Monday, April 7, 2014

WELCOME TO THE 3RD ANNUAL AUTHORS IN BLOOM HOP!

 
http://diannevenetta.com/events/authors-in-bloom-blog-hop/
 

April 7th – April 16th 2014

10 Days of Giveaways-Gardening Tips-Recipes-and more!

The grand prize is a Kindle or Nook (a $200 value) and a $25 gift card worth of ebooks!!! (Winner’s choice which ereader and ebook retailer gift card.)


A second prize of $25 ereader gift card will also be given, available to INTL residents (VOID where prohibited by law).

You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!!

To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop. Each site will post the links of participating authors but please feel free to visit www.diannevenetta.com or www.acozyreaderscorner.com to find the author link list at any point in time.

Some authors might offer more than one entry to win, ie. a “like” on Facebook, a “follow” on Twitter, etc. but only a “comment” is required to enter.


How do I submit my grand prize entry?

Simply leave a comment on each author’s site and you’ll be eligible to win. Grand prize entrants will be entered via a rafflecopter giveaway widget, available on the landing page of this hop,
A Cozy Reader’s Corner.

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I love this time of year. The fresh, new blooms poking through the earth. Tulips are my favorite.


I really love to cook and my latest venture in the kitchen has been English Muffins...Yum!

 



They are surprisingly easy and delicious.

1 cup milk



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Friday, April 4, 2014

More....Images that make you smile!


Strange but cute!
 


 
Darling.....
 
 

 
 
Pretty!
 


 
 
I'm not sure what I think!!
 
 


 
Cuddle Bug
 


 
Very happy it's Friday!
 
 
 
 
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So sweet!



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I love racoons.



Kitty!



 
Little Critter!
 


 

Big strawberry!



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Night Owl Review of Christmas Romance!

Christmas Romance
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Christmas Romance

Best Christmas Romances of 2013

Christmas Wishes is a sweet holiday anthology by four different authors. Book one, Christmas Wishes, I had already read as a stand-alone book. Lee has lost her son in a tragic accident and a divorce soon followed. Al has lost his beloved wife and is now raising his little girl. The couple meet in a cemetery and a whirlwind romance follows.
Christmas Wishes is a lovely little story.

In Central Bark at Christmas, Tennyson has been dumped by her horrible boyfriend, and has since swore off men. Par has time only for his job and visiting the local dog park. When they find an abandoned dog, this pup may just be the glue that brings them together.
Central Bark at Christmas is a heart-warming Christmas tale and will appeal especially to dog lovers.
In Halo’s Wish, heroine Halo Carlyle is undercover as a receptionist looking into missing show animals suspected of being snatched by a security company. The job is provided to her by her friend, Corny Myers, who owns a pet detective agency. Enter Dr. Richard McFarland, a local veterinarian, and the sparks fly!

Halo’s Wish is uplifting with the right amount of comedy, romance and charm.

In A Christmas Hope, Clara owns a fast failing culinary tour business called The Perfect Plate. Nearly deplete of savings, she knows that if her upcoming Christmas tour fails, she is out of business for good. By chance, Clara sees a television program featuring Sam Richards, and feels his cheese making business may be the ticket to a successful tour, thus saving her fledgling little business.
Sam has no interest in Christmas since a family tragedy years earlier. He also has no interest in Clara’s proposition. But how long can he refuse her?
A Christmas Hope is a lovely story, and probably my favorite of the four.
As a whole, Christmas Wishes is a wonderful Christmas anthology with a wide variety in the stories. I think they do better as stand-alone books, than as an anthology but that is just my opinion. Each story is well written, and the theme of Christmas ties them together. I prefer my stories on the sweeter, and this does not disappoint.

Book Blurb for Christmas Romance

Four sweet Christmas stories from your favorite romance authors to warm your heart for the holidays.
Christmas Wishes-Danica Winters: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.
In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?

Christmas at Central Bark-Jennifer Conner: When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in?

And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them?
Halo's Wish-Sharon Kleve: Halo Ann Carlyle wishes for a home, family, and a boat-load of pets. What she gets is a bruised hip, a lump on the head, a broken ankle, and her new yellow Honda Civic is demolished.

Rich McFarland, a sexy veterinarian, keeps showing up in the most unexpected places, promising everything she's ever wanted.Halo believes she only has time to pursue her career as a pet detective and must ignore her growing attraction to achieve her dreams.
Will Halo trust her heart, and find a way to get both before Christmas?

Christmas Hope-Casey Dawes: Clara Misowski is convinced Sam Richards’ cheese making operation would be a perfect stop for her culinary tour group.
He’s adamantly opposed to anything to do with a group of women on his farm.
Can she convince him to open his heart to company, Christmas, and maybe even her?

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Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon
Deliah Dreser's in town to take care of family business. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but there's more to Lilah than meets the eye. Cole's in danger of losing his heart when this firestorm throws sparks his way. Is she simply playing him for the fool in order to exact revenge for her brother's murders?
Bestselling author Sherry Gammon's reviewers exclaim; "She has a gift for touching her readers with beautiful, gripping stories that you can’t put down."




Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt
Nothing good ever happens after dark. Those were the words country singer Daleigh McDermott’s father always repeated.
Now her father is dead, and Daleigh finds a hidden journal hinting that his death was no accident. Small town mechanic Ryan Shields is the only one who seems to believe Daleigh. As the two work to unravel the mystery, it becomes obvious that someone wants them dead. They must rely on each other—and on God—if they hope to make it home before the darkness swallows them whole.
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Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru
Rachel Saunders is looking forward to her all-expense paid weekend trip to New York. But, when her luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent, events take a dangerous turn.
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Cassie's Cowboy Crave by Kimberly Krey
In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.
In return, Cassie steals his heart…
When Cassie is forced to join the witness protection program, she fears her life is over… but then she meets Shane Emerson — the hunky cowboy posing as her husband. Will this sham marriage turn into the real thing, or will a hidden danger put it all at risk?
Kimberly Krey writes romance that’s clean without losing the steam. What’s Beyond Forks calls this Best-selling Western Romance author “the master of romantic tension.”



A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis
Cami DiCarlo is not happy when her father forces her into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel and unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, insisting they live together while they launch the new resort.
When she meets Vince, the sweet, sexy landscaper her father would never have approved of, Cami can’t say no. If only she could be sure she is on the right track—and that they will be able to stop the person who is trying to destroy everything.

You Belong with Me by Shannon Guymon 
Layla Kendall is a burned out social worker one step away from a major depression. When she and her sisters inherit their grandmother's bakery, she doesn't know if she can trust her good fortune or not. But the chance to be with her sisters and get away from the heartache and pain she's faced day in and day out is a chance she's going to take. With Layla's new life, come new friendships, including Michael Bender, a single dad. She doesn't trust men but Michael's little girl grabs her by the heart and won't let go.
Shannon Guymon is an Amazon Bestselling Author of lighthearted and clean romance who according to her many fans, has the ability to paint pictures of her characters so real that readers would know them if they saw them walking down the street.

Blog This by Cami Checketts
Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot exposes the dangers of Matthew Chrysler's violent video games, bankrupting and humiliating him. Chrysler sends a hit man after her. In a race against time, can Natasha expose Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?
Bestselling author Cami Checketts has been touted as, "A genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards."


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

KITTY'S CHRISTMAS HOPE!

For those of you who are fans of Halo's Christmas Wish and Brenda's Christmas Desire, you'll love the third book in the Dreams Come True Series.

Kitty's Christmas Hope!

Released Today at Amazon in eBook and paperback!

http://www.amazon.com/Kittys-Christmas-Hope-Dreams-Come-ebook/dp/B00J4YMOPW/

 


 


Blurb:

Kitty Skinner meets the perfect guy, he's kind, considerate and sexy as hell. She hopes to spend her favorite holiday with him, Christmas Eve. The only problem is, Aaron treats her like his best friend, not the girlfriend she dreams of being. To make matters worse he’s found his perfect girl and wants Kitty to help plan their first date.

Aaron Tyler thinks Kitty is sweet, talented and someone he can settle down with, but believes he has to deceive her into believing he cares for someone else to win her heart.

Nothing goes as planned when one mishap after another prevents them from admitting their true feelings.

Can Kitty and Aaron take a leap of faith and reveal their true feelings before their friendship takes a beating and miss out on their perfect date—Christmas Eve?


Excerpt:

Kitty Skinner watched Aaron Tyler, out of the corner of her eye as they stomped their feet and cheered along with the rest of the rowdy football crowd at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle.

A gust of freezing wind blew through the stands and sent a chill through her body. She watched the wind toss Aaron's, unruly hair into his face.

He fruitlessly blew on his bangs to get a clear view of the game. When that didn't work, he used his sleeve to flip his sandy, blonde hair out of his face.

She wanted to reach over and grab him by his shaggy hair and devour his luscious mouth, and she would if they were dating instead of best buddies.






 
Bio:

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

 Sharon is a writer of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

 One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.


Contact me here:

Email:
sharon.kleve@yahoo.com
Blog: http://authorsharonkleve.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharonrkleve

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SharonKleve

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/srkleve/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5399389.Sharon_Kleve

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sharon-kleve/56/ab/691/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Kleve/e/B006JAH14S

Shelfari: http://www.librarything.com/profile/SRKLEVE

Library Thing: http://www.shelfari.com/sharonkleve

Publisher: http://bookstogonow.com/

YouTube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSg5xNSTl9U


Coming Soon:

Love At High Altitude, Places To See Series

One Sip At A Time, The Love List Series

 

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mary's Cup of Tea!

Mary, from Mary's Cup of Tea wrote a wonderful review of book one and two of the Dreams Come True Series.

http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com/2014/03/dreams-come-true-series-book-review.html



The first book I want to share with you is called Halo's Christmas Wish written by Sharon Kleve.

 
Synopsis:
Halo Ann Carlyle wishes for a home, family, and a boat-load of pets. What she gets is a bruised hip, a lump on the head, a broken ankle, and her new yellow Honda Civic is demolished. Rich McFarland, a sexy veterinarian, keeps showing up in the most unexpected places, promising everything she's ever wanted.
Halo believes she only has time to pursue her career as a pet detective and must ignore her growing attraction to achieve her dreams. Will Halo trust her heart, and find a way to get both before Christmas?
These books are short stories that are light, fun to read and mostly are happy couples with a touch of thriller thrown in to keep the story lively.

In this one Halo get herself mixed up in a hit and run accident and the victim wants her to find out who did it and that is the beginning of their story. It's a cute story and even though there is some crime, it isn't the whole story.

Happy Reading!
 
Purchase your copy of Halo's Christmas Wish on Amazon | eBook |
The other book that I got to review was Brenda's Christmas Desire written by Sharon Kleve.
Synopsis:
Christmas approaches and Brenda has to decide if she’s going to let the past hold her prisoner for another year or if she can finally enjoy what Christmas used to mean to her—love. DEA agent, John Smith knows the significance of December fifteenth to Brenda, but when the head of the Nuevo Cartel escapes federal prison he's forced to let her face the day without him, but not quite alone.
Can Daisy, a golden Labrador puppy, a huge sale on decorations at the hardware store, and a gift from her aunt restore her love of Christmas?
This is a sad but sweet story about a girl who loses her parents and lives with her aunt. One day a stranger walks into their lives and forever changes how they feel and celebrate Christmas. Both books are written in a Christmas theme, which in itself speaks of goodness and happy endings.
They are both uplifting books with great messages so pay close attention to what each is teaching the reader. Other than that, they are entertaining and fun to read because they are novella's and it won't take up huge amounts of your time.
Happy Reading!
 
Purchase Brenda's Christmas Desire on Amazon | eBook |
About the Author:
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve--with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.
You can connect with Sharon on her: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest |