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 … Christmas in July

Christmas in July is a phenomenon that is celebrated all over the world. Those living in the southern hemisphere especially appreciate the celebration because the weather is cold and snowy.

July is the perfect month to gather around your outdoor firepit, and string festive and twinkling Christmas lights. Here are more ideas to get the holiday party rolling:

Cheer up residents in nursing homes or an isolated neighbor and be a secret Santa. Wrap your gifts in holiday paper and personally deliver. Don’t forget to stay for a visit.

Fun decorations for your front door can include sunglasses, pairs of flip flops, and colorful leis.

Crank up the holiday music, and binge watch the Hallmark channel’s Christmas in July movies.

Create holiday cards with a personalized note for a special someone, and hand them out to family and friends.

Christmas stores are open all year round. Take the opportunity to purchase new ornaments and hang them on your favorite potted fern.

Volunteer in your community. Remember that Christmas is the season of charity.

Looking for more ways to celebrate Christmas in July? Grab a copy of my short and sweet romance, A Chocolate-Box Christmas. Only 99¢!

Love is sweeter with a touch of mischief.
A chocolate-making competition for the women’s shelter’s annual fundraiser should be an easy, even pleasurable, assignment for Maise, new food critic for the Bloomingfield Daily Dispatch. Too bad just the smell of chocolate makes her stomach roil.

By the time she reaches the last table, she hopes her face isn’t as green as her holiday sweater. But the tall, square-jawed man behind piles of fudge makes her want to linger, even savor the moment along with his chocolate-coffee-flavored confection.

Except there’s something Ben Elliot is hiding behind his piercing blue eyes and lazy grin, and her reporter’s nose senses a story worth exploring. She finds herself longing to discover the secret ingredient sweetening their mutual attraction.

A Chocolate-Box Christmas is available in ebook, Paperback, Large print paperback, and audiobook. Grab your copy today!

The Beauty of … A Personal Retreat

If you’re like most of us, you spend much of your time caring for others. Driving the kids to and from school, cooking, cleaning, the list is endless.

Many times, I feel overwhelmed, and a quiet retreat may be just the ticket for feeling rejuvenated.

You might think that you can’t possibly abandon your daily responsibilities. However, an overnight stay at your local hotel, AirBnB, or a cottage at the beach—somewhere you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep—isn’t an overly long time to be away.

The benefits of allowing yourself the time for new experiences and fresh starts cannot be overrated, because self-care is important for our well-being and overall health.

So, as we begin the summer season, carve out time for yourself. Don’t let the basics of every life get in the way.

Have you ever planned a quiet retreat? Please share your comments below.

New Release! Summer Hearts

Bundle up and save with captivating stories celebrating the promise of new beginnings and beautiful summers. This set includes three sweet and inspirational romances:

The last thing she can fix is her own life. Until one man’s offer changes everything.

A Chocolate-Box Summer Breeze
Will Emily and Joe find their happily-ever-after in a forgotten summer breeze?

A Summer To Cherish
Faith is fragile. Faith takes time. And the best solutions are always painted with love.

Special introductory price of only 99¢. Grab your copy of Summer Hearts today before the price goes up. Also available in paperback and Large Print paperback. Audiobooks for each book sold separately.

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?

Grab your copy of A Summer To Cherish today! Only 99¢ for a limited time and FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

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:

Will Emily and Joe find their happily-ever-after in a forgotten summer breeze?

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

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!