~New Release~ A Fun Beach Read by Raine English

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AMY: BEACH BRIDES SERIES

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!

It’s been three years and Amy Sheridan has yet to hear that her bottle’s been found, reaffirming her belief that love isn’t in her cards, so when the book club decides to return to the island for a reunion, she’s reluctant to go, until a psychic informs her that she’ll meet a handsome stranger there. Will romance be in her future after all?

Dawson Yates has it all…except a wife. Being a wealthy bachelor hasn’t been a problem until a talk show host questions his single status as CEO of a popular matchmaking service. After that, board members pressure him to give up his playboy lifestyle or step down from his position. Setting up a phony engagement at Enchanted Island seems like the perfect solution, until he learns that his chosen “bride” is already married. While pondering what to do next, he discovers a message in a bottle, wedged between some rocks. Could the author of the note be the answer he’s looking for, or would she steal his heart and break it in two?

Amy: Beach Brides is available at Amazon for $2.99, or Free with Kindle Unlimited!

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USA Today bestselling author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, along with paranormal and romantic suspense. She’s a Daphne du Maurier Award winner and a Golden Heart finalist. To receive information on all her new releases, you can sign up for her newsletter, visit her website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Summer Reads: Beach Brides Series

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Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!

Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.

You’ll want to read each one!

BEACH BRIDES SERIES

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! Sending a message in a bottle can’t be any crazier than online or cell phone dating, or posting personal ads! And, who knows? One of these mysterious missives might actually lead to love…

Join Meg, Tara, Nina, Clair, Jenny, Lisa, Hope, Kim, Rose, Lily, Faith and Amy, as they embark on the challenge of a lifetime: risking their hearts to accomplish their dreams.

Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon!

MEG (Julie Jarnagin) – May 23, 2017

TARA (Ginny Baird) – May 30, 2017

NINA (Stacey Joy Netzel) – June 6, 2017

CLAIR (Grace Greene) – June 13, 2017

JENNY (Melissa McClone) – June 20, 2017

LISA (Denise Devine) – June 27, 2017

HOPE (Aileen Fish) – July 4, 2017

KIM (Magdalena Scott) – July 11, 2017

ROSE (Shanna Hatfield) – July 18, 2017

LILY (Ciara Knight) – July 25, 2017

FAITH (Helen Scott Taylor) – August 1, 2017

AMY (Raine English) – August 8, 2017

Pre-Order your books today!

** $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **

My story in the series is KIM!

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Jon Whitfield was engaged when he “landed” the message in a bottle on a fishing trip, and it disappeared before he could decide whether to respond. Now unattached, he’s on a road trip with Kim Rose, whose gratitude in spite of a painful past reminds him of the touching note he wishes he’d kept.

Pssst–Serendipity readers, Kim was the nurse aid in Emily’s Dreams! 

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Lazy Summer Days by Joan Reeves

SouffleTo twist a Steinbeck title, “This is the summer of my discontent.”

You see, I’ve spent the last few months in an assortment of delightful activities like jury duty, taking family members in for surgery, de-cluttering the house, giving said house the HGTV treatment (which means making it look as if no one lives in it), and putting it on the market to sell. Which it did — in 3 days.

Then the insanity of all this deepened into frantic packing in order to move out the last day of this month. Suffice it to say that I’ve been away from Main Street for so long that I thought I might need a compass to find my way back.

I’m Back

Fortunately, I just followed the delightful aroma of all the good food that the talented Authors of Main Street have been cooking up this month. I love food. I love cooking,  talking about food, sharing recipes, and eating of course. (I don’t like cleaning up the mess though and would love a sous chef to step in to handle that odious task.)

In all my romantic comedies, food is talked about and enjoyed. I’ve started sharing the recipes within the books and on my websites. Today, I’d like to share a recipe that’s perfect for the summer. It’s a lemon dessert the heroine makes in Cinderella Blue, my new book — coming in August if I can just get my office set up after this move.

Lazy Lemon Soufflé (okay, this is really a pudding, but let’s be fancy-schmancy and call it soufflé)

Ingredients
· 1 cup white sugar
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 4 tablespoons plain white flour
· 1 lemon
· 2 eggs
· 1 cup milk
· 1 tablespoon melted butter

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Select an ovenproof baking dish that will make a lovely presentation since you’ll be serving directly from the baking dish. Also put on some water to boil for step 6.

2. Grate the rind of the lemon until you have 2 teaspoons of rind. Squeeze the lemon to yield at least 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. In a bowl, mix sugar, salt, flour, rind, and juice.

3. Separate the eggs, putting the whites in a glass or metal bowl, not plastic. (Egg whites won’t beat well in plastic.) In a large measuring cup or small bowl, beat the yolks, milk, and butter. Add this to the flour mixture. Then beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold this into the flour mixture.

4. Pour the mixture into the ovenproof bowl. Set the dish in a larger ovenproof pan. Pour hot water in the outer pan. (This technique is called a water bath, and it keeps soufflés and puddings from burning or getting hard on the bottom and sides.) The water should come up the side of the baking dish holding the pudding about an inch.

5. Bake at 325 for about 50 minutes. You know it’s done when you insert a knife around the sides and there’s no liquid left because it’s all been absorbed.

6. Serves 4-6. This delicate lemon dessert is as light and delicious as any soufflé you’ve ever had, but it’s much easier to make which is why I call it a lazy soufflé. Oh, and it’s good either hot or cold.

Perfect Combo: Dessert & Free Book

Whip up this dessert, chill it, and spoon it up while you read one of my sassy, sexy romantic comedies! In fact, I’ll make it easy to get one of my books. Leave a comment with your name, and I’ll send you a Smashwords coupon for a book of your choice!

Bon appetit! Bonne lecture! (Good Reading)

(Joan Reeves writes funny, sexy Romance Novels. For your consideration, get your flirt on with any of her novels, available at most ebook sellers, with audio editions available at Audible and iTunes. Joan publishes Writing Hacks, a free subscription newsletter for writers, and Wordplay, a free subscription newsletter for readers. Find Joan Online: Blog ~ Website ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Twitter ~ YouTube)