Book Reviewers Are Special People!

Sounds like a perfect bumper sticker, doesn’t it?

So, it’s interesting to me that a lot of folks think they aren’t “qualified” to write a review of a book they’ve enjoyed. Gone are the days where a few select people wrote book reviews for the newspaper and special periodicals. Now, reviews are on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and just about any book buying website. Then, there are awesome online places like and Library Thing or Shelfari that give readers a chance to not only share what they liked about the last books they read…but also connect with other readers that enjoy the same type of books — ultimately bringing awareness to other authors in the genres you enjoy.

The truth is … we are ALL “qualified” to write a book review.

It doesn’t even have to be long. Some of the most impactful reviews are very short. Here are a couple I really appreciated that were just posted yesterday!

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If you’re not comfortable with it, though, there are other things you can do to help spread the word about the books you’ve enjoyed. You could go to and bring up the book and see the list of reviews there. Just click the YES this was helpful and you’ve done a little something to add weight to that opinion. :) 

Also, on scroll down to where there is a link to the Authors Page link::

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Click on Visit Amazon’s Nancy Naigle Page and you’ll be taken to the author bio. On the far right, you’ll see a LIKE button. You can LIKE that author and you can also Facebook or Tweet from right there.

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Easy quick ways to support your favorite authors.

Hugs and happy reading~

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What do KY ~ VA ~ MS ~ CT ~ NY all have in common?

Each of those states is the home of one of the five winners in the Goodreads SWEET TEA AND SECRETS autographed book giveaway! And to make the day extra special, this novel is in the top 50 for series romance novels AND in mystery/suspense. If you weren’t a lucky winner this time…you can grab a copy today by clicking on the book cover below. Oh, and Sweet Tea and Secrets is available in digital, paperback and audio formats too!

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Hugs and happy reading, y’all!

I leave y’all with one of my favorite sayings from this novel. Pearl Clemmons has a way with words, ya know.

Love is like sweet tea. The secret is all in how long you let it steep. 

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The Hero In My Mind

A funny thing about books is that sometimes we come out of reading them with the perfect image of what someone looks like. Sometimes…that’s because the author has told us exactly what someone looks like right down to the tiny freckle on their right ear lobe.

But often, the author leaves a lot of that to our imagination. I try to do that because I know that every girls hero does not look the same. Some of us like that sharp businessman that is hovering over the line of surpassing our own attention to fashion and details, or maybe a guy whose hands are as rough as sandpaper, or with muscles so practiced that they outline a perfect six – heck let’s make it an eight – pack tummy.

How do you like your hero?

And for those of you that have read Out of Focus AND/OR Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies … tell me who Sheriff Scott Calvin resembles in your mind!  This ought to be fun.



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You might already know that MINT JULEPS AND JUSTICE is book five of the Adams Grove series. You might even know that this book is scheduled to release on February 1, 2014, but there’s a special promotion going on that could get this book into your hot little hands before it’s even available to the general public!  Read on … for all the details.

Kindle First is a program that offers customers early access to new Kindle books across popular genres from Amazon Publishing.  

  • Every month customers may choose one of the four books selected by Amazon Publishing editors for $1.99.
  • Joining is free with no purchase obligation. By joining, you receive a monthly e-mail announcing new Kindle First picks. You can unsubscribe from the monthly e-mail at any time by visiting AmazonLocal and Amazon Delivers E-mail Subscriptions in Your Account.
  • AND….if you’re an AMAZON PRIME member…you can get this book for FREE. Yep, as in $0.00!

Please also note:

  • Kindle First is available to US customers only.
  • Customers who have previously opted out of all Amazon e-mails will not receive the monthly e-mail announcing new Kindle First picks. If you would like to update your E-mail Preferences, you can do so by visiting Your Account.

 See all four picks from the Kindle First  and grab the book that fits your reading style!

KINDLE FIRST is KEWL as in Kindle Eliminates Waiting Lines OR Kindle Entertains With Love OR Kindle-Everyone Will LoveIt! OR … well you get it. ;) I’m excited!

I love sharing news like this. You can sign up for my newsletter for updates like this and newsworthy book fun at  Oh!! And if you get the digital copy and still want an autograph…just send me a note. I’d be happy to send you a free autographed Keeper Kase card.




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Christmas Tree – Traditional vs Themes

Over the years Christmas trees change with the times. When I was growing up we had a shiny silver aartifical tree. You poked long wire limbs into a shiny Carolina chrome wooden pole and waalaa…you were ready to plug in the spinny four-color light that would shine and shimmer like no tomorrow. Later my little brother would use that groaning lamp as a grow-light…but that’s a whole other story!  My favorite ornaments were bright turquoise glass that were shaped like a long teardrop. All of the balls were glass and we sure broke our share of them each year. The ones with the fake snow on them were always favorites, although I’m really not sure why because they always looked pretty dingy. Decorating the tree was a family affair, but I’m pretty sure my mom got stuck taking it down every year. ornament

Once our extended family became large, we made hand-made ornaments to exchange each year. It was lots of fun and Mom, my brother and I would start working on them late in the summer so we could have them all done by the big Christmas party. For years before I left home we were able to decorate our entire tree with homemade ornaments. Each had a story.

I still have a set of those ornaments and I love to sit in the floor and go through them. I can still almost remember who made each of them, and I’m always filled with the best feeling as I relive those memories.

I’ve had a live tree for as many years as I’ve been on my own…yeah we won’t do that math ;) … but this year I threw in the towel and bought a small table-top fake tree. The reasons were two-fold. My husband being sick and unable to join me in the big search combined with the fact that this will be our 10 month old yellow Lab, Cheyenne, first Christmas … was enough to make me give it a try. I ordered the tree online and it was delivered just two days later, right to my porch. Easy as pie. It has realistic limbs and it really is quite lovely. Thank goodness, Shining Sol candle company made a pine and spice scented candle so I am not missing out on that aroma. If I squint I can almost fool myself into believing it’s real.

I have one box of tiny 1″ glass ornaments in an array of colors just to spice things up …. but every ornament on my tree aside from those are western themed. My tree is filled with boots, saddles, stars, lasso’s, stirrups, lucky horseshoes and more cowboy Santa’s than you can count without taking off your shoes and borrowing your neighbors digits.

Here are some of my favorites!

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If you’re still in the planning stages here’s a fun website with lots of cool ideas. 

Do you decorate in a theme? A favorite something, color, or maybe even all homemade?  Tell me all about it…better yet…post a picture!!

Hugs and Merry Christmas~


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The perfect GIFT for the book lover on your list is an easy CLICK away!

Did you know that you can order a digital book for someone you know and set it’s arrival date for Christmas?

Did you know all you need is their email address? It’s true…and so easy.

Here’s a perfect choice too. For just $1.99 you can get a collection of 10 suspense-filled novels by 10 different bestselling authors.

THE PERFECT TEN  A gift that will last a long time for a price that won’t break your budget! Hugs and happy reading~


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Fun place settings for the holidays!

I love doing fun little things at the place settings when the whole family gets together. Do you?

Here’s a fun project that I posted before…but some are worth highlighting again. Whether your hosting a book club meeting  — or just looking for a fun place-setting for your Thanksgiving dining table, this is an easy project that will get lots of smiles.

Gobbler It was from the grocery store chain FOOD LION. Gobbler Cookies

What you’ll need::

  •  Nutter Butter Cookies (this will be the body on your turkey)
  • Fudge Stripe Cookies (this makes his pretty tail!)
  • Small Pretzel Knots or Choc Covered Flipz (his feet!)
  • Candy Corn (for the beak)
  • Gummy Worms (for the gobbler!)
  • Almond Slivers (for his spiky hair)
  • Small Choc Chips (for the eyes)
  • and white icing to hold it all together

Look at the picture and then get creative!!

Do you have a fun and creative project to share?  Please share it here :)


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October deals!

Sweet Tea and Secrets, book one in the Adams Grove series, is on sale for $2 for the kindle format the month of October! Join us in the small town of Adams Grove where the tea is sweet, but trouble is brewing.

Hugs and happy reading~

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Goodreads Winners!




PJ NUSBAUM from Valparaiso, IN

a package is on the way with your autographed copy of Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies. I hope you enjoy the escape to Adams Grove.


Here’s the series order::   Welcome to the small town of Adams Grove, where the tea is sweet and trouble is brewing. ~ 

   Book One – Sweet Tea and Secrets
   Book Two – Out of Focus
   Book Three – Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
   Book Four – Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies (Sept 2013)
   Book Five – Mint Juleps and Justice (2014)

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Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies :: Release News and Special Giveaway

Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies came out last Tuesday 9/24 and I’m so excited that folks are loving Cody Tuggle’s story!

To celebrate…I’m hosting a facebook party today from 3p-5p eastern at — Bring a virtual dish and we’ll have some fun. I’ll bring the surprises ;)

Meanwhile…there’s a GIVEAWAY to celebrate the release. Starting today at 3pm through 10/24 you can build up the entries for a chance to be the lucky winner of your choice of a Kindle Paperwhite or $100 Amazon Gift Card just by spreading the word.  Enter here –>

..and check out the book trailer if you haven’t yet.  Special thanks to Pete Evick for the original music used in this video and COS Productions for pulling it all together.

Hugs and happy reading~


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