November Newsletter

Stone of Love Launch Events

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What's coming next?

STONE OF FEAR, Book 2 Stones of Iona Series, and THISTLE IN THE MISLETOE, a Christmas book to the series, are coming soon.

For updates, check out my webpage

Holiday Weekly Scavenger Hunt

Starting Nov 6 until Jan 1, I will run a

Holiday Weekly Scavenger Hunt.

All entries will be due Jan 1 by midnight US Central Standard Time to enter the drawing.

To qualify, you email the completed lists to by midnight US Central Standard Time.

The prize? $25 Amazon Gift Card.


I will email out reminders each Monday, but here’s the list.

All answers are in one of the following places.

Click on each to go there., my Facebook, my Twitter, my Instagram.


Nov 6 – What is the first name of the main female character in Stone of Love?

Nov 13 – What is the first name of the main male character in Stone of Love?

Nov 20 – Why is the main female character at Dunstaffnage Castle?

Nov 27 – Jazz Band Concert Tonight – check out any of my social media for a pic of my son, Aaron, at Jazz Band Concert the evening of Nov 27

Dec 4 - What is the title of my debut Christmas book, 2024?

Dec 11- What is the plant featured in my 2024 Christmas book?

Dec 18 – Share your favorite dish for Christmas dinner…

Dec 25 – Share your favorite holiday tradition…

Happy Hunting!

FIRST WEEK BONUS: $10 Amazon GC to someone who emails with the correct answer. Email by Nov 12th at midnight CST USA. The winner will be chosen at random.

Each week, I will share some comments/insights from entries.

This week’s comment is from me.

Recently, on a Twitter post, I named two truths and one false about STONE OF LOVE. What was interesting about the responses was that one writer identified the MFC’s heritage based on her first name alone. While she’s from America, based on her first name, what country is her father from?

Top Ten Thanksgiving Traditions


It’s the most beautiful time of the year in the US – a time for food, family, friends, and gratitude. Originating as a harvest festival, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the US. People across the country gather to share a meal and reflect on everything they’re grateful for. But there’s much more to do during this beautiful time of giving thanks than just eating. From parades to shopping or volunteering – Thanksgiving is celebrated in various ways. I’ve put together a bucket list for the ultimate US Thanksgiving celebration.


Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is now one of the most famous holiday traditions in the United States. In New York City, thousands of people line the streets of Manhattan to watch. This parade is known for its giant inflatable balloons floating between the skyscrapers, high above the onlookers.


Break the wishbone for good luck

It may sound silly, but this is a real thing! After carving the turkey, the wishbone, a Y-shaped bone that carries much superstition, gets set aside to dry. Once the meal is over, two people make their wishes and break the wishbone. Whoever ends up with the bigger piece is said to have their wish come true and good luck for the upcoming year.


Eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving Day is only complete with the traditional meal. Must-eats are roast turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Green bean casserole has become a popular dish, especially in the Midwest. Completing the meal is, of course, pumpkin pie for dessert. After all of that, it’s time for the next tradition. . .


Take a nap

After an afternoon filled with cooking and eating delicious food, many retreat to the couch for a mid-day nap. Turkey is well known as the culprit of this sudden onset of sleepiness, with its high amino acid tryptophan levels. While tryptophan is known to help release chemicals like melatonin (which makes you drowsy), it’s not entirely the turkey’s fault. Eating other sugar-rich foods (like pie) also increases your tiredness. But with all the business of the holiday, everyone deserves some rest!


Share what you’re most thankful for

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect on the year alongside family and friends. Whether during the meal or while relaxing later in the day, go around the room and share something you’re incredibly grateful for. Hearing everyone talk about their favorite moments and experiences from the previous year is beautiful.


Watch an American football game

Football is the most popular sport in the US, and the idea of games played on Thanksgiving Day dates back as early as 1876, shortly after the game was invented. Families and friends gather to watch their favorite teams compete in one of America’s favorite sports. Or, to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories, some families split into teams and play a game of football themselves.


Be grateful for Friendsgiving

Because most people celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, dedicating time to give thanks to friends has become equally important. Friends gathering together, aptly called “Friendsgiving,” is a newer tradition. It’s a time to share a meal and enjoy each other’s company before traveling home to join family.


Run a turkey trot

It may seem counterintuitive (or genius) to run a race on America’s biggest food holiday, but turkey trots are a trend across the US on Thanksgiving Day. The name derives from the turkey, the typical centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner. From 5K fun runs to half marathons, these races bring out runners, walkers, and fans in local communities. It’s a fun way to earn and burn the calories consumed during the Thanksgiving meal.


Shop ’til you drop on Black Friday

Stores nationwide have some of their most significant sales the day after Thanksgiving. Now known as Black Friday, this day is almost a holiday. While this shopping tradition has changed with the rise of e-commerce, people still stand in line for hours early in the morning to get great discounts and start their Christmas shopping.


Giving back

In the spirit of giving thanks and helping others, many communities across the US hold annual food drives that collect non-perishable packaged and canned foods for those in need. These organizations also host Thanksgiving dinners so that everyone has a place to enjoy a warm meal.


Whiskey Orange Cranberry Sauce

Making this cranberry sauce is really no different than following the recipe on the back of the bag of cranberries.



12 ounces fresh cranberries

1/4 cup bourbon

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup water

1 orange, zested and juiced

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.



In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the maple syrup and water to a boil. Add in the cranberries and cinnamon stick(s) and lower the heat so that the cranberries continue to gently boil. Cover the pan partially with a lid to prevent splattering.

Cook the cranberries for 10-12 minutes stirring occasionally.

Turn off the heat and stir in the orange zest, juice, and bourbon. Cool the cranberry sauce before putting it in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. The cinnamon stick may be left in for a stronger cinnamon flavor and removed before serving. 



Whiskey Warmer



 2 oz whiskey

1 oz caramel sauce any type but I make my own bourbon caramel sauce (See Notes for URL and it was perfect!).

4 oz half and half

To Garnish:

Cinnamon sticks and grated nutmeg



Put the caramel sauce and half and half into a microwave safe glass and heat on medium power until warm. Remove and add the whiskey and warm for about 10 more seconds on medium power.

Grate nutmeg over the cocktail and add a cinnamon stick.



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