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Garden Report 2021 - Part 1 - MayAug 6, 2021

We started this year's gardening a month too early. We were anxious to use our new garden, and bored (after four months of winter in Winnipeg, you'd be eager for spring too) so we planted tomato, celery and peppers seeds in March. Note to self - that was about a month too early. In April, we added cucumbers, squash, pumpkin, and zucchini. Then we planted the stuff that needed to go into the ground over the May long weekend. Not everything sprouted, but we did pretty well.

In total, here's what we ended up planting. Note - the rhubarb and chives are perennial; they come back every year.

  1. Rhubarb (a perennial, it comes back every year)
  2. Chives (a perennial, it comes back every year)
  3. Rosemary (successfully overwintered inside!)
  4. 6 potatoes (3 boxes, 2 x 0.5 seed potatoes per box)
  5. 1 pumpkin
  6. 6 spaghetti squash (originally planted 4, 3 destroyed in a spring storm, 5 more seeds planted directly into garden)
  7. 8 zucchinis
  8. 4 pickling cucumbers
  9. 4 slicing cucumbers
  10. 30 celery plants (The seeds were so tiny! We sprinkled a fraction of the seeds into 2 seedling containers and that's how many came up.)
  11. 5 Pruden's Giant Staking tomatoes
  12. 3 Goliath tomatoes
  13. 7 Roma tomatoes
  14. 5 cocktail (cherry) tomatoes
  15. 2 rows of onions 
  16. 2 rows of carrots
  17. 2 rows of beets
  18. 3/4 row of spinach (old, donated seeds)
  19. 1/4 row of lettuce (old, donated seeds)
  20. 20 peas (old, donated seeds)
  21. 2 rows of purple beans
  22. 2 rows of corn (60 kernels planted)
  23. 3 red bell peppers
  24. 4 Cajun Belle peppers
  25. 1 banana pepper (purchased)
  26. 1 parsley (purchased)
  27. 1 thyme (purchased)
  28. 2 oregano (purchased)
  29. 2 basil (purchased)
  30. 8 peas (3 sprouted, planted 12 more, 4 sprouted). They were supposed to cover a decorative metal frame.

Pretty impressive planting, huh.

That was May. Then, we waited.

99¢ Christmas in July sweet romance saleJul 12, 2021

Did you know I have two North Pole Unlimited romances -  RUDY AND KRIS and BEN AND JILLY - that are only 99¢ this month?  Check out these sales, and all the other sweet Christmas romances that are on sale for Christmas in July.

July 12 to July 18 only.

All July long!

Grab them while you can. And if they leave you feeling in an elf-like mood, please post a review! That's the best gift of all for an author.

Jilly has called in reinforcementsJul 5, 2021


I'm excited to tell you that North Pole Unlimited's latest couple will be introduced on November 15th!

The couple: Frank Cardinal (game inventor) and Ginger Malone (NPU marketer)

The place: Kenora, Ontario

The matchmaker: most definitely NOT Jilly (although she might be offering some advice.)

You can preorder it now!

It's a Christmas in July party!Jul 3, 2021

Say HO, HO, HO to some fantastic giveaways and some holiday fun in the sun! YBE authors will be hosting fun giveaways over the first twelve days of July and right in the middle will be our awesome author chat!

I'll be posting on July 4th with Nicola Marsh and Jean Oram for some international contests and giveaways! (Most of my US friends will be celebrating Independence Day, so the rest of us can get up to some online fun!)

Also, please mark July 6th at 7:00pm CST to sip hot chocolate (or an iced tea) with the authors of Your Book Escape! We'll be talking about our favorite Christmas/holiday books and some family traditions! So turn down the A/C, grab an ugly Christmas sweater, and join the fun.

Caroling optional...

If you haven't joined the group yet, just go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yourbookescape

Happy Canada DayJul 1, 2021

It's our 154th birthday as a country. If you get to swim in one of our lakes or rivers, walk in our of our beautiful forests, or stroll along the ocean, I hope you have a wonderful day.

A whole library of sweet romancesJun 11, 2021


When I was a kid, my mom had a subscription to Harlequin romances. For you young 'uns, long before the advent of the internet, you used to be able to sign up for Harlequin to mail a box of four or six Harlequin Presents. Right to your house! Every month! We lived in the country, so this made things even more convenient since she couldn't just pick them up at the grocery store. My mom had boxes of romances in the closet, under the bed, in the basement. Those were some of the first grown-up books I ever read. (Yes, I snuck them, reading a chapter or two at a time when I thought she wouldn't notice. Yes, again, she probably did notice, but let me read them anyway.) 

Now, getting books is a lot easier. They can arrive on your e-reader from over the ether.

I'm in three different groups this month offering free and discounted sweet romances on Bookfunnel. From kings to cowboys to billionaires and every hero in between, check out these options:

Sweet Beach Reads - Head to the beach with these cozy mysteries, rom-coms and romances for sweet readers!

All I want for my Summer Vacation - is this collection of sweet romances, including sweet historicals.

June is for Sweet Romance - get a free sweet romance when you sign up for these author's newsletters

Want to see something cool?Jun 8, 2021

Coming this fall - the second Holiday Beach sweet romance! Say hello to PUMPKINS AND PROMISES!


True romance amid haunted corn mazes and ghostly sightings around town. Keep your eyes open. There is more to come!

It's release day for SHAMROCKS AND SURPRISESMar 1, 2021


It's time to get your green and get lucky in love! Meet Roy and Lucy and the rest of the folks in Holiday Beach and find out what happens when a grumpy bartender deeply devoted to his family comes face-to-face with Miss Fix-it with a heart of gold and a bad luck streak a mile wide.

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"Lucky" Lucy Callahan can fix anything, which is why her boss sent her to the Dew Drop Inn in Holiday Beach, Minnesota. The neglected hotel sounds like the perfect challenge for a woman who likes to bring things to their full potential.

Roy Wagner would happily see the Dew Drop Inn go up in a blaze of glory after the trouble it has caused his family. He’d even supply the marshmallows. He doesn't know what Lucy is doing in town, but he’s sure the relentlessly helpful, happy woman is up to no good. 

Rebuilding a hotel is no easy task, especially when her new neighbor insists that she won’t be able to make the old hotel fit into Holiday Beach’s unique tourist-friendly setting, but Lucy hasn’t failed yet. If she can get Roy on her side, maybe she can convince him that the changes she’s bringing could be a very good thing for him and his hometown.

It's available everywhere today as both an e-book and a paperback.

Some reviews say this about the first book in the new Holiday Beach Sweet Romance series:

Sometimes you just need a sweet story to warm you up, and this definitely hit the spot!

"Shamrocks and Surprises is my favourite Elle Rush book to date--it's like Stars Hollow with coffee, quirky townsfolk, and endless festivals--except the heroine is the helpful handyman and the hero has the family drama." - Melanie Ting, author of the Holiday Hat Trick trilogy

Sometimes it's love, sometimes it's luckFeb 24, 2021

My boyfriend gave me a gorgeous set of earrings for Christmas. I put them on and hadn't taken them off since I unwrapped them.

Then, two weeks ago, I was going to bed and realized I was only wearing one of them. We tore apart the bed and shook out the bedding. We checked all the sofa cushions, swept the floor, and carefully checked my jacket and scarf and facemasks to see if it was snagged there.

It wasn't. It was gone.

I felt horrible! And guilty about losing a present from my boyfriend.

Fast forward to this past Saturday. I was getting out of the car and happened to look down. There it was. Lying on my driveway. We were having an unseasonably warm day, and enough snow and ice had melted that the silver caught my eye. It wasn't damaged or anything.

Talk about lucky.

I'm extra glad to have been lucky in love as we approached St. Patrick's Day because now I can wear my lucky green earrings on release day. Did you know I have a St. Patrick's Day romance coming out next week? It's only $2.99 during the preorder period. Paperbacks are also available.

"Lucky" Lucy Callahan can fix anything, which is why her boss sent her to the Dew Drop Inn in Holiday Beach, Minnesota. The neglected hotel sounds like the perfect challenge for a woman who likes to bring things to their full potential.

Roy Wagner would happily see the Dew Drop Inn go up in a blaze of glory after the trouble it has caused his family. He’d even supply the marshmallows. He doesn't know what Lucy is doing in town, but he’s sure the relentlessly helpful, happy woman is up to no good. 

Rebuilding a hotel is no easy task, especially when her new neighbor insists that she won’t be able to make the old hotel fit into Holiday Beach’s unique tourist-friendly setting, but Lucy hasn’t failed yet. If she can get Roy on her side, maybe she can convince him that the changes she’s bringing could be a very good thing for him and his hometown.