Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sweet Romance #99cent Bargains by Donna Fasano & Lyn Cote & Josie Riviera

On Sale For 99¢ Each!

Book 3 of The Single Daddy Club is on sale for 99¢!
Save $3 on REECE for a very limited time.
41 reviews with a 4.4-star average.
What readers have said about this book:

“The story about what is happening to Maggie and how it is resolved was fascinatingly scary and helped make this story my favorite of the three.”

“Suspenseful and a fitting end to this series.”

“What a great series. Love them all.”

This book is available as a free read for Kindle Unlimited members.

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Gracie has loved her boss Jack since the day she started work as his executive assistant but Jack’s too engrossed in computer coding and security to notice. Soon his life is upended by a hacker who is endangering lives. Before it’s too late, can he stop the hacker and finally realize he loves his faithful Girl Friday?




Kindle Countdown sale and only $.99 for a limited time!

A Valentine To Cherish

God has a special plan for a small-town woman and a road-weary singer.  

All 5 star reviews and readers are saying:

"A very enjoyable read. Christian based, and very sweet."

"Josie Riviera can write the really emotional stories."

Grab your copy today! FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

A New Release Only 99¢ for a limited time.

Relax by the pool with an iced beverage and binge-read five inspirational romances filled with memorable characters, a touch of mystery, and heartwarming stories that you will carry with you long after the books are finished.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Armchair Travel Report - by Magdalena Scott

Since some of my fellow Sweet Romance Reads authors have recently mentioned armchair travel, a/k/a vacation through the pages of a book, I thought I'd do a quick report on some of the books I have read in June. (I'm not going to mention any books by authors I personally know, because to mention one and not all of them doesn't feel right.)

Ready? Let's head out...

Title: Sunset Beach
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Format: Hardback provided by my public library's book club
Armchair Travel to: St. Petersburg, FL

Heroine Drue Campbell is recovering from an injury that ended her career, and mourning the recent death of her mother. Now working a job she dislikes for the father she doesn't trust, she solves two mysteries - one old, and one older. Drue makes new friends, heals broken relationships, and finds a new future.

Title: Ellie Dwyer's Great Escape
Author: Diane Winger
Format: Ebook purchased online
Armchair Travel to: South Carolina - Colorado Rockies - Tucson, AZ, and points between

Our heroine is 61 years old when her husband of four decades walks out on her. Now she has evacuated their apartment as a hurricane approaches. Things are about to get even worse before they start to improve, as Ellie sets out on a life-changing camping trip of self-discovery. This book's cover grabbed me, and I related to the heroine in many ways.

Title: Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century
Author: Jessica Bruder
Format: Ebook checked out through my local public library
Armchair Travel to: Across the USA

Not your parents' RV-life fantasy, this is an up-close look at the new "retirement" many Americans are enduring, caused by the 2008 crash and recession, and other financial disasters. The author's research included living and traveling throughout the USA along with some of these folks who have lost their homes and are now nomads living out of their cars or RVs. There are plenty of heart-breaking insights into the intense physical labor, deprivation, and unknown future of a large group of people whose American dream has gone very wrong.

Title: September
Author: Rosamunde Pilcher
Format: Paperback I own
Armchair Travel to: London and the Scottish Highlands

This is my current read, so I'll just say I'm glad to see Noel Keeling is a good guy in this one. Noel was the son of the heroine Penelope Keeling in the beautiful, best-selling The Shell Seekers.

Title: How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness
Author: Jan Chozen Bays, MD
Format: Paperback I own
Armchair Travel to: This Moment

From the back cover: "A guided program for bringing mindfulness and meditation into daily activities to reduce stress and get more out of life." I am reading one chapter each week and doing the exercise throughout the week. I'm currently on Chapter Five, When Eating Just Eat. (Instead of doing other tasks while eating, allow yourself to savor the food.) My most difficult chapter so far was Three, Filler Words. When talking, I often begin with So, and find myself interjecting Like way too often. Yikes!

Where have you traveled this summer through reading?

Book links

Sunset Beach:
Ellie Dwyer's Great Escape:
How to Train a Wild Elephant:
Recent book releases by Sweet Romance Reads authors:

USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott is a practicing minimalist, having downsized from a 3,000 square foot house to a studio apartment, where her Giant Closet continues to resist taming. When not writing at home or spending time with family and friends, she loves to travel–carry-on baggage only–and is always pleasantly surprised at the kindness of strangers.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

A Favorite Toy By Margaret Daley

A Favorite Toy by Margaret Daley

One of my favorite toys I ever got when I was a little girl was the first Barbie doll (1959) and later the Ken doll in 1961. I used to make up stories using my dolls as the characters in them. Barbie and Ken were perfect for a budding romance writer. I spent hours coming up with different scenarios, using the dolls’ wardrobes as though I was shooting a Doris Day movie where she changed clothes all the time. I used to save my money to buy different outfits. Back then I never dreamed I would end up writing romances, but it did spark my love for making up stories.

I guess you can never tell what the toys you play with will lead to. Of course, I wish I’d known the kind of money the original doll is worth today. We are talking thousands of dollars. At least that is what I saw online. I had the blonde Barbie, which isn’t worth as much as the brunette Barbie. Oh, well, I had too much fun with my Barbie to worry about what it could be worth in the future.

What kind of toy did you have that you remember playing with as a child?

By Margaret Daley

Abduction. Death. Second chances.

When Beth Sherman interrupts a break-in at her house, her life changes drastically. When K9 police officer, Colby Parker, returns to his hometown after years of staying away, he finally must face his feelings concerning the murder of his fiancée. 

Circumstances throw Beth and Colby together when a person leaves bombs in different public places around Cimarron City. They both had given up on love, but caught up in the dangerous situation, the pair find themselves falling in love. But can it last, especially when Beth is kidnapped?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Heavenly music elevates us all--Susan Aylworth

This past month I had a rare treat. My husband and I traveled across two states to hear our daughter and grandson sing with the Millennial Choirs and Orchestra (MCO). This concert was in Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, but it served as a dress rehearsal for the same program to be performed next month in Carnegie Hall.

The concert is mostly sacred music, the program titled, "Near, My God, to Thee." Because the performance occurs near the July Fourth holiday, a group of patriotic songs come in the middle. Because they'll be performing in Manhattan, very near Lady Liberty, another song has been added, a musical setting of "The New Colossus," the poem that appears on the statue's base.

Our daughter and her family are all going to Manhattan for the concert and will enjoy the sights there for a week or so, including a ride past the famous Lady who lifts her lamp "beside the golden door." Although our family members will only sing on Saturday evening, the show will be performed over a run of three nights, July 11-14. MCO includes five different groups of musicians in different parts of the country, all converging on Manhattan to blend into three separate casts, one for each performance.

When I heard that the tickets sold out the first day they were available, I felt excited for MCO and its members in our family. Then my daughter pointed out the obvious: When the tickets sell that rapidly, it means they have all gone to family members who are making the trip. She's discouraged they will not be singing to New Yorkers and others who happen to be in Manhattan that week, but excited for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Her twelve-year-old son, my grandson, doesn't get excited about any old thing, but he's thrilled to be going to Carnegie Hall.

I'm thrilled for them: for their opportunity, for their chance to visit New York, for the rest of the family who are traveling with them. I do wish they were performing their amazing music for a broader spectrum of the population. They wanted to sing an open concert in Central Park, but because of the content of their program--both religious and patriotic music--the directors knew they could not get a permit. MCO will be in the park anyway, trying to get a picture of the three casts and more than 3,500 musicians who are traveling for this concert. (I hope they have a wide, wide lens!)

Maybe, just maybe, someone will start singing? Maybe 3,500 other musicians will chime in? Maybe there will be a flash mob in Central Park, sacred music floating through the air. As I consider that possibility, I have to realize it could possibly include some danger, and I certainly don't want to attract problems for people I love. Maybe the mob can flash wildly, singing only in my imagination.

Susan Aylworth is the author of 18 published novels. Her latest is SUNNY'S SUMMER, a novel set in the Sierra foothills near her northern California home which examines the aftermath of the devastating #CampFire. She lives with her husband of 49 years, Roger, and one old, arthritic cat. She loves to hear from readers. Find her at, @SusanAylworth,, or Also on Pinterest and Instagram.

Monday, June 24, 2019

A Picture Worth How Many Words?? by Pat Simmons

It’s an old saying, but  true. I enjoy taking pictures with family and friends at events or on trips. In this one, an author friend’s daughter captured me in a lively discussion with K.M. Jackson at a book conference last month.
The expressions on our faces, including the bewildered look on my husband’s face are priceless. Do you talk using your hands? Does your body language say it all? You don’t have to be an author to build a story around these two photos.
In the first one, I’m frowning and wagging that dreaded finger while K.M. is smiling with her cute dimple. My husband is caught in the middle and looks like he is refereeing.
In the second photo, we’re posing as if we kissed, made up and are one big happy family. For the record, we’ve always been friends and there was no argument, but a discussion about the book industry.
Well, I guess that would be enough to make someone frown.
Have you ever taken a photo where you had to explain what is happening in it?
Have a happy summer and take plenty of great photos.


Pat Simmons has penned more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Check out her summer reads at

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Book Bargain from Lyn Cote, Margaret Daley, and Susan Aylworth

Limited Time Only- Regularly $2.99--0.99 through the 24th.

Some call him half-breed and all call her a lady. Few in 1825 would judge them equals~

Rafe McKuen, the son of an Osage chief’s daughter and a successful American fur trader turned planter, has one foot in each world. Since childhood, he’s visited his mother’s tribal camp near St. Louis. And at his father’s New Orleans Plantation, he’s the “invisible” but beloved son. Where will he make his home--in which world?

Miss Eve Holcombe is an Eastern beauty with influential relatives. Her father’s unexpected and sudden announcement that they are going West startles Eve and worries her. Why, she asks. But her father has a secret and a plan he won’t reveal. He insists she trust him and what other choice does she have? If she stays in the East, her ambitious aunt will try to marry her off to her aunt’s advantage. 

Both Rafe and Eve are on a journey, a Journey to Respect. But such journeys are rarely uncomplicated or without dangers. And falling in love is the most dangerous of all.

Click here for more info. 

Deadly Hunt—99¢
By Margaret Daley
All bodyguard Tess Miller wants is a vacation. But when a wounded stranger stumbles into her isolated cabin in the Arizona mountains, Tess becomes his lifeline. When Shane Burkhart opens his eyes, all he can focus on is his guardian angel leaning over him. And in the days to come he will need a guardian angel while being hunted by someone who wants him dead.

Buy links: AmazonB&NApple BooksKobo, and Google Play

Limited Time - Regularly $2.99. Now 0.99 through the 25th.

Six months after the deadliest fire in California history, Sunny Ray drives into rubble and ash, all that remains of Paradise. She is there to document the history of the Camp Fire, one survivor story at a time. Almost everyone seems eager to talk, sharing the trauma to overcome their pain. Sunny sympathizes while concealing her own troubled past.

The one stubborn hold-out is Deputy Sheriff Evan Millett. He slowly relents enough to help in her work, but refuses to share his own secrets. As attraction leads to romance, the two share confidences, revealing wounds both old and new, and leaning on one another’s trust. When the bond of their trust is broken, can their budding romance be salvaged? Or will love become another of the fire’s victims?

SUNNY'S SUMMER, Book 2 in the "Seasons of Destiny series

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Stay-cations: Books Take You To Beautiful Places by Jackie Castle

A couple of years ago, I visited a real Lavender farm, right here in Texas.
Honestly, I didn't even know that lavender grew in this state, but if you give it the right conditions, and pamper the plants a little...then you will have success.

So, a couple of friends went along with me to this lavender farm. It was such a charming place, with its gift shop, petting zoo, and lavender ice cream and iced tea. I knew it would end up in a book.

That day, The Lavender Vale Farm series was born.

Merciful Love:
They’d been kept apart because of secrets and fear. When they finally meet, will their fractured pasts keep them from seeing their common connection?

Faye Andrews wants to keep the shameful truth about her real father a secret. 

Chase Michaels wants to make his guardian's last days as peaceful as possible and vows to protect him at all costs. 

Faye’s life is heading down the road to nowhere when her mother shows up with a request Faye wants to refuse, but can’t. Her bio-dad is dying and she needs to head south to Thistle, Texas, and help set his affairs in order. Except, bio-dad doesn’t want her help, he wants reconciliation. He wants her love.

Chase’s life is spiraling out of control. His guardian, Heath, the only person left who cares about him, is dying. Vowing to protect him, Chase is wary when the legitimate heir arrives and worries that she’ll make Heath’s last days miserable and ruin all the hard work Chase has done to the farm.

A man on his deathbed. An estranged daughter. A young man who belongs to no one. And the mercy they find in a loving God who brings them all together. 

Followed by  Graceful Love:
Melanie Brown's life was sinking into a miry pit. She hated her job, had an apartment she couldn't afford, and her pride was taking a downward tumble. After being dismissed from her teaching job, as a music instructor, Melanie's mother, Lilly Brown showed up with her flying eagle RV, ready to take her to a 'safe place' on her sister Faye's lavender farm. There, in the quiet town of Thistle, Texas, she could recoup her losses. Melanie had thought her life couldn't get any worse. She was wrong.

Wild Billy Higgins loved taking risks. He'd rode bucking broncos and ran into burning buildings, but none of that prepared him for the bristly, sharp-tongued woman that had come to stay at his best friend's farm. He could have believed that Faye's beautiful sister was an angel sent from heaven if her horns weren't tilting her halo.

He'd never backed away from a challenge, then again, he'd never been up against the likes of Melanie Brown before. They say opposites attract. Billy just wasn't sure if they could ever get along and live in harmony.

Graceful Harmony is on sale for only .99¢ if you are not a Kindle Unlimited Member.

The final book in this three book series is Blessed Gifts:
Ben wasn't sure if he was father material. Then in a stopped heartbeat, he became a single parent.

Benjamin Brown wasn't proud of his mistakes, but he did intend to try to step up and do what was right, even if the baby's mother wanted nothing to do with him. When the delivery goes bad, Ben is left holding his son with no idea of how to take care of a baby's basic needs.

Lively Lilly has a plan.
Ben's mother, Lilly, takes him to his sister's farm in Thistle Texas. There is nothing for miles around except fields of lavender, gardens of produce, and an ornery old goose.
However, his sisters Faye and Melanie promised to help Ben get back on his feet. Unfortunately, he fears that he's slowly sinking in the mud.

Olivia Canales wants out.
She has outgrown her family home and nagging/interfering mother. She wants her own place, but jobs in town are few and far between. Besides, she loves working on her best friend's Lavender Farm and Faye has promised her full-time work once they get everything going and open up to visitors.

When Faye's brother shows up with a baby he has no idea how to take care of, Olivia's heart goes out to his dilemma. The deceased mother's parents show up and give Ben an out to his "little" problem: They will raise the baby, but only if he gives up all his rights.

Ben doesn't want to lose his son but desperately needs help so he can finish his last semester of college.
Olivia agrees only to end up going in deeper than she ever anticipated.

All three books take place on a lovely farm in the Texas hill-country of rolling pastures filled with an abundance of wildflowers. And lavender.... on this particular farm.

All three books are also available on Kindle Unlimited. Again, the second book is on sale until June 23rd. 

If you find yourself needing to stay home this summer, don't despair. Grab a book and there is no limit to the wonderful places you can go- in your imagination. 

Do you have any summer destinations you are looking forward to? 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Cheap Summer Reads for #99cents by Donna Fasano, Magdalena Scott and Susan Aylworth

June 99¢ Sale – Don’t Miss These Deals

Book 2 of The Single Daddy Club is on sale for 99¢!

Save $3 on JASON for a very limited time.
40 reviews with a 4.5-star average.
What readers have said about this book:

“Readers will love the story, and one little girl named Gina will steal your heart!”

“What I like, especially with one of the obstacles is that at first, I was outraged at the character who tried to keep Jason and Katie apart, but then, as it came to light why the character did what he/she did, you can't help but feel a little 
sympathy for them. I love when characters are not all good or all bad.”

“Well written story with strong and believable characters.”

This book is available as a free read for Kindle Unlimited members.

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~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!

Buy your copy for just 99 cents!

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When catastrophe begets tragedy, can love be the balm to heal both?

Six months after the deadliest fire in California history, Sunny Ray drives into rubble and ash, all that remains of Paradise. She is there to document the Camp Fire, one survivor story at a time. Almost everyone seems eager to talk, sharing the trauma to overcome their pain. Sunny sympathizes while concealing her own troubled past.

The one stubborn hold-out is Deputy Sheriff Evan Millett. He slowly relents, helping in her work, but keeping his own secrets. As attraction leads to romance, the two share confidences, revealing wounds both old and new, and leaning on one another’s trust. When the bond of their trust is broken, can their budding romance be salvaged? Or will love become another of the fire’s victims?

Book Two in the new "Seasons of Destiny" series, 
on sale for only 99c through June 25. 

Kindle     Nook     Kobo     iBooks

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

June New Releases from Sweet Romance Reads Authors

Heart of the Hero
Margaret Daley

Single mom, Lisa Morgan, struggles to raise her emotionally troubled twelve-year-old son, Andy. Police officer, David Russell, volunteers as the coach for Andy's basketball team. While helping the boy with his anger and hurt, Lisa and David each wrestle their own emotional issues. Their broken pasts keep them apart, but during the holiday season, they learn the true meaning of Christmas. Can Lisa and David forgive and forget yesterday's pain in order to share a future as the family they've both always wanted?

Available on Amazon


Margaret Daley

Abduction. Death. Second chances.

When Beth Sherman interrupts a break-in at her house, her life changes drastically. When K9 police officer, Colby Parker, returns to his hometown after years of staying away, he finally must face his feelings concerning the murder of his fiancée.

Circumstances throw Beth and Colby together when a person leaves bombs in different public places around Cimarron City. They both had given up on love, but caught up in a dangerous situation, the pair find themselves falling in love. But can it last, especially when Beth is kidnapped?

Irish Hearts
Josie Riviera

A heartwarming story is the hallmark of every romance. Savor the magic with three, sweet contemporary Irish romances in Josie Riviera's exclusive 
3 Books in 1 bundle!

A reader favorite! This pot of gold could hold more than they bargained for…

He’s all business. She loves to laugh. When business conflicts with pleasure, what could possibly go wrong?

A strong minded Irishwoman pursuing her dream. A disillusioned businessman ready to retire. Can two determined people separated by years find true love at the end of a rainbow?

The bundle is available in ebook, paperback and large print edition. FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Available on Amazon

Homecoming Blessings
Merrillee Whren

When Peter Dalton gets a request from his boss to work with his missionary daughter on a project to help the less fortunate, Peter fears this may mean the end of his rise to the top at Hiatt Construction. But Peter is all about pleasing his boss and will do whatever it takes to please the man.

Not happy with her father’s demand, Ashley Hiatt sees little in common with Peter, whom she remembers as a man ten years her senior, consumed with money and beautiful women. Ashley doesn’t know how their contrasting styles can work in this partnership.

Soon Peter is thinking about how to help those in need, instead of money. He's changed but not enough to let Ashley win his heart. Will this new mission teach him how to love again?
Available on AmazonB&NAppleKobo

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day via Kimberly Rose Johnson

The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 but it wasn't until Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day official in 1072 that the day became a nationwide holiday.
Check out this link to read more about it on the Farmer's Almanac.

Here's a picture of me and my dad when I was a baby. I had to take a picture of a picture, so I apologize for the quality.

Any guesses as to the decade this is?

Can you recall a book you've read that featured a great dad? The one that comes to mind for me is Sophie's Heart by Lori Wick.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Happy Flag Day by Merrillee Whren

Today is Flag Day. I've done my blog post on the 14th of the month for a good number of years, and I often talk about Flag Day in my June blog post. The flag above is displayed at Ft. McHenry near Baltimore, Maryland. It was flown at the fort during the War of 1812. Mary Young Pickersgill sewed this flag design. This flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write the "Star-Spangled Banner," our National Anthem. We visited there last year. Did you notice that the flag has 15 stripes, as well as 15 stars? At one time they were considering adding a stripe as well as stars when a new state was added to the union. You can see how unwieldly that would be. Imagine 50 stripes on our flag. So they decided to go back to the original 13 stripes and just add the stars. I think that was a wise decision.

The photo above is of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. We often credit Betsy Ross with sewing the first flag, but there is no definite documentation that this is true. However, it is possible that she did. No one can say for certain. Below is a photo of the Betsy Ross flag.
You'll notice the stars are in a circle. Supposedly the stars were put in this design to show that none of the colonies was more important than the others.

Do you know why the flag is often called "Old Glory"? A shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts, Captain William Driver, received a flag with 24 stars. As that flag unfurled in the breeze, he exclaimed, "Old Glory." His exclamation became the nickname for all American flags.

Here are some other fun facts about June 14.  The U. S. Army was formed in 1775. Isaac Fischer Jr. patented sandpaper in 1834. Benjamin Grushkin patented Chlorophyll in 1938. Walt Disney's Bambi was released in 1942.

What was the most interesting fact you learned about the flag? I will give away a copy of the second book in my Kellersburg series, HOMETOWN PROPOSAL, to one person who leaves a comment. I've chosen this giveaway to go along with the post because of the flag on the cover. 

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, June 12, 2019

Happy Summer by Cindy Flores Martinez

Summer may not officially be here yet, but it felt like it for a couple of days here in a suburb of Los Angeles. The temperature was over 100 degrees.

The official start of summer is next week, and all I can say is, thank God for air conditioning! And I’m glad that I live sort of close to the beach.

Summer sneaked up on me, and so far, my main plan is to finish writing my Christmas story. A few of the authors at Sweet Romance Reads have gotten together to write a series. More details are coming soon!

What are your plans for the summer? Do you have a vacation scheduled or something else that’s fun?

Stay cool and have a wonderful summer!

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