Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Romancing the Beatles by Milou Koenings

The Beatles posted a question on their Facebook page this month: If you could put a Beatles lyric on a billboard, which lyric would it be?
beatles billboard
The Beatles have been the soundtrack of my life since before I was born. My mom said she listened to only two songs, practically 24 hours a day, when she was pregnant with me. One of them was "Yellow Submarine."

(The other was by Nancy Sinatra, "These Boots Are Made for Walking" ‑ which may explain my obsession with country music, but should be reserved for another blog post.)

So you could say I imbibed the Beatles with my mother's milk.  It was pretty shocking to me when I visited my little sister in college and one of her roommates actually asked, "Who are the Beatles?" Really?  

Honestly, I think one of my BFFs of two decades only ever became friends with me because I once was within two meters of Paul McCartney. And in his field of vision. And he spoke to me (and everyone else in the place, but that includes me, right?) So that's almost like meeting him, isn't it?

Anyway, back to the Beatles question.  I saw it and noticed that there had already been 43,000 replies, so I was curious which song got the most votes. I figured there would be some top contenders: Let it be. All you need is love (which by the way is so not true... kindness, respect, thoughtfulness, loyalty...) Come together. Or even Help!

And sure enough, they were all there. "And in the end, the love you make is equal to the love you take" was also there a lot. And there were many, many political commentaries based on this lyric or that.

I can't say I read all 43,000 comments, but one entry surprised and delighted me. It is one of my favorites but I've always thought it's a bit obscure among all the famous Beatle songs. Yet as I was scrolling down the comments, people consistently kept choosing it. I'm not tallying the votes, but from what I could see, it would definitely come in among the top picks. It was this one:

billboard in my life i love you more
There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better ...
In my life I've loved them all
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new...
In my life I love you more

Putting something up on a billboard is the equivalent of shouting it to the world, so I felt so uplifted that so many people would choose to broadcast to their loved one how important they are to them. Far more than universal slogans or political comments, people voted for romancing their special one. 
Romance rules, yet again!

So ... which Beatles song would you pick?

Milou Koenings is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes romance because, like chocolate, stories with a happy ending bring more joy into the world and so make it a better place.

Her other Green Pines sweet romances, I Love You Three, The Kampala Peppermint Twist, Reclaiming Home, and Sweet Blizzard are available on, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and all your favorite e-book retailers.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Looking for free e-books?

If you're looking for free romance e-books, mark the 20th on your calendars! Every month, the ten authors of our next short story collection, Sweet Christmas Kisses 5, will tell you a bit about themselves and about the creation of the new short stories (coming out September 25th!).

But most of all, there'll be a chance to win free e-books! Below, you can find the list of all authors who'll be part of this year's anthology. For fun, we've counted all our published novels and short stories. Now it's up to you - tell us on our Facebook page how many novels we've published on average so far! We'll give you a little help:

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Beate Boeker - Mischief & Humor from Page 1 -

Christine Bush

Jean C. Gordon - Coming Home to Love and Hope -

Josie Riviera - The Hallmark of Sweet Romance -

Kristin Wallace - Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith

Liwen Y. Ho - Romance Infused with Heart & Humor -

Mary Alford - Endless Suspense -

Melanie D. Snitker - Stories of Family, Love, and Faith -

Milou Koenings - Because stories with happy endings make the world a better place -

Roxanne Rustand --Faith, family & small town romance--a life in the country

And if you need reading material in the meantime: Have you already read all the Sweet Christmas Kisses anthologies we've published? There are four of them, so you'll have hours of reading waiting for you! This is the latest:

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sweet Romance Reads Bargain Books

Winter Homecoming by Lyn Cote 

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Catching a freight train out of Chicago is no way to spend Christmas Day. 

But Will Gustafson has run out of options. The Depression has cost him everything—his classy wife, executive job and high society life. Now he’s heading home to the northwoods of Wisconsin to face the “I told you so’s” he deserves. On the freight train a homeless little boy attaches himself to Will like a lost puppy. Who is the boy and why is he alone? 
On the day after Christmas in her Model T, Cass Newton picks up Will and the boy and takes them home with her. Is she crazy? But a new widow, she needs a handyman to help her weather the winter in her isolated cabin. She’s concealed her “delicate” condition from everyone but can’t deceive Will. A baby is coming and Will wonders how he’ll handle this—when his lady boss refuses to see a doctor. Why not for heaven’s sake? He fights his growing attraction to this good but stubborn woman—so unlike the wife who divorced him. The three of them become an unlikely “family.” Yet what will happen when the snow melts and all their secrets are revealed?

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Single mom Serenity Chandler is determined to do anything to provide better opportunities for her son, Gideon. Moving away from her family support system so Gideon can attend a special school seems like the right choice, even if it means her entire life is about to change.

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Any relationship between them will put his job at risk. The more time Aaron spends with Serenity and Gideon, the harder it is to ignore what they could have together. With Aaron's job and Gideon's education hanging in the balance, they'll have to rely on faith to find their way.

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Hide My Heart: Love and Trouble
by Rachelle Ayala

A single mother on the run. 
Amber McKay ran away from home to find adventure. She found Hunter instead. Now Amber’s on the run again and this time she isn’t alone. 

A bartender and innkeeper who’s never left home.
Nate Riley has always had big dreams - leave home, marry, raise a family. Family responsibility stole those dreams. Will fate return them? 

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Nothing escapes Hunter Dixon. Especially his prize possession, Amber McKay. She is coming home no matter who has to die. 

When Amber finds out this may be her grandmother’s last Christmas, she is determined to say goodbye to the woman who always loved her. But she’s hiding from Hunter, and she has a big secret. She turns to the one person who has never let her down, her childhood crush, Nate.

Nate agrees to help, but Hunter closes in. While Amber and Nate explore their budding romance, they must fight a crippling ice storm and a determined enemy to stay alive and protect her precious little secret.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Coming Soon - The Perfect Match Series

Coming May 1st through June 5th 2018!!!
Available for pre-order in April!

Grab your beach umbrella and prepare for six weeks of romance and fun in the sun with a brand-new series brought to you by USA Today bestselling authors…

Six women receive invitations from Dawson Yates, owner of Perfect Match, a brand-new online matchmaking travel agency for a free week-long vacation to the island of her choice. As part of an extensive promotional campaign, Dawson expects to make six perfect matches that he can use to champion his business. The women expect to meet the men of their dreams. What none of them anticipates is the chaos that ensues when six couples who were strangers before agreeing to spend the week together discover that love is a lot more complicated than a match made by computer algorithms.
Join Bree, Marni, Molly, Jade, Ava, and Maeve as they embark on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in the pursuit of love.

This is Bree’s story…
She’s traveled the world. He’s never left Nebraska. They say opposites attract. But that was before these two were matched up.
When Bree Wilson receives an invitation for a free one-week vacation to an island of her choice, her gut tells her it’s too good to be true. But how can she refuse an offer from a good friend? Especially when it’s to promote his new online matchmaking travel agency. However, she wasn’t prepared to spend seven days with Jayce Owens, the most annoying man she’s ever encountered. Will she last the week, or go back on her word and leave early, risking a friendship that means the world to her?

Meet the women of Perfect Match!
BREE (Raine English) – May 1, 2018
MARNI (Aileen Fish) – May 8, 2018
MOLLY (Julie Jarnagin) – May 15, 2018
JADE (Rachelle Ayala – May 22, 2018)
AVA (Denise Devine) – May 29, 2018
MAEVE (Josie Riviera) – June 5, 2018


USA Today bestselling author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, along with paranormal and romantic suspense. She’s a Daphne du Maurier Award winner and a Golden Heart finalist. To receive information on all her new releases, you can sign up for her newsletter, join her street team, visit her website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Do You Use Instagram? by Liwen Y. Ho

I like to tell my kids that when I was young, we didn't have cell phones, the internet, or water. Of course I'm joking about the last part, but from the looks on my kids' faces, you'd think it was the truth! :) I honestly miss the "good old days" when everyone wasn't glued to a little screen and people actually looked at each other during a meal. But alas, times have changed, and there are a lot of new technologies to get used to now.

One of these things that I have a love-hate relationship with is social media. While I love being able to connect with relatives, friends, and readers online, I dislike how much we depend on it. However, I'll choose to look on the bright side and be grateful for the ways social media fosters creativity and brings people together.

Of all the social media platforms I use, I enjoy Instagram the most. Why, do you ask? I believe in the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words". On Instagram, you can only post pictures (plus a million hashtags if you choose!). I find it to be a simple and straightforward way of sharing information. It can also be a lot of fun. 

Recently, a reader made a meme for one of my books and shared it on her Instagram account. I was blown away by her thoughtfulness and creativity. I also started making my own memes with quotes from my stories and posted them on Instagram. You can see them (along with some random photos from my daily life) at I'll include an example here:

Did you know Sweet Romance Reads has an Instagram account? Author Julie Jarnagin and I take turns posting there. It's a great place to hear about new releases and sales from the Sweet Romance Reads authors. Currently, we are also highlighting one author each week, in hopes of making it easier for you to put a face to the names you see around here. We'd love for you to check out our Instagram account at:

Do you use Instagram? If so, please share your account name and I'll be sure to follow you! Or what other social media platforms do you enjoy using?

P.S. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! I wrote a blog post last year about 7 fun facts about this holiday that you can read here.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

New Release: Hunted by Margaret Daley—Interview with the Hero

New Release: Hunted by Margaret Daley—Interview with the Hero

Luke Michaels, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I don’t know if it’s necessarily interesting, but I love working with animals from the horses I own to my German shepherd, Shep. He is a well-trained search and rescue dog. We are a team.

What do you do for fun?
I hike and camp. I love the outdoors.

What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Facing my feelings about my wife who died suddenly. I never go to say good-bye.

What are you afraid of most in life?
Confronting my past. I worked on Wall Street and made a lot of money, but at the sacrifice of my marriage.

What do you want out of life?
To appreciate life and the beauty around me. Also, to help others in need.

What is the most important thing to you?
My family and friends. For many years I worked constantly and had little to do with my family and my friends—no, acquaintances—were my business colleagues.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Put my trust totally in the Lord. I grew up believing in God but when I began to work seventy to seventy-five hours a week, I pulled away from what’s the most important thing in life: God.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I could say back to when I graduated from college and choose to work on Wall Street, but that part of my life has made me the man I am today. Out of tragedy, I’ve grown and made my life mean something other than making a buck.

Blurb for Hunted
Murder. On the Run. Second Chances.

Luke Michaels' relaxing camping trip ends when he witnesses a woman being thrown from a bridge. He dives into the river to save her, shocked to find her wrapped in chains. As a canine search and rescue volunteer, Luke has assisted many victims, but never a beauty whose defeated gaze ignites his primal urge to protect. When Megan Witherspoon’s killers make it clear they won't stop, Luke fights to save her, but can he keep her alive long enough to find out who is after her? 
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