Monday, November 19, 2018

The time I rescued a goat - by Jeanette Lewis

Hi Bookworms!

I grew up on a dairy farm with plenty of cows, horses, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and even llamas. But we never had goats or sheep. My dad always said they made too much mess.

Fast forward many years later after I was married and settled down with four kids. I was driving home from a meeting one night and saw something running down the middle of the road. As I got closer, I realized it was a goat.

Now, this is suburbia. Loose dogs and cats? All the time. Loose rabbits or the occasional turtle? Sure. (Side note: I have also rescued a very large turtle, but that's another story.) But a goat? Not likely.

The poor thing was obviously very scared and I could see it was wearing a collar with a bit of chewed up rope on the end. So I hurried home and grabbed the dog's leash, then took my daughters with me to find the goat. It hadn't gone far and when we approached, it trotted over and let me hook the leash to its collar, then jumped into the backseat of my car like it was right at home. It was a cute little amber colored thing and my kids loved it.



The dog? Not so much. She freaked out and lost her goat privileges immediately.


The goat spent the night in our garage eating lettuce and Animal Control came and picked it up the next day. No one ever tried to claim it so after a month, we got the chance to adopt it and clearly, there was only one place it could go ... the farm.


My dad took to him immediately. He named the goat Buster and they are best buddies. He follows Dad everywhere and bosses the cows and horses around. He jumps all over the haystacks and literally lives in a house made of food, so he's put on some weight. For us, no visit to the farm is complete without stopping by to check on Buster. He is little, but mighty and was part of the inspiration for the goat wrestling scene in my Christmas romance, Feels Like Love.


A sweet romance about second chances and finding the love of your life right where you left him.
Christmas in Snow Valley is the perfect way for April Winston to introduce her city slicker fiance, Scott Mecham, to life on a farm. If only Wade Hadley, hometown boy and high school sweetheart, will cooperate! But Wade has no intention of letting April go without a fight. This Christmas, he's determined to overcome their painful past and show April that she already has what she’s been seeking all along.


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Much love and happy reading!




Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hawaiian Holiday – A New Christmas Series

Spend the holidays in Hawaii with six exciting, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme. You’ll want to read each one!


HAWAIIAN HOLIDAY SERIES

Six women set out on a twelve-day holiday getaway cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. Each woman decides to enjoy a beautiful, much-deserved holiday in an exotic locale and ends up unexpectedly finding love along the way.

Christmas Charm by Raine English
Seashells & Mistletoe by Rachelle Ayala
Cruising into Christmas by Aileen Fish
Sunny Days Ahead by Julie Jarnagin
Aloha to Love by Josie Riviera
A Very Merry Christmas by Denise Devine


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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.
  

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Introducing My Billionaires with Heart Series by Liwen Y. Ho

Do you know who's been taking over the clean and wholesome romance category by storm? Billionaires! Yes, the latest trend in romance, especially sweet romance, are wealthy leading men. Along with the extra zeroes in their bank accounts, these male characters appeal to readers because of their power and presence. You could say that billionaires are ultra alpha males, men who have the capacity to take care of the women in their lives.

I can definitely understand the appeal that these stories have, which is why I decided to write my own take on them. My Billionaires with Heart series looks at three siblings who come into wealth through a family inheritance. Due to their background, they're a little more grounded than someone who may have been born rich, but they also have access to the benefits that come with wealth.

Most importantly, these siblings learn that love can't be bought. Each story gives a glimpse into their lives as they navigate through the ups and downs of building and mending relationships with the ones they love.

Without further ado, may I introduce you to the leading men in this series: Gabriel, Noah, and Devon!


The first story, At Odds with the Billionaire, is now available on Amazon.com for 99¢ or free with Kindle Unlimited. 


Books 2 and 3 are also available for pre-order. Each novelette provides you with a quick tropical escape during your busy day. Click on these links for more information:

Book 2: Best Friends with the Billionaire (coming November 26th)
Book 3: Crushing on the Billionaire (coming December 10th)

Do you like romance books featuring billionaires? Let me know in the comments below!



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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Do you ever go Novembering? by Alicia Street

I do. Novembering is what I call indulging in the deep nostalgia that takes over my brain in November. To me, it is a month for remembering. The summer is truly gone, and with Thanksgiving approaching and the Christmas holidays right around the corner, I can’t help but go back to thoughts of years past.



                                                Photo by Niklas Hamann on Unsplash


I love to take walks in the crisp autumn air and remember all the things I’m grateful to have lived and experienced. All the people who’ve touched my life and the things I’ve been lucky enough to do. A few years back, my mom passed away just before Thanksgiving, so memories of her warmth always fill me when I see the leaves turning red and gold. And I can’t seem to stop myself from collecting the prettiest autumn leaves and pressing them into the pages of a book—a yearly ritual my mom and I began when I was seven years old.  

Novembering is also that special feeling of returning to familiar rituals—like making cranberry sauce from fresh berries or sticking cloves in oranges to make pomanders or finding my grandmother’s big serving platter for the turkey—the kinds of things that bring up precious memories of days shared with family and friends year after year. I was one of four children and both my parents came from large families, so the fall and winter holidays meant our house was often full of cousins and aunts and uncles and neighbors and the excitement of food and crafts and festivities.

I can’t help the childlike giddiness that fills me whenever this time of year rolls around.
And the precious memories. By the time I get through the month of November and Thanksgiving arrives, I’ve catalogued a whole life’s worth of thankfulness.

Do you ever go Novembering?
                      

Alicia Street is a USA Today bestselling author and a Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher and is a compulsive reader of every genre. Alicia sometimes writes in collaboration with her husband, Roy, and is grateful to have the kind of marriage that proves romance novel love really exists.
Alicia loves to connect with readers~
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Some Fun Holidays to Celebrate by Merrillee Whren


Today is National Spicy Guacamole Day. You can spice up your life by adding lots of chilies, jalapenos, cumin, or red chili flakes to your favorite guacamole recipe. Even though I live in southern Arizona, where guacamole is very popular, I'm not a fan, probably because I don't like avocadoes. What about you? Do you like guacamole?


 The other fun holiday is National Pickle Day. I do like pickles. I'm not sure which pickles are my favorite. When I was a kid, I didn't like dill pickles. Now I like them, especially on a cheeseburger. What is your favorite kind of pickle?

To celebrate these holidays, I'm giving away a copy of the first book in my Kellersburg series, HOMETOWN PROMISE, to one person who leaves a comment.


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.

Monday, November 12, 2018

My New Book Cover by Cindy Flores Martinez





Recently, I rewrote my Kindle Worlds story, “First Street Church Romances: Love’s Second Chance”. I changed the hero's name, the name of the town, developed the storyline and gave it a Christmas theme. I also changed the title and created a new cover. The revised story, “Merry Christmas, Amor” will be available in a boxed set very soon. I'll share all the details when they're available.


In the meantime, here’s where you can read my current story, Since You Went Away, in the boxed set, Be Still My Heart.





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 www.cindyfloresmartinez.com

Sunday, November 11, 2018

4 Fun Facts about Hawaii



My new holiday sweet romance, Aloha to Love, is set on a cruise ship, and the beautiful Hawaiian islands. 

Here's 4 fun facts I learned about the islands while I was researching my book.





1.  In Hawaii, the wind blows east to west.
2.  Kilauea volcano is the world's most active. Because the hero is a volcanologist, the volcano is mentioned several times in the book.
3.  Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
4.  The Hawaiian islands are world leaders in harvesting orchids and macadamia nuts.

Have you ever visited Hawaii? Please leave your comments below.    

Be sure to grab your copy of Aloha to Love  today, and enjoy your armchair visit to the islands!




 Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations. 

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