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Sunday, December 17, 2017

One hundred years ago...Some fun stuff, but true!

The year is 1917, one hundred years ago!!!! 
Here are some statistics to bend your mind a bit. Also to relax you after all that Xmas shopping!

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub.

Only 8% of homes had a telephone.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten miles per hour.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1920 was 22 cents per hour.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 a year.

A dentist $2,500 a year.
A veterinarian between $1,500 to $4000 a year,

And a mechanical engineer about $5000 a year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all doctors had no medical education.
Instead, they attended so-called medical school, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Sugar cost

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

Two out of ten adults could neither read not write.

Only six percent had graduated from high school.

Morphine, heroin, and marijuana were all available over the counter at the local drugstore.

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.A.

Aren't these amazing?

And may all of you have a happy holiday, whatever you are celebrating..

Friday, December 15, 2017

If you love vamps and shifters, this one’s for you by Suz deMello (#vampirestories #shapeshifter #romance)

Naughty Beasts by the Naughty Literati has three (three!) of my stories, two vamps and one about a sexy dolphin shifter. Plus, it has a host of other stories—even a gargoyle!


Here’s the 4-1-1:

Naughty Beasts: Shifters, Vamps, and Gargoyles, Oh My! includes fifteen Shapeshifter, Vampire, and Gargoyle romance stories from bestselling authors writing as The Naughty Literati:

BUY ME A ROSE - Francesca Hawley
Jessica and Nathaniel Whitewolf celebrate their thirtieth anniversary as True Mates, but they’ve lost their bond. Now a hot couples’ retreat will get it back.

In the spring, a vampire’s fancy turns to the blood lust mating hunt. A pretty, human blackmailer becomes the object of his thirst, but she’s not into vampires. Yet.

Sirena Petra wants one thing for Christmas—an orgasm. And sex toy expert Kenyon Fort has exactly what the lion shifter needs to find more than just her happy place.

Medieval romance from the Highland Vampires series. A Viking raider brings change to little Clan Kilbirnie, especially to the chieftain’s daughter, Rhona.

All I want for Valentine’s Day is to get barbed - a feline shifter and act out a few of the naughty twin fantasies getting me hot and bothered.

Blake sees Xavier agonizing over unclaimed gift tags for poor children on the holiday tree. Will Blake tell Xavier about his past and his problem?

Badass biker girl, accountant, lioness shifter—I’m all that and more. And this hybrid wolf thinks he can take me on? Bring it, you sexy beast! I’ve got this.

When Sophie helps rescue a battered woman, she gets more than one surprise from the woman’s other self-appointed protector.

One night at a Paris sex club—no strings, complications, or inhibitions—just lots of fantasy sex. But in the morning I forgot the most important rule. Never run from a feline predator—they live for the chase.

Vampire Rama avoids attention - working nights as a private investigator. No one cares if some bad guys disappear on her shift. Then Detective John van Helsing shows up. Bearing the name of the vamps’ greatest foe, he interferes in her case and in her life. Friend, lover, or enemy?

Castaway in the Bermuda Triangle, Trista finds herself torn between two sexy shifters. Neither will share her so she must choose between them. Decision, decisions…

OCEAN DREAMS - Suz deMello
Marine biologist Sandi has never forgotten Blue, the baby dolphin with whom she bonded. Reunited with him years later, she discovers he’s a shapeshifter in the sexiest possible way.

HER GARGOYLE GUARDIAN - Katherine Kingston
Ginny decides to pursue a relationship with Ben despite the risks to her heart. She can cope with his claim that he’s a shape-shifting gargoyle, but his warning that they will have only a short time together gives her pause.

NO GENTLEMAN - Francesca Hawley
Librarian Abby Kelly comes west finding a roguish shapeshifter who desires her. Will Goldwolf is no gentleman, but Abby discovers he’s just what she wants.

WERE THE HELL? - Berengaria Brown
Septimus has to learn why no female weres have been born into his pack. When he walks into the meeting room he smells his mate. A male.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Madness

It's been eleven years now snce my first published book, The Cowboy's Christmas Bride, a contemporary romance, still available at the Wild Rose Press. After11 years of also writing holiday blogs, it's becoming harder and  harder to think of things to write about. And yet--it's still a time of year that always means romance to me. Maybe that's why "White Christmas" remains one of my all-time favorite movies.

Is it the candles, the sparkling lights, the crackling of fires or the sharing of gifts that makes the season so romantic? It's hard to say. The holidays mean different things to each of us. For some, the decorations or music or traditional foods spur the spirit of the season. For others, it's the meeting of families, attending events, or a religious belief that define their perfect holiday. For even more, the holiday season brings nothing but loneliness and grief. My heart goes out to the lonely, the bereaved, and the brokenhearted this time of year.

Last night, I watched a movie on cable that I'd never seen before. The lead, who didn't believe in much, encourged the other characters to help one another, instead of waiting for miracles, and this really resonates with me. Each of us, regardless of what we do or don't celebrate, has the potential to reach out to another, to "be the miracle." Even if we have no money, no time, no holiday spirit, we should be able to find some way to share a kindness, to bring a smile to the face of a neighbor or friend.

That, to me, is what the spirit of the holidays, whether Yule, Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, is all about. Taking time to give, not just a present in a box, but to help one another.

Wishing all of you the best the season has to offer. May your hearts and hearths be warm and your lights and smiles be bright. Happy holidays, from my house to yours.

Cindy Spencer Pape

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Town Made For Christmas #melissa_keir #RB4U #holidays

A Town Made For Christmas

Hello and welcome! I'm popping in today to share with you a wonderful place for the whole family and fun throughout the year. However, Frankenmuth, Michigan is a town made for Christmas.

Originally a German (Bavarian) settlement (1847) where the people would indoctrinate the local Native American's about Jesus, Frankenmuth has grown into a popular vacation destination, while still maintaining it's original German heritage.  

Only about an hour north of Detroit, Frankenmuth is known for it's small town charm. Horse drawn carriages travel along the city streets as vacationers take in the beautiful German-style buildings. The slow pace of the carriage rides allows tourists to enjoy the amazing covered bridge and Glockenspiel clock tower which features a magnificent 35-bell carillion, figure movement and an illuminated clock face, all imported from Germany. At noon, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm the Glockenspiel plays several musical selections followed by the figurine movement depicting the legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln. 

A local restaurant, Zehnder's, has been serving its award winning and world famous chicken dinners since 1928 when the Zehnder family purchased The Exchange Hotel which was originally built in 1856. Today, home cooked and traditional German foods are served along side American favorites. In addition, there are other restaurants, stores, and a brewery, where something can be found for everyone from chocolate, to candies, to cheese!

In order to become more of a family destination, some of the hotels have opened a water park inside their hotel. The Bavarian Inn features not only a splash park but also an indoor putt-putt course and arcade, making this town not only a summer destination but also a place to get away to when the snow is flying!

Speaking of snow... Frankenmuth is beautiful for the holidays. They really go all out, because Frankenmuth features the largest Christmas store in the world. Bronner's has grown to over 27 acres since its humble beginnings in 1954. Their store has a huge collection of large holiday statues as well as ornaments. There's something for everyone and every budget. Just be sure to have plenty of time to visit the large showroom. It's a sight to behold.

Now that I've got you interested in visiting this amazing town, I hope you will consider Frankenmuth for a fun getaway for romance or the whole family. And while you are in the mood, why don't you pick up a wonderful holiday box set??

Brighten this holiday season with seven stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Grab a cup of your favorite cocoa, coffee or tea, a holiday treat and settle in with the authors from More Christmas Lovin’ for a festive holiday read.

Only $0.99 or #free with #KindleUnlimited

Santa for Christmas by Lisa Kumar
A sexy elf who hates everything about Christmas is forced to be Santa and must go into the seething heart of humanity—the abode of a beautiful single mother and her child in order to save them.

An EverAfter Christmas by K.S. Thomas
Sailor Belle is no stranger to adventure, so being stranded in a blizzard three days before her wedding, is not about to stop her from marrying the man of her dreams. But then, as the obstacles keep coming, she clings to her last hope - it’s the season for miracles, and she may need one to get her EverAfter Christmas.

Holiday Homecoming by Melissa Keir
Two broken hearts mend as love blossoms, but when danger comes calling, can the two loners learn to rely on each other or will they lose all they have found?

Mistletoe & Ashes by RaeAnne Hadley
Tiffany knew the threats of being a firefighter on the Hot Shots team. She embraced the heat and the danger but she could have never predicted that her heart and her mind would be in peril. Could a Christmas miracle save her or would she end up as ashes?

Seduction at the Christmas Court by Jenna Jaxon
Lord and Lady Longford have journeyed to the Christmas Court of King Edward III to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. When Geoffrey is suddenly called to war, and rumors of his death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew their friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?

All I Want For Christmas by Deb Julienne
Who knew one little boy’s Christmas wish could change so many lives?

The Christmas Fantasy by D’Ann Lindun

Widower Christian Vega believes he’ll never find true love again, until an actress catches his eye. But she’s way out of this cowboy’s league. Hope Snowden swears to never date another out-of-work actor again. Then she falls for a cowboy-turned-stuntman. Is it love, or just a Christmas fantasy? 

I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday season. Until next month...

Happy Reading,

Melissa Keir

Friday, December 8, 2017

Enter to win in the #RB4U #Giveaway #Romance #BookLovers #Contests

Because the authors of Romance Books 4 Us are so thankful for each and every one of you, we've extended our November contest through December!

Contest info: 
ALL prizes will be split between TWO winners! Contest starts 5 November and ends 21 November at midnight ET. To enter: Find the 20 author/industry rep pages that have the TURKEY image like the ones you see above (this page and the Welcome Page don't count). Make a list of the names of those pages (ex: Marianne Stephens, Sultry Summers, etc.) and send your list to: Be sure to look at all author pages AND Industry rep pages! Names listed on Welcome Page/Contest page just mean participants are offering prizes...does NOT mean icons are necessarily on these pages!

Contest Link: 

NOTE: Snail mail prizes only shipped to US or Canadian addresses. Before sending your entry, add the country where you live, please!

1. ONE $25 Gift Card for either Amazon/B&N from RB4U.
2. Ebook from backlist books by romance author Tina Donahue.
3. Ebook from backlist books by romance author Jean Hart Stewart.
4. Ebook from backlist books by romance author Alina K. Field.
5. Ebook from backlist books by romance author Kathy Kulig.
6. Ebook from backlist books by romance author Joanne Jaytanie.
7 Ebook from backlist books by romance author Sabrina York.
8.  Ebook from backlist books by romance author Alanna Lucas.
9. Audiobook or ebook from backlist books by romance author Sharon Hamilton.
10. Ebook copy of Word of Honor by romance author Alexa Aston.
11. E-copy of A Christmas Miracle by romance author Sandy Loyd.
12. RB4U tee (NEW COLOR & SIZES) from RB4U.
13. Ebook copy of Cowboy Strong from romance author Melissa Keir.
14. Ecopy of Entice Me from romance author Paris Brandon.
15. Ebook copy of BLAME IT ON CHOCOLATE by romance author Joan Reeves.
16. E-copies of REUNITED WITH THE P.I. (romantic suspense) and RECIPE FOR REDEMPTION (sweet romance) by romance author Anna J. Stewart.
17. Kindle copy of the Charmed by an Emerald anthology from romance author Catherine Kean.
18 Ebook copy of Profit (book V - Utopia the Conclusion) by romance author Mary Martinez.
19. PDF copy of Anything You Can Do by romance author Marianne Stephens.
20. Ecopy of short story Written In Stone by romance author *lizzie starr.
21. Ebook copy of Artful Dodging: the Torpedo Factory Murders by romance author MS Spencer.
22. Ebook copy of novella With Glowing Hearts by romance author Reggi Allder.

NOTE to Winners: If you don't receive your prize during the month after the contest ends, contact Sorry, but we can't go back and check for prizes not received after two months.

Enter the contest here: 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Danger, suspense, romance...and a hero to die for - FORBIDDEN DESIRE #TinaDonahueBooks #PiratesPrizeSeries #EroticHistorical #Pirates #LushTropicalIsle #Danger #Suspense

Forbidden Desire book 3 in my Pirate's Prize series is out - yay!

Erotic Historical - Menage - Pirates - Lush Tropical Isle

Danger, suspense, romance...and a hero to die for...


In paradise, the only limits to passion lie in your imagination . . .

After a life filled with hardship, landing on a lush tropical isle is heaven on earth for mariner Heath Garrison. And it comes complete with two angels who bring out the very devil in him. Identical twins Netta and Aimee are guileless and seductive, living and loving without jealousy. Days of longing, nights of carnal bliss make choosing one over the other seem impossible, but hungering for both sisters is taboo.

Aimee and Netta’s devotion to each other helped them survive the vicious pirates who overran their home. Will a virile Englishman come between them now? When their enemies return, determined to vanquish the islanders for good, Heath races to save them along with his countrymen. But survival will bring a choice—between the life Heath has known, and a love that changes all their destinies . . .

Read Chapters One and Two - Click Here

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Pot Luck Pajama Party!

A member of Romance Writers of America and published since 2009, Paris writes contemporary, paranormal, erotic and historical romance, throwing a little mystery and suspense in for good measure. Currently self-published and published with Decadent Publishing, she likes nothing better than a story that contains a little mystery and a lot of romance. 

When not dreaming up stories featuring heroes who aren’t intimidated by strong heroines, she can be found haunting antique and thrift stores for unique finds, or planning a new flower garden. She lives in the mid-west with her husband of many years and is currently enjoying all of the period dramas on Netflix and wondering where she can find a hat that makes her look as stylish as Miss Phryne Fisher.

It's that time of year again!

I’m not a fan of formal parties. Informal gatherings are more my style, with plenty of good food and lively conversation. How can you not be relaxed while wearing your pajamas? A party would be a good excuse to find a new, fun set of lounging clothes. How could that be bad?

What hostess doesn’t like planning a menu? Personally, it’s one of my favorite tasks but I love the experience of sharing other people’s favorite dishes, hence the potluck portion of my little get together.

The only venue needed is a big enough room with plenty of comfortable seating that can be arranged to accommodate guests enjoying their refreshments. Okay, I’m officially excited. The guests list might be a bit tricky, though.

If I get to imagine a party, then I get to imagine that my house is big enough to include everyone in the blanket invitation I’m sending into cyberspace. I’ve met so many lovely people over the years that I’ve been a member of Romance Books ‘4’ Us that if I could manage the party of my dreams, I’d get to meet you all in person.

I’m dreaming big and hoping you all show up in your pajamas with your favorite pot luck dish, ready to have some fun! I have a harvest table with lots of room for sweet and savory dishes along with some spiced cider warming in the crock-pot.

Here’s a recipe for a fun little appetizer that we have at most of our parties. Besides being delicious, my other favorite thing about it is there are only two ingredients…

Polish Sausage in Plum Sauce

1 lb. Polish Sausage (smoked or fresh—I usually make this with fresh sausage)
1 16 oz. jar of Plum Jam
Cover Polish sausage with at least an inch of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a cutting board and slice into one inch rounds. Transfer the sausage to a small crock-pot and cover with the plum jam. Heat on low until the jam is melted and everything is hot, turn it down to warm. You can serve this with bread, crackers if you wish.

***Microwave directions. After cooking and slicing the sausage, transfer to microwave safe dish, pour on the jam, cover with a lid and microwave on high until jam is melted. It’s ready to serve.

I’m wearing my favorite plaid pajamas and arranging a sliced, smoked turkey breast on a big platter. What are you bringing?

There will be a door prize! Everyone leaving a recipe will be entered for a $5.00 Amazon gift card. Winner to be announced here, the RB4U group and my Facebook page. Let’s get this party started!

Paris Brandon

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