Thursday, September 19, 2019

"Sunny-Side Up: More Than 100 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from the Essential Egg to the Perfect Pastry"--from pastry chef and Cake Wars judge Waylynn Lucas--for home cooks who want to make super-yummy breakfast delights in their own kitchen

Sunny-Side Up: More Than 100 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from the Essential Egg to the Perfect Pastry



Breakfast and brunch recipes from the essential egg to the perfect pastry, from pastry chef and Cake Wars judge Waylynn Lucas.

Sunny-Side Up is about making delicious brunch and breakfast food with love and attention--whether it's a scrambled egg for one or a full-on champagne brunch buffet for a special occasion. And it's not an exclusive party for seasoned foodies. In fact, Waylynn considers it her responsibility as a trained pastry chef to make things less--not more--complicated for home cooks who want to make super-yummy breakfast delights in their own kitchen.

The book will feature more than 100 recipes and 100 photographs. Recipes run the gamut from decadent Grapefruit Pistachio Cakes and Almond Frangipane Pear Baked French Toast to on-the-go breakfast bars and yogurt pops to healthful Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese Frittatas, Avocado Pineapple Smoothies, and breakfast bowls. Fun brunch cocktails round out the recipes to make an all-occasion powerhouse of delicious and uplifting recipes.


MY REVIEW: There's something about a good breakfast--savored, not inhaled--that carries you through the whole day. It's not just the sustenance, which is important, it's the sight, the sounds, and the scents of the breakfast ritual. Done properly and enjoyed with as much leisure allowed, breakfast is a form of pampering. When I was growing up, my family and I greatly enjoyed "breakfast for dinner", and I still love it to this day. Waylynn Lucas, acclaimed chef and popular TV food judge, celebrates breakfast and brunch with "Sunny-Side Up", which includes over 100 delicious recipes. In addition to those scrumptious recipes, you'll also find "Way With Eggs"; Prep Talk For A Sunny Kitchen"; "Helpful Hardware"; and "A Note On Ingredients". Here's a sample of those "can't wait to try" recipes: "Bacon, Tomato, and Cheddar Bread Pudding (Breakfast Strata)"; "Baked Egg Cups"; "The Breakfast Burrito"; "Huevos Rancheros"; "Rosemary-Garlic Breakfast Potatoes"; "Chicken and Waffles"; "Savory French Toast"; "Buttermilk Biscuits"; "Honey Butter"; "Bacon-Cheddar Biscuits"; Honey-Cranberry Muffins"; "Banana Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins"; and so many more wonderful goodies!

Book Copy Gratis Rodale Books via Goodreads Giveaway


Reviews

 

“If Waylynn’s fonuts are anything to go by, I promise all the food in this book is going to be delicious. Her recipes are straightforward and mouthwatering for home cooks and pros.”—Duff Goldman, chef
 

“Waylynn’s bubbly and warm personality radiates through not only her storytelling in this book but also in the recipes themselves. They’re friendly and approachable but still convey the knowledge from her culinary training and, more important, her experiences as a chef.”—Josiah Citrin, owner and chef of Melisse, Charcoal Venice, Openaire, and Dave’s Doghouse

“This book is ezzactly what I’d eggspect from Chef Waylynn. She never does anything the over-easy way. Sunny-Side Up is sure to help any cook crack into the incredible, edible egg.”—Michael Voltaggio, chef/restauranteur
 

“Waylynn Lucas’s dazzling new cookbook, Sunny-Side Up, seizes the day. This comprehensive and colorful tribute to the egg—the planet’s most universally adored food—makes me want to wake up and dash to the kitchen.”—Nancy Silverton, owner of the Mozza Restaurant Group and founder of La Brea Bakery



Waylynn Lucas

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Waylynn Lucas is the encouraging but honest judge on Food Network's Cake Wars, and former executive pastry chef of such notable restaurants as SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, four-starred Bazaar by José Andrés, Joachim Splichal's Michelin-starred Patina, and the Penthouse Restaurant at the Huntley Hotel. She is also a former cast member of the Bravo show Eat, Drink, Love and CNBC's Restaurant Startup. Waylynn currently lives in Park City Utah, where she has founded a catering business called Butter and Barley.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/profiles/talent/waylynn-lucas/bio

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

"The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan: A Balanced Eating Guide for You and Your Baby"--balance your gestational diabetes with the needs of your pregnancy nutrition--make sure both of you are eating right with dozens of recipes for healthy (and satisfying) breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan: A Balanced Eating Guide for You and Your Baby

The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan: A Balanced Eating Guide for You and Your Bab


Recipes for managing gestational diabetes―good for you and your baby.

The right diet can be a big help getting through gestational diabetes. The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan shows you how you can balance your blood sugar while still eating great meals that nourish both you and your baby every single day.

Take the guesswork out of your diet with an easy-to-follow, 4-week meal plan, filled with helpful meal prep tips so you’ll always have food available―even when you don’t feel up to cooking. Want to go off plan? Make sure both of you are eating right with dozens of additional recipes for healthy (and satisfying) breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan includes:
  • 90 gestational diabetes-friendly recipes―Keep your blood sugar under control without sacrificing the essential nutrition that the two of you need using these delicious dishes.
  • Straightforward meal plan―You’ve already got enough to think about―keep food simple with a complete 4-week meal plan featuring prep advice, shopping lists, and snack options.
  • Health guidelines―Get all the information you need about gestational diabetes, including handy charts for what to eat (and what to avoid), serving size references, and more.
Balance your gestational diabetes with the needs of your pregnancy nutrition with The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan.

The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan is loaded with affordable, delish, and simple meals and food lists. The best part is that Traci wrote all the recipes and had them worked on by a certified nutritionist! How great is that? As a nurse and a diabetes health and wellness coach, I recommend this meal plan for all moms that are dealing with gestational diabetes and for its use during postpartum.”―Gwendolyn S. Woody, LPN, certified diabetes health and wellness coach

MY REVIEW: "The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook & Meal Plan: A Balanced Eating Guide for You and Your Baby" offers insight into a healthcare issue which cannot be overlooked: gestational diabetes--a disorder of blood sugar regulation which occurs for some women during pregnancy. Authors Joanna Foley, a registered dietician, and Traci Houston, a chef, have combined their knowledge and life experiences to create a meal plan and food guide--with recipes--designed to help those with this condition manage their blood sugar levels and have a healthier pregnancy. As the authors advise, "Consult your health care team about what is right for you". Included in the book: "Eating Guidelines for Gestational Diabetes" and "The 4-Week Meal Plan". These sections are filled with such helpful information as meal-prep hints, snack options, and shopping guides. Here are some of the recipes you'll find: "Berry Almond Smoothie"; "Blueberry-Coconut Breakfast Cookies"; "Breakfast Tacos"; "Maple Sausage Frittata"; "Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Soup"; "Cheeseburger Soup"; "Summer Salad"; "Southwest Salad"; "Veggie Fajitas"; "Italian Zucchini Boats"; "One-Pan Chicken Dinner"; "Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans"; "Sloppy Joes"; "Beef Burrito Bowls"; "Shrimp Stir-Fry"; "Lemon Pepper Salmon"; "Creamy Dill Dressing"; and "Roasted Red Pepper Spread".

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers

  
TRACI HOUSTON
 
Traci Houston

TRACI HOUSTON, a former Air Force veteran turned chef, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during her first pregnancy. Traci's blog, thegestationaldiabetic.com, is a recipe and resource center that addresses common questions and pain points for GDM mothers.

Traci Houston was born in Marrero, Louisiana in 1986 but grew up mostly in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At 18 years old she joined the U.S. Air Force where she served honorably for nine and a half years. In that time she earned an Associates degree in Logistics & Business Management and Bachelor's degree in Health Administration. Those military years shaped her as an adult but didn't provide the freedom to feed her ambition. Consequently, Traci willingly separated from the Air Force to pursue a passion in culinary. Within months of leaving the military Traci started culinary school and graduated just five days before the due date of her pregnancy. It was in that pregnancy that she got diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a condition that led her down a path she never intended to walk. After back to back pregnancies and being a stay at home mom, Traci craved rejoining the workforce, but in a capacity that allowed her to spend as much time as possible with her children. Through much soul searching she embarked upon a blogging journey to help other moms suffering with gestational diabetes, and this is the work Traci continues today.

https://thegestationaldiabetic.com/ 


JOANNA FOLEY
 
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JOANNA FOLEY, RD, has been a registered dietitian for over 5 years. She’s the owner of a virtual nutrition consulting practice, Joanna Foley Nutrition (www.joannafoleynutrition.com), where she strives to help others create the healthiest versions of themselves.

"The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life"--helps you transform classic Southern comfort foods using diabetes-conscious ingredients--learn how to make them with flavorful substitutions

The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life

The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life


Enjoy the Southern foods you love with a diabetic cookbook that loves you back.

Head down South with a diabetic cookbook that helps you transform classic Southern comfort foods using diabetes-conscious ingredients. Discover over 100 variations on favorite dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and Hoppin’ John, and learn how to make them with flavorful substitutions like alternative grains and flours, garlic, onion, and chives, instead of so much starch and salt.
With this diabetic cookbook, you’ll prepare hearty, comforting meals that balance the trademark bright acidity and satisfying heat of Southern cooking—but are designed with ADA guidelines in mind. Every recipe includes the nutrition information you need at a glance, and you’ll even find lists of key pantry staples to keep on hand.

Discover a Southern-style diabetic cookbook with:
  • Nothing to lose —Healthy ways to braise, barbeque, smother, and air fry all your favorites.
  • Condiment creations —Make your own brines, rubs, sauces, and seasonings.
  • What’s in a serving size? —Tips for knowing what a serving size looks like for different food groups, and the nutritional value they contain.
You can have it both ways, thanks to a diabetic cookbook that lets you keep your health and keep the flavor.

MY REVIEW: Maya Feller, author of "The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for a Healthy Life", is a registered dietician, nutritionist, and the founder of Maya Feller Nutrition. By creating healthy versions of "comfort food", she works to educate the public on how to still enjoy favorite foods while maintaining glycemic stability. Keeping a healthy balance of proteins, fats, and carbs sourced from whole and minimally-processed foods, along with portion control, is a key component for obtaining optimal dietary success. As always, consult with your primary care physician before making major dietary changes. The recipes included here rely on plant-based carbohydrates and combine vegetables, beans, whole grains, fresh fruit, and low-fat dairy foods. Portion control like "The Plate Method" is vital: one half of your plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables; one fourth should contain starch + grains ; and the other fourth of the plate is for lean proteins. Food charts are included to identify healthy ingredients and explain proper portion size. Salt, sugar, trans fats, and saturated fats are to be used sparingly. You'll also find many tips and hints for the pantry, refrigerator and freezer, and kitchen tools and cooking techniques. Here's a sampler of the delicious recipes: "Breakfast Casserole"; "Veggie Hash"; "Blooming Onion"; "Savory Skillet Cornbread"; "Candied Yams"; "Hoppin' John"; "Brunswick Stew"; "Red Beans"; "Cast Iron Hot Chicken"; "Loaded Cottage Pie"; "Dutch Oven Apple Pork Chops"; "Jumpin' Jambalaya"; "Seafood Gumbo"; "Banana Pudding"; "Fried Apples"; and "Ranch Dressing".

Book Copy Callisto Publishers

Reviews

 

“Maya makes cooking approachable and exciting for people with diabetes! Instead of focusing on what foods to cut out, this book celebrates all of the rich Southern foods that should be enjoyed! You’ll be able to have your biscuits, grits, black eyed peas, and collards in a way that promotes stable blood sugars and optimal health.”―Wendy Lopez, MS, RD, CDE, co-founder of Food Heaven

The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook is a dream come true! Nutritionist Maya Feller has done the impossible, transforming southern classics into healthy dishes―without sacrificing any of their flavor or soul. While tremendously important for those managing diabetes, these recipes really are for anyone who values good food and good health. This is an instant classic that any lover of soul food must add to their cookbook collection.”―Mara Schiavocampo, Emmy award-winning journalist, author, and podcast host

The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook is not only the perfect guide for cooking southern comfort food, but also a brilliant roadmap on how to do this while living with diabetes. The dishes are sumptuous, the recipes are easy to follow, and the education provided about living a healthy life with diabetes is spot-on! Brilliant!”―Dr. Jen Caudle, family physician & medical correspondent, DrJenCaudle.com


Maya Feller

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Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of Maya Feller Nutrition, a nutrition private practice specialized in nutrition for chronic disease prevention. Maya received her masters of science in clinical nutrition at New York University, where she is adjunct faculty.

When working one on one and with groups, Maya believes in meeting the whole person where they are and using a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to effect agency and enable each client to meet their unique nutrition-related goals.

To address the difficult and complex health epidemics of non-communicable chronic disease, Maya is dedicated to promoting nutrition education that helps the public to make informed food choices that support health and longevity. Maya shares her approachable, real food-based solutions to millions of people through regular speaking engagements, writing in local and national publications, via her social media account on Instagram, @mayafellerRD and as a national nutrition expert on Good Morning America, Strahan & Sara, Dr. Oz and more.

When she's not hard at work, you may spot Maya out for a run, shopping at the Park Slope Food Coop or enjoying a delicious meal with her family.


https://mayafellernutrition.com/ 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

"American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History"--learn about the greats in sports, civil rights, art, science, and more--also includes activities and tips for exploring more online

American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History



Discover the amazing stories of 50 real American heroes.

Are you ready to read about daring deeds and world-changing events? Meet the American Trailblazers, diverse historical and modern figures who accomplished incredible things. History books for kids age 9-12 should include a range of people and stories--here you'll learn about the greats in sports, civil rights, art, science, and more.

Explore each person's groundbreaking life and find the details of their work in the vibrant illustrations. Unlike other history books for kids age 9-12, American Trailblazers also includes activities and tips for exploring more online.

This standout among history books for kids age 9-12 introduces:

Athletes and performers--Meet memorable stars of sports and stage like baseball player Roberto Clemente, boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and entertainer and activist Josephine Baker.

Scientists and explorers--Read about the epic undertakings of engineer Nikola Tesla, interpreter and expedition guide Sacagawea, and conservationist John Muir.

Rebels and writers--Hear the powerful principles of jazz poet Langston Hughes, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and author and voting rights organizer Louisa May Alcott. Some are famous, but many you won't read about in other history books for kids age 9-12.


Who will your new hero be? Find out in American Trailblazers--all history books for kids age 9-12 should be this inspiring!


 MY REVIEW:  Anyone--child or adult--who has an interest in American History will appreciate "American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History". Author Lisa Trusiani has put together an attention-holding collection of fifty amazing individuals from past eras and modern times--a list as diverse as it is dazzling. These are people from all walks of life and career paths--science, civil rights, sports, music, art, and much more. The more of the biographies that you read, the more you want to read. Here are just a few of the fabulous folks you'll find between the pages: Muhammad Ali; John James Audubon; Josephine Baker; Rachel Carson; George Gershwin; Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Georgia O'Keefe; Wilma Rudolph; Dr. Seuss; and so many more. The book is easy-to-read, delightfully illustrated, and an enjoyably educational way to pass the time.

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers


LISA TRUSIANI

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LISA TRUSIANI loves to research life in the past and often imagines going back in time to meet trailblazers and other fascinating people. Lisa has written award-winning comic book stories for Marvel Entertainment and a syndicated newspaper strip. She is happiest when writing for children and teens. 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2299024.Lisa_Trusiani

"Girl Meets Duke Series"--delicious historical romance from author Tessa Dare---once a girl meets a Duke...only a Duke will do!

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1)



When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:


- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.


But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:


- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…



The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke, #2) 



He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson

The accidental governess.


After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart... without risking her own.


The infamous rake.


Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling... and he’s in danger of falling, hard. 



The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke, #3) 



They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.


Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.
 



The Bride Bet (Girl Meets Duke, #4)

 

Coming 2020



Ten years ago, Nicola and the duke wanted nothing to do with each other…and that’s exactly why they got engaged.


Reviews

 

“Sexy, tender, and wickedly funny, Dare’s newest offering is a spirited tale with a Beauty-and-the-Beast theme and the perfect launch for her latest series.” (Library Journal)

“Dare once again works her own irresistible brand of magic by taking a cast of richly nuanced characters, a deliciously clever plot… and a generous measure of addictively tart wit, and then she spins the whole thing into pure literary gold.” (Booklist)

“You’ll laugh and cry... while reading this daring reimagination of Beauty and the Beast that is pure romance at its best. Dare’s gift for crafting humorous repartee is matched by her talent for writing deeply emotional stories filled with steamy love scenes.” (RT Book Reviews)
"Dare’s inimitable wit, charm, humor, and emotional intensity are on full display, and readers will be smitten. Another sparkling success for Dare and her delightful Girl Meets Duke series.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Dare outdoes herself with the scintillating third Girl Meets Duke Regency romance This riveting romance may be Dare’s best yet.” (Publishers Weekly)

“RITA Award–winning Dare’s flair for ingeniously inventive and wonderfully whimsical story lines is on full display in the latest of her marvelous Girl Meets Duke books, which distinguishes itself with a plot with a serious side while still delivering just the right ratio of lushly detailed love scenes to laugh-out-loud moments.” (Booklist)

“Dare has created a deliciously sexy take on Lady and the Tramp. Laugh-out-loud scenes involving a runaway otter, a foul-mouthed parrot, and a scene stealing hedgehog balance out the darker, more introspective topics of the characters’ childhood abuse and neglect.” (Library Journal)

“Alex and Chase are playful, intense and stubborn--their flaws make them a magical match, not perfect but perfect for each other.” (New York Times Book Review on The Governess Game

  
Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare 

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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice!) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.
 

"A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad"--from author Traci Douglass--contemporary holiday romance--a mistletoe kiss just may spark a second chance when former sweethearts meet again

A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad

A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad

Second chance…

…under the mistletoe!

GP Nick Marlowe returned to his hometown to focus on raising his young son. The last person he expects to see in Bayside is high-flying Beverly Hills surgeon Belle! The childhood sweetheart he’d let go so she could pursue her dream of attending medical school. Only, now they’re working side by side to reopen her late aunt’s free Christmas Eve clinic, their magical connection returns… Could a mistletoe kiss spark another chance—just in time for Christmas?


MY REVIEW:  Well-drawn characterizations and a strongly-felt sense of longing add depth and poignancy to a "Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad". Author Traci Douglass has created two appealing characters who made choices at a young age which would separate the high-school sweethearts and give them careers each on other side of the country. Belle Watson left Michigan for a scholarship at UCLA which would allow her to pursue her professional dreams in medicine. Nick Marlowe had also chosen to become a physician, eventually working as a pediatric surgeon in Georgia. He would marry and become a father, but after his wife passed away, he came home to Michigan to open a new medical practice. When Belle's Aunt Marlene passes away, Belle returns to Michigan to settle her aunt's affairs. She and Nick are in each other's company after nearly twenty years, and a myriad of emotions are swirling between them. However, they are both shocked to learn that Aunt Marlene divided her estate between the two of them, and her final wish was that they would work together to reopen her free clinic to the public for Christmas Eve. Despite the passing of time, different lives on opposite sides of the country, and differing personal situations, the attraction and regard between Belle and Nick is stronger than ever. There is much to resolve for both of them, but the heart knows what it wants. Will the wisdom in a kindly matchmaker's last wish and the magic of mistletoe be just the holiday gift that will offer a second-chance at lasting love for Belle and Nick? If you enjoy holiday romances with heartfelt hopes for a happy reunion, then you will love "A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad".

Book Copy Gratis Author


Traci Douglass 

AUTHOR TRACI DOUGLASS SAYS:

Fresh, Flirty, Fun, Sweet, Sexy Romance.

"I'm a USA Today Bestselling Author whose stories feature sizzling heroes with humor, quick wits and troubled pasts and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. I hold an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and I love cute animals, chocolate, coffee, hot UK actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.

My books are published with Harlequin/Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing, and Tule Publishing."

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

"NEW BEGINNINGS SERIES"--from awesome author DEBBIE MACOMBER--stories are imbued with everyday life matters, and humor and hope help to heal the more difficult aspects of existence that we all face from time to time--romance is delightfully written, and love pervades the storylines

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Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close—until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite—a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.

Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities—making amends with her sisters, finding love once more—she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.


A wonderful novel of perseverance and trust, and an exciting journey through life’s challenges and joys, Last One Home is Debbie Macomber at the height of her talents.


Praise for "Last One Home"


“Fans of bestselling author Macomber will not be disappointed by this compelling stand-alone novel.”Library Journal

“Family, forgiveness and second chances are the themes in Macomber’s latest stand-alone novel. No one writes better women’s contemporary fiction, and Last One Home is another wonderful example. Always inspiring and heartwarming, this is a read you will cherish.”RT Book Reviews

“Tender, real, and full of hope.”Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Once again, Ms. Macomber has woven a charming tale dealing with facing life’s hard knocks, begging forgiveness, and gaining self-confidence.”Reader to Reader

“Macomber never disappoints me. . . . She always manages to leave me with a warming of the soul and fuzzy feelings that stays for days.”Fresh Fiction

“A very heartwarming novel of healing and reconciliation . . . that touches on life’s more serious moments and will leave readers hoping to revisit these flawed but lovable characters in the future.”—Book Reviews & More by Kathy


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In this powerful and uplifting novel, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.

Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.

An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.
 
  

Praise for "A Girl's Guide to Moving On"



A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is Debbie Macomber’s finest novel. Betrayal and sorrow can happen in any stage of life and, in this wonderful story, her very nimble hands weave a spectacular kaleidoscope of courage, struggles, and finally joyous redemption and reinvention. Macomber totally understands the human heart. I absolutely loved it!”—Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies

“Debbie Macomber’s beguiling new novel, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, whispers a message of love, hope, and, yes, reinvention to every woman who has ever wondered ‘Is that all there is?’ I predict every diehard Macomber fan—as well as legions of readers new to the Macomber magic—will be cheering for Leanne and Nichole, and clamoring for more, more, more.”—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, Ladies’ Night, and Summer Rental

“Macomber is a master at pulling heartstrings, and readers will delight in this heartwarming story of friendship, love, and second chances. Leanne, Nichole, Rocco, and Nikolai will renew your faith in love and hope. The perfect read curled up in front of the fire or on a beach, it’s as satisfying as a slice of freshly baked bread—wholesome, pleasantly filling, and delicious.”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Flight Patterns

“Beloved author Debbie Macomber reaches new heights in this wise and beautiful novel. It’s the kind of reading experience that comes along only rarely, bearing the hallmarks of a classic. With characters as warm and relatable as your best friends, it’s a novel of connection, exploring life’s unexpected twists and turns—friendship, betrayal, passion, heartbreak, and healing. The timeless wisdom in these pages will stay with you long after the book is closed.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Starlight on Willow Lake

“Debbie dazzles! A wonderful story of friendship, forgiveness and the power of love. I devoured every page!”—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Friends We Keep

“Debbie Macomber is a master at emotional, uplifting, insightful stories, and A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is one of her best novels. Her characters are well-defined, well written, and so realistic that by the end of the book the reader feels like they are intimate friends with Nichole and Leanne. . . . Macomber fans will love her latest novel. If you haven’t read Macomber before, this is a lovely book to start out with.”Night Owl Reviews

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On is truly a story of love, friendship, hope and a woman’s capacity to make a fresh start. Whether you are in a rock-solid relationship or have faced a break-up or divorce, you are sure to connect with the joys and trials faced by Leanne and Nichole as they support each other in their individual quests for a brighter tomorrow. Readers will find the book full of the tender moments, humor, drama and emotion for which Debbie Macomber’s novels are famous.”Bookreporter

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On definitely hit the right buttons on how a good, strong, and happy relationship should be. . . . Pick up this beautiful story.”Fresh Fiction


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An emotionally stirring novel that shows how obstacles can be overcome, differences can be strengths, and sometimes a choice can seem wrong even though it s absolutely right

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not and her parents worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn t exactly Sam s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.

But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both.

Before long, Beth's strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she s come to love.



Praise for "If Not for You"


“[An] uplifting and deliciously romantic tale with vibrant characters and a wide range of emotions.”—RT Book Reviews

“A heartwarming story of forgiveness and unexpected love.”—Harlequin

“A fun, sweet read.”—Publishers Weekly  

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Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.



Praise for "Any Dream Will Do"


 “Emotional, romantic and inspirational, the latest novel from romance maven Macomber is a must read! . . . Shay’s journey is one of courage, and there’s something in her story for every reader.”—RT Book Reviews

Any Dream Will Do is . . . so realistic, it’s hard to believe it’s fiction through the end. Even then, it’s hard to say goodbye to these characters. This standalone novel will make you hope it becomes a Hallmark movie, or gets a sequel. It’s an inspiring, hard-to-put-down tale. . . . You need to read it.”—The Free-Lance Star

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber is a study in human tolerance and friendship. Macomber masterfully shows how all people have value.”—Fresh Fiction

“Macomber never disappoints. The message is uplifting and inspirational. Fans of Christian fiction or crossover works with a positive message will enjoy this book.”—Library Journal


Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber 

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2019, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include Window on the Bay (July) and A Mrs. Miracle Christmas (October). Macomber is also releasing a new journal titled Be a Blessing: A Journal for Cultivating Kindness, Joy, and Inspiration (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published three bestselling cookbooks, most recently Debbie Macomber's Table in 2018, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.