No Candy Hearts

I was shocked to see that there will be no candy conversation hearts this year since the company went out of business or sold to someone else (not 100% sure which). Those little hearts were the joy of my childhood. Every Valentine’s Day in the classroom you knew you would get at least one or two of those little boxes along with the perforated, cardboard cards. It wasn’t that they tasted so great, they are actually kind of chalky. They aren’t chocolate after all. But, it was like a sensory memory of joy and friendship, along with the sweet messages imprinted on their colorful surfaces.

Since we are trying so hard to lose weight this year, there will be no luxurious red boxes of chocolates, but I’ll hold on to that joyful memory of candy hearts from a friend.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Jill James

Giving Thanks

Of course, we should give thanks every day for all of the people in our lives, our health, our bountiful riches, but sometimes we need a nudge, a reminder. For me, that is Thanksgiving. A day to sit with family and friends and reflect on all you have received in your life. Give thanks!

From my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Addison James

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Addison James, SVRWA Award-winning author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Addison James.

Her story in the set is The Holiday Fixer (Contemporary)

A hacker is threatening the online dating site, Coupling, and head of product development, Wendy Ram, hired self-made billionaire security consultant, Zachary Evans, to fix the problem in time for their holiday promotion. A 21st century retelling of the holiday classic, The Shop Around the Corner.

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Grace Conley

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Grace Conley, SVRWA GOTCHA-award winning author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Grace Conley.

Her story in the set is Christmas Weekend: A Heart’s Delight Short Story (Contemporary)

San Francisco cop Joe Maggiano runs into his long-lost flame on Christmas Eve – during a terrible fire! Will he and Gwyn be able to re-kindle their love over the course of a holiday weekend in charming Heart’s Delight, California?

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Gayle Parness

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Gayle Parness, Fantasy author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Gayle Parness.

Her story in the set is Winter Solstice Wishes (Paranormal)

Elle, a fae who refused to return to the Faerie Court because of the abuse she’d endured, has been a guest in Sasha’s home for the last six months. Sasha, a vampire with a violent past, was smitten by this sweetly elegant female. Can they heal each other on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year?

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Janet Miller

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Janet Miller, Prism Award-winning author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Janet Miller.

Her story in the set is Just A Little Christmas (Contemporary)

Alice Masters has two young children, no job, and Christmas is coming without a tree or decorations. When she begs her neighbor Rand Brown for the old Christmas tree he’s thrown out, what starts as Just A Little Christmas turns out to be a lot more.

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Jill James

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Jill James, Amazon best-selling author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is me (Jill James).

My story in the set is The Christmas Con (Sexy Contemporary)

In a mash-up of the Robin Hood legend and the film, The Italian Job, two reformed jewel thieves, Robin Cappington and Ian Marr, reluctantly work together to retrieve a priceless necklace, but the fates and Santa have special plans of a holiday reunion for the ex-lovers.

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Kate Lockridge

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Kate Lockridge, two-time Golden Heart Finalist~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Kate Lockridge.

Her story in the set is Flame To Fire (Paranormal)

Nate Arbinger is a Helwyn, a demon hunter, who uses ancient ballads as a road map to track escapees from Hell. Battle weary, Nate has come home to Molly for the Yuletide season. Little does he know that a minor god and the Fates have other plans for his holiday…

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Loucinda McGary

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Loucinda McGary, RWA Golden Heart Finalist~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Loucinda McGary.

Her story in the set is New Year’s Endeavor (Sensual Contemporary)

Recently widowed Tammy Knox takes a holiday cruise at the urging of her daughter Avery and her best friend Dori Miller. Tammy is seeking a distraction from her increasingly lonely life, but she doesn’t expect it to be in the form of her best friend’s handsome, younger son. Is their New Year’s endeavor destined to be a shipboard fling or true love?

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Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Cyndi Faria

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Cyndi Faria, Award-winning author~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. Next up is Cyndi Faria.

Her story in the set is Honor The Promise (New Adult, Sweet Contemporary)

Expected to become a fourth generation firefighter, a young cadet discovers Latin dance unleashes his deepest desires and gives him the confidence to choose his own path.

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Happy Independence Day

Happy 4th of July to my American followers. I love the 4th. It always feels like summer is truly here. I appreciate our celebration of freedom and celebrate those who insured we have it. Our military men and women. In our family my dad was in the Navy along with his brother, Jan. My brother served in the Navy for 20 years and retired a few years back. He was there for Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. My nephew, Josh is in the Army along with my son, Tim. Josh is at Ft. Benning, GA and Tim is at Ft. Hood, TX with his wife, Christina, former Army as well.

Happy Independence Day America!!!

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day has always been an important date for me especially growing up as a small child, in Dundalk, a small town just outside Baltimore. Memorial Day was an important day with parades and flags and remembrances of what our armed forces do for us.

Memorial Day has never had such meaning as it does this year with my son in boot camp and ready, willing, and able to serve his country. Freedom isn’t free.

 

Do you have someone serving this Memorial Day? Do you have someone close and special to remember this day?

Jill James