Sunday, August 19, 2018

Country Girl, by Jeanette Lewis

Hello, everyone! I'm so excited to belong to this wonderful group. My name is Jeanette Lewis and I have been writing and spinning stories for as long as I can remember. I made storytelling my full-time job in 2016 and have published thirteen books, with more on the way. I love writing sweet romance, but I also play around with YA, fantasy, and historical fiction.

I live in Utah with my husband, four kids, and our silly blue-eyed cat named Millie. Along with writing, my other favorite things include family, friends, having adventures, crisp Autumn days, and frozen gummy bears.

I grew up on a dairy farm and spent my summers moving sprinkler pipes, driving tractors, and tending animals. Last weekend, I visited home and took some time to wander around the farm. I will always be grateful for the lessons I learned from my parents and the farm, including self-reliance, hard work, and a deep appreciation for nature.

To see more farm pictures, go to my Facebook album.

A lot of my farm experiences have found their way into my writing, particularly in my four Snow Valley books. (Yes ... the goat wrestling in Feels Like Love.)

My Snow Valley Collection is available now on Amazon. Get all four sweet romances for only $5.99, or free if you are a KU member.

You can also get a FREE copy of my ebook The Passionate One, Book 1 in The Billionaire Bride Pact when you join my reader's club. As a subscriber, you'll be among the first to know about new releases, works in progress, special contests, sales, and parties. I typically send one email per week.

I'm glad to be here and excited to get to know you all!

Amazon Author Page: JeanetteLewisBooks
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

~New Release~ Love’s Light by Raine English

Will love be enough to lift two wounded hearts from darkness?

Serenity Wright has spent her life taking care of others, putting her life on hold. And at twenty-six, with a sister in college, another in high school who’s headed down the wrong path, and a father addicted to pain pills, she’s the only one keeping the family together. However, part-time waitress and weekend honky-tonk singer was hardly the life she’d envisioned. Her chances of ever performing at the Grand Ole Opry were diminishing with each family crisis. Until Axel Scott, songwriter to Nashville’s finest, enters her life.

Sweet Grove, Texas seems like the perfect place for Axel to clear his head and overcome a year-long writer’s block. But he never expects to find his muse there or fall in love with a woman whose problems run deeper than his own.

Will love’s light be enough to heal their hearts?


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, visit her website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Getting in the Christmas Spirit & A Free Book by Liwen Y. Ho

In case you were wondering, there are 130 days left until Christmas! If that sounds really soon to you, you're not alone. The summer flew by for me, even with my kiddos at home, and now that school has started, I'm sure the weeks and months will pass by even faster. So what does that mean? December 25th will be here before we know it.

As an author, I've actually been thinking about Christmas for many months now. I wrote one story set in winter back in May and am finishing up another Christmas story. I confess it does get a little tricky thinking about cold weather when I have a T-shirt and shorts on. One of these days I'd like to write a book in the season when it's set. We'll see if that ever happens!

I know many readers like to read holiday stories year-round, so you may already be in the Christmas spirit. In case you're not though, let me give you some inspiration with the photos below.

And here's one more thing to get you in the Christmas spirit ...

A set of nine brand new Christmas stories available for pre-order today! Release day is September 25th, so you'll have plenty of time to read these stories before Christmas.

Pick up your copy for only 99¢ at your favorite retailer:

My story from Sweet Christmas Kisses 5The Love Clause, is a fun office romance between two colleagues who agree to a fake relationship with one clause—no one can fall in love.

Divorce attorney Phillip Wong is on his way to making partner in his law firm. His only obstacle? He must show his boss he has a support system—namely, a devoted woman—to aid his work-life balance.

Vanessa Lim needs to find a date to her cousin’s wedding, before her mom arranges one for her. She agrees to accompany her colleague, Phil, to their company’s Christmas party on one condition. He acts as her doting boyfriend for a day.

Romance is forbidden in this contractual relationship, a clause Phil and Vanessa are sure they can keep. He thinks she’s ditzy, she finds him overbearing, and they’re both married to their jobs. However, their time together reveals that hearts don’t always follow the rules.

Philip Wong actually made an appearance in my Valentine's Day rom-com, Puppy Dog Tales. You can pick up your Kindle copy of Puppy Dog Tales for FREE here (today only): Amazon

Then pre-order Sweet Christmas Kisses 5 to find out how Philip gets his own happy ending!

Be sure to join us over at the Sweet Romance Reads Cafe on Facebook for a great community of like-minded readers who enjoy reading sweet/clean romance!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

How I Adopted My Three Cats by Margaret Daley

How I Was Adopted by Three Cats 
by Margaret Daley

All my life I had dogs as pets. Although I liked cats, I never thought I would have a cat--let alone 3 but that is what I have now. Our dog died of old age and left my husband and me without a pet. I wasn’t eager to go out and get another pet right away. That didn’t make any difference. The first cat--Ringo-- was around nine months old when he came around our house. I couldn’t resist him. He was funny, pure white with one blue eye and one green eye (called odd eyes). He has never met a stranger. He is my greeter.

Okay we ended up with our first cat because I couldn’t see letting him roam around and fend for himself. That was going to be it. Then my son asked me to take a stray cat he’d found because he had a pit bull dog and couldn’t risk the kitten with the dog. We ended up with a second cat--Peppers or as I call her Peppy. She looks like salt and pepper--more pepper. She is the smallest of my cats--only weighing 6 or 7 pounds whereas Ringo weighs up to 18 pounds. She is my cat. If she had her way, she would sit on my lap all day and watch me try to write--very distracting. But I have to admit Peppy is a bit neurotic.

Now our third cat I had absolutely said we could not take in because we already had two cats that were picky about other animals. I didn’t see how it would work. But my husband made the mistake of making eye contact with a dirty, messy two month kitten who was whining at the back door of his business. He couldn’t turn her away. Charlie has become the one who makes us laugh the most. She gets into everything and knows where everything belongs in the house. This cat growls like a dog when someone comes to the front door and will hide from anyone who comes to visit.

So here I am with three cats who adopted a lady who was never going to have cats (this was written last year and in that time I've lost 2 of cats from old age but still have Charlie). Have you been adopted by an animal?

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When a stalker ruthlessly targets people she loves, a woman flees her old life, creating a new identity as Serena Remington. Her plan to escape the madman and lead him away from family and friends worked for three years. Now he's back. With nowhere else to run, her only choice is war. Quinn Taylor, her neighbor and a firefighter with expertise in arson, comes to her aid, but will it be in time to save her?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Time for Summer Salads by Alicia Street

August is a great time of year to go to the farmers' markets and hit roadside farm stands for fresh vegetables and fruits. It has been so hot and humid in my neck of the woods that salads are the perfect meals. And we all know how important it is to eat your veggies!

Here is my recipe for a ~

                             Farm Stand Super Salad

Makes 2 large or 4 small servings

1 large bunch of arugula, trimmed and chopped
1 large head of romaine, trimmed and shredded
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 avocadoes, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 zucchini squash, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup canned or cooked garbanzo beans
1 cup canned or cooked red kidney beans
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
¼ tsp dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried dill
¼ cup black olives
2 cups roasted turkey breast, sliced thin (optional)
1 12-ounce box fusilli, cooked

Honey Soy dressing
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp vinegar
1/3 cup olive or canola oil

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl and dig in. :) 

What are your favorite August meals?

Two sweet romance novellas from my Peconic Bend series ~
The Leftover Bride and The Sweetheart Test ~ are on sale for 99¢


Alicia Street is a USA Today bestselling author and a Daphne du Maurier
award-winner. A compulsive reader of every genre, she writes
both sweet and spicy romance. She spent many years as a dancer,
choreographer and teacher.
Alicia loves to connect with readers ~
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