Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The (Almost) End of a Series

I don't know about you, but when I look at the graphic above, with all seven covers for the Serendipity, Indiana series, I get a little bit misty.

(If you're not on my newsletter list, maybe you haven't seen the covers for The Road Not Taken and A Piece of Her Soul. We can fix that for future cover reveals. Just click here to subscribe to my newsletter.)

I send a newsletter monthly-ish, and only when I have actual news to share.  I'd love to "see" you next time a newsletter goes out. I already know a couple of things that will be in the next issue.

I'm so happy with Francie's story. As has happened with some of the other Serendipity books, where I thought Francie was headed was not where she went at all.

How appropriate that the title was The Road Not Taken. Seriously.

This happened with Carla's story, and with Emily's story. (Oh my word, did it happen with Emily's story! That girl was intent on a changed life. Who was I to stand in her way?)

I'm pleasantly surprised with the way all the Serendipity books have turned out, and I hope you are, too. When you're in Serendipity, you learn to roll with the "coincidences."

Francie's story will release in October.


And here is another fun surprise. Book #7 in the series, A Piece of Her Soul, is a collection of romantic short stories.

My favorite short story author is the great Maeve Binchy. I aspire to one day write half as well as she did. I know that's a big goal, but why set one that's too easily reached?

This collection will be just right for getting a shot of happily-ever-after on your lunch hour, or while waiting for the kids to get out of practice.

This book is also slated to come out in October--my favorite month.

And then...Serendipity will be complete. My McClain series is already complete. And while that's a bit sad, it's also exciting. I have some goals--remember, I never set easy ones--and I'll be working toward those.

When I have updates, I'll send a newsletter.

Happy Reading,

Monday, August 8, 2016

It's beginning to look like...Christmas!?!

Yes indeed. The temperatures outside my apartment are hot and humid instead of cold and blustery, but on my laptop it looks a lot like Christmas.

Pre-order your copy of Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 today, for just 99 cents. Release date: September 27, 2016.

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Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa. Don’t miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you in the mood for Christmas.

Mona Risk, On Christmas Eve
She banished him from her life and dreams. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases years of loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?

Christine Bush, Christmas Holly
Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!

Lyn Cote, Mistletoe and Sage
New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together—will love spark under the mistletoe?

Denise Devine, A Merry Little Christmas
Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.

Raine English, The Christmas Gift
When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it’s not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group’s handsome owner does too.

Shanna Hatfield, Untangling Christmas
Tricked into helping with Silverton’s Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.

Ciara Knight, A Christmas on Miracle Mountain
When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.

Milou Koenings, The Kampala Peppermint Twist
A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.

Magdalena Scott, The Road Not Taken
Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.

Roxanne Rustand, A London Christmas
When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?

Alicia Street, Her Christmas Secret
Desperate to help her sister’s family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they’re least expected.

Kristin Wallace, Falling For You at Christmas
One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.

Merrillee Whren, Second Chance Christmas
A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.

Cindy Flores Martinez, Operation Christmas Eve Wedding
A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend’s spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.

Victoria Pinder, Secret Wish
Luke Morgan doesn’t believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.

Josie Riviera, Candleglow and Mistletoe
A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.

Pat Simmons, Couple by Christmas
Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he’s got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.

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Snow angels, anyone?


Friday, August 5, 2016

#SweetRomance #FridayReads Guest: Josie Riviera

Please meet today's guest, Josie Riviera, who has an exciting new book out this week!

Exploring the fascinating culture of the Romany (Gypsies)

“Gadje Gadjensa, Rom Romensa.”

This is a Romany (Gypsy) saying that means “Gadje with Gadje, Rom with Rom.”

So what is a gadje? A gadje in the Romany language means “not one of us.” Many Rom prefer to not allow outsiders (us) into their lives. It’s no coincidence that in my hours, days, and months of researching the Romany for Seeking Patience, little information was available. Odd, because the Rom have lived in many places throughout the world for centuries. They’re a widely-traveled people. Yet there is little written history regarding their origins, although recent evidence points to an emigration from India 1500 years ago.

I believe the reason there is little information available is because the Rom simply prefer it that way.

They are a proud people who keep to themselves. And they are nomads, forever on the move, traveling by horse and wagon in caravans.

It is no secret that the Rom have suffered persecution, prejudice, exclusion, and discrimination for centuries. The “Gypsy” stereotype includes a criminal, fortune-teller, blacksmith, thief, and musician, a dark-complexioned, shadowy figure. But why do so many of us harbor this unfair prejudice?

Perhaps because of the Rom’s nomadic existence, lack of a solid religious belief, and exotic clothes and lifestyle. Their dialect is distinct and related to Sanskrit. Their tradition is oral, for they didn’t have the luxury of building libraries.

One belief shared by all Rom is cleanliness. Mahrime means unclean or polluted. To avoid mahrime, clothes covering the top half of their body are washed separately from clothes on the bottom. Certain parts of the female body are considered unclean, and doctors are sometimes avoided because they deal with illness. And, a Rom can become polluted by being too close to a gadje.

Here are the buy links for SEEKING PATIENCE:   Amazon ~ iTunes/Apple ~ Nook ~ Kobo

Book Blurb:

Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character?

Half-Romany, half-English lord, he lives a perilous Gypsy life … until a sweet English rose saves his life, and perhaps his soul. Widowed by a cruel husband, she's given up all hope of love. Brought together in peril, they dare to reach for a brighter future together.

Luca Boldor, Romany leader, lives a nomad’s life in Regency England with his Gypsy caravan. Believing his noble father abandoned him at birth, he refuses to acknowledge his English blood, or live a settled life. But when a vicious attack by a rival leaves him bleeding on an English lady's doorstep, he has no choice but to accept her help. Her gentle faith stirs his heart in a way he has long denied.

Lady Patience Blakwell, widowed countess, lives in near poverty. Her husband's heir uses threats to keep her from demanding her rightful inheritance. With a few faithful servants, she exists quietly in the country, only her faith keeping her strong … until the day a bold, handsome Gypsy collapses in her hall. He's unlike any man she's ever known, and she'll confront any subterfuge to keep him safe.

But when a secret from Lady Patience's past emerges, Luca must face his own past, or lose her and all hope of love. Will this strong man humble himself to open his heart for his lady?

Travel back to Regency England for this sweet, inspirational romance—get your copy of Seeking Patience today!

Author bio and links:

 Best-selling author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband.They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New book release from Donna Fasano

Looky what's new from my friend Donna Fasano!

Falling for a Single Mom ~ Sweet Contemporary Duet Bundle

“Fun, Flirty Romances! 5 Stars!”