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Take a Chance on Me by Pauline Baird Jones is a Love and Romance Festival pick #romance #shortstories #lovemonth #giveaway

Title: Take a Chance on Me


Author: Pauline Baird Jones


Genre: Romance (Short Story Collection)


Book Blurb:


Light-hearted romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Pauline Baird Jones


Immerse yourself in a heartwarming collection of short stories that promises love, laughter, and the charm of happily ever after. The renowned author, Pauline Baird Jones, brings her unique touch to these stories that are "...unusual but delightful to read."


In "Second Chance for the Sheik," meet Ellie, a woman who once lost her heart to the son of a sheik. He's back, but this time, it's not just her heart that's on the line...


"Give Love a Chance" introduces you to a Trapini and a Maloney, two families with a rivalry reminiscent of the Hatfields and McCoys. But when the heart intervenes, can love truly conquer all?


"Chance Encounter" explores the complexities of meeting the right person at the wrong time. Lily is engaged, but when she meets Theo, he doesn't feel like a stranger...


"Last Chance for Love" sees Ric Hamilton, a man for whom business always comes first. That is, until he witnesses his stunning PA's samba dance, and he realizes that capturing her heart has become his primary business...


Embrace the promise of love and laughter with this collection of romantic stories. Buy it now to revel in the joy of second chances, forbidden love, unexpected encounters, and the pursuit of love at the end of the day.




“Have you ever been in love, Ellie?”


“I thought I was once,” she admitted, “but I was wrong. It wasn’t love.”


It felt like love. If it had lasted longer, she might have resorted to writing sad poetry about the wonder of it. No sad poetry was one of the good things about getting dumped. The other was being home to take Em’s SOS call. Within three days her twin had died and she’d become the guardian of a genius five-year-old.


Em wriggled against her, sensing a story. Well, why shouldn’t she? Ellie was a storyteller by trade.


“What was his name?”


Ellie didn’t want to say his name. She’d avoided thinking his name for five years, because it made her remember him and remembering him reminded her why she thought she’d been in love. When you’re twenty years old and the perfect male specimen looks at you like you are the only woman in the world, how do you not fall in love?


“His name was Rafiq and he was the son of a sheik.” Not to mention the son of a female dog.


Hair like dark silk, bottomless, equally dark eyes, perfectly constructed from top to bottom. His lightly accented voice was both deep and husky. He’d even smelled yummy. If chocolate didn’t smell like chocolate, it would have smelled like Rafiq. And if one noticed such things—which she hadn’t—his hands and feet were big. Remembering him sent a shiver down her back and then up again, even after five years without sight, sound or scent of him.


“What happened?” Em’s voice sounded dreamy.


Two dates, one perfect kiss and a ruthless dumping.


“We went out a couple of times and then he stood me up.”


Em straightened and looked at her with round, shocked eyes. “He what?”


“He made a date with me and then didn’t show up.” He did more than that, but that wasn’t for ten-year-old ears, no matter how large the brain connected to them. Ellie could still hear the woman giggling in the background when she made the mistake of calling him. He didn’t just dump her, he stomped her with both of his big feet. And she never knew why.


“Punk.” Em said.


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What’s your favorite part about being a romance author?


I am an unrepentant romantic. I believe in happy endings, happy beginnings, love triumphing over all, and in good people doing good things. To me, these things are the essence of romantic. And because I love these things, it is a joy to be able to write about them.


Here’s my tip to add romance to your love life:


“Marriage is a union between two forgivers.” I don’t know who said it, but it is true. Good relationships involve a lot of forgiving because no one is perfect. No. One.


Giveaway –


One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon gift card



Open internationally.


Runs February 1 – 29, 2024


Drawing will be held on March 1, 2024. 


Author Biography:


USA Today Bestselling Author, Pauline never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.


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Feb 03

My romantic tip is to be honest communication is key


Feb 01

Thank you so very much for having me here today! Here's to more love and romance!


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Feb 01

Thank you, Pauline, for sharing your collection of short stories in our Love and Romance Book Festival!

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