The Beauty of … Choosing Love @josieriviera, #mgtab

When February comes along, I focus on Valentines’ Day and storylines that I might spin into one of my books. I settle in with a snuggly blanket, a good book, and a cup of steamy hot chocolate with whipped cream.

When I thought about these potential storylines, my mind turns to the many kinds of love. Romantic love for our spouse. Or the heart filling with love fo your children and grandchildren. The love of those precious pets who bring us joy. Or even the love of travel or your favorite restaurant. The list is long of things we love.

We can fall in love with someone we might not first choose, and your love may grow if you give it a chance. Think of the stories of people who were best friends, or the annoying guy who hounded someone for a date. Sometimes, the heart knows what it wants.

When you bring a pet home, they quickly become part of your family, and in my case with my adorable shih tzu, as in many cases, pets become your pride and joy.

This month, take time to appreciate everyone you love.

What are you celebrating this month? Please leave your comments below.

February is the perfect month to curl up and read a new book. My sweet romance boxed set,

Chocolate-Box Hearts Volume Two,

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The Beauty of … Fresh Starts @josieriviera, #mgtab

January was named for the Roman God Janus, who was depicted as a God with two faces. One faced into the future and one looked to the past, essentially closing the door on one year and opening another to the next, Janus ushers in January, and I welcome the month for fresh starts and new beginnings.

For many, we also make resolutions. These can be anything we chose, though frequently resolutions revolve around becoming healthier, saving money, increasing our self-care, or learning a new skill.

Oftentimes, we don’t stick to these resolutions, primarily because of how we approach them. We become excited and expect immediate results, rushing toward the finish line. It might serve us better if we take it slower with smaller steps. Think of your journey more as you being the tortoise rather than the hare.

Experts suggest that we are more likely to succeed if we know our “why,” making a plan of how to reach our goals, and patiently taking action to achieve the outcomes we look for.

Wishing you success on your resolutions, (mine is going on a diet to lose the Covid weight), and to a bright, happy, and healthy 2021.

January is the perfect month to curl up by a warm fire and read a new book. My sweet romance short story, A Chocolate-Box Irish Wedding, is available at the introductory price of only 99¢. Grab your copy today. Also available in paperback, Large Print Paperback, and audiobook.

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The beauty of … celebration. @josieriviera, #mgtab

With Christmas only a few days away, it’s difficult not to notice the holidays feeling different this year. COVID has impacted our lives many ways, yet the spirit of the holidays has not escaped us. Many of us have adapted and changed while continuing to celebrate.

Many have put up the decorations and trees, earlier than usual. We’ve all needed to get the party started sooner, because we’ve earned it! Those happy traditions we cherish each year allow us to feel normal.

As we look forward to celebrating, I want to take a moment to wish you and those you love a holiday full of peace, light, and joy. And may 2021 arrive and usher in a year that is full of healing and hope.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Celebrate the holiday season with my newest sweet romance release,

A Chocolate-Box Christmas Wish

Only 99¢ for a limited time. Available in ebook, Paperback, and Large Print Paperback.

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.