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Spring For Love Blog Hop and Giveaway!

 darcy flynn, joy dent, cynthia gail Soul Mate Publishing Author’s             Spring For Love Blog Hop!

With a Rafflecopter giveaway and twenty-six participating authors!

 

Spring! I absolutely love it! I think of my mother, who taught me how to garden anddarcy flynn, joy dent, strawberry pots how to prepare the soil. Peat moss and pretty garden gloves shared equal space on her garden bench. I owe my passion for gardening to both my parents. My father taught me how to grow vegetables, but the flowers, the annuals and perennials, are gifts from my mother. I spent years watching her tend her roses and her flower beds on what she called, “her little piece of America.” Gardening was more than a hobby, it was a way of life.

 

But, enough about me…

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to fellow Soul Mate Author, Amanda L. V. Shalaby! Her passion for all things Jane Austen was inspired by her mother and grandmother.  She now writes her own historical romantic mysteries. Amanda’s previously published works, Rhianna and Audra, both were nominated for the prestigious InD’Tale Magazine RONE Award.  Her latest novel, Bleddyn Hall, was released on February 11, 2015.

Darcy: Amanda, what’s one thing you like about Spring?

Amanda: One thing I love about Spring is Cadbury Egg chocolate candies! They only come out this time of year!

Darcy: Ooo, yum! I agree!

Amanda Shalaby - BleddynHall_600Here is Amanda’s wonderful book blurb and cover for Bleddyn Hall! *sigh*

After a whirlwind romance during the London Season, Lady Isabel Sutton finds herself quickly engaged to the handsome Lord Tresham  Bleddyn, Earl of Dancy.  When his father passes away suddenly, however, his period of mourning delays their marriage and ruins the season for Tresham’s  younger, twin sisters, Annalise and Rosamund.

After the girls invite Isabel to their Yorkshire home, Bleddyn  Hall, Tresham  seems an entirely different man than the one she fell in love with in London.  Not only that, but all is not well within the walls of Bleddyn  Hall. The house’s dark secrets lead to murder, mystery, and a gruesome discovery.

Was Isabel’s happy future with Tresham  nothing more than an illusion?  What is more, will she survive her stay at Bleddyn Hall?

Purchase Bleddyn Hall here!

Amanda’s Links!

WEBSITE   FACEBOOK   TWITTER   GOODREADS   PINTEREST

To enter, follow Amanda’s FaceBook Page!

Click HERE for Rafflecopter. To follow the full tour, click HERE.

 

 

 

Authors/Writers

A Day With the Authors!

A Day With the Authors!

April 24th-25th in Nashville, TN!

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Come hang out with 50 of your
favorite bestselling authors and
keynote speaker, Sharon Hamilton,
at an intimate luncheon.

Meet your favorite authors, including “me” 🙂

Play games

Lunch with your favorite author (Lunch included)

Book phrase Bingo

3 hr book signing – Open to the public

Author Baskets raffled with proceeds going to a local charity

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We will also have some special guests attending including cover model and singer Steffen Hughes, cover model and singer Jackson Young, and cover model Daniel Hosse.

For more info, click here!

Hope to see you there!

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The 1st Day of Christmas! Dessert!

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One the 1st Day of Christmas I make Chocolate Christmas Fudge! It’s a family favorite and also great as a gift!

darcy flynn, joy dent, chocolate fudgeCHRISTMAS FUDGE

INGREDIENTS

2 3/4 cups sugar

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

3 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pan

1 cup half-and-half

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped, roasted nuts, optional (I use walnuts)

 

DIRECTIONS

Grease an 8 by 8-inch pan with butter. In a heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the sugar, chocolate, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter, half-and-half, and corn syrup. Over medium heat, stir until sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and boil for 3 minutes. Remove the cover and attach a candy thermometer to the pot. Cook until the thermometer reads 234 degrees F. Remove from the heat and add the remaining butter. Do not stir. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes or until it drops to 130 degrees F. Add vanilla and nuts, if desired, and mix until well-blended and the shiny texture becomes matte. Pour into the prepared pan. Let sit in cool area until firm. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container (I use a festive Christmas tin) for up to a week. Freezes well.

 

Now please join me as I welcome my 1st Day author, Maureen Bonatch. The blurb to her paranormal romantic thriller is below! Enjoy!

Destiny Calling by Maureen Bonatch

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Hope only wants to find out if her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with her touch makes her the devil’s spawn, or his exterminator. But when the woman who raised her is murdered by something not human, she loses the only family she knew and discovers one she might wish she hadn’t.

Drawn back to the home town she vowed never to return to, her ability is seen as an asset to everyone but Hope, and she doesn’t know who to trust. Her family wants her to help them overcome an enemy oppressing the human population, while the man of her dreams is courting her for the Underworld.

Pick up a copy today at Amazon or Wild Rose Press.

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As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Maureen donated a $5 Amazon card, paired with a bag of heart-shaped pasta from Abigail Sharpe to the prize list. Click HERE for this and many more random drawings. To follow the celebration, find a new recipe, pick up a holiday decorating or shopping tip, click HERE.

About the Author

Growing up with four siblings had Maureen familiar with escaping into a good book, or the recesses of her mind. She realized later in life everyone didn’t have characters telling stories in their heads, or weren’t envisioning magic and mayhem within the everyday. This, and long walks in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania spawned a love of writing.

Since her desire to become a Solid Gold Dancer was thwarted when the show was discontinued, Maureen opted to pursue other paths. Attempting to conquer new endeavors proved fruitful with her first novella, while other attempts, such as challenging a fear of heights with parasailing, were unsuccessful. Therefore she’s chased other interests, though none-the-less-daring, but closer to the ground, such as belly-dancing, becoming a self-proclaimed tequila connoisseur, fulfilling her role as biker babe to her alpha hubby and surviving motherhood to twins (so far).

Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.

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What’s your favorite dessert?

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS !!!

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Join our 12 Days of Christmas Celebration.

This year’s event is bigger and better, with lots of fun and prizes from 22 authors, celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

Ho! Ho! Ho! The Rafflecopter is open for entries.

Starting December 14th (the First Day of Christmas) and running through December 24th, visit our hosts daily, as they will be sharing their favorite holiday recipes, movies, songs, memories, traditions, gift and decorating ideas. Come back on December 25th to find out if you won one of the 16 fabulous prize packages.

Darcy Flynn

Abigail Sharpe

Aidy Award

Ann Lacey

Christi Barth

CynthiaGail

Heather Miles

Jeanne Hardt

Jennifer Faye

Jessica Jefferson

Kim Hotzon

Linda O’Connor

Maureen Bonatch

Meda White

Meggan Connors

Rachel Lacey

Rebecca E. Neely

Ryan Jo Summers

Sloane B. Collins

Sophia Kimble

Stephanie Berget

Tracey Livesay