My Holiday Gifts to YOU!!! Gift Card, books and swag!

I love Christmas. I really do. And when I’m asked about my favorite story, one in particular always comes to mind.
When my son was about five, we lived in Ohio in this beautiful multi-level cedar sided house. It had decks on both ends of the house. That year, we had our Christmas Tree in the sun-room on the south side of the house.
At five, our son was curious about Santa. He was worried that the reindeer wouldn’t be able to land because our roof was shrouded in trees. We promised him that the reindeer would make it work. They’d get Santa here somehow.
Christmas morning we woke up and had our celebration. After a little while, my husband stepped out to the deck for firewood. Within a few seconds he called me out to look at what he’d found.
Reindeer prints in the snow! They were deer prints, of course, (I think) but it so totally backed up our street cred with our boy when he saw them. Santa and the reindeer had made it to our house!
The deck was 2 stories up! If you look in the background, that’s my jeep down below.
Check out the pics! I do apologize for the quality- these are pictures of pictures, but I think you can get an idea.

The even crazier part is where these prints actually were. This side of the house was set into the hill, and the deck was L-shaped. The ‘reindeer’ walked UP four steps then turned the corner of the L. We couldn’t believe them when we saw them. 
So, that’s my Christmas story. It added some unexpected magic to the day.
Real quick, I have to mention I have a new release! It would be a wonderful gift!
In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them. 
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can’t get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad’s left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn’t mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with.
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he’s been dealt. He’s served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they’re turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he’s not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently. 
Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?
Now, on to the prizes!!!
Tell me about your most favorite Christmas story. One person who leaves a comment will win a $10 Amazon or B & N gift card, a free download of ANY of my books and a gift pack of swag. The swag bag is for US residents only, but the GC and download can be for international residents. If you ALSO sign up for my newsletter, your name will be entered 2X! I will draw the winner December 17th.
And don’t forget about the GRAND PRIZE!!!
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Be sure to leave your email!!!! That’s how you’re entered! And click the hop button at the top to return to the list. Good Luck and Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!

So, What Does A Shamrock Taste Like?

Part of the St. Patricks Day Blog Hop!

I’m always curious because around this time of year, everything turns green. I remember my elementary school cafeteria serving green eggs and ham years ago. They probably couldn’t get away with it today, parents would be up in arms, but I remember thinking at the time that Dr. Seuss must have been Irish, because they served it on St. Patty’s day.
I know what green beer tastes like. I’ve even eaten green mashed potatoes and green bread before.
But what the heck does a shamrock taste like? McDonalds always rolls out their Shamrock Shake about this time of year, which I think everybody in the country has tasted at least once. Supposedly it was an ‘old family recipe’ rolled out in the ’70’s that kind of flopped for the company. So to keep the mystery alive, through several trial and error marketing campaigns, McDonald’s decided to only have the confection around St. Patrick’s Day, and then only in certain restaurants. I think they finally decided to have it at all restaurants, but still only for a short time.
ANYWAY! Did this old family recipe actually call for mint in the recipe? Was that the closest thing they could find to the actual taste of shamrocks? Or is this simply false advertising? ‘Ah, it’s green. They won’t know the difference.’ What if they wanted to add a mint milkshake to the menu. Would they put a shamrock on the side?
As a word of caution, if you decide to taste test a Shamrock Shake, be warned. It has 840 calories and 24 grams of fat!
I’m looking for what you think a shamrock actually tastes like. Oooh, or if somebody has actually tasted one, even better! Let me know what you think! One fantastic commenter will win a $5 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Perhaps you can pick up my latest release!

Tonya Hughes is bittersweet about her last appointment for the Awakening Society. For twenty years she’s done her part to shape the young men of Savannah into lovers any Southern woman would want. But her teaching has come to an end. Unable to continue the line, she plans to ‘retire’ from the Society, after one last Awakening.

To Harrison Walker, the appointment with the statuesque brunette is everything he could ever hope for. Tonya is going to instruct him in the art of making love, and she promises to teach him anything he wants. But when his emotions get involved, will he be able to walk away the next day? And will she be able to let him?

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