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Paranormal Romance Lovers Giveaway #Contest #Paranormal

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Do you love paranormal romance?

Then this is the giveaway for you! It’s very simple too. Just complete the Google form and go in the draw to win free ebooks and Amazon Gift Certificates.

Happy reading!

Writing in Books. Gasp!

I have a thing for recipe books, and each time I visit my local library, I grab some different ones to study and find new recipes to test. My favorites are those featuring baking—the types of cakes and biscuits (cookies) my mother used to make when I was a child.

New Zealander, Alexa Johnson has written several recipe books on baking. The books are called Ladies, A Plate, and the one I’m studying at present is called Ladies, A Plate: The Collection.

One of the things she mentions at the start of her recipe books is about writing things down. She says to record your experience with the recipe in the actual book since this adds interest and usefulness to the recipe book when it is passed down within a family. Forget the rules about writing in books.

At first I thought, no way! Because nothing annoys me more than checking out a library book only to find a previous reader has “corrected” it. But then I thought about how useful it would be to have the knowledge of previous cooks in my family. I would love reading notes written by my grandmother or mother since they were both excellent cooks. The idea really appealed to me, and now I’m a convert. I can’t wait to start writing notes in my recipe books.

How do you feel about writing in books? Do you do it?

Shopping in the Market

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This photo was taken back in 1997, I think, and this is my younger self attempting to buy avocadoes in a village market somewhere in Zimbabwe. The avocadoes were really good, and I still remember how tasty they were. I have a determined look on my face as I attempt to bargain, but they were cheap. I remember that too. I enjoy bargaining, but it is always a relief to return home and look at the prices in our shops.

Do you like bargaining for goods? Or do you prefer your purchases to be marked with the price?

PS – this photo was scanned, hence the black area around the outside.

Beautiful Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake

This is Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and one of my favorite spots. The color of the lake is just gorgeous—a deep blue. The lake is actually an old volcano caldera and you can drive around to view the lake and the crater from different spots.

Mr Munro and I dined at the lodge here and had a berry cobbler for dessert. I have fond memories of that cobbler. Yum!

Twas the Day After Christmas…

Twas the Day After Christmas

Lots of books on sale for 99c on 26 December. One day only.

My book My Scarlet Woman is on sale for 99c

Books 2 & 3 (My Younger Lover and My Peeping Tom) are both up for pre-order and are on sale too for a limited time.

Both pre-order stories will go up to $2.99 on 31 January, so if you want a bargain, grab them now. They won’t be this cheap again!

Treat Yourself! The Feel-Good Romance Promo

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My book Janaya & other sweetly sexy books are FREE or 99c today

The Romance and Chick Lit Holiday Sale is on! 35 feel-good books have been discounted or made free for your reading pleasure. Click here and pick up as many as you like before the sale ends.

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas! I hope you have a lovely day full of friends, family and laughter. Fingers crossed that Santa hides a book or two in your Christmas stocking.

Books and Christmas Treats #Contest

Christmas Treats

What are our favorite Christmas Treats? Books, of course! Stop by each blog for a chance to win fabulous books & gifties for the Holidays!

I love to read, and I’m looking forward to the holidays in order to dive into some of the books currently waiting for me on my kindle. Time for this writer to have a rest!

Here are some of my favorite reads from this year:

1. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews. This is the first book in a new series, and I loved it. Connor “Mad” Rogan is my new book boyfriend. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

2. Written in Red by Anne Bishop.  Meg Corbyn is on the run, and she hides in a compound belonging to the others – shifters and those capable of magic. This book is also the first in a series, and I gobbled up the three books written to date. The reviews are mixed on this series, but I really enjoyed the three books.

3. Ice Planets: Barbarians – by Ruby Dixon. This one is a sci-fi and has an alien hero. He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for the heroine.

4. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase – an oldie historical but a goodie. This is a classic, and if you enjoy historical romances, this is definitely one you should check out.

5. Dirty Little Secrets by Liliana Hart. This one is a mystery with a romantic element, and it’s currently free. It’s the first book of a series with ongoing characters, and I inhaled the five books to date in this JJ Graves mystery series.

6. Kodiak’s Claim by Eve Langlais. I’ve read several of Eve’s series, but hadn’t read this one until recently. Eve knows how to weave in the funny and I loved the heroine in this one. The poor hero didn’t know what struck him – oh, wait. That was a frying pan and bullets in the butt. This is book one in the Kodiak Point series.

What are some of your favorite reads for this year?

CONTEST: I’m giving away one $5 Amazon gift certificate and six readers can choose their choice of one of the following box sets.

Flight of Dragons: Shifters, Alphas and Paranormal Bad Boys

Naughty, Nice and Paranormal: A Touch of Holiday Magic

Wicked Alphas, Wildest Nights: Sizzling Collection of Paranormal Romance

To go into the draw to win, tell me what your favorite reads were this year or which books you’d like to receive for Christmas.

Winner will be chosen once the hop end and winners notified by email.

Follow the links below to visit other Christmas Treat posts:

Clothes for the Man in your Life

The other day, one of our local stores held a one-day sale. Mr Munro wanted to purchase some short-sleeve shorts, so off we went to the men’s department. They were doing a brisk trade and the changing rooms were very busy with a queue of men waiting to try on garments. Each man seemed to have a feminine escort, and we hung about outside, chatting until our services were required, either to see our men in their possible purchases or to run out for different sizes.

Men and Clothes

This is the way our conversation went:

“They’re worse than children,” one woman said.

“Julia!” a man hollered. Julia cast us a harried look, scurried into the changing rooms and after a few minutes came hurrying out to find a different selection of trousers.

Then it was my turn to brave the changing room. “I think this is all right,” Mr. Munro said.

“It’s too big,” I replied. “I’ll get a smaller size.” I trotted off to find the required shirts and after delivering them, I retired to the women’s corner again.

“Yes, they’re way worse than children,” the woman said. “At least with children you can pick something out and it’s done. Men are so fussy.”

I nodded and waited for my next call. “What do you think?” Mr. Munro asked.

“That size is better,” I said. “I think you should get the green one too.”

Mr Munro hesitated then nodded. With three shirts in hand, we went to the checkout. Mission accomplished.

Unfortunately for me, the next stop was the shoe store, and it began all over again…

In Past Regrets the heroine Julia doesn’t have to go shopping with a man, but Ryan does help her while she’s trying on several costumes for the club. Ryan’s job is easy. He helps with the zippers and hands out compliments!

PastRegrets72webHere’s the blurb for Past Regrets:

Never look back…unless that’s where your heart belongs.

Love and Friendship, Book 2

Julia Maxwell was a seize-the-moment party girl until the night she spent with up-and-coming rocker Ryan Callander. From that moment, she was a one-man woman. Pity he hasn’t kept with the program.

Tired of the secrets that have kept her out of the press and Ryan’s fans happy, angry with mounting evidence of infidelity, Julia is older, wiser, and determined to divorce his cheatin’ ass.

Ryan’s long European tour had more than its share of hard knocks—one of which landed on his head when he was mugged. Divorce papers waiting for him at home are a shock that fills in some of the holes in his sketchy memory. But it could be too late to salvage his marriage.

If Ryan thinks flirtatious smiles, seductive touches, and hot-and-heavy kisses are going to smooth things over, Julia’s got a hammer with his name on it. To her surprise, he picks it up, determined to rebuild a bright future for both of them. But the past is lurking with some missing pieces that could bring their hearts crashing down.

Product Warnings

Contains a pissed ex-stripper turned burlesque dancer, a bunch of nosy friends and a smooth-talking rocker with one thing on his mind. Stripper poles and skimpy costumes may be involved.

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Do you go shopping for or with the males in your family? Is the shopping process an easy one?

Thirteen Quotes About Bodies, Weight and Exercise

Thursday Thirteen

Body image is constantly in our media and front and center. Here are some interesting quotes about body image, weight and exercise.

1. I would rather be called funny than pretty. ~ Nia Vardalos

2. Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick. ~ Gweneth Paltrow

3. Even the worst haircut eventually grows out. ~ Lisa Kogan

4. Happiness is the best facelift. ~ Diana Krall

5. If you want to look young and thin, hang around old fat people. ~ Jim Eason

6. I’m not overweight. I’m just nine inches too short. ~ Shelley Winters

7. Be happy in your body… It’s the only one you’ve got, so you might as well like it. ~ Keira Knightley

8. I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon. ~ Ellen Degeneres

9. I’d rather be a few pounds heavier and enjoy life than be worried all the time. ~ Drew Barrymore

10. The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy. ~ Yves St. Laurent

11. I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over he would have put diamonds on the floor. ~ Joan Rivers

12. The word aerobics came about when the gym instructors got together and said, “If we’re going to charge $10 an hour, we can’t call it jumping up and down.” ~ Rita Rudner

13. Life is too short to eat vanilla ice cream and dance with boring men. ~ Unknown

Which quote speaks to you most?

Source:  Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes