The Beauty of … being thankful. @josieriviera, #mgtab

November is such a special time each year. The cool crisp air and shorter days bring us to a time where we can slow down. Relax a little. And be thankful for what we have.

This year of 2020 has been both a different and a difficult one. We have seen “unprecedented times,” and tragic situations, but there also have been blessings.

Here are a few:

  • We have come to realize how essential the essential workers who have continued to do their jobs during the pandemic really are. From grocery store workers to the hospital staff, and the agriculture and transportation workers who keep the country running, I am thankful.
  • For healthcare workers who have cared for patients and stood in for their patients’ families when they could not be there, I am thankful.
  • Bringing food to the elderly or singing to the lonely neighbor isolated in their homes, for those who have shown kindness, I am thankful.
  • For the animal shelters who cared for, fostered or adopted pets during this time, I am thankful.

I’m also thankful for my readers who continue to enjoy my books and support me!

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving full of everything you are thankful for.

If you love puppies and the holidays, be sure to pick up a copy of my sweet, inspirational holiday romance, A Christmas Puppy To Cherish at the special price of only 99¢! Also available in paperback and Large Print Paperback.

 

A Chocolate-Box Christmas Wish: Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish (The Holiday Series Book 3)

I’m thrilled that my new sweet holiday romance, A Chocolate-Box Christmas Wish, is 1 of the books in the fabulous Dear Santa Collection.

https://books2read.com/DearSanta

I wanted to write a story centering around the characters in my “Chocolate-Box” series, and chose a character from a previous book, Cora, plus a new character, Patrick, to share a winter holiday romance with you.

What’s on Cora Carpenter’s Christmas wish list this year? A new vacuum cleaner—and no dating for the foreseeable future. But a stranger’s warm smile and perilously blue eyes makes her wonder if she can forget the pain and humiliation of her past.

Betrayal and a broken heart sent anchorman Patrick Gervez looking for a fresh start. Cora’s pretty amber eyes make him wonder if she’s a forgotten dream come true. Except she’s as skittish as tinsel in a windstorm. The only way to help her forget her heartbreak, is to convince her to forgive. Especially herself.

Can a world-weary anchorman and a hometown girl heal their broken hearts to find the one thing missing from their Christmas wish lists—forever love?

Be sure to pre-order The Authors’ Billboard’s 2020 fabulous Christmas Box Collection, DEAR SANTA today! The set is filled with 18 brand new stories about characters who have special wishes to ask the big guy during this season. Only $.99, and the collection will be delivered straight to your inbox on October 27th.

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

https://books2read.com/DearSanta

 

The Beauty of June …@josieriviera #mgtab

Summer officially begins in June.

This year finds us in a very different place. Children have been out of school and are remote learning. Many parents are working from home and balancing how to do it all, and do it well. Celebrations–the staple of summer–are being postponed or canceled entirely. Staying at home means not seeing our friends or family. It has been a difficult time, but necessary in order to keep people healthy.

We have spent so much time together, how will this summer be special and different? Here is a list of ideas:

  • Have a movie marathon, sit on the floor with lots of pillows, popcorn in a dark room, just like a theater. Or have a Drive-In experience under the stars.
  • Speaking of stars, look up! Try to find the constellations and the brightest stars.
  • Choose a new, or long abandoned interest. Sewing, knitting, painting, and of course, summer reading.
  • Start a garden and reap the rewards of fresh produce.
  • Go camping in your back yard and sleep in a tent.
  • Barbecue, and enjoy s’mores for dessert.
  • If possible, set up a backyard swimming pool.
  • Go horseback riding!

How do you plan to make this summer special? Please leave your comments below.

Start your summer with my newest sweet contemporary beach read, 1-800-SUMMER!

http://mybook.to/1-800-SUMMER

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

Belle stirs the ashes of Andrew’s loneliness, but his first priority is doing whatever’s necessary to keep his daughter’s favorite equine therapist from drifting away. He never expected, when he set out to build the barn of Belle’s dreams, that he’d be building something else. A home for their hearts.

1-800-SUMMER is available in ebook, Paperback, and Large Print Paperback. Grab your ebook copy at the special #newrelease price of only 99¢ for a limited time.

The Beauty Of Spring…@JosieRiviera #mgtab

The beauty of Spring is obvious. Green replaces the brown of winter, the flowers bloom, the birds sing. Basically, we have a rebirth. Fresh and new.

However, this year is different.

Daily, we hear what is happening throughout the world because of the pandemic, and it is devastating. Certainly it is changing how we live. Let’s look beyond that, enjoy Spring and celebrate with joy. We can make the choice to see beauty.

Here are some suggestions.

  • Social Distancing is a new word for us, but we still are home with our families. Bring out the board games, which inevitably brings a great laugh or two.
  • Cook together. Prepare your family’s favorite meals and pass those recipes from grandma to the next generation.
  • While we may be “stuck” at home, no one says we have to be ”stuck” inside. There are no bans on enjoying your yard. As I write this, birds are searching for worms just outside my window.
  • Is there a wonderful craft project you’ve wanted to try? Do it now.
  • As I LOVE chocolate, let’s indulge. In fact, I declare chocolate calorie-free for the month of April. Why not?
  • Read, or listen to, a good book. We have the time, our to-do lists are smaller because of these changes, so take advantage.

Choose to see the good in this downtime and make the most of it.

Today, I will sit in my reading chair with a great book, a cup of tea, and some calorie-free chocolate. (Wink, wink!)

What will you choose to do today? Please leave your comments below.

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