Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Books Books and More Books Via Kimberly Rose Johnson

I LOVE books. They are literally my greatest weakness--then again how can buying a book be a weakness when it's hours of enjoyment for little to no money? I've visited all sorts of places via books. Do you have a favorite place you've visited via the pages of a book?
I once read a book that took place in Ireland. The story was so vivid in my imagination I felt as though I was right there with the characters. Some day I need to take a trip there!

Right now you can pick up The Reluctant Groom for only 99¢ until July 19th. You can literally read the entire three book series for less than $5.00 since the prequel Until I Met You is free. 
Now for more exciting news. The Edge Of Truth is on Amazon and available for pre-order at a discounted price. Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. I'm so thrilled that my first romantic suspense is being received so well. 
Finally, the entire Wildflower B&B Romance along with a bonus book is currently available in one collection for only 99¢. It's also in Kindle Unlimited if you prefer. Buy Wildflower Collection here

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Chill Down with Holiday Reads by Alicia Street

As a longtime romance reader, one of my favorite traditions is Christmas in July. While the temperatures outside skyrocket into hot and humid territory, readers throughout the romance community chill down with wintry holiday love stories. Even the Hallmark Channel has a Christmas in July celebration going on right now.

I love escaping the heat by sinking into books filled with holly and snow and carols and Christmas trees all wrapped up in a heartwarming romance. Because I love Christmas stories, I write on every year. My latest is Miracle on Christmas Tree Street, based loosely on the movie Miracle on 34th Street.

And for a limited time my Holiday Luv Bundle of four sweet Christmas romances is on sale for 99¢.

For more Christmas in July fun—as well as a chance to win a $50. gift card and other prizes—join the authors of Sweet Romance Reads this Thursday from 2:00-8:00 ET at our Sweet Romance Reads Facebook Cafe for a Summer Reads Party! 

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~
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Bastille Day and Christmas in July by Merrillee Whren

Today France celebrates Bastille Day, which is considered the beginning of the French Revolution. Have you ever been to France and seen the Eiffel Tower? Here is a photo that was taken many, many years ago when my hubby and I visited France. I'm the one in the white sweater with my back to the tower.

If you haven't been to the Eiffel Tower, what famous landmark have you seen?

We are also celebrating Christmas in July here on the Sweet Romance Reads blog. So in celebration, I'm giving away my Christmas novella, SECOND CHANCE CHRISTMAS. You can download the book by clicking on the title of the book today and tomorrow.
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, July 13, 2019

Christmas In July - Bargain Books by Vickie McDonough, Kimberly Rose Johnson

Old West Christmas Brides
Vickie McDonough, et al

Christmas Romances Filled with the Spirit of the Old West

It is hard for a woman to make a decent living in the Wild West of the late 1800s, and as the Christmas season approaches, prospects for a happy celebration seem dim.

Unexpected Blessings by Vickie McDonough
Anna Campbell sets out to deliver two small orphans to their uncle in Texas during December of 1880. Erik Olson knows it’s impossible for those cute little pests to be his brother’s and refuses to accept them—regardless of Anna’s persistence. Little do they know that behind the scenes, Erik’s Uncle Lars and his buddies are doing a little matchmaking, hoping to give the children a father and a mother. 

Old West Christmas also includes:
A Pony Express Christmas by Margaret Brownley

A Wife in Name Only by Rosey Dow

Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter by Darlene Franklin

A Badlands Christmas by Marcia Gruver

A Grand County Christmas by Debra Ullrick

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Christian fiction
Veterinarian Pete Harding doesn't date single moms. 
After showing up to a blind date to find he left before she arrived, Keira is reminded why she doesn't date. She had true love once but a tragic accident ripped him from her and their son, who's now four and only wants a puppy for Christmas this year.Although off limits since she's a single mom, Pete determines to help Keira find the perfect puppy for her son. Keira wonders about Pete. He says he doesn't date women with children, yet she can't help but notice he behaves like a man who has more on mind than finding a puppy.
Will love break down Pete's walls and bring more than a puppy for Christmas? 

A Christmas Surprise was originally published in 2013 as The Christmas Promise.

Available at Amazon in Kindle Unlimited and in audio

Friday, July 12, 2019

Easy Summer Recipe by Cindy Flores Martinez

Now that the hot summer weather has arrived, I’ve stopped using the stove as much as usual, and I haven’t used the oven at all. But since avoiding cooking altogether is impossible, I try to prepare quick meals.

One of my favorite recipes for summertime is chicken wraps. They’re so easy to make and you don't need to use the stove. Today, I'm sharing the recipe...

Easy Chicken Wraps


Flour tortillas
Pre-cooked rotisserie chicken
Nuts and seeds of your choice (walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc)
Optional—dried cranberries and/or chopped apple


Cut the chicken into small pieces.

Add mayonnaise to your liking, depending on whether the chicken is already flavored or unsalted.

Add the remaining ingredients. (My favorite combination is pumpkin seeds and walnuts).  Blend well.

Heat the tortilla in the microwave with coconut oil (or in a pan on the stove if you prefer), spread the chicken mixture over it and roll it up.


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 www.cindyfloresmartinez.com

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Poems About Summer by Josie Riviera

I love summer, and I love poems. So today, I’m sharing 3 of my favorite poems:

“Warm summer sun, shine kindly here;
Warm southern wind, blow softly here;
Green sod above, lie light, lie light;
Good night, dear heart, good night, good night.”
(Mark Twain)

“Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars.
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming.”
(Carl Sandburg)

“In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?”
    (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Do you have a favorite summer poem? Please share in the comments below.

And, it’s a Christmas in July Kindle Countdown sale, and the perfect summer read!

Aloha To Love is only $.99 for a limited time.

Goodbye has never been this hard…especially when love is saying hello…

Screenwriter Angelina Conte has been butting heads via email with the studio’s unbelievably nitpicky scientific advisor, volcanologist Dr. Caleb Sloane. Between his scheduled lectures aboard a Hawaiian cruise, she intends to prove that she’s no Tinseltown hack.

Caleb had planned on using this Christmastime cruise to adjust his workaholic attitude. A tough assignment when he tangles with the movie studio’s surprisingly stubborn scriptwriter.

Startlingly, their chemistry is off the charts. But when the studio gives Angelina an ultimatum, she remembers why she put love on the back burner—and why, for her, happily-ever-after was never in the cards.

 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.

 Aloha To Love is also available in Paperback and Audiobook.
Grab your copy today. 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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