Thursday, August 11, 2022

My Favorite Poems About Summer by Josie Riviera

 I love summer, and I love poems.  So today, I'm sharing 3 of my favorite poems.

"Warm summer sun, shine kindly here; Warm southern wind, blow softly here; Green sod above, lie light, lie light,  Good night, dear heart, good night, good night." - Mark Twain

"Bend low again, night of summer stars. So near you are, sky of summer stars. So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars, Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl, So near you are, summer stars, So near, strumming, strumming,  So lazy, and hum-strumming."  - Carl Sandburg

"In winter I get up at night,  And dress by yellow candle light,  In summer quite the other way,  I have to go to bed by day. I have to go to bed and see, The birds still hopping on the tree,  Or hear the grown-up people's feet, Still going past me on the street. And does it not seem hard to you, When all the sky is clear and blue, And I should like so much to play, To have to go to bed by day?" - Robert Louis Stevenson

New release!  Enjoy my newest sweet contemporary romances in one inspirational bundle:

Romance Stories To Cherish Volume Two.

This set includes three sweet and inspirational romances:

You don’t need ears to hear God’s plan. All you need is an open heart…

All relationships require a commitment but is she ready to sacrifice her heart again?

Faith is fragile. Faith takes time. And the best solutions are always painted with love.

Grab your copy of Romance Stories To Cherish, Volume Two, today. 
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FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Audiobooks for each book sold separately.

Josie Riviera is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, historical, and inspirational sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband.  They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Heart for Animals... by Christine Bush


If you know me, you know I have a heart for animals.  This has been a lifelong thing.  Today, as life and space are limited, I don’t have as many pets as I did in the past. But I have two fascinating cats, named Macaroni and Cheese.  My buddies.

It’s not a surprise that I like to put animals of all kinds in my books.  Here are some examples;

                                       Christmas Laurel:  a retired bomb dog

                                                 Noah’s Bark:  a love sick goat

                  Christmas with the Crazy Cowboy: Horses (and a runaway cow!)


                                                Hannah’s Heart:  Rescue dogs

                                                    Patient Heart: a  puppy

                                       Christmas with the Cat Lady:  LOTS of cats


Kelly’s Kiss: A giant Great Dane service dog.


And there’s more!  You can find them all through the Amazon page listed below.

 How about you? Do you have pets?  Do you like to read about pets in books?  Let me know!


Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!





Sunday, August 7, 2022

How Would You Like Your Zucchini? ~ Jean C. Gordon


It's that time around here when everyone has lots of zucchini available. And lots of suggestions for using it up. I like the vegetable steamed with a little pepper and steamed with tomatoes and oregeno. I also like it chilled and sliced raw as a crunchy snack. But my favorite zucchini dish is Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread


2 oz unsweetened chocolate
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated zucchini 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave unsweetened chocolate until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil, grated zucchini. vanilla, and chocolate. Beat well. Stir in flour, baking soda, sale, and cinnamon. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean.

I also was given a recipe for Peanut Butter Zucchini Bread, which I haven't tried it, so I won't share it yet. But feel free to share your favorite way to eat zucchini.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Message from a Mom by @Donna_Fasano

Navigating the river called parenting isn’t easy. When you were young, we laughed as we splashed in the babbling brook of life. We explored the shallows, marveled at the iridescent minnows, turned over rocks to find red salamanders, constantly curious and awed by our discoveries. I paddled through the current, steering you this way or that, always going in the direction I thought was best.

Time passed, and your urge to test your paddling skills grew… so, for a short while, we shared in the chore. Rains came, and the river widened and deepened. Storms billowed in the clouds overhead, rousing a choppy current that felt scary, even dangerous. The sun rose and calm returned. Such is life on the river.

I slowly came to the realization that it was time to step out of the canoe, hand over the paddle, allow you to navigate your own way. In that instant, the river’s name changed to Life, and it became yours. Sometimes, watching from the shoreline is excruciating. It is during those moments I force myself to remember that I did my very best during our together years to teach you when to battle the current, when to drift with it, and, if need be, how to swim. Most times, though, I am astonished by your strong, confident strokes, your keen sense of piloting.

You are on the right course; of this I am certain. I am confident in your ability to judge the ebb and flow of Life. I am sure you know your vessel, the strength of its keel, the weight of its anchor, the location of its grab rails, the cut of its wake. You’ve got this, come sunshine or squall.

I will try to relax, but I can’t promise to do so. I’m a parent, remember. And I love you. If you should ever need me, I am here. But in my heart, I know you have your bearing. I know you will find your flow and do well on this journey.

From the author: Look for my Black Bear Brothers Series, available on Amazon in digital and in paperback. Click on the image below to learn more. 

About the author:

Donna Fasano is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over 40 sweet romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels. Follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest

Monday, August 1, 2022

Lyn Cote Asks: If you could travel anywhere--not having to consider cost, etc--where would you go?

 : If You Could Travel Anywhere-Where woudl you go? 

And you don’t have to worry about the cost or how you travel there (unless that’s part of the fantasy) and you have unlimited funds and energy to enjoy the trip! 

So go for it! Let your imagination soar!

Please leave a response and become eligible for a drawing for a free ebook!–Lyn

Places I've Gone Already:

Bayfield WI

Green Lake WI
Mackinac Island MI

Badlands, SD

This is the free ebook I'm offering! So be sure to leave a comment!--Lyn