1- I’m rethinking my life as a writer. Damn, she can write.
2- I’m still midway through it … listening to it while running errands, cooking and washing dishes. Last night I was in the kitchen when Iris & August step out of the closet and Caleb is there.
I was Ralphie and my kids were the dad.
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…
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
This list may be a little redundant but if you look closely, you’ll find some updates. Don’t forget to set your DVR! Of course I’ll send out reminders… I’m just #ChristmasGeeky like that!
Saturday November 3rd
*8:00 pm Christmas Joy Festive. I give it 3 candy canes
Sunday November 4th
7:00 pm The Christmas Switch Up
*8:00 pm Road to Christmas Cute movie and a decent amount of diversity.
9:00 pm Marrying Father Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Saturday November 10th
8:00 pm It’s Christmas, Eve Hallmark Channel
Sunday November 11th
7:00 pm Chandler Christmas Getaway Up
8:00 pm Christmas in Love Hallmark Channel
9:00 pm A Soldier’s Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
(A Veteran’s Christmas)
Saturday November 17th
8:00 pm Christmas at Graceland Hallmark Channel
9:00 pm A Godwink Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Sunday November 18th
7:00 pm Christmas on the Coast Up
8:00 pm Christmas in Evergreen (Letters to Santa) Hallmark Channel
9:00 pm Return to Christmas Creek Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Monday November 19th
9:00 pm Last Vermont Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Tuesday November 20th
9:00 pm Hope at Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Wednesday November 21st
8:00 pm My Christmas Inn Lifetime
Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid, Erin Gray
8:00 pm Christmas at Grand Valley Hallmark Channel
10:00 pm A Christmas Arrangement Lifetime
Thursday November 22nd
8:00 pm Christmas at the Palace Hallmark Channel
8:00 pm The Christmas Contract Lifetime
10:00 pm ‘Tis the Season: One Tree Hill Lifetime
Friday November 23rd
8:00 pm Poinsettias for Christmas Lifetime
8:00 pm Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe Hallmark Channel
10:00 pm Every Other Holiday Lifetime
Saturday November 24th
8:00 pm Christmas Everlasting Hallmark Channel
Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield
8:00 pm Every Day is Christmas Lifetime
Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton, Michael Jai White
9:00 pm Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
10:00 pm Christmas Harmony Lifetime
Sunday November 25th
8:00 pm A Shoe Addict’s Christmas Hallmark Channel
8:00 pm Jingle Belle Lifetime
Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr., Loretta Devine
Valarie Pettiford, Obba Babatunde,
Keshia Knight Pulliam & Tempestt Bledsoe
9:00 pm Welcome to Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
9:00 pm The Truth About Christmas Freeform
9:00 pm Christmas Cupid’s Arrow ION
10:00 pm Christmas Perfection Lifetime
Friday November 30th
8:00 pm A Very Nutty Christmas Lifetime
Saturday December 1st
8:00 pm Mingle All the Way Hallmark Channel
8:00 pm A Twist of Christmas Lifetime
10:00 pm Love for Christmas Lifetime
Sunday December 2nd
7:00pm Christmas Catch Up
8:00 pm A Majestic Christmas Hallmark
Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent
8:00 pm The Christmas Pact Lifetime
Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy
9:00 pm Northern Christmas Lights Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
9:00 pm Life Size 2 Freeform
9:00 pm A Wedding for Christmas Ion
10:00 pm A Star for Christmas Lifetime
Friday December 7th
8:00 pm Christmas Lost and Found Lifetime
Saturday December 8th
8:00 pm Santa’s Boots Lifetime
8:00 pm Homegrown Christmas Hallmark Channel
9:00 pm Memories of Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Christina Milian, Mark Taylor
9:00 Rent-an-Elf Ion
Sean Patrick Thomas, Debbie Morgan
Sunday December 9th
7:00 pm Christmas with a Prince Up
8:00 pm Once Upon a Christmas Miracle Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
8:00 pm A Christmas in Tennessee Lifetime
8:00 pm Christmas Wonderland Hallmark Channel
9:00 pm A Snow White Christmas Ion
Monday December 10th
9:00 pm No Sleep Til Christmas Ion
Friday December 14th
8:00 pm Christmas Around the Corner Lifetime
Saturday December 15th
8:00 pm A Gingerbread Romance Hallmark Channel
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry
8:00 pm Christmas Pen Pals Lifetime
9:00 pm Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
9:00 pm A Country Christmas Album Ion
Sunday December 16th
7:00 pm Christmas on Holly Lane Up
8:00 pm Hometown Christmas Lifetime
8:00 pm Entertaining Christmas Hallmark Channel
9:00 pm Reunited at Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
9:00 pm A Christmas in Royal Fashion Ion
Friday December 21st
8:00 pm A Christmas Kiss Lifetime
Saturday December 22nd
8:00 pm Christmas Copy Hallmark Channel
(Jingle Around the Clock)
8:00 pm A Golden Christmas Lifetime
9:00 pm Small Town Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Sunday December 23rd
7:00 pm Hometown Holiday Up
8:00 pm Christmas Made to Order Hallmark Channel
8:00 pm 3 Holiday Tails Lifetime
9:00 pm Christmas Bells are Ringing Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Tuesday December 25th
8:00 pm When Calls the Heart Christmas Hallmark Channel
Saturday December 29th
8:00 pm Focus on Love Hallmark Channel
(A Midnight Kiss)
No Dates or Times for
Coins for Christmas TV One
Stephen Bishop, Essence Atkins
A Holiday Calendar Netflix
Kat Graham, Quincy Brown
A Christmas Prince (The Royal Wedding) Netflix
The Christmas Switch Netflix
Christmas in the Wind Netflix
For all things Christmas Movies
Cool Link for all things TV Christmas Movies
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries