Thursday, December 12, 2019

Small-Town Christmas Wishes by Cindy Flores Martinez






Christmas is less than two weeks away! Have you read the Small-Town Christmas Wishes series?

Six Sweet Romance Reads authors—including me—joined together to write 6 Inspirational Romances.

Each of our books tells the story of a secret angel who takes on the challenge of making a wish come true for someone else in time for Christmas.

The stories are set in Snowflake, Colorado, a lovely, fictional small town that captures the spirit of Christmas. You’ll love spending time there.

The series is FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

MIA’S GIFT by Cindy Flores Martinez
CARO’S GIFT by Jean C. Gordon
NATE’S GIFT by Jackie Castle
SARA’S GIFT by Kimberly Rose Johnson
HOLLY’S GIFT by Josie Riviera
TAYE’S GIFT by Pat Simmons




Cindy Flores Martinez is a USA Today bestselling author who 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 www.cindyfloresmartinez.com

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Favorite Holiday Board Games by Josie Riviera

One of my favorite holiday activities is getting together with family and friends and playing board games. Board game night is an inexpensive way to fill many evenings not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.



Board games are for all ages, and make you laugh and chat, think and strategize, and develop patience--especially when someone snaps up Park Place and Boardwalk. (Those of you who play Monopoly will understand.)

My family usually purchases a new game every Christmas, and then we set aside New Year's Eve to play the game together.

However, we oftentimes revert to our old favorites--mine being Monopoly, and our children and grandchildren choosing the game, Sorry.



Do you have any board game favorites? Please list in the comments below.


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My sincere good wishes to all our readers for a beautiful, peaceful, and blessed Christmas season.
Happy Holidays!


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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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Christmas Books from Sweet Romance Read Authors #sweetromance






Deadly Night, Silent Night
By Margaret Daley
Revenge. Sabotage. Second Chances. 
Widow Rebecca Howard runs a successful store chain that is being targeted during the holiday season. Detective Alex Kincaid, best friends with Rebecca’s twin brother, is investigating the hacking of the store’s computer system. When the attacks become personal, Alex must find the assailant before Rebecca, the woman he’s falling in love with, is murdered.
Buy links: AmazonBarnes and NobleAppleKobo and Google Play

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On sale Dec 10 to 21st 99 cents~

Happily single, Winter Woodard, owner of her grandfather’s floral nursery, is looking forward to a busy, fun fall and holiday season.  Clay Dixon, the very successful football coach at the local high school, has rebuffed all offers of “home-cooked meals,” keeping the female population at bay.  
Then bad things begin to happen. And unexpectedly Clay Dixon stands by Winter through a holiday season fraught with unnerving and destructive setbacks. Welcome to Steadfast, a small town whose people and mysteries you may never forget~

https://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/books-by-lyn/loving-winterFor more info or to buy, click here.

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                           On sale Dec 10 - Dec 31 for 99¢  ~ AmazonUniversal 

                     Four sweet contemporary romance Christmas novellas 
What readers have said: 
                        
“Warmed my heart and had me believing in the magic of Christmas again!”
                           
“One of the best Christmas books I’ve read in a long time if not forever.”

 “…has what it takes to find a place on my yearly holiday reading list.”

                                         “Made my heart smile.”

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Marked Down to $1.99 Dec 10 through 31 (Save $2!)

Three Heartwarming Holiday Stories in One


Holiday Escape
Bridget O’Brien lost her fiancé to a dangerous job. And, while she’d love to have a relationship like the one she lost, the last thing she wants is one with another man who willingly puts his life in danger. Luke Foster is a motocross racer whose track record with women runs short and no-strings-attached on both sides. He’d never seriously pursue a forever-after woman like Bridget. All they want is a holiday week away. Bridget from her well-meaning family’s condolences about her planned Christmas Eve wedding and her memories of a future that won’t be. Luke from his family’s annual critique at which he and his life choices always fall short of expectations. But, under the blue Caribbean skies, anything can happen.


Team Macachek Christmas
Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper. Being thrown together to plan the race team's Christmas party reignites a flame Lauren thought she'd extinguished when she broke up with Jesse six months earlier. But will Jesse's well-meaning secret Christmas gift—meant to help win her back—compromise the independence Lauren is fighting to establish? Is it, as she maintains, the wrong time for their love?


Christmas Pizza to the Rescue
Jilted at the alter two weeks ago, motocross champion Royce Evans plans to make an appearance at the Team Macachek Christmas party to show the guys he’s just fine. Then he’ll hunker down alone at the team barracks for the rest of the holiday season. Out-of-work investigative reporter turned pizza delivery person Samantha Linder needs money for her younger sister’s special school tuition and needs to re-establish her cred as a reporter. When a freak winter rain storm strands them alone at the barracks, they strike a bargain that benefits them both. But after Sam appears to break that bargain, can even the spirit of Christmas save their blossoming love?


BUY: Amazon ~ Apple Books, B&N, or Kobo

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Snow Days... by Christine Bush

I live in the northeast section of the USA, in Pennsylvania.  We’re blessed with the variety of four seasons, equally divided.  Spring is delicious, full of flowers and lushness.  Summer is sunny and hot and lazy, with crops in the field, and sunscreen on our noses.  Fall is an explosion of color as the leaves turn, and the air turns crisp.

And then there’s winter.


I loved winter as a kid. I loved to sled and ski and ice skate.


 I was a master snow man engineer. The cold was refreshing, and hiking around on snow and ice didn’t bother me a bit.







This has changed. 

Remember Tim Conway as the old man on the Carol Burnett show? I walk like that in the snow now, chanting “Don’t fall. Don’t fall.” Not exactly attractive. My greatest motive is to stay right side up!

And I can really “feel” the cold, so I don’t enjoy being out in it for extended periods of time in the winter anymore.

Snow is pretty.  White fields, and tree branches sparkling with ice in the sunshine are beautiful.  But since it also falls on the roads and walkways, today I can do without it.

Except for snow days. I still love snow days, when it snows enough to close things down and make everyone stay at home.

When I was a kid, that meant “No School”, and planning to build the next great snow man.  It also meant sleeping in, making hot chocolate, and usually a sledding adventure on a nearby hill with friends.

Today, hot chocolate is still on the agenda.  Sledding has been crossed off the list.  

Now I love to settle in for a concentrated day of writing, which is a rare commodity in my normally busy life. 




That’s a joy.  I also make long overdue phone calls to dear friends, read, catch up on my email and card writing. I listen to soothing music and pet the cats. It’s a time of emotional refreshment.



How about you? What do you do on a “snow day”, or any unexpected day off?

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!


Christine’s Anthology of four sweet Christmas novellas is available now for $2.99!


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Christmas in Shellwater Key...by Kristin Wallace

For December I have a surprise! I'm putting out a holiday box set with my 3 Shellwater Key Christmas novellas. I’m excited to revisit these fun & touching novellas set in the Florida beach town of Shellwater Key. The main stories in the series center around 3 friends who revive the old Paradise Dinner Theatre. These holiday novellas venture beyond the theatre.

Here’s a little preview….

Finding You At Christmas

She’s going to find her destiny this Christmas…

After years of looking out for everyone else, preacher’s daughter Janie Worthy is ready to get a life of her own. But on the way to her first date, her car decides to quit, and a stranger on a motorcycle becomes her savior. The short time she spends with Caleb Montgomery on the side of the road might
be the most romantic interlude Janie can remember. Of course, it’s all a fantasy, and soon Caleb is riding off into the night.

Until he shows up again in her hometown of Shellwater Key. When Caleb decides to stay in town for Christmas, Janie can’t help but wonder if she is the reason. Except people don’t fall in love in one night…Right? As the holidays kick into high gear, Janie must find the courage to move beyond past guilt to embrace the future and open the best Christmas present she could ever find.

Falling For You At Christmas

A nativity story for the modern day…

Pregnant and alone at Christmas, Cassie Stevens decides to take a holiday vacation in Shellwater Key before her baby girl is born. Then she discovers her reservation is lost and there is literally no room left at the inn. Thankfully, single inkeeper, Jared Lathem, offers to let Cassie stay with him and his young daughter. She won't have to sleep in a manger, but being in close poximity to the gorgeous Jared might be dangerous t her piece of mind...and heart.

But the magic of the season can change everything. Cassie is suddenly surrounded by a group of friends, who all seem have names relating to another important birth long ago. And when Christmas Eve brings an unexpected delivery, Cassie will discover that miracles are still possible even in modern times. 

Loving You At Christmas

This Christmas will become the opening act for her holiday happily ever after…

Annaliese Matheson once had the perfect life, with a successful career on Broadway and a loving husband who was her greatest champion. Then her husband died. Devastated, she left the stage behind and only returned when her best friend, Grayson Kendall, asked her to perform at The Paradise Dinner Theatre in tiny Shellwater Key, Florida.

Annaliese is convinced she’ll never love again, but when she steps in to direct to Middle School Christmas Show, nothing will ever be the same. A man unlike any she’s known awakens her buried heart, giving her a second chance at forever with the last person she would have expected. It will take a miracle for Annaliese to let someone else in and embrace happiness again...but then it is Christmas.

The box set will be up this week so be on the lookout for it!

Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. The Christmas in Shellwater Key boxes et will release this winter. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Hero Material and a Cover Reveal

What qualities say romance-hero material? I'm sure you're not surprised to learn that I have numerous hero qualities I think are attractive. If I didn't, all my books would be the same story.

Appearance carries some weight. Who can guess what Outlander actor/character I used as my looks inspiration for my auburn-haired hero in my upcoming January No Brides Club book, No Time for Detours? 😀 But actions and beliefs are much more indicative of a true hero than looks.

One action, based on a real situation, that shouted HERO to me in capital letters, was that taken by a young man we know. When his girlfriend, who had custody of her sister's pre-school-age twins, broke up with him, she left the twins with him. He whole heartedly accepted responsibility for the children even though they were in no way his legal responsibility. He loved them and was the only father figure they'd known. That's a heroic action my my eyes. The man became my model for Nick in No Time for Detours.

Do you have a swoon-worthy action that shouts HERO to you?

Now for that Cover Reveal

Don't you love it? I do. Isn't the wedding gown gorgeous? And the cover picks up the gold color used in the cover of my first No Brides Club book No Time for Apologies.







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Friday, December 6, 2019

Bargain Books by Lyn Cote


First time on sale for 99 cents! ENDS DEC. 10TH!
THE HEART HOPES
What could unite a disgruntled DA and the pretty teacher, responsible for his hung jury? 
Perhaps a little boy in need of love 

Young and eager, Patience begins her first year of teaching. One first grader, Jackson, sparks her concern. Can she help him start off his school years on the right foot? A stint of jury duty takes her away from Jackson, and into conflict with Jackson’s dad, by-the-book DA Gil Montgomery. Her “not guilty” vote means he’ll have to try the case again. And she’s upset that her absence had badly affected Jackson, now branded the “class troublemaker,” just what she was trying to prevent.

Gil and his ex-wife’s conflicting parenting styles continue to jeopardize Jackson’s emotional well-being. As irritated as Gil is with Patience, he soon realizes she is the key to helping his son. Patience is willing to help. But is Gil willing to “hear” her as she uncovers evidence for the re-trial that could change his mind about who assaulted Bertha Perkins and stole her valuable antiques?

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