About Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5. View website

Advice From A Hillbilly by @Donna_Fasano

HillbillyI have no idea who wrote this, but I saw it on the internet marked “author unknown.” It made me chuckle. My mother was born in the mountains of West Virginia in a town called Red Dragon. My father was born in Virginia, but grew up in Hinton, West Virginia. I come from a long line of hillbillies. I have heard these mountain proverbs since I was young… especially “Every path has a few puddles.” Mountain folk usually speak plain, bold, wise, and honest.

Advice from An Old Hillbilly:

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks, bankers, and politicians at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Forgive your enemies; it’s what GOD says to do.
  • If you don’t take the time to do it right, you’ll find the time to do it twice.
  • Don’t corner something that is meaner than you.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • Don’t be banging your shin on a stool that’s not in the way.
  • Borrowing trouble from the future doesn’t deplete the supply.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
  • Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

This month, I’m celebrating Christmas in July by offering my 3 Christmas novels for 99 cents each. I hope you’ll check them out.

Her Mr. Miracle

An Almost Perfect Christmas

Grown-Up Christmas List

 

Alabama White Sauce #Recipe

Alabama White Sauce is delish! I’ve also heard this called White BBQ Sauce. Whatever you call it, it’s yummy—creamy, spicy, sweet, sour. It’s a luscious sauce that you NEED to try at your next outdoor barbeque. Smear it on chicken, beef, pork, fish, grilled veggies… it’s good on everything.

Alabama White Sauce

Alabama White Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup full fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon jarred creamy horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a medium size mixing bowl. Blend with a wire whisk until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour sauce into a mason glass jar, screw on the top tightly, and store in the fridge for up to a week.
  3. Use the sauce on grilled chicken, pork, fish, or vegetables.

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Summer Fun by @PatriceWilton

It’s that time of the year again when we can get outdoors, enjoy the summer sunshine and warm weather—hit the beach or pool, national or local parks, and get plenty of family time. I’m thinking of sweet corn-in-the-cob, grilled steak, chicken, sausages, practically anything on the grill.

The mellow, golden days of summer. Life has changed over the years, but we still have those good times to bring a smile on your face.

I know times are hard, but being with family is one thing we need to make time for. I have two families who don’t live near me, my daughter and family in New Jersey, and my second daughter and family in Virginia Beach. We are trying hard to make sure we see each other for 4-5 days every year and make this a new tradition.

Last Year’s Summer Adventure

Last year, we were trying for Maine and ended up in Vermont. Near Stowe, and high on a mountain, but such a great place, the brave of heart could go ziplining from the top of the mountain to the half way point. After a five-minute lesson, off you go! They all loved it and made it safely back! The hotel offered many activities and we might end up going back there again.

This year, the working girls managed to get the same time off and we are going to Ashville, N. Carolina. Everyone is enthused about white water rafting and ziplining once again. We will enjoy the beautiful town, and the grounds of the Biltmore.

Both of these trips, not one of us have been to before, so making new family memories is the best way to enjoy life, keep close and connected, for as long as we can. The children will be off to college soon, but until then, we will capture as many moments as possible.

Wishing you all a great summer full of sunny days, laughter, and love. Hope you enjoy some of the pictures below of my summer fun!

Patrice's Family and Nessie

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

 

 

17 Quotes About Truth by @Donna_Fasano

Authentic communication relies on truth. Lies are easy and often more comforting than honesty; however, truth builds trust, and trust allows us to live in peace. Offering truth is treating others with dignity and respect. Here are some wonderful quotes about truth.

Truth and Lies

“Truth is like a lion; it needs no defense. Let it loose. It will defend itself.” ~St. Augustine

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” ~Buddha

“Truth is powerful and it prevails.” ~Sojourner Truth

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness, and truth.” ~Leo Tolstoy

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.” ~Mark Twain

“A single lie discovered creates doubt in every truth.” ~Unknown

“Beware of the half-truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.” ~Unknown

“If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past. If you tell a lie, it becomes a part of your future.”  ~Unknown

“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones.” ~Albert Einstein

“The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.” ~Gloria Steinem

“Hell is truth seen too late.” ~Thomas Hobbes

“The truth will set you free.” ~Jesus (John 8:32)

“Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.” ~Unknown

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~George Orwell

“Truth costs nothing while a lie could cost you everything.” ~Unknown

“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” ~Dalai Lama

“Wisdom is found only in truth.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do you have a favorite quote about truth?

This month I’m offering 2 books on sale for 99¢:

Romance Beach Bundle 1

The Wedding Planners Son