Thursday, October 30, 2014
How about you? What are your favorite Halloween memories?
Dance with A Cowboy in the Wild West Christmas anthology. Visit her at www.kathrynalbright.com, or Facebook.
So one of my favorite seasons is coming soon: Christmas. I love everything about Christmas, from decorating the tree and climbing on the roof to hang lights, to shopping to wrapping to (some) cooking... I love all of it. Now that I have small children, I get to enjoy it even more through the joy in their eyes.
So when thinking about the season coming soon, I started thinking about my favorite literary Christmases.
Another favorite is the Christmas from Little Women. I loved Jo and how hard she worked to make Christmas for the entire family. This book is a favorite from my teenage years.
One of the childhood favorites I enjoyed was "My Side of the Mountain". Main character Sam Gribbley ran away from home to live in a tree and spends Christmas with Bando (a friend he meets on the mountain). They have a feast of venison steaks, groundnuts (for mashed potatoes), wild onion soup, and snowballs for dessert! What I loved about it: what child doesn't imagine running away from home at least once? And Sam Gribbley did it, and survived and had fun with it. I loved imagining it, not actually living it.
What about you? I’d love to know, what are your favorite literary Christmases?
www.lacywilliams.net . Lacy Williams is an author with split writer-personalities. She writes Inspirational Western Romances under her name Lacy Williams. And young adult vampire romances under her pen name Lacy Yager. On the one hand… cowboys! On the other… tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. No wonder she doesn’t want to choose. Lacy’s books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards (2012, 2013, & 2014), the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and Novelists Inc.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Attila is a big cat, and when he cuddles with you, you know you've been cuddled! Wow, just like a hairy furnace. That body heat of his mixed with my frequent hot flashes this past summer made life...let's just use the word "challenging."
Fortunately the hot flashes are much less frequent lately, and with fall temperatures arriving, cuddling with Attila is all good. When he decides to bite me, his teeth don't easily go through my jeans. Win/win!
Attila is an indoor cat, but he has windows so he can watch people, vehicles, birds, and the weather. He hasn't said whether he's a fan of autumn, but if he's paying any attention, he knows it's in full swing. The people are wearing jackets, the tree leaves are changing as the temperatures drop.
Another indicator of the changing seasons is the fact that I'm making soup more often.
If you want a quick and yummy dinner on a cool evening, try my famous chili recipe. Most of my life I made not-so-good chili, but in 2010 I created this recipe and have had rave reviews.
Magdalena's Famous Chili
1 lb ground chuck, browned & drained
2 cans chili hot beans
1 can Cincinnati style chili
1 can tomato soup + 1 soup can of water
1 can diced tomatoes
Put it all into a Dutch oven and let simmer an hour or two, to mix the flavors.
Cats aren't supposed to eat tomatoes, but Attila does score the occasional piece of meat, or bean. And he appreciates cornbread or blue corn chips as a side. It's a nice change from his diet of dry cat food with raw spinach for dessert. Hey--neither of us is normal. Maybe that's why we found each other.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
"In sickness and in health"I took those words to heart as I contemplated getting married at age 50. It didn't take much to figure out that while my hubby and I had a number of good years ahead us, we had probably lived more days than we were going to live. So when I married my husband, I was well aware that I could become his caretaker and I was willing to take that risk, and if it came to it, that responsibility. You see, his medicine cabinet contained a lot more prescriptions than mine and he's two years older so I figured if one of us became ill, it would be him. Guess what? He didn't become ill; I did.
About three months before our first anniversary, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Let that sink in: Three months before our first anniversary, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As you can imagine, the honeymoon phase of our marriage turned abruptly into the hospital phase. A cancer diagnosis means tests, tests and more tests. It means surgeries -- first for the biopsy and then for the cancer removal. It means treatments -- months of chemo followed by months of radiation. To give you an idea of how long the process lasted, we celebrated our second anniversary a couple of weeks after my radiation treatments ended, but while I still was recovering from them. That gives you some idea of what the year has been like for us.
I have to give my husband credit and praise for the care he's taken of me---physically, emotionally, and spiritually--over the last year. I've said to him more than once -- "You didn't sign up for this, did you?" And his answer is always, "Sign up for what? You're my wife and we take care of each other." Such simple words, but you'll never know how much they've meant to me. Or how much he means to me. It's one thing to love somebody when everything is going well; it's another to love them through life's challenges. I know this is strange to say, but I think we've grown closer during the past year.
For many years, I've worn my independence as a banner. I didn't need a man to complete me. Through this past year, I've learned that it's really nice to have somebody to lean on when your own personal strength seems to be waning. I've learned what it means to work together, to sacrifice for each other, to compromise for the greater good, and to love in practical ways. Overall, I think I've learned what it means to be a wife, a life partner.
I know some of you are saying, "Well, God was with you." And, yes, He was and still is. If I weren't married, I still wouldn't be alone; I'm not denying that truth. What I'm saying is that God was gracious enough to send me someone to go through this time with me. I thank Him for sending George to me.
This has not been a year of sadness for us though. I think it has made us both more grateful that we found each other. And we've had some fun memories that we often share with a laugh. Our first visit to wig shop is one of them. The owner gave me this Farrah Fawcett thing and told me I looked gorgeous. Behind her, my husband was vigorously shaking his head, his eyes wide with alarm.
Our attempt to make our own wig out of my sisterlocks is another fun memory. George went out and bought yarn and needles and we sat down to a pile of what seemed to be hundreds and hundreds of locks. We looked at the piles, looked at each other, shook our heads, and promptly gave up on the that idea.
Then after we finally settled on a wig, my husband, eyes sparkling, looked at me and said, "I've got a new wife." Something tells me I'll be wearing wigs every now and then even after my hair comes back.
Angela Benson is the award winning and bestselling author of fourteen novels, two novellas and a non-fiction writing book. Her most recent book is Delilah’s Daughters (Avon, 2014). Her next book, The Summer of Me, will be released by Avon in August 2015. While you’re waiting for Angela’s new title, be sure to check out her backlist recently released in eBook format. Join Angela on Facebook or her website.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
All things pumpkin – pumpkin pies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice lattes,
even pumpkin shampoo
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The first part was posted on Wednesday. Today the second installment of It Was a Dark and Stormy Night appeared. Tomorrow I will write the third installment, and at this moment I don't have any idea what I'm going to do. Readers enjoy these serials. Have you ever followed a serial? If you want to follow this one, it is at http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com/. It will go to Halloween written by a different author each day. We love readers input in how the serial should go. Enjoy!
Bio: Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of ninety books (five million sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.
Her most recent book out is a two novella bundle from Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations (romantic suspense).
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Are you hungry yet? What's your favorite dessert? What's the most romantic dessert?
Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart
Award presented by Romance Writers of American.
She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of
thirty-five plus years, and has two grown daughters. Her
latest book, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, is available at
all major ebook retailers.You can find the buy links at
her website. Connect with her on her Facebook page.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Unless we’re lucky enough to find a group like Sweet Romance Reads. Having friends to work with you in promoting your books, or just introducing yourself to new readers, is beneficial in more ways than just increasing sales. We share knowledge and experiences, convince each other to try something new with the potential to move beyond what we’ve come to think of as our niches.
We did that this summer, with the project coming to completion just under two weeks ago. We contributed stories for our anthology, and set to work plotting and planning the best ways to get the word our there to new readers as well as the ones already watching for our next books.
It took the full team of our fourteen authors to accomplish our initial goal of hitting the top 100 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In addition to the prestige of being a bestselling author, that puts our book where more people might find it. But I’ll tell you a secret: deep down inside, most of us get giddy over the accomplishment of reaching those numbers. We only try to be blasé, while we’re screaming in excitement to our families.
Sometimes we get amazingly lucky, and all that works allows us to reach an incredible number of readers, as it did with out anthology. Our boxed set reached #51 on the USA Today Bestseller list! That’s like having your movie being one of the top earners for a weekend. It’s our version of a blockbuster, along with the other major bestseller lists.
So, what you find here at Sweet Romance Reads these days are some very happy authors, grateful to have found these amazing women to work with, and even more grateful to have an increasing audience of sweet romance lovers who want to read our books.
I know the others join me in saying thank you to each and every reader out there who has ever enjoyed one of our books. You make our writing lives complete.
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