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.


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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.


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Happy reading, Everyone, and have a great week!

(Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square photo

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For the movie star and the single mom, will a Christmas Wish become their new reality?

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..

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.

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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'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

Disabled America Veterans

Wounded Warrior Project

The Veterans Site

Veterans Multi-Service Center

USO (United Service Organization)

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

(photos c/o