Friday, January 18, 2019

New Release from Raine English


When six friends make a pact not to let love get in the way of their careers, the No Brides Club is born. But could meeting the right man at the wrong time cause them to break their vows to each other?

Kinsley King loves her lavish lifestyle as one of Manhattan’s most in-demand real estate brokers. She’s worked hard to get to the top, and she’s not backing down now… But when her favorite aunt bequests her a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of nowhere, she has a tough decision to make: honor her aunt’s last wish or put the property on the market and maintain the life she adores.

Dylan Reese, on the other hand, thinks life off the grid is just about perfect.  That is, until the owner of the wildlife sanctuary he manages dies suddenly and leaves the place to her spoiled city-slicker niece. Now he, too, has a choice: leave it all behind or swallow his pride and take orders from a woman who wants no part of this particular commitment.

Sparks fly in this opposites attract sweet romance as Kinsley finds herself falling for the swoon-worthy sanctuary manager, causing her to rethink the no marriage vow she made with her girlfriends, while Dylan wonders how he’s going to keep from losing his heart to the one woman who’s sure to break it.


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.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sweet Romance Read Bargain Books by Margaret Daley and Donna Fasano

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Drugs. Murder. Redemption. 
When Jessie Michaels discovers a letter written to her by her deceased best friend, she is determined to find who murdered Mary Lou, at first thought to be a victim of a serial killer by the police. Jessie’s questions lead to an attempt on her life. The last man she wanted to come to her aid was Josh Morgan, who had been instrumental in her brother going to prison. Together they uncover a drug ring that puts them both in danger. Will Jessie and Josh find the killer? Love? Or will one of them fall victim to a DEADLY DOSE?

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Desperate Daddy: Widowed police officer Jason Devlin. Taking care of his baby girl is usually a piece of cake--until his housekeeper quits, leaving Jason desperate enough to hire the first qualified person who rings his doorbell.

Damsel in Distress: Runaway heiress Katie Smythe. The pampered debutante is about to take on her greatest challenge, her very first job--as a nanny.

Doorstep Deal: Jason is thanking his lucky stars that Katie has shown up at his house. She's the perfect nanny for his little girl--and beautiful beyond belief, leading Jason to rethink his single status. But just wait until he discovers who this nick-of-time nanny really is!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Sweet Giveaway

Ten awesome authors, including Sweet Romance Reads authors Jean C. Gordon (me) and Raine English, have come together for the Sweet Romance Bookbub Follower Giveaway. It’s your opportunity to find some new books you might enjoy AND get a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

All you have to do is click the giveaway picture, visit my, Raine's, and the other participating authors' Bookbub profiles, and follow us. The more authors you follow, the more chances you have to WIN. It’s that easy!

The giveaway runs through January 21st.  Good luck!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Winter Blues? by Alicia Street

For people like me who live in temperate zones, winter can be either a time for the blues or a time to rethink and rebuild.

Because of the cold and the shorter, darker days, many people are not at their best and some even fall into Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). But some cultures see winter as a time for self-examination, self-care, and garnering the determination for a re-start. Isn't that what New Year's Resolutions are all about?

One thing I like to do is to keep some of those sparkly Christmas lights around throughout the winter.

When the days are sunny, going outside and inhaling the cold air in a brisk walk does wonders.

Making soup is a good way to warm up the kitchen—and the family. 

And I confess…the romantic in me loves leaning on a window sill and looking at those bluish sunsets after a snow.

Best of all, winter is a great time to curl up and read a sweet romance. 😊

What kinds of things do you do to make winter a good time for you?

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~

Monday, January 14, 2019

Being Bold by Merrillee Whren

Someone in our family received this card game for Christmas. We received a lot of card games in our Christmas stockings, so I'm not sure who was the actual recipient of the game. My granddaughters, their aunt, and I played this game multiple times during our time together. It's a matching game in which you keep turning cards as long as one thing matches all the cards. Size, color, background, and shape are some of the things that can match. For two cards that match you get 4 points, for three cards 9 points, for four cards 16 points, for five cards, 25 points, and for six cards 36 points. Being bold makes for more points, but if you have three cards that match something, and you decide to turn another card and nothing matches, you get zero points. So you have to choose when to be bold. If you have a chance of matching only one thing, it is probably better to take the points and wait for another turn, but if you have several things that match, you should be bold and keep turning the cards. 

So why am I telling you about a card game? I'll explain. I haven't made New Year's resolutions in a long time. Some people pick out a word for the year. I haven't done that either. But this year the word BOLD kept popping into my thoughts, especially after playing this game. I plan to be bold this year and learn more about marketing my books. I've done a little research about advertising on Facebook and Amazon, but this year I'm going to pull the trigger and actually do some ads. I'm also going to be bold about some other aspects of my life. Instead of sitting around thinking about doing things, I'm going to do them. 

What do you need to be bold about?

I'm giving away an ebook copy of A PLACE TO CALL HOME, the first book in my Front Porch Promises series, to one person who leaves a comment. I will draw the winning name on January 15, 2019 at 9PM MST.

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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Farewell to a Boxed Set by Cindy Flores Martinez

My story, “Since You Went Away”, has been part of the boxed set, “Be Still, My Heart”, for months. But just as with most boxed setsit will soon be unpublished forever. I'm sorry to see it go but it's been a wonderful experience.
I haven't decided what to do with my story when it's no longer available so if you would like to read it  there’s still time to get a copy, along with six other inspirational romances for one low price.
Here’s what my story is about. 

Violet’s husband passed away unexpectedly nearly two years ago. It’s been almost a year since Tom lost his wife to an illness. Finding love again is the last thing on their minds. Besides, Violet is busy selling her home and finding a new place to live now that her daughter has gone away to college. Tom’s days are filled with working hard and raising his teenage son. After their paths cross at the dog park, they have a chance meeting on Main Street in the small town of Seal Beach. A series of events keeps bringing them together, and they begin to form a friendship that threatens to turn into love.


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

Friday, January 11, 2019

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

As 2019 begins, many of us optimistically set our New Year’s resolutions. According to a YouGov poll, two of the most common resolutions for the coming year in the U.S. are to “eat healthier, and get more exercise.”

This year, my New Year’s resolutions are physical, mental, and spiritual.

Physically, I’m hoping to eat healthier, and eat less food overall. That means no junk food, and consuming lots of fruits and veggies. In addition, I walk 25 miles a week, which helps!

Spiritually, my goals will include daily journaling and meditation. Also, my husband and I are very active in our church.

Mentally, I’ll spend more time with the people who matter, volunteer often, and give more to charity.
 Also, I’ll try new meditative exercises, and perhaps a different herbal tea. Research suggests a restful night’s sleep helps mentally and physically, and that finding time to read before bedtime is a great exercise for your brain. I couldn’t agree more!

What are your goals for 2019? Please leave your comments below.

Looking for a great January read? I’m thrilled about my newest release, 1-800-CHRISTMAS! If you love home flipping and house decorating, this book and series are for you.

Both books are FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

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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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What is it about pets? by Christine Bush


I’m sitting here with a cat on my lap.  And one by my feet.  Ahhh. The sound of purring is like a calming balm to my busy mind.

Are you a pet person?

I love people.  I have an adorable husband, amazing kids and grandkids, heart filled friends. Life is full and busy and… good.

And yet, there is this space in my heart that is filled only by these furry creatures.  They soothe me. They entertain me.  Even though at times they drive me nuts.

They knock over the Christmas tree, playing sneaky games of “jumping for ornaments”.
They dash across my desk as they chase each other, knocking over my formerly well -ordered piles of manuscript pages, and scattering pens.

They pull flowers from vases, and carry them proudly around as if flaunting their newly caught prey.

They scoot across my keyboard. Sometimes they send my half written emails.   Sigh.

I forgive them all that.  I even laugh.  I’m not sure I’d do the same if their feats were performed by a human person.

When I’m sick, they curl up next to me, and I feel better.

When I get home, they are ALWAYS glad to see me. And I’m glad to see them. They are an integral part of my life, and have been since the day I rescued them. They’re important!

So it’s only natural that I include animals in almost every one of the books I write.  And I love to read stories that include them, too!

How about you?  Tell us about your furred or feathered (or scaled) loves! And do you like stories that include pets?  I’d love to hear…


Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 13 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

Christine’s award winning novella “Christmas with the Cat Lady” is FULL of pets!  Print or ebook!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New Year…New Projects by Kristin Wallace

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family & friends. The start of a new year is when we all make resolutions and plans, including writers. I wanted to let you in on some projects that I plan for this year. 

Project #1: Palm Cove Tales

First up in March, the (very delayed) release of SECOND CHANCE HERO, featuring Serena Douglas, who was a major player in The Heiress Games series. Serena is Abby’s “slightly” difficult sister from Not Quite An Heiress. She’s paired with security expert, Damon Grant, who also made an appearance in the books. This book was supposed to come out in the fall, but I fell way behind as Serena and Damon took their sweet time telling me their story. This story involves saving a hairless Sphynx cat named King Tut. Lots of fun!

Project #2: Return to Covington Falls Chronicles

At the end of last year, I got the rights back to my inspirational romance series, Covington Falls Chronicles. I plan to re-release the original 4 books this year and THEN there will be all NEW books. I’m so excited to be able to return to my quirky little Southern town and these characters I love. I’m curious as to what has happened to them J

Project #3: The Lost Royals

This is an entirely new series based on 6 royal siblings. The catch is…they don’t know they are royalty. After their mother and father (the King and Queen) die, the young children are spirited away and hidden to save them from their evil uncle. Years later it is finally safe to bring the children back. Only they are no longer children, of course, and they have no idea how to be royals. They must be “taught” how to be a royal.

So there are my plans. Now just to find a way to make it all happen…I foresee a lot of early morning writing sessions.

Kristin Wallaceis the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational and contemporary romance, and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. Look for her upcoming release, SECOND CHANCE HERO, soon. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Small-town/Country vs. City ~ Jean C. Gordon

Are you a small-town/country person or a city person? Having spent most of my life living in or outside of small towns (or villages as we call them in New York State)—except for two years of college in Los AnglesI can say I'm a small-town person. And by small, I mean fewer than 5,000 people.

So, it's probably not surprising that I generally set my books in small towns, usually in Western NY, Central NY, or the Adirondack Mountains. But for my upcoming book, No Time for Apologies, Book 5 in the No Brides Club series from Sweet Promise press, I had to dig up those small-town roots and temporarily transplant them to New York City. I had fun leaving my writing comfort zone.

Letchworth State Park in WNY, where my husband proposed, the Adirondack Mountains, the Hudson River Valley, where my hero owns a beef cattle farm with his grandfather and, of course, the NYC skyline.

An aside: Despite spending most of my life in New York State, I didn't visit New York City until I was in my thirties and had to go there on business related to my financial writing job in Albany. Since then, I've been there several more times for Romance Writers of America conferences, BookCon last year, my son's eighth-grade class trip as a chaperone, and once to go sightseeing with a writer friend.

So, I had a feel for the city, but I had to do more research than usual for details. And because you can't completely take the country out of a person, the hero and heroine in my new book are originally both from fictitious Genesee in Western NY, near where I grew up. 

Question: When it comes to your romance reading, do you have a City/Country preference? six friends make a pact not to let love get in the way of their careers, the No Brides Club is born. But could meeting the right man at the wrong time cause them to break their vows to each other?

Kate Lewis left her family’s dairy farm and fell in love with everything about New York City—especially the high-powered, fast-paced world of finance. Once content to lie in the grass and watch clouds float across the sky, her biggest dream now is to work her way to the top of Wall Street.

Jon Smith is so much more than his plain name implies. He’s also a rising star in the world of finance, on a mission to save his grandfather’s cattle farm, and Kate’s former high school admirer.

When a shocking twist of fate puts these two in direct competition for a job they both covet, the last thing they need is any new sparks of attraction. Too bad fate isn’t done with them yet.

Will they give in to their attraction, or is their newfound rivalry too intense to put aside? Find out in this sweet big city twist on the classic second chance romance theme. 

Releases February 1

 To learn more about all the books in the No Brides Club Series,
click on the picture.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Year's Resolutions...and a low-cal dessert recipe! Roxanne Rustand

I don't know about you, but at the beginning of each year, I decide that this is going to be my year to exercise, lose weight, and work even harder at my writing. 

To that end, I went to the YMCA today and starting my water walking again, and tonight I am limping around the house like a hundred-year-old granny.  :)  Do you have an exercise schedule and keep at it?  I have resolved to get to the Y or use the treadmill at home four times a week this year.  No excuses!  I have also resolved to avoid making heavy, high-calorie meals and desserts. It's only January 5th, but I have high hopes!   :)

Here is a very quick, light dessert, if you are thinking the same thing. There are lots of versions of this recipe floating around, super fast and easy!


25 Oreo Cookies sugar-free (or regular) Don’t remove the white filling.
5 tablespoons butter melted. 

Finely crush your cookies using a food processor or a rolling pin. Stir in melted butter and press crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9" pie plate. Chill for about a half hour, then fill. For a crunchier crust, bake 8 minutes at 350°F and cool completely before filling. For fewer calories, skip the butter and press the crushed cookies into the pan as-is, though they won't have as much structure.
2  pkg sugar-free lime gelatin
1/2   cup boiling water
24    oz  key lime yogurt  low fat (I listed total ounces here as the little containers vary in ounces)
16    oz  frozen whipped topping --choose sugar-free or fat-free, thawed

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
Blend into the yogurt, then fold in the whipped topping.  Pour into crust.
 Sprinkle with extra crumbs, or “frost” with additional whipped topping and then sprinkle with cookie crumbs.
 Any combo of gelation and yogurt flavors will work.
Note that if you use a purchased graham cracker crust, this will probably fill two of them unless you cut the recipe in half.
Refrigerate for at least  two hours

Best wishes to you all for a  happy, healthy and successful year in 2019!

Roxanne Rustand