Thursday, December 24, 2015

Seasons Greetings!



This is a joyful time of year, as we’ve had friends who recently celebrated eight nights of Hanukkah, and more friends who are preparing for the Christmas Holiday, Kwanzaa, and ringing in the New Year!

Whichever holiday is on your calendar, my best wishes for a safe, peaceful and happy season.

I'm looking forward to sharing more great posts, conversations, and books with you in 2016!

Seasons Greetings to all!



(photo c/o moonlighting @ morgueFile.com)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Read and Give-away!




The season of Holiday releases concludes with the latest release from Jennifer Faye. The Prince's Christmas Vow is book 2 in the Twin Princes of Mirraccino series. Happy Holidays, Everyone, and happy reading. 


The Prince's Christmas Vow
(Twin Princes of Mirraccino)




Blurb:

Secretly married…to a prince!


Zoe Sarris hasn't seen Crown Prince Demetrius Castanavo since their secret elopement. So she's shocked when he requests her interior design services. She's only just pieced her broken heart back together, and seeing Demetrius—as gorgeous and guarded as ever—threatens to shatter it all over again… 


However, the shocking news that they are actually still married changes everything. Especially when Demetrius reveals he wants his princess back…preferably in time for Christmas!


Buy Links:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YN2Y0Z2?keywords=Jennifer%20Faye&qid=1446560113&ref_=sr_1_3&s=digital-text&sr=1-3


Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-princes-christmas-vow-jennifer-faye/1121864198?ean=9781460387344


Harlequin

http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=61021



Jennifer’s gift giveaway is an ecopy of A Princess by Christmas, Book 1 in the Twin Princes' seriesLeave your email address and comment with the title of your favorite Christmas movie. Drawing will be held December 28th. My favorite Christmas movie is “Miracle on 34th Street.” Share your favorite!



Blurb:

A royal kiss under the mistletoe 

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding—down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful—finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate. 

Not long ago Reese's world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She's learned to be wary of secrets…but when she discovers Alex's true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas…?

Check out what's happening with Jennifer at her website,
http://jenniferfaye.com/



(Christmas Tree photo c/o lunamom58 @ morgueFile.com)



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Holiday Novellas and Give-away!



I’m enjoying the Holiday Season and all the great reads out there! This week we’re featuring “Season of Love,” a novella collection by Crimson Romance author, Dana Volney.  Available on Kindle and Nook.



Season of Love



Blurb:

Sexy fun under the mistletoe awaits in this collection of three seasonal novellas by Dana Volney. Let the men of Casper, Wyoming, put you in the holiday mood!

  • Holiday Hoopla: Halle Adams's gift shop needs a serious cash infusion to survive, and banker Blake Ellison needs a no-strings date for his family's holiday functions. It's a perfect solution - he'll approve her loan if she'll be his escort - until feelings of jealousy surface. Romance wasn't on their holiday wish list. Will a business deal between strangers get hoodwinked by holiday hoopla?
  • Christmas Clash: Candace Ellison is determined to stop the city council's new convention center project from demolishing her new flower shop. Unfortunately, that means she'll have to cooperate with annoying Luke Carrigan, whose family pub is also on the chopping block. Will this Christmas bring miracles or the destruction of everything these old rivals love?
  • Candlelight Conspiracy: When Sophie Graystone's apartment building loses power during the holidays, the aloof restaurant owner next door surprisingly invites her for a late-night menu tasting. Marc Sizzo's too busy concentrating on success to fall in love. But sharing confidences in the intimate candlelight just might be the spark for a real relationship . . . unless an old flame reclaims his heart. Will Sophie find herself alone on New Year's Eve after all?
Amazon:


Barnes & Noble:


Crimson Romance:



As a special treat, Dana is offering a chance to win an ecopy of her recent Crimson release, The December Deal.





Blurb:

After her dad is diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, Lilia Carrigan returns home to Wyoming. The insurance company won’t cover the costs for an experimental trial that offers his best chance at surviving, and she needs a way to raise funds fast.Vincent Morgenstern has had a year to fulfill the clause in his dad’s will that says if he doesn’t marry, he’ll lose out on inheriting the family business he loves so much. The deadline is New Year’s Eve, and he’s determined to get down the aisle, even if he has to pay the bride to be on his arm.

When Lilia overhears his predicament at a coffee shop, the crazy solution to both their problems seems obvious. What’s one year of faking it?But as the holiday season works its magic, their platonic partnership threatens to get very personal. 

Will Lilia and Vincent’s December deal stay professional, or will real feelings ruin everything? 

To be eligible, leave your email address with a comment telling us of your favorite Holiday tradition. Mine is walking through the South Philly streets and admiring the decorated homes. Drawing for The December Deal will be held on Saturday, December 19th.

For more on Dana and her releases, check out her website,

http://danavolney.com/


(poinsettia photo c/o pippalou @ morgueFile.com)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Get Into The Spirit with a Holiday Read and Give-away!




This week’s featured Holiday release is Season of Surprises. Fabulous authors, including my RWA buddie, Vicki Batman, have contributed to this holiday box set.


Season of Surprises





Blurb:


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

Amazon


http://www.amazon.com/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446557082&sr=1-1&keywords=vicki+batman


Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/season-of-surprises-holiday-box-set-merry-holly/1122604571?ean=2940152242966



In keeping with the giving spirit of the season, Vicki is offering an ecopy of her book, The Great Fruitcake Bake-off as our comment giveaway. 



Blurb:


Fruitcake lover, Samantha Greene is in a pickle. To defend her five wins in her apartment complex's The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, she has to find a new entry. The to-die for new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, agrees to team up. Only, what they discover is baking an award-winning entry can be complicated, bad guys are plotting to take over the crown, and ultimately, first prize isn't just about a ribbon.


To be eligible, please leave your email address with a comment sharing your favorite Holiday treat. Mine is my mom’s Christmas Tree butter cookies.  Drawing for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off will be held on Saturday, December 12th.

To find more of Vicki's great reads, check out her website,

http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/



(Christmas lights photo c/o deegolden@morgueFile.com)

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:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Alphas-Unwrapped-Paranormal-Shifters-Werewolves-ebook/dp/B014VCCLGI/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446555628&sr=1-7&keywords=terry+spear

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alphas-unwrapped-michele-bardsley/1122615100?ean=2940152252408

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.


 


IT'S A SILVER TOWN CHRISTMAS, AND THE WOLVES ARE READY TO HOWL
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, https://terrylspear.wordpress.com/

(falling snow photo c/o thesucess@morgueFile.com)


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 
http://bellesbookbag.blogspot.com/

The Romance Reviews
http://www.theromancereviews.com/

Cafeinated Book Reviewer
http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/

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 Jesssalrene@morgueFile.com;
autumn wreath photo c/o JLPeterson@morgueFile.com)

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
(http://www.arcamax.com/entertainment/books/bookreviews/s-1735497?fs ).


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 facebook.com/John 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

http://www.dav.org/

Paralyzed Veterans of America


http://www.pva.org/

Wounded Warrior Project


The Veterans Site


USO (United Service Organization)

http://www.uso.org/





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 facebook.com/TheVeteransSite)

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 facebook.com/phillies)






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 facebook.com/dr.seussquotes)


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, http://www.lvrwa.org

2016 San Francisco Writers' Conference; February 11-14, 2016; Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, CA; FMI, http://sfwriters.org/?et_mid=785956&rid=235571114

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


Have a good week, Everyone!



(photo c/o DeduloPhotos @ morgueFile.com)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Contest Update

Contests, and the feedback the judges provide, are important components for the writing craft. Listed below are several approaching deadlines...






Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards; sponsored by Writer’s Digest Magazine; deadline, October 15, 2015; entry, 4,000 or less – any genre – of a short fiction piece; FMI, http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/popular-fiction-awards?et_mid=785499&rid=235571114

30th Annual Hook, Line & Sinker; sponsored by Hudson Valley RWA; deadline, November 1, 2015; entry, first three pages of your unpublished manuscript, FMI, http://www.hudsonvalleyrwa.com

Sourcebooks -- Pitch Contest: sponsored by Contemporary Romance Writers; deadline, November 2, 2015; FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/events


Good luck,and have a great week, Everyone!


(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)