Sunday, April 23, 2017

Everything His Heart Desires #CoverWars and Book Festival

I'm starting this week off with a book cover in the weekly cover art contest at Author Shout. You can vote for Everything His Heart Desires here and if you're an author, you can sign up to enter your cover for a future date. 

The Reader Riot book festival is this weekend in the Shoals area. I think I've finally gotten everything together. I have new respect for people who do arts and crafts festivals on a regular basis. What a job! I had no idea it was going to be so much work. I'm hoping it will be fun and that it won't rain. There are thunderstorms forecast for Friday, so that would definitely put a damper on things. 

Besides getting ready for the festival, I have been doing some outdoor chores that had to be done and I planted some petunias in honor of Earth Day. It felt good to be outside for a change and the weather at that time was pleasant. Now, it is cold. This is what is known around here as Blackberry Winter. I'm ready for Blackberry Winter to be over. 

I've made some promo memes this month for Not Through Loving You, my new book due out in June. Since the book involves an unwanted baby, it was fun to find stock images of babies to us. Easier than trying to find ones that resemble the main characters. The book is available on Net Galley for reviewers, so check it out: Not Through Loving You

I hope everyone is having a good spring! May is just a week away. Only 7 months to Christmas! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Super Busy Spring!

Happy April!!! I'm finally taking a moment to do a blog post. March just flew by while I was working on a number of projects. Between writing a book, working at my other job and getting ready to set up at some library book fairs, I have been burning the midnight oil.

I'm excited about the book festival I'm going to participate in the last of this month. I've decided to set up a Mardi Gras table for fun, plus my historical romance, one of the dear-to-my-heart books, is set in New Orleans. I finally got the book in print. The interior looks great! I used a formatting service that was recommended by a friend. I do my own ebook formatting but I simply didn't have time to learn the print process. I did do a lot when it came to choosing fonts and making sure the book had the look I wanted before I sent it in. To me, that was important.

So the interior is beautiful. The cover, however, has been a more difficult process. I spent a couple of weeks trying to get it right. I had a cover designer help as well and there were still issues. Finally, after dozens of revisions, I hope I've got it right. It looked really good online so I'm waiting to see the actual product.

Also, I gathered up all my humorous Southern short stories for a print anthology, I called Dixie Darlings. I made the cover for Dixie Darlings. That was also a process that took me working a lot in March. I had this image I wanted to use and I worked for days on it. Never was happy so I finally gave up on it and started over. I got the idea to use legs. So I started out with a variety of legs, blue jeans and boots, skirts and bare feet, etc. I was like "meh." Then I found a pic of legs with vintage high heels and I was like "Oh, Darlene would love those!" (Darlene is a character in 2 of the stories)

I found a starry blue background and decided to flip it and put the legs on it. I went with a red-white-blue color scheme. It turned out so cute. Plus the interior of the book looks awesome. Paul did a great job again.

I have a table covered in stuff to haul to this festival. This morning I've been practicing with the Square credit card chip reader, learning how to use it. I like that you can go on their website and put in all your prices plus upload a copy of your cover to go with the price.

I'm hoping to be finished with the book I'm currently writing by the end of May or at least mid-June.
Plus I'm looking at setting up a new website. I did notice that Blogger has a bunch of new templates but I haven't had time to check them out.

Now I have to get back to working on the book. How is your spring going?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

5 Fun Questions with Laura Heffernan aka @LH_Writes #NewRelease from @LyricalPress

Thanks for joining me and author Laura Heffernan today! Laura has answered five fun questions and she has some great answers. I'm totally in agreement with her assessment of Black Widow. She's also super excited because today is the release date for her new book, America's Next Reality Star, from Kensington/Lyrical Press. Here's to vanilla vodka! 

Laura  is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers participate in arranged marriages, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts.

Some of Laura's favorite things include goat cheese, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, the Oxford comma, and ice cream. Not all together. The best place to find her is usually on Twitter, where she spends far too much time tweeting about writing, Canadian chocolate, and reality TV. Follow her @LH_Writes or visit her website, http://www.lauraheffernan.com/. Laura is represented by Michelle Richter at Fuse Literary.

If you were about to be served your last meal, what would be on your plate?

If I knew I was about to consume my last meal, honestly, it would most likely be chocolate chip cookie dough made with crushed up Cadbury mini-eggs (from Canada) and a chocolate milkshake. I am not a healthy eater, and if I’m dying anyway… better throw in a lava cake. And if my death might be painful, add some vanilla vodka to that shake.

If you could be any fictional character (books, movies) who would you be?

Black Widow. She’s freaking amazing. She holds her own with all the Avengers, and she doesn’t even have super powers. Unless you count being a badass.

When someone cuts you off in traffic, how do you react?

I’ve been told this is a PG blog, so I better not use any direct quotes. Suffice to say it’s a good thing my husband does most of the driving. I possess both a vivid imagination and an extensive vocabulary.

Do you still remember your first kiss?

I do, but I was young and it wasn’t the best kiss ever. Kind of gross and awkward. I also remember my first kiss with my husband, which is a much nicer memory.

How do you destress?


Ideally, I’d destress on a beach, but where I live, sunny beaches are hard to come by. Usually, when I get overly stressed, I’ll go work out or take a long bath with a good book. 

Check out Laura's new release that involves, you guessed it, a reality TV show! 

AMERICA'S NEXT REALITY STAR 

SEEKING THE SMART ONE

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

Available Now! 

Monday, February 27, 2017

This Week's #MadeinUSA Products

My search continues for products that are labeled Made in USA. I've found some are listed as Products of USA. Others say "Packed in USA." Today I'm sharing photos of a cross-section of items with such listings on their labels.


So happy to see my favorite hand lotion, Curel, is a USA product. 

The Del Monte cans I had on hand all have Product of the USA on them. Sugary Sams Sweet Potatoes were also from USA. Along with IGA salt.



Pine-Sol is made in the USA. One of the few cleaning products I have found so far with this label.

If you're looking for a body wash made in USA, Softsoap is one I found in the soap aisle.


Hope this helps you when you go shopping if you're looking to buy USA products! 

You can check out my previous Made in USA post here. Also I want to invite you sign up for my newsletter which contains recipes as well as upcoming news about my books! 



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Must Have a Title #MRFWauthor

When it comes to writing a book, I always need a working title for it. You know, it's like a baby and you wouldn't want to call your baby "hey, kid" until you came up with a name. So I usually come up with a title that could be considered a nickname. But at least I have something to call the book when I refer to it.

When I come up with a final title, I try to consider the book as a whole and find a title that is meaningful to the story and characters in some fashion. I think I've been really lucky when it comes to the books and stories I've sold to publishers. I've only had one title changed and that was for One Week in Your Arms. My original title was One Week in Paradise, which I've used a lot in the promo I've done for it because that is actually what the brunt of the book involves is a one week trip to Hawaii. I would have loved to have had the book titled One Week in Paradise, with a billionaire (subtitle) with tagline: How can she say no?  But that was not to be.

Also with titles that are books in a series, I try to make them work together. In the Love Heals All series, the first book had 5 words in the title, so I came up with longer titles for the next two books so they would blend. I also matched the titles for my historical series, which I still haven't finished.

That about wraps it up for titles. I hope everyone has a good weekend!

You can check out other posts about titles at MFRW Blog Challenge

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Sound of Music: Music Streaming #MFRWauthor Blog Hop

This week's subject is about music and writing. I have always found music very inspiring and I love writing to music as it helps set the mood for me. It depends on what I'm writing the kind of music I have playing. For comedy, I usually have lighthearted music or bluegrass playing. I love epic music for historicals and all types for contemporaries. I prefer instrumental music most of the time.

I use Napster as my primary music service because you can create playlists. They were Rhapsody for many years and they had an excellent player software, which allowed you to add music from your personal library. That was great because I have a lot of CDs. Then they changed their software so you can no longer add your own music to a playlist. I don't like what they have now all that well but it is still so much better than Amazon. This is the service I use when I write. 

I have Amazon music through Prime. In the beginning, the app or program was okay as far as easy to use and see. This year they changed it and the appearance is terrible. The background is navy blue with dark gray print and you have to run your mouse over the print to turn it white where you can read it. Also when they changed the app, all my playlists were still listed but they were empty. I do not recommend Amazon Music. I exported the music I had bought on Amazon to iTunes which is far superior to Amazon in appearance. A lot of people complained about Amazon Music so I am hoping they will improve the program. Otherwise, I don't use it.

I've been a Pandora subscriber for years and this is where I have found a lot of new artists and music I love. They have radio playlists where you don't control the songs that are in the playlist but they are of a similar nature. Like I have a Piano Guys playlist. I have Pandora on my phone so I use the blue tooth sync to listen to it on speakers. 

If you are looking for a music service to use while writing, I would recommend Napster. 

Check out other blog posts here

TGIF!!! Have a great weekend! 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Checking the Pantry: Made in USA

Today, I'm sharing some photographs of products that are marked "Made in the USA" or "product of the USA." The label is supposed to mean that the goods or most of the contents used in making the products were produced in the USA.

I hope to make this a weekly post as I think it's important to support the companies who are producing goods in the US but it is time-consuming when you are shopping to check labels. So you can note the products in the pictures to save you time if buying "Made in USA" is something that interests you. 

I've found a lot of major brands of food/health/cleaning products are listed as "Distributed by." This means a company or store brand like Kroger is the "middleman" between the manufacturer of the product and the consumer. The item could be manufactured in the US or in another country. I think it would be a great idea if the manufacturer's country was required on the label. On some labels, the country of origin is listed.  I found a couple of items marked made in Canada. But most of the time only the "middleman" is listed with no country of origin mentioned. 

My list of Made in USA labeled products this week are Palmolive Oxy Dishwashing liquid, 409 spray cleaner, Method foaming hand soap, Wisk, White Rain hair spray, Irish Spring soap, Lindsay Olives and Campbell's Soup which says cooked in USA.




Friday, February 10, 2017

What's a Hobby? #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge

This is probably going to be a short and sweet post! I actually don't have time for hobbies. Besides writing and a part-time job plus all the stuff you have to do to survive, I can't say that I have a serious hobby.

I've always enjoyed arts and crafts. Many years ago, I did a number of crafts and when I worked in a library, I had craft workshops. Now I would be lucky to remember how to do most of them. LOL. I actually had my own ceramic kiln ions ago. And once I had a load of house plants. Now I'm down to only a couple.

I would say my "hobby" now is photography and graphic design. I have a Canon camera that I prefer to use rather than my phone. I have tons of photographs and stock photos that I use in Photoshop and different programs to create memes and fun stuff. I've made some simple book covers for myself and for a few friends. I find working with the photos and fonts fun and very relaxing.

Also I've played with the new app Prisma to turn photos into paintings. With just a click, you can turn your picture into a painting. I actually found out about this on Twitter when I saw a tweet by Russell Crowe with photos he'd done. I thought at first he's a really talented artist. Then I saw where others responded with photo/paintings of their own and they were all using this app. The only negative thing is that it only makes a square picture. I haven't found any way to resize the picture. I'll post some of my photos before and after Prisma.

Before:
After:

Portrait I created:




Check out other MFRW blog posts at MFRW Blog Challenge!   Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lazy Home Cooking: Ambrosia Pies #Recipe

Here's a super easy recipe for making a delicious chilled desert!

Ambrosia Pies
(Recipe makes 2 pies so you can give one to a friend!)

1 can pineapple
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar.

Mix and cook in sauce pan until it boils.  Set aside to cool

2 large bananas
2 graham cracker crusts
1 can coconut
1 cup pecan pieces
1 12 ounce whipped topping (Cool Whip)

Slice up bananas and cover bottom of crusts with slices. When pineapple mixture is cool, pour over bananas. Then add a layer of coconut, a layer of pecans. (you can add cherries to pie if you want)
Top with Cool Whip. Chill and Serve! 




Saturday, February 4, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley #RomanticSuspense


Justice Delayed
 “Patricia Bradley weaves together law enforcement and suspense in a beautiful tapestry of words that results in a book the reader won’t want to put down.”
Lynette Eason, bestselling and award-winning author of the Hidden Identity series


It's been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn't actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week--including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.

Excerpt:

New Year’s Eve
Paris, France. She should be ecstatic to be here on the cusp of a new year. Stephanie Hollister pushed aside the hotel’s heavy brocade curtains and looked out over the city. The setting sun provided a beautiful backdrop for the Eiffel Tower. She didn’t have to ask how her ex-boyfriend afforded such a room.
Stephanie turned from the window, and her mouth dried as she stared at the diamonds glittering on the crimson duvet. Briefly, she closed her eyes, but the image of the fiery stones remained, and she opened her eyes again.
“Beautiful, aren’t they? Not a one under three carats.”
Stephanie clenched her jaw. She had promised herself after the last shipment that there wouldn’t be another. She drew her gaze away from the bed.
“I told you last time was it.” She hated the fluttering in her voice. She hated, too, the way her heart pounded just from being this close to him. Get a grip. He used you.
“It’ll be ten thousand cash, like before.”
Ten thousand dollars could not buy peace of mind or wash away the shame of breaking the law.

Buy Links for Justice Delayed
Amazon  B&N CBD  (Christian Books)

Thanks for stopping by! Check out all of Pat’s books at http://www.ptbradley.com/books


Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Writer's Friend #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge

My journey as a writer has meant acquiring some great writer friends. As the years have passed, I have come to think of some of them as family. Unfortunately, a few of my closest friends were taken from this life far too early, but I still have reminders of them in the way of gifts and photos in my writing cave. They are never far from my thoughts.

I think a good friendship with another writer is so important because who understands you better than a fellow writer? Of course, writing tends to be such a solitary endeavor that friends that understand writing are a necessity. You need someone you can relate to and vice versa. So there are a few things I feel are super important when it comes to being a writer's friend whether you are a writer yourself or someone who knows a writer.

Nothing is more important to a writer than to have the support of family and friends. A little support is such a precious thing and it requires so little of you. Always offer encouragement, praise or sympathy depending on the situation because we all go through times when we need these things.  At home, do your part to see that a writer has time alone to write. You can't imagine how much that will be appreciated. 

Be a positive cheerleader. I have to say I have a small group of true friends who are great cheerleaders. They always lift me up. They have been there to congratulate me and console me when I needed it. Looking back, much of what I've learned and accomplished as a writer has not been without the help of fellow writers and fans. Some I have never met. But they willingly helped me by hosting me on their blogs, helping with promotion and sharing their knowledge of publishing. 

Make suggestions rather than handing out advice. Don't be discouraging. Just because a writer isn't writing the kind of story you write or the kind you read doesn't make their work invalid or any less important or marketable. Don't be judgmental or jealous. All writers, regardless of how they have published their books or the success they've had, have worked long, hard hours completing their books and have spent even more time with the publishing and promoting process. Most of them have devoted a good part of their life to this endeavor. Always respect that sacrifice regardless if you think their books are crap or the best thing you've ever read. 

Always be the kind of friend that you would want to have. It's those friends who are always remembered in the dedication of books and in the heart. 

This is a blog hop: Find other participants at MFRW Blog Challenge







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Monday, January 30, 2017

#Recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Broccoli and Cheese

1 package (10 oz) frozen broccoli in cheese flavored sauce
2 teaspoons butter or margarine
6 eggs, slightly beaten

Prepare broccoli and cheese sauce following direction on the package. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Slightly beat eggs and add to butter in skillet. When eggs begin to set, add broccoli and cheese sauce. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Serve hot with fruit and toast for a great breakfast! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: Some Kind of Magic by @MaryAnnMarlowe #NewRelease Jan 31 @KensingtonBooks


SOME KIND OF MAGIC
Marlowe makes a name for herself in this hilarious and sexy debut, the first in a planned series. It’s filled with frisky sex scenes set to the backdrop of rock music, and Marlowe makes the chemistry scientific and literal in this fun read. --Booklist

Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she s already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed.

Suddenly Eden, who’s more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn’t being honest. She can’t bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn.

Excerpt:

Adam leaned in and asked, “So what do you do? Are you a musician, too?”
 “Actually, no. I’m a biochemist.  My company’s developing a perfume.”
“What’s it like?”
I scooted over. “I’m wearing it. Can you smell it?”
He met me halfway, eyes dilating black. I knew I shouldn’t be flirting. He didn’t appear to meet a single one of my criteria and, in fact, actively ticked boxes from the “deal-breaker” list. I didn’t want to lead him on only to have to give him the heave-ho in the next thirty minutes.
He lifted my wrist up to smell the fragrance Thanh had given me. “Mmm. That’s nice.”
Then he brushed his lips across my skin, and an electric current shot up every nerve in my arm. I drew my hand back, shrugging off the shiver that hit me like an aftershock.
“And you? What do you do?”
He laughed and scratched the back of his neck. “Well, I’m a musician.”
I blinked back my disappointment.
On my list of suitable professions for my prospective mate, musician wasn’t at the absolute bottom.  There were plenty more embarrassing or unstable career choices.  I wouldn’t date plumbers or proctologists for obvious reasons.  Salesmen either because, well, I didn’t like salesmen, but also because their financial situation might be uncertain.  Plus they tended to travel.  My ideal guy, I’d decided, would be an architect. 
I had nothing against musicians.  On the contrary, I loved them.  I’d supported my brother in his career, but the lifestyle was too precarious for my peace of mind.  Even the most talented had a hard time making ends meet.  Traveling and selling merchandise became a necessity. 
Unfortunately, all the doctors, lawyers, and architects I encountered were usually not interested in jean-clad, concert T-shirt wearing me. This train of thought brought me around to the realization I’d judged Adam for dressing exactly the same way.
Micah saved me from sticking my foot in my mouth when he appeared at our side.
“Adam! I’m glad to see you here. I see you’ve met my sister.” He turned to me. “Eden, do you mind if I steal him for a few?”
Adam threw me a glance. “Will you be here when I get back?”
The jolt of butterflies this simple question gave me came wholly unexpected. “I’ll be here. I’m leaving when Micah does.”
He flashed a crooked smile at me, and I traced his lips with my eyes. He was going to be trouble.

Buy links:
Penguin Random House Audio: http://bit.ly/2feO8ey

Thanks for stopping by!!! Learn more about Mary Ann and her books at maryannmarlowe.com




Friday, January 27, 2017

Why Did I Just Type That? #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge

This week's challenge is about common writing mistakes. I make plenty of mistakes. Sometimes big errors in storytelling that require deleting and rewriting chapters. But for this post I will say the one most annoying mistake I make is typing the wrong word.

Yes, the wrong word as in the sentence is supposed to be:

She strolled along the street, trying to act as if she didn't have a care in the world.

But what I typed is: 

She strolled along the storm, trying to act as if she didn't have a care in the world.

Using this as an example, I totally was thinking "street" when I was typing. But it's like there was a disconnect in my brain and my fingers typed "storm" instead. Most of the time, I catch the errors but there have been times when I didn't. Not until someone else caught it and I felt big-time embarrassed.

At one time, I was a bit worried about it. So I asked a writer friend, who put out like four or five books a year, if she ever typed a totally different word from what she intended to type. She said she definitely did. That made me feel better. Plus I heard other writers mention it since then, and just last week when I was having lunch with a writer friend who said she wished she didn't type the wrong word. 

I was like "Join the club, honey!"

This is a blog hop but I can't get the linky tool to work. So you can check out the other posts in this blog hop at MFRW Blog

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Wendesday! My Best List for Writers on @DelilahDevlin's Blog Today

Hope you are having a great Wednesday! Only more day until Friday. Check out my recommendations for writers on New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author & Freelance Editor Delilah Devlin. Her tag line: Get in bed with Delilah. Everyone else has! I love it!



Monday, January 23, 2017

A Few Great Reasons to Visit Your Library #MondayBlogs

Here are my 5 reasons why you should go to the library:

1. It is still a quiet place. It will give your nerves a rest.

2. You can improve yourself.  Just browse around and see what you can learn, even from the exhibits.

3. You can get great bargains on used books for sale and donated magazines are often free.

4. Check out the special activities offered by the library. You may make some new friends!

5.  You can save $$$. Borrow and return faithfully.  Plus remember your library when you are ready to get rid of some books or movies and best of all, your tax dollars are put to good use when they support a library.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: To Tempt an Heiress by @SusannaMCraig from @LyricalPress #HistoricalRom

To Tempt an Heiress
Great story, great romance, and beautifully done all the way around.”—RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

After her beloved father dies, Tempest Holderin wants nothing more than to fulfill his wish to free the slaves on their Antiguan sugar plantation. But the now wealthy woman finds herself pursued by a pack of unsavory suitors with other plans for her inheritance. To keep her from danger, her dearest friend arranges a most unconventional solution: have Tempest kidnapped and taken to safety.

Captain Andrew Corrvan has a reputation as a ruthless, money-hungry blackguard—but those on his ship know differently. He is driven by only one thing: the quest to avenge his father’s death on the high seas. Until he agrees to abduct a headstrong heiress…

If traveling for weeks—without a chaperone—isn’t enough to ruin Tempest, the desire she feels for her dark and dangerously attractive captor will do the rest. The storm brewing between them will only gather strength when they reach England, where past and present perils threaten to tear them apart—even more so than their own stubborn hearts…

 Excerpt:
Reflected sunlight limned her profile: the gentle curve of her jaw, the translucence of her skin, the sunrise shimmer of her hair. Hers was a pale, radiant beauty, like an eggshell held up to a candle’s flame, or a spider’s web touched with dew at dawn. Fragile.
Without conscious thought, his left hand rose, his fingertips eager to trace the highlighted features of her face. But before he reached her, she turned slightly to face him. Her close-cropped curls made her wide eyes look even larger. As her gaze locked with his, he was reminded that the true beauty of delicate things sometimes lay in their unexpected strength.
Tempest.
He could not be sure which he named—the woman, or the storm-clouded depths of her eyes. In this moment, they were one and the same.
Her throat worked. “I suppose I haven’t much choice, have I?”
“No.”
And with that monosyllable he condemned himself to spending an eternity at sea with her. Forty days, give or take.
And forty nights.



You can find out more about Susanna's book at www.susannacraig.com 

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay warm, dear friends! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#MFRWauthor TV Binges Fun Until It's Over

I don't know that I have ever binged watch a TV series in one sitting, but I have watched a season over a couple of days. The last one I did was Mozart in the Jungle. If you have Amazon Prime, I recommend this series. It is so much fun. The trouble is the episodes are 30 minutes so you can watch a whole season within a day or so.

On the plus side, most shows seem so much better when I stream them in or watch them on DVD rather than on TV with commercials. This seems especially true of the Walking Dead when there are no commercial breaks.

I think what is bad is when you get to the end of a season and that's it. You have to wait for a new season or maybe there's not a new season, which is even worse if you really like the show. I'm thinking about a series I watched on Prime called Jericho and it was so good. But there are only a couple of season of it. It does having something of an ending, but I would have loved to have seen more episodes of it.  

Here are some series that I have enjoyed and you might like to binge them

Supernatural  11 season so far and you need to start at the beginning to follow Sam and Dean's journey.  

The Walking Dead  6 seasons so far. Awesome characters and it isn't really about zombies. 

Mozart in the Jungle  3 seasons. About life as a musician in an orchestra. Sophisticated and fun to watch. 

Almost Human  British series about a vampire, werewolf and a ghost living together. Enjoyed it.

I'm always looking for an interesting series. If you have a recommendation, leave it in the comments. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out other MFRW author blog posts on TV binges at






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Heating Up the Chicken: Recipe for Rotel and Broccoli Casserole

Gather up your ingredients:

1 twenty-ounce package of broccoli
1 can of Rot-Tel tomatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup flour
1/2 pound of cheese

Need: a large baking dish, saucepan

Cook broccoli, drain and arrange in bottom of baking dish.
Mix soup and flour together in saucepan, low heat. Add can of Ro-Tel and cook to a boil. Reduce heat and add cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
Pour sauce over broccoli and lightly stir.
Bake 350 for about 30 minutes.

Great side dish!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: Star Survivor by Veronica Scott aka @vscottheauthor #RomSciFi


Star Survivor

“5 Stars! A fast-paced, action-adventure tale that you'll want to read in one sitting--or stay up late reading far into the night.”

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

The long-awaited, standalone  sequel to The Wreck of the Nebula Dream…
They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.
       Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?
        D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.
         But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

Excerpt:
“Twenty thousand on the red,” she said, having seen his bet and choosing the opposite. “I’ll spin.” She leaned over to spin the retro wheel, giving the room a full view of her cleavage, accented with perfume dust and temporary diamond-studded tattoos.
There was a growing silence around the table. She didn’t think the onlookers knew who he was—had been—to her. She was famous, her face appearing everywhere as the embodiment of her brand, but he was just a D’nvannae. In reality, Khevan could never be dismissed as “just” anything, could he? Tossing her hair, she raised her glass as the croupier proclaimed her win. “Again.”
“The lady wins again,” said the dealer.
“Your lucky night,” Khevan said, inclining his head to her slightly.
Lords, his voice was as deep and sensuous as ever. Twilka grabbed the table rail with her free hand. Did he know who she was? Of course he did, but the bastard was pretending not to recognize her. “Available for contract, I see.”
“Technically true, but traveling to an outlying temple for a required ritual,” he said. His handsome, tattooed face gave nothing away. “There would have to be an emergency for me to take a contract tonight.”
“Did you want to let the bet ride?” asked the croupier.
“No,” she said abruptly. “I don’t tempt fate too far any more. Cash me out.”

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Friday, January 13, 2017

#GuestBlogging @TrevannRogers about Brett's leather jacket! #SexyDocs #NewRelease

I'm over at Trevann Rogers blog today as a guest on "Dress Up Dress Down" Friday where I'm talking about the hero in Everything His Heart Desires. Brett is a doctor but not one who likes to wear white lab coats. He much prefers his leather bomber jacket that goes well with his collection of muscle cars. Check out the post: http://www.trevannrogers.com/dress-up-dress-down-with-patricia-preston/



Here's hoping everyone has a happy and SAFE Friday the 13th! 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

#MFRWauthor Blog Challenge: Surviving Your Family

This week's blog challenge topic was how your family survives your writing. My first thought on this was how do writers survive their family? Right? You would not believe the writers I have known who have been discouraged and defeated by their families.

Mostly that applies to struggling writers who aren't taken seriously by selfish spouses/parents/children and even friends. I can think of five writers I know right off the top of my head who are no longer writing because of family demands. Like if they were trying to write something and the family member came to the door and said I'm hungry, they quit and had to go make food. Or they had to take someone someplace. Whatever. Then there are the jealous or smothering partners who don't want you to write, but love to play golf and do things they enjoy.

I've listened to hours of complaining by writers who feel guilty if they are writing rather than attending to every need of their family. They can't get a book finished. They just might as well give up. Well, it all comes down to standing up for yourself and your right to do something that makes you happy. Making your own demands for a change.


My cousins are very supportive of my writing. However, my son amuses me. I don't know that he has ever read anything I've written. I think he is proud of me. But once when I told him a reviewer said one of my books was "hot and sexy," he was like "I'm not okay with that."

It was so funny! Over the holidays I text his girlfriend a picture of a bare-chested guy in a Santa hat for fun and she text back that my son told her not to open it. God forbid that I'm one of the original Bad Moms.





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

#NewRelease Today EVERYTHING HIS HEART DESIRES



Everything His Heart Desires is my latest release from Kensington Lyrical Press. Part of the Love Heals All series Everything His Heart Desires is a witty, warm single-title contemporary. After a bombing in Kabul, photographer Natalie Layton returns to her hometown to reconnect with her family and create a new future for herself. The last thing she expected was to be reunited with Brett Harris, the "James Dean" of her senior class who always thought of her as an airhead. The unlikely duo is tasked with trying to help her haughty grandmother, who hates doctors, especially Dr. Harris, and as Natalie pieces her life back together, she finds herself falling for the one man she can never trust. Meanwhile, Natalie's grandmother (who was such an awesome character to write) is nobody's fool. Nana has a little scheme of her own. Also you may fall in love with her thug cat, Pharaoh. 

Brett, who is nicknamed Hot Rod because he collects and drives muscle cars from the 60's, was a character in the first Love Heals All title, One Week in Your Arms. He and the heroine in that book, Marla, are both members of the medical staff at Lafayette Falls Medical Center and long-time friends. Brett considers her like a sister. The next book, Not Through Loving You, features pediatrician Aaron Kendall, who is in both books. I'm working on Kayla's book now.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

#NewRelease Week Meet Natalie on Discover Yourself: The Heroine's Story #MondayMuse @brendawhitesid2 blog

I'm a guest on Brenda Whiteside's Muse Monday. My post is about the heroine in Everything His Heart Desires and how the book became her journey.

Discover Yourself: THE HEROINE'S STORY by Patricia Preston: MUSE MONDAY Please enjoy my guest blogger, Patrician Preston. Welcome, Patricia! When I started working on Everything His Heart ...

#NewRelease Week Meet Natalie at WildWomenAuthors: Paging Dr .Heartbreaker

I'm over at Wild Women Authors where Natalie, the heroine in this week's new release, is being interviewed. Join us at Wild Women Authors




Saturday, January 7, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: America's Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan aka @LH_Writes

AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR

“Smart, witty, funny and really freaking good.”~
          Kerry Lonsdale, WSJ and Amazon best-selling author of Everything We Keep

SEEKING THE SMART ONE...

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash, it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

Excerpt:
Five hours, eleven shopping bags, one makeover, and a couple hundred dollars later, I transferred my purchases from shopping bags to my suitcase.
            I’d gotten some new jeans (no visible logos!), shorts, two swimsuits, a cover-up, several T-shirts and tank tops, a glittery green evening gown, and workout clothes. I’d spent more than I could afford, but almost a grand less than if I’d paid retail. Plus, the clothes were an investment in my future. I’d also begged a lot of makeup samples off the salesgirl at Sephora, telling her I was going on TV. That saved me close to a hundred bucks.
            Looking good boosted my confidence. Confidence would make people want to vote for me. I needed votes if I wanted to win. And I was going to win.

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