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Here’s my writing inspiration for today. They’re one of my favorite flowers. Tell me about your favorites. Have a wonderful day!

💜Xoxoxo, Madison💜

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#Superbowl #Sunday — Who Are You Cheering For?

Who are you cheering for? I’m nosy 😃

Whichever side you choose… have fun, stay safe and enjoy each moment.

🏈Xoxoxo, Madison🏈

#beaboutit

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Be My Online Reader Valentine <3

Hello Fabulous Readers! I’ve missed you. Hopefully, this will make up for it. Here’s a chance for ONE of you to become my ‘Online Reader Valentine’. This is going to be so much fun. All you have to do is fill out the Google doc below and my assistants will choose the “best pick” for me. I’ll announce my Valentine on February 5th 2018. Easy, right? No sharing (unless you want to) and no silly hoops to jump through. Be creative and let’s have some fun together. 

Here’s the link. I can’t wait to see what you do to convince us you should be “mine”. 

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XOXOXO,

Madison

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Chocolate Cookies & Fall Reading <3

Hello VIPs. Today, I thought I’d share a bit more about myself with all of you. At one time in my life, I was an avid baker and entered as many competitions as I could. All those years have garnered a lot of book fodder for future projects and on more than one occasion, also pushed me outside my comfort zone. I didn’t win every competition but I came back each year ready to try again. Isn’t that the point of life? Keep going and make it happen. That’s what I did. I find immense joy in baking and I firmly believe writing is a lot like baking. You need the perfect recipe for everything to come together. Without it, you’ve got one big mess on your hands and a lot of dirty dishes. Here are just a handful of ribbons I’ve won over the years. Many are still packed away and sadly, a few were ruined when one of our basements flooded a few years ago. But, I’ll always have the memories, right?

 

 

 

Speaking of books… Surprise! We released a book today! This is my last release of 2017. The Perfect Gift, A Christmas Anthology. Susan Fisher-Davis, Robin Deeter, Sherri Good, Cynthia Knoble, Screaming Mimi, Jacqueline Anne and I have brought you seven Christmas stories sure to warm up your chilly evening. A little naughty, a little nice…Perfect. Be sure to grab your copy and if you have time, we’d love for you to leave us a review.

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Here’s a little bit about it…

From seven great authors comes seven captivating, romantic tales that will add something sweet and spicy to your Holiday Season.

A Cowboy for Christmas: He’s always desired her-his best friend’s wife. Now he has a chance to make her his unless he’s just a stand-in for her late husband.

The Silver Bell Shifter: Riley Flowers moves to Wolf Junction, Nebraska, and is intensely drawn to sexy Calvin Lightfoot, but can she accept the shifter side of him and come to love the man within?

Mr. Christmas: When ‘Santa’ makes an undeliverable promise, Brooke loses her tight control on life. Is Mr. Christmas her dream come true, or just another lump of coal?

A River Jewel Christmas: Hunter Golde’s world is shattered. Can a seductive stranger repair her heart and show her the true meaning of Christmas?

Love on Village Lane: Rylan was captivated by Holly’s passion for Christmas and her Village Lane bakery. Will the workaholic risk his career for a chance at love?

Miracle on 3rd Street: When a grinch threatens to ruin Sue’s Christmas, William may just be the Santa she needs to make it right.

Christmas Treasures: Riley Miller’s holiday spirit has deserted her, but a longtime friend has a plan.
An empty nest, unrequited love, and a Christmas treasure hunt, what could go wrong?

  

As for what I’m reading…

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New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs with a moving story about rebuilding your life when you’ve got nothing left to lose 

Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her “perfect” life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she’s eager to take control of something. 

Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn’t until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things—even when those things go beyond the farmhouse. 

Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it’s hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands.

 

You can grab your copy anywhere books are sold. I’m so in love with the Silver Springs Series by Brenda Novak. (I haven’t found a book of hers yet that I couldn’t put down.) However, this series is…special. After reading each book, I feel as if I know these characters. Brenda has created another wonderful place to escape to.

If you’re a member of Brenda Novak’s Book Group on Facebook, you could win this paperback copy from me. Just go here to join:

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What I’m baking…

 German Chocolate Cake Cookies.

Buckle up. This recipe is a bit long…But soooo worth it when you bite into these warm, gooey chocolate goodies.

 

**Do NOT preheat your oven. Mix your cookie dough first.**

 

Cookie Dough:

1 C. Butter (2 sticks)

1 C. Milk Chocolate Chips

2 C. Sugar

2 Eggs

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 C. Flour

 

Frosting:

½ C. Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

¾ C Tightly Packed Coconut

½ C. Chopped Pecans

¼ C. Chilled Butter (1/2 stick)

 

**In a glass bowl, melt butter and chocolate chips in microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.**

In another mixing bowl, mix the sugar and the eggs. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla. When the chocolate and butter mixture is no longer hot to the touch, add it to the sugar mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the flour and mix well. Dough will be stiff and a bit crumbly. (Cover dough and set aside).

 

**Frosting: Combine the brown sugar and coconut in a food processor. Mix until the coconut is in small pieces. Add the pecans. Cut the butter into four chunks and add to the mix. Process until the butter is mixed and in small bits.

 

Chill the frosting while you preheat your over to 350 F.

Roll bits of cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Place cookie dough balls on a greased or silicone cookie sheet. Using your thumb or small spoon, press the center of the ball, making deep indents in each dough ball. Roll frosting into ½ inch balls and place into the cookie dough indents.

Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for at least two minutes before moving them to a cookie rack or other surface. Makes 5-6 dozen cookies.

 

So, there you have it. That’s what I’m reading and baking this week. Hope you enjoyed today’s post. Let me know you were here by leaving me a comment below.

XOXO,

Madison

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#NewRelease: Out-Foxxe’d Is Live

Markus Foxxe is in Eriewood for one reason. His boss wants Rosie Peaks. He doesn’t know why and he shouldn’t care, but after meeting her, there’s no way Markus will hand her over to the highest bidder.

Rosie Peaks left DuFour, Indiana two years ago and found a safe haven away from all things paranormal. Working at Mulcahy’s Pub has been fairly uneventful. Until Markus Foxxe rolled into town in his silk suits with a primal sex appeal that makes her want to spend every night with him banging like a screen door in a hurricane. The only problem is, Rosie isn’t looking for a commitment and Markus seems as though he’s a one-mate kind of guy.

Will Markus change her mind? Or will Rosie find herself on the run again?

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#NewRelease & A #Giveaway from Sharon Struth

Happy Release Day, Sharon Struth!

It’s my honor and pleasure to share this wonderful new book with all of you. The Sweet Life is here…Check out this amazingly beautiful cover, the blurb and excerpt. Then, hop on over to enter the giveaway.

In Italy, the best attractions are always off the beaten path . . .
 
Mamie Weber doesn’t know why she survived that terrible car accident five years ago. Physically, she has only a slight reminder—but emotionally, the pain is still fresh. Deep down she knows her husband would have wanted her to embrace life again. Now she has an opportunity to do just that, spending two weeks in Tuscany reviewing a tour company for her employer’s popular travel guide series. The warmth of the sun, the centuries-old art, a villa on the Umbrian border—it could be just the adventure she needs.

But with adventure comes the unexpected . . . like discovering that her entire tour group is made up of aging ex-hippies reminiscing about their Woodstock days. Or finding herself drawn to the guide, Julian, who is secretly haunted by a tragedy of his own, and seems to disapprove any time she tries something remotely risky—like an impromptu scooter ride with a local man.

As they explore the hilltop towns of Tuscany, Mamie knows that when this blissful excursion is over, she’ll have to return to reality. But when you let yourself wander, life can take some interesting detours . . .

 

Acclaim for The Sweet Life

Struth’s novel is a great debut for a potential series…The story overall is intriguing, and of course, a setting in Italy is always something that makes for a great book. It comes with a strong recommendation and is worth picking up for a nice treat.” RT Reviews

The sights, the sounds, the smells and the food. Oh, the food! I had to make spaghetti and meatballs the day I started the book. Sharon Struth puts you right in Tuscany in a way that not only transports you to the crowded streets and vineyards, but surrounds you with them. Masterfully done.” Goodreads 5-star Review

You will like this if you’d like a nice tour of Tuscany (food, wine, just delightful), a little romance, and a happy ending. Perfect relaxation...” Goodreads 5-Star Review

 

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Twitter: @sharonstruth

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Author Bio:

 

Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book, and her Blue Moon Lake Novels include the bestseller, Share the Moon.

 

When she’s not working, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail, travel the world, and enjoy spending time with their precious pets and two grown daughters. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit www.sharonstruth.com or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More at www.sharonstruth.wordpress.com.

 

 

Excerpt:

In the driver’s seat sat a square-faced man with a full Romanesque nose and short, dark hair. He greeted her with a wide smile. “Ciao, bella.”

She climbed the steps and smiled back. “Hello. I mean, Ciao. Sorry I’m late.”

Before the nice man in the driver’s seat could respond, a man standing about halfway down the aisle said, “I’m sorry, miss. You’ve got the wrong bus.”

Whoever he was, his cargo shorts and faded Led Zeppelin T-shirt didn’t carry any authority. But he held a clipboard, and his tone suggested he meant business. His Gaelic-looking face carried a slight boyish quality, hardened into a manly appearance due to his trimly cut mustache and beard. Wavy hair the color of cognac peeked out from beneath a gold cap with orange and blue lettering reading Wanderlust Excursions.

“I’m sure the hotel front desk can help you find the right tour.” He gave her a now-hurry-along smile and turned back to the man he’d been talking to.

“Did I just talk to you on the phone?”

He lifted his chin and raised a brow. “We’re waiting for Felix.” His gaze traveled her from top to bottom then he looked her in the eyes. “I’m pretty sure you’re not Felix?”

“No, but…” Mamie became aware of the silence and scanned the passengers.

Everyone in the full bus stared back. Quiet. Curious. She squirmed and her gaze drifted back to the man who seemed to be in charge.

“No. I’m not Felix, but if this is Wanderlust Excursions, it’s where I’m supposed to be.”

He squinted. “Wait. Are you the woman who answered Felix’s phone?”

“Yes. I’m taking his place on the tour.”

He snorted. A short, patronizing laugh. “I don’t think so.”

“Why not?”

“Because you’re clearly not Felix.”

“But he transferred his vouchers to me.”

“Nobody told me. Our company rules state that purchased seats are not transferrable without prior home office approval.” He frowned and studied her again. “Besides, this is a specialized tour and you’re not a member of this group. Felix is.”

“How do you know I’m not?”

His lip curled into a little smirk. “Did you attend Woodstock?”

“The concert?”

“Is there another one?”

“Well, no, but…” Mamie scanned the other passengers more carefully. Other than the guide—everyone else was probably over fifty-five. Maybe even over sixty. “What group are they part of?”

“They are”—the guide, whose company sponsored tag read Julian, glanced at his clipboard—“the Woodstock Wanderers.”

“Felix may not have been part of it either.” Mamie never heard him mention them before.

“Are you kidding? Felix was one of our founder members.” A man with thinning white hair, dark-rimmed glasses, and a full white beard sitting in the front seat winked at Mamie. “Bernie” in capital letters sat square in the center of a nametag with a tie-dyed background. Beneath his name it said, “Favorite Woodstock Song: ‘Let’s Go Get Stoned,’ Joe Cocker.”

Mamie would’ve never put Bernie together with that song, but… The bus’s silence and everyone watching her jarred her back to the problem at hand. “Felix never mentioned your group to me.”

Guess she knew Felix but didn’t know him. The truth about how she and Felix knew each other, though, wasn’t something she could share.

So she did the only thing she could do. Staring Julian square in the eye, she said, “Uncle Felix wanted me to take this trip. I’m his niece. He insisted I go in his place.”

“His niece, huh?” The tour director rubbed the back of his neck and considered her again. He shook his head. “I’m sorry he’s decided not to come, but on the transfer, I can’t budge. Rules are rules.”

A thin gentleman sitting a couple rows behind Bernie, with salt-and-pepper patches of hair above his ears, piped in. “Julian. Dude. Can’t you just go with the flow? She looks harmless. Let her come.”

Mamie squinted. His tag read Bob, but before she could read more, the others joined in with choruses of “yeahs,” and she looked away.

“You know what they say, Julian.” A woman with curly brown hair, peace sign earnings, and a pretty smile said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Mamie noted her nametag read Martha and her favorite Woodstock song was “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Still, and Nash.

Julian pursed his lips. “All due respect Martha, me losing my job isn’t exactly small stuff.”

Martha grinned slyly and winked. “We promise to keep it a secret from the boss.” She glanced around. “Right everybody?”

Another chorus of loud “yeahs” filled the bus.

One slim man with thinning hair who sat in the last row fist bumped the air. “We aren’t afraid of the man.”

The passengers murmured and nodded, complete agreement on that one. Mamie loved this solidarity. Though she’d never considered herself a hippie—more like a loner—she had an incredible urge to be part of this group.

Julian watched them, frowning. He refocused his attention on Mamie. “Sorry. I’m going to have to ask you to step out so we can start. We’re already running late.”

Normally, Mamie respected timeliness, schedules, and rules. But she had a job to do. A mission to accomplish.

“Please. My uncle, he really wanted me to go and—”

Julian took several swift steps to the front of the bus and stopped close to her. He dropped his voice. “Listen, this isn’t personal. The last thing I need is to lose this job. Do me a solid and go see if you can get any of your money back.”

She quietly replied, “You don’t understand. I need to go on this tour.”

He narrowed his hard green eyes, but before he could say a thing, a chant filled the air.

“Let her stay. Let her stay. Let her stay.”

A blond-haired woman with a cherub face who sat at Bernie’s side spoke up over the chant. “Doesn’t she remind you of Tracy, Bern?” Her nametag read Sandra and her favorite Woodstock song was “Amazing Grace” by Arlo Guthrie. She patted Julian’s arm in a very maternal way. “Tracy’s our daughter. We’d love having some young energy around. Tracy’s just too busy working to spend any time with us.”

Julian’s lower lip dropped. He drew in a deep breath, looked at Mamie, and motioned to the door. “Let’s talk outside.”

She turned and headed off the bus. Little did he know, she wasn’t about to back down. Nothing would stop her from getting on this bus or making the most of this adventure. Two very good reasons existed for fighting the good fight.

The memory of her husband and daughter.

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Out-Foxxe’d: A Rosie Peaks Crossover #ComingSoon #CoverReveal

Hey, VIPs! Check out this amazing cover from Talina Perkins @BookinItDesigns! I’m so in love with it. Preorder links should be up shortly and I’ll let you know as soon as they’re live. Until then, check out the blurb below. Rosie was so unprepared for everything Markus brought into her life. But…being #OutFoxxed never felt so good. 

Markus Foxxe is in Eriewood for one reason. His boss wants Rosie Peaks. He doesn’t know why and he shouldn’t care, but after meeting her, there’s no way Markus will hand her over to the highest bidder.

Rosie Peaks left DuFour, Indiana two years ago and found a safe haven away from all things paranormal. Working at Mulcahy’s Pub has been fairly uneventful. Until Markus Foxxe rolled into town in his silk suits with a primal sex appeal that makes her want to spend every night with him banging like a screen door in a hurricane. The only problem is, Rosie isn’t looking for a commitment and Markus seems as though he’s a one-mate kind of guy.

Will Markus change her mind? Or will Rosie find herself on the run again?

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Raine #PreOrder Is LIVE & WIN $100 GC

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The baby is coming!! And we’re at the end of this series. **sobs** But don’t worry. New characters have arrived in this one and their story will be told later this year. It’s tough to say it’s the end, but on to new beginnings <3 Thank you for following Kallie and Hank as their story grew. I hope I’ve given them the life they deserve.

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Well, Smoky Mountain Raine, book three in my Smoky Mountain Escapes series is almost here. Hooray! I know it’s been a long time coming and I hope all of you will like it. **bites nails** You’ll meet new characters and enjoy a bonus peek into their lives at the end of Raine. Hope it’s been worth the wait 🙂 As a token of my appreciation for your patience (2 long years) and adoration (because you ROCK), I’m offering one lucky reader  a chance (chosen by Rafflecopter) to receive a $100 GC for being such AWESOME fans. There are only a FEW tasks to do and no major hoops.

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Kallie and Hank are all set and ready to have their baby in a few weeks. However, Hank needs to go on a research trip with their longtime friend and firefighter, Mitch Larke. While Hank is higher up in the mountains with Mitch, the unthinkable happens– A fierce storm with gusty winds reignites the smoldering embers at the Chimney Tops. Kallie is stuck at home alone with no way to escape the fires roaring across the Smokies. Will he and Mitch get away from the Chimney Tops in time? Will Hank make it home to save his wife and unborn child from the fires roaring through their mountain home? It’ll take more than a miracle to save them this time.  

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Hope you enjoy Kallie and Hank’s final book <3

XOXOX,

Madison

 

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Exciting New Cover News!

Hi there. We’ve got some awesome things in the works. First off…The River Jewel Resort Series is getting a makeover. Woot! Same great reads, but with new and exciting covers. Here’s the newest for Anything You Want, Book 1 and it’s FREE on all retail outlets. Print covers will be updated also, so be sure to keep an eye out for another post when those are ready. 

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NEW COVER. SAME GREAT READ.

18+ Romance with Humor and a Touch of the Paranormal

(The River Jewel Resort Series contains virtual reality and magical elements)

Anything You Want

River Jewel Resort Series, Book 1

Welcome to the River Jewel Resort—where fantasy becomes reality!

Sydney Blake had the ideal life. A handsome, charming husband who took care of her and a fabulous home. When her world is shattered by Roger’s infidelity, Sydney checks into the River Jewel Resort for some relaxation and soul searching. Possibly even a one night stand through a special service provided by the all-inclusive hotel.

When she arrives, Sydney is more than shocked to find that the staff members know more about her than she knows about herself. Her every need, want and desire is taken care of before her very eyes and complete strangers are telling her that she is where she was always meant to be. But after being a fool for so long, can she trust what her own heart or what anyone else says?

Hotel manager, Mark Willburn, has been searching his entire life for the perfect woman. When she walks through the door of his office throwing a fit and demanding to leave, he knows he’s finally found her. But will she see it that way?

Can the River Jewel help Sydney heal and find love again? Or are some wounds too big to be healed even with a magical resort on destiny’s side?

Happy Reading!

XOXOX, Madison

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