December 6th – Paranormally Yours

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Let’s welcome Kim! Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post.


Hello everyone, and welcome to Paranormaly Yours Book Blog & Reviews!  My name is Kim, and for day 6 of Dahlia’s Holiday Party, you have been brought to a book blog review site.  If you don’t know what a book blogger does, or what a review site is, then please let me explain…

A book blogger is someone who’s passionate about books, and takes their love of books to a whole new level by helping authors in any way they can.  How do we help, let us count the ways!  For one, we will review their book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.  Reviews are what make their books seen!  Two, we sign up to promote their books via social media.  Twitter and Facebook are our friends when it comes to promo’s!  And three, posting blog tours, cover reveals and sales on our website for a wider range of people to see.  How do you get followers to see these promo’s you ask?  Well I host numerous giveaways, offering books, (both signed paperbacks and ebooks), and book swag galore!  Readers LOVE to win signed books, and get the hard to get your hands on book swag 😉  I hope this helps you understand, if just a little of what book bloggers do.  Please take a look around the site, you may find someone new!


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 In my christian based belief house we celebrate Christmas on December 25th .  Neither one of us, (my husband and I) had any real family traditions from our parents to pass on when we had kids, so we made our own as the years rolled along.  One of our favorite traditions to do each Christmas is to count down the days to Christmas with our favorite Christmas movies!  Each year the list has changed, (they had to be age appropriate) and as the children get older, the movie selection has gotten more fun.  Here is the beginnings of our list for this year so far:

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1)  Arthur’s Perfect Christmas, (A throw back for our oldest)

2)  Elf

3)  How The Grinch Stole Christmas

4)  Jingle All The Way

5)  Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

6)  Polar Express

7)  Home Alone

8)  The Santa Claus 2

9)  Home Alone 2

10) The Santa Claus 3

11) A Christmas Story

Now the Christmas Story movie is ALWAYS watched on Christmas Eve, ALWAYS!  We LOVE that movie!  We even took a trip to Cleveland to see the house!  LOVE IT!  I would love to hear your family traditions, so please feel free to share!


 

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December 5th – Laura Ranger

 

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Let’s welcome Laura! Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post.

 

Favorite Holiday Recipe

MRS. FIX’S FUDGE

Ingredients

5 Cups of Sugar

¼ Lbs Butter (not margarine)

1 (7.5 oz.) Jar Marshmellow Fluff

1 t. Vanilla

1 (13 oz.) Can Evaporated Milk

12 oz. Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Crushed Nuts (optional)

Directions

Mix sugar, milk and butter, bring to a boil. Stir while boiling for 5 minutes. When at the soft ball stage (on a candy thermometer), remove from heat and quickly add chocolate. Mix remaining ingredients. Pour into a buttered pan. Slice with a sharp knife when fully set

Favorite Holiday Story

CUT DOWN YOUR OWN TREE – It’ll be fun, they said

When my daughter was only two years old, we lived in Upstate New York. There was one thing we were not short on, snow. In the north we don’t measure snow in inches, it’s measured in feet. One year for Christmas it was suggested that our small, young family of three go to the woods and cut down our own Christmas tree. We thought we’d start a tradition with our young daughter. We were told of a place to cut our own, but we were told it was a bit of a hike back in the forest to get to the good ones. We bundled the baby, took a saw and trekked down a long, snow covered, rough, farm road. It had been driven over to create a path but it was a bit treacherous to navigate by foot. We traversed the rough terrain back to an area thick with pine trees. The trick to getting the perfect tree it to look high. You want to get the top of a nice full tree to get the best for decorating. Why? Because those before us had picked over all the more reasonably sized, close to the ground trees. So, we hiked and hunted, hiked and hunted and worked our way far into the woods. We finally located one we wouldn’t have to climb to take off the top.

My ex-husband worked on sawing a log. He was certainly strong but no lumberjack. And what do we know of the proper saw to cut down a tree. So, as he worked on freeing our prize from it’s home, I tried to entertain a toddler in the deep snow. Anyone familiar with little ones, know their attention span is no longer than a moment. I didn’t everything a young mother could image to keep her occupied and happy, while her father fought with a pine.

When my ex finally won his battle, we prepared for the long haul back to the car. Now, not only were we tramping through the snow with a baby and a saw, but we had a large, heavy tree to tote with us. We started out with me leading our daughter by the hand carrying the light end of the tree, while he carrying the larger, heavy end and the saw. Before too long, little legs grew weary from trudging through the snow. I tried to carry her for a bit but I’ve not been known for physical strength, not now as then. He took the baby, I said I’d take the saw. He said that was the least of his concerns and he could do it. That left me to carry myself and the tiny end of the massive tree. However, apparently, I couldn’t quite manage that. You see, shortly after resuming our walk, I lost my balance and toppled over sideways into a high snowbank and got stuck. I was stuck on my side with my feet in the air and unable to get up. We got laughing so hard, it became impossible to move as I sunk farther into the mound of snow. My ex set his end of the tree down, put the baby in a pile of snow, so she couldn’t wander off. Thankfully, he had the sense of mind to put the saw far away from her. Then tried to pull me up out of my predicament. Good luck! I haven’t been a skinny, little thing for a very long time! The more he tried, the harder we laughed and the worse it got. I had tears streaming down my face at the Laurel and Hardy routine I saw playing out in real life. I was getting cold because unlike the baby, I only had jeans and my coat, not a full snowsuit. He tried rolling me over on my back to pull me by my hands but almost ended up with me. I was at a very strange angel that was not conducive to easy leverage. He finally helped me over onto my belly, so I could push myself out by my knees in the snow. Once I’d backed up enough, he was able to help me on to my feet. He let me carry the saw the rest of the way, while he carries the baby and dragged the tree. That I was capable of mastering. That was the end of that “tradition” and we never cut down another Christmas tree.

A Favorite Christmas Picture

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE – Made with my granddaughters

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Rogue

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Blurb:

Newlyweds, Chris and Lexi run for their lives from a deadly crime boss until they remember who they really are–two government-created killing machines. The tables turn and they become the ones to run from. When the government discovers the couple remembers who they are, more like them are sent to destroy them. However, those in charge neglected to factor in the most important lesson this couple learned on their own…

Love supersedes science.

Book trailer:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwSry3jbnlo

Amazon:              https://goo.gl/DWyhbR

Smashwords:     https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/547015

 

Author Bio

Laura Ranger is a natural storyteller. She has been turning all of life into stories since she was young. This mother of one, grandmother of three began writing her fictitious stories down to the delight of her family and friends. She’s been writing her tales for over twenty years. She became a published author when she put one of her short stories in a Christmas anthology in support of feeding children around the world, entitled Eight ‘Til Christmas. Once she saw one of her stories in print, she will tell you she can’t stop.

In addition to Deception, she co-authored Rogue. Currently, Laura’s fully ensconced in writing a novel on good versus evil, Royalty. She’s been working on a series called Lessons, which she envisions parents reading with their children. She discovered while writing the series, the lessons addressed throughout the story speak to both children and adults. Additionally, She has numerous ideas for additional novels and adding more all the time, it’s just a matter of completing each in turn. Laura will tell you, “God blessed me with a natural gift of storytelling; it is up to me to use that gift to the best of my ability.”

Not only is Laura a published author, she co-owns a publishing company, Foundations, LLC. Her books include Deception, Rogue, and Eight ‘Til Christmas.

Where to find me:

Facebook:                                           https://www.facebook.com/laura.ranger.56

Facebook Author Page:                 https://www.facebook.com/laurarangerauthor/

Goodreads:                                        https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/53560255-laura-ranger-author

Google+:                                             https://plus.google.com/u/0/107603105048493280995

Twitter:                                                @LauraRanger1 or https://twitter.com/LauraRanger1

Instagram:                                          @LauraRanger1

Linkedin:                                             https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-ranger-8a683a68

Email:                                                   laurarangerauthor@gmail.com

Website:                                             http://laurarangerauthor.wix.com/laura-ranger-author

YouTube Channel:                          https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_OYroXMQDOpKabUa5MrXw


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December 4th – Justine Littleton

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Let’s welcome Justine! Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post.


I absolutely love this time of year and was lucky enough to marry a man who indulges my crazy holiday spirt. We have 4 kids, 2 with special needs making our traditions even more important. Every year we kick things off with picking out a few new holiday decorations then hitting the tree farm to pick out and cut down our own tree. With a herd this size I am usually half done with my shopping before thanksgiving.  I love giving; I spend all year looking for the perfect gift for my loved ones. It means the world to me to make them smile.

Yep, I am one of those creepos who needs nothing for Christmas but to watch others open the gifts I got then.

The other two traditions I have are listening to Pentatonix Holiday Music and baking. This year I am doing a new recipe, Harry Potter Butterbeer Fudge! I am excited because I have recently passed my love of the series to my daughter Lily Belle. The Information is below, hope they help you get in the holiday mood like they have me.

Hallelujah – Pentatonix –

https://youtu.be/LRP8d7hhpoQ

 

Butterbeer Fudge Recipe-

Ingredients

Butterscotch layer

  • 1 jar Smuckers Butterscotch Spoonable Topping
  • 2/3 Jar marshmallow cream (4.6 oz)
  • 16 oz white chocolate chips (2 full cups)

Creamy layer

  • 1/2 jar Smuckers Marshmallow Spoonable Topping
  • 1/3 Jar marshmallow cream (2.3 oz)
  • 8 oz white chocolate chips (1 full cup)

Instructions

first layer

  1. Pour the butterscotch topping in to a sauce pan and bring to a boil
  2. add the marshmallow cream, stir until it’s melted and heat for 5 mins+ stirring constantly
  3. it will thicken and “smoke” just a bit
  4. take off the heat and stir in the white chocolate chips, once melted pour into a 9×13 glass pan sprayed with non stick spray

second layer

  1. Pour the marshmalow topping in to a sauce pan and bring to a boil
  2. add the marshmallow cream, stir until it’s melted and heat for 5 mins+ stirring constantly
  3. it will thicken and “smoke” just a bit
  4. take off the heat and stir in the white chocolate chips, once melted pour over the first layer. This layer was a little softer, creamier for me.
  5. Let set and cut with a sharp knife (it will cut better if it you spray the knife with non stick spray

Recipe source- http://ashleemarie.com/butterbeer-fudge-recipe/


Death: The Horsemen Series

By Lila Rose & Justine Littleton

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Justine Littleton- http://justinelittleton.wixsite.com/author/contact

Lila Rose- http://lilarose2678.wixsite.com/author/contact

Blurb-
Here’s the problem with myths and legends; they’re fiction. At one time, they may have been stories of real people, but over time, the story was passed from person to person, so what was once fact, becomes the written fables of those long ago.
This is the true story of Death and the five horsemen.

Quitting her teaching career and working full time on her fledgling editing business, Julie Michaels isn’t prepared for the shedload of changes heading her way. To be precise, it’s just one screeching stop on the crazy train away.

Dean “Death” Apocalos never imagined change would come so swiftly in the form of love, chaos, and Decay. Dean and his three brothers are about to see their worst fear come to light; their forgotten brother and the fifth horseman, Decay.

Previously entombed, someone has let the loon loose on LA. It’s now up to the horsemen to put him back in his box… before he upsets the balance once more.

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Day One – Dahlia’s Holiday Party

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From today until December 24th, I’ll be featuring various authors (and others) on my blog who will share holiday stories, bits of their books, and all sorts of things.  Hope everyone comes each day to hang out.  At the bottom of each daily post will be the link to the giveaway on rafflecopter, so be sure to check it out.


I have one holiday tradition that I’ve kept for probably the last ten years or more. I watch one Christmas movie on Dec 24th in the evening while eating snacks and playing Rummy with my husband. We try to watch a new one (since my hubby doesn’t care to rewatch movies.) Not sure what we’re going to watch this year, I might pick an old favourite–A Christmas Carol.

I’ve seen almost every adaptation of it. My favourites are the George C. Scott and the Patrick Stewart ones.  The first is a classic and the second–I’ve always felt Patrick Stweart brought this amazing realness to Scrooge. The scene where he laughs for the first time is a bit of brilliant acting.

On the other hand, I’m not really a fond of the cartoon versions or the muppet one. *shrugs* It doesn’t do anything for me.  I will say, the  more recent one with Jim Carrey was spectacular.

Do you have a favourite holiday movie?


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