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USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Sweet Contemporary and Historical romances.

A delicious and easy Portuguese Cranberry Sauce Recipe.

Did you know that Thanksgiving doesn’t exist in Portugal? In fact, many Portuguese have never heard of Thanksgiving.
And, if you were in Portugal in November and wanted to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, you would soon find that many of the ingredients are non-existent.

Looking for pecans to bake a pecan pie? Nope!
Canned pumpkin for pumpkin pie? Hah!
Cranberries for cranberry sauce? Nope, again. And certainly you won’t find canned cranberry sauce (my fave!) in any of the supermarkets.

However, you might find dried cranberries, although it’s interesting to note that the Portuguese do not have a name for cranberries, although the word “oxicoco” is sometimes used.

The good news is that you will be able to purchase a fresh turkey and roasted chestnuts from the many street vendors. Add a loaf of crusty Portuguese bread, a bottle of Port, and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast!

Here’s a recipe for “Portuguese” cranberry sauce. Note that dried cranberries and port wine are listed in the ingredients.

You will need:
Water to moisten
6 apples
Approximately 7 cups of dried cranberries
Port wine (I use most of the bottle!)
¾ cup brown sugar
Cinnamon and cloves to taste

Mix all ingredients and simmer on stove.

Do you have a favorite cranberry sauce recipe? Please share below.

Love to learn about other countries and holiday traditions? Snag a copy of A Portuguese Christmas, my sweet romance novella. Available on Amazon and all e-book stores, as well as paperback and audible.

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Does it snow in Portugal during the holiday season?

Feliz Natal means Merry Christmas in Portuguese!

I had such fun writing A Portuguese Christmas, my sweet romance contemporary novella. And, in turn, I learned a great deal about Portugal, and the country’s lack of snow during the holiday season.

The story is set in December. Krystal Walters, the heroine, is an American professional surfer, and is competing in Portugal during the holidays in a world-class surfing event. She misses the snow, and envisions returning to her home in wintry Rhode Island to celebrate Christmas with her father.

However, the average temperature in Portugal in December/January boasts a high of 59 degrees, with temperatures dipping to a low 46 degrees. So, snow is very rare, especially in the cities, such as Lisbon.

Through my research, I also learned that Portugal’s climate is diverse. The river Tejo runs through Lisbon, and any regions south are warm and dry, and reportedly it’s only snowed there once in twenty years.

Any regions north of the river are rainy and cold in winter.

Here’s the first cover of A Portuguese Christmas.

The hero, Adolfo, is an olive farmer, and, to me, this hero didn’t look like a man who farms. Those of you who’ve heard me praise my wonderful cover artist, know I trust her judgement. However, in addition to a hero who didn’t fit my vision, she forgot one important thing. There’s no snow in Portugal!

However, I LOVE the hero on my current cover, which was unanimously approved by my reader’s group!

The moment world-class surfer Krystal disappears under a mountain of sea water, Adolfo’s single-minded focus shifts from running his Portuguese olive farm to keeping the sun-kissed American spitfire safe. But first he’ll have to convince her that spending Feliz Natal with him isn’t the end of the world. Because she’s become the center of his.

Do you like snow during the holiday season, or do you prefer warm, sunny weather?

Feliz Natal!

A Portuguese Christmas is on pre-order and will be available November 7th for all ebook retailers, audible, and paperback.

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Is Halloween observed in Portugal?

In my research for A Portuguese Christmas, I learned that Halloween is not observed in Portugal, although the observance of the American Halloween exists in the more rural areas.

On October 31st and November 1st, children go from door to door and ask for sweets, such as honey, walnuts, and small cakes.

However, November 1st is All Saints Day, a Holy day that dates back 1000 years. Because Portugal is predominantly a Catholic country, people visit cemeteries and honor their dead friends and family.

How will you be celebrating Halloween this year? I’ve learned not to buy Halloween candy too far ahead, or it will be eaten by the time Halloween arrives!

A Portuguese Christmas, my sweet romance holiday novella, is on pre-order, and available on Amazon, as well as all ebook retailers.
Also available on paperback and audio.

Snag your copy today!

Seeking Fortune on Kindle Scout

I am thrilled that Seeking Fortune, my Inspirational Regency, has been approved for Kindle Scout.

There are lies more believable than truth.

Losing his wife and daughter to influenza shook James Colchester’s faith in God. As another epidemic threatens, he’s torn between what’s best for his fragile son: fleeing to his Welsh homeland, or staying put. In a moment of weakness, the black-haired, green-eyed Gypsy’s delicate touch on his palm quells his fear…and her beauty ignites a warmth he hasn’t felt in years.

Desperate to return to her people, Valentina goes against every lesson her mother taught her to soothe the Englishman into a false sense of security. But as James’s quiet faith sparks a hunger to know it for herself, she fears she’s made an unforgivable mistake. One that could rob James of his most precious gift—and destroy their chance for lifelong love.

Here’s the info on the campaign:

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/VDUCEYH93MMF

I’d appreciate your nomination. If accepted, you’ll receive a free ebook copy of Seeking Fortune.

I hope you love the cover as much as I do.

Thank you in advance for your nomination!

It’s Time for the 12 Slays of Christmas!

Hi Everyone,
I’m thrilled to share the following boxed set: Enjoy!

12 Mysteries from Best-Selling Authors for Only .99c!

Featuring Abby L. Vandiver, Judith Lucci, Amy Vansant, Colleen Mooney, Amy Reade, Nell Goddin, Colleen Helme, Kim Hunt Harris, Larissa Reinhart, Cindy Bell, Summer Prescott, Kathryn Dionne.

Twelve new, never-before published, Christmas-themed cozy mysteries in a boxed set from twelve, bestselling cozy authors – All for 99c!

And what’s a cozy without a pet? To help spread some of the Christmas spirit, the authors of The 12 Slays of Christmas, along with sharing our Christmas whodunit stories, are donating all of the profits from our boxed set to an animal rescue shelter to help cats and dogs in need – and you can be a part of it all!

Happy Reading and Enjoy!

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Introducing Author J. J. Montgomery

I am pleased to welcome author J. J. Montgomery to my blog and her wonderful book, Gun For Hire.
The Maui Heat Series

BLURB:

The job should have been easy—patrol a swank beach that serves as a backyard for Maui’s rich, kick out the riffraff, and get a tan in the process. But rent-a-cop Samantha Winters didn’t anticipate a deliciously grumpy cop, Sergeant Grady Roark, who comes down to the beach to bust her chops and instead leaves her breathless…and wondering why the one man who could help her seems determined to thwart her at every turn.

Grady is keeping secrets from Sam that have him walking the line between attraction and duty. But when Sam becomes the target of a shadowy organization, Grady will have to choose between the law and the temptation of a woman who has him breaking every rule he’s ever known.

The job should have been easy, but when the bullets start flying, Sam learns nothing is as easy as it seems when you’re a Gun for Hire.

Buy Links:
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Excerpt:

“The sunlight was intense after a half hour in that gloomy space, but I squinted hard and kept moving toward a narrow set of steps down to the parking lot. Grady walked a few paces behind me, and if he heard the crinkle of paper as I moved, he elected not to say anything.
Grady hit the remote to his truck and grabbed for the passenger side door, his hand light on my elbow as he helped me up. Paper crackled as my butt hit the seat and Grady’s eyes narrowed. Without a word, he slammed my door and went around to the driver’s side, climbing up into the cab and stabbing the keys into the ignition.
“So, I—” I hesitated as I shifted in my seat and my movement was accompanied by the distinct sound of cardboard bending.
“No,” Grady muttered, and clicked on the radio. “No talking.”
“But—”
“Shh.” Grady put a finger to his lips, his eyes still on the road. “Any minute you’re going to tell me about the felony crime you just committed. And then I’m going to have to deal with the fact that I was an accessory to a felony crime.”
“Umm, yeah.” I reached around to the back of my pants and eased the file folder up from my waistband, working it out slowly so as to not lose anything as Grady headed up the hillside toward his house. As I brought it around to look at it, the red block letters damning me to years of incarceration should I get caught, a muscle ticked in Grady’s jaw.
“You stole classified documents.” He shook his head from side to side.
I looked up at Grady and then down at the mangled file with the red Top Secret heading. I took a corner of the front sheet and ripped across the width of the page, separating the words “Top Secret” from the rest of the paper.
“They’re declassified now.” I crumpled up the classification and shoved it in my pocket.
Grady sighed.
I shrugged and opened the file.”

Author Bio:

J.J. MONTGOMERY writes romantic suspense novels with a sense of humor. Her heroines are as smart as they are smart mouthed and the men in their lives are just trying to keep up. Gun for Hire is the first book in J.J.’s Maui Heat Series.
If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, where she gets her ideas, and how it’s possible she can’t use Facebook, please visit her:

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Introducing Author Barbara James!

I am pleased to welcome author Barbara James to my blog and introduce her wonderful book, Starting Over: Rick

Blurb:
It is orientation week at Wilder University.

Annelise Perigault has just started college and is away from home. Living on her own for the first time, she struggles to navigate the social landscape. All sorts of groups seek to draw her attention, but she is drawn to the conservative-leaning student groups for a sense of belonging. That is where she believes she will find like-minded young women, those who hope to graduate in four years with their “Mrs. Degree.”

Rick Santelli has just started college as well. He is a returning student, however, after spending nearly a decade in the Coast Guard. Now serving in the Reserves, he is older than most of his freshman peers. Struggling to find his place as well, he is definitely interested in dating, but he can’t believe how quickly things are developing with Annelise.

Meeting up during orientation, they will grapple with controversies that draw them closer together and create a strong foundation for a healthy long term relationship. Taking place over six years, the story shows the ups and downs of life, love, dating, and the importance of finding the right person.

Barbara James is a writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She writes within the following genres: contemporary, sweet and new adult. An avid romance reader and a former academic writer, Starting Over: Rick is her first novel.

Visit Barbara at her website.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074LCLYFR

Introducing Award-Winning Author Laura McNeil!

I am thrilled to host award-winning author Laura McNeil on my blog today!

Book 5 of the Crystal Creek Series

A novel of suspense, revenge and a love so deep that it can only be released through forgiveness.

Hollywood producer Trent Parker has one goal – to own the film option for the breakout novel Sunset in Maui. His problem? Actress turned producer Charisse Whitloch. She’ll do anything to produce the film. Trent can stop her, but not without getting close to her, a bond he can’t risk.

Charisse has found the film project that will prove she’s her own woman – not her father’s daughter. One person stands in her way – Trent Parker. She’s faced opposition before, but she isn’t prepared for Trent. Her charisma has softened Hollywood’s hardest hearts, but is she a match for Trent’s heart of stone?

Trent’s defenses against Charisse crumble – loving her will heal the darkness in his soul and open the door to a secret he buried long ago. When Charisse is threatened, she and Trent face her adversaries. They piece together a plot more sinister than any Hollywood movie, but the key to their survival lies in Trent’s past – the key that will lead to Trent’s destruction.

Guarding Her Heart is the 1st book in the Crystal Creek Series

Crystal Creek Christmas Book #2

A Ring Around Her Heart #3

Steeling Her Heart #4

Risking Her Heart #5

Crystal Creek Boxed Set Books 1 – 3

Want more romantic suspense? Download a free short story: laurahaleymcneil.com.
If you want romance and suspense, download a sample or buy Crystal Creek Christmas now.

Laura Haley-McNeil is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and women’s fiction in novel length and in short stories. Her work has been featured in several women’s magazines. She has studied piano and ballet and has been a board member for two community orchestras. She and her husband reside in Colorado. When she isn’t writing, she jogs, bicycles and crochets.

Risking Her Heart Book Links:

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Introducing Best-Selling Author Kayelle Allen!

I’m thrilled to feature Best-Selling Author Kayelle Allen on my blog today!

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
Professional thief Senth Antonello is hired to retrieve a stolen prototype for which the imperial armada has already killed twice. When Senth’s brother is kidnapped to ensure the device is surrendered, Senth must rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. Senth must accomplish it in the company of a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.

Book 1 in the Antonello Brothers series
With his baby face, few believe Senth Antonello is an Advanced Interior Security professional in the elite Thieves’ Guild, but he is no kid. His feral, feline HalfKin side might be a come-what-may daredevil who lives for risk, but his human side is gritty determination and resourcefulness. His master hires Senth out to Captain NarrAy Jorlan, an enhanced woman with dangerous, pleasure-laced pheromones, and offers to buy Senth’s cruelly enslaved older brother and free him.

The job is grab-and-go: snatch an heirloom, deliver it, return to his master, and his brother will be free. There’s just this one little catch…

Senth must remain a virgin, no matter how tempting NarrAy’s powerful pheromones are. Disregarding rumors and warnings about her kind, he accepts the job. After all, how hard can it be to pilfer an old locket? And come on! A skilled thief like himself can steal one little kiss. Avoid touching her? Ha! No way one touch could entrap him. This job will be a cinch.

Then Captain NarrAy sashays into his world with her sexy older-woman authority and seductive, soul-stealing scent, and every skill Senth spent years mastering goes right out of his head. His willpower is all that stands between his brother’s nightmare of captivity and freedom. For his brother’s sake, Senth has to get it together. If he can’t, his brother will remain a slave, and Senth will be at the mercy of her pleasure forever.

A fast-paced sci fi romantic comedy with an adorable, fun-loving hero. He’s half-human and half-cat. She’s a by-the-book army captain. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

Genre: sweet science fiction romance (PG13)
Available free on Kindle Unlimited
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Romance Lives Forever Books
The sequel for this book is For Women Only.
Bro is a free short story set before this book opens. Get a copy here:

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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