big one, she won’t have anything to do with the show or him.

Desperate to convince Addie to do the show, the Love Doctor hides his identity and joins her on a Caribbean cruise. Through his pursuit of the perfect contestant, will he discover that what Addie’s really perfect for is him?

Take a holiday with love

The One is the third Holiday With Love Romance, stand alone stories where a couple finds love on holiday whether an actual holiday like Christmas or Valentines Day, being on holiday in the European sense, or both. You’ll be immersed in the characters’ world as they find true love and a happily ever after you could see lasting forever. With heroes ranging from businessmen to aliens, they share one thing in common. They never expected to find true love until it happened to them. If you like a good old fashioned romance where the characters fall in love, not lust, why not take a holiday with love?







Other books in the Holiday With Love Series

Build a Mate (romantic comedy) Can a brother from another planet and a small town girl find a love that spans the galaxy?

Hearts Landing (inspirational romance) Keziah left the Lord in her past. Ric’s past threatens his future. Can their hearts land in a love only God can give?


#Review “Build a Mate (A Holiday with Love Romance)” by Janice Croom

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3.5/5 Stars

Jasmine Green is seeing red. A life-size sex doll is raking in the orders during the Christmas season… and it has her face. When she tracks down robot creator, Homer Jackson, he’s shocked to see a human version of his creation and confused when Jasmine accuses him of using her to market his sexbot (Build-A-Mate).

His invention—XM-14—was created to save trapped miners and is locked away in his vault.

The two form a tentative friendship to get to the bottom of the mystery. Jasmine wants her face removed from the XM-14/Build-A-Mate and Homer wants to help her… and he wants her.

The problem? Homer is on a deadline. His assignment is almost over—he returns to his home planet on Christmas Eve.

Yes… home planet.

Though he is human, Homer left Earth almost eighty years ago.

Disgusted and distraught by the rampant racism which claimed his father’s life, Homer stepped through a “poster portal” and landed on Bronzeville—a multi-race planet where everyone works together for the betterment of all.

But right now, Homer is on Earth where unscrupulous product promotions vip, Rachelle Myers, works to discredit the all-too-trusting Homer and make Build-A-Mate a worldwide sensation.

The connection between Homer and Jasmine is undeniable, but even with a nod and a wink to destined soul mates, a few too many unexplained loose ends bugged me, like how are Homer and Jasmine so deeply connected and how she can do some of the things he does? Jasmine’s a successful female firefighter… on holiday. With such an occupation, it would have been nice to see her skills on-the-job or at the mines.

Still, though light on details and explanations, this short read delivers emotion with heart and a great ending.



Can a brother from another planet find love?

Homer is an alien from the planet Bronzeville. A week before Christmas in a small West Virginia town, he’s running final tests on the XM-14, a lifelike robot designed to save trapped miners. All he wants is to finish XM-14 and return to his planet.

Jasmine is a firefighter in that small West Virginia town. She’s led an unremarkable life until this full page ad ran on Black Friday:
Whatever you want.
Whenever you want.
For however long you want.
Build-a-Mate. Available this Christmas.

Homer didn’t know his technology had been coopted to develop Build a Mate. Until the ad ran, Jasmine didn’t know that XM-14, aka Build a Mate, looked exactly like her. So it’s easy to understand why Jasmine burst into Homer’s office and demanded her face back.

Not so understandable is how Jasmine’s face ended up on XM-14 in the first place and how a quest to right this wrong might lead to a love that spans the galaxy.

by Janice Croom

Genre Fiction/Humor & Satire/Holiday

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“Hearts Landing: A Holiday With Love Romance” by Janice Croom

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Hearts Landing: A Holiday With Love Romance

by Janice Croom

Genre: Genre Fiction/Holiday

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A week before Christmas, Keziah Steelman has to convince the small town of Hearts Landing to approve construction of Galaxy Corporation’s mega casino. Since the town has lost its major employer, it should be an easy sell.

Unstoppable force meets immovable object in the person of Ric Hudson, Christian leader of the opposition. Armed with handmade posters and mimeographed fliers, Ric seems woefully lacking to take on Galaxy.

But so did David against Goliath. Although Keziah views Christianity as a flawed belief system, she grew up in a Christian home and doesn’t underestimate the threat posed by a true believer. Her plan: go to Hearts Landing, masquerade as a tourist, infiltrate the opposition and destroy it from within.

Keziah left the Lord in her past. Secrets from Ric’s past threaten to destroy his future. Can the hearts of this unlikely couple land in a love only God can give?

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“Death of an Island Tart: A Kadence MacBride Mystery (The Kadence MacBride Mystery Series Book 2)” by Janice Croom


Death of an Island Tart: A Kadence MacBride Mystery (The Kadence MacBride Mystery Series Book 2)

by Janice Croom

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Humor & Satire/African-American

2.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

She wanted a reconciliation.


She got a murder.


If You Like a Sleuth With Attitude


You’ll Love Kadence MacBride

Following a breakup of 268 days, 12 hours and 23 minutes, Kadence MacBride has messed up and knows it, so she swallows her pride and makes a surprise visit to the Caribbean to try and reconcile with her boyfriend Terrence.

Unfortunately for her, Terrence has moved on and is about to marry hootchie-momma Barbie.

Unfortunately for him, the wedding is called because of death when his bride to be is found strangled. Instead of saying I do, the police believe Terrence did, commit the murder that is. Since suspects on the island are more likely to see the inside of a coffin than a courtroom, Kadence has to help.

They conduct their investigation in the midst of what the tourist bureau deems civil unrest, but plain folks call riots. With no phone, no lights and no motor car, they’re more stranded than Gilligan. On the run, stripped of their tourist status, the real murderer is closing in.

Unfortunately for them, it looks like the only way they’ll ever leave the island will be in a pine box.

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“Death of an Idiot Boss: An Amateur Sleuth with Attitude (The Kadence MacBride Mystery Series Book 1)” by Janice Croom

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Death of an Idiot Boss: An Amateur Sleuth with Attitude (The Kadence MacBride Mystery Series Book 1)

by Janice Croom

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Humor & Satire/African-American

2.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Ever had a boss you’d happily kill?

Somebody beat her to it.

Corporate climber, Kadence MacBride, is smashing the glass ceiling with her size ten pumps, or so she thinks. Not only does she get passed over, her promotion goes to her idiot employee, and he becomes her new boss.

Worst day ever, or so she thinks. Worst doesn’t have a floor, and idiots tend to get themselves killed.

Losing a promotion–bad

Becoming a prime murder suspect–CATASTROPHIC

Police Captain Cooper has hit his own glass ceiling. Solving this case quickly will break him through it, so Cooper doesn’t care what’s true. Since Kadence makes the easiest target, he’s gunning for her.

Long buried secrets from the Civil Rights era seek vengeance from the grave. Kadence has her own secrets to keep.

There are some things you don’t delegate. Adding amateur sleuth to her resume, Kadence sets out to find the real killer. If she fails, she’ll trade her red power suit for an orange jumpsuit.

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