Poppies for Christmas by Stacy Renee Keywell #HolidayRomance #mgtab @keywelluvsbooks


Poppies For Christmas
Stacy Keywell
Publication date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

A celebration of love without labels. It’s easy to be brave with you by my side!

Popular DJ Dexx finds himself positively smitten by the precociously pristine Poppy Paris. Too bad she’s already taken by an older boy, Declan Davies, a beautiful model with a thriving career, and a perfect family. By a dreamful stroke of chance, Dexx finds himself invited to spend Christmas at the Davies home by a gorgeous girl, granting him the opportunity to pursue the precious Poppy. But in his quest to win her over, he unlocks a world of imperfection and insecurity, where people are picked on for their disabilities, speech, appearance, and eccentricities. For Poppy and her friends, love trumps labels, and everyone deserves a brave friend to stand by their side. What gifts will Dexx discover this Christmas? Will he ultimately find true love, or will he discover something even greater?

You are invited to read a powerful story about living with autism, but not letting it define you, about being bullied, but carrying on with determination and grit, and about having dreams, but not giving up in the face of adversity. Come celebrate something beautiful with Poppies for Christmas.

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Author Bio:

Stacy Renée Keywell enjoys spending time misusing, mispronouncing, and misspelling languages, especially in her native tongue, English. When she is not stargazing or daydreaming she creates adventures for her family to conquer. Besides following her whimsical dreams, Stacy likes to sing to the music in her head, dance poorly, and compose non-sensical words. She is also the author of Forbidden Sky- Book One of the Dark Wing Series. Stacy resides in Michigan in a little house in the woods with her husband, and two daughters.

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What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg was the most eye opening book for me as a young writer. It inspired me to keep a lot of the notebooks that I use when I write. Since I signed with Soul Mate Publishing, I’ve enjoyed their author blogs, newsletters, and online author group. They are a very supportive bunch. The Authors Publish magazine is a must-have online tool for authors who want to move beyond the dream of writing a manuscript, and dare to enter the crazy world of publishing.

 

What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?

I have so many hobbies it’s hard to have the time to pursue them all, but I do try! When I am not writing, I love to devour books. I will read several at a time to catch up the new releases, popular reads, and old classics. Traveling is my passion. Since I love to explore different cultures, when I am not traveling, I go to unique stores and restaurants in the area. I never stay put. Every weekend I visit different parks, botanical gardens, museums, see movies, or attend art fairs. I also don’t mind staying home and being a homebody. I enjoy cooking for my family, listening to music, and hanging out watching TV on the couch with a big bowl of ice cream.

 

Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?

In my life, my heroines are all of the strong women who follow their dreams. All of the women who raise a family, go to work, pursue their passions, and make time for their loved ones. I want to be that person for my daughters. I want to teach them about love, compassion, responsibility, hard work, and the chase! I want to be their greatest example, so that they go after their aspirations and chase those lucky stars. To me, the women that can do that are my heroes.

 

Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?

I’ve been an educator for over twenty years. Both of my parents were also teachers. As a little girl, I used my father’s lesson planners to teach my stuffed animals and dolls. Now, I teach French. I am also a certified social studies teacher. At school, I use stories, songs, pop culture references, and my passion for culture to instruct my courses.

 

What was your best date ever?

My best date ever was with my amazing husband. He knows I have a passion for Christmas decorations, food, wine, music, and a good old fashion stroll. In a town called Rochester, which is in Michigan where I live, they string Christmas lights on all of the businesses in the downtown area, and create a light show in December. One night, a couple of years ago, he surprised me with an evening out. He took me to a local wine tasting room where we had French cheese and crackers, and got to sip eight different samples of wine. Then he whisked me off to a delicious Japanese Steak House where we had a hibachi table top show, lots of sushi (my favorite food), and fun company with some friendly couples who sat at the same table. We meandered around the city in the snow to look at all of the beautiful lights, and decorations. Then, we ended the night at a cozy, little coffee shop where they froth the milk on the mocha lattes to look like little hearts, and have local musicians play music. It was the kind of romantic night good dreams are made of!

 

 

Tell us something you are really proud of.

I am very proud of my book, Poppies for Christmas. It is not my first novel, but it is something I wrote with my heart, and poured a lot of my soul into it. It took a lot of bravery on my behalf to pen such a personal journey. While it is not based on personal events (it is completely fictional, although I wish I could meet the Davies family and attend one of their parties), I found a lot of inspiration from individuals in my life. I am also very proud of my two children. They worked very hard at helping me create our own movement, Love Without Labels. We have a Facebook page. We donate to local charities, and do readings. I have a children’s book called Poppy and the Pesky Pudding Problem. It is the back story, and companion piece to Poppies for Christmas.

 

Can you confide something you wish you were better at?

Oh my goodness, yes! Ha, ha, I can’t spell! It doesn’t matter what language, or what alphabet, it could even be phonetic, but my brain just doesn’t work that way! Everyone assumes that since I am writer, I can spell well. Nope! Surprise! I really stink at it. I keep a good dictionary with me when I write. But, I use my weakness as a learning tool when I teach. I like to show the students that they should use all of their resources when they learn, and that having a weakness should never stop them from following those dreams.

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Crime and Catnip by T.C. LoTempio #Cozy #Mystery #Interview @roccoblogger


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Crime and Catnip

by T. C. Lotempio

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GENRE:  cozy mystery

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BLURB:

 

While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.

As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him…

 

 

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EXCERPT

 

“Yes, so you needn’t worry about anything, Nora, other than preparing your excellent food,” Nan remarked and then added with a twinkle in her eye, “unless you think the grimoire and its history might make a good story for that magazine you write for.”

 

“NOIR. It might. I’ll ask Louis.” Louis Blondell, the owner and editor of the online true crime magazine I wrote part time for, was always eager for any article that smacked of mystery – plus I owed him two articles already. I tucked the tip about previous theft attempts away, determined to do a bit of research on my own regardless of whether or not he’d be interested – although knowing Louis, I was sure he would be. “I can name some of the sandwiches and main dishes after the more popular characters in Arthurian mythology. I’ll just need to do some research on them – and I know just the person to help me.”

 

“Splendid!” Nan clasped her hands in front of her. “And several food critics will be there – they’re patrons of the museum – so it will be a wonderful opportunity for your shop, Nora. Why, you might generate more business than you can handle.”

 

“An increase in business is not a bad thing.” Violet glanced at her watch and rose. “We’d best get going. The exhibit manager is waiting for us back at the museum. Apparently there are many cases to unload. At this rate we may have to move the exhibit the Red Room.”

 

Nan shrugged into her fleece jacket. “We’ll give you a key to the kitchen, so you can just stop in anytime to look it over or whatever. You can pick it up later, and do let me know if there’s anything you’ll need.”

 

Nan bustled out the door, Violet trailing at a slower pace. She paused to lay her hand on my shoulder. “I hear you’ve become quite the sleuth. I heard what you did for your sister, and I read the account of the Grainger case. Very impressive. Like that sort of work, do you?”

 

“I do. Then again, I enjoyed tracking down leads when I was a true crime reporter so I guess it’s really not that much of a stretch.”

 

She nodded. “Well, then, when you’ve got a bit of time to spare, stop by my office. There’s a matter I’d like to discuss with you that the sleuth in you should find quite a challenge.” She looked at me, and I caught a glimmer of a twinkle in her eye. “It involves a disappearance, and there’s even the possibility it might also involve…a murder.”

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM.   #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, is out this December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.com and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

 

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What do you think is the best way to publish these days?

With the publishing market tougher to break into than ever before, more and more people are turning to self-publishing, especially popular authors.  It no longer has the stigma attached to it that it once did.  I myself was self published before I sold my mystery series to Penguin.  I self published two paranormals that are still available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

 

What are your favorite genres to read? Why?

Definitely mysteries!  Of any shape and size.  And I enjoy reading true crime fiction too. I always wanted to be an FBI agent or a PI.

 

Do your characters talk to you?

I don’t think you can write a book UNLESS they talk to you!  Especially Nick in the Nick and Nora series, LOL.  He was a talking cat in the original manuscript.

 

How do you approach starting a new book?

I get an idea which I noodle around for a while, and then I do a sketchy outline which I expand upon before I actually sit down to begin writing.

 

What is your writing process?

Go to my den, crank up the CD player, and just get into it.  I do zone out when I’m writing.

 

What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?

Probably the best one is ON WRITING by one of my favorite authors, Stephen King.

 

What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?

I enjoy watching re-runs of old tv series. Right now I’m devouring the first ten seasons of Gray’s Anatomy on Lifetime. I also like watching the Hallmark Mystery Channel.

 

What was your best date ever?

We went to a waterpark.  I’d never been to one before, and it was such fun! I love swimming.  I should have included that in the question above.  Put me in the water and I’m like a fish….i hate to get out.

 

Navy SEAL or cowboy? 

Hmmm…since my day job is at a defense company I’ll have to say SEAL.

 

Chocolate or chips?

 chips – I’m allergic to chocolate

 

If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why? 

I always wanted to fly like Superman.

 

Fancy restaurant or picnic? 

oh, restaurant, definitely. I can’t stand the ants.

 

Beer or wine?

tough call –Reisling?

 

 

Favorite author? 

tough call – I have too many favorites to list

 

 

Smooth or hairy? 

smooth by a mile, unless we’re talking about cats 🙂

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Grace in Sweetwater County by Ciara Knight #ContemporaryRomance #mgtab @ciaratknight


Title: Grace in Sweetwater County

Author: Ciara Knight

Genre: Sweet Romance


Blurb:

It takes a town to save a marriage.
Carter Davidson suffered humiliating torment as a child for his learning difficulties and has spent his entire life overcoming the stereotype of being stupid. As an adult he’s achieved a corporate title, lives a perfect life, until tragedy strikes in threes; loss of a baby, his wife disappearing behind a cloud of depression, and his son facing the same bullying he did as a child.
After the loss of her baby girl, Emily Davidson sinks into a world of despair. When she awakens from her life hiatus she must face her neglect of her only son. A third grader who’s unable to read or write. Emily focuses all her energy on helping her son, but with her husband’s inexplicable aversion to her son receiving help, Emily is forced to choose between the love of her husband, or the well-being of her only surviving child.
Ciara Knight writes with a ‘Little Edge and a Lot of Heart’ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.

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