Thursday, November 14, 2019

Best Christmas Gifts for Your Best Friend

A best friend is a special gift, and you want to honor that with a special Christmas present. Here are some ideas that are sure to make her smile.

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1. Customizable Ring

This ring can be inscribed with a sweet message or an inside joke.



2. Soul Sister Mug

This cute mug will remind her every morning that you've got her back.



3. Teddy Bear Sweater

It's stylish and trendy! If you wear the same size maybe you can even borrow it. :)




4. Taco T-Shirt

If your friendship is NOT based on hours spent together at this gym, share a laugh with this hilarious shirt.




5. Weekender Bag

When is the last time you took a girls' trip? This bag is perfect for a fun weekend away with your bestie. 




6. Trifold Vanity Makeup Mirror

Getting ready for a night out? This mirror is magnified and looks pretty on a vanity.



7. Boho Wall Hanging

Help her make her house a home with this unique macrame organizer.



8. Good Vibes Hat

You've got nothing but good vibes coming your way with this hat. Perfect for an outing with your friend.




9. Girl, Stop Apologizing Book

What's almost as good as a best friend--a great book!



10. Gift Card

You know your friend inside and out, and you know that she probably would love to pick out her own gift. You can never go wrong with a gift card.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Best Christmas Gifts for Mom

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If not, it's time to start making your list and thinking about what to give the most important people in your life. No matter your budget, we have some great ideas for your mom or the mom in your life. 

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1. Pajamas, Robes, and Sleepwear

This is something most women don't often buy for themselves, so it makes a great gift. 

Hotouch Women's Pajama Set 



 

2. Kitchen Items

Even if the mom in your life isn't an amateur chef, she'll love something cute to spruce up the kitchen. 


Sticky Toffee Cotton Flour Sack Kitchen Towels


3. Bath Products


Another item that she won't often buy for herself, great smelling, pampering bath items tell your mom that she deserves some well-deserved time to herself. 

Aprilis Bath Bombs Gift Set




4. Accessories 

Whether it's gloves, scarves, wallets or handbags, these are everyday items that can feel special. Plus, you can't go wrong with cashmere.


Women's Thick Soft Cashmere Wool Pashmina Shawl Wrap Scarf




5. Decor


Take one look around her home, and you can get a pretty good idea of what style she loves. Whether it's farmhouse, traditional or boho, a new decor item feels like a real treat. 

Felt Letter Board with 10x10 Inch Rustic Wood Frame



6. Something unique


If you're buying for the mom who has everything, think outside of the box. Honor her heritage with the gift of learning more about her and your family. 

23andMe DNA Test - Health + Ancestry Personal Genetic Service

  


7. Her New Favorite Cup

Whether she loves tea, coffee, water, or something stronger, any mom would love a more stylish way to stay hydrated.

Simple Modern 24oz Classic Tumbler with Straw Lid & Flip Lid - Travel Mug


8. Something to keep her warm


Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a cozy blanket? Not to mention there are so many cool options. 

techcity Chunky Knit Blanket 



9. Jewelry 


Jewelry doesn't have to be expensive. Whether it's a bracelet, ring, necklace, or earrings, there are great options at all price points. Bonus, you don't have to worry about getting the right size.

AZORA Womens Leather Cuff Bracelet


















10. Gift Card

Still not sure those are the right gifts for mom? How about a gift card? Add a heartfelt card, so she knows you care. 




Tuesday, April 23, 2019

10 Weeks of Romance Giveaways!


Welcome to WEEK 9 of the 10 Weeks of Romance Giveaways!

Ten of some of the best authors in the inspirational and sweet romance genres are hosting a 10 Weeks of Romance Giveaway to celebrate their new Resort to Romance series!

Here’s the series premise:

It’s Matchmaking Week at an all-inclusive resort on a private island in the Bahamas. Each guest has been expertly paired and is here to enjoy one full week with their match. While there’s no money-back guarantee on the paid trip, the participants are guaranteed to find love!

Each week beginning Tuesday, February 19th through the week of Tuesday, May 7th, a new book by a new author in the series will release, and you have the chance to win one, some, or the grand prize which includes all ten novellas plus a $150 Amazon gift card!




Here’s how it works: Register at the rafflecopter below. We’ll randomly select a winner each Tuesday. And the great thing about this giveaway is the books build with every author’s new release! That means your entries roll over each week all the way up the grand prize.


This week’s prize is: Rematched by Julie Jarnagin



Courtney Bailey is ready for her new adventure, fostering kids in need. First, she’s agreed to go through a matchmaking week at a Caribbean resort. With no interest in actually falling for anyone while she’s there, Courtney hopes the crazy scheme will satisfy her mother who’s worried Courtney has given up on love. Courtney’s shocked when she’s matched with her ex-fiancĂ©, Tyler Dunn, but giving into feelings for Tyler would only ruin her big plans.

After leaving his ten-year career in the army because of a back injury, Tyler is heading to Joy Island to escape his problems and decide what his next step in life will be. He never expected that trying to figure out his future would lead him back to the most painful part of his past—Courtney Bailey. Still, he’s enticed by the thought of spending the week with his gorgeous ex, but when he starts falling for her for a second time, he doesn’t know if he can handle another heartbreak. 


Be sure to stop by Johnnie Alexander's blog next Tuesday to see what book is being added to the giveaway.

Here's where you enter: Rafflecopter giveaway


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cover Reveal - Molly - Beach Brides Series

I'm excited to reveal my cover for Molly, Book #3 in the Perfect Match Series.  This new romance series is written by six USA Today Bestselling Authors and each story promises to be a lot of fun! 

Molly - Perfect Match

Molly McShea, a relationship columnist for a national women’s magazine, is assigned to write an article about Perfect Match, a new matchmaking travel agency. When her date doesn’t show, she’s determined not to lose the promotion she’s been working toward or the chance to redeem her reputation after an ugly, public break-up.
Sean Logan started a new life as a surf instructor so that he could escape his painful past. He’d let himself get pressured into signing up for a dating site, but he finds out his date is planning to post his photo all over social media and write about their week together in a popular magazine. He knows he can’t let Molly get in the way of his privacy or his brother’s quiet life on the island. But he must ultimately decide if falling in love with his perfect match could be worth all the risks.

You can view all the Perfect Match covers and read the blurbs on my Facebook page.
All six books in the Perfect Match Series are coming May 1st through June 5th 2018, and they'll be available for pre-order in April. Grab your beach umbrella and prepare for six weeks of romance and fun in the sun with a brand-new series brought to you by USA Today bestselling authors… Perfect Match! A follow-on series to last summer's hit, Beach Brides!. Six exciting, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme. You’ll want to read each one!

PERFECT MATCH SERIES

Six women receive invitations from Dawson Yates, owner of Perfect Match, a brand-new online matchmaking travel agency for a free week-long vacation to the island of her choice. As part of an extensive promotional campaign, Dawson expects to make six perfect matches that he can use to champion his business. The women expect to meet the men of their dreams. What none of them anticipates is the chaos that ensues when six couples who were strangers before agreeing to spend the week together discover that love is a lot more complicated than a match made by computer algorithms. Join Bree, Marni, Molly, Jade, Ava, and Maeve as they embark on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in the pursuit of love.

Find all the Perfect Match novellas at Amazon!

BREE (Raine English) – May 1, 2018
MARNI (Aileen Fish) – May 8, 2018
MOLLY (Julie Jarnagin) – May 15, 2018
JADE (Rachelle Ayala – May 22, 2018)
AVA (Denise Devine) – May 29, 2018
MAEVE (Josie Riviera) – June 5, 2018

**$2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited**

Monday, February 5, 2018

Making a House Our Home

2017 was a year of changes for our family. A new job for my husband, brought about an out-of-state move from Oklahoma to Louisiana. That meant meeting new people, my son is going to a new school, finding a new church, and of course, moving into a new house.

Before we even walked into the house we eventually bought, my husband told the Realtor this one would be my favorite, and he was right. I don't know if it was the huge trees in the front yard, which are especially hard to come by in Oklahoma, but it turned out to be the right home for our family.

It was built in the 90s, the era of honey oak cabinets and shiny brass fixtures (which are very different from the trendy brass fixtures of today), but the previous owners had already done some renovating, leaving us with a manageable amount of updating to do.

One of the first things we did was paint a lot of the darker colors a light and neutral shade of gray. I used Sherwin Williams Repose Gray in many of the rooms. We also hired a painter to fill in the wood grain on the orange-looking oak cabinets and paint them two-tones of gray. We also replaced many of the light fixtures with more industrial, black fixtures.



One project we put off until just a couple of weeks ago was painting over the brown in the living room with Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray. I'm really happy with how bright and updated it feels now.

Just as I was looking for the right decor to finish off the space, someone from Commercial Palm Trees contacted me and asked if I would like to review a product. I selected the Fiddle Leaf Tree you'll see in the photo to the left, and it turned out to be a great addition to my living room. I'm not usually a fan of fake plants in a home, but this is proof that they've come a long way! You can't even tell it isn't real, and bonus, I can't kill it. The base, was a small black plastic container, so I found this rustic bucket from another part of the house, and it worked perfectly. If you're interested in reviewing one a product for the folks at Commercial Palm Trees, let me know, and I'll pass on the information to you.

So, my most recent project has been using General Finishes Java Gel Stain to update the banisters to our stairs. I can't post photos yet, because lesson learned, dry times in a humid place like southern Louisiana take forever, but I'm almost finished.

Monday, May 22, 2017

New Release - Meg: Beach Brides

I'm excited to announce that I'm kicking off a brand-new series with a great group of authors. My book, Meg, is the first book in the Beach Brides Series. Here's a little about the series and Meg.

 Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors...

Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun! Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme.You'll want to read each one!

BEACH BRIDES SERIES (Meg) Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are die-hard romantics, and 2) they've been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her "dream hero" and cast it out to sea!

Three weeks later, Meg Mullen's community theater is on the verge of closing if she can't raise the money to save it, but she's running out of time and needs a miracle. Television producer, Elliot Campbell, finds a message in a bottle from the perfect female contestant for his reality dating show. All he has to do is talk Meg into taking the job, convince her to choose one of the contenders, and figure out how to keep from falling in love with her himself.

Amazon - Free with Kindle Unlimited! $2.99 on Kindle!
Barnes and Noble - Paperback Only
Goodreads Find all of the Beach Brides at Amazon!

MEG (Julie Jarnagin)
TARA (Ginny Baird)
NINA (Stacey Joy Netzel)
CLAIR (Grace Greene)
JENNY (Melissa McClone)
LISA (Denise Devine)
HOPE (Aileen Fish)
KIM (Magdalena Scott)
ROSE (Shanna Hatfield)
LILY (Ciara Knight)
FAITH (Helen Scott Taylor)
AMY (Raine English)

Meet the authors of Beach Brides!

USA Today bestselling author JulieJarnagin (Meg) writes sweet and inspirational romance.

Ginny Baird (Tara)is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Stacey Joy Netzel (Nina)is a NY Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Grace Greene (Clair),a USA Today bestselling author,writes sweet contemporary romance and women's fiction.

Melissa McClone (Jenny)is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary romance.

Denise Devine (Lisa)is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and contemporary romance.

Aileen Fish (Hope)is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary and Regency historical romance.

Magdalena Scott (Kim)is a USA Today bestselling author of small town sweet romance and women's fiction.

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield (Rose) writes sweet historical and contemporary romances, liberally sprinkled with humor.

Ciara Knight (Lily)is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary and historical western romance.

Helen Scott Taylor (Faith)is a NY Times bestselling author of sweet contemporary romance.

Raine English (Amy)is a USA Today bestselling author of sweet contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance.