Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snow around Philadelphia...

I'm not a huge fan of snow. While others have visions of  a winter wonderland, my images are filled with cars that won't start, knee-high drifts, shoveling, and icy patches on the sidewalk. 



Last week we had a significant snowfall in Philly, followed by several days of brutally frigid temperatures. I scanned my calendar, counting the days until Phillies' baseball, outdoor neighborhood flea markets, and historic walking tours.

As members of my family scoffed at my displeasure with the white stuff, I will admit that it does look lovely -- in a photo. So, for everyone who likes snow, I've posted a few pretty Philly photos for you!



Citizen Bank Ballpark 
(home of Phillies baseball!)



Strawberry Mansion 
in 
Fairmount Park



Independence Mall



Chhaya Cafe
 on
East Passyunk Avenue



Bainbridge Green Park





Have a good week, Everyone!


(photo of Snoopy c/o facebook.com/Snoopy;
 photo of Citizens Bank Park c/o facebook.com/phillies;
 photo of Strawberry Mansion c/o facebook.com/PhilaParkandRec;
 photo of Independence Mall c/o facebook.com/historicphilly;
 photo of Chhaya Cafe c/o facebook.com/east.p.avenue;
 photo of Bainbridge Green c/o facebook.com/queenvillage



Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Cruising for Love" in the New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and peaceful holiday season. Crimson Romance, who puts together the most awesome bundles, starts 2018 by taking readers out to sea! Released this week, Cruising for Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances! 


It's an honor to share the stage with Crimson authors, R.C. Matthews, Cait O'Sullivan, and Peggy Gaddis. 


BLURB:

Set a course for adventure with these four couples as they take to the high seas only to find new romance.


Little White Lies: (R. C. Matthews)
Attorney Madalyn Russell may have dumped her fiancé at the altar, but no way is she rejecting the honeymoon cruise. Unfortunately, she didn’t cancel the newlywed package, and now she’s stuck as a single in a lovebird world. That is, until a devilishly handsome man with a secret, Royce Spencer, offers a deliciously indecent proposal: He’ll pose as her husband in exchange for companionship during the cruise. She can’t deny their attraction, but will their little white lies make too many waves when Royce’s past finally catches up with him?

Romancing the Seas: (Cait O’ Sullivan)
When a relationship gone bad sinks sous-chef Pippa Renshaw’s plans, she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to become the head chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. It’s a great escape plan until a mix-up means she has to share a suite with her new boss, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, who is no happier about the circumstances. These two can handle the simmer… but when the heat turns up, is it a recipe for true love?

Reach for Tomorrow: (Peggy Gaddis)
Nurse Claire Frazier was devoted to her fiancé, until he threw that love back in her face. Disillusioned and burning with shame, she books passage on a world cruise, along with an intriguing collection of fellow passengers: an attractive second officer, a detective, and a confidence artist. Is love waiting once again at the next port of call?

Magic Moment: (Angela Adams)
Shortly after the FBI brings in Laura Roberts for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she keeps the books, a gang of thugs snatch her off the street. Chase Donovan boarded his boat intending to spend a few peaceful days getting his head together, but instead he finds trouble when he interrupts two men assaulting a woman in his cabin. What’s more, they claim his father told them to do it. Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they put their mutual attraction and time on his yacht to work to discover the truth before someone dies?




Buy Links:


Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Love-4-Shipshape-Romances-ebook/dp/B077MMVDV9/



Barnes & Noble:


https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cruising-for-love-rc-matthews/1127503404



Cruising for Love will be featured in a upcoming tour c/o Goddess Fish Promotions. Stay tuned for details!

Have a good week, Everyone!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays!

I'm taking a break from blogging to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Best wishes to everyone for happiness, good health, and peace. 

In the meantime, I leave you with words to ponder by one of my favorite Dr. Seuss characters -- "the Grinch!"








(photo c/o facebook.com/dr.seuss)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Do you have a favorite Christmas Song?

During this time of year, you'll hear lots of Christmas music streaming through my house. The other day, when I was having a "writer block/brain freeze" moment, I just sat back and concentrated on the music, a trio of ballads, "O Holy Night," "What Child is This?," "The Christmas Song."




These tunes happened to be several of my favorites. Closing my eyes, I took a deep breath and simply concentrated on the words and melody. When the arc was over -- and the commercial began to play -- my "brain freeze" had defrosted.

Anyone have a favorite Christmas song (or songs!)? Do you gravitate toward the sentimental songs that make you teary-eyed? Or the gleeful ones that make you feel "jolly" and "bright?" Have you ever considered what about that song makes it so appealing?

Enjoy the music, Everyone, and have a great week!


(photo c/o morgueFile.com)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Around Philly!

This time of year always brings back childhood memories for many of us. My most cherished  memory of the season is strolling through the South Philly streets with my Mom and Grandmother (affectionately called "Gram"), and admiring the Christmas decorations and Tree Lightings.




When we were tired of walking, we would stop in Woolworth's (aka "Five & Dime" --  anyone remember those?) for something warm to drink (tea for Mom, coffee for Gram, and hot chocolate for me). Once relaxed, warm, and ready to go, we would trek back home.

Although thanks to the internet, I can admire and share some of the current Philadelphia sights, I do miss strolling with Mom and Gram.



Citizens Bank Park 
(home of the Philadelphia Phillies)



East Passyunk Avenue Christmas Tree




Elfreth's Alley



South Smedley Street



Rittenhouse Square



South 13th Street




Any Holiday memories you'd like to share? We would love to hear them. Have a good week, Everyone!


(photos c/o 
 facebook.com/snoopy;
 facebook.com/phillies;
 facebook.com/east.p.avenue;
 facebook.com/elfrethsalleymuseum;
 facebook.com/smedley-street-christmas-light-spectacular; 
 facebook.com/friends-of-rittenhouse-square;
 facebook.com/themiracleonsouth13thstreet)


                      


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Books for Children!

'Tis the season for adorable Holiday picture books for children. Few settings are more relaxing than a fireplace, hot chocolate, and sharing a book with the little one in your life!




If you have toddlers, preschoolers, or Kindergarten-age children in your family, check out these reads!



A World of Cookies for Santa 
by
M.E. Furman and Susan Gal



Travel across the globe and discover the special treats awaiting Santa on Christmas Eve.

Buy Links:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/World-Cookies-Santa-Follow-Santas-ebook/dp/B073XBZ9KD/

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-world-of-cookies-for-santa-me-furman/1125350302

Books-A-Million:

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/World-Cookies-Santa/M-E-Furman/9780544226203




December's Gift: An Interfaith Holiday Story
by
Ashley Smith-Santos, Stassie Bitton, and Sandra Salsbury





Clara and her two grandmothers, Bubbe and Grammy, prepare special treats -- and recall memories -- during their special holiday season.


Buy Links:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Decembers-Gift-Interfaith-Holiday-Story/dp/0996478310/

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/decembers-gift-ashley-smith-santos/1122722994

Books-A-Million:

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Decembers-Gift/Ashley-Smith-Santos/9780996478311




My First Kwanzaa
by
Karen Katz



A sweet introduction to a holiday celebrating the value of family, friends, and community.

Buy Links:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/My-First-Kwanzaa-Holiday/dp/1250050464/

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-first-kwanzaa-karen-katz/1103166744

Books-A-Million:

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/My-First-Kwanzaa/Karen-Katz/9781250050465


Have a good week, Everyone!



(Poinsettia photo c/o morgueFile.com)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Good Reads Come in Bundles!

The 2017 Holiday Season is here! Relax with a some hot chocolate and great holiday reads. Bundles allow readers to enjoy books in a group, following a common theme, and for a special, bargain price!

My RWA chapter mate, Vicki Batman, has joined an awesome group of authors and given readers the following trio; Season of Magic, Season of Surprises, and Season of Promise.



So, grab your mug, curl up on the sofa, and enjoy!


Season of Magic




Noel Noel Noel by Merry Holly 
Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules, as sparks flare between them.

A Cinderella Christmas by Cara Marsi 
Jessica Gallo no longer believed in fairy tales or happy endings. And she certainly didn’t believe she’d find her Prince Charming at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Fairy Godmother thought differently.

Matchmaker Matchmaker by Bobbi Lerman
With Chanukah around the corner, is there enough magic left for a matchmaker to bring Molly's cynical heart back to life.

Holiday Disaster by Vicki Batman
The week before Christmas and all is in disarray when a librarian experiences horrible plumbing issues and a Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Clause. This Christmas is a disaster.

Yuletide Bride by Gerri Brousseau
The Dowager Duchess’s decree that her grandson must marry before Twelfth Night or relinquish his title and fortune sends him into a tail spin. Without any prospects and with only two weeks until Christmas will Stuart Nelson find himself destitute or will he find The Yuletide Bride.

Buy Links:




Season of Surprises




Noelle’s Surprise by Merry Holly, Amazon Bestselling Author
Noelle has a secret. One she doesn’t know how to tell Chase. Married and isolated on the tropical island they now call home, it’s not what she imagined their life would be. To complicate matters, one of the client’s he’s introduced her to has made her intentions toward Chase public. Noelle believes Chase wouldn’t cheat, yet the doubt has been planted. To make matters worse, the women have elected her to the Christmas in July committee. 

Frustrated at Noelle’s unhappiness, Chase has tried everything to combat it. But her mood swings are driving him crazy. When he finds a brochure on plastic surgery, he flips out. His beautiful wife doesn’t need it, nor does he want her to look like the “plastic wives,” of his clients. How can he finish the job and keep her on the island until its completion?

Enticed by a Laird by Gerri Brousseau, Amazon Bestselling Author
She was an Englishwoman of title, and he a Scottish Laird. He captured her heart from the first moment she laid eyes on him, but would her family ever approve? She knew she should forget him and walk away, but how could she when she’d been enticed by a Laird.

Holiday Handbag Extravaganza by Vicki Batman, Amazon Bestselling Author
Christmas Countdown is On! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.

Her Frog Prince Holiday by Cara Marsi, Award-Winning and Amazon Bestselling Author
At a Halloween party, uptight gallery manager Bella Cassani lets her friends goad her into kissing a handsome stranger. Yes, a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs to find her prince, but Bella prefers “frogs.” They’re safer than the sexy-but-unfaithful kind. When fate brings the knock-her-hat-off-with-a-kiss guy back into her life, things get complicated.

Chad Prince likes his life just as it is. Working in art galleries, he travels the world with no complicated relationships or family entanglements. There’s more to life than the money and success that were so important to his father, and no woman will betray him again like the last one did. Falling for sexy Bella Cassani is the last thing he wants.

Providence by Bobbi Lerman
Accused of theft, Amy Beale flees a New Year’s party and the detective determined to arrest her. An accident sends her traveling back in time for one last chance to clear her name and find her fate in a love that transcends time and space.

A Day for Destiny by Jane Gale
Destiny’s life is turned upside down after receiving a court summons. A sexy and mysterious man arrives in town throwing her mundane life further into a tailspin. Destiny doesn’t know who to trust or if she should take a chance and risk it all.

Turkish Delight by Madison West
Birthdays have never been kind to Amelia, but on her 28th birthday she receives a birthday gift that changes her life forever when an unexpected work trip takes her to the hauntingly beautiful Istanbul, Turkey in search of a rare tapestry. In a city where East meets West, Amelia finds her past colliding with her future when she unexpectedly falls in love with a fearless world traveler named Owen.

Holiday on the Home Front by Kristin Drew
Betty’s been on the move for as long as she can remember. Van’s a small-town boy turned soldier just days shy of deployment. A chance encounter brings them together for a few spark-filled days before Uncle Sam calls him to battle. Can a new love survive distance? Will her soldier survive the war?

Buy Links:





Season of Promises



Unexpected Holiday Bonus by Merry Holly
CEO Suzette LeBlec has a problem. Well, two actually. She needs a top-notch temporary replacement for her administrative assistant’s maternity leave, and she needs to find a way to outmaneuver a hostile takeover attempt by Mark Adams. To make things worse, it’s almost Christmas, the time when Suzette most feels alone in the world. Too bad that handsome man at the party got away. But when the same stranger applies for the temp job, his almost-too-good-to-be-true credentials set off Suzette’s alarms.

Dirk Harvey worked hard for years to remain anonymous while he built his father’s floundering company back up to its glory days. But when he discovers the stunning woman he’d spotted at a party is hiring, he decides to go undercover as “Dirk Mulligan”, administrative assistant extraordinaire. Besides, he and Suzette have a common problem: takeover King Mark Adams. Maybe they can find a solution together plus a little holiday bonus as well.

The Littlest Angel by Vicki Batman
Lauren MacDonald has always coveted her mother’s ornament, The Littlest Angel. When her mother gave it to another, Lauren embarks on a lengthy search and finds a replacement only to have it snatched from her hands. 

Smith Hancock’s grandmother had a little angel which has gone missing. Finding another at a flea market would make her holiday the best ever. Only a feisty girl is claiming it for herself. 
Can the twosome find common ground and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

A Promise of Forever by Gerri Brousseau
Her virtue is lost, and her reputation in tatters when a twist of fate sends Lady Roxanne Rothchild from London to the vibrant city of Venice, and into the arms of the handsome and intriguing Danté. But she is not the only one vying for his affection. Anna Maria Delafino de Padova will use everything in her power to drive a wedge between Danté and Roxanne and win his favor, including revealing the truth about Lady Rothchild. Will Roxanne be able to put her blemished past behind her and find love, and will she have the courage to reach for a promise of forever?

Bad Luck Partners by Award Winning Author Cara Marsi
Holidays have never brought Las Vegas hotel concierge Laney Sikora anything but bad luck in the romance department. The worst was her fiancé dumping her on Valentine’s Day. Via text. She’s determined to spend New Year's Eve alone with no romantic entanglements. But when her hunky new neighbor locks himself out of his apartment, she can’t leave him standing in the hallway. What's a girl to do?

Las Vegas is just a pit stop for Chicago native and radio personality Chance Carlisle while he waits for his agent to land him something bigger in L.A. But in the meantime, he keeps bumping into—literally—his adorable, but accident-prone, neighbor. Their private New Year’s Eve celebration leads to a plan: they’ll become the Bad Luck Partners, dating only on holidays and special events, avoiding holiday heartbreaks and matchmaking mamas.
 
But Fate might have something else in mind for the klutzy cutie and the hotshot talk show host. Can their temporary partnership become a forever deal?

Tillie’s Last Match by Bobbi Lerman
Legendary matchmaker, Tillie has one last heart to mend before retiring, but Miriam & Mike may be her hardest match ever. Can she summon the magic one last time to bring the enchantment of love long given up back to life.

A Christmas Promise by Jane Gale
District Attorney Cherry Stevens is rescued by sexy police officer Drake Boarden during an attempted robbery igniting their passion for not only justice but for each other.
A violent attempted robbery at District Attorney Cherry Stevens’ parents’ convenience store has her setting her sights on the city’s crime boss. Finding herself in the line of fire, Cherry is rescued by the sexiest seasoned police officer on the force. 

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(wreath photo c/o facebook.com/OldCityDistrict)