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New Release! A Family Forever, Book 3

Ready For A Real Fairy Tale?

It seems like a grand idea, temporarily trading her pixie wings for a womanly form to help handsome widower Paul Roland with his baby girl. And the moment she holds the precious bairn in her arms, Fern knows true happiness for the first time.

But Fern never anticipates the dizzying emotions she feels for the man who not only needs her as a nanny, but as a woman whose passion can heal his wounded heart. Suddenly the forbidden fairy rule she gently bends because of the baby is in danger of being irrevocably broken.

Some things are meant to be…

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Many people say family is everything. There is nothing more beautiful than two people coming together for the sake of a child, finding love, and forming A Family Forever. Look for other titles in the series:



A Reason to Believe


Texas Charm by @JeanBrashear ~ Never Forever by @EricGDove

My friend and colleague, Jean Brashear, is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. The newest book in her much-loved Sweetgrass Springs series, TEXAS CHARM, is now available. She had quite an experience with this book and I invited her to here to tell you about it. Take it away, Jean.
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I've had the most fun adventure! I had a crazy idea and thanks to the kindness of the very talented narrator of my Texas Heroes audiobooks, Eric Dove, it's become a reality.

My newest book, TEXAS CHARM, has a hero who's a country superstar and who has made cameo appearances in several of my books. Well, it just so happens that the very talented narrator of my Texas Heroes audiobooks, Eric Dove, is also a gifted country singer himself. He's been a songwriter in Nashville and opened for acts such as Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Little Big Town and Josh Turner.

So I had this crazy idea: wonder if Eric would consider writing a song for Walker and would he sing it in the audiobook version of the story?

TEXAS CHARM centers around Jeanette Carson, who has been a fixture as a waitress in Ruby’s CafĂ© ever since high school, and Walker Roundtree, country music’s brightest star, known by all for his laid-back charm and irresistible appeal to the opposite sex. Ever since his first visit to Sweetgrass Springs, there have been verbal fireworks between him and Jeanette as she proved to be the only woman immune to his charm.

Now their paths have crossed in the outside world, and they’re seeing each other in a new light. Fireworks of a very different sort are sparking the sky—but then Walker’s world is upended by a tragedy, and the only one who steps in to help him is the very woman who swore never to put herself at his mercy. For a few days, they have only each other to rely upon, and these two lonely hearts find refuge in each other.

But all too soon, the real world demands its due, and their refuge is no longer private. The days of dreaming, the nights of yearning and hope face the harsh light of reality, and the only question is: Whose heart will be the one to break?

To my great delight, Eric was intrigued and took on the challenge—and boy, did he deliver! I wanted the song to reflect the poignancy of two hearts from opposite worlds drawn together, knowing they cannot have a future.

The result is Never Forever, Track 6 on Eric's newest album, All Kinds of Reckless, available on iTunes, Amazon and CDbaby. When I wrote the scene in which Walker sings Never Forever to Jeanette during a concert, I got teary. I'm now every bit as moved hearing the song that accompanies it. I am deeply grateful to Eric for giving the yearning of these two hearts such a gorgeous melody, and I am tickled pink to be able to share it with readers—especially those who've waited so long for Jeanette to have her story!

Here's the YouTube video trailer for TEXAS CHARM that has a sample of Never Forever as its sound track:



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Donna here again. Jean, thank you for sharing your unforgettable experience. I can't wait to read TEXAS CHARM, and I hope all my blog followers will check out the whole Sweetgrass Springs Series.


White Bean Spread with Pita Chips #Recipe #Foodies

Beans are cheap. And they’re an excellent source of protein. Beans are full of good, healthy things: complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Furthermore, research shows that people who eat beans live longer than those who do not. This white bean spread is delicious and filling. And there’s something about the textures—creamy spread on crisp pita—that is so satisfying. I almost always have a bowl of this in my fridge.

White Bean Spread with Pita Chips

For the spread:
1 15-ounce can cannelloni bean, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic, minced fine
2 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup (packed) fresh parsley, minced fine (after measuring)
Salt and pepper to taste

For the chips:
1 package of store-bought pita rounds
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

To make the spread: Place the beans, garlic, lemon juice, rind, 1/4 cup olive oil, and minced parsley into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the blade until the ingredients are smooth and creamy. Add a little water if necessary (up to 3 tablespoons, adding only 1 tablespoon at a time). Store covered in refrigerator. Will keep up to 5 days.

To make the pita chips: Cut each pita round in half. Cut each half into 8 triangles. Place triangles in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and Italian seasoning, tossing to coat. Spread the pita bread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 8 to 15 minutes, or until toasted and golden brown, turning halfway through.
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My husband and I share a love of the outdoors. Early in our marriage, we enjoyed renting a cabin at Herrington Manor State Park and spent vacations there during different seasons of the year. Although cabin 18 (our favorite!) was rustic, it did have the necessary amenities—an indoor bathroom and kitchen.

Some of our favorite activities were picnicking on the edge of the lake and hiking up to the top of the mountain. One day, we happened upon an old grave site. Shafts of sunlight trickled through the high, leafy tree tops and silence permeated the air, giving the spot a truly seraphic feel. At nightfall, we would head out to the meadow, spread out a blanket and lie on our backs to take in the glorious show. The stars of the Milky Way are a stunning sight to behold; especially so, far away from the city lights.

The time I spent in the park left an indelible mark on me. It was here that the idea for MOUNTAIN LAUREL was born. Michael Walker is a rugged forest ranger (of course!) and Laurel Morgan is a young woman who, well, is doing the best she can. Here’s more about the story:

So what if Laurel Morgan hasn't had a date in years? Her dysfunctional family makes creating a private life next to impossible. But if all it will take to convince her teenage sister to turn her life around is to go on a few dates and have some fun, it’s a bet she can beat. And before she can change her mind, rugged forest ranger Michael Walker agrees to play the part of her ardent admirer.

Laurel is stunned by Michael's convincing acting abilities. Whenever her sister’s watching, Laurel finds herself wrapped in a heady embrace with a passionate kiss on the way. Her captivating cohort promises a performance that will win her the wager, but when the curtain closes, will she lose the only man she will ever love?

MOUNTAIN LAUREL is on sale for 99¢ through May 23rd. Save $3!

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New Release! 8 #SweetRomance Stories for 99¢

It's Release Day! 

Sometimes in the middle of an ordinary life, love offers a fairy tale. You are cordially invited to celebrate family, friends, laughter, even a few tears, as cute, furry, four-legged pets play matchmaker and lead their owners to happily ever after in these 8 new, never-before-published sweet romances by New York Times, USA Today, and National Bestselling authors.

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Here's more about what inside this awesome boxed set:

Mimi Barbour, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author – Love of My Life
Abandoned puppies, an unexpected elopement, and a dangerous fire enliven this captivating romance when two delightful characters share a duplex.

Donna Fasano, USA Today Bestselling Author – The Wedding Planner’s Son
Tawny, a newly engaged workaholic, flees to Ocean CityMaryland, and meets a man who could change her thinking about life…and love.

Denise Devine, USA Today Bestselling Author – The Encore Bride
Jenny Landon’s heart was broken when her husband tragically died. Can she put the past behind her and learn to love again?

Raine English, USA Today Bestselling Author – A Little Romance
When a dog left in her care disappears, will Taylor Wayne find the missing pooch and redeem herself in the eyes of Mr. Right?

Cheryl Harper, USA Today Bestselling Author – Plus One Basset Hound
In the fourth grade, Audrey promised the last of the bad Blanchards that she’d marry him someday. He’s back in BaxterLouisiana, but for how long? Planning a rehearsal dinner to save the day may turn to love.

Cindy Flores Martinez, USA Today Bestselling Author – Moonstone Beach
A bridesmaid loses her coworker's Yorkie in CambriaCalifornia, before her best friend’s wedding. The groomsman, who was her high school crush, helps her search for him, sparking new romantic feelings between them.

Mimi Milan, Award-winning, Bestselling Author – Scent of an Angel
Tanner has seen some serious battles, but this army veteran’s defenses go down when he meets a beautiful grad student and her determined dog.

J.L. Campbell, Award-winning, Bestselling Author – Blindsided
When his bride abandons him at the altar, Gordon Raimes is devastated. Will Caroline continue to keep secrets, or will she trust him with her heart?

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Grilled Vegetables - #Recipes for #Foodies

Spring means long walks in the park, smelling those newly-bloomed hyacinths… and pulling out the grill! One of my favorite springtime meals is a simple plate of grilled vegetables. It doesn’t matter if you use a grill pan or a hinged basket or simply place the veggies directly on the grill’s grate. The key is in slicing the vegetables to the same thickness and size so they cook evenly… and don’t over cook. You want a little scorching for flavor, but you also want to keep some of that fresh crispness.  

This recipe is delicious, and so easy! Just choose your favorite veggies, season well with oil and spices, and toss them on a hot grill. What are you waiting for?

Ingredients

4 Portabella mushrooms, stems removed
1 eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
1 sweet onion, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
2 red peppers, cut into quarters, seeds removed
2 zucchinis, sliced length-wise into 1/2 inch slices
1/4 cup olive oil
Spice mix (recipe below), to taste


1.     Wash vegetables and pat dry.
2.     Slice/cut into uniform pieces. (Mushrooms can be grilled whole.)
3.     Brush with oil and season on all sides.
4.     Place on hot grill. Grill to desired doneness, about 3-5 minutes per side. (Whole, large Portabellas will take a little longer.)

Spice mix:
1 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder

Place all spices in a glass jar, cover, and shake to combine. Keeps several weeks in an airtight container. Try swapping out the spices listed for those you like—cumin, smoked paprika, lemon pepper, cayenne, etc—or spice blends such as Italian Seasoning or Seasoned Salt. With spices, the sky is the limit!