Saturday, August 15, 2020

Bargain Books For You!

Limited Time Sale
99 cents till Aug 16th

By Lyn Cote
Northern Shore Intrigue series

Vengeance can be dangerous~Grey Lawson returns home after serving a seven-year sentence for vehicular homicide while under the influence. Trish Franklin, the first female deputy in the county, is the niece of the man Grey’s reckless action killed. Then a rash of copycat accidents in the eerie fog-shrouded evenings mimic Grey’s original crime. People wonder is Grey acting out some sick compulsion of his own. How can Trish solve this series of near fatal accidents before someone is seriously injured or killed? And sort out her feelings for the man her father hates?


"An edge of your seat, do not expect to put it down adventure-how can Trish and Grey pursue a relationship when she's a deputy-he's a felon on parole?"

"Lyn Cote's Bitter Autumn is an edge of your seat, do not expect to put it down adventure. I am always emotionally spent when I finish her books! Bitter Autumn should serve as a wake up call for anyone who thinks they have a right to dish out vengeance or those who refuse to forgive. The book is not preachy but reminds us that vengeance belongs to then Lord."


New Release at a Bargain Price!
Only 99¢ for a limited time.

A Chocolate-Box Summer Breeze
by Josie Riviera

A disillusioned widow longing for a change. A hard-working truck driver looking for love. Will Emily and Joe find their happily-ever-after in a forgotten summer breeze?

Also available in Paperback and Large Print Paperback.

Limited Time Sale
Target For Terror
Laura Scott
$0.99 until August 31, 2020

If you leave without me, you’ll be dead by morning…

Critical Care Nurse Natalia Sokolova can’t ignore former FBI Agent Sloan Dryer’s dire warning. After the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia dies under her care and her house explodes in front of her eyes, she finds her best friend brutally murdered. Ironically, the only bright spot in this nightmare is Sloan’s bad Ukrainian accent and his willingness to protect her.

Sloan is convinced that someone wants to kill Natalia and when he finds a link to her family, he’s not sure who they can trust. As they run for their lives, and from the attraction simmering between them, they uncover a terrorist plot that could bring the nation to its knees. Time is running out. Can Sloan and Natalia save their country and their future, before it’s too late?

Friday, August 14, 2020

Childhood Favorites by Merrillee Whren


Recently I gave away a large box of books to some neighborhood children. They came over and went through rows of books and picked out what they thought they might like to read. The books are those I had saved from my years teaching elementary school. Even though they took quite a few books, I still have a lot left, as you can see from the photo below. Not all the books on these shelves are kids books, but probably eighty percent are. 

 I haven't read all of these books, and I probably never will. But either my girls or I have read a good majority of them. I read most of the children's books as an adult. I always felt a little sad that my teachers never introduced me to the children's books that were available when I was a kid. I believe my love affair with reading and books would have started at a much younger age. So I was happy as a teacher and a parent to share books with my children and my students. My mother did introduce me to reading by subscribing me to the Weekly Readers Book Club. I read those books, but after my subscription to the book club ended, so did my reading for some years. During my school years, my reading consisted mostly of assigned reading for classes. 

Here is a photo of one of my childhood favorites. Old Bones the Wonder Horse by Mildred Mastin Pace. As you can see, it is old and a little battered, but the story is still wonderful.

When I wrote the first book in my Front Porch Promises series, A Match to Call Ours, I needed a book for my heroine to read to the twin girls in the story. I decided to use this book. Here's a little excerpt. 

When Parker escorted Brittany into Rose and Jasmine’s bedroom, the little girls raced to hug Brittany as if they hadn’t seen her all day.

Jasmine scurried to the bookshelf in between the beds and grabbed a book. She turned to Brittany. “Are you going to read another chapter?”

Brittany looked at him. “Is that all right?”

Parker nodded. “Must be a good book.”

“It is, Daddy.” Jasmine sat on the bed beside Brittany.

Rose sat on the other side. “It’s about a racehorse, and he’s going to run in the Kentucky Derby. We want to see if he wins. You should listen, too.”

“Okay.” Parker leaned against the doorjamb.

Jasmine nodded. “Old Bones is the horse’s name.”

Brittany began to read, and Parker let the sound of her voice wash over him. He remembered the first time she’d read to the girls and how she’d made the story and the characters come alive. Tonight was no different. She had him rooting for the horse to win even though he knew the outcome. When Old Bones won the race, the girls cheered.

After Brittany read the rest of the chapter, Parker listened to the girls’ prayers. When they prayed again for the safety of the cows and their babies, Parker found himself praying right along with them. He didn’t know what was happening to him. He guessed that Brittany and his daughters were making him a better man despite himself.

You can check out the books in the Front Porch Promises series on my website where you can read excerpts and find buy links. Click here for the information.

What was your favorite book when you were a child?

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.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Tonight's Meteor Shower by Cindy Flores Martinez


Heads up! There's a meteor shower happening tonight. If you haven't already heard, the Perseid Meteor Shower has been dazzling the nighttime sky. The peak is going to last until the early hours of the 13th.

While you're looking up, you might spot the fading NEOWISE comet below the Big Dipper. I first saw it a couple of weeks ago. It was spectacular! August has been such an exciting time for stargazers.

What about you? Have you seen the comet or meteor shower? Do you enjoy gazing at the night sky?


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Beauty Of Love At Any Age by Josie Riviera

Love is wonderful and comes in so many forms.

Defined by Miriam-Webster as:

·      strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. Such as parental love for a child.

·      attraction based on affection and tenderness felt by lovers. As in romantic love between partners.

·      warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion. This could be a favorite sports team or musical artist.

·      to hold dear. Perhaps a favorite gift that holds great memories.

·      to like or desire actively; take pleasure in. An activity that brings you joy, maybe sewing or running.


Saying “I love….” can mean so very many things!

Today I’m focusing on romantic love and marriage.

Through the years, there has been a societal shift.

Years ago, couples married young. Now, marriage is frequently left until later and divorce is, sadly, more common. We have more second marriages than was the norm of days gone by.

Sometimes, love can be found later in life.

We hear stories where sweethearts reunite, finding they are both unattached and marry so they can enjoy their later years together.

In my newest contemporary romance release, A Chocolate-Box Summer Breeze, the main characters, Emily and Joe, fall in love in their 70’s. It is a sweet story, and one you will enjoy.

Do you agree that romantic love is for all ages, not just the young, but the young at heart too?

Please leave your comments below.

 New Release! 

Only 99¢ for a limited time.

A Chocolate-Box Summer Breeze

Sometimes you have to leave what’s familiar in order to discover where home truly is. Because for love, anything is possible.

Grab your copy today before price goes up. Also available in Paperback and Large Print Paperback.

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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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Are you a pet person? by Christine Bush

Are you a pet person?  In my family, we’ve always had pets.  This has included dogs (and puppies) , cats (and kittens), birds, fish, hamsters, chickens, hermit crabs,  and many years ago, my husband had a goat.

In the past many years, our pets have come to us through the “rescue route”, either through organizations dedicated to homing distressed and deserted animals, or  through a troubled friend or relative who could no longer care for their furry (or feathered) friend.

Pets get blended right into the family.  It seems we also have become our extended family’s “pet care and resort” when they vacation or have needed to travel.

So it’s no wonder that in many of my books, my characters pets are front and center in the story.  I feel that characters with beloved pets are very appealing and have a heart for romance!

With so much love for animals, it’s become so clear to me that this pandemic, and general interruption of life “as we are used to it” has had a great effect on the folks who care for and protect animals in our society.

Shelters have had to operate without the volunteers who offer their time and abilities to keep animals healthy and happy while waiting for adoption.

In some ways, amazingly good things have happen.  I’ve heard many happy stories of families who have decided to adopt a pet during this time when they would be home for bonding and training. Lots of animals have found a forever home. That’s a good thing.

But some have lost their home too.  People in severe economic stress have had to turn over animals, losing their living space, losing their means to buy food and supplies.

Zoos have continued to feed and care for their inhabitants, operating without their ticket revenues and volunteers.

Vet care has struggled to continue to offer services to sick pets, losing employees, and “social distancing” their pets and owners for health and safety.

There’s lots of ways to help animals (and their owners) in this crisis.

Maybe you have been thinking of adopting a pet?  Maybe you know someone who lost their job and would appreciate a big bag of pet food or cat litter?  Maybe you can make a donation to a local shelter?  Maybe you can renew your zoo membership, even though you might not get there this year?

My book “Hannah’s Heart” is a sweet romance novella set in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Hannah is a physical therapist who also volunteers at a struggling local animal shelter.  Besides the all- important event of falling in love (happily ever after is always a given!), the animal shelter gets some big time help.  It’s a win-win!

And I want to make it a Win-win-win.  Go click and buy this book (available in book and print) this month.  All of my royalties on this book this month (August 2020) will be donated to a local animal shelter to help them get through this tough time. I’ve chosen the “The Last Chance Ranch”, where homeless horses, dogs and cats reside in peace, health, and safety until a new home is found.


Are you a pet person?  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 14 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!




A good for you bone broth soup by Kristin Wallace

Eating healthy isn't always easy. (I don't succeed much of the time.) However, I did find a soup recipe that is really delicious and super healthy. It uses something called bone broth, and it's very easy to make. If you're trying to cleanse your system, lose some weight, or you're following the Keto diet, it's also good for that.

Easy Bone Broth Soup


Chicken bone broth (you can make your own but I buy the boxed kind you can get in the soup aisle. I usually get Swanson brand)

Cauliflower rice (you can make your own using fresh cauliflower and a food processor or buy a frozen package)

Cup of diced carrots 

Can of peas (drained)

Can of Cannellini beans (drained)

1/2 cup of parsley

Teaspoon of thyme

Olive oil


In a large pot, sautee the carrots and cauliflower rice with a little bit of olive oil. You can also add diced onion if you like it. Cook on medium-high heat for about 8 minutes or until the carrots get softer. 

Pour in the whole box of chicken bone broth

Add the peas, Cannellini beans, parsley & thyme. Stir and bring to a boil. 

Lower to a simmer. Cover the soup and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

You are DONE!

If you want more protein, you can add cooked chicken, either chunks or shredded. I use the prepared rotisserie chicken you can get from the deli section of the store. 

See...wasn't that easy? And it's so good! 

Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith. She is the author of the three best selling series, Shellwater Key Tales, Palm Cove Tales, and Covington Falls Chronicles. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Mountain Climbing Anyone? ~ Jean C. Gordon

Anyone here climbed a mountain? Some years ago, my husband and I attempted to climb Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York--5,344 feet. It's in the Adirondack Mountains. However, we started too late in the morning and by late afternoon had gotten only about half way to the peak. Then, we got spooked by some paw prints we were afraid were bear prints and turned around. By the time we got back to the base, we were sure the prints were probably from a dog. 😌

Josh Lewis, the hero in my new No Brides Club book No Time for Adventure, is a much more experienced mountain climber. He's climbed mountains, scaled cliffs, and is a certified skydiving instructor. If it's an extreme sport, he's done it and probably offers it through his No Limits Adventure Tours. My heroine Victoria Hambersby isn't nearly as adventuresome. Or is she?

Released Today ~ August 7

The No Brides Club: A group of women friends makes a pact not to let love interfere with their careers. Could meeting the right man at the wrong time cause them to break their vows? A New Release the 1st Friday of each month through 2020 (All books can be read as standalones.)

Mental health nurse practitioner Victoria Hambersby is on the verge of completing her career dream to create a VA program that will help vets with physical and mental challenges stretch their abilities. Needless to say, Vic is completely blindsided when she is informed that she must combine her program with that of Joshua Lewis, the owner of “No Limits” extreme adventure company. 

Since two of his sisters are also members of the No Brides Club, Josh is aware of the no romance before career goals motto. So while he finds Vic attractive, the focus needs to stay on finding a way to blend their proposal ideas. Which won’t be easy, as they both have baggage from the past coloring their viewpoints.

To get a better idea of what Josh’s company has to offer, Vic agrees to a weekend adventure, which despite herself, stirs her inner thrill-seeker. Surprisingly they may have more in common than they believe, but can they overcome their defensive barriers to let go of the past and reach for the future?  

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