Thanksgiving, Creativity & Family by Stacy Hoff

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Photo of Thanksgiving dinner at my house. 

I love everything about Thanksgiving. The food. The family. And the chance to get creative.

My relatives can feel free to claim all the other other holidays, but Thanksgiving is mine. I cater exactly the way I want to because, hey, I’m finicky. For me, cooking is yet another way for me to express myself creatively. I spent a year taking weekend cooking classes in order to learn the basics. Then I learned how to get schmancy!


Yes, I made this turkey myself!

It took me yet another year, however, to learn that unfortunately not everyone loves what I cook. Especially my kids. No matter how long I spend brining the turkey, sautéing the potatoes, or making that green bean casserole (you know the one I’m talking about), the only item ever eaten on my boys’ plates is the store-bought, previously frozen, macaroni & cheese dish they force me to serve. Sigh…

Maybe I should stick with writing. Then again, my kids would never read anything I write, either. Since my novels can be as steamy as the dishes I cook up, maybe that’s a good thing.

At least my kids will eat my desserts!


Yes, I made these, too!

What do you do to let your creativity loose this time of year?










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Guest Author Elizabeth Lynx on Wattpad by Heather Novak

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Please welcome author and friend Elizabeth Lynx to Nights of Passion! Elizabeth is guest blogging today about her experience with Wattpad.

To Wattpad, or not to Wattpad: that is the question. Sorry Shakespeare, you are my favorite author to rip off and you’re dead so there’s that too.

But the question is a legitimate one. It’s something I pondered about a year ago when I joined the writing community. Because that’s exactly what it is, a community. Everyone there is an author, perhaps some are on the site just to read free stuff, but the majority are fellow authors.

A lot of these Wattpad authors are new to writing and need the feedback that one can get when they post a chapter. There are some established authors on Wattpad, usually just posting a chapter or two of their upcoming or latest release. Another marketing tool for them.

For the rest of us, the struggling indie authors and wannabe authors, it’s a place where we are with likeminded people. Just about every genre in writing is on Wattpad, from Science Fiction to Romance to Paranormal. Yes there is Fanfiction on Wattpad, probably what it is most known for, but it’s not the only thing. Apparently a lot of people like to write about Harry Styles from One Direction. I don’t know but I guess it’s a thing.

Anyway, the great thing about Wattpad besides the feedback from fellow authors and fans while you are working on a manuscript, is all the other stuff. Even my current NaNoWriMo project, Soaring Below, I am posting on Wattpad for feedback. They have contests and features, some of which I am still learning about. There is also something called Wattpad Stars that helps you get your book published. I think you have to have a large following to get into that program so it may take time.

As usual with most of these sites they have discussion boards and areas to promote your stories.

What have I learned and found most helpful? The contests. Especially a big contest. Some big publishers and small publishers hold contests on the site. My story, That Sweet Deal, was in the So You Think You Can Write contest that Wattpad sponsored with Harlequin for a two book publishing deal for the winner. I made it all the way to the Top 25 which I thought was pretty awesome.

I’m not disappointed I didn’t make the Top 10 and I will tell you why. For starters I wrote that manuscript really fast just so I could make it into the contest to fit their qualifications. Therefore I look at that manuscript as a first draft, so the fact I made the Top 25 is amazing in itself. Secondly, I got the editors at Harlequin to look at my full manuscript! It was a way to get my foot in the publishing door so to speak. Most people who send their manuscripts to big publishers like Harlequin usually get some lowly assistant of an assistant who ends up looking at maybe the first few pages of a manuscript and then is rejected. I bypassed that and got their top editors to read my entire manuscript. That’s awesome. Thirdly, and what I view as most importantly, entering the bigger contests is a great marketing tool.

How is it a great marketing tool? Because once I made the Top 25 suddenly people came out of the woodwork to read my story. I went from about 500 views of it at the end of September when time to enter the contest closed to over 15,000 views two months later. And I didn’t do anything different then enter the contest. Sure, during the Top 55 phase I begged people to vote for my story to make the Top 25, but that only got me 75 extra votes at the time. That’s it. It was just being in the contest and having that #sytycw15 tag on my story that got me all those views and votes.

Also, a few of my fans of the books I write outside of Wattpad are from discovering my stuff on Wattpad. Since my fan base doubled due to the contest I suspect I will keep getting more fans to buy some of my books outside of site.

I know it might sound like I can’t say enough about Wattpad, but it has its drawbacks like anything out there. There is very much a large young crowd, especially teenagers. For a romance author like myself that has steamy stuff not everyone can read it because I have to label it as mature. Also, Wattpad is still learning and growing while testing things out, some of it works and some of it doesn’t.

As a relatively new indie author I will try just about anything that might help. That’s what I did a year ago with Wattpad and I am finding, as I learn more of its features, it is paying off. As they learn and grow, I do too. Check it out, if you like it try it. If it’s not your thing, don’t.

Meet the author:

Elizabeth LynxElizabeth Lynx writes romantic comedies with quite a lot of steam. Most people imagine Bridget Jones Diary when they think of Romantic Comedy, but Elizabeth’s books are more Bridget Jones meets Christian Grey, so it’s best not to eat food or drink hot liquids while reading her books as it can become dangerous (I am told by law I must put in this warning to protect people).

Not only does she write romance she also has many theories on life and especially, her life. There is one thing she knows for sure, she is not a robot. At least she says she’s not. She is also not a space alien. How do I know this, because she was born in Baltimore Maryland in the 1970’s when no one wanted to be in Baltimore Maryland so why would her parents say that if it weren’t true. Of course she has had her suspicions growing up and is still in a continual search for evidence that backs up her space age theories.

To bide her time she writes about ‘normal’ people and their sexy romantic lives. Her husband chooses to put up with her theories and paranoid musings. Her two little boys help her see that perhaps she isn’t an alien but more of a climbing rock. This theory is new, so she needs more time to develop it further.

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What is so exciting about November 19? It’s Elizabeth’s birthday!!! Make sure to leave her some birthday love in the comments :)


Wishing You Laughter & Good Books,
Heather Novak
Bold. Bewitching. Breathtaking. 

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Author of The Lynch Brothers Series
Be careful what you wish for…

Hunting Witch Hazel: February 2016
Threat of Raine: March 2016
Rosemary for Remembrance: April 2016




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What We See

For the past few months, I’ve walked around talking about the negative state of my surroundings. Everywhere I go, people seem to be unhappy about something in their lives. Recently, I got feedback on this and while I’m still reeling from its impact and trying to understand what to do with it, I find myself shocked to find that the person who gave me the feedback is right—and considering this is the same sort of feedback I give others, I find irony in the fact that I was so shocked to receive it.

Okay, so I’m sure you’re wondering what this feedback was so here it is… I was told to try and change my perception of those around me. That it is not necessarily that everyone is simply negative, but that everyone is on their own life journey trying to find out what is right for them. I get this! I also tell my employees this to some degree… we have at least a couple choices, we change the way we see something or we walk away. These choices exist in most situations and the other realization here is that we HAVE choices, we always have a choice. So perhaps we are in a crap job or in a crap home situation or relationship, but we never have to be there. We choose to be in these situations and we can choose to change that any time we want. I’m not saying there aren’t consequences. There are always consequences and many times, these consequences are what keep us from making a move. And that is okay. Timing is of importance in life, just don’t let it pass you by as you are waiting for that perfect moment.

So what are you going to choose today? Will it be to see the world a different way?

Happy writing this week!


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A Very Alpha Christmas! by Mandy Rosko

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I am very proud to announce that by the time you read this, A Very Alpha Christmas will be live on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks :D


I know I’ve been shoving this down your throats for the last three weeks, sorry about that, but for real I’m just excited and want the box set to do so well, and ever since I found out that NYT Bestseller Michelle Pillow, who is also in the box set, has a separate  merman romance series outside of the set, I seriously got about a thousand times more happy to be in the same box set as her :D

I’m not joking, after pay day gets here I will be buying all four of those books.

Anyway, if you want some fun, sexy alphas (And you know they all have that money shot chest you see on all the covers nowadays ;) ) for the holidays for only $0.99 USD, act now before the price rises! This box set is up for a limited time only!

Cheers ;)

~USA Today Bestseller Mandy Rosko


A Taming the Alpha Big Box Set of Spicy Paranormal Romance Tales featuring OVER 25 ALL NEW, NEVER RELEASED stories from NYT, USAT & Bestselling Authors #AlphaXmas

Mandy M. Roth-Heated Holiday: Bureau of Paranormal Investigation
She’s fire. He’s fangs. It’s a match made in…Ohio?

Michelle M. Pillow-Stirring Up Trouble (Warlocks McGregor)
Magick, Mischief and Kilts. Some Warlocks excel at brewing up trouble.

T. S. Joyce-Baby It’s Cold Out Bear
All she wants for Christmas is a sexy bear shifter.

Chloe Cole-Hunted
Librarian by day, vampire hunter by night…

V. M. Black-Vampire Games
A yacht trip with a billionaire vampire holds even more dangers and secrets than Cora can imagine.

Terah Edun-When Darkness Falls
If New York City falls, the rest of the world will follow. Holidays be damned.

Carina Wilder-Christmas Past, Christmas Presents
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that you can’t wrap.

Cathryn Fox-Wrapped Up
Thanks to a little holiday magic, Carter Reed might finally get off the naughty list.

Cristina Rayne-An Impossible Gift
Ellie has never met the handsome owner of her hotel, but he insist that she seems so familiar?

Jaycee Clark-Thief of Souls
Devon and the playboy vamp will do whatever it takes to stop an evil witch from devouring more souls.

JC Andrijeski-A Glint of Light
Can the leader of the seer military save the imprisoned woman he loves from her own darkness?

Tasha Black-The Clockwork Dragon
A dragon’s fire can melt the coldest heart.

R. E. Butler-Blitzen’s Fated Mate
On Christmas Eve, Arctic shifter Arian finds his fated mate in a human.

Jaide Fox-Star’s Fall
A lone wolf finds his beast roused by a wildcat.

Michele Bardsley-In Good Spirits
She only has a ghost of a chance to prove she didn’t kill her ex-boyfriend.

Renee George-Midnight Before Christmas
When a dragon shifter rescues an ice princess, their passion is hot enough to melt glaciers!

T.J. Michaels-Winter Blues
When a lioness shifter comes calling in the dead of winter…you’d better have ice cream.

Elsa Jade-Wish Upon a Werewolf
Annie is asking for one Christmas gift: a werewolf’s bite. But Blaze wants to give her so much more…

Allison Gatta-A Christmas Caroline
He needs to change his ways to win her heart…

Arial Burnz-Frostbitten Hearts
Only one woman could melt the heart of Jack Frost…but will she burn him in the process?

Mandy Rosko-The Lady And The Dragon’s Holiday
This dragon prince will melt your heart!

Candice Gilmer-Not a Gentleman’s Christmas
Saving her from her curse is a gentleman’s job. He, however, is no gentleman.

Dawn Michelle-Claimed by the Dragon King
Born to be a queen, raised to be a peasant.

Sylvia Frost-The BBW and the Beast
When Bel’s father ruins a million dollar rose, she makes a bargain with a werewolf.

Lissa Matthews-Reindeers, Elves, and Cookies…Oh My!
Baked goods and banished reindeers. The perfect touch of magic for the season.

Lexy Cole-Santa Shifter in Manhattan
Wolves of Central Park Series, A Billionaire Shifter Romance

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A Darker Paranormal-Scope

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:

Even zombies have some awareness. Others think you’ve been sleeping or not paying attention. You’re going to surprise them this week. Smile a lot.

Dragons love the sanctuary of the cave. Right now you need some down time in a sacred space to re-energize and examine your priorities.

Hobbits are devoted to the home and garden. Focus your attention on clearing clutter and new decorations. Bring in plants to freshen the air.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. This goes for people as well. Gryphons are fierce to their enemies but devoted to friends.

Shapeshifters may be adaptable but they make concrete goals on which to plan their future and work toward those desires that want most to attain.

Like mermaids as they come to the surface, emotions can be too apparent. Keep them closer to your vest or people will use them against you.

Like a Bear Shifter, you have strength and power on your side. Stay strong. If you vacillate in your decisions, you will lose credibility.

Like an Eagle Shifter, stay focused. You are about to finish an important project that will have a long ranging effect on your life.

It takes more than an angel to keep your faith strong. Believe in your dreams and push to make yourself forward. You have the ability to make them true.

Dragons roar with you this week. It’s time to think big and bigger. Put your plans into action. It’s time to put what you know to use.

Werewolves will tell you it’s best to hear the opinions of the pack before making important decisions.

Vampires guard their secrets and their sacred place. Do the same. Don’t let others invade your serenity. Wait until you meet someone worthy.

Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle

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Pray for Paris


I’m not usually one to comment on current events, however, the tragedy that occurred in Paris two nights ago made me want to write a brief, but heartfelt post about the courage, the resilience, and the resolve of the French people in the face of this despicable treachery.

I went to Paris several times a number of years ago while doing research on my dissertation. The summers I was in Ireland a dear friend had an apartment in Paris and I would fly over to visit for Bastille Day. I have some of the most wonderful memories of Pairs: going to a cinema and having to specify to have butter put on the popcorn; standing in awe in Notre Dame Cathedral; walking down narrow little streets shopping for clothes for my girls; eating lunch at 95 Metres, the restaurant half way up the Eiffel Tower for my anniversary; exploring Versailles; and sitting on the rooftop of my friend’s apartment sipping wine and watching the sun go down over Paris..

To hear of the madness Paris has been subjected to sickens and infuriates me. Although all I can do is small things to let the French people know that they are not alone, I will let them know that my prayers and thoughts are with them. Hopefully they will weather this storm with the grace for which the French are so renowned.

Vive la France.

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Waiting for Abigail

In all the things in life that we do, nothing is as priceless as love. Romance authors really know that. I’ve been very fortunate to have love in my life and be surrounded by a loving family. Having a baby is a blessing! In the dark times the world is undergoing, such a light of love gives us hope of a brighter future.

The name Abigail is from the Hebrew meaning Joy of the Father. In our family tree, there was an Abigail in the 2nd generation away from the Mayflower. On that side of the family, she is descended from the Warren and Church families of Plymouth. Ah, a tiny Pilgrim and so worth waiting for! My granddaughter Abigail!

Wishing, everyone, love! Keep those you cherish and that cherish you close.

Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Vampire King of New York
When Love Survives
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais
A Vampire for Christmas
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance)


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