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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.


Reserve your copy today!

And check out the youtube video here.

It’s Time for the 12 Slays of Christmas!

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

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Happy Reading and Enjoy!

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A Holiday Coffee Recipe From An Italian Grandma

Am I the only one who loves all things Italian? I doubt it! 🙂

Hope you also love this delicious and easy spiced coffee recipe, perhaps along with a holiday cookie, or when reading one of my sweet holiday romances.

Quick and Easy Spiced Coffee Recipe


2 cups water
1 tblsp. brown sugar
2 three-inch cinnamon sticks
peel of 1 orange
1/4 tsp. whole allspice
1 tblsp. instant coffee
Combine all ingredients except coffee in saucepan; heat to boiling. Strain and pour over coffee. Stir when coffee is dissolved. Serve with twist of lemon peel or cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite coffee recipe? Please share in the comments below. One lucky reader will be chosen randomly to win a FREE copy of my sweet holiday romance, A Snowy White Christmas!
Check back on this blog Monday, December 19th, for the winner.

In the meantime, while you’re sipping a cup of spiced coffee, let me offer a couple of sweet romance holiday books to relax with and enjoy! Readers are saying these books read like Hallmark movies!

Candleglow and Mistletoe

A Snowy White Christmas

Who Loves Candy Corn?

With Halloween upon us, today is a great day to celebrate National Candy Corn Day!

Did you know that this candy was created by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800′s? He created this sweet candy to represent the colors of corn kernels.

Originally,the candy was made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree). Today, it’s produced using machines, although the original ingredients are still used in the recipe.

Grab a bag and enjoy!

Do you have a favorite Halloween candy? Please share your comments below.

Mine’s chocolate!


It’s Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September and is a public U.S. holiday, honoring all the workers in this country and their contribution to society.

Labor Day is also considered the unofficial end of summer. 🙁
Many school districts begin the school year after Labor Day.

When the holiday was implemented into the U.S. calendar, a street parade followed by a festival honoring the workers was recommended. And, speeches by well-known public figures was also introduced a few years later.

For those of us interested in shopping(!), Labor Day’s Back to School sales have been compared to Black Friday by many retailers.

What are your plans for the Labor Day weekend? Mine will include a barbecue with family and friends, featuring the traditional menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, and fresh fruit…and maybe an apple pie for dessert. 🙂

Please comment below, and leave your email address. One lucky winner will be selected at random to receive my free ebook novella, I Love You More.
Check back on Monday for the winner!

Stop and Smell the Roses!

Today is a fun holiday because it’s Red Rose Day!

Considered a beautiful, romantic flower, read below for some interesting facts.


The War of the Roses, in the fifteenth century, was a battle in England over the throne.  The white rose was the symbol for York, and the red rose was the symbol for Lancaster. (The house of Lancaster won that war.)

Nowadays, red roses are very popular flowers for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day,

In French and Portugese, French, and Spanish, rose is the word for red.

Interesting sidenote: The phrase sub rosa, means secrecy. This phrase came from a practice in ancient Rome of leaving a rose outside a door during a private meeting. The rose indicated that those people in the room shouldn’t want to be disturbed.

So, treat yourself or a special loved one today with a single red rose, or a beautiful bouquet.