The beauty of … celebration. @josieriviera, #mgtab

With Christmas only a few days away, it’s difficult not to notice the holidays feeling different this year. COVID has impacted our lives many ways, yet the spirit of the holidays has not escaped us. Many of us have adapted and changed while continuing to celebrate.

Many have put up the decorations and trees, earlier than usual. We’ve all needed to get the party started sooner, because we’ve earned it! Those happy traditions we cherish each year allow us to feel normal.

As we look forward to celebrating, I want to take a moment to wish you and those you love a holiday full of peace, light, and joy. And may 2021 arrive and usher in a year that is full of healing and hope.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Celebrate the holiday season with my newest sweet romance release,

A Chocolate-Box Christmas Wish

Only 99¢ for a limited time. Available in ebook, Paperback, and Large Print Paperback.

The Beauty of … being thankful. @josieriviera, #mgtab

November is such a special time each year. The cool crisp air and shorter days bring us to a time where we can slow down. Relax a little. And be thankful for what we have.

This year of 2020 has been both a different and a difficult one. We have seen “unprecedented times,” and tragic situations, but there also have been blessings.

Here are a few:

  • We have come to realize how essential the essential workers who have continued to do their jobs during the pandemic really are. From grocery store workers to the hospital staff, and the agriculture and transportation workers who keep the country running, I am thankful.
  • For healthcare workers who have cared for patients and stood in for their patients’ families when they could not be there, I am thankful.
  • Bringing food to the elderly or singing to the lonely neighbor isolated in their homes, for those who have shown kindness, I am thankful.
  • For the animal shelters who cared for, fostered or adopted pets during this time, I am thankful.

I’m also thankful for my readers who continue to enjoy my books and support me!

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving full of everything you are thankful for.

If you love puppies and the holidays, be sure to pick up a copy of my sweet, inspirational holiday romance, A Christmas Puppy To Cherish at the special price of only 99¢! Also available in paperback and Large Print Paperback.

 

New Releases

Years ago, when she was a college student, my daughter and a friend were having lunch at the fast-food place, Wendy, on a rainy spring day. When they left, heading to their car, they noticed the tiny orange kitten following them. They brought it back to the door of the restaurant and returned to the car. Despite the rain, the kitty rushed after them and meowed. Once more they took it back and asked the manager about its owner. They learned that the mamma cat had a litter a few days ago and abandoned it in the morning. The kittens had been adopted by patrons except for this last one.

My good-hearted daughter couldn’t leave the kitty that looked at her with beautiful golden eyes. She took her to her dorm room, only to realize that her new kitten was about to trigger an asthma attack for her. The next day, our daughter drove four hours from Cleveland to Cincinnati, and paid us an unexpected visit, claiming she had a lovely gift for us, a third kid. With her asthma condition, she couldn’t keep Wendy. We adopted the adorable kitten that grew up to be our spoiled baby.  

Wendy would go out in the morning when we left for work, and waited for us in front of the garage door in the evening. She cleaned the neighborhood of mice, chipmunks, and birds. She was so sweet and extremely well-behaved, and would never climb on chairs or tables. Every kid in the area knew Wendy and played with her.

Wendy’s story inspired the beginning of my newly released book, His Son, Her Daughter.    

JUST RELEASED, available in Kindle Unlimited

His Son, Her Daughter: High school sweethearts reunited after twenty years by their young children. Their conflicting baggage prevents them from fully trusting each other. Yet what wouldn’t Daniel do for his son and her daughter? http://bookShow.me/B08HKPNRWH

His Son, Her Daughter:

Remember The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney Technicolor romantic comedy film directed by David Swift. It stars Hayley Mills (in a dual role), Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith is a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents.

And The Parent Trap 1998. In this update of a 1961 film, twins Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them. The preteen girls’ divorced parents, Nick (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha Richardson), are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child. After meeting at camp, American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap, giving both the chance to spend time with the parent they’ve missed. If the scheme works, it might just make the family whole again.

On PreOrder, coming on October 10th.

Sunshine Over Snow: When his children manage to ruin his second wedding, Brad is caught between a furious fiancée and an offended ex-wife, both determined to keep him and make him pay for his mistakes. https://www.amazon.com/DP/B08HHNSSSK

Sunshine Over Snow:

Coming soon on October 6:

INVINCIBLE DIVERSITY: Eight unique and unusual love stories that tackle the tough issues we face everyday – racial acceptance, differing religious views, sexuality, family and social values, and so much more.But whatever struggle they face, whether it’s alone or with their friends and family, they stay strong and push through showing how invincible they are.

Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Scones by @Donna_Fasano

Cheddar Cheese and Bacon SconesHello! Donna Fasano here. Recently, a good friend of mine told me she’d made a batch of cheddar cheese and bacon scones, and the recipe sounded SO delicious, I had to try it for myself. For my first batch, I used cheddar cheese. I will soon try the recipe using Swiss cheese and I’m certain that will taste good, too. My Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Scones adventure resulted in a light, flaky, and extremely flavorful biscuit-like treat. As you can see from the picture, I cut my scones into triangles rather than the circles called for in the recipe. (When I traveled to Europe, every scone I ate was 3-sided not circular. But you cut yours however you wish.) I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Cheese and Bacon Scones

Makes 1 dozen

  • 1 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 T butter
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss or Cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon crisply fried and crumbled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly grease cookie sheet. 

  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add the butter in chunks and work into the dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the bacon and cheese. 

  Mix the egg and buttermilk together and add them to the dry ingredients. Mix until a soft dough forms. Do not overwork the dough. 

  Roll or pat the dough on a floured board to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter. Place scones on cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until scones are golden and well risen. 

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There is nothing better on a chilly autumn afternoon than a cup of hot tea, a yummy scone, and a good book. Here are a few of my romances that are very inexpensive… less than $1 each.

Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Scones

Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Scones

Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Scones

HAPPY EATING! AND HAPPY READING!