Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Holidays Are Here!


Thank you to all who visit my site each week. I'm taking a blogging break to spend holiday time with my family.





I leave you with wise "musings" from the Grinch, and best wishes for the season. Stay safe, Everyone, and we'll "e-chat" some more in 2017!



(photo c/o http://quotesgram.com/img/grinch-quotes-famous)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Looking for Great Holiday Reads?

I hope you're checking out, and enjoying, the great reads that are available this season! Today's features are "A Heart for the Holiday" and a great bundle, "Season of Surprises."




A Heart for the Holiday
by Dana Volney



Silver Morgenstern had a thriving, meaningful career as a surgeon working for charity organizations in war-torn countries. Then her life changed with one flick of the wrist. Now she's back in Wyoming, serving as an administrator at the local hospital. But shuffling paperwork is nothing compared to saving lives.

Five years ago, Fisher Tibbs founded the successful social program Combat Children's Hunger. Giving back to kids brings a sparkle to his eye, especially after the loss of his own young daughter, but it can't mend the very real fissure in his heart. Ready to see his child again, he's preparing and planning a future for CCH that he won't get to witness.

But when Fisher's application to be removed from the heart transplant list comes across Silver's desk, her next mission is clear: convince him life is worth the fight. But she never expects that the struggle to rescue his heart might just save her own.


Amazon:

Barnes & Noble:


Season of Surprises
By Various Authors




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?

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1478527030&sr=1-1&keywords=Season+of+Surprises

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/season-of-surprises-holiday-box-set-merry-holly/1122604571?ean=9780996382144


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

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Holiday Mystery and Bundle !

Although the calendar still reads Autumn, it's winter cold in Philly. The perfect setting for taking a seat by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and a relaxing read. Check out this week's featured holiday offerings, a cozy Christmas mystery and a delightful Holiday bundle!


Christmas Calamity  
(A Painted Lady Inn Mystery)
by M K Scott




A drive-by murder signals the end of a relaxed Christmas. Donna refuses to accept that organized crime is moving into town, but to do so, she must find the murderer. In the meantime, she needs to host a Victorian tea, pin down a certain detective’s romantic intentions, keep a boozy Santa sober, deal with a cursed clown doll, and hide a hunky underwear model. It’s just another holiday at The Painted Lady Inn.


Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Painted-Inn-Mysteries-Christmas-Calamity/dp/1944712844/ref=sr_tc_2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481375978&sr=1-2-ent


Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-painted-lady-inn-mysteries-m-k-scott/1125145255?ean=2940153836683



Love, Christmas
by Various Authors



♫♪Put a song in your heart with 20 all-new Christmas Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and national best-selling authors. Each brand-new title is inspired by a Christmas carol and will lift your spirits and bring on the holiday cheer.♫♪

We Need a Little Christmas by Leanne Banks - Can a handsome cynic become a Christmas believer?

Frosty the Snowman by Mimi Barbour - Stranded in an Alaskan snowstorm, strangers Hali and Terry are forced to rely on each other for survival.

Last Christmas by Joan Reeves - Annabelle gave him her heart, but Rick threw it away. He wants redemption, she wants revenge.

Holly Jolly Christmas by Mona Risk
- Pregnant at 18. Adoption would save the baby's future but may cost her the man she loves.

Do You Hear What I Hear? by Patricia Rosemoor - Live-in-lovers Shelley and Jake are now in a cold war of their own over Christmas.

White Christmas by Rebecca York - Was she in a coma, or was she in a Christmas fantasy?

So This is Christmas by Denise Devine - He was her child nemesis, now he's her best friend forever.

Grown Up Christmas List by Donna Fasano - All she wants for Christmas is to feel safe... then she meets her guardian angel.

Blue Christmas by the Sea by Traci Hall - Alone for Christmas, Tamsyn helps mystery writer Evan find his mojo--love is a gift neither can refuse.

Santa Baby by Taylor Lee - Lily's only hope was that this time, he wouldn't be able to find her.

Let It Snow by Stephanie Queen - A stranger and a snow storm on Christmas Eve create the ultimate test for Dane & Shana.

Merry, Did You Know? by Jennifer St. Giles - Can a Christmas Miracle change the future of a woman who doesn't believe in love and a man who can't love again?

O Christmas Tree by Alicia Street - Can Piper convince Cody to let go of his painful past and embrace the hope of Christmas and possibly love?

Sleigh Ride by Katy Walters - Miss Sophia Vale faces poverty. Enter the Earl of Breconbridge, renowned as a rake hell with a conscience.

Deck the Hearts by Rachelle Ayala - Can Holly's jolly Christmas spirit help Grinch Gordon Gills save the town of Christmas Creek?

Silver Bells by Jacquie Biggar - Can a Christmas wish bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the gift she wants?

Hark the Herald Angel Falls by Michele Hauf - To earn her halo, angel Merit must convince the person who holds her earthly soul in limbo--her husband--to stop loving her.

Little Drummer Boy by Dani Haviland
- How could a mere drummer boy help those stranded in the worst winter storm of the 18th century?

I'll Be Home For Christmas by Nancy Radke - When former a former Navy SEAL plucks a woman from the Mediterranean Sea, he discovers a fighter tougher than he.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Cynthia Cooke
- A big city girl reunites with a small town boy--magic. A Santa in need of an elf--Christmas magic.


Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Christmas-Holiday-stories-heart-ebook/dp/B01LYLBF86/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1474680727&sr=1-1&keywords=Love,+Christmas

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-christmas-holiday-stories-that-will-put-a-song-in-your-heart-leanne-banks/1124673741?ean=2940153570570


iTunes/Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/love-christmas-holiday-stories/id1158227218?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Have a good week, Everyone!






(holiday lights c/o deegolden@morgueFile.com)



Sunday, December 4, 2016

More Great Holiday Romance Reads!

The Christmas Season always brings some great Holiday stories. Consider adding these enchanting reads to your collection!



Her Festive Baby Bombshell
By Jennifer Faye




Life-changing news this Christmas!

Since their spontaneous and magical night together, Holly Abrams has avoided her boss, CEO Finn Lockwood. Neither of these two damaged hearts was looking for a relationship—least of all with a colleague!

When they're thrown together on a charity project aboard Finn's luxury yacht, the tension between them skyrockets. When Holly starts to feel unwell, she puts it down to seasickness, until the doctor confirms that Holly and Finn can expect two unplanned gifts this Christmas—Holly is pregnant with twins…!


Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Festive-Baby-Bombshell-Harlequin-Romance-ebook/dp/B01D8HX0YE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=jennfayecontr-20&linkId=f605f1d945dcd72379b54b51925359fb

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-festive-baby-bombshell-jennifer-faye/1123539614?ean=9781488003264

iTunes/Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/her-festive-baby-bombshell/id1095287586?mt=11



Season of Promises
by Various Authors




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.

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Season-Promises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B01LQUP9AS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476476088&sr=1-1&keywords=season+of+Promises


Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/season-of-promises-holiday-box-set-marian-lanouette/1124742472?ean=2940153535586


Enjoy your week, Everyone!


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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

'Tis the Season for Holiday Romance!

This week's spotlight is on Up the Chimney: (A Pistols & Passion Novella) by Vonnie Davis and Sweet Christmas Kisses 3: A Bundle of 17 Wholesome Holiday Romances by Various Authors.





Up the Chimney: (A Pistols & Passion Novella)
by Vonnie Davis



Ciera Parker moves to Willow Bend, New York, to begin a new life away from the scandal her ex-husband created. She loves her job as a dispatcher at the police and fire station in the town. What she doesn’t love is Detective Mason Holt and his overbearing ways. He’s been watching her for two years and she’s beginning to get all hot and bothered. But she’s sworn off men and this one has a reputation of being one step above a manwhore.

Mason Holt is not what everyone thinks. He’s more family man than one would believe. Since his sister’s husband is serving overseas, he takes on duties as a father figure for his two rambunctious nephews and niece. He’s ready to settle down with children of his own and he’s got his eye and his heart fixated on a dark-haired beauty in the communications center.

Now, all he has to do is convince Ciera all men aren’t bad. That he does have his good points—until he gets stuck in her chimney.


Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Up-Chimney-Pistols-Passion-Novella-ebook/dp/B01LLZWUWI/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476472020&sr=1-3&keywords=Vonnie+Davis

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/up-the-chimney-vonnie-davis/1124592357?ean=2940153712451


Sweet Christmas Kisses 3: A Bundle of 
17 Wholesome Holiday Romances
by Various Authors



Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa. Don't miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that's sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you in the mood for Christmas.

Mona Risk, On Christmas Eve
She banished him from her life and dreams. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases years of loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?

Christine Bush, Christmas Holly

Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!

Lyn Cote, Mistletoe and Sage
New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together--will love spark under the mistletoe?

Denise Devine, A Merry Little Christmas
Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.

Raine English, The Christmas Gift

When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it's not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group's handsome owner does too.

Shanna Hatfield, Untangling Christmas
Tricked into helping with Silverton's Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.

Ciara Knight, A Christmas on Miracle Mountain

When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.

Milou Koenings, The Kampala Peppermint Twist

A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.

Magdalena Scott, The Road Not Taken
Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.

Roxanne Rustand, A London Christmas
When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?

Alicia Street, Her Christmas Secret
Desperate to help her sister's family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they're least expected.

Kristin Wallace, Falling For You at Christmas
One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.

Merrillee Whren, Second Chance Christmas
A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.

Cindy Flores Martinez, Christmas Eve Wedding
A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend's spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.

Victoria Pinder, Secret Wish
Luke Morgan doesn't believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.

Josie Riviera, Candleglow and Mistletoe
A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.

Pat Simmons, Couple by Christmas
Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he's got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.


Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Christmas-Kisses-Wholesome-Romances-ebook/dp/B01JV3L154/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476473593&sr=1-3&keywords=Mona+Risk

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-christmas-kisses-3-mona-risk/1124623283?ean=2940157011352

iTunes/Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/love-christmas-holiday-stories/id1158227218?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4


Happy reading, Everyone, and have a great week!




(Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square photo
        c/o Facebook.com/Friends-of-Rittenhouse-Square)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Holiday Reads...Great Cause!

Huge fan of Christmas romances that I am, I'd like to take the weeks leading up to the Holiday Season to introduce you to some 2016 releases!  This week's offering is a very special bundle for a very special cause.




 All I Want for Christmas is a limited release, and will only be available now through December 31st, with all proceeds benefiting Diabetes research. Fabulous reads from authors Debbie Macomber, Bella Andre, Melody Anne, Violet Duke, Marie Force, Heather Graham, Brenda Novak, Lauren Page & Kayti McGee, Jane Porter, Melanie Shawn, RaeAnne Thayne, Melinda Curtis, Anna J. Stewart, and Scarlett York.

All the proceeds will go to Boston University to help Dr. Ed Damiano (who also has a son with Type 1) finish engineering the second-generation artificial pancreas, which has a two-chamber system. Why is his work important? Because the 2-chamber artificial pancreas will go far toward helping insulin-dependent diabetics remain healthy until that elusive biological cure can be found. 

So, please, order this boxed set today.

REMEMBER, All I want for Christmas will only be available through December 31, 2016! 

Encourage your friends and family to do the same. You'll get many hours of enjoyable reading in exchange for a small donation that will help a lot of people. For more information, visit, www.brendanovakforthecure.org

Included in this awesome set:

“5-B POPPY LANE” by Debbie Macomber
Come visit with Helen Shelton, her granddaughter Ruth and Ruth's husband, Paul. They'll offer you a cup of mulled cider and the story of how they met.

“KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE” by Bella Andre
For Mary Sullivan Christmas has always been about family. As she hangs her ornaments, she's swept back to the first days of her whirlwind romance with her husband--and the love that would be the foundation on which they built their family.

“FINDING EACH OTHER” by Melody Anne
Brayden Steele gave up his love of Christmas many years ago when he lost his mother and father in a car wreck. But the magic hasn’t given up on him.

“BEFORE THAT PROMISE” by Violet Duke
If anyone can make Drew Lawson believe in the magic of Christmas, it's the girl-next-door he's classified as completely off-limits.

“CELEBRATION AFTER DARK” by Marie Force
On the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary, Big Mac and Linda McCarthy take a look back at how they came to be, while each of their children confront a new challenge in their own lives.

“SPIRIT OF THE SEASON” by Heather Graham”
While struggling to raise her newly orphaned nephew, Davey, widow Becky Wexham must deal with the feelings she experiences when she once again comes into contact with Tim Yeagher, an old flame and Davey's Little League coach.

“A DUNDEE CHRISTMAS” by Brenda Novak
Welcome to Dundee, Idaho, where the town is small but the hearts of the people living in it are large. A woman seeking refuge in an unfamiliar town during a snowstorm is taken in by a man who helps her discover a new sense of home.

“UNMATCHABLE” by Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee
After Jane Osborne is unceremoniously dumped by a rich man, and then invited to his wedding, on (Christmas Eve no less), she decides to hire a date from Craigslist and pass him off as an upgrade.

“CHRISTMAS MIRACLE FOR DAISY” by Jane Porter
When his goddaughter, Daisy, is orphaned, confirmed bachelor Cormac Sheenan adopts her. All goes well until Marietta's seasonal Santa Claus promises his daughter a mommy for Christmas.

“CHRISTMAS WISH: A HOPE FALLS HOLIDAY NOVELLA” by Melanie Shawn
For the movie star and the single mom, will a Christmas Wish become their new reality?

“A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE” by RaeAnne Thayne
Widow and caterer Jenna Wheeler is determined to spin Christmas into the stuff of magic for her four children, even if that means helping out her new landlord, sexy billionaire Carson McRaven..

"THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" by Melinda Curtis
Simon Castle' s on his way to a make-or-break meeting unseasonably scheduled for December 25--until the gorgeous redhead subbing for his limo driver takes him on a detour.

“GINGERBREAD DREAMS” by Anna J. Stewart
Can carpenter Hamish MacFadden show free-spirit Essie Goodman how magical family--and Christmas--can be?

“CRUEL INTENTIONS” by Scarlett York
For fans of Pretty Little Liars…It’s hard to be a rhinestone in a diamond world...I was far from living the dream, but now I'm stuck in a nightmare of lies, deceit....and murder. Merry Christmas to me.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Novellas-Benefit-Diabetes-Research-ebook/dp/B01I5UJZKM/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477692258&sr=1-8&keywords=debbie+macomber+christmas+books


Barnes & Noble


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-i-want-for-christmas-bella-andre/1124133636?ean=2940156854356

iTunes/Apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-i-want-for-christmas-14/id1132807039?mt=11




Check out this awesome bundle, and have a great week!



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Great Reads on Historic Philadelphia

Frequent visitors to this blog are aware of how much I enjoy walking through the historical district of my city, Philadelphia. Not only is the walk a physical benefit, but helps me through the old dilemma of "writer's block."



Last June, I attended "Fete Day" on Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia's Olde City district. Designated a national historical site in 1966, Elfreth's Alley is our nation's oldest residential street. Each year on "Fete Day," the current residents living in these homes hold a block party with music, crafts, food, and colonial games.

Author, and History Professor, George W, Boudreau was available for a "meet and greet," and to sign copies of his book. Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia. Although I missed meeting Professor Boudreau, I picked up his book, start thumbing through it, and could not put it down. When I was finished reading, I began searching for other books highlighting historic Philadelphia.

If you're interested in some interesting reads on our nation's background, check out these books.


Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia
by George W. Boudreau



From William Penn's first footsteps on Philadelphia soil, this book tells the stories of those early years and how our nation came to be. Filled with wonderful photographs and exhaustive research, reading this book was like watching CNN during the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution.  I loved this book and talked about it all summer.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Independence-Historic-Philadelphia-George-Boudreau/dp/159416259X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476209147&sr=1-1&keywords=independence+a+guide+to+historic+philadelphia

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/independence-george-boudreau/1112763908?ean=9781594162596

Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Independence/George-W-Boudreau/9781594162596?id=6130748650509


Wicked Philadelphia: Sin in the City of Brotherly Love
by Thomas H. Keels



The "naughty" of those early days in Philly. Tales of grave robbers, brothels, and scams in the City of Brotherly Love. There were times, while reading, when I laughed, and others when I cringed. Either way, a great -- and interesting -- read.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Philadelphia-City-Brotherly-Love/dp/1596297875/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476209264&sr=1-1&keywords=Wicked+Philadelphia

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-philadelphia-thomas-h-keels/1101137377?ean=9781596297876

Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Wicked-Philadelphia/Thomas-H-Keels/9781596297876?id=6130748650509



The Philadelphia Inquirer's Walking Tours 
of  Historic Philadelphia
by Edward Colimore



The Philadelphia Inquirer is our local newspaper. This book is an indispensable read for visitors to Philadelphia, history buffs, and for anyone who loves a good story. Follow the footsteps of those who walked our sidewalks in the early days, take a tour of the historical sites, and learn about Philadelphia's part in our nation's upbringing.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Philadelphia-Inquirers-Walking-Historic-Tours/dp/1933822031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476209397&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Philadelphia+Inquirer

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-philadelphia-inquirers-walking-tours-of-historic-philadelphia-colimore-edward/1124500540?ean=9781933822037

Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/search?raresearch=1&id=6130748650509&qisbn=9781933822037&qty_avail=18&chunk=10&qsort=p


Not only are these books interesting reads, but a helpful reference for any author who is considering writing a historical romance set in Philadelphia. Have a great week, Everyone!




(Elfreth's Alley photo c/o facebook.com/Elfreth's Alley)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

"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.”

My Uncle Al, my mother's brother who passed away three years ago, served in World War II. He never forgot how lucky he was to not only return home to my mother and grandmother, but to be able to marry and start a family of his own. Along with his trade as a carpenter, Uncle Al spent his entire post-war years volunteering with his local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). I remember my uncle collecting supplies disabled veterans needed, coordinating appeals to send items to our military personnel currently serving, and driving veterans who were unable to drive themselves to their doctor appointments. 

Toward the end of his life, Uncle Al became a resident in a VA nursing home. He was still helping other veterans by reading the newspaper to those who no longer could.





If you would like to help our veterans, I've posted several websites for information.


Paralyzed Veterans of America

http://www.pva.org/


Disabled America Veterans


http://www.dav.org/


Wounded Warrior Project

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/


The Veterans Site

http://www.TheVeteransSite.com/


Veterans Multi-Service Center

http://vmcenter.org


USO (United Service Organization)

http://www.uso.org/

A huge thank you to our Veterans, and God bless you!


(photos c/o facebook.com/TheVeteransSite)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

What's New in Children's Books?




Although my niche is writing adult romance novels, I enjoy browsing the children's section at a bookstore and library. Reading is so important to a child's development and future academic success in school. Plus, I have lots of little ones in my family, and I love watching their enthusiasm for a book during story time. 

For all of you who appreciate children's literature as much as I do, here are some "fun" recent releases.





Charming picture book about the day in the life of a pill bug in suburbia is also about an unusual friendship. 

Amazon


Barnes & Noble


Books-A-Million






A story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream...


Amazon



Barnes & Noble



Books-A-Million






When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword -- and a pile of his favorite books.

Amazon



Barnes & Noble



Books-A-Million






Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion, Boggan, is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Wish-Tree-Kyo-Maclear/dp/1452150656/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475365204&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Wish+Tree

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wish-tree-kyo-maclear/1123754752?ean=9781452150659


Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Wish-Tree/Chris-Turnham/9781452150659?id=6130748650509


Have a great week, Everyone!



(Linus photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Happiness is Autumn!


Autumn or "Fall" is my favorite time of year. The weather is generally cool and crisp, and there are lots of activities to enjoy. One afternoon this week, while strolling through South Philly's Marconi Plaza, I noticed that the leaves which were green the last time I walked through the park were now a lovely orange and red. I started making a mental list of my favorite things about the season. 


Autumn Leaves and their Colors




Autumn Wreaths on our Front Doors



A Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 
at South Philly FUEL




Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte


October "Post Season" Baseball
(especially if it includes the Phillies)


 Harvest Festivals  
and 
Trick-or-Treaters


Veterans' Day Parades




What's your favorite Autumn feature and activity?



(Snoopy and Leaves photo c/o facebook.com/Snoopy;
 Fall Maple Leaves photo c/o openopen@morgueFile.com;
 Autumn Wreath photo c/o JL Peterson@morgueFile.com;
 Pumpkin Pie Smoothie photo c/o facebook.com/fuelsouthphilly;
 Pumpkin Spice Latte photo c/o facebook.com/Starbucks;
 Baseball in October photo c/o facebook.com/Snoopy;
 Trick-or-Treater photo c/o facebook.com/EPassyunkAvenue;
 Veteran photo c/o facebook.com/TheVeteransSite)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Writers Conference Update




If you're like me, you've already started making notes on your 2017 calendar. FYI, these upcoming writers conferences are worth a look.


Super Saturday: sponsored by Florida Romance Writers; Saturday, January 14, 2017; Tigertail Lake Recreation Center, Dania Beach, Florida; FMI, http://www.frwriters.org/events/super-saturday/

2017 San Francisco Writers Conference: Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, February 19, 2017; Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California; FMI, https://sfwriters.org/

Writer's Winter Escape Cruise 2017: Sunday, February 26 through Friday, March 3, 2017; departing Miami, Florida for Nassau, Bahamas, and Mexico; FMI, http://www.theseymouragency.com/2017-Winter-Escape.html?

2017 Desert Dreams Writer's Conference: sponsored by Desert Rose RWA; Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, 2017;Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizonia; FMI, http://desertroserwa.org/desertdreams


Have a great week, Everyone!



(photo c/o facebook.com/drseuss)



Sunday, October 9, 2016

And The Winner Is...



The "Milken Educator Award," considered nation-wide to be the Academy Award of teaching, was awarded on Wednesday to a South Philadelphia, 5th grade Science and Math teacher. Given annually to a total of thirty-five teachers throughout the country, twenty-nine year old, Jayda Pugliese, who teaches at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, assumed that morning she was taking her class to just another weekly assembly.




Instead, the gathering was in her honor! Ms. Pugliese stood on stage with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., PA Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera, and Lowell Milken, cofounder of the Milken Family Foundation. Ms. Pugliese was presented with a check for $25,000 which she plans to use to complete her doctoral degree.

Congratulations, Ms. Pugliese!


(photos c/o philly.com; coverage c/o philly.com and 6abc.com)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Noise or Silence?






This post is for all of my author friends out there...do you write in silence or do you need some background noise?

For me, if it's baseball season, I'm listening to a Phillies' game on the radio, or analysts discussing a Phillies' game.

If it's not baseball season, I'm listening to Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi (although I live in Philly, I can't get enough of those Jersey boys). I've concluded, over the years, that the radio/CD player is a distraction whenever I hit a snag in my thinking. 

So, a question to all of you creative folks, do you need noise or silence?

(photo c/o facebook.com/winniethepooh)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great Bundles from Crimson Romance




Two years ago, I had the honor of seeing my novel, Magic Moment, grouped with nine fellow Crimson Romantic Suspense authors in a bundle titled, Running to Love. I say "honor" because the authors I shared the stage with were talented, their novels awesome, and due to the great reviews we received on Amazon and Goodreads our novels were a good fit for each other.

Over time, I've picked up several of Crimson's bundles and noticed how all of the stories complimented each other. Therefore, let me give a "shout-out" to the editorial folks at Crimson for knowing just the right reads to gather for a collection.

Scroll down for information on several recently released Crimson Romance bundles. Give 'em a try, and happy reading!



THE THIN LINE: 10 HATE-TO-LOVE-YOU ROMANCES by Elley Arden, Olivia Logan, Nicole Flockton, Christy McKellen, Dana Volney, Iris Leach, Jenny Jacobs, Kate Kadence, Shelley K. Wall, and Peggy Bird

There’s a thin line between love and hate … just ask any of the couples in these ten enemies-to-lovers romances. Heated words and angry adrenaline turn to primal passion when fate steps in to set these fighting foes on a path to forever.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Thin-Line-Hate---Love-You-Romances-ebook/dp/B01LOIJPQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1473620108&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Thin+Line%3A+10+Hate-To-Love#nav-subnav


Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thin-line-elley-arden/1124576224?ean=9781507201527



LOVE BETWEEN THE PAGES: 8 ROMANCES FOR BOOK LOVERS by Peggy Bird, Jenny Jacobs, Jennifer DeCuir, Casey Dawes, Terry Newman, Becky Lower, Kathryn Brocato, and Ana Krista Johns

Is there anything sexier than a man who likes to read? Crawl between the pages with these literary hunks and live out your next fantasy chapter...


Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Between-Pages-Romances-Booklovers-ebook/dp/B01KGNKHZI/ref=pd_sim_sbs_351_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=76KAC8V0W3D2TGYPKR01#nav-subnav


Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-between-the-pages-peggy-bird/1124366252?ean=9781507201732



MORE THAN FRIENDS: 6 CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES by cj petterson, Monica Tillery, Anji Nolan, Synithia Williams, Jennifer DeCuir, and Christine S. Feldman

What are friends for? In these six sexy stories, BFFs discover there’s more to friendship than a few pats on the back and lending a shoulder to cry on when things get rough...


Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/More-than-Friends-Contemporary-Romances-ebook/dp/B01LOIJS8G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1473620396&sr=1-1&keywords=more+than+friends%3A+6+contemporary+romances#nav-subnav

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/more-than-friends-cj-petterson/1124576229?ean=9781507201503


SWEETER THAN CHOCOLATE: 3 CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES by Casey Dawes, Olivia Logan, and Jasmine Nightshade


Chocoholics will delight in this trio of delicious romances featuring candy connoisseurs who find true love at last. Sit back and savor these tales that will melt in your heart (not in your hands)!

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Sweeter-than-Chocolate-Contemporary-Romances-ebook/dp/B01LOIJPPW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1473620833&sr=1-1&keywords=sweeter+than+chocolate%3A+3+contemporary+romances#nav-subnav


Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweeter-than-chocolate-casey-dawes/1124576228?ean=9781507201718


Have a great week, Everyone!