Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Celebrate Christmas in July with Sweet Christmas Kisses 5! by Liwen Y. Ho

Today's the big day many of us Sweet Romance Reads authors and readers have been waiting for! It's the day of our pre-order party for Sweet Christmas Kisses 5!

I'm so thrilled to be part of this boxed set of nine sweet romance novellas, from USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and award-winning authors.

Here's a peek at all the lovely stories in this set:

Sweet Christmas Kisses 5 brings you heartwarming contemporary romances that celebrate the joy of the season around the world, including snowy Maine and the sun-kissed skies of Florida, the mountains of Colorado, small-town Illinois and South Carolina, New York to San Francisco, and even the glittering lights of Paris and the old-world charm of Florence. The Sweet Christmas Kisses 5 bundle features all-new, standalone novellas that will make you smile and fill your heart with the Christmas spirit.

Pre-order this collection here:

My story from the set is The Love Clause, a romantic comedy starring two enemies-turned-lovers who get into the holiday spirit with a little help from a couple of mischievous matchmakers (her mom and their boss). 

Come find out more about my book, and the other stories from Sweet Christmas Kisses 5, during our pre-order party today! We'll have games, giveaways, and more! To join the event, simply click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/248312419262656/

I look forward to seeing you at the party!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Taking a Vacation Is Exhausting By Margaret Daley

Taking a Vacation Is Exhausting
By Margaret Daley

The first week in July I went on a family vacation with my husband, son and two granddaughters. I had a great time getting away, but I came home exhausted. We went on a cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Honduras. The weather was perfect. It rained one night while I was sleeping. The seas were so smooth and beautiful to look at.

Each place we stopped at we took an excursion. In Cozumel, we went swimming with the dolphins and that was a thrill. When you swim with the dolphin (Theresa), she moves fast in the water, but she can stop quickly so you don't run into your family. Beautiful animal.

In Belize we went to see a Mayan ruin site. I wanted my granddaughters to get a glimpse of who lived in the past. Our guide was so knowledgable. His grandfather was a Mayan, and he shared his family's culture. My family even got to climb to the top of one of the structures. I didn't because I have a bad knee that will be replaced in six weeks. Needless to say, I walked a ton of steps on the ground that day in the jungle with 100% humidity. In fact, the whole trip I walked a lot to the point I went to bed exhausted each night and slept well.

In Honduras, I swam and enjoyed the beach at a private island. Beautiful country and the water was great. Thankfully I didn't have to walk as much there as I had in the other two stops. Everywhere we went the people were so nice. But when I returned home, it took a week for me to get back to the real world.

My new release coming out July 20th is Obsessed, Book 2 in Everyday Heroes Series.

Obsessed, Book 2 in Everyday Heroes—$2.99
Stalker. Arson. Murder.
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?
Pre-order links: AmazonBarnes and NobleAppleKobo and Google Play

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Binging on Christmas in July by Alicia Street

As a longtime romance reader, one of my favorite traditions is Christmas in July. While the temperatures outside skyrocket into hot and humid territory, readers throughout the romance community chill down with wintry holiday love stories. Even the Hallmark channel has a Christmas in July celebration going on right now.

Because I love Christmas stories, I write one every year. I’ve already started my next one that is based on Miracle on 34th Street. That book won’t be released until the fall, but my last holiday romance was called The Christmas Sparkle Test.

So if, like me, you enjoy escaping the heat and sinking into books filled with holly and snow and carols and Christmas trees all wrapped up in a heartwarming romance, come check out my HolidayLuv seriesEach short and sweet romance is only 99 cents, so you can binge read a happy Christmas in July!  

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~

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saying Goodbye to Characters by Merrillee Whren

On July 25, the fifth book in my Front Porch Promises series, A BABY TO CALL OURS, will release. It is available for pre-order now at a discounted price. The price goes up on release day, so reserve your copy now. Here are the buy links. Amazon. Barnes & Noble.

For months I have lived with Jimmy and Kelsey. I've been in their heads and inside their skin in order to write their story. Sometimes they make me laugh and other times they make me cry. I hope my readers will have the same reaction. When a book is finished, it's time to move on to a new set of characters, but I often find it hard to let go of these imaginary people I've had in my mind for so long.

All of my Front Porch Promises books have front porches on the covers. No people. I know readers love to see what the characters look like, but many times I can't find photos that represent the people in my head. These two photos come close to capturing Jimmy and Kelsey.

Jimmy and Kelsey's story came alive to me just as I was finishing the previous book in the series, A SONG TO CALL OURS. In that book, Jimmy and Kelsey are secondary characters. I knew they were going to be the hero and heroine of the next book, but I had no idea how they would fall in love. The marriage of convenience storyline trickled into my mind and wouldn't let go, even though I wasn't sure that's what I wanted to write. But the idea camped out in my thoughts and wouldn't go away. We were traveling in Australia and New Zealand at the time, and while I looked at spectacular scenery, their story slowly came to life.

So in saying goodbye to Jimmy and Kelsey, I'm saying hello to my next hero and heroine, Jeremy and Whitney, again secondary characters, who get their own story. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to redeem Whitney, who isn't a very likable character in A BABY TO CALL OURS. I'm sure she'll find her redemption just as Jimmy and Kelsey did.

Do you like characters who are deeply flawed? Why or why not?

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  thirty-five plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Going, Going, Gone!

Amazon is going to unpublish every book in their Kindle Worlds program within the next four days. That's right, four days! My story, First Street Church Romances: Love’s Second Chance, will be gone forever. 

I plan to do a major rewrite and re-publish the book with a brand new title. The story will no longer take place in Melissa Storm’s fictional town of Sweet Grove, Texas. The locations and some of the characters, which were taken from the First Street Church series, will also no longer exist in my story.

If you haven’t read Love’s Second Chance and would like to get to know the young and handsome Deputy McIntyre, you’ll need to act fast!

Here’s a description of the story and where to get a copy:

Love’s Second Chance 

Brad McIntyre is much too young to feel so disillusioned with his life as a deputy sheriff. Esperanza De La Cruz has left the only home she has ever known to work at Sweet Grove’s daycare. When someone steals her car, Deputy McIntyre comes to the rescue.

There’s an instant attraction between them, but they’re both broken on the inside. Esperanza's father is in prison for intoxicated manslaughter and she's afraid that Brad won't want to be with her because of it.

Brad is thinking of leaving the only career he's ever known but pretends that everything is fine. His desperate prayers seem to go unanswered.

When they start spending time together and their feelings for each other begin to grow stronger, it complicates things even more. When the truth comes out, will it pull them apart or will they find a second chance at love and in life together?

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Six Summer Road Trip Packing Essentials by Josie Riviera

Are you planning a road trip this summer? My husband and I love traveling, and I compiled this idea list to get you started.

First, everyone should bring their own backpack, which they can fill with their favorite snacks and activities.

Second, wear loose, comfortable clothes, preferably dark-colored to hide wrinkles and stains.

Third, remember to pack an umbrella!

Fourth, pack your own favorite foods, which are considerably less expensive than snacks in convenience store gas stations. Don’t forget wet wipes for easy clean-up!

Fifth, if you love to listen to music, create your playlist and carry earbuds.

Sixth, although my husband insists he doesn’t need it (Hah!), be sure to have dependable navigation.

And, remember safety! Pack an emergency roadside assistance kit for your car.

Do you enjoy road trips? Please share your comments below and feel free to add to this list.

It’s a Christmas in July promotion!

My new contemporary Christian Romance series, A Christmas To Cherish, is set in the small town of Cherish, South Carolina. This sweet and wholesome story, where God is at the center, brims with love and laughter.

  There’s nothing a Christmas kiss won’t cure. Except perhaps a shattered heart…

When Emmanuelle Sumter steps off the train in Cherish, South Carolina—a town simply glowing with the promise of Christmas—she finds herself praying God will help her find the broken pieces of her life. Shattered, like her beloved harp. Her dreams. And her trust in men.

Her friend Dorothy told her Cherish is a safe haven. But she never expected Dorothy’s brother, Deputy Nicholas Thompson, would relight the one thing she thought she’d lost forever. A spark of hope.

Not long ago, while Nicholas’ sister was in rehab, Emmanuelle’s voice and smile on his Skype screen held him together. After that, she seemed to disappear, an absence he felt keenly when his ex-fiancée left his faith in God dented but not broken.

Now she’s in Cherish, even more stunning in person. Yet she’s holding tight to a private pain she refuses to reveal. Nicholas resolves to be patient, vowing that he’ll never let anyone hurt her again. Even when her past rears its ugly head to destroy what’s left of her heart.

Are his arms a safe haven sent from God…or a Christmas promise waiting to be broken?

Order your ebook or paperback copy today!
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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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer Bride

by Shanna Hatfield

Isn't there something just extra special and magical about a summer wedding? Don't ask me to say what, exactly, it is,  but it's there just the same.

I love summer weddings, especially if they are outdoors. Sunsets weddings, afternoon affairs, big ol' country barn celebrations - I love them all!

And that's part of the reason I'm super-excited to share about my last contemporary romance that releases this week on July 12.

Two scheming matchmakers are at it again…

Sage Presley loves her job as the receptionist at Golden Skies Retirement Village in Holiday, Oregon. She enjoys the residents and their wisdom, even if some of them are more than a little quirky. Determined to ignore the matchmaking efforts of two women at the retirement home, Sage’s sole focus is on raising her brother, Shane. In spite of her best efforts, she can’t help but notice the hunky electrician who continually comes to her rescue.

Grateful for the opportunity to open his own electrical business, Justin James moves to Holiday full of plans and dreams. He’s quickly drawn in by the close-knit community, but finds the lack of suitable single women disturbing. Despite himself, his attention is captured by the receptionist at the retirement home where he’s working on a big job. Yet, he can’t begin to understand why two matchmaking octogenarians are intent on forcing him together with the woman he’s convinced is married.

A sweet romance sprinkled with humor, hope, and the meaning of real love, Summer Bride will warm the hearts of readers while bringing them a smile.

Just for fun, here's a little excerpt:

“Isn’t Shane your son?”

Sage choked on the sip of lemonade she’d just swallowed. Matilda whacked her on the back as she coughed into a napkin. When she ceased coughing and could speak again, she shook her head. “Shane is my brother.”

Eyes wide in shock, Justin gaped at her. “Your brother? So you aren’t… you don’t have… Are you married?”

Had Sage taken another drink, she was sure she would have spewed it all over Justin. It was a good thing she’d merely sat glaring at him in disbelief. What on earth had given him the idea she was married and Shane was her son? How old did he think she was, anyway?

“She isn’t married,” Matilda said when Sage remained silent. “She doesn’t even have a boyfriend right now, do you, darling?” The old woman appeared to size up Justin before she leaned toward him. “Are you interested?”

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up dreamy characters, twisting plots, or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
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