Exciting News!

Today’s Moment has a little something for everyone, and it’s all good.

Romance Review

Jeannie Moon writes contemporary romance, the kind you have trouble putting down because she draws you into the story with beautifully crafted characters, sensual tension, and realistic, compelling conflicts.

Meg, the heroine of The Temporary Wife, is someone you’d want as a friend. Since I’m a woman with two careers myself, I like that Meg has a career she enjoys, and that it’s depicted as an important part of her life. Jason, her hero, is sexy but down-to-earth and loyal (even if he is a billionaire). I also liked the family dynamics in the story, and adore the little one, Molly. Ms. Moon’s descriptions brought back vivid memories of my daughter at that age.

The crux of the story is that Meg marries Jason to protect Molly from the child’s cold-hearted grandparents. This is the first time Jason and Meg have been together since he ended their relationship due to peer pressure as a teen. Jason doesn’t know he was Meg’s first love, or that she’s used her feelings for him as a barometer for every romantic relationship in her life since–and they all came up short. How will Meg hold onto her heart for the year before the pre-arranged divorce? How will their relationship affect the little girl she loves? How will Jason prove to Meg he’s not the guy he was in the past? How will they overcome all the obstacles of family dynamics and past hurts to give them their forever love?

Just writing this review pulls at my heartstrings, and I’m tempted to reread the book already. If you love sweet, romantic escapes that leave you with a satisfied, mushy glow of happiness, you’ll love Jeannie Moon’s debut novel, The Temporary Wife. Be sure to comment on this week’s post for a chance to win your own copy of this book, courtesy of the author. To read a sample chapter of this book or to order your copy, click on the book cover photo to the left.

Guest Blogger News

As you may recall, my daughter recently graduated from college. As a culminating experience for a creative writing course, she traveled to northern Italy for a ten-day excursion. I’m so excited to announce she has agreed (without any twisting of arms or other forms of persuasion) to guest post about her recent adventures in the coming weeks! What better way to kick off Margarita Moments’ third year than incredible scenes like this:


Dorf Tirol, Italy

And, last but not least…

the winner of the $25 Amazon gift card from last week’s blogiversary celebration is Jill Weatherholt! Congratulations, Jill. Please email me at jolysebarnett@gmail.com to arrange for your gift’s delivery.

For everyone else, this is your lucky day, too, because I’m honored to give away a free ebook of Jeannie Moon’s spectacular debut novel, The Temporary Wife. To be entered into the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment. (Winner will be announced Monday, June 10th.)

What juicy book have you read recently? Any blog ideas for our third year at Margarita Moments? More TV guilty pleasures or romantic escapes?


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lorddavidprosser
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 01:50:50

    A very nice review Jolyse though you haven’t quite got me moving to that genre yet. The scene from Dorf Tirol looks wonderful. I’ll look forward to your daughter’s guest blogs…..be prepared for familial comparisons to be made.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 04, 2013 @ 05:58:33

      You mean to say you don’t want to read mushy love stories, David? Ah, I’m so disappointed. LOL I’m happy you’re looking forward to the travel posts, at least. Huge hugs in return! xxx

  2. Jill Weatherholt
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 05:42:26

    OMG!!! Thank you, Jolyse ~ I never win anything! After this wonderful review, I may have to purchase The Temporary Wife with my card. I can’t wait to read your daughter’s guest blog, such an exciting time for her. Thank you again for the prize, you made my day. Wishing the best to you and your family. Have a great week!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 04, 2013 @ 06:03:32

      Congrats, Jill! You’ll be able to purchase a few books for your summer reading with your card. You should see the huge smile on my face, happy that I made your day with our little blogiversary celebration. 🙂 Thanks for the good wishes, and enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂

  3. Rhonda Hopkins
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 08:09:25

    What a great review, Jolyse! My TBR list just keeps growing, but I have to add this one to the list. And I can’t wait to read all about your daughter’s Italian adventure. That photo is gorgeous!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 04, 2013 @ 17:52:20

      I’m excited about her guest posts, too. I’ve seen the incredible photos but haven’t heard all the stories. She journaled the entire trip so I believe we’re in for quite a treat. Yay!!!

  4. Donna Coe-Velleman
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 09:28:53

    If that photo is any indication of what your daughter’s posts will be like, I can’t wait to see them!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 04, 2013 @ 17:54:36

      She’s a talented writer, and this is my way of encouraging her to channel that creativity. Lucky for us, she’ll be home for a year before med school. I was blown away by the photos…wait till you see them all this summer. 🙂

  5. Debora Dale
    Jun 04, 2013 @ 14:13:06

    I cannot wait to read about your daughter’s Italy adventure! If she’s anything like her mother, she is going to make me feel as if I visited there, too. Great post, Jolyse – and wonderful review of The Temporary Wife. Couldn’t agree more!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 04, 2013 @ 17:58:53

      I’ll share your sentiments with my daughter. She’s already busy planning out her photos and stories to share with us. This is a win-win situation, since I’m knee-deep in my novel and she’s eager to tell the world about her adventure. 🙂 I really enjoyed Jeannie’s book, and hope romance readers give it a shot.

  6. Jeannie Moon
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 17:53:00

    Hi Jolyse,
    Thank you for the lovely review of The Temporary Wife, I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I hope your readers do, too. it was a fun book to write and I’m really tickled that it’s being so well received. Can’t wait to see who wins!


    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 05, 2013 @ 18:04:29

      Thanks for stopping by, Jeannie. I didn’t expect anything less than stellar reviews, and am thrilled for your debut success! (((hugs))) The lucky winner will be announced Monday, June 10th, so stay tuned.

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