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#firstlinefriday 4.14.2023 A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

From the second book in the San Valentino family chronicles, A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS is a sweet, holiday romance about mistaken identity, family, and a holiday church bazaar.

“Gia Gabriella,” Mama bellowed from the bottom of the staircase, “Andiamo, let’s go. We’re gonna be late.”

With Christmas just a few weeks away, Gia San Valentino, the baby in her large, loud, and loving Italian family, yearns for a life and home of her own with a husband and bambini she can love and spoil. The single scene doesn’t interest her, and the men her well-meaning family introduce her to aren’t exactly the happily-ever-after kind.

Tim Santini believes he’s finally found the woman for him, but Gia will take some convincing she’s that girl. A misunderstanding has her thinking he’s something he’s not.

Can a kiss stolen under the Christmas lights persuade her to spend the rest of her life with him?


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#firstlinefriday 2.10.2023

This little gem came out just before Valentine’s Day 2016 and is still one of my all-time favorite books of mine because it introduced me and the book-reading world to the wonderful San Valentino family.

Here’s the first line:

“I’m culling,” my mother said.

That line made me laugh when I wrote it because if you read the entire paragraph, you get a sense that something is not exactly RIGHT about this type of culling!

Want to meet the San Valentino family? Here’s the link to 3 Wishes.

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Day 25 of the 25 Days of Christmas Ornaments

I got it done. 25 posts in 25 days is the most I’ve posted all in a row in a few years.

I hope you enjoyed my ornament journey and the stories that went with all my favorites. This is the last one and it was given to me by my Sister-in-Law Mary when we moved into our current house.

I want to wish all of you the happiest of holidays, merriest of Christmas’s and a new year filled with love, laughter, light, and – most of all – health.

Thanks for taking this journey with me.


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25 Days of Christmas Ornaments, day 24

Happy Christmas Eve!

Before I show you my final ornament tomorrow, I thought I’d show you the two trees I put up this year. One is our family and friends tree ( the big one), the other is the traveling tree.

You’ll recognize many of the ornaments I’ve already shown you on both of these!!!

Santa comes tonight, kids!



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25 Days of Christmas Ornaments, Day 23

From Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys singing about it, to all the wonderful movies that have been made in it, New York is one of the world’s favorite places.

I’m so proud to have been born and bred there. I was a real NYC girl until 27 when I married and moved away. But whenever we go back to visit the relatives I slip back into forgetting to pronounce my “Rs” and speaking really, really fast!

This ornament was purchased during the 2011 holiday season when hubby, daughter and I were back for Christmas. We took my niece, Alison, and my in-laws to see Chicago on Broadway and I just had to have an ornament to commemorate the great day we all had. The one blight? The apostrophe in Jaegers. I never noticed it until the street artist was finished. The writer in me is appalled, but the New Yorker in my just finds it funny.

Two more days to go, peeps.



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I love a good interview…..

Recently, I sat down with ROMANCE HIDEAWAY and answered a few intriguing questions about myself and my work. I must say, it was fun!

Here’s the link to the interview. ROMANCEHIDEAWAY

Stop by, have a read, and leave me some love!


Oh, and don’t forget – BALANCE is available to preorder now. Haven’t heard of it? Well, let me rectify that:

She’s a wealthy socialite who survived an abusive marriage.

He’s a hardworking guy raising his son and caring for his widowed father.

They come from different worlds, but it’s said…opposites attract.

Can they find the balance between their two lifestyles to make their love work?

Or will their differences tear them apart?

Life and love are a balancing act.

If you read my NYC romance WOKE last year, this is the story of Aurora’s bestie, Phillipa Doubletree.

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