Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I'm thankful for...Readers! by Julie Jarnagin

Happy Thanksgiving, Readers! This year, I'm thankful for YOU. If it weren't for all our wonderful readers, we wouldn't be able to do what we love.

When we spend hours writing new characters and worlds, we do it because we want to create something wonderful for you to enjoy!

So thank you for reading and for supporting the Sweet Romance Reads authors! I look forward to another year of writing and getting to know my readers.

What are you thankful for this year? 

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 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.

Meg - Beach Brides Series: 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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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Puppy Love by Milou Koenings

Is there anything as sweet as puppy love? And I do mean puppy as in doggy. I've always been a little bemused by those people who talk about their pets as if they were children. In fact, it's been a long time since I've had a pet and when I did, I always favored cats. When it came to dogs, we'd had two when I was growing up and they were huge: a great dane and Russian wolfhound. Little yappy doggies? Ugh — no thanks.

And then three weeks ago, my youngest daughter walked in with a puppy.


I was so not ready for a pet. We have kids to take care of, including two with very intensive special needs. Who needs anything else to take care of? Now, this tenderhearted child has come home with stray cats before, which we've duly found other homes for. But a young puppy? And not even a great dane puppy that would grow into my idea of "real" dog. Buddy is Chihuahua-dorkie mix—he's tiny!

But this little bundle was two months old and already on his fourth home by the time he was carried through our door. How could I not feel sorry for him, being shuffled off from one person to another—all of them teenagers who had no concept how to take care of a dog.

"If we can offer him a good home, which he's never had, don't we have an obligation to do that?" my daughter asked, pointedly quoting my own words back at me. I was talking about children, not dogs, I retorted, but that didn't get me very far.

It's been a hard year for our family. We lost several people we loved dearly in a terrible car accident this summer and everyone is still grieving and trying to adjust. When Buddy came, it was the first time I felt a spark of joy stir again among the kids. He's been delicious and funny with every one of them. And I'm not going to lie — ending the evening by collapsing on the couch and having a puppy jump up next to me and lie there happily chewing away on his toy feels pretty sweet and, dare I say it, healing.

Looks like Buddy is here to stay.

So here he is, the newest member of our family. Not only is he the sweetest dog I ever met, but he is frighteningly smart. And he doesn't bark — except to say Amen when we say Grace. Which I admit is a little weird... who taught him that?

I'm glad to introduce Buddy to you, because now that I'm spending most of my writing hours with a little furry bundle curled up on my lap, with his head resting on the desk between my hands as I type, I strongly suspect you might spot him in one of my next tales.

Christmas Tales and Celebrations!

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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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Monday, November 20, 2017

Six week muffins

As Thanksgiving is coming closer, you'll probably appreciate anything that saves time, so I thought I'd share this recipe with you. It's called Six Week Muffins because I was told that it can keep in the fridge for up to six weeks. However, I never tried that - they are so good that they are always gone within two days . . .

1 box (15 oz) bran (with or without raisins)
3 cups sugar
5 cups flour
5 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 quart buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in oil, eggs, buttermilk. Use immediately or store in a covered container in a refrigerator for up to six weeks, using as needed. (Do not freeze).

Fill greased muffin tins to the top and bake at 400 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes.

My host mother gave this recipe to me when I stayed in the US for the very first time, and it's become a traditional family recipe for us - perfect to take along to parties and picnics etc. . . .

And don't forget that you can use the time you saved for your favorite books!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sweet Beach Books ~ Sale and New Release

Sale Ends Today (Sunday): Beach Brides Series! Read them all or read them as single titles ~ you'll enjoy them all! CLAIR is available here.

Series Description: 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!

About Clair: On Enchanted Island, Clair keeps her engagement to Sean Kilmer a secret intending to tell her friends when the trip is over, but soon after she returns to Virginia, Sean disappears leaving only a note, a stack of bills, and unanswered questions. Devastated, Clair retreats to her childhood home in Emerald Isle, NC and withdraws from everyone except her sisters, Mallory and Darcy, who each have their own serious problems.

Ten months later…

In early April, after many months back home, Clair sees no signs of improvement in their lives. She feels trapped in tragedy—until a stranger, Greg Prescott, arrives in Emerald Isle. Greg has secrets, too, including knowing about a particular message in a bottle. He has reasons for being in Emerald Isle, but when he and Clair make a special connection, Greg must rethink his plans. Will Greg be the spark that helps the Bennett sisters begin to heal and find happiness?

For Clair, will Greg be the antidote to heartache, or the bearer of bad fortune that allows Sean to hurt her yet again?

If you enjoy sweet beach reads or stories set in Emerald Isle, check out my newest release (as of 11/14) BEACH WEDDING, the third novel in the Emerald Isle, NC Stories series of sweet romance and inspiration. BEACH WEDDING is available now in ebook, print, and large print. In fact, I've recently released large print editions for all three novels (BEACH RENTAL, BEACH WINDS, BEACH WEDDING) in the series!

Stories of heart and hope ~ from the Outer Banks to the Blue Ridge. USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author, Grace Greene, writes novels of contemporary romance and inspiration or women’s fiction with love, mystery and suspense, always with a strong heroine at the heart of each story. A Virginia native, Grace has family ties to North Carolina. She writes books set in both locations. The Emerald Isle books are set in North Carolina where “It’s always a good time for a love story and a trip to the beach.” Or follow a Virginia Country Road and “Take a trip to love, mystery and suspense.” Grace lives in central Virginia. Stay current with Grace’s releases and appearances. Contact her at You’ll also find Grace here: Twitter: @Grace_Greene Facebook: Goodreads:


Saturday, November 18, 2017

99 Cent Sale!

Now through Sunday only, AMY: BEACH BRIDES SERIES is on sale for just 99 cents!

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 would she steal his heart and break it in two?

Amy: Beach Brides is available at Amazon for 99 cents through Sunday, or Free with Kindle Unlimited!


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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Friday, November 17, 2017

My Three November Book Babies by Liwen Y. Ho

It's been an eventful November so far, and it's only half over! I've had three book babies released this month. Please indulge my proud parent moment as I tell you about them.

#1 - My firstborn is Chasing Romance, the unabridged version of my novella from the Fall Into Romance collection. It includes a never-before-published exclusive interview of 36 questions with the male lead, Chase Lockhart! Pick up your copy HERE for $1.99!

#2 - My middle child is Tropical Kiss and Tell, now available in a Christian romance novella collection titled Winter's Kiss. This is a friends-to-lovers story told with flashbacks and flash-forwards in each chapter and from alternating points of view. You get a chance to witness Micah and Lucy's relationship as it evolves through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Get the 6 novellas from Winter's Kiss for only 99 cents HERE!

#3 - My youngest is Love's Choice, my contribution to the First Street Church Kindle World. This book was a true labor of love in many ways. It pushed me out of my comfort zone as I tackled some important issues, including abuse and an unplanned pregnancy. It also includes a literal labor scene because Missy, the female lead, gives birth in the story. I'm very proud of all my November book babies, but of this one especially (just don't tell the other two!). You can get Love's Choice for only $1.99 HERE or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Thank you for celebrating my three releases this month with me! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Why I Write about Texas Rangers by Margaret Daley

I have written three books in the Lone Star Justice Series for Love Inspired Suspense. The last one, Texas Ranger Showdown, will be out in April 2018.  I also wrote four book in my Abingdon series called the Men of the Texas Ranger. What a group!

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the baseball team in Dallas called the Texas Rangers. I’m talking about the oldest state organization of law enforcement officers. Sam Austin formed the first version of the Texas Rangers in 1823. The word “rangers” was coined because these men ranged over the land they protected and guarded.

Through the early years the Texas Rangers, one of the main duties of the group was to protect the people against Indians. Then after the Civil War in 1874 the organization was divided into six companies with 75 men and usually a captain. Their duties were partly a soldier and partly a police officer. By the 1900s the organization totally focused on enforcing the law. A Texas Ranger was called in when the case was too risky for the local agency.

Today there are 172 Texas Rangers who served the state in many investigative capacities. They are part of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Texas Rangers’ headquarters is in Austin. There are six companies: Company “A” headquartered in Houston, Company “B” in Garland, Company “C” in Lubbock, Company “D” in Weslaco, Company “E” in El Paso, and Company “F” in Waco/San Antonio. The companies were adjusted recently.

The Texas Rangers handle the usual kind of cases like murder, assault, robbery and kidnapping, but they are also tasked with investigating threats against the governor and other state and federal officials. I used some of these crimes for the stories in my series: Lone Star Justice (High-Risk Reunion and Lone Star Christmas Rescue).

My newest release in the Lone Star Justice series is my November book, Lone Star Christmas Rescue available at: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo and Google Play

Margaret Daley, a USA Today’s Bestselling author of over a hundred books (five million plus sold worldwide), has been married for over forty-six years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Holiday Season by Alicia Street

I’ve still got my pumpkins and gourds on tables and shelves and will keep them there through Thanksgiving. But I confess, as soon as the air starts getting that crisp, cold feel I start sneaking out little Christmas things. Like a Santa Claus vase and an angel plate and a music box that plays “Joy to the World” and of course my favorite dancing reindeer mug. My stained glass cardinals and chickadees have come out for the winter, and, okay, my turkey salt and pepper shakers are sharing the stage with snowmen in Santa hats.
I can’t help it. All these things bring back happy memories shared with family and friends over the years.
This time of year also means many of my favorite authors have released holiday stories that I begin to collect—and soon I have a TBR pile that will easily carry me into the New Year. Especially when I have to mix in many of my older faves. I know I’m far from the only one who won’t be waiting till December to sink into tales of Christmas romance. Hallmark Channel has already begun their Countdown to Christmas holiday movies.

I also love writing Christmas romance and just released The Christmas Sparkle Test.

When the three Abbott sisters agree to return to Peconic Bend for one last Christmas in their childhood home before their dad sells it, Heidi knows it means facing memories she’d rather forget. Like Connor James, the guy who stole her heart, then broke it.
Will seeing him again reopen a wound that still lingers? Does a spark still burn between them? Or will the magic of Christmas make that spark turn to sparkle?

Do you have treasured things you love to bring out every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Or favorite books and movies you return to?


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 steamy romance. 
She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.
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