About Josie Riviera

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

The Beauty of … Art

This month, I’m focusing on art because my newest inspirational release, A Summer To Cherish, features an artist, David Fodero, who is losing his eyesight. He is the hero of the story. Ashley Madden is the spunky heroine who teaches art to children with disabilities.

I am a musician and applaud the arts. In my research for A Summer To Cherish, my newest sweet inspirational romance, I discovered many similarities between art and music.

Consider the following:

The arts encourage you to be more observant.

Studies prove that the arts improve problem-solving skills.

The arts inspire your imagination and opens the spirit to exciting possibilities.

It has also been shown that the arts help reduce stress-whether you’re a painter or a pianist. They develop your self-esteem, providing a sense of achievement.

So, I encourage you to take up a new instrument, paint a picture, build a shed. I guarantee your well-being and contentment in everyday life will improve greatly.

New contemporary inspirational release! A Summer To Cherish.

Faith is fragile. Faith takes time. And the best solutions are always painted with love.

David Fodero followed his artistic vision to a wildly successful career. Now, day by day, that vision is cruelly shrinking, altering his perception, skewing his perspective…and all but destroying his faith.

Alone in a mountain cabin near Cherish, North Carolina, David wrestles with his inner critic as he struggles to put brush to canvas. Until he meets a luminous woman who dispels his crippling fear with her warmth and laughter.

Ashley Madden is a born fixer. So she’s sure she can be forgiven for going above and beyond to find out what happened to the artist whose gallery sales support her work with handicapped kids—the artist who disappeared from public life with no warning or explanation.

Ashley’s optimism is a balm to David’s hurting soul. Yet as their attraction warms, Ashley senses David is holding something back—and that saving her own dream is intimately tied to restoring his faith.

But will the truths they finally confess to each other wind up as stumbling blocks too large to overcome?

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The Beauty of … Finding Love At Any Age

Whatever your age, whether you’re in your twenties or over fifty, you can always fall in love.

Love isn’t just for young people! Older people fall in love too. In fact, all the time, judging on the increase in the over 50 dating websites.

Senior Couple Enjoying Beach Holiday

Did you know that because of longer life expectancy, more adults between the ages of 55 to 64 are getting married? Many have been widowed or divorced or are marrying for the first time.

Why? Reasons vary, but older couples are seeking love and happiness. People with experience find that discussions are easier, and, therefore, communication is better. Experience, after all, garners wisdom. And, support, appreciation, and sincere affection, is the basis for love at any age.

Have you or someone you know found love later in life? Please leave your comments below.

Now available for the special price of only 99¢. SENIOR HEARTS

Cozy up with your favorite beverage and lose yourself in these joyful “seasoned romance” stories featuring older couples—charming heroes and heroines over 50 who fall in love.
Because men and women of all ages have exciting, romantic tales worth reading.

This collection includes 3 books:

A CHOCOLATE-BOX SUMMER BREEZE
Will Emily and Joe find their happily-ever-after in a forgotten summer breeze?

A CHOCOLATE-BOX IRISH WEDDING
A woman who wanted more. A man who wanted her. Can they rediscover their love in the seaside town where it all began?

1-800-IRELAND
A strong minded Irishwoman pursuing her dream. A disillusioned businessman ready to retire. Can two determined people separated by years find true love at the end of a rainbow?

SENIOR HEARTS is available in ebook, Paperback, Large Print Paperback, & Hardcover. FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Audiobook for each book sold separately.

Grab your copy today before the price goes up!

The beauty of … A Tart in a Cart

Ireland offers many fun opportunities to appreciate the beautiful, lush countryside.

Because my daughter lives in Ireland, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the country often. Whenever we visit Dublin, we smile at the statue of Molly Malone.

In my sweet Irish romance, Oh Danny Boy, Danny, the hero, and a Dubliner, refers to the Molly Malone statue as “Tart in a cart.” Anyone know why?

(Hint: Sing the song, “Cockles and Mussels.”) I’ve included the lyrics below:

“In Dublin’s fair city
Where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!”Alive, alive, oh
Alive, alive, oh
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh”She was a fishmonger
And sure ’twas no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they both wheeled their barrows
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, ohAlive, alive, oh
Alive, alive, oh
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, ohShe died of a fever
And no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
But her ghost wheels her barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, ohAlive, alive, oh
Alive, alive, oh
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, ohAlive, alive, oh
Alive, alive, oh
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh.”

Love Irish sweet romance?  My Irish romance boxed set, Irish Hearts, is new and improved and now contains 4 books!  

The set includes:
OH DANNY BOY

A reader favorite! This pot of gold could hold more than they bargained for…

MAEVE

He’s all business. She loves to laugh. When business conflicts with pleasure, what could possibly go wrong?

1-800-IRELAND

A strong minded Irishwoman pursuing her dream. A disillusioned businessman ready to retire. Can two determined people separated by years find true love at the end of a rainbow?
Bonus Story: A Chocolate-Box Irish Wedding

A woman who wanted more. A man who wanted her. Can they rediscover their love in the seaside town where it all began?
Grab your copy today, snuggle up with your favorite warm beverage, and begin reading.
Irish Hearts is available in ebook, paperback, and large print paperback.
Grab your copy of Irish Hearts today!

The beauty of … Valentine’s Day.

I love Valentine’s Day. The holiday is fun and festive, and oh so romantic.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes because it contains my favorite ingredients … chocolate and peanut butter! This recipe is also perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Recipe for Peanut Butter Cups

Bottom layer:

2 sticks margarine melted

1 18-ounce jar peanut butter

2 sleeves graham crackers, crushed

1 pound powdered sugar

Mix until well blended

Top layer

1 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips

1 stick margarine

Melt together in the microwave for about 90 seconds, stirring halfway through.

Place bottom layer in the prepared tins and pour the top layer over it.

Prepare in mini muffin or regular sized tins. The thickness of the chocolate can be varied according to your preferences.

Can also be done in a 9×13 dish and cut into squares.

Love Valentine’s Day? My boxed set of Valentine Hearts is now new and improved because I’ve updated the set and there are now 4 books in the set instead of three! All at the same low price of only $9.99. Grab your copy today. Available in ebook, paperback, large print paperback, and hardcover.