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Christmas Decorations at Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

One of my favorite parts of the holiday would be the decorations. I blame my parents. I grew up in Southern California, and every year we'd spend about two hours in the car driving through Hastings Ranch, famous for its over-the-top decorations. You don't have to worry about things being ruined by the weather out there, so people go balls-to-the-wall. Every house, every street, for blocks. That set the bar for me. Oh, I don't go crazy at my house, but I do make sure we've got a little something xmas related in every single room of the house. Even the laundry room has a red jingle bell hanging from the door handle. What is your favorite decoration?


Linda O'Connor  Perfectly Honest   Book CoverPerfectly Honest by Linda O'Connor You never know where your words will take you. When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor.

Sam O’Brien, aka ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock.

If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted. Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven! Perfectly Honest will be available at Amazon on January 14, 2015.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Linda donated a $5 Amazon card and ebook copy of Perfectly Honest to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

I’ve been writing for three years, and I’m thrilled that Soul Mate Publishing will be publishing my latest novel, Perfectly Honest.I love reading romantic comedies so naturally that’s what I write. I never aspired to be a writer, but now I’m addicted. I love it. I balance writing with my work as a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic and being a mom to three sons (luckily grown and capable of throwing together a decent meal, in a pinch). Plus I like to keep active and cycle, cross-country ski, skate, walk with my husband, or dance every day.The idea to write came after working with young adults. There were some basics I thought they should know – mental health symptoms, birth control myths, how to take ownership of their health. I thought hey, if David Chilton of The Wealthy Barber fame can dole out financial advice in a barbershop, maybe I could dole out medical advice in a Romance novel. That’s how my first novel, She’s Not a Fan, was born. For many years, I taught clinical skills to medical students and spent a lot of time writing detailed roles for actor-patients. It was great practice for developing characters in my stories. Joining the Romance Writers of America, taking online workshops, (and reading) all helped improve my writing. Medical school was challenging, but it was nothing compared to figuring out where commas go, POV, or sorting out verb tense (simple past, past perfect, past perfect progressive – did they know there were 25 other letters they could have used to name those things?) Obviously I’m still learning, but I love the process. I don’t write about people I know, but I definitely take inspiration from snippets of conversations or from the emotion I feel when I talk to people. My designated writing space is any place with a view of Lake Ontario, preferably outside (for three of the four seasons). Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Appetizer Day at 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

The Christmas season = parties. Dinner parties, office parties, holiday parties - you name it. At some point, you're going to need a reliable and simple appetizer. This one looks fancy, tastes out of this world, smells divine and is super easy.....and at the heart of it, is just mushrooms and cheese. Okay, there's a little more to it than that. Go try it. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Shiitake-Mushrooms-with-Young-Pecorino-Cheese-350126

Sloane B Collins LoveRedesigned400 Book CoverNow let me introduce you to Love Redesigned by Sloane B. Collins Give American cake artist Genevieve Haywood a picture of anything, and she’ll turn it into a sweet and decadent creation. She’s not going to let hard work or competition stop her from opening her dream business. But when she’s hired as the cake artist for her cousin’s wedding in France, she never expected to run into the French fashion designer who broke her heart fifteen years ago. Roman Duchaine is done with living life in the fast lane. Tired of being in the haute couture spotlight, he’s moved back to the small French village where he was born and raised. Roman’s ready to settle down and have a family until the lost love of his life arrives for his cousin’s wedding. Seeing her reminds him just how devastating falling in love can be. Their fragile truce is meant to last through the wedding, yet every second together makes their attraction and long-buried feelings undeniable. But old habits and hurts die hard, and while Roman is ready to weave their lives together, Genevieve can't afford to lose herself in his shadow. Pick up your copy today from Amazon.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Sloane donated a Paris-scented shower gel/lotion/mist set to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Debut author, Sloane Burke Collins, is thrilled to be a Soul Mate author. Her novella Love Redesigned won 1st place in the Contemporary category of the 2013 Indiana Golden Opportunity contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors, and Contemporary Romance Writers. Since Sloane and her husband love to travel, she has vowed to write a novel set in just about every place they visit. From the wilds of Maine, to the rocky coast of Oregon, to the lush paradise of Oahu, and the rolling hills of Ireland, all of it is fodder for Sloane to craft stories of love, intrigue, and perhaps a Paranormal or two. Sloane is a fifth-generation Texan, and after a stint in Missouri and Florida, she is back home now and lives in the Dallas area with her husband of over twenty-six years, and their four rambunctious cats (all named after characters in her favorite Julia Quinn novel). Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Great Gifts Under Ten Dollars at 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Secret Santa swaps at office Christmas parties can be fun...and frustrating. Often there are dollar limits that feel both reasonable and restrictive. Here are my ideas for the best gifts under $10:
  • Lottery tickets - exciting, and the chance of being the best gift of the party!
  • Homemade anything. I made cranberry bread yesterday, and have already had three co-workers circling my desk eyeing the slice I brought in for breakfast. It took me ten minutes to mix it and pop in the oven. I promise it would be well-received!
  • Wine. Especially this time of year, decent wines are on sale. Snatch one up!
  • Pretty travel mug (or for a guy, a local team's mug) stuffed with hot cocoa mix.
If you have any suggestions, please share with all of us!
Heather Miles  Merger  Book CoverToday I' m introducing you to Merger by Heather Miles Kasey Blakely doesn’t know that her date is anything more than incredibly hot. It’s after things have moved past friendship, that she learns her new lover is also slated to be her partner in a corporate merger. He knew it all along withholding his identity to have her. Self-assured, future CEO, Kasey Blakely stumbles into Joshua Crawford, leaving her breathless and momentarily senseless. Taken with her, he learns she’s more than just a beautiful woman, she’s slated to be his partner in a corporate merger. Never feeling as smitten or intrigued, he’ll do anything to have her, including, not revealing his last name. After a passionate exchange and the prospect he could lose her, does he come clean with his identity. Always confident, Kasey, struggles with her growing love for a man who has claimed her heart and changed her world, but should be forbidden. She’s all in…then all out. Despite the warnings not to mix business with pleasure, Kasey and Joshua risk it all. Committing to return to California with Joshua, Kasey’s world unravels. Were her fears right, or can they manage the MERGER of their hearts and their future partnership? Pick up your copy today at Amazon.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Heather donated a $15 Amazon card and a giant bar of chocolate to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Heather Miles was raised in Kansas City, but transplanted to the most culturally diverse place in the country…The Mississippi Delta. She resides in Cleveland, Mississippi with her husband Derek Miles, and is the mother of two incredible kids. Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cocktail Time at 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

My absolute favorite Christmas cocktail is Bon Appetit's Hot Gingerbread Punch. Now I can't stand Guinness normally, but mixed with dark rum and cinnamon sticks, I predict you won't find a single person who doesn't want to gulp this down. Although, fair warning, it is quite strong, so gulping should not be encouraged. I do encourage you to try the recipe, though! http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/hot-gingerbread-punch And if you have a favorite cocktail, please share!

Rebecca Neely  A Might Good Man  Book CoverI'm introducing you today to A Mighty Good Man by Rebecca E. Neely 3 days. 2 people. 1 story. ‘Hank’ Jerry, a down and out writer, and Jack Darcy, a former gang leader, team up to write his story for mutual gain and end up falling for each other. It’s not long before their romance is as hot as the copy she’s writing, but they’ve both got something to hide that could blow up in their faces, and with time running out and gang enforcers closing in, will the trust they’ve forged survive the ultimate test?

Pick up your copy today from Amazon.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Rebecca donated a $10 Amazon GC to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Rebecca E. Neely was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania. Her father, an English teacher and a writer, instilled in her a love of words, and literature, especially short stories, at a young age. Her mother, a voracious reader, gave her Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild as a Christmas gift when she was nine, and Rebecca’s been hooked on reading stories of all stripes ever since. Rebecca’s family also owned and managed a restaurant until she was about sixteen, and she grew up in the business, working, cooking, and eating. Rebecca enjoys finding, and reading new authors via her Kindle. Live music inspires her, as do the characters she's blessed to have in her life, including her daughter, her boyfriend, and her mother. She loves drawing, crafting, walking, and camping. She also enjoys traveling, going to music festivals, and exploring cities she’s never been to before with her daughter. In a former life, she earned a B.S. in Accounting, and worked in that field for about a decade. Since 2001, Rebecca has freelanced, writing a wide variety of copy for local magazines, and businesses all over the country. She is a member of Savvy Authors, and a PRO member of Romance Writers of America. Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Favorite Christmas Movies at 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

I shamelessly, nay, proudly admit that I am a Christmas movie addict. The Hallmark and Lifetime channels have enabled this addiction with 24/7 programming full of Christmas romance for more than a month straight.It is heavenly. I especially like anything with royalty thrown into the mix. But hands down, my favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually. It has a kick-ass song, British accents, an plot that unfolds with the many layers of an onion, and an ending that makes me bawl every time. Sheer perfection! However, you are more than welcome to try and change my mind by listing your favorite.

Stephanie Berget  Sugar Water Ranch  Book CoverThe spotlight today is on Sugarwater Ranch by Stephanie Berget Bullrider Sean O’Connell’s life is perfect, or it was until his partying lifestyle affects his riding ability. Now he’s ended the season too broke to leave the Northwest for the warm southern rodeos. When a wild night with his buddies gets out of hand, he wakes up naked, staring into the angry eyes of a strange woman. His infallible O’Connell charm gets him nowhere with the dark-haired beauty. It’s obvious she’s not his usual good-time girl, so why can’t he forget her? Catherine Silvera finds a waterlogged, unconscious cowboy freezing to death in front of her uncle’s Sugarwater Bar. She saves his life—then runs faster than a jackrabbit with a coyote on its tail. Any man who makes his living rodeoing is bad news, especially if he thinks partying is part of the competition. He’s everything she doesn’t want in a man, yet she shake her attraction to the rugged cowboy. Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Stephanie donated a PB copy of Sugarwater Ranch with a keychain to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho to city parents, I was a horse lover from the day I first watched My Friend Flicka. I began writing after I read a rodeo romance in which the romance was good, but the rodeo and horse information was so wrong.... I thought, how hard can it be to write a book? Five years and thousands of hours of study and writing, I know how hard it is. Writing well is just as hard to do well as it is to do anything well. I write Contemporary Rodeo Romance with a touch of magic. It's Romance with a Rodeo flair.

Dessert Day at the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

I looooooove cooking. But even people who don't enjoy it the other eleven months of the year usually like to toss some flour and sugar around once the holidays hit. Our theme for the blog hop today is desserts, and I'm sharing one of my favorite festive recipes: cranberry swirl cheesecake. Best of all, it is from the brilliant minds at Cooking Light, so you can eat it guilt-free! The link takes you to my Pinterest page, so take a few extra minutes to poke around!

But this blog hop isn't just about yummy food. The other fun side to it is introducing you to new authors. And today I'm proud to feature Cynthia Gail and her Christmas book.


Winter's MagicWinter's Magic by Cynthia Gail Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world. After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda. Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick's dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick's past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret. Pick up a copy today at Amazon.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Cynthia donated a $10 Starbucks card, paired with a Bark Less Wag More coffee mug & author swag from Rachel Lacey to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our eighteen-year-old son and three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book. Connect: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

12 Days of Xmas Blog Hop! Win Prizes! Discover New Authors!

I'm very excited to roll out the Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Hop. We have a whopping 22 authors participating. Each day has a theme (many revolving around recipes!), and each author swaps out introducing you to another. There will be prizes. There will be fun, and as always, a healthy dose of romance.

Don't worry, I'll make it very simple for you. Just come here every day, 12/14 - 12/24. You'll be able to bounce around to the rest of the hop from here. Think of me as your festive reading trampoline. See you tomorrow!