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New Book Release: The Other Man by Parker J. Cole

PFHT welcomes author Parker J. Cole with her latest book: THE OTHER MAN Leah Westwood loves her husband Jacob with all her heart, even as the smoldering glances of her ex-flame Vincent Miller continue to affect her. What she once shared with Vincent threatens to rip apart the bonds she is trying to build with […]

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Marilyn Baron - December 19, 2014 - 6:01 am

What an interesting premise and great excerpt. It raises a lot of questions that the reader will want answers to. Best of luck.

Walt Mussell - December 19, 2014 - 6:33 am


Welcome to PF&HT. This is an interesting take of “between fantasy and fidelity” because you usually don’t start a romance, at least what I’ve read, with a marriage (unless it’s a historical and you’re dealing with mail-order brides :-) ).

Connie Gillam - December 19, 2014 - 10:04 am

Welcome, Parker.

I like that excerpt. Nice touch starting the scene in the POV of the ‘other man’. I also like that tagline-fantasy vs. fidelity.

Mxine Davis - December 19, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Welcome to PFHT, Parker. Congratulations on you book. It sounds wonderful. I’d love to see how this ends!

Parker J Cole - December 19, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Thank so much for hosting my book on the blog. Walt, I think romances shouldn’t be limited to just non-married couples so I’m trying something different. Thanks everyone for your encouragement.

Piper - December 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

yay Parker! Welcome to PFHT! So glad to see you here and continued good success on The Other Man!

Tamara Hunter - December 19, 2014 - 7:25 pm

This sounds quite interesting. Congrats on the new release!

Carol Burnside - December 19, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Love the excerpt, Parker. Best of luck with The Other Man.

NaNoWriMo Winner by Sia Huff

In October I was challenged to NaNoWriMo. I understood sticking my toe in the shallow end of the pool wasn’t going to get me anywhere, so I made a big splash in the deep end. It was either sink or swim. I’m happy to say, I swam. Hard. First, I prepared. Plotting and character sketches littered […]

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Marilyn Baron - December 18, 2014 - 4:05 am

Congratulations. That’s wonderful. I remember in May having to complete 45,000 words to meet an editor’s deadline for a book in a series and it nearly killed me. Another girl at my publisher was trying to do the same thing and via email we encouraged each other almost hour by hour and if it hadn’t been for her I don’t think I would have made it. By the end of May I felt like a zombie. But I did finish the book.

Carol Burnside - December 18, 2014 - 4:34 am

That’s wonderful, Sia. Must be a great feeling of accomplishment. I never could make NaNoWriMo work for me, so I’m really impressed!

Piper - December 18, 2014 - 8:32 am

Congrats, Sia! And yes, Marilyn you are so so right. I could never imagine completing a NaNo without people who I knew were doing the same thing. Accountability makes all of the difference. Thanks for the great post!

Maxine Davis - December 18, 2014 - 9:31 am

Sia, Woo-Hoo, Big time congratulations! I’m so proud for you! That is a big-time accomplishment. I love your writing. I can’t wait to read your book.

Connie Gillam - December 18, 2014 - 10:21 am

Congratulations, Sia!

I’m impressed with the amount of preparation you did to make your goal. Good luck with the edits.

sandra Elzie - December 18, 2014 - 10:59 am

Hey, congrats girl! I’m proud of your commitment and follow-thru.
I did NaNo one year and it was an eye-opener in just how much I could accomplish. I can’t wait for those revisions to be finished and then to read your story when you get it published. Again, congrats.

Goals for 2015? The usual…lose a few pounds, tone up, and write like the hounds of Hell are nipping at my heels. :)

Sia Huff - December 18, 2014 - 11:18 am

Thanks, Marilyn. Boy, do I agree with you about having someone cheer you on. It makes all the difference. So glad you had another writer during your tight deadline.

Sia Huff - December 18, 2014 - 11:24 am

Thanks, Carol. After I verified my numbers, the NaNo team sent out a video of them clapping and making joyful noises. I watched it 4 or 5 times and loved it.
Instead of making NaNo work for you, you published several books this year. And that’s something to celebrate.

Sia Huff - December 18, 2014 - 11:26 am

Thanks, Piper. You are right, accountability is key. NaNo’s buddy system is great. Watching other writers make strides everyday, helps motivate you.

Sia Huff - December 18, 2014 - 11:30 am

Thank you and thank you, Maxine. I’m proud of me too. So glad to have you in my corner. You know I’m a big fan of your writing as well.

Sia Huff - December 18, 2014 - 11:33 am

Thanks, Connie. It was a lot of preparation, but so worth it for me. Not having to worry about dinner, especially during the end of the month, was a lifesaver. Thanks for the good wishes on the edits. I’ll need them.

Sia Huff - December 18, 2014 - 11:39 am

Thanks, Sandy. This was an eye opener for me as well. I can’t wait for the revisions to be complete either. :)
Good luck on your goals!

Walt Mussell - December 18, 2014 - 10:21 pm


Congratulations. That’s definitely commitment.

The Scent of Tangerines

  Since the death of my mother three years ago, my mind frequently wanders back to my childhood and the family traditions passed down through her. Christmas was a very special time in my life as a child. There was always a tree, good food, candy and most of all tangerines. My mother grew up […]

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Marilyn Baron - December 17, 2014 - 1:42 am

What a beautiful thought and memory. I don’t have a sense of smell so no memories associated with smell. I do remember my father loved pomegranates and he used to bring those home when we were growing up. He was born during the Depression and I have used many of his memories of that time in my books.

sandra Elzie - December 17, 2014 - 6:17 am

I totally relate to your memory. Christmas was the only time we got tangerines and those candy “orange slices.” Oh yeah, and the hard, multi-colored, stripped wavy candy.

My stocking was one of my dad’s socks and had nuts & tangerines in it…along with a peppermint stick. The smell of tangerines makes me think of Christmas.

Piper - December 17, 2014 - 6:52 am

So true, Connie. Citrus fruit mattered so much as a luxury item. My mother would send away for a big box since Christmas still is a time of year when citrus reaches a peak. I just have memories of being with loved ones–eating the best citrus fruit available.

Connie Gillam - December 17, 2014 - 11:23 am


I love pomegranates. The juice is so sweet and the color so bold. I believe it’s an ancient fruit mentioned in the bible. Thanks for making me remember.

Connie Gillam - December 17, 2014 - 11:26 am


I remember that hard candy-another favorite of my mother’s. I enjoyed cracking the nuts but not so much now. Ah, modern conveniences. My brother-in-law brought over a large bag of pecans from his yard, and I looked at them in dismay. I’d have to crack them. LOL

Connie Gillam - December 17, 2014 - 11:32 am

Piper, you right. Citrus was such a big thing at Christmas because oranges, tangerines and grapefruit matured around December. Back in my mother’s day, shipping fruit from other parts of the world wasn’t heard of or was too expensive except for the wealthy.

Maxine Davis - December 17, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Connie, We never get over losing our mothers. My folks grew up in the depression so at Christmas they made sure we always got beautiful fruit and nuts in our stocking. My folks we glad we were more than happy to share with them back then. Now I buy it and it tastes delicious with all the memories,

Sia Huff - December 17, 2014 - 5:55 pm

It was the same in our house, Connie. My parents were born during the depression and my Mom grew up in up state NY. No fresh fruit there. We always received a tangerine in the bottom o our stocking Christmas morning. I didn’t understand the love that went into that gesture when I was a kid, but now it’s a fond memory.

Tanya A. - December 17, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Connie, Every year my MIL puts tangerines in stockings that my kids get on Christmas morning. She grew up in Ohio and remembers when receiving citrus was a real treat in the winter months (so when I read your post about the scent of tangerines, I knew I had to comment). My eldest son doesn’t like oranges and told her this last Christmas and she looked hurt. I pulled him aside and told him why it’s a tradition with his grandmother to include a tangerine in each child’s stocking and from now on to thank her and later give his brother his tangerine.

As far as Christmas traditions, though, my new favorite is to try to have at least a half hour where my husband and I curl up in the living room with our favorite drinks (mine’s good old plain hot chocolate and if it has a little bit of whipped cream, I’m not adverse to that) and look at our tree together, usually after the kids have gone to sleep. I also love going to candlelight service.

Happy holidays.

A Holiday Gift For You

By Marilyn Baron Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight. Happy Hanukkah to everyone and an early Merry Christmas. To celebrate the holidays, my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, has compiled a 2014 Quick & Easy Holiday Garden Gourmet Cookbook, with recipes contributed from the kitchens of Wild Rose Press authors. You may download your Free Holiday […]

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Walt Mussell - December 16, 2014 - 6:10 am

Hanukkah starts tonight? I just realized I haven’t heard the Hanukkah song yet on the radio.

Marilyn Baron - December 16, 2014 - 7:25 am

I couldn’t believe it starts this early. I hope I get to taste some potato latkes.

Piper - December 16, 2014 - 7:43 am

Sounds like your cookies are delicious, Marilyn! Congrats on your book releases upcoming!

Maxine Davis - December 16, 2014 - 10:01 am

Marilyn, Thank you for the free Cookbook. And major congratulations on your releases. Best of luck and hope you hve a Happy Hanukkah.

Connie Gillam - December 16, 2014 - 10:05 am

Thanks for the freebie. Happy Hanukkah.

Marilyn Baron - December 16, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Thanks Piper. The cookies are delicious.

Marilyn Baron - December 16, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Thanks Connie and Maxine.

Carol Burnside - December 16, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Thanks, Marilyn. Happy Hanukkah! I hope you get some latkes too.

Marilyn Baron - December 16, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Thanks, Carol. I am determined to get them, even if they’re in the frozen section of the store.

sandra Elzie - December 17, 2014 - 6:13 am

I’m sorry about your friend…and I thank you for the link to the cookbook download. A girl can never get too many quick & easy recipes (so she can keep writing!!!)

Marilyn Baron - December 19, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Thank you Sandy.

Goal Setting for 2015

By Piper Huguley   They say that you are much more likely to meet your goals if you write them down.  I’ve always carried them in my head, but this is the first year that I’ve attempted to write them down. So 2015 will be a very busy year for me.  I needed a table […]

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Julie - December 15, 2014 - 11:38 am

Working on the first book in my WWII series. And having fun with it!

Tis the season for setting up for a fresh start!

sandra Elzie - December 15, 2014 - 11:44 am

Oh Piper, you’ve just reminded me (and all of us) that the end of the year is just around the corner. Yes, I already have goals written for 2015. Some are a bit vague, like: Say ‘no’ more so I can spend more quality time with hubby, but the others are more specific.
Join a gym and tone up (and lose the pounds I gained on all my travels this year)
Release at least 4 new books (I already have 3 of the 4 written and ready for final editing)

Marilyn Baron - December 15, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Piper, I’m like you. I don’t like to advertise my goals. I would say that you must have met and exceeded your goals. Congratulations. I’m happy with my productivity level and new releases. In fact, I couldn’t have imagined I would have finished so many books. But I’m not the type to publish goals and I’m more a cheerleader for others.

Julie, I love that you’re writing a WW II series.

Carol Burnside - December 15, 2014 - 1:06 pm

I’m usually not one to advertise specific goals, but I’ve found in recent years that stating them does push me to meet them. The only goal I didn’t meet in 2015 was to finish and release Book 3 in the Sweetwater Springs series.

That’s now slated for 2015. It’s half done. Afterwards, I have a commitment for one other 60-65K book. Past that, I haven’t solidified my plans, but I suspect they will include at least two short stories and one or two novellas I’ve already started. It’s a tough gig, keeping enough releases out there to stay in the limelight.

Spreadsheets help me to measure my progress. I’m nerdy like that. LOL!

Connie Gillam - December 15, 2014 - 1:47 pm

I’ve been so busy trying to finish my novella, I haven’t thought about goals for 2015.

And like you, Piper, I don’t want to publicize all my goals, because what if I fail.

Number one on the list for 2015 is to finish this novella!

Piper - December 15, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Yay Julie! I’m looking forward to reading it! Thanks for stopping by!

Piper - December 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Yes, Sandra, this is your friendly reminder that there is only about 2 more weeks of 2014 left! Hard to believe it! Thanks for sharing your goals, vague or specific!

Piper - December 15, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Marilyn, this is the problem with having goals in your head instead of writing them down. I can’t specifically remember what I wanted to accomplish this year, but yes, 2014 was a good one for me. So glad to hear 2014 was productive and good for you too. Thanks for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - December 15, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Sounds like you have an awesome year lined up Carol Burnside! It sure is a tough gig, but we are up for it! I’ve heard of others having spreadsheets, but I’m still old school using planners and paper, lol. Thank you for your great insights and good luck on your 2015!

Piper Huguley - December 15, 2014 - 3:06 pm

It’s just so permanent having something down Connie, isn’t it? And you want to establish goals you can meet and I think you have just done that! Congrats and I look forward to your novella! Thank you for commenting!

Elaine Manders - December 15, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Hi Piper

It’s not writing the goals down that makes me accountable, but sharing them. The thing that’s held me back from self-publishing is that all the work would eat up my writing time. Then my daughter says she’ll do all the technical stuff, so we’re going to jointly put out a book of my crochet patterns in Feb. She’ll use it as a prototype, then I’ll put out the three novellas I’m working on. That’s the goal anyway.

Maxine Davis - December 15, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Piper, After a long hiatus from writing, I’m starting back and after hearing McCalland Anju talk, I think just writing at least some every day will help me keep a schedule.

Maxine Davis - December 15, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Sorry. Part of the reason I haven’t been writing, my hands are giving me problems. The above note was meant to say McCall and Anju. Apologies.

Tanya A. - December 15, 2014 - 9:07 pm

Hi, Piper. Hope all goes well with you and that you meet your writing goals for 2015. Congratulations to one of the hardest-working writers I know for all you’ve accomplished in 2014. What especially impresses me is that you never rest on your laurels but keep looking forward.

I’m not going into all my writing goals, but I’ll be entering Finish the Book again in 2015.

And Julie, I love books about WW2.

Walt Mussell - December 16, 2014 - 6:11 am

I’ve sometimes written my goals down. I need to get into a more regular habit.

Piper - December 16, 2014 - 7:44 am

Sounds like a goal to me, Elaine! And what a blessing to have your daughter to help you. How wonderful. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper - December 16, 2014 - 7:45 am


Writing every day is a lofty enough goal. Good for you. I appreciate that you stopped by to comment. Thank you!

Piper - December 16, 2014 - 7:47 am

Hey Tanya! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by. And I think that Finish the Book is a good goal to start with. Good on you for entering it again and congrats for winning this year!

Piper - December 16, 2014 - 7:48 am

As I said Walt, it is my first time writing them down, so it will be interesting to see if that makes a difference or not. Thanks for commenting!

Three of My Favorite Christmas Recipes

by Maxine Davis When November gets here, I start looking for pecan packers. Some of my family’s favorite gifts to receive are tins of Frosted Pecans, Salty Pecans, or plain ones they can use for cooking. My pecan of choice is the Desirable. Here are two recipes that are beyond delicious:         […]

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Piper - December 12, 2014 - 5:31 am

Thanks for the recipes! I’m not a nut fan but my husband is. That fruitcake looks so tempting. Thank you!

sandra Elzie - December 12, 2014 - 5:31 am

Oh, Maxine…these all sound fabulous. And easy! And quick! I’ve GOT to try them….starting with the fruit cake. Yes, I enjoy fruit cake and this sounds like a nice twist.

Maxine Davis - December 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

Piper, Thank you for commenting. If hubby likes nuts and salt, then try my favorite, Salty Pecans. I like for them to stay in oven long enough to turn brown. Enjoy.

Maxine Davis - December 12, 2014 - 9:03 am

Sandy, My families’ fav is the Salty Pecans – and so easy. So glad t hear someone else likes fruit cake. I buy a Claxton Fruit Cake first then make small fruit cakes. My brother and sister could eat the whole recipe. (Use a big bowl) Delish!!

Connie - December 12, 2014 - 10:23 am

Maxine, I’m a big nut lover and pecans are among my favorite!

Thanks for the recipes.

Marilyn Baron - December 13, 2014 - 4:23 am

I’m the opposite of Piper. I’m not a fruit cake fan but I love nuts . These recipes look easy and great. Thanks for sharing.

Maxine Davis - December 13, 2014 - 5:59 am

Connie, You are so welcome. Thank you for commenting. And the nurt recipes are very easy.

Maxine Davis - December 13, 2014 - 6:00 am

Marilyn, That’s okay. I’ll just enjoy more fruit cake, lol. You are welcome and thank you for commenting.

Walt Mussell - December 15, 2014 - 6:58 am

I was never a fruitcake fan until my dad brought home one from a place in NC called Southern Supreme. I could never consider making one.

Maxine Davis - December 15, 2014 - 5:13 pm

O-ooo Walt, Now I will have to find Southern Supreme online and try their fruitcake! Again, I love it–my icebox ones, Claxton Fruit Cakes – any. I hear there is a place i Texas that also has superior fruit cakes. I’ll be busy, Yum and Thanks

Write or Die

by Carol Burnside Has anyone out there tried the Write or Die program to boost productivity or just get you out of a writing slump? I saw it mentioned on a loop the other day and decided to try it. Fortunately, you can try it free online to see if you like it before forking […]

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Marilyn Baron - December 11, 2014 - 3:41 am

A world without vowels? Yikes! That would be too much pressure. Seeing the beach would be nice. I think using the pause feature would be too tempting. Right now I’m writing a synopsis. It probably wouldn’t work for that.Thanks for sharing.

Piper - December 11, 2014 - 7:35 am

Hmmm. I had this as an app, but I rarely used it. The idea was extremely intimidating. I’m not a kitten or beach fan, so I’ll stick to using my accountability groups to keep me motivated, but I’m glad to hear you had fun!

Maxine Davis - December 11, 2014 - 9:33 am

Carol, Thanks. I’m going to get this since I am pretty much on my own. Can’t wait to try it. Hands are not back to normal so I may be tempted to throw it across the room when I get behind, lol, but I’m definitely going to use it.

Connie Gillam - December 11, 2014 - 10:00 am

It sounds interesting, Carol, but what if you don’t know what you’re going to write?

I’ll give it a try. It can’t hurt at this point.

Walt Mussell - December 11, 2014 - 11:57 am

I used the old version before (Write or Die 1), but I’ve never tried the upgrade. Will have to do it. Could have used it recently. Sounds like a torture device for NaNo.

Randy - December 11, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Hey, that kinda looks like fun! I may have to try it!

Carol Burnside - December 11, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Yeah, Marilyn, I wouldn’t think it would help with a synopsis, but keep it in mind for a fun exercise.

Carol Burnside - December 11, 2014 - 2:22 pm

There are other motivators, or if consequences work for you, they have sharks and spiders that will come creep you out if you’re too slow. LOL! Accountability groups work too.

Carol Burnside - December 11, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Maxine, do give it a try. You can set the word count and time limits. So, if you wanted to push yourself to write, but your hands are slow right now, just set it for 30 minutes and 500 words or so. The objective is what you want it to be. It would be a great tool to push yourself to increase your productivity over time. Good luck with it!

Carol Burnside - December 11, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Well, that was the case exactly with this blog post. I had no notion about what to write. I just started the clock and began. Voila! Out came what you read with only very minor changes as I typed. So, it pushed me to think quickly and stay on task.

Carol Burnside - December 11, 2014 - 2:27 pm

LOL! Yeah, definitely a torture device for NaNo, Walt.

Carol Burnside - December 11, 2014 - 2:28 pm

It was fun. You really don’t have time to do anything but concentrate on the task at hand, so it would be good exercise for getting a lot done in a small window of time.

sandra Elzie - December 12, 2014 - 5:28 am

What an interesting way to push yourself to move forward. Kind of like NaNo with attitude. Thanks for sharing.

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