Happy Halloween (bwa-ha-ha)

How many of you have plans to see a spooky movie this weekend? I will see Malificent eventually. That’s about as close to a horror movie that I can deal with. When I was a kid, my mom picked me up from school every Friday and we went to the movies which showed a double feature. I had been having too many nightmares from House Of Wax (Vincent Price) and Tarantula. So mom decided I couldn’t see Creature From the Black Lagoon, but she still wanted to.

She left me in the lobby with familiar workers (things were different in those days, so she wasn’t endangering me) and told me not to peek and I could go in to see the second movie. Of course, tell a kid not to peak and what is she to do? Every time, the monster was on screen! Afterward, I believed the Creature hid in our basement. We lived in a Pullman apartment on the first floor, and since mom worked second shift, I was a latchkey kid and was there alone after school until dad arrived from work.

So when I came home from school, the first thing I did was make sure the hook on the basement door was latched (like that would keep away a monster, right?). And when mom insisted I go to the basement to get something for her, I would turn on the light and sit my way down the stairs, looking at the surroundings as I made the turn where I could see everything.

I never told her about my childhood fears until I was an adult and took her to see The Exorcist at her insistence. Yikes! That movie was way too scary for me.

My favorite entry into the romantic horror story is Wolf Moon (The McKenna Legacy Book 7). It combines an old fashioned scary werewolf tale with romance.  Romantic Times named it Best Intrigue of the Year and warned readers they would soon believe in werewolves… on sale for 99c through Halloween!


Aileen McKenna arrives in Wolf Creek to study wolves in the wild only to learn Rhys Lindgren has a unique connection to the local pack. Frightened townspeople fear the three men found dead and mutilated in the woods were killed by a wolf. Rhys doesn’t believe that any more than does Aileen. But can she trust this secretive man to take her into the snow-covered forest to prove the wolves are innocent… and possibly to draw out a killer.

WOLF MOON



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Ghost Towns of Texas by @JoanReeves #mgtab

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, it does if you’re a writer who began plotting and writing Christmas romances a few months ago.

You’re going to be delighted with CHRISTMAS SHORTS, the new holiday romance collection we’ve created just for you. I’m taking the opportunity today to do a cover reveal for my story in the box set, Stuck on the Naughty List, a romance about a girl who left the man she loved so he could live the life he’d been groomed for since birth.

Now, you may wonder what that has to do with Ghost Towns of Texas, one of my hobbies one might say.

Stuck on the Naughty List is set in Capitola, Texas, a town that no longer exists. Like many of the more than 1,000 ghost towns, Capitola, located in Mason County which is part of the Texas Hill Country,boomed briefly and then faded away.

This was the 3rd book I’ve set in a town that was once a real town and is now just a memory.

Capitola intrigued me from the moment I read about it because it was founded by a woman—and not just any woman, but an avid reader.

Sarah E. Jenkins, the postmistress, founded the community was founded in 1894. She loved to read and named the town after the heroine in a popular novel of that era: The Hidden Hand, or, Capitola the Madcap by American author E.D.E.N. Southworth. (That’s Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth.)

The little community failed to thrive, and the post office closed its doors a dozen years later. Then the route of the main road was altered, and the town faded away. However, it was the perfect inspiration for me to create a series with a western swing dance hall, the Capitola Palace Dance Hall, as the center of the social life in the town and surrounding counties.

In case you don’t know, American Western Swing music is a genre that’s entirely Texan. It came out of the Great Depression with Bob Wills as one of the co-founders of the genre.

The song by Waylon Jennings, “Bob Wills Is Still the King,” is a tribute to Wills and Western Swing music which is played in Austin and by popular bands like Asleep at the Wheel. (Check YouTube!)

I loved “meeting” Cassie and Ben and will feature them in the second book as they join forces with a couple of newcomers to save the Capitola Palace Dance Hall from destruction.

While you’re waiting for CHRISTMAS SHORTS, be sure and check out all the other wonderful holiday collections and other box sets we’ve produced. Remember to enter our Giveaway.

Enjoy autumn! It’s delightful here in Texas.

Does Autumn smell like sports to you?

No matter where I go, someone has a team logo pasted somewhere. Whether it’s a tee shirt for the local high school, bumper sticker for the university, or major league team hat, fans are everywhere. That means I need to write a sports romance!
Several of my Authors’ Billboard friends felt the same way, so we got together and wrote stories (some already had one written) with athletic themes. Boxers, footballers, soccer players, hoopsters, you name it. We tried to grab a bit of everything for The Players: Overcoming the Odds.
My story, Too Fast for You, is about a woman baseball player. I created a new format for this story. I call it Now and Then, alternating chapters between eras in Loren and José’s involvement with each other. Chapter One: Then is about their early years and Little League. Chapter Two: Now brings the reader to present day and what’s going on in their Minor League Baseball careers. Of course, Loren has to deal with gender prejudice (I wrote from my own experience there!) and José tries to help her adjust without letting her know he was once her best friend. We have some bad guys in there, too.

Take a minute to add The Players to your Kindle Unlimited library or buy for less than a buck. Now you’re ready for the weekend! Oh, and don’t forget to leave a review. Authors are forever grateful for them.

Baking up Memories #mgtab #Dessert #Recipes @jacqbiggar

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One of my favorite treats my mom always made was Lemon Poppyseed Loaf. She had a baking table at our local Farmer’s Market where she sold Nanaimo bars, Butter Tart Squares, Rocky Road Squares, Lemon Pies and the most delicious glazed loaves.

Customers would line up to buy her desserts and she rarely had leftovers- our loss!

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Lemon Poppyseed Loaf

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This is sure to be a hit in your home, too!

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Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest one to make

Trish Sylvester knows her family and when they accept a week long stay at a rustic dude ranch, she is concerned- especially since it’s at her ex’s home.

Aaron is overjoyed at the opening of his family’s guest ranch, until he learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents–and a fiancé.

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