Second Chance Valentine, Book 7 of the Ocean City Boardwalk Series

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Book 7 of the Ocean City Boardwalk is now available!

Years ago, Josie and Alex met under golden sunshine, frolicked in the surf and sand, and fell head over toes in love. But circumstances arose that ruined their one glorious summer, and Josie fled Ocean City with a broken heart.

Now Josie’s grandmother is ill and needs help with the family business, a thriving harbor-side diner called Joe’s Place. So after more than a dozen years, Josie returns to her hometown only to discover she has a 180 pound problem—Alex is the Kitchen Commander at Joe’s Place. Surely, Josie can work with Alex to keep the diner going and retain her dignity until her grandmother is back on her feet. However, when Alex’s little girl starts scheming, not a single heart will be safe against the twelve-year-old matchmaker.

This book is available in the boxed set called Unforgettable Valentine. So why would you buy this version of the book, also? Well, because this version of Second Chance Valentine contains bonus recipes from Joe’s Place! Two different chili recipes. Jalapeño Cornbread. The Joe’s Place Thursday Night Special: Meatloaf and Sour Cream Bashed Potatoes. Breakfast Casserole. Deloris Baxter’s French Toast. Lemon Queen Pie and Rich Chocolate Pecan Bars. These recipes are well worth the extra $0.99 you’ll spend to buy this book!

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Cleaning! Ugh! Here's a Helpful Tip #Housecleaning

A clean house. Everyone would love to have one; we just don’t want to be the one who’s doing the chores. I’m just finishing up a new story, and during the final days and weeks of intense focus on getting to The End, I rarely do anything besides write, eat, sleep, repeat. My house grows dusty and grimy. There will be cleaning in my immediate future! If you’re anything like me (an avoider of cleaning until it can be no longer avoided), then here’s a helpful tip that will make any major cleaning job easier.

I saw a post by a friend recently who gave a recipe for an effective cleaning solution that powered through the gray grime in the bottom of her tub. She used a 50/50 solution of blue Dawn dish detergent and white vinegar. She said she saw somewhere that the dish detergent must be the blue Dawn (although, there was no reason given as to why). She mixed the solution and poured the concoction on the bottom of the tub, let it sit overnight, and then used a Mr. Clean Eraser to scour the tub. Here are before and after pictures. The tub looks sparkly clean!



Warning! Mr. Clean Erasers should not be used on resurfaced porcelain. I had one of my bathtubs resurfaced and the installer said Mr. Clean Erasers are a no-no. If you've had your tub resurfaced call the installer and ask if this cleaner is safe to use.


Have you tried this blue Dawn and vinegar solution? If so, how did it work for you? Do you have any tips, tricks, or miracle cures for keeping your house clean? Let’s share and help each other make housecleaning a little easier. 

New Year - Big Dreams

For me, each New Year encourages me to contemplate. January offers a chance for a fresh, new start, an opportunity for change. Is it just me, or do you feel it too?

Although I’m not one to make resolutions, I do think about the year that has passed—what worked well and what did not. And I set some goals for the coming months. Over the first few days of 2018, I’m finding myself pondering less about what to do and more about how to be.

I want to be kinder and gentler towards myself and others. I want to smile more and argue less. I want peace, inside and out. I want peace not just for myself, but for everyone in the country, on the planet. I have no idea how to achieve it; I only know I want it.

Here are a few more desires that I have no idea how to make happen:

I want every hungry child to be fed.

I want every lonely person to feel loved.

I want war, in all its forms, to end.

I want every mother and father to know their children are safe.

I want a cure for every disease.

Now, let’s all hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Yes, I’m grinning at the silly notion that these things could ever come to pass. But that doesn’t keep me from dreaming that someday the world really could be a better place, a place where people respect and take care of each other, where people are placed above greed and profits, where every single person truly matters.

Please know that you matter to me. And I wish you peace in the New Year.



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If her husband turns up alive—she'll kill him!

Explaining to the seriously sexy cop why she hasn't noticed her husband has been missing for three days is both embarrassing and sobering. But the day Fiona Rowland lifts her head above the churning chaos of kids, carpools, and a million things to do, annoyance turns to fury... then to worry. Where is Stanley?

Having one of those wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee moments changes the way a woman looks at things: marriage, money, family, and friends. And when her best pal from high school arrives (packing her own secrets) to lend support, it turns out even the past isn't quite what it seems. Scrambling to make sense of the drama unfolding, Fiona discovers there's an upside to having your whole world turned upside down. It's easier to grab the good stuff.


A delightful mixture of women’s fiction, chick-lit, romantic comedy, and mystery, Finding Fiona has something for every reader. The discussion questions included at the back of the book make this the perfect novel for book clubs and reader groups.


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Delicious Oatmeal Cookies #Christmas #Recipes



Christmas is just about upon us, and there is one delectable treat I always make during the holidays. You got it. Oatmeal cookies. Sweet, chewy rounds of goodness. Mmmm! However, these cookies aren't like any your grandmother made—not unless she was privy to my secret ingredient, that is.

What's the secret ingredient? Shredded coconut. That's what makes these mouth-watering morsels of oaty goodness so moist and delicious.

This is one of my tried and true recipes. I come back to it again and again. So fire up the oven, pull out your best mixing bowl, and let's bake up a batch of cookies.

Raisin Oat Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
2 cups raisins
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350º. Cream the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Stir in raisins, oats, and coconut. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a light greased baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes (or until golden around the edges). Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

So...what's YOUR favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe? Let's make this a cookie recipe swap! :)

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If her husband turns up alive—she'll kill him!

Explaining to the seriously sexy cop why she hasn't noticed her husband has been missing for three days is both embarrassing and sobering. But the day Fiona Rowland lifts her head above the churning chaos of kids, carpools, and a million things to do, annoyance turns to fury... then to worry. Where is Stanley?

Having one of those wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee moments changes the way a woman looks at things: marriage, money, family, and friends. And when her best pal from high school arrives (packing her own secrets) to lend support, it turns out even the past isn't quite what it seems. Scrambling to make sense of the drama unfolding, Fiona discovers there's an upside to having your whole world turned upside down. It's easier to grab the good stuff.

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