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Woke up today and it was 57 degrees! Hallelujah! My new Miss Moss planner stickers with the gray hair came in (just as my gray hair is coming in).. I’m ready for the next installment of Catalina Cove novel and Dunkin will warm you muffin for you (insert inappropriate giggle).
FALLING FOR THE BEAUTY QUEEN
Runway and pageant coach Charlotte Pendergrass has swapped her ex-husband’s lavish lifestyle for her family’s quiet Georgia cabin. Her charismatic next-door neighbor is a distraction she’s starting to enjoy. Successful pecan farmer Richard Swayne feels the chemistry between them, but the wary single dad guards his heart. As she helps Richard’s daughter fulfill her pageant ambitions, can Charlotte make her own dreams come true?
A TIARA FOR CHRISTMAS
Kimber Reyes has been good all year—and she’s ready to be a little naughty. Back in Southwood, Georgia, to help her aunt with a beauty pageant, she’s reconnecting with former bad boy Dario Crowne. Her other mission: track down the mysterious designer of beautiful pageant tiaras. Dario is guarding secrets—and his heart. But unless he reveals both, the perfect Christmas gift might slip through his fingers…
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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…
Christmas in July means Christmas movies on Hallmark and HMM! I am still going through my list of movies saved on my DVR. Check out my reviews over on my FB page if you’re interested. It’s exciting.. but what’s most exciting is the countdown to the 2019 Holiday movies. I am totally looking forward to it. It seems everyone is getting wise with the diversity. This year there’s going to be a Hanukkah one (maybe 2)! So far there isn’t a time and date for the 2019 list but this is what I’ve found so far.
Clearly I’m on a deadline because I have taken the time to even research how many movies these repeat offenders has been in.
I can’t help myself. I have goals I tell ya!
|2019 Christmas Movies||Xmas Movie Repeat Offender||Reason to watch||Diverse story||Diverse Cast|
|2nd Chance for Christmas||AA characters||Vivica Fox|
|Merry & Brite||Andrew Walker|
|The Christmas Song|
|Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses|
|Holiday for Heroes|
|A Very Vintage Christmas||Tia Mowry-Hardrict|
|A Merry Christmas Match|
|Christmas Town||Candace Cameron Bure|
|Christmas in Rome||Lacey Charbet|
|A Christmas Wish||AA characters||Pam Grier,|
|Five Cards for Christmas||Chad Michael Murry|
|A Very Country Wedding||Harlequin Book|
|A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby|
|Christmas in the Wild|
|Holiday Rush||African American||AA Cast|
|The Knight Before Christmas||ehh|
|A Family Under the Christmas Tree (WIP)|
|Christmas Duet||African American||Rome Flynn|
|Two Turtle Doves|
All this Christmas talk gets me all in the mood for some holiday romance books. I feel like I just might be a Christmas Repeat Offender #DebbieMacomberGoals
PS… there are 23 weeks and 5 days until Christmas.
Next month you’ll be able to get your own copy of Southern Seduction.
I love to add food into my books. I wouldn’t call myself a “foodie” but I do like to eat…a lot. If you’ve read any of the Once Upon a Tiara series you visited The Cupcakery. Each season this bakery develops a cupcake to die for. Yes, as the author, I have made all of these cupcakes at one point in my life. Since this series is winding down, I thought I’d share the tiara for the hummingbird cupcake. By the way… did you know that this particular cake originated in Jamaica? #DessertHistory
Maggie Swayne, a one-time-beauty-queen, tops her hummingbird cupcake with a pineapple tiara. It’s fitting of course. No matter what Maggie’s going through…which right now is being cut off from the family-funds, she’s going to make her way….one way or another.
How did she make the pineapple tiaras you ask.. Well let me show you!
1-Let’s start with an apron… this can get messy.
2-Find a not-so-ripe pineapple. The firmer.. the better to slice.
3-Trim off the outside of the pineapple.
4- using the tip of a potato/carrot peeler,
dig out the “eyes” until it looks like this
5- Turn the pineapple on its side and slice super thin slice through the core and then lay flat on a paper towel
6. bake at 250 degrees for an hour. Flip after 30 minutes. When the hour is up, you may need to flip again. If they’re still wet, continue baking at 15-minute intervals. These are going to be sticky to the touch and that’s okay. You don’t want them juicy. Once they’re crispy/dry enough, pull them out and push them into a cupcake pan. While they’re drying, this will give them that upright crown appeal.
7. Let them dry over night.
8. Once they’re dry, crown your cupcakes!
Cool note.. they’re totally edible.. but don’t expect that candied-dried taste that comes from a trail mix.
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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!
Tonight is the 2018 Christmas Movie Kickoff!
8:00 pm Christmas at Pemberley Manor Hallmark Channel
As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate and rekindle her holiday romance. Starring Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady.
What other Christmas movies has Jessica been in? 2017-Hallmark Magical Christmas Ornaments. 2016-Hallmark, A December Bride. 2015-Hallmark, Merry Matrimony
What other Christmas movies has Michael Rady been in? 2017- Hallmark, A Joyous Christmas. 2016-Hallmark Christmas in Homestead.
In case you missed my tv list last week… here it is again https://carolynhector.com/2018/10/19/watch-dvr-or-save-for-later-your-guide-to-2018-christmas-movies/
Here’s a game of bingo one can play while watching. I swear just from the trailer alone I hit bingo!
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