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Series Spotlight and Giveaway: Melissa Storm’s First Street Church Kindle World

Today is the first launch of Melissa Storm‘s First Street Church Kindle World. To find out more about Melissa's own series that's available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited, click here.

First Street Church is heartwarming, inspirational series set in the tiny town of Sweet Grove, TX, where neighbors still care deeply about each other and the little white chapel on First Street is the heart and soul of all who live here. It’s a simple life–a good life–yet many here are suffering invisible pains. From alcoholism to divorce, hoarding, and even suicide, the struggles are real but so is the God who loves this town and all its residents. Through the darkest of times and the deepest of tragedies, each day provides a new chance to find faith, hope… and even love.

Many top Christian and Sweet Romance authors have contributed their own stories to First Street Church Kindle World, and many more will be joining us soon! Would you like to pay us a visit? sweetgrovebooks.com/community/

The First Street Church Kindle World is available only on Amazon. Click here to see all the books!

Wondering which of the new Kindle World books you should check out first? Take this fun quiz to receive your custom recommendation.  www.SweetGroveBooks.com/quiz

Be sure to check out the series trailer:

To celebrate the launch of the First Street Church Kindle World, one winner will receive a $5 Amazon gift card and a $5 Starbucks gift card. You can have a tasty drink while you read a new book!

To enter, just post a comment telling me what you think of this new series. I'll pick a winner on Tuesday, July 26th using random.org and post the name here and on my Facebook page so check back to see if you won.

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from 7/19 to 7/26 at 6:00 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date either here on the blog or on Facebook. Void where prohibited by law.

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Beach Brides Spotlight and Giveaway: Shanna Hatfield’s Rose

The Beach Brides series has another release out! ROSE, Book #9, by Shanna Hatfield. The series consists of twelve heartwarming, standalone novellas that are linked by a unifying theme by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors linked by a unifying theme. The stories are standalone.

About the book…

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!
A bottle found…

When his mother discovers a message in a bottle washed up on a Florida beach, Tanner Thomas scoffs at her insistence he contact the person who penned the note. With a vague promise to think about it, Tanner promptly tucks the bottle away and goes on with his life. Two years later, he finds the bottle in the back of a closet and can't get the woman off his mind. Tormented by thoughts of the author of the sweet, romantic letter, Tanner finally reaches out to the old-fashioned girl, unprepared to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Available at Amazon for $2.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited, click here.

For more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

Giveaway…

I love that Tanner's mom plays a role in this couple getting together. Sometimes others know what when need before we do (even if we might disagree with them!) But two years is a long time to wait. I wonder what Rose thinks when she finally hears aback. What do you think about the story?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a Thirty-One Zip-top Organizing Utility Tote (ZOUT). This is one of my favorite products! Also included is a fun beach sign, three seashell-shaped bath fizzies, and a wind chime.

I’ll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning July 24th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by July 31th to claim their prize.

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from 7/18 to 7/24 at 6:00 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date either here on the blog or on Facebook. Void where prohibited by law.

You're invited…

If you'd like to be a part of the Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook, click here.

Each Tuesday from now until August 8th, a new Beach Brides title will be released. I'll have a beachy giveaway with a tote, thermal, or cinch to celebrate each story's book birthday, so be sure to check back or subscribe to blog posts so you don't miss out.

The Beach Bride Series – Available only at Amazon

MEG by Julie Jarnagin
TARA by Ginny Baird
NINA by Stacey Joy Netzel
CLAIR by Grace Greene
JENNY by Melissa McClone
LISA by Denise Devine
HOPE by Aileen Fish
KIM by Magdalena Scott
ROSE by Shanna Hatfield
LILY by Ciara Knight
FAITH by Helen Scott Taylor
AMY by Raine English

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Authors With Heart Spotlight: Susan Mallery’s Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

Ready for another “authors with heart” spotlight and prize pack from our 2017 project? I'll be doing these posts until spring of 2018, plus catching up with a few authors from 2016. I'm still a little behind. In these features, you get to hear about a book and have a chance to win a prize! Each featured author helped with the 2017 Mother's Day thermal bags that were donated to two Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle and Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM.

I'm so excited to tell you about Susan Mallery's new release SECRETS OF THE TULIP SISTERHOOD. There's even a Tulip Sister website so be sure to check that out by clicking here. This is what one reviewer has to say about the story:

“Be prepared to stay up late! Once you start this book you are not going to want to put it down until you finish. Susan Mallery has the ability to create fictional towns (and the people who live there) that are so real that you want to at least visit, if not move there. Tulpen Crossing, Washington, is the latest such place. Not only are the characters and family relationships well written with her signature sense of humor, but the town itself is a character trying to better itself to draw in tourists year ‘round. The estranged sisters each have their secrets that strain their budding relationship. The story keeps the reader wanting to see what happens next.” —Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for SISTERS OF THE TULIP SISTERS:

A captivating new novel about the problem with secrets, the power of love, and the unbreakable bond between sisters from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

Kelly Murphy isn't used to chaos. Her life as a tulip farmer is routine, after all—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sunwashed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing’s prodigal son who’s set his sights on Kelly, and her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone.

But Olivia's return isn't as triumphant as she pretends. Her job has no future and, ever since her dad sent her away from the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past. She's determined to reclaim her man and her place in the family…whether her sister likes it or not. For ten years, she and Kelly have been strangers. Olivia will get by without her approval now.

While Kelly and Olivia butt heads, their secrets tumble out in a big, hot mess, revealing some truths that will change everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each other—and themselves—and redefine what it means to be sisters?

The Tulip Sisters are in for the most colorful summer of their lives . . . TulipSisters.com

Available at:
Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

I love Susan's books and this one sounds like another winner! I enjoy books that feature sisters and reunions. How about you?

Comment to be entered to win a prize pack that includes all you see in the picture: zipper pouch, Thirty-One magnetic bookmark and nail file, shower gel/body butter set, magnetic notepad, mini notepad, tissue, shower scrubby, pen, and swag. I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Wednesday, July 19th here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Wednesday, July 26th to claim their prize.

*** The winner is Meghan Finley! Meghan, please see comment section on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Thursday, June 13th, to July  19th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. The winner is chosen using random.org. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

A special thanks to Susan for sponsoring a tote bag and donating books and swag (she has the cutest sticker sheets!) for the Seattle/JBLM Fisher House moms on Mother's Day. She's been a part of this effort for a few years now, and I really appreciate her support!

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Beach Brides Spotlight and Giveaway: Magdalena Scott’s Kim

Another Beach Brides book is out this week! Check out KIM, Book #8, by Magdalena Scott. The series consists of twelve heartwarming, standalone novellas that are linked by a unifying theme by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors linked by a unifying theme. The stories are standalone.

About the book…

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!

Almost two years later…

Jon Whitfield “landed” the message in a bottle on a fishing vacation with his buddies, and it disappeared before he could decide whether to respond. Now 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.

Available at Amazon for $2.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited, click here.

For more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

Giveaway…

This one makes me really curious how Jon ends up on a road trip with Kim Rose after “landing” her note! What do you think?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a Thirty-One retro-metro foldover and zipper pouch. These can go to the beach or wherever you want to go! Also included is a fun beach sign, three seashell-shaped bath fizzies, and a wind chime.

I’ll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning July 17th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by July 24th to claim their prize.

*** The winner is Shannon Cappelle! Please see comment section on how to claim your prize. ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from 7/11 to 7/17 at 6:00 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date either here on the blog or on Facebook. Void where prohibited by law.

You're invited…

If you'd like to be a part of the Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook, click here.

Each Tuesday from now until August 8th, a new Beach Brides title will be released. I'll have a beachy giveaway with a tote, thermal, or cinch to celebrate each story's book birthday, so be sure to check back or subscribe to blog posts so you don't miss out.

The Beach Bride Series – Available only at Amazon

MEG by Julie Jarnagin
TARA by Ginny Baird
NINA by Stacey Joy Netzel
CLAIR by Grace Greene
JENNY by Melissa McClone
LISA by Denise Devine
HOPE by Aileen Fish
KIM by Magdalena Scott
ROSE by Shanna Hatfield
LILY by Ciara Knight
FAITH by Helen Scott Taylor
AMY by Raine English

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Sweet Christmas in July Sale & Giveaway

Sale!

Please join us for the Sweet Christmas in July sale. The following sweet romances are on sale for 99 cents!

For buy links to additional ebook retailers, click here!

Giveaway!

Comment with a way to celebrate Christmas in July and you'll be entered to win a $10 Amazon or Starbucks e-card.

I’ll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Sunday night (July 16th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by July 25th to claim their prize.

*** The winner is Suzanne Blasi! Please see comment section on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from 7/10 to 7/16 in the evening PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries.  Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date either here on the blog or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited by law.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Ja’Nese Dixon’s Love’s Hope

Today I have a cover reveal and giveaway for you from Ja’Nese Dixon who writes sweet, inspirational romances. LOVE'S HOPE releases on July 10th!

About the book!

Can she find hope when all else fails?

Sandra James has life all figured out, or so she thinks. But her successful business, commitment-averse boyfriend, and her sister’s shotgun wedding threaten her health and sanity. She will run to Love Never Fails Retreat in hopes of relinquishing her childhood dreams and embracing her reality even if it breaks her heart.

This is Book 2 in an inspirational romance novella set in a small Texas ranch that you can read as a stand-alone or as part of the series.

Ready for Love Romance Series

  • Book 1: Caramel Surprise
  • Book 2: Love’s Hope
  • Book 3: Hidden Desire

LOVE’S HOPE is an inspirational romantic novella that originally appeared in Love Never Fails: An Anthology.

Available at:

Amazon/NOOK/iBooks/Kobo/Google Play

About the Author!

Ja’Nese Dixon pens tales of romance in various subgenres, including romantic suspense and sweet romance. But her favorites are the ones that manage to keep readers sitting on the edge of their seats lying to themselves about reading “just one more chapter”.

She is an avid reader and coffee drinker living in Houston, Texas with her husband, three children, and diva dog. Connect with her online at:

WebsiteFacebook ~ Instagram ~ Twitter

Excerpt

“Don’t get me started again. My mascara can only take one meltdown a day.”

Their laughter filled the car. That was why she called him.

“And where does Alonso fit into this scenario?”

She knew she couldn’t slide that one pass him. Her boyfriend, correction, ex-boyfriend wanted to play house and told her he had no plans of getting married anytime soon. Her vision was cloudy again.

Sandra wiped away the tears, taking deep breathes. It was over.

“I can’t stay in a relationship not headed to marriage,” she stated. Not to mention her “Get Married” deadline was approaching. And there went her “Start a Family” goal too.

“So are the tears are for him?”

Sandra shook her head, “No.” Alone in her SUV. Sitting in traffic. She knew she looked a mess. She thought about the source of her pain. Was it the shock of finally ending it with Alonso? She knew they were nearing the end even if they both didn’t want to admit it. Maybe it was the thought of starting over? Or knowing the tears are…

“Sandi answer me…”

She took a deep inhale through the nose she released a very audible breath from her mouth. She could do this.

“No, Bruce. I know it won’t work between us, but I hoped it would. I wanted it to. I just fault myself for letting it linger longer than it should have. The tears are because, hold on,” she took the first exit she saw.

Sandra pulled into the Walmart-size gas station and located a parking space under a light. Again she placed the car in park. She looked around, and it was well lit, and she had another hour before the sun completely set.

“The tears Bruce are my way of letting go of it all. My dream,” she whispered, “I can’t find a husband. This means I can’t have kids. This means I won’t have a family. And I will live my life alone. And I just—“

“Really Sandi? You break up with the man for five minutes, and now you’re an old maid.”

“It’s not funny.”

She could see the smile on his face in Atlanta from Houston. The octave of his voice went higher when he smiled. And she smiled with him, lessening the hurt. A little.

“And to see Cindy get it all,” she continued, “I’m happy for her really.” She realized she must sound pathetic. It was her sister. Her baby sister at that. She was happy for her. However, she couldn’t help but compare their lives.

Cindy planned to marry her high school sweetheart who now played for the Houston Texans. While Sandra owned Coffee Confessions, a little slice of her heaven on earth.

The cafe served coffee and light food accompanied by a bookshop and intimate concerts. The business turned a profit every year, with great employees, customers, and a boyfriend until a few hours ago.

When would her someday come……

They disconnected with the rumble of his laughter lingering as she reentered the highway. Sandra didn’t share Bruce’s optimism, at least not yet, but she thanked God for him. He was the best friend a girl could have.

Before backing out of the parking space, she bowed her head for a quick prayer.

Father,

Help me use this time to let go of what is not for me. Help me to see and embrace Your plan for me.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Giveaway!

One lucky winner will win: $20 Starbucks Gift Card, Signed Paperback Copies of Black Diamond and Love’s Hope, Ready for Love tote bag, and other fun Reader Swag. The giveaway runs from July 3, 2017 to July 14, 2017.

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