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Away in A Manger

In researching A Portuguese Christmas, I learned that on Christmas Eve, many Portuguese families gather around the Christmas tree and Crèche to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Catholicism is the main religion practiced in Portugal, and the Crèche is an extremely important part of Christmas festivities.

A fun activity for Portuguese children is collecting materials, such as moss and clay, for the Crèche,

Some families display Infant Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. However, other displays will feature shepherds, sheep, and the three wise men.

Although the American tradition focuses on children writing letters to Santa Claus for gifts, Portuguese children write letters to the Infant Jesus.

Here’s the blurb for A Portuguese Christmas:

Love can come softly, like holiday snow. Or sweep you away like a riptide.

World-class surfer Krystal Walters would have appreciated the beauty of her surroundings—a quaint cottage in a fragrant Portuguese olive grove—if a wipeout hadn’t changed all her holiday plans.

Now, suffering the dizzying aftereffects of multiple concussions, she’s determined to make it home to Rhode Island for Christmas, even if she has to defy doctor’s orders. Except those orders are being enforced by Adolfo Silva. A man as arrogant as he is ruggedly handsome.

Spending every waking moment working to make the family olive farm a success, Adolfo barely has time to savor a traditional Feliz Natal. But the moment Krystal disappears under a mountain of sea water, his focus shifts to a sun-kissed spitfire with golden hair, sky-blue eyes, and a will as immovable as his own.

Keeping her safe is his first priority, but this bold, courageous woman’s wings won’t be clipped. Before they can plant the seeds of a future together, he’ll have to convince her that spending Christmas—and maybe every holiday to come—with him isn’t the end of the world. Because she’s become the center of his.

Check out the youtube video here.

A Portuguese Christmas is also available on audible.com and paperback.

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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.

Check out the youtube video here.

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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Reserve your copy today!

And check out the youtube video here.

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:

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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!

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 Best-Selling Author Marie Higgins!

Hi Everyone,
I’m so pleased to introduce wonderful author Marie Higgins on my blog today! Here’s what readers are saying:

Readers are loving the Heroic Rogue Series!

• Yay I just found another one of your books. I find your writing fascinating, with your cliffhangers, spell binding mysteries, and writing style. I love this era in history. ~~wattpad reader
• One of the best stories I’ve ever read ❤ ~~wattpad reader
• LOVE THIS SERIES! Such a sweet, romantic stories. I LOVE all of Marie Higgins books! If you want a fun, suspenseful, clever, happy ending romances then you will not be disappointed!~~Amazon reviewer
• I have read several of this author’s books and I love how they flow. The adventures of the characters and her style of writing males it hard to put the book down. ~~Amazon reviewer
• I am so pleased to be able to give this book (Pretending You’re Mine) my highest rating and recommendation. It was an absolute delight to read, and I cannot think of any portion of the book I did not like. It is a completely clean historical romance–no profanity, no sex. In fact, it would appear that this story comes from a Christian perspective. It’s always nice to see God in a book even if He is somewhat in the background. I also appreciated the mystery and tension the author added–fantastic!~~Barnes and Noble reviewer

If you love historical romance…if you love the Regency era…if you love suspense, then these are the stories you need to read:

Pretending You’re Mine:
Portraying her twin is the only way Mercedes Maxwell can get close to her sister’s husband to learn his secrets. William Braxton is confused about the sudden change in his wife, and yet, now he’d drawn to her like never before. Can they fall in love with numerous secrets between them?

After the Loving:
Marcus Thorne / Captain Hawk is determined to capture Napoleon’s spies, even if one is so very lovely and seductive. Isabelle Stanhope gives her heart to her captor, even if she’s forced to marry a man she doesn’t love. Can they fight against fate’s rules?

Wonderland by Night:
Nobody must know that Lady Emiline Lucia’s uncle is Napoleon Bonaparte. She must protect herself against those who hate France’s emperor. Gabriel Lawrence hides his identity as a spy. How can he protect them both if a spy against the crown is always one step ahead…and wants Gabe dead?

Worth Fighting For:
Lindsay Lennox, youngest daughter of Turkey’s governor, will do anything to meet and kiss a man…even sneak aboard a ship that is sailing to England. Captain Barry Braxton is heading home to take over his dying father’s place, co-partnering with his uncle (William Braxton). Will the lovely stowaway stop his plans?

Watch book trailer – https://youtu.be/kbP20ZcZ4ec

Author’s Bio

Marie Higgins is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She’s been with a Christian publisher since 2010. Between those and her others, she’s published over 40 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories and broadened her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her “Queen of Tease”, because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings.

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