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August is Romance Awareness Month

by Judith Ashley

August is Romance Awareness Month, and there is lots to see and do at Arte Soleil because The Creatives have put together an awesome display of items for anyone in your life you love… including yourself! Art, jewelry, and books that have a happily-ever-after are on sale through Labor Day weekend!

To give you a bit more information, as the author of several of the books known as romantic women’s fiction, let me tell you about The Sacred Women’s Circle series.

Each novel of the seven books features one member of The Circle as she faces the types of challenges many of us have: domestic violence, single parenting, recurrent breast cancer, death of spouse, homelessness, rape, etc. These women change their lives and find the love that has previously eluded them. On their individual journeys, these women rely on specific spiritual practices drawn from earth-based traditions and several religions to sustain them as they face obstacles and challenges in finding their soul-mate.

Learn more about me, the series, and each of the women at

However, I’m not the only author who has a book or two on sale.

Love and Magick is an anthology of six short stories by Diana McCollum, Sarah Raplee, and Judith Ashley.

Once Upon A Time…
… in worlds where talismans wield power, spells enslave or protect, and troublesome ghosts are captured for humane relocation, three intrepid authors spin mystical stores of romance. Alongside strong, daring heroines, you’ll fall in love with an enchanted prince intent on holding onto his humanity, a tough cowboy who has locked away his wounded heart, and a spirit-hunting geek whose motto is “Ghosts are people, too!”, and three more irresistible heroes.

If you’ve not read Diana, Sarah, or Judith before, here is a fantastic way to get to know a new-to-you author.

Sarah is also the author of the romantic suspense Blindsight. Set in the Pacific Northwest, Blindsight feaures Melisenda, blind wedding singer, Hector, a FBI Psychic Agent, and Freddy, an aging guide dog. When a drug cartel targets Meli for kidnapping, Hector loses his focus. When Meli rescues him from a torture chamber, Hector might well lose his battered heart. Well-written with a perfect blend of suspense, setting, and romance.

If you love a well-written, historically accurate novel set in the 1020’s, you’ll love Anna Brentwood’s Sapphire Songbird series. In Mermaid’s Treasure, the pre-quel to the series, young Paulina struggles to unravel the secrets of her father’s past while coming to terms with her own when she finds a hidden treasure containing a brooch reputed to have the power to connect the living to the dead.

In The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes, a free-spirited young girl forced to leave home struggles to survive as a cabaret singer. Hannah meets handsome rumrunner, Johnny Gallo, and finds all her dreams coming true when she goes off with him to Al Capone’s Chicago, and eventually to Brooklyn, New York. Basking in the glamorous shadow world of gangsters and their gals, her devoted lover is a force to be reckoned with, but in time his controlling ways turn Hannah into a bird in a gilded cage. Facing the dark side of her dreams, Hannah dares to defy danger and Johnny only to discover that for her, dying might be the only true path to freedom after all.

A third book in this series is in the works, so please stay tuned for release dates to be announced at

And don’t forget the original art work and handmade jewelry that is also available and on sale during August is Romance Awareness month!

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Judith Ashley is the author of The Sacred Women’s Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual practices that nourish the soul and celebrates the journey from relationship to romance.