Kindle Book Awards Top 5 Finalist! @KindlBookReview

I am extremely excited to announce that my book, 
AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS, 
has been named a Top 5 Finalist in the 
sponsored by 
I'm a finalist in the romance category.
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Here's my lovely finalist badge. I am so honored!




THE SINGLE DADDY CLUB Boxed Set 99¢ ~ Save $7! @DonnaFaz

Get all 3 books for just 99¢!
Hurry! Sale ends Saturday at midnight!


Available in these fine stores:

US Kindle        UK Kindle        CA Kindle




What readers are saying:

"The Single Daddy Club Collection is a must read for fans of romance: read them separately, or devour them all in a quiet afternoon ~ you will not regret it." ~Gaele, an Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

"I enjoyed the three books in this box set so very much. The characters were fun and funny and easy to love." ~A Kindle Customer

"Wonderful easy read with wonderful lessons in life." ~Cyn, an Kindle Reader

Repel Those Pesky Mosquitoes

First, some fun facts:


·        An average mosquito weighs in at around 2.5 milligrams.

·        Mosquitoes hunt for food by sight, using infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies, and by chemical signals. The pesky insects are attracted to carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and other chemicals. Mosquitoes can sense their prey at distances of 25-35 meters.

·        Mosquitoes can fly up to 1.5 miles an hour.

·        Salt marsh mosquitoes can migrate 40 miles for a meal.

·        One study showed movement increased mosquito bites by up to 50%.

·        Another study showed a full moon increases mosquito activity by 500%.

·        And the most fun fact—smelly feet are attractive to certain species of mosquitoes, so scrub those toes!

Here are some plants that naturally repel those pesky Mosquitoes:

Basil
Bee Balm
Catnip
Cedar Trees
Citronella Grass
Clove
Garlic
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lemon Thyme
Eucalyptus
Mint
Pitcher Plant
Rosemary


Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap #DIY

I’m DIY kinda gal. I get a kick out of making it myself. Doesn’t matter what “it” is; if I can figure out how to make it work, I’m happy.

I bought a bottle of foaming hand soap at the store, and when the bottle was empty, I wondered what I should fill it with. Straight liquid soap clogged the pump. So I began fiddling with different solutions to figure out the proper dilution that would allow the pump to properly aerate. What I discovered was that a 20% solution worked best.

FOAMING HAND SOAP

1 parts liquid soap
4 parts water

Measure out the soap and the water into a measuring cup or drinking glass. Work gently to dilute the liquid soap or you’ll end up with a bunch of bubbles. You want to avoid bubbles. You just want to thin out the soap, so stir gently. Refill your dispenser with the diluted solution, and enjoy the foam!

If your pump becomes clogged, simply remove it from the bottle and rinse it under running water, pumping to remove the thick soap inside.


Any type of liquid soap will work: body soap for showers, dish soap for dishes, shampoo, hand soap, etc.  

Oh, those foaming dispenser bottles can be found at many stores: Walmart, The Dollar Store, etc.

It's Okra Season! #Recipe #Healthy #Food

Many people shy away from cooking and/or eating okra because it can be unappealingly slimy if it’s not prepared correctly. Despite its reputation, okra can be incredibly delicious and super healthy. It’s low in calories. One cup of raw okra has only 33 calories, and that serving size is packed with a whopping 66% of the RDA of Vitamin K. Okra is also high is calcium, fiber, vitamin C, protein, folate, manganese, and magnesium. I think that makes okra a super-food veggie!

Come on now! Don’t wrinkle up your nose like that. Try it! I roasted this okra and it turned out delicious.

Roasted Okra

1 pound fresh okra, washed, dried, and stem ends removed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (for my European friends that's 200°C, Gas Mark 6).

2. In a large bowl, coat the okra evenly with the olive oil. Spread okra out in a single layer on your oven’s broiling pan. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the ends of the okra are slightly golden.


Enjoy! 

Giveaway! $50 Amazon Gift Card + 40 eBooks Up For Grabs! @mimisgang1

Authors Billboard Red White and Books Giveaway - final-05

The Authors' Billboard presents 

the Red, White & Blue Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and over 40 ebooks from Best-Selling Authors!

Entry form closes July 31st, 2015 and 42 winners will be chosen at random!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Sweet Balsamic Sirloin Steak ~ #Grilling #Recipes

It’s the 4th of July and everyone knows that includes getting together with friends and family for some outdoor grilling. Here’s a recipe that’s sure to please the whole crowd.

Sweet Balsamic Sirloin Steak

For the marinade:

4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon dry red pepper flakes
2 pounds sirloin steak
Salt and fresh cracked Pepper to taste


1.     Place the soy sauce, oil, sugar, vinegar, and pepper flakes in a large, re-sealable plastic bag and massage to combine well. Add the steak, seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours, turning once or twice to distribute marinade evenly.
2.     Pre-heat grill and coat the grate with a little oil to prevent sticking.
3.     Remove steak from marinade, season with salt and pepper, and place on hot grill. Cook for 5 minutes.
4.     Meanwhile, place the remaining marinade in a small sauce pan and simmer until reduced to about ½ cup. Watch carefully.
5.     Turn steak and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until desired doneness.
6.     Remove from the grill, cover with aluminum foil, and allow steak to rest for 5 minutes.
7.     Slice steak against the grain, ½ inch thick. Place slices on a platter and pour reduced marinade over top.


Have A Safe and Happy
Independence Day!