Sunday, October 17, 2021

Vickie McDonough

Three Complete Novels

In the rugged North Dakota Badlands, the three McFarland siblings struggle to make their ranch a success.

Wild at Heart

Dime novelist Mariah resents Adam McFarland claiming her facts about the West are wrong. At his invitation, she

heads to his ranch in North Dakota. But when her train is robbed, and a man is shot trying to help her, she makes sure he gets home. When he turns out to be the very man she came to visit, she is shocked into silence about her identity.

As she falls for the troubled cowboy who has his own secrets, will the truth ruin their blossoming romance?

Outlaw Heart

When Deputy Marshal Brett Wickham's younger brother is killed in a bank robbery, he goes after the gang

responsible. However, a bear attack lands him badly wounded in the gang's hideout, with Lottie Salinger nursing him. The woman seems too kind and caring to be an outlaw, but the evidence against her is strong. When Brett starts to

care for her, he wonders if he can still do his job. Will justice prevail or will love win out?

Straight for the Heart

When the mail-order bride his grandmother secretly ordered for him doesn't arrive, Quinn McFarland is

relieved. But the only way to keep her from ordering another one is to find his own wife-and fast. When the sheriff suggests Quinn marry the gal in his jail, he balks. Marriage to Sarah could solve Quinn's need for a wife and fix Sarah's problems--but dare he marry an outlaw?

    Laura Scott

Will she ever escape her past?

Jayme Weston has come a long way from the abusive foster home run by the Preacher. While living on the streets, she’s done her best to protect her younger foster sister, Caitlyn while managing to survive and thrive. Now Caitlyn is living on her own, and Jayme finds herself at loose ends—until she is targeted by several suspicious fires.

Arson Investigator Linc Quade doesn’t understand why this particular firebug isn’t following a typical arson pattern. And the beautiful redhead isn’t nearly as forthcoming as he’d like. As the attempts against Jayme escalate, Linc becomes more determined than ever to protect her. Falling in love wasn’t a part of his plan. But when the elusive arsonist manages to kidnap Jayme, Linc knows time is running out. Will he find and rescue her, before it’s too late?

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Kimberly Rose Johnson Asks: What is Your Favorite Candy?

I don't know about you, but October is one of those months when I have candy on the brain. I was very tempted to pull over and visit Sees Candy the other day, but I resisted and kept driving.

Do you have a favorite candy that's hard for you to say no to?

In my Librarian Sleuth series, my main character Nancy Daley loves M&Ms. She and I have that in common. 

The first two books in that series are available in a bargain collection that's currently only 99¢ or free with Kindle Unlimited. Here's the blurb for the first book.

The Sleuth's Miscalculation

Librarian Nancy Daley loves a good mystery and enjoys moonlighting as a consultant for the sheriff's department. When license plates go missing in Tipton County, she's on the case.

Sheriff Deputy Carter Malone expects Tipton, Oregon to be a sleepy small-town, but he miscalculated. To make matters worse, he's forced to consult with the Sheriff's daughter who is only an amateur sleuth. When the minor case they are working morphs into something more, things quickly go from harmless to scary.

Can they solve the mystery before it's too late, and more importantly, what will they do about their growing attraction.

Available at Amazon.

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest USA. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance and romantic mystery and suspense with a heart.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Journey of a Book Series

If you like to read books in a series, have you ever considered what elements can create a series? Sometimes it can be family. Sometimes a series comes from a location. Other times a series might involve brides, animals, a common cause, or sports, just to name a few. A series might have a combination of these elements.

My Kellersburg series is a combination of family and a town that tie the books together. Eventually my Kellersburg series will have six books. Right now I'm plugging away on book number five, HOMETOWN HERO. How does a series grow? I started with two sisters, Juliane and Elise Keller, who are the heroines of books one and two respectively. The Kellers are the descendants of Kellersburg's founding fathers. In books one and two the reader becomes familiar with Nathan, who is the cousin of Juliane and Elise. He is the hero of book number three. The heroine of book three first appears in book one. Book four is about Nathan's sister, Caroline. Maisey, the heroine of the book I'm working on now, is a friend of Caroline's, and the last book will feature Maisey's brother, Wes. Although I started with the Keller family, the series branched out to friends who live in Kellersburg. 

I don't see the series going beyond six books, but I never know when a secondary character might cry out to have his or her story told. Some authors plan out their series much like they plot their books. I not only write my books by the seat of my pants, but I do the same with my series. I might know the beginning characters of a series, but new characters often appear as I write. 

What kind of a series appeals to you? What elements do you like to read?

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, October 13, 2021

Free Book!


Winter's Secret, 

Clean Mystery Romance

by Lyn Cote

In a small Wisconsin town, a record-breaking winter brings a series of disturbing crimes. 

The new sheriff and home health nurse will do anything to stop whoever is responsible. 

All the while they’ll try not to do something even more dangerous--fall in love. 

With God’s help, can they crack the bone-chilling mystery — and the secrets to their own hearts?

Welcome to Steadfast, Wisconsin, a small town 

whose people and mysteries you may never forget~

Click here to learn more. Lyn Cote

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte by Cindy Flores Martinez


I love pumpkin spice latte, but every year, I buy it only a couple of times. I worry that the ingredients aren’t good for me. That’s why I was thrilled to find recipes for a healthy, guilt-free alternative.

At first, it sounded too good to be true. I didn’t think a guilt-free version of pumpkin spice latte would taste anything like the real thing, but I decided to try it anyway.

After experimenting with the ingredients and making my own adjustments, I was impressed. I settled on a mixture that reminds me of my favorite one from a popular restaurant. The difference is that this version is a little healthier.

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

3/4 cup almond milk

2 TB canned pumpkin puree

2 to 3 TB maple syrup

1/4 vanilla extract

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients together in a coffee cup and heat in the microwave.



Cindy Flores Martinez is a USA Today bestselling author who writes sweet and 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:

Monday, October 11, 2021

Happy Fall, Y’all! by Josie Riviera

I am here to say, (in my most Southern accent), Happy Fall, Y'all!

I am originally from upstate New York, but my family and I relocated to the Carolinas over twenty years ago.   If you've ever visited, you'll soon realize it's hard not to become a little Southern. The hospitality is as sweet as our tea, and everyone is welcome.

Now that Autumn has arrived, porch sitting has become more bearable, and we love nothing more. This past summer in the Carolinas has been hot! But now we can take in the day from a rocker on the porch and catch up with the neighbors.

As the cooler weather arrives and the leaves begin to change, the smell of bonfires fills the evening air. Tourists flock to the area for Fall festivals, such as the State Fairs and the Renaissance Faire. 
Both are such fun events!
Fall is a wonderful time to live in the Carolinas.

What do you and your family love best about the Fall season? Please leave your comments below.

Are you starting to think about Christmas? If you love sweet contemporary holiday romance, be sure to pick up your copy of Sweet Peppermint Kisses.  The ebook is only 99¢ on a Kindle Countdown sale. (U.S. residents only.)

There’s no place like home. Until the heart gallops off in an unexpected direction…

Available in ebook, paperback, large print paperback, audiobook, and Hardcover.

Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and inspirational 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, October 9, 2021

Hear! Hear! Audio Books! by Christine Bush

 I’ve been an avid reader for all of my life.  In the early days, I’d always have at least one book stashed in my pocketbook in case “down time” appeared in my day.

On my bed stand, I had the often discussed “to be read” pile of stories by my favorite authors.  At times, I might even be reading more than one at a time.

Then the Kindle appeared on the scene, and in a flash, it was filled with a zillion books, easy to carry around and ready for any occasion.

I come right down the middle in the “kindle vs paper book” discussion.  I’ve decided it’s an “and”.  I like them both.

Reading, reading reading!

But then the pandemic hit, the library temporarily closed, and the zoom phenomena began. For a long time, my life was on screen.  I was writing on line, teaching zoom classes on line, reading those zillion books loaded on the Kindle. I was holding meetings of many types on line, reading college students’ electronically submitted assignments  and papers on line, communicating with friends and family in little zoom boxes…

After a while, it was clear that my eyes were feeling the strain.

Enter Audible books.

It was such a thrill to be able to download some of my favorite author’s stories.  I could sit back, close my eyes, and LISTEN.  And rest my  tired eyes.  What a joy!

So then, I had to learn how to bring my own stories to the audio world.  What an experience! Auditioning readers, hearing my work read out loud, I faced the learning curve. Exciting!

Three novellas are available so far..


Christmas Holly Christmas Holly (Audible Audio Edition): Christine Bush, Ann Bumbak, Christine Bush: Audible Books & Originals

Christmas Rose Christmas Rose (Audible Audio Edition): Christine Bush, Annika Connor, Christine Bush: Audible Books & Originals

Meddling Mona Meddling Mona (Audible Audio Edition): Christine Bush, Ann Bumbak, Christine Bush: Audible Books & Originals


Go check them out!  The first time you order from Audible, the book is free.  Give your eyeballs a break! I’d love to hear what you think. 


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!