Author Interview and Giveaway with Andrea Barbosa (Ends 5/15)

Hello All,

Today we would like to welcome author Andrea Barbosa to the blog. She is going to chat with us today about herself and her books. Hope you enjoy the interview:

1. What made you want to be an author?

I've loved reading and writing from a very young age. I'd spend hours writing novels and stories when I was a teenager. I guess it's a childhood dream! 

2. What inspires your to write your stories?

I'm very motivated by challenges, so oftentimes an idea comes as the result of a challenge, a topic for a submission, or just an idea I may have when I'm driving or daydreaming. 

3. Do you have a favorite author?

Definitely not only one but several. Steinbeck, Hemingway, Anais Nin... Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Rice, Umberto Eco. The list can go on and on and it's pretty eclectic! 

4. Besides hobbies do you enjoy?

I love to travel and I also enjoy scrapbooking. But with all the reading and writing I have to do, I'm not having a lot of time to do scrapbooks. I love setti…

Book Blitz: My Commander Bewitched and Bewildered by Alanea Alder

My Commander Bewitched and Bewildered Book One Alanea Alder
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Sacred Forest Publishing
Date of Publication: October 3, 2014
ISBN: 978-1941315019 ASIN: B00NHEH1RQ
Number of pages: 282 Word Count: 71,000
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
Tagline: She’s been Bewitched, he’s Bewildered
Book Description:
When the topic of grandchildren comes up during a weekly sewing circle the matriarchs of the founding families seek out the witch Elder to scry to see if their sons have mates. They are shocked to discover that many of their son’s mates are out in the world and are human!
Fearing that their future daughter in laws will end up dead before being claimed and providing them with grandchildren to spoil, they convince their own mates that something must be done. After gathering all of the warriors together in a fake award ceremony the witch Elder casts a spell to pull the warrior’s mates to them, whether they want it or not.
Aiden McKenzie is adamant that he doesn’t need a mate and th…

Author Interview and Giveaway with Melissa McClone (ends 5/3/17)

Good Morning,

We are hear today chatting with Melissa McClone about her Chocolate Shop Series, check out our interview and the prize that she is giving away today on The Simple Things in Life.

1. What made you want to be an author?
I love books. Reading has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I thought about writing a romance novel in high school although being a screenplay writer was more my dream. I don’t know that I ever thought about wanting to be an author per se. When I finally started writing (after reading a story I didn’t like), I just wanted to see if I could finish a book and sell it. I fell in love with writing, and that was it.

2. What inspires you to write your stories?

I get a kernel of an idea and I want to see what happens, but to be honest, writing is my career and our family budget counts on what I make, so that inspires me to write a lot!

3. Do you have a favorite author?

I buy Nelson DeMille’s novels in hardcover so I’d say he’s my favorite!


What is your favorite hobby?

What's some of your favorite hobbies? Mine are reading, planning, and paper crafts. What is planning you ask? Have you heard of or seen the new Happy Planners: A planner that you use to keep track of your life. I use mine to make sure that I am keeping track of what is going on in my life.

I use them to plan my day. But I add beautiful sticker to make it work for me. Do any of you use planners such as  Happy Planner or any other planner? Here are some of the layout that I have done and that I love.

Hope you enjoy. Tell me what type of planner you use? Hugs Keisha

Calling all Shoppers: Take advantage of this great offer @ Safeway Stores (Amazon Gftcard giveaway)

So who is ready for the summer? I know I am but with the summer come lots of traveling, family vacations, and prepping kids for college.  Well I have a deal that can help you will all those things and more.Safeway is offer a great deal, by $50 or more in gift cards and get $10 off your next grocery purchase. This could go towards those lunches at the beach. A meal of their soup and French bread for the night. There are all kinds of way you can take advantage of that $10 off your grocery bill. I know with the prices of groceries everyone could use $10 off. Or you could use it to purchase these beautiful flowers like I did.

Some of the great features of this deal are listed below:
-Buy $50 or more in selected gift cards and get $10 off your next grocery purchase
-The coupon prints right out some no having to wait to come in the mail and you can use it right then. But keep in mind that it is only good for 7 days after you receive it.
-Find your local stores using this link:…

Spicy Asian Soup

Betty Crocker isn't just cakes and other sweets. Check out this recipe for Spicy Asian Soup. My teenager loves it so much, she requests it by name almost every week! It reminds me of Vietnamese pho and a savory chicken noodle soup. 

Modification: Use cut chicken breasts instead of ground turkey and throw in any veggies you may have in the fridge! Though this soup is not terribly spicy, add Sriracha according to your taste preference. Enjoy!😊

Spotlight: Love and Famiglia (The DiDominzio Novellas) Lyssa Layne

Love and Famiglia The DiDominzio Novellas Lyssa Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: 3/13/2017
Number of pages: 400 Word Count: 157,013
Cover Artist: Amanda Walker
Book Description:
Meet the DiDominzio family—fiery, loud, Italian. Francesca, Antonia, Gianna, and Carmine were raised by their strict, old school Italian father. Each sibling has their own journey but how they find their happily ever after definitely isn’t easy.
The King and the Pawn - Francesca, the baby of the family, wants nothing more than to fulfill her dream of being a fashion designer. Unfortunately, Papa DiDominzio will stop at nothing to squash her dreams and lead her toward the traditional career of the women in their family. Francesca concocts the perfect plan to bring home a man her father will hate in hopes that he’ll make a deal so she can still reach her dreams.
Not in Love - Antonia, the sexy second to youngest DiDominzio, exudes nothing but sex appeal, especially with her non-traditi…