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Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop

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Welcome to the HUNGRY HEARTS HOLIDAY HOP!

We are so excited to CELEBRATE FALL with mouthwatering Thanksgiving recipes and delicious EXCERPTS from today’s hottest food-loving ROMANCE writers! Hop around and fill out the Rafflecopter form on each author’s site to enter our Grand PRIZE Giveaway: a Harry & David Crater Lake GIFT BASKET Classic!

~~There are a total of 14 authors participating with delectable recipes for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday~~ (click links in collection below)

In addition to the Grand Prize, one SWAG pack will be given away on Amanda Usen’s blog on each day of the hop. Visit her blog each day for an AUTHOR spotlight and more FALL GLEE. (I’ll be posting a Thanksgiving post on Amanda’s blog Monday November 4th…hope to see you there)

When the seasons change, our hearts fill with GRATITUDE. Life is grand, isn’t it? Hop with us and share your love of all things food, fall, and THANKS-giving!

Click HERE for the link to the Rafflecopter and see the amazing gift basket 🙂

The recipe I’m sharing is one I make every year. One year I decided to make another punch and my family wasn’t happy…yes, this punch is that AMAZING! Since that year I haven’t veered from my Medley Punch Madness and promise I never will 🙂

~~ENJOY~~

Christine’s Fruit Medley Punch

2 – 10 oz pkgs frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed

3 cups apricot nectar – chilled

3 cups cold water

1 cup Real Lemon Juice

1 – 6 oz can frozen Orange Juice – thawed

1 cup sugar

1 – 32 oz bottle ginger all – chilled

In blender puree strawberries. In large punhc bowl combine all ingredients except ginger ale and ice ring (recipe for the ice ring will follow and is optional but so festive). Stir until sugar dissolves. Slowly pour in gingerale. Add ice ring.

Optional Ice Ring

Take a bundt pan and arrange apricot halves, mint leaves (fresh) and whole strawberries in ring mold. Add small amount of water (I also add some of the nectar juice), freeze. I have a deep bundt pan and after I freeze once I do another layer and freeze again.

I wish I had a picture to share, but I will definitely take a picture on Thanksgiving and post, but I hope you will all try this recipe and add it to your holiday tradition! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

And I’d love it if you’d share what favorite family dish you traditionally make for your Thanksgiving table that would flip your family out if it weren’t included this year in the comments 🙂

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Author bio:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

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Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

 Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition–and determined to get her in bed–Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.

BUY LINKS:

Barnes & Nobel: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bachelors-special-christine-warner/1115250848?ean=9781622661312

 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bachelors-Special-Entangled-Indulgence-ebook/dp/B00CNTSVB6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369342052&sr=8-1&keywords=christine+warner

 Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Bachelors-Special/book-ymNN_qSIaUi8PBWwPe_JyA/page1.html?s=K2kMxRAOXE-3u7T7udMTew&r=2

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bachelors-special/id645263900?mt=11

 

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Goodreads Giveaway….

If you are here to check out Nerine Dorman’s interview….please scroll down. Thank you.

As many of you know my latest book—BACHELOR’S SPECIAL—is releasing with the Indgulgence Line at Entangled Publishing on June 10th. The fun part is that it’s already up for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. So…

I decided to have a little fun along with a giveaway 🙂

Please check out the link to the rafflecopter to see how you can enter to win. What do you win? Well, one winner will receive a signed copy of my first light-hearted romantic suspense with humor—Some Like it in Handcuffs, and a second winner will receive a signed copy of my contemporary office romance—Two Timing the Boss. (The print books are for US residents only…sorry…but if you live outside the US I’d love to give you an ebook version if you win in lieu of the print in pdf format.)

Just follow the prompts included in the rafflecopter and GOOD LUCK!!!!

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A bit about Bachelor’s Special:

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce. 

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…

A bit about Christine: 

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. 

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website. 

RAFFLECOPTER LINK

website:  https://christine-warner.com/

Twitter under @ChristinesWords:https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords

Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Warner/143430882396013

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763713.Christine_Warner

BUY LINKS:

Barnes & Nobel: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bachelors-special-christine-warner/1115250848?ean=9781622661312

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bachelors-Special-Entangled-Indulgence-ebook/dp/B00CNTSVB6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369342052&sr=8-1&keywords=christine+warner

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Bachelors-Special/book-ymNN_qSIaUi8PBWwPe_JyA/page1.html?s=K2kMxRAOXE-3u7T7udMTew&r=2

 

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A little BACHELOR’S SPECIAL bragging

Happy Thursday!

I just have to share because I’m so excited…and whenever I’m excited I tend to ramble and talk/type fast–so I beg your forgiveness now for any typos I might overlook. teehee

Bachelor’s Special is my upcoming release with the Indulgence Line at Entangled Publishing and I’m so excited for this book to hit the virtual shelves. It’s already available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Kobo for preorder…but will officially release…

11 DAYS FROM TODAY…June 10, 2013

But, already I’m getting some wonderful reviews on Goodreads from readers who signed up for an ARC of my book. I thought I’d share a few snippets here.

The latest is a 4.5 star review from Storm Goddess Book Reviews and More…click here to check out the full review which posted today….SQUEE.

And here’s a few snippets from reviews posted on Goodreads…

From Brenda Massey: The romance between Chet and Jill is smoking hot, but at the same time they don’t trust each other. The book took a twist I wasn’t expecting but I loved it!

From Nicola: If you are after a well-written romantic read that is filled with sexual tension, wit and humour, has wonderful characters and a great storyline, then this ticks all the boxes. It was a pleasure to read.

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With sexy and playful banter, laugh-out loud humour and touching moments along with those that tugged on the heartstrings, it was a book that I struggled to put down.

From Roxanne Kade: This book had everything that makes up a great romance read.
It was fun and light at times, with many sexy, sensual kisses. Throw in a bit of conflict, a few broken souls who constantly disregard their true feelings and it’s a match made in heaven.

From Sarah: Christine Warner does such a good job with this book. I like that she created a female character that had her own style. Through out the book we are given alternating perspectives which I like because you get to see where each character is at in the process. When a deal is made there are always 2 different sides and I like that we get to see both in this case. I look forward to more from this author.

Thanks for coming by to share my excitement and allowing me a little “brag” time.

And in closing, I’d like to share my blurb…

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Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…

 

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BACHELOR’S SPECIAL Cover Reveal

Bachelor’s Special by Christine Warner

 

 

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Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…


Title: Bachelor’s Special

Author: Christine Warner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pre-Order Release Date: May 2013

Imprint: Indulgence

 

Purchase from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bachelors-Special-ebook/dp/B00CNTSVB6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368115520&sr=8-2&keywords=bachelor%27s+special

 

Purchase from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115250848?ean=9781622661312

Author Information

 

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Author bio:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. 

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.

 

My blog/website:  https://christine-warner.com/

Twitter under ChristinesWords: https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords

My Facebook page…stop by and give it a LIKE to stay up to date with the latest: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Warner/143430882396013

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763713.Christine_Warner

And just for fun…because I was so excited the moment I received that email in my box with the subject line “Your Cover”…I’d like you to get the tune Summer Nights from GREASE (as sang by Olivia Newton-John) into your head.

Okay, do you have the beats, lyrics, and overall good feeling of the music pumping in the back of your head?

When I received my cover I was so beyond-words-excited I was bouncing around the house singing that song, but I changed the lyrics.

Here’s what I came up with…retitled to COVER LOVING

ENJOY

“Cover Nights”

Cover lovin’, had me a blast
Cover lovin’, happened so fast
I got my cover…crazy for me
With a boy cute as can be
Cover days drifting away
To, uh oh, those cover nights

Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh!
Tell me more, tell me more
Did you get very far?
Tell me more, tell me more
Does the cover feature a car?

The girl on the cover, took to the pool
The boy on the cover, started to drool
He kissed her senseless, she nearly drowned
When he started making advances and messing around
Summer sun, something’s begun
But, uh oh, those summer nights

Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh!
Tell me more, tell me more
Was it cover love at first sight?
Tell me more, tell me more
Did the girl on the cover put up a fight?

He took her dining at Burger Bar
They got acquainted driving his car
At his house he stole a kiss on the steps
Her heart is beating, she’s out of her depth
Summer fling don’t mean a thing
But, uh oh, those summer nights

Tell me more, tell me more
But I don’t gotta cover brag
Tell me more, tell me more
‘Cause I don’t want to be a drag

He got friendly learning to cook
Well, she got friendly near the breakfast nook
He was sexy, funny and smart
Well, she was good, definitely not a tart
Summer heat, boy and girl meet
But, uh oh, those summer nights

Tell me more, tell me more
How much dough did he spend?
Tell me more, tell me more
Could this be a trend?

It turned colder; that’s where it ends
So he told her he wanted to be more than friends
Then they made their true love vow
Wonder what their doin’ now
Summer dreams ripped at the seams
But, oh, those summer nights
Tell me more, tell me more.

Thanks for joining me and sharing in my THRILL of my cover for Bachelor’s Special.

Just for stopping by I’d like you to enter into my $10 Amazon card giveaway 🙂 Here’s the link…

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MWNiNTU0OTUyMGNlZDFiOGJmOTc5ZmExZmRmZDJmOjQ5/

 

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What to Read Wednesday

Thanks for joining me for WHAT TO READ WEDNESDAY! Today we have my wonderful Entangled sister joining us. Please help me in welcoming Barbara DeLeo. She’s a lot of fun and one interesting lady…and to top it off, one lucky commenter will win a copy of Barbara’s book CONTRACT FOR B and WMARRIAGE. At the end of her post she’s given us all a special gift…a link to her first chapter. So make sure you check it out!

Oh, and don’t forget to join me in drooling over her gorgeous cover 🙂

Take it away Barbara!

Thanks so much for having me on What to read Wednesday, Christine. I’m  from Downunder —New Zealand, in fact—so it’s Thursday here already, and just between you and me Wednesday was AWESOME. You’re gonna love it!

So, about me….I live at the top of the South Island of New Zealand in wine country because my partner-in-parenting-crime is a winemaker. Could I have got any luckier? Well, just between you and me, I was hoping for a cheesecake maker but I’m not giving him back now I’ve run him in. {:o)

While he makes the wine, I write the books and together we try to work out what we must have done in a previous life to have been blessed with four children in two years. I’m thinking I must have either been one of those smug parents who are super organized and have socks that actually MATCH in the kids’ drawers, or else I was something like a nun who’d taken a vow of silence. Whichever it was, I’m certainly learning some lessons this time around!

The main lesson I’ve taken from these twelve parenting years is to have something in my life that’s completely for myself. In the old days it was just five minutes when I could go to the bathroom without eight eyes trained on me from the doorway. Now its my writing career which I’ve built so painstakingly from a sentence a day when the kids were babies, to a chapter week when they were in kindergarten, to three to four books a year now.

All that hard work resulted in me signing with the Indulgence line at Entangled Publishing and having my debut book Contract for Marriage release at the end of 2012.  It’s a magical feeling to have worked so hard for a dream that has finally paid off. I’d always heard the advice to try and find your passion but it wasn’t until I was well into my thirties that I found out what that might be.

The heroine in Contract for Marriage has a passion, to live back in the house that has been in her family for generations. Trouble is, the man who broke her heart ten years ago has a claim on it too. There are going to be some pretty hot negotiations before any settlement is reached, and that settlement is something neither of them saw coming.

I’d love to hear about a passion that you’ve found in your life, or the greatest lesson you’ve learned in the last ten years.

Contract for Marriage-1600I have an ecopy of Contract for Marriage to give away to one commenter.

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Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and now lives her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.

Degrees in English and Psychology, and a career as an English teacher, fuelled Barbara’s passion for people and stories, and a number of years living in Europe gave her a love for romantic settings.

Discovering she was having her second set of twins in two years, Barbara knew she must be paying penance for being disorganized in a previous life and was determined to get it right this time. It’s amazing what being housebound with four preschoolers will do for the imagination and she decided it was time to follow her writing dream. Funnily enough, those first manuscripts had not a single child in them.

Married to her winemaker hero, Barbara’s happiest when she’s getting to know her latest cast of characters. She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, but now without a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.

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You can find Barbara at:

Website  Facebook   Goodreads  Twitter 

Read Chapter One of Contract for Marriage free!

Buy from Barnes and Noble or Amazon or iTunes

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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Entangled Publishing UNDER THE MISTLETOE BLOG HOP from December 7th thru the 14th

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Thanks to Entangled Publishing for organizing the UNDER THE MISTLETOE blog hop!  Please click on the awesome icon above after you’ve commented here because it’s linked to the Entangled In Romance page where you can find all of the other 50+ participants.

Each stop is offering giveaways and prizes and every author on the hop has been contracted with Entangled Publishing for a book that’s already been released, or is to be released in the near future. There’s a lot of fun stuff happening!!!

I have a book coming out with Entangled Publishing in 2013 titled BACHELOR’S SPECIAL. I don’t have an official blurb, but I want to share a little teaser with you to introduce you to my heroine and hero.

JILL ADGATE is an unemployed chef who wants four things out of life:  a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family.  Oh, and the ability to control her nervous stomach.

CHET CASTLE is a prosperous businessman who has it all, except the ability to trust.  Burned by a money-hungry fiancée ten years ago, he refuses to get involved in any relationship with a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

This contemporary romance will release with the Indulgence line and involves a sixty-second deal, several emotional awakening moments, and some memorable characters. Oh and there’s something about a swimming pool, a car that needs a good tune up, and a lesson in…

Oh, I better stop for now! Teehee

I’m giving away a $5 Amazon Gift card and I’m not requiring you to follow my blog, like my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @christinewords, but I hope you’ll want to. It’s the easiest way to stay informed of release dates and other fun stuff.

And if you have a few moments and would like to tweet or share on your facebook page about the blog hop, all the authors at Entangled Publishing would love it!

To be eligible for my $5 Amazon gift card, just leave a comment with your email address and tell me a fun story about a kiss you’ve experienced under the mistletoe!


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