Sunday, November 29, 2015

"Tis the Season for Holiday Books...and Give-aways!

I love Christmas books. So much so, that I read them all year long. Great 2015 releases are available, and I decided to use the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday for highlighting what's happening this season.

New on Kindle and Nook, this week's feature is Alphas Unwrapped: 21 New Paranormal Holiday Hotties Sure to Make Santa's Naughty List featuring great reads by 21 awesome paranormal authors.

Alphas Unwrapped: 21 New Paranormal Holiday Hotties Sure to Make Santa's Naughty List

21 Paranormal Tales so hot, they're sure to make Santa's Naughty List! Now's your chance to own this LIMITED Edition Boxed Set. Grab your copy before it's gone! 

The alphas are hot! The heroines are sassy! These ALL NEW stories are guaranteed to heat up your holidays!

Featuring stories from:
New York Times Best Selling Author, Michele Bardsley
New York Times Best Selling Author, Colleen Gleason
New York Times Best Selling Author, Dianna Love
New York Times Best Selling Author, Caris Roane
USA Today Best Selling Author, Mary Buckham
USA Today Best Selling Author, Dakota Cassidy
New York Times Best Selling Author, Claudy Conn
New York Times Best Selling Author, Melanie James
USA Today Best Selling Authors, Rebecca Hamilton and Conner Kressley
New York Times Best Selling Author, Gena D. Lutz
USA Today Best Selling Author, D’Elen McClain
New York Times Best Selling Author, Julia Mills
USA Today Best Selling Author, Dawn Montgomery
New York Times Best Selling Author, Stephanie Rowe
USA Today Best Selling Author, Terry Spear
USA Today Best Selling Author, Renee George
New York Times Best Selling Author, Tracey Jane Jackson
New York Times Best Selling Author, A.K. Michaels
Amazon Best Selling Author, Hildie McQueen

Amazon Best Selling Author, Sky Purington
New York Times Best Selling Author, Candice Stauffer

Buy Links:


Barnes & Noble

And, since this is the "season of giving," each week 
a featured author is offering a chance to win a free book from her catalogue! This week USA Today best selling author, Terry Spear, is offering an audio copy of her new release, A Silver Wolf Christmas.


CJ Silver and his brothers have returned to Silver Town eager to reconnect with the pack. And with the she-wolf newcomers renovating the old Victorian Silver Town Hotel, it looks like the holidays are going to be very merry indeed.

Laurel MacTire and her sisters are excited to be living in a wolf-run town, but they have another motive- to solve the fifty-year-old mystery of their aunt's disappearance. When CJ gets a whiff of trouble brewing, his protective instincts kick in-now Laurel has a hotel opening to prepare for, a mystery to solve, and a brawny wolf shifter underfoot. Perhaps she should have resisted the temptation to kiss him so wickedly in the snow.

Please leave a comment with your email address, tell us the title of your favorite Holiday read, and enter this week for a chance to win an audio copy of Terry's A Silver Wolf ChristmasWinner will be chosen on Saturday, December 5th. My favorite Holiday read is "A Christmas Carol." Tell us yours!

And for more information on what's happening with Terry, visit her at,

(falling snow photo c/o

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy-being Thankful-giving!

Since this week starts the "big" holiday season -- Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa -- and I promised my family I'd get the baking started, I had originally planned a short post today wishing everyone a "Happy Thanksgiving." 

Then, during the week I met with my book club, and our coffee-conversation turned to my novel, Magic Moment. I have a tendency to feel uncomfortable with public, face-to-face praise. After a heartfelt "thank you" to my friends, I turned the discussion back to pumpkin pie recipes.

During my short walk home, I realized one of the things I'm thankful for this year is Magic Moment's extensive and assorted publication journey. After initially being published by Crimson Romance in 2012, the novel was released in a bundle, Running to Love, with nine other awesome Crimson authors. Not long after the time span on the bundle expired, Crimson notified me that Magic Moment's digital version had been chosen as part of the Amazon Encore program. It was a thrill to see that first post on Amazon's website back in August.

And, although public praise makes me queasy while sitting around a coffee shop table with friends, I'm thankful not only for the kind words of those friends, but for all the generous reviews I've received for Magic Moment. I remembered when Mariann at Belle's Book Bag posted the very first, ever review of my novel. I nearly fainted. 

When I got home from the coffee shop after that evening's book club meeting, I clicked on the computer and took a walk down memory lane with Magic Moment's reviews. 

Space (and consideration for my blog readers' time) prevents me from quoting all the reviews, but here are a few.

From Mariann for Belle's Book Bag (thank you, Mariann, for getting the review ball rolling)

“Stories with misunderstandings that separate the hero and heroine or how the hero and heroine let outside influences damage their growing relationship and trust in one another always interest me. It's the whole boy meets girl~they fall in love~breakup~get back together with a fair amount of groveling~then get their HEA. Love these types of stories.”

From Tiffy for The Romance Reviews

"Traveling with Chase and Laura from Philly to Magic Lake Island to Sea Tower, MD really ramps up the intrigue. Throw in the FBI and some thugs and you're hooked! The ending comes with a twist that I didn't see coming. All in all, it's a fun read!"

From Kimba for Caffeinated Book Reviewer

“The tale that unfolds was captivating. Adams used a few of my favorite tropes including the marriage arrangement, but she added her own unique twists. 

From TRS for ARe Cafe

“I especially liked the way the author handled misunderstandings and places where others tried to come between them.”

That's merely a sampling, but I'm truly thankful and grateful to all who posted a review, who read the book, those who added Magic Moment to their Goodreads' list, or simply took the time to skim the blurb while web-browsing.

For more information on Magic Moment, just click the book cover on this page. And, feel free to check out these websites for some great romance reviews!

Belle's Book Bag

The Romance Reviews

Cafeinated Book Reviewer

ARe Cafe

Oh, and one more SHOUT-OUT “thank you," to all who visit my weekly blog and follow me on Facebook and Google+.

What are you thankful for this holiday? Best wishes to everyone a wonderful and peaceful week, and a very happy day on Thursday! 

(pumpkin art photo c/o;
autumn wreath photo c/o

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

I receive lots of daily book review emails. While time prevents me from reading them all, I usually skim each one and if something catches my eye, I'll stop and read the entire post. A few weeks ago, I got a Washington Post email with a review by Greg Schneider of Fortunate Son: My Life and Music by John  Fogerty with Jimmy McDonough
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For those of you too young to remember, Fogerty was the founder of the 1960s band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. One of the most successful band of its time, and also one of my favorites.

While reading Schneider’s post, I hadn’t realized (or maybe was just too young) to recognize the turmoil among the band members. The review intrigued me, and I picked up the book (which is saying something about the strength of the Schneider’s account because I don’t often read biographies). 

Fortunate Son… reminded me not only what a great group of musicians Fogerty, his brother, Tom, and Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford were, but of the awesome, prolific  poet and storyteller the band had in John who served as chief songwriter. This being 2015, I clicked on Google and found oodles of CCR hits on YouTube. As I listened to the words of the songs, and since he’s put his memoirs in print, I have one question for  Mr. Fogerty, “Have you ever considered writing a novel?”

Listed below are my favorite Creedence Clearwater Revival songs. I’ve provided YouTube links for your listening pleasure.  I enjoyed hearing these songs with a more mature prospective, and absorbing the stories they told, from the political to the whimsical.

Have You Ever Seen the Rain (words and music by John Fogerty)

Proud Mary (words and music by John Fogerty)

Lookin’ Out My Back Door (words and music by John Fogerty)

Down On The Corner (words and music by John Fogerty)

Interested in checking out Fortunate Son: My Life and Music, I’ve included some online links.

Amazon Buy Link:

Barnes & Noble Buy Link:

Books-A-Million Buy Link:

Are you a fan of the band? Have a favorite CCR song? Please feel free to share your thoughts. Have a great week, Everyone!

(photos c/o Fogerty), 
(Have you Ever Seen The Rain YouTube c/o Dylan McCord), 
(Proud Mary YouTube c/o J.R. Ramos), 
(Lookin’ Out My Back Door YouTube c/o Geert Mook), 
(Down On The Corner YouTube c/o Shane Henning)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

"Thank You, Veterans!"

There are few greater sacrifices one could make than to leave his/her family, go off to a strange country, and make it their mission to keep those of us who live at home safe.

Two simple words mean a lot to folks who deserve to hear them. So, not only on November 11th, but any day you happen to pass one of our military members, please don’t forget to say those two words. The words, “thank you.”

If you would like information on organizations that help our military service personnel, I've noted a few websites.

Disabled American Veterans

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Wounded Warrior Project

The Veterans Site

USO (United Service Organization)

If you have a Veterans' organization that you'd like to add to this list, please feel free to note in the comment section. If you have a story to tell about your special Veteran, please share. We'd love to hear it.

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photos c/o

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Phillies' Fan Walk Down Baseball Memory Lane...

For Philadelphia Phillies' fans, October 31st isn't simply a day to recognize Halloween. Back in 2008, the Phillies were World Series' Champions and October 31st was the day Philadelphia held a parade down Broad Street to honor our team.

Given the Phillies' dismal 2015 season, and that only two of the players, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz, remain on our team from that 2008 season, I decided to take a stroll down "Memory Lane."

The Phillie Phanatic, baseball's ultimate mascot 

"We Won!"

Jimmy Rollins, Phillies' Shortstop, and the 2008 World Series trophy 

Cole Hamels, Series MVP

An estimated two million Phillies' fans lined Broad Street on October 31st to honor our team

Festivities culminated with a ceremony at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies 

Despite the many ups and downs, through the good times and bad, I'll always love my team!

Have a great week, Everyone!

(Photos c/o

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Inspiring Words from Dr. Seuss...

Whenever I feel I need a "shove" to move along life's path, I look to the most motivating person to have ever graced my library (and life), Dr. Seuss. 

Today, I'm sharing some of Dr. Seuss's encouraging words...

Have a good week, Everyone!

(photos c/o

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Conference Update

Conferences are fun, learning experiences, and opportunities for "meet & greets" with peers and industry insiders. Perhaps you'll want to mark your calendar for these approaching dates.

Story Mastery with Michael Hauge; November 14, 2015; Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV; FMI,

2016 San Francisco Writers' Conference; February 11-14, 2016; Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, CA; FMI,

Chicago North RWA Spring Fling Writers' Conference; May 20-21, 2016; Hyatt Regency, Schaumburg, IL;Early registration deadline, October 31, 2015; FMI,

Have a good week, Everyone!

(photo c/o DeduloPhotos @