Better Late Than Never? by @JoanReeves #mgtab

I think the phrase “better late than never” came from someone who was simply overwhelmed with life and had too much to do in too little time.

Take today for instance. I had my day planner marked to post to this blog on the 23rd. However, I was so busy playing catch-up in other areas and meeting appointments that I completely forgot to check my day planner yesterday.

I hate missing something I’d scheduled. So, this post is “better late than never” I guess. Saying that once again made me investigate the origin of this expression which I’ve been using far too often of late.

According to what I found, the origin of “better late than never” can be found in classic literature. Attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer—yes, that far back—the phrase was first seen in 1386 in The Yeoman’s Tale, found in The Canterbury Tales, to wit: “For better than never is late; never to succeed would be too long a period.”

Rather than preen about quoting something that is vaguely intellectual, I think I’d rather promise myself to be better at prioritizing and always check my day planner at the end of the day.

I think I need to take a day off and do something fun like this sign says. Keep calm and read a book.

I have just the thing in mind too. Well, it’s not actually a book but a collection of short stories by my friends and me.

I’m talking about CHRISTMAS SHORTS, only 99cents on Amazon. My story in the collection is STUCK ON THE NAUGHTY LIST. I’ve been wanting to read the other stories in the set. Today, the weather in Houston is sunny and mild. I think I’ll take my Kindle outside to the patio and read.

CHRISTMAS SHORTS is a #1 Best Seller. some stories are sweet; some are spicy and deliciously naughty. In other words, there’s  something for everyone.

Grab a copy and see why everyone loves this box set.

Personally, I love short stories because they allow me to read and finish something in the fragments of time that somehow describe my days. Like many, I’m so busy that I find myself gravitating to short stories that satisfy my desire to read.

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Finn’s Christmas Dilemma @AliciaStreet1 #mgtab

Going home for Christmas often brings as many dilemmas as it does joy and in my latest release ~ Finn’s Christmas Dilemma ~ my character faces a father who threw him out of the house and a woman he thought he had lost.

Even after being featured on TV and hailed as a sex symbol in the media, Finn Brogan’s career as a dancer meant losing the respect of his father, a hardworking construction worker who would never be caught dead in a dance studio. Finn returns home for the holidays intent on repairing the rift, but he runs head-on into an even bigger problem—his unresolved romance with the only woman he could ever love.

On sale for 99¢ during release, Finn’s Christmas Dilemma is part of a multi-author collection of steamy holiday romance.

Seven USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors come together to give you Holiday Hunks, the next in the Hot Hunks Steamy Romance Collection.

A helicopter pilot with a decision to make, a cowboy working on his best roundup yet, a dancer faced with a dilemma, a hockey player’s surprise, a roping rodeo star’s ultimatum, a fireman’s miracle, and a billionaire’s wish. What do these seven hunks all have in common? They are spending the holidays with family and friends where each and every one has a life-changing event. Read along and watch these seven hotties meet their match, fall in love, and have a very Merry Christmas!

About Brianna’s Season for Miracles by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Man and woman embracing in the winter snow forms the Cover art of Brianna's Season for Miracles by Joan ReevesI’m happy today is my turn to tell you about Brianna’s Season for Miracles, my book in the wonderful Love, Christmas 2 Holiday Romance Collection.

Brianna’s Season for Miracles is a sequel in every way I suppose since it is a sequel to Last Christmas, Book 1 of my Small Town Texas Romance series which appeared in the all first Love, Christmas Collection: Songs of the Heart.

Brianna Walker was introduced in Love, Christmas 1, and she was–well, let’s say she wasn’t a very nice woman. In fact, just about everyone in the small town of New Estacado disliked her.

Redeeming a Hated Character

I actually received email about Brianna after Last Christmas came out. Everyone hated her. When I decided to make her the heroine of my romance for Love, Christmas 2 Holiday Romance Collection, I knew I had a tough job ahead.

I wanted my romance for LC2 to be an homage to one of my favorite Christmas movies, Season for Miracles. At first, I thought it would be a miracle if I could make Brianna liked and understood, but I knew the underlying truth about Brianna: why she acted the way she did and what her facade hid from the world.

I don’t want to spoil what I built up in the story to be a surprise, but I will tell you why I chose to write this kind of story. Because so many people have something they’ve struggled with all their lives–something they’re hesitant to confess except to the closest of friends. Sometimes this something is so shameful IN THEIR OPINION that they don’t want anyone to know.

Some Secrets Can Damage

The more powerful the secret; the more it rules one’s life.

In Brianna’s mind, her secret is the bane of her existence. She’s always done everything she could to hide it.

Even when she finally confronts the issue and does something about it, she still feels the need to hide. She still sees herself as this imperfect woman.

Like many smart people, Brianna found ways to cope that don’t reflect who she really is, but she finally realizes the woman the world knows is not her authentic self.

Last Christmas was the last straw for Brianna Walker. She hated her life and decided if she wanted her life to be different, she had to change. She ditched her so-called friends and the seductive persona she hid behind. She knew changing her habits and behavior patterns wouldn’t “fix” her, but she had to start somewhere.

When her father demands she come home for the holidays, she’s afraid she’ll revert to old habits to deal with social situations that always terrified her. Then she meets Daniel Kelly.

His warmth and kindness—qualities she’d never found in any of the men she’d dated—attract her. To her surprise, she finds his intelligence, courtesy, and niceness enormously appealing—and sexy. She usually avoids men like him for fear she might want forever out of the relationship. Daniel would never want forever with her if he truly knew her, but knowing that doesn’t stop her from falling for him.

Daniel already knows the secret Brianna is hiding. He also knows he shouldn’t complicate the situation he’s in, but the attraction between them is hot and sizzling.
What will happen when Brianna realizes Daniel has a secret too?

This was a hard story to write, but I really loved the characters and it seems readers do too. I hope you’ll love it and all the other stories in Love, Christmas 2 Holiday Romance Collection.Favorite Holiday Recipes Cookbook

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It’s Time For June Weddings!! #mgtab

 

 

 

 

 

Happy June Everyone!

I guess I’ve mentioned I’m a former horticulturist, but I was also a floral designer for many years, and began doing wedding flowers for several local florists while I was still in college. After graduating, I kept the business going for a very long time, even while I was working other full-time jobs.

So what finally stopped me??

Writing!!

We have some fantastic wedding anthologies coming out this month, and I’m proud to be included in two of them.

Also, Two Hearts Under Fire (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 8) will be included in Love Under Fire, releasing November. The details are down below if you’d like to join our reader group to meet the authors and win prizes and giveaways. I’ll be participating on June 9, but we’ll have something happening every day until the 21st.

Have a wonderful June and Happy Reading!!

Tammy

SWEET AND SASSY WEDDINGS – Happily Ever After Romance

With this ring I thee wed, says the groom, and the bride smiles, always beautiful, always dreaming of a happy future. Whether she is young or not that young, a hopeless romantic or an Ice Queen, a vocalist or an attorney, a mail-order bride or a poker-bet fiancée, a single mom or a stay home mother and widow, our bride dreams of love and passion, and a walk down the aisle.
Celebrate true love and commitment with SWEET and SASSY WEDDINGS, nine breathtaking stories from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, all award-winning authors.

A WEDDING SHE’LL REMEMBER

The dreams of every young woman in love lead to this one day of her life, the day she truly becomes a princess, that special day she will remember for the rest of her life: her wedding day.
EIGHT New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors bring you eight stories of memorable weddings, spilling over with nervous tingles and overwhelming moments. Experience the euphoria of wedding day bliss, cry a river of happiness and celebrate the joy over and over again with these happy ever after tales.

JOIN THE GROUP ONLINE NOW!

Where: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoveUnderFireReadersGroup/

When: Friday, June 1st

Cover Reveal & Meet Authors Event Starts June 1st!

When finding love sparks danger…

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Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of stories all in one amazing romantic suspense boxed set.

On the road to love lurks mystery, betrayal, greed, and death.

With every turn of the page, romance smolders and fiery suspense lights up the night. Feel love and pain as you fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for their love and survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the danger coming after them.

They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

JUNE 1 -COVER REVEAL

Come join us to see the official cover for Love Under Fire, enter to win our first giveaway: Love Under Fire Survival Kit Tote filled with the tools you need to survive … (contents revealed on June 1st)

THEN STICK AROUND TO MEET THE AUTHORS!

Starting June 1st and running until June 21st you will meet the authors from this set! The authors will introduce themselves and interact with you every day! All authors will be having their own giveaways! So that means you have a chance  to win everyday!

Below is the author line up.

M. Hodge will kick off this event on June 1st

Uvi Poznansky June 2nd

Suzanne Jenkins June 3rd

Anna Celeste Burke June 4th

Fiona Quinn June 5th

Chris Patchell June 6th

Jinx Schwartz June 7th

Kathryn Knight June 8th

Tamara Ferguson June 9th

Aaron Paul Lazar June 10th

Judith Lucci June 11th

Margaret A. Daly June 12th

Pamela Fagan Hutchins June 13th

Casi McLean June 14th

S.R. Mallery (Sarah Mallery) June 15th

Stephanie Queen June 16th

Alyssa Richards June 17th

Linda Watkins June 18th

Inge-Lise Goss June 19th

Author Stephany Tullis June 20th

Valerie J. Clarizio – Romance Author June 21st