Monday, September 29, 2014

Sweet Christmas Kisses Box Set - 14 Holiday Romances

I am so thrilled to be part of the Sweet Christmas Kisses box set with the Sweet Romance Reads. I joined with a wonderful group of ladies who all write "sweet romance" or as we describe it "PG romance". My contribution is BY CHRISTMAS, book 4 in my Covington Falls Chronicles series. The story features Noelle Robinson, who famously got left at the altar in MARRY ME (Book 1).

Sweet Christmas Kisses Box Set
14 Authors: Donna Fasano, Helen Scott Taylor, Beate Boeker, Melinda Curtis, Denise Devine, Raine English, Aileen Fish, Patricia Forsythe, Grace Greene, Mona Risk, Roxanne Rustand, Magdalena Scott, Kristin Wallace

Book Description:

This holiday season, warm your heart—and maybe a little more—with fourteen Sweet Christmas Kisses, a bundle of PG-rated romance novels and novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

Sweet Christmas Kisses takes you from small-town USA to England, Scotland, and even Ecuador; from the beach to snow-capped mountains, and to the wild—sometimes magical—west.

The Sweet Christmas Kisses bundle will bring you laughter, tears, and always joy.

Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna Fasano, USA Today bestselling author. Aaron wants to give his daughter a perfect Christmas and elicits Christy's help to do it. When they're talked into a make-believe wedding, can a real one be far behind?

Mistletoe in Maine (Holiday Brides Book #3) by Ginny Baird, Award-winning and National bestselling author. A single mom takes her kids on vacation in Maine and meets a handsome innkeeper, a young widower with a teenage son. A winter wonderland love story about faith and new beginnings.

The Army Doctor's Christmas Baby (Army Doctor's Baby Series) by Helen Scott Taylor, Award-winning and National bestselling author. An army surgeon with twins falls for the nanny, but will her secret destroy their happiness?

Stormy Times by Beate Boeker. International author. A rock star, vet, and puppy meet in a blizzard and sparks fly...

The Christmas Promise by Melinda Curtis, USA Today Recommended Read, Award-winning and National bestselling author. When a chocolate heiress bumps into a wounded warrior during Christmas, chaos ensues thanks in part to three fairy, a trio of meddlesome nuns.

Merry Christmas, Darling by Denise Devine, Award-winning author. A desperate bachelor enlists his neighbor to pose as his wife to appease his dying mother and unexpectedly finds love under the mistletoe.

Some Christmas Magic by Raine English, Award-winning and National bestselling author. She's been dumped... He wants to win her back... A last-ditch effort to save her Christmas might result in her most romantic holiday ever.

Christmas in White Oak by Aileen Fish, National bestselling author. Forced to face his past, a young widower tries to grant the Christmas wish of his first love.

Lucky Break Christmas: Homecoming by Patricia Forsythe, Award-winning author. Their marriage is in trouble...until a judge, two kids, a quirky hometown of old friends, and the Christmas spirit of forgiveness step in.

Beach Christmas by Grace Greene, Award-winning and National bestselling author. Jessie Dawson hopes to arrange the perfect beach Christmas for her family, but when it all falls apart a special delivery from the past may inspire a new Christmas wish.

Her Christmas Cruise by Mona Risk, Award-winning and National bestselling author. The perfect fiancé is a cheater and the Christmas wedding is off, but the would-be honeymoon cruise may offer Julia a dream companion.

A Scottish Christmas by Roxanne Rustand, Award-winning author of over thirty novels.
When Lucy Davis receives a mysterious letter inviting her to the Scottish Highlands to receive an inheritance, she expects to deal with it quickly--until she discovers it's a historic B&B with a handsome, mysterious resident who might just be the man of her dreams.

Small Town Christmas by Magdalena Scott, National bestselling author. Past loves, a family in mourning, a little boy with a big heart. Christmas in Serendipity, Indiana is full of surprises!

By Christmas (Covington Falls Chronicles, Book 4) by Kristin Wallace, Award-winning and National bestselling author. She was a jilted bride. He's her ex-fiancé's brother. She's trying to save Christmas. He's disrupting her peace on earth. Together they find a holiday happy ending.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Naked Reality

(First a disclaimer. I know OF these shows but have not watched them beyond a startled "what is this?" pause of horror. I know of them because I do watch TV and you can't escape hearing about them.)

Reality Shows have become a staple of the television landscape. You can’t turn on a TV without finding at least a dozen on at the same time. What started as a group of strangers in an isolated location eating bugs and undermining each other in order to earn money has morphed into dating shows, singing competitions, dancing celebrities, skating celebrities, singing celebrities, spoiled rich ladies spitting at each other, bad girls living in luxurious houses beating the snot out of each other, party-crazy 20-somethings living in luxurious houses and drinking themselves into a coma, dating gross celebrities shows and many more…

Now there is a new trend. Naked Reality Shows…

I guess it’s no longer titillating enough to have a group of strangers fighting or dating or eating gross stuff. We’re bored with the fighting and the dating and the eating gross stuff apparently. Now, they must do all those things NAKED. As in WITHOUT CLOTHES! 

There is Naked Dating on VH1, which must have run out of “Where Are They Now?” stories. Here single people are sent to a beachy location where they date…naked. (I guess it really does solve the question of what to wear on that first date.) This show has gotten extra attention because one of the “cast members” sued the producers for…wait for it…showing her naked. I’m not sure what she expected?

Another is Naked & Afraid, which I guess is similar to Survivor only with naked people. Do you remember when Richard Hatch, winner of the first season, went around with no clothes for most of the season? Now there’s an entire island of them. This one is on the Discovery Channel, which I guess is to make it seem “educational” in some way?

And here is another one I had not heard of.  Buying Naked. It’s on TLC, the same network that also airs the show about the Christian family with all those kids. How’s that for diverse programming? Buying Naked is described as “as firm of real estate brokers serving a nudist community”. It’s basically “House Hunters” with naked people I guess. And from the clip of a segment on the website the nudists see the houses without benefit of clothes. My first thought is I hope there is a rule about the nudists not sitting down ANYWHERE!  Can you imagine them testing out the couches or the dining room chairs? Did you have grandparents that used to wrap the furniture in plastic? This sounds like something the realtors should invest in. They carry it with them in the car along with the “FOR SALE” sign and drape it over the furniture for public safety.