Fun Friday with Ruby Caldwell from Santa School by #romance #author Melinda Curtis #Christmas #smalltown #holiday #crafts

We’re only a month or so away from Christmas! So for Fun Friday I’d like to introduce you all to Ruby who runs a school to teach folks how to play a department store Santa. But I’ll let Melinda fill you in on the details!


Thanks for inviting me and my heroine Ruby Caldwell to drop by for Friday coffee. Ruby is a resident of Christmas Town, Maine – a small town created by Harlequin Heartwarming authors with over 50 clean romances in the backlist.

Ruby’s father loved Christmas. Growing up, he used to wake her up on Thanksgiving weekend wearing a Santa suit. They’d spend the morning decorating for Christmas, not shopping. He’s gone now, but Ruby started a company on the side – Holiday Cheer. Her first offering is Santa School, where she trains men and women to be a department store Santa Claus. This holiday season she’s running Santa School for Busy Elves. Her program is targeted to men who need confidence and ideas for executing Christmas. She covers everything from tree decorating to stocking stuffing to ideas for gift giving and gift wrapping. Now that her position at Christmas County Memorial Hospital is being eliminated, she’s got to make Holiday Cheer a year-round business. Yikes!

Ruby is a crafter. She believes Christmas trees can be simply decorated with paper chain, popcorn garland, and paper snowflakes. She writes names on store bought Christmas stockings with glue and dots it with glitter. She makes her own paper party invitations and holiday cards. And she does it all because she’s in love with the simplicity of Christmas. Me? I probably haven’t made a decoration or card by hand since my kids were in elementary school.

You can read an excerpt of Santa School here.

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MelindaCurtis (574x640)Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Between writing sweet romance for Harlequin and indie-pubbed sweet romantic comedy, Melinda finds time to bond with her husband over home remodeling projects. She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty. You can sign up for Melinda’s mailing list here and receive two free reads.

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So if you ever wanted to play a Santa, now you know a great school where you can learn how! Thanks, Melinda, for sharing this delightful holiday story just in time to nab it for Christmas.

One last thing I’d like to remind you all about. Speaking of holiday-themed stories, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to read The Touchstone of Raven Hollow as Tara and Grant discover the real meaning of the holiday and why it’s such a beloved and special day. I’ll share details below.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing the love of reading and all things books!

Betty

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The_Touchstone_of_Raven_Hollow_600x900He dug for the truth and found her magic…

Tara Golden has hidden her healing power all her life. But occasionally, she uses her abilities on people passing through town, sure they’d never figure out what saved them. Now a tall, sexy geologist is asking questions she doesn’t want to face, and he isn’t going to take no for an answer. There’s no way she would reveal her abilities and her gifted sisters for a fling.

The latest medical tests divulge geologist Grant Markel’s fatal condition is cured, but the scientist within him won’t accept it’s a miracle. When he meets the sexy, mystical witch who may hold the answer to his quest, he’s determined to prove she’s full of smoke and mirrors despite their mutual attraction.

When they are trapped in an enchanted valley, Tara must choose between her magical truth or his scientific beliefs. Can she step from the shadows to claim her true powers before it’s too late?

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Fun Friday with Tara Golden from The Touchstone of Raven Hollow #Thanksgiving #holiday #paranormal #romance #fiction

For Fun Friday today, I’m sharing Tara Golden’s favorite things to do to relax and have fun. She’s one of three sisters who run the Golden Owl Books and Brews store in Roseville, Tennessee.

As a result, it’s pretty obvious she must love books and reading them. Her favorite place to read is in the conversation corner in the backyard of their ancestral home. Cozied up with an afghan on chilly days, or enjoying the shade on warm ones, she spends some quiet time alone with a good story.

She also likes to dress up for costume parties, especially for Halloween. Mainly, she wears a sexy witch outfit, which honestly is more reality than costume for her. She hides her special talent, healing through touch, by being a healer and midwife by avocation. When she healed Grant Markel in Haunted Melody little did she know it would open up a whole new problem for her in The Touchstone of Raven Hollow! She couldn’t sit by and watch her future brother-in-law lose his eyesight, though. So she surreptitiously worked her magic on him without him being aware. But now he’s come back to Roseville looking for answers during the week of Thanksgiving.

Here’s an excerpt of when they see each other again when he comes back into town:

Edna’s Grocery bustled with customers in the late afternoon, the parking lot a steady stream of cars and pickup trucks coming and going. Tara strolled along the sidewalk, pulling a small wagon rattling over the seams and cracks as she made her way to pick up the ingredients for dinner. Since most of what she needed was perishable, she didn’t buy them until the day she would use them to have them at their freshest. Mulling the possibilities, she left the red wagon by the soda machines and grabbed a grocery cart. She had two hours until everyone would converge upon her, expecting a delicious dinner. She had an abundance of time, and yet she hurried inside as though chased by demons. Cooking demons.

Gripping the plastic handle of the metal cart, she strode to the produce section. Tomatoes, lettuce, avocado. She quickly snatched up the fresh vegetables and added them to the basket. What else? Ah yes. She turned the cart and headed to the international foods aisle, scanning the shelves for what she needed.

“Tara?” Grant’s voice sounded behind her. “Is that you?”

Stopping, she looked over her shoulder and then angled her body to watch him approach. Goodness. How had she forgotten how ruggedly handsome he was? His lithe, easy gait carried him to her side in moments. She swallowed, aware of a tingling in her entire body as his gaze skimmed her head to toe and back to meet her nervous regard. What was he doing in the grocery? She was not ready to face him. Not prepared to experience the rush of awareness that overwhelmed her when he stood so close.

A wave of memory swept through her mind. Beginning with the instant she’d met him and sensed the potential for a deep connection with him. Then Paulette’s revelation of his illness and why he’d ventured to the small town. She couldn’t bear the thought of him suffering, so had chosen to heal him without his knowledge. Or anyone else’s. Only, Paulette had guessed and confronted her after Grant had departed for his big city life. She’d hoped he’d stay away and not question the change in his health. What if he had found out what she’d done?

“Grant.” She swallowed again, her voice weak and breathy. Calm. Breathe. She could be an adult and talk with another one. Even if he was the most alluring man on earth. “What brings you to town? I thought you didn’t enjoy the quaintness of Roseville.”

“Small towns have never interested me because too many people know too much about everybody else’s business.” He raised both brows as a smile hinted he recognized just how unsettled she was around him. “I’m only here to do a little sleuthing. Do you mind?”

Mind? Absolutely. “Of course not. How long will you stay?” Really, Tara? How inane and rude can you be? She must restore her composure, her equilibrium, or she’d mortify herself before the man. “I mean, how long will you be able to stay?”

“I’ll leave after Thanksgiving. Head to the city and civilization.” He glanced at the package of taco shells in her hands. “Is that for dinner tonight?”

Placing the box in the cart, she reached for a second one and added it to the growing pile. “Taco dinner is one of the few meals I can usually fix without incident.”

Grant chuckled and rested his hands on the metal frame of the cart. “Sounds like you don’t much enjoy cooking.”

“We take turns, so I only have to do it a couple times a week.” She shrugged and pushed the basket into motion, forcing Grant to straighten and walk beside her. Dawdling would limit the time she had to chop and dice and, worse, prolong the amount of time she’d be alone with him. “Simple fare is my specialty.”

She paused to select bottles of mild and medium taco sauce and placed them into the basket. Pushing on, she slowed her pace when she saw a sudden roadblock ahead in the form of a mini family reunion. Annoyance shot through her. She needed to finish her shopping and retreat to her home, away from this man until her sisters could provide a buffer of sorts. His presence shook her to the core with awareness and longing. Beth had already as much as claimed him. As such, Tara wouldn’t interfere with her older sister’s choice. But that meant Tara must defend herself from his nearness.

“What kind of meat will you cook tonight?” He shot a sideways look her direction and then focused on the aisle ahead of them where the boisterous family had blocked their way.

She paused, waiting for the small group of animated people to notice her and Grant, and then with a word of thanks, she continued. Turning into the condiments aisle, she picked up the pace, skimming the bottles and cans of olives and pickles until spotting what she searched for. She selected a small can of sliced black olives and a can of sliced jalapenos. “Do you have a preference?”

Grant shook his head, watching her drop the cans into the cart. “What do you usually fix?”

She spun the cart around to head up the aisle toward the meat counter. Grant fell in beside her, much like a married couple. Whoa. Get a grip. She might be in a market but not in the market for a husband. And definitely not Grant. So stand down, libido, because the man beside her, no matter how lovely to look at and how smart, was not for her.

“Lean ground beef or chicken, most often. Sometimes I use steamed shrimp, but only when I’m feeling fancy.”

“You know how to steam shrimp?” Grant tilted his head as he glanced at her. “That’s impressive.”

Her cheeks warmed at the unwarranted compliment, and a flush of pleasure swept through her. She wished. “No, I buy them already cooked.”

“Keeps it simple, like you said, and yet still healthier than red meats.” He smiled at her, taking control of the cart. “You lead, and I’ll follow.”

Tara and Grant go on a memorable hike and stumble upon the mystical Raven Hollow where they discover each other as well as the true meaning of the holiday. I hope you enjoy The Touchstone of Raven Hollow! And for those of you in America, Happy Thanksgiving!

Betty

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The_Touchstone_of_Raven_Hollow_600x900He dug for the truth and found her magic.

Tara Golden has hidden her healing power all her life. But occasionally, she uses her abilities on people passing through town, sure they’d never figure out what saved them. Now a tall, sexy geologist is asking questions she doesn’t want to face, and he isn’t going to take no for an answer. There’s no way she would reveal her abilities and her gifted sisters for a fling.

The latest medical tests divulge geologist Grant Markel’s fatal condition is cured, but the scientist within him won’t accept it’s a miracle. When he meets the sexy, mystical witch who may hold the answer to his quest, he’s determined to prove she’s full of smoke and mirrors despite their mutual attraction.

When they are trapped in an enchanted valley, Tara must choose between her magical truth or his scientific beliefs. Can she step from the shadows to claim her true powers before it’s too late?

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Fun Friday with Agnes from The Sea Prayers by #author Normandie Fischer #mustread #WomensFiction #sailing #singlemom

Another Fun Friday finds us hoping for a bit of fun for stressed out and overworked single mother Agnes. She does have some fun, doesn’t she, Normandie?


What does Agnes do for fun, you ask? Is that a rhetorical question?

Because, honey, as far as I can tell, she’s laser-focused on carving out enough of her measly waitress’s earnings to pay the bills on a too-big house her mama left her and on making sure her girl has clothes. It’s amazing how quickly an almost-twelve-year-old can use up a pair of sneakers.

The mess started back when Agnes, a college freshman, stepped out of her nerdy comfort zone to go with dorm mates she barely knew to a New York club where she’d have to lie. She was fool enough to accept a drink (who knew it was drugged?) from the gorgeous lead singer when he slid in beside her.

One night of bad choices pretty much taught her that fun has no place in a world consumed by the aftermath of that night. But even without “fun” in her vocabulary, a few things remain essential to survival as a single parent with no college degree: reading anything she can put her hands on and exorcising stress (when she has the energy) by jogging along the waterfront. And she does dream of possibilities—of Henry (an ex-addict and sous chef at the chic restaurant where she waits tables) and his sailboat (his home and a work in progress), of banks ponies and the nearby ocean (which she and her daughter ought to visit more often), of her daughter at peace in spite of not having a daddy (and not knowing the music she listens to is his). Dreaming is sometimes all there is.

Of course, when disaster happens, dreams flee, don’t they? And all Agnes can do is hold on to friends, including Henry, and pray.

Her daughter—the daughter who loves nothing more than crabbing off her best friend’s dock and roaming the small town in that friend’s wake—has her sights set on a daddy and his promises of adventure and fame. Oh, yeah, Brisa’s on her way, and her mother is shell-shocked.

The question Agnes has to be asking herself is if fun will ever be part of her vocabulary again.

Sea Prayers ebook 9A waitress, a megastar, and an ex-addict wage war for the heart of a young girl.

Thirteen years ago, a spiked drink left Agnes with a permanent reminder of the man who date-raped her.

Her daughter looks like him, sounds like him, and even listens to his platinum records (of course, the dude’s a mega star because nothing is fair) but Brisa is everything Agnes has in the world. At least, she is until the day this music star sets his sights on getting himself a ready-made family.

He’s got millions of dollars, millions of fans, a high-powered legal team, and half Brisa’s DNA. Agnes has a run-down house, a friend who’s almost three years sober and afraid to say he loves her, and a lawyer willing to work pro bono.

Oh, and the whole town of Beaufort. That’s right. She’s got all those Beaufort folk at her back, praying to the God she has rejected, and not one of them is going to let Brisa go without a fight.

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Author PicNormandie studied sculpture in Italy before receiving her BA, summa cum laude with special honors in English. Known for her women’s fiction—Becalmed (2013), Sailing out of Darkness (2013–Maggie Finalist 2014), Heavy Weather (2015–Maggie Finalist 2016), and Twilight Christmas (2016)—she ventured into the realm of romantic suspense with the release of Two from Isaac’s House. From Fire into Fire, continues the Isaac House saga. She and her husband spent a number of years on board their 50-foot ketch, Sea Venture, sailing in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. They now live in coastal North Carolina, where she takes care of her aging mother.

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It looks like Agnes and Brisa do find some time to have a bit of fun together. Whew! I’m glad to hear it. We all need a little down time to relax and unwind. So tell me, folks, what do you like to do for fun? Read? Walk? Shadow box? I’m curious…

Betty

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