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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Valentine’s Day Collection

What a year 2016 has been! I’m not going to lie. There’s been some TOUGH STUFF to endure in 2016. But I’m all about looking on the bright side and right now I’m moving into 2017 with hope for good things all around: personally and professionally. There are some good things on the horizon writing wise, which I’m excited to share with you now.

Due out Feb.1st: A Timeless Romance Anthology Valentine’s Day Collection

valentines-day-collection-cover-1I had so much fun writing a novella for this collection. It’s an honor to be included among such talented authors, especially when I’ve loved so many of the previous Timeless Romance Anthologies. This is the 19th edition! I’m excited to read the other novellas featured, but here’s a little teaser for my contribution: Hold Your Breath.

Kayla Phillips doesn’t have time to focus on anything but her swimming. A recent college grad and Olympic hopeful, her training is more important than everything else, especially dating. But then she reconnects with Nate Hanson, a fellow swimmer and her high school crush, and wonders if her priorities aren’t actually what they ought to be. She’d never let a little romance stand in the way of her Olympic dreams, but this is Nate. With him, it’s bigger than romance. Bigger than everything. Will Kayla and Nate find balance in and out of the water? Or will they walk away, too afraid to hold their breath and just jump in?

The anthology is up for pre-order on Amazon right now. Care to check it out?

HERE’S AN AMAZON LINK

I’m also excited to release another novel, coming in May of 2017. I don’t have a cover just yet, but I can give you a title: Wrong for You. Are you intrigued? You should be! This one is similar in style to Love at First Note–a romantic comedy I hope you’ll all enjoy. I can’t wait to tell you more! Soon. (I hope.) Soon!

Speaking of Love at First Note, I was honored to see the novel included in a few “Best of 2016” lists. I still get a little swoony when I think of Elliott and love that he and Emma’s romance resonated with readers. There are some great books listed on these lists, so I encourage you to check them out.

(click the medal below to see Prismatic Prospects 2016 Best Reads)

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Singing Librarian Best Reads of 2016

Katie’s Clean Book Collection Top Books of 2016

I hope you all have a warm and happy new year and that 2017 brings JOY in all its forms to you, and yours.


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Hershey’s Chewy Cookies

hersheys(Here is where you can imagine an amazing photo of a chocolate cookie. I can’t find one that looks right online, and since I’m not really a photographer, and we already ate all our cookies from Sunday, I don’t have one of my own. So, you know, pretend. I CAN give you a photo of the Cocoa Powder we used to make the cookies. Lame. I know. But every post needs an image. I read that somewhere once. So HERE YA GO.)

I made these cookies for our Sunday dinner last weekend. Yes, we had cookies for dinner. It’s what we do on Sundays. I whipped up some fresh cream to go with these – homemade Oreos? Oh, holy heaven were they ever good. I wasn’t surprised though. Cause this recipe? It’s been around as long as I have. I remember these cookies from my childhood when my mother would make them and I would sneak in and steal a bite of cookie dough every time she turned her back.

My mother, because she is just that fabulous, has also turned these cookies into homemade ice cream sandwiches. I know! I want a cookie now too.
What’s great about these cookies though is you don’t actually have to have whipped cream or ice cream sandwiched between them for them to be any good. They are delicious all on their own. If you like chocolate, and you like cookies, then these are for you.
Hershey’s Chewy Cookies
 
1 1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cups cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
 
(The recipe lists nuts as optional here… I opt no, but if you’re a nutty cookie lover, you might want to throw some in. Walnuts, probably?)
 
Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix your dry ingredients together, then add to the creamed mixture a little at a time until well mixed. Roll into one inch balls and roll in sugar. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. (I would say a little less than nine minutes, unless you like your cookies a little crispy.  It’s easy to over bake these because they are dark in color and you can’t see them browning on the bottom as a gauge of their done-ness. I like my cookies chewy and soft, so I generally yank them out of the oven a little early.)
 
You know today is the day to make these… Make cookies. Eat chocolate. Be happy.
The end.


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Pride and Politics, by Brittany Larsen (and a Giveaway!)

One of the things I love most about being an author is having author friends that I love and admire. It’s so fun to walk this path with writers I can learn from and have fun with. My dear friend, and fellow Covenant author, Brittany Larsen is no exception. Her debut novel, Pride and Politics, just hit the shelves and I’m totally stoked to tell you about it.

Pride and PoliticsAs the daughter of a well-known senator, Summer Knight is all too familiar with the nasty side of politics. She’s always stayed out of the drama, until an incident involving her fellow Mormons drives her out of her hometown—and out of the Church. What she needs is a change of scene, and sunny California seems like just the place.

Enter Benson Hardy. He’s just her type—until she finds out who he is. Not only is Benson a nephew to her father’s political rival, he’s also a devout member of the Church. The last thing Summer wants is to be mixed up in politics—or religion. But Benson challenges her like no one else, asking the tough questions about her inactivity. Though their incompatibility is clear, their connection is undeniable, and soon Summer finds the embers of her faith reigniting. Just as it seems that the pair might be on the road to romance, a series of embarrassing misunderstandings—and the appearance of a handsome charmer determined to sweep Summer off her feet—knock the couple completely off course. As Summer finds herself at a crossroads, she must decide if she’s willing to set her pride aside for a shot at true love.

Brittany’s writing is clever and witty and so fun. If you’re a Jane Austen fan, it’s fun to see 12657436_797790563687230_806852708837214012_othis modern day version of a classic story. If you don’t know Jane Austen, I still think you’ll love the political bantering and great character development. I highly recommend this novel for fans of LDS romance. Also, I’d love to give you a copy! Signed by Brittany, no less. I’d also love to include a signed copy of Love at First Note, by yours truly. (If you already have this one, I’ve heard it makes an EXCELLENT gift.) If you want an additional chance to win, Brittany is currently giving away a similar prize on her Facebook Author Page. Go visit here!

Enter below, and please do share the word. Authors rely so much on reviews (especially Amazon) as well as positive recommendations shared among friends and family. As always, thanks for your support and your reading time.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE