Friday, June 21, 2024

Volunteer trip of a Lifetime-Normandy, France by Janice Lynn

Volunteering can change ones life. It certainly has mine. In 2023, I had the opportunity to volunteer with a group that was bringing WWII veterans back to Normandy, France .(Honoring Veteran Legacies). My military son was able to volunteer with me for that trip and my love and appreciation for my country and for France grew. Although my son was unable to go this year due to his own military career obligations, I was blessed to be able to volunteer again this year to accompany 7 WWII veterans during their time in France in observance of the 80th anniversary of D-Day. We also were able to spend time with veterans from other groups such as the Best Defense Foundation.
Like my heroine, I'm totally in awe of the men of 'the greatest generation' and my travels this summer continue to reinforce that respect and awe I feel for these men (and women as there were also Rosies there. :) ) I could go on and on about all the amazing things these individuals did in their roles to stop tyranny and how they continue to be amazing. For example, one of the veterans retired last year--at 98 years old! He didn't have to financially work, but chose to. These men love their country, love their family, and carry themselves with pride. I adore them. 
Y'all know I was already very pro our military and readily acknowledge how I owe my freedom to their sacrifices, but my appreciation pales next to how the people of Normandy honor our veterans. Their emotion is so powerful that you truly have to experience it to believe how genuine their gratitude is. 
In real life there were no romance during my volunteer trip (that I am aware of at any rate), but fortunately for the heroine in my upcoming release, Risking It All with the Paramedic, Dr. Ivy falls for paramedic Caleb. They say to write what you know and I drew from my own experiences as a volunteer as the backdrop for their romance during their time as volunteers with a fictitious group that returns veterans to Normandy. Caleb is a hero I adore as he's a wounded warrior himself who now works as a paramedic in the civilian world. Ivy's grandfather was a WWII veteran and she had longed to accompany him on the trip and goes in honor of his memory. I've fallen in love with France and its rich history and attempted to weave some of that into the story without overwhelming the reader (hopefully!) with what has become a personal passion. 
 If you are looking for a way to enrich your life, I challenge you to volunteer. Find something that interests you and volunteer. An animal shelter. A nursing home. A community charity event. A veterans group. A children's advocacy group. A quilting group that makes quilts for veterans, babies, foster kids--you get the idea. There are so many great places out there that need involvement. I truly believe that by volunteering it's me who receives the greatest blessing by the people I meet and the friendships made, and that I get to help others in the process by donating my time--it's a win-win. Find your win-win.

Risking It All With the Paramedic

Two weeks of temptation for the medical volunteers! Join them on a life-changing trip to France in Janice Lynn’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance novel.

FROM FRANCE TO FOREVER?

book cover of Risking It All with the Paramedic 


When unlucky-in-love doctor Ivy leads a medical team on a veterans’ trip to Normandy, her sole thought is for the patients in her care. So she’s unprepared for the frisson of attraction she feels at meeting fellow volunteer Caleb! It’s clear the good-looking paramedic has ghosts of his own, but over the fortnight they’re together an undeniable connection forms... Only when they return home will they be brave enough to risk everything and turn temporary...into happy-ever-after?

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, & Publishers Weekly Bestselling author JANICE LYNN lives in Tennessee with her Prince Charming and their princes and princesses, her vivid imagination, an adorable Maltese named Halo who's the true royalty of the house, and bunches of unnamed dust bunnies that moved in after Janice started her writing career. In addition to writing romance, Janice is a nurse practitioner, a quilter, a military mama, and an avid supporter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. www.janicelynn.com  

WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS LOVE is coming November 2024 from Tule Publishing


 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Discovering Bookish Treasures In The Most Unexpected Places by Merri Maywether


I stepped off the plane in Amsterdam, not expecting much beyond the usual hustle and bustle of an airport. On top of that, we had a four-hour layover and didn’t know what we would do. 

Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered a hidden gem within Schiphol Airport: a library!

Yes, you read that right—a library in the airport! For a book lover and sweet romance writer like me, this was akin to stumbling upon a secret oasis in the middle of a bustling desert. Our long layover suddenly turned into an adventure that felt like it was straight out of one of my novels.

Our first stop was the library's art wall. A screen scrolled through pictures. People could sit on a bench and watch for however long they liked and would never grow bored. 

There were books in Dutch and English and titles for adults and children. 

One of the most charming corners was the coloring center. 

The reading corners were abundant. I settled into one of the comfy seats to write this quick note. 

And if that wasn’t delightful enough, a young woman sat at the piano and played several classical pieces. When she finished, another traveler took her place. 

My librarian personality must transcend countries because a young child, mistaking me for the library staff, brought me to his parents to ask if I could check out a book for him. We all laughed. 

Who would have thought that layover became one of our trip's highlights? The Schiphol Airport library is a treasure trove of art, literature, and creativity.

Moments like these inspire my sweet romance stories. They remind me that we never know when something will happen that will make us say wow, I’m glad I took that risk. 

Share Your Bookish Treasures

Have you ever stumbled upon a bookish treasure trove during your travels? I’d love to hear your stories! Share your experiences in the comments below.

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In 202 Canterbury Lane, our main character, Genevieve, goes on a bridal shower cruise looking for a rare chance for some girl time.

Life, however, has a surprise in store for Genevieve. On the cruise, she crosses paths with her childhood crush, and brother’s best friend, country singer Travis Trent. Travis, fresh from a painful divorce, is eager to rekindle his friendship with Genevieve, harboring hopes that it might blossom into something more. Yet, both carry scars from the past, making the journey to love anything but smooth.

As Genevieve and Travis navigate their emotions and rediscover their bond, they find that taking a chance brings moments they'll treasure.

So, pack your bags, grab a copy of 202 Canterbury Lane, and let the adventures of Genevieve and Travis inspire you on your own journey. Happy travels and happy reading!

You can find |202 Canterbury Lane | at your favorite online retailer. 


Monday, June 17, 2024

Lyn Cote's Newest Christian Historical Romance!



From fashionable 1820 New Orleans society, Miss Della Mott is now bound for frontier Spanish Texas where anything might happen.

When her stepfather hears of Stephen Austin's agreement with Spain to allow angloamericanos to settle on free land in colonial Texas, the impulsive man packs up family, slaves, and their remaining possessions in wagons, traveling north along the trading route to Texas. Della, the realist, knows she can't depend on her inept, volatile stepfather. Who will provide the protection and guidance they will need to survive? 


Quinn, son of an American scout and a Cherokee mother, is heading home to Texas. A horse trader, he has failed  in New Orleans to obtain a thoroughbred colt for breeding. Along the way he meets with Della’s family. He is struck by her dignity and strength.


But he also recognizes that Della’s stepfather will lead them into disaster and perhaps death. He can't ignore her need. And so begins their unspoken alliance into wild frontier Texas. 


Unfortunately someone else's twisted agenda will endanger them all. Click title.




Another authentic historical romance by Lyn Cote with over two million books sold~ 


AND IF YOU LIKE LARGE PRINT , HERE'S A NEW ONE OF MINE OUT THIS MONTH!




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Friday, June 14, 2024

Flag Day by Merrillee Whren


Today is Flag Day in the United States. I have blogged about Flag Day on June 14th several times. The Flag Day celebration commemorates the adoption of the United States flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The flag above has fifteen stars and fifteen stripes and is the image of the flag raised at Fort McHenry near Baltimore, Maryland, during the War of 1812, when the words of the  United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," was penned by Francis Scott Key. Today's flag has fifty stars to represent the fifty states in the US. The flag now has thirteen stripes that represent the thirteen original colonies. 

The first Flag Day was celebrated on June 14, 1877, but it wasn't until 1949 that Congress made the day permanent. There is a wealth of information about the United States flag at the National Parks Service website. If you are a US citizen, you might like to find out some things you didn't know about our flag. I didn't know that you could contact your senator or representative to request to buy a flag that has flown over the US Capitol.

Although I've never written a book in which the characters celebrate Flag Day, I have written a couple of books in which I mention the Independence Day celebration also known as the Fourth of July. One of those books has a flag on the cover, Hometown Proposal.


You can click or tap on the photo or this link for more information on the book or for buy links. 

What do you like best your country's flag?

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.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

DIY Sweetgrass Basket Craft Inspired by Gullah Tradition by Josie Riviera

Welcome to Daufuskie Island, where every corner tells a story. This island is off the coast of South Carolina and is a 1 hour ferry ride from Hilton Head Island.

 Today I'm sharing how to make a sweetgrass basket:


Materials:

  • Coiled rope or raffia
  • Colored yarn or embroidery thread
  • Large-eye needle
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Start by coiling the rope or raffia into a tight circle, securing the end with a small stitch.
  2. Using the needle, weave the colored yarn or embroidery thread in and out of the coils, creating intricate patterns.
  3. Continue coiling and weaving, shaping the basket as you go.
  4. Experiment with different colors and patterns to add a personal touch.
  5. Once you reach the desired size, secure the end with a final stitch and trim any excess.

This simple sweetgrass basket craft allows you to bring a piece of Gullah tradition into your own creative space. Enjoy the relaxing process of crafting while connecting to the island's cultural heritage!

I'm thrilled that my sweet beach romance, Pink Coral Island, is available on Amazon. Immersed in Gullah culture, this book has a mystery that may or may not be solved by the end of the story! Grab your copy today.



 

If you prefer episodic reading, Pink Coral Island is also available on Kindle Vella.

J


Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and inspirational romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully support husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovation.


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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Special Moments.... by Christine Bush

  


I’m not exactly writing about “writing” today.  We’ve just gone through a “special moment” with a granddaughter and that’s my top thought today.

My grandchildren are key to my life, and watching them grow has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  To date, I have 14, and have one great on the way.

Today, I'm celebrating Graduations!


Sarah Mae just graduated high school.  So proud and so amazed at how fast the time has flown.


Before that, it was Rebecca Ann


Before that, it was Catherine Marie


Before that, it was Mary Frances.


There are many still to go, much to look forward to. 

I am so very proud of these strong, smart, beautiful inside -and out young people, and also excited to see what the next phases of their lives will bring.  I’m sure there will be many “special moments.”


Today, I just want to celebrate life, and these wonderful gifts.  May these young women find whatever makes them feel joy in their lives.  May they be the heroines of their own stories, and always know how much they are loved!

Any special moments in your life?  I’d love to hear….

Love, Christine

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!

 

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Check out these 2 romantic mysteries from my "Strawberry Manor" series. #3 is on its way!



Swan Song

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Curtain Call

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Friday, June 7, 2024

My Book Retrospective Continues ~ Jean C. Gordon



My Retrospective continues with 2001. Each month, until I run out of years in which I had a published book, I'm sharing a retrospective of my books and tidbits about writing them here on my usual monthly blogging date.

My Second Sale

While I was writing my second Avalon Romance, Love Undercover, I called it my bowling alley book. The story has nothing to do with bowling. Rather, I wrote it long hand at bowling alleys. My son was in a travel bowling league and wasn't old enough to drive. So I wrote while he bowled all over the tri-county Capital District (Albany) area in addition to at our local bowling alley during Saturday morning regular league. 

Another Tidbit

I fashioned my heroine's father in the story after my dad. To keep the characterization in my mind, I used my dad's name, Herb, as the father's name. Before I submitted my finished manuscript, I did a Word search and replace to change the name to Kurt. And I caught them all.

The Hardcover Release

A few too many messy divorce cases and custody battles have convinced Tina Cannon to change her specialty from family law to financial planning and move her young daughter out of the city to a place that has the small-town values Tina grew up with. So the offer from her Uncle Jack to join his planning practice in Genesee, her hometown, couldn't have come at a better time. Tina is in for a few surprises, though, not the least of which is her perplexingly uncooperative and devastatingly attractive first client Devon O'Neil.

Devon has ties to Genesee too. But they aren't as pleasant as Tina's. This is where his grandmother died nearly penniless, bilked out of her hard-earned nest egg by an unscrupulous financial planner--Uncle Jack. Devon, a private investigator, devises a plan to expose Jack by posing as a lottery winner looking for financial guidance. Tina, however, is upsetting his plan. She's Jack's niece and in business with him, so she must be a crook, too, right? So, why does he seem so intent on proving her innocent instead of guilty?

With Tina's widowed father playing matchmaker in the background, she faces off with Devon in the securities fraud investigation that raises more than a few sparks and teaches them both that while appearances can be deceiving, love shines true.

The Paperback and eBook

I readily admit that I like the cover of the 2016 paperback and eBook release a lot better than the original hardcover one. Don't you?


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