Mountain Laurel Sale! #99cents Kindle Nook Kobo iBooks Google

It's a 99¢ Sale! Thru May 23rd Only!

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!

“…perfect, page-turning romance.” ~eBookLuver

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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.

Find this BARGAIN-PRICED Bundle of Sweet Romances:

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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?

Following His Heart #99cents for Kindle Nook Kobo iBooks

It's a Spring Sale!


I've reduced the price of the ebook version of Following His Heart, Book 1 of the Ocean City Boardwalk Series, to $0.99 at these stores: 


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Following His Heart was the winner of 
the 2015 Readers' Choice Award for Best Romance.


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!





Two Announcements! (Is Anyone Listening?) @DonnaFaz

Hello, there! I have two announcements for you, both of which make me VERY happy! Read on:

First Announcement: A New Release!

A Secret Made in Paradise

Her child is alive! For ten years Amber has believed her child was lost to her forever. Then an unexpected inheritance leads the lovely doctor back home… to the man she’s always loved. There she discovers her beloved Jon is a bachelor father, and the little girl he is raising is their daughter!

Jon has vowed to protect and cherish his child, yet he opens their lives to let Amber in. But this dedicated father is no longer the young lover Amber remembers. Can she uncover the tender man she has never forgotten, and convince him to take a chance on their newly formed family, and their own true love?

This is a sweet romance novel and you an find it in these fine stores:

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Coming soon in paperback

Also part of the A Family Forever Series:
A Beautiful Stranger – Available Now
A Reason To Believe – Coming Soon

Second Announcement: A 99¢ Sale!

My romantic comedy/contemporary romance THE MERRY-GO-ROUND is on sale for under $1! Save $3! This book is only available in the Kindle Store. Readers have called this book "engaging" and a "must-read." The Wilmington News Journal calls it "funny and realistic." If you haven't read it yet, now's your chance to enjoy this cute story AND save some money.



Rich Applesauce Cake by @DonnaFaz #Recipe for #Foodies

Yesterday, I fiddled with my applesauce cake recipe and came up with this delicious confection. I hope you’ll try it. If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, just double the amount of vegetable oil.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Pre-heat oven to 350ยบ. Spray a 13” x 9” baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the sugar, applesauce, water, coconut oil, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs. Mix until well combined.

4. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, beating only until flour mixture is incorporated. Do not over mix.

5. Add the raisins and the nuts and stir to combine. Scrape batter into cake pan, smooth into an even layer, and bake for 55-65 minutes. At 55 minutes, poke center of cake with a wooden toothpick. Keep checking every 5 min. When toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. Let cool.

I topped this cake with a simple cream cheese icing. I had a 4 ounce package of cream cheese that I brought to room temperature. I combined the cream cheese with a heaping cup of powdered sugar and added a splash of milk to make the mixture a spreadable consistency. This cake is perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee.



May the Luck O' the Irish Be With You! @DonnaFaz #StPatricksDay

All my life, I have heard the phrase "luck of the Irish." On this St. Patrick's Day, I decided to do a little research. Here's what I discovered:

Ireland has a tragic past, yet the Irish people--through determination, hard work, and a dash of luck--have continued to prevail through every struggle.

Luck actually originated in the Middle Dutch language; the word luc means happiness and good fortune.

The phrase "luck of the Irish" was first used in the United States during the California Gold Rush to describe Irish immigrants who found their "pot of gold" while mining. Some people say this was a derogatory term to insinuate that the Irish needed luck rather than skill to find their fortune.

The Irish have a great sense of humor and an awesome pride in their country. They are loved by nations all over the world.

Green is the color of choice for St. Patrick's Day because Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. Hmmm... wait a second. I also read that wearing green makes one invisible to leprechauns, and everyone knows those pesky fairy creatures pinch everyone they can see! 


Wherever the phrase comes from--and whatever you choose to wear today--go out and have fun!