A Family Forever 3-Book Bundle for $1.99 @DonnaFaz

3-Book Bundle for just $1.99!

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. From marriage-of-convenience to second-chance-at-love to pure Irish-fairytale fantasy, A Family Forever Bundle brings you sweet, emotional stories of romance and love that arrives unexpectedly and culminates in happily-ever-afters that will leave you smiling. So brew yourself a cup of tea, settle on the sofa (or under that big beach umbrella) and enjoy these three full-length, contemporary novels.

Included in this bundle:

A BEAUTIFUL STRANGER – When wealthy but emotionally wounded Sean Hudson arrives to claim his new daughter, he discovers the adoption hinges on the impossible. Unless he finds a wife immediately, the tiny orphan will be snatched away from him forever. But before he can abandon hope, a beautiful stranger proposes a surprising solution—marriage.

MADE IN PARADISE – For ten long 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!

A REASON TO BELIEVE – 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 she 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 is in danger of being irrevocably broken.

Couples coming together for the sake of a child and finding… A Family Forever!

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A Family Forever Series consists of 5 stand-alone romance novels. 
Other titles in the series:

Happy Reading!




A Warm Spoon Stops Bug Bite Itch #LifeHack @DonnaFaz


How is it possible that I raised 2 children to full adulthood, babysat a myriad of nieces and nephews, and taught slews of Sunday school children, all without ever learning that the best defense against bug bites can be found in the cutlery drawer?

I’ve searched Life Hacker, Wiki How, and Home Remedy Hacks (numbers 19, 20, and 21), all three sites say it’s true!

Heat a spoon under hot tap water to warm up the metal and then press it to the bug bite.

Apparently, heat breaks down the protein that causes the itch. Wow! I had no idea.

If you’ve tried this and it worked, please comment below. If you have some other trusted home remedy for bug bites, please comment. Let’s all learn together. Thanks!

Hey, did you know I'm celebrating Christmas in July by offering you 3 holiday stories for just $0.99 each! You could save up to $7. Check out the stories by clicking this link that will take you to last week's blog post.

Christmas in July! 3 Holiday Reads for #99cents Each! @DonnaFaz

This month I’m celebrating Christmas in July by offering three of my holiday novels for only 99¢ each! Check out what’s for sale:
  
Her Mr. Miracle (regularly $2.99 ~ Save $2)

Veronica “Ronnie” Clark has had it up to here with her family. So she shoves her suitcase into the trunk of her car along with that billowy, lacy, monstrosity of a bridal gown and hits the road. Unfortunately, her old Volvo gives out, leaving her stranded on Christmas Eve in the nearly deserted seaside town of Ocean City, Maryland. Oh, boy, does she ever need a miracle!

This is a free read for Kindle Unlimited members
Available at regular price in Paperback
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Grown-Up Christmas List (regularly $2.99 ~ Save $2)

Dina Griffin flees a dangerous situation and ends up in Ocean City, Maryland where she hopes to spend the holidays in hiding. Trusting no one, she wants only one thing this Christmas—to feel safe. Then Officer Gav Thomas threatens to arrest her for shoplifting. Shoplifting? 

Gav is certain there’s something Dina isn’t telling him about her visit to his seaside town, so he devises a means to stick close to the vulnerable beauty. An unexpected attraction sparks, fierce enough to heat up the salt-tinged, wintry nights. But the trouble Dina had hoped to escape arrives at her doorstep, bringing with it stark-raving fear and the realization that she must place her trust in someone.

This is a free read for Kindle Unlimited members

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An Almost Perfect Christmas (regularly $3.99 ~ Save $3)
For fans of ‘Me Before You’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’—An Almost Perfect Christmas brings together two people in need of the kind of love that can overcome tragedy. A heartbreakingly romantic novel that challenges each of us to live—and love—to the fullest… even when life is less than perfect. 

This is a free read for Kindle Unlimited members


Happy Reading!

Farro: a Healthy Grain That Makes a Great Summer Salad #Recipe

Farro Salad

I’ve heard faro called an “ancient” grain which means it has been cultivated for thousands of years. My first attempt at using farro failed miserably. I bought a type of tiny-grained farro that had a very earthy taste. I didn’t like it at all. But I decided to try again and I have to say, I love it!

I bought a large-grain farro described on the package as pearled (pictured below). Once cooked, the grains are plump, moist, and chewy. I would compare them to old-fashioned barley. Pearled farro is perfect for this easy summer salad because it absorbs the dressing, which makes for a very flavorful dish.

Summer Farro Salad

2 1/4 cup vegetable broth (or water)
1 cup pearled farro, rinsed and drained
1 cup celery, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh tomato, cut in small cubes
1 cup fresh zucchini, cut in small cubes
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely minced
1 teaspoon Salad Supreme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup Robusto Italian Salad Dressing

1.      Prepare the farro: in a medium sized pot, heat the water to boiling and add the farro. Turn down the heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes or until farro is cooked through but still toothsome (chewy). Cool completely.
2.    Add cooled farro, celery, tomato, zucchini, and parsley to a large bowl. Sprinkle the Salad Supreme, salt, and pepper over everthing. Pour on the dressing and stir to combine. Chill and serve. (As the salad sits, the farro will absorb the dressing. Add more dressing, as desired.)

Pearled Farro
Feel free to swap out any of the veggies for those you like better. Don't like celery? Leave it out and add 1 cup of cubed cucumber. Don't enjoy raw zucchini? Add 1 cup of cubed carrots, mushrooms, red peppers, whatever! This is a versatile, delicious, and nutritious summer salad that’s out-of-the-ordinary. And who doesn’t like out-of-the-ordinary?

Hannah Cohoon and The Tree of Life @DonnaFaz

Hannah Cohoon's original Tree of Life

I have often seen jewelry, artwork, quilts, and other things that feature what is called the Tree of Life. I did a bit of investigating and learned some interesting history.

Hannah Cohoon was born in 1788 in Massachusetts. Her father, Noah Harrison, was a drummer boy during the Revolutionary War and he died the year after Hannah was born. Little is known about Hannah’s husband, but she was married and had 2 children, a son named Harrison and a daughter named Mariah. At the age of 29, Hannah became a Shaker when she joined the Hancock Shaker Community.

The Shakers experienced a major spiritual shift between the 1830s and the 1850s where believers received visions which were revealed in songs, art, and dance. Hannah Cohoon drew her first Tree of Life during one of these visions.

Another of Hannah's Depictions
Hannah’s art has been displayed several times at the Whitney Museum and has been used on a UNICEF Christmas postcard for fund-raising.

I found all of this so interesting! To learn more about Hannah Cohoon and see some of her other drawings, visit her Wikipedia page.

The Tree of Life shows up in Norse Mythology, the Bible, the Kabbalah, and other religious texts. The tree has been a subject of sculptors from around the world. It’s been a source of inspiration in film, in music, and in literature. But this story about Hannah Cohoon and her beautiful drawing captured my attention. I’m inspired by the idea of a woman whose glorious belief led her to have such a lovely vision.   




Reclaim My Heart is #99cents for #Kindle - @DonnaFaz

Save $3 on RECLAIM MY HEART ~ Now on sale for 99¢

More times than not, life isn’t tied up in a nice, pretty bow and we are left to figure out how to deal with friends or family members whose character traits are, well, less than perfect. But none of us are perfect, are we? We’re all just humans… being. (Many of my books touch on this fact.) The best we can do is learn to live and let live, learn to love those who are unlovable, and most of all, we must find it in our hearts to forgive. I’m so proud that RECLAIM MY HEART has done well (it made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List!), and I thank all of you who have read, enjoyed, and taken the time to review the book.

Some of my favorite review clips:

“This book really hit home for me... I enjoyed the characters as I could relate to each of them. I love the story and I have to say that I wish there was a continuing story. I would love to know how everyone is doing since the reunion... Thank you for a good, heart-warming story.”

“Excellent … Hard to put down. Looking forward to reading more from this writer. Truly a memorable reading experience.”

“The best book I've read in a long time.”

“…the characters came alive. …addressed so many issues and left you with so much meaning, pride and joy.”

Find this bargain-priced contemporary romance:

On sale for Kindle for 99¢
With over 300 reviews and a 4.5-star average, this is a GREAT deal!

Available at regular price in Paperback and Audiobook.

Happy Reading!

4 #Kindle Books for #99cents Each - June Sale

June 99¢ Sale – Don’t Miss These Deals

This contemporary romance, published by Montlake Romance, made the USA TODAY Bestseller List and usually sells for $3.99. What readers say about RECLAIM MY HEART:

A powerful story of love, loss, and second chances... ~Tammy, Kindle Reader

I highly recommend the book and look forward to others by the author. It was well written! ~Liz, Kindle Reader

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To celebrate Father's Day, I've set all 3 Single Daddy Club books to 99¢. Save $6 this month only! Click the covers to go to the Kindle Store!

       

All 4 of these books are available as 
free reads for Kindle Unlimited members.
Click here to try Kindle Unlimited FREE for one month.

10 Quotes on Books / Reading AND a #Kindle Sale @DonnaFaz #99cents


“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” ~Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

“Books may well be the only true magic.” ~Alice Hoffman, author of The Dovekeepers

“Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.” ~Stephen King, author of The Stand

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.” ~J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ~Cicero, Roman statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.” ~Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ~Anna Quindlen, author of How Reading Changed My Life

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” ~Orhan Pamuk, author of My Name is Red

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.” ~Dave Eggers, author of The Monk of Mokha

“The world was hers for the reading.” ~Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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This month I’m offering my 2-book bundle, Falling For A Single Mom, for just 99¢ in the Kindle Store. That’s a $6 savings off the regular price. But you’ve got to hurry because this offer is only good through the end of May.


Or click on the cover below. Happy Reading!







Roasted Radish and Walnut Salad #Recipe


Have you ever roasted radishes? The high heat changes not only the texture of the radish, but also the flavor. Roasting makes radishes sweet. Now that spring is here, try this Roasted Radish and Walnut Salad recipe. I tossed a handful of spring greens into this salad on the second day just to change it up a bit. With or without the greens, it's delicious!

Roasted Radish and Walnut Salad

2 lbs Radishes, cleaned, ends trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup walnut halves and pieces
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest, yellow part only
Salt to taste

Dressing

3 tablespoon olive oil
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

1.     Pre-heat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier clean up.
2.     Cut radishes in half (larger radishes can be cut into quarters) and place in a bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt (to taste). Spread radishes in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan and roast until lightly golden, approximately 20 minutes.
3.     While radishes are in the oven, place walnuts in a small, dry frying pan and toast over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes. Remove from heat.
4.     Place the roasted radishes, walnuts, parsley, and lemon zest into a serving bowl.
5.     Pour olive oil, lemon juice, and honey into a small jar. Add salt. Screw on the lid tightly and shake to thoroughly combine the dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and stir to coat. Serve warm or chilled. Serves 6-8. Cover any leftovers and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Curried Deviled Eggs #Recipe


Last week, I made these Curried Deviled Eggs for a ladies group I’m a member of. Everyone asked for the recipe, so I’m providing it here for all my friends. Enjoy!

Curried Deviled Eggs

6 Boiled Eggs, peeled
1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
2 Teaspoons Yellow Mustard
1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Celery, minced
2 Tablespoons Zucchini, minced
Sweet Paprika for garnish


1.     Cut the eggs in half, placing the yolks into a bowl and the whites on a serving plate.
2.     Combine the egg yolks with the mayonnaise, mustard, curry powder, and salt. Stir until completely combined. Add the celery and zucchini to the filling mixture and stir to incorporate.
3.     Fill the egg cavities with the filling, mounding it up for a nice, generous portion. Garnish each egg with a bit of paprika. Cover and chill thoroughly before serving. Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator. Curried Deviled Eggs can be made ahead and will keep for up to three days.

Chocolate #Recipe! And A #99cent eBook!


I recently made a Boston Cream Pie and the recipe called for the cake to be topped with chocolate ganache. Well! Let me tell you, I have been making chocolate ganache and drizzling it on everything: ice cream, brownies, cakes, cookies, fresh fruit. You name it, I’ve drizzled it. And I think you should, too. Here’s the recipe so you can give ganache a try. The corn syrup offers a glossy finish. Don’t have corn syrup? No problem. Leave it out.

Chocolate Ganache

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate bits
2 tablespoons white corn syrup (optional)
1/2 cup whipping cream

Stove top method: Add chocolate bits and corn syrup to a bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan until just at the simmering point. Pour hot cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate is fully melted and mixture is smooth. Drizzle over your favorite dessert.

Microwave method: Add all ingredients to a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If mixture is not warm enough to melt chocolate, microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Be careful not to scorch the chocolate! Stir until chocolate is fully melted and mixture is smooth. Drizzle over your favorite dessert.

I've made this chocolate ganache using both methods and each method works just fine. Use whichever you prefer. 

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I am offering NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR for 99¢ this month. Readers have called this book “a delightful read” and “a feel-good romance that will leave you smiling.” One reader said, “By the end of the book I was in tears as these four learn the true meaning of family.” This book usually sells for $3.99, but you can get it for $3 off during April. I hope you’ll enjoy both the story AND the savings. This deal can be found in these stores:

Kindle  ~  Nook  ~  Kobo  ~  iBooks

Please double check the Kindle price before buying
I'm still working on getting the price reduced in the Kindle Store. Thank you!
























More #Free and #99cent eBooks! #Kindle


Limited-Time Only!


What kind of woman am I?

The question haunts Keira Rhodes when she awakens in the hospital with amnesia and learns that two men claim to be her baby’s father. 

Logan claims he is her loving husband. Although Keira feels drawn to this quiet man, she senses that their marriage has been far from perfect. For Logan’s own brother, Kyle, staunchly maintains that Keira’s baby and her heart are his…

The truth lay hidden in Keira’s lost memory—and in the tender touch of one special man.

If you enjoy the Hallmark Mystery movies, you will love Dangerous Memories.

Dangerous Memories is free for Kindle readers, March 22-26 only! 
Also available for Kindle Unlimited members.

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The Single Dad: Ex-military man Derrick Richmond. Solitary and satisfied…until little Timmy was dropped into his lap and Derrick had to learn to be somebody's daddy.

The Single Woman: Schoolteacher Anna Maxwell. Fate might have denied her a family of her own, but Anna still had plenty of love to give, if only someone would notice.

The Solution: Anna would teach Derrick all he needed to know about kids. Father and son would give Anna some precious memories. Then the schoolteacher and the single dad would go their separate ways. Unless one little boy figured out a way to make Miss Maxwell become his mom!

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Track coach Andrea O'Connor fumes at the audacity of Ian Powers, the almost-too-attractive father of one of her students. He offers to buy school equipment, but only if Andrea agrees to train him for a half-marathon.

She’ll train him, all right—and not just in running. As a widower with a high-powered job, Ian needs some instruction in being a father to an active teenage daughter. Yet as this overbearing man opens up, Andrea finds herself learning a few lessons herself.

Ian knows that Andrea, with her sassy attitude and her penchant for stilettos, is some woman! But her vulnerable heart is on the run, so he'll have to prove that his love, unlike his running, has limitless endurance—and once he catches this swift beauty, he'll never let her go.

Also available for Kindle Unlimited members.

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When Sean Hudson arrives to claim his new daughter, he discovers the adoption hinges on the impossible. Unless he finds a wife immediately, the tiny orphan will be snatched away from him forever. But before Sean can abandon hope, a beautiful stranger proposes a surprising solution—marriage.

Sean swears the love in his heart is only for his soon-to-be daughter. And that is perfect for Nicki Willis, whose restless spirit yearns to have a family for just a while. But the tenderness of Sean’s touch soothes Nicki’s fears as well as little Sona’s. Now Nicki aches to become a family forever… and she refuses to believe she can’t make this dream come true.





Celebrating My Birthday with Boston Cream Pie #Recipe @DonnaFaz


I celebrated a milestone birthday last week. My birthday cake was a delicious Boston Cream Pie. I found this recipe at Life, Love, and Sugar, and after a tiny bit of tweaking, I made my cake. There are three components to this dessert: the cake, the cream filling, and the chocolate frosting. The recipe looks a little complicated, but it’s not at all difficult and the result is scrumptious! I hope you’ll give this recipe a try.

Ingredients:

For the cake:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cups milk

1.      Preheat oven 350° F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray, line bottoms with parchment paper.
2.    Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
3.    In the bowl of electric mixer, cream together the butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
4.    Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Add eggs one at a time and beat on medium speed until well incorporated. Scrape down the bowl and beater to ensure all ingredients are combined.
5.     With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture, then add the milk. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat on medium speed only until flour is incorporated, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Over beating at this stage results in a cake that is dense and tough rather than light and fluffy.
6.    Divide the batter evenly in the pans and bake 23-26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (While cakes are baking, make the cream filling.)
7.     Remove cakes from the oven. Allow to cool in pans for 5 to 8 minutes. Then turn out cakes onto racks to cool completely.

For the cream filling:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups milk
4 egg yolks
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1.      In a medium size saucepan, mix together the sugar and cornstarch. Add the milk and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Turn down the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
2.    Place egg yolks in a medium size bowl and whisk until smooth. Temper the yolks by adding a small ladleful of hot, thickened milk mixture to the yolks and whisk briskly. Add another ladleful of the milk mixture to the yolks and whisk again. Then add the tempered yolk mixture to the pot of cream filling and whisk together. Place pot back on the heat and simmer, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
3.    Add butter and vanilla, stirring to combine. Pour cream filling into a bowl, cover with cling film, placing the plastic directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Place in the refrigerator to cool.

For the chocolate topping:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons white corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream

1.      Place chocolate chips and corn syrup in a small bowl.
2.    Heat the cream in a small saucepan until just at the simmering point.
3.    Pour hot cream over the chips and allow to sit for 3 minutes, then stir the chocolate until smooth and silky.

Assemble the Boston Cream Pie by placing one layer of the cooled cake on a cake plate. Spread the cream filling on the cake layer. Top the cream filling with the second cake layer. Pour the chocolate sauce over the top of the cake, allowing the sauce to drizzle over the sides. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cake is best eaten the day it is baked but can be kept, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Happy Birthday to ME! Celebrating with a #Free #Kindle eBook!



I’m celebrating with a FREE book! 
Feb 26 – March 2 for Kindle Readers.

RETURN OF THE RUNAWAY BRIDE

She ran away from the perfect wedding, the perfect man.
Now she’s back to explain why. Will he listen?