$500 July Giveaway Extravaganza!


With my new novel in the works (and still on track for a late November release), I’m participating in The Kindle Book Review’s giant event all month, and featuring A Jingle Valley Wedding (since the new novel is a sequel to my 2015 novel).

Click here to go right to the Giveaway page, where you could win (1) a 10″ Kindle Fire, an Amazon Prime membership, and a $50 Amazon gift card, or (2) a $100 Amazon gift card and an 8″ Kindle Fire!

This contest runs from July 1 – 29, 2019, so be sure to enter!

“The Paradise” Contest

Some period drama-loving friends and I are throwing a big online party to celebrate Masterpiece airing season one of The Paradise.  There will be a première night Twitter chat, weekly recaps, and to kick things  off . . . a fun contest involving one of our favorite pastimes – SHOPPING! This  seemed appropriate as The Paradise is a Victorian-era department store where plucky heroine Denise Lovett is employed in the Ladieswear Dept.
Read on to find out how you can enter this exciting contest and be eligible to win several FABULOUS prizes!
1) Take a photo (camera pix are fine) of yourself shopping for one (or more) of the following items:
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Lingerie
  • Make-up
  • Perfume
  • Hats
  • Stockings/Hosiery
(Like this)

Sampling lip gloss at Sephora
Sampling lip gloss at Sephora
You will receive ONE entry per picture of an item listed above (up to 8 entries).
You can earn a bonus FIVE entries if you submit a photo of yourself  with a cute/crush-worthy shop employee (male or female).
2) You may submit your contest photos via Twitter or Facebook.
Twitter – Tweet your picture(s) to @ParadiseParty2
Facebook – Post your pictures to the Facebook group, Paradise Party. Note: You will have to join the group in order to post to the forum.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/444953335622203/
3) This contest is open to residents of the United States ONLY.
4) Contest will begin on Friday, October 4th, 2013 and end at midnight on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 18th,  2013.
5) Prizes are as follows:
  • Grand Prize – A $50 Macy’s gift card, which can be used online or in-store. The winner of this prize will be selected by the True Random Number Generator at www.random.org
  • Bonus Prize – The Funniest Photo – A Kindle copy of The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola (this is the classic novel on which the TV series is based). The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online event.
  • Bonus Prize – Item We Most Want Photo – An audio CD of The Paradise TV Soundtrack. The winner of this prize will be selected by the 8 authors/bloggers participating in The Paradise online  event.
So, you can earn up to 13 entries and there are THREE great prizes up for grabs. Cleverness and originality count with these pix, so have fun and be creative!
Be sure to check out the shopping finds from these fellow Paradise  Party bloggers:

Make Your Oscar Picks! (There’s a Prize)


I really wanted to post this yesterday, but I’m working on edits for “Chocolate Fondue,” and time slipped away. So, it’s Saturday morning, and you have until NOON (EST) on SUNDAY (tomorrow) to post your picks in the comment section below.  The person who comes closest to picking the winners will win a $20 Amazon gift card. If there’s a tie, I’ll use random.org to choose.

So – here are the nominees. Pick ONE from each category.


  1. Amour
  2. Argo
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Les Miserables
  6. Life of Pi
  7. Lincoln
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Zero Dark Thirty


  1. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  3. Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
  4. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  5. Denzel Washington (Flight)


  1. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  2. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  3. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
  4. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  5. Naomi Watts (The Impossible)


  1. Alan Arkin (Argo)
  2. Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook)
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  4. Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
  5. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)


  1. Amy Adams (The Master)
  2. Sally Field (Lincoln)
  3. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
  4. Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
  5. Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)


  1. Michael Haneke (Amour)
  2. Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  3. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  4. Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
  5. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

That’s it. Just those six categories. You can pick by just typing in the number if you want. Good luck and enjoy the Oscars!