Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December - Enough!



I'm writing this on December 5th. This past weekend, I was able to attend a Madrigal dinner and concert (fabulous!) on Saturday night. I missed the Christmas parade since it was the same time as Madrigal.

In church, we sang Christmas songs and had a sermon about the meaning of advent. That afternoon, we went to a big concert by a symphony orchestra, children's choir, and children's violin orchestra. Wow. I sat there thinking, if this is my last day of life, I'd be okay with that. Now, there's customer satisfaction, right?

Counting Down to the 25th

Each morning, I add a numbered magnetic bulb to the magnetic tree stuck on the side of my fridge. A lot of us are counting down to the 25th, whether by adding a magnetic bulb, opening the door on an antique advent calendar, watching a Christmas movie, etc. Maybe all of the above!

I put up my vintage aluminum tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and got the mistletoe ready, just in case, over the door.

Gifts--sheesh--I struggle with this more each year. 

The  monetary cost is part of my difficulty, but also the high probability that whatever I buy won't be something the recipient actually wants, let alone needs. Then there's the environmental cost. Nobody wants me to get started on this whole topic, but if you're interested in some facts and some creative alternatives, read Joshua Becker's blog, Before you buy your kids a bunch of toys for Christmas. And then check out USA Today's article, Why you shouldn't give gifts to adults.

The gift of time, and experiences, feels like the right way to go.

More Christmas this week

On Wednesday, December 6th, I'll be at the Sweet Romance Reads Christmas Party on Facebook. We hope you'll join us! Click here to go to the party page.

Sometime this week, we might check a couple of movies off the list. I'm going to a dinner party Thursday night. Christmas songs play in my apartment part of the time, but I'm not ready for 24/7 holiday music.

Friday looks relatively quiet. Saturday is a road trip and a much-anticipated concert. Sunday night, another dinner party.

And it's all fun! (Except worrying about the whole gifts issue. That, to me, is anything but fun.) I won't go into the rest of my December schedule--at least not yet. Yours may very well be busier than mine, on top of everything else in life that demands time and energy.

I'll let you in on a little secret that probably won't surprise you. I've about maxed out. I think being an introvert, and a minimalist, and a person who cares deeply about the environment as well as the healthful (or not) qualities of the foods we eat, December is, in many ways, too much. I love the Christmas season, and don't want to spoil it.

So let me ask, when do you reach enough? And what do you do when you get there?

Until next time--happy reading!
Magdalena

P.S.: At bedtime, I'm still savoring my re-read of Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Solstice.. I don't want it to end!





Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving - that was different!

I had such a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. It lasted several days, and I missed one event entirely, due to weather. But I had some great conversations with a variety of interesting people. 

And I had turkey three times. (One was in turkey chili--yum!) And pecan pie just like Aunt Helen used to make. I also drank a mimosa and ate a piece of sheet cake at a baby shower (yay!) on Friday, and enjoyed dinner in a local restaurant on Saturday.

I didn't give myself time to ruminate on the way Thanksgiving used to be. Well, not very much time, anyway. I didn't even cry. I was fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people, and also (for this introvert) to have enough alone-time so I could recharge my batteries between events.

Speaking of batteries, I accidentally checked the battery (it works!) in my smoke alarm when cooking bacon in my oven. 

Here Comes the Sun - After Dark!



Also on the topic of energy, I'm loving my new solar-powered light. I had read about the Luci light, and bought one to use in case of power outage. It's super! (The photo above was taken with all other lights in my apartment turned off.) Now when I'm going to be coming home late, I leave the solar light turned on and don't have to walk into a dark apartment. I much prefer this to leaving one of my other lights on. Why waste the energy, when the sun can light up the space for me? The Luci light charges in window during the day. I'd be happy never to need it for a power outage, but if I do--voila! Highly recommend. 

Reading List

I recently sped through Starry Night, a Debbie Macomber romance novel from several years ago. It's one of those she had me at the first sentence experiences. Now I'm doing my annual(ish) re-read of Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Solstice. I want to be like the heroine, Elfrida Phipps, when I grow up. (Though perhaps without the marmalade-colored hair.) And of course I want to write like Rosamunde Pilcher. Good luck, right?

Some of the books I did write are on promotion until November 30th. 


Ebook version of titles 1, 2, and 3 of The McClains of Legend, Tennessee series:


You can find all of the McClains series at these vendors:

iBooks
Kindle
Kobo
Nook
Smashwords

Okay, I'll let you get back to the project of figuring out what to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers. Anybody want a vat of potato soup?

Until next time--Happy Reading!
Magdalena

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanks Giving - Day 327


Personal Stuff

It's no secret that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love that its focus is gratitude. In 2017, it falls on the 327th day of the year.

Because I am stubborn in my gratitude, I'm making a personal list of 327 things for which I'm grateful. Does that sound ridiculous? Impossible? I'm about halfway through, and it's not hard at all.

To those folks I'll see on Thursday, don't worry. I won't pull the list out out of my pocket to share around the table. Instead, I'll try to keep it in my heart and mind going forward.

If quizzed, I won't be able to remember each of the 327 items to recite aloud, but that's also not the point.

Life's challenges are easier to meet when I'm armed with gratitude, and with an outlook that's as positive as I can manage. A new challenge presented itself last week, and I'm preparing to deal with it long-term.

Besides gratitude and positivity, sunshine helps. It just does! And my daily walk, regardless of the weather, is as much about my emotional health as it is for my physical well-being.

Last week certainly didn't go as planned, and who knows what this one will bring. But as of this writing, it looks as if I'll have lots of time with friends and family during this nationwide official week of Thanksgiving. Both locals and those visiting from a distance.

Writing Stuff

I was honored to write a guest blog which was published last week. Click here to read "Serendipity Series Surprises" on Romancing the Genres.

I don't usually share this type of thing, but it's in most authors' minds right now. At an increasing rate, book sales are being sabotaged by those folks who pirate ebooks, and those who are scamming the system at vendor sites. Making a living as an author is more and more of a challenge. So that's the bad news.

The good news is that I'm stubbornly optimistic about possibilities. One of those is the sale of books to libraries. Many, if not all, libraries offer lending of ebooks. If you love my stories, please consider recommending them to your local librarian. (They are available through Overdrive and other distributors which serve libraries.) Once the library owns a copy of a book, patrons can check it out one at a time, just like a regular book, except when the loan period expires, the book "disappears" from your e-reader. It's so nifty! I often read ebooks from my library.

That's my quick update. I hope you're having a wonderful holiday week. If you're not, take a break and make a gratitude list. Try for five items, but don't be surprised if you keep on going.

Until next time, happy reading!
Magdalena

Monday, November 13, 2017

Advice, Alignment, and Mashed Potatoes


A writer friend recently sent me the link to I Talked to 150 Writers and Here's the Best Advice They Had - by Joe Fassler. As my friend anticipated, I found this article quite fascinating, and gleaned some points for continued thought. I'm always ready to read about (and potentially learn and incorporate) better ways of doing this writing gig. Mr. Fassler's seven points of best writing advice, and where I stand on each:

1. Neglect everything else. 
I stink at time management. Either I don't whittle down the items that get my attention, and try to do everything--or else I cut out the things that I should do, and spend time on what doesn't really matter. Once in a while, I get it just right. It's a fabulous feeling!

2. Beginnings matter.
 William Gibson's requirement: “The first line must convince me that it somehow embodies the entire unwritten text.” 

I was only brave enough to look at the first sentence in each of my Serendipity books. The best two: 

There was only one thing that could have brought me back to Serendipity, Indiana, and that was the Osborne house.

 Turn the page, Emily.
I didn't say they were great. I just said they were the best of my nine Serendipity books.

3. Follow the headlights.
Mr. Fassler says, "Throw out all your plans and assumptions, and make room to surprise yourself." 

I really, really love this. It makes me happy just re-reading his sentence! The Blank Book was written exactly that way.

4. Sound it out.
Reading a manuscript aloud makes all the difference. A friend of mine who owned a publishing company gave her authors this advice. I haven't always followed it, but I should have.

5. It's supposed to be difficult.
Is it encouraging to know that authors (famous or infamous, of all calibers) say that writing is hard work, and ever gets easier? Well, no--except it's nice to be reminded I'm in fine company as I pace the floor or throw myself on the bed, trying to come up with what happens next in a story. (For those times when the headlights are on dim, or have burned out.)

6. Keep a totem.
I've never done this very well, but a cousin gave me the darling miniature "typewriter" pictured above. The top opens to reveal a treasure box. I keep my Romance Writers of America Published Author Network pin in it, and it sits on my writing table.


7. Find the joy.
I wrote a blog about reclaiming the joy of writing. That doesn't mean I've totally reclaimed it, but that I realized I had lost it. It's a step, right?

Another Blog Post that got my attention

Joshua Becker, one of my favorite authors about the minimalist lifestyle, published a blog today entitled, "Don't Trade Your Passion Just to Gain the World." Another riveting read. As he suggests, I wrote down my list of three priorities, and am examining my life to see how well my actions align with those three points of focus. (Answer: needs work!)
In the end, we’re all going to ask ourselves, "Were the things I devoted my life to worth it?"  --Joshua Becker
I've simplified my life in order to concentrate on what matters, but sometimes I still fail at that. This is similar to my situation with item #1 in Mr. Fassler's seven-item list. The good news: I can start working now to turn this ship around.

And then I read an article about brain health...

...and, just in time for the over-eating season--stuffing! mashed potatoes! a paradise of pies!--I will be decreasing my intake of sugar and other carbs, and increasing daily exercise. It will be a bit of a challenge, but not impossible. I try to walk three miles six days a week, but when you live in a studio apartment, there's not a lot of walking indoors during the day. I'm setting a timer to get out of my writing chair every half hour and use my stepper for five minutes.

Miss Minimalist's article on the Minimalist Diet dovetails nicely. I don't have to avoid all the pitch-in dinner goodies, but just decrease the amount of each. I hadn't been to Francine Jay's blog in a while, and am glad I popped over there to see this.

So that's my blog post-reading roundup. Not that I meant to write a blog post roundup, but the daggone things kept presenting themselves, and fit together just right.

And who am I to ignore the headlights?

Until next time--happy reading!
Magdalena

Monday, November 6, 2017

Gratitude: New Release, a Party for Cowboys, and a Rough Return to REAL Time

I have a book releasing on November 9th--my mother's birthday. She died in 2001, but I see her every time I look in a mirror, and sometimes I "hear her voice" when I talk, when I use her quirky sayings. She was a fabulous, fun, memorable person, and I'm fortunate to be her daughter. (My dad was great too--lucky me, right?)



About the book:

Maureen McClain didn’t believe in love at first sight until the night of her cousin’s art gallery opening. That’s when she met Damien Phillips. Their first touch was electric, and in the next few weeks their relationship blossomed. But that all ended when she showed up at his Nashville home and witnessed his argument with a pregnant woman who said that her child needed its father. Maureen is concentrating on growing her business, McClain Events, and has put Damien firmly into her past.

Damien Phillips hopes that if he can finally complete painting a portrait of Maureen, he’ll be able to let her go. His life changed the day he and Jamie were arguing, and Maureen overheard. Now he’s full-time dad to Emma, who looks like the mother who died so tragically. When he’s about to lose his Nashville apartment, fate hands him an opportunity in Legend. Being near Maureen will help him finish the painting, and a small town upbringing, even with a single dad, is his best option for Emma.

iBooks - Kindle - Kobo - Nook Paperback



You're invited!

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield  seeks to help rodeo athletes who need a hand up this holiday season with the fourth annual Cowboys and Christmas campaign.

November 1 through December 24, ten percent of the net proceeds from all Shanna Hatfield book sales will be donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period.

Hatfield decided to donate to JCCF after writing the first book in the Rodeo Romance sweet romance series that centers around rodeo athletes. Now in the fourth year, the Cowboys and Christmas campaign generates funds through book sales made during the holiday season and raises awareness about JCCF.

Join us on Facebook Thursday, November 9th, and party for a cowboy here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1942492956038626/
Please note: The times listed are Pacific Time.
Please also note: if you've never attended a Facebook party, they are fun! And Shanna's are always terrific. 
Oh yeah: I'm hosting for twenty minutes during the party. Yeehaw!


Well, that's one way to get leaves off the trees!

Over the weekend, my little corner of the world returned to what I like to call NORMAL Time. Daylight Savings Time is one of the things I dislike about summer. Saturday evening, I re-set all the clocks. Sunday morning, my poor brain was worn out from the Saturday night-Sunday morning sleep time change. Winds geared up Sunday, ripping leaves off the trees. We were lucky to have a pretty autumn this year, but the color show is about over.

And then Sunday night a swath of severe weather came through. Tornadoes touched down in our county. Some storm damage occurred a couple of blocks from me. I spent part of the night (when the tornado warning siren was blaring) on the bathroom floor in a fetal position. My guess is that tonight I will sleep great. I have to be energetic this week, right? I mean, book release! And Facebook party!

As always, I'm grateful for my simple life, and for being able to write books that might give you a respite from your own kind of less than pleasant reality.

Until next time--happy reading!
Magdalena

Monday, October 30, 2017

Autumn, Tiny House Experiment, and New Books!

Did you notice that the blog was on hiatus? Yep, since June 15th. If you did notice, maybe you are wondering:
  • Where has the time gone?
  • Do I have summer vacation photos to share?
  • What have I accomplished during this period? 
  • What goofy things happened in my little corner of the universe?
  • What's my stress level?
  • What is the future of the blog?
I suppose it's possible that you are only wondering some of those things. Maybe you're not wondering any of them.

Maybe you've never heard of me, and aren't certain how you arrived here.

If the latter is the case, please feel free to hang around anyway, and even look at some of the blog's older posts. Just fyi, book links added prior to October 2015 probably don't work. That's a sad story I don't want to go into, but--good news--you don't want to hear it. 

Because we're not going to get into depressing stuff.
There's plenty of that EVERYWHERE else. Oy.

Now, lemme see. Your first question was 

Where has the time gone?

Away, forever. We're not getting any of it back for a do-over.

I used some of the time very well, but I squandered a lot of it. Most of my time-squandering was done by being very, very busy. But in that busyness, I often lost my focus. I also let myself get caught up in a lot of worry about things I couldn't change. Mindfulness, focus...these are always at or near the top of my list of things to get better at. 

At my age--old enough for AARP, not old enough for the National Park Service's lifetime senior pass--I don't want to waste time. I want to fill it with all the right things. 

Do I have summer vacation photos to share?


How about the one above, from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin? No big-ticket vacations this year, but my son and daughter-in-law and I took a road trip in July. They visited friends and so did I. Yep, their friends moved to Woodstock, IL (where Groundhog Day was filmed). My friends live 15 minutes from them. Lake Geneva is just a short drive from there. We all had a fun, relaxing time! 

On Saturday, my friend Beverly and I went to the farmers' market on the town square. It was amazing! I bought homemade soap, and should have bought the olive oil, but worried about breaking the glass bottle on the way home. I wish our local farmers' market was as well supported by the community, and could branch out into doing more, like having live music. The photo above was taken at Woodstock during the farmers' market.

Here's another photo from this summer. This one was taken in Southern Indiana--Corydon. Don't you love outdoor concerts? This one was recorded for a "local" Public Radio program, Kentucky Homefront.

What have I accomplished during this period?


I published KIM: BEACH BRIDES SERIES, and A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS (Serendipity #9). I also wrote HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (McClains #9) which is available for pre-order. It will release on November 9th.

I'm almost caught up making paperbacks. Yay! All of the Serendipity books are in print. I have a little more work to do on the McClain Series, but we're reaaaaaally close!

Personal stuff: Weddings. Family reunions. Funerals. Community celebrations. Just hanging out with people I love. Thinking about where I go from here, life-wise and career-wise.

What goofy things happened in my little corner of the universe?

Food poisoning. That was an interesting few hours on the bathroom floor.

Lesson learned: Clean the blender more thoroughly after making my daily fruit/yogurt smoothie. I'm not sure that's where the food poisoning came from, but I don't have anyone else's food to blame.

Badly sprained left ankle and banged-up right arm. Gotta love it. This happened on a Friday in September--a "day off" I gave myself because I had met all my 2017 deadlines. I made a list of 20 things I was behind on, including indulgences like cleaning the shower. Just as I was ready to head out on my morning walk, I answered a phone call that upset me.

Lessons learned from the fall: (1)Leave drama and stress "at the office" and focus instead on walking, and (2)Living in less than 100 square feet--the amount of my apartment I could get to when I couldn't walk--worked really well. It was an accidental tiny house experiment. Of course not having the laptop within the 100 sq ft. was awkward. Having met my deadlines, I read a novel. It was cozy, relaxing, and enjoyable--except for the pain.

What's my stress level?

Well, how nice of you to ask! It's better. I put the blog on hiatus partly because I was feeling very stressed and overwhelmed by some behind the scenes stuff you don't need to worry about. By late summer, after months of rotten sleep, I finally started getting eight hours most nights. Whee!

What is the future of the blog?

I'm not 100% sure, except that:
  • Most posts will be waaaay shorter than today's. (You're welcome!) 
  • Fewer "buy my book" posts, though I'd love for you to do that.
  • I'll try to keep to a schedule. Once a month? Once a week? Somewhere in between?
What do you think?

Do you have suggestions? Comments? Questions?

Book links, just in case you're interested:

McClains of Legend, Tennessee Series: http://www.magdalenascott.com/p/my-books.html
Sweet Christmas Kisses 4: Amazon ~ Kobo ~ Google Books ~ Nook ~ iBooks

Until next time, Happy reading!
Magdalena

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!




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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.

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**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!