November 14, 2018

Things I Love About Christmas

One of the things I love Christmas is…DECORATIONS!  Yup, I’m one of those people. My kids have a running joke that by the time I’m 50 I’ll go straight from Halloween decorations to Christmas decorations. I admit they might be right, I seem to put Christmas decorations up earlier and earlier every year and leave them up later.  When I first got married I took my Christmas decorations down on Christmas day. Now? They don’t come down till New Years Day. This year I do believe I’m going to put them up the Monday before Thanksgiving. I’m seriously considering putting Christmas lights up this weekend.  Now to decide what type I want. I haven’t had lights for the outside in quite some time and there are so many to choose from now.
Christmas time also means awesome weather. I can practically my northern friends giving me the evil eye, but I can’t help it. It’s the perfect writing weather and let’s face it, living in Texas, I have way too much hot. So, I love the cold! I admit to having a bit of an infatuation with snow. Sadly, I don’t get snow. As I said…Texas. Not that I’m complaining;I do love my state. Now if I could just have perpetual cloud cover in winter…
I love Christmas music. I’ve already started listening to it while I write and in my car. Country Christmas and Traditional Christmas are my favorites, but Mannheim Steamroller and Elvis Presley hold a special place in my heart as well. I think I have four different Christmas music stations on my Pandora.
Christmas stories are one of the things I look forward to every year. I love Christmas romance. Especially Regency Romance. Every year about October I scour Amazon and Barnes & Noble for Christmas Stories. I’ve already read nine this year and have nine more to go.
And let's not forget cookies! As you may have figured out if you've read many of my blogs. I'm quite the cookie baker. Not only do I love to bake cookies and am darn good at it if I do say so myself, ;) I love to eat them! 
So my friends, when you go to the store and see all the Christmas decorations and think, Ugh! they get earlier every year…think of me :).
Psst… Did I mention that I even made Hiccup and Astrid Christmas dog collars?  Yup, I’m definitely one of those people.

November 11, 2018

The Best Place for News on JL's Books

As some of you may know by now, or at least have guessed, I dislike social media. Nothing against those who love it, it just isn’t for me. While I do attempt to use it for my lovely readers who so love it, I find it eats up too much of my time and is a general distraction when I should be doing other things…like writing. As such, the absolute best place to get news on my books, recent releases and upcoming, is my website and blog.  I also have a mailing list for New Releases. The best way to contact me is still through email because I tend to miss a lot of Twitter posts and Facebook messages, so please don’t think I’m ignoring you if you message me on one of the social media platforms; chances are I just didn’t see it. In light of this information, I vow to keep my website and blog updated and I hope you enjoy the contents.

November 05, 2018

A New Fave Cookie

Sorry, it's been so long since I've posted. The Sci-Regency series is keeping my busy. And though my mind is filled with Regency edict, dreamy gentlemen, and a rough highlander at the moment, there is always time for cookies!  I love to bake.  So, with the holiday season coming up, I thought I'd share a new favorite cookie. Oddly enough this is a bit healthier than most cookies.  Oh sure it still has sugar, but lets face it baked deserts without sugar are...well they aren't good.  Sorry, they just aren't!  Everything in moderation, right?  Well that is my philosophy anyway.  Enjoy!

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • ½ cup pecans


Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, and sugars.  Mix in dry ingredients. Bake for 8 minutes. 

November 01, 2018

The Englor Affair in Audiobook!

For the first time The Englor Affair is available in audiobook format. You can buy it at Audible.com