Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Cliche Christmas

I know it's too early for Christmas. I hate seeing red and green in the stores before Halloween. But this year, I must make an exception for a truly delightful Christmas novella, just released this month. The timing is actually perfect for those of you who are waiting for the Hallmark Channel to change their programming over to the sappy, tear-jerking, perfect Christmas movie marathon that is November and December.  

You see, the main character in this book is Georgia Cole, and she is the Hollywood Christmas Queen. She writes the awesome sappy movies everyone loves to watch, but she’s never experienced a magical Christmas moment in her life. This year she’s tricked into going home for Christmas and she runs right into the man she never wanted to see again.

Beyond the snowy Christmas setting, the foibles of a budding romance, and the quirky grandmother, I absolutely love the dialogue. Georgia banters with Weston and the sparks fly. I even laughed out loud a few times. Georgia’s voice is hysterically funny and easily relatable. I read the book months ago, and I still love the characters because they were so crisply drawn.

This story really does paint a picture-perfect town. But Nicole Deese populates it with real people dealing with real problems, from the girl who falls into the snow, soaking her jeans, to the little girl battling cancer, to the senior citizens trying to organize a holiday bazaar.

Deese is a true talent. She writes clean romance that satisfies, but leaves you hoping she has another seventy-two books available right now. I hope you’ll give her a try . . . but I’m warning you. She has not written seventy-two books. Yet. She does have at least three more for sale…

Nicole Deese is a lover of fiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found fantasizing about “reading escapes,” which look a lot like kid-free, laundry-free, and cooking-free vacations.
Her debut novel, an Inspirational Contemporary Romance, All for Anna, has hit multiple milestones since its release in January 2013, including a 4.7 star rating on Amazon and more than 120,000 downloads on Kindle. She has since completed the Letting Go series and is over-the-moon excited about her new release, A Cliché Christmas, published by Waterfall Press, an Amazon Publishing imprint. A Cliché Christmas is available at Walmart stores nationwide and on
Nicole Deese is represented by Jessica Kirkland of The Blythe Daniel Agency, and lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband, Tim, and her two rowdy boys, Preston and Lincoln.

Do you watch the sappy Christmas movies? (and I say that fully admitting that I am addicted!) Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn Camping

Are you enjoying this Autumn weather? 
Have you tried camping during cooler weather?
On the road . . .

Over the weekend we headed down to the Stone Mountain Park. This weekend was peak weekend for much of the eastern area. Gorgeous reds, yellows, oranges and browns highlighted the rugged mountains of West Vriginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. It was like basking in a vivid rainbow forest of color.

Tent set up
Gramps and grandson checking out their "necessary equipment"

Once we arrived at our destination, we began setting up camp. There were around nine different families from the elderly in their eighties to our grandson who is two. Grandson Jonathan and Gramps pulled out our tent and soon had it erected.

Once the sun set, a fire was built in the pit and we took turns roasting hotdogs. Lots of chatter, and speculations ran high whether the bear spotted earlier would reappear. (They're a roving animal.)

Gramps, grandson, and I "hit the hay" early. We'd made provisions for the cool weather with warm sleeping bags, a proper heater, and bathroom facilities close at hand. Grandson Jonathan was excited and woke up twice during the night to zip down a tent window to stare at the fire and stars. He was hoping (not knowing what he hoped for!) to spot a bear! The only one we saw was in the park office, and it was plenty impressive. :)

After a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, hash browns, and crispy pancakes--all cooked over an open flame, most of us headed to the mountains, some to the water fall and others on a longer hike up the mountain. Because of our two-year-old, we elected for the shorter route.
Headed to the falls, walking over some beautiful stone slabs!

The top of the falls

A nice couple took this picture for us. 
What a stone chimney is doing out in the woods near the top of a mountain, is beyond me.
Didn't have time to run down the answer, but enjoyed it just the same. 

Did we have fun? You bet.
Just prepare ahead of time: food, water, warm clothes. 
Take along the proper equipment and know how to use it.
Use your head and don't take chances.
If you do all that, and more, you'll be like us:
wanting to go back again. And again. 

About the author:
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Wind-Up comment for a Chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Congratulations to Mary Preston who was the winner of last week's giveaway of The Messiah's Sign by Amber Schamel

If you are a winner, please contact us here with your address to claim your prize. 


This week's giveaway is:

A $10 Amazon Gift Card (Compliments of Patricia Bradley)

Patricia Bradley's manuscript for Shadows of the Past was a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award (1st place, Inspirational), and winner of a 2012 Touched by Love award (1st place, Contemporary). She is a published short story writer and is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. When she's not writing or speaking, she can be found making beautiful clay pots and jewelry. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

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Coming up this week:

Musing Monday: How God Works with Guest Blogger Alexis A. Goring

Tidbit Tuesday:with Carole Brown

Woven Wednesday: Recipe from Jodie Bailey

Thoughtful Thursday: Book Review by Jennifer Fromke

Fun Friday: Confessions of a Book Crier by Amber Schamel

Sit-Down Saturday: Author Interview by Catherine Castle

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