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Luck of the Irish

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March 17th to 31st

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So what images come to mind when you think of Ireland? I have visited twice and cannot wait for my next trip. It has become my favorite destination: breathtaking scenery, mystical legends, friendly and warm people and awesome drinks and food.

For a chance to win an ebook copy of “Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales” please leave a comment and tell us what Irish images come to mind when you think of the Emerald Isle.

 

The traditional stories of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales transport us to the fantastical world of Celtic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 16 stories in this compilation conjure forgotten realms and rare magical creatures in vivid prose. These timeless tales brim with wit and magic, and each one is brought to life with elegant silhouette art by Kate Forrester in this special illustrated edition.

Here are a few photos from my last trip that make me think of Ireland! First off: A Guinness tour and a typical Irish pub meal.

  

The villages (this one is Malahide, just outside Dublin) and the lively pub sessions and discussions!

  

Kilmainham Gaol (& politics), stone walls and sheep!

  

Castles and Cong ( the village of the Quiet Man). Yes, we had a Guinness at the pub where they took a break during the day-long fist fight between Sean (John Wayne) and Mary Kate’s brother. 

  

And of course Galway Bay and the Burren. The bay was our morning coffee scenery. This is a pic from our patio in 2015.

   

May I leave you with two of my favorite Irish tunes. The first is Galway Bay, the second is Little Bit O’ Heaven, telling how the faeries and angels made Ireland. Enjoy the scenery and the brogue!

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Release Week for Love’s Promise by Melissa Storm

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She’s waiting for her prince to come but was he right beside her all the time?

Kristina Rose Maher wants to know why fairytales never happen for fat girls. Certain that diner cook Jeff, handsome and fit, will never want her as more than a friend, she stuffs down her attraction to him. But when she finds herself facing a life-altering weight loss surgery, she discovers she’s willing to do whatever it takes to embrace life—and love—to the fullest.

Jeffrey Berkley can’t bear the thought of losing the friend he’s only just beginning to realize matters so much to him… no matter what size she is. But he is also terrified that helping her reach for her dreams will also mean finally reaching for his own—and letting down his family’s legacy in the process.

Both Kristina Rose and Jeffrey must learn to love themselves before they can find a way to make a promise to each other. Will they finally be able to lay their heavy burdens at the Lord’s feet, and trust him to bring the happily-ever-after they both crave?

Don’t miss this sweet tale of faith, love, and gastric bypass–get your copy of Love’s Promise today!

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Love’s Promise: Excerpt

An hour and a half later, they pulled up to a tiny wooden cabin seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Along the way, they’d chatted about the same types of things they’d also discussed with one another. The only thing that made it feel like a date was that they’d chosen to call it one and that Jeffrey occasionally reached over to hold her hand when the road in front of them was smooth and traffic sparse.

“Where are we?” she asked, stepping out into the cleanest air she’d ever tasted. Large hills rose up from the green earth, and a small lake shimmered nearby. “It’s so beautiful.”

“It’s my grandpa’s cabin,” Jeffrey explained as he opened the rear car door and allowed Toto to run free through the open landscape. “I look in on it every once in a while, ever since he and my grandma moved out to Colorado.” His eyes grew glossy with memories as he spoke.

“We used to spend a couple weeks out here every summer. I loved it, all that time with nature. No school work, no worrying. Just fresh air and family. You know…” He laughed and shook his head. “This is where I first learned to cook so many years ago. It’s like this place is where I could most be myself, where I would find myself whenever I started to feel lost. And lately I’ve felt that way a lot.”

She nodded along, understanding completely. She only wished she had a place like this to call her own. And the fact that Jeffrey had chosen to share his with her touched her deeply. She chewed the inside of her cheek, wondering how she could ever make an equally important gesture to Jeffrey when she had so little to offer.

Misreading her internal thoughts, Jeffrey blushed and hurried to explain himself. “Don’t worry, I promise to have you back by midnight. It’s why we left so early.”

“I love it,” she said on a sharp inhale. I love you, she almost felt herself adding, but it was far too soon for that. “Thank you for sharing it with me.”

“I want to share a lot of things with you, Kristina Rose. Mabel got me thinking when she talked about the small life she’d made for herself and how she loves it even though so many people strive for more out of theirs.”

Kristina Rose nodded. “Me too.”

“I realized something the other day while I was out walking Toto. Life doesn’t slow down, not ever, not unless you let it.” His handsome features twisted and grew dark. “My dad wants me to take over the pharmacy.”

“Is that what you want?” she asked, drawing nearer to comfort him.

Jeffrey shook his head and looked out at the lake. He grabbed Kristina’s hand and pulled her toward the gentle waters. “Everything I want…” he answered when they reached the shore. “Well, I already have it.”

Does that include me, too? Am I yours? She waited for him to say more.

“I’ve always wanted to be a cook. I’ve just never admitted it out loud. Who thinks that the after school job you get in tenth grade could one day end up their profession? And there’s something else I’ve known for a long time too but never had the courage to admit…”

Is this the moment I’ve been waiting for? Is this it? Kristina Rose pushed the anxious stream of thoughts aside and allowed herself to focus on the man pouring his heart out before her, the man who was a friend and also so much more than a friend.

“What is it?” she whispered as Jeffrey turned toward her and grabbed her other hand. They stood face to face, hands entwined.

He took a deep breath, and as he let it out, his smile grew and grew. “You.”

Kristina felt so happy in that moment that all her thoughts quieted. Finally, she allowed herself just to feel, to enjoy the present moment, to enjoy her dreams finally coming true.

His eyes glistened as he spoke, but they never turned away from her face. “Kristina Rose Maher, I’m crazy about you. And you know what I would like most in the whole entire world?”

She chewed the inside of her cheek and tried to hold back tears of bliss. “Yeah?”

“To kiss you again. To do it right this time.”

He brought his face in close to hers and when their lips were hardly an inch apart, he whispered, “May I?” His breath tickled, and it was all she could do to stop herself from leaping into his arms and stealing that kiss herself.

Instead, she said, “Yes, please.”

This time, neither pulled away until a very wet, very tired, and apparently very jealous Toto clobbered Jeffrey with a slobbery kiss of his own.

And this time Kristina Rose didn’t worry, didn’t wonder whether there would be more between her and Jeffrey. Because this time she trusted in God, trusted in him, and trusted in herself, too.

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About the Author

Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa’s way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her four dogs, four parrots, and rescue cat. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or her nightly lavender-infused soak in the tub. Because priorities.

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January 16th to 30th

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The winter may be a long one.

Some people love a snowy afternoon in front of the fire. Others may enjoy seasonal sports. Or do you dream about the upcoming summer? Tell us what’s on your mind during this hibernation cycle. A random commenter will win their choice of a $5 gift card from one of the retailers below!

       

 

Congratulations to Natalie S. who won the Kurt Adler icicles in the Christmas cash giveaway. 

If you are looking for something to read this winter, check out this awesome historical and timetravel boxset for only 99 cents. 

Enter the world of yesterday… Ten full-length historical and time travel romances by bestselling authors will take you from Ancient Egypt to the British Regency to the American West and more.

Sexy, stubborn heroes and beautiful, daring heroines follow their hearts to prove love does indeed transcend time. Explore another century and find your timeless happily ever after.

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Love Across Time: Historical Romance and Time Travel

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Happy Holidays! I love everything about this season: the reason, the music, the happiness that seems to flow even from my grumpy friends and relatives. It brings me back to my childhood and the wonderful Christmas shows and musicals that we watched on our little black and white television. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and Charlie Brown. The list goes on.

So what or who is your favorite Christmas character? A random commenter will win a set of 4 Kurt Adler icicles. 

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Here is Bing Crosby playing Jim in Holiday Inn. It is the first time the public heard White Christmas. I watch this movie every year.  Click the picture and enjoy!

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November 15th to December 15th

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And the holidays begin! Are we ready? How many of you pass over Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas? Shame on you! 

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So in honor of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, here are some holiday fun facts! I’m giving away a signed copy of my latest Christmas romance: Paper Love. For a chance to win, leave a comment with your own trivia or tell me about one of mine that surprised you. 

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 Her job in the States is temporary. He wants a permanent place in her heart. Can he win her love with the help of a pet pigeon and an old origami legend?  

 FACT OR FICTION: THANKSGIVING IS HELD ON THE FINAL THURSDAY OF NOVEMBER EACH YEAR.

Fiction. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. However, in 1939, after a request from the National Retail Dry Goods Association, President Franklin Roosevelt decreed that the holiday should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month(and never the occasional fifth, as occurred in 1939) in order to extend the holiday shopping season by a week. The decision sparked great controversy, and was still unresolved two years later, when the House of Representatives passed a resolution making the last Thursday in November a legal national holiday. The Senate amended the resolution, setting the date as the fourth Thursday, and the House eventually agreed.

FACT OR FICTION: MACY’S WAS THE FIRST AMERICAN DEPARTMENT STORE TO SPONSOR A PARADE IN CELEBRATION OF THANKSGIVING.

Fiction. The Philadelphia department store Gimbel’s had sponsored a parade in 1920, but the Macy’s parade, launched four years later, soon became a Thanksgiving tradition and the standard kickoff to the holiday shopping season. The parade became ever more well-known after it featured prominently in the hit film Miracle on 34th Street (1947), which shows actual footage of the 1946 parade. In addition to its famous giant balloons and floats, the Macy’s parade features live music and other performances, including by the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and cast members of well-known Broadway shows.

FACT OR FICTION: TURKEYS ARE SLOW-MOVING BIRDS THAT LACK THE ABILITY TO FLY.

Fiction (kind of). Domesticated turkeys (the type eaten on Thanksgiving) cannot fly, and their pace is limited to a slow walk. Female domestic turkeys, which are typically smaller and lighter than males, can move somewhat faster. Wild turkeys, on the other hand, are much smaller and more agile. They can reach speeds of up to 20-25 miles per hour on the ground and fly for short distances at speeds approaching 55 miles per hour. They also have better eyesight and hearing than their domestic counterparts.

FACT OR FICTION: THE TRADITION OF PLAYING OR WATCHING FOOTBALL ON THANKSGIVING STARTED WITH THE FIRST NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE GAME ON THE HOLIDAY IN 1934.

Fiction. The American tradition of college football on Thanksgiving is pretty much as old as the sport itself. The newly formed American Intercollegiate Football Association held its first championship game on Thanksgiving Day in 1876. At the time, the sport resembled something between rugby and what we think of as football today. By the 1890s, more than 5,000 club, college and high school football games were taking place on Thanksgiving, and championship match-ups between schools like Princeton and Yale could draw up to 40,000 fans. The NFL took up the tradition in 1934, when the Detroit Lions (recently arrived in the city and renamed) played the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium in front of 26,000 fans. Since then, the Lions game on Thanksgiving has become an annual event, taking place every year except during the World War II years (1939–1944).

Test your Thanksgiving knowledge. How much do you really know? I was a little embarrassed, read carefully!

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I love books. It’s not just the teacher in me. I’ve been a book geek since I was old enough to read. They got me through the chicken pox, groundings, family vacations, and long babysitting nights after the kids went to bed. In honor of my love affair with books, I am giving away a signed copy of Dante’s Gift. It has now won the Golden Quill, Reader’s Choice Heart of Excellence Award and a finalist in three other contest (yet to be decided!) All you have to do is tell me why you love books! For me, it’s the escape. I want to laugh, cry, and forget about my own life for awhile. It si also why I write books. I strive for humor and that special moment that takes you breath away. I need this in every romance.

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Kathleen James has put her practical side away for once and looks forward to the perfect romantic evening: an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams—and an engagement ring. She is not prepared to hear that he wants to bring his grandmother back from Italy to live with him.
Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong—until his Nonna calls. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie’s life with the news that another woman will be under their roof.

When Antonia’s sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the states. An Italian wartime bride from the ‘40s, she knows how precious love can be. Can her own story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?

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Are we having a great summer? Did you go on any great vacations? I’m giving away a souvenir from one of my favorite summer side trips. For a chance to win a Leinenkugal’s glass and heavy-duty bag chip, enter the rafflecopter by clicking the photo of the prizes below

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As an added bonus, two of my favorite authors are giving away a digital copy of their latest release. Love YA fantasy? Check out Elisabeth Hamill. If you prefer vintage romance, you’ll love Cat T. Gardiner’s contemporary/WWII romance.

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Click for some great summertime music. Let’s get this party started with a little Pontooning:

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A Moment Forever by Cat Gardiner

Hi readers! We all know how much I love World War II. I met another author who shares my passion for this time period. She does a little mix-up between the present and past, as I did with Dante’s Gift. I really think you’ll like this. My review will be coming soon, I’m almost finished. For now, check out Cat’s intriguing article that includes excerpts from the novel. Comment below for a chance to win a copy. Or be spontaneous and just buy it. You won’t be disappointed. 

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In the summer of 1992, a young writer is bequeathed the abandoned home of a great-uncle she never knew. The house has a romantic history and is unlike any home she has ever seen. Juliana Martel felt as though she stepped into a time capsule—a snapshot of 1942. The epic romance—and heartache—of the former occupant unfold through reading his wartime letters found in the attic, compelling her on a quest to construct the man. His life, as well as his sweetheart’s, during the Second World War were as mysterious as his disappearance in 1950.

Carrying her own pain inflicted by the abandonment of her mother and unexpected death of her father, Juliana embarks on a journalist’s dream to find her great-uncle and the woman he once loved. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a man whose family is closely related to the secrets, she uncovers the carefully hidden events of her great-uncle’s and others’ lives – and will ultimately change her own with their discovery.

This story of undying love, born amidst the darkest era in modern history, unfolded on the breathtaking Gold Coast of Long Island in 1942. A Jewish, Army Air Forces pilot and an enchanting society debutante—young lovers—deception—and a moment in time that lasted forever.

A Moment Forever is an evocative journey that will resonate with you long after you close the book. Romance, heartache, and the power of love, atonement, and forgiveness transform lives long after the horrors and scars of the Second World War have ended.

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Life in a Treasure Box

Hello Aubrey! I am honored to visit your blog to chat with you and your readers about my first WWII-era Romantic Drama, A Moment Forever. Thank you so much for the invitation and I look forward to your visit on my blog at the end of the year!

When considering the subject of my guest post, I reflected on the discovery made by the novel’s modern-day (1992) heroine, Juliana Martel. In the attic of the house her great-uncle bequeathed to her, the contents of his WWII footlocker set investigative wheels in motion.

And that got me thinking about my own treasure boxes and the memories they hold within. I have two because I’m an absolute sentimentalist. The first, which is nothing more than a brown cardboard box contains childhood mementos: my jacks, sixth grade camp report, two diaries, paper dolls, and a few other things that I’m sure meant a great deal to me. The second represents the “adult” Cat: wedding keepsakes, grandparent letters, pressed flowers and the like.

One doesn’t necessarily have to be a romantic to have a special “time capsule” of mementos, but I would bet that many reading this are romantics and do have such a box or hope chest (remember those?) We are, after all, lovers of history, especially our own.

Juliana’s grandfather isn’t a romantic, per se, but, like most of the Greatest Generation’s war veterans, he held onto those items that represented not only a defining historical event, but also how that event changed him and how he saw life and the world afterward. And, more importantly, how it altered his religiosity. The passage of decades had relegated the box to a forgotten shelf, but in Louie’s heart—and mind—the horrific memories of the Pacific have come back with a vengeance. Perhaps the re-emergence of the box, gifted into his granddaughter’s hands, will help him through his late-life PTSD.

He reached up into his bedroom closet, moving around a few items and small boxes until he found what he searched for—a worn Florsheim shoebox. Bringing it down, he held it out to her.

“What’s in it?”

He motioned with his hand and she complied, lifting the dusty lid.

Photographs, more than he remembered, lay within among many denominations of beautifully detailed Japanese Yen, occupation money, and various other pieces of ephemera pertaining to his wartime service. Also stashed away were his Marine medals, Presidential Citation, insignia patches, and the small diary he kept hidden throughout the war. A black matchbook lay on top of the contents, its design read, “Strike ’em Dead, Remember Pearl Harbor.”

Staring down into the relatively small container, Louie marveled at how it held the biggest most powerful four years of his life, and there it all sat stuffed into a box that once held brown wingtips. He shook his head in amazement, uncharacteristically feeling melancholy at the thought of it. Fifty long years had passed. Maybe Will had been right—we should never forget, but Will’s wartime experience hit way too close to home. Fighting in Europe and his internment for two years by the Germans had deep significance where he was concerned.

Try as Louie might, though, his own fight in the Pacific couldn’t be buried forever. Over the years, he had never truly forgotten Guadalcanal, New Britain, New Guinea, Peleliu, and Okinawa, but Lillian had helped him to pack the memories away, just as he helped her conceal her own past. Together, side by side, they looked to the future and lived in the joys of the moment, certainly not the horrors of the past. It was only after her death that the horrors came back, creeping in during his sleep. Without her there to rub his back or soothe the occasional tremor, the memories of those five months on Guadalcanal came back every night. That was his first battle and by the time it was over, he was nearly a different man from the one who entered.

Suddenly, with the letter’s introduction, the photographs, and now the box of mementos, it seemed important, something he had to share with Juliana.

 A Moment Forever’s 1942 heroine, Lizzy Renner had a treasure box, too. It hid all the physical evidence of her first—and only—sweetheart, William Martel, Juliana’s great-uncle. For fifty years, this antique glove box held her heart and she feared its opening in 1992 as a seventy year old woman. Like Louie, the war affected her too; the decisions she made and how she lived her life were direct results. There were secrets in that box, but I won’t share them with you. I do so hate spoilers! LOL

She glanced over at the red velvet treasure box where she’d left it sitting. Yes, it was time and if necessary, she would fly to wherever he was with that box, contrite tail between her legs.

She moved back to the coffee table, sat on the sofa before it, and took a deep breath, her heart pounded. The key fit, the lid lifted, and she stared down at the contents, each a precious fragment representing the sweetest and best part of her life. Inside letters and photographs of Will and her rested neatly organized. A long forgotten pocket-sized edition of WB Yeats’ poetry concealed a pressed gardenia on page 25—The Wild Swans of Coole. Trembling hands removed his gold and silver pilot cadet pin, and she promptly affixed it to the collar of her blouse. Tucked below the book were two postcards from her stay at the Hotel Lakeland Terrace, one bearing the swans. 

And then there is the footlocker—the physical, mental, and emotional evidence of the toll the Second World War and one woman had upon William Martel. Perhaps, when the hidden histories re-emerge, Juliana can bring together and heal all three people some forty-seven years after the war ended. 

Below the shelf, where a box labeled “Mom’s China” was stored, stood a beautifully carved claw-footed lowboy. It was deep, looking to be a blanket chest, even a hope chest. Beside it, under the eave, sat a green, military footlocker. Scuffed white lettering was stenciled across the metal top and side: LT. W.G MARTEL.

Juliana went first to the trunk, knelt before it, and carefully lifted the cover with a creak. Taped inside the lid, a collage of black and white snapshots greeted her. There were some of Lizzy, some of an older couple, one of a single older woman and one of a dirty, war-beaten man sitting beside a bombed out ditch wearing a helmet.

Resisting the hurried temptation to remove the items neatly folded within the trunk, she chose to gingerly pick up the corners to glance at the contents one by one: William’s uniform, his leather bomber jacket, flight manuals, pilot log, and patches that resembled the one on the mantle. Hidden at the very bottom of the military locker, beside an envelope marked “POW” and another containing many more snapshots of Lizzy, was the one thing she hoped to find—a stack of letters. There was no hesitancy in her when she dug her hand deep down to pull them from their resting place of over forty years.

Tied with a green ribbon, the stack stood at least four inches in height. The well-worn letter secured firmly at the top of the stack and the few below it were without an envelope. Juliana sat back and crossed her legs before the trunk as she faced the striking image of Lizzy tacked within. After untying the ribbon, she recognized the first light-blue, fifty year-old letter’s handwriting from the one burned in the fireplace and in the dim light of the sunset, began to read.

Tell me about your treasure box? Did you have a hope chest filled with the heirlooms of your grandmothers? When was the last time you took a trip down memory lane with your keepsakes?

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About the Author

Born and bred in New York City, Cat Gardiner is a girl in love with the romance of an era once known as the Silent Generation, now referred to as the Greatest Generation. A member of the National League of American Pen Women, Romance Writers of America, and Tampa Area Romance Authors, she and her husband adore exploring the 1940s Home Front experience as living historians, wishing for a time machine to transport them back seventy years. She loves to pull out her vintage frocks and attend U.S.O dances, swing clubs, and re-enactment camps as part of her research, believing that everyone should have an understanding of The 1940s Experience™.

Inspired by those everyday young adults who changed the fate of the world, she writes about them, taking the reader on a romantic journey. Cat’s WWII-era novels always begin in her beloved Big Apple and surround you with the sights and sounds of a generation.

She is also the author of four Jane Austen-inspired contemporary novels, however, her greatest love is writing 20th Century Historical Fiction, WWII-era Romance. A Moment Forever is her debut novel in that genre.

For more information please visit Cat Gardiner’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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