Holiday Fun – Past and Present, Plus a Giveaway

Now that the USA has kicked off the most wonderful time of the year with our Thanksgiving Day celebration, there’s no need to point out the obvious. Click the link for a Fun Video and enjoy my Christmas Hello!

For me, there are treasured, bittersweet moments combined with the excitement ahead – so, I’ll just caption a few of my favorites and bring you up to date on our latest stories, Christmas and otherwise.

This was mine and Joe’s first Christmas.

My brother Eddie and I – he went to Heaven this past July.
My Grandson Logan wishes you all a Merry Christmas.

Also, some of my friends and I are sponsoring a Christmas giveaway and will be gifting Pay Pal cash, eBooks, and swag. 🎄Books That Sleigh Author Giveaway🎄

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Next, I’m thrilled to announce my Christmas story RIPPLES UNDER THE SEA was a finalist in the Independent Author Contest in TWO categories, Holiday story and Novella. Nothing stirs an author more than having one of her books recognized where the competition is fierce via other prolific and award-winning authors. Get it here:

I also have a New Release tomorrow called SING ME A SOAP OPERA, a fun tale about a fantasy author bamboozled into a writing assignment that’s not her cup of tea. Available here for just 99 cents:

Our latest Christmas anthologies are joyful, romantic collections ranging from sweet to spicy stories, and always happily ever afters. Here are two sure to entertain you during your down times from Holiday preparations.

Filled with hope, joy, and happily-ever-after, along with a lot of cuddly cuteness, you won’t be able to resist reading these EIGHT HOLIDAY ROMANCES featuring BRAND-NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED steamy stories from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors. Get this sugar and spicy collection here:

And, Another Beautiful Collection!
Celebrate the season with ELEVEN New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors as they spin a variety of romances – second-chances, romantic comedies, smalltown, paranormal, historical, beach-theme love stories, and more – in this Unforgettable Miracles of Christmas collection.

Get your copy of Unforgettable Christmas Miracles here:

Thank you very much for reading and wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season. So long for now!


Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Have you ever stood on your head? It seems simple enough. Select a spot close enough to the wall to offer you some support. Grab a pillow for your head since the floor is hard and, with your head in the center of the pillow, launch yourself upwards, working work your feet along the wall until you’ve reached a pseudo-standing position.

Now, once you’ve done this, you’re in the perfect position to look at the upside-down world around you. But a cautionary word. Stay like that too long, and you’ll get a headache.

I’ve always believed that life is an ongoing learning process. And while there were times that I felt as if I had to literally stand on my head to do so, recently I’ve found myself figuratively doing so one more.

What has me so bemused? Change and the constant need for more change. I hate to admit it, but I’ve reached a point in my life where change seems harder and harder to accept. Today, I attempted a new skill. I put together a Table of Contents for one on my eBooks on Amazon. In the past, I simply skipped over that suggestion, but since I wanted to put some of my books in a series into a box set, I had to learn how to do it. Believe me, teaching this old dog that new trick wasn’t easy. Thankfully my son is home for a few days and in his best Computers for Dummies and Parents patient voice, he managed to guide me through it. Was it easy? No. Were there raised voices and frustration? Yes. Did I get it done? I did!

The reason I had to learn to do this is because my wonderful cover artist, Melinda de Ross made me all new covers for my Cocktails for You series, and I decided to update the blurbs along with the new vector covers. The second thing I needed to relearn was how to write blurbs. Let me make this perfectly clear. I despise writing synopses and cover blurbs, so having to go back and do them again was akin to root canal. But Melinda knows best, and figuratively kicking, screaming, and standing on my head, I got to work. Here are the results. All of these books are available in Kindle Unlimited.

She left him in stitches before pulling a Cinderella and disappearing. Ten years later, she wants a second chance.

Kelly Winters, an up-and-coming recreational facilities designer, is thrilled to be part of Conway Enterprises’ latest resort reconstruction in Mexico.

Discovering Liam Conway, a blast from the past and sexier than ever, will be her seatmate on the flight thrills her, especially when he’s willing to forget parts of their first encounter and start fresh.

When Liam shows up at the Mexican restaurant where she and her coworkers are enjoying lunch, she can’t believe her luck. Sun, sand, and sex. Who could ask for more?

But when she realizes Liam is Conway’s CEO and her new boss, her hopes plummet. Can they make their renewed attraction work, or will it be another short-lived office romance?

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She wrote a nasty letter to Santa, not expecting he would send a life-sized elf to her door with an offer she can’t refuse.

All Ronnie Daniels wants this year is to give her daughter Dottie a memorable Christmas. Unfortunately, she can’t find the special doll she needs to make that happen and blames the toy company for the shortage.

When the company’s new CEO takes her letter seriously and shows up at the bar where she works, Ronnie is mortified to discover he’s none other than the boy she humiliated herself in front of in high school.

Can she give her daughter the Christmas she deserves and have all of her own dreams come true, or will this be a blue Christmas for them both?

Get your copy of Champagne Cocktail today:

She’s determined to control her own destiny and not be a bargaining chip in her father’s business empire.

Jewel Wellington, leaves home and masquerades as Jess Wells, a singer with the Silvertones. The honky tonk band expects a three-week gig at The Squawking Tomcat, a bar on the outskirts of Alice, Texas. Unfortunately, the bar’s owner, Lance Corcoran, doesn’t hire women and wants to send them away. Jess makes a deal with the bar’s owner—pick any song by any artist, and let her prove she and the Silvertones can do the job as well as any men could

Unfortunately, the bar’s crusty cowboy owner is none other than the surfer she spent one steamy night with eight years ago, one she left without saying goodbye. If Lance recognizes her, will it cost them the gig and force her back home to a marriage she doesn’t want?

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A socialite, a lone wolf, a snowstorm, and a pig with a taste for dandelion wine—the perfect recipe for disaster or romance?

Dreading publicity over her recent divorce, her ex-husband’s arrest, and her upcoming 40th birthday, Sahara Larson escapes from Toronto with her cat hoping to hide at a friend’s rustic cabin near Algonquin Park.

Among her unusual neighbors is handsome Hiram Colson, a recluse who rescues discarded pets and has his own reasons for avoiding the press.

When the truth comes out, will it bring them closer together or force them apart for good?

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What’s an author to do when she’s hopelessly stuck and the deadline is eight weeks away?

Bestselling author Sydney Sanders, aka Robin Langford, is stumped. On impulse, the thirty-three-year-old introvert decides to immerse herself in her story by assuming her heroine’s identity. She heads to Manhattan determined to live out the plot and finish the story.

What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the handsome stranger on the train and have the best sex of her life.

When he discovers her real identity, will it destroy their fantasy romance?

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You don’t always get what you want, especially when a typo can spell disaster.

Photographer Lee Andrews has sworn off men and hopes this assignment with travel writer Sasha Fedorov will bring her the recognition she craves. She’ll be sharing a room with the author for the duration of the trip.

Discovering Sasha is male changes everything, especially when he didn’t expect to be working with a woman. Both are determined to be adult about the situation, keep their distance, and complete the contract. But that may be easier said than done, especially when the attraction she feels for him is magnetic.

Can they keep their hormones in check and get the job done or will her heart be broken along with the contract if they can’t?

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What do you do when your family disappoint you? Run away, of course.

Eva Malone wants two things out of life: her freedom and answers about her past.

When she inherits a resort from an uncle she didn’t even know existed, she heads to the seaside town where she was born, eager to uncover old secrets. When she arrives, the old resort is a disaster, the sky’s about to open, and there isn’t a room to be had anywhere in town.

Mysterious and handsome Callum Doyle emerges from the darkness and offers her a bed for the night. But the oh-so-hot tour boat captain, carpenter, and chef may have an agenda of his own. He’s determined to keep his promise to Eva’s uncle, no matter the cost.

Fighting her attraction to the man is impossible, but when she learns the truth, will it drive Eva into his arms or make her run away again?

Get your copy of Sea Breeze here:

You can pick up the first five books in a box set that saves you 50% off buying the Ebooks individually..

A delicious smorgasbord of romantic comedies designed to make you laugh and brighten your day.
Meet Kelly, Ronnie, Jewel, Sydney, and Robin, five women at a crossroad in life, each one searching to redefine themselves as only they can. Follow them as they blunder their way to falling in love and finding their own happily ever after.

Why not pick up the set today. Alos available in Kindle Unlimited!

So, that was my lesson for today. Don’t forget to check out all of the ABBs wonderful Christmas box sets including Unforgettable Christmas Miracles featuring Forever in my Heart.

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Why I’m Thankful by Taylor Lee

I know, I know. We’re not supposed to talk about politics. Someone might be offended or angry. For better or worse, I’m a political being. Always have been. My various degrees are all associated with Public Policy, Politics, International Relations, etc. I am not a partisan. In one election I voted for a Republican for Congress, a Democrat for the U. S. Senate and an Independent for governor. Because of that I faced the November midterm election with fear and a heavy heart. To say that I was relieved and thankful is an understatement. No one can echo my feelings of profound relief better than the inimitable Thomas Friedman, NYT opinion columnist. I’ll let him speak for himself:

“I always enjoy Thanksgiving, but I’m particularly going to savor this year’s in light of the midterm elections. They surfaced something beautiful and decent and vitally important in the soul of the nation. It was a readiness to defend the core of our democracy — our ability to peacefully and legitimately transfer power — when it was under imminent threat.

Had we lost our commitment to the solemn obligation that one party smoothly hands off power to another, we’d be totally lost as a country today. But instead, democracy was reaffirmed. Enough Americans — principled Republicans, Democrats and independents — sorted through their ballots and rejected almost all of the high-profile election deniers for major state and federal offices.

In “using the tools of democracy to protect democracy,” as Vox put it, they reconnected the country with something deep in our heritage — that losers concede gracefully and move on, and winners win gracefully and govern. In celebration of that tradition, I offer these readings for your Thanksgiving table:

Dec. 13, 2000, Al Gore’s concession speech after the Supreme Court effectively handed the 2000 election to George W. Bush:

“Good evening. Just moments ago, I spoke with George W. Bush and congratulated him on becoming the 43rd president of the United States. … Almost a century and a half ago, Senator Stephen Douglas told Abraham Lincoln, who had just defeated him for the presidency: ‘Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism. I’m with you, Mr. President, and God bless you.’ Well, in that same spirit, I say to President-elect Bush that what remains of partisan rancor must now be put aside, and may God bless his stewardship of this country. Neither he nor I anticipated this long and difficult road. Certainly, neither of us wanted it to happen. Yet it came, and now it has ended, resolved, as it must be resolved, through the honored institutions of our democracy. …

“The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. Let there be no doubt, while I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it. I accept the finality of this outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College. And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession. I also accept my responsibility, which I will discharge unconditionally, to honor the new president-elect and do everything possible to help him bring Americans together in fulfillment of the great vision that our Declaration of Independence defines and that our Constitution affirms and defends. …

“This is America, and we put country before party; we will stand together behind our new president. … As for the battle that ends tonight, I do believe, as my father once said, that ‘no matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shape the soul and let the glory out. …’

“And now, my friends, in a phrase I once addressed to others: It’s time for me to go.”

Dec. 13, 2000, George W. Bush’s speech accepting Al Gore’s concession:

“Vice President Gore and I put our hearts and hopes into our campaigns. We both gave it our all. We shared similar emotions, so I understand how difficult this moment must be for Vice President Gore and his family. He has a distinguished record of service to our country as a congressman, a senator and a vice president. This evening I received a gracious call from the vice president. We agreed to meet early next week in Washington, and we agreed to do our best to heal our country after this hard-fought contest.

“Tonight, I want to thank all the thousands of volunteers and campaign workers who worked so hard on my behalf. I also salute the vice president and his supporters for waging a spirited campaign. And I thank him for a call that I know was difficult to make. …

“I have something else to ask you, to ask every American. I ask for you to pray for this great nation. I ask for your prayers for leaders from both parties. I thank you for your prayers for me and my family, and I ask you to pray for Vice President Gore and his family.”

In his memoir “A Promised Land,” President Barack Obama recalled six words that he shared with his staff on April 27, 2011, after holding a news conference at the White House announcing the release his long-form birth certificate to end the bogus but distracting claims by “carnival barkers,” that he was not born in the U.S.:

“I exited through the sliding doors that led back into the communications team’s offices, where I encountered a group of junior members of our press shop who’d been watching my remarks on a TV monitor. They all looked to be in their 20s. Some had worked on my campaign; others had only recently joined the administration, compelled by the idea of serving their country. I stopped and made eye contact with each one of them.

“‘We’re better than this,’ I said. ‘Remember that.’”

And yes, now we can remember that and joyfully surround our Thanksgiving table confident that the great country we live in has once again confirmed that while we may disagree, the majority of us believe that our strength as a nation rests on our belief “that losers concede gracefully and move on, and winners win gracefully and govern.”

Now that we have eaten ourselves silly on Thanksgiving we can turn to Christmas.  And what better way than to grab our latest Author Billboard Christmas treat:

Irresistible – Unexpected Christmas 


Click here to buy this bundle.

My book in the collection is:

A Christmas Reunion

Not all Christmas reunions have sugar plum fairies dancing in their heads.

Some include murder.


Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today! We hope you are surrounded by those you love, lots of good food, and plenty of pie. Below is a secular blessing for you and yours.


Let us be thankful to those who planted the crops, cultivated the fields, and gathered the harvest; for the plants and animals that have given themselves so that we can enjoy this meal together; and to those who prepared this meal, those who served it, and those who will clean up afterwards.

Let us remember those who have no festivity; those who are alone; those who cannot share this plenty; those who are hungry, sick, and cold; and those whose lives are affected by injustice, tyranny, war, oppression, and exploitation.

In sharing this special day, let us be thankful for the good things we have, for family and friends, for warm hospitality, and for good company.