#Holiday Romance and #Recipe Exchange ~Kris Bock’s Crock Pot Cheese Fondue Dip!


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holidayromance%2526recipesIt’s #MutinyMonday aboard ship! And to help beat the Monday blues, today’s #Holiday Romance and #Recipe Exchange feature comes via Romantic Suspense Author Kris Bock.

Holy cannonballz, Lady Kris sure knows how to spice up the holidays! Aye, me hearties! Break open a cask. She’s brought along a HOT recipe sure to delight FANs of southwestern cuisine. Huzzah!!!

Take it away, Kris!😉

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#Holiday Romance and #Recipe Exchange ~ Linda McLaughlin’s Cranberry – Blueberry Delight!


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holidayromance%2526recipesAuthor Tina Gayle has put together another FABulous Blog Exchange for the holidays. Woo-hoo!!! This one is a recipe exchange. (Yeeaauuss! That’s tasty treasure for them what knows!)

The holidays, no matter how you celebrate (with rum or without) are a great time for trying new recipes or pulling out old ones from your treasure chest to share with family and friends. And throughout December, I’m super jazzed to say I’ll be hosting many authors here and sharing their FAVorite foods with you!

Today, I’d like to give a warm welcome to Author Linda McLaughlin. Lady Linda has brought along a scrumptious cranberry-blueberry salad recipe for us. Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

Take it away, Linda!

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Winner of Turkey Trot Blog Hop via Katherine Bone’s #Giveaway!


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CongratulationsAhoy, me hearties! Hop aboard and find out who won the Turkey Trot Blog Hop GRAND Prize and the winner of my $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Woo-hoo!!! (My sincerest apologies for not getting my winner posted on Sunday. We had an eventful day celebrating my youngest son’s birthday yesterday.)

And the winner of the GRAND prize was Laurie who posted on Zina Abbot’s Bridgeport Holiday Bride’s post!

Lady Laurie wins the $50 Amazon Gift Card. Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

Jack's FingersAnd now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

I’m super jazzed to announce that Sherry1969 won my $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Congratulations, Lady Sherry!!! You’ll be hearing from me very soon!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m enjoying eating turkey sandwiches or my rollwich, as I like to call it. I hope your holiday was filled with all that you love. And I hope you enjoyed our Turkey Trot Blog Hop. It was a great deal of fun for me too!!!

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t confess I’m extremely grateful to all of my readers and to those who pop in to read my blog whenever they can. And as the holidays pop off to a roaring start, I wish you hours and hours of fun, happiness, time with family and friends, and Happy Reading!!!


Wishing you following winds,


Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Squanto!


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It’s Black Friday! Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, or special feast, along with all the fixin’s? Were you able to spend quality time with loved ones? Or are you joining millions of others in the quest for the holy grail of Christmas gifts by taking advantage of Black Friday sales?

I love turkey, especially leftovers. In order to get plenty I can use in the weeks to come, I usually buy a 20 lb. turkey so that I can make sandwiches and have plenty of meat left for Turkey Pot Pie or Turkey soup. (The freezer is my best friend, especially when I’m on deadline.) Huzzah!!!

No matter how you celebrated Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to share an article I wrote titled Squanto for my Hidden Truth, Historical Treasure feature in the Heart of Dixie’s Heart Monitor. The very first immigrants to America would never have survived their first winter in America without the help of one man, Squanto. Thank goodness, he came along when he did!

“One hundred and two English colonists first landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Newly separated from the Church of England, these brave men and women, known today as ‘puritans’, had previously fled to Holland where they lived in the Dutch settlement of Leiden before sailing to the new world. Financed independently of the Plymouth Company, they could not know their lives would drastically change when they reached what is now Providence Harbor and formed an acquaintance with an Indian who surprisingly spoke English. Through the Plymouth Company, which dispatched Captains George Weymouth, Sir Ferdinando Gorges and John Smith on explorations off the coasts of Penobscot, Maine and Massachusetts, a man named Tisquantum, also known as Squanto, had been groomed for such a feat. His fascinating life journey had placed him in the Pilgrim’s path precisely when they needed him most.

 Known as Tisquantum, Squantum, and Squanto, Squanto hailed from the Wampanoag community of Patuxet, a village which held two thousand tribal members and stood exactly where the pilgrims would later erect their homes.”



Squanto is packed with FANtastic information about two cultures working together for the greater good. The rest of the article can be found on my website links page here. Squanto led a fascinating life. (Just look for the article titled Squanto.)


Close view of the Dining Room table with silverware and floral decoration, and period food details at Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

If you are an author or are simply fascinated by historical dining elegance in the Georgian, Regency, or Victorian eras, I hope you’ll check out the post I wrote for Embracing Romance this week titled Thanksgiving Elegance. (There are recipe links to historical dining in the eras listed above, as well as some Downton Abbey links.)

Thanksgiving and Black Friday mark the beginning of the holiday season, a time packed with seasonal fun and celebrations galore. A perfect remedy to the negativity we’ve faced the past few weeks.

What is the one December tradition sure to make you happy?

Wishing you following winds!




Turkey Trot Blog Hop and Giveaway by Katherine Bone!


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Welcome to the Turkey Trot Blog Hop, sponsored by Author Rose Gordon and over twenty authors and bloggers, through November 22-24!

Entries end at 11:59 p.m. Central on Nov. 24th so don’t delay!

Read on for instructions on how to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway and each author’s individual giveaways.

Note: My giveaway is listed at the bottom of this post.

Thanksgiving is an American celebration, a day to enjoy the year’s bountiful harvest. I can personally say that I’ve been mightily blessed this year. I’m uber thankful for my rogue, my children and their families, our health, and the FABulous opportunities I achieved in the publishing world. The last book in my Nelson’s Tea Series and the first two books in my Regent’s Revenge Series came out this year. Huzzah! My oldest daughter remarried and we inherited two more grandchildren (AND our first granddaughter!). We got to visit our oldest son and his family in Okinawa, Japan, after two long years. And my rogue and I got to travel to Jamaica for the very first time.

My heart is full!

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A Merry Christmas Military Book Giveaway by Author Donna Hatch!


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Starting Thanksgiving week, I’d like to share an awesome event that is sure to benefit our military service members overseas. But before I do, I want to thank Lady Donna for her son’s service. Woot!!! And then I want to share that I’m especially thankful to my sons, Air Force and Army, and to you and yours for the selfless sacrifices our dutiful military personnel offer every day of the week.

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Author Donna Hatch has a son serving in the Air Force and deployed to the Middle East. To honor him and those brave, unselfish men and women who serve in the US Military, Lady Donna is sponsoring a holiday giveaway. Woo-hoo!!!

As any reader knows, reading can be a great escape to help ease homesickness which strikes harder during the holidays. Our military servicemen and women are on call 24/7 to protect our interests abroad and make life safer for you and me here at home.

Donna: “Do you have a family member or close friend serving in the US military who will be on deployment over the Christmas holidays? If so, I’d like to thank you and them by giving them a #FREE book.”

Huzzah and Hoorah!!!

To choose the book you’d like to give your service member, click on: Book Giveaway for Military Personnel Drawing.

Thank you for your awesome gifty to our military servicemen and women all over the world, Donna! And thank you to everyone who sacrifices their time and talents to keep our country safe here at home!

God bless America!

Wishing you safe and following winds,



Happy Veterans Day!


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Today is a day set aside to honor the men and women who’ve answered the call to protect and defend America from enemies foreign and domestic. Huzzah and Hoorah!


Veterans Day is a special day for me and I’m passionate about it. I get to celebrate America’s heroes publicly (like I do personally every day of my life with the men in my family who’ve served our country as far back as any of us can remember). As the grand niece of Navy, Coast Guard, and Army men, the granddaughter of a Texas farmer who joined the Navy one month after Pearl Harbor was bombed (my father was born twelve days after Pearl Harbor), as the daughter of an Army Sergeant First Class, the wife of a West Point graduate and retired Lieutenant Colonel, the DIL of an Army Sergeant, the Aunt of a Texas National Guard Sergeant, and the mother of two sons, an Air Force Master Sergeant and an Army Sergeant, my heart is full of respect and gratitude for the selfless sacrifices made for Americans every day. Sacrifices that often took/take my loved ones far into the heartland of hate and violence, when I’d give anything to have them by my side.

This is the life I’ve lived.

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Interview with Barbara Bettis and New Release The Lady of the Forest

Don’t miss this great interview and giveaway at Jenna Jaxon’s blog for the ever FABulous author Barbara Bettis, my fellow Romancing Yesteryear matey, and her latest release, The Lady of the Forest! ARR!!!

Jenna Jaxon Romance--because passion is timeless.

Today I’d like to welcome to the blog a long time friend, author Barbara Bettis, for a little chat about herself and her newest release The Lady of the Forest. She’s also giving away a $5.00 gift certificate to someone who comments on this blog, so check out our interview and her excerpt,  then leave a comment to win!

Okay, Barb, can you tell us a little bit about your new release.

THE LADY OF THE FOREST is Lord Henry and Lady Katherine’s story. Henry is Lady Evelynn’s brother, whom we met in my first book SILVERHAWK, and got to know better in the second, THE HEART OF THE PHOENIX. All my heroines are strong women, within the context of their time, of course. With Henry being a friend of King Richard and a heroic warrior in his own right, I thought the woman who finally won him should be…

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Hot Chocolate: A History (Shared from Author Sharon Lathan’s Blog)


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Hot Chocolate: A History

We are entering the cold weather where cuddling up by the fire with a steaming mug of something warm, such as hot chocolate, is an evening favorite. So here is a short history of this delicious beverage.

cacao-fruitBetween 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, cacao plants were first cultivated in Mesoamerica by the Olmec, living in southern Mexico. Rather than eating chocolate in solid form, however, the nibs from the cacao plant were ground into a paste and mixed with water to make a chocolate drink known as “xocolxtl.” In order to achieve its frothy consistency, the mixture was poured back and forth between two bowls or jugs. It was found to be an energy booster and mood enhancer, as well as providing long-lasting sustenance; these positive nutritional effects led the Olmec to believe the drink possessed mystic qualities, so it was generally reserved for important figures at sacred ceremonies.

Don’t miss the rest of this great post by Author Sharon Lathan at her blog: Happily Ever After Comes True!!!

In honor of Lady Sharon’s post, I’ll share my homemade recipe for Hot Chocolate later this week here at Rogues, Rebels & Rakes! Huzzah!!!

Wishing ye fair winds,


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#RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange ~ Keta Diablo and the Midwest!


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Halloween just passed and Black Friday and Thanksgiving are on the way. But Author Tina Gayle‘s #RomanticTravel Fall Blog Exchange is still in full swing, me hearties! And today we welcome, Author Keta Diablo back to Rogues, Rebels & Rakes! Woo-hoo!!!

Take it away, Lady Keta!😉

autumn_in_wisconsin1Autumn is a great time to plan a fall get-a-way. You won’t find lovelier places to visit than the Midwest. Before trees shed their leaves in preparation for winter, they often put on a brilliant display of color…deep burgundy, buttercup yellow and sunburst orange.

Many small towns hold fall festivals and Halloween galas meant to attract not only local residents but adventure-seeking tourists.

Here’s hoping you take time to schedule a short vacation this fall and enjoy the same beauty depicted in this image from the state of Wisconsin.


Keta’s latest release is Comes An Outlaw, a western romance where cowboys and ghosts take center stage. But don’t worry…there’s plenty of romance for the love-bugs too.

comes_an_outlaw_400x6001When a tragic accident claims her husband’s life, Jesse Santos must find a way to keep the ranch, the only home her 12-year-old son has ever known.  The ranch hands have abandoned her, a gang of cutthroat ranchers want her land and an ancient Yaqui Indian insists a spirit has taken up residence in the house.

After a fifteen-year absence, her husband’s brother, Coy, returns to his childhood home. He doesn’t plan on staying, and he certainly doesn’t intend to settle down with a widow and her son…no matter how pretty she is.

He’s an outlaw, after all, and made a decision to put an end to his gun-slinging days long ago. Will his conscience let him walk away from family, or will his heart overrule his head?

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“I loved all the components of this story. The Indian lore was probably my favorite though.”

“The storyline is brilliant. This novella has many twists and turns. A page turner.”

“Diablo has created a set of compelling characters. Jesse captures the essence of the time, when women had very few options, and even fewer good ones.”

Setup and Excerpt:

In this scene, Jesse wonders if loneliness has driven her to desperation. Is she really holding a conversation with a ghost…or has her late husband returned to help her fight for her land?


Chapter One

Arizona 1885

Dawn caressed the homespun curtains in the cramped bedroom, rousing Jesse from a restless night’s sleep.  A delicate breeze rustled through the two-inch gap between window and sill, doing little to motivate the damp, heavy air in the room.

She tossed back the blue and white quilt, slid from bed and crossed the room to the pitcher and bowl on the bureau.

Gonna be another scorcher today, Jezebel. Might want to tie your hair back.

For a brief moment, she closed her eyes and willed the voice in the room to leave.  He wasn’t there, not in a real sense. Like every other day since his death, he invaded her thoughts, spoke in her head. She opened her eyes and fought the overwhelming urge to turn around, prove once and for all ghosts didn’t exist.

“Are you set on driving me crazy, Cain? Don’t I have enough to deal with without you tormenting me? Besides, I don’t like it when you call me Jezebel, and you darn well know it.”

That’s why no one calls you Jezebel except me.

She spun around and glared at the rocking chair under the window. “Ah, another one of your tricks to make me think I’m losing my mind—call me something no one else does.”

Yes, I’m in the rocker, the one my mother always sat in beside the hearth. You remember after she died, we brought it into our bedroom?

“Stop…you must stop.” Her hands went to her temples. “If you were real I would see you sitting there.”

If only I could show myself. You have no idea how hard it is to project my voice. Takes so much energy. I’m working on it though, have high hopes I’ll get better at this spirit realm thing.

“I don’t want you to get better at it; I want you to stop speaking to me entirely.”

We talked about this, agreed that if something happened to one of us, we’d do our best to come back, watch over the other one.

She paced a small area at the end of the bed. “I only agreed because I thought it would never happen, could never happen. I wanted to please you, knew how much you loved your line of work, believed in it.”

Nonetheless, Jezebel, it happened. I’m here and I mean to look out for you. I didn’t want to leave you so soon but we must deal with what is now.

Stopping her harried pace, she looked to the chair again. “You don’t think I’m doing my best to deal with what is now? And stop calling me that!”

You’ll always be my precious Jezebel.

She heard a contented sigh filter through the still air.

My Jezebel with the tangle of long, copper hair, eyes the color of Robin’s eggs and the lovely bowed mouth. I recall the first time I saw you. Slop bucket hanging off your tiny arm, you walked from the back room of Two Bits, skirted the bar and dropped to your knees to scrub the floor. Do you remember?

She hung her head. “How could I forget the day you saved me from a life of…well, destitution, offered me safety, security?” Looking up again, she fanned an arm over the room. “Offered me a home.”

And I want to make sure you keep that home, our home, Grange’s home.

“That’s why you’re here?”

For the most part. I always said this is a unforgiving land. People aren’t careful it’ll swallow them whole and—

“Kill them.”

Yes, and I aim to do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t take you and Grange.

“I don’t think I can do this, dark forces are at work, conspiring against your son and me. Lord knows I’ve tried, Cain, but how can a woman and a boy fight against the harsh elements, the day-to-day struggles without a man? Hard enough when you were here, but now, most days I think the land is going to win. Every morning I walk out onto that porch and think I’m walking into the fires of Hell. There’s more…someone’s been cutting the fence lines, scattering the cattle. Takes us days to get them back again.”

Not someone, Jezebel. Search your heart; you know who’s behind it.

She walked back to the bureau, opened a drawer and pulled out a pair of leather trousers. After pulling the nightshirt over her head, she grabbed Cain’s flannel shirt from a hook, slipped her arms into the sleeves and pulled the trousers over her hips. “I know who the varmints are, all right. Domingo and Benito. Am I right?”

The Torres brothers.

“Yeah, and the low-bellied snakes they ride with, Mutton-Chop Walsh and Digger Newly.” She blew an exasperated breath and looked over her shoulder to the window. “How do you expect me to stand up to that, Cain? I can’t do it, I tell you. Let them have the land because it ain’t worth dying for, or God forbid, losing Grange over.”

You can’t give up the land, love. Been in my family for generations. Ma and Pa will be turning over in their—

“I don’t care. I’m not sacrificing my son, our son, for a piece of scorched earth in the middle of nowhere.”

You’re talking foolish now. You love the land as much as I do, I mean did. You’re tired, worn out; I get that, but….

“But what?”

I never thought I’d hear you say you want to give up the land, give up on life.

“It’s different now that you’re gone. You might as well face it, I’m leaving, Cain. And you should leave too, find that white light you always talked about and forget about this place.”

Help is coming, Jezebel.

“Yeah, and so are monsoon winds, dried up creek beds and taxes. Or did you forget taxes are due…again?”

I’m asking you to hang on for a little while, that’s all.

“You expect me to believe a knight on a big white horse will be riding in soon to save us?”

He rides a Piebald.


I said he rides a Piebald with black and white spots, sixteen hands tall.

“Who…who rides a spotted horse and how do you know he’s coming here?”

I’m fading, Jezebel. Used up everything I got this morning.

“No you don’t! You can’t waltz in here, drop your innuendoes and disappear like a snuffed out candle.”

Trust me. Hang on…please hang on.

“Cain, wait…don’t go! You can’t leave like this!”

Hang on, Jezebel…hang on….


Keta DiabloKeta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the United States on six acres of woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening she loves to commune with nature. She adores animals and has made it her mission in life to help feed hungry children in the USA. Greatly disturbed by the statistic that one in every five children goes to bed hungry, she donates her time and support to local food and animal shelters.

Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction. Her erotica novel Decadent Deceptions was a finalist in the MOLLY contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America and has been nominated for a Red Carpet Award in 2014. Her paranormal novel Where the Rain Is Made has been nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark. Her historical novel Sky Tinted Water has been nominated for a RONE Award by Ind’Tale Magazine. Keta’s books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards from the top professional review sites.

Ports of Call:

Keta’s Amazon Author Page    /  Keta’s Keep   /   Twitter  /  Goodreads

Continue to have a wonderfully romantic fall season, me hearties!

Come back and see us again real soon, Lady Keta!!!