Thursday, January 16, 2020

Looking Toward the Future with Kimberly Rose Johnson

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to what 2020 has in store. I like to keep my schedule loose to allow room for a project that might fall in my lap, but I do have a couple of books I feel I must write this year.

I had planned to write the next book in my Law Enforcement heroes series first, but due to lack of inspiration, I'm instead working on another series I started a while ago. Revisiting this another romantic suspense series has been fun.

How many books do you like in a series?

Do you enjoy a series more when all the books are released close together rather than waiting six months to a year or longer?

My Librarian Sleuth Series has three books out right now, and they are all available to read for free with Kindle Unlimited.
Inspired by Nancy Drew mysteries, this series has a mystery in each book with plenty of suspense mixed in.

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Celebrate "Organize Your Home Day" by Merrillee Whren

     You have probably all heard of spring cleaning, but have you heard of Organize Your Home Day? I like to blog about silly or unusual holidays. This one really struck me because of a recent incident with our grown children who came to visit for Christmas.
     When we moved from Florida to Arizona, my mother-in-law, who lived with us at the time because of her poor health, moved here with us. She passed away about six weeks after we moved. We gave away her clothes, shoes, and many other things she had brought with her. One thing we didn't do was clear out the extra blankets, sheets, and pillows she had left behind. Those wound up in drawers in the bedrooms we don't use except for company.
     At Christmas our daughter with the two girls wanted to put their clothes in the drawers, but they were full of the above mentioned items. She wanted to know why we still had all those blankets and pillows. I explained that we never looked in those drawers. So we emptied the drawers, and this has prompted me in the days since they left to not only clean out the stuff we don't use in the drawers but to also organize and clean all the drawers, cupboards, and closets.
     When I stumbled upon this holiday that is celebrated on the 14th of January every year, I decided it was the perfect blog topic. It fit in with what I have been doing in my spare time. It will take me until spring to go through every drawer, cupboard, and closet that needs organizing, but it will feel so good when I get done.
     I didn't think to take before pictures of the things I was cleaning, but I've taken some after photos and some before photos of places I have yet to organize. My desk area is one of the things I need to organize. I admit to working in a pretty messy setting. Below you will see a very messy window ledge next to my desk. There's enough space for it to become a collect all. I've already gotten rid of a pile of magazines, but it still needs a lot of work.

 And here is a cupboard in my office that needs a lot of work. The biggest thing is trying to figure out what I need to throw away and what I need to keep and how the stuff I keep needs to be organized.

Now for the stuff I have accomplished. I've cleaned and organized several drawers and closets, and hubby took two large trash bags of clothes and bedding to the Gospel Rescue Mission. I'm sure I'll have more to donate after I finished this project.
You should have seen this one before. I wish I had taken a photo of the mess. It looks so nice now.
This is a closet in my office, and it looks so much better now that I have organized it.
Here is the guest linen closet. I discarded the mismatched sheets and pillow cases and straightened the towels. I can't reach the top shelf, and I had been kind of throwing stuff up there. It was a mess before the makeover. Now I know to use the footstool to put things away.

What needs organizing in your house?

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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.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Sweet Romance Reads Bargain Books from Jean C. Gordon and Merrillee Whren

No Time for Apologies
The No Brides Club Series
by Jean C. Gordon
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Marked down from $4.99 through January 17

Kate Lewis and a group of friends make a pact not to let love interfere with their careers. Then fate puts Kate and former classmate Jon Smith in direct competition for a Wall Street job. The sparks of attraction that fly are the last thing they need. Too bad fate isn’t done with them yet. A big city twist on the classic second chance romance theme.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

A Few Winter Reads by Cindy Flores Martinez

After seeing today's weather report, there's no doubt winter is alive and well in the U.S. (and other parts of the world). Some of us are being pounded by snow, rain, and cold temperatures. It’s the perfect time to cuddle up with a book.

Have you read the Small-Town Christmas Wishes series by six Sweet Romance Reads authors--including me?

These heartwarming stories are set in Snowflake, Colorado, a lovely, fictional small town with a picturesque Main Street and lovable characters. It's the perfect reading experience all year long.

Most of the books are 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 


What’s the weather like where you live? Here in a suburb of Los Angeles, it's been in the 60's during the day and the 40's at night. This is cold for us!

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

Saturday, January 11, 2020

5 Simple and Effective New Year’s Resolutions by Josie Riviera

We are all aware that small things can add up to big things, so this year, I’m keeping my resolutions simple. Here are 5 of my favorite resolutions: (And they’re all FREE!)

1.  Smile more often
2.  Try to be a more active listener.
3.  Be aware of what I eat.
4.  Add a physical activity to my daily routine.
5.  Be mindful of other people’s viewpoints.

And, I’m sharing one of my favorite quotes by Oprah Winfrey, a woman I admire and respect:

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Please share in the comments below.

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  A free-spirited heroine. A lonely hero. Scandal and Romany Gypsies. You'll be hooked by this poignant Inspirational Regency romance because everyone loves a heart-wrenching page turner.

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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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Pets..... by Christine Bush

Family.  To me, family a vital part of life.

Families come in many different varieties, and get formed in many different ways.  What’s your family like?

 My family is big.  And when you add “extended family”, it’s actually enormous. It’s often noisy. And it joyously includes all types of people.  

And pets.

Pets are an important part of my family.  Taking an informal roll call the other day, we have included cats, dogs, hamster, fish, chickens, birds, turtles and an iguana. Most have come the rescue route.

Currently I have cats, rescued years ago from a young family whose toddler had developed severe allergies.  And I seem to have part time custody of my daughter’s retired service dog, who likes hanging out at our house (despite the cats).

What is it about our pets?  They are comforting, entertaining, and a heartwarming presence.  They don’t care about politics, ugly gossip, or keep count of the number of Christmas cookies I’ve eaten. They just love. We should all take a lesson from this.

The grand  kids buy them Christmas presents, talk to them like they are going to talk back, and instinctively cuddle them on the couch. It feels great to see this.

Somehow, pets seem to bring out the best in us.  Warmth, care, companionship.  So it breaks my heart when I hear of animals abused or neglected. And there are so many who need help.

My newest novella, “Hannah’s Heart”, deals with the loving folks who word tirelessly with animal rescue. And of course, find love along the way! It’s a story close to my own heart.
I hope you love it.  And I hope you continue to be inspired to do what you can, when you can, to help those animals at risk find their ways to a loving family. It’s important.

I’d love to hear about the pets in your life!

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  “Hannah’s Heart” is available in ebook and print!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Writing Resolutions in Kristin Wallace

While most people make New Year’s Resolutions, authors tend to make Writer’s Resolutions. At least I do. Every year I have grand plans to write X number of books. Unfortunately, I have to confess that 2019 was not a good year for me as an author. I had plans, but most of them didn’t happen. A lot was due to having to meet deadlines for my “day job” freelance writing gig, often working 7 days a week to get things turned in on time. 

The other reason had to do with some weird health issues that messed with my ability to focus, which as you can imagine, makes creative writing extremely difficult. In many ways, the voices that I've always had in my head basically went “silent”. In the end, I only managed to publish one book, SECOND CHANCE HERO, which is part of the Palm Cove Tales series. 


BUT…I am truly hoping to get back on track for 2020. I do have plans and plenty of ongoing projects to keep me busy.

One is the reissue my inspirational series, COVINGTON FALLS CHRONICLE. I got the right back from the original publisher some time ago and created new covers. I’m just doing light editing. I also hope to continue with that series. There are so many characters begging for stories in my quirky Southern town. 

I am also working on a fun new series called THE LOST ROYALS about separated siblings who find out they are royalty. 

Finally, there is a joint project/series that I plan to publish with one of my author friends. It’s a modern-day take on Cinderella featuring a pair of magic shoes and a cursed Stepmother who might not be as bad as everyone thought. 

So those are my plans…now to get writing! 

I did put together a Christmas box set with three of my Shellwater Key holiday tales (Finding You At Christmas, Falling For You At Christmas, and Loving You At Christmas). Christmas in Shellwater Key is available on Kindle Unlimited so even though it's January, go ahead and scoop it up now. 


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. 

Monday, January 6, 2020

Unplugging and a New-Release Excerpt from Jean C. Gordon

How are unplugging and a new-release excerpt connected? You'll see. But first, some background.

I don't do New Year resolutions. I haven't in a long time because I don't stick to them. What I do do is use the week between Christmas and New Years to look back on my writing accomplishments--and in some years, bombs--and plan my new writing year. I also reconcile the family finances for the old year and plan for the new one. Both my look backs and look forwards involve Excel spreadsheets, which I view as a fun challenge.

And for the past few years, I've done something else. I've chosen a word for the year. For 2020, my word is Unplug--not in sense of unplugging from electronics, but to remind me I don't have to be in the ON mode doing something every minute. It's okay to sit down on the couch to read without metering a limit such as only 20 minutes, then do something "constructive." It's even okay to sit and just look out the window at the snow falling.

To help me unplug, I've also chosen a song for 2020: "Free and Easy" (Down the Road I Go) by Dierks Bentley to remind me to slow down. And I bought a Seasons day-planner from Planner Pads to keep my planning, both professional and personal, organized and reasonable, so I don't feel there must be something else I should be doing. If it's not in the planner, I don't need to do it.

Who's with me about unplugging? For a trial run, I have an excerpt from my January 3, 2020 release No Time for Detours that you can unplug from life's demands and read guilt-free. A link to the excerpt follows the book description.

Can She Balance Law School and Love?
Ava Lewis needs to prove herself to her family and the world. Nick Jansen has a penchant for fixing things. But after his grand-gesture-fix detours Ava's career, will they see their love is strong enough to handle anything life tosses their way?

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The No Brides Club Series: A group of women friends makes a pact not to let love interfere with their careers. Could meeting the right man at the wrong time cause them to break their vows? A new book in this multi-author series will release the 1st Friday of each month through September 2020. I have another one No Time for Adventure coming out in August. (All books can be read as standalones.)

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Happy New Year, rescue dogs...and a free book by Roxanne Rustand

As always, it seems as if November and December fill me with such anticipation...and then speed by, in the blink of an eye. Do you feel the same? I'm filled with anticipation as I look forward to a busy and (I hope)  productive year. 

Have you set any goals for 2020?  I don't mean New Year's resolutions, but concrete goals. A newsletter from a local doctor's office suggested the following:

1. Make five short-term goals. Write "due dates" for each one on your calendar. Add five more when those are done.
2. Make five long-term goals.
3. For each goal, list three action steps that you can take.
4. Print a document listing all of these goals and post it where you can see it every day.

I've been working on two short-term goals already--decluttering the house after the holidays, and clearing out and organizing our cupboards.  One of my long-term goals will probably take me until the end of summer--reaching the healthier weight I was at when I was thirty.  :)
Do you have any long-term or short-term goals for the coming year?

 On another note,  I am so excited about the release of my new Love Inspired novel, SNOWBOUND WITH THE COWBOY, which appeared in Walmarts, book stores, and online on January first.

I so loved writing this one and was sad to say farewell to the characters when I typed "The End."  And I adore the cover.  I always have dogs and/or a variety of other animals in my books, and perhaps it was just a subconscious thing when I added a golden retriever mix and a stray border collie to this one--but it was a poignant moment when I first saw my author copies a month or so ago.

The cover artist had painted two dogs that look exactly like our two rescues...and those books arrived just a day or so after we had to say a heart-wrenching farewell to our beloved border, Elmo.

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful year!  Leave a comment, and you'll be entered in a drawing for a free e-copy of SNOWBOUND WITH THE COWBOY!

Roxanne Rustand

Friday, January 3, 2020

15 Feel Good New Year's Resolutions by Donna Fasano

Many people make promises to themselves to ring in the New Year, but we seldom keep them for very long. Reevaluating your life is hard stuff! Here’s a list of resolutions that will make you feel better, physically and mentally. These suggestions aren’t that difficult and are sure to make you a happier person.   

1.     Practice anonymous random acts of kindness.
2.     Make at least one person smile each day.
3.     Read at least one book each month. (Don’t forget to review it. The author will SMILE! See resolution #2.)
4.     Go someplace you’ve never been.
5.     Be kinder to yourself.
6.     Be kinder to others.
7.     Be quick to listen, slow to speak.
8.     Take the stairs. It’s good for you.
9.     Let go of old hurts and grudges.
10.  Forgive.
11.  Try a new hobby.
12.   Donate all clothing you haven’t worn in a year.
13.   Start and end each day consciously feeling happy and grateful.
14.   Buy less plastic. It’s bad for our planet.
15.   Stay in touch with the people who matter.

What resolution would you add to the list?

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Holidays are over. Now What? by Vickie McDonough

The holidays are over, except for maybe putting away decorations. The food we cooked for Christmas is gone, as are our relatives who came to visit. Now many of us are trying to lose the weight we gained over the holidays and working to pay off all those presents we bought. The holidays sure can be demanding. Here are ten tips to reduce stress in your life.

- Cut yourself some slack. Make time to rest, read a book, watch a Hallmark movie, or do something for yourself. Nobody can thrive by staying constantly busy. Allow yourself time for a good night’s rest, too.

- Take a break from technology. Email, texting and the like will be there after you’ve had some downtime. You’ll be surprised how much extra time you’ll have.

- Make a goals’ list for this year, or pull out last year's list and work on items you haven't yet accomplished. Pick the easiest-to-accomplish item and work toward it. Doing this gets you refocused and gives you an action plan. Don’t have a goals list? Make one. It can be a simple to-do list, like put away decorations, take down the tree, or freeze leftover ham or turkey. 

- Take time to exercise. Physical activity helps our bodies and minds. Exercise can also help you lose the extra pounds you may have gained over the holidays.

- Eat more fruit and veggies and salads. Bright greens and fresh juices will help keep you healthy, so you can find colds better.

- Try something new. With a brand new year beginning, why not start that hobby you’ve been thinking of? Or maybe you’ve been wanting to learn a new activity. A new hobby or activity can help fill the void after the party is over and your family has gone home. 

If you get a chance to read soon, here's a sweet story:

The War Between the States may have ended, but prejudice is still strong among the families journeying together on a wagon train headed down the Santa Fe Trail.

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