Welcome to today’s Thursday Lifestyle post. Today’s post features a delicious recipe brought to us by Anne Marie Becker. I hope you have the time to make this recipe, and share it with your friends and family!
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We’re almost half way through summer – and I personally have already noticed a few things starting to change with my skin, and hair! So I thought I’d get back to my old trusty list of my “Summer Care” ways and I thought I’d share it with you too! Read More »
Wow! It is a hot summer, but I am certainty not complaining! I’d honestly prefer the warmth over snow any day, but hey – that’s just me! I know some of my friends actually think the weather is a little too hot – so I took the time to put together a list of my personal favorite ways to stay cool in this warm weather! Check it out:
We’re pleased to introduce you to Dexter, Anne Marie Becker’s cat! He’s cute, fluffy and most importantly, he was a great pet!
Dexter (my cat, not the character on the popular TV show, named because he was dexterous and could bat around ping pong balls like nobody’s business) passed away several years ago, but he was a great cat. I took him in off the streets. Or he took us in. It’s hard to tell.
When I was in graduate school, my husband and I lived in a loft condominium with 18-foot ceilings. Our living room happened to be right below the open loft for the second bedroom, which had a ledge Dexter loved to lay on—and fall asleep on. One day, he must have shifted in his sleep because he fell off the loft and landed right next to me on the couch. He bounced once and landed on his feet on the floor, then walked away as if nothing had happened. He did that a few times, but luckily I never got hurt. Of course, he didn’t either, since cats always land on their feet.
D’aww – what an adorable cat! There is something about an orange cat that is just so beautiful, and different then other cats! (Although, I love all cats!). Please share your pet stories, and photos with us by commenting in the section below. Make sure to come back tomorrow, for the last day to vote in the Character Bachelorette game.. and if you have no idea what i’m talking about then click HERE!
Today we chat with author Anne Marie Becker. In this interview we learn all about her favorite characters and a little bit about the plot in her suspensful book DARK DEEDS! You’ll also find out a little bit about Anne’s family, how she creates such multifaceted characters and even quirky details like her celebrity crush! Keep reading to find out more.
- Can you tell us a little bit about your new book Dark Deeds? Dark Deeds is the fourth book in my Mindhunters series, which follows an organization named SSAM (The Society for the Study of the Aberrant Mind) as its agents pursue serial killers and repeat violent offenders who’ve fallen through the cracks or the leads have gone cold. Read More »
Another month, another amazing offer! Today I’m telling you about the newest offer from Harlequin Reader Service. If you’re a huge romance fan, suspense fan, or inspirational fan… then this offer is perfect for you! Here are a few details: Read More »
It’s the summer time, which means it’s the perfect time to put your time to use and volunteer in your local community. There are so many places that look for volunteers to help out, especially in the summer. I actually think volunteering is so much fun because you get to meet new people, and continue to open your horizons, while doing something good!
If you’re looking for somewhere to volunteer, then check out this list of suggestions and see if your community has open volunteer positions. Read More »
Here we are again, for another Tuesday Tale! This one is all about Ana the cat, shared by author Elizabeth Otto.
Welcome! You’ve landed on the perfect page! I’m here to tell you all about the great summer reads you can expect this month! A few I definitely plan to read by my pool on sunny days are DEATH OF A SECOND WIFE by Maria Hudgins, LORD HAVELOCK’S LIST by Annie Burrows and THE NURSE’S BODYGUARD by Melanie Mitchell. What are you reading this month? Whatever it is – I hope you enjoy it!
Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey (Series: The Kowalskis) Read More »
Thank you for joining us on INDEPENDENCE DAY! The Declaration of Independence was established July 4th 1776, with the United States declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. One of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in the United States was in 1785 – the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Rhode Island! Today, Independence Day is celebrated in many differeant ways such as BBQ, picnics, fairs, parades, fireworks and much more. It’s a great day to have pride for your country, and celebrate with friends and family. Please welcome some very special authors who are sharing a few things about how they celebrate their Independence Day! Read More »
Hi everyone thanks for joining me on a Lifestyle Thursday! Today is a fun crafty post that I’m hoping you’ll get the chance to do! Today we will be learning how to make an E-Reader Cover out of an old favorite book cover. I love this do-it-yourself craft because it saves you money, and you have a very unique creative kindle cover that no one else will own! Imagine having your favorite book such as Gone with the Wind as your E-Reader Cover? Awesome! In total, you could spend around $5-10 on this project! It could take you anywhere from 1-2 hours to create so ensure you have some spare time! The more time the better, because you want it too look great! Let’s get started! Read More »
Hi everyone, thanks for making the time to visit our blog again. Today’s post is the 3rd and last post in our “Get Ready for Spring/Summer”. This post is a DIY(Do It Yourself) post. Below I’ve listed 5 things that you can make simply out of scraps around your house. These items will add a nice touch to your house or your garden, and your friends will all be asking how you did it!
Hey! This post today is the second of our Getting Ready for Spring/Summer. Spring and Summer are usually when people are working outside on their gardens, and lawns. We all enjoy having green grass, and/or beautiful flowers but sometimes it’s not that easy and we have to work slowly each day at building beautiful yards. But in the end it’s sooooo worth it! I hope you enjoy the post, and don’t forget to check out the last post in this series Spring/Summer DIY – which will be a very fun post.
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Let’s Get Lost by author Adi Alsaid is an exciting new book coming out this August! This book is a coming of age story all about four teens travelling the country for their own personal reasons. This book has been said to be similar to the hit: “The Fault in Our Stars”. Read More »
Here we are – it’s finally June and I have my top 10 Favorite Covers to show you! These covers are very different from the May top 10, a lot of them portray beautiful landscapes as oppose to people like the May post did. Check these covers out, and let me know what you think!
Thank you for joining us for a special Father’s Day Post. Today, 4 of your favorite authors join us to help celebrate Father’s Day by sharing with us the memories of their fathers. Joining us are: Debra Clopton, Melinda Curtis, Maisey Yates, Renee Ryan and Bronwyn Scott.
Most people would start their spring blog posts out with something like “oh my gosh, where did the time go – spring is already here!”… but I’m not going to because I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for to spring to arrive. Do you feel the same? It was such a long winter so now that spring is finally here – it’s time to start being productive! That is why I’ve decided to do a series of posts that will get you organized for this spring/summer! We’re going to start off with SPRING/SUMMER CLEANING TIPS, and then move to GREEN THUMBS and lastly we’re going to finish with SPRING/SUMMER DIY (Do-It-Yourselves).
Spring is the perfect time for cleaning out the house! Between last Spring and this Spring, there is so much that has accumulated. Sometimes Its frustrating to start the big Spring Clean because there are so many areas that you feel need to be taken care of, but if you follow this simple list – you’ll be on your way in no time with little to no frustration – and a soon to be clean house! Read More »
Hello! It’s Friday (yay, the end of the week!) and I have great news to share with you! The summer Bonus Bucks catalog is finally available and I don’t want you to forget about it so I hope this post is a great reminder to start using your bonus bucks! Read More »
Hi everyone! The first day of summer is only two weeks away and I thought the perfect way to celebrate would be to make a cake! Now i’m not talking your average vanilla or chocolate cake – I’m talking rainbow cake! What better kind of cake is there to make for summer? Full of colour and icing – it doesn’t get much better! Enjoy!
Please note I did not create this recipe, I’ve only discovered the recipes through various friends!
Hello, thanks for visiting the Harlequin Reader Service blog. Today we have the last post in our “Recipes Based on Harlequin Books”. This post features Saving Felicity by Heartsong Presents™ author, Darlene Franklin.
“Award-winning recipe that the heroine in Saving
Felicity serves to guests at her tea shop.” ~Darlene Franklin
Harlequin has tons of series which means every month there are really beautiful, artistic covers. Some are cute, some are romantic, and some are very artsy and different! Here are my top 10 favorite covers of the month!
Hello, thanks for visiting the Harlequin Reader Service blog. Today we have the second post in our “Recipes Based on Harlequin Books”. This post today features The Second Chance Café by Heartsong Presents™ author, Brandy Bruce.
“When I was a college student, my cooking abilities were limited to grilled cheese sandwiches and canned tomato soup, and this fabulous cheesecake recipe randomly came to me in the mail one day as part of a promotion. I followed the recipe and voila! It was the best cheesecake I’d ever had! It’s the kind of dessert that, every time I make it, people ask for the recipe. Read More »
Hello Readers! I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday, and are preparing for a relaxing weekend. In Canada it is the long weekend, so I’m sure all of the local attractions will be very busy! Anyways, I thought I would start your weekend off on a high note by bringing your attention to two of Harlequin Reader Service’s special collections occuring this month! You’ll see this offer in your May shipment, but if you missed it… here is a bit of information on it! Read More »
Hi everyone, thanks for joining me for another TUESDAY TAIL! I love Tuesday, specifically because I get to look at cute photos while writing blog posts! Today’s charming TUESDAY TAIL is all about Frisbee, author Natalie J. Damschroder’s cat!
This blog post is dedicated to mothers all around the world. Today, five of our authors have gathered with us to help celebrate Mother’s Day by sharing with us their best memories with their moms. Please welcome authors: Susan Wiggs, Carol Marinelli, Brenda Minton, Linda Goodnight, Cathy Gillen Thacker, and Brenda Novak!
Feel like reading a new Romantic Suspense novel? Then make sure you check this excerpt from ACCEPTABLE RISKS by Natalie J. Damschroder and let me know what you think!
Lark felt the weight of Jason’s eyes on her and knew she wasn’t fooling him by pretending to be asleep. That was okay. He wasn’t going to tell her anything until they got to the safe house, and she didn’t want to pepper him with questions. It would annoy both of them, and if her eyes were open, she wouldn’t be able to help herself. Read More »
You often remember funny quotes from movies, but how often do you remember a quote from a good book you’ve recently read? Well often when I’m reading, if I like a certain quote or paragraph, I tend to write it down or take a photo of the page with my iPhone. So – today I’ve decided to share my favorite quotes from Harlequin Books with you… and I hope you’ll share with me some of your favorite quotes from Harlequin books too! Read More »
Hello! It’s WRITER’S WEDENSDAY and I have an interview for you with Harlequin® Non-Fiction Editor Rebecca Hunt. Learn what the best part of Rebecca’s job is and what made her want to become an Editor!
- Why did you want to be an editor? I’ve loved reading and being surrounded by books since I was little. As I got older and went to college, I realized I was actually allowed to be paid to read books and work with interesting people. After my first internship at a small press shop the summer after my sophomore year in college, I was hooked! Read More »
Hello readers! Thanks for joining us on another Friday! I’m hoping everyone is feeling a little warmer as we see the weather slowly warming up!
This month the Harlequin™ Reader Service is offering you the opportunity to try your favorite books in Larger Print! I thought this would be something exciting to tell you because personally I hate reading books with tiny font. So if you would like to know the details of this Larger Print offer then take a look in your shipments this month or read below for the details.
I know people always say, “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” but every month there are a number of stunning covers that stand out. This month, I’ve selected just a few of my favorite covers to share with you. Some are cute, some are romantic, and some are more artistic and different. Here are my 10 favorite covers for April!
Happy Friday! Do you all have something awesome planned for this weekend? It’s April so I’m thinking this weekend it’s time to take my snow tires off my car and slowly start pulling out my spring clothes that I shoved in the basement the minute the weather started turning cold! Anyways, lets talk books! In March there were so many incredible books that I read, it truly is hard to count. I often try to read an hour before bed – which in turn helps me get a better sleep. How about you, when is your favorite time to read? Well hopefully the answer is anytime because with the books we have coming out next month, you’ll need to find as much time as possible to fit in all the great books! Check them out below, and if you have any questions at all or want to know if they’re in true larger print or larger print then just leave a message in the comment section below, or give Reader Service customer service a ring! Read More »
Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us for another TUESDAY TAIL! This one is very special as a reader JUST LIKE YOU sent it in to us! Ann from Kentucky shares a well told story about her cat Ichabod and a bit of her journey with her loveable furry friend! I hope you enjoy this story! Remember if you have a story about your furry friend that you would like to share, post it in the comments below or email us! Our customer service information is at the bottom of this post!
Hi folks! Here is an excerpt from author Loree Lough’s 100th title SAVING ALYSSA which is in our Harlequin® Heartwarming™ series!
“If something happens to O’Malley, now that he’s in the general population, what happens?”
“They bury him.” She gave an indifferent shrug. “One less convict being fed and housed by my tax dollars.”
“Yeah, yeah…but then what? Do I get to go back to Chicago? Pick up where Alyssa and I left off?” Read More »
Ever since as a little girl I sat in our local cinema and watched ‘Lassie’ I’ve been a lifelong fan of rough collies. Read More »
Hi Everyone! Thanks for joining me! Normally I post recipes on Lifestyle Thursdays but since you all know, I recently posted a knitting pattern on Thursday so I figured Freestyle Friday was the next BEST DAY to post a St. Patrick’s Day recipe that you can make just in time for the fun day ahead of us!
Guinness Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Pretzels Read More »
Check out these intriguing titles coming out next month!
Hello! How is your day so far? Mine is great! Not only is the sun starting to shine but, March is here! March gives me a feeling of warmth because I know it’s that much closer to the warmer weather! I’m ready for spring flowers (even if I have to deal with spring showers)! Read More »
Interested in a new Love Inspired novel? Try this one: NORTH COUNTRY MOM by Lois Richer! Here is an excerpt below!
“Do you have kids?” Jack asked.
“I’m single,” Alicia said firmly. Then, lest he think she was angling for a date, she added, “And I intend to stay that way.” Read More »
Younger Next Week
The Fast, Fun, Delicious Way to Fight Aging! A radiant appearance. Boundless energy. Effortless weight management. Supercharged health and well-being. Forget facelifts and fancy wrinkle creams—the fountain of youth is in the foods you eat and simple exercises and behaviors that will turn back the clock. Acclaimed nutritionist and wellness expert Elisa Zied shows you how to jump-start weight loss, reduce stress, improve sleep, banish mood swings and love the vibrant woman you see in the mirror. Read More »
We’re pleased to introduce you to Melissa Endlich, Senior Editor for Love Inspired® books. Melissa Endlich has worked in the publishing industry for fifteen years and shares with us what made her want to become an editor!
What made you want to become an Editor?
I’ve been in love with books since I learned to read. They’ve always been a large part of my life. I’d always focused on learning about literature and creative writing in school, and I just knew that the publishing business was the perfect place for me. After working in non-fiction for a few years, I got a job at Harlequin, and it’s been Happily Ever After ever since! Read More »
Read this exclusive interview with
Love Inspired® Suspense author Laurie Kingery
Is there any hidden message in your novel THE PREACHER’S BRIDE CLAIM? The importance of the Lord leading us to the one who would be our best spouse, and the importance of unity in a congregation Read More »
Hello readers, happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a great week full of relaxation and hopefully good reads! We’re in our second week of February (yay, winter is almost over!). I just wanted to point out in this post, a special collection that I think you’ll really like that’s being offered this month from the Harlequin reader service.
You may have already seen this in your shipment, but the collection I’d like to talk about is: The Essential Collection by Debbie Macomber! Read More »
UPCOMING FEBRUARY BOOKS!
Welcome back readers! You must be here to look at all the fantastic books we have out for you this February! We’re very happy with the start to our new year and we hope you are too! To make it even better, we have a lineup of amazing authors this month, with intriguing books and even better series! February is a month known for one special holiday – Valentine’s Day! How do you plan on spending your Valentine’s Day? Will you be going out with a loved one and grabbing a romantic dinner for two? Or will you be hanging out with your friends? Maybe you’ll even be by a cozy fire, surrounded by burning candles, reading one of Harlequin’s heart-racing romances! We hope that whatever you plan to do on Valentine’s Day is as great as one of the books you read below! Read More »
Upcoming February Books!
Hello again! Thanks for coming back and visiting our blog Simply Books Extra! Once again we have your list of upcoming books for February and we have a strong feeling you are going to be very impressed by these books! Personally I think Love Inspired readers created Valentine’s Day – because the love and faith that makes up every one of these stories, is what truly makes up Valentine’s Day! So read a book or two this February from the list below, and let us know what you think! Read More »
Hello fellow readers! Thanks for joining me again in another Upcoming special! This month we have some incredibly chilling suspense stories for you, with of course a bit of romance! What would a suspense novel be without a lady falling for her strong, mysterious hero! That being said, I hope you enjoy these novels as much as I have! Read More »
Love Inspired Reader Luncheon Coming to Florida in January!
Calling Love Inspired fans: Harlequin is excited to announce that our first Love Inspired Reader Luncheon will take place on January 30 in Tampa, Florida! This exclusive event will give you a chance to meet Love Inspired authors and learn about great new books you won’t want to miss—and, yes, there’s still time to get your tickets! Read More »
It’s that time of year again, where families gather together to celebrate Christmas! We hope you all have a wonderful, magical holiday this year and we are wishing nothing but happiness and love to all of you and your families! Joining us this Christmas are a few of your favorite authors to share with us their favorite memories of the holidays!
We asked some of your favorite authors these 3 questions:
- Please share with us your favorite memory from Christmas.
- What is your favorite part of the holidays?
- If you had to choose one book to read during this holiday, what would it be?
and they replied… Read More »
Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul, with a corn cob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made of coal.
Make this fun recipe with your family
Up on the housetop reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down thru’ the chimney with lots of toys, All for the little ones, Christmas joys. Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down thru’ the chimney with good Saint Nick.
We have tons of great books for you this December and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book!
We have tons of great books for you this December and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book! Read More »
It’s TWO days until December which means it’s time to get ready for the holidays! It’s BLACK FRIDAY tomorrow which means tons of people will be out shopping! We all know how frustraiting Christmas shopping can be! With so many people to buy for – it can get quite difficult! We’ve created this simple gift guide for you this year to put your shopping at ease and because it’s Black Friday tomorrow, we figured we’d give you a head start!
Reader Service has many holiday books this year, and it would be a shame for you to miss out on them! We’ve listed a few of our favorites, along with other gifts in our bonus buck catalog that you could get as well! Gift giving can be made easy, espcially if you have a book lover on your list! Make sure to check out our non-fiction books coming out this holiday below!
It’s thanksgiving and we all have lots to be thankful for! Here at Harlequin Reader Service we’re most thankful for kind customers like you who continually read our books every month! We’re also thankful for our creative authors for creating such intriguing stories!
This is a great time of year to get cozy and eat lots so this year joining us is 5 of your favorite authors who want to share with us their favorite Thanksgiving memories, and their favorite recipes! Feel free to give each recipe a try and make sure to take a picture! Send your photos in and we’ll post them here on our blog!
Click on the author name to be taken to a new post, with a personal memory and a recipe! If you feel like printing any of the recipes, just literally click on the recipe and it will bring you to a printer-friendly page!
by Darlene Franklin
(If you have a pet story that you would like to share, please send it in through the comment section below. If you create a log-in you can share photos as well)
After my mother moved in with me in 2003, we decided to adopt a pet. We came to a compromise: if we took a kitten, we would adopt two; and if an adult, we would only take one cat. Read More »
“We are the Dead. Short days ago We Lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders Fields”. – John McCrae
Cocunut Vanilla Snowball Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
This big-batch cupcake recipe makes enough for a winter party.
They will look especially pretty on a tiered cake stand. Read More »
We have tons of great books for you this month and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book!
FIGHT OR FLIGHT
Natalie J. Damschroder
Eighteen years ago, a group of men killed Regan Miller’s boyfriend and tried to kidnap her daughter, Kelsey. Since then they have lived in hiding, always vigilant and never getting close to anyone. Read More »
People all over the world have pets, and is that really a surprise? They’re such a great companion! Many adults tend to get a pet when they have children, and sometimes those pets stay in the house even after the children have moved out! Now with so many animals out there, its a hard choice when deciding what type of pet you should get! Take a look at our top 10 most popular pet choices and why they make such a great pet (or why people choose them as pets). Read More »
We hope you’ve been enjoying these wonderful recipes brought to you by the wonderful authors, editors and employees here at Harlequin! We have many talented individuals who enjoy spending their free time in the kitchen and we hope you do too! Read More »
Read an excerpt from Sharon Sala’s new
Harlequin® Mira® Romantic Suspense novel, GOING ONCE!
The sun was directly overhead when Nola began hearing an outboard motor, and once again the sound gave her hope. She clung to the tree where she’d taken refuge from the flood and craned her neck to get a better view upriver. When a motorboat suddenly came into view, she gasped. Read More »
Thanks for being a Simply Book Extra Blog reader! Not only can you find our posts in your daily newsletter, but we post exclusive material here as well! If you’re a Simply Books Extra follower, you won’t wanna miss our crossword below! Read More »
Roger the Rabbit
By: Gwen Nguyen
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted my very own pet. Growing up I was deprived of the experience because my parents, being new immigrants, simply did not have the funds or the time to take care of an animal. Read More »
Having a movie night with your grandchildren? Perhaps your own kids? Or even just with your friends? Well here is the perfect recipe that everyone will love!
It’s time to get creative! Read More »
Are you looking to try a new, yummy recipe this summer?
Harlequin’s author Brenda Harlen has a favorite summer recipe and would like to share with you.
This is a light desert that is quick to make and a huge hit with both adults and children.
Enjoy! Read More »
An interview with
Harlequin® Special Edition author Christyne Butler
I have been a writer all my life. From stories I would make up in my head during Sunday afternoon car rides with my family, to writing in journals as a teenager. Read More »
Thanks for being an exclusive member of Simply Books Extra! As you may or may not know, we LOVE to talk about animals and the joy they bring to our lives. We have some exciting stories coming this month to share with you so make sure to keep checking Simply Books Extra each week! Read More »
THE VIRGIN DIET SHAKE
Are you eating all the right things—low-fat yogurt, egg-white omelets, whole-grain bread, even tofu—but still can’t lose the weight? Your favorite “diet” foods may be to blame.
On The Virgin Diet, you’ll eat plenty of anti-inflammatory, healing foods to reclaim your health and reset your metabolism, while avoiding the 7 foods that are most likely to cause food intolerance. You’ll never feel hungry or deprived, and in just one week, you’ll drop up to 7 pounds, lose belly bloat, gain energy, clear up inflammation and look and feel years younger. And that’s just the beginning!
We’re into the first week of July, and the weather is HOT! Depending on where you live, you may be experiencing the humid weather that’s been surrounding us these days! Read More »
I have always loved dogs, big or small; there is hardly a breed I don’t like. My family has had dogs since I was 6 and I cannot remember I time in my life without at least one dog. Growing up my family always had Lhasa Apsos, small balls of fur on legs that look something like an Ewok. I love our family dogs and they loved each of us. But when I was finally ready to move out of my parent’s house and buy a place of my own I was becoming increasingly disheartened that I was no longer going to come home from a hard day’s work to a happy little dog wagging its tail at me. I finally made the decision to get my very own dog. Read More »