Charmed By Chocolate with Steena Holmes

I was introduced to Steena Holmes through my very good friend CJ Carmichael.  I’d read Steena’s books long before I’d met her and I was so excited to meet Steena as she’d been such a good friend to CJ, as well as an inspiration to writers all over.  Steena has a huge heart and a passion for readers and writing and she’s one of the most giving authors I know, always willing to encourage and offer assistance.

Steena, Jane and CJ at the San Clemente pier
Steena Holmes, CJ Carmichael, Megan Crane and the Tule Team

I am so excited today to share that Steena’s new book is out, and it’s a Tule story, too!  Her delicious Charmed by Chocolate is the 6th book in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series which is set in the much loved town of Marietta, Montana.

When Leah ran off to Southern California, she hoped to leave freezing cold winters and unrequited love behind. She was never meant for a small town life and the timing with her longtime best friend–and secret soul mate–was always hopelessly off.
But after a mishap on the hit reality show Charming, Leah declares her love for Wade nationwide and is publicly dubbed “Lonely Leah.” She returns to Marietta to hide at her family’s home–from the media who wants to turn her into a human interest story, from the townspeople upset with her blunder, and most of all, from Wade, who wants to talk.
It took Leah leaving town to wake Wade Burns up to the reality that he’s head over heels in love with his best friend. But now that she’s back home, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. With chocolate and a grand gesture, can Wade charm his way back into Leah’s heart?

Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the novels Saving Abby, The Word Game, Stillwater Rising and The Memory Child, among others. She won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Steena lives in Calgary, Alberta, and continues to write stories that touch every parent’s heart. To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her website at or follow her journeys over on Instagram @steenaholmes where she’s always on the hunt to find the best chocolates around.

Look for Charmed By Chocolate at these online retailers:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay |
Amazon UK

This is a perfect Steena story, too, as no one loves chocolate like Steena Holmes.  Celebrate Charmed By Chocolate by posting a comment to Steena below, and one of you will win a fantastic chocolate and book prize package worth over $50.  This is a reader treat not to be missed!



  1. Steena, congrats on the Charmed by Chocolate release, a delicious addition to the delightful Tule series! I especially love the reality TV fusion with Marietta life. Love (and chocolate) can conquer all!

  2. I really enjoyed this book. I am just about to start working on my review. I also like hearing how encouraging Steena is for writers.

  3. Hi! Happy Release Day! The recipe sounds yummy and I can’t wait to read the book! Loving this series so much!

  4. Hi! I have not read any of your books – but after reading the blurb I am definitely intrigued. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. It’s funny I was just thinking the other day what would happen if i were to blurt out a secret like that on a reality show 🙂

    congrats on the release

  6. I’m reading the book now, but in the early pages and tending my hubby who had shoulder surgery Tuesday and keeping his ice machine filled and all the stuff that needs care my reading time is not what I would like it to be.

  7. Congratulations on your new release, Steena. I love this new series and can’t wait to read your book.

  8. If you love chocolate, in February next year you should go to the chocolate affaire in Glendale az all romance writers and chocolate and wine for 3 days. Went for 10 years until we moved away. Always had a great time

  9. I really enjoyed this story!! The recipe sounds really, really good! Happy Release Day and welcome to Tule Steena!!

  10. I can’t wait to read this! It is next on my list!! I haven’t read any of Steena’s books, so this is doubly exciting!

  11. Congratulations on your new release! I have it on my to read list! Chocolate is always a great idea! Look forward to reading this new release!

  12. Steena is just a wonderful writer she gives all in her books. This one would be no loess I so can;t wait for amazon to arrive with it.

  13. Hi Steena,
    Love your writing I have a couple of books of yours on my kindle right now.
    I have fallen for the Love at the Chocolate Shop series. After reading the excerpt for Charmed By Chocolate I am craving a larger chunk of the book. I always love a story about someone setting off thinking you want something different then realizing you never knew what you had until you leave or lost it.
    Looking forward to reading the book.

  14. Just picked up the iBook version Sheena and can’t wait to read it! Who doesn’t love a great read that combines chocolate and romance! Congrats on the new release!

  15. I love the title of this book series. I have been “charmed by chocolate” all of my life!

  16. Love the Chocolate shop series – need to get more of them read – thanks for the chance!

  17. Congratulations on your new release. This series sounds delightful. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

  18. Congrats on the new book Steena! It sounds like another fabulous read from you, so looking forward to reading it!

  19. The recipe sounds so good! I love chocolate! Thank you for the chance. The book sounds even better!

  20. Congrats on your new release. I’d love to read this series. Sounds like a delightful read. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Carol L

  21. I’ve driven through Montana twice on visits to Alaska. What a beautiful setting for a story.

    Chocolates the way to my heart too! I’m cheering for Wade. ❤

    Congrats on your new book!

  22. As always, Jane, you bring new-authors-to-me to my attention. Am looking forward to checking this series out – and with a chocolate theme, methinks these books are already winners! Many thanks.

  23. Much success on the new book, sounds like a great addition to the series (haven’t read) but hope to start. i enjoyed your introduction and thank you for the recipe…Ruth

  24. congrats on your new release! can’t wait to read and to try your recipe love finding new recipes and chocolate ones are my favorite in my household! thanks for the chance on the amazing giveaway!

  25. Looking forward to being Charmed by Chocolate. Such a great title and who doesn’t live Chocolate? I’ve read other books by Steena and am excited for this one.

  26. So happy for you Steena. Sounds like a book after my own heart, chocolate lover that I am. And, thank you Jane for introducing us to another great writer!

  27. I do not know you but prayed for you just now. God bless. Enter me please Ns if I win will read Nd review.

  28. If I was Leah I would definitely consider the chocolate. Just sayin’ Chocolate lover here. Would love to win some self indulgence aka chocolate for this singlemomx3 with 1 med disabled living below poverty having left 11 yr abusive marriage and now struggling to survive. Ty for the chance Jane.#powerofbroke #nevergiveup

  29. I love chocolate and this series is wonderful!!! I can’t wait to read this one as well!!! Thanks!!!

  30. Thank you, everyone, for all the wonderful comments for Steena! #27 Teresa Fordice, Congratulations! You are the winner of a fantastic chocolate and book prize package. Yay! Shoot me your mailing address and I’ll get goodies to you soon!
    love to all,

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