Even when it’s cold and dreary outside, and spring seems so far away, that doesn’t mean you can’t begin “planting” your garden. Why not try an indoor water garden? Wander your local flea markets, check out an antique shop, or just browse through Grandpa’s old shed to see what kind of fun glass bottles and clear containers you can find. Continue reading “Indoor Water Garden with Donna Kauffman”
When you have little girls who love playing dress-up and performing, it’s only natural that you have one (or more) dress up boxes. And while many little girls outgrow the dress-up stage, in our house, most of us never did.
That’s why, if you venture into our attic at home, you’ll find not one, but two boxes filled with costumes my girls and I have worn throughout the years. I’ve been known to window shop in a second-hand store only hold up and item and exclaim, “This would be great for a costume!” Then promptly add it to our growing collection.
When it’s Halloween, I’m slipping into a costume to hand out Trick or Treat candy, head to a costume party, or brighten the atmosphere at the day job.
When it’s Oscars night, our house is typically teaming with friends and familia who’ve joined us in costume—with extra points for those who come dressed as a character from a film nominated that year. From animated films to comedies to dramas…we’ve represented the gamut. With the pics to commemorate the good times. Continue reading “Playing Dress-Up with the Oliveras Familia”
I’m one of those folks who never quite cooks the same thing twice. I think this comes from learning to cook at my late Nana’s side and using her not quite precise form of weights and measurements. You seasoned cooks know how it goes: a pinch of this, a dash of that and just enough of the other in order to make it taste like you know it’s supposed to taste.
The difference between my Nana and me though, is that she was a fantastic cook. Known throughout Harlem for her skills in the kitchen and her generous and open heart when it came to food.
I recall her saying to me once, “you’d be a great cook if you learned to cook with love.” True to nature (and at times cursed with a tongue quicker than my brain) I lashed back with, “well I guess I’ll never be a great cook!” That little quip did not go over too well, but despite my lack of enthusiasm in the kitchen I’m happy to say I did learn enough from my Nana to, if not be a great cook, then to be a cook that is good enough to make some of her staples with passable ease. I can make collard greens, macaroni and cheese, baked ham and roasted turkey wings with enough skill that I can fool some into thinking cooking is something I might even enjoy.
One of her dishes that I was blessed enough to just about master is her Peach Cobbler. I’ve gotten good enough with that one so much so that now that she’s passed away my bother request’s for me to make it for holiday gatherings and special occasions. Continue reading “Taste the sweet life with K.M. Jackson”
“Well my daughter is a writer to you know.”
Wait a minute did she really just say that to best-selling author James Patterson? Of course she did, and I really don’t know why I am surprised since that she in question is my very own never to be outdone or outshined mama, Ms. K.
Let me give you all a little set up on the way we got to be in this scenario with my mom bragging to James Patterson and then, even more shockingly to President Bill Clinton.
It all started, a few days before when I’d heard that James Patterson and Bill Clinton would be signing their novel THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING at my local Barnes & Noble. Now being the good daughter, I am, I thought what a treat it would be to get a signed copy of the book for my mother since James Patterson’s her absolute favorite author ever. Notice I said James Patterson and not her own novel writing daughter, yours truly. But it’s cool.
Now, to get close and semi-personal with a bestseller and an ex-President one does not just walk up and breezily shake a hand. There are lines. Many lines. Lines and security checks and then more lines. But my mother kept herself busy by warming up the crowd around us with humble brag stories about how her daughter is an author too and she was used to meeting famous literati folks.
Cut to me eyes wide, Ummm laying it on a little thick there huh ma?
With me I had an advanced reader copy of AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME in my pocket (as one does when you’re excited about your ARC) and said wouldn’t it be great if I could get a photo with James Patterson or dare I hope, Bill Clinton. Now my mom being my mom thought such a thing was easy as pie. “Why should you not get a photo? You’re an author too, and you’re my daughter so you’re fabulous.” Okay Ma if you say so, though you may be just a little biased in this instance.
Finally, it was our turn. Security was cleared, and I was now more nervous than ever after the mom hype. So, as if I was all of twelve years old I nudged my mom ahead of me and said, “You go first!” Continue reading ““Well my daughter’s a writer too you know.” by KM Jackson”
Saturday June 2nd
Sarah Price – Signing at the Baker and Taylor Book from 1pm-2pm
Donna Kauffman – Signing at the Baker and Taylor Book from 2pm-3pm
Sunday June 3rd
Marie Force – Signing at the Baker and Taylor Book from 10am-11am
KM Jackson – Signing at the Baker and Taylor Book from 11am-12pm
Romance and the Resistance Panel
With Authors: Sarah MacLean, K.M. Jackson, Aya de Leon, Roni
Loren, Donna Kauffman
Moderator: Tina Jordan
Candy Crushes Signing
HarperCollins Meeting Room 2175
Ticketed Group Signing Event
Authors: Zoey Castile, K.M. Jackson, Aya de Leon, Donna Kauffman
Toxic Masculinity Syndrome Panel
With Authors: Jasmine Guillory, Alisha Rai, Sarah Morgan,
Megan Frampton, Claire Legrand, Zoey Castile
Moderator: Eliza Thompson
I was born on Guam and lived in Hawaii before moving to the Pacific Northwest, so it seemed only natural for me to base my first series on an island. After visiting the San Juan Islands off the northwest coast, I fell in love with Friday Harbor and its beautiful landscape and creative, wonderful people. There was an instant connection I felt to the small-town atmosphere; the quaint coffee house, the bustling tourist shops, restaurants, and summer markets. There’s something magical about island life, and the more I visited, the more The Holloway Girls series began to take shape.
One of the things I really love about small island towns is the fact that everyone seems to know each other. Friends and relatives blend so seamlessly that often it just feels like one big, extended family. My hope for The Holloway Girls series is to give readers the experience and sense of family that island life brings, as well as the drama that often unfolds when you live in such a close-knit community. And of course, I had to add a dash of magic to bind the series together because magical hijinks just seemed like too much fun to pass up.
If you pay close attention, I mention dragonflies and mermaids in every book. They hold a special place in my heart, as two of my Golden Heart® groups from Romance Writers of America are the Dragonflies and Mermaids. These women continue to inspire me on a daily basis, and many of them have become dear friends. I took this photograph during a summer trip to Friday Harbor, where I often visited to soak up the atmosphere while writing DON’T CALL ME CUPCAKE. This is how I picture Pine Cove Island. A lovely, magical place! Continue reading “Island-Themed Blog Post by Tara Sheets”
A raging winter storm and a holiday spent pet-sitting reveals there’s more than one kind of animal in the house…
When Emma Lafferty is hired by a billionaire CEO to watch his pets over the holidays, she expects to enjoy a quiet Christmas in opulent surroundings. What she doesn’t expect is to spend the week trapped in the mansion with Trevor Hamilton, the CEO’s sexy great-nephew—and heir—whose motives are as shady as his desire is crystal clear . . .
Praise for Donna Kauffman and her novels
“Kauffman’s stories show that the bravery to reach for a connection is all we need to discover joy; she excels at expressing the struggles and joys of giving in to love.” –Publishers Weekly on Sandpiper Island
“We all know where there’s Donna Kauffman, there’s a rollicking, sexy read chock-full of charm and sparkle. Kauffman’s characters are adorably human and so very magnetic.” –USAToday.com
“Kauffman pens a touching romance . . . a quirky community and secondary characters with enough personality to make readers want to come back. A light romance with a touch of heat, a pinch of intensity and a dash of mysterious small-town magic.” –Kirkus Reviews on Pelican Point
“Sassy, witty, and sexy.” –Library Journal on Snowflake Bay
“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town—you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!” – Lori Foster
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Urban lit stars Kiki Swinson and De’nesha Diamond reunite in a power-packed sequel to their acclaimed Heist—perfect for fans of the gritty, sexy novels of Wahida Clark and Nikki Turner. Continue reading “October Feature – Blogger Tools”
Finding It picks up a year after Faking It. Vivia has traveled the world, writing articles for GoGirl! Magazine. She’s been arrested by Buckingham Palace Guards (bogus stalking charges – she was just snapping a little pic of Prince Harry), rescued by an RAF Search and Rescue team, led on a creepy tour of Edinburgh’s underground, and partied with Bravolebrities. Her long-distance relationship with Luc is tested when she meets a handsome helicopter pilot and bad-boy comedian Russell Brand. When Travis Trunnell, her hot college fling, makes a sudden reappearance, Vivia must decide if she wants to keep living her super-sexy single life or settle down with her Provençal Prince. Continue reading “September Feature – Blogger Tools”