Thursday, July 18, 2019

July New Releases by Margaret Daley, Jackie Castle and Alicia Street



Into the Fire

Margaret Daley

Betrayal. Murder. Redemption.
After years searching for her birth mother, an anonymous tip leads Maggie Ridgeway to her long-lost family. Needing answers to lifelong questions, without revealing her true identity, Maggie moves into the apartment across from her mom.

Kane McDowell, a disabled veteran, who owns the apartment building and lives there, has struggled to deal with his injury. He is protective of the people he cares about and that includes Maggie’s birth mother, her husband, and two children.

As Maggie and Kane’s relationship grows, she is the victim of several burglaries, possibly tied to a man who was murdered in her apartment before she lived there. Kane comes to her rescue and vows to protect her. But will stunning revelations tear Maggie and Kane apart? 





A Gift of Love
Margaret Daley

Book 5 New Beginnings

During the tax season, CPA and single father, Ian Ferguson needs a temporary tutor for his young daughter, Jana, who is struggling in school since her mother 
surprisingly left them and ran off to marry another man. Alexa Michaels comes highly recommended, but Ian has his doubts about the younger woman. She is the opposite of Ian. He likes structure, and no surprises while Alexa goes with the flow and embraces unexpected changes. But when Jana thrives under Alexa’s tutelage, Ian decides to keep Alexa as his daughter’s tutor at least to the end of the tax season. But can Ian and Alexa put their past baggage behind them to give Jana the family and stability she needs?

Available on Amazon




My Wayfaring Billionaire 
Jackie Castle

An inspirational contemporary romance


A brooding billionaire rescued by a feisty mermaid.
Twin daughters looking for a mom who’ll make their dad smile again.
A whale of a tale in the making...

Available on Amazon



Miracle on Christmas Tree Street 
Alicia Street

After losing her job and moving to the rural North Fork to take the reins of a cozy B&B, single mom Hannah gets more than she bargained for when her business partner turns out to be a Santa-like older man whose way of doing things drives her up a wall. Her daughter, Abbie, befriends the annoying man as well as their neighbor Brady, the way-too-handsome gym teacher who is determined to break through Hannah’s ice queen shell.

Available on Amazon



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

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Enjoy!


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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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Christmas in July Bargain Books - by Magdalena Scott, Kimberly Rose Johnson, Donna Fasano, Josie Riviera

Celebrate Christmas in July!



99 cents for SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS - Book 1 of the Serendipity, Indiana series!

By Magdalena Scott

~Melissa and her son need a new start. Jim wants a second chance. The past can ruin their future...or make it magical.~

Single mom Melissa is moving back to Serendipity, Indiana to raise her young son and run her new business, in spite of a painful past and the fact that the man who broke her heart years ago still lives there.

With his dad’s death, the work of the family Christmas tree farm has fallen to Jim Standish. But how can he hold everything together for the sake of his family, when his past is pulling him apart? Nobody can do it all, and there’s an obvious solution for the Standish family. But in Serendipity, there’s often more going on than a casual observer will ever know.

A new tragedy puts Melissa and her son in closer contact with the Standish family. Ignoring the past, and Jim Standish’s part in it, is no longer an option.

This is a story about second chances: facing difficulties of the past and not only moving on, but becoming stronger because of them. It’s also a story about “coincidences” in life that may be more than that.

A delightful touch of Christmas magic makes Small Town Christmas a story that ends on a sigh!

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Free, Until I Met You, prequel to the Brides of Seattle Series.

By Kimberly Rose Johnson

Christian fiction
Graphic designer, Brandi Prescott hopes to work her way to the top at the Seattle ad agency where she's employed. She's dedicated and distraction-free since she's taking a hiatus from men to focus on her relationship with the Lord and get to know herself without the influence of another person. 

Software engineer Ian Parker is in a good place. He loves his job, his social life and the direction his life is going. At least that is the case until one fateful rainy morning when he meets a woman who changes everything. The only problem is, she won't go out with him because she made a pledge to not date for six months.

Brandi's six-month pledge ends on Christmas. Will Ian wait or will his scheming to get to know her destroy what might have been?

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GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST
Ocean City Boardwalk, Book 5
Grab this stand-alone holiday romance for just 99¢


What readers are saying:
“An amazing story and I highly recommend it!” 
“Terrific, sweet, holiday story… with a twist.” 


Available for Kindle!


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Aloha To Love
99 cents Kindle Countdown Sale
By Josie Riviera
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.
FREE on Kindle Unlimited!



Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Vacation??? by Christine Bush


Blog vacation?




I’m enjoying the pictures placed by so many friends on line depicting the amazing sites and events they have experienced on vacation.  Europe. The Grand Canyon. Redwoods. China. Cruise ships. Disney World. Mountains. Beaches. Broadway.

Sigh.

 
 
 
I’m not going on vacation this year, except for attending a few cherished writing conferences. While there might be travel involved, the truth is, life is spent in the conference hotel, networking, speaking, learning, marketing, pitching and brainstorming. I love this, believe me. 

But it’s not vacation. It’s actually work.
 
 

So no new vacations to brag about.  But still, I find myself having to get over OTHER people’s vacations. Recently, I “held the fort” while family members went away. We were glad to help.  It sounded easy. Grin.

We took care of the dog. Nice, gentle, Type B personality Golden Doodle. Except I have two Type A personality cats. The dog probably now needs therapy.  But he’s still alive. Yay.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Then there were the fish. And specific directions about food and tank care.


 
And then there was the frog.

 
 
And the hermit crab.  He hid in his shell and the only evidence of life was the fact that the big shell moved from place to place in his tank. Not exactly sociable.

The hamster, Patches, was sent, cage and all, to visit my granddaughter’s friend’s house for two weeks. I couldn’t bear the thought of my maniacal cats feasting on her dear pet, so that was an excellent decision.

Did I mention chickens? Chicken feed, plenty of water, and egg retrieval. No escapes from the coop!

 
 
 
We watered the giant garden, and kept the house plants alive.

In fact, great success! We kept everything alive!


And when they all came home, we needed to recupe for days.
And NEXT year, we're going on vacation!

How about you?  Ever “mind the fort” for someone who was traveling? 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 13 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  “Sunny Smile” is a sweet romantic mystery set on the Navajo reservation!


 
www.ChristineBush.com
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Monday, July 8, 2019

A Lunar Anniversary by Kristin Wallace


Did you know there's a historic anniversary coming up this month? 50 years ago - on July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Minutes later, Buzz Aldrin joined him. Armstrong’s line “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” remains one of the most iconic statements in history. 

History of the Moon Landing

The seeds of the “moon shot” began in the late 1950s. In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1. This led to the formation of Project Mercury, the first American program aimed at launching humans into space. The astronauts in that program included: Alan Shepard (first American in space), John Glenn (first American to orbit the earth), Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra, and Donald “Deke” Slayton. 

Then in 1961, President John F. Kennedy launched a grand idea that the nation should “…commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”

Eight years later, on July 16, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on board. On July 20, the lunar module known as the “Eagle” landed on the moon. 

It’s amazing to think that 50 years have gone by. The occasion will be marked with a series of anniversary celebrations at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas, and other cities across the country. Maybe you’ll get a chance to catch one of the events!


Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. Her latest book, SECOND CHANCE HERO, is available now.  

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Look What We Have ~ Jean C. Gordon


According to the National Kennel Association, the most popular dog breed in the US is the labrador retriever. It has been since 1991. And my family and I have done our parts to put and keep labs (or lab mixes) at the top. Our most recent addition (to our daughter's family's side of our shared house) is Bundaberg, above. Bunda or Bundy for short.
 
On our side of the house, Bunda joins our Xena, a lab/boxer and probably shepherd mix, who tuned 11 this year. Xena is not ecstatic to have Bunda in the fold. This is her tolerating one of his visits to our living room.
 
 
Bunda also joins my grandson's Mr. Buttons, a 10-year-old lab/boxer mix, who adores the new puppy.


Bunda is preceded by our Colossus, a lab/mini-rottweiler mix, who was anything but mini. He liked to decorate the yard with six-foot tree limbs when he could find them. We got Xena, when Colossus was 14 and his health seemed to be declining. He perked right up and personally took on the job of training the puppy and lived two more years to age 16.


Our son-in law brought his lab/shepherd Toke with him into the family. Toke was Colossus' mother. Our son-in-law's mother had a yellow lab named Tucker, who used to come over and play with Toke and Colossus. His father had a black lab named Rupert, who lived to the ripe old age of 14. And, finally, our son-in-law's childhood pet was a white English lab who came from Australia, where our son-in-law and his parents lived until he finally.

Finally, our daughter's family also has Appa and Zori, Guam rescue dogs from the year our daughter worked at a clinic on Guam. Neither make any claims to being labs.














Do you have a favorite dog breed? Do you like dogs or other pets in romance books? It's funny that for being a dog person, I haven't included many dogs in my books. But I do in my two Indigo Bay books. Which of our dogs do you think it is. I'll come back later and say in the comments.


https://sweetreadbooks.com/indigo-bay/ 

What are the Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series?


They’re tons of fun for readers! But more specifically, they’re two series of books written by authors who love romance. Grab a glass of sweet tea, sit on the porch, and get ready to be swept away into this charming South Carolina Beach town.

The Indigo Bay world has been written so readers can dive in anywhere in the series without missing a beat. Read one or all—they’re all sweet, fun rides that you won’t soon forget. Also as special treats, you’ll see some recurring characters. 

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