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Various Titles by Betty Jo Schuler
LOVE IN A SMALL TOWN
Betty Jo Schuler
Best Books of Indiana 2007 Fiction Finalist. "Against the backdrop of a tender love story, the author depicts a realistic commentary of a small town in the Midwest, struggling to maintain its identity. A small town Indiana at its best. The Hoosier author introduces you to real people, who can become good friends. This romance warms the heart and leaves you wanting more." ~ Best Books of Indiana, Fiction Judges
Betty Jo Schuler
Nick Dennis, a mystery writer who's gone where he wanted and done what he liked, has never had a serious relationship. Celeste Harte, a widow who's always met others' expectations, is looking for a romantic man. Nick is secretly trying to write a romance novel on a bet, but he can't get inside his heroine's head. She wants to become a free spirit. When he tells Celeste he doesn't understand women, she thinks he's joking. When he offers to turn her life around, she knows he can turn it upside down but can't resist.
Celeste Harte wished for a fairy tale romance, and Prince Charming turned out to be a cheating toad. Wiser now, she wished on this year’s birthday candles she’d find a man who would turn her life into a sizzling romance novel. Does such a man exist? When dangerously sexy Nick Dennis offers to turn her life around, she knows he could turn it upside down, but can she say no to this romantic stranger?
Taylor Gayle advertises in The Town Crier for a male to date, but Max Stuart misprints her ad to indicate she’s looking for a “sadomasochistic male to mate” and includes her address. To atone for his mistakes, Max becomes her live-in protector. Now, who’s going to protect this high school librarian from the unbelievably sexy newspaper editor? And who’s going to save Max from this feisty Plain Jane’s charms?
Taylor names her plants, dulls her hair with a brown rinse, and envies her fraternal twin sister of her beauty. Max Stuart plays with noisy toys, brings home his sister's dog Muttso, and sets fire to Taylor's kitchen. The elevator in their apartment building is an accident-waiting-to-happen, but the landlady is more concerned with whether Taylor and Max are "cohabitating."
HEART STRINGS (young adult)
Keely Johannsen idolized Mark Jefferson from the time she was a little girl. He was everything she wasn't: strikingly attractive, irresponsible, daring. They were friends, but then he took her to her first dance and gave her her first kiss. She was devastated when he died racing his Mustang down a residential street. Eight months later, she's still living in a grief-filled haze. She doesn't even look at boys until she meets a stranger outside Mark's house. Jonathan Michael Andrews III ("Tripp as in triple.") is about her age, tall, with light brown hair and coffee-colored eyes. He's everything Mark wasn't: cautious, reliable, considerate. He even volunteers at the hospital, entertaining children in coronary care. Keely finds herself drawn to Tripp, to his sensitivity and honesty, and he seems drawn to her. She's delighted when she discovers he'll be spending the summer with his aunt, Mark's mother. Keely's heart starts to heal as she and Tripp grow closer, but as the summer reaches its peak, she discovers that Tripp is not who he says he is. He's been lying to protect a secret—a secret that could shatter Keely's heart all over again.
Tender, moving, funny, gripping and intelligent, a perfect mix, excellently written with a wonderful ear for modern teenager's dialogs. The serious issues - organ donation, recklessness, honesty - melt seamlessly with the smoothly flowing plot. Irresistible!
Betty Jo Schuler, an author and former elementary teacher who writes for children, teens, and adults, has had seventeen books published. She is an instructor for Writers Digest University where she's taught online courses in writing romance novels, children's books, and most recently teaches "Writing the Young Adult Novel" on a fairly regular basis. She also edits YA Novels in WDU's Second Draft Critique program. A former Indiana native, she loves life in Florida where she gaze out at palm trees, tropical flowers, and sunshine while fulfilling her lifelong love of working with words. Betty Jo has a BS in Education from Miami University of Ohio and an MA from Ball State University of Indiana. She's married with four grown kids who have families of their own. In her spare time, this writer and instructor enjoys yoga, water aerobics, time with friends and many other "fun" activities" She invites you to visit her website at http://bettyjowrites.com/