Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cowgirl in the Kitchen Sale by Julie Jarnagin

Readers, I have big news! Cowgirl in the Kitchen is on sale for only $0.99 for a limited time!

Just as she's about to make her dream come true, disaster strikes. The only way she can get back in the saddle is to strike a bargain—with a man her family despises.

Jentry Lawson's dream of becoming a world-class barrel racer is about to happen—until she and her horse are injured in a terrible accident. Forced to move back home to Texas to recuperate, her Dallas-based brother makes her an offer she can't refuse. He needs someone he can trust to oversee the renovation and grand opening of his new restaurant. If she'll take that on, he'll finance her return to the arena. It doesn't take Jentry long to discover she bit off more than she can chew. Swallowing her pride, she asks for help from Gavin Easton—a man her brother despises. But he's the one person who can make the restaurant succeed. 

People in Glover never thought Gavin Easton would amount to anything. Ever since his own restaurant in town burned down, he's taken odd jobs to provide for his niece, whom he is raising alone. When beautiful and stubborn Jentry offers him the perfect job, his first reaction is to turn her down flat. No way he's going to do anything to help her brother! But there's more at stake than his pride. Can he trust his future to the woman whose brother tried to ruin his reputation—and his life?
Besides, how can he manage a restaurant, when he can't manage his heart?


Julie Jarnagin is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet and inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

My latest novel, The Vegas Proposal, is now available! 

A celebrity wedding would save her family’s Las Vegas chapel—as long as she doesn’t fall for the groom.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Re-Introducing ... Milou Koenings

Hi there. I'm Milou. It's re-introduce yourself month here on Sweet Romance Reads, so I'm here to share a bit about me and hope you'll all share a bit about you so we can get to know each other.

Who I am

Here's the official bio:
Milou Koenings is an award-winning USA Today bestselling author who writes romance because, like chocolate, stories with happy endings bring joy to the world and so make it a better place.

Yeah, yeah, I know it doesn't tell you much besides the fact I eat too much chocolate. What can I tell you — I'm shy.

Five Funky Facts about Me

1.  Lets start with the question I'm asked all the time. That name. It's Meeloo, accent on the Mee. Not My-lou. Although I'm so used to the latter by now that I honestly don't care either way.

The only other Milou I know is also Belgian, which is exactly what someone else recently said to me, too. So it seems I have a uniquely Belgian name. Technically, it's a contraction: Myriam Louise. But my parents were overly fond of Tintin, the cartoon character, and his dog's name is Milou.  So you can see I might have some complicated feelings about canines, being named for one...

For all you dog-lovers out there, rest assured. I do like dogs - but only the really big ones. Great Danes are my favorite. Cats? I love them black.

2.   I've lived for at least a year in 12 different countries and spent time in about 30 others.

3.  Number 2 probably explains why I am passionately in love with small towns where everyone has known each other forever.

4.  My favorite bird? Owls. I have a huge collection of them gathering dust all over my house. I keep saying I'm going to box them away, but each one reminds me of a place I visited, or a particular special day. So they stay.

5.   I always need to have a dozen projects going on at the same time. So I have multiple works in progress at any given time and I still have a day job, several in fact. But whatever it is I do, I do it from home, because that's where my heart is.

6.  As you see, math is not my forte...

Something You'd Never Guess About Me

Both my mother and my granny, my father's mother, were ladies-in-waiting.  Yes, to real queens.  One of these days, I'm going to spill the beans and write a royal romance — if they let me, which hasn't happened yet. 

Why I write sweet romance

Because, as a Harvard study discovered, investing in our relationships with lovers, family, friends and community is what keeps us happy and healthier. (We needed a 75-year-long study to tell us this?) 

So as a writer, I can't think of anything better than to write about love and kindness.

You want more dirty details?  You'll find them here on my website

My sweet romances — in chronological order

I don't write my Green Pines series in chronological order. They come into the world as the characters demand their own stories.  They books feature recurring characters, but each one is a stand along story.  However, if you want to read them in the order the stories happened in the universe of Green Pines, this is how they go:

A former Marine. A single mom. Two broken people.

A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.

Covington Black knows what he wants. He wants to believe Ella’s the one, and yet it seems like falling for her is the one thing he shouldn’t have done.

He’s an ex-con, she’s a socialite.
He saves her life, she could make or break his; will the gift of love come in time?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

German sayings

In my last blog post (March 20th), I promised to give you some more English / German proverbs, so here we go:

This is one of my favorite sayings: "Alles in Butter." Literally translated, it means "Everything is in butter" (sounds strange, doesn't it?) and what a German wants to say with this expression is quite simple: Everything is hunky-dory (another great expression!). Or: "Everything is well." It could also mean "All problems are solved" ...

But why butter? Because we Germans eat a lot of butter? Because margarine was used in the past as a cheap substitute? Personally, I love butter, so I think it's a very apt saying. :-)

I've searched for the origin in the Internet and found that it goes back to the medieval ages. Apparently, they tried to transport fragile glasses across the Alps, and many of them broke during transport. So they came up with the idea to fill them with liquid butter. Once it had hardened, the glasses were a lot more resistant to pressure.
Isn't the history of language a fascinating thing?

Maybe you have some more sayings that express the same feeling of having "everything in butter"? If yes, please share them with me!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I'm Grace Greene and I'm Delighted to Meet You!

April is the month for re-introducing ourselves here at Sweet Romance Reads. It’s a great idea and especially appropriate for this time of year. Some of you may know that I write the Emerald Isle, NC books, BEACH RENTAL, BEACH WINDS, BEACH WALK and BEACH CHRISTMAS, and the Virginia Country Roads novels, CUBCREEK, LEAVING CUB CREEK, KINCAID’S HOPE and A STRANGER IN WYNNEDOWER. I was born and raised in Virginia but my mother is from North Carolina and I have many friends and family members there. You can find more info about the books I've written on my website

I wrote on and off through the years, but never published. I painted, mostly in oils (I was an art major in college) and took a turn at quilting, spent many years crocheting blankets and doilies, raised children, stayed married, and so on. Here's a grouping of some of my paintings.

In late 2010, I submitted two books I’d written to a small press, Turquoise Morning Press, and they offered a contract for those books and within a few months, in July 2011, I became officially published. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I published my next books myself and discovered how much I enjoyed being Indie. I loved creating my own covers, even doing the formatting. The only issue was finding the time I needed to get it all done. 

A lot changed for me in 2016. A year ago this month I became a full-time writer. After decades of working day jobs and writing in the evenings and weekends, I took the leap.I was also very blessed because Lake Union Publishing (an Amazon Imprint specializing in Women's Fiction) contacted me about that time. I was thrilled. Ultimately, we agreed that I would write two books, both standalone single titles, for them. 

The first book I published with Lake Union was THE HAPPINESS IN BETWEEN, released January 31, 2017. The second book, THE MEMORY OF BUTTERFLIES, is currently available for pre-order and will be released on September 5, 2017. 

Can I tell you something about THE MEMORY OF BUTTERFLIES? I wrote that book starting with only the vaguest idea. Really, nothing more than a writing prompt, a "what-if". It gave me a starting point but I had no idea where it would go. I'm comfortable creating stories that way, but THE MEMORY OF BUTTERFLIES was different. It was a new experience for me. I felt as if Hannah Cooper was sitting beside me whispering the story to me. I merely recorded it. I to do a bit of revision and clean up, especially since I was crying my heart out through most of it, but the story itself is Hannah's. 

It was a very emotional experience for me. I will leave it to you, the future reader, to determine whether it moves you emotionally. I hope that when you are done ~ after the book is closed ~ it will linger with you and that Hannah will feel as real to you as she does to me.  The book blurb is below. Pre-order link is here. 

THE MEMORY OFBUTTERFLIES (release date September 5, 2017) 
A young mother's lies could end up destroying everything, and everyone, she loves. The Memory of Butterflies is a poignant story of family and forgiveness—of knowing when to let go and when to hold each other close.
Hannah Cooper’s daughter is leaving for college soon. The change is bittersweet. A single mother since the age of eighteen, Hannah isn’t eager to confront the pain of being alone, but she’s determined not to let her own hang-ups keep Ellen from the future she deserves. As Ellen’s high school graduation approaches, Hannah decides it’s time to return to her roots in Cooper’s Hollow along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek.
Grace Greene is a USA Today Bestselling Author who writes sweet romance and women's fiction. Visit her at

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RE-Introduction: Magdalena Scott

Hi there! Here's installment number (I have no idea) in our group's April re-introduction theme. 

I’m a lifelong “small town girl,” having grown up in a corner of the Midwest that most people have never heard of, let alone visited. I’m also a USA Today Bestselling author of small town sweet romance and women’s fiction.

If each of our lives is a book, I’m in the second chapter of mine.
In the first chapter, I grew up in a loving family, made lifelong friendships starting when I was one year, two months, and three days old. (That's when the next girl cousin was born. I'm an only child, and my cousins are super important to me.) I fell in love with writing stories as soon as I learned cursive. My first publishing credit was in second grade–a haiku in a national Sunday school magazine.
I was blessed to live my own small town love story, and during 30 years of marriage to the smartest, most unique man I’ve ever met, became Mom to a wonderful son. The end of chapter one was becoming a widow when my husband died from a brain tumor.
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My second chapter has included downsizing from the big family home to a studio apartment, writing full-time,  and becoming mother-in-law to an amazing young woman. I also found a second chance romance. (It's good to know those don’t just happen in novels!)
I love to travel, and in autumn 2015 took an unexpected, dream-come-true trip to Ireland with one of those lifelong friends I mentioned. But my full-time residence is still in small town America, where life in the slow lane includes plenty of heartwarming, simple pleasures–concerts, plays, festivals, street fairs, and old-fashioned family recipes shared at reunions or backyard barbecues. I’ve seen my town be at its best when family, friends, and often the entire community pull together as life’s challenges threaten.
I currently have two small town contemporary romance series available for readers. All the books are wholesome romance (also known as clean, or sweet).
The heartwarming stories of SERENDIPITY, INDIANA: This series is set in, and around, the Standish family Christmas tree farm. Each Serendipity story includes one or more instances of the life-changing magic of Love. (More concrete thinkers may see these as random coincidences.) The Serendipity series contains sweet romance, and also romantic women’s fiction (Emily’s DreamsThe Blank Book). The Blank Book and A Piece of Her Soul also have a light paranormal element. Seven books are available now, with the eighth scheduled to release on June 1st.
The McClains of Legend, Tennesee
The small town charm of THE McCLAINS OF LEGEND, TENNESSEE: This series invites readers into the lives and loves of the large, sometimes exasperating, and always entertaining McClain family, to whom Legend has been home for generations.
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Until we meet again–happy reading!