I didn’t start drinking coffee until my early 40s (I’m dating myself here – so pretend like you didn’t just read that last sentence). But once I started, I quickly noticed the difference between organic versus plain Jane cheapo from the grocery store. My husband recently discovered Texas Coffee Roasters, from Far West Texas, and we can both really tell the quality and the smooth, robust flavor, especially when we’ve been drinking the cheaper stuff and switch over.
We recently gave my parents some and they echoed their enjoyment of it, so I thought it would be great to share with readers. Some of the labels crack me up, like the green lizard character. I’ll definitely have to try the Jaguar Mountain next.
My favorite way to drink? Well, have any of you noticed how delightful a dollop of ice cream is in that morning coffee? I highly recommend you give it a try.
The winner of our second prize bundle is Mary from Australia! Since she’s not in the U.S., in lieu of the actual prize package, she received a gift certificate of equitable value. Congrats, Mary!
I first discovered Nicole Piar’s Spirit Cats when perusing tarot decks over at Amazon. When I found her calendar, I was hooked. From the way she names the days of the week (Monday is Moon for example) to the poignant sentiments expressed on each page – not to mention the glorious watercolor cats, this quickly became one of my favorite calendars ever.
And when I saw the upcoming 2021 version? Oh my! Looks so much like my sassy girl! I was delighted and knew I wanted to share this calendar with my readers.
I’m delighted to announce A. of Illinois as the winner of the Chocolate and Cats Giveaway bundle!
Egad, huh? That about sums up 2020, to my way of thinking. A while back, I became aware of folks focusing on a Word of the Year, choosing a motivating theme that would guide their thoughts and decisions throughout the year. Superior, standout words chosen with care such as GRATITUDE, COURAGE or THRIVE.
Me? I’ve decided my retroactive Word of the Year is definitely EGAD. We’ve all been through so much season after season lately, and the stress seems to be ramping up instead of abating. It might be time to finally get that meditation practice front and center and focus on some mental and energetic “Stillness” instead of the chaos that seems to pepper the air with such ease. That’s my goal moving forward, anyway.
Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord remains one of my absolute favorite romances. This holiday season, theaudio is available for the first time – a phenomenal performance by Gary Furlong.
Join grumpy Lord Frostwood and spunky Isabella as they journey through her blindness – and his missteps – on their way toward true love.
5 Stars – Verified Review
“I have so loved this book! I admit to rereading this book numerous times, and loving it every single time. Izzybelle and Frost are perfect together, a true love of soul mates, with humor by the bucket full thrown in. I can only say one thing buy it, read it, and be with me in asking for this author to get writing. One final thing please give me a Frost, he to me was the perfect man.”
Collection of Holiday Romances
Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord is currently featured with a collection of holiday romance audiobooks. You can find these holiday reads here.
Wonderful Winter Giveaway!
Check out the two prize packages below – yes, this means two winners! Whether you favor Chocolate and Cats or Coffee and Laughs, we’ve got you covered. Only newsletter subscribers are eligible to enter. Simplyclick here, answer a question or two about holiday traditions, Larissa’s books, and your favorite authors, and boom – you’re entered! Submit your entry before midnight on Sunday, December 13th. Winners will be notified by mid-December, and announced via blog post and in the next newsletter.
Muses on Writing – Glancing Back and Looking Forward
Twenty-twenty has brought about a wild ride for everyone, and writing and publishing was no different. We saw a relaunch of the Larissa Lyons’ brand of Fun and Sexy Regency Romance and the introduction of Larissa Lynx with Sexy Contemporary Romance. With nearly 300,000 words spanning eleven titles, it’s been busy.Published this year were both old favorites with new covers (Lady Scandal and Miss Isabella Thaws a Frosty Lord) as well as brand new books, including Her Three Studs and the Mistress in the Making sexy Regency romance trilogy. Don’t let anybody fool you – “publishing” is hard work. And the landscape has changed so much the last few years. I’m more than ready to work on some new things next. I miss focusing on writing!
Coming up in 2021, we’re aiming for a couple more books under each name. (Anyone who enters the Winter contest has a chance to offer input about what gets worked on – because, yes, ADD brain and computer limitations make it hard to do everything I want to, so I’m happy for the feedback!)
Family Wise (asses) 😉
My awesome father turned 82! Another egad – as he’s a vibrant, entertaining smartass who exercises the rest of the family into the ground. He also thinks he’s the best Spades Player Ever, but the rest of the family, who won most of the (albeit, few) tournaments this year, would beg to differ. 😉Mr. Lyons’ family – who live some distance away – are in the midst of Covid struggles, and have been for weeks. Prayers and positive thoughts welcome.
This season find your joy wherever you can (Edward’s Chocolate Cream pie, anyone?). Take care of yourself (snuggling with kitties always helps) and stay happy and healthy!