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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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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|