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Summer is heating up with 14 contemporary romances from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors, brought to you by Book Boyfriends Cafe.

Foreword by USA Today Bestselling Author, Leanne Banks. 

14 Full-length Novels & Novellas. Available as a boxed set for a limited time! Priced at 99¢, this is a HUGE savings over the total price of the books if purchased separately. Titles in this set include:

Cora Rules by Mel Curtis, USA Today Bestselling Author
Surrender to Love by Raine English, USA Today Bestselling Author
The Merry-Go-Round by Donna Fasano, USA Today Bestseller
Twist of Fate by Patti Forsythe, USA Today Bestselling Author
Her French Count by Mona Risk, USA Today Bestselling Author
Love Me Forever by Ari Thatcher, USA Today Bestselling Author
Playing the Rookie by Rachelle Ayala, National Bestselling Author
Duke of Devonwood by Carly Carson, National Bestselling Author
True North by Kelly Collins, National Bestselling Author
Fashion Victim by Suz deMello, National Bestselling Author
Season, Unforgettable by Keta Diablo, National Bestselling Author
Most Likely to Turn up the Heat by Cheryl Harper
My Favorite What If by Lyssa Layne, National Bestselling Author
Relay For Love by Susan Ann Wall, National Bestselling Author 

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Have a beautiful weekend!

How to Start a Book Club

I have a dear friend who is a member of a book club. She enjoys meeting up with other readers and discussing the books that the group has chosen to read. I asked her to give me some tips on how to start a book club. Here’s what she suggested:

1.     Decide on the “tone” of the club. Will the feel be seriously academic, highly social, or somewhere in between?
2.     Genre matters! What kind of books will be read? Will the group focus on best-selling literature or mass market genres such as mysteries, romances, thrillers, etc?
3.     The “when” and “where” also matter. How often will the group meet? It seems once a month is about the average. If you want to meet more often, breaking the reading into chapters (read chapters 5 through 10 before the next meeting) will work. And will you meet in someone’s home? Or rotate meeting locations? Meeting in the local library might be an option.
4.     Decide on the size of the group. Probably between 8 and 16 members is a good size. Large enough to have a good conversation even if several members are absent, but not so large as to make the discussion overwhelming.
5.     Naming the group might be a fun “ice breaker” at the first meeting.
6.     Keeping in touch: exchange emails and set up a “loop” or create a phone tree for meeting reminders or emergency cancellations.
7.     Going above and beyond—collect dues and use the money to buy books for the local library, a school, or donate the money to a local literacy program.

Here are some suggestions on how to structure your meetings (with or without a leader).

Find ideas for promoting discussion here.

Are you a book club member? How often do you meet? What types of books does your group read?

Bean Soup with Ham ~ Dad’s Favorite #Recipe

After enjoying a few 70 degree days here, we woke to discover that Spring had decided to chill us to the bone again. I thought a nice pot of soup was in order. While preparing the beans and chopping the vegetables, I thought a lot about my dad. This was his favorite meal. He really loved to enjoy a bowl of bean soup along with a wedge of moist corn bread slathered with butter. I know he was up there in heaven smiling down on me as I cooked.

Bean Soup with Ham

1 lb beans (see note below)
32 ounces chicken broth
2 cups water, more if needed (see note below)
1 large onion, chopped fine
3 stalks celery, leafy tops included, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots, sliced into rounds
2 cups smoked ham, cut into half inch cubes
2 cups mixed greens, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare beans. Soak them overnight in water, then drain off the soaking water. OR cover the beans with water and bring to a boil. Let sit for at least one hour and drain off the water.

Add the beans, chicken broth, water, onion, celery, and garlic to a pot and cook on a slow simmer, leaving the pot lid slightly ajar, for an hour. Stir every 15 minutes or so.  Add the carrots, ham, and mixed greens. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for an additional hour. Before serving, stir in the parsley until well combined, taste and adjust seasoning. Enjoy!


About the beans: I used pinto (my dad’s favorite), but you can use any mild-flavored bean you like. Navy, Great Northern, or cannelloni would be good substitutes. 

About the water: You might need to add more water during the cooking. The beans should remain covered with liquid. I usually add another cup before the soup is finished.

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No Perfect Fate by Jackie Weger (Print copy, US Only)
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Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni by Mary Smith (eCopy)

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How To Make A Recycled T-Shirt Grocery Tote Bag

This “no sew” project is fun, easy, and will keep all those awful plastic grocery bags from ending up in your local landfill. Follow these three simple steps and in five minutes you can turn an old t-shirt into a reusable grocery tote bag, a beach bag, or a craft carry-all.

1. Cut the hem off the t-shirt. Save it! We’re going to use it in a minute.

2. Cut away the neck and the sleeves. These can be discarded.

3. Turn the t-shirt inside out, gather the bottom fabric together, and tie it off, using the bottom hem from step 1. Tie it tightly. I wrapped mine twice and double knotted it. Turn right-side out, and you’re done!

I love recycling/reusing. Share your ideas for how to recycle old t-shirts in the comments section.