Holiday Helpers

Did your Thanksgiving plans go bust? Big blow up with the in-laws before you decided to hit the road for an awkward & uncomfortable holiday week with them? Or did you just find out you’re hosting a small Friendsgiving and all the turkeys and ginormous hams are gone from the stores? Try Kentucky Legend.  

I call these “fist hams” because they’re like the size of my husband’s fists. They’re pre-cooked and pre-sliced and perfect for a small group of people. They also have a turkey too. Save the drama in the kitchen. I found them in the smoked turkey necks/legs/wings section of the grocery store.
 
For more tips, fun, and maybe even goodies to get you through the day.. come visit me over at Coffee, Cupcakes, and Contemporaries this Thursday. 

 

You can find out more about these fun holiday stories by clicking the titles
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Husbands Say the Darndest Things About Christmas Movies

I went out of town this weekend. My husband was so upset with the football game (it was so bad apparently, they fired the coach afterwards). He said he started to watch one of the millions (and millions) of Christmas movies I had on the DVR but just couldn’t bring himself to … not without me there. lol I couldn’t help but think of that old Secret  commercial.  lol. Husbands say the darndest things christmas movies secret

Fall Favorites

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).

 

Fall books

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?

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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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http://bit.ly/Nook_A_TiaraForChristmas

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Off Limits Lovers by Reese Ryan

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OFF LIMITS LOVERS BY REESE RYAN

She’s totally off limits: The daughter of his father’s nemesis, a jilted bride, and now…his client. But one unexpected kiss sets his world on fire. They’re both playing with fire, and someone is about to get burned.

Everything is bigger in Texas—

especially temptation.

For attorney and Texas Cattleman’s Club member Roarke Perry, Annabel Currin is about as forbidden as it gets. A just-jilted bride, gorgeously sexy, tender-hearted…and the daughter of his father’s nemesis. The sexual currents crackling between him and his client should have been warning enough. Now they’re both playing with fire. And someone’s gonna get burned.

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Reese Ryan writes sexy, deeply emotional romances with family drama, surprising secrets, and a posse of deliciously-flawed characters.

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Hot Cocoa and Christmas Joy

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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.

Hot cocoa with candy canes

White hot chocolate

Hot chocolate w/M&Ms 

Peanut Butter hot chocolate

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.

(From Amazon)

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

XOXO

Your #ChristmasGeek, Carolyn

PS…. There are 51 days left until Christmas!

 

 

In the Mood…for the holidays?

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)?

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HMB countdown

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!

The Firefighter’s Christmas Reunion Christy Jeffries and The Maverick’s Christmas to Remember 

Their Mistletoe Baby by Karin Baine

The Butterfly Bride by Vanessa Riley follow her #ButteflyBride contest 

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