Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy Book Birthday!


Taylor Kincaid's story, ONCE UPON A TIME, releases today! I'm so excited. In fact, I was already excited months ago, when I saw this sign and took its picture.

Once Upon a Time
Serendipity, Indiana - Book Eight


Taylor Kincaid has big plans for her post-college life. Falling in love with the mysterious new shop owner in the small town she grew up in isn't one of them.

You may have met Taylor (and her twin, Hannah) in Serendipity, Indiana book #2, EMILY'S DREAMS. Now the twins have graduated college and are ready to leave Serendipity forever... The only problem is an absence of jobs in their fields.

They decide to move back home temporarily, living with their parents again, and taking a little sabbatical from all the hard work (and partying) of college.

But Marcus Kincaid has different expectations of his daughters. The free ride is at an end, and they have to get jobs in Serendipity if they expect to live at home.

Hannah accidentally volunteers to work at the Standish Family Christmas Tree Farm with their sister Emily (Kincaid) Standish. But Taylor will float resumes in the little town, and find a job that will pad her bank account, and be easy to leave when the right employment opportunity comes along.

It's a great plan, until she steps into the antiques shop on the town square, and meets its handsome, enigmatic new owner. Now leaving may be more complicated than staying.

Sweet romance, "coincidences" that might be more than that, and a love that survives the unthinkable come together in this new Serendipity, Indiana tale.

Download your copy of the ebook here:
iBooks ~ Kobo ~ Nook  Kindle  ~  Smashwords   

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Release! Nina: Beach Brides ~ by Stacey Joy Netzel

Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…


Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!
Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.

You’ll want to read each one!





Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Four months later, a bottle washes up on a beach near Savannah, Georgia, where billionaire banker, Heath Wellington, is primed to propose to his socialite girlfriend. Pragmatic Heath has never believed much in signs, but the timing of this mysterious missive’s arrival is too uncanny to ignore. Can Heath disregard the compelling “message in a bottle” from a sassy bookstore owner in Beaumont, Maine? Or will her heartfelt plea change the course of his life forever?


Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon!


Pre-Order your books today!
** $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reclaim the Joy


I have some of my most interesting ideas and realizations when I'm out on a walk. I've read why that is, and if memory serves (unlikely) it's something about giving the mind a rest.

Wherever they come from, I do well to listen to my on-a-walk ideas. When I ignore them, I often regret it. I won't tell you about that, because it's a bit of a downer.

So anyway, on a recent walk, I realized what I've been doing wrong lately, and how to correct it. It's a simple thing. Quite obvious, really (especially with a big pink striped graphic at the top of the blog).

I decided to reclaim the joy of writing. 

Does that sound strange? Do you think that, because I made the intentional decision to write full-time, that means I enjoy every minute? Well, I do enjoy writing, and interacting with readers, and getting to know other authors. But, just like most work, there are some parts of this job that aren't exactly fun. I have been immersed in those, of late.

In the last year or so I've tried to be particularly organized, with my Big Markerboard of Goals, Deadlines, and Stuff. I have a calendar with Everything I Need to Do, and When, with Reminders that spring up in my face so I can't possibly forget. (Theoretically, at least.)

I've tried to do better at promoting my books, too. I've bought some ads, given away lots and lots (and lots!) of books, hoping to lead readers to the others. I've spent loads of time behind the scenes doing myriad other things in an effort to find readers and encourage them to find me back.

And you know what?

It stalled my writing, and still hasn't helped book sales.

Worse than that, it has resulted in less joy in the process--and more focus, worry, and focused-worry, about the money. Along with everything else in the world right now (the big one, and my small, personal one) focused-worry is not good for my mental health. I quit my day job because I felt called to write.* I didn't sign on for this gig to be depressed about it.

I have three novellas to finish for existing commitments, and then I move on to the project I promised to myself  in my 2017 goals. I didn't tell you about that yet, or if I did it was just a hint.

These three novellas? I'm going to love writing them! 

Instead of worrying about how books are selling or what I should be doing about promotion, I'll settle into my writing chair each morning, starting my day with coffee and fresh words. The Big Markerboard is still in sight, should I need to refer to it. 

I hope you'll want to read those books. They'll be written with love, sprinkled with humor, and they will not come from a place of worry or stress. I want my stories to always be a refuge where you can escape those things.

*As my tagline says, 

Try a romance novel on...for sighs!

Once Upon a Time releases a week from today. I wrote it during stolen hours between other projects, and when I could have been doing things like sleeping, or cleaning my apartment. I had to set the story aside several times, and when I finally finished, was so happy with the result. I hope you will be, too.

Now, tell me. Is there a way you can reclaim joy today?

Magdalena


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Release! Tara: Beach Brides ~ by Ginny Baird

Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…


Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!
Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.
You’ll want to read each one!





Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Four months later, a bottle washes up on a beach near Savannah, Georgia, where billionaire banker, Heath Wellington, is primed to propose to his socialite girlfriend. Pragmatic Heath has never believed much in signs, but the timing of this mysterious missive’s arrival is too uncanny to ignore. Can Heath disregard the compelling “message in a bottle” from a sassy bookstore owner in Beaumont, Maine? Or will her heartfelt plea change the course of his life forever?


Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon!


Pre-Order your books today!
** $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **

Monday, May 29, 2017

Once Upon a Time in Serendipity

So happy to pop in and let you know that Taylor Kincaid's story is now available for pre-order. It will release on June 8th.

Once Upon A Time - Serendipity, Indiana Book Eight


Taylor Kincaid has big plans for her post-college life. Falling in love with the mysterious new shop owner in the small town she grew up in isn't one of them. 


You may have met Taylor (and her twin, Hannah) in Serendipity, Indiana book #2, EMILY'S DREAMS. Now the twins have graduated college and are ready to leave Serendipity forever... The only problem is an absence of jobs in their fields.

They decide to move back home temporarily, living with their parents again, and taking a little sabbatical from all the hard work (and partying) of college.

But Marcus Kincaid has different expectations of his daughters. The free ride is at an end, and they have to get jobs in Serendipity if they expect to live at home.

Hannah accidentally volunteers to work at the Standish Family Christmas Tree Farm with their sister Emily (Kincaid) Standish. But Taylor will float resumes in the little town, and find a job that will pad her bank account, and be easy to leave when the right employment opportunity comes along.

It's a great plan, until she steps into the antiques shop on the town square, and meets its handsome, enigmatic new owner. Now leaving may be more complicated than staying.

Sweet romance, "coincidences" that might be more than that, and a love that survives the unthinkable come together in this new Serendipity, Indiana tale.

Pre-order: 
iBooks ~ Kobo ~ Nook  ~  Smashwords Kindle 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MEG: Beach Brides Series ~ by Julie Jarnagin

The Beach Brides Series launched today, with the publication of Julie Jarnagin's novella, MEG. Did you hear the fanfare?




Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors...

Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!

Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.You'll want to read each one!

BEACH BRIDES SERIES (Meg)

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they've been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her "dream hero" and cast it out to sea!

Three weeks later, Meg Mullen's community theater is on the verge of closing if she can't raise the money to save it, but she's running out of time and needs a miracle. Television producer, Elliot Campbell, finds a message in a bottle from the perfect female contestant for his reality dating show. All he has to do is talk Meg into taking the job, convince her to choose one of the contenders, and figure out how to keep from falling in love with her himself. 

Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon!




Buy MEG, and pre-order the rest of the books today!
** $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **


Join us at the Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/652393644949788/




May 25th is the series Launch Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1386443488139407/

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fun in the Summer Sun!

Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…



All 12 ebooks are now available for PreOrder...

Beach Brides! 
Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.
You’ll want to read each one!


Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea! Sending a message in a bottle can’t be any crazier than online or cell phone dating, or posting personal ads! And, who knows? One of these mysterious missives might actually lead to love…

Join Meg, Tara, Nina, Clair, Jenny, Lisa, Hope, Kim, Rose, Lily, Faith and Amy, as they embark on the challenge of a lifetime: risking their hearts to accomplish their dreams.

Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon!


Pre-Order your books today!
** $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **

**All Beach Brides books will also be available in paperback**

My story in the series is KIM

Jon Whitfield was engaged when he “landed” the message in a bottle on a fishing trip, and it disappeared before he could decide whether to respond. Now unattached, he's on a road trip with Kim Rose, whose gratitude in spite of a painful past reminds him of the touching note he wishes he’d kept. 

Pssst--Serendipity readers, Kim was the nurse aid in Emily's Dreams! 



The Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook will have lots going on all summer. And this Thursday, May 25th, is the Launch Party on Facebook. Click here to join!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mothers Day Party on Facebook!

Please join the authors of Sweet Romance Reads on Facebook this Thursday, May 11th, for our annual Mothers Day Party!

Games, giveaways, books and more, from 2:00 to 8:00 Eastern Daylight Time. The party page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/452828891723646/

Looking forward to it!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Beach Brides - Cover Reveal!

Ta-da! Here's one of the things I've been doing behind the scenes. Today is Cover Reveal Day, so I can finally talk about it. What a struggle it's been to keep this series, and the gorgeous covers, a secret. Much more fun to show it to you!!


Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!

Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.
You’ll want to read each one!

BEACH BRIDES SERIES
Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea! Sending a message in a bottle can’t be any crazier than online or cell phone dating, or posting personal ads! And, who knows? One of these mysterious missives might actually lead to love…

Join Meg, Tara, Nina, Clair, Jenny, Lisa, Hope, Kim, Rose, Lily, Faith and Amy, as they embark on the challenge of a lifetime: risking their hearts to accomplish their dreams.

Beach Brides will be at Amazon, on Kindle Unlimited. Pre-order links should be available May 17, 2017.

MEG (Julie Jarnagin) – May 23, 2017
TARA (Ginny Baird) – May 30, 2017
NINA (Stacey Joy Netzel) – June 6, 2017
CLAIR (Grace Greene) – June 13, 2017
JENNY (Melissa McClone) – June 20, 2017
LISA (Denise Devine) – June 27, 2017
HOPE (Aileen Fish) – July 4, 2017
KIM (Magdalena Scott) – July 11, 2017
ROSE (Shanna Hatfield) – July 18, 2017
LILY (Ciara Knight) – July 25, 2017
FAITH (Helen Scott Taylor) – August 1, 2017
AMY (Raine English) – August 8, 2017



I'm incredibly grateful to be a part of this fun project with such amazing authors. 

My story, KIM, is about the woman who was a nurse aid in Emily's Dreams. Have you wondered what happened to her? 


** Each novella will be $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **

I'll be posting the pre-order links as soon as they're available. Then we can all head to the beach!




In the meantime, you can join the Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook. We'll have lots going on there, and you'll see the gorgeous covers in full size. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Free Book

How's that for a headline? Free book, yes indeed, and it has one of my prettiest covers ever.

Please help yourself to a copy of Emily's Dreams, which is book #2 in the Serendipity, Indiana series. We're trying to get the word out about the series, and Emily is out there spreading the word!

Here's the blurb:

Emily Kincaid was seriously injured in a car wreck (Small Town Christmas). Now she has to figure out how to live instead of simply surviving. Her past includes a series of broken relationships and dead-end jobs, but her future is a giant question mark. Everybody wants to help--the nurse aide Emily can't stand, Emily's grandmother who had the perfect marriage and wants Emily to find the right man, and her teenage sisters who are eager to get her out of their way. David Standish wants to help too, but he's the guy Emily can never have. He's older, and cosmopolitan while she's small-town boring...

And on top of all this, there's the voice in Emily's head that keeps giving her advice she can't understand.

Come to Serendipity, and believe in the magic of Love!

iBooks

You can read an excerpt on the Emily's Dreams page.

I hope you'll love Emily's story. She's a special young lady!

Magdalena

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Join me at Sweet Romance Reads?

Hi there! This month we're doing a reintroduction of ourselves on one of the group sites I participate in. Please click here to read my article on the Sweet Romance Reads page.


I'm so jazzed to see new reader reviews on some of my Legend, Tennessee titles. I especially love the one about Book #4, Building a Dream. Have you visited Legend lately? It's a nice, peaceful spot.



I hope your day is a good one, and that you find time to read something that leaves you with a happy sigh!

Magdalena

Friday, April 14, 2017

Donna Fasano and Made in Paradise

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Once Upon a Time - in Serendipity

I've been working on the next project in this year's rather ambitious writing line-up, and just realized I forgot to share  here on the blog about Taylor Kincaid's story, Once Upon a Time. This book (omigosh, so excited with the way it's going!) is scheduled to release on June first. The blurb is below, along with the pre-order links currently available.

Just so you know I'm not falling apart completely, I did a cover reveal for the book in my recent newsletter.

Taylor's twin sister, Hannah, will get a Christmas romance (yay! love those, right?), and I already have the cover for that one. (Please sign up here for my newsletter to get this type of info first.) 

Have you read books about twins? If so, what do you like best about those?


Once Upon a Time
Serendipity, Indiana - Book Eight

You met Taylor Kincaid (and her twin, Hannah) in Emily's Dreams. Now the twins have graduated college and are ready to leave Serendipity forever... The only problem is an absence of jobs in their field.

They decide to stay in Serendipity temporarily, living with their parents again, and taking a little sabbatical from all the hard work (and partying) of college.

But Marcus Kincaid has different expectations of his daughters. The free ride is at an end, and they have to get jobs in Serendipity if they expect to live at home. 

Hannah accidentally volunteers to work at the Standish Family Christmas Tree Farm with sister Emily (Kincaid) Standish. But Taylor floats resumes in the little town, to find a job that will help pad her bank account and be easy to leave when the right employment opportunity comes along.

It's a great plan, until Taylor steps into the antiques shop on the town square, and meets its handsome, enigmatic new owner. Now leaving may be more complicated than staying.

Pre-order:
iBooks ~ Kobo ~ Nook  ~  Smashwords
Pre-order coming soon to Amazon  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Authors in Bloom Winner


I hope you enjoyed the Authors in Bloom blog hop! The name of the grand prize winner will be posted on the blog of Dianne Venetta, who organized the event.

I chose the winner of my giveaway by using random.org. (But I enjoyed reading comments about farmers' markets. Only downside: Made me hungry, and in a hurry for ours to open!)

The winner of a paperback from me is Rhi. Congratulations, Rhi!

Thank you, everyone, for participating. Those who signed up for my newsletter will get an email containing their coupon code for a free ebook. So please do watch for that!

Until we meet again, Happy Reading!

Magdalena

Monday, April 3, 2017


If you enjoy Facebook parties, or have been wanting to try one, here's the perfect opportunity. Shanna Hatfield's Third Annual Petticoat Ball is sure to be great! (Click image to go to the party page.)

Hosting authors will bring games, books, and other prizes--and will join guests in lots of fun sharing time.

I'm tickled to be one of the guest hosts. (Please note, the party is being held on Pacific Time, 10 AM to 2 PM on April 6th.)

We all hope to see you there!

Magdalena

Monday, March 27, 2017

Authors in Bloom - Blog Hop!


Welcome! I hope you're enjoying the 6th annual blog hop. This is my first year to participate, and I'm excited about it!

I'm a USA Today Bestselling Author of small town romance and women's fiction. I have two series. Please click on the group of covers to learn more about each series.


While you're here, grab two free books. (McClains series)


At the end of the blog hop, each newsletter subscriber will get a Smashwords coupon code for a free copy of Small Town Christmas (Serendipity series)Sign up for the newsletter here.


Now--about Spring, and Blooming...I live in a studio apartment, so when the local farmers' market starts up, I really get jazzed. Here's a photo of some goodies I bought last year. Zucchini, summer squash, strawberries, and the bread lady's fabulous sourdough. Mmmm.

My favorite summer lunch is sauteed veggies. Sometimes I add thinly sliced carrots, and/or broccoli, but here's my favorite:

Summer Vegetable Sautee
Sautee in extra virgin olive oil: Summer (yellow) squash, and zucchini, washed and sliced 1/4 inch thick, and sweet onion--diced. Sprinkle with creole seasoning. Stir occasionally. A few minutes before done, add cashews as desired. (I try not to cook the cashews too long.) Can be served alone, or on a bed of wheat spaghetti.



Giveaway!

Do you have a local farmers' market? If so, what are your favorite finds?

Answer that question in the comments, below. You must include your email address in your comment to be eligible for the grand prize at the end of the hop. (The organizers will be checking that everyone visited all the blogs. Plus they need a way to get hold of you, if you win.)

Your comment also puts your name into the hat for a random drawing to win one of my paperbacks. I'll put up a post announcing my winner on April 7th.

Good luck!

Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs, listed below. The tour ends April 5th at 11:59pm EST. The grand prize winners will be posted April 7th, on blog #1 (Dianne Venetta) and #50 (Bloomin Thyme).

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