Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Forever’s Holiday Celebration Blog Tour


‘Tis the season to celebrate and I’m delighted to be a part of Forever’s Holiday Celebration Blog Tour today! Five of Forever’s authors with brand new Christmas romances are sharing their favorite holiday recipes and memories.

Come join in the fun, have a few laughs, and finds some new recipes to try this holiday season, as well as five delightful Christmas romance stories to read.

CAROLYN BROWN’S PUMPKIN BREAD

Kids, grandchildren, great-grands, all coming home for the holidays—the aroma of pumpkin bread baking in the oven—everyone waiting for it to get done so they can slice it up while it’s still hot, slather butter or whipped cream cheese on it, and tell the age-old stories about the holidays we’ve had in the house. That’s the stuff memories are made off and every time I smell pumpkin bread it puts a smile on my face for the whole day.

PUMPKIN BREAD
This makes 2 loaves and 8 muffins; Or it makes one Bundt cake

½ cup butter
½ cup shortening
2 2/3 cups of sugar
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin (one 15-16 ounce can)
3 ½ cups flour
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons soda
1 cup pecans (optional)
2/3 cup of cold strong black coffee
(NOTE: I use all butter if I’m out of shortening or even oil)

1.      Cream first four ingredients.
2.     Add canned pumpkin.
3.     Add dry ingredients alternately with coffee
4.    Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour for loaves or bundt cake, 25 minutes for muffins, or until they test done in the center.
5.     Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
6.    Cool completely before frosting with Harvest Moon Frosting (below).
HARVEST MOON FROSTING
3 egg whites
1½ cups brown sugar
6 tablespoons water
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients except vanilla in a double boiler. Cook 7 minutes, beating the whole time with an electric mixer, over the boiling water.  The frosting will stand in peaks when done. Add vanilla.  Beat until thick enough to spread.

Find out more about Carolyn Brown at her website.

PAULA QUINN’S CHRISTMAS COOKIES


My dad used to live across the street from us. Every year, when my kids were little, he would dress up like Santa, climb out his window on the second floor, and hang Christmas lights on his fire escape. My kids would watch from our window with wonder in their eyes, unaware that it was grandpa. He would turn and wave to them, sending them into little fits of breathlessness. Later, we would visit grandma and grandpas for homemade cookies (left there for them by Santa). The house was always fully decked out with every Christmas decoration imaginable with Alvin and the Chipmunks on repeat while the kids hunted down little pre-Christmas gifts hed hide for them. I loved witnessing the magic of Christmas and love through their eyes. Now grown, my kids will sometimes still look out the window at his fire escape and smile, remembering a grandpa who loved them beyond measure.

GRANDPA’S CHRISTMAS COOKIES (A favored Italian recipe)
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
3½ cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder

1.      Sift dry ingredients.
2.     Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs; add vanilla and dry ingredients.
3.     Knead and add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to hands.
4.    Pinch off dough, roll in your hands to form a log and then twirl into shape.
5.     Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
ICING
2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 teaspoons water

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Stir until creamy. Dip cookies into icing and sprinkle with trim. Place on wire rack with wax paper on counter to collect the dripping icing and sprinkles.

Find out more about Paula Quinn at her website.

DEBBIE MASON TREE TRIMMING PARTY

One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is our tree trimming party. We’ve held one every year for the past thirty years. Though I don’t know if it qualifies as a party seeing as it’s just the immediate family. But we do make a thing of it with our favorite carols playing in the background, fire on (mostly for ambience), hot chocolate served in festive mugs, lots of holiday treats, and a special ornament for each of the kids and grandkids to open before the tree decorating gets under way.


But I think the most fun for all of us isn’t decorating the tree, it’s unpacking the ornaments. I’ve always tried to buy an ornament that’s uniquely suited to each of the kids, whether it was a sport they were into that year or a movie, book, or hobby they loved, so unwrapping each one brings back a lot of special memories. Here’s a peek at just some of the collection. I don’t think it will be long before we have to break from tradition and let the kids take some of the ornaments home to decorate their own trees. Either that or we’ll have to put up another tree.


And this one in my office doesn’t count. :) Every year, my family gifts me with an ornament too. This year they gave me these three adorable ornaments to celebrate the release of the first book in the new Harmony Harbor series, MISTLETOE COTTAGE, and the short story, CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL.


Find out more about Debbie Mason at her website.

HOPE RAMSAY’S GINGERBREAD COOKIES

Every year for the last quarter-century, or possibly longer, I have set aside the Saturday closest to Christmas to bake gingerbread cookies with my children, and now, with my grandchildren. These are the only cookies I make at Christmas time, and the activity is more about family fun than turning out a perfect cookie. Usually I do most of the rolling, cutting, and baking. And the rest of the family does the decorating.


The magic is in the royal icing. The white icing is a snap to make, and it can be divided up into small bowls and colored with food dye, creating pots of colored cookie paint. I give each child (or adult) a watercolor paint brush and let them paint the icing onto the cookies. The kids have a blast, and the cookies always come out looking wonderfully homemade. 


To me, cookie baking embodies everything I love about Christmas: kids, family, baking, and yummy desserts.


GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH
Makes about 6 Dozen

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Dutch cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter
1 cup superfine sugar
1 egg at room temperature
½ cup unsulphured molasses

1.      Whisk together the dry ingredients – flour cocoa, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, backing soda, and salt.
2.     Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and molasses and beat thoroughly.
3.     On low speed, add the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.
4.    Cut the dough into thirds, pat into disks, wrap in plastic and chill until firm – 2 hours or overnight.
5.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/16-inch-thick and cut cookies with cookie cutters.  Transfer the cookies to an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges of the cookie turn brown.
6.    Let cool on sheets and then transfer to a wire rack.  Decorate with royal icing.
ROYAL ICING
2 egg whites, at room temperature
1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup water

Using a mixer, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat at high speed until fluffy, thick & shiny (about 10 minutes). Divide the icing into smaller bowls and color it using food coloring. 

Find out more about Hope Ramsay at her website.

OLIVIA MILES SNOWFLAKE COOKIES

In my newest release, CHRISTMAS COMES TO MAIN STREET, my heroine owns a cookie bakery. As this story takes place over the holidays, I thought hard about a signature cookie she might make, and eventually I settled on charming snowflake cookies. Of course, these are not just any old cut out cookie, though. No, Kara makes them by the dozen, sure to keep each one in the batch distinct in shape and decoration, because no two snowflakes are ever the same, after all! And it’s these snowflake cookies that she delivers every day to the inn in Briar Creek…where a Christmas visitor falls in love with more than just her cookies. 

I hope you all enjoy these snowflake cookies as much as Nate does! :)

KARA’S SNOWFLAKE COOKIES (sugar cookie cut-out and royal icing recipes courtesy of Martha Stewart)
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1.      Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
2.     Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Divide dough in half; flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
3.     Preheat oven to 325 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Let one disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Roll out dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thick. Remove top layer of plastic wrap. Cut out cookies. Transfer cookie dough on plastic wrap to a baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to freezer, freeze until very firm, about 15 minutes. Remove baking sheet from freezer and transfer shapes to baking sheets lined with nonstick baking mats. Roll out scraps, and repeat. Repeat with remaining disk of dough.
4.    Bake, switching positions of sheets and rotating halfway through, until edges turn golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
ROYAL ICING
2 large egg whites, or more to thin icing
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar, or more to thicken icing
Juice of 1 lemon
3 drops glycerin

Beat the whites until stiff but not dry. Add sugar, lemon juice and glycerin (if using); beat for 1 minute more. If icing is too thick, add more egg whites; if it is too thin, add more sugar. The icing may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Decorate each as you wish!

Find out more about Olivia Miles at her website.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ll check out these charming stories and these tasty recipes. Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie you make every year? Do you have a Christmas tradition?


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Egg Drop Dead {+ Giveaway}


EGG DROP DEAD by Laura Childs
◊ Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery, Book 7
◊ Hardcover: 336 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425281701
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425281703

SYNOPSIS:

In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…
 
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.
But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.
Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them...

RECIPES INCLUDED!

Author Laura Childs creates places you’d love to visit and characters you’d like to get to know better.

The small-town setting in EGG DROP DEAD adds a layer of interest to the story. With an eye for detail and vivid descriptions, the Cackleberry Club comes to life on the page making the story more inviting.

The characters are well-developed and likable. The bond of friendship and loyalty among the core cast of characters enhances the story. For returning fans, the characters continue to evolve with each new installment.

The story moves at a steady pace and holds your attention from the bombshell opening to the adrenaline-fueled ending. There are twists along the way to keep you guessing.

EGG DROP DEAD can be read on its own without new readers being lost in the dark not having read previous installments. The ladies at the Cackleberry Club always have a lot going on, but they’re never too busy for a murder mystery. A delightful story to keep you entertained with recipes at the end as an added bonus.

Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs, A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book #7), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425281703, Hardcover, 336 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of EGG DROP DEAD by Laura Childs to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you enjoy books that incorporate recipes into the story? Would you like to visit (or have you visited) an establishment like the Cackleberry Club?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sanctuary Island Series


Winter is making itself felt in many areas right now so what better time to snuggle with good books. St. Martin's Press announces that author Lily Everett's SANCTUARY ISLAND, SHORELINE DRIVE, and HEARTBREAK COVE reprints go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 6) with new jackets and new low prices, just in time for cuddle weather.

I’m delighted to be taking part in the SANCTUARY ISLAND SERIES blog tour blitz.

You won't want to miss these three heartfelt novels that each showcase the power of true love through real life situations.

Lily Everett’s Sanctuary Island Series Value Edition now available with new jackets and low prices!

Here’s what others are saying about Lily's Sanctuary Island Series:
"I didn't read this book, I inhaled it.  An incredible story of love, forgiveness, healing and joy. " — Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Sanctuary Island is a novel to curl up with and enjoy by a crackling fire or on a sunny beach. It's a beautifully told story of hope and forgiveness, celebrating the healing power of love." — Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Willow Lake series
“A heartwarming, emotional, extremely romantic story that I couldn't read fast enough! Enjoy your trip to Sanctuary Island! I guarantee you won't want to leave.” — Bella Andre, New York Times bestselling author of The Sullivan series
"I loved it!  A rare find." — Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author of The First Love Cookie Club

◊SANCTUARY ISLAND
◊St. Martin’s Paperbacks
◊ISBN 978-1-250-09615-9
◊December 6, 2016; $5.99

When Ella's sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother, Ella goes along for the ride--it's always been the two Preston girls against the world. But Sanctuary Island, a tiny refuge for wild horses tucked off the Atlantic coast, is more inviting than she ever imagined. And it holds more than one last opportunity to repair their broken family--if Ella can open her carefully guarded heart, there is also the chance for new beginnings.
          Grady Wilkes is a handyman who can fix anything…except the scars of his own past. When he accepts the task of showing Ella the simple beauties of the island that healed him, he discovers a deep sense of comfort he thought he'd lost. But now he must convince the woman who never intended to stay that on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible--forgiving past mistakes, rediscovering the simple joys of life, and maybe even falling in love.

◊SHORELINE DRIVE
◊St. Martin’s Paperbacks
◊ISBN 978-1-250-09616-6
◊December 6, 2016; $5.99

Dr. Ben Faulkner is a veterinarian on warm, welcoming Sanctuary Island, a refuge for wild horses. Though he's dedicated his life to healing animals and rescuing the ones no one wants, Ben is nursing deep wounds of his own. After tragedy tore his family apart, he gave up his dreams of finding happiness long ago…until Merry Preston arrives on the island. Vivacious, friendly, and instantly loveable, Merry is everything Ben is not. She's also nine months pregnant and attempting to carve out a new life for herself and her unborn child.
          Though Ben tries to keep his distance, when a raging storm cuts them off from the mainland, he's forced to help bring her new baby into the world. It's a harrowing experience that leaves him with one great certainty: I want these two to be my family. Seeing his opportunity, he makes a dramatic proposal to the young mother: a marriage of convenience. If Merry marries him, he'll draw up a contract naming her son as his heir and promising to provide for them both. But as they'll learn, love is more than a business proposition…and it'll take all the magic hidden in Sanctuary Island to turn Ben's proposal into something real and lasting.

◊HEARTBREAK COVE
◊St. Martin’s Paperbacks
◊ISBN 978-1-250-09617-3
◊December 6, 2016; $5.99

Sheriff Andie Shepard may be new to Sanctuary Island but, like everyone else who comes here, she's already fallen under its healing spell. Andie is determined to leave her mistakes behind her and make this scenic haven her home. But she just might have to change her plans—as well as open her heart—when an unexpected visitor shows up on her doorstep…
          Caitlin is the ten-year-old niece Andie never knew she had. Silent, wary, and shy as can be, Caitlin only responds to the horses that run wild across the island. Andie has no idea how to deal with Caitlin—until Sam Brennan enters the picture. A tall, handsome loner who rehabilitates abused horses, Sam is able to help Caitlin break out of her shell. But that's not all: He finds a way to touch something deep in Andie's soul, opening her up to the healing power of love. Together, these three lost souls must face the darkness in their past to build a brighter future. Because here, on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible…


Author Lily Everett
Lily Everett grew up in a small town in Virginia reading Misty of Chincoteague and Black Beauty, taking riding lessons, and longing for a horse of her own. Sadly, her parents gave her a college education instead--but she never forgot what the world looked like from the back of a horse.

She currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes full-time. Her books include Sanctuary Island and The Fireside Inn.

For more on Lily and her writing, visit her website.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy books that are set on small islands creating quaint communities? Don’t you just love it when you find a bargain on your favorite books?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Obsidian Chamber by Preston & Child


THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER by Preston & Child
◊ Series: A Pendergast Novel, Book #16
◊ Narrator: René Auberjonois
Audio CD
◊ Listening Length: 12 hours and 55 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher:  Hachette Audio
◊ Release Date: October 18, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ASIN: BO1K8VMNLO
ISBN-10: 1478938943
ISBN-13: 978-1478938941

SYNOPSIS:

A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE
After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
A SHOCKING RETURN
Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive--only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT
Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
BUT IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred - and it may already be too late . . .


This is a story that will have you rethinking what you thought you already knew.

Narrator René Auberjonois does a perfect interruption of how one might think Agent A.X.L. Pendergast might sound, as well as giving the other characters their own unique sound too. His tone and temp are spot on, along with his accents and mannerisms. His performance adds depth to the story.

The story moves at a steady pace and switches between numerous settings. The change in settings is done smoothly without losing the reader/listener along the way.

While the story doesn’t have the usual mystery plot Pendergast fans are accustom to, it does have suspense and intrigue. The story asks readers/listeners to accept characters being resurrected from the dead without elements of the paranormal.

THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER is entertaining and will have you guessing at its outcome. Even though this is the 16th installment in the Pendergast series, new readers won’t have any problem following along.

The Obsidian Chamber by Preston & Child, Pendergast series (Book #16), Narrated by Rene Auberjonois, Hachette Audio, @2016, ISBN: 978-1478938941, Unabridged, 11 CDs, Run Time: 12 Hours and 55 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Is there a series that you’ve followed for quite some time? Do you like stories where characters resurface after having been thought dead?

Friday, December 2, 2016

In Mistletoe Release Blast {+ Giveaway}


I’m delighted to be a part of the Tasty Book Tours’ Release Blast for IN MISTLETOE, a contemporary holiday romance by Tammy L. Bailey, being released today by The Wild Rose Press.

In celebration of the release, Tammy is hosting a Blast wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon eGift Card. Please see the end of the post for more details.

          At twenty-five, Grace Evans is steadily picking up the pieces of everyone else’s life. So, when her younger sister decides to turn into a runaway bride just four weeks before the wedding, Grace, drops everything to chase after her and bring her back home. Only, when the trail leads to Mistletoe, Washington, she finds herself at the mercy of the town’s most handsome and emotionally unavailable bachelor.
Ex-Army officer, Ayden McCabe, has three creeds in life: never make the first move, never fall in love, and never take anyone to Mistletoe’s Christmas Dance. Wanting nothing more than to keep his matchmaking sister from meddling in his personal life, he agrees to help Grace if she agrees to play his girlfriend. Too brunette and meek for his taste, Ayden believes Grace can’t tempt him enough to break any of his creeds. He could not be more wrong.

Be sure to add IN MISTLETOE to your shelf on Goodreads. IN MISTLETOE is available to purchase at the following sites:

Here’s an excerpt from IN MISTLETOE for your reading pleasure.

“Do you like rum cake?” he asked to keep himself from having to reevaluate all the reasons again. He admitted Wilhelmina Hawthorne’s dessert was more alcohol than flour, but anything to keep Grace from leaving him to go check her text messages in case the damn wish somehow made it through…not that he believed in the folklore in the first place.
          “Sure, but I’m not very good with liquor.” She tucked a piece of dark hair behind her ear.
He chuckled, imagining her getting wild and disrobing on top of his antique coffee table.
          “So, what happens with you and alcohol?”
          She smiled. “I don’t take off my clothes, if that what you’re asking.”
          “Damn.”
          She laughed but lifted a dainty finger as if to give him a warning. “I fall asleep, so I can have some cake, but keep in mind there’s a very good chance my face will fall flat into the plate after my third bite.”
          “I’ll take that chance.”
          “It’s your call.” She shrugged. He left her to retrieve Wilhelmina’s prized rum cake, deciding to
bring the entire Bundt-shaped dessert with two forks resting on each side. When he entered the room, he found Grace sitting in quiet contemplation, her attention focused on the dormant redbrick fireplace. Since he’d installed the gas furnace several years before, he’d not
had any desire to light the fireplace up again, even when his dates hinted several times of how romantic it would be to cuddle before a crackling fire.
          “Are you cold?” he asked.
          She peered up, startled. “No, I’m fine.” She tried to stifle a shiver, and he sat the plate down and ambled away to retrieve some logs from his deck. Despite not using the fireplace, he understood the importance of keeping it ready for emergencies. It took several minutes, but he managed to build a popping fire, the sweet aroma of sizzling sap filling the space with a comforting fragrance. She moved to sit beside him, bringing the blanket his mother made with
her.
          “This feels wonderful.” Grace closed her eyes and let the flickering light kiss her cheeks.
          “Yes.” He sat captivated by her entranced features, realizing how he’d reminisced about kissing her, every glorious inch of her. “Are you ready for some football…and cake?” He projected his voice above the tone of his own thoughts. Her lids flew open, and he wondered where she’d
been these last few moments, and with whom. The thought unsettled him.
          “Are you ready to carry me up a flight of stairs?”
          He cocked his head and narrowed his eyes. “Only if you’re fully naked.”
          “How did I know you were going to say that?” She sighed and maneuvered around so the cake sat between them on the short coffee table. As he flipped the game on and muted the volume, she lifted a small bite to her lips when he reached out to stop her.
          She gave him a quizzical look. “What’s the matter?”
          “How about we make this interesting?”
          She drew back, and he knew she didn’t trust his motives. “How…interesting?”

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Author Tammy L. Bailey
Tammy L. Bailey grew up in historical Appomattox, Virginia and moved to Ohio the day after she graduated high school. A third-generation veteran, she joined the Army National Guard in 1988, served five years in the active duty Army, and retired as a Master Sergeant from the Ohio Air National Guard in 2011.

She is a wife and a mother of two boys. She is a huge Jane Austen fan and loves watching Jane Austen movie adaptations.

When she's not writing contemporary or historical romance, she enjoys Star Wars movie night with her 10-year-old son and going to drumming practice with her 13-year-old son. Fall is her favorite season, the B-17 is her favorite plane, and Hawkeye is her favorite Avenger.

For more on Tammy and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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Thanks for stopping by today. How would you like to live in a town called Mistletoe? Have you lived or do you live in a town or city with a strange or unusual name?