Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Serendipity, Indiana on Clean Indie Reads

More happy news! Clean Indie Reads ("Home of Flinch-Free Fiction") now has a page all about my Serendipity, Indiana series of sweet romance and romantic women's fiction.

Click here to go to the Clean Indie Reads website.

Meanwhile, I'm doing a bit of closet purge this week. For some reason, the Christmas season usually has this effect on me. Do you have any end-of-year traditions?


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Holiday Wishes

I'm posting this on Christmas Eve, and as far as I know, I won't be online again until December 26th. Best wishes to you and yours, for a lovely holiday!


P.S. The photo above features my beloved cardboard tree. I hope it makes you smile.

Friday, December 23, 2016

#SweetRomance #FridayReads: Donna Fasano's new release!

A Beautiful Stranger
by Donna Fasano
Series: Family First, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2016

When Sean Hudson arrives to claim his new daughter, he discovers the adoption hinges on the impossible. Unless he finds a wife immediately, the tiny orphan will be snatched away from him forever. But before Sean can abandon hope, a beautiful stranger proposes a surprising solution—marriage.

Sean swears the love in his heart is only for his soon-to-be daughter. And that is perfect for Nicki Willis, whose restless spirit yearns to have a family for just a while. But the tenderness of Sean’s touch soothes Nicki’s fears as well as little Sona’s. Now Nicki aches to become a family forever… and she refuses to believe she can’t make this dream come true.


USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written over 30 romance and women's fiction books that have sold 4 million copies worldwide. Her books have won numerous awards and have been published in nearly 2 dozen languages.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The McClains on Clean Indie Reads

I'm thrilled to announce that the website Clean Indie Reads ("Home of Flinch-Free Fiction") now has a page all about the McClains of Legend, Tennessee. This is an exciting opportunity for new readers to discover these heartwarming romances.

If you haven't seen the CIR website, take a peek. There are lots of romances, but many other genres, too--cozy mystery, fantasy, science fiction, etc., etc.

Click here to go to the Clean Indie Reads website.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Book Bargains

Through December 31st, the authors of Sweet Romance Reads (of which I am blessed to be a part) is hosting a holiday book bargain event.

There are new releases, 99 cent books, and even some priced at free.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Counting down to Christmas

It's hard to believe Christmas is almost here. Due to illness, I've been hit-or-miss on some of the celebrations, but this weekend seems more promising.

Friday evening - carryout pizza and a screening of The Bishop's Wife. Cary Grant on ice skates! *sigh*

Saturday afternoon - lunch out, and then A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Sunday morning - cantata at church.

There might be another movie viewed on Sunday evening. Do you have a favorite event or movie that you look forward to during the Christmas season?


Friday, December 16, 2016

#SweetRomance #FridayReads Guest: Jan Scarbrough

Available with Kindle Unlimited

Prequel: Bluegrass Homecoming: Book 1 

Would marrying Howard be the trap Grace fears?

Grace Baron had always been the good wife, in spite of a marriage based on a careless indiscretion, and sustained not by love, but by old-fashioned morality. She’d raised her daughter, bit her tongue, and silently lived with her guilt. Now that she’s a widow, she can’t help being glad for her sudden freedom. She’d never live her life like that again. Without a sense of control. Without deliberately making a choice about her future. And that future would never involve getting married again.

Small town lawyer Howard Scott has buried two wives. His steadfast belief that it’s never too late to find true love keeps him open to whatever joy life has to offer. He doesn’t want another socialite wife. This time he wants a hometown girl. Someone stable, maybe a little na├»ve, but feisty enough to keep him on his toes. Someone like Grace Baron.

Howard’s gentle, old-fashioned courting makes Grace feel alive again. Would marrying Howard be the trap Grace fears, or would it finally give her a kind of freedom she’d never imagined?

Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming: Book 2

Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past.

Schoolteacher Kelly Baron raised her child alone. Now that her daughter’s grown and married, Kelly can finally start her new life in North Carolina, responsible only for herself. She has just one more thing to do: help her mother. To do so, she must return to Heritage Springs, Kentucky, the place she’d fled years before. Back then she’d been nothing but a small-town girl from the wrong side of the tracks, hiding a secret that could have destroyed lives.

Newly divorced lawyer Rob Scott seeks solace for his heartache in his small-town roots. Maybe being an incurable romantic isn’t smart for a lawyer who has to deal with hard facts. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. He’d made millions in Chicago, but in his heart he’s always kept a secret dream, a desire he’s never told anyone. Then he runs into Kelly, the girl who’d disappeared from his life years ago, leaving behind only hurt and unanswered questions.

Kelly’s kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past.

 Second chance story gets its own second chance

I wrote the novel Secrets a few years ago to explore a romance about a woman caught between the past and her desire to create a new life for herself. It’s a novel of “second chances.”

I wanted to submit the manuscript to a traditional publisher, but was advised by another author that this publisher did not like forty-year-old heroines. Huh? So I wrote the book anyway, and I titled it “A Father at Last.” A small press published my novel. Well, I do read my reviews, and when one reader said the title gave too much of the story away, I changed it to “Secrets.”

Flash forward to last year. The small press went out of business. I got my rights back. So I decided to make Secrets part of a new series called Bluegrass Homecoming. But Secrets takes place in Indiana. Ah, I made a simple location change to Kentucky. Then I figured I needed a lead-in story. So I wrote the love story of baby boomers Howie and Grace. Ta-da! The Prequel was born. Granddaughter Colleen takes center stage in the third book, Nom de Plume. And no, I haven’t finished it yet.

Jan Scarbrough writes heartwarming contemporary romances about second chances, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books and the excitement of a Bluegrass horse race or a big-time, competitive horse show.

With author Maddie James, Jan has written the Montana McKenna series, the story of the family of James McKenna, a Montana rancher whose death changes the lives of his wife and children.

A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing, and Turquoise Morning Press. She has published 22 romances.

Join Jan's mailing list at www.janscarbrough.com/ for news about new books and other possible appearances in your area. Follow Jan on Twitter @romancerider

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Small Town Romance & Recipe Sampler

Have you grabbed your copy yet? 

Eight first chapters from The McClains of Legend, Tennessee series, along with a recipe suggested by each book. It’s a fun new way for Legend fans to re-visit the town, and for newcomers to get a taste--literally--of the simple pleasures awaiting them in these clean, wholesome stories of love, family, and home.


Friday, December 9, 2016

#SweetRomance #FridayReads Guest: Shanna Hatfield

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield joins us with her latest release, a sweet World War II romance.



Can forbidden love blossom

   amid the constraints of war?

The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese-Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents’ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.
After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life.
A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places even under the most challenging circumstances.

Don't miss out on this beautiful happy ever after. Get your copy today!

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Dazed and drained, Miko came to her senses as she reached a road she recognized in the predawn light. It led to a farm owned by one of her grandparents’ neighbors. If she cut through their pasture, it would save her a few miles of walking.
She pushed down the wires of the fence and stepped over it, then reached back for her suitcase. The barbed wire caught her coat. Miko jerked it away from the snag and rolled her eyes in frustration when the fabric ripped.
Sudden anger, at herself for her own arrogance and stupidity as well as the circumstances that left her walking through the woods in the rain at night, fueled her steps. Indignation lent her spent body strength as she hurried across the pasture. A few cows tossed uninterested glances her direction, but none moved her way.
Relieved when she reached the far end of the pasture, she hurried over the fence and along the edge of the trees that circled the vast acres her grandparents owned.
The first fingers of dawn stretched across the drab sky as she stepped from the trees and swallowed back a sob at the sight of her grandparents’ produce stand. As long as Miko could remember, her family had sold produce from the red-painted structure filled with shelves and bins to hold every type of vegetable and fruit the fertile soil would grow.
A hundred yards behind the produce stand, a white picket fence surrounded the cheery yellow bungalow home her grandparents had built in the mid-1920s. With a wide porch and a plethora of flowers surrounding all four sides, the house appeared welcoming. Beyond the yard, a barn and large storage building, along with a collection of outbuildings, alluded to a prosperous farm.
With a prayer to find her family waiting inside for her, she raced up the front steps of the porch and tried the door. The knob rattled but didn’t turn, locked from the inside. Miko set down her suitcase and rushed around to the back door. In her haste, she tripped over the body of a man as he sprawled across the back step.
Unconscious, the uniformed soldier shuddered against the chill in the air, his clothes every bit as wet as hers. At least his jerky tremors assured her he wasn’t dead.
Panicked, she pounded on the door. “It’s Miko! Open the door! Please!” Fist banging against the wood, she called out to her grandparents, willing them to be there.
All remained eerily silent in the house. Single-minded in her efforts to enter the dwelling, Miko stepped over the man and lifted a brick from the border edging the flowerbed. With a spare key in her hand, she jammed it in the lock and pushed the door open, rushing inside.



shanna-3USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
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Friday, December 2, 2016

#SweetRomance #FridayReads Guest: Raine English

My friend Raine English has a new Gothic romance coming out next week. I think the book sounds exciting, and I love the cover!

A hauntingly romantic Gothic mystery set in Louisiana along the banks of the Mississippi River.

A love so strong it transcends time, but can it survive an evil that’s out to destroy?

When Olivia Lockwood leaves the comfort of her quaint Massachusetts home for an eerie mansion in Louisiana to fulfill her grandfather’s dying wish, she has no idea of the long-buried secrets that await her there. Or whether Jaxon Carter, her grandfather’s right-hand man, might steal her heart or put her life in jeopardy.

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gFv4Si

Raine English is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author who writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, light paranormal, and Gothic romantic suspense. She's a Daphne du Maurier Award winner and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have made the Top 100 Bestseller lists at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and she's been listed in Amazon's Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Romance. She lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Dolly and Bailey.

Raine would love to hear from you! You can reach her at Raine@RaineEnglish.com.

Visit Raine's website at www.RaineEnglish.com
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Getting away from it all--in the pages of a book

My blog at Sweet Romance Reads is about vicarious travel available through reading. You can read the post by clicking here.

The book I'm re-reading now is pictured here, amid the few titles in non-digital format that survived our huge downsize in 2012. See on the top shelf, horizontal on the right side? Winter Solstice, by Rosamunde Pilcher.

I love it so much that I also have the digital version. Count me a big fan of Ms. Pilcher's work, which has transported me on some lovely vacations in England and Scotland.

Where do you love to visit, and re-visit, via books?


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How is your Thanksgiving list?

Have you made your list? No, not the Christmas list. I'm talking about the Thanksgiving list--and not just for those of us who live in one of the countries where we have an official holiday for it.

Giving. Thanks. That's what I'm talking about.

(No, my fellow Americans, Thanksgiving wasn't created as the calorie-intake preparation for Black Friday shopping. I know you saw that on facebook, but it's not the case. Here's a wikipedia page if you're interested in learning more.)

Call me crazy if you must, but to me, the Thanksgiving list is way more important than the one many of us are stressing over, for next month. It should also be easier, and--get this--it's free!

It seems that the speed of life accelerates this time of year. I'm already feeling it, having been to a glorious music concert and a gathering of friends around a mountain of delicious food. The calendar is getting jammed, which, for an introvert like me, is another cause of stress.

It's easy to get carried along with the holiday hoopla. Who needs more hoopla, after the way 2016 has been going? Not me.

Love, yes. Peace, absolutely. And consideration for others--I'll have some of that, too, please.

Let's take a breath, and give our minds, bodies, and emotions a break.

Take a sheet of paper, or if necessary, an electronic device, and make a list. Can you think of five things you're grateful for?

This is a great exercise that you might want to do again tomorrow. I try to make a mental list of at least five things each morning before getting up, and again (different items) at the end of the day. I began this practice when my life was the hardest it's ever been. It truly does help my outlook. I hope it will help yours, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas Collision: cover reveal and a sale!

The love story of David McClain and Rebecca Mayfield has a new cover. I'm thrilled with its simple elegance! Many thanks to Elusive Dreams Designs for creating the perfect look for Christmas Collision, Book #2 of The McClains of Legend, Tennessee series.

Do you know David and Rebecca? Here's their blurb; if it doesn't sound familiar, you can read an excerpt at your favorite vendor.

Rebecca Mayfield's is a terrific attorney, successful and respected. Her personal life, however, is currently a mess. Her most recent romance ended badly, her only son is out of the country, and it’s almost Christmas. Why not accept her friend Midnight’s invitation for a small town Christmas in Legend, Tennessee?
David McClain’s Christmas Eve tradition is to observe a solitary vigil in his remote cabin, in the mountains above Legend. It’s his special time to remember his beloved wife, whose life ended so suddenly just this time of year. 
A freak blizzard intervenes, sliding Rebecca’s rental car into a snow-filled ditch near David’s cabin. Such close quarters, complete with a blazing fire could be romantic--but Rebecca and David have nothing in common. Or do they?  
The mountain magic of Legend, Tennessee does its best to weave yet another love story...

Just 99 cents, through November 30, 2016.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Shanna Hatfield's 3rd Annual Cowboys & Christmas Event

If you like cowboys, Christmas novels, ugly sweaters, awesome western boots, or any combination of the above, this party is a "do not miss."

Please join us November 10th on Facebook for some rollicking fun!

Here's the place:  http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasFB3 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

You might be from a small town if...

...out-of-towners ask, "Which stop light?" when you give directions, and your answer is, "We only have one."

Learn about my two series of small town stories here:
Serendipity, Indiana
Legend, Tennessee


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Authors of three boxed sets have joined together on this fun giveaway. If you choose to enter, good luck!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

New Release - just in time for Halloween

Sweet romance meets light paranormal in this Halloween story of second chances.

Nick Marshall has a hole in his soul, and Jacqueline must help him find the missing piece. Their teenage history in the gossipy town of Serendipity compounds the situation, as Jacqueline’s visit to help her injured mother (Reba Markland, EMILY'S DREAMS) turns into something more.

The little town hasn’t changed much--the gossip tree still has branches and roots everywhere, most folks remember the town’s past better than they can imagine its future, and the autumn colors are more beautiful than anywhere she’s traveled in the years since she left.

Jacqueline's gift is needed here, but she won’t risk her heart, or put her family in the spotlight, by staying.

A PIECE OF HER SOUL is #7 in the Serendipity, Indiana series, but can also be read as a stand-alone.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

You might be from a small town if...

...when a driver lets you cross at the crosswalk, you assume they're "not from here."

Learn more about my two series of small town stories here:
Serendipity, Indiana
Legend, Tennessee


Friday, October 21, 2016

#simplify Autumn Decor

I'm a minimalist.

My holiday decor for autumn is to open the curtains and look at the beautiful colors on the trees.

When I take my morning walks, I kick the dry leaves as I go, in gratitude for this, my favorite season of the year.

Simple pleasures. I'm so grateful!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Love, Christmas

Some of my friends (and their friends) put this Christmas bundle together. Isn't it pretty? My understanding is that the romances are a variety of heat levels.

20 Holiday Stories That Will Put A Song In Your Heart!
Kindle: http://amzn.to/2euIDUJ
Nook: http://bit.ly/LoveChristmasNook
iBooks: http://ow.ly/3Giw304KUPy
Kobo: http://ow.ly/nbBC304KX1u

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

You might be from a small town if...

...you give directions using landmarks no longer in existence.

Example: "It's right across from where the drive-in theater used to be."

Learn more about my two series of small town stories here:
Serendipity, Indiana
Legend, Tennessee


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don't look for me online today...

My writer self up against a crushing deadline--my favorite kind!

My minimalist self is trying to figure out what to do with a television set (the old style, not flat-panel). For interesting reading about life without TV, here's a link to the Miss Minimalist blog.The space where the TV currently sits will become book storage. Sounds perfect to me!

The front of my brain is working on deadline, but the back of my brain is pondering this appliance re-homing issue. We like to keep all parts engaged when possible.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

You might be from a small town if...

...the man you chatted with about Harry Potter today was your cousin's best friend in 1974, and your son's mentor in 2004.

Learn more about my two series of small town stories here:
Serendipity, Indiana
Legend, Tennessee