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October Kiss

He's a brilliant businessman,
but there's one thing she can teach him:
how to enjoy the moment.
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Poppy’s tried a lot of things. Yoga instruction. Pizza making. So far, none of them have seemed like her thing. Still, she doesn’t have to know where her life is headed to live it with enthusiasm.

Ever since his wife’s death, Ryan’s thrown himself into his work. Launching a successful new app will secure his children’s future…even if it means he can’t spend much time with them now.

As a short-term nanny for Ryan’s children, Poppy brings some much-needed fun and laughter. She’s never been one to commit, so why is she feeling so attached to these children…and even more, to their dad? Could it be she’s found her place at last?
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In October Kiss, Poppy hasn’t quite discovered what she wants to do with her life—that is, until she takes a temporary job as nanny to Zoe and Zach right before Halloween. Their dad, Ryan, is launching a “Food With Friends” app and working around the clock to please a major investor. When his business associate, Abigail, unexpectedly shows up while Ryan, his kids and Poppy are playing football in the yard, Ryan invites Abigail to dinner. “We’re making pumpkin pasta, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie. Pretty much anything pumpkin!” says Ryan. Poppy graciously serves a savory pumpkin soup—this version is topped with buttery-crisp croutons, shredded cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of crème fraiche. Make it for your own family and discover the warmth of a lovely October night!

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About The Author
About Kristen Ethridge
Kristen Ethridge writes sweet escape romance—stories with hope, heart and happily-ever-after. She’s a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award nominee and both an Amazon Christian Fiction and Inspirational Romance #1 Best-Selling Author. You can find Kristen in her native habitat—a Texas patio—where she’s likely to be savoring the joy of a crispy taco, along with a glass of iced tea and scents from her essential oil diffuser. She’s almost convinced her family that it’s normal to talk to imaginary people, as long it goes in a book. Find her online at and follow her adventures in writing