Smile for Me

Vacation Sweethearts

Book 1
Georgia Press LLC
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She is laid back.
He is uptight.
Never the twain shall…kiss?


A deadline-driven workaholic assistant school principal who meticulously plans his schedule months in advance meets an easygoing art teacher and studio potter with no sense of time, living her life as the seasons come and go. When they cross paths again at the Summer by the Sea Day Camp sponsored by his church in Nassau, Bahamas, how can they get along if they cannot see eye to eye?

From USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson comes SMILE FOR ME, book 1 in the Vacation Sweethearts collection of wholesome, sweet and inspirational Christian romance novels set in some of Jan’s favorite vacation places around the world.

A spin-off of Jan’s Savannah Sweethearts series, these Vacation Sweethearts novels begin with SMILE FOR ME, Byron and Tina and their summer romance in the Bahamas.

Tina MacFarland is laid back…

“Come to the Bahamas, they said. It will be fun, they said. Well, arriving in Nassau, I feel I could be okay if Byron’s not around. I made it! I’m here! That’s good enough for me, but apparently it’s not good enough for Mr. Uptight. Why does he bother me so? I don’t need his approval—Oh yes, I do. As a volunteer art teacher at the day camp, I have to answer to Byron for four weeks. Well, thank God it’s only for four weeks. And then I’m outta here, and he’ll be out of my hair. Surely I can last through day camp. What could possibly go wrong in a month? Nothing I can think of…”
— Tina MacFarland, Potter, Ceramic Artist, Art Teacher, Volunteer at the Summer by the Sea Day Camp in the Bahamas

Byron Moss is uptight…

“This is what I’ve always wanted, right? Then why does this assistant headmaster position hem me in? I feel constricted, restricted, afflicted. I fear I have taken a wrong turn in my career. What is God’s will for my life? And what does Tina think about—Tina? What does she have anything to do with my career decisions?”
—Byron Moss, Assistant Headmaster, Chapel by the Sea Christian School in the Bahamas

Never the twain shall…kiss?

Ah, Byron and Tina. How would they navigate the super-conservative work environment where office romance is frowned upon? Can they change the old rules? Or will the old rules change them? Let’s find out in the Caribbean, where the waters are blue, skies are pretty, and hearts are warm…

VACATION SWEETHEARTS

The Vacation Sweethearts novels are a spin-off of Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series.

Book 1: Smile for Me

Book 2: Reach for Me

Book 3: Wait for Me

Book 4: Look for Me

Book 5: Cheer for Me

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She’s waiting for him to decide.

A young pastor of a growing church in a thriving community, Diego Flores has to come to grips with God’s will for his church and his personal life.

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These sweet and wholesome Christian beach romances begin with KNOW YOU MORE, the story of Diego Flores and Heidi Wei living in the city of Savannah and on the sunny beaches of Tybee Island.

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When Heidi Wei becomes his strongest supporter in his church-planting ministry, how does Diego show his feelings for her without giving her the wrong idea?

Does she see him as potential husband material or just the pastor of their church?

Heidi’s Hurdles…

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Yet every time they are together, something happens between them. Have they moved beyond the platonic relationship they have enjoyed all these years to something more personal?

When a crisis hits Heidi’s family, Diego has to balance pastoring his congregation and ministering to Heidi without losing either one. Being in love while growing a new church is difficult for him to juggle. Which path is more important? Which one should he focus on?

If you enjoy KNOW YOU MORE, you might also enjoy the rest of the Savannah Sweethearts series and the other related sister series or spin-offs. Have some tea, settle on a comfortable reading chair, and enjoy these sweet celebrations of faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.


He lives and breathes expressive art.

She has no time for his type of fluff. 

A struggling artist tries to get his recycled mixed-media art pieces displayed at a local art gallery now run by the owner’s daughter who has zero appreciation for his folk art.


A beach romance novel, Ask You Later is the prequel to USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series of clean and wholesome contemporary Christian romances set in Savannah and on Tybee Island by the Atlantic Ocean. This novel is also a prelude to Jan’s Vacation Sweethearts, Protector Sweethearts, Seaside Chapel, and Seaside Cottages collections.


Sophie’s Sentiments…

A freelance technical writer who writes obscure user guides that nobody reads and engineering manuals for little-used heavy machinery, Sophie Kowalski’s career is filled with black ink on white paper, legalese and technical stuff that few people care about—except for proofreaders and publishers.

When her dad has a nasty fall outside his art gallery and breaks his leg in several places, Sophie is forced to run Simon’s Gallery for a couple of months while Dad recovers from his unfortunate accident.

The first thing Sophie does is remove what she considers “junk art” in the art gallery and cancel several exhibitions by lesser-known artists, replacing them with more famous works that showcase clean lines and minimalism…


Leon’s Legacy…

A poor and struggling mixed-media local artist, Leonardo “Leon” Watts thinks he has finally turned a corner in his career when Simon Kowalski of the reputable Simon’s Gallery on River Street decides to display his recycled sculptures that showcase everyday life.

That is, before Simon tumbles on the cobblestones, ends up in the hospital, and takes two months off to recover. Standing in Leon’s way is Simon’s daughter, Sophie, now running the gallery however she wants and in whichever way she pleases.

She says that Leon’s displays are “garbage” and shouldn’t see the light of day. Well, technically, he only uses discarded materials he finds in junkyards and recycling centers…

Still, who is she to judge his art?

When Leon decides to educate that unimaginative Sophie on the value of his brand of everyman artwork, he gets more than he is prepared to handle, as his heart begins to express itself in unexpected ways…




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Georgia Press LLC
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Jul 4, 2016
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436
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9781944188122
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English
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Fiction / African American / Christian
Fiction / Christian / Romance
Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
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Book 1: Smile for Me

Book 2: Reach for Me

Book 3: Wait for Me

Book 4: Look for Me

Book 5: Cheer for Me

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She has fled her hometown to abandon hers.

At a remote mountaintop retreat, an optimistic triple amputee veteran meets a pessimistic beauty in the valleys of their lives.

REACH FOR ME is book 2 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Vacation Sweetheartscollection of contemporary Christian romance novels celebrating the immeasurable grace and undeserved mercy of God. These Vacation Sweethearts novels are a spin-off of Jan’s inspirational Savannah Sweethearts series.

In his valley of determination…

Highly decorated for his heroism in fighting terrorism on behalf of his grateful nation, Keenan has given enough to his country. Yet, his enemies are going after him and his former team members as an act of personal vengeance. To protect his family, Keenan leads a trail away from Britain. Off the grid, he is incognito at a remote resort in the mountains of Tennessee. While waiting for his storm to pass, he meets an American girl who is hiding for a different reason in the same misty mountains…

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Book 2: Reach for Me

Book 3: Wait for Me

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She has no time for his type of fluff. 

A struggling artist tries to get his recycled mixed-media art pieces displayed at a local art gallery now run by the owner’s daughter who has zero appreciation for his folk art.


A beach romance novel, Ask You Later is the prequel to USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series of clean and wholesome contemporary Christian romances set in Savannah and on Tybee Island by the Atlantic Ocean. This novel is also a prelude to Jan’s Vacation Sweethearts, Protector Sweethearts, Seaside Chapel, and Seaside Cottages collections.


Sophie’s Sentiments…

A freelance technical writer who writes obscure user guides that nobody reads and engineering manuals for little-used heavy machinery, Sophie Kowalski’s career is filled with black ink on white paper, legalese and technical stuff that few people care about—except for proofreaders and publishers.

When her dad has a nasty fall outside his art gallery and breaks his leg in several places, Sophie is forced to run Simon’s Gallery for a couple of months while Dad recovers from his unfortunate accident.

The first thing Sophie does is remove what she considers “junk art” in the art gallery and cancel several exhibitions by lesser-known artists, replacing them with more famous works that showcase clean lines and minimalism…


Leon’s Legacy…

A poor and struggling mixed-media local artist, Leonardo “Leon” Watts thinks he has finally turned a corner in his career when Simon Kowalski of the reputable Simon’s Gallery on River Street decides to display his recycled sculptures that showcase everyday life.

That is, before Simon tumbles on the cobblestones, ends up in the hospital, and takes two months off to recover. Standing in Leon’s way is Simon’s daughter, Sophie, now running the gallery however she wants and in whichever way she pleases.

She says that Leon’s displays are “garbage” and shouldn’t see the light of day. Well, technically, he only uses discarded materials he finds in junkyards and recycling centers…

Still, who is she to judge his art?

When Leon decides to educate that unimaginative Sophie on the value of his brand of everyman artwork, he gets more than he is prepared to handle, as his heart begins to express itself in unexpected ways…




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