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“Hometown Appetites: She Served Up Americana (With a Side Dish of Quirk)”

Today is Clementine Paddleford’s birthday.  If she were alive today she would be 119 years old!

 

“Hometown Appetites: She Served Up Americana (With a Side Dish of Quirk)”
By: Benjamin Schmerler

Clementine Paddleford wrote, “We all have home-town appetites.  Every other person is a bundle of longing for the simplicities of good taste once enjoyed on the farm or in the home they left behind.”

Benjamin Schmerler of the New York Post wrote, “If the food writer Clementine Paddleford were alive today, she would have at least two Food Network shows (one devoted to cooking, a second to travel), a weekly newspaper column, a cookbook series and, of course, a blog.  Or so it is easy to imagine by reading Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris’s smartly drawn, surprising uplifting biography ‘Hometown Appetites'”.

Schmerler continues, “Thankfully, the authors share Paddleford’s eye for a good story, deftly documenting their subject’s well-deserved contributions to food journalism, but balancing them with biographical color.”

 

 

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Giving away a signed hardback copy of Hometown Appetites; a $20 Amazon Gift Card; and a paperback copy of A Flower for My Mother.

 

 

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And the Winners Are!

All winners have been notified and the books are on their way!

Congratulations to:

 

Janice J. is the winner of Hometown Appetites!  Hope you enjoy learning about Clementine Paddleford and trying out some of the recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He wrote me a note saying that he too had a nose for justice!  The winner of A Nose for Justice is James W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Z. is the winner of A Flower for My Mother. 

The stories in this book are fun for both young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

The winner of Both Sides of Nice is Helen R.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway.

The next giveaway is Banned Book Week Giveaway, September 15-30.  Again this is a hop that I am participating via bookhounds.net

 

 

 

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A Wall Street Bailout For Main Street

Title: A Wall Street Bailout for Main Street
By: Dr. Iris Mack
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 8, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction

About the Book:

In her new book, Dr. Mack shows investors on Main Street how to make money by renting their stocks! That’s right! Investors can actually “rent” stocks in their portfolios by trading covered call options. This conservative investment strategy allows investors to generate extra cash flow in their portfolios. The covered call options strategy is so safe, it is suitable for most retirement accounts. By the time you finish reading this book, you will agree that this conservative investment strategy is indeed bulletproof!

 

Giveaway!

Dr. Mack and her team are giving away 5 $100 Amazon Gift Cards and 5 MathQED subscriptions.  Sign up for this Giveaway at:

https://www.facebook.com/MainStreetBailout/app/369700189736413/

 

Company Name: MainStBailout
Contact Person: Dr. Iris Mack
Email: imack@mainstbailout.com
Website: www.mainstbailout.com

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Happy Birthday to Me!

happy-birthdaybeautiful-hd-picToday’s my Birthday and I sent out invitations for others to join me, however, everyone seemed to be too busy so I am eating CAKE all by myself.

Like my invitation stated, I am promoting all genres today even though February is Romance month.

And since no one wanted to party…guess you all had to big of a night on Sunday night after the Super Bowl Game…I am partying by myself.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of one of the books below, subscribe to my newsletter before midnight (Feb. 7th).  I will choose the winner on Feb. 8th.

http://www.sparkinganvil.com/cindy.html

Take time to visit the authors below and sign up for their newsletters.

 

 

by Clementine Paddleford and Cynthia Harris

Stories Paddleford wrote about her childhood.

  • Hometown Appetites, The Story of
    Clementine Paddleford the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

by Cynthia Harris and Kelly Alexander

You can only get this book in Paperback and Kindle, if you would like to purchase a hardcover, I will be happy to sell you a copy.

Website – http://www.sparkinganvil.com/cindy.html

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Cyn_Harris

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  • The Yellow Hoods Series

by Adam Dreece

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Twitter: @AdamDreece
Signed copies available at TheYellowHoods.com/Store

 

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by Jason B. Ladd
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Winner January 7th Amazon Gift Card Drawing

I have been sick with a horrible head cold and didn’t get around to announcing the winner on January 7th.

 

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2 Days Before Christmas

No books today!

Instead, I am going to tell a favorite Christmas story.

In 1988, my husband asked me what I wanted or needed for Christmas.

I am a simple person and I don’t need or want much of anything.  I thought about what to say to him and this is what I said: “I want a Christmas Sock stuffed full of fruits, nuts, and candy just like when I was a kid on Christmas morn.”

I didn’t think much about it in the coming days, however, I should have known better.

You see, the first Christmas we spent together after meeting, he asked me the same thing and my response was: “I want a red jeep, a million dollars, and a trip around the world for two.”

On Christmas day, I got exactly what I asked for, but not in my way of thinking, yet it was funny.

monopoly-money2I got a red plastic toy jeep that was parked in the driveway between two vehicles.  I got a million dollars of Monopoly Game money and I got my trip around the world for two by him placing a world globe in the middle of the living room floor and walking me around it.

So, you see.  I really should have seen what was coming.

76881450e85d781040c3eebd9b0d8b04mixedchristmasnutsOn Christmas morn, 1988, I got up and there on the back of a chair in the dining room was one of my hubby’s sock stuffed full of fruit, nuts, and candies–all from my childhood: apples, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, English walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. and the ribbon Christmas candy, etc.

It really did bring back my childhood memories and tears flooded my eyes.

So, this year, when you hang your stocking with care, ask your parents and/or grandparents what did they receive in their stockings on Christmas morn.

One thing is for sure, it was probably nothing electronic!

Enjoy yourself today and this evening and on Christmas Eve, don’t rush around like a chicken with its head cut off.  Instead, enjoy your family and/or friends, eat what you want (in moderation), and laugh.

And if you are a church going person, go to church and enjoy the candlelight service.

Wishing Peace to Everyone!

Merry Christmas!

Cindy Harris

P. S.  Don’t forget to leave a comment so you can be entered into my giveaway of a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  Drawing to take place on January 7th.

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Leaving Galway

12Title: Leaving Galway
By: James Linnane
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction, Short Stories

Book Excerpt:

My First Tree

I remember distinctly the day I cut down my first tree.  I was eight years old.

I used to pal around with the only other boy in our small village around my age named Patrick.  Patrick was four years older than me.  He was stronger, bigger and smarter than me, so I always played second fiddle, with regard to who was boss.  He once told me he was going to be a doctor and years later I can tell you that’s just what he did.  Our village was, at that time, in a remote part of County Galway.  We were both farmer’s sons, fond of the fields, the seashore and the open air.  At the weekend and on holidays when there was no school we would spend time together when we had no homework or farm work to do and we always invented some sort of adventure for ourselves.

On that day we decided to build ourselves a hut in a remote, inaccessible corner of one of my father’s fields.  The spot was picked.  We trampled down the vegetation around it and so it began.  Somewhere along the way, and for some reason best known to ourselves at that time, now well and truly forgotten, we decided nothing would do us but to cut down some unfortunate Ash tree for the main structure.  We intended to build a framework, which we would cover with plastic bags, to keep out the rain, with leaves and branches to camouflage it from prying eyes.  It would be our secret hiding place.

I was duly dispatched to get tools in my father’s shed.  My father’s precious tools, a risky venture at best, but he was well occupied, as he usually was, and I crept in and then out laden with an old saw, two formidable hatchets and some plastic bags, unseen.  I sped down the fields as fast as my burdens would permit me, which probably was not too fast.  Patrick had been waiting at a safe distance and met me along the way to assist with my load.  When we arrived back we surveyed the doomed tree.

We began to work.  Our abundance of enthusiasm was only matched by our total ineptitude and lack of skill.  I began sawing like a man possessed.  The saw bounced and slipped, bucked and buckled.  I nearly fell over a couple of times, sweat poured from my brow and then Patrick took his turn.  Truly he fared no better than I.  Finally, the saw stuck fast and neither of us could move it.  A titan struggle ensued and finally the saw was free.  It was decided to finish the job with the hatchets.  We were about as good with the hatchets as we were with the saw, or maybe worse, and it amazes me that we did not kill or maim each other.

We both walloped the poor tree till we were fit to drop.  The tree stooped unimpressed and unmoving while we lay on the ground panting and sweating, red faced and beaten.  The tree seemed to bear only minor scars despite our exertions and for a while, it looked as if we might well be beaten.

But perseverance and downright stubbornness are a funny thing and we were country lads with boundless energy, raised on farm work, hurling, plenty of fresh air and home cooking.  Our swearing vocabulary, at that time was quite limited, but we used them all just the same as we renewed our efforts yet again.  Still being raised on the rosary and mass on Sunday we chose not to overdo it lest a bolt of lightning strike us down.

We grunted, chopped, sweated and thumped as the day wore on.  The day became sunny it compounded our hardships.  Hands began to blister and bleed our shirts were off, wood chips lay scattered all around, but the tree still stood.  We rested and worked alternately and spasmodically.  Our tired limbs ached and throbbed as we whacked the pock mark trunk, inflicting more grievous, gaping wounds on the already wounded tree.  On towards evening the tree let out an almost inaudible groan and a slight shudder.  We attacked it with renewed zeal and it was I who struck the mortal blow, allowing us to pull it down, narrowly avoiding being pinned underneath it, however, we survived.

Having succeeded in our efforts, we trimmed its branches and tried to fit it to our hut, only to be convinced that it wouldn’t do.  We duly discarded our hard won prize.  It lay there, accusing, its naked stump, blatant in its starkness, a dying thing and we the villians of the plot.

It was getting late as we donned our shirts, collected the tools and gazed again at the say dejected tree lying prone and smitten.  We hid the plastic bags before we headed home.

I felt slightly nervous as I bade my friend goodnight wondering what my father might do if he should notice the unnecessary havoc we had wrought and left.  I quietly replaced the tools in the shed.  As I walked towards our house I felt elation tinged with sadness.  We had, had a grand adventure, I had cut down my first tree.  I don’t know if we ever finished that hut, I don’t think we did.  Youth is always fickle and restless, so certain yet so foolish and I was all of these things even at that age, a country lad just starting to grow with a head full of nonsense, coupled with a childish wisdom and a question for every answer.

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Author Bio:

James Linnane was born in County Galway Ireland in 1962. The youngest of a family of 10 children. The son of a building foreman/farmer and mother who essentially ran the farm while raising the family. James has lived in various parts of Ireland, has had various jobs and a career spanning barwork, security, construction and engineering.

His first book Never take an Irishman seriously unless he’s armed was published in New York in 1988, his sec­ond book, a novel(The Life and Times of a Gotcha) was released in 2011 and his third, The Potless Generation (a book of poetry) was released in 2014.

James has been a member of various writing groups including The Boyne Writers, The Meath Writers, and Splinter4all among whom James has many good friends. He has been widely published in various publications be­sides his own books. James is also involved with doing vol­untary work and with festival groups like Scurloughstown Olympiad.

James now lives in Ballivor County Meath with his wife and 2 daughters.

Connect with James:

Blog: jameslinnanebookchatcorner.blogspot.ie

Email: Jameslinn48@gmail.com

 

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Sharing Something Special

 

Today is my 34th wedding anniversary and I wanted to share something special with you.  Therefore, I am giving you a chance to get four (4) books – 2 contemporary romances, 1 historical romance, and 1 paranormal romance-free from the authors.

 

joy-to-the-worldTitle: Joy to the World

By: Nicole Zoltack

Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing Platform

Publication Date: April 14, 2016

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

 

 

Book Blurb: 

Unbeknownst to Eliza Berkeley, the second daughter of a baron, the man she thought she was going to marry was not Stephen Huntington, the Duke of Wyndale. Thankfully, the reprobate does not appear for the wedding. The true duke arrives instead. Will a match formed originally through deceit blossom into love this Christmas? Or will the imposter ensure neither experiences happiness ever again?

 

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Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. She’s also an editor for MuseItUp Publishing and works as a freelance editor and ghostwriter.

When she’s not writing about gentlemen and their ladies, knights, superheroes, or witches, she loves to spend time with her loving husband, three energetic young boys, and precious baby girl. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead and Gotham.

To learn more about Nicole and her work, visit:

Website: www.NicoleZoltack.com

E-mail: Nicole.Zoltack@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicoleZoltack

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/AuthorNicoleZoltack/

 

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Title: Finding You at Christmas: A Shellwater Key Tale

By: Kristin Wallace

Publisher: IndieWrites, Inc.

Publication Date: November 2, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

 

Book Blurb:

She’s going to find her destiny this Christmas…

After years of looking out for everyone else, preacher’s daughter Janie Worthy is ready to get a life of her own. But on the way to her first date, her car decides to quit, and a stranger on a motorcycle becomes her savior. The short time she spends with Caleb Montgomery on the side of the road might be the most romantic interlude Janie can remember. Of course, it’s all a fantasy, and soon Caleb is riding off into the night.

Until he shows up again in her hometown of Shellwater Key. When Caleb decides to stay in town for Christmas, Janie can’t help but wonder if she is the reason. Except people don’t fall in love in one night…Right? As the holidays kick into high gear, Janie must find the courage to move beyond past guilt to embrace the future and open the best Christmas present she could ever find.

 

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About the Author:

Growing up Kristin Wallace devoured books like bags of Dove dark chocolate. Her first Golden Book led to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later, she discovered romance novels and fell in love all over again. It’s no surprise then that Kristin would one day try her hand at writing them. She writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with love, laughter and a leap of faith. When she’s not writing her next novel, Kristin works as an advertising copywriter for clients that have included the Miami Marlins, Discovery Networks, The Peabody Hotel, and Sea World. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and worship team. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and has served as President of the South Florida chapter, Florida Romance Writers.

 

Connect with Kristin at:

Website: http://kristinwallaceauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kristin.L.Wallace

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KWallaceAuthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7361414.Kristin_Wallace

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-wallace-4ab84a15?trk=prof-samename-name

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kristin-Wallace/e/B00G5KX80I/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1481768580&sr=1-2-ent

 

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20886Title: Holly-Jolly Wolf, Wolves of Willow Bend

By: Heather Long

AN EXCLUSIVE

Genre: Paranormal

 

 

 

 

 

Book Blurb:

Hunter Rory Adler loves Willow Bend, their traditions, and their community. She will do anything for them. When she draws the name of the wolf who walked away for the pack’s secret Santa, she’s torn.

What does she get the wolf she’s had to learn to hate?

After more than a year spent watching over Three Rivers, Collin returns home for the holidays. Fighting a strange sense of malaise, he must come face to face with the challenge the holiday presents, and the wolf he left behind.

Can the magic of pack bring them together again?

 

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National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

 

Connect with Heather:

Website: http://www.heatherlong.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeatherLongAuthor
Twitter: twitter.com/HVLong

 

 

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51qylj6nwtl-_uy250_Title: Gift for the Boss:  Billionaire Romance Christmas Novella, Managing the Bosses Series

By: Lexy Timms

Publisher: Dark Shadow Publishing

Publication Date: December 17, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

Book Blurb:

Having just moved upstairs from her suite into his mansion home, she’s adjusting to the new life and incredibly happy for the first time in a long time. She can’t stop feeling the holiday spirit! Alex and Jamie are spending their first Christmas together and want to make it memorable, and perfect. How adorable can new love be when you have the perfect Boss and boyfriend?

 

About the Author:

Dealing in Antique Jewelry and hanging out with her awesome hubby and three kids, Lexy Timms loves writing in her free time.

Connect with Lexy:

Website: http://lexytimms.wix.com/savingforever

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavingForever/

 

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Now that you have viewed these books, you are probably saying to yourself…”great, I guess I will have to go look them up if I want to purchase them!”  And, no, you do not have too.

Go to instafreebie: http://blog.instafreebie.com/see-first-romance-nicole-zoltack-kristin-wallace-and-heather-long/

Click on the title of the book.  Sign up for the author’s newsletter and you will receive a free copy of the book!

Isn’t that wonderful?

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment (Like and Share do not count, although I want you to Like and Share) to be entered into my giveaway.  I will be giving away two $25 Amazon Gift Cards.  One will be given away on December 18th and the other on January 7th.

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Are You Panicking Yet?

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Christmas is just 14 days/2 weeks away!

So, are you panicking yet?

You might be panicking because your house is not clean. Here are the two websites I visit often to help me with home and body.

Jess Kielman at Mom 4 Real has many cleaning hacks and home tips from removing hard water stains from your toilet bowl to making your own cleaning products.

If you can’t find what you are looking for there, try Marla Gilley.  She is the FlyLady with all kinds of quick tips for the house and for you and will teach you how to get into the habit of taking care of both with control journals and cleaning in the zones.

Don’t panic!  Just breathe…Sigh!

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**Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered for two $25 Amazon Gift Cards to be given away, Dec. 18 and Jan. 7.**

Notice – clicking “Like” or “Sharing” does not put you into the drawing.  You must leave a comment.

 

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Holiday Books & Giveaway

You might hav02e noticed these past few days that the books are all about the holidays or takes place during the holidays.  That is because I am featuring this type of book during the holidays (up to January 6).

If you comment on each blog, I will enter your name into a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  You will get one entry per day/blog, so comment each day and you will get multiple entries.  You can go back to November 29 (beginning of the Holiday Blog Series) to comment for entry participation.

Two drawings will take place one on December 18 and one on January 7. (**Those who have already commented on the past Holiday blogs will be entered into the drawing**)

Also, you may get a Bonus at the end of a blog or two.  But, in order to know if there is a “Bonus” you must visit this blog site every day and read the blogs to get the “Bonus.”

I also encourage you to take a moment or two to check out the author of the day blog site or website.

If you look at the books on the purchase pages, even if you do not purchase, read the reviews and mark “YES” if they were helpful.  This helps to push the book up in the ranks on Amazon.

Happy Holidays and May You take some Time for Yourself to Relax!

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