The Beauty of … a Fairy Tale

Tell a Fairy Tale Day will be held on February 26th this year. Although it’s an unofficial holiday, people are encouraged to read, tell, and listen to fairy tales from all over the world.

A fairy tale is a short story that usually features fantasy characters and magic.

Usually, fairy tales begin with “Once upon a time…” The tales are short, and may include elves, fairies, and trolls–a magical world.

Although fairy tales were once considered children’s literature, the term is also used when referencing happy events.

So, what should you do to celebrate?

Host a fairy tale party! Tell your guests to come dressed as their favorite fairy tale characters, and be sure to serve fairy tale food such as porridge (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) or peas (The Princess and the Pea.)
And then, collaborate and pen a fairy tale!

What is your favorite fairy tale? Please share your comment below.

My sweet Valentine romance 1-800-CUPID is on a 99 cent Kindle Countdown sale. (US only.)

★★ Fall in love with clean, wholesome, and cozy small-town romance, filled with delightful characters and brimming with joy! ★★

A house flipper looking for quick profit. A survivor with a dream. Can two broken hearts find a place to call home?

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The Beauty of … A New Year

I posted this last year, and it was so popular, I am reposting. Happy New Year!

“I’m walking into 2023 with a clear heart and mind.

If you owe me, don’t worry about it-you’re welcome. If you wronged me, it’s all good- lesson learned.

If you’re angry with me, you’ve won. If we aren’t speaking, it’s cool (I love you and I wish you well.)

If you feel I wronged you, I apologize.

Life is too short for all the anger, grudges, and extra pain, and we as people are not perfect.

God bless us all! Here’s to 2023!”

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★★ Fall in love with clean, wholesome, and cozy small-town holiday romance, filled with delightful characters and brimming with joy! ★★

Her lost love is back in town. Is he back for a second chance…or closure?

Holiday love and romance are in the air—but Shanice Williams will be spending the second most popular date night of the year alone, agonizing over selling the quirky old farmhouse she inherited from her beloved grandmother.

The money would help save her struggling landscaping business, but emotionally she can’t bear to part with a place so filled with memories—especially of Lincoln Reid, her mad teenage crush.

Then she accidentally overhears his heartbreakingly familiar voice, and she realizes Lincoln still makes her heart race. But from what she heard, he’s only back in Roses, NC to buy Granny’s land—for an apartment complex.

Lincoln Reid remembers the first time he kissed Shay on Granny Williams’s settee. But his high-falutin’ family had expectations for him. He’s grown the toy business into the most popular in the country, and now he’s back for a chance to reclaim the house—and the woman—that holds a special place in his heart.

But it’ll take some doing to convince the fiercely independent Shay that he’s back in Roses to stay. And this time, he’s not planning to let her go.

This book is a sweet and clean, small-town contemporary holiday romance, and will remind you of your best-loved Hallmark stories, where a Happily-Ever-After is guaranteed. An interracial sweet romance. Grab your copy today!

The Beauty of … Apple Bobbing!

Apple Bobbing is a game played at many Halloween parties. But did you know that its origins stem back to love and romance?

The game began as a courting ritual in a Roman festival honoring a goddess of agriculture and abundance. Her name was Pomona. The goddess was often represented by apples.

The idea behind the game was that women and men could predict their future based on the game.

In 43 AD, the festival melded with the Samhain tradition around the same time, which led to the beginning of Halloween.

Bobbing for apples continued as a British courting ritual, and became popular among young, single ladies and their potential suitors.

There are several sets of rules and variations. In the game most familiar, an apple is assigned to each potential mate. The apple bobber attempts to bite into the apple named for the suitor she most desires.

For those who are celebrating, have a happy and safe Halloween. And, happy apple bobbing.

New Release!

If you love holiday romance, be sure to grab your copy of my sweet and wholesome Christmas story, Christmas in the Air.

What if you told your innermost secrets to a guy you assumed you’d never see again?

Penelope Reid owns a toy business, and meets an elusive, handsome stranger on a plane trip to Hilton Head Island. Along the way, she confesses her problems and fears, her aspirations, and unrealized goals, while she believes the man is only half-listening. She is a single mother in her late 40s, readjusting to her life after a difficult divorce, and raising a challenging twelve-year-old son.

Two months later, she comes into direct contact with Jacob Williams, the new pediatrician in town, and the man she met on the plane. Jacob knows many facts about her life. Will he use his knowledge to embarrass her, or pursue her?
As Jacob and Penny get to know each other, Jacob relates his story to Penny—his poverty-stricken childhood, his mother’s disapproval when he left the family farm, and his recent job.

She is touched and impressed by his new goals to forego his ambitions and help people. And she is a bit envious he has decided what he wants and is going after it.

Things can only take a turn for the worse when their romance begins to develop, all under the disapproving eyes of her critical son and the small, inquisitive community who thought they knew her.

Her son is begging for a snuggly puppy for Christmas. But is he ready to assume the responsibility? And does Penelope have room in her heart for a new romance and an adorable puppy?

If you like sweet romance movies and books, then you’ll love Christmas in the Air, brimming with heartwarming holiday cheer.

A Happily-Ever-After is guaranteed.

Wrap yourself up in the uplifting joy of Christmas and fall in love with sweet, small-town romance. This is the sixth book in the beloved 1-800 home-flipping series.

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Read the entire 1-800-series!

1-800-CUPID

1-800-CHRISTMAS

1-800-IRELAND

1-800-SUMMER

1-800-NEW YEAR

Christmas in the Air

The Beauty of … Autumn

Although I love every season, Autumn has always been a favorite. It is a time of rebirth and renewal. For many, Autumn is the time for a fresh outlook, and romance is always in the air.

This month, I’m sharing some inspirational Autumn quotes.

“It was a beautiful, bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” -Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

“I loved Autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” – Lee Maynard

“Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.” – Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” – Victoria Erickson

“Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.” – Terri Guillemets

Take this season to enjoy family and friends. Read a good book, go apple picking, find your favorite pumpkin patch, and take pleasure in this magical season.

What are your favorite Autumn activities? Please share your comments below.

New Release! My 6 book inspirational boxed set, Cherished Hearts, is now available.

Six sweet small-town inspirational romances to warm your heart! For the first time, the complete Cherish Series is exclusively in one large collection.
Find out why readers are falling in love with Cherished Hearts & staying up all night reading. Cozy up with your favorite beverage and lose yourself in the joyful seasons of love.

This collection includes the following books:

A LOVE SONG TO CHERISH
It’s easy to recognize another’s pain. The tough part is facing your own.

A CHRISTMAS TO CHERISH

There’s nothing a Christmas kiss won’t cure. Except perhaps a shattered heart…

A VALENTINE TO CHERISH
Valentine’s Day is all about love. And God has a special plan for a small-town woman and a road-weary singer.

A CHRISTMAS PUPPY TO CHERISH
You don’t need ears to hear God’s plan. All you need is an open heart…

A HOMECOMING TO CHERISH
All relationships require a commitment but is she ready to sacrifice her heart again?

A SUMMER TO CHERISH
Faith is fragile. Faith takes time. And the best solutions are always painted with love.

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