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Not Home for the Holidays

Not Home for the Holidays is the reverse-Hallmark Christmas movie where the country girl finds her city HEA.

The week before Christmas, quirky, country girl Emma Lopez is in New York City, aiming to win a social media contest for small-business owners. Minutes before her high-stakes interview, an impulsive, sizzling kiss under the mistletoe with a handsome businessman turns into an even bigger surprise

She goes all-in enjoying the holiday excitement of the city and shaking up a certain dapper businessman. Thanks to a snowstorm, her phone, and a couple more kisses, she counts herself a winner. Then, her high-spirited attitude leads to an unexpected opportunity of a lifetime, one she’s certain she can’t accept.


"I loved the secondary characters and the almost instant bond that the contestants found among themselves. I think the most important thing here is that everything felt very real like it could easily happen, and that is the type of story that will draw me in and keep me engaged until the final page. I had fun with NOT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS and would not hesitate to recommend it to readers who love a good Christmas Romance."

--Marsha, KeeperBookshelf

"One thing I enjoyed about this book is how positive it is. We need more of this in our crazy divided world right now. It shows people in competition working together as friends."

--Amazon Reveiwer

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Cheers for glitter, bright lights, and kisses under the mistletoe.

I've carried over the book of the month for obvious reasons...its my one holiday title! I added a new excerpt below and naturally, I'm hoping you'll give the book a read...if you haven't already.

New this month: the downloaded pinup girl computer screen wallpaper. I spotted it while zipping around online and thought of you all. Enjoy that bit of cuteness!

This month's cocktail receipe is a cozy one, warm and snuggly and meant for just two. Not interested in the alcohol? No worries. Just make it without. It will still be just as yummy. I promise.

In this our last month of the infamous 2020, I wish you all good fun and happy times. And, as always, thanks for sharing your journey with me.

This Month's Book of the Month
How it all starts...

Dear Santa,

As you know, this past year has been a rough one.

If I ask you for an extra special Christmas this year, you might start imagining glittering snow, cozy family gatherings, sweet-faced children making cookies, and feisty senior citizens getting into everyone else’s business. You might start thinking I want a holiday season like one of those Christmas romance movies featuring a crazed workaholic woman who needs to learn how to slow down and appreciate life. You know, set aside her own dreams and replace them with someone else’s. That someone else being a steady small-town man who knows the value of family.

You know I live in that small town, like the ones in the movies. There are barns and cozy houses, there are generations of traditions, there are football games and parades, and yes, there are many sturdy small-town guys who know about animals and can work with their hands and have loads of country charm. I even had that flannel-shirted, small-town guy. Had. Past tense.

The point is, I’d like a different sort of holiday romance. I’m not the sort of person to give up on my dreams just because some handsome guy tells me I should slow down and appreciate the little things. Like if I do, then he’ll find me worthy. And I’m not the kind of girl who fits into that stereotypical, small-town, feel good about giving up on a successful career so you can start an apron collection scene.

If you’re cool with all of that, I’m open for what you have stashed in your bag.

If not, well, I guess it’s the naughty list for me.

With hope and thanks,


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a cozy receipe for two


2 cups milk

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1 ounce Kahlúa coffee liqueur

Mini marshmallows, for serving

Salted caramel, for serving

Chocolate syrup, for serving


In a medium saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg over medium heat until heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Kahlúa.

Serve immediately, garnished with mini marshmallows, salted caramel and chocolate syrup, if desired.

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