Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sweet Romance Reads Bargain Books

Deadly Fires—99¢ through Feb. 28th
By Margaret Daley
Second Chances. Revenge. Arson.
A saboteur targets Alexia Richards and her family company. As the incidents become more lethal, Alexia must depend on a former Delta Force soldier, Cole Knight, a man from her past that she loved. When their son died in a fire, their grief and anger drove them apart. Can Alexia and Cole work through their pain and join forces to find the person who wants her dead?

The Heart Collector--99¢ until the end of February 
By Jackie Castle
Collecting hearts helped Sara to keep from losing hope.

These hearts were safe and not easily broken. Not like Sara's had been shattered after losing her husband.
Fear rules her heart now. Fear of loss. Of more brokenness. Yes, the little stone hearts are safe.

Long ago, Daniel's childhood sweetheart had made a list of what she expected in a husband. Years ago, he’d set out to meet those requirements only to lose Sara to another man. One who met none of her expectations!

Now she’s back in Madison Creek, broken and in need of help, along with her pre-teen son. Daniel turned his thoughts away from her. She’d broken his heart once before. He wouldn’t let it happen again.

Is love strong enough to mend broken hearts?
A story of second chances rising from the ashes of fear and loss.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

A Fresh Start by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Have you ever wanted to start fresh? Maybe you grew bored or your life situation changed. Whatever the reason, I suspect most of us have wanted a fresh start at least once.

Today is a new beginning for me. It's my first blog post at Sweet Romance Reads. I'm so happy to be here with you.

I'm Kimberly Rose Johnson and I write contemporary Christian romance and romantic mystery. I live in Oregon with my husband of 28 years our yellow lab, and our oldest son who graduated from college this past spring.

All of my books take place in either Oregon or Washington. The collection pictured below has my book A Love to Treasure in it. It takes place in Sunriver Oregon--pictured directly below. Sunriver is one of my favorite places ever. We used to take our boys there when they were young. We rode bikes on the trails, went swimming, hiking, canooeing, shopping, ate out and more. It's quite literally an outdoor enthusiast's playground.

The main character in A Love to Treasure has fond memories of going to Sunriver as a child too. Here's a short blurb about the book.
Available on amazon

School teacher Nicole Davis is on summer break, but this vacation is unlike any other. Her beloved Grandmother’s final wish has landed Nicole smack in the middle of her favorite destination—Sunriver, Oregon, following Grams’s clues on a mysterious scavenger hunt. Unexpectedly, Nicole finds more than just a fellow sleuth in a handsome police officer, Mark Stone. But Mark must return to his job in Portland at summer’s end, and Nicole must guard her heart.
Mark is hoping for a quiet summer in Sunriver as he contemplates his future in law enforcement, but a string of burglaries draws him from his self-imposed break from detective work and thrusts him into the middle of the investigation. To complicate matters, Nicole is in jeopardy, and he knows his growing feelings for her could cloud his judgment. Will their differing career goals be the end of their summer romance—or just the beginning of forever after?

What is your favorite book genre?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Favorite Sweethearts by Alicia Street

This is that special time of year when we celebrate sweethearts. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and it’s Friday today so you can bet there will be plenty men taking their sweethearts out to dinner this evening. I know I’m going to have a big piece of chocolate cake for dessert. J

As a romance writer I often think about couples in books and movies who make us sigh and root for them to overcome the crazy obstacles in their path and find each other and to open their hearts to lasting love.

I cannot get enough of Claire and Jamie, and I have several versions of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s winding path to love both in film and print.

Allie and Noah squeeze our hearts in The Notebook, Scarlett and Rhett make us growl and shake our heads, and Catherine and Heathcliff make us cry for them.

Tristan and Iseult, Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre and Rochester, Hermione and Ron, Katniss and Peeta. So many shades of love, so many kinds of sweethearts.

My romance, The Sweetheart Test explores what happens when two people who are devoted to their careers discover what they want more than anything is love.

Who are your favorite sweethearts from books or movies? 

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~

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day by Merrillee Whren

Today isn't only Valentine's Day. It is my wedding anniversary. We got married on Valentine's Day as a matter of convenience rather than for romantic reasons. My husband had to be out of his apartment by the end of February, so we wanted to get married before he had to get out of his place. At the time I was a school teacher, and I didn't want to take too many days off for a honeymoon during the school year, so we picked the weekend before President's Day, which I had off. Valentine's Day just happened to be the Saturday before. Not only were we married on Valentine's Day, but we had our reception in Loveland, Ohio. I always say that's why I became a romance writer. Here we are dancing at our reception.

If you read this early in the day, I will be winging my way across the USA from Arizona to Florida for a Valentine and anniversary celebration. We are meeting longtime friends, whom we met just weeks after we got married. We have celebrated our anniversary with them numerous times over the years. We always have a fun time.

Since it is Valentine's Day, my gift to you is HOMETOWN PROMISE, the first book in my Kellersburg series. You can download it by using this link. The link expires on February 15, 2019, so be sure to get it today.

Also my latest release, FOUR LITTLE BLESSINGS, is on sale for 99 CENTS! Check out this video about the book. You can get it at these retailers.

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

#SweetRomance #Bargain Books!

The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book #3
99 cents for a limited time!

Get your Valentines Day on with this small town sweet romance set in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Betsy McClain left Legend, Tennessee two years ago, with a broken heart, a baby to care for, and precious little else. She's done well in the city, and so has daughter LizBeth Ann. A heartfelt request from Dorothy McClain is the only thing that could bring them back to Legend, even temporarily.

Mike McClain wants to get to know his only child, but Betsy isn't cutting him any slack. Good looks and the old McClain charm seem to be failing him. Betsy is not the same love-struck girl he married, nor the girl who left Legend in a flurry of anger and tears. But he's changed too. Can't she see that?

Mike has won his daughter's heart. Can he also regain her mother's trust?

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Second Chance Valentine - The Ocean City Boardwalk Series
On sale for $0.99 for a limited time! 
Save $2 off the regular price.

One romantic summer at the beach with Alex left its mark on Josie, but she left town with a broken heart. Now years later, she’s back, and cupid shows up in the form of a little girl turned matchmaker who just might give Josie and Alex a Second Chance Valentine.

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A Love Song for Kayla is free until Feb. 16th

When two strangers cross paths their lives are forever altered.

Kayla Russel hates Valentine's Day and has all but given up on finding love until a new guy to town walks into her flower shop right before her least favorite day of the year. There is something mysterious about him that intrigues her, but when she finds out the truth everything changes.

Derek Parker wants to leave his old life behind, but it proves to be harder than he'd anticipated when his past finds him. Now the woman he has come to care for feels deceived.

Will his secrets come between them and destroy what could have been something wonderful?


When Wade Dalton moves to a small Florida beach community for peace and quiet and a new job, he encounters the four little kids next door who are anything but quiet. Because of difficult circumstances, the little noisemakers live with their young aunt, Cassie Rankin, who is their guardian. Wade is drawn to her determination, giving nature, and beauty, but she’s at least a dozen years younger than he is—way too young for him. At least that’s what he keeps telling himself. Besides, he has issues that would only make life more challenging for Cassie and her charges. So he plans to stay out of their lives, but four little blessings refuse to let that happen.
You can get FOUR LITTLE BLESSINGS now for 99 CENTS!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Happy Vintage Valentine's Day by Cindy Flores Martinez

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I’ve always enjoyed vintage Valentine’s Day cards. I’m so amazed at how different they are than today’s cards. But the feelings that they express haven’t changed. I've decided to share a few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them too!

Valentine Greetings

Affection's Offering

True Love

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Dear Heart
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To My Valentine
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Do you enjoy vintage Valentine's Day cards?

Whether you prefer vintage or modern, have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Cindy Flores Martinez is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes Christian Romance. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world. You can learn more about her at