2020… So Far, So Bad

Jerry speaks softly… and uses his words well! This is excellent! 😊

Jerry Brotherton

We were so damned naive and innocent
for four years we ignored your warning call
that you just might be the apocalypse
coming here to put an end to us all

You started out as the flames of hellfire
burned brightly across the Australian land
destroying almost everything in sight
as we watched we still did not understand

There were so many other commotions
that seemed more important to us you see
We had Jen and Brad, Harry and Meghan
Brexit and the tragic death of Kobe

As congress took their one glorious chance
each moment had us glued to our smart phones
As they impeached the unimpeachable
but Republicans kept him on the throne

Then we heard about that Chinese flu thing
They said nearly everyone was dying
But our potentates were pounding their chests
and telling us that they were just lying

Said it was no more than…

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#New “Dancing Through the Snow: A Sexy Holiday Short” by Tè Russ

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From the moment Travis walks into Celeste’s ballet studio to pick up his niece, she knows immediately that all she wants for Christmas… is him.

Bonus throwback holiday short from 2016 included!

Interior designer Noel Kendricks has a strict rule about not getting involved with clients. But when it comes to Adam Byrd, Noel quickly realizes that getting a little naughty during the holidays can be quite nice.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Royal Holiday” by Mckenna James

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ROYAL HOLIDAY BY #MCKENNA JAMES IS **LIVE**

#LiveNow #RoyalHoliday #NewRelease #MckennaJames

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In Brooklandia, the holiday countdown doesn’t begin until the Royal Family throws their Midnight Magic Ball two weeks before Christmas Eve.

Princess Martina Parisier hates the lavish royal parties with their boring guests, having to behave like a lady for hours on end.

But this year’s ball will be a masquerade. Everyone there will be in costume, so at least she can hide in plain sight.

So when a dashing masked man captures her under the mistletoe and gives her a toe-curling kiss then leaves her with a single red rose, she has no idea who he is.

Now the mysterious stranger is sending her a red rose each day in a countdown of his own.

He knows who she is and claims he will see her under the mistletoe again on Christmas Eve…

Amazon→ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZTRMMFW

Goodreads→ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48278464-royal-holiday

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Mckenna James Bio:

Mckenna James is the pen name for a collaborative writing duo who share an addiction to sweet tea and a love for wealthy, attractive men.

Since they don’t know enough devastatingly handsome men with boatloads of cash to spare, they decided to create some. They specialize in fairytales for today’s world featuring modern princes and heroines who speak their minds and carve out happily ever afters on their own terms.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Once Upon a Wish-Mas” by Laura Barnard

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Once Upon a Wish-Mas

by Laura Barnard
AVAILABLE NOW!

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Synopsis

 
Ruby Campbell isn’t daunted at the prospect of working as a Nanny for the notorious Barclay Rothchester. She’s warned he’s a strict control freak, but she’s sure she can soften him up.
 
Barclay Rothchester lost his wife three years ago. Of course he’s never going to find someone to replace her role, the one she did so perfectly. He’s sure its not going to be hippy dippy Ruby with her sass and rebellious ways.
Ruby is determined to give his daughters the Christmas they deserve. Now if only she can tolerate their father long enough to make that happen.
Are they both willing to put their stubborn pride aside, or will they risk losing the one gift that can’t be wrapped: each other.
Things you should know about this romcom…

Tortured sexy single Dad
Quirky kick arse Nanny
Enemies-to-lovers
Emotional tear-jerker
LOTS of Christmas feels
★★★★★ “Mary Poppins meets The Holiday with a sprinkling of White Christmas.  Perfect!”
—Carrie Elks, Amazon Best Selling Author
 
★★★★★ “All I can say is wow!  This book is amazing!”
—Crazy Reader Book Blog
★★★★★ “I devoured this.  The kind of book that makes me fall in love with reading all over again.”
—Nic Reads in Heels
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Meet the Author

Amazon Best Seller Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or ‘chick lit’ as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio. 
She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She’s a real fan of the power nap, loves setting her friends up together and of course READING! 
She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

#BookTour “A Gingerbread Romance” by Lacey Baker

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A GINGERBREAD ROMANCE BY LACEY BAKER

As an architect, she designs beautiful buildings… But will her heart ever find a place to call home?

Taylor’s architectural firm enters her in a contest to build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, she’s likely to get a promotion to a position in another city. But it’s a team competition, and Taylor’s temperamental partner soon backs out. Taylor needs a replacement―fast.

When she meets Adam, a baker and single dad, she convinces him to be her partner in the contest. After all, winning would give his bakery much-needed exposure.

For years, Taylor has avoided thinking of anywhere as “home.” When she was a kid, her family was always on the move. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter Brooke, decorating for Christmas and enjoying Philadelphia’s holiday traditions, has her questioning everything. Could she have found a place to call her own?

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ABOUT LACEY BAKER

Lacey Baker, a Maryland native, lives with her husband, three children, grandson and English Bulldog in what most would call Suburban America–a townhouse development where everybody knows each other and each other’s kids. Family cook-outs, reunion vacations, and growing up in church have all inspired Lacey to work towards her dreams and to write about the endurance of family and the quest to find everlasting love. To date she has written in several genres including small town romance, YA paranormal (as Artist Arthur), a cozy mystery series titled Rumors and adult paranormal (as A.C. Arthur).

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National Chicken Wing Day!

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History – After a number of years of different establishments selling their version of Buffalo Wings, the city of Buffalo, NY in 1977 proclaimed July 29th to be National Chicken Wing Day.  Establishments like the Anchor Bar, Wings n’ Things and Duff’s all became famous for their wings.

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Wings are my favorite part of the chicken! Along with chicken breasts, they’re the only chicken I buy.

Last year, I prepared six different types of wings to celebrate #NationalChickenWingDay, but now that I’m alone, this year will be on a much lower key.

But there will still be wings… I’m ordering in!

Regardless if they’re called hot wings, buffalo wings, drummies, or wingettes, chicken wings can be ordered in just about every pizza parlor, Denny’s, IHOP, Applebee’s, Cheddar’s, and local mom and pop restaurants in the country. Even some gas station/convenience stores sell wings. Hello, Chester’s Chicken!

However, not all chicken wings are not created equal.

I’ve had wings from most of the popular franchises over the years, and while there are dozens of sauces and seasonings with cute, catchy names, many of these wing entrees have one thing in common.

They’re not cooked to an adequate doneness.

.Be it a wing, leg or thigh, chicken should pull away easily from the bone. One should not have to engage in a tug of war with a piece of meat or risk chipping a tooth. (And there has to be a bone! Keep your boneless wings to yourself! 😦  )

Yet, with so many restaurants preparing orders with timed cooking from posted charts, undone chicken is all too often the result.

It’s okay with some people, and others truly don’t know any better.

It’s unacceptable to me. I’ve had food poisoning because of improperly prepared food, and that’s not a party I plan to attend again.

So, where will I get wings to celebrate #NationalChickenWingDay?

From the only place where I’ve never been served an undone order of wings… Buffalo Wild Wings.

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My sons and late husband made it a point to explore the entire menu, but I’ve never ordered anything other than wings and onion rings from BWW.

And that works for me.

If you don’t already have a favorite wing stop, it could work for you too… because how could you not celebrate #NationalChickenWingDay?

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#Review “Build a Mate (A Holiday with Love Romance)” by Janice Croom

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3.5/5 Stars

Jasmine Green is seeing red. A life-size sex doll is raking in the orders during the Christmas season… and it has her face. When she tracks down robot creator, Homer Jackson, he’s shocked to see a human version of his creation and confused when Jasmine accuses him of using her to market his sexbot (Build-A-Mate).

His invention—XM-14—was created to save trapped miners and is locked away in his vault.

The two form a tentative friendship to get to the bottom of the mystery. Jasmine wants her face removed from the XM-14/Build-A-Mate and Homer wants to help her… and he wants her.

The problem? Homer is on a deadline. His assignment is almost over—he returns to his home planet on Christmas Eve.

Yes… home planet.

Though he is human, Homer left Earth almost eighty years ago.

Disgusted and distraught by the rampant racism which claimed his father’s life, Homer stepped through a “poster portal” and landed on Bronzeville—a multi-race planet where everyone works together for the betterment of all.

But right now, Homer is on Earth where unscrupulous product promotions vip, Rachelle Myers, works to discredit the all-too-trusting Homer and make Build-A-Mate a worldwide sensation.

The connection between Homer and Jasmine is undeniable, but even with a nod and a wink to destined soul mates, a few too many unexplained loose ends bugged me, like how are Homer and Jasmine so deeply connected and how she can do some of the things he does? Jasmine’s a successful female firefighter… on holiday. With such an occupation, it would have been nice to see her skills on-the-job or at the mines.

Still, though light on details and explanations, this short read delivers emotion with heart and a great ending.

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Can a brother from another planet find love?

Homer is an alien from the planet Bronzeville. A week before Christmas in a small West Virginia town, he’s running final tests on the XM-14, a lifelike robot designed to save trapped miners. All he wants is to finish XM-14 and return to his planet.

Jasmine is a firefighter in that small West Virginia town. She’s led an unremarkable life until this full page ad ran on Black Friday:
Whatever you want.
Whenever you want.
For however long you want.
Build-a-Mate. Available this Christmas.

Homer didn’t know his technology had been coopted to develop Build a Mate. Until the ad ran, Jasmine didn’t know that XM-14, aka Build a Mate, looked exactly like her. So it’s easy to understand why Jasmine burst into Homer’s office and demanded her face back.

Not so understandable is how Jasmine’s face ended up on XM-14 in the first place and how a quest to right this wrong might lead to a love that spans the galaxy.

by Janice Croom

Genre Fiction/Humor & Satire/Holiday

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“The Sentence Between Us: A Christmas Short Story” by Stacy Hawkins Adams

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The Sentence Between Us: A Christmas Short Story

by Stacy Hawkins Adams

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Holiday/Short Story

99¢ at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

Just weeks before Christmas, Melody Claytor finds the beautiful life she has created for herself and her husband in potential jeopardy, when a mistake from her past comes back to haunt her. Will a brief visit from a family member lead to healing and truth or turn her world upside down forever?

The Sentence Between Us takes readers on a brief yet emotional journey to witnessing one woman’s acceptance of the best gift ever: A wake-up call about what matters most – during the holiday season and every season.

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“Hearts Landing: A Holiday With Love Romance” by Janice Croom

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Hearts Landing: A Holiday With Love Romance

by Janice Croom

Genre: Genre Fiction/Holiday

99¢ at time of posting!

A week before Christmas, Keziah Steelman has to convince the small town of Hearts Landing to approve construction of Galaxy Corporation’s mega casino. Since the town has lost its major employer, it should be an easy sell.

Unstoppable force meets immovable object in the person of Ric Hudson, Christian leader of the opposition. Armed with handmade posters and mimeographed fliers, Ric seems woefully lacking to take on Galaxy.

But so did David against Goliath. Although Keziah views Christianity as a flawed belief system, she grew up in a Christian home and doesn’t underestimate the threat posed by a true believer. Her plan: go to Hearts Landing, masquerade as a tourist, infiltrate the opposition and destroy it from within.

Keziah left the Lord in her past. Secrets from Ric’s past threaten to destroy his future. Can the hearts of this unlikely couple land in a love only God can give?

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“Minty’s Kiss (Smoky Mountain Romance Book 1)” by P.C. Zick

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Minty’s Kiss (Smoky Mountain Romance Book 1)

by P.C. Zick

Genre: Holiday/Romance/NA

FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!

A childhood crush and a lost kitten combine for one sweet Christmas romance in the Smoky Mountains.

When Molly retreats to North Carolina with Gracie, her ten-year-old daughter, she’s surprised to find her childhood crush, Nick, still living in the area. Recovering from a divorce, Molly only wants to carve out a peaceful and happy existence for Gracie in a place where Molly always felt safe as a child.

The morning after her return, Nick, more handsome than she remembered, shows up at her cabin where she spent her childhood vacations. The flush of first love surprises Molly, and Nick is shocked to discover the grown-up Molly.

When Harold, Molly’s old cat, runs out the cabin door and into the woods, Nick discovers the cat lying dead at the base of the tree where Molly always went to read as a child. After burying him under the tree, a broken-hearted Gracie and Molly return to the cabin and discover a gray furry kitty under the porch. Gracie names him Minty.

Gracie refuses to believe her father won’t come back for them, so she resents Nick spending time with her mother and tries her best to pull them apart. One small kitty named Minty helps Gracie accept the love developing between Nick and Molly in time for her first Christmas in the mountains of North Carolina, but only after learning that life doesn’t always turn out how we want.

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