Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Sweet Bargain Books


Booby traps explode into flame endangering tourists on the shore of Lake Superior. Can the new sheriff live down his wild youth and catch the culprit? And what about one of the targets, the single mom trying to start a coffee-shop bakery. The sheriff wonders is he worthy of her?

LIMITED TIME ONLY SALE!

WILL NOT BE ON SALE AGAIN THIS YEAR!

NORMALLY PRICED $2.99,

NOW TILL THE END OF JULY–99 CENTS!

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 New Release by Josie Riviera 
Celebrate Christmas in July with



 3 BOOKS FOR 1 LOW PRICE OF 99 CENTS! 
Cozy up and lose yourself in this wonderful season of love.
Set includes:
Sweet Peppermint Kisses
There’s no place like home. Until the heart gallops off in an unexpected direction…
A Chocolate-Box Christmas
Love is sweeter with a touch of mischief.
Holly’s Gift
Miracles don’t always come easy. Sometimes it takes a secret wish to light an angel’s way.

Grab your copy today before price goes up. Also available in Paperback and Large Print Paperback.
FREE on Kindle Unlimited.



The Prodigal's Shotgun Wedding


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A prodigal’s hope for a happy homecoming is derailed

Clay left home after his brother’s death—a death for which he was responsible. After years away he’s finally returning, hoping for reconciliation with his father. But when the stagecoach he’s riding in wrecks and he is injured, he finds himself in a fight for survival.



Jolie is fleeing a nightmare situation. She desperately hopes becoming a mail-order bride doesn’t land her in a worse place. When the stage crashes and she spends the night alone with a wounded man, she wonders if her intended will still want her. If he doesn’t, what will she do? She has no money and nowhere to go.

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Christmas In July Bargain Books by Kristin Wallace

Christmas in Shellwater Key (Boxset) - Now on sale for .99 cents!
Shellwater Key Tales

This boxset contains 3 Shellwater Key Christmas novellas. The main stories in the series center around three childhood friends who revive the old Paradise Dinner Theatre. The holiday novellas venture beyond the theatre.

Spend Christmas in sunny Florida where palm trees sway on a warm breeze and the scent of saltwater tinges the air. You'll fall in love with these three couples as THEY find love in the most unexpected ways. 

Contains:
Finding You At Christmas (Janie & Caleb's story)
Falling For You At Christmas (Cassie & Jared's story)
Loving You At Christmas (Annaliese & Duke's story)


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Second Chance Christmas Now on sale for .99 cents!
Palm Cove Tales


This book is part of my Palm Cove Tales series. It’s the follow-up to the Heiress Games trilogy. It features desperate single mom, Mia Reynolds, the cousin of security expert Damon Grant (who appeared in the Heiress Games books).

Ten years ago, Mia Reynolds and Winthrop Barrington spent one magical Christmas together. Until lies and manipulation at the hands of Win’s wealthy family tore them apart and left Mia to raise a daughter on her own. Now, both of them have returned to their hometown of Palm Cove, Florida. Once they uncover the truth, can Mia and Win rediscover the love they lost and celebrate a Second Chance Christmas with their daughter?


Only 99¢ from July 15-22, 2020. Regularly priced at $5.99. Available at Amazon.
Three heart-warming stories featuring strong women who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it.
A Love Song for Kayla
A young business owner discovers that things aren’t always what they seem when she meets a mystery man hiding out in her small town.
An Encore for Estelle
A former Hollywood actress turned restaurateur finds small town life to be more than she imagined when she volunteers at the children’s theater. But it’s not without its bumps thanks to the handsome theater director.
A Waltz for Amber
A local ballet teacher and a high school choir teacher are at odds over their holiday performances. Can these two overcome their differences and find true harmony in time for Christmas?

And More Christmas In July from 
Jean C. Gordon
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Friendship, memories and wishes are powerful things and in the small town of Snowflake, Colorado they combine to form a memorial to a lost friend. Following her death, Charity Hart left six of her close high school friends, including Caro Price, fifteen hundred dollars each and an assignment to use that money to grant someone else’s secret wish by Christmas. 

Temporarily back in Snowflake to help her beloved grandmother recover from an illness, nurse practitioner Caro is on the hunt for a recipient for her secret angel gift. A chance encounter in a specialty store focuses Caro’s interest on a red-headed little girl fascinated by a nativity scene. 


Caro’s grandmother has matchmaking on her mind as she pushes Caro and her neighbor, Simon Novak, together. It turns out that Simon coaches the little redhead’s older brother at the high school. With Simon’s help, Caro tries to learn more about the family and it quickly becomes apparent that the widowed mother and her two children are struggling financially. But is there more going on than meets the eye, for Caro sees flashes of fear in their eyes. 


Christmas is the season of wishes, and Caro, with God's guidance, is determined to make one little girl’s dream a reality! And, maybe, just maybe, fulfill a dream of her own!


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Cow Appreciation Day by Merrillee Whren

Sometimes when I'm trying to figure out what to talk about on my assigned blog post day, I must resort to celebrating some well-known or not-so-well-known holidays. Last year on July 14, I talked about Bastille Day, so that one was out. July 14 is also National Nude Day, but I didn't think that would work for Sweet Romances. It is also Pandemonium Day, and any other year, I would have chosen that one. But we've all had enough pandemonium this year. 

My other choices were Mac and Cheese Day or Cow Appreciation Day. I chose to talk about cows because I remembered having the above photo. I love to use this photo and have people guess where it is taken. Very few people guess that I took this in Florida somewhere on a road as I traveled between St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach. When I saw the cows, I had to stop and take a photo.

Besides the beef that we get from cows, we get milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream as by-products of dairy farming. When I was a little girl, I helped my grandpa milk the cow on his farm. When we were home in Montana, we got fresh milk from the lady down the road. I used to watch her separate the milk from the cream. Then she poured the milk into a jug, and we carried it home. Our other neighbors had a few cows, and one day before I went to school, we stopped and watched a calf being born. I had no idea that those experiences would one day inspire a scene in a book. A Match to Call Ours takes place on a Montana ranch. It is the first book in my Front Porch Promises series. You can read an excerpt if you click on the title.

 
The third book in my Pinecrest series will release on July 21, and it is now available for preorder. Order your copy now. 
 You can order your copy from these vendors.
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How will you celebrate Cow Appreciation Day? I think I'll have some yogurt. I'm pretty sure my hubby will have ice cream if he hasn't eaten it all. 


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.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Christmas in July by Cindy Flores Martinez


It’s time to celebrate Christmas in July! Have you read the Small-Town Christmas Wishes series? Last year, five Sweet Romance Reads authors joined me in writing stories for the series, which takes place in the fictional small town of Snowflake, Colorado. If you love idyllic small towns, you’ll love spending time there.

Here’s the description of these Inspirational Romances:

Welcome to Snowflake, Colorado—a small town where wishes come true! When six old high school friends receive a letter that their fellow friend, Charity Hart, wrote before she passed away, their lives take an unexpected turn. She leaves them each a check for $1,500 and asks them to grant a wish—a secret wish—for someone else by Christmas. And she wants it to be special.

It sounds like fun. It reminds them of when they were secret angels in high school together. But the friends soon discover that it isn’t as easy as it seems! With the clock ticking, will they make it happen in time?

Join Mia, Caro, Nate, Sara, Holly, and Taye on their journey to make a wish come true—and find love along the way.

Enjoy all six books in the series:
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



https://www.amazon.com/Small-Town-Christmas-Wishes-6-Book/dp/B07YL51MLH



Do you enjoy celebrating Christmas in July?



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

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Discover Your Family Heritage by Josie Riviera

 When my family and I celebrated July 4th earlier this month, I found myself thinking about my heritage. 
Our nation is known as a “melting pot” and countless people came to the United States seeking a better life—many beginning their journey at Ellis Island as immigrants.



The shows on television about people who research their family tree and find they are a distant relative of George Washington or Florence Nightingale are so intriguing! To be fair, I doubt most of us will have such an interesting family tree, but you never know.
With vacations on hold, gathering stories and photos to compile into a family history is a worthwhile and interesting pursuit during this pandemic summer. Spend time with the older generation through phone chats or Zoom, and interview them about their past experiences.
Today with the Internet it is easier than ever to research your heritage and create a family tree. All sorts of tools, some free and others at a cost, will enable you to delve deeper and discover your lineage.
Are you ready to learn more about your ancestry? 
Please leave your comments below.

 New Release! 
Celebrate Christmas in July with

 3 BOOKS FOR 1 LOW PRICE OF 99 CENTS! 


Cozy up and lose yourself in this wonderful season of love.
Set includes:
Sweet Peppermint Kisses
There’s no place like home. Until the heart gallops off in an unexpected direction…
A Chocolate-Box Christmas
Love is sweeter with a touch of mischief.
Holly’s Gift
Miracles don’t always come easy. Sometimes it takes a secret wish to light an angel’s way.

Grab your copy today before price goes up. Also available in Paperback and Large Print Paperback.

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.


To see her latest family adventures, follow her on Instagram.
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hair... by Christine Bush




Pandemic hair. 


This week I’m getting my hair done. It’s been almost 5 months. I’m actually stressed about it.

Not necessarily about virus-worry, as it sounds like the salon is doing everything right.  It’s about my hair. Long, shapeless, roots winning the fight.

When I was young, I wore my thick dark brown hair long, long, long.  Then I cut it, right about when my first daughter was born, many years ago.  It’s been very short ever since.









“Get a new do!”  “Let it grow!”  “Go grey!” Everybody's got an opinion.



OK. True confession. I’ve dyed my hair for 20 years.  My brother’s hair began turning white at age 26. Mine waited a bit longer than that, but as soon as those salty strands appeared…  Bang.  I got rid of them. Boy, are they back!

Now some people can handle grey with Pizazz.  Could I?

  
A new do?  I don’t think so.
                                        


                                                                                  Smooth and no curls?  Too much work.
 




Let it go LONNNGGGG?  I don’t think I’d live that long.






Messy as usual, but grey?  What’s the point?



Beside the fact that MY grey looks mousy and makes NO statement at all.
So I’m going for the hair dye. Roots be gone.  And the old haircut.  Enough of this crazy contemplation.  I’m going for the usual.  NORMAL. After all, normal is what I’m wishing for in every aspect of the wild and crazy world. Normal will be good.


I’ve been writing characters of different ages in my books. Some and young. And some have GLORIOUS grey hair. What age of character do you like to read?

And also, I’d love to hear what you think about hair!




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!

Cindy’s Prince is an award winning sweet romantic mystery! Heartwarming and lots of laughs! A young heroine!


It’s Christmas in July!  Christmas with the Carmichaels is a sweet romantic novella with two adorable senior citizens falling in love.  Grey hair all around!
https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Carmichaels-Christine-Bush-ebook/dp/B07K6PWBRX/




Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Christmas In July Bargain Books by Kristin Wallace


Even though temps are in the 90s (at least where I live) we have this fun tradition of celebrating  Christmas In July. Hallmark Channel runs their Christmas movies. Stores have holiday specials. I thought I'd get in on the act by putting a couple of my Christmas-themed books on sale for $.99 cents. This month you can download the Christmas In Shellwater Key and Second Chance Christmas.


You can get them both for 99 cents on Amazon. HOWEVER, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can get them for free.


Christmas in Shellwater Key (Boxset) - Now on sale for .99 cents!
Shellwater Key Tales

This boxset contains 3 Shellwater Key Christmas novellas. The main stories in the series center around three childhood friends who revive the old Paradise Dinner Theatre. The holiday novellas venture beyond the theatre.

Finding You At 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 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?

Falling For You At Christmas

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 to 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


Annaliese Matheson once had a perfect life, with a successful career on Broadway and a loving husband. 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.

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Second Chance Christmas Now on sale for .99 cents!
Palm Cove Tales

This book is part of my Palm Cove Tales series. It’s the follow-up to the Heiress Games trilogy. It features desperate single mom, Mia Reynolds, the cousin of security expert Damon Grant (who appeared in the Heiress Games books).

Ten years ago, Mia Reynolds and Winthrop Barrington spent one magical Christmas together. Until lies and manipulation at the hands of Win’s wealthy family tore them apart and left Mia to raise a daughter on her own. Now, both of them have returned to their hometown of Palm Cove, Florida. Once they uncover the truth, can Mia and Win rediscover the love they lost and celebrate a Second Chance Christmas with their daughter?


Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

What I did this Independence Day ~ Jean C. Gordon

To celebrate Independence Day, my husband and I subscribed to Disney+ and streamed HAMILTON. If you know how much of a history buff I am, this probably doesn't surprise you. What you might not know is that neither my husband nor or I are fans of musicals in general.

So what was our verdict? The singing and choreography was wonderful. But ... you knew there was a but, didn't you ... both of us agreed it would have been even better if some of the play dialog had been spoken. (Everyone is entitled to their opinion.) 

I also questioned the veracity of the portrayal of Hamilton's wife Eliza and her sister Angelica. You see, my husband and I have toured the Schuyler Mansion Historical Site 20 minutes away in Albany. If my memory serves me correctly, the room pictured below may have been the room Hamilton and Eliza were married in. (My phone photos aren't labeled.)




Of course, I had to go online and look up things. And I came across this interesting to me Fact Check of HAMILTON. I wouldn't read it if you haven't seen the play and plan to.


Who else is a history buff? Local history in particular?

This isn't history, but your chance to preorder Sweet Kisses Limited Edition Box Set including my Trusting His Kiss novella and have your preorde99¢ benefit Pets for Vets will be history in two weeks when the set releases July 21!


21 swoon-worthy heroes. 
21 chances to fall in love. 
21 happily-ever-afters. 

This sweet contemporary romance anthology collection includes 21 original stories from some of your favorite bestselling and award-winning authors. 100% of preorder profits will be donated to Pets for Vets!  Wha a great way to help veterans who've been injured in service to our country and the Pets that need them.

The #21SweetKisses Box Set is available for a limited time only. So one-click your copy before it's gone. 



INCLUDED IN THIS LIMITED EDITION BOX SET:
Tamie Dearen - The Billionaire's Practice Kiss Judith Lucci - Kissing the Cow King Evangeline Kelly - Kissing an Alaskan Man Lorana Hoopes - Sealed with a Kiss Jo Noelle - Eight Second Kiss Jean C. Gordon - Trusting His Kiss Jessie Gussman - Dreaming of His Kiss Donna K. Weaver - Don't Kiss the Enemy Melanie D. Snitker - Don't Kiss Me Goodbye Monique McDonell - Kissing the Captain Michelle Pennington - First Kiss Train Wreck Kit Morgan - To Kiss a Sheriff Emma St. Clair - If You Want to Kiss a BillionaireJeanette Lewis - Kissing the Mountain ManAnne-Marie Meyer - A Magnolia Kiss Judy Corry - Stolen Kisses from a Rock Star Bree Livingston - A Geek Girl's Guide to Kissing a Video Gamer Juliette Duncan - Never Kiss a Preacher's Son Vivi Holt - Meet-Cute Kiss Brooke St. James - Kiss & Tell Joy Ohagwu - Raspberry Kisses





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Sunday, July 5, 2020

How was your Fourth of July? .......Roxanne Rustand

How was your Fourth of July--or for that matter, this holiday weekend?

It sure has been different, at least in our part of the country.  Instead of having a house full of relatives for a big cookout meal,  we had...yep,  just my husband and I. And our 80# Golden Retriever Sage, who clung to my side like a limpet because of the fireworks out here in the country. Believe me--it's not easy to be productive with a big, worried dog clinging to me. And it's entirely too easy to fall!

Were you able to get together with your family?  Do you have a certain special meal that you enjoy on the Fourth?  I usually have potato salad, a big fresh fruit salad, a lettuce salad,  crudites, corn on the cob (if it is available yet), garlicky buttered French bread and chicken or ribs on the pellet grill, and/or steaks on the gas grill. It was very simple this year...except for one incredible change!


In our early marriage (the dark ages of the late 1970s) we had a charcoal grill, but then moved "up" to an easy-lighting Weber gas grill and never looked back. We added a pellet grill a couple years ago, for the wonderful smokey flavor. I thought we were set. 

But then, a few weeks ago, our daughter and her husband invited us for supper,  and made pork steaks on their new Weber charcoal grill.
Oh. My. Goodness!  The flavor was amazing! 

Smitten, I searched Facebook Marketplace and found a used 22" Weber grill for just $20, and then bought a Weber coal starter chimney, cover and some gadgets at the hardware store. Yesterday, for my birthday, I bought a nice ribeye that my husband and I shared. It was SO good!




Do you like to cook outside?  What is your favorite method? I'd love to hear about it! Do you have any favorite rubs and BBQ sauces, or just opt for salt and pepper?

Wishing you all my best for a wonderful Sunday, and a perfect summer.  Stay safe and well!


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