Wishing you all good things in the New Year 2020! Thank you for your support all year through to my readers, friends and fellow bloggers and authors! I couldn’t do all that I have done this past year without your kind support! THANK YOU ALL!
Well, another year has gone by and I have met some of my goals for 2019. I planned to write and publish five books in 2019. I wrote nine books but only published three so far. I am working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly Series and Book 1 of a dragon series and hope to have Book 4 of Abby & Holly and Book 1 and 2 of the dragon series completed in January of 2020.
My other goal was in reading and reviewing books by other authors from Goodreads. I managed to read 116 books, meeting and going over my goal of 95 books. I also reviewed all 116 books on Amazon and Goodreads.
I always give myself some lofty goals to meet but this keeps me going strong and working harder to meet them. Being my toughest critic helps to make me a better writer and forces me to strive to reach higher each year.
For 2020 my goals are;
I plan to write and publish 4 books.
I plan to read and review 90 books (possibly more) on Goodreads.
I will continue to support my fellow authors on social media and by reading and reviewing their books.
I plan to keep encouraging all ages to read for their health and well being.
Over the next few years I plan to finish up the dragon series up to six books, two more books in the Abby & Holly series, begin a YA fantasy series with several books, hopefully another novel and possibly more books in the Mariah series and an historical novel. But who knows? I may change my mind. As long as I have a title I can go into any direction! There are sure to be some surprises for me too! That’s the joy of being a writer who lets her characters tell the story.
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Join Abby and Holly in Book 3 as the cousins discover a new presence in their old Victorian while they are cleaning out the library of old books. They are not sure if this specter is benign or otherwise. This being leads them to the old trunk they discovered in Book 2 which holds many secrets and puzzles that they feel compelled to solve.
They enlist the help of their ghost friend, Felicity, who inhabits their home. She is a benevolent entity that once lived in their house from a century ago. She watches over the girls and vows never to leave unless they request her to do so.
There will be surprises and ghostly visits that will keep readers enthralled as Abby and Holly work together to uncover the secrets of the trunk.
The Abby & Holly Series is for MG/PT/YA, ages 12-15, Grades 6-8, but even adults enjoy them. Check out all the reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Each book is a stand alone story that imparts life lessons that encourage MG/PT/YA to be kind to each other, respect parents and others, friends and family matter, and parents know best.
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From a recent post I wrote I mentioned that I made some Portuguese Bisquits. Some of my friends, after reading it, have asked for this recipe. I am happy to share. These Bisquits are easy to make and really delicious with coffee, tea or just alone. I share this with love to you and yours. This is a gift to you and yours this Christmas season!
I grew up with a warm, loving and affectionate Portuguese family. We loved, shared and welcomed others into our homes. There was always plenty of food, drink and laughter when friends and family came to visit.
Times seemed to have changed with each generation however. We don’t do the same thing any more. Family, friends don’t just drop in. We have become a more technologically savor generation with our heads inside our iPhones and tablets. It is sad at times, but technology is good but does seem to distance us from each other. I hope this recipe will make you feel the connectiveness of the Portuguese spirit of love and food and sharing.
May God bless your and your this Christmas and bring you closer to those you love.
1 stick butter
1 Cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 Cups flour
2 Tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks butter
2 Cups sugar
1 Tbs vanilla
6 Cups flour
4 Tbs baking powde
1 tsp salt
Melt butter in microwave – 60 seconds.
Mix melted butter with sugar and vanilla In bowl with beater.
Add eggs and blend well.
Add dry ingredients a little at a time to butter & sugar mixture until blended.
Either roll dough out on a sheet and use cookie cutters or take a dollop of dough and roll it between your hands to make a ball or a log or snakes and place them onto cookies sheets.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom, the tops will not brown.
Sprinkle with colored sugar before baking or frost after cookies are cooled and sprinkle with colored sugar.
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbs milk
5-6 Tbs confectioner’s sugar
Mix all together until you have a consistency that is thin and light to frost cookies.
The amount of cookies you make with 1/2 or full batch depends on whether you are using cookies cutters or just round shapes and logs. I make about 4-5 dozen rounds and logs or 2-3 dozen cookies cutter shapes from a full batch.
My favorite type of this cookie is plain. I don’t like the extra sugar but the kids all love them with the frosting and sugar sprinkles.
This recipe was given to me by a Portuguese woman who was a friend of my grandmother’s and had been making these cookies since she came from Portugal. On one visit to my house this elegant and sweet lady brought these delectable cookies. I ate several and couldn’t help myself when I asked her that day if she would share the recipe with me. She was a lovely and kind lady and was delighted that I asked. I treasure this recipe always as it keeps me close to my Portuguese heritage. I hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with your family each holiday. Happy Baking and Eating!
If you would like to share one of your recipes from your heritage please let me know and I will post them in another blog. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing your recipes.
Thank you for coming today to read this post. I am grateful for your support and any reviews you do of my books. May God bless you with everything you need in life. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
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Blessing & Hugs to all this Christmas and into the New Years!
Soon it will be Christmas! I have been busy baking my heart out. I’ve made dozens of cookies, chocolate chip, Portuguese Bisquits, and oatmeal raisin.
As I was cracking eggs to begin baking I came across 5 double yolk eggs – one egg with two yolks (fraternal), and the other four with twin yolks out of a dozen. I have never seen this many double yolks in one dozen. I had to snap a photo of a few of them.
Please help yourself to some of these cookies. My gift to you to show thanks for all your support of my books this year. Thank you for all the wonderful reviews of my books!
This has been a wonderful year for Jemsbooks. Watch for my newsletter recapping the years’ happenings of my books. I am grateful for all my blessings and pray that you have had a wonderful year too. I look forward to a busy year in 2020 and more good things to come with God’s help and blessings.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Stay well and keep reading every day.
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Here is a lovely post from Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog! Check out this delicious recipe for Cantucci (Biscotti) from Italy by Silvia Todesco!
Sally’s Blog is a favorite of many including me! Visit her and peruse her site for some wonderful posts and plenty of books to choose from for all readers. She is a generous and kind soul who supports her fellow authors unselfishly. Thank you, Sally, for all you do for Indie Authors!
Please help me welcome Syd Sullivan to Jemsbooks.blog Author Interview! I met Syd at a recent New England Author Event Book Sale at Danversport Yacht Club on 12/8/19 and previously at another NEAE Author Event. Go here to read about her previous post.
Thank you, Syd, for stopping by again to share your newest book in the series, Prime Suspect.
The year is 1995, where a thrilling story takes place in the beautiful city of Boston, as the life of Nick Williams is revealed. He was a criminal mastermind, flying under the radar of the Boston Police Department for decades. Prime Suspect tells the backstory of how the murder on Elm Street remained unsolved until now. Nick carefully keeps a close eye on Ariel Smith as she navigates through life’s challenges. As the years ride on by, Nick waits for the right moment to strike again. Prime Suspect is the sequel to Unsolved Case which solves all the answers to the mystery.
In the legendary city of Boston, a fifteen year-old, Ariel Smith, lives with her parents and her twin brothers, Aaron and Eric. She then discovers she was adopted by her godparents when she was three months old. Her young parents had been murdered, and their killer was never found. Ariel’s life is turned upside down as she grieves for the birth parents she never knew. While dealing with all that life throws at her, she has a feeling she’s being watched.
Ariel is determined to solve the mystery of her parents murder, but ends up solving a case of her own, a case called life.
Please stay tuned for the sequel of Unsolved Case, which will be in book stores soon.
Now the stage is all set for you, Syd. Please step up and tell us a little more about you and your books.
Is this new book the beginning of more books in this series?
Prime Suspect is the final book in my two book series. I think that my readers will be most pleased with the ending especially just as Unsolved Case leaves readers wanting more, I was happy to provide them with a conclusion to the story.
What are you next projects?
Really just enjoying marketing both of the books at the moment and excited to do a couple more book signings around the holiday season.
Thank you again for broadcasting my second book out to your following,
Jjspina: You are welcome, Syd. It was my pleasure to share your newest book with my readers.
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Everyone loves a mystery with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Then, mix in suspense and a little intrigue and some paranormal activity and you have HOW FAR IS HEAVEN! Wouldn’t it look good under your Christmas tree or someone else’s?
Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.
One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.
Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?
With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.
This book will keep you turning pages and holding your breath as you discover the truth about Parker’s disappearance and Deanna’s too. If you have children of your own keep them close and a box of tissues too, for you will need it.
DGKaye5.0 out of 5 starsSuspense, Family and CompassionApril 5, 2019How Far is Heaven offers a great mix of mystery, romance and angelic messages.A seemingly happy couple – Parker and Priscilla are broken up by a tragic incident when Parker ventures out for a business trip but never returns home. Priscilla finds help with trying to find her missing husband from a compassionate police Sargent, Blake, who makes it his mission to solve the mystery of her missing husband. In the midst of the investigation, more grief fills Priscilla when her 8 year old precocious daughter, Deanna, goes missing. We are left wondering how these two events are connected and we’re kept hoping through the investigation that Deanna will be found. Through the tragedy that ensues, Priscilla tries to keep it all together for the sake of her missing daughter and for her little boy. As the investigation continues, Blake finds himself taking a great shining to Priscilla as he feels a common bond with Priscilla’s loss and his own recent suffering of a great loss. Blake’s compassion for Priscilla grows into a friendship.Meanwhile, sweet Deanna keeps her hopes of being found alive because of her spiritual connection with her father’s spirit and the ‘promise’ he made her that he’d always protect her. This book is a moving story of tragedy with faith and love sustaining everyone to keep hope alive while trying to maintain peace and normalcy within a loving family, all the while keeping us glued till the end, as we wait and hope to find out if the little girl will be found and what happened to her father. Love never dies, even after death.
Lorraine Price5.0 out of 5 starsStunning Portrayal of a Father’s Love and Protection For His Child Even After DeathJune 14, 2016I absolutely loved this story! I even read it twice. It started with a hook and kept me intrigued the whole way through. I really liked the plot, the romance, the danger, and the ending. There was no dragging. It took me a minute to get all of the nasty boys’ names placed with who and what they were doing, but I just had to back up and re-read it to figure it out. There is a lot of action taking place in this book, and I didn’t want to put it down. Get your copy today!
P.S. Winn5.0 out of 5 starsGreat mystery suspense connected to a wonderful spiritual journeyJune 24, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThis is a beautiful story with a great ending. Patricia Wilfork is a happily married woman. So, when he husband mysteriously disappears she is lost for an answer as to why. Along with her two children, Patricia tries to rebuild her life still not knowing what happened to her husband. When Patricia’s daughter also disappears the story twists and turns with a spiritual edge and readers are taken on a great journey. The author does a wonderful job mixing the spiritual aspect with a mystery thriller that will please readers of all genres.
Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out this book for those on your list who love mysteries/romance/paranormal novels.
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The time is flying by. Do you have all your shopping for Christmas done yet? Have you thought of purchasing books for those hard to please on your list? Books make perfect gifts for all ages.
Jemsbooks have books for all tastes in genres. There is something for everyone on your list. If you click on the covers to the right of this post you will be taken directly to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Here are some suggestions to help you finish your shopping. Happy Shopping! Thank you for your kind support!
I wrote this poem in 2018 to commemorate this blessed and magical season. It conveys my feelings of joy, peace and love toward our fellow man or woman.
I have also shared some of our decorations for this Christmas with you.
Christmas is the birthday of our Lord
our Savior, our God.
Christmas is a time to give more than receive.
Christmas is a time to pray and in Him believe.
Christmas is a time to spread love and cheer
to all those who need it whether far or near.
Christmas is a time to gather with family and friends.
Christmas is a time to put grievances and strive to an end.
Christmas is a time to remember those who have given their lives to serve.
Christmas is a time to say we all need love and a happy life we all deserve.
May you all have a wonderful and blessed holiday!
The above framed drawings of the 12 Days of Christmas was created by Charlotte Hoather, soprano extraordinaire. I won these lovely drawings in 2014 in a contest that Charlotte had on her site. Go here to read about this. I keep it up all year round because it is so beautiful! I had it framed at Michael’s Crafts in Manchester, NH. They did a fabulous job.
Wishing you all a blessed and wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! May you receive many blessings in the New Year. If you are celebrating Hannukah or Kwanza or any other holiday may it be joyful and blessed.
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