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“Dear naps . . .”


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“For maximum deliciousness”

This intrigues me.

Photo: McDonald's food-scented candles

Says Business Insider:

If you love the smell of a Quarter Pounder burger, then this candle pack is ideal for recreating the fragrance of McDonald’s within the comfort of your own home.

The six-piece candle set includes the Quarter Pounder ingredient-inspired scents of ketchup, pickle, cheese, onion, bun, and 100% fresh beef. 

You can light the candles individually, but the product description recommends burning them all at once “for maximum deliciousness.”

What do you think? Would you have these in your house? I might be tempted to go for a french fry scented candle. :)


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The celebration continues!
Engaged to the Earl

“Full of witty banter and sweet romance . . . a must-read for Regency fans.” —Publishers Weekly

The release-week celebration for Engaged to the Earl continues with tomorrow’s visit to my friend (and fellow Avon author) Lenora Bell‘s Bookish Belles Facebook group!

Stop by for bookish chat and some fun giveaways, too!


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“I have invented a new sport”

Not to brag, but I’m a black belt too. :)

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“You can only keep 3”

Oh my gosh, this is HARD!

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But I’ll have to go with pet, books, and coffee. And feel bad about leaving out chocolate. :)


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Meet my valentine!

Presenting . . . Sissy! She was born in Thailand in 1968, which means she’s 52 years old. She’s 8 feet, 3 inches tall, and her favorite food is mazuri pellets. She loves to splash and swim in ponds, even in the rain, and she has an unusual communication style of flipping the end of her trunk to make a popping noise. These delightful sounds are often heard when she’s socializing or when she has a new enrichment item to play with.

Isn’t she beautiful?!?

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You see, for Valentine’s Day I “adopted” Sissy, a resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.  Am I in love? Totally.

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“Lesser known personality types”

I’m A, C, and H, a thousand times H!

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What about you? :)

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New book board!

Are you a Pinterest person? If so, you’re cordially invited to check out my new board for Engaged to the Earl! It was a lot of fun putting together — it’s kind of an insider’s look at my inspirations, influences, research, references, and allusions. Here are some quick samples:

Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

The gorgeous cover of course needed to be included!

Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love

Visual inspiration for my heroine, Gwendolyn Penhallow . . .

. . . and some equally delightful visual inspiration for my hero, Christopher Beck.

As was typical for a young woman in the Regency era, Gwendolyn wears white a great deal, and it was fun imagining her wearing a gorgeous gown like this.

“That horse has the devil in him.” “So do I,” says Christopher Beck.

A little theme running throughout Engaged to the Earl.

One evening at Vauxhall Gardens, Gwendolyn and Christopher slip away along the so-called Forbidden Paths for a quiet interlude alone . . .

A sweet little snippet.

Fragrant pink rose petals! Which are employed in a delicious romantic gesture . . .

Good advice, I think, for all of us. :)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little preview!

Would you like more info about Engaged to the Earl? Click here to go to the Avon Books/HarperCollins site where you can see all your preorder options (in print, ebook, and audio), and read a sample, too.


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Breakfast quiz

Where do you stand on this? I’m a 3-E person myself. :)

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“All food must go to the lab for testing”

This made me laugh.

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