World Blogger Award


Thanks to my friend MaryAnn Diorio at I have been nominated for another blog award–The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. This reminds me of that movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants!

My part is to answer the ten questions below then send 10 questions to ten other authors, so here are my answers to MaryAnn’s:

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Review–At Bluebonnet Lake

Book Review–At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot.

Hi everyone, hope you had a great Christmas and a good start to your new year.  I’ve read 7 books so far in January, and this one was the best so far this year! I’ve read and liked several of Amanda Cabot’s historical novels, but this is her first contemporary fiction, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What’s not to enjoy–gorgeous descriptions of Texas scenery, well-drawn characters whom you’d love to have as friends, and a plot that culminates into something better than you could have dreamed!

The heroine Kate, and hero Greg, both have secrets in their past that don’t come out for quite a bit. Even after you can see them falling in love, you wonder if it will be enough to keep them together. And there is another romance in the story, too, like a bonus!

The book was lengthy, but after I got into it, I hated for it to end. I’m glad it is the first in a series called “Texas Crossroads.” I can’t wait for In Firefly Valley to be out this Spring so I can re-visit and catch up on some of my new friends!

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes, but that fact did not influence my review–a truly delightful read!

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Interview with MaryAnn Diorio

MaryAnn DiorioThanks for visiting, MaryAnn. Please tell us about your favorite book as a child and your favorite book as an adult. Can you see a connection between those books

What an interesting question!  My favorite book as a child was actually a series of books about a set of twins called The Bobbsey Twins. I loved those books because I could relate to the main characters and their adventures.  I read every single one in the series and, to this day, still can recall the joy and excitement I felt reading them. Continue reading

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Christmas Book Winners

Three winners for my Christmas book! In Oct. and Nov. both I promised to send a Christmas book to one of my commenters, so even though I didn’t announce a giveaway for the month of Dec. ahead of time, I decided to giveaway another book. The three winners are:

October — Bev Flora
November — Dowdywriter
December — Delia Latham

Starting in January I will discontinue my regular monthly book drawing until I get more followers on my new website, but will still do giveaways from other authors who choose to do one, so hope you will continue to stop by and please sign up to be a follower.

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Spotlight on Hometown Melodies

I’m glad to welcome Amber Stockton today to spotlight her new Christmas book which happens to be the second book in A Smoky Mountain Christmas series. Let’s learn a little about her book and her.

Melodies-Cover_Front_72-dpiBlurb: Melody May Buchanan left Gatlinburg to pursue a life in the symphony. When a letter arrives asking her to return home for her granddaddy’s 80th birthday, she knows she must go. Leaving her fiancé in Denver while the symphony is on break, she pushes behind her the reasons she left and heads home. But the homecoming isn’t quite what she expected. She’s immediately faced with everything she loved while growing up there…even her best friend, Drew. Old feelings surface, and she starts to wonder if she made a mistake. When her fiancé arrives, her two worlds collide, and she discovers Drew has become quite a success in the music industry. Now, she has a choice to make. Either way, one man will get hurt. But, which option is the best? Continue reading

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Jingle Belle by Delia Latham

JingleBelle_mjpgI’ve always loved to write, and from an early age, began to produce little bits of poetry, short stories and songs. Writing a novel was always a dream…one of those “kinda-sorta” goals folks keep in the backs of their minds and don’t say much about, because the truth is, they don’t really believe it’ll ever happen.

For me, it did – thank God! Granted, it happened later than it does for a lot writers (I was 49 when my first book released). I had four children, and kind of laid my writing dreams aside while they were small. I worked as a staff writer for a daily newspaper, and wrote articles for a regional magazine…but writing the stories that were floating around in my head had to wait until the time was right.  Continue reading

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