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Remember the old skit Eddie Murphy did about his mom making him a hamburger rather than going to McDonalds? Yea… I’m now that mom except this is about swag. My author friend/#GirlCrush Kassanna showed me some cool sites for swag. Since I’m signing at #RWA19 this year for #Harlequin… I didn’t want to be the only person not giving away stuff….so I brainstormed and got crafty. There will be tradition swag.. but these were too cute to not do….
I’m signing Southern Seduction. If you haven’t read it.. you can find it here at one of these many many wonderful sites.
Hope to see you there…
A beauty queen with a bad reputation and a morality clause… what’s a belle to do?
Dominic is just your average hunky hero, new to town with a garage. According to his sister he needs to acclimate with the townspeople of Southwood, GA…maybe sponsor a team or perhaps a contestant in the upcoming Miss Southwood Beauty Pageant. The problem is, Dominic hates drama. Pair him up with a dethroned beauty queen with her eyes on the Miss USA prize, and drama is what he gets.
As much as I love my Christmas movies, I know they all had to start somewhere–usually as a book. And oh how I love to read. Romance books are my stay-cation…. they take me to exotic places, small towns, royal families, and even big cities. Sprinkle on a little Christmas …even better. So I did my countdown of Christmas movies.
Movies only last 2 hours. What are you going to do for the rest of the time? Read, of course!
Ready to read now…
Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide. Or else her father will set her up with one of his friends. The bonbon-loving illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, with threats against her life, leads her to enlist the help of her very handsome, dear friend Jasper Fitzwilliam, Lord Hartwell.
A father and widower, Jasper is not only tasked with keeping Frederica safe but also with helping his vibrant friend choose a suitable husband. The more he tries to keep the ever-surprising woman alive and find her a good match, the more Jasper realizes he cares for her. The two friends risk their lives for each other, so they should be able to risk their feelings for a chance at a deep and true love together. But he’s not looking for marriage and she’s not looking for convenience.
From rivals to romance…
Tall, dark and incredibly handsome, Nixon Gaines has a reputation for mixing business with pleasure. Especially with someone as captivating and intelligent as Jade Chandler. Jade is determined to stop the self-made millionaire from stealing her family’s company…but his mind-blowing kisses test her resolve. Can the beautiful executive risk opening her heart for the holidays? Or will she be another conquest on Nixon’s Christmas list?
All She Wants for Christmas is a Cowboy!
Rust Creek Ramblings
A few weeks ago, local wedding planner Caroline Ruth took a tumble off a ladder, and when she came to, she believed Thunder Canyon cowboy Craig Clifton was her boyfriend. Trouble was, they’d never met before. What was an upstanding rancher to do? Now, until Caroline’s memory returns, Craig is acting as reluctant faux fiancé. But with Christmas around the corner, dear readers, we’re hoping for a real-life happy ending for this unexpected couple!
The bridesmaid, the best man…
A Christmas wedding they’ll never forget!
A year after being jilted, Ava Keller finds herself forced back up the aisle — as bridesmaid at a beautiful Cape Town wedding. Best man — and Ava’s first crush — Noah Giles is the perfect distraction from her painful memories. But their flirtation turns serious when Ava’s feelings for him resurface! Hurt when Noah left after their kiss years before, will Ava give their chemistry a second chance?
Want Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates…. cool fact.. I danced next to her at a Harlequin Party a year ago. And this one time.. on her live chat…she answered my question about her playlists when writing. Yes, I am aware I am a #NerdyGirl
Her rancher boss is looking for the perfect wife…
and she wants the job!
Poppy Sinclair kept her feelings for Isaiah Grayson secret for a decade. When her infuriatingly gorgeous Stetson-wearing boss enlists her help in finding him a convenient wife, she threatens to quit. Until Isaiah counters with an interesting proposal: Why doesn’t she marry him? Can she say yes to sharing his life and his bed, but not his heart?
An Enchanted Holiday Box Set Check out The White Lady by Beth Trissel, my fellow blogger at Smart Girls Read Romance
It’s just two weeks before Christmas, and Avery Dunham cannot change Ignus Burke’s mind. They must travel back in time to rescue the White Lady in the portrait above his fireplace. The magic-wielding wizard is obsessed with her. Avery was right: this adventure is not going to be like any other.
Coming November 19th
Of all the weddings in all the world, Angie Roux had to be mistaken for a bridesmaid in this one.
Caledon, South Africa, is supposed to be just a stop on the way to Christmas in Cape Town, part of Angie’s long-avoided homecoming. She never expected to star in a bizarre comedy of errors, but here she is: convincing a handsome stranger to be her fake boyfriend for the day.
Ezra Johnson, the handsome stranger in question, turns out to be a pleasant distraction from both the wedding and thoughts of her first family Christmas without her father. And he seems to loathe weddings just as much as she does. He’s the perfect temporary companion.
But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours. Including a connection so strong it tempts them both into thinking of something more permanent…
The woman he’s never considered…
Might be the only one he’ll ever need
Jada Allen’s Christmas wishlist is simple: her gorgeous boss. A-list talent agent Max Moore counts on Jada to handle his life—and help him get through to his tween daughter. Yet workaholic Max never really notices her until a makeover reveals the vibrant woman he’s taken for granted. Will one hot night shatter their working relationship or lead to something far sweeter?
Christy Jeffries is back with The Firefighter’s Christmas Reunion
Can a chance reunion spark a Yuletide proposal?
Anything can happen in Sugar Falls!
Home for the holidays with her adopted son from Ghana, Hannah Gregson runs straight into her former flame—fire chief Isaac Jones. Though the pair are determined to keep their distance, the local matchmakers throw them together at every holiday event, and Hannah’s son worships the brave ex-soldier. If Isaac isn’t careful, he just may go from hero to family man by Christmas!
So that’s my list for you now. I welcome any upcoming books you have if you’re an author or reader with recommendations.
Got a favorite Romance Trope? Let me know.
While you’re reading your holiday romances, here’s something to sip on!
The pretty one on the left is by the Nicole Harris at Wonky Wonderful. The ehhh okay-ish one is the batch I made. It was yummy though!
Oreo Hot Chocolate
4 Cups Whole Milk – divided
1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
8 Regular Oreos
3 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch optional
1. Blend 1 cup milk, sweetened condensed milk, Oreos, cocoa and cornstarch until smooth.
2. In 3 quart saucepan over medium/low. heat remaining 3 cups milk until just barely steaming. (8-10 minutes)
3. Add chocolate Oreo mixture and continue to heat while whisking for 5-10 more minutes. Do not allow mixture
4. Remove from heat. Serve topped with whipped cream and Oreo Cookie crumbles
PS …there are 45 days left until Christmas
Today is November 3rd. Tonight’s movie is a book-to-TV. It reminds me of the cute gift idea with a spin on a classic, Hot Cocoa.,… don’t ask me why. There’s something about taking a classic idea (hot cocoa) and adding some simple ideas to make a decadent treat.
Here are a few cool recipes to follow. While you put these gifts together, you can watch tonight’s movie.
On deck for the Christmas movie tonight is Christmas Joy, starring in the movie is Danielle Panabaker… aka Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost if you’re a Flash fan. Of course I’ll watch this movie. As an author… at least for me, it has/is always a dream to have a book of mine turned into a TV Movie. I have Lace, Sidney Sheldon’s series, If Tomorrow Comes , and a ton of Sandra Brown and Danielle Steel to thank.
Christmas Joy…..the book is written by Nancy Naigle.
A heartwarming Christmas story about family, friendship and finding love in unexpected places.
Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but that changes when her Aunt Ruby takes a fall that lands her in a rehabilitation center before the holidays. Joy takes a leave of absence from her job as a market researcher to run the family farm, even though the timing may hinder her chance at garnering the promotion of her dreams.
Ben Andrews isn’t your average accountant. He also happens to be the handiest man in Crystal Falls. He’s helped his elderly neighbor, Ruby Johnson, decorate for the annual Christmas Home Tour—and win—the last several years. He’s not about to let some drop-in niece break their winning streak.
Ruby seems overly concerned about Joy being able to handle Molly. Under the impression she’s referring Molly the bunny that is one of the menagerie of animals, Joy’s not worried at all until the next morning when a little girl named Molly shows up. For the sake of her aunt, Joy is forced to partner with Ben while Ruby is on the mend to help with preparation for the Christmas tour and, in the process finds her career-focused heart dreaming of a family.
Will the magic of Christmas help her to open her heart and find her everlasting joy?
From the IMDB Summary
She’s a corporate market researcher, gunning for a promotion within her firm. Just as her company’s CEO is taking notice, Joy finds out her Aunt Ruby has broken her ankle and will be undergoing surgery. Despite the less than opportune timing, Joy makes her way back home to Crystal Falls, NC to be with her Aunt. Stars seem to be aligned as Joy sees her former crush, Ben Andrews, while at the hospital. At first, Joy is focused solely on helping her Aunt heal; even taking over her position as chair of the local Cookie Crawl competition. Eventually, she begins to let Ben in and remembers there’s no place like home for the holidays. The pair work together on the Cookie Crawl to make the event a success.
Let’s see how #Hallmark makes this classic book into a visually cheerful TV movie.
Happy Gift Making & Merry Watching
Your #ChristmasGeek, Carolyn
PS…. There are 51 days left until Christmas!
There are 87 days before Christmas…64 days until you can get your hands on Her Mistletoe Bachelor but 0 days to wait to pre-order it! What are you doing to get into the mood…. for the holidays (besides celebrating Halloween & Thanksgiving)?
Oh The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry! The 1st time I recalled a romantic Christmas story. How about you? Do you have a favorite Christmas book old or new? Let me pass out a few good names!
Their Mistletoe Baby by Karin Baine
Diamonds for the Holidays by Nicki Night
A Perfect Holiday Fling by Farrah Rochon
All He Wants for Christmas by Elle Wright
A Chase for Christmas by Candace Shaw
A Very Merry Romance by Brenda Jackson
Little Secrets : Holiday Baby Bombshell by Karen Booth
The Perfect Present featuring Rochelle Alers, Cheris Hodges, Pamela Yaye
A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie
So do you love Christmas movies?
Before I started writing, I loved (and still love) watching movies. I always dreamed of having one of my books played on TV. So here’s a list did giving you a view of some of the diverse Christmas/Holiday movies….some I’ve seen, some I look forward to watching. Tell me about your favorites. Let me know if I missed your favorite diverse holiday movies.
Also! Make sure you come back… I plan on giving you a guide to help out your holiday TV movies!
|2018||Coins for Christmas||TV One||Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop|
|2018||My Christmas Inn||Lifetime||Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid, Erin Gray|
|2018||Christmas Everlasting||Hallmark Channel||Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield|
|2018||Every Day is Christmas||Lifetime||Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton, Michael Jai White|
|2018||Jingle Belle||Lifetime||Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr.|
|2018||A Majestic Christmas||Hallmark Channel||Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent|
|2018||A Twist of Christmas||Lifetime||Vanessa Lachey|
|2018||The Christmas Pact||Lifetime||Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy|
|2018||Christmas Lost and Found||Lifetime||Tiya Sircar|
|2018||Memories of Christmas||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries||Christina Milian, Mark Taylor|
|2018||A Gingerbread Romance||Hallmark Channel||Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry|
|2018||Focus on Love||Hallmark Channel|
|2018||The Truth About Christmas||Freeform||Kali Hawk|
|2018||Life Size 2||Freeform||Tyra Banks, Francia Raisa|
|2018||No Sleep ‘Til Christmas||Freeform||Odette Annable|
|2018||The Christmas Switch||Netflix||Vanessa Hudgens|
|2018||Coins for Christmas||TV One||Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop|
|2017||Enchanted Christmas||Alexa Penavega|
|2017||Almost Christmas||movie||Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Monique|
|2017||Miss Me This Christmas||Netflix||Erica Ash, Redaric Williams|
|2017||You Can’t Fight Christmas||Netflix||Brely Evans, Andra Fuller|
|2017||A Christmas Cruise||Ion||Vivica A. Fox, Kristoff St. John|
|2017||Second Chance Christmas||TV One||McKinley Freeman|
|2017||Wrapped Up in Christmas||Lifetime||Tatyana Ali|
|2016||The Mistle-Tones||ABC FAMILY||Tia Mowry-Hardrict|
|2016||Merry Christmas, Baby||Up Network||Malinda Williams, Karon Riley|
|2016||A Husband for Christmas||Hallmark||Vivica Fox|
|2016||The Christmas Swap||TV One||Christian Keyes and Dondre Whitfield|
|2015||A Baby for Christmas||Up Network||Malinda Williams, Karon Riley|
|2015||A Royal Family Christmas||TV One||Tichina Arnold|
|2014||Marry Us for Christmas||Up Network||Malinda Williams, Karon Riley|
|2014||Seasons of Love||Lifetime||Letoya Luckett, Cleo Anthony|
|2014||An Envogue Christmas||Lifetime||EnVogue|
|2013||Christmas Bounty||ABC FAMILY||Francia Raisa|
|2013||A Snow Globe Christmas||Lifetime||Donald Faison, Christinia Milian|
|2013||Marry Me for Christmas||TV One||Malinda Williams, Karon Riley|
|2013||A Christmas Blessing||TV One||Omari Hardwick|
|2013||Dear Secret Santa||Lifetime||Tatyana Ali|
|2013||The Best Man Holiday||movie||Morris Chestnut|
|2013||A Very Larry Christmas||movie||Tatyana Ali, DeRay Davis|
|2013||Black Nativity||movie||Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker|
|2012||Christmas in Compton||Keith David, Omar Gooding|
|2012||Hitched for the Holidays||Lifetime||Incorporates Hanukka|
|2011||A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas||movie|
|2011||Deck the Halls||Lifetime||Kathy Najimy|
|2010||Christmas Cupid||ABC FAMILY||Christina Milian|
|2009||The Christmas Hope||Madeline Stowe|
|2008||Nothing Like the Holidays||movie||John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peña, Luis Guzmán, Jay Hernandez, and Melonie Diaz|
|2007||Holiday In Handcuffs||ABC FAMILY||Mario Lopez|
|2007||SnowGlobe||ABC FAMILY||Christina Milian|
|2007||This Christmas||movie||Idris Elba|
|2007||A Perfect Christmas||movie||Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut|
|2006||The Last Holiday||movie||Queen Latifah, LL Cool J|
|2006||6 Hours to Christmas||movie||Damilola Adegbite, Chris Attoh|
|2004||Christmas at Waters Edge||movie||Keshia Knight Pulliam, Pooch Hall|
|2002||Eight Crazy Nights||movie||Adamn Sandler|
|2001||The Kudzu Christmas||John Lawhorn, Chrystale Wilson|
|2001||Call Me Claus||movie||Whoopi Goldberg|
|2000||Holiday Heart||movie||Alfre Woodard, Ving Rhames|
|2000||A Diva’s Christmas Carol||VH1||Vanessa Williams|
|1999||¡Feliz Christmas, Merry Navidad!||movie||Carlos Soriano|
|1996||The Preacher’s Wife||movie||Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston|
|1990||The Kid Who Loved Christmas||movie||Vanessa Williams, Michael Warren|
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