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MONOPOLOVE: Release day blog post featuring Mia Heintzelman!

Back in the day, I used to throw these hardcore game nights. Now, you’re probably thinking, hardcore feels a little overzealous to describe a gathering with friends and family playing board games but let me tell you, Taboo… Two teams of super competitive people out for bragging rights… Things got wild and ridiculously funny. 

Oh, my goodness, do I miss game night. 

Life happens, though. Marriage, kids, writing books, global pandemics… More reason to live vicariously through my characters, right? 

So, one day, I’m knee-deep in words when my character makes a reference to a Community Chest card from Monopoly. Instead of getting up from my computer to retrieve the game box, I made the mistake of doing a “quick” search for the answer online. Naturally, I fell down the doomscrolling rabbit hole. Instead of the “get out jail free” card or the “bank error in your favor, collect $200” cards, my attention snagged two words “Monopoly tournament.”

Never have I ever swiped over to my Notes app so fast. 

My brain went into overdrive. Enemies/rivals to lovers. Total opposites attract. He’s sunshine because he’s looking to recapture the nostalgia and beautiful memories of playing Monopoly with his late grandfather. And her? She’s the passionate grump because she’s serious about Monopoly, this game she’d loved as a child. This game that fueled her dream of owning a classic board game store. But wouldn’t she drag along her sister and best friend on this dream? Now, I had three women managing a board game store and meeting their love matches in the process. Naturally, if she loved Monopoly, I had to give them their own games. But which ones? 

This brings me to my fun theory. 

Seven personality types. Seven board games.


1. Planner | Monopoly

  • The goal of Monopoly is to be the last player standing with money. It’s all about the long game, strategy, and reading the proverbial room. No game better fits the meticulous planner who believes the structured approach and resource allocation delivers future opportunities. One roll, you could be in jail. But the next, you could be advancing to Boardwalk. Or Go!


2. Explorer | Trivial Pursuit 

  • Trivial Pursuit is a glorious battle of wits perfect for the explorer that finds inspiration in discovery. You’re constantly observing, seeking out new experiences, and accumulating knowledge that may seem unimportant to others but often serves a purpose. Give you a new role or a diabolical problem to solve, and voilà! Challenge accepted.


3. Sage | Clue

  • Nothing like a good whodunit to pique the sage’s interest. Not only are you committed to helping solve the case with brilliant insight and wisdom, but often, you bring along a team. Being a mentor or advisor to help others succeed in their future plans keeps your motivation running.


4. Hero | Dungeons & Dragons

  • At the heart of Dungeons & Dragons is storytelling, and most stories start with a hero—or heroine! Dole out a risky quest to save the world or find the treasure. Ta-da! You’re the bold, courageous soul driven by purpose and a solid mission. You’ve got limitless imagination, a hankering for adventure, and don’t need an excuse for cooperative role-playing. 


5. Collaborator | Taboo

  • Did someone say party? Or maybe, party game? Look no further. The collaborator seeks connections, belonging, and fun-loving relationships. While you’re shouting out phrases and inside jokes to tip off your guessing teammates, it’s all about togetherness and support toward a common goal. Faithful and down-to-earth, you thrive in groups. And while the team avoids the taboo words on the card, bonus, you expand your speaking skills and vocabulary. Winning!


6. Innovator | Scattergories

  • Breaking out Scattergories is like creatively thinking outside the box. The innovator’s imagination and ability to think quickly on their toes is both rewarding and impactful. Sure, it’s just a roll of a 20-sided letter die, but while you rack up points for unique word responses, you’re also boosting cognitive agility, building vocabulary, and sharply engaging others. 


7. Outlaw | Risk

  • Hello, outlaw! A.k.a. conqueror, status quo challenger, rule questioner. Wow, have I got a classic military-themed board game for you to live out your world domination dreams. Sure, while playing Risk, you’ll be using critical thinking skills and staging premeditated cardboard battles, but it’s for a good cause, right? You might be a tiny lawless desperado, but change is constant and necessary for the future you’re building. Risk is your business. Danger is your game. Or was it the other way around?


That’s all I’ve got for now, but I hope you’re inspired to break out an oldie but goodie board game for game night! If you’d rather live vicariously through a fun-loving set of fictional characters, it would be my honor for you to spend time with the Love & Games family, starting with Monopolove, then Trivialized Pursuit this summer, and Clued in Christmas for the holidays!


About the Author

Mia Heintzelman is a polka-dot-wearing, horror movie lover, who always has a book and a to-do list in her purse. When she isn’t busy writing fictional happily-ever-afters, she is likely reading, or playing board games and eating sweets with her husband and two children. She writes fun, unforgettable, more than just laughs romcoms about strong women and men with enough heart to fall for them.

Tule Publishing April 2023 Releases

Read more about our new releases for April!

GIVEAWAY: We will pick ONE winner to receive a digital book of their choice from the April releases. Comment down below saying which book you’re looking most forward to reading! Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. The winner will be randomly selected at the end of the month.


Montana Cowboy Bride by Jane Porter (Montana Born)

Release Date: April 4, 2023

The Wyatt Brothers of Montana, Book 6

Briar Phillips was thrilled to finally find her half-brother but it’s been far from smooth sailing. Single and pregnant—and hiding her pregnancy—Briar retreats to the Sundowner Ranch to figure out her next steps but isn’t greeted with open arms. Older brother Cade Hunt assigns her to the kitchen and warns every ranch hand to stay away from her. But Briar rebuffs his controlling ways and finds herself drawn to Jet Manning—rugged, tough, and ten years her senior.

Former Navy fighter pilot Jet Manning sacrificed everything to avenge his mother’s death. His reputation, his career, and any hope for a relationship. But when Briar reveals her secret, he’s compelled to help her even though Cade has made it clear that Briar is off-limits.

As Briar and Jet break down each other’s walls, Cade’s stays intact. The Sundowner Ranch might be the biggest in Wyoming, but it’s too small for all of them. One of them has to go…but at what cost?

Monopolove by Mia Heintzelman (American Heart)

Release Date: April 6, 2023

Love & Games, Book 1

Monopoly (n.) 1) the exclusive possession, control, or exercise of something. 2) a classic board game with all the answers to Harper Sloane’s problems.

If Harper Sloane has learned anything, it’s that you can’t throw money at a problem. So, when she learns the beloved game store she owns with her sister and best friend is struggling, instead of mortgaging her pride and grabbing the pile of uncashed checks from her absentee father, she rolls up her sleeves and enters the city’s Monopoly tournament to save Love & Games.

Declan Wilde is a handsome, new-in-town doctor looking to set his karma straight. When he pays for Harper’s coffee, she’s horrified. She quickly repays her debt—with interest—to prove she doesn’t need his charity. But when Declan turns up at Love & Games to enter the tournament, refusing his business isn’t an option.

Forced to see each other at every practice, the tension starts to feel like a challenge beyond the game board. As they go over strategies for play, is their rivalry still just enemies playing games, or has it turned into something more?

The Billionaire Cowboy’s Proposition by Kris Bock (Texas Born)

Release Date: April 10, 2023

The Accidental Billionaire Cowboys, Book 3

She’s ready to put on the performance of a lifetime.

Cody Tomlinson and Mallory Moore have struck sparks off each other since high school theater, where she was sunny and talented while he was injured and angry. A decade later, Mallory is working to save Last Stand’s movie theater and convert it into a performance space for live theater and music. Thanks to his family’s lottery win, Cody has plenty of money to help. But Mallory’s the only woman in town who doesn’t want Cody’s charity.

It’s bad enough that Cody is sexy as sin with his tough, scarred cowboy looks. Now he’s rich and Mallory refuses to be another woman fighting for his attention. She won’t accept a financial gift for her business, but she’s not above a fair trade. Mallory offers a deal: Cody can invest in the theater if he volunteers on the renovation. Meanwhile, she’ll play the part of his fiancée to ward off fortune hunters.

But Mallory immediately realizes her mistake. Cody’s always driven her crazy, and now they’re spending all their days—and nights—together.

Battle of Hearts by Stella Holt (American Heart)

Release Date: April 11, 2023

Legacy of the Maguires, Book 2

In a city where connections are everything, who will prevail as political and police royalties collide?

Ainsley Nash just got her big break with a story on insider trading that’s causing political elites, including her senator father, to sweat. As her story gains momentum, the threat of someone shutting her down looms. But Ainsley is headstrong, and no one is going to stop her from discovering the truth—especially not the smoking hot SWAT sergeant assigned to protect her.

Coming from a family full of cops, Rory Maguire didn’t join the D.C. SWAT team to babysit socialites. But Ainsley surprises Rory with her down-to-earth personality and drive to do what’s right. Keeping Ainsley safe from harm isn’t easy. Attempting to ignore the surge of desire he feels every time she’s within reach is an even bigger challenge.

Ainsley and Rory have enough sexual tension to light up the city, but can they let their guards down long enough to admit they’re a perfect match before it’s too late?

Making the Marquess Mine by Karla Kratovil (Muse)

Release Date: April 13, 2023

The Maidens of Marbury, Book 4

Miles Weston, the Marquess of Hawksridge, longs for a holiday from his life. He is tired of all the politics in and out of the ballrooms. Ever since his aborted wedding, his aunt has tried to match him with blank-faced debutants at every turn. The only entertaining thing in his overscheduled life is observing the antics of Lady Susanna Ashby, whose beauty and vibrancy brighten the greyest day.

Susanna’s spirit for adventure is matched only by her loyalty to her friends. Determined to help the distractingly handsome, but overwhelmingly serious, marquess, Susanna concocts a plan to distract his matchmaking Aunt Diana. She’ll reunite Diana with her long-lost lover who wrote her passionate letters of love and longing. If only Susanna could discover the whereabouts of the mysterious James Marlow.

As Susanna launches her ill-fated plan, heedless of the danger, her worried friends send Miles to fetch her home. But Susanna has no intention of letting anything derail her quest to find the man from the letters. Not bad weather, broken carriage wheels, or highwaymen. Not even a sexy, managing marquess.

Home to River’s Edge by Nan Reinhardt (American Heart)

Release Date: April 18, 2023

The Weaver Sisters, Book 1

She’s determined to start a new chapter, so why is she still drawn to a man from her past?

When Jasmine Weaver, the chief of staff to a powerful D.C. congresswoman, chose integrity, she didn’t anticipate ringing in the New Year disgraced, unemployed, and sleeping in her childhood bedroom. Now back in River’s Edge, Indiana, identical triplet Jazz has her sisters’ support while she plans her next steps. She agrees to lead the committee for their high school’s fifteenth reunion, never dreaming that her co-chair is the man who broke her teenage heart.

As the new CEO of Walker Construction, Elias Walker has taken the family business to new levels of success. He’s buried himself in work to ease the grief of losing his fiancé several years earlier and wants nothing more than to be a carpenter again. Elias grudgingly agrees to co-chair the high school’s reunion committee, but when Jazz Weaver blows into town, suddenly anything seems possible.

These high school sweethearts have lived half their lives apart. Can they reinvent themselves back in the town where it all began?

A Kiss From the Past by Kelly Cain (American Heart)

Release Date: April 20, 2023

Secret Ties, Book 1

Everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

Nichelle Sampson is living the life she always dreamed of. She’s a political science professor like her father, is in her sorority’s leadership like her mother, and has wonderful friends. The only thing missing is romance. But when a letter and mysterious ring arrive, Nichelle’s perfect life is shattered. She’s shocked to learn that she’s adopted, bi-racial, and her origin story isn’t what her parents claimed. Looking for the truth, Nichelle sets out to unlock the secrets behind her birth family through the heirloom ring.

Geochemist Clark Lin-Lee prefers spending time alone in his lab, but when a beautiful professor visits his family jewelry store intent to solve a mystery, he agrees to accompany her. Clark should say no—he has his own unresolved family history and is secretly scheduled to testify against Nichelle’s mother’s company in his latest conservation case. But Nichelle is as persuasive as she is sexy, and for the first time in his life, Clark is ready for an adventure.

Can Nichelle and Clark wade through the increasing questions together or will secrets drive them apart?

A Mid-Summer Murder by Geri Krotow (Tule Mystery)

Release Date: April 25, 2023

Shop ‘Round the World, Book 2

This small Pennsylvania town once again becomes a hotbed of secrets.

Only Angel Warren, a retired Navy Pilot and owner of Shop ‘Round the World, can turn a summer day at the river into a murder investigation. But when her brother Bryce’s unicorn float snags on a corpse’s hand, suddenly Angel and Bryce are suspects. It doesn’t help that Angel knows the victim and was one of the last people to see Hank Price alive, or that Angel witnessed a disturbing argument between Hank and his wife. Plus, she and Bryce may have heard the shot that killed Hank.

Once more, Angel inserts herself into the middle of the investigation, this time with her best friend Detective Trinity Colson’s tacit approval. Who could have wanted Hank dead? Angel soon discovers Hank had a secret life that included sketchy business dealings and a gambling addiction.

The question isn’t how Angel will juggle her sleuthing alongside managing her gift store during the height of tourist season, family drama, and a burgeoning romance. It’s how will Angel solve the crime without stumbling into the killer’s sights?

The Firefly Jar by Laurie Beach (Southern Born)

Release Date: April 27, 2023

Crickley Creek, Book 1

Welcome to Crickley Creek, where dreams are encouraged—as long as they fit within the proper rules of etiquette.

Sweet Charlotte Sinclair has no idea that “bless your heart” is the same as “screw you”—and she’s about to find out the hard way. After her mother’s death, Charlotte moved from free-wheeling California to her mother’s tiny hometown in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, longing to feel closer to her and searching for closure.

Charlotte loves her status as a popular coffee shop owner and is enjoying her budding romance with local hero Will Rushton more than she’d like to admit. So why is she still struggling to find acceptance within the Crickley Creek community? There’s a secret nestled among the plantation homes and Spanish moss-covered oaks—a truth her mother’s arch rival will do anything to hide.

And if Charlotte doesn’t learn how to overcome the damage some well-placed gossip can do to her reputation, she might lose everything, including her rose-colored memories of her mother. But is it possible for an outsider to belong in the deep South and still remain true to her own roots?