AND THE WINNER OF A $5 AMAZON GIFT CARD IS: Carol L. (comment #13).

Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway. As promised, here are links to all the authors mentioned in the comments, in case you are interested in learning more about them:

Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds trilogy

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Courtney Cole

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Elizabeth Bear, Karen Memory

Erich Segal, Love Story

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Janet Quin-Harkin, Sweet Dreams YA series

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lurlene McDaniel

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind

Stephanie Lauren, Cynster family series

Susan Ee, Penryn & the End of Days trilogy


Hi, everyone. Welcome to the latest Candlelight Reads Blog Hop. I’m Barbara Cool Lee, and I write a sweet mystery/romance series called Pajaro Bay.

My latest releases are some fun little stories I’m calling Pajaro Bay Minis: standalone short stories that have a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, and are just the right length to read during a lunch hour or while waiting to pick up the kids from school. They’re only 99¢ right now:

My Funny Valentine: He’s home with the flu. She’s stuck at work. They each think this is going to be the worst Valentine’s Day ever. But before the day is done, they’ll solve a crime–and find each other–all thanks to a lost little pup and a tiny bit of luck.

Beach Blanket Bijou: Dr. Quinn, the handsome dog expert on the evening news, is sought after by every woman in town—except the one he loves from afar: his boss, billionaire heiress Carmen Cordova. So when she suggests a new segment training her dog Bijou at the family’s lavish estate on the coast, he’s happy to oblige. But little Bijou’s got a secret—and it just might get them all killed….

And now for the contest: What are books that make your heart go pitter-patter when you read them? Leave a comment below about a favorite read, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. One winner will be picked at random after the hop ends on August 18. Be sure to check back to see if you are a winner! Good luck and enjoy the blog hop. ~ Barb

16 thoughts on “Summer Giveaway!

  1. heather e.g. kaufman

    I really liked The Outlander.

  2. Cheri Oggy

    Definitely “Gone With the Wind” sets my heart pounding!

  3. nrlymrtl

    One of my latest favorites if the book Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear – 1880s steampunk awesomeness!

  4. Carol L

    An all time favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird. Just fabulous. I also love Stephanie Lauren’s Cynster family series.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  5. Holly Letson

    When you say “pitter-patter”, I think of romance. I loved the *Sweet Dreams* YA romance series of the 80s and 90s. Among those, Janet Quin-Harkin was a wonderful author, who wrote many good YA romances, including some spin-offs of the SD series. (Sadly, she later stopped writing YA, and now only writes adult mysteries under the name Rhys Bowen.)

    Another great pitter-patter author is Lurlene McDaniel, who wrote YA books about kids/teens with cancer and such conditions, during the 80s and 90s.

    Showing my age here….LOL. Yeah, I was a teen in the mid-90s.

  6. Juana Esparza

    All books by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

  7. Marissa

    Jane Eyre! 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  8. Barbara Cool Lee Post author

    Isn’t it interesting how many people choose Gone With the Wind as a favorite? It was published in 1936, and still resonates with so many people today.

    Other authors listed so far: Alexandra Bracken, Susan Ee, Courtney Cole, Erich Segal (Love Story).

    Keep commenting with your favorite books/authors, and I’ll compile a list with links for anyone who’d like to check them all out.

    Thanks for visiting, everyone!


  9. Quilt Lady

    Gone with the Wind!

    quiltlady110 at gmail dot com

  10. Pam

    I read Gone With the Wind for the first time at the age of 13. I completely fell in love with the book and the story never grows old no matter how often I’ve read it.
    pmayes444 at gmail dot com

  11. Rita Wray

    Gone With The Wind


  12. Piroska

    My favourite book is Love Story. A classic.

  13. Linda Romer

    If you stay by Courtney cole is a great read that made my heart go pitter-patter! Thank you!

  14. Connie Saunders

    I never get tired of Rhett’s love and devotion for Scarlett and I will never, ever understand her stupidity! Gone With The Wind sets my heart aflutter over and over!!
    cps1950 ATgmailDOTcom

  15. bn100

    pride and prejudice

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  16. Deanna

    The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken and also the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee.