Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. We are so happy you’re here! I came up with this week’s challenge:
Give us the first three sentences from your WIP.
“Tied to Morocco” is Book Two in the Morocco series. It is Catherine’s story and rife with intrigue, mistaken identity and romance. I am working hard on it so I can get it out by the end of February.
Here are the first three sentences:
Heart throwing itself against her ribs, Catherine was snapped awake. Another night of tortuous dreams. Her face throbbed with unshed tears.
Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and read her first three…
Happy New Year and welcome to the first blog hop of 2019. We are so glad you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the incredible Brenda Margriet:
This is the time of year to set goals. But I think it is important make sure those goals are realistic and achievable, or all we do is set ourselves up for failure. What achievable goals are you setting for yourself this year?
It is absolutely true that if I set the bar too high, I will fail. But, if I set it too low, I might slow down and become complacent…(nah!). Having just moved to Florida last week, my new house is still chaotic, so my first goal is to find stuff and get organized. That should take a little time.
Once that’s done, I want to finish Book Two of the Morocco series (“Tied to Morocco”) and then do a re-write and re-release of “Texas Summer”. I have the new covers for both already, so I want to get going. As soon as I can find my notes. And then, of course, there will be Book Three of the Morocco series (“Freed from Morocco”). That should take me until the end of the year.
After that…well, the best part of this job is the freedom to choose what’s next: history, romantic suspense…who knows? But then, I have time to decide.
Now, let’s jump over to the wonderful Dani Jace and see what her goals are…
Happy holidays! And thanks for taking the time to stop by. I came up with this week’s challenge:
If you could have any Christmas wish come true, what would it be?
This may sound strange, but I would wish for people to no longer have to be afraid. If you listen to the news, there is much to fear: gunmen (sometimes so young), natural disasters, road rage, devastating fires, even the stock market. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if people stopped shooting each other, if the snow falls and rains could be gentle and not torrential, if people could just let other drivers move in front of them without anger, if fires could be confined to giving warmth and comfort, and if the government could do the right thing?
But all of these terrible things happen every day and it makes it hard to focus on the true message of Christmas. We shouldn’t have to worry about going shopping or to a movie. We shouldn’t have to be scared to send our children to school. We shouldn’t have to live in fear of disasters.
So, that’s my wish. Hey, I figure go big or go home. I wish for a world of kindness and love and happily ever after. I wish for a world of Christmas all year round.
Merry Christmas and may all your wishes come true.
Now let’s pop over to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel and read what her wish is….
Hello, happy holidays and welcome to our hop. This week’s challenge comes from the wonderful Jenna Da Sie:
Do you have any holiday plans? Do you like to go on vacation or stay at home?
This year we are moving to Florida right after New Year’s. So now we are pretty much living out of boxes and our furniture has dwindled to a few chairs, a couch and a bed. Everything else is at the new house, waiting.
So that means no decorations, no tree. But that’s okay because we have so much to look forward to. No more snow or temperatures below 32 degrees; we even have a palm tree in the backyard and I’m going to plant a lemon tree. I am pretty excited. I can’t wait to sit out in the sunshine and read and write and be warm.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t have holiday spirit. Christmas is about doing for others and no matter where we are, we are still celebrating the essence of the holiday. And remembering what the season is about all year long.
So, wish us luck as we finish packing and leave here for warmer climes.
Happy Christmas! Oh, and look what just released!!!!
Now, let’s pop over to the incredible Jenna Da Sie and find out what she has planned…
Happy holidays and welcome to our hop. So glad you’re here!
This week’s challenge comes from the incredible Brenda Margriet:
I’m not much of a baker, except for at Christmas. Share your favourite holiday treat recipe!
This is a recipe I only make at Christmas, but the recipients tell me they look forward to it every year. It’s very rich, so cut into small pieces.
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème
2/3 cup evaporated milk
¼ cup butter
¼ cup Kahlua
¼ tsp. salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1 cup milk chocolate pieces
2/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla
Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil. In 2-qt saucepan combine sugar, marshmallow crème, milk, butter, Kahlua, and salt. Bring to rapid boil and stir constantly (or it will burn) for 5 minutes. It has to boil for the entire 5 minutes or it will not set. Remove from heat. Add all chocolate and stir until melted. Add nuts (if desired) and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until firm. Enjoy!
Now let’s go see what the amazing Dani Jace bakes at this time of year.
Happy Tuesday! I hope your Thanksgiving filled both your tummies and your hearts.
Thanks for joining us! I came up with this week’s challenge:
What is your favorite holiday movie? Book?
I have to admit, it’s a hard choice. I do love the Hallmark movies and watch them every year. And look forward to the new ones. But one movie stands out as my all-time favorite: “Love Actually”.
For me it has everything: humor, pathos, unexpected love and lots of surprises. The characters each face their own challenges and there is always enough laughter to counterbalance the disappointments. It is a wonderfully crafted movie! And it always puts me in the spirit. I suppose it’s because it isn’t filled with predicable sentimentality and it’s definitely not traditional. Not all the characters have happy endings, and that makes it more real for me. Because, although I would love to believe there is always a ‘happily ever after’, sometimes life doesn’t turn out that way. But the nice part is, I am left with the impression that the people who don’t get what they wanted have something waiting around the corner. And hope is what gets us through the day!
Now let’s hop ever and see what the fabulous Brenda Margriet watches or reads this time of year…
Hello and happy Tuesday. So happy you could join us! I came up with this week’s challenge:
With Thanksgiving coming up this week…What are you most grateful for?
There is so much to be grateful for. I am truly blessed. I have a warm house, plenty of clothes, as much food as I need (and more). I am strong and getting healthy after recovering from pneumonia. I have a wonderful, loving husband and a great dog (who never left me when I was in bed sick). I have freedom to go where I wish, when I wish.
There are so many who are not so lucky. Too many are hungry, cold in the winter, unable to get what they need to survive. Lady Gaga is talking about kindness and it cannot be over-rated. We need to remember, not just during the holidays, but every day, how much we have. And share with others. Kindness seems to have been forgotten so often these days. Road rage, shootings, abuse — it needs to change. And if each of us would simply be kind to others, it might get better. Maybe it wouldn’t stop the crazies, but it would certainly help get us through the day.
Be grateful every day, be kind. That is the most important part of Thanksgiving.
Now let’s hop over and see what the amazing Jenna Da Sie is grateful for…