Holiday for the Birds @AliciaStreet1 #mgtab

In addition to decorating a Christmas tree in the house, I like to give the birds a holiday tree filled with treats. Making birdseed ornaments is also a fun craft to do with children during this season, especially the gooey part where you squish the mixture into cookie cutters.

The gooiest ones are made with suet that you mix with birdseed, then press into cookie cutters. When you remove them from the cookie cutters, add a paper clip or string as a hanger, then put them in the freezer to harden. You can also make suet balls with nuts and seeds mixed into them.

Here is an easy recipe made with gelatin instead of suet.

½ cup water

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

3 Tablespoons corn syrup

¾ cup flour

4 cups bird seed

Non-stick cooking spray

Twine

Heat the water and stir in the gelatin and corn syrup and remove from stove. Mix the flour and birdseed together in a large bowl. Add it to the gelatin mixture and let it cool. Place cookie cutters on parchment paper. Use the non-stick cooking spray here. Press the mixture into the cookie cutters. Make a hole with a toothpick or straw for the hanging twine. Carefully separate from the cookie cutters and let them dry for a few hours or overnight. Thread the twine through the hole.

After I go outside and decorate a tree for the birds, I like to sneak off to a quiet corner with a cup of hot cocoa and read a holiday romance.

All of my Holiday Luv sweet romances can be read as stand-alones, they are short, fast reads meant to fit into the busy schedules people have during this festive season, and each is only 99 cents!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! Jolly Solstice! Whatever you celebrate—warmest winter wishes to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia Street

Alicia Street is a USA TODAY bestselling author and Daphne Award-winner often writing in collaboration with her husband, Roy, as well as on solo projects. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A compulsive reader of every genre, she also loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soups.
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Tis The Season For Giving #mgtab

I Have a New Release This Week Two Hearts Find Christmas was just released independently this week, and it’s the fifth story in my Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book series.

 Although I do like to inject humor wherever I can, I tackle some pretty serious subject matter, and Two Hearts’ Find Christmas is no exception. Josh has serious self-esteem issues as a victim of physical and sexual abuse, while Nina has spent her entire life taking care of others, and not considering what would make her happy.

Until Josh comes back into her life again.

Since December is the season for giving, I’m listing some of my favorite charities.

Want to do something to make sure our men and women wounded warriors are never forgotten?

Why not donate to The Wounded Warrior Project?

Your generous, tax deductible donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will change the lives of over one hundred thousand injured warriors, caregivers, and family members. You will help bring independence back to our nation’s most severely wounded veterans.

I recently had a lovely review about my new Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series, and Josh visits the Crystal Rock Shelter to choose a service dog in Two Hearts Find Christmas.

And a wonderful advocacy for a cause close to my heart, stray and shelter dogs! I think people all too often write shelter dogs (and cats) off. But they are loving and loyal….. Amazon Reviewer

SERVICE DOGS, INC
Your donation helps us rescue dogs abandoned to animal shelters and transform them into lifelines for veterans or other adults living with disabilities.

I have a severely autistic son, and there are many great organizations conducting research.

DONATE TO AUTISM RESEARCH https://greatnonprofits.org/categories/view/autism

And my autistic son also developed diabetes at age nine.

Donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through the support of research. Every dollar we are able to direct toward this critical research comes from donors like you. Your generosity makes real progress possible and propels us toward our goal of a world without T1D.

Your tax-deductible gift today will help continue work to bring life-changing treatments and therapies to the millions of people living with T1D until they find a cure.

And finally, my Two Hearts Christmas Wish has been shortlisted for one of the top 50 Indie Books of 2017. Your vote would be greatly appreciated!!

May all of you have the best and brightest holiday season, as well as a

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tammy

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Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, #1 international bestselling author of the Tales of the Dragonfly romance suspense series, the Kissed By Fate new adult romance series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance series and the Daydreams and Dragonflies sweet romance series.

Happy Friday the 13th by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Okay, let’s see a show of hands. Who is worried that Friday the 13th brings bad luck?Who’s superstitious?

Not Me

Let me step out from under this ladder where I’m petting a black cat and tell you that I’m not superstitious at all. However, I have a fondness for superstitions because my mother was unbelievably superstitious. I think this is because she was an only child born to a middle-aged couple. My grandparents were actually born in 1882, and my mother was the spoiled darling of them and their elderly siblings and friends.

I’ve always thought it was weird that I–a child of the volatile Sixties–had grandparents who were born just 17 years after the Civil War ended. My grandfather told me stories from his youth such as seeing Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Many people in that era were superstitious. When I helped my mother write her memoir in 2008, just 2 years before she passed, she wanted to include a chapter on Superstitions. I was amazed that there were so many bad luck omens that ruled peoples’ lives.

Excerpt from Memory Lane, My Mom’s Memoir

My mom’s memoir contains a long list of superstitions. Here are 13 for Friday the 13th.

  1. To drop a dish rag means you will have company.
  2. Telling your dreams before breakfast makes them come true.
  3. If you lay a coat on the bed, someone will die.
  4. If the palm of your right hand itches, you’ll shake hands with a stranger.
  5. If the palm of your left hand itches, you’ll receive money.
  6. A rooster crowing on the roost means a death.
  7. If your right eye itches, you’ll have good luck.
  8. If your left eye itches, you’ll have bad luck.
  9. If you give a knife to someone, you’ll cut your friendship in half.
  10. Spilling salt means a family quarrel.
  11. Find a penny, and you’ll have good luck.
  12. Sweep anything out of the house with a broom after dark, and you’ll have bad luck.
  13. Never sweep beneath someone’s feet or they’ll never marry.

So have a chuckle or two over superstitions and make Friday the 13th a day to have fun instead of anxiety. Better yet, chase away bad feelings with some feel-good romance novels like those in A CHRISTMAS SHE’LL REMEMBER. It will be a holiday collection YOU’LL remember. Get it today for the pre-release price of 99 cents. This set will publish on October 19.

About Joan Reeves

Joan is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. All her fiction have the underlying premise:  It’s never too late to live happily ever after.

Joan lives her happily-ever-after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. They divide their time between the hustle and bustle of Houston and a quiet house in the country where they grow wine grapes and fruit trees while battling gophers, skunks, coyotes, deer, and the occasional copperhead snake.

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband.

They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

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Social Media & Me #mgtab #boxset

Social Media & Me

As a relatively new author, one question I get asked a lot is how much importance do I place on social media.

With over 150k followers on twitter between 2 accounts, along with at least another few thousand between Facebook and LinkedIn, I’d have to say that social media is necessary these days to get yourself out there, but shouldn’t be as important once you’re moving along and actually selling books.

My first sales platform was twitter, and at one time it was my favorite place to post. I’ve met a lot of great people there. And because I was promoting other authors as well as myself, I began getting sales every week from being so visible.

But I’m not as enthusiastic about Twitter as I used to be. Mostly because my account was suspended when I had around 80k followers in the summer of 2016. It can be very disappointing to build up followers and set up tweets, spending hours and hours online, and then suddenly have it all taken away from you by some unknown decision maker and still not totally understand why. You begin to think about all the other things you missed out on, even if you know what you were doing was in an attempt to be helpful to others.

With the help of another author, who prefers to remain anonymous, I did get my account back. But life is just too short to spend the amount of time I was spending there. And really? It’s all about writing, which I decided I needed to be doing more of (although that’s easier said than done sometimes!)

How important do I think it is to connect with other romance authors and help each other?

HUGELY IMPORTANT.

If I hadn’t made friends with other romance authors in the community, I would never have been asked to write a novella for my first anthology. And with the success of these anthologies, came the success of my stories independently.

Many of the friendships I’ve made have been lasting and invaluable. Not only have I received help and great advice from my fellow authors, I’ve been able to share what I’ve learned with others who’ve needed help.

It’s pretty amazing to look at how my life has changed as both a person and as an author since I began using social media to start connecting with other authors of not just romance, but other genres.

Hot shot 3 preorderComing September 6

HOTSHOT CHARMERS: Men Women Love (Hotshots Book 2)

The kind of man who charms you has more than a suggestive smile, more confidence than a king and the kind of muscled body Michelangelo would dream about sculpting. He knows what you want, what kind of flowers you like, your favorite perfume. He knows how to make you smile and how to make you melt from the inside out.

He’s the hero in every one of these stories. They will make you sigh while they make you hot. And make you dream…

Here are 7 stories about these special men written by NY Times and USA Today, best-selling, award-winning authors where one lucky woman will capture a hotshot charmer’s heart.

Sweet Heat6Coming September 19

Sweet Heat: Where Romance & Suspense Meet

6 NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors come together to bring you romances guaranteed to make your blood run hot! Only 99c Passion, suspense, mystery. Something to suit every reader’s taste. Grab a blanket and curl up with us for an unforgettable escape. Get yours today before it goes away. LIMITED TIME ONLY.

Becoming part of an anthology is what really worked for me as an author.

Selling a bundle of stories at an inexpensive price can get your name out there if the anthology does well, and can even turn you into a bestselling author, like it did for me.

Plus it’s really exciting to have fans!

Two Hearts Christmas 6

Coming on September 26

TWO HEARTS’ CHRISTMAS WISH

Seventeen-year-old Jason Matthews made a wish when he’d shared a kiss with Katherine Conlin under the mistletoe at Dragonfly Pointe fourteen years ago. Now an Air Force Captain and wounded warrior, he awakens in the hospital in Germany where his dreams have been invaded by the girl from his past.

Once he returns home to the states, he finds out approaching Kat might be a little more difficult than he’d thought since she’s been in a long term relationship for nearly two years.

But another year later when Jason discovers she’s on her way to the Dragonfly Pointe Inn for the Christmas holidays without her boyfriend, he seizes the opportunity to become reacquainted.

Kat had been expecting a proposal this Christmas, and when her boyfriend backs out yet again on the carefully laid plans she’s made for them, she realizes she probably wouldn’t have been happy with him anyway.

Kat has often wondered what happened to Jason Matthews, the boy she’d made a wish with years ago, and the last thing she expects is to run into him again at the Dragonfly Pointe Inn.

Will there still be that special Christmas magic between them to make those long ago wishes come true?

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Writing steamy yet sweet compassionate stories of fate that are wonderfully romantic, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, #1 international bestselling author of the Tales of the Dragonfly romance suspense series, the Kissed By Fate new adult romance series, the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance series and the Daydreams and Dragonflies sweet romance series.