A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams: Book Review

A love letter to Charleston. A love letter to heritage. 5/5 stars!

A Lowcountry Bride was the delicious Lowcountry slowburn that gave me fireworks at the end. This may have been my first time reading a full work from Preslaysa Williams, but it feels like I’ve known her characters for a lifetime. The community, the family, and the love was all real and came off the page like a much needed warm hug after the mess of a year we’ve had.

I fell in love with Derek from the very first line where he’s introduced to the reader. “Captain Derek T. Sullivan stood prepared for battle against another Lowcountry bridezilla ready to attack.” I rooted for his relationship with Maya to work so badly I couldn’t put down the book as I got closer and closer to the end!

And I fell in love with Maya the moment she struggled to stand up to Laura who well deserved it. I’ve been there myself, afraid to be true to who I am and my heritage. Maya is relatable on a deep level, giving a voice to those who have been voiceless for too long. Preslaysa does an amazing job honoring the past, her ancestors, while giving a hopeful look to the future.

These characters are no strangers to loss, each one struggling with their own wants and needs. But Preslaysa balances their pain with faith. Faith in God and each other. Even if it took them several chapters to reach the light that they find in the communion of their love for one another, that only made it so much more rewarding by the time I reached the end.

I have been so blessed to be able to read this book before its release on June 1st! Every one of these characters are my family now too, and I can’t wait to see more from Preslaysa Williams in the future.


Want more about Preslaysa Williams? Find her and A Lowcountry Bride through the links below!







It’s a Man’s World, Can Women Write It? Male POV: episode 1.6


As romance authors, we tend to write in both female and male POV. We’ve seen the memes and posts online about male authors describing women and writing in female POV (and failing). Can the same be said for female authors about writing men?? Let’s ask my siblings as they join us in the studio! 

Baking Love! The Culinary Arts in Romance: episode 1.5


FOOD! Food in art, film, literature. Even Bridgerton (surprise, surprise). We talk about it all. Mostly, how food can be used in romance stories to enhance the intimacy and trust between two characters. 

War Movies! Unusual Valentine’s Day Traditions: episode 1.4


Love is love. And we love love! Join us as we give our unsolicited opinions about Valentine’s day, romance, being single, and–you guessed it–BRIDGERTON. Mom can’t go a day without talking about the Duke. But I mean…who can blame her?

Next time, we talk about the culinary arts in romance! What is the most romantic dinner date you’ve ever had?

Romance Novels Are Bad??: episode 1.3


Join us as we talk about Romance novels (again) and the type of criticism that the romance genre often gets. Is Romance bad? Are there negative affects of the happily ever after “fantasy”?? Let us know what you think! We certainly do.

Virgin River and Bridgerton: book to Netflix adaptation


All over the place, but somewhere in the middle we talk about Virgin River, Bridgerton, and how romance is portrayed in television and film. 

Podcast episode 1.1: gladiator vs bridgerton

Two Romance Authors Talk About Mothers: episode 1.16 Who Asked Us?

This one goes out to all the moms out there. By blood or in spirit. We love you and we see you. We also talk about mothers in Romance novels! Single mothers make great heroines. What do you think? Happy Mother's Day!
  1. Two Romance Authors Talk About Mothers: episode 1.16
  2. Two Romance Authors Talk About Sports Romance: episode 1.15
  3. Two Romance Authors Talk about Movement & Creativity w/ Lyssa: episode 1.14
  4. Two Romance Authors Talk About Plotting vs Pantsing: episode 1.13
  5. Two Romance Authors Talk About the Importance of Community: episode 1.12

New Mother-Daughter Podcast!

Yes. It’s true.


My mom and I have always talked about starting a podcast together. Which I think is a nice way to agree that we both talk way too much. So, why not subject our friends and loved ones to the random conversations they didn’t asked for? 😃❤️

You can follow our podcast on Facebook and Twitter for now for updates since our Podbean profile is currently empty until the first episode airs.

Underwhelmed by the content at the moment? Don’t worry. Our first episode will be aired soon. I’ll be trying to convince my mom she should watch Gladiator (2000 film). It’s as good as Bridgerton I swear! 👀

(P.S. thanks to Ariel Lee Author Assistant for the graphic designs!)


Welcome to Pacan Valley indeed! 5/5 stars from me!!

Accidentally Family is a story that manages to revolve around many issues through multiple characters without sacrificing their individuality. They feel like real people in a real town and I usually don’t cry when reading a book, but there is definitely a scene between two characters that comes together toward the end that made me tear up.

I rooted for Felicity and Graham the moment they set foot on the page. I felt deeply for the teenagers in the story who struggle with loss, self-worth, and new love. I fell in love with Felicity’s sister and followed along with her secret problems as obsessively as if she was my own sister.

This novel is so beautifully written from the heart. It was heart wrenching but it was also hopeful. With a fictional world full of very real problems, Sasha Summers writes for the voices of those who feel alone. It was hard not to really feel like a part of this fractured family who find light in each other, and I’m glad I got the chance to read this book before it’s release.

If you like Susan Wiggs novels like “Table for Five”, you will love this book! Coming May 2020!

Want more about Sasha Summers? Find her and “Accidentally Family” through the links below!

Website: https://sashasummers.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SashaSummersAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sashawrites

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sasha.summers/?hl=en

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51096968-accidentally-family

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084M24FHD/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i4

A Little Thing Called SHUWPF

Today. June 20th. First day of my Residency. What is Residency you ask? It’s hard to explain. SHUWPF!!! I know what you’re thinking. I’m not making up words, I swear. It stands for Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program.

One week. Seton Hill. A handful of mentors. A small body of student writers. Craft and Genre Modules. Learning how to make our popular fiction novels the best that they can be.

We. Will. Be. Published.

It’s a Master’s program at a great school in Pennsylvania that helps fiction writers of all genre’s sharpen their writing skills. It’s not just academics. It’s a community. A family. A gathering of like-minded creative individuals that both share and learn together. Probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever convinced myself to have.

90% of the classes are done online throughout a semester, but twice a year, before every term, there is Residency. We get to fly to Greensburg and meet up on campus.

At this very moment I’m watching one of my teachers, the immeasurable Lee Tobin McClain, hand out and sign some of her books for students. After a great discussion on conflict in Romance (both overall and minor) with Dr McClain, I’m all fired fired up! Time to crack open that word document and get to typing.

Write on!

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