Monday, May 22, 2017

New Release Alert by Julie Jarnagin

I'm excited to announce that I'm kicking off a brand-new series with a great group of authors. My book, Meg, is the first book in the Beach Brides Series. Here's a little about the series and Meg.

Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors...

Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!

Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.You'll want to read each one!


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. 

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Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon!

MEG (Julie Jarnagin)
TARA (Ginny Baird)
NINA (Stacey Joy Netzel)
CLAIR (Grace Greene)
JENNY (Melissa McClone)
LISA (Denise Devine)
HOPE (Aileen Fish)
KIM (Magdalena Scott)
ROSE (Shanna Hatfield)
LILY (Ciara Knight)
FAITH (Helen Scott Taylor)
AMY (Raine English)

Meet the authors of Beach Brides!

USA Today bestselling author JulieJarnagin (Meg) writes sweet and inspirational romance. 

Ginny Baird (Tara)is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Stacey Joy Netzel (Nina)is a NY Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Grace Greene (Clair),a USA Today bestselling author,writes sweet contemporary romance and women's fiction.

Melissa McClone (Jenny)is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary romance.

Denise Devine (Lisa)is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and contemporary romance.

Aileen Fish (Hope)is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary and Regency historical romance.

Magdalena Scott (Kim)is a USA Today bestselling author of small town sweet romance and women's fiction.

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield (Rose) writes sweet historical and contemporary romances, liberally sprinkled with humor. 

Ciara Knight (Lily)is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary and historical western romance.

Helen Scott Taylor (Faith)is a NY Times bestselling author of sweet contemporary romance.

Raine English (Amy)is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Writing About French Pastry by Milou Koenings

Have you ever noticed that books can be fattening?

Mini eclairs by Camillestyles
Yes, I get that all those hours I spend reading, I'm not moving — even if I am traveling to exotic places half a world away. But I meant in more direct way. For example, the most fattening movie I ever saw was Julie & Julia.

I never, and I mean never, ate butter if I could help it — until I saw that movie. If you've never seen it, it's really two stories in one: modern-day Julie who decides she's going to cook her way through Julia Child's cookbook in one year and blog about it, and Julia Child herself, learning to cook in post-war Paris. Watch it and you'll never look at butter the same way. 

Honestly, I owe at least five extra pounds to Meryl Streep and Julia Childs.

For some reason, I've never written a book in which someone isn't cooking or baking. My characters have made spaghetti, baked apple pies, barbequed, and shared gingersnaps. But none of them have ever been professional cooks. However, not long ago, a delightfully sweet reader reviewed my latest release, I Love You Three, by comparing it to a mille-feuille French pastry.

I kept thinking about that delicious review and had a brainstorm. My next heroine was going to be a French pastry chef!

This is the first time I'm writing a character who is a professional baker. In my work in progress — another Green Pines romance — the heroine is a French-American pastry chef who studied in Paris.

Mille-feuille - from Bloglovin on Pinterest

Since I spent much my childhood school vacations living above my uncle's bakery, I figured that shouldn't take too much research. I have a pretty good idea of how a bakery works. I might have tried to swing a trip to Paris as work-related research, but since I took my daughters to Paris about five years ago, I knew a repeat wasn't going to be in the cards.

The pastry case of the bakery that
 my kids and I frequented for breakfast in Paris.

But the problem is that a pastry chef has to be making something, right? I can't just write, "Bailey was kneading something." It's got to be a particular kind of dough, and she's got to be making a specific pastry.

Eclairs ... croissants ...

Check out this croissant tutorial from Ironwhisk!

Profiteroles ...

Profiteroles by Beeta Hashempour

Madeleines ...

Orange-blossom Madeleines from Bakingamoment

Of course, I can't possibly write about baking something if I haven't made it. How else will I know what my character is doing, correct?

Palmiers ... brioche ... puits d'amour

(As a self-respecting Romance writher, I can't possibly not make a pastry called a "well of love," can I?)


This is going to be one very fattening book.

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, 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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Saturday, May 20, 2017

German sayings

This is my third blog about German sayings (always brought to you on the 20th of each month! :-), and today, I'd like to introduce you to someone who's very clever and who knows all tricks - in short, someone who's "washed with all waters" (mit allen Wassern gewaschen).
Apparently, this saying goes back to old sailors. They sailed across the oceans and washed themselves with many kinds of water -- and in the course of their life, they picked up a lot of knowledge.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of an equivalent saying in English. Oh, yes, I do. How about "There are no flies on him/her"? I think that fits, doesn't it? And now we immediately have the next question -- where on earth did that saying come from? Do you know it?

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Mischief & Humor from Page 1

P.S. This is a picture taken from the "Festung Koenigsstein" in the East of Germany.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Is Coming ~ And So Are New Releases

2017 is an exciting year of releases for me and with summer just around the corner, so are a few new releases.
The BEACH BRIDES SERIES is a set of 12 romance novellas: Twelve friends from an online book club, all romantics and all disappointed by love, vacation together at Enchanted Island in the Caribbean. On the last evening, each woman puts a message in a bottle ~ hoping it will reach the man of her dreams ~ and tosses it into the sea, entrusted to the whims of fate, tides and sweet romance...
Each bride’s story is different. This is Clair’s story:  
Clair isn’t looking for love because she’s already found her heart’s desire. She and Sean Kilmer are engaged. She’s eager to return home to Virginia where they’re building a life together—until they aren’t, and Clair is left wondering what went wrong.
Ten months later…
Stuck with the bills and repeated calls from creditors, Clair flees to Emerald Isle, NC where her sisters live. Her older sister has just dealt with her own heartbreak and her younger sister is traumatized by the loss of their parents. Clair feels caught in a tragic situation and it doesn’t seem to be getting better until a stranger comes to town.
Greg Prescott has secrets, too, and he has his own reasons for coming to Emerald Isle, but he and Clair make a special connection and he may have to rethink his plans. Will Greg be the spark that helps the Bennett sisters begin to heal and find happiness again?
For Clair, will Greg be the antidote to heartache, or the bad fortune that allows Sean to hurt her yet again?
Clair and the other novellas will be released weekly over the summer. Clair will be released as an ebook on 6/13 and is available for preorder here 
The print version is on sale now. You can purchase Clair in print here.  
You’ll find all the Beach Brides here on Amazon:

Remember: The Memory of Butterflies is available for preorder here and if you order now, you'll get Amazon's low price guarantee.
Editorial reviews say:  
The Memory of Butterflies is an emotionally gripping tale of a mother’s love and the secret so great it threatens to destroy her world. Grace Greene masterfully captures the beauty and isolation of Cooper’s Hollow and enriches it with deftly created characters that tug at your heartstrings. A beautiful story, beautifully told.” —Bette Lee Crosby, USA Today bestselling author
“Brimming with heart-rending choices, The Memory of Butterflies celebrates the unshakeable bonds of parental devotion in an uplifting tale of love’s ability to heal the deepest wounds and silence the darkest regrets. Highly recommended.—Christine Nolfi, author of Sweet Lake, and The Comfort of Secrets (releasing in July).
Grace Greene is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance set in her native Virginia (Kincaid’s Hope, Cub Creek, The Happiness In Between, The Memory of Butterflies) and the breezy beaches of Emerald Isle, North Carolina (Beach Rental, Beach Winds, Beach Walk, Beach Christmas). Her debut novel, Beach Rental, and the sequel, Beach Winds, are both Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. For more about the author and her books, visit or connect with her on Twitter @Grace_Greene and on Facebook at
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fun New Series ~ Raine English

Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.

Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!


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 diehard 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!

It’s been three years and Amy Sheridan has yet to hear that her bottle’s been found, reaffirming her belief that love isn’t in her cards. So when the book club decides to return to the island for a reunion, she’s reluctant to go, until a psychic informs her that she’ll meet a handsome stranger there. Will romance be in her future after all?

Dawson Yates has it all…except a wife. Being a wealthy bachelor hasn’t been a problem until a talk show host questions his single status as CEO of a popular matchmaking service. After that, board members pressure him to give up his playboy lifestyle or step down from his position. Setting up a phony engagement at Enchanted Island seems like the perfect solution, until he learns that his chosen “bride” is already married. While pondering what to do next, he discovers a message in a bottle, wedged between some rocks. Could the author of the note be the answer he’s looking for, or will she steal his heart and break it in two?

Amy (Beach Brides Series) is available for pre-order!

** $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **

Find all the Beach Brides at Amazon!

MEG (Julie Jarnagin)
TARA (Ginny Baird)
NINA (Stacey Joy Netzel)
CLAIR (Grace Greene)
JENNY (Melissa McClone)
LISA (Denise Devine)
HOPE (Aileen Fish)
KIM (Magdalena Scott)
ROSE (Shanna Hatfield)
LILY (Ciara Knight)
FAITH (Helen Scott Taylor)
AMY (Raine English) 

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.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Using Pinterest for Story Inspiration (+ a Free Book!) by Liwen Y. Ho

Have you discovered the amazing world of Pinterest yet? If so, you probably (like me) spend a little too much time there. If you haven't—well, let's just say, be prepared to have your mind blown. ;)

Pinterest is THE place for inspiration. It's like a one-stop virtual window shopping experience at the most expansive and colorful mall. Looking to redecorate your living room? Type the phrase into the search field and find everything you never knew you needed to know about the best white paint colors. Need a recipe for a homemade face mask? You'll find a dozen or more in a matter of minutes (this list only uses two ingredients per recipe)! Love to DIY? Welcome to your new happy place (check out this page!). And the best thing about Pinterest is that once you set up an account, you can easily save the pins you want so you can refer to them later.

You may be wondering how Pinterest relates to writing? I recently discovered that authors use it to create inspiration boards for their books. What's an inspiration board? Basically, a collection of pins that give you an inside look at a story. I tried my hand at creating one for my book, A Spoonful Of Spice.

This story is a workplace romance so I have a pin of "20 geeky finds for your cubicle", another one about the rise of women in tech, and one for homemade pumpkin spice latte, my main character's favorite drink. There are also pictures of the city it takes place in (San Francisco) and the cafe my characters frequent (or how I imagine it to look like), and a Rubix cube (you'll have to read the story to find out why that's included!). I had so much fun finding pins to go with this story. Before I knew it, I had 26 pins on the board! I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think of using inspiration boards for books. 

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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 three short stories in the Seasons of Love series (the last one will be available this summer).

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