Saturday, July 22, 2017

Julie Jarnagin - July Book Blast #22

Hasn't this Book Blast been fun! There have been so many great deals and freebies this month. 

I have two great $0.99 books for you and a Kindle Unlimited Freebie if you're a KU member. Enjoy!

Engaged by Friday 

Can a fake engagement lead to lasting love?

After her boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing, Mary Beth wants nothing to do with her ten-year high school reunion. Especially because if she shows up without a date, she’ll lose a bet with her high school nemesis. Christian is too busy with his camping equipment startup to date—until his sister sets him up online. The chance connection could help his business—if he agrees to Mary Beth’s dramatic request that he pretend to be her fiancé. But when make-believe becomes something more, they must decide if this new love can last…


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

The Traditions Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas has been in Claire Grigg’s family for three generations, and she dreams of restoring the struggling chapel to its original glory. When Claire discovers the chapel’s financial problems and the strain it’s putting on her parents’ marriage, Claire commits to doing whatever it takes to save the business. 

Vegas is the last stop on Ben Karr’s tour, and he’s afraid he’ll soon be added to a long list of one-hit wonders. He’s determined to prove that his talent deserves to be taken seriously and all the sacrifices his grandmother made were worth it. He’s known more for his frequent break-ups with famous women than his music. Until he can repair his public image, Ben’s label refuses to invest in another album.

Ben devises a radical plan to save his career––a fake wedding to his starlet ex-girlfriend—but the adorable chapel director and her talk of true love and commitment is making him rethink the scam. Will Claire and Ben let go of their dreams and risk it all to grab onto a shot at true love?

Meg (Beach Brides Book #1) 
Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are die hard romantics, and 2) they've been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her "dream hero" and cast it out to sea!
Three weeks later, Meg Mullen's community theater is on the verge of closing if she can't raise the money to save it, but she's running out of time and needs a miracle. Television producer, Elliot Campbell, finds a message in a bottle from the perfect female contestant for his reality dating show. All he has to do is talk Meg into taking the job, convince her to choose one of the contenders, and figure out how to keep from falling in love with her himself. 

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 in Louisiana 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.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Milou Koenings: July Book Bash Summer SALE!

What better time than summer for a Book Bash Sale! This is the season to give ourselves a little downtime — even if it's just a few minutes here and there.

Escape to small town USA and make some new friends!

You can get the first two books — in chronological order — of my Green Pines Romance series at Amazon this week for 99 cents each:
The first book to take place in Green Pines is I Love You Three. This is a full-length novel, with no cliff-hanger, to-be-continued ending (I promise!). 

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

Mac’s struggling to adjust to civilian life after the death in combat of his best friend. When a teaching job opens up in the small town where his friend used to work in the summers, Mac takes it as a sign and moves to Green Pines, hoping to find refuge from his demons.

For Julie, there’s no refuge from night feedings, a crazy mom, an ex-mother-in-law and an overdrawn bank account. She’s struggling to build a better life for herself and her baby and the only thing she knows is she’s not falling for any guy again.

There’s only one problem. You never know when love will knock you off your feet.

"Loved this new book by Milou Koenings. If I had to describe the story, I'd say it was like a mille-feuille French pastry ... A millions interlaced layers"

~ Kd.R

" Mac and Julie are wonderfully complex characters who have so much depth and emotion to them, I feel like I could run into them in my own town ... a story that left me with happy tears in the end. I can't wait to read the other Green Pines romances!

~ Melanie D. Snitker

On sale July 21 to 25!

And chronologically next in the Green Pines series comes The Kampala Peppermint Twist. It is the series because it features recurring characters from Green Pines but, as the title and cover image suggests, our heroine finds herself far from home.  I'll tell you a secret -- I love all my books, but if I had to pick one that holds a special place in my heart, this is it. 

A twist of fate and Annie's unexpectedly on her way to Africa for Christmas. Next to her on the plane, a man in a tuxedo. What kind of guy flies in a tux? Annie's about to find out—and discover things about herself that will flip her world upside down.

A delightful, heartwarming Christmas novella.

“A beautiful story that was packed with substance, intrigue, and entertainment.”

~ Nic. S. 

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, Reclaiming Home, The Kampala Peppermint Twist and Sweet Blizzard are available on, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and all your favorite e-book retailers.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

German Sayings

It's time for another instalment of my proverb series. Here's a nice German saying that I really like: "My name is rabbit."

Now, what would you think this signifies?

It's an allusion to a young lawyer born 1834 who did some illegal stuff and later denied knowing anything about it. His name was "Hase", i.e. rabbit. His official letter "My name is rabbit, I know about nothing" became a well-known saying that is still being used today. You spread your hands, you look innocent, and you say with a shrug, "My name is rabbit".

That the background story . . . and I always thought it's because rabbits look so innocent!

Do you have a similar expression in English? "I'm innocent" would be the straightforward translation, but that's a bit bland. Do you know something a bit more colorful?

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Beate Boeker
Mischief & Humor from Page 1

July Book Bash 7/19 ~ Summer Reads SALE

I write books set in Emerald Isle, NC and books set in central Virginia (that area west of Richmond and reaching into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We all know summer is a prime time for beach reading, but those books don’t have to be set at the beach, right? In celebration of the Sweet Romance Reads “July Book Blast” I’d like to shine a little summer sun on my VIRGINIA COUNTRY ROADS NOVELS by putting a couple of them on sale for 99 cents.
The Virginia Country Roads Novels are standalone, single-title novels (except for LEAVING CUB CREEK which is the sequel to CUB CREEK, but CUB CREEK can be read as a standalone).
A STRANGER IN WYNNEDOWER will be on sale for 99 cents on 7/19 - 7/20. CUB CREEK will be on sale for 99 cents on 7/21 -7/22. I’ve included their book blurbs below, but if you’d like more information about these, as well as my other books, check them out here:
Happy Summer Reading! 


Rachel Sevier, a lonely thirty-two-year-old inventory specialist, travels to Wynnedower Mansion in rural Virginia seeking her brother who has stopped returning her calls. Instead, she finds Jack Wynne, the mansion’s bad-tempered owner. He isn’t happy to meet her. Her brother took off without notice and left Jack in a lurch. Rachel has doubts. Did her brother really leave? Where would he have gone?

Jack has his own plans. He’s tired of being responsible for everyone and everything. He wants to shake those obligations, including the old mansion. The last thing he needs is another complication, including his former caretaker’s sister, but he allows Rachel to stay for a few days while she figures out what to do next.

At Wynnedower, Rachel becomes curious about the house and its owner. If rumors are true, the means to save Wynnedower Mansion from demolition are hidden within its walls, but the other inhabitants of Wynnedower have agendas, too. Not only may Wynnedower’s treasure be stolen, but also the life of its arrogant master, unless Rachel can save them. 


In the heart of Virginia, where the forests hide secrets and the creeks run strong and deep ~

Libbie Havens is fine on her own. She doesn’t need anyone, including the approval of her family. When she chances upon the secluded house on Cub Creek she purchases it. She’ll show her cousin Liz, and other doubters, that she can rise above her past and live happily and successfully on her own terms.

Libbie has emotional problems born of a troubled childhood. Raised by a grandmother she could never please, Libbie is more comfortable not being comfortable with people. She knows she’s different from most. She has special gifts, or curses, but are they real? Or are they products of her history and dysfunction?

At Cub Creek Libbie makes friends and attracts the romantic interest of two local men, Dan Wheeler and Jim Mitchell. Relationships with her cousin and other family members improve dramatically and Libbie experiences true happiness—until tragedy occurs.

Having lost the good things gained at Cub Creek, Libbie must find a way to overcome her troubles, to finally rise above them and seize control of her life and future, or risk losing everything, including herself.

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"Stories of heart and hope ~ from the Outer Banks to the Blue Ridge."

Grace Greene writes women's fiction and contemporary romance with suspense. A Virginia native, Grace has family ties to North Carolina. She writes books set in both locations. Please visit Grace at and sign up for her newsletter there.

The Emerald Isle books, BEACH RENTAL and BEACH WINDS, are set in North Carolina where "It's always a good time for a love story and a trip to the beach." Or travel down Virginia Country Roads in KINCAID'S HOPE, ASTRANGER IN WYNNEDOWER, and CUB CREEK and "Take a trip to love, mystery and suspense. Her most recent release is THE HAPPINESS IN BETWEEN and her next will be THE MEMORY OFBUTTERFLIES due for release on 9/5/17.

BEACH RENTAL, her debut novel, won the Booksellers Best contest in both the Traditional and Best First Book categories. BEACH RENTAL and BEACH WINDS were each awarded 4.5 stars, Top Pick by RT Book Reviews magazine. Grace lives in central Virginia. You'll also find her here:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Magdalena Scott ~ July Book Blast #18 ~ New Releases and #99c Deals

Greetings, and welcome to Day 18 of our July Book Blast! I have two new releases, and two 99 cent deals for you!

New Release! 

Book Eight of the Serendipity, Indiana series, ONCE UPON A TIME!

Taylor Kincaid has big plans for her life. Falling in love with the mysterious new shop owner in the small town she grew up in isn't one of them. 

Sweet romance, "coincidences" that might be more than that, and a love that survives the unthinkable come together in this new Serendipity, Indiana tale.

iBooks ~ Kobo ~ Nook  Kindle  ~  Paperback

New Release! 

KIM: Beach Brides Series ~ Book Eight is available as an ebook and in Paperback!

Jon Whitfield was engaged when he “landed” the message in a bottle on a fishing trip, and it disappeared before he could decide whether to respond. Now unattached, he's on a road trip with Kim Rose, whose gratitude in spite of a painful past reminds him of the touching note he wishes he’d kept. 

Pssst--Serendipity readers, Kim was the nurse aid in Emily's Dreams!  

99 Cent Deal

The book that began it all ~ SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS, Serendipity, Indiana Book One ~ is available at all vendors for just 99 cents!

Amazon  (U.S.)    ~  Amazon  (U.K.)  ~  iBooks   ~   Kobo   ~    Nook

99 Cent Deal

Book One of The McClains of Legend, Tennessee...
MIDNIGHT IN LEGEND, TN is just 99 cents at Amazon, and FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Enjoy a small town holiday in Legend, Tennessee with Midnight Shelby, who is looking for a life do-over.

She needs a new life, he's determined to keep the status quo. If they don't compromise, the whole town loses.

Kindle ~ Kindle (U.K.) ~ Paperback

Are you enjoying lots of reading time this summer, or buying and saving books to read later?

Book 9 of the Serendipity, Indiana series is my contribution to the annual boxed set. Want to learn more about me or my books? Please visit my website:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Liwen Y. Ho - July Book Blast #17 (2 FREE Books!)

I hope you've found some great books from our month-long Book Blast! I'd like to add to your summer reading list with a "Christmas in July" story, The More the Merrier.

Fed up with a string of bad blind dates, health blogger Alyssa Wu wants to drown her sorrows in ice cream. But there’s one more evening she must endure—a fake date with her best friend Barry Chang. They must convince her family they're in love, an act which may (or may not) be easy to pull off, thanks to the magic of some mistletoe.

This 10,000 word short story is perfect for your lunch break, workout, or while you wait in line at the mall. Read it today to get into the Christmas spirit any time of the year!

And get one more short story, Designed for Love, for free when you sign up for my author newsletter here:

What happens when your high school crush finally notices you … a decade after graduation?

Sage Thomas was everything Morgan Tailor wanted in a boyfriend—gorgeous, friendly, and popular—and out of her league. Both adults now, a chance encounter offers them another shot at romance, minus the teenage drama. Only Morgan can’t forget the way Sage embarrassed her years ago. Will a misunderstanding derail their future or can they move beyond the past to create new memories of their own?

Liwen Y. Ho is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary romance, both sweet and inspirational. A marriage and family therapist in her pre-author life, she enjoys creating realistic characters and helping them find their happily-ever-afters. She lives in California with her techie husband and their two munchkins, and blogs about life as a recovering perfectionist.

She has written three novellas in the Taking Chances series and also four short stories in the Seasons of Love series.

She'd love to hear from you! Find her online here:

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