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

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Don’t worry.. I’ve rationalized why it’s okay to watch the Christmas movies… I’m not weird.

Image result for holiday popcornYes.. I will shamefully hang my head and admit that I love Christmas movies. Some of these movies I can justify watching without feeling too guilty. I’ve followed this genius’s list  and made my own notes and comments on whether or not I will watch it/maybe watch it/hands down gotta watch. Also… because we all know that during the holidays on TV it is truly a Image result for white christmas land out there.. I’ve put in a couple of POC alerts (persons of color… if I missed someone… or outed them…let me know) .. also… Rumor Has It… Hallmark is open to submissions. SUBMIT YOUR STORY

Grab your favorite snack food and let’s get on with this list. Image result for holiday nachosImage result for cookie butter snacksRelated image

November 11th (my B-day btw)

8:00 pm Hallmark  The Sweetest Christmas starring Lacey Chabert, Lea Coco and Jonathan Adams

9:00 pm HMM          A Song for Christmas starring Becca Tobin & Kevin McGarry.

 

November 12th

7:00 pm Up             A Very Country Christmas  starring Greyson Holt…. I’ll watch because he was totally hot in Bitten

  (yes, I am shallow)

8:00 Hallmark         Enchanted Christmas starring Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega

So I’ll watch this because, yay, POC! And also.. because I watched these kids grow up via my kids. So I’ll cry in my popcorn and feel old and cry because I love holiday movies and happy endings.

 

9:00 HMM                   Engaging Father Christmas starring Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, and Wendie Malick

This is the follow up to Image result for silver spoons erin greyErin Krakow reminds me of Kate (Erin Gray) from Silver Spoons and so yep.. that’s justifiable reason enough to watch this movie.

 

November 18th

8:00 Hallmark Channel Coming Home for Christmas starring Danica McKeller. I’ll watch because I am secretly waiting for Kevin to show up and sweep her off her feet. Yeah, I don’t care what Daniel Stern said at the end of the series.  Image result for winnie and kevin 

9:00 HMM         Christmas Homecoming starring Julie Benz Image result for darla and angel gif

November 19th 

8:00 Hallmark A Gift to Remember …. yeah… a bookstore worker… I like books. That’s reason enough!

9:00 HMM A Bramble House Christmas this was a book by a fellow Harlequin author, CJ Carmichael (although this book is not under them.. but if you didn’t know already, I write for Harlequin.. at least for now ->see me 

November 22nd

8:00 Hallmark With Love, Christmas

November 23rd

8:00 Hallmark  The Mistletoe Inn  Alicia Witt plays an aspiring ROMANCE NOVELIST HELLOOOOOOOOO that’s totally me! And her character’s last name is Rossi.. could it be.. as in Mr. and Mrs. Rossi (Special Tasks Bureau Series) by [Hector, Carolyn] .. just kidding! I kid! I kid! Unless you are interested, it’s available for your kindle at any of the following fine places

Amazon http://amzn.to/2cwSxpf

Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/2cZZMYr

KOBO Books  http://bit.ly/2djXvb2

iTunes http://apple.co/2cRcc4j

Google Play http://bit.ly/2dhAdzu

The Wild Rose Press http://bit.ly/2d4O3sO

 

Okay.. back to rationalizing why it is okay for me to watch these new Christmas movies.

8:00 PBS    Umm,… I hate to be the ignorant one.. but I never read a single page of these books. But I think it’s because in my building where I used to live, there was a girl with parents going through a divorce and everyone thought I needed to be nice to her and all she could talk about was this book while she had a bird she let fly around free in her bedroom as if it was a normal thing—which it’s not. Image result for the birds gif

*deep breath, Carolyn*

 

November 24th 

8:00 Hallmark The Christmas Train POC Alert! Danny Glover. And Dermot Mulroney is in here. How dare he still be sexy!  I remember his 1st movie Sin of Innocence Poster Sin of Innocence which starred Megan Follows.. who was also in the early versions of Anne of Green Gables

 

8:00 Hallmark Finding Santa this stars Jodie Sweetin. I didn’t like her on Full House but I love her on Fuller House. So.. I feel like I owe it to her to watch this.

November 25th

8:00 Lifetime  Wrapped Up in Christmas POC Alert!!!! Tatyana Ali aka Little Ashley Banks ..Brendan Fehr, Kim Fields, JASMINE GUY Joseph Marcell, JASMINE GUY, Dan Lauria, Jackee Harry, JASMINE GUY, and Mindy Sterling, AND JASMINE GUY

 

November 26th

7:00 UP  Christmas Solo POC Alert!! Nakia Toussaint is in this.

8:00 Hallmark  Switched for Christmas — twin sisters swap places. Twice the DJ Tanner?

8:00 Lifetime A Very Merry Toy Store Can I say POC Alert? Mario Lopez. Melissa Joan Hart stars in this… and I can almost give her a pass for maybe about everything because she did a movie already with Mario called Holiday in Handcuffs and she did Drive Me Crazy.

9:00 ION  The name of the movie is SNOWMANCE! WTF did I think of that name?! Now I HAVE to see it.

 

December 2nd 

8:00 Hallmark Christmas in Evergreen POC Alert!!! Holly Robinson-Pete. whhhat?

8:00 Lifetime Four Christmases and a Wedding..this stars Arielle Kebbel… I can watch this because I am mature and I can overlook the fact that she was the mean girl in Aquamarine (don’t judge.. I have kids, remember)… because she was the super cool BFF in Vampire Diaries. Image result for arielle kebbel vampire diaries

 

10:00 Lifetime –Lifetime seems to be doing these mini-movies. I have to mention this one The Ugly Christmas Sweater… only because in Image result for magic of mistletoe there’s an Ugly Christmas Sweat Party. If you haven’t read it…of course you should.. and you can get it at these fine places….

Amazon http://amzn.to/2cjSZHX

Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/2cRNkaO

BAM! http://bit.ly/2d9kMZL

KOBO Books http://bit.ly/2d4LarL

Indie Bound http://bit.ly/2d4LE0Y

iTunes  http://apple.co/2cL253p

Google Play http://bit.ly/2dbsrex

Harlequin http://bit.ly/2dbtSK2

 

December 3rd 

8:00 Hallmark Christmas at Holly Lodge ehhhhhhh? it has POC i n it? Sheryl Lee Ralph

8:00 Lifetime My Christmas Prince   Eh, we’ll see if I watch it. The title reminds me of this new book by Alyssa Cole.  PrincessInTheory HiRes

9:00 ION  The Spruces and the Pines?  We’ll see.

December 9th

8:00 Hallmark Christmas Encore

8:00 Lifetime  Christmas in Mississippi starring Jana Kramer. Hated her in One Tree Hill until the last season.. so I may watch.

9:00 ION  Runaway Christmas Bride. It stars the girl who played in Unleashing Mr. Darcy… and that movie was cute. So… we’ll see.

 

December 10th 

7:00 UP  Christmas Princess — all I could find was ….Storyline Against the backdrop of Christmas in Southern California comes Christmas Princess, a heart-warming story inspired by true events about one brave high school girl who overcomes her difficult past to become one of the elite princesses in the world-renowned royal court of the Tournament of Rose Parade.

8:00 Sharing Christmas

9:00 ION  A Royal Christmas Ball  .. a 39 year old hero.. and a heroine with a 17 year old… might just check it out!

 

December 16th

8:00 Hallmark Father Christmas

8:00 Lifetime    Snowed-Inn Christmas um yeah.. so it has One Tree Hill’s Haley… Bethany Joy Lenz So I kinda gotta watch.

9:00 HMM Unbridled Love

9:00 ION  A Christmas Cruise POC Alert!!! Vivica A Fox and Kristoff St. John (are y’all watching Queen Sugar? Doesn’t the son remind you of Kristoff? I would totally cast them)

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December 17th

9:00 Fox A Christmas Story Live! Love the movie.. POC Alert.. Maya Rudolph!

December 18th 

8:00 The Great Christmas Light Fight  I’ll watch.. and maybe channel in my Christmas competitiveness… which I so won’t have because I am not about to let my electric bill get any higher!

 

December 23rd

8:00 Hallmark Christmas Getaway

December 25th

7:00 Up    Winter Wedding – or is the title Wedding Wonderland?

When Hallie and Lucas get engaged, they quickly begin planning the tropical beach wedding of their dreams. But the happy couple starts to get caught in family drama when both sets of parents can’t seem to agree on anything. Adding to the turmoil, their destination is completely booked and the next available spot is over a year away. Not wanting to wait, they decide to have their ceremony at Lucas’ mountain lodge in the snow. Their love is tested when the stress of keeping everyone happy gets to be too much.

December 30th

8:00 Lifetime A ROYAL NEW YEAR’S EVE