February 2020 Newsletter Hello again, Can you believe it’s already February, the month of love... When I was a kid I loved this month. We had a week of vacation from school, kids gave out tiny boxes of candy hearts and it was a short month. As an adult I think of February as the cusp of spring. Yes, it’s a little early but once we get through the 28/29 days we’re into March and the weather begins to change and right around the corner is April. Yeah! I’d like to share a recipe from my kitchen to yours each month. Since chocolate is the traditional sweet I decided to make a homemade valentine for Hubby. A tin of On Top of the Stove Cookies. There a lot of recipes floating around but just in case you’ve never heard of them, here’s mine. Boil together for 2 minutes: 2 cups sugar ½ cup butter ½ cup milk ½ cup unsweetened cocoa After 2 minutes at a gentle boil mix in a splash of vanilla extract, ½ cup peanut butter and 3 cups quick cooking oatmeal. Stir until well blended and spread into a 9 x 11 pan, (9 x 13 will work too). Let harden and then cut into squares. You can also drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper. Store in a covered container and enjoy. Let’s see how long they last in your house. A few Sunday’s ago, I was going down the stairs and for some reason I took notice of my to-be-read pile of books covering the bookshelf. I was shocked at how many titles were sitting there. I guess I’ve been accumulating books and not keeping up with all that I want to read. Some books are from the grand masters of fiction, Nora Roberts, JD Robb, James Patterson but there are many others who I’ve either met along the way at book events or browsing in bookstores or a recommendation from a friend. I’ve been actively posting reviews on Goodreads and Bookbub along with e-retailers but I am definitely behind in my reading. And I didn’t even mention my kindle, that also has a ton of books to be read too. I think I need to add a library onto my house just to have a place to go and read. I wonder what hubby would think about that? Anyway I digress. Each month I will to feature a new to me author, who I’ve met and enjoyed their books. Last month I featured Lisa Olech. I love her pirate series. I hope you did too. As a reminder I’ve created a Facebook Reader Group - feel free to join the fun where we can talk about what you’re reading, what I’m reading and new books I’ll be releasing. Well I guess that kicks the new year off on the right foot. Author SpotlightThis month is Christine Mazurk:Where do you get your ideas for a series? Let’s just say the characters decide. When I wrote Passion’s Race, the subplot involving Kate Brooks exploded and I was told by my agent and editor that Kate needed her own story. Kate’s will be book four in the series. Once I started what I thought would be the second book, my editor asked for Mike Dawson’s story. It wasn’t even a blip in my mind, but it got me thinking. Who could come to the island of Guam and knock our handsome, surfer-dude playboy out of his flip-flops? So, Passion’s Spirit was born. Still to come in the athletic journey series is Passion’s Promise and Hart’s Passion. The mystical series started with Mystical Connections; Jenna and Aidan’s story, but it soon became clear that the characters popping up in the story needed their own adventures and messages. Mystical Moments will be next in line. When I wrote The Chase is Over, Alexandra’s goof-ball partner, Jonathon Lasko kept grinning and asking, “Hey, what about me? I’d make a dynamic, interesting hero, don’t you think?” His wink was devilish. Jonathon’s Legacy is now in the queue as a future book. I have no doubt that as I continue writing book after book, more characters will come to the front and demand my attention, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Who was your favorite character to write? Oh, that’s not fair. I love them all. But if I had to choose, I’d say Tyler Daniels in The Chase is Over, because as he came to life on the page, I fell in love with my husband all over again! The funny thing is I started that story when I was ten. Every Sunday my mom, brother and I went to this tiny place called the Blue Grotto to pick up a pizza and every Sunday this guy would come in with his girlfriend to eat in the dining room. Over six feet, slim build, blond hair, and electric blue eyes. Of course I noticed him. Fast forward, I earned my degree, started climbing the corporate ladder in the leading retail giant. Writing was put aside. I don’t know how it came up, but one day my husband mentioned the Blue Grotto and we put the pieces together. He was that guy in the pizza place. Small world or what?! How long have you been writing? The quick answer is my hubby and I were working in Guam when 9/11 happened and it hurt our business. I was in training and development at the time, so hubby suggested I leave retail and write that book I always said I’d write. I’d never lost the passion, life had just gotten in the way. So, I made writing my fulltime job, and I’ve never looked back! What do you like most about being a romance author? I’m an empath. I feel people’s emotions. There’s nothing better than helping two characters find their happily ever after. If you look at my tag line, it says it all: “The heart of change is the change of heart.” Find Lisa Here: Books Facebook Website Monthly ContestNow in contest news: My prize from last month is still unclaimed, Emily B - aka sweepwormplease email me at email@example.comFor this month, the lucky winner is: Robin – rwhit_99Drop me an email and we can coordinate your special gift of signed book or travel mug.Check out the list at Lucinda's Books or an insulated LR travel mug. All you need to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what your preference is, yes it really is that simple. Upcoming EventsIf you want to find me I’m hitting the road in 2020The first one: Reader Author Get Together Cincinatti OHJune 4-7More details are on my website:Events Just in case you’ve missed it – The Matchmaker and The Marine has a release date May 7, 2020. I am SO excited for you to read this book. I just fell in love with Melinda and Adam.It is available for pre-order now and if you’d like to reserve a signed paperback copy just email me. Until next month, I wish you happiness and love.