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Good Morning, We are hear today chatting with Melissa McClone about her Chocolate Shop Series, check out our interview and the prize that...

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!

4. Besides hobbies do you enjoy?


 I love crafting of any kind. Just wish I had more time for projects!

5. What's the last book you read?

 I just finished Marin Thomas’ Sweet Home Cowboy which is the upcoming June release in the Love at the Chocolate Shop series. The authors get sneak preview reads which is awesome!

6. What would you like your readers to know about you?

I’m a reader, too! I love escaping into the pages of a book, and I try to read every day (except for deadline times.) I’m very much a homebody with a crazy busy family who make me get out and about way more than I would on my own. If readers are on my Facebook page, then they know me pretty well since I post about the thinks I love—family, animals, books, crafts, cooking, home, Disney, Star Wars… I’d also like readers to know how much I appreciate them!

7. What's your favorite line from any of your books?

 Ack! I don’t remember any lines from my books. It’s the characters that stick with me, not the words. Sorry!

8. What's your favorite coffee or tea?


Tea, unsweetened and iced!

9. What do you prefer cookies or cakes?

 Oh, that’s a hard one. Both are so good, but I’ll say cookies just because they are easier to eat. No fork required.

10. Out of all of your books which one did you enjoy writing the most?

 I have moments where I hated and loved each one as I was writing it, but the one I’m enjoying most is whatever I’m currently working on. And what I’m writing now…I LOVE it!!!


I hope you all enjoyed our interview with Melissa McClone as much as I did. I enjoy getting to know the authors that as much as I enjoy reading their books.


 Media/Author Info

Author:  Melissa McClone

Bio:  USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over forty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds, two goldfish and a few cats who think they rule the house. They do!

Social Media Linkss:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissamcclonebooks






Newest Release:  The Valentine Quest

Release Date:  February 2, 2017

Price: $3.99

Series:  Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 5

Series Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LoveattheChocolateShop

Buy Links


iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-valentine-quest/id1173006715?mt=11

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-valentine-quest-melissa-mcclone/1125130255?ean=2940156877027


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Melissa_McClone_The_Valentine_Quest?id=XhV6DQAAQBAJ


Blurb:

Keep your competition close…and your heart even closer.

When Nevada Parker travels to Marietta, Montana, she anticipates enough peace and quiet to finish her PhD dissertation. Cupidville turns out to be anything but quiet. In fact, it looks like Valentine’s Day—her least favorite holiday—exploded all over the small town.

Among the sea of red hearts, “Be Mine” signs, and pink, pink, pink, Nevada spots a flyer for a multi-day race called The Valentine Quest. The grand prize—a luxury tropical vacation—would be the perfect welcome-home gift for her brother who’s leaving the military.

Dustin Decker sure could use a break from giving city slickers sleigh rides. Even with a bum knee from his bull-riding days, the race’s grand prize is as good as his—until he realizes he needs a partner if he wants to win.

Here is a picture of the prize that Melissa has put together for our readers today:

Hugs, Keisha

What's some of your favorite hobbies? Mine are reading, planning, and paper crafts. What is planning you ask? Have you he...

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

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.  ...

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: http://bit.ly/2fOuEvw

-Some of the select gifts cards are: Groupon,  Nike, Michaels, Children’s Place, Fandango, American Eagle Outfitters, Bed and Breakfast.com, Crazy 8, Gymboree, Mastercard, Petco, Regal Entertainment Group, Toys’R’US

So by the selected list there is a little something for everyone. If you have an anniversary coming up the Bed and Breakfast gift card would be wonderful. Or you could use it for anniversary or wedding gift. Spring is the time for weddings. I love Michaels and you can stock up on crafts to complete with the kids since they are out of school for the summer. Also keep in mind that they offer craft classes during the summer which would be wonderful for the kids and yourself.  Fandango you can always catch a movie. During the summer they usually host a summer movie program. It is comes with movie, and discounts on drink and popcorn. They are older movies, but who doesn’t love a trip to the movies.  Grab a few clothing gift cards for back to school purchases, so come August you are not worried about how you are going to purchase back to school clothing.

There is also an added bonus if you use your credit cards that have bonus points you are really racking in the points that can go towards additional rewards.  Also end of the school year is coming up want to send your child’s teacher and nice thank you note. Sending a note and a Michaels gift cards to get them started on next year’s classroom would be a wonderful gift.  Just think that would be one less thing they have to worry about.

Please keep in mind that this is a time sensitive offer so you only have till 4/18 to take advantage of this offer. So hurry into your Safeway stores today. I hope I have giving you plenty of suggestions on how to take advantage of this great offer. Also don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an Amazon gift cards.

 Comment below if you take advantage of this offer and let me know what you are going to use your gift cards for?
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Betty Crocker isn't just cakes and other sweets. Check out this recipe for Spicy Asian Soup . My teenager loves it so much, she request...

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!😊

Love and Famiglia The DiDominzio Novellas Lyssa Layne Genre: Contemporary Romance Date of Publication: 3/13/2017 ...

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

ASIN: B06VVKY7DV

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-traditional blue eyes. After dating one man after another, Antonia thinks she’s finally found the man of her dreams until she realizes the one she really wants has been right in front of her since they were children.

One Day as a Lion - Gianna, the eldest DiDominzio sibling, is the only one that has followed Papa’s wishes by marrying an Italian man and working in his restaurant. While her brother and sisters suspect something isn’t right with her marriage, none of them can prove any differently. However, there is one man that will do everything in his power to save Gianna from the man she calls her husband.

Destined For You - The only male sibling, Carmine is more like a second father to his sisters than their brother. There’s only two things that are important to Carmine-his family and his club. Keeping up with his sisters and running his successful business leaves him no time to find a mate. As luck would have it, fate falls into his lap, changing his world, in more ways than one… and not necessarily for the best.

Available at Amazon

Get the first book in the series,
The King and the Pawn,
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Excerpt:

  “But, Papa, this is the opportunity of a lifetime! Do you know how many aspiring fashion designers have the chance to build their own line of clothing at only twenty-four?”
Desperation. Yes, there’s definitely desperation in my voice, but there’s nothing left. I’ve begged, I’ve pleaded, I’ve cried, but nothing has broken my father’s old-school Italian demeanor. This is a last ditch effort to convince him to sign off on the trust my Noni DiDominzio left for me so I can fulfill my career aspiration of my own women’s fashion wear. My boss is moving to France and has offered me to take over his line, giving me free reign on designs. All I have to do is come up with three months rent and it’s mine.
“Francesca, in nine months, the trust will be yours to do as you please. However, I suggest you look at how your siblings used their inheritance. Their money was used to buy a house, a car, even start a business which is how Noni intended for you children to use it.”
I throw back my head and let out an exasperated sigh. Lifting my head up to look at my father, I take a deep breath, knowing that I’m walking on thin ice. My father, Andrea DiDominzio, is Italian through and through. He’s got the full head of dark hair, the olive skin tone, brown eyes, and the man sticks strongly to his Italian beliefs despite the change in times. My siblings and I look exactly like our father, except for Antonia, my middle sister, who has blue eyes. However, we all share the loud, feisty attitudes which we’ve inherited from our father, his father, and his father’s father. Being the baby of the bunch, I have to fight louder than the others to be heard, but it still doesn’t mean I get my way.
Speaking calmly, I nod, “I would be doing the exact same as Carmine. He used his money to buy the nightclub. I’ll be starting my career with Noni’s money. Papa, this is just the beginning of what I can do with my skills.”
Papa leans back in his plush leather chair on the other side of his desk, his fingers steepled together. He’s not smiling with his lips but I can see it in his eyes. “Francesca, you know I don’t agree with your choice of profession and I can assure you Noni wouldn’t either. When you turn twenty-five, the money is yours so you can do as you please then.”
“But, Papa, the opportunity will be gone by then and I’ll be out of a job!” I stomp my foot like a child not getting their way.

“Mia figlia, you know that you always have a job at the restaurant which would be an excellent place for you to meet a good Italian man to settle down with.”
He’s smirking. The man is seriously smirking at me while he stomps all over my dreams. I’m not even going to entertain his suggestion. Turning my back, I grab my jacket off the chair and mutter under my breath in Italian.
 As I open the door, my father calls to me. “Francesca, ladies don’t speak that way. I’ll see you in a few days at our Christmas celebration weekend.

 With a huff, I slam the door to his office and let out a scream. My father is infuriating but I’m not giving up on my dream. One way or another, I will have my clothes in a show in New York Fashion Week. Just wait, Papa, I’ll make you proud despite not having your blessing.

About the Author:

Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story.

Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

Website:     http://www.lyssalayne.com/



Twitter:       https://twitter.com/layne_lyssa





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THE CROSSBREED SERIES compelling urban fantasy romance series following a private organization of individuals who hunt evildoers. D...

Cover Reveal: Ravenheart by Dannika Dark




THE CROSSBREED SERIES compelling urban fantasy romance series following a private organization of individuals who hunt evildoers. Dark secrets, complex characters, and plenty of action. If you like a slow-building romance with magic and adventure, look no further.

Raven Black will win your heart, and Christian Poe will break it.




Ravenheart
(Crossbreed Series, Bk #2)
By Dannika Dark

Blurb:

Two weeks after joining Keystone, Raven Black is ready to take on the world as a criminal hunter for hire. If only her partner wasn’t a bloodsucking Vampire with a penchant for getting under her skin. Despite her lavish surroundings, Raven misses the freedom of life without rules. And Keystone’s next assignment is about to test her self-control in more ways than one.

Dead bodies are popping up in the human district, and all signs point to a Breed serial killer. In order to catch him, Raven and Christian embark on a mission that takes their partnership into uncharted waters. Lives are at stake. Can Raven trust her instincts, or will she fall into a web spun from lies and deceit?

Time is running out in this pulse-pounding tale of dark secrets, murder, and forbidden desires.


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Release Date:
May 9, 2017





Keystone
(Crossbreed Series Book 1)


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About the Author


Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. 

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

"For me, writing is all about blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability, but it's what I love to do." ~ Danni


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Need something to tame your sweet tooth? This recipe for Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from Chef in Training might do the job!  I ha...

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

Need something to tame your sweet tooth? This recipe for Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from Chef in Training might do the job! 


I haven't made this in a long time, but it's a yummy sweet treat. I may to need get the ingredients to make it this weekend. Experiment with other varieties of apples than Granny Smith. I'm thinking Pink Lady or Gala. Enjoy! 😊

Last night's dinner... Lemongrass Basil Chicken All the ingredients are available at The Freah Market for $20, which includes you...

Lemongrass Basil Chicken

Last night's dinner...


Lemongrass Basil Chicken

All the ingredients are available at The Freah Market for $20, which includes your choice of an appetizer, meat/protein, stir fry vegetables, choice of sauté sauce, and option of noodles or rice! Serves at least 4. What a deal! Enjoy! 😊

Christmas is just two weeks away and you still have several gift cards you need to purchase to complete your list. This is one of...

Calling all savers: Get yout giftcard saving for all on your Christimas list!!( Amazon Giftcard Giveway)







Christmas is just two weeks away and you still have several gift cards you need to purchase to complete your list. This is one of the best deals around. You save $10 on your purchase and get all the gift cards on you list. And who doesn't love a deal when you can save money. I don't know about you, but Safeway is on my grocery list for groceries. Now it is on my list for gift cards as well. You can pick some up to send back with you kids in college. Send to you family so they can get some things they needs in addition to your holiday gift. The deal is listed below:
  • Spend $ 150 or more in Gifts Cards from Safeway and get $10 off.
  • This offer is from 12/4-12/17 so make sure you stop in today
So when you are out doing your Holiday meal shopping stop at your Safeway and get all your gift card needs. Some of the gift cards are listed below:
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Candy Houses  (Grimm's Circle #1) by J.C. Daniels Blurb:  Think you know fairy tales? Guess again. It’s been hun...

Re-Release of Candy Houses by J.C. Daneils



Candy Houses 
(Grimm's Circle #1)
by J.C. Daniels

Blurb: 

Think you know fairy tales? Guess again.

It’s been hundreds of years since Greta’s so-called story came to an end and it didn’t end with a happily ever after then. Why should she expect it to be any different now?

She’s a Grimm—a special kind of guardian angel and official ass-kicker in the paranormal world. Between trying to stay alive, training new Grimm and dealing with demons, romance is hard to come by. Then there’s the fact that there’s only been one man ever who really made her heart race.

And he’s been out of her life for a long, long time…

But now he’s back and just in time.

Greta needs Rip’s help.

There’s an unexpected threat to their world, a betrayal none of them saw coming.

Working together is the last thing they want, but it just might be their only chance.

A fairy tale best suited for grown-ups…don’t say you weren’t warned.



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About The Author


J.C. Daniels is the alter ego of author Shiloh Walker and was created basically because Shiloh writes like a hyperactive bunny and an intervention was necessary.  J.C. is the intervention.  The name… J.C. Daniels is a play off of the three people who pretty much run Shiloh’s life.

Professional Bio
J.C./Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.  She writes urban fantasy, romantic suspense and paranormal romance, among other things.


You can learn more and connect with JC at

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