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It’s release day for Jenny by Melissa McClone, Book #5 in the Beach Brides series. The series consists of twelve heartwarming, standalone novellas linked by a unifying theme and written by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors.

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!

Bestselling thriller author Jenny Hanford never expects anything to happen the night she whimsically throws her requirements for true love into the ocean. Thirteen months later, however, she hears back from the man who found her message in a bottle.

Exchanging carefree emails and texts makes Jenny smile and fills her days with anticipation. But when she gets word her bottle finder, a soldier named Dare, has been injured and is asking for her, she can’t deny her growing feelings for her online friend. Jenny wants to go, but she’s afraid Dare will turn out to be as make believe as the characters she creates. What are the odds he could be her real dream hero?

Available at Amazon for $2.99, click here.

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

Giveaway…

Jenny and Dare are strangers who aren’t looking for romance, but they keep writing back and forth and become friends. Have you ever had a pen pal? Go to Melissa McClone’s blog and answer this question in the comment section to be entered to win a Thirty-One Picnic Thermal, a fun beach sign, three seashell-shaped bath fizzies, and a wind chime.

For more details, visit her blog.

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.

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Sometimes,  in the middle of a day that started well but quickly headed the other direction when I realize I’ve forgotten something very important.

I’ve forgotten to choose joy.

Joy is a daily choice.

We can either make that choice every day and find such sweet joy. Or we can ignore it, forget about it, and wondering why joy seems so distant.

Choose joy.

Just like taking a daily bath, make that daily choice for joy and see if you don’t find it following you throughout the day.

I know there will be days I’ll still forget, but the great thing is, you can choose joy at any moment in the day.

And I’m choosing joy for today.

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It’s time once again for  Love of Junk!

Hooray! Touted as one of the best flea markets in Washington State, you can shop to your heart’s content today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located just out of Walla Walla in a gorgeous country setting, just look for the big red barn and all the vintage trailers!

I’ll be there both days, signing books and drooling over all the cool stuff the vendors are selling!

If you happen to be in the area, drop by and say hello!

Join me in celebrating the release of CLAIR by Grace Greene. The book is the fourth release in the Beach Brides series consisting of twelve heartwarming, standalone novellas linked with a unifying theme by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors . Each story may be read as a standalone, but you’ll want to read them all!

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!

On Enchanted Island, Clair keeps her engagement to Sean Kilmer a secret intending to tell her friends when the trip is over, but soon after she returns to Virginia, Sean disappears leaving only a note, a stack of bills, and unanswered questions. Devastated, Clair retreats to her childhood home in Emerald Isle, NC and withdraws from everyone except her sisters, Mallory and Darcy, who each have their own serious problems.

Ten months later…

In early April, after many months back home, Clair sees no signs of improvement in their lives. She feels trapped in tragedy—until a stranger, Greg Prescott, arrives in Emerald Isle.

Greg has secrets, too, including knowing about a particular message in a bottle. He has reasons for being in Emerald Isle, but when he and Clair make a special connection, Greg must rethink his plans. Will Greg be the spark that helps the Bennett sisters begin to heal and find happiness?

For Clair, will Greg be the antidote to heartache, or the bearer of bad fortune that allows Sean to hurt her yet again?

Available at Amazon for $2.99  click here.

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

Melissa McClone is giving away a fun prize pack to celebrate Clair’s release. Hop over to her blog to check it out and enter! .

Don’t forget to join our Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook, click here.

Each Tuesday from now until August 8th, a new Beach Brides title will be released.

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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This weekend was one full of memories for me. On Saturday, Lil Miss had friends coming over for a barbecue to celebrate the end of the school year. As I prepared food and and got things ready, my mind wandered back to the birthday parties we always had for my sister. Her birthday would have been Sunday. She passed away eleven years ago from head trauma sustained from a grand mal seizure.

During my growing up years, since her birthday was in early summer, right after school got out, (and the weather was generally nice), we’d always have a barbecue to celebrate. While I made potato salad and cleaned off the patio and cut roses for a vase, it brought back many memories of helping Mom do those things in preparation of my sister’s birthday.

I was just thinking this morning that the memories hold far more sweetness than bittersweet feelings now.

Also, there is a swell of joy when I take out those memories and allow myself to sink into them.

It made me think of the Disney movie Inside Out.

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The story follows a young girl who is uprooted from her life in the Midwest and moved to San Francisco. Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. The film shows the emotions as characters, and it’s hard not to love Joy.

So this weekend, as I was remembering all the fun times we had giving my sister happy birthdays, I felt a little like Joy in this picture… as if I was wrapping my arms around those joyful memories and holding them close to my heart.

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Today is the launch of Nina by Stacey Joy Netzel, Book #3 in Beach Brides, a series of twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors linked by a unifying theme. Every Tuesday through August 8, a new book in the series will release.

About Nina…

NinaTwelve 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!

Eight months after the bottle toss, veteran Finn Regan meets the woman of his dreams in his Wisconsin hometown. But Nina’s jaded and guy-shy after too many past heartaches—not to mention, she’s only visiting from California. When Finn discovers her fateful message in a bottle, he risks everything at the Veterans Valentine’s Day Auction to convince her a future together is worth opening her heart one last time.

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

To find out more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

And Melissa McClone is doing a special giveaway today on her blog here.

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I just loved this quote.

Our mindset plays such a key role in our attitude, in how we see life, in how we react to and interact with others.

When we allow ourselves to realize just how good things really are, our hearts fill with joy and gratitude and a light shines in us.

It’s easy in this world to get caught up in the things we don’t have, the things that aren’t going right in our day (weeks – lives!), but when we intentionally focus on the good, that’s when we can find joy.

I hope you’ll join me this week in allowing the good things in your life to fill your heart that you might have an extra measure of joy.