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Beginning Again: Book 1 in the Second Chances series Kindle Edition

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Length: 106 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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“Both Liz and Collins are great characters. Liz is not a bitter middle aged woman, but instead a very strong and brave lady. I really enjoyed Beginning Again, because it was an easy read that made my gray autumn day a little bit less gray.” --Long & Short Reviews

About the Author

Peggy Bird is a writer and glass artist who lives and works in Vancouver, Washington.

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  • File Size: 1189 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (June 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008195BQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've always been a writer: stories when I was a kid, plays for my cousins to perform, terrible adolescent poetry. For the price of a few cigarettes, I ghosted love letters and "Dear John" letters for classmates in nursing school. During a checkered and wildly varying work life, I wrote speeches for politicians, brochures, fact sheets, press releases and newsletters for anyone who asked me to, and the occasional proposal and/or report for consulting clients. On vacations, I wrote memoir pieces, a number of which ended up being published in anthologies and magazines.

A few years ago, I began writing fiction (although writing for a politician is considered by some to fall in that category.) I started out writing what I believed were mysteries but the characters wanted their love stories told instead. Crimson Romance subsequently contracted for the "Second Chances" series of six books set in and around Portland, Oregon and the Northwest. In each of the stand-alone books, one (sometimes both) of the lovers needs a second try at the brass ring to find happily-ever-after. As many of us do. I know I did.

My new series, "A Holiday for Romance" begins with a July Fourth story and continues with stories centered on Halloween, New Year's Eve and birthdays. The books will be released throughout 2014 and early 2015. And there may be more. Who knows? There are lots of holidays left.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dollface24 on June 6, 2012
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Collins is a sexy sculptor who sets his sights on Liz and is determined to make all her fantasies come true. Yes, please! He is confidant and bold enough to break through the wall Liz has built to protect herself from another unsatisfying relationship. Liz does great on her own anyways! The art gallery she is jumpstarting is sure to be a hit! Luckily, Collins proves irresistable.

I am a sucker for a lovestory with a real plot and this one surely has a mystery to solve in Collins' true intentions. But the steamy sex in this book is what makes it a must read! It is hot and satisfying for Liz and me too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IP on August 18, 2012
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This is the romance for every woman over forty. Ultimate fantasy. Your husband dumps you around your forty-sixth birthday, not for a younger woman, but because he's gay. Fortunately, you still rock a killer bod and hubby not only left you with a nice nest egg, he's still willing to be your financial advisor and help you invest in your dream business.

Not enough fantasy for you? Enter Collins - the younger man who is anything but a boy toy. He's gorgeous, he's rich, he's talented, and he's apparently interested in fulfilling all your sexual fantasies.

This book is utter escapism. No, it's not realistic but it is sexy and fun and exactly what you need after a day of too much reality. Go ahead, pour yourself a glass of wine and indulge!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eye Doc on July 9, 2012
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I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Beginning Again and although romance novels are not my usual read, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting, relationships and plot elevate it and Ms. Bird gave me a lesson or two in sexual exploits. Interesting and fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DOC on April 23, 2013
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Does anyone understand how difficult it is to write such a smooth, delicious, sinfully wonderful, and entertaining novel such as this? Well, I do!

I love Liz and Collins and the other great characters who people Ms. Bird's delightful world. Hooray for a heroine of such class, smarts, style, grace, and... age. In a world of twenty-something heroines, how refreshing to read about a forty-six-year-old beauty. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T's Book (KT Book Reviews) on March 19, 2013
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Beginning Again is a super short (105 pages) super cute story. I hesitate to say much about the storyline due to the length. It took me only a few hours to read. Perfect if you have a day filled with appointments or waiting rooms. No major plots lines that require a lot of concentration. A light easy read to make you smile.

Not going into the story overall as the synopsis says it all :)
It was cute.
T~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 4, 2012
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I loved this book from beginning to end. Author Peggy Bird skillfully wove her tale of a failed marriage, perceived sexual inadequacies and an older woman/younger man scenario together seamlessly. I liked Liz Fairchild immediately with her sharp mind, her no nonsense attitude and engaging sense of humor. Collins is her equal in every way except for a slight difference in age.

At 46, Liz is set upon a new venture in life orchestrated by her recent ex-husband. Though the two are divorced they remain friends, and he convinces her to invest in an art gallery. Her decision to purchase the gallery opens the door to a well-known sculptor named Collins, and the chemistry between the two sizzles from the moment they lay eyes on each other. Collins introduces Liz to more than his reputation as a much sought-after artist. He pursues her and seduces her, and breaks down her walls and her determination to ignore him. He refuses to let her hang-ups on sex and younger men keep him out of her bed. But, Collins is on a mission and he brings with him a burden of deception. What began as simply a matter of getting information turns into something much more complicated, and he is torn between fulfilling a promise to a friend, or risk losing the love of his life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Patron on June 4, 2012
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Life begins at 40-something and after two husbands! At least for Liz Fairchild. Who knew opening a new art gallery would bring along an exciting younger lover. In walked Mr. Brash and Bold Collins. (I loved that our hero had just one name!) And he invented a to-do sex list. This was a fresh and creative take on the many sensual scenes. (I especially enjoyed the limo ride!) I really enjoyed this book's fun and playful elements. Beginning Again by Peggy Bird was a light and fast but delicious read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer on June 4, 2012
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Go ahead - judge this book by its cover. The story is as enjoyable as the gorgeous cover art. Peggy Bird is a pro, and it shows. Smooth, succinct prose, expert comedic timing, and fast pacing from start to finish.

You'll like Liz, the heroine. She approaches her problems with an endearing sense of humor. She's strong but loving, vulnerable but no-nonsense. She even likes her ex-husband. (You'll have to read the book to find out why.) If you like sexy, mysterious heroes who are believably romanctic, you'll like Collins too. He's a sculptor - what's not to like?

I adored the art gallery setting and the fascinating look behind the scenes at an artist's life. The author's detailed knowledge of the art world is impressive. I believed I was in the middle of an exciting gallery debut!

The dialogue between the characters is perhaps the best feature. The characters really shine. I had laugh-out-loud moments. I only wished there was a bit more dialogue instead of narration, thus the 4.5 star rating, but I think readers of category-length romance will find the style to their liking. For a fresh voice, sparkling humor, and sweet love story, pick up "Beginning Again." I'll be on the lookout for Peggy Bird's next.

Note: I was provided an ARC for review as a professional courtesy. No monetary or other compensation was involved.
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