Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Join Me on a Weekend Facebook Hop & Giveaway!

Promo Banner for St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Join IndieSage PR and 80+ authors and bloggers (including me!) on the St. Patrick’s Day Hop to celebrate!

How does a hop work? In addition to the grand prize giveaway, each stop will have a chance to win MORE prizes. You can enter one, pick and choose, or enter them ALL. We hope you find new friends, new books, and new authors to enjoy.

Start the hop here: https://www.facebook.com/paula.radell.author! If you encounter a broken link, you can always come back to the schedule.

A Rafflecopter giveaway

Check Out the Hop Participants: 

IndieSage PRhttps://www.facebook.com/indiesagepr/
A Day With Ethelhttps://www.facebook.com/etheljoreviews
Aleya Michelle Author pagehttps://www.facebook.com/aleyamichelleauthor
Amazeballs Book Addictshttps://www.facebook.com/Amazeballsbookaddicts/
Another Book Hangoverhttps://www.facebook.com/anotherbookhangover
Aundrea Mitchellhttps://www.facebook.com/A5Mitchell/
Author Abigail Mhttp://www.facebook.com/authorabigailm/
Author Alana Albertson – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlanaAlbertson/
Author Amarie Avanthttps://www.facebook.com/amarieavant/
Author Barb Shulerhttp://facebook.com/author.barb.shuler
Author Emerald O’Brienhttps://www.facebook.com/AuthorEmeraldOBrien/
Author FG Adamshttps://www.facebook.com/AuthorFGAdams/
Author Heidi Hutchinsonhttp://facebook.com/heidirhutchinson
Author Isabel Lovehttps://www.facebook.com/IsabelLoveAuthor/
Author J.B. Morganhttps://www.facebook.com/jbmorgan8/
Author Janice Rosshttps://www.facebook.com/jgrwriter/
Author Karri Thompsonhttps://www.facebook.com/authorkarrithompson/
Author Marissa Dobsonhttps://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarissaDobson/
Author Nicole Blanchardhttps://www.facebook.com/authornicoleblanchard/
Author Santana Blairhttp://www.facebook.com/authorsantanablair
Author Stephanie Rosehttps://www.facebook.com/authorstephanierose/
Autumn Jones Lakehttps://www.facebook.com/AutumnJonesLake/
Avery Hart-Authorhttp://www.facebook.com/authoraveryhart
Beth Anne Millerhttps://www.facebook.com/1bethannemiller/
Book Junkie Reviewshttps://www.facebook.com/BookJunkie9
Booked All Nighthttps://www.facebook.com/BookedAllNight/
Bookgasms Book Bloghttp://www.facebook.com/bookgasmsbookblog
Briana Pacheco Authorhttp://www.facebook.com/brianapachecoauthor
C. Kayehttps://www.facebook.com/authorckaye/
Chasing Away Realityhttps://www.facebook.com/ChasingAwayReality/
Courtney Shockeyhttps://www.facebook.com/Courtneytheauthor/
Craves the Angsthttps://www.facebook.com/CravesTheAngst/
Dena Garsonhttps://www.facebook.com/AuthorDenaGarson
DL Gallie Authorhttps://www.facebook.com/DLGallieAuthor
Elizabeth Keysianhttps://www.facebook.com/LizKeysian
Elsie’s Audiobook Digesthttps://www.facebook.com/AudiobookDigest/
Ingrid Hahnhttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010126397742
Jamaila Brinkleyhttp://www.facebook.com/authorjamailabrinkley
Jen Tironehttps://www.facebook.com/jentibooks
Jennifer Faye – Romance Author – https://www.facebook.com/JenniferFayeAuthor/
Joyfully Reviewedhttp://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/
Katalina Leonhttps://www.facebook.com/katalinaleonauthor/
Katharina LeBoeuf, Authorhttps://www.facebook.com/Katharina-LeBoeuf-Author-1553907544912741/
Kerri Annhttp://facebook.com/LoveandDreams/
Kiki Reader Loves Bookshttp://www.facebook.com/kikireaderlovesbooks01
Kim Bailey Authorhttps://www.facebook.com/KimBwrites/
KinkyGirlsBookObsessionshttp://facebook.com/KinkyGirlsBookObsessions
Krysten Lindsay Hager authorhttps://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor
L.B. Dunbarhttp://www.facebook.com/lbdunbarauthor
Liliana Rhodeshttp://www.facebook.com/authorlilianarhodes
Lindsey Frydman – Author – https://www.facebook.com/lindseyfrydmanauthor/
Lisa Kessler Writerhttp://facebook.com/LisaKesslerWriter
Literary Epic Charity Book Bloghttps://www.facebook.com/LiteraryEpic/
Liz Durano Bookshttp://facebook.com/lizduranobooks
Max Henryhttp://www.facebook.com/maxhenryauthor
Melissa McClone Bookshttps://www.facebook.com/MelissaMcCloneBooks/
MelissaWestAuthorhttps://www.facebook.com/MelissaWestAuthor/
Mignon Mykelhttp://www.facebook.com/authormnonmkl
Molly McLain Authorhttps://www.facebook.com/mollymclainauthor
Nadine Bookaholichttps://www.facebook.com/NadineBookaholic
Nancy C. Weekshttps://www.facebook.com/NancyCWeeksAuthor
Nancy Havilandhttp://www.facebook.com/nancyhavilandauthor
Natalie Rioshttps://www.facebook.com/natalieriosbooks/
New England Naughty and Nice Book Bloghttp://www.facebook.com/NENNBB
Nina Crofthttps://www.facebook.com/Nina.Croft.author
Of Pens and Pageshttp://facebook.com/ofpensandpages
P. Mariehttps://www.facebook.com/pmarieauthor/?ref=page_internal
Page Flipperzhttps://www.facebook.com/Page-Flipperz-185910988150176/
Paula Radell, Author – https://www.facebook.com/paula.radell.author
Pretty Little Book Reviewshttps://www.facebook.com/prettylittlebookreviews
Quill & Ink Book Tours https://www.facebook.com/quillinktours/
Readers Retreatshttps://www.facebook.com/ReadersRetreats/
Robin Covingtonhttps://www.facebook.com/RobinCovingtonAuthor/
Romance Schmomancehttp://facebook.com/romanceschmomance
Ryleigh Andrews – Authorhttps://www.facebook.com/ryleighandrews.author/
Saffron A. Kenthttps://www.facebook.com/SaffronAKent/
Sasha Sayshttp://www.facebook.com/sasha2599
Sasha Summers Author – https://www.facebook.com/Sasha-Summers-Author-213036208773108/
Shannon Nemechek, Authorhttp://www.facebook.com/srnemechek
Shelby Reeveshttp://www.facebook.com/shelbyreevesauthor
Straight Shootin’ Book Reviewshttps://www.facebook.com/StraightShootinBookReviews/
TamraLassiterAuthorhttps://www.facebook.com/tamralassiterauthor/
TDC Book Reviewshttps://www.facebook.com/TDCBookReviews/
The Phantom Paragrapherhttps://www.facebook.com/pparagrapher7/
Thoughts of a Blondehttps://www.facebook.com/ThoughtsOfABlonde/
Two Darlin Dolls and A Book Review – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1671947019769521?tsid=0.3883554275168315&source=typeahead
Vox Libris – http://facebook.com/voxlibris

It’s a Christmas Blog Hop, Sponsored by Divine Promotions, with Divine Prizes!

Promo Ad for the Christmas Blog Hop 2016 by Divine Promotions

Welcome to the 2016 Christmas Blog Hop, 

Hosted by Divine Promotions!

Divine Promotions Website – Christmas Hop Page

The Participants…

The Prizes…

Christmas Blog Hop Prize 1

3D fun face Charms Bracelet – 3 pieces (image attached)
18 K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set (image attached)
$10 Amazon Gift Card from RAM PA Group
5 Days Promo Tour from Divine Promotions
Dreamspinner Press Vouchers
$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing
Ebook of your choice from Author Grein Murray
Swag donated by Author Grein Murray (only available to those living in the USA)
Ebook of your choice from Author Sean Kerr (from his series Dead Camp)
Ebook – The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1) from Ian Cadena
Christmas Blog Hop Prize 2

The Premise…

Each Hop participant was tasked with writing a short “getting to know you” post about the meaning of Christmas in our lives. We were also invited to post a holiday recipe we enjoy, and a photo that reminds us of the beauty of the season. Hopefully, our posts will inspire you to consider what your holiday — be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other spiritual celebration — means to you; and encourage you to share your thoughts with others, in the spirit of the season.

The Post…What Christmas Means to Me

Some of you know that my mother passed away last January, and as her only child, everything in my life changed in a hot minute. Her sudden, unexpected death tilted my world on its axis, ripped the virtual rug out from under me; plunged me into a boundless sea of grief; and left me barely afloat for weeks at a time.

For most of my life, mom was the heart of our family Christmas celebration. When dad was deployed, she stepped up to make the holidays as ‘normal’ as possible by keeping beloved Christmas traditions alive from year to year. So naturally, as Christmas approaches, the sense of her loss is intensified. Long-buried memories surface at random, triggered by the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the holiday. It’s truly the definition of bittersweet – a mixture of profound love and sadness that has kept me more than a little off-balance in the past few weeks. But as mom would say, “This too shall pass.” The pain will not necessarily pass, but it will ease as time goes on, and the family traditions she cherished will mean more and more.

Some days it’s tempting to give in; to turn my back on the holiday this year, bury myself in work or writing, and let it pass without acknowledgment. But that would be a selfish act. It would do nothing to honor the wonderful woman who loved this season so much and worked tirelessly, year after year, to make it as “perfect” as it could be for her family. Today, in her honor, I ask your indulgence as I share just a few thoughts on the meaning of Christmas, 2016.

Christmas is about memories – some loving and tender, some ridiculous, some hilarious, and some incredibly painful — but all are part of the person we are today, and the person we will be tomorrow. They should be treasured and honored for enriching our lives or teaching us important lessons.

Christmas is about gratitude  for all that we have, and for all we are able to share with others.

Christmas is about hope – not merely in a traditional religious context, but in the sense that at the end of each year, we are given a fresh opportunity to be better than we were the year before; to do more; to give more; to love more.

Christmas is all about love, expressed through kindness of heart and gentleness of spirit. Peace cannot exist in a person, in a family, in a country, or in our world without love, respect and kindness, shared freely and unconditionally.

I hope you and your loved ones have a very blessed holiday season and a peaceful New Year.

The Picture…

Layla
My adorable granddaughter, Layla, last Christmas.

The Recipe…

Cranberry Sauce

Boozy Cranberry Sauce…

Source: Pinterest, shared by Heather Sheire, http://livinthepielife.com

Ingredients:

1                 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries, picked over

1/2 cup       orange juice

1/4 cup       cognac

1/2 cup       cane sugar (I use organic raw sugar)

1/4 cup       brown sugar, packed

1/2 tsp.        cinnamon

pinch of ground cloves

pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Bring all the ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and cook until almost all of the cranberries have burst. Transfer the sauce to a bowl to cool to room temperature. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to five days. Serve cold.

Enter the Giveaway Here…