The Night Before The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade By Stacy Hoff

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Wednesday night, my family and I participated in a tradition I had never done in New York City, even though I grew up there—the inflation of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. This “evening before” event was more wonderful than I could have imagined. Holiday songs played over loudspeakers, giving a festive mood. Thousands laughed, sang, talked, and “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” at the sight of the massive, beautiful balloons. New York City may be a massive metropolis filled with tourists but it felt like an close-knit community to me.

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The balloon blowing takes place in Manhattan by the American Museum of Natural History, at 81st Street and Central Park West. It winds all the way to 79th Street and Columbus Ave. It’s one large square block filled with throngs of people and balloons.

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I’m so glad I took my kids to see this sight. It was definitely worth the trip to Manhattan from New England. Ironically, I got to see now what I missed in my childhood. At least in my youth I got to see the parade live. I never knew about the balloon blowing, or else I would have begged my parents.

Thanksgiving may be done, but is the holiday really over? Not when wonderful memories live on!

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I wish all of you a joyous Thanksgiving weekend!

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Happy Birthday to Me! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving! By Heather Novak

HAPPY THANKSGIVING Nights of Passion friends! 

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My twin and me eating our birthday cake!

Thanksgiving is always a mixed bag of feels for me, this year more than ever. My family is spread across the world, so big family dinners are a thing of my childhood. Thankfully, my in-laws and I always celebrate together (This year, I’m cooking! For the first time! AH!). 

Okay, let’s get real readers. I know some of you are reading this post hiding from your family that just brought up politics and you’re out of wine.

Allow me to distract you.

I present you with the following three videos (safe for any political side) that you can watch in the bathroom or, as the video suggests, the parking lot at Target.

SNL Thanksgiving Miracle (Adele Hello Spoof)
SNL Target Thanksgiving Video (hilarious for every Target lover)

My Couch – a fun Thanksgiving song  (How to use football to keep the peace)

Need more distraction? Here is a beautiful article written by a Native American woman and her personal celebration here.

Another tip for dealing with this potentially rocky day? Remember what you’re thankful for! This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my birthday! Because of my rare disease, I never thought I’d see my 32nd birthday and I’ve got to tell you, it’s a pretty awesome place to be. Here’s hoping I get 32 more.

I’m also thankful for my family, both blood and acquired, and I’m thankful for all of you. You’re the reason I write this blog every week!

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!


On this day in 1984, I was born – three minutes before my twin brother, Andrew!


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Thankful

First off, Happy Thanksgiving… it’s almost here! I love this time of year as it really is dedicated to a bit more reflection about what we have versus what we want (the rest of the year seems dedicated to that whether we mean it to or not). This year, it seems especially important as there has been so much about this year that has either shocked us or that we as a society seem to rebelling against. Brexit, discussions of race and religion (and at times violence), protests and our recent election are just a few examples.

I spoke with a friend the other day and she seemed completely worked up about the state of our country, our global economy and our recently elected president. It isn’t that I don’t think some of her concerns valid, but I acknowledged that she can only do what she can do—we can all only do what we can do and that has to be enough for now. Really what I’m saying is control what is in your power to control.

Tomorrow we give thanks for all the good we do have in each of our lives—some of us more than others. For this one day (at least), I encourage us all to reflect on what went well personally for us this year. And if you can’t think of much, perhaps reflect on what you want to change about the coming year and how you aim to change it.

As for me, I’m forever thankful for my family and for starting a new job that I see to love. I’m thankful for my health and for my country (yes I still believe the USA to be an amazing place) and for those who protect it. And lastly, I’m thankful to be so blessed as I truly believe I am.

Happy writing this week and may you not go into any turkey comas (they aren’t conducive to writing)!

 

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NaNoWriMo Almost There by Mandy Rosko

Okay, so I might be overworking myself since I totally slept in until 2pm today, which is insane. I don’t even think I stayed up that late, but I guess that’s what happens when you’re determined to hit your goals.

 

I am now at 39K words for my novel for Nanowrimo, on top of the 10K words I wrote for my Patreon group for my other new novel (check that out here if you wanted to learn more) and then there were the 60K words I wrote for Siren so far.

 

I have 9 days left to get everything I want done. I’m kind of wishing that was more like twenty days at this point @_@

 

Luckily, the roads finally look clear, even though it’s still windy as hell outside, so the Dog might get to go for his walk since I can drive again, and then I’m heading out for a coffee because I desperately need it at this point.

 

Is anyone else on the verge of collapse because of Nanowrimo? Let me know and we can totally share in our pain🙂

 

XOXO

 

Mandy Rosko

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A Happy Thanksgiving Paranormal-Scope

Thanksgiving in the United States is meant to be a holiday of gratitude. The pilgrims of Plimouth Plantation had been dying. When they celebrated, they were thankful for those still alive (approximately half had perished) and for the help of their Native American friends, which made their survival possible.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Griffons are thankful for strong winds and wings that carry them to new adventures. The future is looking bright but check the details.

Taurus:
Werewolves scent love in the air. Don’t restrict yourself to old ideas. Go with the flow.

Gemini:
Shapeshifters love who they are. Embrace yourself. Don’t try to be someone else. You are great.

Cancer:
Vampires are party animals. Try to tidy up work and then forget it. Party on! You deserve it.

Leo:
Dragons love solitude but now is not the time. Enjoy the warmth and company of others.

Virgo:
Aslan is a planner. You’re working hard toward success but exhausted. Pace and plan.

Libra:
Pixies are creative and so are you. This is a great week to expand your creativity.

Scorpio:
Elves tough it out. Things may see hard but you will get through it. It’s building your strength. Plan a little “me” time.

Sagittarius:
Eagles soar to great heights because they trust themselves. A project you’ve put aside may be perfect for now.

Capricorn:
Salamanders dance in fire.  A tricky situation will test you. Trust yourself and be open to new possibilities you haven’t considered.

Aquarius:
Elves enjoy meeting new people. Expand your experience with new places and people. But don’t forget quality time with dear friends.

Pisces:
Mermaids don’t know every current or sea. Sometimes it’s good to get the advice of more experienced people and plan from that point on.

Happy Thanksgiving.  And if you want to enter my contest at The Romance Studio, visit http://trsparties.com/author/shcrowley/ and comment at my posts. Read the directions there. Good luck and have fun.
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

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Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
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Art like Literature is in the Eye of the Beholder

I originally saw this on Bored Panda on Facebook and was blown away. This is the work of Turkish ebru artist Garip Ay doing one of the oldest Turkish arts described as painting on water. Garip Ay is recreating Van Gogh’s Starry Night on dark water! Watch and enjoy. Each human has a gift that expands the imagination. We all have to remember that. What is your gift?

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Early Holiday Shopping: Vampire King of New York

It always makes me smile when it comes around to Max. We’re coming up to Thanks giving and family time. Max is the head of his family and the vampires in New York.

Vampire King of New York is the first book in the Arnhem Knights of New York series, vampyrekingofnewyork_higres-1my 2nd series.

Blurb:
Max Vander Meer, is a modern day Viking, CEO of VMeer Industries, and a Vampire. He makes a plea to the Goddess Freya to find the only woman who can heal his heart, the woman haunting his dreams. But, the Goddess strikes a bargain with him. To find this special woman, Max must return to the city he helped build–New York, which is threatened by an ancient terror. When he meets Evelyn, he is astounded. Could she be the one who inhabits his dreams? But Evelyn is haunted by loss and betrayal. How can Max win her love when she doesn’t trust him as a man, and she doesn’t want to be a vampire? If Max returns to Iceland without her, he will be encased in ice . . . forever!

For some people holiday shopping can be eased a bit through contests. For example, I am in the Thanksgiving Party over at The Romance Studio. I will be posting every day around noon and also around 7 pm with my contest.
An easy way to find me over there is to put “Susan Hanniford Crowley” in the search, and my posts come up. Every post you comment on gives you another slip of paper in the hat. So be sure to drop by http://trsparties.com

Good luck and may your shopping be fun!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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