Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sweet Christmas Kisses - Sweet Holiday Romance #mgtab


Sweet Christmas Kisses 3
Genre: Sweet Holiday Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2016






Join the authors for the Release Party, Tuesday, Sept. 27 on Facebook! All 17 authors in this boxed set write sweet romances and are members of Sweet Romance Reads, a group of authors whose books contain no sex, violence, or strong language. While the emotional stakes are high as the characters’ relationships grow, these stories are wholesome. Think movies rated G or PG. Therefore, Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 can be enjoyed by romance readers of any age.


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 five-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.




Connect with the Authors at Sweet Romance Reads:

Or connect with each of the Sweet Romance Reads Authors individually:

A tireless traveler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Mona Risk, writes contemporary romance, medical romance, and romantic suspense novels, all simmering with emotion, sprinkled with a good dose of humor and set in the fascinating places she visited— or in Florida, her paradise on Earth.
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Christine Bush is an award winning author of many sweet romances, mysteries, and novellas. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching Psychology at a local college, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or (mostly) spending time with her twelve grandchildren.
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Award-winning author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes inspirational historicals and contemporary romantic suspense in her distinctive brand, "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Lyn lives in a cottage on a lake in the northwoods with her real-life hero husband and (for comic relief and furry cuddling) her two cats.
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Denise Devine is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and she also writes inspirational fiction. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at thirteen and has been writing ever since. She writes about true love, happy endings and stories that touch your heart.
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USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She's a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and a Daphne du Maurier Award winner. Raine lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.
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Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic, USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments and relatable characters.
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Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author who writes 'A Little Edge and A Lot of Heart' that spans the heat scales. Her popular sweet romance series, Sweetwater County (rated PG), takes readers into small town romance full of family trials, friendly competition, and community love.
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Milou Koenings writes heartwarming romance novels because she believes sweet stories with happy endings are like chocolate – they bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. She’s lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist, but loves staying home with her family most of all.
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USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of thirty-five traditionally published novels, plus four indie novels. She was a Golden Heart finalist twice, and a Golden Heart winner in 1995. She has won two RT Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was nominated for an RT Magazine Career Achievement Award. Her earlier books were secular, but she now writes sweet indie romance, and inspirational romance for Love Inspired.
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USA Today bestselling author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and women’s fiction with small town settings. She invites readers into her world to find out what’s hidden just below the surface of those tiny dots you can barely see on the map—mystery, romance, and the occasional unexplained occurrence.
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Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Alicia Street writes both sweet and steamy romances and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher and is a compulsive reader of every genre.
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Kristin Wallace is a USA Today bestselling author of inspirational, contemporary and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith.” Her popular series include the Covington Falls Chronicles and Shellwater Key Tales.
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Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who writes inspirational and sweet romance—stories that stir your emotions. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty plus years, and has two grown daughters.
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Cindy Flores Martinez is an Amazon bestselling Spanish romance author. She writes sweet romantic comedy and Christian romance. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world.
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Victoria Pinder is a bestselling author of science fiction/fantasy and contemporary romance where her stories all include “Bold Women and the Brainy Men who love them.” Her popular series include the House of Morgan and the Collins Brothers.
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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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Pat Simmons is a three-time Emma award-winning author for Best Inspirational Romance. With more thirty Christian romance titles, Pat is the bestselling author of the Carmen Sisters series.



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Authors’ Billboard has a new treat in store for you. Read about it here!! #mgtab

I have no doubt that you’ll be missing our Sneak Peeks. They were wonderful, weren’t they? I know personally, I can’t wait to read the rest of the stories after those teasers.





Just to take you back to each story, I’ve asked the authors to do up a short blurb. It will remind you of all the novellas and why you need to purchase this box collection as soon as possible. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (see sign-up on right-side panel) and you will be among the first to know when the full collection is available for pre-order.
Because we know how much this set means to the readers, the Authors’ Billboard will begin a new series of blog posts starting October 1st. Each author will write her story about why she chose the Christmas song she did and what it means to her. I know you’ll enjoy these small windows into their pasts.
  1. Mimi Barbour: Frosty the Snowman - Stranded in an Alaskan snowstorm, strangers Hali and Terry are forced to rely on each other for survival.
  2. Rebecca York: White Christmas - Was she in a coma, or was she in a Christmas fantasy?
  3. Jacquie Biggar: Silver Bells - Can a Christmas wish bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the gift she wants most?
  4. Joan Reeves: Last Christmas - Annabelle gave him her heart, but Rick threw it away--now he wants redemption—but she has another R-word in mind: Revenge.
  5. Traci Hall: Blue Christmas (by the Sea) - Alone for Christmas, Tamsyn helps mystery writer Evan find his mojo--love is a gift neither can refuse.
  6. Michele Hauf: Hark, The Herald Angel Falls - To earn her halo, angel Merit must convince the person who holds her earthly soul in limbo—her husband—to stop loving her.
  7. Dani Haviland: Little Drummer Boy - How could a mere drummer boy help those stranded in the worst winter storm of the 18th century?
  8. Rachelle Ayala: Deck the Hearts - Can Holly's jolly Christmas spirit help Grinchy Gordon Gills save the town of Christmas Creek?
  9. Patricia Rosemoor: Do You Hear What I Hear? - It was a plea for peace in the middle of the Cold War, but live-in-lovers Shelley and Jake are now in a cold war of their own over Christmas.
  10. Taylor Lee: Santa Baby - Lily’s only hope was that this time she and Gabriella had run far enough, fast enough, that he wouldn’t be able to find them.
  11. Mona Risk: Holly Jolly Christmas - Pregnant at 18. Adoption would save the baby’s future but may cost her the man she loves.
  12. Donna Fasano: Grown Up Christmas List - All she wants for Christmas is to feel safe... then she meets her guardian angel.
  13. Denise Devine: So This is Christmas - He was her child nemesis, now he's her best friend forever.
  14. Katy Walters: Sleigh Ride - Miss Sophia Vale faces poverty. Enter the Earl of Breconbridge, renowned as a rakehell. His saving grace... having a conscience.
  15. Cynthia Cooke: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - What happens when a big city girl reunites with a small town boy - magic. When the boy is the town Santa in need of an elf - Christmas Magic.
  16. Alicia Street: O Christmas Tree - Can Piper convince Cody to let go of his painful past and embrace the hope of Christmas and the possibility of newfound love?
  17. Jennifer St. Giles: Merry, Did You Know? - Can a Christmas Miracle change the future of a woman who doesn't believe in love and a man who doesn't know if he can love again?
  18. Leanne Banks: We Need A Little Christmas - Can a handsome cynic learn to be a true Christmas believer from the woman he rescues in the snow?
  19. Nancy Radke: I’ll Be Home for Christmas - When former Navy plucks a woman from the Mediterranean Sea, he discovers he has rescued a fighter as tough as he is.
  20. Stephanie Queen: Let it Snow - A stranger and a snow storm on Christmas Eve create the ultimate test for Dane & Shana, but will they survive and stay together?



Book Bites 7
We’ve been working diligently to publish Book Bites 7 which is a collection of the Sneak Peeks – 20 first chapters for each of the 20 novellas in the Love, Christmas collection. It's now FREE on:
  B&N  Kobo
Coming real soon to Amazon!!
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Friday, September 23, 2016

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Steps you can print out on how to make a 3D cover! #mgtab


I just found out about this and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

I want to introduce David Henderson · Founder at My eBook and his post: How To Make a Free 3D Cover Image of Your Book.



First, I must explain that his video was what made it possible for me to write down this information. I’ve watched the video, followed his instructions and wrote down step by step directions so a person (me) won’t have to watch the video every time I want to make a 3D image. I’ll just print out these steps and make life a hell of a lot easier. My brain is so overloaded; I don’t retain data unless I use it constantly.



After watching many times and carrying out instructions, I’ve finally hit the jackpot – have a beautiful 3D image of one of my covers and will be making a lot more.

Instructions: (Watch the video so this all makes sense!! Seriously!!)

  1. Download this 3D template for a book cover and save it. (I’ve kept mine on my desktop but you can file it where you’ll be able to access it easily.
     
  2. Decide which cover you want to use.
     
  3. Download Gimp – it’s free – it’s easy and you can install the icon on your taskbar like I did for easy access.
     
  4.  
  5. Click 'Open Image' from computer (2nd choice) and load the template here.
     
  6. Go to Layer and select “Open Image as Layer” – get your book cover now. You’ll see that it will completely cover the template but not to worry.
     
  7. Now go to Edit – and select Free Distort. Your cursor becomes an arrow and you will go to each of the 4 little boxes at the corners of your cover and drag them to fit over the corners of the template so your image now covers the front of the template.
     
  8. Click on File and Apply Change – yes!  Click on File again and save and when the little window opens, in the first slot, fill in the title you want to use for this cover.
     
  9. Important!!! In the second option called Format, you must change this to save the file from a Jpeg to a PNG. (If you don’t do this, the white around the cover will not become transparent.  Once you click ok it will take a few seconds and then click save.
     
  10.  Now open Gimp. You might find it a bit strange to begin with; I did until I realized that you can move the side panels around easily by just clicking on them, holding and tug down so the top part is visible.
     
  11.  Click on file and open so you can browse for the 3D book cover you just made.
     
  12.  Go to the tool section on left and scroll at the top you’ll see one called Free Select Tool. Click on it and then carefully, slowly - do not hold down on the mouse - click on the corner edge of the cover and then go to each corner and click until the book has been circled. You’ll see that there’s like a string it tugs along but that’s okay.
     
  13. Once you get back to the first corner, the lines will change to a moving dotted line ----.
     
  14.  Now go to Select and click on Invert. Then click your computer’s Delete button.
     
  15.  Next you want to reduce the size of the canvas (grey area around the image which I believe is the transparency) so… Go to Image and click on Canvas size and hold down on the top arrow (width) and watch the image shrink. Do the same for the bottom arrow (Height).
     
  16.  Now we want to reduce the size of the image. If you look on the scale surrounding the cover, you’ll see it’s really large. To make it smaller:  go to Image. Click on scale image. And see where you like to have yours. I changed the width to 1,000. And everything changed with it and then I hit resize.
     
  17.  Now go to File and Export as you’ll want to Export what you’ve created. I opened a folder in my documents just for 3D covers.
     
     
    ***See I told you. Easy- Shmeasy~!!!
     
    Hold it – There’s one more lesson~
     
    *** If, like me, you close the red x’s on the two sidebars in Gimp (don’t ask….sigh!!) this is how to recover them. On the Gimp page, click Edit, then scroll down until you see Preferences. Click there and scroll down again and choose Window Management. Choose the bottom choice: Reset Windows Positions to Default Values and then click on OK.
     
    And - keep your cool!! Have fun...



 


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fall into #Romance Kindle #Giveaway #mgtab



Welcome to the Fall Into Romance Kindle Giveaway! 

Prizes
GRAND PRIZE – Kindle eReader + $25 Amazon gift card
1st PRIZE – $50 Amazon gift card (2 winners)
2nd PRIZE – $50 Amazon gift card (2 winners)
3rd Genuine blue topaz earrings (US only)
4th Signed paperback copy of Dominant Persuasions (US only)
5th Various swag items (3 winners – US only)



The wonderful and talented authors who have made this giveaway possible: 

Nicole Morgan, Mimi Barbour, Sharon Hamilton, Desiree Holt, Laura Taylor, Sarah Jane Butfield, Cynthia Woolf, Bethany Shaw, Jerrie Alexander, Elizabeth Marx, Kristine Cayne, Janice Seagraves, Beth Caudill, Olga Núñez Miret, Lisa Gillis, Denyse Bridger, Misha Carver, Laxmi Hariharan, Tina Donahue, Susanne Leist, Lisa Kessler, Tamara Ferguson, Amy J. Hawthorn,
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Chapter One – 2016 Love, Christmas Collection – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, by Cynthia Cooke #mgtab


 
 
Chapter One (unedited version), and dedicated to our awesome reader, Dawn Anderson.

Large snowflakes fell in a winter’s dance outside Nicole Flattery’s office window, taunting her with their cold beauty. They landed gracefully on the evergreen boughs and velvet red ribbons wrapped around the old-fashioned lampposts lining Boston’s streets. Another Christmas alone buried up to her eyeballs in work she can never seem to see her way out of.

“Nicole?”

“Yes, Jim. Sorry. What were you saying?” she said into the phone.

Her boss cleared his throat. “Connors wants a few more changes to the aesthetics of the outside. He’s trying to reel in his costs.”

“If we can switch out the stone with brick in a few places, it’ll help. But the development firm is really picky about their rule. Not to mention the town council. It may not fly.”

“See what you can do. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you how important this account is to our firm.”

Disappointment tinged his voice. No matter how hard she worked, she could never seem to please him. “No, of course not. I’ll take care of him. You can count on me.”

He hung up the phone, and Nicole blew out a deep breath. She pulled up the files for the development’s terms and conditions. She’d been working day and night on this account and had thought they’d finally made it through this phase of the development. The growing stack of projects sitting on the edge of her desk, mocked her. They would have to wait a little longer.

“Oh, it’s snowing. I love the snow,” her assistant Carrie said, bustling into the room with another file in her hand.

“I hate the snow,” Nicole grumbled.

“No you don’t. You just hate that it reminds you of home and you can’t go.”

“I swore to my dad I’d be home this year for Christmas, but the way things are going, that’s not looking very promising.”

“Just do it, Nicole. We are closing down for four days. You can take a long weekend.”

“I could, but then I’d never get through this stack.” And she’d hate to see the look on Jim’s face when she had to give her weekly progress report. Her work hours were grueling. She gave it all she had, and was moving up in the company fast, but it was getting more and more difficult to find a good balance between her work life and home life.

“You don’t have to finish all those files.”

Nicole looked up at her with surprise. “I have to if I want that promotion.”

“You are the hardest working architect in this firm. Mr. Morris is a fool if he can’t see that.”

Nicole smiled and glanced outside. “You should get going before that snow gets worse.”

“What about you?”

“I just have a few things to catch up on and then I’ll go.”

“Promise?”

“Yes.” Same Carrie. Always concerned for Nicole’s heath and safety. Nicole had a tendency to put in a few late nights more often than she should, but even she didn’t want to be walking home from the train in this weather.

They said goodnight and Nicole went back to her screen. She’d only read through a couple of pages of the development’s specifications when the phone rang again.

“Nicole Flattery,” she answered, absently.

“Nicole. Thank goodness I got ahold of you.” The panic in Mary Margaret’s voice struck an unexpected blow to her insides. She hadn’t heard from her father’s neighbor in at least a year. Maybe more. And she certainly hadn’t heard that tone, not since she was a child and Landry had fallen through the ice.

“Mary Margaret? What’s wrong?” She glanced at the old picture on her desk. Her father in his Santa outfit, one arm over her spotty pre-teen self, beaming in a green elf costume. “Is my dad okay?”

“Yes, thank goodness. Though the fool man is lucky he didn’t break his neck. He never listens.”

Nicole blew out a shaky breath. “Okay, start at the beginning. What happened?”

“What always happens? He climbed up on that ladder to hang his Christmas lights and fell off. How many times have I told him he doesn’t need to be up on that ladder, especially at his age.”

“He fell off his ladder?”

“Yes, that’s what I said. Fell on his gardenia bushes and destroyed his shrubbery. Luckily he only broke his leg and not his fool neck. Though he does have a minor concussion.”

“Where is he now?” Nicole asked, horrified by the image of her father lying on the ground amidst the broken branches and waxy petals.

“At Mercy Hospital. You should come home.”

Nicole’s gaze immediately shot to the stack of papers strewn across her desk. Her dad needed her. She was all he had. A no-brainer. So why wasn’t she moving? Or breathing?

“Yes, I will. I’ll be there as soon as I can.” She stood, staring at her desk trying to decide what to take, and what to leave.

“Good. They’re releasing him this evening, and they need someone to stay with him for the next 24 hours.”

“All right. I’ll be there.”

Mary Margaret’s voice softened. “It sure will be nice to see you again, sweetheart. It’s been way too long.”

“It has,” Nicole said absently, trying to remember exactly how long. She hung up the phone. The snow falling outside changed from a picturesque fluttering to a harried flurry.

She picked up the phone again and called her boss. “Don’t worry, I can work from my dad’s place in New Hampshire,” she offered quickly before he could object.

“Are you sure you don’t want Steve to take over this account?”

“Yes, I can handle it.”

“All right,” Jim agreed. “Take care of your dad, but don’t forget if it looks at anytime like you can’t get it done, call Steve.”

“I will,” she promised, though she had no intention of giving up this account. She grabbed the bulk of the files along with her laptop and dropped them into her briefcase before heading out the door, all the while praying her father was okay.

And that he had wifi.
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First published in 2003, Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning author who has published 17 novels in 12 different countries with Harlequin, Entangled, and Amazon Kindle Worlds. She has a deep affection for romance stories and playing in the ocean. On her best days you can find her on the beach with her notebook, a novel in hand, and her dog, Angel, by her side.

Embrace the Seduction and prepare to get naughty and have a little fun!

“I want to read more and more! Cynthia Cooke has a very special gift for making me love paranormal beings I would not usually care for! Another winner for Cynthia Cooke!” Monique D – Amazon Reviewer

“Cynthia Cooke is an amazing and talented writer who captures your heart from the beginning of her books to the ending!. If I could give this book more then 5-stars I would!” Rose 13 – Amazon Reviewer

“Cooke keeps readers on the edge of their seats. . .” –Alexandra Kay, Romantic Times Magazine.


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